Gilead Boosted Partly By Currencies (GILD)

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Gilead Sciences Inc. (NASDAQ: GILD) has just issued its third quarter earnings at $0.52 net EPS and $0.55 non-GAAP EPS and $1.37 billion in revenue.  First Call had estimates at $0.49 non-GAAP EPS and $1.32 billion in revenue.  But more important than earnings were some key metrics which might be accounting for some issues.

This was a record quarter for the biotech giant with a 39% productsales gain.  Antviral sales grew 39% to $1.23 billion from sales ofAIDS drugs. Atripla gained 77% to $427.6 million. Truvada jumped 34%to $549.1 million, and Viread sales rose almost 5% to $156 million.Hepsera for chronic hepatitis grew 15% to $91.2 million.  AmBisome forsevere fungal infections increased 6% to $72.9 million.

Its royalty business revenues fell 66% to $96.9 million from lowerTamiflu sales and royalties by Hoffman La-Roche.  There is aninteresting note here on currencies, and one which might take somethunder out of the numbers.  Currencies gave a favorable result of$58.8 million to revenues and $36.7 million of the earnings when youcompare it to the Q3-2007 levels.

Gilead also plans to spend $750 million for share buybacks on anaccelerated basis out of the $3 billion plan announced last year.

We did not get formal guidance from the company.  It appears thatshares aren’t rallying as much as you might have guessed because ofthose currency numbers and perhaps on some drops in royalties.  Butshares closed up 8% today at $41.39 and shares are up 2% at $52.40 inafter-hours trading.

Jon C. Ogg
October 16, 2008