SOURCE: Recordati

October 27, 2009 08:27 ET

RECORDATI : POSITIVE FIRST NINE MONTHS 2009 RESULTS, SALES AND INCOME INCREASE

MILAN, ITALY--(Marketwire - October 27, 2009) - - Consolidated revenue EUR 556.2 million, + 9.4%.

- Pharmaceutical revenue EUR 535.6 million, + 10.4%.

- International sales EUR 398.2 million, + 13.0%.

- Operating income EUR 121.8 million, + 9.5%.

- Net income EUR 85.3 million, + 11.3%.

- Net financial position*: net debt of EUR 66.4 million.

- Acquisition of Herbacos-Bofarma in the Czech Republic.

- Zanextra® (lercanidipine+enalapril) launched in France.

- Almirall and Nycomed to co-market silodosin in Spain and Italy respectively. Pharmaplan to market silodosin in South Africa.

- Agreement with Pharmathen for a new low dose formulation of lercanidipine.

- Agreement with Amdipharm for the marketing and sales of TransAct® LAT in Italy and Portugal.

- Full year 2009 targets: Revenues of around EUR 750 million, operating income to exceed EUR 160 million and net income to exceed EUR 110 million.

Milan, 27 October 2009 - The Board of Directors of Recordati S.p.A. approved the Group's consolidated results for the first nine months 2009 prepared in accordance with International Accounting Standards and International Financial Reporting Standards (IAS/IFRS) and in particular as per IAS 34 requirements for interim reporting. These financial statements are available on the company's website www.recordati.com.

First nine months financial highlights

- Consolidated revenue is EUR 556.2 million, an increase of 9.4% over the same period of the preceding year. Pharmaceutical sales are EUR 535.6 million, an increase of 10.4%, and include the consolidation of Yeni Ilaç, acquired at the end of 2008, and of Herbacos-Bofarma acquired in January 2009. The growth in sales comes mainly from the international pharmaceutical business (+13.9%). Pharmaceutical sales in Italy are up by 2.5%. Pharmaceutical chemicals sales are EUR 20.6 million, down by 11.2%. Over the period the group's international business is up by 13.0% and accounts for 71.6% of total revenue.

- Operating income, at 21.9% of sales, is EUR 121.8 million, an increase of 9.5% over the same period of the preceding year. R&D expenses grow by 17.2% reaching 8.9% of sales.

- Net income is EUR 85.3 million, an increase of 11.3%, higher than that recorded by operating income thanks to lower financial expenses.

- Net financial position* at 30 September 2009 records net debt of EUR 66.4 million, a reduction of EUR 14.6 million as compared to 31 December 2008 despite the cash outlay required for the acquisition of the Czech pharmaceutical company Herbacos-Bofarma at the end of January and to the distribution of dividends in April for an amount of EUR 49.3 million. Shareholders' equity increased to EUR 484.3 million.

* Cash and short-term financial investments net of bank overdrafts and medium/long-term loans which include the measurement at fair value of hedging derivatives (fair value hedge).

Business development news

In January Herbacos-Bofarma, a Czech pharmaceutical company with headquarters in Pardubice, was acquired. The price paid was of around EUR 19 million. Herbacos-Bofarma is a well known pharmaceutical company operating in the Czech and Slovak markets with a significant portfolio of medicines in various therapeutic classes comprised mainly of analgesic, anti-inflammatory and dermatological products. Individual brands have a strong position in particular market segments. Herbacos-Bofarma employs 100 personnel, of which a sales and marketing network of 35 employees which has developed very good credentials with both pharmacists and physicians. The company is very solid financially. Sales have increased consistently over recent years and in 2008 are around EUR 12 million. The company's EBITDA margin is in line with that of the group. Herbacos-Bofarma, with a market share of around 2% in volumes, is well positioned to act as a platform for launching the new products in our pipeline on the Czech and Slovak markets.

Three important license agreements were signed for the marketing and sales of silodosin, a new compound indicated for the treatment of the signs and symptoms of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). In April a co-marketing agreement for the Spanish market was signed with Almirall, the international pharmaceutical company based in Spain. Almirall will co- market silodosin together with Recordati España, the Spanish subsidiary of the Recordati group. At the end of July a further two agreements were signed, one with Nycomed S.p.A., the Italian subsidiary of the international pharmaceutical group, for the co-marketing of the product in Italy together with Recordati, and the other with Pharmaplan PTY Ltd, a South African pharmaceutical company, for the exclusive marketing and sales in South Africa of the product. Pharmaplan will be responsible for filing the NDA requesting marketing approval in this country. Pharmaplan is already Recordati's licensee for the sale of its original products Zanidip® (lercanidipine), Zaneril® (lercanidipine+enalapril) and Lomexin® (fenticonazole) in South Africa. In Europe the marketing approval authorization (MAA) request for silodosin was submitted to the EMEA (European Medicines Agency), using the centralized approval procedure, during November 2008 and approval is expected in the first half 2010.

During April Recordati's subsidiary Bouchara Recordati launched Zanextra® (lercanidipine + enalapril), its new antihypertensive treatment, in France, the largest market for lercanidipine worldwide. This new specialty is also available in Germany, Australia, Ireland, Finland, Denmark, Greece, Spain, South Africa, the Netherlands, Belgium, Norway and Portugal.

During June a new agreement was concluded with Pharmathen S.A., a Greek pharmaceutical company, covering the exclusive, global and permanent license for Pharmathen's patent and technology as applied to lercanidipine IR (Immediate Release). The new lercanidipine formulation developed by Pharmathen will be available in two dosages: 8 mg and 16 mg. The increased bioavailability as compared to the formulation currently on the market allows for dosage reduction. Recordati filed for marketing approval of this new lercanidipine formulation in a few European countries using the decentralized procedure and intends to eventually obtain approval in all countries where lercanidipine is currently marketed.

In July an agreement with Amdipharm, an international pharmaceutical group, for the marketing and sales in Italy and Portugal of TransAct LAT® (local action transcutaneous), a transdermal patch containing 40 mg of flurbiprofen indicated for the symptomatic relief of localized pain involving the musculoskeletal system, was signed. The product is already on the market in Italy and in Portugal with overall annual sales of approximately EUR 13 million. TransAct LAT® is an original system for the administration of flurbiprofen, a well known and widely prescribed non steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID), which improves its tolerability profile. Recordati has an established franchise in pain and inflammation management and the addition of this product provides a valid further therapeutic option for the medical practitioner.

Subsequent events and business outlook

The group's business performance was in line with expectations during October. Performance during the last quarter of the year is also expected to be positive. For the full year 2009 we confirm our revenue target of around EUR 750 million and expect to achieve operating income in excess of EUR 160 million and net income of over EUR 110 million, an improvement over our previous targets of EUR 155 million and EUR 105 million respectively.

Stock options granted

Furthermore, the Board of Directors resolved to grant 4,065,000 stock options under the 2006-2009 Stock Option Plan approved by the Shareholders' Meeting of 6 April 2006, to 101 group managers (see table attached). The options may be exercised only if certain consolidated net income objectives are reached. The strike price is the average market price of the share over the period between the date of grant and the same day of the preceding month. The characteristics of the plan are described in the information document issued on 17 September 2007 and available on the company's website http://www.recordati.com/rec_en/investors/releases/2007/2007-09-17/2007-09-17.pdf.

Conference call

Recordati will be hosting a conference call today 27 October 2009 at 4.00 pm Italian time (3.00 pm London time, 10.00 am New York time). The conference ID is 37452387 and dial-in numbers are:

Italy +39 02 36005955

UK +44 (0) 1452 587 427

USA 18665516755

France +33 (0) 170751217

Germany +49 (0) 6922227071

A set of slides which will be referred to during the call will be available on our website www.recordati.com under Investors/Company Presentations.

Callers are invited to dial-in 10 minutes before conference time and state the ID number 37452387. If conference operator assistance is required during the connection please digit * followed by 0 or call +44 1452 569 034. A recording of the conference call will be placed on the website www.recordati.com.

Recordati, established in 1926, is a European pharmaceutical group, listed on the Italian Stock Exchange (Reuters RECI.MI, Bloomberg REC IM, ISIN IT 0003828271),with a total staff of over 2,950, dedicated to the research, development, manufacturing and marketing of pharmaceuticals. It has headquarters in Milan, Italy, operations in the main European countries, and a growing presence in the new markets of Central and Eastern Europe. A European field force of over 1,450 medical representatives promotes a wide range of innovative pharmaceuticals, both proprietary and under license, in a number of therapeutic areas including a specialized business dedicated to treatments for rare diseases. Recordati's current and growing coverage of the European pharmaceutical market makes it a partner of choice for new product licenses from companies which do not have European marketing organizations. Recordati is committed to the research and development of new drug entities within the cardiovascular and urogenital therapeutic areas and of treatments for rare diseases. Consolidated revenue for 2008 was EUR 689.6 million, operating income was EUR 144.7 million and net income was EUR 100.4 million.

For further information:

Recordati website: www.recordati.com

Investor Relations

Marianne Tatschke(39)0248787393

e-mail: inver@recordati.it

Media Relations

Claudio Rossetti (Echo Comunicazione d'Impresa)

(39)02 62694736

e-mail: crossetti@echocom.it

Statements contained in this release, other than historical facts, are "forward-looking statements" (as such term is defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995). These statements are based on currently available information, on current best estimates, and on assumptions believed to be reasonable. This information, these estimates and assumptions may prove to be incomplete or erroneous, and involve numerous risks and uncertainties, beyond the Company's control. Hence, actual results may differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. All mentions and descriptions of Recordati products are intended solely as information on the general nature of the company's activities and are not intended to indicate the advisability of administering any product in any particular instance.

RECORDATI GROUP

Summary of consolidated results prepared in accordance with the International Accounting Standards and International Financial Reporting Standards (IAS/IFRS)

(thousands of EUR )

+------------------------+-----------------+--------------------+---------+
|INCOME STATEMENT        |First nine month |First nine months   |Change % |
|                        |2009             |2008                |         |
+------------------------+-----------------+--------------------+---------+
|REVENUE                 |556,187          |508,242             |     9.4 |
+------------------------+-----------------+--------------------+---------+
|Cost of sales           |(177,026)        |           (161,629)|     9.5 |
+------------------------+-----------------+--------------------+---------+
|GROSS PROFIT            |379,161          |346,613             |     9.4 |
+------------------------+-----------------+--------------------+---------+
|Selling expenses        |(168,62)         |(160,871)           |     4.8 |
+------------------------+-----------------+--------------------+---------+
|Research and development|(49,522)         |(42,272)            |    17.2 |
|expenses                |                 |                    |         |
+------------------------+-----------------+--------------------+---------+
|General & administrative|(32,222)         |(29,484)            |     9.3 |
|expenses                |                 |                    |         |
+------------------------+-----------------+--------------------+---------+
|Other income (expenses),|(6,95)           |(2,716)             |   155.9 |
|net                     |                 |                    |         |
+------------------------+-----------------+--------------------+---------+
|OPERATING INCOME        |121,847          |111,27              |     9.5 |
+------------------------+-----------------+--------------------+---------+
|Financial income        |(4,459)          |(5,842)             |  (23.7) |
|(expenses), net         |                 |                    |         |
+------------------------+-----------------+--------------------+---------+
|PRE-TAX INCOME          |117,388          |105,428             |    11.3 |
+------------------------+-----------------+--------------------+---------+
|Provision for income    |(32,111)         |(28,843)            |    11.3 |
|taxes                   |                 |                    |         |
+------------------------+-----------------+--------------------+---------+
|NET INCOME              |85,277           |76,585              |    11.3 |
+------------------------+-----------------+--------------------+---------+
|Attributable to:        |                 |                    |         |
+------------------------+-----------------+--------------------+---------+
|Equity holders of the   |85,272           |76,582              |    11.3 |
|parent                  |                 |                    |         |
+------------------------+-----------------+--------------------+---------+
|Minority interests      |5                |3                   |    66.7 |
+------------------------+-----------------+--------------------+---------+

+-------------------+--------------------+--------------------+---------+
|EARNINGS PER SHARE |First nine months   |First nine months   |Change % |
|                   |2009                |2008                |         |
+-------------------+--------------------+--------------------+---------+
|Basic              |E 0,433             |E 0,39              |    11.0 |
+-------------------+--------------------+--------------------+---------+
|Diluted            |E 0,419             |E 0,383             |     9.4 |
+-------------------+--------------------+--------------------+---------+
Earnings per share (EPS) are based on average shares outstanding during each year, 197,155,264 in 2009 and 196,588,403 in 2008, net of average treasury stock which amounted to 11,472,355 in both years. Diluted earnings per share is calculated taking into account new shares authorized but not yet issued.
+-------------------------+-----------------+-------------------+-------+
| COMPOSITION OF REVENUE  |First nine months  |First nine months|Change%|
|                         |2009               |2008             |       |
+-------------------------+-------------------+-----------------+-------+
|Pharmaceuticals          |535,573             |485,02            |10.4 |
+-------------------------+--------------------+------------------+-----+
|Pharmaceutical chemicals |20,614              |23,222            |(11.2)
+-------------------------+--------------------+------------------+-----+
|TOTAL                    |556,187             |508,242           |9.4  |
+-------------------------+--------------------+------------------+-----+
|- of which International |398,206             |352,479           |13.0 |
+-------------------------+--------------------+------------------+-----+

+-------------------------+-------------------+-------------------+-------+
|INCOME STATEMENT         |Third quarter 2009 |Third quarter 2008 |Change%|
+-------------------------+-------------------+-------------------+-------+
|REVENUE                  |           176,886 |           160,055 |   10.5|
+-------------------------+-------------------+-------------------+-------+
|Cost of sales            |          (55,769) |          (50,403) |   10.6|
+-------------------------+-------------------+-------------------+-------+
|GROSS PROFIT             |           121,117 |           109,652 |   10.5|
+-------------------------+-------------------+-------------------+-------+
|Selling expenses         |          (53,293) |          (48,816) |    9.2|
+-------------------------+-------------------+-------------------+-------+
|Research and development |           (15,84) |          (14,292) |   10.8|
|expenses                 |                   |                   |       |
+-------------------------+-------------------+-------------------+-------+
|General & administrative |           (9,783) |           (9,192) |    6.4|
|expenses                 |                   |                   |       |
+-------------------------+-------------------+-------------------+-------+
|Other income (expenses), |           (2,854) |           (1,888) |   51.2|
|net                      |                   |                   |       |
+-------------------------+-------------------+-------------------+-------+
|OPERATING INCOME         |            39,347 |            35,464 |   10.9|
+-------------------------+-------------------+-------------------+-------+
|Financial income         |           (1,699) |           (1,454) |   16.9|
|(expenses), net          |                   |                   |       |
+-------------------------+-------------------+-------------------+-------+
|PRE-TAX INCOME           |            37,648 |             34,01 |   10.7|
+-------------------------+-------------------+-------------------+-------+
|Provision for income     |          (10,112) |           (9,852) |    2.6|
|taxes                    |                   |                   |       |
+-------------------------+-------------------+-------------------+-------+
|NET INCOME               |            27,536 |            24,158 |   14.0|
+-------------------------+-------------------+-------------------+-------+
|Attributable to:         |                   |                   |       |
+-------------------------+-------------------+-------------------+-------+
|Equity holders of the    |            27,533 |            24,157 |   14.0|
|parent                   |                   |                   |       |
+-------------------------+-------------------+-------------------+-------+
|Minority interests       |                 3 |                 1 |  200.0|
+-------------------------+-------------------+-------------------+-------+

+-------------------------+-------------------+-------------------+-------+
| COMPOSITION OF REVENUE  |Third quarter 2009 |Third quarter 2008 |Change%|
+-------------------------+-------------------+-------------------+-------+
|Pharmaceuticals          |           170,447 |           153,471 |   11.1|
+-------------------------+-------------------+-------------------+-------+
|Pharmaceutical chemicals |             6,439 |             6,584 |  (2.2)|
+-------------------------+-------------------+-------------------+-------+
|TOTAL                    |           176,886 |           160,055 |   10.5|
+-------------------------+-------------------+-------------------+-------+
|- of which International |            129,08 |           113,203 |   14.0|
+-------------------------+-------------------+-------------------+-------+
+-------------------------+-------------------+-------------------+-------+
+-------------------------+----------+-----------+
|ASSETS                   |30.9.2009 |31.12.2008 |
+-------------------------+----------+-----------+
|Property, plant and      |    55,69 |    57,969 |
|equipment                |          |           |
+-------------------------+----------+-----------+
|Intangible assets        |  103,777 |    92,635 |
+-------------------------+----------+-----------+
|Goodwill                 |   303,75 |   289,822 |
+-------------------------+----------+-----------+
|Equity investments       |    7,478 |     7,532 |
+-------------------------+----------+-----------+
|Non-current receivables  |    3,871 |     5,199 |
+-------------------------+----------+-----------+
|Deferred tax assets      |   21,014 |     22,65 |
+-------------------------+----------+-----------+
|TOTAL NON-CURRENT ASSETS |   495,58 |   475,807 |
+-------------------------+----------+-----------+
|Inventories              |   86,751 |    83,087 |
+-------------------------+----------+-----------+
|Trade receivables        |  140,432 |   137,015 |
+-------------------------+----------+-----------+
|Other receivables        |   15,035 |    22,741 |
+-------------------------+----------+-----------+
|Other current assets     |    4,913 |     2,346 |
+-------------------------+----------+-----------+
|Short-term financial     |   75,783 |    94,951 |
|investments, cash and    |          |           |
|cash equivalents         |          |           |
+-------------------------+----------+-----------+
|TOTAL CURRENT ASSETS     |  322,914 |    340,14 |
+-------------------------+----------+-----------+
|TOTAL ASSETS             |  818,494 |   815,947 |
+-------------------------+----------+-----------+
+-------------------------+----------+-----------+
|EQUITY AND LIABILITIES   |30.9.2009 |31.12.2008 |
+-------------------------+----------+-----------+
|Share capital            |   26,095 |    26,063 |
+-------------------------+----------+-----------+
|Capital in excess of par |   82,274 |     81,32 |
|value                    |          |           |
+-------------------------+----------+-----------+
|Treasury stock           | (59,103) |  (59,103) |
+-------------------------+----------+-----------+
|Hedging reserve          |  (4,597) |   (2,532) |
+-------------------------+----------+-----------+
|Translation reserve      |  (4,107) |   (7,096) |
+-------------------------+----------+-----------+
|Other reserves           |   26,031 |    25,733 |
+-------------------------+----------+-----------+
|Retained earnings        |   332,38 |    280,92 |
+-------------------------+----------+-----------+
|Net income for the period|   85,272 |   100,424 |
+-------------------------+----------+-----------+
|GROUP SHAREHOLDERS'      |  484,245 |   445,729 |
|EQUITY                   |          |           |
+-------------------------+----------+-----------+
|Minority interest        |       18 |        13 |
+-------------------------+----------+-----------+
|SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY     |  484,263 |   445,742 |
+-------------------------+----------+-----------+
|Loans due after one year |   80,684 |    81,409 |
+-------------------------+----------+-----------+
|Employees' termination   |   19,058 |    19,624 |
|pay                      |          |           |
+-------------------------+----------+-----------+
|Deferred tax liabilities |     7,02 |     7,399 |
+-------------------------+----------+-----------+
|Other non-current        |    6,165 |     3,189 |
|liabilities              |          |           |
+-------------------------+----------+-----------+
|TOTAL NON-CURRENT        |  112,927 |   111,621 |
|LIABILITIES              |          |           |
+-------------------------+----------+-----------+
|Trade payables           |   75,981 |    88,598 |
+-------------------------+----------+-----------+
|Other payables           |   44,166 |    47,147 |
+-------------------------+----------+-----------+
|Tax liabilities          |   18,364 |    10,278 |
+-------------------------+----------+-----------+
|Other current liabilities|      319 |       385 |
+-------------------------+----------+-----------+
|Provisions               |   16,374 |    15,094 |
+-------------------------+----------+-----------+
|Fair value of hedging    |    4,597 |     2,532 |
|derivatives (cash flow   |          |           |
|hedge)                   |          |           |
+-------------------------+----------+-----------+
|Fair value of hedging    |    2,115 |     1,505 |
|derivatives (fair value  |          |           |
|hedge)                   |          |           |
+-------------------------+----------+-----------+
|Loans due within one year|    2,543 |     2,201 |
+-------------------------+----------+-----------+
|Bank overdrafts          |   56,845 |    90,844 |
+-------------------------+----------+-----------+
|TOTAL CURRENT LIABILITIES|  221,304 |   258,584 |
+-------------------------+----------+-----------+
|TOTAL EQUITY AND         |  818,494 |   815,947 |
|LIABILITIES              |          |           |
+-------------------------+----------+-----------+
DECLARATION BY THE MANAGER RESPONSIBLE FOR PREPARING THE COMPANY'S FINANCIAL REPORTS

The manager responsible for preparing the company's financial reports Fritz Squindo declares, pursuant to paragraph 2 of Article 154-bis of the Consolidated Law on Finance, that the accounting information contained in this press release corresponds to the document results, books and accounting records.

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