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Nov 07, 2014
Progenics Pharmaceuticals Announces Third Quarter 2014 Financial Results

TARRYTOWN, N.Y., Nov. 7, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Progenics Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq:PGNX) today announced its results of operations for the quarter and nine months ended September 30, 2014.

The Company also announced that following interactions with the FDA, Progenics' worldwide collaboration partner, Salix Pharmaceuticals, Ltd., expects to file the oral RELISTOR® New Drug Application (NDA) by the end of the second quarter 2015.

Net income for the quarter was $37.0 million or $0.51 diluted per share, compared to net loss of $10.5 million or $0.17 diluted per share in the 2013 period. Net income for the current nine months was $16.6 million or $0.24 diluted per share, compared to net loss of $34.0 million or $0.63 diluted per share in 2013.

Progenics ended the quarter with cash, cash equivalents and securities of $87.44 million, reflecting a decrease of $0.12 million in the quarter and an increase of $19.37 million from 2013 year-end, resulting primarily from a first quarter financing and receipt of $7.25 million upon settlement of an arbitration with its former RELISTOR licensee for Japan. Quarter-end cash does not include a $40.0 million milestone payment for the September 29thFDA approval of RELISTOR® Subcutaneous Injection for the treatment of opioid induced constipation in patients with non-cancer pain, which was received in October.

"Recent months have brought extraordinary progress for RELISTOR, first with the FDA approval of subcutaneous RELISTOR and now with the plan to submit the NDA for oral RELISTOR," said Mark Baker, CEO of Progenics. "The approval of subcutaneous RELISTOR in chronic pain dramatically increased the number of people who can benefit from this remarkable medication and set the stage for increased royalty and milestone revenue for Progenics. Now, we look forward to bringing these patients a new, more convenient oral formulation. I believe these developments will have the potential to transform the treatment of opioid-induced constipation."

Third quarter revenue totaled $41.7 million, up from $0.9 million in 2013, reflecting an increase in collaboration revenue of $39.9 million, primarily resulting from the recognition of the $40.0 million milestone from Salix and a $0.9 million increase in RELISTOR royalty income to $1.6 million, compared to $0.7 million in the 2013 period. The $7.25 million arbitration settlement is reported as third quarter other operating income.

Current year nine months revenues were $44.9 million, up from $4.9 million in 2013, reflecting the RELISTOR milestone payment and royalty income of $3.7 million compared to $3.1 million in the 2013 period. Net RELISTOR sales increased to $10.8 million in the current quarter from prior quarter net sales of $9.1 million as reported to Progenics by Salix.

Net Relistor Sales
  Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended
  September 30, June 30, September 30,
  2014 2013 2014 2014 2013
U.S. $ 9.8 $ 3.7 $ 8.2 $21.6 $17.1
Ex-U.S.   1.0  1.1  0.9  3.1  3.3
Global $ 10.8 $ 4.8 $ 9.1 $24.7 $20.4

Third quarter research and development expenses decreased by $1.0 million compared to the prior year period, reflecting lower clinical trial expenses for MIP-1404 and PSMA ADC, and lower compensation expenses, partially offset by higher contract manufacturing expenses for AZEDRA, MIP-1404, and PSMA ADC. Year-to-date research and development expenses decreased by $4.5 million compared to the prior year period. Third quarter general and administrative expenses increased $0.8 million compared to the prior year period, due to higher legal expenses. The year-to-date general and administrative expenses decreased $0.2 million from the prior period. Non-cash items for the quarter and year-to-date resulted from impairment charges and increased estimates for fair value of contingent consideration liability related to last year's acquisition of Molecular Insight.

Other Recent Events

  • Positive long-term follow-up data from the pivotal Phase 2 trial of AZEDRA (Ultratrace® Iobenguane I 131) Injection was presented at the International Symposium of Pheochromocytoma and Paraganglioma held in Kyoto, Japan in September. This trial is planned to be restarted in the first quarter of 2015.
  • Complete results from a Phase 2 Study of MIP-1404 were presented at the 27th Annual European Association of Nuclear Medicine (EANM) Congress held in Gothenburg, Sweden in October, in which MIP-1404 showed higher sensitivity as compared to MRI in detecting primary and metastatic prostate cancer.

Conference Call and Webcast

Progenics will review third quarter financial results in a conference call today at 8:30 a.m. EST. To participate, please dial (877) 250-8889 (domestic) or (720) 545-0001 (international) and reference conference ID 26033164. A live webcast will be available on the Media Center of the Progenics website,, and a replay will be available there for two weeks.

- Financial Tables follow -

(in thousands, except net income (loss) per share)
  For the Three Months Ended For the Nine Months Ended
  September 30, September 30,
  2014 2013 2014 2013
Collaboration revenue $ 40,023 $ 145 $ 41,144 $ 1,512
Royalty income 1,626 719 3,728 3,052
Research grants -- -- -- 275
Other revenues 7 3 76 55
Total revenues 41,656 867 44,948 4,894
Research and development 6,728 7,905 21,495 26,205
License fees - research and development 10 91 280 314
Royalty expense 319 73 548 308
General and administrative 3,895 3,131 11,156 11,350
Depreciation and amortization 142 179 419 774
Intangible impairment charges 576 -- 576 --
Change in contingent consideration liability 500 -- 1,400 --
Total expenses 12,170 11,379 35,874 38,951
Other operating income 7,250 -- 7,250 --
Operating income (loss) 36,736 (10,512) 16,324 (34,057)
Other income:        
Interest income 12 12 37 36
Total other income 12 12 37 36
Net income (loss) before income tax benefit 36,748 (10,500) 16,361 (34,021)
Income tax benefit 227 -- 228 --
Net income (loss) $ 36,975 $ (10,500) $ 16,589 $ (34,021)
Net income (loss) per share; basic $ 0.53 $ (0.17) $ 0.24 $ (0.63)
Weighted average shares outstanding; basic 69,556 60,599 67,712 54,104
Net income (loss) per share; diluted $ 0.51 $ (0.17) $ 0.24 $ (0.63)
Weighted average shares outstanding; diluted 72,879 60,599 67,727 54,104


(in thousands)
  September 30,
December 31,
Cash and cash equivalents $ 85,230 $ 65,860
Accounts receivable, net 41,667 2,879
Auction rate securities 2,208 2,208
Fixed assets, net 2,321 2,413
Intangible assets, net and goodwill 38,502 39,081
Other assets 2,151 2,100
Total assets $ 172,079 $ 114,541
Current liabilities $ 6,154 $ 6,627
Contingent consideration liability 17,100 15,700
Deferred tax and other liabilities 13,005 13,235
Total liabilities 36,259 35,562
Stockholders' equity 135,820 78,979
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $ 172,079 $ 114,541

About Relistor

Progenics has exclusively licensed development and commercialization rights for its first commercial product, Relistor, to Salix Pharmaceuticals, Ltd. Relistor (methylnaltrexone bromide) subcutaneous injection is a first-in-class treatment for opioid-induced constipation approved in the United States for patients with chronic non-cancer pain, and in the U.S. and more than 50 other countries for patients with advanced illness.

About Opioids, Constipation and RELISTOR (methylnaltrexone bromide)

Opioid analgesics are frequently prescribed for patients with chronic pain, including patients with advanced illness. An estimated 27 million patients in the US are on opioids for chronic pain. Constipation is one of the most common and distressing side effects in patients receiving chronic opioid therapy. Approximately 40% of chronic pain patients, or nearly 11 million patients, on opioid therapy will experience OIC. RELISTOR is the first approved medication that specifically targets the underlying cause of OIC.

RELISTOR is a Peripherally Acting Mu Opioid Receptor Antagonist (PAMORA) specifically designed to block the constipating effects of opioids in the gastrointestinal tract. The unique molecular structure of RELISTOR restricts it from crossing the blood brain barrier and interfering with the analgesic effect of opioids. In clinical trials, approximately 50% of patients with advanced illness experienced relief of OIC in as little as 4 hours. In a study of patients with OIC and non-cancer pain, a significantly greater portion of patients taking RELISTOR 12mg daily reported having three or more spontaneous bowel movements (SBM) per week during the four week double blind period compared to placebo (59% vs. 38%). Following the first dose, 33% of patients in the RELISTOR 12 mg once daily treatment group had a SBM within 4 hours and approximately half of patients had a SBM prior to the second dose of RELISTOR. RELISTOR is the only PAMORA currently available for the treatment of OIC in patients with advanced illness receiving palliative care when the response to laxatives has been insufficient and for the treatment of OIC in patients taking opioids for chronic non-cancer pain.

RELISTOR Subcutaneous Injection was approved in the United States in 2008 for the treatment of OIC in patients with advanced illness who are receiving palliative care, when response to laxative therapy has not been sufficient, and in September 2014 for patients taking opioids for chronic non-cancer pain. The use of RELISTOR beyond four months has not been studied in the advanced illness population. The drug is also approved for use in over 50 countries worldwide, including the European Union, Canada, and Australia. In the 28 member countries of the EU, as well as Iceland, Norway and Liechtenstein , RELISTOR is approved for the treatment of OIC in advanced illness patients who are receiving palliative care when response to usual laxative therapy has not been sufficient. In Canada, the drug is approved for the treatment of OIC in patients with advanced illness, receiving palliative care. When response to laxatives has been insufficient, RELISTOR should be used as an adjunct therapy to induce a prompt bowel movement. Applications in additional countries are pending. RELISTOR is under license to Salix Pharmaceuticals, Inc. from Progenics Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

For more information about RELISTOR, please visit

Important Safety Information about RELISTOR

RELISTOR® (methylnaltrexone bromide) Subcutaneous Injection is contraindicated in patients with known or suspected mechanical gastrointestinal obstruction and at increased risk of recurrent obstruction.

Cases of gastrointestinal perforation have been reported in adult patients with opioid-induced constipation and advanced illness with conditions that may be associated with localized or diffuse reduction of structural integrity in the wall of the gastrointestinal tract (e.g., peptic ulcer disease, Ogilvie's syndrome, diverticular disease, infiltrative gastrointestinal tract malignancies or peritoneal metastases). Take into account the overall risk-benefit profile when using RELISTOR in patients with these conditions or other conditions which might result in impaired integrity of the gastrointestinal tract wall (e.g., Crohn's disease). Monitor for the development of severe, persistent, or worsening abdominal pain; discontinue RELISTOR in patients who develop this symptom. Discontinue if severe or persistent diarrhea occurs during treatment.

If severe or persistent diarrhea occurs during treatment, advise patients to discontinue therapy with RELISTOR and consult their healthcare provider.

Symptoms consistent with opioid withdrawal, including hyperhidrosis, chills, diarrhea, abdominal pain, anxiety, and yawning have occurred in patients treated with RELISTOR. Patients having disruptions to the blood-brain barrier may be at increased risk for opioid withdrawal and/or reduced analgesia. Take into account the overall risk-benefit profile when using RELISTOR in such patients. Monitor for adequacy of analgesia and symptoms of opioid withdrawal in such patients.

The most common adverse reactions (≥ 1%) in adult patients with opioid-induced constipation and chronic non-cancer pain are abdominal pain, nausea, diarrhea, hyperhidrosis, hot flush, tremor, and chills.

The most common adverse reactions (≥ 5%) in adult patients with opioid-induced constipation and advanced illness are abdominal pain, flatulence, nausea, dizziness, and diarrhea.

Avoid concomitant use of RELISTOR with other opioid antagonists because of the potential for additive effects of opioid receptor antagonism and increased risk of opioid withdrawal.

There are no adequate and well-controlled studies with RELISTOR in pregnant women. The use of RELISTOR during pregnancy may precipitate opioid withdrawal in a fetus due to the immature fetal blood brain barrier. RELISTOR should be used during pregnancy only if the potential benefit justifies the potential risk to the fetus.

It is not known whether RELISTOR is present in human milk. However, methylnaltrexone bromide is present in rat milk. Because of the potential for serious adverse reactions, including opioid withdrawal, in nursing infants, a decision should be made to discontinue nursing or discontinue the drug, taking into account the importance of the drug to the mother.

Safety and effectiveness of RELISTOR have not been established in pediatric patients.

RELISTOR full Prescribing Information for the U.S. is available at

About Progenics

Progenics Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is developing innovative medicines for oncology, with a pipeline that includes several product candidates in later-stage clinical development. Progenics' first-in-class PSMA-targeted technology platform for prostate cancer includes an antibody drug conjugate therapeutic in a two-cohort phase 2 clinical trial and a small molecule imaging agent that has completed patient dosing in a phase 2 trial. Among other assets in its pipeline of targeted radiotherapy and molecular imaging compounds is Azedra, an ultra-orphan radiotherapy candidate also in a phase 2 study under an SPA. Progenics' first commercial product, Relistor® (methylnaltrexone bromide) for opioid-induced constipation, is partnered with and marketed by Salix Pharmaceuticals, Inc. For additional information, please visit       

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