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Wednesday 1 October 2014

Pharma firm UCB projects 'significant' future profits

Gordon Deegan

Published 24/07/2014 | 02:30

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A Shannon based pharmaceutical firm is predicting significant levels of profit.
A Shannon based pharmaceutical firm is predicting significant levels of profit.

A Shannon-based pharmaceutical firm, UCB Manufacturing Ireland Ltd, is forecasting "significant levels of profits from 2014 onwards".

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It made the statement in its 2013 accounts that show that pre-tax losses at the Belgian-owned firm increased by 53pc from €63.99m to €97.7m in the 12 months to the end of December last.

The firm - formerly Schwarz Pharma Ltd - recorded the increased losses as revenues declined by 36pc from €167.7m to €107.8m.

A note attached to the accounts states that the directors have prepared a 10-year plan which forecasts significant levels of profits arising from 2014 onwards.

The directors state that Neupro - used to treat Parkinson's disease and Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS) - which was approved and launched in the US market in 2012, "is forecast to contribute substantially to future profitability".

The numbers employed by the firm last year declined from 128 to 122.

According to the directors' report, "turnover fell in 2013 due primarily to a 'once-off' milestone receipt in 2012 for Neupro and also the discontinuance of a product line from the start of 2013 which also reduced revenues in the year".

The report states: "Otherwise, revenues are in line with minor fluctuations from 2012."

The hefty losses at the firm - which is located in the Shannon Free Zone -
 last year arose from €133.6m operating expenses.

This contributed to operating loss of €95.9m and net interest payments contributed to a pre-tax loss of €97.7m.

However, the firm benefited from a €31.76m tax credit and this resulted in a post tax loss of €65.96m.

At the end of last December, the firm had shareholder funds totalling €59.9m.

The firm's staff costs last
 year totalled €10.14m. Emoluments to directors totalled €421,757.

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