Inside Novartis’s Segment-Wise Performance in 1Q17
Novartis (NVS) reported 2% operational growth to $11.54 billion in its 1Q17 revenues. Due to the -3% impact of foreign exchange, NVS’s revenues fell 1% in 1Q17.
Notably, Novartis is largely exposed to currency risk, as ~50% of its total revenues are reported from international markets and ~50% of its total revenues are reported from US markets.
Novartis’s reported revenues of ~$11.5 billion in 1Q17, which represents a 1% YoY (year-over-year) decline. This included 2% operational growth, which was more than offset by the -3% impact of foreign exchange.
Novartis’s Innovative Medicines segment reported 2% operational growth, while its eye care business, Alcon, reported 1% operational growth. The generics business, Sandoz, also reported 1% operational growth in 1Q17.
NVS’s Innovative Medicines segment includes two business units: pharmaceuticals and oncology. The segment’s revenues fell to $7.69 billion in 1Q17, as compared to $7.7 billion in 1Q16, as its operational growth of 2% was offset by the negative impact of foreign exchange.
Sandoz is NVS’s generic pharmaceuticals business. Its revenues fell to $2.43 billion in 1Q17, as compared to $2.45 billion in 1Q16, with its operational growth of ~1% being offset by the negative impact of foreign exchange.
Alcon is NVS’s eye care business. Its revenues fell to $1.42 billion in 1Q17, as compared to $1.43 billion in 1Q16, and its operational growth of 1% was offset by the negative impact of foreign exchange.
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