SOURCE: MorphoSys AG

April 27, 2010 01:18 ET

MorphoSys AG Reports Results for the First Quarter of 2010

MARTINSRIED, GERMANY and MUNCHEN, GERMANY--(Marketwire - April 27, 2010) -

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MorphoSys AG (FSE: MOR; Prime Standard Segment; TecDAX) today announced its financial results for the three months ending March 31, 2010 according to International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS). Group revenues increased by 8 % to EUR 20.6 million (Q1 2009: EUR 19.1 million) and operating profit was EUR 4.7 million (Q1 2009: EUR 4.2 million). Net profit amounted to EUR 3.2 million (Q1 2009: EUR 3.5 million). As planned, MorphoSys further increased its investment in proprietary research and development, to EUR 4.6 million (Q1 2009: EUR 4.1 million). MorphoSys's cash position on March 31, 2010 was EUR 147.3 million (December 31, 2009: EUR 135.1 million). The Company re- confirmed its full year guidance 2010.

Highlights of the First Quarter of 2010

· In January 2010, MorphoSys began enrollment of rheumatoid arthritis patients in a phase 1b/2a clinical trial of its lead drug MOR103. MOR103 is a fully human HuCAL antibody directed against GM-CSF (granulocyte macrophage- colony stimulating factor), being developed in the area of inflammatory diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis.

· MorphoSys's drug pipeline now comprises 72 therapeutic antibody programs in total, of which eight are currently in clinical development, 28 are in preclinical development and 36 are in the discovery phase. Seven of these are MorphoSys's proprietary programs, including the co-development program with Novartis, with MOR103 being the most advanced. The early-stage cancer program MOR203 was discontinued during the first quarter of 2010.

· MorphoSys and Galapagos expanded their antibody alliance in bone and joint diseases. Based on the solid progress made so far, the partners have agreed to add another antibody target to the alliance, thereby increasing the total number of programs to four.

· Shionogi expanded its current research license to cover the use of MorphoSys's HuCAL PLATINUM technology in drug discovery.

· MorphoSys and Wacker Chemie expanded their existing cooperation in the use of Wacker's bacterial secretion technology ESETEC(®). As a result, MorphoSys will now be able to use the Wacker technology for the production of antigen material in addition to the production of antibodies in both the early development phase of therapeutic projects as well as in the production of diagnostic and research antibodies.

· MorphoSys's research and diagnostic antibody unit AbD Serotec has made significant progress using the HuCAL technology platform to generate custom-made monoclonal antibodies for research and diagnostic use. Over the course of the last four years, AbD Serotec's technical success rates have improved from 80% to 98%.

· The Japanese Patent Office granted a new patent providing extended protection for the Company's core technology HuCAL. The new patent (JP 4436457) covers the production and design of an antibody library based on phage display.

"In the first quarter, MorphoSys advanced its first proprietary antibody program into a phase 1b/2a trial in rheumatoid arthritis patients, a major milestone for our Company," commented Dave Lemus, Chief Financial Officer of MorphoSys AG. "Our strong earnings-generating business allows us to further expand our proprietary product development activities in 2010 while maintaining our solid financial profile."

Financial Review for First Quarter of 2010 (IFRS)

Group revenues for the first quarter of 2010 amounted to EUR 20.6 million (Q1 2009: EUR 19.1 million), an increase of 8 % over the prior year. Segment revenues arising from the Partnered Discovery segment accounted for EUR 15.1 million of the total (Q1 2009: EUR 14.2 million) and included success-based payments in the amount of EUR 1.3 million (Q1 2009: EUR 2.8 million). The Proprietary Development segment, comprising the Company's own and joint drug development activities contributed EUR 0.3 million to total revenues (Q1 2009: EUR 0.3 million). These revenues arise from Novartis's funding of a joint pre-development program. Revenues of the Research and Diagnostics segment AbD Serotec increased by 12 % to EUR 5.5 million (Q1 2009: EUR 4.9 million). Measured at constant foreign exchange rates as of Q1 2009, segment revenues in the Partnered Discovery and Proprietary Development segments would have amounted to EUR 15.4 million and revenues in the AbD Serotec segment would have remained unchanged at EUR 5.5 million. MorphoSys's overall revenue growth was driven primarily by higher levels of funded research and licensing fees in the Partnered Discovery segment as well as stronger sales in the AbD Serotec segment.

Total operating expenses for the first three months of 2010 amounted to EUR 15.9 million (Q1 2009: EUR 14.9 million), representing an increase of 7 % over the prior year, which was mainly the result of a higher level of investment in proprietary drug development, as planned. Cost of goods sold (COGS) remained unchanged in comparison to the first quarter of 2009 at EUR 1.7 million. Research and development expenses increased by 9 % to EUR 9.3 million (Q1 2009: EUR 8.5 million). These R&D expenses comprised costs for proprietary product and technology development in the amount of EUR 4.6 million (Q1 2009: EUR 4.1 million) as well as costs incurred on behalf of partners. Sales, general and administrative expenses increased by 2 % to EUR 4.9 million (Q1 2009: EUR 4.8 million). Non-cash charges related to stock-based compensation are embedded in COGS, S, G&A and R&D expenses and amounted to EUR 0.4 million (Q1 2009: EUR 0.3 million). Total operating profit amounted to EUR 4.7 million (Q1 2009: EUR 4.2 million).

The segment result for the Partnered Discovery segment amounted to EUR 10.0 million (Q1 2009: EUR 9.3 million), while the Proprietary Development segment showed a segment loss of EUR 4.3 million (Q1 2009: segment loss of EUR 3.8 million). In the AbD Serotec segment, operating profit significantly increased to EUR 0.9 million (Q1 2009: EUR 0.6 million) and would have amounted to EUR 1.0 million under the assumption of constant foreign exchange rates at the average rate of Q1 2009. Unallocated corporate costs in the first three months of 2010 amounted to EUR 2.0 million (Q1 2009: EUR 1.9 million).

For the first three months of 2010, non-operating expenses amounted to EUR 0.1 million (Q1 2009: non-operating income of EUR 0.9 million). Profit before taxes amounted to EUR 4.6 million (Q1 2009: EUR 5.1 million).

For the first three months of 2010, the Company reported income tax expenses in the amount of EUR 1.4 million (Q1 2009: EUR 1.6 million).

Net profit for the first three months of 2010 amounted to EUR 3.2 million (Q1 2009: EUR 3.5 million). The resulting diluted earnings per share for the first three months of 2010 amounted to EUR 0.14 (Q1 2009: Diluted earnings per share of EUR 0.16).

On March 31, 2010, the Company had EUR 147.3 million in cash, cash equivalents, and marketable securities, compared to EUR 135.1 million as of December 31, 2009. Net cash inflow from operations in the first three months of 2010 amounted to EUR 13.1 million (Q1 2009: cash outflow of EUR 1.7 million). The number of issued shares at March 31, 2010 was 22,677,078, compared to 22,660,557 shares at December 31, 2009.

Financial Outlook for 2010

MorphoSys re-confirmed its financial guidance for 2010 as previously communicated in February 2010. The Company anticipates total group revenues between EUR 89 million and EUR 93 million, and an operating profit of EUR 5 million to EUR 9 million. In line with its plans to expand the Company's proprietary pipeline, MorphoSys anticipates making investments in technology and product development of between EUR 26 million and EUR 29 million, compared to EUR 19.3 million in the previous year.

MorphoSys will hold a public conference call today at 02:00 p.m. CEST (08:00 a.m. EST, 01:00 p.m. BST) to present the Three Months Results 2010 and report on current developments.

Dial-in number for the Conference Call (listen-only):

Germany:              +49 (0) 89 24443 2975
For U.K. residents:   +44 (0) 20 3003 2666
For U.S. residents:   +1 212 999 6659

Please dial in 10 minutes before the beginning of the conference.

Approximately two hours after the press conference, an audio replay of the conference will be available on http://www.morphosys.com.

About MorphoSys:

MorphoSys is an independent biotechnology company that develops novel antibodies for therapeutic, diagnostic and research applications. The Company's HuCAL technology is one of the most powerful methods available for generating fully human antibodies. By successfully applying this and other proprietary technologies, MorphoSys has become a leader in the field of therapeutic antibodies, one of the fastest-growing drug classes in human health- care. Through its alliances with some of the world's leading pharmaceutical companies, MorphoSys has created a pipeline of more than 60 drug candidates. The Company is expanding its drug pipeline by adding new partnered programs, and by building a portfolio of fully-owned therapeutic antibodies. For its proprietary portfolio, the Company is focused on the areas of oncology and inflammation. Its most advanced program MOR103, a first-in-class, fully human antibody against GM-CSF, is currently tested in a Phase Ib/IIa trial in rheumatoid arthritis patients. Via its business unit AbD Serotec, MorphoSys is expanding the reach of its technologies in the diagnostics and research markets. MorphoSys is headquartered in Munich, Germany and listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange under the symbol "MOR". For further information, visit http://www.morphosys.com/


HuCAL®, HuCAL GOLD®, HuCAL PLATINUM®, CysDisplay® and RapMAT® are registered trademarks of MorphoSys AG.

This communication contains certain forward-looking statements concerning the MorphoSys group of companies. The forward-looking statements contained herein represent the judgment of MorphoSys as of the date of this release and involve risks and uncertainties. Should actual conditions differ from the Company's assumptions, actual results and actions may differ from those anticipated. MorphoSys does not intend to update any of these forward-looking statements as far as the wording of the relevant press release is concerned.

For more information, please contact MorphoSys:

Dr. Claudia Gutjahr-Löser, Head of Corporate Communications & IR
Tel: +49 (0) 89 / 899 27-122

Mario Brkulj, Senior Manager Corporate Communications & IR
Tel: +49 (0) 89 / 899 27-454

Jessica Kulpi, Specialist Corporate Communications & IR
Tel: +49 (0) 89 / 899 27-332

investors@morphosys.com

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MorphoSys AG
Lena-Christ-Str. 48 Martinsried / München Germany

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