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29 Apr 2016 07:30 CET

Novo Nordisk increased adjusted operating profit by 10% in local currencies in the first quarter of 2016

Sales increased by 9% in local currencies

Sales increased by 9% in local currencies and by 8% in Danish kroner to DKK 27.2 billion.

  • Sales of Victoza® increased by 15% (16% in Danish kroner).
  • Sales of Levemir® increased by 9% (8% in Danish kroner).
  • Sales of Tresiba® increased by 117% (113% in Danish kroner).
  • Sales in USA increased by 12% (14% in Danish kroner).
  • Sales in International Operations increased by 15% (3% in Danish kroner). 

Operating profit decreased by 10% reported in local currencies and by 11% in Danish kroner to DKK 12.3 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 10%. 

Net profit decreased by 4% to DKK 9.5 billion. Diluted earnings per share decreased by 2% to DKK 3.71. Adjusted for the partial divestment of NNIT, net profit and diluted earnings per share increased by 20% and 23% respectively. 

In February, Novo Nordisk announced the successful completion of the SWITCH 1 trial demonstrating the ability of Tresiba® to lower the rate of hypoglycaemia compared to insulin glargine U100 in people with type 1 diabetes.  

In March, Novo Nordisk announced that Victoza® in the LEADER trial, comprising more than 9,300 people with an average treatment of approximately four years, significantly reduced the risk of major adverse cardiovascular events. 

On 28 April, Novo Nordisk announced that semaglutide, a once-weekly GLP-1 analogue, significantly reduced the risk of major adverse cardiovascular events in the SUSTAIN 6 trial. Following the successful completion of the SUSTAIN programme, Novo Nordisk intends to file for regulatory review in the US and EU in the fourth quarter of 2016. 

For 2016, sales growth is still expected to be 5-9% measured in local currencies. Growth in adjusted operating profit is also still expected to be 5-9% measured in local currencies. 

Lars Rebien Sørensen, president and CEO: "We are pleased with the results during the first quarter of 2016 where Victoza® and Tresiba® both delivered significant growth. Furthermore, we are very encouraged by the successful outcomes of the SWITCH, LEADER and SUSTAIN trials, which further strengthen the clinical profiles of Tresiba®, Victoza® and semaglutide."

Contacts for further information:

Media:    
Katrine Sperling +45 3079 6718 krsp@novonordisk.com
Ken Inchausti (US) +1 267 809 7552 kiau@novonordisk.com
Investors:    
Peter Hugreffe Ankersen +45 3075 9085 phak@novonordisk.com
Daniel Bohsen +45 3079 6376 dabo@novonordisk.com
Melanie Raouzeos +45 3075 3479 mrz@novonordisk.com
Kasper Veje (US) +1 609 235 8567 kpvj@novonordisk.com

Company announcement No 34 / 2016