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Genzyme Reports Strong Second-Quarter Growth
Date:7/23/2008

Delivers Solid Financial Performance While Building for the Future

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., July 23 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Genzyme Corporation (Nasdaq: GENZ) today reported strong sales and profit growth in the second quarter, along with significant progress in its commercial and clinical programs.

Revenue increased 25 percent to approximately $1.171 billion from $933.4 million in last year's second quarter. The increase was driven by growth across all areas of the business.

GAAP net income was $69.6 million, or $0.25 per diluted share, compared with $83.8 million, or $0.31 per diluted share, in the second quarter a year ago. GAAP net income reflects the fee for the license to mipomersen, a highly promising cholesterol-lowering drug in late-stage development.

Non-GAAP net income increased to $268.5 million from $238.7 million in last year's second quarter. Non-GAAP earnings increased to $0.98 per diluted share from $0.88.

Genzyme continues to reinvest cash from operations to build a foundation for long-term growth. In the second quarter, the company generated approximately $329 million in cash from net income prior to one-time events and proceeds from the issuance of common stock. The company made a $175 million payment to Isis Pharmaceuticals to secure the rights to mipomersen, significantly strengthening its late-stage pipeline. Genzyme also invested approximately $130 million in capital projects, predominantly focused on expanding manufacturing capacity to meet current and anticipated product demand. To reduce the dilutive effect of equity compensation, the company used a portion of its cash to repurchase 1 million shares under its three-year stock buyback program.

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