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Friday 24 April, 2015

AstraZeneca PLC

1st Quarter Results

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AstraZeneca PLC
24 April 2015
 



AstraZeneca PLC

Q1 2015 Results

24 April 2015

Results support reiterated 2015 guidance.

Delivery of a focused, accelerated and science-based pipeline continues.

 

Financial Summary



% change


$m

CER1

Actual

Total Revenue2

6,057

1

(6)





Core3 Operating Profit

1,805

(4)

(8)

Core EPS

$1.08

(3)

(7)





Reported Operating Profit

933

15

11

Reported EPS

$0.44

10

9

 

·      Total Revenue grew by 1%

·      Core EPS declined by 3%; investment in scientific leadership maintained

·      Reported Operating Profit grew by 15%

 

Commercial Highlights

The focus on further externalisation continued, including a US co-commercialisation agreement for Movantik. Growth platforms grew by 13%, representing 56% of Total Revenue:

1.   Brilinta/Brilique: +45%. Publication of encouraging PEGASUS data at the ACC conference last month

2.   Diabetes: +47%. Particularly good growth for Farxiga/Forxiga 

3.   Respiratory: +7%. Symbicort stable as expected with Pulmicort delivering a strong performance

4.   Emerging Markets: +18%. China +28%, where Respiratory sales were up by 39%

5.   Japan: -2%. The final effects of the biennial price cuts impacted Q1 sales

 

FY 2015 Guidance is unchanged from that provided on 6 March 2015.

 

Achieving Scientific Leadership

Regulatory Approvals

Bydureon Pen - diabetes (JP)

Regulatory Submission Acceptances

lesinurad - gout (US), saxagliptin/dapagliflozin - diabetes (US)

Phase III Read-outs

PT003 - COPD: Positive

Other Key Developments

Brilinta/Brilique - prior myocardial infarction: Positive Phase III publication Onglyza - diabetes: FDA panel recommends label safety update

selumetinib - uveal melanoma: FDA Orphan-Drug designation

tremelimumab - mesothelioma: FDA Orphan-Drug designation

MEDI4736 - lung cancer: FDA Fast-Track designation

MEDI8897 - RSV: FDA Fast-Track designation



Forthcoming Regulatory Submissions

brodalumab - psoriasis4
AZD9291 - lung cancer, cediranib - ovarian cancer (EU)

Forthcoming Regulatory Decisions

lesinurad

saxagliptin/dapagliflozin, Brilinta/Brilique

Iressa - lung cancer (US)

 

Pascal Soriot, Chief Executive Officer, commenting on the results said:

"Our encouraging performance in the quarter supports our full year guidance. Total Revenue grew by 1%, with the growth platforms representing 56%, after particularly strong results in Emerging Markets and with Brilinta/Brilique. Our co-commercialisation agreement for Movantik in the US was a good illustration of how we will bring important medicines to patients and externalisation value to our shareholders.

"Our pipeline progressed well in each of our therapy areas. Highlights included the positive top-line results from the Phase III PINNACLE programme for our respiratory medicine PT003 and data from the PEGASUS study for Brilinta/Brilique in cardiovascular disease. We received two submission acceptances for new medicines, two FDA Orphan-Drug and two Fast-Track designations. We look forward to presenting data through the year.

"We also continued to reinforce our Oncology franchise and now have 72 trials underway, including 31 in Immuno-Oncology. The latest AZD9291 data, which showed strong clinical benefit of 13.5 months progression-free survival, and the Fast-Track designation by the FDA for MEDI4736, both for patients with lung cancer, illustrate the rapid progress we are making in this area. Our strategic collaboration with Celgene, a leader in haematology, will maximise the potential of our Immuno-Oncology assets in the very important haematology indications, and our collaboration with Innate Pharma will further strengthen our Immuno-Oncology franchise."

 

Notes

1.   All growth rates are shown at constant exchange rates (CER) unless specified otherwise.

2.   Total Revenue defined as Product Sales and Externalisation Revenue. For further details on the presentation of Total Revenue, see the announcement published by the Company on 6 March 2015.

3.   See Operating and Financial Review for a definition of Core financial measures and a reconciliation of Core to Reported financial measures.

4.   Brodalumab developed in collaboration with Amgen who will be responsible for regulatory submission.

 

Results Presentation

A conference call and audio webcast for investors and analysts, hosted by management, will start at midday BST today. The webcast can be accessed via www.astrazeneca.com/investors.

 

Reporting Calendar

The Company intends to publish its half year and second quarter financial results on 30 July 2015.

 

About AstraZeneca

AstraZeneca is a global, innovation-driven biopharmaceutical business that focuses on the discovery, development and commercialisation of prescription medicines, primarily for the treatment of cardiovascular, metabolic, respiratory, inflammation, autoimmune, oncology, infection and neuroscience diseases. AstraZeneca operates in over 100 countries and its innovative medicines are used by millions of patients worldwide.

 

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Contents

Research and Development Update

Corporate and Business Development

Operating and Financial Review

Interim Financial Statements

Development Pipeline

 

Research and Development Update

_________________________________________________________________________________

 

A comprehensive update of the AstraZeneca development pipeline is presented in conjunction with this announcement and can be found later in this announcement.

 

Highlights since the prior results announcement on 5 February 2015:

 

Regulatory Approvals

1

-     Bydureon Pen - diabetes (JP) (LCM)

 

Regulatory Submissions* and/or Regulatory Submission

Acceptances**

3

-     lesinurad - gout (US)**

-     Brilinta/Brilique - prior myocardial infarction*

-     saxagliptin/dapagliflozin fixed dose

combination - diabetes (US) (LCM)**

 

Phase III Read-outs

1

-     PT003 - COPD (PINNACLE 1 & 2 studies)

 

Pivotal Study starts

2

-     AZD9291 - 1L EGFRm NSCLC (FLAURA

study)

-     MEDI4736 - 2L SCCHN (HAWK study)

 

Major Phase II Read-outs

2

-     PT010 - COPD

-     anifrolumab - systemic lupus erythematosus

 

New Molecular Entities (NMEs) in Pivotal Studies or under Regulatory Review

13

RIA

-     lesinurad - gout

-     brodalumab - psoriasis

-     PT003 - COPD

-     benralizumab - severe asthma

-     tralokinumab - severe asthma

 

CVMD

-     roxadustat - anaemia

 

Oncology

-     AZD9291 - lung cancer

-     cediranib - ovarian cancer

-     selumetinib - uveal melanoma

-     tremelimumab - mesothelioma

-     MEDI4736 - lung cancer

-     moxetumomab pasudotox - leukaemia

 

ING

-     CAZ AVI - serious infections

 

Projects in clinical pipeline

119

 

 

Key: LCM - life-cycle management.

 

In 2015-2016 AstraZeneca anticipates 12-16 Phase II starts, 14-16 NME and major line-extension regulatory submissions and 8-10 NME and major line-extension approvals.

 

There has been notable progress since the last update; highlights are included below. This near-term progress reinforces the longer-term sustainability of the pipeline, supported by a continued shift in focus from rebuilding the late-stage pipeline to regulatory submissions and approvals, whilst continuing to transition high-quality programmes to late stage as rapidly as possible.

 

1.   Respiratory, Inflammation and Autoimmunity (RIA)

 

Significant progress was made across the RIA pipeline, which included five programmes in pivotal studies or registration. AstraZeneca holds a unique position in respiratory disease, including asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF), with a range of differentiated potential medicines in development by leveraging novel combinations, biologics and devices. The pipeline also has several promising assets in inflammatory and autoimmune disease areas such as dermatology, gout, systemic lupus, rheumatoid and psoriatic arthritis.

 

Lesinurad (SURI)

On 12 March 2015 the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) notified AstraZeneca that it considered the new drug application (NDA) for lesinurad 200mg tablets sufficiently complete to permit a substantive review. The Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA) goal date is in the fourth quarter. Lesinurad is a selective uric acid re-absorption inhibitor (SURI) developed for the chronic treatment of hyperuricaemia in combination with xanthine oxidase (XO) inhibitors allopurinol or febuxostat in gout patients, when additional therapy is warranted. Between 40 to 80% of patients do not achieve recommended serum uric acid (sUA) goals with the current standard of care of an XO inhibitor alone. AstraZeneca's combination with lesinurad effectively lowers sUA and enables significantly more patients to achieve and maintain target treatment goals to control their disease.

 

PT003 (LAMA/LABA)

On 18 March 2015 AstraZeneca announced positive top-line results from the Phase III PINNACLE programme, which showed the potential of PT003 as a novel treatment for improving lung function in patients suffering the chronic symptoms of COPD. AstraZeneca's ability to deliver a unique LAMA/LABA formulation in a single pressurised metered dose inhaler (pMDI) is important for helping some 30% of patients around the world who use an aerosol device.

 

The successful completion of the PINNACLE 1 and 2 studies marks the first Phase III results from a series of pipeline candidates under development by AstraZeneca using Pearl Therapeutics' novel formulation technology.

 

Anifrolumab (MEDI-546)

The Company has been exploring interferon (IFN) inhibition in moderate to severe systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE or lupus) via two different approaches in Phase IIb trials, both of which highlight the promise of the Type 1 IFN pathway in treating lupus. Sifalimumab (MEDI-545) binds to interferon-α to block IFN-α signalling through the Type 1 IFN receptor complex. Anifrolumab (MEDI-546) binds to subunit 1 of the Type 1 IFN receptor, inhibiting activity of all Type 1 IFNs.

 

In a recent Phase IIb trial, anifrolumab met the primary endpoint of reduction in global disease activity score (SRI-4) at six months, with responders also tapering to <10mg/day steroids. Based on an initial analysis of the current data, the Company believes anifrolumab has a more favourable benefit-risk profile and therefore, has selected anifrolumab as the IFN pathway inhibitory molecule to progress into further development, with a Phase III clinical programme planned to start in 2015. The Company does not currently intend to further develop sifalimumab in lupus, and any future decisions about this molecule in other potential indications will be made based on further examination of available data. Full anifrolumab Phase IIb data is expected to be presented at a scientific meeting later in the year.

 

2.   Cardiovascular and Metabolic Disease (CVMD)

 

AstraZeneca's strategy in CVMD focuses on ways to reduce morbidity, mortality and organ damage by addressing multiple risk factors across cardiovascular disease, diabetes and chronic kidney disease indications. The patient-centric approach is reinforced by science-led life-cycle management programmes and technologies, including early research into regenerative methods.

 

Brilinta/Brilique

On 14 March 2015 AstraZeneca announced detailed results from the PEGASUS-TIMI 54 study, which showed that long-term treatment with Brilinta/Brilique 60mg and 90mg tablets twice-daily plus low-dose aspirin reduced thrombotic cardiovascular events in patients with a history of heart attack, compared to placebo. The Company has submitted regulatory filings to the European Medicines Agency and the FDA and looks forward to working with these agencies towards a potential new indication in major markets.

 

For patients more than one year on from a heart attack, the current standard of care is aspirin alone. Coupled with the PLATO study, PEGASUS-TIMI 54 provides consistent evidence of the benefit Brilinta/Brilique can bring to patients with coronary artery disease in acute and chronic secondary prevention.

 

On 30 March 2015 the FDA approved a new administration option for acute coronary syndrome patients who are unable to swallow Brilinta 90mg tablets whole. Unlike other P2Y12 inhibitors, Brilinta received FDA approval to be crushed and administered in water by swallowing or via nasogastric tube.

 

AstraZeneca is committed to enhancing scientific understanding of the role of Brilinta/Brilique in a wide range of cardiovascular disorders, including stroke, myocardial infarction and peripheral arterial disease through PARTHENON, the Company's largest ever cardiovascular outcomes programme involving nearly 80,000 patients.

 

Onglyza SAVOR Study: FDA Advisory Committee Meeting

The FDA Endocrinologic and Metabolic Drugs Advisory Committee voted on 14 April 2015 that the results of the Saxagliptin Assessment of Vascular Outcomes Recorded in Patients with Diabetes Mellitus (SAVOR) study demonstrated that the use of saxagliptin in patients with Type-2 diabetes has an acceptable cardiovascular risk profile. The Committee recommended that the FDA supplement the medicine's labelling to add new safety information.

 

AstraZeneca will also conduct further investigation to better understand the signal of hospitalisation for heart failure found in the SAVOR results.

 

SAVOR met the primary safety objective, demonstrating that Onglyza did not increase the risk for cardiovascular death, non-fatal myocardial infarction and non-fatal ischemic stroke when added to a patient's current standard of care, with or without other anti-diabetic therapies, as compared to placebo. The supplemental New Drug Applications (sNDAs), based on the SAVOR results, if approved, will provide prescribers and patients with important additional information about the benefit-risk profile of Onglyza and Kombiglyze XR.

 

3.   Oncology

 

AstraZeneca's vision in Oncology is to help patients by redefining the cancer-treatment paradigm, with the aim of bringing six new cancer medicines to patients by the year 2020. A broad pipeline of next-generation medicines is focused principally on four disease areas - breast, ovarian, lung and haematological cancers. The Company is also exploring other tumour types where there is unmet medical need. These are being targeted through four key platforms - immunotherapy, the genetic drivers of cancer and resistance, DNA-damage repair, and antibody drug conjugates, underpinned by personalised healthcare and biomarker technologies. Today there are six AstraZeneca Oncology NMEs in pivotal studies or under regulatory review.

 

Iressa Label Update in China

On 2 March 2015 the China Food and Drug Administration (CFDA) approved an update to the Iressa (gefitinib) label to include blood-based diagnostics. The decision means that Iressa is now the first tyrosine kinase inhibitor (TKI) in China to include blood-based diagnostics on its label. Tumour samples gained through biopsy are the primary method for determining a patient's epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) mutation status. However almost a quarter of patients with locally advanced or metastatic Non Small Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC) do not have an available or evaluable tumour sample for this method of testing and are therefore ineligible to receive treatment with Iressa. Based on the CFDA decision, doctors will be able to use circulating-tumour DNA obtained from a blood sample to identify lung-cancer patients who are eligible to receive Iressa.

 

AZD9291 (EGFR)

In March 2015 the first patient was dosed in the FLAURA study of AZD9291 as a potential treatment for first-line EGFR-mutated NSCLC. FLAURA is a Phase III study designed to assess the safety and efficacy of AZD9291 versus a standard of care EGFR-TKI (gefitinib and erlotinib).

 

AZD9291 is on track for a Q2 2015 regulatory submission for the treatment of patients with advanced EGFR-mutated NSCLC who also have the T790M resistance mutation after the failure of standard first-line anti-EGFR treatment.

 

European Lung Cancer Conference, 15-18 April 2015

On 17 April 2015 AstraZeneca announced latest data from the ongoing AURA study of AZD9291 in patients with advanced epidermal growth factor receptor mutation-positive (EGFRm) NSCLC, who also have the T790M-resistance mutation. The data demonstrated a median progression-free survival of 13.5 months (95% confidence interval (CI), 8.3 months to not calculable (NC)).

 

Selumetinib Granted Orphan-Drug Designation

On 17 April 2015 AstraZeneca announced that the FDA has granted Orphan-Drug designation for the MEK inhibitor, selumetinib, in the treatment of uveal melanoma. Uveal melanoma is a rare disease in which cancer cells form in the tissues of the eye. It is the most common primary intraocular malignancy in adults and comprises 5% of all melanomas. The Orphan-Drug designation programme provides orphan status to drugs and biologics which are defined as those intended for the safe and effective treatment, diagnosis or prevention of rare diseases or disorders that affect fewer than 200,000 people in the US.

 

Selumetinib inhibits the MEK pathway in cancer cells to prevent the tumour from growing. Data from a Phase III study evaluating selumetinib in combination with chemotherapy in patients with first-line metastatic uveal melanoma is expected to be available later this year. In addition to uveal melanoma, selumetinib is being investigated in Phase III studies in KRAS mutation-positive lung cancer and thyroid cancer and in Phase II in children with neurofibromatosis Type 1.

 

Tremelimumab (CTLA-4) Granted Orphan-Drug Designation

On 15 April 2015 AstraZeneca announced that the FDA had granted Orphan-Drug designation for the anti-CTLA-4 monoclonal antibody, tremelimumab, for the treatment of malignant mesothelioma. Mesothelioma is a rare, aggressive cancer that affects the lining of the lungs and abdomen. Available treatments for mesothelioma are very limited, particularly for patients with advanced disease.

 

Tremelimumab is currently being investigated in a pivotal Phase II randomised study for the potential use as a second-line treatment in patients with undetectable pleural or peritoneal malignant mesothelioma. Detailed results from this study are expected this year.

 

MEDI4736 (PD-L1) Clinical Trials Update 

The FDA recently granted Fast-Track designation to the investigation of the anti-PD-L1 monoclonal antibody MEDI4736 as a monotherapy treatment for certain patients with advanced NSCLC, who have received at least two prior systemic-treatment regimens, do not have EGFR mutations or anaplastic lymphoma kinase (ALK) alterations, and have tumours that are determined to be PD-L1 positive. Fast-Track programmes are designed to facilitate the development and expedite the review of new drugs that are intended to treat serious or life-threatening conditions and that demonstrate the potential to address unmet medical needs.

 

MEDI4736 is being investigated as a monotherapy in NSCLC and squamous cell carcinoma of head and neck cancer (SCCHN). ATLANTIC, a Phase II trial in third-line PD-L1 positive metastatic NSCLC, is on track to deliver data in 2015 and could potentially, if positive, support a regulatory submission. Additional trials include PACIFIC, a Phase III trial in locally-advanced unresectable NSCLC, ADJUVANT, a Phase III trial in adjuvant NSCLC, and HAWK, a Phase II trial in second-line PD-L1 positive metastatic SCCHN (all recruiting patients). In addition, ARCTIC, a Phase III trial in third-line metastatic NSCLC contains a monotherapy sub-study for PD-L1 positive patients and is recruiting patients.

 

MEDI4736 is also being tested as a concurrent combination treatment with tremelimumab in NSCLC and SCCHN. ARCTIC contains a substudy for PD-L1 negative patients. Data on dosing selection and scheduling will be presented at the upcoming ASCO meeting. In addition, EAGLE, a Phase III trial and CONDOR, a Phase II trial (both in SCCHN) are being initiated. Several further internal-combination trials are ongoing with MEDI4736, including combinations in NSCLC with Iressa (gefitinib), AZD9291 and selumetinib.

 

Pharmacyclics and AstraZeneca have begun PCYC-1135-CA, a multi-centre study that will investigate the use of ibrutinib (Imbruvica) in combination with MEDI4736. The Phase Ib/II study will examine the safety, tolerability and effectiveness of this investigational combination in individuals with relapsed or refractory NSCLC, breast cancer, and pancreatic cancer.

 

American Association for Cancer Research (AACR), 18-22 April 2015

During the AACR annual meeting in Philadelphia, AstraZeneca and MedImmune presented 62 scientific abstracts, of which 15 were oral presentations. These abstracts demonstrated the strength and depth of the early-stage Oncology pipeline in AstraZeneca and MedImmune.

 

Key presentations at AACR included:

-     Data showing activity of investigational compounds targeting key molecular pathways including OX40, CD73, PI3K, AKT, mTOR, EGFR, SERD and PARP

-     Pre-clinical data on the potential combination of AZD9291 and savolitinib (AZD6094, previously known as volitinib) to prevent and treat newly-identified forms of resistance in EGFR-mutated NSCLC

-     Data on AZD9496, a novel, selective oestrogen receptor down-regulator (SERD) being studied as a potential treatment for patients with oestrogen receptor positive (ER+) breast cancer

-     Other key data presented at AACR were from clinical trials exploring combinations of AZD2014, a novel dual TORC1/2 kinase inhibitor, with Faslodex in ER+ breast cancer and with chemotherapy in ovarian and lung cancer and pre-clinical research on combination regimens

 

American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Meeting, 29 May-2 June 2015

AstraZeneca will host an investor science event during the ASCO meeting to be held in Chicago, US on 1 June 2015 at 20:30 CDT. Further details will be available at www.astrazeneca.com/investors in due course.

 

4.   Infection, Neuroscience and Gastrointestinal

 

MEDI8897 Fast-Track Designation

MedImmune has received Fast-Track designation from the FDA for the development of MEDI8897, an investigational, high-potency, extended half-life monoclonal antibody (MAb) engineered to prevent lower-respiratory tract infection caused by respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) in infants and young children.

 

RSV is the most prevalent cause of lower respiratory tract infections among infants and young children, resulting in annual epidemics worldwide. MedImmune is the only company to have discovered, developed and marketed a monoclonal antibody for severe RSV. This is the third Fast-Track designation MedImmune has received in the last six months for its investigational molecules in its Infectious Disease therapy area.

 

Scientific Collaborations

_________________________________________________________________________________

 

On 25 March 2015 AstraZeneca announced that it had entered a five-year research collaboration with the Harvard Stem Cell Institute to develop a technique that creates human beta cells from stem cells for use in screens of AstraZeneca's compound library in the search for new treatments for diabetes, one of AstraZeneca's key platforms as part of its strategy to return to growth.

 

On 26 March 2015 AstraZeneca announced that it had joined a public-private consortium with Genomics England to accelerate the development of new diagnostics and treatments arising from the 100,000 Genomes Project. The GENE Consortium (Genomics Network for Enterprises Consortium) is a unique partnership between industry, academia and the National Health Service Genomic Medicine Centres, which aims to transform treatment for patients with cancer and rare diseases, providing faster access to the right therapy and personalised healthcare, establishing the UK as a world leader in this field. AstraZeneca will gain insights into the evolving area of genome science with a view to identifying new genes and biomarkers which could lead to the development of innovative diagnostics and treatments.

 

Corporate and Business Development

_________________________________________________________________________________

 

Completion of Actavis Transaction in Respiratory Disease

On 3 March 2015 AstraZeneca completed the acquisition of the rights to Actavis Plc's (Actavis) branded respiratory business in the US and Canada. The transaction strengthens AstraZeneca's respiratory franchise globally and builds on the acquisition of Almirall SA's respiratory portfolio in 2014 by extending the Company's development and commercialisation rights into the US for both Tudorza Pressair and Duaklir Genuair. The transaction also augments AstraZeneca's respiratory franchise with the Actavis oral product, Daliresp.

 

Immuno-Oncology Clinical Trial Collaboration with Immunocore

On 16 April 2015 AstraZeneca announced that MedImmune has entered into a collaboration to conduct clinical trials in immuno-oncology with Immunocore Limited (Immunocore), a privately-held UK-based biotechnology company. Under the terms of the agreement, Immunocore will conduct a Phase Ib/II clinical trial combining MedImmune's investigational checkpoint inhibitors MEDI4736 and tremelimumab, with IMCgp100, Immunocore's lead T-cell receptor based therapeutic, for the potential treatment of patients with late-stage metastatic melanoma.

 

Agreement with Janssen to Test AZD8186 in Combination with Abiraterone in Prostate Cancer

AstraZeneca has entered an agreement with Janssen Research & Development, LLC (Janssen) to conduct a Phase I/IIa study to explore the combination of AstraZeneca's AZD8186 (PI3 kinase beta inhibitor) together with Janssen's Zytiga (abiraterone acetate). The two compounds block complementary molecular pathways in prostate cancer and so have synergistic effects which could help to overcome resistance to monotherapy and improve the benefit-risk profile of either compound alone. The combination will be tested for the treatment of prostate tumours that lack the protein PTEN, a condition that represents a relatively large unmet medical need.

 

Agreement with Gilead to Test MEDI4736 in Combination with Zydelig in Haematological Cancers or Solid Tumours

AstraZeneca has entered an agreement to conduct a Phase I/II study to explore AstraZeneca's MEDI4736, in combination with Gilead Sciences, Inc.'s Zydelig (idelalisib), an oral phosphoinositide 3-kinase (PI3K) delta inhibitor. PI3K delta is over-expressed in many B-cell malignancies and plays a role in B-cell viability, proliferation and migration. Inhibition of PI3K delta may also play a role in up-regulating the activity of the immune system against cancers. It is hypothesised that the suppression of PD-L1 and PI3K delta signalling may lead to an enhanced anti-tumour immune response. The study will assess the combination as a treatment for patients with haematological cancers or solid tumours including diffuse large B-cell lymphoma, and triple negative breast cancer.

 

Agreement with Juno Therapeutics to test MEDI4736 in combination with Novel CAR T Cell in non-Hodgkin's lymphoma

MedImmune has entered into an agreement to evaluate the safety, tolerability and preliminary efficacy of MEDI4736 in combination with one of Juno Therapeutics Inc.'s (Juno) investigational chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T cell candidates in patients with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. Juno's CAR T candidates are investigational cell-based immunotherapies that utilise genetically engineered T-cells to recognise and kill cancer cells expressing the CD19 protein. The Phase Ib study will explore the potential clinical benefit of combining these two potent therapeutic classes.

 

Co-Commercialisation Agreement with Daiichi Sankyo for Movantik in the US

On 19 March 2015 AstraZeneca announced a co-commercialisation agreement with Daiichi Sankyo Co, Ltd. (Daiichi Sankyo) for Movantik (naloxegol) in the US, in line with the strategy of delivering value through its own development and commercial capabilities as well as through external collaboration. Movantik is a first-in-class once-daily oral peripherally-acting mu-opioid receptor antagonist for the treatment of opioid-induced constipation in adults with chronic non-cancer pain. Movantik was approved by the FDA in September 2014. It was descheduled in January 2015 and is no longer labelled as a controlled substance. Movantik was launched in the US at the end of March 2015.

 

Change in Senior Executive Team

David Smith, Executive Vice-President, Operations and Information Systems will retire from AstraZeneca in mid-2015. His successor in that role will be Pam P. Cheng who will join the Company in June as a member of the Senior Executive Team reporting to the Chief Executive Officer. Pam Cheng has extensive experience in pharmaceutical manufacturing, having spent 14 years in global manufacturing and supply chain roles at Merck & Co, Inc. / Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp. (MSD). More recently she gained experience in commercial operations in her current role as President, MSD China.

 

Operating and Financial Review

_________________________________________________________________________________

All narrative on growth and results in this section relates to Core performance, based on constant exchange rates (CER) unless stated otherwise. Financial figures are in $ millions ($m). The performance shown below covers the three months to 31 March 2015 (the quarter) compared to the three months to 31 March 2014 (the first quarter of 2014). Core measures, which are presented in addition to Reported financial information, are non-GAAP measures provided to enhance understanding of the Company's underlying financial performance. Core financial measures are adjusted to exclude certain significant items, such as:

− amortisation and impairment of intangibles, including impairment reversals but excluding any charges relating to IT assets

− charges and provisions related to our global restructuring programmes (this will include such charges that relate to the impact of our global restructuring programmes on our capitalised IT assets)

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

More detail on the nature of these measures is given on page 72 of the 2014 Annual Report and Form 20-F Information.

 

Total Revenue

 

Total Revenue

Total Revenue grew by 1% in the quarter to $6,057m. Based on actual exchange rates, Total Revenue declined by 6% reflecting the particular weakness of key trading currencies against the US dollar. For the first time a new line of Total Revenue has been presented to include both Product Sales and Externalisation Revenue. For further details on the presentation of Total Revenue, see the announcement published by the Company on 6 March 2015.

 

Product Sales

Product Sales declined by 3% in the quarter reflecting the US market entry of a Nexium generic product from mid-February 2015 as well as an adverse impact from the change in accounting for the US Branded Pharmaceutical Fee of $56m following issuance of final regulations in Q3 2014.

 

Externalisation Revenue

Externalisation Revenue grew to $309m (Q1 2014: $44m), primarily reflecting income from the co-commercialisation agreement with Daiichi Sankyo for Movantik in the US referred to above ($200m), plus the co-commercialisation of Nexium in Japan ($55m), also with Daiichi Sankyo.

 

Product Sales

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The performance of a selection of key medicines is shown below.

 

A geographical split is shown in Note 6.

 

 

Q1 2015

Q1 2014

% Change


$m

$m

CER

Actual






Respiratory, Inflammation and Autoimmunity





Symbicort

845

928

-

(9)

Pulmicort

286

263

17

9

Tudorza/Eklira

30

-

n/m

n/m






Cardiovascular and Metabolic Disease





Brilinta/Brilique

131

99

45

32

Onglyza

183

162

19

13

Bydureon

123

80

58

54

Byetta

90

78

19

15

Farxiga/Forxiga

76

13

n/m

n/m






Legacy:





Crestor

1,167

1,332

(7)

(12)

Seloken/Toprol-XL

194

193

8

1

Atacand

95

122

(9)

(22)






Oncology





Iressa

144

169

(5)

(15)

Lynparza

9

-

n/m

n/m






Legacy:





Zoladex

194

221

3

(12)

Faslodex

161

172

2

(6)

Casodex

70

83

(6)

(16)

Arimidex

62

78

(12)

(21)






Infection, Neuroscience and Gastrointestinal





Nexium

644

930

(25)

(31)

Synagis

204

328

(38)

(38)

Seroquel XR

262

292

(6)

(10)

Losec/Prilosec

96

110

(4)

(13)

FluMist/Fluenz

7

7

-

-

 

Product Sales Summary

_________________________________________________________________________________

 

During Q3 2014, final regulations relating to the US Branded Pharmaceutical Fee were issued, affecting how the fee is recognised; AstraZeneca consequently now accrues for the obligation as each sale occurs. As the fee is based on actual Product Sales in the current year, the fee is recognised as a deduction from Product Sales rather than a charge to SG&A. As a result, in 2015, Q1 US Product Sales were reduced by $56m, adversely impacting individual brand sales by an average of 2%.

 

Respiratory, Inflammation and Autoimmunity

Symbicort

Product Sales in the US declined by 1% to $342m with volume growth more than offset by lower net prices and additional access and co-pay assistance. Symbicort's share of total prescriptions for fixed-combination medicines declined by 0.2 percentage points from December 2014 (exit share) to 32.8%, reflecting adverse formulary changes; however, market share grew sequentially over the final two months of the quarter. In Europe Product Sales declined by 8% to $306m, reflecting increased competition from recently launched analogue medicines. This performance contrasts with growth of 40% in Emerging Markets to $98m, notably with 67% growth in China where Product Sales reached $29m.

 

Pulmicort

Product Sales of Pulmicort in the quarter were $286m, up 17%. Growth was driven primarily by the performance of Pulmicort Respules in Emerging Markets, which were up 33% at $176m. China Product Sales increased by 36% to $142m. On 13 February 2015 the US District Court for the District of New Jersey ruled US Patent No. 7,524,834 ('the '834 patent'), protecting Pulmicort Respules in the US, was invalid. On 16 February 2015 the Company filed an appeal and requested an injunction which was granted by the court. As of today, the injunction remains in place.

 

Tudorza/Eklira

Product Sales in the quarter were $30m and included $10m in the US following the completion of the acquisition of the Actavis product rights on 3 March 2015.

 

Cardiovascular and Metabolic Disease

Brilinta/Brilique

Product Sales were $131m, up 45%. Brilinta Product Sales in the US were $46m, up 64%. Total prescriptions for Brilinta in the US were 8% higher versus Q4 2014, while weekly new-to-brand market share increased to 9.3% at the end of March 2015, representing the medicine's largest new-to-brand volume growth since launch. In Europe Brilique continues to perform well, with an increase in Product Sales of 21% to $54m reflecting ACS leadership across many European markets; however the increase in penetration rates is slowing in markets where Brilique holds a high market share. Emerging Markets sales grew by 108% to $23m as the medicine remained in its launch phase.

 

Onglyza

Product Sales were up 19% in the quarter to $183m. In the US, Onglyza Product Sales were down 8% at $98m driven primarily by destocking and competition in the DPP4 class. Product Sales in the Rest of World (ROW) were $85m, up 70%, with growth in all key markets, notably in Europe where sales achieved $37m, up 72%, including the benefit of the metformin-combination products Komboglyze/Kombiglyze XR.

 

Bydureon/Byetta

Combined Product Sales in the US were $174m, up 44%. Bydureon total prescriptions grew 25% in the quarter reflecting the launch of the Bydureon Pen in September 2014. ROW Product Sales were $39m, up 22% driven by the Bydureon performance in Europe and the ongoing Pen launch.

 

Farxiga/Forxiga

In the US, Product Sales were $37m (Q1 2014: $4m) including Xigduo XR, launched in the second half of 2014. Total prescriptions increased 18% versus Q4 2014 reflecting strong market growth, while total prescription exit share in March was 27.2%, a 1.4 percentage-point decline versus Q4 2014 due to unfavourable formulary changes with effect from 1 January 2015. Product Sales grew to $39m in ROW, including Europe at $24m and Emerging Markets at $12m.

 

Crestor

In the US, Crestor Product Sales declined by 13% to $614m, reflecting lower volumes in line with total prescription share, as well as inventory movements. In Europe Product Sales declined by 5% to $243m, reflecting prevailing competitive trends, whilst Emerging Markets delivered growth of 12% at $178m.

 

Oncology

Iressa

Product Sales declined by 5% to $144m, primarily a function of the competitive environment in Japan. Emerging Markets grew by 9% with Product Sales of $77m.

Lynparza

Product Sales reached $9m following the launch in the US at the end of 2014. Growth has been driven by the pool of eligible patients awaiting treatment as well as patients newly tested for BRCA.

 

Zoladex

Product Sales for the quarter were up 3% to $194m. Notable performance included growth of 41% in China where Product Sales reached $30m.

Faslodex

Product Sales for the quarter were up 2% to $161m. A decline in sales in Europe of 8% to $49m was more than offset by 9% growth in the US where Product Sales reached $83m.

 

Infection, Neuroscience and Gastrointestinal

Nexium

In the US, Product Sales in the quarter were $225m, down 53%. The reduction was primarily driven by the loss of exclusivity in the quarter, which adversely impacted brand volumes by 38% and resulted in an increase to the estimate for pipeline inventory returns to reflect the level of business currently retained. Product Sales in markets outside the US were up 5% to $419m, driven by 33% growth in China to $97m and 23% growth in Japan to $89m, partially offset by 8% declines in other markets where Product Sales reduced to $233m due to increased generic competition.

Synagis

Product Sales in the US were $162m, down 37%. The decline reflected lower demand related to the American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Infectious Disease guidelines issued in mid-2014. These further restricted patients eligible for preventative therapy with Synagis. While these guidelines were inconsistent with the approved label, demand was significantly impacted. Product Sales were $42m in ROW, down 42% reflecting the phasing of shipments to AbbVie.

Seroquel XR

Product Sales in the US were up 2% to $169m where the performance was mainly driven by a higher underlying net price. Sales of Seroquel XR in the ROW were down 16% to $93m in the quarter, driven primarily by competition from generic products in Europe where sales were down 22% to $63m.

 

Regional Product Sales

_________________________________________________________________________________


Q1 2015

Q1 2014

% Change


$m

$m

CER

Actual

US

2,169

2,513

(14)

(14)






Europe1

1,340

1,630

(5)

(18)






Established ROW2

706

845

(5)

(16)


Japan

455

537

(2)

(15)


Canada

135

139

8

(3)


Other Established ROW

116

169

(24)

(31)






Emerging Markets3

1,533

1,428

18

7


China

726

584

28

24


Ex.China

807

844

11

(4)






Total

5,748

6,416

(3)

(10)

1Q1 2014 Product Sales in Europe reflect the exclusion of $7m sales relating to several countries now included in Emerging Markets

 

2Established ROW comprises Japan, Canada, Australia and New Zealand

 

3Emerging Markets comprises all remaining ROW markets including Brazil, China, India, Mexico, Russia, and Turkey

 

 

US

Product Sales were down 14% to $2,169m. Despite growth from brands such as Brilinta, Farxiga and Bydureon, growth was more than offset by the impact of the loss of exclusivity of Nexium as well as by competition facing Crestor from therapeutic substitution by generic statins. This was compounded by the adverse impact of the Synagis guideline changes and the change in accounting related to the Branded Pharmaceutical Fee which further reduced Product Sales by $56m.

 

Europe

Product Sales were down 5% to $1,340m in the quarter. Growth from Forxiga and Onglyza in Europe was more than offset by continued generic competition facing Crestor and Seroquel XR. Symbicort competed alongside analogues in that market and saw small volume growth. The phasing of Synagis sales this year had an adverse impact in the first quarter.

 

Established ROW

Product Sales were down 5% in the quarter to $706m. Japan declined by 2% to $455m, driven primarily by the mandated April 2014 biennial price cut, which was partially offset by higher volumes delivered by Nexium and Crestor.

 

Emerging Markets

Product Sales were up 18% to $1,533m with growth delivered across the Emerging Markets business. China sales increased by 28% to $726m, ahead of in-market growth, with the Company's medicines for respiratory and diabetes delivering particularly strong results.

 

Financial Performance

_________________________________________________________________________________

 


Reported

Restructuring

Intangible

Amortisation

Diabetes Alliance

Other

Core

% Change

Q1

2015

Q1 2015

Q1 2014

CER

Actual

Product Sales

5,748

-

-

-

-

5,748

6,416

(3)

(10)

Externalisation Revenue

309

-

-

-

-

309

44

n/m

n/m

Total Revenue

6,057

-

-

-

-

6,057

6,460

1

(6)











Cost of Sales

(1,269)

43 

273 

-

-

(953)

(1,193)

(8)

(20)











Gross Profit

4,788

43 

273 

-

-

5,104

5,267

3

(3)

Gross Margin*

77.9%





83.4%

81.4%













Distribution

(77)

-

-

-

-

(77)

(72)

19

7

% Total Revenue

1.3%





1.3%

1.1%

-0.2

-0.2











R&D

(1,356)

62 

14 

-

-

(1,280)

(1,098)

24

17

% Total Revenue

22.4%





21.1%

17.0%

-3.9

-4.1











SG&A

(2,799)

108 

202 

108 

13 

(2,368)

(2,317)

10

2

% Total Revenue

46.2%





39.1%

35.9%

-3.1

-3.2











Other Operating Income

377

-

49 

-

-

426

172

n/m

n/m

% Total Revenue

6.2%





7.0%

2.7%

+4.3

+4.3











Operating Profit

933

213 

538 

108 

13 

1,805

1,952

(4)

(8)

% Total Revenue

15.4%





29.8%

30.2%

-1.4

-0.4











Net Finance

Expense

(250)

-

-

104 

28 

(118)

(126)



Joint Ventures

(5)

-

-

-

-

(5)

-













Profit Before Tax

678

213 

538 

212 

41 

1,682

1,826

(4)

(8)

Taxation

(126)

(45)

(89)

(48)

(4)

(312)

(353)



Tax Rate

18.6%





18.5%

19.3%



Profit After Tax

552

168 

449 

164 

37 

1,370

1,473

(3)

(7)











Non-controlling Interests

(2)

-

-

-

-

(2)

(2)



Net Profit

550

168 

449 

164 

37 

1,368

1,471

(3)

(7)











Weighted Average Shares

1,263

1,263  

1,263  

1,263  

1,263  

1,263

1,260













Earnings Per Share

0.44

0.13 

0.35 

0.13 

0.03 

1.08

1.17

(3)

(7)

* Gross Margin reflects Gross Profit derived from Product Sales, divided by Product Sales.

 

Investment Costs

Core R&D investment costs were up 24% to $1,280m, principally as a result of the lower base in the first quarter of 2014, the recent acceleration in the late-stage pipeline, and additional costs incurred on assets acquired through business and corporate development activities. The Company anticipates a lower growth rate over the full year.

 

Core SG&A investments costs were up 10% to $2,368m, reflecting a relatively low base in the first quarter of 2014. The increase reflected the investment in Sales, Marketing and Medical activities that grew year-on-year as the Company approached the anniversary of the acquisition of BMS's share of the global diabetes alliance. Additional investments were made in the quarter to support recent brand launches, including Farxiga/Forxiga and Lynparza, as well as for pre and post-launch activities for Movantik/Moventig. Investment was also maintained in the pre-launch activities for the late-stage pipeline, including the oncology portfolio.

 

For the full year, the Company is committed to reducing Core SG&A investment costs versus the prior year and a number of programmes designed to meet this target have commenced and will accelerate over the year. These initiatives include a focus on sales and marketing effectiveness, including the leveraging of marketing programmes on a global basis. Other programmes are focused on delivering savings across procurement and support functions, including IT and further footprint optimisation.

 

Other Operating Income

Core Other Operating Income reached $426m in the quarter primarily reflecting gains on disposals including Myalept ($193m) and other disposals amounting to $109m, including the US rights to Tenormin.

 

Profit

Core Operating Profit was down 4% to $1,805m. Core Operating Margin was down 1.4 percentage points to 29.8% of Total Revenue as the Company continued to invest in the pipeline and the growth platforms. Core Earnings Per Share were down 3% to $1.08, a marginally favourable performance versus Core Operating Profit. Reported Operating Profit of $933m was 15% higher than the first quarter of 2014. Reported EPS was up by 10% at $0.44.

 

Productivity

Restructuring charges of $213m were taken in the quarter. The Company continues to make good progress in implementing the fourth phase of restructuring announced in the first quarter of 2013 and the expansion of this programme announced in the first half of 2014. In addition to costs of this programme, the restructuring charge for the quarter included $53m incurred as a consequence of the decision to exit the Westborough site in the US and costs of other initiatives identified since the announcement of the fourth wave of restructuring. The Company also began construction of its new Global R&D Centre and Corporate Headquarters on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus in the quarter.

 

Finance Income and Expense

Core net finance expense was $118m versus $126m in the first quarter of 2014. Reported net finance expense of $250m included a charge of $132m relating to the discount unwind on contingent consideration creditors recognised on business combinations, principally relating to the acquisition of BMS's share of the global diabetes alliance last year.

 

Taxation

Both the Reported and Core tax rates for the quarter ended 31 March 2015 were around 19%. The cash tax paid for the quarter was $245m which is 36% of Reported Profit Before Tax and 15% of Core Profit Before Tax. The Reported and Core tax rates for the quarter ended 31 March 2014 were 21% and 19% respectively.

 

Cash Flow

The Company generated a cash outflow from operating activities of $72m in the quarter, compared with an inflow of $1,187m in the first quarter of 2014. Net cash outflows from investing activities were $556m compared with $3,777m in the first quarter of 2014, mainly reflecting higher upfront payments on business acquisitions in the first quarter of 2014. Net cash distributions to shareholders were $2,342m through dividends of $2,357m, offset by proceeds from the issue of shares of $15m due to the exercise of stock options.

 

Debt and Capital Structure

At 31 March 2015, outstanding gross debt (interest-bearing loans and borrowings) was $10,569m (31 March 2014: $10,340m). Of the gross debt outstanding at 31 March 2015, $2,299m was due within one year (31 March 2014: $2,787m).

 

The Company's net debt position at 31 March 2015 was $6,373m (31 March 2014: $4,833m).

 

Shares in Issue

During the quarter, 0.4 million shares were issued in respect of share option exercises for a consideration of $15m. The total number of shares in issue at 31 March 2015 was 1,264 million.

 

Guidance

The Company reiterates the guidance provided on 6 March 2015:

-      FY 2015 Total Revenue is expected to decline by mid single-digit percent at CER

-      Core EPS is expected to increase by low single-digit percent at CER

 

The Company also provides the following non-guidance information related to currency sensitivity:

-      Based on current exchange rates1, Total Revenue is expected to decline by low double-digit percent

-      Core EPS is expected to be broadly in line with FY 2014. For additional currency sensitivity information, please see below:

 





Average Exchange Rates Versus USD




Impact Of 5% Weakening In Exchange Rate Versus USD ($m)2

Currency

 


Primary Relevance


2014


YTD

March 20151


Change

%


Total Revenue

 


Core Operating Profit

EUR


Product Sales


0.75


0.89


(15)


(225)


(138)

JPY


Product Sales


105.87


119.15


(11)


(119)


(84)

CNY


Product Sales


6.16


6.24


(1)


(115)


(49)

SEK


Costs


6.86


8.32


(18)


(6)


114

GBP


Costs


0.61


0.66


(8)


(37)


112

Other3










(242)


(139)














1Based on average daily spot rates YTD to the end of March 2015

2Based on 2014 actual average exchange rates and group currency exposures

3Other important currencies include AUD, BRL, CAD, KRW and RUB

 

Condensed Consolidated Statement of Comprehensive Income

 

For the quarter ended 31 March


2015

$m 


Restated 2014

$m 

Product sales


5,748 


6,416 

Externalisation revenue


309 


44 

Total revenue


6,057 


6,460 

Cost of sales


(1,269)


(1,453)

Gross profit


4,788 


5,007 

Distribution costs


(77)


(72)

Research and development expense


(1,356)


(1,200)

Selling, general and administrative expense


(2,799)


(2,726)

Other operating income and expense


377 


(173)

Operating profit


933 


836 

Finance income


11 


15 

Finance expense


(261)


(213)

Share of after tax losses of joint ventures


(5)


Profit before tax


678 


638 

Taxation


(126)


(132)

Profit for the period


552 


506 

 





Other Comprehensive Income





Items that will not be reclassified to profit or loss





Remeasurement of the defined benefit pension liability


(17)


(25)

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



 


(13)


(19)

Items that may be reclassified subsequently to profit or loss





Foreign exchange arising on consolidation


(449)


55 

Foreign exchange arising on designating borrowings in net investment hedges


(408)


(1)

Fair value movements on derivatives designated in net investment hedges


21 


(9)

Net available for sale gains taken to equity


19 


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


100 


(7)

 


(717)


40 

Other comprehensive income for the period, net of tax


(730)


21 

Total comprehensive income for the period


(178)


527 

 





Profit attributable to:





Owners of the Parent


550 


504 

Non-controlling interests



 


552 


506 

 





Total comprehensive income attributable to:





Owners of the Parent


(179)


531 

Non-controlling interests



(4)

 


(178)


527 

 





Basic earnings per $0.25 Ordinary Share


$0.44 


$0.40 

Diluted earnings per $0.25 Ordinary Share


$0.44 


$0.40 

Weighted average number of Ordinary Shares in issue (millions)


1,263 


1,260 

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


1,265 


1,262 

 

Condensed Consolidated Statement of Financial Position

 


At 31 Mar 2015

$m


At 31 Dec 2014

$m


At 31 Mar 2014

$m

ASSETS

Non-current assets







Property, plant and equipment


5,913 


6,010 


6,173 

Goodwill


11,387 


11,550 


11,601 

Intangible assets


20,319 


20,981 


21,532 

Derivative financial instruments


491 


465 


352 

Investments in joint ventures


52 


59 


Other investments


490 


502 


297 

Other receivables


977 


1,112 


1,430 

Deferred tax assets


1,381 


1,219 


1,463 

 


41,010 


41,898 


42,848 

Current assets







Inventories


1,968 


1,960 


2,163 

Trade and other receivables


6,704 


7,232 


8,579 

Other investments


493 


795 


777 

Derivative financial instruments


37 


21 


Income tax receivable


297 


329 


636 

Cash and cash equivalents


3,192 


6,360 


4,379 



12,691 


16,697 


16,542 

Total assets


53,701 


58,595 


59,390 

LIABILITIES

Current liabilities







Interest-bearing loans and borrowings


(2,299)


(2,446)


(2,787)

Trade and other payables


(10,510)


(11,886)


(10,626)

Derivative financial instruments


(17)


(21)


(8)

Provisions


(602)


(623)


(776)

Income tax payable


(2,330)


(2,354)


(3,316)



(15,758)


(17,330)


(17,513)

Non-current liabilities







Interest-bearing loans and borrowings


(8,270)


(8,397)


(7,553)

Derivative financial instruments



- 


(1)

Deferred tax liabilities


(1,611)


(1,796)


(2,760)

Retirement benefit obligations


(2,506)


(2,951)


(2,357)

Provisions


(424)


(484)


(586)

Other payables


(8,176)


(7,991)


(7,143)



(20,987)


(21,619)


(20,400)

Total liabilities


(36,745)


(38,949)


(37,913)

Net assets


16,956 


19,646 


21,477 

EQUITY







Capital and reserves attributable to equity holders of the Company







Share capital


316 


316 


316 

Share premium account


4,276 


4,261 


4,179 

Other reserves


2,039 


2,021 


1,967 

Retained earnings


10,305 


13,029 


14,992 

 


16,936 


19,627 


21,454 

Non-controlling interests


20 


19 


23 

Total equity


16,956 


19,646 


21,477 

 

 Condensed Consolidated Statement of Cash Flows

 

For the quarter ended 31 March


2015

$m 


2014 

$m 

Cash flows from operating activities





Profit before tax


678 


638 

Finance income and expense


250 


198 

Share of after tax losses of joint ventures



Depreciation, amortisation and impairment


849 


712 

(Increase)/decrease in working capital and short-term provisions


(664)


30 

Non-cash and other movements


(703)


207 

Cash generated from operations


415 


1,785 

Interest paid


(242)


(231)

Tax paid


(245)


(367)

Net cash (outflow)/inflow from operating activities


(72)


1,187 

Cash flows from investing activities





Movement in short-term investments and fixed deposits


276 


36 

Purchase of property, plant and equipment


(227)


(183)

Disposal of property, plant and equipment



57 

Purchase of intangible assets


(848)


(545)

Disposal of intangible assets


325 


Purchase of non-current asset investments


(23)


(2)

Disposal of non-current asset investments


37 


Upfront payments on business acquisitions



(2,778)

Payment of contingent consideration on business acquisitions


(144)


(290)

Interest received


40 


30 

Payments made by subsidiaries to non-controlling interests



(102)

Net cash outflow from investing activities


(556)


(3,777)

Net cash outflow before financing activities


(628)


(2,590)

Cash flows from financing activities





Proceeds from issue of share capital


15 


197 

Repayment of loans


(884)


Dividends paid


(2,357)


(2,425)

Hedge contracts relating to dividend payments


(43)


25 

Repayment of obligations under finance leases


(10)


(9)

Movement in short-term borrowings


710 


Net cash outflow from financing activities


(2,569)


(2,212)

Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents in the period


(3,197)


(4,802)

Cash and cash equivalents at the beginning of the period


6,164 


8,995 

Exchange rate effects


(19)


(5)

Cash and cash equivalents at the end of the period


2,948 


4,188 

Cash and cash equivalents consists of:





Cash and cash equivalents


3,192 


4,379 

Overdrafts


(244)


(191)



2,948 


4,188 






Condensed Consolidated Statement of Changes in Equity

 



Share
capital
$m


Share
premium
account
$m


Other
reserves*
$m


Retained
earnings
$m


Total 
$m 


Non-
controlling
interests
$m


Total 
equity 
$m 

At 1 Jan 2014


315


3,983


1,966


16,960 


23,224 


29 


23,253 

Profit for the period


-


-


-


504 


504 



506 

Other comprehensive income


-


-


-


27 


27 


(6)


21 

Transfer to other reserves


-


-


1


(1)




Transactions with owners:















Dividends


-


-


-


(2,395)


(2,395)



(2,395)

Issue of Ordinary Shares


1


196


-



197 



197 

Share-based payments


-


-


-


(103)


(103)



(103)

Transfer from non-controlling interests to payables


-


-


-



-


(2)


(2)

Net movement


1


196


1


(1,968)


(1,770)


(6)


(1,776)

At 31 Mar 2014


316


4,179


1,967


14,992 


21,454 


23 


21,477 


















Share
capital
$m


Share
premium
account
$m


Other
reserves*
$m


Retained
earnings
$m


Total 
$m 


Non-
controlling
interests
$m


Total
equity
$m

At 1 Jan 2015


316


4,261


2,021


13,029 


19,627 


19 


19,646 

Profit for the period


-


-


-


550 


550 



552 

Other comprehensive income


-


-


-


(729)


(729)


(1)


(730)

Transfer to other reserves


-


-


18


(18)




Transactions with owners:















Dividends


-


-


-


(2,400)


(2,400)



(2,400)

Issue of Ordinary Shares


-


15


-



15 



15 

Share-based payments


-


-


-


(127)


(127)



(127)

Net movement


-


15


18


(2,724)


(2,691)



(2,690)

At 31 Mar 2015


316


4,276


2,039


10,305 


16,936 


20 


16,956 

 

* Other reserves includes the capital redemption reserve and the merger reserve.

 

Notes to the Interim Financial Statements

 

1      BASIS OF PREPARATION AND ACCOUNTING POLICIES

These unaudited condensed consolidated interim financial statements ("interim financial statements") for the quarter ended 31 March 2015 have been prepared in accordance with IAS 34 Interim Financial Reporting as adopted by the European Union (EU) and as issued by the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB).

 

The annual financial statements of the Group are prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRSs) as adopted by the EU and as issued by the IASB. Except as detailed below, the interim financial statements have been prepared applying the accounting policies and presentation that were applied in the preparation of the Group's published consolidated financial statements for the year ended 31 December 2014.

 

As announced on 6 March 2015, the Group updated its revenue accounting policy with effect from 1 January 2015. The Group's business model now includes an increasing level of externalisation activity to create value from the strong science that exists in the pipeline. Historically, reported revenue reflected only product sales, with externalisation revenue forming part of other operating income presented below gross profit. From 1 January 2015 externalisation revenue, alongside product sales, are included in total revenue. Externalisation revenue includes development, commercialisation, partnership and out-licence revenue, such as royalties and milestone receipts, together with income from services or repeatable licences. Income is recorded as externalisation revenue when the Group has a significant ongoing interest in the product and/or it is repeatable business and there is no derecognition of an intangible asset. Disposals of assets and businesses, where the Group does not retain an interest, will continue to be recorded in other operating income. The updated financial presentation reflects the Group's entrepreneurial approach and provides a clearer picture of this additional revenue stream. The updated revenue accounting policy results in a presentational change to the Statement of Comprehensive Income only, and has no impact on the Group's net results or net assets. The prior period Condensed Consolidated Statement of Comprehensive Income has been restated accordingly, resulting in $44m of income being reclassified from other operating income to externalisation revenue for the quarter ended 31 March 2014.

 

The Group has adopted the amendments to IAS 19 Employee Contributions, issued by IASB in November 2013 and effective for periods beginning on or after 1 July 2014. The adoption has not had a significant impact on the Group's profit for the period, net assets or cash flows. There have been no other significant new or revised accounting standards applied in the quarter ended 31 March 2015.

 

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 2014.

 

The Group has considerable financial resources available. As at 31 March 2015 the Group has $3.9bn in financial resources (cash balances of $3.2bn and undrawn committed bank facilities of $3.0bn which are available until April 2020, with only $2.3bn of debt due within one year). The Group's revenues are largely derived from sales of products which are covered by patents which provide a relatively high level of resilience and predictability to cash inflows, although our revenue is expected to continue to be significantly impacted by the expiry of patents over the medium term. In addition, government price interventions in response to budgetary constraints are expected to continue to adversely affect revenues in many of our mature markets. However, we anticipate new revenue streams from both recently launched medicines and products 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.

 

On the basis of the above paragraph and after making enquiries, the Directors have a reasonable expectation that the Company and the Group have adequate resources to continue in operational existence for the foreseeable future. Accordingly, the interim financial statements have been prepared on a going concern basis.

 

The comparative figures for the financial year ended 31 December 2014 are not the Company'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. The report of the auditors 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      restructuring costs

Profit before tax for the quarter ended 31 March 2015 is stated after charging restructuring costs of $213m ($479m for the first quarter 2014). These have been charged to profit as follows:

 







Q1 2015
$m


Q1 2014
$m

Cost of sales






43


11

Research and development expense






62


85

Selling, general and administrative costs






108


91

Other operating income and expense






-


292

Total






213


479

 

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.



At 1 Jan 

2015 

$m 


Cash 

Flow 

$m 


Non-cash 

Movements

$m


Exchange Movements

$m


At 31 Mar 

2015 

$m 

Loans due after one year


(8,337)



(3)


125 


(8,215)

Finance leases due after one year


(60)





(55)

Total long-term debt


(8,397)




127 


(8,270)












Current instalments of loans


(912)


884 


- 


28 


- 

Current instalments of finance leases


(48)


10 


(20)


2 


(56)

Total current debt


(960)


894 


(20)


30 


(56)












Other investments - current


795 

 


(289)


23 


(36)


493 

Net derivative financial instruments


465 


56 


(10)



511 

Cash and cash equivalents


6,360 


(3,145)



(23)


3,192 

Overdrafts


(196)


(52)




(244)

Short-term borrowings


(1,290)


(710)




(1,999)



6,134 


(4,140)


14 


(55)


1,953 

Net debt


(3,223)


(3,246)


(6)


102 


(6,373)

 

Non-cash movements in the period include fair value adjustments under IAS 39.

 

4      FINANCIAL INSTRUMENTS

As detailed in our most recent annual financial statements, our principal financial instruments consist of derivative financial instruments, other investments, trade and other receivables, cash and cash equivalents, trade and other payables, and interest-bearing loans and borrowings. As indicated in Note 1, there have been no changes to the accounting policies, including fair value measurement, for financial instruments from those disclosed on pages 140 and 141 of the Company's Annual Report and Form 20-F Information 2014. In addition, there have been no changes of significance to the categorisation or fair value hierarchy of our financial instruments. Financial instruments measured at fair value include $983m of other investments, $1,199m of loans, and $511m of derivatives as at 31 March 2015. The total fair value of interest-bearing loans and borrowings at 31 March 2015, which have a carrying value of $10,569m in the Condensed Consolidated Statement of Financial Position, was $12,039m. Contingent consideration liabilities arising on the Company's acquisitions of business combinations have been classified under Level 3 in the fair value hierarchy and movements in fair value are shown below:

 



Diabetes

Alliance

2015


Other

 

2015


Total

 

2015


Total

 

2014



$m


$m


$m


$m

 At 1 January


5,386 


1,513 


6,899 


514 

 Additions through business combinations





5,249*

 Settlements


(9)


(135)


(144)


(290)

 Revaluations



(9)


(9)


 Discount unwind


104 


28 


132 


72 

 Foreign exchange



(3)


(3)


 At 31 March


5,481 


1,394 


6,875 


5,545 

 

*The preliminary estimate of the fair value of contingent consideration of $5,249m was subsequently revised, in the third quarter of 2014, to $5,169m.

 

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 2014 (the 2014 Disclosures). Unless noted otherwise below or in the 2014 Disclosures, no provisions have been established in respect of the claims discussed below.

 

As discussed in the 2014 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, we record the loss absorbed or make a provision for our best estimate of the expected loss.

 

The position could change over time and the estimates that we have made and upon which we 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 2014 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 2015 and to 24 April 2015.

 

Patent litigation

 

Crestor (rosuvastatin)

Patent proceedings outside the US

As previously disclosed, in Australia, in 2011 and 2012, AstraZeneca instituted proceedings against Actavis Australia Pty Ltd, Apotex Pty Ltd and Watson Pharma Pty Ltd asserting infringement of three formulation and method patents for Crestor. In March 2013, the Federal Court of Australia held all three patents at issue invalid. AstraZeneca appealed in relation to two patents. In August 2014, the Full Court of the Federal Court of Australia held the two patents invalid. In March 2015, the High Court granted AstraZeneca leave to appeal in relation to one method patent.

 

Daliresp (roflumilast)

Patent proceedings in the US

In April 2015, AstraZeneca received several Paragraph IV Notices challenging certain patents listed in the FDA Orange Book with reference to Daliresp. AstraZeneca is reviewing the Notices.

 

Faslodex (fulvestrant)

Patent proceedings outside the US

In March 2015, AstraZeneca was served with a writ of summons by which Actavis Group PTC ehf. and Actavis Italy S.p.A (together, Actavis) commenced invalidity and non-infringement proceedings before a court in Turin, Italy relating to two Faslodex formulation patents, European Patent EP 1250138 and Italian Patent IT 1333490.

 

Losec/Prilosec (omeprazole) 

Patent Proceedings in the US

As previously disclosed, in 2008, Apotex Inc. (Apotex) was found to infringe AstraZeneca's US Patent Nos. 4,786,505 and 4,853,230. In 2013, the US District Court for the Southern District of New York ordered Apotex to pay $76m in damages with an additional sum of $28m in pre-judgment interest, and an unspecified amount of post-judgment interest. Apotex appealed. In April 2015, the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirmed the bulk of the damages award, with the exception of a small portion of the award which related to sales post patent expiration during a portion of the paediatric exclusivity period.

                                                                                                                                        

Patent Proceedings outside the US

As previously disclosed, in Canada, in 2004, AstraZeneca brought proceedings against Apotex Inc. (Apotex) for infringement of several patents related to Losec. In February 2015, the Federal Court of Canada found that Apotex had infringed AstraZeneca's Canadian Patent No. 1,292,693. Apotex have appealed.

 

Pulmicort Respules (budesonide inhalation suspension)

Patent proceedings in the US

As previously disclosed, in October 2014, the US District Court for the District of New Jersey (the District Court) held a trial on the merits in respect of US Patent No. 7,524,834 (the '834 Patent) and to determine whether AstraZeneca's request for permanent injunctive relief against Breath Limited, Apotex, Inc. and Apotex Corp., Sandoz, Inc. and Watson Laboratories, Inc. (together, the Generic Challengers) should be granted. On 13 February 2015, the District Court determined that the '834 Patent is invalid and denied the injunction request. Also on 13 February 2015, AstraZeneca filed a motion for an injunction pending an appeal of the District Court's decision, which was denied on the same day. On 16 February 2015, AstraZeneca appealed the District Court's decision to the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (the Court of Appeals) and filed an Emergency Motion for an Injunction Pending Appeal. On 17 February 2015, the Court of Appeals issued an injunction against the Generic Challengers pending submissions by the parties. On 12 March 2015, the Court of Appeals issued an injunction pending appeal. Oral argument in the appeal is scheduled for 4 May 2015.

 

Seroquel XR (quetiapine fumarate)

Patent proceedings in the US

As previously disclosed, in October and November 2014, AstraZeneca filed patent infringement proceedings against Pharmadax, Inc. and Pharmadax USA, Inc. (together, Pharmadax) in the US District Court for the District of New Jersey. In February 2015, AstraZeneca settled the patent infringement litigation by granting Pharmadax a licence to the Seroquel XR product patent effective from 1 November 2016, or earlier in certain circumstances.

 

In February 2015, AstraZeneca received a Paragraph IV Notice from AB Pharmaceuticals, LLC, the US agent of Macleods Pharmaceuticals, Ltd., (together, Macleods) alleging that the patent listed in the FDA Orange Book with reference to Seroquel XR is invalid, unenforceable and/or is not infringed by Macleods' proposed generic product. Macleods submitted an Abbreviated New Drug Application (ANDA) seeking to market quetiapine fumarate tablets. In February 2015, AstraZeneca filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Macleods and Macleods Pharma USA, Inc. in the US District Court for the District of New Jersey.

 

Patent proceeding outside the US

As previously reported, in March 2013, the Federal Court of Canada dismissed AstraZeneca's application to prohibit the Canadian Minister of Health from issuing a notice of compliance to Teva Canada Limited (Teva) for its generic quetiapine fumarate product relating to Seroquel XR. Teva subsequently launched its generic Seroquel XR at risk and filed an action seeking section 8 damages arising from these proceedings. In April 2015, AstraZeneca and Teva entered into a settlement agreement ending the ongoing patent litigation between the parties, as well as the section 8 damages action, and allowing Teva to continue selling generic Seroquel XR.

 

Vimovo (esomeprazole magnesium/naproxen)

Patent proceedings outside the US

In Canada, in January 2015, AstraZeneca received two Notices of Allegation from Mylan Pharmaceuticals ULC. In response, AstraZeneca and Pozen Inc. (the licensee and patent holder, respectively), commenced proceedings in relation to Canadian Patent No. 2,449,098.

 

Commercial litigation

 

Seroquel IR (quetiapine fumarate)

As previously disclosed, with regard to insurance coverage for the substantial legal defence costs and settlements that have been incurred in connection with the Seroquel IR product liability claims in the US, related to alleged diabetes and/or other related alleged injuries (which now exceed the total amount of insurance coverage available), an arbitration is ongoing against an insurer in respect of the availability of coverage under an insurance policy. The policy has a coverage limit of $50m. AstraZeneca has not recognised an insurance receivable in respect of this legal action.

 

Synagis (palivizumab) 

As previously disclosed, in September 2011, MedImmune filed an action against AbbVie, Inc. (AbbVie) (formerly Abbott International, LLC) in the Circuit Court for Montgomery County, Maryland, seeking a declaratory judgment in a contract dispute. AbbVie's motion to dismiss was granted. In September 2011, AbbVie filed a parallel action against MedImmune in the Illinois State Court, where the case is currently pending. A trial date has been set for 31 August 2015.

Toprol-XL(metoprolol succinate)

On 30 March 2015, AstraZeneca was served with a state court complaint filed by the Attorney General for the State of Louisiana alleging that, in connection with enforcement of its patents for Toprol-XL, it had engaged in unlawful monopolisation and unfair trade practices, causing the state government to pay increased prices for Toprol-XL. The complaint is very similar to prior class action complaints filed by private parties against AstraZeneca relating to Toprol-XL in 2006 and resolved by settlement in 2012. The State seeks an unspecified amount of trebled damages and pre-judgment interest. AstraZeneca denies these allegations.


6       product Sales analysis              

 



World


US


Europe


Established ROW


Emerging Markets



Q1 2015

$m


CER

%


Q1 2015

$m


CER
%


Q1 2015

$m


CER

%


Q1 2015

$m


CER

%


Q1 2015

$m


CER

%

 Respiratory, Inflammation and Autoimmunity:





















 Symbicort


845



342


(1)


306


(8)


99


(3)


98


40 

 Pulmicort


286


17 


52



38



20


(8)


176


33 

 Tudorza/Eklira


30


n/m 


10


n/m 


18


n/m 


2


n/m 


-


n/m 

 Others


82


16 


12



27


21


3


(50)


40


29 

 Total Respiratory, Inflammation and Autoimmunity


1,243


7 


416


2 


389


(2)


124


(5)


314


35 

 Cardiovascular and Metabolic disease:





















 Brilinta/Brilique


131


45 


46


64 


54


21 


8


33 


23


108 

 Onglyza


183


19 


98


(8)


37


72 


14


36 


34


85 

 Bydureon


123


58 


106


54 


16


100 


1



-


 Byetta


90


19 


68


31 


15



4


(20)


3


 Farxiga/Forxiga


76


n/m 


37


n/m 


24


n/m 


3


n/m 


12


n/m 

 Legacy:





















 Crestor


1,167


(7)


614


(13)


243


(5)


132


(3)


178


12 

 Seloken/Toprol-XL


194



27


13 


25


(3)


3


(40)


139


12 

 Atacand


95


(9)


11



30


(29)


7


(36)


47


14 

 Others


171


(3)


20


18 


39


(13)


15


(16)


97


 Total Cardiovascular and Metabolic Disease


2,230


5 


1,027


1 


483


4 


187


(3)


533


18 

 Oncology:





















 Iressa


144


(5)


-



35


(5)


32


(28)


77


 Lynparza


9


n/m 


8


n/m 


1


n/m 


-


n/m 


-


n/m 

 Legacy:





















 Zoladex


194



6



44


(12)


62


(7)


82


23 

 Faslodex


161



83



49


(8)


12


(7)


17


11 

 Casodex


70


(6)


-


n/m 


8


(18)


32


(14)


30


14 

 Arimidex


62


(12)


3


(40)


13


(29)


19


(22)


27


20 

 Others


34


26 


6



8


13 


13


67 


7


13 

 Total Oncology


674


1 


106


13


158


(10)


170


(12)


240


16 

 Infection, Neuroscience and Gastrointestinal:





















 Nexium


644


(25)


225


(53)


74


(6)


128


(3)


217


15 

 Synagis


204


(38)


162


(37)


42


(42)


-



-


 Seroquel XR


262


(6)


169



63


(22)


7


(42)


23


17 

 Losec/Prilosec


96


(4)


7


(13)


26


(9)


19


(19)


44


10 

 FluMist/Fluenz


7



7


40 


-



-



-


 Others


388


(5)


50


(33)


105


(7)


71


18 


162


 Total Infection, Neuroscience and Gastrointestinal


1,601


(19)


620


(37)


310


(16)


225


(1)


446


 TOTAL PRODUCT SALES


5,748


(3)


2,169


(14)


1,340


(5)


706


(5)


1,533


18 

 


ASTRAZENECA DEVELOPMENT PIPELINE, 31 MARCH 2015

Phase III / Pivotal Phase II / Registration

NMEs and significant additional indications

Submission dates shown for assets in Phase III and beyond. As disclosure of compound information is balanced by the business need to maintain confidentiality, information in relation to some compounds listed here has not been disclosed at this time.

Compound

Mechanism

Area Under Investigation

Date Commenced Phase

Estimated Filing

US

EU

Japan

China

Cardiovascular and Metabolic Disease

Brilinta/Brilique1

ADP receptor antagonist

arterial thrombosis


Launched

Launched

Filed

Launched

Epanova#

omega-3 free fatty acids

hypertriglyceridaemia


Approved


2017

2019

Farxiga/Forxiga2

SGLT-2 inhibitor

type 2 diabetes


Launched

Launched

Launched

Filed

roxadustat#

hypoxia-inducible factor prolyl hydroxylase inhibitor

anaemia in CKD / ESRD

Q3 2014

2018

N/A

N/A

H2 2016

Oncology

AZD9291

EGFR tyrosine kinase inhibitor

≥2L advanced EGFRm T790M NSCLC

Q2 2014

Q2 2015

Q2 2015

Q3 2015

2017

AZD9291

EGFR tyrosine kinase inhibitor

1L advanced EGFRm NSCLC

Q1 2015

2017

2017

2017

2020

Caprelsa

VEGFR / EGFR tyrosine kinase inhibitor with RET kinase activity

medullary thyroid cancer


Launched

Launched

Filed

Filed

cediranib

ICON 6

VEGF inhibitor

PSR ovarian cancer



Q2 2015



MEDI4736#
PACIFIC

anti-PD-L1 MAb

stage III NSCLC

Q2 2014

2017

2020

2020


MEDI4736#
ATLANTIC

anti-PD-L1 MAb

3rd line NSCLC

Q1 2014

H1 2016

2017

2017


MEDI4736#
HAWK

anti-PD-L1 MAb

2nd line SCCHN

Q1 2015

H2 2016

H2 2016

H2 2016


moxetumomab pasudotox#

anti-CD22 recombinant
immunotoxin

hairy cell leukaemia

Q2 2013

2018

2018



selumetinib#
SELECT-1

MEK inhibitor

2nd line KRAS+ NSCLC

Q4 2013

2017

2017



selumetinib#
ASTRA

MEK inhibitor

differentiated thyroid cancer

Q3 2013

2017

2017



selumetinib#
SUMIT

MEK inhibitor

uveal melanoma

Q2 2014

Q4 2015

Q4 2015



tremelimumab

anti-CTLA-4 MAb

mesothelioma

Q2 2014

H1 2016

H2 2016



 

Phase III / Pivotal Phase II / Registration (continued)

Compound

Mechanism

Area Under Investigation

Date Commenced Phase

Estimated Filing

US

EU

Japan

China

Respiratory, Inflammation and Autoimmunity

benralizumab#

CALIMA SIROCCO ZONDA BISE BORA

anti-IL-5R MAb

severe asthma

Q4 2013

H2 2016

H2 2016



benralizumab#

TERRANOVA GALATHEA

anti-IL-5R MAb

COPD

Q3 2014

2018

2018



brodalumab#
AMAGINE-1,2,3

anti-IL-17R MAb

psoriasis

Q3 2012

2015++

2015++



brodalumab# AMVISION-1,2

anti-IL-17R MAb

psoriatic arthritis

Q1 2014

++

++



lesinurad
CLEAR 1,2
CRYSTAL

selective uric acid reabsorption inhibitor (SURI)

chronic treatment of patients with gout

Q4 2011

Filed

Filed



PT003 GFF

LAMA / LABA

COPD

Q2 2013

Q3 2015

H1 2016

2017

2017

tralokinumab

STRATOS 1,2

TROPOS

anti-IL-13 MAb

severe asthma

Q3 2014

2018

2018

2018


Infection

CAZ AVI#

RECLAIM

cephalosporin / beta lactamase inhibitor

serious infections

Q1 2012

N/A

2015


H2 2016

CAZ AVI# REPROVE

cephalosporin / beta lactamase inhibitor

hospital-acquired pneumonia / ventilator-associated pneumonia

Q2 2013

N/A

2017

 

2018

Zinforo#

extended spectrum cephalosporin with affinity to penicillin-binding proteins

pneumonia / skin infections


N/A

Launched

N/A

Filed

Neuroscience

Movantik/

Moventig#3

oral peripherally-acting mu-opioid receptor antagonist

opioid-induced constipation


Launched

Launched



 

#    Partnered product.

¶        Registrational Phase II / III study.

++  Filing is the responsibility of the partner.

1    Brilinta in the US; Brilique in rest of world.

2    Farxiga in the US; Forxiga in rest of world.

3    Movantik in the US; Moventig in EU.

 

 

Phases I and II

NMEs and significant additional indications

Compound

Mechanism

Area Under Investigation

Phase

Date Commenced Phase

Estimated Filing

US

EU

Japan

China

Cardiovascular and Metabolism

tenapanor (AZD1722)#

NHE3 inhibitor

ESRD-Pi / CKD with T2DM

II

Q1 2013





AZD4901

NK3 receptor antagonist

polycystic ovarian syndrome

II

Q2 2013





MEDI0382

GLP-1 / glucagon dual agonist

diabetes / obesity

I

Q1 2015





MEDI6012

LCAT

ACS

I

Q1 2012





MEDI8111

Rh-factor II

trauma / bleeding

I

Q1 2014





Oncology

AZD1775#

WEE-1 inhibitor

ovarian cancer

II

Q4 2012





AZD2014

mTOR serine / threonine kinase inhibitor

solid tumours

II

Q1 2013





AZD4547

FGFR tyrosine kinase inhibitor

solid tumours

II

Q4 2011





MEDI-551#

anti-CD19 MAb

CLL / DLBCL

II

Q1 2012





MEDI-573#

anti-IGF MAb

metastatic breast cancer

II

Q2 2012





selumetinib#

MEK inhibitor

2nd line KRAS- NSCLC

II

Q1 2013





AZD5363#

AKT kinase inhibitor

breast cancer

II

Q1 2014





MEDI4736#

anti-PD-L1 MAb

solid tumours

II

Q3 2014





moxetumomab
pasudotox#

anti-CD22 recombinant immunotoxin

pALL

II

Q3 2014





savolitinib/volitinib (AZD6094)#

MET tyrosine kinase inhibitor

papillary renal cell carcinoma

II

Q2 2014





AZD3759

EGFR tyrosine kinase inhibitor

advanced EGFRm NSCLC

I

Q4 2014





AZD5312#

androgen receptor inhibitor

solid tumours

I

Q2 2014





AZD6738

ATR serine / threonine kinase inhibitor

solid tumours

I

Q4 2013





AZD8186

PI3 kinase beta inhibitor

solid tumours

I

Q2 2013





AZD8835

PI3 kinase alpha inhibitor

solid tumours

I

Q4 2014





AZD9150#

STAT3 inhibitor

haematological malignancies

I

Q1 2012





AZD9291 + (MEDI4736# or selumetinib# or volitinib#)

TATTON

EGFR tyrosine kinase inhibitor + (anti-PD-L1 or MEK inhibitor or MET tyrosine kinase inhibitor)

advanced EGFRm NSCLC

I

Q3 2014





Phases I and II (continued)

Compound

Mechanism

Area Under Investigation

Phase

Date Commenced Phase

Estimated Filing

US

EU

Japan

China

Oncology (continued)

AZD9496

selective oestrogen receptor downregulator (SERD)

ER+ breast cancer

I

Q4 2014





MEDI0562#

humanised OX40 agonist

solid tumours

I

Q1 2015





MEDI4736# after (AZD9291 or Iressa or (selumetinib# +docetaxel) or tremelimumab)

anti-PD-L1 MAb
+ (EGFR tyrosine kinase inhibitor or MEK inhibitor or anti-CTLA-4 MAb)

NSCLC

I

Q3 2014





MEDI-565#

anti-CEA BiTE MAb

solid tumours

I

Q1 2011





MEDI0639#

anti-DLL-4 MAb

solid tumours

I

Q2 2012





MEDI0680

anti-PD-1 MAb

solid tumours

I

Q4 2013





MEDI3617#

anti-ANG-2 MAb

solid tumours

I

Q4 2010





MEDI4736#

anti-PD-L1 MAb

solid tumours

I

Q3 2014





MEDI4736# + MEDI0680

anti-PD-L1 MAb + anti-PD-1 MAb

solid tumours

I

Q2 2014





MEDI4736# + MEDI6469#

anti-PD-L1 MAb + murine OX40 agonist

solid tumours

I

Q3 2014





MEDI4736# + dabrafenib + trametinib1

anti-PD-L1 MAb + BRAF inhibitor + MEK inhibitor

melanoma

I

Q1 2014





MEDI4736# + Iressa

anti-PD-L1 MAb + EGFR tyrosine kinase inhibitor

NSCLC

I

Q2 2014





MEDI4736# + tremelimumab

anti-PD-L1 MAb + anti-CTLA-4 MAb

solid tumours

I

Q4 2013





MEDI-551# +

MEDI0680

anti-CD19 MAb + anti-PD-1 MAb

DLBCL

I

Q4 2014





MEDI-551# + rituximab

anti-CD19 MAb + anti-CD20 MAb

haematological malignancies

I

Q2 2014





MEDI6383#

OX40 agonist

solid tumours

I

Q3 2014





MEDI6469#

murine OX40 agonist

solid tumours

I

Q1 2006





MEDI6469# + rituximab

murine OX40 agonist + anti-CD20 MAb

solid tumours

I

Q1 2015





MEDI6469# +

tremelimumab

murine OX40 agonist + anti-CTLA-4 MAb

solid tumours

I

Q4 2014





Respiratory, Inflammation and Autoimmunity

albediterol (AZD0548)

LABA

asthma / COPD

II

Q4 2007





AZD7624

inhaled P38 inhibitor

COPD

II

Q4 2014





AZD9412#

inhaled interferon β

asthma / COPD

II

Q1 2010





anifrolumab#

anti-IFN-alphaR MAb

SLE

II

Q1 2012





mavrilimumab#

anti-GM-CSFR MAb

rheumatoid arthritis

II

Q1 2010





MEDI-551#

anti-CD19 MAb

neuromyelitis optica2

II

Q1 2015





MEDI2070#

anti-IL-23 MAb

Crohn's disease

II

Q1 2013





MEDI7183#

anti-a4b7 MAb

Crohn's disease / ulcerative colitis

II

Q4 2012





MEDI9929#

anti-TSLP MAb

asthma

II

Q2 2014





PT010

LAMA / LABA / ICS

COPD

II

Q2 2014





RDEA3170

selective uric acid reabsorption inhibitor (SURI)

chronic treatment of patients with hyperuricemia or gout

II

Q3 2013





sifalimumab#

anti-IFN-alpha MAb

SLE

II

Q3 2008





tralokinumab

anti-IL-13 MAb

IPF

II

Q4 2012





tralokinumab

anti-IL-13 MAb

atopic dermatitis

II

Q1 2015





Phases I and II (continued)

Compound

Mechanism

Area Under Investigation

Phase

Date Commenced Phase

Estimated Filing

US

EU

Japan

China

Respiratory, Inflammation and Autoimmunity (continued)

AZD1419#

TLR9 agonist

asthma

I

Q3 2013





AZD7594

inhaled SGRM

asthma / COPD

I

Q3 2012





AZD7986

DPP1

COPD

I

Q4 2014





AZD8999

MABA

COPD

I

Q4 2013





MEDI4920

anti-CD40L-Tn3 fusion protein

primary Sjögren's syndrome

I

Q2 2014





MEDI5872#

anti-B7RP1 MAb

SLE

I

Q4 2008





MEDI7836

anti-IL-13 MAb-YTE

asthma

I

Q1 2015





Infection

ATM AVI#

monobactam / beta lactamase inhibitor

targeted serious bacterial infections

II

Q1 2015





AZD5847

oxazolidinone anti-bacterial inhibitor

tuberculosis

II

Q4 2012





CXL#

beta lactamase inhibitor / cephalosporin

MRSA

II

Q4 2010





MEDI4893

MAb binding to S. aureus toxin

hospital-acquired pneumonia / serious S. aureus infection

II

Q4 2014





MEDI8897#

anti-RSV MAb-YTE

passive RSV prophylaxis

II

Q1 2015





MEDI-550

pandemic influenza virus vaccine

pandemic influenza prophylaxis

I

Q2 2006





MEDI3902

anti-Psl/PcrV

Prevention of nosocomial pseudomonas pneumonia

I

Q3 2014





MEDI7510

RSV sF+GLA-SE

prevention of RSV disease in older adults

I

Q2 2014





MEDI8852

influenza A MAb

influenza A treatment

I

Q1 2015





Neuroscience

AZD3241

myeloperoxidase inhibitor

multiple system atrophy

II

Q2 2012





AZD3293#

beta-secretase inhibitor

Alzheimer's disease

II

Q4 2014





AZD5213

histamine-3 receptor antagonist

Tourette's syndrome / neuropathic pain

II

Q4 2013





AZD8108

NMDA antagonist

suicidal ideation

I

Q4 2014





MEDI1814

anti-amyloid beta MAb

Alzheimer's disease

I

Q2 2014





 

#    Partnered product.

1    MedImmune-sponsored study in collaboration with Novartis.

2    Neuromyelitis optica now lead indication. Multiple sclerosis Phase I study continuing.

 

Significant Life-Cycle Management

Compound

Mechanism

Area Under Investigation

Date Commenced Phase

Estimated Filing

US

EU

Japan

China

Cardiovascular and Metabolism

Brilinta / Brilique1 EUCLID

ADP receptor antagonist

outcomes study in patients with peripheral artery disease

Q4 2012

2017

2017

2017

2018

Brilinta / Brilique1 HESTIA

ADP receptor antagonist

prevention of vaso-occlusive crises in paediatric patients with sickle cell disease

Q4 2014

2020

2020



Brilinta / Brilique1
PEGASUS-
TIMI 54

ADP receptor antagonist

outcomes study in patients with prior myocardial infarction

Q4 2010

Filed2

Filed2

Q4 2015

2017

Brilinta / Brilique1 SOCRATES

ADP receptor antagonist

outcomes study in patients with stroke or TIA

Q1 2014

H1 2016

H1 2016

H2 2016

2017

Brilinta / Brilique1 THEMIS

ADP receptor antagonist

outcomes study in patients with type 2 diabetes and CAD, but without a previous history of MI or stroke

Q1 2014

2017

2017

2018

2018

Bydureon Dual
Chamber Pen

GLP-1 receptor agonist

type 2 diabetes


Launched

Launched

Approved


Bydureon EXSCEL

GLP-1 receptor agonist

type 2 diabetes outcomes study

Q2 2010

2018

2018

2018


Bydureon weekly
suspension

GLP-1 receptor agonist

type 2 diabetes

Q1 2013

Q4 2015

Q4 2015



Epanova

STRENGTH

omega-3 free fatty acids

outcomes study in statin-treated patients at high CV risk, with persistent hypertriglyceridemia plus low HDL-cholesterol

Q4 2014

2020

2020

2020

2020

Epanova / Farxiga/Forxiga3

omega-3 free fatty acids / SGLT-2 inhibitor

Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease/non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH)

Q1 2015





Farxiga / Forxiga3
DECLARE-
TIMI 58

SGLT-2 inhibitor

type 2 diabetes outcomes study

Q2 2013

2020

2020



Farxiga / Forxiga3

SGLT-2 inhibitor

type 1 diabetes

Q4 2014

2018

2017

2018


Kombiglyze XR / Komboglyze4

DPP-4 inhibitor / metformin FDC

type 2 diabetes


Launched

Launched


Filed

Onglyza SAVOR-TIMI 53

DPP-4 inhibitor

type 2 diabetes outcomes study

Q2 2010

Filed

Launched


2015

saxagliptin / dapagliflozin FDC

DPP-4 inhibitor / SGLT-2 inhibitor FDC

type 2 diabetes

Q2 2012

Filed

Q2 2015



Xigduo XR / Xigduo5

SGLT-2 inhibitor / metformin FDC

type 2 diabetes


Launched

Launched



Oncology

Caprelsa

VEGFR / EGFR tyrosine kinase inhibitor with RET kinase activity

differentiated thyroid cancer

Q2 2013

H1 2016

H1 2016

H1 2016


Faslodex

FALCON

oestrogen receptor antagonist

1st line hormone receptor +ve advanced breast cancer

Q4 2012

H2 2016

H2 2016

H2 2016

H2 2016

Iressa

EGFR tyrosine kinase inhibitor

EGFRm NSCLC


Filed

Launched

Launched

Launched

Lynparza (olaparib) SOLO-1

PARP inhibitor

1st line BRCAm ovarian cancer

Q3 2013

2017

2017

2017


Lynparza (olaparib) SOLO-2

PARP inhibitor

2nd line or greater BRCAm PSR ovarian cancer, maintenance monotherapy

Q3 2013

H1 2016

H1 2016

H2 2016


Lynparza (olaparib) SOLO-3

PARP inhibitor

gBRCA PSR ovarian cancer

Q1 2015

2018




Lynparza (olaparib) GOLD

PARP inhibitor

2nd line gastric cancer

Q3 2013



2017


Lynparza (olaparib) OlympiA

PARP inhibitor

gBRCA adjuvant triple negative breast cancer

Q2 2014

2020

2020

2020


Lynparza (olaparib) OlympiAD

PARP inhibitor

gBRCA metastatic breast cancer

Q2 2014

2016

2016

2016


Lynparza (olaparib) POLO

PARP inhibitor

pancreatic cancer

Q1 2015

2016

2017

2017


Lynparza (olaparib)

PARP inhibitor

prostate cancer

Q3 2014





Respiratory, Inflammation and Autoimmunity

Duaklir Genuair#

LAMA / LABA

COPD


2018

Launched

2018

2018

Symbicort

SYGMA

ICS / LABA

as needed use in mild asthma

Q4 2014

N/A

2018


2019

Symbicort6

ICS / LABA

Breath Actuated Inhaler asthma / COPD


2018




Life-Cycle Management (continued)

Compound

Mechanism

Area Under Investigation

Date Commenced Phase

Estimated Filing

US

EU

Japan

China

Neuroscience

Diprivan#

sedative and anaesthetic

conscious sedation


N/A

Launched

Filed

Launched

Movantik / Moventig#

oral peripherally-acting mu-opioid receptor antagonist

paediatrics






Gastrointestinal

Entocort

glucocorticoid steroid

Crohn's disease / ulcerative colitis


Launched

Launched

Q3 2015

N/A

linaclotide#

GC-C receptor peptide agonist

irritable bowel syndrome with constipation
(IBS-C)


N/A

N/A

N/A

Q4 2015

Nexium

proton pump inhibitor

refractory reflux esophagitis




Filed


Nexium

proton pump inhibitor

stress ulcer prophylaxis





2017

Nexium

proton pump inhibitor

paediatrics


Launched

Launched

H2 2016


 

#    Partnered product.

1    Brilinta in the US; Brilique in rest of world.

2    Submission made in Q1 2015, acceptance anticipated Q2 2015.

3    Farxiga in the US; Forxiga in rest of world.

4    Kombiglyze XR in the US; Komboglyze in the EU.

5    Xigduo XR in the US; Xigduo in the EU.

6    Development of a new BAI device is ongoing.

 

 

Terminations (discontinued projects between 1 January and 31 March 2015)

 

NME / Line Extension

Compound

Reason for Discontinuation

Area Under Investigation

NME

AZD2115#

Strategic

COPD

NME

MEDI-559

Safety / efficacy

passive RSV prophylaxis

LCM

brodalumab#

Lack of efficacy

asthma

 

#    Partnered product.

 

Completed Projects / Divestitures

 

Compound

Mechanism

Area Under Investigation

Phase

Estimated Filing

US

EU

Japan

China

Cardiovascular

Myalept

leptin analogue

lipodystrophy


Launched




Oncology

Lynparza (olaparib) capsule

PARP inhibitor

BRCAm PSR ovarian cancer


Launched

Launched



Infection

AZD0914

GyrAR

serious bacterial infections

II





 

Shareholder Information

ANNOUNCEMENTS AND MEETINGS

_______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Annual General Meeting

24 April 2015

Announcement of half year and second quarter results

30 July 2015

Announcement of nine months and third quarter results

5 November 2015



 

DIVIDENDS

_______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

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

 

On 6 February 2015 the Company transferred its US American Depositary Receipt (ADR) Programme to Citibank, N.A.

 

TRADEMARKS

_______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Trademarks of the AstraZeneca group of companies and of companies other than AstraZeneca appear throughout this document in italics. AstraZeneca, the AstraZeneca logotype and the AstraZeneca symbol are all trademarks of the AstraZeneca group of companies. Trademarks of companies other than AstraZeneca that appear in this document include Duaklir Genuair, Duaklir, Eklira, Tudorza and Tudorza Pressair, trademarks of Almirall, S.A.; Tissue Phenomics and Cognition Network Technology, trademarks of Definiens AG; Epanova, a trademark of Chrysalis Pharma AG; Zinforo, a trademark of Forest Laboratories; Zydelig, a trademark of GILEAD SCIENCES IRELAND UC; Zytiga, a trademark of Johnson & Johnson; Imbruvica, a trademark of Pharmacyclics, Inc.; and Daliresp, a trademark of Takeda GmbH.

 

ADDRESSES FOR CORRESPONDENCE

_______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Registrar and

Transfer Office

Equiniti Limited

Aspect House

Spencer Road

Lancing

West Sussex

BN99 6DA

UK

US Depositary

Citibank Shareholder Services

PO Box 43077

Providence

RI 02940-3077

USA

 

Registered Office

2 Kingdom Street

London

W2 6BD

UK

 

 

Swedish Central Securities Depository

Euroclear Sweden AB

PO Box 191

SE-101 23 Stockholm

Sweden

 

 

Tel (freephone in UK):
0800 389 1580

Tel (outside UK):
+44 (0)121 415 7033

Tel: +44 (0)207 500 2030

or +1 877 248 4237

(1 877-CITI-ADR)/

E-mail: [email protected]

Tel: +44 (0)20 7604 8000

Tel: +46 (0)8 402 9000

 

CAUTIONARY STATEMENT REGARDING FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

_______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

In order, among other things, to utilise the 'safe harbour' provisions of the US Private Securities Litigation Reform Act 1995, we are providing the following cautionary statement: The interim financial statements contain certain forward-looking statements with respect to the operations, performance and financial condition of the Group. Although we believe our expectations are based on reasonable assumptions, any forward-looking statements, by their very nature, involve risks and uncertainties and may be influenced by factors that could cause actual outcomes and results to be materially different from those predicted. The forward-looking statements reflect knowledge and information available at the date of preparation of the interim financial statements and AstraZeneca undertakes no obligation to update these forward-looking statements. We identify the forward-looking statements by using the words 'anticipates', 'believes', 'expects', 'intends' and similar expressions in such statements. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in forward-looking statements, certain of which are beyond our control, include, among other things: the loss or expiration of patents, marketing exclusivity or trademarks, or the risk of failure to obtain and enforce patent protection; the risk of substantial adverse litigation/government investigation claims and insufficient insurance coverage; exchange rate fluctuations; the risk that R&D will not yield new products that achieve commercial success; the risk that strategic alliances and acquisitions will be unsuccessful; the impact of competition, price controls and price reductions; taxation risks; the risk of substantial product liability claims; the impact of any delays in the manufacturing, distribution and sale of any of our products; the impact of any failure by third parties to supply materials or services; the risk of failure to manage a crisis; the risk of delay to new product launches; the difficulties of obtaining and maintaining regulatory approvals for products; the risk of failure to adhere to applicable laws, rules and regulations; the risk that new products do not perform as we expect; the risk of environmental liabilities; the risks associated with conducting business in emerging markets; the risk of reputational damage; the risk of illegal trade in our products; the risk of failure to successfully implement planned cost reduction measures through productivity initiatives and restructuring programmes; the risk that regulatory approval processes for biosimilars could have an adverse effect on future commercial prospects; the impact of failing to attract and retain key personnel and to successfully engage with our employees; the impact of increasing implementation and enforcement of more stringent anti-bribery and anti-corruption legislation; and the risk of failure of information technology and cybercrime.


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