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Sanofi SA ADR SNY

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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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Sanofi develops and markets drugs with a concentration in oncology, immunology, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and vaccines. However, the company's decision in late 2019 to pull back from the cardio-metabolic area will likely reduce the firm's footprint in this large therapeutic area. The company offers a diverse array of drugs with its highest revenue generator, Lantus, representing just under 8% of total sales. About 30% of total revenue comes from the United States and 25% from Europe. Emerging markets represent the majority of the remainder of revenue.

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54, Rue La Boetie
Paris, 75008, France
T +33 153774000
Sector Healthcare
Industry Drug Manufacturers - General
Most Recent Earnings Jun 30, 2021
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2021
Stock Type
Employees 99,412

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