AbbVie misses sales estimates as Botox, Juvederm face slowdown jitters

Reuters | October 28, 2022

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(Reuters) -AbbVie Inc on Friday missed Wall Street estimates for quarterly sales, hurt by weaker-than-expected revenue from its popular facial filler Juvederm and blockbuster anti-wrinkle injection Botox.

North Chicago, Illinois-based Abbvie’s shares fell 2.6% to $149.45 before the bell.

The drugmaker said it was seeing an impact from “temporary economic headwinds” to its portfolio of cosmetic treatments, including Botox and Juvederm, which it gained through its $63 billion deal for Allergan.

Wall Street analysts have been looking out for the impact of inflation and fears of a recession to its aesthetics business, which is more exposed to macroeconomic pressures than AbbVie’s other therapies.

AbbVie said in July that it had seen “glimpses of inflationary pressures” on the Juvederm business, though it had not yet seen an impact to Botox at that time.

Sales of Botox for cosmetic uses came in at $637 million, below estimates of $640.17 million, while sales of Juvederm were $352 million, also missing estimates of $360 million, according to Refinitiv data.

Net revenue rose 3.3% to $14.81 billion but missed estimates of $14.91 billion.

However, AbbVie earned $3.66 per share, excluding one-off items, beating estimates of $3.57 per share.

Sales of newer psoriasis treatment Skyrizi also exceeded analysts’ estimates.

AbbVie has been hoping Skyrizi and arthritis drug Rinvoq can eventually replace sales of its blockbuster drug Humira, which is expected to face competition in the United States next year.

It is currently one of the world’s top-selling medicines after COVID-19 vaccines and pills.

Skyrizi brought in sales of $1.40 billion, beating estimates of $1.31 billion, while Rinvoq sales of $695 million missed estimates of $715.29 million.

(Reporting by Manas Mishra and Pratik Jain in Bengaluru; Editing by Maju Samuel)


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