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Aceto Announces Fiscal 2009 First Quarter Results

Aceto Announces Fiscal 2009 First Quarter Results

Q1 2009 Net Income Up More Than 250 Percent On 18 Percent Increase in Sales vs. 2008

LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., Nov 7, 2008 (GlobeNewswire via COMTEX News Network) -- Aceto Corporation (Nasdaq:ACET), a global leader in the sourcing, quality assurance, regulatory support, marketing and distribution of chemically derived pharmaceuticals, biopharmaceuticals, specialty chemicals and crop protection products, today announced results of operations for its fiscal 2009 first quarter ended September 30, 2008.

Net sales for the first quarter were $93.8 million, an increase of 18.0% from $79.5 million in the year ago quarter. Gross profit increased 30.0% to $18.9 million in the 2009 fiscal quarter compared to $14.6 million in the 2008 quarter. SG&A expenses increased 10.5% to $11.9 million from $10.8 million. Net income increased 251.7% to $4.6 million, or $0.18 per diluted share, up from $1.3 million or $0.05 per diluted share in the 2008 quarter.

Leonard S. Schwartz, Chairman, CEO, and President of Aceto stated, "We are extremely pleased with the operating results that we have reported this morning, especially in light of the very tough economic conditions that we currently find ourselves operating in. Operating income in the first quarter of 2009 increased 87.3%, driven by the 18.0% increase in net sales and the 20.2% gross profit margin. All of these factors contributed to the 251.7% increase in net income and the $0.18 per diluted share which far surpassed the $0.05 we earned in our fiscal 2008 first quarter."

Commenting on Aceto's various business segments, Mr. Schwartz continued "During the quarter, sales in our Health Sciences segment grew 21.3% from the 2008 comparable quarter, largely the result of increased sales from our foreign operations, particularly our European operations, an increase in sales of our nutritional products and an increase in sales in our domestic generic products group. The increase in domestic generic products can be attributed to increased volume of business for existing products. Sales in our Chemicals & Colorants business segment grew 19.2% compared to the 2008 comparable quarter, largely the result of increased domestic sales of pigment, dye and miscellaneous intermediates, as well as increased sales in our foreign operations. Sales in our Crop Protection segment decreased 23.2% from the 2008 comparable quarter, largely the result of decreased sales of our sprout inhibitor products, which are utilized on potato crops."

Updating the status of Aceto's Strategic Initiatives, Mr. Schwartz commented:


 * Companion animal vaccines -- During the first quarter we received a
   letter from the USDA stating they have accepted the results of our
   challenge study and that our vaccine was at least as good as other,
   currently available, U.S. products.  In addition the USDA approved
   the protocol for the field safety test and issued Aceto a permit to
   import the necessary quantities of the vaccine to begin the
   requisite testing.  The vaccine has been imported and distributed
   to the veterinarians that will be administering the vaccine.  We
   believe that this is the final major step in the approval process
   however, please do not forget that this is a regulatory review and
   while we are doing everything that we can to expedite the process,
   there can be no assurance given as to when the approval process
   will be 100% completed.
 * Entering the Japanese pharmaceutical market -- We are pleased to
   announce that we have received our third order for a pharmaceutical
   intermediate from a Japanese pharmaceutical manufacturer. We
   continue to be encouraged by our early successes and are enhancing
   our resources there to continue to move forward into the market and
   particularly, to pursue business opportunities for the large number
   of sample requests that we have received.
 * Finished dosage form generic drugs -- We are getting close to
   having our Medicare, Medicaid and private insurance reimbursement
   issues resolved and are continuing our efforts in this area to
   enhance our pipeline of products for finished dosage form generic
   drugs.

Mr. Schwartz concluded, "We ended the first quarter of fiscal 2009 with working capital of $131.2 million, no long-term bank debt and shareholders' equity of $141.4 million. This level of working capital provides us with the financial strength to continue to move our Strategic Initiatives forward. We remain optimistic about the Company's long-term business prospects, with our core businesses serving as a solid foundation for future growth and not forgetting that we need to continue to focus on strong cost controls."

CONFERENCE CALL

Leonard S. Schwartz, Chairman, CEO, and President, and Douglas Roth, CFO, will conduct a conference call at 10:00 a.m. ET on Friday, November 7, 2008. Interested parties may participate in the call by dialing 800-447-0521 (847-413-3238 for international callers) -- please call in 10 minutes before the call is scheduled to begin, and ask for the Aceto call (conference ID # 23054129). The conference call will also be webcast live via the Investor Relations section of the Company's 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, November 7, 2008 until 5:00 p.m. ET on Monday, November 10, 2008. Dial 888-843-8996 (630-652-3044 for international callers) and enter the code 23054129 for the phone replay.

ABOUT ACETO

Aceto Corporation, incorporated in 1947, is a global leader in the sourcing, quality assurance, regulatory support, marketing and distribution of chemically derived pharmaceuticals, biopharmaceuticals, specialty chemicals and crop protection products. With a physical presence in ten countries, Aceto distributes over 1,000 chemicals and pharmaceuticals used principally as raw materials in the pharmaceutical, crop protection, surface coating/ink and general chemical consuming industries. Aceto's global operations, including a staff of 26 in Shanghai and 14 in India are unique in the industry and enable its worldwide sourcing and regulatory capabilities. (ACET-F)

This news release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. These 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 "anticipates," "expects," "intends," "plans," "believes," "seeks," "estimates," or variations of such words are intended to identify such 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 providing vaccines for companion animals, entering into the Japanese pharmaceutical market, selling finished dosage form generic drugs, and prospects for long-term growth. All forward-looking statements in this press release are made as of the date of this press release, and Aceto assumes no obligation to update these forward-looking statements whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, other than as required by law. The forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those set forth or implied by any forward-looking statements. These uncertainties include, but are not limited to, the mix of products sold and the profit margins thereon, order cancellation or a reduction in orders from customers, competitive product offerings and pricing actions, the availability and pricing of key raw materials, dependence on key members of management, risk of entering into new European markets, continued successful integration of acquisitions, economic and political conditions in the United States and abroad, receipt of regulatory approvals, our ability to continue strong cost controls as well as other risks detailed in the Company's SEC reports, including the Company's Form 10-K and other filings. Copies of these filings are available at www.sec.gov.


                          Aceto Corporation
                  Consolidated Statements of Income
              (in thousands, except per share amounts)
                                                       (unaudited)
                                                    Three Months Ended
                                                       September 30,
                                                      2008      2007
                                                    --------  --------
 Net sales                                          $ 93,839  $ 79,528
 Cost of sales                                        74,902    64,965
                                                    --------  --------
 Gross profit                                         18,937    14,563
 Gross profit %                                        20.18%    18.31%
 Selling, general and administrative expenses         11,914    10,786
 Research and development expenses                       271       172
                                                    --------  --------
 Operating income                                      6,752     3,605
 Other income, net of interest expense                   360       312
                                                    --------  --------
 Income before income taxes                            7,112     3,917
 Provision for income taxes                            2,561     2,623
                                                    --------  --------
 Net income                                         $  4,551  $  1,294
                                                    ========  ========
 Net income per common share                        $   0.19  $   0.05
 Diluted net income per common share                $   0.18  $   0.05
 Weighted average shares outstanding:
  Basic                                               24,369    24,336
  Diluted                                             24,864    24,851

                          Aceto Corporation
                     Consolidated Balance Sheet
              (in thousands, except per-share amounts)
                                                 Sept 30,    June 30,
                                                   2008        2008
                                                (unaudited)
                                                ----------  ----------
 Assets
 Current Assets:
  Cash and cash equivalents                     $   32,475  $   46,515
  Investments                                       10,875         548
  Trade receivables: less allowances for
   doubtful accounts: Sept 30, 2008 $759; and
   June 30, 2008 $477                               62,551      68,220
  Other receivables                                  6,302       4,819
  Inventory                                         68,495      71,109
  Prepaid expenses and other current assets            965         817
  Deferred income tax asset, net                     1,636       1,756
                                                ----------  ----------
   Total current assets                            183,299     193,784

 Long-term notes receivable                             --         347
 Property and equipment, net                         4,559       4,307
 Property held for sale                              6,978       6,978
 Goodwill                                            1,890       1,987
 Intangible assets, net                              5,000       5,421
 Deferred income tax asset, net                      2,364       4,098
 Other assets                                        5,133       5,321
                                                ----------  ----------
 Total Assets                                   $  209,223  $  222,243
                                                ==========  ==========
 Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity
 Current liabilities:
  Accounts payable                              $   30,572  $   43,480
  Short term bank loans                              2,000          --
  Note payable - related party                          --         500
  Accrued expenses                                  18,420      19,948
  Deferred income tax liability                      1,078       1,070
                                                ----------  ----------
   Total current liabilities                        52,070      64,998
 Long-term liabilities                               6,901       7,034
 Environmental remediation liability                 7,578       7,578
 Deferred income tax liability                         839       1,751
 Minority interest                                     472         473
                                                ----------  ----------
   Total liabilities                                67,860      81,834
 Commitments and contingencies
 Shareholders' equity:
  Common stock, $.01 par value:
   (40,000 shares authorized; 25,644 shares
   issued; 24,530 and 24,446 shares outstanding
   at Sept 30, 2008 and June 30, 2008,
   respectively)                                       256         256
  Capital in excess of par value                    56,839      56,832
  Retained earnings                                 86,330      81,778
  Treasury stock, at cost:
   (1,114 and 1,198 shares at Sept 30, 2008 and
   June 30 2008, respectively)                     (10,767)    (11,571)
  Accumulated other comprehensive income             8,705      13,114
                                                ----------  ----------
   Total shareholders' equity                      141,363     140,409
                                                ----------  ----------
 Total liabilities and shareholders' equity     $  209,223  $  222,243
                                                ==========  ==========

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SOURCE: Aceto Corporation

Aceto Corporation
          Theodore Ayvas, Director of Corporate Communications & 
           Investor Relations
          (516) 627-6000
          www.aceto.com

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