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Amgen stock drops 7% as revenue misses Wall St. forecasts

First-quarter sales climb 5% for the biotech giant, which is looking to develop a host of new drugs.

April 24, 2013|By Chad Terhune, Los Angeles Times
  • Amgen hopes to capitalize on advances in genetic research to identify promising therapies. Above, the company's offices in Fremont, Calf.
Amgen hopes to capitalize on advances in genetic research to identify promising… (Paul Sakuma, Associated…)

Shares of biotech giant Amgen Inc. slumped as investors reacted to weaker-than-expected first-quarter sales.

Shares of the Thousand Oaks company dropped $7.83, or 7%, to $104.93 in trading Wednesday. The company's stock had posted impressive gains until this week, up 65% in the last year.

Amgen reported first-quarter results after the markets closed Tuesday. Its net income rose 21% to $1.4 billion, or $1.88 a share, from $1.2 billion, or $1.48, a year earlier.

But analysts and investors focused much of their attention on Amgen's revenue growth, which came in lower than Wall Street's expectations.

Revenue in the period that ended March 31 increased 5% to $4.2 billion. Analysts had been expecting $4.4 billion.

Revenue from one of Amgen's top-selling drugs, Enbrel, a treatment for rheumatoid arthritis, rose 11% to $1 billion in the quarter.

The company is looking to develop a host of other new drugs and capitalize on advances in genetic research to identify promising therapies.

Robert Bradway, Amgen's chairman and chief executive, said "our key pipeline projects are progressing well and we are looking forward to clinical results from ongoing trials."

chad.terhune@latimes.com

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