Cardiome Reports Third Quarter 2013 Financial Results

Nov 06, 2013, 07:45 ET from Cardiome Pharma Corp.

Cardiome to conduct conference call and webcast today, November 6, at 8:00 a.m. Eastern (5:00 a.m. Pacific)


VANCOUVER, Nov. 6, 2013 /PRNewswire/ - Cardiome Pharma Corp. (NASDAQ: CRME / TSX: COM) today reported financial results for the third quarter and nine months ended September 30, 2013. Amounts, unless specified otherwise, are expressed in U.S. dollars and in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles used in the United States (U.S. GAAP). All share and per share amounts reflect the one-for-five share consolidation that occurred on April 12, 2013.

Summary Financial Results

Cardiome reported a net loss of $3.6 million ($0.29 per common share) for the three months ended September 30, 2013 (Q3-2013), compared to a net loss of $13.4 million ($1.10 per common share) for the three months ended September 30, 2012 (Q3-2012).

Revenue for Q3-2013 was $0.5 million.  This is an increase of $0.4 million from $0.1 million in Q3-2012 and can be primarily attributable to the recognition of the full benefit of all BRINAVESS™ sales worldwide this quarter. Prior to Q3-2013, Cardiome benefitted from the sale of BRINAVESS in the form of royalties and promotional fees in connection with the collaboration and license agreements with Merck.

Sales of BRINAVESS dropped significantly since Merck announced the termination of the collaborative agreements with Cardiome, hitting an all-time low in Q1-2013.  With the signing of the transition agreement with Merck, Cardiome's sales force began promoting BRINAVESS in Q2.  Even without the ability to control discounting or the promotional message, total sales of BRINAVESS increased by 14% in Q2-2013 as compared to Q1-2013.  Despite the third quarter historically being the weakest quarter for BRINAVESS sales in Europe, total sales in Q3-2013 increased by 17% compared to Q2-2013.  Although Cardiome now has the ability to implement its marketing strategy with the completion of commercialization responsibility for BRINAVESS in the EU, the company does not expect to see a significant impact on sales in Q4 as it completes the transition process for regulatory product rights and product distribution responsibility for BRINAVESS.  In accordance with Cardiome's plans, it expects to be fully selling in all EU markets by the start of 2014.

Selling, general and administration (SG&A) expenditures for Q3-2013 were $4.0 million compared to $2.5 million for Q3-2012. The increase in SG&A expenditures was primarily due to an increase in costs associated with Cardiome's sales and marketing efforts to support the commercialization of BRINAVESS. For the remainder of the year, as a result of its worldwide sales and marketing efforts, continuing transition activities with Merck, as well as, other related costs required to support the commercialization of BRINAVESS, Cardiome expects SG&A expenditures to increase as compared to 2012.

Research and development expenditures were insignificant for Q3-2013 as compared to $0.4 million for Q3-2012.  The decrease in R&D expenditures compared to the same period in 2012, was primarily due to the restructuring initiatives in Q3-2012 which eliminated Cardiome's internal research activities.

Cardiome did not incur any restructuring costs during Q3-2013 compared to $9.0 million incurred in Q3-2012 which were primarily related to employee termination benefits associated with our 2012 workforce reduction initiatives.

Other income for Q3-2013 was $0.05 million, compared to other expense of $1.0 million for Q3-2012. The decrease in other expense in 2013 was primarily due to the elimination of interest expense from the settlement of debt owed to Merck.

Liquidity and Outstanding Share Capital

At September 30, 2013, the company had cash and cash equivalents of $17.3 million. Cardiome believes its cash position and expected future cash inflows from the sale of BRINAVESS will be sufficient to finance its operational and capital needs for at least 18 months. However, future cash requirements may vary materially from those now expected due to a number of factors, including the costs associated with commercialization efforts, clinical trials, and strategic opportunities.

As of November 5, 2013, Cardiome had 12,470,335 common shares issued and outstanding and 1,102,709 common shares issuable upon the exercise of outstanding stock options at a weighted-average exercise price of CAD $7.83 per share.

Corporate Update

During Q3-2013, Cardiome partnered with AOP Orphan Pharmaceutical AG ("AOP Orphan") to commercialize BRINAVESS in select European markets where Cardiome does not currently operate, including Austria. It is expected that AOP Orphan will support Cardiome in obtaining product registrations required for the marketing and sale of BRINAVESS in those markets where this is required and will actively call on customers to promote the product.  Cardiome also entered into commercialization agreements with Tzamal Medical Ltd. and LifePharma (Z.A.M.) Ltd. to sell and distribute BRINAVESS in Israel and Cyprus, respectively. Subsequent to the end of Q3-2013, Cardiome announced that it partnered with Biospifar S.A. and Algorithm S.A.L. to sell and distribute BRINAVESS in Colombia and certain Middle Eastern and North African countries, respectively.

Cardiome also announced in Q3-2013, the approval of BRINAVESS in Turkey by the Turkish Ministry of Health and in South Africa by the Medicines Control Council.

On September 16, 2013, Cardiome announced the completion of the transfer from Merck to Cardiome of commercialization responsibility for BRINAVESS in the EU and the transfer of responsibility to complete the post-marketing study for BRINAVESS.  Cardiome is now supplying BRINAVESS under its own trade dress in the EU.

The transition to Cardiome of Merck's rights and responsibilities under the collaboration and license agreements is a multi-step process and transition activities are ongoing.  Cardiome expects these activities to continue throughout the remainder of 2013 and potentially into early 2014.

Conference Call

Cardiome will hold a teleconference and webcast on Wednesday, November 6, 2013 at 8:00 a.m. Eastern (5:00 a.m. Pacific). To access the conference call, please dial 416-764-8688 or 888-390-0546 and use conference ID 22279968. The webcast can be accessed through Cardiome's website at Webcast and telephone replays of the conference call will be available approximately two hours after the completion of the call through December 4, 2013. Please dial 416-764-8677 or 888-390-0541 and enter code 279968 to access the replay.

About Cardiome Pharma Corp.

Cardiome Pharma Corp. is a biopharmaceutical company dedicated to the discovery, development and commercialization of new therapies that will improve the health of patients around the world. Cardiome has one marketed product, BRINAVESSTM (vernakalant IV), approved in Europe and other territories for the rapid conversion of recent onset atrial fibrillation to sinus rhythm in adults.

Cardiome is traded on the NASDAQ Capital Market (CRME) and the Toronto Stock Exchange (COM). For more information, please visit our web site at

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