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Isis Reports Financial Results and Highlights for First Quarter 2013

CARLSBAD, Calif., May 7, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Isis Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq: ISIS) today reported pro forma operating income of $4.5 million and pro forma net income of $1.2 million for the three months ended March 31, 2013 compared to a pro forma net operating loss of $16.2 million and a pro forma net loss of $21.7 million for the same period in 2012.  The significant improvement in the Company's financial results was driven primarily by milestone payments Isis earned in the first quarter, including a $25 million milestone payment from Genzyme and a $7.5 million milestone payment from GlaxoSmithKline (GSK).  In addition, Isis maintained its cash position by ending the first quarter of 2013 with approximately $372 million compared to approximately $374 million at December 31, 2012. On a GAAP basis, Isis reported income from operations of $1.6 million and a net loss of $1.7 million for the three months ended March 31, 2013 compared to a loss from operations of $18.5 million and a net loss of $24.0 million for the same period in 2012.

"The most significant event for Isis this quarter was the approval and launch of KYNAMRO™ in the United States to treat patients with homozygous familial hypercholesterolemia.  The approval of KYNAMRO is an important event for these patients who have a severe disease and who struggle daily to control their LDL-C levels.  Genzyme has commercially launched KYNAMRO and has physicians qualified under the REMS program.  KYNAMRO approval is also an important milestone for Isis and our antisense technology.  KYNAMRO is the first systemically delivered antisense drug to be sold commercially and is the culmination of many years of hard work and scientific achievements.  We are looking forward to updating you on KYNAMRO's commercial progress later in the year," said B. Lynne Parshall, chief operating officer of Isis.  "Isis' value extends well beyond KYNAMRO.  We have created a pipeline of promising products to treat severe and rare, neurological, cardiovascular, metabolic and inflammatory diseases, and cancer.  Because we have such a robust pipeline, we have numerous events to report throughout the year, including Phase 2 data that we will report within the next couple of months."

"In addition to ending the quarter with both pro forma operating and net income, we maintained our cash position by using only $2 million net during the quarter. We were able to achieve these financial results because of the success of our partnerships with Genzyme and GSK from which we earned $32.5 million in milestone payments in the first quarter. And, we have continued this momentum into the second quarter.  We have already received a $30 million upfront fee from Roche for our Huntington's disease program and will earn a $3.5 million milestone payment from Biogen Idec when we dose the first infant with spinal muscular atrophy in the Phase 2 study for ISIS-SMNRx," said Elizabeth L. Hougen, chief financial officer of Isis. "With numerous successful partnerships encompassing multiple drugs, we have continuing opportunities to earn additional milestone payments from our partners as we progress through the year.
Our maturing pipeline of unpartnered assets together with our prolific research programs enables us to explore new collaborations as well."

Upcoming Key Milestones

  • Report clinical data on ISIS-CRPRx in patients with rheumatoid arthritis
  • Report clinical data on ISIS-APOCIIIRx in patients with high triglycerides
  • Financial ResultsAll pro forma amounts referred to in this press release exclude non-cash compensation expense related to equity awards. Please refer to the reconciliation of pro forma and GAAP measures, which is provided later in this release.

    RevenueRevenue for the three months ended March 31, 2013 was $43.4 million compared to $23.2 million for the same period in 2012.  Isis' revenue fluctuates based on the nature and timing of payments under agreements with Isis' partners, including license fees, milestone-related payments and other payments. For example, Isis' revenue in the first quarter of 2013 was significantly higher than in the first quarter of 2012 primarily as a result of the $25 million milestone payment from Genzyme for FDA approval of the KYNAMRO NDA and the $7.5 million milestone payment from GSK for the initiation of the Phase 2/3 study of ISIS-TTRRx.  Also in the first quarter of 2013, Isis began amortizing revenue from its new alliance with AstraZeneca and its third collaboration with Biogen Idec.  Isis' increase in revenue was offset, in part, by the completion of the amortization of the upfront payments associated with Isis' Genzyme collaboration. 

    Operating ExpensesOn a pro forma basis, Isis' operating expenses for the three months ended March 31, 2013 of $38.9 million were essentially flat compared to $39.4 million for the same period in 2012. 

    On a GAAP basis, Isis' operating expenses for the three months ended March 31, 2013 and 2012 were $41.7 million.Gain on InvestmentsIsis' gain on investments for the three months ended March 31, 2013 was due to the $1.1 million Isis realized when it sold the stock it held in Sarepta Therapeutics. This gain demonstrates the value that Isis is realizing from its satellite company strategy.Net LossIsis reported a net loss of $1.7 million for the three months ended March 31, 2013 compared to $24.0 million for the same period in 2012.  Basic and diluted net loss per share for the three months ended March 31, 2013 was $0.02 per share compared to $0.24 per share for the same period in 2012. Isis' net loss was significantly lower than in 2012 primarily due to the milestone payments it received from its partners in the first quarter.

    Balance SheetAs of March 31, 2013, Isis had cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments of $371.9 million compared to $374.4 million at December 31, 2012 and had working capital of $361.5 million at March 31, 2013 compared to $349.1 million at December 31, 2012.  Isis maintained its cash position primarily due to the $32.5 million in milestone payments it received in the first quarter while continuing to invest in its pipeline. Isis' cash at March 31, 2013 does not include the $30 million upfront payment Isis received from Roche for Isis' HTT collaboration.  Isis' working capital increased in 2013 primarily due to an increase in current assets resulting from an increase in Isis' investment in Regulus. At March 31, 2013, the carrying value of Isis' investment in Regulus was $44.9 million compared to $33.6 million at December 31, 2012.

    Business Highlights"We have had a number of important accomplishments already this year.  Together with Genzyme we brought KYNAMRO to the market in the United States for patients with HoFH.  We continued to mature and expand our severe and rare disease franchise, reporting early encouraging data on our first splicing drug, ISIS-SMNRx, in children with spinal muscular atrophy and initiating Phase 2/3 programs for ISIS-SMNRx with Biogen Idec and ISIS-TTRRx with GSK.  We plan to continue this momentum through the year.  Over the next couple of months we plan to report Phase 2 data on both ISIS-CRPRx and ISIS-APOCIIIRx," continued Ms. Parshall. 

    "We continue to be successful in implementing our business strategy and establishing strategic partnerships that provide us with significant value.  The performance of our drugs in the clinic and the broad applicability of our antisense technology have generated significant interest in Isis.  One of our partnering goals is to select high-quality partners for our severe neurological disease and cancer programs to augment our own efforts in these two newest areas of our pipeline.  We have been successful implementing this strategy.  Since January of last year, we have initiated five new partnerships that involve neurological diseases and cancer, bringing in more than $125 million in upfront payments and adding partners that are significantly enhancing our drug discovery and development efforts in these therapeutic areas," continued Ms. Parshall.  "We believe that our partnerships are structured to provide the best support and ultimately the best value for each drug.  Our partnership with Roche for our Huntington's disease program is a very good example of how we benefit from the expertise and resources that our partner brings while we maintain control over the discovery and early development of the program.  We look forward to broadly evaluating this program with Roche and developing antisense drugs to treat Huntington's disease."Corporate and Drug Development Highlights

  • Isis and Genzyme were successful in bringing KYNAMRO to the market in the United States for patients with HoFH.  These patients are at high cardiovascular risk and may not be able to reduce their LDL-C sufficiently with currently available lipid-lowering therapies. 
  • Genzyme launched KYNAMRO in the United States for the treatment of patients with HoFH.
  • Isis received a $25 million milestone payment from Genzyme related to the marketing approval of KYNAMRO by the FDA.
  • Genzyme continues to enroll the FOCUS FH study, which is designed to provide 60-week safety and efficacy data in FH patients to support an additional regulatory filing.  Genzyme reached an agreement with the FDA on the design of the FOCUS FH study via a Special Protocol Assessment, or SPA.
  • Isis and its investigators reported positive data from a number of drugs in Isis' pipeline.
  • Dr. Claudia Chiriboga reported Phase 1 data on ISIS-SMNRx at the American Academy of Neurology.  In this open-label study conducted in a small population, ISIS-SMNRx was well tolerated in children with spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) and functional activity improvements  in muscle function were observed in a number of these children.
  • Isis reported positive Phase 1 data on ISIS-CRPRx demonstrating that, in healthy volunteers, ISIS-CRPRx can selectively blunt severe increases in CRP following an endotoxin challenge, which produces immune responses similar to those seen with bacterial infections.
  • Isis published data in the journal Circulation Research demonstrating that antisense inhibition of ApoC-III produced significant reductions of ApoC-III and triglycerides in multiple species including man.  Isis presented these data in an oral presentation at the 2013 Duell Meeting in March 2013.
  • Isis continued to advance its pipeline by initiating clinical studies in numerous disease areas.
  • Isis initiated a Phase 2 study of ISIS-SMN­­Rx in infants with SMA and will earn a $3.5 million milestone payment from Biogen Idec when the first patient is dosed in this study.
  • Isis initiated a Phase 2/3 study of ISIS-TTR­­Rx in patients with familial polyneuropathy and received a $7.5 million milestone payment from GlaxoSmithKline related to the initiation of this study.
  • AstraZeneca initiated a Phase 1b/2a study of ISIS-STAT3Rx in patients with advanced metastatic hepatocellular carcinoma.
  • Isis initiated a Phase 1 study of ISIS-APOARx, an antisense drug designed to reduce levels of Lp(a), an atherogenic lipoprotein.
  • Isis formed a new alliance with Roche to discover and develop antisense drugs to treat Huntington's disease.
  • Isis received a $30 million upfront payment and is eligible to receive up to $362 million in a license fee, pre-licensing and post-licensing milestone payments, including up to $80 million in commercial milestones.
  • In addition, Isis is eligible to receive up to $136.5 million in milestone payments for each additional drug successfully developed plus up to $50 million in commercial milestones if a drug using Roche's proprietary brain shuttle technology is successfully commercialized.
  • Isis is also eligible to receive tiered royalties on sales of drugs arising from the alliance. 
  • Conference CallAt 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time today, May 7, 2013, Isis will conduct a live webcast conference call to discuss this earnings release and related activities.  Interested parties may listen to the call by dialing 1-866-652-5200 and provide the conference identification number "10028266", or access the webcast at  A webcast replay will be available for a limited time at the same address.

    ABOUT ISIS PHARMACEUTICALS, INC.Isis is exploiting its leadership position in antisense technology to discover and develop novel drugs for its product pipeline and for its partners.  Isis' broad pipeline consists of 28 drugs to treat a wide variety of diseases with an emphasis on cardiovascular, metabolic, severe and rare diseases, and cancer.  Isis' partner, Genzyme, is commercializing Isis' lead product, KYNAMRO™, in the United States for the treatment of patients with HoFH.  Genzyme is also pursuing marketing approval of KYNAMRO in other markets.  Isis' patents provide strong and extensive protection for its drugs and technology. 

    FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTThis press release includes forward-looking statements regarding Isis Pharmaceuticals' financial position and outlook, Isis' business, and the therapeutic and commercial potential of Isis' technologies and products in development.  Any statement describing Isis' goals, expectations, financial or other projections, intentions or beliefs, including the commercial potential of KYNAMRO, is a forward-looking statement and should be considered an at-risk statement.  Such statements are subject to certain risks and uncertainties, particularly those inherent in the process of discovering, developing and commercializing drugs that are safe and effective for use as human therapeutics, and in the endeavor of building a business around such drugs.  Isis' forward-looking statements also involve assumptions that, if they never materialize or prove correct, could cause its results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements.  Although Isis' forward-looking statements reflect the good faith judgment of its management, these statements are based only on facts and factors currently known by Isis.  As a result, you are cautioned not to rely on these forward-looking statements.  These and other risks concerning Isis' programs are described in additional detail in Isis' annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2012 and its most recent quarterly report on Form 10-Q, which are on file with the SEC. Copies of these and other documents are available from the Company.

    In this press release, unless the context requires otherwise, "Isis," "Company," "we," "our," and "us" refers to Isis Pharmaceuticals and its subsidiaries.

    Isis Pharmaceuticals® is a registered trademark of Isis Pharmaceuticals, Inc.  Regulus Therapeutics™ is a trademark of Regulus Therapeutics Inc.  KYNAMRO™ is a trademark of Genzyme Corporation.


    Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations(In Thousands, Except Per Share Data)Three months ended,March 31,20132012Revenue:(unaudited)Research and development revenue under collaborative agreements$41,921$21,818Licensing and royalty revenue1,4391,417Total revenue43,36023,235Expenses:Research and development38,31238,714General and administrative3,4232,976Total operating expenses41,73541,690Income (loss) from operations1,625(18,455)Other income (expense):Equity in net loss of Regulus Therapeutics Inc.-(976)Investment income376600Interest expense(4,795)(5,179)Gain on investments, net1,05817Loss before income tax expense$(1,736)$(23,993)Income tax benefit (expense)64(2)Net loss$(1,672)$(23,995)Basic and diluted net loss per share$(0.02)$(0.24)Shares used in computing basic and diluted net loss per share101,875100,157 Isis Pharmaceuticals, IncReconciliation of GAAP to Pro Forma Basis: Condensed Consolidated Operating Expenses, (Income) Loss From Operations, and Net Income (Loss)(In Thousands)Three months ended,

    March 31,20132012(unaudited)As reported operating expenses according to GAAP$41,735$41,690Excluding compensation expense related to equity awards

    (2,869)(2,267)Pro forma operating expenses$38,866$39,423As reported income (loss) from operations according to GAAP$1,625$(18,455)Excluding compensation expense related to equity awards

    (2,869)(2,267)Pro forma income (loss) from operations$4,494$(16,188)As reported net loss according to GAAP$(1,672)$(23,995)Excluding compensation expense related to equity awards

    (2,869)(2,267)Pro forma net income (loss)$1,197$(21,728) Reconciliation of GAAP to Pro Forma BasisAs illustrated in the Selected Financial Information in this press release, pro forma operating expenses, pro forma income (loss) from operations, and proforma net income (loss) were adjusted from GAAP to exclude compensation expense related to equity awards, which are non-cash.  Isis has regularly reported non-GAAP measures for operating results as pro forma results.  These measures are provided as supplementary information and are not a substitute for financial measures calculated in accordance with GAAP.  Isis reports these pro forma results to better enable financial statement users to assess and compare its historical performance and project its future operating results and cash flows.  Further, the presentation of Isis' pro forma results is consistent with how Isis' management internally evaluates the performance of its operations.  Isis Pharmaceuticals, Inc.Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets(In Thousands)March 31,December 31,20132012(unaudited)Assets:  Cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments$371,911$374,446  Investment in Regulus Therapeutics Inc.44,86333,622  Other current assets15,05515,370  Property, plant and equipment, net89,69491,084  Other assets31,43831,164Total assets$552,961$545,686Liabilities and stockholders' equity:  Other current liabilities$35,051$38,397  Current portion of deferred contract revenue35,24435,925  2 3/4% convertible senior notes145,533143,990  Long-term obligations, less current portion77,22677,952  Long-term deferred contract revenue58,81666,656  Stockholders' equity201,091182,766Total liabilities and stockholders' equity$552,961$545,686

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