NEW YORK, May 11 /PRNewswire-Asia-FirstCall/ -- American Oriental Bioengineering, Inc. (NYSE: AOB), a pharmaceutical company dedicated to improving health through the development, manufacture and commercialization of a broad range of prescription and over the counter ("OTC") products in China, today announced financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2009.
Revenue in the first quarter of 2009 increased 18.9% year over year to $46.1 million from $38.8 million, reflecting continued demand for the Company's core pharmaceutical and nutraceutical products. Revenue from pharmaceutical products increased 8.9% to $34.7 million from $31.9 million in the prior year's first quarter. Prescription pharmaceutical products revenue increased 14.5% to $16.2 million during the first quarter of 2009, reflecting prescription formulation Jinji and CCXA products, which offset declines in Shuanghuanglian Injection Powder ("SHL"). OTC pharmaceutical products generated $18.5 million in revenue during the first quarter of 2009, roughly flat to the prior year period, reflecting continued demand for Boke nasal spray and Jinji Yimucao products and a shift of Jinji Capsule products from OTC to prescription sales. Nutraceutical products generated revenue of approximately $8.9 million in the first quarter of 2009, up 29.0% from the prior year period, reflecting continued demand for peptide products and an expanded distribution network versus the prior year's first quarter. The Company generated $2.5 million in distribution revenue in the first quarter of 2009 from Nuo Hua's majority owned subsidiary.
Gross profit in the first quarter of 2009 increased 8.1% to $28.4 million
from $26.3 million in the first quarter of 2008. Gross margin was 61.7%,
compared with 67.8% in the prior year period, r
|SOURCE American Oriental Bioengineering, Inc.|
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