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Simcere Pharmaceutical Group Reports Preliminary Unaudited Third Quarter 2011 Results
Date:11/14/2011

NANJING, China, Nov. 14, 2011 /PRNewswire-Asia/ -- Simcere Pharmaceutical Group ("Simcere" or the "Company") (NYSE: SCR), a leading pharmaceutical company specializing in the development, manufacturing, and marketing of branded generic and proprietary pharmaceuticals in China, today reported preliminary unaudited financial results for the quarter ended September  30, 2011.

Highlights

  • Total revenue was RMB501.0 million (US$78.5 million) for the third quarter of 2011, representing a decrease of 8.9% from RMB550.1 million for the same period in 2010. For the first nine months of 2011, total revenue was RMB1,529.5 million (US$239.8 million), representing a decrease of 1.5% from RMB1,553.4 million for the same period in 2010.
  • Gross margin for the third quarter of 2011 was 84.6%, compared to 84.8% for the same period in 2010. For the first nine months of 2011, gross margin was 84.5%, compared to 84.0% for the same period in 2010.
  • Income from operations was RMB32.4 million (US$5.1 million) for the third quarter of 2011, representing a decrease of 47.4% from RMB61.6 million for the same period in 2010. For the first nine months of 2011, income from operations was RMB141.9 million (US$22.3 million), representing a decrease of 8.5% from RMB155.1 million for the same period in 2010.
  • Net incomeattributable to Simcere was RMB34.0 million (US$5.3 million) for the third quarter of 2011, representing a decrease of 37.8% from RMB54.7 million for the same period in 2010. For the first nine months of 2011, net income attributable to Simcere was RMB135.6 million (US$21.3 million), representing an increase of 19.2% from RMB113.7 million for the same period in 2010.

  • "While Endu, Sinofuan and Jiebaishu continued to see healthy growth in the third quarter, changes in government pricing policies, as well as issues related to the tender process in certain provinces impacted the sales of Simcere's branded generic products, including Zailin," said Mr. Jinsheng Ren, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Simcere.

    Mr. Ren continued, "In August, we were pleased to receive new drug approval for Iremod, Simcere's independently developed new drug in the category of Disease Modifying Anti-rheumatic Drugs (DMARDS). In addition, Shanghai Celgen Bio-Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. recently began the production and sale of Qiangke, a biosimiliar product. Going forward, we plan to continue to focus sales efforts on our anti-tumor and new drugs, while adjusting our marketing strategy for branded generic drugs in response to the regulatory environment and pricing policies."

    2011 Third Quarter Financial Results Total revenue for the third quarter of 2011 was RMB501.0 million (US$78.5 million), which represented a decrease of 8.9% from RMB550.1 million for the same period in 2010. The decrease in total revenue was primarily due to the decrease in revenue from some branded generic products, as a result of changes in government pricing policies and issues related to the tender process in certain provinces. For the first nine months of 2011, total revenue was RMB1,529.5 million (US$239.8 million), which represented a decrease of 1.5% from RMB1,553.4 million for the same period in 2010.

    Revenue from edaravone injection productsunder the brand names Bicun and Yidasheng decreased by 5.3% to RMB192.0 million (US$30.1 million) for the third quarter of 2011 from RMB202.8 million for the same period in 2010. Revenue from edaravone injection products constituted 38.3% of the Company's total revenue for the third quarter of 2011. For the first nine months of 2011, revenue from edaravone injection products totaled RMB598.7 million (US$93.9 million), which represented an increase of 5.1% from RMB569.5 million for the same period in 2010.

    Revenue from Endu, the Company's patented anti-cancer biotech product, increased by 21.9% to RMB78.0 million (US$12.2 million) for the third quarter of 2011 from RMB64.0 million for the same period in 2010.  Revenue from Endu constituted 15.6% of the Company's total revenue for the third quarter of 2011. For the first nine months of 2011, revenue from Endu totaled RMB197.6 million (US$31.0 million), which represented an increase of 27.4% from RMB155.2 million for the same period in 2010.

    Revenue from Sinofuan, a 5-FU sustained release implant for the treatment of cancer, increased by 9.9% to RMB53.0 million (US$8.3 million) for the third quarter of 2011 from RMB48.2 million for the same period in 2010.  Revenue from Sinofuan constituted 10.6% of the Company's total revenue for the third quarter of 2011. For the first nine months of 2011, revenue from Sinofuan totaled RMB135.4 million (US$21.2 million), which represented an increase of 17.0% from RMB115.7 million for the same period in 2010.

    Revenue from other branded generic products including Zailin and Yingtaiqing decreased by 20.1% to RMB177.9 million (US$27.9 million) for the third quarter of 2011 from RMB222.8 million for the same period in 2010. Revenue from other branded generic products constituted 35.5% of the Company's total revenue for the third quarter of 2011. For the first nine months of 2011, revenue from other branded generic products totaled RMB597.6 million (US$93.7 million), which represented a decrease of 6.7% from RMB640.9 million for the same period in 2010.

    Gross margin for the third quarter of 2011 was 84.6%, compared to 84.8% for the same period in 2010. For the first nine months of 2011, gross margin was 84.5%, compared to 84.0% in the first nine months of 2010.

    Research and development expenses for the third quarter of 2011 totaled RMB45.4 million (US$7.1 million), which represented an increase of 39.7% from RMB32.5 million for the same period in 2010. This increase was due primarily to the increased expenditure and milestone achievements on on-going research and development projects. As a percentage of total revenue, research and development expenses increased to 9.1% for the third quarter of 2011 from 5.9% for the same period in 2010. For the first nine months of 2011, research and development expenses totaled RMB128.1 million (US$20.1 million), compared to RMB94.3 million for the same period in 2010.

    Sales, marketing and distribution expenses for the third quarter of 2011 were RMB291.3 million (US$45.7 million), which represented a decrease of 2.5% from RMB298.7 million for the same period in 2010. As a percentage of total revenue, sales, marketing and distribution expenses increased to 58.1% for the third quarter of 2011 from 54.3% for the same period in 2010. This percentage increase was due primarily to the effect of a decrease in revenue and relatively stable marketing and distribution expenses. For the first nine months of 2011, sales, marketing and distribution expenses were RMB844.5 million (US$132.4 million), which represented a decrease of 1.3% from RMB855.5 million for the same period in 2010.General and administrative expenses were RMB69.6 million (US$10.9 million) for the third quarter of 2011, which represented a decrease of 6.0% from RMB74.0 million for the same period in 2010. As a percentage of total revenue, general and administrative expenses increased to 13.9% for the third quarter of 2011 from 13.5% for the same period in 2010. For the first nine months of 2011, general and administrative expenses were RMB212.4 million (US$33.3 million), which represented an increase of 6.2% from RMB199.9 million for the same period in 2010.

    Share-based compensation expenses, which were allocated to research and development expenses, sales, marketing and distribution expenses, and general and administrative expenses, based on the nature of the work that the relevant employee was assigned to perform, totaled RMB7.9 million (US$1.2 million) for the third quarter of 2011, which represented an increase of 3.6% from RMB7.6 million for the same period in 2010. For the first nine months of 2011, share-based compensation expenses totaled RMB23.0 million (US$3.6 million), which was almost equal to the same period in 2010.

    Income from operations was RMB32.4 million (US$5.1 million) for the third quarter of 2011, which represented a decrease of 47.4% from RMB61.6 million for the same period in 2010. For the first nine months of 2011, income from operations was RMB141.9 million (US$22.3 million), which represented a decrease of 8.5% from RMB155.1 million for the same period in 2010.

    Income tax expense for the third quarter of 2011 was RMB0.7 million (US$0.1 million), compared to RMB5.9 million for the same period in 2010.  For the first nine months of 2011, income tax expense was RMB6.5 million (US$1.0 million), compared to RMB17.5 million for the same period in 2010. The effective income tax rate was 5.2% for the first nine months of 2011, decreased from 12.6% for the same period in 2010, which was primarily due to the improved financial results in one of the subsidiaries during the first nine months of 2011, resulting in the reversal of valuation allowance previously made against the deferred tax assets of such subsidiary and the impact of a non-taxable other operating income of RMB35.0 million (US$5.5 million) arising from the receipt of settlement in respect of the acquisition of Jiangsu Quanyi in 2009 from certain former shareholders of Jiangsu Quanyi.

    Net income attributable to Simcere was RMB34.0 million (US$5.3 million) for the third quarter of 2011, which represented a decrease of 37.8% from RMB54.7 million for the same period in 2010. Net margin, representing net income attributable to Simcere divided by total revenue, was 6.8% for the third quarter of 2011, compared to 9.9% for the same period in 2010. For the first nine months of 2011, net income attributable to Simcere was RMB135.6 million (US$21.3 million), which represented an increase of 19.2% from RMB113.7 million for the same period in 2010. Net margin for the first nine months of 2011 was 8.9%, compared to 7.3% for the same period in 2010.

    Basic and diluted earnings per American Depository Share ("ADS")for the third quarter of 2011 were RMB0.64 (US$0.10) and RMB0.61 (US$0.10), respectively. Basic and diluted earnings per ADS for the first nine months of 2011 were RMB2.54 (US$0.40) and RMB2.45 (US$0.38) respectively. One ADS represents two ordinary shares of the Company.

    As of September 30, 2011, the Company had cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash of RMB208.2 million (US$32.6 million), compared to RMB278.7 million as of December 31, 2010.

    Share Repurchase ProgramIn November 2011, the Company's board of directors approved a share repurchase program, under which the Company may purchase up to US$30 million of its issued and outstanding ADSs. The repurchases will be made from time to time on the open market at prevailing market prices or in block trades and subject to restrictions relating to volume, price and timing. The Company may effect repurchase transactions pursuant to Rule 10b5-1 under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. The timing and extent of any repurchases will depend upon market conditions, the trading price of its ADSs and other factors. The Company expects to implement this share repurchase program in the next 12 months, in a manner consistent with market conditions and the interest of its shareholders. The Company's board of directors will review the share repurchase program periodically, and may adjust its terms and size accordingly. The Company plans to fund repurchases made under this program from its available cash balance.

    Financial Information The preliminary unaudited condensed consolidated statements of income and balance sheets accompanying this press release have been prepared by the management using U.S. GAAP. This preliminary financial information is not intended to fully comply with U.S. GAAP because it does not present all of the financial information and disclosures required by U.S. GAAP.

    Safe Harbor StatementThis press release contains forward-looking statements. These statements constitute "forward-looking" statements within the meaning of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and as defined in the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements can be identified by terminology such as "anticipate," "believe," "estimate," "expect," "forecast," "intend," "may," "plan," "project," "predict," "should" and "will" and similar expressions. In particular, the quotations from management in this press release contain forward-looking statements. These forward looking statements are based upon management's current views and expectations with respect to future events and are not a guarantee of future performance. Furthermore, these statements are, by their nature, subject to a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual performance and results to differ materially from those discussed in the forward-looking statements as a result of a number of factors. Further information regarding these and other risks is included in Simcere's filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission at www.sec.gov. Simcere does not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statement, except as required under applicable law.

    Conference CallSimcere Pharmaceutical Group will host a conference call to discuss the Company's results for the third quarter of 2011 on Monday, November 14, at 8:00 a.m. Eastern Time (Monday, November 14 at 9:00 p.m. Beijing/Hong Kong time). The management team will be on the call to discuss the results for the third quarter of 2011 and to answer questions.

    To access the conference call, please dial:United States toll-free:

    +1.866.519.4004United States toll:

    +1.718.354.1231China Domestic:

    800.819.0121China Domestic mobile

    400.620.8038Hong Kong:

    +852.2475.0994Please ask to be connected to Q3 2011 Simcere Pharmaceutical Group Earnings Conference Call and provide the following passcode: 21357022.

    Simcere will also broadcast a live audio webcast of the conference call. The broadcast will be available by visiting the "Investor Relations" section of the company's web site at www.simcere.com.

    Following the earnings conference call, an archive of the call will be available by dialing:

    United States toll-free:  

    +1.866.214.5335United States toll:+1.718.354.1232The passcode for replay participants is 21357022. The telephone replay also will be archived on the "Investor Relations" section of the company's web site for seven days following the earnings announcement.

    About Simcere Pharmaceutical GroupSimcere Pharmaceutical Group ("Simcere") (NYSE: SCR) is a leading pharmaceutical company specializing in the development, manufacturing, and marketing of branded generic and proprietary pharmaceuticals in China. Simcere concentrates its research and development efforts on the treatment of diseases with high incidence and/or mortality rates and for which there is a clear demand for more effective pharmacotherapy such as cancer, strokes, cardiovascular disease, infectious diseases and pain. For more information about Simcere Pharmaceutical Group, please visit www.simcere.com.

    Investor and Media Contacts: Email: ir@simcere.comIn Nanjing:
    Yehong Zhang
    President
    Simcere Pharmaceutical Group
    Tel: 86-25-8556-6666 ext 8811In the United States:

    Cindy Zheng
    Brunswick Group
    Tel: 1-212-333-3810In Beijing:

    Yue Yu
    Brunswick Group
    Tel: 86-10-5960-8600 In Hong Kong:
    Joseph Lo Chi-Lun
    Brunswick Group
    Tel: 852-3512-5000  Simcere Pharmaceutical GroupPRELIMINARY UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME(Amounts expressed IN THOUSANDS, EXCEPT SHARE AND ADS DATA)Three months ended September 30,Nine months ended September 30,201020112011201020112011RMBRMBUSDRMBRMBUSDProduct revenue

    541,971

    500,962

    78,5451,538,609

    1,529,527

    239,813Other revenue

    8,157

    -

    -14,756

    -

    -Total revenue550,128500,96278,5451,553,3651,529,527239,813Cost of materials and production

    (83,348)

    (77,311)

    (12,121)(248,543)

    (237,545)

    (37,244)Gross profit466,780423,65166,4241,304,8221,291,982202,569Operating income (expenses):Research and development

    (32,502)

    (45,410)

    (7,120)(94,289)

    (128,139)

    (20,091)Sales, marketing and distribution

    (298,712)

    (291,296)

    (45,672)(855,536)

    (844,546)

    (132,416)General and administrative

    (74,015)

    (69,562)

    (10,907)(199,895)

    (212,360)

    (33,296)Other operating income *

    -15,000

    2,352-35,000

    5,488Income from operations61,55132,3835,077155,102141,93722,254Interest income

    842

    1,278

    2003,204

    3,640

    571Interest expense

    (5,438)

    (11,903)

    (1,866)(14,455)

    (31,308)

    (4,909)Foreign currency exchange gains

    2,417

    2,907

    4563,634

    6,624

    1,038Other  income

    1,059

    6,668

    1,0452,150

    14,190

    2,225Equity in losses of equity method affiliatedcompanies

    (3,534)

    (3,619)

    (567)(11,237)

    (10,218)

    (1,602)Earnings  before income taxes 56,89727,7144,345138,398124,86519,577Income tax expense

    (5,943)

    (693)

    (108)(17,474)

    (6,495)

    (1,018)Net income 50,95427,0214,237120,924118,37018,559Net (income) loss attributable to the
    redeemable noncontrolling interest and noncontrolling interest

    3,713

    6,975

    1,093(7,209)

    17,222

    2,700Net income  attributable to Simcere54,667

    33,996

    5,330113,715

    135,592

    21,259Earnings  per share attributable to Simcere:Basic

    0.51

    0.32

    0.051.04

    1.27

    0.20Diluted

    0.49

    0.31

    0.051.02

    1.23

    0.19Earnings  per ADS attributable to Simcere:Basic

    1.02

    0.64

    0.102.09

    2.54

    0.40Diluted

    0.99

    0.61

    0.102.04

    2.45

    0.38Weighted average number of common shares: Basic

    107,592,947

    107,000,955

    107,000,955108,829,076

    106,905,528

    106,905,528Diluted

    110,677,771

    110,605,961

    110,605,961111,704,306

    110,521,391

    110,521,391* The Company reached a settlement agreement with certain former shareholders of Jiangsu Quanyi Biological Technology Stock Co., Ltd. ("Jiangsu Quanyi", previously known as Jiangsu Yanshen Biological Technology Stock Co., Ltd) in the second quarter of 2011, in respect of the Company's 2009 acquisition of 37.5% equity interest in Jiangsu Quanyi. Pursuant to the settlement agreement, the Company received RMB20 million (US$3.1 million) in June 2011 and RMB15 million (US$2.4 million) in August 2011 respectively and an additional RMB15 million (US$2.4 million) is due the Company on or before December 31, 2011, totaling RMB50 million (US$7.9 million). The amount received was recognized as other operating income.

    Simcere Pharmaceutical GrouppRELIMINARY UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED Balance SheetS(Amounts expressed IN THOUSANDS)December 31,September 30,September 30,201020112011RMBRMBUSDAssetsCurrent assetsCash, cash equivalents and restricted cash

    278,716

    208,206

    32,645Accounts and bills receivable, net

    884,738

    1,153,138

    180,799Inventories

    89,732

    117,732

    18,459Other current assets

    135,301

    233,453

    36,603Totalcurrentassets1,388,4871,712,529268,506Property, plant and equipment, net

    866,262

    899,921

    141,098Land use rights

    142,910

    140,508

    22,030Goodwill and intangible assets, net

    658,139

    656,960

    103,004Investments in and advance to affiliated companies

    121,220

    112,496

    17,638Other assets

    41,234

    17,457

    2,737Totalassets3,218,252

    3,539,871

    555,013LiabilitiesCurrent liabilitiesShort-term borrowings and current portion of long-term borrowings

    360,000

    638,450

    100,102Accounts payable

    49,638

    46,687

    7,320Other payables and accrued liabilities

    596,208

    537,074

    84,207Totalcurrentliabilities1,005,8461,222,211191,629Long-term borrowings, excluding current portion

    19,306

    -

    -Deferred tax liabilities

    68,811

    52,020

    8,157Other liabilities

    22,593

    31,367

    4,918Totalliabilities1,116,5561,305,598204,704Redeemable noncontrolling interest47,45350,8667,975Shareholders' equitySimcere shareholders' equity Ordinary shares at par

    8,597

    8,612

    1,350Additional paid-in capital

    948,469

    971,517

    152,323Accumulated other comprehensive loss

    (97,512)

    (103,464)

    (16,222)Retained earnings

    1,019,118

    1,154,710

    181,046Total equity attributable to Simcere 1,878,6722,031,375318,497Noncontrolling interest

    175,571

    152,032

    23,837Total shareholders' equity2,054,2432,183,407342,334Commitments and contingenciesTotalliabilities, redeemable noncontrolling interest and shareholders'equity3,218,2523,539,871555,013Note: The conversions of Renminbi (RMB) into United States dollars (USD) as at the reporting dates are based on the noon buying rate of USD1.00 = RMB6.3780 on September 30, 2011 as set forth in the H. 10 statistical release of the Federal Reserve Board. No representation is intended to imply that the RMB amounts could have been, or could be, converted, realized or settled into U.S. dollars at that rate on the reporting dates.


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