Sinovac Reports Unaudited Second Quarter 2013 Financial Results
Source: PRNewswire View: 265 Date: 2013-08-14

Sinovac Biotech Ltd. (NASDAQ: SVA), a leading provider of biopharmaceutical products inChina, announced today its unaudited second quarter and half year financial results for the period ended June 30, 2013.

Second Quarter 2013 Financial Highlights (period-over-period comparisons to second quarter 2012)

• Total sales increased by 86.4% to $17.5 million from $9.4 million.
• Gross profit increased by 70.1% to $13.6 million from $8.0 million.
• Net income attributable to common stockholders was $1.3 million, or $0.02 per basic and diluted share, compared to net loss attributed to common stockholders of $1.6 million, or $0.03 per basic and diluted share.
• Cash and cash equivalents totaled $92.0 million as of June 30, 2013, compared to $91.2 million as of December 31, 2012.

Recent Business Highlights

On July 30, 2013, following the completion of inspection on clinical sites by the Beijing Drug Administration, Sinovac’s registration documentations for its proprietary EV71 vaccine were submitted to and accepted by the Center for Drug Evaluation (CDE), China Food and Drug Administration for the technological review on Sinovac’s new drug application (NDA) filing.

On August 6, 2013, the phase II clinical results for Sinovac’s proprietary EV71 vaccine were published online in The Journal of Infectious Diseases (JID), the premier global journal for original research on infectious diseases. The paper is entitled "Immunogenicity, Safety, and Immune Persistence of A Novel Inactivated Human Enterovirus 71 (EV71) Vaccine: A Phase II, Randomized, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Trial."

Dr. Weidong Yin, Chairman, President and CEO, commented, "We are pleased to report another quarter with strong sales rising by 86.4%, driven by robust hepatitis vaccines sales resulting from a favorable competitive environment in China and successful initiatives focused on each market segment implemented by our sales team. With this diversified sales strategy, Sinovac is poised to maximize the upcoming commercial opportunity for our EV71 vaccine for which the NDA filing is under review in China. The top line growth in the current period was the key driver of a higher gross profit and a higher net income as compared to previous quarters."

Dr. Yin continued, "The review of our NDA filing for our EV71 vaccine is also moving forward to the technological review process by the CDE. Hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD) continues to represent a significant unmet medical need in China with reports of over 900,000 HFMD cases and 156 fatalities in first half of 2013. We aim to launch the EV71 vaccine to provide a solution to address this unmet medical need as no treatment and prevention options exist for this highly contagious disease impacting children in China and surrounding countries."

Total sales increased by 86.4% to $17.5 million in the second quarter of 2013 from $9.4 million in the second quarter of 2012. Both Healive and Bilive contributed to the sales growth in the second quarter, resulting from the favorable competitive environment in the private pay market in China and initiatives implemented by the Company’s sales team.

Gross profit increased by 70.1% to $13.6 million for the second quarter of 2013 from $8.0 million in the same period of 2012. Gross margin was 77.9% in the second quarter of 2013, compared to 85.3% in the same period of 2012. Excluding the impact of the H5N1 inventory provision of $0.2 million, the gross margin was 79.0% in the second quarter of 2013. The decline in gross margin was affected by the sales of different products mix with different gross margin.

SG&A expenses for the second quarter of 2013 were $8.3 million, compared to $6.7 million in the same period of 2012. Selling expenses as a percentage of second quarter 2013 sales was 32.0%, compared to 38.9% during the second quarter of the prior year. The decrease in selling expense as a percentage of revenue was mainly due to the increased sales team productivity.

The G&A expenses for the second quarter of 2013 decreased to $2.7 million from $3.1 million in the second quarter of 2012. The decrease was mainly due to the effect that the bonuses, paid out or to be paid out, were recorded against a previously accrued liability account, named staff benefits, rather than charged to expenses. This had the effect of partially offsetting increased G&A resulting from the higher operating costs because the Company’s Changping site is now fully operational. A part of the operating cost increase was related to the ongoing validation activities on the manufacturing facilities in support of the EV71 vaccine for which the NDA is currently under review.

R&D expenses in the second quarter of 2013 were $2.0 million, a decrease from $4.7 million in the same period of 2012. The lower R&D expenses in the current quarter were attributable to the completion of the phase III study of EV71 vaccine candidate in the first quarter of 2013. The R&D activities in the second quarter focused on the other vaccine candidates in the Company’s pipeline.

Depreciation of property, plant and equipment and amortization of licenses and permits for the second quarter of 2013 were $0.5 million, compared to $0.3 million for the same period of last year. Depreciation increased because more assets were in service at the Changping facility as compared to the second quarter of 2012.

Net income attributable to common stockholders was $1.3 million, or $0.02 per basic share and diluted share, for the second quarter of 2013, compared to a net loss attributed to common stockholders of $1.6 million, or $0.03 per basic and diluted share, for the second quarter of 2012. Excluding the impact of the bonus revision of $1.6 million, which was paid out or to be paid out from an accrued liability account rather than charged to expenses, the net loss of the second quarter of 2013 would approximately be $0.3 million, or $0.01 per basic share and diluted share.

Total sales were increased by 79.3% to $27.5 million in first half of 2013 from $15.3 million in the same period of 2012. The sales growth was achieved across every sales channel, including the public market, private market and sales through distributors, which demonstrated the success of the Company’s sales strategy of combining a diversified sales model to largely improve the market coverage and penetration.

Gross profit of the first half year of 2013 increased by 76.4% to $20.7 million from $11.7 million in the same period of 2012. Gross margin was 75.1%, compared to 76.3% of the same period of last year. Excluding the impact of the H5N1 inventory provision of $0.8 million, the gross margin was 78.1%.

Selling, general and administrative expenses for the first half of 2013 were $14.6 million, compared to $11.0 million in the same period of 2012. Selling expenses as a percentage of first half year of 2013 sales was 31.3%, compared to 37.9% of first half year of the prior year. The G&A expenses increased to $6.0 million in the first half of 2012 from $5.2 million for the first half year of the prior year. The factors affecting selling, general and administrative expenses for the first half of 2013 were the same as for the second quarter, described above.

Research and development expenses for the first half of 2013 was $3.9 million, a $8.1 million decrease from $12.0 million for the same period in 2012. The lower R&D expenses were attributable to the completion of the phase III trial for the EV71 vaccine.

Depreciation of property, plant and equipment and amortization of licenses and permits for first half year of 2013 was $1.3 million, compared to $0.6 million for the same period of last year. Depreciation increased because more assets were in service at the Changping facility compared to the same period in 2012.

Net loss attributable to stockholders in the first half of 2013 was $0.7 million, or $0.01 per basic and diluted share, compared to a net loss of $7.2 million, or $0.13 per basic and diluted share, for the same period of last year. Excluding the impact of the bonus revision of $1.6 million, which was paid out from an accrued liability account rather than charged to expenses, the net loss of the first half year of 2013 would approximately be $2.3 million, or $0.04 per basic share and diluted share.

As of June 30, 2013, cash and cash equivalents totaled $92.0 million, compared to $91.2 million as of December 31, 2012. Net cash used in operating activities was $9.3 million in the first half of 2013. Net cash used in investing activities was $2.2 million, which was mainly used to acquire property, plant and equipment for the Changping site. Net cash provided by financing activities was $11.6 million in the first half of 2013, including loan proceeds of $10.8 million. The Company continues to source new financing resources to commercialize other pipeline products when appropriate.

Management Change

Ms. Nan Wang, Vice President of Sinovac, has been appointed as Chief Financial Officer, effective June 1, 2013. Mr. Danny Chung, who was Chief Financial Officer, has resigned for family reasons.

Other Developments

Sinovac owns a controlling 73.09% interest in Sinovac Biotech Co., Ltd. (Sinovac Beijing), while Sino Bioway holds the remaining 26.91% non-controlling interest. On April 8, 2013, the board of directors of Sinovac Beijing approved the transfer of Sino Bioway’s interest in Sinovac Beijing to a subsidiary of Sino Bioway, Xiamen Bioway Biotech Co., Ltd. The transfer was completed on May 13, 2013. There was no impact on Sinovac Beijing’s daily operations and no change to the composition of the board of directors of Sinovac Beijing after the completion of the transaction.

Conference Call Details

The Company will host a conference call prior to the market opening on Wednesday, August 14, 2013, at 8:00 a.m. EDT (August 14, 2013 at 8:00 p.m. China Standard Time) to review the Company’s financial results and provide an update on recent corporate developments. To access the conference call, please dial 1-877-407-0784 (USA) or 1-201-689-8560 (International). A replay of the call will be available from 11 a.m. EDT on August 14, 2013, to August 28, 2013, at midnight. To access the replay, please dial 1-877-870-5176 (USA) or 1-858-384-5517 (International) and reference the replay pin number 418775.

A live audio webcast of the call will also be available from the investors section on the corporate web site at www.sinovac.com. A webcast replay can be accessed on the corporate website beginning August 14, 2013, and the replay will remain available for 30 days.

About Sinovac

Sinovac Biotech Ltd. is a China-based biopharmaceutical company that focuses on the research, development, manufacturing and commercialization of vaccines that protect against human infectious diseases including hepatitis A and B, seasonal influenza, H5N1 pandemic influenza (avian flu), H1N1 influenza (swine flu) and mumps, as well as animal rabies vaccine for canines. The Company recently concluded the phase III clinical trial for enterovirus 71 (against hand, foot and mouth disease) and filed new drug application with China Food & Drug Administration. In 2009, Sinovac was the first company worldwide to receive approval for its H1N1 influenza vaccine, Panflu.1, and has manufactured it for the Chinese Central Government, pursuant to the government-stockpiling program. The Company is also the only supplier of the H5N1 pandemic influenza vaccine to the government-stockpiling program. Sinovac is developing a number of new pipeline vaccines including vaccines for pneumococcal polysaccharides, pneumococcal conjugate, varicella and rubella. Sinovac sells its vaccines mainly in China and exports selected vaccines to Mongolia, Nepal, and the Philippines. Sinovac has also been granted a license to commercialize seasonal flu vaccine in Mexico.

Safe Harbor Statement

This announcement contains forward-looking statements. These statements are made under the "safe harbor" provisions of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements can be identified by words or phrases such as "will," "expects," "anticipates," "future," "intends," "plans," "believes," "estimates" and similar statements. Among other things, the business outlook and quotations from management in this press release contain forward-looking statements. Statements that are not historical facts, including statements about Sinovac’s beliefs and expectations, are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements involve inherent risks and uncertainties. A number of important factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statement. Sinovac does not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statement, except as required under applicable law.

Helen Yang/Chris Lee
Sinovac Biotech Ltd.
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SOURCE Sinovac Biotech Ltd.


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