SurModics Reports Third Quarter 2007 Results

July 18, 2007 at 4:04 PM EDT

19% Growth in Non-CYPHER Revenue

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--July 18, 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 third fiscal quarter ended June 30, 2007.

    Third Quarter Highlights:

    --  First license of SurModics' proprietary ophthalmology implant
        technology signed with Merck

    --  Revenue of $17.8 million, down 2% year-over-year and up 2%

    --  Record non-CYPHER-related revenue, up 19% year-over-year and
        up 11% sequentially

    --  12th consecutive quarter of growth in non-CYPHER revenue

    --  Record revenue in "In Vitro" and "Hydrophilic and Other"
        operating segments

    --  Strong year-over-year revenue growth in two of our three
        operating segments:

        -- Hydrophilic and Other - up 25%
        -- In Vitro - up 28%
        -- Drug Delivery - down 33%
    --  Operating income of $7.5 million

    --  Net income of $5.6 million

    --  Diluted EPS of $0.31

    --  5 new licenses signed with SurModics customers, bringing
        fiscal 2007 total to 21

    --  3 new customer product classes launched by our customers,
        bringing fiscal 2007 total to 13

"Revenue from sources other than Cypher continues to be strong. We achieved record non-Cypher revenue in the third quarter, and have maintained non-CYPHER revenue growth for 12 consecutive quarters," said Bruce Barclay, President and CEO. "Further, we again delivered strong performance and record revenue in our In Vitro and Hydrophilic and Other operating segments this quarter. While drug eluting stent related revenue declined, we are pleased with the results generated in the rest of our diversified business portfolio. In fact, despite J&J's 14% sequential decrease in drug eluting stent sales compared with the March quarter, total revenue for SurModics actually increased 2% sequentially."

"This was an historic quarter for SurModics," continued Barclay. "As previously announced, we signed a new agreement with Merck, which represents the first license agreement related to SurModics' I-vation(TM) sustained drug delivery implant technology in ophthalmology. This agreement, which provides the framework to become the largest in the history of SurModics, includes the potential for up to $308 million in license fees and development milestones alone, as well as R&D fees, royalties, and revenue from manufacturing clinical and commercial products for Merck. However, since the agreement was finalized near quarter end, we did not recognize any Merck related revenue in the third quarter. This new agreement, coupled with our strong non-Cypher revenue, positions us to deliver value to our shareholders well into the future. Most importantly, this agreement allows us to move forward with an exceptional partner on the development and commercialization of this technology, which holds great promise for addressing two of the leading causes of blindness."

"We made excellent progress toward achieving our fiscal 2007 goals during the third quarter," added Barclay. "In addition to the ophthalmology license, we signed a development agreement related to our Eureka(TM) biodegradable drug delivery polymer technology, and we signed a license agreement covering a new cardiovascular drug eluting stent. Finally, with five new licenses during the quarter, we have already exceeded our goal of signing 18 new license agreements during the fiscal year."

Revenue for the third quarter of fiscal 2007 was $17.8 million, a decrease of 2% from $18.1 million in the year earlier period. Operating income was $7.5 million, a 21% decrease from $9.5 million in the prior year period. Net income was $5.6 million, compared with $6.4 million in the same period last year. Diluted earnings per share was $0.31, compared with $0.34 in the third quarter of fiscal 2006.

For the first nine months of fiscal 2007, revenue was $51.9 million, compared with $52.3 million in the year earlier period. Operating income was $23.7 million, compared with $27.0 million in the prior year period; net income was $17.3 million, compared with $14.0 million in the year earlier period; and diluted earnings per share was $0.95, compared with $0.75 in the first nine months of fiscal 2006. Prior year nine month results include a non-cash impairment loss of $4.7 million on our investment in Novocell.

SurModics' pipeline continues to represent significant potential. The company signed 5 new licenses in the third quarter, reaching a total of 21 licenses fiscal year to date, equaling last year's record number of new licenses and surpassing the company's fiscal 2007 goal of 18 new licenses. Our customers launched 3 new product classes in the marketplace during the quarter, increasing our total to 13 and making progress against our goal of 20 customer product launches in fiscal 2007. As of June 30, 2007, SurModics' customers had 98 licensed product classes generating royalty revenue, up from 83 in the prior-year period; the total number of licensed product classes not yet launched was 93, compared with 81 in the prior-year period; and major non-licensed opportunities totaled 74, compared with 77 a year ago. In total, SurModics now has 167 potential commercial products in development representing each of the company's five focus markets - Cardiovascular, Ophthalmology, Orthopedics, Neurology and In Vitro.

SurModics' cash and investment balance was $94.1 million as of June 30, 2007, with no debt. Operating cash flow for the quarter was $7.1 million and $23.6 million for the first nine months of fiscal 2007.

"SurModics remains in excellent financial condition," said Phil Ankeny, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. "We continue to evaluate various alternatives to deploy our cash in support of our strategic initiatives and for the benefit of shareholders. We are pleased to have completed our $35 million share repurchase program last quarter. In the full repurchase program, we retired in excess of one million shares at an average price of $34.76 per share, facilitating a reduction of approximately 5% in total shares outstanding. In addition, our business development pipeline continues to present interesting opportunities that offer excellent ways to grow our business and put our balance sheet to work. The $3.5 million strategic investment made earlier this month in Paragon Intellectual Properties relating to our FINALE prohealing technology is representative of the types of high quality opportunities we seek to identify."

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   Nine Months Ended
                                    June 30,            June 30,
                              -------------------- -------------------
                                 2007      2006      2007      2006
                              -------------------- -------------------
                                  (Unaudited)          (Unaudited)
  Royalties and license fees     $13,416   $13,948   $39,664   $39,514
  Product sales                    2,947     2,659     9,054     7,914
  Research & development           1,399     1,532     3,147     4,883
                              ---------- --------- --------- ---------
     Total revenue                17,762    18,139    51,865    52,311

Operating expenses:
  Product                          1,217       891     3,396     2,441
  Research & development           6,200     5,281    17,124    14,935
  Sales & marketing                  343       348       989     1,052
  General & administrative         2,484     2,156     6,644     6,887
                              ---------- --------- --------- ---------
     Total operating expenses     10,244     8,676    28,153    25,315
                              ---------- --------- --------- ---------
Income from operations             7,518     9,463    23,712    26,996

  Investment income                1,201     1,102     3,702     2,782
  Impairment loss on
   investment                         --        --        --   (4,651)
                              ---------- --------- --------- ---------
Income before income taxes         8,719    10,565    27,414    25,127

Income tax provision             (3,132)   (4,207)  (10,161)  (11,087)

                              ---------- --------- --------- ---------
Net income                        $5,587    $6,358   $17,253   $14,040
                              ========== ========= ========= =========

Basic net income per share         $0.31     $0.34     $0.95     $0.76
                              ========== ========= ========= =========

Diluted net income per share       $0.31     $0.34     $0.95     $0.75
                              ========== ========= ========= =========

Weighted average shares
  Basic                           17,815    18,570    18,116    18,494
  Diluted                         17,968    18,725    18,249    18,681
                           SurModics, Inc.
                       Condensed Balance Sheets
                            (In thousands)

                                             June 30,    September 30,
                                               2007          2006
                                           ------------- -------------
Assets                                       (Unaudited)

Current assets:
  Cash & investments                             $46,303       $58,813
  Accounts receivable                             10,460        14,493
  Merck license receivable                        20,000            --
  Inventories                                      1,259           952
  Other current assets                             2,536         1,838
                                           ------------- -------------
    Total current assets                          80,558        76,096

Property & equipment, net                         11,447        11,686
Long-term investments                             47,785        47,758
Other assets                                      25,068        21,862

                                           ------------- -------------
  Total assets                                  $164,858      $157,402
                                           ============= =============

Liabilities & Stockholders' Equity

Current liabilities                               $3,483        $6,753

Deferred revenue (current and long-term)          23,829         4,446

Other liabilities                                     --         1,000

Total stockholders' equity                       137,546       145,203

                                           ------------- -------------
  Total liabilities & stockholders' equity      $164,858      $157,402
                                           ============= =============
                           SurModics, Inc.
                  Condensed Statements of Cash Flows
                            (In thousands)

                                                    Nine months ended
                                                        June 30,
                                                     2007      2006
                                                   --------- ---------

Operating Activities
  Net Income                                         $17,253   $14,040
  Depreciation and amortization                        2,923     2,726
  Net other operating activities                       3,777     7,413
  Net change in operating assets and liabilities       (356)     2,895
                                                   --------- ---------
    Net cash provided by operating activities         23,597    27,074
                                                   --------- ---------

Investing Activities
  Net purchases of property and equipment            (2,018)   (5,300)
  Net other investing activities                      11,261  (26,318)
                                                   --------- ---------
    Net cash provided (used) by investing
     activities                                        9,243  (31,618)
                                                   --------- ---------

Financing Activities
  Issuance of common stock                             2,399     2,377
  Repurchase of common stock                        (35,030)        --
  Net other financing activities                          --       116
                                                   --------- ---------
    Net cash provided (used) by financing
     activities                                     (32,631)     2,493
                                                   --------- ---------

Net change in cash and cash equivalents                  209   (2,051)

Cash and Cash Equivalents
  Beginning of period                                  3,751     3,921
                                                   --------- ---------
  End of period                                       $3,960    $1,870
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    CONTACT: SurModics, Inc.
             Phil Ankeny, (952) 829-2700
             Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

    SOURCE: SurModics, Inc.