Boehringer Ingelheim ends 2018 with net sales of €17.5B



Wed, 24 Apr 2019 - 12:59 GMT


Wed, 24 Apr 2019 - 12:59 GMT

Pharmaceutical company Boehringer Ingelheim

Pharmaceutical company Boehringer Ingelheim

CAIRO - 24 April 2019: The research-driven pharmaceutical company Boehringer Ingelheim ended 2018 with net sales of 17.5 billion euros. Adjusted for currency effects, as well as one-off effects due to the asset swap with Sanofi in 2017, net sales grew by 4 per cent. At 3.2 billion euros (+2.8%), R&D expenses increased to 18.1 per cent of annual net sales.

In the process, the company has focused specific therapeutic areas. “We want to make a significant contribution towards a superior treatment of cancer,” says Hubertus von Baumbach, Chairman of the Board of Managing Directors. “In addition, we area conducting research, among others, into fibrotic, metabolic and immunological diseases. Our research pipeline is well-filled.”

At almost 1 billion euros (+9%), investments in tangible assets were higher than ever before. Operating income again amounted to 3.5 billion euros (- 0.4%), while Group profit after tax increased to 2.1 billion euros. “In 2018, the return on net sales increased from 19.3 to 19.8 per cent, while our equity ratio rose from nearly 38 per cent to 40 per cent. Thus, we are also a very healthy company from a financial point of view,” remarks Michael Schmelmer, Member of the Board of Managing Directors responsible for Finance.

The average number of employees in all regions increased slightly to a total of 50,370 (+2%).

Human pharmaceuticals – strong portfolio

At 12.6 billion euros, human pharmaceuticals contributed to 72 per cent of total net sales in 2018. Foreseeable declines in net sales, due to expiring patents for innovative medicines, were more than compensated for, this business thereby achieving currency-adjusted growth of 5.1 per cent. Revenues from the global licensing business were lower than in the previous year and have reduced the overall rate of growth in this business area to 3.3 per cent.

As in previous years, the respiratory medicine used for asthma and COPD treatment achieved the highest net sales contributions with 2.4 billion euros (-11.4% currency-adjusted), followed by the type-2 diabetes medicine family, with 1.8 billion euros (+52.5% currency-adjusted), the stroke management treatment with 1.5 billion euros (+7.0% currency-adjusted), the type-2 diabetes medicine used to improve glycaemic control in adults® with 1.4 billion euros (+9.0% currency-adjusted), as well as the treatment of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF), with 1.1 billion euros (+28.7% currency-adjusted).

At 2.8 billion euros, research and development investments in human pharmaceuticals corresponded to a 22.1% share of human pharmaceuticals’net sales. For the total of 90 projects in all phases of the research process, the goal is for 75 per cent of them to be either the first molecules in their active ingredient class or the first in a new therapeutic area. In oncology, the focal points are cancers of the lung, stomach and intestine, while in fibrotic diseases the focus is on systemic scleroderma with interstitial lung disease.In metabolic diseases, non-alcoholic steatohepatitis is the main focus of research. In immunology, research is giving attention to chronic inflammatory diseases of the skin and intestine. Other projects address diseases of the central nervous system, such as Alzheimer’s and schizophrenia, obesity and retinopathy.

Animal health – Technical integration completed

In animal health, our focus is on innovative vaccines, antiparasiticmedicines and further therapy solutions for livestock and pets. In 2018, the three antiparasitic medicines that include flea and tick protection, prevention of heartworm disease, were the best-selling products. Net sales of 4 billion euros represented 23 per cent of total net sales.

In the second year of the Merial transaction, this business has thereby achieved significant net sales growth, with a currency-adjusted rate of 5.6 per cent, while simultaneously undertaking integration efforts. “We have focused on providing our customers with continuous supply from day one. As a result, we have achieved good growth and the technical integration is successfully completed,” says Hubertus von Baumbach. The innovation potential in animal health, where it interrelates with human pharmaceutical research, deserves particular attention.

Biopharmaceutical contract manufacturing maintains lead position

The biopharmaceuticals business maintained its lead position in the contract manufacturing segment in the financial year 2018 and provided 4 per cent of overall net sales. The order situation has continued to develop positively and provided for a high level of capacity utilization in biopharmaceutical production.

Yasser Farghali, Boehringer Ingelheim’s General Manager and Head of Human Pharma in Egypt said, “Egypt represents a cornerstone in Boehringer Ingelheim’s operations. Our story began in Egypt over 60 years ago, and since then, we have invested heavily in building a robust business. The company has a focused strategy on growth and delivering therapies for different disease areas such as diabetes, cardiovascular and respiratory diseases.”


“We continue to support patients and healthcare specialists through The Angels Initiative by support in enhancing and certifying stroke units in hospitals, as well as providing the necessary training for medical professionals and aligning them to global stroke management protocols. In 2018, our “Take Control and Save Your Life from Brain Stroke” campaign has hailed major success and will continue in the current year.

In 2018, Boehringer Ingelheim successfully registered products that span multiple therapy areas in Egypt including diabetes and respiratory. . During 2019, the company is aiming to launch a treatment in rare disease for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) as well as the reversal agent for its anticoagulant (NOAC) medication.

Outlook for 2019

For the current financial year, Boehringer Ingelheim globally is expecting slight growth in net sales and further intensive investment activities on a comparable basis.
During 2018, within the human pharmaceuticals market, Boehringer Ingelheim Middle East, Turkey and Africa (META)has achieved a strong performance amongst top 25 corporations compared to overall market performance with a growth rate of 15.5% vs 13.9%.

In 2019, the company is planning 12 new launches and a registration of 61 products across the META region. In addition, Boehringer Ingelheim will continue to drive its footprint across Africa by investing in access to healthcare programs to drive innovative healthcare solutions for low-income patients and enhance the sustainability of healthcare in the African content under the InReach Africa Program.

Boehringer Ingelheim
Improving the health of humans and animals is the goal of the research-driven pharmaceutical company Boehringer Ingelheim. The focus in doing so is on diseases for which no satisfactory treatment option exists to date. The company therefore concentrates on developing innovative therapies that can extend patients’ lives. In animal health, Boehringer Ingelheim stands for advanced prevention.

Family-owned since it was established in 1885, Boehringer Ingelheim is one of the pharmaceutical industry’s top 20 companies. Some 50,000 employees create value through innovation daily for the three business areas human pharmaceuticals, animal health and biopharmaceuticals. In 2018, Boehringer Ingelheim achieved net sales of around 17.5 billion euros. R&D expenditure of almost
3.2 billion euros corresponded to 18.1 per cent of net sales.

As a family-owned company, Boehringer Ingelheim plans in generations and focuses on long-term success. The company therefore aims at organic growth from its own resources with simultaneous openness to partnerships and strategic alliances in research. In everything it does, Boehringer Ingelheim naturally adopts responsibility towards humankind and the environment.

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