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Ligand Pharmaceuticals Inc. Reports Operating Results (10-Q)
Posted by: gurufocus (IP Logged)
Date: November 14, 2012 02:06PM

Ligand Pharmaceuticals Inc. (LGND) filed Quarterly Report for the period ended 2012-09-30. Ligand Pharmaceuticals, Inc. has a market cap of $332.4 million; its shares were traded at around $17.5 with a P/E ratio of 1667 and P/S ratio of 11.1.



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We recorded collaborative research and development and other revenues of $1.3 million and $4.3 million for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2012, compared to $1.6 million and $4.8 million for the same periods in 2011. The decrease of $0.3 million for the three months ended September 30, 2012, compared to the same period in 2011, is primarily due to a decrease in license fees and milestones. The decrease of $0.5 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2012, compared to the same period in 2011 is due to the recognition of $1.3 million of deferred revenue related to the previous sale of royalty rights for the nine months ending September 30, 2011, partially offset by an increase in license fees and milestones of $0.8 million for the nine months ending September 30, 2012.

In connection with the acquisition of CyDex Pharmaceuticals, Inc. on January 24, 2011, we issued a series of Contingent Value Rights (“CVR”). We paid the CVR holders $4.3 million in January 2012 and may be required to pay up to an additional $4.0 million upon achievement of certain clinical and regulatory milestones. In 2011, $0.9 million was paid to the CyDex Shareholders upon completion of a licensing agreement with The Medicines Company for the Captisol enabled Intravenous formulation of Clopidogrel. An additional $2 million was paid to the CyDex Shareholders upon acceptance by the FDA of the New Drug Application submitted by Onyx and an additional $3.5 million was paid upon approval by the FDA of Kyprolis for the potential treatment of patients with relapsed and refractory multiple myeloma. In addition, we will pay CyDex shareholders, for each respective year from 2011 through 2016, 20% of all CyDex-related revenue, but only to the extent that and beginning only when CyDex-related revenue for such year exceeds $15.0 million; plus an additional 10% of all CyDex-related revenue recognized during such year, but only to the extent that and beginning only when aggregate CyDex-related revenue for such year exceeds $35.0 million. We paid $0.3 million to the CyDex shareholders in March 2012 for 20% of all 2011 CyDex-related revenue in excess of $15 million. Pursuant to the CVR Agreement, the shareholders' representative on behalf of the former CyDex shareholders filed a notice of objection with us regarding the calculation of payments due to the CyDex former shareholders for the first and second quarters of 2011. In addition, the shareholders' representative claimed that we exceeded the $35 million financial indebtedness limitation contained in the CVR Agreement. In August 2012, we executed a settlement agreement with the shareholders' representative releasing us from all claims.

The cash used for the nine months ended September 30, 2012 reflects a net loss of $1.6 million, adjusted by $3.7 million of gain from discontinued operations and $4.7 million of non-cash items to reconcile the net loss to net cash used in operations. These reconciling items primarily reflect depreciation and amortization of $2.0 million, share-based compensation of $3.1 million, and the change in deferred income taxes of $0.4 million, partially offset by the non-cash change in the estimated fair value of contingent liabilities of $1.2 million. The cash used during the nine months ended September 30, 2012 is further impacted by changes in operating assets and liabilities due primarily to an increase in inventory of $0.8 million, a decrease in deferred revenue of $1.7 million, and a decrease in accounts payable and accrued liabilities of $3.0 million. Partially offset by decreases in accounts receivable of $4.0 million, other current assets of $0.3 million, and other long term assets of $0.3 million. Cash used in operating activities of discontinued operations was $0.6 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2012.

The cash generated for the nine months ended September 30, 2011 reflects net income of $5.0 million, adjusted by $3,000 of gain from discontinued operations and $6.8 million of non-cash items to reconcile the net income to net cash used in operations. These reconciling items primarily reflect the change in deferred income taxes of $13.9 million, accretion of deferred gain on the sale leaseback of the building of $1.3 million and non-cash lease costs of $0.1 million partially offset by the change in estimated fair value of contingent liabilities of $1.3 million, depreciation and amortization of $2.1 million, write-off of in-process research and development assets of $2.3 million and stock-based compensation of $2.6 million. The cash generated during the nine months ended September 30, 2011 is further impacted by changes in operating assets and liabilities due primarily to a decrease in other liabilities of $4.1 million, deferred revenue of $1.2 million, and accounts payable and accrued liabilities of $7.1 million, partially offset by decreases in other current assets of $4.5 million, inventory of $0.5 million, accounts receivable of $0.5 million and other long term assets of $0.6 million. None of the cash used in operating activities for the nine months ended September 30, 2011 related to discontinued operations.

In connection with the acquisition of CyDex Pharmaceuticals, Inc. on January 24, 2011, we issued a series of Contingent Value Rights and also assumed certain contingent liabilities. In 2011, $0.9 million was paid to the CyDex Shareholders upon completion of a licensing agreement with The Medicines Company for the Captisol enabled Intravenous formulation of Clopidogrel. An additional $2.0 million was paid to the CyDex Shareholders upon acceptance by the FDA of Onyx s NDA Onyx, $4.3 million was paid in January 2011, and an additional $3.5 million was paid upon approval by the FDA of Kyprolis for the potential treatment of patients with relapsed and refractory multiple myeloma. We may be required to pay an additional $8.0 million upon achievement of certain clinical and regulatory milestones to the CyDex shareholders and former license holders. In addition, we will pay CyDex shareholders, for each respective year from 2011 through 2016, 20% of all CyDex-related revenue, but only to the extent that and beginning only when CyDex-related revenue for such year exceed $15.0 million; plus an additional 10% of all CyDex-related revenue recognized during such year, but only to the extent that and beginning only when aggregate CyDex-related revenue for such year exceeds $35.0 million. We paid $0.3 million to the CyDex shareholders in March 2012 related to 2011 CyDex-related revenue. The estimated fair value of the contingent liabilities recorded as part of the CyDex acquisiton at September 30, 2012 was $7.6 million.

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