Transforming Sanofi-Aventis

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Case Code : BSTR358
Case Length : 18 Pages
Period : 2008-2009
Pub Date : 2010
Teaching Note :Not Available
Organization : Sanofi-Aventis
Industry : Healthcare / Pharmaceuticals
Countries : France; Global

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It reported sales of €27,438 million for Q2 2009 as compared to €6,689 million for the corresponding period of 2008.3 Its stocks had also grown faster than that of its peer group - a complete reversal of fortunes for a company whose stocks had been considered the worst performing of its peer group barely a year earlier (Refer to Exhibit I for Sanofi-Aventis' consolidated income statement for the first half of 2009; and, Exhibit II for its five-year stock chart).

However, analysts also felt that, going forward, Viehbacher was likely to come up against many tough challenges. The Paris-based Sanofi-Aventis was the world's third largest pharmaceutical company as of 2009.

However, experts felt that it had a costly and unproductive research and development (R&D) pipeline, with few new products in sight to offset the impact of patent expiries of its top-selling drugs between 2009 and 2013...

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2] As of August 2009, €1 approximately equals US$1.45.

3] "Very Good Second Quarter 2009 Increase in 2009 Guidance,", July 29, 2009.

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