Conference Call Scheduled for February 26, 2009 at 10:00 a.m. EST
EAST BRUNSWICK, N.J., Feb. 25 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Savient Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq: SVNT) today reported financial results for the three months and year ended December 31, 2008. For the fourth quarter of 2008, the Company had a net loss of $24.2 million, or $0.45 per share, on total revenues of $1.1 million. For the year ended December 31, 2008, the Company had a net loss of $84.2 million, or $1.57 per share, on total revenues of $3.2 million. The Company ended the year with $78.6 million in cash and short-term investments.
"We finished both the fourth quarter and the year 2008 within our financial expectations while achieving several significant regulatory milestones," stated Paul Hamelin, President of Savient. "We continue to execute our business plan while being prudent with the management of our operating expenses. We have sufficient cash on hand to fund our ongoing operations for at least the next twelve months. Clearly, the last quarter has been a pivotal one for the Company as we submitted our BLA to the FDA for KRYSTEXXA, our product for treatment-failure gout. Obtaining regulatory approval for KRYSTEXXA continues to remain our top priority and we believe the strategic steps we have taken together with the BLA Oversight Committee over the last several months will enhance our ability to achieve our goals. We believe that we are well positioned moving forward into 2009 in achieving key regulatory and commercial milestones."
Three months ended December 31, 2008
Total revenues for the fourth quarter of 2008 were $1.1 million, compared with $1.9 million for the fourth quarter of 2007, a decrease of $0.8 million or 42%. The decrease was due to lower product sales of Oxandrin(R) and oxandrolone, as a result of the continued impact of generic competition and from an increase in our allowance for product returns for Oxandrin resulting from a rise in our actual historical product return rates.
Research and development expenses for the fourth quarter of 2008 were $17.7 million, compared with $14.7 million for the fourth quarter of 2007, an increase of $3.0 million, or 20%. The higher expenses were mainly due to an increase in manufacturing-related costs relating to the production of the first commercial batches of KRYSTEXXA and the process validation and technology transfer to our secondary source supplier. Partially offsetting the higher expenses was a decrease in clinical trial expenses as our Phase 3 clinical trials for KRYSTEXXA were completed in late 2007.
Selling, general and administrative expenses for the fourth quarter of 2008 were $8.3 million, compared with $9.8 million for the fourth quarter of 2007, a decrease of $1.5 million, or 16%. The decrease was primarily due to reductions in stock-based compensation expense and bonus expense, partially offset by severance costs that were accrued during the fourth quarter of 2008.
Investment income decreased by $2.5 million for the fourth quarter of 2008 to a net expense of $0.6 million, versus income of $1.9 million for the fourth quarter of 2007. The decrease was primarily attributable to decreases in dividend and interest income driven by lower cash, cash equivalent and investment balances in addition to lower yields earned on these investments.
Year Ended December 31, 2008
Total revenues for the year ended December 31, 2008 were $3.2 million, compared with $14.0 million for the year ended December 31, 2007, a decrease of $10.8 million, or 77%. The decrease was due primarily to lower product sales of Oxandrin and oxandrolone resulting from additional generic competition.
Research and development expenses for the year ended December 31, 2008 were $55.5 million, compared with $50.9 million for the year ended December 31, 2007, an increase of $4.6 million, or 9%. The higher expenses were primarily due to an increase in manufacturing-related costs for the completion of the first commercial batches of KRYSTEXXA and from the process validation and technology transfer to our secondary source supplier. The increase in expenses was additionally due to costs associated with our BLA filing, higher compensation expenses due to increased headcount and service-based restricted stock awards, and higher toxicology-related clinical research studies for KRYSTEXXA. Partially offsetting these increases was an $8.0 million decrease in clinical trial expenses as our Phase 3 clinical trials for KRYSTEXXA were completed in late 2007.
Selling, general and administrative expenses for the year ended December 31, 2008 were $35.6 million, compared with $31.1 million for the year ended December 31, 2007, an increase of $4.5 million, or 14%. The higher expenses were primarily due to an increase of $3.9 million in legal expenses resulting from Oxandrin-related patent infringement litigation and the settlement of loss contingencies related to two legal proceedings. The increase in expense was also driven by higher marketing costs of $1.9 million relating to the preparation for the commercial launch of KRYSTEXXA and severance costs accrued during the fourth quarter of 2008. Partially offsetting the increased expenses were approximately $1.0 million in lower bonus expense and the reversal of $1.5 million in stock-based compensation expense.
Investment income for the year ended December 31, 2008 was $1.1 million, compared with $8.8 million for the year ended December 31, 2007, a decrease of $7.7 million, or 87%. The decrease was due to lower dividend and interest income driven by reduced levels of cash, cash equivalents and investment balances coupled with lower yields earned on these investments.
Savient will host a live web cast to review fourth quarter year-end 2008 results on February 26, 2009 at 10:00 a.m. EST. Both the live and archived web cast can be accessed from the Investor Relations page of Savient's website at http://www.savient.com. A digital recording of the web cast will be available approximately one-hour following the conclusion of the call and will be available for fourteen days. To access the recording, use the Dial-In Number and the Conference ID listed below.
Dial: (888) 203-1112 (domestic) or (719) 457-0820 (international)
Conf ID: 5547271
ABOUT SAVIENT PHARMACEUTICALS, INC.
Savient Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is a biopharmaceutical company engaged in developing and distributing pharmaceutical products that target unmet medical needs focusing in rheumatology and other niche markets. The company's product development candidate, KRYSTEXXA(TM) (pegloticase) for treatment-failure gout, has reported positive Phase 1, 2 and 3 clinical data. Patient dosing in the Phase 3 clinical studies began in June 2006; patient enrollment was completed in March 2007; and the Phase 3 clinical studies were completed in October 2007, the BLA was filed with the FDA in October 2008 and the FDA granted priority review status in December 2008. Savient has exclusively licensed worldwide rights to the technology related to KRYSTEXXA, formerly referred to as Puricase(R), from
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SAVIENT PHARMACEUTICALS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS (Unaudited) (In thousands, except share data) December December 31, 31, 2008 2007 ASSETS Current Assets: Cash and cash equivalents $76,315 $124,865 Short-term investments (including restricted investments) 2,282 17,557 Accounts receivable, net 822 1,490 Notes receivable - 644 Inventories, net 1,892 2,636 Recoverable income taxes 5,526 8,637 Prepaid expenses and other current assets 2,782 3,105 Total current assets 89,619 158,934 Deferred income taxes, net 4,200 3,558 Property and equipment, net 1,393 1,599 Other assets (including restricted cash and investments) 3,010 3,082 Total assets $98,222 $167,173 LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY Current Liabilities: Accounts payable $5,888 $3,758 Deferred revenues 451 1,298 Other current liabilities 18,650 14,128 Total current liabilities 24,989 19,184 Other liabilities 9,809 8,924 Commitments and contingencies Stockholders' Equity: Preferred stock - $.01 par value 4,000,000 shares authorized; no shares issued - - Common stock - $.01 par value 150,000,000 shares authorized; 54,654,000 issued and outstanding at December 31, 2008 and 53,712,000 shares issued and outstanding at December 31, 2007 547 537 Additional paid in capital 214,467 204,659 Accumulated deficit (151,614) (67,445) Accumulated other comprehensive income 24 1,314 Total stockholders' equity 63,424 139,065 Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $98,222 $167,173
SAVIENT PHARMACEUTICALS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS (Unaudited) (In thousands, except per share data) Three Months Ended Year Ended December 31, December 31, 2008 2007 2008 2007 Revenues: Product sales, net $1,070 $1,814 $3,028 $13,825 Other revenues 28 75 153 199 1,098 1,889 3,181 14,024 Cost and expenses: Cost of goods sold 299 917 1,154 1,205 Research and development 17,726 14,716 55,488 50,870 Selling, general and administrative 8,273 9,812 35,550 31,123 26,298 25,445 92,192 83,198 Operating loss from continuing operations (25,200) (23,556) (89,011) (69,174) Investment income (expense), net (558) 1,926 1,146 8,755 Other income (expense), net 67 (119) (393) (543) Loss from continuing operations before income taxes (25,691) (21,749) (88,258) (60,962) Income tax benefit (1,344) (4,634) (5,017) (11,807) Loss from continuing operations (24,347) (17,115) (83,241) (49,155) Income (loss) from discontinued operations, net of taxes 142 487 (928) 487 Net loss $(24,205) $(16,628) $(84,169) $(48,668) Loss per common share, from continuing operations: Basic and diluted $(0.45) $(0.32) $(1.55) $(0.94) Earnings (loss) per common share, from discontinued operations: Basic and diluted $- $0.01 $(0.02) $0.01 Loss per common share: Basic and diluted $(0.45) $(0.31) $(1.57) $(0.93) Weighted average number of common and common equivalent shares: Basic and diluted 53,694 52,815 53,533 52,461
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