TUSTIN, Calif., Dec. 10 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Peregrine Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq: PPHM) today announced financial results for the second quarter of fiscal year (FY) 2010 ended October 31, 2009. Total revenue for the second quarter of FY 2010 increased 255% to $6,896,000, compared to $1,941,000 for the comparable prior year quarter. This increase in total revenue was primarily derived from increases in contract manufacturing services provided by Avid Bioservices, the company's wholly owned contract manufacturing subsidiary.
Avid generated manufacturing revenue of $5,308,000 for the second quarter of FY 2010, compared to $983,000 for the comparable prior year quarter, an increase of 440%. The increase in Avid revenue reflects increased manufacturing services provided to third-party customers during the quarter. Peregrine also generated revenue from services provided under its contract with the U.S. Defense Threat Reduction Agency for the Transformational Medical Technologies Initiative (TMTI) to evaluate bavituximab as a potential broad-spectrum treatment for viral hemorrhagic fever infections. Government contract revenue was $1,510,000 for the second quarter of FY 2010, compared to $958,000 for the prior year quarter, an increase of 58%.
Total costs and expenses in the second quarter of FY 2010 increased $2,942,000 to $9,433,000, compared to $6,491,000 in the second quarter of FY 2009, an increase of 45%. The current quarter increase in total costs and expenses was primarily due to an increase in the costs of contract manufacturing during the quarter of $2,877,000, related to higher reported contract manufacturing revenue. Research and development (R&D) expenses slightly decreased by $169,000 (4%) to $4,132,000 in the second quarter of FY 2010, from $4,301,000 in the prior year quarter, primarily reflecting the reduced resource needs of Peregrine's current clinical programs as they complete patient dosing and advance into the patient follow-up and analysis phase. Selling, general, and administrative (SG&A) expenses increased in the second quarter of FY 2010 to $1,761,000, compared to $1,527,000 in the second quarter of FY 2009, an increase of 15%, primarily reflecting the company's recent investments in acquiring additional expertise to support its contract manufacturing business.
Peregrine's consolidated net loss decreased 38% to $2,787,000 or $0.06 per basic and diluted share in the second quarter of FY 2010, compared to the consolidated net loss of $4,497,000, or $0.10 per basic and diluted share for the same prior year period. At October 31, 2009, the company had $13.6 million in cash and cash equivalents.
"Peregrine continued to achieve important gains in every area of its operations since the start of the second quarter," said Steven W. King, president and CEO of Peregrine. "Since the last earnings call, we completed patient enrollment in our Cotara dosimetry brain cancer trial and in two bavituximab Phase II trials in breast cancer and non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). We also reported positive initial data from the bavituximab NSCLC trial and from an ongoing Cotara Phase II study, with both showing promising progression-free-survival data. We recruited two world-class cancer drug development experts -- adding Dr. Bruce Chabner of Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital as a clinical advisor and former Genentech regulatory chief Dr. Robert Garnick to our management team as head of regulatory -- and we made organizational enhancements at Avid Bioservices as we prepare for continued growth of its business. We accomplished all of this while continuing to report increased revenue from our Avid contract manufacturing business and from our government contract, resulting in a decreased net loss. These positive developments have helped position us to initiate the next round of clinical trials that we are planning to start in the early part of next year, as clinical resources are being freed up as our current Phase II trials near completion. These advances are setting the stage for what we expect to be a very positive 2010 for the company."
Dr. Robert Garnick, Peregrine's head of regulatory, commented, "I am delighted that we have already been able to make significant progress in advancing bavituximab in just the few months that I have been working with the company. By working with our clinical advisors and the FDA, we have been able to position ourselves to initiate definitive bavituximab NSCLC Phase II "proof-of-concept" clinical studies in early 2010 as part of our plans to advance the program. Based on the results seen to date, we believe bavituximab has considerable potential in multiple solid tumor indications and we look forward to exploring a number of these in additional upcoming trials. Our goal is to seek clinical and regulatory pathways that will expedite our progress towards possible commercialization while also ensuring a strong positioning for this novel product. We also look forward to developing a similar strategy for the Cotara brain cancer program as we obtain additional data from the recently completed dosimetry trial and from our ongoing Phase II study in patients with glioblastoma, a condition for which safe and effective new therapies are urgently needed.
Mr. King added, "We are also very pleased at the good progress we are making in our anti-viral efforts. Our federally-funded biodefense initiative to develop our PS-targeting antibodies for the prevention and treatment of viral hemorrhagic fever infections (VHF) is proceeding well as evidenced by the promising data from the program recently presented at an important biodefense conference. This quarter, our scientific collaborators secured a substantial grant to expand the study of our PS-targeting antibodies in VHF. In addition, we reorganized our infectious diseases program infrastructure to ensure that the many opportunities potentially available to Peregrine and our collaborators for commercially-relevant applications of our technology to treat infectious diseases are fully exploited."
Mr. King continued, "Our Avid contract manufacturing subsidiary continued to report positive revenue growth this quarter while establishing an impressive global alliance partnership. We added additional talent to the strong team already on board at Avid with the hiring of a senior global operations and productivity executive and an experienced vice president of business operations. This team is focusing both on continuing to grow Avid's contract manufacturing business and on building a new business in the emerging field of biosimilars, an area in which we believe we are very well-equipped to compete and where we also see nearer-term commercialization opportunities."
"This has been an eventful quarter for Peregrine, as we continued the advancement of our key clinical programs while significantly reducing our net loss and increasing our cash position quarter-over-quarter," said Paul Lytle, chief financial officer of Peregrine. "We look forward to sharing our enthusiasm for Peregrine's future prospects with the investment community through an active investor outreach program planned throughout the upcoming year."
Mr. King concluded, "Looking to the future, we are turning our attention to the goal of advancing at least one and possibly multiple products to the market within the next 2.5 to 5 years. The promising data we have seen to date from all of our ongoing trials, the addition of world class clinical and regulatory expertise to our team and the strategic asset we have in Avid Bioservices are helping to fuel this drive. We have already begun working on a number of fronts to strengthen our ability to achieve this goal and we look forward to sharing those plans as we transition into the new year."
FY 2010 Recent Highlights
Bavituximab Anti-Cancer Program
Peregrine reported progress in all three ongoing Phase II trials in its bavituximab cancer program:
Bavituximab Anti-Viral Program
The company advanced its PS-targeting anti-viral program on a number of fronts:
Cotara® Brain Cancer Program
Peregrine reported significant progress in the Cotara brain cancer program:
Peregrine's wholly-owned contract manufacturing subsidiary reported a number of positive developments while also significantly increasing its revenue:
The company will host a conference call today, December 10, 2009 at 11:30 a.m. EDT/8:30 a.m. PDT to discuss its Second Quarter FY 2010 financial results.
To listen to a live broadcast of the call over the Internet or to review the archived call, please visit: www.peregrineinc.com. The webcast will be archived on Peregrine's website for approximately 30 days.
To listen to the conference call via telephone, please call the following number approximately 10 minutes prior to the scheduled start time and request to join the Peregrine Pharmaceuticals call: (800) 860-2442. A telephonic replay of the conference call will be available starting approximately one hour after the conclusion of the call through December 17, 2009 by calling (877) 344-7529, passcode 431883#.
About Peregrine Pharmaceuticals
Peregrine Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is a biopharmaceutical company with a portfolio of innovative monoclonal antibodies in clinical trials for the treatment of cancer and serious viral infections. The company is pursuing three separate clinical programs in cancer and hepatitis C virus infection with its lead product candidates bavituximab and Cotara®. Peregrine also has in-house manufacturing capabilities through its wholly owned subsidiary Avid Bioservices, Inc. (www.avidbio.com), which provides development and biomanufacturing services for both Peregrine and outside customers. Additional information about Peregrine can be found at www.peregrineinc.com.
Safe Harbor Statement: Statements in this press release which are not purely historical, including statements regarding Peregrine Pharmaceuticals' intentions, hopes, beliefs, expectations, representations, projections, plans or predictions of the future are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. The forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties including, but not limited to the risk that the company may experience delays in clinical trial patient enrollment, the results of future clinical trials may not correlate with the results from prior clinical and preclinical studies, the risk that Avid's revenue growth may slow or decline, the risk that Avid may experience technical difficulties in processing customer orders which could delay delivery of products to customers and receipt of payment, the risk that one or more existing Avid customers terminates its contract prior to completion, the risk that the company does not receive all of its funding under the TMTI contract, the risk that future protocol submissions may not be approved and the risk that the company may not be able to monetize any of its assets. It is important to note that the company's actual results could differ materially from those in any such forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially include, but are not limited to, uncertainties associated with completing preclinical and clinical trials for our technologies; the early stage of product development; the significant costs to develop our products as all of our products are currently in development, preclinical studies or clinical trials; obtaining additional financing to support our operations and the development of our products; obtaining regulatory approval for our technologies; anticipated timing of regulatory filings and the potential success in gaining regulatory approval and complying with governmental regulations applicable to our business. Our business could be affected by a number of other factors, including the risk factors listed from time to time in the Company's SEC reports including, but not limited to, the annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended April 30, 2009 and the quarterly report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended October 31, 2009. The company cautions investors not to place undue reliance on the forward-looking statements contained in this press release. Peregrine Pharmaceuticals, Inc. disclaims any obligation, and does not undertake to update or revise any forward-looking statements in this press release.
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PEREGRINE PHARMACEUTICALS, INC. CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS OCTOBER 31, APRIL 30, 2009 2009 Unaudited ASSETS CURRENT ASSETS: Cash and cash equivalents $13,599,000 $ 10,018,000 Trade and other receivables, net 2,487,000 1,770,000 Government contract receivables 1,595,000 1,944,000 Inventories, net 5,850,000 4,707,000 Debt issuance costs, current portion 175,000 229,000 Prepaid expenses and other current assets 1,049,000 1,466,000 Total current assets 24,755,000 20,134,000 PROPERTY: Leasehold improvements 675,000 675,000 Laboratory equipment 4,100,000 4,180,000 Furniture, fixtures and office equipment 901,000 902,000 5,676,000 5,757,000 Less accumulated depreciation and amortization (4,245,000) (4,076,000) Property, net 1,431,000 1,681,000 OTHER ASSETS: Debt issuance costs, less current portion 68,000 142,000 Other assets 1,275,000 1,170,000 Total other assets 1,343,000 1,312,000 TOTAL ASSETS $27,529,000 $23,127,000 -continued-
PEREGRINE PHARMACEUTICALS, INC. CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS (continued) OCTOBER 31, APRIL 30, 2009 2009 Unaudited LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY CURRENT LIABILITIES: Accounts payable $3,659,000 $3,518,000 Accrued clinical trial site fees 416,000 955,000 Accrued legal and accounting fees 284,000 667,000 Accrued royalties and license fees 145,000 182,000 Accrued payroll and related costs 1,363,000 1,580,000 Notes payable, current portion and net of discount 1,846,000 1,465,000 Deferred revenue 4,260,000 3,776,000 Deferred government contract revenue 3,989,000 3,871,000 Customer deposits 790,000 2,287,000 Other current liabilities 550,000 563,000 Total current liabilities 17,302,000 18,864,000 Notes payable, less current portion and net of discount 2,157,000 3,208,000 Other long-term liabilities 152,000 154,000 Commitments and contingencies STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY: Preferred stock-$0.001 par value; authorized 5,000,000 shares; non-voting; none issued - - Common stock-$0.001 par value; authorized 325,000,000 shares; outstanding - 48,869,563 and 45,537,711, respectively 48,000 227,000 Additional paid-in capital 260,445,000 248,034,000 Accumulated deficit (252,575,000) (247,360,000) Total stockholders' equity 7,918,000 901,000 TOTAL LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY $27,529,000 $23,127,000 -continued-
PEREGRINE PHARMACEUTICALS, INC. CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS Three Months Ended Six Months Ended October 31, October 31, 2009 2008 2009 2008 Unaudited Unaudited Unaudited Unaudited REVENUES: Contract manufacturing revenue $5,308,000 $983,000 $7,378,000 $2,176,000 Government contract revenue 1,510,000 958,000 6,181,000 1,282,000 License revenue 78,000 - 87,000 - Total revenues 6,896,000 1,941,000 13,646,000 3,458,000 COSTS AND EXPENSES: Cost of contract manufacturing 3,540,000 663,000 4,613,000 1,566,000 Research and development 4,132,000 4,301,000 10,206,000 8,369,000 Selling, general and administrative 1,761,000 1,527,000 3,554,000 3,233,000 Total costs and expenses 9,433,000 6,491,000 18,373,000 13,168,000 LOSS FROM OPERATIONS (2,537,000) (4,550,000) (4,727,000) (9,710,000) OTHER INCOME (EXPENSE): Interest and other income 34,000 53,000 74,000 128,000 Interest and other expense (284,000) - (562,000) (1,000) NET LOSS $(2,787,000) $(4,497,000) $(5,215,000) $(9,583,000) WEIGHTED AVERAGE COMMON SHARES OUTSTANDING: Basic and Diluted 48,147,702 45,242,124 47,478,247 45,242,124 BASIC AND DILUTED LOSS PER COMMON SHARE $(0.06) $(0.10) $(0.11) $(0.21)
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