May 8, 2007

Cambrex Reports First Quarter 2007 Results

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Stephanie LaFiura, Investor Relations Associate
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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J., May 8, 2007 -- Cambrex Corporation (NYSE: CBM) reports first quarter 2007 results for the period ended March 31, 2007.

Highlights of Continuing Operations
  • First quarter 2007 sales increased by 20.1% (14.6% excluding foreign currency) compared to first quarter 2006
  • Gross margin for the quarter increased to 37.5% of sales compared to gross margin of 35.3% during first quarter 2006
  • Operating Profit before corporate expenses increased 33.4%, with the Operating Margin reaching 22.7% of sales in the first quarter of 2007 versus 20.4% last year
  • Special dividend of $14 per share paid to shareholders on May 3rd
Strategic Alternatives and Basis of Reporting

As a result of its evaluation of strategic alternatives, Cambrex completed sales of its Bioproducts and Biopharma businesses (the "Bio Businesses") to Lonza for $460 million in February 2007 and Human Health sites in Cork, Ireland and Landen, Belgium to ICIG during the fourth quarter of 2006. Discontinued Operations in the 2007 financial results includes the results of operations of the Bio Businesses through the date of sale as well as the corresponding gain on sale. Discontinued Operations in the 2006 financial results includes the results of operations of the Bio Businesses and the Cork and Landen sites.

The Company used approximately $307 million of its cash on hand and approximately $94 million borrowed under its previously announced new credit facility to pay a special dividend of $14 per share to its shareholders on May 3rd. James A. Mack, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Cambrex Corporation, said: "We are pleased that our comprehensive strategic review allowed us to return substantial value to our shareholders in the form of a special dividend. We remain very positive about our Human Health business as well as the outsourced active pharmaceutical ingredient market in general and we continue to focus on cost reduction, the implementation of strategic capital investments, and building upon certain of our proprietary technologies."

First Quarter 2007 Operating Results

Cambrex provides products and services to accelerate the development and commercialization of small molecule active pharmaceutical ingredients ("APIs"), advanced intermediates and other products for branded and generic pharmaceuticals.

First quarter 2007 Sales increased 20.1% to $65.0 million from $54.1 million in the first quarter 2006 driven by strong demand for a broad range of generic API products as well as tastemasking and other products utilizing Cambrex proprietary technology. Revenues from custom development projects also contributed to the sales growth. Foreign currency accounted for 5.5% of the total sales increase.

First quarter 2007 Gross Profit increased 27.8% to $24.4 million (37.5% of sales) from $19.1 million (35.3% of sales) during the first quarter 2006. The increase in Gross Margin resulted from favorable mix and higher capacity utilization, particularly in the generic API manufacturing operations, partially offset by lower pricing on selected products. Foreign currency favorably impacted Gross Margin by 0.6% versus last year.

The Human Health business segment, which excludes Corporate operations, achieved a 33.4% increase in Operating Profit to $14.8 million during the first quarter of 2007 compared to $11.1 million during the first quarter of 2006. Operating Margin increased to 22.7% of first quarter 2007 sales, up from 20.4% of sales during the comparable quarter last year, due to higher Gross Margin and operating leverage. Foreign exchange had a 0.1% unfavorable impact on Operating Margin during the first quarter of 2007.

First Quarter 2007 Operating, Interest and Tax Expenses

First quarter 2007 consolidated operating expenses increased to $42.8 million from $15.8 million in the first quarter 2006 primarily due to Restructuring Expenses, Strategic Alternative Costs, and higher Administrative Expenses.

Sales and Marketing Expense in the first quarter 2007 increased to $1.9 million, or 2.9% of sales, from $1.5 million, or 2.7% of sales in the first quarter 2006. Research and Development Expense for the first quarter 2007 increased slightly to $2.6 million compared to $2.4 million in the first quarter 2006. As a percentage of sales, Research & Development Expense was 4.0% of sales in the first quarter of 2007 compared to 4.4% of sales in the first quarter of 2006.

Restructuring Expenses in the first quarter of 2007 consist primarily of severance and costs incurred as part of downsizing the corporate headquarters following the divestiture of the Bio Businesses. Strategic Alternative Costs for the first quarter of 2007 include costs for change in control benefits, retention bonuses and expenses for the special dividend paid on May 3, 2007. Strategic Alternative Costs for the first quarter of 2006 consist of external advisor costs related to the Bio Businesses divestiture. Administrative Expenses include $2.0 million of litigation fees incurred during the first quarter of 2007 versus $0.2 million in the first quarter of 2006. Administrative Expenses also include expenses for salaries, benefits and professional services that will be reduced or eliminated over the balance of 2007 as part of the corporate restructuring.

Net Interest Income in the first quarter of 2007 was $1.5 million, reflecting the income generated from the net proceeds of the Bio Businesses sale offset by the write-off of unamortized bank fees related to a credit facility terminated in conjunction with the sale of the Bio Businesses. During the first quarter of 2006, Net Interest Expense after adjustment for the effect of Discontinued Operations was $5.4 million, which included $5.3 million in costs associated with the prepayment of senior notes.

Income taxes for the first quarter of 2007 include $6.8 million of benefits related to the recognition of certain tax attributes triggered by the sale of the Bio Businesses. Additional tax benefits triggered by this divestiture will be recognized within Continuing Operations over the balance of 2007 based on the level of losses within the U.S., where the Company otherwise does not record a tax benefit related to these losses.

First Quarter 2007 Capital Expenditures and Depreciation

Capital expenditures and depreciation for the first quarter 2007 were $5.5 million and $4.8 million compared to $4.3 million and $4.7 million in the first quarter 2006, respectively.

Guidance

Cambrex reiterates its previously disclosed guidance for 2007 financial results. Sales growth during 2007 for the continuing business operations of Cambrex (excluding Corporate operations) is expected to be within the range of 5% to 10% and operating profit is expected to be in the range of $50 to $55 million. The Company remains on target to complete its corporate restructuring by the end of 2007 and will report further progress on this initiative as the year progresses. Significant charges will be incurred during the remainder of 2007 related to the restructuring and related activities.

For 2007, capital expenditures and depreciation for continuing operations are currently expected to be approximately $30 to $33 million and $21 to $23 million, respectively.

Full year and quarterly effective tax rates will continue to be highly sensitive due to the geographic mix of income or losses. Cambrex may not be able to recognize tax benefits in certain jurisdictions.

The financial information contained in this press release is unaudited, subject to revision and should not be considered final until the first quarter 2007 Form 10-Q is filed with the US Securities and Exchange Commission.

Conference Call and Webcast

The Conference Call to discuss first quarter 2007 earnings will begin at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time on Wednesday, May 9, 2007 and last approximately 45 minutes. Those wishing to participate should call 1-888-634-4003 for domestic and +1-706-634-6653 for international. Please use the pass code 7068999 and call approximately 10 minutes prior to start time. A webcast is available from the Investor Relations section on the Cambrex website located at www.cambrex.com and can be accessed for approximately a month following the call. A telephone replay of the conference call will be available through Wednesday, May 16, 2007 by calling 1-800-642-1687 for domestic and +1-706-645- 9291 for international. Please use the pass code 7068999 to access the replay.

Forward Looking Statements

This news release may contain "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and Rule 3b-6 under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, including, without limitation, statements regarding expected performance, especially expectations with respect to sales, research and development expenditures, earnings per share, capital expenditures, acquisitions, divestitures, collaborations, or other expansion opportunities. These statements may be identified by the fact that words such as "expects", "anticipates", "intends", "estimates", "believes" or similar expressions are used in connection with any discussion of future financial and/or operating performance. Any forward-looking statements are qualified in their entirety by reference to the risk factors discussed in the Company's periodic reports filed with the SEC. Any forward- looking statements contained herein are based on current plans and expectations and involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual outcomes and results to differ materially from current expectations including, but not limited to, global economic trends, pharmaceutical outsourcing trends, competitive pricing or product developments, government legislation and/or regulations (particularly environmental issues), tax rate, interest rate, technology, manufacturing and legal issues, including the outcome of outstanding litigation disclosed in the Company's public filings, changes in foreign exchange rates, performance of minority investments, uncollectible receivables, loss on disposition of assets, cancellation or delays in renewal of contracts, lack of suitable raw materials or packaging materials, the Company's ability to receive regulatory approvals for its products, the outcome of the evaluation of strategic alternatives and the accuracy of the Company's current estimate set forth in this release with respect to its earnings and profits for tax purposes in 2007. Any forward-looking statement speaks only as of the date on which it is made, and the Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. New factors emerge from time to time and it is not possible for us to predict which new factors will arise. In addition, we cannot assess the impact of each factor on the Company's business or the extent to which any factor, or combination of factors, may cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statements.

For further details and a discussion of these and other risks and uncertainties, investors and security holders are cautioned to review the Cambrex 2006 Annual Report on Form 10-K, including the Forward-Looking Statement section therein, and other subsequent filings with the SEC, including Current Reports on Form 8-K.