Ad hoc: Evotec Restructures and Implements "Evotec 2012 - Action Plan to Focus and Grow"

Evotec AG (Frankfurt Stock Exchange, Prime Standard, ISIN: DE 000 566480 9, WKN 566480) today decided that it will restructure to focus on core value programs and significantly reduce its operating costs. This follows the completion of a previously announced strategic business review which resulted in the implementation of the strategic plan "Evotec 2012 - Action Plan to Focus and Grow". The Company will reduce its SG&A expenses by more than 10% and its R&D costs by more than 30%. In absolute terms this means a cost reduction of more than € 14 million over 2008. As a result of the immediate restructuring measures, the Company expects its annual cash burn rate to be reduced by a minimum of 30% and its cash reach to be extended beyond 2012. The impact of restructuring is expected to amount to approximately € 2 million, attributable solely to 2009.
As a result of the strategic review, Evotec has to reduce its headcount immediately by approximately 50 positions which will bring its workforce to a total of below 370 from 420. Headcount reductions will take place across the entire organization in the US, UK and Germany.
Evotec will ensure that its efforts are focused on core differentiated projects and activities that will deliver the greatest value to stockholders and partners. As a result of the internal concentration process more projects will be available for strategic partnering discussions in the near future. Despite the failed partnering process of Evotec's insomnia drug EVT 201, many of the current Evotec projects find high interest within the pharmaceutical industry. Strategically, Evotec will de-risk its business model further to become sustainable. The Company therefore intends to enter into strategic high value alliances with pharma partners and expand its indication focus to neuroscience, pain and inflammation. The development alliance with Roche signed in March 2009 is an excellent example of a high value partnership that allows Evotec to de-risk but keep the upside of its current clinical assets. Keeping the opportunity and core competences to develop at least one of its pipeline products to the market is a further main element of this strategy.
At the same time Evotec has decided to invest and expand its successful discovery alliance business. The Company will also invest in highly innovative new research projects that address major unmet medical needs."
Contact: Anne Hennecke, SVP, Investor Relations & Corporate Communications, Evotec AG, Schnackenburgallee 114, 22525 Hamburg, Germany, Phone: +49.(0)40.560 81-286,