Sanofi Delivers Robust Q1 2017 Financial Results

PARIS, April 28, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Sanofi (NYSE: SNY; EURONEXT: SAN)

Q1 2017


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Change at CER and CS(1)

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First-quarter 2017 accounts reflect the acquisition of the former Boehringer Ingelheim Consumer Healthcare (CHC) business and the disposal of the Animal Health business (completed on January 1, 2017(3)). In accordance with IFRS 5 (Non-Current Assets Held for Sale and Discontinued Operations), Animal Health results in 2016 and gain on disposal in 2017 are reported separately. The first quarter 2017 income statement also reflects the consolidation of European operations related to Sanofi vaccine portfolio, following the termination of the Sanofi Pasteur MSD joint venture (SPMSD JV) with Merck at the end of December 2016.

(1) CS: constant structure: adjusted for BI CHC business, termination of SPMSD and others; (2) In order to facilitate an understanding of operational performance, Sanofi comments on the business net income statement. Business net income is a non-GAAP financial measure (see Appendix 8 for definitions). The consolidated income statement for Q1 2017 is provided in Appendix 3 and a reconciliation of IFRS net income reported to business net income is set forth in Appendix 4; (3) The closing of the disposal of Merial in Mexico is expected in 2017

Sanofi Chief Executive Officer, Olivier Brandicourt, commented:
"We have started the year with robust growth driven by Specialty Care and Vaccines as well as good performance in Emerging Markets. Our top line in the first quarter also benefited from the integration of the Boehringer Ingelheim CHC and European vaccine businesses. At the same time, the simplified organization continues to contribute to Sanofi's financial performance. The U.S. launch of Dupixent® for moderate-to-severe atopic dermatitis marks a key innovation milestone on our strategic roadmap and lays the foundation for our new immunology franchise. We are excited to bring this highly innovative medicine to patients suffering from this devastating disease."

Q1 2017 sales growth supported by Specialty Care, Vaccines and Emerging Markets

  • Net sales were €8,648 million, up 11.1% on a reported basis and 8.6% at CER reflecting the acquisition of Boehringer Ingelheim's (BI) CHC business and full consolidation of Sanofi's European vaccine operations. At constant structure and CER, net sales were up 3.5%.
  • Sanofi Genzyme (Specialty Care) GBU sales increased 15.5% at CER driven by Multiple Sclerosis products.
  • Diabetes and Cardiovascular GBU sales were down 7.7% at CER; Global Diabetes franchise sales decreased 6.0%.
  • Sanofi Pasteur GBU grew 13.2% at CER and constant structure due to the strong performance of pediatric combinations.
  • CHC GBU sales were up 4.7% at CER and constant structure driven by the performance in Europe.
  • Emerging Markets sales increased 8.5% at CER and constant structure.

Strong financial results and 2017 guidance confirmed

  • Business operating income of €2,442 million, up 7.6% at CER and constant structure.
  • Business EPS grew 3.0% at CER to €1.42 and increased 6.0% on a reported basis.
  • Sanofi continues to expect 2017 Business EPS to be stable to -3% at CER, barring unforeseen major adverse events.
  • IFRS net income of €5,701 million (up 424%) included a net gain of €4,427 million resulting from the divestment of Merial.

Sanofi progresses on its 2020 roadmap

  • Integration of Boehringer Ingelheim CHC business on track, enhancing Sanofi's position in key categories and regions.
  • Following the termination of the SPMSD JV, European vaccine business now fully driven by Sanofi.
  • Dupixent®, a breakthrough therapy for moderate-to-severe atopic dermatitis, now available to adult patients in the U.S.
  • Soliqua™100/33, first once-daily fixed combination of Lantus® and lixisenatide for type-2 diabetes, launched in the U.S.
  • Kevzara™ BLA for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis granted PDUFA date of May 22, 2017.
  • FDA approval of Xyzal® Allergy 24H for OTC use and launch underway ahead of the U.S. spring allergy season.

R&D update

Regulatory update

Regulatory updates since the publication of 2016 full-year results on February 8, 2017 include the following:

  • In April, the FDA approved a new dosing regimen for Praluent® of 300 mg administered subcutaneously once monthly (every 4 weeks).
  • In April the European Medicine Agency's (EMA) Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) granted a positive opinion for the marketing authorization of Kevzara® (sarilumab), recommending its approval for use in adult patients with moderately to severely active rheumatoid arthritis.
  • In March, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Dupixent® (dupilumab), the first and only biologic medicine approved for the treatment of adults with moderate-to-severe atopic dermatitis (AD) whose disease is not adequately controlled with topical prescription therapies, or when those therapies are not advisable.
  • Following successful conclusion of Le Trait manufacturing site inspection by FDA, the Kevzara™ (sarilumab) U.S. BLA was accepted in April for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis with a PDUFA date of May 22, 2017.
  • At the end of April 2017, the R&D pipeline contained 46 pharmaceutical new molecular entities (excluding Life Cycle Management) and vaccine candidates in clinical development of which 13 are in Phase 3 or have been submitted to the regulatory authorities for approval.

Portfolio update

Phase 4:

  • Top-line results of the ODYSSEY OUTCOMES study on Praluent® are now expected to be reported in the first quarter of 2018 based on communications from the independent DSMB (Data and Safety Monitoring Board). Recruitment for this 18,600-patient cardiovascular outcomes trial was completed in November 2015 and the scheduled two-year follow-up of patients is underway.

Phase 3:

  • The results of the CAFÉ study evaluating dupilumab in cyclosporine-resistant patients in moderate-to-severe atopic dermatitis were positive and demonstrated an acceptable safety profile. These results will be submitted to the EMA and presented at a scientific Congress.

  • In March, detailed results from the one-year Phase 3 CHRONOS study were presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD). In this study, patients receiving Dupixent® with topical corticosteroids (TCS) achieved significantly improved measures of overall disease severity compared to TCS alone in adults with uncontrolled moderate-to-severe AD with a safety profile consistent with previous studies.

Phase 2:

  • SP0232 / MEDI8897 (partnership with MedImmune), a monoclonal antibody, entered the portfolio in Phase 2 for the prevention of lower respiratory tract illness in infants caused by respiratory syncytial virus.

  • SAR566658, a maytansin-loaded anti-CA6 monoclonal antibody, entered into Phase 2 for the treatment of triple negative breast cancer.

  • A Phase 2 study was initiated to evaluate isatuximab in acute lymphoblastic leukemia.

Phase 1:

  • SAR440181 / MYK491 (collaboration with MyoKardia), for the treatment of dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM1 myosin activation), entered Phase 1.

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2017 guidance

Sanofi expects 2017 Business EPS to be stable to -3% at CER, barring unforeseen major adverse events, consistent with its previously announced Strategic Roadmap guidance for the 2016-17 period. Applying the average March 2017 exchange rates to the rest of the year, the currency impact on 2017 Business EPS is estimated to be +3% to +4%.

Forward-Looking Statements

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