SOURCE: Myriad Genetics

August 21, 2007 06:30 ET

Myriad Genetics Reports Financial Results For Fiscal 2007

Record $157 Million Revenues in Fiscal 2007, 32% Lower Q4 Loss and Major Pipeline Progress Highlight Achievements

SALT LAKE CITY, UT--(Marketwire - August 21, 2007) - Myriad Genetics, Inc. (NASDAQ: MYGN) today reported financial results for its fourth quarter and fiscal year ended June 30, 2007.

Molecular diagnostic product revenues for fiscal 2007 increased to a record $145.3 million from $100.6 million for fiscal 2006, an increase of 44%. For the fourth quarter of fiscal 2007, molecular diagnostic revenues were $42.3 million, up 47% from $28.8 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2006, and an 11% quarter-to-quarter increase from third quarter fiscal 2007. These increases were due primarily to Myriad's strong sales and marketing efforts, which have resulted in increased demand for our molecular diagnostic products. Total revenues for fiscal 2007 were $157.1 million, compared with $114.3 million for fiscal 2006.

The gross profit margin on molecular diagnostic revenues rose to 82% for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2007, from 72% in the fourth quarter last year, and was 79% for fiscal year 2007, up from 73% for fiscal 2006. The increases were primarily as a result of technology improvements and efficiency gains in the operation of our molecular diagnostics laboratory.

Myriad continues to maintain a strong cash position, and as of June 30, 2007, the Company had approximately $308 million in cash, cash equivalents and marketable investment securities, as compared to $228 million as of June 30, 2006. The company has no debt and no convertible securities.

Peter Meldrum, President and Chief Executive Officer of Myriad Genetics, Inc., commenting on the strong quarter and fiscal year, said, "Myriad's strategy of parallel and complementary commercial paths for our molecular diagnostics and therapeutics businesses continues to produce results. The investment required to advance the development of all our therapeutic programs, including the seven human clinical studies for our drug candidates Flurizan™, Azixa™, MPC-2130 and MPC-0920, have been heavily underwritten by the operating profits from our rapidly growing molecular diagnostics business. This year, we generated approximately $60 million in operating profits from our molecular diagnostic laboratory."

The net loss per share for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2007 was $0.18, compared with $0.29 per share, from the fourth quarter of fiscal 2006. The net loss for the fourth quarter was $7.8 million, a 32% improvement over the $11.4 million loss of fourth quarter last year. For fiscal year 2007, the net loss per share improved to $0.85 per share, compared with $1.05 per share for fiscal 2006, and the net loss was $35.0 million, an 8% reduction from $38.2 million last year.

Research and development expense for fiscal 2007 was $100.7 million compared with $83.8 million for the same period in the prior year. This 20% increase was due primarily to advancing Myriad's therapeutic development programs in Alzheimer's disease and cancer. The Company has completed enrollment in the U.S. and Global Phase 3 trials of Flurizan in Alzheimer's disease, initiated three Phase 2 clinical trials of Azixa in primary and metastatic brain cancer, and advanced our preclinical pipeline of drug candidates toward human clinical trials, including Vivecon™ for the treatment of HIV infected individuals.

Selling, general and administrative expenses were $73.3 million in fiscal 2007, a 51% increase from $48.5 million in fiscal 2006. This increase was primarily due to support of our 44% revenue growth, expansion of our sales force in the women's health sector, preparation for the upcoming direct-to-consumer advertising campaign, and non-cash stock option expenses.

Conference Call and Webcast

A conference call with Company management will be held today at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time, with investors and media to discuss these results and recent events at the Company. Between 9:45 a.m. and 10:00 a.m., the dial-in number for domestic callers is (888) 589-2820. International callers may dial (706) 634-2173. All callers will need to reference conference ID number 12719623. An archived replay of the call will be available for 7 days by dialing (800) 642-1687 or (706) 645-9291, and entering conference ID number 12719623. The conference call will also be audiocast over the Web and can be accessed through:

Myriad Genetics, Inc. is a biotechnology company focused on the development and marketing of novel therapeutic and molecular diagnostic products. Myriad's news and other information are available on the Company's Web site at

Flurizan, Azixa and Vivecon are trademarks of Myriad Genetics, Inc. in the United States and other countries.

This press release contains "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including statements relating to increased sales, marketing and educational efforts resulting in wider acceptance of Myriad products by the medical community and increased demand by patients for molecular diagnostic testing, driving increased revenues; the contribution of a strong cash position, the continuation or improvement of gross profit margins on the Company's molecular diagnostic business and the continued exceptional growth in our molecular diagnostic business. These forward looking statements are based on management's current expectations and are subject to certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those set forth in or implied by forward-looking statements. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, our inability to further identify, develop and achieve commercial success for new products and technologies; our ability to discover drugs that are safer and more efficacious than our competitors; our ability to develop additional molecular diagnostic products that help assess which patients are subject to greater risk of developing diseases and who would therefore benefit from new preventive therapies; the possibility of delays in the research and development necessary to select drug development candidates and delays in clinical trials; the risk that clinical trials may not result in marketable products; the risk that we may be unable to successfully finance and secure regulatory approval of and market our drug candidates, or that clinical trials will not be completed on the timelines we have estimated; uncertainties about our ability to obtain new corporate collaborations and acquire new technologies on satisfactory terms, if at all; the development of competing products and services; our ability to protect our proprietary technologies; patent-infringement claims; risks of new, changing and competitive technologies and regulations in the United States and internationally; and other factors discussed under the heading "Risk Factors" contained in Item 1A in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended June 30, 2006, which has been filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, as well as any updates to those risk factors filed from time to time in our Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q or Current Reports on Form 8-K. All information in this press release is as of the date of the release, and Myriad undertakes no duty to update this information unless required by law.


(in thousands, except per        Three Months Ended   Twelve Months Ended
 share amounts)                 --------------------  --------------------
                                Jun. 30,   Jun. 30,   Jun. 30,   Jun. 30,
                                  2007       2006       2007       2006
                                ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------
  Molecular diagnostic revenue  $  42,268  $  28,833  $ 145,285  $ 100,621
  Research revenue                  3,210      3,192     11,841     13,658
                                ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------
    Total revenues                 45,478     32,025    157,126    114,279

Costs and expenses:
  Molecular diagnostic cost of
   revenue                          7,602      8,064     30,813     27,644
  Research and development
   expense                         26,174     24,294    100,708     83,757
  Selling, general and
   administrative expense          23,968     13,649     73,332     48,467
                                ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------
    Total costs and expenses       57,744     46,007    204,853    159,868

                                ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------
    Operating loss                (12,266)   (13,982)   (47,727)   (45,589)

Other income (expense):
  Interest income                   3,814      2,545     12,112      7,412
  Other                               648         13        653        (12)
                                ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------
                                    4,462      2,558     12,765      7,400

                                ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------
Net loss                        $  (7,804) $ (11,424) $ (34,962) $ (38,189)
                                =========  =========  =========  =========

Basic and diluted loss per
 share                          $   (0.18) $   (0.29) $   (0.85) $   (1.05)
                                =========  =========  =========  =========

Basic and diluted weighted
 average shares outstanding        43,242     39,547     41,055     36,278
                                =========  =========  =========  =========

            Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets (Unaudited)

                                                       Jun. 30,   Jun. 30,
(In thousands)                                           2007       2006
                                                      ---------- ----------
Cash, cash equivalents, and marketable investment
 securities                                           $  308,312 $  227,744
Trade receivables, net                                    31,103     20,820
Other receivables                                          1,348      1,397
Prepaid expenses                                           2,499      2,326
Equipment and leasehold improvements, net                 24,888     19,829
Other assets                                               3,917      4,487
                                                      ---------- ----------
  Total assets                                        $  372,067 $  276,603

Accounts payable and accrued liabilities              $   31,321 $   26,705
Deferred revenue                                             383        117
Stockholders' equity                                     340,363    249,781
                                                      ---------- ----------
  Total liabilities and stockholders' equity          $  372,067 $  276,603

Contact Information

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