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Impax Laboratories Inc. IPXL reported fourth-quarter 2017 adjusted earnings of 11 cents per share, missing the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 12 cents. Moreover, earnings were down 31.3% from 16 cents in the year-ago period’s lower generic product revenue.
Total revenue decreased 7.8% year over year to $182.9 million, mainly due to lower Generic division sales, partially offset by increased specialty products sales.
Revenues also missed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $196.26 million in the reported quarter.
Following the earnings announcement, Impax’s shares fell almost 3.7% on Thursday. Nonetheless, in the past year, Impax’s shares went up 110.1% against the industry’s decline of 37.7%.
Impax will complete its merger with privately-held Amneal Pharmaceuticals, expectedly in the second quarter of 2018.
Quarter in Detail
During the reported quarter, Impax Generic division’s revenues decreased 18.9% from the year-ago quarter to $112.9 million. The decrease in revenues was due to the lower sales of diclofenac sodium gel, metaxalone, fenofibrate and budesonide. This decrease was partially offset by higher sales of epinephrine auto-injector, the product acquired from Teva Pharmaceuticals, and new product launches.
However, revenues from the Impax Specialty Pharma division were up 18.2% year over year to $70 million, largely due to higher sales of Rytary, which was up 29.8 % to $28.3 million. Sales of Zomig were up 10.7% to $15 million.
Adjusted research and development (R&D) expenses fell 21.9% to $15.6 million in the reported quarter.
Adjusted selling, general and administrative expenses (SG&A) increased 3.4% to $51.6 million.
For the full year 2017, adjusted earnings were 63 cents per share compared with $1.16 in 2016. Earnings were in line with the Zacks Consensus Estimate.
Revenues for 2017 came in at $775.8 million, down 5.9% from $824.4 million in 2016. Revenues missed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $793.3 million.
In October 2017, Impax and privately held generic drug maker, Amneal Pharmaceuticals, entered into an all-stock deal to merge and form a new publicly-traded company, Amneal Pharmaceuticals Inc. The combined company will have a diverse pipeline with more than 300 products, either filed with the FDA or in active stages of development. The deal is expected to close in the second quarter of 2018.
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Zacks Rank & Stocks to Consider
Impax currently carries a Zacks Rank #4 (Sell).
You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.
Some better-ranked stocks in the healthcare sector are Ligand Pharmaceuticals Incorporated LGND, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. REGN and Enanta Pharmaceuticals, Inc. ENTA. Regeneron carries a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy) while Ligand and Enanta carry a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.
Ligand’s earnings per share estimates have moved up from $3.78 to $4.15 for 2018 over the last 30 days. The company pulled off positive earnings surprises in three of the trailing four quarters, with an average beat of 24.88%. The share price of the company increased 51.6% over a year.
Regeneron’s earnings per share estimates have moved up from $17.13 to $18.65 and from $20.38 to $21.56 for 2018 and 2019, respectively, in the last 30 days. The company pulled off a positive earnings surprise in three of the last four quarters, with an average beat of 9.15%.
Enanta Pharma delivered a positive earnings surprise in three of the last four quarters, with an average beat of 373.1%. The share price of the company surged 169.9% over a year.
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