In 2014, the company generated net sales of around 13.3 billion euros, which, currency-adjusted, represented a decline of 3.2 per cent (- 5.3 per cent in euro terms). This resulted in an operating income of some 2.1 billion euros and a return on net sales of 16.1 per cent. For the current financial year, the company expects a moderate increase in net sales compared with the previous year. Boehringer Ingelheim employed more than 47,700 people worldwide in 2014, which is roughly one per cent more than in 2013.
Many additional product launches planned
Boehringer Ingelheim last year submitted a large number of new medicines for marketing authorisation. Medicines launched in the last few months include STRIVERDI® RESPIMAT® for patients suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), JARDIANCE® and GLYXAMBI®, a combination of the active ingredients linagliptin and empagliflozin, for the treatment of type 2 diabetes, OFEV® for the treatment of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) and, at the beginning of January 2015, VARGATEF® for the treatment of advanced lung cancer patients with adenocarcinoma after chemotherapy.
Many challenges brought to a successful conclusion
In business terms, research-driven pharmaceutical companies found themselves confronted with a rapidly changing market environment in 2014 - foremost in the USA. This was due in part to tougher regulation, which led to additional pressure on the pharmaceutical business as a whole. "We responded to the rapidly changing market environment quickly and effectively with a heightened awareness of costs," said Hubertus von Baumbach, Member of the Board of Managing Directors responsible for the Corporate Board Division Finance.
Boehringer Ingelheim's equity was up 14 per cent in 2014 to 8.1 billion euros. The equity ratio also rose to 40 per cent. The increase in financial funds to 8.5 billion euros will secure the company's independence and provide the financial flexibility needed for future growth. Overall, this underscores the group's sound financing.
Cash flow from operating activities, at 2 billion euros, remained at a high level. Looking ahead to future developments, Boehringer Ingelheim invested in the expansion of its production capacity, for example for the manufacture of the RESPIMAT® inhaler at its locations in Dortmund and Ingelheim.
Prescription Medicines most important business mainstay
Boehringer Ingelheim last year generated net sales of 10.1 billion euros in Prescription Medicines, its most important business. At 3.2 billion euros, SPIRIVA® for the treatment of COPD remains the company's best-selling product. One of the main growth drivers in this business in the years to come will be products for the treatment of diabetes. In 2014, the TRAJENTA®/JENTADUETO® product family for the treatment of type 2 diabetes already generated an increase in net sales, currency-adjusted, of around 37 per cent to 636 million euros (+ 34.2 per cent in euro terms). The anticoagulant PRADAXA® contributed 1.2 billion euros to net sales. "We now have many products from recent development on the market. For the coming five years, we plan, however, to markedly renew our sales drivers," said von Baumbach. "Our successes in research and development are the drivers of this."
With net sales of over 1.4 billion euros, business in Consumer Health Care medicines accounted for 11 per cent of the group's net sales. Driven primarily by the core global brands BUSCOPAN®, DULCOLAX®, MUCOSOLVAN® and PHARMATON®, net sales, currency-adjusted, were up 2 per cent (- 2.5 per cent in euro terms).
Boehringer Ingelheim generated net sales of 501 million euros in 2014 with the contract manufacturing of biopharmaceuticals.
USA, Japan and Germany are the top three sales markets
The three most important markets - USA, Japan and Germany - accounted for around 55 per cent of Boehringer Ingelheim's total net sales in 2014, with net sales of around 912 million euros generated in Germany, net sales of around 1.7 billion euros in Japan and around 4.6 billion euros in the USA.
In view of the numerous changes in the healthcare systems, there are currently no signs of any significant growth in the pharmaceutical industry. "In our view, Boehringer Ingelheim is well-positioned for future growth," said Professor Barner. "Despite the difficult market environment, we are therefore planning in 2015 for a moderate increase in net sales compared with the previous year."
About Boehringer Ingelheim
The Boehringer Ingelheim group is one of the world's 20 leading pharmaceutical companies. Headquartered in Ingelheim, Germany, Boehringer Ingelheim operates globally with 146 affiliates and a total of more than 47,700 employees. The focus of the family-owned company, founded in 1885, is researching, developing, manufacturing and marketing new medications of high therapeutic value for human and veterinary medicine.
Social responsibility is an important element of the corporate culture at Boehringer Ingelheim. This includes worldwide involvement in social projects, such as the initiative "Making more Health" and caring for the employees. Respect, equal opportunities and reconciling career and family form the foundation of the mutual cooperation. In everything it does, the company focuses on environmental protection and sustainability.
In 2014, Boehringer Ingelheim achieved net sales of about 13.3 billion euros. R&D expenditure corresponds to 19.9 per cent of its net sales.