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

on Copaxone(R)), but also additional provisions for environmental risks, mainly in the United States.

Operating income - current(1) rose by 12.1% to EUR 2,198 million. Excluding foreign exchange effects, the rise was 11.4%.

Net financial expenses totaled EUR 122 million (vs. EUR 28 million in the fourth quarter of 2007), mainly due to the impact of the evolution of the EUR/$ exchange rate on the hedging of dividends from our American subsidiaries to the parent company. Interest expense was little changed at EUR 41 million, against EUR 48 million in the fourth quarter of 2007.

The effective tax rate was 26.9%, reflecting the adjustment of the effective tax rate for the first 9 months of the year (29.6%) to align on the full-year effective rate (29.0%).

The share of profits from associates was up 23.6% at EUR 220 million, with the share of after-tax profits from territories managed by BMS under the Plavix(R) and Avapro(R) alliance up 19.5% at EUR 178 million.

Minority interests increased by 13.4% to EUR 110 million. The share of pre-tax profits paid to BMS from territories managed by sanofi-aventis was up 10.4% at EUR 106 million.

Adjusted net income excluding selected items(1) was up 13.9% at EUR 1,627 million.

Adjusted earnings per share (EPS) excluding selected items(1) was EUR 1.25, 16.8% higher than the 2007 fourth-quarter figure of EUR 1.07.

(1) See appendix 7 for definitions of financial indicators

Selected items (refer to the appendix 4)

After tax, selected items represented a net gain of EUR 85 million in the fourth quarter of 2008 (versus a net gain of EUR 33 million in the comparable period of 2007), comprising:

  • EUR 327 million of restructuring costs related to
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