Sanofi Delivers Q1 2015 Business EPS Growth of 2.6% at CER and 12.8% on a Reported Basis

PARIS, April 30, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Sanofi (NYSE: SNY; EURONEXT: SAN)


Q1 2015



Net sales

€8,810 m



Business net income(1)

€1,726 m



Business EPS(2)





In order to facilitate an understanding of operational performance, Sanofi comments on the business net income statement. Business net income(1) is a non-GAAP financial measure. (2)(EPS) Earnings Per Share

Sanofi Chief Executive Officer, Olivier Brandicourt commented:
"Sanofi had a good start to 2015. Our businesses provide a solid foundation for our new-product cycle. Sanofi's recent launches along with the ongoing regulatory reviews and planned submissions before year-end will drive future growth. At this important time for the company, my primary focus will be on maximizing the value of this innovative product portfolio and further establishing Sanofi as a leading biopharmaceutical company."

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Olivier Brandicourt, Chief Executive Officer

Sanofi growth driven by Genzyme and Merial

  • Group sales increased 2.4% (+12.3% on a reported basis) to €8,810 million
  • Slightly lower Diabetes sales (-3.2%) reflects expected pricing impact on Lantus® in the U.S.
  • Genzyme delivered 30.9% growth mainly driven by Aubagio®
  • Animal Health recorded a strong quarter (+13.5%) driven by performance of NexGard®
  • Vaccines (-4.6%) declined due to expected delay in Southern Hemisphere influenza campaign
  • Emerging Markets sales up 7.3%

Solid financial performance

  • Business net income(1) grew 1.6% at CER (up 11.6% on a reported basis) to €1,726 million despite launch investments and U.S. Lantus® pricing impact
  • Business EPS(2) was up 2.6% at CER to €1.32 and increased 12.8% on a reported basis

Significant achievements with new product launches

  • Toujeo® was launched in the U.S. and approved in EU
  • Cerdelga® approved in Europe and in Japan
  • Lemtrada® sales benefited from market introduction in the U.S.
  • Dengue vaccine rolling submission initiated in 6 endemic countries in Asia and Latin America
  • Results of ELIXA cardiovascular safety with lixisenatide support U.S. resubmission in Q3 2015

Further progress in R&D

  • Phase III study of dupilumab in moderate-to-severe asthma initiated
  • Phase IIb of the IL4/IL13 bi-specific mAb in idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis started 

R&D Update

Regulatory updates since the publication of the 2014 results on February 5, 2015 include the following:

  • In April, the FDA granted Fast Track designation to GZ/SAR402671, Genzyme's oral substrate reduction therapy, for the treatment of Fabry disease.
  • In March, Quadracel® (Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio vaccine) was approved in the U.S. in children 4-6 years of age.
  • In March, Cerdelga® (eliglustat), an oral treatment for certain adults living with Gaucher disease type 1, was approved in Japan and in February in Australia.
  • In February, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Toujeo®, a next generation basal insulin used to treat adults with type 1 and type 2 diabetes. In April, Toujeo® was also approved in EU.

At the end of April 2015, the R&D pipeline contained 37 projects (excluding Life Cycle Management) and vaccine candidates in clinical development of which 12 are in Phase III or have been submitted to the regulatory authorities for approval.

2015 Guidance

  • Sanofi continues to expect 2015 Business EPS(1) to be stable to slightly growing versus 2014 at constant average exchange rates, barring major unforeseen adverse events.
  • In addition, the positive currency impact on 2015 full-year business EPS is estimated to be approximately +12%, under the assumption that exchange rates remain stable in the following three quarters at the average rates of March 2015.

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Sanofi Delivers Q1 2015 Business EPS Growth of 2.6% at CER and 12.8% on a Reported Basis




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