Abcam maintains momentum with market beating sales growth
Abcam plc (AIM: ABC), a global leader in the supply of life science research tools, has announced a trading update ahead of its results for the six months ended 31 December 2015 .
In our catalogue products business, we expect revenue growth approaching 16%  in the first half of the year. Growth from primary antibodies continued to outpace market growth rates; largely driven by RabMAb® product revenues, which grew over 30% (ahead of our full year 2015/16 guidance of 15-20%). Non-primary antibody product revenues also grew by over 30% (ahead of our full year guidance of 25-30%).
We continued to make good progress in China with revenue growth of over 50%, reflecting some moderation as our business there becomes more established, but remaining well ahead of the market growth rate in the territory.
Other revenues, which represented almost 7% of the total for the period, increased by over 30%. This performance reflects an increase in revenues and royalty streams from our IVD (in vitro diagnostics) products, as well as from our Custom Services, which is now more closely aligned to the overall strategic direction of the business.
Overall we expect to report revenue growth of around 16.5% on a constant currency basis and over 17% on a reported basis. Gross margins remain strong, reducing slightly from the same period last year, principally due to unfavourable relative exchange rates in each of the main currencies in which Abcam trades.
We continue to capture market share with growth rates of 3-4 times that of the market. This gives us confidence in our reported strategy and we are increasing investment in areas which can further drive this growth, namely people, infrastructure, processes and information technology. We will give additional detail on the last of these at the time of our Interim results in March. These investments, together with those in Firefly Bioworks and AxioMx, we believe, will ensure that we are well positioned to take advantage of the many opportunities which we see.
Commenting on the update Alan Hirzel CEO said: "We maintained strong revenue growth in every region we serve and there is now significant momentum across the business. We have taken substantial steps over the period to broaden our offering with geographical expansion and new product ranges and have successfully launched more Abcam technology derived products with our RabMAb® and Firefly technologies. Our recent acquisition of AxioMx extends that technology suite and provides us with a unique, cost-effective and proprietary platform to produce recombinant monoclonal antibodies. Overall, we are successfully implementing our strategy to continue to grow ahead of the market and to build an exciting and forward thinking business for the future.”
The Company will report its interim results for the six month period ended 31 December 2015 on 7 March 2016.
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As an innovator in reagents and tools, Abcam’s purpose is to serve life science researchers globally to achieve their mission, faster.