Gross sales of Acorda Therapeutics' ZANAFLEX CAPSULES and tablets increase 9.1% to $58.3M in 2009

Acorda Therapeutics, Inc. (Nasdaq: ACOR) today announced its financial results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2009.

“The FDA approval of AMPYRA represents an important advance in the treatment of MS. It is also a significant step for Acorda toward our goal of becoming a leading innovator in neurology”

“The FDA approval of AMPYRA represents an important advance in the treatment of MS. It is also a significant step for Acorda toward our goal of becoming a leading innovator in neurology,” said Ron Cohen, M.D., President and CEO of Acorda Therapeutics. “We expect commercial supply of AMPYRA to be available beginning in March. As we launch AMPYRA, we also are focusing on advancing our preclinical pipeline to the clinic. We believe GGF2 may have important applications in both cardiac and neurological conditions, and will look to demonstrate proof of concept initially in heart failure. We expect to file an IND for this indication in early 2010.”

Financial Results and Product Update

ZANAFLEX CAPSULES® (tizanidine hydrochloride) and ZANAFLEX® (tizanidine hydrochloride) tablets gross sales - For the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2009, the Company reported combined gross sales of ZANAFLEX CAPSULES and ZANAFLEX tablets of $14.4 million, compared to combined gross sales of $14.0 million for the same quarter in 2008. For the full year ended December 31, 2009, the Company reported combined gross sales of ZANAFLEX CAPSULES and ZANAFLEX tablets of $58.3 million, compared to combined gross sales of $53.4 million in 2008.

Gross sales are recognized using a deferred revenue recognition model, meaning ZANAFLEX CAPSULES and ZANAFLEX tablet shipments to wholesalers are recorded as deferred revenue and only recognized as revenue when end-user prescriptions of ZANAFLEX CAPSULES and ZANAFLEX tablets are reported. ZANAFLEX franchise operations were cash flow positive on an operating basis for 2009.

ZANAFLEX CAPSULES and ZANAFLEX tablets shipments - Total ZANAFLEX CAPSULES and ZANAFLEX tablet shipments for the quarter ended December 31, 2009 were $18.4 million, compared to total shipments of $16.5 million for the same quarter in 2008. For the full year ended December 31, 2009, total ZANAFLEX CAPSULES and ZANAFLEX tablet shipments were $66.7million, compared to total shipments of $62.9 million in 2008.

License Revenue - For the quarter ended December 31, 2009, the Company reported license revenue of $2.4 million, a portion of the $110 million received from Biogen Idec International GmbH (Biogen Idec), a subsidiary of Biogen Idec Inc., for the collaboration agreement entered into on June 30, 2009. For the full year ended December 31, 2009, the Company reported license revenue of $4.7 million. The balance of this payment will be recognized as revenue ratably over the remainder of the estimated term of the collaboration agreement.

Cost of License Revenue - For the quarter ended December 31, 2009, the Company recorded cost of license revenue of $0.2 million and for the full year ended December 31, 2009, the Company recorded cost of license revenue of $0.3 million. This cost is related to the $7.7 million payment made to Elan as a result of the collaboration agreement the Company entered into with Biogen Idec. This payment will be recognized as expense ratably over the estimated term of the collaboration agreement as the related revenue is recognized.

Research and development expenses for the quarter ended December 31, 2009 were $10.6 million, including $1.1 million of share-based compensation, compared to $10.8 million including $0.7 million of share-based compensation for the same quarter in 2008. Research and development expenses for the full year ended December 31, 2009 were $34.6 million, including $3.7 million of share-based compensation, compared to $36.6 million including $2.3 million of share-based compensation in 2008. Research and development expense for the full year ended December 31, 2009 included costs related to our AMPYRA Phase 3 and long-term extension studies, preparation for the AMPYRA NDA filing and FDA Advisory Committee meeting for AMPYRA and development of our preclinical pipeline products.

Sales, general and administrative expenses for the quarter ended December 31, 2009 were $22.7 million, including $2.3 million of share-based compensation, compared to $19.6 million including $2.0 million of share-based compensation for the same quarter in 2008. Sales, general and administrative expenses for the full year ended December 31, 2009 were $89.9 million, including $8.6 million of share-based compensation, compared to $73.3 million including $7.5 million of share-based compensation in 2008. This increase in expenses was primarily due to increases in AMPYRA pre-launch activities and ZANAFLEX CAPSULES promotional activities.

Other income (expense), net for the quarter ended December 31, 2009 was $(0.4) million compared to $0.6 million for the same quarter in 2008. Other income (expense) for the full year ended December 31, 2009 was $(2.7) million compared to $(0.9) million in 2008.

The Company reported a net loss of $22.5 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2009, or $0.59 per diluted common share, compared to a net loss of $20.2 million, or $0.54 per diluted common share, for the same quarter in 2008. The Company reported a net loss of $83.9 million for the full year ended December 31, 2009, or $2.22 per diluted common share, compared to a net loss of $74.3 million, or $2.19 per diluted common share, in 2008.

As of December 31, 2009, Acorda held cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments of $272.1 million, compared to $246.0 million at December 31, 2008.

Significant Events for 2009 and 2010 to Date

AMPYRA

  • Two platform and two poster presentations on AMPYRA have been accepted for the American Academy of Neurology annual meeting in April 2010.
  • On February 3, 2010 the Company announced a Wholesale Acquisition Cost (WAC) of $1,056 for a 30-day supply of AMPRYA (one 60-count bottle). Acorda also provided details on its patient assistance and co-pay programs.
  • On January 29, 2010, Acorda received written confirmation from the FDA that the Company has received seven years of orphan drug exclusive approval for the use of AMPYRA for treatment to improve walking in patients with MS, beginning January 22, 2010.
  • Acorda received FDA marketing approval for AMPYRA on January 22, 2010. AMPYRA is indicated to improve walking in patients with MS. This was demonstrated by an increase in walking speed.
  • On October 14, AMPYRA was reviewed by the FDA Peripheral and Central Nervous System Drugs (PCNSD) Advisory Committee. The Committee voted 12 to 1 that clinical data on AMPYRA 10 mg twice daily demonstrated substantial evidence of effectiveness as a treatment to improve walking in people with MS and voted 10 to 2 (1 abstention) that it is clinically meaningful and can be safe for use. The Committee also recommended by a vote of 12 to 1 that Acorda be required to evaluate the effects of doses lower than 10 mg twice daily, but by a 10 to 2 vote (1 abstention) that these studies not be required prior to approval.
  • In June, Acorda and Biogen Idec entered into an exclusive collaboration and license agreement to develop and commercialize AMPYRA in markets outside the United States. Outside the U.S., Biogen Idec is referring to the drug as Fampridine Prolonged Release (PR) tablets. The agreement provided for an upfront payment of $110 million to Acorda and additional payments of up to $400 million based on the successful achievement of future regulatory and sales milestones. In addition, Biogen Idec will make double-digit, tiered royalty payments to Acorda on ex-U.S. sales, as well as paying Acorda for all payments due from Acorda to Elan for ex-US sales, including royalties owed.
    • In January 2010, Biogen Idec announced the submission of applications for approval of the drug to European and Canadian health authorities.
  • On May 6, Acorda announced the FDA accepted the AMPYRA New Drug Application (NDA) for filing, assigning it Priority Review.
  • Phase 3 clinical trial data on AMPYRA in multiple sclerosis (MS) were published in the February 28 issue of The Lancet, one of the world’s leading medical journals.

Corporate

  • Lauren Sabella joined Acorda as Executive Vice President, Commercial Development in January 2010.
  • Dr. Adrian Rabinowicz joined Acorda as Senior Vice President, Medical Affairs in February 2010.

ZANAFLEX CAPSULES and ZANAFLEX Tablets Franchise

  • Gross sales of ZANAFLEX CAPSULES and tablets increased 9.1% to $58.3 million in 2009 from $53.4 million in 2008.
  • ZANAFLEX franchise operations were cash flow positive on an operating basis for 2009.

Outlook for 2010

  • The Company is preparing for the commercial launch of AMPYRA in March 2010. Acorda expects its expanded sales force of 100 representatives to be fully trained and deployed in March.
  • The Company plans to file for Hatch-Waxman patent term extension for AMPYRA by the deadline of March 22, 2010.
  • The Company expects sales of ZANAFLEX CAPSULES will decline in 2010 due to increasing managed care pressure, among other factors.
  • Acorda expects to complete pre-IND toxicology studies and submit an IND for GGF2 in heart failure in early 2010. The Company is planning to start a Phase 1 clinical study in heart failure patients in 2010.
  • Research and development expenses are expected to increase in 2010 over 2009 due to the continued development of the Company’s pre-clinical programs, including expected initiation of a GGF2 Phase 1 study, and implementation of our post-marketing study commitments for AMPYRA.
  • Sales, general and administrative expenses are expected to substantially increase in 2010 over 2009 primarily due to launch costs and sales and marketing expenses for AMPYRA, including increases in sales, managed markets and medical affairs staff and implementation of our post-marketing study commitments for AMPYRA.
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