2019/12/20 - Financial public releases

The Group raises the 2019 annual outlook

Following the very good performance observed at the end of the year 2019, the Group is adjusting its outlook for annual revenue growth at constant rates which should now be between 6% and 7% compared to 2018. The ratio of “current operating profit, before depreciation of assets arising from acquisitions” to “revenue” should now grow by around 3 points compared to 2018 at constant exchange rates (2.5 points excluding exceptional items). From a financial standpoint, tight control of invested capital should allow further debt relief of about € 80 million at constant rates for the year.

In 2020, the Group anticipates growth in revenue at constant rates of between 4% to 6% and an increase in the ratio of “operating profit from ordinary activities before depreciation of assets arising from acquisitions” to “revenue” of around 0.5 point compared to 2019 at constant exchange rates (i.e. 1 point excluding exceptional items).

On the occasion of this communication, Virbac also wishes to indicate that the American site in St. Louis was the subject of a new FDA (Food and drug administration) inspection, following that of 2016, which went well and confirms the cGMP (current Good manufacturing practice) status of the plant.