- Revenue growth driven by gastroenterology, oncology and emerging markets
|First half results aligned with management guidance
Christophe Weber, President and Chief Executive Officer of Takeda, commented:
"In the first half of FY2015, Takeda continued its turnaround with underlying revenue growth of 3.8%, led by our growth drivers of gastroenterology, oncology and emerging markets. Operating profit was down in the first half of the year, mainly due to an increase in expenses for several recent launches and in R&D, as planned, but underlying core earnings increased by 3.7%, getting closer to underlying revenue growth. On the basis of our first-half results, we confirm our full-year management guidance."
|FY 2014||FY 2015||Growth|
|EPS||78 yen||69 yen||-11.2%||–|
|Core EPS||134 yen||135 yen||+1.2%||+7.9%|
Underlying revenue growth in the first half was +3.8%, Underlying Core Earnings was +3.7% and Underlying Core EPS was +7.9%, with no changes in our management guidance for FY2015. Reported revenue grew +6.2% to 904.0 billion yen. An increase in expenses for new launch products, as well as a decrease in other income related to sale of real estate in 2014, resulted in a year-to-year decline in Operating Profit, Net Profit and EPS, by 6.2 billion yen, 7.1 billion yen and 9 yen, respectively. These measures have improved in the second quarter compared to the first quarter.
Underlying revenue growth was mainly driven by Takeda's growth drivers, which are gastroenterology, oncology and emerging markets. Gastroenterology grew by +28.7% year-to-year, driven by Entyvio. Oncology revenue, including Velcade and Adcetris, increased by +1.6%. Emerging markets revenue grew by +7.1%, led by Value Brands (branded generics and OTC), with strong growth in Russia and China. Performance in the U.S. (+12.0% underlying revenue growth) and Europe and Canada (+1.5%) also contributed to revenue growth. In Japan, products such as Azilva and Lotriga contributed to revenue growth, but as a result of increasing generic competition, total revenue declined -3.4%.
Project Summit – a company-wide strategic initiative to increase efficiency – continued to produce results, with 11 billion yen savings in the first half. Execution of Summit initiatives in recent months include business restructuring programs, further optimization of production capacity utilization, and continued operational efficiency. A new global procurement organization also contributed by leveraging effective external spending. Efficiency initiatives as part of Project Summit remain on track, and Takeda is committed to continued operational efficiency.
Entyvio is expected to be a key global contributor to Takeda's sales growth over the next few years, and Azilva, Lotriga, and Takecab are the products that are expected to enable Takeda to maintain a leading position in Japan. As part of the ongoing efforts of the R&D organization, ixazomib for relapsed/refractory multiple myeloma was granted accelerated assessment status in Europe in July, and Priority Review status in the U.S. in September 2015. In Japan, Takeda submitted a New Drug Application for the fixed-dose combination tablet of Nesina and metformin, and received approval for Leuplin 24 week depot for the treatment of prostate cancer and premenopausal breast cancer and for Copaxone for the treatment of multiple sclerosis in September 2015.
Takeda confirmed its management guidance for FY2015, leading to long-term sales and profit growth.
|Underlying Revenue||Low single digit|
|Underlying Core Earnings||Higher than underlying revenue growth|
|Underlying Core EPS||Higher than underlying core earnings growth|
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