Net sales rose 11% (+12% cc) to USD 11.7 billion with currency movements depressing the result by 1 percentage point. Rejuvenation of the portfolio continued with recently launched products generating sales of USD 2.4 billion - 21% of total sales including A(H1N1) pandemic vaccines. For the Group, volume grew by 12 percentage points, price was a negative 1 percentage point and acquisitions contributed 1 percentage point. Pharmaceuticals (USD 7.7 billion, +8% cc) advanced in all regions and maintained solid volume growth. Vaccines and Diagnostics (USD 0.6 billion, +135% cc) achieved considerable gains, including USD 0.2 billion from recognition of A(H1N1) pandemic vaccine sales. Sandoz (USD 2.0 billion, +13% cc) grew on successful new product launches and the contribution of EBEWE Pharma. All Consumer Health businesses (USD 1.5 billion, +7% cc) had strong performances.
Operating income rose 25% (+24% cc) to USD 3.0 billion including 1 percentage point from favorable currency movements. Operating income includes a pension gain of USD 265 million, offset by provisions for litigation and legal settlements of USD 231 million and impairments of assets of USD 82 million. The operating income margin improved 2.9 percentage points to 25.3% of net sales from 22.4% in the 2009 period. Core operating income, which excludes exceptional items and amortization of intangible assets in both periods, rose 23% (+23% cc) to USD 3.3 billion, and the core operating income margin rose 2.7 percentage points to 28.0% of net sales.
Earnings per share (EPS) increased 18% (+17% cc) to USD 1.06 while core EPS was up 14% (14% cc) in the second quarter to USD 1.20.
In the first half of the year, Novartis Group net sales rose by 18% (+15% cc) to USD 23.8 billion. Recently launched products generated sales of USD 5.5 billion, 23% of net sales. Sales benefitted from 3 percentage points in currency movements. Volume grew by 16 percentage points, price was negative 2 percentage points and acquisitions contributed 1 percentage point. All regions of our Pharmaceuticals organization advanced (USD 15 billion, +8% cc) and maintained solid volume growth. Recognition of A(H1N1) pandemic vaccine sales provided USD 1.3 billion for Vaccines and Diagnostics, which achieved significant growth overall (USD 1.9 billion, +287% cc). Sandoz had a strong first half and grew (USD 4.0 billion, +11% cc) due to the successful launch of new products and the acquisition of EBEWE Pharma. All Consumer Health businesses (USD 3.0 billion, +7% cc) outperformed their markets.
Operating income rose 37% (+33% cc) to USD 6.5 billion including 4 percentage points of favorable currency movements. Included in operating income is a one-time pension gain of USD 265 million offset by litigation charges totaling USD 237 million and impairments totaling USD 147 million. The first half of 2010 operating income margin improved 3.8 percentage points to 27.1% of net sales, up from 23.3% in the first half of 2009. Core operating income, which excludes exceptional items and amortization of intangible assets in both periods, rose 35% (+32% cc) to USD 7.1 billion. The first half of 2010 core operating income margin rose 3.9 percentage points to 29.9% of net sales.
Earnings per share (EPS) in the first half of 2010 increased by 33% (+28% cc) to USD 2.34, while core EPS was up 29% (+24% cc) to USD 2.65 in the first half of 2010.
Commenting on the results, Joseph Jimenez, CEO of Novartis, said: "I am pleased that Novartis once again delivered strong above-market, double-digit growth in the second quarter of 2010. Our results were driven by our success in innovation across the portfolio, as recently launched products comprised 21% of Group sales. We are making great progress on all three strategic priorities of innovation, growth and productivity."
Novartis provides healthcare solutions that address the evolving needs of patients and societies. Focused solely on healthcare, Novartis offers a diversified portfolio to best meet these needs: innovative medicines, cost-saving generic pharmaceuticals, preventive vaccines, diagnostic tools and consumer health products. Novartis is the only company with leading positions in these areas. In 2009, the Group's continuing operations achieved net sales of USD 44.3 billion, while approximately USD 7.5 billion was invested in R&D activities throughout the Group. Headquartered in Basel, Switzerland, Novartis Group companies employ approximately 102,000 full-time-equivalent associates and operate in more than 140 countries around the world. For more information, please visit http://www.novartis.com.