QIAGEN Reports Strong Third Quarter 2008 Results

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- 31% Revenue Growth, 14% Organic Growth
- 53% Adjusted Operating Income Growth
- $0.21 Adjusted EPS

QIAGEN N.V. (Nasdaq: QGEN; Frankfurt, Prime Standard: QIA) today announced the results of operations for the third quarter and the nine-month period ended September 30, 2008.The reported net sales for the third quarter 2008 and adjusted earnings per share exceeded the guidance provided by the Company on August 5, 2008.

Third Quarter and Nine-Month Period 2008 Results

The Company reported that consolidated net sales for its third quarter 2008 increased 31% to $230.8 million from $176.6 million for the same quarter in 2007. In the three month period ended September 30, 2008, the Company reported operating income of $38.2 million as compared to an operating loss of $1.7 million in the third quarter of 2007, and reported net income for the third quarter of 2008 of $20.8 million, as compared to a net loss of $7.3 million in the same quarter of 2007. Diluted earnings per share for the third quarter increased to $0.10 in 2008 from a loss of $0.04 per share in the same quarter of 2007.

On an adjusted basis, third quarter operating income increased 53% to $66.8 million in 2008 from $43.7 million in 2007, third quarter adjusted net income increased 36% to $42.4 million in 2008 from $31.1 million in 2007 and third quarter adjusted diluted earnings per share increased to $0.21 in 2008 from $0.17 in 2007.

QIAGEN's third quarter 2007 results include the results of operations of Digene Corporation and eGene, Inc., which were acquired end of July 2007, as well as certain charges related to these acquisitions. QIAGEN's third quarter 2008 results include the results of operations of Corbett Life Science, which was acquired in July 2008, and Digene Corporation and eGene, Inc. as well as certain charges related to these acquisitions.

For the nine-month period ended September 30, 2008, net sales increased 49% to $655.8 million compared to $439.6 million in the same period of 2007. Operating income as reported for the nine months ended September 30, 2008 increased 81% to $105.2 million from $58.1 million for the same period in 2007, net income increased 83% to $64.3 million from $35.1 million in the same period of 2007, and diluted earnings per share increased to $0.31 in 2008 from $0.21 in the same period of 2007.

On an adjusted basis, operating income for the nine-month period ended September 30, 2008 increased 65% to $186.1 million in 2008 from $112.5 million in 2007, and adjusted net income increased 51% to $119.6 million from $79.4 million. Adjusted diluted earnings per share in the nine months ended September 30, 2008 increased 21% to $0.58 per share from $0.48 per share in the same period of 2007.

Detailed information on QIAGEN's business and financial performance will be presented in its conference call on November 11, 2008 at 9:30am ET. The corresponding presentation slides will be available for download on QIAGEN's website at www.qiagen.com/goto/ConferenceCall. A webcast of the conference call will be available on the same website at www.qiagen.com/goto/ConferenceCall .

QIAGEN has regularly reported adjusted results to give additional insight into its financial performance as well as considered results on a constant currencies basis. Adjusted results should be considered in addition to the reported results prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, but should not be considered a substitute. The Company believes certain items should be excluded from adjusted results when they are either outside of our ongoing core operations or can vary significantly from period to period, which affects the comparability of results with the Company's competitors and our own prior periods. Costs and charges excluded from adjusted results include acquisition, integration, and restructuring-related costs, acquisition-related amortization, and equity based compensation in accordance with Statement of Financial Accounting Standards No. 123 (Revised) (SFAS 123R).

"QIAGEN experienced a successful and strong third quarter 2008," said Peer Schatz, QIAGEN's Chief Executive Officer. "We saw significant revenue, operating margin and net income growth which exceeded our guidance. We continued to expand our leadership and strategic position. Our growth is significantly driven by innovation. In the third quarter 2008 alone, we launched 23 new products in the area of sample and assay technologies with now even 5% of sales once again achieved record sales from products launched within the last 12 months."

"We saw strong demand across all of our customer segments and expect this trend to continue. Sales to customers in molecular diagnostics (approximately 45% of our sales) showed a very strong performance during the third quarter with a growth rate of approximately 38% over the comparable quarter 2007," Schatz added. "Growth was experienced across the board for our products in this area - platforms, sample and assay technologies. In terms of assay areas, our genetic, infectious disease and women's health assays showed especially strong performances. Within the women's health assay portfolio, which represents about half of our sales into molecular diagnostics customers, the successful introduction of our novel marketing programs in the areas of channel management, segmentation and messaging had very strong resonance - in particular in HPV testing, where we recorded an organic growth rate of approximately 20%."

"We are also very pleased with the launch of our new QIAsymphony platform, which was launched in June of this year and which has introduced a new dimension of molecular processing power. Our pipeline is very strong for this new, modular, random access and continuous load platform. We are also very excited about our most recent acquisition of an assay detection platform: the Pyrosequencing technology which we added through the acquisition of the BioSystems business from Biotage this October," Peer Schatz continued. "This transaction added a fundamental assay technology for high-resolution sequence detection and quantification of gene variations and we believe it will play a very important role in epigenetics as well as multiplex genetic and pathogen detection. Our molecular 'sample to result' solutions for customers in molecular diagnostics, applied testing, pharma and academic research now span qualitative/endpoint PCR, multiplex technologies, capillary electrophoresis as well as quantitative and high resolution sequence-based analysis and cover a broad range of throughput needs."

"We are very pleased with our financial performance in the third quarter of 2008. Both reported revenues and adjusted earnings per share exceeded our expectations. We experienced a strong adjusted operating margin increase to 29% in the third quarter 2008 which corresponds to a growth rate of 53% year over year reflecting further achievements of cost synergies following the acquisition of Digene," said Roland Sackers, QIAGEN's Chief Financial Officer.

"Revenue growth for the third quarter was 31% and was fueled by a strong organic growth of 14% and a positive contribution of 13% at constant currencies from acquisitions," Roland Sackers continued. "The demand for all our consumable products as well as for our instrumentation business remained strong during the entire quarter up to the very last day without any sign of slow down. Our sample and assay portfolio contributed 26% growth (23% at constant exchange rates) driven by strong growth in molecular diagnostics. QIAGEN's instrumentation business recorded a very strong growth rate of 88% (83% at constant exchange rates) based on the new instruments (QIAsymphonySP and QIAxcel) as well as a strong demand for Rotor-Gene real-time PCR cycler and the CAS instrument following the Corbett acquisition. Net sales in the Americas for the third quarter 2008 represented 51% of our overall business and recorded a growth rate of 28% while European sales, which represent 34% of our revenues, showed a growth rate of 21% (14% at constant exchange rates). Net sales in Asia remained strong, showing a growth rate of 27% (20% at constant exchange rates)."

Update on Guidance for Fiscal 2008

Based on the first nine months and reflecting the dilution of approximately $0.01 to adjusted earnings per share related to the acquisition of the BioSystem business from Biotage in October 2008, QIAGEN increased its guidance for adjusted earnings per share for the full year 2008 from adjusted $0.78 - $0.79 to $0.79 - $0.80.

QIAGEN - Sample and Assay Technologies Highlights:

QIAGEN acquired BioSystems business from Biotage a publicly listed developer, manufacturer and distributor of products for genetic analysis and medicinal chemistry headquartered in Uppsala, Sweden. The BioSystems unit of Biotage is best known for having pioneered Pyrosequencing®, which has become a fundamental technology in next-generation sequencing. Pyrosequencing is a patented assay technology that in special formats can achieve significantly longer runs and can be employed in a massively parallel design to address the needs for applications such as high volume data generation in whole genome sequencing applications. In its widely used standard format this technology provides the opportunity to read DNA-sequences up to 100 base pairs in real time and at a price per read in the single dollar range. The technology offers significant value for applications including Epigenetics in research and molecular diagnostics as well as in Multiplex analyses in genetic and pathogen detection.

QIAGEN introduced the first molecular diagnostic test based on Pyrosequencing for the detection of mutations in the K-ras gene which is associated with the development of colon cancer. QIAGEN expects to launch this test as a CE-labeled version for Europe and in the US very shortly.

QIAGEN launched 23 new products in the area of sample & assay technologies including a series of innovative products for analyzing genetic differences and micro RNA (miRNA) analysis. In addition, QIAGEN launched a number of assay technologies including a CE-marked test for the detection and quantification of Malaria (P. falciparum, P. vivax, P. ovale and P. malariae), the next generation of multiplex detection of respiratory viral targets (ResPlex II Panel v 2.0) and a molecular diagnostic assay in the EU to type the HLA-B*5701 allele, a genetic variation in the Human Leucocyte Antigen (HLA) system, causing adverse reactions in AIDS patients.

QIAGEN and the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) announced a collaboration to develop new molecular testing solutions to improve the safety of food products. QIAGEN will equip the joint "CAS/SIBS-QIAGEN Laboratory for Food Safety" with instruments and consumables while CAS will provide the physical space and researchers. Under this collaboration, food safety experts from the INS will use QIAGEN technologies, to develop a wide range of molecular tests for the detection of food-borne pathogens. These QIAplex multiplex assays allow the design of highly sensitive molecular tests for up to 50 different pathogens in one single run.

Certain of the statements contained in this news release may be considered forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the U.S. Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. To the extent that any of the statements contained herein relating to QIAGEN's products, markets, strategy or operating results are forward-looking, such statements are based on current expectations that involve a number of uncertainties and risks. Such uncertainties and risks include, but are not limited to, risks associated with management of growth and international operations (including the effects of currency fluctuations and risks of dependency on logistics), variability of operating results, the commercial development of the applied testing markets, clinical research markets and proteomics markets, women's health/HPV testing markets, nucleic acid-based molecular diagnostics market, and genetic vaccination and gene therapy markets, changing relationships with customers, suppliers and strategic partners, competition, rapid or unexpected changes in technologies, fluctuations in demand for QIAGEN's products (including fluctuations due to general economic conditions, the level and timing of customers' funding, budgets, and other factors), our ability to obtain regulatory approval of our infectious disease panels, difficulties in successfully adapting QIAGEN's products to integrated solutions and producing such products, the ability of QIAGEN to identify and develop new products and to differentiate its products from competitors' products, market acceptance of QIAGEN's new products and the integration of acquired technologies and businesses. For further information, refer to the discussions in reports that QIAGEN has filed with, or furnished to, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).
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