Perrigo's Q1 Results Offer Scant Support To Promote Its 'Self-Care' Turnaround
President and CEO Murray Kessler attempts to temper expectations before investor day on May 9 saying Perrigo's turnaround under strategy implemented after he joined firm in November is in its early days. Private label leader, however, will report another step in its move to return to being consumer product-focused: agreement to sell its animal health business to PetIQ for $185m cash.
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"A foundation of this business has been," says Perrigo's Americas consumer business chief, Jeffrey Needham, "we are a fast follower. That's been our traditional model. We can't afford to do that going forward." In addition to initiating moving ingredients from Rx to OTC, firm is developing "national better brand" versions of drugs already available OTC.
IRS tax assessment for 2013, the year Perrigo acquired Dublin-based Elan, adds another cloud to OTC private label giant's outlook as it prepares to present plans for accelerating growth for its long-slumping consumer health business in the US and Europe at a March 9 investor day conference. Perrigo shares dropped more than 9% in early trading after IRS notice became known to investors before inching upward and ending at $47.92, down 6.8% from the previous day's close.
Perrigo's Europe-focused consumer health business Omega Pharma found sales growth hard to come by in 2018 as the group worked hard to right size the organization. While it still has a way to go to completely turnaround Omega, Perrigo is starting to see these interventions pay off, with profits up for the 12 months.