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UCB reports FY 2023 revenue of €5.25 billion, net sales of €4.87 billion, and strong performance by growth drivers. The company achieved a 7% increase in adjusted EBITDA, with financial guidance for 2024 projecting revenue growth to €5.5-5.7 billion. UCB's CEO highlights the company's commitment to patient access and sustainability efforts.
Positive
  • UCB's FY 2023 revenue reached €5.25 billion, a 5% decrease from the previous year.
  • Net sales were €4.87 billion, also down 5% from the previous year.
  • Newly launched growth drivers like EVENITY® showed significant growth rates, with a 140% increase in net sales.
  • Adjusted EBITDA increased by 7% to €1.35 billion, surpassing guidance expectations.
  • UCB's financial guidance for 2024 anticipates revenue growth to €5.5-5.7 billion and adjusted EBITDA of 23.0-24.5% of revenue.
  • UCB's CEO emphasizes the company's focus on patient access and sustainability initiatives, with plans for innovative medicines and global expansion.
  • Regulatory and clinical pipeline updates highlight UCB's commitment to developing solutions for severe diseases, with multiple approvals and ongoing clinical programs.
  • Key product performance includes strong growth for BRIVIACT®, FINTEPLA®, and BIMZELX®, offsetting losses from exclusivity of other products.
  • UCB's financial report showcases a mixed performance with revenue decline but strong growth in key products and profitability metrics.
  • The company's strategic investments in product launches and R&D demonstrate a focus on future growth and innovation.
Negative
  • Revenue and net sales declined in FY 2023, impacting overall financial performance.
  • Loss of exclusivity for certain products contributed to the revenue decrease.
  • Operating expenses increased, particularly in marketing and selling expenses.
  • Net profit decreased by 18%, reflecting challenges in revenue generation.
  • Revenue in 2023 reached € 5.25 billion (-5%; -6% CER1), net sales were € 4.87 billion (-5%; -6% CER1) – in-line with financial guidance
  • Strong performance by newly launched growth drivers (net sales growth at Act rates): EVENITY® +140%, FINTEPLA® +94%, BIMZELX® +323%. RYSTIGGO® with € 19 million since July, ZILBRYSQ® launched globally since Q1 2024
  • Underlying profitability (adj. EBITDA2) was € 1.35 billion (+7%; -1% CER1),
    25.7% of revenue – better than the guidance due to higher EVENITY® contribution and good cost management
  • U.S. FDA accepted the filings of BIMZELX® for psoriatic arthritis (PsA), non-radiographic axial spondyloarthritis (nr-axSpA) and ankylosing spondylitis (AS). The application for hidradenitis suppurativa (HS) has also been submitted to FDA. FDA action and potential approvals expected for all indications before the end of 2024
  • Financial guidance for 2024: Revenue expected to grow to € 5.5-5.7 billion, adjusted EBITDA2 23.0-24.5% of revenue, Core EPS3 of € 3.70-4.40

BRUSSELS, Feb. 28, 2024 /PRNewswire/ -- UCB Full-Year Report 2023 – regulated information

"Our 2023 performance showcases our unwavering commitment to ensuring people with severe diseases can live the life they like, as free as possible from challenges of disease, reaching more than 3.2 million patients globally with severe immunological and neurological conditions. In the last 14 months we obtained 14 approvals, across 6 patient populations and across 3 continents, fuelling our growth for a decade plus. As an example, superior patient experience and UCB's dedication have allowed to double the number of patients using BIMZELX ® in Europe over six months," Jean-Christophe Tellier, CEO UCB commented. "For future growth, we are studying innovative, potential medicines for 10 patient populations in 12 clinical development programs with expected news flow in 2024. What guides us is our belief that everyone deserves to live the best life that they can. We are therefore pleased with the growing access to our medicines across geographies, and we continue to decrease our greenhouse gas emissions in line with our commitment to reach net zero emissions."

FY 2023 revenue reached € 5.25 billion (-5%; -6% CER1). Net sales reached € 4.87 billion (-5%; -6% CER1), based on the stable performance of CIMZIA® and the strong growth of BRIVIACT®, FINTEPLA® and BIMZELX®. As expected, this was more than offset by the contracting effects from the losses of exclusivity of two products.

Underlying profitability (adjusted EBITDA2) reached € 1.35 billion (7%; -1% CER1), despite lower revenue due to the losses of exclusivity, higher operating expenses – reflecting the investments into the future growth of UCB, namely into product launches - and compensated by higher operating income.

Profit amounted to € 343 million (-18%; -34% CER1). Core EPS3 were € 4.20 after € 4.37 in 2022. The Board of Directors of UCB proposes a dividend of € 1.36 per share (gross), + 3 cents.

Sandrine Dufour, CFO UCB says: "A year with good product growth and strong launches - we are pleased to deliver again solid financial results. As expected, we're seeing the impacts from the losses of exclusivity for two products diminishing in the second half and thanks to the strong revenue performance of our growth assets, we returned to growth in the second half with almost +3%. Continued smart resource allocation and a strong contribution from EVENITY® enabled us to invest in the product launches. In 2024, we will accelerate our investments launching three products around the globe, including a direct to consumer (DTC) campaign in the U.S. for BIMZELX®, previously slated for 2023. We are on our way to deliver growth for a decade plus. Our financial guidance for 2024 foresees a growing top line and an almost stable adjusted EBITDA margin. Our commitment for 2025 for growing the top line to at least € 6 billion and an improved margin stands."

Regulatory and Clinical Pipeline Update

UCB continuously innovates and strives to find new ways to deliver solutions to people living with severe immunological and neurological diseases, leading in 2023 to a clinical development pipeline with 12 clinical programs ongoing spanning 10 different medicines, set to help 10 different patient populations. Since January 2023 and in the key regions U.S., EU and Japan, UCB obtained 14 approvals across six patient populations. 8 regulatory reviews are ongoing. Below the details since the Half-Year Report 2023:

Regulatory Update

In June 2023, E KEPPRA® (levetiracetam) was approved in Japan for the treatment of partial-onset epileptic seizures in young patients (1m-<4years of age).

In July 2023, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) has accepted for review the marketing authorization application of bimekizumab for the treatment of adults with moderate to severe hidradenitis suppurativa (HS), a chronic, recurrent, and debilitating skin condition with high unmet medical need.

In July 2023, UCB submitted the marketing authorization application for the epilepsy medicine BRIVIACT® (brivaracetam) to PMDA in Japan. This application is for the treatment of partial onset seizures (POS) with or without secondary generalization in adult patients (≥16 years of age) with monotherapy and adjunctive therapy.

In September 2023, UCB announced the approval of RYSTIGGO® (rozanolixizumab) and ZILBRYSQ® (zilucoplan) for the treatment of adult patients with generalized myasthenia gravis (gMG) in Japan, where RYSTIGGO® is indicated for patients inadequately responding to corticosteroids or non-corticosteroid immunosuppressants and ZILBRYSQ® is indicated for patients who inadequately respond to steroids or other immunosuppressants. In February 2023, PMDA in Japan accepted for review the filing of rozanolixizumab in a priority review.

In October 2023, UCB announced U.S. FDA approval of ZILBRYSQ® (zilucoplan) for the treatment of adults with generalized myasthenia gravis (gMG) who are anti-acetylcholine receptor antibody-positive (anti-AChRAb+). ZILBRYSQ® is the first once-daily subcutaneous, targeted C5 complement inhibitor for gMG. It is the only once-daily gMG-targeted therapy for self-administration.

In October 2023, the U.S. FDA approved BIMZELX® (bimekizumab-bkzx), the first and only IL-17A and IL-17F inhibitor, for the treatment of adults with moderate to severe plaque psoriasis who are candidates for systemic therapy or phototherapy.

In November 2023, UCB filed bimekizumab for the treatment of hidradenitis suppurativa (HS), a chronic, painful, and debilitating skin condition, with PMDA in Japan.

In December 2023, ZILBRYSQ® (zilucoplan) was approved in the European Union for the treatment of adults with gMG who are anti-AChRAb+. In September 2023, UCB received CHMP positive opinion for zilucoplan for the treatment of adults with gMG in Europe.

In December 2023, BIMZELX® was approved in Japan for the treatment of adult patients with active psoriatic arthritis (PsA), adult patients with active ankylosing spondylitis (AS) and adult patients with active non-radiographic axial spondyloarthritis (nr-axSpA). In January 2023, PMDA in Japan had accepted for review the filing for BIMZELX® in these indications.

In early January 2024, RYSTIGGO® (rozanolixizumab) was approved in the European Union for the treatment of adults with generalized myasthenia gravis (gMG) who are anti-acetylcholine receptor (AChR) or anti-muscle-specific tyrosine kinase (MuSK) antibody positive. In November 2023, UCB received the CHMP positive opinion for rozanolixizumab for treatment of adults with generalized myasthenia gravis in Europe.

In February 2024, UCB announced that the U.S. FDA accepted the supplemental biologics license applications (sBLA) seeking approval of BIMZELX® (bimekizumab-bkzx) for three new spondyloarthritides indications: psoriatic arthritis (PsA), non-radiographic axial spondyloarthritis (nr-axSpA) and ankylosing spondylitis (AS). The fourth sBLA for hidradenitis suppurativa (HS) has also been submitted to FDA. UCB expects FDA action and potential approvals for all indications before the end of 2024.

Pipeline Update

In November 2023, first patients were included in a phase 2a study with UCB0022. UCB0022 is designed to enhance the potency of endogenous dopamine 'when and where needed'. UCB0022 is an orally available, brain-penetrant, small molecule acting as a Dopamine-1 receptor positive allosteric modulator. UCB0022 could bring, as symptomatic treatment, significant positive impact on the quality of life of people who are suffering from Parkinson's symptoms despite an adequately dosed treatment without bothersome side effects that can result from Dopamine-receptor overstimulation. First results are expected in H1 in 2025.

During H2 2023, UCB9741 and UCB1381 progressed successfully and moved into Phase 2a status with first headline results expected in H2 2024. Atopic Dermatitis (AtD) is a common inflammatory skin disorder with higher prevalence rates among children. Despite evolving standard of care, unmet needs for moderate to severe AtD patients persist. Multiple pathways are believed to be the driver of pathobiology in AtD, as such UCB is developing two anti-bodies targeting distinct pathways.

All other clinical studies are continuing as planned, with headline results expected for 11 programs in 2024.

Net sales break-down by key products
Due to rounding, some financial data may not add up in the tables.

CIMZIA® (certolizumab pegol) reached more than 180 000 people living with inflammatory TNF-mediated diseases. CIMZIA® is showing a stronger growth than the anti-TNF market – based on differentiation. CIMZIA® is offering treatment for women of childbearing age across 6 indications and for rheumatoid arthritis patients with high rheum factor levels. In Europe as well as in international markets growth trend continues. Volume growth in the U.S. remains robust with 5% plus. Also in Japan, volume growth was positive but over-compensated by the regular mandatory price cut.

€ million

2023

2022

Act

CER1

U.S. 

1 364

1 381

-1 %

2 %

Europe

428

416

3 %

3 %

Japan

39

51

-24 %

-17 %

International markets

257

237

8 %

16 %

Total Cimzia®

2 087

2 085

0 %

3 %

VIMPAT® (lacosamide) was accessed by over 500 000 people living with epilepsy and is experiencing generic competition since March 2022 in the U.S. and since September 2022 in Europe due to loss of exclusivity. In Japan, the net sales show continued growth.

€ million

2023

2022

Act

CER1

U.S. 

96

706

-86 %

-86 %

Europe

140

272

-48 %

-48 %

Japan

83

68

22 %

34 %

International markets

75

77

-3 %

4 %

Total Vimpat®

394

1 124

-65 %

-63 %

KEPPRA® (levetiracetam) reached over 1.7 million people living with epilepsy. Net sales went down due to continued generic erosion in Japan since 2022. In all other markets, KEPPRA® is off patent for more than a decade.

€ million

2023

2022

Act

CER1

U.S. 

132

156

-16 %

-13 %

Europe

205

206

-1 %

0 %

Japan

97

149

-35 %

-28 %

International markets

202

217

-7 %

3 %

Total Keppra®

636

729

-13 %

-8 %

BRIVIACT® (brivaracetam), was used by 190 000 people living with epilepsy and showed significant growth in all regions it is available to patients. BRIVIACT® is currently under regulatory review in Japan. BRIVIACT® has a different mode of action from Vimpat® and differentiates from KEPPRA®.

€ million

2023

2022

Act

CER1

U.S. 

445

380

17 %

20 %

Europe

110

88

25 %

25 %

International markets

21

17

22 %

27 %

Total Briviact®

576

485

19 %

21 %

FINTEPLA® (fenfluramine) reached more than 3 000 patients and their families living with seizures associated with rare epileptic syndromes - Dravet Syndrome (DS) and Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome (LGS). Partner Nippon Shinyaku in Japan books the in-market sales. FINTEPLA® was added to the UCB portfolio in March 2022. Following a settlement in a patent dispute in late 2023, UCB is now considering Q4 2033 as a later loss of exclusivity in the U.S.

€ million

2023

2022

Act

CER1

U.S. 

201

107

88 %

93 %

Europe

21

8

>100%

>100%

Japan

1

1

54 %

70 %

International markets

3

1

>100%

>100%

Total Fintepla®

226

116

94 %

99 %

BIMZELX® (bimekizumab) is available to people living with psoriasis in more than 40 countries, including the U.S. since mid-November 2023. Additionally, it is available to people living with active psoriatic arthritis (PsA), with active ankylosing spondylitis (AS) and active non-radiographic axial spondyloarthritis (nr-axSpA) in Europe since May 2023 and in Japan since December 2023. More than 18 000 patients had access to the product.

€ million

2023

2022

Act

CER1

U.S. 

9

-

N/A

N/A

Europe

112

29

>100%

>100%

Japan

16

4

>100%

>100%

International markets

12

2

>100%

>100%

Total Bimzelx®

148

35

>100%

>100%

NAYZILAM® (midazolam) Nasal SprayCIV, a nasal rescue treatment for epilepsy seizure clusters in the U.S. reached over 70 000 patients and net sales of € 94 million, a plus by 21% (24% CER)

EVENITY® (romosozumab) since launch globally reached more than 600 000 women living with postmenopausal osteoporosis at high risk of fracture. Net sales in Europe increased to € 60 million after € 25 million in 2022. EVENITY® is being launched successfully globally by Amgen, Astellas and UCB since 2019, with net sales outside Europe reported by the partners. EVENITY® showed strong growth annualizing worldwide sales of more than US$ 1 billion. The worldwide profit contribution from EVENITY® is recognized under 'Other operating income'.

RYSTIGGO® (rozanolixizumab-noli), a new treatment option for people living with generalized myasthenia gravis (gMG) was launched in the U.S. in July 2023. In 2023, net sales amounted to € 19 million. At the end of 2023, RYSTIGGO® was launched in Japan and the launches throughout Europe are starting in Q1 2024.

2023 FY financial highlights
Due to rounding, some financial data may not add up in the tables.



Actual1

Variance

€ million

2023

2022

Actual rates

CER2

Revenue

5 252

5 517

-5 %

-6 %

Net sales

4 867

5 140

-5 %

-6 %

Royalty income and fees

77

85

-9 %

-7 %

Other revenue

308

292

5 %

6 %

Adjusted Gross Profit

4 033

4 239

-5 %

-6 %

Gross Profit

3 545

3 843

-8 %

-9 %

Marketing and selling expenses

-1 594

-1 489

7 %

10 %

Research and development expenses

-1 630

-1 670

-2 %

-1 %

General and administrative expenses

- 230

- 225

2 %

3 %

Other operating income/expenses (-)

566

216

>100%

>100%

Adjusted EBIT

657

675

-3 %

-15 %

Impairment, restructuring and other income/expenses (-)

- 53

- 90

-41 %

-38 %

EBIT (operating profit)

604

585

3 %

-13 %

Net financial expenses

- 163

- 74

>100%

>100%

Profit before income taxes

441

511

-14 %

-27 %

Income tax expenses

- 98

- 91

8 %

21 %

Profit from continuing operations

343

420

-18 %

-35 %

Profit/loss (-) from discontinued operations

0

- 2

-100 %

-100 %

Profit

343

418

-18 %

-34 %

     Attributable to UCB shareholders

343

418

-18 %

-34 %

Adjusted EBITDA

1 349

1 260

7 %

-1 %

  Capital expenditure (including intangible assets)

316

371

-15 %


  Net debt (-)

-2 177

-2 000

9 %


  Operating cash flow from continuing operations

761

1 119

-32 %


Weighted average number of shares – non diluted (million)

190

190

0 %



1.81

2.20

-18 %

-34 %

EPS (€ per weighted average number of shares – non diluted)





Core EPS (€ per weighted average number of shares – non
diluted)

4.20

4.37

-4 %

-18 %


1 Due to rounding, some financial data may not add up in the tables included in this management report
2
CER = constant exchange rates

"The statutory auditor has issued an unqualified report with no emphasis of matter paragraph dated 27 February 2024 on the company's consolidated accounts as of and for the year ended 31 December 2023, and has confirmed that the accounting data reported in the accompanying press release is consistent, in all material respects, with the accounts from which it has been derived."

Revenue in 2023 reached € 5 252 million (-5%; -6% CER1) and net sales were € 4 867 million (-5%; -6% CER1). This was driven by the continued growth of UCB's product portfolio – namely BRIVIACT®, NAYZILAM® and FINTEPLA® showed double digit growth. CIMZIA® is the largest drug in the portfolio, showing stable performance and an increase at constant rates. EVENITY® as well as newly launched BIMZELX® more than doubled net sales. This performance was over-compensated by the known effects of the loss of exclusivity for VIMPAT® in the U.S. and Europe and E KEPPRA® in Japan.

Royalty income and fees were € 77 million (-9%; -7% CER1) and other revenue went up by 5% (6% CER1) to € 308 million due to continued partnership activities, milestones and other payments from R&D partners and include a one-time amount of € 70 million from a milestone.

Adjusted Gross profit (Gross Profit before "amortization of intangible assets linked to sales") was € 4 033 million (-5%; -6% CER1) and well in-line with the net sales performance. The adjusted gross margin remained stable at 76.8% as in 2022.

Gross profit after "amortization of intangible assets linked to sales" reached € 3 545 million – a gross margin of 67.5% after 69.7% in 2022 and reflecting the addition of FINTEPLA® amortization. This amortization has been revised in late 2023 following a settlement in a patent dispute in the U.S. UCB is now considering Q4 2033 as the loss of exclusivity in the U.S.

Operating expenses declined to € 2 888 million (-9%; -7% CER1) reflecting higher marketing and selling expenses, lower research and development expenses, slightly higher general and administration expenses and an "other operating income" which more than doubled. Total operating expenses are consisting of:

  • 7% higher marketing and selling expenses of € 1 594 million (+10% CER1) – focused reallocation and cost discipline allowed to invest behind the launches and pre-launch activities for UCB's growth drivers: Global FINTEPLA® launch activities in two indications, global BIMZELX® launch activities in up to four indications, global launch activities for RYSTIGGO® and ZILBRYSQ®
  • 2% lower research and development expenses of € 1 63

    FAQ

    What was UCB's FY 2023 revenue and net sales performance?

    UCB reported FY 2023 revenue of €5.25 billion and net sales of €4.87 billion, both showing a 5% decrease.

    How did UCB's key products like BRIVIACT®, FINTEPLA®, and BIMZELX® perform in FY 2023?

    BRIVIACT®, FINTEPLA®, and BIMZELX® showed strong growth rates, offsetting losses from exclusivity of other products.

    What was the adjusted EBITDA for UCB in FY 2023?

    UCB achieved a 7% increase in adjusted EBITDA, reaching €1.35 billion.

    What is UCB's financial guidance for 2024?

    UCB projects revenue growth to €5.5-5.7 billion and adjusted EBITDA of 23.0-24.5% of revenue for 2024.

    What did UCB's CEO highlight in response to the FY 2023 performance?

    UCB's CEO emphasized the company's commitment to patient access and sustainability efforts, along with plans for innovative medicines and global expansion.

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