Press Release

Ipsen delivers encouraging sales growth in the first quarter of 2021 despite the pandemic, and confirms its full-year guidance

Paris (France), 22 April 2021 – Ipsen (Euronext: IPN; ADR: IPSEY), a global specialty-driven biopharmaceutical group, publishes its sales performance for the first quarter of 2021:


Q1 2021 sales summary

(unaudited IFRS consolidated sales)


  Q1 2021

% change

  Actual                         CER1

Specialty Care 611.5 1.5 6.4
Consumer Healthcare 47.0 -9.6 -5.4
Total Sales 658.5 0.6 5.5



  • Total Sales growth of 5.5% at CER, or 0.6% as reported, to €658.5m, despite impact of the pandemic
  • An increase in Specialty Care sales of 6.4%1 to €611.5m, driven by the growth of Cabometyx® (cabozantinib), Decapeptyl® (triptorelin), Somatuline® (lanreotide) and Dysport® (botulinum toxin type A)
  • A Consumer Healthcare sales decline of 5.4%1 to €47.0m, reflecting the ongoing effects of COVID-19, partly offset by recovery in China
  • European Commission approval of Cabometyx®, in combination with nivolumab, as a first-line treatment for patients living with advanced renal cell carcinoma
  • Guidance for FY 2021 confirmed  


David Loew, Chief Executive Officer, commented:

“We delivered a strong performance in the first quarter, despite the persistently difficult COVID-19 environment, driven by our unrelenting focus on patients. Our execution was in line with our plans and our financial guidance for the year. Ipsen’s Oncology medicines stood out in the period, while the regulatory approval in Europe of the Cabometyx® combination with nivolumab in first-line renal cell carcinoma marked the start of an important launch. The anticipated registration of a lanreotide-generic medicine in Europe is fully aligned with our expectations.


In the near term, we look forward to trial results in first-line liver cancer for the Cabometyx® combination with atezolizumab, as well as regulatory progress with palovarotene in FOP. We continue to support our ambitions of strengthening the pipeline and driving sustainable growth, based on our patient-focused strategy. I am very

proud of the great execution by colleagues around the world, especially as many teams continue to experience

challenging conditions during the pandemic.”                                         


FY 2021 guidance

The Company today confirms its financial guidance for FY 2021, which incorporates an assumed progressive global recovery from COVID-19 by H2 2021. A phased launch of generic lanreotide in Europe by mid-2021 is also assumed, as is a limited impact of the potential launch of octreotide or lanreotide generics in the U.S.

Total Sales Growth of more than 4.0% at CER
Core Operating Margin Greater than 30.0%, excluding any potential impact of incremental investments from external innovation


Currency impact

Ipsen anticipates an adverse impact of 2% from currencies on Total Sales in FY 2021, based on the level of exchange rates at the end of March 2021.


Somatuline®-generic update

During the quarter, a positive outcome was received for a generic formulation of lanreotide in 60mg, 90mg and 120mg dose presentations by the Reference Member State, Denmark; the closure of the Decentralized Procedure was also achieved. National marketing authorizations have recently been granted for a lanreotide generic medicine in France, Denmark, Hungary and Latvia. These developments were consistent with Ipsen’s expectations.


Business development

In the quarter, Ipsen and Fusion Pharmaceuticals Inc. completed an asset purchase agreement to acquire Ipsen’s intellectual property and assets related to IPN-1087, a small molecule in Phase I development targeting neurotensin receptor 1, a protein expressed on multiple solid-tumor types.


Conference call

A conference call and webcast for investors and analysts will begin at 2:30pm Paris time today. Participants should dial in to the call early and can register here; a recording will be available on, while the webcast can be accessed here. The event ID is 2495337.



The Company intends to publish its H1 2021 results on 29 July 2021 and its nine-months’ sales update on 21 October 2021. The Annual Shareholders’ Meeting will be held behind closed doors on 27 May 2021.



All financial figures are in € millions (€m). The performance shown in this announcement covers the threemonth period to 31 March 2021 (the quarter, the first quarter or Q1 2021), compared to three-month period to 31 March 2020 (Q1 2020) respectively, unless stated otherwise. Growth rates are at CER, unless stated otherwise. Commentary on performance is based on CER, unless stated otherwise.



  1. At constant exchange rates (CER), which excludes any foreign-exchange impact by recalculating the performance for the relevant period by applying the exchange rates used for the prior period.
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