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Lilly lifts earnings target after Trulicity boost


By B and Tamara Mathias

(Reuters) - and Co recorded higher sales of its newer drugs and Taltz in the third quarter, helping the specialist top Wall Street profit estimates and raise its yearly earnings target on Tuesday.

Shares of jumped 4 percent in premarket trading following the

is relying on new drugs to drive growth after it took its animal health unit public in September and as its older treatments face rising competition from generic as well as branded medicines.

Third-quarter sales from drug and medicine Taltz exceeded Wall Street forecasts but revenue from Lilly's other newer treatments - Basaglar, Jardiance and Cyramza - each fell short of expectations.

"Performance of key products that are part of the new product story were mixed," said.

Trulicity, which recently overtook Humalog as Lilly's top selling drug, had revenue of $816.2 million, above analysts' consensus estimate of $801 million, according to brokerage

On Monday Lilly announced that significantly reduced the risk of heart attack, and heart-related death in a broad range of patients with type 2

Results from that trial should strengthen, if not cement, the Indianapolis-based drugmaker's position as a in diabetes treatments, analysts said.

"Trulicity has become our largest medicine in terms of sales and certainly we were pleased with data released yesterday," Lilly's said in an interview.

"It reinforces how important the class is to the treatment of diabetes," he added.

Lilly raised its 2018 adjusted earnings forecast to between $5.55 and $5.60 per share, from $5.40 to $5.50 per share.

Net income in the quarter ended September more than doubled to $1.15 billion. Results a year earlier included a write-down of more than $400 million.

Excluding one-time items, Lilly earned $1.39 per share, above analysts' average estimate of $1.35 per share, according to IBES data from Refinitiv.

Revenue rose about 7 percent to $6.06 billion, edging past analysts' expectations of $6.05 billion.

Lilly's shares were up 4.2 percent at $114.78 in premarket trading.

(Reporting by Jagadeesh Babu and in Bengaluru; Editing by Sai Sachin Ravikumar)

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First Published: Tue, November 06 2018. 18:50 IST