Second quarter 2016
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The second quarter of 2016 was another promising quarter for Meda and our performance for the year-to-date through June developed fully in line with our expectations and financial plans. Overall, our growth businesses increased by 9% in the second quarter, contributing to a solid organic growth rate of 2% for the whole group. This growth was driven by resilient sales from our ongoing business, supported by several of our key growth products within the Rx-product area. We also saw particularly strong performance from our Cx-franchise and Emerging Markets business. As expected, our growth was slightly offset by reduced royalties from our agreement with Valeant, as well as the divestment of the Euromed manufacturing site.
Looking at our regions, our US business saw considerable improvement over the previous quarter, with sales totaling SEK 751 million. We continued to be encouraged by the performance of our top 25 products, which grew by 5% at CER. Our newly established affiliate in Canada also contributed very positively. This strength too was offset by the anticipated negative impact from reduced royalty revenue from outlicensed dermatology products.
Sales for Western Europe totaled SEK 3,197 million, with mixed performance across the region. While we saw strong performance in the Nordics, France, the UK and Italy continued to put some pressure on top line performance. We also continued to see strong performance from key products, especially Dymista, which continued to increase sales and acceptance, and position itself in the #1 or #2 position in several European markets. We also saw convincing growth from EpiPen® Auto-Injector, Saugella and Armolipid in the quarter. While Italy continues to be impacted by our restructuring of this business, we are confident that the actions we are taking will establish a strong platform for the future.
Emerging Markets reported exceptionally strong performance during the quarter, with sales of SEK 1,016 million, corresponding to 15% growth at CER. Key markets such as Greater China, Russia and Turkey performed particularly well, largely driven by our Cx-franchise. Sales of Dona stood out in the region with a growth rate of 131% at CER.
In all, we delivered strong sales for the second quarter of SEK 5,015 million and EBITDA excluding non-recurring items of SEK 1,577 million, representing an EBITDA margin of 31.4%. Free cash flow excluding non-recurring items for the quarter improved to SEK 975 million. Again, this performance was in line with our expectations.
Finally, we remain extremely enthusiastic about Mylan’s public offer for Meda. The combination of our business is a natural fit, and provides compelling industrial logic. We expect that within Mylan much more can be done with our very attractive businesses and products as part of their global platform. We also expect our businesses in the U.S. and Europe to be far stronger, as we benefit from greater scale and diversity, and to be able to accelerate our growth in Emerging markets.
The acceptance period for the offer runs up to and including 29 July, and Mylan has stated that it expects the transaction to close during the third quarter.
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