Third Quarter 2011 Highlights:
MORRISVILLE, N.C. (November 1, 2011) - Furiex Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq: FURX) today reported its financial and operating results for the quarter ended September 30, 2011. Furiex was spun off from PPD, Inc. as a separate public company effective June 14, 2010. As a result, the Furiex financial information prior to that date was derived from PPD's discovery sciences segment and does not reflect the consolidated results of operations or cash flows of the company had it been a separate, stand-alone entity.
Furiex recorded third quarter royalty revenues of $1.3 million, compared to $0.3 million for the same period in the prior year. Royalty revenue included royalties related to Priligy™ sales in various countries outside of the United States and Nesina® sales in Japan.
Research and development expenses were $12.0 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2011, compared to $20.0 million for the same period in the prior year. The decrease of $8.0 million in research and development expenses was a result of an approximate $10.8 million decrease in development costs related to the two therapeutic compounds licensed from Janssen Pharmaceutica N.V. in November 2009, MuDelta and JNJ-Q2, offset by a $2.8 million increase in development costs associated with the novel statin, PPD-10558.
Third quarter selling, general and administrative expenses were $2.1 million for 2011, compared to $1.5 million for the third quarter of 2010. The increase in selling, general and administrative expenses was the result of additional costs associated with legal and consulting services of $0.5 million in the third quarter of 2011.
Operating loss was $12.9 million for the third quarter of 2011, compared to $21.2 million for the third quarter of 2010. Net loss of $13.0 million in the third quarter of 2011 represents an $8.2 million decrease from net loss of $21.2 million in the third quarter of 2010. The decrease in operating and net loss during the third quarter of 2011, as compared to the third quarter of 2010, relates primarily to the decrease in research and development expenses of $8.0 million.
Net loss per share for the third quarter of 2011 was $1.32, compared to $2.14 for the third quarter of 2010.
"With the successful completion of our MuDelta Phase II study and enrollment of our PPD-10558 Phase II study, we continue to demonstrate our ability and commitment to advance our pipeline products rapidly toward commercialization," said June Almenoff, M.D., Ph.D., president and chief medical officer of Furiex.
Added Fred Eshelman, Pharm.D., chairman of Furiex, "Focused and disciplined execution from the Furiex team resulted in another quarter with positive news flow. Our product portfolio continues to demonstrate increasing value, evidenced by a 46 percent increase in royalty revenue over last quarter."
Furiex will conduct a live conference call and webcast Wednesday, November 2, 2011, at 9:00 a.m. ET to discuss its third quarter 2011 results and financial outlook for 2011 as well as provide an overview of its business and pipeline. A Q&A session will follow. All interested parties can access the webcast through the Presentations & Events link in the Investors section of the Furiex website at www.furiex.com. The webcast will be archived shortly after the call for on-demand replay. The conference call will be broadcast live over the Internet and will also be available using the following direct dial numbers:
Participant dial-in: +1.877.267.0934 (U.S./Canada)
Conference ID: 14593700
Furiex Pharmaceuticals is a drug development collaboration company that uses innovative clinical development design to accelerate and increase value of internal and partnered drug programs by advancing them through the drug discovery and development process in a cost-efficient manner. Development programs are designed and driven by a core team with extensive drug development experience. The company collaborates with pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies and has a strong, diversified product portfolio and pipeline with multiple therapeutic candidates including late-stage assets and two products on the market. The company's mission is to develop innovative medicines faster and at a lower cost, thereby improving profitability and accelerating time to market while providing life-improving therapies for patients. For more information, visit www.furiex.com.
Except for historical information, all of the statements, expectations and assumptions contained in this news release are forward-looking statements that involve a number of risks and uncertainties. Although Furiex attempts to be accurate in making these forward-looking statements, it is possible that future circumstances might differ from the assumptions on which such statements are based. In addition, other important factors which could cause actual results to differ materially include the following: the risks and expense of continuing the research and development activities of our existing candidates; changes in the safety and efficacy profile of our existing candidates as they progress through research and development; potential FDA changes to its regulatory guidance; new collaborative agreements that we might enter into in the future; progress of product candidates in clinical trials as it relates to receiving future milestone payments; time required to gain regulatory approvals; the demand for our potential products, if and when approved; continuing losses and our potential need for additional financing; the costs of defending or prosecuting any patent opposition or litigation necessary to protect our proprietary technologies; and the other risk factors set forth from time to time in the SEC filings for Furiex, copies of which can be found on our website.