AbbVie (NYSE: ABBV) topped revenue and earnings expectations for the fourth quarter of 2019, allowing the stock to gain over 3% in premarket hours on Friday.
Net revenues of $8.70 billion was up 4.8% compared to the same period a year ago and ahead of consensus estimates of $8.69 billion. On an operational basis, revenues grew 5.3%.
HUMIRA revenues in international markets were negatively impacted by biosimilar competition during the quarter and absent this impact, net revenues rose 11% operationally.
On a GAAP basis, the company reported net earnings of $2.8 billion, or $1.88 per share, compared to a net loss of $1.8 billion, or $1.23 per share, last year. Adjusted EPS totaled $2.21, beating forecasts of $2.19.
Global HUMIRA revenues remained unchanged from the prior-year period. HUMIRA revenues increased 9.8% in the US but declined 27.3% internationally due to biosimilar competition. IMBRUVICA revenues improved almost 29% while revenues from the hematologic oncology portfolio grew 37%.
For the full year of 2020, the company expects GAAP EPS to be $7.66-7.76, representing growth of 46% at the midpoint. Adjusted EPS is estimated to be $9.61-9.71, reflecting growth of 8.1% at the midpoint. Revenue is expected to grow at least 8% operationally.
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