February 8, 2017 / 1:00 PM / in 9 months

UPDATE 1-Allergan beats profit estimates, forecasts upbeat 2017

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Feb 8 (Reuters) - Allergan Plc reported quarterly earnings and revenue that topped Wall Street estimates, as higher demand for Botox and eye treatment Restasis helped offset declines in its older drugs, and the company forecast 2017 revenue above expectations.

The company’s revenue rose 7 percent to $3.86 billion in the fourth-quarter ended Dec. 31, beating the average estimate of $3.77 billion, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.

The beat was also driven by demand for its constipation medicine Linzess that more than made up for declining sales of older drugs, such as its Alzheimer’s dementia treatment Namenda and Asacol for ulcerative colitis.

Chief Executive Brent Saunders, one of the industry’s most active dealmakers, took the blame for the company’s third-quarter profit miss, citing unanticipated declines in sales of Allergan’s older medicines.

Allergan, which in September pledged to limit drug price increases to 10 percent, said it had raised the price of certain U.S. branded products by 6.7 percent, on average, effective January.

Net price increases on its U.S. products averaged 4.8 percent in 2016, the company said.

Net loss attributable to ordinary shareholders narrowed to $70.2 million, or 20 cents per share, in the fourth-quarter ended Dec. 31, from $700.5 million, or $1.78 per share, a year earlier.

Excluding items, the company earned $3.90 per share, handily beating the average estimate by 14 cents.

The Dublin-based company also forecast on Wednesday adjusted earnings in the range of $15.80 per share to $16.30 per share on revenue of $15.50 billion to $15.80 billion for 2017.

Analysts on average were expecting a profit of $16.01 per share and revenue of $15.37 billion.

Allergan said last month it expected to achieve double-digit adjusted earnings growth and mid-single digit net revenue percentage growth in 2017, a forecast it called “realistic”.

The company’s stock inched about 1 percent to $235.61 in light premarket trading on Wednesday.

Reporting by Natalie Grover in Bengaluru; Editing by Sriraj Kalluvila

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