SOURCE: Crucell N.V.

November 09, 2010 02:04 ET

Crucell Reports Third Quarter 2010 Results

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Crucell Reports Third Quarter 2010 Results

One-time inventory provision for Quinvaxem® stock of EUR22.8 million.

Total revenues and other operating income of EUR89.5 million compared to EUR94.3 million in the same period in 2009. Operating loss of EUR31.1 million compared to operating profit of EUR15.5 million in Q3 2009. Net loss of EUR27.0 million compared to net profit of EUR10.0 million in Q3 2009 due to write-downs of Quinvaxem® inventory. Undiluted EPS of minus EUR0.33 compared to EUR0.15 in the same quarter of 2009.

Change of 2010 guidance: total revenues and other operating income[1] for the full year expected to be in-line with 2009 levels. Due to the one-time provision, operating loss for the year expected to be EUR20-25 million.

Leiden, the Netherlands (November 9, 2010) - Dutch biopharmaceutical company Crucell N.V. (NYSE Euronext, NASDAQ: CRXL) (SWISS: CRX) today announced its financial results for the third quarter of 2010, based on International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS). These financial results are unaudited.

Business Highlights:

* On October 28, 2010 Crucell announced that it has put a temporary hold on all shipments of Quinvaxem® and Hepavax-Gene®. Crucell also suspended production at the Shingal facility in Korea as the sterile operation had been compromised during recent operations. Current analysis indicates that a microbiological contamination has occurred and investigation into the root cause is ongoing. The Shingal facility was already scheduled to be vacated next year. The operations in our new Incheon facility are not affected. There are no concerns in terms of product safety in relation to the use of any of the vaccines that have already been distributed. All products currently in the market were manufactured in compliance with GMP regulations and have passed all release tests, including, without exception, all sterility analyses. The investigation into the root cause of the contamination is progressing well and actions are being taken to resume manufacturing at the Shingal facility in the coming weeks. The company has taken a EUR22.8 million inventory provision on all Quinvaxem® stock. Crucell's responsibility to the children in developing countries is paramount and we have committed all required resources to resolve this issue expeditiously. We are working with all stakeholders to understand the circumstances surrounding these events and to assess the situation.

* On October 6, 2010 Johnson & Johnson and Crucell announced an agreement whereby Johnson & Johnson, through an affiliate, would acquire all outstanding equity of Crucell that it does not already own for approximately EUR1.75 billion in a recommended cash tender offer; this reflects an intended all cash offer of EUR24.75 per share for all outstanding shares not already owned by Johnson & Johnson. As reported by Johnson & Johnson in the press release, Crucell would become the center for vaccines within the Johnson & Johnson pharmaceutical group whilst retaining its innovative and entrepreneurial culture and dedicated employees. Crucell expects that it would further accelerate and expand its product and pipeline development, as well as its ability to provide vaccines to people around the world, as a Johnson & Johnson company.

* On October 29, 2010 Johnson & Johnson and Crucell reported that the companies are making progress on the preparations for the intended public offer. Johnson & Johnson reported that it currently expects to request and obtain the final approval of the offer document from the AFM and to be in a position to launch the Offer before the end of November, as previously announced.

* Crucell today announces the start of a discovery program leading to the development and commercialization of an Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) vaccine. This discovery program is part of the existing strategic collaboration with Johnson & Johnson, through its subsidiary Ortho-McNeil-Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc., signed in September 2009, to develop innovative products, including antibodies for influenza prevention and treatment.

* DSM and Crucell announced an expansion of the activities in their existing joint venture, the PERCIVIA PER.C6® Development Center (Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States), to transform the company from a development center into a full biopharmaceutical company for the development of PER.C6®- based biobetter proteins and monoclonal antibodies as well as global licensing of the PER.C6® human cell line for production of third party monoclonal antibodies and other proteins.

* Crucell and the Aeras Global TB Vaccine Foundation announced the start of a Phase II clinical trial in infants of the jointly developed tuberculosis vaccine candidate, AERAS-402/Crucell Ad35.

* Crucell announced that the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI) has started with a Phase I clinical trial to evaluate the safety and immunogenicity of two preventive AIDS vaccine candidates.


Financial Highlights:

* The Company announced combined total revenues and other operating income of EUR89.5 million, compared to EUR94.3 million in the third quarter of 2009. The decrease was driven by a decline in respiratory vaccine sales.

* Product sales were EUR72.8 million, representing sales of paediatric vaccines (67%), travel and endemic vaccines (14%), respiratory vaccines (14%), and other products (5%). Higher sales of paediatric vaccines were more than off- set by lower sales of respiratory vaccines due to a later start of the flu season.

* Gross margins were 7%, compared to 39% in the third quarter of 2009. Gross margins were significantly impacted by the provision for Quinvaxem® inventory, pricing of Quinvaxem® sales, variation in product mix and negative operating variances.

* Research and development (R&D) expenses increased to EUR26.8 million, compared to EUR16.5 million in the third quarter of 2009 as R&D program spending accelerated in line with guidance.

* Operating loss of EUR31.1 million for the third quarter, compared to EUR15.5 million operating profit in the same period of 2009.

* Net loss of EUR27.0 million for the third quarter of 2010, compared to a net profit of EUR10.0 million in the third quarter of 2009. Net loss per share of EUR0.33, compared to a net profit per share of EUR0.15 in the same period of 2009.

* Cash from operating activities decreased to EUR17.3 million compared to EUR72.1 million in the same period of 2009. In the third quarter of 2009 the cash received from the Johnson & Johnson collaboration, relating to the development programs, was included in the cash from operating activities.

* Cash from investing activities amounted to EUR29.1 million in the third quarter, which is mainly due to reclassification of financial deposits.

* Net cash from financing activities in the quarter amounted to EUR0.2 million compared to EUR235.0 million in the same period of 2009, as the third quarter of 2009 included the 18% equity stake of Johnson & Johnson.

* Cash and cash equivalents increased by EUR46.6 million during the third quarter to EUR292.1 million.


Key Figures: (EUR million, except net result per share)
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      Third Quarter                                     Nine months ended
                                                           September 30
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     2010   2009 Change                                  2010  2009 Change
unaudited    unaudited                              unaudited   unaudited
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                           Total revenues and other
    89.5      94.3  (5)%       operating income        283.8     246.7  15%

  (31.1)      15.5         Operating profit/(loss)    (22.3)      21.0


  (27.1)      10.0            Net profit/(loss)       (20.1)       8.4


                             Net result per share
  (0.33)      0.15                 (basic)            (0.25)      0.13


Crucell's Chief Executive Officer Ronald Brus said:

"Resolving the contamination issue in our Shingal facility is our number one priority. We are totally committed to provide children in developing countries with the highest quality vaccines. We have mobilized all required resources to investigate and correct the problem so we can resume shipments in the coming weeks.

We are working together with all stakeholders to understand and correct the root cause of the contamination. We have no concerns about the safety of our products in the market, which have passed all release tests. We remain confident in the safety and quality of our most important paediatric vaccine Quinvaxem® and its role to protect children in the developing world against five important infectious diseases.

In October we reached an agreement with Johnson & Johnson for an intended all cash offer of EUR24.75 per share. We will hold an informational EGM on December 10, 2010 to discuss the offer in more detail with our shareholders. The Crucell Boards fully support this offer as this potential transaction creates a powerful platform for vaccine development. This potential transaction would allow Johnson & Johnson to invest in the development of Crucell's products and pipeline and support Crucell's mission to increase the number of people around the globe protected from infectious diseases."

Product Sales Update:

Product sales in the third quarter of 2010 decreased 13% over the same quarter in 2009 to EUR72.8 million and represent sales of paediatric vaccines (67%), travel and endemic vaccines (14%), respiratory vaccines (14%), and other products (5%). Higher sales of paediatric vaccines were more than off- set by lower sales of respiratory vaccine sales due to a later start of the flu season.

Paediatric vaccines

Crucell has established that recently the sterile operation of our Shingal facility (Korea) had been compromised. As a precautionary measure we have put a temporary hold on all shipments of Quinvaxem® and Hepavax- Gene® that were planned for delivery. The investigation into the root cause of the contamination is progressing well and actions are being taken to resume manufacturing at the Shingal facility in the coming weeks. The company has taken a EUR22.8 million inventory provision on all Quinvaxem® stock, related to the contamination.

All products currently in the market have passed all release tests, including, without exception, all sterility analyses. There are no concerns in relation to the use of any of the material that was distributed in terms of product safety.

In the third quarter, Quinvaxem® sales were strong due to additional demand from UNICEF and PAHO.

Travel and endemic vaccines

After a strong first half of this year, travel sales in the third quarter of 2010 were flat compared to the same quarter of last year. We continue to see progress in upscaling the production process, required to prepare for introduction of Epaxal® in the US.

Respiratory vaccines

Sales of Crucell's influenza vaccine Inflexal® V in the quarter were lower due to strong comparables in the same quarter last year driven by a strong flu season last season. Due to limited availability of flu antigen and weaker overall demand, fourth quarter 2010 sales of Inflexal® V are expected to be lower than the fourth quarter in 2009.

Research & Development Highlights:

* Human Monoclonal Antibodies against a broad range of Influenza strains (pre- clinical): In September 2009 Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), through its subsidiary Ortho-McNeil-Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc., and Crucell entered into a strategic collaboration for the development and commercialization of a universal monoclonal antibody product (flu-mAb) for the treatment and prevention of influenza. An important activity in the development of this flu-mAb has been the first production of this antibody product in a mobile and fully disposable FlexFactory®. In addition the strategic collaboration involves four innovative discovery programs focusing on the development and commercialization of a universal influenza vaccine as well as vaccines directed against three other infectious and non-infectious disease targets - including RSV and HPV (see below). Activities for the universal influenza vaccine, which started in January, are ongoing. The universal influenza vaccine will be designed based on specific epitopes of our broadly cross- neutralizing influenza antibodies. The selection of the other innovation targets is ongoing.

* Therapeutic Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) Vaccine (pre-clinical): Today Crucell announces the start of a discovery program leading to the development and commercialization of an HPV vaccine. Genital infection with HPV is very common in both men and women and usually spontaneously cleared within one year after infection. In about 1% of individuals, however, HPV persists, ultimately resulting in genital neoplastic lesions. This discovery program is part of the strategic collaboration with JNJ (see above).

* Influenza - Seasonal Influenza Vaccine: Crucell has commenced with the development of a cell-based influenza vaccine. The introduction of cell- based Inflexal® V will be the next important step for Crucell's respiratory franchise. Combining Crucell's high density PER.C6® production system with the company's proprietary virosomal technology creates a cutting-edge method to produce Inflexal® antigens both at large scale, at very competitive cost levels and earlier in the season. Crucell expects to apply for licensure in 2014.

* AIDS/HIV Vaccine (Phase I): In April 2008, Crucell announced the start of a Phase I clinical study of the novel recombinant HIV vaccine. The preliminary results of this Phase I study were updated at the AIDS Vaccine 2010 conference in Atlanta, GA in Sept 2010 confirming the safety and immunogenicity of this HIV candidate vaccine vector.

In August 2010 Crucell announced its participation in an international Phase I clinical trial in the United States and Africa of a combination of two AdVac®-based AIDS vaccine candidates, Ad26.ENVA.01 and Ad35-ENV, in healthy adults who are not infected with HIV. The clinical trial has started in October 2010 and will be led by the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI), representing a collaboration between IAVI, Crucell, the Ragon Institute, and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC), a major teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School.

The Ad26.ENVA.01 vaccine candidate used in this study is manufactured by Crucell, while the Ad35-ENV vaccine is developed by IAVI. Both vaccines candidates are based on Crucell's proprietary AdVac® technology. The planned Phase 1 trial of the vaccine combination, which follows a Phase I trial of the Ad35-ENV vaccine by IAVI and a Phase I trial of Ad26.ENVA.01 by the Harvard-Crucell consortium, supported by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), represents a key step towards proof of concept studies to evaluate the efficacy of the vaccine combination in humans.

* Tuberculosis Vaccine (Phase II): To date, data from all AERAS- 402/Crucell Ad35 trials support the immunogenicity and acceptable safety profile of the TB candidate vaccine at all dose levels evaluated.

A Phase II clinical trial in infants of AERAS-402/Crucell Ad35 started in October 2010. The main objective of the trial is to test the safety and efficacy of the TB vaccine candidate in infants previously vaccinated with the Bacille Calmette-Guérin (BCG) vaccine, which is currently the only vaccine licensed to help prevent TB. The first part of this clinical trial, which is conducted in Kenya, will establish the optimal dosing regimen. The selected regimen will then be tested in the second part of the trial, planned to begin in 2011 in Kenya, Mozambique, South Africa and Uganda.

* Rabies Human Monoclonal Antibody Combination/CL184 (Phase II): Crucell's monoclonal antibody combination against rabies is being developed in collaboration with sanofi pasteur using Crucell's PER.C6® manufacturing technology. The Indian authorities released the material for the additional Phase II study in India. This start of this trial is now imminent. This study is designed to collect safety and neutralizing activity data of the CL184 antibody in combination with the vaccine in a simulated rabies post- exposure prophylaxis setting.


Korean Production Facility:

In October 2008 Crucell announced that an agreement was reached to relocate Crucell's Korean production facility from the Shingal site in Yongin City, Korea to the Incheon Free Economic Zone, Korea. Construction activities at the new site started in December 2008 and technical completion was reached within 13 months. First test runs started in May 2010 and are progressing according to plan. The results of the comparability studies done to date are fully satisfactory and most of the comparability work will be completed before the end of this year. The operations in the new Incheon facility are not affected by the contamination in the old factory. The new facility will enable the further growth and highly efficient production of Quinvaxem® and Hepavax- Gene®, with a capacity of over 100 million doses annually.


Manufacturing & Licensing Agreements:

* Crucell today announces that UK-based Eden Biodesign Limited, signed a non- exclusive Vendor Network Agreement, whereby Eden has become a pre- approved authorized provider of services for contract manufacturing on Crucell's proprietary PER.C6® cell-line technology. Under the terms of the agreement Eden will be able to offer Contract Manufacturing Services to Crucell's PER.C6® licensees in the field of vaccines and gene therapy. Financial details of the agreement were not disclosed. [Oct 2010]


PERCIVIA:

DSM and Crucell have expanded the activities in their existing joint venture, the PERCIVIA PER.C6® Development Center (Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States), to transform the company from a development center into a full biopharmaceutical company for the development of PER.C6®-based biobetter proteins and monoclonal antibodies as well as global licensing of the PER.C6® human cell line for production of third party monoclonal antibodies and other proteins.

The joint venture, in which DSM and Crucell will each hold an equal equity share, will be known as PERCIVIA LLC. The joint venture will broaden its scope and will focus on proprietary development of PER.C6®-based biobetter proteins and monoclonal antibodies, initially to early clinical stages.

Patents:

In Q3 2010 Crucell was granted a total of 34 patents, including patents for:

* Aspects of PER.C6® recombinant protein glycoform expression technology, in the U.S.

* Different aspects of improved adenoviral AdVac® vectors, in India, in Canada and in Singapore

* Cell lines for improved adenovirus production, in Australia

* Elements of STAR® technology, in Europe, in Singapore and in the U.S.

* Chimeric adenoviruses that can target different specific cell types, in the U.S.

* Improvements in influenza virus isolation using PER.C6® technology, in Korea

* Genetically engineered Vibrio choleraestrains, in Europe



Financial Review Third Quarter 2010

Total Revenues and Other Operating Income

The Company announced combined total revenues and other operating income of EUR89.5 million, compared to EUR94.3 million in the third quarter of 2009. The decrease was driven by a decline in respiratory vaccine sales.

Product sales in the third quarter of 2010 decreased 13% over the same quarter in 2009 to EUR72.8 million and represent sales of paediatric vaccines (67%), travel and endemic vaccines (14%), respiratory vaccines (14%), and other products (5%).

License revenues were EUR5.2 million in the third quarter, compared to EUR3.8 million in the third quarter of 2009. The increase is mainly due to the recognition of revenues from the JNJ collaboration which was signed in September 2009.

Service fees for the quarter were EUR4.6 million, compared to EUR2.4 million in the same quarter of 2009. Service fees represent revenues for product development activities performed under contracts with partners and licensees.

Other operating income was EUR6.9 million for the quarter, compared to EUR4.4 million in the third quarter of 2009, reflecting a higher level of R&D reimbursements and one-time transactions.

Cost of Goods Sold

Cost of goods sold for the third quarter of 2010 amounted to EUR77.0 million compared to EUR55.1 in the same quarter of the prior year. EUR75.5 million represents product costs; and EUR1.5 million the cost of service and license activities.

Gross margins were 7%, compared to 39% in the third quarter of 2009. Gross margins were significantly impacted by the provision for Quinvaxem® inventory, pricing of Quinvaxem® sales, variation in product mix and negative operating variances.

Expenses

Total expenses consisted of research and development (R&D) expenses, marketing and sales (M&S) and general and administrative (G&A) expenses. Total expenses for the third quarter were EUR43.6 million, representing a EUR19.9 million increase over the same period in 2009, driven by an increase in R&D expenses and the positive effect of the reversal of impairment in the third quarter of 2009.

R&D expenses for the third quarter amounted to EUR26.8 million, representing an increase of EUR10.3 million versus the third quarter of 2009 as R&D program spending accelerated in line with guidance.

SG&A expenses for the quarter were EUR16.7 million compared to EUR15.2 million in the third quarter of 2009. This increase was mainly due to higher M&S expenses, partly as a result of the set-up of the new UK office.

Operating loss of EUR31.1 million for the third quarter, compared to an operating profit of EUR15.5 million in the same period of 2009.

Net Result

Net loss of EUR27.0 million was reported for the third quarter of 2009, compared to a net profit of EUR10.0 million in the third quarter of 2009. Net loss per share is EUR0.33, compared to a net profit per share of EUR0.15 in the same period of 2009.

Balance Sheet

Tangible fixed assets amounted to EUR239.3 million on September 30, 2010. Intangible assets amounted to EUR82.6 million, including acquired in- process research and development, developed technology, patents and trademarks, the value of customer and supplier relationships, and capitalized IT investments.

Investments in associates and joint ventures amounted to EUR13.5 million and mainly represent investments in AdImmune and the PERCIVIA PER.C6® Development Center. Crucell's investment in Galapagos NV is classified under available-for- sale investments.

Total equity on September 30, 2010 amounted to EUR773.9 million. A total of 81.7 million ordinary shares were issued and outstanding on September 30, 2010.

Cash Flow and Cash Position

Cash and cash equivalents increased by EUR46.6 million during the third quarter to EUR292.1 million. Short term financial assets include deposits with maturities over 90 days for an amount of EUR52.5 million. This reduction of EUR47.6 million was due to the reclassification of longer term deposits, where the deposit maturity was reduced to 3 month or less.

Cash from operating activities decreased to EUR17.3 million compared to EUR72.1 million in the same period of 2009. In the third quarter of 2009 the cash received from the Johnson & Johnson collaboration was included in the cash from operating activities.

Cash from investing activities amounted to EUR29.1 million in the third quarter, which is mainly due to reclassification of financial deposits.

Net cash from financing activities in the quarter amounted to EUR0.2 million compared to EUR235.0 million in the same period of 2009, as the third quarter of 2009 included the 18% equity stake of Johnson & Johnson.

Notes to the Condensed Consolidated Interim Financial Statements

The notes to Crucell's Financial Statements for the nine months period ended September 30, 2010 are available onwww.crucell.com.

About Crucell

Crucell N.V. (NYSE Euronext, NASDAQ: CRXL; Swiss Exchange: CRX) is a global biopharmaceutical company focused on research development, production and marketing of vaccines, proteins and antibodies that prevent and/or treat infectious diseases. In 2009 alone, Crucell distributed more than 115 million vaccine doses in more than 100 countries around the world, with the vast majority of doses (97%) going to developing countries. Crucell is one of the major suppliers of vaccines to UNICEF and the developing world. Crucell was the first manufacturer to launch a fully-liquid pentavalent vaccine. Called Quinvaxem®, this innovative combination vaccine protects against five important childhood diseases. Over 130 million doses have been sold since its launch in 2006 in more than 50 GAVI countries. With this innovation, Crucell has become a major partner in protecting children in developing countries. Other products in Crucell's core portfolio include a vaccine against hepatitis B and a virosome- adjuvanted vaccine against influenza. Crucell also markets travel vaccines, such as an oral anti-typhoid vaccine, an oral cholera vaccine and the only aluminum- free hepatitis A vaccine on the market. The Company has a broad development pipeline, with several product candidates based on its unique PER.C6® production technology. The Company licenses its PER.C6® technology and other technologies to the biopharmaceutical industry. Important partners and licensees include Johnson & Johnson, DSM Biologics, sanofi-aventis, Novartis, Wyeth, GSK, CSL and Merck & Co. Crucell is headquartered in Leiden, the Netherlands, with offices in China, Indonesia, Italy, Korea, Malaysia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, UK, the USA and Vietnam. The Company employs over 1300 people. For more information, please visitwww.crucell.com.

Forward-looking statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements that involve inherent risks and uncertainties. We have identified a number of important factors that may cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in such forward-looking statements. For information relating to these factors please refer to our Form 20-F, as filed with the US Securities and Exchange Commission on April 7, 2010, in the section entitled 'Risk Factors' and in our second quarter 2010 financial results, as filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on August 17, 2010 in the section entitled 'Risk Paragraph'. The Company prepares its financial statements under International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS).

EGM information

Crucell will convene an Extraordinary General Meeting of Shareholders on December 10, 2010 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, to discuss the intended offer of Johnson & Johnson for all outstanding shares of Crucell not already owned by Johnson & Johnson. The statutory meeting for shareholders as required by Dutch takeover regulations will be held in January, 2011 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands (six business days prior to the expiration of the acceptance period of the offer).


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