Pre-Tax Restructuring Charges of $600 Million - $700 Million Anticipated
Changes Adjusted Earnings Guidance for 2007 from $4.28 to a Range of $4.13 - $4.23 Per Share
"At Amgen we have always been committed to investing in the future while squarely facing the challenges of today," said Kevin Sharer, Amgen's chairman and chief executive officer. "Recent changes in coverage rules and adjustments to Amgen's FDA approved labels for EPOGEN(R) and Aranesp have and will adversely affect Amgen's revenue. The initiatives announced today respond to that new reality by taking account of reduced revenues and appropriately lowering costs across the company. We will continue to strongly support our research efforts directed at development of new medicines for grievously ill patients. These changes will also position Amgen for success in 2008 and beyond."
Plans announced by the company to improve its cost structure include:
-- Reducing headcount by 12-14 percent, or approximately 2,200-2,600 staff;
-- Reducing planned capital expenditures by approximately $1.9 billion during the period 2007-2008, with a resulting improvement in cash flow;
-- Closing certain production operations and rationalizing other facilities to achieve improved efficiencies; and
-- Making choices about the highest priorities in research and development and operations that build the framework for future growth.
These initiatives will be implemented in a manner designed to ensure continued responsiveness to the needs of customers and patients, the fair treatment of all staff and the future health of the company. The company plans to minimize the impact of the targeted reduction in force on our people through the use of attrition, hiring freezes and a voluntary transition program. Amgen staff adversely affected by these initiatives will be treated with respect and receive career counseling assistance in securing new employment.
Amgen discovers, develops and delivers innovative human therapeutics. A biotechnology pioneer since 1980, Amgen was one of the first companies to realize the new science's promise by bringing safe and effective medicines from lab, to manufacturing plant, to patient. Amgen therapeutics have changed the practice of medicine, helping millions of people around the world in the fight against cancer, kidney disease, rheumatoid arthritis and other serious illnesses. With a deep and broad pipeline of potential new medicines, Amgen remains committed to advancing science to dramatically improve people's lives. To learn more about our pioneering science and our vital medicines, visit www.amgen.com.
This news release contains forward-looking statements that involve significant risks and uncertainties, including those discussed below and others that can be found in our Form 10-K for the year ended Dec. 31, 2006, and in our periodic reports on Form 10-Q and Form 8-K. Amgen is providing this information as of the date of this news release and does not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statements contained in this document as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.
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