ANNAPOLIS, Md., May 15 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- PharmAthene, Inc. (NYSE Amex: PIP), a biodefense company developing medical countermeasures against biological and chemical threats, today reported financial and operational results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2009.
For the first quarter of 2009, PharmAthene recognized revenues of $5.5 million compared to $5.8 million in the same period of 2008. Revenues for the most recent quarter consisted primarily of contract funding from the U.S. government for the development of Protexia(R), SparVax(TM) and RypVax(TM).
Research and development expenses were $5.7 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2009 compared to $5.9 million in the same period last year. For both quarterly periods these expenses resulted from research and development activities related to programs for Valortim(R) and Protexia(R), and for the first quarter of 2009 also reflect activities related to the SparVax(TM), RypVax(TM) and our third generation rPA anthrax vaccine programs, which we acquired in the second quarter of 2008.
General and administrative expenses for the Company were $5.1 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2009 compared to $4.4 million in the same period in 2008. These amounts include non-cash stock compensation expense of $0.7 million and $0.5 million for the three months ended March 31, 2009 and 2008, respectively. General and administrative expenses increased $0.7 million in the first quarter of 2009 primarily due to increased consulting and legal services associated with compliance and operating as a publicly traded entity, costs related to preparing and submitting various bids and proposal, litigation efforts, and increased employee costs resulting primarily from the additional headcount through the Avecia acquisition. These increases were partially offset by reduced travel and other administrative overhead costs.
For the first quarter of 2009 PharmAthene's net loss attributable to common shareholders was $6.0 million or $0.23 per share, compared to $4.7 million or $0.22 per share in the same period of 2008.
PharmAthene's available cash, cash equivalents and short term investments at March 31, 2009 totaled $24.0 million, which excludes restricted cash totaling $9.0 million. For the period ended December 31, 2008, the Company's available cash, cash equivalents and short term investments were $22.9 million, excluding restricted cash of $12.0 million. The increase in cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments at March 31, 2009 from December 31, 2008 is primarily attributable to the receipt of approximately $5.0 million in net proceeds from the public offering of common stock and warrants completed in March 2009, partially offset by funding of operations and the repayment of debt.
David P. Wright, President and Chief Executive Officer of PharmAthene, noted, "The first quarter of 2009 was a productive one for PharmAthene. In addition, we have recently met with senior officials at the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) to discuss the pending FDA submission of our comprehensive regulatory strategy for SparVax(TM) under the recently amended RFP. We submitted a copy of the plan to BARDA last week for review. BARDA officials indicated a willingness to review our proposal when received and we remain on target to meet our stated goal of submitting our plan to FDA by May 21, 2009."
Mr. Wright continued, "BARDA has recently assumed responsibility for funding and oversight of activities under our previous contract for the development of SparVax(TM) with the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID). The scope of work under the BARDA contract, which took effect April 1, 2009, will cover ongoing stability studies, development of potency assays, as well as certain manufacturing technology transfer and scale-up activities for SparVax(TM). We continue to work closely with BARDA to ensure that development activities for SparVax(TM) proceed uninterrupted during the negotiations under the RFP."
Conference Call and Webcast Information
PharmAthene management will host a conference call to discuss the Company's first quarter results on May 15, 2009, at 10:00 a.m., E.T. The dial-in number for U.S. callers is 866-783-2137 and for international callers is 857-350-1596. The participant passcode is 47746139.
A replay of the conference call will be available beginning at approximately 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time on May 15, 2009 until approximately 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time June 30, 2009. The dial-in number from within the United States is 888-286-8010. For international callers, the dial-in number is 617-801-6888. The participant passcode is 34158052.
The webcast of the conference call will be available until June 15, 2009 and can be accessed from the company's website at http://www.pharmathene.com. A link to the webcast may be found on the Investor Relations section of the website.
About PharmAthene, Inc.
PharmAthene was formed to meet the critical needs of the United States and its allies by developing and commercializing medical countermeasures against biological and chemical weapons. PharmAthene's lead product development programs include:
For more information about PharmAthene, please visit www.PharmAthene.com.
Statement on Cautionary Factors
Except for the historical information presented herein, matters discussed may constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 that are subject to certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such statements. Statements that are not historical facts, including statements preceded by, followed by, or that include the words "potential"; "believe"; "anticipate"; "intend"; "plan"; "expect"; "estimate"; "could"; "may"; "should"; or similar statements are forward-looking statements. PharmAthene disclaims, however, any intent or obligation to update these forward-looking statements. Risks and uncertainties include risk associated with the reliability of the results of the studies relating to human safety and possible adverse effects resulting from the administration of the Company's product candidates, unexpected funding delays and/or reductions or elimination of U.S. government funding for one or more of the Company's development programs, including without limitation our bid related to SparVax(TM) under the DHHS Request for Proposals for an Anthrax Recombinant Protective Antigen (rPA) Vaccine for the Strategic National Stockpile, the award of government contracts to our competitors, unforeseen safety issues, challenges related to the development, scale-up, technology transfer, and/or process validation of manufacturing processes for our product candidates, unexpected determinations that these product candidates prove not to be effective and/or capable of being marketed as products, as well as risks detailed from time to time in PharmAthene's Forms 10-K and 10-Q under the caption "Risk Factors" and in its other reports filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC").
Copies of PharmAthene's public disclosure filings are available from its investor relations department and our website under the investor relations tab at www.PharmAthene.com.
-- Tables Follow -- PHARMATHENE, INC. CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS March 31, December 31, 2009 2008 (unaudited) ASSETS Current assets: Cash and cash equivalents $17,245,420 $19,752,404 Restricted cash 9,000,000 12,000,000 Short-term investments 6,773,594 3,190,912 Accounts receivable 9,961,596 8,890,077 Other receivables 1,089,857 1,391,512 Prepaid expenses and other current assets 960,939 917,125 Total current assets 45,031,406 46,142,030 Long-term restricted cash - 1,250,000 Property and equipment, net 5,211,214 5,313,219 Patents, net 875,098 925,489 Other long-term assets 223,026 220,531 Deferred costs 34,643 37,092 Goodwill 2,348,453 2,502,909 Total assets $53,723,840 $56,391,270 LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY Current Liabilities: Accounts payable $3,409,022 $3,870,871 Accrued expenses and other liabilities 12,197,532 14,624,757 Convertible notes 13,828,776 13,377,505 Current portion of warrants to purchase common stock 377,753 - Current portion of long-term debt 3,947,979 4,000,000 Total current liabilities 33,761,062 35,873,133 Other long-term liabilities 2,230,670 626,851 Warrants to purchase common stock 1,158,031 - Long-term debt - 928,117 Total liabilities 37,149,763 37,427,831 Stockholders' equity: Common stock, $0.0001 par value; 100,000,000 shares authorized; 28,012,031 and 25,890,143 shares issued and outstanding at March 31, 2009 and December 31, 2008; respectively, 2,802 2,589 Additional paid-in capital 146,662,830 142,392,163 Accumulated other comprehensive (loss) income (260,869) 386,351 Accumulated deficit (129,830,686) (123,817,664) Total stockholders' equity 16,574,077 18,963,439 Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $53,723,840 $56,391,270
PHARMATHENE, INC. CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS Three months ended March 31, 2009 2008 (unaudited) Contract revenue $5,521,903 $5,819,054 Other revenue - 21,151 5,521,903 5,840,205 Operating expenses: Research and development 5,695,326 5,929,319 General and administrative 5,145,999 4,357,959 Depreciation and amortization 192,478 196,103 Total operating expenses 11,033,803 10,483,381 Loss from operations (5,511,900) (4,643,176) Other income (expense): Interest income 104,245 471,765 Change in market value of warrants 123,674 - Other expense (123,841) - Interest expense (602,115) (666,997) Change in market value of derivative instruments (3,085) 89,280 Total other income (expense) (501,122) (105,952) Net loss $(6,013,022) $(4,749,128) Basic and diluted net loss per share $(0.23) $(0.22) Weighted average shares used in calculation of basic and diluted net loss per share 26,009,387 22,087,121
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