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

the adaptation of industrial facilities in France and of the Group's sales force;
  • EUR 76 million of releases of provisions for litigation;
  • EUR 115 million in tax effects on the selected items described above, plus EUR 221 million of net gains arising from releases of provisions for and settlements of tax disputes in Europe, making a total of EUR 336 million on the "Income tax expense" line.
  • Adjustments in the consolidated financial statements to reflect the application of purchase accounting to acquisitions, primarily that of Aventis (refer to the appendix 4)

    2008 full-year financial results

    Adjusted income statement excluding selected items(1)

    Sanofi-aventis generated 2008 full-year net sales of EUR 27,568 million, up 3.7% on a comparable basis. Foreign exchange movements had an unfavorable impact of 3.9 points, over 70% of which was related to the U.S. dollar. Changes in Group structure had an unfavorable effect of 1.5 points, primarily reflecting the discontinuation of commercialization of Copaxone(R) in North America from the second quarter. On a reported basis, net sales fell by 1.7%.

    Gross profit was EUR 21,482 million. Royalty income was up 8.1% at EUR 1,249 million, driven by the performance of Plavix(R) in the United States and despite a negative impact of the US dollar over the year as a whole. The ratio of cost of sales to net sales improved by 0.4 of a point to 26.6%.

    Research and development expenses totaled EUR 4,575 million, up 0.8% (3.2% at constant exchange rates). Costs arising from the discontinuation of programs (primarily Acomplia(R)) had a negative effect of approximately one percentage point. Selling and general expenses were down 5.1% (-2.0% at constant exchange rates) at EUR 7,168 million. The selectiv
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