SAN DIEGO, April 20 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Arena Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq: ARNA) today reported financial results for the first quarter of 2004.
Total revenues in the first quarter of 2004 were $5.8 million, compared to $5.4 million in the first quarter of 2003. Arena reported a net loss allocable to common stockholders in the first quarter of 2004 of $12.5 million, or $0.49 per share. This compares with a net loss allocable to common stockholders of $8.8 million, or $0.32 per share for the first quarter of 2003.
Research and development expenses totaled $13.8 million in the first quarter of 2004, compared to $12.1 million in the first quarter of 2003. General and administrative expenses totaled $2.5 million in the first quarter of 2004, compared to $1.9 million in the first quarter of 2003.
Cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments totaled $145.7 million at March 31, 2004.
"The first quarter of 2004 was very significant for Arena. We took another step toward our goal of becoming a pharmaceutical company by entering our first proprietary product for obesity into Phase 1 clinical trials," said Jack Lief, Arena's President and Chief Executive Officer. "Additionally, we achieved a $4 million milestone payment from our Merck collaboration. Throughout the rest of 2004, we look forward to ongoing preclinical and clinical development progress for a number of our compounds, and continuing collaboration efforts with our partners."
First Quarter Highlights:
Selected highlights for the first quarter included:
Arena will be hosting both a conference call and webcast to discuss first quarter 2004 financial results and highlights from the quarter on Wednesday, April 21, 2004, at 9:00 AM Eastern Time (6:00 AM Pacific Time).
The conference call may be accessed by dialing (800) 450-0819 for domestic callers and (612) 332-0342 for international callers. Please specify to the operator that you would like to join the "Arena Pharmaceuticals First Quarter Earnings Conference Call." The conference call will be webcast live on Arena's website at http://www.arenapharm.com, under the investor relations section, and will be archived there for 30 days following the call. Please connect to Arena's website several minutes prior to the start of the conference call to ensure adequate time for any software download that may be necessary.
Arena is a biopharmaceutical company focusing on the discovery, development and commercialization of drugs in four major therapeutic areas: metabolic, cardiovascular, central nervous system and inflammatory diseases. Arena is developing a broad pipeline of compounds including one in Phase 1 clinical trials for obesity and another in preclinical development for insomnia. The company's compounds act on an important class of drug targets called G protein-coupled receptors, or GPCRs, and were developed using Arena's proprietary technologies, including CART (Constitutively Activated Receptor Technology) and Melanophore. Arena also has research collaborations with Merck, Fujisawa, Taisho and TaiGen for products in a number of different indications. For additional information about Arena, please visit their website at http://www.arenapharm.com.
Certain statements in this press release are forward-looking statements that involve a number of risks and uncertainties. Such forward-looking statements include statements about Arena's strategy, technologies, preclinical and clinical programs, future achievements, and statements that are not historical facts, including statements about Arena's ability to identify and develop drugs or which are preceded by the word "will" or similar words. For such statements, Arena claims the protection of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Actual events or results may differ materially from Arena's expectations. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those stated or implied by Arena's forward-looking statements are disclosed in Arena's SEC reports, including Arena's most recent annual report on Form 10-K. These forward-looking statements represent Arena's judgment as of the date of this release. Arena disclaims any intent or obligation to update these forward-looking statements.
For further information please contact: Jack Lief of Arena Pharmaceuticals, Inc., +1-858-453-7200 ext. 223; or Susan Neath of Atkins + Associates, +1-858-527-3486, for Arena Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Arena Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations Three months ended March 31, 2004 2003 (unaudited) Revenues Total revenues $5,783,334 $5,375,440 Expenses Research and development 13,798,027 12,066,112 General and administrative 2,546,189 1,885,191 Amortization of non-cash deferred compensation 500,628 1,033,966 Amortization of acquired technology 405,305 405,305 Total expenses 17,250,149 15,390,574 Interest and other income, net (222,777) 1,203,699 Net loss (11,689,592) (8,811,435) Dividends on redeemable convertible preferred stock (354,914) -- Accretion of discount and deemed dividend related to redeemable convertible preferred stock (462,971) -- Net loss allocable to common stockholders $(12,507,477) $(8,811,435) Net loss per share, basic and diluted $(0.49) $(0.32) Shares used in calculating net loss per share, basic and diluted 25,286,402 27,655,967 Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheet Data March 31, December 31, 2004 2003 (Unaudited) (Note) Assets Cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments $145,657,175 $154,016,883 Other current assets 4,526,212 4,758,673 Land, property and equipment, net 55,572,300 55,729,472 Acquired technology, investments and other assets 14,489,830 15,393,081 Total assets $220,245,517 $229,898,109 Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity Liabilities $22,104,732 $20,973,873 Redeemable convertible preferred stock 26,620,846 25,776,104 Stockholders' equity 171,519,939 183,148,132 Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $220,245,517 $229,898,109 Note: The Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheet Data has been derived from the audited financial statements as of that date.
SOURCE: Arena Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
CONTACT: Jack Lief of Arena Pharmaceuticals, Inc., +1-858-453-7200 ext. 223; or Susan Neath of Atkins + Associates, +1-858-527-3486, for Arena Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Web site: http://www.arenapharm.com