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Avanir Pharmaceuticals Reports Fiscal 2014 First Quarter Financial And Business Results

Companies mentioned in this article: AVANIR Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

ALISO VIEJO, Calif., Feb. 5, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Avanir Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: AVNR) today reported financial results for the three months ended December 31, 2013.


Quarterly Financial Highlights

    --  Total company net revenues of $26.7 million
    --  Gross and net NUEDEXTA® sales increased to $31.3 million and $23.3
        million, respectively
    --  Cash, cash equivalents, and restricted investments of $46.5 million as
        of December 31, 2013.

"The accomplishments of the team since the launch of NUEDEXTA three years ago are significant," said Keith A. Katkin, president and CEO of Avanir. "I am delighted with the continued quarterly double-digit growth in NUEDEXTA revenue and the help NUEDEXTA has provided to thousands of patients with PBA. Additionally early indicators are that our co-promote partnership is bearing fruit. With the recent NDA filing of AVP-825, our investigational drug-device product for the acute treatment of migraine we are now poised to deliver upon the promise of a potential new treatment for migraine sufferers."

Fiscal 2014 First Quarter Results

    --  Total net revenues for the first quarter fiscal 2014 were $26.7 million,
        compared with $16.5 million for the comparable quarter in fiscal 2013,
        representing 62% year-over-year growth. Total net revenues consist of
        NUEDEXTA revenue, co-promotion revenues and royalty revenue from
    --  Total operating expenses were $36.7 million in the first quarter of
        fiscal 2014, compared with $27.6 million in the comparable period in
        fiscal 2013.
    --  Cash used in operations was $9.8 million in the first quarter of fiscal
    --  Net loss for the fiscal 2014 first quarter was $10.9 million, or $0.07
        per share, compared with a net loss of $12.1million, or $0.09 per share,
        for the same period in fiscal 2013.

Cash, Cash Equivalents & Marketable Securities
As of December 31, 2013 Avanir had cash, cash equivalents and investments in securities totaling $46.5 million, including cash and cash equivalents of $43.9 million.

Quarter and Recent Business Highlights

    --  Achieved NUEDEXTA net revenue growth of 15% versus the prior quarter.
    --  Launched the co-promote of Merck's type 2 diabetes therapies JANUVIA®
        (sitagliptin) and the sitagliptin family of products in the long-term
        care institutional setting in the United States.
    --  Submitted a New Drug Application (NDA) to the U.S. Food and Drug
        Administration (FDA) for approval of AVP-825, the company's innovative
        Breath Powered(TM) investigational drug-device combination product for
        the acute treatment of migraine.
    --  Enrolled the first patient in a proof of concept, Phase II clinical
        trial investigating the use of AVP-923 for the treatment of levodopa
        induced dyskinesia (LID) in patients with Parkinson's disease (PD).
    --  Announced plans to initiate a treatment resistant major depressive
        disorder clinical program for AVP-786.

Note to Investors: As previously announced, Avanir will hold a conference call to discuss fiscal 2014 first quarter financial results today, February 5, 2014, beginning at 1:30 p.m. Pacific Time. You can listen to this call by dialing 1 (866) 318-8611 for domestic callers or +1 (617) 399-5130 for international callers, and entering passcode 19078797. Those interested in listening to the conference call live via the internet may do so by visiting

About AVP-825
AVP-825 is an investigational drug-device combination product consisting of low-dose sumatriptan powder delivered intranasally utilizing a novel breath-powered delivery technology. If approved, AVP-825 would be the first and only fast-acting, dry-powder intranasal form of sumatriptan for the treatment of migraine.

About AVP-786
AVP-786 is a novel investigational drug product consisting of a combination of deuterium modified dextromethorphan and ultra-low dose quinidine, used as a metabolic inhibitor. Incorporation of deuterium into specific positions of the dextromethorphan molecule strengthens the chemical bonds and reduces susceptibility to enzyme cleavage and first pass metabolism, but without altering its pharmacology. AVP-786 is an investigational drug not approved by the FDA.

About AVP-923
AVP-923 is a combination of two well-characterized compounds, the active CNS ingredient dextromethorphan hydrobromide (an uncompetitive NMDA receptor antagonist and sigma-1 receptor agonist) plus low-dose quinidine sulfate (a CYP2D6 enzyme inhibitor), which serves to increase the bioavailability of dextromethorphan. Several dose strengths of AVP-923 are being studied in multiple ongoing clinical trials including agitation in Alzheimer's disease, and levodopa-induced dyskinesia in Parkinson's disease. AVP-923 at the 20/10 mg dose strength is approved by the FDA for the treatment of pseudobulbar affect (PBA) and marketed under the trade name NUEDEXTA (see description below). AVP-923 is an investigational drug not approved by the FDA for any uses other than PBA.

NUEDEXTA is an innovative combination of two well-characterized components; dextromethorphan hydrobromide (20 mg), the ingredient active in the central nervous system, and quinidine sulfate (10 mg), a metabolic inhibitor enabling therapeutic dextromethorphan concentrations. NUEDEXTA acts on sigma-1 and NMDA receptors in the brain, although the mechanism by which NUEDEXTA exerts therapeutic effects in patients with PBA is unknown.

NUEDEXTA Important Safety Information
NUEDEXTA is indicated for the treatment of pseudobulbar affect (PBA). PBA occurs secondary to a variety of otherwise unrelated neurological conditions, and is characterized by involuntary, sudden, and frequent episodes of laughing and/or crying. PBA episodes typically occur out of proportion or incongruent to the underlying emotional state.

Studies to support the effectiveness of NUEDEXTA were performed in patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and multiple sclerosis (MS). NUEDEXTA has not been shown to be safe and effective in other types of emotional lability that can commonly occur, for example, in Alzheimer's disease and other dementias.

NUEDEXTA and certain other medicines can interact, causing serious side effects. If you take certain drugs or have certain heart problems, NUEDEXTA may not be right for you.

NUEDEXTA causes dose-dependent QTc prolongation. When initiating NUEDEXTA in patients at risk for QT prolongation and torsades de pointes, electrocardiographic (ECG) evaluation should be conducted at baseline and 3-4 hours after the first dose.

The most common adverse reactions are diarrhea, dizziness, cough, vomiting, asthenia, peripheral edema, urinary tract infection, influenza, increased gamma-glutamyltransferase, and flatulence. NUEDEXTA may cause dizziness.

These are not all the risks from use of NUEDEXTA. Please refer to full Prescribing Information at

About Avanir Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Avanir Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is a biopharmaceutical company focused on bringing innovative medicines to patients with central nervous system disorders of high unmet medical need. As part of our commitment, we have extensively invested in our pipeline and are dedicated to advancing medicines that can substantially improve the lives of patients and their loved ones. For more information about Avanir, please visit

Avanir® and NUEDEXTA® are registered trademarks owned by Avanir Pharmaceuticals, Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

©2014 Avanir Pharmaceuticals, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Forward Looking Statements
Except for the historical information contained herein, the matters set forth in this press release, including statements regarding Avanir's plans, potential opportunities, financial or other expectations, projections, goals objectives, milestones, strategies, market growth, timelines, legal matters, product pipeline, clinical studies, product development and the potential benefits of its commercialized products and products under development are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the "safe harbor" provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ materially, including the risks and uncertainties associated with Avanir's operating performance and financial position, the market demand for and acceptance of Avanir's products domestically and internationally, research, development and commercialization of new products domestically and internationally, obtaining additional indications, obtaining and maintaining regulatory approvals domestically and internationally, and other risks detailed from time to time in the Company's most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and other documents subsequently filed with or furnished to the Securities and Exchange Commission. These forward-looking statements are based on current information that may change and you are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this press release. All forward-looking statements are qualified in their entirety by this cautionary statement, and the Company undertakes no obligation to revise or update any forward-looking statement to reflect events or circumstances after the issuance of this press release.

Avanir Investor & Media Contact
Ian Clements, PhD
+1 (949) 389-6700

                                  AVANIR PHARMACEUTICALS, INC.


                                            December 31,            September 30,

                                                             2013                    2013
                                                             ----                    ----

                                             (unaudited)              (audited)


    Current assets:

         Cash and
          equivalents                                 $43,897,733             $55,259,073

          cash and
          equivalents                                   1,316,896                 965,986

          net                                           4,199,014              12,525,992

          net                                             605,833                 710,179

          and other
          assets                                        6,088,662               2,382,410
                                                        ---------               ---------

               assets                                  56,108,138              71,843,640

     investments                                        1,303,938               1,303,938

    Property and
     net                                                2,568,341               1,592,791

     net                                                  773,130                 784,186

    Other assets                                          517,069                 554,452
                                                          -------                 -------

           TOTAL ASSETS                               $61,270,616             $76,079,007
                                                      ===========             ===========

                            LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY

    Current liabilities:

         and other
         liabilities                                  $20,608,748             $25,560,756

         portion of
         note payble                                   10,870,170               7,942,945

         portion of
         revenues                                         640,465               1,288,514
                                                          -------               ---------

            liabilities                                32,119,383              34,792,215

     and other
     net of
     portion                                            1,611,046               1,393,075

    Note Payable                                       18,596,831              21,422,163

             liabilities                               52,327,260              57,607,453
                                                       ----------              ----------

              equity                                    8,943,356              18,471,554
                                                        ---------              ----------

      EQUITY                                          $61,270,616             $76,079,007
                                                      ===========             ===========

                                    AVANIR PHARMACEUTICALS, INC.

                                 CONDENSED STATEMENT OF OPERATIONS

                               Three Months Ended December 31,

                                                           2013            2012
                                                           ----            ----


       Net product sales                            $23,299,027     $14,879,262

       Revenues from
        royalties                                     2,089,314       1,626,010

       Revenues from
        activities                                    1,358,078               -

       Revenue from
        research grant
        services                                              -          15,000
                                                            ---          ------

               Total revenues                        26,746,419      16,520,272
                                                     ----------      ----------


       Cost of product
        sales                                         1,292,411         838,129

       Cost of research
        grant services                                        -           9,398

       Research and
        development                                   9,525,320       6,648,091

       Selling and
        marketing                                    17,475,404      13,522,419

       General and
        administrative                                8,449,890       6,538,403

               Total operating
                expenses                             36,743,025      27,556,440
                                                     ----------      ----------

    Loss from operations                             (9,996,606)    (11,036,168)


       Interest income                                    4,552          19,331

       Interest expense                                (954,895)     (1,059,245)

       Other, net                                           412               -
                                                            ---             ---

    Loss before
     provision for
     income taxes                                   (10,946,537)    (12,076,082)

       Provision for income

    Net loss and
     comprehensive loss                            $(10,946,537)   $(12,076,082)
                                                   ============    ============

    Basic and diluted
     net loss per share                                  $(0.07)         $(0.09)
                                                         ======          ======

    Basic and diluted
     weighted average
     number of common
     shares outstanding                             152,100,388     136,772,557
                                                    ===========     ===========

SOURCE Avanir Pharmaceuticals, Inc.