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Wednesday 29 April, 2020

AstraZeneca PLC

AZN: first-quarter 2020 results

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AstraZeneca PLC
29 April 2020
 

AstraZeneca PLC

29 April 2020 07:00 BST

 

First-quarter 2020 results

Robust results in unprecedented times; leveraging scientific expertise in the fight against COVID-19

 

AstraZeneca delivered a quarter of strong revenue and profit growth, reflecting the immense efforts of supply-chain, commercial and other colleagues around the world to get vital medicines to patients. As part of the fight, the Company has rapidly responded to the pandemic, firstly in China and then globally.

 

Pascal Soriot, Chief Executive Officer, commented:

"Our focus ensured another quarter of strong growth across every therapy area and region. The new medicines performed extremely well, and our pipeline continued to deliver. Standouts included landmark news for Tagrisso, Farxiga and Koselugo, our latest oncology medicine. The progress made on all fronts provides confidence that we will, once again, meet our full-year commitments.

 

I could not be prouder of how the AstraZeneca team has responded to the challenges of COVID-19. We moved quickly to maintain continuity of care, contribute to society, and use our scientific expertise to fight the pandemic. We hope our efforts to protect organs from damage, mitigate the cytokine storm and the associated hyperinflammatory state, and target the virus prove to be successful."

 

COVID-19

The Company donated nine million face masks to support healthcare workers around the world, delivered in collaboration with the World Economic Forum's COVID Action Platform. AstraZeneca also contributed to the UK Government's testing effort with a dedicated site in Cambridge operated in collaboration with the University of Cambridge and GlaxoSmithKline plc (GSK), with a goal to deliver 30,000 tests a day in May 2020.

 

The Company has mobilised research efforts to find new ways to help target the virus, reduce the cytokine storm, arising from an overactive immune response, and potentially protect organs. As part of the effort to target the virus, the Company is identifying novel SARS-CoV-2-neutralising monoclonal antibodies that can be used for treatment, as well as a prophylaxis against viral infection.

 

AstraZeneca is evaluating the use of Calquence, approved in a number of countries for the treatment of chronic lymphocytic leukaemia, in the Phase II CALAVI trial, which is assessing the suppression of the cytokine storm that inflames the lungs and other organs of some COVID-19 patients. The Company is also looking at protecting organs in the Phase III DARE-19 trial, assessing whether Farxiga, an oral medicine that has demonstrated benefits in heart failure and kidney disease, can potentially reduce organ failure. The Company has also joined the UK Government's ACCORD-2 proof-of-concept clinical-trial platform, to speed the development of medicines for patients with COVID-19.

 

Q1 2020 financial performance

 

Table 1: Financial summary

 

 

Q1 2020

$m

% change

Actual

CER1

Total Revenue

6,354

16

17

Product Sales

6,311

15

17

Collaboration Revenue

43

69

70

 

 

 

 

Reported2 EPS3

$0.59

27

33

Core4 EPS

$1.05

17

21

 

Of the growth at CER in Total Revenue, AstraZeneca estimates a low-to-mid single-digit percentage benefit of short-term inventory increases in the distribution channel, longer prescriptions and improved treatment-regimen adherence by patients, as indirect effects of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. This benefit is anticipated to reverse in the coming months.

 

The new medicines5 continued to perform especially well and there was excellent progress from the pipeline, with several regulatory approvals and particularly significant news regarding the potential use of Tagrisso in the adjuvant treatment of EGFRm6 lung cancer, as well as Farxiga in chronic kidney disease.

 

Total Revenue growth of 16% (17% at CER) to $6,354m; this included Product Sales of $6,311m (+15%, +17% at CER). Total Revenue increased in the quarter across all three therapy areas7 and in every region. Highlights included:

 

-  The performance of the new medicines, improving by 47% (49% at CER) to $2,986m, included new-medicine growth in Emerging Markets of 82% (87% at CER) to $658m. These medicines represented 47% of Total Revenue (Q1 2019: 37%)

 

-  Total Revenue growth across all therapy areas: Oncology +33% (+34% at CER) to $2,518m, New CVRM8 +7% (+8% at CER) to $1,102m and Respiratory & Immunology +21% (+22% at CER) to $1,555m

 

-  Total Revenue growth in every region: an increase in Emerging Markets of 13% (16% at CER) to $2,273m, with China Total Revenue growth of 14% (17% at CER) to $1,416m. Total Revenue in the US increased by 16% in the quarter to $2,091m and in Europe by 22% (25% at CER) to $1,204m; Japan Total Revenue increased by 10% (8% at CER) to $553m

 

Broad Company response to COVID-19

AstraZeneca's priority during the COVID-19 global pandemic is to continue to safely supply all of the Company's medicines to millions of patients. A description of the specific impact on and the actions by the Company regarding the pandemic is shown below; for the latest AstraZeneca communications regarding COVID-19, please click here.

 

a)  Colleagues

Office-based colleagues are typically working from home; in a growing number of countries that are potentially past the pandemic's peak, however, colleagues have returned to the office, in line with government guidelines. For supply-chain and research and development (R&D) roles that cannot be performed from home, AstraZeneca has put clear processes in place relating to social distancing. In April 2020, the Company implemented voluntary assessments of critical supply-chain and manufacturing colleagues at three sites, using the Company's own laboratories, to rapidly identify and isolate COVID-19 cases.

 

b)  Supply chain

The Company did not see any material disruptions to its supply chain in the period. AstraZeneca's manufacturing sites in China returned to full capacity within weeks of the declared outbreak, with little intervening impact on supply. The Company's supply chain includes an effective inventory management policy for each medicine, as well as robust business continuity plans (BCPs). These plans seek to ensure that there are appropriate inventory levels of active pharmaceutical ingredients and critical materials to ensure manufacturing and supply continuity. AstraZeneca's approach to BCP utilises various strategic measures, for example, inventory, dual-supply processes, and operational agility.

 

Some medicines experienced particular growth in global demand in the quarter, partly reflecting short-term inventory increases in the distribution channel, as well as prescription-lengthening and improved treatment-regimen adherence by patients. This growth in the quarter was within the Company's fulfilment capability; AstraZeneca is, however, closely monitoring fulfilment risks, particularly within Respiratory & Immunology.

 

c)  Sales and marketing

Interactions with healthcare professionals and organisations have been significantly impacted and virtual meetings today, especially in the US, Europe and Japan, remain predominant. As part of the early response to the pandemic, AstraZeneca quickly expanded its levels of digital activities, including:

 

-  remote detailing to healthcare professionals

 

-  collaborating with telemedicine providers and e-pharmacies

 

-  investing in new platforms designed for communication with healthcare professionals

 

In a growing number of countries that are potentially past the pandemic's peak, face-to-face meetings with healthcare professionals have been increasingly reinitiated.

 

d)  Clinical trials

AstraZeneca has focused on ensuring the continued safety of patients in all of its ongoing clinical trials, while activating continuity plans in order to minimise trial disruption from the pandemic. Mitigation strategies included home-based treatment and monitoring options, moving patient recruitment to less-affected regions, and planning for accelerated recruitment once the pandemic has receded. Having assessed the COVID-19 impact across the pipeline, the Company does not expect material delays to anticipated dates of late-stage and lifecycle-management news flow in 2020 and 2021.

 

Impact on operations, performance and the Condensed Consolidated Interim Financial Statements

The impact of COVID-19 on the Company's operations is highly uncertain and cannot be predicted with confidence and the extent of any adverse impact on AstraZeneca's operations will depend on the global duration, extent and severity of the pandemic. To the extent the pandemic adversely affects AstraZeneca operations and/or performance, the Company expects it to have the effect of heightening many of the risks described beginning on page 246 in the Risk section of the Annual Report and Form 20-F Information 2019, such as those relating to the delivery of the pipeline or launch of new medicines, the execution of the Company's commercial strategy, the manufacturing and supply of medicines and reliance on third-party goods and services.

 

In the current environment, the Directors have considered the impact of a range of possible future COVID-19 related scenarios and believe the Group retains sufficient liquidity to continue to operate. As detailed in Note 1 of the Notes to the Interim Financial Statements, the going-concern basis has been adopted in these Condensed Consolidated Interim Financial Statements (Interim Financial Statements). For an impact assessment on the Interim Financial Statements, also see Note 1.

 

Guidance

The Company provides guidance for FY 2020 at CER on:

 

-  Total Revenue, comprising Product Sales and Collaboration Revenue

 

-  Core EPS

 

Guidance on Total Revenue and Core EPS reflects the changing nature and growing strategic impact of Collaboration Revenue which, over time, will primarily comprise potential income from existing collaborations as follows:

 

-  A share of gross profits derived from sales of Enhertu in several markets, where those sales are recorded by Daiichi Sankyo Company, Limited (Daiichi Sankyo)

-  A share of gross profits derived from sales of roxadustat in China, recorded by FibroGen Inc. (FibroGen)9

-  Milestone revenue from the MSD10 collaboration on Lynparza

-  Smaller amounts of milestone and royalty revenue from other marketed and pipeline medicines

 

The guidance below is subject to the assumption that the global impact of the COVID-19 pandemic lasts for several more months and is based on recent trends in the business. The Company will monitor closely the development of the pandemic and anticipates providing an update at the H1 2020 results. Variations in performance between quarters can be expected to continue.

 

 

Financial guidance for FY 2020 is unchanged. Total Revenue is expected to increase by a high single-digit to a low double-digit percentage and Core EPS is expected to increase by a mid- to high-teens percentage. AstraZeneca recognises the heightened risks and uncertainties from the impact of COVID-19 referred to above.

 

 

The Company is unable to provide guidance and indications on a Reported basis because the Company cannot reliably forecast material elements of the Reported result, including any fair-value adjustments arising on acquisition-related liabilities, intangible asset impairment charges and legal-settlement provisions. Please refer to the section cautionary statements regarding forward-looking statements at the end of this announcement.

 

Indications

The Company provides indications for FY 2020 at CER:

 

-  The Company is focused on improving operating leverage

 

-  A Core Tax Rate of 18-22%. Variations in the Core Tax Rate between quarters are anticipated to continue

 

-  Capital Expenditure is expected to be broadly stable versus the prior year

 

Currency impact

If foreign-exchange rates for April to December 2020 were to remain at the average of rates seen in the quarter, it is anticipated that there would be a low single-digit adverse impact on Total Revenue and Core EPS. In addition, the Company's foreign-exchange rate sensitivity analysis is contained within the operating and financial review.

 

Financial summary

-  Total Revenue, comprising Product Sales and Collaboration Revenue, increased by 16% in the quarter (17% at CER) to $6,354m. Product Sales increased by 15% (17% at CER) to $6,311m, primarily driven by the performance of the new medicines, as well as Symbicort's double-digit growth at CER in every region

 

-  The Reported and Core Gross Profit Margin11 declined by two percentage points in the quarter to 77% and 78% respectively. The falls reflected the impact of one-off adjustments related to Group inventory, the growth in profit share from the collaboration with MSD in respect of Lynparza and an element of foreign-exchange impact

 

-  Reported Total Operating Expense increased by 9% in the quarter (10% at CER) to $4,194m and represented 66% of Total Revenue (Q1 2019: 70%); part of the rise, also reflected in Core R&D Expense, was driven by the investment related to Enhertu. Core Total Operating Expense increased by 7% (8% at CER) to $3,600m and represented 57% of Total Revenue (Q1 2019: 61%); the increase was also driven by SG&A Expense related to investment in Oncology-medicine launches and AstraZeneca's further expansion in China. In addition, Reported SG&A Expense was adversely impacted by intangible asset impairments, including a $102m charge relating to Bydureon

 

-  The Reported Operating Profit Margin declined in the quarter by one percentage point (stable at CER) to 19%; the Core Operating Profit Margin also declined by one percentage point (stable at CER) to 29%

 

-  Reported EPS of $0.59 in the quarter, represented an increase of 27% (33% at CER); this was despite an increase in the weighted-average number of shares to 1,312m (Q1 2019: 1,267m). Core EPS increased by 17% (21% at CER) to $1.05

 

Commercial summary

 

Oncology

Total Revenue increased by 33% in the quarter (34% at CER) to $2,518m.

 

Table 2: Select Oncology medicine performances

 

 

Q1 2020

$m

% change

Actual

CER

Tagrisso : Product Sales

982

56

58

Imfinzi : Product Sales

462

57

57

Lynparza : Product Sales

397

67

69

Calquence : Product Sales

88

n/m12

n/m

Enhertu : Collaboration Revenue

14

n/m

n/m

 

Oncology Total Revenue increased in Emerging Markets by 45% (49% at CER) to $711m.

 

New CVRM

Total Revenue increased by 7% in the quarter (8% at CER) to $1,102m.

 

Table 3: Select New CVRM medicine performances

 

 

Q1 2020

$m

% change

Actual

CER

Farxiga : Total Revenue

407

16

19

Brilinta : Product Sales

408

17

19

Bydureon : Product Sales

100

(30)

(29)

Lokelma : Product Sales

11

n/m

n/m

Roxadustat: Collaboration Revenue

3

n/m

n/m

 

New CVRM Total Revenue increased in Emerging Markets by 39% in the quarter (43% at CER) to $332m.

 

Respiratory & Immunology

Total Revenue increased by 21% in the quarter (22% at CER) to $1,555m.

 

Table 4: Select Respiratory & Immunology medicine performances

 

 

Q1 2020

$m

% change

Actual

CER

Symbicort : Product Sales

790

35

36

Pulmicort : Product Sales

380

(1)

-

Fasenra : Product Sales

199

54

55

 

Respiratory & Immunology Total Revenue increased in Emerging Markets by 4% (6% at CER) to $540m.

 

Following the launch of an authorised-generic version of Symbicort in the US in collaboration with Prasco, LLC (Prasco), US sales of Symbicort grew by 76% in the quarter to $310m. The performance partly reflected an element of inventory build by Prasco.

 

Emerging Markets

As the Company's largest region, at 36% of Total Revenue, Emerging Markets' Total Revenue increased by 13% in the quarter (16% at CER) to $2,273m, including:

 

-  A China Total Revenue increase of 14% (17% at CER) to $1,416m

 

-  An ex-China Total Revenue increase of 12% (15% at CER) to $857m

 

Sustainability summary

Recent developments and progress against the Company's sustainability priorities are reported below:

 

-  Access to healthcare: during the period, AstraZeneca announced a donation of nine million face masks to support healthcare workers around the world as they respond to the COVID-19 global pandemic; more than eight million masks have already been delivered. In addition, AstraZeneca, GSK and the University of Cambridge announced a collaboration to support the UK Government's five-pillar plan to boost testing

 

-  Environmental protection: to coincide with Earth Day on 22 April 2020, the Company announced a new one-year collaboration focusing on water stewardship with World Wide Fund for Nature Sweden, to identify opportunities to improve the Company's approach and strategy towards water stewardship. AstraZeneca's longer-term ambition is to implement Science-Based Targets for Water, once a global methodology is available, to lead the way on water stewardship for the pharmaceutical industry; including the development of industry-specific tools to assess water risk in the context of Pharmaceuticals in the Environment

 

-  Ethics and transparency: since committing to providing greater transparency around payments to healthcare professionals and healthcare organisations at the 2018 Annual General Meeting, the Company has further progressed this work during the period across Canada, the Philippines and New Zealand, while continuing to monitor the regulatory landscape in Argentina, Chile, India and Morocco

 

A more extensive sustainability update is provided later in this announcement.

 

Notes

The following notes refer to pages one to six.

 

1.  Constant exchange rates. These are financial measures that are not accounted for according to generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) because they remove the effects of currency movements from Reported results.

2.  Reported financial measures are the financial results presented in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS), as issued by the International Accounting Standards Board and adopted by the EU. The UK is yet to announce its IFRS endorsement authority and is anticipated to continue to follow the EU endorsement process for the foreseeable future.

3.  Earnings per share.

4.  Core financial measures. These are non-GAAP financial measures because, unlike Reported performance, they cannot be derived directly from the information in the Group's Interim Financial Statements. See the operating and financial review for a definition of Core financial measures and a reconciliation of Core to Reported financial measures.

5.  Tagrisso, Imfinzi, Lynparza, Calquence, Enhertu, Farxiga, Brilinta, Lokelma, roxadustat, Fasenra, Bevespi and Breztri. The new medicines are pillars in the three therapy areas and are important platforms for future growth. The Total Revenue of Enhertu and roxadustat in the quarter entirely reflected Ongoing Collaboration Revenue.

6.  Epidermal growth factor receptor mutation.

7.  Defined here as Oncology, New CVRM and Respiratory & Immunology.

8.  New Cardiovascular (CV), Renal & Metabolism comprises Brilinta and Renal & Diabetes medicines.

9.  FibroGen and AstraZeneca are collaborating on the development and commercialisation of roxadustat in the US, China, and other global markets. FibroGen and Astellas Pharma Inc. (Astellas) are collaborating on the development and commercialisation of roxadustat in territories including Japan, Europe, the Commonwealth of Independent States, the Middle East and South Africa.

10.  Merck & Co., Inc., Kenilworth, NJ, US, known as MSD outside the US and Canada.

11.  Gross Profit is defined as Total Revenue minus Cost of Sales. The calculation of Reported and Core Gross Margin excludes the impact of Collaboration Revenue and any associated costs, thereby reflecting the underlying performance of Product Sales.

12.  Not meaningful.

 

Table 5: Pipeline highlights

 

The following table highlights significant developments in the late-stage pipeline since the prior results announcement:

 

Regulatory approvals

Imfinzi - ES[11]-SCLC[12] (US)

Enhertu - breast cancer (3rd line[13], HER2+[14]) (JP)

Koselugo (selumetinib) - NF1[15] (US)

Lokelma - hyperkalaemia (JP)

Regulatory submission acceptances and/or submissions

Lynparza - prostate cancer (2nd line): regulatory submission (JP)

Koselugo - NF1: regulatory submission acceptance (EU)

Major Phase III data readouts or other significant developments

Tagrisso - adjuvant NSCLC[16] (EGFRm): unblinded for overwhelming efficacy

Imfinzi - ES-SCLC: OS[17] confirmed

Imfinzi + treme - ES-SCLC: primary endpoint not met

Imfinzi +/- treme - bladder cancer (1st line[18]): primary endpoints not met

Lynparza - prostate cancer: secondary OS endpoint met

Lynparza - pancreatic cancer: orphan designation (JP)

-  cediranib - ovarian cancer (2nd line[19]): primary endpoint not met

Farxiga - CKD[20]: primary endpoint met early

 

Table 6: Pipeline - anticipated major news flow

Innovation is critical to addressing unmet patient needs and is at the heart of the Company's growth strategy. The focus on research and development is designed to yield strong and sustainable results from the pipeline.

 

Timing

News flow

Q2 2020

 

Imfinzi - ES-SCLC: regulatory submission (CN)

Lynparza - ovarian cancer (1st line) (PAOLA-1): regulatory decision (US)

Lynparza - breast cancer (BRCAm[21]): regulatory decision (CN)

Lynparza - prostate cancer (2nd line): regulatory decision (US)

Enhertu - gastric cancer (3rd line, HER2+): regulatory submission

 

Forxiga - T2D[22] CVOT[23]: regulatory decision (CN)

Farxiga - HF[24] CVOT: regulatory decision (US)

 

Symbicort - mild asthma: regulatory submission (EU)

Bevespi - COPD[25]: regulatory decision (CN)

H2 2020

 

Tagrisso - adjuvant NSCLC (EGFRm): regulatory submission

Imfinzi - unresectable[26], Stage III NSCLC (PACIFIC-2): data readout

Imfinzi - ES-SCLC: regulatory decision (EU, JP)

Imfinzi +/- treme - liver cancer (1st line): data readout

Lynparza - ovarian cancer (1st line) (PAOLA-1): regulatory decision (EU)

Lynparza - ovarian cancer (3rd line, BRCAm): regulatory submission (US)

Lynparza - pancreatic cancer (1st line, BRCAm): regulatory decision (EU)

Lynparza - prostate cancer (2nd line): regulatory decision (EU)

Enhertu - breast cancer (3rd line, HER2+): regulatory submission (EU)

Calquence - CLL[27]: regulatory decision (EU)

 

Forxiga - HF CVOT: regulatory decision (EU, JP, CN)

Farxiga - CKD: regulatory submission

Brilinta/Brilique - CAD[28]/T2D CVOT: regulatory decision (US, EU)

-  roxadustat - anaemia in CKD: regulatory decision (US)

 

Symbicort - mild asthma: regulatory decision (CN)

Fasenra - nasal polyposis[29]: data readout

-  PT010 - COPD: regulatory decision (US, EU)

-  PT027 - asthma: data readout

-  tezepelumab - severe asthma: data readout

-  anifrolumab - lupus (SLE[30]): regulatory submission

2021

Imfinzi - unresectable, Stage III NSCLC (PACIFIC-2): regulatory submission

Imfinzi - adjuvant NSCLC: data readout, regulatory submission

Imfinzi - liver cancer (locoregional): data readout, regulatory submission

Imfinzi +/- treme - NSCLC (1st line) (POSEIDON): data readout (OS), regulatory submission

Imfinzi +/- treme - liver cancer (1st line): regulatory submission

Imfinzi +/- treme - head & neck cancer (1st line): data readout, regulatory submission

Lynparza - adjuvant breast cancer: data readout, regulatory submission

Lynparza - prostate cancer (2nd line): regulatory decision (JP)

Lynparza - prostate cancer (1st line, castration-resistant): data readout, regulatory submission

Enhertu - breast cancer (2nd line, HER2+): data readout, regulatory submission

Enhertu - breast cancer (3rd line, HER2+) (Phase III): data readout

Enhertu - breast cancer (HER2-low[31]): data readout

Calquence - CLL: regulatory decision (JP)

Koselugo - NF1: regulatory decision (EU)

 

-  roxadustat - anaemia in myelodysplastic syndrome[32]: data readout

 

Fasenra - nasal polyposis: regulatory submission

-  PT027 - asthma: regulatory submission

-  tezepelumab - severe asthma: regulatory submission

 

Conference call

A conference call and webcast for investors and analysts will begin at 11:45am UK time today. Details can be accessed via astrazeneca.com.

 

Report calendar

The Company intends to publish its first-half and second-quarter financial results on 30 July 2020.

 

AstraZeneca

AstraZeneca (LSE/STO/NYSE: AZN) is a global, science-led biopharmaceutical company that focuses on the discovery, development and commercialisation of prescription medicines, primarily for the treatment of diseases in three therapy areas - Oncology, CVRM and Respiratory & Immunology. Based in Cambridge, UK, AstraZeneca operates in over 100 countries and its innovative medicines are used by millions of patients worldwide. For more information, please visit astrazeneca.com and follow the Company on Twitter @AstraZeneca.

 

Contacts

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Operating and financial review

 

All narrative on growth and results in this section is based on actual exchange rates, and financial figures are in US$ millions ($m), unless stated otherwise. The performance shown in this announcement covers the three-month period to 31 March 2020 (the quarter or Q1 2020) compared to the three-month period to 31 March 2019 (Q1 2019) respectively, unless stated otherwise.

 

Core financial measures, EBITDA, Net Debt, Initial Collaboration Revenue and Ongoing Collaboration Revenue are non-GAAP financial measures because they cannot be derived directly from the Group's Interim Financial Statements. Management believes that these non-GAAP financial measures, when provided in combination with Reported results, will provide investors and analysts with helpful supplementary information to understand better the financial performance and position of the Group on a comparable basis from period to period. These non-GAAP financial measures are not a substitute for, or superior to, financial measures prepared in accordance with GAAP. Core financial measures are adjusted to exclude certain significant items, such as:

 

-  Amortisation and impairment of intangible assets, including impairment reversals but excluding any charges relating to IT assets

 

-  Charges and provisions related to restructuring programmes, which includes charges that relate to the impact of restructuring programmes on capitalised IT assets

 

-  Other specified items, principally comprising acquisition-related costs, which include fair-value adjustments and the imputed finance charge relating to contingent consideration on business combinations and legal settlements

 

Details on the nature of Core financial measures are provided on page 80 of the Annual Report and Form 20-F Information 2019. Reference should be made to the Reconciliation of Reported to Core financial measures table included in the financial performance section of this announcement.

 

EBITDA is defined as Reported Profit Before Tax after adding back Net Finance Expense, results from Joint Ventures and Associates and charges for Depreciation, Amortisation and Impairment. Reference should be made to the Reconciliation of Reported Profit Before Tax to EBITDA included in the financial performance section of this announcement.

 

Net Debt is defined as interest-bearing loans and borrowings and lease liabilities, net of cash and cash equivalents, other investments, and net derivative financial instruments. Reference should be made to Note 3 'Net Debt' included in the Notes to the Interim Financial Statements in this announcement.

 

Ongoing Collaboration Revenue is defined as Collaboration Revenue excluding Initial Collaboration Revenue (which is defined as Collaboration Revenue that is recognised at the date of completion of an agreement or transaction, in respect of upfront consideration). Ongoing Collaboration Revenue comprises, among other items, royalties, milestone revenue and profit-sharing income. Reference should be made to the Collaboration Revenue table in this operating and financial review.

 

The Company strongly encourages investors and analysts not to rely on any single financial measure, but to review AstraZeneca's financial statements, including the Notes thereto and other available Company reports, carefully and in their entirety.

 

Due to rounding, the sum of a number of dollar values and percentages may not agree to totals.

 

Table 7: Total Revenue by therapy area

 

 

Q1 2020

$m

 

% change

% of total

Actual

CER

Oncology

2,518

40

33

34

BioPharmaceuticals

2,657

42

15

16

New CVRM

1,102

17

7

8

Respiratory & Immunology

1,555

24

21

22

Other medicines

1,179

19

(8)

(6)

 

 

 

 

 

Total

6,354

100

16

17

 

Specialty-care medicines comprise all Oncology medicines, Brilinta, Lokelma, roxadustat and Fasenra. At 49% of Total Revenue (Q1 2019: 43%), specialty-care medicine Total Revenue increased by 32% in the quarter (34% at CER) to $3,139m.

 

Table 8: Top-ten medicines by Total Revenue

 

Medicine

Therapy Area

Q1 2020

$m

% of total

% change

Actual

CER

Tagrisso

Oncology

982

15

56

58

Symbicort

Respiratory

790

12

35

36

Imfinzi

Oncology

462

7

57

57

Brilinta

CVRM

408

6

17

19

Farxiga

CVRM

407

6

16

19

Lynparza

Oncology

397

6

67

69

Pulmicort

Respiratory

380

6

(1)

-

Nexium

Other medicines

348

5

(6)

(5)

Crestor

CVRM

302

5

(10)

(8)

Zoladex

Oncology

228

4

16

19

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total

 

4,704

74

26

28

 

Table 9: Collaboration Revenue

 

 

Q1 2020

$m

% of total

% change

Actual

CER

Enhertu : profit share

14

33

n/m

n/m

Roxadustat: profit share

3

7

n/m

n/m

Other Ongoing Collaboration Revenue

26

60

4

5

 

 

 

 

 

Total

43

100

69

70

 

Other Ongoing Collaboration Revenue included Zoladex, Farxiga, Nexium OTC and other royalties. No Initial Collaboration Revenue was recorded in the quarter.

 

 

Total Revenue

 

The performance of the Company's medicines is shown below, with a geographical split of Product Sales shown in Note 7.

 

Table 10: Therapy area and medicine performance

 

Therapy area

Medicine

Q1 2020

$m

% of total

% change

Actual

CER

Product Sales: Oncology

Tagrisso

982

16

56

58

Imfinzi

462

7

57

57

Lynparza

397

6

67

69

Calquence

88

1

n/m

n/m

Zoladex

225

4

16

19

Faslodex

166

3

(35)

(34)

Iressa

77

1

(42)

(41)

Arimidex

50

1

(1)

1

Casodex

42

1

(12)

(10)

Others

13

-

(37)

(36)

Total Oncology

2,502

40

32

34

Product Sales: BioPharmaceuticals - CVRM

Farxiga

405

6

16

19

Brilinta

408

6

17

19

Bydureon

100

2

(30)

(29)

Onglyza

141

2

(8)

(6)

Byetta

20

-

(32)

(31)

Other diabetes

13

-

16

18

Lokelma

11

-

n/m

n/m

Crestor

301

5

(10)

(9)

Seloken /Toprol-XL

177

3

(21)

(18)

Atacand

66

1

33

36

Others

59

1

(18)

(17)

BioPharmaceuticals: total CVRM

1,701

27

(1)

1

Product Sales: BioPharmaceuticals - Respiratory & Immunology

Symbicort

790

13

35

36

Pulmicort

380

6

(1)

-

Fasenra

199

3

54

55

Daliresp /Daxas

53

1

11

12

Bevespi

12

-

22

22

Breztri

4

-

n/m

n/m

Others

113

2

(11)

(10)

BioPharmaceuticals: total Respiratory & Immunology

1,551

25

21

22

Product Sales: other medicines

Nexium

338

5

(7)

(6)

Synagis

85

1

61

61

Losec /Prilosec

54

1

(30)

(28)

Seroquel XR /IR

36

1

(4)

(3)

Others

44

1

(8)

(7)

Total other medicines

557

9

(4)

(3)

 

Total Product Sales

6,311

100

15

17

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total Collaboration Revenue

43

 

69

70

 

 

 

 

 

Total Revenue

6,354

 

16

17

 

 

Total Revenue summary

 

Oncology

Total Revenue of $2,518m in the quarter; an increase of 33% (34% at CER). No Lynparza Collaboration Revenue was recorded in this quarter. The performance of Enhertu was reflected in Collaboration Revenue; no Product Sales of Enhertu were recorded in the quarter.

 

Oncology Total Revenue represented 40% of overall Total Revenue (Q1 2019: 35%).

 

Tagrisso

Tagrisso has received regulatory approval in 81 countries, including the US, China, in the EU and Japan for the 1st-line treatment of patients with EGFRm NSCLC. To date, reimbursement has been granted in 20 countries, with further reimbursement decisions anticipated throughout 2020, as well as additional regulatory decisions in many countries. This followed Tagrisso's approval and launch in 88 countries, including the US, China, in the EU and Japan for the treatment of patients with EGFR T790M[33]-mutated NSCLC.

 

Total Revenue, entirely comprising Product Sales, amounted to $982m in the quarter and represented growth of 56% (58% at CER). This was partly driven by the aforementioned regulatory approvals and reimbursements in the 1st-line setting. Continued growth was also delivered in the 2nd-line setting, for example, within Europe and Emerging Markets. Sequentially, Total Revenue increased by $98m from Q4 2019 to Q1 2020, including sequential growth in the US. Total Revenue in the US increased by 43% year-on-year in the quarter to $371m. Demand growth continued, with Tagrisso established as the standard of care (SoC) in the 1st-line setting, following regulatory approval in 2018.

 

In Emerging Markets, Tagrisso Total Revenue increased by 103% in the quarter (109% at CER) to $280m, with notable growth in China, following the admission in 2019 to the China National Drug Reimbursement List (NRDL) in the 2nd-line setting. Tagrisso Total Revenue in Japan increased by 25% (23% at CER) to $153m. In Europe, Total Revenue of $162m in the quarter represented an increase of 62% (66% at CER), driven by its emerging use in the 1st-line setting, as more reimbursements were granted, as well as continued strong levels of demand in the 2nd-line setting.

 

Imfinzi

Imfinzi has received regulatory approval in 62 countries, including the US, China, in the EU and Japan for the treatment of patients with unresectable, Stage III NSCLC whose disease has not progressed following platinum-based chemoradiation therapy (CRT). The number of reimbursement agreements increased to 27 in the quarter. During the period, Imfinzi was also approved for the treatment of ES-SCLC patients in the US and Singapore. It is also approved for the 2nd-line treatment of patients with locally advanced or metastatic urothelial carcinoma (bladder cancer) in 16 countries, including in the US.

 

Total Revenue, entirely comprising Product Sales, amounted to $462m in the quarter and represented growth of 57%, almost exclusively for the treatment of unresectable, Stage III NSCLC. Total Revenue in the US increased by 24% to $286m. In Japan, growth of 66% (64% at CER) represented sales of $56m. Sales in Europe of $75m followed recent regulatory approvals and launches. Imfinzi was also launched in the quarter in China for the treatment of unresectable, Stage III NSCLC.

 

Lynparza

Lynparza has received regulatory approval in 73 countries for the treatment of ovarian cancer. Launches for the treatment of metastatic breast cancer took place in the US and Japan in 2018 in the EU in April 2019. Lynparza has now been approved in 64 countries for the treatment of metastatic breast cancer and, in four countries, including the US, for the treatment of pancreatic cancer.

 

Total Revenue amounted to $397m in the quarter and represented growth of 67% (69% at CER); no Lynparza Collaboration Revenue was recorded in the period. The strong performance was geographically spread, with launches continuing in Emerging Markets and the Established Rest of World region (RoW).

 

US sales amounted to $197m and increased by 66%, driven by the launch in the 1st-line BRCAm ovarian cancer setting at the end of 2018. Lynparza continued to be the leading medicine in the poly ADP ribose polymerase-inhibitor class, as measured by total prescription volumes in both ovarian and breast cancer. Sales in Europe increased by 57% (61% at CER) to $102m, driven by increasing levels of reimbursement and BRCAm-testing rates, as well as successful recent 1st-line ovarian cancer launches, including in the UK and Germany.

 

Japan sales of Lynparza amounted to $34m, representing growth of 55% (53% at CER). Emerging Markets sales of $56m, up by 113% (120% at CER), reflected the regulatory approval of Lynparza as a 2nd-line maintenance treatment of patients with ovarian cancer by the China National Medical Products Administration (NMPA). Lynparza was admitted to the China NRDL for the same indication, with effect from January 2020.

 

Calquence

Total Revenue, entirely comprising Product Sales, amounted to $88m in the quarter and represented growth of 202%, with the overwhelming majority of sales in the US. Calquence was approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of CLL and small lymphocytic lymphoma (SLL) in November 2019. Calquence has received 13 regulatory approvals for the treatment of patients with mantle-cell lymphoma, and six in CLL.

 

Enhertu

Product Sales, recorded by Daiichi Sankyo, amounted to $30m. This reflected sales in the US, where Enhertu has been launched and where Daiichi Sankyo is the principal. Total Revenue, entirely comprising resulting Collaboration Revenue recorded by AstraZeneca, amounted to $14m in the quarter, following the recent launch in the US at the beginning of the year. Enhertu was approved by the US FDA for the treatment of 3rd-line HER2+ breast cancer in December 2019.

 

Legacy: Iressa

Total Revenue, entirely comprising Product Sales, amounted to $77m in the quarter and represented a decline of 42% (41% at CER). Sales in Emerging Markets declined by 28% (26% at CER) to $62m, reflecting Iressa's inclusion on the China volume-based procurement programme.

 

Legacy: Faslodex

Total Revenue, entirely comprising Product Sales, amounted to $166m in the quarter and represented a decline of 35% (34% at CER).

 

Emerging Markets sales of Faslodex increased by 7% (10% at CER) to $48m. US sales declined by 83% to $23m, reflecting the launch of multiple generic Faslodex medicines. In Europe, where generic competitor medicines are established, sales increased by 19% (22% at CER) to $64m, while in Japan, sales increased by 4% (3% at CER) to $29m.

 

Legacy: Zoladex

Total Revenue, predominantly comprising Product Sales, amounted to $228m in the quarter and represented growth of 16% (19% at CER).

 

Emerging Markets sales of Zoladex increased by 30% (35% at CER) to $149m. Sales in Europe increased by 1% (3% at CER) to $35m. In the Established RoW region, sales declined by 10% (9% at CER) to $39m, driven by the effects of increased competition.

 

 

BioPharmaceuticals: CVRM

Total Revenue, which included roxadustat Ongoing Collaboration Revenue of $3m and sales of Crestor and other legacy medicines, were stable in the quarter (increase of 1% at CER) to $1,707m and represented 27% of Total Revenue (Q1 2019: 31%).

 

New CVRM Total Revenue, which excluded sales of Crestor and other legacy medicines, increased by 7% in the quarter (8% at CER) to $1,102m, reflecting strong performances from Farxiga and Brilinta. New CVRM Total Revenue represented 17% of overall Total Revenue in the quarter (Q1 2019: 19%); this change partly reflected the particular growth of Oncology.

 

Farxiga

Total Revenue, predominantly comprising Product Sales, amounted to $407m in the quarter and represented growth of 16% (19% at CER).

 

Emerging Markets sales increased by 49% (55% at CER) to $141m. In China, Farxiga was admitted to the NRDL with effect from the start of 2020; as expected, this adversely impacted the price of the medicine. This impact, however, was offset by the volume benefit derived from the launch within the NRDL listing. The performance also reflected growth in the sodium-glucose layer transport protein 2 (SGLT2) inhibitor class at the expense of the dipeptidyl-peptidase 4 (DPP-4) inhibitor class.

 

US sales declined by 14% to $113m. Growth in the quarter was adversely affected by the impact on price from increased levels of competition, the mix of sales and managed markets. There were, however, favourable movements in the share of new-to-brand prescriptions, a result of a label update in Q3 2019 to reflect results from the DECLARE CVOT.

 

Sales in Europe increased by 30% (34% at CER) to $116m, partly reflecting growth in the SGLT2 inhibitor class and an acceleration of new-to-brand prescriptions following a similar DECLARE label update. In Japan, sales to the collaborator, Ono Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd, which records in-market sales, declined by 24% (25% at CER) to $13m.

 

Brilinta

Total Revenue, entirely comprising Product Sales, amounted to $408m in the quarter and represented growth of 17% (19% at CER). Patient uptake continued in the treatment of acute coronary syndrome and high-risk post-myocardial infarction (MI); the performance also reflected aforementioned short-term inventory increases, given the hospital-dispensation setting.

 

Emerging Markets sales of Brilinta increased by 38% (42% at CER) to $134m. US sales of Brilinta, at $165m, represented an increase of 8%, driven primarily by increasing levels of demand in both hospital and retail settings, as well as a lengthening in the average-weighted duration of treatment, reflecting the growing impact of 90-day prescriptions. Sales of Brilique in Europe increased by 12% in the quarter (15% at CER) to $93m, reflecting performances in Spain, Germany and the UK.

 

Onglyza

Total Revenue, entirely comprising Product Sales, amounted to $141m in the quarter and represented a decline of 8% (6% at CER).

 

Sales in Emerging Markets increased by 10% (13% at CER) to $47m, driven by the performance in China. US sales of Onglyza declined by 14% in the quarter to $67m; given the significant future potential of Farxiga, the Company continues to prioritise commercial support over Onglyza. Europe sales declined by 19% (17% at CER) to $15m, also highlighting the broader trend of a shift away from the DPP-4 inhibitor class.

 

Bydureon

Total Revenue, entirely comprising Product Sales, amounted to $100m in the quarter and represented a decline of 30% (29% at CER).

 

US sales of $84m reflected a decline of 28% in the quarter, resulting from competitive pressures and the impact of managed markets. Patients continue to transition from the dual-chamber pen to the BCise device. Bydureon sales in Europe fell by 34% (32% at CER) to $12m. Reflecting the recent and potential performance of Bydureon, a $102m intangible asset impairment charge was recorded in the quarter.

 

Lokelma

Total Revenue, entirely comprising Product Sales, amounted to $11m in the quarter and reflected sequential growth of 42% over Q4 2019.

 

The US represented the overwhelming majority of sales, following the recent launch of the medicine. Lokelma led new-to-brand prescription market share during the quarter. The medicine has received regulatory approval in the EU, China and Japan and for the treatment of hyperkalaemia, with further launches in several markets anticipated soon.

 

Roxadustat

Total Revenue, entirely comprising Ongoing Collaboration Revenue, amounted to $3m in the quarter. The period saw a focus on achieving hospital listings across the country. Roxadustat was approved by the China NMPA for the treatment of anaemia in CKD in dialysis-dependent and non-dialysis dependent patients in December 2018 and August 2019, respectively. Roxadustat was admitted to the China NRDL with effect from January 2020.

 

Legacy: Crestor

Total Revenue, predominantly comprising Product Sales, amounted to $302m in the quarter and represented a decline of 10% (8% at CER).

 

Sales in Emerging Markets declined by 15% (13% at CER) to $192m. The performance was adversely impacted by the effect of volume-based procurement in China. US sales increased by 9% to $28m. In Europe, sales declined by 12% (10% at CER) to $34m. In Japan, where AstraZeneca collaborates with Shionogi Co. Ltd, sales increased by 5% (3% at CER) to $34m.

 

 

BioPharmaceuticals: Respiratory & Immunology

Total Revenue, which included Ongoing Collaboration Revenue of $3m from Duaklir and Eklira, increased by 21% in the quarter (22% at CER) to $1,555m and represented 24% of Total Revenue (Q1 2019: 23%).

 

Symbicort

Total Revenue, entirely comprising Product Sales, amounted to $790m in the quarter and represented growth of 35% (36% at CER).

 

An authorised-generic version of Symbicort was launched in the US by the Company's collaborator, Prasco. US sales grew by 76% to $310m; this partly reflected an element of inventory build by Prasco. Symbicort also continued its global market-volume and value leadership within the inhaled corticosteroid / long-acting beta agonist (LABA) class. Emerging Markets sales increased by 17% in the quarter (20% at CER) to $156m, reflecting particularly strong performances in China and the Middle East & Africa.

 

In Europe, sales increased by 7% in the quarter (10% at CER) to $195m. In Japan, sales grew by 40% (38% at CER) to $56m, supported by the continued effect of AstraZeneca regaining full rights, following termination in 2019 of the Astellas co-promotion agreement. In Japan, Symbicort pricing was, however, adversely impacted by the recent market entry of a generic medicine.

 

Pulmicort

Total Revenue, entirely comprising Product Sales, amounted to $380m in the quarter and represented a decline of 1% (stable at CER).

 

Emerging Markets, where sales were stable in the quarter (+1% at CER) at $313m, represented 82% of global Total Revenue of Pulmicort. The performance in China was impacted by local COVID-19 pandemic restrictions, resulting in a disruption of hospital dispensation and significantly reduced access and attendance to outpatient nebulisation rooms. It also reflected a particularly benign influenza season in China, resulting in a significantly reduced number of asthma exacerbations. Sales in the US declined by 3% to $23m and sales in Europe increased by 3% (6% at CER) to $26m.

 

Fasenra

Fasenra has received regulatory approval in 56 countries, including in the US, the EU and Japan for the treatment of patients with severe, uncontrolled eosinophilic asthma. With further regulatory reviews ongoing, Fasenra has already achieved reimbursement in 39 countries. Total Revenue, entirely comprising Product Sales, amounted to $199m in the quarter and represented growth of 54% (55% at CER).

 

Sales in the US increased by 29% in the quarter to $120m. For the aforementioned treatment of patients, Fasenra ended the quarter as the leading novel biologic medicine in the US, as measured by new-to-brand prescriptions. In Europe, sales of $46m in the quarter represented an increase of 154% (161% at CER), reflecting a number of successful launches. Sales in Japan increased by 32% (30% at CER) to $21m. In its approved indication and among new patients, Fasenra obtained the leading market share of all biologic medicines in the 'top-five' European countries and in Japan. In Emerging Markets, sales amounted to $6m in the quarter (Q1 2019: $nil).

 

Daliresp/Daxas

Total Revenue, entirely comprising Product Sales, amounted to $53m in the quarter and represented growth of 11% (12% at CER).

 

US sales, representing 85% of the global total, increased by 10% to $45m, driven by higher demand, partially offset by adverse inventory movements.

 

Bevespi

Total Revenue, entirely comprising Product Sales, amounted to $12m in the quarter and represented growth of 22%.

 

Bevespi has been launched in the US, in a number of European countries and in Japan. The global LABA / long acting muscarinic antagonist class continued to grow more slowly than expected.

 

Breztri

Total Revenue, entirely comprising Product Sales, amounted to $4m in the quarter (Q1 2019: $nil).

 

Following regulatory approvals for the treatment of COPD, Breztri was launched in Japan and China.

 

 

Other medicines (outside the three main therapy areas)

Total Revenue, primarily comprising Product Sales, amounted to $557m in the quarter; a decline of 4% (3% at CER). Other Total Revenue represented 9% of overall Total Revenue (Q1 2019: 10%).

 

Nexium

Total Revenue, predominantly comprising Product Sales, amounted to $348m in the quarter; a decline of 6% (5% at CER). Emerging Markets sales of Nexium declined by 2% (an increase of 1% at CER) to $187m. In Japan, where AstraZeneca collaborates with Daiichi Sankyo, sales were stable at $79m.

 

 

Regional Total Revenue

 

Table 11: Regional Total Revenue

 

 

Q1 2020

$m

% of total

% change

Actual

CER

Emerging Markets

2,273

36

13

16

China

1,416

22

14

17

Ex-China

857

14

12

15

 

 

 

 

 

US

2,091

33

16

16

 

 

 

 

 

Europe

1,204

19

22

25

 

 

 

 

 

Established RoW

786

12

13

13

Japan

553

9

10

8

Canada

156

2

37

36

Other Established RoW

77

1

(1)

5

 

 

 

 

 

Total

6,354

100

16

17

 

Table 12 : Emerging Markets therapy-area performance

 

 

Q1 2020

$m

% of total

% change

Actual

CER

Oncology

711

31

45

49

BioPharmaceuticals

872

38

15

18

New CVRM

332

15

39

43

Respiratory & Immunology

540

24

4

6

Other medicines

690

30

(9)

(7)

 

 

 

 

 

Total

2,273

100

13

16

 

Table 13 : Notable new-medicine performances in Emerging Markets - Total Revenue

 

 

Q1 2020

$m

% change

Actual

CER

Tagrisso

280

n/m

n/m

Forxiga

142

49

55

Brilinta

134

38

42

Lynparza

55

n/m

n/m

Imfinzi

33

n/m

n/m

 

The new medicines represented 29% of Emerging Markets Total Revenue (Q1 2019: 18%). Total Revenue from specialty-care medicines increased by 45% (50% at CER) to $854m and comprised 38% of Emerging Markets sales in the quarter (Q1 2019: 29%).

 

China Total Revenue, which included $3m of roxadustat Ongoing Collaboration Revenue, comprised 62% of Emerging Markets Total Revenue in the quarter and increased by 14% (17% at CER) to $1,416m.

 

New-medicine Total Revenue in China, primarily driven by Tagrisso and Lynparza in Oncology and Brilinta and Farxiga in New CVRM, delivered particularly encouraging growth and represented 27% of China Total Revenue (Q1 2019: 13%). This performance was augmented by strong sales of Zoladex, Symbicort and a resilient performance from Pulmicort.

 

Ex-China Emerging Markets, comprising entirely of Product Sales, increased by 12% in the quarter (15% at CER) to $857m. The new medicines represented 32% of ex-China Emerging Markets Total Revenue in the quarter (Q1 2019: 26%), increasing by 41% (45% at CER) to $277m. The performance was underpinned by strong levels of growth across the following:

 

Table 14 : Ex-China Emerging Markets: Total Revenue

 

 

Q1 2020

$m

% change

Actual

CER

Russia

84

72

66

Brazil

89

(5)

6

Ex-Brazil Latin America

108

7

18

Ex-China Asia Pacific

311

11

12

Middle East and Africa

265

11

12

 

 

Financial performance

 

Table 15 : Reported Profit and Loss

 

 

Q1 2020

Q1 2019

% change

$m

$m

Actual

CER

Total Revenue

6,354

5,491

16

17

Product Sales

6,311

5,465

15

17

Collaboration Revenue

43

26

69

70

 

 

 

 

 

Cost of Sales

(1,420)

(1,129)

26

26

 

 

 

 

 

Gross Profit

4,934

4,362

13

15

Gross Margin

77.5%

79.3%

(2)

(2)

 

 

 

 

 

Distribution Expense

(87)

(78)

11

13

% Total Revenue

1.4%

1.4%

-

-

R&D Expense

(1,388)

(1,266)

10

10

% Total Revenue

21.8%

23.1%

1

2

SG&A Expense

(2,719)

(2,514)

8

9

% Total Revenue

42.8%

45.8%

3

3

 

 

 

 

 

Other Operating Income & Expense

480

593

(19)

(19)

% Total Revenue

7.6%

10.8%

(3)

(3)

 

 

 

 

 

Operating Profit

1,220

1,097

11

16

Operating Profit Margin

19.2%

20.0%

(1)

-

 

 

 

 

 

Net Finance Expense

(281)

(312)

(10)

(9)

Joint Ventures and Associates

(4)

(27)

(85)

(85)

 

 

 

 

 

Profit Before Tax

935

758

23

29

 

 

 

 

 

Taxation

(185)

(195)

(5)

(1)

Tax Rate

20%

26%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Profit After Tax

750

563

33

40

 

 

 

 

 

EPS

0.59

0.47

27

33

           

 

 

Table 16 : Reconciliation of Reported Profit Before Tax to EBITDA

 

 

Q1 2020

Q1 2019

% change

$m

$m

Actual

CER

Reported Profit Before Tax

935

758

23

29

Net Finance Expense

281

312

(10)

(9)

Joint Ventures and Associates

4

27

(85)

(85)

Depreciation, Amortisation and Impairment

841

676

24

26

 

 

 

 

 

EBITDA

2,061

1,773

16

20

 

Table 17 : Reconciliation of Reported to Core financial measures

 

Q1 2020

Reported

Restructuring

Intangible Asset Amortisation & Impairments

Diabetes Alliance

Other

Core

Core % change

$m

$m

$m

$m

$m

$m

Actual

CER

Gross Profit

4,934

19

17

-

5

4,975

12

14

Gross Profit Margin

77.5%

 

 

 

 

78.1%

-2

-2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Distribution Expense

(87)

-

-

-

-

(87)

11

13

R&D Expense

(1,388)

11

42

-

(1)

(1,336)

9

9

SG&A Expense

(2,719)

25

449

67

1

(2,177)

5

7

Total Operating Expense

(4,194)

36

491

67

-

(3,600)

7

8

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other Operating Income & Expense

480

(2)

1

-

-

479

(19)

(19)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operating Profit

1,220

53

509

67

5

1,854

12

16

Operating Profit Margin

19.2%

 

 

 

 

29.2%

-1

-

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net Finance Expense

(281)

-

-

57

55

(169)

(11)

(11)

Taxation

(185)

(11)

(107)

(31)

-

(334)

1

5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

EPS

$0.59

$0.03

$0.31

$0.07

$0.05

$1.05

17

21

 

 

Profit and Loss summary

 

a)  Gross Profit

The increases in Reported and Core Gross Profit in the quarter reflected the growth in Product Sales. The declines in the Reported and Core Gross Margin partly reflected the impact of one-off adjustments related to Group inventory, the growth in profit share from the collaboration with MSD in respect of Lynparza and an element of foreign-exchange impact.

 

b)  Total Operating Expense

Reported Total Operating Expense in the quarter represented 66% of Total Revenue (Q1 2019: 70%), Core Total Operating Expense represented 57% of Total Revenue (Q1 2019: 61%).

 

Reported and Core R&D Expense increased partly as a result of investment in the development of Enhertu. Reported and Core SG&A Expense grew primarily due to additional select investment in Oncology-medicine launches and AstraZeneca's further expansion in China. In addition, Reported SG&A Expense was adversely impacted by an increased level of intangible asset impairments, including a $102m charge relating to Bydureon.

 

c)  Other Operating Income and Expense[34]

Reported and Core Other Operating Income and Expense in the quarter included $350m of income that reflected an agreement to divest commercial rights to a number of legacy hypertension medicines.

 

d)  Net Finance Expense

The declines in Reported and Core Net Finance Expense partly reflected a favourable movement in loan interest following the repayment of a $1bn bond in 2019.

 

e)  Taxation

The Reported and Core Tax Rates for the quarter were both 20% (Q1 2019: 26% and 23% respectively). Taxation Paid for the quarter was $477m, representing 51% of Reported Profit Before Tax (Q1 2019: $334m, 44%).

 

f)  EPS

Reported EPS of $0.59 in the quarter, represented an increase of 27% (33% at CER). This was despite an increase in the weighted-average number of shares to 1,312m (Q1 2019: 1,267m). Core EPS increased by 17% (21% at CER) to $1.05.

 

Table 18 : Cash Flow

 

 

Q1 2020

Q1 2019

Change

$m

$m

$m

Reported Operating Profit

1,220

1,097

123

Depreciation, Amortisation and Impairment

841

676

165

 

 

 

 

Increase in Working Capital and Short-Term Provisions

(445)

(710)

265

Gains on Disposal of Intangible Assets

(358)

(512)

154

Non-Cash and Other Movements

(462)

(396)

(66)

Interest Paid

(180)

(208)

28

Taxation Paid

(477)

(334)

(143)

 

 

 

 

Net Cash Inflow/(Outflow) from Operating Activities

139

(387)

526

Net Cash Inflow/(Outflow) before Financing Activities

148

(59)

207

Net Cash Outflow from Financing Activities

(2,362)

(698)

(1,664)

 

The increase in Net Cash Inflows from Operating Activities in the quarter primarily reflected an underlying improvement in business performance, combined with favourable working-capital movements. The positive cash performance was partly offset by the aforementioned increase in Taxation Paid.

 

The increase in Net Cash Inflows before Financing Activities primarily reflected the aforementioned improvement in Net Cash Inflows from Operating Activities, as well as a reduction in the Purchase of Intangible Assets, partially offset by a reduction in cash flows from the Disposal of Intangible Assets. The cash payment of contingent consideration, in respect of the former Bristol-Myers Squibb Company (BMS) share of the global diabetes alliance, amounted to $124m in the quarter.

 

Capital Expenditure

Capital expenditure amounted to $186m in the quarter, compared to $174m in Q1 2019. This included investment in the new AstraZeneca R&D centre on the Biomedical Campus in Cambridge, UK.

 

The Company anticipates a broadly stable level of total capital expenditure in FY 2020 (FY 2019: $979m).

 

Table 19 : Net Debt summary

 

 

At 31

Mar 2020

At 31

Dec 2019

At 31

Mar 2019

$m

$m

$m

Cash and Cash Equivalents

Other Investments

804

911

876

 

 

 

 

Cash and Investments

 

 

 

 

Overdrafts and Short-Term Borrowings

(691)

(225)

(2,044)

Lease Liabilities

Current Instalments of Loans

(1,598)

(1,597)

(1,500)

Loans Due After One Year

 

 

 

 

Interest-Bearing Loans and Borrowings (Gross Debt)

(18,576)

(18,227)

(21,578)

 

 

 

 

Net Derivatives

Net Debt

(14,413)

(11,904)

(16,271)

 

Capital allocation

The Board's aim is to continue to strike a balance between the interests of the business, financial creditors and the Company's shareholders. After providing for investment in the business, supporting the progressive dividend policy and maintaining a strong, investment-grade credit rating, the Board will keep under review potential investment in immediately earnings-accretive, value-enhancing opportunities.

 

Foreign exchange

The Company's transactional currency exposures on working-capital balances, which typically extend for up to three months, are hedged where practicable using forward foreign-exchange contracts against the individual companies' reporting currency. Foreign-exchange gains and losses on forward contracts for transactional hedging are taken to profit or loss. In addition, the Company's external dividend payments, paid principally in pounds sterling and Swedish krona, are fully hedged from announcement to payment date.

 

Table 20 : Currency sensitivities

The Company provides the following currency-sensitivity information:

 

 

Average Exchange

Rates versus USD

 

Annual Impact of 5% Strengthening in Exchange Rate versus USD ($m) [35]

Currency

Primary Relevance

FY 2019[36]

Q1 2020 [37]

% change

Product Sales

Core Operating Profit

CNY

Product Sales

6.92

6.99

(1)

288

190

EUR

Product Sales

0.89

0.91

(1)

171

68

JPY

Product Sales

108.98

108.91

-

139

98

Other[38]

 

 

 

 

231

123

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GBP

Operating Expense

0.78

0.78

-

27

(93)

SEK

Operating Expense

9.46

9.67

(2)

5

(51)

 

 

Sustainability

 

AstraZeneca's sustainability approach has three priority areas[39], aligned with the Company's purpose and business strategy:

 

-  Access to healthcare

 

-  Environmental protection

 

-  Ethics and transparency

 

Recent developments and progress against the Company's priorities are reported below:

 

a)  Access to healthcare

During the period, AstraZeneca announced a donation of nine million face masks to support healthcare workers around the world as they respond to the COVID-19 global pandemic. The Company has also collaborated with the World Economic Forum's COVID Action Platform, created with the support of the World Health Organization, to identify countries in greatest need; more than eight million masks have already been delivered.

 

During the period, AstraZeneca proactively communicated with its healthcare and community partners, who are working to support healthcare systems, patients and caregivers around the world, to reinforce the Company's support of their efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic. AstraZeneca will continue to meet funding commitments and support community partner decisions to postpone or cancel programmes or reallocate funding towards relief and response efforts. For example, Healthy Heart Africa (HHA) collaborators who support the delivery of the Company's programme in local communities in Kenya, Ethiopia, Tanzania and Ghana, have repurposed local facilities and diverted resources towards providing protective clothing to healthcare workers. AstraZeneca's Young Health Programme partners have stopped all community-based outreach and are delivering disease prevention messaging over virtual networks. In addition, the Company is ensuring that its collaborators are safe and supported and is encouraging them to follow the appropriate governmental guidance.

 

In March 2020, the manuscript 'Burden of prehypertension among adults in Kenya: a retrospective analysis of findings from the HHA programme' was published in the BMC Public Health journal; this was the third HHA manuscript published in the last twelve months. The publication outlined the high prevalence of hypertension (HTN) and pre-HTN in Kenya, with more than 50% of the six million screening records analysed found to have pre-HTN, in addition to 20% with HTN, among an average screening age of 45 years.

 

b)  Environmental protection

To coincide with Earth Day on 22 April 2020, AstraZeneca announced a new one-year collaboration focusing on water stewardship with World Wide Fund for Nature Sweden, to identify opportunities to improve the Company's approach and strategy towards water stewardship. Responsible management of water, particularly where sites are situated in water-stressed areas, is critical to the development and manufacture of the Company's medicines. AstraZeneca's longer-term ambition is to implement Science-Based Targets for Water, once a global methodology is available, to lead the way on water stewardship for the pharmaceutical industry; including the development of industry-specific tools to assess water risk in the context of Pharmaceuticals in the Environment.

 

This approach will ensure that AstraZeneca is more meaningfully contributing to the sustainable management of water resources within river basins. The Company's water target is to maintain absolute water use at the 2015 level through 2025. Since 2015, the Company has developed a standard methodology to assess water risk and stress at its global sites, which has enabled the Company to broaden its understanding of water-related risks and opportunities for priority investment. AstraZeneca has prioritised implementing water-efficiency projects, identified through water audits at 11 sites, including Yelahanka, Bangalore, India; Shanghai, China; and Canóvanas, Puerto Rico; and implemented rainwater harvesting at five sites: Wuxi, China; Cambridge, UK; Macclesfield, UK; Canóvanas, Puerto Rico and Frederick, US.

 

During the period, the AstraZeneca Green Labs initiative received two 'My Green Lab' certifications, reflecting the Company's commitment to laboratory sustainability. AstraZeneca's R&D site in Boston, US achieved Gold Level Certification for implementing over 60% of recommended sustainable lab practices; and the Company's R&D site in South San Francisco, US achieved Green Level Certification, awarded for implementing over 80% of recommended-sustainability practices. This is the highest level of certification provided by My Green Lab, placing the Company's South San Francisco site as one of only 10 laboratories certified at this level, out of more than 400 worldwide. The programme is the first of its scope in the industry, bringing together scientists, facilities management, engineering and safety health and environment to improve the environmental sustainability of research laboratories. AstraZeneca's major sites in the UK and Sweden are in scope and aim to become My Green Lab certified in the coming months.

 

c)  Ethics and transparency

Since committing to providing greater transparency around payments to healthcare professionals and healthcare organisations at the 2018 Annual General Meeting, AstraZeneca successfully progressed in 2019 the disclosure programme into an additional five markets covering Brazil, Colombia, Korea, Mexico and Saudi Arabia. In 2020, the Company is intending to further progress this work across Canada, the Philippines (where enhanced legislation has been recently passed, superseding the existing Administrative Order) and New Zealand, while continuing to monitor the regulatory landscape in Argentina, Chile, India and Morocco.

 

d)  Other developments

In March 2020, the Company released its sixth annual Sustainability Report via its website and social media. The report was released in conjunction with the Annual Report and Form 20-F Information 2019. The report outlined progress and challenges and aims for the future. Many of the new sustainability initiatives and programmes launched in 2019 were a result of engagement and activism from AstraZeneca colleagues around the world, demonstrating how sustainability is being embedded across the organisation.

 

 

 

For more details on AstraZeneca's sustainability ambition, approach and targets, please refer to the latest Sustainability Report 2019 and Sustainability Data Summary 2019. Additional information is available at astrazeneca.com/sustainability.

 

 

 

Research and development

 

As the COVID-19 pandemic develops, the Company will evaluate the impact on the initiation of clinical trials, ongoing recruitment and follow-ups. It is prudent to assume that some delays will arise as a consequence of the pandemic. AstraZeneca does not expect significant delays to anticipated late-stage and lifecycle-management 2020 and 2021 news-flow dates.

 

A comprehensive data pack comprising AstraZeneca's pipeline of medicines in human trials can be found in the latest clinical-trials appendix, available on astrazeneca.com. Highlights of developments in the Company's late-stage pipeline since the prior results announcement are shown below:

 

Table 21: Update from the late-stage pipeline

 

New molecular entities and major lifecycle events for medicines in Phase III trials or under regulatory review

17

Oncology

 

Tagrisso - NSCLC

Imfinzi - multiple cancers

Lynparza - multiple cancers

Enhertu - breast and other cancers

-  capivasertib - breast cancer

Calquence - blood cancers

-  tremelimumab - multiple cancers

-  savolitinib - NSCLC[40]

 

 

CVRM

Farxiga - multiple indications

-  roxadustat - anaemia in CKD

 

 

Respiratory & Immunology

Fasenra - multiple indications

Breztri - asthma

-  PT027 - asthma

-  tezepelumab - severe asthma

-  nirsevimab - respiratory syncytial virus

-  anifrolumab - lupus (SLE)

-  brazikumab[41] - inflammatory bowel disease

Total projects

in clinical pipeline

 

167

 

 

Oncology

 

Oncology: lung cancer

 

a)  Tagrisso

 

In April 2020, the Company announced that the ADAURA Phase III trial for Tagrisso in the adjuvant treatment of patients with Stage IB, II and IIIA EGFRm NSCLC with complete tumour resection was to be unblinded early following a recommendation from an Independent Data Monitoring Committee (IDMC), based on its determination of overwhelming efficacy. The primary endpoint of the trial is disease-free survival. Tagrisso was assessed against placebo for a treatment duration of up to three years. The trial will continue to assess the secondary endpoint of OS. In its communication to AstraZeneca, the IDMC did not raise any new safety concerns. The data will be presented at a forthcoming medical meeting.

 

Table 22 : Key Tagrisso trials in lung cancer

 

Trial

Population

Design

Timeline

Status

Phase III

ADAURA

Adjuvant EGFRm NSCLC

Placebo or Tagrisso

FPCD[42]

Q4 2015

 

LPCD[43]

Q1 2019

Trial unblinded early due to overwhelming efficacy

Phase III

LAURA

Locally advanced, unresectable EGFRm NSCLC

Placebo or Tagrisso

FPCD

Q4 2018

 

First data anticipated

2021+

Recruitment

ongoing

Phase III

FLAURA2

1st-line EGFRm NSCLC

Tagrisso or Tagrisso + platinum-based chemotherapy doublet

FPCD

Q4 2019

 

First data anticipated

2021+

Recruitment ongoing

 

b)  Imfinzi

In March 2020, the Company announced that Imfinzi had been approved in the US as a 1st-line treatment for adult patients with ES-SCLC in combination with SoC chemotherapies, etoposide plus either carboplatin or cisplatin (platinum-etoposide) utilising the fixed dose of Imfinzi 1,500mg every three weeks, for four cycles with chemotherapy, then every four weeks until progression. This followed the regulatory approval in Singapore earlier in the period.

 

Prior to this, AstraZeneca announced high-level results from the final analysis of the Phase III CASPIAN trial, which showed that Imfinzi, in combination with a choice of SoC chemotherapies, confirmed a sustained, clinically meaningful OS benefit for patients with ES-SCLC treated in the 1st-line setting. The second experimental arm, testing tremelimumab, an anti-CTLA4 monoclonal antibody, added to Imfinzi and SoC, did not meet its primary endpoint of demonstrating a statistically significant improvement in OS. In June 2019, it was announced that the CASPIAN trial met one primary endpoint for Imfinzi plus SoC by demonstrating a statistically significant and clinically meaningful improvement in OS versus SoC alone at a planned interim analysis.

 

During the period, AstraZeneca announced that the Phase III DANUBE trial for Imfinzi and Imfinzi plus tremelimumab in unresectable, Stage IV (metastatic) bladder cancer did not meet the primary endpoints of improving OS versus SoC chemotherapy for Imfinzi monotherapy in patients whose tumour cells and/or tumour-infiltrating immune cells express high levels (≥25%) of PD-L1[44], or for Imfinzi plus tremelimumab in patients regardless of their PD-L1 expression. The safety and tolerability profiles for Imfinzi and the combination with tremelimumab were consistent with previous trials. The data will be presented at a forthcoming medical meeting.

 

Table 23 : Key Imfinzi trials in lung cancer

 

Trial

Population

Design

Timeline

Status

Phase III

AEGEAN

Neo-adjuvant (before surgery) NSCLC

SoC chemotherapy +/- Imfinzi,

followed by

surgery, followed by placebo or Imfinzi

FPCD

Q1 2019

 

First data anticipated

2021+

Recruitment

ongoing

Phase III

ADJUVANT BR.31[45]

Stage Ib-IIIa NSCLC

Placebo or

Imfinzi

FPCD

Q1 2015

 

LPCD

Q1 2020

 

First data anticipated

2021

Recruitment

completed

Phase III

PACIFIC-2

Stage III unresected locally advanced NSCLC

(concurrent CRT)

Placebo or

Imfinzi

FPCD

Q2 2018

 

LPCD

Q3 2019

 

First data anticipated

H2 2020

Recruitment

completed

Phase III

ADRIATIC

Limited-

stage SCLC

Concurrent CRT,

followed by

placebo or

Imfinzi or Imfinzi + treme

FPCD

Q4 2018

 

First data anticipated

2021+

Recruitment

ongoing

Phase III

POSEIDON

Stage IV, 1st-line NSCLC

SoC chemotherapy or SoC + Imfinzi or SoC + Imfinzi + treme

FPCD

Q2 2017

 

LPCD

Q4 2018

 

OS data anticipated

2021

PFS[46] primary endpoint met

Phase III

CASPIAN

ES-SCLC

SoC chemotherapy or SoC + Imfinzi or SoC + Imfinzi + treme

FPCD

Q1 2017

 

LPCD

Q2 2018

OS primary endpoint met for Imfinzi monotherapy arm

 

OS primary endpoint not met for Imfinzi + treme

 

During the period, the AEGEAN trial in neo-adjuvant NSCLC was expanded to include 800 patients and the primary endpoints optimised to include event-free survival, as well as major pathological response. The first data are now anticipated beyond 2021.

 

As previously announced, the POSEIDON trial of Imfinzi and chemotherapy trial with and without tremelimumab in 1st-line NSCLC will continue to assess the additional primary endpoint of OS, following the positive PFS readout in 2019, with data anticipated in 2021. The Company anticipates presenting the trial outcomes at a forthcoming medical meeting when the overall trial outcomes are obtained.

 

Table 24 : Key Imfinzi trials in tumour types other than lung cancer

 

Trial

Population

Design

Timeline

Status

Phase III

POTOMAC

Non-muscle invasive bladder cancer

SoC BCG[47] or SoC BCG + Imfinzi

FPCD

Q4 2018

 

First data

anticipated

2021+

Recruitment ongoing

Phase III

NIAGARA

Muscle-invasive bladder cancer

Neo-adjuvant cisplatin and gemcitabine SoC chemotherapy or SoC + Imfinzi, followed by adjuvant placebo or Imfinzi

FPCD

Q4 2018

 

First data

anticipated

2021+

Recruitment ongoing

Phase III

EMERALD-1

Locoregional HCC[48]

TACE[49] followed by placebo or TACE + Imfinzi, followed by Imfinzi +

bevacizumab or

TACE + Imfinzi

followed by Imfinzi

FPCD

Q1 2019

 

First data

anticipated

2021

Recruitment ongoing

Phase III

EMERALD-2

Locoregional HCC at high risk of recurrence after surgery or radiofrequency ablation

Adjuvant Imfinzi or Imfinzi + bevacizumab

FPCD

Q2 2019

 

First data anticipated

2021+

Recruitment ongoing

Phase III

CALLA

Locally advanced cervical cancer

CRT or CRT + Imfinzi, followed by placebo or Imfinzi

FPCD

Q1 2019

 

First data anticipated

2021+

Recruitment ongoing

Phase III

DANUBE

Stage IV, 1st-line cisplatin chemotherapy- eligible/ineligible bladder cancer

SoC chemotherapy or Imfinzi or Imfinzi + treme

FPCD

Q4 2015

 

LPCD

Q1 2017

Primary endpoints not met

Phase III

NILE

Stage IV, 1st-line cisplatin chemotherapy- eligible bladder cancer

SoC chemotherapy or SoC + Imfinzi or SoC + Imfinzi + treme

FPCD

Q4 2018

 

First data anticipated

2021+

 

Recruitment

Ongoing

Phase III

KESTREL

Stage IV, 1st-line HNSCC[50]

SoC or Imfinzi or Imfinzi + treme

FPCD

Q4 2015

 

LPCD

Q1 2017

 

First data

anticipated

2021

Recruitment completed

Phase III

HIMALAYA

Stage IV, 1st-line unresectable HCC

Sorafenib or Imfinzi or Imfinzi + treme

FPCD

Q4 2017

 

LPCD

Q4 2019

 

First data

anticipated

H2 2020

Recruitment

completed

 

Orphan Drug Designation (US)[51]

Phase III

TOPAZ-1

Stage IV, 1st-line biliary-tract cancer

Gemcitabine and cisplatin SoC chemotherapy or SoC + Imfinzi

FPCD

Q2 2019

 

First data anticipated

2021+

Recruitment ongoing

 

The Phase III KESTREL trial's final analysis plan for Imfinzi with and without tremelimumab in 1st-line HNSCC is being optimised following learnings from the EAGLE trial in the 2nd-line HNSCC setting and learned regulatory insights; as such the data readout is now expected in 2021.

 

c)  Lynparza (multiple cancers)

During the period, Lynparza was added to the US National Comprehensive Cancer Network's guidelines, in combination with bevacizumab in ovarian cancer patients who had previously been treated with bevacizumab.

 

In March 2020, the Company announced that Lynparza had been granted orphan designation in Japan for the maintenance treatment of germline BRCAm curatively unresectable pancreatic cancer. The Japan Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW) grants the designation to medicines intended for the treatment of diseases that affect fewer than 50,000 patients in Japan and for which there is a high unmet medical need. During the period, the Company made a regulatory submission in Japan for Lynparza in prostate cancer, based on data from the Phase III PROfound trial.

 

In April 2020, AstraZeneca announced further positive results from the Phase III PROfound trial of Lynparza in men with metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer who have a homologous recombination repair gene mutation (HRRm) and have progressed on prior treatment with new hormonal-agent treatments, such as enzalutamide and abiraterone.

 

Table 25 : Key Lynparza trials

 

Trial

Population

Design

Timeline

Status

Phase III

OlympiA

Adjuvant BRCAm breast cancer

SoC placebo or Lynparza

 

FPCD

Q2 2014

 

LPCD

Q2 2019

 

First data anticipated

2021

Recruitment completed

 

Phase III

PROfound

Metastatic castration-resistant 2nd-line+ HRRm

 prostate cancer

SoC (abiraterone or enzalutamide) or Lynparza

FPCD

Q2 2017

 

LPCD

Q4 2018

Primary endpoint met

 

Priority Review (US)

Phase III

PAOLA-1[52]

Advanced 1st-line

ovarian cancer

Bevacizumab maintenance or

bevacizumab +

Lynparza maintenance

FPCD

Q2 2015

 

LPCD

Q2 2018

Primary endpoint met

 

Priority Review (US)

Phase III

GY004[53]

Recurrent platinum-sensitive ovarian cancer

SoC chemotherapy or Lynparza or cediranib + Lynparza

FPCD

Q1 2016

 

LPCD

Q4 2017

Primary endpoint not met

Phase II/III

GY00553

Recurrent platinum-resistant/refractory ovarian cancer

SoC chemotherapy or cediranib or cediranib + Lynparza

FPCD

Q2 2016

(Phase II)

 

FPCD

Q1 2019

(Phase III)

 

First data

anticipated

2021+

Recruitment ongoing

(Phase III component)

Phase III

DuO-O

Advanced 1st-line

ovarian cancer

Chemotherapy +

bevacizumab or

chemotherapy +

bevacizumab +

Imfinzi +/-

Lynparza maintenance

FPCD

Q1 2019

 

First data

anticipated

2021+

Recruitment

ongoing

Phase III

PROpel

Stage IV, advanced, castration-resistant prostate cancer

Abiraterone or

abiraterone +

Lynparza

FPCD

Q4 2018

 

First data

anticipated

2021

Recruitment ongoing

 

Enhertu (breast and other cancers)

During the period, Daiichi Sankyo announced that Enhertu had been approved by Japan's MHLW for the treatment of patients with HER2+ unresectable or metastatic breast cancer, following chemotherapy. Approval of Enhertu was based on the results of the pivotal Phase II DESTINY-Breast01 trial of Enhertu monotherapy in HER2+ metastatic breast cancer patients.

 

Table 26 : Key Enhertu trials

 

Trial

Population

Design

Timeline

Status

Phase II

DESTINY-Breast01

Stage IV, HER2+ (IHC[54] 3+ and IHC 2+/ISH[55]+) breast cancer post trastuzumab emtansine

Enhertu

(single arm)

FPCD

Q4 2017

 

LPCD

Q4 2018

Primary objective met

 

Breakthrough Therapy Designation (US)

 

Approval (JP), accelerated approval (US)

Phase III

DESTINY-Breast02

Stage IV, HER2+ (IHC 3+ and IHC 2+/ISH+) breast cancer post trastuzumab emtansine

SoC chemotherapy or Enhertu

FPCD

Q4 2018

 

First data anticipated

2021

Recruitment ongoing

Phase III

DESTINY-Breast03

Stage IV, HER2+ (IHC 3+ and IHC 2+/ISH+) breast cancer

Trastuzumab emtansine or Enhertu

FPCD

Q4 2018

 

First data anticipated

2021

Recruitment ongoing

Phase III

DESTINY-Breast04

Stage IV, HER2-low (IHC 1+/2+) breast cancer

SoC chemotherapy or Enhertu

FPCD

Q4 2018

 

First data anticipated

2021

Recruitment ongoing

Phase II

DESTINY-Gastric01

Stage IV, HER2+ (IHC 3+ and IHC 2+/ISH+) gastric cancer

SoC chemotherapy or Enhertu

FPCD

Q4 2017

 

LPCD

Q2 2019

Primary endpoint met

 

Koselugo (NF1)

During the period, the Company announced that the US FDA has approved the MEK 1/2 inhibitor, Koselugo(formerly selumetinib) for the treatment of paediatric patients aged two years and older who suffer from NF1 and symptomatic, inoperable plexiform neurofibromas (PNs). The approval was based on positive results from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) Cancer Therapy Evaluation Program-sponsored Phase II SPRINT Stratum 1 trial, coordinated by the NCI's Center for Cancer Research, Pediatric Oncology Branch. This was the first regulatory approval anywhere in the world of a medicine for the treatment of NF1 PNs.

 

During the period, Koselugoreceived a regulatory submission acceptance in the EU for the treatment of NF1.

 

Cediranib

In March 2020, the Company announced high-level results from the Phase III GY004 trial, led by NRG Oncology and sponsored by the US NCI, that examined the efficacy and safety of the potential new medicine cediranib when added to Lynparza versus platinum-based chemotherapy in patients with platinum-sensitive relapsed ovarian cancer. The trial did not meet the primary endpoint, in the intention-to-treat population, of a statistically significant improvement in PFS. Cediranib is an oral vascular endothelial growth factor receptor inhibitor, which blocks the growth of blood vessels supporting tumour growth.

 

 

CVRM

 

a)  Farxiga(heart failure)

In March 2020, the Company announced that the DAPA-CKD Phase III trial for Farxiga in patients with CKD would be stopped early, following a recommendation from an IDMC, based on its determination of overwhelming efficacy. The decision followed a routine assessment of efficacy and safety. The Company anticipates presentation of the data at a forthcoming medical meeting.

 

During the period, the Company decided not to pursue the application for Farxiga in type-1 diabetes in the US. This followed a complete response letter received in 2019. Forxiga is currently approved for the treatment of type-1 diabetes in the EU and Japan.

 

Table 27 : Key large CVRM outcomes trials

 

Trial

Population

Design

Primary endpoint(s)

Timeline

Status

Farxiga

 

Phase III

DAPA-HF

c.4,500 patients with HF and reduced ejection fraction, with and without T2D

 

Arm 1: Farxiga 10mg or 5 mg QD[56] + SoC

 

Arm 2: placebo + SoC

Time to first occurrence of CV death or hospitalisation due to HF or an urgent HF visit

FPCD

Q1 2017

 

 LPCD

Q4 2018

Primary endpoint met

 

Fast Track designation (US)

Phase III

DELIVER

c.4,700 patients with HF and preserved ejection fraction, with and without T2D

 

Arm 1: Farxiga 10mg QD

 

Arm 2: placebo

Time to first occurrence of CV death or worsening HF

FPCD

Q4 2018

 

First data anticipated 2021+

 

Recruitment ongoing

 

Fast Track designation (US)

Phase III

DAPA-CKD

c.4,000 patients with CKD, with and without T2D

Arm 1: Farxiga 10mg or 5mg QD

 

Arm 2: placebo

Time to first occurrence of ≥ 50% sustained decline in eGFR[57] or reaching ESRD[58] or CV death or renal death

 

FPCD

Q1 2017

 

LPCD

Q1 2020

Trial stopped early based on recommendation from an IDMC

 

Fast Track designation (US)

Brilinta

 

Phase III THEMIS

c.19,000 patients with T2D and CAD without a history of MI or stroke

Arm 1: Brilinta 60mg BID[59]

 

Arm 2: placebo BID on a background of aspirin if not contra-indicated[60] or not tolerated

Composite of CV death, non-fatal MI and non-fatal stroke

FPCD

Q1 2014

 

LPCD

Q2 2016

Primary endpoint met

Phase III

THALES

c.11,000 patients with acute ischaemic stroke or transient ischaemic attack

Arm 1: Brilinta 90mg BID

 

Arm 2: placebo BID on a background of aspirin if not contra-indicated or not tolerated

Prevention of the composite of subsequent stroke and death at 30 days

FPCD

Q1 2018

 

LPCD

Q4 2019

Primary endpoint met

 

b)  Lokelma (hyperkalaemia)

In April 2020, the US FDA approved a label update for Lokelma to include a dosing regimen specifically to treat hyperkalaemia (elevated levels of potassium in the blood) in patients with end-stage renal disease on chronic haemodialysis. The approval by the agency was based on positive results from the Phase IIIb DIALIZE trial.

 

Similarly, during the period, the Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use of the European Medicines Agency adopted a positive opinion on a dosing and administration label update for Lokelma to include patients with hyperkalaemia on stable haemodialysis. The recommendation was also based on data from the Phase IIIb DIALIZE trial, which showed that 41% of patients receiving Lokelma maintained pre-dialysis potassium levels on at least three out of four dialysis treatments after the long interdialytic interval and did not require urgent rescue therapy. This compared with 1.0% of patients receiving placebo, making it a statistically significant and clinically meaningful improvement. The safety profile of Lokelma observed in DIALIZE was consistent with previous trials.

 

In March 2020, Lokelma was approved in Japan for the treatment of patients with hyperkalaemia. The approval by the MHLW was based on positive results from stand-alone trials in Japan and the global clinical-trial programme. Lokelma is approved for the treatment of hyperkalaemia in the US, EU, Canada, Hong Kong, China, Russia and most recently, Japan.

 

c)  Roxadustat (anaemia)

During the period, AstraZeneca accomplished a number of regulatory submissions for roxadustat in rest-of-world countries, including Brazil, Chile, India, Mexico, Philippines, South Korea and Taiwan. In addition, a regulatory submission was made to the ACSS consortium for Australia, Canada and Singapore. FibroGen and Astellas are responsible for European regulatory submissions, including Switzerland.

 

 

Respiratory & Immunology

AstraZeneca has taken the opportunity to rename its Respiratory therapy area Respiratory & Immunology. With common pathways and underlying disease drivers across respiratory and immunology, AstraZeneca is following the science from chronic lung diseases to immunology-driven disease areas.

 

Fasenra (eosinophil-driven diseases)

During the period, the Company announced three new trials for Fasenra in skin diseases, adding to the five trials already underway for the medicine in eosinophil-driven diseases (EDDs) beyond severe asthma. In EDD, immune-system dysfunction causes eosinophil recruitment and activation of eosinophils (a type of white blood cell), leading to chronic local and/or systemic inflammation. The three new trials for Fasenra in skin diseases include two Phase II trials to assess the potential of the medicine as a treatment for atopic dermatitis and chronic spontaneous urticaria, as well as a Phase III trial in bullous pemphigoid (BP).

 

Table 28 : Key Fasenra lifecycle management trials

 

Trial

Population

Design

Primary endpoint(s)

Timeline

Status

Phase III OSTRO

Patients (aged 18-75 years) with severe bilateral nasal polyposis; symptomatic, despite SoC

Placebo or Fasenra 30mg Q8W SC

Nasal-polyposis burden and reported nasal blockage

FPCD

Q1 2018

 

LPCD

Q2 2019

 

Data anticipated

H2 2020

Recruitment completed

Phase III RESOLUTE

Patients with moderate to very severe COPD with a history of frequent COPD exacerbations and elevated peripheral blood eosinophils

Placebo or Fasenra 100mg Q8W SC

Annualised rate of moderate or severe COPD exacerbations

FPCD

Q4 2019

 

Data anticipated 2021+

Recruitment ongoing

Phase III

MANDARA

Eosinophilic granulomatosis with polyangiitis

Fasenra  30mg or

mepolizumab 3x100mg Q4W

Proportion of patients who achieve remission, defined as a score[61] =0 and an OCS dose ≤4 mg/day at weeks 36 and 48

FPCD

Q4 2019

 

Data anticipated

2021+

Recruitment ongoing

 

Orphan Drug Designation (US)

Phase III

NATRON

HES[62]

Placebo or Fasenra 30mg Q4W SC

Time to HES worsening flare or any cytotoxic and/or immuno-suppressive therapy increase or hospitalisation

FPCD

Q4 2019

 

Data anticipated 2021+

Recruitment ongoing

 

Orphan Drug Designation (US)

Phase III

MESSINA

Eosinophilic oesophagitis

Placebo or Fasenra 30mg Q4W SC

Proportion of patients with a histologic response

 

Changes from baseline in dysphagia PRO[63]

Data anticipated 2021+

Recruitment ongoing

 

Orphan Drug Designation (US)

Phase III

FJORD

BP

Placebo or Fasenra 30mg Q4W SC

Proportion of patients with partial or

complete remission of BP whilst off OCS for ≥2 months

at Week 36

Data anticipated 2021+

Initiating

 

 

 

For more details on the development pipeline, including anticipated timelines for regulatory submission/acceptances, please refer to the latest Clinical Trials Appendix available on astrazeneca.com.

 

 

 

Interim Financial Statements

 

Table 29: Condensed consolidated statement of comprehensive income - Q1 2020

 

For the quarter ended 31 March

2020

2019

$m

$m

Total Revenue

6,354

5,491

Product Sales

6,311

5,465

Collaboration Revenue

43

26

Cost of Sales

(1,420)

(1,129)

Gross Profit

4,934

4,362

Distribution costs

(87)

(78)

Research and development expense

(1,388)

(1,266)

Selling, general and administrative costs

(2,719)

(2,514)

Other operating income and expense

480

593

Operating Profit

1,220

1,097

Finance income

51

55

Finance expense

(332)

(367)

Share of after-tax losses in associates and joint ventures

(4)

(27)

Profit Before Tax

935

758

Taxation

(185)

(195)

Profit for the period

750

563

Other comprehensive income

 

 

Items that will not be reclassified to profit or loss

 

 

Remeasurement of the defined benefit pension liability

440

10

Net gains on equity investments measured at fair value through other comprehensive income

171

120

Fair value movements related to own credit risk on bonds designated as fair value through profit or loss

21

(1)

Tax on items that will not be reclassified to profit or loss

(66)

(43)

 

566

86

Items that may be reclassified subsequently to profit or loss

 

 

Foreign exchange arising on consolidation

(608)

53

Foreign exchange arising on designating borrowings in net investment hedges

(380)

(180)

Fair value movements on cash flow hedges

(187)

(54)

Fair value movements on cash flow hedges transferred to profit or loss

45

47

Fair value movements on derivatives designated in net investment hedges

60

3

Costs of hedging

(5)

(6)

Tax on items that may be reclassified subsequently to profit or loss

73

23

 

(1,002)

(114)

Other comprehensive loss for the period, net of tax

(436)

(28)

Total comprehensive income for the period

314

535

Profit attributable to:

 

 

Owners of the Parent

780

593

Non-controlling interests

(30)

(30)

 

750

563

Total comprehensive income attributable to:

 

 

Owners of the Parent

345

565

Non-controlling interests

(31)

(30)

 

314

535

Basic earnings per $0.25 Ordinary Share

 $0.59

 $0.47

Diluted earnings per $0.25 Ordinary Share

 $0.59

 $0.47

Weighted average number of Ordinary Shares in issue (millions)

1,312

1,267

Diluted weighted average number of Ordinary Shares in issue (millions)

1,313

1,268

 

Table 30 : Condensed consolidated statement of financial position

 

 

At 31 Mar 2020

At 31 Dec 2019

At 31 Mar 2019

$m

$m

$m

Assets

 

 

 

Non-current assets

 

 

 

Property, plant and equipment

7,347

7,688

7,446

Right-of-use assets

644

647

707

Goodwill

11,569

11,668

11,674

Intangible assets

19,718

20,833

22,852

Investments in associates and joint ventures

44

58

76

Other investments

1,476

1,401

1,530

Derivative financial instruments

104

61

94

Other receivables

527

740

496

Deferred tax assets

2,960

2,718

2,531

 

44,389

45,814

47,406

Current assets

 

 

 

Inventories

3,123

3,193

3,050

Trade and other receivables

5,080

5,761

5,289

Other investments

752

849

822

Derivative financial instruments

61

36

234

Income tax receivable

262

285

118

Cash and cash equivalents

3,413

5,369

4,136

Assets held for sale

131

70

-

 

12,822

15,563

13,649

Total assets

57,211

61,377

61,055

Liabilities

 

 

 

Current liabilities

 

 

 

Interest-bearing loans and borrowings

(2,289)

(1,822)

(3,544)

Lease liabilities

(181)

(188)

(175)

Trade and other payables

(12,633)

(13,987)

(13,102)

Derivative financial instruments

(31)

(36)

(28)

Provisions

(649)

(723)

(397)

Income tax payable

(1,260)

(1,361)

(1,010)

 

(17,043)

(18,117)

(18,256)

Non-current liabilities

 

 

 

Interest-bearing loans and borrowings

(15,634)

(15,730)

(17,320)

Lease liabilities

(472)

(487)

(539)

Derivative financial instruments

(188)

(18)

(5)

Deferred tax liabilities

(2,501)

(2,490)

(3,267)

Retirement benefit obligations

(2,129)

(2,807)

(2,385)

Provisions

(807)

(841)

(379)

Other payables

(6,221)

(6,291)

(6,875)

 

(27,952)

(28,664)

(30,770)

Total liabilities

(44,995)

(46,781)

(49,026)

Net assets

12,216

14,596

12,029

Equity

 

 

 

Capital and reserves attributable to equity holders of the Parent

 

 

 

Share capital

328

328

317

Share premium account

7,946

7,941

4,438

Other reserves

2,056

2,046

2,046

Retained earnings

448

2,812

3,682

 

10,778

13,127

10,483

Non-controlling interests

1,438

1,469

1,546

Total equity

12,216

14,596

12,029

 

Table 31 : Condensed consolidated statement of changes in equity

 

 

Share capital

Share premium account

Other reserves

Retained earnings

Total attributable to owners of the parent

Non-controlling interests

Total equity

 

$m

$m

$m

$m

$m

$m

$m

At 1 Jan 2019

317

4,427

2,041

5,683

12,468

1,576

14,044

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adoption of new accounting standards

-

-

-

54

54

-

54

Profit for the period

-

-

-

593

593

(30)

563

Other comprehensive loss

-

-

-

(28)

(28)

-

(28)

Transfer to other reserves

-

-

5

(5)

-

-

-

Transactions with owners:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dividends

-

-

-

(2,403)

(2,403)

-

(2,403)

Issue of Ordinary Shares

-

11

-

-

11

-

11

Share-based payments charge for the period

-

-

-

53

53

-

53

Settlement of share plan awards

-

-

-

(265)

(265)

-

(265)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net movement

-

11

5

(2,001)

(1,985)

(30)

(2,015)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At 31 Mar 2019

317

4,438

2,046

3,682

10,483

1,546

12,029

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At 1 Jan 2020

328

7,941

2,046

2,812

13,127

1,469

14,596

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Profit for the period

-

-

-

780

780

(30)

750

Other comprehensive loss

-

-

-

(435)

(435)

(1)

(436)

Transfer to other reserves

-

-

10

(10)

-

-

-

Transactions with owners:

 

 

 

 

 

 

-

Dividends

-

-

-

(2,489)

(2,489)

-

(2,489)

Issue of Ordinary Shares

-

5

-

-

5

-

5

Share-based payments charge for the period

-

-

-

53

53

-

53

Settlement of share plan awards

-

-

-

(263)

(263)

-

(263)

Net movement

-

5

10

(2,364)

(2,349)

(31)

(2,380)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At 31 Mar 2020

328

7,946

2,056

448

10,778

1,438

12,216

 

Table 32 : Condensed consolidated statement of cash flows

 

For the quarter ended 31 March

2020

2019

$m

$m

Cash flows from operating activities

 

 

Profit Before Tax

935

758

Finance income and expense

281

312

Share of after-tax losses of associates and joint ventures

4

27

Depreciation, amortisation and impairment

841

676

Increase in working capital and short-term provisions

(445)

(710)

Gains on disposal of intangible assets

(358)

(512)

Fair value movements on contingent consideration arising from business combinations

(33)

8

Non-cash and other movements

(429)

(404)

Cash generated from operations

796

155

Interest paid

(180)

(208)

Tax paid

(477)

(334)

Net cash inflow/(outflow) from operating activities

139

(387)

Cash flows from investing activities

 

 

Payment of contingent consideration from business combinations

(167)

(219)

Purchase of property, plant and equipment

(186)

(174)

Disposal of property, plant and equipment

-

28

Purchase of intangible assets

(190)

(586)

Disposal of intangible assets

365

1,071

Movement in profit-participation liability

-

150

Purchase of non-current asset investments

(115)

(3)

Disposal of non-current asset investments

184

17

Movement in short-term investments, fixed deposits and other investing instruments

98

20

Payments to associates and joint ventures

(8)

(12)

Interest received

28

36

Net cash inflow from investing activities

9

328

Net cash inflow/(outflow) before financing activities

148

(59)

Cash flows from financing activities

 

 

Proceeds from issue of share capital

6

11

Issue of loans

-

500

Dividends paid

(2,398)

(2,432)

Hedge contracts relating to dividend payments

(93)

26

Repayment of obligations under leases

(53)

(42)

Movement in short-term borrowings

176

1,239

Net cash outflow from financing activities

(2,362)

(698)

Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents in the period

(2,214)

(757)

Cash and cash equivalents at the beginning of the period

5,223

4,671

Exchange rate effects

(32)

12

Cash and cash equivalents at the end of the period

2,977

3,926

Cash and cash equivalents consist of:

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents

3,413

4,136

Overdrafts

(436)

(210)

 

2,977

3,926

 

Notes to the Interim Financial Statements

 

1)  Basis of preparation and accounting policies

These unaudited Interim Financial Statements for the three months ended 31 March 2020 have been prepared in accordance with IAS 34 'Interim Financial Reporting' as issued by the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) and as adopted by the EU. The UK has yet to announce its post-Brexit IFRS-adoption authority and, for the current time, will follow the EU approval process.

 

The unaudited Interim Financial Statements for the three months ended 31 March 2020 were approved by the Board of Directors for release on 29 April 2020.

 

The annual financial statements of the Group are prepared in accordance with IFRSs as issued by the IASB and adopted by the EU. Except as noted below, the Interim Financial Statements have been prepared applying the accounting policies that were applied in the preparation of the Group's published consolidated financial statements for the year ended 31 December 2019.

 

IFRS 3

An amendment to IFRS 3 'Business Combinations' relating to the definition of a business was endorsed by the EU in April 2020 with an effective date of 1 January 2020. The change in definition of a business within IFRS 3 introduces an optional concentration test to perform a simplified assessment of whether an acquired set of activities and assets is or is not a business on a transaction by transaction basis. This change is expected to provide more reliable and comparable information about certain transactions as it provides more consistency in accounting in the pharmaceutical industry for substantially similar transactions for which, under the previous definition, may have been accounted in different ways, despite limited differences in substance. The Group has adopted this amendment from the effective date.

 

IFRS 9, IAS 39 and IFRS 7

Amendments to IFRS 9 'Financial Instruments', IAS 39 'Financial Instruments: Recognition and Measurement' and IFRS 7 'Financial Instruments: Disclosures' relating to interbank offered rate (IBOR) reform were endorsed by the EU in January 2020. The Group adopted the amendments in the year ended 31 December 2019. The replacement of benchmark interest rates such as the London Inter-bank Offered Rate (IBOR) and other IBORs is a priority for global regulators. The amendments provide relief from applying specific hedge-accounting requirements to hedge relationships directly affected by IBOR reform and have the effect that IBOR reform should generally not cause hedge accounting to terminate. There is no financial impact from the early adoption of these amendments.

 

The Group has one IFRS 9 designated hedge relationship that is potentially impacted by IBOR reform, namely a €300m cross-currency interest-rate swap in a fair-value hedge relationship with €300m of a €750m 0.875% 2021 non-callable bond. This swap references three-month USD LIBOR and uncertainty arising from the Group's exposure to IBOR reform will cease when the swap matures in 2021. The implications on the wider business of IBOR reform will be assessed this year.

 

COVID-19

AstraZeneca has assessed the impact of the uncertainty presented by the COVID-19 pandemic on the Interim Financial Statements comprising the financial results to 31 March 2020 and the financial position as at 31 March 2020, specifically considering the impact on key judgements and significant estimates as detailed on page 173 of the Annual Report and 20-F Information 2019 along with a several other areas of increased risk.

 

A detailed assessment has been performed, focussing on the following areas:

 

-  recoverable value of goodwill, intangible assets and property, plant and equipment

-  impact on key assumptions used to estimate contingent consideration liabilities

-  key assumptions used in estimating the Group's defined-benefit pension obligations;

-  basis for estimating clinical-trial accruals

-  key assumptions used in estimating rebates, chargebacks and returns for US Product Sales

-  valuations of unlisted equity investments

-  expected credit losses associated with changes in credit risk relating to trade and other receivables

-  net realisable value of inventories

-  fair value of certain financial instruments

-  recoverability of deferred tax assets

Given the significant volatility experienced in the financial markets, the assumptions used to estimate the Group's material defined-benefit pension obligations were updated and resulted in a $678m reduction in the Group's overall defined-benefit pension deficit. This reduction primarily reflected declines in liability valuations from lower-inflation expectations and higher discount rates (due to rising long term AA corporate bond yields) and more than offset declines in asset values, which held up relatively well in difficult market conditions. In the UK, £79m of deficit-recovery contributions were also paid. The sensitivity of the Group's main defined-benefit liability valuations to changes in assumptions is set out on page 207 of the Annual Report and Form 20-F Information 2019.

 

No further material accounting impacts relating to the areas assessed above were recognised during the three-month period ending 31 March 2020.

 

The Group will continue to monitor these areas of increased judgement and risk for material changes.

 

Going concern

The Group has considerable financial resources available. As at 31 March 2020, the Group had $8.3bn in financial resources (cash and cash-equivalent balances of $3.4bn, $0.8bn of liquid fixed income securities and undrawn committed bank facilities of $4.1bn, of which $3.4bn is available until April 2022, $0.5bn is available until November 2020 (extendable to November 2021) and $0.2bn is available until December 2020, with only $2.5bn of borrowings due within one year). The Group's revenues are largely derived from sales of medicines which are covered by patents which provide a relatively high level of resilience and predictability to cash inflows, although government price interventions in response to budgetary constraints are expected to continue to adversely affect revenues in many of the mature markets. The Group, however, anticipates new revenue streams from both recently launched medicines and those in development, and the Group has a wide diversity of customers and suppliers across different geographic areas. Consequently, the Directors believe that, overall, the Group is well placed to manage its business risks successfully. In the current environment, the Directors have also considered the impact of a range of possible future COVID-19 related scenarios and believe the Group retains sufficient liquidity to continue to operate.

 

Based on the above paragraph, the going-concern basis has been adopted in these Interim Financial Statements.

 

Legal proceedings

The information contained in Note 5 updates the disclosures concerning legal proceedings and contingent liabilities in the Group's Annual Report and Form 20-F Information 2019.

 

Financial information

The comparative figures for the financial year ended 31 December 2019 are not the Group's statutory accounts for that financial year. Those accounts have been reported on by the Group's auditors and will be delivered to the registrar of companies; their report was (i) unqualified, (ii) did not include a reference to any matters to which the auditors drew attention by way of emphasis without qualifying their report, and (iii) did not contain a statement under section 498(2) or (3) of the Companies Act 2006.

 

2)  Intangible assets

In accordance with IAS 36 'Impairment of Assets', reviews for triggers at an individual asset or cash-generating-unit level have been conducted. This has resulted in a total impairment charge of $117m being recorded during the three months ended 31 March 2020, of which $102m is in relation to Bydureon (revised carrying amount of $627m). The impairment was driven by an overall reduction in forecast Total Revenue over the remaining asset life, reflecting expectations of returns from promotional activities, including a level of anticipated impact resulting from the restrictions in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic. If Total Revenue projections for Bydureon were to decline by a further 5% over the forecast period, it would result in a further impairment charge of c.$50m.

 

3)  Net Debt

The table below provides an analysis of Net Debt and a reconciliation of Net Cash Flow to the movement in Net Debt. The Group monitors Net Debt as part of its capital-management policy as described in Note 27 of the Annual Report and Form 20-F Information 2019. Net Debt is a non-GAAP financial measure.

 

Table 33 : Net Debt

 

 

At 1 Jan 2020

Cash flow

Non-cash & other

Exchange movements

At 31 Mar 2020

$m

$m

$m

$m

$m

Non-current instalments of loans

(15,730)

-

7

89

(15,634)

Non-current instalments of leases

(487)

-

-

15

(472)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total long-term debt

(16,217)

-

7

104

(16,106)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Current instalments of loans

(1,597)

-

(1)

-

(1,598)

Current instalments of leases

(188)

58

(56)

5

(181)

Commercial paper

-

(85)

-

-

(85)

Bank collateral

(71)

(93)

-

-

(164)

Other short-term borrowings excluding overdrafts

(8)

2

-

-

(6)

Overdraft

(146)

(297)

-

7

(436)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total current debt

(2,010)

(415)

(57)

12

(2,470)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gross borrowings

(18,227)

(415)

(50)

116

(18,576)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net derivative financial instruments

43

93

(190)

-

(54)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net borrowings

(18,184)

(322)

(240)

116

(18,630)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents

5,369

(1,917)

-

(39)

3,413

Other investments - current

849

(98)

6

(5)

752

Other investments - non-current

62

-

(10)

-

52

Cash and investments

6,280

(2,015)

(4)

(44)

4,217

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net Debt

(11,904)

(2,337)

(244)

72

(14,413)

 

Non-cash movements in the period include fair-value adjustments under IFRS 9.

 

Other investments - non-current are included within the balance of $1,476m (31 December 2019: $1,401m) in the Condensed consolidated statement of financial position. The equivalent GAAP measure to net debt is 'liabilities arising from financing activities' which excludes the amounts for cash and overdrafts, other investments and non-financing derivatives shown above and includes the Acerta Pharma put-option liability of $2,182m (31 December 2019: $2,146m) shown in non-current other payables.

 

4)  Financial instruments

As detailed in the Group's most recent annual financial statements, the principal financial instruments consist of derivative financial instruments, other investments, trade and other receivables, cash and cash equivalents, trade and other payables, leases and interest-bearing loans and borrowings. There have been no changes of significance to the categorisation or fair-value hierarchy classification of our financial instruments from those detailed in the Notes to the Group Financial Statements in the Annual Report and Form 20-F Information 2019.

 

The Group holds certain equity investments that are categorised as Level 3 in the fair-value hierarchy and for which fair-value gains of $6m have been recognised in the quarter ended 31 March 2020. These are presented in Net gains on equity investments measured at fair value through other comprehensive income in the Condensed consolidated statement of comprehensive income.

 

Financial instruments measured at fair value include $2,228m of other investments, $2,035m held in money market funds, $327m of loans designated at fair value through profit or loss, $332m of loans designated in a fair value hedge relationship and ($54m) of derivatives as at 31 March 2020. The total fair value of interest-bearing loans and borrowings at 31 March 2020, which have a carrying value of $18,576m in the Condensed consolidated statement of financial position, was $20,929m. Contingent consideration liabilities arising on business combinations have been classified under Level 3 in the fair-value hierarchy and movements in fair value are shown below:

 

Table 34 : Financial instruments

 

 

2020

2019

Diabetes alliance

Other

Total

Total

$m

$m

$m

$m

At 1 January

3,300

839

4,139

5,106

Settlements

(124)

(43)

(167)

(219)

Revaluations

(22)

(11)

(33)

8

Discount unwind

57

16

73

90

 

 

 

 

 

At 31 March

3,211

801

4,012

4,985

 

Contingent consideration arising from business combinations is fair-valued using decision-tree analysis, with key inputs including the probability of success, consideration of potential delays and the expected levels of future revenues.

 

The contingent consideration balance relating to BMS's share of the global diabetes alliance of $3,211m (31 December 2019: $3,300m) would increase/decline by $321m with an increase/decline in sales of 10%, as compared with the current estimates.

 

Included within the BMS contingent consideration liability includes estimates of royalties payable in relation to Bydureon. The revised Total Revenue projections for Bydureon have also resulted in a $22m reduction in the contingent consideration balance as at 31 March 2020. A further 5% reduction in Bydureon Total Revenue would result in an additional $11m reduction.

 

5)  Legal proceedings and contingent liabilities

AstraZeneca is involved in various legal proceedings considered typical to its business, including litigation and investigations relating to product liability, commercial disputes, infringement of intellectual property rights, the validity of certain patents, anti-trust law and sales and marketing practices. The matters discussed below constitute the more significant developments since publication of the disclosures concerning legal proceedings in the Company's Annual Report and Form 20-F Information 2019 (the Disclosures). Unless noted otherwise below or in the Disclosures, no provisions have been established in respect of the claims discussed below.

 

As discussed in the Disclosures, for the majority of claims in which AstraZeneca is involved, it is not possible to make a reasonable estimate of the expected financial effect, if any, that will result from ultimate resolution of the proceedings. In these cases, AstraZeneca discloses information with respect only to the nature and facts of the cases, but no provision is made.

 

In cases that have been settled or adjudicated, or where quantifiable fines and penalties have been assessed and which are not subject to appeal, or where a loss is probable and we are able to make a reasonable estimate of the loss, AstraZeneca records the loss absorbed or makes a provision for its best estimate of the expected loss. The position could change over time and the estimates that the Company made, and upon which the Company have relied in calculating these provisions are inherently imprecise. There can, therefore, be no assurance that any losses that result from the outcome of any legal proceedings will not exceed the amount of the provisions that have been booked in the accounts. The major factors causing this uncertainty are described more fully in the Disclosures and herein.

 

AstraZeneca has full confidence in, and will vigorously defend and enforce, its intellectual property.

 

Matters disclosed in respect of the first quarter of 2020 and to 29 April 2020

 

Patent litigation

 

a)  Tagrisso

US patent proceedings

As disclosed in February 2020, in response to Paragraph IV notices from multiple abbreviated new drug application (ANDA) filers, AstraZeneca filed patent-infringement lawsuits in the US District Court for the District of Delaware. In its complaint, AstraZeneca alleged that a generic version of Tagrisso, if approved and marketed, would infringe a US Orange Book-listed Tagrisso patent. No trial date has been set.

 

b)  Symbicort

US patent proceedings

As previously disclosed, AstraZeneca has ANDA litigation against Mylan Pharmaceuticals Inc. (Mylan) and 3M Company (3M) in the US District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia. In the action, AstraZeneca alleges that the defendants' generic versions of Symbicort, if approved and marketed, would infringe various AstraZeneca patents. Mylan and 3M allege that their proposed generic medicines do not infringe the asserted patents and/or that the asserted patents are invalid and/or unenforceable. The trial of the Mylan and 3M matter is scheduled for October 2020.

 

c)  Movantik

US patent proceedings

In March 2020, Aether Therapeutics, Inc. filed a patent infringement lawsuit in the US District Court for the District of Delaware against AstraZeneca, Nektar Therapeutics and Daiichi Sankyo relating to Movantik.

 

 

Commercial litigation

 

Amplimmune

As disclosed in the US in June 2017, AstraZeneca was served with a lawsuit filed by the stockholders' agents for Amplimmune, Inc. (Amplimmune) in Delaware State Court that alleged, among other things, breaches of contractual obligations relating to a 2013 merger agreement between AstraZeneca and Amplimmune. Trial of the matter was held in February 2020 and post-trial oral argument is scheduled for June 2020.

 

 

Government investigations/proceedings

 

a)  Synagis

Litigation in New York

As disclosed in the US in June 2011, MedImmune received a demand from the US Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York requesting certain documents related to the sales and marketing activities of Synagis. In July 2011, MedImmune received a similar court order to produce documents from the Office of the Attorney General for the State of New York Medicaid and Fraud Control Unit pursuant to what the government attorneys advised was a joint investigation. MedImmune has co-operated with these inquiries. In March 2017, MedImmune was served with a lawsuit filed in US District Court for the Southern District of New York by the Attorney General for the State of New York, alleging that MedImmune inappropriately provided assistance to a single specialty-care pharmacy. In September 2018, the US District Court in New York denied MedImmune's motion to dismiss the lawsuit brought by the Attorney General for the State of New York.

 

In June 2017, MedImmune was served with a lawsuit in US District Court for the Southern District of New York by a relator under the qui tam (whistle-blower) provisions of the federal and certain state False Claims Acts. The lawsuit was originally filed under seal in April 2009 and alleged that MedImmune made false claims about Synagis. In November 2017, MedImmune was served with an amended complaint in which relator set forth additional false claims' allegations relating to Synagis. In September 2018, the US District Court in New York dismissed the relator's lawsuit. In January 2019, relator appealed the decision of the US District Court in New York. In March 2020, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit affirmed the US District Court's decision dismissing the relator's lawsuit.

 

b)  Crestor

Qui tam litigation

As previously disclosed, in the US, in January and February 2014, AstraZeneca was served with lawsuits filed in the US District Court for the District of Delaware under the qui tam provisions of the federal False Claims Act and related state statutes, alleging that AstraZeneca directed certain employees to promote Crestor off-label and provided unlawful remuneration to physicians in connection with the promotion of Crestor. The Department of Justice and all US states declined to intervene in the lawsuits. In March 2019, AstraZeneca filed a motion to dismiss the complaint. In February 2020, the District Court partially granted AstraZeneca's motion to dismiss.

 

Vermont US Attorney investigation

In April 2020, AstraZeneca received a Civil Investigative Demand from the US Attorney's Office in Vermont and the Department of Justice, Civil Division, seeking documents and information relating to AstraZeneca's relationships with electronic health-record vendors. AstraZeneca intends to co-operate with this enquiry. 

 

6)  Subsequent events

In April 2020, AstraZeneca completed an agreement to sublicense its global rights to Movantik, excluding Europe, Canada and Israel, to RedHill Biopharma (RedHill) for $67.5m. A related intangible was classified as a current asset held for sale at 31 March 2020.

 

In April 2020, AstraZeneca and Circassia agreed to terminate the development and commercialisation agreement relating to Tudorza and Duaklir in the US. The agreement is expected to close in Q2 2020. Upon completion, the rights to the assets will revert to AstraZeneca in consideration for the release of amounts outstanding under a loan agreement that arose from transactions relating to the agreement. The loan was previously classified as a non-current asset and has been reclassified as a current asset at 31 March 2020.

 

In April 2020, the Company signed and closed an agreement with Taiyo Pharma Co. Ltd to divest the rights to Inderal, Tenormin, Seloken and Omepral in Japan for ¥5,900m.

 

 

7)  Product Sales year-on-year analysis[64]

 

Table 35 : Product Sales year-on-year analysis - Q1 2020

 

 

World

Emerging Markets

US

Europe

Established RoW

$m

% change

$m

% change

$m

% change

$m

% change

$m

% change

Actual

CER

Actual

CER

Actual

Actual

CER

Actual

CER

Oncology

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tagrisso

982

56

58

280

n/m

n/m

371

43

162

62

66

169

27

26

Imfinzi

462

57

57

33

n/m

n/m

286

24

75

n/m

n/m

68

94

93

Lynparza

397

67

69

56

n/m

n/m

197

66

102

57

61

42

57

56

Calquence

88

n/m

n/m

1

n/m 

n/m

86

n/m

1

n/m 

n/m 

Zoladex*

225

16

19

149

30

35

2

24

35

1

3

39

(10)

(9)

Faslodex*

166

(35)

(34)

48

7

10

23

(83)

64

19

22

31

7

5

Iressa*

77

(42)

(41)

62

(28)

(26)

4

(2)

5

(79)

(78)

6

(69)

(69)

Arimidex*

50

(1)

1

41

16

20

1

(85)

(85)

8

(14)

(15)

Casodex*

42

(12)

(10)

33

8

11

1

(84)

(84)

8

(37)

(37)

Others

13

(37)

(36)

8

(11)

(9)

1

1

19

23

3

(60)

(61)

Total Oncology

2,502

32

34

711

45

49

970

26

446

42

46

375

18

17

BioPharmaceuticals: CVRM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Farxiga

405

16

19

141

49

55

113

(14)

116

30

34

35

2

3

Brilinta

408

17

19

134

38

42

165

8

93

12

15

16

8

10

Bydureon

100

(30)

(29)

1

(41)

(39)

84

(28)

12

(34)

(32)

3

(46)

(44)

Onglyza

141

(8)

(6)

47

10

13

67

(14)

15

(19)

(17)

12

(10)

(10)

Byetta

20

(32)

(31)

3

n/m

n/m

11

(42)

4

(37)

(35)

2

(17)

(13)

Other diabetes

13

16

18

2

n/m

n/m

7

(9)

3

50

56

1

Lokelma

11

n/m 

n/m 

10

n/m

1

n/m 

n/m 

Roxadustat

Crestor*

301

(10)

(9)

192

(15)

(13)

28

9

34

(12)

(10)

47

4

4

Seloken /Toprol-XL*

177

(21)

(18)

166

(14)

(11)

4

(82)

4

(29)

(29)

3

(2)

2

Atacand*

66

33

36

49

25

29

3

33

8

n/m

n/m

6

32

36

Others

59

(18)

(17)

37

(28)

(27)

19

7

9

3

22

22

BioPharmaceuticals: total CVRM

1,701

(1)

1

772

3

6

492

(12)

309

9

12

128

2

3

BioPharmaceuticals: Respiratory & Immunology

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Symbicort

790

35

36

156

17

20

310

76

195

7

10

129

37

37

Pulmicort

380

(1)

313

1

23

(3)

26

3

6

18

(8)

(8)

Fasenra

199

54

55

6

120

29

46

n/m

n/m

27

53

53

Daliresp /Daxas

53

11

12

1

(8)

(4)

45

10

7

17

21

Bevespi

12

22

22

12

15

-

Breztri

4

n/m 

n/m 

4

n/m 

n/m 

-

-

-

Others

113

(11)

(10)

59

(14)

(12)

2

38

46

(15)

(13)

6

n/m

n/m

BioPharmaceuticals: total Respiratory & Immunology

1,551

21

22

539

4

6

512

48

320

12

15

180

34

34

Other medicines

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nexium

338

(7)

(6)

187

(2)

1

40

(39)

22

36

41

89

(3)

(3)

Synagis

85

61

61

5

n/m

n/m

7

(72)

73

n/m

n/m

Losec /Prilosec

54

(30)

(28)

44

(14)

(12)

2

96

5

(74)

(74)

3

(47)

(48)

Seroquel XR /IR

36

(4)

(3)

12

(17)

(15)

13

n/m

8

(67)

(67)

3

(47)

(48)

Others

44

(8)

(7)

1

n/m

n/m

25

(9)

15

6

9

3

(82)

(82)

Total other medicines

557

(4)

(3)

249

2

87

(23)

123

23

25

98

(15)

(16)

Total Product Sales

6,311

15

17

2,271

13

16

2,061

15

1,198

22

25

781

13

12

 

8)  Product Sales quarterly sequential analysis[65]

 

Table 36: Product Sales quarterly sequential analysis - Q1 2020

 

 

Q1 2020

$m

% change

Actual

CER

Oncology

 

 

 

Tagrisso

982

11

11

Imfinzi

462

9

9

Lynparza

397

13

13

Calquence

88

58

58

Zoladex*

225

15

15

Faslodex*

166

Iressa*

77

(3)

(4)

Arimidex*

50

(1)

(2)

Casodex*

42

(2)

(3)

Others

13

(52)

(52)

Total Oncology

2,502

10

10

BioPharmaceuticals: CVRM

 

 

 

Farxiga

405

(3)

(3)

Brilinta

408

(5)

(5)

Bydureon

100

(28)

(28)

Onglyza

141

8

8

Byetta

20

(24)

(24)

Other diabetes

13

(22)

(22)

Lokelma

11

42

42

Roxadustat

Crestor*

301

2

1

Seloken /Toprol-XL*

177

(6)

(6)

Atacand*

66

11

12

Others

59

(21)

(22)

BioPharmaceuticals: total CVRM

1,701

(5)

(5)

BioPharmaceuticals: Respiratory & Immunology

 

 

 

Symbicort

790

11

11

Pulmicort

380

(8)

(9)

Fasenra

199

(3)

(3)

Daliresp /Daxas

53

(8)

(8)

Bevespi

12

9

9

Breztri

4

n/m

n/m

Others

113

(16)

(17)

BioPharmaceuticals: total Respiratory & Immunology

1,551

1

1

Other medicines

 

 

 

Nexium

338

(4)

(4)

Synagis

85

35

35

Losec /Prilosec

54

18

17

Seroquel XR /IR

36

(12)

(12)

Others

44

(71)

(70)

Total other medicines

557

(15)

(15)

Total Product Sales

6,311

1

1

 

9)  Product Sales quarterly sequential analysis - FY 2019[66]

 

Table 37: Product Sales quarterly sequential analysis - FY 2019

 

 

Q1 2019

Q2 2019

Q3 2019

Q4 2019

$m

% change

$m

% change

$m

% change

$m

% change

Actual

CER

Actual

CER

Actual

CER

Actual

CER

Oncology

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tagrisso

630

6

6

784

24

25

891

14

13

884

(1)

Imfinzi

295

13

13

338

15

15

412

22

22

424

3

4

Lynparza

237

13

13

283

19

20

327

16

15

351

7

8

Calquence

29

21

23

35

21

19

44

27

27

56

25

25

Faslodex*

254

(6)

(6)

267

5

6

205

(23)

(23)

166

(20)

(19)

Zoladex*

194

7

6

197

2

1

226

15

16

196

(14)

(12)

Iressa*

134

20

18

118

(12)

(11)

91

(23)

(22)

80

(13)

(12)

Arimidex*

51

11

10

60

18

17

63

5

5

51

(20)

(18)

Casodex*

48

4

3

57

19

18

52

(8)

(6)

43

(18)

(17)

Others

20

(13)

(14)

28

40

29

20

(27)

(22)

26

30

26

Total Oncology

1,892

7

6

2,167

15

15

2,334

8

8

2,274

(3)

(2)

BioPharmaceuticals: CVRM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Farxiga

349

(12)

(12)

377

8

9

398

5

5

419

5

6

Brilinta

348

(7)

(8)

389

12

12

416

7

8

428

3

3

Bydureon

142

3

3

141

(1)

-

127

(10)

(10)

139

9

10

Onglyza

153

3

3

116

(24)

(24)

127

9

11

131

3

4

Byetta

30

(6)

(5)

25

(17)

(16)

28

10

13

27

(2)

(4)

Other diabetes

11

(8)

(17)

11

8

14

26

22

16

17

17

Lokelma

n/m

n/m

2

n/m

n/m

4

n/m

n/m

8

87

74

Roxadustat

Crestor*

335

(5)

(6)

310

(7)

(7)

337

9

9

296

(12)

(11)

Seloken /Toprol-XL*

225

41

38

168

(25)

(25)

177

6

8

190

7

8

Atacand*

50

(14)

(15)

56

12

14

55

(1)

(1)

60

8

9

Others

71

(3)

(5)

63

(11)

(8)

65

4

2

72

13

16

BioPharmaceuticals: total CVRM

1,714

(2)

(3)

1,658

(3)

(3)

1,749

5

6

1,785

2

3

BioPharmaceuticals: Respiratory & Immunology

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Symbicort

585

(8)

(8)

585

1

613

5

4

712

16

17

Pulmicort

383

(2)

(2)

333

(13)

(13)

337

1

3

413

22

23

Fasenra

129

3

4

167

29

30

202

21

21

206

2

2

Daliresp /Daxas

48

(11)

(12)

56

17

18

53

(6)

(7)

58

10

10

Bevespi

10

(5)

10

2

10

4

8

12

8

5

Breztri

1

1

(74)

(73)

Others

128

(14)

(12)

101

(21)

(23)

102

1

(1)

135

33

38

BioPharmaceuticals: total Respiratory & Immunology

1,283

(6)

(6)

1,252

(2)

(2)

1,319

5

6

1,537

17

17

Other medicines

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nexium

363

(7)

(8)

393

8

8

374

(5)

(4)

353

(6)

(6)

Synagis

53

(79)

(79)

96

81

81

146

52

53

63

(57)

(57)

Losec /Prilosec

76

27

26

68

(11)

(10)

73

8

9

46

(38)

(38)

Seroquel XR /IR

37

(34)

(33)

32

(14)

(10)

82

n/m

n/m

40

(50)

(49)

Others

47

(65)

(64)

52

11

11

56

8

151

n/m

n/m

Total other medicines

576

(35)

(36)

641

11

12

731

14

14

653

(11)

(10)

Total Product Sales

5,465

(5)

(6)

5,718

5

5

6,132

7

8

6,250

2

3

 

Table 38 : Historic Collaboration Revenue

 

 

 

Q1 2020

Q1 2019

FY 2019

FY 2018

$m

$m

$m

$m

Initial Collaboration Revenue

Crestor (Spain)

-

-

-

61

Ongoing Collaboration Revenue

Lynparza : regulatory milestones

-

-

60

140

Lynparza : sales milestones

-

-

450

250

Lynparza /selumetinib: option payments

-

-

100

400

Crestor (Spain)

-

-

39

 

Enhertu: profit share

14

-

-

-

Roxadustat : profit share

3

-

-

-

Royalty income

17

16

62

49

 

Other Collaboration Revenue

9

10

108

141

 

Total

43

26

819

1,041

 

Table 39 : Other Operating Income and Expense

 

The table below provides an analysis of Reported Other Operating Income and Expense.

 

Divestment/other

Q1 2020

Q1 2019

FY 2019

FY 2018

$m

$m

$m

$m

Hypertension medicines (ex-US, India and Japan)

350

-

-

-

Synagis (US)

-

515

515

-

Losec (ex-China, Japan, US and Mexico)

-

-

243

-

Seroquel and Seroquel XR (US, Canada, Europe and Russia)

-

-

213

-

Arimidex and Casodex (various countries)

-

-

181

-

Nexium ( Europe) and Vimovo (ex-US)

-

-

-

728

Seroquel

-

-

-

527

Legal settlement[67]

-

-

-

346

Atacand

-

-

-

210

Anaesthetics

-

-

-

172

Alvesco , Omnaris and Zetonna

-

-

-

139

Other

130

78

389

405

Total

480

593

1,541

2,527

 

 

Shareholder information

 

Announcement of first half and second quarter results

30 July 2020

Announcement of year to date and third quarter results

5 November 2020

 

Future dividends will normally be paid as follows:

First interim:

announced with half-year and second-quarter results and paid in September

Second interim:

announced with full-year and fourth-quarter results and paid in March

     

 

The record date for the first interim dividend for 2020, payable on 14 September 2020, will be 14 August 2020. The ex-dividend date will be 13 August 2020.

 

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-  the risk of the safety and efficacy of marketed medicines being questioned

-  the risk of adverse outcome of litigation and/or governmental investigations

-  the risk of failure to adhere to increasingly stringent anti-bribery and anti-corruption legislation

-  the risk of failure to achieve strategic plans or meet targets or expectations

-  the risk of failure in financial control or the occurrence of fraud

-  the risk of unexpected deterioration in the Group's financial position

-  the impact that the COVID-19 global pandemic may have or continue to have on these risks, on the Group's ability to continue to mitigate these risks, and on the Group's operations, financial results or financial condition

Nothing in this document, or any related presentation/webcast, should be construed as a profit forecast.

 

[11] Extensive stage.

[12] Small cell lung cancer.

[13] The treatment of a cancer in the advanced, metastatic setting after 2nd-line treatment (see below).

[14] Human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 positive.

[15] Neurofibromatosis type 1.

[16] Non-small cell lung cancer.

[17] Overall survival.

[18] The initial treatment of a cancer in the advanced, metastatic setting.

[19] The treatment of a cancer in the advanced, metastatic setting after the initial treatment.

[20] Chronic kidney disease.

[21] Breast cancer susceptibility genes 1/2 mutation.

[22] Type-2 diabetes.

[23] CV outcomes trial.

[24] Heart failure.

[25]Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

[26] Cannot be removed completely through surgery.

[27] Chronic lymphocytic leukaemia.

[28] Coronary artery disease.

[29] Painless, benign soft growths inside the nose.

[30] Systemic lupus erythematosus.

[31] HER2 immunohistochemistry 1+ or 2+ with fluorescence in situ hybridisation test result negative.

[32] A group of disorders in which the bone marrow fails to produce healthy blood cells.

[33] Substitution of threonine (T) with methionine (M) at position 790 of exon 20 mutation.

[34] Where AstraZeneca does not retain a significant ongoing interest in medicines or potential new medicines, income from divestments is reported within Other Operating Income and Expense in the Company's financial statements.

[35] As per the FY 2019 results announcement.

[36] Based on average daily spot rates in FY 2019.

[37] Based on average daily spot rates from 1 January 2020 to 31 March 2020.

[38] Other currencies include AUD, BRL, CAD, KRW and RUB.

[39] These priorities were determined through a materiality assessment conducted in 2018 with a broad range of external and internal stakeholders, respectively. Combined, they ensure the maximum possible benefit to patients, the Company, broader society and the planet. AstraZeneca's sustainability priorities align with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), and, in particular, SDG three for 'Good Health'.

[40] Phase II trial data, with potential for registration.

[41] Subject to regulatory approvals associated with AbbVie Inc.'s (AbbVie) proposed acquisition of Allergan plc (Allergan).

[42] First patient commenced dosing.

[43] Last patient commenced dosing.

[44] Programmed death-ligand 1, a protein that assists in the body's immune responses.

[45] Conducted by the Canadian Cancer Trials Group.

[46] Progression-free survival.

[47] Bacillus Calmette-Guerin.

[48] Hepatocellular carcinoma (liver cancer).

[49] Transarterial chemoembolisation.

[50] Head and neck squamous cell carcinoma.

[51] The US Orphan Drug Act grants special status to a medicine or potential medicine to treat a rare disease or condition upon request of a sponsor. Designation qualifies the sponsor of the medicine for various development incentives.

[52] Conducted by the ARCAGY/Groupe d'Investigateurs national des Etudes des Cancers Ovariens et du sein.

[53] Conducted by the National Cancer Institute (US).

[54] Immunohistochemistry.

[55] In situ hybridisation.

[56]Quaque die, or once a day.

[57] Estimated glomerular filtration rate.

[58] End-stage renal disease.

[59]Bis in die, or twice a day.

[60] A specific situation in which a medicine should not be used as a treatment as it may be harmful to the patient.

[61] Birmingham Vasculitis Activity Score.

[62] Hypereosinophilic syndrome.

[63] Patient-reported outcomes.

[64] The table provides an analysis of year-on-year Product Sales, with Actual and CER growth rates reflecting year-on-year growth. Due to rounding, the sum of a number of dollar values and percentages may not agree to totals. *Denotes a legacy medicine.

[65] The table below provides an analysis of sequential quarterly Product Sales, with actual and CER growth rates reflecting quarter-on-quarter growth. Due to rounding, the sum of a number of dollar values and percentages may not agree to totals. *Denotes a legacy medicine.

[66] The table below provides an analysis of sequential quarterly Product Sales, with actual and CER growth rates reflecting quarter-on-quarter growth. Due to rounding, the sum of a number of dollar values and percentages may not agree to totals. *Denotes a legacy medicine.

[67] Not recorded within Core Other Operating Income and Expense.


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