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Sanofi-aventis Delivers 2008 Results Above Guidance
Date:2/11/2009

07 and 2008

(5) Excluding net sales of Ambien IR(R) in the United States in Q1 2007 and Q1 2008

2008 fourth-quarter financial results

Adjusted income statement excluding selected items(1)

Sanofi-aventis generated fourth-quarter net sales of EUR 7,089 million, a rise of 3.6% on a comparable basis. The appreciation of the U.S. dollar against the euro meant that exchange rate movements had a favorable effect of 1.1 points, despite the impact of other currencies. Changes in Group structure had an unfavorable effect of 2.1 points, and included the discontinuation of commercialization of Copaxone(R) in the United States and Canada by sanofi-aventis in accordance with the agreements signed with Teva. On a reported basis, net sales rose by 2.6%.

Gross profit was up 5.2% at EUR 5,529 million. Other revenues increased by 18.4%, benefiting from the impact of the rising dollar on royalties received on sales of Plavix(R) and Avapro(R) in the United States. The ratio of cost of sales to net sales improved by 1.2 points to 27.2%, reflecting to favorable foreign exchange effects and the discontinuation of commercialization of Copaxone(R) in North America.

Research and development expenses were EUR 1,306 million, a rise of 2.8% (1.3% at constant exchange rates), and include the full cost of discontinuing trials on Acomplia(R) (EUR 41 million). Selling and general expenses fell by 2.6% (-4.6% at constant exchange rates) to EUR 1,945 million. The ratio of selling and general expenses to net sales improved by 1.5 points to 27.4%, reflecting our ongoing cost adaptation measures

Other current operating income and expenses showed a net expense of EUR 24 million, against net income of EUR 15 million in the comparable period of 2007. This item includes an improvement in net income from alliances (primarily
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