SOURCE: Peregrine Pharmaceuticals

Peregrine Pharmaceuticals

March 11, 2011 16:00 ET

Peregrine Pharmaceuticals Reports Third Quarter Fiscal Year 2011 Financial Results and Recent Developments

Advancing Three Phase II Programs Targeting Oncology and HCV Infection Indications

TUSTIN, CA--(Marketwire - March 11, 2011) - Peregrine Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: PPHM), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company developing first-in-class monoclonal antibodies for the treatment of cancer and viral infections, today announced financial results for the third quarter ended January 31, 2011 for its fiscal year (FY) 2011 and provided an update on the progress of its clinical development programs.

"We are continuing to advance our later-stage clinical programs for bavituximab and Cotara® by completing clinical studies and initiating new studies which can provide meaningful clinical data over the coming year," said Steven W. King, president and chief executive officer of Peregrine. "Since last quarter, we have initiated two new randomized Phase II trials for bavituximab, launched our first three investigator-sponsored trials, and completed patient treatment in our Phase II Cotara trial in recurrent glioblastoma multiforme and a bavituximab HCV study. Together, these advancing trials will help to further validate our technologies in oncology and viral disease indications. If our clinical and regulatory strategies are successful, they should add significant value."

Clinical Program Update

Bavituximab Oncology Trials

Peregrine is conducting three randomized Phase II trials in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) and pancreatic cancer.

-- Phase IIb second-line NSCLC trial evaluating bavituximab with docetaxel
   versus docetaxel plus placebo. Enrollment of up to 120 patients is
   expected to be complete by mid-year 2011 with data unblinded by
   year-end 2011.

-- Phase IIb front-line NSCLC trial evaluating bavituximab with paclitaxel
   and carboplatin versus paclitaxel and carboplatin. Enrollment of up to
   86 patients is expected to be complete by mid-year 2011 with interim
   data from this open-label trial expected in the second half of 2011.

-- Phase II pancreatic cancer trial evaluating bavituximab with gemcitabine
   versus gemcitabine. This new trial was initiated in January 2011 and
   seeks to enroll up to 70 patients with previously untreated stage IV
   pancreatic cancer.

In addition to its company-sponsored trials, Peregrine has launched an investigator-sponsored trials (IST) program to evaluate further bavituximab's broad potential in different oncology indications and therapeutic combinations.

-- Phase I/II trial evaluating bavituximab combined with sorafenib in
   approximately 50 patients with advanced liver cancer. This IST is being
   conducted at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center.
-- Phase Ib trial evaluating bavituximab combined with pemetrexed and
   carboplatin in up to 25 front-line NSCLC patients. This IST is being
   conducted at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
-- Phase I trial evaluating bavituximab combined with paclitaxel in
   patients with HER2-negative metastatic breast cancer. This IST is being
   conducted at the Arizona Cancer Center at UMC North.

Cotara® Phase II Brain Cancer Trial

In December 2010, Peregrine completed treatment of the last patient in a Phase II trial in recurrent glioblastoma multiforme (GBM). The Company expects to report data by mid-year 2011 and to meet with the FDA in the second half of 2011 to determine the optimal registration pathway for Cotara.

Bavituximab HCV Trials

In January 2011, Peregrine initiated a new randomized Phase II trial in patients with previously untreated genotype-1 hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection. This open-label trial is designed to determine the early virologic response (EVR) rate of patients after 12 weeks of therapy with bavituximab in combination with the antiviral drug ribavirin versus standard of care, pegylated interferon alpha 2a and ribavirin.

In addition, Peregrine completed enrollment in a Phase I trial to evaluate the safety and pharmacokinetics of bavituximab in patients coinfected with chronic HCV and HIV and expects to report data at the 46th Annual Meeting of the European Association for the Study of the Liver (EASL), March 30 to April 3, 2011.

For more information on Peregrine's clinical trials, please visit

Preclinical Research

Preclinical data from four studies investigating bavituximab and other phosphatidylserine (PS)-targeting antibodies have been accepted for poster presentation at the 102nd Annual Meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR), April 2-6, 2011.

Peregrine has conducted preclinical research to evaluate its PS-targeting antibodies for viral hemorrhagic fever (VHF) infections under a government contract. This contract, which will expire on March 15, 2011, has provided $23.5 million in total funding through January 31, 2011.

Intellectual Property

On February 1, 2011, Peregrine's phospholipid-targeting intellectual property portfolio was further strengthened with the issuance of U.S. patent #7,879,801, titled "Compositions Comprising Cell-Impermeant Duramycin Derivatives." Expanding the coverage for therapeutic and imaging applications of Peregrine's novel technologies, the patent was granted to the University of Texas System and is exclusively licensed to Peregrine.

Financial Results

Total revenues for the third quarter of FY 2011 were $2,883,000, compared to $9,877,000 for the same quarter of the prior fiscal year. This decrease was primarily attributed to a reduction in government contract revenue, due to the level of services performed under the contract terms, as well as lower contract manufacturing revenue from Peregrine's subsidiary Avid Bioservices, due to the level and timing of services provided to its third-party clients. For FY 2011, Avid's contract manufacturing revenue from third-party clients is expected to be in the lower half of its original estimated range of between $8 million and $12 million. Avid will continue to utilize available capacity and resources to begin preparing for the future clinical development and potential commercialization of bavituximab and Cotara, while also seeking to grow its base of third-party clients.

Total costs and expenses in the third quarter of FY 2011 were $11,726,000, compared to $11,194,000 in the third quarter of FY 2010. For the third quarter FY 2011, research and development expenses were $7,053,000, compared to $7,322,000 for the third quarter of FY 2010.

Peregrine's consolidated net loss was $8,929,000, or $0.14 per share, for the third quarter of FY 2011, compared to a net loss of $1,538,000 or $0.03 per share, for the same quarter of the prior year.

Peregrine reported $24,068,000 in cash and cash equivalents at January 31, 2011, compared to $17,268,000 at October 31, 2010 and $19,681,000 at fiscal year ended April 30, 2010.

More detailed financial information and analysis may be found in Peregrine's Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q, which was filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission today.

Conference Call

Peregrine will host a conference call and webcast today, March 11, 2011, at 4:30 p.m. ET (1:30 p.m. PT).

-- To listen to the live webcast or access the archived webcast available
   for 30 days, please visit:
-- To listen to the conference call, please call (877) 312-5443 or
   (253) 237-1126 and request the Peregrine Pharmaceuticals call. A replay
   of the call will be available starting approximately two hours after the
   conclusion of the call through March 25, 2011 by calling (800) 642-1687
   or (706) 645-9291 and using passcode 42778420.

About Peregrine Pharmaceuticals

Peregrine Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is a biopharmaceutical company with a portfolio of innovative monoclonal antibodies in clinical trials for the treatment of cancer and serious viral infections. The company is pursuing multiple clinical programs in cancer and hepatitis C virus infection with its lead product candidate bavituximab and novel brain cancer agent Cotara®. Peregrine also has in-house cGMP manufacturing capabilities through its wholly-owned subsidiary Avid Bioservices, Inc. (, which provides development and biomanufacturing services for both Peregrine and outside customers. Additional information about Peregrine can be found at

Safe Harbor Statement: Statements in this press release which are not purely historical, including statements regarding Peregrine Pharmaceuticals' intentions, hopes, beliefs, expectations, representations, projections, plans or predictions of the future are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. The forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties including, but not limited to, the risk the company may experience delays in clinical trial patient enrollment, the risk that the results of the Phase II clinical trials may not correlate with the results from prior clinical and preclinical studies, the risk that the company may not have or be able to raise sufficient financial resources to complete the Phase II trials, the risk that Avid's revenue growth may slow or decline, the risk that Avid may experience technical difficulties in processing customer orders which could delay delivery of products to customers and receipt of payment, and the risk that one or more existing Avid customers terminates its contract prior to completion. It is important to note that the Company's actual results could differ materially from those in any such forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially include, but are not limited to, uncertainties associated with completing preclinical and clinical trials for our technologies; the early stage of product development; the significant costs to develop our products as all of our products are currently in development, preclinical studies or clinical trials; obtaining additional financing to support our operations and the development of our products; obtaining regulatory approval for our technologies; anticipated timing of regulatory filings and the potential success in gaining regulatory approval and complying with governmental regulations applicable to our business. Our business could be affected by a number of other factors, including the risk factors listed from time to time in the company's SEC reports including, but not limited to, the annual report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended April 30, 2010 and quarterly report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended January 31, 2011. The company cautions investors not to place undue reliance on the forward-looking statements contained in this press release. Peregrine Pharmaceuticals, Inc. disclaims any obligation, and does not undertake to update or revise any forward-looking statements in this press release.


                       THREE MONTHS ENDED            NINE MONTHS ENDED
                           JANUARY 31,                  JANUARY 31,

                        2011          2010          2011          2010
                    ------------  ------------  ------------  ------------
                      Unaudited     Unaudited     Unaudited     Unaudited
 revenue            $  1,922,000  $  2,945,000  $  6,532,000  $ 10,323,000
Government contract
 revenue                 882,000     6,854,000     3,959,000    13,035,000
License revenue           79,000        78,000       272,000       165,000
                    ------------  ------------  ------------  ------------
  Total revenues       2,883,000     9,877,000    10,763,000    23,523,000

Cost of contract
 manufacturing         1,726,000     1,874,000     5,885,000     6,487,000
Research and
 development           7,053,000     7,322,000    21,464,000    17,528,000
Selling, general
 and administrative    2,947,000     1,998,000     8,147,000     5,552,000
                    ------------  ------------  ------------  ------------
  Total costs and
   expenses           11,726,000    11,194,000    35,496,000    29,567,000
                    ------------  ------------  ------------  ------------

 OPERATIONS           (8,843,000)   (1,317,000)  (24,733,000)   (6,044,000)
                    ------------  ------------  ------------  ------------

Interest and other
 income                   20,000        22,000     1,034,000        96,000
Interest and other
 expense                (106,000)     (243,000)     (438,000)     (805,000)
                    ------------  ------------  ------------  ------------

NET LOSS            $ (8,929,000) $ (1,538,000) $(24,137,000) $ (6,753,000)
                    ============  ============  ============  ============

  Basic and Diluted   64,374,282    49,532,869    58,497,756    48,163,121
                    ============  ============  ============  ============

 SHARE              $      (0.14) $      (0.03) $      (0.41) $      (0.14)
                    ============  ============  ============  ============


                                               JANUARY 31,     APRIL 30,
                                                  2011           2010
                                              -------------  -------------

Cash and cash equivalents                     $  24,068,000  $  19,681,000
Trade and other receivables, net                  2,075,000      1,481,000
Government contract receivables                     381,000        367,000
Inventories, net                                  3,916,000      3,123,000
Debt issuance costs, current portion                 41,000        122,000
Prepaid expenses and other current
 assets, net                                      1,318,000      2,004,000
                                              -------------  -------------

    Total current assets                         31,799,000     26,778,000

Leasehold improvements                              932,000        697,000
Laboratory equipment                              4,320,000      4,221,000
Furniture, fixtures, office equipment and
 software                                         1,725,000        917,000
                                              -------------  -------------

                                                  6,977,000      5,835,000
Less accumulated depreciation and
 amortization                                    (4,745,000)    (4,366,000)
                                              -------------  -------------

    Property, net                                 2,232,000      1,469,000

Debt issuance costs, less current portion                 -         21,000
Other assets                                      1,379,000      1,067,000
                                              -------------  -------------

    Total other assets                            1,379,000      1,088,000

TOTAL ASSETS                                  $  35,410,000  $  29,335,000
                                              =============  =============


                                               JANUARY 31,     APRIL 30,
                                                  2011           2010
                                              -------------  -------------

Accounts payable                              $   2,712,000  $   2,259,000
Accrued clinical trial and related fees           2,388,000      2,666,000
Accrued payroll and related costs                 1,514,000      1,623,000
Notes payable, current portion and net of
 discount                                         1,810,000      1,893,000
Deferred revenue                                  4,300,000      2,406,000
Deferred government contract revenue                 40,000         78,000
Customer deposits                                 2,651,000      2,618,000
Other current liabilities                         1,246,000        860,000
                                              -------------  -------------

    Total current liabilities                    16,661,000     14,403,000

Notes payable, less current portion and net
 of discount                                              -      1,315,000
Deferred revenue                                    710,000              -
Other long-term liabilities                         281,000        210,000
Commitments and contingencies

Preferred stock-$0.001 par value; authorized
 5,000,000 shares; non-voting; none issued                -              -
Common stock-$0.001 par value; authorized
 325,000,000 shares; outstanding -
 66,813,419 and 53,094,896, respectively             67,000         53,000
Additional paid-in capital                      303,682,000    275,208,000
Accumulated deficit                            (285,991,000)  (261,854,000)
                                              -------------  -------------

    Total stockholders' equity                   17,758,000     13,407,000
                                              -------------  -------------

TOTAL LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY    $  35,410,000  $  29,335,000
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