SINOVAC Reports Unaudited First Half of 2023 Financial Results

SINOVAC Reports Unaudited First Half of 2023 Financial Results




SINOVAC Reports Unaudited First Half of 2023 Financial Results

BEIJING–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Sinovac Biotech Ltd. (NASDAQ: SVA) (“SINOVAC” or the “Company”), a leading provider of biopharmaceutical products in China, announced today its unaudited financial results for the six months ended June 30, 2023.

First Half of 2023 Financial Summary

  • Sales for the six months ended June 30, 2023 were $140.4 million, compared to $1.2 billion in the prior year period.
  • The Company posted $14.0 million of net income attributable to common shareholders, or $0.14 per basic and $0.15 per diluted share, in the six-month period ended June 30, 2023, compared to net income attributable to common shareholders of $481.6 million, or $4.84 per basic and $4.24 per diluted share, in the prior year period.

Mr. Weidong Yin, Chairman, President and CEO of SINOVAC, commented “After experiencing three years of the COVID-19 pandemic, the world is still facing the threat of various infectious diseases in 2023. The ability to combat global outbreaks remains vital to world health. As a prominent biopharmaceutical products provider in China, SINOVAC continues to increase its investment in the research and development and production of vaccines beyond COVID-19, and keeps exploring additional biomedical products including antibodies. Meanwhile, we maintained a strong international presence, by providing high-quality vaccines and localized production.

“Looking ahead, SINOVAC is determined to sustain our business momentum in both domestic and international markets, strengthen our product portfolio and partnerships, and provide many accessible pharmaceutical products to meet the increasing healthcare demand from around the world.”

Business Updates

COVID-19 Antibody Products – SINOVAC’s broad-spectrum neutralizing antibody products, SA55 Injection and Nasal Spray, which are intended for the prevention and treatment of COVID-19 infections, were approved for clinical trial in China. By leveraging its extensive experience in COVID-19 vaccine development and production, SINOVAC is capable of large-scale manufacture of these broad-spectrum neutralizing antibody products in compliance with Good Manufacturing Practice standards.

Hepatitis A Vaccine – Healive®, the first and only WHO prequalified inactivated hepatitis A vaccine from China, has been registered in more than 20 countries and organizations worldwide by thus far, with additional market approvals in Lebanon, Kyrgyzstan, Egypt, India and Pakistan this year.

Influenza Vaccine – A new and state-of-the-art influenza vaccine production line started operations in Beijing. The plant, which complies with Chinese Good Manufacturing Practice guidelines and utilizes green production processes, enables automated production at scale that expands SINOVAC capacity to meet the growing global demand for high-quality influenza vaccines. SINOVAC’s influenza vaccines expand international market accessibility in the first half of 2023 by gaining more overseas market approvals, such as Pakistan and Chile.

Varicella Vaccine – SINOVAC’s live attenuated varicella vaccine, the first WHO prequalified Chinese varicella vaccine, successfully delivered to the Republic of Türkiye early this year. The vaccine was also registered in Lebanon and Kenya this year.

Hand Foot and Mouth Disease Vaccine – SINOVAC’s bivalent inactivated vaccine, developed to combat enterovirus (EV) and coxsackievirus (CV) infections, was approved for clinical trials in China this year. It aims to protect children from hand, foot and mouth disease caused by EV71 and CA16. SINOVAC’s EV 71 vaccine, Inlive®, has already safeguarded millions of children in China.

Strategic Development outside of China – SINOVAC has been named the exclusive strategic partner of BogotáBio, which will break ground as the first local human vaccine production facility to be established with local government in Colombia’s capital city of Bogota. SINOVAC’s extensive expertise and experience in vaccine R&D and production, and successful track record establishing vaccine manufacturing facilities will play a pivotal role in the new venture.

Unaudited Financial Results for the First Half of 2023

Sales for the first half of 2023 were $140.4 million, compared to $1.2 billion in the prior year period. The decrease was mainly due to decreased sales of CoronaVac®. The negative gross margin at 34.2% was caused by the sharply reduced sales of CoronaVac combined with the COVID-19 employee incentive plan established in 2022.

Selling, general and administrative expenses in the first half of 2023 were $231.0 million, compared to $155.9 million in the prior year period. The increase was mainly due to a COVID-19 employee incentive plan established in 2022.

R&D expenses in the first half of 2023 were $151.1 million, compared to $184.4 million in the prior year period.

Net loss in the first half of 2023 was $30.0 million, compared to net income of $790.4 million in the prior year period.

Net income attributable to common shareholders was $14.0 million, or $0.14 per basic and $0.15 per diluted share, in the first half of 2023, compared to a net income attributable to common shareholders of $481.6 million, or $4.84 per basic and $4.24 per diluted share, in the prior year period.

As the Company announced on February 22, 2019, the Company’s board of directors determined that certain shareholders became acquiring persons, as defined in the Company’s rights agreement (“Rights Agreement”), under which a trigger event occurred. As a result, the Company issued new common and preferred shares of SINOVAC. Without the effect of implementing the Rights Agreement and newly-issued common and preferred shares, basic and diluted earnings per share for the first half of 2023 would be $0.24 and $0.24, respectively.

Non-GAAP adjusted EBITDA was $346.6 million loss in the first half of 2023, compared to $691.3 million income in the prior year period. Non-GAAP net loss was $120.9 million in the first half of 2023, compared to $628.8 million net income in the prior year period. Non-GAAP diluted earnings per share in the first half of 2023 was negative $0.32 compared to $3.41 per share in the prior year period. Non-GAAP diluted earnings per share in the first half of 2023, excluding the implementation of the Rights Agreement and the newly-issued common and preferred shares, would be negative $0.51. Reconciliations of non-GAAP measures to the nearest comparable GAAP measures are included at the end of this news release.

As of June 30, 2023, cash and cash equivalents and restricted cash totaled $1.6 billion, compared to $4.3 billion as of December 31, 2022. In the first half of 2023, net cash used in operating activities was $40.0 million, net cash used in investing activities was $2.7 billion reflecting the net position of short-term investment purchase over redemption, and net cash provided by financing activities was $217.2 million.

The Company’s first half of 2023 financial statements are prepared and presented in accordance with U.S. GAAP. However, they have not been audited or reviewed by the Company’s independent registered accounting firm.

Legal Proceedings

As previously disclosed by the Company, on March 13, 2018, 1Globe Capital LLC (“1Globe”) filed a complaint against the Company in the Antigua Court. The trial of the matter took place from December 3 to 5, 2018. On December 19, 2018, the Antigua judge handed down his judgment (the “Antigua Judgment”), finding the Company fully in favor, dismissing 1Globe’s claim and declaring the Rights Agreement was validly adopted as a matter of Antigua law. On January 29, 2019, 1Globe filed a Notice of Appeal against the Antigua Judgment. On March 4, 2019, 1Globe filed an application for urgent interim relief, seeking an injunction to prevent the Company from continuing to implement its Rights Agreement until the resolution of the appeal. This application was heard on April 4, 2019, at which the Court of Appeal issued an order restraining the Company from operating the Rights Agreement in any way that affects 1Globe’s rights or shareholding or otherwise distributing the exchange shares to the Company’s shareholders who did not trigger the Rights Plan until after the determination of the appeal (the “Exchange Shares”). 1Globe’s appeal against the Antigua Judgment was heard on September 18, 2019, and the appeal decision was announced by the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court, Court of Appeal (the “Court of Appeal”) on December 9, 2021, upholding the Antigua Judgment in each point. 1Globe applied for leave to appeal to the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council (the “Privy Council”), and the hearing of the application was held on February 24, 2022, in which the Court of Appeal granted 1Globe leave to appeal to the Privy Council on certain grounds, although not including the challenge to the validity of the Rights Agreement. On April 19, 2022, 1Globe renewed its application directly to the Privy Council for leave to appeal on its ground of appeal concerning the validity of the Rights Agreement. On July 13, 2022, 1Globe filed its Notice of Appeal on those grounds on which the Court of Appeal had granted 1Globe leave to appeal. On September 16, 2022, 1Globe filed an application to the Privy Council seeking permission to amend its existing application for permission to appeal and its existing Notice of Appeal, and to seek permission to appeal on another ground rejected by the Court of Appeal concerning the exercise of the Antigua Court’s discretion. SINOVAC responded on October 21, 2022. On February 15, 2023, the Privy Council made a procedural decision to allow amendment of its existing application for permission to appeal, and decided to deal with procedural and substantive issues together at the Final Hearing. 1Globe is still completing necessary procedural filings, and has not yet taken steps to list a substantive hearing before the Privy Council. The appeal outcome is therefore pending.

As previously disclosed, on March 5, 2018, SINOVAC filed a lawsuit in the Court of Chancery of the State of Delaware, seeking a determination on whether 1Globe, the Chiang Li Family, OrbiMed Advisors, LLC and certain other shareholders of the Company had triggered the Rights Agreement. On April 12, 2018, 1Globe filed an amended answer to the Company’s complaint, counterclaims and a third-party complaint against the Company and Mr. Weidong Yin, alleging, among other allegations, that the Rights Agreement is not valid. On March 6, 2019, the Delaware Chancery Court entered a status quo order, providing that the Company not distribute any of the Exchange Shares to the Company’s shareholders who did not trigger the Rights Plan until the final disposition of the pending Delaware litigation or further order of the Court. On April 8, 2019, the Delaware Chancery Court stated that the Delaware litigation was pending the final outcome of 1Globe’s appeal of the Antigua Judgment.

Separately, Heng Ren Investments LP (“Heng Ren”) filed suit against SINOVAC and Weidong Yin for alleged breach of fiduciary duties and wrongful equity dilution on May 31, 2019, in Massachusetts state court. SINOVAC moved the matter from state court to the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts. On September 14, 2020, SINOVAC filed a motion to dismiss Heng Ren’s claims. Subsequently, on April 29, 2021, Heng Ren filed an amended complaint which alleged that Mr. Yin breached fiduciary duties owed to minority shareholders, that SINOVAC aided and abetted breaches of fiduciary duties, and that both SINOVAC and Mr. Yin engaged in wrongful equity dilution. Heng Ren requested damages, attorneys’ fees, and prejudgment interest. On July 16, 2021, SINOVAC moved to dismiss Heng Ren’s amended complaint in the federal court in Massachusetts. On March 4, 2022, the court granted the motion as to the breach of fiduciary duty claims and denied the motion as to the wrongful equity dilution claim, and denied reconsideration of its decision on the motion. SINOVAC has answered the complaint. On January 19, 2023, SINOVAC filed a motion to stay the Heng Ren action pending the resolution of a putative shareholder class action, described in the paragraph below. On February 15, 2023, the court stayed discovery in the Heng Ren matter pending the resolution of the putative class action.

As previously disclosed by the Company, On December 5, 2022, a purported shareholder filed a putative class action complaint in United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts, asserting a claim under Section 204 of the Antigua and Barbuda International Business Corporations Act related to a private placement of SINOVAC’s common shares with private investors Vivo Capital and Advantech Capital completed on July 2, 2018 (the “PIPE Transaction”), alleging that all shareholders were harmed in an identical manner to one another by the PIPE Transaction because the shares that were issued in the PIPE transaction allegedly undervalued SINOVAC and all shareholders were purportedly wrongfully diluted as a result. The purported shareholder is represented by the same attorney who represents Heng Ren, and requests damages, attorneys’ fees, and prejudgment interest. On January 18, 2023, SINOVAC filed a motion to dismiss. The motion was fully briefed as of March 9, 2023, and is currently pending before the court.

Status of Exchange Shares and Trading in the Company’s Shares

As a result of the pending legal proceedings described above, the Exchange Shares are expected to remain in a trust for the benefit of the Company’s shareholders who did not trigger the Rights Plan until, at least, the conclusion of the appeal against the Antigua Judgement and the final disposition of the Delaware litigation or further order of the Delaware Chancery Court. The Exchange Shares remain issued and outstanding. The Nasdaq Stock Market LLC implemented a halt on trading of the Company’s common shares at the time the Exchange Shares were issued to the trust. The Company is currently unable to estimate when trading will resume, or if Nasdaq will take any additional action in regards to trading of the Company’s common shares.

About SINOVAC

Sinovac Biotech Ltd. (SINOVAC) is a China-based biopharmaceutical company that focuses on the R&D, manufacturing, and commercialization of biomedical products that protect against human diseases.

SINOVAC’s product portfolio includes vaccines against COVID-19, enterovirus 71 (EV71) infected hand-foot-mouth disease (HFMD), hepatitis A, varicella, influenza, poliomyelitis, pneumococcal disease, mumps, etc.

The COVID-19 vaccine, CoronaVac®, has been approved for use in more than 60 countries and regions worldwide. The hepatitis A vaccine, Healive®, passed WHO prequalification requirements in 2017. The EV71 vaccine, Inlive®, is an innovative vaccine under “Category 1 Preventative Biological Products” and commercialized in China in 2016. In 2022, SINOVAC’s Sabin-strain inactivated polio vaccine (sIPV) and varicella vaccine were prequalified by the WHO.

SINOVAC was the first company to be granted approval for its H1N1 influenza vaccine Panflu.1®, which has supplied the Chinese government’s vaccination campaign and stockpiling program. The Company is also the only supplier of the H5N1 pandemic influenza vaccine, Panflu®, to the Chinese government stockpiling program.

SINOVAC continually dedicates itself to pipeline development including but not limited to new technology, new vaccines as well as other biomedical products. We will constantly explore global opportunities of strategic expansion.

For more information, please visit the Company’s website at www.sinovac.com.

Safe Harbor Statement

This press release may include certain statements that are not descriptions of historical facts, but are forward-looking statements. These statements are made under the “safe harbor” provisions of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements can be identified by terminology such as “will,” “expects,” “anticipates,” “future,” “intends,” “plans,” “believes,” “estimates” and similar statements. Forward-looking statements involve risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in any such statements. In particular, the outcome of any litigation is uncertain, and the Company cannot predict the potential results of the litigation it filed or filed against it by others. Additionally, the triggering of a shareholder rights plan is nearly unprecedented, and the Company cannot predict the impact on the Company or its stock price as a result of the trigger of the rights plan.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

To supplement its consolidated financial statements, which are prepared and presented in accordance with GAAP, SINOVAC uses the following non-GAAP financial measures: non-GAAP adjusted EBITDA, non-GAAP net income and non-GAAP diluted EPS. For more information on these non-GAAP financial measures, please refer to the table captioned “Reconciliations of non-GAAP Measures to the Nearest Comparable GAAP Measures” in this results announcement.

SINOVAC believes that non-GAAP adjusted EBITDA, non-GAAP net income and non-GAAP diluted EPS help identify underlying trends in its business that could otherwise be distorted by the effect of certain income or expenses that SINOVAC includes in net income and diluted EPS. SINOVAC believes that non-GAAP adjusted EBITDA, non-GAAP net income and non-GAAP diluted EPS provide useful information about its core operating results, enhance the overall understanding of its past performance and future prospects and allow for greater visibility with respect to key metrics used by our management in its financial and operational decision-making. Non-GAAP adjusted EBITDA, non-GAAP net income and non-GAAP diluted EPS should not be considered in isolation or construed as an alternative to income from operations, net income, diluted EPS, or any other measure of performance or as an indicator of SINOVAC’s operating performance. These non-GAAP financial measures presented here may not be comparable to similarly titled measures presented by other companies. Other companies may calculate similarly titled measures differently, limiting their usefulness as comparative measures to our data.

Non-GAAP adjusted EBITDA represents net income and excludes interest and financing expenses, interest income, net other income and income tax benefit (expenses), and certain non-cash expenses, consisting of share-based compensation expenses, amortization and depreciation that SINOVAC does not believe are reflective of the core operating performance during the periods presented.

Non-GAAP net income represents net income before share-based compensation expenses and foreign exchange gain or loss.

Non-GAAP diluted EPS represents non-GAAP net income attributable to common shareholders divided by the weighted average number of shares outstanding during the periods on a diluted basis, including accounting for the effect of the assumed conversion of options.

SINOVAC BIOTECH LTD.

 

Consolidated Balance Sheets

 

As of June 30, 2023 and December 31, 2022

 

(Expressed in thousands of U.S. Dollars)

 
   

June 30, 2023

 

 

December 31, 2022

Current assets

 
   

Cash and cash equivalents

$

1,643,026

 

$

4,278,124

Restricted cash

3,734

 

8,253

Short-term investments

9,425,778

 

7,034,569

Accounts receivable – net

425,245

 

537,118

Inventories

182,735

 

180,719

Prepaid expenses and deposits

13,312

 

15,242

Income tax receivable

75,195

 

72,371

Total current assets

11,769,025

 

12,126,396

   

Property, plant and equipment – net

1,058,962

 

993,781

Prepaid land lease payments

65,519

 

69,815

Intangible assets – net

8,753

 

9,699

Long-term prepaid expenses

22

 

23

Long-term investments

657,767

 

661,440

Prepayments for acquisition of equipment

16,292

 

120,912

Deferred tax assets

98,688

 

71,118

Right-of-use assets

47,676

 

58,586

Other Non-current Assets

2,306

 

2,798

Total assets

13,725,010

 

14,114,568

   

Current liabilities

 

Short-term bank loans and current portion of

long-term bank loans

201,118

 

293

Loan from a non-controlling shareholder

4,159

 

4,358

Accounts payable and accrued liabilities

819,530

 

905,923

Deferred revenue

15,153

 

17,955

Deferred government grants

4,132

 

15,120

Dividend payable

139,547

 

141,993

Lease liability

5,990

 

5,993

Total current liabilities

1,189,629

 

1,091,635

   

Deferred government grants

6,548

 

4,477

Long-term bank loans

10,989

 

11,513

Deferred tax liability

239,029

 

241,526

Lease liability

40,929

 

52,516

Other non-current liabilities

630

 

240

Total long-term liabilities

298,125

 

310,272

   

Total liabilities

1,487,754

 

1,401,907

   

Commitments and contingencies

 
   

Equity

 

Preferred stock

15

 

15

Common stock

100

 

100

Additional paid-in capital

541,258

 

540,582

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

(654,462)

 

(383,276)

Statutory surplus reserves

1,538,013

 

1,538,013

Accumulated earnings

7,239,947

 

7,225,987

Total shareholders’ equity

8,664,871

 

8,921,421

   

Non-controlling interests

3,572,385

 

3,791,240

Total equity

12,237,256

 

12,712,661

Total liabilities and equity

$

13,725,010

 

$

14,114,568

SINOVAC BIOTECH LTD.

 

Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income

 

For the six months ended 2023 and 2022

 

(Expressed in thousands of U.S. Dollars, except for numbers of shares and per share data)

   

Six months ended June 30

2023

 

2022

   

Sales

$

140,404

 

$

1,212,290

Cost of sales

188,409

 

254,362

Gross profit (loss)

(48,005)

 

957,928

   

Selling, general and administrative expenses

231,048

 

155,880

Provision for doubtful accounts

386

 

807

Research and development expenses

151,132

 

184,394

Loss on disposal of property, plant and equipment

312

 

3,286

Government grants recognized in income

(92)

 

(14)

Total operating expenses

382,786

 

344,353

Operating income (loss)

(430,791)

 

613,575

   

Interest and financing expenses

(264)

 

(623)

Interest income

29,589

 

83,998

Other income, net

337,856

 

229,458

Income (Loss) before income taxes

(63,610)

 

926,408

Income tax benefit (expense)

33,597

 

(135,962)

Net income (loss)

(30,013)

 

790,446

Less: (income) loss attributable to non-controlling

interests

46,931

 

(305,934)

Net income attributable to shareholders of Sinovac

16,918

 

484,512

Preferred stock dividends

(2,958)

 

(2,958)

Net income attributable to common shareholders

of Sinovac

13,960

 

481,554

   

Net income (loss)

(30,013)

 

790,446

Other comprehensive income, net of tax of nil

 

Foreign currency translation adjustments

(441,560)

 

(579,251)

Comprehensive income (loss)

(471,573)

 

211,195

Less: comprehensive (income) loss attributable to non-

controlling interests

217,305

 

(74,774)

Comprehensive income (loss) attributable to

shareholders of Sinovac

(254,268)

 

136,421

   

Earnings per share

 

Basic net income per share

0.14

 

4.84

Diluted net income per share

0.15

 

4.24

   

Weighted average number of shares of common

stock outstanding

 

Basic

99,576,600

 

99,502,243

Diluted

114,227,276

 

114,172,782

SINOVAC BIOTECH LTD.

 

Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows

 

For the six months ended 2023 and 2022

 

(Expressed in thousands of U.S. Dollars)

 
   

Six months ended June 30

2023

 

2022

   

Operating activities

 

Net income (loss)

$

(30,013)

 

$

790,446

Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:

 

Deferred income taxes

(32,124)

 

(15,837)

Inventory provision

12,624

 

56,203

Provision for doubtful accounts

386

 

807

Loss on disposal of property, plant and equipment

312

 

3,286

Depreciation of property, plant and equipment

82,484

 

75,159

Amortization of prepaid land lease payments

1,138

 

2,503

Amortization of intangible assets

527

 

97

Government grants recognized in income

(92)

 

(14)

Loss from equity method investments

374

 

Investment income

(75,612)

 

   

Changes in:

 

Accounts receivable

90,434

 

(140,015)

Inventories

(23,296)

 

37,251

Other non-current assets

2,785

 

Income tax payable

(5,824)

 

(1,083,624)

Prepaid expenses and deposits

1,583

 

133,914

Deferred revenue

(2,074)

 

(45,121)

Accounts payable and accrued liabilities

(47,208)

 

(622,923)

Deferred government grants

(16,813)

 

Other non-current liabilities

418

 

(298)

   

Net cash used in operating activities

(39,991)

 

(808,166)

   

Financing activities

 

Proceeds from bank loans

209,587

 

199

Repayments of bank loans

(150)

 

(3,038)

Proceeds from issuance of common stock, net of share issuance

costs

676

 

Dividend paid to non-controlling shareholders

(1,616)

 

(2,469)

Proceeds from subsidiary’s financing

 

12,000

Government grants received

8,668

 

5,021

Repayments of loan from a non-controlling shareholder

(1)

 

(12)

   

Net cash provided by financing activities

217,164

 

11,701

   

Investing activities

 

Purchase of short-term investments

(6,628,110)

 

(15,123,334)

Proceeds from redemption of short-term investments

4,013,372

 

11,890,425

Proceeds from disposal of equipment

37

 

603

Prepaid land lease payments

 

(9,658)

Acquisition of property, plant and equipment

(92,942)

 

(279,398)

Acquisition of intangible assets

 

Purchase of long-term investments

(24,792)

 

(63,280)

Distributions of equity method investees

1,342

 

Proceeds from sale or maturity of long-term investments

146

 

 

 

 

Net cash used in investing activities

(2,730,947)

 

(3,584,642)

   

Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents and restricted cash

(85,843)

 

(371,559)

   

Decrease in cash and cash equivalents and restricted cash

(2,639,617)

 

(4,752,666)

   

Cash and cash equivalents and restricted cash, beginning of period

4,286,377

 

(3,584,642)

   

Cash and cash equivalents and restricted cash, end of period

1,646,760

 

(8,337,308)

Contacts

Sinovac Biotech Ltd.
Helen Yang

Tel: +86-10-8279 9720

Email: ir@sinovac.com

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