Novartis delivered strong Q2 performance
“Novartis delivered a strong second quarter, driven by the momentum of our key growth brands, including Cosentyx, Entresto, Zolgensma, our Oncology portfolio and the launch of Kesimpta which continues to accelerate. Our pipeline of novel medicines continues to progress with key positive readouts in diseases with high unmet need, including iptacopan in a range of immune mediated diseases, 177Lu-PSMA-617 in prostate cancer and Zolgensma in spinal muscular atrophy. We reached a notable milestone in our journey to build trust with society, tackling global health access challenges, by reaching a billion antimalarial courses delivered to patients most in need. Looking ahead, we reconfirm our full-year guidance and our commitment to drive long-term accretive growth”.To get more latest news on novartis, you can visit shine news official website.
1 Constant currencies (cc), core results and free cash flow are non-IFRS measures. An explanation of non-IFRS measures can be found on page 48 of the Condensed Interim Financial Report. Unless otherwise noted, all growth rates in this Release refer to same period in prior year. 2 Growth excluding prior year COVID-19 related forward purchasing de-stocking is a non-IFRS measure, an explanation for this measure can be found on page 61 of the Condensed Interim Financial Report. ³ Please see detailed guidance assumptions on page 7 including the forecast assumption that we see a continuation of the return to normal global healthcare systems including prescription dynamics, particularly oncology, in H2 2021. In addition, we assume that no Gilenya and no Sandostatin LAR generics enter in 2021 in the US.
The COVID-19 situation continues to evolve and is taking differing courses across the multitude of geographies in which Novartis operates. While demand is starting to return to pre-COVID-19 levels in most geographies and therapeutic areas, we still see a slight impact on parts of our business for example in oncology, generics and certain geographies. We are assuming further easing of COVID-19 restrictions in the second half of the year with a positive impact on business dynamics.
The Group has not experienced liquidity or cash flow disruptions during Q2 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We are confident that Novartis is well positioned to meet its ongoing financial obligations and has sufficient liquidity to support its normal business activities.
Net sales were USD 13.0 billion (+14%, +9% cc) in the second quarter. Volume contributed 13 percentage points to sales growth, driven by Entresto, Cosentyx, Zolgensma and Lucentis. Volume growth was partly offset by price erosion of 2 percentage points and negative impact from generic competition of 2 percentage points. Excluding prior year COVID-19 related forward purchasing de-stocking, we estimate second quarter net sales grew +5% (cc, +10% USD).
Operating income was USD 3.5 billion (+48%, +41% cc) mainly driven by higher sales as well as divestment gains, partly offset by higher spend. Lower impairments were offset by lower financial assets gains, higher restructuring and higher amortization.
Net income was USD 2.9 billion (+55%, +49% cc) benefiting from higher Roche income and lower financial expenses. EPS was USD 1.29 (+57%, +52% cc), growing faster than net income benefiting from lower weighted average number of shares outstanding.
Core operating income was USD 4.3 billion (+18%, +13% cc) mainly driven by higher sales and favorable gross margin, partly offset by higher spend. Core operating income margin was 33.5% of net sales, increasing by 1.2 percentage points (+1.2 percentage points cc). Excluding prior year COVID-19 related forward purchasing de-stocking, we estimate core operating income increased +4% (cc, +10% USD).
Core net income was USD 3.7 billion (+20%, +14% cc) mainly driven by growth in core operating income. Core EPS was USD 1.66 (+22%, +16% cc), growing faster than core net income benefiting from lower weighted average number of shares outstanding.