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Sanofi delivers strong Q1 2019 business EPS growth of 9.4% at CER

PARIS, April 26, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Sanofi (NASDAQ: SNY; EURONEXT: SAN)

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First-quarter sales(2) growth driven by Specialty Care, Vaccines and strong contribution from Emerging Markets

  • Net sales were €8,391 million, an increase of 6.2% on a reported basis, 4.2%(2) at CER and 3.8% at CER/CS(3).
  • Sanofi Genzyme GBU sales were up 30.8% (16.0% at CER/CS(3)), driven by Dupixent® and consolidation of Bioverativ.
  • Vaccines sales up 20.1%, reflecting the recovery and growth of Pentaxim® in China and Menactra® strength in Emerging Markets.
  • CHC sales up 0.6%, as Emerging Markets growth more than offset lower sales in mature markets and non-core divestments.
  • Primary care GBU sales were down 17.0% (-11.8% at CER/CS) impacted by lower diabetes sales and divestiture of EU generics.
  • Emerging Markets sales(4) grew strongly (up 13.6%) across all regions, primarily driven by China.

Q1 2019 business EPS(1) growth reflected sales performance, favorable product mix and cost discipline

  • Q1 2019 business net income increased 10.5% to €1,765 million and 9.0% at CER.
  • Business EPS(1) in the first quarter was up 9.4% at CER to €1.42.
  • IFRS EPS was €0.91 (up 12.3%).

Full-year 2019 business EPS(1) guidance confirmed

  • Sanofi continues to expect 2019 business EPS(1) to grow between 3% and 5% at CER(5) barring unforeseen major adverse events. Applying the average April 2019 exchange rates, the currency impact on 2019 business EPS is estimated to be around 2%.

Key regulatory milestones achieved in R&D

  • Dupixent® approved in the U.S. for atopic dermatitis in adolescent patients.
  • FDA granted Priority Review in the U.S. for Dupixent® in adults with chronic rhinosinusitis with nasal polyps.
  • CHMP recommended approval of Dupixent® in EU for severe asthma in adults and adolescents.
  • Praluent® label extension approved by EMA to include reduction of the risk of cardiovascular events in eligible patients.
  • Libtayo® approved in Canada for cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma.
  • CHMP recommended approval in EU and U.S. FDA issued a CRL(6).regarding ZynquistaTM for type 1 diabetic adult patients.

Sanofi Chief Executive Officer, Olivier Brandicourt, commented:
"I am pleased with the strong start in 2019 as we sustained our new growth phase and delivered business EPS growth of 9.4%. We executed on key launches in Specialty Care led by the impressive uptake of Dupixent® in atopic dermatitis and asthma and also delivered strong growth in Vaccines. At the same time, our new GBU structure enabled us to optimize our growth opportunity in China & Emerging Markets and to adapt to the pressures in Primary Care. Based on our performance in the first quarter, we remain confident in the growth outlook for our business over the rest of the year despite challenging industry dynamics."

(1) 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 2019 is provided in Appendix 3 and a reconciliation of reported IFRS net income to business net income is set forth in Appendix 4; (2) Changes in net sales are expressed at constant exchange rates (CER) unless otherwise indicated (see Appendix 8); (3) Constant Structure: Adjusted for Bioverativ acquisition and divestment of European Generics business; (4) See definition page 8; (5) 2018 business EPS was €5.47; (6) Complete Response Letter.

R&D update

Consult Appendix 6 for full overview of Sanofi's R&D pipeline

Regulatory update

Regulatory updates since February 7, 2019 include the following:

  • In March, the European Medicines Agency's Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) adopted a positive opinion for ZynquistaTM (sotagliflozin, developed by Sanofi and Lexicon), a dual SGLT1 and SGLT2 inhibitor, recommending its approval in the European Union for the treatment of adults with type 1 diabetes. In March, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a Complete Response Letter regarding the New Drug Application for Zynquista™ for the treatment of adults with type 1 diabetes in combination with insulin.
  • In March, Praluent® (collaboration with Regeneron) was approved in the European Union to reduce the risk of cardiovascular events in patients with established cardiovascular disease
  • In March, the U.S. FDA approved Dupixent® (collaboration with Regeneron) for adolescent patients 12 to 17 years of age with moderate-to-severe atopic dermatitis whose disease is not adequately controlled with topical prescription therapies, or when those therapies are not advisable.
  • In March, the U.S. FDA accepted for Priority Review the supplemental Biologics License Application (sBLA) for Dupixent® as an add-on maintenance treatment for adults with inadequately-controlled severe chronic rhinosinusitis with nasal polyps (CRSwNP). The target action date for the FDA decision is June 26, 2019.
  • In March, the European Medicines Agency's CHMP adopted a positive opinion for Dupixent®, recommending its approval in the European Union for use in adults and adolescents (12 years and older) as add-on maintenance treatment for severe asthma with type 2 inflammation characterized by raised blood eosinophils and/or raised FeNO who are inadequately controlled with high dose inhaled corticosteroid plus another medicinal product for maintenance treatment.
  • In the first quarter, the U.S. FDA accepted for review a supplemental Biologic License Application (sBLA) for Fluzone® HD QIV.

At the end of April 2019, the R&D pipeline contained 84 projects including 32 new molecular entities in clinical development. 35 projects are in phase 3 or have been submitted to the regulatory authorities for approval.

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Phase 3:

  • In February, positive results from two phase 3 trials evaluating Dupixent® in patients with recurring severe CRSwNP were presented at the 2019 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology.

Phase 2:

  • A phase 2b/3 study evaluating Dupixent® in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is in the process of being initiated.
  • A phase 2b study evaluating SAR442168, a BTK inhibitor (collaboration with Principia), in multiple sclerosis was initiated.
  • A phase 2 study evaluating isatuximab in combination with chemotherapy in pediatric patients with relapsed refractory acute lymphoblastic leukemia or acute myeloid leukemia was initiated.

Phase 1:

  • SAR441169, a RORC (ROR gamma T) antagonist entered phase 1 for the treatment of psoriasis.


In April, Sanofi and Alnylam agreed to conclude the research and option phase of the companies' 2014 RNAi therapeutics alliance in rare genetic diseases. The material collaboration terms for patisiran, vutrisiran (ALN-TTRsc02) and fitusiran, as previously announced, will continue unchanged. As part of this agreement, Alnylam will advance an additional investigational asset in an undisclosed rare genetic disease through the end of IND-enabling studies. Sanofi will be responsible for any potential further development or commercialization of such asset. In addition, Alnylam and Sanofi have agreed to amend certain terms of the companies' equity agreement, with Sanofi obtaining a release of its lock-up of Alnylam stock holdings, subject to certain trading restrictions, among other provisions.

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Forward-Looking Statements

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