EAST BRUNSWICK, N.J., May 9, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Savient Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: SVNT) today reported financial results for the three months ended March 31, 2012, which reflects the Company's continuing commercialization of KRYSTEXXA® (pegloticase) in the U.S.
Savient ended the quarter with approximately $131.0 million in cash and short-term investments. On May 7, 2012, Savient entered into definitive financing and restructuring agreements with certain of its existing convertible note-holders, which will raise approximately $44.0 million in net proceeds and extend maturity on a significant portion of its debt. Subsequent to the closing of the financing and restructuring agreements, Savient believes that its cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments will be sufficient to fund anticipated levels of operations for at least the next two years.
Net sales for KRYSTEXXA were $3.1 million for the first quarter of 2012. For the first quarter of 2012, the Company had a net loss of $34.2 million, or $0.49 per share, on total revenues of $3.5 million, compared with a net loss of $13.5 million, or $0.19 per share, on total revenues of $1.3 million for the same period in 2011.
David Y. Norton, Interim Chief Executive Officer of Savient said, "We have a strong foundation for growth in place and are leveraging the heightened awareness of Refractory Chronic Gout ("RCG") and KRYSTEXXA to augment the reach of the drug as we move forward into 2012. While KRYSTEXXA sales reflect a modest increase from the previous quarter, we gained solid momentum in the later part of the quarter and are encouraged by the upward sales trend we have seen in March and April. We look forward to building on this momentum as we address the unmet need for this debilitating condition and expect to see continued solid and steady growth going forward."
- Announced that KRYSTEXXA became available in the European Union through a Named Patient basis sponsored by Savient's wholly-owned subsidiary, Savient Pharma Ireland Limited.
- Published data on RCG and the use of pegloticase in the International Journal of Clinical Rheumatology.
- Announced that nine abstracts were accepted at the European League Against Rheumatism (EULAR) 2012 Annual Congress, one as an oral presentation.
- Instituted a new KRYSTEXXA Patient Initiation Program (KPIP), which provides patients suffering with RCG with a limited offer of two free doses of KRYSTEXXA.
Financial Results of Operations for the Three Months Ended March 31, 2012
Total revenues increased $2.2 million to $3.5 million for the three months ended March 31, 2012, from $1.3 million for the three months ended March 31, 2011, as a result of the continued sales momentum of KRYSTEXXA. We expect KRYSTEXXA sales to continue to increase in future periods as our marketing and promotion efforts take effect.
Cost of goods sold increased $1.3 million to $1.7 million for the three months ended March 31, 2012, from $0.4 million for the three months ended March 31, 2011. The increase is primarily due to royalty and sales-based milestone payments pursuant to our third party licenses and other agreements and as a result of the commercialization and higher sales of KRYSTEXXA.
Research and development expenses increased $3.5 million to $7.2 million for the three months ended March 31, 2012, from $3.7 million for the three months ended March 31, 2011. The increase is primarily due to our post marketing clinical studies for KRYSTEXXA.
Selling, general and administrative expenses increased $7.7 million to $24.3 million for the three months ended March 31, 2012, from $16.6 million for the three months ended March 31, 2011. The increase is primarily due to increased selling and marketing expenses associated with the commercial launch of KRYSTEXXA as we continue our marketing efforts for the product.
Interest expense on our 2018 Convertible Notes of $4.4 million for the three months ended March 31, 2012 reflects $2.7 million of interest expense from the 4.75% coupon and $1.7 million of non-cash accretion of the discount on the Convertible Notes.
Conference Call and Webcast
The Company will host a live conference call and webcast beginning at 9:00 a.m. Eastern Time on May 9, 2012 to discuss these results and to answer questions. To participate by telephone, please dial:
The live and archived webcast can be accessed on the investor relations section of the Savient website at www.savient.com. A telephone replay will be available on May 9, 2012 through May 16, 2012 by dialing:
ABOUT SAVIENT PHARMACEUTICALS, INC.
Savient Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is a specialty biopharmaceutical company focused on developing and commercializing KRYSTEXXA®(pegloticase) for the treatment of chronic gout in adult patients refractory to conventional therapy. Savient has exclusively licensed worldwide rights to the technology related to KRYSTEXXA and its uses from Duke University ("Duke") and Mountain View Pharmaceuticals, Inc. ("MVP"). Duke developed the recombinant uricase enzyme and MVP developed the PEGylation technology used in the manufacture of KRYSTEXXA. MVP and Duke have been granted U.S. and foreign patents disclosing and claiming the licensed technology and, in addition, Savient owns or co-owns U.S. and foreign patents and patent applications, which collectively form a broad portfolio of patents covering the composition, manufacture and methods of use and administration of KRYSTEXXA. Savient also manufactures and supplies Oxandrin® (oxandrolone tablets, USP) CIII in the U.S. For more information, please visit the Company's website at www.savient.com.
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