Lilly Delivers Strong Second-Quarter 2018 Results, Revises EPS Guidance

INDIANAPOLIS, July 24, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Eli Lilly and Company (NYSE: LLY) today announced financial results for the second quarter of 2018.



                                         $ in millions, except         Second Quarter            %

    per share data


                                                                  2018                    2017  Change
                                                                  ----                    ----  ------

    Revenue                                                                $6,355.2                   $5,824.3 9%

    Net Income (Loss) - Reported                               (259.9)                1,008.0             NM

    Earnings (Loss) Per Share - Reported                        (0.25)                   0.95             NM


    Net Income - Non-GAAP                                      1,546.7                 1,177.4 31%

    EPS - Non-GAAP                                                1.50                    1.11 35%
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Certain financial information for 2018 and 2017 is presented on both a reported and a non-GAAP basis. Some numbers in this press release may not add due to rounding. Reported results were prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) and include all revenue and expenses recognized during the periods. Non-GAAP measures exclude the items described in the reconciliation tables later in the release. The company's 2018 financial guidance is also being provided on both a reported and a non-GAAP basis. The non-GAAP measures are presented to provide additional insights into the underlying trends in the company's business. This press release does not constitute an offer of any securities for sale.

"Lilly delivered strong results once more in the second quarter in terms of operational performance, pipeline advancements, and strategic objectives," said David A. Ricks, Lilly's chairman and CEO. "The increase in our worldwide revenue was fueled by volume growth of our new medicines, while we also maintained a keen focus on containing costs and improving productivity. Our pipeline continued to demonstrate our commitment to scientific innovation, highlighted by forward progress for key molecules, several positive late-stage data readouts and the addition of promising new assets through business development. In addition, the strategic decision to pursue an IPO for our Elanco animal health business will maximize the after-tax value for Lilly shareholders and provide Lilly with even greater focus on our human pharmaceutical business."

"As it relates to U.S. drug pricing, the Administration has accelerated an important discussion, and Lilly is committed to working for greater affordability and access to our medicines," added Ricks. "We have not taken a list price increase on any of our medicines since the President's Blueprint was announced, as we remain focused on driving revenue growth through volume, not price. Our second-quarter 2018 results reflect this strategy, and the guidance we have provided for 2018 does not assume U.S. price increases for the remainder of the year. As the responses to the Blueprint are considered, we are hopeful that progress will be made on implementing proposals that lower the out-of-pocket cost of medicines for patients."

Key Events Over the Last Three Months

Regulatory

    --  The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved, and the company
        launched in the U.S., the 2-mg dose of Olumiant® (baricitinib), a
        once-daily oral medication for the treatment of adults with
        moderately-to-severely active rheumatoid arthritis (RA) who have had an
        inadequate response to one or more tumor necrosis factor (TNF) inhibitor
        therapies.
    --  The FDA approved a label update for Taltz(®) (ixekizumab) injection 80
        mg/mL to include data in psoriasis involving the genital area. The
        company also received a positive opinion from the European Medicines
        Agency's Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) regarding
        this label update for Taltz.
    --  The FDA granted approval for a new indication for Alimta(® )(pemetrexed
        for injection) in combination with carboplatin and Keytruda(®)
        (pembrolizumab) for the initial treatment of patients with metastatic
        nonsquamous non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), irrespective of PD-L1
        expression status.
    --  The FDA approved a label update for Trulicity(®) to show the medicine's
        safety and efficacy in people with type 2 diabetes who have moderate to
        severe chronic kidney disease (CKD).

Clinical

    --  The company announced that galcanezumab-gnlm met its primary endpoint in
        a Phase 3 study of patients with episodic cluster headache,
        demonstrating statistically significant differences in the reduction of
        weekly cluster headache attacks compared to placebo across weeks one to
        three of the two-month, double-blind treatment period. The company also
        announced that a separate Phase 3 study of galcanezumab-gnlm for
        patients with chronic cluster headache did not meet its primary
        endpoint. Based on results from the episodic cluster headache trial, the
        company is working with regulatory agencies around the world to
        determine the best path forward.
    --  The company and Pfizer announced that a Phase 3 study of tanezumab in
        patients with osteoarthritis (OA) pain met all three co-primary
        endpoints. Tanezumab is part of an investigational class of pain
        medications known as nerve growth factor inhibitors and in addition to
        OA pain, is being evaluated for chronic low back pain and cancer pain
        (due to bone metastases).
    --  The company and Boehringer Ingelheim announced positive top-line results
        from a trial that evaluated the impact of treatment with Tradjenta(®)
        compared with placebo on cardiovascular safety on top of standard of
        care.
    --  The company and AstraZeneca announced the discontinuation of the global
        Phase 3 clinical trials of lanabecestat, an oral beta secretase cleaving
        enzyme (BACE) inhibitor, for the treatment of Alzheimer's disease. The
        decision was based on recommendations by an independent data monitoring
        committee, which concluded that both a trial in early Alzheimer's
        disease and a trial in mild Alzheimer's disease dementia were not likely
        to meet their primary endpoints upon completion and therefore should be
        stopped for futility.
    --  The company announced that a Phase 3 study of Taltz for the treatment of
        Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS), also known as radiographic axial
        spondyloarthritis (r-axSpA), met its primary and major secondary
        endpoints. The company plans to submit Taltz for U.S. regulatory
        approval in AS later this year.
    --  The company and Boehringer Ingelheim announced that two Phase 3 studies
        investigating the use of empagliflozin in combination with insulin
        therapy in adults with type 1 diabetes, met their primary endpoints.

Business Development/Other Developments

    --  The company completed its strategic review of Elanco Animal Health, and
        will file a registration statement in the coming weeks with the U.S.
        Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for a potential initial public
        offering (IPO) of a minority ownership stake in Elanco as a separate
        company. The offering is expected to represent an ownership stake of
        less than 20 percent. The number of shares to be offered and the price
        range for the offering have not yet been determined. The company expects
        to complete the IPO process during the second half of 2018.
    --  The company acquired ARMO BioSciences, an immuno-oncology company, and
        its lead product candidate pegilodecakin, which has demonstrated
        clinical benefit as a single agent, and in combination with both
        chemotherapy and checkpoint inhibitor therapy, across several tumor
        types.
    --  The company acquired AurKa Pharma, and its oncology compound AK-01, an
        Aurora kinase A inhibitor that is a potential first-in-class asset being
        studied in Phase 1 clinical trials in multiple types of solid tumors.
    --  The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana ruled in
        favor of Lilly that the Alimta vitamin regimen patent would be infringed
        by a competitor that had stated its intent to market alternative salt
        forms of pemetrexed prior to the patent's expiration in May 2022. In a
        separate decision, the District Court also ruled in favor of Lilly,
        denying another competitor's motion for summary judgment and granting
        Lilly's cross-motion for summary judgment. Both of these rulings have
        been appealed.
    --  The company completed its previously-announced $5 billion share
        repurchase program and has authorized a new $8 billion share repurchase
        program.

Second-Quarter Reported Results

In the second quarter of 2018, worldwide revenue was $6.355 billion, an increase of 9 percent compared with the second quarter of 2017. The revenue increase was driven by a 7 percent increase due to volume and a 2 percent increase due to the favorable impact of foreign exchange rates.

Revenue in the U.S. increased 8 percent, to $3.602 billion, driven primarily by increased volume for new pharmaceutical products, including Trulicity, Basaglar(®), Taltz, and Verzenio((TM)), as well as an increase in U.S. collaboration revenue, partially offset by decreased volume for products that have lost exclusivity, including Effient(®) and Strattera(®).

Revenue outside the U.S. increased 10 percent, to $2.753 billion, largely due to increased volume for new pharmaceutical products, including Trulicity, Olumiant, and Taltz, as well as the favorable impact of foreign exchange rates. The increase in revenue was partially offset by decreased volume for Cialis(®), as well as lower realized prices for several pharmaceutical products.

Gross margin increased 9 percent, to $4.653 billion, in the second quarter of 2018 compared with the second quarter of 2017. Gross margin as a percent of revenue was 73.2 percent, an increase of 0.2 percentage points compared with the second quarter of 2017. The increase in gross margin percent was primarily due to manufacturing efficiencies, largely offset by the effect of foreign exchange rates on international inventories sold and the timing of manufacturing production.

Operating expenses in the second quarter of 2018, defined as the sum of research and development and marketing, selling, and administrative expenses, decreased 1 percent to $2.987 billion, reflecting previously-announced actions taken to reduce the company's cost structure. Research and development expenses increased 5 percent, to $1.333 billion, or 21.0 percent of revenue. This increase was primarily due to additional late-stage development expenditures. Marketing, selling, and administrative expenses decreased 4 percent, to $1.654 billion, due to decreased expenses related to late life-cycle products, partially offset by increased expenses related to new pharmaceutical products.

In the second quarter of 2018, the company recognized acquired in-process research and development charges of $1.624 billion related to the acquisitions of ARMO BioSciences and AurKa Pharma, as well as a collaboration with Sigilon Therapeutics. There were no acquired in-process research and development charges in the second quarter of 2017.

In the second quarter of 2018, the company recognized asset impairment, restructuring, and other special charges of $74.4 million. The charges were primarily associated with asset impairments and contractual commitments related to the suspension of commercial activities for Imrestor(®), an animal health product, as well as expenses associated with the review of strategic alternatives for the Elanco animal health business. In the second quarter of 2017, the company recognized asset impairment, restructuring, and other special charges of $50.0 million, primarily associated with integration costs and asset impairments related to the acquisition and integration of Novartis Animal Health.

Operating income (loss) in the second quarter of 2018 was a loss of $33.2 million, compared to income of $1.200 billion in the second quarter of 2017. The operating loss was primarily driven by the acquired in-process research and development charges described above.

Other income (expense) was income of $38.0 million in the second quarter of 2018, compared with income of $60.4 million in the second quarter of 2017.

During the second quarter of 2018, the company incurred $264.7 million of tax expense, despite earning $4.8 million of income before taxes, as a result of the non-deductible acquired in-process research and development charges totaling $1.558 billion related to the acquisitions of ARMO BioSciences and AurKa Pharma. During the second quarter of 2017, the company's effective tax rate was 20.0 percent.

In the second quarter of 2018, net income (loss) and earnings (loss) per share were a loss of $259.9 million and $0.25, respectively, compared with income of $1.008 billion and earnings per share of $0.95 in the second quarter of 2017. These decreases in net income (loss) and earnings (loss) per share were primarily driven by the acquired in-process research and development charges described above.

Second-Quarter Non-GAAP Measures

On a non-GAAP basis, second-quarter 2018 gross margin increased 9 percent, to $4.838 billion. Gross margin as a percent of revenue was 76.1 percent, a decrease of 0.2 percentage points compared with the second quarter of 2017. The decrease in gross margin percent was primarily due to the effect of foreign exchange rates on international inventories sold and the timing of manufacturing production, largely offset by manufacturing efficiencies.

Reflecting the company's previously-announced actions to reduce its cost structure, operating expenses were 47.0 percent of revenue in the second quarter of 2018, a reduction of 4.5 percentage points compared with the second quarter of 2017.

Operating income increased $408.2 million, or 28 percent, to $1.852 billion in the second quarter of 2018, primarily due to higher revenue and lower operating expenses.

The effective tax rate was 17.0 percent in the second quarter of 2018, compared with 21.7 percent in the second quarter of 2017. The lower effective tax rate for the second quarter of 2018 was primarily due to U.S. tax reform enacted in December 2017.

In the second quarter of 2018, net income increased 31 percent, to $1.547 billion, and earnings per share increased 35 percent, to $1.50, compared with $1.177 billion and $1.11, respectively, in the second quarter of 2017. The increases in net income and earnings per share were primarily driven by higher operating income.

For further detail of non-GAAP measures, see the reconciliation below as well as the Reconciliation of GAAP Reported to Selected Non-GAAP Adjusted Information table later in this press release.


                                                              Second Quarter
                                                              --------------

                                                              2018            2017 % Change
                                                              ----            ---- --------

    Earnings (loss) per share (reported)                              $(0.25)               $0.95  NM

    Acquired in-process research and development              1.56               -

    Amortization of intangible assets                          .12             .12

    Asset impairment, restructuring and other special charges  .06             .03

    Other, net                                                 .01             .01
                                                                              ---

    Earnings per share (non-GAAP)                                       $1.50                $1.11 35%
                                                                        =====                =====


    Numbers may not add due to rounding.
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Year-to-Date Results

For the first six months of 2018, worldwide revenue increased 9 percent, to $12.055 billion, compared with $11.053 billion in the same period in 2017. Reported net income and earnings per share were $957.5 million and $0.92, respectively.

Year-to-Date Non-GAAP Measures

For the first six months of 2018, net income and earnings per share, on a non-GAAP basis, were $2.953 billion and $2.83, respectively.

For further detail of non-GAAP measures, see the reconciliation below as well as the Reconciliation of GAAP Reported to Selected Non-GAAP Adjusted Information table later in this press release.


                                      Year-to-Date
                                      ------------

                                      2018           2017 % Change
                                      ----           ---- --------

    Earnings per share (reported)              $0.92               $0.85  8%

    Acquired in-process research and
     development                      1.55            .81

    Amortization of intangible assets  .24            .23

    Asset impairment, restructuring
     and other special charges         .13            .19

    Other, net                         .01            .02

    Earnings per share (non-GAAP)              $2.83               $2.10 35%
                                               =====               =====

    Numbers may not add due to
     rounding.
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    Selected Revenue Highlights
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    (Dollars in millions)                                     Second Quarter                      Year-to-Date

    Established Pharma Products                           2018               2017             %                        2018               2017              %
                                                                                          Change                                                       Change


    Humalog(R)                                                     $769.8                        $678.4                          13%           $1,561.5                 $1,386.8      13%

    Alimta                                               555.9                      532.9                         4%         1,055.5             1,022.8             3%

    Cialis                                               538.7                      627.3                      (14)%         1,034.1             1,160.9          (11)%

    Forteo(R)                                            434.5                      446.7                       (3)%           747.8               794.2           (6)%

    Humulin(R)                                           346.0                      357.8                       (3)%           671.9               672.3           (0)%

    Cymbalta(R)                                          181.9                      206.6                      (12)%           351.5               381.2           (8)%

    Erbitux(R)                                           166.4                      159.1                         5%           316.1               313.5             1%

    Trajenta(a)                                          141.7                      141.9                       (0)%           282.8               254.9            11%

    Zyprexa(R)                                           128.0                      140.8                       (9)%           250.6               288.3          (13)%

    Strattera                                            114.2                      186.6                      (39)%           244.9               382.8          (36)%


    Select Products Launched Since 2014

    Trulicity                                            779.8                      480.2                        62%         1,458.1               853.1            71%

    Cyramza(R)                                           218.8                      186.3                        17%           402.4               357.6            13%

    Basaglar                                             201.8                       86.6                       133%           367.8               132.6           177%

    Taltz                                                220.1                      138.7                        59%           366.5               235.4            56%

    Jardiance(b)(R)                                      147.2                      103.2                        43%           298.2               177.1            68%

    Lartruvo(TM)                                          79.9                       47.4                        69%           144.3                89.5            61%

    Verzenio                                              57.7                          -                            NM              87.4                      -                 NM

    Olumiant                                              44.7                        4.8                             NM              76.9                    6.6                  NM

    Subtotal                                           1,750.0                    1,047.3                        67%         3,201.7             1,851.9            73%


    Animal Health                                        792.1                      784.8                         1%         1,553.4             1,554.2           (0)%


    Total Revenue                                      6,355.2                    5,824.3                         9%        12,055.2            11,052.6             9%


    (a) Trajenta includes Jentadueto(R)

    (b) Jardiance includes Glyxambi(R) and Synjardy(R)

    NM - not meaningful

    Numbers may not add due to rounding
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Selected Established Pharma Products

Humalog

For the second quarter of 2018, worldwide Humalog revenue increased 13 percent compared with the second quarter of 2017, to $769.8 million. Revenue in the U.S. increased 19 percent, to $464.5 million driven by higher realized prices due to changes in estimates to rebates and discounts and changes in payer segment mix, and, to a lesser extent, increased volume. Revenue outside the U.S. increased 6 percent, to $305.2 million, driven by the favorable impact of foreign exchange rates and increased volume, partially offset by lower realized prices.

Alimta

For the second quarter of 2018, Alimta generated worldwide revenue of $555.9 million, which increased 4 percent compared with the second quarter of 2017. U.S. Alimta revenue increased 3 percent, to $281.3 million, driven by increased demand and customer buying patterns. Alimta revenue outside the U.S. increased 6 percent, to $274.6 million, driven by the favorable impact of foreign exchange rates and higher realized prices, partially offset by decreased volume driven by competitive pressure and loss of exclusivity in several countries.

Cialis

For the second quarter of 2018, worldwide Cialis revenue decreased 14 percent to $538.7 million. U.S. Cialis revenue was $345.7 million in the second quarter, a 9 percent decrease compared with the second quarter of 2017, driven by decreased demand due to the entry of generic sildenafil, partially offset by higher realized prices. The company now expects the entry of generic tadalafil in the U.S. in late September 2018. Cialis revenue outside the U.S. decreased 22 percent to $193.0 million, driven by the loss of exclusivity in Europe and, to a lesser extent, lower realized prices, partially offset by the favorable impact of foreign exchange rates.

Forteo

For the second quarter of 2018, worldwide revenue for Forteo was $434.5 million, a 3 percent decrease compared with the second quarter of 2017. U.S. revenue decreased 10 percent, to $224.5 million, primarily due to decreased demand and lower realized prices. Revenue outside the U.S. increased 7 percent, to $210.0 million, driven by the favorable impact of foreign exchange rates and, to a lesser extent, increased volume, partially offset by lower realized prices.

Humulin

For the second quarter of 2018, worldwide Humulin revenue decreased 3 percent compared with the second quarter of 2017, to $346.0 million. U.S. revenue increased 5 percent, to $238.8 million, driven by higher realized prices. Revenue outside the U.S. decreased 18 percent, to $107.2 million, driven by decreased volume, primarily in China, partially offset by the favorable impact of foreign exchange rates.

Select Products Launched Since 2014

Trulicity

Second-quarter 2018 worldwide Trulicity revenue was $779.8 million, an increase of 62 percent compared with the second quarter of 2017. U.S. revenue increased 61 percent, to $612.4 million, primarily driven by higher demand as a result of increased share of market for Trulicity and growth in the GLP-1 class. Revenue outside the U.S. was $167.4 million, an increase of 69 percent, primarily driven by increased volume and, to a lesser extent, the favorable impact of foreign exchange rates, partially offset by lower realized prices.

Cyramza

For the second quarter of 2018, worldwide Cyramza revenue was $218.8 million, an increase of 17 percent compared with the second quarter of 2017. U.S. revenue was $75.4 million, an increase of 10 percent, driven primarily by increased volume. Revenue outside the U.S. was $143.3 million, an increase of 22 percent, driven by increased volume, and, to a lesser extent, the favorable impact of foreign exchange rates.

Basaglar

For the second quarter of 2018, Basaglar generated worldwide revenue of $201.8 million. U.S. revenue was $156.5 million, an increase of $29.8 million compared with the first quarter of 2018, driven by increased demand. Revenue outside the U.S. was $45.3 million, an increase of $6.0 million compared with the first quarter of 2018. Basaglar is part of the company's alliance with Boehringer Ingelheim, and Lilly reports total sales as revenue, with payments made to Boehringer Ingelheim for its portion of the gross margin reported as cost of sales.

Taltz

For the second quarter of 2018, worldwide Taltz revenue was $220.1 million, an increase of 59 percent compared with the second quarter of 2017. U.S. revenue was $173.6 million, an increase of 39 percent, driven by higher demand, partially offset by lower realized prices. Revenue outside the U.S. was $46.5 million, an increase of $32.2 million, driven by increased volume from new launches.

Jardiance

The company's worldwide Jardiance revenue during the second quarter of 2018 was $147.2 million, an increase of 43 percent compared with the second quarter of 2017. U.S. revenue increased 28 percent, to $85.6 million, driven by increased demand, partially offset by lower realized prices due to changes in estimates to rebates and discounts. Revenue outside the U.S. was $61.6 million, an increase of 70 percent, primarily driven by increased volume and, to a lesser extent, the favorable impact of foreign exchange rates. Jardiance is part of the company's alliance with Boehringer Ingelheim, and Lilly reports as revenue a portion of Jardiance's gross margin.

Lartruvo

For the second quarter of 2018, Lartruvo generated worldwide revenue of $79.9 million. U.S. revenue was $51.3 million, an increase of $8.3 million compared with the first quarter of 2018. Revenue outside the U.S. was $28.6 million, an increase of $7.2 million compared with the first quarter of 2018.

Verzenio

For the second quarter of 2018, Verzenio, a treatment for women with HR+, HER2- advanced breast cancer, generated U.S. revenue of $57.7 million, an increase of $28.0 million compared with the first quarter of 2018.

Olumiant

For the second quarter of 2018, Olumiant generated worldwide revenue of $44.7 million. U.S. revenue was $1.7 million due to initial wholesaler stocking. Olumiant was launched in the U.S. in June 2018. Revenue outside the U.S. was $42.9 million, an increase of $10.7 million compared with the first quarter of 2018, reflecting uptake of new launches in Europe.

Animal Health

In the second quarter of 2018, worldwide animal health revenue totaled $792.1 million, an increase of 1 percent compared with the second quarter of 2017. Worldwide food animal revenue increased 4 percent, to $491.7 million, primarily driven by the favorable impact of foreign exchange rates, increased volume, and higher realized prices. Worldwide companion animal revenue decreased 4 percent, to $300.5 million, primarily driven by decreased volume, partially offset by higher realized prices, and, to a lesser extent, the favorable impact of foreign exchange rates.

2018 Financial Guidance

The company has revised certain elements of its 2018 financial guidance on a reported basis and on a non-GAAP basis. On a reported basis, earnings per share for 2018 are now expected to be in the range of $3.19 to $3.29, due to higher acquired in-process research and development charges associated with the acquisition of ARMO BioSciences, partially offset by higher revenue. On a non-GAAP basis, earnings per share are now expected to be in the range of $5.40 to $5.50, reflecting company expectations of higher revenue and higher gross margin percent.


                                                                                  2018 % Change from
                                                                                                           2017
                                                              Expectations
                                                              ------------

    Earnings per share (reported)                                       $3.19 to $3.29     NM

    Amortization of intangible assets                                              .43

    Asset impairment, restructuring and other special charges                      .19

    Acquired in-process research and development                                  1.58

    Other, net                                                                     .01

    Earnings per share (non-GAAP)                                       $5.40 to $5.50               26% to 29%
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    Numbers may not add due to rounding
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The company now anticipates 2018 revenue between $24.0 billion and $24.5 billion. The increase from prior guidance is due to strong performance across the pharmaceutical portfolio, particularly in diabetes, as well as higher collaboration revenue, partially offset by the impact of foreign exchange rates. Revenue growth is still expected to be driven by new products including Trulicity, Taltz, Basaglar, Jardiance, Verzenio, Cyramza, Olumiant and Lartruvo.

Gross margin percentage is now expected to be approximately 73.5 percent on a reported basis, and approximately 76 percent on a non-GAAP basis.

The 2018 effective tax rate is now expected to be approximately 22.5 percent on a reported basis, due to higher non-deductible in-process research and development charges associated with the acquisitions of ARMO BioSciences and AurKa Pharma. On a non-GAAP basis, the effective tax rate is still expected to be approximately 17 percent. The 2018 effective tax rate benefits from a lower corporate income tax rate, partially offset by the changes to certain business exclusions, deductions, credits and international tax provisions. The 2018 effective tax rate is subject to change based upon changes in the company's interpretations of the tax laws, along with subsequent regulations, interpretations, guidance, and accounting policy elections that the company continues to evaluate.

The following table summarizes the company's 2018 financial guidance:


                                                                                        2018 Guidance

                                                                             Prior                       Revised
                                                                             -----                       -------

    Revenue                                                         $23.7 to $24.2 billion       $24.0 to $24.5 billion


    Gross Margin % of                                                              Approx.
     Revenue (reported)                                                                73%                Approx. 73.5%

    Gross Margin % of                                                              Approx.
     Revenue (non-GAAP)                                                                75%                  Approx. 76%


    Marketing, Selling &
     Administrative                                                   $6.2 to $6.5 billion              Unchanged


    Research &
     Development                                                      $5.2 to $5.4 billion              Unchanged


    Other Income/
     (Expense)                                                         $75 to $200 million              Unchanged


    Tax Rate (reported)                                                            Approx.
                                                                                       17%                Approx. 22.5%

    Tax Rate (non-GAAP)                                                            Approx.
                                                                                       17%              Unchanged


    Earnings per share
     (reported)                                                             $4.52 to $4.62               $3.19 to $3.29

    Earnings per share
     (non-GAAP)                                                             $5.10 to $5.20               $5.40 to $5.50


    Capital Expenditures                                                    Approx.
                                                                              $1.2
                                                                            billion                     Unchanged


    Non-GAAP adjustments are consistent with the earnings per share table above.
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Webcast of Conference Call

As previously announced, investors and the general public can access a live webcast of the second-quarter 2018 financial results conference call through a link on Lilly's website at www.lilly.com. The conference call will be held today from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Eastern time (ET) and will be available for replay via the website.

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    Eli Lilly and Company Employment
     Information


                        June 30, 2018        December 31, 2017
                        -------------        -----------------

    Worldwide Employees               38,160                   40,655


    Eli Lilly and Company

    Operating Results  (Unaudited) - REPORTED

    (Dollars in millions, except per share data)


                                                 Three Months Ended                                            Six Months Ended

                                                      June 30,                                                     June 30,

                                                             2018             2017  % Chg.                                      2018       2017             % Chg.
                                                                             ----  ------                                                ----             ------


    Revenue                                                         $6,355.2                          $5,824.3                    9%            $12,055.2                    $11,052.6        9%


    Cost of sales                                         1,702.7                            1,571.7                 8%                3,274.0                       2,919.6             12%

    Research and development                              1,333.1                            1,272.1                 5%                2,510.0                       2,530.4            (1)%

    Marketing, selling and administrative                 1,653.7                            1,730.4               (4)%                3,153.7                       3,298.1            (4)%

    Acquired in-process research                          1,624.5                                  -                NM                1,624.5                         857.6             89%
      and development

    Asset impairment, restructuring and                      74.4                               50.0                49%                  152.7                         263.9           (42)%
      other special charges



    Operating income (loss)                                (33.2)                           1,200.1                 NM                1,340.3                       1,183.0             13%


    Net interest income (expense)                          (22.1)                            (16.7)                                   (37.8)                       (30.7)




    Net other income (expense)                               60.1                               77.1                                     143.3                         169.4




    Other income (expense)                                   38.0                               60.4              (37)%                  105.5                         138.7           (24)%


    Income before income taxes                                4.8                            1,260.5             (100)%                1,445.8                       1,321.7              9%

    Income taxes                                            264.7                              252.5                 5%                  488.3                         424.5             15%
                                                            -----                              -----                                     -----                         -----


    Net income (loss)                                               $(259.9)                         $1,008.0                    NM               $957.5                       $897.2        7%



    Earnings (loss) per share                                         $(0.25                             $0.95                    NM                $0.92                        $0.85        8%



    Dividends paid per share                                         $0.5625                             $0.52                    8%               $1.125                        $1.04        8%

                                                        1,030,210                          1,057,110                                 1,041,561                     1,057,543

    Weighted-average shares
      outstanding (thousands)


    NM - not meaningful

    Beginning in 2018, pension and
     postretirement benefit cost
     components other than service
     costs are presented in other
     income (expense). As a result,
     comparable amounts for the three
     and six months ended June 30, 2017
     have been reclassified to conform
     with this new presentation.


    Eli Lilly and Company

    Reconciliation of GAAP Reported to Selected Non-GAAP Adjusted Information (Unaudited)

    (Dollars in millions, except per share data)


                                                                                        Three Months Ended                                 Three Months Ended

                                                                                           June 30, 2018                                     June 30, 2017
                                                                                        -------------                                   -------------


                                                                                    GAAP            Adjustments(c)    Non-GAAP                       GAAP         Adjustments(d)   Non-GAAP
                                                                                  Reported                           Adjusted(a)                   Reported                       Adjusted(a)
                                                                                  --------                           ----------                                                   ----------


    Cost of sales                                                               $1,702.7                       $(185.4)                $1,517.3                $1,571.7                       $(192.4)       $1,379.3


    Operating expenses(b)                                                      2,986.8                          (1.3)                 2,985.5                 3,002.5                          (1.8)        3,000.8

                                                                    1,624.5                  (1,624.5)                              -                      -                         -                  -

    Acquired in-process
      research and
      development

    Asset impairment,                                                  74.4                     (74.4)                              -                   50.0                     (50.0)                  -
      restructuring and other
      special charges


    Other income (expense)                                             38.0                     (25.8)                           12.2                    60.4                          -               60.4


    Income taxes                                                                 264.7                           53.3                    317.9                   252.5                           74.7           327.2


    Net income (loss)                                                          (259.9)                       1,806.6                  1,546.7                 1,008.0                          169.5         1,177.4


    Earnings (loss) per share                                                   (0.25)                          1.75                     1.50                    0.95                           0.16            1.11


    Numbers may not add due to
     rounding.

    The table above reflects only line
     items with non-GAAP adjustments.

    Beginning in 2018, pension and
     postretirement benefit cost
     components other than service
     costs are presented in other
     income (expense). As a result,
     comparable amounts for the three
     months ended June 30, 2017 have
     been reclassified to conform with
     this new presentation.


    (a)               The company uses non-GAAP
                      financial measures that differ
                      from financial statements reported
                      in conformity with U.S. generally
                      accepted accounting principles
                      (GAAP). The company's non-GAAP
                      measures adjust reported results
                      to exclude amortization of
                      intangibles and items that are
                      typically highly variable,
                      difficult to predict, and/or of a
                      size that could have a substantial
                      impact on the company's reported
                      operations for a period. The
                      company believes that these non-
                      GAAP measures provide useful
                      information to investors. Among
                      other things, they may help
                      investors evaluate the company's
                      ongoing operations. They can
                      assist in making meaningful
                      period-over-period comparisons
                      and in identifying operating
                      trends that would otherwise be
                      masked or distorted by the items
                      subject to the adjustments.
                      Management uses these non-GAAP
                      measures internally to evaluate
                      the performance of the business,
                      including to allocate resources
                      and to evaluate results relative
                      to incentive compensation targets.
                      Investors should consider these
                      non-GAAP measures in addition to,
                      not as a substitute for or
                      superior to, measures of financial
                      performance prepared in accordance
                      with GAAP.

    (b)               Operating expenses include research
                      and development and marketing,
                      selling and administrative
                      expenses.

    (c)               Adjustments to certain GAAP
                      reported measures for the three
                      months ended June 30, 2018,
                      include the following:


    (Dollars in millions, except per                          Amortization(i) IPR&D(ii)   Other        Total
    share data)                                                                         specified   Adjustments
                                                                                        items(iii)
                                                                                        ---------

    Cost of sales                                                              $(151.6)                       $      -               $(33.8) $(185.4)


    Operating expenses                                                  (1.3)                    -                   -       (1.3)

    Acquired in-process research and development                            -            (1,624.5)                   -   (1,624.5)

    Asset impairment, restructuring and other special charges               -                    -              (74.4)      (74.4)


    Other income (expense)                                                  -                    -              (25.8)      (25.8)


    Income taxes                                                         30.0                  14.0                  9.2         53.3


    Net income                                                          123.0               1,610.5                 73.2      1,806.6


    Earnings per share                                                   0.12                  1.56                 0.07         1.75


    Numbers may not add due to
     rounding.

    The table above reflects only
     line items with non-GAAP
     adjustments.


    i.               Exclude amortization of
                     intangibles primarily associated
                     with costs of marketed products
                     acquired or licensed from third
                     parties.

    ii.              Exclude costs associated with
                     upfront payments for acquired
                     in-process research and
                     development projects acquired in
                     a transaction other than a
                     business combination. These
                     costs were related to business
                     development activity, primarily
                     driven by the acquisitions of
                     ARMO BioSciences ($1.476B) and
                     AurKa Pharma ($81.8M), as well
                     as a collaboration with Sigilon
                     Therapeutics ($66.9M).

    iii.             Exclude charges primarily
                     associated with asset impairment
                     and restructuring charges
                     related to the suspension of
                     commercial activities for
                     Imrestor, as well as expenses
                     associated with the review of
                     strategic alternatives for the
                     Elanco Animal Health business.


    (d)                 Adjustments to certain GAAP
                        reported measures for the
                        three months ended June 30,
                        2017, include the following:


    (Dollars in millions, except per share data) Amortization(i)   Other      Total
                                                                 specified Adjustments
                                                                 items(ii)
                                                                 --------

    Cost of sales                                                 $(176.3)              $(16.1)   $(192.4)


    Operating expenses                                     (1.8)                     -    (1.8)

    Asset impairment, restructuring and other                  -                (50.0)   (50.0)
    special charges


    Income taxes                                            55.4                   19.3      74.7


    Net income                                             122.7                   46.8     169.5


    Earnings per share - diluted                            0.12                   0.04      0.16


    Numbers may not add due to
     rounding.

    The table above reflects only
     line items with non-GAAP
     adjustments.


    i.              Exclude amortization of
                    intangibles primarily
                    associated with costs of
                    marketed products acquired or
                    licensed from third parties.

    ii.             Exclude charges primarily
                    associated with integration
                    costs and asset impairments
                    related to the acquisition and
                    integration of Novartis Animal
                    Health, as well as inventory
                    step-up costs associated with
                    the acquisition of Boehringer
                    Ingelheim Vetmedica's U.S.
                    feline, canine and rabies
                    vaccine portfolio.


    Eli Lilly and Company

    Reconciliation of GAAP Reported to Selected Non-GAAP Adjusted Information (Unaudited)

    (Dollars in millions, except per share data)


                                                                                                    Six Months Ended                           Six Months Ended
                                                                                                                                               June 30, 2017
                                                                                                     June 30, 2018
                                                                                                   -------------


                                                                                           GAAP          Adjustments(c)    Non-GAAP           GAAP           Adjustments(d)     Non-GAAP
                                                                                         Reported                         Adjusted(a)       Reported                          Adjusted(a)
                                                                                         --------                         ----------                                          ----------


    Cost of sales                                                                      $3,274.0                     $(336.5)                $2,937.5                       $2,919.6                $(377.1)        $2,542.5


    Operating expenses(b)                                                             5,663.7                        (2.6)                 5,661.1                        5,828.5                   (3.6)         5,825.0

    Acquired in-process                                                    1,624.5                (1,624.5)                              -                  857.6                         (857.6)              -
      research and
      development

    Asset impairment,                                                        152.7                  (152.7)                              -                  263.9                         (263.9)              -
      restructuring and other
      special charges


    Other income (expense)                                                   105.5                   (25.8)                           79.7                   138.7                               -          138.7


    Income taxes                                                                        488.3                         95.2                    583.5                          424.5                   182.3            606.8


    Net income                                                                          957.5                      1,995.3                  2,952.8                          897.2                 1,319.9          2,217.0


    Earnings per share - diluted                                                         0.92                         1.92                     2.83                           0.85                    1.25             2.10


    Numbers may not add due to
     rounding.

    The table above reflects only
     line items with non-GAAP
     adjustments.


    (a)                The company uses non-GAAP
                       financial measures that differ
                       from financial statements reported
                       in conformity with U.S. generally
                       accepted accounting principles
                       (GAAP). The company's non-GAAP
                       measures adjust reported results
                       to exclude amortization of
                       intangibles and items that are
                       typically highly variable,
                       difficult to predict, and/or of a
                       size that could have a substantial
                       impact on the company's reported
                       operations for a period. The
                       company believes that these non-
                       GAAP measures provide useful
                       information to investors. Among
                       other things, they may help
                       investors evaluate the company's
                       ongoing operations. They can
                       assist in making meaningful
                       period-over-period comparisons
                       and in identifying operating
                       trends that would otherwise be
                       masked or distorted by the items
                       subject to the adjustments.
                       Management uses these non-GAAP
                       measures internally to evaluate
                       the performance of the business,
                       including to allocate resources
                       and to evaluate results relative
                       to incentive compensation targets.
                       Investors should consider these
                       non-GAAP measures in addition to,
                       not as a substitute for or
                       superior to, measures of financial
                       performance prepared in accordance
                       with GAAP.

    (b)                Operating expenses include research
                       and development and marketing,
                       selling and administrative
                       expenses.

    (c)                Adjustments to certain GAAP
                       reported measures for the six
                       months ended June 30, 2018,
                       include the following:


    (Dollars in millions, except per share data) Amortization(i) IPR&D(ii)   Other        Total
                                                                           specified   Adjustments
                                                                           items(iii)
                                                                           ---------

    Cost of sales                                                 $(302.7)                       $       -               $(33.8) $(336.5)


    Operating expenses                                     (2.6)                    -                    -       (2.6)

    Acquired in-process research and                           -            (1,624.5)                    -   (1,624.5)
      development

    Asset impairment, restructuring and                        -                    -              (152.7)     (152.7)
      other special charges


    Other income (expense)                                     -                    -               (25.8)      (25.8)


    Income taxes                                            59.9                  14.0                  21.3         95.2


    Net income                                             245.5               1,610.5                 139.4      1,995.3


    Earnings per share - diluted                            0.24                  1.55                  0.13         1.92


    Numbers may not add due to
     rounding.

    The table above reflects only
     line items with non-GAAP
     adjustments.


    i.               Exclude amortization of intangibles
                     primarily associated with costs of
                     marketed products acquired or
                     licensed from third parties.

    ii.              Exclude costs associated with
                     upfront payments for acquired in-
                     process research and development
                     projects acquired in a transaction
                     other than a business combination.
                     These costs were related to
                     business development activity,
                     primarily driven by the
                     acquisitions of ARMO
                     BioSciences($1.476B) and AurKa
                     Pharma ($81.8M), as well as a
                     collaboration with Sigilon
                     Therapeutics ($66.9M).

    iii.             Exclude charges primarily
                     associated with asset impairment
                     and restructuring charges related
                     to the review of strategic
                     alternatives for the Elanco Animal
                     Health business, expenses
                     associated with the decision to
                     end Posilac(R) (rbST) production
                     at the Augusta, Georgia
                     manufacturing site, as well as
                     charges related to the suspension
                     of commercial activities for
                     Imrestor.


              (d)        Adjustments to certain GAAP
                       reported measures for the six
                         months ended June 30, 2017,
                              include the following:


    (Dollars in
     millions, except
     per share data)  Amortization(i) IPR&D(ii)   Other        Total
                                                specified   Adjustments
                                                items(iii)
                                                ---------

    Cost of sales                      $(350.6)                       $       -             $(26.5) $(377.1)


    Operating
     expenses                   (3.6)                    -                    -     (3.6)

    Acquired in-
     process research
     and                            -              (857.6)                    -   (857.6)
      development

    Asset impairment,
     restructuring
     and                            -                    -              (263.9)   (263.9)
      other special
       charges


    Income taxes                110.6                     -                 71.7      182.3


    Net income                  243.5                 857.6                 218.7    1,319.9


    Earnings per
     share - diluted             0.23                  0.81                  0.21       1.25


    Numbers may not add due to
     rounding.

    The table above reflects only
     line items with non-GAAP
     adjustments.


    i.               Exclude amortization of intangibles
                     primarily associated with costs of
                     marketed products acquired or licensed
                     from third parties.

    ii.              Exclude costs associated with upfront
                     payments for acquired in-process
                     research and development projects
                     acquired in a transaction other than a
                     business combination.  These costs are
                     related to the acquisition of CoLucid
                     Pharmaceuticals.

    iii.             Exclude charges related to severance costs
                     incurred as a result of actions taken to
                     reduce the company's cost structure, as
                     well as integration costs and asset
                     impairments related to the acquisition
                     and integration of Novartis Animal
                     Health, as well as inventory step-up
                     costs associated with the acquisition of
                     Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica's U.S.
                     feline, canine and rabies vaccine
                     portfolio.


    Refer to:              Mark Taylor; mark.taylor@lilly.com; (317) 276-5795
                           (Media)

                           Kevin Hern; hern_kevin_r@lilly.com; (317) 277-1838
                           (Investors)

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