Johnson & Johnson Inc. (JNJ) – Get Report posted stronger-than-expected fourth quarter earnings Tuesday and said it would provide an update on its vaccine development progress “soon”.
Johnson & Johnson said adjusted earnings for the three months ending in December were pegged at $1.86 cents per share, down 1.1% from the same period last year but four cents head of the Street consensus forecast. Group revenues, Johnson & Johnson said, rose 8.3% to $22.5 billion, again besting analysts’ estimates of a $21.67 billion tally.
The consumer brands and healthcare group said it sees adjusted earnings growth of 16.4% for the 2021 year, or $9.40 to $9.60 per share, alongside sales growth of around 8.8%.
“Our notable full year performance reflects the continued confidence from patients, physicians, customers and consumers in our life-enhancing products and medicines, particularly throughout the COVID-19 pandemic,” said CEO Alex Gorsky.
‘I’m incredibly proud of our Johnson & Johnson teams around the world for going above and beyond to meet stakeholder needs. These efforts, and our commitment to families around the world as the largest broad-based healthcare company, enabled us to lead in the fight against COVID-19,” he added. “We continue to progress our COVID-19 vaccine candidate and look forward to sharing details from our Phase 3 study soon. Johnson & Johnson was built for times like these, and I am extremely confident in our ability to deliver lasting value and continued innovation in 2021 and for years to come.”
Johnson & Johnson shares were marked 2% higher in pre-market trading immediately following the earnings release to indicate an opening bell price of $169.25 each, extending the stock’s six-month gain to around 15%.
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