SurModics Reports First Quarter 2007 Results

January 24, 2007 at 4:01 PM EST

23% Growth in Non-CYPHER Revenue

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan. 24, 2007--SurModics, Inc. (Nasdaq: SRDX), a leading provider of surface modification and drug delivery technologies to the healthcare industry, today reported financial results for the first quarter ended December 31, 2006.

    First Quarter Highlights (GAAP):

    --  Revenue of $16.7 million, up 2% year-over-year

    --  Operating income of $8.1 million; operating margin of 48%

    --  Net income of $6.0 million

    --  Diluted EPS of $0.32

    --  Operating cash flow of $11.8 million

    --  Non-CYPHER-related revenue increased 23% year-over-year

    --  Two new licenses signed with SurModics customers

    --  Four new customer products introduced

    --  Completed the repurchase of $17.5 million of common stock

"SurModics is pleased to report 23% growth in non-CYPHER revenue for the first quarter of fiscal year 2007," said Bruce Barclay, President and CEO. "Our overall performance during the period was negatively impacted by reduced penetration in the drug eluting stent market resulting from the controversy around late stent thrombosis, and as we had expected, lower R&D revenue compared to historical levels. However, we remain pleased with the progress we are making on our strategic plan for sustainable growth, and are confident in our ability to achieve our long-term goals."

"SurModics continues to experience strong customer interest in our ophthalmology technologies, and we are making significant progress in driving these projects forward," continued Barclay. "While R&D revenue was $0.8 million in the quarter, down from $1.8 million a year ago, we have recently signed new R&D agreements with various ophthalmology customers totaling more than $2.5 million, with more R&D agreements expected based on current negotiations. Based on these new and expected agreements and meaningful progress on other customer projects across the business, we expect R&D revenue for all of fiscal 2007 to approximate or possibly even exceed last year's near-record R&D revenue of $5.7 million."

"Additionally, we continue to have encouraging customer interest in our prohealing and drug delivery polymer technologies," continued Barclay. "Our In Vitro Technologies business had a particularly robust quarter, and our Hydrophilic Technologies business continues to do well."

Revenue for the first quarter of fiscal 2007 was $16.7 million, an increase of 2% from $16.5 million in the year earlier period. Operating income was $8.1 million, a 5% decrease from $8.6 million in the prior year period. Net income was $6.0 million, a 4% decrease from $6.2 million in the same period last year. Diluted earnings per share was $0.32, compared with $0.33 in the first quarter of fiscal 2006. Prior year results include a $465,000, or $0.02 per diluted share, benefit related to the reversal of a tax reserve; there was no such benefit in the first quarter of fiscal 2007.

SurModics' pipeline continues to represent significant potential. The company signed two new licenses in the first quarter, with many more potential licenses currently in negotiation. The company has a goal of 18 new licenses for fiscal year 2007, and we remain confident in our ability to achieve that objective. Our customers launched four new products in the marketplace during the quarter, bringing to 14 the number of launches achieved toward our goal of 30 launches between April 2006 and September 2007. As of December 31, 2006, SurModics' customers had 89 licensed product classes generating royalty revenue, up from 80 in the prior-year period; the total number of licensed product classes not yet launched was 80, compared with 74 in the prior-year period; and major non-licensed opportunities totaled 80, compared with 67 a year ago. In total, SurModics now has 160 potential commercial products in development representing each of the company's four focus markets - Cardiovascular, Ophthalmology, Orthopedics and Neurology.

SurModics' cash and investment balance was $99.6 million as of December 31, 2006, and we have no debt. Operating cash flow for the quarter was $11.8 million, a 14% increase from $10.4 million in the prior year period. "SurModics remains in excellent financial condition," said Phil Ankeny, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. "We were pleased to complete the repurchase of $17.5 million of stock during the quarter under the $35 million share repurchase program authorized by our Board in September. We continue to manage our expenses responsibly, without compromising our investment in R&D. Furthermore, our business development pipeline continues to grow, as we evaluate potentially compelling opportunities to grow our business and put our balance sheet to work."

Live Webcast

SurModics will host a webcast at 5:00 p.m. ET (4:00 p.m. CT) today to discuss the quarterly results. To access the webcast, go to the investor relations portion of the company's web site,, and click on the first quarter webcast icon. A replay of the first quarter conference call will be available by dialing 800-405-2236 and entering conference call ID 11081575. The audio replay will be available beginning at 7:00 p.m. CT on Wednesday, January 24, until 7:00 p.m. CT on Wednesday, January 31.

About SurModics, Inc.

SurModics, Inc. is a leading provider of surface modification technologies in the areas of biocompatibility, site specific drug delivery, biological cell encapsulation, and medical diagnostics. SurModics partners with the world's foremost medical device, pharmaceutical and life science companies to bring innovation together for better patient outcomes. Recent collaborative efforts include the implementation of SurModics' Bravo(TM) drug delivery polymer matrix as a key component of the first-to-market drug-eluting coronary stent. SurModics is also active in the ophthalmology market with a sustained drug delivery system that is currently in human trials for treatment of retinal disease. A significant portion of SurModics' revenue is generated by royalties earned from the sale of our customers' commercial products. SurModics is headquartered in Eden Prairie, MN. More information about the company can be found at The content of SurModics' web site is not part of this release or part of any filings the company makes with the SEC.

Safe Harbor for Forward Looking Statements

Certain statements contained in this press release may be deemed to be forward-looking statements under federal securities laws, and SurModics intends that such forward looking statements be subject to the safe harbor created thereby. SurModics does not undertake an obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

                           SurModics, Inc.
                         Statements of Income
                (In thousands, except per share data)

                                              Three Months Ended
                                                 December 31,
                                             2006           2005
                                         -------------- --------------

  Royalties and license fees                   $13,219        $12,275
  Product sales                                  2,726          2,347
  Research & development                           795          1,843
                                         -------------- --------------
    Total revenue                               16,740         16,465

Operating expenses:
  Product                                        1,086            681
  Research & development                         5,207          4,593
  Sales & marketing                                311            324
  General & administrative                       2,027          2,287
                                         -------------- --------------
    Total operating expenses                     8,631          7,885
                                         -------------- --------------
Income from operations                           8,109          8,580

Investment income                                1,329            728
                                         -------------- --------------
Income before income taxes                       9,438          9,308

Income tax provision                            (3,446)        (3,090)
                                         -------------- --------------
Net income                                      $5,992         $6,218
                                         ============== ==============

Basic net income per share                       $0.32          $0.34
                                         ============== ==============

Diluted net income per share                     $0.32          $0.33
                                         ============== ==============

Weighted average shares outstanding
  Basic                                         18,456         18,436
  Diluted                                       18,556         18,643
                           SurModics, Inc.
                       Condensed Balance Sheets
                            (In thousands)

                                          December 31,  September 30,
                                             2006           2006
                                         -------------- --------------
Assets                                            (Unaudited)

Current assets:
  Cash & investments                           $50,375        $58,813
  Accounts receivable                           12,537         14,493
  Inventories                                      933            952
  Other current assets                           1,992          1,838
                                         -------------- --------------
    Total current assets                        65,837         76,096

Property & equipment, net                       11,446         11,686
Long-term investments                           49,243         47,758
Other assets                                    25,204         21,862

                                         -------------- --------------
  Total assets                                $151,730       $157,402
                                         ============== ==============

Liabilities & Stockholders' Equity

Total current liabilities                      $10,052         $8,989

Other liabilities                                3,357          3,210

Total stockholders' equity                     138,321        145,203

                                         -------------- --------------
  Total liabilities & stockholders'
   equity                                     $151,730       $157,402
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                           SurModics, Inc.
                  Condensed Statements of Cash Flows
                            (In thousands)

                                              Three months ended
                                                 December 31,
                                             2006           2005
                                         -------------- --------------

Operating Activities
  Net Income                                    $5,992         $6,218
  Depreciation and amortization                    986            878
  Net other operating activities                   878            982
  Net change in operating assets and
   liabilities                                   3,924          2,277
                                         -------------- --------------
    Net cash provided by operating
     activities                                 11,780         10,355
                                         -------------- --------------

Investing Activities
  Net purchases of property and
   equipment                                    (1,226)        (2,823)
  Net other investing activities                 2,016        (10,051)
                                         -------------- --------------
    Net cash provided (used) by
     investing activities                          790        (12,874)
                                         -------------- --------------

Financing Activities
  Issuance of common stock                       1,428            359
  Repurchase of common stock                   (17,516)            --
  Net other financing activities                    --             43
                                         -------------- --------------
    Net cash provided (used) by
     financing activities                      (16,088)           402
                                         -------------- --------------

Net change in cash and cash equivalents         (3,518)        (2,117)

Cash and Cash Equivalents
  Beginning of period                            3,751          3,921
                                         -------------- --------------
  End of period                                   $233         $1,804
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CONTACT: SurModics, Inc.
Phil Ankeny, 952-829-2700
Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

SOURCE: SurModics, Inc.