Cyanotech Corporation Reports Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year-End 2005 Financial Results

KAILUA KONA, Hawaii, May 16, 2005 (BUSINESS WIRE) --
Cyanotech Corporation (Nasdaq:CYAN), a world leader in producing high-value natural products from microalgae, today announced financial results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended March 31, 2005.

Financial Results -- Fiscal 2005

For the 12 months ended March 31, 2005 (Fiscal 2005), the Company reported net income of $486,000, or $0.02 per diluted share, a net income increase of 22% from the $399,000, and $0.02 per diluted share reported a year ago. Despite the impact of weather on our Japan operations this past year the Company achieved comparable year-to-year sales and gross profit margins with fiscal 2005 net sales of $11,445,000 compared to $11,582,000 reported a year ago. Gross profit was $3,818,000 with gross profit margin of 33% in the current year compared to $3,940,000 and 34% respectively reported for fiscal 2004. Foreign sales accounted for 49% of net sales for fiscal 2005 compared to 53% a year ago.

During fiscal 2005, operating expenses increased slightly to $3,256,000, from the $3,211,000 reported for the prior fiscal year. The Company recorded income from operations for fiscal 2005 of $562,000, a decrease of 23% from $729,000 reported for the prior fiscal year, due primarily to the $108,000 increase in research and development expenses and decreased gross profit. Other expense for the 12 months ended March 31, 2005 was $117,000, compared to $255,000 reported for the prior fiscal year, due primarily to reduced interest expense on less debt.

The Company ended fiscal 2005 with increased working capital of $5,102,000, compared to $4,083,000 at the beginning of the fiscal year. At March 31, 2005 the Company had cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments totaling $3,005,000, compared to cash and cash equivalents of $2,531,000, at March 31, 2004.

Financial Results -- Fourth Quarter FY 2005

For the fourth quarter of fiscal 2005, the Company reported a net loss of $74,000, or ($0.00) per diluted share, in contrast to the net income of $441,000 or $0.02 per diluted share for the comparable prior year period. Net sales for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2005 were $2,560,000, a decrease of 22% from net sales of $3,290,000 for the comparable prior year quarter. This sales decrease for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2005 is due primarily to lower bulk sales of Spirulina and NatuRose(R), offset somewhat by increased bulk sales of BioAstin(R). Foreign sales were 52% and 53% of total sales in the fourth quarters of fiscal years 2005 and 2004, respectively.

Gross profit for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2005 was $714,000, a decrease of 40% compared to gross profit of $1,191,000 for the comparable period of the prior year. The Company reported gross profit margin of 28% for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2005, down from 36% for the fourth quarter of the prior year. During the fourth quarter of fiscal 2005, the Company completed a periodic maintenance of pond liners which resulted in higher unit costs of production and correspondingly, a decrease in gross profit margins.

Operating expenses for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2005 were $804,000, or 31% of sales, an increase of $68,000 from the comparable period of the prior fiscal year ($736,000 and 22% of sales). The combined effect of lower net sales and the decreased gross profit margins resulted in a loss from operations of $90,000, for the three months ended March 31, 2005, in contrast to the comparable period of the prior fiscal year when the Company reported income from operations of $455,000. Other expense for the quarter ended March 31, 2005 amounted to $46,000, compared to $35,000 for the comparable period of the prior fiscal year.

Cyanotech ended the quarter with higher backlog orders for Spirulina products compared to that of a year ago. Demand for Spirulina products remains strong and with the Company's pond maintenance complete, Cyanotech is adjusting production to meet this demand. The increased capacity for natural astaxanthin production has allowed the Company to meet current demand for all natural astaxanthin products. Management believes sales of NatuRose into the Japan aquaculture market in the coming year will return to levels consistent with that experienced in fiscal 2004. The Company does, however, anticipate increased competition in all markets.

"Although our fiscal 2005 results did not meet our expectations we were able to maintain revenue levels consistent with the prior year despite the impact of weather-related difficulties encountered by our Japan aquaculture customers," said Gerald R. Cysewski, Ph.D., Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer. "During this year we concluded our pond conversion plan thereby greatly improving our ability to meet market demand. It is no small feat that these improvements were funded entirely from operations while we concurrently increased our working capital by 25% from a year ago. We now have a better production infrastructure in place and will be focusing our efforts in the coming year on increasing our market share for NatuRose and BioAstin through scientific studies and promotional advertising."

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(R) natural astaxanthin, a powerful antioxidant with expanding applications as a human nutraceutical; NatuRose(R) 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,, as well as through resellers in over 30 countries worldwide. Technical information for the Company's phycobiliproteins products is available at Corporate data and other product information are available at

"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, production problems caused by contamination, 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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