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AbbVie Q1 2023 Earnings Call Transcript


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Participants

Corporate Executives

  • Elizabeth Shea
    Senior Vice President of Investor Relations
  • Richard A. Gonzalez
    Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer
  • Robert A. Michael
    Vice Chairman and President
  • Jeffrey R. Stewart
    Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer
  • Carrie Strom
    Senior Vice President and President
  • Thomas Hudson
    Senior Vice President R&D and Chief Scientific Officer
  • Scott T. Reents
    Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
  • Roopal Thakkar
    Senior Vice President, Development and Regulatory Affairs and Chief Medical Officer

Presentation

Operator

Good morning, and thank you for standing-by. Welcome to the AbbVie First Quarter 2023 Earnings Conference Call. [Operator Instructions] I would now like to introduce Ms. Liz Shea, Senior Vice President, Investor Relations.

Elizabeth Shea
Senior Vice President of Investor Relations at AbbVie

Good morning, and thanks for joining us. Also on the call with me today are Rick Gonzalez, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer; Rob Michael, Vice Chairman and President; Jeff Stewart, Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer; Scott Reents, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer; Carrie Strom, Senior Vice President and President Allergan Aesthetics; and Tom Hudson, Senior Vice President R&D and Chief Scientific Officer. Joining us for the Q&A portion of the call is Roopal Thakkar, Senior Vice President, Development and Regulatory Affairs and Chief Medical Officer.

Before we get started, I'll note that some statements we make today may be considered forward-looking statements based on our current expectations. AbbVie cautions that these forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ materially from those indicated in our forward-looking statements. Additional information about these risks and uncertainties is included in our SEC filings. AbbVie undertakes no obligation to update these forward-looking statements except as required by law.

On today's conference call, Non-GAAP financial measures will be used to help investors understand Abbvie's business performance. These non-GAAP financial measures are reconciled with comparable GAAP financial measures in our earnings release and regulatory filings from today, which can be found on our website. Following our prepared remarks, we'll take your questions.

So with that, I'll turn the call over to Rick.

Richard A. Gonzalez
Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer at AbbVie

Thank you, Liz. Good morning, everyone, and thank you for joining us today. I'm extremely pleased with our start to 2023 with first-quarter total revenues and adjusted earnings per share both exceeding our expectations. This performance was driven by double-digit sales growth from several key products, including Skyrizi, Rinvoq, Venclexta and Vraylar, positive momentum from our Aesthetics business, with strong results internationally and stabilizing consumer trends in the US and in line performance from US Humira. Our biosimilar erosion is tracking as expected with much of an impact driven by price. Since our inception, we have successfully created a well-diversified portfolio with multiple growth platforms in highly-attractive markets, including immunology, hematological oncology, neuroscience and aesthetics. Our commercial execution, including the launch of new products and expanded indications has been outstanding, especially across Skyrizi and Rinvoq and recently with Vraylar and MDD. Each of these assets are expected to contribute significant revenue growth over the decade. The breadth and the depth of our R&D pipeline also supports our long-term growth outlook and we anticipate numerous important pipeline milestones over the next two years.

In summary, we're one quarter into the US biosimilar event for Humira and are managing the erosion well. Most importantly, our growth platform is demonstrating strong performance exceeding our expectations. We are executing well across all aspects of our business and see numerous opportunities for our diverse portfolio to drive long-term growth.

With that, I'll turn the call over to Rob for additional comments on our business performance. Rob?

Robert A. Michael
Vice Chairman and President at AbbVie

Thank you, Rick. We're off to an excellent start in 2023 with each of our five key therapeutic areas, meeting or exceeding our first-quarter expectations, a testament to the strength of our broad portfolio. We delivered adjusted earnings per share of $2.46, which is $0.10 above our guidance midpoint. Total net revenues were $12.2 billion, approximately $400 million ahead of our expectations. First-quarter results include continued robust performance from Skyrizi and Rinvoq, which remain on-track to contribute more than $11 billion in combined sales this year. Growth rates in the first-quarter for both products are consistent with our full-year expectations. Skyrizi and Rinvoq are demonstrating momentum across all approved indications and we expect to round out there opportunities in IBD later this year. This includes Rinvoq's anticipated US approval in Crohn's disease, as well as Skyrizi's European launch in Crohn's and its global regulatory submission in UC.

We are also performing exceptionally well in neuroscience. Total net revenues this quarter were nearly $200 million above our guidance, with Vraylar sales accelerating following MDD approval and migraine delivering strong growth. As a result, we will be increasing our full-year outlook for neuroscience.

Aesthetics is also performing better-than-expected. We are seeing positive recovery trends in China and some stability in the US market where we are closely monitoring several economic indicators that correlate with Aesthetics' procedures, including consumer confidence, personal consumption and Google searches. Although it's still early in the year, these positive trends, especially across our international markets give us the confidence to increase our full-year outlook for Aesthetics as well. This continues to be an under-penetrated market with significant growth potential. Based on a robust performance this quarter and a continued strong outlook for our business, we are raising our full-year adjusted earnings per share guidance by $0.10 and now expect adjusted earnings per share between $10.72 and $11.12.

In closing, I'm extremely pleased with the performance of our diverse portfolio. We're off to a strong start to the year, which further reinforces our confidence in the long-term outlook of the business.

With that, I'll turn the call over to Jeff for additional comments on our commercial highlights. Jeff?

Jeffrey R. Stewart
Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer at AbbVie

Thank you, Rob, I'm very pleased with the strong commercial execution across our therapeutic portfolio. Immunology delivered total revenues of approximately $5.6 billion with continued robust double-digit growth from Skyrizi and Rinvoq. Skyrizi Global sales were nearly $1.4 billion, reflecting operational growth of more than 46% despite retail inventory destocking in the quarter. Skyrizi is the clear market-leader in the US biologic psoriasis market with a total prescription share now at 30%. In psoriasis, Skyrizi has set a very high bar relative to other therapies on the market or in development, with differentiated attributes across the categories that physicians and patients deem most important. This includes the rapid onset of action after the first dose, nearly complete skin clearance with multi-fold higher rates on PASI 90 and PASI 100. High durability of response, which we have demonstrated can increase over-time, as well as quarterly dosing for maintenance therapy, a convenient alternative to daily oral or more frequently administered injectables.

With a nearly 50% US in-play share of new and switching patients, there is substantial room for Skyrizi's continued growth in psoriasis. This best in class profile is supporting strong momentum now in psoriatic arthritis, with Skyrizi achieving an in-play biologic share of roughly 20% in the US dermatology segment. Skyrizi is also being co-positioned with Rinvoq in the US rheum segment in PsA where we are seeing increasing utilization among rheumatologists as well. Globally, Skyrizi has achieved in-play psoriatic disease leadership in more than 25 countries and total market-share leadership in nearly 20 of those key markets.

In Crohn's disease, we are seeing very fast adoption of Skyrizi in the US, with a total in-play patient share at approximately 20%, second only to Stelara. Feedback from gastroenterologists is very positive, especially as it relates to Skyrizi's novel dosing and overall clinical profile. We see strong uptake in Japan and Canada as well with the European launch forthcoming. We also recently reported strong induction data for Skyrizi in ulcerative colitis, which Tom will discuss momentarily. Based on the results of that trial, it is increasingly clear that Skyrizi represents a differentiated asset across inflammatory bowel disease and we look-forward to bringing this potential new indication to physicians and patients next year.

Turning now to Rinvoq, which delivered global sales of $686 million, reflecting operational growth of more than 50% despite similar retail inventory destocking in the quarter. I'm very pleased with the performance in rheumatology with total prescriptions increasing across each of the four approved indications. Atopic dermatitis is also tracking in-line with our expectations. We continue to see market-share momentum globally, including in-play patient share increasing to approximately 17% in the US.

We are very excited about the growth potential in gastroenterology. Rinvoq has set a high bar for efficacy in both ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease, demonstrating strong rates of remission and endoscopic improvement. We're seeing very strong momentum in UC where adoption has been robust. Rinvoq is now achieving a 23% in-play share in the US second-line plus setting, reflecting an impressive ramp since our launch in UC less than one year ago.

This accelerated adoption among gastroenterologists is very encouraging for Rinvoq's pending outlook in Crohn's. We are currently launching this indication in the EU, a geography where Rinvoq is the only JAK approved to treat both IBD conditions and we remain on-track for CD approval and commercialization in the US later this quarter with broad formulary access anticipated to ramp quickly over the back-half of this year. Though we see inflammatory bowel disease continues to be an area of high unmet need, having two novel therapies in IBD, with Skyrizi and Rinvoq, that each deliver differentiated levels of efficacy is an important step forward for patients. And with these two complementary assets, we are very well-positioned to compete against other oral or biological agents. Global Humira sales were approximately $3.5 billion, down 24.3% on an operational basis due to biosimilar competition. Erosion in the US remains in-line with our expectations with most of the impact driven by price.

Turning now to hematologic oncology, where total revenues were $1.4 billion with continued pressure on Imbruvica, partially offset by robust double-digit growth with Venclexta. IMBRUVICA global revenues were $878 million, down 25.2% due to increasing competition and the cumulative impact of a suppressed market. VENCLEXTA global sales were $538 million, up 17.5% on an operational basis with strong momentum across both AML and CLL. In neuroscience, revenues were approximately $1.7 billion, up 15% on an operational basis. Vraylar is performing exceptionally well. Sales of $561 million were up 31.3% on an operational basis above our expectations. We are very pleased with the AMDD label and the launch, which has resulted in a significant uplift in total new prescriptions for Vraylar. With a dedicated sales force that calls on both psychiatrists and primary-care, as well as ramping DTC promotion, we see an opportunity for accelerated growth across all approved indications. And we will be raising our full-year guidance for Vraylar accordingly.

Within migraine, we remain uniquely positioned with a portfolio to support complete migraine freedom. Our leading oral CGRP therapies contributed $218 million in combined sales this quarter, reflecting growth of more than 45% as we continue to see strong prescription demand for both Ubrelvy and Qulipta. We recently expanded the label for Qulipta, which is now uniquely positioned as the only oral CGRP available as a preventative treatment for patients with both chronic and episodic migraine, further strengthening our competitive profile. Lastly, total Botox Therapeutic sales were $719 million, reflecting strong performance in chronic migraine, as well as other approved indications.

So overall, I'm extremely pleased with the performance across the therapeutic portfolio. And with that, I'll turn the call over to Carrie for additional comments on Aesthetics. Carrie?

Carrie Strom
Senior Vice President and President at AbbVie

Thank you, Jeff. First-quarter global Aesthetics sales were approximately $1.3 billion, which came in ahead of our guidance, primarily due to a faster reopening in China, as well as a slightly stronger economy in the US versus our planning assumptions. In the US, Aesthetics sales were $777 million, down 8.1% as we continue to see softness in aesthetic procedures related to inflationary dynamics. As a reminder, we saw very robust performance for our US performance in the first-quarter of 2022, which created a difficult comparison for growth in the first-quarter of this year.

US Botox Cosmetic sales were $409 million, down slightly on a year-over-year basis. We continue to see a lesser impact from inflationary dynamics on Botox Cosmetic compared to other areas of our Aesthetics portfolio due to its relatively lower-price point and large installed-base of loyal repeat consumers. The US cosmetic toxin market was down low-single digits in the first-quarter on a year-over-year basis. Botox Cosmetic continues to be the clear market-leader and its share of the US toxin market remains stable.

Sales for our US Juvederm collection were down 18% as our dermal filler portfolio continues to be impacted by inflationary pressure on consumer spending. The US filler market was down nearly 20% in the quarter on a year-over-year basis, due to the persistent inflationary environment. Our Juvederm collection remains the clear market-leader and share was stable in the quarter. The economic pressure on our US dermal filler business was partially offset in the quarter by strong initial uptake for our recently launched Volux filler, which is approved for the improvement of jawline definition. We expect Volux, combined with the upcoming launch of our skin quality injectable Skin Vive, to support long-term growth for our filler portfolio in the US. While the Aesthetics category in the US continues to be challenged due to the soft economy, the key external economic metrics that we track have remained relatively consistent with year end 2022 levels.

Our international Aesthetics portfolio continues to demonstrate robust growth with strong performance in Japan, which is rapidly growing, and China, which is recovering faster than expected. Sales from our international Aesthetics portfolio were $523 million, up 7.8% on an operational basis. International Botox Cosmetic sales grew approximately 17.5% operationally and international Juvederm sales were down approximately 1.4% on an operational basis. China, which is our second-largest market, was negatively impacted by COVID in January and February, but experienced a sharp recovery in March. We expect this level of activity to be sustained throughout the remainder of the year. Recall, our original guidance assumed we would not reach a full recovery until the second-half of this year. And in Japan, which is an under-developed market, and proving to be very responsive to promotion, we continue to make significant investments in injector training, our field force and consumer education.

Overall, we are pleased with how our team has been executing through this dynamic environment, and remain encouraged by improving trends internationally and stabilization across our US portfolio. These positive trends and continued strong momentum give us the confidence to increase the full-year outlook for our Aesthetics business. Longer-term, we remain extremely confident in our ability to grow the Aesthetics business and continue to expect to achieve total sales of more than $9 billion by the end of this decade. Aesthetics continues to be an extremely attractive under-penetrated market and our proven ability to drive consumer demand and develop a strong base of loyal customers, as well as bring innovative new products to the market will support robust growth over the long-term.

With that, I'll turn the call over to Tom.

Thomas Hudson
Senior Vice President R&D and Chief Scientific Officer at AbbVie

Thank you, Carrie. We have continued to make very good progress with our pipeline to start this year. In immunology, we recently received European approval for Rinvoq in Crohn's disease, making it the first JAK inhibitor approved for this indication. We continue to anticipate FDA approval for Rinvoq in Crohn's disease next month. We also recently-announced positive top-line results from our Phase-III induction study for Skyrizi in ulcerative colitis, which is a disease with unpredictable symptoms and frequent players making it challenging to manage. In our study, Skyrizi met the primary and all secondary endpoints, demonstrating a very strong impact on the disease as measured by clinical remission, clinical response and endoscopic improvement. We're particularly pleased with Skyrizi's impressive performance on the more stringent measures in this trial, with approximately 37% of Skyrizi treated patients achieving endoscopic improvement compared to 12% of patients on placebo. This level of efficacy has the potential to position Skyrizi as a highly effective therapy, and we believe it will be a welcome new treatment option for physicians and patients once approved. Detailed data from this induction study will be presented at a forthcoming medical meeting. We expect to see data from the Phase-III maintenance study in the second-quarter with our regulatory submissions planned for the second-half of the year.

In oncology, we continue to make good progress across all stages of our hematology and solid tumor pipelines. We remain on track for several important regulatory and clinical milestones this year, including regulatory approval for Epcoritamab in relapsed-refractory large B-cell lymphoma. Phase-III data from Venclexta's Canova trial in relapsed-refractory multiple myeloma patients with a T11;14 mutation and Venetoclax's Transform One trial in frontline myelofibrosis. And Phase-II data for Teliso-V in second-line plus advanced non-squamous, non-small cell lung cancer, which has the potential to support a regulatory submission for accelerated approval.

We're also beginning to see very encouraging data for our next generation CMAT ADC, which uses a more potent topo payload than our Teliso-V ADC. Based on the data, we've seen to date for ABBV-400 in our Phase-I solid tumor basket study, we plan to expand the program to earlier lines in colorectal cancer, as well as evaluate in other tumors where CMAT is expressed, including pancreatic and liver cancer.

Moving to our Neuroscience pipeline, where we've recently received FDA approval for Qulipta as a preventive treatment for patients with chronic migraine, making it the only oral CGRP antagonist approved for prevention of both episodic and chronic migraine. In our Phase-III study, Qulipta provided a significant reduction in migraine days, as well as significant improvements in function and quality of life in patients with chronic migraine, a common and debilitating disease. As a highly effective oral treatment option, we believe Qulipta will be well positioned in the chronic migraine prevention market. In Europe, we continue to anticipate an approval decision in the third-quarter for Atogepant as a preventive treatment for patients with both chronic and episodic migraine.

Turning now to ABBV-951, we announced that we received a complete response letter for our regulatory application in the US. The FDA has not asked for additional efficacy or safety studies related to our drug device delivery system, but rather they have requested additional information regarding the pump, as well as updates to instruction for use. We are working to generate the necessary information and we expect to respond to the CRL later this year, with a nifty action anticipated in the first-half of '24. In international markets, we have recently received approval for 951 in Japan, and we continue to expect approval in Europe in the fourth-quarter of this year.

In our early stage neuroscience pipeline, we recently began Phase-I studies of our selective D3 dopamine receptor agonist ABBV-932. Our experience with Vraylar has highlighted the potential clinical benefit of achieving D3 selectivity, and we believe that a compound that more selectively engages with D3 dopamine receptor has the potential to provide enhanced efficacy. Our program will initially focus on general anxiety disorder, with the potential to expand to other new psychiatric disorders.

The programs under our collaboration with Calico are also progressing well. We now have four assets in clinical trials, including two PTPN2 inhibitors in Phase-I in oncology, our eIF2B activator for neuro degenerative diseases, and an IGF1 signaling pathway modulator that will be explored in ageing-related diseases. Our most advanced program is the eIF2B activator 7262. The first patient was recently enrolled in the Healey ALS platform trial, a Phase-II, III study conducted by the Healey Center for ALS at Mass General. This trial is designed to evaluate multiple therapies simultaneously with the goal to accelerate the development of potential break-through treatments for ALS.

Now, I would like to provide a brief update on two earlier stage programs in our therapeutic pipeline. In cystic fibrosis, we recently analyzed data from an ongoing proof-of-concept study evaluating our triple combination therapy. The results from this interim analysis did not meet our criteria for advancing and we are discontinuing our cystic fibrosis program.

We also recently reviewed interim data from our exploratory studies for ABBV-154 in PMR and Crohn's disease. Similar to results from the RA study, while we observe efficacy with 154, we also observed some changes in biomarkers that are consistent with systemic steroid exposure at the higher doses. The benefit risk profile does not sufficiently differentiate 154 from other available treatments. So, based on the totality of the data across RA, PMR and Crohn's disease studies, we will not be pursuing further development of this asset.

Now, moving to our aesthetic pipeline, we recently saw data from our Phase-III studies for Botox in platysma prominence and masseter muscle prominence. In our study for prominent neck muscles, Botox met all primary and secondary endpoints, demonstrating a significant reduction in the unwanted appearance of platysma prominence on the neck and jawline. This was the first of three Phase-III studies in platysma prominence with data from the two remaining trials expected in the second-half of the year, followed by regulatory submission in the US near the end of 2023.

Botox also performed very well in our study for prominent masseter muscle, meeting the primary and all secondary endpoints in the trial. Our program is initially focused on China and other Asian markets, as masseter prominence is common in Asian populations, and there is significant unmet need for minimally-invasive treatment options. Based on the results from this trial, we expect to submit our regulatory application in China in the second-half of the year. Once approved, we anticipate high demand for Botox in this novel indication, which will help to further build our portfolio in the lower phase segment.

So, in summary, we continue to demonstrate significant progress across all stages of our pipeline and anticipate numerous important regulatory and clinical milestones throughout the remainder of 2023.

With that, I will turn the call over to Scott.

Scott T. Reents
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at AbbVie

Thank you, Tom. I will discuss our most recent financial results and guidance. Starting with our first-quarter results, we delivered strong top and bottom line performance. We reported adjusted earnings per share of $2.46, which is $0.10 above our guidance midpoint. These results included $0.08 unfavorable impact from acquired IPR&D expense.

Total net revenues were $12.2 billion, $400 million ahead of our guidance, and down 8.3% on an operational basis, excluding a 1.4% unfavorable impact from foreign exchange. The adjusted operating margin ratio was 45% of sales. This includes adjusted gross margin of 84.2% of sales, adjusted R&D investment of 13.6% of sales, acquired IPR&D expense of 1.2% of sales, and adjusted SG&A expense of 24.4% of sales. Net interest expense was $454 million. The adjusted tax rate was 13.7%.

Turning to our financial outlook, we are raising our full-year adjusted earnings per share guidance to between $10.72 and $11.12. This earning per share guidance does not include an estimate for acquired IPR&D expense that may be incurred beyond the first-quarter. We now expect net revenues of approximately $52.4 billion, an increase of $400 million. At current rates, we expect foreign exchange to have a modest unfavorable impact on full-year sales growth. This guidance includes the following updated assumptions. We now expect Vraylar sales of approximately $2.7 billion, an increase of $200 million, reflecting the strong prescription growth following the MDD approval. And for Aesthetics, we now expect global revenue of approximately $5.3 billion, reflecting the better-than-expected recovery in China and stable economic trends in the US.

Turning to the second-quarter, we anticipate net revenues of approximately $13.5 billion, which includes US. Humira erosion of 27%. At current rates, we expect foreign exchange to have a 0.6% unfavorable impact on sales growth. We are forecasting an adjusted operating margin ratio of 48.5% of sales. We are modeling a non-GAAP tax rate of 15.4%. We expect adjusted earnings per share between $2.90 and $3. This guidance does not include acquired IPR&D expense that may be incurred in the quarter.

In closing, we are off to an excellent start to the year, with strong performance across the portfolio and financial results ahead of our expectations.

With that, I'll turn the call back over to Liz.

Questions and Answers

Elizabeth Shea
Senior Vice President of Investor Relations at AbbVie

Thanks, Scott. We will now open the call for questions. In the interest of hearing from as many analysts as possible over the remainder of the call, we ask that you please limit your questions to one or two. Operator, first question, please.

Operator

Thank you. Our first question comes from Terence Flynn with Morgan Stanley. Your line is open.

Terence Flynn
Analyst at Morgan Stanley

Great. Thanks so much for taking the question. Maybe two for me. Just on immunology, can you quantify the amount of destocking for both Skyrizi and Rinvoq in the quarter? I think Biogen, on their call, spoke to some tighter working capital requirements at wholesalers due to rising interest rates. So, just wondering if you're seeing something similar here, and just to want to be sure that's not a pricing dynamic? And then, can you elaborate at all about your ALS program, when we might see some data there? Thank you.

Robert A. Michael
Vice Chairman and President at AbbVie

Hi, Terence, this is Rob. So, on the retain inventory destocking, we do typically see this in the first-quarter, so it wasn't a complete surprise. In fact, it was factored into our guidance. We did beat our guidance in immunology for the quarter. The impact was high single-digits, both for Skyrizi and Rinvoq. In terms of absolute value, you're talking about around $70 million for Skyrizi and $30 million for Rinvoq.

Jeffrey R. Stewart
Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer at AbbVie

And it's Jeff. Just to clarify on your wholesale comment, I think as Rob highlighted, it's in the retail, so it's in the specialty pharmacy channel. And you'll recall, as you know, there's about 18 specialty pharmacies that basically distributed the I&I products, and there's some big ones there. So, it was not a wholesaler dynamic, it was a retail inventory dynamic which, again, as these products get bigger we do see and contemplate in our projections.

Robert A. Michael
Vice Chairman and President at AbbVie

And then Terence, this is Rob. Just to more broadly answer the question that I'm sure many investors have, if you look at the growth in the quarter, so overall, US demand was up just north of 60% for Rinvoq and Skyrizi. We saw very strong performance across all approved indications, as Jeff highlighted. We did have the two partial offsets, one being the retail inventory destock, which I've already quantified. And then, price was down high single-digits, and that's really driven by rebate increases, which is typical when you see the type of volume increase. And we saw Skyrizi sales up 80% last year, Rinvoq in the US up 40% last year. So, when you see that kind of volume growth, and couple that with the number of indications we had approved, we had five new indications for Rinvoq and two for Skyrizi. So, it was something we were contemplating. It was factored into our guidance, but I don't know that the street fully appreciated that in terms of the first-quarter estimates that were put out there.

Thomas Hudson
Senior Vice President R&D and Chief Scientific Officer at AbbVie

So, this is Tom. For the ALS question, I'd say about two years, we had to recruit the patients, and there's about a year of follow-up that is needed. So, I would say late '24, early '25, all depends on the enrollment, which I understand is starting off on a good pace.

Elizabeth Shea
Senior Vice President of Investor Relations at AbbVie

Thanks, Terence. Operator, next question please.

Operator

Thank you. Our next question comes from Steve Scala with Cowen. Your line is open.

Steve Scala
Analyst at Cowen

Thank you. A couple of questions. Some of your peers have called out copay resets early in the year that have led to more modest performances in products such as Dupixent and Cosentyx. AbbVie has been less vocal on this point. How much was that a factor or are Skyrizi and Rinvoq different in some way? And then, secondly, despite the solid performance in Q1, the EPS guidance range continues to be very wide. What factors would have to play out for you to hit the high end of that and the low end of that? Thank you.

Jeffrey R. Stewart
Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer at AbbVie

Yes. Hi, Steve, it's Jeff, and thanks for the question. I'll take the copay one. Look, I mean some of the peers are seeing the effects of the so-called maximizer programs or even some of the lingering accumulator programs which do sometimes, as benefit designs are reset in the first-quarter, can apply some pressure. We don't see that. We've been managing that very tightly, and we're not seeing any significant sort of surge or creep in terms of that dynamic. The dynamic is exactly what Rob had highlighted, which is the modest price based on the number of indications and how fast the volume is moving, and this destocking event that we talked through. So, copay is very stable for AbbVie.

Robert A. Michael
Vice Chairman and President at AbbVie

And Steve, this is Rob. On your EPS range question, we've typically given a $0.20 range, this year we gave a $0.40 range. And the key driver of that is, obviously, the US Humira dynamics. As we see that play out, particularly in the second-half, we would typically tighten that range. Now, keep in mind, that $0.20 wider range represents about 1% of US Humira growth. So, it's not as wide as you might think, but we did widen it given the dynamics with US Humira. And I think we'll be able to give you more color as we see those seven, nine biosimilars coming in the market in the middle of the year, we'll have more clarity for you on the second-quarter call.

Steve Scala
Analyst at Cowen

Thank you.

Elizabeth Shea
Senior Vice President of Investor Relations at AbbVie

Thanks, Steve. Operator, next question please.

Operator

Our next question comes from Chris Schott with JPMorgan. Your line is open.

Chris Schott
Analyst at JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Great. Thanks so much. Just coming back to Skyrizi and Rinvoq, I think you mentioned high single-digit price erosion beyond just those inventory changes. Is that a reasonable assumption to think about price as we progress through the rest of this year? And then, maybe longer-term, should we think about that level of price erosion as more like a one-time kind of issue this year given all the new indications, and then a more stable trend going forward? I'm just trying to get my hands around the pricing a little bit more.

And my second question was on the Aesthetics business, you obviously saw a very strong 1Q. Could you just elaborate a little bit more on your confidence in the sustainability of these trends? I know the market has been a little bit bumpy, but it seems like the tone is that you're encouraged by the trends you're seeing, but just how much visibility do you have in terms of sustainability of those favorable international trends we're seeing right now? Thank you.

Robert A. Michael
Vice Chairman and President at AbbVie

Chris, this is Rob. So, on your question on price, yes, the way to think about 2023 price for the year for Skyrizi and Rinvoq would be down high single-digits. Now, we wouldn't expect high single-digits to be the rate going forward, given a big driver was the number of new indications that we launched. And so, I would expect that to moderate over-time.

Carrie Strom
Senior Vice President and President at AbbVie

Hi, this is Carrie. In terms of your questions around the aesthetics market, there are two key assumptions for the 2023 planning. One was around the US economy, and the other was around the recovery in China. When you think about the US economy, we look at Q1 and we see some favorability to our planning assumptions with the metrics that we track, which Rob mentioned includes real personal consumption expenditure and Google. So, in January and February, we saw favorability there, although in March there are some potential signs of softening. So, we continue to have a cautious outlook for our US business for the rest of the year.

The way to think about market growth for the full-year would be, for toxins, the market would be down low-to-mid single digits until we lap the 2022 downturn, which happened around May. And then after that, we would expect flat market growth for the rest of the year. So, that's how we think about the US.

Our other -- our second biggest market is China. And recall, we had assumed that the aesthetics market in China would not fully recovery until the second-half of the year. Well, in actuality, what we saw was although January was significantly impacted, in February, we started to see improvement, and in March, there was a really steep recovery that we do expect will sustain through the rest of the year.

And in other markets around the world, I guess in Canada and UK, we are seeing some high inflation impacting consumer demand, but the rest of Europe seems stable right now.

Elizabeth Shea
Senior Vice President of Investor Relations at AbbVie

Thank you, Chris. Operator, next question please.

Operator

Our next question comes from Mohit Bansal with Wells Fargo. Your line is open.

Mohit Bansal
Analyst at Wells Fargo & Company

Great. Thanks for taking my question. I have one clarification and one question. So, clarification is, regarding the price decline for I&I, you said that high single-digit, but should we assume, going forward, year-over-year versus volumes, should we assume high single-digit declines still going forward for, at least, for rest of the quarter, and then more stable pricing quarter-over-quarter term, just that clarification.

And the question is, regarding your I&I pipeline, so you have a leadership position with Skyrizi and Rinvoq, and they are growing, but some of the pipeline products, like 154 and 157 did not pan out as you were hoping them to. So, what is -- how should we think about the pipeline strategy beyond these two products? And can you even do M&A given this increased FTC scrutiny nowadays? Thank you.

Richard A. Gonzalez
Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer at AbbVie

So, this is Rick. I'll cover number two, and maybe just touch on number one. If you think about our pipeline, obviously as we look at Skyrizi and Rinvoq, they clearly have restated the immunology market across most of the segments that we operate in. We view those assets as being able to drive strong growth through the early part of the next decade. Having said that, we're continuing to look for assets in areas where we believe there is still a significant opportunity to restate standard of care. And we obviously explore, as everyone in this industry does, many different assets and different mechanisms to try to find those kinds of mechanisms that will deliver that kind of performance.

It's interesting, when you look at the 154 platform it did exactly what we thought it would do from the standpoint of efficacy. But it did it in a way only at the highest dose, and at that highest dose, we did see it -- some effects of steroids on some of the biomarkers. And based on the way we think regulators would look at a label for those kinds of products, we didn't believe that would be a competitive profile, but the hypothesis certainly worked around the mechanism.

So, we continue to look for opportunities. We have lots of runway here to be able to get to those, but we do desire to find some additional mechanisms that will be follow-on products that should be introduced, hopefully, near the end of this decade or early into the next decade as the next-generation immunology assets for AbbVie. And I feel good about the progress that we're making there. We're continuing to explore a number of other areas. And we're continuing to look, both internally and externally, at different assets that we can bring into the company to be able to do that.

To your question of being able to bring assets into this market, we don't believe that we would be encumbered because immunology is a very crowded space from a competitive standpoint. And that's one of the most important criteria that you look at from an FTC standpoint. So, we believe we have freedom to operate across most of those segments from an FTC standpoint as well.

And on price, maybe Rob and I will tag-team this one to make sure it's clear. It is common that when you go out and you add indications in this industry, that when you negotiate those contracts to be able to get access, it does require some level of price concession. I would say we're on the lower end of what you typically would have seen with the speed at which we got access for Skyrizi and Rinvoq for those indications and the breadth of that access. And so, you certainly would expect this year and last year to be the areas where you saw the most significant amount of price, because those are the years that we added the majority of the indications, you would expect that to moderate.

So then, going forward, the way to think about it is, then it's only really driven by volume at that point. And volume typically requires much more modest kinds of price as you go forward. It's not zero price. You shouldn't have that expectation. But I would not have an expectation of high single-digits going forward.

Anything you'd add, Rob?

Robert A. Michael
Vice Chairman and President at AbbVie

Just to answer the question, Mohit, on the gating. Yes, I think it's safe to assume that you'll see high single-digit price in each of the quarters this year.

Mohit Bansal
Analyst at Wells Fargo & Company

Helpful. Thank you.

Elizabeth Shea
Senior Vice President of Investor Relations at AbbVie

Thank you, Mohit. Operator, next question please.

Operator

Our next question comes from Tim Anderson with Wolfe Research. Your line is open.

Alice Nettleton
Analyst at Wolfe Research

Hi, thank you for taking our questions. This is Alice Nettleton on for Tim Anderson. So, a question on PBMs, which are under renewed scrutiny. If there were material changes to the rebating structure currently in place, would that put big incumbent products at risk because it might remove the so called rebate wall? And more generally, do you think there is any chance of some of the proposed legislative changes actually becoming law? And then, secondly, any collateral impact you're seeing on Skyrizi or Rinvoq since Humira biosimilars have launched? Given the overlapping indications, do you think that you'll start to see some picking off of patients from those two brands to biosimilars in the second-half of the year? Thank you.

Jeffrey R. Stewart
Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer at AbbVie

Yes, hi, it's Jeff. I'll give some comment on that. I think the way that we think about our brands is the first place that we look at is how distinctive they are. I mean, we've got four head-to-head trials with Skyrizi and another one on the way where we can clearly differentiate the product and we have many as well on Rinvoq. So, we've really thought about it from a development standpoint. And I would say, the perspective if somehow there was a restructuring of the PDMs, which I don't think is imminent. And the rebate sort of approach disappeared. It disappears for everybody. I mean, all of these I&I products have a fairly reasonable rebate load and there'd be a different basis of competition which we would do very, very well. So, we're not concerned about sort of a fundamental structural change relative to these two products which are very distinctive.

If we look at your second part of your question, which is it's really the same answer, which is we don't see that there are going to be significant impacts of Humira biosimilars on the performance of Skyrizi and Rinvoq. And one perspective, let's take Rinvoq is sort of a very simple way of thinking about it. It's already in the United States, step behind TNF. And it's performing at that level because you see such expansion of second and third lines in that space and Skyrizi is very, very distinctive. So, no, in the second-half we do not anticipate sort of a knock on effect of the emergent biosimilars to our two core brands.

Elizabeth Shea
Senior Vice President of Investor Relations at AbbVie

Thanks, Alice. Operator, next question please.

Operator

Thank you. Our next question comes from Carter Gould with Barclays. Your line is open.

Carter Gould
Analyst at Barclays

Great. Good morning. Thanks for taking the question. Maybe a different spin on sort of the BE question there. Just given sort of the volatility in the marketplace, as you kind of have those conversations or engage with potential targets, just if you've seen a shift in sort of that bid ask spread and the willingness of boards and management to consider deals? Any updates on that front would be helpful.

Richard A. Gonzalez
Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer at AbbVie

This is Rick. I'd say the environment hasn't changed materially in the last 24 months from my perspective. I still think it's certainly more difficult to raise money for biotech companies. So, it probably makes them a bit more willing to engage with players like us or engage in a process if they're at a point where they've generated data that makes them attractive. But I'd say the interest level in that engagement is similar to what it has been for the last 12 to 24 months. And there's a lot of opportunity to be able to find assets that are in the biotech area. The question is you have to find the right kind of asset and you have to find one that's attractive and it meets your needs, but I'd say being able to negotiate a transaction I think is a reasonable probability. I'd say prices are still relatively high, and so valuations for good assets tend to go at a pretty high level. So, again, it's got to be an asset that can demonstrate that it's going to provide significant value to justify that kind of a valuation and a return. But we continue to look for opportunities, and I think as we find those kinds of opportunities, as I've said in the past, we're certainly going to pursue them.

Elizabeth Shea
Senior Vice President of Investor Relations at AbbVie

Thanks, Carter. Operator, next question please.

Operator

Our next question comes from Vamil Divan with Guggenheim Securities. Your line is open.

Vamil Divan
Analyst at Guggenheim Securities

Great. Thanks for taking the questions. Maybe a couple from me as well. So one, just a couple of data points you have coming up this year that I think may be a little bit less focused on is Navitoclax and Teliso-V. So, maybe you can just sort of frame, so what we should be looking for? What your expectations are? What you're hoping to see from those assets, especially Teliso-V, given your comments on the -- for next gen ABBV-400?

And then, the other question, I guess, would be for Rick, and you've got more on succession planning, and you've mentioned before your plans to stick around through the Humira event. I'm just wondering if you have any sort of updated, some thoughts around timing on that now that we're sort of in the middle of this process. We've been getting some questions there, too. Is this something we should expect, some sort of announcement this year, or is it more you're looking towards for 2024 or later? Thank you.

Roopal Thakkar
Senior Vice President, Development and Regulatory Affairs and Chief Medical Officer at AbbVie

Hi, it's Roopal. I'll take the ones on Navitoclax and Teliso-V. So, for Navitoclax, it's the combination with the JAK-2 and myelofibrosis. And there we're looking to be better than monotherapy with a JAK-2 in that space and improving spleen size and symptoms like abdominal pain, fullness, fever, fatigue. And also, perhaps uniquely, what we've observed is also an improvement in bone marrow fibrosis and a decrease in variant allelic frequency. So, that's what we would be looking for and we should get readout by mid-year or so.

For Teliso-V in lung cancer, EGFR wild type with high CMAT, and that's the indication where we have Breakthrough Therapy designation. Around the end of this year, I would say that's where we would see a readout. What we've seen in earlier data cuts is an ORR above 50%, which is quite a bit higher than what would be expected in standard of care in that second, third line setting. And if the data looks strong, there's a potential that we could submit next year for an accelerated approval.

Richard A. Gonzalez
Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer at AbbVie

I'll take the second question, and maybe I'll make a little bit of a comment on Teliso-V, because I think you mentioned 400. I think the early data that we're seeing in 400 is impressive to us, there's no question about it. And I think we're going to have some data presented at this ASCO, right, where you'll have an opportunity to see that in CRC.

Now, having said that, Teliso-V, as Roopal said, does get very good responses in CMAT highs. But to get a broader set of CMAT population, we do believe you need to move to the topo warhead. It seems to give deeper responses and more durable responses. That data has to play out over time, but it appears to be a very good platform for CMAT. And so, we need the data to mature and we need to develop more data in that area. But I'd say the early data is pretty encouraging and you'll have a chance to see a snippet of that at this ASCO.

As far as leadership changes, I'd say it's similar to what we said in either first-quarter or fourth-quarter, I can't recall, last year around succession. We obviously have a process in place. We have a very experienced board. I've had many, many discussions with the board about succession. The board knows I'm committed to be here to ensure a successful and smooth transition. The criteria that we're operating against is we need to completely get through the transition for Humira biosimilars here in the US. I'd say, so far, I'm pretty pleased with how the transition is going, and I'm even more pleased with the way the growth platform is operating right now. And in fact, if you look at it this year, the growth platform is going to deliver mid-single-digits and is going to do it despite the headwinds that we see on Imbruvica, and the headwinds that we're seeing from the economy on aesthetics. Once the aesthetics business returns to its normal growth rates and much of the pressure on Imbruvica starts to subside, we should see that growth rate increase significantly as we move into '24 for the growth platform. And obviously, returning to robust growth in '25 and deliver high single-digit from that point forward.

So, that's the expectation that we are working against. So, we want to make sure that the business is operating the way we want it to. We want to make sure that we've proved the biosimilar erosion to a point that we believe it is predictable. And then, obviously the second part of the criteria is ensuring that the candidate that will succeed me is ready to do that to make a successful transition. I have also told the Board that I am willing to stay in any capacity that they would desire for whatever length of time they would. I think the expectation right now is that I would assume the Executive Chairman role for a period of time to finish the transition to the new CEO. You should not be expecting that that transition is going to occur in '23.

Elizabeth Shea
Senior Vice President of Investor Relations at AbbVie

Thanks, Vamil. Operator, next question please.

Operator

Our next question comes from Evan Seigerman with BMO Capital Markets. Your line is open.

Evan Seigerman
Analyst at BMO Capital Markets

Hi, guys. Thank you so much for taking my question. Just on kind of Skyrizi and some of the dynamics you are seeing there. Can you characterize about kind of how you are thinking about further penetration on in the psoriasis indication, kind of some puts and takes in the dermatology market? And just a follow-up on the CF programs, is it safe to assume that you are totally done investing in this area, or do you have other assets kind of in earlier development that could emerge? Thank you.

Jeffrey R. Stewart
Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer at AbbVie

Yes. Hi, it's Jeff. I'll take your comment on psoriasis. I think that, as I mentioned, the share is very, very impressive. So, we have 30% total market share now, which is really putting significant headroom against any other drug in that category by a lot. And one way to think about it is -- I think what you are asking is how much further can it run, and it can run quite a bit further, to some degree, if you think about it. So, we are capturing on the dynamic share roughly 50%, so one of out of every two patients. And our market share is about 30. So, theoretically over time, right, unless there is some disruption which we don't see significant disruption in the market, your total market share is going to move towards that in-play share. Now, that takes many, many years, but as we look at the fundamental momentum that we can achieve, it's still very, very significant.

Add on to that, that basically, we're still in the rest of the world starting to really see the PsA ramp. And remember, PsA has a very significant impact because it's treated by derms in what is sort of last remaining gap that we had. So you are going to see continued momentum in the international markets and the US market, and we have a long way to run. And I'd be remiss if I didn't say how fast, again, that we're growing in both Crohn's right now and very exciting data in UC, and that market is very, very dynamic. So, we feel very secured in our ability to continue to create a lot of value with Skyrizi.

Thomas Hudson
Senior Vice President R&D and Chief Scientific Officer at AbbVie

Hi, this is Tom. Regarding your question on our triplet program, yes, our C2 corrector, that we just tested, did not work. This was not our first attempt at producing one, and we do not have another backup. So, we don't have other options than to discontinue the CF program.

Evan Seigerman
Analyst at BMO Capital Markets

Great. Thank you.

Elizabeth Shea
Senior Vice President of Investor Relations at AbbVie

Thanks, Evan. Operator, next question please.

Operator

Thank you. Our next question comes from Trung Huynh with Credit Suisse. Your line is open.

Trung Huynh
Analyst at Credit Suisse Group

Hi, good morning. This is Carson on for Trung. Thanks for question. Just on Imbruvica, how confident are you for the 5.7 hem-onc [Phonetic] guide given the significant competitive pressure there? I mean I understand Brukinsa didn't particularly have legs in the US until late January. What level of pricing pressures can we expect through the year, and if there is a potential for further step down in your guide for later in the year? And if you do, do that, could the trough be pushed out given the delay with 951 as well? Thanks.

Jeffrey R. Stewart
Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer at AbbVie

Yes. Hi, it's Jeff. And I think we think that's a very good call. And just as a reminder, we are not seeing significant pricing pressure in the market. This is really two effects, which is one the cumulative effect as we've highlighted over the suppressed market over time, which looks to be normalizing. Actually for the first time in three years, we actually saw a positive growth in the market. So, that's encouraging. The big driver is the share, is the new patient share which has been under pressure. Initially under pressure by Calquence, certainly from our own Venclexta, and then the recent Brukinsa launch. And so, when we put all of that into the calculus, we think we've got it right, and it's probably unlikely that we're going to see any significant step-down that would put that in jeopardy.

Robert A. Michael
Vice Chairman and President at AbbVie

Carson, this is Rob. I'll answer your second question. So, I wouldn't consider Imbruvica-951 to be variables that would push the trough out. It's really more about how the overall year plays out, particularly the second-half with US Humira. So, if US Humira does better and we outperform in '23, then we could see the trough in '24. I think the important thing to keep in mind is, regardless of when the trough occurs, we wouldn't expect earnings to fall below the 1074 XIPRD. That's really what I would focus on. And we don't consider the Imbruvica-951 delay to be variables that would push that trough.

Elizabeth Shea
Senior Vice President of Investor Relations at AbbVie

Thanks, Carson. We are cognizant of a number of peers reporting today. And so, in the interest of time, we have time for one last question.

Operator

Our last question comes from Geoff Meacham with Bank of America. Your line is open.

Geoff Meacham
Analyst at Bank of America

Hi. This is Susan on for Geoff Meacham. We had a follow-up on Imbruvica. Do you guys expect any changes to outlook following MCL/MDL withdrawal? And then, do you expect any read-through to follicular lymphoma from that withdrawal?

Jeffrey R. Stewart
Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer at AbbVie

Yes. Hi, it's Jeff. Thank you for the question. First, these are very small indications. So, to give you some sense of the relative size for Imbruvica, MCL is about 4% of the value, MZL is really less than a percent, about 1%. So, we don't anticipate that those withdrawals, due to the fact that we didn't get the confirmatory studies to clear, we'll have a material impact. I think it's also important to note that many physicians will continue these patients on the medication. They won't be all switched, for example, or taken off and put on another product. That's the market intelligence. There is no requirement that they need to do that for the physicians. And so, net-net, this is not a really material issue, given the size of those indications. And I think Roopal will address your point on follicular.

Roopal Thakkar
Senior Vice President, Development and Regulatory Affairs and Chief Medical Officer at AbbVie

Yes, I can talk about FL here for a minute. So, a Phase-III readout is expected later this year. It's not clear if the MCL outcomes would be reflected in what we see there. But what I would say about FL is our focus would be with Epcoritamab, or dual engager, which we expect DL BCL actions here soon, and then we have programs. And we are seeing very high levels of response in FL with Epco either as monotherapy or in combinations, which we will see some data in those combos in DL BCL and FL at ASCO as well.

Elizabeth Shea
Senior Vice President of Investor Relations at AbbVie

Thanks, Susan. And that concludes today's conference call. If you'd like to listen to a replay of the call, please visit our website at investors.abbvie.com. Thanks again for joining us.

Operator

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