2017/07/17 - Financial public releases

2017 second quarter consolidated sales

Virbac: second quarter sales growth largely offsets the decline in the first quarter


PR17-Q2-01.PNGVirbac consolidated revenue in the second quarter amounted to €234.8 million, up sharply by +7.5% compared to the same period in 2016, of which organic growth was +5.7%. The main contributors to this performance were the United States, which enjoyed sustained activity over the period (+21%), aquaculture, as well as China, Brazil and Mexico. The endectocides (Sentinel) and the specialties ranges for companion animals, and the parasiticides and vaccines for bovine are growing in the quarter.

Year-to-date, first-half sales have reached €434.5 million compared to €430.0 million in the same period of 2016, with an overall evolution of +1.1%. Excluding the favorable impact of exchange rates, sales were down slightly to -1.2%.

In the United States, activity in the first half was down -10.7%, of which -12.1% at comparable exchange rates, an improvement, however, compared with the first quarter, which was down by -44 % at constant exchange rates. Sentinel was down in ex-Virbac net sales, although ex-distributor sales remained stable over the period. Virbac sales in the Iverhart range are down sharply, although they are growing at ex-distributor sales. This increase is nevertheless much lower than anticipated and did not allow a significant restocking of the distributors given their stock level. The other ranges are stable in ex-Virbac sales, but continue to increase in sales to clinics.

Outside of the United States, the Group achieved a good first half showing a +1.1% organic growth (+3.4% at actual rates). Europe is generally stable at constant exchange rates, notably due to a downturn in the OTC (unfavorable base effect due to the launch of Fipro Duo parasiticides in early 2016). In the rest of the world, organic growth continues to be sustained in many emerging countries, particularly in China, Brazil and Mexico. Conversely, in India, performance was strongly influenced by the double impact of demonetization at the beginning of the year and the entry into force of the new tax regulations which led distributors to massively reduce their stock at the end of June. Performance was also more contrasted in Japan due to competition. Finally, in Chile, activity decreased slightly compared to 2016 with contrasting activity (vaccines in progress and antibiotic range down, but compared to a high base in the first half of 2016).

In terms of species, sales in the companion animals segment fell overall by -4.1%, of which -4.9% at constant scope and exchange rates, reflecting a slower than expected return in the United States. Outside the United States, the decline in activity was -0.7%, of which -1.2% organic growth. The ranges most negatively impacted in comparison to the same period in 2016 are the internal and external parasiticides for companion animals and dog vaccines that have suffered from the temporary reduction of production capacity. Conversely, the specialties ranges for dogs and cats continue to progress.
Business in the food producing animal segment recorded an overall increase of +8.7%, of which +4.4% at constant rates. The positive effect of exchange rates is in Asia-Pacific and Latin America. At constant rates and perimeter, the bovine and the industrial (swine and poultry) posted healthy growth of +5.7% and +4.2% respectively. The aquaculture sector was down slightly in the first half (-0.4% at constant exchange rates).