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Lilly Delivers Strong Second-Quarter 2018 Results, Revises EPS Guidance

Lilly
Posted on: 25 Jul 18

INDIANAPOLIS, July 24, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Eli Lilly and Company (NYSE: LLY) today announced financial results for the second quarter of 2018.

$ in millions, except

per share data

Second Quarter

%

2018

2017

Change

Revenue

$

6,355.2

$

5,824.3

9%

Net Income (Loss) – Reported

(259.9)

1,008.0

NM

Earnings (Loss) Per Share – Reported

(0.25)

0.95

NM

Net Income – Non-GAAP

1,546.7

1,177.4

31%

EPS – Non-GAAP

1.50

1.11

35%

Certain financial information for 2018 and 2017 is presented on both a reported and a non-GAAP basis. Some numbers in this press release may not add due to rounding. Reported results were prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) and include all revenue and expenses recognized during the periods. Non-GAAP measures exclude the items described in the reconciliation tables later in the release. The company's 2018 financial guidance is also being provided on both a reported and a non-GAAP basis. The non-GAAP measures are presented to provide additional insights into the underlying trends in the company's business. This press release does not constitute an offer of any securities for sale.

"Lilly delivered strong results once more in the second quarter in terms of operational performance, pipeline advancements, and strategic objectives," said David A. Ricks, Lilly's chairman and CEO. "The increase in our worldwide revenue was fueled by volume growth of our new medicines, while we also maintained a keen focus on containing costs and improving productivity. Our pipeline continued to demonstrate our commitment to scientific innovation, highlighted by forward progress for key molecules, several positive late-stage data readouts and the addition of promising new assets through business development. In addition, the strategic decision to pursue an IPO for our Elanco animal health business will maximize the after-tax value for Lilly shareholders and provide Lilly with even greater focus on our human pharmaceutical business."

"As it relates to U.S. drug pricing, the Administration has accelerated an important discussion, and Lilly is committed to working for greater affordability and access to our medicines," added Ricks. "We have not taken a list price increase on any of our medicines since the President's Blueprint was announced, as we remain focused on driving revenue growth through volume, not price. Our second-quarter 2018 results reflect this strategy, and the guidance we have provided for 2018 does not assume U.S. price increases for the remainder of the year. As the responses to the Blueprint are considered, we are hopeful that progress will be made on implementing proposals that lower the out-of-pocket cost of medicines for patients."

Key Events Over the Last Three Months

Regulatory

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved, and the company launched in the U.S., the 2-mg dose of Olumiant® (baricitinib), a once-daily oral medication for the treatment of adults with moderately-to-severely active rheumatoid arthritis (RA) who have had an inadequate response to one or more tumor necrosis factor (TNF) inhibitor therapies.

The FDA approved a label update for Taltz® (ixekizumab) injection 80 mg/mL to include data in psoriasis involving the genital area. The company also received a positive opinion from the European Medicines Agency's Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) regarding this label update for Taltz.

The FDA granted approval for a new indication for Alimta® (pemetrexed for injection) in combination with carboplatin and Keytruda® (pembrolizumab) for the initial treatment of patients with metastatic nonsquamous non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), irrespective of PD-L1 expression status.

The FDA approved a label update for Trulicity® to show the medicine's safety and efficacy in people with type 2 diabetes who have moderate to severe chronic kidney disease (CKD).

Clinical

The company announced that galcanezumab-gnlm met its primary endpoint in a Phase 3 study of patients with episodic cluster headache, demonstrating statistically significant differences in the reduction of weekly cluster headache attacks compared to placebo across weeks one to three of the two-month, double-blind treatment period. The company also announced that a separate Phase 3 study of galcanezumab-gnlm for patients with chronic cluster headache did not meet its primary endpoint. Based on results from the episodic cluster headache trial, the company is working with regulatory agencies around the world to determine the best path forward. 

The company and Pfizer announced that a Phase 3 study of tanezumab in patients with osteoarthritis (OA) pain met all three co-primary endpoints. Tanezumab is part of an investigational class of pain medications known as nerve growth factor inhibitors and in addition to OA pain, is being evaluated for chronic low back pain and cancer pain (due to bone metastases).

The company and Boehringer Ingelheim announced positive top-line results from a trial that evaluated the impact of treatment with Tradjenta® compared with placebo on cardiovascular safety on top of standard of care.

The company and AstraZeneca announced the discontinuation of the global Phase 3 clinical trials of lanabecestat, an oral beta secretase cleaving enzyme (BACE) inhibitor, for the treatment of Alzheimer's disease. The decision was based on recommendations by an independent data monitoring committee, which concluded that both a trial in early Alzheimer's disease and a trial in mild Alzheimer's disease dementia were not likely to meet their primary endpoints upon completion and therefore should be stopped for futility.

The company announced that a Phase 3 study of Taltz for the treatment of Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS), also known as radiographic axial spondyloarthritis (r-axSpA), met its primary and major secondary endpoints. The company plans to submit Taltz for U.S. regulatory approval in AS later this year.

The company and Boehringer Ingelheim announced that two Phase 3 studies investigating the use of empagliflozin in combination with insulin therapy in adults with type 1 diabetes, met their primary endpoints.

Business Development/Other Developments

The company completed its strategic review of Elanco Animal Health, and will file a registration statement in the coming weeks with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for a potential initial public offering (IPO) of a minority ownership stake in Elanco as a separate company. The offering is expected to represent an ownership stake of less than 20 percent. The number of shares to be offered and the price range for the offering have not yet been determined. The company expects to complete the IPO process during the second half of 2018.

The company acquired ARMO BioSciences, an immuno-oncology company, and its lead product candidate pegilodecakin, which has demonstrated clinical benefit as a single agent, and in combination with both chemotherapy and checkpoint inhibitor therapy, across several tumor types.

The company acquired AurKa Pharma, and its oncology compound AK-01, an Aurora kinase A inhibitor that is a potential first-in-class asset being studied in Phase 1 clinical trials in multiple types of solid tumors.

The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana ruled in favor of Lilly that the Alimta vitamin regimen patent would be infringed by a competitor that had stated its intent to market alternative salt forms of pemetrexed prior to the patent's expiration in May 2022. In a separate decision, the District Court also ruled in favor of Lilly, denying another competitor's motion for summary judgment and granting Lilly's cross-motion for summary judgment. Both of these rulings have been appealed.

The company completed its previously-announced $5 billion share repurchase program and has authorized a new $8 billion share repurchase program.

Second-Quarter Reported Results

In the second quarter of 2018, worldwide revenue was $6.355 billion, an increase of 9 percent compared with the second quarter of 2017. The revenue increase was driven by a 7 percent increase due to volume and a 2 percent increase due to the favorable impact of foreign exchange rates.

Revenue in the U.S. increased 8 percent, to $3.602 billion, driven primarily by increased volume for new pharmaceutical products, including Trulicity, Basaglar®, Taltz, and Verzenio™, as well as an increase in U.S. collaboration revenue, partially offset by decreased volume for products that have lost exclusivity, including Effient® and Strattera®.

Revenue outside the U.S. increased 10 percent, to $2.753 billion, largely due to increased volume for new pharmaceutical products, including Trulicity, Olumiant, and Taltz, as well as the favorable impact of foreign exchange rates. The increase in revenue was partially offset by decreased volume for Cialis®, as well as lower realized prices for several pharmaceutical products.

Gross margin increased 9 percent, to $4.653 billion, in the second quarter of 2018 compared with the second quarter of 2017. Gross margin as a percent of revenue was 73.2 percent, an increase of 0.2 percentage points compared with the second quarter of 2017. The increase in gross margin percent was primarily due to manufacturing efficiencies, largely offset by the effect of foreign exchange rates on international inventories sold and the timing of manufacturing production.

Operating expenses in the second quarter of 2018, defined as the sum of research and development and marketing, selling, and administrative expenses, decreased 1 percent to $2.987 billion, reflecting previously-announced actions taken to reduce the company's cost structure. Research and development expenses increased 5 percent, to $1.333 billion, or 21.0 percent of revenue. This increase was primarily due to additional late-stage development expenditures. Marketing, selling, and administrative expenses decreased 4 percent, to $1.654 billion, due to decreased expenses related to late life-cycle products, partially offset by increased expenses related to new pharmaceutical products.

In the second quarter of 2018, the company recognized acquired in-process research and development charges of $1.624 billion related to the acquisitions of ARMO BioSciences and AurKa Pharma, as well as a collaboration with Sigilon Therapeutics. There were no acquired in-process research and development charges in the second quarter of 2017.

In the second quarter of 2018, the company recognized asset impairment, restructuring, and other special charges of $74.4 million. The charges were primarily associated with asset impairments and contractual commitments related to the suspension of commercial activities for Imrestor®, an animal health product, as well as expenses associated with the review of strategic alternatives for the Elanco animal health business. In the second quarter of 2017, the company recognized asset impairment, restructuring, and other special charges of $50.0 million, primarily associated with integration costs and asset impairments related to the acquisition and integration of Novartis Animal Health.

Operating income (loss) in the second quarter of 2018 was a loss of $33.2 million, compared to income of $1.200 billion in the second quarter of 2017.  The operating loss was primarily driven by the acquired in-process research and development charges described above.

Other income (expense) was income of $38.0 million in the second quarter of 2018, compared with income of $60.4 million in the second quarter of 2017.

During the second quarter of 2018, the company incurred $264.7 million of tax expense, despite earning $4.8 million of income before taxes, as a result of the non-deductible acquired in-process research and development charges totaling $1.558 billion related to the acquisitions of ARMO BioSciences and AurKa Pharma. During the second quarter of 2017, the company's effective tax rate was 20.0 percent.

In the second quarter of 2018, net income (loss) and earnings (loss) per share were a loss of $259.9 million and $0.25, respectively, compared with income of $1.008 billion and earnings per share of $0.95 in the second quarter of 2017. These decreases in net income (loss) and earnings (loss) per share were primarily driven by the acquired in-process research and development charges described above.

Second-Quarter Non-GAAP Measures

On a non-GAAP basis, second-quarter 2018 gross margin increased 9 percent, to $4.838 billion. Gross margin as a percent of revenue was 76.1 percent, a decrease of 0.2 percentage points compared with the second quarter of 2017. The decrease in gross margin percent was primarily due to the effect of foreign exchange rates on international inventories sold and the timing of manufacturing production, largely offset by manufacturing efficiencies.

Reflecting the company's previously-announced actions to reduce its cost structure, operating expenses were 47.0 percent of revenue in the second quarter of 2018, a reduction of 4.5 percentage points compared with the second quarter of 2017.

Operating income increased $408.2 million, or 28 percent, to $1.852 billion in the second quarter of 2018, primarily due to higher revenue and lower operating expenses.

The effective tax rate was 17.0 percent in the second quarter of 2018, compared with 21.7 percent in the second quarter of 2017. The lower effective tax rate for the second quarter of 2018 was primarily due to U.S. tax reform enacted in December 2017.

In the second quarter of 2018, net income increased 31 percent, to $1.547 billion, and earnings per share increased 35 percent, to $1.50, compared with $1.177 billion and $1.11, respectively, in the second quarter of 2017. The increases in net income and earnings per share were primarily driven by higher operating income.

For further detail of non-GAAP measures, see the reconciliation below as well as the Reconciliation of GAAP Reported to Selected Non-GAAP Adjusted Information table later in this press release.

For more information:
www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/lilly-delivers-strong-second-quarter-2018-results-revises-eps-guidance-300685455.html

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Mike Wood
PharmiWeb.com
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Last updated on: 25/07/2018

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