Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. (TEVA IT) said fourth-quarter profit rose 23 percent, boosted by last year’s acquisition of U.S. drugmaker Cephalon Inc.
Earnings excluding some costs climbed to $1.4 billion, or $1.59 a share, from $1.1 billion, or $1.25, a year earlier, the Petach Tikva, Israel-based company said in a statement today. Profit matched the average estimate of $1.59 a share from 25 analysts surveyed by Bloomberg.
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