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Sigma-Aldrich (Nasdaq: SIAL) Reports 6% Increase In First Quarter 2009 Diluted EPS to $0.68. All Research Units Achieve Organic Sales Growth. Full Year 2009 Guidance Reaffirmed; Diluted EPS Expected to Exceed Reported EPS for 2008 of $2.65.
Date:4/23/2009

ST. LOUIS, April 23 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Sigma-Aldrich Corporation, a leading Life Science and High Technology company, reported that its first quarter 2009 diluted EPS grew by 6% to $0.68 from $0.64 in the first quarter of 2008.

Reported sales for the first quarter of 2009 were $519 million, a decline of 9% from the first quarter of 2008. Excluding a 10% currency impact, first quarter sales grew organically by 1% from a year ago. Organic sales for the Company's Research business grew over 3%, with individual business unit growth ranging from 2% to 7%, driven largely by moderate to strong growth in sales in Europe and CAPLA (Canada, Asia Pacific and Latin America) to customers in academia, the pharmaceutical industry and in government. Organic sales for SAFC, the Company's Specialty Fine Chemicals business, declined 5% in Q1 2009 as stable sales to U.S. customers were offset by sales declines to custom pharmaceutical and hi-tech customers in international markets. Quarterly comparisons and a reconciliation of reported to adjusted (organic) sales growth are on page 7.

Pretax and net income margins in the first quarter 2009 increased by 180 and 150 basis points, respectively. This performance reflects proactive steps taken by management that provided benefits from strategic pricing actions, global supply chain activities and lower S,G&A costs. These benefits, together with reduced interest costs and a lower effective tax rate, collectively offset the adverse currency impact on earnings in the quarter. Excluding the negative impact of currency, EPS would have been $0.81 in the first quarter of 2009. A reconciliation of proforma to reported EPS is on page 8.

Free cash flow for the first quarter of 2009 was $86 million, a 22% increase when compared to the same period a year ago. This increase in cash flow was primarily due to lower levels of working capital. A reconciliation of net cash provided by
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