POSITIVE FIRST HALF 2012 RESULTS (REVENUE +4.7%, NET INCOME +1.5%) THANKS TO THE GROWTH OF THE INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS (+9.1%) * Consolidated revenue € 419.9 million, + 4.7%. * Operating income € 90.2 million, + 2.3%. * Net income € 63.3 million, + 1.5%. * Net financial position*:  net debt of € 66.6 million. * Start of phase III clinical trials concerning REC 0482 (NX-1207), an innovative BPH treatment. * Six OTC products acquired in Germany. Milan, 26 July 2012 - The Board of Directors of Recordati S.p.A. approved the Group's consolidated results for the first half 2012 prepared in accordance with International Accounting Standards and International Financial Reporting Standards (IAS/IFRS) and in particular as per IAS 34 requirements for interim reporting. These financial statements, together with the independent auditors' report on the condensed half-year financial statements, will be available tomorrow, or at the latest within the legal deadline, at the company's offices and on the company's website:, furthermore, will also be available on the website of Borsa Italiana S.p.A.. Financial highlights * Consolidated revenue in the first half 2012 is € 419.9 million, up by 4.7% compared to the same period of the preceding year. International sales grow by 9.1%. * Operating income, at 21.5% of sales, is € 90.2 million, an increase of 2.3% over the same period of the preceding year. * Net income at 15.1% of sales is € 63.3 million, an increase of 1.5% over the first half 2011. * Net financial position* at 30 June 2012 records a net debt of € 66.6 million. During the period € 21.0 million were paid for the acquisition of six OTC products in Germany and dividends for a total of € 21.3 million were distributed. Shareholders' equity increases to € 646.8 million. * Cash and short-term financial investments net of bank overdrafts and medium/long-term loans which include the measurement at fair value of hedging derivatives (fair value hedge). Business development news In February the activities for the preparation of a European Phase III clinical trial for REC 0482 (NX-1207), following the successful completion of a Scientific Advice meeting with the European Medicines Agency (EMA) were initiated. The pivotal controlled clinical trial will assess the efficacy and safety of a single TRUS-guided intraprostatic injection of the drug in patients with lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS) associated with BPH not adequately controlled by medical therapy. A European licensing agreement for the development and commercialization of NX-1207 was signed in 2010 by Recordati and Nymox Pharmaceutical Corporation. Under the terms of the agreement Recordati received exclusive rights to develop and subsequently market and sell the drug in Europe including Russia and the CIS, the Middle East, South Africa and the Maghreb area of North Africa. During April the marketing authorizations, the trademarks and additional assets concerning six OTC pharmaceuticals for Germany were acquired from Cilag GmbH International and McNeil GmbH & Co. oHG. The products acquired are JHP-Rödler® (mint oil indicated for digestive disorder, headache, cough and cold), Betadorm® D (diphenhydramine HCl indicated for sleep disorders), Rhinopront® (pseudoephedrine+triprolidine indicated for rhinitis and head colds), Collomack® Topical (salicylic acid solution, an anti-corn preparation), Tirgon® (bisacodyl for constipation) and Xitix® (vitamin C lozenges to treat vitamin C deficiency). Estimated 2012 sales for the six products are of around € 6 million. Management Comments "The first half of 2012 was positive thanks to the continued development of the Group's international business. In particular, our presence in Turkey has increased and our sales in Russia, where Recordati's original products have recently been launched, are growing significantly" declared Giovanni Recordati, Chairman and CEO. "The group's business performance was in line with expectations during July. For the full year 2012 we expect to achieve revenues between € 810 and € 830 million, operating income between € 160 and € 170 million and net income between € 115 and € 120 million, in line with the targets already announced". Conference call Recordati will be hosting a conference call today 26 July at 4.00 pm Italian time (3.00 pm London time, 10.00 am New York time). The dial-in numbers are: Italy                             +39 02 8058811, toll free 800 213 858 UK                                +44 1 212818003, toll free 800 0156384 USA                             +1 718 7058794, toll free 855 2656959 France                        +33 170918703 Germany                   +49 65 255114451 Callers are invited to dial-in 10 minutes before conference time.  If conference operator assistance is required during the connection please digit * followed by 0 or call +39 02 8061371.  A recording of the conference call will be placed on the website A set of slides which will be referred to during the call will be available on our website under Investors/Company Presentations. Recordati, established in 1926, is a European pharmaceutical group, listed on the Italian Stock Exchange (Reuters RECI.MI, Bloomberg REC IM, ISIN IT 0003828271), with a total staff of over 3,200, dedicated to the research, development, manufacturing and marketing of pharmaceuticals. Headquartered in Milan, Italy, Recordati has operations in the main European countries, in Central and Eastern Europe, and in Turkey.  A field force of around 1,700 medical representatives promotes a wide range of innovative pharmaceuticals, both proprietary and under license, in a number of therapeutic areas including a specialized business dedicated to treatments for rare diseases. Recordati is a partner of choice for new product licenses from companies which do not have a European presence.  Recordati is committed to the research and development of new drug entities within the cardiovascular and urogenital therapeutic areas and of treatments for rare diseases.  Consolidated revenue for 2011 was € 762.0 million, operating income was € 163.5 million and net income was € 116.4 million. For further information: Recordati website: Investor Relations                                        Media Relations Marianne Tatschke                                        Ketchum Pleon (39)0248787393                                        Cristina Risciotti, (39)0262411919, e-mail:                                        Marzia Ongaretti, (39)0262411915, Statements contained in this release, other than historical facts, are "forward- looking statements" (as such term is defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995). These statements are based on currently available information, on current best estimates, and on assumptions believed to be reasonable. This information, these estimates and assumptions may prove to be incomplete or erroneous, and involve numerous risks and uncertainties, beyond the Company's control. Hence, actual results may differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. 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