Novartis lifts FY guidance after Q1 results beat expectations

By Thomson Reuters Apr 23, 2024 | 12:09 AM

By Ludwig Burger

FRANKFURT (Reuters) -Swiss drugmaker Novartis on Tuesday raised its full-year guidance after reporting better-than-expected first-quarter results.

In a statement, it said 2024 net sales would likely grow by a high-single to low double-digit percentage with adjusted operating income expected to grow by a low double-digit to mid-teens percentage.

It has previously predicted that adjusted operating income would increase by a “high single-digit” percentage with “mid single-digit” sales growth.

Novartis said key growth drivers in the quarter included heart failure drug Entresto, which will lose patent protection next year, psoriasis drug Cosentyx and multiple sclerosis drug Kesimpta.

Quarterly adjusted operating income gained 16% to $4.54 billion, beating an average analyst estimate of about $4.3 billion. Revenues climbed 10% to a better-than-expected $11.83 billion.

The company added that Giovanni Caforio would be proposed as Chair of the Board of Directors at the 2025 annual shareholders meeting as incumbent Joerg Reinhardt will not run again after 12 years in office.

(Reporting by Ludwig Burger, Editing by Rachel More)