SOURCE: Poniard Pharmaceuticals

Poniard Pharmaceuticals

March 30, 2011 16:40 ET

Poniard Pharmaceuticals Reports Fourth Quarter and Year End 2010 Financial Results

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - March 30, 2011) - Poniard Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: PARD), a biopharmaceutical company focused on innovative oncology therapies, today reported financial results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2010.

"Since the beginning of the fourth quarter, we have strengthened our financial position and expanded potential clinical development opportunities for picoplatin in China, steps that we believe will further enhance the picoplatin value proposition and provide us additional leverage as we advance our review of strategic alternatives," stated Ronald Martell, chief executive officer of Poniard. "Our highest priority continues to be the execution of strategic alternatives that optimize the value of the Company and the picoplatin program for our shareholders, and we are intensely focused on bringing this process to a successful and timely conclusion."

Fourth Quarter 2010 and Recent Corporate Developments

--  Received Qualifying Therapeutic Discovery Project Grant. In November,
    Poniard announced that it had been awarded $244,479 in grant funding as
    part of the U.S. Government's Qualifying Therapeutic Discovery Project
    (QTDP) program created by Congress in March 2010 as part of the Patient
    Protection and Affordable Care Act.

--  Completed Voluntary Prepayment of Secured Loan Facility. In December,
    the Company announced that it completed the voluntary prepayment of the
    $12.35 million aggregate principal, interest and fees due under its
    secured loan facility with GE Business Financial Services Inc. and
    Silicon Valley Bank, satisfying all financial obligations of the
    Company under the loan facility.

--  Raised $3.4 Million Dollars Under its Committed Equity Financing
    Facility. In February, Poniard announced the sale of an aggregate of
    9.4 million shares of Poniard's common stock to Small Cap Biotech
    Value, Ltd., pursuant to two draw downs under its committed equity
    financing facility (CEFF) with Small Cap Biotech. Total net proceeds
    received from the sales were approximately $3.4 million. The Company
    sold the maximum number of shares issuable under the CEFF, and the CEFF
    automatically terminated in late February.

--  Received Chinese State FDA Approval for Clinical Development of
    Picoplatin. In March, the Company announced the receipt of Clinical
    Trial Application approval from the Chinese State Food and Drug
    Administration (SFDA) to conduct Phase 3 clinical studies of picoplatin
    for the treatment of second-line small cell lung cancer and second-line
    ovarian cancer in the People's Republic of China. The approval of both
    Phase 3 protocols by SFDA allows for the inclusion of Chinese clinical
    sites in developing and executing global registration trials within
    these disease settings by potential partners.

Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2010 Financial Results

The Company reported a net loss of $5.2 million ($0.11 diluted loss per share on a loss applicable to common shares of $5.2 million) for the quarter ended December 31, 2010, compared with a net loss of $13.2 million ($0.36 diluted loss per share on a loss applicable to common shares of $13.3 million) for the quarter ended December 31, 2009. The Company reported a net loss of $30.1 million ($0.66 diluted loss per share on a loss applicable to common share of $30.8 million) for the year ended December 31, 2010, compared with a net loss of $45.7 million ($1.31 diluted loss per share on a loss applicable to common shares of $46.2 million) for the same period in 2009.

Total operating expenses for the quarter ended December 31, 2010 were $4.7 million compared to $12.4 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2009, and were $28.0 million for the year ended December 31, 2010, compared to $43.0 million in 2009. Total operating expenses for the quarter and year ended December 31, 2010 include a charge of $1.2 million for a loss on the extinguishment of debt in connection with the Company's voluntary repayment of its loan facility.

Research and development expenses were $0.1 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2010, compared to $7.2 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2009. Research and development expenses were $8.0 million for the year ended December 31, 2010, compared to $25.7 million in 2009. The significant decrease in our research and development expense primarily is the result of the completion of our picoplatin trials in 2009 and 2010.

General and administrative expenses were $3.4 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2010, compared with $3.8 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2009. General and administrative expenses were $17.1 million for the year ended December 31, 2010, compared with $14.7 million in 2009.

Cash and investment securities as of December 31, 2010, were $4.3 million, compared with $43.4 million at December 31, 2009. The Company believes that its existing cash and investment securities, together with its projected operating and financing results, will provide adequate resources to fund its operations at least into the fourth quarter of 2011.

About Poniard Pharmaceuticals

Poniard Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is a biopharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of innovative oncology products. For additional information please visit http://www.poniard.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

This release contains forward-looking statements describing, among other things, the Company's projected financial position and future operations, the adequacy of its cash resources, the Company's progress in its review of strategic alternatives, the Company's assessment of the value of its picoplatin program and the commercial and therapeutic potential of picoplatin, the Company's potential clinical development opportunities; including potential opportunities created by Chinese State Food and Drug Administration approval , and the Company's goal of optimizing shareholder value. Actual results and events may differ materially from those indicated in these forward-looking statements based on a number of factors, including risks and uncertainties inherent in the Company's business, including the Company's need for future capital and ability to obtain future funding on a timely basis, on favorable terms, or at all; the risk that strategic relationships may not be established on a timely basis, on terms that are ultimately favorable to the Company, or at all; the Company's anticipated future operating losses; the Company's ability to maintain compliance with Nasdaq listing standards; the potential safety, efficacy and commercial viability of picoplatin; the risk that the Company's additional analyses of data from clinical trials of picoplatin may produce negative or inconclusive results, or may be inconsistent with previously announced results or previously conducted trials; the Company's ability to retain key personnel; competition from third parties; the Company's ability to preserve and protect its intellectual property rights; the Company's dependence on third-party manufacturers, suppliers and other contractors; changes in technology, government regulation and general market conditions; the receipt and timing of FDA and other required regulatory approvals, if at all; and other the risks and uncertainties described in the Company's current and periodic reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2010. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this release. The Company undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statement to reflect new information, events or circumstances after the date of this release or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.

                      Poniard Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

              Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations

                  (In thousands, except per share data)

                                (Unaudited)


                                 Three Months Ended   Twelve Months Ended
                                    December 31,          December 31,
                                --------------------  --------------------
                                  2010       2009       2010       2009
                                ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------
                                    (Unaudited)             (Note 1)

Operating expenses:
  Research and development            105      7,194      7,975     25,739
  General and administrative        3,393      3,769     17,140     14,698
  Restructuring & asset
   impairment                           -      1,485      1,626      2,541
  Loss on extinguishment of
   debt                             1,217          -      1,217          -
                                ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------
  Total operating expenses          4,715     12,448     27,958     42,978
                                ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------
Loss from operations               (4,715)   (12,448)   (27,958)   (42,978)
                                ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------
Other income (expense), net          (452)      (720)    (2,093)    (2,737)
                                ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------
  Net loss                         (5,167)   (13,168)   (30,051)   (45,715)

Preferred stock dividends             (48)      (125)      (736)      (500)
                                ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------
Loss applicable to common
 shares                         $  (5,215) $ (13,293) $ (30,787) $ (46,215)
                                =========  =========  =========  =========

Loss per share:
  Basic and diluted             $   (0.11) $   (0.36) $   (0.66) $   (1.31)
                                =========  =========  =========  =========
Shares used in calculation of
 loss per share:
  Basic and diluted                48,351     36,899     46,860     35,272
                                =========  =========  =========  =========






                  Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

                              (In thousands)

                                 (Note 1)


                                                  December 31, December 31,
                                                      2010         2009
                                                  ------------ ------------

ASSETS:
Cash and investment securities                    $      4,330 $     43,389
Cash - restricted                                          158          281
Facilities and equipment, net                               49          219
Licensed products, net                                   6,377        7,592
Other assets                                               729          961
                                                  ------------ ------------
  Total assets                                    $     11,643 $     52,442
                                                  ============ ============

LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY:
Current liabilities                               $      1,616 $     17,127
Long term liabilities                                    1,574       11,671
Shareholders' equity                                     8,453       23,644
                                                  ------------ ------------
  Total liabilities and shareholders' equity      $     11,643 $     52,442
                                                  ============ ============

Note 1:  Derived from audited financial statements included in the
Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2010.

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