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GSK delivers strong Q3 sales of £9.1 billion +5% AER, +10% CER Total EPS 23.3p -7% AER, +3% CER; Adjusted EPS 36.6p +3% AER, +10% CER 2021 full year EPS guidance improved

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Sales growth across Pharmaceuticals, Vaccines and Consumer Healthcare driven by strong commercial execution and underlying demand

  • Pharmaceuticals £4.4 billion +5% AER, +10% CER with growth in New and Specialty medicines
    +24% CER; Respiratory +33% CER; Immuno-inflammation +32% CER ex-COVID-19 solutions; Oncology +34% CER; total HIV +8% CER
  • Vaccines £2.2 billion +7% AER, +13% CER with Shingrix £502 million +41% CER
  • COVID-19 solutions sales £209 million; Xevudy £114 million and pandemic adjuvant £94 million
  • Consumer Healthcare £2.5 billion +3% AER, +8% CER (+10% excluding divestments/brands under review)

Cost discipline supports delivery of EPS growth

  • Total Group operating margin 21.4%. Total EPS 23.3p -7% AER, +3% CER
  • Adjusted Group operating margin 31.7%. Adjusted EPS 36.6p +3% AER, +10% CER. This included a contribution to growth from COVID-19 solutions of approximately +5% AER, +5% CER in Q3 (+6% AER,+6% CER in the nine months)
  • Q3 net cash flow from operations £2.6 billion. Free cash flow £1.2 billion

Continued momentum in R&D delivery and strengthening of pipeline

  • Additional regulatory indications approved for Nucala in respiratory and Jemperli in cancer
  • HIV progress with FDA priority review of cabotegravir for prevention of HIV (PDUFA action date 23 Jan 2022) and new collaboration on ultra long-acting integrase inhibitor
  • Positive Phase III data on daprodustat in anaemia due to chronic kidney disease to be presented at the American Society of Nephrology meeting in Nov 2021
  • COVID-19 solutions: approval in Japan for Xevudy and ongoing discussions with several governments Phase III start with SK Bioscience for adjuvanted COVID-19 vaccine
  • World Health Organization recommendation for broad roll-out of RTS,S malaria vaccine for children living in sub-Saharan Africa

Progress on demerger to create new world-leading Consumer Healthcare company in 2022

  • New UK Corporate Headquarters announced
  • Announcement expected of Chair Designate in Q4 2021

2021 EPS guidance improved and reconfirm 2022 outlook

  • Now expect 2021 Adjusted EPS to decline between -2% to -4% at CER excluding COVID-19 solutions, previously mid-to-high single digit decline
  • Now expect 2021 Adjusted EPS contribution from COVID-19 solutions of 7% to 9% at CER
  • Expectation for meaningful improvement in revenues and margins in 2022 reconfirmed
  • 2022 outlook excludes any contribution from COVID-19 solutions

Dividend of 19p declared for Q3 2021. Continue to expect 80p/share for 2021

Emma Walmsley, Chief Executive Officer, GSK said:

“GSK has delivered another quarter of strong business performance, with double-digit sales growth in Pharmaceuticals and Vaccines, increased momentum in Consumer Healthcare, and continued discipline on costs. This has allowed us to improve our full-year guidance and, alongside the progress in strengthening our R&D pipeline, reinforces our confidence in the outlook for a step-change in growth and performance in 2022 and beyond. We also continue to make excellent progress towards unlocking the value of Consumer Healthcare through a successful demerger in mid-2022.”

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