Glaxo's first quarter 2014 earnings were up 2% to $0.70 per ADS,
but missed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $0.72. Revenues declined
2% y/y at CER to $9.3 billion. Glaxo expects to report revenue
growth along with core earnings growth of 4% 8% (both at CER) in
2014 on an ex-divestment basis. We are concerned about the
challenges faced by the company in the form of generic competition
and pricing pressure. Additionally, we believe that any strict
action enforced by the Chinese and other governments will
significantly impact the top line. In view of these challenges
along with currency headwinds, we believe that Glaxo is overvalued
at current levels. Thus, we maintain an Underperform recommendation
on the stock.
GlaxoSmithKline plc offers pharmaceutical products and other
health-related consumer products. These products are offered
worldwide through two major divisions: Pharmaceuticals and Vaccines
and Consumer Healthcare. In particular, the Pharmaceuticals and
Vaccines segment delivers prescription drugs and vaccines. The
Consumer Healthcare segment delivers over-the-counter (OTC)
medicines, oral care products and nutritional health care products.
The company has operations in more than 100 countries.
Glaxo has its large R&D centers in the UK, U.S., Spain,
Belgium and China and is focusing on countries with high-growth
potential, which includes Asia-Pacific, Latin America and Japan.
Glaxo has also made several strategic investments in emerging
markets in an effort to exploit higher growth opportunities in
those regions. It is also looking towards acquisitions to grow and
diversify its business. The company has made quite a few
acquisitions over the last few quarters including those of Human
Genome, Cellzome and Okairos. The company plans to pursue bolt-on
acquisitions in the near future.
Pharmaceuticals and Vaccines and Consumer Healthcare contributed
80.4% and 19.6%, respectively, to total revenues in 2013. Total
sales for 2013 were 26.5 billion (approximately $41.6 billion).
The company has its headquarters in Brentford, UK.
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