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Amarin (AMRN) Q1 Earnings & Sales Hurt by Vascepa Generics

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Amarin Corporation PLC (AMRN - Free Report) reported first-quarter 2022 adjusted loss of 6 cents (excluding stock-based compensation) per American depositary share against adjusted earnings of 3 cents in the year-ago period. The Zacks Consensus Estimate was pegged at earnings of 2 cents.

Revenues, primarily from its cardiovascular drug, Vascepa, were down almost 33% year over year to approximately $94.6 million in the quarter, missing the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $127.91 million. Sales were hurt due to rising generic competition in the United States as well as lower net prices in certain countries.

The company continues to avoid revenue guidance for 2022 due to the uncertainty related to the COVID-19 pandemic and generic competition for its sole marketed drug, Vascepa, in the United States.

Shares of Amarin crashed 43.1% on May 4 on lackluster first-quarter results and also most probably on the increasing unfavorable impact of generics on Vascepa sales in the United States. The stock has declined 53.7% so far this year compared with the industry’s 21.2% decrease.

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Quarter in Details

Product revenues, entirely from Vascepa, were $94 million, down approximately 34% year over year due to lower volumes in the United States amid rising generic competition for Vascepa’s reduction of triglyceride levels indication. The company stated that a new generic version entered the U.S. market during the first quarter, taking the total to three generics versions of Vascepa. Moreover, Vascepa sales were also hurt due to ongoing challenges related to COVID-19 disruptions.

Licensing revenues were $0.6 million in the first quarter compared with $0.8 million in the year-ago period. The royalty revenues were primarily from sales of Vascepa recorded by its partners in Canada, the China region and the Middle East. Initial sales of the drug in Germany were unfavorably impacted during the first quarter due to a significant surge in COVID-19 cases in the country.

The company ended the quarter with $389.3 million in cash and investments, compared with $489.1 million as of Dec 31, 2021.

Vascepa Update

In October 2021, Amarin initiated a new Go-To-Market strategy in the United States that focuses on enhancing awareness and expanding the company’s reach to healthcare providers, increasing managed care access for Vascepa, and prioritizing cardiovascular risk reduction indication. The company continues to progress with its strategy and focuses on stabilizing Vascepa revenues. It also expanded coverage for Vascepa to approximately 45% of total commercial and Medicare Part D lives.

Amarin launched Vazkepa (U.S. tradename Vascepa) in Germany in September last year. The company received reimbursement decisions in up to eight European countries and plans to launch the drug in six of them in 2022.

Apart from Europe, Amarin is also focusing on expanding in other international countries. The company’s partners are expected to gain approval for Vascepa and launch it in up to six new countries this year.

The company’s partner gained approval for Vascepa in Hong Kong recently and  is planning to launch the drug later this year. A regulatory application seeking approval for Vascepa is under review in China.

Amarin Corporation PLC Price, Consensus and EPS Surprise

Amarin Corporation PLC Price, Consensus and EPS Surprise

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Zacks Rank & Stock to Consider

Amarin currently carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).

Some better-ranked stocks from the pharma/biotech sector include Alkermes (ALKS - Free Report) , Deciphera Pharmaceuticals (DCPH - Free Report) and BeiGene(BGNE - Free Report) . While Alkermes sports a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy), Deciphera and BeiGene carry a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.

Alkermes’ loss per share estimates have improved from 14 cents to 3 cents for 2022 in the past 60 days. ALKS has gained 24.4% so far this year.

Alkermes delivered an earnings surprise of 350.48%, on average, in the last four quarters.

Estimates for Deciphera have narrowed from a loss of $2.94 to $2.77 for 2022 in the past 60 days. DCPH has risen 10.2% so far this year.

Deciphera delivered a negative earnings surprise of 2.73%, on average, in the last four quarters.

BeiGene’s loss per share estimates have narrowed from $15.79 to $15.66 for 2022 in the past 60 days. BGNE has declined 39.8% so far this year.

BeiGene delivered an earnings surprise of 14.63%, on average, in the last four quarters.