Regeneron fourth quarter total revenues increase to $415 million

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Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: REGN) today announced financial and operating results for the fourth quarter and full year 2012 and provided an update on development programs. 

The Company reported total revenues of $415 million in the fourth quarter and $1.4 billion for the year ended December 31, 2012.  Total revenues included EYLEA U.S. net product sales of $276 million in the fourth quarter and $838 million for the full year 2012.  Total revenues for the full year included a $50 million milestone payment from Sanofi and $25 million of milestone payments from Bayer HealthCare in connection with regulatory approvals of ZALTRAP® (ziv-aflibercept) Injection for Intravenous Infusion and EYLEA (aflibercept) Injection for Intravitreal Injection, respectively, as described below. 

The Company reported non-GAAP net income of $171 million, or $1.47 per diluted share, in the fourth quarter and $530 million, or $4.66 per diluted share, for the year ended December 31, 2012.  Non-GAAP net income excludes non-cash share-based compensation expense, non-cash interest expense related to the Company's convertible senior notes, and a non-cash tax benefit of $336 million recorded during the fourth quarter primarily as a result of releasing substantially all of the valuation allowance associated with the Company's deferred tax assets as of December 31, 2012.  The Company reported GAAP net income of $470 million, or $4.08 per diluted share, in the fourth quarter and $750 million, or $6.75 per diluted share, for the full year 2012. 

"2012 was truly a transformative year for Regeneron as strong U.S. net sales of EYLEA drove our first full year of profitability on a GAAP and non-GAAP basis," said Leonard S. Schleifer, M.D., Ph.D., President and Chief Executive Officer of Regeneron.  "With the recent U.S. approval of EYLEA for the treatment of macular edema following central retinal vein occlusion (CRVO), and receipt of a Medicare J-Code for EYLEA in January 2013, we expect continued strong U.S. growth for EYLEA and forecast U.S. net sales of $1.2 billion to $1.3 billion in 2013.  Outside the U.S., our partner Bayer HealthCare has begun to launch EYLEA for the treatment of neovascular age-related macular degeneration (wet AMD) in Japan, Europe, Australia, and other regions, and we expect to see substantial sales growth through 2013 and beyond as pricing approvals are received." 

"Clinical development of EYLEA in additional indications continued to progress in 2012, as the Phase 3 program in diabetic macular edema (DME) was fully enrolled and a Phase 3 trial in macular edema following branch retinal vein occlusion (BRVO) was initiated," said George D. Yancopoulos, M.D., Ph.D., Chief Scientific Officer, and President, Regeneron Laboratories.  "Our pipeline also advanced significantly during 2012, with the roll-out of our broad Phase 3 ODYSSEY program for REGN727, an antibody targeting PCSK9 to reduce low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, and the full enrollment of our first Phase 3 trial for sarilumab, our IL-6 receptor antibody in rheumatoid arthritis.  We are also encouraged by the potential of our IL-4R inhibitor, REGN668.  REGN668 demonstrated positive proof of concept in allergic asthma and atopic dermatitis, and data from these trials will be submitted to medical conferences for presentation later in the year.  We look forward to starting later stage, Phase 2b trials with this antibody during 2013."

Business Highlights - Fourth Quarter 2012 and 2013 to Date

EYLEA® (aflibercept) Injection for Intravitreal Injection

  • The Company and Bayer HealthCare collaborate on the global development and commercialization of EYLEA outside the United States, and share profits and losses from commercialization of EYLEA outside the United States except for Japan, where the Company receives a royalty on sales.  Regeneron maintains exclusive rights to EYLEA in the United States and is entitled to all profits from any such sales.
  • In November 2012, Bayer HealthCare received regulatory approval for EYLEA in the European Union for the treatment of patients with wet AMD.  In November 2012, Bayer HealthCare received pricing approval for EYLEA in Japan for the treatment of patients with wet AMD. 
  • Net sales recorded by Bayer HealthCare for EYLEA outside of the United States were $19 million in the fourth quarter of 2012.
  • Launches in additional countries are anticipated to continue throughout 2013 as regulatory and pricing approvals are achieved.
  • Bayer HealthCare submitted applications for marketing authorization for EYLEA in Europe in December 2012 and in Japan in January 2013 for the treatment of macular edema following CRVO.

ZALTRAP® (ziv-aflibercept) Injection for Intravenous Infusion

  • The Company and Sanofi collaborate on the global development and commercialization of ZALTRAP, and share profits and losses from commercialization of ZALTRAP except for Japan, where the Company receives a royalty on sales.  Sales of ZALTRAP in the United States commenced in August 2012, and net sales recorded by Sanofi were $23 million in the fourth quarter and $32 million for the full year of 2012.
  • In February 2013, the European Commission (EC) granted marketing authorization in the European Union for ZALTRAP concentrate for solution for infusion in combination with irinotecan/5-fluorouracil/folinic acid (FOLFIRI) chemotherapy in adults with metastatic colorectal cancer (mCRC) that is resistant to or has progressed after an oxaliplatin-containing regimen.  
  • Marketing authorization applications for ZALTRAP are currently under review by other regulatory agencies worldwide.

Monoclonal Antibodies

  • Regeneron has eleven fully human monoclonal antibodies based on the Company's VelocImmune® technology in clinical development, including six in collaboration with Sanofi.
  • ODYSSEY, a large, global Phase 3 program with REGN727, an antibody targeting PCSK9 to reduce LDL cholesterol, was initiated in June 2012 and is currently enrolling patients.  The Company expects to report initial results from a Phase 3 ODYSSEY trial in the second half of 2013.
  • REGN668, an antibody targeting IL-4R, demonstrated positive proof of concept in allergic asthma and atopic dermatitis.  Data in atopic dermatitis will be presented at the 71st Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Dermatology in March 2013.  Data in allergic asthma will be submitted to medical conferences for presentation later in the year.
  • REGN1500, an antibody against an undisclosed target that is being developed outside of the Sanofi collaboration, entered clinical development. 

Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2012 Financial Results

Total Revenues: Total revenues were $415 million in the fourth quarter and $1.4 billion for the full year 2012, compared to $123 million in the fourth quarter and $446 million for the full year 2011.  Total revenues include collaboration revenues of $127 million in the fourth quarter and $494 million for the full year 2012, compared to $86 million in the fourth quarter and $370 million for the full year 2011.  Included in collaboration revenues in 2012 were $15 million and $10 million substantive milestone payments from Bayer HealthCare which the Company earned in the third quarter and fourth quarter of 2012, respectively, in connection with receipt of marketing and pricing approvals in Japan for EYLEA for the treatment of wet AMD.  In addition, the Company earned a $50 million substantive milestone payment from Sanofi in the third quarter of 2012 in connection with FDA approval of ZALTRAP for patients with mCRC that is resistant to or has progressed following an oxaliplatin-containing regimen.

Product Revenues: Net product sales were $281 million in the fourth quarter and $858 million for the full year 2012, compared to $30 million in the fourth quarter and $45 million for the full year 2011.  The increase was due to the approval and launch of EYLEA in November 2011.  EYLEA net product sales were $276 million in the fourth quarter and $838 million for the full year 2012, compared to $25 million for both the fourth quarter and full year 2011.  ARCALYST net product sales were $5 million in both the fourth quarters of 2012 and 2011, and $20 million for both the full years 2012 and 2011.  

Research and Development (R&D) Expenses: In 2012, GAAP R&D expenses were $181 million in the fourth quarter and $626 million for the full year, compared to $129 million in the fourth quarter and $530 million for the full year 2011.  The higher R&D expenses in 2012 were principally due to increased R&D headcount and activities, primarily related to the Company's antibody collaboration with Sanofi, and higher non-cash share-based compensation expense, partly offset by lower EYLEA development costs incurred by Bayer HealthCare.  In 2012, R&D related non-cash share-based compensation expense was $18 million for the fourth quarter and $54 million for the full year, compared to $9 million in the fourth quarter and $33 million for the full year 2011.

Selling, General, and Administrative (SG&A) Expenses: In 2012, GAAP SG&A expenses were $58 million in the fourth quarter and $211 million for the full year, compared to $36 million in the fourth quarter and $117 million for the full year 2011.  The increase was primarily due to higher selling expenses in connection with commercialization of EYLEA, higher SG&A headcount, and higher non-cash share-based compensation expense.  In 2012, SG&A related non-cash share-based compensation expense was $12 million in the fourth quarter and $39 million for the full year, compared to $6 million in the fourth quarter and $23 million for the full year 2011.    

Cost of Goods Sold (COGS): In 2012, GAAP COGS was $30 million in the fourth quarter and $84 million for the full year, compared to $3 million in the fourth quarter and $4 million for the full year 2011.  The increase in 2012 was due to the launch of EYLEA in the fourth quarter of 2011. 

Interest Expense: In 2012, GAAP interest expense was $11 million in the fourth quarter and $45 million for the full year, compared to $9 million in the fourth quarter and $21 million for the full year 2011.  In connection with the Company's convertible senior notes, which were issued in October 2011, the Company incurred interest expense of $8 million in the fourth quarter of 2012, and $29 million for the full year 2012, which included $6 million and $22 million of non-cash interest expense, respectively.  In both the fourth quarter and full year 2011, the Company incurred interest expense of $5 million related to the Company's convertible senior notes, which included $4 million of non-cash interest expense.

Income Tax Benefit: In the fourth quarter of 2012, the Company recorded a GAAP income tax benefit of $336 million, primarily attributable to the release of substantially all of the valuation allowance associated with the Company's deferred tax assets.  The decision to reverse the valuation allowance was made after the Company determined that it was more likely than not that these deferred tax assets would be realized.  Due to the release of the valuation allowance in 2012, starting in 2013, the Company will record income taxes on GAAP income using an estimated effective tax rate (which is expected to approximate statutory tax rates).  Non-GAAP net income excludes the release of the valuation allowance described above, as well as non-cash income tax expense.  The Company does not currently pay, or expect to pay in the near future, significant cash income taxes.  When the Company begins paying significant cash income taxes, it expects to no longer exclude non-cash income tax expense from non-GAAP net income.

Non-GAAP and GAAP Net Income (Loss): The Company reported non-GAAP net income of $171 million, or $1.79 per basic share and $1.47 per diluted share, in the fourth quarter of 2012, compared to a non-GAAP net loss of $34 million, or $0.37 per share (basic and diluted), in the fourth quarter of 2011.  The Company reported non-GAAP net income of $530 million, or $5.60 per basic share and $4.66 per diluted share, for the full year 2012, compared to a non-GAAP net loss of $162 million, or $1.79 per share (basic and diluted), for the full year 2011.  Non-GAAP net income (loss) excludes non-cash share-based compensation expense, non-cash interest expense related to the convertible senior notes, and non-cash income tax expense or benefit. 

The Company reported GAAP net income of $470 million, or $4.92 per basic share and $4.08 per diluted share, in the fourth quarter of 2012, compared to a GAAP net loss of $53 million, or $0.58 per share (basic and diluted), in the fourth quarter of 2011.  The Company reported GAAP net income of $750 million, or $7.92 per basic share and $6.75 per diluted share, for the full year 2012, compared to a GAAP net loss of $222 million, or $2.45 per share (basic and diluted), for the full year 2011.

Cash Position: At December 31, 2012, cash and marketable securities totaled $588 million (including $8 million of restricted cash and marketable securities), compared to $811 million (including $8 million of restricted cash and marketable securities) at December 31, 2011.  In addition, accounts receivable related to sales of EYLEA totaled $592 million at December 31, 2012, compared to $26 million at December 31, 2011.

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Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

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