Lundbeck reaches voluntary agreement in principle with U.S. Department of Justice
Valby, Denmark, 6 June 2018 - H. Lundbeck A/S (Lundbeck) today announced that its U.S. subsidiary Lundbeck LLC has reached an agreement in principle to resolve the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) investigation related to Lundbeck LLC’s relationship with and donations to independent patient assistance charitable foundations. The final terms of agreement are subject to further negotiation with DOJ.
As part of the agreement, Lundbeck LLC will pay DOJ USD 52.6 million (approximately DKK 336 million). This charge will be recognized as Other operating items, net in the second quarter of 2018 which will be announced on 8 August 2018.
Lundbeck LLC is pleased to have reached an agreement that will allow the company to put this matter behind it. The agreement does not include any admission by Lundbeck LLC that it violated any law. The agreement will allow Lundbeck LLC to continue its focus on providing innovative medications to the patients.
The content of this release will have no influence on Lundbeck’s guidance for 2018, which was provided on 7 February 2018. The expense of approximately DKK 336 million can be included within the existing EBIT guidance range, and thus the EBIT guidance is still expected to be DKK 4,8–5,2 billion. Lundbeck still expects revenue to reach DKK 17.2-18.0 billion.
Palle Holm Olesen Mads Kronborg
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About H. Lundbeck A/S
H. Lundbeck A/S (LUN.CO, LUN DC, HLUYY) is a global pharmaceutical company specialized in psychiatric and neurological disorders. For more than 70 years, we have been at the forefront of research within neuroscience. Our key areas of focus are Alzheimer's disease, depression, Parkinson's disease and schizophrenia.
Our approximately 5,000 employees in 55 countries are engaged in the entire value chain throughout research, development, production, marketing and sales. Our pipeline consists of several late-stage development programmes and our products are available in more than 100 countries. We have production facilities in Denmark, France and Italy. Lundbeck generated revenue of DKK 17.2 billion in 2017 (EUR 2.3 billion; USD 2.6 billion).
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