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GSK delivers 2019 sales of £33.8 billion +10% AER, +8% CER (Pro-forma +4% CER*)

Issued: London, UK

Total EPS 93.9p; +27% AER; +23% CER; Adjusted EPS 123.9p +4% AER, +1% CER

Full results announcement (PDF)

Download the FY 2019 results announcement

2019 financial and product highlights

  • Pharmaceuticals £17.6 billion +2% AER, flat CER; Vaccines £7.2 billion +21% AER, +19% CER; Consumer Healthcare £9 billion +17% AER, +17% CER (Pro-forma +2% CER*)
  • Shingrix sales £1.8 billion +>100% AER, +>100% CER driven by strong execution in the US
  • Total Respiratory sales £3,081 million +18% AER, +15% CER.  Trelegy £518 million +>100% AER, +>100% CER.  Nucala £768 million +36% AER, +33% CER
  • Total HIV sales £4.9 billion, +3% AER +1% CER.  Two-drug regimen sales £422 million
  • Total Group operating margin 20.6%.  Adjusted Group operating margin 26.6% reflecting increased R&D spending and impact of generic Advair in the US partly offset by improved Vaccines and Consumer Healthcare performance. (Pharmaceuticals 26.2%; Vaccines 41.4%; Consumer Healthcare 20.8%)
  • Total EPS 93.9p +27% AER; +23% CER primarily reflecting reduced contingent consideration charges
  • Adjusted EPS 123.9p +4% AER, +1% CER reflecting operating performance and lower effective tax rate, partly offset by increased profit allocation to non-controlling interests
  • Net cash flow from operations £8.0 billion.  Free cash flow £5.1 billion
  • 23p dividend declared for the quarter, 80p for FY19

Pipeline highlights

  • Continued strengthening of R&D pipeline in 2019: eight submissions, six positive pivotal trial results and four new assets progressed into pivotal trials
  • In 2020 expect at least six potential approvals in oncology, HIV, specialty and respiratory
  • Expect proof of concept readouts on several key pipeline assets including four oncology medicines and vaccines for COPD and RSV

2020 guidance

  • Expect Adjusted EPS to decline -1% to -4% CER
  • Expect 80p dividend for 2020

Preparing for two new companies

  • New programme initiated to prepare for separation of GSK into two companies:  New GSK, a biopharma company with an R&D approach focused on science related to the immune system, use of genetics and new technologies; and a new leader in Consumer Healthcare
  • As GSK increases investment in R&D and new product launches, the two-year separation programme aims to:
    • Drive a common approach to R&D across modalities with improved capital allocation
    • Align and improve capabilities and efficiencies of global support functions to support New GSK
    • Further optimise supply chain and portfolio, including divestments of non-core assets.  Strategic review of prescription dermatology underway
    • Prepare Consumer Healthcare to operate as a standalone company
  • Programme to target delivery of £0.7 billion of annual savings by 2022 with total costs estimated at £2.4 billion (of which £1.6 billion cash).  Programme expected to deliver improved operating performance, with meaningful improvements from 2022.  Anticipated divestment proceeds largely expected to cover programme cash costs
  • Additional one-time costs to prepare Consumer Healthcare for separation estimated at £600-700 million

Emma Walmsley, Chief Executive Officer, GSK said:

“GSK delivered a good performance in 2019 with growth in sales and earnings, together with strong cash generation.  We also made excellent progress in all three of our long-term priorities: Innovation, Performance and Trust, strengthening our pipeline, improving operational execution and reshaping the company.

“In 2020, our first priority remains Innovation, to progress our pipeline and support new product launches. Recent data readouts underpin our decision to further increase investment in R&D and these new products.  At the same time, we are again focused on operational execution, including delivering a successful integration in Consumer Healthcare, and we are also preparing for the future, starting a new two-year programme to get GSK ready for separation.

“All of this aims to support future growth, deliver significant value creation, and set up two new leading companies in biopharma and consumer healthcare, each with the opportunity to improve the health of hundreds of millions of people.”

Watch Emma Walmsley, CEO, summarise our performance at FY 2019.

Watch Hal Barron, Chief Scientific Officer and President, R&D, give an update on R&D.

Broadcast quality versions of these films are available on request for use by media from our video footage library. To request access, please contact us through our media relations team on +44 (0)20 8047 5502 or email corporate.media@gsk.com

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