Bad news Friday, at least for three ASX-listed companies. 7-Eleven's decision to walk away on a supply deal has left Metcash shares deep in the red while Gentrack and Mayne Pharma have disappointed investors with new profit warnings.
A big loss for generics pharmaceuticals maker Mayne Pharma in 2018-19 surprisingly produced a big gain, meanwhile listed horticulture producer and distributor Costa Group has reported a 15% drop in statutory interim profit.
The company has indicated that gross revenue for the first four months of FY20 is down -16%. Key products in generics, liothyronine, and dofetilide, continue to lose share to competitors. Specialty revenue was broadly flat. Contract services revenue increased by 16%.
The launch of new generic drugs fentora and efudex has been strong, with 40% and 30% market share respectively. Yet Credit Suisse suspects this has not been enough to offset competition and earnings decline in the first half.
The company has signed an exclusive licence and supply agreement to commercialise a combined oral contraceptive in the US for total consideration of US$295m. The product is to be launched in the second half of FY21, subject to FDA approval.