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Velan Inc. Reports its Third Quarter 2012/13 Financial Results

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MONTREAL, QUEBEC -- (Marketwire) -- 01/08/13 -- Velan Inc. (TSX: VLN) (the "Company"), a world-leading manufacturer of industrial valves, announced today its financial results for its third quarter ended November 30, 2012.

Three-month periods Nine-month periods ended ended November 30 November 30(millions of U.S. dollars, excluding per share amounts) 2012 2011 2012 2011 ------------------------------------------------Sales $134.2 $118.9 $358.5 $319.4Gross profit 33.3 27.3 83.5 64.3Gross margin % 24.8% 23.0% 23.3% 20.1%Net income (loss) attributable to Subordinate and Multiple Voting Shares 5.7 4.0 9.7 2.0Net income (loss) per share - Basic 0.26 0.18 0.44 0.09- Diluted 0.26 0.18 0.44 0.09



Highlights

Third Quarter Fiscal 2013 (unless otherwise noted, all comparisons are to the third quarter of fiscal 2012):

-- Net earnings(1) amounted to $5.7 million or $0.26 per share compared to $4.0 million or $0.18 per share last year. Excluding currency impacts, the Company would have reported net earnings(1) of $5.5 million or $0.25 per share this year compared to $2.1 million or $0.10 per share last year. Further excluding the results of Velan ABV S.p.A. ("ABV"), an Italian valve manufacturer acquired in the prior fiscal year, and the effects of purchase price accounting, the Company would have reported net earnings(1) of $5.6 million or $0.25 per share this year compared to $4.7 million or $0.21 per share last year.-- Net new orders received ("bookings") amounted to $83.3 million, a decrease of $10.9 million or 11.6% compared to last year. Excluding currency impacts, the decrease would have been $21.2 million or 22.5%. The Company ended the quarter with a backlog of $575.7 million, a decrease of $86.1 million since the beginning of the current fiscal year. Excluding currency impacts, the backlog would have decreased by $76.3 million over the same period to $585.5 million.-- Sales amounted to $134.2 million, an increase of $15.3 million or 12.9%. Excluding currency impacts, sales would have increased by $21.3 million or 18.1%.-- Gross margin increased by 1.8 percentage points from 23.0% to 24.8%. Excluding currency impacts, the gross margin percentage would have increased by 2.5 percentage points in the quarter. Further excluding the results of ABV and the effects of purchase price accounting, gross margin would have increased by 0.9 percentage points in the quarter.-- Foreign currency impacts: -- Based on average exchange rates, the euro weakened 5.7% against the U.S. dollar when compared to the same period last year. This weakening resulted in the Company's net profits from its European subsidiaries being reported as lower U.S. dollar amounts in the current quarter. -- Based on average exchange rates, the Canadian dollar strengthened 0.5% against the U.S. dollar when compared to the same period last year. This strengthening resulted in the Company's Canadian dollar expenses being reported as higher U.S. dollar amounts in the current quarter. -- The Korean won strengthened 4.7% against the U.S. dollar when comparing the spot rate at the beginning of the period to the period end rate. This strengthening resulted in the Company recording foreign exchange gains in the current quarter upon conversion of the balance sheet of its Korean subsidiary whose functional currency is the U.S. dollar. -- The net impact of these three currency swings was generally favourable to the Company's quarterly results since the positive impact of the stronger Korean won outweighed the negative impacts of a weaker euro and stronger Canadian dollar.



First Nine Months of Fiscal 2013 (unless otherwise noted, all comparisons are to the first nine months of fiscal 2012):

-- Net earnings(1) amounted to $9.7 million or $0.44 per share compared to $2.0 million or $0.09 per share last year. Excluding the results of ABV, the effects of purchase price accounting and currency impacts, the Company would have reported net earnings(1) of $12.0 million or $0.54 per share this year compared to $5.7 million or $0.26 per share last year.-- Bookings amounted to $273.4 million, a decrease of $129.7 million or 32.2% compared to last year. Excluding currency impacts, the decrease would have been $113.1 million or 28.1%.-- Sales amounted to $358.5 million, an increase of $39.1 million or 12.2%. Excluding ABV and currency impacts, sales would have increased by $37.3 million or 12.3%.-- Gross margin increased by 3.2 percentage points from 20.1% to 23.3%. Excluding ABV, the effects of purchase price accounting and currency impacts, gross margin would have increased by 3.3 percentage points.-- The Company used net cash(2) from operations of $8.6 million in the period. This use of net cash(2) was primarily attributable to increases in accounts receivable and inventories, which was partially offset by positive cash earnings in the period. The Company ended the period with net cash(2) of $5.5 million.-- The Company generated net cash(2) from financing activities of $8.6 million in the period. This source of net cash(2) was principally from a $20.7 million increase in long-term debt. The Company is using the proceeds of this debt to fund its growing working capital needs, particularly with respect to inventory purchases to service its large backlog, to continue to improve its production capacity with investments in machinery and equipment, and to fund various activities in its overseas operations, particularly in Asia.-- Based on average exchange rates, the euro weakened 9.3% against the U.S. dollar when compared to the same period last year. This weakening resulted in the Company's net profits from its European subsidiaries being reported as lower U.S. dollar amounts in the current period. The Canadian dollar weakened 1.4% against the U.S. dollar when compared to the same period last year. This weakening resulted in the Company's Canadian dollar expenses being reported as lower U.S. dollar amounts in the current period. The net impact of these two currency swings was generally unfavourable on the Company's results for this period since the positive impact of a weaker Canadian dollar was outweighed by the negative impact of a weaker euro.(1) Net earnings or loss refers to net income or loss attributable toSubordinate and Multiple Voting Shares.(2) Non-GAAP measures - see explanation below.



"We are pleased that the positive sales and profit trend noted in our second quarter continued and improved in our third quarter," said John Ball, CFO of Velan Inc. "The pressure is easing on our backlog and we are benefitting from the increased flow of shipments. We continue to see opportunities in several foreign markets as demand in our key end-user markets is generally strong and we are focusing our efforts to capitalize on these opportunities."

Tom Velan, President and CEO of Velan Inc. said, "We had record sales of $134.2 million for this quarter and we continued to make progress towards our earnings objectives. While we are striving to achieve the highest sales revenues in our history this year, we are also focusing on longer term objectives. We opened our new plant in Coimbatore, India, in December and at the same time we are expanding production in our Korean and Chinese plants. We have also made significant investments in our North American plants to increase our output. We are building our global manufacturing capacity and at the same time increasing our presence in global markets."

Dividend

The Board declared an eligible quarterly dividend of Canadian dollar $0.08 per share, payable on March 29, 2013, to all shareholders of record as at March 15, 2013.

Conference call

Financial analysts, shareholders, and other interested individuals are invited to attend the third quarter conference call to be held on January 8, 2013, at 4:30 PM (EDT). The toll free call-in number is 1-888-224-7971, access code 21628978. A recording of this conference call will be available for seven days at 1-416-626-4100 or 1-800-558- 5253, access code 21628978.

About Velan

Velan Inc. (www.velan.com) is a world-leading manufacturer of industrial valves with sales of $437 million in its last reported fiscal year. The Company employs over 2,000 people and has manufacturing plants in 10 countries. Velan Inc. is a public company with its shares listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol VLN.

Safe harbour statement

Except for historical information provided herein, this press release may contain information and statements of a forward-looking nature concerning the future performance of the Company. These statements are based on suppositions and uncertainties as well as on management's best possible evaluation of future events. Such factors may include, without excluding other considerations, fluctuations in quarterly results, evolution in customer demand for the Company's products and services, the impact of price pressures exerted by competitors, and general market trends or economic changes. As a result, readers are advised that actual results may differ from expected results.

Non-GAAP measures

In this press release, the Company presented measures of performance and financial condition that are not defined under Canadian GAAP ("non-GAAP measures") and are therefore unlikely to be comparable to similar measures presented by other companies. These measures are used by management in assessing the operating results and financial condition of the Company.

Net cash is defined as cash and cash equivalents plus short-term investments less bank indebtedness, short-term loans, and current portion of long-term bank borrowings.

Velan Inc.Condensed Interim Consolidated Statements of Income (Loss)(Unaudited)(in thousands of U.S. dollars, excluding number of shares and per shareamounts) Three-month periods Nine-month periods ended ended November 30 November 30 2012 2011 2012 2011 $ $ $ $Sales 134,203 118,939 358,504 319,351Cost of sales 100,862 91,652 275,035 255,094 ------------------------------------------------Gross profit 33,341 27,287 83,469 64,257Administration costs 23,592 21,634 68,540 62,214Other expense (income) 112 (101) (718) (317) ------------------------------------------------Operating profit (loss) 9,637 5,754 15,647 2,360Finance income 142 69 500 230Finance costs 1,230 213 2,577 1,036 ------------------------------------------------Finance income (costs) - net (1,088) (144) (2,077) (806) ------------------------------------------------Income (Loss) before income tax 8,549 5,610 13,570 1,554Provision for (Recovery of) income tax 2,421 1,778 3,317 203 ------------------------------------------------Net income (loss) for the period 6,128 3,832 10,253 1,351 ------------------------------------------------ ------------------------------------------------Net income (loss) attributable to:Subordinate Voting Shares and Multiple Voting Shares 5,712 3,992 9,724 2,028Non-controlling interest 416 (160) 529 (677) ------------------------------------------------ 6,128 3,832 10,253 1,351 ------------------------------------------------ ------------------------------------------------Net income (loss) per Subordinate and Multiple Voting ShareBasic 0.26 0.18 0.44 0.09Diluted 0.26 0.18 0.44 0.09 ------------------------------------------------ ------------------------------------------------Dividends declared per Subordinate and Multiple Voting 0.08 0.07 0.24 0.24 Share (CDN$0.08) (CDN$0.08) (CDN$0.24) (CDN$0.24) ------------------------------------------------ ------------------------------------------------Total weighted average number of Subordinate and Multiple Voting SharesBasic 22,022,256 22,180,538 22,022,256 22,180,538Diluted 22,027,043 22,197,471 22,030,500 22,218,713 ------------------------------------------------ ------------------------------------------------Velan Inc.Condensed Interim Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income (Loss)(Unaudited)(in thousands of U.S. dollars) Three-month periods Nine-month periods ended ended November 30 November 30 2012 2011 2012 2011 $ $ $ $Comprehensive income (loss)Net income (loss) for the period 6,128 3,832 10,253 1,351Other comprehensive income (loss)Foreign currency translation adjustment on foreign operations whose functional currency is other than the U.S. dollar 4,321 (11,055) (4,683) (7,210) ------------------------------------------------Comprehensive income (loss) 10,449 (7,223) 5,570 (5,859) ------------------------------------------------ ------------------------------------------------Comprehensive income (loss) attributable to:Subordinate Voting Shares and Multiple Voting Shares 9,662 (6,117) 5,161 (4,090)Non-controlling interest 787 (1,106) 409 (1,769) ------------------------------------------------ 10,449 (7,223) 5,570 (5,859) ------------------------------------------------ ------------------------------------------------Velan Inc.Condensed Interim Consolidated Statements of Financial Position(Unaudited)(in thousands of U.S. dollars)As At November 30, February 29, 2012 2012 $ $AssetsCurrent assetsCash and cash equivalents 57,840 65,414Short-term investments 2,279 4,954Accounts receivable 132,717 111,856Income taxes recoverable 6,963 9,682Inventories 264,952 258,684Deposits and prepaid expenses 6,578 6,209Derivative assets 663 1,737 ------------------------------------ 471,992 458,536Non-current assetsProperty, plant and equipment 87,663 72,961Intangible assets and goodwill 54,941 58,845Deferred income taxes 11,086 10,152Other assets 1,740 1,476 ------------------------------------ 155,430 143,434 ------------------------------------Total assets 627,422 601,970 ------------------------------------ ------------------------------------LiabilitiesCurrent liabilitiesBank indebtedness 45,916 32,438Short-term loans 2,112 858Accounts payable and accrued liabilities 78,239 82,088Income tax payable 2,168 2,484Dividend payable 1,766 1,791Customer deposits 84,802 86,544Provisions 5,179 5,149Accrual for performance guarantees 25,163 21,679Derivative liabilities 963 534Current portion of long-term debt 10,269 1,696Current portion of other liabilities 2,540 5,753 ------------------------------------ 259,117 241,014Non-current liabilitiesLong-term debt 17,976 7,891Deferred income taxes 7,528 8,270Other liabilities 9,344 9,218 ------------------------------------ 34,848 25,379 ------------------------------------Total liabilities 293,965 266,393 ------------------------------------EquityEquity attributable to the Subordinate and Multiple Voting shareholdersShare capital 76,517 78,764Contributed surplus 1,745 1,871Retained earnings 255,399 250,951Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss) (8,780) (4,217) ------------------------------------ 324,881 327,369Non-controlling interest 8,576 8,208 ------------------------------------Total equity 333,457 335,577 ------------------------------------Total liabilities and equity 627,422 601,970 ------------------------------------ ------------------------------------Velan Inc.Condensed Interim Consolidated Statements of Changes in Equity(Unaudited)(in thousands of U.S. dollars, excluding number of shares) Equity attributable to the Subordinate and Multiple Voting shareholders ------------------------------------------------------------ Accumulated other compre- hensive Number of Share Contributed income Retained shares capital surplus (loss) earnings Total ------------------------------------------------------------Balance - March 1, 2012 22,148,968 78,764 1,871 (4,217) 250,951 327,369Net income (loss) for the period - - - - 9,724 9,724Other comprehensive income (loss) - - - (4,563) - (4,563) ------------------------------------------------------------ 22,148,968 78,764 1,871 (8,780) 260,675 332,530Effect of share- based compensation - - 43 - - 43Dividends Multiple Voting Shares - - - - (3,739) (3,739) Subordinate Voting Shares - - - - (1,537) (1,537) Non- controlling interest - - - - - -Share repurchase (206,500) (2,247) (169) - - (2,416) ------------------------------------------------------------Balance - November 30, 2012 21,942,468 76,517 1,745 (8,780) 255,399 324,881 ------------------------------------------------------------ ------------------------------------------------------------Balance - March 1, 2011 22,195,568 79,271 1,898 2,275 250,254 333,698Net income (loss) for the period - - - - 2,028 2,028Other comprehensive income (loss) - - - (6,118) - (6,118) ------------------------------------------------------------ 22,195,568 79,271 1,898 (3,843) 252,282 329,608Effect of share- based compensation - - 50 - - 50Dividends Multiple Voting Shares - - - - (3,852) (3,852) Subordinate Voting Shares - - - - (1,582) (1,582) Non- controlling interest - - - - - -Share repurchase (27,800) (302) (85) - - (387)Non-controlling interest arising on acquisition - - - - - - ------------------------------------------------------------Balance - November 30, 2011 22,167,768 78,969 1,863 (3,843) 246,848 323,837 ------------------------------------------------------------ ------------------------------------------------------------ Non-controlling interest Total equity ------------------------------------------------------------Balance - March 1, 2012 8,208 335,577Net income (loss) for the period 529 10,253Other comprehensive income (loss) (120) (4,683) ------------------------------------------------------------ 8,617 341,147Effect of share- based compensation - 43Dividends Multiple Voting Shares - (3,739) Subordinate Voting Shares - (1,537) Non- controlling interest (41) (41)Share repurchase - (2,416) ------------------------------------------------------------Balance - November 30, 2012 8,576 333,457 ------------------------------------------------------------ ------------------------------------------------------------Balance - March 1, 2011 4,025 337,723Net income (loss) for the period (677) 1,351Other comprehensive income (loss) (1,092) (7,210) ------------------------------------------------------------ 2,256 331,864Effect of share- based compensation - 50Dividends Multiple Voting Shares - (3,852) Subordinate Voting Shares - (1,582) Non- controlling interest (84) (84)Share repurchase - (387)Non-controlling interest arising on acquisition 8,372 8,372 ------------------------------------------------------------Balance - November 30, 2011 10,544 334,381 ------------------------------------------------------------ ------------------------------------------------------------Velan Inc.Condensed Interim Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows(Unaudited)(in thousands of U.S. dollars) Three-month periods Nine-month periods ended November 30, ended November 30, 2012 2011 2012 2011Cash flows from $ $ $ $Operating activitiesNet income (loss) for the period 6,128 3,832 10,253 1,351Adjustments to reconcile net profit to cash provided operating activities Depreciation of property, plant and equipment 2,413 2,172 6,941 6,396 Amortization of intangible assets 607 1,478 2,257 3,836 Deferred income taxes 100 430 (1,673) (512) Share-based compensation expense 14 33 43 50 Loss (Gain) on disposal of property, plant and equipment (23) (39) (144) 11 Interest accretion on proceeds payable 156 291 505 702 Income from fair value adjustment of proceeds payable - - (196) - Unrealized foreign exchange gain on proceeds payable 149 - (425) - Net change in other liabilities 373 (734) (61) (106) ------------------------------------------------ 9,917 7,463 17,500 11,728Changes in non-cash working capital items 5,344 (21,500) (26,138) (40,096) ------------------------------------------------Cash provided (used) by operating activities 15,261 (14,037) (8,638) (28,368) ------------------------------------------------Investing activitiesShort -term investments 378 (776) 2,675 (1,427)Additions to property, plant and equipment (11,559) (1,563) (22,641) (8,940)Proceeds on disposal of property, plant and equipment (75) 34 384 61Additions to intangible assets (139) (93) (405) (738)Net change in other assets (123) 131 (267) 148Business acquisition - net of cash acquired - - - (37,281) ------------------------------------------------Cash provided (used) by investing activities (11,518) (2,267) (20,254) (48,177) ------------------------------------------------Financing activitiesDividends paid to Subordinate and Multiple Voting shareholders (1,801) (1,773) (5,301) (5,453)Dividends paid to non- controlling interest (41) - (41) (84)Repurchase of shares (346) (109) (2,416) (388)Payment of proceeds payable - - (2,905) -Short -term loans 151 - 1,254 (4,842)Increase in long-term debt - 388 20,715 4,612Repayment of long-term debt (1,749) (2,579) (2,706) (2,636) ------------------------------------------------Cash provided (used) by financing activities (3,786) (4,073) 8,600 (8,791) ------------------------------------------------Effect of exchange rate differences on cash 509 (1,349) (760) (1,037) ------------------------------------------------Net change in cash during the period 466 (21,726) (21,052) (86,373)Net cash - Beginning of the period 11,458 49,715 32,976 114,362 ------------------------------------------------Net cash - End of the period 11,924 27,989 11,924 27,989 ------------------------------------------------Net cash is composed of: Cash and cash equivalents 57,840 49,822 57,840 49,822 Bank indebtedness (45,916) (21,833) (45,916) (21,833) ------------------------------------------------Supplementary information 11,924 27,989 11,924 27,989 ------------------------------------------------Interest received (paid) (489) (647) (1,349) (752)Income taxes received (paid) 693 (1,835) (2,282) (5,854)





Contacts:
Velan Inc.
Tom Velan
President and Chief Executive Officer
(514) 748-7743
(514) 748-8635 (FAX)

Velan Inc.
John D. Ball
Chief Financial Officer
(514) 748-7743
(514) 748-8635 (FAX)
www.velan.com