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Cerus Corporation Announces Third Quarter Financial Results

October, 31 2006

CONCORD, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 31, 2006--Cerus Corporation (NASDAQ:CERS) today announced financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2006.

Revenues for the third quarter of 2006 were $8.0 million, up from $6.9 million for the third quarter of 2005, with higher amounts attributed to recognition of revenues under an agreement with the Armed Forces awarded in September 2006, relating to research activities that commenced in January 2006, as well as growth of European sales of the INTERCEPT Blood System for platelets. Total operating expenses for the third quarter of 2006 were $10.7 million, up from $8.8 million for the same period in 2005, primarily due to costs associated with establishing and building our commercial operations in Europe, development and regulatory efforts related to the INTERCEPT Blood System for red blood cells, preclinical and Phase I clinical trial activities associated with our immunotherapy programs, and beginning in 2006, recognition of non-cash stock-based compensation expenses recognized in accordance with FAS123R.

Net loss for the third quarter of 2006 was $1.8 million, or $0.06 per share, compared to net loss of $1.7 million, or $0.07 per share, for the third quarter of 2005.

For the nine months ended September 30, 2006, total revenues were $21.4 million, compared to $18.8 million for the same period in 2005. Net loss was $7.8 million, or $0.30 per share, for the nine months ended September 30, 2006, compared to net income of $17.0 million, or $0.72 per diluted share, for the nine months ended September 30, 2005. Net income during the nine months ended September 30, 2005, included a one-time gain of $22.1 million recognized in February 2005 as a result of a disputed loan settlement with Baxter Capital.

At September 30, 2006, the Company had cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments of $69.6 million, an increase of $23.8 million from December 31, 2005, reflecting net proceeds from a March 2006 equity offering of $42.4 million, offset by cash consumed in operations and working capital.

"We have recently met two significant corporate milestones," said Claes Glassell, president and CEO of Cerus Corporation. "We enrolled patients in the Phase I clinical trials for both our INTERCEPT red blood cell system and our CRS-100 cancer immunotherapeutic. In addition, we have further strengthened our European operation and expanded market coverage through our sales force."

    RECENT HIGHLIGHTS AND UPDATES

    --  Cerus had a significant presence at the International Blood
        Safety Congress held in September, where the INTERCEPT Blood
        System was the subject of 20 scientific presentations and a
        satellite symposium;

    --  A Phase I clinical trial for the INTERCEPT red blood cell
        system was initiated in the United States;

    --  William "Obi" Greenman was promoted to the newly created
        position of President, Cerus Europe;

    --  Cerus' INTERCEPT Blood System was highlighted during one oral
        and six poster presentations at the American Association of
        Blood Banks Annual Meeting;

    --  The first patients were dosed in a Phase I clinical trial for
        CRS-100, Cerus' lead immunotherapy product; and

    --  Agreements to settle the Company's class action and derivative
        lawsuits were reached, subject to court approval.

    QUARTERLY CONFERENCE CALL

The company has scheduled its quarterly conference call for 4:30 p.m. Eastern time today. Interested parties can access a live Internet broadcast at www.cerus.com. For those unable to listen to the live broadcast, the call will be temporarily archived.

ABOUT CERUS

Cerus Corporation is developing and commercializing novel, proprietary products and technologies within the fields of blood safety and immunotherapy that are intended to provide safer, more effective medical options to patients in areas of substantial unmet medical needs. In the field of blood safety, the company is developing and commercializing the INTERCEPT Blood System, which is based on the company's proprietary Helinx technology and is designed to enhance the safety of donated blood components by inactivating viruses, bacteria, parasites and other pathogens, as well as potentially harmful white blood cells. In the field of immunotherapy, the company is employing its proprietary attenuated Listeria vaccine platform to develop a series of novel therapies to treat cancer, and it is applying its proprietary Killed But Metabolically Active technology platform in research and development of prophylactic and therapeutic vaccines for infectious diseases.

INTERCEPT, INTERCEPT Blood System and Helinx are trademarks of Cerus Corporation.


                          CERUS CORPORATION
             CONDENSED UNAUDITED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
             (In thousands except per share information)

                                     Three Months       Nine Months
                                         Ended            Ended
                                     September 30,     September 30,
                                   ----------------- -----------------
                                      2006     2005     2006     2005
                                   -------- -------- -------- --------
Revenues
 Milestones and development funding $2,597   $3,292  $10,618   $8,819
 Government grant and cooperative
  agreements                         4,583    3,519    8,764    9,547
  Product revenue                      794       69    2,049      395
                                   -------- -------- -------- --------
    Total Revenues                   7,974    6,880   21,431   18,761
                                   -------- -------- -------- --------

Operating expenses
  Cost of product revenue              373       --      836       --
 Research and development            7,030    6,626   22,069   17,556
 Selling, general and
  administrative                     3,273    2,161   10,151    7,198
                                   -------- -------- -------- --------
   Total operating expenses         10,676    8,787   33,056   24,754
                                   -------- -------- -------- --------
Loss from operations                (2,702)  (1,907) (11,625)  (5,993)
Interest income and other, net         915      241    3,836   22,951
                                   -------- -------- -------- --------
   Net income (loss)               $(1,787) $(1,666) $(7,789) $16,958
                                   ======== ======== ======== ========

Net income (loss) per share:
 Basic                              $(0.06)  $(0.07)  $(0.30)   $0.76
 Diluted                            $(0.06)  $(0.07)  $(0.30)   $0.72

Weighted average common shares
 outstanding used for basic and
 diluted income (loss) per share
 Basic                              27,800   22,373   26,250   22,317
 Diluted                            27,800   22,373   26,250   23,694
                          CERUS CORPORATION
                  CONDENSED UNAUDITED BALANCE SHEETS
                            (In thousands)

                                            September 30, December 31,
                                                2006          2005
                                            ------------- ------------

Cash, cash equivalents, and short-term
 investments                                     $69,591      $45,805
Accounts receivable and other current assets       9,624        5,200
Inventories                                        1,836           --
Furniture and equipment, net                       1,517        1,235
Other assets                                       6,442        6,420
                                            ------------- ------------
     Total Assets                                $89,010      $58,660
                                            ============= ============

Accounts payable and accrued liabilities         $10,129       $7,289
Current loan and interest payable                     --        4,826
Deferred gain                                      3,520           --
Deferred revenues                                  2,054       11,135
Other current liabilities                            100           67
Other long-term liabilities                           41           68
                                            ------------- ------------
   Total liabilities                              15,844       23,385
                                            ------------- ------------
Stockholders' equity                              73,166       35,275
                                            ------------- ------------
     Total liabilities and stockholders'
      equity                                     $89,010      $58,660
                                            ============= ============

    CONTACT: Cerus Corporation
             Myesha Edwards, 925-288-6017 (Corporate Communications)

    SOURCE: Cerus Corporation

    Global Headquarters

  • 1220 Concord Avenue
  • Concord, CA US 94520
  • +1 925.288.6000

    European Headquarters

  • Stationsstraat 79-D
  • 3811 MH Amersfoort, Netherlands
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