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Par Pharmaceutical Reports First Quarter 2008 Results
Date:5/8/2008

Reports First Quarter Adjusted EPS of $0.17 per Diluted Share

Provides Full-year 2008 EPS Guidance and Projects its Pipeline

Opportunities

WOODCLIFF LAKE, N.J., May 8 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Par Pharmaceutical Companies, Inc. (NYSE: PRX) today reported results for the first quarter ended March 29, 2008.

Par reported total revenues of $154.9 million and net income of $2.6 million, or $0.08 per diluted share, which included a $5.0 million payment to Alfacell Corporation for the exclusive U.S. commercialization rights to ONCONASE(R) (ranpirnase), a novel product currently in Phase III clinical development. Adjusting for this item, earnings per diluted share were $0.17 for the three month period ended March 29, 2008. This is compared with reported revenues of $234.2 million and net income of $41.5 million, or $1.19 per diluted share, for the same period in 2007, which included a $20.0 million gain on the sale to Optimer Pharmaceuticals, Inc. of marketing rights to the investigational drug Difimicin (PAR 101). Adjusting for this item, earnings per diluted share were $0.84 in the first quarter of 2007.

First Quarter Review

For the first quarter ended March 29, 2008, total revenues decreased 33.9% compared with the same period in 2007 due primarily to a greater number of 2007 new product introductions in the Company's generics business and increased pricing pressures on existing generic products, partly offset by higher revenues from Par's branded division, Strativa, which increased 28.6% from the same period in 2007 driven by increased net sales of Megace(R) ES.

Revenues of the generic division decreased 39.5% in the first three months of 2008 compared to the same >

Gain from discontinued operations 505 -

Provision for income taxes 445 -

Gain from discontinued operations 60 -

Net income $2,586 $41,514

Basic earnings per share of common stock:

Income from continuing operations $0.08 $1.20

Gain from discontinued operations 0.00 -

Net income $0.08 $1.20

Diluted earnings per share of common stock:

Income from continuing operations $0.08 $1.19

Gain from discontinued operations 0.00 -

Net income $0.08 $1.19

Weighted average number of common shares

outstanding:

Basic 33,220 34,618

Diluted 33,587 34,997

Par's Key Generic Products Pipeline 2009-2012

Net Sales Gross Margin

Range Range

($ in ($ in

Product Strength Brand millions) millions)

2009 Potential

Launches

Methylphenidate ER 20, 30, and 40 Ritalin(R)

Capsules mg LA

Alprazolam ODT Tablets 0.25, 0.5, 1, Niravam(R)

and 2 mg

Amlodipine + 5/40 and 10/40 Lotrel(R)

Benazepril Capsules mg

Propafenone ER 225, 325, and Rythmol(R)

Capsules 425 mg SR

Nateglinide Tablets 60 mg and Starlix(R)

120 mg

Tramadol ER Tablets 100, 200, and Ultram(R)

300 mg ER

$100-$135 $80-$110

2010 Potential

Launches

Dexmethylphenidate HCl 15 mg Focalin(R)

XR Caps XR

Omeprazole Sodium

Bicarbonate

Oral Suspension 40 mg Zegerid(R) OS

Omeprazole Sodium 20 and 40 mg Zegerid(R)

Bicarbonate Caps Caps

Oxaliplatin Injection 50 and 100 mg Eloxatin(R)

vials

Diazepam rectal gel all strengths Diastat(R)

$60-$80 $42-$56

2011 Potential

Launches

Rosuvastatin Tablets 5, 10, 20, Crestor(R)

and 40 mg

Latanoprost Ophthalmic 0.005% Xalatan(R)

Solution

$20-$28 $7-$10

2012 Potential

Launches

Amlodipine /Valsartan 5/160, 10/160, Exforge(R)

and 10/320

Fluvastatin Sodium ER 80 mg Lescol XL(R)

tablets

$14-$20 $12-$17

These values are based on projections regarding the first six months of net sales and the anticipated gross margin of each product in the year the product launches. Since each full six-month period may not be in the calendar year the product launches, we anticipate that some of the value will be realized in the next calendar year. (Please note that these estimates do not include value after the initial six months following product launch). Additionally, there are risks relating to litigation outcomes and regulatory approval of such products.

The estimated launch dates are based on one or more of the following: expiry of the 30-month stay period; patent expiry date; expiry of regulatory exclusivity; and date certain due to settlement agreement. However, such dates may change due to several circumstances, such as extended litigation, outstanding citizens petitions, other regulatory requirements set forth by the FDA, and stays of litigation.

period in 2007 primarily due to competitive pressures in the following products: fluticasone, propranolol, various amoxicillin products, tramadol HCl and acetaminophen tablets, glyburide/metformin, cabergoline, ranitidine syrup, as well as lower royalties. Partially offsetting these decreases were increased sales of metoprolol resulting from the launch of additional strengths in the third quarter of 2007.

Par's first quarter gross margin was 32.0% of total revenues compared to 37.4% in 2007. The decrease in the Company's gross margin resulted primarily from the non-recurrence of the 2007 launch of propranolol and decreased sales of certain existing generic products and lower royalty income both resulting from competitive pressure, tempered by higher gross margin contribution from Strativa's net sales of Megace(R) ES.

Research and development (R&D) expenses increased 22.2% for the first quarter 2008 compared with the first quarter 2007, which was primarily attributed to the initial $5.0 million payment to Alfacell Corporation for an exclusive licensing agreement to acquire the commercialization rights to ONCONASE(R).

Selling, general and administrative (SG&A) expenses for the first quarter 2008 decreased 3.7% from first quarter 2007. The decrease is due to lower expenses related to the sales and marketing of Megace(R) ES, lower finance and accounting costs, and lower stock-based compensation employment costs.

During the first quarter of 2008, the Company recognized a gain on the sale of product rights of $1.0 million related to the sale of two non-core ANDAs. In addition, the Company recognized a gain of $0.6 million related to providing certain information and other deliverables related to Megace(R) ES to a third party that is seeking to commercialize Megace(R) ES outside of the U.S..

Year-to-date Accomplishments

Patrick G. LePore, chairman, president and chief executive officer, states, "2008 is the year to execute on our strategy, and I am pleased with our progress thus far. Par should be measured in large part by the achievement of certain accomplishments and milestones that position the Company for growth in 2009 and beyond."

In January, Strativa acquired the U.S. commercialization rights to Alfacell Corporation's Phase III product, ONCONASE, for an initial payment of $5 million. Results from the Phase IIIb clinical trial will be reported by mid-year. Subject to a complete review of the study results and discussions with the FDA, it is anticipated that an NDA could be filed as early as year-end 2008.

In March, Par commenced bioequivalence studies for Zensana(TM) (ondansetron) oral spray. Subject to favorable results and discussions with the FDA, it is expected that Strativa could file an NDA around the end of 2008.

In April, Strativa announced that its development partner, BioAlliance Pharma, reported positive preliminary, top-line results from a Phase III study of Loramyc(R) (miconazole Lauriad(R)). Subject to a complete review of the study results and discussions with the FDA, it is anticipated that an NDA could be filed by year-end 2008.

On May 7, 2008, Par announced that it amended its agreement with Spectrum Pharmaceuticals and paid $20 million in cash to increase its share of profits from the generic versions of GlaxoSmithKline's Imitrex(R) Injection, which will be immediately accretive to 2008 earnings. As a result of the agreement, Par's profit share shall increase from 38% to 95% from the commercialization of sumatriptan injection. Par will be permitted to sell generic versions of certain sumatriptan injection products with an expected launch date no later than November 2008. According to IMS Health, annual U.S. sales of Imitrex(R) are approximately $220 million.

2008 Financial Guidance

The Company's projections are based on its results for the first three months of 2008, as well as management's estimates regarding the impact of product competition on existing products, and the market opportunity of some of Par's generic pipeline products. Full year 2008 earnings per diluted share are projected to be $0.65 to $0.85, excluding anticipated pre-launch spending and milestone payments in support of Strativa's business strategy and including the estimated impact of four new generic product launches (i.e., sumatriptan vials and kits, clonidine, dronabinol, certain strengths of risperidone ODT) with an expected fully diluted EPS impact of $0.25 to $0.47.

2009-2012 Generic Pipeline

The Company's investment in its generic first-to-file development strategy has lead to a growing pipeline and a track record of first-to-file drugs. The Company anticipates that it will launch as many as 15 new products during 2009 and 2012 based on the expiration of 30 month stay periods or prior settlements.

To provide investors with additional information by which to analyze the Company, Par is providing a range of estimated values for certain key generic pipeline products. These values are based on projections regarding the first six months of net sales and the anticipated gross margin of each product in the year the product launches. Since each full six-month period may not be in the calendar year the product launches, we anticipate that some of the value will be realized in the next calendar year. (Please note that these estimates do not include value after the initial six months following product launch).

In 2009, Par anticipates six key generic product launches that are expected to have a range of net sales and gross margin of $95-$135 million and $78-$110 million, respectively, to the Company. In 2010, Par anticipates five key generic product launches that are expected to have a range of net sales and gross margin of $60-$80 million and $42-$56 million, respectively, to the Company. In 2011, Par anticipates two key generic launches that are expected to have a range of net sales and gross margin of $20-$28 million and $7-$10 million, respectively, to the Company. In 2012, Par anticipates two key generic launches that are expected to have a range of net sales and gross margin of $14-$20 million and $12-$17 million, respectively, to the Company. These estimates are, of course, subject to future developments, not all of which may be anticipated at this time. See Key Generic Product Pipeline chart at the end of this press release.

In addition to these current first-to-file opportunities, Par is diligently working on other promising development products and business development opportunities that it anticipates will continue to enhance the Company's future sales opportunities.

Conference Call

Par has scheduled a conference call for Friday, May 9 at 9:00 am EDT to discuss results for first quarter of 2008. Par invites investors and the general public to listen to a webcast of the conference call. Access to the live webcast can be made via the Company's website at http://www.parpharm.com and will be available for two weeks.

The dial-in number is 888-713-4214 for domestic callers and 617-213-4866 for international callers. The access number is 85327955. A replay of the conference call will be available commencing approximately one hour after the call. The replay dial-in number is 888-286-8010 for domestic callers and 617-801-6888 for international callers. The access number is 16325023.

For a copy of Par's Form 10-Qs for the quarter ended March 29, 2008, visit Investors/SEC Filings on the Par web site at http://www.parpharm.com.

About Par

Par Pharmaceutical Companies, Inc. develops, manufactures and markets generic drugs and innovative branded pharmaceuticals for specialty markets. For press release and other company information, visit http://www.parpharm.com.

Safe Harbor Statement

Certain statements in this press release constitute "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. To the extent any statements made in this news release contain information that is not historical, these statements are essentially forward-looking. Such forward-looking statements are those that include estimates, projections, statements regarding the plans and objectives of management, as well as the assumptions underlying the forward-looking statements, and other statements that cannot be verified without reference to future developments or events. The forward-looking statements identified in the release include, but are not limited to, the statements that contain the words "expect," "expected," "anticipate," "anticipates," "anticipated," "projections," "projected," "estimate," estimates," "believes," "continue," and growing." The forward-looking statements in the release are subject to risks and uncertainties, including the Company's ability to accurately value its key generic pipeline products, including, but not limited to the vagaries of litigation, securing regulatory approval and uncertainty of exclusivity, the extent and impact of litigation arising out of the accounting issues described in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the difficulty of predicting FDA filings and approvals, acceptance and demand for new pharmaceutical products, the impact of competitive products and pricing, new product development and launch, reliance on key strategic alliances, uncertainty of patent litigation filed against the Company, availability of raw materials, the regulatory environment, fluctuations in operating results and other risks and uncertainties detailed from time to time in the Company's filings with the SEC, such as the Company's reports on Form 10-K, Form 10-Q and Form 8-K, and amendments thereto. Any forward-looking statements included in this press release are made as of the date hereof only, based on information available to the Company as of the date hereof, and, subject to any applicable law to the contrary, the Company assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements.

PAR PHARMACEUTICAL COMPANIES, INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(In Thousands, Except Share Data)

(Unaudited)

March 29, December 31,

ASSETS 2008 2007

Current assets:

Cash and cash equivalents $231,193 $200,132

Available for sale debt and

marketable equity securities 67,893 85,375

Accounts receivable, net 84,035 64,182

Inventories 65,183 84,887

Prepaid expenses and other current assets 14,023 14,294

Deferred income tax assets 56,921 56,921

Income taxes receivable 13,475 17,516

Total current assets 532,723 523,307

Property, plant and equipment, at cost less

accumulated depreciation and amortization 83,316 82,650

Available for sale debt and marketable

equity securities 5,959 6,690

Investment in joint venture 6,433 6,314

Other investments 2,500 2,500

Intangible assets, net 33,643 36,059

Goodwill 63,729 63,729

Deferred financing costs and other assets 2,314 2,544

Non-current deferred income tax

assets, net 57,935 57,730

Total assets $788,552 $781,523

LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY

Current liabilities:

Current portion of long-term debt $200,000 $200,000

Accounts payable 30,513 32,200

Payables due to distribution

agreement partners 45,253 36,479

Accrued salaries and employee benefits 6,713 16,596

Accrued expenses and other current

liabilities 32,211 27,518

Total current liabilities 314,690 312,793

Long-term debt, less current portion - -

Other long-term liabilities 31,448 30,975

Commitments and contingencies - -

Stockholders' equity:

Preferred Stock, par value $0.0001

per share, authorized 6,000,000 shares;

none issued and outstanding - -

Common Stock, par value $0.01 per share,

authorized 90,000,000 shares, issued

37,203,975 and 36,460,461 shares 372 364

Additional paid-in-capital 278,411 274,963

Retained earnings 232,781 230,195

Accumulated other comprehensive loss (1,680) (1,362)

Treasury stock, at cost, 2,658,335

and 2,604,977 shares (67,470) (66,405)

Total stockholders' equity 442,414 437,755

Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $788,552 $781,523

PAR PHARMACEUTICAL COMPANIES, INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(In Thousands, Except Per Share Data)

(Unaudited)

Three Months Ended

March 29, March 31,

2008 2007

Revenues:

Net product sales $151,237 $222,589

Other product related revenues 3,691 11,621

Total revenues 154,928 234,210

Cost of goods sold 105,407 146,521

Gross margin 49,521 87,689

Operating expenses:

Research and development 17,158 14,039

Selling, general and administrative 31,346 32,557

Settlements, net - (578)

Total operating expenses 48,504 46,018

Gain on sale of product rights and other (1,625) (20,000)

Operating income 2,642 61,671

Other expense, net - (19)

Equity in loss of joint venture (20) (148)

Realized gain on sale of marketable securities - 1,397

Interest income 3,014 2,684

Interest expense (1,667) (1,718)

Income from continuing operations before

provision for income taxes 3,969 63,867

Provision for income taxes 1,443 22,353

Income from continuing operations 2,526 41,514

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