I try very hard to keep an emotional detachment from the companies I own, but this week BioMarin Pharmaceuticals
Specifically, the warning was for zero contribution from Orapred in the third and fourth quarters because of "larger than anticipated levels of inventory held by distributors." That's a heck of a warning with the end of the third quarter only a week away. Thanks for the notice, guys; we lowly shareholders appreciate it.
BioMarin picked up Orapred earlier this year as part of an acquisition of Medicis Pharmaceuticals'
Maybe that was the case in April, and maybe it wasn't. I'm not privy to that information. But when a CEO makes statements like that, they better be correct. Shareholders had every reason to believe all was dandy when BioMarin updated its financial guidance for the year on Aug. 10. Just seven weeks ago, the expected Orapred sales figure for 2004 was $42 million in sales. And the phrase "on track" was even used.
So what has happened in the last seven weeks to get so far "off track"? Are we to seriously believe that the channel-stuffing just recently came to light? I'm not that gullible. Or was this why Fred Price suddenly resigned on Aug. 12? I'll let you draw your own conclusions.
A miscue of this magnitude is unacceptable. Donald Trump has fired people for much less, so I'm glad there's new management coming in. I continue to think that BioMarin has a promising future, and I'm looking forward to watching the company turn around in the coming year.
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