Pfizer loses $57 billion in worth as COVID bonanza wanes

Shares of Pfizer suffered their greatest month-to-month decline since June 2020 as buyers anticipated a troubled path forward for the pharma big’s COVID merchandise.

The inventory slumped 14 per cent on Wall Road this month, erasing $US40 billion ($57 billion) in market worth. In its earnings report on Tuesday, Pfizer’s 2023 forecasts fell in need of analysts’ expectations on precipitously declining demand for its blockbuster coronavirus vaccines and Paxlovid remedy.

US President Joe Biden acquired a booster dose of the Pfizer COVID vaccine in March.Credit score:Bloomberg

The corporate is predicting 2023 adjusted earnings between $US3.25 and $US3.45 a share, properly beneath analysts’ common estimate of $US4.31 a share. Income for the yr will probably be within the vary of $US67 billion to $US71 billion, Pfizer stated in a press release. Analysts had anticipated $US71.7 billion.

Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine Comirnaty and virus tablet Paxlovid have been transformative for the corporate, contributing greater than half of the corporate’s $US100 billion in gross sales final yr. The pharma big has been messaging for months that it wouldn’t be capable of preserve the tempo, sharing forecasts for progress exterior of COVID-19. Nonetheless, the downturn in its COVID enterprise was extra stark than analysts had been anticipating, placing strain on the drugmaker to point out different avenues for progress.

Pfizer’s shares obtained a lift all through the pandemic as its COVID-19 vaccine and tablet introduced in billions of {dollars} in gross sales.


For 2023, Pfizer stated it expects gross sales of round $US13.5 billion for Comirnaty, down 64 per cent from the yr earlier than and beneath the $US16 billion forecast by analysts. Its 2023 gross sales steering for its COVID tablet Paxlovid was $US8 billion, down 58 per cent from the yr prior and beneath the $US9.2 billion anticipated by Wall Road.

For the December quarter, Pfizer’s adjusted revenue was $US1.14 a share, beating analysts’ expectations for earnings of $US1.05. Gross sales had been $US24.3 billion, according to Wall Road’s expectations for $US24.2 billion.

Pfizer did say it expects its COVID enterprise to develop once more in 2024 after “reaching a low level in 2023” due to governments having substantial provide of the merchandise already, thereby negating the necessity for additional orders.

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