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After reporting third-quarter results below industry watchers' forecast and lowering full-year guidance,Impax Laboratories (NASDAQ: IPXL)shares are dropping 23.44% at 2:00 p.m. EST Wednesday.
The generic drug company's sales increased 3.1% year over year to $227.9 million, and EPS came in at $0.37. Analysts were looking for sales and EPS of $234.75 million and $0.39, respectively.
In the quarter, a 30% increase in specialty pharmaceuticals sales due to higher sales of Rytaryand Zomig nasal spray were offset by a 3% decline in the company's generic drug segment. Generic drug sales were negatively impacted by market share losses on the company'sdiclofenac sodium gel 3%, mixed amphetamine salts, and metaxalone.
The performance led management to lower its full-year sales outlook to between$840 million and $855 million from previously announced expectations of between $900 million and $940 million. Management also cut its adjusted EPS guidance to $1.10 to $1.20 from $1.57 to $1.70.
Impax Laboratories recently acquired 15 generic drugs from Teva Pharmaceuticaland that did offset some of the headwind from lost diclofenac sales. Sales and profit uncertainty, however, remains a big overhang on this company's stock. Until it can prove to investors that it's overcoming obstacles, I think it's best to focus on other investment ideas that have a clearer path to upside.
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