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Lupin reports Rs 152 crore loss in Q3 on one-time provisioning for litigation expenses


NEW DELHI: Drug main Lupin on Wednesday posted a loss of Rs 151.75 crore for December quarter 2018, because of one-time provisioning of Rs 342.22 crore related to a litigation over blood power decreasing drug Perindopril in Europe.

The Mumbai-based firm had posted a net benefit of Rs 221.73 crore in the October-December duration of previous fiscal.

Income from operations rose to Rs 4,377.94 crore in the duration under review as in comparison with Rs three,900.36 crore in the year-ago quarter, Lupin said in a remark.

On December 12, 2018, the overall courtroom of the European Union delivered its judgment relating to Lupin's appeal against the European Commission's 2014 determination in a litigation related to Perindopril.

The general courtroom upheld the EC's determination maintaining Lupin vulnerable to pay a effective of 40 million euros.

"Considering that the matter was not settled in favour of the company, provision of 42.8 million euros (Rs 342.22 crore) has been made including interest of 2.8 million euros (Rs 22.27 crore) which is disclosed as an exceptional item," Lupin said.

The company intends to appeal by contrast determination earlier than the European Court of Justice, it added.

In 2014, Lupin and Unichem Laboratories had been among six world drug makers on which the European regulator had imposed a collective effective of 427.7 million euros for putting deals to forestall entry of inexpensive variations of Perindopril in the EU.

The company's net benefit earlier than remarkable pieces for the 3rd quarter stood at Rs 190.five crore.

Commenting at the effects, Lupin managing director Nilesh Gupta said after witnessing a tough first half, the company is now starting to see enlargement in the USA.


"The growth momentum in the US will continue into the next quarter as we are on track with important launches like Levothyroxine and Ranolazine...We are also on track to deliver on our cost optimisation efforts and expect meaningful benefit next fiscal onwards," he added.


Lupin said its North America gross sales for 3rd quarter stood at Rs 1,417.4 crore as in comparison with Rs 1,432.1 crore all through the same duration of previous fiscal.


In India, the company's components gross sales greater 11.4 in step with cent to Rs 1,190.2 crore as in comparison with Rs 1,068.eight crore in the October-December duration of 2017-18.


Shares of the company settled at Rs 841.95 apiece, up zero.56 in step with cent from the previous shut, on BSE.


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