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ARIAD Reports Third Quarter 2016 Financial Results

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--ARIAD Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: ARIA) today reported financial results for the third quarter and first nine months of 2016. The Company also provided an update on corporate developments and reaffirmed 2016 financial guidance.

“During the third quarter, ARIAD achieved several important milestones that further our commitment as a small, research-based biotechnology company to patients with rare cancers, including those with no other targeted treatment options available”

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“During the third quarter, ARIAD achieved several important milestones that further our commitment as a small, research-based biotechnology company to patients with rare cancers, including those with no other targeted treatment options available,” said Paris Panayiotopoulos, president and chief executive officer of ARIAD. “Iclusig was approved in Japan and we received priority review from the FDA for brigatinib in crizotinib-treated ALK+ non-small cell lung cancer. We are continuing to invest heavily in R&D and to progress in enrolling in the OPTIC, OPTIC-2L and ALTA-1L trials for Iclusig and brigatinib, as well as our clinical trial for AP32788, a novel kinase inhibitor for a rare form of lung cancer involving mutations in the EGFR and HER2 genes, and for which there are currently no approved targeted treatments.”

Financial Results for the Quarter and Nine Months Ended September 30, 2016

Revenue

  • Worldwide net product revenue from sales of Iclusig were $34.3 million for the third quarter of 2016, compared to $27.5 million in the third quarter of 2015, an increase of 25%; and $133.3 million for the first nine months of 2016, compared to $79.3 million for the first nine months of 2015, an increase of 68%. Net product revenue for the nine months ended September 30, 2016 includes one-time revenue of approximately $25.5 million related to cumulative shipments of Iclusig in France that were recorded upon obtaining pricing and reimbursement approval in May 2016.
    • U.S. net product revenue from sales of Iclusig were $33.6 million for the third quarter of 2016, compared to $20.3 million in the third quarter of 2015, an increase of 66 percent; and $91.2 million for the first nine months of 2016, compared to $60.6 million for the first nine months of 2015, an increase of 50 percent.
    • European royalties on sales of Iclusig were $4.0 million of which $3.5 million was recorded as other revenue during the third quarter of 2016. European royalties on sales of Iclusig were $5.3 million of which $4.6 million was recorded as other revenue during the first nine months of 2016. On June 1, 2016, ARIAD out-licensed the rights to Iclusig in Europe to Incyte Corporation (Incyte). From June 1, 2016, ARIAD records royalty revenue based on tiered royalty rates from Iclusig sales in Europe recognized by Incyte. European sales of Iclusig were $7.2 million for the third quarter of 2015 and $18.7 million for the first nine months of 2015.
    • For the three and nine months ended September 30, 2016, license and other revenue includes $3.5 million from research and development cost sharing amounts from Incyte and achievement of a $2.0 million milestone from Medinol Ltd. earned during the third quarter of 2016.

GAAP and Non-GAAP Net Income (Loss)

GAAP net loss for the quarter ended September 30, 2016 was $27.8 million, or $0.14 per basic and diluted share, respectively, compared to GAAP net loss of $55.5 million, or $0.29 loss per basic and diluted share, for the quarter ended September 30, 2015. GAAP net income for the nine months ended September 30, 2016 was $28.2 million, or $0.15 per basic share and $0.14 per diluted share, compared to GAAP net loss of $171.3 million, or $0.91 loss per basic and diluted share, for the nine months ended September 30, 2015. During the nine months ended September 30, 2016, the Company recorded a $129.0 million gain related to the Incyte transaction under other income (expense), net related to closing the sale of the Company’s European operations and out-license of Iclusig rights in Europe.

Non-GAAP net loss for the quarter ended September 30, 2016 was $22.5 million, or $0.12 per diluted share, compared to non-GAAP net loss of $45.5 million, or $0.24 per diluted share for the quarter ended September 30, 2015. Non-GAAP net income for the nine months ended September 30, 2016 was $47.4 million, or $0.24 per diluted share, compared to non-GAAP net loss of $142.3 million, or $0.75 per diluted share, for the nine months ended September 30, 2015.

Non-GAAP net loss excludes stock-based compensation, restructuring charges for a reduction in force in March 2016 and transaction costs for the Incyte transaction. See “Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures” below for a description of non-GAAP financial measures and the reconciliation between GAAP and non-GAAP measures at the end of this press release.

Operating Expenses

  • R&D expenses were $43.6 million for the third quarter of 2016, a decrease of $4.6 million or 10 percent, compared to $48.2 million for the third quarter of 2015. R&D expenses were $130.6 million for the first nine months of 2016, an increase of $4.2 million or 3 percent, compared to $126.4 million for the first nine months of 2015.
  • Selling, general and administrative expenses were $26.2 million for the third quarter of 2016, a decrease of $10.5 million or 29 percent, compared to $36.7 million for the third quarter of 2015. Selling, general and administrative expenses were $96.5 million for the first nine months of 2016, a decrease of $22.4 million or 19 percent, compared to $118.9 million for the first nine months of 2015.

Other income (expense), net

  • For the nine months ended September 30, 2016, other income (expense), net includes a recorded gain on the Incyte transaction of $129.0 million.

Cash Position

  • As of September 30, 2016, cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities totaled $314.7 million, compared to $278.5 million at June 30, 2016 and $242.3 million at December 31, 2015.

PDL Royalty Financing and Convertible Notes 2019

  • In July 2016, the Company received $50.0 million from PDL BioPharma, Inc. (PDL), representing the second tranche of funding under the terms of the original royalty financing agreement. As of September 30, 2016, the amount due under the PDL royalty financing totaled $96.8 million.
  • In addition, as of September 30, 2016, the Company has $200 million of aggregate principal amount of convertible notes which are due to mature on June 15, 2019.

2016 Financial Guidance

  • We are reaffirming our prior guidance for global Iclusig net product and royalty revenue of $170 million to $180 million.
  • We are reaffirming our prior guidance for research and development expense of $175 million to $180 million, and sales, general and administration expense of $120 million to $125 million.
  • We are reaffirming our prior guidance for cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities at December 31, 2016, of $280 million to $290 million.

Recent Progress and Key Objectives

Iclusig

  • Our partner for Iclusig in Asia, Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. (Otsuka), received approval from the Japanese Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices Agency (PMDA) for Iclusig for the treatment of chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) resistant or intolerant to preceding drug treatment and relapsed or treatment resistant Philadelphia chromosome-positive acute lymphoblastic leukemia (Ph+ ALL). Additional regulatory applications are pending for Taiwan and South Korea.
  • ARIAD has submitted the four-year efficacy and safety data from the pivotal Phase 2 PACE clinical trial to the FDA and other health...

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