Annual Financial Report
6 March 2018 11.00 GMT
ANNUAL FINANCIAL REPORT
AstraZeneca PLC (the Company) announced today the publication of its Annual Report and Form 20-F Information 2017 (Annual Report).
A copy of the Annual Report will be submitted to the National Storage Mechanism and will shortly be available for inspection at www.morningstar.co.uk/uk/nsm.
The Annual Report is also available on the Company's website at www.astrazeneca.com/annualreport2017
The Annual Report will be dispatched to shareholders on or about 15 March 2018.
The Company's Annual General Meeting (AGM) will take place on 18 May 2018 in London, UK and the Notice of AGM and Shareholders' Circular will be published and distributed to shareholders in due course.
EXPLANATORY NOTE AND WARNING
Solely for the purposes of complying with Disclosure and Transparency Rule (DTR) 6.3.5R and the requirements it imposes on issuers as to how to make public annual financial reports, we set out below:
- in Appendix A, the principal risks and uncertainties facing the Company;
- in Appendix B, the Directors' responsibility statement made in respect of the Financial Statements and Directors' Report contained in the Annual Report; and
- in Appendix C, a statement regarding related party transactions.
The appendices have been extracted from the Annual Report in unedited full text. This information should be read in conjunction with the Company's fourth quarter and full year results 2017 announcement, issued on 2 February 2018, which contained a condensed set of financial statements and which can be found at www.astrazeneca.com/investor-relations/results-and-presentations.html. Together, these constitute the material required by DTR 6.3.5R to be communicated to the media in unedited full text through a Regulatory Information Service.
Page numbers and section cross-references in the appendices refer to pages and sections in the Annual Report. Defined terms used in the appendices refer to terms as defined in the Annual Report.
This material is not a substitute for reading the full Annual Report.
Risks and uncertainties
Operating in the pharmaceutical sector carries various inherent risks and uncertainties that may affect our business. In this section, we describe the risks and uncertainties that we consider material to our business in that they may have a significant effect on our financial condition, results of operations, and/or reputation.
These risks are not listed in any particular order of priority and have been categorized consistently with the Principal Risks detailed from page 63, which are included below along with the other risks that we face. We believe that the forward-looking statements about AstraZeneca in this Annual Report, identified by words such as 'anticipates', 'believes', 'expects' and 'intends', and that include, among other things, Future prospects in the Financial Review on page 78, are based on reasonable assumptions. However, forward-looking statements involve inherent risks and uncertainties such as those summarised below. They relate to events that may occur in the future, that may be influenced by factors beyond our control and that may have actual outcomes materially different from our expectations. Therefore, other risks, unknown or not currently considered material, could have a material adverse effect on our financial condition or results of operations.
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