During a routine consensus collection process, confidential Company information was inadvertently embedded in a spreadsheet template sent to the sell-side analyst community that follows the Company. This information is out of date planning information, and does not represent the Company's view of expected financial performance for the full year 2011 or for future periods.
The most recent update of the Company's financial guidance for 2011 was issued on 20 December 2011. Today, the Company reaffirms this guidance; the Company continues to expect to report Core earnings per share for the Full Year 2011 in the lower half of the range of $7.20 to $7.40.
In addition, the Company today reaffirms its planning assumptions for revenue, margins and cash deployment for the period 2010 to 2014, which were most recently updated in January 2011.
In line with its usual practice, the Company will provide specific financial guidance for 2012 and any updates to 2010 to 2014 mid-term planning assumptions, in conjunction with its Full Year 2011 financial results announcement, scheduled for 2 February 2012.
AstraZeneca is a global, innovation-driven biopharmaceutical business with a primary focus on the discovery, development and commercialisation of prescription medicines for gastrointestinal, cardiovascular, neuroscience, respiratory and inflammation, oncology and infectious disease. AstraZeneca operates in over 100 countries and its innovative medicines are used by millions of patients worldwide.