Elan second quarter total revenue increases 6% to $288.0 million

Elan Corporation, plc today reported its second quarter and first half 2012 financial results.   

"Progress continued during the course of the second quarter," said Mr. Kelly Martin, chief executive officer. "Underlying strength in the Tysabri business was driven by continued adoption of the assay on a global basis, which established the clinical framework to enable additional net new patients to be added to Tysabri."

"We continue to invest time, capital and talent on neuroscience. Advancement in the field across systems biology, computational chemistry, companion diagnostics, biomarkers and their utilization, as well as genetics, provides the ingredients for significant success and patient therapeutic choice in the years ahead."

Mr. Nigel Clerkin, chief financial officer, said, "We continue to see strong growth in demand for Tysabri. There are now over 69,000 patients on therapy, an increase of 13% since the end of June 2011. Total revenues grew by 6% in the second quarter of 2012 over the second quarter of 2011, reflecting this increase in patient numbers, offset by the impact of a revenue reserve against sales of Tysabri in Italy, as well as the impact of foreign currency movements, including an 11% decline in the dollar-euro exchange rate. Our net loss from continuing operations was reduced by almost 40%, to $28.5 million in the second quarter of 2012, from $47.0 million in the second quarter of 2011, demonstrating the benefit of the lower interest expense following the substantial debt reduction completed in the fourth quarter of 2011."    

Overview

Operating Results

Quarter 2, 2012

Total revenue for the second quarter of 2012 increased by 6% to $288.0 million from $270.6 million for the same period of 2011. Tysabri® global in-market net sales grew by 2% to $395.5 million in the second quarter of 2012, from $389.0 million in the second quarter of 2011. This reflects a 16% growth in U.S. in-market net sales of Tysabri, offset by an 11% decrease in rest of world (ROW) in-market net sales, which were negatively impacted by a $16.3 million revenue reserve in Italy (see page 10), and foreign currency movements, including an 11% decrease in the average dollar-euro exchange rate from the second quarter of 2011 to the second quarter of 2012. Worldwide, the number of patients on Tysabri increased by 13% to approximately 69,100 patients at the end of June 2012, from approximately 61,200 patients (revised) at the end of June 2011.

Gross margin was 44.4% of total revenue for the second quarter of 2012, compared to 46.5% for the second quarter of 2011. This decrease is primarily due to the change in mix between U.S. and ROW reported revenues, as described above, and because of the costs associated with the administration of the JC virus antibody assay to patients.

Adjusted EBITDA from continuing operations decreased to $35.3 million for the second quarter of 2012, from $37.9 million for the same period of 2011, principally reflecting the 13% increase in patients taking Tysabri, offset by the revenue reserve for Italy and unfavorable foreign currency movements, and a 6% increase in cash operating expenses. Operating income excluding other net gains for the second quarter of 2012 decreased to $18.0 million, compared to operating income excluding other net charges of $24.5 million for the second quarter of 2011, reflecting the decrease in Adjusted EBITDA and a $4.1 million increase in non-cash stock compensation expense.

Net loss from continuing operations was $28.5 million for the second quarter of 2012, a 39% decrease from the $47.0 million for the second quarter of 2011. This improvement is primarily due to a decrease in the net interest expense for the second quarter of 2012 to $12.4 million compared to $29.7 million in the second quarter of 2011, following the significant debt retirement during the fourth quarter of 2011.

First Half of 2012

Total revenue for the first half of 2012 increased by 11% to $576.4 million from $517.7 million for the same period of 2011, as a result of an 8% growth in global in-market net sales of Tysabri to $794.5 million for the first half of 2012, from $738.4 million for the same period of 2011. This reflects a 17% increase in U.S. in-market net sales of Tysabri, offset by a 1% decrease in ROW in-market net sales, which were negatively impacted by a $32.8 million revenue reserve in Italy, and foreign currency movements, including an 8% decrease in the average dollar-euro exchange rate from the first half of 2011 to the first half of 2012.

For the first half of 2012, Elan reported a net loss from continuing operations of $60.3 million, compared to a net loss from continuing operations of $74.7 million for the same period of 2011. This improvement is primarily due to the decrease in the net interest expense following the debt retirement during the fourth quarter of 2011. The net loss from continuing operations in the first half of 2012 includes a loss of $13.1 million from the disposal of 76% of the Company's shareholding in Alkermes plc in March 2012.

The net income for the first half of 2011 of $21.1 million includes net income from discontinued operations of $95.8 million relating to the Elan Drug Technologies (EDT) business, which was divested to Alkermes, Inc. in September 2011. This net income from discontinued operations includes legal settlement gains of $84.5 million.

A reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA from continuing operations to net loss from continuing operations, is presented in the table titled, "Unaudited Non-GAAP Financial Information - Adjusted EBITDA," included on page 3.

Total Revenue

For the second quarter of 2012, revenue increased by 6% to $288.0 million from $270.6 million for the second quarter of 2011. For the first half of 2012, revenue increased by 11% to $576.4 million from $517.7 million for the first half of 2011.

Tysabri

Global in-market net sales of Tysabri can be analyzed as follows:

At the end of June 2012, approximately 69,100 patients were on therapy worldwide, including approximately 31,900 commercial patients in the United States and approximately 36,400 commercial patients in the ROW, representing a 4% increase over the approximately 66,700 patients (revised) who were on therapy at the end of March 2012, and 13% over the approximately 61,200 patients (revised) who were on therapy at the end of June 2011.

For the second quarter of 2012, Tysabri global in-market net sales increased by 2% to $395.5 million from $389.0 million for the same period of 2011, and units sold increased by 10%. This reflects the 16% growth in U.S. in-market net sales of Tysabri offset by the 11% decrease in ROW in-market net sales, which were negatively impacted by the $16.3 million revenue reserve in Italy, and unfavorable foreign currency movements.

For the first half of 2012, Tysabri global in-market net sales increased by 8% to $794.5 million from $738.4 million for the first half of 2011, while units sold increased by 14%. This reflects the 17% increase in U.S. in-market net sales of Tysabri, offset by the 1% decrease in ROW in-market net sales, which were negatively impacted by the $32.8 million revenue reserve in Italy, and unfavorable foreign currency movements.

Tysabri was developed and is being marketed in collaboration with Biogen Idec, Inc. (Biogen Idec). In general, subject to certain limitations imposed by the parties, Elan shares with Biogen Idec most of the development and commercialization costs for Tysabri. Biogen Idec is responsible for manufacturing the product. In the United States, Elan purchases Tysabri from Biogen Idec and is responsible for distribution. Consequently, Elan records as revenue the net sales of Tysabri in the U.S. market. Elan purchases product from Biogen Idec at a price that includes the cost of manufacturing, plus Biogen Idec's gross margin on Tysabri, and this cost, together with royalties payable to other third parties, is included in cost of sales.

Outside of the United States, Biogen Idec is responsible for distribution and Elan records as revenue its share of the profit or loss on these sales of Tysabri, plus Elan's directly-incurred expenses on these sales, which are primarily comprised of royalties that Elan incurs and are payable by Elan to third parties and are reimbursed by the collaboration.

Tysabri - U.S.

At the end of June 2012, approximately 31,900 patients were on commercial therapy, which represents an increase of 4% over the approximately 30,800 patients who were on therapy at the end of March 2012 and 12% over the approximately 28,500 patients who were on therapy at the end of June 2011.

In the U.S. market, Elan recorded net sales of $211.5 million for the second quarter of 2012, an increase of 16% over net sales of $183.1 million in the same period of 2011, principally reflecting a 9% increase in units sold, along with the impact of price increases. Almost all of these sales are for the multiple sclerosis (MS) indication.

Tysabri - ROW

At the end of June 2012, approximately 36,400 patients, principally in the European Union, were on commercial therapy, an increase of 3% over the approximately 35,200 patients (revised) who were on therapy at the end of March 2012 and 13% over the approximately 32,100 patients (revised) who were on therapy at the end of June 2011.

ROW in-market net sales decreased in the second quarter of 2012 to $184.0 million, from $205.9 million for the same period of 2011. While units sold increased by 11%, ROW in-market net sales were negatively impacted by the $16.3 million revenue reserve in Italy, and foreign currency movements, including the 11% decrease in the average dollar-euro exchange rate from the second quarter of 2011 to the second quarter of 2012.

The revenue reserve for Italy relates to a notification received by Biogen Idec from the Italian National Medicines Agency during the fourth quarter of 2011, stating that sales of Tysabri had exceeded a limit established by the agency in 2007. Biogen Idec filed an appeal in December 2011 seeking a ruling that Biogen Idec's interpretation is valid and that the position of the agency is unenforceable, and hopes to have resolution in 2012. As a result of this dispute, Biogen Idec deferred $16.3 million of revenue recognized on in-market net sales of Tysabri in Italy during the second quarter of 2012, having previously deferred $16.5 million of revenue in Italy during the first quarter of 2012 and $13.8 million during the fourth quarter of 2011. Elan expects that Biogen Idec will continue to defer a portion of in-market revenues on future sales of Tysabri for Italy until the matter is resolved. As a consequence of this deferral of in-market net sales by Biogen Idec, Elan has deferred $7.8 million of revenue in the second quarter of 2012 related to these sales, $15.7 million in the first half of 2012 and $22.6 million to date, reflecting the operating and accounting arrangements between the companies.

Elan's financial guidance for 2012 assumes that the Tysabri Italy dispute is resolved during 2012. If the matter is not resolved during 2012, Elan estimates that Biogen Idec would defer $60-70 million of 2012 Tysabri in-market net sales as a result. This would result in a deferral of revenues and Adjusted EBITDA by Elan for the full-year 2012 of approximately $30-35 million and $20-25 million, respectively.

In the ROW market, Biogen Idec is responsible for distribution, and Elan records as revenue its share of the profit or loss on ROW sales of Tysabri, plus Elan's directly-incurred expenses on these sales. As a result, in the ROW market, Elan recorded net revenue of $76.9 million for the second quarter of 2012 compared to $86.2 million for the second quarter of 2011.

Elan's net Tysabri ROW revenue is calculated as follows:

Other products

Elan ceased distributing Azactam as of March 31, 2010, and Maxipime as of September 30, 2010. The revenue and adjustments for these products in 2011 and 2012 relates to adjustments to discounts and allowances associated with sales prior to the cessation of distribution.

Operating Expenses

Excluding other net charges and gains, operating expenses increased by 8% to $109.8 million for the second quarter of 2012, from $101.2 million for the second quarter of 2011. This reflects a $5.1 million (6%) increase in cash expenses and a $3.5 million (32%) increase in non-cash expenses, principally increased stock compensation expense.

Selling, general and administrative

SG&A expenses increased by $10.3 million to $60.6 million for the second quarter of 2012, from $50.3 million for the same period of 2011, primarily as a result of increased Tysabri sales and marketing expenses and higher legal and corporate costs, along with higher non-cash stock compensation expense, following the increase in share price since the first quarter of 2011.

The SG&A expenses related to the Tysabri ROW sales are reflected in the Tysabri ROW revenue as previously described on page 11.

Research and development

Research and development update

On July 23, Pfizer Inc. (Pfizer) issued a press release on top-line results in the first of four bapineuzumab Phase 3 studies carried out by Pfizer and Janssen Alzheimer Immunotherapy (Janssen AI). The Pfizer press release stated that the co-primary clinical endpoints, change in cognitive and functional performance compared to placebo, were not met in the Janssen AI led Phase 3 trial of intravenous bapineuzumab in patients with mild-to-moderate Alzheimer's disease who carry the ApoE4 genotype. The Pfizer press release noted that because clinical efficacy was not demonstrated in ApoE4 carriers in this study, the Janssen AI and Pfizer Joint Steering Committee for the AIP decided that participants from this study who enrolled in a follow-on extension study will no longer receive doses of bapineuzumab but would have a follow-up evaluation. Pfizer also announced that the topline results from the second study in patients with mild-to-moderate Alzheimer's who do not carry the ApoE4 genotype will soon be available.

At the Alzheimer's Association International Conference in Vancouver, Canada July 15-19, 2012, data from the ELND005 Phase 2 trials in mild/moderate Alzheimer's disease describing its effect on both brain scyllo-inositol and myo-inositol levels were presented. In addition, data were also presented on the effects of oral ELND005 on neuropsychiatric symptoms in the Phase 2 trials and the potential role of myo-inositol reduction.

In the second quarter, Elan and Proteostasis Therapeutics, Inc. (Proteostasis) terminated their Strategic Alliance and License Agreement. Elan retains its approximate 24% equity interest in Proteostasis.

Other net charges

Other net charges for the three and six months ended June 30, 2012 and 2011 were as follows:

The other net charges incurred during the second quarter and first half of 2012 principally relate to the restructuring of Elan's G&A and other support activities initiated in the fourth quarter of 2011, following the divestment of the EDT business.

Net Interest and Investment Gains and Losses

Net interest expense

For the second quarter of 2012, net interest expense decreased to $12.4 million, from $29.7 million for the second quarter of 2011. This decrease is primarily due to the retirement of $660.5 million, or 51%, of the Company's debt during the fourth quarter of 2011.

Net loss on equity method investments

The losses on equity method investments for the three and six months ended June 30, 2012 and 2011 can be analyzed as follows:

Janssen AI

As part of Elan's 2009 transaction with Johnson & Johnson, Janssen AI, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, acquired substantially all of Elan's assets and rights related to its Alzheimer's Immunotherapy Program (AIP) collaboration with Wyeth (which has been acquired by Pfizer Inc. (Pfizer)). Under the terms of this transaction, Johnson & Johnson provided an initial $500.0 million funding to Janssen AI and Elan has a 49.9% shareholding in Janssen AI. Any additional funding in excess of the initial $500.0 million funding commitment is required to be funded equally by Elan and Johnson & Johnson up to a maximum additional commitment of $400.0 million in total.

During the first quarter of 2012, the remaining $57.6 million of the initial $500.0 million funding commitment provided by Johnson & Johnson to Janssen AI was utilized and as a result, Elan provided funding of $48.7 million to Janssen AI during the second quarter of 2012. Elan recorded a net loss of $33.5 million on the equity method investment in the second quarter of 2012, relating to its share of the second quarter losses of Janssen AI.

Proteostasis

Elan made a $20.0 million equity investment in Proteostasis in May 2011, which represents approximately 24% of the equity of Proteostasis. The net loss recorded on the equity method investment in the second quarter of 2012 was $0.8 million.

Net Income/(Loss) from Discontinued Operations

In September 2011, Alkermes plc and Elan completed the merger between Alkermes, Inc. and EDT. Alkermes, Inc. and EDT were combined under a new holding company incorporated in Ireland named Alkermes plc. In connection with the transaction, Elan received $500.0 million in cash and 31.9 million ordinary shares of Alkermes plc common stock. Elan sold 76% (24.15 million ordinary shares) of its shareholding in Alkermes plc in March 2012 and received net proceeds of $381.1 million. Elan continues to hold 7.75 million ordinary shares of Alkermes plc, representing an approximate 6% equity interest, which had a carrying value of $131.5 million at June 30, 2012.

The results of EDT are presented as a discontinued operation following the sale of the Alkermes plc ordinary shares in March 2012, and the comparative amounts for the second quarter and first half of 2011 have been restated to reflect this classification. The net income/(loss) from discontinued operations for the second quarter and first half of 2011 are set out in detail in Appendix I.    

Source:

Elan    

Comments

The opinions expressed here are the views of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of News-Medical.Net.
Post a new comment
Post
You might also like... ×
AMSBIO offers new, best-in-class CAR-T cell range for research and immunotherapy