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Medicines Company Reports Operating Results (10-Q)

May 11, 2009 | About:

Medicines Company (MDCO) filed Quarterly Report for the period ended 2009-03-31.

Medicines Company acquires develops and commercializes biopharmaceutical products in late stages of development. U.S. Food and Drug Administration intends to approve its first product Angiomax for use in the treatment ofpatients with unstable angina undergoing coronary balloon angioplasty. The company is also developing Angiomax for additional potential applications for use in the treatment of ischemic heart disease a condition which occurs when organs receive an inadequate supply of oxygen as a result of decreased blood flow. Medicines Company has a market cap of $553.7 million; its shares were traded at around $10.52 with and P/S ratio of 1.6.

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We incurred total costs of $45.7 million in connection with the reacquisition of the rights to develop, distribute and market Angiox in the Nycomed territory. This total costs amount includes transaction fees of approximately $0.7 million and agreed upon milestone payments of $20.0 million paid to Nycomed on July 2, 2007, $15.0 million paid to Nycomed on January 15, 2008 and $5.0 million paid to Nycomed on July 8, 2008, as well as an additional $5.0 million paid to Nycomed on July 8, 2008 in connection with our obtaining European Commission approval to market Angiox for ACS in January 2008.

During the third quarter of 2007, we allocated $30.8 million of these costs as expense attributable to the termination of the prior distribution agreement with Nycomed and $14.9 million to intangible assets. The $30.8 million expense was offset in part by the write-off of approximately $2.7 million of deferred revenue, which amount represented the unamortized portion of deferred revenue related to milestone payments received from Nycomed in 2004 and 2002. We included such amounts in selling, general and administrative expense on the consolidated statements of operations for the year ended December 31, 2007. We allocated approximately $14.9 million of the costs associated with the reacquisition of the rights to develop, distribute and market Angiox in the European Union to intangible assets. We are amortizing these intangible assets over the remaining patent life of Angiox, which expires in 2015. The period in which amortization expense will be recorded reflects the pattern in which we expect the economic benefits of the intangible assets to be consumed.

In February 2009, we acquired Targanta Therapeutics Corporation, or Targanta. Under the terms of our agreement with Targanta, we paid Targanta shareholders $2.00 in cash at closing for each common share of Targanta common stock tendered, or approximately $42.0 million in aggregate, and agreed to pay contingent cash payments up to an additional $4.55 per share as described below:

The total cost of the acquisition was approximately $23.7 million, which consisted of a purchase price of approximately $22.9 million and direct acquisition costs of $0.8 million. Since the acquisition date, we have included results of Curacyte Discovery’s operations in our consolidated financial statements. We allocated the purchase price to the estimated fair value of assets acquired and liabilities assumed based on a third-party valuation and management estimates. We allocated approximately $21.4 million of the purchase price to in-process research and development, which we expensed upon completion of the acquisition. We recorded this amount as research and development expenses in our consolidated statements of operations for the three months ended September 30, 2008. We allocated the remaining portion of the purchase price to net tangible assets.

Cost of Revenue. As shown in the table below, cost of revenue during the three months ended March 31, 2009 was $28.3 million, or 29% of net revenue, compared to $19.1 million, or 24% of net revenue, for the three months ended March 31, 2008. The increase in cost of revenues as a percentage of net revenue is driven by a higher projected effective royalty rate for sales of Angiomax under our agreement with Biogen Idec. Cost of revenue consisted of expenses in connection with the manufacture of Angiomax and Cleviprex sold, royalty expenses under our agreements with Biogen Idec, Health Research Inc. and AstraZeneca and the logistics costs of selling Angiomax and Cleviprex, such as distribution, storage, and handling. Cost of revenue increased $9.2 million during the three months ended March 31, 2009 compared to the three months ended March 31, 2008 primarily related to higher Angiomax sales and an increase in royalty expense due to a higher projected effective royalty rate for sales of Angiomax under our agreement with Biogen Idec.

Research and development spending in the three months ended March 31, 2009 related to Angiomax increased approximately $2.2 million primarily due to an increase in manufacturing development expenses driven by product lifecycle management activities. Angiomax clinical trial costs decreased by approximately $0.3 million partially due to decreased expenditures in connection with the investigator initiated trial called HORIZONS AMI to study Angiomax use in adult AMI patients that we supported. During the third quarter of 2008, we incurred $1.5 million in costs related to the final milestone payment in connection with HORIZONS AMI. Clinical trial expenses also decreased during 2009 due to reduced research and development expenses that we incurred in connection with a study of Angiomax in the pediatric setting that we began in the first half of 2007 in connection with a written request by the FDA. The study consists of a single trial to clarify the pediatric dose that provides a pharmacodynamic response equivalent to that observed in the adult population at the approved adult dose. We completed the enrollment of 110 patients during the third quarter of 2008 and filed a clinical study report for the pediatric extension with the FDA in the second quarter of 2009.

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