GlaxoSmithKline’s 1Q17 Estimates: Revenues Expected to Grow

GlaxoSmithKline’s revenue estimates

Analysts expect ~16.5% growth in GlaxoSmithKline’s (GSK) 1Q17 revenues to ~7.3 billion pounds following strong product launches, acquired products from Novartis (NVS), and improvement in the supply chain.

GlaxoSmithKline’s 1Q17 Estimates: Revenues Expected to Grow

The above chart shows revenues for GlaxoSmithKline over the last eight quarters and estimates for 1Q17. We’ll explore the various factors affecting these expectations for future revenues.

Segment-wise expectations 1Q17

GSK’s business is divided into three business segments:

  • Pharmaceuticals segment
  • Vaccines segment
  • Consumer Healthcare segment

Since the divestment of its oncology products to Novartis in 2015, GSK’s Pharmaceuticals revenues have declined. The major factors impacting the Pharmaceuticals revenues are the decreased sales of blockbuster drugs such as Seretide and Advair.

For 1Q17, the company’s HIV Products, including Triumeq and Tivicay, are expected to drive the growth of the Pharmaceuticals segment, which should be more than offset by lower sales of a few products such as Seretide and Advair.

The revenues from the Vaccines segment are expected to increase in 1Q17, mainly driven by the meningitis vaccines portfolio that was acquired from Novartis in March 2015.

GSK’s Consumer Healthcare revenues are expected to increase in 1Q17, mainly due to increased sales of skin health products, oral health products such as Flonase, and new products under the Sensodyne brand.

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