Pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly and Co. says it turned a fourth-quarter profit after recording a loss in 2008 following the buyout of cancer drug maker ImClone Systems Inc.
The Indianapolis company earned $915.4 million, or 83 cents per share, in the three months that ended Dec. 31. That compares to a loss of $3.63 billion, or $3.31 per share, in the same period a year earlier. Revenue was up 14 percent to $5.93 billion.
Excluding charges, Lilly earned 91 cents per share.
On that basis, analysts forecast earnings per share of 92 cents for the quarter on $5.67 billion in revenue.
Sales of its top-selling drug, the antipsychotic Zyprexa, climbed 19 percent to $1.37 billion, while the second-best seller, the antidepressant Cymbalta, saw sales rise 15 percent to $830.8 million.
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