BioMarin Pharmaceutical Inc. (Nasdaq and SWX: BMRN) today announced financial results for its first quarter ended March 31, 2007. The net loss was $9.3 million ($0.10 per share) for the first quarter of 2007, compared to a net loss of $9.8 million ($0.13 per share) for the first quarter of 2006. The net loss during the first quarter of 2007 includes $3.6 million of non-cash stock compensation expense, compared to $1.7 million of non-cash stock compensation expense during the first quarter of 2006.
As of March 31, 2007, BioMarin had cash, cash equivalents, and short-term investments totaling $273.3 million. Including the proceeds from the public offering of senior subordinated convertible notes in April 2007, on a pro- forma basis, BioMarin had cash, cash equivalents, and short term investments totaling approximately $590 million.
"Strong Naglazyme sales are driving better than expected bottom-line results and fueling the development of our pipeline. Based on the upside to first quarter sales, we are increasing our Naglazyme sales expectations for 2007. We are also improving our net loss guidance due to higher interest income and slightly higher Naglazyme sales, partially offset by higher spending on preclinical and clinical development programs, as well as Kuvan launch preparation," said Jean-Jacques Bienaime, Chief Executive Officer of BioMarin.
Mr. Bienaime continued, "We remain on track to submit the NDA for Kuvan by the end of this quarter and, assuming that we receive priority review, anticipate potential approval by the end of the year. We are also pleased that our expanded access program for Kuvan has been approved by the FDA, and physicians and patients representing more than 70 centers in the U.S. have responded with interest, which we believe bodes well for the potential launch of Kuvan. We also remain encouraged regarding the possible application of 6R- BH4 in treating cardiovascular disease and plan to conduct additional studies to further characterize the effect of BH4 in patients with endothelial dysfunction. Additionally, our recent convertible note offering has provided us with the financial flexibility to pursue growth opportunities that will further augment our pipeline and longer-term growth prospects."
Net sales of Naglazyme(R) (galsulfase), an enzyme replacement therapy for mucopolysaccharidosis VI (MPS VI), were $18.4 million for the first quarter of 2007, compared to $16.3 million for the fourth quarter of 2006, representing a sequential increase of approximately 12.9 percent. Naglazyme net sales for the three months ended March 31, 2006 were $7.0 million. BioMarin is commercializing Naglazyme in the United States, Europe, and Latin America, and through distributors in other international markets.
Net sales of Aldurazyme(R) (laronidase), an enzyme replacement therapy for mucopolysaccharidosis I, (MPS I) by BioMarin/Genzyme LLC increased by approximately 25.8 percent to $26.8 million for the first quarter of 2007, compared to $21.3 million in the first quarter of 2006. Aldurazyme net sales for the three months ended December 31, 2006 were $26.5 million. BioMarin's share of the profit of BioMarin/Genzyme LLC was $6.2 million for the first quarter of 2007, compared to a profit of $3.8 million for the first quarter of 2006.
Royalty and License Revenues
Royalty and license revenues for the first quarter of 2007 were $0.4 million, and include royalties on net product sales of the Orapred product line, including Orapred(R) (prednisolone sodium phosphate oral solution) and Orapred ODT(TM) (prednisolone sodium phosphate orally disintegrating tablets). BioMarin expects to receive an additional milestone payment of $4.0 million on the first anniversary of FDA approval of Orapred ODT in June 2007.
Updated Financial Guidance 2007 Projected Net Product Sales
BioMarin estimates 2007 net sales of Naglazyme to be in the range of $76 million to $82 million from a previous range of $74 million to $78 million and 2007 sales of Aldurazyme by the joint venture to be in a range of $115 million to $125 million.
2007 Projected Net Loss
BioMarin estimates its GAAP net loss for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2007 to be in the range of $18 million to $23 million from a previous range of $20 million to $25 million. This includes approximately $16 million to $18 million in non-cash stock compensation expense. Additionally, the 2007 projected net loss includes the $4 million Orapred ODT milestone payment and a $15 million milestone payment from Merck Serono in the second half of 2007 for the acceptance of the MAA filing for Kuvan.
Update on 6R-BH4 Program for Cardiovascular Indications
Post-hoc sub-group analyses of the Phase 2 trial for uncontrolled hypertension revealed a greater effect of BH4 in patients with higher systolic blood pressure of >150 mm Hg than in patients with systolic blood pressure <150 mm Hg, with a within group p-value of 0.004. The placebo group did not show a difference when comparing placebo patients with greater or less than 150 mm Hg in systolic blood pressure. When comparing 6R-BH4 to placebo in patients with a mean systolic blood pressure of >150 mm Hg, the BH4 group had a mean systolic blood pressure reduction of 14.1 mm Hg, compared to a mean systolic blood pressure reduction of 5.9 mm Hg in the placebo group, a difference of 8.2 mm Hg that did not reach statistical significance with a p- value trend of 0.142. These are post-hoc analyses and can only help provide insights that will need to be confirmed in prospectively designed studies. In an effort to better understand the role of BH4 in treating endothelial dysfunction and cardiovascular disease, BioMarin plans to initiate two small exploratory studies in the second half of 2007:
* A double-blind placebo-controlled study to assess the effect of 6R-BH4 on endothelial dysfunction in approximately 40 subjects with more severe systolic hypertension (SBP >145 mm Hg) and with confirmed and significantly impaired endothelial function. * A clinical study to assess the effect of co-administration of Vitamin C with 6R-BH4 on 6R-BH4 pharmacokinetics and efficacy in treating endothelial dysfunction in approximately 40 subjects with more severe hypertension (SBP >150 mm Hg) and significantly impaired endothelial function. Vitamin C can have a direct oxidation protective effect on BH4, and the level of Vitamin C in the formulation from the prior hypertension study was much higher than in the current 6R-BH4 formulation. We will assess whether this protective effect is meaningful in patients with cardiovascular disease.
After reviewing the results of the hypertension study in greater detail, a few additions have been made to the protocol for the ongoing Phase 2 trial for peripheral arterial disease. Measures of endothelial dysfunction and oxidative stress will be added to the protocol at several sites, and given the potential that increased Vitamin C might protect BH4 from oxidation in patients, co-administration of Vitamin C with BH4 or placebo will be added to half of the patients in the study.
A Phase 2 trial for sickle cell disease and an investigator-sponsored trial for pulmonary arterial hypertension are both expected to begin in the second quarter of 2007.
Update on Phenylase Program
Preclinical data demonstrates that Phenylase administered subcutaneously once weekly in PKU mice resulted in a sustained decrease in blood Phe to levels within a normal range for a 12-week period. BioMarin plans to file an IND by the end of 2007 and to be in the clinic in early 2008.
Anticipated Upcoming Milestones * Q207 -- NDA filing for Kuvan * Q207 -- Initiation of Phase 2 Trial of 6R-BH4 in sickle cell disease * Q207 -- Initiation of investigator-sponsored trial of 6R-BH4 in pulmonary arterial hypertension * June 2007 -- Initiation of Expanded Access Program for Kuvan for approximately 500 PKU patients in the U.S. * Q307 -- MAA filing for Kuvan by Merck Serono * Q407 -- IND filing for Phenylase Upcoming Investor Conferences * May 8-10: Baird Growth Stock Conference -- Chicago * May 14-15: Rodman & Renshaw 4th Annual Global Healthcare Conference -- Monte Carlo * May 22-24: Citigroup Healthcare Conference -- New York City * May 30-June 1: Bank of America Healthcare Conference -- Las Vegas
BioMarin will host a conference call and webcast to discuss first quarter 2007 financial results tomorrow, Tuesday, May 1, at 12:00 p.m. ET (18:00 CET). This event can be accessed on the investor section of the BioMarin website at www.BMRN.com.
Date: May 1, 2007 Time: 12:00 p.m. ET (18:00 CET) U.S. & Canada Toll-free Dial in #: 800.261.3417 International Dial in #: 617.614.3673 Participant Code: 47185129 Replay Toll-free Dial in #: 888.286.8010 Replay International Dial in #: 617.801.6888 Replay Code: 96143665 About BioMarin
BioMarin develops and commercializes innovative biopharmaceuticals for serious diseases and medical conditions. The company's product portfolio is comprised of two approved products and multiple clinical and preclinical product candidates. Approved products include Naglazyme(R) (galsulfase) for mucopolysaccharidosis VI (MPS VI), a product wholly developed and commercialized by BioMarin, and Aldurazyme(R) (laronidase) for mucopolysaccharidosis I (MPS I), a product which BioMarin developed through a 50/50 joint venture with Genzyme Corporation. Investigational product candidates include Kuvan(TM) (sapropterin dihydrochloride), a Phase 3 product candidate for the treatment of phenylketonuria (PKU), and 6R-BH4 for cardiovascular indications, which is currently in Phase 2 clinical development for the treatment of peripheral arterial disease. For additional information, please visit www.BMRN.com. Information on BioMarin's website is not incorporated by reference into this press release.
This press release contains forward-looking statements about the business prospects of BioMarin Pharmaceutical Inc., including, without limitation, statements about: the sales expectations of BioMarin's product Naglazyme and BioMarin/Genzyme LLC's product Aldurazyme; Alliant Pharmaceuticals' commercialization of Orapred ODT; the financial performance of the BioMarin as a whole; the timing of BioMarin's clinical trials of 6R-BH4 for other indications; the continued clinical development and commercialization of Aldurazyme, Naglazyme, Kuvan, and 6R-BH4 for other indications; actions by regulatory authorities, including actions related to Kuvan, and 6R-BH4 for other indications; and expectations regarding actions by Merck Serono related to filing the marketing authorization application for Kuvan. These forward- looking statements are predictions and involve risks and uncertainties such that actual results may differ materially from these statements. These risks and uncertainties include, among others: our success in continuing commercialization of Naglazyme; our joint venture partner's success in continuing the commercialization of Aldurazyme; Alliant Pharmaceuticals' success in commercializing Orapred ODT; results and timing of current and planned preclinical studies and clinical trials; our ability to successfully manufacture our products and product candidates; the content and timing of decisions by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the European Commission and other regulatory authorities concerning each of the described products and product candidates; the market for each of these products and particularly Aldurazyme, Naglazyme and Orapred ODT; actual sales of Aldurazyme, Naglazyme and Orapred ODT; Merck Serono's activities related to Kuvan; and those factors detailed in BioMarin's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including, without limitation, the factors contained under the caption "Risk Factors" in BioMarin's 2006 Annual Report on Form 10-K, as amended, and the factors contained in BioMarin's reports on Form 10-Q and Form 8-K. Stockholders are urged not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof. BioMarin is under no obligation, and expressly disclaims any obligation to update or alter any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.
NOTE: BioMarin(R) and Naglazyme(R) are a registered trademarks of BioMarin Pharmaceutical Inc.
Aldurazyme(R) is a registered trademark of BioMarin/Genzyme LLC.
Orapred(R) is a registered trademark of Medicis Pediatrics, Inc. and is used under license.
Contact: Investors Media Eugenia Shen Susan Berg BioMarin Pharmaceutical Inc. BioMarin Pharmaceutical Inc. (415) 506-6570 (415) 506-6594 BioMarin Pharmaceutical Inc. and BioMarin/Genzyme LLC Net Product Sales of Aldurazyme and Naglazyme For the Three Months Ended March 31, 2006 and 2007 (In millions, unaudited) Three Months Ended March 31, 2006 2007 Aldurazyme (as reported by BioMarin/Genzyme LLC) (1) $21.3 $26.8 Naglazyme 7.0 18.4
(1) The company recognizes its 50% share of the net income of BioMarin/Genzyme LLC as Equity in the income of BioMarin/Genzyme LLC in the company's consolidated statements of operations.
BIOMARIN PHARMACEUTICAL INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS For the Three Months Ended March 31, 2006 and 2007 (In thousands, except for per share data, unaudited) Three Months Ended March 31, 2006 2007 Revenues: Net product sales $8,979 18,334 Collaborative agreement revenues 4,514 4,147 Royalty and license revenues 319 357 Total revenues 13,812 22,838 Operating expenses: Cost of sales (excludes amortization of developed product technology) 1,722 4,117 Research and development 12,279 18,159 Selling, general and administrative 10,893 16,284 Amortization of acquired intangible assets 373 1,093 Total operating expenses 25,267 39,653 Loss from operations (11,455) (16,815) Equity in the income of BioMarin/Genzyme LLC 3,800 6,163 Interest income 699 3,694 Interest expense (2,824) (2,335) Net loss $(9,780) (9,293) Net loss per share, basic and diluted $(0.13) (0.10) Weighted average common shares outstanding, basic and diluted 74,963 94,557 BIOMARIN PHARMACEUTICAL INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS December 31, 2006 and March 31, 2007 (In thousands, except for share and per share data) December 31, March 31, 2006 2007 (unaudited) ASSETS Current assets: Cash and cash equivalents $89,162 $98,331 Short-term investments 199,685 174,976 Accounts receivable, net 14,670 14,525 Advances to BioMarin/Genzyme LLC 1,596 814 Inventory 25,075 27,438 Other current assets 4,036 4,561 Total current assets 334,224 320,645 Investment in BioMarin/Genzyme LLC 31,457 31,619 Property, plant and equipment, net 55,466 56,487 Acquired intangible assets, net 11,655 10,563 Goodwill 21,262 21,262 Restricted cash 1,731 2,617 Other assets 7,641 6,571 Total assets $463,436 $449,764 LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY Current liabilities: Accounts payable and accrued liabilities $32,166 $24,889 Current portion of acquisition obligation, net of discount 6,787 6,786 Current portion of deferred revenue 7,092 7,154 Total current liabilities 46,045 38,829 Convertible debt 223,940 172,500 Long-term portion of acquisition obligation, net of discount 68,548 67,945 Deferred revenue, net of current portion 5,023 3,297 Other long-term liabilities 2,078 2,479 Total liabilities 345,634 285,050 Stockholders' equity: Common stock, $0.001 par value: 150,000,000 shares authorized; 91,725,528 and 95,607,422 shares issued and outstanding at December 31, 2006 and March 31, 2007, respectively 92 96 Additional paid-in capital 709,359 765,540 Accumulated other comprehensive loss (25) (5) Accumulated deficit (591,624) (600,917) Total stockholders' equity 117,802 164,714 Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $463,436 $449,764
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