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Novo Nordisk increased adjusted operating profit by 7% in local currencies in the first nine months of 2016

Posted on: 28 Oct 16

Sales increased by 6% in local currencies

  • Sales increased by 6% in local currencies and by 4% in Danish kroner to DKK 82.2 billion.
  • Sales of Tresiba® increased by 187% (184% in Danish kroner).
  • Sales of Victoza® increased by 13% (12% in Danish kroner).
  • Sales of Saxenda® was DKK 1.0 billion
  • Sales in the USA increased by 6% (5% in Danish kroner).
  • Sales in International Operations increased by 13% (unchanged in Danish kroner).
  • Sales in Region China increased by 11% (5% in Danish kroner).

Operating profit decreased by 1% reported in local currencies and by 3% in Danish kroner to DKK 37.2 billion. Adjusted for the non-recurring income related to the partial divestment of NNIT and the income related to out-licensing of assets for inflammatory disorders, both in 2015, operating profit in local currencies increased by 7%. 

Net profit increased by 10% to DKK 29.2 billion. Diluted earnings per share increased by 12% to DKK 11.50. Adjusted for the partial divestment of NNIT, net profit and diluted earnings per share increased by 20% and 22% respectively.

In September, Novo Nordisk announced that Lars Rebien Sørensen, president and chief executive officer, will retire from the company by the end of 2016. Lars Fruergaard Jørgensen, currently executive vice president and head of Corporate Development, will succeed him, effective 1 January 2017.

In September, Novo Nordisk announced plans to reduce the workforce by approximately 1,000 employees of the 42,600 positions in the company's global organisation.

For 2016, the range for sales growth is now expected to be 5-6%, and growth in adjusted operating profit is now expected to be 5-7%, both measured in local currencies.

During 2016, the market environment in the USA has become significantly more challenging, negatively impacting future pricing for Novo Nordisk's products. Consequently, the preliminary outlook for 2017 in local currencies indicates low single-digit growth in sales and flat to low single-digit growth in operating profit. Furthermore, Novo Nordisk no longer deems it achievable to reach the operating profit growth target of 10%, set in February 2016. As a result, the target has been revised and Novo Nordisk is now aiming for an average operating profit growth of 5%. The two other long-term financial targets remain unchanged. 

Lars Rebien Sørensen, president and CEO: "We have reassessed our long-term target for operating profit growth and our R&D strategy in the light of the challenging market environment in the USA. As a result, we are reducing our global cost base and parting company with some of our valued employees. Going forward we are confident that our strong product portfolio with innovative products like Tresiba®, Victoza® and semaglutide will enable us to deliver on our revised growth targets."

Contacts for further information

Charlotte Zarp-Andersson +45 3079 7603
Ken Inchausti (US) +1 267 809 7552
Peter Hugreffe Ankersen +45 3075 9085
Melanie Raouzeos +45 3075 3479
Hanna Ögren +45 3079 8519
Anders Mikkelsen +45 3079 4461
Kasper Veje (US) +1 609 235 8567

Company announcement No 74 / 2016


Last updated on: 31/10/2016

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