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Hitt og þetta 28. apríl 2006

MorphoSys Reports First Quarter 2006 Results

MorphoSys AG (Frankfurt: MOR; Prime Standard Segment, TecDAX) today reported financial results according to IFRS for its first quarter ended March 31, 2006. Revenues increased by 100% to EUR 14.8 million, resulting in a record quarterly net profit of EUR 4.9 million, compared to a net profit of EUR 0.5 million in the previous year. MorphoSys's cash and equivalents amounted to EUR 43.5 million at the end of the first quarter 2006, compared to EUR 53.6 million at year-end 2005. The cash position at April 4, 2006, which included funds from the Company's successfully concluded financing on March 28th, 2006, amounted to EUR 60.6 million.

Revenues increased by 100% in the first three months of 2006 to EUR 14.8 million (March 31, 2005: EUR 7.4 million). Revenues arising from the Therapeutic Antibodies segment amounted to EUR 9.9 million or 67% of total revenues, which included success-based payments in the amount of EUR 3.9 million. Revenue growth was driven by high levels of success-based payments within the therapeutic segment, as well as the consolidation of Serotec Group revenues into Group accounts. The AbD segment, formerly the Research Antibodies segment, comprising the Serotec, Biogenesis and Antibodies by Design brands, contributed EUR 4.9 million or 33% to total revenues. Total Company organic revenue growth, excluding Serotec revenues, amounted to 56% over the prior year.

Total operating expenses for the first three months of 2006 amounted to EUR 10.2 million, compared to EUR 6.8 million in the same period of 2005. Cost of goods sold amounted to EUR 2.1 million (March 31, 2005: EUR 0.5 million), representing cost of sales for goods sold by the AbD segment. Research and development costs increased to EUR 3.8 million from EUR 3.7 million; sales, general & administrative expenses amounted to EUR 4.2 million compared to EUR 2.6 million in the previous year. Stock-based compensation, reported as components within R&D and S,G&A expenses, remained unchanged at EUR 0.3 million over the previous year. Operating profit for the first three months of 2006 reached EUR 4.7 million (March 31, 2005: EUR 0.6 million). Non-operating income in the first three months of 2006 amounted to EUR 0.2 million (March 31, 2005: non-operating expense of EUR 0.2 million).

In the first quarter of 2006, MorphoSys achieved a net income of EUR 4.9 million (EUR 4.4 million excluding Serotec), compared to a net income of EUR 0.5 million in the same period of the previous year. Diluted net income per share for the first three months of 2006 amounted to EUR 0.78 (March 31, 2005: EUR 0.08).

On March 31, 2006, MorphoSys had cash, cash equivalents and available-for-sale financial assets of EUR 43.5 million. Additionally, EUR 17.1 million funds due from a financing concluded at month's end were not yet included in the financial results of the first quarter 2006 following IFRS accounting rules for unpaid share capital. At April 4, 2006, the date of cash settlement, cash items amounted to EUR 60.6 million. On December 31, 2005, MorphoSys had cash, cash equivalents and available-for-sale financial assets of EUR 53.6 million.

The number of shares outstanding at March 31, 2006 was 6,238,901, compared to 5,996,701 at December 31, 2005, reflecting the Company's capital increase against contribution in kind in conjunction with the acquisition of Serotec as well as exercises of options and convertible bonds by MorphoSys's employees.

Highlights of the First Quarter 2006 Included: * Acquisition of the Serotec Group to strengthen research antibodies business - acquisition establishes MorphoSys as a market leader amongst dedicated European research antibody suppliers

* Approval received for a second MorphoSys-generated partnered antibody to enter clinical trials: F. Hoffmann La Roche to commence a European Phase 1 clinical trial in Alzheimer's disease

* Expansion of therapeutic antibody partnership with Roche for the generation of two new antibody programs in oncology

* Formation of a broad therapeutic antibody alliance with Japanese pharmaceutical group Daiichi Sankyo to develop novel antibody therapies

* Achievement of Fourth Therapeutic Milestone in Centocor Collaboration in the area of inflammatory and auto-immune diseases

* Expansion of existing partnered therapeutic antibody pipeline to 34 programs in total, of which currently two are in phase 1 of clinical development, 8 in pre-clinical development, and 24 in research

* MorphoSys and Chemicon International enter into Worldwide Licensing Agreement for Research Antibodies

* Successful completion of a European-based private placement raising gross proceeds of approximately EUR 17.1 million

* MorphoSys Establishes American Depository Receipt (ADR) Level One Program in USA

"This quarter we saw significant progress across a wide spectrum of MorphoSys activities", commented Dave Lemus, Chief Financial Officer of MorphoSys AG. "Moreover, we are increasingly seeing the fruits of MorphoSys upside potential in its profits."

MorphoSys will hold a public conference call today at 10:00 CET to present the financial results of the first quarter 2006.

Dial-in number for the Conference Call (listen-only): +49 (0)69 9897 2634

Please dial in 10 minutes before the beginning of the conference. A replay of the conference call will be available on http://www.morphosys.com.

For further information please contact: Dr. Claudia Gutjahr-Löser, Director Corporate Communications, Tel: +49 (0) 89 / 899 27-122, gutjahr-loeser@morphosys.com or Mario Brkulj, Manager Public Relations, Tel: +49 (0) 89 / 899 27-454, brkulj@morphosys.com

Quarterly Report: http://hugin.info/130295/R/1047594/172350.pdf