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Novo Nordisk raises sales and operating profit outlook for 2020

Novo Nordisk A/S
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Bagsværd, Denmark, 8 October 2020 – Novo Nordisk today announced that the full-year sales and operating profit outlook at constant exchange rates (CER) has been raised.

In the third quarter of 2020, Novo Nordisk’s sales increased by 7% and operating profit increased by 7%, both at CER. This reflects lower than anticipated negative impacts from COVID-19 as well as underlying market demand. Sales growth was positively impacted by inventory changes at wholesaler level in the US.

Profit and Loss (CER)

First nine months 2020

Third quarter 2020

Net sales growth



Operating profit growth



Following lower than anticipated negative COVID-19 impacts and underlying market demand, full-year outlook is increased for sales and operating profit, both at CER.

Outlook 2020 (CER)

Expectations 8 October

Expectations 6 August

Sales growth



Operating profit growth



Novo Nordisk’s full disclosure of the financial results for the first nine months of 2020 will be published on 30 October 2020.

The outlook is based on a number of assumptions related to the severity and duration of impacts from COVID-19. In addition, the above expectations are based on assumptions which are further described on pages 15 and 16 of the Financial Report for the period 1 January 2020 to 30 June 2020 (Company Announcement No 49 / 2020) including that the global or regional macroeconomic and political environment will not significantly change business conditions for Novo Nordisk during the remainder of 2020.

The forward-looking statements on page 21 of the Financial Report for the period 1 January 2020 to 30 June 2020 (Company Announcement No 49 / 2020) also apply to this company announcement.

Conference call to be held on 9 October 2020 at 08.30 CEST

On 9 October 2020 at 08.30 CEST, corresponding to 2.30 am EDT, a conference call will be held. Investors will be able to listen in via a link on, which can be found under ‘Investors’. During a 30 minutes call, representatives from Novo Nordisk will elaborate on the changed 2020 outlook and host a Q&A session.

Novo Nordisk is a leading global healthcare company, founded in 1923 and headquartered in Denmark. Our purpose is to drive change to defeat diabetes and other serious chronic diseases such as obesity and rare blood and endocrine disorders. We do so by pioneering scientific breakthroughs, expanding access to our medicines and working to prevent and ultimately cure disease. Novo Nordisk employs about 43,500 people in 80 countries and markets its products in around 170 countries. Novo Nordisk's B shares are listed on Nasdaq Copenhagen (Novo-B). Its ADRs are listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NVO). For more information, visit, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube.

Further information


Mette Kruse Danielsen

+45 3079 3883

Ken Inchausti (US)

+1 609 240 9429


Daniel Muusmann Bohsen

+45 3075 2175

Valdemar Borum Svarrer

+45 3079 0301

Ann Søndermølle Rendbæk

+45 3075 2253

Mark Joseph Root

+45 3079 4211

Kristoffer Due Berg (US)

+1 609 235 2989

Company announcement No 58 / 2020