Sinovac Reports Unaudited Second Quarter 2009 Financial Results
|BEIJING, Aug. 19 /PRNewswire-Asia/ -- Sinovac Biotech Ltd. (NYSE Amex: SVA), a leading developer and provider of vaccines in China, announced today its unaudited financial results for the three-month and six- month periods ended June 30, 2009.
Mr. Weidong Yin, Chairman, President and CEO of Sinovac, commented, "We are very pleased with our second quarter results, with sales up 21% and net income up 74%. Our revenue growth in the quarter was partly driven by increased sales of our inactivated hepatitis A vaccine, Healive(R), to the public market, as we worked to fulfill the previously announced purchase order from China's Ministry of Public Health (MOH). Sinovac fulfilled and recorded 89% of the original order for $12.8 million worth of doses in the second quarter of 2009. Going forward, we will continue to focus on increasing our penetration of both the private and public markets.
"Since the onset of the global outbreak of the H1N1 influenza virus, Sinovac has earned a great deal of recognition from local and national governments and health agencies for our efforts to help prevent and control the spread of this virus. As China's only approved manufacturer of a pandemic influenza (H5N1) vaccine, we had the fully integrated human vaccine development expertise and manufacturing capability necessary to quickly produce a vaccine for H1N1. In June, Sinovac was the first company in China to receive an order for the H1N1 influenza vaccine; we expect to deliver the initial order of vaccines for 2 million people to the Beijing government by the end of September 2009. Administration of the second dose of H1N1 vaccine to volunteers began on August 12, 2009 and has been completed. The clinical data unblinding conference was held in Beijing on the afternoon of August 17, 2009. The analysis of the clinical trial results showed that the H1N1 vaccine developed by Sinovac induces good immunogenicity and has good safety profile after one dose. Sinovac plans to complete the summary report as soon as possible and fully evaluate the safety and immunogenicity of the H1N1 vaccine. We plan to apply for the Production License for H1N1 vaccine in compliance with SFDA's regulations. We are very proud to be able to make such a significant contribution in helping to slow the spread of this epidemic in China.
Mr. Yin continued, "We remain very excited about our growth prospects for 2009 and beyond. In addition to the H1N1 vaccine, we have a robust pipeline of other investigational vaccines, including enterovirus 71 (EV 71), pneumococcal conjugated vaccine, and Japanese encephalitis. Overall, our objective for the next three to five years is to have one or two product candidates per year entering into clinical trials beginning in 2010 and one or two products launched into the market per year commencing in 2012. In addition to our organic growth strategy, we have the financial flexibility to selectively pursue acquisition candidates that will help to expand our product pipeline, due to $47 million of cash and cash equivalents on our balance sheet. Previously, we projected revenues of $55 million to $60 million for the full year 2009. Based largely on expected demand for our H1N1 vaccine, we believe that our 2009 revenues will exceed expectations. However, due to uncertainty on the timing of future orders, we are not able to further quantify our expectations.
The market for Sinovac's principal product, Healive, has been developed with the PRC government greatly expanding publicly funded inoculations. As a result, the share of the market generated by public sales is expected to increase in the next few years, and private market sales are expected to decrease as a percentage of overall sales. Although the gross margin on public sales is lower than on private sales, Sinovac expects to realize offsetting cost savings and efficiencies.
In the current year, Sinovac expects to generate significant revenues from the sale of H1N1 vaccine, but this is expected to be a short-term initiative that will extend through to the end of the influenza season in the spring of 2010. These sales are not expected to be recurring, but demonstrate the Company's ability to develop, manufacture and distribute vaccines on short notice.
In future periods, the Company is seeking to expand its sales by adding new product lines, including the sale of animal vaccines by its subsidiary Tangshan Yian.
Financial Review for Three Months Ended June 30, 2009
During the second quarter of 2009, sales were $20.2 million, up 21.2 percent from $16.5 million in the second quarter of 2008. Sinovac continues to devote significant resources to marketing Healive to China's private market and an increase in demand for Healive in the public market is expected as well.
During the second quarter of 2009, Sinovac's unit dose sales were:
Sales of Healive in the quarter were largely driven by fulfillment of the previously announced MOH purchase order as part of its vaccination campaign. Sales of the hepatitis A vaccine to the public market accounted for 60% of total sales in the quarter. Sales of Bilive increased significantly during the quarter and the Company expects it to become a complementary product to Healive in the private market, whereas Healive is expected to increasingly penetrate the public market.
Gross profit for the second quarter 2009 was $16.3 million, with a gross margin of 81%, compared to $13.9 million and a gross margin of 84%, for the same period of 2008. The gross margin was adversely impacted by the lower selling price on the 2 million doses of hepatitis A vaccine sold to MOH. The gross margin for the second quarter of 2009 increased from the gross margin of 78% reported in the first quarter of 2009 due to efficiencies resulting from expanded production volume.
Total operating expenses for the second quarter of 2009 were $5.6 million, compared to $6.9 million in the comparative period in 2008. Selling, general and administrative expenses for the second quarter of 2009 were $4.9 million, compared to $6.0 million in the same period of 2008. SG&A expenses, as a percentage of second quarter 2009 sales, decreased to 24%, down from 37% during the prior year. The lower selling expenses resulted from the higher proportion of Healive sold to the government.
Net research and development expenses for the second quarter 2009 were $550,000, compared to $668,000 in the same period of 2008. R&D expenses in the second quarter of 2009 were mainly related to the EV 71 vaccine, pneumococcal conjugated vaccine, and universal pandemic influenza vaccine.
Second quarter 2009 operating income was $10.7 million, compared to operating income of $7.0 million in the prior year. Net income for the second quarter of 2009 included $126,000 in net interest and financing expenses and $2.1 million in income tax expenses. Net income for the same period of 2008 included $541,000 of net interest expense and $1.6 million of income tax expense. Net income for second quarter of 2009 was $5.8 million, or $0.14 per diluted share, up 75% compared to net income of $3.3 million, or $0.08 per diluted share, in the same period of 2008.
As of June 30, 2009, Sinovac's cash and cash equivalents totaled $46.7 million, compared to $32.9 million as of December 31, 2008. The increase in cash and cash equivalents primarily reflects an commercial bank loan obtained in the second quarter.
Financial Review for Six-Months Ended June 30, 2009
During the six-months ended June 30, 2009, sales were $26.6 million, up 4.7 percent from $25.4 million for the same period in 2008. Sinovac recorded a strong second quarter, which greatly improved the company's performance for the year to date.
Gross profit for the six-month period was $21.4 million, with a gross margin of 80%, compared to $21.7 million and a gross margin of 86%, for the prior year period. The gross margin was adversely affected by the lower selling price of the 2 million doses of hepatitis A vaccine sold to MOH in the second quarter of 2009. Total operating expenses for the first six months of 2009 were $10.0 million, compared to $11.6 million in the comparative period in 2008.
Selling, general and administrative expenses for the first six months of 2009 were $8.4 million, compared to $9.6 million in the prior year period. SG&A expenses as a percentage of sales decreased to 32 percent, down from 38 percent in the comparative period. Net research and development expenses for the first six-months of 2009 were $1.3 million, compared to $1.6 million in the prior year period.
Operating income for the six-months ended June 30, 2009 was $11.3 million, compared to an operating income of $10.2 million in the prior year period. Net income for the first six months of 2009 included $159,000 in net interest and financing expenses and $2.6 million in income tax expenses. Net income for the same period of 2008 included $653,000 of net interest expense and $2.3 million of income tax expense. Net income for the first six months of 2009 was $5.8 million, or $0.14 per diluted share, compared to net income of $4.9 million, or $0.12 per diluted share, in the same period of 2008.
Conference Call Details
The Company will host a conference call on Wednesday, August 19, 2009 at 8:00 a.m. ET (8:00 p.m. China Standard Time) to review the Company's second quarter financial results for the period ended June 30, 2009 and provide an update on recent corporate developments. To access the conference call, please dial 1-877-407-4018 (USA) or 1-201-689-8471 (international). A replay of the call will be available from 11:00 a.m. ET on August 19, 2009 until September 2, 2009. To access the replay, please dial 1-877-660-6853 (USA) or 1-201-612-7415 (international) and reference the account number 3055 and the access code 330444. A live audio webcast of the call will also be available from the Investors section on the corporate web site at http://www.sinovac.com . A webcast replay can be accessed on the corporate website beginning August 19, 2009 and the replay will remain available for 30 days.
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 vaccine products include Healive(R) (hepatitis A), Bilive(R) (combined hepatitis A and B), Anflu(R) (influenza), Panflu(TM) (pandemic influenza (H5N1) has already been approved for government stockpiling) and an H1N1 vaccine. Sinovac is developing vaccines for enterovirus 71, universal pandemic influenza, Japanese encephalitis vaccine, and human rabies vaccine. Its wholly owned subsidiary, Tangshan Yian, is conducting field trials for independently developed inactivated animal rabies vaccines.
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