Decent FY 18 Financial Performance: CSL Limited’s (ASX: CSL) stock rose 5.03% on August 15, 2018 after the company for FY 18 reported 29% growth in the reported net profit after tax to $1,729 million, slightly ahead of the company’s guidance. The company has delivered 2018 revenue growth of 11% at constant currency to $7,915 million, cashflow from Operations (CFO) up 53% to $1,902 million and increased total full year dividend by 26% to $1.72 per share. Moreover, during FY18, Privigen sales grew 13% & Hizentra sales grew 12%, both at CC, and IDELVION is on track to become the standard of care for Haemophilia B patients. Specialty Products portfolio sales grew 24% at CC, due to an ongoing growth in Kcentra and launched HAEGARDA for patients with Hereditary Angioedema.
Additionally, for FY 19, CSL planned to open between 30 and 35 new collection centers and expects a modest increase in plasma costs, which will affect overall margin growth. For FY 19, CSL’s net profit after tax is expected to be in the range of approximately $1,880 to $1,950 million at constant currency, which reflects growth over FY18 of 10-14%. CSL stock has risen 14.01% in three months as on August 14, 2018.
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