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Dendreon Corp. Reports Operating Results (10-Q)
Posted by: gurufocus (IP Logged)
Date: May 6, 2009 02:02PM

Dendreon Corp. (DNDN) filed Quarterly Report for the period ended 2009-03-31. Dendreon Corporation discovers and develops immunologically based therapeutic products for the treatment of cancer. Through the use of antigen engineering and proprietary cell separation technologies Dendreon develops therapeutic vaccines that induce cell-mediated immunity the body's key defense against cancer. In addition to its products for cancer Dendreon also intends to pursue the application of its technologies in the fields of autoimmune diseases allergies and infectious diseases. Dendreon Corp. has a market cap of $2.11 billion; its shares were traded at around $21.53 with and P/S ratio of 19047.6. Dendreon Corp. had an annual average earning growth of 15.3% over the past 5 years.

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On August 18, 2005, we entered into an agreement to lease 158,242 square feet of commercial manufacturing space in Morris Plains, New Jersey. The lease term is seven years, and we have the option to extend the lease for two ten-year periods and one five- year period, with the same terms and conditions except for rent, which adjusts upon renewal to market rate. We intend to outfit the Facility in phases to meet the anticipated clinical and commercial manufacturing needs for Provenge and our other immunotherapy product candidates in development. The initial phase of the build-out of the Facility was completed in July 2006. In February 2007, we started to manufacture Provenge for clinical use in the Facility. The lease required us to provide the landlord with a letter of credit in the amount of $3.1 million as a security deposit. We provided Wells Fargo, the bank that issued the letter of credit on our behalf, a security deposit of $3.1 million to guarantee the letter of credit, which was recorded as long-term restricted cash on our balance sheet upon issuance. During 2008, the letter of credit was reduced to $1.9 million and the collateral amount required by Wells Fargo was reduced commensurately, resulting in a release of restricted cash of $1.2 million. The $1.9 million letter of credit was recorded as long-term restricted cash on our balance sheet as of March 31, 2009.

In December 2005, we entered into the first two of a series of anticipated Promissory Notes (the “GE Notes”), with General Electric Capital Corporation (“GE Capital”), for the purchase of equipment and associated build-out costs for the Facility. The GE Notes, which evidence one loan with an original principal amount of $7.0 million bearing interest at 7.55 percent per year that was paid in full at December 31, 2008, and the remaining loans with original principal amounts totaling $9.6 million and an average interest rate of 10.1 percent, are to be repaid in 36 consecutive monthly installments of principal and interest. The GE Notes are secured by a Master Security Agreement (the “Security Agreement”), and two Security Deposit Pledge Agreements (the “Pledge Agreements”). Pursuant to the Pledge Agreements, we deposited an aggregate of $7.0 million as a security deposit for the repayment of the GE Notes, which will be released upon the repayment of the GE Notes or upon receipt of FDA approval for the commercialization of Provenge. The balance of such security deposit as of March 31, 2009 was $3.0 million. The security deposit is recorded on our balance sheet in short-term restricted cash. There is a material adverse change clause in the Security Agreement which may accelerate the maturity of the GE Notes upon the occurrence of certain events. We do not believe a material adverse change in our financial condition has occurred. The balance due on the GE Notes as of March 31, 2009 was approximately $1.3 million.

In April 2008, we received net proceeds of $46.0 million from our issuance of the Shares and the Warrants to the Investor. The Investor purchased the Shares and Warrants for a negotiated price of $5.92 per share of common stock purchased. The Warrants are exercisable at any time prior to April 8, 2015, with an exercise price of $20.00 per share of common stock. The Warrants contain a “fundamental change” provision, as defined in the Warrants, which may in certain circumstances allow the Warrants to be redeemed for cash in an amount equal to the Black Scholes Value, as defined in the Warrants. Accordingly, pursuant to SFAS No. 133, and EITF No. 00-19), the Warrants are recorded as a liability and then marked to market each period through earnings in other income (expense). The fair value of the Warrants at March 31, 2009 and December 31, 2008 was approximately $11.8 million and $14.2 million, respectively, based on “Level 3” Inputs, as defined under SFAS 157 (see Note 4 to our Financial Statements). As a result of this decrease, we recorded $2.4 million in non-operating income for the three months ended March 31, 2009.

On October 11, 2007, we entered into an equity line of credit arrangement with Azimuth Opportunity Ltd. (“Azimuth”) pursuant to a Common Stock Purchase Agreement with Azimuth, which we amended in October 2008 and February 2009. As amended, the Common Stock Purchase Agreement provides that, upon the terms and subject to the conditions set forth therein, Azimuth is committed to purchase up to $130,000,000 of our common stock over the approximately 36-month term of the Common Stock Purchase Agreement. From time to time, and at our sole discretion, we may present Azimuth with draw down notices to purchase our common stock over 10 consecutive trading days or such other period mutually agreed upon by us and Azimuth. Each draw down is subject to limitations based on the price of our common stock, with a minimum price of $4.00 per share before Azimuth is committed to purchase any shares, and a limit of 2.5% of our market capitalization at the time of such draw down, provided, however, Azimuth will not be required to purchase more than $55,000,000 of our common stock in any single draw down. We are able to present Azimuth with up to 24 draw down notices during the term of the Common Stock Purchase Agreement, with a minimum of five trading days required between each draw down period. Pursuant to a single draw down notice, on October 10, 2008, we sold 3,610,760 shares of our common stock to Azimuth and received net proceeds of approximately $19.8 million.

On June 11, 2007, we sold $75.0 million of the Notes to Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated (the “Initial Purchaser”) for sale in a private placement to qualified institutional buyers pursuant to Rule 144A under the Securities Act of 1933. Proceeds from the offering, after deducting the fees to the Initial Purchaser and our estimated expenses were approximately $72.5 million. We granted the Initial Purchaser a 30-day option to purchase up to an additional $25.0 million in principal amount of the Notes. The Initial Purchaser elected to exercise this right and purchased $10.25 million of additional Notes in July 2007, from which we received approximately $9.8 million in proceeds after deducting the Initial Purchaser’s fee and our estimated expenses. The Notes were issued at the face principal amount thereof and pay interest semi-annually in arrears on June 15 and December 15 of each year, beginning on December 15, 2007. Record dates for payment of interest on the Notes are each June 1st and December 1st. In certain circumstances, additional amounts may become due on the Notes as additional interest or liquidated damages. We can elect that the sole remedy for an event of default for our failure to comply with the “reporting obligations” provisions of the indenture under which the Notes were issued (the “Indenture”), for the first 180 days after the occurrence of such event of default would be for the holders of the Notes to receive additional interest on the Notes at an annual rate equal to 1% of the outstanding principal amount of the Notes. In addition, holders of the Notes may be entitled to liquidated damages in the event of a “registration default” as described in the registration rights agreement pursuant to which we registered the Notes, at an annual rate equal to 0.25% of the principal amount of the Notes up to the 90th day following a registration default, and 0.50% of the principal amount of the Notes after the 91st day following such registration default. Liquidated damages, if any, would cease to accrue on the second anniversary of issuance of the Notes. The registration statement

As of March 31, 2009 and 2008, we had short-term investments of $30.0 million and $23.6 million, respectively and long-term investments of $1.5 million and $12.8 million, respectively. Our short-term and long-term investments are subject to interest rate risk and will decline in value if market interest rates increase. The estimated fair value of our short-term and long-term investments at March 31, 2009, assuming a 100 basis point increase in market interest rates, would decrease by $42,000, which would not materially impact our operations. While changes in interest rates may affect the fair value of our investment portfolio, any gains or losses will not be recognized in our statement of operations until the investment is sold or if the reduction in fair value was determined to be an other than temporary impairment.

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