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Revenue Increases by 126.7% Y-o-Y to RMB4,406.8 Million
Gross Profit Grows by 191.7% Y-o-Y to RMB2,296.8 Million
Adjusted Net Profit Attributable to Owners of the Company Increases by 163.0% Y-o-Y to RMB1,768.7 Million
Gross and Net Profit Margins Reach 52.1% and 42.7%, Respectively
Diluted EPS Reaches RMB0.42 with 133.3% Growth Y-o-Y
“Follow & Win the Molecule” Strategies Expand Global Market Share to
408 Total Integrated Projects Including 79 New Additions
A Banner Year of Commercial Manufacturing: Four Commercial Manufacturing Projects and 32 Phase-III Projects
Commercial Manufacturing Revenue Reaches RMB888.9 Million
Late Phase and Commercial Manufacturing Revenue Grows 366% Y-o-Y
Backlog within Three Years Increases by 143% Y-o-Y to US$2,249 Million
Three Acquisitions Successfully Integrated and Generate Revenue
Nine Regulatory Inspections Passed, Demonstrating Global Premier Quality
WuXi Vaccines Progresses Rapidly with Nine Contracts Signed Including Three COVID-19 Vaccines Projects
WuXi XDC Established as Few Global CDMOs Dedicated to Enable Discovery, Development and Manufacturing of Bioconjugates
Expanded Development Capacity to 120 Integrated Projects per Year to Enable Growing Global Partners
(Hong Kong, August 23, 2021) – WuXi Biologics (Cayman) Inc. (“WuXi Biologics” or “the Company”, together with its subsidiaries “the Group”, stock code: 2269.HK), a leading global open-access biologics technology platform company offering end-to-end solutions for biologics discovery, development and manufacturing, is pleased to announce its unaudited interim results for the six months, ending on June 30, 2021.
2021 Interim Financial Highlights
2021 Interim Operational Highlights
WuXi Biologics continued to gain market share and sustained its rapid business growth in the first half of 2021 as integrated projects, backlog and financial performance all achieved new records during the period.
SELECT OPERATIONAL HIGHLIGHTS
The Group’s competitiveness in the global market kept improving, with 79 new projects added during the reporting period, including 18 projects from the acquisition of CMAB, a Chinese CDMO company. The Group’s business strategies have driven its pipeline growth to a record high of 408 integrated projects, including 152 first-in-class projects from global partners. These challenging projects further reaffirmed the success of the Group’s technology enabling platforms across mAbs, bispecifics, multispecifics, ADCs, vaccines and other new biotherapeutic modalities.
During the first half of 2021, 12 external projects were won and transferred into the Group’s pipeline, including five projects in phase II and four projects in phase III due to the Group’s advanced technology, industry-leading timeline, and commitment to execution and premium quality. The fast progress of “Win-the-Molecule” strategy will drive new momentum to the late and commercial-stage revenue growth.
2021 will be a banner year of commercial manufacturing business for the Group as commercial manufacturing projects increased to four in the first half of 2021 and more projects are expected to progress into commercialization in the second half of 2021 and beyond. GSK/Tesaro’s PD-1, the first project enabled by the Group throughout IND to BLA, was approved by both the FDA and EMA in 1H 2021. This project successfully validated the Group’s “Follow & Win the Molecule” strategies and its cutting-edge technology platforms. Commercial manufacturing revenue reached RMB888.9 million, while late phase and commercial manufacturing revenue grew 366% Y-o-Y in 1H 2021. With 32 projects in phase III, the Group expects to have more commercial manufacturing projects in the upcoming years to deliver sustained high growth.
WuXi Vaccines made great progress during 1H 2021 with three COVID-19 vaccine contracts and six non COVID-19 vaccine contracts secured in total, which are expected to contribute substantially to this year’s revenue. An integrated mRNA technology platform has been established in Hangzhou, China to offer customers full-spectrum services for mRNA vaccine development and manufacturing. The Company is currently negotiating contracts with a number of mRNA vaccine companies. The rapid progress of WuXi Vaccines is a solid proof of WuXi Biologics’ commitment to mobilizing its resources to combat the COVID-19 pandemic and other diseases that affect patients worldwide.
In the first half of 2021, WuXi Biologics established WuXi XDC in partnership with WuXi STA to provide end-to-end CDMO services for bioconjugations. Leveraging the small molecule and biologics drug discovery, development and manufacturing strengths of both companies, WuXi XDC is well positioned as one of the few companies capable of providing one-stop services for bioconjugations. Due to its state-of-the-art technology platforms and commitment to excellence, WuXi XDC has quickly become a market leader, with over 100 partners worldwide and 48 bioconjugation projects,
In the first half of 2021, the Company completed three acquisitions, including Pfizer’s manufacturing facilities in Hangzhou, China; CMAB Biopharma Group in China and Bayer’s manufacturing facility in Wuppertal, Germany. These acquisitions have allowed the Company to rapidly ramp up production capacity to meet growing demands.
Global capacity construction is steadily advancing in line with the progress of late-stage pipeline projects. An estimated 150,000L of production capacity will be operational by the end of this year, and the Company’s production capacity will reach 430,000L after 2024 as planned.
As of July 30, 2021, WuXi Biologics has completed over 15 inspections by the FDA, EMA, ANVISA, NMPA and HSA since 2017. Despite travel restrictions related to COVID-19, the Company has been able to provide flexible access to allow regulatory authorities to complete any type of inspection. Using innovative digital solutions, WuXi Biologics successfully completed multiple remote EMA GMP inspections and hybrid FDA inspections in the first half of 2021.
Seven facilities of the Group have been GMP certified. Recently, the drug product facility (DP7) in Leverkusen, Germany, received its License of Manufacturing Permit from German health authorities, marking WuXi Biologics’ first GMP manufacturing authorization outside of China. The 12-month timeline from facility qualification to licensure further exemplifies the best practices of “WuXi Bio Speed” and “WuXi Bio Quality” that encompasses the world-class quality systems the Company has developed.
WuXi Biologics places great importance on its people. As of June 30, 2021, the Company’s total staff increased to 7,686, including over 500 employees in U.S. and EU and 2,803 scientists from biologics development team. The number of total employees is expected to exceed 9,600 by the end of the year. In 1H 2021, the Company put more efforts into strengthening talent attraction, acquisition, and retention by offering competitive salaries and stock incentives. With the goal of sharing the growth with its staff, WuXi Biologics included more employees in its stock incentives plan, which in turn helped key talents to lead the future development.
WuXi Biologics constantly strives to expand its integrated enabling platforms to empower more customers around the world. In the first half of the year, the new business, such as bispecific antibodies, ADCs and fusion proteins and vaccines, advanced rapidly through the various project phases. To broaden its capabilities, the Company established a new integrated mRNA vaccine platform and introduced the SDArBodY™ platform for the development of multispecific antibody therapeutics. WuXi Biologics has also published several articles of high impact in international journals, introducing the advances from its proprietary technology platforms including WuXia™, WuXiUP™ and WuXiBody™.
As part of its efforts to embody ESG best practices in its operations, WuXi Biologics has continued to implement state-of-the-art single-use bioreactors within its manufacturing thereby minimizing environmental impact and substantially lowering water consumption. In addition, the Company is now proactively formulating its mid-term carbon neutral program to systematically reduce its carbon impact on the environment. A recent flood hit hard the people living in Henan, China. The Group immediately mobilized its resources to support the local community and donated RMB10 million for flood relief efforts. These efforts underscored the Group’s commitment to fulfilling its corporate social responsibilities as a global corporate citizen.
For its excellent ESG performance and the transparent communication with capital market stakeholders, the Company was recognized the Best ESG Award by Institutional Investor and won InnoESG Prize in the first half of 2021.
2021 Interim Results
Key Financial Ratios
(For the Six Months Ended June 30)
Note: Adjusted basic and diluted earnings per share were stated after taking into account the effect of the Share Subdivision. Comparative figures have also been restated on the assumption that the Share
Subdivision had been effective in prior interim period.
About WuXi Biologics
WuXi Biologics (stock code: 2269.HK), a Hong Kong-listed company, is a leading global open-access biologics technology platform offering end-to-end solutions to empower organizations to discover, develop, and manufacture biologics from concept to commercial manufacturing. The company’s history and achievements demonstrate its commitment to providing a truly ONE-stop service offering and strong value proposition to its global clients.
The company is currently conducting on behalf of its clients and partners (as of June 30, 2021) a total of 408 integrated projects, including 212 in pre-clinical development stage, 160 in early-phase (phase I and II) clinical development, 32 in late-phase (phase III) development and 4 in commercial manufacturing. With a total estimated capacity of exceeding 430,000 liters for biopharmaceutical production planned after 2024 in China, Ireland, the U.S., Germany, and Singapore, WuXi Biologics will provide its biomanufacturing partners with a robust and premier-quality global supply chain network.
WuXi Biologics views Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) responsibilities as an integral component of its ethos and business strategy and aims to become a global ESG leader in biologics manufacturing. We use next-generation clean biomanufacturing technologies and utilize cleaner energy sources. We have also established an ESG committee led by the CEO to increase efficiency while advancing commitment to sustainability. For more information about WuXi Biologics, please visit: www.wuxibiologics.com.
This announcement may contain certain “forward-looking statements” that are not historical facts, but instead are predictions about future events based on our expectations as well as assumptions made by and information currently available to our management. Although we believe that our predictions are reasonable, future events are inherently uncertain and our forward-looking statements may turn out to be incorrect. Our forward-looking statements are subject to risks relating to, among other things, the ability of our service offerings to compete effectively, our ability to meet timelines for the expansion of our service offerings, and our ability to protect our clients’ intellectual property. Our forward-looking statements in this announcement speak only as of the date on which they are made, and we assume no obligation to update any forward-looking statements except as required by applicable law or listing rules. Accordingly, you are strongly cautioned that reliance on any forward-looking statements involves known and unknown risks and uncertainties. All forward-looking statements contained herein are qualified by reference to the cautionary statements set forth in this section.
To supplement the Group’s condensed consolidated financial statements which are presented in accordance with the IFRS, the Company has provided adjusted net profit, adjusted net profit margin, adjusted EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA margin and adjusted basic and diluted earnings per share as additional financial measures, which are not required by, or presented in accordance with, the IFRS.
The Company believes that the adjusted financial measures are useful for understanding and assessing underlying business performance and operating trends, and that the Company’s management and investors may benefit from referring to these adjusted financial measures in assessing the Group’s financial performance by eliminating the impact of certain unusual, non-recurring, non-cash and/or non-operating items that the Group does not consider indicative of the performance of the Group’s core business. These non-IFRS financial measures, as the management of the Group believes, is widely accepted and adopted in the industry in which the Group is operating in. However, the presentation of these non-IFRS financial measures is not intended to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for the financial information prepared and presented in accordance with the IFRS. Shareholders of the Company and potential investors should not view the adjusted results on a stand-alone basis or as a substitute for results under IFRS. And these non-IFRS financial measures may not be comparable to similarly-titled measures represented by other companies.