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Ranbaxy Chief Steps Down, Quarterly Profit Falls 52%
PharmaManufacturing.com
08/12/2010
India's Ranbaxy Laboratories suffered a 52 percent fall in quarterly profit Thursday as
currency volatility offset bumper sales of generic drugs and said its chief executive will step
down next week after just over a year in the job.
The company gave no reason for the surprise departure, effective Aug. 19, of Atul Sobti, who
is also managing director.
Arun Sawhney, now president of the company's global pharmaceuticals business, will take
his place as managing director.
Ranbaxy reported an April-to-June net profit of 3.3 billion rupees ($72 million) compared
with a profit of 6.9 billion rupees ($139 million) a year earlier.
The fall was due to large foreign currency gains in the June 2009 quarter, which were not
replicated this year, said Bino Pathiparampil, an analyst at Mumbai's IIFL Capital.
But the drop in profit was less than expected, reflecting bumper U.S. sales of Ranbaxy's
generic version of Valtrex, a blockbuster herpes drug made by GlaxoSmithKline.
A poll of 21 analysts by Thomson Reuters had forecast net profit of 1.3 billion rupees.
"If we remove the U.S., overall it's continuing to be dull in terms of growth and
profitability," Pathiparampil said.
Ranbaxy's period of exclusive sales for generic Valtrex ended during the June quarter and
the company has no prospects for a replacement until December.
"There is going to be some pressure going forward," Pathiparampil said. "The next big
exclusive product in December is potentially Aricept but we're not sure that's going to
happen."
Aricept is an Alzheimers drug sold in the U.S. by Pfizer and Japan's Eisai Pharmaceuticals.

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