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Pharmaleaders Global Indian of the Decade Dr Kiran Shaw led Biocon posts robust growth, Collaboration in key areas!

Biocon delivers 16% growth led by Research Services&Branded Formulations

9MFY14 Performance: Revenues at Rs2,187Crores; EBITDA at Rs550Crores;

PAT at Rs301Crores

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Commenting on the quarterly performance and highlights, Chairman and Managing Director, Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw stated,“Q3FY14 has been a very eventful quarter for us, with several research milestones across our novel molecules and biosimilars portfolio. The key highlight was the DCGI approval for our biosimilarTrastuzumab, which paved the way for its commercial launch in India as CANMAb™.  CANMAb™ is not only the world’s first biosimilarTrastuzumab, but is also the most affordable worldwide. We have also strengthened our R&D pipeline with 2 new alliances giving us access to novel technology platforms.

The performance of the Biopharmaceuticalssegment has been steady as we continue our efforts to optimise the product basket. We have witnessed sustained business momentum in Research Services, and a return to growth for our Branded Formulations vertical. Our investment efforts in Malaysia continue and we are on track to commission our insulin facility in FY15. We expect to close this financial year with a strong performance across business verticals.”

Highlights:

  • Revenue growth in 9M FY14reflectsthe strength of our differentiated portfolios

v  Biopharmaceuticalssegment: 14% YoY

v  Research Services segment: 35% YoY

  • 9MFY14 Group EBITDA and PAT margins at 25% and 14% respectively
  • R&D investments for 9MFY14:Rs102Crores(6% of Biopharmaceutical segment sales)
  • Announced the launch ofCANMAb™, world’s firstbiosimilarTrastuzumab, in India
  • Strategic partnerships with:
    • Quark Pharmaceuticals to develop siRNA based novel therapeutics
    • Advaxis Inc. fora novel cancer immunotherapy
  • Ranked at No 6. in the ‘Global Top 20 Employers’ list for Bio pharma sector by the Science Magazine, 2013

Quarterly Business Performance

Financial Highlights: Q3 FY14 (In RsCrores)

Revenue : 719

R&D Expenses: 20(4% of Biopharmaceutical segment sales)

EBITDA: 187(EBITDA Margin: 26%)

PAT:  105(PAT Margin:15%)

Revenue Breakup:

  • Biopharmaceuticals: 517
  • Research Services: 183
  • Other Income: 19

 

Biopharmaceuticals

The Biopharmaceuticalssegment delivered a growth of9% YoYat Constant Exchange Rate (CER) during 9M FY14. For Q3 FY14, at CER, the segment performance declined 2% YoY.

 

Small Molecules

As indicated earlier, the small molecules portfolio is currently being optimized to balance margin accretionwith growth platforms. We have seen good momentum in Immunosuppressants and Orlistat, while the changing product mix for statins have helped balance out the headwinds in the industry.

 

Biosimilars

Our biosimilarInsulins portfolio continues to deliver strong growth. Our genericrh-Insulin is now approved in over 50 countries. Along with our partner Mylan, we continue with the groundwork to initiate a global Phase III trial for our generic InsulinGlargine.

 

We have announced the launch ofCANMAb™, our biosimilarTrastuzumab in India. Our product is the first biosimilarTrastuzumab to be commercialized anywhere in the world; and comes with robust data from a 2 year long Phase III biosimilarity trial conducted in India on over 130 patients. Keeping the emerging market needs in perspective, we have launched the drug in two strengths (150 mg and 440 mg).The 150 mg presentation will help eliminate drug wastage and enable additional savings for patients, when used in conjunction with the standard 440 mg vial. CANMAb™ will be sold in India through Biocon’sOncotherapeutics division under the Branded Formulations vertical and will be available to patients in early February 2014.

Branded Formulations

The Branded Formulations vertical grew at 15% YoYin Q3 FY14, vis-à-vis the industry growth of 5% YoY, closing the period with 99Crs in sales. The impasse between the trade and the pharma companies has largely been resolved, and we have seen growth return to the market driven by chronic therapies.

The growth for this quarter has been led by our flagship brands of Basalog®Insupen®, BioMab EGFR® and Abraxane®. In addition, we have seen very enthusiastic uptake of Cytosorb®, a novel therapy in sepsis management that we had launched last quarter.

We have signed a licensing and co-development agreement with Advaxis Inc. for ADXS-HPV, a novel cancer immunotherapy to treat Human Papilloma Virus (HPV)-associated cervical cancer in India and key emerging markets.

Novel Molecules

We commenced global trials for our oral insulin (IN 105) program in the US. Our partnership with BMS on this asset continues, in line with their decision to retain this asset.

We entered into a strategic collaboration with Quark Pharmaceuticals this quarter, to develop a range of siRNA based novel therapeutics. This co-development alliance will leverage Quark’s proprietary technology platform to target various unmet medical needs. The lead candidate in this program is QPI-1007, a novel siRNA drug candidate for ophthalmic conditions.

 Research Services

The Research Services segment grew 22% YoY and 15% YoY at Constant Exchange Rate (CER) for 9M FY14 and Q3 FY14 respectively, with widespread growth across our service platforms.

Commenting on this performance, Peter Bains, Director Syngene International, said,“We are pleased with the strong growth delivered by Research Services through 9MFY14. This reflects sustained business momentum and an increasing penetration of our integrated service offerings. As pharma and biopharma continue to evolve their R&D models, we see a sustained emphasis on collaborative externalization. In addition, there is increasing interest from allied sectors such as nutrition, consumer &animal health and agrichemicals to create partnerships between our research and development capabilities and their product pipelines. I am also pleased to report that Syngene has successfully cleared its first USFDA audit of its quality systems, with no observations or 483s.  The audit was triggered by an application from one of our existing clients, and gives further credence to the world class quality systems, underpinning our service platforms.”

 Outlook

The outlook for FY14 remains positive while we strive to balance our revenue growth and R&D spend. Our portfolio and cost optimization initiatives continue, helping us manage our margins more effectively. We continue to invest in our R&D pipeline, and the several milestones achieved over the course of this year are indicative of the growth opportunities ahead of us. Our Malaysia facility is on track for commissioning in FY15.

About Biocon

 

Established in 1978, Biocon Limited, (BSE code: 532523, NSE Id: BIOCON, ISIN Id: INE376G01013) is India’s largest and Asia’s leading biotechnology company with a strategic focus on biopharmaceuticals and research services. It is a fully integrated, innovation-driven biopharma enterprise offering affordable solutions for chronic diseases to patient’s worldwide. Biocon’s robust product portfolio includes the world’s first Pichia-based recombinant human Insulin (INSUGEN®), Glargine(BASALOG®), as well as MAbs like BioMAb-EGFR® for head & neck cancer and Alzumab™ for Psoriasis. It has now successfully developed the world’s first biosimilarTrastuzumab, being introduced as CANMAb™ for HER2 positive breast cancer in India, in 2014.www.biocon.com

 

Disclaimer
Certain statements in this release concerning our future growth prospects are forward-looking statements, which are subject to a number of risks, uncertainties and assumptions that could cause actual results to differ materially from those contemplated in such forward-looking statements. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from our expectations include, amongst others general economic and business conditions in India, our ability to successfully implement our strategy, our research and development efforts, our growth and expansion plans and technological changes, changes in the value of the Rupee and other currency changes, changes in the Indian and international interest rates, change in laws and regulations that apply to the Indian and global biotechnology and pharmaceuticals industries, increasing competition in and the conditions of the Indian biotechnology and pharmaceuticals industries, changes in political conditions in India and changes in the foreign exchange control regulations in India. Neither our company, our directors, nor any of our affiliates, have any obligation to update or otherwise revise any statements reflecting circumstances arising after this date or to reflect the occurrence of underlying events, even if the underlying assumptions do not come to fruition.

 

 

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