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Neurocrine Biosciences Q1 Beats on Earnings, Revenue

By Eric Volkman - May 7, 2020 at 7:09PM

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The company's Ingrezza continues to power its revenue and profitability growth.

Investors rewarded Neurocrine Biosciences (NBIX 1.27%) on Wednesday for posting a Q1 of fiscal 2020 earnings report that featured encouraging growth in key financials.

The biotech company published the quarterly release after market hours on Tuesday, revealing that it booked revenue of $237.1 million -- 71% higher than the Q1 of fiscal 2019 figure. On the bottom line, under GAAP standards, the company flipped to a net profit of $37.4 million, or $0.39 per share, from a year-ago loss of $102.1 million. Non-GAAP (adjusted) net income nearly tripled, to $79.1 million.

Pharmacist discussing medication with a patient.

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That performance was mixed, as far as analyst estimates go. On average, prognosticators following the stock believed Neurocrine would post sales of just over $138 million and per-share GAAP net income of just under $0.66.

The company's robust growth was almost entirely due to increased sales of the very successful Ingrezza, its treatment for tardive dyskinesia (a disorder in which a patient suffers from involuntary body motions). Since Ingrezza sales comprised more than 97% of Neurocrine's revenue, the company's fortunes have depended on the performance of the drug.

That will end soon, however. Late last month, Neurocrine won Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for Ongentys, a once-per-day, add-on pill that treats Parkinson's disease. Although the company is delaying the commercial launch of Ongentys due to the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus outbreak, it's eager to place it on pharmacy shelves.

Neurocrine's stock rose by nearly 5.3% on Thursday, well outpacing the gains of the broader stock market.

Eric Volkman has no position in any of the stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool recommends Neurocrine Biosciences. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

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