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Sucampo Pharmaceuticals, Inc.Silvia Taylor, 1-240-223-3718orKate de Santis, 1-240-223-3834
Sucampo Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (“Sucampo” or the “Company”), (NASDAQ: SCMP), a global pharmaceutical company, today reported its consolidated financial results for the quarter and six months periods ended June 30, 2012.
Sucampo reported a net loss of $0.8 million, or $0.02 per diluted share, for the second quarter of 2012 compared to a net loss of $9.0 million, or $0.22 per diluted share, for the second quarter of 2011. Sucampo reported a net loss of $2.7 million, or $0.07 per diluted share, for the first six months of 2012, compared to a net loss of $15.9 million, or $0.38 per diluted share, for the prior year period. Operating cash flow for the first six months of 2012 was positive $0.7 million.
“Sucampo Pharmaceuticals continues its effort to grow the AMITIZA franchise with approvals in new markets as well as filings for new indications. Importantly, we achieved approval of AMITIZA in Japan, the first product ever approved for chronic constipation in the second largest market in the world. Outside of AMTIZA, we are focused on the RESCULA launch in the U.S. during the fourth quarter, as well as on advancing our pipeline. The achievement of these milestones, coupled with our strong cash position and financial management, put us in a position to achieve our goals,” said Ryuji Ueno, M.D., Ph.D., Ph.D., Chair and Chief Executive Officer.
For the second quarter of 2012, Sucampo reported total revenue of $16.7 million compared to $14.0 million for the same period in 2011 a growth of 19%. The key components of revenue for the second quarter included product royalty revenue of $11.7 million and R&D revenue of $3.1 million, which compare to $11.0 million and $1.7 million, respectively, in the same period of 2011. For the first six months of 2012, Sucampo reported total revenue of $31.1 million, compared to $26.2 million for the same period in 2011, a growth of 19%. The key components of total revenue for the six month period were product royalty revenue of $22.6 million and R&D revenue of $5.7 million, which compares to $20.2 million and $3.7 million, respectively, for the same period of 2011. The increase in R&D revenue was primarily due to revenue associated with reimbursement for AMITIZA related activities. Net sales of AMITIZA as reported to us by our partner, increased 6.0%, to $65.0 million, for the second quarter of 2012, compared to $61.4 million in the same period of 2011. The increase in AMITZA net sales was primarily due to both volume and price increases compared to the second quarter of 2011, as reported to us by our partner.
R&D expenses were $5.2 million for the second quarter of 2012, compared to $7.9 million for the second quarter of 2011. For the first six months of 2012, R&D expenses were $8.6 million, compared to $17.1 million for the same period of 2011. For both periods, the decrease was primarily due to higher expenses in 2011 associated with the additional phase 3 trial of lubiprostone for OBD patients.
G&A expenses were $8.0 million for the second quarter of 2012, compared to $11.7 million for the second quarter of 2011. G&A expenses were $15.3 million for the first six months of 2012, compared to $21.4 million for the prior year period. For both periods, the decrease in G&A expense is primarily due to the previously announced conclusion of our arbitration with our U.S. and Canadian partner and a separate lawsuit with a clinical research organization.
Selling and marketing expenses were $6.1 million for second quarter of 2012, compared to $2.0 million for the second quarter of 2011. Selling and marketing expenses were $10.2 million for the six months ended June 30, 2012 compared to $4.4 million for the prior year period. The increase in selling and marketing expenses relates primarily to some non-recurring pre-commercialization, pre-arbitration decision planning activities for AMITIZA, many of which will now be used for the RESCULA commercialization efforts.
Non-operating expenses were $1.1 million for the second quarter of 2012, compared to $3.7 million for the same period in 2011. The second quarter of 2012 includes a foreign exchange loss of $0.6 million compared to a loss of $3.1 million in the same period in 2011. Non-operating expenses were $0.4 million for the six months ended June 30, 2012, compared to $4.4 million for the same period in 2011. Non-operating expenses for the six months ended June 30, 2012, included a foreign exchange gain of $0.7 million, compared to foreign exchange loss of $3.3 million for the same period 2011.
Net loss for the second quarter of 2012 was $0.8 million, compared to net loss of $9.0 million for the same period in 2011. Net loss for the first six months of 2011 was $2.7 million, compared to a net loss of $15.9 million for the same period in 2011.
Comprehensive loss for the second quarter of 2012 was $0.8 million, compared to comprehensive loss of $6.2 million for the same period in 2011. Comprehensive loss for the first six months of 2012 was $4.3 million, compared to comprehensive loss of $12.6 million for the same period in 2011.
At June 30, 2012, cash, cash equivalents, restricted cash and investments were $88.6 million, compared to $93.4 million at December 31, 2011. The slight decrease in cash reflects the improvement in operating results discussed above, as well as continued working capital management. At June 30, 2012, notes payable were $60.4 million, compared to $59.6 million at December 31, 2011. These include current notes payable of $20.1 million at June 30, 2012, compared to $20.4 million at December 31, 2011.
In September 2011, we internally transferred certain intellectual property and licenses subject to certain consents, including the Takeda Agreement, from our subsidiaries including SPA our U.S. based subsidiary to Sucampo AG, our Switzerland based subsidiary. Following the ICC arbitration decision on the Takeda Agreement, Sucampo has determined that the internal transfer of the intellectual property is only partially complete, resulting in a reassessment of the deferred charge, deferred tax liability and the mix of profits and losses earned in each jurisdiction. As a result of this reassessment, Sucampo reduced the deferred charge and deferred tax liability by approximately $23.8 million and $24.1 million, respectively, which are non-cash balance sheet adjustments. We are actively working to complete the internal transfer of the remaining intellectual property, which could occur in 2012. An additional deferred charge will be recorded in the period in which the transfer is completed.
In September 2011, the Board of Directors approved a program to repurchase our Class A common stock under the previously approved repurchase plan, up to an aggregate of $2.0 million. During the second quarter of 2012, we did not repurchase any shares.
In conjunction with this second quarter financial and operating results press release, Sucampo will host a conference call today at 5:00 pm Eastern. To participate on the live call, please dial 1-866-788-0544 (domestic) or 1-857-350-1682 (international), and provide the participant passcode 88404397, five to ten minutes ahead of the start of the call. A replay of the call will be available within a few hours after the call ends. Investors may listen to the replay by dialing 1-888-286-8010 (domestic) or 1-617-801-6888 (international), with the passcode 85113419.
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Sucampo holds development and commercialization rights to unoprostone isopropyl throughout the world except in Japan, Korea, Taiwan and the People’s Republic of China. Unoprostone isopropyl (trade named RESCULA) first received marketing authorization in 1994 in Japan and was subsequently approved in over 40 countries, including approval in 2000 by the FDA.
AMITIZA (lubiprostone) is a chloride channel activator indicated for the treatment of CIC (24 mcg twice daily) in adults and for IBS-C (8 mcg twice daily) in women 18 years of age and older in the United States. In Japan, lubiprostone is indicated for the treatment of chronic constipation (excluding constipation caused by organic diseases). In Switzerland, lubiprostone is indicated for the treatment of chronic idiopathic constipation.
Sucampo Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is a global pharmaceutical company focused on the discovery, development and commercialization of proprietary drugs based on prostones. The therapeutic potential of prostones, which occur naturally in the human body as a result of enzymatic catalysis by 15-PGDH of eicosanoids and docosanoids, was first identified by Ryuji Ueno, M.D., Ph.D., Ph.D., Sucampo’s Chairman and CEO. Dr. Ueno founded Sucampo Pharmaceuticals in 1996 with Sachiko Kuno, Ph.D., founding CEO and currently Executive Advisor, International Business Development, and a member of the Board of Directors. For more information, please visit .
AMITIZA is a registered trademark of Sucampo AG. RESCULA is a registered trademark of R-Tech Ueno, Ltd, and has been licensed to Sucampo.
The information contained in this earnings release and the attachments is as of August 7, 2012. The Company assumes no obligation to update forward-looking statements contained in this earnings release or the attachments as a result of new information or future events or developments.
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Among the factors that could cause actual results to differ materially are the following: the success of research and development activities, including, without limitation, the ability to meet anticipated clinical trial completion dates, regulatory submission and approval dates, and launch dates for product candidates; decisions by regulatory authorities regarding whether and when to approve our drug applications as well as their decisions regarding labeling and other matters that could affect the availability or commercial potential of our products; the speed with which regulatory authorizations, pricing approvals and product launches may be achieved; the success of external business-development activities; competitive developments, including the impact on our competitive position of new product entrants, in-line branded products, generic products, private label products and product candidates that treat diseases and conditions similar to those treated by our in-line drugs and drug candidates; the ability to meet generic and branded competition after the loss of patent protection for our products or competitor products; the ability to successfully market both new and existing products domestically and internationally; difficulties or delays in manufacturing; the impact of existing and future legislation and regulatory provisions on product exclusivity; trends toward managed care and healthcare cost containment; the impact of U.S. healthcare legislation enacted in 2010 – the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, as amended by the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act - and of any modification, repeal or invalidation of any of the provisions thereof; U.S. legislation or regulatory action affecting, among other things, pharmaceutical product pricing, reimbursement or access, including under Medicaid, Medicare and other publicly funded or subsidized health programs, direct-to-consumer advertising and interactions with healthcare professionals, and the use of comparative effectiveness methodologies that could be implemented in a manner that focuses primarily on the cost differences and minimizes the therapeutic differences among pharmaceutical products and restricts access to innovative medicines; legislation or regulatory action in markets outside the U.S. affecting pharmaceutical product pricing, reimbursement or access, including, in particular, continued government- mandated price reductions for certain biopharmaceutical products in certain European, Asian and emerging market countries; claims and concerns that may arise regarding the safety or efficacy of in-line products and product candidates; significant breakdown, infiltration, or interruption of our information technology systems and infrastructure; legal defense costs, settlement costs, the risk of an adverse decision or settlement for ongoing legal proceedings or the initiation by or against us of future legal proceedings; the Company’s ability to protect its patents and other intellectual property both domestically and internationally; interest rate and foreign currency exchange rate fluctuations; governmental laws and regulations affecting domestic and foreign operations, including, without limitation, tax obligations and changes affecting the tax treatment by the U.S. of income earned outside of the U.S. that may result from pending and possible future proposals; changes in U.S. generally accepted accounting principles; uncertainties related to general economic, political, business, industry, regulatory and market conditions including, without limitation, growth in costs and expenses; changes in our product, segment and geographic mix; and the impact of acquisitions, divestitures, restructurings, product withdrawals and other unusual items, including (i) our ability to realize the projected benefits of our integration of Sucampo AG and consolidation of the intellectual property in Sucampo AG; and (ii) our ability to commercialize our in- line products. 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