-- Quarter Highlighted by Cinryze(TM) [C1 Inhibitor (human)] Commercial Launch --
EXTON, Pa., Feb. 24 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- ViroPharma Incorporated (Nasdaq: VPHM) reported today its financial results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2008.
Key events since September 30, 2008 include:
"While, clearly the early part of 2009 produced disappointing clinical results for maribavir, 2008 was a very successful year for ViroPharma -- from strong financial results to great execution in all aspects of our business to the transformational acquisition of Lev Pharmaceuticals and the launch of Cinryze. As a result we believe we have positioned ourselves with a number of growth drivers and multiple opportunities for success," stated Vincent Milano, ViroPharma's president and chief executive officer. "Those who follow our company can look for a number of exciting milestones throughout the upcoming year, such as progress on Cinryze, including the ongoing commercial launch and our acute indication sBLA with a June PDUFA date; continued success with Vancocin; the planned initiation of clinical studies for NTCD; and continued strong financial performance."
Net sales of Vancocin were $50.0 million for the fourth quarter of 2008 and $232.3 million for the year ended December 31, 2008, as compared to $47.7 million and $203.8 million in the respective 2007 periods.
Operating income for the year ended December 31, 2008 was $78.7 million. Our operating loss for the fourth quarter 2008 was $3.4 million. These amounts are compared to operating income of $115.8 million and $19.0 million for the year and fourth quarter of 2007, respectively. Operating income decreased in both comparative periods primarily due to increased amortization expense, the growth in the investment in our pipeline and increased SG&A costs.
Net loss in the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2008 was $1.0 million, compared to net income of $20.4 million for the same period in 2007. For the twelve months ended December 31, 2008, net income was $67.6 million, compared to $95.4 million for the same period in 2007. Net loss per share for the quarter ended December 31, 2008 was $0.01 per share, basic and diluted, compared to a net income of $0.29 per share, basic, and $0.25 per share, diluted, for the same period in 2007. Net income per share for the year ended December 31, 2008 was $0.95 per share, basic, and $0.83 per share, diluted, compared to net income of $1.37 per share, basic, and $1.21 per share, diluted, for the same period in 2007.
The primary drivers of the decrease in net income for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2008 were the increase in R&D, SG&A and intangible amortization expenses, and lower interest income offset by the lower tax expense. Additionally, in the fourth quarter of 2008 we had a $2.3 million charge to write down to fair value our previous corporate headquarters which is currently held for sale.
During the three months and year ended December 31, 2008, net sales increased 4.9 percent and 14.0 percent, respectively, compared to the same periods in 2007.
The cost of sales for the three months and year ended December 31, 2008 increased $0.1 million and remained consistent, respectively, as compared to the same periods in 2007. For the three months and year ended December 31, 2008 the cost of sales was $2.1 million and $8.9 million, respectively, compared to $2.0 million and $8.9, respectively, for the same period in 2007.
Investment in our product pipeline and the company continued to grow as research and development (R&D) and selling, general and administrative (SG&A) expenses in the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2008 were $43.6 million and $131.7 million, respectively compared to $25.2 million and $72.9 million for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2007, respectively. The quarter increases were due primarily to our investments in our infrastructure related to our development programs, costs to support the Cinryze open label trial and launch related costs, and increased personal and personal related costs for our technical operations. For the year ended December 31, 2008, increased expenses resulted from investments in our development programs, increased medical education activities and increased marketing activities.
Our effective income tax rate was a benefit of 76.3 percent and an expense of 18.0 percent for the quarters ended December 31, 2008 and 2007, respectively and an expense of 22.4 percent and 29.7 percent for the year ended December 31, 2008 and 2007, respectively. Our income tax expense includes federal, state and foreign income taxes at statutory rates and the effects of various permanent differences. The decrease in the 2008 rate as compared to 2007 is primarily due to the impact of the orphan drug credit for maribavir and the decreased level of income before taxes.
Working Capital Highlights
As of December 31, 2008, ViroPharma's working capital was approximately $305.4 million, which represents a $289.0 million decrease from December 31, 2007, caused by a $366.4 million decrease in the fourth quarter of 2008 mainly related to the acquisition of Lev ($380.2 million), offset slightly by operating cash flows. Cash flow from operating activities for the three months and year ended December 31, 2008 was $0.6 million and $91.4 million, respectively.
Business Development Highlights
In October 2008, we completed our acquisition of Lev. Lev was a biopharmaceutical company focused on developing and commercializing therapeutic products for the treatment of inflammatory diseases. The terms of the merger agreement provided for the conversion of each share of Lev common stock into upfront consideration in the aggregate amount of $442.9 million, or $2.75 per Lev share, comprised of $2.25 per share in cash and $0.50 per share in ViroPharma common stock, and contingent consideration (CVRs) of up to $1.00 per share which may be paid upon the achievement of certain regulatory and commercial milestones. The first CVR payment of $0.50 per share (or $87.5 million) would become payable when either (i) Cinryze is approved by the FDA for acute treatment of HAE and the FDA grants orphan exclusivity for Cinryze encompassing the acute treatment of HAE to the exclusion of all other human C1 inhibitor products or, (ii) orphan exclusivity for the acute treatment of HAE has not become effective for any third party's human C1 inhibitor product by October 21, 2010. The second CVR payment of $0.50 per share ($87.5 million) would become payable when Cinryze reaches at least $600 million in cumulative net product sales within 10 years of closing of the acquisition.
Looking ahead in 2009
ViroPharma is providing guidance for the year 2009 as a convenience to investors. The following guidance provided by ViroPharma are projections, based upon numerous assumptions, all of which are subject to certain risks and uncertainties. For a discussion of the risks and uncertainties associated with these forward looking statements, please see the Disclosure Notice below.
For the year 2009, ViroPharma expects the following
Conference Call and Webcast
ViroPharma is hosting a live teleconference and webcast with senior management to discuss the financial announcement, guidance, and other business results on February 24, 2009 at 9:00 a.m. Eastern Time. To participate in the conference call, please dial (888) 299-4099 (domestic) and (302) 709-8337 (international). After placing the call, please tell the operator you wish to join the ViroPharma investor conference call.
Alternatively, the live webcast of the conference call can be accessed via ViroPharma's website at http://www.viropharma.com. Windows Media or Real Player will be needed to access the webcast. An audio archive will be available at the same address until March 10, 2009.
About ViroPharma Incorporated
ViroPharma Incorporated is a biopharmaceutical company dedicated to the development and commercialization of products that address serious diseases treated by physician specialists and in hospital settings. ViroPharma commercializes Vancocin(R), approved for oral administration for treatment of antibiotic-associated pseudomembranous colitis caused by Clostridium difficile and enterocolitis caused by Staphylococcus aureus, including methicillin-resistant strains. ViroPharma commercializes Cinryze(TM) (C1 inhibitor (human)) for routine prophylaxis against angioedema attacks in adolescent and adult patients with hereditary angioedema (HAE), also known as C1 inhibitor deficiency (for prescribing information on ViroPharma's commercial products, please download the package inserts at http://www.viropharma.com/Products.aspx). ViroPharma currently focuses its drug development activities in diseases including cytomegalovirus (CMV), HAE and C. difficile.
ViroPharma routinely posts information, including press releases, which may be important to investors in the investor relations and media sections of our company's web site, www.viropharma.com. The company encourages investors to consult these sections for more information on ViroPharma and our business.
Certain statements in this press release contain forward-looking statements that involve a number of risks and uncertainties. Forward-looking statements provide our current expectations or forecasts of future events. Forward looking statements in this press release include our financial guidance for 2009, and statements regarding our clinical development programs, the effectiveness of our Vancocin and Cinryze sales efforts, our estimates of future tax rates, or our ability to execute a successful launch of Cinryze, our ability to conduct future studies with maribavir, and the timing and potential outcomes of the review of our regulatory submission related to an acute treatment indication for Cinryze.
Our 2009 revenue guidance is based upon our plans to remain vigorous in our opposition to any bioequivalence approach considered for use in approving generic formulations of Vancocin that does not require rigorous scientific methods to demonstrate safety and efficacy consistent with good medicine and science. There can be no assurance that the FDA will agree with the positions stated in our Vancocin related submissions or that our efforts to oppose the FDA's December 2008 bioequivalence guidance for Vancocin will be successful. We cannot predict the timeframe in which the FDA will make a decision regarding either our citizen petition for Vancocin or the approval of generic versions of Vancocin. If we are unable to change the recommendation set forth by the FDA in December 2008, the threat of generic competition will be high. The entry of competing generic products will significantly affect our sales of Vancocin and our financial performance.
Our actual results may vary depending on a variety of factors, including:
There can be no assurance that we will conduct additional CMV studies in the future. The FDA or other regulatory authorities may prohibit any future studies with maribavir or alternatively may require additional or unanticipated studies or clinical trial outcomes before granting regulatory approval. There can be no guarantee that we will be successful in gaining regulatory approval of maribavir for any indications. The data that were submitted to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration includes data from two separate studies including the pivotal Phase 3 study of Cinryze in acute HAE attacks and the ongoing open-label study of Cinryze for acute treatment of HAE, which includes partial data from an ongoing open label study. The FDA may view the data regarding the use of Cinryze for acute treatment of HAE we have submitted as a supplemental BLA as insufficient or inconclusive, not accept our submission, request additional data, require additional clinical studies, delay any decision past the time frames anticipated by us, limit any approved indications, deny the approval of Cinryze for acute treatment of HAE or approve a competing product which has been granted orphan drug designation thereby preventing Cinryze from reaching the market for acute treatment of HAE. There can be no assurance that the FDA or EMEA will not require additional or unanticipated studies or clinical trial outcomes before granting regulatory approval of any of our product candidates, or that we will be successful in gaining regulatory approval of any of our product candidates. Currently our market capitalization is less than our book value. As a result, we may be required to take a significant non-cash goodwill impairment charge and may be required to write off goodwill or other intangible assets in the future. If we are required to write off goodwill or other intangible assets, our financial position or results of operations could be adversely affected. These factors, and other factors, including, but not limited to those described in ViroPharma's annual report on Form 10-K and quarterly reports on Form 10-Q filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission during 2008, could cause future results to differ materially from the expectations expressed in this press release. The forward-looking statements contained in this press release may become outdated over time. ViroPharma does not assume any responsibility for updating any forward-looking statements.
VIROPHARMA INCORPORATED Selected Financial Information Consolidated Statements of Three months Twelve months Operations: ended ended December 31, December 31, (in thousands, except per ----------- ----------- share data) 2008 2007 2008 2007 ---- ---- ---- ---- Revenue: Net product sales $50,020 $47,696 $232,307 $203,770 ------ ------ ------- ------- Revenue 50,020 47,696 232,307 203,770 ------ ------ ------- ------- Costs and Expenses: Cost of sales (excluding amortization of product rights) 2,110 2,034 8,874 8,934 Research and development 21,197 12,504 66,280 35,869 Selling, general and administrative 22,357 12,710 65,424 37,051 Intangible amortization 5,505 1,401 10,809 6,120 Impairment of fixed assets held for sale 2,265 - 2,265 - ----- --- ----- --- Total costs and expenses 53,434 28,649 153,652 87,974 ------ ------ ------- ------ Operating (loss) income (3,414) 19,047 78,655 115,796 Interest income 828 7,219 14,296 24,265 Interest expense (1,532) (1,434) (5,852) (4,395) ----- ----- ----- ----- (Loss) income before income tax expense (4,118) 24,832 87,099 135,666 Income tax (benefit) expense (3,141) 4,461 19,482 40,313 ----- ----- ------ ------ Net (loss) income $(977) $20,371 $67,617 $95,353 === ====== ====== ====== Basic net (loss) income per share $(0.01) $0.29 $0.95 $1.37 ==== ==== ==== ==== Diluted net (loss) income per share $(0.01) $0.25 $0.83 $1.21 ==== ==== ==== ==== Shares used in computing net income per share Basic 75,693 69,887 71,391 69,827 ====== ====== ====== ====== Diluted 75,693 83,830 85,712 80,891 ====== ====== ====== ====== Year ended Statement of Cash Flows: December 31, December 31, ----------- ----------- (in thousands) 2008 2007 ---- ---- Net cash provided by operating activities $91,437 $122,867 Net cash provided by (used in) Investing activities 15,440 (216,176) Net cash (used in)/provided by financing activities (10,070) 221,471 Selected Consolidated Balance Sheet Data December 31, December 31, (in thousands) 2008 2007 ---- ---- Assets Current assets: Cash and cash equivalents $275,839 $179,691 Short-term investments - 404,637 Deferred income taxes 26,785 7,983 Total current assets 356,445 622,773 Intangible assets, net 639,693 122,502 Goodwill 34,787 - Deferred income taxes 91,757 12,312 Total assets 1,147,574 776,066 Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity Total current liabilities $51,086 $28,370 Deferred tax liabilities 181,392 - Long-term debt 250,000 250,000 Total liabilities 486,550 279,503 Total stockholders' equity 661,024 496,563 Total liabilities and stockholders' equity 1,147,574 776,066
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