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West Announces Third Quarter 2009 Results
Date:11/3/2009

d to the first half of the year. We expect the unusual seasonality of 2009 to continue and that fourth-quarter sales will be the strongest of the year, despite some continued weakness in the Tech Group. Our revised guidance is for 2009 Adjusted Diluted EPS of between $2.08 and $2.13. We expect the overall improvements we've seen during the last four months to continue through the fourth quarter and into 2010, and are forecasting revenue growth of between 3% and 5% for next year, excluding the effects of currency translation."

Pharmaceutical Systems Segment

Pharmaceutical Systems segment sales for the third quarter of 2009 were $198.1 million, $7.6 million higher than those reported in the third quarter of 2008. Unfavorable foreign currency translation reduced comparable quarterly sales by $7.2 million, or 3.8%. Excluding the effects of currency translation, sales grew by $14.8 million, or 7.8%.

H1N1 flu vaccination-related sales of $9.7 million, primarily for serum stoppers, were augmented by growth in components used in the processing and packaging of freeze-dried pharmaceutical products, and components for prefillable syringes and cartridges. In each of those categories, Westar® processing and West's component coating technologies contributed to the sales value of the incremental units. Geographically, and excluding the effects of currency translation, revenue growth was strongest in North America and Asia.

Gross profit in the quarter was $63.4 million, compared to $56.2 million in the 2008 quarter, and gross margin was 32.0%, 2.5 percentage points higher than in the prior-year period. Currency translation reduced gross profit by $1.6 million. The increase in gross profit compared to the prior-year period was primarily due to the $9.8 million combined effects of higher overall selling prices and a more profitable sales mix, as well as to $1.9 million in lower raw material costs. This is the first quart
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