Nordion Reports Second Quarter 2011 Financial Results

Continued progress in value-creating business initiatives

Nordion Highlights:

    --  Strong second quarter year-over-year TheraSphereÂR revenue
        growth of 47%
    --  Second quarter Sterilization Technologies revenue boosted by
        shipment of production irradiator
    --  Received U.S. FDA approval to proceed with TheraSphereÂR Phase
        III trials for primary and metastatic liver cancer

Nordion reports in U.S. dollars unless otherwise specified

OTTAWA, June 7, 2011 /CNW/ - Nordion Inc. (TSX: NDN) (NYSE: NDZ), a leading provider of products and services to the global health sciences market, announced today second quarter 2011 revenues from continuing operations of $68.3 million, up 32% from $51.8 million in the second quarter 2010. Income from continuing operations was $6.8 million ($0.11 earnings per share), compared with a loss from continuing operations of $49.0 million ($0.48 loss per share) in the second quarter 2010.

"Nordion made solid progress during the second quarter, advancing value-creating initiatives, and increasing the diversification of revenue across our product portfolio," said Mr. Steve West, Chief Executive Officer, Nordion Inc. "We're very pleased with TheraSphere's growth and the reliable cash flow generation from our Sterilization Technologies business."

"On the Medical Isotopes front, we await the outcome of the planned National Research Universal (NRU) reactor inspection and anticipate being in a stronger competitive position following the restart," continued Mr. West.

Key Q2 2011 Events:

    --  On March 10, 2011, Nordion announced the appointment of Janet
        Woodruff and Sean Murphy to its Board of Directors.
    --  On March 23, 2011, Nordion announced that the U.S. Food and
        Drug Administration approved the Company's application to
        proceed with Phase III TheraSphereÂR trials for hepatocellular
        carcinoma and metastatic liver cancer.
    --  On March 28, 2011, Nordion shared results from the first
        multi-site, Phase II clinical trial to evaluate TheraSphereÂR
        for treatment of metastatic liver cancer. Initial analysis of
        trial data led researchers to suggest that TheraSphereÂR is a
        safe, well-tolerated treatment for patients with liver
    --  On March 31, 2011, Nordion completed the divestiture of its
        Belgian operations, MDS Nordion S.A., excluding the
        TheraSphereÂR business in Europe.
    --  On April 1, 2011, Nordion paid its initial quarterly cash
        dividend of $0.10 per share.
    --  As of April 30, 2011, Nordion had repurchased 2.8 million
        common shares at a cost of $32.7 million.

Subsequent to the quarter:

    --  On May 15, 2011, a 33-day planned outage started at the NRU
    --  On June 6, 2011, Nordion announced it had secured a three-year
        revolving, committed credit facility for $75 million

Second Quarter 2011 Results
As of the second quarter fiscal 2011the divested Belgian financial results are reported under discontinued operations in current and comparative period.

Consolidated Financial Results

                  Three months ended April 30 Six months ended April 30
(thousands of
U.S. dollars,
except when
noted)                  2011             2010       2011           2010
Revenues          $   68,258 $         51,764 $  133,220 $       92,457

Gross margin             52%              51%        53%            51%

Operating income
(loss) from
operations        $    8,406 $       (49,054) $   41,142 $     (89,584)

Loss from
operations, net
of income taxes   $ (14,291) $       (40,794) $ (18,243) $    (143,086)

Net (loss) income $  (7,478) $       (89,771) $   14,067 $    (232,618)

Basic earnings
(loss) per share
from continuing
operations        $     0.11 $         (0.48) $     0.49 $       (0.80)

Cash and cash
equivalents       $   63,892 $        133,577 $   63,892 $      133,577

Share buyback
(thousands of
shares)                2,522           52,941      2,838         52,941

Weighted average
number of Common
outstanding -
basic (thousands
of shares)            64,552          102,505     65,843        111,321

    --  Consolidated revenue from continuing operations in the second
        quarter 2011 were $68.3 million, up $16.5 million or 32%,
        compared with the second quarter 2010. The increase was
        primarily due to increased revenues from reactor isotopes in
        the Medical Isotopes segment as a result of the NRU reactor
        resuming operations in August 2010, and higher Targeted
        Therapies revenues primarily due to increased shipments of
        TheraSphereÂR. Sterilization Technologies partially offset the
        increase with lower cobalt-60 (Co-60) revenue due to timing of
        usual fluctuations in the shipments of Co-60 to customers.
    --  Gross margin was 52%, compared with 51% in the second quarter
        of the previous fiscal year due to the NRU reactor resuming
    --  Operating income from continuing operations in the second
        quarter 2011 was $8.4 million, up from a loss of $49.1 million
        in the second quarter 2010. Improved segment earnings from
        Medical Isotopes and Targeted Therapies and lower corporate
        selling, general and administrative expense contributed to the
        increase in operating income.

Segment Financial Results (with reconciliation to Net (loss) income)

                  Three months ended April 30 Six months ended April 30
(thousands of
U.S. dollars,
except per share
amounts)                2011             2010       2011           2010
Isotopes          $   27,574 $         10,167 $   56,981 $       17,936
Therapies             15,359           13,605     32,164         27,214
Technologies          25,325           27,992     44,075         47,307
segment revenues
from continuing
operations        $   68,258 $         51,764 $  133,220 $       92,457

Segment earnings
Isotopes          $    9,738 $           (96) $   22,148 $      (1,347)
Therapies              3,550            1,870      8,322          5,632
Technologies           9,685           13,396     16,349         21,398
  Corporate and
Other                (7,797)         (37,314)    (8,991)       (49,602)
Total segment
earnings (loss)   $   15,176 $       (22,144) $   37,828 $     (23,919)

and amortization       5,346            8,231     10,579         14,646
  Gain on sale of
investment           (1,691)                -    (1,691)              -
charges, net             843           17,766        535         51,443
arbitration and
legal costs            2,973            1,122      6,579          1,509
  Impairment of
long-lived assets          -            1,371          -          1,371
  Change in fair
value of embedded
derivatives            (701)          (1,580)   (19,316)        (3,304)
operating income
(loss) from
operations        $    8,406 $       (49,054) $   41,142 $     (89,584)

Net interest
income                 2,245            1,119      3,722          1,644
Equity loss                -            (523)      (128)          (598)
Income tax
expense              (3,838)            (519)   (12,426)          (994)
Loss from
operations net of
income taxes        (14,291)         (40,794)   (18,243)      (143,086)
Net (loss) income $  (7,478) $       (89,771) $   14,067 $    (232,618)

Medical Isotopes
Medical Isotopes revenue of $27.6 million in the second quarter 2011 increased by $17.4 million or 171% compared to the second quarter 2010. Reactor isotopes revenue was $21.9 million and cyclotron isotopes revenue was $5.7 million this quarter, compared to $3.6 million and $6.6 million, respectively, in the same period of the prior year.

The year-over year increase in reactor isotopes revenue was primarily due to the NRU reactor resuming operations in August 2010 after a 15-month shutdown. Cyclotron isotopes revenue decreased in the second quarter 2011 compared to same period in 2010 as thallium-201, used as a substitute for Mo-99, declined due to the availability of Mo-99 following the restart of the NRU reactor.

Targeted Therapies
Targeted Therapies revenue of $15.4 million in the second quarter 2011 increased by $1.8 million or 13% compared to the second quarter 2010. The increase was driven by continued strong performance of TheraSphere®. TheraSphere® revenue was $11.2 million in the second quarter 2011, up $3.6 million or 47% compared to the second quarter 2010.

Nordion's manufacturing activities for CardioGen-82 contributed nominal revenue in the second quarter 2011 due to a manufacturing interruption that started early this quarter.

Sterilization Technologies
Sterilization Technologies revenue of $25.3 million in the second quarter 2011 decreased by $2.7 million or 10% compared to the second quarter 2010. Revenue from cobalt sales were $19.6 million in the second quarter, down $8.0 million or 29% compared to the second quarter 2010. The decrease in segment revenue was partially offset by a shipment of a production irradiator.

Corporate and Other
Corporate and Other recorded a loss of $7.8 million in the second quarter 2011, down $29.5 million or 79% compared to the second quarter 2010 as Nordion has substantially completed its strategic repositioning activities. Corporate selling, general and administrative expenses were $3.1 million. Other expenses, net of $4.2 million were recorded during the quarter, including a foreign exchange loss of $4.5 million.

Discontinued Operations
Nordion recorded a loss from discontinued operations, net of income taxes of $14.3 million in the second quarter 2011, down $26.5 million or 65% compared to the second quarter 2010. The loss from discontinued operations in the second quarter 2011 resulted from the sale of MDS Nordion S.A., Nordion's Belgium operations, and certain tax adjustments and settlements relating to the discontinued operations of MDS Pharma Services and MDS Analytical Technologies.

Outlook Summary (for a more detailed Outlook please refer to Nordion's second quarter fiscal 2011 Management Discussion &Analysis)

Medical Isotopes
Due to the planned NRU reactor maintenance and inspection shutdown, expected by the Atomic Energy Canada Limited to be 33 days in duration starting from May 15, 2011, Nordion expects Q3 2011 reactor isotopes revenue to be significantly below Q2 2011 reactor isotopes revenue. If the NRU reactor restarts as planned on June 17, 2011, Nordion expects Mo-99 supply to be available for customers beginning the week of June 20, 2011.

Nordion continues to work with existing customers and potential new customers to secure additional sales of medical isotopes and increase global market share of Mo-99.

Moly-99 from Russia's Isotope
In addition to not receiving back-up supply from Isotope during the current NRU shutdown, Nordion has reduced its overall forecast of Mo-99 supply quantities that the Company expects to receive from Isotope during the life of the current contract.Initial quantities supplied are expected to be at lower levels than previously forecasted, and the ramp up to full production levels is anticipated to take longer than expected.In addition, Nordion expects Isotope to reach its full currently planned production capacity prior to 2016.While the current estimate of supply levels from Isotope is lower than previously estimated, Nordion continues to believe that Isotope can be a significant component of the Company's supply chain in the future.

Targeted Therapies
For the full year of 2011, Nordion expects TheraSphere® to grow at or above the 40% growth rate experienced in 2010.

The ongoing issue with a third party supplied component for CardioGen-82TM is expected to continue to impact financial results in the third quarter 2011 and possibly into the fourth quarter. Nordion expects to partially mitigate the financial impact of this issue through the sale of bulk Strontium-82 (Sr-82), the isotope used in the manufacturing of CardioGen-82TM generators. Sr-82 revenue is recorded under cyclotron isotopes revenue in the Medical Isotopes segment.

Sterilization Technologies
Nordion expects Co-60 shipments in the third and fourth quarters 2011 to be higher than the second quarter 2011. The Company continues to expect Co-60 volume for full fiscal 2011 to be approximately equal with fiscal 2010.

Credit Facility Subsequent to the second quarter 2011, Nordion established a $75 million, three-year credit facility. Nordion plans to use the credit facility to reissue existing letters of credit, which would in turn release approximately $20 million in restricted cash, to issue future letters of credit, and to provide an additional source of liquidity.

A full copy of Nordion's second quarter 2011 Management's Discussion and Analysis and the financial statements and notes (unaudited) can be downloaded at

Conference Call
Nordion will hold a conference call on Wednesday, June 8, 2011 at 9:30 am ET to discuss its second quarter 2011 results. This call will be webcast live at, and will be available after the call in archived format at To participate, please dial 1-800-952-6845 (toll-free North America) or 1-416-695-7848 (International).

About Nordion Inc.
Nordion Inc. (TSX: NDN) (NYSE: NDZ) is a global specialty health science company that provides market-leading products used for the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disease. We are a leading provider of medical isotopes, targeted therapies and sterilization technologies that benefit the lives of millions of people in more than 60 countries around the world. Our products are used daily by pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, medical-device manufacturers, hospitals, clinics and research laboratories. Nordion has more than 500 highly skilled employees in three locations. Find out more at

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