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2015, a Strategic Year for LFB

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Key events in 2015 :

  • Launched a new generation plant financed by a €230 million capital increase, fully underwritten by the French State, currently the sole shareholder of LFB.
  • Two new products registered in Europe
  • Significant investment in R&D with €81.3 million* owing to several products currently in phase III trials
  • Gross margin in decline as compared to 2014 due to the production of commercial batches for phase III products
  • Turnover of €502.4 million, stable in comparison to 2014

Christian Béchon, Chief Executive Officer of L.F.B S.A. declared:
"In 2015, the key milestones have been successfully achieved. It has been a historic and productive year for the future of LFB."

An unprecedented increase in capital in order to finance the group's development
As part of the group's strategic development, LFB's shareholder (the French State) decided in October to underwrite an increase in LFB's share capital by €230 million. The share capital of the company now stands at €280 million. To meet the financing needs of LFB's development project, on 5 January 2016 LFB issued a senior bond of €124 million. These funds will enable the construction of a 'new generation' plant in Arras. This flagship project, representing an investment of approximately €300 million, will enable LFB to triple its global production capacity in 2020 with facilities aimed at manufacturing for the whole world.
LFB is also developing its sites in Alès (Gard) and Charlton (USA), establishing bio-production facilities for recombinant medicines in development.

Consolidated earnings in €M

  2015   2014   Variation 2015/2014

Turnover

 

502.4

 

501.9

 

0.1 %

Gross margin

 

177.6

 

195.5

 

-9.2 %

Research & development

 

(81.3)

 

(65.9)

   

Commercial costs

 

(51.0)

 

(48.6)

 

General costs

 

(50.3)

 

(48.7)

 

Other charges and
operational income

 

17.0

 

(7.1)

 

Operational earnings

 

12.0

 

25.2

 

as a % of turnover

 

2.4 %

 

5.0 %

 

Net earnings

 

0.3

  13  

€90.5 million* before research tax credit

2015 turnover - growth in international sales
At €502.4 million, turnover is relatively stable as compared to 2014. For the second successive year, the group's turnover exceeded €500 million, with the international side business continuing to grow. Despite a 3.2 % decline in turnover in France during 2015, international sales rose by €12.1 million (+8.7%), reaching €152 million. This figure represents 30% of consolidated turnover (28% in 2014).

Operational earnings decline in order to finance strategy
Research and development costs are increasing rapidly (€81.3 million), owing to the large number of phase III trials in progress. Various strategic projects reached significant milestones. In 2015, two new LFB products, a 10% immunoglobulin and a fibrinogen have been subject to a mutual recognition in procedure in Europe with the Paul Ehrlich Institute as the referral agency. Two other recombinant products are currently at the end of phase III. At the same time, LFB is planning to manufacture product batches for launch, which has had an impact on earnings. In 2015, the group posted encouraging operational income (€17 million), notably owing to its holding in the bio-tech company TG Therapeutics Inc. The positive operational earnings (€12.0 million) is down as compared to that of 2014 (-13.2 million) due to a decline in gross margins and increased development costs. Despite this unprecedented effort, net earnings remain positive at €0.3 million.

About LFB Group
LFB is a bio-pharmaceutical company that develops, manufactures, and markets medicinal products from living systems for the treatment of serious and often rare diseases in the fields of Immunology, Hemostasis, Perinatal, and Intensive Care. Currently ranked 6th worldwide in the field of plasma-derived medicinal products, LFB Group is also among the leading European companies in the development and production of proteins and innovative treatments derived from bio-technologies. It employs 2,111 staff worldwide.
http://www.groupe-lfb.fr

The original source-language text of this announcement is the official, authoritative version. Translations are provided as an accommodation only, and should be cross-referenced with the source-language text, which is the only version of the text intended to have legal effect.

Contact information

LFB SA
Sandrine Charrières, 01.69.82.72.80
Communication Director
charrieres@lfb.fr
or
David Loison, 01.69.82.70.20
Financial Affairs Director
loisond@lfb.fr
or
Havas Worldwide
Jeanne Bariller, 06.15.51.49.40
jeanne.bariller@havasww.com

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