ANTONY, France, April 15 /PRNewswire/ --
- 1st Quarter 2009: Favourable Developments
- Continuing Strong Growth: +15% (Organic* +14%)
- Successful Launch of Oralair(R) in Germany
- Net Financial Debt: Down 50%
(EUR millions) 2008 08/07 2009 09/08 Million EUR % Sales % Million EUR % Sales % change Southern Europe (1) 37.9 78 14 41.8 74 10 Other EU countries (2) 9.4 19 16 12.7 23 36 Other markets 1.7 3 45 1.7 3 0 SLIT 40.8 83 18 47.2 84 16 SCIT 6.3 13 1 6.9 12 11 Other products 1.9 4 7 2.1 4 11 Q1 sales 49.0 100 15 56.2 100 15 (1) Portugal, Spain, France, Italy, Greece. (2) Including Switzerland
Sales growth of 15% (organic* 14%) was reported over the first quarter 2009 to EUR 56.2 million. The foreign exchange effects were only slightly unfavourable by 0.6%.
This increase further reflected the continuing break through of the sublingual route.
The analysis by geographic region highlights the marked increase of Other EU countries, whose surge in growth (up 36% in 2009 -organic 28%-, up 16% in 2008) mainly comes from the launch of Oralair(R) in Germany and the transfer from a distributor to a subsidiary of the operations in Switzerland.
The Southern European markets performed well in spite of the economic recession in a context of partial reimbursement with a 10% increase in growth.
Lastly, on export markets, operations expectedly marked time following the exceptional 45% growth recorded over the same period in 2008.
(*) excluding foreign exchange effects
Financial position, operations and significant events of the quarter
The financial position improved due to the 50% decline in net financial debt compared the same period of the previous year. The gearing ratio (net debt to equity) was 4%.
There are no significant events or transactions to report since the previous press releases.
Outlook for the current financial year
Even though they are highly favourable, market trends remain too volatile to review the 2009 full-year growth guidance upwards, which to date remains set at 8-10%.
Stallergenes is a European biopharmaceutical company dedicated to desensitization therapies for the prevention and treatment of allergy-related respiratory diseases, e.g. rhinoconjunctivitis and allergic asthma. A pioneer and leader in sublingual desensitization treatments, Stallergenes devotes 21% (gross) of its sales to Research and Development and is actively involved in the development of a new therapeutic class: sublingual desensitization tablets.
In 2008, Stallergenes had sales of EUR 171 million and provided desensitization treatments to more than 500,000 patients.
Euronext Paris (Compartment B) SBF 120. ISIN Code: FR0000065674 Reuters Code: GEN.PA Bloomberg Code: GEN.FP
Additional financial information is available at: http://www.stallergenes.com
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