Siegfried CEO Rudolf Hanko: “Siegfried again posted sound results. In only the second year following the acquisition of BASF’s active pharmaceutical ingredients (API) business, including three production sites, we took considerable advantage of synergies while keeping sales stable. Therefore, Siegfried returned to the lower end of the EBITDA target corridor of 15 – 20% earlier than expected, thereby providing a very good basis for the company’s continued strategic development.”
Earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) grew by 51.1% to 30 million francs, corresponding to a margin of 8.6%, or 3 percentage points above that of the corresponding period of the previous year. As a result, net profit developed positively from 14.0 million francs in the previous year to 21.6 million francs in the period under review. This corresponds to an undiluted net profit of 5.56 francs per share (previous year: 3.59 francs), or a diluted net profit per share of 5.10 francs (previous year: 3.56 francs).
Growing Sales of Finished Dosage Forms
Sales of active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) and intermediates were 263 million francs, 9 million francs below the corresponding period last year. The sales decline is due mainly to a shift of necessary maintenance downtimes from the 2016 financial year to the first half of 2017.
Sales of finished dosage forms, especially in the field of sterile filling, increased significantly by about 5 million francs.
Currently, APIs and intermediates represent about three quarters of Siegfried’s sales and finished dosage forms, consisting of sterile filling and solid dosage forms (tablets and capsules), one quarter.
Intensified Cooperation with Important Customers
Siegfried concluded significant agreements in the first half of 2017, thereby enhancing strategic partnerships. In particular, the US pharmaceutical company Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMS) has extended their current contract, consolidating and expanding a long-term partnership between both companies.
Siegfried CEO Rudolf Hanko: “We are very pleased that this contract renewal elevates our strategic partnership with BMS to a new level.”
Finalization of Extension in Nantong and Zofingen
In Nantong, commissioning of the production plant is progressing according to schedule. Siegfried expects a first inspection by the US regulatory authority, FDA, to be carried out in 2018. Capacity utilization in the new Zofingen production plant is being expanded gradually. With complete utilization, Siegfried will close down inefficient production facilities in Zofingen. The construction of a new logistics building is also progressing according to schedule and will be ready for use in the third quarter of 2018.
Siegfried expects business development in the second half-year to remain positive. The second half-year will be stronger. Therefore, for the entire 2017 financial year, Siegfried expects sales compared to the previous year to grow in the single-digit and EBITDA in the double-digit percentage range.
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The Siegfried Group is active worldwide in the field of Life Sciences with production facilities located in Switzerland, the USA, Malta, China, Germany and France. At the end of 2016, Siegfried reported annual sales of CHF 718 million and employs at the time being approximately 2300 employees at nine locations on three continents. Siegfried Holding AG is listed on the Swiss Exchange (SIX: SFZN).
Siegfried is active in both the primary and secondary production of drugs. The company develops and manufactures active pharmaceutical ingredients for the research-based pharmaceutical industry as well as the corresponding intermediates and controlled substances, and provides development and production services for finished dosage forms including sterile filling.
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This press release may contain forward-looking statements based on current assumptions and forecasts made by Siegfried Group management and other information currently available to the Siegfried Group. Various known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors could lead to material differences between the actual future results, financial situation, development or performance of the company and the estimates given here. Siegfried Holding AG does not intend, and does not assume any liability whatsoever, to update these forward-looking statements or to conform them to future events or developments.