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Aceto Announces Fiscal 2012 Third Quarter Results of Operations

FISCAL 2012 THIRD QUARTER HIGHLIGHTS (Comparisons to FY 2011 3Q): , May 3, 2012 (GlobeNewswire via COMTEX) --Net sales increased 3.0% to $121.4 million, a record level -- Gross profit increased 14.0% to $22.2 million -- Net income increased 39.9% to $5.4 million

PORT WASHINGTON, N.Y., May 3, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Aceto Corporation (Nasdaq:ACET), a global leader in the marketing, sales and distribution of pharmaceutical active ingredients and intermediates, finished dosage form generic pharmaceuticals, nutraceutical products, agricultural protection products and specialty chemicals today announced results of operations for its fiscal 2012 third quarter and nine months ended March 31, 2012.

Commenting on the results, Albert Eilender, Chairman and CEO of Aceto, stated, "We are very pleased with our fiscal 2012 third quarter results, with all of our business segments performing at or above our expectations. Sales in our Health Sciences segment were up 10.5% compared to last year, largely driven by new products launched in fiscal 2012. As previously announced, Rising Pharmaceuticals launched two new generics in the fiscal third quarter, for a total of six new products in the fiscal year to date. Our product pipeline remains strong and we are well positioned for continued growth in this business."

"Sales in our Specialty Chemicals segment increased 8.9% in the fiscal third quarter, partially due to continued demand for agricultural intermediates, dye, pigment and miscellaneous industrial additives in our domestic operations. Agricultural Protection sales declined, as expected, due to the planned phase out of glyphosate sales. Additionally, drought conditions in the Southern U.S. resulted in fewer orders for certain agricultural protection products. Looking forward, we remain optimistic about our long-term growth prospects; however, we continue to expect sales fluctuations on a quarterly basis due to the nature of our sales cycle and the markets we serve," Mr. Eilender concluded.

FINANCIAL REVIEW

Net sales for the fiscal 2012 third quarter were $121.4 million, an increase of 3.0% from $117.9 million reported in the fiscal 2011 third quarter. Gross profit increased 14.0% to $22.2 million in the 2012 fiscal third quarter, compared to $19.4 million in the 2011 fiscal third quarter. Net income increased 39.9% to $5.4 million, or $0.20 per diluted share, for the 2012 fiscal third quarter, compared to net income of $3.8 million, or $0.14 per diluted share, for the comparable quarter of fiscal 2011. Net income and earnings per share for the fiscal 2012 third quarter included a benefit of $0.5 million, or $0.02 per share, respectively due to a favorable tax adjustment.

Net sales for the nine months ended March 31, 2012 were $333.4 million, a 14.5% increase from $291.2 million for the comparable period in fiscal 2011. Gross profit for the first nine months of fiscal 2012 was $61.3 million, an increase of 33.8% from $45.8 million in the first nine months of fiscal 2011. For the first nine months of fiscal 2012, the Company reported net income of $13.0 million, or $0.49 per diluted share, compared to $5.5 million, or $0.21 per diluted share in comparable period of fiscal 2011. The fiscal 2012 period was negatively impacted by a one-time charge relating to the separation of certain executive management employees, while the fiscal 2011 period was impacted by two one-time charges relating to the December 31, 2010 acquisition of assets of Rising Pharmaceuticals, Inc. After adjusting for the one-time charges in both periods and a favorable tax adjustment in the first nine months of fiscal 2012, Aceto's net income was $13.0 million, or $0.49 per diluted share, for the first nine months of fiscal 2012, compared to $8.8 million, or $0.34 per diluted share, for the 2011 comparable period.

CONFERENCE CALL

Albert Eilender, Salvatore Guccione, Ronald Gold and Douglas Roth will conduct a conference call at 9:00 a.m. ET on Friday, May 4, 2012 to discuss the operating results for the fiscal 2012 third quarter. Interested parties may participate in the call by dialing 800-446-2782 (847-413-3235 for international callers) -- please call in 10 minutes before the call is scheduled to begin, and ask for the Aceto call (conference ID # 32291731). The conference call will also be webcast live via the Investor Relations section of our website, www.aceto.com. To listen to the live call please go to the website at least 15 minutes early to register, download and install any necessary audio software. The conference call will be archived on the Company's website, and a recorded phone replay will also be available from 1:00 p.m. ET on Friday May 4, 2012 until 5:00 p.m. ET on Monday May 7, 2012. Dial 888-843-7419 (630-652-3042 for international callers) and enter the code 32291731 for the phone replay.

ABOUT ACETO

Aceto Corporation, incorporated in 1947, is a global leader in the marketing, sales and distribution of pharmaceutical active ingredients and intermediates, finished dosage form generic pharmaceuticals, nutraceutical products, agricultural protection products and specialty chemicals. With business operations in nine countries, Aceto distributes over 1,100 chemical compounds used principally as finished products or raw materials in the pharmaceutical, nutraceutical, agricultural, coatings and industrial chemical consuming industries. Aceto's global operations, including a staff of 26 in China and 12 in India are distinctive in the industry and enable its worldwide sourcing and regulatory capabilities. (ACET-F)

FORWARD LOOKING STATEMENTS

This news release contains forward-looking statements as that term is defined in the federal securities laws. The events described in forward-looking statements contained in this news release may not occur. Generally, these statements relate to our business plans or strategies, projected or anticipated benefits or other consequences of Aceto's plans or strategies, financing plans, projected or anticipated benefits from acquisitions that Aceto may make, or projections involving anticipated revenues, earnings or other aspects of Aceto's operating results or financial position, and the outcome of any contingencies. Any such forward-looking statements are based on current expectations, estimates and projections of management. Aceto intends for these forward-looking statements to be covered by the safe-harbor provisions for forward-looking statements. Words such as "may," "will," "expect," "believe," "anticipate," "project," "plan," "intend," "estimate," and "continue," and their opposites and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements contained in this press release include, but are not limited to, statements regarding the Company's strategic initiatives including selling finished dosage form generic drugs, and statements regarding the prospects for long-term growth. Aceto cautions you that these statements are not guarantees of future performance or events and are subject to a number of uncertainties, risks and other influences, many of which are beyond Aceto's control, which may influence the accuracy of the statements and the projections upon which the statements are based. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those set forth or implied by any forward-looking statement include, but are not limited to, risks and uncertainties discussed in Aceto's reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including, but not limited to, Aceto's Annual Report or Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2011 and other filings. Copies of these filings are available at www.sec.gov.

Any one or more of these uncertainties, risks and other influences could materially affect Aceto's results of operations and whether forward-looking statements made by Aceto ultimately prove to be accurate. Aceto's actual results, performance and achievements could differ materially from those expressed or implied in these forward-looking statements. Aceto undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether from new information, future events or otherwise.

                         Aceto Corporation and Subsidiaries
                     Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income
                       (in thousands, except per share amounts)

                                         (unaudited)              (unaudited)
                                      Three Months Ended       Nine Months Ended
                                          March 31,                March 31,

                                      2012         2011        2012         2011
                                   -----------  ----------  -----------  ----------
  Net sales                          $ 121,415   $ 117,881    $ 333,439   $ 291,224

  Cost of sales                         99,260      98,449      272,121     245,382
                                   -----------  ----------  -----------  ----------
  Gross profit                          22,155      19,432       61,318      45,842
  Gross profit %                        18.25%      16.48%       18.39%      15.74%

  Selling, general and
   administrative expenses              14,581      13,281       41,678      34,305
                                   -----------  ----------  -----------  ----------
  Operating income                       7,574       6,151       19,640      11,537

  Other (expense) income, net of
   interest expense                       (26)       (197)        (189)         962
                                   -----------  ----------  -----------  ----------

  Income before income taxes             7,548       5,954       19,451      12,499

  Income tax provision                   2,169       2,108        6,451       7,025
                                   -----------  ----------  -----------  ----------

  Net income                           $ 5,379     $ 3,846     $ 13,000     $ 5,474
                                   ===========  ==========  ===========  ==========

  Net income per common share           $ 0.20      $ 0.15       $ 0.49      $ 0.21

  Diluted net income per common
   share                                $ 0.20      $ 0.14       $ 0.49      $ 0.21

  Weighted average shares
   outstanding:
   Basic                                26,634      26,468       26,558      25,718
   Diluted                              26,870      26,663       26,747      25,918


             Aceto Corporation and Subsidiaries
           Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
          (in thousands, except per-share amounts)


                                    March 31,
                                      2012       June 30,
                                   (unaudited)     2011
                                   -----------  ----------

  Assets
  Current Assets:
   Cash and cash equivalents          $ 26,611    $ 28,664
   Investments                           1,539         943
   Trade receivables: less
    allowances for doubtful
    accounts: Mar. 31, 2012 $808;
    and June 30, 2011 $682              84,381      83,735
   Other receivables                     2,900       5,373
   Inventory                            82,628      77,433
   Prepaid expenses and other
    current assets                       2,333       1,720

   Deferred income tax asset, net          626         747
                                   -----------  ----------

    Total current assets               201,018     198,615

  Property and equipment, net           11,717      12,095
  Property held for sale                 3,752       3,752
  Goodwill                              33,549      33,625
  Intangible assets, net                46,698      50,658
  Deferred income tax asset, net         2,768       3,477

  Other assets                          10,302       9,443
                                   -----------  ----------


  Total Assets                       $ 309,804   $ 311,665
                                   ===========  ==========

  Liabilities and Shareholders'
   Equity

  Current liabilities:
   Current portion of long-term
    debt                               $ 6,447     $ 6,247
   Accounts payable                     47,078      44,614
   Accrued expenses                     25,925      32,019

   Deferred income tax liability            --         306
                                   -----------  ----------
    Total current liabilities           79,450      83,186

  Long-term debt                        43,852      48,750
  Long-term liabilities                 12,136      12,859
  Environmental remediation
   liability                             5,688       5,998

  Deferred income tax liability             29          51
                                   -----------  ----------
    Total liabilities                  141,155     150,844

  Commitments and contingencies

  Shareholders' equity:
   Common stock, $.01 par value:
    (40,000 shares authorized;
    26,817 and 26,644 shares
    issued; 26,817 and 26,620
    shares outstanding at Mar.
    31, 2012 and June 30, 2011,
    respectively)                          268         266
   Capital in excess of par value       63,210      62,329
   Retained earnings                   101,044      90,713
   Treasury stock, at cost: (0
    and 24 shares at Mar. 31,
    2012 and June 30, 2011,
    respectively)                           --       (230)
   Accumulated other
    comprehensive income                 4,127       7,743
                                   -----------  ----------

    Total shareholders' equity         168,649     160,821
                                   -----------  ----------

  Total liabilities and
   shareholders' equity              $ 309,804   $ 311,665
                                   ===========  ==========

                                                  Aceto Corporation and Subsidiaries
                            Diluted Net Income Per Common Share Excluding Charges (Non-GAAP Reconciliation)
                                               (in thousands, except per share amounts)


                               (unaudited)               (unaudited)               (unaudited)               (unaudited)
                               Diluted Net               Diluted Net               Diluted Net               Diluted Net
                               Income Per                Income Per                Income Per                Income Per
                               Common Share (unaudited)  Common Share              Common Share              Common Share
                (unaudited)    Three Months Three Months Three Months (unaudited)  Nine Months  (unaudited)  Nine Months
                Three Months   Ended March  Ended March  Ended March  Nine Months  Ended March  Nine Months  Ended March
                Ended March        31,          31,          31,      Ended March      31,      Ended March      31,
                  31, 2012         2012         2011         2011       31, 2012       2012       31, 2011       2011
             ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

 Net income,
  as reported           $5,379       $ 0.20       $3,846       $ 0.14      $13,000       $ 0.49       $5,474       $ 0.21

 Adjustments:
  Separation
   charges                  --           --           --           --          884         0.03           --           --
  Transaction
   costs
   related to
   Rising
   acquisitio
  n                         --           --           --           --           --           --        1,060         0.04
             ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

 Adjusted
  income
  excluding
  charges                5,379         0.20        3,846         0.14       13,884         0.52        6,534         0.25
 Adjustments
  to
  provision
  (benefit)
  for income
  taxes                    529         0.02           --           --          874         0.03      (2,225)       (0.09)
             ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

 Adjusted net
  income
  (Non-GAAP)           $ 4,850       $ 0.18      $ 3,846       $ 0.14     $ 13,010       $ 0.49      $ 8,759       $ 0.34
             ============================================================================================================


 Diluted
  weighted
  average
  shares
  outstanding           26,870       26,870       26,663       26,663       26,747       26,747       25,918       25,918

 NOTE: Items identified in the above table are not in accordance with, or an alternative method for, generally accepted
  accounting principles (GAAP) in the United States. These items should not be reviewed in isolation or considered
  substitutes of the Company's financial results as reported in accordance with GAAP. Due to the nature of these items,
  it is important to identify these items and to review them in conjunction with the Company's financial results reported
  in accordance with GAAP. The exclusion of these items also allows investors to compare results of operations in the
  current period to prior period's results based on the Company's fundamental business performance and analyze the
  operating trends of the business. The exclusion of these items also allows management to evaluate performance of its
  business units.

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SOURCE: Aceto Corporation

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