Stellar Pharmaceuticals Inc.
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Stellar Pharmaceuticals Inc.

November 09, 2006 08:00 ET

Stellar Pharmaceuticals Announces 2006 Third Quarter Financial Results

Company to Hold Conference Call Today at 11:00 AM ET

LONDON, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Nov. 9, 2006) - Stellar Pharmaceuticals Inc. (TSX VENTURE:SLX)(OTCBB:SLXCF) ("Stellar" or "the Company"), a Canadian pharmaceutical developer and marketer of high quality, cost-effective products for select health care markets, today announced financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2006. All amounts in this press release are in Canadian dollars, have been rounded to the nearest thousand, and are the result of the use of U.S. generally accepted accounting principles.

Peter Riehl, Stellar's President and CEO, stated, "Although sluggish sales in the summer of 2006 impacted overall third quarter results, we are pleased to note that sales of NeoVisc®, Uracyst® and BladderChek® improved significantly in September and have maintained an ascending sales trajectory through the early part of the current fourth quarter. We are also continuing to expand our global licensing strategy, as evidenced by royalty and licensing revenue becoming a growing percentage of our total sales and we expect this trend to continue going forward.

Third Quarter 2006 Review

Total revenues, which include product sales and royalty and licensing revenues, for the three months ended September 30, 2006 were $430,000, as compared to $498,000 in the same period last year. This decline was the result of unfavorable sales comparisons in July and August 2006 compared to the same period in 2005 when customers increased their orders in advance of a price increase. Stellar noted that product sales in Canada for September 2006 grew by 15.7% from September 2005.

Canadian sales of Uracyst grew 54.7% during the 2006 third quarter compared to the same period in 2005, largely due to increased sales and marketing efforts. Canadian sales of NeoVisc declined primarily due to sluggish summer sales and the impact of promotional product pricing by two new market entrants. Out-licensed sales of NeoVisc and Uracyst both increased during the third quarter of 2006.

Royalty and licensing revenue increased 5.3% to $97,000, or 22.7% of total revenues, in the third quarter of 2006 versus $93,000, or 18.5% of total revenues, for the same period last year.

BladderChek sales decreased during the third quarter of 2006 compared to the same quarter in 2005, due to lower than expected demand in July and August. However, sales of the product grew by 106.7% in September 2006 compared to September 2005, a trend that continued through October. Stellar attributes this sales growth to the success of a number of sales initiatives directed towards easing the physician prescription process, which, in turn, have helped to increase the adoption of this product in Canada.

Cost of sales in the third quarter of 2006 was $89,000, or 26.8% of product sales, versus $68,000, or 16.7% of product sales, in the third quarter of 2005. This increase was largely due to ongoing expenses related to stability testing of the higher molecular weight for NeoVisc. Selling, general and administrative expenses in the third quarter of 2006 included costs associated with the receipt of a European CE mark for NeoVisc and consulting fees related to researching potential U.S. opportunities for NeoVisc and Uracyst. Research and development expenses declined to $51,000 in the 2006 third quarter from $340,000 in the same period last year, which included expenses related to engineering costs of the higher molecular weight for NeoVisc.

Stellar's net loss in the third quarter of 2006 narrowed to $279,000, or $0.01 per share, on approximately 23.5 million weighted average common shares outstanding, from a net loss of $453,000, or $0.02 per share, on approximately 23.3 million shares outstanding in the comparable prior year period.

Stellar's balance sheet at September 30, 2006 included $1.1 million in cash and cash equivalents and no long-term debt.

Conference Call

Management will conduct a conference call this morning at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time to discuss these results. Interested parties may participate in the call by dialing 877-461-2814 (in the United States) or 416-695-9753 (in Canada) approximately 10 minutes before the call is scheduled to begin and ask to be connected to the Stellar Pharmaceuticals Conference Call.

About Stellar Pharmaceuticals Inc.

Stellar has developed and is marketing direct in Canada, and in countries around the world through out-license agreements, three products based on its core polysaccharide technology: NeoVisc®, for the treatment of osteoarthritis; and Uracyst® and the Uracyst® Test Kit, its patented technology for the diagnosis and treatment of interstitial cystitis (IC), an inflammatory disease of the urinary bladder wall. Stellar also has an in-licensing agreement for NMP22® BladderChek®, a proteomics-based diagnostic test for the diagnosis and monitoring of bladder cancer.

This press release contains forward-looking statements as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements. Actual results may differ materially from those indicated by these forward-looking statements as a result of risks and uncertainties impacting the Company's business including increased competition; the ability of the Company to expand its operations, to attract and retain qualified professionals, technological obsolescence; general economic conditions; and other risks detailed from time to time in the Company's filings.



Stellar Pharmaceuticals Inc.
Condensed Statement of Operations
(Canadian Funds; US GAAP)
(Unaudited)

For the Three For the Nine
Month Period Month Period
Ended September 30 Ended September 30
2006 2005 2006 2005
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PRODUCT SALES $ 332,423 $ 405,275 $ 1,025,903 $ 1,186,189
COST OF GOODS SOLD 89,175 67,957 303,652 253,577
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MARGIN ON PRODUCT SOLD 243,248 337,318 722,251 932,612

OTHER PRODUCT COST 41,949 - 41,949 -

ROYALTY AND LICENSING
REVENUES 97,445 92,514 290,164 233,239
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GROSS PROFIT 298,744 429,832 970,466 1,165,851
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EXPENSES
Selling, general, and
administrative $ 491,784 $ 533,026 1,571,380 1,789,399
Research and development 50,817 339,390 174,310 624,075
Amortization 38,973 38,497 117,324 106,179
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581,574 910,913 1,863,014 2,519,653
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LOSS FROM OPERATIONS (282,830) (481,081) (892,548) (1,353,802)

INTEREST AND OTHER INCOME 4,063 27,196 27,410 98,670
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NET LOSS FOR THE PERIOD (278,767) (453,165) (865,138) (1,255,132)


LOSS PER SHARE $ (0.01) $ (0.02) $ (0.04) $ (0.05)
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WEIGHTED AVERAGE NUMBER OF
COMMON SHARES OUTSTANDING 23,472,690 23,250,877 23,530,318 23,143,930
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Stellar Pharmaceuticals Inc.

Balance Sheets
(Canadian Funds; US GAAP)

ASSETS

As at As at
September 30, 2006 December 31, 2005
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CURRENT (Unaudited) (Audited)

Cash and cash equivalents $ 1,077,177 $ 2,108,755
Accounts receivable, net of
allowance $0 (2005 - $0) 224,947 157,749
Inventories 210,998 288,337
Prepaid, deposits, and sundry
receivables 84,548 152,514
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PROPERTY, PLANT, AND EQUIPMENT 903,573 959,999

OTHER ASSETS 45,171 46,187
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$ 2,546,414 $ 3,713,541
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LIABILITIES

CURRENT
Accounts payable $ 143,024 $ 487,359
Accrued liabilities 51,062 122,999
Deferred revenues 2,400 43,397
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196,486 653,755
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SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY
CAPITAL STOCK
AUTHORIZED
Unlimited Non-voting, convertible, redeemable,
and retractable preferred shares
with no par value
Unlimited Common shares with no par value

ISSUED
23,622,690 Common shares (2005 - 23,470,190) 8,159,492 8,100,253
Paid-in capital options
- outstanding 545,218 545,025
- expired 194,761 98,913
DEFICIT (6,549,543) (5,684,405)
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2,349,928 3,059,786
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$ 2,546,414 $ 3,713,541
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Contact Information

  • Stellar Pharmaceuticals Inc.
    Peter Riehl
    President & CEO
    1-800-639-0643 or (519) 434-1540
    or
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    Arnold Tenney
    Cell (416) 587-3200
    or
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