Ad hoc announcement pursuant to Art. 53 LR
- Q2 sales grew +9% (cc3, +7% USD) with core operating income growing +17% (cc, +9% USD)
- Innovative Medicines (IM) sales grew +9% (cc, +7% USD) and core operating income +20% (cc, +12% USD), with core margin reaching 39.0%, (+340 bps cc)
- Growth driven by continued strong performance from Entresto, Kesimpta, Pluvicto and Kisqali
- Sandoz sales grew +8% (cc, +5% USD) and core operating income +6% (cc, -5% USD)
- Q2 operating income grew +50% (cc, +31% USD) mainly driven by higher sales and lower restructuring charges. Net income grew +54% (cc, +37% USD) mainly due to higher operating income. Free cash flow4 was USD 3.3 billion (-6% USD)
- Q2 core EPS grew +25% (cc, +17% USD) to USD 1.83
- Strong H1 performance with sales growing +8% (cc, +5% USD) and core operating income growing +16% (cc, +9% USD)
- IM sales grew +8% (cc, +5% USD) and core operating income +19% (cc, +12% USD), with core margin reaching 38.9%, (+360 bps cc)
- Sandoz sales grew +8% (cc, +4% USD) and core operating income +5% (cc, -3% USD)
- Q2 key innovation milestones:
- Cosentyx – EU approval for moderate to severe hidradenitis suppurativa
- Entresto – EU approval for pediatric heart failure; RDP extends to November 2026
- Kisqali – demonstrated clinically meaningful data in eBC presented at ASCO (NATALEE)
- Continuing strategic rationalization of development portfolio including proposed acquisition of Chinook and divestment of front of eye assets5
- Initiating up-to USD 15 billion share buyback to be completed by year-end 2025, following completion of previously announced share buyback in June 2023
- Board of Directors endorses the separation of Sandoz, by way of a 100% spin-off2
- Full-year 2023 Group guidance raised based on strong H1 momentum6
- Group sales expected to grow high single digit (from mid)
- Group core operating income expected to grow low double digit (from high single)
Basel, July 18, 2023 - commenting on the quarter, Vas Narasimhan MD, CEO of Novartis, said: “Novartis delivers another strong quarter of sales growth and robust margin expansion, supporting an upgrade to Group guidance for 2023. The performance was broad-based across core therapeutic areas and key geographies. Our growth drivers and rich pipeline continue to provide confidence in our mid-term growth outlook, highlighted by upcoming milestones for Kisqali, Pluvicto and iptacopan. Novartis robust balance sheet and expected future growth allow us to initiate an up-to USD 15 billion share buyback while maintaining the flexibility for continued strategic bolt-on acquisitions.”
|Q2 2023||Q2 2022||% change||H1 2023||H1 2022||% change|
|USD m||USD m||USD||cc||USD m||USD m||USD||cc|
|Net sales||13 622||12 781||7||9||26 575||25 312||5||8|
|Operating income||2 920||2 228||31||50||5 776||5 080||14||28|
|Net income||2 317||1 695||37||54||4 611||3 914||18||32|
|Free cash flow4||3 275||3 498||-6||5 995||4 890||23|
|Core operating income||4 668||4 270||9||17||9 081||8 353||9||16|
|Core net income||3 811||3 431||11||19||7 425||6 682||11||19|
|Core EPS (USD)||1.83||1.56||17||25||3.54||3.02||17||25|
With our new focused strategy unveiled in 2022, Novartis is transforming into a “pure-play” Innovative Medicines business. We focus on five core therapeutic areas (cardiovascular, immunology, neuroscience, solid tumors and hematology), with multiple significant in-market and pipeline assets in each of these areas, that address high disease burden and have substantial growth potential. In addition to two established technology platforms (chemistry and biotherapeutics), three emerging platforms (gene & cell therapy, radioligand therapy, and xRNA) are being prioritized for continued investment into new R&D capabilities and manufacturing scale. Geographically, we are focused on growing in our priority geographies - the US, China, Germany and Japan.
- Accelerate growth: Renewed attention to deliver high-value medicines (NMEs) and focus on launch excellence, with a rich pipeline across our core therapeutic areas.
- Deliver returns: Continuing to embed operational excellence and deliver improved financials. Novartis remains disciplined and shareholder-focused in our approach to capital allocation, with substantial cash generation and a strong capital structure supporting continued flexibility.
- Strengthening foundations: Unleashing the power of our people, scaling data science and technology and continuing to build trust with society.
Sandoz planned spin-off
The Novartis Board of Directors has unanimously endorsed the proposed separation of Sandoz to create an independent company by way of a 100% spin-off.
As a next step, shareholders of Novartis will be invited to vote on the proposed spin-off and a related reduction of the share capital of Novartis AG at an Extraordinary General Meeting, planned to be held on Friday, 15 September 2023. The invitation to the EGM, a Shareholder Brochure and listing prospectus, which will be published by Sandoz, are planned to be distributed in August 2023.
Sandoz is planned to be listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange, with an American Depositary Receipt (ADR) program in the US.
The proposed spin-off is planned to occur early in the fourth quarter of 2023. In addition to Novartis shareholder approval, completion of the proposed Sandoz spin-off is subject to satisfaction of certain conditions, including obtaining the necessary approvals for the listing of the Sandoz shares, no order prohibiting (and no other event outside the control of Novartis preventing) the spin-off and no material adverse change.2
Entresto patent update (July)
Following a negative decision from the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware, Novartis will appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit to uphold validity of Novartis patent covering Entresto and combinations of sacubitril and valsartan. No generics have tentative or final approval in the US. Any commercial launch of a generic Entresto product prior to the final outcome of Novartis combination patent appeal, or ongoing litigations involving other patents, may be at risk of later litigation developments.
Net sales were USD 13.6 billion (+7%, +9% cc) in the second quarter driven by volume growth of 14 percentage points, price erosion of 2 percentage points and the negative impact from generic competition of 3 percentage points.
Operating income was USD 2.9 billion (31%, +50% cc), mainly driven by higher sales and lower restructuring charges.
Net income was USD 2.3 billion (+37%, +54% cc), mainly due to higher operating income. EPS was USD 1.11 (+44%, +62% cc), growing faster than net income, benefiting from lower weighted average number of shares outstanding.
Core operating income was USD 4.7 billion (+9%, +17% cc), mainly driven by higher sales. Core operating income margin was 34.3% of net sales, increasing by 0.9 percentage points (+2.5 percentage points cc).
Core net income was USD 3.8 billion (+11%, +19% cc), mainly due to higher core operating income. Core EPS was USD 1.83 (+17%, +25% cc), growing faster than core net income, benefiting from lower weighted average number of shares outstanding.
Free cash flow amounted to USD 3.3 billion (-6% USD), compared with USD 3.5 billion in the prior year quarter. This decrease was driven by the lower net cash flows from operating activities.
Innovative Medicines net sales were USD 11.2 billion (+7%, +9% cc), with volume contributing 15 percentage points to growth. Sales growth was mainly driven by continued strong performance from Entresto, Kesimpta, Pluvicto and Kisqali partly offset by generic competition mainly for Gilenya. Generic competition had a negative impact of 4 percentage points. Pricing had a negative impact of 2 percentage points. Sales in the US were USD 4.5 billion (+14%) and in the rest of the world USD 6.7 billion (+3%, +7% cc).
Sandoz net sales were USD 2.4 billion (+5%, +8% cc), with volume contributing 9 percentage points to growth. Pricing had a negative impact of 1 percentage point. Sales growth was mainly driven by Europe USD 1.3 billion (+11%, +13% cc), which benefited from strong volume growth driven by continued momentum from prior year launches, a strong cough and cold season and the biosimilars business. Global sales of Biosimilars grew to USD 531 million (+12%, +13% cc), also driven by growth ex-US.
Net sales were USD 26.6 billion (+5%, +8% cc) in the first half driven by volume growth of 15 percentage points, price erosion of 3 percentage points and the negative impact from generic competition of 4 percentage points.
Operating income was USD 5.8 billion (14%, +28% cc), mainly driven by higher sales.
Net income was USD 4.6 billion (+18%, +32% cc), mainly due to higher operating income. EPS was USD 2.20 (+24%, +39% cc), growing faster than net income, benefiting from lower weighted average number of shares outstanding.
Core operating income was USD 9.1 billion (+9%, +16% cc), mainly driven by higher sales. Core operating income margin was 34.2% of net sales, increasing by 1.2 percentage points (+2.4 percentage points cc).
Core net income was USD 7.4 billion (+11%, +19% cc), mainly due to higher core operating income. Core EPS was USD 3.54 (+17%, +25% cc), growing faster than core net income, benefiting from lower weighted average number of shares outstanding.
Free cash flow amounted to USD 6.0 billion (+23% USD), compared with USD 4.9 billion in the prior year period driven by higher net cash flows from operating activities.
Innovative Medicines net sales were USD 21.8 billion (+5%, +8% cc), with volume contributing 16 percentage points to growth. Sales growth was mainly driven by continued strong performance from Entresto, Kesimpta, Pluvicto and Kisqali partly offset by generic competition mainly for Gilenya. Generic competition had a negative impact of 5 percentage points. Pricing had a negative impact of 3 percentage points. Sales in the US were USD 8.6 billion (+12%) and in the rest of the world USD 13.2 billion (+1%, +6% cc).
Sandoz net sales were USD 4.8 billion (+4%, +8% cc), with volume contributing 12 percentage points to growth. Pricing had a negative impact of 4 percentage points. Sales growth was mainly driven by Europe USD 2.7 billion (+11%, +14% cc), which benefited from strong volume growth driven by continued momentum from prior year launches, a strong cough and cold season and the biosimilars business. Global sales of Biosimilars grew to USD 1.0 billion (+12%, +15% cc), also driven by growth ex-US.
Q2 key growth drivers
Underpinning our financial results in the quarter is a continued focus on key growth drivers including:
|Entresto||(USD 1,516 million, +37% cc) sustained robust demand-led growth, benefitting from the adoption of guideline-directed medical therapy across regions|
|Kesimpta||(USD 489 million, +105% cc) sales growth across all regions driven by increased demand and strong access|
|Pluvicto||(USD 240 million) continues to see strong demand in the US, with approval received in Q2 for expanded manufacturing capacity at Millburn, NJ|
|Kisqali||(USD 493 million, +66% cc) sales grew strongly across all regions, based on increasing recognition of consistent overall survival and quality of life benefits|
|Scemblix||(USD 106 million, +248% cc) sales grew across all regions, demonstrating the high unmet need in CML|
|Lutathera||(USD 150 million, +75% cc) sales grew mainly in the US and Japan due to increased demand and prior year low base|
|Promacta/Revolade||(USD 583 million, +11% cc) grew across all regions, driven by increased use in chronic ITP and as first-line and/or second-line treatment for severe aplastic anemia|
|Tafinlar + Mekinist||(USD 496 million, +13% cc) sales grew across all regions, driven by demand in BRAF+ adjuvant melanoma and NSCLC indications|
|Leqvio||(USD 78 million, +249%cc) launch in the US and other markets ongoing, with focus on patient on-boarding, removing access hurdles and enhancing medical education|
|Piqray/Vijoice||(USD 130 million, +54% cc) sales grew mainly in the US and Europe, benefiting from indication expansion into PIK3CA-related overgrowth spectrum (PROS)|
|Jakavi||(USD 435 million, +11% cc) sales grew in Emerging Growth Markets, Europe and Japan, driven by strong demand in both myelofibrosis and polycythemia vera|
|Ilaris||(USD 316 million, +17% cc) sales grew in in the US, Emerging Growth Markets and Japan|
|Cosentyx||(USD 1,272 million, +1% cc) sales stabilized with continued demand growth across key regions, offset by US revenue deduction. Ex-US sales grew +18% (cc)|
|Sandoz Biosimilars||(USD 531 million, +13% cc) with growth driven ex-US|
|Emerging Growth Markets*||Overall, grew +15% (cc). Growth in China (+14% cc, USD 895 million) outpaced the multi-national corporation market, with Innovative Medicines growing +16% |
*All markets except the US, Canada, Western Europe, Japan, Australia, and New Zealand
Net sales of the top 20 Innovative Medicines products in 2023
|Q2 2023||% change||H1 2023||% change|
|USD m||USD||cc||USD m||USD||cc|
|Entresto||1 516||35||37||2 915||31||35|
|Cosentyx||1 272||0||1||2 348||-4||-1|
|Tafinlar + Mekinist||496||10||13||954||12||15|
|Top 20 brands total||8 790||9||11||16 947||7||10|
nm= not meaningful
R&D update - key developments from the second quarter
|Cosentyx||EC approved Cosentyx for use in adults with active moderate to severe hidradenitis suppurativa (HS) and an inadequate response to conventional systemic HS therapy based on positive readouts from two Ph3 trials|
FDA approved the Cosentyx UnoReady pen, a 300 mg dosage strength for subcutaneous administration to treat moderate-to-severe plaque psoriasis, active psoriatic arthritis and active ankylosing spondylitis
|Entresto||EU approval for pediatric heart failure, which supports extension of regulatory data protection in Europe to November 2026|
|Iptacopan||PNH – regulatory submissions completed in the US and Europe |
C3 glomerulopathy - granted FDA Breakthrough Therapy designation
|Leqvio||In July, FDA expanded the label. Indication updated to primary hyperlipidemia including Heterozygous Familial Hypercholesterolemia, less restrictive language for use for statin therapy, broader population from ORION-11 and removal of several adverse reactions from safety section|
|Denosumab biosimilar||EMA accepted the marketing authorization applications for proposed biosimilar denosumab for regulatory review. The two applications include all indications covered by the reference medicines Prolia® and Xgeva®|
|Adakveo||CHMP recommended revocation of the conditional marketing authorization, based on the results of the confirmatory Ph3 STAND study, which were not consistent with the pivotal SUSTAIN trial. Final decision is expected in Q3 2023|
Results from ongoing trials and other highlights
|Kisqali||Ph3 NATALEE trial showed that ribociclib plus a non-steroidal aromatase inhibitor (NSAI), compared to NSAI alone, significantly lowered the risk of cancer recurrence in a broad population of patients with HR+/HER2- early breast cancer regardless of stage, menopausal or nodal status. Results were also consistent across all secondary efficacy endpoints, , with a trend for improvement in overall survival. The safety profile was favorable at 400 mg with low rates of symptomatic adverse events. Data was presented at ASCO 2023.|
Novartis plans to submit data from NATALEE to regulatory authorities (in Europe, the US, and other countries) in Q3/Q4 2023
|iptacopan||APPOINT-PNH trial in adult PNH patients naive to complement-inhibitors (including anti-C5 therapies) met its primary endpoint with an estimated 92.2% of patients (95% CI: 82.5, 100) achieving a 2 g/dL or more hemoglobin-level increase from baseline without the need for blood transfusions after the 24-week core treatment period. Secondary endpoints also showed clinically meaningful benefits. Data was presented at EBMT 2023.|
Additional iptacopan data in PNH was also presented at EHA 2023
|Kesimpta||Up to five year data from the ALITHIOS open-label extension study showed that patients treated earlier and continuously with Kesimpta had fewer disability worsening events and low brain volume change versus those who started on teriflunomide and were later switched to Kesimpta. Treatment with Kesimpta continued to be well tolerated with no new safety signals identified over the treatment period. Data was presented at AAN 2023|
|NIS793||Program in metastatic pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (mPDAC) to be discontinued based on benefit-risk assessment. |
Ongoing Ph2 study in colorectal cancer is continuing
|MBL949||GDF-15 discontinued due to lack of efficacy|
|Chinook Therapeutics||Novartis announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire Chinook Therapeutics, a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company with two high-value, late-stage assets in development for IgA nephropathy: atrasentan (an oral endothelin A receptor antagonist, in Phase 3) and zigakibart (an anti-APRIL monoclonal antibody, entering Phase 3). Closing anticipated in H2 2023 and subject to customary conditions|
|‘Front of Eye’ assets||Agreement to divest ‘front of eye’ ophthalmology assets to Bausch + Lomb. Deal includes: Xiidra (dry eye disease), SAF312 (libvatrep) in development for chronic ocular surface pain, OJL332 (TRPV1 antagonist in pre-clinical development) and rights for use of the AcuStream delivery device. Closing anticipated in H2 2023 and subject to customary conditions|
|DTx Pharma||Novartis announced that it has acquired DTx Pharma. Deal includes: DTx-1252 a potential therapy for Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease type 1A (CMT1A), two additional preclinical programs for other neuroscience indications and DTx's fatty acid ligand-conjugated oligonucleotide (FALCON) platform|
|Sandoz / Just-Evotec Biologics||Sandoz and Just-Evotec Biologics announced a partnership to develop and manufacture multiple biosimilars, supporting the expansion of the current Sandoz pipeline to 24 assets and the continued development of the early-stage pipeline|
|BeiGene and Novartis entered into a Mutual Termination and Release Agreement to terminate the Option, Collaboration and License Agreement for ociperlimab effective July 10 2023|
Capital structure and net debt
Retaining a good balance between investment in the business, a strong capital structure and attractive shareholder returns remains a priority.
During the first half of 2023, Novartis repurchased a total of 61.3 million shares for USD 5.8 billion on the SIX Swiss Exchange second trading line. These repurchases included 52.8 million shares (USD 4.9 billion) under the USD 15 billion share buyback (announced in December 2021 and completed in June 2023 with a total of 170.7 million shares repurchased over this period). In addition, 8.5 million shares (USD 0.9 billion) were repurchased to mitigate dilution related to participation plans of associates, with the remainder of repurchases for this purpose to be executed in Q3 2023. Furthermore, 1.3 million shares (for an equity value of USD 0.1 billion) were repurchased from associates. In the same period, 11.3 million shares (for an equity value of USD 0.6 billion) were delivered as a result of options exercised and share deliveries related to participation plans of associates. Consequently, the total number of shares outstanding decreased by 51.3 million versus December 31, 2022. These treasury share transactions resulted in an equity decrease of USD 5.3 billion and a net cash outflow of USD 5.7 billion.
As of June 30, 2023, net debt increased to USD 15.4 billion compared to USD 7.2 billion at December 31, 2022. The increase was mainly due to the USD 7.3 billion annual dividend payment and net cash outflow for treasury share transactions of USD 5.7 billion, partially offset by USD 6.0 billion free cash flow during the first half of 2023.
As of Q2 2023, the long-term credit rating for the company is A1 with Moody’s Investors Service and AA- with S&P Global Ratings.
2023 outlook raised due to strong H1 momentum
|Barring unforeseen events; growth vs prior year in cc||Previous Guidance|
|Innovative Medicines||Sales expected to grow high single digit|
Core OpInc expected to grow low double digit
(from high single to low double)
|Novartis ex. Sandoz|
(IM + Corporate)
|Sales expected to grow high single digit|
Core OpInc expected to grow low double digit
(from high single to low double)
|Novartis incl. Sandoz |
(IM + Sandoz +
|Sales expected to grow high single digit |
Core OpInc expected to grow low double digit
(from high single)
* Novartis Group guidance, assuming Sandoz would remain within the Group for the entire FY 2023
Barring unforeseen events; growth vs prior year in cc
|Sandoz||Sales expected to grow mid-single digit|
Core OpInc expected to decline low double digit, reflecting required stand-up investments to transition Sandoz to a separate company and continued inflationary pressures
- No US Entresto Gx at risk launch in 2023
- No Sandostatin LAR generics enter in the US in 2023
- Sandoz spin-off completed in early Q4 2023
Foreign exchange impact
If mid-July exchange rates prevail for the remainder of 2023, the foreign exchange impact for the year would be 0 to negative 1 percentage point on net sales and negative 5 percentage points on core operating income. The estimated impact of exchange rates on our results is provided monthly on our website.
|Group||Q2 2023||Q2 2022||% change|
|USD m||USD m||USD||cc|
|Net sales||13 622||12 781||7||9|
|Operating income||2 920||2 228||31||50|
|As a % of sales||21.4||17.4|
|Net income||2 317||1 695||37||54|
|Cash flows from |
|3 576||3 755||-5|
|Free cash flow2||3 275||3 498||-6|
|Core operating income||4 668||4 270||9||17|
|As a % of sales||34.3||33.4|
|Core net income||3 811||3 431||11||19|
|Core EPS (USD)||1.83||1.56||17||25|
|Innovative Medicines||Q2 2023||Q2 2022|
|USD m||USD m||USD||cc|
|Net sales||11 243||10 525||7||9|
|Operating income||2 999||2 206||36||52|
|As a % of sales||26.7||21.0|
|Core operating income||4 387||3 911||12||20|
|As a % of sales||39.0||37.2|
|Sandoz||Q2 2023||Q2 2022|
|USD m||USD m||USD||cc|
|Net sales||2 379||2 256||5||8|
|As a % of sales||8.9||15.8|
|Core operating income||429||451||-5||6|
|As a % of sales||18.0||20.0|
|Corporate||Q2 2023||Q2 2022|
|USD m||USD m||USD||Cc|
|Core operating loss||-148||-92||-61||-63|
|H1 2023||H1 2022||% change|
|USD m||USD m||USD||cc|
|Net sales||26 575||25 312||5||8|
|Operating income||5 776||5 080||14||28|
|As a % of sales||21.7||20.1|
|Net income||4 611||3 914||18||32|
|Cash flows from |
|6 533||5 404||21|
|Free cash flow2||5 995||4 890||23|
|Core operating income||9 081||8 353||9||16|
|As a % of sales||34.2||33.0|
|Core net income||7 425||6 682||11||19|
|Core EPS (USD)||3.54||3.02||17||25|
|H1 2023||H1 2022|
|USD m||USD m||USD||cc|
|Net sales||21 813||20 755||5||8|
|Operating income||5 674||4 833||17||30|
|As a % of sales||26.0||23.3|
|Core operating income||8 475||7 583||12||19|
|As a % of sales||38.9||36.5|
|Sandoz||H1 2023||H1 2022|
|USD m||USD m||USD||cc|
|Net sales||4 762||4 557||4||8|
|As a % of sales||11.2||16.5|
|Core operating income||933||964||-3||5|
|As a % of sales||19.6||21.2|
|Corporate||H1 2023||H1 2022|
|USD m||USD m||USD||cc|
|Core operating loss||-327||-194||-69||-71|
1Constant 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.
2To aid in comparability, the prior year free cash flow amounts have been revised to conform with the new free cash flow definition that was effective as of January 1, 2023.
3 Restated to reflect the transfers of the Sandoz division’s biotechnology manufacturing services to other companies’ activities and the Coartem brand to the Innovative Medicines division that was effective as of January 1, 2023 (see Note 9 of the Condensed Interim Financial Report).
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|September 15, 2023||Extraordinary General Meeting (related to Sandoz Spin-off)|
|October 24, 2023||Third quarter & Nine months 2023 results|
|November 28, 2023||R&D Day|
1 Up-to USD 15 billion share buyback to be completed by year-end 2025.
2 Sandoz spin-off - there can be no assurance regarding the ultimate timing of the proposed transaction or that the transaction will be completed. Further details of the proposed spin-off will be provided at a later date.
3 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.
4 Effective January 1, 2023, Novartis revised its deﬁnition of free cash ﬂow, to deﬁne free cash ﬂow as net cash ﬂows from operating activities less purchases of property, plant and equipment. To aid in comparability, the prior year free cash flow amounts have been revised to conform with the new free cash flow definition. See page 48 of the Condensed Interim Financial Report.
5 Closing anticipated in H2 2023 and subject to customary conditions.
6 Please see detailed guidance assumptions on page 8.
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