Good progress continues on the previously announced business reshaping programmes. In the second quarter, $190 million in restructuring costs were charged, bringing the total charges in the first half to $262 million.That's $262 million in a program that will eventually cost the company $2.9 billion, remember. AZ said it remains "on track" to wring $2.5 billion a year out of its system by 2013. The program was begun in 2007 and enhanced in Q4 2008 by doubling the amount of layoffs from 7,600 to 15,000.
So, is it working? Um, a little bit, but not much.
In this chart which tracks how much in revenue and gross profit AZ earns back for every $1 spent on its biggests quarterly cost, sales and admin, you can see that the company is getting $2.81 for its investment, exactly where it was a year ago.
AZ still struggles to get into the $3 range like Pfizer, Wyeth or any of the other big boys of pharma. And AZ doesn't include distribution costs in either its SG&A or its cost-of-goods lines, so a cynic might argue that the pink line or the blue line should be even lower.
Although the lines appear to be sloping upward a little, average growth in productivity since the "Enhancing Productivity" program begun is just 0.97 percent.
There are three possible conclusions:
- The 2-year-old program is in its infancy, early days!
- It isn't working.
- It is working, in the sense that things would be so much worse without it.
- AstraZeneca Q2: $593M Seroquel Legal Bill Taps Out Insurance; Income Charges Expected
- AstraZeneca May Regret Ranbaxy Deal: It's One Fiasco After Another
- Lilly, Pfizer and AstraZeneca Jockeying for Position on Healthcare Reform
- Sanofi CEO Viehbacher Wants More Cuts; Drug Reps' Necks on the Block
- AstraZeneca Q1: Seroquel Sales Up; Faces 10,000 Lawsuits; Company Thinks It Will Beat the Rap
- AstraZeneca: 15,000 Layoffs Through 2013; Company the "Worst" in Its Class