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UCB Interim Report for the first nine months of 2014: UCB continues the growth path

  • Revenue up 6% to € 2.6 billion (+8% at constant exchange rates)
  • ‘CVN’ combined net sales of € 1 044 million, growing 23% (+26% at constant rates)
  • Emerging markets1 and Japan continue in-market growth
  • Financial outlook confirmed


Brussels, Belgium
24 October 2014 - 7:00am CEST– regulated information:

"UCB’s sustainable growth continues to strengthen as our core medicines, Cimzia®, Vimpat® and Neupro®, are tracking well towards our peak sales and 2014 financial targets. We continue to drive operational excellence and carefully allocate our resources for optimal impact on our pathway to become the patient–preferred biopharma leader," said Jean-Christophe Tellier, CEO-elect of UCB. "We're especially satisfied with early feedback for Vimpat® for monotherapy in the U.S., which we're launching since mid-September – bringing Vimpat® to more patients living with epilepsy."

Total revenue in the first nine months of 2014 reached € 2 647 million (+6%) driven by the 23% growth of Cimzia®, Vimpat® and Neupro® combined net sales of € 1 044 million. This growth more than compensates a modest decline of the Keppra® franchise (-5%) to € 504 million and the decrease in the emerging markets1 and in Japan mainly due to unfavorable exchange rate effects and a declining allergy franchise respectively. At constant exchange rates, net sales in emerging markets were +5%. In Japan, driven by UCB’s core medicines, net sales show strong growth by 47% when adjusted for the allergy franchise.

UCB 2014 Q3 chart 1

Financial outlook confirmed: Revenue should grow to approximately € 3.5-3.6 billion; recurring EBITDA should increase to approximately € 740-770 million. Core earnings per share are expected in the range of € 1.90 – 2.05 based on an average of 192 million shares outstanding.

Cimzia® (certolizumab pegol) for inflammatory TNF-mediated diseases continued its positive growth trajectory. Patient access has been continuously broadened to patients in Japan (with partner Astellas) with rheumatoid arthritis, to patients in the U.S. living with active psoriatic arthritis or active ankylosing spondylitis and patients in the EU with active psoriatic arthritis or severe active axial spondyloarthritis.

UCB Q3 nine months chart 2

Vimpat® (lacosamide) for adjunctive therapy for epilepsy continued its growth path. In the U.S., Vimpat® as monotherapy treatment in adult epilepsy patients with partial-onset seizures was approved and launched in September. The U.S. authorities also approved a new single loading dose administration option for all formulations of Vimpat®.

UCB Q3 nine months chart 3

Neupro® (rotigotine), the patch for Parkinson’s disease and restless legs syndrome, continues to grow supported by the launch in Japan in 2013 by partner Otsuka.

UCB Q3 nine months chart 4

Net sales of the anti-epileptic drug Keppra® (levetiracetam) showed a decrease due to the post exclusivity erosion in U.S. and EU. E Keppra® is showing solid growth in Japan (partner Otsuka) and UCB’s emerging markets.

UCB Q3 nine months chart 5

Pipeline update:
In June, UCB and the European Investment Bank (EIB) partnered to accelerate development of new medicines for patients. This innovative partnership agreement provides “at-risk co-development funding” of up to € 75 million for the development of selected UCB compounds.

In July, UCB and Dermira entered into strategic collaboration in dermatology to broaden patient access to Cimzia®. This collaboration gives Dermira exclusive rights to Cimzia® in psoriasis for patients in the U.S., Canada and the EU.

Also in July, positive topline results from the latest Phase 3 study with brivaracetam showed reduced partial-onset seizure frequency and improved responder rates, both with statistical significance. The most commonly reported adverse events were somnolence, dizziness, fatigue and headache. This study was designed to evaluate the efficacy and safety of brivaracetam (100 and 200 mg/day, without titration) compared to placebo, as adjunctive treatment in adult focal epilepsy patients with partial-onset seizures, not fully controlled despite treatment with one or two concomitant antiepileptic drugs (AEDs). Submissions to U.S. and EU regulatory authorities are planned for early 2015.

UCB4940 and UCB5857, both for immunological diseases, have successfully passed Phase 1. In June, UCB4940 has started Phase 2 with first headline results expected in H2 2015. Phase 2 for UCB5857 is scheduled to begin in early 2015. A new compound has entered Phase 1: UCB7665, a large molecule for immunological diseases.

Also all other development projects in neurology and immunology are advancing as planned.

For further information

Investor Relations

Antje Witte, Investor Relations, UCB
T +32.2.559.94.14, antje.witte@ucb.com

Corporate Communications

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

Alexandra Deschner, Investor Relations, UCBT +32.2.559.9283, alexandra.deschner@ucb.com

Laurent Schots, Media Relations, UCB
T+32.2.559.92.64, 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 8 700 people in approximately 40 countries, the company generated revenue of EUR 3.4 billion in 2013. UCB is listed on Euronext Brussels (symbol: UCB).


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