AstraZeneca 6-K 2016
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
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ANNUAL FINANCIAL REPORT
AstraZeneca PLC (the Company) announced today the publication of its Annual Report and Form 20-F Information 2015 (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 http://www.astrazeneca-annualreports.com/2015/.
The Annual Report, together with the Notice of Annual General Meeting 2016 and Shareholders' Circular, ‘AstraZeneca 2015 In Brief' and a covering letter from the Chairman will be despatched to shareholders on or about 18 March 2016.
The meeting place for the Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be the Lancaster London Hotel, Lancaster Terrace, London, W2 2TY and the AGM will commence at 2.30 pm (BST) on 29 April 2016.
EXPLANATORY NOTE AND WARNING
Solely for the purposes of complying with Disclosure Rules and Transparency Rules (DTR) 6.3.5R and the requirements it imposes on issuers as to how to make public annual financial reports, we set out below:
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 2015 announcement, issued on 4 February 2016, which contained a condensed set of financial statements and which can be found at www.astrazeneca.com/Investors/financial-information/Financial-results. 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.
A C N Kemp
8 March 2016
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 categorised consistently with the Principal risks detailed from page 21. Other risks, unknown or not currently considered material, could have a similar effect. 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 76, 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.
Product pipeline and IP risks
This statement relates to and is extracted from the Annual Report. It is repeated here solely for the purpose of complying withDTR 6.3.5. It is not connected to the information presented in this announcement or in the Company's fourth quarter and full year results 2015 announcement that was published on4 February 2016.
Directors' responsibility statement pursuant to DTR 4
The Directors confirm that to the best of our knowledge:
On behalf of the Board of Directors on 4 February 2016
Related party transactions
The Group had no material related party transactions which might reasonably be expected to influence decisions made by the users of these Financial Statements.
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the Registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, thereunto duly authorized.