Clinigen down despite solid profit growth

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Clinigen down despite solid profit growth
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The price of shares in AIM-listed pharmaceuticals group Clinigen (LON:CLIN) plunged 12.78% to 740.50p (as of 15:50 GMT) after it published results for the six months ended 31st December. Pre-tax profits were up by 92% over the comparative period, but cash flow was heavily constrained.

CEO Shaun Chilton commented: “Our strategy is to build an integrated, international pharma product and services group with strong operational synergies, working with a growing roster of multinational clients and healthcare professionals around the world. We are delivering on our strategy and have seen a strong financial performance – both at the headline numbers and on an underlying organic basis.

“Key operational highlights include the first supply agreement for Proleukin with Iovance; the performance of Melatonin, our largest Unlicensed-to-Licensed product to add to Glycopyrronium in validating this strategy; and continued strong growth in Global Access.

“With the commercial platform in the EU and US now established, we are actively seeking further product in-licensing and acquisition opportunities to leverage across the business. We are also integrating CSM into our Clinical Services division to drive higher organic growth across the Group through greater cross-selling and seeding relationships into our Unlicensed Medicines business.

“We have continued our good performance into H2 and continue to expect organic gross profit growth at the upper end of our medium-term target range of 5-10%“.

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