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Slow Start but Outlook 2013 and Growth Prospects Confirmed

  • Core medicines Cimzia®, Vimpat® and Neupro® with 23% growth reach combined net sales of EUR 247 million.
  • Slow start in 2013 due to delayed allergy season and Keppra® erosion with total revenue at EUR 799 million (-9%) and Keppra® net sales of EUR 171 million, down by 23%
  • Pipeline performance: Cimzia® filed for additional indications, Vimpat® with positive results in monotherapy (US), new compound for Parkinson's disease: tozadenant
  • Financial outlook 2013 confirmed: Total revenue of approximately EUR 3.4 billion. Recurring EBITDA at approximately EUR 680-710 million. Core earnings per share of EUR 1.90-2.05.

Brussels (Belgium), 25 April 2013 – 07:00 (CEST) – regulated information
UCB announced today its interim report for the first three months of 2013.

"UCB is on track for growth. The start in the first three months of 2013 shows solid growth of our core medicines, Cimzia®, Vimpat® and Neupro® as well as in emerging markets", said Roch Doliveux, CEO of UCB. "At the same time as we are facing the remaining post exclusivity impacts on Keppra® we are facing strong seasonal effects due to the continued cold winter, affecting our allergy franchise. We are pleased with our pipeline performance, which includes positive phase 3 results in the U.S. with Vimpat® to treat epilepsy in monotherapy and a new project joining our pipeline – tozadenant in Parkinsons' disease."

Total revenue in the first three months of 2013 reached EUR 799 million (-9%;
-7% at constant exchange rates) due to the delayed allergy season and strong Keppra® erosion, partly compensated by the solid growth of Cimzia®, Vimpat® and Neupro®.

Total revenue 2013 is anticipated at approximately EUR 3.4 billion. Recurring EBITDA is expected at approximately EUR 680-710 million. Core earnings per share of EUR 1.90-2.05 are expected based on 179.3 million weighted average shares outstanding.

Continued growth of core medicines

In the first three months of 2013, UCB’s core medicines Cimzia®, Vimpat® and Neupro® delivered double digit growth reaching combined sales of EUR 247 million, +23% at actual exchange rates; +24% at constant exchange rates (CER) compared with the first three months in 2012.

Cimzia® (certolizumab pegol) for Crohn’s disease (CD) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA) reached net sales of EUR 122 million (+25%; +27% CER). Net sales in North America increased to EUR 76 million, plus 13% (+14% CER) while Europe accelerated to EUR 36 million, plus 31% (+32% CER). In the 'rest of the world,' Cimzia® reported net sales of EUR 10 million, after EUR 2 million in the first three months 2012.

Vimpat®(lacosamide) for adjunctive therapy of epilepsy showed net sales of EUR 88 million (+15%; +16% CER). In North America, net sales were EUR 66 million, up 17% (+17% CER), while Europe reported net sales of EUR 20 million (+13%; +13% CER). In 'rest of the world', net sales were stable at EUR 2 million.

Neupro® (rotigotine), the patch for Parkinson’s disease (PD) and restless legs syndrome (RLS) grew by 36% (+37% CER) reaching net sales of EUR 36 million. Net sales in North America reached EUR 6 million after the launch in summer 2012. Growth in Europe was plus 11% to EUR 29 million. In 'rest of the world' net sales were EUR 2 million after EUR 1 million in the first three months of 2012.

Net sales of the anti-epileptic drug Keppra® (levetiracetam) decreased by 23%
(-22% CER) during the first three months of 2013 to EUR 171 million. The post exclusivity erosion continues both, in the U.S. (-17%) and in Europe (-37%) where it is accelerating. In other regions, E Keppra® showed double digit growth.

Central nervous system (CNS) R&D update:

Vimpat® (lacosamide) generated positive results in the U.S. Phase 3 monotherapy study: top-line results demonstrate that the conversion to lacosamide monotherapy study met its primary endpoint. Submission to U.S. regulatory authority is planned in the second half of this year.

UCB's CNS partner in Japan, Otsuka Pharmaceutical has launched Neupro® for the treatment of PD and RLS. In December 2012, Neupro® was approved in Japan.

All other clinical development projects in CNS are on track: brivaracetam as adjunctive therapy for the treatment of partial onset seizures in adults with epilepsy, Vimpat® for monotherapy in the EU, for PGTCS, paediatric adjunctive therapy as well as adjunctive therapy in adult patients with partial-onset seizures in Asia.


Immunology R&D update:

The regulatory filings for two new indications for Cimzia® for the treatment of active psoriatic arthritis and active axial spondyloarthritis have been accepted and are now under review by both agencies as well as in further regions. By the end of 2012, UCB submitted the two new regulatory filings to the U.S. and EU regulatory agencies to extend the marketing authorization for Cimzia®.
In Japan, UCB and its partner Astellas have launched Cimzia® for the treatment of adult patients with rheumatoid arthritis. In December 2012, Cimzia® was approved in Japan

Expanding its pipeline, UCB initiated a phase 1 study to assess the new mechanism of action UCB4940, as a new option for the treatment of immunological diseases.

The other clinical development projects in immunology, Cimzia® ExxelerateTM and C-EarlyTM, the phase 3 programs romosozumab in post-menopausal osteoporosis (PMO) and epratuzumab in systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) and also CDP7657 in SLE in phase 1 are advancing.


For further information

Antje Witte, Investor Relations UCB
T +32.2.559.9414,
antje.witte@ucb.com

France Nivelle, Communications UCB
T +32.2.559.9178,
france.nivelle@ucb.com

Laurent Schots, Media Relations, UCB

T +32.2.559.9264, laurent.schots@ucb.com


About UCB
UCB, Brussels, Belgium (www.ucb.com) is a global biopharmaceutical company focused on the discovery and development of innovative medicines and solutions to transform the lives of people living with severe diseases of the immune system or of the central nervous system. With approx. 9 000 people in about 40 countries, the company generated revenue of EUR 3.4 billion in 2012. UCB is listed on Euronext Brussels (symbol: UCB).


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