Anadys Pharmaceuticals Announces Strategic Restructuring and Reports Second Quarter 2007 Financial Results
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SAN DIEGO, CA, USA | August 1, 2007 | Anadys Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq: ANDS), a biopharmaceutical company committed to the development and commercialization of novel medicines for the treatment of hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection and cancer, today reported its financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2007 and announced a strategic restructuring and refocusing.
"In response to the decision to discontinue the development of ANA975 for the treatment of hepatitis C virus infection, announced last week, we have restructured the Company to focus on our two key compounds that we believe have the highest commercial potential, ANA598 for hepatitis C and ANA773 for cancer," said Lawrence C. Fritz, Ph.D., president and chief executive officer of Anadys. "With our cash balance of $69 million, we believe we have the resources to carry these two compounds forward to achieve meaningful clinical milestones."
In connection with the decision to discontinue the development of ANA975, Anadys has undertaken a strategic restructuring comprising the following elements:
-- Focus its resources on the development of ANA598, a direct antiviral compound for the treatment of hepatitis C, and ANA773, a TLR7 agonist prodrug for cancer;
-- Discontinue further development of ANA380, a nucleotide analog for the treatment of hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection, with all rights to this compound returning to LG Life Sciences;
-- Halt all work on early discovery projects; and
-- Effect an immediate reduction in force of 1/3 of the Company's employees.
The organization will retain a strong preclinical and clinical development infrastructure, core chemistry capabilities and a streamlined administrative staff. The Company expects that the reduction in force will generate annual savings of between $4 and $5 million. The Company will incur a one-time cash charge of approximately $0.8 million as part of severance arrangements.
About ANA598 and ANA773
ANA598 was nominated by Anadys in June 2007 for clinical development as an orally-administered direct antiviral for the treatment of HCV infection. ANA598 is a small-molecule, non-nucleoside inhibitor of the NS5b polymerase. Anadys plans to file an IND for ANA598 in the first half of 2008. ANA773, an oral TLR7 agonist prodrug, is in development as an oral therapy for the treatment of certain cancers. Anadys plans to file an IND for ANA773 in the second half of 2007.
"By restructuring, Anadys will be able to focus on the development of ANA598 and ANA773, wholly-owned development assets that we believe are attractive and exciting opportunities," said Dr. Fritz. "Our new streamlined organization is designed to optimize the efficient use of our solid cash position and enable us to achieve key clinical milestones that we believe are attainable in the next 12 to 18 months."
Anadys reported revenues of $1.3 million for the second quarter of 2007, compared to $1.6 million for the second quarter of 2006. Revenues for the quarter were primarily derived from the amortization of the $20 million up-front payment and the $10 million IND milestone payment each of which were received from Novartis during 2005. Operating expenses were $9.3 million for the quarter, compared to $9.8 million for the second quarter of 2006. This decrease was primarily attributable to a decrease in development costs associated with ANA975 which was placed on clinical hold in June 2006, partially offset by an increase in pre-clinical development costs associated with ANA598, a small-molecule, non-nucleoside inhibitor of the NS5b polymerase. Included as a component of Anadys' operating expenses was non-cash share-based expense of $1.0 million and $1.5 million for the three months ended June 30, 2007 and 2006, respectively.
Net loss was $7.0 million for the second quarter of 2007, compared to $7.1 million for the second quarter of 2006. Basic and diluted net loss per common share was $0.24 in the second quarter of 2007, compared to $0.25 for the same period in 2006. Non-cash share-based expense resulted in a $0.04 and $0.05 increase in basic and diluted net loss per share for the three months ended June 30, 2007 and 2006, respectively.
Revenues for the six months ended June 30, 2007 were $2.4 million compared to $3.1 million for the same period in the prior year. Revenues for the six months ended June 30, 2007 were primarily attributed to the amortization of the $20 million up-front payment and the $10 million IND milestone payment each of which were received in 2005. For the six months ended June 30, 2007, Anadys reported a net loss of $13.7 million compared to $12.9 for the same period last year. Basic and diluted net loss per common share was $0.48 for the six months ended June 30, 2007, compared to $0.45 for the same period in 2006. As of June 30, 2007, the Company's cash, cash equivalents and securities available-for-sale totaled $68.8 million.
Anadys Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is a biopharmaceutical company committed to advancing patient care by developing and commercializing novel small molecule medicines for the treatment of hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection and cancer. The Company is developing ANA598, a small-molecule, non-nucleoside inhibitor of the NS5b polymerase for the treatment of HCV and ANA773, an oral TLR7 agonist prodrug for cancer.
Safe Harbor Statement
Statements in this press release that are not strictly historical in nature constitute "forward-looking statements." Such statements include, but are not limited to, references to the expected timing and planned development activities for ANA773 and ANA598, the believed commercial potential of these compounds, the Company's belief that it has the resources to carry ANA773 and ANA598 forward to achieve meaningful clinical milestones and the achievability of milestones within the next 12 to 18 months, as well as references to the efficient use of the Company's cash and the expected annual savings resulting from the restructuring. Such forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors, which may cause Anadys' actual results to be materially different from historical results or from any results expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. For example, the results of in vitro studies and initial clinical trials may not be predictive of future results, and Anadys cannot provide any assurances that any of its product candidates will not have unforeseen safety issues, will have favorable results in future clinical trials or will receive regulatory approval. In addition, Anadys' results may be affected by risks related to its agreements with Novartis and LG Life Sciences, competition from other biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies, its effectiveness at managing its financial resources, its ability to successfully develop and market products, difficulties or delays in its pre-clinical studies or clinical trials, difficulties or delays in manufacturing its clinical trials materials, the scope and validity of patent protection for its products, regulatory developments involving future products and its ability to obtain additional funding to support its operations. Risk factors that may cause actual results to differ are more fully discussed in Anadys' SEC filings, including Anadys' Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2006 and Anadys' Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2007. All forward-looking statements are qualified in their entirety by this cautionary statement. Anadys is providing this information as of this date and does not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statements contained in this document as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.
SOURCE: Anadys Pharmaceuticals, Inc.