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UCB Interim Report for the first three months of 2014: UCB with a good start into 2014

  • Revenue up 5% to € 840 million (+9% at constant rates)
  • ‘CVN’ combined net sales of € 318 million, growing 29% (+33% at constant rates)
  • Emerging markets1 and Japan continue underlying growth
  • Breakthrough innovation collaboration in immune-mediated diseases
  • Financial outlook confirmed

Brussels, Belgium24 April 2014 - 7:00am CEST– regulated information:

"UCB has started well in2014 - confirming the solid growth trends of our core medicines, Cimzia®, Vimpat® and Neupro®. We also continue good underlying growth in the emerging markets and Japan," said Roch Doliveux, CEO of UCB. "In addition to progressing our rich late state pipeline, we forged a new collaboration with Sanofi for breakthrough innovation to replace selected biologic agents with small molecules and thus benefit millions of people suffering from severe diseases.”

Total revenue in the first three months of 2014 reached € 840 million (+5%) driven by the 29% growth of Cimzia®, Vimpat® and Neupro® reporting combined net sales of € 318 million, which overcompensated the Keppra® decline of 2% to € 167 million, and the expected decline of allergy products in Japan as well as negative exchange rate effects. In the emerging markets1 and at constant currencies, net sales increased by a double-digit rate. In Japan, driven by UCB’s core medicines, net sales show strong growth when adjusted for the allergy franchise.

Chart 1 Q1 2014

Financial outlook confirmed: 2014 revenue should grow to approximately € 3.5-3.6 billion; recurring EBITDA should increase to approximately € 740-770 million. Core earnings per share also reflect a higher number of shares and are therefore expected in the range of € 1.90 – 2.05 based on an average of 192 million shares outstanding. During the first quarter 2014, the full conversion of the convertible bond led to the issuance of 11 million new UCB shares, hence an increase in number of shares outstanding to 192 million .

Cimzia® (certolizumab pegol) for inflammatory TNF mediated diseases continued its positive growth trajectory. During 2013, patient access has been broadened to patients in Japan (with partner Astellas) suffering from rheumatoid arthritis (RA), to patients in the U.S. suffering from active psoriatic arthritis (PsA) or active ankylosing spondylitis (AS) and patients in the EU with active psoriatic arthritis (PsA) or severe active axial spondyloarthritis (axSpA).

Chart 2 Q1 2014

Vimpat® (lacosamide) for adjunctive therapy for epilepsy continued its growth trend. In the U.S., Vimpat® as monotherapy treatment in adult epilepsy patients with partial-onset seizures is under review by the regulatory authority. In Brazil, Vimpat® was approved earlier this year and is expected to be available to patients during the second half of 2014.

Chart 3 Q1 2014

Neupro® (rotigotine), the patch for Parkinson’s disease (PD) and restless legs syndrome (RLS), grew by a strong 43% driven by the continued launch in the U.S. since 2012 and the launch in Japan in 2013.

Chart 4 Q1 2014

Net sales of the anti-epileptic drug Keppra® (levetiracetam) held well at constant exchange rates. The post exclusivity erosion continues in both affected regions, with the U.S. declining at low single-digit rates and the EU at double-digit rates. In Japan - together with partner Otsuka, E Keppra® is showing strong growth.

Chart 5 Q1 2014

Pre-clinical and clinical pipeline update:
In January, UCB and Biogen Idec signed exclusive agreements granting UCB the right to develop and commercialize medicines from Biogen Idec for the treatment of multiple sclerosis and hemophilia for patients in selected countries in South East Asia and China.

Breakthrough innovation collaboration in immune-mediated diseases with the goal to identify novel small molecule therapies to address a wide range of immune-mediated diseases: In March, UCB and Sanofi entered into a scientific and strategic collaboration for the discovery and development of innovative anti-inflammatory small molecules which have the potential to treat a wide range of immune-mediated diseases that are currently treated by biologic agents.

In March, UCB announced the return of the global rights to tozadenant (SYN115) for the treatment of Parkinson’s disease, to Biotie Therapies Corp. This portfolio decision by UCB is based on its promising early and late stage clinical development pipeline as well as preclinical opportunities and does not reflect any concerns regarding safety or efficacy of tozadenant.

For further information

  • Antje Witte, Investor Relations, UCB
    T +32.2.559.9414, antje.witte@ucb.com
  • Alexandra Deschner, Investor Relations, UCB
    T: +32.2.559.9683, alexandra.deschner@ucb.com
  • France Nivelle, Global 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 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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