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July 28, 2004 at 4:06 PM EDT

Quidel Reports Second Quarter Financial Results

SAN DIEGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--July 28, 2004--Quidel Corporation (Nasdaq:QDEL), a leading provider of point-of-care (POC) rapid diagnostic tests, today reported financial results for the second quarter and six months ended June 30, 2004.

Total revenues for the second quarter of 2004 were $14.3 million, compared with total revenues of $18.9 million for the second quarter of 2003. As previously announced, the Company believes its sales were adversely impacted by a drop off in orders for Strep A test products due to distributor confusion created by ongoing intellectual property litigation. Additionally, the Company did not receive an expected large distributor order for its new influenza A+B product. The net loss for the 2004 second quarter was $2.3 million, or $0.07 per share. This compared with a net loss of $0.4 million, or $0.01 per share, for the same period in 2003.

Gross margin for the 2004-second quarter was 46%, down from gross margin of 49% for the second quarter of 2003, due primarily to lower sales of Strep A and influenza tests.

Expenses for the 2004 second quarter totaled $10.9 million, compared with $10.1 million last year. The increase was primarily due to an increase in research and development expense relative to the Company's ongoing Layered Thin Film(R) (LTF) development and $1.7 million in costs associated with the Company's ongoing intellectual property lawsuit, partially offset by savings resulting from the Company's restructuring activities in 2003, including closure of the Company's sales offices in Germany and Italy.

Cash and cash equivalents at June 30, 2004 were $35.3 million, compared with $25.6 million at December 31, 2003.

"Despite the sales decline to certain distributors, we believe our end user market shares for influenza, Strep A and pregnancy tests held steady. We have leading, high-quality products with established brand equity. We will be focusing on better leveraging these assets in an effort to create new growth and to enhance profitability. Moreover, we believe that our LTF technology has the potential to significantly improve margins and strengthen our industry position. We expect that the LTF immunoassay feasibility will be completed this year, as previously stated," said S. Wayne Kay, president and chief executive officer.

Year-to-Date Financial Results

For the first half of 2004, total revenues were $34.0 million, compared with total revenues of $43.3 million in the first half of 2003. Gross margin was 49%, compared with 52% in the first half of last year. Quidel reported a 2004 year-to-date net loss of $2.0 million, or $0.06 per share, compared with net earnings of $1.3 million, of $0.04 per share on a fully diluted basis, in the prior-year period.

Conference Call Information

Quidel management will host a conference call to discuss second quarter financial results today at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time (2:00 p.m. Pacific Time). To participate in the telephone call, dial (888) 803-7396 from the U.S., or (706) 634-1052 for international callers. To listen to the conference call via the Internet live or for the next 14 days, as well as to view the first quarter 2004 conference call remarks, go to http://www.quidel.com/InvestorInfo.php. A telephone replay will be available for 48 hours by dialing (800) 642-1687 from the U.S., or (706) 645-9291 for international callers, and entering reservation 8771484.

About Quidel

Quidel Corporation, a worldwide company helping women and their families live healthy lives, discovers, develops, manufactures and markets POC rapid diagnostic tests for detection of medical conditions and illnesses. These products provide accurate, rapid and cost-effective diagnostic information for acute and chronic conditions associated with women's health in areas including reproduction, upper respiratory infections and other clinical conditions. Its broad line of POC diagnostics includes influenza A and B, Strep throat, pregnancy, H. pylori infection, chlamydia, infectious mononucleosis and infectious vaginitis. Quidel's products are sold to healthcare professionals for use in physician offices and clinical laboratories, and to consumers through several distribution partners. For more information, please visit www.quidel.com.

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the federal securities laws that involve material risks and uncertainties. Many possible events or factors could affect Quidel's future financial results and performance, such that its actual results and performance may differ materially. As such, no forward-looking statement can be guaranteed. Differences in operating results may arise as a result of a number of factors including, without limitation, seasonality, the severity and timing of the cold and flu season, adverse changes in the competitive and economic conditions in domestic and international markets, actions of our major distributors, manufacturing and production delays or difficulties, adverse actions or delays in product reviews by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, intellectual property, product liability, environmental or other litigation, and the lower acceptance of our new products than forecast. Forward-looking statements typically are identified by the use of terms such as "may," "will," "should," "might," "expect," "anticipate," "estimate" and similar words, although some forward-looking statements are expressed differently. All of the risks described in reports and registration statements that we file with the SEC from time to time should be carefully considered. You are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which reflect management's analysis only as of the date of this press release. We undertake no obligation to publicly release the results of any revision of the forward-looking statements.

                          QUIDEL CORPORATION
                 (In thousands, except per share data)

                                        Three months      Six months
                                           ended            ended
                                          June 30,         June 30,
                                       2004     2003     2004    2003
                                 -------------------- ----------------

Net sales                           $13,706  $18,334  $32,839 $42,260
Research contract, license and
 royalty income                         576      544    1,179   1,013
Total revenues                       14,282   18,878   34,018  43,273

Cost of sales                         7,408    9,288   16,809  20,413
Research and development              2,936    1,895    5,433   4,338
Sales and marketing                   3,564    4,406    7,336   8,940
General and administrative            3,832    2,414    6,643   5,213
Restructuring                             -      832        -     832
Amortization of intangibles             519      517    1,037   1,020
Total costs and expenses             18,259   19,352   37,258  40,756
Earnings (loss) from operations      (3,977)    (474)  (3,240)  2,517

Interest expense                        223      291      448     519
Interest income                         (94)     (26)    (175)    (33)
Other, net                             (224)    (112)    (127)   (161)
Total other (income) expense            (95)     153      146     325
                                 -------------------- ----------------
Earnings (loss) before income
 taxes                               (3,882)    (627)  (3,386)  2,192
Income tax expense                   (1,592)    (260)  (1,388)    869
Net earnings (loss)                 $(2,290)   $(367) $(1,998) $1,323
                                 ==================== ================

Earnings (loss) per share before
 income taxes - basic                $(0.12)  $(0.02)  $(0.11)  $0.08
                                 ==================== ================
Earnings (loss) per share before
 income taxes - diluted              $(0.12)  $(0.02)  $(0.11)  $0.07
                                 ==================== ================

Net earnings (loss) per share -
 basic                               $(0.07)  $(0.01)  $(0.06)  $0.05
                                 ==================== ================
Net earnings (loss) per share -
 diluted                             $(0.07)  $(0.01)  $(0.06)  $0.04
                                 ==================== ================
Weighted shares used in basic per
 share calculation                   31,595   29,002   31,266  28,953
                                 ==================== ================
Weighted shares used in diluted
 per share calculation               31,595   29,002   31,266  29,480
                                 ==================== ================
Gross profit as a % of net sales         46%      49%      49%     52%
Research and development as a %
 of net sales                            21%      10%      17%     10%
Sales and marketing as a % of net
 sales                                   26%      24%      22%     21%
General and administrative as a %
 of net sales                            28%      13%      20%     12%

Condensed balance sheet data (in
 thousands):                       6/30/04   12/31/03
                                 (unaudited) (audited)

 Cash and cash equivalents          $35,267  $25,627
 Working capital                     53,563   49,528
 Total assets                       114,383  117,425
 Long term obligations               11,139   11,258
 Stockholders' equity                93,217   89,779

CONTACT: Quidel Corporation
Paul E. Landers, 858-552-7962
Lippert/Heilshorn & Associates
Ina McGuinness/Bruce Voss, 310-691-7100

SOURCE: Quidel Corporation