GSK delivers strong Q2 2022 sales of £6.9 billion +19% at AER, +13% at CER and Total EPS* from continuing operations** 17.5p -42% AER, -58% CER; Adjusted EPS of 34.7p +23% AER, +6% CER
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Strong commercial execution across Specialty Medicines, Vaccines and General Medicines drives double-digit sales growth
• Total sales: £6.9 billion +19% AER, +13% CER, excluding COVID-19 solutions +16% AER, +10% CER
- Specialty Medicines £2.7 billion +44% AER, +35% CER; HIV +14% AER, +7% CER; Oncology +29% AER, +23% CER; Immuno-inflammation and other specialty +32% AER +24% CER; COVID-19 solutions (Xevudy) sales £0.5 billion
- Vaccines £1.7 billion +9% AER, +3% CER; Shingrix £731 million >100% AER, >100% CER
- General Medicines £2.5 billion +5% AER, +2% CER
Continued cost discipline supports delivery of improved adjusted operating margin
• Total continuing operating margin 16%. Total EPS 20.8p -40% AER, -53% CER; Total continuing EPS 17.5p
-42% AER, -58% CER; primarily reflecting increased contingent consideration charges driven by exchange rates and adverse comparison due to a credit for the revaluation of deferred tax in Q2 2021
• Adjusted operating margin 29%. Adjusted operating profit growth +22% AER, +7% CER. The impact on growth from lower margin COVID-19 solutions was approximately -16% AER, -14% CER
• Adjusted EPS 34.7p +23% AER, +6% CER. The impact on growth from lower margin COVID-19 solutions was approximately -20% AER, -18% CER
• Q2 2022 continuing cash generated from operations £1.6 billion. Free cash flow £0.3 billion
Strengthening late-stage R&D pipeline with positive data read-outs and strategic business development
• US FDA approval for Priorix (MMR vaccine); Vocabria plus rilpivirine approval in Japan for HIV; Cervarix approval in China for cancer-causing human papillomavirus
• Positive phase III high-level results for respiratory syncytial virus vaccine candidate in older adults. Full results to be presented at an upcoming scientific meeting with regulatory submissions anticipated in H2 2022
• Proposed acquisition of Affinivax provides access to next-generation phase II 24-valent pneumococcal vaccine candidate and innovative MAPSTM technology
• Promising phase IIb interim data presented for bepirovirsen, a potential new treatment for chronic hepatitis B. Phase III monotherapy trial is anticipated to start in H1 2023
• Completed acquisition of Sierra Oncology on 1 July 2022. Data from momelotinib’s MOMENTUM phase III trial presented at 2022 ASCO Annual Meeting; results showed a statistically significant and clinically meaningful benefit on symptoms, splenic response, and anaemia. NDA submitted to the US FDA
• Phase III data readouts expected in H2 2022: pentavalent (MenABCWY) meningitis vaccine candidate, otilimab in rheumatoid arthritis, Jemperli in 1L endometrial cancer, and Blenrep in 3L multiple myeloma
Improving revenues and margin support confidence in full-year outlooks
• Expect 2022 sales growth of between 6% to 8% (previously 5% to 7%) and Adjusted operating profit growth of between 13% to 15% (previously 12% to 14%); both at CER. Adjusted EPS expected to grow by around 1% lower than operating profit. 2022 guidance excludes any contribution from COVID-19 solutions
• Dividend of 16.25p/share (13p before Share Consolidation) declared for Q2 2022. No change to expected dividend of 61.25p/share (49p before Share Consolidation) for FY 2022
Successful demerger and listing of Haleon on 18 July, creating a new global leader in consumer health
• Balance sheet strengthened for GSK, through dividend of more than £7 billion from Haleon
Emma Walmsley, Chief Executive Officer, GSK said:
“This is GSK’s first set of results as a newly focused biopharma company, and we have delivered an excellent second quarter performance, with strong growth in Specialty Medicines, including HIV, and a record quarter for our shingles vaccine Shingrix. With this momentum in sales and operating profit growth, we have raised our full-year guidance and are confident in delivering the long-term growth outlooks we set out for shareholders last year. We continue to strengthen our pipeline, notably with very positive high-level results from our late-stage RSV vaccine candidate, together with targeted business development acquisitions of Sierra Oncology and Affinivax. These improvements in R&D and operating performance, together with a strengthened post-demerger balance sheet, create new capacity and flexibility for GSK to invest in growth and innovation for patients and shareholders.”
*Earnings per share have been retrospectively adjusted to reflect the GSK Share Consolidation on 18 July 2022, see details on page 53 of the full announcement.
**Consumer Healthcare is now accounted for as a discontinued operation, see details on page 20 of the full announcement.
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