CUPERTINO, Calif., Feb. 10 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- DURECT Corporation (Nasdaq: DRRX) announced today its financial results for the three months and year ended December 31, 2003.
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DURECT's net loss for the three months ended December 31, 2003 was $5.3 million or 10 cents per share, compared to a net loss of $8.5 million or 17 cents per share for the same period in 2002. DURECT's results for the three months ended December 31, 2003 included non-cash charges for the amortization of intangible assets and stock-based compensation of $373,000, compared to $103,000 for the same period in 2002. Cash used in operating activities was $6.1 million for the three months ended December 31, 2003, compared to $8.4 million for the same period in 2002.
DURECT's net loss for the year ended December 31, 2003 was $22.7 million or 45 cents per share, compared to a net loss of $37.2 million or 77 cents per share for the same period in 2002. DURECT's results for the year ended December 31, 2003 included non-cash charges for the amortization of intangible assets and stock-based compensation of $1.2 million, compared to $2.5 million for the same period in 2002. Cash used in operating activities was $19.3 million for the year ended December 31, 2003, compared to $31.3 million for the same period in 2002.
"At present, the Company is implementing improvements to our CHRONOGESIC product to address the premature shutdown. To date, we have completed 30 days of testing with new systems in vitro and in vivo. While we continue to perform additional analyses and generate data around our revised design, we are pleased with the results we have seen thus far. The initial tests from the in vivo studies will be completed by the end of the first quarter. During the course of this year, we will continue our testing, and while we may perform additional enhancements for our CHRONOGESIC product, we remain confident that we will move this program back into the clinic," stated James E. Brown, DVM, President and CEO of DURECT. "We also moved our SABER(TM) post-operative pain relief depot product into the clinic last year. We expect to optimize our formulation to achieve the level of efficacy required for up to 72 hours of post-operative pain relief, and anticipate moving this program into later- stage development this year."
Dr. Brown added, "I'd also like to highlight a significant milestone for our SABER(TM) Technology. Last month, our partner Pain Therapeutics, Inc. began Phase I clinical testing on Remoxy(TM), a novel long-acting oral formulation of oxycodone that utilizes our SABER Technology and which is targeted to decrease the potential for oxycodone abuse. We look forward to the clinical results from this program."
"We feel confident that we will make significant progress in 2004 as we continue to build and advance our product pipeline. In addition, with an estimated $130 million in potential R&D funding and milestone payments through the course of our collaborations combined with over $85 million of cash on our balance sheet, we have the flexibility and liquidity to fund our research, development and commercialization activities."
Total revenues were $3.1 million and $11.8 million for the three months and the year ended December 31, 2003 respectively, compared to $2.0 million and $7.2 million for the same periods in 2002. The increase in total revenues was primarily attributable to higher collaborative research and development revenue recognized from DURECT's agreements with various strategic partners as the Company continued to make progress on the collaboration projects and higher net product sales from DURECT's product lines.
Research and development expenses were $4.7 million and $20.9 million for the three months and the year ended December 31, 2003 respectively, compared to $5.8 million and $29.6 million for the same periods in 2002. The decreases were primarily attributable to the lower development costs related to DURECT's lead product CHRONOGESIC, offset by a slight increase in research and development expenses for our post-operative pain product and other direct expenses incurred under the Company's collaborative arrangements. The decreases in the research and development expenses also resulted from lower research and development personnel expenses compared with the same periods in 2002.
Selling, general and administrative expenses were $1.9 million and $8.5 million for the three months and the year ended December 31, 2003 respectively, compared to $4.0 million and $11.0 million for the same periods in 2002. The decrease was primarily attributable to effective cost controls in the existing corporate infrastructure to support all areas of DURECT's business. In addition, the decrease was due to a one-time expense of $1.7 million for strategic partner advisory services in connection with the Endo partnership in the fourth quarter of 2002.
At December 31, 2003, DURECT had cash and investments of $85.2 million, including $3.1 million in restricted investments, compared with total cash and investments of $48.3 million at December 31, 2002. This increase was primarily due to the net proceeds of approximately $56.7 million from the sale of $60.0 million aggregate principal amount of convertible notes in June and July of 2003, offset by cash used in operating activities in the year of 2003.
First Quarter and Fiscal Year 2004 Financial Guidance
- Total cash burn for the fiscal year 2004 is expected to be in the range of $25.0 million to $27.0 million, which includes interest payment of $3.8 million for the convertible notes.
- DURECT expects its net loss will range from $30.0 million to $32.0 million or 58 to 62 cents per share for the fiscal year of 2004.
- DURECT's estimates include non-cash charges for the amortization of intangible assets and stock-based compensation of approximately $1.3 million to $1.4 million for the fiscal year of 2004.
- DURECT expects its net loss for the first quarter of 2004 will range from $7.0 million to $8.0 million or 14 or 16 cents per share.
About DURECT Corporation
DURECT Corporation (www.durect.com) is pioneering the development and commercialization of pharmaceutical systems for the treatment of chronic debilitating diseases and enabling biotechnology-based pharmaceutical products. DURECT's goal is to deliver the right drug to the right site in the right amount at the right time. DURECT's lead product in development is CHRONOGESIC, a 3-month product for the treatment of chronic pain. DURECT also owns three proprietary drug delivery platform technologies, including the SABER Delivery System (a patented and versatile depot injectable useful for protein and small molecule delivery), the MICRODUR(TM) Biodegradable Microparticulates (microspheres injectable system) and the DURIN(TM) Biodegradable Implant (drug-loaded implant system) upon which DURECT is developing a pipeline of other products.
CHRONOGESIC(R), SABER(TM), MICRODUR(TM) and DURIN(TM) are trademarks of DURECT Corporation. Remoxy(TM) is a trademark of Pain Therapeutics, Inc.
The statements in this press release regarding DURECT's products in development, product development plans and projected financial results are forward-looking statements involving risks and uncertainties that can cause actual results to differ materially from those in such forward-looking statements. Potential risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, DURECT's ability to complete the design, development, and manufacturing process development of its products, manufacture and commercialize its products, obtain product and manufacturing approvals from regulatory agencies, manage its growth and expenses, manage relationships with third parties, finance its activities and operations, as well as marketplace acceptance of DURECT's products. Further information regarding these and other risks is included in DURECT's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2002 filed with the SEC on March 14, 2003, DURECT's Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2003 filed with the SEC on November 13, 2003 and other periodic reports filed with the SEC under the heading "Factors that may affect future results."
CHRONOGESIC, the post operative pain product, Remoxy and other products mentioned above are under development by DURECT and have not been submitted or approved for commercialization by the US Food and Drug Administration or other health authorities.
DURECT CORPORATION CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS (in thousands, except per share amounts) (unaudited) Three months ended Year ended December 31, December 31, 2003 2002 2003 2002 Product revenue, net $1,746 $1,509 $6,691 $6,314 Collaborative research and development and other revenue 1,358 497 5,144 871 Total revenues 3,104 2,006 11,835 7,185 Operating expenses: Cost of revenues 587 862 2,427 3,086 Research and development 4,728 5,810 20,948 29,554 Selling, general and administrative 1,895 3,981 8,498 10,970 Amortization of intangible assets 334 335 1,343 1,340 Stock-based compensation(1) 39 (232) (102) 1,204 Total operating expenses 7,583 10,756 33,114 46,154 Loss from operations (4,479) (8,750) (21,279) (38,969) Other income (expense): Interest income 309 339 1,041 2,076 Interest expense (1,089) (48) (2,460) (280) Net other income (expense) (780) 291 (1,419) 1,796 Net loss $(5,259) $(8,459) $(22,698) $(37,173) Net loss per share, basic and diluted $(0.10) $(0.17) $(0.45) $(0.77) Shares used in computing basic and diluted net loss per share 50,996 49,251 50,510 48,318 (1) Stock-based compensation related to the following: Cost of revenues $3 $11 $18 $72 Research and development 16 (321) (210) 622 Selling, general and administrative 20 78 90 510 $39 $(232) $(102) $1,204 DURECT CORPORATION CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEET (in thousands) December 31, December 31, 2003 2002 (1) Assets Current assets: Cash and cash equivalents $21,203 $14,089 Short-term investments 39,511 28,711 Accounts Receivable 1,968 944 Inventories 1,902 1,707 Prepaid expenses and other current assets 1,480 1,590 Total current assets 66,064 47,041 Property and equipment, net 9,316 11,625 Goodwill 6,399 4,716 Intangible assets, net 2,994 4,121 Long-term investments 21,334 2,578 Restricted investments 3,119 2,890 Other non-current assets 3,181 -- Total assets $112,407 $72,971 Liabilities and stockholders' equity Current liabilities: Accounts payable and accrued liabilities $4,551 $4,568 Long-term obligations, current portion 463 617 Total current liabilities 5,014 5,185 Long-term obligations, noncurrent portion 62,278 1,604 Stockholders' equity 45,115 66,182 Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $112,407 $72,971 (1) Derived from audited financial statements.
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