General and Administrative
NPS's fourth quarter general and administrative expenses were $9.3 million versus $9.8 million for the fourth quarter of 2006. Full-year general and administrative expenses were $27.0 million for 2007 as compared to $52.2 million for 2006. The declines in general and administrative expenses were attributable to reductions in personnel and associated expenditures due to the implementation of the company's new business plan.
NPS reported restructuring chares of $1.1 million for the fourth quarter of 2007 as compared to a $61,000 credit for the fourth quarter of 2006. For the full year, restructuring charges for 2007 were $13.4 million versus $8.2 million in 2006. Restructuring charges were primarily comprised of employee termination benefits.
Gain on sale of asset
In connection with the implementation of NPS's new business plan, the company sold its interests in an early-stage research and development collaboration with AstraZeneca for metabotropic glutamate receptors (mGluRs) and recognized a $30.0 million gain in the fourth quarter of 2007.
Cash and Investments
As of December 31, 2007, the company's cash, cash equivalents, short- and long-term investments totaled $161.7 million, as compared to $146.2 million as of December 31, 2006.
The company's investment portfolio includes investments in certain auction-rate securities or ARS investments. As of December 31, 2007, the company's ARS investments had an estimated value of $53.3 million and a cost basis of $59.8 million.
Recently, NPS agreed to sell certain of these ARS investments to one of
its investment advisors for $26.0 million. These securities had an
|SOURCE NPS Pharmaceuticals, Inc.|
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