AstraZeneca achieves remarkable financial growth in 2023, fueling optimism for future innovations

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AstraZeneca PLC unveiled its financial results for the fiscal year and fourth quarter of 2023 on 8 February 2024, marking a year of robust growth and significant progress in its product pipeline. With three new medicines approved since the third quarter, the pharmaceutical giant’s revenues and earnings per share (EPS) saw considerable increases, reflecting its continued commitment to innovation and global healthcare advancement.

In a detailed financial summary, AstraZeneca reported total revenues of $45,811 million for the full year 2023, representing a 6% increase on a constant exchange rate (CER) basis, despite a decline of $3,736 million from COVID-19 medicines. Excluding COVID-19 related sales, the company’s total revenue surged by 15%, with product sales climbing 14%, showcasing the strong demand for its diversified portfolio. Notably, the oncology, cardiovascular, renal, metabolism (CVRM), respiratory & immunology (R&I), and rare disease sectors experienced double-digit revenue growth, underscoring the company’s successful strategy in these areas.

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The core product sales gross margin improved by two percentage points to 82%, primarily due to the decline in sales of lower-margin COVID-19 medicines. Furthermore, AstraZeneca’s core operating margin increased by two percentage points, benefiting from a significant gain related to contractual relationships for Beyfortus, alongside higher sales, general, and administrative (SG&A) expenses due to increased investment in product launches.

AstraZeneca Sets the Stage for Continued Success with Double-Digit Growth and New Medicine Approvals in 2023

AstraZeneca Sets the Stage for Continued Success with Double-Digit Growth and New Medicine Approvals in 2023

Key Financial Highlights and Future Outlook

– FY 2023 Total Revenue: $45,811 million, a 6% increase at CER.

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– Q4 2023 Total Revenue: $12,024 million, a 7% increase at CER.

– Core EPS for FY 2023: $7.26, up 15%.

– Anticipated Growth for FY 2024: Total Revenue and Core EPS expected to increase by a low double-digit to low teens percentage at CER.

Pascal Soriot, Chief Executive Officer of AstraZeneca, expressed optimism about the company’s trajectory, stating, “As we celebrate our 25th anniversary, AstraZeneca’s strong financial performance and scientific progress highlight our continued investment in groundbreaking areas of science. With a growing portfolio and rich R&D pipeline, we are poised for sustained industry-leading growth.”

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The company also announced significant regulatory milestones, including first approvals for new molecular entities and continued global expansion, reinforcing its commitment to addressing unmet medical needs.

Looking ahead, AstraZeneca remains focused on delivering on its promise of bringing transformative medicines to patients worldwide. The company’s guidance for FY 2024 forecasts continued revenue growth and an increase in core EPS, driven by the adoption of its medicines across various geographies and therapeutic areas. Despite challenges, such as potential decreases in other operating income, AstraZeneca is well-positioned for future success, leveraging its strategic investments, innovative pipeline, and global reach.

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