CV Therapeutics Reports 2008 Fourth Quarter and Full Year Financial Results

PALO ALTO, Calif., Feb. 20 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- CV Therapeutics, Inc. today reported financial results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2008.

For the year ended December 31, 2008, the company reported a net loss of $98.5 million, or $1.61 per share, compared to a net loss of $181.0 million, or $3.05 per share, for the year ended December 31, 2007. This $1.44 per share reduction represents a 47 percent improvement in net loss from 2007 to 2008. For the quarter ended December 31, 2008, the company reported a net loss of $37.0 million, or $0.60 per share. This compares to a net loss of $34.1 million, or $0.57 per share, for the same quarter in 2007.

"2008 was an exceptional year for CV Therapeutics and its shareholders, as we received three major regulatory approvals, retired more than $100 million in debt, completed two major strategic transactions bringing in more than $250 million in non-dilutive net cash, grew our Ranexa business by 64 percent year-over-year, and saw our share price outperform the NASDAQ by more than 40 percent," said Dr. Louis Lange, chairman and chief executive officer of CV Therapeutics.

"With the company's solid cash position, the full promotional launch of the improved U.S. Ranexa labeling and the imminent introduction of Ranexa in Europe, we expect 2009 to be another outstanding year, highlighted by increasing revenues and pipeline advancement with CVT-3619 and other programs. We expect to be able to provide an update regarding profitability timing by the middle of the year," Lange added.

For the quarter ended December 31, 2008, the company recorded $31.5 million of net product sales of Ranexa(R) (ranolazine extended-release tablets) in the U.S., which represents an increase of four percent compared to the $30.3 million of net product sales recorded in the prior quarter ended September 30, 2008 and an increase of 51 percent compared to the $20.9 million of net product sales recorded in the same quarter in the prior year. For the full year ended December 31, 2008, the company recorded $109.3 million of net product sales of Ranexa in the U.S., which represents an increase of 64 percent compared to the $66.7 million of net product sales recorded in the prior full year ended December 31, 2007.

Total Ranexa prescriptions (TRx), as tracked by IMS, reached a record high of 11,604 TRx for the week ended February 6, 2009. This number includes a record high of 4,322 new prescriptions (NRx), and a record 1,361 new to brand prescriptions (NBRx), which represent first time Ranexa patients. Since the FDA approval of significantly improved U.S. labeling in November, average weekly TRx (excluding holiday weeks) have increased by 12 percent, NRx by 21 percent and NBRx by 24 percent.

For the quarter ended December 31, 2008, the company recorded total revenues of $41.9 million, which consisted of $31.5 million of net product sales of Ranexa, $10.1 million of royalty and license revenue and $0.3 million of collaboration, milestone and other revenue. The $10.1 million of royalty and license revenue includes $3.1 million of amortization of our $175.0 million upfront payment earned from TPG-Axon Capital in exchange for rights to 50 percent of our royalty on North American sales of Lexiscan(R) (regadenoson injection) by Astellas US LLC (Astellas), $5.4 million of royalty revenue earned under our collaboration with Astellas and $1.6 million of amortization of our $70.0 million upfront license payment from the Menarini Group (Menarini) for the exclusive rights to Ranexa in the European Union and certain other countries.

For the full year ended December 31, 2008, the company recorded revenue of $154.5 million, consisting of $109.3 million of net product sales of Ranexa, $18.8 million of royalty and license revenue and $26.5 million of collaboration, milestone and other revenue. The $18.8 million of royalty and license revenue includes $8.9 million of amortization of our $175.0 million upfront payment earned from TPG-Axon Capital, $8.0 million of royalty revenue earned under our collaboration with Astellas and $1.9 million of amortization of our $70.0 million upfront license payment from Menarini. The $26.5 million of collaboration, milestone and other revenue includes a $12.0 million milestone payment from Astellas associated with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for Lexiscan(R), a $10.0 million milestone payment from TPG-Axon Capital associated with the commercial launch of Lexiscan(R), a $3.0 million milestone payment from Biogen Idec, Inc. received upon achievement of a development milestone related to their Adentri(R) program and $1.5 million of collaboration and other revenue primarily related to reimbursement of costs from our collaborative partner Astellas for Lexiscan(R) in North America.

Costs and expenses for the full year ended December 31, 2008, excluding cost of sales, was $217.2 million. This is consistent with the company's guidance for 2008, which stated costs and expenses, excluding cost of sales, would be approximately $220.0 million. Total costs and expenses including cost of sales were $236.5 million for the full year ended December 31, 2008 compared to $263.7 million for the prior year ended December 31, 2007. The year-over-year decrease in costs and expenses was primarily due to lower personnel-related expenses as a result of the company's May 2007 restructuring plan and lower research and development expense, partially offset by higher cost of sales due to higher net product sales of Ranexa.

Costs and expenses were $69.5 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2008. This compares to total costs and expenses of $57.2 million for the prior quarter ended September 30, 2008 and $55.8 million for the same quarter in 2007. The increase in costs and expenses in the quarter ended December 31, 2008 compared to the same quarter in 2007 and the prior quarter ended September 30, 2008 was consistent with our previous guidance and was primarily due to higher sales and marketing expenses related to commercialization of the new Ranexa label approved by the FDA in November 2008 and higher external research and development costs largely related to the CVT-3619 clinical program.

Our cash utilized in operations, net of unusual events, for the quarter ended December 31, 2008 was $26.1 million compared to $14.8 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2008. For a reconciliation of cash utilized in operations, please refer to the table provided below. The increase in cash utilization in operations in the quarter ended December 31, 2008 compared to the prior quarter was consistent with our previous guidance and due primarily to increased expenses relating to the commercialization of the new Ranexa label. At December 31, 2008, the company had cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities of $263.4 million compared to $301.9 million at September 30, 2008.

During 2008 the company retired $107.3 million face value of our convertible subordinated notes. The amount of 2% debt putable in 2010 has now been reduced to $39.7 million. Including this amount, the company ended the year with a convertible subordinated notes balance of $292.2 million. For these transactions, the company used approximately $74.5 million in cash and issued approximately 2.0 million shares of common stock in private exchanges and open market repurchases. In the second quarter, $48.4 million in cash was used for repurchases which resulted in a gain of $4.8 million in the quarter; in the third quarter, $14.2 million in cash was used for repurchases, which resulted in a gain of $0.8 million in the quarter; and in the fourth quarter, $11.9 million in cash was used and approximately 2.0 million shares of common stock were issued for open market repurchases and private exchanges, which resulted in a net loss of $8.0 million in the quarter. In total, the net effect of debt retirement for the full year ended December 31, 2008 was $2.4 million in loss on extinguishment of debt which was recorded in interest and other income (expense), net.

Company management will webcast a conference call on February 20, 2009, 2009 at 8:30 a.m. EST, 5:30 a.m. PST, on the company's website. To access the live webcast, please log on to the Company's website at www.cvt.com and go to the Investor Information section. Alternatively, domestic callers may participate in the conference call by dialing (866) 524-6241, and international callers may participate in the conference call by dialing (706) 679-3061. Webcast and telephone replays of the conference call will be available approximately two hours after the completion of the call through February 27, 2009. Domestic callers can access the replay by dialing (800) 642-1687, and international callers can access the replay by dialing (706) 645-9291; the conference identification number is 82673456.

CV Therapeutics, Inc., headquartered in Palo Alto, California, is a biopharmaceutical company primarily focused on applying molecular cardiology to the discovery, development and commercialization of novel, small molecule drugs for the treatment of cardiovascular diseases.

CV Therapeutics' approved products in the United States include Ranexa(R) (ranolazine extended-release tablets), indicated for the treatment of chronic angina, and Lexiscan(R) (regadenoson) injection for use as a pharmacologic stress agent in radionuclide myocardial perfusion imaging in patients unable to undergo adequate exercise stress. Ranexa(R) (ranolazine prolonged-release tablets) is approved for use in the European Union as add-on therapy for the symptomatic treatment of patients with stable angina pectoris who are inadequately controlled or intolerant to first-line anti anginal therapies. CV Therapeutics also has other clinical and preclinical drug development candidates and programs.

--Tables to follow--



                               CV THERAPEUTICS, INC.
                    CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS DATA
                     (In Thousands, Except Per Share Amounts)
                                    (Unaudited)

                                  Three months ended         Year ended
                                     December  31,          December 31,
                                 --------------------  ---------------------
                                   2008        2007      2008         2007
                                 --------    --------  --------     --------

     Revenues:
         Product sales, net       $31,518     $20,928  $109,264      $66,651
         Royalties and license     10,141           -    18,760            -
         Collaboration, milestone
          and other                   264       1,474    26,451       16,172

     Total revenues                41,923      22,402   154,475       82,823

     Costs and expenses:
         Cost of sales              6,355       3,131    19,329        9,689
         Research and development  22,016      19,710    75,148       94,742
         Selling, general and
          administrative           41,082      32,950   142,073      152,496
         Restructuring charges          -         (11)       (7)       6,763

     Total costs and expenses      69,453      55,780   236,543      263,690

     Loss from operations         (27,530)    (33,378)  (82,068)    (180,867)
     Other income (expense), net:
     Interest and other income
      (expense), net               (6,047)      2,421     3,640       12,533
     Interest expense              (3,188)     (3,174)  (12,955)     (12,672)

     Total other income
      (expense), net               (9,235)       (753)   (9,315)        (139)

     Loss before income taxes     (36,765)    (34,131)  (91,383)    (181,006)
     Income tax provision             188           -     7,138            -

     Net loss                    $(36,953)   $(34,131) $(98,521)   $(181,006)

     Basic and diluted net loss
      per share                    $(0.60)     $(0.57)   $(1.61)      $(3.05)

     Shares used in computing
      basic and diluted net
      loss per share               61,932      59,696    61,132       59,335



                          CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEET DATA
                                  (In Thousands)
                                   (Unaudited)

                                                   December 31,  December 31,
                                                        2008          2007

    Assets:
       Cash, cash equivalents, and marketable
        securities                                    $263,360      $174,245
       Other current assets                             57,265        41,825
          Total current assets                         320,625       216,070
       Property and equipment, net                      15,277        19,131
       Other assets                                     28,071        23,635
    Total assets                                      $363,973      $258,836

    Liabilities and stockholders' deficit:
       Current liabilities                             $74,589       $39,183
       Deferred revenue, long-term                     215,298             -
       Convertible subordinated notes                  292,230       399,500
       Other long-term obligations                       4,020         5,551
       Stockholders' deficit                          (222,164)     (185,398)
    Total liabilities and stockholders' deficit       $363,973      $258,836



                   RECONCILIATION OF CASH UTILIZED IN OPERATIONS
                                  (In Thousands)
                                   (Unaudited)

                                                        Three months ended
                                                   December 31, September 30,
                                                        2008          2008

    Ending cash, cash equivalents,
     and marketable securities                        $263,360      $301,862
    Beginning cash, cash equivalents,
     and marketable securities                         301,862       274,735*
    Change in cash, cash equivalents,
     and marketable securities                        $(38,502)      $27,127

    Adjustments for unusual events:
       Cash used to repurchase convertible
        subordinated notes                             $11,926       $14,245
       Estimated tax payments                              439        10,324
       Milestone obligation payment to
        Roche Palo Alto LLC                                  -         9,000
       Cash received for upfront license
        payment from Menarini                                -       (70,000)
       Cash received from Biogen for
        milestone and stock purchase                         -        (5,500)
    Total adjustments                                   12,365       (41,931)

    Cash utilized in operations, net of adjustments   $(26,137)     $(14,804)

    * includes restricted cash of $2.4 million

CONTACT: Investors & Media: John Bluth, Executive Director, CorporateCommunications & Investor Relations, CV Therapeutics, Inc., +1-650-384-8850

Web site: http://www.cvt.com//

Ticker Symbol: (NASDAQ-NMS:CVTX)

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Posted: February 2009


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