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MDS Reports Third Quarter 2009 Financial Results
Date:9/10/2009

tral Labs operation. As a result, Late Stage operations were reclassified as part of discontinuing operations for financial reporting beginning in the third quarter of 2009. As of the third quarter 2009, MDS Pharma Services results reflect only Early Stage performance, which now includes certain functional costs previously allocated to Late Stage operations.

For the third quarter, MDS Pharma Services reported net revenue of $49 million, a decrease of 28% compared with $68 million last year. The year-over-year decline was primarily due to lower demand for Phase I and bioanalytical services as customers continue to reprioritize research-and-development project pipelines. Adjusted EBITDA was a loss of $14 million. This $15 million year-over-year decrease was driven by a reduction of revenue and $1 million negative impact from foreign exchange.

As Early Stage contract research services are shorter term in nature and do not generate the same degree of backlog as longer term Late Stage contracts, the Company has discontinued reporting backlog figures. With respect to orders, MDS Pharma Services recorded new business wins totaling $52 million, a sequential decrease of 15% compared with new business wins in the second quarter, and down 31% compared with $75 million of new business wins last year. Sequential and year-over-year declines in new business wins were primarily due to further softening in customer demand for Phase I services as customers continue to reprioritize their R D pipelines in relation to economic pressures, pharmaceutical company mergers, reduced biotech funding, and customer concerns regarding uncertainties created by the Company's strategic review process.

As part of the Company's quarterly balance sheet assessment, non-cash write-downs for MDS Pharma Services totaling $32 million were recorded in the third quarter, which included write-downs for goodwill and fixed assets of $25 million and $7 million, respectively.

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