Bristol-Myers Squibb reports third quarter results

Bristol-Myers SquibbBristol-Myers Squibb Company (NYSE:BMY) today reported results for the third quarter of 2016 which were highlighted by strong sales and operating performance, and continued growth for key products including Opdivo and Eliquis . The company raised full-year guidance for 2016 and provided guidance expectations for 2017, announced a new $3 billion share repurchase authorization, and announced an evolution of the company’s operating model to focus resources behind the company’s highest priorities, accelerate its pipeline and simplify infrastructure.

"Our third quarter was marked by strong commercial execution and solid trends across our products and geographies," said Giovanni Caforio, M.D., chief executive officer, Bristol-Myers Squibb."“While we are disappointed with the results of CheckMate -026, a setback in first-line lung in the short term, our overall strategic focus does not change. Going forward, we see growth in both the near and long term to continue to be driven by Opdivo, Eliquis and Orencia , and by an exciting pipeline of specialty medicines over time. As we focus on the future, we are evolving our operating model to more effectively focus resources on key priorities and simplify execution to deliver sustainable growth and to speed transformational medicines to patients."

Third quarter financial results

  • Bristol-Myers Squibb posted third quarter 2016 revenues of $4.9 billion, an increase of 21% compared to the same period a year ago. Global revenues increased 22% adjusted for foreign exchange impact. Excluding Erbitux , global revenues increased 26% or 27% adjusted for foreign exchange impact.
  • U.S. revenues increased 36% to $2.8 billion in the quarter compared to the same period a year ago. International revenues increased 5%. When adjusted for foreign exchange impact, international revenues increased 7%.
  • Gross margin as a percentage of revenues was 73.5% in the quarter compared to 73.0% in the same period a year ago.
  • Marketing, selling and administrative expenses decreased 3% to $1.1 billion in the quarter.
  • Research and development expenses increased 1% to $1.1 billion in the quarter.
  • The effective tax rate was 22.1% in the quarter, compared to 26.0% in the third quarter last year.
  • The company reported net earnings attributable to Bristol-Myers Squibb of $1.2 billion, or $0.72 per share, in the quarter compared to $706 million, or $0.42 per share, a year ago.
  • The company reported non-GAAP net earnings attributable to Bristol-Myers Squibb of $1.3 billion, or $0.77 per share, in the third quarter, compared to $648 million, or $0.39 per share, for the same period in 2015. An overview of specified items is discussed under the "Use of Non-GAAP Financial Information" section.
  • Cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities were $8.6 billion, with a net cash position of $1.8 billion, as of September 30, 2016.

Global revenues for the third quarter of 2016, compared to the third quarter of 2015, were driven by Opdivo, which grew by $615 million; Eliquis, which grew 90%; Yervoy , which grew 19%; Orencia, which grew 18%; and Sprycel , which grew 15%.

About Bristol-Myers Squibb
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