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Sinovac posts 4Q loss as expenses rise

The Associated Press

Shares of Sinovac Biotech Ltd. slid Thursday after the Chinese vaccine maker posted a loss in last year's fourth quarter compared to 2011, when a government stockpiling program boosted revenue.

The company also said its selling, general and administrative expenses more than doubled in the quarter to $12.8 million as it prepared a factory to make its experimental vaccine for hand, foot and mouth disease.

Overall Sinovac lost $5.4 million, or 10 cents per share, in the quarter that ended Dec. 31. That compares profit of about $2.8 million, or 5 cents per share, in the 2011 quarter.

Revenue fell more than 10 percent to about $19 million.

The company said revenue would have more than doubled, excluding government stockpiling of its Panflu swine flu vaccines in 2011.

For all of 2012, the company lost $15.7 million, or 29 cents per share, on $48.6 million in revenue.

U.S.-traded Sinovac shares fell 42 cents, or 10.2 percent, to close at $3.71.