-- Conference Call on Thursday, December 13, 2007 at 9:00 a.m. ET --
BEIJING, Dec. 11 /Xinhua-PRNewswire/ -- Sinovac Biotech Ltd. (Amex: SVA
), a leading provider of vaccines in China, today announced unaudited financial results for the three months ended September 30, 2007. The third quarter financial results were reviewed by Ernst & Young, the Company's external auditor.
Third Quarter Highlights
-- Sales increased 141% year-over-year to $10.8 million
-- Gross profit grew 266% year-over-year to $9.2 million
-- Operating income rose 691% year-over-year to $4.0 million
-- Net income increased to $2.2 million
-- Launched marketing campaign for Anflu(TM) after entering into
exclusive promotion agreement with GSK China
Mr. Weidong Yin, Chairman, President and CEO, commented, "Our third quarter sales reached record levels and resulted in our second sequential profitable quarter. Our sales organization has continued to penetrate the market with our flagship product, Healive(TM), our inactivated hepatitis A vaccine, in the more developed regions of China, as well as expand into new markets. In August, we launched the marketing campaign for our seasonal influenza vaccine, Anflu(TM), in connection with the promotion agreement with GlaxoSmithKline (China) Investment Co. Ltd. (GSK China). We are pleased with the initial results and market reception to date."
Three Months Ended September 30, 2007
For the third quarter 2007, sales increased 141% to $10.8 million, compared to $4.5 million in the third quarter 2006. The growth was driven by higher sales of Healive and favorable market response to broad commercial marketing of Anflu.
Gross profit for third quarter of 2007 was $9.2 million, with a gross margin of 84.7%, compared to $2.5 million and 55.8%, respectively, for the same period of 2006. The higher gross margin resulted from the increased economies of scale and lower average unit costs associated with Healive production. The increase in gross margin was also a reflection of unusually high Anflu production costs in 2006, which depressed gross margins in that period.
Total operating expenses for the third quarter of 2007 increased to $5.1 million, compared to $2.0 million in the same period of 2006. Selling, general and administrative expenses for third quarter of 2007 were $4.8 million, compared to $1.8 million in the same period of 2006. The year-over-year increase in SG&A expenses reflected Sinovac's extensive promotion campaign for Anflu, which added expenses of approximately $1 million in the third quarter. The higher SG&A expense was also impacted by the bad debt provision associated with increased accounts receivable balance and accrued bonus based on financial performance, partially offset by decreased stock-based compensation expense.
The aggregated research and development expenses for the third quarter of 2007 were $255,000, compared to $222,000 in the same period of 2006. Our net R&D expenses were $221,000 for the third quarter of 2007, compared to $69,000 in the same period of 2006. The R&D expenses recognized as a reduction to government grants were $34,000 in the third quarter of 2007, compared to $153,000 in the same period of 2006.
Operating income was $4.0 million for the third quarter of 2007, compared to $511,000 in the same period of 2006. The year-over-year increase in operating income reflected the significant increase in vaccine sales and the moderately higher operating expenses.
Net income for the third quarter of 2007 was $2.2 million, or $0.05 per diluted share, compared to $93,000, or $0.002 per diluted share, in the same period of 2006. Net income for the third quarter of 2007 included $116,000 of interest and financing expenses, $758,000 of income taxes, and $1.0 million of minority interest. Net income for the same period of 2006 included $111,000 of interest and financing expenses, $181,000 of income taxes, and $256,000 of minority interest.
As of September 30, 2007, Sinovac's cash and cash equivalents totaled $9.7 million, compared to $9.2 million as of December 31, 2006.
Sales and Marketing
During the third quarter of 2007, Sinovac sold approximately 1.53 million doses of Healive, up from 0.76 million for the same period of 2006. Higher sales in the third quarter of 2007 resulted from further market penetration in China following the phasing out of the liquid attenuated hepatitis A vaccine as was mandated by the Chinese government at the end of 2006. In anticipation of growing demand, Sinovac initiated the expansion of its production capacity for Healive in August 2007 and completed it at the end of October 2007.
During the third quarter of 2007, Sinovac sold 1.07 million doses of Anflu, which accounted for 22% of third quarter sales. Sinovac is co- marketing Anflu with GSK China and launched an extensive marketing campaign during the recent quarter.
Research and Development
In April 2007, Sinovac was granted approval by the China State Food and Drug Administration (SFDA) to enter into Phase II clinical trials for Panflu(TM), the Company's pandemic influenza vaccine (H5N1). The SFDA approval covered Phase Ib and Phase II trials of the whole viron vaccine and Phase I and Phase II trials of the split vaccine. The trials officially commenced in September 2007 and enrollment and dosing progress continues to be made. The Company anticipates announcing preliminary results from these clinical trials in the first quarter of 2008.
Conference Call Details
The Company will hold a conference call on Thursday, December 13, 2007 at 9:00 a.m. ET (10:00 p.m. Beijing time). The conference call dial-in numbers are 1-877-407-4018 (USA) or 1-201-689-8471 (International).
A dial-up replay of the conference call will be available beginning December 13, 2007 following the call and ending on December 27, 2007. The replay telephone number is 1-877-660-6853 (USA) or 1-201-612-7415 (International), Account Number: 3055, Conference ID Number: 265872. A live web cast of the call will also be available from the Investors section on the corporate web site at http://www.sinovac.com
. A web cast replay can be accessed on the corporate web site beginning December 13, 2007. The replay will remain available until January 10, 2007.
Sinovac Biotech Ltd. is a China-based biopharmaceutical company that focuses on the research, development, manufacture and commercialization of vaccines that protect against human infectious diseases. Sinovac's vaccines include Healive(TM) (hepatitis A), Bilive(TM) (combined hepatitis A and B) and Anflu(TM) (influenza). Sinovac is currently developing human vaccines against the H5N1 strain of pandemic influenza, Japanese encephalitis and SARS. Additional information about Sinovac is available on its website, http://www.sinovac.com
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SINOVAC BIOTECH LTD.
Consolidated Interim Statements of Operations and Comprehensive Income
Three Months and Nine Months Ended September 30, 2007 and 2006
(Expressed in U.S. Dollars)
Three months ended Nine months ended
September 30 September 30
2007 2006 2007 2006
Sales $10,828,020 $4,490,070 $24,339,241 $9,166,835
Cost of sales 1,655,589 1,983,696 3,587,193 2,923,176
Gross profit 9,172,431 2,506,374 20,752,048 6,243,659
Selling, general and
administrative expenses 4,763,054 1,774,030 9,485,980 5,776,672
Research and development
expenses, net 220,811 68,945 611,210 162,958
property, plant and
licenses and permits 146,475 152,157 474,818 452,606
Total operating expenses 5,130,340 1,995,132 10,572,008 6,392,236
Operating Income (loss) 4,042,091 511,242 10,180,040 (148,577)
Interest and financing
expenses (115,588) (110,895) (294,657) (224,068)
Interest and other
income 40,651 130,685 301,301 243,687
Income (Loss) before
income taxes and
minority interest 3,967,154 531,032 10,186,684 (128,958)
Income taxes expenses
- Current (817,000) (169,122) (1,872,944) (272,085)
- Deferred 59,375 (11,664) (58,696) (33,284)
Income (Loss) before
minority interest 3,209,529 350,246 8,255,044 (434,327)
Minority interest share
of earnings 1,019,377 257,218 2,597,913 442,345
Net Income (loss) for
the period $2,190,152 $93,028 $5,657,131 $(876,672)
translation adjustment $333,325 $155,503 $797,483 $289,632
(loss) $2,523,477 $248,531 $6,454,614 $(587,040)
Earnings (Loss) per
- Basic $0.05 $0.00 $0.14 $(0.02)
- Diluted $0.05 $0.00 $0.14 $(0.02)
Weighted average number
of shares of common
- Basic 40,268,030 39,694,587 40,243,657 38,675,824
- Diluted 40,624,439 40,140,385 40,523,937 38,675,824
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Sinovac Biotech Ltd.
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