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Schering-Plough posts 75 percent rise in 4th-quarter profit on strong sales growth

Schering-Plough posts 75 percent rise in 4th-quarter profit on strong sales growth

The drugmaker Schering-Plough Corp. said Monday its fourth-quarter profit surged 75 percent as strong sales of its Remicade and Nasonex treatments helped offset rising costs.
Net income totaled $182 million (euro141.07 million), or 12 cents per share, up from $104 million (euro80.6 million), or 7 cents per share, a year ago. The latest quarter includes a charge of 4 cents per share to streamline the company's manufacturing operations and a charge of a penny per share to license an over-the-counter heartburn treatment.
Excluding items, the company posted profit of 17 cents per share, in line with Wall Street's consensus estimate, according to a Thomson Financial poll.
Sales grew 14 percent to $2.65 billion (euro2.05 billion) from $2.32 billion (euro1.8 billion) a year ago, beating analysts' forecast of $2.53 billion (euro1.96 billion). The company said results were helped by a 34 percent rise in sales of anti-inflammatory Remicade to $337 million (euro261.22 million). Global Nasonex sales rose 37 percent to $253 million (euro196.11 million), with U.S. sales climbing 48 percent to $171 million (euro132.55 million).
Sales from its global cholesterol joint venture with Merck & Co., which include Vytorin and Zetia, totaled $1.1 billion (euro850 million) in the 2006 fourth quarter, up from $755 million (euro585.23 million) in the 2005 period. Adjusting total sales results to include joint venture sales, Schering-Plough said it posted $3.2 billion (euro2.48 billion) of revenue, up 18 percent from $2.7 billion (euro2.09 billion)in the year-earlier period.
The company said sales of its Peg-Intron hepatitis C product declined 3 percent to $208 million (euro161.23 million) primarily due to lower sales in Japan, as a result of the moderation of new patient enrollments into hepatitis C therapy.
Selling, general and administrative costs grew 12 percent to $1.3 billion (euro1.01 billion), reflecting ongoing investments in emerging markets and field support for new product launches, as well as higher promotional spending. Research and development spending increased 33 percent to $631 million (euro489.11 million) due to higher clinical trial costs and an upfront payment associated with the company's licensing of an OTC version of heartburn medication Zegerid.


Updated : 2021-05-09 02:47 GMT+08:00