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Gilead Misses Analysts’ Estimates on Sales of HIV Drugs

May 2 (Bloomberg) -- Gilead Sciences Inc., the world’s biggest maker of AIDS medicines, reported first-quarter profit that missed analysts’ estimates on declining sales of its HIV drugs.

Net income increased to $722 million, or 43 cents a share, from $442 million, or 28 cents a share, a year earlier, the Foster City, California-based company said today in a statement. Earnings, excluding some items, of 48 cents a share fell short by 2 cents of the average of 24 analysts’ estimates compiled by Bloomberg. Revenue rose 11 percent to $2.53 billion.

Gilead shares rose 79 percent last year, the most since 1995, as sales of of HIV drugs increased and optimism built about its experimental hepatitis C therapies leading a $20 billion market. Sales of the treatments in the U.S. alone may reach $6.5 billion in 2014 or 2015 after it wins regulatory clearance, Mark Schoenebaum, an analyst with International Strategy & Investment Group in New York, said in a note to clients in March.

“Gilead could utterly annihilate 2014 consensus numbers,” Schoenebaum wrote in his note. “I have a hard time believing the stock doesn’t continue to go higher. And in a worse case, stock probably won’t go down.”

Revenue rose 11 percent to $2.53 billion compared with analysts’ estimates of $2.59 billion. Sales of its HIV drugs, Atripla and Truvada, declined 4 percent to $1.58 billion in the quarter.

To contact the reporter on this story: Ryan Flinn in San Francisco at rflinn@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Reg Gale at rgale5@bloomberg.net

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