Biotech drug maker
The strong performance in the quarter that ended Sept. 30 came just before Amgen closed its $9.7-billion purchase of cancer drug maker Onyx Pharmaceuticals on Oct. 1 — part of Amgen's strategy to expand beyond its medicines for easing side effects of some cancer treatments and enter the market for pricey cancer drugs.
It's also just begun joint ventures to sell
Amgen, which sells
The Thousand Oaks company said earnings were $1.94 a share excluding one-time items, mainly costs related to acquisitions, efficiency efforts and issuing stock options. Analysts were expecting $1.76 a share.
Amgen beat that handily because of a decline in its tax rate, a $155 million U.S. government order for Neupogen for boosting infection-fighting white blood cells and very strong sales of nearly all its drugs.
Revenue was up 10% at $4.75 billion, topping the $4.6 billion analysts expected.
The company also raised the lower end of its 2013 profit forecast by a nickel and now expects $7.35 to $7.45 a share.
"We delivered excellent operating performance this quarter," Chief Executive Robert Bradway said in a statement.