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Lannett reports strong financial results For fiscal 2013 second quarter

Growth Momentum Continues with 32% Sales Increase; Company Increases Guidance for Full Year

Philadelphia, PA – February 7, 2013 – Lannett Company, Inc. (NYSE MKT: LCI) today reported continued strong momentum, with sharply improved financial results for its fiscal 2013 second quarter ended December 31, 2012, compared with the prior year period.

Net sales for the fiscal 2013 second quarter rose significantly to $36.6 million, up 32% from $27.7 million last year. Gross profit nearly doubled to $13.4 million from $7.4 million for the fiscal 2012 second quarter. As a percentage of net sales, gross margin increased to 37% from 27% last year. Research and development (R&D) expenses were $3.6 million, compared with $2.5 million for the fiscal 2012 second quarter. Selling, general and administrative (SG&A) expenses were $5.2 million, compared with $4.4 million in the same quarter of the prior year. Operating income increased to $4.7 million from $495,000 for the second quarter of fiscal 2012. Net income attributable to Lannett Company rose to $2.9 million, or $0.10 per diluted share, from $609,000, or $0.02 per diluted share, for the same period last year.

“The positive performance for our second quarter and the favorable outlook for the second half of our fiscal year reflect continued strong sales from our base products and market penetration from our recently approved products,” said Arthur Bedrosian, president and chief executive officer of Lannett. “Gross margin was positively impacted by favorable sales mix and price increases, along with enhanced manufacturing efficiencies that are partially attributable to recent product launches. We believe Lannett’s R&D investments, which are ratcheting up as the year proceeds, combined with the operating momentum we are now achieving, will pave the way for continued growth and progress in the future,” Bedrosian added.

For the first half of fiscal 2013, net sales increased to $71.9 million from $56.6 million for the corresponding prior year period. Gross profit rose to $27.0 million from $16.0 million last year. As a percentage of net sales, gross margin increased to 38% from 28% last year. R&D expenses were $7.3 million, compared with $4.9 million for the first six months of fiscal 2012. SG&A expenses amounted to
$11.3 million, versus $9.2 million for the first half of fiscal 2012. Operating income advanced to $8.4 million from $1.9 million a year ago. Net income attributable to Lannett Company increased to $5.8 million, equal to $0.20 per diluted share, from $815,000, or $0.03 per diluted share, for the first half of fiscal 2012. Net income for the most recent six-month period included a favorable litigation settlement of $1.3 million and other non-operating items, equal to $0.03 per diluted share.

Upward Revised Guidance for Fiscal 2013
Based on Lannett’s current outlook, the company revised its financial guidance upward for the fiscal 2013 full year as follows:

  • Net sales of $140 million to $142 million, up from the previous guidance of $132 million to $136 million;
  • Gross margin as a percentage of net sales of approximately 36% to 37%, up from 34% to 35%;
  • R&D expense in the range of $17 million to $18 million, down slightly from $18 million to $20 million;
  • SG&A expense ranging from $24 million to $25 million, versus $21 million to $23 million;
  • Other income of approximately $1.5 million, essentially equal to the litigation settlement the company reported in the first quarter; and
  • Capital expenditures in the range of $10 million to $12 million, unchanged from previous guidance.

Conference Call Information and Forward-Looking Statements
Later today, the company will host a conference call at 4:30 p.m. ET to review its results of operations for the fiscal 2013 second quarter ended December 31, 2012. The conference call will be available to interested parties by dialing 866-813-5647 from the U.S. or Canada, or 847-619-6249 from international locations, passcode 34177997. The conference call will also be available through a live audio Internet broadcast at www.lannett.com. A playback of the call will be archived and accessible at this site for at least three months.

Discussion during the conference call may include forward-looking statements regarding such topics as, but not limited to, the company’s financial status and performance and regulatory and operational developments, and any comments the company may make about its future plans or prospects in response to questions from participants on the conference call.

About Lannett Company, Inc.:
Lannett Company, founded in 1942, develops, manufactures, packages, markets and distributes generic pharmaceutical products for a wide range of medical indications. For more information, visit the company’s website at www.lannett.com.

This news release contains certain statements of a forward-looking nature relating to future events or future business performance. Any such statements, including, but not limited to, achieving the financial metrics stated in the company’s upward revised guidance, expected product approvals, the successful commercialization of products in development, product applications pending at the FDA and recently approved products, whether expressed or implied, are subject to risks and uncertainties which can cause actual results to differ materially from those currently anticipated due to a number of factors which include, but are not limited to, the difficulty in predicting the timing or outcome of FDA or other regulatory approvals or actions, the ability to successfully commercialize products upon approval, Lannett’s estimated or anticipated future financial results, future inventory levels, future competition or pricing, future levels of operating expenses, product development efforts or performance, and other risk factors discussed in the company’s Form 10-K and other documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission from time to time. These forward-looking statements represent the company's judgment as of the date of this news release. The company disclaims any intent or obligation to update these forward-looking statements.

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