deCODE genetics, Inc. Announces First Quarter 2009 Financial Results

REYKJAVIK, Iceland, May 11 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- deCODE genetics today announced its consolidated financial results for the quarter ended March 31, 2009. A conference call to discuss these results and recent developments in the company's business will be webcast live tomorrow, Tuesday, May 12, at 8:00am Eastern Daylight Time/12 noon GMT/1pm British Summer Time (details below).

Net loss for the quarter ended March 31, 2009 was $12.6 million, compared to $26.7 million for the first quarter 2008. Basic and diluted net loss per share was $0.21 for the first quarter 2009, compared to $0.44 for first quarter last year. At March 31, 2009, the company had approximately 61.8 million shares outstanding.

Revenue for the first quarter 2009 was $8.9 million, versus $15.0 million for the first quarter last year. This decline is due principally to lower contract service revenues. At March 31, 2009, the company had $12.7 million in deferred revenue, which will be recognized over future reporting periods.

Research and development expense for proprietary programs was $4.2 million for the first quarter of this year, compared to $12.7 million for the same period last year. This reflects the company's current focus on applying its established capabilities in human genetics to drive its diagnostics and deCODEme businesses, and the curtailment of investment in clinical trials for its therapeutics programs reflected in the 2008 period. Selling, general and administrative expenses for the first quarter 2009 were $4.9 million, compared to $7.2 million for the first quarter 2008.

At March 31, 2009, the company had cash and cash equivalents of $6.1 million, compared to $3.7 million at December 31, 2008. In early 2009 the company sold its auction rate securities (ARS) for approximately $11.0 million in cash, and last month, the company signed licensing agreements with Celera Corporation under which it received an upfront payment and will receive royalties on sales of Celera testing products and services incorporating deCODE genetic risk markers. The company believes it has sufficient resources to sustain operations through the second quarter of this year.

"Over the past few months we have been recasting deCODE's business around what we do best: discover genetic risk factors for common diseases and apply those findings in tests and services that can improve the prevention and treatment of disease. Our partnership with Celera is one facet of this strategy. Preliminary acceptance of our US patent application for one of our major genetic risk markers also underscores the wisdom of our approach to intellectual property, both for differentiating our products from the rest of the field and for pursuing additional licensing partnerships. At the same time, we are engaged in negotiations on large-scale sequencing collaborations, debt restructuring and equity financing, and on the sale of certain business units and therapeutics programs. Our aim in pursuing all of these opportunities is to position deCODE to capture the commercial potential of our leadership in human genetics," said Kari Stefansson, CEO of deCODE.

About deCODE

deCODE is a bio-pharmaceutical company developing drugs and DNA-based tests to improve the treatment, diagnosis and prevention of common diseases. Its lead therapeutic programs, which leverage the company's expertise in chemistry and structural biology, include DG041, an antiplatelet compound being developed for the prevention of arterial thrombosis; DG051 and DG031, compounds targeting the leukotriene pathway for the prevention of heart attack; and DG071 and a platform for other PDE4 modulators with therapeutic applications in Alzheimer's disease and other conditions. deCODE is a global leader in human genetics, and has identified key variations in the genome (SNPs) conferring increased risk of major public health challenges from cardiovascular disease to cancer. Based upon these discoveries deCODE has brought to market a growing range of DNA-based tests for gauging risk and empowering prevention of common diseases. Through its CLIA-registered laboratory, deCODE offers deCODE T2(TM) for type 2 diabetes; deCODE AF(TM) for atrial fibrillation and stroke; deCODE MI(TM) for heart attack; deCODE ProstateCancer(TM) for prostate cancer; deCODE Glaucoma(TM) for a major type of glaucoma; and deCODE BreastCancer, for the common forms of breast cancer. deCODE is delivering on the promise of the new genetics.SM Visit us on the web at http://www.decode.com; on our diagnostics site at http://www.decodediagnostics.com; for our pioneering personal genome analysis service and new focused disease scans, integrating the genetic variants included in these tests and those linked to another twenty common diseases, as well as for our new deCODEme Cardio(TM) and deCODEme Cancer(TM), at http://www.decodeme.com; and on our blog at http://www.decodeyou.com.

Conference Call Information

A conference call, during which deCODE CEO Kari Stefansson and CFO Lance Thibault will discuss the past year's financial results and operating highlights, will be webcast tomorrow, Tuesday, May 12, at 8:00am EDT/12 noon GMT/1pm BST. The webcast can be accessed via the Investors section of deCODE's website, www.decode.com, or through www.earnings.com. A replay of the call will be available on these websites for at least one week following the call. A digitized telephone replay of the call can be accessed for the week following the call by dialing 1 800 475 6701 from the US, or +1 320 365 3844 from outside the US. The access code is 100482.

Any statements contained in this presentation that relate to future plans, events or performance are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results, and the timing of events, to differ materially from those described in the forward-looking statements. These risks and uncertainties include, among others, those relating to our ability to obtain sufficient financing to continue as a going concern, the outcome of the review of the continued listing of our common stock on The Nasdaq Stock Market, our ability to develop and market diagnostic products, the level of third party reimbursement for our products, risks related to preclinical and clinical development of pharmaceutical products, including the identification of compounds and the completion of clinical trials, our ability to form collaborative relationships, the effect of government regulation and the regulatory approval processes, market acceptance, our ability to obtain and protect intellectual property rights for our products, dependence on collaborative relationships, the effect of competitive products, industry trends and other risks identified in deCODE's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including, without limitation, the risk factors identified in our most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and 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. deCODE undertakes no obligation to update or alter these forward-looking statements as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

CONTACT: Contacts: deCODE genetics: Joy Bessenger, +1-212-481-3891,
ir@decode.is; Gisli Arnason, +354-570-1900, info@decode.is; Edward Farmer,
+354-570-1900, info@decode.is

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