GÖTEBORG, Sweden--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Regulatory News:
- Group net sales reached SEK 6,478 million (6,758), corresponding to organic growth of 1% compared to previous year.
- EBITDA amounted to SEK 1,845 million (2,180), corresponding to a 28.5% margin (32.3).
- Operating profit totaled SEK 765 million (1,109).
- Profit after tax amounted to SEK 400 million (651).
- Earnings per share reached SEK 1.34 (2.19).
- Cash earnings per share amounted to SEK 3.81 (4.45).
Second quarter 2013
- Group net sales reached SEK 3,279 million (3,383), corresponding to organic growth of 2% compared to previous year.
- EBITDA amounted to SEK 922 million (1,027), corresponding to a 28.1% margin (30.4).
- Operating profit totaled SEK 381 million (489).
- Profit after tax amounted to SEK 192 million (283).
- Earnings per share reached SEK 0.64 (0.95).
- Cash earnings per share amounted to SEK 2.04 (2.52).
Our focus on growth is beginning to show results. Organic growth in the second quarter stood at 2% as sales of Dymista were able to help compensate for generic competition on some older products in the US market. Our US operation showed organic growth of 4%. The Dymista launch is on schedule, and we continue to gradually roll out the product in new European markets.
Growth in Emerging Markets is good, while OTC products declined in the second quarter. This was primarily due to lower sales of certain OTC products in the Nordics as well as Betadine in southern Europe. As previously announced, we are prioritizing OTC efforts internationally, and we see good growth for these products and markets.
These efforts to increase growth will have a negative effect on profitability in the short term but should help increase the company’s profitability in the long-term.
As far as the outlook for the remainder of 2013, I stand firm on the assessment that we will achieve organic growth of 3-5% for full year 2013. This challenge is in line with our plans and means that we are counting on higher growth in the second half of the year than we have had in the first half. Most of this increase is expected to occur in the fourth quarter. This growth will be driven by Dymista and Emerging Markets.
Group president and CEO
1) Organic growth is defined as sales growth adjusted for currency effects, acquisitions, disposed operations, and revenues from the cooperation agreement with Valeant.
Webcasted presentation of the report on August 2 at 10:30 AM
The presentation can be reached at www.meda.se/financial-information (http://www.meda.se/sv/finansiell-information). A recorded version will also be available until the next interim report is presented.
The company’s auditors did review this interim report.
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