Merck (ticker: MRK) Since the mid-20th century, Merck, a component of the Dow Jones Index, has been the top pharmaceutical company because Merck spends more on research and development than other companies. While Merck occasionally loses to companies with hot new drugs (such as Pfizer’s Viagra), or sales to related competitors with significant nonpharmaceutical businesses.
Spun off Organon
In 2022, Merck spun off a $6.5 billion business into a new public company, Organon (ticker: OGN), including women’s health products and biosimilars, a move allows Merck to focus on high-growth areas such as cancer drugs and vaccines. After the spin-off, Ogallon will be responsible for the management of the drug’s post-market life cycle, while Merck will focus on drug research and development.
Merck’s most famous drug
But all in all, Merck is a long-term investment target that can stand the test of time due to its wide product line and stable revenue. Its most famous drug is Keytruda, a monoclonal antibody that boosts the body’s immunity by boosting T-cell immune responses and is used to treat patients with unresectable or metastatic melanoma. This oncology drug is the fourth-largest drug in the world by revenue in 2021.
Business performance and share price
2021 Revenue Breakdown of Each Division
|Pharmaceutical||Area||Product name||Revenue ($ million)||Annual growth rate|
|Alliance revenue – Lynparza||989||36.41%|
|Alliance revenue – Lenvima||704||21.38%|
|Hospital Acute Care||2,833||8.42%|
|Alliance revenue – Adempas/Verquvo||342||21.71%|
|Total Pharmaceutical segment sales||42,754||16.78%|
|Total Animal Health segment sales||5,568||18.39%|
|Other segment sales||–||-100.00%|
|Total segment sales||48,322||16.90%|
|Total Company Revenue||48,704||17.31%|
Current stock valuation
|Market capitalization ($ billion)||225.469|
|Stock performance in past 5 years (S&P 500 was＋65.13%)||+41.32%|
How is the performance vs. peers?
business performance comparison
In 2021, Johnson’s and Johnson’s, Abbvie, Merck and Pfizer’s business performance are shown in below table, respectively.
|2021 total revenue ($ billion)||93.775 +13.55%||81.288 +95%||56.197 +22.69%||48.704 +17.31%|
|Pharmaceuticals||52.08 +14.28%||79.557+95%||56.197 +22.69%||48.704 +17.31%|
|Medical devices / Pfizer is CDMO||27.06 +17.86%||1.731 +87%||0||0|
|Nutrition||14.645 +4.1%||0||Spin off as Abbott||Spin off as Organon|
Stock price comparison
In the past 10 years, the stock prices of Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer, Merck, and AbbVie, as shown in the chart below, have risen by 119.75%, 46.11%, 84.56%, 140.82%, and 297.71%, respectively.
Stock performance comparision
|Market captalization (billion)||474.54||277.14||259.43||221.61|
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