Amgen's First Quarter 2014 Revenues Increased 7 Percent To $4.5 Billion

Amgen's First Quarter 2014 Revenues Increased 7 Percent To $4.5 Billion

2014 Revenue and Adjusted EPS Guidance Reaffirmed

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif., April 22, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Amgen (NASDAQ:AMGN) today announced financial results for the first quarter of 2014. Key results include:

Total revenues increased 7 percent to $4,521 million, with 5 percent product sales growth driven by Kyprolis® (carfilzomib), XGEVA® (denosumab), Prolia® (denosumab) and Neulasta® (pegfilgrastim).  The first quarter includes results for Onyx Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Onyx), which was acquired on Oct. 1, 2013.

Adjusted operating income increased 18 percent to $1,860 million, driven by a significant increase in the profitability of Enbrel® (etanercept) following the end of the ENBREL profit share in the fourth quarter of 2013.

The Company generated $1.0 billion of free cash flow, an increase of 9 percent.
Adjusted EPS decreased 5 percent to $1.87, due to favorable tax items in the first quarter of 2013.
GAAP EPS were $1.40 compared to $1.88 and GAAP operating income was $1,364 million compared to $1,442 million. GAAP EPS and operating income in 2014 include non-cash amortization and other expenses for recent acquisitions.

"Strong underlying demand for our products and growth in adjusted operating income make us confident in our full-year growth outlook," said Robert A. Bradway, chairman & chief executive officer. "We continue to advance our robust late stage pipeline and expect to submit global filings for evolocumab in 2014."

First Quarter 2014 Product Sales Performance

Total product sales increased 5 percent year-over-year. Sales declined 9 percent on a sequential basis driven primarily by inventory draw-downs in the first quarter of this year following wholesaler and end customer inventory builds in the fourth quarter of last year, principally affecting ENBREL.

Combined Neulasta and NEUPOGEN® (filgrastim) sales increased 3 percent year-over-year.  This includes sales in new markets whose rights were reacquired effective Jan. 1, 2014.

Global Neulasta sales increased 5 percent year-over-year driven mainly by price.

Global NEUPOGEN sales decreased 3 percent year-over-year due to lower unit demand. 

Enbrel sales decreased 5 percent year-over-year mainly driven by lower unit demand.

Aranesp® (darbepoetin alfa) sales decreased 2 percent year-over-year due to lower unit demand.

EPOGEN® (epoetin alfa) sales increased 6 percent year-over-year.

Sensipar®/Mimpara® (cinacalcet) sales increased 2 percent year-over-year.

Combined sales of Vectibix® (panitumumab) and Nplate® (romiplostim) increased 18 percent year-over-year driven mainly by higher unit demand. 

XGEVA sales increased 25 percent year-over-year driven by higher unit demand.

Prolia sales increased 38 percent year-over-year driven by higher unit demand.

Kyprolis sales were $68 million.

Operating Expense and Tax Rate Analysis, on an Adjusted Basis

Cost of Sales margin improved 0.5 points.

Research & Development (R&D) expenses increased 17 percent in the first quarter of 2014, principally attributable to the addition of Onyx programs.

Selling, General & Administrative (SG&A) expenses decreased 14 percent in the first quarter of 2014 driven primarily by a significant increase in the profitability of ENBREL following the end of the ENBREL profit share, offset partially by the addition of Onyx.

Tax Rate for the first quarter of 2014 excludes two significant benefits recognized in the prior year, namely the federal and state tax benefits associated with the resolution of the Company's federal audit for tax years 2007-2009 and the recognition of the full 2012 federal R&D credit in the first quarter of 2013. The federal R&D credit has not yet been extended for 2014 and is therefore not reflected in the current quarter.

Cash Flow and Balance Sheet Discussion

The Company generated $1.0 billion of free cash flow in the first quarter of 2014 versus $0.9 billion in the first quarter of 2013.

The Company's second quarter 2014 dividend of $0.61 per share declared on March 5, 2014, will be paid on June 6, 2014, to all stockholders of record as of the close of business on May 15, 2014.

The Company did not repurchase shares in the first quarter and has $1.6 billion remaining under its stock repurchase authorization.

 

2014 Guidance

For the full year 2014, the Company continues to expect:

Total revenues to be in the range of $19.2 billion to $19.6 billion and adjusted EPS to be in the range of $7.90 to $8.20. This includes an $800 million incremental operating income contribution due to the end of the ENBREL profit share.

Adjusted tax rate to be in the range of 15 percent to 16 percent. This assumes the federal R&D credit will be extended for 2014 and also includes the impact of the foreign tax credit associated with the Puerto Rico excise tax. The Puerto Rico excise tax credit reduces the adjusted rate by three to four percentage points.

Capital expenditures to be approximately $800 million.

First Quarter Product and Pipeline Update

2014 milestones for innovative pivotal programs:

The Company provided the following information on selected clinical programs:

Kyprolis

The Company stated that the event driven interim analysis of the ASPIRE study and the event driven final analysis of the FOCUS study are expected in Q2/Q3 2014.

Brodalumab

The Company discussed the recent initiation of two Phase 3 studies in patients with psoriatic arthritis.

The Company announced that results from the Phase 3 placebo controlled study in patients with psoriasis are expected in Q2 2014 with results from the two ustekinumab controlled studies expected in the second half of the year.

Ivabradine

The Company announced that it was granted fast-track filing status by the FDA for chronic heart failure.

Blinatumomab

The Company discussed a confirmatory Phase 2 study in relapsed/refractory ALL had completed and that the data will be presented at the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) 2014 Annual Meeting.

Talimogene laherparepvec

The Company announced that the primary analysis of the overall survival secondary endpoint from a Phase 3 study in melanoma will be presented at the ASCO 2014 Annual Meeting.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

In this press release, management has presented its operating results for the first quarters of 2014 and 2013 in accordance with U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and on an adjusted (or non-GAAP) basis. In addition, management has presented its full year 2014 EPS and tax rate guidance in accordance with GAAP and on an adjusted (or non-GAAP) basis. These non-GAAP financial measures are computed by excluding certain items related to acquisitions, cost-savings initiatives and certain other items from the related GAAP financial measures. Management has also presented Free Cash Flow (FCF), which is a non-GAAP financial measure, for the first quarters of 2014 and 2013. FCF is computed by subtracting capital expenditures from operating cash flow, each as determined in accordance with GAAP. Reconciliations for these non-GAAP financial measures to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures are included in the press release. 

The Company believes that its presentation of non-GAAP financial measures provides useful supplementary information to and facilitates additional analysis by investors. The Company uses certain non-GAAP financial measures to enhance an investor's overall understanding of the financial performance and prospects for the future of the Company's core business activities by facilitating comparisons of results of core business operations among current, past and future periods. In addition, the Company believes that excluding the non-cash amortization of intangible assets, including developed product technology rights, acquired in business combinations treats those assets as if the Company had developed them internally in the past, and thus provides a supplemental measure of profitability in which the Company's acquired intellectual property is treated in a comparable manner to its internally developed intellectual property. The Company believes that FCF provides a further measure of the Company's liquidity.

The Company uses the non-GAAP financial measures set forth in the press release in connection with its own budgeting and financial planning. The non-GAAP financial measures are in addition to, not a substitute for, or superior to, measures of financial performance prepared in accordance with GAAP.

About Amgen

Amgen is committed to unlocking the potential of biology for patients suffering from serious illnesses by discovering, developing, manufacturing and delivering innovative human therapeutics. This approach begins by using tools like advanced human genetics to unravel the complexities of disease and understand the fundamentals of human biology.

Amgen focuses on areas of high unmet medical need and leverages its biologics manufacturing expertise to strive for solutions that improve health outcomes and dramatically improve people's lives. A biotechnology pioneer since 1980, Amgen has grown to be the world's largest independent biotechnology company, has reached millions of patients around the world and is developing a pipeline of medicines with breakaway potential. 

For more information, visit www.amgen.com and follow us on www.twitter.com/amgen.

Forward-Looking Statements

This news release contains forward-looking statements that involve significant risks and uncertainties, including those discussed below and others that can be found in our Form 10-K for the year ended Dec. 31, 2013, and in any subsequent periodic reports on Form 10-Q and Form 8-K. Amgen is providing this information as of the date of this news release and does not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statements contained in this document as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

No forward-looking statement can be guaranteed and actual results may differ materially from those we project. The Company's results may be affected by our ability to successfully market both new and existing products domestically and internationally, clinical and regulatory developments (domestic or foreign) involving current and future products, sales growth of recently launched products, competition from other products (domestic or foreign), and difficulties or delays in manufacturing our products. In addition, sales of our products are affected by reimbursement policies imposed by third-party payors, including governments, private insurance plans and managed care providers and may be affected by regulatory, clinical and guideline developments and domestic and international trends toward managed care and healthcare cost containment as well as U.S. legislation affecting pharmaceutical pricing and reimbursement. Government and others' regulations and reimbursement policies may affect the development, usage and pricing of our products. Furthermore, our research, testing, pricing, marketing and other operations are subject to extensive regulation by domestic and foreign government regulatory authorities. We or others could identify safety, side effects or manufacturing problems with our products after they are on the market. Our business may be impacted by government investigations, litigation and product liability claims. If we fail to meet the compliance obligations in the corporate integrity agreement between us and the U.S. government, we could become subject to significant sanctions.  Further, while we routinely obtain patents for our products and technology, the protection offered by our patents and patent applications may be challenged, invalidated or circumvented by our competitors.  We depend on third parties for a significant portion of our manufacturing capacity for the supply of certain of our current and future products and limits on supply may constrain sales of certain of our current products and product candidate development. In addition, we compete with other companies with respect to some of our marketed products as well as for the discovery and development of new products. Discovery or identification of new product candidates cannot be guaranteed and movement from concept to product is uncertain; consequently, there can be no guarantee that any particular product candidate will be successful and become a commercial product.  Further, some raw materials, medical devices and component parts for our products are supplied by sole third-party suppliers. Our efforts to integrate the operations of companies we have acquired may not be successful. Our business performance could affect or limit the ability of our Board of Directors to declare a dividend or our ability to pay a dividend or repurchase our common stock.

CONTACT: Amgen, Thousand Oaks

Kristen Davis, 805-447-3008 (media)

Arvind Sood, 805-447-1060 (investors)

 

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