Sanofi Delivers Solid Sales and Business EPS Growth in Q2 2015

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

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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

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Sanofi Delivers Solid Sales and Business EPS Growth in Q2 2015

Sanofi Chief Executive Officer, Olivier Brandicourt commented:
"In the second quarter, Sanofi delivered solid growth on both the top and bottom lines that was consistent with our expectations. We continue to execute on multiple product launches and are excited about the recent approval of Praluent®. We are also investing in our commercial infrastructure, biologic capabilities and R&D programs including in immuno-oncology. Recently, we announced a new organizational structure which will be implemented beginning in January 2016 and will simplify and focus Sanofi to optimize future growth."  

Sales growth broad based across geographies and businesses

  • Group sales increased 4.9% (+16.1% on a reported basis) to €9,378 million
  • Slightly lower Diabetes sales (-3.8%) consistent with previous quarter and significant U.S. market access already granted for Toujeo®
  • Genzyme delivered 26.6% growth; rare disease products increased 9.1% and the Multiple Sclerosis franchise sales more than doubled
  • Animal Health recorded another strong quarter (+14.2%) driven by NexGard®
  • Vaccines sales grew 8.6% led by influenza and booster vaccines
  • Emerging Markets sales increased 7.5%

Strong financial performance

  • Business net income grew 4.2% at CER (+19.7% on a reported basis) to €1,840 million
  • Business EPS increased 5.1% at CER to €1.41 and grew 20.5% on a reported basis

Significant progress in advancing innovative products

  • Praluent® approved on July 24, in the U.S. and recommended for approval in the EU
  • Positive Phase III topline results announced for LixiLan in diabetes in July and sarilumab in rheumatoid arthritis in May
  • Phase IIIb ELIXA study results demonstrated cardiovascular safety of lixisenatide supporting the U.S. regulatory filing
  • Olipudase alfa for Niemann-Pick type B advanced to Phase II and Breakthrough Therapy  designation granted by FDA

New strategic collaboration with Regeneron in immuno-oncology

  • Collaboration includes a PD-1 inhibitor in Phase I and other immuno-oncology antibodies currently in Preclinical development, including LAG3, GITR and PD-L1

R&D Update

Regulatory updates since the publication of the first quarter results on April 30, 2015 include the following:

  • In late July, a New Drug Application (NDA) for lixisenatide, a once-daily GLP-1 analogue, was submitted to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of Diabetes.
  • In July, the U.S. FDA approved Praluent® (alirocumab, collaboration with Regeneron), the first FDA-approved treatment in a new class of drugs known as PCSK9 inhibitors. Praluent® is indicated as an adjunct to diet and maximally tolerated statin therapy for the treatment of adults with heterozygous familial hypercholesterolemia or clinical atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease, who require additional lowering of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol. In parallel, the CHMP also issued an opinion recommending the approval of Praluent® in EU in July. The final EMA decision is expected in late September.
  • In July, the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare (MHLW) in Japan granted a marketing authorization for Lantus® XR (known as Toujeo® in the U.S. and Europe), a next-generation basal insulin for the treatment of type 1 and type 2 diabetes. Toujeo® was also approved in Canada in May and Australia in June.
  • In June, the FDA granted Breakthrough Therapy designation to olipudase alfa. This enzyme replacement therapy is being investigated by Genzyme for the treatment of patients with Niemann-Pick disease Type B.

At the end of July 2015, the R&D pipeline contained 36 pharmaceutical new molecular entities (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

  • The performance of the second quarter is in line with the full year guidance announced on February 5, 2015. Sanofi expects 2015 Business EPS(2) 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 +10%, under the assumption that exchange rates remain stable in the following two quarters at the average rates of June 2015.  

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