Merck (MRK) Tops Q3 EPS by 2c

October 27, 2014 7:01 AM EDT

Merck (NYSE: MRK) reported Q3 EPS of $0.90, $0.02 better than the analyst estimate of $0.88. Revenue for the quarter came in at $10.56 billion versus the consensus estimate of $10.66 billion.

“Last October, we launched a multi-year initiative to transform Merck and build a platform for sustained, future growth,” said Kenneth C. Frazier, chairman and chief executive officer, Merck. “One year later, we delivered solid third-quarter results and are making steady progress in our transformation, including divesting non-core assets, reducing our expense base and investing in our promising new product launches and pipeline.”

Select Revenue Highlights

Worldwide sales were $10.6 billion for the third quarter of 2014, a decrease of 4 percent compared with the third quarter of 2013, including a 1 percent positive impact from foreign exchange. The decline includes $425 million of lower sales due to divestitures and the termination of the joint venture with AstraZeneca (AZ).

The following table reflects sales of the company’s top pharmaceutical products, as well as total sales of Animal Health and Consumer Care products.

Third Quarter Third Quarter Change Change
$ in millions 2014 2013 Ex-exchange
Total Sales $10,557 $11,032 -4% -5%
Pharmaceutical 9,134 9,475 -4% -4%
JANUVIA/JANUMET 1,439 1,369 5% 5%
ZETIA/VYTORIN 1,028 1,059 -3% -3%
REMICADE 604 574 5% 3%
GARDASIL 590 665 -11% -11%
PROQUAD, M-M-R II and VARIVAX 421 421 0% 0%
ISENTRESS 412 427 -3% -3%
NASONEX 261 297 -12% -12%
SINGULAIR 218 280 -22% -20%
Animal Health 885 800 11% 10%
Consumer Care 401 443 -9% -9%
Other Revenues 137 314 -56% -71%

Merck sees FY2014 EPS of $3.46-$3.50, versus the consensus of $3.47.

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