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Amgen Inc AMGN

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Large-Cap Biopharma Capital Allocation Supports Primarily Wide-Moat Industry

Damien Conover, CFA Sector Director

Analyst Note

| Damien Conover, CFA |

The majority of the large-cap biopharma firms have moats, but almost all the drugs currently sold by the group will face generic competition over the next two decades, making successful capital allocation (evaluated by our capital allocation methodology) critically important in securing the current strong moat ratings within the group. We believe the patent life of drugs (typically 20 years, but with many years used during development) makes the biopharma group particularly reliant on successful redeployment of capital because of the need to constantly reinvent drug portfolios. We view a key part of successful capital allocation at big biopharma companies as a combination of (1) sound internal research and development (both in magnitude of investment and strategically focused in innovative therapeutic areas) and (2) successful external acquisitions and partnerships. The combination of successful internal development and external deals allows the big biopharma industry to consistently reinvent product portfolios and secure economic moats, protecting high returns on invested capital.

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Amgen is a leader in biotechnology-based human therapeutics, with historical expertise in renal disease and cancer supportive-care products. Flagship drugs include red blood cell boosters Epogen and Aranesp, immune system boosters Neupogen and Neulasta, and Enbrel and Otezla for inflammatory diseases. Amgen introduced its first cancer therapeutic, Vectibix, in 2006 and markets bone-strengthening drug Prolia/Xgeva (approved 2010) and Evenity (2019). The acquisition of Onyx bolstered the firm's therapeutic oncology portfolio with Nexavar and Kyprolis. Recent launches include Repatha (cholesterol-lowering), Aimovig (migraine), and Lumakras (lung cancer). Amgen's biosimilar portfolio includes Mvasi (biosimilar Avastin), Kanjinti (biosimilar Herceptin), and Amgevita (biosimilar Humira).

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One Amgen Center Drive
Thousand Oaks, CA, 91320-1799
T +1 805 447-1000
Sector Healthcare
Industry Drug Manufacturers - General
Most Recent Earnings Jun 30, 2021
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2021
Stock Type Classic Growth
Employees 24,300

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