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2016 is developing in accordance with our plans.
Emerging Markets continued to show solid performance during the quarter. Strong sales in Eastern Europe, Turkey, Middle East and Mexico outweighed lower sales in parts of Asia where we saw an impact mainly related to fluctuations in distributor buying patterns in the quarter. Sales for Emerging Markets amounted to SEK 810 million in Q1.
Sales for our Western European business were varied in the first quarter. Most countries showed a good development and sales were supported by major products such as Dymista and Betadine. As expected, sales were lower in Germany than last year while Southern Europe (Spain, Portugal and Italy) and the Nordic markets performed strongly.
One of the most positive notes for this quarter was Italy, where we saw some of the firsts signs of a turn around with positive effects on Cx sales, particularly with Saugella and Armolipid. As you may recall in our last quarter’s report we called out some problems that we ran into with the Italian operations, and we stated that we would take measure to sort out those issues. We have and will continue to do so, but I am particularly pleased with the Cx business’ turnaround in Italy which is again showing growth of 9% compared to last year’s first quarter.
We are also finally seeing some impact from our repositioning efforts for CB12 – growing sales by 6%. Armolipid, the Cx-product which we intend to expand internationally, has also realized a strong sales increase with 33%. All in all sales in Western Europe amounted to SEK 2,801 million in the quarter.
In the US our promoted growth products continued on a positive track especially with Dymista showing growth in the market of 13% according to IMS compared to the same period last year. This was offset as expected by the natural disruption associated with the potential sale of this division last fall, a tougher comparison for products like Felbatol, the expected negative impact from lower royalties this quarter from Valeant due to the specific terms in our contract which halved our revenues this quarter as compared to last year, and lastly from additional generic competition on four of our existing products. Sales for the US in the quarter totaled SEK 669 million.
Overall our promoted growth products globally showed a growth of 6% compared to the same period last year.
In total, sales for the first quarter amounted to SEK 4,315 million and EBITDA excluding non-recurring items to SEK 1,256 million corresponding to an EBITDA margin of 29.1%. Free cash flow excluding non-recurring items for the quarter was SEK 496 million.
Bottom line, we will continue to execute against our business plan targets as we are hopeful to see more continued recovery in Italy, and expect the US to improve throughout the year.
And now with this attractive offer from Mylan pending, 2016 will prove to be an exciting year for Meda and its stakeholders. Not only does the offer from Mylan create new opportunities for our company and its employees, but also insures our position as a leading European specialty pharma company.
Group President and CEO
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