Karo Pharma: Interim report Q1 2020

Karo Pharma: Interim report Q1 2020

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HUDDINGE, Sweden, April 29, 2020

HUDDINGE, Sweden, April 29, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- January - March

* Alternative Financial Ratios (APM), note 4 for further information.

Comments by CEO Christoffer Lorenzen

During Q1 Karo Pharma realized growth of 89%, primarily driven by the acquisition of Trimb, which was completed in September 2019. Additionally, Karo Pharma generated organic growth of 27%, which was positively impacted by the COVID-19 crisis driving increased sales from selected Karo Pharma products during the period, notably within the Pain, Cough & Cold, Dermatology and Rx Pharma categories. There has been large variation in performance across markets and categories. For example, the Pain, Cough & Cold category grew by 77% in Q1 whereas the Footcare category contracted by 9%.

Our view is that the strong sales growth reflects a modest increase in actual market demand and consumption, while the main driver was build-up of inventories across wholesalers, pharmacies, and private homes. We expect that this one-off effect partially will be reversed in the remaining three quarters of the year, notably in Q2.

Karo Pharma's business model has proven robust and resilient in a difficult market environment. Supply performance from our CMO partners has been reliable considering the circumstances and our relationships with channel partners and commercial partners have helped us to respond effectively to volatile market conditions. However, uncertainties and risks are elevated, and we are yet to experience and evaluate the long-term impacts of economic slowdown and negative GPD growth on spending and general consumption patterns. We are monitoring the markets continuously and have developed a response plan, with relevant cost and risk reduction measures, which are being executed and will be further escalated should we see a slow-down in business activity.

In parallel we are continuing to develop the business and are continuing to execute in accordance with our long-term strategy and vision for the business. The integration of the Trimb transaction is progressing and we have launched a common purpose `smart choices for everyday healthcare' as well as shared values for the new Karo. We are also continuing our work to integrate systems and processes and create a scalable business platform.

We have also been active in new business development and expansion and are executing on repatriations in Germany, Austria and the UK. We closed the acquisition of a portfolio of products from Leo Pharma in Q1, which will strengthen our position in the intimate care and dermatology spaces and improve our geographical footprint. We also acquired our Swiss distribution partner, Hygis SA, in order to serve the Swiss market directly.

Our continued investments into the business and its development translate into higher operating expenditures and increases in net working capital, which impact EBITDA margins and cash flow for the quarter and thereby the cash balance. The increased investments support our growth agenda and are required to build a scalable and efficient pan-European platform.

Christoffer Lorenzen

Significant events after period end

April 1, 2020 Karo Pharma acquired Hygis SA, a Swiss distributing company with exclusive distribution rights to Karo's brands MultiGyn® and MultiMam®. Hygis' operations are limited to the distribution of these brands and the acquisition gives Karo Pharma control over the direct sales of these brands. Karo Pharma expects to reach annual net sales related to the two brands of MEUR 1.3 in Switzerland. Additionally, we see potentials to capture synergies related to other brands currently sold in the Swiss market.

Financial Calendar

Interim report Jan-Jun 2020   

Jul 21,2020

Interim report Jan-Sep 2020     

Oct 30, 2020   

The Annual Report 2019 was released April 1, 2020 and the Annual General Meeting will be held May 25, 2020 at Näringslivets Hus, Stockholm.

About Karo Pharma

Karo Pharma offers "Smart choices for everyday healthcare". We own and commercialize reliable original brands within prescription drugs and over over-the-counter consumer products. Our products are available in over 60 countries with the core in Europe and the Nordics region. The headquarter of Karo Pharma is in Stockholm and the company is listed on Nasdaq Stockholm, Mid Cap.

The information in this report is such that Karo Pharma is obliged to make public pursuant to the EU Market Abuse Regulation and the Securities Markets Act. The information was submitted for publication, through the agency of the contact person set out above, on April 29, 2020 at 16.00 CET.

For further information, please contact:
Christoffer Lorenzen, CEO

Jon Johnsson, CFO

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