October 25, 2016 / 6:03 AM / 3 years ago

Dr Reddy's profit misses view as emerging markets sales fall

A person holds pharmaceutical tablets and capsules in this picture illustration taken in Ljubljana September 18, 2013. Picture taken September 18. REUTERS/Srdjan Zivulovic/Files

MUMBAI (Reuters) - Dr Reddy’s Laboratories Ltd, India’s second-largest drugmaker, reported a quarterly profit that was below analysts’ estimates due to a drop in sales, mainly in emerging markets.

Net profit for the July-September quarter was 3.09 billion rupees ($46.20 million), while analysts, on average, had expected a profit of 3.5 billion rupees, according to Thomson Reuters data.

Sales fell in most of Dr Reddy’s markets, especially the emerging market countries that include Russia and Romania, where they were down 27 percent in value terms.

India was the only bright spot, witnessing a 14 percent rise in sales.

While currency fluctuations have hurt emerging market sales, Dr Reddy’s has also struggled to revive business in its largest market of North America, since regulators imposed import restrictions on some of its drug factories over quality compliance concerns last year. That has hurt profit at a time when competition in the global generics market has intensified.

Increased competition in the market for the antiviral valganciclovir hurt second-quarter sales, Dr Reddy’s said in a statement on Tuesday. The company’s financial year runs from April to March.

Chief Executive GV Prasad said the company had made “considerable progress” in its efforts to remediate issues found at its drug factories.

($1 = 66.8800 Indian rupees)

Reporting by Zeba Siddiqui in Mumbai; Editing by Sherry Jacob-Phillips and Muralikumar Anantharaman

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