Cyanotech Corporation Reports Third Quarter Fiscal 2005 Financial Results

KAILUA KONA, Hawaii--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan. 27, 2005--Cyanotech Corporation (Nasdaq:CYAN - News), a world leader in producing high-value natural products from microalgae, today announced financial results for the third quarter of its fiscal year 2005, ended December 31, 2004.

For the third quarter of fiscal 2005 the Company reported net income of $326,000, or $0.02 per diluted share, on sales of $3,180,000, compared to net income of $109,000, or $0.01 per diluted share, for the comparable prior year period. Net sales for the third quarter of $3,180,000 were 6% higher than the net sales for the prior quarter and 5% higher than net sales for the comparable prior year period.

The Company achieved a gross profit margin of 37% for the third quarter, an increase from 35% in the prior quarter and a decrease from 39% for the comparable prior year period. The year-over-year decrease is attributable to a shift in product mix during the current quarter, with more revenue generated from the sale of lower margin Spirulina. During the third quarter, operating expenses amounted to $845,000, a decrease of 4% and 5% from the prior quarter and the comparable quarter of the prior year, respectively. Higher sales and a consistent level of operating expense resulted in operating income of $318,000 for the third quarter, up 84% from the prior quarter result and up 9% from that recorded for the comparable prior year period.

For the first nine months of fiscal 2005 the Company reported net income of $560,000, or $0.03 per diluted share, on sales of $8,885,000, compared to a net loss of $42,000, or ($0.00) per diluted share, on sales of $8,292,000 for the comparable prior year period. Gross profit for the first nine months of fiscal 2005 was $3,104,000, with gross profit margin of 35%. This compares favorably to gross profit of $2,749,000 and gross profit margin of 33% reported in the comparable period of the prior fiscal year. Operating expenses of $2,452,000 for the first nine months of fiscal 2005 decreased slightly from the comparable prior year period. Improved gross profits on higher sales, combined with stable operating expenses, resulted in income from operations of $652,000, an improvement of 138% from $274,000 reported for the first nine months of the prior fiscal year.

The Company enters the final quarter of fiscal 2005 with working capital of $4,991,000 and cash and cash equivalents of $2,582,000. This is an improvement from working capital of $4,083,000, and cash and cash equivalents of $2,531,000 reported at the beginning of the current fiscal year.

Gerald R. Cysewski, Ph.D., Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, commented, "These results validate our strategic initiative to increase flexibility in our production systems. Our Company's results reflect the ongoing improvement we have made in our operations, allowing us to meet changing market conditions while increasing profitability. Sales of Spirulina Pacifica® and BioAstin® products offset the disruption in sales of NatuRose® caused in large part by last summer's typhoons in Japan. Natural astaxanthin sales may decrease in the current fourth quarter, but we believe that our market remains strong and anticipate resumed growth in fiscal 2006 of such products. Moving forward, we remain confident in our ability to leverage our improved operations to greater advantage in the markets in which we compete."

About Cyanotech

Cyanotech Corporation, a world leader in microalgal technology, produces high-value natural products from microalgae and is the world's largest commercial producer of natural astaxanthin (pronounced "asta-zan-thin") from microalgae. Products include BioAstin® natural astaxanthin, a powerful antioxidant with expanding applications as a human nutraceutical; NatuRose® natural astaxanthin for the aquaculture and animal feed industries; Spirulina Pacifica®, a nutrient-rich dietary supplement; and phycobiliproteins, which are fluorescent pigments used in the immunological diagnostics market. Spirulina Pacifica and BioAstin are sold directly online through the Company's website, www.nutrex-hawaii.com, as well as through resellers in over 30 countries worldwide. Technical information for the Company's phycobiliproteins products is available at www.phycobiliprotein.com. Corporate data and other product information are available at www.cyanotech.com.

"Safe Harbor" Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995

Except for statements of historical fact, the statements in this press release are forward-looking. Such statements are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from the statements made. These factors include, but are not limited to, general economic conditions, forecasts of sales in future periods, changes in sales levels to our largest customers, weather patterns, risks associated with the acceptance of new products, competition, foreign exchange fluctuations, government regulation, and other factors more fully detailed in the Company's recent Form 10-Q and annual form 10-K filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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