Evotec AG Reports Results Of The First Nine Months Of 2015

  • Strong Growth in Revenues and Profits
  • Three Major EVT Innovate Deals Concluded
  • Revenue Guidance Raised on 15 September 2015

HAMBURG, Germany, Nov. 10, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Evotec AG (Frankfurt Stock Exchange: EVT, TecDAX, ISIN: DE0005664809) today reported financial results and corporate updates for the first nine months of 2015.

Strong key financial results
  • Group revenues grew by 50% to € 88.2 m (2014: € 58.9 m)
  • EVT Execute revenues up 52% to € 93.4 m compared to the prior-year period
  • EVT Innovate up 34% to € 14.3 m compared to the prior-year period
  • Adjusted Group EBITDA positive at € 3.4 m and significantly increased compared to the same period of the previous year (2014: € 0.3 m)
  • Strong adjusted EBITDA of € 16.1 m for EVT Execute
  • High and stable liquidity position at € 138.8 m

EVT Execute Globally leading drug discovery service business
  • Important collaboration with CHDI extended
  • New collaboration in the field of juvenile Batten Disease (after period-end)
  • New multi-year compound management agreements closed (after period-end)

EVT Innovate Significant Cure  X /Target  X initiatives successfully partnered
  • Target Fibrosis in tissue fibrosis with Pfizer
  • Target BCD in diabetes with Sanofi
  • Target ImmuniT in immuno-oncology with Sanofi/Apeiron Biologics

Sanofi transaction update
  • Successful ongoing integration of new Toulouse site
  • One-time positive effect due to income from bargain purchase (€ 18.5 m, still preliminary)

Revenue guidance 2015 raised, strong outlook
  • Revenue guidance increased to approx. 45% growth excluding milestones, upfronts and licences in September 2015
  • All other elements of financial guidance as of 12 May 2015 confirmed
  • For the remainder of 2015 and already into 2016, strong core business is indicated

1. Operational performance

Strong key financial results

Revenues from the EVT Execute segment amounted to € 93.4 m in the first nine months of 2015, an increase of 52% compared to the same period of the previous year (first nine months of 2014: € 61.5 m). This increase is primarily attributable to growth of the base business, supported by a positive development of the anti-infectives business unit, contributions from the Sanofi transaction as well as foreign exchange rate effects. Included in this amount are € 19.5 m of intersegment revenues (first nine months of 2014: € 13.2 m). The EVT Innovate segment generated revenues in the amount of € 14.3 m consisting entirely of third-party revenues (first nine months of 2014: € 10.6 m). The increase compared to the prior-year period mainly results from EVT Innovate projects which were partnered in 2015. Gross margin at EVT Execute amounted to 23.4% while EVT Innovate generated a gross margin of 53.5%. R&D expenses for the EVT Innovate segment increased from € 10.4 m in the first nine months of 2014 to € 16.6 m in the first nine months of 2015 due to significant investments in oncology projects at the Toulouse site as well as higher investments in existing Cure  X and Target  X initiatives. In the first nine months of 2015, the adjusted EBITDA (before changes in contingent consideration) of the EVT Execute segment was high at € 16.1 m and significantly improved compared to the same period of the previous year (first nine months of 2014: € 9.9 m) due to the strong increase in revenues. The EVT Innovate segment reported an EBITDA before changes in contingent consideration of € (12.7) m (first nine months of 2014: € (9.5) m).

Evotec's Group revenues for the first nine months of 2015 grew to € 88.2 m, an increase of 50% compared to the same period of the previous year (2014: € 58.9 m). This increase is due to growth in the core EVT Execute business, the contribution of the Sanofi collaboration, a strong contribution from the anti-infective business unit and favourable foreign exchange rate effects. Excluding milestones, upfronts and licences and revenue contributions from the acquired businesses of Bionamics, Euprotec and Sanofi, Evotec's revenues for the first nine months of 2015 were € 55.9 m, an increase of 9% over the same period of the previous year (2014: € 51.4 m).

Adjusted Group EBITDA in the first nine months of 2015 amounted to € 3.4 m (first nine months of 2014: € 0.3 m). EBITDA was adjusted for changes in contingent consideration as well as for one-time effects with regards to the bargain purchase resulting from the acquisition of Evotec (France) SAS in 2015 and Bionamics GmbH in 2014. Evotec's operating income for the first nine months of 2015 amounted to € 12.3 m (2014: operating loss of € 8.7 m) and is mainly due to the preliminary income from the bargain purchase resulting from the acquisition of Evotec (France) SAS.

Liquidity, which includes cash and cash equivalents (€ 49.4 m) and investments (€ 89.4 m) amounted to € 138.8 m at the end of September 2015 (31 December 2014: € 88.8 m). This increase in liquidity is mainly attributable to the cash inflow resulting from the Sanofi transaction and the receipt of milestone and upfront payments.

2. EVT Execute and EVT Innovate

EVT Execute

Important collaboration with CHDI extendedIn September 2015, Evotec announced the extension of its collaboration with CHDI Foundation, Inc. ("CHDI") through to August 2018. The collaboration represents one of the largest drug discovery alliances within Evotec and will fund 55 full-time scientists. Evotec has been providing innovation support to CHDI since 2006.

New collaboration in the field of juvenile Batten Disease (after period-end)In October 2015, Evotec and Beyond Batten Disease Foundation ("BBDF") announced a collaboration aimed at discovering and developing new treatments for juvenile Batten disease, a rare, fatal autosomal recessive neurodegenerative disorder. The collaboration includes substantial research funding to Evotec and runs to the end of 2017, with an option to extend beyond this period.

New multi-year compound management agreements closed (after period-end)In October 2015, Evotec entered into a multi-year compound management agreement with the U.S. National Cancer Institute, Department of Health and Human Services for a period of five years with total estimated revenues of up to € 4.5 m ($ 4.9 m).Furthermore, Evotec will provide management services (compounds hosting and projects support) with regards to a five-year agreement Sanofi signed with the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique .

EVT Innovate

Target Fibrosis In September 2015, Evotec and Pfizer announced an agreement on a four-year research collaboration to explore potential novel mechanisms as targeted anti-fibrotics in the field of tissue fibrosis. Evotec leverages its drug discovery platform and Pfizer will provide key technologies and industrial scope as well as pharmaceutical development and marketing expertise. The financial terms of the collaboration include an upfront payment and potential milestone payments from Pfizer based on the achievement of specific development and sales milestones.

Target BCD In August 2015, Evotec and Sanofi announced a strategic risk-shared collaboration in the field of diabetes. The goal of this collaboration is to develop a beta cell replacement therapy based on functional human beta cells derived from human stem cells. Sanofi and Evotec will use human beta cells for high-throughput drug screening to identify beta cell active small molecules or biologics. The agreement between Evotec and Sanofi includes an upfront payment of € 3 m, potential pre-clinical, clinical, regulatory and commercial milestones which could total over € 300 m as well as significant royalties and research payments.

Target ImmuniT In August 2015, Evotec, Apeiron Biologics and Sanofi entered into a strategic collaboration to develop novel small molecule-based cancer immunotherapies. This collaboration includes major research and development efforts to advance a first-in-class small molecule approach to treat solid and haematopoietic cancers by enhancing the anti-tumour activity of human lymphocytes. The agreement includes two years of substantial research payments for Evotec and Apeiron Biologics with the opportunity to receive pre-clinical, clinical, regulatory and commercial milestones which could total over € 200 m as well as royalties upon commercialisation.

3. Sanofi transaction update

On 31 March 2015, Evotec closed a five-year, major multi-component strategic alliance with Sanofi effective 01 April 2015. One of the major cornerstones of this alliance is the acquisition of Sanofi's research site in Toulouse, France, including more than 200 highly experienced employees to support the expansion of Evotec's drug discovery capabilities and capacities. The integration of the new research site continues to proceed successfully.

The bargain purchase resulting from the acquisition was not allocated to segments. The initial accounting is provisional with regard to the fair values used to measure the assets and liabilities of the combination. It may therefore be subject to material changes.

4. Revenue guidance 2015 raised
  Guidance Annual Report 2014 Guidance March 2015 1) Guidance May 2015 2) Guidance September 2015 3)
Group revenues* Increase more than 10% Increase more than 20% Increase more than 35% Increase by approx. 45%
  R&D expenses Broadly in-line with 2014 levels € 15 m - € 20 m € 15 m - € 20 m € 15 m - € 20 m
  EBITDA** Positive and at a similar level to 2014  Positive  Positive  Positive
Capex investments  Up to € 7 m  Up to € 10 m  Up to € 10 m  Up to € 10 m
Liquidity at year-end   > € 90 m Well in excess of € 100 m Well in excess of € 100 m Well in excess of € 100 m

1) Varies from the guidance provided in the Annual Report 2014 following the financial impact of the Sanofi transaction 2) Revenue guidance raised due to refinement of the accounting treatment of the Sanofi alliance 3) Revenue guidance raised due to Evotec's strong business performance of EVT Execute, accelerated growth in the EVT Innovate business and a positive outlook for the remainder of the year * Excluding milestones, upfronts and licences ** Before changes in contingent considerations

Webcast/Conference Call

The Company is going to hold a conference call to discuss the results as well as to provide an update on its performance. The conference will be held in English.

Conference call details

Date:               Tuesday, 10 November 2015Time:               02.00 pm CET (01.00 pm GMT, 08.00 am EST)

From Germany:           +49 (0) 69 22 22 29 043From UK:                     +44 20 3009 2452From USA:                   +1 855 402 7766From France:              +33 170 750705Access Code:              37969784#

A simultaneous slide presentation for participants dialling in via phone is available at http://www.audio-webcast.com/ password: evotec1115.

Webcast details

To join the audio webcast and to access the presentation slides you will find a link on our home page www.evotec.com shortly before the event.

A replay of the conference call will be available for 24 hours and can be accessed in Europe by dialling +49 (0) 69 22 22 33 985 (Germany) or +44 20 3426 2807 (UK) and in the US by dialling +1 866 535 8030. The access code is 654573#. The on-demand version of the webcast will be available on our website: http://www.evotec.com/article/en/Investors/Finance/Financial-Reports-2013-2015/188/6/26.

About Evotec AGEvotec is a drug discovery alliance and development partnership company focused on rapidly progressing innovative product approaches with leading pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, academics, patient advocacy groups and venture capitalists. We operate worldwide providing the highest quality stand-alone and integrated drug discovery solutions, covering all activities from target-to-clinic. The Company has established a unique position by assembling top-class scientific experts and integrating state-of-the-art technologies as well as substantial experience and expertise in key therapeutic areas including neuroscience, pain, metabolic diseases as well as oncology, inflammation and infectious diseases. Evotec has long-term discovery alliances with partners including Bayer, Boehringer Ingelheim, CHDI, Genentech, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, MedImmune/AstraZeneca, Roche and UCB. In addition, the Company has existing development partnerships and product candidates both in clinical and pre-clinical development. These include partnerships with Boehringer Ingelheim and MedImmune in the field of diabetes, with Janssen Pharmaceuticals in the field of depression and with Roche in the field of Alzheimer's disease. For additional information please go to www.evotec.com.

 

FORWARD LOOKING STATEMENTS — Information set forth in this press release contains forward-looking statements, which involve a number of risks and uncertainties. The forward-looking statements contained herein represent the judgement of Evotec as of the date of this press release. Such forward-looking statements are neither promises nor guarantees, but are subject to a variety of risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond our control, and which could cause actual results to differ materially from those contemplated in these forward-looking statements. We expressly disclaim any obligation or undertaking to release publicly any updates or revisions to any such statements to reflect any change in our expectations or any change in events, conditions or circumstances on which any such statement is based.

Results for the first nine months 2015  
 
Key figures of interim consolidated income statement
Evotec AG and subsidiaries
 
In T€ except share data and per share data
  January to September Change July to September Change
    2015     2014   in %   2015     2014   in %
             
Revenues   88,198     58,933     50     33,240     18,848     76  
Gross margin in %   29.7     28.3       31.3     25.9    
             
Research and development expenses     (13,501 )   (9,181 )     47       (4,995 )     (2,897 )     72  
Selling, general and administrative expenses     (19,047 )   (12,797 )     49       (6,661 )     (3,917 )     70  
Amortisation of intangible assets     (2,173 )   (1,905 )     14       (709 )     (552 )     28  
Impairment of intangible assets     (69 )     (8,735 )       -     (8,735 )    
Income from bargain purchase     18,476       137       -   -  
Other operating income   7,968     8,742     (9 )   3,486     6,546     (47 )
Other operating expenses   (5,538 )   (1,652 )     (2,161 )   (480 )  
             
Operating result   12,285     (8,725 )     (637 )   (5,160 )  
EBITDA adjusted*   3,410     335       2,615     (272 )  
             
Net income (loss)   10,669     (7,995 )     (2,886 )   (3,568 )  
             
Weighted average shares outstanding     131,495,350       131,247,152         131,545,273       131,325,032    
Net income (loss) per share (basic and diluted)     0.08       (0.06 )       (0.02 )     (0.03 )  
 
* EBITDA was adjusted for changes in contingent consideration as well as for one-time effects with regards to the bargain purchase resulting from the acquisition of Evotec (France) SAS in 2015 and Bionamics GmbH in 2014

Segment information
 
In T€
  First nine months 2015 First nine months 2014
    EVT Execute   EVT Innovate   Intersegment eliminations   Not allocated   Evotec Group   EVT Execute   EVT Innovate   Intersegment eliminations   Evotec Group
                   
Revenues   93,384     14,269     (19,455 ) -   88,198     61,497     10,630     (13,194 )   58,933  
Gross margin in %   23.4     53.5     16.9   -   29.7     24.8     32.0     15.1     28.3  
                   
R&D expenses   (166 )   (16,617 )   3,282   -   (13,501 )   (745 )   (10,422 )   1,986     (9,181 )
SG&A expenses   (14,322 )   (4,725 )   -   -   (19,047 )   (9,821 )   (2,976 ) -   (12,797 )
Amortisation of intangible assets     (1,890 )     (283 )     -     -     (2,173 )     (1,621 )     (284 )   -     (1,905 )
Impairment of intangible assets     -       (69 )     -     -     (69 )   -     (8,735 )   -     (8,735 )
Income from bargain purchase     -       -       -     18,476     18,476        -     137       -     137  
Other operating income     7,263       705       -     -     7,968       2,667       6,075     -     8,742  
Other operating expenses     (5,468 )     (70 )     -     -     (5,538 )     (1,652 )   -   -     (1,652 )
                   
Operating result   7,241     (13,432 )   -   18,476   12,285     4,082     (12,807 ) -   (8,725 )
EBITDA adjusted*   16,129     (12,719 )   -   -   3,410     9,855     (9,520 ) -   335  
 
  * EBITDA was adjusted for changes in contingent consideration as well as for one-time effects with regards to the bargain purchase resulting from the acquisition of Evotec (France) SAS in 2015 and Bionamics GmbH in 2014  

Key figures of interim consolidated statement of financial position  
Evotec AG and subsidiaries  
 
In T€
  30 September 31 Dec Change
    2015   2014 in %
       
Cash, cash equivalents and investments   138,822   88,822   56  
Working capital   (15,851 ) 16,773   (195 )
Current and non-current loan liabilities and finance lease obligations   22,931     21,549     6  
Stockholders' equity   177,383   158,383   12  
       
Total assets   284,489   224,600   27  

Contact Evotec AG:Gabriele Hansen, VP Corporate Communications & Investor Relations, Phone: +49.(0)40.56081-255, gabriele.hansen@evotec.com

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