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3SBio Inc. Announces Third Quarter 2007 Results

2007-11-14 03:56 527

SHENYANG, China, Nov. 13 /Xinhua-PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- 3SBio Inc. (Nasdaq: SSRX), a leading China-based biotechnology company focused on researching, developing, manufacturing and marketing biopharmaceutical products, today announced its financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2007.

Third Quarter 2007 Financial Highlights:

-- Total net revenues increased 57.3% over the third quarter 2006 to

RMB56.1 million (US$7.5 million).

-- Net revenue from our flagship recombinant human erythropoietin

products, or EPO products, marketed under our EPIAO brand, increased

30.7% over the third quarter 2006 to RMB36.3 million (US$4.8

million).

-- Net revenue from our protein-based therapeutic recombinant human

thrombopoietin products, or TPO products, marketed under our TPIAO

brand, increased 171.6% over the third quarter 2006 to RMB14.2

million (US$1.9 million).

-- Operating income increased 61.5% over the third quarter 2006 to

RMB17.1 million (US$2.3 million).

-- Net income increased 151.4% over the third quarter 2006 to RMB24.1

million (US$3.2 million).

-- Net income per ordinary share and net income per American Depositary

Share ("ADS") for the third quarter 2007 were RMB0.16 (US$0.02) and

RMB1.11 (US$0.15), respectively, compared to RMB0.10 and RMB0.67,

respectively, for the third quarter 2006. Each ADS represents seven

ordinary shares.

Dr. Jing Lou, chief executive officer of 3SBio, commented, "Our strong results for the quarter demonstrate our continued focus on profitable growth driven by solid execution of our business plan. Nowhere is this more evident than in our core product portfolio, where sales of our flagship EPIAO increased 30.7% over the third quarter 2006. According to the latest IMS Health data and our internal data, our EPIAO products continued to maintain market leadership in the second quarter of 2007 in terms of revenues and sales volume in China, with market shares of approximately 36.8% and 30.8%, respectively. In addition, sales of EPIAO have been bolstered by our newly created oncology sales force, which has been instrumental in allowing us to further penetrate the growing oncology market in China. We also witnessed continued market acceptance of our newest proprietary TPO product, TPIAO, which increased 171.6% over the third quarter 2006, representing 25.3% of our total revenues for the third quarter 2007."

"With these results, we have now reported four consecutive quarters of solid growth since our IPO. I believe our ongoing focus on growth, margins and profitability will allow us continue to deliver positive returns for our shareholders."

Third Quarter 2007 Unaudited Financial Results

Net Revenues.

Our net revenues amounted to RMB56.1 million (US$7.5 million) in the third quarter 2007 compared to RMB35.6 million net revenues for the third quarter 2006, representing an increase of 57.3%, primarily attributable to the continued growth of our flagship EPO product, EPIAO, as well as the rapid sales growth in our TPO product, TPIAO. Net revenues from EPIAO increased by 30.7% from RMB27.8 million in the third quarter 2006 to RMB36.3 million (US$4.8 million) in the third quarter 2007, resulting from increased EPIAO sales efforts focusing on the growing oncology market in China supported by our specialized oncology sales force which was established in the first quarter of 2007. In addition, net revenues from TPIAO increased 171.6% from RMB5.2 million in the third quarter 2006 to RMB14.2 million (US$1.9 million) in the third quarter 2007. Our TPIAO products further strengthened its position as our second largest revenue contributor, accounting for 25.3% of total net revenues for the third quarter 2007 as compared to 14.6% in the third quarter 2006. Sales from our in-licensed Iron Sucrose supplement and our sales from the export of our products also continued to grow steadily, accounting for 2.0% and 5.1% of our overall sales, respectively, in the third quarter 2007.

Gross Profit.

Gross profit increased 57.4% to RMB51.3 million (US$6.8 million) for the third quarter 2007 from RMB32.6 million in the third quarter 2006. Gross margin was 91.5% in the third quarter 2007, in line with 91.4% in the third quarter 2006.

Operating Expenses.

Our total operating expenses increased by 55.4% from RMB22.0 million in the third quarter of 2006 to RMB34.2 (US$4.6 million) in the third quarter 2007. This increase was primarily due to costs relating to increased selling and promotional efforts, including expansion of our sales force, and to a lesser extent from higher research and development costs incurred primarily for our three late-stage pipeline products and higher corporate expenses associated with being a public company. However, selling expenses as a percentage of total net revenues improved from 46.9% in the third quarter 2006 to 45.9% in the third quarter 2007 as a result of improved economies of scale, partially offset by increased investment in sales force expansion.

Income from Operations.

Operating income for the third quarter 2007 was RMB17.1 million (US$2.3 million), representing a 61.5% increase, compared to RMB10.6 million in the third quarter 2006, primarily due to continued sales growth resulting from increased sales and marketing efforts. Operating margin for the third quarter 2007 was 30.4%, a slight increase from 29.6% in the third quarter 2006, as increased sales growth was partially offset by increased investment in sales force expansion as well as research and development.

Other Income, Net.

Net other income increased to RMB9.4 million (US$1.3 million) in the third quarter of 2007 from RMB0.4 million in the third quarter of 2006, primarily as a result of increased interest income from our enhanced cash position since our IPO.

Income before Income Tax Expense and Minority Interests.

As a result of the foregoing, our income before income tax expense and minority interests increased by 140.4% from RMB11.0 million in the third quarter 2006 to RMB26.5 million (US$3.5 million) for the third quarter 2007.

Income Tax Expense.

Our income tax expense increased by 59.8% from RMB1.4 million for the third quarter 2006 to RMB2.2 million (US$0.3 million) for the third quarter 2007 mainly contributable to increased taxable income in the third quarter 2007 as a result of our increased profitability. The effective tax rate was 8.4% for the third quarter 2007, lower than the 12.7% for the prior year period, mainly attributable to more interest income earned from our enhanced cash position after our IPO that was not subject to tax.

Net Income.

As a result of the foregoing, our net income increased by 151.4% from RMB9.6 million for third quarter 2006 to RMB24.1 million (US$3.2 million) for the third quarter 2007.

Nine Months Ended September 30, 2007 Unaudited Financial Results

Net Revenues.

Our net revenues increased by RMB41.9 million, or 45.3%, from RMB92.6 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2006 to RMB134.5 million (US$17.9 million) for the nine months ended September 30, 2007. This increase was primarily attributable to the sales growth of TPIAO, our new product launched in January 2006, which generated sales of RMB31.4 million (US$4.2 million) for nine months ended September 30, 2007, an increase of RMB21.2 million, or 208.1%, from RMB10.2 million for the same period in 2006. TPIAO has now become our second largest revenue contributor, accounting for 23.3% of total revenues for the nine months ended September 30, 2007, compared to 11.0% for the same period in 2006. We also experienced significant growth in our flagship product EPIAO. Net revenues from EPIAO increased by RMB18.6 million, or 25.5%, from RMB72.9 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2006 to RMB91.4 million (US$12.2 million) for the first nine months of 2007. The increase was primarily attributable to increased sales of our EPIAO in the growing oncology market in China driven by our specialized oncology sales force established in the first quarter of 2007.

Net Income.

Net income for the first nine months of 2007 increased by RMB40.2 million to RMB63.6 million (US$8.5 million) from RMB23.4 million for the same period in 2006. Net income per ordinary share and net income per ADS for the first nine months of 2007 increased to RMB0.44 (US$0.06) and RMB3.08 (US$0.41) respectively, from RMB0.23 and RMB1.64 respectively, in the comparable period in 2006.

Statement Regarding Unaudited Financial Information

The unaudited financial information set forth above is subject to adjustments that may be identified when audit work is performed on our year-end financial statements, which could result in significant differences from this unaudited financial information.

Currency Convenience Translation

For the convenience of readers, certain RMB amounts have been translated into US dollars at the rate of RMB7.4928 to US$1.00, the noon buying rate for US dollars in effect on September 28, 2007 for cable transfers of RMB per US dollar as certified for customs purposes by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.

Business Highlights

Pipeline -- Plans to complete Phase III clinical trials for Nuleusin, a high dosage (36,000 IU) EPIAO, and TPIAO for the treatment of idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura at the end of this year are progressing in line with management expectations. In addition, we reported on two clinical trial results relating to our in-licensed iron-sucrose supplement at the annual meeting of the Chinese Society of Nephrology in September 2007. The trials were conducted by Professor Li Lei Shi, a leading nephrologist and the first academy member in nephrology in China. The trials compared for the first time 3SBio's iron-sucrose with two other known IV-Iron supplements. The results of the trials demonstrated the superior safety and comparable efficacy of our IV-Iron product versus the other IV-Iron products.

Sales and Marketing -- At the end of the third quarter 2007, we completed the training of our newly expanded sales force, including our specialized oncology team which has already demonstrated solid progress in driving our efforts to grow our sales in the oncology market in China. In addition, our sales and marketing team has made further progress on our strategy to expand our hospital penetration, targeting a total of 121 additional hospitals in 14 provinces. These hospitals include the successful entry of our EPIAO products in the 19 major hospitals in the Beijing military hospital system under management of the Health Administration of the People's Libration Army, which awarded us the exclusive access to in July 2007.

Exports -- While currently our export business contributes a small percentage of our overall sales, our ongoing efforts to explore export opportunities and build business in neighboring countries remains a key priority for 3Sbio. As such, our specialized business development team has been continually working with our strategic partners to enhance our marketing initiatives in overseas markets. As a result, in the third quarter 2007, we gained new cGMP certificates from Pakistan and Colombia for our facility in China. In addition, our EPIAO products are currently in the process of entering into Thailand's national insurance reimbursement list.

Conference Call

3SBio Inc. senior management will host a conference call at 5:00 a.m. (Pacific) / 8:00 a.m. (Eastern) / 9:00 p.m. (Beijing/Hong Kong) on Wednesday, November 14, 2007 to discuss its 2007 third quarter financial results and recent business activity. The conference call may be accessed by calling (US) +1-480-629-9562 / (UK) +44-(0)20-8515-2301 / (HK) +852-3009-5027. A telephone replay will be available shortly after the call until November 28, 2007 at (US) +1-303-590-3030/ (UK) +44-(0)20-7154-2833, Passcode: 3801272; and (HK) +852-2287-4304, Passcode: 101 110#.

A live webcast of the conference call and replay will be available on the investor relations page of 3SBio's website at http://www.3sbio.com/en/News/ShowInfo_nnn5.aspx?ID=64 .

About 3SBio Inc.

3SBio Inc. is a leading, fully integrated biotechnology company focused on researching, developing, manufacturing and marketing biopharmaceutical products, primarily in China. For more information, please visit 3SBio on the web at http://www.3sbio.com

Safe Harbor Statement

Statements in this release may contain "forward-looking" statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements are based upon 3SBio management's current expectations, and actual results could differ materially. Among the factors that could cause 3SBio's actual results to differ from what the company currently anticipates may include competition from other domestic and foreign pharmaceutical companies; the expected market growth for pharmaceutical products in China; market acceptance of 3SBio products; expected hospital or patient demand for our products; 3SBio's ability to expand its production, sales and distribution network and other aspects of its operations; its ability to effectively protect its intellectual property; changes in the healthcare industry in China, including changes in the healthcare policies and regulations of the PRC government and changes in the healthcare insurance sector in the PRC; and fluctuations in general economic and business conditions in China. For additional information on these and other factors that may affect the 3SBio's financial results, please refer to the company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission at htpp://www.sec.gov . 3SBio undertakes no obligation to update or revise these forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, after the date of this press release.

-- TABLES FOLLOW --

3SBio Inc. and subsidiaries

Unaudited consolidated balance sheets

(expressed in thousands)

December September September

31, 30, 30,

2006 2007 2007

RMB RMB US$

Assets

Current assets

Cash and cash equivalents 25,372 824,989 110,104

Accounts receivable, less allowance

for doubtful accounts:

December 31, 2006 - RMB4,871;

September 30, 2007 - 37,402 60,078 8,018

RMB4,946 (US$660)

Inventories 8,682 5,840 779

Prepaid expenses and other

receivables 14,872 7,965 1,063

Deferred tax assets 2,154 2,241 299

Total current assets 88,482 901,113 120,263

Securities available for sale -- 15,474 2,065

Property, plant and equipment, net 43,142 46,299 6,179

Lease prepayments 9,600 9,335 1,246

Other prepayments and deposits -- 4,046 540

Deferred tax assets 1,251 896 120

Total assets 142,475 977,163 130,413

Liabilities

Current liabilities

Short-term bank loans 15,000 -- --

Accounts payable 1,769 1,628 217

Deferred grant income 611 374 50

Accrued expenses and other payables 16,318 21,322 2,846

Income tax payable 1,167 3,974 530

Amounts due to related parties 4,225 -- --

Other current liabilities 92 56 8

Total current liabilities 39,182 27,354 3,651

Long-term bank loans 25,000 -- --

Deferred grant income 3,900 3,619 483

Other liabilities 585 543 72

Total liabilities 68,667 31,516 4,206

Commitments and contingencies

Minority interests 474 665 89

Shareholders' equity

Share capital - ordinary shares

US$0.0001 par value,

500,000,000 shares authorized,

152,084,155 shares 80 122 16

issued and outstanding as of

September 30, 2007

Additional paid-in capital 80,286 915,554 122,191

Accumulated other comprehensive loss -- (27,280) (3,641)

(Accumulated deficit)/Retained

earnings (7,032) 56,586 7,552

Total shareholders' equity 73,334 944,982 126,118

Total liabilities and shareholders'

equity 142,475 977,163 130,413

3SBio Inc. and subsidiaries

Unaudited consolidated statements of income

(expressed in thousands, except per share , per ADS and other share and ADS data)

For the Three Months Ended September 30,

2006 2007 2007

RMB RMB US$

Net Revenues:

EPIAO 27,777 36,296 4,844

TPIAO 5,218 14,172 1,892

Intefen 1,064 1,229 164

Inleusin 199 204 27

Export 1,076 2,864 382

Iron 230 1,110 148

Others 79 189 25

Total 35,643 56,064 7,482

Cost of revenues (3,060) (4,788) (639)

Gross profit 32,583 51,276 6,843

Operating expenses

Research and development expense (2,166) (3,857) (515)

Sales, marketing and distribution

expense (16,717) (25,761) (3,438)

General and administrative expense (3,133) (4,595) (613)

Total operating expenses (22,016) (34,213) (4,566)

Operating income 10,567 17,063 2,277

Other income, net

Interest income 175 9,509 1,269

Interest expense (875) (83) (11)

Grant income 1,145 87 12

Others (3) (112) (15)

Total other income, net 442 9,401 1,255

Income before income tax expense

and minority interests 11,009 26,464 3,532

Income tax expense (1,397) (2,233) (298)

Income before minority interests 9,612 24,231 3,234

Minority interests, net of tax (15) (106) (14)

Net income 9,597 24,125 3,220

Net income per share:

Basic and diluted 0.1 0.16 0.02

Basic weighted average number of

shares outstanding 100,000,998 152,084,155 152,084,155

Effect of dilutive potential

shares -- 15,000 15,000

Diluted weighted average number of

shares outstanding 100,000,998 152,099,155 152,099,155

Net income per ADS:

Basic and diluted 0.67 1.11 0.15

Basic weighted average number of

ADSs outstanding 14,285,857 21,726,308 21,726,308

Effect of dilutive potential ADSs -- 2,143 2,143

Diluted weighted average number of

ADSs outstanding 14,285,857 21,728,451 21,728,451

3SBio Inc. and subsidiaries

Unaudited consolidated statements of income

(expressed in thousands, except per share per ADS and other share and ADS data)

For the Nine Months Ended September 30,

2006 2007 2007

RMB RMB US$

Net Revenues:

EPIAO 72,852 91,422 12,201

TPIAO 10,176 31,356 4,185

Intefen 3,468 2,995 400

Inleusin 822 776 104

Export 4,669 5,159 689

Iron 263 2,236 298

Others 322 546 72

Total 92,572 134,490 17,949

Cost of revenues (8,779) (11,690) (1,560)

Gross profit 83,793 122,800 16,389

Operating expenses

Research and development expense (3,754) (7,920) (1,057)

Sales, marketing and distribution

expense (43,448) (61,475) (8,205)

General and administrative expense (8,778) (11,000) (1,468)

Total operating expenses (55,980) (80,395) (10,730)

Operating income 27,813 42,405 5,659

Other (expense)/ income, net

Interest income 309 26,967 3,599

Interest expense (3,387) (755) (101)

Grant income 2,414 868 116

Others (183) (94) (12)

Total other (expense)/income, net (847) 26,986 3,602

Income before income tax expense

and minority interests 26,966 69,391 9,261

Income tax expense (3,574) (5,582) (745)

Income before minority interests 23,392 63,809 8,516

Minority interests, net of tax 1 (191) (25)

Net income 23,393 63,618 8,491

Net income per share:

Basic and diluted 0.23 0.44 0.06

Basic weighted average number of

shares outstanding 100,000,998 144,805,021 144,805,021

Effect of dilutive potential shares -- 15,000 15,000

Diluted weighted average number of

shares outstanding 100,000,998 144,820,021 144,820,021

Net income per ADS:

Basic and diluted 1.64 3.08 0.41

Basic weighted average number of

ADSs outstanding 14,285,857 20,686,431 20,686,431

Effect of dilutive potential ADSs -- 2,143 2,143

Diluted weighted average number of

ADSs outstanding 14,285,857 20,688,574 20,688,574

Source: 3SBio Inc.
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