Hikma continues strong 2020 performance and updates full year guidance
Hikma continues strong 2020 performance and updates full year
London, 5 November 2020 – Hikma Pharmaceuticals PLC (Hikma, Group), the multinational pharmaceutical group,
today provides an update on current trading.
Siggi Olafsson, Hikma’s CEO, said: “Hikma is performing well, maintaining the positive momentum of the first half.
The breadth of our portfolio, the flexibility of our manufacturing capabilities and the strength of our commercial and
distribution channels are enabling us to supply the medicines most needed by our customers, including those used
in the treatment of COVID-19. We continue to see good demand for our marketed products and are delivering a
strong performance from new launches. As a result of this solid progress, we are raising our full year guidance for
Generics and reiterating our current guidance for Injectables and Branded. Alongside the health and safety of our
employees, Hikma is committed to its purpose of providing high-quality, affordable medicines and we look forward to
the rest of the year with confidence.”
We are delivering a good performance in our global Injectables business. In the US, we have seen lower demand
for COVID-19 related products compared to the first half. Whilst we are seeing the gradual return of elective surgeries,
we do not expect these to return to normal levels until 2021. In MENA, we are seeing good demand across our
portfolio, including our biosimilar products. In Europe, we are delivering strong growth from our marketed products
and new launches and are benefitting from increased demand for contract manufacturing. As COVID-19 cases have
risen again across our geographies, we are working closely with our customers to ensure a consistent supply of our
We are reiterating our guidance for global Injectables core revenue of between $950 million and $980 million for
2020, with core operating margin in the range of 38% to 40%.
Following a strong first half, our Generics business continues to perform well, supported by a better than expected
contribution from new launches and strong demand across our differentiated portfolio. We are making good progress
on the execution of our pipeline and are pleased to have launched icosapent ethyl capsules in the US market, as
announced separately today. Following approval by the US FDA in September, and a swift resolution of outstanding
patent litigation, we have accelerated our launch preparations and are now releasing limited quantities of icosapent
ethyl to our customers. We are working to increase capacity and expect to be able to provide greater availability in
2021. We have also made progress with our pending approval for generic Advair Diskus®, which we expect to launch
in early 2021.
To reflect the stronger-than-expected performance in the year to date, we are increasing our full year guidance for
Generics revenue to $720 million to $740 million, from our previous guidance range of $710 million to $730 million.
We continue to expect core operating margin in the range of 18% to 19% for the full year.
Our Branded business is also performing well. Good demand across our markets, particularly Egypt, Algeria and
Saudi Arabia is helping to offset some disruptions related to COVID-19. While we may see some impact on reported
revenues from negative exchange rate movements, we continue to expect Branded revenue growth in constant
currency to be in the mid-single digits for the full year in 2020.
- PW Editor