SUMMIT, N.J.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Celgene Corporation (NASDAQ:CELG) reported net product sales of $3,531 million for the first quarter of 2018, a 20 percent increase from the same period in 2017. Celgene reported first quarter 2018 total revenue of $3,538 million, a 19 percent increase compared to $2,962 million in the first quarter of 2017.
Based on U.S. GAAP (Generally Accepted Accounting Principles), Celgene reported net income of $846 million and diluted earnings per share (EPS) of $1.10 for the first quarter of 2018. For the first quarter of 2017, GAAP net income was $932 million and diluted EPS was $1.15.
Adjusted net income for the first quarter of 2018 increased 16 percent to $1,572 million compared to $1,355 million in the first quarter of 2017. For the same period, adjusted diluted EPS increased 23 percent to $2.05 (inclusive of approximately $0.05 dilution from the Juno acquisition) from $1.67.
“Strong global demand and excellent commercial execution drove our exceptional first quarter results, leading to improvement in our 2018 financial guidance,” said Mark J. Alles, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Celgene Corporation. “With multiple catalysts for growth expected over the next 12 to 18 months, we are reaffirming our 2020 outlook.”
First Quarter 2018 Financial Highlights
Unless otherwise stated, all comparisons are for the first quarter of 2018 compared to the first quarter of 2017. The adjusted operating expense categories presented below exclude share-based employee compensation expense, research and development asset acquisition expense, collaboration-related upfront expense and a benefit associated with the adjustment to clinical trial and development activity wind-down costs. Please see the attached Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures and Reconciliation of GAAP to Adjusted Net Income for further information relevant to the interpretation of adjusted financial measures and reconciliations of these adjusted financial measures to the most comparable GAAP measures, respectively.
Net Product Sales Performance
- REVLIMID® sales for the first quarter increased 19 percent to $2,234 million. Sales growth was primarily volume-driven due to increases in treatment duration and market share. U.S. sales of $1,487 million and international sales of $747 million increased 21 percent and 15 percent year-over-year, respectively.
- POMALYST®/IMNOVID® sales for the first quarter were $453 million, an increase of 24 percent year-over-year. U.S. sales were $300 million and international sales were $153 million, an increase of 39 percent and 3 percent year-over-year, respectively. POMALYST®/IMNOVID® sales growth was primarily volume-driven due to increases in treatment duration and market share.
- OTEZLA® sales for the first quarter were $353 million, a 46 percent increase year-over-year. First quarter U.S. sales of $276 million and international sales of $77 million increased 39 percent and 79 percent, year-over-year, respectively. OTEZLA® sales in the U.S. were primarily volume-driven due to increasing demand and improved access pull-through in contracted health plans. OTEZLA® international sales growth was driven primarily by increasing adoption in key ex-U.S. markets.
- ABRAXANE® sales for the first quarter were $262 million, an 11 percent increase year-over-year. U.S. sales were $159 million and international sales were $103 million, an increase of 12 percent and 10 percent, year-over-year, respectively. ABRAXANE® sales were positively impacted by buying patterns. Growth in Europe was driven by market share gains for ABRAXANE® in pancreatic cancer.
- In the first quarter, all other product sales, which include IDHIFA®, THALOMID®, ISTODAX®, VIDAZA® and an authorized generic version of VIDAZA® drug product primarily sold in the U.S., were $229 million compared to $226 million in the first quarter of 2017.
Research and Development (R&D)
On a GAAP basis, R&D expenses were $2,203 million for the first quarter of 2018 versus $995 million for the same period in 2017. The first quarter increase was primarily due to an increase in research and development asset acquisition expense relating to our acquisition of Impact Biomedicines, Inc. (Impact), an increase in share-based compensation expense related to our acquisition of Juno Therapeutics, Inc. (Juno), and increased spending related to clinical trial and other R&D activity, partially offset by a reduction of one-time charges related to wind-down costs associated with the GED-0301 clinical trials in Crohn’s disease and certain development activities.
Adjusted R&D expenses were $694 million for the first quarter of 2018 compared to $595 million for the first quarter of 2017. The first quarter increase was primarily due to increased spending related to clinical trial and other R&D activities.
May 4, 2018