Pacira Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

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Pacira Pharmaceuticals Reports 2016 Financial Results and Provides Business Update

-- Phase 4 EXPAREL® study in total knee arthroplasty meets co-primary endpoints for pain control and opioid reduction against an active comparator --
-- EXPAREL net product sales up 11% year-over-year --
-- EXPAREL net product sales expected to be in the range of $290 to $310 million in 2017 --
-- Conference call today at 8:30 a.m. ET --

PARSIPPANY, N.J., March 01, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Pacira Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:PCRX) today reported financial results for 2016 and its outlook for 2017.  The company is also announcing positive topline results for its Phase 4 study of EXPAREL® in total knee arthroplasty, or TKA.

“We made important progress in 2016 advancing our three-part EXPAREL growth strategy and setting the stage for continued success,” said Dave Stack, chief executive officer and chairman of Pacira. “We have multiple, major milestones on track for 2017, including the positive topline results reported today from our Phase 4 study in TKA. Our collaboration with DePuy Synthes is off to a strong start and will allow us to maximize these important data and broaden the use of EXPAREL as an opioid-sparing solution for prolonged postsurgical pain relief.”

Recent Highlights

  • Positive topline results for Phase 4 TKA study. Pacira today announced that its Phase 4 study of EXPAREL in patients undergoing TKA has met its co-primary endpoints for postsurgical pain and opioid reduction. The study was a multicenter, randomized, double-blind, controlled, parallel group study comparing EXPAREL based local analgesia infiltration to standard bupivacaine based local analgesia infiltration each as part of a standard multimodal analgesic protocol. The co-primary efficacy endpoints were the area under the curve (AUC) of visual analog scale (VAS) pain intensity scores from 12 to 48 hours after surgery and total opioid consumption from zero to 48 hours after surgery. The EXPAREL group achieved a statistically significant reduction in AUC VAS scores compared to the group who did not receive EXPAREL (p=0.0381). In addition, patients who received EXPAREL consumed significantly fewer opioids than patients who did not receive EXPAREL during the 48 hours that followed surgery (p=0.0048). The company plans to report the statistical results for key secondary endpoints from this study in the coming weeks. Full results will be submitted for publication in a peer-reviewed medical journal.
     
  • Partnership with DePuy Synthes to maximize EXPAREL opportunity. In January 2017, the company announced a co-promotion agreement with DePuy Synthes to market and promote the use of EXPAREL for orthopedic procedures in the US market. The DePuy Synthes field representatives, specializing in joint reconstruction, spine, sports medicine and trauma, will expand the reach and frequency of EXPAREL education in hospital surgical suites and ambulatory surgery centers. DePuy Synthes will also include EXPAREL in the Orthopedic Episode of Care Approach, a comprehensive offering for health systems and surgeons. In addition to supporting DePuy Synthes, Pacira will focus on soft tissue surgeons in key specialties, as well as anesthesiologists. Pacira will continue to act as the overall EXPAREL account manager.
     
  • Additional EXPAREL patent to issue that will extend protection until December 2021. The company has received an issue notification from the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) regarding its patent application 11/678,615, which is entitled “Production of Multivesicular Liposomes.” The USPTO projects that the application will issue with the patent number 9,585,838 on March 7, 2017. The patent includes a patent term adjustment and will expire on December 24, 2021. Once listed, this will be the company’s third patent listed in the Orange Book for EXPAREL.

Fourth Quarter 2016 Financial Results

  • EXPAREL net product sales were $71.4 million in the fourth quarter of 2016, a 6% increase over the $67.2 million reported for the fourth quarter of 2015.
     
  • Total revenues were $72.9 million in the fourth quarter of 2016, a 5% increase over the $69.3 million reported for the fourth quarter of 2015.
     
  • Total operating expenses were $75.4 million in the fourth quarter of 2016, compared to $70.1 million in the fourth quarter of 2015.
     
  • GAAP net loss was $4.0 million, or $0.11 per share (basic and diluted), in the fourth quarter of 2016, compared to a GAAP net loss of $2.5 million, or $0.07 per share (basic and diluted), in the fourth quarter of 2015.
     
  • Non-GAAP net income was $3.6 million, or $0.10 per share (basic) and $0.09 per share (diluted), in the fourth quarter of 2016, compared to non-GAAP net income of $8.3 million, or $0.22 per share (basic) and $0.20 per share (diluted), in the fourth quarter of 2015.
     
  • Pacira had 37.4 million basic weighted average shares of common stock outstanding in the fourth quarter of 2016.
     
  • For non-GAAP measures, Pacira had 39.7 million diluted weighted average shares of common stock outstanding in the fourth quarter of 2016.

Full-Year 2016 Financial Results

  • EXPAREL net product sales were $265.8 million in 2016, an 11% increase over the $239.9 million in 2015.
     
  • Total revenues were $276.4 million in 2016, an 11% increase over the $249.0 million in 2015.
     
  • Total operating expenses were $308.4 million in 2016, compared to $239.5 million in 2015.
     
  • GAAP net loss was $37.9 million, or $1.02 per share (basic and diluted), in 2016, compared to GAAP net income of $1.9 million, or $0.05 per share (basic) and $0.04 (diluted), in 2015.
     
  • Non-GAAP net income was $25.2 million, or $0.68 per share (basic) and $0.62 per share (diluted), in 2016, compared to non-GAAP net income of $39.4 million, or $1.08 per share (basic) and $0.95 per share (diluted), in 2015.
     
  • Pacira ended 2016 with cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments (“cash”) of $172.6 million.
     
  • Pacira had 37.2 million basic weighted average shares of common stock outstanding in 2016.
     
  • For non-GAAP measures, Pacira had 40.5 million diluted weighted average shares of common stock outstanding in 2016.

2017 Outlook

Pacira announces its full year 2017 financial guidance as follows. Pacira expects:

  • EXPAREL net product sales of $290 million to $310 million.
     
  • Non-GAAP gross margins of approximately 70%.
     
  • Non-GAAP research and development (R&D) expense of $50 million to $60 million.
     
  • Non-GAAP selling, general and administrative (SG&A) expense of $145 million to $155 million.
     
  • Stock-based compensation of $30 million to $35 million.

See “Non-GAAP Financial Information” and “Reconciliations of GAAP to Non-GAAP 2017 Financial Guidance” below.

Today’s Conference Call and Webcast Reminder

The Pacira management team will host a conference call to discuss the company’s financial results and recent developments today, Wednesday, March 1, 2017, at 8:30 a.m. ET. The call can be accessed by dialing 1-877-845-0779 (domestic) or 1-720-545-0035 (international) ten minutes prior to the start of the call and providing the Conference ID 40628335.

A replay of the call will be available approximately two hours after the completion of the call and can be accessed by dialing 1-855-859-2056 (domestic) or 1-404-537-3406 (international) and providing the Conference ID 40628335. The replay of the call will be available for two weeks from the date of the live call.

The live, listen-only webcast of the conference call can also be accessed by visiting the “Investors & Media” section of the company’s website at investor.pacira.com. A replay of the webcast will be archived on the Pacira website for two weeks following the call.

Non-GAAP Financial Information

This press release contains financial measures that do not comply with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), such as non-GAAP net income, non-GAAP cost of goods sold, non-GAAP gross margins, non-GAAP R&D and non-GAAP SG&A expenses, because such measures exclude stock-based compensation, amortization of debt discount, loss on extinguishment of debt, a termination fee with CrossLink BioScience, LLC and inventory and related reserves from the stability testing out of specification. These measures supplement our financial results prepared in accordance with GAAP. Pacira management uses these measures to better analyze its financial results, estimate its future cost of goods sold, gross margins, R&D and SG&A outlook for 2017 and to help make managerial decisions. In management’s opinion, these non-GAAP measures are useful to investors and other users of our financial statements by providing greater transparency into the operating performance at Pacira and the company’s future outlook. Such measures should not be deemed to be an alternative to GAAP requirements or a measure of liquidity for Pacira. Non-GAAP measures are also unlikely to be comparable with non-GAAP disclosures released by other companies. See the tables below for a reconciliation of GAAP to non-GAAP measures, and a reconciliation of our GAAP to non-GAAP 2017 financial guidance for gross margins, R&D and SG&A.

About Pacira

Pacira Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:PCRX) is a specialty pharmaceutical company focused on the clinical and commercial development of new products that meet the needs of acute care practitioners and their patients. The company’s flagship product, EXPAREL® (bupivacaine liposome injectable suspension), indicated for single-dose infiltration into the surgical site to produce postsurgical analgesia, was commercially launched in the United States in April 2012. EXPAREL and two other products have successfully utilized DepoFoam®, a unique and proprietary product delivery technology that encapsulates drugs without altering their molecular structure, and releases them over a desired period of time. Additional information about Pacira is available at www.pacira.com.

About EXPAREL®

EXPAREL (bupivacaine liposome injectable suspension) is currently indicated for single-dose infiltration into the surgical site to produce postsurgical analgesia. The product combines bupivacaine with DepoFoam®, a proven product delivery technology that delivers medication over a desired time period. EXPAREL represents the first and only multivesicular liposome local anesthetic that can be utilized in the peri- or postsurgical setting. By utilizing the DepoFoam platform, a single dose of EXPAREL delivers bupivacaine over time, providing significant reductions in cumulative pain score with up to a 45 percent decrease in opioid consumption; the clinical benefit of the opioid reduction was not demonstrated. Additional information is available at www.EXPAREL.com.

Important Safety Information

EXPAREL is contraindicated in obstetrical paracervical block anesthesia. EXPAREL has not been studied for use in patients younger than 18 years of age. Non-bupivacaine-based local anesthetics, including lidocaine, may cause an immediate release of bupivacaine from EXPAREL if administered together locally. The administration of EXPAREL may follow the administration of lidocaine after a delay of 20 minutes or more. Other formulations of bupivacaine should not be administered within 96 hours following administration of EXPAREL. Monitoring of cardiovascular and neurological status, as well as vital signs should be performed during and after injection of EXPAREL as with other local anesthetic products. Because amide-type local anesthetics, such as bupivacaine, are metabolized by the liver, EXPAREL should be used cautiously in patients with hepatic disease. Patients with severe hepatic disease, because of their inability to metabolize local anesthetics normally, are at a greater risk of developing toxic plasma concentrations. In clinical trials, the most common adverse reactions (incidence greater-than or equal to 10%) following EXPAREL administration were nausea, constipation, and vomiting.

Please see the full Prescribing Information for more details available at:
http://www.exparel.com/hcp/pdf/EXPAREL_Prescribing_Information.pdf.

Forward Looking Statements

Any statements in this press release about our future expectations, plans, outlook and prospects, and other statements containing the words “believes,” “anticipates,” “plans,” “estimates,” “expects,” “intends,” “may” and similar expressions, constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Actual results may differ materially from those indicated by such forward-looking statements as a result of various important factors, including risks relating to: the success of our sales and manufacturing efforts in support of the commercialization of EXPAREL; the rate and degree of market acceptance of EXPAREL and our other products; the size and growth of the potential markets for EXPAREL and our ability to serve those markets; our plans to expand the use of EXPAREL to additional indications and opportunities, and the timing and success of any related clinical trials; the related timing and success of United States Food and Drug Administration supplemental New Drug Applications; the outcome of the U.S. Department of Justice inquiry; our plans to evaluate, develop and pursue additional DepoFoam-based product candidates; clinical trials in support of an existing or potential DepoFoam-based product; our plans to continue to manufacture and provide support services for our commercial partners who have licensed DepoCyt(e); our commercialization and marketing capabilities; our and Patheon UK Limited’s ability to successfully and timely construct dedicated EXPAREL manufacturing suites; and other factors discussed in the “Risk Factors” of our most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2016 and in other filings that we periodically make with the SEC. In addition, the forward-looking statements included in this press release represent our views as of the date of this press release. Important factors could cause our actual results to differ materially from those indicated or implied by forward-looking statements, and as such we anticipate that subsequent events and developments will cause our views to change. However, while we may elect to update these forward-looking statements at some point in the future, we specifically disclaim any obligation to do so. These forward-looking statements should not be relied upon as representing our views as of any date subsequent to the date of this press release.

(Tables to Follow)


Pacira Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(in thousands)
(unaudited)
 
    December 31,
 2016
  December 31,
 2015
ASSETS        
Current assets:        
  Cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments     $ 172,597     $ 158,965  
  Accounts receivable, net   29,937     25,855  
  Inventories, net   31,278     61,645  
  Prepaid expenses and other current assets   9,277     6,117  
  Total current assets   243,089     252,582  
Long-term investments       13,462  
Fixed assets, net   101,016     90,324  
Goodwill   46,737     30,880  
Intangible assets, net       81  
Other assets   624     406  
  Total assets   $ 391,466     $ 387,735  
         
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY        
Current liabilities:        
  Accounts payable   $ 7,511     $ 8,739  
  Accrued expenses   36,666     35,375  
  Convertible senior notes *       104,040  
  Current portion of deferred revenue   595     1,426  
  Income taxes payable   66     208  
  Total current liabilities   44,838     149,788  
Convertible senior notes *   108,738      
Deferred revenue   7,487     8,082  
Other liabilities   11,427     11,473  
Total stockholders’ equity   218,976     218,392  
  Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity   $ 391,466     $ 387,735  

* The convertible senior notes are contractually due in 2019. At December 31, 2016, the note holders did not have the ability to convert their notes at any time during the quarter ended March 31, 2017. However, because of certain conditions that were met during the three months ended December 31, 2015, the note holders could have converted their notes any time during the quarter ended March 31, 2016.


Pacira Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Consolidated Statements of Operations
(in thousands, except per share amounts)
(unaudited)
 
    Three Months Ended   Twelve Months Ended
    December 31,   December 31,
    2016   2015   2016   2015
 Net product sales:                
  EXPAREL   $ 71,428     $ 67,194     $ 265,802     $ 239,851  
  DepoCyt(e) and other product sales   337     995     4,271     4,636  
 Total net product sales   71,765     68,189     270,073     244,487  
 Collaborative licensing and milestone revenue   357     357     3,426     1,426  
 Royalty revenue   780     774     2,872     3,084  
  Total revenues   72,902     69,320     276,371     248,997  
                 
Operating expenses:                
  Cost of goods sold   23,621     19,427     110,104     71,837  
  Research and development   17,069     13,153     45,678     28,662  
  Selling, general and administrative   34,673     37,553     152,613     139,043  
  Total operating expenses   75,363     70,133     308,395     239,542  
Income (loss) from operations   (2,461 )   (813 )   (32,024 )   9,455  
                 
Other (expense) income:                
  Interest income   401     175     1,323     678  
  Interest expense   (1,859 )   (1,884 )   (7,061 )   (7,725 )
  Loss on early extinguishment of debt       (1 )       (52 )
  Royalty interest obligation               (71 )
  Other, net   (75 )   (83 )   (82 )   (165 )
  Total other expense, net   (1,533 )   (1,793 )   (5,820 )   (7,335 )
Income (loss) before income taxes   (3,994 )   (2,606 )   (37,844 )   2,120  
  Income tax benefit (expense)   21     108     (105 )   (264 )
Net income (loss)   $ (3,973 )   $ (2,498 )   $ (37,949 )   $ 1,856  
                 
Net income (loss) per share:                
  Basic net income (loss) per common share   $ (0.11 )   $ (0.07 )   $ (1.02 )   $ 0.05  
  Diluted net income (loss) per common share   $ (0.11 )   $ (0.07 )   $ (1.02 )   $ 0.04  
Weighted average common shares outstanding:                
  Basic   37,431     36,783     37,236     36,540  
  Diluted   37,431     36,783     37,236     41,301  



Pacira Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Financial Information
(in thousands, except per share amounts)
(unaudited)
 
    Three Months Ended   Twelve Months Ended
    December 31,   December 31,
    2016   2015   2016   2015
GAAP net income (loss)   $ (3,973 )   $ (2,498 )   $ (37,949 )   $ 1,856  
                 
Non-GAAP adjustments:                
  Stock-based compensation   7,733     9,728     31,248     33,368  
  Inventory and related reserves (1)   (1,219 )       20,731      
  Loss on early extinguishment of debt       1         52  
  Amortization of debt discount   1,022     1,022     4,088     4,102  
  CrossLink contract termination fee           7,062      
  Total Non-GAAP adjustments   7,536     10,751     63,129     37,522  
                 
Non-GAAP net income   $ 3,563     $ 8,253     $ 25,180     $ 39,378  
                 
GAAP basic net income (loss) per common share   $ (0.11 )   $ (0.07 )   $ (1.02 )   $ 0.05  
GAAP diluted net income (loss) per common share   $ (0.11 )   $ (0.07 )   $ (1.02 )   $ 0.04  
                 
Non-GAAP basic net income per common share   $ 0.10     $ 0.22     $ 0.68     $ 1.08  
Non-GAAP diluted net income per common share   $ 0.09     $ 0.20     $ 0.62     $ 0.95  
                 
Weighted average common shares outstanding - basic   37,431     36,783     37,236     36,540  
Weighted average common shares outstanding - diluted   39,729     40,937     40,490     41,301  
                 
Cost of goods sold reconciliation:                
GAAP cost of goods sold   $ 23,621     $ 19,427     $ 110,104     $ 71,837  
  Stock-based compensation   (1,652 )   (1,633 )   (6,438 )   (6,012 )
  Inventory and related reserves (1)   1,219         (20,731 )    
Non-GAAP cost of goods sold   $ 23,188     $ 17,794     $ 82,935     $ 65,825  
                 
Research and development reconciliation:                
GAAP research and development   $ 17,069     $ 13,153     $ 45,678     $ 28,662  
  Stock-based compensation   (699 )   (1,994 )   (3,297 )   (5,134 )
Non-GAAP research and development   $ 16,370     $ 11,159     $ 42,381     $ 23,528  
                 
Selling, general and administrative reconciliation:                
GAAP selling, general and administrative   $ 34,673     $ 37,553     $ 152,613     $ 139,043  
  Stock-based compensation   (5,382 )   (6,101 )   (21,513 )   (22,222 )
  CrossLink contract termination fee           (7,062 )    
Non-GAAP selling, general and administrative   $ 29,291     $ 31,452     $ 124,038     $ 116,821  

(1) - In 2016, the Company recorded a $20.7 million charge to cost of goods sold to fully reserve $20.5 million for the cost of EXPAREL batches impacted by a routine stability test that did not meet required specifications and $0.2 million for replacement boxes and other related costs.


Pacira Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP 2017 Financial Guidance
(dollars in millions)
 
GAAP to Non-GAAP Guidance   GAAP   Stock-Based
Compensation
  Non-GAAP
EXPAREL net product sales   $290 to $310    
Gross margin   Approx. 68%   Approx. 2%   Approx. 70%
Research and development expense   $52 to $64   $2 to $4   $50 to $60
Selling, general and administrative expense   $167 to $180   $22 to $25   $145 to $155
Stock-based compensation   $30 to $35    

 

Investor Contact:
Susan Mesco
(973) 451-4030
susan.mesco@pacira.com
           
Media Contact:
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(973) 588-2270
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