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Sinovac Biotech Ltd. (NASDAQ: SVA) - Sinovac Reports Unaudited Second Quarter 2019 Financial Results -- 15/8/2019.

BEIJING -- (BUSINESS WIRE)--Sinovac Biotech Ltd. (SVA) ("Sinovac" or the "Company"), a leading provider of biopharmaceutical products in China, announced today its unaudited financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2019.

Second Quarter and First Half of 2019 Financial Summary

Sales for the second quarter of 2019 were $64.0 million, a decrease of 14.8% from $75.2 million in the prior year period.

Sales for the six months ended June 30, 2019, were $100.6 million, a decrease of 17.9% from $122.5 million in the prior year period.

Operating income for the second quarter increased 52.3% from the prior year period due to decreases in selling, general and administrative expenses.

Operating income for the six months ended June 30, 2019, decreased 9.5% from the prior year period due to lower sales.

The Company posted $10.7 million of net income attributable to common shareholders, or $0.11 per basic and diluted share in the second quarter, compared to net income attributable to common shareholders of $5.7 million, or $0.10 per basic and diluted share, in the prior year period.

The Company posted $11.8 million of net income attributable to common shareholders, or $0.13 per basic and diluted share in the six months ended June 30, 2019, compared to net income attributable to common shareholders of $14.1 million, or $0.24 per basic and diluted share, in the comparative period.

Business Highlights

Marketing and Sales

On June 30, 2019, the Vaccine Administration Law of the People's Republic of China, China's first legislation dedicated to vaccine management, was formally passed by the Chinese central government and will become effective on December 1, 2019. This legislation will implement stringent supervision of the entire process of vaccine development, production, delivery, and inoculation. The legislation mandates both government oversight and the duty of manufacturers to report compliance in all substantial aspects. Sanctions and penalties for producing and selling fake or substandard vaccines have been significantly increased. The new legislation is expected to raise the barriers to entry in the Chinese vaccine industry.

Pipeline Development

Varicella--The Company filed an application for a production license for its varicella vaccine with the National Medical Products Administration ("NMPA"), previously known as the China State Food and Drug Administration, in November 2017. The NMPA issued a Notice of Site Inspection to the Company on May 24, 2019 and the Site Inspection began in late July. The Company expects the license to be issued in 2020.

23-valent Pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine (or PPV-23)--The Company submitted its application for a production license in 2017. In 2018, the NMPA requested a supplementary submission, which has been completed. The NMPA is currently conducting a review of the Company's submission.

Quadrivalent influenza vaccine (or QIV)--The Company filed an application for a production license with the NMPA in March 2019. Preliminary questions and answers have been submitted. Sinovac's application is currently under review and the Company expects the production license to be issued in 2020.

Sabin Inactivated Polio vaccine (or sIPV)--The production license application was accepted by the NMPA in January 2019. In March 2019, given the high demand for effective polio vaccines, the application was granted fast track review. Currently, the application is under review and additional tests are to be performed.

Mr. Weidong Yin, Chairman, President and CEO of the Sinovac commented, "We delivered strong net earnings this quarter while facing challenges from the external market environment and a lack of supply of certain products due to the production disruption in 2018 caused by the minority shareholder of our Beijing operating company."

Mr. Yin continued, "We continue to make progress on our pipeline development. We expect the commercial launches of both varicella and QIV in 2020. In addition, we welcome the implementation of new vaccine legislation that will ultimately benefit high quality vaccine manufactures such as Sinovac as well as public health in China."

Unaudited Financial Results for the Second Quarter of 2019

Summary of sales and gross profit
(In $000 except percentage data)  2019     % of Sales  2018
                                  Q2                   Q2

Hepatitis A vaccine--Healive[R]   13,870   21.7%       17,268
Hepatitis A&B vaccine--Bilive[R]       -    0.0%        5,552
Hepatitis vaccines subtotal       13,870   21.7%       22,820
Influenza vaccine                      -    0.0%         (208)
EV 71 vaccine - Inlive[R]         47,873   74.7%       52,540
Mumps vaccine                      2,302    3.6%            -
Total sales                       64,045  100.0%       75,152
Cost of sales                      6,092    9.5%       10,547
Gross profit                      57,953   90.5%       64,605

(In $000 except percentage data)  % of Sales


Hepatitis A vaccine--Healive[R]    23.0%
Hepatitis A&B vaccine--Bilive[R]    7.4%
Hepatitis vaccines subtotal        30.4%
Influenza vaccine                  (0.3%)
EV 71 vaccine - Inlive[R]          69.9%
Mumps vaccine                       0.0%
Total sales                       100.0%
Cost of sales                       14.0%
Gross profit                        86.0%


Sales for the second quarter of 2019 were $64.0 million, a decrease of 14.8% from $75.2 million in the prior year period. The decrease was caused by zero sales of Bilive[R] and lower sales in Healive[R] and Inlive[R]. The sales decrease was partly offset by a sales increase in the mumps vaccine. Depreciation of the Chinese renminbi against the U.S. dollar accounted for $4.4 million of the decrease in 2019 second quarter revenue.

The lack of Bilive[R] sales is still attributed to the suspended production of the product, which was the result of a lack of supply of the hepatitis B vaccine from the sole supplier.

The decrease in Healive[R] sales was due to a product shortage caused by production suspension and disruptions resulting from actions of the minority shareholder of the Company's subsidiary, Sinovac Biotech Co., Ltd, in Beijing in 2018. Production has returned to normal, and future sales are not expected to be adversely affected by product shortages. The decrease of Inlive[R] sales was in line with the general market trends.

Gross profit in the second quarter of 2019 was $58.0 million, compared to gross profit of $64.6 million in the prior year period. Gross margin was 90.5%, compared to 86.0% in the prior year period. In the second quarter of 2018, the Company had to write off all influenza vaccines and some hepatitis vaccines due to the production disruption caused by the minority shareholder of the Company's subsidiary in Beijing, which negatively impacted gross profit by $3.1 million.

Selling, general and administrative expenses in the second quarter of 2019 were $30.2 million, compared to $44.5 million in the prior year period. The Company incurred lower selling expenses in the second quarter of 2019 due to a difference in the timing of sales and marketing activities, and a lower general and administrative expenses were caused by reduced legal and consulting fees associated with the Company's ongoing litigation matters.

R&D expenses in the second quarter of 2019 were $6.3 million, compared to $5.9 million in the prior year period, as the Company continued to invest in its pipeline of product candidates, including the sIPV, PPV and varicella vaccines.

Net income in the second quarter of 2019 was $17.1 million, compared to $10.4 million in the prior year period. Net income increased due to decreases in selling, general and administrative expenses.

Net income attributable to common shareholders was $10.7 million, or $0.11 per basic and diluted share, compared to net income attributable to common shareholders of $5.7 million, or $0.10 per basic and diluted share, in the prior year period.

As the Company announced on February 22, 2019, the Company's Board of Directors determined that certain shareholders became "Acquiring Persons," as defined in the Company's Rights Agreement ("Rights Agreement"), and a "Trigger Event" occurred under the Rights Agreement. As a result, new common and preferred shares of the Company were issued. Without the effect of the "Trigger Event" and the newly issued common and preferred shares, basic and diluted earnings per share for the second quarter of 2019 would be $0.17.

Non-GAAP adjusted EBITDA was $23.0 million in the second quarter of 2019, compared to $17.5 million in the prior year period. Non-GAAP net income in the second quarter of 2019 was $18.0 million, compared to $13.1 million in the prior year period. Non-GAAP diluted earnings per share in the second quarter of 2019 were $0.12, compared to $0.15 per share in the prior year period. Non-GAAP diluted earnings per share in the second quarter of 2019 without the effect of the "Trigger Event" and the newly issued common and preferred shares would be $0.18 Reconciliations of non-GAAP measures to the nearest comparable GAAP measures are included at the end of this earnings announcement.

Unaudited Financial Results for the First Half of 2019

Summary of sales and gross profit
(In $000 except percentage data)  2019       % of Sales  2018
                                  H1                     H1

Hepatitis A vaccine--Healive[R]    24,402    24.2%        25,853
Hepatitis A&B vaccine--Bilive[R]        -     0.0%        10,344
Hepatitis vaccines subtotal        24,402    24.2%        36,197
Influenza vaccine                       -     0.0%         2,063
EV 71 vaccine - Inlive[R]          73,225    72.8%        84,113
Mumps vaccine                       2,972     3.0%           117
Total sales                       100,599   100.0%       122,490
Cost of sales                       9,871     9.8%        13,337
Gross profit                       90,728    90.2%       109,153

(In $000 except percentage data)  % of Sales


Hepatitis A vaccine--Healive[R]    21.1%
Hepatitis A&B vaccine--Bilive[R]    8.4%
Hepatitis vaccines subtotal        29.5%
Influenza vaccine                   1.7%
EV 71 vaccine - Inlive[R]          68.7%
Mumps vaccine                       0.1%
Total sales                       100.0%
Cost of sales                       10.9%
Gross profit                        89.1%


Sales for the first half of 2019 were $100.6 million, a decrease of 17.9% from $122.5 million in the prior year period. The factors for this decrease in revenue are the same as those discussed above for the second quarter of 2019. Depreciation of the Chinese renminbi against the U.S. dollar accounted for $6.6 million of the decrease in 2019 first half revenue.

Gross profit in the first half of 2019 was $90.7 million, compared to gross profit of $109.2 million in the prior year period. Gross margin was 90.2%, comparable to 89.1% in the prior year period.

Selling, general and administrative expenses in the first half of 2019 were $53.8 million, compared to $67.8 million in the prior year period. The Company incurred lower selling expenses in the second quarter of 2019 due to market changes, and incurred lower legal and consulting fees associated with the Company's ongoing litigation matters.

R&D expenses in the first half of 2019 were $10.8 million, comparable to $10.1 million in the prior year period.

Net income in the first half of 2019 was $20.7 million, compared to $22.6 million in the prior year period. Net income decreased due to lower revenue.

Net income attributable to common shareholders was $11.8 million, or $0.13 per basic and diluted share, compared to net income attributable to common shareholders of $14.1 million, or $0.24 per basic and diluted share, in the prior year period.

Without the effect of the "Trigger Event" under the Rights Agreement, as described above, and the newly issued common and preferred shares, basic and diluted earnings per share for the first half of 2019 would be $0.20.

Non-GAAP adjusted EBITDA was $29.8 million in the first half of 2019, compared to $34.2 million in the prior year period. Non-GAAP net income in the first half of 2019 was $21.9 million, compared to $24.0 million in the prior year period. Non-GAAP diluted earnings per share in the first half of 2019 were $0.14, compared to $0.26 per share in the prior year period. Non-GAAP diluted earnings per share in the first half of 2019 without the effect of the "Trigger Event" and the newly issued common and preferred shares would be $0.21. Reconciliations of non-GAAP measures to the nearest comparable GAAP measures are included at the end of this earnings announcement.

As of June 30, 2019, cash and cash equivalents totaled $151.7 million, compared to $158.2 million as of December 31, 2018. In the first half of 2019, net cash provided by operating activities was $1.0 million, net cash used in investing activities was $6.3 million, and net cash used in financing activities was $1.1 million, including loan repayment of $1.3 million. As of June 30, 2019, the Company had $5.9 million of bank loans due within one year. The Company expects that its current cash position will be able to support its operations for at least the next 12 months.

The Company's Interim Financial Statements are prepared and presented in accordance with U.S. GAAP. However, the Interim Financial Statements have not been audited or reviewed by the Company's independent registered accounting firm.

Legal Proceedings

As previously disclosed by the Company, on March 13, 2018, 1 Globe Capital LLC ("1 Globe") filed a complaint against the Company in the Antigua Court. The trial of the matter took place from December 3 to 5, 2018. On December 19, 2018, the Antigua judge handed down his judgment (the "Antigua Judgment"), finding in the Company's favor in full, dismissing 1 Globe's claim and declaring that the Rights Agreement was validly adopted as a matter of Antigua law. On January 29, 2019, 1 Globe filed a Notice of Appeal against the Antigua Judgment. On March 4, 2019, 1 Globe filed an application for urgent interim relief, seeking an injunction to prevent the Company from continuing to implement its Rights Agreement until the resolution of the appeal. This application was heard on April 4, 2019, at which the Court of Appeal issued an order restraining the Company from operating the Rights Agreement in any way that affects 1 Globe's rights or shareholding or otherwise distributing the exchange shares to the Company's shareholders who did not trigger the Rights Plan until after the determination of the appeal (the "Exchange Shares"). 1 Globe's appeal against the Antigua Judgment will be heard in the week commencing September 16, 2019.

As disclosed previously, on March 5, 2018, the Company filed a lawsuit in the Court of Chancery of the State of Delaware seeking a determination whether 1 Globe, The Chiang Li Family, OrbiMed Advisors, LLC and certain other shareholders of the Company had triggered the Rights Agreement. On April 12, 2018, 1 Globe filed an amended answer to the Company's complaint, counterclaims, and a third-party complaint against the Company and Mr. Weidong Yin alleging, among other allegations, that the Rights Agreement is not valid. On March 6, 2019, the Delaware Chancery Court entered a status quo order providing that the Company not distribute any of the Exchange Shares to the Company's shareholders who did not trigger the Rights Plan until the final disposition of the pending Delaware litigation or further order of the Court. On April 8, 2019, the Delaware Chancery Court stayed the Delaware litigation pending the outcome of 1 Globe's appeal of the Antigua Judgment.

Status of Exchange Shares and Trading in the Company's Shares

As a result of the pending legal proceedings described above, the Exchange Shares are expected to remain in a trust for the benefit of the Company's shareholders who did not trigger the Rights Plan until, at least, the conclusion of the appeal against the Antigua Judgement and final disposition of the Delaware litigation or further order of the Delaware Chancery Court. The Exchange Shares remain issued and outstanding. The Nasdaq Stock Market LLC implemented a halt on trading of the Company's common shares at the time of issuance of the Exchange Shares to the trust and the Company is currently unable to estimate when trading will resume, or whether Nasdaq will take any additional action regarding the trading of the Company's common shares.

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