Sumitomo Dainippon Pharma Co., Ltd. (Head Office: Osaka, Japan; Representative Director, President and CEO: Hiroshi Nomura; Securities Code: 4506, First Section of TSE) announced today that it has revised the consolidated financial forecasts that were announced on July 30, 2020 for the year ending March 31, 2021 (fiscal 2020), as summarized below, taking the Group's recent business performance trends into consideration.
Reasons for the revisions
Revenue is now expected to be 506.0 billion yen, an increase of 11.0 billion yen from the previous forecast, as sales of LATUDA (atypical antipsychotic) remained strong up to the end of the first six months of the fiscal year ending March 31, 2021, contrary to the expected decline in U.S. sales due to the disturbances caused by COVID-19.
Core operating profit is now expected to be 47.0 billion yen, an increase of 14.0 billion yen from the previous forecast, as we expect gross profit to increase due to revenue growth and selling, general and administrative expenses to decrease on the core basis. Operating profit is now expected to be 58.0 billion yen, an increase of 34.0 billion yen from the previous forecast, as expenses associated with a change in fair value of contingent consideration are expected to decrease from the previous forecast due to a review of the development schedule for napabucasin, which is currently under development as an anti-cancer drug.
Due to the increase in operating profit, the forecasts for net profit and net profit attributable to owners of the parent have been revised to 21.0 billion yen and 42.0 billion yen, respectively, both representing an increase of 33.0 billion yen from their previous forecasts.
Disclaimer Regarding Forward-looking Statements
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