Eli Lilly’s (LLY) CEO John Lechleiter on Q2 2014 Results – Earnings Call Transcript

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Eli Lilly and Co (NYSE:LLY)

Q2 2014 Results Earnings Conference Call

July 24, 2014, 09:00 am ET


John Lechleiter – Chairman of the Board, President, Chief Executive Officer

Phil Johnson – Vice President, Investor Relations

Derica Rice – Chief Financial Officer, Executive Vice President – Global Services

Enrique Conterno – Senior Vice President and President – Lilly Diabetes

Dave Ricks – Senior Vice President and President, Lilly Bio-Medicines

Jan Lundberg – Executive Vice President – Science and Technology, President – Lilly Research Laboratories

Sue Mahony – Senior Vice President and President – Lilly Oncology

Ilissa Rassner, Director, Investor Relations


Tim Anderson – Sanford Bernstein

Mark Schoenebaum – ISI Group

Jamie Rubin – Goldman Sachs

John Boris – SunTrust

Chris Schott – JPMorgan

Seamus Fernandez – Leerink

Steve Scala – Cowen

Vamil Divan – Credit Suisse

Colin Bristow – Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Jeff Holford – Jefferies

Alex Arfaei – BMO Capital Markets

Marc Goodman – UBS

Damien Conover – MorningStar

Gregg Gilbert – Deutsche Bank

Mark Purcell – Barclays


Ladies and gentlemen, thank you for standing by. Welcome to the Q 2014 earnings call. At this time, all participants are in a listen only mode. Later we will conduct a question-and-answer session. (Operator Instructions). As a reminder, this conference is being recorded.

I would now like to turn the conference over to our host, Chairman, President and CEO, Dr. John Lechleiter. Please go ahead.

John Lechleiter – Chairman of the Board, President, Chief Executive Officer

Thank you. Good morning, everyone. Thanks for joining us today to discuss Eli Lilly and Company’s second quarter 2014 earnings. As the operators said, I am John Lechleiter, Lilly’s Chairman, President and CEO.

Similar to our last call, this morning we are bringing more of our senior leaders into the room here to participate and to answer your questions and we hope that this enhances the quality of the information we provide you during these sessions. Joining me on today’s call are Derica Rice, our Chief Financial Officer, Dr. Jan Lundberg, our President of Lilly Research Laboratories, Sue Mahony, President of Lilly Oncology, Enrique Conterno, President of Lilly diabetes, Dave Ricks, President of Lilly Bio-Medicines, Chito Zulueta, President of Emerging Markets, Jeff Simmons, President of Elanco Animal Health and Ilissa Rassner, Brad Robling and Phil Johnson of Lilly’s Investor Relations team.

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During this conference call, we anticipate making projections and forward-looking statements based on our current expectations. Our actual results could differ materially due to a number of factors, including those listed on slide three and those outlined in our latest forms 10-K and 10-Q filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The information we provide about our products and our pipeline is for the benefit of the investment community. It’s not intended to be promotional and is not sufficient for prescribing decisions.

Before we get into our Q2 results in detail, I would like to offer this context. Even as we feel the full brunt of our patent expiries, we continue to execute our strategy. Our performance is in line with our expectations and we are on track to meet the goals we have shared with you for the year. And the steady advance of our pipeline only strengthens our confidence in our innovation-based strategy.

Cyramza launched to a good reception in the U.S. Empagliflozin has been granted approval in the EU. Our insulin glargine product has been recommended for approval in Europe. And we presented positive data on a number of late stage molecules at the recent ASCO and ADA meetings. We anticipate a number of additional regulatory actions this year as well as additional regulatory submissions and important Phase 3 data readouts. And we continue to manage our expenses rigorously even as we invest to ensure successful launches and continue to advance our pipeline.

With that, let’s turn to the key events since last quarter’s call. Since our last call, we launched Cyramza in the U.S. as a single agent treatment for patients with advanced or metastatic gastric cancer or gastroesophageal junction adenocarcinoma with disease progression on or after prior chemotherapy. We are pleased with the uptake we are seeing with the reports we are receiving from the sales organization and with feedback from customers on their experience to-date.

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