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UCB's financial update

  • 2022 total revenue and adjusted EBITDA margin at the upper end of the guided range
  • Cimzia® reached its peak sales target of € 2bn in 2022
  • Fintepla® peak sales expected to reach € 800 million by 2027

Brussels (Belgium), 9 January 2023 – 7:00 AM CET – UCB announced today that the company expects to land at the upper end of the range of its financial guidance 2022 which aimed at a total revenue in the range of € 5.3 to 5.4 billion and an adjusted EBITDA margin in the range of 21 – 22%. At the same time, UCB also announces that in 2022, Cimzia® (certolizumab pegol) has reached its guided peak sales target of € 2bn ahead of time (expected by 2024).

"We are satisfied with our operating performance in 2022," says Sandrine Dufour, CFO of UCB. "Thanks to the performance of our key products, the successful integration of our latest acquisition as well as cost discipline, wise resource allocations and efficiencies, we expect to land at the upper end of the ranges of our financial guidance given earlier in 2022. We are also very confident about the future of UCB. We will give a financial guidance for 2023 on 22 February 2023. At this point in time, we’re already sharing the expected peak sales for Fintepla® (fenfluramine) of € 800 million by 2027."

Reaching the upper end of UCB's financial guidance – despite the macroeconomic headwinds - is mainly driven by the solid performance of the company's core products, like Cimzia® (certolizumab pegol) and Vimpat® (lacosamide), as well as cost discipline, wise resource allocations, efficiencies and the meanwhile successful finished integration of Zogenix (acquired in March 2022) being less dilutive than expected.

UCB will publish its Full Year 2022 financial results on 22nd of February at 7am CET.

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 approximately 8,600 people in approximately 40 countries, the company generated revenue of €5.8 billion in 2021. UCB is listed on Euronext Brussels (symbol: UCB). Follow us on Twitter: @UCB_news.

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