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Merck started 2019 strong, grabbing $10.8 billion in global sales during the first quarter—an 8% increase year-over-year—and raising its full-year revenue range for the year. This builds off the $42.3 billion in global sales the pharmaceutical giant netted in 2018, a 5% increase from 2017. Merck’s blockbuster cancer immunotherapy drug Keytruda continues to shine amongst its portfolio. Accounting for nearly a quarter of the company’s pharmaceutical sales, Keytruda netted $2.3 billion in sales for the first quarter in 2019. Merck is currently looking forward to the results of additional Keytruda studies later this year.

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Kenneth C. Frazier

CEO Title

Chairman, President & Chief Executive Officer


Health Care



HQ Location

Kenilworth, N.J.

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Key Financials (Last Fiscal Year)
$ millions% change
Revenues ($M)$42,2945.4%
Profits ($M)$6,220.0159.8%
Assets ($M)$82,637
Total Stockholder Equity ($M)$26,701
Profit Ratios
Profit as % of Revenues14.7%
Profits as % of Assets7.5%
Profits as % of Stockholder Equity23.3%
Earnings Per Share (Last Fiscal Year)
Earnings Per Share ($)2.32
EPS % Change (from 2017)166.7%
EPS % Change (5 year annual rate)9.6%
EPS % Change (10 year annual rate)-4.4%
Total Return
Total Return to Investors (2018)40.2%
Total Return to Investors (5 year, annualized)12.3%
Total Return to Investors (10 year, annualized)13.8%
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