Carrington Reports 2006 Financial Results
April 18, 2007 (PRLEAP.COM) Health NewsCarrington Laboratories, Inc. (Nasdaq: CARN)(http://www.carringtonlabs.com) reported revenue of $27.4 million and a net loss of $7.6 million, or ($0.70) per basic and diluted share, for the year ended December 31, 2006.
Excluding net expenses of $3.1 million for funding of DelSite Biotechnologies, Inc., the company’s drug delivery subsidiary, the pro forma loss for 2006 was $4.5 million. 2005’s net loss, including DelSite net costs of $3.4 million, was $5.3 million, or ($0.50) per basic and diluted share, on company-wide revenue of $28 million.
Consumer services revenue grew in 2006 to $16.6 million from $15.8 million a year ago, paced mainly by an increase in specialty manufacturing and raw material orders in the fourth quarter. This growth offset declines in medical services revenues as a result of maturity of a multi-year contract. Medical services revenues dropped to $8.8 million from $10.5 million a year ago, as royalty income declined by $1.9M from $2.3 million to $417,000.
Revenue for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2006 increased to $6.7 million from $5.8 million in the year-ago period. It was the second consecutive quarter where sales increased over both the previous quarter and the same quarter last year. The pro forma loss for the quarter was $1.5 million before accounting for net funding of DelSite, which brought the final net loss to $2.2 million, or ($0.20) per basic and diluted share. The year-ago fourth quarter’s final net loss, including DelSite net expenses of $826,000, was $3.8 million, or ($0.35) per basic and diluted share.
"Our 2006 consumer services revenue benefited in the fourth quarter from the purchases by a major customer. We also executed a three-year supply agreement for our cGMP-processed Manapol® raw material and we are seeing solid growth in our specialty products group," noted Carlton E. Turner, PhD, Carrington’s president and chief executive officer.
"Other segments of our business continue to show strong promise," Turner continued. "DelSite’s technology continues to provide both scientific and early commercial validation of its potential to stabilize cold-chain drugs at room temperature, to boost immunogenicity of vaccine products and to allow needle-free administration of injectable drugs with enhanced stability at room temperature."
"Formal evaluation and licensing agreements are growing in number and diversity. Since June of 2006, DelSite has entered into agreements with the International Vaccine Institute, EndoBiologics, AriaVax, ElSohly Labs, NIH/NIAID and the National Cancer Institute, all of which are focused on enhancing delivery and/or performance of vaccines or therapeutics for preventing or treating diseases that range from influenza (epidemic and pandemic) and cervical cancer to shigellosis, HIV and sublingual administration of vaccines."
Dr. Turner added that subsequent to the year’s end, Carrington’s Veterinary Medical Division, which under new leadership has expanded with new products, signed an important marketing agreement with Veterinary Products Laboratories for Carrington’s injectable Acemannan Immunostimulant™, approved to market by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). "This agreement paves the way for more intense focus on the balance of its veterinary products portfolio."
Turner continued, "With changes in our sales force, new raw materials, new products and our operations focusing on producing better gross margins, we have every reason to expect that our core business will return to profitability, but not enough to fully fund DelSite’s and the Phase I Safety with the avian flu (H5N1). The expected filing date of the Investigative New Drug Application (IND) is in the fourth quarter.
Conference Call Information
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Carrington Laboratories, Inc. is an ISO 9001-certified, research-based, biopharmaceutical and consumer products company currently utilizing naturally-occurring complex carbohydrates to manufacture and market products for mucositis, radiation dermatitis, wound and oral care, as well as to manufacture and market the nutraceutical raw material Manapol® and cosmetic raw material Hydrapol™. Carrington also manufactures and markets consumer products and manufactures quality products for other companies. Manufacturing operations comply with cGMP standards. Carrington’s DelSite Biotechnologies subsidiary is developing its proprietary GelSite® technology designed to provide controlled release of peptide and protein-based drugs. Carrington’s technology is protected by more than 130 patents in 26 countries. Select products carry the CE mark, recognized by more than 20 countries around the world. For more information, visit http://www.carringtonlabs.com.
Non-GAAP Financial Information
This press release contains the non-generally accepted accounting principle financial measure of Pro forma profit and loss which is defined as net income or loss excluding net DelSite expenses. The amounts included in the calculation of this measure are computed in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP). We believe this measure is useful to investors because it may provide users of this financial information with a meaningful measure of the Company’s profitability before funding the research and development activities of its DelSite subsidiary. Pro forma profit and loss is not a measure of financial performance under GAAP and thus should not be considered in isolation. Furthermore, it should not be seen as a substitute for metrics prepared in accordance with GAAP. Our reconciliation of this measure to net income or loss is included in the following tables.
Certain statements in this release concerning Carrington may be forward-looking. Actual events will be dependent upon a number of factors and risks including, but not limited to: subsequent changes in plans by the Company’s management; delays or problems in formulation, manufacturing, distribution, production and/or launch of new finished products; changes in the regulatory process; changes in market trends; and a number of other factors and risks described from time to time in the Company’s filings with the Securities & Exchange Commission, including the Form 10-Q, filed November 14, 2006.