SAN DIEGO, Jan. 20 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Arena Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq: ARNA) today reported revenues of $1.6 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2003, compared to fourth quarter 2002 revenues of $6.4 million, and $12.8 million in revenues for the full year ended December 31, 2003, compared to $19.4 million in revenues for the full year ended December 31, 2002. Arena earns revenues under its collaborations primarily from research funding, milestone payments, and technology access and development fees. Arena reported a net loss allocable to common stockholders for the fourth quarter and the full year of 2003 of $14.7 million, or $.58 per share, and $47.1 million, or $1.74 per share, respectively. This compares with a net loss allocable to common stockholders for the fourth quarter and the full year of 2002 of $8.8 million, or $.32 per share, and $32.8 million, or $1.19 per share, respectively.
Research and development expenses totaled $13.1 million in the fourth quarter of 2003, compared to $13.3 million in the fourth quarter of 2002. In the year ended December 31, 2003, research and development expenses totaled $50.9 million, compared to $44.4 million in the full year ended December 31, 2002. General and administrative expenses totaled $2.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2003, compared to $2.0 million in the fourth quarter of 2002. In the year ended December 31, 2003, general and administrative expenses totaled $8.6 million, compared to $7.5 million in the year ended December 31, 2002.
Cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments totaled $154.0 million at December 31, 2003, and reflects net cash proceeds of $34.2 million from a private placement and net cash proceeds of $12.6 million from the sale and leaseback of one of Arena's facilities.
"Last year was pivotal as Arena began transitioning discoveries made via our GPCR technologies into drug development," stated Jack Lief, Arena's President and Chief Executive Officer. "I'm pleased to report that we are on schedule to begin human testing of our obesity drug candidate next month and are in the pre-clinical testing stages for our sleep and diabetes candidates, which are expected to enter human clinical testing in the next 12 to 18 months, assuming satisfactory toxicology results. We continue to make excellent progress in our research programs, and begin the new year with a strong financial position after last month's financing and sale and leaseback."
Arena is a biopharmaceutical company seeking to discover and develop drugs that act on an important class of drug targets called G protein-coupled receptors, or GPCRs. Arena uses its Constitutively Activated Receptor Technology, or CART, Melanophore technology and other proprietary technologies to identify small molecules that may lead to new drugs in four major therapeutic areas: metabolic diseases, cardiovascular diseases, central nervous system disorders and inflammatory diseases.
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 small molecules or which are preceded by the words "will," "expect" 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 quarterly report on Form 10-Q. 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.
Arena Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations Three months ended Year ended December 31, December 31, 2003 2002 2003 2002 (unaudited) Revenues Total revenues $1,616,394 $6,364,224 $12,834,279 $19,421,765 Expenses Research and development 13,123,107 13,260,823 50,885,417 44,399,136 General and administrative 2,526,921 2,035,225 8,553,910 7,499,011 Amortization of non-cash deferred compensation 681,296 444,522 3,236,087 2,264,934 Amortization of acquired technology 405,305 405,305 1,621,220 1,586,127 Total expenses 16,736,629 16,145,875 64,296,634 55,749,208 Interest and other income, net 510,181 1,003,108 4,402,916 5,284,302 Investment writedown -- -- -- (1,786,797) Net loss (14,610,054) (8,778,543) (47,059,439) (32,829,938) Dividends on redeemable convertible preferred stock (26,858) -- (26,858) -- Accretion of discount related to redeemable convertible preferred stock (35,516) -- (35,516) -- Net loss allocable to common stockholders $(14,672,428) $(8,778,543) $(47,121,813)$(32,829,938) Net loss per share, basic and diluted $(0.58) $(0.32) $(1.74) $(1.19) Shares used in calculating net loss per share, basic and diluted 25,464,075 27,545,937 27,159,234 27,487,537 Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheet Data December 31, December 31, 2003 2002 (Note) Assets Cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments $154,016,883 $185,142,885 Other current assets 4,758,673 8,166,767 Land, property and equipment, net 55,729,472 44,073,365 Acquired technology, investments and other assets 15,393,081 17,507,030 Total assets $229,898,109 $254,890,047 Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity Liabilities $20,973,873 $12,838,346 Redeemable convertible preferred stock 25,776,104 -- Stockholders' equity 183,148,132 242,051,701 Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $229,898,109 $254,890,047
Note: The Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheet Data has been derived from the audited financial statements as of that date.
Arena also announced that it intends to hold its 2004 Annual Meeting of Stockholders on Friday, June 11, 2004, at 10:00 a.m. San Diego local time, at Arena's offices located at 6150 Nancy Ridge Drive, San Diego, California 92121.
Arena will be hosting both a telephone and live Internet fourth quarter and full year 2003 conference call on Tuesday, January 20, 2004, at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time (2:00 p.m. San Diego Time).
Jack Lief, President and Chief Executive Officer will discuss Arena's financial results, its recent equity financing, its recent sale and leaseback of one of its facilities and other topics. A Question and Answer session will follow the presentation. To access by telephone, dial in toll free at (800) 450-0788 (the international dial in number is (612) 332-0523), and specify that you would like to join the "Fourth Quarter Earnings Conference Call." To access the call via the Internet, go to www.arenapharm.com and click on "Investor Relations." Then, click on "Calendar of Events." The conference call will be listed at the top of the page. Click on the "Live Webcast" link. Then, follow the links and instructions provided. Listening to the conference call on the Internet will require speakers and Microsoft Windows Media Player. An archive of the webcast will be available on Arena's website until January 27, 2004.
Arena Pharmaceuticals® and Arena® are registered service marks of the company. CART is an unregistered service mark of the company. Arena's headquarters are at 6166 Nancy Ridge Drive, San Diego, CA 92121, and its telephone number is (858) 453-7200. On the Internet, please refer to Arena's website: www.arenapharm.com for further information.
For further information, please contact Jack Lief, President & CEO of Arena Pharmaceuticals, Inc., +1-858-453-7200, ext. 223.
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CONTACT: Jack Lief, President & CEO of Arena Pharmaceuticals, Inc., +1-858-453-7200, ext. 223