CUPERTINO, Calif., July 21 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — DURECT Corporation
(Nasdaq: DRRX) announced today financial results for the three months ended
June 30, 2004 and an update on its development programs.
Our net loss for the three months ended June 30, 2004 was $7.4 million or
14 cents per share, compared to $5.1 million or 10 cents per share for the
same period in 2003. Our results for the three months ended June 30, 2004
included non-cash charges for the amortization of intangible assets and stock-
based compensation of $443,000, compared to $470,000 for the same period in
2003. Cash used in operating activities was $6.3 million for the three months
ended June 30, 2004, compared to $3.6 million for the same period in 2003.
“Over the last three years, we have developed several robust and patent-
protected platform technologies. Together with our collaborative partners
where applicable, we have steadily advanced a pipeline based on these
technologies including Remoxy(TM) (ORADUR(TM) oral oxycodone gel-cap), our
SABER(TM)-based post-operative pain depot, and a DURIN-based Alzheimer’s
disease treatment. These programs are either in the clinic or anticipated to
enter the clinic by the end of this year,” stated James E., Brown, DVM,
President and CEO of DURECT.
Dr. Brown added, “With regard to our CHRONOGESIC product, our plan had
been to resume clinical trials by the end of 2004. After a series of
promising results in vitro and in vivo with our most recent CHRONOGESIC system
design, we had initiated the process of clinical manufacturing.
Unfortunately, we have learned recently from an animal study that we have not
yet solved the pre-mature shutdown problem (stop in the delivery of drug
before the intended full duration of delivery). Therefore, based on this
information, we will not be resuming clinical trials with our CHRONOGESIC
product in 2004. We continue to work to address this issue in order to bring
this product to market. We have made significant investments into CHRONOGESIC
and our sufentanil infrastructure, and we plan to move forward with this
Dr. Brown continued, “DURECT has evolved as a company, with a breadth of
technologies and a pipeline that we believe provides diversification to
diminish development and commercial risk to build lasting shareholder value.”
First Half 2004 Developments CHRONOGESIC(R) (sufentanil) Pain Therapy Product -- We expect a delay in the resumption of the CHRONOGESIC clinical program previously anticipated to begin during the second half of 2004. Post-Operative Pain Depot -- We are preparing for a Phase II clinical trial for our post-operative pain relief depot product, anticipated to begin by the end of the year. Our post-operative pain relief depot product is a sustained release injectible using the patented SABER(TM) delivery system and bupivicaine designed to provide 2-3 days of post-surgical pain relief. Remoxy(TM) -- Our collaborative partner, Pain Therapeutics, Inc., recently announced positive Phase I pharmacokinetics and anti-abuse clinical results for Remoxy(TM), a novel long-acting oral formulation of oxycodone based on DURECT's ORADUR technology. -- Pain Therapeutics has announced their plans to initiate Phase III studies for Remoxy by year-end. Alzheimer's Disease Product -- Significant progress has been made with our on-going collaboration with Voyager Pharmaceutical Corporation to develop a treatment for Alzheimer's disease using our DURIN(TM) drug delivery platform, which is the subject of several pending patent applications on a worldwide basis. -- During the first half of 2004, Voyager completed an interim analysis of a proof of concept clinical study that supported advancing the DURIN- based product further in development. -- Voyager plans to initiate Phase I clinical studies on the DURIN-based product by the end of the year. Tinnitus (Inner Ear Disorders) Treatment -- During the second quarter of 2004, we announced an exclusive license agreement for NeuroSystec Corporation to develop, market and sell products for the treatment of certain inner ear disorders including chronic tinnitus (ringing in the ears) based on our technologies. The first potential product is currently in pre-clinical development. We will receive certain milestone payments related to the development and commercialization of products under this agreement, as well royalties based on product sales. Financial Results
Total revenues were $3.1 million for the three months ended June 30, 2004,
compared to $3.2 million for the same period in 2003. The slight decrease in
total revenues was primarily attributable to lower collaborative research and
development revenue recognized from our strategic partners, offset by higher
product sales from our product lines.
Research and development expenses were $6.0 million for the three months
ended June 30, 2004, compared to $5.3 million for the same period in 2003.
The increase in the three months ended June 30, 2004 was primarily
attributable to the higher development costs related to CHRONOGESIC, our SABER
post-operative pain depot product and other products under development.
Selling, general and administrative expenses were $2.3 million for the
three months ended June 30, 2004, compared to $2.2 million for the same period
in 2003. The increase was primarily attributable to higher expenses to comply
with the Sarbanes-Oxley Act.
Interest income was $289,000 for the three months ended June 30, 2004,
compared with $368,000 for the same period in 2003. The decrease in interest
income was primarily the result of lower yields in our cash and investments in
the three months ended June 30, 2004. Interest expense was $1.1 million for
the three months ended June 30, 2004 as compared to $179,000 for the same
period in 2003. The increase during the three months ended June 30, 2004 was
primarily the result of the interest expense on the $60.0 million convertible
notes we issued in June and July of 2003.
At June 30, 2004, we had cash and investments of $73.8 million, including
$2.8 million in restricted investments, compared with cash and investments of
$80.3 million at March 31, 2004.
We expect our net loss for the third quarter of 2004 will range from $7.0
million to $8.0 million or 14 to 16 cents per share. Our 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 payments of $3.8 million for the convertible
notes. We expect our 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.
About DURECT Corporation
DURECT Corporation (www.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.
CHRONOGESIC(R), SABER(TM), ORADUR(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, anticipated clinical trials 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, 2003 filed with the SEC on March 11, 2004, DURECT’s
Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q and other periodic reports filed with the SEC
under the heading “Factors that may affect future results.”
CHRONOGESIC, our post operative pain product, Remoxy and other products mentioned above are under development 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 Six months ended June 30, June 30, 2004 2003 2004 2003 Product revenue, net $1,760 $1,715 $3,125 $3,222 Collaborative research and development and other revenue 1,320 1,485 3,340 2,559 Total revenues 3,080 3,200 6,465 5,781 Operating expenses: Cost of revenues 867 534 1,432 1,129 Research and development 6,040 5,282 11,449 10,854 Selling, general and administrative 2,339 2,219 4,563 4,462 Amortization of intangible assets 308 335 643 670 Stock-based compensation(1) 135 135 170 (19) Total operating expenses 9,689 8,505 18,257 17,096 Loss from operations (6,609) (5,305) (11,792) (11,315) Other income (expense): Interest income 289 368 593 609 Interest expense (1,113) (179) (2,224) (303) Net other income (expense) (824) 189 (1,631) 306 Net loss $(7,433) $(5,116) $(13,423) $(11,009) Net loss per common share, basic and diluted $(0.14) $(0.10) $(0.26) $(0.22) Shares used in computing basic and diluted net loss per share 51,396 50,294 51,260 50,209 (1) Stock-based compensation related to the following: Cost of revenues $(2) $3 $1 $11 Research and development 126 (23) 153 (259) Selling, general and administrative 11 155 16 229 $135 $135 $170 $(19) DURECT CORPORATION CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS (in thousands) June 30, December 31, 2004 2003 (1) Assets Current assets: Cash and cash equivalents $7,680 $21,203 Short-term investments 44,154 39,511 Accounts receivable, net 2,321 1,968 Inventories 1,914 1,902 Prepaid expenses and other current assets 1,340 1,480 Total current assets 57,409 66,064 Property and equipment, net 8,250 9,316 Goodwill 6,399 6,399 Intangible assets, net 2,351 2,994 Long-term investments 19,231 21,334 Restricted investments 2,782 3,119 Other non-current assets 2,929 3,181 Total assets $99,351 $112,407 Liabilities and stockholders' equity Current liabilities: Accounts payable, accrued liabilities and deferred revenue $4,568 $4,551 Long-term obligations, current portion 463 463 Total current liabilities 5,031 5,014 Long-term obligations, noncurrent portion 62,146 62,278 Stockholders' equity 32,174 45,115 Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $99,351 $112,407 (1) Derived from audited financial statements.
SOURCE DURECT Corporation
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