RECORDATI: SALES GROWTH AND SIGNIFICANT MARGIN IMPROVEMENT IN THE FIRST QUARTER 2014

RECORDATI: SALES GROWTH AND SIGNIFICANT MARGIN IMPROVEMENT IN THE FIRST
QUARTER 2014

  oConsolidated revenue € 260.4 million, +6.5%.
  oEBITDA^(1) € 71.4 million, +16.4%
  oOperating income € 62.2 million, +18.1%.
  oNet income € 42.8 million, +13.2%.
  oNet financial position^(2): net debt of € 229.1 million.
  oExclusive license agreement with Apricus Biosciences for Vitaros®.
  oFull year 2014 targets: sales slightly below € 1,000 million, operating
    income above € 220 million and net income above € 150 million.

MILANO, Italy,  May 6,  2014 (GLOBE  NEWSWIRE) --  The Board  of Directors  of 
Recordati S.p.A.  approved  the Group's  consolidated  results for  the  first 
quarter 2014 prepared  in accordance with  International Accounting  Standards 
and International Financial Reporting  Standards (IAS/IFRS) and in  particular 
as per IAS 34 requirements  for interim reporting. These financial  statements 
will be available today at the company's offices and on the company's website:
http://www.recordati.it/investors/reports/2014.aspx?sc_lang=en and can also be
viewed on the website of Borsa Italiana S.p.A.

Financial highlights

  oConsolidated revenue in the first quarter 2014 is € 260.4 million, up by
    6.5% compared to the same period of the preceding year. International
    sales grow by 7.0%.
    
  oEBITDA^(1), at 27.4% of sales, is € 71.4 million, an increase of 16.4%
    over the same period of the preceding year.
    
  oOperating income, at 23.9% of sales, is € 62.2 million, an increase of
    18.1%.
    
  oNet income, at 16.4% of sales, is € 42.8 million, an increase of 13.2%
    over the first quarter of 2013.
    
  oNet financial position^(2) at 31 March 2014 records a net debt of € 229.1
    million. Shareholders' equity increases to € 742.2 million.


^(1) Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization.
^(2) Cash and short-term financial investments less bank overdrafts and
medium/long-term loans which include the measurement at fair value of hedging
derivatives (fair value hedge).

Business development news

In February  an exclusive  license  agreement was  entered into  with  Apricus 
Biosciences Inc., a pharmaceutical company based in San Diego, U.S.A., for the
marketing and sales of Vitaros®  (alprostadil), an innovative topical  product 
for the treatment of  erectile dysfunction, in  certain W. European  countries 
including, among others,  Spain, EU  member countries in  Central and  Eastern 
Europe, Russia, Ukraine and the  Commonwealth of Independent States  (C.I.S.), 
Turkey and certain African countries.

Vitaros^® is approved for the treatment of erectile dysfunction by a number of
European  health  authorities   and  by   Health  Canada.   Vitaros^®  is   a 
topically-applied cream  formulation  of  alprostadil,  a  vasodilator,  which 
directly increases blood flow to  the penis, causing an erection.  Alprostadil 
is an alternative to the PDE-5 inhibitors for difficult to treat patients, and
Vitaros^® offers  a  patient-friendly  form versus  other  alprostadil  dosage 
forms.

Management Comments

"The first quarter results are particularly positive; the consolidation of the
new companies acquired at the end of  2013 and the performance of our  product 
portfolio have  allowed us  to further  improve our  profitability",  declared 
Giovanni Recordati, Chairman and CEO. "For  the full year 2014 we confirm  our 
expectations to achieve operating  income of more than  € 220 million and  net 
income of more than € 150  million thanks to margin improvement. Revenues,  as 
of today,  are  expected  to be  slightly  below  € 1,000  million  due  to  a 
significant negative currency effect."

Conference call

Recordati will  be hosting  a conference  call today  6 May  2014 at  4.00  pm 
Italian time  (3.00 pm  London time,  10.00  am New  York time).  The  dial-in 
numbers are:

Italy  +39 02 8058811, toll free 800 213 858
UK  +44 1 212818003, toll free 800 0156384
USA  +1 718 7058794, toll free 855 2656959
France  +33 170918703
Germany  +49 65 255114451

Callers are  invited  to  dial-in  10  minutes  before  conference  time.  If 
conference operator assistance is required during the connection please  digit 
* followed by 0 or  call +39 02 8061371. A  recording of the conference  call 
will be placed on the website www.recordati.com.

A set of slides which will be referred to during the call will be available on
our website www.recordati.com under Investors/Company Presentations.

Recordati , established  in 1926,  is an  international pharmaceutical  group, 
listed on the Italian Stock Exchange (Reuters RECI.MI, Bloomberg REC IM,  ISIN 
IT 0003828271), with a total staff of around 4,000, dedicated to the research,
development, manufacturing and marketing of pharmaceuticals. Headquartered  in 
Milan, Italy,  Recordati has  operations in  the main  European countries,  in 
Russia, in other Central and Eastern  European countries, in Turkey, in  North 
Africa and  in the  United States  of America.  An efficient  field force  of 
medical representatives promotes a  wide range of innovative  pharmaceuticals, 
both proprietary and under license, in a number of therapeutic areas including
a specialized business dedicated to treatments for rare diseases. Recordati is
a partner of choice for new product licenses for its territories. Recordati is
committed to  the  research and  development  of new  specialties  within  the 
urogenital therapeutic area and of treatments for rare diseases. Consolidated
revenue for 2013 was € 941.6 million, operating income was € 195.4 million and
net income was € 133.7 million.

For further information:

Recordati website: www.recordati.com

Investor Relations  Media
Relations
Marianne         Tatschke 
Ketchum
(39)0248787393
Cristina Risciotti, (39)0262411919, cristina.risciotti@ketchum.com
e-mail:  inver@recordati.it     Marzia 
Ongaretti,                                                     (39)0262411915, 
marzia.ongaretti@ketchum.com


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"forward-looking  statements"  (as  such  term  is  defined  in  the   Private 
Securities Litigation  Reform Act  of  1995). These  statements are  based  on 
currently available information, on current best estimates, and on assumptions
believed to be reasonable. This  information, these estimates and  assumptions 
may prove  to be  incomplete  or erroneous,  and  involve numerous  risks  and 
uncertainties, beyond the Company's control. Hence, actual results may  differ 
materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements.
All mentions and  descriptions of  Recordati products are  intended solely  as 
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particular instance.

                               RECORDATI GROUP
Summary of consolidated results prepared in accordance with the International
     Accounting Standards and International Financial Reporting Standards
                                  (IAS/IFRS)
                               (thousands of €)

INCOME STATEMENT                First quarter 2014 First quarter 2013 Change %
REVENUE                         260,362            244,577            6.5
 Cost of sales                (86,995)           (85,360)           1.9
GROSS PROFIT                    173,367            159,217            8.9
 Selling expenses             (75,509)           (73,566)           2.6
 Research and development     (20,786)           (18,468)           12.6
expenses
 General & administrative     (14,462)           (13,530)           6.9
expenses
 Other income (expenses), net (423)              (1,018)            (58.4)
OPERATING INCOME                62,187             52,635             18.1
 Financial income (expenses), (4,087)            (1,288)            217.3
net
PRE-TAX INCOME                  58,100             51,347             13.2
 Provision for income taxes   (15,334)           (13,581)           12.9
NET INCOME                      42,766             37,766             13.2
Attributable to:                                                    
Equity holders of the parent    42,764             37,762             13.2
Minority interests              2                  4                  (50.0)

EARNINGS PER SHARE First quarter 2014 First quarter 2013 Change %
Basic              € 0.211            € 0.188            12.2
Diluted            € 0.202            € 0.178            13.5

Earnings per share (EPS) are based  on average shares outstanding during  each 
year, 202.722.546 in 2014  and 200.796.533 in 2013,  net of average  treasury 
stock which amounted to  6.402.610 shares in 2014  and to 8.328.623 shares  in 
2013.
Diluted earnings per  share is  calculated taking into  account stock  options 
granted to employees.

COMPOSITION OF REVENUE First quarter 2014 First quarter 2013 Change %
Total revenue          260,362            244,577            6.5
Italy                  67,036             63,879             4.9
International          193,326            180,698            7.0

                               RECORDATI GROUP
Summary of consolidated results prepared in accordance with the International
     Accounting Standards and International Financial Reporting Standards
                                  (IAS/IFRS)
                               (thousands of €)

ASSETS                                                   31.03.2014 31.12.2013
Property, plant and equipment                            81,302     81,288
Intangible assets                                        287,955    295,498
Goodwill                                                 467,680    468,807
Equity investments                                       7,491      5,939
Non-current receivables                                  4,404      4,256
Deferred tax assets                                      26,586     25,205
TOTAL NON-CURRENT ASSETS                                 875,418    880,993
                                                                  
Inventories                                              135,087    140,430
Trade receivables                                        203,203    179,775
Other receivables                                        21,663     24,979
Other current assets                                     7,972      5,363
Short-term financial investments, cash and cash          105,380    52,271
equivalents
TOTAL CURRENT ASSETS                                     473,305    402,818
TOTAL ASSETS                                             1,348,723  1,283,811

EQUITY AND LIABILITIES                              31.03.2014 31.12.2013
Share capital                                       26,141     26,141
Capital in excess of par value                      83,719     83,719
Treasury stock                                      (36,427)   (37,791)
Hedging reserve                                     (3,591)    (2,270)
Translation reserve                                 (46,548)   (42,853)
Other reserves                                      26,937     25,776
Retained earnings                                   693,641    559,878
Net income for the year                             42,764     133,678
Interim dividend                                    (44,526)   (44,526)
GROUP SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY                          742,110    701,752
Minority interest                                   70         68
SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY                                742,180    701,820
                                                             
Loans due after one year                            220,423    196,788
Employees' termination pay                          16,691     16,698
Deferred tax liabilities                            20,375     21,072
Other non-current liabilities                       4,037      4,040
TOTAL NON-CURRENT LIABILITIES                       261,526    238,598
                                                             
Trade payables                                      110,773    107,156
Other payables                                      69,464     71,193
Tax liabilities                                     20,615     15,951
Other current liabilities                           720        855
Provisions                                          25,795     29,454
Fair value of hedging derivatives (cash flow hedge) 3,591      2,270
                                                   2,202      2,210
Loans due within one year                           86,522     80,280
Bank overdrafts                                     25,335     34,024
TOTAL CURRENT LIABILITIES                           345,017    343,393
TOTAL EQUITY AND LIABILITIES                        1,348,723  1,283,811

DECLARATION BY THE MANAGER RESPONSIBLE  FOR PREPARING THE COMPANY'S  FINANCIAL 
REPORTS

The manager responsible  for preparing the  company's financial reports  Fritz 
Squindo  declares,  pursuant  to  paragraph  2  of  Article  154-bis  of   the 
Consolidated Law on Finance, that the accounting information contained in this
press release  corresponds  to  the document  results,  books  and  accounting 
records.

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