HAIKOU, China, April 1 /PRNewswire-Asia-FirstCall/ -- Kun Run Biotechnology, Inc., a leading bio-pharmaceutical company in China that focuses on manufacture and sales of peptides and peptide-based drugs, today announced its financial results for the year ended December 31, 2008.
Revenues for the year ended December 31, 2008 were $11.6 million, an increase of $4.1 million, or 56% over revenues for the same period of 2007.
The gross margin for the year ended December 31, 2008 was 71%, increasing from 58% for the same period of 2007. Selling expenses were $687,949 or 6% of the total sales, for the year ended December 31, 2008, decreasing 51% from $1,416,469 for 2007. The drop was mainly due to the Company's increased marketing budget in 2007 in order to enlarge sales and market share. These expenditures fell back to a more normal level in 2008 as our brands reached a more mature position and extra promotions were not as necessary. Research and development expenses were $271,476 in 2008, equivalent to $276,138 in 2007.
Income from operations increased 262% to $4.8 million in 2008 from $1.7 million for the year ended December 31, 2007. The sharp increase in income from operations was in part due to strong marketing and sales efforts and efficient cost control systems.
Net income increased 378% to approximately $6.0 million for the year ended December 31, 2008. This was an improvement of approximately $4.8 million, from approximately $1.2 million for the same period of 2007. Comprehensive income was $6.8 million compared to $1.4 million in 2007. This increase was in line with the revenue growth and margin improvement and reflects income from disposing property that contributed an additional $2.4 million. Earnings per share for the year ended December 31, 2008 were $0.24 per share (both basic and diluted), compared with $0.05 per share (both basic and diluted) for the same period of 2007. The increase was contributed by increased profitability in 2008. Excluding the effect of a $1.3 million ''Unusual Charge-Make Good Provision'', the actual net income of 2008 was $7.3 million ($0.30 per share), representing a 482% increase over 2007.
At December 31, 2008, the Company had cash and cash equivalents totaling $433,599, working capital was $11.3 million, an improvement of $8.4 million as compared to $2.9 million at December 31, 2007. Net cash provided by operating activities was approximately $5.8 million for the twelve months ended December 31, 2008.
Please refer to documents filed today with the Securities and Exchange Commission for additional information on the results for 2008. Please also visit the Company's web site to learn more about the business http://www.zhonghe.cn .
In commenting on the strong revenue growth, the Company's Chairman, Mr. Xueyun Cui stated, ''TP-5, Kun Run's major product, accounted for 53% of total revenues and contributed $6.2 million of sales in 2008, an increase of 15% over 2007. Since the Company possesses a solution patent for TP-5 pre-filled injections, we enjoyed a stable selling price and strong growth in revenue for TP-5 pre-filled injections, contributing to the total increase in TP-5 as a whole.''
Mr. Xueyun Cui continued, ''Sales of Somatostatin for injection (3mg) accounted for 8% of total sales in 2008, increasing 39% to $961,266 in 2008 from $692,888 in 2007. This was a result of increased recognition of our brands. Thymosin Alpha 1 injection (1.6mg) revenues have grown steadily since it was introduced to the market in 2005, and increased significantly in 2008. A strong market demand for Thymosin Alpha 1 injection (1.6mg) made it the best selling product in 2008 contributing $3.2 million in revenue representing a 247% increase from 2007. Desmopressin acetate injection (DDAVP) also experienced significant sales growth to $1.1 million in 2008, representing a 154% increase.''
Looking toward future revenues, Mr. Xueyun Cui Stated, ''The TP-5 market is mature and is highly competitive while the markets for Somatostatin, DDAVP and Thymosin Alpha 1 are still developing with greater market potential and less pricing pressure. Thus, the Company's product portfolio has broadened from one single flagship product, TP-5, to four peptide products that make and will make major revenue contributions. The Company expects its current product mix to be sustained in the foreseeable future as brand recognition and product efficacy drive product acceptance in the market.''
SIGNIFICANT EVENTS IN 2008
On September 25, 2008, the company completed a reverse merger with Aspen Racing Stables, Inc., and become a public company in United States. On Nov. 6, 2008, the name of the Company was changed from Aspen Racing Stables to Kun Run Biotechnology, Inc. Also, effectively Nov. 6, 2008, the ticker symbol on the Over-the-Counter Bulletin Board ("OTC BB") changed from "ASRS.OB" to "KURU.OB".
On October 1, 2008, Kun Run's newly completed manufacturing facility obtained the GMP certification and commenced production. The new manufacturing facility is located in Haikou, China, next to Kun Run's existing facility. It is equipped with 6 production lines to produce medicines in six forms, including small volume parenteral solution, prefilled injection, tablets, freeze-dried powder injection, capsules and granules. Combined with the existing 2 freeze-dried powder injection lines, Kun Run now possesses 8 production lines in total that can support our expansion plan and new product launch activities.
About Kun Run Biotechnology, Inc.
Kun Run Biotechnology, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, engages in manufacture and sale of polypeptide medicines. It uses solid phase peptide synthesis (SPPS) and advanced purifying technology to produce various therapeutic polypeptide drugs, of which is "TP-5" most known for efficiently regulating humans' immune systems in order to defend and cure malignant diseases. The company maintains two state-of-art manufacturing plants and possesses one of the largest peptide synthesizing capacities across Asia.
Safe Harbor Statement
Certain statements set forth in this press release constitute "forward-looking statements". Such statements are not guarantees of future performance and are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause the Company's actual results and financial position to differ materially from those included within the forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties, including those relating to the Company's ability to introduce, manufacture and distribute new drugs. Actual results may differ materially from predicted results, and reported results should not be considered as an indication of future performance. The potential risks and uncertainties include, among others, the Company's ability to obtain raw materials needed in manufacturing, the continuing employment of key employees, the failure risks inherent in testing any new drug, the possibility that regulatory approvals may be delayed or become unavailable, patent or licensing concerns that may include litigation, direct competition from other manufacturers and product obsolescence. More information about the potential factors that could affect the Company's business and financial results are included in the Company's filings, available via the United States Securities and Exchange Commission.
CONTACT: Sunne Tang, Kunhe Investment management Beijing Co., Ltd, at
+86-10-8591-1911 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Web site: http://www.zhonghe.cn/