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Par Pharmaceutical Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2007 Results
Date:2/29/2008

WOODCLIFF LAKE, N.J., Feb. 29 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Par Pharmaceutical Companies, Inc. (NYSE: PRX) today reported fourth quarter and full year 2007 results ended December 31, 2007.

Fourth Quarter and 2007 Results

For the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2007, Par reported total revenues of $155.1 million and income from continuing operations of $5.5 million, or $0.16 per diluted share. This is compared with reported revenues of $183.6 million and income from continuing operations of $5.0 million, or $0.15 per diluted share, for the same period in 2006. For the year ended December 31, 2007, Par reported total revenues of $769.7 million and income from continuing operations of $51.1 million, or $1.47 per diluted share. This is compared with reported revenues of $725.2 million and income from continuing operations of $6.7 million, or $0.19 per diluted share, for 2006.

Fourth quarter 2007 reported, or GAAP, income from continuing operations included a pre-tax gain of $3.1 million from the Company's sale of its remaining investment in Optimer Pharmaceutical, Inc. ("Optimer") common stock and $4.6 million of additional share-based compensation expense related to the Company's issued stock option tender offer. Adjusting for these items, income from continuing operations for the fourth quarter of 2007 was $6.5 million, or $0.19 per diluted share. By comparison, income from continuing operations for fourth quarter 2006 included a $3.2 million investment gain, tempered by severance costs of $5.2 million, and a $1.0 million asset impairment. Adjusting for these items, income from continuing operations for the fourth quarter of 2006 was $6.9 million, or $0.20 per diluted share.

Par's reported, or GAAP, income from contvalue $0.01 per

share, authorized 90,000,000 shares,

issued 36,460,461 and 35,901,276

shares 364 359

Additional paid-in-capital 274,963 254,013

Retained earnings 230,195 180,298

Accumulated other comprehensive

loss (1,362) (431)

Treasury stock, at cost 2,604,977

and 889,245 shares (66,405) (33,188)

Total stockholders' equity 437,755 401,051

Total liabilities and stockholders'

equity $781,523 $814,677

PAR PHARMACEUTICAL COMPANIES, INC.

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(In Thousands, Except Per Share Data)

(Unaudited)

Three months ended Twelve months ended

December 31, December 31, December 31, December 31,

2007 2006 2007 2006

Revenues:

Net product sales $149,494 $176,807 $739,020 $705,378

Other product

related revenues 5,646 6,826 30,646 19,790

Total revenues 155,140 183,633 769,666 725,168

Cost of goods sold 97,293 124,680 501,147 507,220

Gross margin 57,847 58,953 268,519 217,948

Operating expenses:

Research and

development 16,528 18,459 77,659 62,442

Selling, general and

administrative 37,751 37,152 138,217 148,488

Intangible assets

impairment - 1,100 - 1,100

Settlements, net - - (945) 1,250

Total operating expenses 54,279 56,711 214,931 213,280

Gain on sale of product

rights - - 20,000 3,054

Operating income 3,568 2,242 73,588 7,722

Other (expense) income,

net (7) 60 (56) 126

Equity in loss of joint

venture (52) (166) (387) (663)

Gain (loss) on marketable

securities, net 3,060 3,190 (1,583) (583)

Interest income 3,408 2,919 13,673 8,974

Interest expense (1,667) (1,712) (6,803) (6,781)

Income from continuing

operations before

provision for income

taxes 8,310 6,533 78,432 8,795

Provision for income

taxes 2,781 1,488 27,322 2,054

Income from continuing

operations 5,529 5,045 51,110 6,741

Discontinued operations:

Income from discontinued

operations - - - -

Provision for income

taxes (Restated) 1,212 894 1,212 894

Loss from discontinued

operations (Restated) (1,212) (894) (1,212) (894)

Net income (Restated) $4,317 $4,151 $49,898 $5,847

Basic earnings per share

of common stock:

Income from continuing

operations $ 0.16 $0.15 $ 1.48 $ 0.20

Loss from discontinued

operations (Restated) (0.04) (0.03) (0.04) (0.03)

Net income (Restated) $ 0.12 $0.12 $ 1.44 $0.17

Diluted earnings per

share of common stock:

Income from continuing

operations $ 0.16 $0.15 $ 1.47 $ 0.19

Loss from discontinued

operations (Restated) (0.04) (0.03) (0.04) (0.03)

Net income (Restated) $ 0.12 $0.12 $ 1.43 $0.16

Weighted average number of

common shares outstanding:

Basic 33,944 34,484 34,494 34,422

Diluted 34,026 34,703 34,718 34,653

Reconciliation Between Reported (GAAP) and Adjusted Income

from Continuing Operations

(In thousands, except per share data)

(Unaudited)

Three Months Ended

Dec. 31, Dec. 31,

2007 2006

Income from Continuing Operations $5,529 $5,045

Stock Option Tender Offer 4,615 -

Investment Gain (3,059) (3,190)

Severance Costs - 5,229

Asset Impairment - 1,000

Estimated Tax on Adjustments (591) (1,185)

Adjusted Income from Continuing

Operations (non-GAAP measure) $6,494 $6,899

Diluted Earnings Per Share from

Continuing Operations:

Reported $0.16 $0.15

Adjusted (non-GAAP measure) $0.19 $0.20

Twelve Months Ended

Dec. 31, Dec. 31,

2007 2006

Income from Continuing Operations $51,110 $6,741

Gain on Sales of Product Rights* (20,000) (1,150)

Branded License Fees and Premium

Paid on Equity Investments 19,150 -

Stock Option Tender Offer 4,615 -

Severance Costs 1,643 12,373

Net Investment Loss 1,584 583

Gain on Settlement (578) 1,502

Write-off of Accounts Receivable

Relating to Invalid

Customer Deductions - 9,965

Asset Impairment - 1,000

Estimated Tax on Adjustments (2,437) (9,466)

Adjusted Income from Continuing

Operations (non-GAAP measure) $55,087 $21,548

Diluted Earning Per Share from

Continuing Operations:

Reported $1.47 $0.19

Adjusted (non-GAAP measure) $1.59 $0.62

*2006 amounts represent $3,054 gain on sale of product rights net of $1,904 loss on the return of inventory from a customer relating to the same agreement.

inuing operations for the year ended December 31, 2007, included a $20.0 million gain on the sale to Optimer of marketing rights to the investigational drug Difimicin (Par 101), a $4.5 million investment gain on the sale of shares of Optimer common stock, and net settlement gains of $0.6 million. These benefits were tempered by $19.2 million of costs related to business development activities in support of Strativa, the Company's branded division, a $6.0 million loss on investment, $1.6 million of severance costs, as well as the aforementioned $4.6 million of additional share-based compensation expense recorded in the fourth quarter. Adjusting for these items, income from continuing operations for the full year ended December 31, 2007 was $55.1 million, or $1.59 per diluted share. By comparison, and in addition to the fourth quarter 2006 events cited above, reported GAAP income from continuing operations for the full year ended December 31, 2006 included a write-off of approximately $10.0 million in bad debts for invalid customer deductions that the Company determined would not be pursued for collection, full year severance costs of $12.4 million, the write- down of an equity investment, an arbitration settlement, and an asset impairment. Finally, reported income from continuing operations for 2006 also included a $3.1 million gain related to a settlement agreement and a $1.9 million loss on the return of inventory related to the same agreement. After adjusting for these items, income from continuing operations for 2006 was $21.5 million, or $0.62 per diluted share. See reconciliation between reported (GAAP) and adjusted income from continuing operations at the end of this press release.

Full Year 2007 Review

Total revenues of $769.7 million for the year ended December 31, 2007 increased 6.1% compared with the year ago period, driven by gains from Strativa, the Company's branded division. Strativa revenues increased 72.1% from the prior year to $84.7 million driven by increased sales of Megace(R) ES and fees related to the co-promotion of Androgel(R). Revenues from the Company's generic segment grew 1.3% to $684.9 million, as gains from 2007 launches were essentially offset by competitive pressures that adversely affected the volume and pricing of certain existing products. The third quarter 2007 launch of three additional strengths of metoprolol succinate ER (50mg, 100mg, and 200mg), coupled with the fourth quarter 2006 launch of the 25mg strength, drove $141.9 million of sales and $133.6 million of year-over- year gains. Par markets metoprolol in the U.S. through supply and distribution agreements with AstraZeneca Plc. In addition, the first quarter 2007 introductions of propranolol HCl extended release (ER) capsules and ranitidine HCl syrup benefited the full year by $57.5 million and $12.2 million, respectively. Products which experienced significant volume and pricing declines included fluticasone, various amoxicillin products, quinapril, cefprozil, tramadol HCl and acetaminophen tablets, lovastatin, and paroxetine.

Par's 2007 gross margin represented 34.9% of total revenues, an increase of 4.8 points from 30.1% in 2006, driven by increased contribution of higher margin revenues from Strativa, the branded division, including Megace(R) ES and co-promotion fees for Androgel(R). Revenues from Strativa represented 11.0% of total revenues, as compared to 6.8% in 2007. Gross margin also benefited from gains in the Company's generic division, principally reflective of the launch of higher margin propranolol HCl, lower inventory write-offs, lower sales of lower margin existing products, including fluticasone, and royalties earned from the sales of ondansetron tablets. These gains were somewhat tempered by increased metoprolol succinate ER sales, which have significantly lower gross margins than many of the other products sold by the Company.

Research and development (R&D) expense rose 24.4% from the year ended December 31, 2006, to $77.7 million, and represented 10.1% of total revenues. The increase was due primarily to costs associated with the in-license of three Phase III products in support of the Company's branded division, Strativa. In June, the Company paid $3.0 million to Immtech Pharmaceuticals for the US commercialization rights to parfuramidine maleate. In July, the Company paid $15.0 million to BioAlliance Pharma for the US commercialization rights to Loramyc. In August, the Company acquired the North American commercial rights from Hana Biosciences, Inc. ("HANA") for Zensana(TM), at which time the Company made a $5.0 million equity investment in Hana at a contractually agreed premium. Of this amount, $1.2 million representing the premium paid was charged to R&D expense. In support of the Company's generic business, Par made a $5.0 million equity investment in IntelliPharmaCeutics Ltd., a privately held corporation, to develop and market four controlled release generic drug products. Of this amount, approximately $2.5 million, representing the premium paid, was charged to R&D.

Selling, general and administrative (SG&A) expense for the year ended December 31, 2007 decreased 6.9% to $138.2 million. The decrease in 2007 SG&A expense was primarily due to the non-recurrence of the second quarter 2006 write-off of approximately $10 million in bad debt for invalid customer deductions that the Company determined would not be pursued for collection, lower net severance costs, partially offset by the expansion of finance and accounting functions, higher other compensation related costs, including costs associated with the fourth quarter 2007 tender offer to repurchase certain unvested stock options, and increased professional costs related to the Company's restatement of prior periods.

Fourth Quarter 2007 Review

Total revenues of $155.1 million for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2007, decreased 15.5% compared with the same period in 2006 due to competitive pressures in the Company's generic segment, where revenues decreased 18.2% to $136.0 million, as sales declines in fluticasone and amoxicillin were somewhat tempered by gains from the 2007 launch of additional strengths of metoprolol succinate ER and propranolol HCl ER. Strativa revenues increased 10.7% from the prior year to $19.1 million driven by increased sales of Megace(R) ES, which grew by 19.3%.

The Company's fourth quarter 2007 gross margin of $57.8 million decreased 1.9% as lower Generic segment margin was tempered by increased gross margin from the Strativa branded division on increased sales of Megace(R) ES.

R&D expense decreased 10.5% from the fourth quarter 2006 to $16.5 million, driven by the non-recurrence of Difimicin (Par 101) development costs and lower overall development costs related to generic R&D projects.

SG&A expense for the fourth quarter of 2007 increased 1.6% to $37.8 million, driven by higher other compensation costs, including costs associated with the tender offer to repurchase certain unvested stock options, and increased legal costs, somewhat tempered by lower severance related expense.

Restatement of 2005 and 2006 Discontinued Operations and Net Loss

In preparing its consolidated financial statements for year ended December 31, 2007, the Company identified accounting errors related to its discontinued operations reported in the Company's 2006 and 2005 financial information contained in its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2006 and filed on September 6, 2007. Management determined that the benefit for income taxes on discontinued operations for the year ended December 31, 2005 was overstated because the Company did not properly determine the income tax benefits from discontinued operations, which resulted in the understatement of the Company's net loss for 2005 by $19 million. Management also determined that the 2006 provision for income taxes from discontinued operations did not consider the impact of interest expense. The related impact of the restatement errors on the Company's consolidated financial statements is detailed in the Company's 2007 Annual Report on Form 10-K filed on February 29, 2008.

Net Income

Par reported net income for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2007 of $4.3 million, or $0.12 per diluted share. This is compared with reported net income of $4.2 million, or $0.12 per diluted share, for the same period in 2006. For the full year 2007, net income was $49.9 million, or $1.43 per diluted share. This is compared with reported net income of $5.8 million, or $0.16 per diluted share, for the full year 2006.

Stock Repurchase Program

On September 28, 2007, Par announced that its Board of Directors had authorized the repurchase of up to $75 million of the Company's common stock. Since October 1, 2007, Par has repurchased 1,643,094 shares of its common stock at a total cost of $31.4 million.

Conference Call

Par has scheduled a conference call for Monday, March 3 at 9:00 am EST to discuss results for the fourth quarter and full year 2007. 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 at least 30 days. The dial- in number is 888-680-0878 for domestic callers and 617-213-4855 for international callers. The access number is 77261817. 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 24523915.

For a copy of Par's 2007 Annual Report on Form 10-K, visit Investors/SEC Filings on the Par web site at http://www.parpharm.com.

Non-GAAP Measures

Par prepares its consolidated financial statements in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America (U.S. GAAP). In an effort to provide investors with additional information regarding the Company's results and to provide a meaningful year-over-year comparison of the Company's financial performance, the company sometimes uses non-GAAP financial measures as defined by the Securities and Exchange Commission. The differences between the U.S. GAAP and non-GAAP financial measures are reconciled in the attached. In presenting comparable results, the Company discloses non-GAAP financial measures when it believes such measures will be useful to investors in evaluating the Company's underlying business performance. Management uses the non-GAAP financial measures to evaluate the company's financial performance against internal budgets and targets. In addition, management internally reviews the results of the Company excluding the impact of certain items, as it believes that these non- GAAP financial measures are useful for evaluating the Company's core operating results and facilitating comparison across reporting periods. Importantly, the Company believes non-GAAP financial measures should be considered in addition to, and not in lieu of, U.S. GAAP financial measures. The Company's non-GAAP financial measures may be different from non-GAAP financial measures used by other companies.

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 and, as such, are subject to risks and uncertainties, including 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 Securities and Exchange Commission (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.

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

DECEMBER 31, 2007 AND 2006

(In Thousands, Except Share Data)

December 31, December 31,

2007 2006

ASSETS (Restated)

Current assets:

Cash and cash equivalents $200,132 $120,991

Available for sale debt and

marketable equity securities 85,375 92,120

Accounts receivable, net 64,182 99,043

Inventories 84,887 106,322

Prepaid expenses and other

current assets 14,294 15,833

Deferred income tax assets 56,921 72,105

Income taxes receivable 17,516 12,422

Total current assets 523,307 518,836

Property, plant and equipment,

at cost less accumulated

depreciation and amortization 82,650 89,155

Available for sale debt and

marketable equity securities 6,690 7,652

Investment in joint venture 6,314 5,292

Other investments 2,500 16,588

Intangible assets, net 36,059 47,880

Goodwill 63,729 63,729

Deferred charges and other assets 2,544 16,000

Non-current deferred income

tax assets, net 57,730 49,545

Total assets $781,523 $814,677

LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY

Current liabilities:

Short-term and current portion

of long-term debt $200,000 $204,469

Accounts payable 32,200 48,297

Payables due to distribution

agreement partners 36,479 89,585

Accrued salaries and employee

benefits 16,596 15,510

Accrued expenses and other

current liabilities 27,518 18,833

Income taxes payable - 36,932

Total current liabilities 312,793 413,626

Long-term debt, less current portion - -

Other long-term liabilities 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
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