Fourth quarter 2013
2013 was an important year for Meda, focused on investments and organic growth. The year had a slow start but organic growth accelerated in the second half of the year to reach 4% for the full year, which is stronger compared with previous years. For the fourth quarter organic growth increased to 10% coupled with an improved EBITDA margin to 29%. It was above all Emerging Markets and our ongoing launch of Dymista that supported the acceleration in growth throughout the year and with a strong finish we slightly exceeded the 2013 guidance.
We have in 2013 shown that our investments in growth areas have started to bear fruit. We continued our efforts in Emerging Markets by adding sales people in selected markets and extending the product offering. For the full year organic growth for these markets reached 14% with the major growth impact coming from new markets like
Organic growth for the OTC area improved during the fourth quarter and reached 3% for the full year. This growth is above all a result of the launch of our international brands CB12 and Endwarts in new markets. Brand building takes time but we are confident that we will see accelerated growth from our international OTC brands through new and more targeted marketing activities.
Sales of Dymista reached
As already stated we are not satisfied with the level of our cost of goods. We have started to analyze the situation both within our own manufacturing sites as well as with contract manufacturers. This has resulted in several initiatives to reduce manufacturing costs and it is our aim that this will lead to improved gross margins over time.
In addition to Dymista, we are also getting prepared for the launch of Aerospan, a very interesting product with good sales potential. The launch work is running according to plan and the launch is scheduled for the second quarter of this year.
To conclude, we have the strategy and core strengths required to expand our position in our industry. Our position is well defined, our go-to-market capabilities are strong and we have both scale and efficiency to leverage our product portfolio. With greater focus on faster growing areas, both in terms of products and geographies, Meda’s growth outlook is favorable.
For 2014 we foresee continued good organic growth in line with 2013 and improved EBITDA margin.
|1) Organic growth: Sales growth adjusted for currency effects,
acquisitions, disposed operations and revenues from the cooperation
agreement with Valeant. 2) Including a positive non-recurring effect
The company’s auditors did not review this year-end report.
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