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Thursday 09 November, 2017

AstraZeneca PLC

AZN: Year-To-Date and Q3 2017 Results Announcement

RNS Number : 9871V
AstraZeneca PLC
09 November 2017
 

AstraZeneca PLC

9 November 2017 07:00

Year-To-Date and Q3 2017 Results

An improved sales performance as the pipeline-driven transformation gathered pace

 

Financial Summary

 

 

YTD 2017

Q3 2017

$m

% change

$m

% change

 

Actual

CER1

Actual

CER

Total Revenue

16,688

(4)

(3)

6,232

9

10

Product Sales

14,665

(9)

(8)

4,882

(3)

(2)

Externalisation Revenue

2,023

49

50

1,350

n/m

n/m








Reported Operating Profit

2,991

26

16

1,149

12

9

Core Operating Profit2

5,068

8

5

1,853

9

9








Reported Earnings Per Share (EPS)

$1.34

3

(4)

$0.54

(32)

(33)

Core EPS

$2.98

(4)

(7)

$1.12

(15)

(17)

The difference in growth rates between Operating Profit and EPS included the impact of a one-off tax benefit in Q3 2016.

 

Financial Highlights

·      Receding impact from losses of exclusivity: Product Sales declined by 3% (2% at CER) in the quarter

·      Externalisation Revenue: $2,023m, including $997m received in the quarter from the MSD3 collaboration

·      Cost discipline continued:

·      Reported R&D costs declined by 3% (1% at CER) to $4,206m; Core R&D costs declined by 5% (2% at CER) to $3,956m

·      Reported SG&A costs declined by 11% (9% at CER) to $7,155m; Core SG&A costs declined by 7% (5% at CER) to $5,678m

·      The Company now anticipates a 2017 Core EPS performance towards the favourable end of the guidance range of a low to mid teens percentage decline

 

Commercial Highlights

The Growth Platforms grew by 3% (4% at CER) and represented 66% of Total Revenue:

·      Emerging Markets: 5% growth (7% at CER). China sales in the quarter increased by 12% (14% at CER)

·      Respiratory: 5% decline (3% at CER). Symbicort faced continued pressures in the US

·      New CVMD4: 5% growth. Brilinta sales up by 29% (31% at CER); Farxiga sales up by 24%

·      Japan: 3% growth (5% at CER). Underpinned by the growth of Tagrisso, Symbicort and Nexium

·      New Oncology5: 96% growth (97% at CER). An encouraging performance by Tagrisso; Lynparza US sales up by 9% in the quarter

 

Achieving Scientific Leadership

The table below highlights the development of the late-stage pipeline since 27 July 2017:

 

Regulatory Approvals

Faslodex - breast cancer (1st line) (US)

Lynparza - ovarian cancer (2nd line, 4th line/tablets) (US)

Calquence (acalabrutinib) - blood cancer (mantle cell lymphoma (MCL), 2nd line) (US)

Brilinta - prior myocardial infarction (MI) (CN)

Farxiga + Bydureon - type-2 diabetes (US, EU)

Bydureon BCise (autoinjector) - type-2 diabetes (US)

Symbicort - chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) exacerbations (US)

Regulatory Submission Acceptances

Lynparza - breast cancer (US, JP) (Priority Reviews)

Imfinzi - locally-advanced, unresectable lung cancer (US/Priority Review, EU, JP)

Bydureon BCise - type-2 diabetes (EU)

Major

Phase III

Data Readouts

moxetumomab pasudotox - leukaemia (met primary endpoint)

Duaklir - COPD (met primary endpoint)

tralokinumab - severe, uncontrolled asthma (did not meet primary endpoints)

Other Major Developments

Tagrisso - lung cancer (1st line): Breakthrough Therapy Designation (US)

Imfinzi - locally-advanced, unresectable lung cancer: Breakthrough Therapy Designation (US)

 

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

"Our financial performance in the quarter was in line with expectations, reflecting good commercial execution, including strong growth in Emerging Markets with standout sales in China.

 

It was, however, the raft of news flow and approvals that was most notable. In particular, the positive developments for Tagrisso and Imfinzi in lung cancer and benralizumab and tezepelumab in asthma offset the disappointment of the first readout from the MYSTIC trial. The Accelerated Approval for Calquence in the treatment of an aggressive form of blood cancer was an important milestone for a medicine that will be the cornerstone of our presence in blood cancers. Further, the new strategic collaboration with MSD offers significant opportunities to maximise the potential of Lynparza.

 

This impressive momentum is set to continue with regulatory and data milestones that have the potential to show how our science-led strategy and pipeline-driven transformation are delivering for patients and shareholders."

 

FY 2017 Guidance: Updated

The Company provides guidance on Total Revenue and Core EPS only and today refines the guidance for Core EPS. This refinement primarily reflects the impact of the aforementioned MSD collaboration, for which the accounting treatment was finalised in the quarter.

 

All commentary in this section is at CER.

 

 

Updated Guidance

Prior Guidance

Total Revenue

A low to mid single-digit percentage decline

A low to mid single-digit percentage decline

Core EPS

Towards the favourable end of a low to mid teens percentage decline*

A low to mid teens percentage decline

*The Core EPS guidance anticipates a normalised effective Core tax rate in FY 2017 of 17-19% (FY 2016: 11%).

 

Guidance is subject to base-case assumptions of the progression of the pipeline and the extensive level of news flow listed on the following page. Variations in performance between quarters can be expected, with year-on-year Product Sales comparisons easing in the second half of the year, following the entry of multiple Crestor generic medicines in the US market in July 2016.

 

The Company presents Core EPS guidance only at CER. It is unable to provide guidance on a Reported/GAAP6 basis because the Company cannot reliably forecast material elements of the Reported/GAAP result, including the fair value adjustments arising on acquisition-related liabilities, intangible asset impairment charges and legal settlement provisions. Please refer to the section 'Cautionary Statements Regarding Forward-Looking Statements' at the end of this announcement.

 

In addition to the unchanged guidance above, the Company also provides unchanged indications in other areas of the Income Statement. The sum of Externalisation Revenue and Other Operating Income and Expense in

FY 2017 is anticipated to be ahead of that in FY 2016. Sustainable and ongoing income7 is expected to increase further as a proportion of total Externalisation Revenue in FY 2017 (FY 2016: 21%). Core R&D costs are expected to be broadly in line with those in FY 2016 and the Company anticipates a further reduction in Core SG&A costs in FY 2017, reflecting the evolving shape of the business. A full explanation is listed in the Operating & Financial Review.

 

FY 2017 Currency Impact

Based only on average exchange rates in the first nine months of 2017 (year to date, YTD 2017) and the Company's published currency sensitivities, the Company continues to expect a low single-digit percentage adverse impact from currency movements on Total Revenue and a minimal impact on Core EPS. Further details on currency sensitivities are contained within the Operating and Financial Review.

Notes

 

1.   Constant exchange rates. These are non-GAAP measures because they remove the effects of currency movements from Reported results.

2.   Core financial measures. These are non-GAAP measures because, unlike Reported performance, they cannot be derived directly from the information in the Group Financial Statements. See the Operating and Financial Review for a definition of Core financial measures and a reconciliation of Core to Reported financial measures.

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

4.   New Cardiovascular and Metabolic Diseases, incorporating Brilinta and Diabetes.

5.   New Oncology, comprising Lynparza, Tagrisso, Iressa (US), Imfinzi and, in due course, Calquence.

6.   Generally Accepted Accounting Principles.

7.   Sustainable and ongoing income is defined as Externalisation Revenue, excluding initial revenue.

 

All growth rates are shown at actual exchange rates, unless stated otherwise. Only one rate of growth is shown if the actual and constant exchange rates of growth are identical. All commentary in this announcement refers to the performance in the year to date, unless stated otherwise.

 

Pipeline: Forthcoming Major News Flow

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

 

Q4 2017

 

Tagrisso - lung cancer (1st line): Regulatory submission

 

benralizumab - severe, uncontrolled asthma: Regulatory decision (US)

 

H1 2018

 

Lynparza - ovarian cancer (2nd line): Regulatory decision (EU, JP)

Lynparza - ovarian cancer (1st line): Data readout

Lynparza - breast cancer: Regulatory decision (US), regulatory submission (EU)

 

Imfinzi - lung cancer (PACIFIC): Regulatory decision (US)

Imfinzi +/- treme - lung cancer (ARCTIC): Data readout, regulatory submission

Imfinzi +/- treme - lung cancer (MYSTIC): Data readout (final overall survival)

Imfinzi +/- treme - head & neck cancer (KESTREL): Data readout

Imfinzi +/- treme - head & neck cancer (EAGLE): Data readout

 

moxetumomab pasudotox - leukaemia: Regulatory submission

selumetinib - thyroid cancer: Data readout, regulatory submission

 

Bevespi - COPD: Regulatory submission (JP)

Duaklir - COPD: Regulatory submission (US)

benralizumab - severe, uncontrolled asthma: Regulatory decision (EU, JP)

PT010 - COPD: Data readout

 

H2 2018

 

Lynparza - breast cancer: Regulatory decision (JP)

Lynparza - ovarian cancer (1st line): Regulatory submission

 

Imfinzi - lung cancer (PACIFIC): Regulatory decision (EU, JP)

Imfinzi +/- treme - lung cancer (MYSTIC): Regulatory submission

Imfinzi + treme - lung cancer (NEPTUNE): Data readout, regulatory submission

Imfinzi +/- treme - head & neck cancer (KESTREL): Regulatory submission

Imfinzi +/- treme - head & neck cancer (EAGLE): Regulatory submission

 

Farxiga - type-2 diabetes (DECLARE): Data readout

Bydureon BCise - type-2 diabetes: Regulatory decision (EU)

roxadustat - anaemia: Regulatory submission (US)

 

Bevespi - COPD: Regulatory decision (EU)

benralizumab - COPD: Data readout, regulatory submission

PT010 - COPD: Regulatory submission (JP)

 

anifrolumab - lupus: Data readout

 

The term 'data readout' in this section refers to Phase III data readouts.

 

Conference Call

A conference call and webcast for investors and analysts, hosted by management, will begin at 12:00 UK time today. Details can be accessed via astrazeneca.com/investors.

 

Reporting Calendar

The Company intends to publish its full-year and fourth-quarter financial results on 2 February 2018.

 

About AstraZeneca

AstraZeneca is a global, science-led biopharmaceutical company that focuses on the discovery, development and commercialisation of prescription medicines, primarily for the treatment of diseases in three main therapy areas - Oncology, CVMD and Respiratory. The Company also is selectively active in the areas of autoimmunity, neuroscience and infection. AstraZeneca operates in over 100 countries and its innovative medicines are used by millions of patients worldwide.

 

For more information, please visit www.astrazeneca.com and follow us on Twitter @AstraZeneca.

 

Media Relations

 

 

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UK/Global

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UK/Global

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UK/Global

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UK/Global

+44 203 749 5906

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UK/Global

+44 203 749 5916

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Sweden

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Michele Meixell

US

+1 302 885 2677

 

 

 

Investor Relations

 

 

Thomas Kudsk Larsen

 

 

+44 203 749 5712

Craig Marks

Finance; Fixed Income; M&A

+44 7881 615 764

Henry Wheeler

Oncology

+44 203 749 5797

Mitchell Chan

Oncology; Other

+1 240 477 3771

Christer Gruvris

Brilinta; Diabetes

+44 203 749 5716

Nick Stone

Respiratory; Renal

+44 203 749 5711

US toll free

 

+1 866 381 7277

 

 

Operating and Financial Review

_______________________________________________________________________________________

 

All narrative on growth and results in this section is based on actual exchange rates, unless stated otherwise. Financial figures are in US$ millions ($m). The performance shown in this announcement covers the nine and three-month periods to 30 September 2017 (the year to date (YTD 2017) or the quarter (Q3 2017), respectively) compared to the nine and three-month periods to 30 September 2016 (YTD 2016 and Q3 2016, respectively). All commentary in the Operating and Financial Review relates to the year to date, unless stated otherwise. Core financial measures, EBITDA and Net Debt are non-GAAP financial measures because they cannot be derived directly from the Group Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements. Management believes that these non-GAAP financial measures, when provided in combination with Reported results, will provide investors with helpful supplementary information to better understand the financial performance and position of the Company on a comparable basis from period to period. These non-GAAP financial measures are not a substitute for, or superior to, financial measures prepared in accordance with GAAP. Core financial measures are adjusted to exclude certain significant items, such as:

 

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

·      Charges and provisions related to global restructuring programmes (this will include such charges that relate to the impact of global restructuring programmes on 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

 

Details on the nature of Core financial measures are provided on page 64 of the Annual Report and Form 20-F Information 2016. Reference should be made to the reconciliation of Core to Reported financial information included therein and in the Reconciliation of Reported to Core Financial Measures table included in the Financial

Performance section of this announcement.

 

EBITDA is defined as Reported Profit Before Tax after adding back Net Finance Expense, Joint Ventures and Associates and charges for depreciation, amortisation and impairment. Reference should be made to the Reconciliation of Reported Profit Before Tax to EBITDA included in the Financial Performance section of this announcement.

 

Net Debt is defined as interest-bearing loans and borrowings net of cash and cash equivalents, other investments and net derivative financial instruments. Reference should be made to the Reconciliation of Interest-Bearing Loans and Borrowings to Net Debt included in the Cash Flow and Balance Sheet section of this announcement.

 

The Company strongly encourages readers not to rely on any single financial measure, but to review AstraZeneca's financial statements, including the notes thereto, and other publicly-filed Company reports, carefully and in their entirety.

 

Total Revenue

 

YTD 2017

Q3 2017

$m

% change

$m

% change

Actual

CER

Actual

CER

Total Revenue

16,688

(4)

(3)

6,232

9

10








Product Sales

14,665

(9)

(8)

4,882

(3)

(2)

Externalisation Revenue

2,023

49

50

1,350

n/m

n/m

 

Product Sales

The receding effects of the Crestor and Seroquel XR losses of exclusivity in the US impacted Product Sales in the year to date. Global Product Sales declined by 9% (8% at CER) from $16,059m to $14,665m. Of the $1,394m difference, $999m was represented by a 36% decline (35% at CER) in Crestor sales; $393m was represented by a 64% decline in Seroquel XR sales.

 

Emerging Markets sales grew by 5% (7% at CER) to $4,519m; Emerging Markets represented AstraZeneca's largest sales region in the year to date. China sales increased by 6% (10% at CER) to $2,142m in the year to date. In the quarter, China sales increased by 12% (14% at CER) to $723m, reflecting a strong underlying performance. US sales declined by 23% to $4,399m and were, alongside the effects of the Crestor and Seroquel XR losses of exclusivity, also impacted by the sales of Symbicort, which declined by 15% to $811m. Product Sales in Europe declined by 7% (6% at CER) to $3,460m.

 

Representing 66% of Total Revenue, the Growth Platforms grew by 3% (4% at CER) to $11,055m:


YTD 2017

Q3 2017

$m

% change

$m

% change


Actual

CER

Actual

CER

Emerging Markets

4,519

5

7

1,515

9

10

Respiratory

3,372

(5)

(3)

1,092

(2)

(2)

New CVMD

2,543

5

5

873

7

7

Japan

1,645

3

5

578

(3)

4

New Oncology

876

96

97

339

72

73








Total*

11,055

3

4

3,760

5

6

*Total Product Sales for Growth Platforms are adjusted to remove duplication on a medicine and regional basis.

 

Externalisation Revenue

Where AstraZeneca retains a significant ongoing interest in medicines or potential new medicines, income arising from externalisation agreements is reported as Externalisation Revenue in the Company's financial statements.

 

A breakdown of Externalisation Revenue in the year to date is shown below:

 

Medicine

Partner

Region

$m

Lynparza & selumetinib

MSD

- initial revenue

Global

997

Zoladex

TerSera Therapeutics LLC (TerSera)
- initial revenue

US and Canada

250

anaesthetics

Aspen Global, Inc. (Aspen)

- milestone revenue

Global (excl.US)

150

Siliq

Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc. (Valeant)

- milestone revenue

US

130

MEDI8897

Sanofi Pasteur, Inc. (Sanofi Pasteur)

- initial revenue

Global

127

Tudorza/Duaklir

Circassia Pharmaceuticals plc (Circassia)

- initial revenue

US

64

lanabecestat

Eli Lilly and Company (Lilly)

- milestone revenue

Global

50

MEDI1341

Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited (Takeda)

- initial revenue

Global

50

Other

 

 

205





Total

 

 

2,023

 

The following table illustrates the level of sustainable and ongoing income within the total of Externalisation Revenue. The Company anticipates that sustainable and ongoing income will grow as a proportion of Externalisation Revenue over time.

 


YTD 2017

Q3 2017


$m

% of total

% change

$m

% of total

% change

Actual

CER

Actual

CER

Royalties

100

5

22

25

31

2

14

57

Milestones/Other

431

21

104

109

272

20

n/m

n/m










Total Sustainable and Ongoing Externalisation Revenue

 

531

 

26

81

85

303

22

n/m

n/m










Initial Revenue

1,492

74

40

39

1,047

78

63

60










Total Externalisation Revenue

2,023

100

49

49

1,350

100

n/m

n/m

 

A number of AstraZeneca medicines were externalised or disposed after 30 September 2016, thus adversely impacting the overall year-on-year Product Sales performance in the year to date:

 

Medicine

Region

Completion

Product Sales in

Impacted Regions

YTD 2016

YTD 2017*

Difference

$m

$m

$m

Toprol-XL

US

October 2016

81

34

(47)

Bydureon/Byetta

China

October 2016

9

-

(9)

antibiotics

Global (excl. US)

December 2016

143

28

(115)

Zoladex

US and Canada

March 2017

50

24

(26)

Seloken

Europe

June 2017

67

48

(19)

Zomig

Global (excl. Japan)

June 2017

56

45

(11)







Total

 


406

179

(227)

Proportion of YTD 2017 Product Sales

 




-2%

*YTD 2017 Product Sales here comprise sales made to partners under manufacturing and supply agreements.

 

Examples of sustainable and ongoing income, as part of Externalisation Revenue, are shown below:

 

Announcement

Medicine

Partner

Region

Externalisation Revenue

July 2017

Lynparza

MSD

Global

·    Initial $1.0bn revenue

·    Up to $0.75bn for certain licence options

·    Up to $6.15bn in regulatory and sales milestones

March 2017

MEDI8897

Sanofi Pasteur

Global

·    Initial €120m revenue

·    Up to €495m in sales and development-related milestones

February 2017

Zoladex

TerSera

US and Canada

·    Initial $250m revenue

·    Up to $70m in sales-related milestones

·    Mid-teen percentage royalties on sales

October 2016

Toprol-XL

Aralez Pharmaceuticals Inc.

US

·    Initial $175m revenue

·    Up to $48m milestone and sales-related revenue

·    Mid-teen percentage royalties on sales

July 2016

tralokinumab - atopic dermatitis

LEO Pharma A/S

(LEO Pharma)

Global

·    Initial $115m revenue

·    Up to $1bn in commercially-related milestones

·    Up to mid-teen tiered percentage royalties on sales

September 2015

Siliq

Valeant

Global, later

amended to US

·    Initial $100m revenue

·    Pre-launch milestone of $130m

·    Sales-related royalties up to $175m

·    Profit sharing

March 2015

Movantik

Daiichi Sankyo Company, Ltd

(Daiichi Sankyo)

US

·    Initial $200m revenue

·    Up to $625m in sales-related revenue

 

 

Product Sales

_____________________________________________________________________________________

 

The performance of key medicines is shown below, with a geographical split shown in Note 6 and 7.

Therapy Area

Medicine

YTD 2017

Q3 2017

$m

% of total*

% change

$m

% of total

% change

Actual

CER

Actual

CER

Oncology

Tagrisso

651

4

136

138

248

5

86

89

Iressa

398

3

1

2

137

3

10

10

Lynparza

197

1

26

26

81

2

40

36

Imfinzi

1

-

n/m

n/m

-

-

-

-

Legacy:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Faslodex

703

5

16

16

241

5

16

16

Zoladex

548

4

(6)

(5)

185

4

(7)

(6)

Casodex

161

1

(14)

(12)

51

1

(18)

(16)

Arimidex

160

1

(9)

(6)

54

1

(4)

(2)

Others

85

1

13

16

29

1

7

15

Total Oncology

2,904

20

18

19

1,026

21

18

19

CVMD

 

Brilinta

780

5

29

31

284

6

37

36

Farxiga

742

5

24

24

285

6

30

29

Onglyza

431

3

(25)

(25)

127

3

(25)

(25)

Bydureon

427

3

(2)

(2)

128

3

(12)

(12)

Byetta

128

1

(36)

(35)

39

1

(36)

(36)

Symlin

35

-

30

30

10

-

(9)

(9)

Legacy:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Crestor

1,771

12

(36)

(35)

580

12

(16)

(14)

Seloken/Toprol-XL

527

4

(6)

(4)

160

3

(14)

(12)

Atacand

227

2

(3)

(1)

80

2

10

11

Others

259

2

(16)

(14)

80

2

(6)

(5)

Total CVMD

5,327

36

(16)

(14)

1,773

36

(4)

(4)

Respiratory

Symbicort

2,051

14

(9)

(8)

668

14

(4)

(4)

Pulmicort

805

5

4

7

242

5

8

9

Daliresp/Daxas

145

1

28

28

53

1

26

26

Tudorza/Eklira

108

1

(19)

(18)

37

1

(21)

(21)

Duaklir

56

-

27

30

21

-

50

43

Bevespi

8

-

n/m

n/m

4

-

n/m

n/m

Others

199

1

(13)

(12)

67

1

(22)

(22)

Total Respiratory

3,372

23

(5)

(3)

1,092

22

(2)

(2)

Other

Nexium

1,525

10

(1)

-

469

10

(9)

(7)

Synagis

453

3

21

21

153

3

47

47

Losec/Prilosec

202

1

(7)

(5)

66

1

(8)

(8)

Seroquel XR

224

2

(64)

(64)

62

1

(67)

(68)

Movantik/Moventig

92

1

42

42

30

1

20

20

FluMist/Fluenz

20

-

(46)

(46)

20

-

(23)

(23)

Others

546

4

(40)

(39)

191

4

(30)

(29)

Total Other

3,062

21

(19)

(18)

991

20

(18)

(17)


Total

Product Sales

14,665

100

(9)

(8)

4,882

100

(3)

(2)

*Due to rounding, the sum of individual brand percentages may not agree to totals.

 

 

Product Sales Summary

_______________________________________________________________________________________

 

ONCOLOGY

Product Sales of $2,904m; an increase of 18% (19% at CER). Oncology Product Sales represented 20% of total Product Sales, up from 15% in the first nine months of 2016.

 

Lung Cancer

 

Tagrisso

Product Sales of $651m; an increase of 136% (138% at CER).

 

Within Emerging Markets, Tagrisso was approved in China in March 2017 as the first AstraZeneca medicine under the China FDA's Priority Review pathway. Sales in the US and Europe were $277m and $124m, respectively. Sales grew by 54% year-on-year in the US, with progress in T790M-mutation testing rates accompanied by the launch of a new diagnostic-testing voucher programme for patients. In Europe, where Tagrisso was launched in 2016, sales of $124m were driven by a continued uptake and positive reimbursement decisions, most recently in Italy, Portugal and Sweden.

 

Testing rates in Japan, where Tagrisso was also launched in 2016, exceeded 90%, with year-to-date sales of $158m (FY 2016: $82m) reflecting a high penetration rate in the currently-approved 2nd-line T790M-mutation setting. Sequential quarterly sales declined in the quarter in Japan, reflecting the one-time impact of the ending of the Ryotanki restriction in Q2 2017. This regulation in Japan restricts prescriptions for medicines in their first year on the market to just two weeks of supply.

 

To date, Tagrisso has received regulatory approval in over 50 countries.

 

Iressa

Product Sales of $398m; an increase of 1% (2% at CER).

 

Emerging Markets sales increased by 7% (8% at CER) to $200m. China Product Sales increased by 17% (22% at CER) to $115m, reflecting an improvement in patient access following the National Negotiation process in 2016. Iressa was subsequently included on the National Reimbursement Drug List (NRDL). Other Emerging Markets sales were negatively impacted by competition from branded and generic medicines, including in South Korea.

 

Sales in the US increased by 69% to $27m and declined in Europe by 12% to $80m. Given the significant future potential of Tagrisso, the Company continues to prioritise the ongoing launch of Tagrisso in established markets over commercial support for Iressa.

 

Other Cancers

 

Lynparza

Product Sales of $197m; an increase of 26%.

 

Lynparza was available to patients in over 30 countries by the end of the period, with regulatory reviews underway in additional countries. On 17 August 2017, Lynparza received an additional, broad approval in the US, namely for patients regardless of BRCA-mutation status, for the treatment of 2nd-line ovarian cancer with a new tablet formulation. This was in addition to the full approval for the later-line treatment of patients with BRCA-mutant ovarian cancer. This was followed by an immediate encouraging uplift in new-patient starts.

 

US sales declined by 9% in the year to date to $87m, reflecting the introduction of competing poly ADP ribose polymerase (PARP)-inhibitor medicines in earlier lines of treatment that were approved in broader patient populations. Encouraging progress was made in the quarter, however, with sales growth of 9% reflecting the aforementioned approval for the treatment of 2nd-line ovarian cancer. Sales in Europe increased by 68% (70% at CER) to $94m, following a number of successful launches.

 

On 27 July 2017, AstraZeneca and MSD announced a global strategic oncology collaboration to co-develop Lynparza and potential medicine selumetinib for multiple cancer types. The companies intend to develop Lynparza and selumetinib jointly, both in monotherapy and in combination with other potential medicines. Independently, the companies will develop Lynparza and selumetinib in combination with their respective PD-L1 and PD-1 medicines, Imfinzi and pembrolizumab, separately. MSD is planning to co-commercialise Lynparza and potential medicine selumetinib with the Company in due course.

 

Imfinzi

Product Sales of $1m; launched in the US on 1 May 2017.

 

Approved under the US FDA's Accelerated-Approval pathway and launched on the same day as a fast-to-market, limited commercial opportunity, Imfinzi is currently indicated for the treatment of patients with locally advanced or metastatic urothelial carcinoma (bladder cancer) who have disease progression during or following platinum-containing chemotherapy, or whose disease has progressed within 12 months of receiving platinum-containing chemotherapy before (neo-adjuvant) or after (adjuvant) surgery. At present, there are five immunotherapy medicines approved for the treatment of bladder cancer in the US. The Company is actively preparing for the potential launch of Imfinzi in locally-advanced, unresectable non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) in H1 2018, given US FDA regulatory submission acceptance received in October 2017.

 

Legacy: Faslodex

Product Sales of $703m; an increase of 16%.

 

China sales grew by 29% (36% at CER) to $18m in the year to date, which followed the recent successful negotiation and subsequent inclusion on the NRDL; overall Faslodex Emerging Markets sales grew by 26% (23% at CER) to $88m. In May 2017, the Company received a label extension for Faslodex in Russia in the 1st-line monotherapy setting, based on data from the FALCON trial. Russia sales grew by 50% in the year to date (30% at CER) to $15m.

 

US sales increased by 15% to $368m, mainly reflecting a continued strong uptake of the combination with palbociclib, a medicine approved for the treatment of hormone-receptor-positive (HR+) breast cancer. Europe sales increased by 15% (16% at CER) to $194m.

 

In June 2017, a label extension based upon the FALCON trial in the 1st-line setting was approved in Japan; sales grew by 11% (13% at CER) in the year to date to $50m.

 

Legacy: Zoladex

Product Sales of $548m; a decline of 6% (5% at CER).

 

Emerging Markets sales growth of 9% (10% at CER) to $260m particularly reflected an increase in China sales of 21% (26% at CER) to $127m. Sales in Europe declined by 11% (8% at CER) to $104m. Sales in Established Rest Of World (ROW, comprising Japan, Canada, Australia and New Zealand) declined by 16% (15% at CER) to $168m, driven by lower levels of use. On 31 March 2017, the Company completed an agreement with TerSera for the commercial rights to Zoladex in the US and Canada.

 

 

CVMD

Product Sales of $5,327m; a decline of 16% (14% at CER). CVMD Product Sales represented 36% of total Product Sales, down from 39% in the first nine months of 2016.

 

Brilinta 

Product Sales of $780m; an increase of 29% (31% at CER).

 

Emerging Markets sales of Brilinta in the year to date grew by 29% (32% at CER) to $175m, with China Product Sales increasing by 32% (38% at CER) to $86m. This was followed by the recent successful negotiation and subsequent inclusion of Brilinta on the NRDL. Growth in Emerging Markets was reflected in a continued outperformance of the growth of the oral anti-platelet market. Strong sales growth was delivered in many markets, including other parts of Asia Pacific, as well as in Russia.

 

US sales of Brilinta, at $355m, represented an increase of 46% in the year to date, including growth of 67% in the quarter; Brilinta achieved record total-prescription market share of 6.8% at the end of the period. Days-of-therapy volume market-share data was particularly encouraging. The performance reflected the growth in demand, driven by updated preferred guidelines from the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association in 2016, as well as the narrowing of a competitor's label; Brilinta remained the branded oral anti-platelet market leader in the US. Sales of Brilique in Europe increased by 11% (13% at CER) to $213m, reflecting indication leadership across a number of markets.

 

Farxiga

Product Sales of $742m; an increase of 24%.

 

Emerging Markets sales increased by 74% (72% at CER) to $160m, reflecting ongoing launches and improved levels of patient access. In March 2017, Forxiga became the first sodium-glucose co-transporter 2 (SGLT2) inhibitor medicine to be approved in China.

 

US sales increased by 4% to $339m, with sales subdued by the impact of affordability programmes. Given recent changes to these programmes, the Company saw a diminished impact on sales in the quarter; importantly, Farxiga's market share in the SGLT2 class remained stable in the period. Overall, the SGLT2 class gained market share from other classes of type-2 diabetes medicines, supported by growing evidence around the cardiovascular (CV) benefits of the class.

 

Sales in Europe increased by 26% (27% at CER) to $171m as the medicine continued to lead the growing class. In Japan, where Ono Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd is a partner and records in-market sales, sales to the partner amounted to $31m.

 

Onglyza 

Product Sales of $431m; a decline of 25%.

 

The performance reflected adverse pressures on the dipeptidyl peptidase-4 (DPP-4) class and an acceleration of ongoing Diabetes market dynamics. Sales in Emerging Markets declined by 15% (16% at CER) to $93m as the Company focused on Farxiga. Onglyza, however, entered the NRDL in China in the period with year-to-date growth of 41% (47% at CER) to $24m.

 

US sales declined by 29% to $217m. Continued competitive pressures and a lower market share were only partially offset by the favourable impact of lower utilisation of patient-access programmes. Sales in Europe declined by 24% (23% at CER) to $78m. In Japan, in-market sales are recorded by Kyowa Hakko Kirin Co., Ltd, to whom sales totalled $10m.

 

Bydureon/Byetta

Product Sales of $555m; a decline of 13% (12% at CER).

 

Combined sales of Bydureon and Byetta in Emerging Markets were $5m and $9m, respectively. In 2016, AstraZeneca entered a strategic collaboration with 3SBio Inc. for the rights to commercialise Bydureon and Byetta in China. Combined US sales for Bydureon and Byetta were $424m, despite intense levels of competition. Bydureon US sales declined by 2% to $343m, representing 81% of total US Bydureon and Byetta sales. The fall in US Byetta sales continued in the year to date; the decline of 36% to $81m reflected the Company's promotional focus on once-weekly Bydureon over twice-daily Byetta. Combined sales in Europe declined by 19% (17% at CER) to $91m.

 

Legacy: Crestor

Product Sales of $1,771m; a decline of 36% (35% at CER).

 

Sales in China grew by 15% (19% at CER) to $273m. In the US, sales declined by 78% to $246m, reflecting the market entry in July 2016 of multiple Crestor generic medicines. In the quarter, the US performance was flattered by a managed-market adjustment. In Europe, sales declined by 22% (21% at CER) to $514m, reflecting the increasing presence of generic medicines. In Japan, where Shionogi Co. Ltd is a partner, Crestor maintained its position as the leading statin, with growth of 1% (2% at CER) to $394m despite the entry in the quarter of the first Crestor competitor. Multiple Crestor generics are expected to launch in Japan in due course.

 

 

RESPIRATORY

Product Sales of $3,372m; a decline of 5% (3% at CER). Respiratory Product Sales represented 23% of total Product Sales, up from 22% in the first nine months of 2016.

 

Symbicort

Product Sales of $2,051m; a decline of 9% (8% at CER).

 

Symbicort continued to lead the global market by volume within the inhaled corticosteroids (ICS) / Long-Acting Beta Agonist (LABA) class. Emerging Markets sales grew by 7% (8% at CER) to $322m, reflecting growth in China of 13% (18% at CER) to $136m and in Latin America (ex-Brazil), where sales grew by 27% (31% at CER) to $33m.

 

In contrast, US sales declined by 15% to $811m, in line with expectations of continued challenging conditions; these conditions were a result of the impact of managed-care access programmes on pricing within the class. Competition also remained intense from other classes, such as Long-Acting Muscarinic Antagonist (LAMA) / LABA combination medicines. In Europe, sales declined by 13% (11% at CER) to $590m, reflecting competition from other branded and Symbicort-analogue medicines.

 

In Japan, where Astellas Pharma Co. Ltd assists as a promotional partner, sales increased by 3% (5% at CER) to $151m.

 

Pulmicort

Product Sales of $805m; an increase of 4% (7% at CER).

 

Emerging Markets sales increased by 14% (19% at CER) to $571m, reflecting strong underlying volume growth, with sales in China, Middle East and North Africa particularly encouraging. Emerging Markets represented 71% of global sales. China sales increased by 13% (18% at CER) to $463m and represented 58% of global sales. Usage in China continued to increase, with the increasing prevalence of acute COPD and paediatric asthma accompanied by continued investment by the Company in new hospital nebulisation centres. Legacy sales in the US and Europe declined by 22% to $107m and by 10% to $66m, respectively.

 

Daliresp/Daxas

Product Sales of $145m; an increase of 28%.

 

US sales, representing 86% of global sales, increased by 23% to $124m, driven by favourable pricing and greater use of the medicine which is the only oral, selective, long-acting inhibitor of the enzyme phosphodiesterase-4, an inflammatory agent in COPD. Sales outside the US increased by 75% to $21m.

 

Tudorza/Eklira

Product Sales of $108m; a decline of 19% (18% at CER).

 

Sales in the US declined by 23% to $47m, reflecting lower use of inhaled monotherapy medicines for COPD and the Company's commercial focus on the launch of Bevespi Aerosphere. On 17 March 2017, AstraZeneca announced that it had entered a strategic collaboration with Circassia for the development and commercialisation of Tudorza in the US. Circassia began its promotion of Tudorza in the US in May 2017; AstraZeneca will continue to book Product Sales in the US. Sales in Europe declined by 15% (14% at CER) to $55m.

 

Duaklir

Product Sales of $56m; an increase of 27% (30% at CER).

 

Duaklir, the Company's first inhaled dual bronchodilator, is now available for patients in over 25 countries. The growth in sales in the year to date was favourably impacted by the performances in Germany and the UK and the recent launch in Italy. Duaklir is expected to be submitted for US regulatory review in H1 2018. Duaklir is a registered trademark in certain European countries. The US trademark is to be confirmed.

 

Bevespi

Product Sales of $8m; launched in 2017.

 

Bevespi Aerosphere was launched commercially in the US during the first quarter of 2017. Prescriptions in the period tracked in line with other LAMA/LABA launches. The overall LAMA/LABA class in the US, however, continued to grow more slowly than anticipated. Bevespi Aerosphere was the first product launched using the Company's Aerosphere co-suspension Delivery Technology delivered in a pressurised metered-dose inhaler (pMDI).

 

 

OTHER

Product Sales of $3,062m; a decline of 19% (18% at CER). Other Product Sales represented 21% of total Product Sales, down from 23% in the first nine months of 2016.

 

Nexium

Product Sales of $1,525m; 1% decline (stable at CER).

 

Emerging Markets sales declined by 5% (2% at CER) to $516m; however, sales increased by 6% to $442m in the US. The latter performance was flattered by returns adjustments related to the loss of exclusivity in 2015. Sales in Europe declined by 7% to $176m. In Japan, where Daiichi Sankyo is a partner, sales increased by 6% (8% at CER) to $330m.

 

Synagis

Product Sales of $453m; an increase of 21%.

 

US sales increased by 6% to $182m, despite restrictive guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Infectious Diseases, which reduced the number of patients eligible for preventative therapy with Synagis. Product Sales to AbbVie Inc., which is responsible for the commercialisation of Synagis in over 80 countries outside the US, increased by 33% to $271m, flattered by an element of true-up adjustments.

 

Seroquel XR

Product Sales of $224m; a decline of 64%.

 

Sales of Seroquel XR in the US declined by 77% to $103m. Since November 2016, several competitors have launched generic Seroquel XR medicines in the US. Sales of Seroquel XR in Europe declined by 42% to $61m, also reflecting the impact of generic-medicine competition.

 

FluMist/Fluenz

Product Sales of $20m; a decrease of 46%.

 

FluMist is approved by the FDA for the 2017-2018 influenza season and will be available in the US. No US sales of FluMist were recorded in the quarter, however, due to the adverse US Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommendation for use during the 2017-2018 influenza season. FluMist continues to be recommended for use outside the US.

 

Sales in Europe declined by 14% to $18m primarily driven by lower usage rates in Germany that reflected the competitive environment and parity recommendations for injectable vaccines, which more than offset the favourable impact of the UK National Immunisation Programme. Fluenz is the vaccine of choice in the UK for children aged 2-17 years.

 

 

Regional Product Sales

_______________________________________________________________________________________

 


YTD 2017

Q3 2017

$m

% of total1

% change

$m

% of total

% change

Actual

CER

Actual

CER

Emerging Markets2

4,519

31

5

7

1,515

31

9

10


China

2,142

15

6

10

723

15

12

14


Ex. China

2,377

16

4

5

792

16

5

7










US

4,399

30

(23)

(23)

1,386

28

(10)

(10)










Europe

3,460

24

(7)

(6)

1,188

24

(6)

(8)










Established ROW

2,287

16

1

1

793

16

(4)

-


Japan

1,645

11

3

5

578

12

(3)

4


Canada

353

2

(5)

(6)

115

2

(9)

(10)


Other

Established ROW

289

2

(6)

(9)

100

2

(6)

(10)



















Total

14,665

100

(9)

(8)

4,882

100

(3)

(2)

1 Due to rounding, the sum of individual brand percentages may not agree to totals.

2 Emerging Markets comprises all remaining Rest of World markets, including Brazil, China, India, Mexico, Russia and Turkey.

 

Emerging Markets

Product Sales of $4,519m; an increase of 5% (7% at CER).

 

China sales grew by 6% (10% at CER) to $2,142m, representing 47% of total Emerging Markets sales. Onglyza and Iressa were included on the NRDL in China in the period, as were Brilinta, Faslodex and Seroquel XR, following price negotiation. Crestor also had its 2nd-line usage restriction removed and Zoladex was reclassified from the hormone and endocrine classification to oncology, which is expected to continue to support growth.

 

Sales in Latin America were impacted by ongoing economic conditions, with sales in Latin America (ex-Brazil) declining by 8% (6% at CER) to $335m. Brazil sales increased by 3% (but declined by 8% at CER) to $274m. Russia sales increased by 10% (but declined by 7% at CER) to $170m.

 

Despite this, the Growth Platforms in Emerging Markets grew by 17% (20% at CER) to $1,503m. Sales of Symbicort grew by 7% (8% at CER) to $322m, reflecting higher prescription demand. Tagrisso launches in Emerging Markets led to year-to-date sales of $85m. Tagrisso was launched in China in April 2017; China sales of Tagrisso totalled $53m in the year to date. Brilinta also received provincial reimbursement listing in China for the period across more than 15 provinces.

 

US

Product Sales of $4,399m; a decline of 23%.

 

The decline in sales reflected generic-medicine launches that impacted sales of Crestor and Seroquel XR. Unfavourable managed-care pricing and continued competitive intensity impacted sales of Symbicort, which declined by 15% to $811m. The New Oncology Growth Platform in the US, however, grew by 34% to $392m, primarily reflecting encouraging Tagrisso sales growth of 54% to $277m in the year to date (YTD 2016: $180m). Brilinta grew by 46% in the US to $355m. The New CVMD Growth Platform declined by 1% in the US to $1,370m, reflecting the competitive environment in Diabetes.

 

Europe

Product Sales of $3,460m; a decline of 7% (6% at CER).

 

The New Oncology Growth Platform in Europe grew by 108% (110% at CER) to $218m, partly driven by Tagrisso sales of $124m. Lynparza sales of $94m represented growth of 68% (70% at CER). Forxiga sales growth of 26% (27% at CER) to $171m was accompanied by Brilique growth of 11% (13% at CER) to $213m. These performances were more than offset by declines in other areas, including a 13% decline (11% at CER) in Symbicort sales to $590m. Symbicort maintained its position, however, as the number one ICS/LABA medicine, despite competition from branded and analogue medicines. Crestor sales declined by 22% (21% at CER) to $514m, reflecting the increasing presence of generic medicines.

 

Established ROW

Product Sales of $2,287m; an increase of 1%.

 

Japan sales increased by 3% (5% at CER) to $1,645m, partly reflecting sales of Symbicort and the launch of Tagrisso. Symbicort sales in Japan increased by 3% (5% at CER) to $151m and, following the launch in Japan in May 2016, Tagrisso sales in the year to date amounted to $158m. The first Crestor competitor medicine was launched in Q3 2017, with full generic competition anticipated from Q4 2017. Despite the magnitude of the impact of brand equity in the Japanese market, the Company anticipates an impact from generic competition on Crestor Japan sales. Nexium sales in Japan increased by 6% (8% at CER) to $330m and sales of Forxiga increased by 55% (60% at CER) to $31m.

 

 

Financial Performance

________________________________________________________________________________________

 

 

Reported

YTD 2017

YTD 2016

Actual

CER

$m

$m

% change

Total Revenue

16,688

17,417

(4)

(3)

Product Sales

14,665

16,059

(9)

(8)

Externalisation Revenue

2,023

1,358

49

50






Cost of Sales

(3,093)

(2,966)

4

9

\





Gross Profit

13,595

14,451

(6)

(5)

Gross Margin*

80.3%

81.7%

-1

-2


 

 

 

 

Distribution Expense

(225)

(243)

(8)

(4)

% Total Revenue

1.3%

1.4%

-

-

R&D Expense

(4,206)

(4,347)

(3)

(1)

% Total Revenue

25.2%

25.0%

-

-1

SG&A Expense

(7,155)

(8,027)

(11)

(9)

% Total Revenue

42.9%

46.1%

+3

+3

Other Operating Income and Expense

982

535

83

86

% Total Revenue

5.9%

3.1%

+3

+3

 

 

 

 

 

Operating Profit

2,991

2,369

26

16

% Total Revenue

17.9%

13.6%

+4

+3

Net Finance Expense

(1,128)

(978)

15

4

Joint Ventures and Associates

(43)

(22)

89

89

Profit Before Tax

1,820

1,369

33

24

Taxation

(213)

220

 

 

Tax Rate

12%

(16)%

 

 

Profit After Tax

1,607

1,589

1

(6)

 

 

 

 

 

Earnings Per Share

$1.34

$1.31

3

(4)

* Gross Margin, as a percentage of Product Sales, reflects Gross Profit derived from Product Sales, divided by Product Sales. YTD 2017 Cost of Sales included $200m of costs relating to externalisation activities, which is excluded from the calculation of Gross Margin (YTD 2016: $32m).

 

 

Reported

Q3 2017

Q3 2016

Actual

CER

$m

$m

% change

Total Revenue

6,232

5,699

9

10

Product Sales

4,882

5,025

(3)

(2)

Externalisation Revenue

1,350

674

n/m

n/m






Cost of Sales

(1,249)

(900)

39

40

\





Gross Profit

4,983

4,799

4

4

Gross Margin*

77.7%

82.2%

-4

-4


 

 

 

 

Distribution Expense

(76)

(76)

(1)

1

% Total Revenue

1.2%

1.3%

-

-

R&D Expense

(1,404)

(1,402)

-

1

% Total Revenue

22.5%

24.6%

+2

+2

SG&A Expense

(2,497)

(2,403)

4

5

% Total Revenue

40.1%

42.2%

+2

+2

Other Operating Income and Expense

143

110

29

29

% Total Revenue

2.3%

1.9%

-

-

 

 

 

 

 

Operating Profit

1,149

1,028

12

9

% Total Revenue

18.4%

18.0%

-

-

Net Finance Expense

(386)

(342)

13

5

Joint Ventures and Associates

(17)

(10)

60

60

Profit Before Tax

746

676

10

11

Taxation

(97)

319

 

 

Tax Rate

13%

(47)%

 

 

Profit After Tax

649

995

(35)

(36)

 

 

 

 

 

Earnings Per Share

$0.54

$0.80

(32)

(33)

* Gross Margin, as a percentage of Product Sales, reflects Gross Profit derived from Product Sales, divided by Product Sales. Q3 2017 Cost of Sales included $159m of costs relating to externalisation activities (Q3 2016: $4m), which is excluded from the calculation of Gross Margin.

 

Reconciliation of Reported Profit Before Tax to EBITDA

 

YTD 2017

Q3 2017

 

$m

% change

$m

% change

Actual

CER

Actual

CER

Reported Profit Before Tax

1,820

33

24

746

10

11

Net Finance Expense

1,128

15

4

386

13

5

Joint Ventures and Associates

43

89

89

17

60

60

Depreciation, Amortisation and Impairment

1,929

9

12

655

7

7

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

EBITDA*

4,920

19

15

1,804

10

9

* The Company uses EBITDA as a non-GAAP measure in addition to its Core Financial Measures.               

 

Reconciliation of Reported to Core Financial Measures

YTD 2017

Reported

Restructuring

Intangible Asset

Amortisation & Impairments

Diabetes Alliance

Other1

Core2

Core

Actual

CER

$m

$m

$m

$m

$m

$m

% change

Gross Profit

13,595

128

103

-

-

13,826

(6)

(5)

Gross Margin3

80.3%

-

-

-

-

81.8%

-1

-1










Distribution Expense

(225)

-

-

-

-

(225)

(8)

(4)

R&D Expense

(4,206)

177

73

-

-

(3,956)

(5)

(2)

SG&A Expense

(7,155)

265

773

235

204

(5,678)

(7)

(5)

Other Operating Income and Expense

982

75

44

-

-

1,101

91

94










Operating Profit

2,991

645

993

235

204

5,068

8

5

% Total Revenue

17.9%

-

-

-

-

30.4%

+3

+2










Net Finance Expense

(1,128)

-

-

234

368

(526)

8

5










Taxation

(213)

(135)

(240)

(144)

(86)

(818)

n/m

n/m










Earnings Per Share

$1.34

$0.40

$0.59

$0.26

$0.39

$2.98

(4)

(7)

1 Other adjustments include discount unwind on acquisition-related liabilities (see Note 4), provision charges related to certain legal matters (see Note 5) and foreign-exchange gains and losses relating to the classification of certain non-structural intra-group loans.

2 Each of the measures in the Core column in the above table are non-GAAP measures.

3 Gross Margin as a percentage of Product Sales reflects gross profit derived from Product Sales, divided by Product Sales. YTD 2017 Cost of Sales includes $200m of costs relating to externalisation activities (YTD 2016: $32m), which is excluded from the calculation of Gross Margin. Movements in Gross Margin are expressed in percentage points. 

Q3 2017

Reported

Restructuring

Intangible Asset

Amortisation & Impairments

Diabetes Alliance

Other1

Core2

Core

Actual

CER

$m

$m

$m

$m

$m

$m

% change

Gross Profit

4,983

47

45

-

-

5,075

4

4

Gross Margin3

77.7%

-

-

-

-

79.6%

-4

-4










Distribution Expense

(76)

-

-

-

-

(76)

(1)

1

R&D Expense

(1,404)

35

30

-

-

(1,339)

-

-

SG&A Expense

(2,497)

68

265

102

112

(1,950)

3

4

Other Operating Income and Expense

143

(1)

1

-

-

143

32

32










Operating Profit

1,149

149

341

102

112

1,853

9

9

% Total Revenue

18.4%

-

-

-

-

29.7%

-

-










Net Finance Expense

(386)

-

-

70

147

(169)

(2)

3










Taxation

(97)

(31)

(78)

(37)

(46)

(289)

n/m

n/m










Earnings Per Share

$0.54

$0.09

$0.21

$0.11

$0.17

$1.12

(15)

(17)

1 Other adjustments include discount unwind on acquisition-related liabilities (see Note 4), provision charges related to certain legal matters (see Note 5) and foreign-exchange gains and losses relating to the classification of certain non-structural intra-group loans.

2 Each of the measures in the Core column in the above table are non-GAAP measures.

3 Gross Margin as a percentage of Product Sales reflects gross profit derived from Product Sales, divided by Product Sales. Q3 2017 Cost of Sales included $159m of costs relating to externalisation activities (Q3 2016: $4m), which is excluded from the calculation of Gross Margin. Movements in Gross Margin are expressed in percentage points.

 

Profit and Loss Commentary for the Year To Date

 

Gross Profit

Reported Gross Profit declined by 6% (5% at CER) to $13,595m; Core Gross Profit declined by 6% (5% at CER) to $13,826m. The $997m of Externalisation Revenue received as part of the Lynparza and selumetinib collaboration with MSD was outweighed by the receding effects of the Crestor and Seroquel XR loss of exclusivity in the US.

 

The calculation of the Reported Gross and Core Gross Margins excludes the impact of Externalisation Revenue, thereby reflecting the underlying performance of Product Sales. The Reported Gross Profit Margin declined by one percentage point (two percentage points at CER) to 80.3%. The Core Gross Profit margin declined by one percentage point to 81.8%. The declines primarily reflected the effect of losses of exclusivity, as well as the impact of supply agreements on externalised or divested medicines.

 

In the quarter, the Reported Gross Profit Margin declined by four percentage points to 77.7%; the Core Gross Profit margin declined by four percentage points to 79.6%. These declines partly reflected the magnitude of the Gross Margins in the comparative period, as well as manufacturing costs. The profit-share element of the aforementioned MSD collaboration was and will continue to be reflected in the Cost of Sales and the calculation of the Reported and Core Gross Margin; this also adversely impacted the Gross Margin performance in the quarter.

 

Operating Expenses: R&D

Reported R&D costs declined by 3% (1% at CER) to $4,206m, with the Company continuing to focus on resource prioritisation and cost discipline. Core R&D costs declined by 5% (2% at CER) to $3,956m. Core R&D costs over the full year are expected to be broadly in line with those in FY 2016 at CER.

 

Operating Expenses: SG&A

Reported SG&A costs declined by 11% (9% at CER) to $7,155m, reflecting the evolving shape of the business. Core SG&A costs declined by 7% (5% at CER) to $5,678m.

 

In the quarter, Reported SG&A costs increased by 4% (5% at CER) to $2,497m, reflecting the magnitude of the reduction in Reported SG&A costs in the comparative period, early investment in forthcoming launches and commercial support in Emerging Markets, particularly in China. Core SG&A costs in the quarter increased by 3% (4% at CER) to $1,950m.

 

The Company has continued to consolidate its operations used by multiple parts of the business. It is committed to driving simplification and standardisation through centralisation in shared services of back-office and some middle-office activities that are currently performed in various enabling units, including Finance, HR, Procurement and IT. Instead of operating numerous shared-service centres and managing outsourced vendors independently, the recently-launched Global Business Services organisation will, over time, provide integration of governance, locations and business practices to all shared services and outsourcing activities across AstraZeneca.

 

Other Operating Income and Expense

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

 

Reported Other Operating Income and Expense increased by 83% (86% at CER) to $982m and included:

·      $301m resulting from the sale of rights to Seloken in Europe to Recordati S.p.A (Recordati)

·      $165m resulting from the sale of the global rights to Zomig outside Japan to the Grünenthal Group (Grünenthal)

·      $161m of gains recognised on the sale of short-term investments

·      $73m from the sale of Prilosec royalty streams

·      A milestone receipt of $50m in relation to the disposal of Zavicefta to Pfizer Inc.

·      Other gains on disposal of intangible assets

 

Core Other Operating Income and Expense increased by 91% (94% at CER) to $1,101m, with the difference to Reported Other Operating Income and Expense primarily driven by a restructuring charge taken against land and buildings.

 

Operating Profit

Reported Operating Profit increased by 26% (16% at CER) to $2,991m. The Reported Operating Margin increased by four percentage points (three percentage points at CER) at 18% of Total Revenue. Core Operating Profit increased by 8% (5% at CER) to $5,068m. The Core Operating Margin increased by three percentage points (two percentage points at CER) to 30% of Total Revenue.

 

Net Finance Expense

Reported Net Finance Expense increased by 15% to $1,128m, primarily reflecting an adverse foreign-exchange impact relating to the classification of certain non-structural intra-group loans. Reported Net Finance Expense increased by 4% at CER, reflecting the impact of bond issuances in May 2016 and June 2017. Excluding the discount unwind on acquisition-related liabilities and the adverse foreign-exchange impact, Core Net Finance Expense increased by 8% (5% at CER) to $526m.

 

Profit Before Tax

Reported Profit Before Tax increased by 33% (24% at CER) to $1,820m, reflecting the higher Operating Profit partly offset by increased interest charges. EBITDA increased by 19% (15% at CER) to $4,920m.

 

Taxation

The Reported and Core Tax Rates for the year to date were 12% and 18% respectively. The Reported Tax Rate was lower than the 2017 UK Corporation Tax Rate of 19.25% mainly due to the impact of tax settlements and non-taxable fair value adjustments relating to contingent consideration on business combinations. The Core Tax Rate was lower than the 2017 UK Corporation Tax Rate of 19.25% mainly due to the impact of tax settlements. The net cash tax paid for the year to date was $473m, representing 26% of Reported Profit Before Tax and 11% of Core Profit Before Tax.

 

The Reported and Core Tax Rates for the comparative period were (16%) and 8% respectively. These rates included a one-off benefit of $453m following agreements between the Canadian tax authority and the UK and Swedish tax authorities in respect of transfer pricing arrangements for the 13-year period from 2004-2016. Excluding this effect, the Reported and Core Tax Rates for the comparative period were 17% and 19% respectively.

 

Earnings Per Share (EPS)

Reported EPS of $1.34 represented an increase of 3% (a decline of 4% at CER). Core EPS declined by 4% (7% at CER) to $2.98. The performance was driven by a decline in Total Revenue, partly offset by continued progress on cost control and an increase in Other Operating Income and Expense. The difference in growth rates between Operating Profit and EPS included the impact of a one-off tax benefit in Q3 2016.

 

Cash Flow and Balance Sheet

 

Cash Flow

The Company generated a net cash inflow from operating activities of $2,581m in the year to date, compared with $2,185m in the comparative period. In Q3 2017, the Company received an upfront cash receipt of $1.6bn from the global strategic oncology collaboration with MSD, $997m of which was recorded in Operating Profit, with the remainder deferred to the balance sheet.

 

 

YTD 2017

YTD 2016

Difference

$m

$m

$m

Reported operating profit

2,991

2,369

622

Depreciation, amortisation and impairment

1,929

1,767

162

 

 

 

 

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

(228)

(472)

244

(Gains)/losses on disposal of intangible assets

(735)

(198)

(537)

Fair value movement on contingent consideration arising from business combinations

(62)

132

(194)

Non-cash and other movements

(322)

(479)

157

Interest paid

(519)

(489)

(30)

Tax paid

(473)

(445)

(28)

 

 

 

 

Net cash inflow from operating activities

2,581

2,185

396

 

Net cash outflows from investing activities were $686m in the year to date compared with $4,572m in the comparative period. The prior-period outflow included an upfront payment as part of the majority investment in Acerta Pharma.

 

The cash payment of contingent consideration in respect of the Bristol-Myers Squibb Company share of the global Diabetes alliance amounted to $235m in the year to date, which included a $100m milestone payment in respect of Qtern and royalty payments.

 

Net cash outflows from financing activities were $2,924m in the year to date compared to outflows of $1,020m in the comparative period, which included cash inflows on the issuance of new long-term loans of $2,483m.

 

Capital Expenditure

Capital expenditure amounted to $849m in the year to date, which included investment in the new global headquarters in Cambridge, UK, as well as strategic manufacturing capacity in the UK, the US, Sweden and China.

 

Debt and Capital Structure

At 30 September 2017, outstanding gross debt (interest-bearing loans and borrowings) was $17,852m. Of the gross debt outstanding at 30 September 2017, $941m was due within one year. The Company's Net Debt position at 30 September 2017 was $12,134m.

 

Reconciliation of Interest-Bearing Loans and Borrowings to Net Debt


At 30 Sep 2017

At 31 Dec 2016

At 30 Sep 2016

$m

$m

$m

Cash and cash equivalents

4,036

5,018

3,090

Other investments

1,255

898

927

Net derivatives

427

235

267





Cash, short-term investments and derivatives

5,718

6,151

4,284


 

 

 

Overdrafts and short-term borrowings

(930)

(451)

(1,075)

Finance leases

(12)

(93)

(97)

Current instalments of loans

-

(1,769)

(1,775)

Loans due after one year

(16,910)

(14,495)

(14,736)

 

 

 

 

Interest-bearing loans and borrowings (gross debt)

(17,852)

(16,808)

(17,683)

 

 

 

 

Net Debt

(12,134)

(10,657)

(13,399)

 

Capital Allocation

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

 

Foreign-Exchange Rates

 

Sensitivity

The Company provides the following currency sensitivity information:


Average Exchange Rates Versus USD


Impact Of 5% Strengthening in Exchange Rate Versus USD ($m)1

Currency

Primary Relevance

FY 2016

YTD 20172

% change

Total Revenue

Core Operating Profit

EUR

Product Sales

0.90

0.90

+1

+179

+123

JPY

Product Sales

108.84

111.93

-3

+104

+71

CNY

Product Sales

6.65

6.80

-2

+131

+74

SEK

Costs

8.56

8.62

-1

+7

-98

GBP

Costs

0.74

0.78

-6

+29

-131

Other3

 

 

 

 

+194

+124

1Based on 2016 results at 2016 actual exchange rates.

2Based on average daily spot rates between 1 January and 30 September 2017.

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

 

Foreign-Exchange Hedging

AstraZeneca monitors the impact of adverse currency movements on a portfolio basis, recognising correlation effects. The Company may hedge to protect against adverse impacts on cash flow over the short to medium term. As at 30 September 2017, AstraZeneca had hedged 95% of forecast short-term currency exposure that arises between the booking and settlement dates on Product Sales and non-local currency purchases.

 

 

Corporate and Business Development Update

________________________________________________________________________________________

 

The highlights of the Company's corporate and business development activities since the prior results announcement are shown below:

 

a) AstraZeneca and MSD Establish Strategic Oncology Collaboration

On 27 July 2017, AstraZeneca and MSD announced that they had entered a global strategic oncology collaboration to co-develop and co-commercialise Lynparza for multiple cancer types. The companies will develop and commercialise Lynparza jointly, both as monotherapy and in combination with other potential medicines. Independently, the companies will develop and commercialise Lynparza in combination with their respective PD-L1 and PD-1 medicines, Imfinzi and pembrolizumab.

 

The companies will also jointly develop and commercialise AstraZeneca's selumetinib, an oral, potent, selective inhibitor of MEK, part of the mitogen-activated protein kinase pathway, currently being developed for multiple indications including thyroid cancer.

 

As part of the agreement, MSD will pay AstraZeneca up to $8.5bn in total consideration, including $1.6bn upfront, $750m for certain licence options and up to $6.15bn contingent upon successful achievement of future regulatory and sales milestones. The collaboration agreement was completed upon signing. Under the terms of the agreement, AstraZeneca subsequently recorded $997m under Externalisation Revenue. AstraZeneca books all Product Sales of Lynparza and selumetinib; gross profits due to MSD under the collaboration are recorded under Cost of Sales. The initial, regulatory and commercial milestone payments have been and will be recorded as Externalisation Revenue in the Company's financial statements.

 

b) AstraZeneca and Aspen Enter Agreement for Remaining Rights to Anaesthetics Medicines

On 14 September 2017, AstraZeneca announced that it had entered into an agreement with Aspen, under which Aspen will acquire the residual rights to the established anaesthetic medicines comprising Diprivan, EMLA, Xylocaine/Xylocard/Xyloproct, Marcaine, Naropin, Carbocaine and Citanest.

 

AstraZeneca entered into an agreement with Aspen in June 2016, under which Aspen gained the exclusive commercialisation rights to the medicines in markets outside the US. Under the terms of the new agreement, Aspen will pay an upfront consideration of $555m and up to $211m in performance-related milestones based on sales and gross margin during the period from 1 September 2017 to 30 November 2019. AstraZeneca will continue to manufacture and supply the medicines to Aspen during a transition period of up to five years.

 

Under the terms of the original agreement, Aspen made an upfront payment to AstraZeneca of $520m and agreed to make future Product Sales-related payments of up to $250m, as well as paying double-digit percentage royalties on Product Sales. AstraZeneca agreed to continue to manufacture and supply the medicines to Aspen on a cost-plus basis for an initial period of 10 years.

 

The new agreement did not impact the first Product Sales-related payment of $150m due to AstraZeneca, which was recorded as Externalisation Revenue in the Company's financial statements in the quarter. Under the new agreement, Aspen will no longer pay royalties to AstraZeneca. The remaining $100m Product Sales-related payment from the original agreement will be made to AstraZeneca in 2018, if the contingent terms are met and will be recorded as Other Operating Income and Expense to reflect the reduced ongoing interest in the medicines as a result of the new agreement. Furthermore, as AstraZeneca will transition the manufacture and supply of the medicines to Aspen and therefore will have a reduced ongoing interest, the $555m initial and up to $211m sales and gross margin-related payments from the new agreement will also be recorded as Other Operating Income and Expense in the Company's financial statements. The Company announced completion of the agreement on 1 November 2017.

 

c) Agreement for Rights to Zomig in Japan

On 30 September 2017, AstraZeneca entered into an agreement with Sawai Pharmaceuticals Company Ltd (Sawai) for the rights to Zomig in Japan. Zomig is a legacy medicine indicated for the acute treatment of migraines and cluster headaches, an area of medicine outside AstraZeneca's strategic focus. The divestment of the rights to Zomig in Japan follows an agreement entered into in June 2017, under which Grünenthal acquired the rights to the medicine in all other markets. AstraZeneca received initial revenue from Sawai which was recorded as Other Operating Income and Expense in the Company's financial statements.

 

d) AstraZeneca and Takeda Establish Collaboration to Develop and Commercialise MEDI1341

On 29 August 2017, AstraZeneca and Takeda announced that they had entered an agreement to jointly develop and commercialise MEDI1341, an antibody currently in development as a potential treatment for Parkinson's disease.

 

Under the terms of the agreement, AstraZeneca will lead Phase I development, while Takeda will lead future clinical-development activities. The companies will share equally future development and commercialisation costs for MEDI1341, as well as any future revenues. Takeda will pay AstraZeneca up to $400m, including initial income of $50m in Q3 2017 and development and sales milestones thereafter, all recorded as Externalisation Revenue in the Company's financial statements. Additional terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

 

e) MedImmune and NewLink Announce Collaboration on Immuno-Oncology Combination Clinical Trial

During the period, it was announced that MedImmune, the Company's global biologics research and development arm and NewLink Genetics Corporation (NewLink Genetics) had entered into a clinical collaboration agreement to evaluate the combination of Imfinzi, AstraZeneca's PD-L1 monoclonal antibody and indoximod, NewLink Genetics' small molecule IDO pathway inhibitor, along with standard-of-care chemotherapy for patients with metastatic pancreatic cancer. The primary objective for this randomised, placebo-controlled, Phase II trial is to evaluate the immuno-oncology-based combination compared to gemcitabine alone.

 

f) AstraZeneca and Incyte Enter Clinical-Trial Collaboration in Early Lung Cancer

On 31 October 2017, the Company announced the expansion of its clinical collaboration with Incyte Corporation (Incyte). As part of the agreement, the companies will evaluate the efficacy and safety of epacadostat, Incyte's investigational selective IDO1 enzyme inhibitor, in combination with Imfinzi, compared to Imfinzi alone. The exclusive collaboration for the trial population allows for the two companies to conduct a Phase III trial in patients with locally-advanced (Stage III), unresectable NSCLC whose disease has not progressed following platinum-based chemotherapy concurrent with radiation therapy (CRT). This agreement builds on the positive clinical data readout from the PACIFIC trial, published in September 2017.

 

g) Senior Executive Team Changes

On 10 October 2017, David Fredrickson was appointed Executive Vice-President, Global Head Oncology Business Unit (OBU), with responsibility for sales, marketing, medical affairs and diagnostics for Oncology medicines globally, as well as Oncology commercial operations in the US, UK, Spain, Italy, Germany and France. Prior to this appointment, Mr. Fredrickson was President and Country Representative, Japan, where he was responsible for, inter alia, the launch of Tagrisso. Before that, as Vice President, US for Oncology, Infectious Diseases and Neuroscience, he was responsible for the US launches of Tagrisso, Lynparza and Iressa. Mr. Fredrickson also spent a number of years at Roche Holding Ltd.

 

He became a member of the Senior Executive Team, reporting to the Chief Executive Officer on 10 October 2017. Mr Fredrickson took over leadership of the OBU from Jamie Freedman, who was appointed President, AstraZeneca Canada, effective on the same day.

 

 

Research and Development Update

________________________________________________________________________________________

 

A comprehensive table with AstraZeneca's pipeline of medicines in human trials can be found later in this document. Since the results announcement on 27 July 2017 (the period):

 

Regulatory

Approvals

9

-     Faslodex - breast cancer (1st line) (US)

-     Lynparza - ovarian cancer (2nd line, 4th line/tablets) (US)

-     Calquence (acalabrutinib) - MCL (2nd line) (US)

-     Brilinta - prior MI (CN)

-     Farxiga + Bydureon - type-2 diabetes (US, EU)

-     Bydureon BCise - type-2 diabetes (US)

-     Symbicort - COPD exacerbations (US)

Regulatory

Submission

Acceptances

6

-     Lynparza - breast cancer (US, JP) (Priority Reviews)

-     Imfinzi - locally-advanced, unresectable NSCLC ((US/Priority Review), EU, JP)

-     Bydureon BCise - type-2 diabetes (EU)

Major

Phase III

Data Readouts

5

-     Tagrisso - lung cancer (1st line) (FLAURA) (met primary endpoint)

-     Imfinzi - lung cancer (MYSTIC) (did not meet PFS primary endpoint)

-     moxetumomab pasudotox - leukaemia (met primary endpoint)

-     Duaklir - COPD (met primary endpoint)

-     tralokinumab - severe, uncontrolled asthma (did not meet primary endpoints)

Other Major Developments

3

-     Tagrisso - lung cancer (1st line)

(Breakthrough Therapy Designation, US)

-     Imfinzi - locally-advanced, unresectable lung cancer

(Breakthrough Therapy Designation, US)

-     Calquence - MCL (2nd line)

(Breakthrough Therapy Designation, US)

New Molecular Entities
(NMEs) in Phase III Trials or Under Regulatory Review

11

Oncology

-     Imfinzi + treme - multiple cancers

-     moxetumomab pasudotox - leukaemia

-     selumetinib - thyroid cancer

-     savolitinib - kidney cancer

 

CVMD

-     ZS-9 (sodium zirconium cyclosilicate) - hyperkalaemia*

-     roxadustat - anaemia*

 

Respiratory

-     benralizumab - severe, uncontrolled asthma*, COPD

-     tralokinumab - severe, uncontrolled asthma

-     PT010 - COPD

 

Other

-     anifrolumab - lupus

-     lanabecestat - Alzheimer's disease

Projects in Clinical Pipeline

129


*Under Regulatory Review. The table shown above as at 9 November 2017.

 

ONCOLOGY

AstraZeneca has a deep-rooted heritage in Oncology and offers a growing line of new medicines that has the potential to transform patients' lives and the Company's future. At least six Oncology medicines are expected to be launched between 2014 and 2020, of which Lynparza, Tagrisso, Imfinzi and Calquence are already benefitting patients. An extensive pipeline of small-molecule and biologic medicines is in development and the Company is committed to advancing New Oncology, primarily focused on lung, ovarian, breast and blood cancers, as one of AstraZeneca's five Growth Platforms.

 

At the recent 2017 European Society of Medical Oncology (ESMO) annual meeting, AstraZeneca presented data from more than 40 abstracts, including two pivotal clinical-trial readouts selected for late-breaking presentation at the Presidential Symposium. Highlights included new data on approved and potential new medicines from the Company's pipeline across multiple scientific platforms and tumour types.

 

a) Faslodex (breast cancer)

On 28 August 2017, the Company announced approval in the US for the expansion of Faslodex use into advanced breast-cancer patients not previously treated with endocrine (hormonal) medicines. The US FDA approval was based on data from the Phase III FALCON trial, where Faslodex 500mg demonstrated superiority over anastrozole 1mg in the treatment of locally-advanced or metastatic breast cancer in post-menopausal patients who had not received prior hormonal-based medicine for hormone receptor-positive breast cancer. The FALCON trial data showed that Faslodex significantly reduced the risk of disease worsening or death by 20%.

During the period, the Company announced that the Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) of the European Medicines Agency (EMA) had adopted a positive opinion recommending a new indication for Faslodex that will expand its use to include combination therapy with palbociclib. The combination use was designed for the treatment of patients with hormone receptor-positive (HR+), human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 negative (HER2-) locally-advanced or metastatic breast cancer or who have received prior endocrine therapy. The CHMP opinion was based on data from the Phase III PALOMA-3 trial which demonstrated that the combination of Faslodex 500mg and palbociclib 125mg resulted in a 4.9 month progression-free survival (PFS) improvement over Faslodex and placebo.

 

The Company also announced during the period that the US FDA had approved a new indication for Faslodex, expanding the indication to include use with abemaciclib for the treatment of HR+, HER2- advanced or metastatic breast cancer in patients with disease progression after endocrine therapy. The US FDA approval was based on data from the Phase III MONARCH 2 trial, which met the primary endpoint of PFS.

 

Finally, the Company announced during the period the approval of the supplemental New Drug Application (NDA) of Faslodex in combination with palbociclib in Japan, based on data from the PALOMA-3 trial; the approval was for the treatment of pre-menopausal breast cancer patients taking a luteinising hormone-releasing hormone medication.

 

b) Lynparza (multiple cancers)

On 17 August 2017, the Company announced approval in the US for Lynparza tablets as a maintenance treatment for patients with platinum-sensitive recurrent ovarian cancer, regardless of BRCA-mutation status. Lynparza tablets were also indicated for patients with BRCA-mutated ovarian cancer beyond the 3rd-line setting, with the Accelerated Approval converted to full approval. Data from two randomised trials supported the new approval and the conversion of the prior approval to full approval, originally based on a single-arm trial.

 

Data from the Phase III SOLO-2 trial confirmed the benefit of Lynparza in germline BRCA-mutated (gBRCAm) patients, demonstrating a 70% reduced risk of disease progression or death (HR, hazard ratio, 0.30) and improved PFS to 19.1 vs 5.5 months for placebo by investigator-assessed analysis. Data from the Phase II Study-19 trial showed that Lynparza reduced the risk of disease progression or death by 65% and improved PFS compared to placebo in patients of any BRCA status (HR 0.35; median PFS of 8.4 months vs 4.8 months for placebo). Additionally, patients in Study 19, treated with Lynparza as a maintenance therapy, had a median overall survival (OS) of 29.8 months vs 27.8 months for placebo (HR 0.73).

 

During the period, the Company received regulatory submission acceptance in the US for Lynparza tablet's supplementary NDA based on the OlympiAD trial data in breast cancer. In the period, the Company also announced the submission of an NDA to Japan's Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices Agency for the use of Lynparza tablets in unresectable or recurrent BRCA-mutated breast cancer, with a decision expected in the second half of 2018. The OlympiAD trial focused on patients with germline BRCA-mutated, HER2- metastatic breast cancer who had been treated previously with chemotherapy either in the neo-adjuvant, adjuvant or metastatic settings. This followed the Phase III OlympiAD data presented at the 2017 American Society of Clinical Oncology annual meeting. Lynparza is the first PARP inhibitor with a regulatory submission outside ovarian cancer.

 

c) Tagrisso (lung cancer)

At the recent ESMO Congress's Presidential Symposium, the Company presented positive results from the Phase III FLAURA trial for patients with 1st-line epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR)-mutated NSCLC. Patients treated with Tagrisso had less than half the risk of progression or death compared with patients on erlotinib or gefitinib (HR 0.46). The median PFS was 18.9 months for patients on Tagrisso vs. 10.2 months for patients in the comparator arm. FLAURA demonstrated clinically-meaningful preliminary OS data favouring Tagrisso, namely a 37% reduction in the risk of death. OS data were 25% mature at the time of the interim analysis and a final OS analysis is planned for a later stage.

 

Improvements in PFS with Tagrisso were consistent across all pre-specified patient subgroups, with at least a 40% reduction in the risk of progression or death, including in patients with or without central nervous system metastases at trial entry, Asian/non-Asian patients, patients with or without prior smoking history and patients with exon 19 deletion/L858R. Patients treated with Tagrisso had more than double the median duration of response than those on the comparator arm (17.2 months vs. 8.5 months), while the objective response rates (ORR) were similar.

 

The US National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) guidelines were updated on 28 September 2017 to include Tagrisso as a category-2A treatment option in NSCLC patients with an EGFR mutation discovered prior to 1st-line treatment. The medicine is not currently approved for treatment in the 1st-line setting.

 

During the period, the Company and its partner Hutchison China MediTech Limited presented preliminary safety and clinical activity of savolitinib when given in combination with Tagrisso in a Phase Ib trial at the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer 18th World Conference on Lung Cancer in Japan. The trial was conducted in patients with EGFR-mutation-positive NSCLC with mesenchymal epithelial transition (MET)-amplification, who had progressed following 1st-line treatment with a tyrosine kinase inhibitor (TKI). Early data on safety and anti-tumour activity for savolitinib plus Tagrisso demonstrated a response according to RECIST 1.1 criteria in 28% of patients previously treated with third-generation T790M-directed EGFR TKIs, including Tagrisso. In patients who had progressed after prior treatment with a first- or second-generation EGFR inhibitor, 53% of T790M-negative patients had a partial response, while 57% of T790M-positive patients had a partial response. In the 66 patients treated with savolitinib plus Tagrisso, the most common all-causality adverse events of any grade were consistent with the known safety profiles of both therapies, including nausea (44%), vomiting (35%), fatigue (30%), and decreased appetite (30%).

 

d) Imfinzi (lung and other cancers) 

The Company continues to advance multiple monotherapy trials of Imfinzi and combination trials of Imfinzi with tremelimumab and other potential new medicines:

 

Lung Cancer

During the period, the Company maintained strong momentum in its early immunotherapy efforts in lung cancer. On 31 July 2017, Imfinzi was granted Breakthrough Therapy Designation by the US FDA for patients with locally-advanced, unresectable NSCLC. PACIFIC is a Phase III, randomised, double-blinded, placebo-controlled multi-centre trial of Imfinzi as sequential treatment in patients with locally-advanced (Stage III) unresectable NSCLC, who had not progressed following standard platinum-based chemotherapy concurrent with radiation therapy. PACIFIC trial results presented at the 2017 ESMO annual meeting showed a statistically-significant and clinically-meaningful PFS benefit with Imfinzi and also demonstrated a favourable risk/benefit profile. The trial will continue in order to evaluate OS, the other primary endpoint, which is anticipated to be assessed in 2019.

 

During the period, the US FDA accepted a supplemental Biologics License Application for Imfinzi for the treatment of patients with locally-advanced, unresectable NSCLC whose disease has not progressed following platinum-based chemoradiation therapy. The agency granted Imfinzi Priority Review status in this potential indication. The Company also recently submitted the data from the PACIFIC trial to the EMA for the same indication and received acceptance of the submission. Additional regulatory submissions for the PACIFIC trial were made and/or accepted in the period in Australia, Brazil, Canada, Japan and Switzerland.

 

On 28 September 2017, the US NCCN Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology were updated to include Imfinzi for the treatment of patients with locally-advanced, unresectable NSCLC with no disease progression after two or more cycles of definitive chemoradiation, based on the data from the aforementioned PACIFIC trial. The medicine is not currently approved for treatment in the locally-advanced, unresectable NSCLC setting.

 

The Company now expects the first data from the Phase III ARCTIC trial in 3rd-line, PDL1-low/negative NSCLC to be available in H1 2018. The timeline reflects the event-driven nature of the trial as the Company awaits greater maturity of OS data.

Ongoing key lung-cancer trials include:

 

Name

Phase

Line of Treatment

Population

Design

Timelines

Status

Monotherapy

ADJUVANT*

III

N/A

Stage Ib-IIIa NSCLC

Imfinzi vs placebo

FPCD1 Q1 2015

 

First data anticipated 2020

 

Recruitment ongoing

PACIFIC

III

N/A

Locally-advanced (Stage III), unresectable NSCLC

Imfinzi vs placebo

FPCD Q2 2014

 

LPCD2 Q2 2016

 

Final OS data anticipated 2019

 

Recruitment completed

 

PFS primary endpoint met

PEARL

III

1st line

NSCLC (Asia)

Imfinzi vs SoC chemotherapy

FPCD Q1 2017

 

First data anticipated 2020

 

Recruitment ongoing

Combination therapy

MYSTIC

III

1st line

NSCLC

Imfinzi, Imfinzi + treme vs SoC chemotherapy

FPCD Q3 2015

 

LPCD Q3 2016

 

Final OS data anticipated H1 2018

 

Recruitment completed

 

PFS primary endpoint not met

NEPTUNE

III

1st line

NSCLC

Imfinzi + treme vs SoC chemotherapy

FPCD Q4 2015

 

LPCD Q2 2017

 

First data anticipated H2 2018

 

Recruitment completed

POSEIDON

III

1st line

NSCLC

Imfinzi + SoC, Imfinzi + treme + SoC vs SoC chemotherapy

FPCD Q2 2017

 

First data anticipated 2019

 

Recruitment ongoing

ARCTIC

III

3rd line

PDL1- low/neg. NSCLC

Imfinzi, tremelimumab, Imfinzi + treme vs SoC chemotherapy

FPCD Q2 2015

 

LPCD Q3 2016

 

First data anticipated H1 2018

 

Recruitment completed

CASPIAN

III

1st line

Small-cell lung cancer (SCLC)

Imfinzi + SoC, Imfinzi + treme + SoC vs SoC chemotherapy

FPCD Q1 2017

 

First data anticipated 2020

 

Recruitment ongoing

*Conducted by the National Cancer Institute of Canada

1First Patient Commenced Dosing

2Last Patient Commenced Dosing

 

Other Cancers

In November 2017, Imfinzi received approval in Canada, under the Health Canada's accelerated-approval framework (Notice of Compliance with Conditions (NOC/c) policy), for the treatment of patients with locally-advanced or mUC who have disease progression during or following platinum-containing chemotherapy, or whose disease has progressed within 12 months of receiving platinum-containing chemotherapy before (neoadjuvant) or after (adjuvant) surgery. Approval was granted in an 'all-comer' population based on both tumour response rate and duration of response. Data from Study 1108, which supported this approval, was shared at the recent 2017 ASCO annual meeting and showed a 17.0% objective response rate (ORR) by BICR in all-comers and a 26.3% ORR in patients with PDL1-positive tumours.

 

During the period, the Company amended its late-stage clinical development programme in 1st-line locally-advanced or metastatic urothelial carcinoma (bladder cancer). A refinement of the Phase III DANUBE trial meant that OS became the only primary endpoint, with the first data now anticipated in 2019. Patient enrolment was also increased from 1,005 to 1,200 patients, reflecting the inclusion of an expansion cohort in China.

 

The STRONG trial, a Phase IIIb, modular, five-year safety, open-label trial commenced dosing in the period and will evaluate the safety of a fixed-dose regimen equivalent to the current weight-based dose regimen of Imfinzi + tremelimumab combination therapy or Imfinzi monotherapy in patients with advanced solid tumours (via tumour-specific modules). The first tumour module dosed was metastatic urothelial carcinoma.

 

During the period, the Company launched a new Phase III trial to assess the safety and efficacy of Imfinzi monotherapy or Imfinzi plus tremelimumab combination therapy versus standard of care in patients with unresectable hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC, liver cancer). The HIMALAYA trial will include a fixed dose of Imfinzi (1,500mg, monthly) and tremelimumab (300mg).

 

Ongoing key trials are listed below:

Name

Phase

Line of Treatment

Population

Design

Timelines

Status

DANUBE

III

1st line

Cisplatin chemotherapy- eligible/

ineligible bladder cancer

 

Imfinzi, Imfinzi + treme vs SoC chemotherapy

FPCD Q4 2015

 

LPCD Q1 2017

 

First data anticipated 2019

 

Recruitment completed

KESTREL

 

III

1st line

Head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC, head and neck cancer)

Imfinzi, Imfinzi + treme vs SoC

FPCD Q4 2015

 

LPCD Q1 2017

 

First data anticipated H1 2018

 

Recruitment completed

EAGLE

III

2nd line

HNSCC

Imfinzi, Imfinzi + treme vs SoC

FPCD Q4 2015

 

LPCD Q3 2017

 

First data anticipated H1 2018

 

Recruitment completed

HIMALAYA

 

III

1st line

HCC

Imfinzi, Imfinzi + treme vs sorafenib

First data anticipated 2019

 

Recruitment ongoing

 

On 7 September 2017, the Company announced that its partner, Celgene Corporation (Celgene) was informed by the US FDA that the agency had placed a partial clinical hold on five trials and a full clinical hold on one trial in the Celgene FUSION programme. The trials are testing Imfinzi in combination with immunomodulatory agents such as lenalidomide, with or without chemotherapy, in blood cancers such as multiple myeloma, chronic lymphocytic leukaemia and lymphoma.

 

e) Calquence (acalabrutinib) (blood cancer)

On 31 October 2017, the Company announced that the US FDA had granted Accelerated Approval to Calquence, a kinase inhibitor indicated for the treatment of adult patients with MCL who have received at least one prior therapy. Calquence was approved under the FDA's Accelerated Approval Program, based on overall response rate, which allows for earlier approval of medicines that treat serious conditions and fill an unmet medical need based on a surrogate endpoint. Continued approval for this indication may be contingent upon verification and description of clinical benefit in confirmatory trials.

 

The Accelerated Approval was based on results from the ACE-LY-004 trial, where Calquence demonstrated an 80% ORR, with a 40% complete response and 40% partial-response rate. Full results from the ACE-LY-004 clinical trial will be presented in December 2017 at the 59th American Society of Hematology annual meeting in Atlanta, US. The approval followed acceptance of the submission and the granting of Priority Review and Breakthrough Therapy Designation earlier in the period, based on the totality of clinical data from the Calquence development programme, including data from the Phase II ACE-LY-004 clinical trial.

 

f) Moxetumomab pasudotox (leukaemia)

During the period, the Company maintained momentum in its efforts in blood cancers, with high-level results from a pivotal Phase III single-arm trial of moxetumomab pasudotox, an anti-CD22 recombinant immunotoxin, as treatment for adult patients with relapsed/refractory hairy cell leukaemia (HCL) who have had at least two prior lines of therapy. The clinical trial met its primary endpoint of durable complete response. HCL is an orphan disease with no cure and no established standard of care for patients in late-line therapy who relapse or refractory to prior therapies. AstraZeneca plans to submit the complete results from the Phase III trial for presentation at a forthcoming medical meeting.

 

 

CVMD

CV, renal and metabolic diseases are key areas of focus for AstraZeneca as the Company sets the challenge to better understand how its portfolio of medicines might be used to help address multiple risk factors or co-morbidities across CVMD. Today, AstraZeneca is delivering life-changing results in the main CV-disease areas and their complications. AstraZeneca is investing in the science to demonstrate CV and mortality benefits by slowing the underlying progression of CV-related disease and protecting the organs of the CV system. Ultimately, AstraZeneca is looking to do more than just slow CV-related disease, but to modify or even halt the natural course of the disease itself and regenerate organs.

 

The net result is a strong, continued commitment to new CVMD treatment options that have the potential to deliver improved outcomes to hundreds of millions of patients across the globe.

 

a) Brilique (CV disease)

During the period, the China FDA approved Brilique 60mg tablets for patients with a history of MI, following an MI event. The approval was based on data from the PEGASUS trial and expanded the use of Brilique in combination with aspirin, to reduce the rate of CV death, MI and stroke in patients with a history of MI and at least one additional high-risk factor for developing an atherothrombotic event.

 

During the 2017 European Society of Cardiology congress in Barcelona, AstraZeneca presented results from a new sub-analysis of data from the Phase III PEGASUS trial. The trial showed that treatment with Brilique 60mg twice daily reduced the risk in CV-caused death (versus placebo) by 29% in patients taking low-dose aspirin but still at high risk of an atherothrombotic event.

 

b) Farxiga (diabetes)

24-week data from the DEPICT-1 trial was published in The Lancet Diabetes and Endocrinology and presented at the 2017 European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD) 53rd annual meeting in September 2017. The trial showed that Farxiga, when given as an oral adjunct to injectable insulin in patients with inadequately-controlled type-1 diabetes, demonstrated significant and clinically-relevant reductions from baseline in HbA1c, weight reductions and lowered total daily insulin dosing at 24 weeks compared to placebo at both the 5mg and 10mg dose. Furthermore, as assessed by continuous glucose monitoring, treatment with Farxiga at both doses reduced mean glucose and glucose fluctuations (assessed by mean amplitude of glycaemic excursions) and increased the percentage of glucose readings in the target range (70-180mg/dL). Specifically, patients treated with Farxiga 5mg and 10mg spent more than two hours and more than 2.5 hours longer in the target glucose range each day, respectively.

 

The overall adverse event profile was in line with the known clinical profile of Farxiga, with no imbalance in adverse events reported. The occurrence of hypoglycaemia overall, as well as severe hypoglycaemia, was not increased in the Farxiga treatment groups compared with placebo. Similarly, in this trial, Farxiga was not associated with an increase in the occurrence of definite diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) compared with placebo. Four (1%) events occurred in the Farxiga 5mg group, five (2%) occurred in the Farxiga 10mg group and three (1%) occurred in the placebo group, respectively. Insulin pump failure and missed insulin doses were the most frequent risk factors for definite DKA in the placebo and Farxiga groups.

 

The DEPICT clinical programme for Farxiga is ongoing; final results are required to evaluate the next regulatory steps. Farxiga is not currently approved for the treatment of type-1 diabetes.

 

c) Bydureon (type-2 diabetes)

AstraZeneca presented the full results from the EXSCEL (EXenatide Study of Cardiovascular Event Lowering) trial at the aforementioned EASD meeting. The trial demonstrated CV safety with Bydureon (exenatide extended-release) in patients with type-2 diabetes across a range of CV outcomes.

 

Bydureon did not increase the incidence of major adverse CV events (MACE), a composite endpoint of CV death, non-fatal heart attack or non-fatal stroke, compared to placebo (HR 0.91; 95% confidence interval (CI): 0.83-1.00; p<0.001 for non-inferiority). There were also fewer CV events observed in the Bydureon arm of the trial (839 (11.4%) versus 905 (12.2%)), although the primary efficacy objective of a superior reduction in MACE did not meet statistical significance (p=0.061). Additionally, in a pre-specified secondary analysis, patients treated with exenatide had a 14% lower incidence of death from all causes (HR: 0.86; 95% CI: 0.77-0.97).

 

During the period, the US FDA approved the inclusion of data from the DURATION-8 clinical trial into the Farxiga and Bydureon labels. DURATION-8 evaluated the simultaneous combination of a GLP-1 receptor agonist with an SGLT2 inhibitor on a background of metformin therapy, in high baseline HbA1c patients with inadequate glycemic control. The results demonstrated that combining agents that work in different ways can significantly reduce HbA1c, as well as weight and systolic blood pressure.

 

In August 2017, the EMA approved the incorporation of DURATION-8 data into the Bydureon label. The label included updates to both the indication statement and the clinical-trial section. DURATION-8 data is now represented in both the Bydureon and Forxiga European summary of product characteristics.

 

In October 2017, the Company announced that the US FDA had approved Bydureon BCise (exenatide extended-release) injectable suspension, a new formulation of Bydureon in an improved once-weekly, single-dose BCise device for adults with type-2 diabetes whose blood sugar remains uncontrolled on one or more oral medicines in addition to diet and exercise, to improve glycaemic control. AstraZeneca anticipates that Bydureon BCise will be available for patients in the US in the first quarter of 2018. A regulatory application for the new BCise device was also accepted by the EMA in the period.

 

Major ongoing outcomes trials for patients are highlighted in the following table:

Medicine

Trial

Mechanism

Population

Primary Endpoint

Timeline

Farxiga

DECLARE

SGLT2 inhibitor

~17,0001 patients with type-2 diabetes

Time to first occurrence of CV death, non-fatal MI or non-fatal stroke

 

H2 2018 (final analysis)

Farxiga

DAPA-HF

SGLT2 inhibitor

~4,500 patients with heart failure (HF)

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

 

FPCD Q1 2017

Farxiga

DAPA-CKD

SGLT2 inhibitor

~4,000 patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD)

Time to first occurrence of ≥50% sustained decline in eGFR2 or reaching ESRD3 or CV death or renal death

 

FPCD Q1 2017

Brilinta

THEMIS

P2Y12 receptor antagonist

~19,000 patients with type-2 diabetes

and coronary artery disease

without a history of

MI or stroke

 

Composite of

CV death, non-fatal MI

and non-fatal stroke

2019

Epanova

STRENGTH

Omega-3 carboxylic acids

~13,000 patients with mixed dyslipidaemia

 

Time to first occurrence of CV death, non-fatal MI or non-fatal stroke

2019

1Includes ~10,000 patients who have had no prior index event (primary prevention) and ~7,000 patients who have suffered an index event (secondary prevention)

2Estimated Glomerular Filtration Rate

3End-Stage Renal Disease

 

d) ZS-9 (sodium zirconium cyclosilicate) (hyperkalaemia)

In April 2017, the EMA informed AstraZeneca that the Marketing Authorisation Application decision process for ZS-9 was put on hold until the agency had performed an inspection of the dedicated substance-manufacturing facility in Texas, US. This followed receipt of a second Complete Response Letter from the US FDA, as announced on 17 March 2017. During the period, the Company made further progress in addressing the manufacturing deficiencies identified by the FDA inspection and expects to be able to accommodate a new manufacturing inspection in due course.

 

e) Roxadustat (anaemia)

During the period, the Company and its partner FibroGen Inc. (Fibrogen) announced the regulatory submission of an NDA for roxadustat with the China FDA, concluding the rolling submission initiated in Q4 2016. The NDA was based on two Fibrogen-led Phase III trials, conducted in China, that met their primary efficacy endpoints in January 2017 respectively. If approved, roxadustat will be a first-in-class medicine, with China being the first approval country, ahead of other major markets.

 

 

RESPIRATORY

AstraZeneca's Respiratory portfolio is aimed at transforming the treatment of asthma and COPD through combination inhaled therapies, biologics for the unmet medical needs of specific patient populations and an early pipeline focused on disease modification.

 

The growing range of medicines includes up to four anticipated launches between 2017 and 2020. The capability in inhalation technology spans both pressurised, metered-dose inhalers and dry-powder inhalers to serve patient needs, as well as the innovative Aerosphere co-suspension Delivery Technology, a focus of AstraZeneca's future-platform development for respiratory-disease combination therapies.

 

a) Symbicort (COPD)

On 11 September 2017, the US FDA approved Symbicort for the reduction of exacerbations in patients with COPD. The approval was based on data that evaluated COPD exacerbations as the primary endpoint in two Phase IIIb trials (RISE and Study 003), supported by data from two legacy Phase IIIa trials (SUN and SHINE). The approval meant Symbicort was indicated to reduce exacerbations; the medicine is also used as a maintenance treatment for airflow obstruction in patients with COPD. The RISE data was published in Respiratory Medicine.

 

Following clinical data from the Phase III SYGMA trials, examining Symbicort Turbuhaler prescribed as an anti-inflammatory reliever as needed in patients with mild asthma, the primary objectives in severe-asthma exacerbation rates and asthma control were met. A full evaluation of the SYGMA primary and secondary objectives is ongoing and the results will be presented at a forthcoming medical meeting.

 

b) Duaklir (COPD)

On 7 September 2017, AstraZeneca announced positive top-line results from the Phase III AMPLIFY trial for Duaklir, which met its primary endpoints and demonstrated a statistically-significant improvement in lung function in patients with moderate to very-severe stable COPD, compared to each individual component (either aclidinium bromide or formoterol). A full evaluation of the AMPLIFY data is ongoing and further results will be presented at a forthcoming medical meeting.

 

c) Bevespi (COPD)

On 25 September 2017, the Company announced positive top-line results of the Phase III PINNACLE 4 trial. The trial demonstrated a statistically-significant improvement in lung function as measured by trough forced expiratory volume in one second (FEV1), compared to its monotherapy components and placebo, all administered twice daily via pMDI to patients with moderate to very severe COPD. AstraZeneca will make regulatory submissions for Bevespi Aerosphere in Japan and China in 2018, based on data from PINNACLE 4, as well as previously-reported trials.

 

During the period, the first patient was randomised into AERISTO, a head-to-head trial that is assessing the efficacy and safety of Bevespi Aerosphere relative to the competing dual bronchodilator, a fixed-dose combination of umeclidinium and vilanterol, for patients with moderate to very severe COPD.

 

d) Benralizumab (severe, uncontrolled asthma)

On 11 September 2017, results from a sub-group analysis of the SIROCCO and CALIMA Phase III trials were presented at the aforementioned ERS Congress. The results confirmed benralizumab's efficacy and identified key predictive factors of those patients suffering from severe, uncontrolled asthma that would respond best to treatment with benralizumab. The results were published simultaneously in The Lancet Respiratory Medicine.

 

Benralizumab is under regulatory review in the US, EU, Japan and several other countries, with a US PDUFA date during the final quarter of 2017. Regulatory decisions are anticipated elsewhere during H1 2018.

 

e) Tralokinumab (severe, uncontrolled asthma)

On 1 November 2017, AstraZeneca announced the top-line results of the Phase III STRATOS 2 and TROPOS trials for tralokinumab, an anti-interleukin-13 human monoclonal antibody, in severe, uncontrolled asthma.

 

STRATOS 1 and 2 were Phase III multi-centre, randomised, double-blinded, parallel-group, placebo-controlled trials designed to evaluate the efficacy and safety of a regular, subcutaneous administration of tralokinumab for 52 weeks in adult and adolescent patients with severe, inadequately-controlled asthma, despite treatment with inhaled corticosteroids plus LABA.

 

In the STRATOS 2 trial, tralokinumab did not achieve a statistically-significant reduction in the annual asthma exacerbation rate, the primary endpoint, in patients with severe, uncontrolled asthma and elevated levels of a biomarker, Fractional exhaled Nitric Oxide, compared to placebo. In TROPOS, tralokinumab did not achieve a statistically-significant reduction in oral corticosteroid (OCS) use, the primary endpoint, when added to the standard of care, in patients dependent on OCS. Full data from STRATOS 1, STRATOS 2 and TROPOS will be presented at a forthcoming medical meeting.

 

f) Tezepelumab (asthma)

At the aforementioned ERS Congress, AstraZeneca and Amgen Inc. presented results from the PATHWAY Phase IIb trial of tezepelumab, a first-in-class treatment that blocks thymic stromal lymphopoietin (TSLP), an upstream driver of inflammation in asthma. The trial met its primary efficacy endpoint and the data demonstrated significant and clinically-meaningful annual asthma exacerbation-rate reductions of 61%, 71% and 66% in the tezepelumab arms receiving either 70mg or 210mg every four weeks or 280mg every two weeks, respectively, independent of baseline blood eosinophil count or other type-2 inflammatory biomarkers. Tezepelumab also demonstrated improvements in lung function at all doses and in asthma control at the two higher doses. The trial results were simultaneously published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

 

 

OTHER

a) Tezepelumab (atopic dermatitis)

During the period, the ALLEVIAD Phase IIa trial data showed that tezepelumab did not meet statistical significance on the primary endpoint (EASI 50) of the 12-week exploratory trial that evaluated tezepelumab in moderate to severe atopic dermatitis (AD) as add-on treatment to regular medium-to-high strength topical glucocorticosteroids. Numeric differences in favour of tezepelumab, however, were observed across a number of disease activity endpoints (EASI, IGA and SCORAD response) compared to placebo.

b) Anifrolumab (lupus)
During the period, the Company completed the enrolment of the second Phase III trial (TULIP 2) of anifrolumab in patients with moderate-to-severe systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE, or lupus). Data readouts from both the TULIP 1 and TULIP 2 trials are expected in H2 2018, with anticipated regulatory submissions in 2019.

In addition, the Company also completed enrolment during the period of the Phase II SLE trial of a sub-cutaneous route of administration of anifrolumab. 

c) Lanabecestat (Alzheimer's disease)

During the period, the Company and Lilly completed enrolment of the Phase II/III AMARANTH trial investigating the safety and efficacy of lanabecestat compared with placebo in the treatment of early Alzheimer's disease. A data readout from the lanabecestat clinical programme is anticipated in 2019.

 

 

Development Pipeline 30 September 2017

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AstraZeneca-sponsored or -directed trials

Phase III / Pivotal Phase II / Registration

New Molecular Entities (NMEs) and significant additional indications

Regulatory 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 Regulatory Acceptance Date /
Submission Status

US

EU

Japan

China

Oncology








Calquence# (acalabrutinib)

BTK inhibitor

B-cell malignancy

Q1 2015

Approved

 

 

 

Calquence# (acalabrutinib)

BTK inhibitor

1st-line chronic lymphocytic leukaemia

Q3 2015

2020

(Orphan Drug Designation)

2020

(Orphan designation)

 

 

Calquence# (acalabrutinib)

BTK inhibitor

relapsed/refractory chronic lymphocytic leukaemia, high risk

Q4 2015

2020

(Orphan Drug Designation)

2020

(Orphan designation)

 

 

Calquence# (acalabrutinib)

BTK inhibitor

1st-line mantle cell lymphoma

Q1 2017

2023

 

 

 

savolitinib#

SAVOIR

MET inhibitor

papillary renal cell carcinoma

Q3 2017

2020

2020

 

 

selumetinib
ASTRA

MEK inhibitor

differentiated thyroid cancer

Q3 2013

H2 2018

(Orphan Drug Designation)

H2 2018

 

 

moxetumomab pasudotox#

PLAIT

anti-CD22 recombinant
immunotoxin

hairy cell leukaemia

Q2 2013

H1 2018

(Orphan Drug Designation)

 

 

 

Imfinzi# +

tremelimumab
ARCTIC

PD-L1 mAb + CTLA-4 mAb

3rd-line NSCLC

Q2 2015

H1 2018

H1 2018

H1 2018

 

Imfinzi# + tremelimumab

MYSTIC

PD-L1 mAb + CTLA-4 mAb

1st-line NSCLC

Q3 2015

H2 2018

H2 2018

H2 2018

 

Imfinzi# + tremelimumab

NEPTUNE

PD-L1 mAb + CTLA-4 mAb

1st-line NSCLC

Q4 2015

2019

2019

2019

2020

Imfinzi#
PACIFIC

PD-L1 mAb

locally-advanced (Stage III), NSCLC

Q2 2014

Accepted

(Breakthrough Therapy Designation & Priority Review)

Accepted

Accepted

 

Imfinzi# + tremelimumab + chemotherapy

POSEIDON

PD-L1 mAb + CTLA-4 mAb

1st-line NSCLC

Q2 2017

2019

2019

2019

2020

Imfinzi# + tremelimumab + SoC

CASPIAN

PD-L1 mAb + CTLA-4 mAb + SoC

1st-line small cell lung cancer

Q1 2017

2020

2020

2020

 

Imfinzi# + tremelimumab
KESTREL

PD-L1 mAb + CTLA-4 mAb

1st-line HNSCC

Q4 2015

H2 2018

H2 2018

H2 2018

 

Imfinzi# + tremelimumab
EAGLE

PD-L1 mAb + CTLA-4 mAb

2nd-line HNSCC

Q4 2015

H2 2018

H2 2018

H2 2018


Imfinzi# + tremelimumab

DANUBE

PD-L1 mAb + CTLA-4 mAb

1st-line bladder cancer

Q4 2015

2019

2019

2019


Lynparza#+ cediranib

CONCERTO

PARP inhibitor + VEGF inhibitor

recurrent platinum-resistant ovarian cancer

Q1 2017

2019




CVMD






Epanova

omega-3 carboxylic acids

severe hypertriglycerid-aemia


Approved


2020


ZS-9 (sodium zirconium cyclosilicate)

potassium binder

hyperkalaemia


-

Accepted1

2019


roxadustat# OLYMPUS (US) ROCKIES (US)

hypoxia-inducible factor prolyl hydroxylase inhibitor

anaemia in CKD / end-stage renal disease

Q3 2014

H2 2018



Accepted2

Respiratory

Bevespi Aerosphere (PT003)

LABA/LAMA

COPD


Launched

 Accepted

H2 2018

H2 2018

benralizumab#

CALIMA SIROCCO ZONDA

BISE

BORA

GREGALE

IL-5R mAb

severe, uncontrolled asthma


Accepted

Accepted

Accepted

2021

benralizumab#

TERRANOVA GALATHEA

IL-5R mAb

COPD

Q3 2014

H2 2018

H2 2018

2019


PT010

LABA/LAMA/ ICS

COPD

Q3 2015

2019

2019

H2 2018

H2 2018

tralokinumab

STRATOS 1,2

TROPOS

MESOS

IL-13 mAb

severe, uncontrolled asthma

Q3 2014

-

-

-


Other








anifrolumab# TULIP

IFN-alphaR mAb

systemic lupus erythematosus

Q3 2015

2019

(Fast Track)

2019

2019


lanabecestat#

AMARANTH + extension, DAYBREAK-ALZ

beta-secretase inhibitor

Alzheimer's disease

Q2 2016

2020

(Fast Track)

2020

2020


 

¶    Registrational Phase II trial

#    Collaboration

1    CHMP positive opinion received

2    Fibrogen completed rolling regulatory submission in China

 

Phases I and II

NMEs and significant additional indications

Compound

Mechanism

Area Under Investigation

Phase

Date Commenced Phase

Oncology





Imfinzi#

PD-L1 mAb

solid tumours

II

Q3 2014

 

Imfinzi# + tremelimumab

PD-L1 mAb + CTLA-4 mAb

HCC

II

Q4 2016

 

Imfinzi# + tremelimumab

PD-L1 mAb + CTLA-4 mAb

gastric cancer

II

Q2 2015

 

Imfinzi# + AZD5069

PD-L1 mAb + CXCR2 antagonist

pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma

II

Q2 2017

 

Imfinzi# + AZD5069 or Imfinzi# + AZD9150#

PD-L1 mAb + CXCR2 antagonist or PD-L1 mAb + STAT3 inhibitor

HNSCC

II

Q3 2015

 

Imfinzi# + dabrafenib + trametinib

PD-L1 mAb + BRAF inhibitor + MEK inhibitor

melanoma

I

Q1 2014

 

Imfinzi# + AZD1775#

PD-L1 mAb + Wee1 inhibitor

solid tumours

I

Q4 2015

Imfinzi# + MEDI0680

PD-L1 mAb + PD-1 mAb

solid tumours

II

Q3 2016

 

Imfinzi# or Imfinzi# + (tremelimumab or AZD9150#)

PD-L1 mAb or PD-L1 mAb + (CTLA-4 mAb or STAT3 inhibitor)

diffuse large B-cell lymphoma

I

Q3 2016

Imfinzi# + Iressa

PD-L1 mAb + EGFR inhibitor

NSCLC

I

Q2 2014

 

Imfinzi# + MEDI0562#

PD-L1 mAb + humanised OX40 agonist

solid tumours

I

Q2 2016

 

Imfinzi# + MEDI9197#

PD-L1 mAb + TLR 7/8 agonist

solid tumours

I

Q2 2017

Imfinzi# + MEDI9447

PD-L1 mAb + CD73 mAb

solid tumours

I

Q1 2016

Imfinzi# + monalizumab

PD-L1 mAb + NKG2a mAb

solid tumours

I

Q1 2016

Imfinzi# + selumetinib

PD-L1 mAb + MEK inhibitor

solid tumours

I

Q4 2015

Imfinzi# + tremelimumab

PD-L1 mAb + CTLA-4 mAb

solid tumours

I

Q4 2013

 

tremelimumab + MEDI0562#

CTLA-4 mAb + humanised OX40 agonist

solid tumours

I

Q2 2016

 

Imfinzi# + azacitidine

PD-L1 mAb + azacitidine

myelodysplastic syndrome

I

Q2 2016

 

Imfinzi# + MEDI0457#

PD-L1 mAb + DNA HPV vaccine

HNSCC

I

Q3 2017

 

Lynparza# + AZD6738

PARP inhibitor + ATR inhibitor

gastric cancer

II

Q3 2016

 

Lynparza# + AZD1775#

PARP inhibitor + Wee1 inhibitor

solid tumours

I

Q3 2015

 

Lynparza# + Imfinzi

MEDIOLA

PARP inhibitor + PD-L1 mAb

solid tumours

II

Q2 2016

 

Tagrisso + (selumetinib# or savolitinib#)

TATTON

EGFR inhibitor + (MEK inhibitor or MET inhibitor)

advanced EGFRm NSCLC

II

Q2 2016

Tagrisso BLOOM

EGFR inhibitor

CNS metastases in advanced EGFRm NSCLC

II

Q4 2015

 

AZD1775# + chemotherapy

Wee1 inhibitor + chemotherapy

ovarian cancer

II

Q4 2012

 

AZD1775#

Wee1 inhibitor

solid tumours

II

Q1 2016

 

vistusertib

mTOR inhibitor

solid tumours

II

Q1 2013

 

AZD5363#

AKT inhibitor

breast cancer

II

Q1 2014

 

AZD4547

FGFR inhibitor

solid tumours

II

Q4 2011

 

MEDI-573#

IGF mAb

metastatic breast cancer

II

Q2 2012

 

AZD0156

ATM inhibitor

solid tumours

I

Q4 2015

 

AZD2811#

Aurora B inhibitor

solid tumours

I

Q4 2015

 

AZD4635

A2aR inhibitor

solid tumours

I

Q2 2016

 

AZD4785

KRAS inhibitor

solid tumours

I

Q2 2017

 

AZD6738

ATR inhibitor

solid tumours

I

Q4 2013

 

AZD8186

PI3k inhibitor

solid tumours

I

Q2 2013

 

AZD9496

selective oestrogen receptor degrader

oestrogen receptor +ve breast cancer

I

Q4 2014

 

MEDI-565#

CEA BiTE mAb

solid tumours

I

Q1 2011

 

MEDI0562#

humanised OX40 agonist

solid tumours

I

Q1 2015

 

MEDI0680

PD-1 mAb

solid tumours

I

Q4 2013

 

MEDI1873

GITR agonist fusion protein

solid tumours

I

Q4 2015

 

MEDI3726#

PSMA antibody drug conjugate

prostate cancer

I

Q1 2017

 

MEDI4276

HER2 bi-specific antibody drug conjugate

solid tumours

I

Q4 2015

 

MEDI5083

immune activator

solid tumours

I

Q1 2017

 

MEDI7247

antibody drug conjugate

haematological malignancies

I

Q2 2017

MEDI9197#

TLR 7/8 agonist

solid tumours

I

Q4 2015

MEDI9447

CD73 mAb

solid tumours

I

Q3 2015

CVMD




verinurad

URAT1 inhibitor

CKD

II

Q2 2017

 

MEDI0382

GLP-1 /

glucagon dual agonist

type-2 diabetes / obesity

II

Q3 2016

 

MEDI6012

LCAT

CV disease

II

Q4 2015

 

AZD4831

myeloperoxidase

HF with a preserved ejection fraction

I

Q3 2016

 

AZD5718

FLAP

coronary artery disease

I

Q1 2016

AZD8601#

VEGF-A

CV disease

I

Q1 2017

 

MEDI5884#

cholesterol modulation

CV disease

I

Q1 2017

 

Respiratory





abediterol#

LABA

asthma / COPD

II

Q4 2007

 

tezepelumab#

TSLP mAb

asthma / atopic dermatitis

II

Q2 2014

 

AZD1419#

inhaled TLR9 agonist

asthma

II

Q4 2016

 

AZD7594

inhaled SGRM

asthma / COPD

II

Q3 2015

 

AZD8871#

MABA

COPD

II

Q1 2017

 

PT010

LABA/LAMA/ICS

asthma

II

Q2 2014

 

AZD5634

inhaled ENaC

cystic fibrosis

I

Q1 2016

 

AZD7594 + abediterol#

inhaled SGRM + LABA

asthma / COPD

I

Q4 2016

 

AZD7986#

DPP1

COPD

I

Q4 2014

AZD9567

oral SGRM

rheumatoid arthritis / respiratory

I

Q4 2015

 

AZD9898#

LTC4S

asthma

I

Q2 2017

 

MEDI3506

IL-33 mAb

COPD

I

Q2 2017

 

Other





anifrolumab#

IFN-alphaR mAb

lupus nephritis

II

Q4 2015

 

anifrolumab#

IFN-alphaR mAb

systemic lupus erythematosus (subcutaneous)

II

Q1 2017

 

inebilizumab#

CD19 mAb

neuromyelitis optica

II

(Orphan drug US, EU)

Q1 2015

 

 

mavrilimumab#

GM-CSFR mAb

rheumatoid arthritis

II

Q1 2010

 

MEDI3902

Psl/PcrV bispecific mAb

prevention of nosocomial Pseudomonas aeruginosa pneumonia

II

(Fast Track, US)

Q2 2016

 

 

MEDI4893

mAb binding to S. aureus toxin

prevention of nosocomial Staphylococcus aureus pneumonia

II

(Fast Track, US)

Q4 2014

 

 

MEDI5872#

B7RP1 mAb

primary Sjögren's syndrome

II

Q3 2015

 

MEDI8852

influenza A mAb

influenza A treatment

II

(Fast Track, US)

Q4 2015

 

 

MEDI8897#

RSV mAb-YTE

passive RSV prophylaxis

II

(Fast Track, US)

Q1 2015

 

 

AZD0284

RORg

psoriasis / respiratory

I

Q4 2016

 

MEDI0700#

BAFF/B7RP1 bispecific mAb

systemic lupus erythematosus

I

Q1 2016

 

MEDI1814#

amyloid beta mAb

Alzheimer's disease

I

Q2 2014

 

MEDI4920

anti-CD40L-Tn3 fusion protein

primary Sjögren's syndrome

I

Q2 2014

 

MEDI7352

NGF/TNF bi-specific mAb

osteoarthritis pain

I

Q1 2016

 

MEDI7734

ILT7 mAb

myositis

I

Q3 2016

 

MEDI9314

IL-4R mAb

atopic dermatitis

I

Q1 2016

 

#  Collaboration

 

 

Significant Lifecycle Management

Compound

Mechanism

Area Under Investigation

Date Commenced Phase

Estimated Regulatory Acceptance Date / Submission Status

US

EU

Japan

China

Oncology








Faslodex

FALCON

oestrogen receptor antagonist

1st-line hormone receptor +ve advanced breast cancer

 

               

Approved

Approved

Approved

H2 2017

Imfinzi#

PEARL (China)

PD-L1 mAb

1st-line NSCLC

Q1 2017




2020

Lynparza# OlympiAD

PARP inhibitor

gBRCA metastatic breast cancer

Q2 2014

Accepted

(Priority Review)

H1 2018

Accepted

(Orphan drug designation, Priority Review)

H2 2018

Lynparza#
SOLO-2

PARP inhibitor

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

Q3 2013

Approved

(Priority Review)

Accepted

Accepted

(Orphan drug designation)

H1 2018

Lynparza#
SOLO-1

PARP inhibitor

1st-line BRCAm ovarian cancer

Q3 2013

H2 2018

H2 2018

H2 2018

2019

Lynparza#
SOLO-3

PARP inhibitor

gBRCA PSR ovarian cancer

Q1 2015

H2 2018




Lynparza#
POLO

PARP inhibitor

pancreatic cancer

Q1 2015

2019

2019



Lynparza#

PROfound

 

PARP inhibitor

prostate cancer

Q1 2017

 

2020

(Breakthrough Therapy Designation)

2020

2020

2020

Lynparza#

OlympiA

PARP inhibitor

gBRCA adjuvant breast cancer

Q2 2014

2020

2020

2020


Tagrisso

FLAURA

EGFR inhibitor

1st-line advanced EGFRm NSCLC

Q1 2015

H2 2017

(Breakthrough Therapy designation)

H2 2017

H2 2017

2018

Tagrisso

ADAURA

EGFR inhibitor

adjuvant EGFRm NSCLC

Q4 2015

2022

2022

2022

2022

CVMD






Brilinta1

THEMIS

P2Y12 receptor antagonist

CV outcomes trial in patients with type-2 diabetes and coronary artery disease without a previous history of MI or stroke

Q1 2014

2019

2019

2019

2020

Brilinta1

HESTIA

P2Y12 receptor antagonist

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

Q1 2014

2021

2021



Kombiglyze XR/Komboglyze2

DPP-4 inhibitor / metformin FDC

type-2 diabetes


Launched

Launched


Launched

Farxiga3
DECLARE-
TIMI 58

SGLT2 inhibitor

CV outcomes trial in patients with type-2 diabetes

Q2 2013

2019

2019



Farxiga3

SGLT2 inhibitor

type-1 diabetes

Q4 2014

H2 2018

H1 2018

H2 2018


Farxiga3

SGLT2 inhibitor

worsening HF or CV death in patients with chronic HF

Q1 2017

2020

2020

2020

2020

Farxiga3

SGLT2 inhibitor

renal outcomes and CV mortality in patients with CKD

Q1 2017

2021

2021

N/A

2021

Xigduo XR/

Xigduo4

SGLT2 inhibitor/ metformin FDC

type-2 diabetes


Launched

Launched


2020

Qtern

DPP-4 inhibitor / SGLT2 inhibitor FDC

type-2 diabetes


Approved

Launched



Bydureon
BCise (autoinjector)

GLP-1 receptor agonist

type-2 diabetes

Q1 2013

Approved

Accepted



Bydureon EXSCEL

GLP-1 receptor agonist

type-2 diabetes outcomes trial

Q2 2010

H2 2017

H2 2017


H2 2018

saxagliptin/

dapagliflozin/

metformin

DPP-4 inhibitor / SGLT2 inhibitor

type-2 diabetes

Q2 2017

H1 2018

H1 2018



Epanova

STRENGTH

omega-3 carboxylic acids

CV outcomes trial in statin-treated patients at high CV risk, with persistent hypertriglyceridae-mia plus low HDL-cholesterol

Q4 2014

2020

2020

2020

2020

Respiratory








Symbicort

SYGMA

ICS/LABA

as-needed use in mild asthma

Q4 2014


2018


2019

Duaklir Genuair#

LAMA/LABA

COPD


H1 2018

Launched


2019

Other








Nexium

proton-pump inhibitor

stress ulcer prophylaxis





Accepted

Nexium

proton-pump inhibitor

paediatrics


Launched

Launched

Accepted


linaclotide#

GC-C receptor peptide agonist

irritable bowel syndrome with constipation
(IBS-C)





Accepted

#    Collaboration

1    Brilinta in the US and Japan; Brilique in ROW

2    Kombiglyze XR in the US; Komboglyze in the EU

3    Farxiga in the US; Forxiga in ROW

4    Xigduo XR in the US; Xigduo in the EU

 

Terminations (discontinued projects: 1 July 2017 to 30 September 2017)

NME / Line Extension

Compound

Reason for Discontinuation

Area Under Investigation

NME

MEDI8111

strategic

trauma / bleeding

 

 

Completed Projects/Divestitures (1 July 2017 to 30 September 2017)

Compound

Mechanism

Area Under Investigation

Completed/

Divested

Estimated Regulatory Submission Acceptance

US

EU

Japan

China

AZD9150

STAT3 inhibitor

haematological malignancies

Completed

-

-

-

-

#    Collaboration

 

 

Condensed Consolidated Statement of Comprehensive Income

 

For the nine months ended 30 September


2017 

$m 


2016 

$m 

Product sales


14,665 


16,059 

Externalisation revenue


2,023 


1,358 

Total revenue


16,688 


17,417 

Cost of sales


(3,093)


(2,966)

Gross profit


13,595 


14,451 

Distribution costs


(225)


(243)

Research and development expense


(4,206)


(4,347)

Selling, general and administrative costs


(7,155)


(8,027)

Other operating income and expense


982 


535 

Operating profit


2,991 


2,369 

Finance income


71 


44 

Finance expense


(1,199)


(1,022)

Share of after tax losses in associates and joint ventures


(43)


(22)

Profit before tax


1,820 


1,369 

Taxation


(213)


220 

Profit for the period


1,607 


1,589 






Other comprehensive income/(loss)





Items that will not be reclassified to profit or loss





Remeasurement of the defined benefit pension liability


(146)


(1,127)

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


23 


256 



(123)


(871)

Items that may be reclassified subsequently to profit or loss





Foreign exchange arising on consolidation


531 


(690)

Foreign exchange arising on designating borrowings in net investment hedges


622 


(194)

Fair value movements on cash flow hedges


226 


(26)

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


(281)


41 

Fair value movements on derivatives designated in net investment hedges


(39)


(96)

Amortisation of loss on cash flow hedge



Net available for sale (losses)/gains taken to equity


(36)


126 

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


(125)


63 



899 


(775)

Other comprehensive income/(loss) for the period, net of tax


776 


(1,646)

Total comprehensive income/(loss) for the period


2,383 


(57)






Profit attributable to:





Owners of the Parent


1,700 


1,657 

Non-controlling interests


(93)


(68)



1,607 


1,589 






Total comprehensive income/(loss) attributable to:





Owners of the Parent


2,476 


12 

Non-controlling interests


(93)


(69)



2,383


(57)






Basic earnings per $0.25 Ordinary Share


$1.34 


$1.31 

Diluted earnings per $0.25 Ordinary Share


$1.34 


$1.31 

Weighted average number of Ordinary Shares in issue (millions)


1,266 


1,265 

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


1,266 


1,266 

 

 

Condensed Consolidated Statement of Comprehensive Income

 

For the quarter ended 30 September


2017 

$m 


2016 

$m 

Product sales


4,882 


5,025 

Externalisation revenue


1,350 


674 

Total revenue


6,232 


5,699 

Cost of sales


(1,249)


(900)

Gross profit


4,983 


4,799 

Distribution costs


(76)


(76)

Research and development expense


(1,404)


(1,402)

Selling, general and administrative costs


(2,497)


(2,403)

Other operating income and expense


143 


110 

Operating profit


1,149 


1,028 

Finance income


32 


13 

Finance expense


(418)


(355)

Share of after tax losses in associates and joint ventures


(17)


(10)

Profit before tax


746 


676 

Taxation


(97)


319 

Profit for the period


649 


995 






Other comprehensive income/(loss)





Items that will not be reclassified to profit or loss





Remeasurement of the defined benefit pension liability


125 


(285)

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


(48)


21 



77 


(264)

Items that may be reclassified subsequently to profit or loss





Foreign exchange arising on consolidation


154 


(167)

Foreign exchange arising on designating borrowings in net investment hedges


239 


(127)

Fair value movements on cash flow hedges


99 


77 

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


(81)


(19)

Fair value movements on derivatives designated in net investment hedges


(4)


(17)

Net available for sale gains taken to equity


58 


162 

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


(55)


(12)



410 


(103)

Other comprehensive income/(loss) for the period, net of tax


487 


(367)

Total comprehensive income for the period


1,136 


628 






Profit attributable to:





Owners of the Parent


686 


1,014 

Non-controlling interests


(37)


(19)



649 


995 






Total comprehensive income attributable to:





Owners of the Parent


1,173 


648 

Non-controlling interests


(37)


(20)



1,136 


628 






Basic earnings per $0.25 Ordinary Share


$0.54 


$0.80 

Diluted earnings per $0.25 Ordinary Share


$0.54 


$0.80 

Weighted average number of Ordinary Shares in issue (millions)


1,266 


1,265 

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


1,267 


1,266 

 

 

Condensed Consolidated Statement of Financial Position



 

At 30 Sep

2017

$m


 

At 31 Dec

2016

$m


Restated*

At 30 Sep

2016

$m

ASSETS

Non-current assets







Property, plant and equipment


7,329 


6,848 


6,690 

Goodwill


11,841 


11,658 


11,756 

Intangible assets


27,124 


27,586 


28,507 

Derivative financial instruments


440 


343 


278 

Investments in associates and joint ventures


78 


99 


95 

Other investments


1,004 


727 


715 

Other receivables


953 


901 


681 

Deferred tax assets


2,184 


1,102 


1,584 



50,953 


49,264 


50,306 

Current assets







Inventories


3,162 


2,334 


2,420 

Assets held for sale




332 

Trade and other receivables


4,540 


4,573 


5,449 

Other investments


1,175 


884 


909 

Derivative financial instruments



27 


26 

Income tax receivable


721 


426 


640 

Cash and cash equivalents


4,036 


5,018 


3,090 



13,634 


13,262 


12,866 

Total assets


64,587 


62,526 


63,172 

 

LIABILITIES

Current liabilities







Interest-bearing loans and borrowings


(941)


(2,307)


(2,939)

Trade and other payables


(10,832)


(10,486)


(9,961)

Derivative financial instruments


(10)


(18)


(12)

Provisions


(1,167)


(1,065)


(936)

Income tax payable


(1,513)


(1,380)


(1,534)



(14,463)


(15,256)


(15,382)

Non-current liabilities







Interest-bearing loans and borrowings


(16,911)


(14,501)


(14,744)

Derivative financial instruments


(3)


(117)


(25)

Deferred tax liabilities


(5,079)


(3,956)


(4,001)

Retirement benefit obligations


(2,490)


(2,186)


(2,870)

Provisions


(387)


(353)


(396)

Other payables


(9,807)


(9,488)


(10,842)



(34,677)


(30,601)


(32,878)

Total liabilities


(49,140)


(45,857)


(48,260)

Net assets


15,447 


16,669 


14,912 

 

EQUITY







Capital and reserves attributable to equity holders of the Company







Share capital


316 


316 


316 

Share premium account


4,381 


4,351 


4,344 

Other reserves


2,027 


2,047 


2,031 

Retained earnings


7,001 


8,140 


6,381 



13,725 


14,854 


13,072 

Non-controlling interests


1,722 


1,815 


1,840 

Total equity


15,447 


16,669 


14,912 

 

*30 September comparatives have been restated to reflect an adjustment to the acquisition-accounting for Acerta Pharma (as detailed in Note 4 of the Full Year and Fourth Quarter 2016 Results Announcement).

 

Condensed Consolidated Statement of Cash Flows

 

For the nine months ended 30 September


 

2017

$m 


 

2016 

$m 

Cash flows from operating activities





Profit before tax


1,820 


1,369 

Finance income and expense


1,128 


978 

Share of after tax losses in associates and joint ventures


43 


22 

Depreciation, amortisation and impairment


1,929 


1,767 

Increase in working capital and short-term provisions


(228)


(472)

Gains on disposal of intangible assets


(735)


(198)

Fair value movements on contingent consideration arising from business combinations


(62)


132 

Non-cash and other movements


(322)


(479)

Cash generated from operations


3,573 


3,119 

Interest paid


(519)


(489)

Tax paid


(473)


(445)

Net cash inflow from operating activities


2,581 


2,185 

Cash flows from investing activities





Movement in short-term investments and fixed deposits


(288)


(165)

Purchase of property, plant and equipment


(849)


(912)

Disposal of property, plant and equipment


57 


47 

Purchase of intangible assets


(220)


(761)

Disposal of intangible assets


894 


117 

Purchase of non-current asset investments


(91)


(210)

Disposal of non-current asset investments


14 


- 

Payments to joint ventures


(11)


(19)

Upfront payments on business combinations



(2,564)

Payment of contingent consideration from business combinations


(310)


(197)

Interest received


118 


105 

Payments made by subsidiaries to non-controlling interests



(13)

Net cash outflow from investing activities


(686)


(4,572)

Net cash inflow/(outflow) before financing activities


1,895 


(2,387)

Cash flows from financing activities





Proceeds from issue of share capital


30 


40 

Issue of loans


1,988 


2,483 

Repayment of loans


(1,750)


Dividends paid


(3,519)


(3,561)

Hedge contracts relating to dividend payments


(20)


18 

Repayment of obligations under finance leases


(14)


(12)

Movement in short-term borrowings


361 


12 

Net cash outflow from financing activities


(2,924)


(1,020)

Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents in the period


(1,029)


(3,407)

Cash and cash equivalents at the beginning of the period


4,924 


6,051 

Exchange rate effects


(71)


43 

Cash and cash equivalents at the end of the period


3,824 


2,687 

Cash and cash equivalents consists of:





Cash and cash equivalents


4,036 


3,090 

Overdrafts


(212)


(403)



3,824 


2,687 






 

 

 

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 2016


316 


4,304 


2,036 


11,834 


18,490 


19 


18,509 

Profit for the period





1,657 


1,657 


(68)


1,589 

Other comprehensive income





(1,645)


(1,645)


(1)


(1,646)

Transfer to other reserves




(5)





Transactions with owners:















Dividends





(3,540)


(3,540)



(3,540)

Dividends paid by subsidiary to non-controlling interest







(13)


(13)

Acerta put option





(1,825)


(1,825)



(1,825)

Changes in non-controlling interest







1,903 


1,903 

Issue of Ordinary Shares



40 




40 



40 

Share-based payments





(105)


(105)



(105)

Net movement



40 


(5)


(5,453)


(5,418)


1,821 


(3,597)

At 30 Sep 2016


316 


4,344 


2,031 


6,381 


13,072 


1,840 


14,912 

 



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 2017


316 


4,351 


2,047 


8,140 


14,854 


1,815 


16,669 

Profit for the period





1,700 


1,700 


(93)


1,607 

Other comprehensive income





776 


776 



776 

Transfer to other reserves




(20)


20 




Transactions with owners:















Dividends





(3,543)


(3,543)



(3,543)

Issue of Ordinary Shares



30 




30 



30 

Share-based payments





(92)


(92)



(92)

Net movement



30 


(20)


(1,139)


(1,129)


(93)


(1,222)

At 30 Sep 2017


316 


4,381 


2,027 


7,001 


13,725 


1,722 


15,447 

* Other reserves include 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 nine months ended 30 September 2017 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. 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 2016. There have been no significant new or revised accounting standards applied in the nine months ended 30 September 2017.

 

We have revised the balance sheet presentation of deferred tax with effect from 1 January 2017 with no impact upon net deferred tax, balance sheet net assets, the cash flow statement or the income statement. This presentation change has resulted in us showing gross, rather than net, deferred tax assets and deferred tax liabilities of a group entity. This change has been made as that entity has transactions that are subject to tax by two different taxation authorities and has the effect of separately disclosing the deferred tax effects for each country. The comparative balance sheet has not been revised for this presentational change. If the 31 December 2016 and 30 September 2016 balances were presented in a comparable way the deferred tax assets would have been $2,093m and $2,234m, respectively. The deferred tax liabilities would have been $4,947m and $4,701m, respectively.

 

As disclosed in our 2016 Annual Report on Page 181, the Group has entered into a number of financial derivative transactions with commercial banks. The Group has agreements with some bank counterparties whereby the parties agree to post cash collateral, for the benefit of the other, equivalent to the market valuation of the derivative positions above a predetermined threshold. We have revised the balance sheet presentation of these collateral balances with effect from 1 January 2017, so that the cash collateral is included in cash and cash equivalents, with an offsetting liability presented in current interest-bearing loans and borrowings. This revision has no impact on our balance sheet net assets, or the income statement. The comparative balance sheet has not been revised for this presentational change. If the 31 December 2016 and 30 September 2016 balances were presented in a comparable way the cash and cash equivalents balance would have been $5,260m and $3,345m, respectively. Current interest-bearing loans and borrowings would have been $2,549m and $3,194m, respectively.

 

Legal proceedings

The information contained in Note 5 updates the disclosures concerning legal proceedings and contingent liabilities in the Group's Annual Report and Form 20-F Information 2016 and interim financial statements for the six months ended 30 June 2017.

 

Going concern

The Group has considerable financial resources available. As at 30 September 2017 the Group has $6.1bn in financial resources (cash balances of $4bn and undrawn committed bank facilities of $3bn which are available until April 2022, with only $0.9bn 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, the going concern basis has been adopted in these interim financial statements.

 

Financial information

This results announcement does not constitute statutory accounts of the Group within the meaning of sections 434(3) and 435(3) of the Companies Act 2006. The Group's accounts for 2016 were published in the Annual Report 2016, which has been delivered to the registrar of companies. The report of the auditors, KPMG LLP, 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 nine months ended 30 September 2017 is stated after charging restructuring costs of $645m ($250m for the YTD ended 30 September 2016). These have been charged to profit as follows:

 



YTD 2017
$m


YTD 2016
$m


Q3 2017
$m


Q3 2016
$m

Cost of sales


128 


87 


47 


59 

Research and development expense


177 


146 


35 


39 

Selling, general and administrative costs


265 


504 


68 


176 

Other operating income and expense


75 


(24)


(1)


(24)

Total


645 


713 


149 


250 

 

 

3   NET DEBT

The table below provides an analysis of net debt and a reconciliation of net cash flow to the movement in net debt.

The Group monitors net debt as part of its capital management policy as described in Note 26 of the Annual Report and Form 20-F Information 2016.



At 1 Jan 

2017 

$m 


Cash Flow

 

$m 


Non-cash

& Other

$m


Exchange Movements

$m


At 30 Sep 

2017 

$m 

Loans due after one year


(14,495)


(1,988)


(7)


(420)


(16,910)

Finance leases due after one year


(6)


- 




(1) 

Total long-term debt


(14,501)


(1,988)


(2)


(420)


(16,911)












Current instalments of loans


(1,769)


1,750 


19 



Current instalments of finance leases


(87)


14 


63 


(1)


(11)

Total current debt


(1,856)


1,764 


82 


(1)


(11)












Other investments - current


884 


288 




1,175 

Other investments - non-current


14 


66 




80 

Net derivative financial instruments


235 


20 


172 



427 

Cash and cash equivalents


5,018 


(913) 


- 


(69)


4,036 

Overdrafts


(94)


(116)


- 


(2)


(212)

Short-term borrowings


(357)


(361)


- 



(718)



5,700 


(1,016)


172 


(68)


4,788 

Net debt


(10,657)


(1,240)


252 


(489)


(12,134)

 

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

 

 

4   FINANCIAL INSTRUMENTS

As detailed in the Group's 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. The accounting policies for financial instruments, including fair value measurement, can be found on pages 144 and 145 of the Company's Annual Report and Form 20-F Information 2016. There have been no significant new or revised accounting standards applied in the nine months ended 30 September 2017 and there have been no changes of significance to the categorisation or fair value hierarchy classification of our financial instruments. During the year, we revised the balance sheet presentation of cash collateral balances held with commercial bank counterparties, effective from 1 January 2017 (see Note 1).

 

Financial instruments measured at fair value include $1,175m of other investments, $2,007m of loans, and $427m of derivatives as at 30 September 2017. The total fair value of interest-bearing loans and borrowings at 30 September 2017 which have a carrying value of $17,852m in the Condensed Consolidated Statement of Financial Position, was $17,242m. Contingent consideration liabilities arising on business combinations have been classified under Level 3 in the fair value hierarchy and movements in fair value are shown below: 

 

 



Diabetes

Alliance

2017


Other

 

2017


Total

 

2017


Total

 

2016



$m


$m


$m


$m

 At 1 January


4,240 


1,217 


5,457 


6,411 

 Settlements


(235)


(75)


(310)


(197)

 Revaluations


(71)



(62)


132 

 Discount unwind


234 


71 


305 


372 

 Foreign exchange





 At 30 September


4,168 


1,222 


5,390 


6,720 

 

 

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 2016, the interim financial statements for the three months ended 31 March 2017 and the interim financial statements for the three months ended 30 June 2017 (the Disclosures). Unless noted otherwise below or in the Disclosures, no provisions have been established in respect of the claims discussed below.

 

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

 

In cases that have been settled or adjudicated, or where quantifiable fines and penalties have been assessed and which are not subject to appeal, or where a loss is probable and we are able to make a reasonable estimate of the loss, 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 Disclosures and herein.

 

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

 

 

Matters disclosed in respect of the third quarter of 2017 and to 9 November 2017.

 

Patent litigation

 

Faslodex (fulvestrant)

US patent proceedings

As previously disclosed, AstraZeneca has filed patent infringement lawsuits in the US District Court in New Jersey relating to patents listed in the FDA Orange Book with reference to Faslodex after AstraZeneca received notice of Abbreviated New Drug Applications (ANDA) seeking FDA approval to market generic versions of Faslodex prior to the expiration of AstraZeneca's patents. As previously disclosed, AstraZeneca has resolved the lawsuits with several of the ANDA filers. In October 2017, AstraZeneca resolved the lawsuit with an eighth ANDA filer.

 

In October 2017, AstraZeneca received a Paragraph IV notice regarding a New Drug Application submitted pursuant to 21 U.S.C. § 355(b)(2) by Fresenius Kabi USA LLC relating to the same FDA Orange Book-listed patents.

 

As previously disclosed, in February 2017, AstraZeneca was served with three petitions for inter partes review by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) of the US Patent and Trademark Office relating to FDA Orange Book-listed patents with reference to Faslodex. In September 2017, the PTAB denied institution of all three petitions, and no appeals have been made to date.

 

Imfinzi (durvalumab)

US patent proceedings

In July 2017, Bristol-Myers Squibb, E.R. Squibb & Sons L.L.C., Ono Pharmaceutical Co. and Tasuku Honjo filed a patent infringement action in the US District Court in Delaware relating to AstraZeneca's commercialisation of Imfinzi in the US. AstraZeneca filed an answer to the complaint in October 2017 alleging, inter alia, that the asserted patent is invalid and not infringed. The litigation is ongoing.

 

Calquence (acalabrutinib)

US patent proceedings

In November 2017, Pharmacyclics LLC filed a complaint in the US District Court for the District of Delaware against Acerta Pharma BV, Acerta Pharma LLC, and AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP (collectively, AstraZeneca) alleging that AstraZeneca's Calquence infringes certain claims of US Patent Nos. 9,079,908; 9,139,591; and 9,556,182. AstraZeneca will respond to the complaint in due course. 

 

Brilinta (ticagrelor)

Patent proceedings outside the US

In Canada, in June 2017, Teva Canada Limited challenged the patents listed on the Canadian Patent Register with reference to Brilinta. In September 2017, Apotex Inc. did the same. AstraZeneca has commenced applications to respond to the challenges.

 

In China, in October 2017, the Chinese Patent Office issued a decision invalidating one of AstraZeneca's Chinese substance patents relating to Brilinta. The patent, Chinese Patent No. ZL99815926.3, is due to expire in December 2019. AstraZeneca will appeal the decision.

 

Onglyza (saxagliptin) and Kombiglyze (saxagliptin and metformin)

US patent proceedings

As previously disclosed, in 2016, the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) instituted an inter partes review brought by several generic entities challenging the validity of US Patent No. RE44,186 (the '186 Patent), which is listed in the FDA Orange Book with reference to Onglyza and Kombiglyze XR. In August 2017, the USPTO decided in AstraZeneca's favour and upheld the challenged claims of the '186 Patent. In October 2017, the USPTO's decision was appealed.

 

Losec/Prilosec (omeprazole)

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 (the Court) found that Apotex had infringed AstraZeneca's Losec formulation patent (Canadian Patent No. 1,292,693). This finding was upheld on appeal. In July 2017, after a reference to account for Apotex' profits earned as a result of the infringement, the Court issued its decision describing how the quantification of monies owed to AstraZeneca should proceed. Apotex has appealed.

 

Product liability litigation

 

Onglyza (saxagliptin) and Kombiglyze (saxagliptin and metformin)

As previously disclosed, AstraZeneca is defending claims in the US brought by plaintiffs alleging heart failure, cardiac failure and/or death from treatment with Onglyza and/or Kombiglyze. In October 2017, counsel for a group of such plaintiffs filed a motion with the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation seeking the transfer of any currently pending federal court cases as well as any similar, subsequently filed cases to a coordinated and consolidated pre-trial multidistrict litigation proceeding.

 

Nexium (esomeprazole magnesium) and Losec/Prilosec (omeprazole)

As previously disclosed, in the US, AstraZeneca is defending various lawsuits involving multiple plaintiffs claiming that they have been diagnosed with kidney injuries following treatment with proton pump inhibitors (PPIs), including Nexium and Prilosec and, in May 2017, counsel for a group of such plaintiffs filed a motion with the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) seeking the transfer of any currently pending federal court cases as well as any similar, subsequently filed cases to a coordinated and consolidated pre-trial multidistrict litigation (MDL) proceeding. In Augus