Affymetrix, Inc. (Nasdaq: AFFX) today reported that based on preliminary financial data, the Company expects total revenue of approximately $80 million for the third quarter of 2012, with revenue of approximately $18 million from the eBioscience business. The Company expects to report cash-on-hand of approximately $39.6 million as of September 30, 2012, after a $3.5 million interest and principal payment on the Company’s senior debt.
The Company believes that total revenue for the third quarter was negatively impacted by a tightening academic funding environment worldwide, primarily affecting its gene expression and eBioscience business units.
“Based on ongoing concerns about global academic funding as well as a weaker Euro, we now believe that total revenue for Affymetrix excluding eBioscience will be flat to slightly down for 2012 relative to the prior year,” said Frank Witney, President and CEO. “We continue to believe that the Affymetrix business is stabilizing, with double digit revenue growth for the quarter in our cytogenetics and genotyping product lines as compared to the third quarter 2011. However, our gene expression and eBioscience business segments were weaker than expected in the quarter. Finally, the integration of eBioscience is on track and we have important new product development and commercial programs that are underway.”
The Company will provide a more detailed business update and complete financial information when it reports its third quarter results after the close of the market on Wednesday, October 31, 2012. The Company is currently observing a pre-earnings quiet period and will not make further comments about its third quarter results in the interim.Affymetrix’s management team will host a conference call on October 31, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. PT. A live webcast can be accessed by visiting the Investor Relations section of the Company's website at http://www.affymetrix.com. In addition, investors and other interested parties can listen by dialing domestic: (877) 407-4812, international: (201) 689-8345. The passcode to access the conference call is 401334. About Affymetrix Affymetrix technologies are used by the world's top pharmaceutical, diagnostic, and biotechnology companies, as well as leading academic, government, and nonprofit research institutes. More than 26,000 peer-reviewed papers have been published citing the technologies. Affymetrix is headquartered in Santa Clara, Calif., and has manufacturing facilities in Santa Clara, San Diego, Cleveland, Ohio, Singapore, and Austria. The company has about 1,180 employees worldwide and maintains sales and distribution operations across Europe, Asia, and Latin America. For more information about Affymetrix, please visit www.affymetrix.com. Affymetrix has not filed the Form 10-Q for the third quarter of fiscal 2012. As a result, all financial results described in this press release should be considered preliminary, and are subject to change to reflect any necessary corrections or adjustments, or changes in accounting estimates, that are identified prior to the time the company is in a position to complete these filings.