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Sustained level of activity in Q3 2021
Q3 sales: €177.9 million (+4.6% like for like and CER1)
9-month cumulative sales: €541.0 million (+7.9% like for like and CER)
Returning to revenue growth in 2021 objective confirmed
Villepinte, October 21, 2021 – Guerbet (FR0000032526 GBT), a global specialist in contrast agents and solutions for medical imaging, today reported its sales for the first nine months of the year. At September 30, 2021, sales were at €541.0 million, up 0.9% compared to €536 million at September 30, 2020, including an unfavorable forex impact of €17.5 million. Excluding forex effects, on a like-for-like basis, revenues were up 7.9% from September 30, 2020.
After a shortfall in Q1 and a strong increase in Q2 compared with the 2020 fiscal year, Q3 2021 was marked by a satisfactory increase on like-for-like sales of 4.6% excluding forex effects.
Geographical distribution of consolidated group sales (IFRS)
In millions of euros,
Sales in EMEA
Sales in Americas
Sales in Asia
Subcontracting activity (Montreal plant)
In EMEA, the robust nine-month growth was offset by a slight decline in activity in Q3 due to the expected price decreases in France and Germany.
In the Americas, Q3 sales were significantly up by 22.2%, benefiting from good sales of Dotarem®, the forex effect being neutral over the period. Cumulative like-for-like sales over the nine months were up 16.9% (excluding the contribution of the Montreal plant in Canada sold on July 16, 2020) and excluding the unfavorable forex effect of €11.1 million, mainly attributable to the Brazilian real and the US dollar.
In Asia, Japan Q3 sales excluding Forex effect were stable, the country still being impacted by Covid. China remained dynamic with double-digit growth offsetting softer sales with distributors due to base effects.
Distribution of consolidated group revenue by activity (IFRS)
In millions of euros,
Subcontracting activity (Montreal plant)
Diagnostic Imaging revenue YTD September was up 6.6% at constant exchange rates, with a Q3 up 3.4% compared with September 30, 2020.
Nine-month revenue in MRI amounted to €175.5 million (+4.3% at actual exchange rates and +7.7% at constant exchange rates). Sales were stable over Q3.
X-ray revenue at constant exchange rates increased by 5.9%, supported by the remarkable performance of Xenetix® during Q3 2021.
In Interventional Imaging, sales remained very dynamic over the quarter (+15.1% excluding forex effects), bringing nine-month sales to €62.1 million or +19.6% at constant exchange rate. Interventional Imaging continues to be supported by Lipiodol® and has confirmed its status over the years as an engine for growth with a two-fold increase in revenue over the last 4 years.
2021 objectives confirmed
The Group is confident in its ability to maintain this pace of development. While being cautious in the face of a varying international health and economic situation, the Group anticipates moderate growth in its reported revenue for 2021, incorporating a like-for-like increase of 6% to 8% at constant exchange rates. In terms of operating profitability, this increase in activity will result in a reported EBITDA/revenue ratio of at least 14.1%. In the medium term, the Group foresees a gradual improvement in the EBITDA/revenue ratio, enabling it to create strong, sustainable growth.
Publication of 2021 full-year revenue
Thursday, February 10, 2022, after trading
At Guerbet, we build lasting relationships so that we enable people to live better. That is our purpose. We are a leader in medical imaging worldwide, offering a comprehensive range of pharmaceutical products, medical devices, and digital and AI solutions for diagnostic and interventional imaging. A pioneer in contrast media for 95 years, with more than 2,600 employees worldwide, we continuously innovate and devote 10% of our sales to research and development in four centers in France, Israel, and the United States. Guerbet (GBT) is listed on Euronext Paris (segment B – mid caps) and generated €712 million in revenue in 2020. For more information, please visit www.guerbet.com.
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1 On a like-for-like basis and at constant exchange rates
2 X-ray contributions of Curium, Japan Iodine, and Urology added back for €5.0 million over the first nine months of the 2020 fiscal year. At September 30, 2020, reported revenue was €290.5 million