Synthetech Announces Fiscal 2010 Results

Published: Jun 10, 2010

ALBANY, Ore., June 10 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Synthetech, Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: NZYM) today announced financial results for its fiscal fourth quarter and fiscal year, which ended March 31, 2010.

For the fourth quarter ended March 31, 2010, revenue was $4.2 million, a 37% decrease from revenue of $6.6 million for the same period last year. Gross income for the current quarter was $1.2 million, compared to gross income of $2.0 million for the same period last year. Operating income for the current quarter was $240,000, compared to $704,000 for the same period last year. Net income for the fourth quarter ended March 31, 2010 was $199,000, or $0.01 per share, compared to $657,000, or $0.04 per share, in last year's corresponding period.

The Company reported revenue of $15.2 million for fiscal 2010, a 23% decrease from revenue of $19.9 million in fiscal 2009. Gross income in fiscal 2010 was $5.2 million, compared to gross income in fiscal 2009 of $5.5 million. Operating income in fiscal 2010 was $1.4 million, compared to operating income in fiscal 2009 of $1.3 million. Net income for both fiscal 2010 and 2009 was $1.2 million, or $0.08 per share.

International sales, principally to Western Europe, were $7.1 million and $11.1 million in fiscal 2010 and 2009, respectively. International sales, like all of Synthetech's revenues, are subject to significant quarterly fluctuations based on the timing of customer's projects as they progress through the clinical trials process.

Synthetech, Inc.

Condensed Statements of Operations


Three Months Ended

March 31,

Year Ended

March 31,

(in thousands, except per share data)






$ 4,177

$ 6,617

$ 15,244

$ 19,862

Cost of revenue





Gross income





Research and development





Selling, general and administrative





Operating income





Interest income





Interest expense





Income before income taxes





Income tax expense





Net income

$ 199

$ 657

$ 1,157

$ 1,151

Basic and diluted income per share

$ 0.01

$ 0.04

$ 0.08

$ 0.08

The Company's cash and cash equivalents were $1.1 million at March 31, 2010, compared to $588,000 at March 31, 2009. As of March 31, 2010, Synthetech's working capital was $7.3 million, compared to $5.9 million at March 31, 2009. The increase in working capital between the two periods is primarily the result of fiscal 2010 net income. As of March 31, 2010 and 2009, Synthetech had no outstanding borrowings under its line of credit.

Referring to Synthetech's results, President and Chief Executive Officer Dr. Gregory Hahn stated, "The frail economy and an uncertain regulatory environment combined to make fiscal 2010 a challenging year for us and our industry. Consistent with the industry environment, Synthetech's year-over-year revenue decreased 23% to $15.2 million in fiscal 2010. However, with only 77% of its fiscal 2009 revenue, Synthetech achieved solid net income of $1.2 million in fiscal 2010. This accomplishment was a direct result of our company-wide focus on cost reductions and production efficiencies, which enabled Synthetech to attain a level of profitability in fiscal 2010 on par with that of the previous year."

Looking forward, Dr. Hahn notes, "Our backlog of $1.3 million at March 31, 2010 reflects our customer's short order timeframes, particularly in the current market environment. In fiscal 2010, our Hepatitis C drug franchise business accounted for 25% of revenue compared to 29% in the prior year. We believe that our Hepatitis C products are in a temporary quiet period as our customers work through their clinical trials before reaching reorder points. In addition to these products and large-scale projects from our traditional pharmaceutical markets, we also anticipate additional opportunities to produce new specialty chemicals."

About Synthetech

Synthetech, Inc., based in Albany, Oregon, is a fine chemicals company specializing in organic synthesis, biocatalysis and chiral technologies. Synthetech develops and manufactures amino acid derivatives, specialty amino acids, peptide fragments and proprietary custom chiral intermediates, primarily for the pharmaceutical industry. Synthetech produces advanced pharmaceutical intermediates in accordance with Current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP) in compliance with U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations. Synthetech's products support the development and manufacture of therapeutic peptides and peptidomimetic (peptide-like) small molecule drugs from early stages of a customer's clinical development through market launch and into commercial production. Synthetech's products also support the production of chemically-based medical devices. Synthetech's domestic and international customer base includes major and mid-size pharmaceutical, contract drug synthesis, emerging and established biotechnology and medical device companies. Synthetech also supplies catalog quantities of specialty amino acids to research institutions, universities and drug discovery firms.

Period to Period Fluctuations

Management anticipates that Synthetech's revenue will continue to fluctuate significantly from period to period. Variability in Synthetech's level of revenue is based primarily on its participation in large-scale customer projects and the timing of shipments arising from these projects. Synthetech operates in a challenging business environment, characterized by the unpredictable dynamics and life cycle of pharmaceutical projects, which can lead to rapid fluctuations in the mix of projects and revenues. As the uncertainties inherent in drug development projects remain outside of Synthetech's control, it is difficult to predict the progress,

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