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Ligand Pharmaceuticals Announces Second Quarter Results
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Date: August 3, 2009 04:26PM
Press Release: Ligand Pharmaceuticals Announces Second Quarter Results
SAN DIEGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Ligand Pharmaceuticals Incorporated (NASDAQ:LGND) today announced financial results for the three and six months ended June 30, 2009 and provided an update on key programs.
Second Quarter Results
Total revenues from continuing operations for the three months ended June 30, 2009 were $7.6 million, compared with $4.8 million for the same period in 2008. The increase in revenues of $2.8 million is due to $4.7 million in collaboration revenues resulting from agreements acquired from Pharmacopeia as well as $0.9 million of license and milestone revenue. These increases were partially offset by a $2.8 million decrease in royalty revenues due to the change in the contractual royalty rate on AVINZA® from 15% to 5% that became effective in the fourth quarter of 2008.
Operating costs and expenses from continuing operations in the second quarter of 2009 were $12.7 million, compared with $10.9 million in the second quarter of 2008. Research and development expenses increased by $3.1 million for the second quarter of 2009, compared to the same period in 2008, primarily due to costs of servicing the collaboration agreements acquired from Pharmacopeia in December 2008. General and administrative expenses decreased by $1.7 million compared to the same period in 2008 primarily due to reduced legal costs. Additionally, during the second quarter of 2009, the Company recorded a write-off of acquired in-process research and development of $0.4 million as a result of adjustments related to the purchase price allocation for Pharmacopeia.
The total net loss in the second quarter of 2009 was $1.7 million, or $0.01 per share, compared with a net loss of $6.4 million, or $0.07 per share, in the comparable 2008 quarter. Loss from continuing operations in the second quarter of 2009 was $4.5 million, or $0.04 per share, compared with a loss from continuing operations of $4.9 million, or $0.05 per share, in the comparable 2008 quarter. Income from discontinued operations in the second quarter of 2009 was $2.8 million, or $0.03 per share, compared with a loss from discontinued operations of $1.5 million, or $0.02 per share, in the comparable 2008 quarter.
As of June 30, 2009, Ligand had cash, cash equivalents, short-term investments and restricted investments of $56.9 million.
“Ligand had a very productive second quarter. We saw new Phase III data announced by our partners, GSK and Wyeth, another Ligand-derived product named CONBRIZA received EU regulatory approval, additional cash milestone payments were collected and we entered a new license agreement for a Phase II program that could generate additional future royalties,” said John L. Higgins, President and Chief Executive Officer of Ligand. “Since the beginning of 2009, our partners have delivered numerous positive events and cash payments, operating expenses have decreased and we are making progress on our pipeline programs, notably with the initiation of our Phase I SARM trial. We are highly focused on driving value for shareholders through productive early stage research and generating potential future cash flow from our extensive roster of fully funded royalty partnerships.”
Total revenues for the six months ended June 30, 2009, were $17.1 million, compared with $9.7 million for the first six months of 2008. Operating costs and expenses for the first six months of 2009 were $30.0 million, compared with $28.2 million for the same period in 2008.
The net loss for the six months ended June 30, 2009, was $6.8 million, or $0.06 per share, compared with a net loss of $10.4 million, or $0.11 per share, for the same period in 2008.
Second Quarter and Recent Highlights
Operating Forecast and Financial Outlook
Affirming its previous 2009 revenue forecast, Ligand expects 2009 total revenue of $30 to $34 million, including approximately $9.0 million of non-cash deferred revenue, consisting of royalty payments from King Pharmaceuticals for sales of AVINZA and from GSK for sales of PROMACTA, revenue from collaboration agreements and potential milestone payments from existing corporate partners. For the remaining two quarters of 2009, the Company anticipates total operating costs will be between $23 million and $25 million, including non-cash expenses of approximately $4.0 million.
The Company currently projects to finish 2009 with more than $45 million in cash. For 2010, the Company currently forecasts that its operating expenses will be approximately $35 million and that revenues are projected to be at about the same level as forecasted expenses for 2010. This revenue outlook does not assume license or milestone payments from any potential new license agreements.
Ligand management will host a conference call today beginning at 4:30 p.m. Eastern time (1:30 p.m. Pacific time). To participate via telephone please dial (877) 356-5578 from the U.S. or (706) 679-0565 from outside the U.S. A replay of the call will be available until September 3, 2009 at 5:30 p.m. Eastern time by dialing (800) 642-1687 from the U.S. or (706) 645-9291 from outside the U.S., and entering passcode 21666759. Individual investors can access the live and archived Webcast through Ligand’s Web site at www.ligand.com.
About Ligand Pharmaceuticals
Ligand discovers and develops new drugs that address critical unmet medical needs of patients with muscle wasting, frailty, hormone-related diseases, osteoporosis, inflammatory diseases, anemia, asthma, rheumatoid arthritis and psoriasis. Ligand\'s proprietary drug discovery and development programs are based on advanced cell-based assays, gene-expression tools, ultra-high throughput screening and one of the world’s largest combinatorial chemical libraries. Ligand has strategic alliances with major pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, including Bristol-Myers Squibb, Celgene, Cephalon, GlaxoSmithKline, Schering-Plough, Pfizer and Wyeth Pharmaceuticals. With nine pharmaceutical deals and more than twenty different molecules in various stages of development, Ligand utilizes proprietary technologies for identifying drugs with novel receptor and enzyme drug targets.
This news release contains certain forward-looking statements by Ligand that involve risks and uncertainties and reflect Ligand’s judgment as of the date of this release. Actual events or results may differ from Ligand’s expectations. For example, we may not receive expected royalties on AVINZA® from King Pharmaceuticals, PROMACTA® from GSK or any other partnered products or from research and development milestones, and we may not be able to timely or successfully advance any product(s) in Ligand’s pipeline. In addition, there can be no assurance that Ligand will achieve its guidance for 2009 or 2010, that Ligand will deliver strong cash flow over the long term, that Ligand’s 2009 revenues will be driven by royalty payments related to AVINZA and PROMACTA sales, that results of any clinical study will be timely, favorable or confirmed by later studies, that products under development by Ligand or its partners will receive regulatory approval in 2009 or later, or that there will be a market for the product(s) if successfully developed and approved. Also, Ligand may experience delays in the commencement, enrollment, completion or analysis of clinical testing for its product candidates, or significant issues regarding the adequacy of its clinical trial designs or the execution of its clinical trials, which could result in increased costs and delays, or limit Ligand’s ability to obtain regulatory approval. Further, unexpected adverse side effects or inadequate therapeutic efficacy of Ligand’s product(s) could delay or prevent regulatory approval or commercialization. Ligand may also have indemnification obligations to King Pharmaceuticals or Eisai in connection with the sales of the AVINZA and oncology product lines. In addition, Ligand may not be able to successfully implement its strategic growth plan and continue the development of its proprietary programs. The failure to meet expectations with respect to any of the foregoing matters may reduce Ligand’s stock price. Additional information concerning these and other risk factors affecting Ligand’s business can be found in prior press releases available via www.ligand.com as well as in Ligand’s public periodic filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission at www.sec.gov. Ligand disclaims any intent or obligation to update these forward-looking statements beyond the date of this release. This caution is made under the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.