The Spin-off of Sandoz enables Novartis to complete its transformation to become a leading, focused medicines company. With capital allocation and management attention fully focused on innovative medicines, Novartis is well-positioned for sustained top- and bottom-line growth.
“This is a truly historic moment for Novartis and Sandoz, as we begin new chapters as independent companies. With several consecutive quarters of sales growth, Sandoz starts out from a position of strength as a global leader in Generics and Biosimilars, and I am confident they are poised to deepen their impact on patients and society,” said Vas Narasimhan, M.D., CEO of Novartis. “Today, after more than USD 100bn in transactions over the last few years, Novartis emerges as a fully focused innovative medicines company. We are entering this new era with strong financial performance and R&D momentum, and I’m more confident than ever in our ability to reimagine medicine for and with patients around the globe.”
With its new strategy unveiled in 2022, Novartis has now transformed into a focused innovative medicines business, concentrated on four core therapeutic areas: Cardiovascular, Renal and Metabolic (CRM), Immunology, Neuroscience, and Oncology. Multiple significant in-market and pipeline assets in each of these areas offer the opportunity to address high disease burden, and the potential for substantial growth, in particular in Novartis priority geographies of the US, China, Germany and Japan.
In addition to two established technology platforms (Chemistry and Biotherapeutics), three next-generation platforms (Cell & Gene Therapy, Radioligand Therapy, and xRNA) are being prioritized for continued investment into new R&D capabilities and manufacturing scale. Novartis has an industry-leading, catalyst-rich pipeline with ~150 projects in clinical development.
With the strong momentum from the first half of the year and positive pipeline evolution, Novartis reiterates guidance for FY20231, which was raised at the Q2 results in July:
• Sales are expected to grow high single digit and
• Core Operating Income is expected to grow low double digit to mid-teens.
Novartis also reiterated its disciplined, shareholder-focused approach to capital allocation. This includes the ongoing USD15bn share buy-back announced in July 2023 and the intention to continue paying a strong and growing annual dividend, up from the CHF 3.20 per share paid in 2023, without re-basing after the Sandoz Spin-off.
Shares of Sandoz will be listed and commence trading today from 09:00 CET under the symbol “SDZ” on the SIX Swiss Exchange (SIX), and Sandoz ADRs will be quoted and traded on OTCQX in the US over-the-counter market under the symbol “SDZNY”. Shares of Novartis will continue to trade on the SIX under the symbol “NOVN” and Novartis ADRs will continue to trade on the NYSE under the symbol “NVS”.