Star Scientific, Inc. Reports Profitable Third Quarter While Initiating Test Marketing of Three New, Very Low-Nitrosamine Smokeless Products Since September.Business Editors
CHESTER, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 15, 2001
Star Scientific, Inc. (Nasdaq:STSI STSI Space Telescope Science Institute
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n chewing tobacco (leaves) or tobacco powder (snuff) that allows the nicotine to be absorbed through the mucous membrane of the oral cavity or digestive tract. It is related to a high risk of oral cancer. products, Stonewall stone·wall
v. stone·walled, stone·wall·ing, stone·walls
a. (TM) moist and dry snuff snuff, preparation of pulverized tobacco used by sniffing it into the nostrils, chewing it, or placing it between the gums and the cheek. The blended tobacco from which it is made is often aged for two or three years, fermented at least twice, ground, and usually and Ariva(TM) compressed powdered tobacco cigalett(TM) pieces.
Third quarter 2001 net revenues were $57.5 million, compared to $75.6 million in the third quarter of 2000, a decrease of 24%. Third quarter 2001 pre-tax and net earnings were $1.1 million and $0.5 million, respectively, compared to pre-tax and net earnings of $7.6 million and $4.7 million, respectively, in the third quarter of 2000.
Pre-tax and net earnings for the first nine months of 2001 were $9.5 million and $5.5 million, compared to pre-tax and net earnings of $14.3 million and $8.4 million, respectively, in the first nine months of 2000, which reflect corresponding decreases in the pre-tax and net earnings of 34% each. Net revenues for the first nine months of 2001 were $138.5 million, compared to $164.4 million in the first nine months of 2000. Of the Company's net revenues during the third quarter and first nine months of 2001, approximately 60% and 83%, respectively, were attributable to sales of cigarettes by its wholly owned subsidiary Wholly Owned Subsidiary
A subsidiary whose parent company owns 100% of its common stock.
In other words, the parent company owns the company outright and there are no minority owners. , Star Tobacco, Inc. (formerly Star Tobacco & Pharmaceuticals, Inc.). During the third quarter, in addition to cigarette sales, the Company's net revenues consisted of sales of StarCured(TM) leaf tobacco to Brown & Williamson Tobacco Corporation ("B&W")1 and $1.35 million in royalty payments paid by B&W on its purchase of low-TSNA tobacco under its licensing agreement with Star. During this growing season growing season, period during which plant growth takes place. In temperate climates the growing season is limited by seasonal changes in temperature and is defined as the period between the last killing frost of spring and the first killing frost of autumn, at which , B&W has been purchasing StarCured(TM) tobacco leaf from Star Scientific at an average price of $2.00 per pound as compared to an average price of $2.55 per pound during the year 2000 growing season. This pricing adjustment was negotiated as part of the April 25, 2001 agreements with B&W, which provide for enhanced royalty arrangements on B&W's sale of low-TSNA products and purchase of low-TSNA tobacco and for the conversion of Star Scientific's short-term debt Short-term debt
Debt obligations, recorded as current liabilities, requiring payment within the year. into long-term, non-interest bearing debt.
Third quarter 2001 diluted per share earnings were $0.01 compared with per share earnings of $0.08 in the third quarter of 2000. The diluted weighted average shares outstanding were 60,768,290 and 61,531,427 in the third quarters of 2001 and 2000, respectively. Diluted per share earnings for the first nine months of 2001 were $0.09 compared with per share earnings of $0.14 in the first nine months of 2000. The diluted weighted average shares outstanding were 60,730,511 and 61,024,855 in the first nine months of 2001 and 2000, respectively.
Christopher G. Miller, Star Scientific's Chief Financial Officer noted: "Our quarterly results reflect the R&D and product introduction costs associated with bringing our new smokeless tobacco products to market. The results also reflect the continued repositioning of our cigarette sales in Texas, Florida, Minnesota and Mississippi, which are not parties to the tobacco Master Settlement Agreement The Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement ("MSA") was the largest civil settlement in United States history. The MSA arose out of many separate legal actions brought by various individual States against the tobacco industry for Medicare costs associated with ("MSA (Metropolitan Service Area) An urban area with at least 50,000 people plus surrounding counties. There are 306 MSAs and 428 RSAs (rural service areas) in the U.S. MSAs and RSAs are used to allocate cellular licenses. "), restructuring of our agreements with B&W to focus on a revenue stream from royalty payments, as opposed to sales of StarCured(TM) tobacco, and the conversion of short-term debt to long-term, non-interest bearing debt." Mr. Miller added: "Since April, 2001, the Company has paid down $5.5 million or 19% of its long-term debt Long-Term Debt
Loans and financial obligations lasting over one year.
For example debts obligations such as bonds and notes which have maturities greater than one year would be considered long-term debt. to B&W. Under the restructured agreements with B&W, the debt will be further reduced by, among other things, the royalty payments that Star Scientific will receive on the sale of B&W's Advance(R) cigarette that was jointly developed by Star Scientific and B&W. As reported last week, B&W has launched a broad test market of Advance(R) in Indianapolis, Indiana “Indianapolis” redirects here. For other uses, see Indianapolis (disambiguation).
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Paul L. Perito, Esquire, Star's Chairman, President and COO noted: "We are pleased that we have been able to introduce three innovative smokeless tobacco products since September and have clearly shifted the focus of our Company from smoked to smokeless tobacco products which use 100% Virginia, very low-nitrosamine (TSNA) StarCured(TM) tobacco."
Mr. Perito further noted: "Our smokeless smoke·less
1. Emitting or containing little or no smoke: smokeless factory stacks.
2. products, particularly Ariva(TM), provide adult tobacco users with a viable alternative to cigarettes in situations when they can't smoke or are looking for Looking for
In the context of general equities, this describing a buy interest in which a dealer is asked to offer stock, often involving a capital commitment. Antithesis of in touch with. an alternative to a cigarette. We were encouraged by our Scientific Advisory Board and other independent scientific and medical advisors to accelerate the development of smokeless products using 100% StarCured(TM) very low-TSNA tobacco, because smokeless products have far fewer toxins than cigarette smoke which contains more than 4,000 chemical compounds, 43 of which are carcinogenic carcinogenic
having a capacity for carcinogenesis. . As we reiterated last week, the efforts to bring our innovative smokeless tobacco products to market and to reposition our Company in the smokeless segment will mean lower net income for the remainder of this year. However, we are confident that in the long run, the higher margins that we expect to achieve with Ariva(TM), whose sales are not subject to escrow payments under the MSA, and the potential to provide smokers with alternatives to traditional cigarettes, will position Star Scientific as a profitable and disruptive force in the cigarette industry."
This press release contains certain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 (PSLRA) implemented several significant substantive changes affecting certain cases brought under the federal securities laws, including changes related to pleading, discovery, liability, class representation and awards fees and of 1995. The Company has tried, whenever possible, to identify these forward-looking statements using words such as "anticipates," "believes," "estimates," "expects," "plans," "intends" and similar expressions. These statements reflect the Company's current beliefs and are based upon information currently available to it. Accordingly, such forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which could cause the Company's actual results, performance or achievements to differ materially from those expressed in, or implied by, such statements. These risks, uncertainties and contingencies include, without limitation, the fact that the Company may not be successful in litigation An action brought in court to enforce a particular right. The act or process of bringing a lawsuit in and of itself; a judicial contest; any dispute.
When a person begins a civil lawsuit, the person enters into a process called litigation. to enforce its patent rights, that tobacco companies and others potentially infringing its patent may not enter into royalty agreements to sublicense its patents, that the tobacco industry may not adopt low-TSNA tobacco as its predominant tobacco rapidly or at all, or that a non-infringing product competitive with the patents may be developed by a third party. Other risks of the business include the challenges inherent in new product development initiatives, the Company's ability to raise the capital necessary to grow its business, potential disputes concerning the Company's intellectual property, potential delays in obtaining any necessary government approvals of the Company's proposed reduced risk tobacco products, market acceptance of the Company's proposed new products, competition from companies with greater resources than the Company, the Company's decision not to join the Master Settlement Agreement ("MSA") and its decision to challenge the constitutionality of the MSA, the effect of state statutes adopted under the MSA and any subsequent modification of the MSA, the Company's dependence on key employees and on its strategic relationships with Brown & Williamson Tobacco Corporation. The impact of potential litigation, if initiated against or by individual states that have adopted the MSA, could be materially adverse to the Company. See additional discussion under "Factors That May Affect Future Results" in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K Form 10-K
A report required by the SEC from exchange-listed companies that provides for annual disclosure of certain financial information.
See 10-K. for the year ended December 31, 2000, and other factors detailed from time to time in the Company's other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The Company undertakes no obligation to update or advise upon any such forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date of this press release or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.
About Star Scientific
Star Scientific is a technology-oriented tobacco company with a toxicity reduction mission. It is engaged in the development of tobacco products that deliver less carcinogenic toxins (principally tobacco specific nitrosamines nitrosamines
highly hepatotoxic compounds formed in the rumen by the combination of amines and nitrite. They do not appear to occur naturally in large quantities. Nitrosamine poisoning has also been caused by feeding nitrite-treated fishmeal and Solanum incanum. (TSNAs)), through the utilization of the innovative StarCured(TM) tobacco-curing technology, and in sublicensing that technology to others. Star Scientific has a Corporate and Sales office in Chester, Virginia Chester is a census-designated place (CDP) in Chesterfield County, Virginia, United States. The population was 17,890 at the 2000 census.
Chester's original "downtown" was is defined by being a stop on the Richmond and Petersburg Railroad. , an Executive, Scientific and Regulatory Affairs Regulatory Affairs (RA), also called Government Affairs, is a profession within regulated industries, such as pharmaceuticals, medical devices, energy, and banking. Regulatory Affairs professionals usually have responsibility for the following general areas:
(1) Brown & Williamson Tobacco Corporation is the third largest tobacco company in the U.S., and the largest affiliate of British American Tobacco PLC British American Tobacco PLC
formerly British-American Tobacco Company Ltd. (1902–76) and B.A.T Industries PLC (1976–98)
British conglomerate that is one of the world's largest manufacturers of tobacco products. ("BAT"), the second largest tobacco company in the world.