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Frost & Sullivan: Pharma and Biotech Industries Headed Toward an Era of Reduced Profit Margins
Date:5/2/2013

ing the biotechnology industry less profitable in recent years, even resulting in negative margins for companies that are smaller in terms of revenue."

The pharmaceutical industry has generally witnessed smaller margins due to increasing competition from generics, pricing pressures, and decreasing healthcare spending. In the biotechnology industry, companies within a low revenue range and with relatively new products witnessed negative margins because of the heavy investment in R&D, as well as selling, general and administrative expenses (SG&A).

In both industries, companies with lower revenue had poor turnover ratios because of the huge investments made in assets and product development. In terms of cash reserve, smaller pharmaceutical companies, as well as large and small biotechnology companies, showed an increase in their cash reserve as a percentage of their assets.

Further, the pharmaceutical and biotechnology sectors did not witness a great variation in the R&D-to-sales ratio in recent years. Despite a general decline in overall sales in both industries, R&D expenses have not considerably reduced.

"All these trends highlight the difficult times the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries are going through," concluded Dr. Saneesh. "To create sustainable growth, companies must undertake systematic and effective financial management strategies."

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