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In 2018, the global pharmaceutical industry stood at $1.2 trillion, and experts expect $1.5 trillion by 2023. Here’s everything investors need to know.
Merck’s Keytruda Had 80% Growth in the Third Quarter
Merck & Co.’s (MRK) Keytruda generated revenues of $1.9 billion in the third quarter, reflecting an ~80% YoY growth.
Pfizer’s Dividends and Earnings Quality
Pfizer’s dividend yield is 3.15%. The company’s historical dividend yield was 3.53% in 2017, while the five-year average yield is 3.44%.
How Did Pfizer Stock Fare in Q3 2018?
Nineteen analysts currently track Pfizer stock. The consensus rating for Pfizer stands at 2.63, which represents a “hold.”
What’s Driving Pfizer’s Revenue?
Pfizer has divided its product portfolio into two segments: Innovative Health and Essential Health. It reports revenue for both these segments.
Allergan’s Stock Price Performance in September
On September 21, 23 analysts tracked Allergan (AGN) stock. Four analysts recommended a “strong buy,” and 12 analysts recommended a “buy.”
A Review of Pharma Stocks’ EPS Growth Rates
In this article, we’ll compare the EPS growth rates of Eli Lilly (LLY), Pfizer (PFE), Merck & Co. (MRK), Allergan (AGN), and GlaxoSmithKline (GSK).
How Eli Lilly’s Business Segments Performed in Q2 2018
Eli Lilly and Company reports its business revenue under two segments: the Human Pharmaceutical segment and Elanco, the Animal Health segment.
A Look at Allergan’s Valuation on August 16
In this series, we’ll discuss Allergan’s valuation, segment and product performances, recent developments, and analyst recommendations.
LLY’s Cardiovascular Products: Cialis and Effient Q2 Sales Fall
Cialis reported revenues of $538.7 million in Q2 2018, a YoY 14.0% decrease compared to revenues of $627.3 million in Q1 2017.
Pfizer’s Trazimera Approved in Europe
Pfizer (PFE) announced in a press release today that the European Commission has approved Trazimera for HER2 overexpressing breast cancer and HER2 overexpressing gastric or gastroesophageal junction adenocarcinoma.
Analysts’ Estimates and Recommendations for Allergan on July 19
Analysts expect Allergan’s second-quarter revenue to fall ~2.5% to $3.9 million compared to its revenue of $4.0 million in the second quarter of 2017.
Pfizer Reports 1Q18 Earnings and Revenue Growth
Pfizer (PFE) released its 1Q18 earnings today, reporting another strong quarter for the Innovative health business.
These Pharma Stocks Offer the Most Upside Potential
In 2018, stock markets, especially in the pharmaceutical sector, have seen heightened volatility.
Merck’s Relebactam Met Primary Endpoints in Phase 3 Study
Merck’s Relebactam is an investigational drug for the treatment of certain forms of imipenem-non-susceptible bacterial infections.
How Merck & Co. Stock Performed in 1Q18
Merck & Co. stock has fallen ~6.4% in 1Q18, while it’s fallen ~5.2% YTD (year-to-date) as of April 6, 2018.
What’s Merck’s Valuation in March 2018?
Merck (MRK) reported 3% growth in revenues to $10.4 billion during 4Q17 as compared to revenues of $10.1 billion in 4Q16.
Pfizer’s Valuation Post-4Q17 Earnings
Pfizer (PFE) reported revenue of $13.7 billion in 4Q17, a 1% rise compared to $13.6 billion in 4Q16.
Analysts’ Estimates for Johnson & Johnson after 4Q17
Analysts are estimating EPS of $8.01 on revenues of ~$80.9 billion for Johnson & Johnson in 2018.
Analysts’ Ratings and Recommendations for Eli Lilly
Analysts expect Eli Lilly to report EPS of $1.07 on revenues of ~$5.9 billion during 4Q17.
Johnson & Johnson’s Recent Developments
On January 3, 2018, the FDA approved the inclusion of real-world data in Invega Sustenna’s product label, based on the PRIDE study.
Pfizer: Analysts’ Ratings and Recommendations for 4Q17
Wall Street analysts expect Pfizer’s (PFE) top line to increase ~0.7% to ~$13.72 billion in 4Q17. The EPS is expected to increase to $0.56 for 4Q17.
Merck’s & Co.’s Valuation in January 2018
For 3Q17, Merck surpassed Wall Street analysts’ estimates for EPS but missed the revenue estimate. It reported EPS of $1.11 on revenues of $10.3 billion.
How Mylan’s Rest of the World Segment Performed in 3Q17
Mylan’s (MYL) Rest of the World segment includes revenues from third-party sales of generics products and specialty segment products reported from countries including New Zealand, India, Japan, and Australia as well as emerging markets including Asia, Brazil, Africa, and the Middle East.
How Is Jazz Pharmaceuticals’ Xyrem Positioned after 3Q17?
In 3Q17, Jazz Pharmaceuticals’ (JAZZ) Xyrem generated revenue of $303.9 million, which reflected a rise of ~6% on a YoY (year-over-year) basis.
Eli Lilly’s Valuation in December 2017
Eli Lilly (LLY) surpassed analysts’ estimates for EPS and revenues and reported EPS of $1.05 on revenues of $5.7 billion in 3Q17.
Harvoni Sales Fall in 3Q17
Gilead’s Harvoni Harvoni is one of Gilead Sciences’ (GILD) largest-selling drugs. A combination of Ledipasvir and Sofosbuvir, it is approved for the treatment of hepatitis C infections. Harvoni’s importance The above chart shows Harvoni revenue over the last few quarters. During 3Q17, Harvoni contributed ~15% of Gilead’s revenue, and in 2Q17, it contributed ~21%. Harvoni […]
Breaking down Allergan’s Business Segments in 3Q17
This segment’s revenues rose 18.7% YoY (year-over-year) to $1.72 billion in 3Q17, compared with $1.45 billion in 3Q16.
Synergy Pharmaceuticals Is Facing These Risks This November
Synergy only started earning revenues after the launch of Trulance in March 2017. Prior to that, Synergy hadn’t earned any revenues.
Behind the Latest Developments for Merck’s Keytruda
Keytruda (pembrolizumab) is a prescription medicine from Merck’s (MRK) immuno-oncology franchise used for the treatment of various tumors.
This Could Drive Jazz Pharmaceuticals’ Revenue Growth
In 2Q17, Jazz Pharmaceuticals’ (JAZZ) Xyrem generated revenues of ~$298 million, which represents ~6% growth YoY and ~10% growth QoQ.
Eli Lilly’s Valuations after Its 2Q17 Earnings
Eli Lilly (LLY) surpassed Wall Street estimates in 2Q17, reporting earnings per share of $1.11 on revenues of ~$5.8 billion. Analysts estimated that the company would report EPS of $1.05 on revenues of $5.6 billion.
Pfizer’s Sterile Injection Pharmaceuticals in 2Q17 and 1H17
In 1H17, Sulperazon reported revenues of ~$232 million for 15% growth on a YoY basis.
Johnson & Johnson’s 2Q17 Performance, by Segment
Segment-wise performance Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) reported 2.9% growth in operating revenue between 2Q16 and 2Q17. However, the company missed analysts’ 2Q17 estimate and reported revenue of $18.8 billion due to a 1% foreign exchange impact. Analysts had forecast revenue of $19 billion. Johnson & Johnson’s business is broken down into the pharmaceuticals segment, consumer […]
How Merck’s Zepatier and Isentress Are Positioned after 2Q17
In 2Q17, Merck’s (MRK) Zepatier generated revenues of ~$517 million compared to $112 million in 2Q16.
The Future of JAZZ’s Low-Sodium Investigational Drugs
A 9-mg dose of JAZZ’s Xyrem, which contains 1,640 mg of sodium, has caused physicians to be reluctant to prescribe the drug to ~20% of their patients.
Pfizer’s 2Q17 Earnings: What You Need to Know
Pfizer (PFE) reported a 2% decline in its top line for its 2Q17 earnings, which were released on August 1.
Inside Pfizer’s 2Q17 Earnings: Analyst Estimates
Pfizer (PFE) is set to release its 2Q17 earnings on August 1, 2017. Analysts estimate earnings per share of $0.66 on revenues of ~$13.1 billion for 2Q17.
Bristol-Myers Squibb Reports Growth in 2Q17
Bristol-Myers Squibb’s top line rose nearly 6% to ~$5.1 billion in 2Q17 due to operational growth of 7% in its revenue.
Eli Lilly’s 2Q17 Earnings Rose 8% Year-over-Year
Eli Lilly and Company (LLY) released its 2Q17 earnings on July 25, 2017, reporting an 8.0% rise in its top line to $5.8 billion for 2Q17 compared to 2Q16.
Bristol-Myers Squibb’s 2Q17 Earnings: Analysts’ Estimates
Headquartered in New York City, Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMY) is a leading American pharmaceutical company.
How Pfizer’s Internal Medicines Is Positioned in 2017
In 2016, Pfizer’s (PFE) Chantix reported revenues of ~$842 million, which represents a ~25% YoY (year-over-year) rise.
What Analysts Predict for Eli Lilly’s 2Q17 Earnings
For 2Q17, analysts estimate that Eli Lilly will post EPS of $1.05 and revenues of $5.6 billion.
Johnson & Johnson: Pharmaceuticals in 2Q17
Pharmaceutical segment Johnson & Johnson’s (JNJ) pharmaceutical segment comprises its immunology, infectious disease, neuroscience, oncology, cardiovascular and metabolic, and pulmonary hypertension franchises. Immunology franchise The major blockbuster drugs under the immunology franchise are Remicade, Stelara, and Simponi/Simponi Aria. The immunology franchise reported revenue of $3 billion in 2Q17, including an operational decrease of ~1.9% and a […]
How Merck’s Animal Health Business Is Expected to Perform in 2017
In 2016, Merck’s (MRK) Animal Health segment reported revenues of ~$3.5 billion, which reflected ~4% growth year-over-year.
Johnson & Johnson’s 2Q17 Estimates: Consumer Healthcare
Johnson & Johnson’s (JNJ) Consumer Healthcare segment includes the baby care, oral care, skincare, over-the-counter products, women’s health, and wound care franchises.
What Allergan’s Valuation as of July 13 Tells Us
For 2Q17, Wall Street analysts estimate AGN’s EPS (earnings per share) to come in at $3.93, which would be a 17.5% growth over 2Q16.
Performance of Zoetis Stock in 2Q17
Zoetis (ZTS) stock has risen ~17.3% in 2Q17, while it has risen ~15.4% year-to-date as of July 7, 2017.
Merck’s Anacetrapib and REVEAL Study
Merck & Co.’s (MRK) Anacetrapib is an investigational drug developed for the treatment of hypercholesterolemia. The drug also reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease.
Pfizer’s Progress on Its Group B Streptococcus Vaccine
Pfizer (PFE) has started a Phase 1 clinical trial to evaluate an investigational vaccine for protection against Group B streptococcus in infants younger than three months.
FDA Approves Eli Lilly’s Humalog Junior KwikPen
Eli Lilly (LLY) announced that the US Food and Drug Administration (or FDA) approved the Humalog Junior KwikPen for finer dose adjustments in the treatment of patients with diabetes on June 13, 2017.
What Happened to Pfizer’s Valuation after 1Q17?
Pfizer (PFE), a pharmaceutical giant headquartered in New York City, reported EPS (earnings per share) of $0.69 on revenues of ~$12.8 billion for 1Q17.
Analyzing Pfizer’s 1Q17 Earnings
Pfizer (PFE) reported a 2% fall in its top line for 1Q17 as part of its latest earnings announcement on May 2, 2017.
How Will Eli Lilly’s Alimta and Other Oncology Products Perform?
Oncology contributes around 18.0% to Eli Lilly’s (LLY) total revenues. Key drugs in this segment include Alimta, Erbitux, and Cyramza.
The Larger Aims of Obamacare: An Overview
The idea behind Obamacare was that it would embody legislation not only providing but mandating healthcare coverage for nearly everyone in the US.
The Hybrid US Healthcare System: An Overview
The US healthcare system is unique in the developed world as it lacks a uniform system and, according to Emanuel, had been largely inefficient before Obamacare.
Mergers and Acquisitions in US Pharmaceuticals in 1Q17
The US pharmaceutical sector is made up of different areas geared toward the development, production, and marketing of drugs. Let’s take a look at some of the sector’s 1Q17 mergers and acquisitions.
Johnson & Johnson’s Business Segment Performance
Johnson & Johnson’s Medical Devices segment contributed nearly 35% to the company’s total revenues.
Eliquis: Bristol-Myers Squibb’s Key Cardiovascular Drug
Bristol-Myers Squibb’s (BMY) cardiovascular segment consists of its key drug, Eliquis. The segment contributed nearly 18.0% to the company’s total revenues in 4Q16.
How Did JNJ’s Pharmaceuticals Segment Perform in 4Q16?
Johnson & Johnson’s (JNJ) pharmaceuticals segment consists of its immunology, infectious disease, neuroscience, oncology, and cardiovascular and metabolics franchises.
Mylan’s Recent Commercial and Product Developments
Mylan’s recent commercial developments include the acquisition of the Cold-EEZE brand from ProPhase Labs and the acquisition of Meda AB.
Mylan’s EpiPen Controversy: Is It a Brand or a Generic?
Mylan has been embroiled in a controversy over whether its EpiPen is classified as a generic or a branded product and whether its 500.0% price hike is justified.
Exploring Avelumab’s Opportunities in the PD-1/PD-L1 Space
Pfizer plans to use avelumab, a PD-L1 (programmed death-ligand 1) class immuno-oncology product, as a backbone therapy in its immuno-oncology programs.
Pfizer Divests Hospira’s Infusion System Business to ICU Medical
On October 6, 2016, the California, US-based ICU Medical entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Hospira’s Global Infusion System business.
Bristol-Myers Squibb Saw Improved Eliquis Sales in 3Q16
Bristol-Myers Squibb’s (BMY) cardiovascular segment consists of key drug Eliquis. This segment contributed nearly 18% of total revenues for 3Q16.
Pfizer’s Divestment of Hospira Infusion Systems
On October 6, 2016, Pfizer (PFE) announced one deal to “off-load” all of the global infusion therapy business known as “Hospira Infusion Systems.”
What Do Analysts Have to Say about Bristol-Myers Squibb?
Analyst recommendations for BMY Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMY) is a leading immuno-oncology company. According to a Bloomberg consensus of 26 brokerage firms recorded on October 5, 2016, 42.3% of analysts recommended Bristol as a “buy” and 50% of analysts issued a “hold” rating for the company. Around 7.7% of analysts rated the stock as a “sell.” The […]
Analyzing Donald Trump’s Free-Market Healthcare
While Clinton aims to retain and bolster the Affordable Care Act, Trump wants to replace it with a new act that encourages free-market competition.
Which Pfizer Products Reported Declining Sales?
Products with declining revenues So far, we’ve discussed growth trends and positive growth products for Pfizer (PFE). Let’s now discuss the products that hampered growth. The overall share of revenues for the Essential Health business increased to 46% of total revenues in 2Q16 from 44% of total revenues in 2Q15, driven by revenue growth from […]
The Pfizer-Anacor Deal: A Review
Pfizer-Anacor deal On June 23, 2016, Pfizer (PFE) completed the acquisition of Anacor Pharmaceuticals (ANAC). The stock transaction is valued at $99.25 per Anacor share, resulting in a total enterprise value of ~$5.2 billion. What is Anacor? Anacor is a California-based biopharmaceutical company. It is focused on developing and commercializing boron-based drugs for the treatment […]
A Look at the Pfizer-Medivation Deal
Pfizer-Medivation deal On September 27, 2016, Pfizer (PFE) completed the acquisition of Medivation (MDVN). The stock transaction is valued at $81.50 per Medivation share, resulting in a total enterprise value of ~$14 billion. What is Medivation? Medivation is a California-based biopharmaceutical company. It is focused on developing and commercializing innovative therapies for the treatment of […]
How Can Pfizer Revive Its Essential Health Business?
On August 24, Pfizer (PFE) announced its acquisition of AstraZeneca’s (AZN) small-molecule anti-infective portfolio, which is primarily outside the United States.
Acquiring Pall Corp. Still Breathing Life into Danaher
The acquisition of Pall has allowed Danaher to strengthen its presence in the life sciences market.
Why Pfizer’s Vaccines Business Is Declining
With the acquisition of Baxter’s marketed vaccines, Pfizer (PFE) gained access to NeisVac-C and FSME-IMMUN/TicoVac.
Analyzing Johnson & Johnson’s Business Segments
Johnson & Johnson is classified into three business segments—Pharmaceuticals segment, Consumer segment, and Medical Devices segment.
How Did Bristol-Myers Squibb’s Eliquis Perform?
Bristol-Myers Squibb’s (BMY) cardiovascular segment consists of its key drug Eliquis. This segment contributed nearly 78% of total revenues for 2Q16.
Recent Corporate and Pipeline Developments for Pfizer
Pfizer acquired Bamboo Therapeutics, a biotechnology company focused on developing gene therapy for treating rare diseases.
Pfizer-Anacor Deal Completed in June 2016
On June 23, 2016, Pfizer (PFE) completed the acquisition of Anacor Pharmaceuticals (ANAC).
How Can Celator’s Portfolio Complement Jazz Pharmaceuticals?
Vyxeos would offer commercial synergies to the Jazz Pharmaceuticals portfolio in the form of a complementary targeted prescriber base of AML patients who undergo HSCT.
The Truth behind Horizon’s EV-to-EBITDA Performance
On June 29, 2016, Horizon Pharma was trading at a forward EV-to-EBITDA multiple of 4.67x, which is at a discount when compared with peers.
What Can We Expect from the Pfizer-Anacor Deal?
Pfizer (PFE) announced the acquisition of Anacor Pharmaceuticals (ANAC) on May 16, 2016. The deal closed on June 23, 2016.
The Pfizer-Anacor Deal Wrapped Up in June: Now What?
In the Pfizer-Anacor merger, which was completed on June 23, 2016, the stock transaction is valued at $99.25 per Anacor share.
How Pfizer Continues Its Organic and Inorganic Growth
Pfizer (PFE) completed the acquisition of Anacor Pharmaceuticals (ANAC) on June 23, 2016. The acquisition will strengthen Pfizer’s portfolio of inflammatory disease products.
What the CHMP Just Recommended for Alkem’s Riluzole Alkem
The European Medicines Agency’s CHMP (Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use) recommended the suspension of Alkem’s Riluzole Alkem on June 24, 2016.
Inside the CHMP’s Refusal of Novartis’s Arzerra as a Maintenance Treatment
The European Medicines Agency’s CHMP gave a negative recommendation to Novartis’s Arzerra for use as a maintenance treatment for CLL on June 23, 2016.
Why Eliquis Matters to Bristol-Myers Squibb’s Cardiovascular Business
Bristol-Myers Squibb’s (BMY) Cardiovascular segment includes the key drug Eliquis. The segment contributed nearly 16.7% of total revenues for 1Q16.
What to Expect from Mallinckrodt’s Specialty Generics Business
The total contribution from Mallinckrodt’s Specialty Generics segment in fiscal 2Q16 stood at $264.4 million, which represents a 27% YoY decline.
Pfizer’s 1Q16 Earnings: Profitability and Financial Guidance
Pfizer (PFE) reported an increase of ~19.7% in revenue during 1Q16. Revenue came in at $13.0 billion for 1Q16 as compared to $10.9 billion for 1Q15.
Pfizer’s 1Q16 Earnings: Products That Saw Sales Drop
The overall share of revenue for Pfizer’s Established Products segment decreased to 44.6% in 1Q16 from 48.8% for 1Q15.
What’s behind the US Economy’s Remarkable Labor Market Strength?
The US labor market has shown tremendous resilience amid concerns over various issues, like aging demographics.
Novartis’s 1Q16 Earnings Got a Neutral Response from Investors
Novartis (NVS) released its 1Q16 earnings on April 21, 2016. It reported top-line growth of 1% at constant exchange rates for 1Q16—compared to 1Q15.
A Segment-by-Segment Breakdown of JNJ’s 1Q16 Earnings
The overall business of Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) is classified into three business segments: pharmaceuticals, consumer, and medical devices.
Could Supply Limit Growth for Erwinaze?
As Jazz Pharmaceuticals’ (JAZZ) second-largest drug, Erwinaze earned $203 million, or ~15% of total net sales, in fiscal 2015.
How Is the Global Pharmaceutical Industry Doing?
Some of the challenges the pharmaceutical industry faces include R&D failures, changes in regulatory procedures, litigation, patent expiries, and foreign currency movements.
Checkmate-205: Studies Supporting Opdivo’s Application
The Checkmate-205 study is the phase II study that compares safety and efficacy of Opdivo in the treatment of patients with relapsed or refractory classical Hodgkin lymphoma
Opdivo: Bristol-Myers Squibb’s Blockbuster Drug
Opdivo is a part of Bristol-Myers Squibb’s (BMY) alliance with Ono Pharmaceutical, and it reported revenues of $942 million in 2015.
Why Actimmune, Horizon’s Lead Orphan Product, Has Such Huge Potential
After the Vidara merger in September 2014, Horizon Pharma gained access to Actimmune, which has been approved by the FDA for CGD and SMO.
How Is Meda AB a Strategic Fit for Mylan’s Business?
On February 10, 2016, Mylan (MYL) announced its decision to acquire Meda AB for a consideration of $9.9 billion through a public offer.
Understanding Future Estimates for Johnson & Johnson
JNJ has surpassed all estimates for EPS in the past, and analysts estimate that JNJ will generate an EPS of $1.65 on revenues of ~$17.5 billion in 1Q16.
Drug Patent Expirations: $190 Billion Is Up for Grabs
According to estimates by Evaluate Pharma, a whopping $120 billion in sales was lost to patent expirations between 2009 and 2014.