10-K 1 ipxl20141231_10k.htm FORM 10-K ipxl20141231_10k.htm

UNITED STATES SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549

Form 10-K

(Mark One)

ANNUAL REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
For the fiscal year ended
December 31, 2014

OR

 

TRANSITION REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
For the transition period from              to                       

 

Commission file number: 001-34263

 

Impax Laboratories, Inc.

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

 

Delaware

 

65-0403311

(State or other jurisdiction of incorporation or organization)

 

(I.R.S. Employer Identification No.)

     

30831 Huntwood Avenue, Hayward, CA

 

94544

(Address of principal executive offices)

 

(Zip Code)

 

Registrant’s telephone number, including area code:
(510) 476-2000

 

Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:

 

Title of each class

 

Name of each exchange on which registered:

Common Stock, par value $0.01 per share

 

The NASDAQ Stock Market LLC

 Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(g) of the Act: None

 

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The aggregate market value of the registrant’s outstanding shares of common stock, other than shares held by persons who may be deemed affiliates of the registrant, computed by reference to the price at which the registrant’s common stock was last sold on The NASDAQ Stock Market LLC as of the last business day of the registrant’s most recently completed second fiscal quarter (June 30, 2014), was approximately $1,794,555,000.

 

As of February 13, 2015, there were 71,330,034 shares of the registrant’s common stock outstanding.

 

DOCUMENTS INCORPORATED BY REFERENCE

Certain portions of the definitive proxy statement for the registrant’s Annual Meeting of Stockholders to be held on May 13, 2015 have been incorporated by reference into Part III of this Annual Report on Form 10-K.

 

 
 

 

  

TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

Forward-Looking Statements  

1
       

PART I  

2
 

Item 1.

Business

2

 

Item 1A.

Risk Factors

21

 

Item 1B.

Unresolved Staff Comments

47

 

Item 2.

Properties

47

 

Item 3.

Legal Proceedings

47

 

Item 4.

Mine Safety Disclosures

47

       

PART II

 
 

Item 5.

Market for Registrant’s Common Equity, Related Stockholder Matters and Issuer Purchases of Equity Securities

48

 

Item 6.

Selected Financial Data

52

 

Item 7.

Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations

53

 

Item 7A.

Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures about Market Risk

77

 

Item 8.

Financial Statements and Supplementary Data

78

 

Item 9.

Changes in and Disagreements with Accountants on Accounting and Financial Disclosure

78

 

Item 9A.

Controls and Procedures

79

 

Item 9B.

Other Information

81

       

PART III

 
 

Item 10.

Directors, Executive Officers and Corporate Governance

82

 

Item 11.

Executive Compensation

82

 

Item 12.

Security Ownership of Certain Beneficial Owners and Management and Related Stockholder Matters

82

 

Item 13.

Certain Relationships and Related Transactions, and Director Independence

82

 

Item 14.

Principal Accounting Fees and Services

82

       

PART IV

 
 

Item 15.

Exhibits and Financial Statement Schedules

83

       

SIGNATURES

 

EXHIBIT INDEX

 

 

 
 

 

  

Forward-Looking Statements 

Statements included in this Annual Report on Form 10-K that do not relate to present or historical conditions are “forward-looking statements.” Such forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties that could cause results or outcomes to differ materially from those expressed in the forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements may include statements relating to our plans, strategies, objectives, expectations and intentions. Words such as “believes,” “forecasts,” “intends,” “possible,” “estimates,” “anticipates,” and “plans” and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Our ability to predict results or the effect of events on our operating results is inherently uncertain. Forward-looking statements involve a number of risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those discussed in this Annual Report on Form 10-K. Such risks and uncertainties include fluctuations in our revenues and operating income, our ability to promptly correct the issues raised in the warning letter and Form 483 observations we received from the FDA, our ability to successfully develop and commercialize pharmaceutical products in a timely manner, reductions or loss of business with any significant customer, the substantial portion of our total revenues derived from sales of a limited number of products, the impact of consolidation of our customer base, the impact of competition, our ability to sustain profitability and positive cash flows, any delays or unanticipated expenses in connection with the operation of our manufacturing facilities, the effect of foreign economic, political, legal and other risks on our operations abroad, the uncertainty of patent litigation and other legal proceedings, the increased government scrutiny on our agreements with brand pharmaceutical companies, product development risks and the difficulty of predicting FDA filings and approvals, consumer acceptance and demand for new pharmaceutical products, the impact of market perceptions of us and the safety and quality of our products, our determinations to discontinue the manufacture and distribution of certain products, our ability to achieve returns on our investments in research and development activities, our ability to receive a return on our capital on our development of generic drugs, our ability to achieve expected results in our research and development efforts in our branded pharmaceutical products, changes to FDA approval requirements, our ability to successfully conduct clinical trials, our reliance on third parties to conduct clinical trials and testing, our lack of a license partner for commercialization of IPX066 outside of the United States, impact of illegal distribution and sale by third parties of counterfeits or stolen products, the availability of raw materials and impact of interruptions in our supply chain, our policies regarding returns, rebates, allowances and chargebacks, the use of controlled substances in our products, the effect of current economic conditions on our industry, business, results of operations and financial condition, disruptions or failures in our information technology systems and network infrastructure caused by third party breaches or other events, our reliance on alliance and collaboration agreements, our reliance on licenses to proprietary technologies, our dependence on certain employees, our ability to comply with legal and regulatory requirements governing the healthcare industry, the regulatory environment, the effect of certain provisions in our government contracts, our ability to protect our intellectual property, exposure to product liability claims, risks relating to goodwill and intangibles, changes in tax regulations, our ability to manage our growth, including through potential acquisitions and investments, our ability to meet expectations regarding the timing and completion of the proposed transaction with Tower Holdings Inc. and Lineage Therapeutics Inc., our ability to consummate such proposed transaction, the conditions to the completion of such proposed transaction (including the receipt of the regulatory approvals required for the transaction not being obtained on the terms expected or on the anticipated schedule), the integration of the acquired business being more difficult, time-consuming or costly than expected, operating costs, customer loss and business disruption (including, without limitation, difficulties in maintaining relationships with employees, customers, clients or suppliers) being greater than expected following the proposed transaction, the retention of certain key employees of the acquired business being difficult, the acquired business's expected or targeted future financial and operating performance and results, the combined company's capacity to bring new products to market, and the possibility that we may be unable to achieve expected synergies and operating efficiencies in connection with the proposed transaction within the expected time-frames or at all and to successfully integrate the acquired business, uncertainties involved in the preparation of our financial statements, our ability to maintain an effective system of internal control over financial reporting, the effect of terrorist attacks on our business, the location of our manufacturing and research and development facilities near earthquake fault lines, expansion of social media platforms and other risks described below in “Item 1A Risk Factors.” You should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements. Such statements speak only as to the date on which they are made, and we undertake no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statement, regardless of future developments or availability of new information.

 

RYTARY™ is a trademark of Impax Laboratories, Inc. Other names are for informational purposes only and are used to identify companies and products and may be trademarks of their respective owners.

 

 
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PART I

 

Item 1.

Business

Overview 

We are a technology-based, specialty pharmaceutical company applying formulation and development expertise, as well as our drug delivery technology, to the development, manufacture and marketing of bioequivalent pharmaceutical products, commonly referred to as “generics,” in addition to the development and marketing of branded products. We operate in two segments, referred to as the “Global Pharmaceuticals Division” (“Global Division”) and the “Impax Pharmaceuticals Division” (“Impax Division”). The Global Division concentrates its efforts on the development, manufacture, sale and distribution of our generic products, which are the pharmaceutical and therapeutic equivalents of brand-name drug products and are usually marketed under their established nonproprietary drug names rather than by a brand name. The Impax Division is engaged in the development of proprietary brand pharmaceutical products that we believe represent improvements to already-approved pharmaceutical products addressing the treatment of central nervous system (“CNS”) disorders. The Impax Division is also engaged in the sale and distribution of branded Zomig® (zolmitriptan) products, indicated for the treatment of migraine headaches, under the terms of a Distribution, License, Development and Supply Agreement (“AZ Agreement”) with AstraZeneca UK Limited (“AstraZeneca”). Each of the Global Division and the Impax Division also generates revenue from research and development services provided to unrelated third-party pharmaceutical entities. See “Item 15. Exhibits and Financial Statement Schedules — Note 17. Segment Information,” for financial information about our segments for the years ended December 31, 2014, 2013 and 2012.

 

The following information summarizes our generic pharmaceutical product development activities since inception through February 6, 2015:

 

 

65 Abbreviated New Drug Applications (“ANDAs”) approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”), which include generic versions of brand name pharmaceuticals such as Brethine®, Florinef®, Minocin®, Claritin-D® 12-hour, Claritin-D® 24-hour, Wellbutrin SR®, Wellbutrin XL®, Ditropan XL®, Depakote ER® and Prilosec®.

 

21 applications pending at the FDA that represent approximately $11.1 billion in 2014 U.S. product sales.

 

21 products in various stages of development for which applications have not yet been filed.

 

In addition, we have one internally developed branded pharmaceutical product, RYTARY™ (IPX066), an extended release oral capsule formulation of carbidopa-levodopa for the treatment of Parkinson’s disease (“PD”), post-encephalitic parkinsonism, and parkinsonism that may follow carbon monoxide intoxication and/or manganese intoxication which was approved by the FDA on January 7, 2015. We also have other programs in varying stages of development.

 

Our Strategy 

We plan to continue to expand our Global Division through targeted ANDAs and a first-to-file and first-to-market strategy. Our products and product candidates are generally difficult to formulate and manufacture, providing certain competitive advantages. In addition to our product pipeline of 21 pending applications at the FDA as of February 6, 2015, we are continuing to evaluate and pursue external growth initiatives including acquisitions and partnerships.

 

A core component of our strategy includes our ongoing focus in our Impax Division on proprietary brand-name pharmaceutical products to treat CNS disorders. We believe that we have the research, development and formulation expertise to develop branded products that will deliver significant improvements over existing therapies. We plan to continue investing in our development pipeline.

 

Acquisition of Tower Holdings, Inc. and Lineage Therapeutics Inc.

 

On October 8, 2014, we entered into a Stock Purchase Agreement (the “Stock Purchase Agreement”) pursuant to which we will acquire all the outstanding shares of common stock of Tower Holdings, Inc. (“Tower”), including its operating subsidiaries CorePharma, LLC and Amedra Pharmaceuticals LLC, and of Lineage Therapeutics Inc. (“Lineage”) (the “Transaction”) for a purchase price of $700.0 million in cash, subject to customary adjustments for working capital, net debt and transaction expenses. The closing of the Transaction is subject to the satisfaction or waiver of certain customary closing conditions, including approvals under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976, the accuracy of the representations and warranties, and performance of covenants. The privately-held companies to be acquired in the Transaction specialize in the development, manufacture and commercialization of complex generic and branded pharmaceutical products. Following the closing of the Transaction, which is expected to occur in the first quarter of 2015, Tower and Lineage will become our wholly owned subsidiaries. We expect to finance the Transaction from cash on hand and borrowings under a new credit facility, as discussed in “Item 15. Exhibits and Financial Statement Schedules - Note 11. Revolving Line of Credit.”

 

 

 
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Global Division 

In the generic pharmaceutical market, we focus our efforts on developing, manufacturing, selling and distributing controlled-release generic versions of selected brand-name pharmaceuticals covering a broad range of therapeutic areas and having technically challenging drug-delivery mechanisms or unique product development formulations. We employ our technologies and formulation expertise to develop generic products that reproduce brand-name products’ physiological characteristics but do not infringe any valid patents relating to such brand-name products. Generic products contain the same active ingredient and are of the same route of administration, dosage form, strength and indication(s) as brand-name products already approved for use in the United States by the FDA. We generally focus our generic product development on brand-name products as to which the patents covering the active pharmaceutical ingredient have expired or are near expiration, and we employ our experience to develop bioequivalent versions of controlled-release brand-name products. We also develop, manufacture, sell and distribute specialty generic pharmaceuticals that we believe present certain competitive advantages, such as difficulty in raw materials sourcing, complex formulation or development characteristics or special handling requirements. Our Global Division also generates revenues from research and development services provided under a joint development agreement with an unrelated third-party pharmaceutical entity. In addition to our focus on solid oral dosage products, we have expanded our generic pharmaceutical products portfolio to include alternative dosage form products, primarily through alliance and collaboration agreements with third parties, such as our development, supply and distribution agreement with TOLMAR, Inc. (“Tolmar”) pursuant to which we received an exclusive license to commercialize up to 11 generic topical prescription drug products, including ten currently approved products and one product pending at the FDA, in the United States and its territories.

 

We sell and distribute generic pharmaceutical products primarily through four sales channels:

 

 

the “Global Product” sales channel: generic pharmaceutical prescription products we sell directly to wholesalers, large retail drug chains, and others;

 

 

the “Rx Partner” sales channel: generic prescription products sold through unrelated third-party pharmaceutical entities pursuant to alliance and collaboration agreements;

 

 

the “Private Label” sales channel: generic pharmaceutical over-the-counter (“OTC”) and prescription products we sell to unrelated third parties who in-turn sell the product under their own label; and

 

 

the “OTC Partner” sales channel: sales of generic pharmaceutical OTC products sold through unrelated third-party pharmaceutical companies pursuant to alliance, collaboration and supply agreements.

  

As of February 6, 2015, we marketed 96 generic pharmaceutical products representing dosage variations of 29 different pharmaceutical compounds through our Global Division, and five other generic pharmaceutical products, representing dosage variations of two different pharmaceutical compounds, through our alliance and collaboration agreement partners. As of February 6, 2015, our marketed generic products include, but are not limited to, authorized generic Adderall XR®, fenofibrate (generic to Lofibra®), authorized generic Renvela® and oxymorphone hydrochloride extended release tablets (AB rated to original OPANA® ER).

 

 

 
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As of February 6, 2015, we had 21 applications pending at the FDA. The following table lists our publicly identified product applications pending at the FDA as of February 6, 2015:

  

Product

 

Generic of

Colesevelam Tablets 625 mg

 

Welchol®

Dutasteride/Tamsulosin Capsules 0.5 mg/0.4 mg

 

Jalyn®

Ezetimibe Simvastatin Tablets 10/10 mg, 10/20 mg, 10/40 mg, 10/80 mg

 

Vytorin®

Fenofibric Acid DR Capsules 45 and 135 mg

 

Trilipix®

Fentanyl Buccal Tablet 100, 200, 400, 600, 800 mcg

 

Fentora®

Guanfacine ER Tablets 1, 2, 3, 4 mg

 

Intuniv®

Methylphenidate HCI 18, 27, 36 and 54 mg ER Tablets

 

Concerta®

Mixed Amphetamine Salts ER Capsules 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30 mg

 

Adderall XR®

Oxycodone ER Tablets (new formulation) 10, 15, 20, 30, 40, 60, 80 mg   Oxycontin®

Oxymorphone ER Tablets version 5, 7.5, 10, 15, 20, 30 and 40 mg (new formulation)

 

Opana® ER

Risedronate Sodium DR Tablets 35 mg

 

Atelvia®

Sevelamer Carbonate Tablets 800 mg

 

Renvela®

 

 

 
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Impax Division

The Impax Division is focused on the development and promotion through our specialty sales force of proprietary branded pharmaceutical products for the treatment of CNS disorders, which include migraine, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease and postherpetic neuralgia. We estimate there are approximately 11,000 neurologists in the United States. Historically, a concentrated number of these neurologists are responsible for writing the majority of CNS prescriptions. CNS is the largest therapeutic category in the United States with 2014 sales of about $69.7 billion, or 18% of the $389 billion U.S. prescription drug market. CNS product sales grew 6.2% in 2014, compared to 12.5% growth for the overall pharmaceutical market, while total CNS prescriptions increased 2.4%, consistent with the overall pharmaceutical industry growth rate. (Source: IMS Health).

 

Our branded pharmaceutical product portfolio consists of commercial CNS products and development stage projects. In February 2012, we licensed from AstraZeneca the exclusive U.S. commercial rights to Zomig® (zolmitriptan) tablet, orally disintegrating tablet, and nasal spray formulations pursuant to the terms of the AZ Agreement, and began sales of the branded Zomig® products under our label during the year ended December 31, 2012 through our specialty sales force. As part of the AZ Agreement, we also have non-exclusive rights to develop new products containing zolmitriptan and to exclusively commercialize these products in the United States in connection with the Zomig® brand. With the addition of Zomig® to the promotional product portfolio, we increased our specialty sales team during 2012. In May 2013, our exclusivity period for branded Zomig® tablets and orally disintegrating tablets expired and we launched authorized generic versions of those products in the United States.

 

In the development of our pipeline products, we apply formulation and development expertise to develop differentiated, modified, or controlled-release versions of drug substances that are currently marketed either in the U.S. or outside the U.S. We currently have one internally developed branded pharmaceutical product, RYTARY™ (IPX066) for the treatment of Parkinson’s disease, post-encephalitic parkinsonism, and parkinsonism that may follow carbon monoxide intoxication and/or manganese intoxication, which was approved by the FDA on January 7, 2015. We filed the required documents for a Market Authorization Application to the European Medicines Agency (EMA) for IPX066 (RYTARY™) on November 5, 2014 and the filing was accepted by the EMA on November 26, 2014. We are also seeking to identify a licensing partner for the development and commercialization of IPX066 in countries outside of the U.S.

 

The RYTARY™ NDA was submitted as a 505(b)(2) application and includes data from three controlled Phase III studies and two open label extensions of RYTARY™ in early and advanced Parkinson’s disease. In these trials, RYTARY™ has been studied in approximately 1,000 Parkinson’s disease subjects. Our Phase III clinical program for RYTARY™ included the APEX-PD clinical trial in subjects with early Parkinson’s disease, completed in September 2010, the ADVANCE-PD clinical trial in subjects with advanced Parkinson’s disease, completed in March 2011, and the ASCEND-PD comparative study of RYTARY™ and carbidopa-levodopa (“CD-LD”) plus entacapone in subjects with advanced Parkinson’s disease, completed in August 2011. RYTARY™ is an extended release oral capsule formulation of CD-LD which is intended to maintain consistent plasma concentration of levodopa for a longer duration versus immediate release levodopa, which may have an impact on fluctuations in clinical response.

 

We have a number of product candidates that are in varying stages of development and currently intend to expand our portfolio of branded pharmaceutical products through internal development and through licensing and acquisitions.

 

 

 
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Alliance and Collaboration Agreements

We have entered into several alliance and collaboration agreements with respect to certain of our products and services and may enter into similar agreements in the future. These agreements typically obligate us to deliver multiple goods and/or services over extended periods. Such deliverables include manufactured pharmaceutical products, exclusive and semi-exclusive marketing rights, distribution licenses, and research and development services. Our alliance and collaboration agreements often include milestones and provide for payments upon achievement of these milestones. For more information about the types of milestone events in our agreements and how we categorize them, see “Item 15. Exhibits and Financial Statement Schedules — Note 12. Alliance and Collaboration Agreements.”

 

Global Division – Alliance and Collaboration Agreements

 

License and Distribution Agreement with Shire

In January 2006, we entered into a License and Distribution Agreement with an affiliate of Shire Laboratories, Inc., which was subsequently amended (“Prior Shire Agreement”), under which we received a non-exclusive license to market and sell an authorized generic of Shire’s Adderall XR® product (“AG Product”) subject to certain conditions, but in any event by no later than January 1, 2010. We commenced sales of the AG Product in October 2009. On February 7, 2013, we entered into an Amended and Restated License and Distribution Agreement with Shire (the “Amended and Restated Shire Agreement”), which amended and restated the Prior Shire Agreement. The Amended and Restated Shire Agreement was entered into by the parties in connection with the settlement of our litigation with Shire relating to Shire’s supply of the AG Product to us under the Prior Shire Agreement. During 2013, we received a payment of $48,000,000 from Shire in connection with such litigation settlement, which was recorded in the first quarter of 2013 under the line item “Other Income” on our consolidated statement of operations.

 

Under the Amended and Restated Shire Agreement, Shire was required to supply the AG Product and we are responsible for marketing and selling the AG Product subject to the terms and conditions thereof until the earlier of (i) the first commercial sale of our generic equivalent product to Adderall XR® and (ii) September 30, 2014 (the “Supply Term”), subject to certain continuing obligations of the parties upon expiration or early termination of the Supply Term, including Shire’s obligation to deliver AG Products still owed to us as of the end of the Supply Term. We are required to pay a profit share to Shire on sales of the AG Product, of which we owed a profit share payable to Shire of $21,089,000, $20,406,000 and $70,948,000 on sales of the AG Product during the years ended December 31, 2014, 2013 and 2012, respectively, with a corresponding charge included in the cost of revenues line in our consolidated statement of operations. Although the Supply Term expired on September 30, 2014, we are permitted under the terms of the agreement to sell AG Products that we hold in our inventory or owed to us by Shire under the agreement until all such products are sold. We will continue to pay a profit share to Shire on sales of such products.

 

Development, Supply and Distribution Agreement with Tolmar, Inc.

In June 2012, we entered into a Development, Supply and Distribution Agreement with Tolmar (“Tolmar Agreement”). Under the terms of the Tolmar Agreement, Tolmar granted us an exclusive license to commercialize up to 11 generic topical prescription drug products, including ten currently approved products and one product pending approval at the FDA, in the United States and its territories. Under the terms of the Tolmar Agreement, Tolmar is responsible for developing and manufacturing the products, and we are responsible for marketing and sale of the products. We are required to pay a profit share to Tolmar on sales of each product commercialized pursuant to the terms of the Tolmar Agreement. We paid Tolmar a $21,000,000 upfront payment upon signing of the agreement and a $1,000,000 milestone payment during the year ended December 31, 2012. During the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2013, we made a $12,000,000 payment to Tolmar upon Tolmar’s achievement of a regulatory milestone event in accordance with the terms of the agreement. During the fourth quarter of 2014, we paid a $2,000,000 milestone payment to Tolmar related to the Diclofenac Sodium Gel 3% (Solaraze) product pursuant to the Tolmar Agreement in accordance with the terms thereof. Under the Tolmar Agreement, we may be required to pay up to an aggregate of $10,000,000 in additional contingent milestone payments if certain commercialization events occur.

 

We are required to pay a profit share to Tolmar on sales of the topical products, of which we owed a profit share payable to Tolmar of $15,995,000, $3,905,000 and $551,000 on sales of the topical products during the years ended December 31, 2014, 2013 and 2012, respectively, with a corresponding charge included in the Cost of Revenues line item on our consolidated statement of operations.

  

 

 
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Rx Partner and OTC Partner Alliance Agreements

We have entered into alliance agreements with unrelated third-party pharmaceutical companies pursuant to which our partner distributes a specified product or products which we developed and, in some cases manufacture. Pursuant to these alliance agreements we typically receive payment on delivery of the product, and share in the resulting profits, or receive a royalty or receive other payments from our partners. Our alliance agreements are separated into two sales channels, the “Rx Partner” sales channel, for generic prescription products sold through our partners under their own label, and the “OTC Partner” sales channel, for sales of generic pharmaceutical OTC products sold through our partner under their own label. The revenue recognized and the percentage of gross revenue for each of the periods noted, for the Rx Partner and the OTC Partner alliance agreements, was as follows:

    

    Year Ended December 31,  

$’s in 000’s

  2014     2013    

2012

 

Gross Revenue and % Gross Revenue

                                               

Rx Partner

  $ 14,114       1 %   $ 11,639       1 %   $ 12,945       1 %

OTC Partner

  $ 1,319       1 %   $ 1,173       1 %   $ 11,602       1 %

 

Rx Partner Alliance Agreement with Teva

We entered into a Strategic Alliance Agreement with Teva Pharmaceuticals Curacao N.V., a subsidiary of Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Limited, in June 2001, which was subsequently amended (“Teva Agreement”). Under the Teva Agreement, we agreed to develop, manufacture and supply generic versions of 11 controlled-release generic pharmaceutical branded and OTC products and a 12th product we have not yet publicly identified, as follows:

 

 

Wellbutrin SR® 100 and 150 mg extended release tablets

 

 

Zyban® 150 mg extended release tablets

 

 

Claritin-D® 12-hour 120 mg 12-hour extended release tablets

 

 

Claritin-D® 24-hour 240 mg 24-hour extended release tablets

 

 

Claritin Reditabs® 10 mg orally disintegrating tablets

 

 

Ditropan XL® 5, 10 and 15 mg extended release tablets

 

 

Glucophage XR® 500 mg extended release tablets

 

 

Concerta® 18, 27, 36 and 54 mg extended release tablets

 

 

Allegra-D® 60/120 mg extended release tablets

 

 

Wellbutrin XL® 150 and 300 mg extended release tablets

 

 

Prilosec® 10 mg, 20 mg, 40mg extended release tablets

  

The 12 covered products under the Teva Agreement represent 22 different product/strength combinations, of which, as of February 6, 2015, three are currently being marketed and four are awaiting FDA approval. Of the 22 product/strength combinations, 20 are publicly disclosed. In July 2010, we amended the Teva Agreement to terminate its provisions with respect to the Prilosec® products. Additionally, in exchange for the return of product rights, the Company agreed to pay to Teva a profit share on future sales of the Allegra-D® product, if any, with such profit share payments not to exceed an aggregate amount of $3.0 million. As of February 6, 2015, we are supplying Teva with Ditropan XL® 5, 10 and 15 mg extended release tablets as the other products have either been returned to us, are manufactured by Teva at its election, were voluntarily withdrawn from the market, have not yet approved by the FDA or our obligations to supply such product expired or were terminated in accordance with the agreement.

 

 

 
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Under the Teva Agreement, Teva is required to pay us a fixed percentage of defined profits on its sales of products, except for the Claritin® products, and reimburses us for our manufacturing costs, for a term of 10 years from the initial commercialization of each product. Additionally, under the Teva Agreement, we share with Teva the profits (up to a maximum of 50%) from the sale of the generic pharmaceutical OTC versions of the Claritin® products, sold through our OTC Partners’ alliance agreement.

 

Our remaining obligations under the Teva Agreement are to continue our efforts to obtain FDA approval of those products not yet approved, and manufacture and supply the approved products to Teva. Our obligation to manufacture and supply each product extends for 10 years following the commercialization of the product. For more information about the Teva Agreement, see “Item 15. Exhibits and Financial Statement Schedules – Note 12. Alliance and Collaboration Agreements.”

 

OTC Partner Alliance Agreements

We have a Development, License and Supply Agreement with Pfizer, Inc., formerly Wyeth LLC (“Pfizer”) relating to our generic Claritin-D® 12-hour extended release product (the “Pfizer Agreement”). Under the Pfizer Agreement, which was entered into in 2002, we received an upfront payment of $0.35 million and product development milestone payments aggregating $2.0 million. We also receive quarterly royalty payments which are calculated as a percentage (less than 10%) of Pfizer’s sales of products covered by the agreement. Pfizer launched the 12-hour product in May 2003 as its OTC Alavert D-12 Hour®. We do not expect to receive any additional milestone payments under the agreement. This agreement with Pfizer terminates in April 2018. In December 2011, we and Pfizer entered into an agreement with L. Perrigo Company (“Perrigo”) whereby the parties agreed that we would supply our generic Claritin-D® 5 mg/120 mg 12-hour extended release product tablets to Perrigo in the United States and its territories. The agreements with Pfizer and Perrigo are no longer a core area of our business and the over-the-counter pharmaceutical products we sell to Pfizer and Perrigo under the agreements are older products which are only sold to Pfizer and Perrigo. We recognize profit share revenue in the period earned.

 

Research Partner Alliance Agreement

In November 2008, we entered into a Joint Development Agreement with Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc., formerly Medicis Pharmaceutical Corporation (“Valeant”), providing for collaboration in the development of five dermatological products, including four of our generic products and one branded advanced form of Valeant’s SOLODYN® product. Valeant paid us an upfront fee of $40.0 million in December 2008. We have also received an aggregate of $15.0 million in milestone payments consisting of two $5.0 million milestone payments, paid by Valeant in March 2009 and September 2009, a $2.0 million milestone payment received in December 2009, and a $3.0 million milestone payment received in March 2011. We have the potential to receive up to an additional $8.0 million of contingent regulatory milestone payments as well as the potential to receive royalty payments from sales, if any, by Valeant of its advanced form SOLODYN® product under this agreement. We believe that all of the milestones under this agreement are substantive and expect to recognize the proceeds from these regulatory milestones as revenue when achieved. We do not expect to receive any of these additional milestone payments during the fiscal year ending December 31, 2015. To the extent we commercialize any of the four generic dermatology products covered by the agreement, we will pay to Valeant a gross profit share on sales of such products. We began selling one of the four dermatology products during the year ended December 31, 2011. During the three month period ended March 31, 2013, we extended the revenue recognition period for the Joint Development Agreement from the previous recognition period ending in November 2013 to December 2014 due to changes in the estimated timing of completion of certain research and development activities. All deferred revenue under the Joint Development Agreement was recognized as of December 31, 2014.

 

Impax Division – Alliance and Collaboration Agreements

 

Distribution, License, Development and Supply Agreement with AstraZeneca UK Limited

In January 2012, we entered into the AZ Agreement with AstraZeneca. Under the terms of the AZ Agreement, AstraZeneca granted to us an exclusive license to commercialize the tablet, orally disintegrating tablet and nasal spray formulations of Zomig® (zolmitriptan) products for the treatment of migraine headaches in the United States and in certain U.S. territories, except during an initial transition period when AstraZeneca fulfilled all orders of Zomig® products on our behalf and paid us the gross profit on such Zomig® product sales. We are obligated to fulfill certain minimum requirements with respect to the promotion of currently approved Zomig® products as well as other dosage strengths of such products approved by the FDA in the future. We may, but have no obligation to, develop and commercialize additional products containing zolmitriptan and additional indications for Zomig®, subject to certain restrictions as set forth in the AZ Agreement. We will be responsible for conducting clinical studies and preparing regulatory filings related to the development of any such additional products and would bear all related costs. During the term of the AZ Agreement, AstraZeneca will continue to be the holder of the NDA for existing Zomig® products, as well as any future dosage strengths thereof approved by the FDA, and will be responsible for certain regulatory and quality-related activities for such Zomig® products. AstraZeneca will manufacture and supply Zomig® products to us and we will purchase our requirements of Zomig® products from AstraZeneca until a date determined in the AZ Agreement. Thereafter, AstraZeneca may terminate its supply obligations upon certain advance notice, in which case we would have the right to manufacture or have manufactured our own requirements for the applicable Zomig® product.

 

 
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Under the terms of the AZ Agreement, AstraZeneca was required to make payments to us representing 100% of the gross profit on sales of AstraZeneca-labeled Zomig® products during the specified transition period. Under the terms of the AZ Agreement, we made quarterly payments totaling $130.0 million to AstraZeneca during the year ended December 31, 2012. Beginning in January 2013, we were obligated to pay AstraZeneca tiered royalty payments based on net sales of Zomig® products, depending on brand exclusivity and subject to customary reductions and other terms and conditions set forth in the AZ Agreement. We are also obligated to pay to AstraZeneca royalties after a certain specified date based on gross profit from sales of authorized generic versions of the Zomig® products subject to certain terms and conditions set forth in the AZ Agreement. In May 2013, our exclusivity period for branded Zomig® tablets and orally disintegrating tablets expired and we launched authorized generic versions of those products in the United States.

 

After December 31, 2015, we may terminate the AZ Agreement for convenience upon specified notice. We may also terminate the AZ Agreement if certain of AstraZeneca’s annual manufacturing costs reflected in the supply price increase by more than a certain threshold. The AZ Agreement may also be terminated under certain other circumstances, including for material breach, as set forth in the AZ Agreement.

 

License, Development and Commercialization Agreement with Glaxo Group Limited

In December 2010, we entered into a License, Development and Commercialization Agreement with Glaxo Group Limited (“GSK”). Under the terms of the agreement with GSK, GSK received an exclusive license to develop and commercialize IPX066 (brand name RYTARY™ in the United States) throughout the world, except in the U.S. and Taiwan, and certain follow on products at the option of GSK. Under the terms of the agreement, GSK paid an $11.5 million upfront payment to us in December 2010, and we had the potential to receive up to an additional $169.0 million of contingent milestone payments. In April 2013, we announced that our collaboration with GSK for the development and commercialization of IPX066 outside the United States and Taiwan was being terminated as a result of delays in the anticipated regulatory approval and launch dates in countries in which GSK had rights to commercialize the product and the License, Development and Commercialization Agreement was terminated. At the end of July 2013, GSK’s rights to develop and commercialize IPX066 outside the United States and Taiwan were transferred back to us.

 

 

 
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Development and Co-Promotion Agreement with Endo Pharmaceuticals Inc.

In June 2010, we entered into a Development and Co-Promotion Agreement (“Endo Agreement”) with Endo Pharmaceuticals Inc. ("Endo") under which we have agreed to collaborate in the development and commercialization of a next-generation advanced form of RYTARY™ (IPX066) ("Endo Agreement Product"). Under the provisions of the Endo Agreement, in June 2010, Endo paid to us a $10.0 million upfront payment. We have the potential to receive up to an additional $30.0 million of contingent milestone payments which includes $15.0 million contingent upon the achievement of clinical events, $5.0 million contingent upon the achievement of regulatory events, and $10.0 million contingent upon the achievement of commercialization events. We believe that all of the milestones under this agreement are substantive and expect to recognize the proceeds from these milestones as revenue when achieved. Upon commercialization of the Endo Agreement Product in the United States, Endo will have the right to co-promote such product to non-neurologists, which will require us to pay Endo a co-promotion service fee of up to 100% of the gross profits attributable to prescriptions for the Endo Agreement Product which are written by the non-neurologists. Upon FDA approval of an NDA for the Endo Agreement Product, we will have the right (but not the obligation) to begin manufacture and sale of such product.

 

We also entered into a Settlement and License Agreement with Endo in June 2010 (the “Endo Settlement Agreement”) pursuant to which Endo agreed to make a payment to us should prescription sales of Opana® ER, as defined in the Endo Settlement Agreement, fall below a predetermined contractual threshold in the quarter immediately prior to our Global Division launching a generic version of Opana® ER. As a result of the launch of our generic version of Opana® ER in January 2013 and the level of sales of Endo’s Prescription Opana® ER during the fourth quarter of 2012, we recorded a $102,049,000 settlement gain during the three month period ended March 31, 2013, which is included in “Other Income” in the consolidated statement of operations.

 

Co-Promotion Agreement with Pfizer Inc.

In March 2010, we entered into a First Amendment to our Co-Promotion Agreement ("Pfizer Co-Promotion Agreement") with Pfizer. Our obligation to provide physician detailing sales calls under the Pfizer Co-Promotion Agreement ended on June 30, 2012. Prior to such time, we received a fixed fee for providing such physician detailing sales calls within a contractually defined range of an aggregate number of physician detailing sales calls rendered, determined on a quarterly basis. Pfizer owned the product and was responsible for all pricing and marketing literature as well as product manufacture and fulfillment. We recognized revenue of $7.1 million in the year ended December 31, 2012 under the Pfizer Co-Promotion Agreement, which is presented in the line item “Other Revenues” in “Item 15. Exhibits and Financial Statement Schedules – Note 20 - Supplementary Financial Information.”

 

Agreement with DURECT Corporation

During the three month period ended March 31, 2014, the Company entered into an agreement with DURECT Corporation (“Durect”) granting the Company the exclusive worldwide rights to develop and commercialize DURECT’s investigational transdermal bupivacaine patch for the treatment of pain associated with post-herpetic neuralgia (PHN), referred to by the Company as IPX239. The Company paid Durect a $2,000,000 up-front payment upon signing of the agreement. The Company has the potential to pay up to $61,000,000 in additional contingent milestone payments upon the achievement of predefined development and commercialization milestones. If IPX239 is commercialized, Durect would also receive a tiered royalty on product sales.

 

 

 
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Our Controlled-Release Technology

We have developed a number of different controlled-release delivery technologies which may be utilized with a variety of oral dosage forms and drugs. Controlled-release drug delivery technologies are designed to release drug dosages at specific times and in specific locations in the body and generally provide more consistent and appropriate drug levels in the bloodstream than immediate-release dosage forms. Controlled-release pharmaceuticals may improve drug efficacy, ensure greater patient compliance with the treatment regimen, reduce side effects or increase drug stability and be more patient friendly by reducing the number of times a drug must be taken.  

 

We believe our controlled-release drug delivery technologies are flexible and can be applied to develop a variety of pharmaceutical products, both generic and branded. Our technologies utilize a variety of polymers and other materials to encapsulate or entrap the active pharmaceutical ingredients and to release them at varying rates or at predetermined locations in the gastrointestinal tract. 

 

Competition

The pharmaceutical industry is highly competitive and is affected by new technologies, new developments, government regulations, health care legislation, availability of financing, and other factors. Many of our competitors have longer operating histories and substantially greater financial, research and development, marketing, and other resources than we have. We compete with numerous other companies that currently operate, or intend to operate, in the pharmaceutical industry, including companies that are engaged in the development of controlled-release drug delivery technologies and products, and other manufacturers that may decide to undertake development of such products. Our principal competitors in the generic pharmaceutical products market are Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd., Actavis plc., Mylan Inc., Ranbaxy Laboratories Ltd., Lannett Company, Inc., Lupin Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Par Pharmaceutical Companies, Inc. and Sandoz.

 

Due to our focus on relatively hard to replicate controlled-release products, competition in the generic pharmaceutical market is sometimes limited to those competitors who possess the appropriate drug delivery technology. The principal competitive factors in the generic pharmaceutical market are: 

 

 

the ability to introduce generic versions of products promptly after a patent expires;

 

price;

 

product quality;

 

customer service (including maintenance of inventories for timely delivery); and

 

the ability to identify and market niche products.

 

In the brand-name pharmaceutical market, we market Impax-labeled branded Zomig® products pursuant to the AZ Agreement. We received approval from the FDA on January 7, 2015 to market and sell RYTARY™, our first internally developed branded pharmaceutical product for the treatment of Parkinson’s disease, and we currently plan to fully launch our sales and marketing efforts for the product in early April 2015. We currently expect our principal competitors in the branded pharmaceutical products market to include pharmaceutical companies that are focused on Parkinson’s disease and other CNS disorders.

 

A description of the competition we face from brand-name and generic pharmaceutical companies is included in “Item 1A. Risk Factors”.

 

Sales and Marketing

We market and sell our generic pharmaceutical prescription drug products within the continental United States and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. We have not made sales in any other jurisdictions over the last three fiscal years. We derive a substantial portion of our revenue from sales to a limited number of customers. The customer base for our products consists primarily of drug wholesalers, warehousing chain drug stores, mass merchandisers, and mail-order pharmacies. We market our products both directly, through our Global Division, and indirectly through our Rx Partner and OTC Partner alliance and collaboration agreements. Together, our five major customers, McKesson Corporation, Cardinal Health, Amerisource-Bergen, CVS Caremark Corporation and Wal-Mart Stores, accounted for 80% of our gross revenue for the year ended December 31, 2014. These five customers individually accounted for 36%, 20%, 19%, 3% and 2%, respectively, of our gross revenue for the year ended December 31, 2014. We do not have long-term contracts in effect with our five major customers. A reduction in or loss of business with any one of these customers, or any failure of a customer to pay us on a timely basis, would adversely affect our business.

 

 
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With respect to our branded pharmaceutical products, we began marketing Impax-labeled Zomig® products during the year ended December 31, 2012 pursuant to the terms of the AZ Agreement through our specialty sales force. We also currently expect to fully launch our sales and marketing efforts for RYTARY™, our first internally developed branded pharmaceutical product for the treatment of Parkinson’s disease, in early April 2015.

 

Manufacturing and Distribution

We source our finished dosage form products from our own facilities in Hayward, California and Taiwan. We also use several contract manufacturers for this purpose. We package our products at our Philadelphia, Pennsylvania facility and at several contract packagers. We operate our own distribution center in New Britain, Pennsylvania.

 

We completed construction of a new manufacturing facility in Taiwan, installed equipment and received FDA approval of the facility during 2009. We initiated construction of an expansion to the Taiwan facility during 2009 and have expanded the facility in stages. As of May 2014, the second phase of the expansion was completed and the manufacturing equipment in the facility was qualified for their intended use. A major portion of this second phase expansion was dedicated to the production of RYTARY™. We completed transfer of a substantial portion of our Hayward, California production to the lower cost production site in Taiwan during 2013 to create capacity for future products being launched from the Hayward facility. We currently plan to continue increasing production at our Taiwan facility of tablets and capsules in support of transferred products and in preparation for the growth of RYTARY™ during 2015. See also “Item 15. Exhibits and Financial Statement Schedules — Note 17. Segment Information” and “Note 18. Commitments and Contingencies” for a discussion of our Taiwan facility.

 

We maintain an inventory of our products in connection with our obligations under our alliance and collaboration agreements. In addition, for products pending approval, we may produce batches for inventory in anticipation of the launch of the products. In the event that FDA approval is denied or delayed, we could be exposed to the risk of this inventory becoming obsolete.

 

Raw Materials

The active chemical raw materials essential to our business are generally readily available from multiple sources in the United States and throughout the world. Certain raw materials used in the manufacture of our products are, however, available from limited sources and, in some cases, a single source. Although we have not experienced any material delays in receipt of raw materials to date, any curtailment in the availability of such raw materials could result in production or other delays or, in the case of products for which only one raw material supplier exists or has been approved by the FDA, a material loss of sales with consequent adverse effects on our business and results of operations. Also, because raw material sources for pharmaceutical products must generally be identified and approved by regulatory authorities, changes in raw material suppliers may result in production delays, higher raw material costs, and loss of sales and customers. We obtain a portion of our raw materials from foreign suppliers, and our arrangements with such suppliers are subject to, among other risks, FDA approval, governmental clearances, export duties, political instability, and restrictions on the transfers of funds.

 

Those of our raw materials that are available from a limited number of suppliers include Bendroflumethiazide, Chloroquine, Colestipol, Digoxin, Fenofibrate, Methyltestosterone, Nadolol, Pyridostigmine and Klucel®, all of which are active pharmaceutical ingredients except Klucel®, which is an excipient used in several product formulations. The manufacturers of several of these products are sole-source suppliers. While none of the active ingredients is individually significant to our business, the excipient, which is not covered by a supply agreement, is utilized in a number of significant products. Only a couple of the active ingredients are covered by long-term supply agreements and, although to date we have only experienced occasional interruptions in supplies, no assurance can be given that we will continue to receive uninterrupted or adequate supplies of such raw materials.

 

Any inability to obtain raw materials on a timely basis, or any significant price increases not passed on to customers, could have a material adverse effect on us.

 

 

 
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Quality Control 

In late May 2011, we received a warning letter from the FDA related to an on-site FDA inspection of our Hayward, California manufacturing facility citing deviations from current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP), which are extensive regulations governing manufacturing practices for finished pharmaceutical products and which establish requirements for manufacturing processes, stability testing, record keeping and quality standards and controls. The FDA observations set forth in the warning letter related to sampling and testing of in-process materials and drug products, production record review, and our process for investigating the failure of certain manufacturing batches (or portions of batches) to meet specifications.

 

During the quarters ended March 31, 2012 and March 31, 2013, the FDA conducted inspections of our Hayward manufacturing facility and at the conclusion of each inspection, we received a Form 483. The Form 483 issued during the quarter ended March 31, 2012 contained observations primarily relating to our Quality Control Laboratory and the Form 483 issued during the quarter ended March 31, 2013 contained several observations pertaining to the operations of the Hayward facility, three of which were designated by the FDA as repeat observations from inspections that occurred prior to the warning letter. We provided the FDA with what we believe to be our complete written responses relating to the observations in the warning letter and the Form 483 issued in 2012. In connection with the Form 483 issued in 2013, we provided our written response to the FDA during the first quarter ended March 31, 2013 and provided the FDA with updates regarding the completion status of our corrective actions. In late October 2013, at the FDA’s request, we participated in a regulatory meeting with representatives of the FDA to provide additional information and clarifications on our response and updates related to the Form 483 issued in 2013. The FDA performed a re-inspection of our Hayward manufacturing facility during June and July 2014. At the conclusion of the re-inspection, the FDA issued a Form 483 with seven inspectional observations, two of which were designated by the FDA as repeat observations from the inspection that occurred in 2013. We provided the FDA with what we believe to be our complete written response and updates regarding the completion status of our corrective actions through December 2014. To date, we have not been informed by the FDA as to whether a satisfactory re-inspection of our Hayward manufacturing facility will be required to close out the warning letter and resolve the 2014 Form 483 observations on our Hayward manufacturing facility.

 

In July 2014, the FDA conducted an inspection of our Taiwan manufacturing facility and at the conclusion of the inspection, we received a Form 483 with ten observations. At the time of the inspections, the FDA did not provide any status or classification to either the Form 483 observations on our Hayward or Taiwan manufacturing facilities and, pursuant to its established regulatory process, would wait until they have received and reviewed our responses to classify those inspections. We received and responded to a request for additional information from the FDA regarding our Taiwan facility in December 2014. On January 7, 2015, we received approval from the FDA for RYTARY™, our first internally developed branded product for the treatment of Parkinson’s disease, which is manufactured in our Taiwan facility.

 

To date, the FDA has not notified us of any additional enforcement actions at either the Hayward or Taiwan manufacturing facilities, however, no assurance can be given as to whether the FDA will take any further actions. We are currently cooperating with the FDA to close out the warning letter and resolve the Form 483 observations. The warning letter and Form 483 observations do not currently place restrictions on our ability to manufacture and ship our existing products.

 

We have taken a number of steps to review our quality control and manufacturing systems and standards and are working with third-party experts to assist us with our review and in enhancing such systems and standards. This work is ongoing and we are committed to improving our quality control and manufacturing practices. We cannot be assured, however, that the FDA will be satisfied with our corrective actions and as such, we cannot be assured of when the warning letter will be closed out. Unless and until the warning letter is closed out and the Form 483 observations resolved, it is possible we may be subject to additional regulatory action by the FDA as a result of current or future FDA observations, including, among others, monetary sanctions or penalties, product recalls or seizure, injunctions, total or partial suspension of production and/or distribution, and suspension or withdrawal of regulatory approvals. Additionally, the FDA has withheld and may continue to withhold approval of pending drug applications listing our Hayward, California facility as a manufacturing location of finished dosage forms until the warning letter is closed out and the Form 483 observations on our Hayward facility are resolved. Further, other federal agencies, our customers and partners in our alliance, development, collaboration and other partnership agreements with respect to our products and services may take the warning letter and Form 483 observations into account when considering the award of contracts or the continuation or extension of such partnership agreements. If we are unable promptly to correct the issues raised in the warning letter and Form 483 observations, our business, consolidated results of operations and consolidated financial condition could be materially and adversely affected.

 

 
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Research and Development

We conduct most of our research and development activities at our facilities in Hayward, California, with a staff of 130 employees as of December 31, 2014. In addition, we have outsourced a number of research and development projects to offshore laboratories.

 

We spent approximately $79.1 million, $68.9 million and $81.3 million on research and development activities during the years ended December 31, 2014, 2013 and 2012, respectively, as more fully set out in the tables below. The research and development expenses in the year ended December 31, 2014 included $1.5 million related to our reduction in workforce, included in the line item “Personnel expenses” below.

   

    Global     Impax    

Total

 
    Division     Division    

Impax

 
   

($ in millions)

 

Year Ended December 31, 2014

                       
                         

Clinical study expenses

  $ 10.2     $ 7.6     $ 17.8  

Personnel expenses

    17.1       17.7       34.8  

Experimental materials

    5.0       0.7       5.7  

Outside services

    2.7       4.9       7.6  

Facility expenses

    2.7       1.1       3.8  

Legal expenses

    0.3       1.0       1.3  

Other

    2.9       5.2       8.1  

Total

  $ 40.9     $ 38.2     $ 79.1  

 

    Global     Impax    

Total

 
    Division     Division    

Impax

 
   

($ in millions)

 

Year Ended December 31, 2013

                       
                         

Clinical study expenses

  $ 14.9     $ 6.0     $ 20.9  

Personnel expenses

    14.9       15.7       30.6  

Experimental materials

    2.8       1.1       3.9  

Outside services

    2.4       1.4       3.8  

Facility expenses

    2.6       1.1       3.7  

Legal expenses

    0.9       0.4       1.3  

Other

    2.9       1.8       4.7  

Total

  $ 41.4     $ 27.5     $ 68.9  

 

    Global     Impax    

Total

 
    Division     Division    

Impax

 
   

($ in millions)

 

Year Ended December 31, 2012

                       
                         

Clinical study expenses

  $ 13.7     $ 10.6       24.3  

Personnel expenses

    17.2       14.6       31.8  

Experimental materials

    3.7       0.9       4.6  

Outside services

    2.6       2.6       5.2  

Facility expenses

    2.8       1.0       3.8  

Legal expenses

    1.4       0.8       2.2  

Other

    7.1       2.3       9.4  

Total

  $ 48.5     $ 32.8     $ 81.3  

 

 
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We do not generally track research and development expense by individual product in either the Global Division or the Impax Division.

 

In the Global Division, we focus our research and development efforts based on drug-delivery technology and on products that we believe may have certain competitive advantages, rather than on any particular therapeutic area. As of February 6, 2015, the Global Division had 21 product applications pending with the FDA and another 21 products in development. Accordingly, we believe that our generic pipeline products will, in the aggregate, generate a significant amount of revenue for us in the future. However, while a generic product is still in development, we are unable to predict the level of commercial success that the product may ultimately achieve given the uncertainties relating to the successful and timely completion of bioequivalence studies, ANDA filing, receipt of marketing approval and resolution of any related patent litigation, as well as the amount of competition in the market at the time of product launch and thereafter and other factors detailed in “Item 1A Risk Factors.” Additionally, we do not believe that any individual generic pipeline product is currently significant in terms of accrued or anticipated research and development expense given the large volume of products under development in the Global Division, as detailed above. Further, on a per product basis, development costs for generic products tend to be significantly lower than for branded products, as the process for establishing bioequivalence is significantly less extensive than the standard clinical trial process. The regulatory approval process is significantly less onerous as well.

 

In the Impax Division, we currently have one internally developed branded pharmaceutical product, RYTARY™ (IPX066) for the treatment of Parkinson’s disease, post-encephalitic parkinsonism, and parkinsonism that may follow carbon monoxide intoxication and/or manganese intoxication, which was approved by the FDA on January 7, 2015. We currently plan to fully launch our sales and marketing efforts for the product in early April 2015. We also have a number of product candidates that are in varying stages of development. While we believe the pipeline products in this division are potentially viable, profitable product candidates for us, given the uncertainties relating to the successful completion of clinical trials, the FDA approval process for branded products, reimbursement levels, the amount of competition at the time of product launch and thereafter and other factors detailed in “Item 1A Risk Factors,” such pipeline products are too early in the development process to be considered significant at this point in time.

 

 

 
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Regulation

The manufacturing and distribution of pharmaceutical products are subject to extensive regulation by the federal government, primarily through the FDA and the Drug Enforcement Administration (“DEA”), and to a lesser extent by state and local governments. The Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, Controlled Substances Act and other federal statutes and regulations govern or influence the manufacture, labeling, testing, storage, record keeping, approval, advertising and promotion of our products. Facilities used in the manufacture, packaging, labeling and repackaging of pharmaceutical products must be registered with the FDA and are subject to FDA inspection to ensure that drug products are manufactured in accordance with current Good Manufacturing Practices. Noncompliance with applicable requirements can result in product recalls, seizure of products, injunctions, suspension of production, refusal of the government to enter into supply contracts or to approve drug applications, civil penalties and criminal fines, and disgorgement of profits.

 

FDA approval is required before any “new drug” may be marketed, including new formulations, strengths, dosage forms and generic versions of previously approved drugs. Generally, the following two types of applications are used to obtain FDA approval of a “new drug.”

 

New Drug Application (“NDA”). For a drug product containing an active ingredient not previously approved by the FDA, a prospective manufacturer must submit a complete application containing the results of clinical studies supporting the drug product’s safety and efficacy. An NDA is also required for a drug with a previously approved active ingredient if the drug will be used to treat an indication for which the drug was not previously approved or if the dosage form, strength or method of delivery is changed. The process required by the FDA before a pharmaceutical product may be approved for marketing in the U.S. generally involves the steps listed below, which could take from approximately three to more than ten years to complete.

 

 

Laboratory and clinical tests;

 

Submission of an Investigational New Drug (“IND”) application, which must become effective before clinical studies may begin;

 

Adequate and well-controlled human clinical studies to establish the safety and efficacy of the proposed product for its intended use;

 

Submission of an NDA containing the results of the preclinical tests and clinical studies establishing the safety and efficacy of the proposed product for its intended use, as well as extensive data addressing such matters such as manufacturing and quality assurance;

 

Scale-up to commercial manufacturing; and

 

FDA approval of an NDA.

 

As noted above, the submission of an NDA is no guarantee that the FDA will find it complete and accept it for filing. The FDA reviews all NDAs submitted before it accepts them for filing. It may refuse to file the application and instead request additional information, in which case, the application must be resubmitted with the supplemental information. After the application is deemed filed by the FDA, FDA staff will review an NDA to determine, among other things, whether a product is safe and efficacious for its intended use.

 

If, after reviewing the NDA, the FDA determines that the application cannot be approved in its current form, the FDA sends the NDA applicant a Complete Response Letter identifying all outstanding deficiencies that preclude final approval. The FDA then halts its review until the applicant resubmits the NDA with new information designed to address the deficiencies. An applicant receiving a Complete Response Letter may resubmit the application with data and information addressing the FDA’s concerns or requirements, withdraw the application without prejudice to a subsequent submission of a related application or request a hearing on whether there are grounds for denying approval of the application. If a product receives regulatory approval, the approval may be significantly limited to specific diseases and dosages or the indications for use may otherwise be limited, which could restrict the commercial value of the product. In addition, the FDA may require an applicant to conduct Phase 4 testing which involves clinical trials designed to further assess a drug’s safety and effectiveness after NDA approval, and may require surveillance programs to monitor the safety of approved products which have been commercialized. Once issued, the FDA may withdraw product approval if ongoing regulatory requirements are not met or if safety or efficacy questions are raised after the product reaches the market. The agency may also impose requirements that the NDA holder conduct new studies, make labeling changes, implement Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategies, and take other corrective measures.

 

 

 
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Abbreviated New Drug Application (“ANDA”). For a generic version of an approved drug — a drug product that contains the same active ingredient as a drug previously approved by the FDA and is in the same dosage form and strength, utilizes the same method of delivery and will be used to treat the same indications as the approved product — the FDA requires only an abbreviated new drug application that ordinarily need not include clinical studies demonstrating safety and efficacy. An ANDA typically requires only data demonstrating that the generic formulation is bioequivalent to the previously approved “reference listed drug,” indicating that the rate of absorption and levels of concentration of the generic drug in the body do not show a significant difference from those of the reference listed drug. In July 2012, the Generic Drug Fee User Amendments of 2012 (“GDUFA”) was enacted into law. The GDUFA legislation implemented fees for new ANDA applications, Drug Master Files, product and establishment fees and a one-time fee for back-logged ANDA applications pending approval as of October 1, 2012. In return, the program is intended to provide faster and more predictable ANDA reviews by the FDA and increased inspections of drug facilities. Under GDUFA, generic product companies face significant penalties for failure to pay the new user fees, including rendering an ANDA application not “substantially complete” until the fee is paid. Prior to the implementation of GDUFA, the FDA took an average of approximately 30 months to approve an ANDA.

 

Under the Drug Price Competition and Patent Term Restoration Act of 1984, commonly known as the “Hatch-Waxman Act”, which established the procedures for obtaining approval of generic drugs, an ANDA filer must make certain patent certifications that can result in significant delays in obtaining FDA approval. If the applicant intends to challenge the validity or enforceability of an existing patent covering the reference listed drug or asserts that its drug does not infringe such patent, the applicant files a so called “Paragraph IV” certification and notifies the patent holder that it has done so, explaining the basis for its belief that the patent is not infringed or is invalid or unenforceable. If the patent holder initiates a patent infringement suit within 45 days after receipt of the Paragraph IV Certification, the FDA is automatically prevented from approving an ANDA until the earlier of 30 months after the date the Paragraph IV Certification is given to the patent holder, expiration of the patents involved in the certification, or when the infringement case is decided in the ANDA applicant’s favor. In addition, the first company to file an ANDA for a given drug containing a Paragraph IV certification can be awarded 180 days of market exclusivity following approval of its ANDA, during which the FDA may not approve any other ANDAs for that drug product.

 

During any period in which the FDA is required to withhold its approval of an ANDA due to a statutorily imposed non-approval period, the FDA may grant tentative approval to an applicant’s ANDA. A tentative approval reflects the FDA’s preliminary determination that a generic product satisfies the substantive requirements for approval, subject to the expiration of all statutorily imposed non-approval periods. A tentative approval does not allow the applicant to market the generic drug product.

 

The Hatch-Waxman Act contains additional provisions that can delay the launch of generic products. A five year marketing exclusivity period is provided for new chemical compounds, and a three year marketing exclusivity period is provided for approved applications containing new clinical investigations essential to an approval, such as a new indication for use, or new delivery technologies, or new dosage forms. The three year marketing exclusivity period applies to, among other things, the development of a novel drug delivery system, as well as a new use. In addition, companies can obtain six additional months of exclusivity if they perform pediatric studies of a reference listed drug product. The marketing exclusivity provisions apply to both patented and non-patented drug products. The Act also provides for patent term extensions to compensate for patent protection lost due to time taken in conducting FDA required clinical studies and during FDA review of NDAs.  

 

The Generic Drug Enforcement Act of 1992 establishes penalties for wrongdoing in connection with the development or submission of an ANDA. In general, the FDA is authorized to temporarily bar companies, or temporarily or permanently bar individuals, from submitting or assisting in the submission of an ANDA, and to temporarily deny approval and suspend applications to market generic drugs under certain circumstances. In addition to debarment, the FDA has numerous discretionary disciplinary powers, including the authority to withdraw approval of an ANDA or to approve an ANDA under certain circumstances and to suspend the distribution of all drugs approved or developed in connection with certain wrongful conduct. The FDA may also withdraw product approval or take other correct measures if ongoing regulatory requirements are not met or if safety or efficacy questions are raised after the product reaches the market.

 

 

 
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Other Regulatory Requirements

 

We are subject to the Maximum Allowable Cost Regulations, which limit reimbursements for certain generic prescription drugs under Medicare, Medicaid, and other programs to the lowest price at which these drugs are generally available. In many instances, only generic prescription drugs fall within the regulations’ limits. Generally, the pricing and promotion of, method of reimbursement and fixing of reimbursement levels for, and the reporting to federal and state agencies relating to drug products is under active review by federal, state and local governmental entities, as well as by private third-party reimbursers and individuals under whistleblower statutes. At present, the Justice Department and U.S. Attorneys Offices and State Attorneys General have initiated investigations, reviews, and litigation into industry-wide pharmaceutical pricing and promotional practices, and whistleblowers have filed qui tam suits. We cannot predict the results of those reviews, investigations, and litigation, or their impact on our business.

 

Virtually every state, as well as the District of Columbia, has enacted legislation permitting the substitution of equivalent generic prescription drugs for brand-name drugs where authorized or not prohibited by the prescribing physician, and some states mandate generic substitution in Medicaid programs. 

 

In addition, numerous state and federal requirements exist for a variety of controlled substances, such as narcotics, that may be part of our product formulations. The DEA, which has authority similar to the FDA’s and may also pursue monetary penalties, and other federal and state regulatory agencies have far reaching authority.

 

The State of California requires that any manufacturer, wholesaler, retailer or other entity in California that sells, transfers, or otherwise furnishes certain so called precursor substances must have a permit issued by the California Department of Justice, Bureau of Narcotic Enforcement. The substances covered by this requirement include ephedrine, pseudoephedrine, norpseudoephedrine, and phenylpropanolamine, among others. The Bureau has authority to issue, suspend and revoke precursor permits, and a permit may be denied, revoked or suspended for various reasons, including (i) failure to maintain effective controls against diversion of precursors to unauthorized persons or entities; (ii) failure to comply with the Health and Safety Code provisions relating to precursor substances, or any regulations adopted thereunder; (iii) commission of any act which would demonstrate actual or potential unfitness to hold a permit in light of the public safety and welfare, which act is substantially related to the qualifications, functions or duties of the permit holder; or (iv) if any individual owner, manager, agent, representative or employee of the permit applicant/permit holder willfully violates any federal, state or local criminal statute, rule, or ordinance relating to the manufacture, maintenance, disposal, sale, transfer or furnishing of any precursor substances.

 

 

 
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Patents, Trademarks and Licenses

 

We own or license a number of patents in the U.S. and other countries covering certain products and product candidates and have also developed brand names and trademarks for other products and product candidates. Generally, the brand pharmaceutical business relies upon patent protection to ensure market exclusivity for the life of the patent. We consider the overall protection of our patents, trademarks and license rights to be of material value and act to protect these rights from infringement. However, our business is not dependent upon any single patent, trademark or license.

 

 

In the branded pharmaceutical industry, the majority of an innovative product’s commercial value is usually realized during the period in which the product has market exclusivity. In the U.S. and some other countries, when market exclusivity expires and generic versions of a product are approved and marketed, there can often be very substantial and rapid declines in the branded product’s sales. The rate of this decline varies by country and by therapeutic category; however, following patent expiration, branded products often continue to have market viability based upon the goodwill of the product name, which typically benefits from trademark protection.

 

 

An innovator product’s market exclusivity is generally determined by two forms of intellectual property: patent rights held by the innovator company and any regulatory forms of exclusivity to which the innovator is entitled.

 

 

Patents are a key determinant of market exclusivity for most branded pharmaceuticals. Patents provide the innovator with the right to exclude others from practicing an invention related to the medicine. Patents may cover, among other things, the active ingredient(s), various uses of a drug product, pharmaceutical formulations, drug delivery mechanisms and processes for (or intermediates useful in) the manufacture of products. Protection for individual products extends for varying periods in accordance with the expiration dates of patents in the various countries. The protection afforded, which may also vary from country to country, depends upon the type of patent, its scope of coverage and the availability of meaningful legal remedies in the country.

 

 

Market exclusivity is also sometimes influenced by regulatory exclusivity rights. Many developed countries provide certain non-patent incentives for the development of medicines. For example, the U.S., the EU and Japan each provide for a minimum period of time after the approval of a new drug during which the regulatory agency may not rely upon the innovator’s data to approve a competitor’s generic copy. Regulatory exclusivity rights are also available in certain markets as incentives for research on new indications, on orphan drugs and on medicines useful in treating pediatric patients. Regulatory exclusivity rights are independent of any patent rights and can be particularly important when a drug lacks broad patent protection. However, most regulatory forms of exclusivity do not prevent a competitor from gaining regulatory approval prior to the expiration of regulatory data exclusivity on the basis of the competitor’s own safety and efficacy data on its drug, even when that drug is identical to that marketed by the innovator.

 

 

We estimate the likely market exclusivity period for each of our branded products on a case-by-case basis. It is not possible to predict the length of market exclusivity for any of our branded products with certainty because of the complex interaction between patent and regulatory forms of exclusivity, and inherent uncertainties concerning patent litigation. There can be no assurance that a particular product will enjoy market exclusivity for the full period of time that we currently estimate or that the exclusivity will be limited to the estimate.

 

 

In addition to patents and regulatory forms of exclusivity, we also market products with trademarks. Trademarks have no effect on market exclusivity for a product, but are considered to have marketing value. Trademark protection continues in some countries as long as used; in other countries, as long as registered. Registration is for fixed terms and may be renewed indefinitely.

 

 

 
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Environmental Laws

We are subject to comprehensive federal, state and local environmental laws and regulations that govern, among other things, air polluting emissions, waste water discharges, solid and hazardous waste disposal, and the remediation of contamination associated with current or past generation handling and disposal activities. We are subject periodically to environmental compliance reviews by various environmental regulatory agencies. While it is impossible to predict accurately the future costs associated with environmental compliance and potential remediation activities, compliance with environmental laws is not expected to require significant capital expenditures and has not had, and is not expected to have, a material adverse effect on our business, operations or financial condition.

 

Available Information

We maintain an Internet website at the following address: www.impaxlabs.com. We make available on or through our Internet website certain reports and amendments to those reports, as applicable, that we file with or furnish to the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) in accordance with the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”). These include our Annual Report on Form 10-K, our Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and our Current Reports on Form 8-K. Our website also includes our Code of Business Conduct and Ethics and the charters of our Audit Committee, Nominating Committee, Compensation Committee and Compliance Committee of our board of directors. We make this information available on our website free of charge, as soon as reasonably practicable after we electronically file the information with, or furnish it to, the SEC. The contents of our website are not incorporated by reference in this Annual Report on Form 10-K and shall not be deemed “filed” under the Exchange Act.

 

Corporate and Other Information

We were incorporated in the State of Delaware in 1995. Our corporate headquarters are located at 30831 Huntwood Avenue, Hayward, California, 94544. We were formerly known as Global Pharmaceutical Corporation until December 14, 1999, when Impax Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a privately held drug delivery company, merged into Global Pharmaceutical Corporation and the name of the resulting entity was changed to Impax Laboratories, Inc.

 

Unless otherwise indicated, all product sales data and U.S. market size data in this Annual Report on Form 10-K are based on information obtained from IMS Health, unrelated third-party providers of prescription market data. We did not independently engage IMS Health to provide this information.

 

Employees

As of December 31, 2014, we had 1,061 full-time employees, of which 505 were in operations, 132 in research and development, 259 in the quality area, 120 in legal and administration, and 45 in sales and marketing. None of our employees are subject to collective bargaining agreements with labor unions, and we believe our employee relations are good.

 

 

 
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Item 1A.     Risk Factors

 

An investment in our common stock involves a high degree of risk. In deciding whether to invest in our common stock, you should consider carefully the following risk factors, as well as the other information included in this Annual Report on Form 10-K. The materialization of any of these risks could have a material adverse effect on our business, results of operations and financial condition. This Annual Report on Form 10-K contains forward looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties. Our actual results could differ materially from the results discussed in the forward looking statements. Factors that could cause or contribute to these differences include those discussed in this “Risk Factors” section. See “Forward-Looking Statements” on page 1 of this Annual Report on Form 10-K.

 

Risks Related to Our Business

 

Our revenues and operating income could fluctuate significantly. 

 

Our revenues and operating results may vary significantly from year-to-year and quarter to quarter as well as in comparison to the corresponding quarter of the preceding year. Variations may result from, among other factors:

 

 

the timing of FDA approvals we receive;

 

our ability to resolve the Form 483 observations and warning letter issued by the FDA and the effect of any product recalls or seizure, injunctions, total or partial suspension of production and/or distribution, and suspension or withdrawal of regulatory approvals resulting therefrom;

 

the timing of process validation for particular drug products;

 

the timing of product launches, and market acceptance of such products launched;

 

changes in the amount we spend to research, develop, acquire, license or promote new products;

 

the outcome of our clinical trial programs;

 

serious or unexpected health or safety concerns with our products, the brand products we have genericized, or our product candidates;

 

the introduction of new products by others that render our products obsolete or noncompetitive;

 

the ability to maintain selling prices and gross margins on our products;

 

changes in our policies regarding returns, rebates, allowances and chargebacks for our products;

 

the outcome of our patent infringement litigation and other litigation matters and expenditures as a result of such litigation;

 

the ability to comply with complex governmental regulations which deal with many aspects of our business;

 

changes in coverage and reimbursement policies of health plans and other health insurers, including changes to Medicare, Medicaid and similar state programs;

 

increases in the cost of raw materials used to manufacture our products;

 

manufacturing and supply interruptions, including product rejections or recalls due to failure to comply with manufacturing specifications;

 

the ability of our license partner(s) to secure regulatory approval, gain market share, sales volume, and sales milestone levels;

 

timing of revenue recognition related to our alliance and collaboration agreements;

 

the ability to protect our intellectual property and avoid infringing the intellectual property of others; and

 

the addition or loss of customers.

 

As an illustration, we earned significant revenues and gross profit from sales of our authorized generic Adderall XR® and fenofibrate products during fiscal years 2012, 2013 and 2014. With respect to our authorized generic Adderall XR® products, in June 2012, an unrelated pharmaceutical company received FDA approval for a competitor product to our authorized generic Adderall XR® products and began marketing this product. Further, we were dependent on another unrelated third-party pharmaceutical company to supply us with such products we market and sell through our Global Division. Our supply agreement with such third party for the supply of generic Adderall XR® products expired on September 30, 2014. Although we continue to market and sell generic Adderall XR® products that we have in inventory, we will not earn any future revenue from the sale of such products after we exhaust our inventory. With respect to our fenofibrate products, in October 2012, a competitor product to our fenofibrate capsule was approved for sale by the FDA. As a result of these competing products, we have experienced significant diminution of our sales revenue and gross profit from our generic Adderall XR® and fenofibrate products. In our branded products division, we earned significant revenues and gross profit from sales of our Impax-labeled Zomig® (zolmitriptan) tablet, orally disintegrating tablet and nasal spray formulation products that we began selling during the year ended December 31, 2012 pursuant our Distribution, License, Development and Supply Agreement with AstraZeneca.  In May 2013, our exclusivity period for branded Zomig® tablets and orally disintegrating tablets expired and we experienced diminution of our sales revenue and gross profit from those products as a result of increased competition. We launched authorized generic versions of those products in the United States. We continue to commercialize the branded Zomig® nasal spray which has U.S. patents expiring as late as May 2021, which patents have been challenged by an ANDA filer seeking to market a generic to Zomig® nasal spray.

 

 
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Any further diminution of sales revenue and/or gross profit from such products or our other significant products due to existing or additional competition, product supply or any other reasons in future periods may materially and adversely affect our results of operations in such periods.

 

Due to the fluctuations in revenue and operating results discussed in greater detail below, our quarterly operating results are difficult to predict and may fluctuate significantly from period to period. We cannot predict with any certainty the timing or level of sales of our products in the future. As a result, period-to-period comparisons of our operating results should not be relied upon as indications of our future performance and any full-year financial forecast should not be relied upon as a guarantee of future performance for that year or for any given quarter within that year. If our quarterly sales or operating results fall below the expectations of investors or securities analysts, the value of our securities could decline substantially.

 

We have received a warning letter and Form 483 observations from the FDA. If we are unable to promptly correct the issues raised in the warning letter and/or Form 483 observations, our business, results of operations and financial condition could be materially and adversely affected.

 

In late May 2011, we received a warning letter from the FDA related to an on-site FDA inspection of our Hayward, California manufacturing facility citing deviations from current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP), which are extensive regulations governing manufacturing practices for finished pharmaceutical products and which establish requirements for manufacturing processes, stability testing, record keeping and quality standards and controls. The FDA observations set forth in the warning letter related to sampling and testing of in-process materials and drug products, production record review, and our process for investigating the failure of certain manufacturing batches (or portions of batches) to meet specifications. During the quarters ended March 31, 2012 and March 31, 2013, the FDA conducted inspections of our Hayward manufacturing facility and at the conclusion of each inspection, we received a Form 483. The Form 483 issued during the quarter ended March 31, 2012 contained observations primarily relating to our Quality Control Laboratory and the Form 483 issued during the quarter ended March 31, 2013 contained several observations pertaining to the operations of the Hayward facility, three of which were designated by the FDA as repeat observations from inspections that occurred prior to the warning letter. We provided the FDA with what we believe to be our complete written responses relating to the observations in the warning letter and the Form 483 issued in 2012. In connection with the Form 483 issued in 2013, we provided our written response and updates to the FDA regarding the completion status of our corrective actions. In late October 2013, at the FDA’s request, we participated in a regulatory meeting with representatives of the FDA to provide additional information and clarifications on our response and updates related to the Form 483 issued in 2013. The FDA performed a re-inspection of our Hayward manufacturing facility during June and July 2014. At the conclusion of the re-inspection, the FDA issued a Form 483 with seven inspectional observations, two of which were designated by the FDA as repeat observations from the inspection that occurred in 2013. We provided the FDA with what we believe to be our complete written response and updates regarding the completion status of our corrective actions through December 2014. To date, we have not been informed by the FDA as to whether a satisfactory re-inspection of our Hayward manufacturing facility will be required to close out the warning letter and resolve the 2014 Form 483 observations on our Hayward manufacturing facility.

 

In July 2014, the FDA conducted an inspection of our Taiwan manufacturing facility and at the conclusion of the inspection, we received a Form 483 with ten observations. At the time of the inspections, the FDA did not provide any status or classification to either the Form 483 observations on our Hayward or Taiwan manufacturing facilities and, pursuant to its established regulatory process, would wait until they have received and reviewed our responses to classify those inspections. We received and responded to a request for additional information from the FDA regarding our Taiwan facility in December 2014. On January 7, 2015, we received approval from the FDA for the sale and marketing of RYTARY™, our first internally developed branded product for the treatment of Parkinson’s disease, which is manufactured in our Taiwan facility.

 

To date, the FDA has not notified us of any additional enforcement actions at either the Hayward or Taiwan manufacturing facilities; however, no assurance can be given as to whether the FDA will take any further actions. We are currently cooperating with the FDA to close out the warning letter and resolve the Form 483 observations. The warning letter and Form 483 observations do not currently place restrictions on our ability to manufacture and ship our existing products.

 

 
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We have taken a number of steps to review our quality control and manufacturing systems and standards and are working with third-party experts to assist us with our review and in enhancing such systems and standards. This work is ongoing and we are committed to improving our quality control and manufacturing practices. We cannot be assured, however, that the FDA will be satisfied with our corrective actions and as such, we cannot be assured of when the warning letter will be closed out. Unless and until the warning letter is closed out and the Form 483 observations resolved, it is possible we may be subject to additional regulatory action by the FDA as a result of current or future FDA observations, including, among others, monetary sanctions or penalties, product recalls or seizure, injunctions, total or partial suspension of production and/or distribution, and suspension or withdrawal of regulatory approvals. Additionally, the FDA has withheld and may continue to withhold approval of pending drug applications listing our Hayward, California facility as a manufacturing location of finished dosage forms until the warning letter is closed out and the Form 483 observations on our Hayward facility are resolved. Further, other federal agencies, our customers and partners in our alliance, development, collaboration and other partnership agreements with respect to our products and services may take the warning letter and Form 483 observations into account when considering the award of contracts or the continuation or extension of such partnership agreements. If we are unable promptly to correct the issues raised in the warning letter and Form 483 observations, our business, consolidated results of operations and consolidated financial condition could be materially and adversely affected. 

 

Our continued growth is dependent on our ability to continue to successfully develop and commercialize new products in a timely manner.

 

Our financial results depend upon our ability to introduce and commercialize additional generic and branded products in a timely manner. In the generic pharmaceutical products market, revenue from newly launched generic products that we are the first to market is typically relatively high during the period immediately following launch and can be expected generally to decline over time. Revenue from generic drugs in general can also be expected to decline over time. Revenue from branded pharmaceutical products can be expected to decline as the result of entry of new competitors, particularly of companies producing generic versions of the branded products. Our continued growth is therefore dependent upon our ability to continue to successfully introduce and commercialize new generic and branded products. As of February 6, 2015, we had 21 product applications pending at the FDA for generic versions of brand-name pharmaceuticals. In our branded products division, we have one internally developed branded pharmaceutical product, RYTARY™, an extended-release oral capsule formulation of carbidopa-levodopa, for the treatment of Parkinson’s disease, post-encephalitic parkinsonism, and parkinsonism that may follow carbon monoxide intoxication and/or manganese intoxication that was approved by the FDA on January 7, 2015. We also have a number of other product candidates that are in varying stages of development. The development and commercialization process for our products, particularly of our branded products, is time-consuming, costly and involves a high degree of business risk. The FDA and the regulatory authorities may not approve our products submitted to them or our other products under development. Additionally, we may not successfully complete our development efforts. Even if the FDA approves our products, we may not be able to market them successfully or profitably or, with respect to our generics products, we may not be able to market them at all if we do not prevail in the patent infringement litigation in which we are involved. Our future results of operations will depend significantly upon our ability to timely develop, receive FDA approval for, and market new pharmaceutical products or otherwise acquire new products.

 

A substantial portion of our total revenues is derived from sales to a limited number of customers.

 

We derive a substantial portion of our revenue from sales to a limited number of customers. In 2014, our five major customers, McKesson Corporation, Cardinal Health, Amerisource-Bergen, CVS Caremark Corporation and Wal-Mart Stores accounted for 36%, 20%, 19%, 3% and 2%, respectively, or an aggregate of 80%, of our gross revenue.

 

A reduction in, or loss of business with, any one of these customers, or any failure of a customer to pay us on a timely basis, would adversely affect our business.

 

A substantial portion of our total revenues is derived from sales of a limited number of products.

 

We derive a substantial portion of our revenue from sales of a limited number of products. In 2014, our top five products in our Global Division accounted for 15%, 8%, 6%, 6% and 6%, or an aggregate of 41%, of Global product sales, net. In our Impax Division, revenue from sales of branded Zomig® products pursuant to our Distribution, License, Development and Supply Agreement with AstraZeneca accounted for 100% of our Impax product sales, net. The sale of our products can be significantly influenced by market conditions, as well as regulatory actions. We may experience decreases in the sale of our products in the future as a result of actions taken by our competitors, such as price reductions, or as a result of regulatory actions related to our products or to competing products, which could have a material impact on our results of operations. Actions which could be taken by our competitors, which may materially and adversely affect our business, results of operations and financial condition, may include, without limitation, pricing changes and entering or exiting the market for specific products.

 

 
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Sales of our products may be adversely affected by the continuing consolidation of our customer base.

 

A significant proportion of our sales is made to relatively few retail drug chains, wholesalers, and managed care purchasing organizations. These customers are continuing to undergo significant consolidation. Such consolidation has provided and may continue to provide them with additional purchasing leverage, and consequently may increase the pricing pressures that we face. Additionally, the emergence of large buying groups representing independent retail pharmacies, and the prevalence and influence of managed care organizations and similar institutions, enable those groups to extract price discounts on our products.

 

Our net sales and quarterly growth comparisons may also be affected by fluctuations in the buying patterns of retail chains, major distributors and other trade buyers, whether resulting from pricing, wholesaler buying decisions or other factors. In addition, since such a significant portion of our revenues is derived from relatively few customers, any financial difficulties experienced by a single customer, or any delay in receiving payments from a single customer, could have a material adverse effect on our business, results of operations and financial condition.

 

We face intense competition from both brand-name and generic pharmaceutical companies.

 

The pharmaceutical industry is highly competitive and many of our competitors have longer operating histories and substantially greater financial, research and development, marketing, and other resources than we have. In addition, pharmaceutical manufacturers’ customer base consists of an increasingly limited number of large pharmaceutical wholesalers, chain drug stores that warehouse products, mass merchandisers, mail order pharmacies. Our competitors may be able to develop products competitive with or more effective or less expensive than our own for many reasons, including that they may have:

 

 

proprietary processes or delivery systems;

 

greater resources in the area of research and development and marketing;

 

larger or more efficient production capabilities;

 

more expertise in a particular therapeutic area;

 

more expertise in preclinical testing and human clinical trials;

 

more experience in obtaining required regulatory approvals, including FDA approval;

 

more products; or

 

more experience in developing new drugs and financial resources, particularly with regard to brand manufacturers.

 

With respect to generic pharmaceutical products, FDA approval of our ANDAs may be delayed if a branded pharmaceutical company files patent infringement suits that automatically delay FDA approval of generic products, or obtains new patents and brings new patent infringement suits. Further, the FDA approval process often results in the FDA granting final approval to a number of ANDAs for a given product at the time a patent for a corresponding brand product or other market exclusivity expires. This often forces us to face immediate competition when we introduce a generic product into the market. As competition from other generic pharmaceutical companies intensifies, selling prices and gross profit margins often decline, which has been our experience with our existing products. Moreover, with respect to products for which we file a Paragraph IV certification, if we are not the first ANDA filer challenging a listed patent for a product, we are at a significant disadvantage to the competitor that first filed an ANDA for that product containing such a challenge, which is awarded 180 days of market exclusivity for the product. With respect to our 12 publicly disclosed product applications pending FDA approval for which we have filed Paragraph IV certifications as of February 6, 2015, we believe we are first to file for some strengths of one product and not on other strengths of such product and unrelated third parties are the first to file with respect to the other 11 products. With respect to publicly disclosed products in which the applications are held by our third-party partners pursuant to alliance, development or collaboration agreements and for which Paragraph IV certifications have been filed, third parties unrelated to us or our partners are first to file with respect to one such product. Accordingly, the level of market share, revenue and gross profit attributable to a particular generic product that we develop is generally related to the number of competitors in that product’s market and the timing of that product’s regulatory approval and launch, in relation to competing approvals and launches. Although we cannot assure, we strive to develop and introduce new products in a timely and cost effective manner to be competitive in our industry (see “Item 1 Business — Regulation”). Additionally, ANDA approvals often continue to be granted for a given product subsequent to the initial launch of the generic product. These circumstances generally result in significantly lower prices and reduced margins for generic products compared to brand products. New generic market entrants generally cause continued price and margin erosion over the generic product life cycle.

 

 
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In addition to the competition we face from other generic pharmaceutical companies, we face competition from brand-name pharmaceutical companies related to our generic products. Branded pharmaceutical companies often sell their branded products as “authorized generics” (an industry term that describes instances when a brand-name manufacturer licenses a generic manufacturer to market the brand product under the licensee’s name and registration at typical generic discounts).

 

Our principal competitors in the generic pharmaceutical products market are Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd., Actavis, plc., Mylan Inc., Ranbaxy Laboratories Ltd., Lannett Company, Inc., Lupin Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Par Pharmaceutical Companies, Inc. and Sandoz.

 

In the brand-name pharmaceutical market, we market Impax-labeled branded Zomig® products pursuant to the AZ Agreement with AstraZeneca. In May 2013, our exclusivity period for branded Zomig® tablets and orally disintegrating tablets expired and we experienced diminution of our sales revenue and gross profit from those products as a result of increased competition. We launched authorized generic versions of both products in the United States in May 2013. We received approval from the FDA on January 7, 2015 to market and sell RYTARY™, our first internally developed branded pharmaceutical product for the treatment of Parkinson’s disease, and we currently plan to fully launch our sales and marketing efforts for the product in early April 2015. We currently expect our principal competitors in the branded pharmaceutical market to include pharmaceutical companies that are focused on Parkinson’s disease and other CNS disorders. In addition, with respect to products that we are developing internally and/or any additional products we may in-license from third parties, we expect that we will face increased competition from large pharmaceutical companies, other drug delivery companies, and other specialty pharmaceutical companies that have focused on CNS disorders.

 

Any of the actions by our competitors as described above may significantly impact sales of our generic and branded products, which could have a material adverse effect on our business, results of operations and financial condition.

 

We have experienced operating losses and negative cash flow from operations in the past, and our future profitability is uncertain.

 

Although 2007 was our first profitable year, and we continued to record net income on an annual basis through and including 2014, we do not know whether our business will continue to be profitable or generate positive cash flow, and our ability to remain profitable or obtain positive cash flow is uncertain. To remain operational and profitable, we must, among other things:

 

 

obtain FDA approval of our products;

 

successfully launch and market new products;

 

prevail in patent infringement litigation in which we are involved;

 

continue to generate or obtain sufficient capital on acceptable terms to fund our operations; and

 

comply with the many complex governmental regulations that deal with virtually every aspect of our business activities.

 

 

 
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Any delays or unanticipated expenses in connection with the operation of our limited number of facilities could have a material adverse effect on our business.

 

A substantial portion of our manufacturing capacity as well as our current production is attributable to our two manufacturing facilities located in Hayward, California and Taiwan and to certain third party suppliers. A significant disruption at any one of these facilities within our internal or third party supply chain, even on a short-term basis, whether due to an adverse quality or compliance observation, including a total or partial suspension of production and/or distribution by regulatory authorities, an act of God, civil or political unrest, or other events could impair our ability to produce and ship products to the market on a timely basis and could, among other consequences, subject us to exposure to claims from customers. Any of these events could have a material adverse effect on our business, results of operations and financial condition.

 

We completed construction of a new manufacturing facility in Taiwan, installed equipment, and received FDA approval during 2009. We initiated construction of an expansion to the facility later that year and have expanded the Taiwan facility in stages. As of May 2014, the second phase of the expansion was completed and the manufacturing equipment in the facility was qualified for their intended use. A major portion of the second phase of the expansion was dedicated to the production of RYTARY™ for the treatment of Parkinson’s disease, which was approved by the FDA on January 7, 2015. We completed transfer of a substantial portion of our Hayward, California production to the lower cost production site in Taiwan during 2013 to create capacity for future products being launched from the Hayward facility. We currently plan to continue increasing production at our Taiwan facility of tablets and capsules in support of transferred products and in preparation for the growth of RYTARY™.

 

While we have thus far not suffered any material delays, significant increases in estimated expenses or other material setbacks associated with the construction, expansion and operation of the manufacturing facility in Taiwan, we cannot assure that costs of production will be within our projections or that the expansion of the facility will ultimately result in profitable operations.  

 

Our business is subject to the economic, political, legal and other risks of maintaining facilities and conducting clinical trials in foreign countries.

 

In 2010, we commenced shipment of commercial product from our new manufacturing facility in Taiwan, and we plan to increase our commercial manufacturing operations in Taiwan in the future. In addition, certain clinical trials for our product candidates are conducted at multiple sites in Europe. These foreign operations are subject to risks inherent in maintaining operations and doing business abroad, such as economic and political destabilization, international conflicts, restrictive actions by foreign governments, expropriation or nationalization of property, changes in laws and regulations, changes in regulatory requirements, the difficulty of effectively managing diverse global operations, adverse foreign tax or tariff laws, more limited intellectual property protection in certain foreign jurisdictions, and the threat posed by potential international disease pandemics in countries that do not have the resources necessary to deal with such outbreaks. Further, as our global operations require compliance with a complex set of foreign and U.S. laws and regulations, including data privacy requirements, labor relations laws, tax laws, anti-competition regulations, import and trade restrictions, and export requirements, U.S. laws such as the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act of 1977, as amended, and local laws which also prohibit corrupt payments to governmental officials or certain payments or remunerations to customers, there is a risk that some provisions may be inadvertently breached. Violations of these laws and regulations could result in fines, criminal sanctions against us, our officers or our employees, and prohibitions on the conduct of our business. These foreign economic, political, legal and other risks could impact our operations and have an adverse effect on our business, results of operations and financial condition.

 

We are routinely subject to patent litigation that can delay or prevent our commercialization of generic products or accelerate generic competition for our branded products and we may also become involved in other legal proceedings, all of which force us to incur substantial expense to defend and expose us to substantial liability.

 

Our generic products division is routinely subject to patent infringement litigation brought by branded pharmaceutical manufacturers seeking to delay FDA approval to manufacture and market generic forms of their branded products. Likewise, our branded products division is currently involved in patent infringement litigation against a generic drug manufacturer seeking FDA approval to market its generic drug prior to patent expiration. Patent infringement litigation involves many complex technical and legal issues and its outcome is often difficult to predict, and the risk involved in doing so can be substantial. For generic product manufacturers, the potential consequences to such generic companies in the event of an unfavorable outcome include delaying generic launch until patent expiration and potential damages measured by the profits lost by the branded product manufacturer rather than the profits earned by the generic pharmaceutical company. For brand drug manufacturers, an unfavorable outcome may significantly accelerate generic competition ahead of patent expiration. Such litigation usually involves significant expense and can delay or prevent introduction or sale of our products.

 

 
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As of February 6, 2015, our generic products division was involved in one patent infringement suit involving oxymorphone hydrochloride. For the year ended December 31, 2014, we incurred costs of approximately $2.9 million in connection with our participation in this matter, as well as for other matters that were resolved in 2014. If this or any of our future patent litigation matters are resolved unfavorably, we or any alliance or collaboration partners may be enjoined from manufacturing, developing or selling the product that is the subject of such litigation without a license from the other party. In addition, if we decide to market and sell generic products prior to the resolution of patent infringement suits, we could be held liable for lost profits if we are found to have infringed a valid patent, or liable for treble damages if we are found to have willfully infringed a valid patent. Although it is not currently possible to quantify the liability we could incur if any of these suits are decided against us, any patent litigation could have a material adverse effect on our business, results of operations and financial condition. As of February 6, 2015, our branded products division was involved in one patent infringement suit involving Zomig® nasal spray. If this patent litigation matter is resolved unfavorably, our Zomig® nasal spray product may face generic competition significantly earlier than the date of patent expiration in May 2021.

 

In addition to patent infringement litigation claims, we are or may become a party to other litigation in the ordinary course of our business, including, among others, matters alleging product liability, other intellectual property rights infringement, violations of securities laws, employment discrimination or breach of commercial contract. A detailed description of our significant legal proceedings are described in “Item 15. Exhibits and Financial Statement Schedules – Note 19. Legal and Regulatory Matters.” In general, litigation claims can be expensive and time consuming to bring or defend against and could result in settlements or damages that could have a material adverse effect on our business, results of operations and financial condition.

 

Our agreements with brand pharmaceutical companies, which are important to our business, are facing increased government scrutiny in the U.S., which may result in increased government actions and private litigation suits.

 

We are involved in numerous patent litigations in which we challenge the validity or enforceability of innovator companies’ listed patents and/or their applicability to our generic pharmaceutical products, as well as patent infringement litigation in which generic companies challenge the validity or enforceability of our patents and/or their applicability to their generic pharmaceutical products, and therefore settling patent litigations has been and is likely to continue to be an important part of our business. Parties to such settlement agreements in the U.S., including us, are required by law to file them with the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) and the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice for review. The FTC has publicly stated that, in its view, some of the brand - generic settlement agreements violate the antitrust laws and has brought actions against some brand and generic companies that have entered into such agreements. In June 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court in its decision in FTC v. Actavis determined that “reverse payment” settlement agreements between brand and generic companies could violate antitrust laws. The Supreme Court held that such settlement agreements are neither immune from antitrust attack nor presumptively illegal but rather should be analyzed under the “Rule of Reason.” It is currently uncertain the effect the Supreme Court’s decision will have on our existing settlement agreements or its impact on our ability to enter into such settlement agreements in the future or the terms thereof. The Supreme Court’s decision may result in heightened scrutiny from the FTC of such settlement agreements and we may become subject to increased FTC investigations or enforcement actions arising from such settlement agreements. Further, private plaintiffs, including direct and indirect purchasers of our products, may also become more active in bringing private litigation claims against us and other brand and generic pharmaceutical companies alleging that such settlement agreements violate antitrust laws.

  

In May 2012, we received a Civil Investigative Demand (“CID”) from the FTC concerning its investigation into the drug SOLODYN® and its generic equivalents. According to the FTC, the investigation is to determine whether we, along with Medicis Pharmaceutical Corporation (now a wholly owned subsidiary of Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc.) and six other companies, have engaged or are engaged in unfair methods of competition in or affecting commerce by entering into agreements regarding SOLODYN® or its generic equivalents and/or engaging in other conduct regarding the sale or marketing of SOLODYN® or its generic equivalents. In February 2014, we received a CID from the FTC concerning its investigation into the drug Opana® ER and its generic equivalents. According to the FTC, the investigation relates to whether we and Endo Pharmaceuticals, Inc. have engaged or are engaged in unfair methods of competition in or affecting commerce by (i) entering into agreements regarding Opana® ER or its generic equivalents and/or (ii) engaging in other conduct regarding the regulatory filings, sale or marketing of Opana® ER or its generic equivalents. To our knowledge, no proceedings by the FTC have been initiated against us at this time in either of the FTC’s investigations into SOLODYN® and Opana® ER; however no assurance can be given as to the timing or outcome of these investigations.

 

 
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Private plaintiffs have also filed class action complaints against us and other manufacturers of SOLODYN®, Opana® ER and their respective generic equivalents. A detailed description of the SOLODYN® and Opana® ER FTC investigations and class action suits are described in “Item 15. Exhibits and Financial Statement Schedules – Note 19. Legal and Regulatory Matters.” The defense of antitrust litigation investigation and claims are generally expensive and time consuming, and we can give no assurance as to the timing or outcome of such investigation or claims or of any future private litigation or government action alleging that one of our settlement agreements violates antitrust laws.

 

Our ability to develop or license, or otherwise acquire, and introduce new products on a timely basis in relation to our competitors’ product introductions involves inherent risks and uncertainties.

 

Product development is inherently risky, especially for new drugs for which safety and efficacy have not been established and the market is not yet proven. Likewise, product licensing involves inherent risks including uncertainties due to matters that may affect the achievement of milestones, as well as the possibility of contractual disagreements with regard to terms such as license scope or termination rights. The development and commercialization process, particularly with regard to new drugs, also requires substantial time, effort and financial resources. The process of obtaining FDA approval to manufacture and market new pharmaceutical products is rigorous, time consuming, costly and largely unpredictable. We, or a partner, may not be successful in obtaining FDA approval or in commercializing any of the products that we are developing or licensing.

 

Our approved products may not achieve expected levels of market acceptance.

 

Even if we are able to obtain regulatory approvals for our new products, the success of those products is dependent upon market acceptance. Levels of market acceptance for our new products could be affected by several factors, including:

 

 

the availability of alternative products from our competitors;

 

the prices of our products relative to those of our competitors;

 

the timing of our market entry;

 

the ability to market our products effectively at the retail level;

 

the perception of patients and the healthcare community, including third-party payers, regarding the safety, efficacy and benefits of our drug products compared to those of competing products; and

 

the acceptance of our products by government and private formularies.

 

Some of these factors are not within our control, and our products may not achieve expected levels of market acceptance. Additionally, continuing and increasingly sophisticated studies of the proper utilization, safety and efficacy of pharmaceutical products are being conducted by the industry, government agencies and others which can call into question the utilization, safety and efficacy of previously marketed products. In some cases, studies have resulted, and may in the future result, in the discontinuance of product marketing or other risk management programs such as the need for a patient registry.

 

Our business is highly dependent on market perceptions of us and the safety and quality of our products. Our business or products could be subject to negative publicity, which could have a material adverse effect on our business, results of operations and financial condition.

 

Market perceptions of our business are very important to us, especially market perceptions of the safety and quality of our products. If any of our products or similar products that other companies distribute are subject to market withdrawal or recall or are proven to be, or are claimed to be, harmful to consumers, then this could have a material adverse effect on our business, results of operations and financial condition. Also, because our business is dependent on market perceptions, negative publicity associated with product quality, illness or other adverse effects resulting from, or perceived to be resulting from, our products could have a material adverse impact on our business, results of operations and financial condition.

 

 

 
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We may discontinue the manufacture and distribution of certain existing products, which may adversely impact our business, results of operations and financial condition.

 

We continually evaluate the performance of our products, and may determine that it is in our best interest to discontinue the manufacture and distribution of certain of our products. For example, during 2013, we decided to discontinue the manufacture and distribution of certain products after we conducted a strategic review of our then currently manufactured generic product portfolio. We cannot guarantee that we have correctly forecasted, or will correctly forecast in the future, the appropriate products to discontinue or that our decision to discontinue various products is prudent if market conditions change. In addition, there are no assurances that the discontinuance of products will reduce our operating expenses or will not cause us to incur material charges associated with such a decision. Furthermore, the discontinuance of existing products entails various risks, including, in the event that we decide to sell the discontinued product, the risk that we will not be able to find a purchaser for such products or that the purchase price obtained will not be equal to at least the book value of the net assets for such products. Other risks include managing the expectations of, and maintaining good relations with, our customers who previously purchased products from our discontinued products, which could prevent us from selling other products to them in the future. Moreover, we may incur other significant liabilities and costs associated with our discontinuance of products, which could have a material adverse effect on our business, results of operations and financial condition.

 

We expend a significant amount of resources on research and development efforts that may not lead to successful product introductions or the recovery of our research and development expenditures.

 

We conduct research and development primarily to enable us to manufacture and market pharmaceuticals in accordance with FDA regulations. We spent approximately $79.1 million, $68.9 million, $81.3 million on research and development activities during the years ended December 31, 2014, 2013 and 2012, respectively. We are required to obtain FDA approval before marketing our drug products. The FDA approval process is costly and time consuming. Typically, research expenses related to the development of innovative compounds and the filing of NDAs are significantly greater than those expenses associated with ANDAs. As we continue to develop new products, our research expenses will likely increase. Because of the inherent risk associated with research and development efforts in our industry, our research and development expenditures may not result in the successful introduction of FDA-approved pharmaceuticals.

 

Our bioequivalence studies, other clinical studies and/or other data may not result in FDA approval to market our new drug products. While we believe that the FDA’s ANDA procedures will apply to our bioequivalent versions of branded drugs, these drugs may not be suitable for, or approved as part of, these abbreviated applications. In addition, even if our drug products are suitable for FDA approval by filing an ANDA, the abbreviated applications are costly and time consuming to complete. After we submit an NDA or ANDA, the FDA may require that we conduct additional studies, and as a result, we may be unable to reasonably determine the total research and development costs to develop a particular product. Also, for products pending approval, we may obtain raw materials or produce batches of inventory to be used in anticipation of the product’s launch. In the event that FDA approval is denied or delayed, we could be exposed to the risk of this inventory becoming obsolete. Finally, we cannot be certain that any investment made in developing products or product-delivery technologies will be recovered, even if we are successful in commercialization. To the extent that we expend significant resources on research and development efforts and are not able, ultimately, to introduce successful new products or new delivery technologies as a result of those efforts, we will be unable to recover those expenditures.

 

The time necessary to develop generic drugs may adversely affect whether, and the extent to which, we receive a return on our capital.

 

We generally begin our development activities for a new generic drug product several years in advance of the patent expiration date of the brand-name drug equivalent. The development process, including drug formulation, testing, and FDA review and approval, often takes three or more years. This process requires that we expend considerable capital to pursue activities that do not yield an immediate or near-term return. Also, because of the significant time necessary to develop a product, the actual market for a product at the time it is available for sale may be significantly less than the originally projected market for the product. If this were to occur, our potential return on our investment in developing the product, if approved for marketing by the FDA, would be adversely affected and we may never receive a return on our investment in the product. It is also possible for the manufacturer of the brand-name product for which we are developing a generic drug to obtain approvals from the FDA to switch the brand-name drug from the prescription market to the OTC market. If this were to occur, we would be prohibited from marketing our product other than as an OTC drug, in which case revenues could be substantially less than we anticipated.

 

 
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Research and development efforts invested in our branded pharmaceutical products may not achieve expected results.

 

We invest increasingly significant resources to develop our branded products, both through our own efforts and through collaborations, in-licensing and acquisition of products from or with third parties. The development of proprietary branded drugs involves processes and expertise different from those used in the development of generic products, which increases the risks of failure that we face. For example, the time from discovery to commercial launch of a branded product can be 15 years or even longer, and involves multiple stages: not only intensive preclinical and clinical testing, but also highly complex, lengthy and expensive approval processes which can vary from country to country. The longer it takes to develop a product, the longer time it may take for us to recover our development costs and generate profits, if at all.

 

During each development stage, we may encounter obstacles that delay the process or approval and increase expenses, leading to significant risks that we will not achieve our goals and may be forced to abandon a potential product in which we have invested substantial amounts of time and money. These obstacles may include: preclinical failures; difficulty enrolling patients in clinical trials; delays in completing formulation and other work needed to support an application for approval; adverse reactions or other safety concerns arising during clinical testing; insufficient clinical trial data to support the safety or efficacy of the product candidate; and failure to obtain, or delays in obtaining, the required regulatory approvals for the product candidate or the facilities in which it is manufactured. For instance, during 2013, we discontinued our branded pharmaceutical development programs for the potential treatment of moderate to severe Restless Leg Syndrome (“RLS”) after the results from the study did not achieve the statistical criteria for its primary efficacy endpoints compared to placebo and our program for the potential treatment of epilepsy as a result of technical and competitive factors. As a result of the obstacles noted above, our investment in research and development of branded products can involve significant costs with no assurances of future revenues or profits.

 

Approvals for our new generic drug products may be delayed or become more difficult to obtain if the FDA institutes changes to its approval requirements. 

 

The FDA may institute changes to its ANDA approval requirements, which may make it more difficult or expensive for us to obtain approval for our new generic products. For instance, in July 2012, the Generic Drug Fee User Amendments of 2012 (“GDUFA”) was enacted into law. The GDUFA legislation implemented fees for new ANDAs, Drug Master Files, product and establishment fees and a one-time fee for back-logged ANDAs pending approval as of October 1, 2012. In return, the program is intended to provide faster and more predictable ANDA reviews by the FDA and increased inspections of drug facilities. Under GDUFA, generic product companies face significant penalties for failure to pay the new user fees, including rendering an ANDA not “substantially complete” until the fee is paid. It is currently uncertain the effect the new fees and new review procedures will have on our ANDA process and business, however, any failure by us or our suppliers to pay the fees or to comply with the other provisions of GDFUA may impact or delay our ability to file ANDAs, obtain approvals for new generic products, generate revenues and thus may have a material adverse effect on our business, results of operations and financial condition.

 

In addition to the implementation of new fees and review procedures by the FDA, the FDA may also implement other changes that may directly affect some of our ANDA filings pending approval from the FDA, such as changes to guidance from the FDA regarding bioequivalency requirements for particular drugs. Such changes may cause our development of such generic drugs to be significantly more difficult or result in delays in FDA approval or result in our decision to abandon or terminate certain projects. Any changes in FDA requirements may make it more difficult for us to file ANDAs or obtain approval of our ANDAs and generate revenues and thus have a material adverse effect on our business, results of operations and financial condition.

 

The risks and uncertainties inherent in conducting clinical trials could delay or prevent the development and commercialization of our own branded products, which could have a material adverse effect on our business, results of operations and financial condition.

 

With respect to our branded products which do not qualify for the FDA’s abbreviated application procedures, we must demonstrate through clinical trials that these products are safe and effective for use. We have only limited experience in conducting and supervising clinical trials. The process of completing clinical trials and preparing an NDA may take several years and requires substantial resources. Our studies and filings may not result in FDA approval to market our new drug products and, if the FDA grants approval, we cannot predict the timing of any approval. There are substantial filing fees for NDAs that are not refundable if FDA approval is not obtained.

 

 
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There are a number of risks and uncertainties associated with clinical trials. The results of clinical trials may not be indicative of results that would be obtained from large scale testing. Clinical trials are often conducted with patients having advanced stages of disease and, as a result, during the course of treatment these patients can die or suffer adverse medical effects for reasons that may not be related to the pharmaceutical agents being tested, but which nevertheless affect the clinical trial results. In addition, side effects experienced by the patients may cause delay of approval or limit the profile of an approved product. Moreover, our clinical trials may not demonstrate sufficient safety and efficacy to obtain approval from the FDA or foreign regulatory authorities. The FDA or foreign regulatory authorities may not agree with our assessment of the clinical data or they may interpret it differently. Such regulatory authorities may require additional or expanded clinical trials. Even if the FDA or foreign regulatory authorities approve certain products developed by us, there is no assurance that such regulatory authorities will not subject marketing of such products to certain limits on indicated use.

 

Failure can occur at any time during the clinical trial process and, in addition, the results from early clinical trials may not be predictive of results obtained in later and larger clinical trials, and product candidates in later clinical trials may fail to show the desired safety or efficacy despite having progressed successfully through earlier clinical testing. A number of companies in the pharmaceutical industry, including us, have suffered significant setbacks in clinical trials, even in advanced clinical trials after showing positive results in earlier clinical trials. For example, we had previously sought to develop an earlier product formulation containing carbidopa/levodopa for the treatment of Parkinson’s disease. Following completion of the clinical trials and submission of the NDA, the NDA was not approved due to the FDA’s concerns over product nomenclature and the potential for medication errors. In early 2013, we discontinued our branded pharmaceutical development program for IPX159, an oral controlled-release formulation for the potential treatment of moderate to severe RLS, after the results from the clinical study in patients did not achieve the statistical criteria for its primary efficacy endpoints compared to placebo. In the future, the completion of clinical trials for our product candidates may be delayed or halted for the reasons noted above in addition to many other reasons, including:

 

 

delays in patient enrollment, and variability in the number and types of patients available for clinical trials;

 

regulators or institutional review boards may not allow us to commence or continue a clinical trial;

 

our inability, or the inability of our partners, to manufacture or obtain from third parties materials sufficient to complete our clinical trials;

 

delays or failure in reaching agreement on acceptable clinical trial contracts or clinical trial protocols with prospective clinical trial sites;

 

risks associated with trial design, which may result in a failure of the trial to show statistically significant results even if the product candidate is effective;

 

difficulty in maintaining contact with patients after treatment commences, resulting in incomplete data;

 

poor effectiveness of product candidates during clinical trials;

 

safety issues, including adverse events associated with product candidates;

 

the failure of patients to complete clinical trials due to adverse side effects, dissatisfaction with the product candidate, or other reasons;

 

governmental or regulatory delays or changes in regulatory requirements, policy and guidelines; and

 

varying interpretation of data by the FDA or foreign regulatory authorities.

 

In addition, our product candidates could be subject to competition for clinical study sites and patients from other therapies under development which may delay the enrollment in or initiation of our clinical trials.

 

The FDA or foreign regulatory authorities may require us to conduct unanticipated additional clinical trials, which could result in additional expense and delays in bringing our product candidates to market. Any failure or delay in completing clinical trials for our product candidates would prevent or delay the commercialization of our product candidates. We cannot assure that our expenses related to clinical trials will lead to the development of brand-name drugs that will generate revenues in the near future. Delays or failure in the development and commercialization of our own branded products could have a material adverse effect on our business, results of operations and financial condition.

 

 

 
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We rely on third parties to conduct clinical trials and testing for our product candidates, and if they do not properly and successfully perform their legal and regulatory obligations, as well as their contractual obligations to us, we may not be able to obtain regulatory approvals for our product candidates. 

 

We design the clinical trials for our product candidates, but rely on contract research organizations and other third parties to assist us in managing, monitoring and otherwise carrying out these trials, including with respect to site selection, contract negotiation, analytical testing and data management. We do not control these third parties and, as a result, they may not treat our clinical studies as their highest priority, or in the manner in which we would prefer, which could result in delays.

 

Although we rely on third parties to conduct our clinical trials and related activities, we are responsible for confirming that each of our clinical trials is conducted in accordance with our general investigational plan and protocol. Moreover, the FDA and foreign regulatory agencies require us to comply with regulations and standards, commonly referred to as good clinical practices and good laboratory practices, for conducting, recording and reporting the results of clinical trials to ensure that the data and results are credible and accurate and that the trial participants are adequately protected. Our reliance on third parties does not relieve us of these responsibilities and requirements. The FDA enforces good clinical practices and good laboratory practices through periodic inspections of trial sponsors, principal investigators and trial sites. If we, our contract research organizations or our study sites fail to comply with applicable good clinical practices and good laboratory practices, the clinical data generated in our clinical trials may be deemed unreliable and the FDA may require us to perform additional clinical trials before approving our marketing applications. We cannot assure you that, upon inspection, the FDA will determine that any of our clinical trials comply with good clinical practices and good laboratory practices. In addition, our clinical trials must be conducted with product manufactured under the FDA’s current Good Manufacturing Practices, or cGMP, regulations. Our failure or the failure of our contract manufacturers if any are involved in the process, to comply with these regulations may require us to repeat clinical trials, which would delay the regulatory approval process.

 

If third parties do not successfully carry out their duties under their agreements with us, if the quality or accuracy of the data they obtain is compromised due to failure to adhere to our clinical protocols or regulatory requirements, or if they otherwise fail to comply with clinical trial protocols or meet expected deadlines, our clinical trials may not meet regulatory requirements. If our clinical trials do not meet regulatory requirements or if these third parties need to be replaced, our clinical trials may be extended, delayed, suspended or terminated. If any of these events occur, we may not be able to obtain regulatory approval of our product candidates, which could have a material adverse effect on our business, results of operations and financial condition.

 

We currently do not have a license partner for commercialization of IPX066 outside of the United States.

 

In December 2010, we entered into a License, Development and Commercialization Agreement with Glaxo Group Limited (“GSK”) whereby GSK received an exclusive license to develop and commercialize IPX066 (brand name RYTARY™ in the United States) throughout the world, except in the United States and Taiwan, and certain follow-on products at the option of GSK. In April 2013, we announced with GSK that we were terminating our collaboration as a result of delays in the anticipated regulatory approval and launch dates in countries in which GSK had rights to commercialize the product and the License, Development and Commercialization Agreement was terminated. At the end of July 2013, GSK’s rights to develop and commercialize IPX066 outside the United States and Taiwan were transferred back to us.

 

In November 2014, we submitted a Market Authorization Application (“MAA”) to the European Medicines Agency (“EMA”) for IPX066, which was accepted for filing by the EMA later that month. We are, however, also seeking a license partner for the development and commercialization of IPX066 outside of the United States. No assurances, however, can be made that we will be able to receive regulatory approval from the EMA or that we will find a license partner for the development and commercialization of IPX066 outside of the United States. If we are unsuccessful in entering into a third party collaboration arrangement for the development and commercialization activities for IPX066 outside of the United States and/or are unable to satisfy our regulatory obligations with respect to IPX066 in such territories, we will be unable to obtain regulatory approval for IPX066 in certain jurisdictions outside of the United States, which could have a material adverse effect on our business, results of operations and financial condition.

 

 
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The illegal distribution and sale by third parties of counterfeit versions of our products or of stolen products could have a negative impact on our reputation and a material adverse effect on our business, results of operations and financial condition.

 

Third parties could illegally distribute and sell counterfeit versions of our products, which do not meet the rigorous manufacturing and testing standards that our products undergo. Counterfeit products are frequently unsafe or ineffective, and can be life-threatening. Counterfeit medicines may contain harmful substances, the wrong dose of the active pharmaceutical ingredient or no active pharmaceutical ingredients at all. However, to distributors and users, counterfeit products may be visually indistinguishable from the authentic version.

 

Reports of adverse reactions to counterfeit drugs or increased levels of counterfeiting could materially affect patient confidence in the authentic product. It is possible that adverse events caused by unsafe counterfeit products will mistakenly be attributed to the authentic product. In addition, thefts of inventory at warehouses, plants or while in-transit, which are not properly stored and which are sold through unauthorized channels could adversely impact patient safety, our reputation and our business. 

 

Public loss of confidence in the integrity of pharmaceutical products as a result of counterfeiting or theft could have a material adverse effect on our business, results of operations and financial condition.

 

We are dependent on a small number of suppliers for our raw materials that we use to manufacture our products and interruptions in our supply chain could materially and adversely affect our business.

 

We typically purchase the ingredients, other materials and supplies that we use in the manufacturing of our products, as well as certain finished products, from a small number of foreign and domestic suppliers. The FDA requires identification of raw material suppliers in applications for approval of drug products. If raw materials were unavailable from a specified supplier or the supplier was not in compliance with FDA or other applicable requirements, the FDA approval of a new supplier could delay the manufacture of the drug involved. As a result, there is no guarantee we will always have timely and sufficient access to a required raw material or other product. In addition, some materials used in our products are currently available from only one supplier or a limited number of suppliers. Generally, we would need as much as 18 months to find and qualify a new sole-source supplier. If we receive less than one year’s termination notice from a sole-source supplier that it intends to cease supplying raw materials, it could result in disruption of our ability to produce the drug involved. Further, a significant portion of our raw materials may be available only from foreign sources. Foreign sources can be subject to the special risks of doing business abroad, including:

 

 

greater possibility for disruption due to transportation or communication problems;

 

the relative instability of some foreign governments and economies;

 

interim price volatility based on labor unrest, materials or equipment shortages, export duties, restrictions on the transfer of funds, or fluctuations in currency exchange rates; and

 

uncertainty regarding recourse to a dependable legal system for the enforcement of contracts and other rights.

 

Those of our raw materials that are available from a limited number of suppliers include Bendroflumethiazide, Chloroquine, Colestipol, Digoxin, Fenofibrate, Methyltestosterone, Nadolol, Pyridostigmine and Klucel®, all of which are active pharmaceutical ingredients except Klucel®, which is an excipient used in several product formulations. The manufacturers of several of these products are sole-source suppliers. While none of the active ingredients is individually significant to our business, the excipient, which is not covered by a supply agreement, is utilized in a number of significant products. Only a couple of the active ingredients are covered by long-term supply agreements and, although we have to date only experienced occasional interruptions in supplies, no assurance can be given that we will continue to receive uninterrupted or adequate supplies of such raw materials.

 

Many third-party suppliers are subject to governmental regulation and, accordingly, we are dependent on the regulatory compliance of these third parties. We also depend on the strength, enforceability and terms of our various contracts with these third-party suppliers. We also rely on complex shipping arrangements throughout the various facilities of our supply chain spectrum. Customs clearance and shipping by land, air or sea routes rely on and may be affected by factors that are not in our full control or are hard to predict.

 

Any inability to obtain raw materials on a timely basis, or any significant price increases which cannot be passed on to customers, could have a material adverse effect on our business, results of operations and financial condition.

 

 
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Our policies regarding returns, rebates, allowances and chargebacks, and marketing programs adopted by wholesalers may reduce our revenues in future fiscal periods.

 

Based on industry practice, generic drug manufacturers have liberal return policies and have been willing to give customers post-sale inventory allowances. Under these arrangements, from time to time, we give our customers credits on our generic products that our customers hold in inventory after we have decreased the market prices of the same generic products due to competitive pricing. Therefore, if new competitors enter the marketplace and significantly lower the prices of any of their competing products, we would likely reduce the price of our product. As a result, we would be obligated to provide credits to our customers who are then holding inventories of such products, which could reduce sales revenue and gross margin for the period the credit is provided. Like our competitors, we also give credits for chargebacks to wholesalers that have contracts with us for their sales to hospitals, group purchasing organizations, pharmacies or other customers. A chargeback is the difference between the price the wholesaler pays and the price that the wholesaler’s end-customer pays for a product. Although we establish reserves based on our prior experience and our best estimates of the impact that these policies may have in subsequent periods, we cannot ensure that our reserves are adequate or that actual product returns, rebates, allowances and chargebacks will not exceed our estimates.

 

Certain of our products use controlled substances, the availability of which may be limited by the DEA and other regulatory agencies.

 

We utilize controlled substances in certain of our current products and products in development and therefore must meet the requirements of the Controlled Substances Act of 1970 and the related regulations administered by the DEA in the United States. These laws relate to the manufacture, shipment, storage, sale and use of controlled substances. The DEA and other regulatory agencies limit the availability of the active ingredients used in certain of our current products and products in development and, as a result, our procurement quota of these active ingredients may not be sufficient to meet commercial demand or complete clinical trials. We must annually apply to the DEA for procurement quota in order to obtain these substances. Any delay or refusal by the DEA in establishing our procurement quota for controlled substances could delay or stop our clinical trials or product launches, or could cause trade inventory disruptions for those products that have already been launched, which could have a material adverse effect on our business, results of operations and financial condition.

 

Unstable economic conditions may adversely affect our industry, business, results of operations and financial condition.

 

The global economy has undergone a period of significant volatility which has led to diminished credit availability, declines in consumer confidence and increases in unemployment rates. There remains caution about the stability of the U.S. economy due to the global financial crisis, and we cannot assure that further deterioration in the financial markets will not occur. These economic conditions have resulted in, and could lead to further, reduced consumer spending related to healthcare in general and pharmaceutical products in particular.

 

In addition, we have exposure to many different industries and counterparties, including our partners under our alliance and collaboration agreements, suppliers of raw chemical materials, drug wholesalers and other customers that may be affected by an unstable economic environment. Any economic instability may affect these parties’ ability to fulfill their respective contractual obligations to us, cause them to limit or place burdensome conditions upon future transactions with us or drive us and our competitors to decrease prices, each of which could materially and adversely affect our business, results of operations and financial condition.

 

Furthermore, the capital and credit markets have experienced extreme volatility. Disruptions in the credit markets make it harder and more expensive to obtain funding. In the event current resources do not satisfy our needs, we may have to seek additional financing. The availability of additional financing will depend on a variety of factors such as market conditions and the general availability of credit. Future debt financing may not be available to us when required or may not be available on acceptable terms, and as a result we may be unable to grow our business, take advantage of business opportunities, or respond to competitive pressures.

 

 
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We may be subject to disruptions or failures in our information technology systems and network infrastructures that could have a material adverse effect on our business.

 

We rely on the efficient and uninterrupted operation of complex information technology systems and network infrastructures to operate our business. We also hold data in various data center facilities upon which our business depends. A disruption, infiltration or failure of our information technology systems or any of our data centers as a result of software or hardware malfunctions, system implementations or upgrades, computer viruses, third-party security breaches, employee error, theft or misuse, malfeasance, power disruptions, natural disasters or accidents could cause breaches of data security, loss of intellectual property and critical data and the release and misappropriation of sensitive competitive information. Any of these events could result in the loss of key information, impair our production and supply chain processes, harm our competitive position, cause us to incur significant costs to remedy any damages and ultimately materially and adversely affect our business, results of operations and financial condition.

 

While we have implemented a number of protective measures, including firewalls, antivirus, patches, data encryption, log monitors, routine back-ups with offsite retention of storage media, system audits, data partitioning, routine password modifications and disaster recovery procedures, such measures may not be adequate or implemented properly to prevent or fully address the adverse effect of such events.

 

We may be adversely affected by alliance, collaboration, supply, or license and distribution agreements we enter into with other companies.

 

We have entered into several alliance, collaboration, supply or license and distribution agreements with respect to certain of our products and services and may enter into similar agreements in the future. These arrangements may require us to relinquish rights to certain of our technologies or product candidates, or to grant licenses on terms that ultimately may prove to be unfavorable to us. Relationships with alliance partners may also include risks due to regulatory requirements, incomplete marketplace information, inventories, and commercial strategies of our partners, and our agreements may be the subject of contractual disputes. If we or our partners are not successful in commercializing the products covered by the agreements, such commercial failure could adversely affect our business.

 

Pursuant to license and distribution agreements with unrelated third party pharmaceutical companies, we are dependent on such companies to supply us with product that we market and sell, and we may enter into similar agreements in the future. Any delay or interruption in the supply of product under such agreements could curtail or delay our product shipment and adversely affect our revenues, as well as jeopardize our relationships with our customers.

 

From time to time we may need to rely on licenses to proprietary technologies, which may be difficult or expensive to obtain.

 

We may need to obtain licenses to patents and other proprietary rights held by third parties to develop, manufacture and market products. If we are unable to timely obtain these licenses on commercially reasonable terms, our ability to commercially market our products may be inhibited or prevented, which could have a material adverse effect on our business, results of operations and financial condition.

 

 
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We depend on qualified scientific and technical employees and are increasingly dependent on our direct sales force, and our limited resources may make it more difficult to attract and retain these personnel.

 

Because of the specialized scientific nature of our business, we are highly dependent upon our ability to continue to attract and retain qualified scientific and technical personnel. We are not aware of any pending, significant losses of scientific or technical personnel. Loss of the services of, or failure to recruit, key scientific and technical personnel, however, would be significantly detrimental to our product-development programs. As a result of our small size and limited financial and other resources, it may be difficult for us to attract and retain qualified officers and qualified scientific and technical personnel.

 

In addition, marketing of the Zomig® products pursuant to our AZ Agreement with AstraZeneca and future marketing of our internally developed branded products approved by the FDA, including RYTARY™, requires and will continue to require much greater use of a direct sales force compared to marketing of our Global products. Our ability to realize significant revenues from marketing and sales activities depends on our ability to attract and retain qualified sales personnel. Competition for qualified sales personnel is intense. Any failure to attract or retain qualified sales personnel or to enter into third party arrangements on favorable terms for a contract sales force could negatively impact our sales revenue and have a material adverse effect on our business, results of operations and financial condition.

 

We have entered into employment agreements with our executive officers and certain other key employees. Under the employment agreements, the employee may terminate his or her employment upon 60 days prior written notice to us. All of our other key personnel are employed on an at-will basis with no formal employment agreements. We do not maintain “Key Man” life insurance on any executives.

 

We are subject to significant costs and uncertainties related to compliance with the extensive regulations that govern the manufacturing, labeling, distribution, and promotion of pharmaceutical products as well as environmental, safety and health regulations.

 

The manufacturing, distribution, processing, formulation, packaging, labeling and advertising of our products are subject to extensive regulation by federal agencies, including the FDA, DEA, FTC, Consumer Product Safety Commission and Environmental Protection Agency, among others. We are also subject to state and local laws, regulations and agencies in California, Pennsylvania and elsewhere, as well as the laws and regulations of Taiwan. Such regulations are also subject to change by the relevant federal, state and international agencies. For instance, beginning on January 1, 2015, manufacturers, wholesale distributors, and repackagers of certain prescription drugs must provide and capture certain product tracing information under the Drug Quality and Security Act (“DQSA”). Title II of the DQSA, the Drug Supply Chain Security Act, requires companies in certain prescription drugs’ chain of distribution to build electronic, interoperable systems to identify and trace the products as they are distributed in the United States. Compliance with the DQSA or any future federal or state electronic pedigree requirements may increase the Company's operational expenses and impose significant administrative burdens. Compliance with other federal and state and local law regulations, including compliance with any newly enacted regulations, requires substantial expenditures of time, money and effort to ensure full technical compliance. Failure to comply with the FDA and other governmental regulations can result in fines, disgorgement, unanticipated compliance expenditures, recall or seizure of products, exposure to product liability claims, total or partial suspension of production or distribution, suspension of the FDA’s review of NDAs or ANDAs, enforcement actions, injunctions and civil or criminal prosecution.

 

As discussed above, we received a warning letter in late May 2011 from the FDA related to an on-site FDA inspection of our Hayward, California manufacturing facility citing deviations from cGMP. During 2012, 2013 and 2014, the FDA conducted inspections of our Hayward manufacturing facility and at the conclusion of each inspection, we received a Form 483. In July 2014, the FDA conducted an inspection of our Taiwan manufacturing facility and at the conclusion of the inspection, we received a Form 483 with ten observations. We have taken a number of steps to review our quality control and manufacturing systems and standards and are working with third-party experts to assist us with our review and in enhancing such systems and standards. We cannot be assured, however, that the FDA will be satisfied with our corrective actions and as such, we cannot be assured of when the warning letter will be closed out. Unless and until the warning letter is closed out and the Form 483 observations resolved, it is possible we may be subject to additional regulatory action by the FDA as a result of the current or future FDA observations, including, among others, monetary sanctions or penalties, product recalls or seizure, injunctions, total or partial suspension of production and/or distribution, and suspension or withdrawal of regulatory approvals. Additionally, the FDA has withheld and may continue to withhold approval of pending drug applications currently or previously listing our Hayward, California facility as a manufacturing location of finished dosage forms until the warning letter is closed out and the Form 483 observations on our Hayward facility are resolved. Further, other federal agencies, our customers and partners in our alliance, development, collaboration and other partnership agreements with respect to our products and services may take the warning letter and the Form 483 observations into account when considering the award of contracts or the continuation or extension of such partnership agreements. Any such actions could significantly disrupt our business and harm our reputation, resulting in a material adverse effect on our business, results of operations and financial condition.

 

 
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With respect, to environmental, safety and health laws and regulations, we cannot accurately predict the outcome or timing of future expenditures that we may be required to make in order to comply with such laws as they apply to our operations and facilities. We are also subject to potential liability for the remediation of contamination associated with both present and past hazardous waste generation, handling, and disposal activities. We are subject periodically to environmental compliance reviews by environmental, safety, and health regulatory agencies. Environmental laws are subject to change and we may become subject to stricter environmental standards in the future and face larger capital expenditures in order to comply with environmental laws. 

 

We may experience reductions in the levels of reimbursement for pharmaceutical products by governmental authorities, HMOs or other third-party payers. Any such reductions could have a material adverse effect on our business, results of operations and financial condition.

 

Various governmental authorities and private health insurers and other organizations, such as HMOs, provide reimbursement to consumers for the cost of certain pharmaceutical products. Demand for our products depends in part on the extent to which such reimbursement is available. In addition, third-party payers are attempting to control costs by limiting the level of reimbursement for medical products, including pharmaceuticals, and increasingly challenge the pricing of these products which may adversely affect the pricing of our products. Moreover, health care reform has been, and is expected to continue to be, an area of national and state focus, which could result in the adoption of measures that could adversely affect the pricing of pharmaceuticals or the amount of reimbursement available from third-party payers for our products.

 

Reporting and payment obligations under the Medicaid rebate program and other government programs are complex, and failure to comply could result in sanctions and penalties or we could be required to reimburse the government for underpayments, which could have a material adverse effect on our business.

 

Medicaid and other government reporting and payment obligations are highly complex and somewhat ambiguous. State attorneys general and the U.S. Department of Justice have brought suits or instituted investigations against a number of other pharmaceutical companies for failure to comply with Medicaid and other government reporting obligations. Our methodologies for making these calculations are complex and the judgments involved require us to make subjective decisions, such that these calculations are subject to the risk of errors. Government agencies may impose civil or criminal sanctions, including fines, penalties and possible exclusion from federal health care programs, including Medicaid and Medicare. Any such penalties or sanctions could have a material adverse effect on our business, results of operations and financial condition.

 

Legislative or regulatory programs that may influence prices of prescription drugs could have a material adverse effect on our business.

 

Current or future federal or state laws and regulations may influence the prices of drugs and, therefore, could adversely affect the prices that we receive for our products. Programs in existence in certain states seek to set prices of all drugs sold within those states through the regulation and administration of the sale of prescription drugs. Expansion of these programs, in particular, state Medicaid programs, or changes required in the way in which Medicaid rebates are calculated under such programs, could adversely affect the price we receive for our products and could have a material adverse effect on our business, results of operations and financial condition. Further, prescription drug prices have been the focus of increased scrutiny by certain state attorneys general and the U.S. Department of Justice. Decreases in health care reimbursements or prices of our prescription drugs could limit our ability to sell our products or decrease our revenues, which could have a material adverse effect on our business, results of operations and financial condition.

  

 

 
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Our failure to comply with the legal and regulatory requirements governing the healthcare industry may result in substantial fines, sanctions and restrictions on our business activities.

 

Our practices and activities related to the sales and marketing of our products, as well as the pricing of our products, are subject to extensive regulation under U.S. federal and state healthcare statutes and regulations intended to combat fraud and abuse to federal and state healthcare payment programs, such as Medicare and Medicaid, Tri-Care, CHAMPUS, and Department of Defense programs. These laws include the federal Anti-Kickback Statute, the federal False Claims Act, and similar state laws and implementing regulations. For example, the payment of any incentive to a healthcare provider to induce the recommendation of our product or the purchase of our products reimbursable under a federal or state program is prohibited under these laws. Likewise, knowingly presenting or causing to be presented a false claim for payment to a federal or state health care program would expose a company to sanctions and penalties. Similarly, the inaccurate reporting of prices leading to inflated reimbursement rates would also be considered a violation of these laws. These laws and regulations are enforced by the U.S. Department of Justice, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General, state Medicaid Fraud Units and other state enforcement agencies.

 

Violations of these laws and regulations are punishable by criminal and civil sanctions, including substantial fines and penal sanctions, such as imprisonment. It is common for enforcement agencies to initiate investigations into sales and marketing practices, as well as pricing practices, regardless of merit. These types of investigations and any related litigation can result in: (i) large expenditures of cash for legal fees, payment for penalties, and compliance activities; (ii) limitations on operations; (iii) diversion of management resources; (iv) injury to our reputation; and (v) decreased demand for our products.

 

While we believe that our practices and activities related to sales and marketing, and the pricing of our products, are in compliance with these fraud and abuse laws, the criteria for compliance are often complex and subject to change and interpretation. An investigation by an enforcement agency could have a material and adverse effect on our business, results of operations and financial condition. 

 

 

 
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We have entered into, and anticipate entering into, contracts with various U.S. government agencies. Unfavorable provisions in government contracts, some of which may be customary, may harm our business, financial condition and operating results.

 

Government contracts customarily contain provisions that give the government substantial rights and remedies, many of which are not typically found in commercial contracts, including provisions that allow the government to:

 

 

suspend or debar the contractor from doing business with the government or a specific government agency;

 

terminate existing contracts, in whole or in part, for any reason or no reason;

 

reduce the scope and value of contracts;

 

change certain terms and conditions in contracts;

 

claim rights to products, including intellectual property, developed under the contract;

 

take actions that result in a longer development timeline than expected;

 

direct the course of a development program in a manner not chosen by the government contractor;

 

audit and object to the contractor’s contract-related costs and fees, including allocated indirect costs; and

 

control and potentially prohibit the export of the contractor’s products.

 

Generally, government contracts contain provisions permitting unilateral termination or modification, in whole or in part, at the government’s convenience. Under general principles of government contracting law, if the government terminates a contract for convenience, the terminated company may recover only its incurred or committed costs, settlement expenses and profit on work completed prior to the termination.

 

If the government terminates a contract for default, the defaulting company is entitled to recover costs incurred and associated profits on accepted items only and may be liable for excess costs incurred by the government in procuring undelivered items from another source.  Some government contracts grant the government the right to use, for or on behalf of the U.S. government, any technologies developed by the contractor under the government contract. If we were to develop technology under a contract with such a provision, we might not be able to prohibit third parties, including our competitors, from using that technology in providing products and services to the government.

 

As a government contractor, we may also become subject to periodic audits and reviews. As part of any such audit or review, the government may review the adequacy of, and our compliance with, our internal control systems and policies, including those relating to our purchasing, property, compensation and/or management information systems. In addition, if an audit or review uncovers any improper or illegal activity, we may be subject to civil and criminal penalties and administrative sanctions, including termination of our contracts, forfeiture of profits, suspension of payments, fines and suspension or prohibition from doing business with the government. We could also suffer serious harm to our reputation if allegations of impropriety were made against us.

 

 

 
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Legislative or regulatory reform of the healthcare system in the United States may harm our future business.

 

Healthcare costs have risen significantly over the past decade. On March 23, 2010, President Obama signed the “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act” (P.L. 111-148) and on March 30, 2010, the President signed the "Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act" (P.L. 111-152), collectively commonly referred to as the “Healthcare Reform Act” which, among other things, requires most individuals to have health insurance, effective January 1, 2014, establishes new regulations on health plans (with the earliest changes for certain benefits beginning with plan years commencing after September 23, 2010), creates insurance exchanges (effective January 2014) and imposes new requirements and changes in reimbursement or funding for healthcare providers, device manufacturers and pharmaceutical companies (with the earliest changes effective on March 23, 2010) and other changes staged in thereafter. The Health Care Reform Act also added substantial new provisions affecting compliance, some of which may require us to modify our business practices with health care practitioners. Pharmaceutical manufacturers are required, beginning from 2013, to comply with the federal Physician Payments Sunshine Act, which was passed as part of the Health Care Reform Act and requires pharmaceutical companies to monitor and report payments, gifts, the provision of samples and other remuneration made to physicians and other health care professionals and teaching hospitals. The Healthcare Reform Act imposes additional requirements and obligations upon our company, which, to a certain extent, will depend upon the mix of products we sell. These changes include, among other things:

 

 

revisions to the Medicaid rebate program by: (a) increasing the rebate percentage for branded drugs and authorized generics dispensed after December 31, 2009 to 23.1% of the average manufacturer price ("AMP"), with limited exceptions, (b) increasing the rebate for outpatient generic, multiple source drugs dispensed after December 31, 2009 to 13% of AMP; (c) changing the definition of AMP; and (d) extending the Medicaid rebate program effective January 1, 2011 to Medicaid managed care plans, with limited exception;

 

the imposition of annual fees upon manufacturers or importers of branded prescription drugs, which fees will be in amounts determined by the Secretary of Treasury based upon market share and other data;

 

providing a 50% discount on brand-name prescriptions filled in the Medicare Part D coverage gap beginning in 2011;

 

imposing increased penalties for the violation of fraud and abuse laws and funding for anti-fraud activities; and

 

expands the definition of “covered entities” that purchase certain outpatient drugs in the 340B Drug Pricing Program of Section 340B of the Public Health Service Act.

 

Further, the Healthcare Reform Act also amends the intent requirement of the federal Anti-Kickback Statute. In particular, a person or entity no longer needs to have actual knowledge of the Anti-Kickback Statute or specific intent to violate it. In addition, the Healthcare Reform Act provides that the government may assert that a claim including items or services resulting from a violation of the federal Anti-Kickback Statute constitutes a false or fraudulent claim for purposes of the False Claims Act. Although there are a number of statutory exemptions and regulatory safe harbors protecting certain common activities from prosecution, the exemptions and safe harbors are drawn narrowly, and practices that involve remuneration intended to induce prescribing, purchasing, or recommending may be subject to scrutiny if they do not qualify for an exemption or safe harbor. From time to time we may enter into business arrangements (e.g., loans or investments) involving our customers and those arrangements may be reviewed by federal and state regulators. Although we believe that we are in compliance, our practices may be determined to fail to meet all of the criteria for safe harbor protection from anti-kickback liability.

 

The Healthcare Reform Act contemplates the promulgation of significant future regulatory action which may also further affect our business. The Act and any further changes to health care laws or regulatory framework that reduce our revenues or increase our costs could also have a material adverse effect on our business, results of operations and financial condition.

 

 
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We depend on our intellectual property, and our future success is dependent on our ability to protect our intellectual property and not infringe on the rights of others.

 

We believe intellectual property protection is important to our business and that our future success will depend, in part, on our ability to obtain patent protection, maintain trade secret protection and operate without infringing on the rights of others. We cannot assure you that:

 

 

any of our future processes or products will be patentable;

 

our processes or products will not infringe upon the patents of third parties; or

 

we will have the resources to defend against charges of patent infringement by third parties or to protect our own rights against infringement by third parties.

 

We rely on trade secrets and proprietary knowledge related to our products and technology which we generally seek to protect by confidentiality and non-disclosure agreements with employees, consultants, licensees and pharmaceutical companies. If these agreements are breached, we may not have adequate remedies for any breach, and our trade secrets may otherwise become known by our competitors.

 

We are subject to potential product liability claims that can result in substantial litigation costs and liability.

 

The design, development and manufacture of pharmaceutical products involve an inherent risk of product liability claims and associated adverse publicity. Product liability insurance coverage is expensive, difficult to obtain, and may not be available in the future on acceptable terms, or at all. Although we currently carry $50.0 million of such insurance, we believe that no reasonable amount of insurance can fully protect against all such risks because of the potential liability inherent in the business of producing pharmaceutical products for human consumption.

 

We face risks relating to our goodwill and intangibles.

 

At December 31, 2014, our goodwill, which was originally generated as a result of the December 1999 merger of Global Pharmaceuticals Corporation and Impax Pharmaceuticals, Inc., was approximately $27.6 million, or approximately 3% of our total assets, and the carrying value of our intangible assets, composed primarily of the Zomig® , Actavis, Perrigo and Tolmar product rights acquired by us pursuant to agreements with the respective parties, was approximately $26.7 million, or approximately 2% of our total assets. We may never realize the value of our goodwill and intangibles. We regularly evaluate and will continue to regularly evaluate whether events or circumstances have occurred to indicate all, or a portion, of the carrying amount of goodwill or intangible assets may no longer be recoverable, in which case an impairment charge to earnings would become necessary. During the three month period ended September 30, 2013, we recorded a $13.2 million impairment charge to cost of revenues for our Global Division as a result of deteriorating market conditions. During the same period in 2013, we also recorded an intangible asset impairment charge of $0.8 million in research and development expenses as a result of a decision by management to withdraw one of our ANDAs and no longer seek FDA approval. The impairment charge represented the full carrying value of the ANDA. During the three month period ended March 31, 2014, as a result of a further decline in pricing, we revised our projections and performed an intangible asset impairment analysis. Based on the results of this analysis, we recorded a $2.9 million charge to cost of revenues for the Global Pharmaceuticals Division. Other than the impairment charges discussed above, as of December 31, 2014, the carrying value of our goodwill and intangible assets was not impaired based on our assessment performed in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States (“GAAP”). Further, any future acquisitions or investments in businesses could also result in an increase in goodwill, intangible assets and amortization expenses that could ultimately negatively impact our profitability. If the fair value of our goodwill or intangible assets is determined at some future date to be less than its recorded value, a change to earnings may be required. Any such charge or future determination requiring the write-off of a significant portion of the carrying value of our goodwill or intangible assets could have a material adverse effect on our business, results of operations and financial condition.

 

 
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Changes in tax regulations and varying application and interpretations of these regulations could result in an increase in our existing and future tax liabilities.  

 

We have potential tax exposures resulting from the varying application of statutes, regulations and interpretations, including exposures with respect to manufacturing, research and development, marketing, sales and distribution functions. Although our arrangements are based on accepted tax standards, tax authorities in various jurisdictions including the United States may disagree with and subsequently challenge the amount of profits taxed, which may increase our tax liabilities and could have a material adverse effect on our business, results of our operations and financial condition.

 

If we are unable to manage our growth, our business will suffer.

 

We have experienced rapid growth in the past several years and anticipate continued rapid expansion in the future. This growth has required us to expand, upgrade, and improve our administrative, operational, and management systems, internal controls and resources. We anticipate additional growth in connection with the expansion of our manufacturing operations, development of our brand-name products, and our marketing and sales efforts for the products we develop. Although we cannot assure you that we will, in fact, grow as we expect, if we fail to manage growth effectively or to develop a successful marketing approach, our business and financial results will be materially harmed. We may also seek to expand our business through complementary or strategic acquisitions of other businesses, products or assets, or through joint ventures, strategic agreements or other arrangements. Any such acquisitions, joint ventures or other business combinations may involve significant integration challenges, operational complexities and time consumption and require substantial resources and effort. It may also disrupt our ongoing businesses, which may adversely affect our relationships with customers, employees, regulators and others with whom we have business or other dealings. Further, if we are unable to realize synergies or other benefits expected to result from any acquisitions, joint ventures or other business combinations, or to generate additional revenue to offset any unanticipated inability to realize these expected synergies or benefits, our growth and ability to compete may be impaired, which would require us to focus additional resources on the integration of operations rather than other profitable areas of our business, and may otherwise cause a material adverse effect on our business, results of operations and financial condition.

 

 

 
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We may make acquisitions of, or investments in, complementary technologies, businesses or products, which may be on terms that are not commercially advantageous, may require additional debt or equity financing, and may involve numerous risks, including the risks that we may be unable to integrate the acquired business successfully and that we may assume liabilities that adversely affect us.

 

We regularly review the potential acquisition of technologies, products, product rights and complementary businesses. We may choose to enter into such transactions at any time. Nonetheless, we cannot provide assurance that we will be able to identify suitable acquisition or investment candidates. To the extent that we do identify candidates that we believe to be suitable, we cannot provide assurance that we will be able to make such acquisitions or investments on commercially advantageous terms or at all.

 

If we make any acquisitions or investments, we may finance such acquisitions or investments through our cash reserves, debt financing, or by issuing additional equity securities, which could dilute the holdings of our then-existing stockholders. If we require financing, we cannot provide assurance that we will be able to obtain required financing when needed on acceptable terms or at all. Any such acquisitions or investments could also result in an increase in goodwill, intangible assets and amortization expenses that could ultimately negatively impact our profitability. If the fair value of our goodwill or intangible assets is determined at some future date to be less than its recorded value, a charge to earnings may be required. Further, our consolidated financial statements may also be impacted in future periods based on the accuracy of our valuations of any businesses we acquire. Such a charge to earnings or impact on our consolidated financial statements could be in amounts that are material to our business, results of operations and financial condition.

 

Additionally, acquisitions involve numerous risks, including difficulties in assimilating the personnel, operations and products of the acquired companies, the diversion of management’s attention from other business concerns, risks of entering markets in which we have limited or no prior experience, and the potential loss of key employees of the acquired company. There may be overlap between our products or customers and those of an acquired entity that may create conflicts in relationships or other commitments detrimental to the integrated businesses. As a result of acquiring businesses, we may incur significant transaction costs, including substantial fees for investment bankers, attorneys, accountants and financial printing. Any acquisition could result in our assumption of unknown and/or unexpected, perhaps material liabilities. Additionally, in any acquisition agreement, the negotiated representations, warranties and agreements of the selling parties may not entirely protect us, and liabilities resulting from any breaches could exceed negotiated indemnity limitations.

 

 

 
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We may not complete the proposed acquisition of Tower Holdings, Inc. (“Tower”) and Lineage Therapeutics Inc. (“Lineage”) within the time frame we anticipate or at all, which could have a material adverse effect on our business.

 

On October 8, 2014, we entered into a Stock Purchase Agreement pursuant to which we will acquire all the outstanding shares of common stock of Tower and Lineage, and the options and warrants to purchase or acquire shares of Tower common stock and shares of Lineage common stock will be cancelled, for a purchase price of $700 million in cash, subject to customary adjustments for working capital, net debt and transaction expenses. The closing of the transaction is subject to the satisfaction or waiver of certain customary closing conditions, including approvals under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976, the accuracy of the representations and warranties, and performance of covenants. In connection with the Stock Purchase Agreement, on January 2, 2015, we entered into a second amended and restated commitment letter (the “Commitment Letter”), which amended and restated the commitment letter dated as of October 8, 2014, as first amended and restated on October 22, 2014 with Barclays Bank plc (“Barclays”), Royal Bank of Canada (“Royal Bank”), Wells Fargo Bank, National Association (“Wells Fargo”) and Wells Fargo Securities, LLC (“Wells Fargo Securities” and together with Barclays, Royal Bank and Wells Fargo, the “Lenders”) pursuant to which the Lenders have severally but not jointly committed to provide a $50.0 million senior secured revolving credit facility and a $435.0 million senior secured term loan facility in an aggregate principal amount of up to $485.0 million for the purposes of financing the proposed acquisition of Tower and Lineage and the fees and expenses in connection therewith, on the terms and subject to the conditions set forth in the Commitment Letter. The obligations of the Lenders to provide debt financing under the Commitment Letter is subject to a number of conditions, including (i) absence of a Material Adverse Effect (as defined in the Stock Purchase Agreement) that would result in a failure of a condition under the Stock Purchase Agreement, (ii) execution and delivery by us of definitive documentation with respect to the debt financing consistent with the term sheet attached to the Commitment Letter; (iii) the accuracy of certain specified representations and warranties in the debt documents; (iv) concurrent consummation of the proposed transaction in accordance with the Stock Purchase Agreement (v) delivery of certain customary closing documents (including, among others, a customary solvency certificate), specified items of collateral (where applicable) and certain Tower and Lineage financial statements; and (vi) payment of applicable costs, fees and expenses. The final termination date of the Commitment Letter is March 30, 2015.

 

The proposed transaction is also subject to other risks and uncertainties, such as the possibility that we do not satisfy the conditions to obtain the debt financing under the Commitment Letter or that either we or the Sellers (as defined in the Stock Purchase Agreement) could exercise our respective termination rights. In the event that the transaction is not consummated or is materially delayed for any reason, we will have spent considerable time and resources and incurred substantial costs related to the acquisition, many of which must be paid even if the transaction is not completed. We cannot provide any assurance that the proposed transaction will be completed or that there will not be a delay in the completion of the transaction. If the acquisition is not consummated, our reputation in our industry and in the investment community could be damaged, and the market price of our common stock could decline.

  

Failure to consummate the acquisition of Tower and Lineage could negatively impact the share price of our common stock.

 

If the proposed acquisition of Tower and Lineage is not consummated, the stock price of our common stock may be materially and adversely affected. Without realizing any of the benefits of having consummated the transactions, we will be subject to a number of risks, including that the current price of our common stock may reflect a market assumption that the proposed acquisition of Tower and Lineage will occur. A failure to complete the acquisition could therefore result in a material decline in the price of our common stock.

 

We may experience difficulties in integrating the operations of Tower and Lineage into our business and in realizing the expected benefits of the proposed acquisition.

 

The success of the proposed acquisition of Tower and Lineage, if completed, will depend in part on our ability to realize the anticipated business opportunities and growth prospects from combining the operations of Tower and Lineage with our business in an efficient and effective manner. We may never realize these business opportunities and growth prospects. Further, our management might have its attention diverted while trying to integrate operations and corporate and administrative infrastructures.

 

 
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Tower and Lineage will continue to operate independently of us until the closing of the transaction. The integration process could take longer than anticipated and could result in the loss of key employees, the disruption of each company’s ongoing businesses, tax costs or inefficiencies, or inconsistencies in standards, controls, information technology systems, procedures and policies, any of which could adversely affect our ability to maintain relationships with customers, employees or other third parties, or our ability to achieve the anticipated benefits of the transaction, and could harm our financial performance. If we are unable to successfully or timely integrate the operations of Tower and Lineage with our business, we may incur unanticipated liabilities and be unable to realize the revenue growth, synergies and other anticipated benefits resulting from the proposed transaction, and our business, results of operations and financial condition could be materially and adversely affected.

 

There are inherent uncertainties involved in estimates, judgments and assumptions used in the preparation of financial statements in accordance with GAAP. Any future changes in estimates, judgments and assumptions used or necessary revisions to prior estimates, judgments or assumptions could lead to a restatement of our results. 

 

The consolidated financial statements included in this Annual Report on Form 10-K are prepared in accordance with GAAP. This involves making estimates, judgments and assumptions that affect reported amounts of assets (including intangible assets), liabilities, revenues, expenses and income. Estimates, judgments and assumptions are inherently subject to change in the future and any necessary revisions to prior estimates, judgments or assumptions could lead to a restatement. Any such changes could result in corresponding changes to the amounts of assets (including goodwill and other intangible assets), liabilities, revenues, expenses and income.

 

If we fail to maintain an effective system of internal control over financial reporting, we may not be able to accurately report our financial results, timely file our periodic reports, maintain our reporting status or prevent fraud.   

 

Our management or our independent registered public accounting firm may identify material weaknesses in our internal control over financial reporting in the future. The existence of internal control material weaknesses may result in current and potential stockholders and alliance and collaboration agreements’ partners losing confidence in our financial reporting, which could harm our business, the market price of our common stock, and our ability to retain our current, or obtain new, alliance and collaboration agreements’ partners.

 

In addition, the existence of material weaknesses in our internal control over financial reporting may affect our ability to timely file periodic reports under the Exchange Act. Although we remedied any past accounting issues and do not believe similar accounting problems are likely to recur, an internal control material weakness may develop in the future and affect our ability to timely file our periodic reports. The inability to timely file periodic reports under the Exchange Act could result in the SEC revoking the registration of our common stock, which would prohibit us from listing or having our stock quoted on any public market. This would have an adverse effect on our business and stock price by limiting the publicly available information regarding us and greatly reducing the ability of our stockholders to sell or trade our common stock.

 

Terrorist attacks and other acts of violence or war may adversely affect our business.

 

Terrorist attacks at or nearby our facilities in Hayward, California, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, or our manufacturing facility in Taiwan may negatively affect our operations. While we do not believe that we are more susceptible to such attacks than other companies, such attacks could directly affect our physical facilities or those of our suppliers or customers and could make the transportation of our products more difficult and more expensive and ultimately affect our sales.

 

We carry insurance coverage on our facilities of types and in amounts that we believe are in line with coverage customarily obtained by owners of similar properties. We continue to monitor the state of the insurance market in general and the scope and cost of coverage for acts of terrorism in particular, but we cannot anticipate what coverage will be available on commercially reasonable terms in future policy years. Currently, we carry terrorism insurance as part of our property and casualty and business interruption coverage. If we experience a loss that is uninsured or that exceeds policy limits, we could lose the capital invested in the damaged facilities, as well as the anticipated future net sales from those facilities.

 

 

 
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Because of the location of our manufacturing and research and development facilities, our operations could be interrupted by an earthquake or be susceptible to climate changes. 

 

Our corporate headquarters in California, manufacturing operations in California and Taiwan, and research and development activities related to process technologies are located near major earthquake fault lines. Although we have other facilities, we produce a substantial portion of our products at our California facility. A disruption at these California facilities due to an earthquake, other natural disaster, or due to climate changes, even on a short-term basis, could impair our ability to produce and ship products to the market on a timely basis. In addition, we could experience a destruction of facilities which would be costly to rebuild, or loss of life, all of which could materially adversely affect our business and results of operations.

 

We presently carry $10.0 million of earthquake coverage which covers all of our facilities on a worldwide basis. We carry an additional $40.0 million of earthquake coverage specifically for our California facilities. We believe the aggregate amount of earthquake coverage we currently carry is appropriate in light of the risks; however, the amount of our earthquake insurance coverage may not be sufficient to cover losses from earthquakes. We may discontinue some or all of this insurance coverage in the future if the cost of premiums exceeds the value of the coverage discounted for the risk of loss. If we experience a loss that is uninsured or that exceeds policy limits, we could lose the capital invested in the damaged facilities, as well as the anticipated future net sales from those facilities.

 

The expansion of social media platforms present new risks and challenges, which could cause a material adverse effect on our business, results of operations and financial condition.

 

The inappropriate use of certain media vehicles could cause brand damage or information leakage or could lead to legal implications from the improper collection and/or dissemination of personally identifiable information. In addition, negative posts or comments about us on any social networking website could seriously damage our reputation. Further, the disclosure of non-public company sensitive information through external media channels could lead to information loss as there might not be structured processes in place to secure and protect information. If our non-public sensitive information is disclosed or if our reputation is seriously damaged through social media, it could have a material adverse effect on our business, results of operations and financial condition.

 

 
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Item 1B.  Unresolved Staff Comments

 Not applicable.

 

Item 2.

Properties

Our primary properties consist of a leased 45,000 sq. ft. corporate headquarter facility, an owned 35,000 sq. ft. research and development center and an owned 50,000 sq. ft. manufacturing facility, all located in Hayward, California; a 113,000 sq. ft. packaging and warehousing facility located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, also owned by us, and a leased 44,000 sq. ft. facility located in New Britain, Pennsylvania, which houses sales, marketing and administration personnel and also serves as our distribution center. In addition, we own a 19,000 sq. ft. office building containing additional administrative and laboratory facilities in Hayward, a 50,400 sq. ft. warehouse building in Hayward, and a 13,300 sq. ft. building in Hayward which houses additional administrative support staff. We also lease two additional facilities aggregating 76,180 sq. ft. in Hayward, California, which are utilized for additional research and development, administrative services and equipment storage, one 9,250 sq. ft. facility in Hayward, California used to support manufacturing and quality assurance and one 40,000 sq. ft. facility in Montgomeryville, Pennsylvania. The expiration dates of these lease agreements range between June 30, 2015 and January 31, 2020. We also own a 388,000 sq. ft. manufacturing facility in Taiwan. Our properties are generally used to support the operations of both the Global Division and the Impax Division.

 

In our various facilities we maintain an extensive equipment base that includes new or recently reconditioned equipment for the manufacturing and packaging of compressed tablets, coated tablets and capsules. The manufacturing and research and development equipment includes mixers and blenders for capsules and tablets, automated capsule fillers, tablet presses, particle reduction, sifting equipment, and tablet coaters. The packaging equipment includes fillers, cottoners, cappers, and labelers. We also maintain two well equipped, modern laboratories used to perform all the required physical and chemical testing of our products. We also maintain a broad variety of material handling and cleaning, maintenance, and support equipment. We own substantially all of our manufacturing equipment and believe it is well maintained and suitable for its requirements.

 

We maintain property and casualty and business interruption insurance in amounts we believe are sufficient and consistent with practices for companies of comparable size and business.

 

Item 3.

Legal Proceedings

 Information pertaining to legal proceedings can be found in “Item 15. Exhibits and Financial Statement Schedules – Note 19. Legal and Regulatory Matters” and is incorporated by reference herein.

 

Item 4.

Mine Safety Disclosures

 Not applicable.

 

 

 
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PART II

 

Item 5.

Market for Registrant’s Common Equity, Related Stockholder Matters and Issuer Purchases of Equity Securities

 

Stock Price

 Our common stock is traded on the NASDAQ Global Market under the symbol "IPXL". The following table sets forth the high and low sales prices for our common stock as reported by the NASDAQ Global Market, as follows:

 

   

Price Range

per Share

 
   

High

   

Low

 

Year Ending December 31, 2014

               

First Quarter

  $ 28.50     $ 21.34  

Second Quarter

  $ 30.74     $ 23.02  

Third Quarter

  $ 31.04     $ 22.12  

Fourth Quarter

  $ 33.05     $ 23.31  

Year Ending December 31, 2013

               

First Quarter

  $ 22.38     $ 14.41  

Second Quarter

  $ 19.98     $ 15.05  

Third Quarter

  $ 22.01     $ 19.79  

Fourth Quarter

  $ 25.50     $ 19.39  

 

 

 
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This performance graph shall not be deemed "soliciting material" or to be "filed" with the Securities and Exchange Commission for purposes of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, or the Exchange Act, or otherwise subject to the liabilities under that Section, and shall not be deemed to be incorporated by reference into any filing of Impax Laboratories, Inc. under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, or the Exchange Act.

 

Holders

 As of February 13, 2015, there were approximately 242 holders of record of our common stock, solely based upon the count our transfer agent provided us as of that date.

 

Dividends

 We have never paid cash dividends on our common stock and have no present plans to do so. Our current policy is to retain all earnings, if any, for use in the operation of our business. The payment of future cash dividends, if any, will be at the discretion of the Board of Directors and will be dependent upon our earnings, financial condition, capital requirements and other factors as the Board of Directors may deem relevant.

 

Unregistered Sales of Securities

 There were no sales of unregistered securities during the year ended December 31, 2014.

 

 

 
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Purchases of Equity Securities by the Issuer

 The following table provides information regarding the purchases of our equity securities by us during the quarter ended December 31, 2014.

 

Period

 

Total Number of Shares (or Units) Purchased(1)

   

Average Price Paid Per Share (or Unit)

   

Total Number of Shares (or Units) Purchased as Part of Publicly Announced Plans or Programs

   

Maximum Number (or Approximate Dollar Value) of Shares (or Units) that May Yet Be Purchased Under the Plans or Programs

 

October 1, 2014 to October 31, 2014

    200,099     $ 27.90       ---       ---  
                                 

November 1, 2014 to November 30, 2014

    0       0       ---       ---  
                                 

December 1, 2014 to December 31, 2014

    3,853     $ 29.94       ---       ---  
                                 

Total

    203,952     $ 27.94       ---       ---  
   

(1)

Represents shares of our common stock that we accepted during the indicated periods as a tax withholding from certain of our employees in connection with the vesting of shares of restricted stock pursuant to the terms of our Second Amended and Restated 2002 Equity Incentive Plan (the “2002 Plan”).

 

 

 
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Equity Compensation Plans

 The following table details information regarding our existing equity compensation plans as of December 31, 2014:

 

   

Number of Securities to be Issued Upon Exercise of Outstanding Options, Warrants and Rights

   

Weighted Average Exercise Price of Outstanding Options, Warrants and Rights

   

Number of Securities Remaining Available for Future Issuance Under Equity Compensation Plans (Excluding Securities reflected in
Column (a))

 

Plan Category

 

(a)

   

(b)

   

(c)

 

Equity compensation plans approved by security holders

    3,042,180 (1)   $ 14.78       2,595,124  

Equity compensation plans not approved by security holders

    ---       ---       116,525 (2)

Total:

    3,042,180     $ 14.78       2,711,649  

  

 

(1)

Represents options issued pursuant to the 2002 Plan, and the Impax Laboratories, Inc. 1999 Equity Incentive Plan.

 

 

(2)

Represents 116,525 shares of common stock available for future issuance under the Impax Laboratories, Inc. 2001 Non-Qualified Employee Stock Purchase Plan.

     
    See “Item 15. Exhibits and Financial Statement Schedules — Note 13. Employee Benefit Plans” and “Note 14. Share-Based Compensation” for information concerning our employee benefit plans and equity compensation plans.

  

 

 

 
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Item 6.

Selected Financial Data

 The following selected financial data should be read together with our consolidated financial statements and accompanying consolidated financial statement footnotes and “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” appearing elsewhere in this Annual Report on Form 10-K. The selected consolidated financial statement data in this section are not intended to replace our consolidated financial statements and the accompanying consolidated financial statement footnotes. Our historical consolidated financial results are not necessarily indicative of our future consolidated financial results.

 

The selected financial data set forth below are derived from our consolidated financial statements. The consolidated statements of operations data for the years ended December 31, 2014, 2013 and 2012 and the consolidated balance sheet data as of December 31, 2014 and 2013 are derived from our audited consolidated financial statements included elsewhere in this Annual Report on Form 10-K. These audited consolidated financial statements include, in the opinion of management, all adjustments necessary for the fair presentation of our financial position and results of operations for these periods.

 

    For the Years Ended December 31,  
($ in 000s, except per share data)  

2014

   

2013

   

2012

   

2011

   

2010

 
                                         
Statements of Operations Data:                                        

Total revenues

  $ 596,049     $ 511,502     $ 581,692     $ 512,919     $ 879,509  

Research and development

    79,114       68,854       81,320       82,701       86,223  

Total operating expenses

    223,837       205,687       199,562       158,684       145,939  

Income (loss) from operations

    88,816       (6,387 )     82,992       99,611       393,324  

Net income

    57,353       101,259       55,873       65,495       250,418  

Net income per share — basic

    0.84       1.51       0.85       1.02       4.04  

Net income per share — diluted

    0.81       1.47       0.82       0.97       3.82  

 

    As of December 31,  

($ in 000s)

 

2014

   

2013

   

2012

   

2011

   

2010

 
                                         

Balance Sheet Data:

                                       

Cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments

  $ 414,856     $ 413,133     $ 298,918     $ 346,414     $ 348,401  

Working capital

    571,752       505,852       400,248       443,074       394,278  

Total assets

    1,079,197       996,923       863,970       793,859       693,318  

Long-term debt

    --       --       --       --       --  

Total liabilities

    191,320       186,720       172,867       190,918       185,331  

Retained earnings

    531,226       473,873       372,614       316,741       251,246  

Total stockholders’ equity

    887,877       810,203       691,103       602,941       507,987  

 

 
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Item 7.

Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations

 

The following discussion and analysis, as well as other sections in this report, should be read in conjunction with the consolidated financial statements and related Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements included elsewhere herein. All references to years mean the relevant 12-month period ended December 31.

 

Overview

 General

 We are a technology based, specialty pharmaceutical company applying formulation and development expertise, as well as our drug delivery technology, to the development, manufacture and marketing of controlled-release and niche generics, in addition to the development of branded products. As of February 6, 2015, we marketed 96 generic pharmaceuticals, which represent dosage variations of 29 different pharmaceutical compounds through our own Global Pharmaceuticals division; another five of our generic pharmaceuticals representing dosage variations of two different pharmaceutical compounds are marketed by our alliance and collaboration agreement partners. As of February 6, 2015, we had 21 applications pending at the FDA and 21 other products in various stages of development for which applications have not yet been filed.

 

In the generic pharmaceuticals market, we focus our efforts on controlled-release generic versions of selected brand-name pharmaceuticals covering a broad range of therapeutic areas and having technically challenging drug-delivery mechanisms or unique product formulations. We employ our technologies and formulation expertise to develop generic products that will reproduce the brand-name product’s physiological characteristics but not infringe any valid patents relating to the brand-name product. We generally focus on brand-name products as to which the patents covering the active pharmaceutical ingredient have expired or are near expiration, and we employ our formulation expertise to develop controlled-release versions that do not infringe valid patents covering the brand-name products. We develop specialty generic pharmaceuticals that we believe present certain competitive advantages, such as difficulty in raw materials sourcing, complex formulation or development characteristics or special handling requirements. We have also recently expanded our generic pharmaceutical products portfolio to include alternative dosage form products primarily through alliance and collaboration agreements with third parties.

 

In the brand-name pharmaceuticals market, we are developing products for the treatment of central nervous system (“CNS”) disorders. Our brand-name product portfolio currently consists of one internally developed branded pharmaceutical product, RYTARY™, for the treatment of Parkinson’s disease, post-encephalitic parkinsonism, and parkinsonism that may follow carbon monoxide intoxication and/or manganese intoxication, which was approved by the FDA on January 7, 2015 in addition to development-stage projects to which we are applying our formulation and development expertise to develop differentiated, modified, or controlled-release versions of currently marketed (either in the U.S. or outside the U.S.) drug substances. We also sell and promote branded pharmaceutical products developed by an unrelated third-party pharmaceutical company through our direct sales force. We intend to expand our brand-name products portfolio primarily through internal development and also through licensing and acquisition.

 

We operate in two segments, referred to as the “Global Pharmaceuticals Division” or “Global Division” and the “Impax Pharmaceuticals Division” or “Impax Division.”

 

 

 
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The Global Division develops, manufactures, sells, and distributes generic pharmaceutical products primarily through the following sales channels: the Global Products sales channel, for sales of generic prescription products we sell directly to wholesalers, large retail drug chains, and others; the Private Label Product sales channel, for generic pharmaceutical over-the-counter and prescription products we sell to unrelated third-party customers who in-turn sell the product to third parties under their own label; the Rx Partner sales channel, for generic prescription products sold through unrelated third-party pharmaceutical entities under their own label pursuant to alliance agreements; and the OTC Partner sales channel, for sales of generic pharmaceutical over-the-counter products sold through unrelated third-party pharmaceutical entities under their own label pursuant to alliance agreements. We sell our Global Division products within the continental United States and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. We have no sales in foreign countries. Revenues from Global Product sales channel and the Private Label Product sales channel are reported under the caption “Global Product Sales, net” in our consolidated results of operations. We also generate revenue in our Global Division from research and development services provided under a joint development agreement with another pharmaceutical company, and we report such revenue under the caption “Other Revenues” in “Item 15. Exhibits and Financial Statement Schedules – Note 20 - Supplementary Financial Information.”

 

The Impax Division is engaged in the development of proprietary branded pharmaceutical products through improvements to already-approved pharmaceutical products to address CNS disorders. We have one internally developed branded pharmaceutical product, RYTARY™, for the treatment of Parkinson’s disease, post-encephalitic parkinsonism, and parkinsonism that may follow carbon monoxide intoxication and/or manganese intoxication, which was approved by the FDA on January 7, 2015 and for which we currently plan to fully launch our sales and marketing efforts for the product in early April 2015. The Impax Division also has a number of other product candidates that are in varying stages of development. In addition, the Impax Division is engaged in product sales through a direct sales force focused on selling to physicians, primarily in the CNS community, pharmaceutical products developed by an unrelated third-party pharmaceutical company pursuant to a Distribution, License, Development and Supply Agreement. Additionally, we generate revenue in the Impax Division from research and development services provided under a development and license agreement with another unrelated third-party pharmaceutical company, and we report such revenue in the line item “Research Partner” in our consolidated results of operations.

 

We have entered into several alliance, collaboration or license and distribution agreements with respect to certain of our products and services and may enter into similar agreements in the future. These agreements may require us to relinquish rights to certain of our technologies or product candidates, or to grant licenses on terms which ultimately may prove to be unfavorable to us. Relationships with alliance and collaboration partners may also include risks due to the failure of a partner to perform under the agreement, incomplete marketplace information, inventories, development capabilities, regulatory compliance and commercial strategies of our partners and our agreements may be the subject of contractual disputes. For instance, we were previously dependent on an unrelated third-party pharmaceutical company to supply us with our authorized generic Adderall XR®, which we market and sell. We experienced disruptions related to the supply of such product during each of the years ended December 31, 2012, 2011 and 2010 and we filed suit against such third party supplier for breach of contract and other related claims due to a failure to fill our orders as required by the license and distribution agreement. We entered into a settlement agreement with the third party supplier in February 2013. If we suffer similar supply failures on our significant products in the future, or if we or our partners are not successful in commercializing the products covered by such alliance, collaboration or license and distribution agreements, our revenues and relationships with our customers may be materially adversely affected.

 

 

 
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Critical Accounting Policies and Use of Estimates

 The preparation of our consolidated financial statements in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States (GAAP) and the rules and regulations of the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC) require the use of estimates and assumptions, based on complex judgments considered reasonable, and affect the reported amounts of assets and liabilities and disclosure of contingent assets and contingent liabilities at the date of the consolidated financial statements and the reported amounts of revenues and expenses during the reporting period. The most significant judgments are employed in estimates used in determining values of tangible and intangible assets, legal contingencies, tax assets and tax liabilities, fair value of share-based compensation related to equity incentive awards issued to employees and directors, and estimates used in applying the Company’s revenue recognition policy including those related to accrued chargebacks, rebates, distribution service fees, product returns, Medicare, Medicaid, and other government rebate programs, shelf-stock adjustments, and the timing and amount of deferred and recognized revenue under the Company's several alliance and collaboration agreements. Actual results may differ from estimated results. Certain prior year amounts have been reclassified to conform to the presentation for the year ended December 31, 2014.

 

Although we believe our estimates and assumptions are reasonable when made, they are based upon information available to us at the time they are made. We periodically review the factors having an influence on our estimates and, if necessary, adjust such estimates. Although historically our estimates have generally been reasonably accurate, due to the risks and uncertainties involved in our business and evolving market conditions, and given the subjective element of the estimates made, actual results may differ from estimated results. This possibility may be greater than normal during times of pronounced economic volatility.

 

Global Product sales, net, and Impax Product sales, net. Revenue from the sale of products is recognized when title and risk of loss of the product is transferred to the customer and the sales price is fixed and determinable. Provisions for discounts, early payments, rebates, sales returns and distributor chargebacks under terms customary in the industry are provided for in the same period the related sales are recorded. We record estimated reductions to revenue at the time of the initial sale and these estimates are based on the sales terms, historical experience and trend analysis.

 

Gross to Net Sales Accruals. We base our sales returns allowance on estimated on-hand inventories at our customers, measured end-customer demand as reported by third-party sources, actual returns history and other factors, such as the trend experience for lots where product is still being returned or inventory centralization and rationalization initiatives conducted by major pharmacy chains, as applicable. If the historical data we use to calculate these estimates do not properly reflect future returns, then a change in the allowance would be made in the period in which such a determination is made and revenues in that period could be materially affected. Under this methodology, we track actual returns by individual production lots. Returns on closed lots, that is, lots no longer eligible for return credits, are analyzed to determine historical returns experience. Returns on open lots, that is, lots still eligible for return credits, are monitored and compared with historical return trend rates. Any changes from the historical trend rates are considered in determining the current sales return allowance.

 

Sales discount accruals are based on payment terms extended to customers.

 

Government rebate accruals are based on estimated payments due to governmental agencies for purchases made by third parties under various governmental programs. U.S. Medicaid rebate accruals are generally based on historical payment data and estimates of future Medicaid beneficiary utilization applied to the Medicaid unit rebate formula established by the Center for Medicaid and Medicare Services. The Medicaid rebate percentage was increased and extended to Medicaid Managed Care Organizations in March 2010. The accrual of the rebates associated with Medicaid Managed Care Organizations is calculated based on actual billings received from the states. We adjust the rebate accruals as more information becomes available and to reflect actual claims experience. Effective January 1, 2011, manufacturers of pharmaceutical products are responsible for 50% of the patient’s cost of branded prescription drugs related to the Medicare Part D Coverage Gap. In order to estimate the cost to us of this coverage gap responsibility, we analyze the historical invoices. This expense is recognized throughout the year as costs are incurred.

 

Rebates or administrative fees are offered to certain customers, group purchasing organizations and pharmacy benefit managers, consistent with pharmaceutical industry practices. Settlement of rebates and fees may generally occur from one to 15 months from the date of sale. We provide a provision for rebates at the time of sale based on contracted rates and historical redemption rates. Assumptions used to establish the provision include level of customer inventories, contract sales mix and average contract pricing. We regularly review the information related to these estimates and adjust the provision accordingly.

 

 
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Chargeback accruals are based on the differentials between product acquisition prices paid by wholesalers and lower contract pricing paid by eligible customers.

 

Distributor service fee accruals are based on contractual fees to be paid to the wholesale distributor for services provided. TRICARE is a health care program of the U.S. Department of Defense Military Health System that provides civilian health benefits for military personnel, military retirees and their dependents. TRICARE rebate accruals are included in chargeback accruals and are based on estimated Department of Defense eligible sales multiplied by the TRICARE rebate formula.

 

A significant majority of our gross to net accruals are the result of chargebacks and rebates, with the majority of those programs having an accrual to payment cycle of approximately three months. In addition to this relatively short accrual to payment cycle, we receive monthly information from the wholesalers regarding their sales of our products and actual on hand inventory levels of our products. The three large wholesalers account for approximately 97% of our chargebacks and approximately 80% of our indirect sales rebates. This enables us to execute accurate provisioning procedures. Consistent with the pharmaceutical industry, the accrual to payment cycle for returns is longer and can take several years depending on the expiration of the related products. However, returns represent the smallest gross to net adjustment. We have not experienced any significant changes in our estimates as it relates to our chargebacks, rebates or returns in each of the years in the three year period ended December 31, 2014.

 

The following tables are roll-forwards of the activity in the reserves for the years ended December 31, 2014, 2013 and 2012 with an explanation for any significant changes in the accrual percentages:

   

    As of December 31,  
   

2014

   

2013

   

2012

 
           

($ in 000s)

         
Chargeback reserve                        
                         

Beginning balance

  $ 37,066     $ 18,410     $ 22,161  

Provision recorded during the period

    487,377       389,707       209,452  

Credits issued during the period

    (481,318 )     (371,051 )     (213,203 )

Ending balance

  $ 43,125     $ 37,066     $ 18,410  
                         

Provision as a percent of gross product sales

    35 %     34 %     22 %

 

The aggregate provision for chargebacks, as a percent of gross product sales, increased to 35% in 2014 from 34% in 2013 primarily as a result of an increase in the estimated provision for chargebacks related to our authorized generic Trilipix® and branded Zomig® products during the year ended December 31, 2014 due to price erosion resulting from increased competition, partially offset by lower chargeback rates on our authorized generic Renvela® tablets and generic Solaraze®, both launched during 2014.   

 

The aggregate provision for chargebacks, as a percent of gross product sales, increased to 34% in 2013 from 22% in 2012 primarily as a result of an increase in the estimated provision for chargebacks related to our authorized generic Adderall XR® products during the year ended December 31, 2013 due to price erosion resulting from increased competition. In June 2012, an unrelated pharmaceutical company received FDA approval for a competitor product to our authorized generic Adderall XR® products and began marketing their product. See “Results of Operations” below for additional discussion on the impact of our authorized generic of Adderall XR® product sales on our financial condition.

 

 

 
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    As of December 31,  
    2014     2013    

2012

 
            ($ in 000s)          

Rebate reserve

                       
                         

Beginning balance

  $ 88,449     $ 46,011     $ 29,164  

Provision recorded during the period

    260,747       193,288       111,099  

Credits issued during the period

    (260,384 )     (150,850 )     (94,252 )

Ending balance

  $ 88,812     $ 88,449     $ 46,011  
                         

Provision as a percent of gross product sales

    19 %     17 %     12 %

 

As noted in the table above, the provision for rebates, as a percent of gross product sales, increased from 17% during the year ended December 31, 2013 to 19% during the year ended December 31, 2014 as a result of product sales mix, as well as the impact of additional rebates resulting from the recent formation of new alliances between major wholesalers and major retailers.

 

The increase in the provision for rebates as a percent of gross product sales from 2012 to 2013 was principally the result of product sales mix, as well as higher levels of rebates offered on our authorized generic Adderall XR® products.

   

    As of December 31,  
    2014     2013    

2012

 
            ($ in 000s)          

Returns reserve

                       
                         

Beginning balance

  $ 28,089     $ 23,440     $ 24,101  

Provision recorded during the period

    12,016       11,015       3,003  

Credits issued during the period

    (12,931 )     (6,366 )     (3,664 )

Ending balance

  $ 27,174     $ 28,089     $ 23,440  
                         

Provision as a percent of gross product sales

    1.0 %     1.0 %     0.3 %

 

The provision for returns as a percent of gross product sales remained at 1.0% in 2014 compared to 2013.

 

The provision for returns as a percent of gross product sales increased to 1.0% in 2013 as compared to 0.3% in 2012. The primary factor driving the 2013 rate was due to a shifting sales mix within both the generic and brand product divisions.

  

 

 
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Rx Partner and OTC Partner. Each of our Rx Partner and OTC Partner agreements contain multiple deliverables in the form of products, services and/or licenses over extended periods. Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) Accounting Standards CodificationTM (“ASC”) Topic 605-25 supplemented SAB 104 and provides guidance for accounting for such multiple-element revenue arrangements. With respect to our multiple-element revenue arrangements that are material to our financial results, we determine whether any or all of the elements of the arrangement should be separated into individual units of accounting under FASB ASC Topic 605-25. If separation into individual units of accounting is appropriate, we recognize revenue for each deliverable when the revenue recognition criteria specified by SAB 104 are achieved for the deliverable. If separation is not appropriate, we recognize revenue and related direct manufacturing costs over the estimated life of the agreement or our estimated expected period of performance using either the straight-line method or a modified proportional performance method.

 

The Rx Partners and OTC Partners agreements obligate us to deliver multiple goods and/or services over extended periods. Such deliverables include manufactured pharmaceutical products, exclusive and semi-exclusive marketing rights, distribution licenses, and research and development services. In exchange for these deliverables, we receive payments from our agreement partners for product shipments and research and development services, and may also receive other payments including royalty, profit sharing, upfront payments, and periodic milestone payments. Revenue received from our partners for product shipments under these agreements is generally not subject to deductions for chargebacks, rebates, product returns, and other pricing adjustments. Royalty and profit sharing amounts we receive under these agreements are calculated by the respective agreement partner, with such royalty and profit share amounts generally based upon estimates of net product sales or gross profit which include estimates of deductions for chargebacks, rebates, product returns, and other adjustments the alliance agreement partners may negotiate with their customers. We record the agreement partner's adjustments to such estimated amounts in the period the agreement partner reports the amounts to us.

 

We apply the updated guidance of ASC 605-25, “Multiple Element Arrangements”, to the Strategic Alliance Agreement with Teva Pharmaceuticals Curacao N.V., a subsidiary of Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. (“Teva Agreement”). We look to the underlying delivery of goods and/or services which give rise to the payment of consideration under the Teva Agreement to determine the appropriate revenue recognition. Consideration received as a result of research and development-related activities performed under the Teva Agreement is initially deferred and recorded as a liability captioned “Deferred revenue”. We recognize the deferred revenue on a straight-line basis over our expected period of performance for such services. Consideration received as a result of the manufacture and delivery of products under the Teva Agreement is recognized at the time title and risk of loss passes to the customer which is generally when the product is received by Teva. We recognize profit share revenue in the period earned.

 

OTC Partner revenue is related to our alliance and collaboration agreement with Pfizer, Inc., formerly Wyeth LLC (“Pfizer”) and our supply agreement with L. Perrigo Company (“Perrigo”) with respect to the supply of over-the-counter pharmaceutical products. The OTC Partner sales channel is no longer a core area of our business, and the over-the-counter pharmaceutical products we sell through this sales channel are older products which are only sold to Pfizer and Perrigo. We are currently only required to manufacture the over-the-counter pharmaceutical products under our agreements with Pfizer and Perrigo. We recognize profit share revenue in the period earned.

 

Research Partner. We have entered into development agreements with unrelated third-party pharmaceutical companies under which we are collaborating in the development of five dermatological products, including four generic products and one branded dermatological product, and one branded CNS product. Under each of the development agreements, we received an upfront fee with the potential to receive additional milestone payments upon completion of contractually specified clinical and regulatory milestones. Additionally, we may also receive royalty payments from the sale, if any, of a successfully developed and commercialized branded product under one of the development agreements. We defer and recognize revenue received from the achievement of contingent research and development milestones in the period such payment is earned. We will recognize royalty fee income, if any, as current period revenue when earned.

 

Promotional Partner. We entered into a promotional services agreement with an unrelated third-party pharmaceutical company under which we provided physician detailing sales calls services to promote certain of the unrelated third-party company’s branded drug products. We received service fee revenue in exchange for providing this service. We recognized revenue from the provision of physician detailing sales calls as such services were rendered. Our obligation to provide physician detailing sales calls under the promotional services agreement ended on June 30, 2012.

 

 
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Estimated Lives of Alliance and Collaboration Agreements. Because we may defer revenue we receive under our alliance agreements, and recognize it over the estimated life of the related agreement, or our expected period of performance, we are required to estimate the recognition period under each such agreement in order to determine the amount of revenue to be recognized in each period. Sometimes this estimate is based on the fixed term of the particular alliance agreement. In other cases the estimate may be based on more subjective factors as noted in the following paragraphs. While changes to the estimated recognition periods have been infrequent, such changes, should they occur, may have a significant impact on our consolidated financial statements.

 

As an illustration, the consideration received from the provision of research and development services under the Joint Development Agreement with Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc. (“Valeant Agreement”), including the upfront fee and milestone payments received before January 1, 2011, have been initially deferred and are being recognized as revenue on a straight-line basis over our expected period of performance to provide research and development services under the Valeant Agreement. The completion of the final deliverable under the Valeant Agreement represents the end of our estimated expected period of performance, as we will have no further contractual obligation to perform research and development services under the Valeant Agreement, and therefore the earnings process will be complete. The expected period of performance was initially estimated to be a 48 month period, starting in December 2008, upon receipt of the $40.0 million upfront payment, and ending in November 2012. During the year ended December 31, 2012, we extended the end of the revenue recognition period for the Valeant Agreement from November 2012 to November 2013 and during the three month period ended March 31, 2013, we further extended the end of the revenue recognition period for the agreement from November 2013 to December 2014 due to changes in the estimated timing of completion of certain research and development activities under the agreement. All deferred revenue under the Valeant Agreement was completely recognized as of December 31, 2014.

 

Third-Party Research Agreements. In addition to our own research and development resources, we may use unrelated third-party vendors, including universities and independent research companies, to assist in our research and development activities. These vendors provide a range of research and development services to us, including clinical and bio-equivalency studies. We generally sign agreements with these vendors which establish the terms of each study performed by them, including, among other things, the technical specifications of the study, the payment schedule, and timing of work to be performed. Third-party researchers generally earn payments either upon the achievement of a milestone, or on a pre-determined date, as specified in each study agreement. We account for third-party research and development expenses as they are incurred according to the terms and conditions of the respective agreement for each study performed, with an accrued expense at each balance sheet date for estimated fees and charges incurred by us, but not yet billed to us. We monitor aggregate actual payments and compare them to the estimated provisions to assess the reasonableness of the accrued expense balance at each quarterly balance sheet date.

 

Share-Based Compensation. We recognize the grant date fair value of each option and restricted share over its vesting period. Options and restricted shares granted under the 2002 Plan generally vest over a three or four year period and generally have a term of ten years. We estimate the fair value of each stock option award on the grant date using the Black-Scholes-Merton option-pricing model, wherein expected volatility is based on historical volatility of our common stock. We base the expected term calculation on the “simplified” method described in SAB No. 107, Share-Based Payment and SAB No. 110, Share-Based Payment, because it provides a reasonable estimate in comparison to our actual experience. We base the risk-free interest rate on the U.S. Treasury yield in effect at the time of grant for an instrument with a maturity that is commensurate with the expected term of the stock options. The dividend yield is zero as we have never paid cash dividends on our common stock, and have no present intention to pay cash dividends. During the year ended December 31, 2014, we granted shares of restricted stock that will vest upon the achievement of certain stock price performance criteria. We valued these awards using a Monte Carlo simulation. 

 

Income Taxes. We are subject to U.S. federal, state and local income taxes, Netherlands income tax and Taiwan R.O.C. income taxes. We create a deferred tax asset, or a deferred tax liability, when we have temporary differences between the financial statement carrying values (GAAP) and the tax bases of our assets and liabilities.

 

 
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Fair Value of Financial Instruments. Our cash and cash equivalents include a portfolio of high-quality credit securities, including U.S. Government sponsored entity securities, treasury bills, corporate bonds, short-term commercial paper, and/or high rated money market funds. Our entire portfolio matures in less than one year. The carrying value of the portfolio approximated the market value at December 31, 2014. We carry our deferred compensation liability at fair value, based upon observable market values. We had no debt outstanding as of December 31, 2014. Our only remaining debt instrument at December 31, 2014 was our credit facility with Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., which would be subject to variable interest rates and principal payments should we decide to borrow under it. The credit facility matured in accordance with its terms on February 11, 2015.

 

Contingencies. In the normal course of business, we are subject to loss contingencies, such as legal proceedings and claims arising out of our business, covering a wide range of matters, including, among others, patent litigation, stockholder lawsuits, and product and clinical trial liability. In accordance with FASB ASC Topic 450 - Contingencies, we record accrued loss contingencies when it is probable a liability will be incurred and the amount of loss can be reasonably estimated and we do not recognize gain contingencies until realized.

 

Goodwill. In accordance with FASB ASC Topic 350, "Goodwill and Other Intangibles", rather than recording periodic amortization of goodwill, goodwill is subject to an annual assessment for impairment by applying a fair-value-based test. Under FASB ASC Topic 350, if the fair value of the reporting unit exceeds the reporting unit’s carrying value, including goodwill, then goodwill is considered not impaired, making further analysis not required. We consider each of our Global Division and Impax Division operating segments to be a reporting unit, as this is the lowest level for each of which discrete financial information is available. We attribute the entire carrying amount of goodwill to the Global Division. We concluded the carrying value of goodwill was not impaired as of December 31, 2014 and 2013, as the fair value of the Global Division exceeded its carrying value at each date. We perform our annual goodwill impairment test in the fourth quarter of each year. We estimate the fair value of the Global Division using a discounted cash flow model for both the reporting unit and the enterprise, as well as earnings and revenue multiples per common share outstanding for enterprise fair value. In addition, on a quarterly basis, we perform a review of our business operations to determine whether events or changes in circumstances have occurred that could have a material adverse effect on the estimated fair value of the reporting unit, and thus indicate a potential impairment of the goodwill carrying value. If such events or changes in circumstances were deemed to have occurred, we would perform an interim impairment analysis, which may include the preparation of a discounted cash flow model, or consultation with one or more valuation specialists, to analyze the impact, if any, on our assessment of the reporting unit’s fair value. To date, we have not deemed there to be any significant adverse changes in the legal, regulatory or business environment in which we conduct our operations.

 

 

 
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Results of Operations

Year Ended December 31, 2014 Compared to Year Ended December 31, 2013

 

Overview:

 

The following table sets forth our summarized, consolidated results of operations for the years ended December 31, 2014 and 2013:

  

 

 

Year Ended

                 
   

December 31,

2014

   

December 31,

2013

   

Increase/

(Decrease)

 
(in $000’s)                     $     %  

Total revenues

  $ 596,049     $ 511,502     $ 84,547       17 %

Gross profit

    312,653       199,300       113,353       57 %
                                 

Income (loss) from operations

    88,816       (6,387 )     95,203    

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Income before income taxes

    90,559       146,940       (56,381 )     (38 )%

Provision for income taxes

    33,206       45,681       (12,475 )     (27 )%

Net income

  $ 57,353     $ 101,259     $ (43,906 )     (43 )%
                                 
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Consolidated total revenues for the year ended December 31, 2014 increased $84.5 million, or 17%, as compared to the year ended December 31, 2013. New product launches increased revenues during the year ended December 31, 2014 by $84.4 million, or 17%, compared to the prior year period, primarily related to sales of our authorized generic Renvela® tablets and generic Solaraze®. Decreased product volumes (excluding new product launches) decreased revenues during the year ended December 31, 2014 by $20.3 million, or 4%, compared to the prior year period, while selling price and product mix increased revenues by $20.4 million, or 4%, compared to the prior year period. Revenues from our Global Division increased $150.7 million during the year ended December 31, 2014, as compared to the prior year period, driven primarily by sales of our authorized generic Renvela® tablets, in addition to higher sales of our Digoxin and generic Solaraze® products. Revenues from our Impax Division decreased $66.2 million in 2014 as compared to 2013, as a result of a decline in sales of our Impax-labeled branded Zomig® products. In May 2013, our exclusivity period for branded Zomig® tablets and orally disintegrating tablets expired and we launched authorized generic versions of those products in the United States.

 

Net income for the year ended December 31, 2014 was $57.4 million, a decrease of $43.9 million as compared to $101.3 million for the year ended December 31, 2013. The decrease from the prior year period was primarily attributable to a $102.0 million gain in connection with the settlement of litigation with Endo which we recorded as “Other Income” in the three month period ended March 31, 2013, as well as the receipt of a $48.0 million payment from Shire in the three month period ended March 31, 2013, in connection with the settlement of litigation and for which there were no corresponding gains or payments during the year ended December 31, 2014 and which were both partially offset by the tax consequences of the settlements. Also contributing to the change in net income was an increase in Global Product sales related to increased sales on several of our higher margin products, partially offset by a decline in sales of our Impax-labeled branded Zomig® products, as discussed above.

  

 

 
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Global Division

 

The following table sets forth results of operations for the Global Division for the years ended December 31, 2014 and 2013:

  

   

Year Ended

                 
   

December 31,

2014

   

December 31,

2013

   

Increase/

(Decrease)

 
(in $000’s)                     $     

%

 
Revenues                                

Global Product sales, net

  $ 528,512     $ 383,652     $ 144,860       38 %

Rx Partner

    14,114       11,639       2,475       21 %

Other Revenues

    6,456       3,049       3,407    

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Total revenues

    549,082       398,340       150,742       38 %

Cost of revenues

    260,459       253,836       6,623       3 %

Gross profit

    288,623       144,504       144,119    

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Operating expenses:

                               

Research and development

    40,927       41,384       (457 )     (1 )%

Patent litigation

    5,333       16,545       (11,212 )     (68 )%

Selling, general and administrative

    17,144       17,684       (540 )     (3 )%

Total operating expenses

    63,404       75,613       (12,209 )     (16 )%

Income from operations

  $ 225,219     $ 68,891     $ 156,328    

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Revenues

Total revenues for the Global Division for the year ended December 31, 2014, were $549.1 million, an increase of 38% from the same period in 2013, resulting from increases in Global Product sales, net, and Other Revenues, as discussed below.

 

Global Product sales, net, were $528.5 million for the year ended December 31, 2014, an increase of 38% from the same period in 2013, primarily as a result of sales of our authorized generic Renvela® tablets launched during the three month period ended June 30, 2014 as well as higher sales of our Digoxin products, in addition to the launch of our generic Solaraze® during the fourth quarter of 2013.

 

Rx Partner revenues were $14.1 million for 2014, an increase of 21% over the prior year period resulting primarily from $3.3 million profit share earned pursuant to our agreement with Perrigo related to the launch of generic Astepro®.

 

Other Revenues were $6.5 million for the year ended December 31, 2014, with the increase from the prior year period primarily resulting from the receipt of a milestone payment pursuant to our agreement with a third-party pharmaceutical company.

 

 

 
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Cost of Revenues

Cost of revenues was $260.5 million for the year ended December 31, 2014 and $253.8 million for the prior year, an increase of $6.6 million compared to the prior year period. Cost of revenues increased due to increased revenue as discussed above. Such increases were partially offset by $10.3 of higher intangible asset impairment charges taken in the prior year, as discussed in “Note 8 – Goodwill and Intangible Assets” and $13.0 million more in inventory reserves related to discontinued product and other reserves for pre-launch inventory taken during the year ended December 31, 2013.

 

Gross Profit

Gross profit for the year ended December 31, 2014 was $288.6 million, or approximately 53% of total revenues, as compared to $144.5 million, or approximately 36% of total revenues, in the prior year. Gross profit as a percent of total revenues increased in 2014 as compared to the prior year period largely due to favorable product contribution from higher margin products, including Renvela®, as well as the other items noted above under Cost of Revenues.

 

Research and Development Expenses

Total research and development expenses for the year ended December 31, 2014 were $40.9 million, a decrease of 1%, as compared to the same period of the prior year. Generic research and development expenses decreased in 2014 compared to the prior year period primarily due to lower external development spending of $5.8 million and a decrease in professional fees of $0.5 million as well as an intangible impairment charge of $0.8 million in the period ended December 31, 2013, for which there was no comparable charge in the current period. These decreases were partially offset by an overall increase of $4.6 million associated with internal development spending and an increase in personnel costs of $2.0 million, which included $0.7 million of severance expense associated with the reduction in workforce primarily related to our research and development organization during the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2014.

 

Patent Litigation

Patent litigation for the year ended December 31, 2014 was $5.3 million, a decrease of 68%, as compared to the same period of the prior year. The decrease in patent litigation expenses in 2014 of $11.2 million compared to the prior year period was the result of legal activity related to several cases in the prior period for which there was no corresponding activity in the present period.

 

Selling, General and Administrative Expenses

Selling, general and administrative expenses for the year ended December 31, 2014 were $17.1 million, a 3% decrease over the prior year period. The decrease from the prior year period was primarily due to $2.9 million in lower customer claims relating to failure to supply products in accordance with their contractual terms. This decrease was partially offset by an increase in personnel expense of $2.5 million primarily related to severance expenses associated with the reduction in workforce during the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2014.

 

 
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Impax Division

 The following table sets forth results of operations for the Impax Division for the years ended December 31, 2014 and 2013:

  

   

Year Ended

                 
   

December 31,

2014

   

December 31,

2013

   

Increase/

(Decrease)

 
(in $000’s)                     $     

%

 
Revenues                                

Impax Product sales, net

  $ 45,938     $ 111,900     $ (65,962 )     (59 )%

Other Revenues

    1,029       1,262       (233 )     (18 )%

Total revenue

    46,967       113,162       (66,195 )     (58 )%

Cost of revenues

    22,937       58,366       (35,429 )     (61 )%

Gross profit

    24,030       54,796       (30,766 )     (56 )%
                                 

Operating expenses:

                               

Research and development

    38,187       27,470       10,717       39 %

Selling, general and administrative

    43,307       44,915       (1,608 )     (4 )%

Total operating expenses

    81,494       72,385       9,109       13 %

Loss from operations

  $ (57,464 )   $ (17,589 )   $ (39,875 )  

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Revenues

Total revenues were $47.0 million for the year ended December 31, 2014, a decrease of $66.2 million compared to the year ended December 31, 2013, due to lower sales of our Impax-labeled branded Zomig® products which we began selling during the year ended December 31, 2012. In May 2013, our exclusivity period for branded Zomig® tablets and orally disintegrating tablets expired and we launched authorized generic versions of those products in the United States. We continue to sell the branded Zomig® nasal spray.

 

Other Revenues for the year ended December 31, 2014 were relatively consistent with Other Revenues for the prior year period, representing the recognition of an initial $10.0 million upfront payment we received in June 2010 under a Development and Co-Promotion Agreement with Endo Pharmaceuticals, Inc. We are currently recognizing this upfront payment as revenue on a straight-line basis over our expected period of performance during the development period, which we currently estimate to be the 112 month period ending September 2019.

 

Cost of Revenues

Cost of revenues were $22.9 million for the year ended December 31, 2014, a decrease of $35.4 million over the prior year period, commensurate with a reduction in revenues and lower amortization costs related to the loss of exclusivity on branded Zomig® tablets and orally disintegrating tablets in May 2013.

 

Gross Profit

Gross profit for the year ended December 31, 2014 was $24.0 million, a decrease of $30.8 million over the prior year period, commensurate with a reduction in revenues and other costs noted above.

 

Research and Development Expenses

Total research and development expenses for the year ended December 31, 2014 were $38.2 million, an increase of 39%, as compared to $27.5 million in the prior year period. The increase was primarily driven by an increase in research and development expenses related to our branded initiatives, a $2.0 million upfront fee paid to DURECT Corporation (“Durect”) under an agreement to acquire the exclusive worldwide rights to develop and commercialize Durect’s investigational transdermal bupivacaine patch for the treatment of pain associated with PHN, referred to as IPX239, and increased personnel costs of $2.0 million.

 

 
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Selling, General and Administrative Expenses

Selling, general and administrative expenses were $43.3 million in the year ended December 31, 2014, a decrease of $1.6 million as compared to $44.9 million in the prior year period. The decrease was primarily driven by a $1.4 million reduction in advertising and promotion expenses for Zomig® due to loss of exclusivity of branded Zomig® tablets and orally disintegrating tablets during 2013, a $1.0 million reduction in legal support of brand licensing initiatives and a $0.9 million reduction in sales force expenses due to a reduction in workforce. These reductions were partially offset by a $1.1 million increase in advertising and promotion expenses for pre-launch support for RYTARY™ and increased personnel costs of $0.5 million.

 

 

 
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Corporate and other

 

The following table sets forth corporate general and administrative expenses, as well as other items of income and expense presented below income from operations for the years ended December 31, 2014 and 2013:

 

   

Year Ended

                 
   

December 31,

2014