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AstraZeneca profit hit by patent expirations

  • AstraZeneca (AZN) Q4 core EPS dropped 28% to $1.23 and beat consensus of $1.18.
  • Revenue -4% in constant exchange rates to $6.84B, just above forecasts of $6.82B.
  • Adjusted profit fell 26% to $1.98B, dragged down by patent expirations on key drugs.
  • The loss of IP protection will continue to hurt the company, and it forecasts that 2014 revenue will drop by a low-to-mid single digit percentage and that EPS will decline "in the teens."
  • AstraZeneca declared a second interim dividend of $1.90 a share. (PR)

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This was corrected on 02/06/2014 at 05:42 AM.
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