Nycomed significantly increases profitability

NycomedIn the first nine months of 2007 Nycomed increased adjusted EBITDA by 29.4% to € 940.8 million compared to the same period of last year. The performance improvement is a result of strong pantoprazole sales in the US and repatriation of pantoprazole in certain markets while at the same time, spending levels were reduced. The integration of Altana Pharma is starting to show results through synergies and enhanced business opportunities for Nycomed.

Net turnover increased by € 123.3 million or 4.9% to € 2,634.2 million in the first nine months of 2007, up from € 2,510.9 million during the same period in 2006. Net turnover during the third quarter of 2007 increased by € 21.3 million from € 838.9 million in 2006 to € 860.2 million during the same period in 2007, representing growth of 2.5%.

Nycomed's main performance measure adjusted EBITDA (see Financial Background) reached € 317.5 million in third quarter 2007, representing an increase of 22.4% over the same period in 2006. Several factors contributed to the increase in performance in the first three quarters of 2007: In the first half, sales of pantoprazole grew significantly, mainly due to the US sales to licensing partner Wyeth. Sales in Russia/CIS started slowly this year but picked up rapidly in the third quarter. On costs, overall spending has been reduced by more efficient cost control as well as the fast and largely completed integration of Altana Pharma. All of this adds up to an increased performance.

"In the third quarter we are clearly seeing the advantages of our new and bigger organisation after the integration. Not only have we maintained a good performance, but we were able to gain from the combined forces", said Håkan Björklund, Nycomed's Chief Executive Officer. "Our new products, for example Preotact, show impressive growth and the introduction of products to our expanded geographic reach is making progress. With teduglutide, our second in-licensing agreement this year, to be added to our pipeline, we have demonstrated the strength of Nycomed's new R&D model to attract partners. And the agreement to acquire Bradley Pharmaceuticals provides us with an excellent opportunity to grow our specialty business in the United States", he continued.

Markets
In Europe, the positive net turnover development for the nine months with an overall growth of 3.6% was mainly driven by a strong business performance especially in southern and eastern Europe. Some of the Scandinavian markets, except Norway, were under significant pressure from generic competition. The Netherlands and United Kingdom represented a decrease due to significantly increased parallel imports of pantoprazole. Germany could keep pantoprazole sales stable, despite significant cost containment measures in the healthcare system.

In the LASA-CAN region (Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Mexico and South Africa) net turnover grew by to € 398.7 million, increasing by 18.2% compared to the nine months of 2006. This was based on strong and stable performance of repatriated pantoprazole in Canada, a rebounding performance in Mexico and stable growth in Brazil.

Russia/CIS reached a net turnover of € 66.5 million in the third quarter, representing a growth of 43.5% over the same period last year, thus overcoming the slow start at the beginning of the year. Sales in the first nine months of 2007 are up 21.0% to € 188.1 million. In local currency, sales grew by 30.6% for the first nine months and 54% for the third quarter of 2007 compared to 2006.

Nycomed US Inc., a specialty business focussing on dermatologics and emergency care in the United States grew by 15.3% in the third quarter to € 171.5 million after nine months. In local currency, net sales for Nycomed US Inc. in Q3 2007 were 24.1% higher than the same period in 2006.

In International Sales, which includes Asia, Australia, China, India, Japan and other export countries, total sales increased by € 42.1 millions, or 8.1%, for the nine months of 2007. Strong growth can be specially reported from the ASIAN region (+36%), Middle East (+18%) and China (+16%).

Contract production grew by 10.9% to € 43.3 million in third quarter 2007 due to increased demand related to our toll manufacturing agreements.

About Nycomed
Nycomed is a pharmaceutical company that provides medicines for hospitals, specialists and general practitioners, as well as over-the-counter medicines in selected markets.

The company is active within a range of therapeutic areas, including cardiology, gastroenterology, osteoporosis, respiratory, pain and tissue management. New products are sourced both from own research and from external partners. Operating throughout Europe and in fast-growing markets such as Latin America, Russia/CIS and the Asia-Pacific region Nycomed has a presence in about 50 markets worldwide.

Privately owned, the combined group had annual sales of approximately € 3.4 billion and an EBITDA of € 933.4 million (2006 results).

For more information visit www.nycomed.com.

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