Keryx to Host Investor Conference Call on Monday, February 25, 2008 at
NEW YORK, Feb. 22 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Keryx Biopharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq: KERX), a biopharmaceutical company focused on the acquisition, development and commercialization of medically important, novel pharmaceutical products for the treatment of life-threatening diseases, including diabetes and cancer (the "Company"), today announced its results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2007.
At December 31, 2007, the Company had cash, cash equivalents, investment securities and interest receivable of $64.7 million, as compared to $125.6 million at December 31, 2006.
The net loss for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2007 was $29,261,000, or $0.67 per share, compared to a net loss of $18,347,000, or $0.42 per share, for the comparable quarter in 2006, representing an increase in net loss of $10,914,000. The increase in net loss was primarily attributable to a $2,228,000 increase in research and development expenses related to the Company's Sulonex(TM) (sulodexide oral gelcap) pivotal Phase 3 and Phase 4 clinical program, a $4,372,000 increase in expenses related to KRX-0401, a $2,600,000 increase in expenses related to Zerenex, a $446,000 increase in expenses related to the Company's other clinical compounds and a $1,692,000 increase in non-cash compensation expense related to stock option and restricted stock grants.
The net loss for the year ended December 31, 2007 was $90,062,000, or $2.07 per share, compared to a net loss of $73,764,000, or $1.76 per share, for the year ended December 31, 2006, representing an increase in net loss of $16,298,000. The increase in net loss was primarily attributable to a $7,839,000 increase in research and development expenses related to the Company's Sulonex pivotal Phase 3 and Phase 4 clinical program, a $6,702,000 increase in expenses related to KRX-0401 (perifosine), a $3,294,000 increase in expenses related to Zerenex (ferric citrate) and a $1,580,000 increase in expenses related to the Company's other clinical compounds. The increase in net loss was also due to a $1,838,000 decrease in interest and other income. The increase in net loss was partially offset by a $4,252,000 decrease in non- cash compensation expense related to stock option and restricted stock grants.
Commenting on the year and the quarter, Michael S. Weiss, Keryx's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, said, "This was an important year for the Company as we made substantial progress toward the potential commercialization of Sulonex, including: completion of the active treatment portion of the SUN- MICRO Phase 3 trial with the subsequent completion of the trial in February 2008; enrollment of over 50% of the patients required for completion of the SUN-MACRO Phase 4 trial; completion of four Independent Data Safety Monitoring Committee (DSMC) meetings surrounding the Phase 3 and Phase 4 trials culminating in the fourth quarter DSMC final review of the safety and efficacy data related to the Sulonex Phase 3 trial, at which time the DSMC again found no cogent reason to recommend that we alter or terminate the study; and the completion of our first commercial-scale manufacturing facility with final validation anticipated in 2008." Mr. Weiss, continued, "With the Phase 3 trial now complete, we anxiously await the final results from the study, and continue to target making an announcement of the top line data before the end of next month. In preparation for the potential commercial launch of Sulonex, we continue to build our internal expertise, including key hires in commercial, medical affairs, quality operations, legal and accounting. Financially, we ended the year in line with our expectations and believe that we are well- positioned for an exciting and fruitful 2008."
On Monday, February 25, 2008, at 8:30am EST, the Company will host an investor conference call during which they will provide a brief financial overview of the Company's fourth quarter and year-end 2007 financial results and business outlook for 2008.
In order to participate in the conference call, please call 1-877-874-1565 (U.S.), 1-719-325-4750 (outside the U.S.), call-in ID: KERYX. The audio recording of the conference call will be available for replay at http://www.keryx.com, for a period of 15 days after the call.
ABOUT KERYX BIOPHARMACEUTICALS, INC.
Keryx Biopharmaceuticals, Inc. is focused on the acquisition, development and commercialization of medically important, novel pharmaceutical products for the treatment of life-threatening diseases, including diabetes and cancer. Keryx's lead compound under development is Sulonex(TM) (sulodexide) oral gelcaps, previously referred to as KRX-101, a first-in-class, oral heparinoid compound for the treatment of diabetic nephropathy, a life-threatening kidney disease caused by diabetes. Sulonex is in a pivotal Phase 3 and Phase 4 clinical program under a Special Protocol Assessment with the Food & Drug Administration. Additionally, Keryx is developing Zerenex(TM), an oral, iron- based compound that has the capacity to bind phosphate and form non-absorbable complexes. Zerenex is currently in Phase 2 clinical development for the treatment of hyperphosphatemia (elevated serum phosphorous levels) in patients with end- stage renal disease. Keryx is also developing clinical-stage oncology compounds, including KRX-0401 (perifosine), a novel, oral anti-cancer agent that modulates Akt, a protein in the body associated with tumor survival and growth. KRX-0401 also modulates a number of other key signal transduction pathways, including the JNK and MAPK pathways, which are pathways associated with programmed cell death, cell growth, cell differentiation and cell survival. KRX-0401 is currently in Phase 2 clinical development for multiple tumor types. Keryx also has an active in-licensing and acquisition program designed to identify and acquire additional drug candidates. Keryx is headquartered in New York City.
Some of the statements included in this press release and made by our
management on the conference call, particularly those anticipating future
financial performance, the results of clinical trials, the business
prospects for our lead drug candidates Sulonex(TM), Zerenex(TM) and
KRX-0401, our growth and operating strategies and similar matters, may be
forward-looking statements that involve a number of risks and
uncertainties. For those statements, we claim the protection of the safe
harbor for forward-looking statements contained in the Private Securities
Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Among the factors that could cause our
actual results to differ materially are the following: our ability to
successfully complete cost-effective clinical trials or meet anticipated
development timelines for the drug candidates in our pipeline, including
Sulonex(TM), Zerenex(TM) and KRX-0401, due to recruitment, clinical trial
results, or manufacturing capabilities; our ability to finalize the new
drug application for Sulonex before year-end, even if we receive positive
results from the Phase 3 study, for various reasons including the
completion of necessary non-clinical studies; and other risk factors
identified from time to time in our reports filed with the Securities and
Exchange Commission. Any forward-looking statements set forth in this press
release speak only as of the date of this press release. We do not intend
to update any of these forward-looking statements to reflect events or
circumstances that occur after the date hereof. This press release and
prior releases are available at http://www.keryx.com. The information in
our website is not incorporated by reference into this press release and is
included as an inactive textual reference only.
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Keryx Biopharmaceuticals, Inc.
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Keryx Biopharmaceuticals, Inc.
Selected Consolidated Financial Data
(Thousands of US Dollars, Except Share and Per Share Data)
Statements of Operations Information:
Three Months Ended Year Ended
December 31, December 31,
2007 2006 2007 2006
(unaudited) (unaudited) (audited)
License revenue $163 $-- $204 $--
Diagnostic revenue -- 45 66 103
Service revenue 15 56 52 431
Other revenue 727 -- 727 --
TOTAL REVENUE 905 101 1,049 534
Cost of diagnostics sold -- 71 38 140
Cost of services 34 92 124 390
Research and development:
compensation 666 298 3,574 6,504
Other research and
development 25,791 16,504 74,889 56,139
Total research and
development 26,457 16,802 78,463 62,643
Selling, general and
compensation 1,893 569 7,086 8,408
administrative 2,643 2,564 9,919 9,110
administrative 4,536 3,133 17,005 17,518
TOTAL OPERATING EXPENSES 31,027 20,098 95,630 80,691
OPERATING LOSS (30,122) (19,997) (94,581) (80,157)
Interest and other
income, net 897 1,650 4,555 6,393
NET LOSS BEFORE INCOME
TAXES (29,225) (18,347) (90,026) (73,764)
Income taxes 36 -- 36 --
NET LOSS $(29,261) $(18,347) $(90,062) $(73,764)
NET LOSS PER COMMON SHARE
Basic and diluted $(0.67) $(0.42) $(2.07) $(1.76)
SHARES USED IN COMPUTING
NET LOSS PER COMMON SHARE
Basic and diluted 43,651,587 43,241,090 43,583,950 41,919,741
Balance Sheet Information:
December 31, December 31,
Cash, cash equivalents, interest
receivable and investment securities $64,682 $125,610
Total assets 81,061 140,313
Accumulated deficit (278,274) (188,212)
Stockholders' equity 44,422 123,821
* Condensed from audited financial statements.
|SOURCE Keryx Biopharmaceuticals, Inc.|
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