Sanofi Enters Next Chapter of Play to Win Strategy 27th October 2023
Sanofi today provided a comprehensive update regarding its Play to Win strategy. This strategy continues to focus on the critical goals of executing transformative medicine and vaccines launches, driving agile and efficient resource deployment and enhancing R&D productivity. To that end, Sanofi announced plans to increase its R&D investments to fully realize its pipeline potential, drive long-term growth and enhance shareholder value. The Company also announced its intention to separate its Consumer Healthcare Business enabling greater management focus and resource allocation to the needs of the Biopharma business, where value-creating opportunities and longer-term operational levers have been identified to support the accelerated R&D investments. Sanofi reiterates its financial guidance for 2023 and provides a preliminary outlook for 2024 and 2025 that reflects this new chapter of its strategy.
Chief Executive Officer, Sanofi
“We have made tremendous progress on our Play to Win strategy by bringing new and transformative products to market and building an industry-leading immunology pipeline, evidenced by our recent, strong flow of positive R&D data readouts. In this new chapter of our strategy, we are deepening our investment in R&D, taking steps toward becoming a pure play biopharma company, and further optimizing our cost structure. This will help us accelerate innovation and strengthen our growth drivers, while ensuring long-term profitability and enhancing shareholder value. We are excited to build on the success of our strategy and confident in the long-term value our investments will generate for all Sanofi stakeholders.”
Play to Win Achievements Since 2019
Sanofi’s multi-year Play to Win strategy, which focused on growth, innovation, and efficiency, has positioned Sanofi for long-term success and achieved significant progress since 2019, including:
- Achieving 13 consecutive quarters of growth
- Successfully scaling Dupixent® to be among the world’s leading medicines with Q3 2023 annualized sales nearing €11 billion
- Building a high-growth Vaccines business, which delivered mid- to high-single digit sales growth since 2018, with at least five new programs expected to enter Phase 3 by 2025
- Successfully launching six new molecular entities in the last two years (Xenpozyme®, Nexviazyme®, Enjaymo®, ALTUVIIIO®, TZIELD® and Beyfortus®)
- Developing an industry-leading immunology and strong neuro-inflammation pipeline, with currently 7 assets in mid- to late-stage development, each with a peak sales potential of at least €2 to €5 billion (itepekimab, tolebrutinib, amlitelimab, frexalimab, rilzabrutinib, SAR443765 (IL13/TSLP), SAR441566 (oral TNFi))
- Executing a €2.7 billion cost savings plan to reinvest in the Company’s growth drivers
- Investing in over 25 value-creating business development and M&A deals to further strengthen Sanofi’s pipeline
- Streamlining Consumer Healthcare product portfolio to focus on priority brands
- Significantly improving BOI4 and free cash flow
Strengthening the Pipeline through Increased R&D Investment
Sanofi’s strategic mission is to transform the practice of medicine through breakthrough science that improves people’s lives. To that end, the Company is accelerating its R&D investments to deliver high-value innovation.
These further investments will strengthen and sustain the Company’s long-term trajectory of profitable growth by fueling existing or new clinical development.
As previously announced, Sanofi will host an R&D Day for investors in New York City on December 7, 2023, where the Company will provide further insights into its pipeline and new growth avenues. The meeting will include presentations from Sanofi’s new Head of R&D, Houman Ashrafian, as well as key members from the research and development teams.
Head of Research and Development, Sanofi
“This is an exciting and important moment for Sanofi’s R&D journey, as we double down on our investments from a position of strength in order to unlock our pipeline’s full potential. Our investments will follow Sanofi’s strategy of transforming medicine through breakthrough science, enabling greater access to medicines and vaccines that benefit the patients and communities we serve. We are committed to investing in innovation with discipline, and we will reallocate resources, further prioritizing first and or best in class medicines to help fund our future growth. We look forward to discussing our plan further with investors at our upcoming R&D Day, where we will dig deeper into the compelling science underpinning this opportunity.”
Strategic Cost Initiatives
Sanofi is announcing new steps to further its ongoing effort to improve its cost structure, launching efficiency initiatives across the Biopharma business that will free operational resources to support the accelerated R&D investments and unlock value-creation opportunities. This will include prioritizing its investments in R&D and modernizing its approach to commercial delivery. Sanofi is targeting savings of a total of up to €2 billion from 2024 to the end of 2025, of which most will be reallocated to fund innovation and growth drivers.
Intention to Separate the Consumer Healthcare Business
Following the announcement in December 2019 of the creation of a standalone Global Business Unit, Sanofi’s Consumer Healthcare (“CHC”) has grown into a leading consumer healthcare platform with a presence in 150 countries and over 11,000 employees, dedicated resources in R&D, manufacturing, information technology as well as its distinct sustainability roadmap.
Sanofi announces its intention to separate the CHC Business as it increases its focus on innovative medicines and vaccines. The intended separation will seek to create two entities, each better equipped to pursue its own business strategy, resourcing and capital allocation and enabling each to focus on long-term growth in its respective markets. Sanofi believes that the separation will unlock further opportunities for CHC to leverage its portfolio of leading brands and continue to drive growth and shareholder value.
Julie van Ongevalle
Executive Vice President, Consumer Healthcare Sanofi
“We have achieved significant milestones at Sanofi Consumer Healthcare since we embarked on our journey to become a standalone Global Business Unit within Sanofi. We have adapted our business to the evolving needs of the Consumer Healthcare sector, offered a streamlined yet diverse brand portfolio of science-based products and solutions and achieved the B Corp accreditation as the first large consumer healthcare business in North America. The CHC teams and I look forward to becoming a standalone global leader in the attractive and growing consumer health market, with increased agility and flexibility to grow our portfolio of brands and further address our customers’ needs across categories.”
Sanofi is reviewing potential separation scenarios, but believes that the most likely path would be through a capital markets transaction, by creating a listed entity headquartered in France. The timing is driven by the desire to maximize value creation and reward Sanofi shareholders. Subject to market conditions, the separation could be achieved at the earliest in Q4 2024, following consultation with social partners. Further details will be provided at a later date.
2023 Guidance and Preliminary 2024 and 2025 Outlook1
Sanofi reiterates its 2023 guidance of mid-single digit2 Business EPS3 growth at constant exchange rates.
As a result of changes to global tax regulations, Sanofi’s effective tax rate is expected to increase from 19% in 2023 to 21% in 2024. Due to the increased R&D investment, Sanofi expects 2024 Business EPS to remain roughly stable to 2023 levels excluding the impact of the expected tax rate change, and therefore decline low-single digits including the higher expected tax rate.
In 2025, Sanofi expects a strong rebound in business EPS growth, driven by continued sales growth supported by its leading franchises, the full benefit from planned efficiency initiatives, and its expectation of relatively stable R&D expenses year on year.
Given Sanofi’s decision to support the full realization of its pipeline’s long-term potential, its continued investment around the new launches, as well as pricing headwinds in General Medicines, the Company will no longer target a 32% BOI4 margin for 2025 while maintaining a focus on long-term profitability.
The company reiterates its goal to generate over €22 billion in sales in immunology, and over €10 billion in sales in vaccines by 20301.
Capital Allocation Reaffirmed
The Company’s capital allocation policy remains unchanged. Sanofi expects to maintain a gradually growing dividend, consistent with its historical dividend policy.