BRISBANE, Calif., Feb. 17 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- InterMune, Inc. (Nasdaq: ITMN) today announced results from operations for the fourth quarter and 12 months ended December 31, 2009. InterMune also highlighted its recent clinical development and business activities, and previewed upcoming milestones in 2010.
Dan Welch, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President of InterMune said, "Fourth quarter and recent events have been highlighted by the very important developments related to the regulatory progress of pirfenidone for the treatment of patients with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, or IPF. Our New Drug Application (NDA) for pirfenidone was granted Priority Review status on January 4, and is scheduled to be discussed at an FDA advisory committee meeting on March 9, 2010. If approved by the FDA, pirfenidone would be the first approved medicine for the approximately 100,000 Americans who suffer from this terrible disease. Regarding Europe, we currently expect to submit a Marketing Authorization Application (MAA) for pirfenidone in the European Union in the current quarter."
Mr. Welch continued, "We were pleased to report in January promising top-line results of the multiple-ascending-dose study of ritonavir-boosted RG7227 (ITMN-191) with standard of care, and look forward to providing further data on RG7227 during the year."
Clinical Development, Business Highlights and Upcoming Milestones
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cepted for review by the FDA, and was granted "Priority Review" status with an expected PDUFA action date of May 4, 2010.
Fourth Quarter and Full-Year 2009 Financial Results (Unaudited)
InterMune reported total revenue in the fourth quarter of 2009 of $6.6 million, compared with $7.4 million in the fourth quarter of 2008, reflecting lower off-label physician prescriptions of Actimmune® (gamma interferon-1b) for the treatment of IPF, which InterMune does not promote. Total revenue for the full year 2009 was $48.7 million, compared with $48.2 million in 2008. Total revenue for 2009 reflects higher revenue from the collaboration with Roche for the development of protease inhibitors. Collaboration revenue in 2009 included a $20.0 million milestone in connection with the initiation of the Phase 2b study of RG7227. Collaboration revenue in 2008 included a $15.0 million development milestone payment from Roche.
Research and development (R&D) expenses in the fourth quarter of 2009 were $21.2 million compared with $26.2 million in the fourth quarter of 2008. R&D expenses were $89.1 million for the 12 months ended December 31, 2009, compared with $104.2 million in 2008. Lower R&D expenses in both periods reflect completion of the CAPACITY clinical trials in early 2009, partially offset by increased expenses associated with the RECAP extension study, the Phase 2b study of RG7227 in patients chronically infected with HCV and the preparation of the NDA and MAA for pirfenidone.
General and administrative (G&A) expenses were $10.6 million in the fourth quarter of 2009, compared with $7.9 million in the same period a year earlier, an increase of 34%. G&A expenses were $37.5 million in the full year 2009, an increase of 23% from $30.6 million in 2008. The additional G&A expenses are primarily attributed to costs related to preparation for the potential commercialization of pirfenidone, which is subject to regulatory approvals.
The net loss for the fourth quarter of 2009 was $28.6 million, or $0.62 per share, compared with a net loss of $33.8 million, or $0.87 per share, in 2008. Net loss for the full year was $116.0 million, or $2.62 per share, compared with a net loss of $106.5 million, or $2.73 per share, in 2008.
As of December 31, 2009, InterMune had cash, cash equivalents and available-for-sale securities of approximately $99.6 million, which does not include net proceeds of $106.8 million from the public offering completed on January 29, 2010.
Accelerated DOJ Payment
As prescribed in the company's 2006 Settlement Agreement with the Department of Justice (DOJ), InterMune made an accelerated payment to the DOJ in early 2010 of approximately $9.2 million. As a result, the balance of the company's liability under the settlement is satisfied and no further payments will be due pursuant to the Settlement Agreement.
Financial Guidance for 2010
Due to the significant pirfenidone-related regulatory events anticipated in the first half of 2010, InterMune currently expects to provide forward-looking financial guidance for 2010 following completion of those events.
Conference Call and Webcast Details
InterMune will host a conference call today at 4:30 p.m. EST to discuss its financial results for the fourth quarter and full year 2009, and forward-looking information regarding upcoming milestones in 2010. Interested investors and others may participate in the conference call by dialing 888-799-0528 (U.S.) or 973-200-3372 (international), conference ID# 57121282. A replay of the webcast and teleconference will be available approximately three hours after the call.
To access the webcast, please log on to the company's website at www.intermune.com at least 15 minutes prior to the start of the call to ensure adequate time for any software downloads that may be required.
The teleconference replay will be available for 10 business days following the call and can be accessed by dialing 800-642-1687 (U.S.) or 706-645-9291 (international), and entering the conference ID# 57121282. The webcast will remain available on the company's website until the next earnings call.
InterMune is a biotechnology company focused on the research, development and commercialization of innovative therapies in pulmonology and hepatology. InterMune has an R&D portfolio addressing idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) and hepatitis C virus (HCV) infections. The pulmonology portfolio includes pirfenidone for which InterMune has completed a Phase 3 program in patients with IPF (CAPACITY) and a New Drug Application (NDA) has been accepted for Priority Review by the FDA. The hepatology portfolio includes the HCV protease inhibitor compound RG7227 (ITMN-191) that entered Phase 2b in August 2009 and a second-generation HCV protease inhibitor research program. For additional information about InterMune and its R&D pipeline, please visit www.intermune.com.
This news release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, that reflect InterMune's judgment and involve risks and uncertainties as of the date of this release, including without limitation the statements related to anticipated product development timelines and the likelihood of regulatory success. All forward-looking statements and other information included in this press release are based on information available to InterMune as of the date hereof, and InterMune assumes no obligation to update any such forward-looking statements or information. InterMune's actual results could differ materially from those described in InterMune's forward-looking statements. Pirfenidone failed to achieve statistical significance on the primary endpoint in one of its two pivotal clinical trials and there can be no assurance that the regulatory authorities in either the United States or Europe will grant regulatory approval based upon these data, in combination with the other efficacy and safety results the company has submitted in support of its NDA filing and currently intends to submit in support of its MAA filing.
Other factors that could cause or contribute to such differences include, but are not limited to, those discussed in detail under the heading "Risk Factors" attached as Exhibit 99.3 to InterMune's Form 8-K filed with the SEC on January 20, 2010, and other periodic reports filed with the SEC, including the following: (i) the fact that physician prescriptions of Actimmune for the treatment of IPF, an indication for which Actimmune has not been approved by the FDA, have declined significantly following the March 2007 termination of the Phase 3 INSPIRE trial of Actimmune in IPF and the risk that InterMune's revenue will continue to decline as expected; (ii) risks related to regulation by the FDA and other agencies with respect to InterMune's communications with physicians concerning Actimmune for the treatment of IPF; (iii) reimbursement risks associated with third-party payors; (iv) risks related to whether InterMune is able to obtain, maintain and enforce patents and other intellectual property; (v) risks related to significant regulatory, supply and competitive barriers to entry; (vi) risks related to the uncertain, lengthy and expensive clinical development and regulatory process, including having no unexpected safety, toxicology, clinical or other issues; (vii) risks related to achieving positive clinical trial results; (viii) risks related to timely patient enrollment and retention in clinical trials; (ix) the results of the InterMune CAPACITY trials of pirfenidone differ in some respects from those of the Shionogi & Co., Ltd. Phase 3 trial of pirfenidone and there can be no assurance that the U.S. or European regulatory authorities will approve the use of pirfenidone for the treatment of IPF; (x) the results as reported by Shionogi concerning their Phase 3 trial may differ from those published or presented in a peer-reviewed forum; and (xi) risks related to the company's manufacturing strategy, which relies on third-party manufacturers and which exposes InterMune to additional risks where it may lose potential revenue. The risks and other factors discussed above should be considered only in connection with the fully discussed risks and other factors discussed in detail in the Form 8-K and InterMune's other periodic reports filed with the SEC, all of which are available via InterMune's web site at www.intermune.com.
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Financial tables follow
InterMune, Inc. PRELIMINARY CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS (unaudited, in thousands, except per share amounts) Three Months Ended Year Ended December 31 December 31 ----------- ----------- 2009 2008* 2009 2008* ---- ---- ---- ---- Revenue, net Actimmune $5,793 $6,583 $25,428 $29,880 Collaboration revenue 818 818 23,272 18,272 --- --- ------ ------ Total revenue, net 6,611 7,401 48,700 48,152 Costs and expenses: Cost of goods sold 1,260 1,713 6,997 8,989 Research and development 21,173 26,178 89,138 104,206 General and administrative 10,550 7,891 37,461 30,635 Acquired research and development milestones - - 15,250 - Restructuring charges (98) - 697 - --- --- --- --- Total costs and expenses 32,885 35
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