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GSK delivers strong Q1 2022 sales of £9.8 billion, +32% AER, +32% CER; Total EPS 35.9p +67% AER, +66% CER and Adjusted EPS 32.8p +43% AER, +43% CER

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Highlights

Strong sales growth across Biopharma and Consumer Healthcare

  • Biopharma: £7.1 billion +40% AER, +40% CER;+14% AER, +15% CER excluding COVID-19 solutions
    • Specialty Medicines £3.1 billion +98% AER, +97% CER; HIV +15% AER, +14% CER; Oncology +15% AER, +15% CER; Immuno-inflammation, respiratory and other +18% AER, +18% CER; COVID-19 solutions (Xevudy) sales £1.3 billion
    • Vaccines £1.7 billion +36% AER, +36% CER; Shingrix £698 million >100% AER, >100% CER
    • General Medicines £2.3 billion +2% AER, +3% CER
  • Consumer Healthcare £2.6 billion +14% AER, +14% CER
  • Sales growth also benefited from favourable comparison to Q1 2021

Continued R&D delivery and strengthening of pipeline

  • US FDA regulatory approvals: Cabenuva treatment of virologically supressed adolescents living with HIV; Triumeq dispersible single tablet regimen for treatment of children with HIV
  • US FDA regulatory submission acceptance of daprodustat for anaemia of chronic kidney disease (PDUFA action date 1 February 2023)
  • Benlysta approved in China for adults with active lupus nephritis
  • EU regulatory submission acceptance for Sanofi-GSK COVID-19 vaccine (Vidprevtyn) and Canadian regulatory approval for Medicago-GSK COVID-19 vaccine (Covifenz)
  • Proposed acquisition of Sierra Oncology Inc. strengthens late-stage specialty pipeline. Momelotinib has potential to address significant unmet medical need of myelofibrosis patients with anaemia
  • Multiple pipeline catalysts in next nine months, including phase III data read outs for the RSV Older Adults and meningitis (MenABCWY) vaccine candidates, Blenrep, Jemperli and otilimab, and phase IIb data for bepirovirsen

Cost discipline supports delivery of improved operating margin and Adjusted EPS of 32.8p

  • Total Group operating margin 28.6%. Total EPS 35.9p +67% AER, +66% CER
  • Adjusted Group operating margin 26.7%. Adjusted EPS 32.8p +43% AER, +43% CER. This included a contribution to growth from COVID-19 solutions of approximately +15% AER, +15% CER for Q1 2022
  • Q1 2022 cash generated from operations £2.8 billion. Q1 2022 free cash flow £1.7 billion

On track to demerge and list Haleon, a new global leader in consumer healthcare, in July 2022

  • New growth outlooks set out in Q1 2022, for annual organic revenue growth of 4-6% and sustainable moderate expansion of adjusted operating margin over medium term at CER

Reconfirming 2022 guidance

  • GSK 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
  • 2022 guidance excludes any contribution from COVID-19 solutions
  • Dividend of 14p declared for Q1 2022

Emma Walmsley, Chief Executive Officer, GSK said:

“We have delivered strong first quarter results in this landmark year for GSK, as we separate Consumer Healthcare and start a new period of sustained growth. Our results reflect further good momentum across specialty medicines and vaccines, including the return to strong sales growth for Shingrix and continuing pipeline progress. We also continue to see very good momentum in Consumer Healthcare, demonstrating strong potential of this business ahead of its proposed demerger in July, to become Haleon.”

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