Why United Therapeutics Blasted 14% Higher Today

What happened

Specialty pharmaceutical-company United Therapeutics (NASDAQ:UTHR) was an outlier stock in the best way on Wednesday. After reporting quarterly figures showing revenue growth in all of its products, the shares closed the day over 14% higher.

So what

United Therapeutics took in $446.5 million in revenue for its Q2, which was a very healthy 23% higher year over year. Net income also rose handsomely: On a non-GAAP (adjusted) basis, it advanced by 19% to land at $193.5 million, or $4.09 per share.

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Both results trounced analyst estimates. On average, prognosticators tracking the pharmaceutical stock were expecting merely $378.8 million on the top line and $3.02 in adjusted, per-share net profit.

As mentioned, all of the company’s products saw gains across that one-year stretch. Revenue for its foundational drug, pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) treatment Remodulin, saw a 17% gain to almost $140 million during the quarter, while Remodulin’s peer Tyvaso eclipsed that by shooting nearly 29% higher (to just under $154 million). Pediatric neuroblastoma drug Unituxin nearly doubled its revenue to $53 million.

Now what

While United Therapeutics didn’t proffer any guidance in its earnings release, it indicated that the upward momentum of at least some of those drugs should continue. 

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The company quoted COO Michael Benkowitz as saying that “we are currently seeing some of the highest levels of referrals of Tyvaso and Orenitram [another PAH treatment] since their launches and we’re well on our way to our goal of doubling the number of Tyvaso patients on therapy by the end of 2022.”

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