Anika Therapeutics Reports Record Revenue for 2008

BEDFORD, Mass. --(BUSINESS WIRE)--Mar. 5, 2009-- Anika Therapeutics, Inc. (Nasdaq: ANIK), a leader in products for tissue protection, healing and repair based on hyaluronic acid (“HA”) technology, today reported record revenue for the year ending  December 31, 2008 .

During the fourth quarter Anika continued to strengthen its global position in joint health therapies with the domestic and international expansion of its flagship joint health product, ORTHOVISC®, and the completion of enrollment for its U.S. clinical study of MONOVISC, Anika’s single-injection osteoarthritis product. The Company also continued to invest in its future growth through its new manufacturing facility and product development initiatives.


Anika reported product revenue of $8,285,000 for the fourth quarter of 2008 compared with $7,916,000 in the same period last year. For the year ended December 31, 2008, product revenue increased to $33,055,000, compared with $26,905,000 for full year 2007. The increase in product revenue for the quarter and the year was primarily attributable to strong sales of ORTHOVISC in the U.S. as well as sales of MONOVISC in Europe.

Total revenue for the fourth quarter of 2008 was $8,966,000, compared with $9,627,000 in the fourth quarter of 2007. Revenue for the fourth quarter of 2007 included $1.2 million in revenue related to the Company’s termination settlement with Galderma. For the year ended December 31, 2008, total revenue was a record $35,780,000, compared with $30,830,000 in 2007.

Product Gross Margin

Product gross margin for the fourth quarter of 2008 increased to 66% from 59% in last year’s fourth quarter. Product gross margin for the year ended December 31, 2008 was 60% versus 56% for full year 2007. The quarter and full year improvements in gross margins were due primarily to unit growth and strong worldwide ORTHOVISC revenue, as well as the impact of sales from new products.

Other Operating Expenses

Research and development expense for the fourth quarter of 2008 increased to $2,445,000 compared with $1,395,000 for the same period last year. Research and development expense for the year ended December 31, 2008 increased to $7,399,000 compared with $4,365,000 for full year 2007. The quarter and full-year increases were primarily due to clinical trials in the U.S. and Europe for MONOVISC, manufacturing scale-up activities for ELEVESS and MONOVISC, and development activities in joint health products.

Selling, general and administrative expense for the fourth quarter of 2008 decreased to $2,450,000 from $2,885,000 for the same period last year, primarily due to unusually high legal, recruiting and consulting expenses in the fourth quarter of 2007. Selling, general and administrative expense for the year ended December 31, 2008 increased to $10,965,000 from $7,997,000 for full year 2007. The increase was due to the following three factors: 1) increased personnel costs and marketing expenses in connection with the Company’s joint health franchise; 2) higher costs at Anika’s Bedford facility due to a full year of occupancy and lease payments in 2008 versus only a partial year of payments and occupancy for 2007; and 3) higher year-over-year professional costs related to strategic and other corporate projects.

Net Income

Net income for the fourth quarter of 2008 was $1,095,000, or $0.10 per diluted share, compared with $1,673,000, or $0.15 per diluted share, for the same period last year. Net income for the year ended December 31, 2008 was $3,629,000, or $0.32 per diluted share, compared with $6,035,000, or $0.53 per diluted share, in 2007. The decrease in net income in both the fourth quarter and full year periods was due to higher operating expenses, as well as lower interest income.


Anika’s cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments at December 31, 2008 were $43,194,000 compared with $39,405,000 at December 31, 2007. The increase was a result of the final drawdown in the fourth quarter of 2008 under the Company’s line-of-credit, partly offset by lower accounts payable.

Management Commentary

“Anika made excellent financial and operational progress in 2008,” said Charles H. Sherwood, Ph.D., Anika’s president and chief executive officer. “We completed our sixth-consecutive profitable year, grew product revenue by 23 %, and delivered record ORTHOVISC product revenue. During the year, we introduced two new products to the European market, including MONOVISC, our single-injection osteoarthritis product, and ORTHOVISC mini, our hyaluronic acid-based osteoarthritis treatment specifically targeted to treat smaller joints. We also completed enrollment of our U.S. pivotal clinical trial for MONOVISC and received positive six-month data from our ongoing trial in Europe. One of the key achievements of the year was the progress we made on our new manufacturing facility, which will provide us with much-needed capacity as we capitalize on expected demand for our new products.”

“We concluded a successful 2008 with another quarter of strong operating performance,” said Sherwood. “We achieved record U.S. sales in the fourth quarter for our ORTHOVISC product line and achieved our highest-ever annual product gross margin at 60% for the year. We also expanded the geographic reach of our joint-health franchise with distributors in Europe, the Middle East and Southeast Asia.”

“We are excited about our prospects in 2009 and beyond,” said Sherwood. “We are continuing to gain market share for our joint health products and expect this trend to continue both domestically and abroad. In addition to continuing to grow sales of ORTHOVISC, we also plan to increase the market penetration of MONOVISC and ORTHOVISC mini in Europe, and file for marketing approval for MONOVISC in the U.S. Another pipeline milestone we expect to achieve this year is submitting a CE Mark application for CINGAL™, our new single injection joint health product with an active therapeutic molecule for pain relief. We also are optimistic about the long-term prospects for ELEVESS, our HA-based soft-tissue filler for facial wrinkles and scar remediation, and plan to expand distribution for this product over the balance of this year. Finally, by the end of 2009 we expect to begin manufacturing at our new state-of-the-art facility. We look forward to 2009 with confidence in our product portfolio and expect good revenue growth and improved profitability.”

Conference Call Information

Anika will hold a conference call to discuss its financial results, business highlights and outlook on Friday, March 6, 2008, at 9:00 a.m. ET. In addition, the Company will answer questions concerning business and financial developments and trends, and other business and financial matters affecting the Company, some of the responses to which may contain information that has not been previously disclosed.

To listen to the conference call, dial 866-543-6407 (International callers dial 617-213-8898) and use the passcode 40329649. Please call approximately 10 minutes before the starting time and reference Anika Therapeutics. In addition, the conference call will be available to interested parties through a live audio Internet broadcast at The call will be archived and accessible on the same website shortly after the conclusion of the call.

About Anika Therapeutics, Inc.

Headquartered in Bedford, Mass.Anika Therapeutics, Inc. develops, manufactures and commercializes therapeutic products for tissue protection, healing and repair. These products are based on hyaluronic acid (HA), a naturally occurring, biocompatible polymer found throughout the body. Anika’s products include ORTHOVISC®, a treatment for osteoarthritis of the knee available internationally and marketed in the U.S. by DePuy Mitek; HYVISC®, a treatment for equine osteoarthritis marketed in the U.S. by Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc.; the ELEVESS™ family of aesthetic dermatology products for facial wrinkles, scar remediation and lip augmentation; AMVISC®, AMVISC® Plus, STAARVISC™-II and Shellgel™ injectable viscoelastic HA products for ophthalmic surgery; INCERT®, an HA-based anti-adhesive for surgical applications; ORTHOVISC® mini a treatment for osteoarthritis targeting small joints and available in EuropeMONOVISC™ a single-injection osteoarthritis product based on Anika’s proprietary cross-linking technology and also available in Europe and Turkey; and next generation products for joint health and aesthetic dermatology based on the Company’s proprietary, chemically modified HA.

The statements made in this press release which are not statements of historical fact are forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, including, without limitation, statements that may be identified by words such as "expectations," "remains," "focus," "expected," "prospective," "expanding," "building," "continue," "progress," “plan,” "efforts," "hope," "believe," "objectives," "opportunities," "will," "seek," “expect” and other expressions which are predictions of or indicate future events and trends and which do not constitute historical matters identify forward-looking statements. These statements also include: (i) the expectation of gaining market share for its joint health products both domestically and abroad, (ii) its plans to increase the market penetration of MONOVISC and ORTHOVISC mini in Europe, and file for marketing approval for MONOVISC in the U.S., (iii), Anika’s expectation to submit a CE Mark application for CINGAL™, (iv) its plans to expand distribution for ELEVESS over the balance of this year, and (v) its expectation to begin manufacturing at the new state-of-the-art facility in 2009. These statements are based upon the current beliefs and expectations of the company's management and are subject to significant risks, uncertainties and other factors. The company's actual results could differ materially from any anticipated future results, performance or achievements described in the forward-looking statements as a result of a number of factors including: (i) the company’s ability to license ELEVESS to a new distribution partner on terms favorable to the company, if at all; (ii) the company's ability to successfully commence and/or complete clinical trials of its products on a timely basis or at all, obtain clinical data to support a pre-market approval application and/or FDA approval, and/or receive FDA or other regulatory approvals of its products, or that such approvals will not be obtained in a timely manner or without the need for additional clinical trials; (iii) the company's research and product development efforts and their relative success, including whether the company has any meaningful sales of any new products resulting from such efforts; (iv) the cost effectiveness and efficiency of our manufacturing operations and production planning; (v) the strength of the economies in which the company operates or will be operating, as well as the political stability of any of those geographic areas; (vi) future determinations by the company to allocate resources to products and in directions not presently contemplated or (vii) the company’s distribution of MONOVISC in Europe. Any delay in receiving any regulatory approvals may adversely affect the company's competitive position. Even if regulatory approvals are obtained, there is a risk that meaningful sales of the products may not be achieved. There is also a risk that (i) the company's existing distributors or customers will not continue to place orders at historical levels or that any of them will seek to modify or terminate existing arrangements, (ii) the company's efforts to enter into long-term marketing and distribution arrangements, including with new international distributors for ORTHOVISC and MONOVISC, will not be successful, (iii) new distribution arrangements will not result in meaningful sales of the company's products, (iv) the company will be unable to achieve performance and sales threshold milestones in its distribution agreements, (v) competitive products will adversely impact the company's product sales, (vi) the estimated size(s) of the markets which the company has targeted its products will fail to be achieved, (vii) lack of adequate coverage and reimbursement provided by governments and other third party payers for our products and services, could have a material adverse effect on our results of operations, or (viii) increased sales of the company's products, including HYVISC®, ORTHOVISC , or its ophthalmic products, will not continue or sales will decrease or not reach historical sales levels, or even if such increases occur that such increases will improve gross margins, any of which may have a material adverse effect on the company's business and operations. There can be no assurance that the company will license ELEVESS to a new distribution partner on terms favorable to the company or at all, or that the company’s business won’t be materially impacted by the FDA warning letter or our ability to satisfactorily resolve the issues presented therein. Certain other factors that might cause the company's actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements include those set forth under the headings "Business," "Risk Factors" and "Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations" in each of the company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2007 and on Form 10-Q for the period ended September 30, 2008, as well as those described in the company's other press releases and SEC filings.


Anika Therapeutics, Inc. and Subsidiary
Consolidated Statements of Operations
      Quarter Ended   Twelve Months Ended
      December 31,   December 31,
        2008     2007     2008     2007
Product revenue     $ 8,284,557   $ 7,915,967   $ 33,054,787   $ 26,905,100
Licensing, milestone and contract revenue     681,247     1,710,866     2,725,000     3,924,721
Total revenue       8,965,804     9,626,833     35,779,787     30,829,821
Operating expenses:                  
Cost of product revenue       2,822,930     3,225,979     13,188,516     11,880,989
Research & development       2,444,529     1,395,402     7,399,049     4,364,620
Selling, general & administrative     2,449,721     2,884,634     10,965,493     7,996,781
Total operating expenses       7,717,180     7,506,015     31,553,058     24,242,390
Income from operations       1,248,624     2,120,818     4,226,729     6,587,431
Interest income, net       20,745     408,041     498,512     2,100,663
Income before income taxes       1,269,369     2,528,859     4,725,241     8,688,094
Provision for income taxes       174,864     855,463     1,096,046     2,652,840
Net income     $ 1,094,505   $ 1,673,396   $ 3,629,195   $ 6,035,254
Basic net income per share:                  
Net income     $ 0.10   $ 0.15   $ 0.32   $ 0.55
Basic weighted average common shares outstanding     11,352,383     11,177,521     11,308,124     11,059,582
Diluted net income per share:                  
Net income     $ 0.10   $ 0.15   $ 0.32   $ 0.53
Diluted weighted average common shares outstanding     11,456,691     11,511,862     11,460,801     11,453,600


Anika Therapeutics, Inc. and Subsidiary
Consolidated Balance Sheets
          December 31,   December 31,
            2008       2007  
Current assets:              
Cash and cash equivalents         $ 43,193,655     $ 35,903,569  
Short-term investments                 3,501,974  
Accounts receivable, net           5,418,421       5,795,973  
Inventories           5,519,754       4,390,118  
Current portion of deferred income taxes         1,235,364       1,657,007  
Prepaid expenses and other           463,284       1,194,081  
Total current assets         55,830,478       52,442,722  
Property and equipment, at cost           42,436,827       28,101,422  
Less: accumulated depreciation           (10,190,144 )     (8,731,706 )
            32,246,683       19,369,716  
Long-term deposits and other           506,787       433,081  
Intangible asset, net           936,275       995,098  
Deferred income taxes           6,300,665       6,256,067  
Total Assets         $ 95,820,888     $ 79,496,684  
Accounts payable         $ 2,375,340     $ 4,866,619  
Accrued expenses           2,325,219       2,760,010  
Deferred revenue, current           2,732,393       2,806,778  
Long-term debt, current           1,600,000        
Income taxes payable                 203,954  
Other long-term liabilities           831,051       398,365  
Long-term deferred revenue           10,800,001       13,500,001  
Long-term debt           14,400,000       -  
Total liabilities           35,064,004       24,535,727  
Stockholders’ equity              
Preferred stock                  
Common stock           113,776       112,233  
Additional paid-in-capital           42,861,229       40,695,940  
Retained earnings           17,781,979       14,152,784  
Total stockholders’ equity         60,756,984       54,960,957  
Total Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity       $ 95,820,988     $ 79,496,684  


Anika Therapeutics, Inc. and Subsidiary
Supplemental Financial Data
Product Gross Margin and Revenue by Product Line
  Quarter Ended   Twelve Months Ended
  December 31,   December 31,
    2008     % Ttl     2007     % Ttl     2008     % Ttl     2007     % Ttl
Joint Health $ 5,143,768     62 %   $ 4,707,742     59 %   $ 18,707,669     57 %   $ 13,602,494     51 %
Ophthalmic   2,394,631     29 %     2,448,545     31 %     10,678,615     32 %     10,517,156     39 %
Veterinary   600,880     7 %     688,028     9 %     3,028,450     9 %     2,370,898     9 %
Aesthetics   105,903     2 %     -     0 %     505,273     2 %     224,220     1 %
Other   39,375     0 %     71,652     1 %     134,780     0 %     190,332     0 %
  $ 8,284,557     100 %   $ 7,915,967     100 %   $ 33,054,787     100 %   $ 26,905,100     100 %
Product gross profit $ 5,461,627         $ 4,689,988         $ 19,866,271         $ 15,024,111      
Product gross margin   66 %         59 %         60 %         56 %    
Product Revenue by Geography
  Quarter Ended   Twelve Months Ended
  December 31,   December 31,
    2008     % Ttl     2007     % Ttl     2008     % Ttl     2007     % Ttl
Domestic $ 5,884,332     71 %   $ 5,858,105     74 %   $ 24,064,512     73 %   $ 20,034,764     74 %
International   2,400,225     29 %     2,057,862     26 %     8,990,275     27 %     6,870,336     26 %
  $ 8,284,557     100 %   $ 7,915,967     100 %   $ 33,054,787     100 %   $ 26,905,100     100 %


Source: Anika Therapeutics, Inc.

Anika Therapeutics, Inc.
Charles H. Sherwood, Ph.D., 781-457-9000
Kevin W. Quinlan, 781-457-9000

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