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Press Release / Jul 30, 2003

Hovione Group financial results for the year ended 31st March 2003

Hovione announces that sales for the year ended 31st March 2003 amounted to US$70m.

Hovione announces that sales for the year ended 31st March 2003 amounted to US$70m. This represents a growth of 27% on the previous year, and accounts for the Company´s best sales performance ever.

Guy Villax, CEO of Hovione noted that “Hovione has successfully delivered on the business plan approved two years ago. In addition to the good performance of the financial indicators a good management of the product portfolio was successfully managed – Hovione now has two distinct business areas – generics and exclusive manufacturing – accounting, respectively, for 2/3 and 1/3 of sales”.

The company forecasts an average annual sales growth of around 15% from 2003 to 2006 through organic growth. Over the past 7 years the company’s sales grew at 13% pa, a growth that was financed by the company’s cash flow and bank loans.

During 2002, Hovione pursued on schedule its 3 year US$56m investment programme due for completion in 2003. The investment programme addresses a growth strategy directed at strengthening Hovione’s leading world position in the supply of active pharmaceutical ingredients to Pharma Multinationals, the emerging Biotechs and the Generic houses.

- The new Technology Transfer Center in New Jersey, USA was concluded on time and budget in September 2002, suitably qualified to enable it to start taking on customer projects in the last quarter of the year. This greenfield project includes a kilo-lab and a pilot plant and provides a permanent presence in the market that already provides over 60% of Hovione Group sales.

- At the Loures plant the construction of a cGMP compliant pilot plant started in 2002. This shall provide Hovione with the necessary facilities to be able to continue expanding its process chemistry R&D resources. A first-phase will enter into service before year-end 2003.

- In the Taipa facility in Macau manufacturing equipment and validation is now in place for production of injectable grade APIs. This plant has been regularly inspected by the US FDA since 1987 and Hovione is now well equipped to address the growing outsourcing needs of the NASDAQ quoted Biotechs that operate under the virtual company business model.

Hovione is an international group dedicated to the process development and synthesis of APIs (active pharmaceutical ingredients) serving exclusively the pharmaceutical industry. With FDA inspected plants in Europe and the Far East and a Technology Transfer Centre in New Jersey, USA, Hovione is committed to the highest levels of service and quality. Hovione’s capabilities include process chemistry, worldwide regulatory affairs, kilo to multi-ton manufacture of complex multi-step chemistry of APIs under FDA and ICH cGMP quality standards.

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