Cambrex Reports First Quarter of 2011 Results

Cambrex Corporation (NYSE: CBM) reports first quarter results for the period ended March 31, 2011.


  • Reported sales increased by 9.8%, and excluding the impact of foreign currency, sales increased 6.9% compared to first quarter of 2010.
  • EBITDA was $11.0 million in the first quarter of 2011, an increase of 21.3% compared to $9.1 million in the first quarter of 2010.
  • Debt, net of cash was $82.6 million at the end of the first quarter of 2011, an improvement of $3.7 million during the quarter which includes $0.3 million of M&A payments and a positive $2.0 million currency impact on foreign cash balances.

First Quarter of 2011 Operating ResultsĀ – Continuing Operations

First quarter of 2011 sales of $61.7 million were 9.8% higher than the first quarter of 2010. Excluding a 2.9% favorable impact of foreign exchange, reflecting a weaker U.S. dollar, sales increased 6.9%. The increase is primarily due to higher sales of an active pharmaceutical ingredient (“API”) to a customer who resolved their supply chain disruption which had reduced Cambrex’s sales volumes in the first quarter of 2010, higher volumes of generic APIs and increased volumes for a recently approved product. These increases were partially offset by lower custom development and drug delivery shipments and lower pricing across several product categories.

First quarter of 2011 Gross Margin increased to 28.3% from 25.8% during the first quarter of 2010, with foreign currency unfavorably impacting gross margin by 2.5% in the first quarter of 2011. Gross margins were positively impacted by higher sales and production volumes and lower production costs, partially offset by lower pricing.

Selling, General and Administrative Expenses in the first quarter of 2011 were $9.1 million compared to $8.8 million in the same period last year. The increase is a result of unfavorable foreign exchange.

Research and Development (“R&D”) Expenses increased to $3.1 million in the first quarter of 2011 from $2.0 million in the first quarter of 2010 primarily due to the March 2010 acquisition of IEP, the development of new products and technology platforms and reduced utilization of certain R&D personnel on revenue generating custom development projects resulting in these costs being expensed rather than absorbed into cost of sales or inventory.

Operating Profit increased to $5.3 million in the first quarter of 2011 from $3.7 million in the first quarter of 2010. The increase in Operating Profit was driven primarily by higher gross profits partially offset by higher operating expenses as described above.

Net Interest Expense decreased to $0.6 million in the first quarter of 2011 from $1.2 million in first quarter of 2010. This decrease is primarily due to the maturing of the Company’s higher fixed interest rate swaps in October 2010.

The Provision for Income Taxes totaled $1.5 million in the first quarter of 2011. The Company’s effective tax rate has been and is expected to remain highly sensitive to the geographic mix of income due to the Company’s inability to recognize tax benefits where there has been a recent history of losses, primarily in the U.S.

Income from continuing operations for the first quarter of 2011 was $2.9 million or $0.10 per share compared to $1.7 million or $0.06 per share in the first quarter of 2010.

Capital expenditures and depreciation for the first quarter of 2011 were $1.7 million and $5.6 million compared to $2.7 million and $5.4 million in the first quarter of 2010, respectively.

Steven M. Klosk, President and Chief Executive Officer, said, “We are pleased with our first quarter performance with sales volumes significantly higher year over year. In addition to the increases in sales volumes for some of our larger custom manufacturing products, we continue to see strong orders for our generic APIs. Cambrex Zenara is off to a positive start and has been asked to increase production as part of their customer’s launch of a leading nicotine replacement therapy product in India.”

Guidance – Continuing Operations

The Company continues to expect that sales for 2011, excluding the impact of foreign currency, will increase between 3% and 7% versus 2010, and that full year 2011 EBITDA will be between $43 and $49 million. EBITDA guidance is for continuing operations and excludes the impact of any M&A or restructuring activities. The above guidance does not reflect Cambrex Zenara, which is accounted for using the equity method, and as such is not consolidated into the Company’s results. Cambrex’s income statement reflects 51% of Cambrex Zenara’s net results as Equity in Losses of Partially-Owned Affiliate. For 2011, Cambrex Zenara is expected to have revenues in the low to mid single digit millions and a small EBITDA loss.

Capital expenditures are expected to be approximately $14 to $17 million and depreciation is expected to be $21 to $23 million in 2011.

The financial information contained in this press release is unaudited, subject to revision and should not be considered final until the Company’s first quarter 2011 Form 10-Q is filed with the SEC.

Conference Call and Webcast

The Conference Call to discuss first quarter of 2011 results will begin at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time on Friday, May 6, 2011 and last approximately 45 minutes. Those wishing to participate should call 1-888-299-7230 for domestic and +1-719-325-2168 for international. Please use the pass code 7839366 and call approximately 10 minutes prior to start time. A webcast is available from the Investors section on the Cambrex website located at and can be accessed for 30 days following the conference call. A telephone replay of the conference call will be available through Friday, May 13, 2011 by calling 1-888-203-1112 for domestic and +1-719-457-0820 for international. Please use the pass code 7839366 to access the replay.

Forward Looking Statements

This document may contain “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including 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 they use words such as “expects,” “anticipates,” “intends,” “estimates,” “believes” or similar expressions. 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. The factors described in Item 1A of Part I of the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the period ended December 31, 2010, captioned “Risk Factors,” or otherwise described in the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, as well as any cautionary language in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the period ended December 31, 2010, provide examples of such risks and uncertainties that may cause the Company’s actual results to differ materially from the expectations the Company describes in its forward-looking statements, including but not limited to, pharmaceutical outsourcing trends, competitive pricing or product developments, government legislation and 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, uncollectable receivables, loss on disposition of assets, cancellation or delays in renewal of contracts, lack of suitable raw materials or packaging materials, and the Company’s ability to receive regulatory approvals for its products.

For further details and a discussion of these and other risks and uncertainties, investors are cautioned to review the Cambrex 2010 Annual Report on Form 10-K, including the Forward-Looking Statement section therein, and other filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

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