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NPS PHARMACEUTICALS, INC.
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ITEM 2.02. Results of Operations and Financial Condition.
On May 3, 2012, NPS Pharmaceuticals, Inc. issued a press release announcing its operating results for the first quarter of 2012. The text of the press release is furnished as Exhibit 99.1 to this Form 8-K.
The information in Item 2.02 of this Form 8-K and the Exhibit 99.1 attached hereto shall not be deemed “filed” for purposes of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the “Exchange Act”) or otherwise subject to the liabilities of that section, nor shall it be deemed incorporated by reference in any filing under the Securities Act of 1933 or the Exchange Act, except as expressly set forth by specific reference in such filing.
Item 9.01. Financial Statements and Exhibits.
|Press Release issued by NPS Pharmaceuticals, Inc. on May 3, 2012.|
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May 3, 2012
NPS PHARMACEUTICALS, INC.
/s/ EDWARD STRATEMEIER
Senior Vice President, General Counsel and
Press Release issued by NPS Pharmaceuticals, Inc. on May 3, 2012.
NPS Pharmaceuticals Reports First Quarter 2012 Financial Results
-- Four additional patients weaned off parental nutrition and IV fluids while receiving Gattex therapy in ongoing STEPS 2 open-label extension study --
-- Results of Phase 3 REPLACE registration study of Natpara® accepted for oral presentation at the annual meeting of The Endocrine Society in June --
-- Conference call today at 5:00 PM ET --
BEDMINSTER, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 3, 2012--NPS Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: NPSP), a specialty pharmaceutical company developing orphan therapeutics for rare gastrointestinal and endocrine disorders, today reported its results for the first quarter of 2012.
NPS reported a net loss of $10.6 million or $0.12 per diluted share for the first quarter of 2012, compared to a net loss of $9.2 million or $0.13 per diluted share for the first quarter of 2011. Cash and investments totaled $137.7 million at March 31, 2012, compared with $162.2 million at December 31, 2011.
“It’s an exciting time for NPS as we pursue marketing approvals for both Gattex and Natpara,” said Francois Nader, MD, president and chief executive officer of NPS Pharmaceuticals. “We were very pleased to report earlier today that four additional patients completely eliminated their dependence on parenteral nutrition and intravenous fluids while on long-term Gattex therapy in the ongoing STEPS 2 open-label extension study. There are now a total of 11 patients who achieved independence from PN and IV fluids while on Gattex therapy. This is a dramatic finding that reinforces our belief in the value of Gattex as a first-in-class therapy. The FDA is reviewing our New Drug Application for Gattex with a current action date of September 30, 2012.”
Dr. Nader added, “In parallel, we are preparing our Biologics License Application (BLA) for Natpara in hypoparathyroidism and our submission remains on track for later this year. We expect to gain additional insights at our pre-BLA meeting with the FDA later this month. And we are also eager to present additional data from the REPLACE study at the annual meeting of the Endocrine Society in June.”
Recent product development highlights
Gattex® (teduglutide) in short bowel syndrome
Natpara™ (recombinant human parathyroid hormone [1-84]) in hypoparathyroidism
NPSP790 and NPSP795 (calcilytics)
The transfer of technology from GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) is underway for two Phase 1 calcilytic compounds, NPSP790 and NPSP795. NPS believes calcilytics may have clinical application in treating rare disorders involving increased calcium receptor activity, such as autosomal dominant hypocalcemia with hypercalciuria or ADHH. NPS received these two compounds under an August 2011 agreement with GSK.
Royalty revenues were $22.9 million for the first quarter of 2012, compared with $18.6 million for the first quarter of 2011. NPS earns royalties on (i) Amgen’s sales of Sensipar®/Mimpara® (cinacalcet HCl), (ii) Nycomed’s sales of Preotact® (recombinant parathyroid hormone 1-84 [rDNA origin] injection), (iii) Kyowa Hakko Kirin’s sales of REGPARA® (cinacalcet HCl), and (iv) Janssen Pharmaceuticals’ sales of NUCYNTA® (tapentadol) and NUCYNTA® ER (tapentadol extended-release tablets).
The components of royalties are summarized as follows:
|In millions||First Quarter|
The company’s royalty rights related to Sensipar/Mimpara, Preotact, and REGPARA have been partially monetized and classified as non-recourse debt. After repayment of the obligations, as set forth in the agreements, any remaining cash flows from these royalties will return to NPS.
Research and development
Research and development expenses were $20.2 million for the first quarter of 2012, compared with $14.9 million for the first quarter of 2011. The increase in research and development expenses was due to the advancement of the company’s short bowel syndrome and hypoparathyroidism product registration programs.
General and administrative
General and administrative expenses were $7.8 million for the first quarter of 2012, compared with $5.1 million for the first quarter of 2011. The increase in general and administrative expenses was due to costs related to commercial-readiness activities.
Interest expense was $5.5 million for the first quarter of 2012 and $10.2 million for the first quarter of 2011. Interest expense is largely attributable to non-recourse debt secured by the company’s Sensipar/Mimpara, Preotact, and REGPARA royalties. The decline in interest expense was primarily attributable to a reduction in the outstanding principal and interest rate associated with Sensipar/Mimpara-secured non-recourse debt.
Cash and investments
At March 31, 2012, the company’s cash, cash equivalents, and marketable investment securities totaled approximately $138 million compared with $162 million at December 31, 2011.
NPS continues to expect its 2012 cash burn to be in the range of $105 to $125 million. The company’s cash burn is defined as the net change in cash, cash equivalents, and marketable investment securities, excluding any proceeds from external financing activities.
Cash burn is a non-GAAP financial measure that may be considered in addition to results prepared in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP). This non-GAAP measure should not be considered a substitute for, or superior to, GAAP results. NPS believes that cash burn is relevant and useful information for the company and its investors as it provides a meaningful way of determining cash available for and net cash used in operations of the company.
At March 31, 2012, the company’s only recourse debt was $16.5 million in 5.75% convertible notes due in 2014.
The other debt on the company’s balance sheet is non-recourse to the company and solely secured by its royalty rights related to Sensipar/Mimpara, Preotact, and REGPARA. After repayment of the obligations, as set forth in the agreements, the cash flows from the royalties will return to NPS.
The following table reflects the carrying value of the company’s non-recourse debt at March 31, 2012 and December 31, 2011:
|March 31,||December 31,|
|Total non-recourse debt||191.7||211.4|
|Less current portion||17.3||19.3|
|Total long-term non-recourse debt||$||174.4||$||192.1|
Conference Call Information
NPS will host a conference call beginning today at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time. To participate in the conference call, dial (866) 788-0546 and use pass code 96110515. International callers may dial (857) 350-1684, using the same pass code. In addition, a live audio of the conference call will be available over the Internet. Interested parties can access the event through the NPS website, http://www.npsp.com.
For those unable to participate in the live call, a replay will be available at (888) 286-8010, with pass code 40466462, until midnight Eastern Time, May 17, 2012. International callers may access the replay by dialing (617) 801-6888, using the same pass code. The webcast will also be available through the NPS website for the same period.
About NPS Pharmaceuticals
NPS Pharmaceuticals is a biopharmaceutical company focused on bringing orphan products to patients with rare disorders and few, if any, therapeutic options. NPS is advancing two late-stage registration programs. A New Drug Application is undergoing FDA review for Gattex® (teduglutide) as a treatment for adult short bowel syndrome (SBS) and a Phase 3 registration study has been completed for Natpara™ (recombinant human parathyroid hormone (rhPTH [1-84]) in adult hypoparathyroidism. NPS’ earlier stage pipeline includes two calcilytic compounds, NPSP790 and NPSP795, with potential application in rare disorders involving increased calcium receptor activity, such as autosomal dominant hypocalcemia with hypercalciuria (ADHH). NPS complements its proprietary programs with a royalty-based portfolio of products and product candidates that includes agreements with Amgen, GlaxoSmithKline, Kyowa Hakko Kirin, Nycomed (recently acquired by Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited), and Janssen Pharmaceuticals.
“NPS,” “NPS Pharmaceuticals,” “Gattex,” and “Natpara” are the company’s trademarks. All other trademarks, trade names or service marks appearing in this press release are the property of their respective owners.
Statements made in this press release, which are not historical in nature, constitute forward-looking statements for purposes of the safe harbor provided by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements are based on the company's current expectations and beliefs and are subject to a number of factors and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those described in the forward-looking statements. Risks associated to the company’s business include, but are not limited to, the risks associated with any failure by the company to successfully complete its preclinical and clinical studies within the projected time frames or not at all, the risk of not gaining marketing approvals for Gattex and Natpara, the risks associated with the company’s strategy, as well as other risk factors described in the company’s periodic filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, including its Annual Report on Form 10-K and Form 10-Qs. All information in this press release is as of the date of this release and NPS undertakes no duty to update this information.
(Financial statements to follow)
|NPS PHARMACEUTICALS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES|
|Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations|
|(In thousands, except per share data)|
|Three Months Ended|
|Milestones and license fees||--||5,025|
|Costs and expenses:|
|Cost of license fees||--||2,538|
|Research and development||20,199||14,905|
|General and administrative||7,770||5,076|
|Total operating expenses||27,969||22,519|
|Operating (loss) income||(5,045||)||1,057|
|Other (expense) income:|
|Interest income, net||84||81|
|Total other expense, net||(5,518||)||(10,189||)|
|Loss before income tax expense||(10,563||)||(9,132||)|
|Income tax expense||--||18|
Net loss per common and potential common share:
|Weighted average common and potential common share:|
|NPS PHARMACEUTICALS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES|
|Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets|
|March 31,||December 31,|
|Cash, cash equivalents and marketable investment securities||$||137,714||$||162,233|
|Other current assets||6,992||7,863|
|Debt issuance costs, net||529||577|
|Liabilities and Stockholders’ Deficit:|
|Non-recourse debt, less current portion*||174,436||192,085|
|Other long-term liabilities||7,834||7,863|
|Common stock and additional paid-in capital||946,634||944,430|
Accumulated other comprehensive loss
|Total stockholders' deficit||(54,383||)||(46,116||)|
|Total liabilities and stockholders' deficit||$||183,319||$||213,980|
|* Non-recourse debt secured by Sensipar®/Mimpara®, Preotact® and REGPARA® royalty revenue|
NPS Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Susan M. Mesco, 908-450-5516