GSK makes change to financial reporting framework

Issued: London UK
GSK keeps its financial reporting framework under regular review to ensure that it remains current and in line with both the latest regulatory requirements and developing best practice within the Pharmaceutical industry. As a result of its latest review, GSK will be making the following change to its financial reporting from Q1 2017.

Core results will be renamed Adjusted results and will include ‘ordinary course’ legal charges

Treatment and reporting of legal charges

From Q1 2017, only Significant legal charges and expenses will be excluded in order to present Adjusted results. All other legal charges and expenses will be included in Adjusted results. Significant legal charges and expenses are those arising from the settlement of litigation or a government investigation that are not in the normal course and materially larger than more regularly occurring individual matters. They also include certain major legacy legal matters. Any new Significant legal matters excluded in order to present Adjusted results will be disclosed at the time.

Revised Adjusted results

The tables below set out revised reconciliations of Total to Adjusted results, the Adjusted profit and the segment profits for the quarters of 2016 and full year 2015 on the basis that the change described above had taken effect in those years. The impact of this change would have been to reduce the amount of legal charges excluded in arriving at the Adjusted pre-tax profit by £100 million in 2016 and £70 million in 2015.

Ongoing legal charges and expenses for the full year 2017 are expected to be at broadly similar levels to 2016 and 2015, and so this change is not expected to affect the Group’s previously announced guidance for 2017 or the Group’s outlook for the five-year period 2016-2020, provided to investors in May 2015.

Historic Adjusted results will be revised for this change to ensure comparability of future Adjusted results with prior periods. An Excel version of this data is available on

Presentation of Total and Adjusted results

GSK will continue to present Total results before Adjusted results and provide a reconciliation between the two. Charges and expenses arising from Significant legal matters will be aggregated into this reconciliation and reported in a new column, ‘Divestments, Significant legal charges and other items’.

The Remuneration Committee will consider the impact of this change on outstanding and future incentive awards for senior executives, to ensure that performance continues to be assessed on a fair basis.

Adjusted results will now exclude the following items and their tax effects:

  • amortisation and impairment of intangible assets (excluding computer software) and goodwill;
  • major restructuring costs, including those costs following material acquisitions;
  • transaction-related accounting adjustments for significant acquisitions;
  • Significant legal charges (net of insurance recoveries) and expenses on the settlement of litigation and government investigations, and
  • other items, including disposals of associates, products and businesses, and other operating income other than royalty income.
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This Announcement does not constitute statutory accounts of the Group within the meaning of sections 434(3) and 435(3) of the Companies Act 2006. The information for 2015 and 2016 has been derived from the full Group accounts published in the Annual Reports 2015 and 2016.

CER growth

In order to illustrate underlying performance, it is the Group’s practice to discuss its results in terms of constant exchange rate (CER) growth. This represents growth calculated as if the exchange rates used to determine the results of overseas companies in Sterling had remained unchanged from those used in the comparative period.

Assumptions related to 2017 guidance and 2016-2020 outlook

In outlining the expectations for 2017 and the five-year period 2016-2020, the Group has made certain assumptions about the healthcare sector, the different markets in which the Group operates and the delivery of revenues and financial benefits from its current portfolio, pipeline and restructuring programmes.

For the Group specifically, over the period to 2020 GSK expects further declines in sales of Seretide/Advair. The introduction of a generic alternative to Advair in the US has been factored into the Group’s assessment of its future performance. The Group assumes no premature loss of exclusivity for other key products over the period. The Group’s expectation of at least £6 billion of revenues per annum on a CER basis by 2020 from products launched since 2013 includes contributions from the current pipeline asset Shingrix. This target is now expected to be met up to two years earlier. The Group also expects volume demand for its products to increase, particularly in Emerging Markets.

The assumptions for the Group’s revenue and earnings expectations assume no material interruptions to supply of the Group’s products and no material mergers, acquisitions, disposals, litigation costs or share repurchases for the Company; and no change in the Group’s shareholdings in ViiV Healthcare or Consumer Healthcare. They also assume no material changes in the macro-economic and healthcare environment.

The Group’s expectations assume successful delivery of the Group’s integration and restructuring plans over the period 2016-2020. Material costs for investment in new product launches and R&D have been factored into the expectations given. The expectations are given on a constant currency basis and assume no material change to the Group’s effective tax rate.

Cautionary statement regarding forward-looking statements

The Group’s reports filed with or furnished to the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), including this document and written information released, or oral statements made, to the public in the future by or on behalf of the Group, may contain forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements give the Group’s current expectations or forecasts of future events. An investor can identify these statements by the fact that they do not relate strictly to historical or current facts. They use words such as ‘anticipate’, ‘estimate’, ‘expect’, ‘intend’, ‘will’, ‘project’, ‘plan’, ‘believe’ and other words and terms of similar meaning in connection with any discussion of future operating or financial performance. In particular, these include statements relating to future actions, prospective products or product approvals, future performance or results of current and anticipated products, sales efforts, expenses, the outcome of contingencies such as legal proceedings, and financial results. Other than in accordance with its legal or regulatory obligations (including under the UK Listing Rules and the Disclosure and Transparency Rules of the Financial Conduct Authority), the Group undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. The reader should, however, consult any additional disclosures that the Group may make in any documents that it publishes and/or files with the SEC. All readers, wherever located, should take note of these disclosures. Accordingly, no assurance can be given that any particular expectation will be met and shareholders and investors are cautioned not to place undue reliance on the forward-looking statements.

Forward-looking statements are subject to assumptions, inherent risks and uncertainties, many of which relate to factors that are beyond the Group’s control or precise estimate. The Group cautions investors that a number of important factors, including those in this document, could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied in any forward-looking statement. Such factors include, but are not limited to, those discussed under ‘Principal risks and uncertainties’ on pages 253-262 of the GSK 2016 Annual Report. Any forward-looking statements made by or on behalf of the Group speak only as of the date they are made and are based upon the knowledge of and information available to the Directors on the date of this report.

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