Affymetrix, Inc. (NASDAQ: AFFX) today reported its operating results for the second quarter of 2011. Total revenue for the quarter was $64.7 million, as compared to total revenue of $71.7 million in the second quarter of 2010.

The Company reported a loss of $3.7 million, or $0.05 per diluted share, in the second quarter of 2011. This compares to net loss of $5.5 million, or $0.08 per diluted share, in the same period of 2010.

For the second quarter of 2011, product revenue was $58.1 million, which consisted of consumable revenue of $54.3 million and instrument revenue of $3.8 million. Service revenue was $5.3 million, and royalties and other revenue was $1.3 million. This compares to second quarter 2010 product revenue of $65.1 million, which consisted of consumable revenue of $60.6 million and instrument revenue of $4.5 million. Service revenue was $4.7 million, and royalties and other revenue was $1.8 million.

For the second quarter of 2011, cost of product sales was $22.4 million compared to $27.5 million in the same period of 2010. Cost of services and other was $3.4 million compared to $3.6 million in the same period of 2010.

Product gross margin was 62%, as compared to 58% in the same period of 2010.

For the second quarter of 2011, operating expenses were $42.0 million as compared to operating expenses of $46.2 million in the same period of 2010, a reduction of 9%.

“During the second quarter we generated a 400 basis point improvement in gross margin and a 9% reduction in operating expense over the prior year,” stated Tim Barabe, EVP and CFO. “Our cash-flow from operations was approximately $14 million and our net cash position increased to $160 million.”

“I am very excited to be back at Affymetrix,” said Frank Witney, President and CEO. “In the last quarter we continued to generate operational efficiencies, and this month we launched our new CytoScan HD product, a research-use-only tool that enables high resolution cytogenetic analysis that exceeds the industry standards. My number one priority is to put the company back on the path to growth. We have a lot of work ahead of us, but I am optimistic about the company’s future.”

During the Second Quarter, the Company:

  • Appointed Dr. Frank Witney as president and chief executive officer, effective July 1, 2011. Dr. Witney joins Affymetrix with 30 years of experience in the life science research products and diagnostic and analytical instrument industry, having served in senior leadership positions at Dionex, Panomics, Affymetrix and Bio-Rad.
  • Launched new Axiom™ myDesign™ Targeted Genotyping Arrays for the targeted genotyping market, enabling researchers to study mutations in disease pathways and characterize gene-gene interactions. This latest advancement allows researchers to design custom arrays to genotype 1,500 to 2.6 million markers per sample and rapidly transition from genome-wide scans to specific disease analyses with different experimental approaches on the same platform. In addition to Axiom myDesign TG Arrays, Affymetrix released a new version of the Axiom Genomic Database™ containing 11 million variants, making it the industry's largest supply of validated genomic markers.
  • Announced the commercial availability of the new Gene Profiling Array cGMP U133 P2, a version of the widely cited Human Genome U133 Plus 2.0 Array, as another component to its GeneChip® Instrument System, which is used by Affymetrix partners for assay development. To accelerate test development cycles, the new tools are manufactured and quality controlled under current good manufacturing practices (cGMP) and ISO 13485 standards. Additionally, with an instrument platform and reagents that are FDA-cleared for in vitro diagnostic (IVD) use and CE-marked as IVD medical devices for sale in the European Union, the Affymetrix clinical toolkit eases the regulatory burden.

Affymetrix' management team will host a conference call on July 27, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. PT to review its operating results for the second quarter of 2011. A live webcast can be accessed by visiting the Investor Relations section of the Company’s website at In addition, investors and other interested parties can listen by dialing domestic: (877) 407-8291, international: (201) 689-8345.

A replay of this call will be available from 5:00 p.m. PT on July 27, 2011 until 8:00 p.m. PT on August 4, 2011 at the following numbers: domestic: (877) 660-6853, international: (201) 612-7415. The passcode for both replays is 375254. An archived webcast of the conference call will be available under the Investor Relations section of the Company's website.

About Affymetrix

Affymetrix technology is used by the world's top pharmaceutical, diagnostic, and biotechnology companies, as well as leading academic, government, and nonprofit research institutes. More than 2,100 systems have been shipped around the world and over 23,500 peer-reviewed papers have been published using the technology. Affymetrix is headquartered in Santa Clara, California, and has manufacturing facilities in Cleveland, Ohio, and Singapore. The Company has more than 900 employees worldwide and maintains sales and distribution operations across Europe, Asia and Latin America. For more information about Affymetrix, please visit the Company's website.

All statements in this press release that are not historical are "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act as amended, including statements regarding Affymetrix' "expectations," "beliefs," "hopes," "intentions," "strategies" or the like. Such statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially for Affymetrix from those projected, including, but not limited to: risk relating to the Company’s ability to successfully commercialize new products, risk relating to past and future acquisitions, including the ability of the Company to successfully integrate such acquisitions into its existing business; risks of the Company's ability to achieve and sustain higher levels of revenue, higher gross margins and reduced operating expenses; uncertainties relating to technological approaches, risks associated with manufacturing and product development; personnel retention; uncertainties relating to cost and pricing of Affymetrix products; dependence on collaborative partners; uncertainties relating to sole-source suppliers; uncertainties relating to FDA and other regulatory approvals; competition; risks relating to intellectual property of others and the uncertainties of patent protection and litigation. These and other risk factors are discussed in Affymetrix' Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2010, and other SEC reports. Affymetrix expressly disclaims any obligation or undertaking to release publicly any updates or revisions to any forward-looking statements contained herein to reflect any change in Affymetrix' expectations with regard thereto or any change in events, conditions or circumstances on which any such statements are based.


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  June 30,   December 31,
2011 2010
ASSETS: (Note 1)
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $ 27,396 $ 35,484
Restricted cash 312 287
Available-for-sale securities—short-term portion 45,021 67,223
Accounts receivable, net 44,606 52,281
Inventories 47,899 49,373
Deferred tax assets—short-term portion 1,002 1,071
Prepaid expenses and other current assets   6,524     9,422  
Total current assets 172,760 215,141
Available-for-sale securities—long-term portion 182,916 134,190
Property and equipment, net 48,829 54,177
Acquired technology rights, net 32,738 38,858
Deferred tax assets—long-term portion 4,961 4,894
Other long-term assets   11,987     13,525  
Total assets $ 454,191   $ 460,785  
Current liabilities:
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities $ 37,718 $ 44,259
Deferred revenue—short-term portion   9,901     10,950  
Total current liabilities 47,619 55,209
Deferred revenue—long-term portion 4,222 4,601
Other long-term liabilities 11,687 11,748
Convertible notes 95,469 95,472
Stockholders’ equity:
Common stock 704 706
Additional paid-in capital 745,950 742,206
Accumulated other comprehensive income 2,706 1,376
Accumulated deficit   (454,166 )   (450,533 )
Total stockholders’ equity   295,194     293,755  
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity $ 454,191   $ 460,785  
Note 1:  

The condensed consolidated balance sheet at December 31, 2010 has been derived fromthe audited consolidated financial statements at that date included in the Company’sAnnual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2010.
  Three Months Ended     Six Months Ended
June 30, June 30,
  2011       2010     2011       2010  
Product sales $ 58,144 $ 65,103 $ 125,607 $ 138,546
Services 5,259 4,742 9,767 9,205
Royalties and other revenue   1,256     1,833     3,009     4,114  
Total revenue   64,659     71,678     138,383     151,865  
Cost of product sales 22,367 27,535 46,266 55,994
Cost of services and other 3,426 3,554 6,626 8,143
Research and development 15,298 17,815 31,566 36,294
Selling, general and administrative   26,675     28,428     53,887     59,807  
Total costs and expenses   67,766     77,332     138,345     160,238  
(Loss) income from operations (3,107 ) (5,654 ) 38 (8,373 )
Interest income and other, net 499 738 (1,395 ) (2,860 )
Interest expense 937 2,340 1,875 4,772
Gain from repurchase of convertible notes   -     1,744     -     1,744  
Loss before income taxes (3,545 ) (5,512 ) (3,232 ) (14,261 )
Income tax provision   127     29     401     900  
Net loss $ (3,672 ) $ (5,541 ) $ (3,633 ) $ (15,161 )
Basic and diluted net loss per common share $ (0.05 ) $ (0.08 ) $ (0.05 ) $ (0.22 )
Shares used in computing basic and diluted net loss per common share   69,504     69,030     70,700     68,981  

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