Strong growth in 1st Half of 2010 for Siegfried

Top Quote With sales of CHF 135.4 million during the first six months of 2010, the Siegfried Group (SIX: SFZN) achieved a 12.4% jump over 2009 (15.4% in local currencies). Active pharmaceutical ingredients (API) & intermediates earned CHF 103.9 million, a 14.5% increase over the previous year, while the business with finished dosage forms grew by 5.8% to CHF 31.5 million. End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) September 06, 2010 - Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) of the core business (without inhalation) were CHF 17.2 million (CHF 17.1 million in 2009) or a 12.7% margin; EBITDA grew by 11.2% in exchange rate adjusted terms. The Siegfried Group reported a CHF 2.3 million net loss of the core business for the first half of 2010.

    Siegfried noted again a slight net loss for the first six months of 2010, due to significantly higher financial expenditures caused by the repayment of the bank loans.

    The company is practically debt-free after issuing CHF 80 million mandatory convertible notes that were successfully placed this past May. Siegfried now has the necessary financial means to implement the new corporate strategy.

    As previously reported, the inhalation technology business is the object of negotiations with third parties by Siegfried, which are already at an advanced stage. The goal is to find a strong industrial partner; Siegfried will report on the results of negotiations in the near future.

    “We’ve reached two important goals by achieving a capital increase and improving our capacity utilization levels,” says Dr. Rudolf Hanko, CEO at Siegfried. “In addition, compared with our industry, our facilities generate attractive margins and a positive cash flow. This is a promising foundation for the implementation of our strategy and continued progress in our operations.”

    Significant progress with active pharmaceutical ingredients (API)
    Significant progress was made with revenues from APIs and intermediates. In a challenging market environment characterized by clients focused on optimizing the supply chain, Siegfried achieved a 14.5% sales increase.

    In order to replace key products before patent expiry, Siegfried strives to update and rejuvenate its pipeline for APIs and intermediates. We expect the US-company Arena to receive FDA-approval for Lorcaserin soon, an API currently under development in Zofingen.

    Sales of APIs for analgesics and opiate derivatives, also known as ‘multi-client products’ continue to grow, which also has a positive affect on capacity utilization at the Pennsville, NJ (USA) facility. Siegfried signed a supply contract for opiate derivatives with a large vendor in US and is currently supporting the registration process. Approval by the US regulatory authorities is expected by 2012. Commercial deliveries will commence at that time.

    Finished dosage forms also growing
    Sales of finished formulated drugs, supplied mostly to generics clients, showed some growth. Siegfried noted sales of CHF 31.5 million, 5.8% more than the previous year, which helped alleviate the enormous pressure on generics prices by the public authorities of almost all countries.

    Faced with the continued price erosion in the generics market, Siegfried expects to maintain positive results in the longer term only through the introduction of new products.

    Strategy implementation on schedule
    During the first half year 2010 Siegfried has established the necessary foundation for a quick implementation of our strategy, which centers on marketing combined products (synthesis of APIs and productions of finished dosage forms). This requires an adjustment to the company’s asset base; the corresponding talks are now taking place. In addition, Siegfried plans to add to the operations for API production with an Asian facility. This will help increase the attractiveness of our market offer.

    Siegfried expects improved revenues for the whole year 2010 and forecasts a net profit in the core business at the end of the year.

    “The reorganization of Siegfried progressed well over the past 12 months. Key is a clear unique selling proposition, our attractive market offer and increased competitive strength,” says Dr. Markus Altwegg, Chairman of the Siegfried Board of Directors. “We intend to maintain the pace to be able to profit from our new strategy already by next year.”

    For further information:
    Michael Hüsler, Chief Financial Officer
    Tel. +41 (0)62 746 11 35, Fax +41 (0)62 746 11 03
    Michael.hüsler ( @ ) siegfried dot ch

    Siegfried AG
    Untere Brühlstrasse 4
    CH - 4800 Zofingen
    Phone + 41 62 746 11 11
    Fax + 41 62 746 11 04

    About Siegfried
    Active in Life Science markets, the Siegfried Group is a global manufacturer of pharmaceutical products with production facilities located in Switzerland, Germany, Malta and the USA, Siegfried currently has approximately 850 employees and achieved annual sales of approx. CHF 283 million in 2009.

    Siegfried is active in both the primary and secondary production of drugs. The company develops and manufactures active pharmaceutical ingredients for the research-based pharmaceutical industry as well as the corresponding intermediate steps and standard products, and provides development and production services for drugs in finished dosage forms.

    Siegfried Holding AG is listed on the Swiss Exchange in Zurich (SWX: SFZN).

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