AbbVie Inc. (NYSE: ABBV) surpassed market estimates on revenue and earnings for the first quarter of 2019, giving shares a lift of 2.3% in premarket hours on Thursday.
Worldwide net revenues were $7.82 billion, down 1.3% on a reported basis and up 0.4% operationally. The consensus estimate was for revenues of $7.7 billion.
On a GAAP basis, net income was $2.4 billion, or $1.65 per share, compared to $2.7 billion, or $1.74 per share, in the year-ago period. Adjusted EPS grew 14.4% to $2.14, beating estimates of $2.06.
Global HUMIRA net revenues fell 5.6% to $4.4 billion. HUMIRA revenues grew 7.1% in the US but decreased nearly 28% internationally due to biosimilar competition. In the hematologic oncology portfolio, global revenues grew nearly 43% to $1.17 billion.
Global net revenues amounted to $1.02 billion for IMBRUVICA and $151 million for VENCLEXTA. Global HCV revenues dropped 11.3% to $815 million while in the US, HCV revenues grew 17.3%.
For the full year of 2019, AbbVie is raising its GAAP diluted EPS guidance to $7.26-7.36. The company is also raising its adjusted EPS guidance range from $8.65-8.75 to $8.73-8.83, representing growth of 11% at the mid-point.
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