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Brussels (Belgium), 26 February 2016 – 7:00 (CET) – regulated information –
UCB Full Year Report 2015

  • Product growth drive top and bottom line growth – supported by exchange rates
  • Kremers Urban divestiture increases financial and strategic flexibility
  • R&D update: Briviact® (brivaracetam) for epilepsy approved in EU and U.S.; first Phase 3 study FRAME with romosozumab reports positive topline results; early pipeline strengthened
  • Financial outlook 2016: Revenue expected at approximately € 4.0-4.1 billion, recurring EBITDA of € 970–1 010 million, Core EPS in the range of € 2.90-3.20.

Underlying profitability –recurring EBITDA2- reached € 821 million (+35%; +18% CER), driven by strong net sales growth, higher gross margin and an under-proportional growth of operating expenses supported by tailwind from foreign exchange rates in 2015.

Non-recurring expenses were € 55 million after € 107 million, due to a gain from the divestiture of UCB's established brands in India. Net financial expenses went down to € 96 million from € 162 million, driven by lower interest expenses due to the pay-down of the outstanding retail bond which matured November 2014. Income tax expenses were € 111 million reflecting an average tax rate on recurring activities of 24%.

Profit from discontinued operations, reflecting the divestiture and activities respectively of Kremers Urban, reached € 359 million after € 94 million respectively. In September 2015, UCB entered a definitive agreement with Lannett to sell its U.S. specialty generics business, Kremers Urban. Upon closing of the deal in November 2015, UCB received approximately US$ 1.23 billion consisting of cash consideration of US$ 1.03 billion (subject to certain adjustments) and US$ 200 million senior unsecured notes issued to UCB by Lannett.
Profit of the Group was € 674 million and of which € 623 million is attributable to UCB shareholders and a profit of € 51 million to non-controlling interests. In 2014, € 199 million were attributable to UCB shareholders and a loss of € 10 million to non-controlling interests.

Core earnings per share, which reflect profit attributable to UCB shareholders after tax effects of non-recurring items, financial one-offs and amortization of intangibles, reached € 2.17 per share based on 192 million weighted average shares outstanding from € 1.69 per share based on 191 million shares in 2014 (+28%; +9% CER).

The Board of Directors of UCB proposes a dividend of € 1.10 per share (gross), an increase by four €-Cents or 4%.

Outlook 2016 - UCB expects continued growth. 2016 revenue should reach approximately € 4.0 - 4.1 billion; recurring EBITDA2 should increase to approximately € 970 - 1 010 million. Core earnings per share are expected in the range of € 2.90 - 3.20 based on an expected average of 188 million shares outstanding.

FY 2015 – Financial highlights
A full financial report on the consolidated results is available on the UCB website: http://www.ucb.com/investors/Financials/


  1. Due to rounding, some financial data may not add up in the tables included in this management report.
  2. CER : constant exchange rates

"The statutory auditor has issued an unqualified report with no emphasis of matter paragraph dated 25 February 2016 on the company’s consolidated accounts as of and for the year ended 31 December 2015, and has confirmed that the accounting data reported in the accompanying press release is consistent, in all material respects, with the accounts from which it has been derived."

For further information

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

Isabelle Ghellynck,
 Investor Relations, UCB
T+32.2.559.9588, isabelle.ghellynck@ucb.com

Corporate Communications
France Nivelle 
Global Communications, UCB
T +32.2.559.9178 france.nivelle@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 more than 7 700 people in approximately 40 countries, the company generated revenue of € 3.9 billion in 2015. UCB is listed on Euronext Brussels (symbol: UCB). Follow us on Twitter: @UCB_news

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