Geo-political challenges mute Biocon’s fiscal growth

Biocon released its Q2 FY15 results recording revenues of Rs 773 crore, with PAT standing at Rs 102 crore

The company's biopharma segment recorded revenues of Rs 442 crore in Q2 FY15.

"The biopharma business continues to be impacted by various factors like geo-political challenges in terms of credit risk in the MENA region, reduced off-take of specialty API, and capacity constraints, affecting the growth of this business. The outlook for the biopharma business remains challenging for the remaining part of this fiscal," the company said in a statement.

Commenting on the quarterly performance and highlights, Dr Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, CMD, Biocon, stated, "The growth of our core biopharma business this quarter has been muted largely due to capacity constraints and geo-political challenges in the Middle-East. However, clinical progress in our key global programs for generic Insulin Glargine and Trastuzumab is indicative of the value accretion that is realizable in the foreseeable future. The strategic investment by Silver Leaf Oak in Syngene validates the strength of our research services business and sets a good valuation benchmark. Whilst we continue to invest in R&D and capacity building for our insulins and antibodies portfolio, we expect Branded formulations and research services businesses to drive growth in the interim."

According to Biocon, the Malaysia insulin facility remains on track to be commissioned in H2 FY15. "The commercialization of products from Malaysia will commence post validation and regulatory approvals from respective countries," it held.

It also revealed that its partner Mylan has initiated multicenter phase III trials for insulin glargine in the United States. "Two trials, both for 24 weeks, comprising a total of 1100 patients (500 type-1 diabetes mellitus patients and 600 type-2 diabetes mellitus patients) are expected to be completed by June 2016," said Biocon.


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