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Fuad El-Hibri, chairman and chief executive officer of Emergent BioSolutions Inc.,(NYSE: EBS) announced that, in response to solicitation RFP-2011-N-13414, it has received an award to supply the U.S. government with 44.75 million doses of BioThrax(R) (Anthrax Vaccine Adsorbed) over a period of five years for a total value of up to $1.25 billion. BioThrax is the only vaccine licensed by the  U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to protect against anthrax infection.

Initial deliveries under this award are expected to begin in 2011 with 8.5 million doses scheduled to be delivered during the first year of a five-year contract. The company may modify the timing of deliveries depending on manufacturing yields and other factors.

“Emergent is proud to be able to contribute to the U.S. government’s program of protecting the nation from the threat of anthrax,” said  Fuad El-Hibri. “This 5-year award provides for uninterrupted supply of this critical biodefense countermeasure while addressing the government’s mandate to reduce spending across all programs. In coming to agreement, Emergent and the  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention worked diligently to establish business terms that incorporate substantial price concessions.”

About Emergent BioSolutions Inc.

Emergent BioSolutions protects and enhances life by developing and manufacturing vaccines and therapeutics that are supplied to healthcare providers and purchasers for use in preventing and treating disease. Emergent’s marketed and investigational products target infectious diseases, oncology and autoimmune disorders. Additional information about the company may be found at  www.emergentbiosolutions.com.

About BioThrax

BioThrax is the only FDA-licensed vaccine for the prevention of anthrax infection. It is indicated for the active immunization of adults who are at high risk of exposure to anthrax. BioThrax is manufactured from a culture filtrate, made from a non-virulent strain of Bacillus anthracis. To date, Emergent has delivered over 55 million doses of BioThrax to the U.S. government and continues to deliver additional doses under active procurement contracts. Since 1998, over 10 million doses have been administered to more than 2.6 million military personnel. For full prescribing information, please visit  www.biothrax.com/prescribinginformation_biothrax_us.pdf.

Safe Harbor Statement

This press release includes forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Any statements, other than statements of historical fact, including statements regarding our strategy, future operations, future financial position, future revenues, projected costs, prospects, plans and objectives of management, including any potential future securities offering, our expected revenue growth and net earnings for 2011, and any other statements containing the words “believes”, “expects”, “anticipates”, “plans”, “estimates” and similar expressions, are forward-looking statements. There are a number of important factors that could cause the company’s actual results to differ materially from those indicated by such forward-looking statements, including appropriations for BioThrax(R) procurement; our ability to obtain new BioThrax(R)sales contracts or modifications to existing contracts; our plans to pursue label expansions and improvements for BioThrax(R); our plans to expand our manufacturing facilities and capabilities; the rate and degree of market acceptance of our products; the success of preclinical studies and clinical trials of our product candidates and post-approval clinical utility of our products; and other factors identified in the company’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended June 30, 2011 and subsequent reports filed with the SEC. The company disclaims any intention or obligation to update any forward-looking statements as a result of developments occurring after the date of this press release.

SOURCE: Emergent BioSolutions Inc.

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ROCKVILLE, Md., May 05, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) — Emergent BioSolutionsInc. (NYSE: EBS) announced  its financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2011.

For 1Q 2011, total revenues were $18.5 million as compared to $46.8 million in 2010. In addition, for 1Q 2011 the company recorded a net loss of $21.4 million, or $0.61 per basic share, as compared to net income of $2.5 million, or $0.08 per basic share, in 2010.

R. Don Elsey, chief financial officer of Emergent BioSolutions, stated, “While our first quarter revenues were slightly lower than expected, we remain on track to achieve our full year guidance of total revenues of $320 to $340 million and net income of $35 to $45 million.”

1Q 2011 Key Financial Results

Product Sales

For 1Q 2011, product sales were $5.6 million, a decrease of $33.3 million, or 86 percent, from $38.9 million for 1Q 2010. This decrease was primarily due to an 88 percent decrease in the number of doses of BioThrax delivered. During the first quarter, the company redeployed its potency testing capacity from BioThrax release testing to qualification of replacement reference standards and other development testing. This process, which is required to enable continued future release of BioThrax doses, has now been substantially completed. Product sales revenues for 1Q 2011 consisted of BioThrax sales to CDC of $5.0 million and aggregate international and other sales of $0.6 million.

Contracts and Grants Revenues

For 1Q 2011, contracts and grants revenues were $12.9 million, an increase of $5.0 million, or 63 percent, from $7.9 million for 1Q 2010. The increase was primarily due to revenues from the recently awarded contract from BARDA for large-scale manufacturing for BioThrax, collaborations with Abbott and Pfizer, along with increased activity and associated revenue from development contracts with BARDA and NIAID.

Cost of Product Sales

For 1Q 2011, cost of product sales was $1.1 million, a decrease of $6.4 million, or 86 percent, from $7.5 million for 1Q 2010. This decrease was primarily attributable to the 88 percent decrease in the number of BioThrax doses sold.

Research and Development

For 1Q 2011, research and development expenses were $34.8 million, an increase of $14.8 million, or 74 percent, from $19.9 million for 1Q 2010. This increase primarily reflects higher contract service and personnel costs, and includes increased expenses of $13.9 million on product candidates and technology platform development activities associated with the BioSciences segment and increased expenses of $0.9 million on product candidates associated with the BioDefense segment. Net of development contracts and grants reimbursement revenue along with the net loss attributable to noncontrolling interests, research and development expenses were $20.0 million for 1Q 2011.

Selling, General and Administrative

For 1Q 2011, selling, general and administrative expenses were $18.2 million, an increase of $2.0 million, or 12 percent, from $16.2 million for 1Q 2010. This increase is primarily due to increased personnel-related expenses and professional services to support the business. Selling, general and administrative expenses for 1Q 2011 consisted of $14.0 million associated with the BioDefense segment and $4.2 million associated with the BioSciences segment.

Financial Condition and Liquidity

Cash and cash equivalents combined with investments at March 31, 2011 was $143.3 million compared to $171.0 million at December 31, 2010. Additionally, at March 31, 2011, the accounts receivable balance was $12.0 million, which is comprised primarily of unpaid amounts under our NIAID and BARDA development contracts.

2Q 2011 Revenue Forecast

For the second quarter of 2011, the company anticipates total revenues of $80 to $90 million.

2011 Forecast

For full year 2011, the company is reaffirming its financial forecast of total revenues of $320 to $340 million and net income of $35 to $45 million.

2011 total revenue is expected to be driven by, among other things:

  • the continuation of deliveries of BioThrax under the current multi-year procurement contract with CDC, which was recently modified to increase the total contracted doses to 17.9 million;
  • additional deliveries of BioThrax under a follow-on, multi-year procurement contract with CDC, anticipated to begin in 4Q 2011;
  • a significant increase in contracts and grants revenue based primarily on development contracts related to product development programs in the company’s BioDefense segment; and
  • collaboration and milestone revenues associated with achievement of clinical development milestones related to the company’s oncology product candidate, which is under an existing co-development agreement with Abbott, and the company’s autoimmune product candidate, which is being developed by Pfizer under a license agreement from the company.

Conference Call and Webcast

Company management hosted a conference call at 5:00 pm Eastern on May 5, 2011 to discuss the financial results for the first quarter of 2011, recent business developments, revenue guidance for the second quarter of 2011 and revenue and net income guidance for the full year 2011.

A replay of the conference call will be accessible by dialing 888/286-8010 or 617/801-6888 and using the passcode 12159691. The replay will be available through May 19, 2011. The webcast will be archived on the company’s website, www.emergentbiosolutions.com, under “Investors”.

About Emergent BioSolutions Inc.

Emergent BioSolutions, led by Chairman and CEO, Fuad El-Hibri, protects and enhances life by developing and manufacturing vaccines and therapeutics that are supplied to healthcare providers and purchasers for use in preventing and treating disease. Emergent’s marketed and investigational products target infectious diseases, oncology and autoimmune disorders. Additional information may be found at www.emergentbiosolutions.com.

Safe Harbor Statement

This press release includes forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Any statements other than statements of historical fact, including statements regarding our strategy, future operations, future financial position, future revenues, projected costs, prospects, plans and objectives of management, including any potential future securities offering, our estimates of preliminary results for 2010, and our expected revenue growth and net earnings for 2011, and any other statements containing the words “believes”, “expects”, “anticipates”, “plans”, “estimates” and similar expressions, are forward-looking statements. There are a number of important factors that could cause the company’s actual results to differ materially from those indicated by such forward-looking statements, including appropriations for BioThrax(R) procurement; our ability to obtain new BioThrax(R) sales contracts or modifications to existing contracts; our plans to pursue label expansions and improvements for BioThrax(R); our ability to perform under our current development contracts with the U.S. government; our plans to expand our manufacturing facilities and capabilities; the rate and degree of market acceptance of our products and product candidates; the success of preclinical studies and clinical trials of our product candidates and post-approval clinical utility of our products; the potential benefits of our existing collaborations and our ability to selectively enter into additional collaborative arrangements; ongoing and planned development programs, preclinical studies and clinical trials; and other factors identified in the company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2010 and subsequent reports filed with the SEC. The company disclaims any intention or obligation to update any forward-looking statements as a result of developments occurring after the date of this press release.