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Simcere Pharmaceutical Group »15/03/2009 [Company watch]
Simcere Pharmaceutical Group Reports Unaudited Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2008 Results

Simcere Pharmaceutical Group, a leading manufacturer and supplier of branded generic pharmaceuticals and manufacturer of the patented anti-cancer biotech product Endu in China, today reported unaudited financial results for the quarter and fiscal year ended December 31, 2008.

 
Simcere Pharmaceutical Group, a leading manufacturer and supplier of branded generic pharmaceuticals and manufacturer of the patented anti-cancer biotech product Endu in China, today reported unaudited financial results for the quarter and fiscal year ended December 31, 2008. Highlights -- Total revenue increased to RMB 466.9 million (US$68.4 million) for the fourth quarter of 2008, representing 17.1% year-over-year growth; for the full year of 2008, total revenue was RMB 1,741.1 million (US$255.2 million), an increase of 27.2% from RMB 1,368.7 million for the full year of 2007; -- Income from operations was RMB 72.7 million (US$10.6 million) for the fourth quarter of 2008, compared to RMB 73.2 million for the corresponding period in 2007. For the full year of 2008, operating income was RMB 357.0 million (US$52.3 million), an increase of 35.3% from RMB 263.9 million for the full year of 2007; -- Net income was RMB 51.7 million (US$7.6 million) for the fourth quarter of 2008, representing 33.8% year-over-year decrease; for the full year of 2008, net income was RMB 350.2 million (US$ 51.3 million), an increase of 16.2% from RMB 301.3 million for the full year of 2007; -- Gross margin for the fourth quarter of 2008 increased to 83.1%, compared to 82.2% for the corresponding period in 2007. For the full year of 2008, gross margin was 81.6%, compared to 82.4% in 2007. Mr. Jinsheng Ren, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Simcere Pharmaceutical Group, commented: We are pleased that Simcere achieved overall steady growth in 2008. While the sales growth of Endu has remained below our expectations, both Bicun and Yidasheng have continued to deliver strong sales growth despite the emergence of competitors in the edaravone market. We are also encouraged by the continued strong performance from our branded generics. In 2009, we believe that our edaravone products and Sinofuan will be the key growth drivers for the Company. With Simcere\'s strong balance sheet and prudent approach to selecting acquisition targets, we will continue to pursue opportunities that enrich our product pipeline and support our long-term development. The Company announced that it recently acquired the remaining 10% of Shandong Simcere Medgenn Bio-Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd, the manufacturer of Endu, that it did not already own, bringing Simcere\'s total ownership to 100%. 2008 Fourth Quarter and Full Year Financial Results Total revenue for the fourth quarter of 2008 was RMB 466.9 million (US$68.4 million), an increase of 17.1% from RMB 398.6 million for the corresponding period in 2007. For the full year of 2008, total revenue was RMB 1,741.1 million (US$255.2 million), an increase of 27.2% from RMB 1,368.7 million for the full year of 2007. Revenue from Endu, the Company\'s patented anti-cancer biotech product launched in July 2006, totaled RMB 58.1 million (US$8.5 million) in the fourth quarter of 2008, representing 12.4% of the Company\'s product revenue for the quarter and a decrease from RMB 64.0 million for the corresponding period in 2007. For the full year of 2008, revenue from Endu totaled RMB 239.4 million (US$35.1 million), an increase of 10.8% from RMB216.2 million for the full year of 2007. Revenue from first-to-market edaravone injection products under the brand names Bicun and Yidasheng totaled RMB 192.8 million (US$28.2 million) in the fourth quarter of 2008, an increase of 31.1% from RMB 147.0 million for the corresponding period in 2007. For the full year of 2008, revenue from Bicun and Yidasheng totaled RMB 651.2 million (US$95.4 million), an increase of 46.8% from RMB 443.4 million for the full year of 2007. While the number of competing edaravone products increased during 2008, Simcere\'s Bicun and Yidasheng remained the established market leaders in China\'s first and second tier markets and continued to achieve penetration in third tier markets. Revenue from other first-to-market products; Jiebaishu, a nedaplatin product, Sinofuan, a 5-FU sustained release implant for the treatment of cancer, and Anxin, a biapenem injection, totaled RMB 25.7 million (US$3.8 million) in the fourth quarter of 2008. For the full year of 2008, revenue from these products totaled RMB 59.8 million (US$8.8 million). Revenue from other branded generic products totaled RMB 190.2 million (US$27.9 million) in the fourth quarter of 2008, an increase of 2.7% from RMB 185.3 million for the corresponding period in 2007. For the full year of 2008, revenue from other branded generic products totaled RMB 786.4 million (US$115.3 million), an increase of 12.1% from RMB 701.7 million for the full year of 2007. Gross margin for the fourth quarter of 2008 increased to 83.1%, compared to 82.2% for the corresponding period in 2007. For the full year of 2008, gross margin was 81.6%. Research and development expenses for the fourth quarter of 2008 totaled RMB 34.0 million (US$5.0 million), an increase of 113.5% from RMB 15.9 million for the corresponding period in 2007. The increase was primarily due to the expansion of the research and development team and the initiation of new research projects. As a percentage of total revenue, research and development expenses were 7.3% for the fourth quarter of 2008, compared to 4.0% for the corresponding period in 2007. For the full year of 2008, research and development expenses totaled RMB 86.1 million (US$12.6 million), compared to RMB 68.3 million for the full year of 2007. Sales marketing and distribution expenses for the fourth quarter of 2008 were RMB 225.8 million (US$33.1 million), an increase of 17.1% from RMB 192.7 million for the corresponding period in 2007. As a percentage of total revenue, sales, marketing and distribution expenses were 48.4% for the fourth quarter of 2008, compared to 48.3% for the corresponding period in 2007. For the full year of 2008, sales, marketing and distribution expenses were RMB 783.0 million (US$114.8 million), an increase of 23.4% from RMB 634.4 million for the full year of 2007. General and administrative expenses were RMB 55.6 million (US$8.2 million) for the fourth quarter of 2008, an increase of 21.5% from RMB 45.8 million for the corresponding period in 2007. The increase was primarily due to increased administrative headcount and higher professional service fees associated with the compliance requirements of Section 404 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002. As a percentage of total revenue, general and administrative expenses increased to 11.9% for the fourth quarter of 2008 from 11.5% for the corresponding period in 2007. For the full year of 2008, general and administrative expenses were RMB 194.2 million (US$28.5 million), an increase of 20.6% from RMB 161.1 million for the full year of 2007. Share-based compensation expenses, which were allocated to research and development expenses, sales, marketing and distribution expenses, and general and administrative expenses, based on the nature of the work that the Company\'s employees were assigned to perform, totaled RMB 5.7 million (US$0.8 million) for the fourth quarter of 2008. Share-based compensation expenses for the fourth quarter of 2007 were RMB 8.7 million. For the full year of 2008, share-based compensation expenses totaled RMB 25.5 million (US$3.7 million), a decrease of 17.0% from RMB 30.8 million for the full year of 2007. Income from operations was RMB 72.7 million (US$10.6 million) for the fourth quarter of 2008, compared to RMB 73.2 million for the corresponding period in 2007. For the full year of 2008, operating income was RMB 357.0 million (US$52.3 million), an increase of 35.3% from RMB263.9 million for the full year of 2007. Income tax expense for the fourth quarter of 2008 totaled RMB 13.0 million (US$1.9 million), compared to RMB 16.3 million for the corresponding period in 2007. For the full year of 2008, income tax expense was RMB 49.3 million (US$7.2 million), compared to RMB 13.5 million for the full year of 2007. In addition to the overall increase in taxable income, the increased income tax expense in the full year of 2008 was primarily due to the expiration of tax holidays enjoyed by two PRC subsidiaries. Net income was RMB 51.7 million (US$7.6 million) for the fourth quarter of 2008, compared to RMB 78.1 million for the corresponding period in 2007, a decrease of 33.8%. Net income margin was 11.1% for the fourth quarter of 2008, compared to 19.6% for the fourth quarter of 2007. For the full year of 2008, net income was RMB 350.2 million (US$51.3 million), an increase of 16.2% from RMB 301.3 million for the full year of 2007. Net income margin was 20.1% for the full year of 2008, compared to 22.0% for the full year of 2007. Basic earnings per share for the fourth quarter of 2008 and the full year of 2008 were RMB 0.42 (US$0.06) and RMB 2.80 (US$0.41), respectively, and diluted earnings per share for the fourth quarter and the full year of 2008 were RMB 0.42 (US$0.06) and RMB 2.80 (US$0.41), respectively. One American Depository Share (ADS) represents two ordinary shares of the Company. Basic earnings per ADS for the fourth quarter of 2008 and the full year of 2008 were RMB 0.83 (US$0.12) and RMB 5.61 (US$0.82), respectively, and diluted earnings per ADS for the fourth quarter of 2008 and the full year of 2008 were RMB 0.83 (US$0.12) and RMB 5.60 (US$0.82), respectively. As of December 31, 2008, the Company had cash and cash equivalents (including pledged bank deposits) and held-to-maturity investment securities, of RMB 813.8 million (US$119.3 million) and nil, respectively, compared to RMB 498.3 million and RMB 470.0 million, respectively, as of December 31, 2007. Company Outlook Simcere expects that China\'s upcoming medical reform and increasing industry consolidation will benefit Simcere in the long-term. However, due to short-term uncertainties, including whether Endu and our edaravone products will be covered in the national insurance catalogue, the Company believes that the most prudent approach is not to provide full-year or quarterly guidance on revenue and income at this time.

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