Novo Nordisk



Novo Nordisk's sales increased by 29% in Danish kroner and by 33% at constant exchange rates to DKK 166.4 billion in the first nine months of 2023

Bagsværd 2 November 2023 - Financial report for the period 1 January 2023 to 30 September 2023                                                                                                                                                                            

  • Operating profit increased by 31% in Danish kroner and by 37% at constant exchange rates (CER) to DKK 75.8 billion.
  • Sales in North America Operations increased by 46% in Danish kroner (49% at CER). Sales in International Operations increased by 12% in Danish kroner (17% at CER).
  • Sales within Diabetes and Obesity care increased by 36% in Danish kroner to DKK 153.8 billion (40% at CER), mainly driven by GLP-1 diabetes sales growth of 45% in Danish kroner (49% at CER) and Obesity care growing by 167% in Danish Kroner to DKK 30.4 billion (174% at CER). Rare disease sales decreased by 20% measured in Danish kroner (18% at CER) reflecting a temporary reduction in manufacturing output.
  • In October, Novo Nordisk announced that the semaglutide 1.0 mg kidney outcomes trial FLOW will be stopped based on an interim analysis due to efficacy following a recommendation from an independent data monitoring committee. Further, Novo Nordisk announced the agreement to acquire ocedurenone for the treatment of cardiovascular disease.
  • On 13 October, the 2023 outlook was raised with sales and operating profit growth at CER now expected to be 32-38% and 40-46%, respectively. Sales and operating profit growth reported in Danish kroner are now expected to be 4 and 7 percentage points lower than at CER, respectively.
PROFIT AND LOSS9M 20239M 2022Growth
as reported
at CER*
DKK million    
Net sales        166,398                128,862                29%                33%        
Operating profit        75,808                57,722                31%                37%        
Net profit        61,720                41,933                47%        N/A
Diluted earnings per share (in DKK)        13.71                9.21                49%        N/A
* CER: Constant exchange rates (average 2022).    

Lars Fruergaard Jørgensen, president and CEO: "We are very satisfied with the sales growth in the first nine months of 2023, which is reflecting that more people than ever are benefiting from our innovative diabetes and obesity treatments. Within R&D, we are pleased with the decision to stop the FLOW kidney outcomes trial early as semaglutide demonstrated a benefit in people with type 2 diabetes and chronic kidney disease. The acquisition of ocedurenone for the treatment of cardiovascular disease supports our aspiration of establishing a presence in other serious chronic diseases with high unmet medical needs."

On 2 November 2023 at 13.00 CET, corresponding to 08.00 am EDT, an earnings call will be held. Investors will be able to listen in via a link on, which can be found under ‘Investors’.

About Novo Nordisk

Novo Nordisk is a leading global healthcare company, founded in 1923 and headquartered in Denmark. Our purpose is to drive change to defeat serious chronic diseases, built upon our heritage in diabetes.. We do so by pioneering scientific breakthroughs, expanding access to our medicines and working to prevent and ultimately cure disease. Novo Nordisk employs about 61,400 people in 80 countries and markets its products in around 170 countries. Novo Nordisk's B shares are listed on Nasdaq Copenhagen (Novo-B). Its ADRs are listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NVO). For more information, visit, Facebook, X, LinkedIn and YouTube.

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Company announcement No 68/2023