STOCKHOLM May 7 Swedish drug maker Meda , a recent takeover target of U.S. rival Mylan Inc , said it was well placed to make large acquisitions of its own after posting first-quarter profits in line with expectations and maintaining its year forecast.
Meda's earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) rose to 1,010 million Swedish crowns ($155 million) in the first quarter from 923 million in the same period last year. The result was in line with the average forecast of 1,018 million crowns given in a Reuters poll of analysts.
Meda's shares were down 1.7 percent at 117.0 crowns while the broader Stockholm market index was down 0.6 percent.
Chief Executive Officer Jorg-Thomas Dierks made the following comments during a conference call on Wednesday:
"I see absolutely no reason why we should not double our size within the timeframe of two years."
"Either you eat our you will be eaten. And I think that it is quite logical that we prefer to eat and not to be eaten."
"It is not a defence strategy, it is a strategy I am looking forward to as CEO here. What we see in the industry is that it is an industry of consolidation and as I said before it is very simple. You will belong to the winners or you will belong to the loosers and there is nothing in between." (Reporting by Rebecka Roos; editing by Niklas Pollard)