Actavis has reported net revenue increased 40 percent to $2.66 billion for the first quarter ended March 31, 2014, compared to $1.90 billion in the first quarter 2013. On a non-GAAP basis, diluted earnings per share for the first quarter 2014 increased to $3.49, compared to $1.99 per diluted share in the first quarter 2013.  GAAP earnings per diluted share for the first quarter 2014 were $0.55, compared to a GAAP loss per share of $0.79 in the prior year period.

For the first quarter 2014, adjusted EBITDA increased 86 percent to $860 million, compared to $464 million for the first quarter 2013.

Cash flow from operations for the first quarter of 2014 was $440 million and cash and marketable securities were $340 million as of March 31, 2014.

First quarter 2014 results for Actavis plc include the contribution from the Warner Chilcott acquisition. Beginning with the first quarter of 2014, Actavis plc is presenting its operating results in two revenue producing segments: Actavis Pharma and Anda Distribution. The Actavis Pharma segment includes all branded, branded generic, generic and over-the-counter products. The Anda Distribution segment includes revenue from the distribution of third-party products primarily to independent pharmacies, pharmacy chains, pharmacy buying groups and physicians' offices. Prior year comparable results have been included.

"Actavis began 2014 with our strongest quarter ever, bolstered by growth across our global business," said Paul Bisaro, Chairman and CEO of Actavis.
"Overall revenue growth of 36 percent in our commercial pharmaceutical business benefitted from the continued strength of our generics business, resulting from the launch of our generic Micardis in the U.S. and continued strong sales of the generic versions of Lidoderm and Cymbalta. Our North American Brands, which includes the benefit of the expanded portfolio resulting from the acquisition of Warner Chilcott in October 2013, saw continued strong sales of core products in the U.S., including Rapaflo and Generess Fe.  We also saw growth in international operations, driven by strong sales and new product launches in key countries including the UK, Russia and Sweden.

"Along with solid performance that exceeded our forecast, we continued to focus on future growth drivers through investment in R&D across the business, and within the U.S. generic business, the announcement of a patent settlement for our generic version of Daytrana, and initiation of patent challenges on a number of products, including generic forms of Treanda, Multaq and Colcrys. Additionally, on April 1, 2014, we completed the divestiture of our generics commercial operations in seven markets in Western Europe to Aurobindo Pharma Limited.

"Finally, we continued to focus on business development initiatives to redefine our leadership position in specialty pharmaceuticals, with the announcement in February of the proposed acquisition of Forest Laboratories.  If successfully completed later this year, this transaction will create an innovative new model in specialty pharmaceuticals and enhance our company's organic growth profile well into the next decade. We also strengthened our commercial business in southeast Asia with the acquisition in April of Silom Medical in Thailand."