2012 Press Releases
Onyx Pharmaceuticals Reports First Quarter 2012 Financial Results
Strong Nexavar Performance; Strategic Investment in Pipeline
South San Francisco, CA. May. 02, 2012
Onyx Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: ONXX) today reported its financial results for the first quarter 2012. Onyx reported non-GAAP net loss of $43.5 million, or $0.68 per diluted share, for the first quarter 2012 compared to non-GAAP net loss of $14.2 million, or $0.23 per diluted share, for the same period in 2011.
“2012 is a year of transformation for Onyx as we build an oncology company with multiple ways to serve a greater number of patients,” said N. Anthony Coles, M.D., president and chief executive officer of Onyx. “Our first quarter 2012 performance was led by our kinase inhibitor franchise, with growing sales and strong cash flow from Nexavar, enabling strategic investment in our pipeline. A second potential product, regorafenib, for which we will earn a 20% worldwide royalty on net sales, has now delivered positive results from two registration-enabling trials. It is an exciting year, as we have built significant optionality in our business with upside potential from regulatory action for Kyprolis (carfilzomib), pivotal data in two additional indications for Nexavar, and two planned regulatory filings for regorafenib.”
On a GAAP basis, Onyx reported a net loss of $56.2 million, or $0.88 per diluted share, for the first quarter 2012 compared to $49.2 million, or $0.78 per diluted share, in the same period in 2011. A description of the non-GAAP calculations and reconciliation to comparable GAAP measures is provided in the accompanying table entitled “Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Net Income (Loss).”
Revenue from collaboration agreement with Bayer on Nexavar net sales was $72.0 million for the first quarter 2012, an increase of 7% compared to $67.1 million in the same period in 2011. Onyx and Bayer are marketing and developing Nexavar, an anticancer therapy currently approved for the treatment of unresectable liver cancer and advanced kidney cancer in over 100 countries worldwide. The increase in revenue from collaboration agreement was primarily driven by strong sales growth in the U.S. and increased demand in emerging markets, primarily in the Asia Pacific region.
Onyx recorded non-GAAP research and development expenses of $78.7 million for the first quarter 2012, compared to $48.9 million for the same period in 2011. Higher non-GAAP research and development expenses between periods were primarily due to investments in the development of Kyprolis, the proposed trade name for carfilzomib, particularly the Phase 3 ASPIRE and FOCUS trials, as well as costs associated with clinical supplies and pre-launch commercial manufacturing activities. On a GAAP basis, Onyx recorded research and development expenses of $80.7 million for the first quarter 2012, compared to $62.5 million for the same period in 2011.
Non-GAAP selling, general and administrative expenses were $34.1 million for the first quarter 2012, compared to $30.0 million for the same period in 2011. Higher non-GAAP selling, general and administrative expenses between periods were primarily due to planned increases in employee headcount and related costs, and selected pre-launch spending for Kyprolis. On a GAAP basis, selling, general and administrative expenses were $38.9 million for the first quarter 2012, compared to $34.5 million for the same period in 2011.
Interest expense of $5.3 million for the first quarter 2012 primarily relates to the 4.0% convertible senior notes due 2016 issued in August 2009 and includes non-cash imputed interest expense of $2.7 million as a result of the application of ASC 470-20.
Cash, Cash Equivalents and Marketable Securities
On March 31, 2012, cash, cash equivalents, and current and non-current marketable securities were $622.4 million compared to $668.4 million at December 31, 2011. This decrease was partly due to investments in the development and manufacturing of Kyprolis, particularly the Phase 3 ASPIRE and FOCUS trials.
Non-GAAP Financial Measures
This press release includes the following non-GAAP financial measures: non-GAAP net loss, non-GAAP net loss – diluted, non-GAAP net loss per share, non-GAAP net loss per share – diluted, non-GAAP research and development expenses and non-GAAP selling, general and administrative expenses. The following tables reconcile these non-GAAP measures to the most comparable financial measures calculated in accordance with GAAP.
Onyx management uses these non-GAAP financial measures to monitor and evaluate our operating results and trends on an on-going basis and internally for operating, budgeting and financial planning purposes. Onyx management believes the non-GAAP information is useful for investors by offering them the ability to better identify trends in our business and better understand how management evaluates the business. These non-GAAP measures have limitations, however, because they do not include all items of income and expense that affect Onyx. These non-GAAP financial measures that management uses are not prepared in accordance with, and should not be considered in isolation of, or as an alternative to, measurements required by GAAP. A description of the non-GAAP calculations and reconciliation to comparable GAAP measures is provided in the accompanying table entitled “Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Net Income (Loss).”
Management Conference Call Today
Onyx will host a webcast and conference call with management to discuss first quarter 2012 financial results, as well as provide a general business overview, on Wednesday, May 2, 2012, at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time (2:00 p.m. Pacific Time).
To access a live audio webcast of the conference call, log onto the company’s website at:
To access the live conference call, dial 847-585-4405 and use the passcode 32270630#. A replay of the call will be available on the Onyx website or by dialing 630-652-3042 and using the passcode 32270630# approximately one hour after the conference call concludes through May 16, 2012.
About Onyx Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Based in South San Francisco, California, Onyx Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is a global biopharmaceutical company engaged in the development and commercialization of innovative therapies for improving the lives of people with cancer and other serious diseases. The company is focused on developing novel medicines that target key molecular pathways. For more information about Onyx, visit the company's website at www.onyx.com.
Nexavar® (sorafenib) tablets is a registered trademark of Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (“Bayer”)
Kyprolis is the proposed trade name for carfilzomib.
Regorafenib is a compound under development by Bayer; Onyx will receive a royalty on potential future global net sales in human oncology and will co-promote with Bayer in the U.S.
This news release contains “forward-looking statements” of Onyx within the meaning of the federal securities laws. These forward-looking statements include, without limitation, statements regarding the potential expansion of Onyx’s product portfolio, the possibility of royalty payments to Onyx from the sale of regorafenib, and the timing, progress and results of clinical development and the regulatory approval process. These statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results and events to differ materially from those anticipated, including, but not limited to, risks and uncertainties related to: Nexavar being our only approved product; we may never receive marketing approval for Kyprolis (carfilzomib) or regorafenib; competition; failures or delays in our clinical trials or the regulatory process; dependence on our collaborative relationship with Bayer; if approved, we or Bayer, as the case may be, may be unsuccessful in launching, maintaining adequate supply of or obtaining reimbursement for Kyprolis or regorafenib; market acceptance and the rate of adoption of our products; pharmaceutical pricing and reimbursement pressures; serious adverse side effects, if they are associated with Nexavar, regorafenib or Kyprolis; government regulation; possible failure to realize the anticipated benefits of business acquisitions or strategic investments; protection of our intellectual property; the indebtedness incurred through the sale of our 4.0% convertible senior notes due 2016; and product liability risks. Reference should be made to Onyx’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2011 filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, as updated by Onyx’s subsequent Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, under the heading “Risk Factors” for a more detailed description of these and other risks. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements that speak only as of the date of this release. Onyx undertakes no obligation to update publicly any forward-looking statements to reflect new information, events, or circumstances after the date of this release except as required by law.