ROCKVILLE, Md., May 4 Vanda Pharmaceuticals Inc. (Vanda) (Nasdaq: VNDA), a biopharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of clinical-stage products for central nervous system disorders, today announced financial and operational results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2010.
Total revenue for the first quarter of 2010 was $12.4 million, compared to $4.5 million for the fourth quarter of 2009 and $0 for the first quarter of 2009. Total operating expenses for the first quarter of 2010 were $6.3 million, compared to $13.8 million for the fourth quarter of 2009 and $6.6 million for the first quarter of 2009. Net income was $0.5 million for the first quarter of 2010 compared to net losses of $9.2 million for the fourth quarter of 2009 and $6.5 million for the first quarter of 2009.
Vanda's cash, cash equivalents, and marketable securities as of March 31, 2010 totaled approximately $202.4 million. Approximately 27.9 million shares of Vanda common stock were outstanding as of March 31, 2010. Basic and diluted net income per common share for the first quarter of 2010 was $0.02, compared to a net loss per common share of $0.34 for the fourth quarter of 2009 and $0.24 for the first quarter of 2009.
On January 11, 2010, Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation (Novartis) launched Fanapt(TM) in the U.S. First quarter sales of Fanapt(TM) were reported by Novartis to be approximately $21.0 million. As a result, Vanda recorded royalty revenue of approximately $2.1 million for the first quarter of 2010. On February 23, 2010, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) issued a notice of allowance for Vanda's patent application of a microsphere, long-acting injectable (depot) formulation of Fanapt(TM) (iloperidone). The USPTO has informed Vanda that the application is eligible for patent term adjustment of an additional 300 days, making the patent expiration date August 26, 2023. Novartis is responsible for the further development of the depot formulation in the U.S. and Canada. Vanda has retained the rights for the development and commercialization of the depot formulation outside the U.S. and Canada. Vanda continues to explore the regulatory path and commercial opportunity for Fanapt(TM) outside of the U.S. and Canada.
During the first quarter of 2010, Vanda also made significant progress in evaluating potential opportunities for tasimelteon, Vanda's compound for the treatment of circadian rhythm sleep disorders (CRSD). On January 19, 2010, the FDA granted orphan drug designation status for tasimelteon in a specific CRSD, Non-24-Hour Sleep/Wake Disorder (N24SWD) in blind individuals with no light perception. Tasimelteon has already been shown in clinical studies to significantly improve sleep onset and sleep maintenance parameters and to affect the sleep wake cycle.
Vanda plans to conduct additional clinical trials to pursue FDA approval of tasimelteon for the treatment of N24SWD in blind individuals with no light perception beginning in the second quarter of 2010. The first trial will be a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study with an enrollment of approximately 140 patients with N24SWD. The trial will include measures of both nighttime and daytime sleep, as well as laboratory measures of the synchronization between the internal body clock and the environment. Vanda expects to report top-line results for this trial in the fourth quarter of 2011. Vanda anticipates filing a NDA with the FDA for tasimelteon in N24SWD by the first quarter of 2013.
On April 15, 2010, Vanda and Bristol-Myers Squibb entered in an amendment to their amended and restated license, development and commercialization agreement, to, among other things, extend Vanda's deadline for filing a NDA for tasimelteon. A more detailed description and the full text of the amendment are contained in Vanda's Current Report on Form 8-K, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on April 19, 2010.
Research and development (R&D) expenses of $2.0 million for the first quarter of 2010 consisted primarily of $0.7 million of salaries and benefits, $0.9 million of non-cash stock based-compensation costs for R&D personnel and $0.2 million for overhead allocated to R&D. This compares to $2.3 million for the fourth quarter of 2009 and $2.3 million for the first quarter of 2009. The decrease in R&D expenses in the first quarter of 2010 relative to the fourth quarter of 2009 is primarily due to the completion of the carcinogenicity study for Fanapt(TM) during the fourth quarter of 2009.
General and administrative (G&A) expenses of $2.5 million for the first quarter of 2010 consisted primarily of $0.6 million of salaries and benefits and $0.2 million of non-cash stock based compensation costs for G&A personnel, as well as $0.5 million of legal fees, $0.3 million of audit and tax-related costs and $0.2 million of insurance costs. This compares to $9.2 million for the fourth quarter of 2009 and $4.2 million for the first quarter of 2009. The decrease in G&A expenses in the first quarter of 2010 relative to the fourth quarter of 2009 is primarily due to lower consulting fees and advisor fees, primarily relating to the transaction with Novartis completed in the fourth quarter of 2009, and lower non-cash stock-based compensation costs in the first quarter 2010.
Employee stock-based compensation expense recorded in the first quarter of 2010 totaled $1.1 million. Of this non-cash charge, $0.9 million was recorded as R&D expense and $0.2 million was recorded as G&A expense. This compares to total employee stock-based compensation expense of $2.4 million and $2.3 million for the fourth quarter of 2009 and the first quarter of 2009, respectively. The decrease in employee stock-based compensation expense in the first quarter of 2010 relative to the fourth quarter of 2009 is the result of the cancellation of unvested options, in the first quarter of 2010.
Vanda is encouraged by the early prescription data for Fanapt(TM) as reported by IMS. At this time, however, Vanda cannot forecast future revenues based on sales milestones or royalties. Vanda expects that R&D expenses related to the initiation of the tasimelteon program in N24SWD will increase by approximately $7.5 million for the full year 2010. Vanda anticipates that approximately 75 percent of these expenses will qualify for the orphan drug tax credit.
Vanda submitted a private letter ruling request to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in March of 2010 to clarify the application of certain code sections regarding the use of prior net operating losses that may offset some of the tax liability related to the $197.4 million of deferred revenue for the upfront payment received from Novartis which will be recognized as income for tax purposes in 2010. Following the determination of the IRS on this matter, Vanda may choose to provide financial guidance for the full year.
Vanda has scheduled a conference call for today, Tuesday, May 4, 2010, at 9:30 AM ET. During the call, Mihael H. Polymeropoulos, M.D., President and CEO, and Stephanie Irish, Acting CFO, will discuss quarterly results and other corporate activities. Investors can call 1-866-700-7173 (domestic) and 1-617-213-8838 (international) prior to the 9:30 AM start time and ask for the Vanda Pharmaceuticals conference call hosted by Dr. Polymeropoulos (participant passcode 17942676). A replay of the call will be available Tuesday, May 4, 2010 at 12:30 PM ET and will be accessible until Tuesday, May 11, 2010, at 5:00 PM ET. The replay call-in number is 1-888-286-8010 for domestic callers and 1-617-801-6888 for international callers. The access number is 39291542.
The conference call will be broadcast simultaneously on Vanda's website, http://www.vandapharma.com. Investors should click on the Investor Relations tab and are advised to go to the website at least 15 minutes early to register, download, and install any necessary software or presentations. The call will also be archived on Vanda's website for a period of 30 days, through June 3, 2010.
ABOUT VANDA PHARMACEUTICALS INC.:
Vanda Pharmaceuticals Inc. is a biopharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of clinical-stage products for central nervous system disorders. For more on Vanda Pharmaceuticals Inc., please visit http://www.vandapharma.com.
CAUTIONARY NOTE REGARDING FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS
Various statements in this release are "forward-looking statements" under the securities laws. Words such as, but not limited to, "believe," "expect," "anticipate," "estimate," "intend," "plan," "targets," "likely," "will," "would," and "could," and similar expressions or words, identify forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are based upon current expectations that involve risks, changes in circumstances, assumptions and uncertainties. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those reflected in the company's forward-looking statements include, among others: the extent and effectiveness of the development, sales and marketing and distribution support Fanapt((TM)) receives; Vanda's inability to utilize a substantial portion of its prior net operating losses; Vanda's ability to successfully commercialize Fanapt((TM)) outside of the U.S. and Canada; delays in the completion of Vanda's clinical trials; a failure of Vanda's products to be demonstrably safe and effective; Vanda's failure to obtain regulatory approval for its products or to comply with ongoing regulatory requirements for its products; a lack of acceptance of Vanda's products in the marketplace, or a failure to become or remain profitable; Vanda's expectations regarding trends with respect to its costs and expenses; Vanda's inability to obtain the capital necessary to fund its research and development activities; Vanda's failure to identify or obtain rights to new products; Vanda's failure to develop or obtain sales, marketing and distribution resources and expertise or to otherwise manage its growth; a loss of any of Vanda's key scientists or management personnel; losses incurred from product liability claims made against Vanda; a loss of rights to develop and commercialize Vanda's products under its license and sublicense agreements and other factors that are described in the "Risk Factors" section (Part I, Item 1A) of Vanda's annual report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2009 (File No. 001-34186). In addition to the risks described above and in Part I, Item 1A of Vanda's annual report on Form 10-K, other unknown or unpredictable factors also could affect Vanda's results. There can be no assurance that the actual results or developments anticipated by Vanda will be realized or, even if substantially realized, that they will have the expected consequences to, or effects on, Vanda. Therefore, no assurance can be given that the outcomes stated in such forward-looking statements and estimates will be achieved.
All written and verbal forward-looking statements attributable to Vanda or any person acting on its behalf are expressly qualified in their entirety by the cautionary statements contained or referred to herein. Vanda cautions investors not to rely too heavily on the forward-looking statements Vanda makes or that are made on its behalf. The information in this release is provided only as of the date of this release, and Vanda undertakes no obligation, and specifically declines any obligation, to update or revise publicly any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.
-- Vanda records Q1 2010 revenue of $12.4 million -- Fanapt (TM) launched in the U.S. by our partner Novartis -- Iloperidone long-acting injectable patent allowed -- Tasimelteon received orphan designation by the Food and Drug Administration for the treatment of Non-24 Hour Sleep/Wake Disorder (N24SWD) in blind individuals with no light perception
SOURCE Vanda Pharmaceuticals Inc.