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Lexicon Pharmaceuticals Provides Clinical Pipeline Update and Reports 2013 First Quarter Financial Results
Date:5/10/2013

THE WOODLANDS, Texas, May 10, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Lexicon Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq: LXRX), a biopharmaceutical company focused on discovering and developing breakthrough treatments for human disease, today updated its drug development progress and reported financial results for the three months  ended March 31, 2013.

"In the first quarter of 2013, we continued to progress our clinical pipeline on multiple fronts. Most notably, we initiated a Phase 2 trial of LX4211, our dual inhibitor of SGLT1 and SGLT2, in patients with type 1 diabetes", said Dr. Arthur T. Sands, president and chief executive officer of Lexicon. "We continue to see opportunities for LX4211 as a potential therapy for a broad spectrum of diabetic conditions including type 1 and type 2 diabetes and diabetes with renal impairment."

Progress in Clinical Pipeline

  • LX4211:  Lexicon is proceeding with preparations for the initiation of Phase 3 clinical trials of LX4211 in type 2 diabetes.  Lexicon also initiated a Phase 2 clinical trial of LX4211 in type 1 diabetes and continues to enroll patients in a clinical trial evaluating LX4211 in type 2 diabetes patients with renal impairment.  LX4211 is a dual inhibitor of sodium-glucose transporter 2 (SGLT2), which is responsible for most of the glucose reabsorption performed by the kidney, and sodium-glucose transporter 1 (SGLT1), which is responsible for glucose and galactose absorption in the gastrointestinal tract and, to a lesser degree than SGLT2, glucose reabsorption in the kidney.
  • Telotristat etiprate (LX1032):  Lexicon continues to enroll patients in a pivotal Phase 3 clinical trial of telotristat etiprate in carcinoid syndrome and a Phase 2 clinical trial of telotristat etiprate in ulcerative colitis. Telotristat etiprate is an inhibitor of tryptophan hydroxylase that reduces peripheral serotonin production without affecting brain serotonin levels.
  • LX1033: Lexicon continues to enroll patients in a Phase 2 clinical trial of LX1033 in patients with diarrhea-predominant IBS (IBS-d).  LX1033 is an inhibitor of tryptophan hydroxylase that acts locally in the gastrointestinal tract to reduce serotonin production without impacting brain serotonin levels.
  • Financial ResultsRevenues:  Lexicon's revenues for the three months ended March 31, 2013 increased 20 percent to $0.4 million from $0.3 million for the corresponding period in 2012.  The increase for the three months ended March 31, 2013 was primarily attributable to higher revenues from Lexicon's alliance with Taconic Farms.

    Research and Development Expenses:  Research and development expenses for the three months ended March 31, 2013 decreased 12 percent to $20.3 million from $23.0 million for the corresponding period in 2012.  The decrease was primarily attributable to decreases in external manufacturing, clinical research and development costs, facility costs and personnel costs.

    Increase in Fair Value of Symphony Icon Purchase Liability:  In connection with the acquisition of Symphony Icon, Lexicon made an initial estimate of the fair value of the liability for the associated base and contingent payments.  Changes in this liability, based on the development of the programs and the time until such payments are expected to be made, are recorded in Lexicon's consolidated statements of operations.  The increase in fair value of the Symphony Icon purchase liability was $1.3 million and $2.1 million for the three months ended March 31, 2013 and 2012, respectively. 

    General and Administrative Expenses:  General and administrative expenses for the three months ended March 31, 2013 decreased five percent to $4.3 million from $4.6 million for the corresponding period in 2012.  The decrease was primarily attributable to decreases in personnel costs.

    Consolidated Net Loss:  Net loss for the three months ended March 31, 2013 was $26.0 million, or $0.05 per share, compared to a net loss of $29.9 million, or $0.06 per share, in the corresponding period in 2012.  For the three months ended March 31, 2013, net loss included non-cash, stock-based compensation expense of $2.1 million, compared to $1.7 million in the corresponding period in 2012.

    Cash and Investments:  As of March 31, 2013, Lexicon had $197.2 million in cash and investments, as compared to $223.2 million as of December 31, 2012. 

    Lexicon Conference CallLexicon management will hold a conference call to discuss its clinical development progress and financial results for the first quarter of 2013 at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time on May 10, 2013. The dial-in number for the conference call is 888-645-5785 (within the US/Canada) or 970-300-1531 (international). The conference ID for all callers is 64449185. Investors can access a live webcast of the call at www.lexpharma.com. An archived version of the webcast will be available on the website through June 10, 2013.

    About LexiconLexicon is a biopharmaceutical company focused on discovering breakthrough treatments for human disease.  Lexicon currently has multiple drug programs in clinical development for diabetes, irritable bowel syndrome, carcinoid syndrome and other indications, all of which were discovered by Lexicon's research team.  Lexicon has used its proprietary gene knockout technology to identify more than 100 promising drug targets.  Lexicon has focused drug discovery efforts on these biologically-validated targets to create its extensive pipeline of clinical and preclinical programs.  For additional information about Lexicon and its programs, please visit www.lexpharma.com.

    Safe Harbor StatementThis press release contains "forward-looking statements", including statements relating to Lexicon's clinical development of LX4211, telotristat etiprate (LX1032) and LX1033, including characterizations of the results of and projected timing of clinical trials of such compounds, and the potential therapeutic and commercial potential of LX4211, telotristat etiprate (LX1032) and LX1033.  In addition, this press release also contains forward-looking statements relating to Lexicon's growth and future operating results, discovery and development of products, strategic alliances and intellectual property, as well as other matters that are not historical facts or information.  All forward-looking statements are based on management's current assumptions and expectations and involve risks, uncertainties and other important factors, specifically including those relating to Lexicon's ability to successfully conduct clinical development of LX4211, telotristat etiprate (LX1032) and LX1033 and preclinical and clinical development of its other potential drug candidates, advance additional candidates into preclinical and clinical development, obtain necessary regulatory approvals, achieve its operational objectives, obtain patent protection for its discoveries and establish strategic alliances, as well as additional factors relating to manufacturing, intellectual property rights, and the therapeutic or commercial value of its drug candidates, that may cause Lexicon's actual results to be materially different from any future results expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements.  Information identifying such important factors is contained under "Risk Factors" in Lexicon's annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2012, as filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.  Lexicon undertakes no obligation to update or revise any such forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.Lexicon Pharmaceuticals, Inc. 

    Selected Financial DataConsolidated Statements of Operations DataThree Months EndedMarch 31,(In thousands, except per share data)20132012(unaudited)Revenues:Collaborative research$
    284$
    52Subscription and license fees76148Total revenues360300Operating expenses:Research and development, including stock-based compensationof $1,330 and $1,037, respectively20,32723,037Increase in fair value of Symphony Icon, Inc. purchase liability 1,2642,081General and administrative, including stock-based compensationof $779 and $681, respectively4,3244,565Total operating expenses25,91529,683Loss from operations(25,555)(29,383)Interest income5356Interest expense(506)(537)Other income (expense), net34(4)Consolidated net loss$
    (25,974)$  (29,868)Consolidated net loss per common share, basic and diluted$
    (0.05)$
    (0.06)Shares used in computing consolidated net loss per common share, basic and diluted512,428480,324 Consolidated Balance Sheet DataAs of March 31,As of December 31,(In thousands)20132012(unaudited)Cash and investments

    $
    97,163$
    223,208Property and equipment, net

    42,62342,634Goodwill

    44,54344,543Other intangible assets

    53,55753,557Total assets

    347,275371,778Deferred revenue

    14,03314,038Current and long-term debt

    23,06423,451Other long-term liabilities

    34,07932,283Accumulated deficit

    (925,806)(899,832)Total stockholders' equity

    242,208266,678
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