HUBEI PROVINCE, China, Nov. 18 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Benda Pharmaceutical, Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: BPMA), a China-based pharmaceutical company producing both Gendicine(R), a commercialized gene therapy medicine for the treatment of cancer, and traditional Chinese and conventional medicines, today announced financial results for the three and nine month periods ended September 30, 2008. The Company intends to file its Form 10-Q with the SEC today.
Nine Months Ended September 30, 2008
Revenue in the first nine months of 2008 increased 25.7% to $19.9 million from $15.8 million in the first nine months of 2007, primarily reflecting increased sales at Benda Ebei. SiBiono generated revenue of $1.8 million in the first nine months of 2008, down from $3.3 million in the prior year period. The decline in SiBiono-related revenue reflects the Company's reorganization of personnel in the department.
Gross profit in the first nine months of 2008 was $7.2 million, a 5.7% decrease from $7.7 million in the first nine months of 2007. Gross margin was 36.5%, compared with 48.7% in the same period in 2007. Gross margin performance reflected a drop in sales of Gendicine, which has historically generated a comparatively higher gross margin.
Operating loss in the first nine months of 2008 was $0.7 million, an improvement from an operating loss of $5.3 million in the first nine months of 2007. Operating expenses in the first nine months of 2008 was approximately $7.9 million, compared with $13.0 million in the first nine months of 2007. Operating expense reflects promotional fees for Gendicine and the introduction of new products in Benda Ebei, as well as a $1.4 million penalty paid to investors for registration delays. The Company incurred significantly higher operating costs in the prior year period related to the acquisition of SiBiono.
Net loss in the first nine months of 2008 improved to $4.7 million, or $0.05 per diluted share, from a net loss of $7.3 million, or $0.06 per diluted share, in the first nine months of 2007. Net loss in the first nine months of 2008 includes the impact of approximately $3.3 million in interest expenses related to the Company's outstanding convertible notes and the $1.4 million payment to investors related to the timing of the effectiveness of its registration statement on Form S-1. The Company was granted effectiveness on the S-1 filing and does not anticipate further penalty payments related to this S-1 filing going forward.
Three Months Ended September 30, 2008
Revenue in the third quarter of 2008 decreased 12.2% to $6.6 million from $7.6 million in the third quarter of 2007, primarily reflecting increased sales at Benda Ebei, offset by sales declines at SiBiono related to the Company's reorganization of personnel in the department. Benda management concluded the reorganization during the third quarter of 2008, and SiBiono has resumed production and sales. In the third quarter of 2008, the Company sold 3,021 vials of Gendicine, a sequential increase from sales of 1,087 vials sold in the first quarter of 2008 and 2,439 vials sold in the second quarter of 2008.
Gross profit in the third quarter of 2008 was $2.4 million, a decrease of 36.1% from $3.8 million in the third quarter of 2007. Gross margin was 36.5%, compared with 50.1% in the same period of 2007. The decline in gross margin was primarily due to a re-engineering of SiBiono's production department, which affected the sales of Gendicine. However, management believes that the re-engineering will lead to revenue growth in the coming quarters.
Operating income in the third quarter of 2008 decreased to $0.6 million from $1.7 million in the third quarter of 2007. Operating expense in the third quarter was approximately $1.8 million, compared with $2.1 million in the third quarter of 2007, reflecting the penalty payment of $0.3 million referenced above as well as advertising expenditure at SiBiono and Benda Ebei.
Net loss in the third quarter of 2008 was $0.8 million, or a net loss of $0.01 per basic and diluted share, compared to net income of $1.0 million, or net income of $0.01 per basic and diluted share, in the third quarter of 2007.
Charles Wan, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Benda, commented, ''We continue to be focused on enhancing our revenue performance at SiBiono, as well as our gross margin performance across the organization. The reorganization of personnel at SiBiono was completed in the third quarter and full-scale production is expected to resume in the fourth quarter of 2008. We continue to be optimistic about the market opportunities for SiBiono in the future.''
Business Update -- Management update: The Company appointed George Zhou as Chief Operating Officer, effective August 13, 2008. -- Jiangling Benda plant update: On April 9, 2008, Jiangling Benda received the GMP Certificate from the Chinese State Food and Drug Administration ("SFDA"), authorizing the production of Ribavirin. The Company believes the certification is a major step toward commercializing Ribavirin in the domestic market. To achieve full-scale production and further expansion, management is working with local banks to negotiate financing. -- Yidu Benda plant update: Yidu Benda completed its upgrade of the waste water system and passed the government's verification and testing of equipment in October 2007 and received "Environmental Influence Report" and "Safety Assessment Report" from the Yichang Environmental Protection Bureau and Yichang Safety Supervision Bureau in November and December of 2007, respectively. With this approval, Yidu Benda is allowed to perform trial production and test the production process at the plant, which will be followed by a test of the production results, held by the government bodies. While those tests are performed, the management has been searching for high-margin products that will be accretive once production has fully resumed. -- SiBiono Arbitration: On November 27, 2007, Benda Ebei received an arbitration award from Shenzhen Arbitration Commission which determined that it should purchase a 6.24% stake in SiBiono from Xiaozhi Zhang, one of the shareholders of SiBiono, with the total consideration at RMB12.48 million, plus the penalty and related legal and arbitration expenses, totaling approximately RMB12.8 million. However, following this arbitration award, Benda Ebei found that Xiaozhi Zhang does not own all 6.24% of SiBiono's common stock and actually only owns 3.28%. Therefore, based on this ground, Benda Ebei filed an application to Shenzhen Peoples' Court on May 22, 2008 to terminate the above mentioned arbitration award. The application has been accepted by the Shenzhen Peoples' Court and is waiting for its further investigation. -- Intellectual Property Lawsuit: On August 27, 2008, SiBiono received Case Acceptance Letters from the Guangdong Province Shenzhen City (Middle) Peoples' Court accepting a lawsuit against Zhaohui Peng, one of the shareholders of SiBiono and the inventor of Gendicine, to transfer title of all patents to SiBiono. The patent, "A new method for manufacturing recombinant adenovirus", one of the main patents used to produce Gendicine(R), has been assigned to SiBiono; however, the other 5 approved patents in PRC still have not been assigned to SiBiono. The Company believes that all the above mentioned patents should be rightfully transferred to SiBiono.
About Benda Pharmaceutical, Inc.
Benda Pharmaceutical, Inc. ( http://www.bendapharma.com ), a China-based pharmaceutical company, produces traditional Chinese and conventional medicines, as well as Gendicine(R), a commercialized gene therapy medicine for the treatment of cancer.
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Benda Pharmaceutical, Inc. Income Statement (In thousands, except share and per share data) NINE MONTHS ENDED THREE MONTHS ENDED SEPTEMBER 30, SEPTEMBER 30, 2008 2007 2008 2007 (Unaudited) (Unaudited) (Unaudited) (Unaudited) Revenue $19,860,057 $15,796,295 $6,634,434 $7,559,443 Cost of goods sold (12,610,394) (8,106,393) (4,213,540) (3,770,279) Gross profit 7,249,663 7,689,902 2,420,894 3,789,164 Selling expenses (2,122,689) (675,013) (691,477) (330,127) General and administrative expenses Amortization of intangible assets (148,591) (89,107) (50,643) (33,888) Amortization of debt issue costs (198,360) (134,653) (66,603) (67,384) Depreciation (373,639) (223,418) (130,144) (9,162) Bad debts (534,124) (502,273) 239,769 274,586 Director remuneration (162,968) (58,959) (22,500) (25,014) Penalty to Investors (1,380,173) (540,000) (266,768) (420,000) Brokerage fee -- (291,124) -- (51,161) Cash bonus -- (173,400) -- -- Consulting and professional fees -- (8,222,184) -- (339,768) Other general and administrative expenses (2,764,256) (1,801,814) (743,982) (827,675) Total general and administrative expenses (5,562,111) (12,036,932) (1,040,871) (1,499,466) Gains / (losses) on disposals of fixed assets -- (8,398) -- (8,398) Research and development expenses (249,357) (310,084) (79,576) (212,965) Total operating expenses (7,934,157) (13,030,427) (1,811,924) (2,050,956) Operating income / (loss) (684,494) (5,340,525) 608,970 1,738,208 Interest income / (expenses) (3,339,457) (2,207,878) (998,877) (1,141,472) Other income (expenses) 10,140 113,364 (237,918) 23,206 Government subsidies / grants -- 1,690,974 -- 1,417,859 Income / (loss) before minority interest and income taxes (4,013,811) (5,744,065) (627,825) 2,037,801 Income taxes (907,176) -- (382,368) -- Minority interest 256,486 (1,525,486) 168,270 (1,058,870) Net income / (loss) $(4,664,501) $(7,269,551) $(841,923) $978,931 Earnings / (loss) per share - basic $(0.05) $(0.08) $(0.01) $0.01 Weighted average shares outstanding - basic 100,887,853 96,872,524 101,556,376 97,359,178 Earnings / (loss) per share - diluted $(0.05) $(0.06) $(0.01) $0.01 Weighted average shares outstanding - diluted 100,887,853 125,103,425 101,556,376 131,377,347 Benda Pharmaceutical, Inc., Balance Sheet (In thousands, except share and per share data) September 30 December 31 2008 2007 (Unaudited) Assets Current Assets Cash and cash equivalents $1,685,375 $1,266,240 Trade receivables, net 11,895,149 10,472,233 Other receivables 326,620 453,595 Refundable purchase price paid -- 1,200,000 Short-term loan receivables 146,304 -- Due from related parties 11,559 -- Inventories 2,788,243 1,952,348 Prepaid expenses and deposits 1,187,384 933,299 Total current assets 18,040,634 16,277,715 Due from related parties 2,767,180 2,630,019 Property and equipments, net 28,301,078 27,123,035 Intangible assets, net 6,414,931 6,494,510 Goodwill 7,892,402 7,395,752 Restricted cash 5,905,365 3,957,624 Other assets 1,825,869 1,710,972 Refundable purchase price paid 1,200,000 -- Debt issue costs 129,585 327,945 Total Assets $72,477,044 $65,917,572 Liabilities & Shareholders' Equity Current Liabilities Bank indebtedness $1,259,525 $874,490 Bank loans payable (current portion) 2,976,792 2,867,004 Long term debt payable (current portion) 2,228,395 1,787,239 Accounts payable and accrued liabilities 6,244,768 4,665,984 Commercial notes payable 8,985,183 5,118,758 Taxes payable 997,717 1,279,385 Acquisition price payable 1,422,778 1,333,246 Wages payable 942,144 664,785 Due to related parties 1,097,171 -- Total current liabilities 26,154,473 18,590,891 Long term debt payable (long term portion) -- 425,001 Long-term convertible promissory notes 5,489,742 2,875,075 Due to related parties (Long-term) 997,550 3,193,618 Total liabilities 32,641,765 25,084,585 Minority interest 5,607,044 5,502,755 Redeemable common stock, 2,049,560 shares at $3.6 per share 7,376,366 7,376,366 Shareholders' Equity Preferred stock, $0.001 par value; 5,000,000 shares authorized; None issued and outstanding -- -- Common stock, $0.001 par value; 150,000,000 shares authorized; 105,155,355 shares issued and outstanding as of 9/30/2008; 100,170,071 shares issued and outstanding as of 12/31/2007 105,155 100,170 Additional paid in capital 22,108,427 21,547,929 Retained earnings (unrestricted) (4,564,049) 100,452 Statutory surplus reserve fund 2,310,681 2,310,681 Accumulative other comprehensive income 6,387,795 3,390,774 Shares issuable for acquisition and services 503,860 503,860 Total Shareholders' Equity 26,851,869 27,953,866 Total Liabilities & Shareholders' Equity $72,477,044 $65,917,572
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