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Cipher Reports Q1 2012 Financial Results

Friday, May 04, 2012

Cipher Reports Q1 2012 Financial Results07:00 EDT Friday, May 04, 2012Toronto Stock Exchange Symbol: DNDMISSISSAUGA, ON, May 4, 2012 /CNW/ - Cipher Pharmaceuticals Inc. (TSX: DND; OTC: CPHMF.PK) today announced its financial and operational results for the three months ended March 31, 2012 ("Q1 2012").Q1 2012 SummaryAchieved quarterly revenue of $1.8 million, a 168% increase over Q1 2011.Net income in Q1 2012 was $0.1 million, compared with a loss of $1.1 million in Q1 2011.Received a US$1.0 million sales milestone for Lipofen®.Durela™ (extended-release tramadol) was launched in March 2012 by Cipher's Canadian partner, Medical Futures Inc.Cash increased for the third consecutive quarter to $10.1 million, compared with $9.6 million as at December 31, 2011."Revenue grew strongly in the first quarter based on Lipofen's performance and early contributions from ConZipä, which was recently launched in the U.S.," said Larry Andrews, President and CEO of Cipher. "In addition, with the launch of Durelaä in Canada, we now have multiple royalty revenue streams contributing to our results as we await U.S. regulatory approval for CIP-ISOTRETINOIN, our promising product for the treatment of acne."Financial ReviewNet revenue in Q1 2012 was $1.8 million, an increase of 168% compared with $0.7 million in Q1 2011. Revenue from Lipofen® increased to $1.4 million during Q1 2012 compared with $0.6 million in Q1 2011, reflecting a strong performance by our U.S. partner, Kowa Pharmaceuticals, and the achievement of a contractual net sales milestone, which contributed $0.5 million in revenue for the quarter.  Revenue from ConZipä was $0.3 million in Q1 2012.  No revenue was recognized in Q1 of the prior year as the product was launched in Q3 2011. Revenue from Durelaä was not significant during Q1 2012 as the product was only launched in mid-March 2012.Research and Development expense during Q1 2012 was $0.5 million, the same as incurred in Q1 2011. Operating, General and Administrative expenses for Q1 2012 declined to $1.0 million, compared to $1.2 million in Q1 2011. Net income in Q1 2012 was $0.1 million, or $0.01 per share, compared to a net loss of $1.1 million, or $0.05 per share, in Q1 2011.The Company's financial position remained solid at quarter end. As at March 31, 2012, Cipher had cash of $10.1 million, compared with $9.6 million as at December 31, 2011.Product UpdateLipofen®During Q1 2012, Lipofen® monthly prescriptions increased solidly relative to the prior quarter based on Kowa's increased promotional effort and a new managed care client contract. Lipofen® achieved record sales performance for the quarter, with royalty revenue 65% higher than the prior year and 26% higher than Q4 2011. During the first quarter, Cipher received a US$1.0 million milestone payment from Kowa. Cipher's 50% share of the milestone is reflected in its financial results for Q1 2012. This one-time milestone, which was based on sales performance over the trailing 12-month period, reflected steadily increasing new prescriptions during the fourth quarter and Q1 2012.CIP-TRAMADOL ER (ConZip™/Durela™)Cipher's extended-release tramadol was launched in the U.S. by Vertical Pharmaceuticals in September 2011 under the trade name ConZip™. Vertical's dedicated sales force comprises 60 representatives, with plans for further expansion in 2012.  Product sales to date have been encouraging and the Company expects solid growth in 2012 as U.S. physicians gain more experience with the product and Vertical expands its coverage.During Q3 2011, Cipher received Health Canada approval for CIP-TRAMADOL ER and also completed a Canadian distribution and supply agreement with Medical Futures. Medical Futures launched the product in March 2012 under the trade name Durela™, with a dedicated sales force comprising approximately 22 representatives.CIP-ISOTRETINOINCipher's New Drug Application for CIP-ISOTRETINOIN is currently under review by the FDA with a target action date under PDUFA of May 29, 2012.  Pre-commercial activities are underway with Ranbaxy Pharmaceuticals, the Company's U.S. partner, for a possible launch in Q4 2012. When CIP-ISOTRETINOIN is commercialized, Cipher expects that it will have the potential to generate significant revenue for the Company.Cipher completed a New Drug Submission to Health Canada in Q4 2011.  This was accepted for review in Q1 2012, and a response from Health Canada is expected in Q1 2013.  Once approved, Cipher plans to market the product in Canada on its own.New Products and Out-Licensing Activities Cipher is actively pursuing out-licensing discussions for its current products in other territories and is seeking late to commercial stage product candidates to complement its Canadian commercialization plans for CIP-ISOTRETINOIN.Notice of Conference Call Cipher will hold a conference call today, May 4, 2012, at 8:30 a.m (ET) to discuss its financial results and other corporate developments. To access the conference call by telephone, dial 647-427-7450 or 1-888-231-8191.  A live audio webcast of the call will be available at The webcast will be archived for 90 days.About Cipher Pharmaceuticals Inc.Cipher Pharmaceuticals (TSX: DND; OTC: CPHMF.PK) is a growing specialty pharmaceutical company that commercializes novel formulations of successful, currently marketed molecules.  Cipher's strategy is to in-license clearly differentiated products, advance them through the clinical development and regulatory approval stages, and out-license to international marketing partners.  The Company's first product is a fenofibrate formulation marketed in the United States as Lipofen®. Cipher's second product, an extended-release tramadol, is marketed in the United States as ConZip™ and is marketed in Canada as Durela™.  Cipher's New Drug Application for its third product, a novel formulation of the acne treatment isotretinoin, is currently being reviewed by the FDA and Health Canada. For more information, please visit StatementsStatements made in this news release, other than those concerning historical financial information, may be forward-looking and therefore subject to various risks and uncertainties. The words "may", "will", "could", "should", "would", "suspect", "outlook", "believe", "plan", "anticipate", "estimate", "expect", "intend", "forecast", "objective", "hope" and "continue" (or the negative thereof), and words and expressions of similar import, are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Certain material factors or assumptions are applied in making forward-looking statements and actual results may differ materially from those expressed or implied in such statements.  Factors that could cause results to vary include those identified in the Company's Annual Information Form and other filings with Canadian securities regulatory authorities. These factors include, but are not limited to losses; the applicability of patents and proprietary technology; possible patent litigation; approval of products in the Company's pipeline; marketing of products; meeting projected drug development timelines and goals; product liability and insurance; dependence on strategic partnerships and licensees; concentration of the Company's revenue; substantial competition and rapid technological change in the pharmaceutical industry; the publication of negative results of clinical trials of the Company's products; the ability to access capital; the ability to attract and retain key personnel; changes in government regulation or regulatory approval processes; dependence on contract research organizations; third party reimbursement; the success of the Company's strategic investments; the achievement of development goals and time frames; the possibility of shareholder dilution; market price volatility of securities; and the existence of significant shareholders. All forward-looking statements presented herein should be considered in conjunction with such filings. Except as required by Canadian securities laws, the Company does not undertake to update any forward-looking statements; such statements speak only as of the date made. Cipher Pharmaceuticals Inc.   Balance Sheets       As at March 31, 2012 and December 31, 2011   (in thousands of Canadian dollars - unaudited)       March 31, December 31, 2012 2011 $ $ASSETS       Current assets    Cash10,113 9,636 Accounts receivable1,937 1,782 Prepaid expenses and other assets180 272 12,230 11,690     Property and equipment, net28 25     Intangible assets, net2,719 2,944     14,977 14,659    LIABILITIES       Current liabilities    Accounts payable and accrued liabilities2,212 1,912 Current portion of deferred revenue875 917 3,087 2,829     Deferred revenue2,177 2,330 5,264 5,159    SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY        Share capital50,211 50,172 Contributed surplus33,081 33,032 Deficit(73,579) (73,704) 9,713 9,500     14,977 14,659 Cipher Pharmaceuticals Inc.   Statements of Operations and Comprehensive Income (Loss)      Three month periods ended March 31, 2012 and 2011  (in thousands of Canadian dollars, except per share data - unaudited)    March 31, March 31, 2012 2011 $ $    Revenues    Licensing revenue1,811 675    Expenses    Research and development471 547 Operating, general and administrative1,016 1,177 Amortization of intangible assets225 59 Interest income(26) (23)     1,686 1,760        Income (loss) and comprehensive income (loss) for the period125 (1,085)        Basic and diluted earnings (loss) per share0.01 (0.05)Cipher Pharmaceuticals Inc.       Statements of Changes in Equity               Three month periods ended March 31, 2012 and 2011      (in thousands of Canadian dollars - unaudited)                      Total Share Contributed   Shareholders' Capital Surplus Deficit Equity $ $ $ $        Balance, January 1, 201250,172 33,032 (73,704) 9,500        Income and comprehensive income for the period- - 125 125        Shares issued under the share purchase plan39 - - 39        Share-based compensation - stock option plan- 49 - 49        Balance, March 31, 201250,211 33,081 (73,579) 9,713        Balance, January 1, 201149,977 32,890 (71,393) 11,474        Loss and comprehensive loss for the period- - (1,085) (1,085)        Share-based compensation - stock option plan- 28 - 28        Balance, March 31, 201149,977 32,918 (72,478) 10,417 Cipher Pharmaceuticals Inc.   Statements of Cash Flows       Three month periods ended March 31, 2012 and 2011   (in thousands of Canadian dollars - unaudited)         March 31, March 31, 2012 2011 $ $Cash provided by (used in)       Operating activities    Income (loss) for the period125 (1,085) Items not affecting cash:     Depreciation of property and equipment7 13  Amortization of intangible assets225 59  Share-based compensation - share purchase plan6 -  Share-based compensation - stock option plan49 28 412 (985)     Changes in non-cash operating items:     Accounts receivable(155) 216  Prepaid expenses and other assets92 100  Accounts payable and accrued liabilities300 (364)  Deferred revenue(195) (144)    Net cash generated from (used in) operating activities 454 (1,177)    Investing activities    Purchase of property and equipment(10) (4)    Net cash generated from (used in) investing activities (10) (4)    Financing activities    Proceeds from shares issued under the share purchase plan33 -    Increase (Decrease) in cash477 (1,181)Cash, beginningof period9,636 10,328    Cash, end of period10,113 9,147 For further information: Craig Armitage Investor Relations The Equicom Group (416) 815-0700 ext 278 (416) 815-0080 fax Larry Andrews President and CEO Cipher Pharmaceuticals (905) 602-5840 ext 324 (905) 602-0628 fax