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Savient Pharmaceuticals Reports Fourth Quarter and Year-End 2012 Financial Results

BRIDGEWATER, N.J., March 19, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Savient Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: SVNT) today reported financial results for the three months and full year ended December 31, 2012.  Savient ended the quarter with approximately $96.3 million in cash and short-term investments, a decrease of $19.9 million for the quarter.

Net sales of KRYSTEXXA were $4.7 million for the fourth quarter of 2012, a 3% increase over the third quarter of 2012.  For the three-month period ended December 31, 2012, the Company had a net loss of $28.0 million, or $0.39 per share, on total revenues of $4.9 million, compared with a net loss of $30.9 million, or $0.44 per share, on total revenues of $3.7 million for the same period in 2011.  The net loss for the year ended December 31, 2012 was $118.3 million, or $1.67 per share, on total revenues of $18.0 million, compared with a net loss of $102.0 million, or $1.46 per share, on total revenues of $9.6 million for the same period in 2011.  The net loss for the year ended December 31, 2012, includes a $21.8 million, or $0.31 per share, gain on the extinguishment of debt.  Additionally, the net loss for the years ended December 31, 2012 and 2011 were impacted by charges to cost of goods sold of $15.7 million and $4.7 million, respectively, resulting in an increase to expense of $11.0 million.  These charges were primarily due to KRYSTEXXA inventory that we do not believe will be able to sell through to commerce prior to expiration."Savient is committed to expanding the commercial footprint of KRYSTEXXA.  As seen by the fourth quarter and recent developments, the Company is focused on its comprehensive long-term strategy to not only broaden the clinical utility of KRYSTEXXA, but also further explore opportunities that complement Savient's strengths and strategic vision," said Lou Ferrari, President and Chief Executive Officer of Savient.  "Part of this long-term corporate strategy is to ensure that the true value of this highly effective orphan drug is reflected appropriately.  The recent 30% price increase of KRYSTEXXA represents management's commitment to execute upon this strategy and continue to build long-term value for our stakeholders."

Fourth Quarter Operational Highlights and Recent Developments:

  • Announced additional new data demonstrating KRYSTEXXA-treated refractory chronic gout patients experienced significantly improved health-related quality of life
  • Announced new data from an open-label extension (OLE) study published in the Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases reinforcing the safety and efficacy profile of KRYSTEXXA
  • Announced the elections of Robert G. Savage and Dr. David Meeker to the Company's board of directors
  • Completed study of KRYSTEXXA in dialysis patients, and anticipate data to be presented at a major scientific meeting later this year
  • Received European Commission marketing authorization in January 2013 for KRYSTEXXA® for the treatment of certain patients with chronic tophaceous gout in the EU
  • Announced a co-promotion agreement with Swedish Orphan Biovitrum AB (Sobi) for Kineret® (anakinra) in the U.S.
  • Financial Results of Operations for the Three Months Ended December 31, 2012Net revenues increased $1.2 million, or 33%, to $4.9 million for the three-month period ended December 31, 2012, from $3.7 million for the three-month period ended December 31, 2011, as a result of increasing awareness and acceptance of KRYSTEXXA among our target customer base, and to a lesser extent, the impact of our price increases.  Over the past year, we have increased the selling price of KRYSTEXXA by approximately 29% from the original list price of $2,300 per vial to $2,962 per vial.  We further increased the selling price in 2013 by an additional 30%, raising the price to $3,850 per vial, effective January 16, 2013.

    Cost of goods sold increased $6.4 million to $9.7 million for the three-month period ended December 31, 2012, from $3.3 million for the three-month period ended December 31, 2011. For the three-month periods ended December 31, 2012 and 2011, we recorded charges of $7.9 million and $1.3 million, respectively, against operations, resulting in a year-over-year increase in cost of goods sold of $6.6 million.  The increase in the charges to cost of goods sold related to raw material inventory and commitments, and finished goods inventory that we do not believe we will be able to sell through to commerce prior to expiration, resulting from lower sales demand forecasts for KRYSTEXXA in future years. 

    Research and development expenses decreased $2.0 million, or 27%, to $5.5 million for the three-month period ended December 31, 2012, from $7.5 million for the three-month period ended December 31, 2011. The decrease is primarily the result of reduced spending on post marketing commitment costs partially offset by increased costs to support our marketing authorization application, or MAA, filing for KRYSTEXXA in the EU.

    Selling, general and administrative expenses decreased $11.6 million, or 41%, to $16.5 million for the three-month period ended December 31, 2012, from $28.1 million for the three-month period ended December 31, 2011. The decrease in expense is mainly due to a reduction in selling and promotion costs for KRYSTEXXA compared to commercial launch year-related expenses in 2011 and cost containment activities resulting from our reorganization plan initiated in July 2012.

    Interest expense on our debt increased $2.4 million, or 53%, to $6.9 million for the three-month period ended December 31, 2012, from $4.5 million for the three-month period ended December 31, 2011. Interest expense for the three-month period ended December 31, 2012 reflects $2.7 million of cash interest expense and $4.2 million of non-cash interest expense. Interest expense for the three-month period ended December 31, 2011 reflects $2.7 million of cash interest expense and $1.8 million of non-cash interest expense.

    Other income, net increased $4.5 million to $5.6 million for the three-month period ended December 31, 2012, from $1.1 million for the three-month period ended December 31, 2011.  This increase is primarily due to a non-cash gain of $5.1 million during the three-month period ended December 31, 2012 relating to the mark-to-market valuation adjustment of our warrant liability.

    The Company will host a live conference call and webcast on March 19, 2013, at 9:00 a.m. Eastern Time to discuss these results and to answer questions.  To participate by telephone, please dial:Domestic:


    253-237-1151Conference ID:

    99134844The live and archived webcast can be accessed via the investor relations section of the Savient website at  A telephone replay will be available through March 25, 2013, by dialing:



    404-537-3406Conference ID:

    Savient Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is a specialty biopharmaceutical company focused on developing and commercializing KRYSTEXXA® (pegloticase) for the treatment of chronic gout in adult patients who do not respond to conventional therapy. Savient has exclusively licensed worldwide rights to the technology related to KRYSTEXXA and its uses from Duke University ("Duke") and Mountain View Pharmaceuticals, Inc. ("MVP"). Duke developed the recombinant uricase enzyme and MVP developed the PEGylation technology used in the manufacture of KRYSTEXXA. MVP and Duke have been granted U.S. and foreign patents disclosing and claiming the licensed technology and, in addition, Savient owns or co-owns U.S. and foreign patents and patent applications, which collectively form a broad portfolio of patents covering the composition, manufacture and methods of use and administration of KRYSTEXXA. In the U.S., Savient also supplies Oxandrin® (oxandrolone tablets, USP) CIII and co-promotes Kineret® (anakinra) with Swedish Orphan Biovitrum AB (Sobi). For more information, please visit the Company's website at

    All statements other than statements of historical facts included in this press release are forward-looking statements that are subject to certain risks, trends and uncertainties that could cause actual results and achievements to differ materially from those expressed in such statements. These risks, trends and uncertainties are in some instances beyond our control. Words such as "anticipate," "believe," "estimate," "expect," "intend," "plan," "will" and other similar expressions identify forward-looking statements, although not all forward-looking statements contain these identifying words. In particular, any statements regarding the safety and efficacy of KRYSTEXXA®, the potential to expand the clinical utility of KRYSTEXXA, status of our KRYSTEXXA marketing efforts in the US and additional plans related thereto both in the US and EU, market demand and reimbursement for KRYSTEXXA, our view of the market size in the US and EU, our market expansion plans outside the US and EU and our co-promotion arrangement for Kineret® are forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements involve substantial risks and uncertainties and are based on our assessment and interpretation of the currently available data and information, current expectations, assumptions, estimates and projections about our business and the biopharmaceutical and specialty pharmaceutical industries in which we operate. Important factors that may affect our ability to achieve the matters addressed in these forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, our ability to co-promote Kineret and continue our commercialization of KRYSTEXXA; our ability to retain the personnel; competition from existing therapies and therapies that are currently under development; whether we are able to obtain financing, if needed; economic, political and other risks associated with foreign operations; risks of maintaining protection for our intellectual property; risks of an adverse determination in intellectual property litigation; and risks associated with stringent government regulation of the biopharmaceutical industry and other important factors set forth more fully in our reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, to which investors are referred for further information. We may not actually achieve the plans, intentions or expectations disclosed in our forward-looking statements, and you should not place undue reliance on our forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of publication of this press release. Actual results or events could differ materially from the plans, intentions and expectations disclosed in the forward-looking statements that we make. Our forward-looking statements do not reflect the potential impact of any future acquisitions, mergers, dispositions, joint ventures or investments that we may make. We do not have a policy of updating or revising forward-looking statements and, except as required by law, assume no obligation to update any forward-looking statements.



    CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS(In thousands, except share data) December 31,
    2012December 31,
    2011ASSETSCurrent Assets:Cash and cash equivalents$


    114,094Short-term investments45,94955,694Accounts receivable, net4,3414,737Inventories, net4,32510,924Prepaid expenses and other current assets4,3674,186Total current assets109,314189,635Property and equipment, net2,050833Deferred financing costs, net4,9694,068Restricted cash and other assets2,8732,580Total assets$


    197,116LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' DEFICITCurrent Liabilities:Accounts payable$


    7,046Deferred revenues580414Warrant liability2,935—Accrued interest3,1504,643Other current liabilities21,51617,962Total current liabilities31,61630,065Convertible notes, net of discount of $25,354 at December 31, 2012 and

     $54,542 at December 31, 201197,087175,458Senior secured notes, net of discount of $45,114 at December 31, 2012125,827—Other liabilities2,9733Stockholders' Deficit:Preferred stock—$.01 par value 4,000,000 shares authorized; no shares issued——Common stock—$.01 par value 150,000,000 shares authorized; 73,083,000

     issued and outstanding shares at December 31, 2012 and 71,502,000 issued

     and outstanding shares at December 31, 2011731715Additional paid-in-capital397,191408,463Accumulated deficit(535,915)(417,603)Accumulated other comprehensive (loss) income(304)15Total stockholders' deficit(138,297)(8,410)Total liabilities and stockholders' deficit$



     SAVIENT PHARMACEUTICALS, INC.CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS(In thousands, except per share data) Three-Months Ended
    December 31,Twelve-Months EndedDecember 31,2012201120122011Revenues:Product sales, net$




    9,565Cost and expenses:Cost of goods sold9,7133,30522,3829,313Research and development5,4917,47526,23824,790Selling, general and administrative16,49528,13788,50190,89831,69938,917137,121125,001Operating loss(26,752)(35,207)(119,098)(115,436)Investment income, net3943164150Interest expense on debt(6,930)(4,515)(23,892)(16,357)Gain on extinguishment of debt——21,800—Other income, net5,6091,0902,7142,828Loss before income taxes(28,034)(38,589)(118,312)(128,815)Income tax benefit—(7,733)—(26,788)Net loss$




    (102,027)Loss per common share:Basic and diluted$




    (1.46)Weighted-average number of common shares:Basic and diluted71,11970,23570,81970,117 

    CONTACT:Savient Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Burns McClellan John P. Hamill

    Caitlyn MurphySenior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

    (212) 213-0006(732) 418-9300

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