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GSK delivers FY 2021 reported sales of £34 billion, stable at AER, +5% CER; Total EPS 87.6p -24% AER, -13% CER and Adjusted EPS of 113.2p -2% AER, +9% CER

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Strong commercial execution drives growth across Pharmaceuticals, Vaccines and Consumer Healthcare (excluding brands divested/under review)

  • Pharmaceuticals £17.7 billion +4% AER, +10% CER; New and Specialty medicines £10 billion +20% AER, +26% CER; Respiratory +21% AER, +28% CER; Immuno-inflammation +22% AER, +29% CER; Oncology +31% AER, +37% CER; total HIV -2% AER, +3% CER
  • Vaccines £6.8 billion -3% AER, +2% CER; Shingrix £1.7 billion -13% AER, -9% CER
  • COVID-19 solutions sales £1.4 billion; Xevudy £958 million; pandemic adjuvant £447 million
  • Consumer Healthcare £9.6 billion -4% AER, stable CER (+4% excluding brands divested/under review)

Continued momentum in R&D delivery and strengthening of pipeline

  • 3 major product approvals during 2021; Apretude HIV long-acting medicine for prevention (Dec); Xevudy for COVID-19 (Dec); and Jemperli for endometrial cancer (April)
  • Strong pipeline of 21 vaccines and 43 medicines, many offering potential best or first-in-class opportunities for patients, and of which 22 are in pivotal trials
  • Positive Phase III data on daprodustat in anaemia due to chronic kidney disease presented at American Society of Nephrology. On track to file in EU and US in H1 2022
  • 20+ deals executed securing access to 5 novel clinical assets, including with iTeos in immuno-oncology, Alector in immuno-neurology and Vir Biotechnology in flu, plus technologies that expand our capabilities in human genetics and AI
  • Expect to report milestones in 2022 on up to 7 of the 11 potential new vaccines and medicines identified as key future growth drivers including Older Adults RSV vaccine (H1 2022)

Cost discipline supports delivery of Adjusted EPS of 113.2p

  • Total Group operating margin 18.2%. Total EPS 87.6p -24% AER, -13% CER
  • Adjusted Group operating margin 25.8%. Adjusted EPS 113.2p -2% AER, +9% CER. This included a contribution to growth from COVID-19 solutions of approximately +8% AER, +9% CER (+17% AER, +20% CER for Q4 2021)
  • Full year 2021 net cash flow from operations £8.0 billion. Full year free cash flow £4.4 billion

On track to demerge a new world-leading Consumer Healthcare business mid-2022

  • Progress to create new Board with appointment of Chair Designate
  • Capital Markets Day on 28 February to highlight overall strategy, capabilities and operations, including detailed financial information and superior growth ambitions

2022 guidance for new GSK

  • New GSK, the biopharma business, expected to deliver growth in 2022 sales of between 5% to 7% at CER and growth in 2022 Adjusted operating profit of between 12% to 14% at CER including the anticipated benefit in royalty income from Gilead settlement
  • This 2022 guidance excludes any contribution from COVID-19 solutions
  • Dividend of 23p declared for Q4 2021; 80p FY 2021

Emma Walmsley, Chief Executive Officer, GSK said:

“We have ended the year strongly, with another quarter of excellent performance driven by first-class commercial execution, and we enter 2022 with good momentum. This is going to be a landmark year for GSK, with a step-change in growth expected and multiple R&D catalysts, including milestones on up to 7 key late-stage pipeline assets. 2022 is also the year when we demerge our world-leading Consumer Healthcare business. At our capital markets event later this month, we will set out the future growth ambitions and highly attractive financial profile of this business, and the outstanding opportunity it provides for shareholders.”

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