Biogen Idec Inc. (NASDAQ: BIIB), a global biotechnology leader in the discovery, development, manufacturing and commercialization of innovative therapies, today announced its third quarter 2011 results.
Third Quarter 2011 Highlights:
- Third quarter revenues increased 11% to $1.3 billion, compared to the third quarter of 2010. TYSABRI® (natalizumab) revenues increased 26% year-over-year to $277 million while AVONEX® (interferon beta-1a) revenues increased 6% year-over-year to $682 million. RITUXAN® (rituximab) revenues from our unconsolidated joint business arrangement were $266 million for the quarter, an increase of 3% versus prior year.
- Global in-market sales of TYSABRI in the third quarter of 2011 were $393 million, an increase of 28% over the third quarter of 2010. The total was comprised of $197 million in U.S. sales and $195 million in sales outside the U.S.
- On a reported basis, calculated in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the U.S. (GAAP), third quarter 2011 GAAP diluted EPS were $1.43, an increase of 36% over the third quarter of 2010. GAAP net income attributable to Biogen Idec for the quarter was $352 million, an increase of 38% from the third quarter of 2010.
- Non-GAAP diluted EPS for the third quarter of 2011 were $1.61, an increase of 19% over the third quarter of 2010. Non-GAAP net income attributable to Biogen Idec for the third quarter of 2011 was $395 million, an increase of approximately 20% from the third quarter of 2010. A reconciliation of our GAAP to non-GAAP results is included on Table 3 within this press release.
As of September 30, 2011, Biogen Idec had cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities of approximately $2.9 billion.
"This has been a quarter of tremendous accomplishments for Biogen Idec," said George A. Scangos, Ph.D., the company's chief executive officer. "We continued to deliver strong product and financial performance driven by the growth of TYSABRI. The recent positive data readout from the CONFIRM trial of BG-12 is a truly meaningful development for our company and for multiple sclerosis patients, and we are thrilled by it. We now have strong results for BG-12 in two large and robust clinical trials and we anticipate filing for approval in the first half of next year with the intent of bringing this potentially major new therapy to MS patients as soon as possible. We continue to improve the quality of our pipeline by concentrating on cutting-edge science with the greatest potential to help patients and drive growth, and we are focused on excellence in execution as we prepare for the potential of multiple product launches in coming years."
TYSABRI Patient Growth
Based upon data available to us through the TOUCH® prescribing program and other third-party sources, as of the end of September 2011, we estimate that approximately 63,500 patients were on commercial and clinical TYSABRI therapy worldwide, and that cumulatively approximately 92,200 patients have ever been treated with TYSABRI in the post-marketing setting.
Other Products and Royalties
Revenues from other products in the third quarter of 2011 were $17 million, compared to $12 million in the third quarter of 2010.
Table 4 provides individual product revenues.
Royalties were $52 million in the third quarter of 2011, an increase of 43% compared to the third quarter of 2010.
Corporate partner revenues in the third quarter of 2011 were $16 million, compared to $5 million in the third quarter of 2010.
Revised Financial Guidance
Biogen Idec also revised its full year 2011 financial guidance. This guidance consists of the following components:
- Revenue growth is expected to be in the mid-single digits versus 2010.
- Cost of Sales is expected to be approximately 9% to 10% of total revenue.
- R&D is expected to be at the high end of 22% to 24% of total revenue.
- SG&A is expected to be at the high end of 20% to 21% of total revenue.
- Tax rate is expected to be approximately 26% to 28% of pretax income.
- GAAP diluted EPS is expected to be above $4.91.
- Non-GAAP diluted EPS is expected to be above $5.70.
- Capital expenditures are expected to be in the range of $200 to $220 million.
Biogen Idec may incur charges, realize gains or experience other events in 2011 that could cause actual results to vary from this guidance.
Showcasing world-class R&D
- On October 26, 2011, Biogen Idec announced positive topline results for CONFIRM, the second of two pivotal Phase III clinical trials designed to evaluate the investigational oral compound BG-12 (dimethyl fumarate) in people with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (RRMS). Results showed that 240 mg of BG-12, administered either twice a day (BID) or three times a day (TID), demonstrated significant efficacy and favorable safety and tolerability profiles. Further analyses of the CONFIRM study are ongoing, and the company anticipates presenting detailed data at a future medical meeting.
- On October 21, 2011, Biogen Idec announced positive data from the Phase III DEFINE clinical trial of oral BG-12 in people with RRMS. Results showed that 240 mg of BG-12, administered either twice a day or three times a day, significantly reduced the proportion of patients who relapsed by 49 percent and 50 percent, respectively, at two years compared with placebo. Detailed data from DEFINE was presented at the 5th Joint Triennial Congress of the European and Americas Committees for Treatment and Research in Multiple Sclerosis (ECTRIMS and ACTRIMS) in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, including a platform presentation.
- On October 19, 2011, Biogen Idec and Elan Corporation announced 28 company-supported TYSABRI presentations at ECTRIMS and ACTRIMS, held in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Key data indicated patients on TYSABRI experienced reduced annualized relapse rates, particularly in those treated with TYSABRI early in the course of their disease. Data from AFFIRM, a long-term outcomes study, showed ARR and EDSS benefits were seen with earlier treatment of TYSABRI over delayed treatment. Data from a separate study showed TYSABRI-treated patients experienced improved incontinence-related quality of life. Additional data sets were presented further supporting Biogen Idec's and Elan's efforts to stratify the risk of PML in TYSABRI-treated patients.
- On October 12, 2011, Biogen Idec announced a robust selection of data from the company's multiple sclerosis (MS) franchise were presented in 48 posters and five platform presentations during ECTRIMS and ACTRIMS in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, October 19 through the 22. Therapies in Biogen Idec's MS franchise presented at the conference included TYSABRI, BG-12, FAMPYRA® (prolonged-release fampridine tablets), AVONEX, and daclizumab high-yield process (DAC HYP).
- On August 9, 2011, Biogen Idec and Abbott announced positive top-line results from SELECT, a global, registrational Phase 2b clinical trial designed to evaluate the investigational compound DAC HYP in people with RRMS over one year.
Advancing corporate strategy
- On October 27, 2011, Biogen Idec and Portola Pharmaceuticals, Inc. announced that they entered into an exclusive, worldwide collaboration and license agreement under which both companies will develop and commercialize highly selective, novel oral Syk inhibitors for the treatment of various autoimmune and inflammatory diseases, including rheumatoid arthritis and systemic lupus erythematosus. The collaboration's lead molecule, PRT062607, has been shown to be a highly potent and specific oral inhibitor of Syk in a broad panel of in vitro kinase and cellular assays and is currently in Phase 1 studies. Results of the studies to date suggest the compound is well tolerated and has a profile suitable for once-daily dosing.
- On October 20, 2011, Biogen Idec and Elan Corporation announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration extended the initial PDUFA date for its review of the supplemental Biologics License Application (sBLA) for TYSABRI. The sBLA was submitted in December 2010 to update the Prescribing Information for TYSABRI to include anti-JC virus antibody status as a factor to help stratify the risk of PML in the TYSABRI-treated population. The three month extension is a standard extension period.
- On September 29, 2011, Biogen Idec announced Tony Kingsley will assume the role of Executive Vice President of Global Commercial Operations with the promotion being effective on November 7, 2011. Mr. Kingsley will oversee development and execution of Biogen Idec's global commercial business strategies, reporting directly to Chief Executive Officer George A. Scangos, Ph.D.
- On September 6, 2011, Biogen Idec acquired 100% of the remaining Dompé shares in its joint ventures in both Italy and Switzerland. This integration is part of Biogen Idec's and Dompé Group's broader strategy to focus on each company's respective core business. Under the terms of the agreement, the joint ventures will become 100%-owned affiliates of Biogen Idec, giving the company a direct commercial presence in 29 countries.
- On August 15, 2011, Biogen Idec completed an agreement with Quest Diagnostics, Inc. that allows for commercial testing of patients in the United States for the JC Virus antibody. The JC Virus Antibody Test was developed and analytically validated by Focus Diagnostics, Inc., the infectious disease diagnostics business of Quest Diagnostics.