Gilead Sciences Inc. (GILD): New Analyst Report from Zacks Equity Research - Zacks Equity Research Report

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Gilead made a strong start to 2014, with both revenues as well as earnings beating expectations by huge margins in the first quarter of the year. The company's first-quarter adjusted earnings of $1.44 per share blew past the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $0.75. The massive earnings outperformance was attributable to the exceptional performance of Sovaldi in its first full quarter in the market. Sovaldi's strong sales ($2.27 billion) helped Gilead record total revenues of $5 billion, easily surpassing the Zacks Consensus Estimate. We expect Sovaldi sales to continue growing throughout 2014. We are also positive on the potential offered by oncology candidate idelalisib. We are optimistic about Gilead's growth prospects and are upgrading it to Outperform.

Overview:

Gilead Sciences, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company, focuses on the discovery, development and commercialization of drugs for treating HIV/AIDS, liver diseases such as hepatitis B virus (HBV) and hepatitis C virus (HCV), respiratory, oncology /inflammation and cardiovascular related diseases. Lead products at Gilead include HCV therapy Sovaldi apart from Truvada, Viread, Atripla, Complera, Stribild and Emtriva for the treatment of HIV in adults. Apart from the HIV franchise, Gilead's other products include AmBisome (treatment of fungal infection) and Letairis (treatment of pulmonary arterial hypertension). Gilead's portfolio also includes Cayston (improvement of respiratory symptoms in patients suffering from cystic fibrosis with pseudomonas aeruginosa) and Ranexa (chronic angina).

The U.S. approval of HCV therapy Sovaldi in Dec 2013 is a big positive for Gilead as the drug offers significant commercial potential. European approval of the drug came in Jan 2014. The drug is off to a strong start.

Gilead operates in North America, South America, Europe and Asia-Pacific. Total revenues at Gilead came in at $11.20 billion in 2013, up 15%. Strong sales of the company's antiviral products contributed to the increase. In 2013, total antiviral products accounted for 86.5% of product sales. Total product sales climbed 15% to $10.80 billion in 2013. The company, founded in 1987, is headquartered in Foster City, Calif.


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