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GlaxoSmithKline Swings to a Profit in 4th Quarter

Tuesday, 07 February 2012 02:58 PM

Restructuring and reduced overheads helped GlaxoSmithKline PLC return to profit in the fourth quarter.  The U.K. drug maker was optimistic about new product development this year.

For the three months ending Dec. 31, GSK on Tuesday reported a worse-than-expected net profit of 1.25 billion pounds ($1.98 billion) compared with a loss of 633 million pounds a year earlier.

Revenue also fell short of analyst forecasts, down 3 percent at 6.98 billion pounds.

For the full year, net profit more than tripled, from 1.63 billion pounds in 2010 to 5.26 billion pounds last year. Revenue was down 3.5 percent to 27.4 billion pounds.

Sales and administration costs were slashed by a third to 8.8 billion pounds. Restructuring costs of 150 million pounds were roughly half the previous year's figures.

The company said it planned to extend its share repurchase program by 1 billion pounds to 2 billion pounds, after spending 2.2 billion pounds on buybacks last year.

GSK shares were down 1.8 percent at 1,394 pence following the report's release.

Chief Executive Andrew Witty said 2011 sales were up 4 percent excluding the exceptional bulge in vaccine sales a year earlier. He was optimistic about the development of new products this year.

"I am pleased to confirm that of the 15 late-stage drugs and vaccines we highlighted last year, we have received some or all of the data on nine of them," Witty said.

"Most importantly, one has already filed and we have three more ready to file. In addition, our quadrivalent flu vaccine, which was not included in the 15, has progressed very quickly and will also file very shortly."

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