Roche Holding AG’s share price up, posts an increase of its breast-cancer drug sales that compensate for dropping overall revenue

April 15, 2014 12:11 pm

The Swiss drug manufacturer Roche Holding AG made an e-mailed statement today, announcing that the first-quarter sales of its breast-cancer drugs increased by 17%, as its new drugs outstripped analysts’ estimates, compensating for the decrease of Roche’s overall revenue.

The company announced that its overall group sales decreased to 11.496 billion Swiss francs (13.06 billion dollars) in the first quarter of the current financial year. The figures surpassed analysts’ forecast on a small margin. Roche Holding AG shared that its sales increased by 5%, excluding the currency impact.

Roche Holding AG also reported that its Q1 revenue dropped 1%, as the value of the company’s increasing cancer medicines’ sales was affected by the weakness of the U.S. dollar, Japanese yen and a large number of Latin American currencies, when translated into the strong Swiss franc. Its hepatitis medicine Pegasys’ sales decreased. However, the company explained that the sales of its Perjeta and Kadcyla breast cancer drugs rose thanks to an increasing doctors’ acceptance.

Perjeta’s sales generated 178 million Swiss francs in the first quarter of 2014, surpassing analysts’ estimates of 154.2 million francs. The revenue of Kadcyla reached 102 million Swiss francs, also beating analysts’ forecasts of 98 million francs.

The robust sales of Roche’s new cancer drugs were the ones that helped the company narrow its first-quarter sales’ decrease. In addition, Roche Holding AG also confirmed its projection for generating higher earnings in 2014.

As reported by Bloomberg, Mr. Severin Schwan, the Chief Executive Officer of Roche Holding AG, said that the M&A strategy of the company “is not changing”. Mr. Schwan added: “We will continue to focus on bolt-on acquisitions.” The company’s CEO also shared that Roche intends to continue to seek deals that complete its pharmaceuticals and diagnostics units, especially when its comes to new products and technologies.

Roche Holding AG was 0.39% up to trade at 255.20 Swiss francs per share by 11:51 GMT, capping a one-year change of +10.43%. The 23 analysts offering 12-month price targets for Roche Holding AG have a median target of 290.00, with a high estimate of 335.00 and a low estimate of 250.00. The median estimate represents a 14.08% increase from the last price of 254.20.

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