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Forest Laboratories, Inc. Reports Q3'09 Diluted Earnings Per Share of $0.62, Including $0.41 Per Share Charge for New Product Licensing Fees

NEW YORK, Jan. 20, 2009 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Forest Laboratories, Inc. (NYSE: FRX), a U.S. based pharmaceutical company, today announced that reported diluted earnings per share equaled $0.62 in the third quarter of fiscal year 2009. Reported earnings per share include charges for new product licensing fees of $150,000,000, or $0.41 per share net of tax, related to the previously announced product collaboration agreements with Phenomix Corporation (Phenomix) for dutogliptin for the treatment of diabetes and Pierre Fabre Medicament (Pierre Fabre) for F2695 for the treatment of depression. Reported diluted earnings per share in the third quarter of fiscal 2008 were $0.96. Excluding the net of tax impact of the two licensing charges, diluted net income per share for the current quarter was $1.03.

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Revenues for the quarter were $997,955,000, compared with $998,242,000 in the year-ago period. Revenues were comprised of net sales of $920,013,000, versus $918,146,000 in the year-ago period. Sales in the quarter included $585,473,000 of Lexapro(R) (escitalopram oxalate), an SSRI indicated for the initial and maintenance treatment of major depressive disorder and generalized anxiety disorder in adults. Lexapro sales declined 3.0% from the year-ago period primarily resulting from a decrease in market share in the anti-depressant market. Sales of Namenda(R), an NMDA receptor antagonist for the treatment of moderate and severe Alzheimer's disease, totaled $240,851,000 in the quarter, growth of 10.1% from reported sales of $218,734,000 in last year's third quarter. The Company's newest product, Bystolic(TM), a beta-blocker for the treatment of hypertension, which was launched in late January 2008, had sales of $20,961,000. Also included in revenues was other income of $77,942,000 which includes contract revenue of $47,283,000 from the co-promotion of Benicar(R) (olmesartan medoxomil), a decline of 8.6% compared to last year. Per the agreement with Daiichi Sankyo, active co-promotion of the product ended in the first quarter of fiscal 2009 and the Company now receives a residual royalty. The remaining component of other income was principally interest income, which totaled $24,235,000.

Net income in the current quarter was $187,975,000 as compared to $301,757,000 reported in the third quarter of the prior fiscal year. Selling, general and administrative expense increased 1.5% to $289,968,000 and includes significant investment spending to support the launch of Bystolic as well as pre-launch activities for Savella(TM). Research and development spending for the current quarter was $279,051,000 as compared to $108,246,000 reported in the third quarter of the prior fiscal year. Spending in the quarter includes combined licensing fee payments of $150,000,000 to Phenomix and Pierre Fabre in connection with product collaboration agreements.

Diluted shares outstanding for the third quarter were 302,056,000, a reduction of 11,051,000 shares from last year due mainly to the Company's share repurchase program.

Nine-month results

Revenue for the nine months ended December 31, 2008 increased 3.9% to $2,957,305,000 from $2,845,476,000 in the prior year.

Reported net income for the nine months ended December 31, 2008 was $674,981,000 versus $795,163,000 reported in the nine months of the prior year, principally due to the $44,120,000 one-time termination payment for the Azor(TM) co-promotion agreement reported in the June quarter and the payment of new product licensing fees during the current quarter. Diluted reported earnings per share was $2.21 in the current year's first nine months as compared to diluted earnings per share of $2.51 for last year's nine months.

Fiscal 2009 Guidance

The Company now expects adjusted diluted earnings per share for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2009 to be in the range of $3.35 to $3.45 from prior guidance of $3.30 to $3.40 per share. The revised guidance reflects reduced research and development spending in the current quarter and excludes the impacts of the one-time charge related to the termination of the Azor co-promotion agreement in the first quarter and the new product licensing fee payments made to Phenomix and Pierre Fabre in the fiscal third quarter for development and marketing rights to dutogliptin and F2695, respectively.

Howard Solomon, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Forest, said: "We are very pleased with the strong financial performance of the Company in the just completed quarter and the recently announced marketing approval by the FDA of Savella, following a first pass review. Savella is a valuable new treatment for patients afflicted with fibromyalgia. We are also pleased with the performance in the market of Bystolic this year, which was approved in December, 2007, and which was also approved on a first pass review after we became involved in the partnership. It is a record for Forest to have two new products approved virtually within a year of each other, and both on first pass reviews.

In addition to the two product approvals, we recently announced two late-stage product collaborations completed during the quarter that will further expand our development pipeline. The first collaboration is with Phenomix Corporation to develop and commercialize dutogliptin, a proprietary dipeptidyl-peptidase-4 (DPP -4) inhibitor, for the treatment of patients with Type II diabetes. It is already in Phase III. The second collaboration agreement is with Pierre Fabre Medicament to develop and commercialize F2695, a proprietary selective norepinephrine and serotonin reuptake inhibitor, for the treatment of patients with depression. After Pierre Fabre's completion of a 550 patient Phase II study with excellent clinical and tolerability results, we are currently preparing the necessary Phase III studies.

We also expect to report clinical trial results for several late-stage products already in Phase III during the calendar year as well as the entry of other products into Phase III trials this year and next year. We also expect that, as heretofore, we will enter into development agreements for additional compounds to advance and expand our development pipeline in order to replace and exceed sales and earnings from currently marketed products that will decline following expiration of their marketing exclusivity three and four years from now."

Forest will host a conference call at 10:00 AM EST today to discuss the results. The conference call will be webcast live beginning at 10:00 AM EST on the Company's website at and also on the website Please log on to either website at least fifteen minutes prior to the conference call as it may be necessary to download software to access the call. A replay of the conference call will be available until January 30, 2009 at both websites and also by dialing 1-800-642-1687 (US or Canada) or +1-706-645-9291 (International) Conference ID 79863623.

About Forest Laboratories and Its Products

Forest Laboratories (NYSE: FRX) is a U.S.-based pharmaceutical company with a long track record of building partnerships and developing and marketing products that make a positive difference in people's lives. In addition to its well-established franchises in therapeutic areas of the central nervous and cardiovascular systems, Forest's current pipeline includes product candidates in all stages of development and across a wide range of therapeutic areas. The Company is headquartered in New York, NY. To learn more about Forest Laboratories, visit

Except for the historical information contained herein, this release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements involve a number of risks and uncertainties, including the difficulty of predicting FDA approvals, the acceptance and demand for new pharmaceutical products, the impact of competitive products and pricing, the timely development and launch of new products, and the risk factors listed from time to time in Forest Laboratories' Annual Reports on Form 10-K, Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, and any subsequent SEC filings.

                            CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME

                               THREE MONTHS              NINE MONTHS
                             ENDED DECEMBER 31         ENDED DECEMBER 31
                              (In thousands, except per share amounts)
                             2008        2007           2008        2007
                             ----        ----           ----        ----

     Net sales           $920,013    $918,146     $2,739,329   $2,603,099
     Contract revenue      52,433      52,705        153,796      156,395
     Interest income       24,235      25,862         61,658       77,532
     Other income           1,274       1,529          2,522        8,450
                         --------    --------     ----------   ----------
    Net revenues          997,955     998,242      2,957,305    2,845,476
                         --------    --------     ----------   ----------

    Costs and expenses:
     Cost of goods sold   206,654     213,506        608,995      589,738
     Selling, general and
      Administrative      289,968     285,652        959,184      827,419
     Research and
      development         279,051     108,246        537,520      415,892
                         --------    --------     ----------  -----------
                          775,673     607,404      2,105,699    1,833,049
                         --------    --------     ----------  -----------

    Income before income
     tax expense          222,282     390,838        851,606    1,012,427

     Income tax expense    34,307      89,081        176,625      217,264
                         --------    --------     ----------   ----------

    Net income           $187,975    $301,757       $674,981     $795,163
                         ========    ========       ========     ========

    Net income per share:
     Basic                  $0.62       $0.97          $2.22        $2.52
                            =====       =====          =====        =====
     Diluted                $0.62       $0.96          $2.21        $2.51
                            =====       =====          =====        =====

    Weighted average number of
    shares outstanding:
     Basic                301,428     312,140        304,262      315,729
                          =======     =======        =======      =======
     Diluted              302,056     313,107        305,147      317,279
                          =======     =======        =======      =======

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