Biogen Inc. (NASDAQ:BIIB) saw its shares rise in pre-market New York trading on Tuesday as the biotech company raised its 2018 profit and revenue guidance after seeing second-quarter earnings and revenue beat expectations.
The Nasdaq-listed firm said its earnings for the quarter rose to US$867mln, or US$4.18 per share, up from US$863mln, or US$4.07 per share in the year-earlier period.
The group’s adjusted earnings per share of US$5.80 beat the consensus estimate of US$5.21, while revenue for the second quarter rose to US$3.36bn from US$3.08bn, also above consensus of US$3.25bn.
Biogen Increased its 2018 revenue guidance to a range of about US$13bn to US$13.2bn, up from a previous range of between US$12.7bn to US$13.0bn, and above the consensus of US$12.96bn.
The company also said it now expects 2018 adjusted earnings of US$24.90 to US$25.50 per share, an increase from previous guidance of US$24.20 to US$25.20 per share, and above the consensus for US$23.83 per share.
Biogen also announced that it has acquired two neuromuscular drugs - a pre-clinical product and a drug that is in phase 1a trials - from privately-owned biotechnology company AliveGen Inc. for an upfront payment of US$27.5mln.
The group said AliveGen is also eligible for up to US$535mln in additional milestone payments.
In pre-market trading, Biogen shares were nearly 6% higher at US$397.40.