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Merck (MRK) Q3 earnings report 2023



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Merck headquarters in Rahway, New Jersey, on Tuesday, April 18, 2023.

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Merck on Thursday reported third-quarter income and adjusted earnings that topped expectations on robust gross sales of its blockbuster most cancers drug Keytruda, HPV vaccine Gardasil and surprisingly, its Covid drug Lagevrio. 

The pharmaceutical big additionally elevated its full-year gross sales forecast to $59.7 billion to $60.2 billion, barely larger than the $58.6 billion to $59.6 billion steerage offered in August. 


Merck lowered its adjusted revenue steerage to $1.33 to $1.38 per share, from a earlier forecast of $2.95 to $3.05 a share. However that up to date outlook displays an upfront cost of $5.5 billion, or $1.70 per share, associated to the corporate’s current drug collaboration settlement with Daiichi Sankyo. 

That steerage additionally contains beforehand introduced one-time expenses associated to the corporate’s acquisitions of Prometheus Biosciences and Imago BioSciences, together with one other upfront cost associated to a collaboration take care of Kelun-Biotech. 


Here is what Merck reported for the third quarter in contrast with what Wall Road was anticipating, primarily based on a survey of analysts by LSEG, previously referred to as Refinitiv:

  • Earnings per share: $2.13 adjusted vs. $1.95 anticipated
  • Income: $15.96 billion vs. $15.32 billion anticipated

Shares of Merck are down almost 7% this yr. It has a market worth of roughly $263 billion, making it one of many largest pharmaceutical corporations primarily based within the U.S.

Merck raked in $15.96 billion in income for the quarter, up 7% from the identical interval a yr in the past. 


The corporate posted internet earnings of $4.75 billion, or $1.86 per share. That compares with $3.25 billion, or $1.28 per share, for a similar interval a yr in the past. 

Excluding sure gadgets, Merck’s adjusted earnings per share have been $2.13 for the interval. 


Merck’s pharmaceutical enterprise, which develops a variety of medication for various illness areas, posted $14.26 billion in income through the quarter. That is up 10% from the identical interval a yr in the past. 

Excluding Lagevrio, pharmaceutical gross sales grew 9%. The Covid antiviral remedy introduced in $640 million in gross sales for the quarter, up 47% from the third quarter of 2022. Merck stated that development was attributable to larger demand in Japan, partially offset by decrease demand in Australia and the nonrecurrence of gross sales within the U.Ok.


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Analysts had been anticipating the drug to rake in solely $140.8 million in gross sales, in keeping with FactSet estimates. Lagevrio’s income is shocking since gross sales of Covid merchandise from corporations like Pfizer and Moderna have plummeted this yr because the world emerges from the pandemic and depends much less on vaccines and coverings for cover. 

Merck’s well-liked antibody remedy Keytruda, which is used to deal with a number of forms of most cancers, booked $6.34 billion in income, up 17% from the year-earlier quarter. Analysts had been anticipating $6.20 billion in Keytruda gross sales, FactSet estimates stated.


That improve was pushed by larger uptake for the remedy of earlier-stage cancers and robust world demand for metastatic indications, which refers to when a most cancers has unfold to a special a part of the physique half than the place it began, Merck CFO Caroline Litchfield stated throughout an earnings name Thursday.

The corporate has been underneath stress to cut back its dependence on Keytruda, which is slated to lose patent safety in 2028. However Merck is attempting to defend its patent edge over Keytruda by creating new formulations of the drug, similar to a model that may be injected underneath the pores and skin.


Merck’s pharmaceutical enterprise additionally noticed a bounce in gross sales of Gardasil, a vaccine that stops most cancers from HPV, the most typical sexually transmitted an infection within the U.S.

Gardasil generated $2.59 billion in gross sales, which is up 13% from the third quarter of 2022. Analysts had been anticipating gross sales of $2.64 billion, in keeping with FactSet estimates.


Litchfield stated the rise was attributable to underlying world demand, significantly in China. In the meantime, Gardasil gross sales decreased within the U.S. because of the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention’s buying patterns.

The corporate’s animal well being division, which develops vaccines and medicines for canine, cats and cattle, posted $1.40 billion in gross sales, up 2% from the identical interval a yr in the past.


Merck will maintain a conference call at 9 a.m. ET on Thursday.

Correction: Merck acquired Imago BioSciences. An earlier model misstated an organization title.


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