In 2014, gross profit margin of the Group was 54%, whereas, net profit margin was -2.6%. Products of the Group, manufactured in 2014, were exported to 60 countries worldwide for the total amount of 83 million euros, which is by 29.3 million euros or by 26% less than in 2013. The geopolitical situation in Russia and Ukraine is the key factor affecting Group performance indicators. Most of the Group financial losses are related to the dramatic decline in the value of Russian ruble – consequently, foregone earnings of the Group makes at least 6.2 million euros.

In the end of the reporting period the amount of accounts receivable (debtors) was 56.2 million euros, which is by 9 million euros more than accounts payable (liabilities) that were 47.3 million euros. The dividend payment to be paid in the 10 March 2015 in the amount of 9 million euro is included in the accounts payable. In its turn, the amount of current assets in the end of reporting period was 77.5 million euros, which is by 42 million euros more than current liabilities which was 35.4 million euros.  It should be noted that geopolitical situation in Russia and Ukraine has an effect not only on Latvian but on other foreign pharmaceutical companies as well, including Grindeks cooperation partners. To a certain extent it affects the cash flow, although, Grindeks assesses the overall financial situation as stable.

Sales volume of the final dosage forms of Grindeks in 2014 was 78.9 million euros and has decreased by 21.4 million euros or 21% in comparison to 2013. The main final dosage forms markets are Russia, other CIS countries, Georgia and the Baltic States. The sales amount in Russia, other CIS countries and Georgia reached 60.5 million euros in 2014, which is by 26.2 million euros or 30% less than in 2013. The highest increase, compared to 2013 is shown in Armenia +50%, Belarus +21%, Azerbaijan +17%, and Turkmenistan +12%. In its turn, turnover of the final dosage forms in the Baltic States and other European countries was 18.4 million euros, which is by 4.8 million euros or 36% more than in 2013. In 2014 «Grindeks» has begun export of final dosage forms to several new markets – Great Britain, Finland, Slovakia, Spain, the Netherlands and Portugal. In 2014 cooperation was successfully continued with Tunisia, increasing sales volume 2.7 times in comparison with 2013, with Vietnam, increasing sales volume 4.3 times, with Romania, increasing sales volume 3 times. Comparing with 2013 the turnover in 2014 in markets outside the CIS and the Baltic states increased 3.7 times.

In 2014, sales of active pharmaceutical ingredients reached 9 million euros which is by 8.9 million euros or 50% less than in 2013. Main markets of Grindeks active pharmaceutical ingredients in 2014 were the Netherlands, Germany, Canada, USA, France, Ireland and Japan. The most required active pharmaceutical ingredients of «Grindeks» are Zopiclone, Oxytocin, Ftorafur, Droperidol, Xylazine, Medetomodine, Detomidine and Ursodeoxycholic acid.

Despite unfavorable situation in the main final dosage form markets, in 2014 the Group continued its strategically most important research and development projects in. In cooperation with Latvian scientists the project of inhibitor of cardio protective agent – GBB hydroxyls with an original structure – chemical and preclinical pharmacological efficiency studies have concluded, which is an important step in creating a new medical product. The other project is registration of a drug Mildronate® in China, where the 3rd phase of clinical trial for this medication is now being held.

JSC Grindeks Chairman of the Board Juris Bundulis: “Considering company’s experience in organizing business in 60 countries worldwide, Grindeks is assured that business diversification and focused restructuring activities will lead to positive results. In the next period Grindeks will increasingly put emphasis on new markets, thereby diversifying its activities and reducing risks. The company previously had also faced different crisis situations and was able to professionally concentrate its knowledge and resources to overcome the obstacles.”

 

About Grindeks

Grindeks is vertically integrated pharmaceutical company, which main fields of action are research, development, manufacturing and sale of original products, generics and active pharmaceutical ingredients. The Group of Grindeks consists of five subsidiary companies in Latvia, Estonia, Russia and Slovakia as well as representative offices in 13 countries.

Grindeks specializes in the heart and cardiovascular, CNS and anti-cancer medication therapeutic groups. A range of products covers a successful combination of original products and generics, with the original products Mildronate® and Ftorafur® and more than 100 forms of generics included therein. Currently Grindeks produces 25 active pharmaceutical ingredients.

Products of the company are exported to 60 countries and its export comprises 94% of the total turnover. The main markets are: Russia and other CIS countries, the Baltic States, the Netherlands, Germany, Canada, the U.S., France, Ireland and Japan.

To increase production capacity and develop infrastructure, since 2002 the company has accomplished many significant investment projects, investing more than 70 million euros over the years.

JSC Grindeks shares are listed on the Official List of “Nasdaq Riga”. Major shareholders of JSC Grindeks are Kirovs Lipmans – 33.29%, “AB.LV Private Equity fund 2010” – 22.66%, Anna Lipmane – 11.38%, “Swedbank” AS Clients Account (nominee account) – 9.92%.

Further information:
Laila Klavina
Head of the Communications Department, JSC Grindeks
Phones: (+371) 67083370, (+371) 29256012
Fax: (+371) 67083505
laila.klavina@grindeks.lv

Grindeks unaudited interim report for 12 months of 2014 (423 KB)