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Aradigm Announces Fourth Quarter 2014 and Full Year Financial Results

HAYWARD, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Aradigm Corporation (NASDAQ:ARDM) (the "Company") today announced financial results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2014.

Fourth Quarter 2014 Results

The Company recorded $8.1 million in revenue in the fourth quarter of 2014 compared with $4.6 million in revenue in the fourth quarter of 2013. Total operating expenses for the fourth quarter of 2014 were $8.9 million, compared with total operating expenses of $4.9 million for the fourth quarter of 2013. The increase in operating expenses was primarily due to higher research and development expenses related to the Pulmaquin® inhaled ciprofloxacin program. The Company's net loss for the fourth quarter of 2014 was $0.8 million, or $0.06 per share, compared with a net loss of $0.7 million, or $0.04 per share, for the same period in 2013.

Full Year Results

Revenues for the year ended December 31, 2014 were $33.6 million, compared with revenues of $9.7 million in 2013. The increase in revenue was due to the recognition of revenue from the Grifols collaboration arrangement as the Company is being reimbursed for Pulmaquin project-related costs.

Total operating expenses for 2014 were $37.4 million, compared with total operating expenses of $29.6 million in 2013. Research and development expenses increased by $22.3 million and general and administrative expenses increased by $1.5 million. The increase in research and development expenses was mainly due to the higher level of activity on the Pulmaquin Phase 3 clinical trials which resulted in higher costs in clinical trial expenses, contract manufacturing and testing as well as higher employee-related expenses due to the addition of staff. General and administrative costs increased in 2014 because of higher executive bonus payments, employee-related expenses due to the addition of staff, increases in consulting and insurance costs in support of the Pulmaquin program and expenses related to our Nasdaq listing which occurred in the second quarter of 2014. In the third quarter of 2013, the Company recorded $15.9 million as a one-time, non-cash collaboration arrangement acquisition cost resulting from the Grifols collaboration agreement which occurred in that period.

The net income for the year ended December 31, 2014 was $4.7 million, or $0.32 per share, compared with a net loss of $21.6 million, or $2.36 per share, in 2013. The increase in the net income resulted primarily from the one-time $15.9 million non-cash collaboration arrangement acquisition cost related to the Grifols collaboration arrangement which occurred in 2013 and the one-time, non-cash gain of $8.9 million from the assignment of royalty rights and extinguishment of debt that occurred in 2014 and the related $1.4 million decrease in interest expense. In addition, net income increased in 2014 over 2013 due to higher collaboration revenue of $24.4 million, offset by an increase in Pulmaquin-related project expenses of $22.2 million and an increase of general and administrative expenses of $1.5 million.

As of December 31, 2014, cash and cash equivalents totaled $48.0 million.

"2014 was a game-changing year for Aradigm. We started enrollment in our global Phase 3 program in non-cystic fibrosis bronchiectasis patients with chronic pulmonary infections with Pseudomonas aeruginosa and we received the first milestone payment from our partner Grifols for this. We used Pulmaquin manufactured on commercial scale in these trials and we made major advances on the regulatory front with the QIDP and Fast Track Designations for this program. Through NIH funding, we and our collaborators at Oregon State University found encouraging laboratory results for our liposomal ciprofloxacin against another type of difficult respiratory infection - non-tuberculous mycobacteria. In addition, we are very pleased to be listed on NASDAQ," said Igor Gonda, CEO and President of Aradigm.

2014 Highlights

About Pulmaquin

Ciprofloxacin, available in oral and intravenous formulations, is a widely prescribed antibiotic. It is used to treat acute lung infections and is often preferred because of its broad-spectrum antibacterial activity against various bacteria, such as Pseudomonas aeruginosa. Pulmaquin is a dual release formulation composed of a mixture of liposome encapsulated and unencapsulated ciprofloxacin. It is being evaluated in two ongoing Phase 3 studies to determine its safety and effectiveness as a once-a-day inhaled formulation for the chronic treatment of non-cystic fibrosis bronchiectasis (non-CF BE).

Pulmaquin has been tested in preclinical safety studies (up to 3 months in rodents and 9 months in dogs).

Following Phase 2a development of the liposomal portion of Pulmaquin (Lipoquin®) and phase 1 development of Pulmaquin, the phase 2b study ORBIT-2 with Pulmaquin was a 24-week multicenter, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial in 42 adult non-CF BE subjects. This study demonstrated a significant reduction in P.aeruginosa sputum activity (p=0.002) and a decrease in time to first exacerbation in the per protocol population (p=0.046) and the mITT (p=0.057) populations in the Pulmaquin treated subjects compared to placebo. Overall, the incidence of all treatment emergent adverse events was similar between groups. The most frequently reported treatment related adverse events (reported by ≥ 3 patients in either treatment group) included product taste abnormal and nausea in the Pulmaquin group and wheezing in the placebo group. No serious adverse events were considered treatment related. There were no deaths reported during ORBIT-2.

The Phase 3 clinical program for Pulmaquin in non-CF BE consists of two worldwide, double-blind, placebo-controlled pivotal trials (ORBIT-3 and ORBIT-4) that are identical in design except for a pharmacokinetics sub-study to be conducted in one of the trials. Each trial is enrolling approximately 255 patients into a 48 week double-blind period consisting of 6 cycles of 28 days on treatment with Pulmaquin or placebo plus 28 days off treatment, followed by a 28 day open label extension in which all participants will receive Pulmaquin (total treatment duration approximately one year). The superiority of Pulmaquin vs. placebo during the double-blind period is being evaluated in terms of the time to first pulmonary exacerbation (primary endpoint), while key secondary endpoints include the reduction in the number of pulmonary exacerbations and improvements in the quality of life measures. Lung function is being monitored as a safety indicator.

Aradigm has been granted orphan drug designations for liposomal ciprofloxacin as well as for ciprofloxacin for inhalation for non-CF BE in the U.S. In addition, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has designated Pulmaquin as a Qualified Infectious Disease Product (QIDP). The QIDP designation is granted for treatment of non-CF BE patients with chronic lung infections with Pseudomonas aeruginosa. The QIDP designation made Pulmaquin eligible for Fast Track designation which was granted by the FDA in September 2014.

In 2013, Aradigm granted an exclusive, world-wide license for the Company's inhaled liposomal ciprofloxacin product candidates for the indication of non-CF BE and other indications to Grifols S.A. More information on the terms of this license may be found in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2013 filed with the SEC on March 13, 2014.

About Non-Cystic Fibrosis Bronchiectasis

Non-CF BE is a severe, chronic and rare disease characterized by abnormal dilatation of the bronchi and bronchioles, frequently associated with chronic lung infections. It is often a consequence of a vicious cycle of inflammation, recurrent lung infections, and bronchial wall damage. Non-CF BE represents an unmet medical need with high morbidity and mortality that affects more than 110,000 people in the U.S. and over 200,000 people in Europe. There is currently no drug approved for the treatment of this condition.

About Aradigm

Aradigm is an emerging specialty pharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of drugs delivered by inhalation for the prevention and treatment of severe respiratory diseases. Aradigm has product candidates under development for the treatment of non-CF BE, cystic fibrosis and prevention of respiratory and other diseases in tobacco smokers through smoking cessation. Aradigm is also developing Pulmaquin and a liposomal ciprofloxacin formulation as potential medications for patients with chronic lung infections with non-tuberculous mycobacteria (NTM), and for the prevention and treatment of high threat and bioterrorism infections, such as inhaled tularemia, pneumonic plague, Q fever and inhaled anthrax.

More information about Aradigm can be found at www.aradigm.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

Except for the historical information contained herein, this news release contains forward-looking statements that involve risk and uncertainties, including those related to the ORBIT-3 and ORBIT-4 clinical trials and the ability to continue successful product development of our potential product candidates, including Pulmaquin, as well as the other risks detailed from time to time in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), including the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2013 filed with the SEC on March 13, 2014, and the Company's Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q.

Aradigm, Pulmaquin, Lipoquin and the Aradigm Logo are registered trademarks of Aradigm Corporation.

 

ARADIGM CORPORATION

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(In thousands, except per share data)

 
 
  Three months ended   Year ended
December 31, December 31,
2014   2013 2014   2013
 
Revenue:
Contract revenue - related party $ 8,050 $ 4,391 $ 33,038 $ 8,672
Grant revenue 18 - 323 -
Royalty revenue   -       247     200       1,045  
Total revenues   8,068       4,638     33,561       9,717  
Operating expenses:
Research and development 7,673 3,884 31,172 8,884
General and administrative 1,201 974 6,226 4,775
Collaboration arrangement acquisition cost - - - 15,943
Restructuring and asset impairment 4 6 19 27
           
Total operating expenses   8,878       4,864     37,417       29,629  
 
Loss from operations (810 ) (226 ) (3,856 ) (19,912 )
 
Interest income 9 2 17 6
Interest expense - (427 ) (288 ) (1,649 )
Other expense, net (30 ) (4 ) (85 ) (9 )
Gain on assignment of royalty interests - 5,823 -
Gain from extinguishment of debt   -         3,041       -  

Net income (loss) and comprehensive income (loss)

$ (831 )   $ (655 ) $ 4,652     $ (21,564 )
$ (0.06 ) $ (0.04 ) $ 0.32   $ (2.36 )

Basic net income (loss) per common share

   

Diluted net income (loss) per common share

$ (0.06 )   $ (0.04 ) $ 0.32     $ (2.36 )
 

Shares used in computing basic net income (loss) per common share

  14,726       14,660     14,700       9,154  

Shares used in computing diluted net income (loss) per common share

  14,726       14,660     14,726       9,154  
 
 

ARADIGM CORPORATION

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(In thousands)

 
 
  December 31,   December 31,
2014 2013
 

ASSETS

Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $ 47,990 $ 48,131
Restricted cash 250 -
Receivables 1,058 92
Prepaid and other current assets 1,207 1,448
 
Total current assets 50,505 49,671
Property and equipment, net 502 400
Other assets 2,956 353
 
Total assets $ 53,963   $ 50,424
LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY
Current liabilities:
Accounts payable 2,706 619
Accrued clinical and cost of other studies 2,070 1,831
Accrued compensation 819 198
Deferred revenue 790 4,379
Facility lease exit obligation 193 168
Other accrued liabilities   191     82
 
Total current liabilities 6,769 7,277
Accrued clinical and cost of other studies, non-current 33 -
Deferred rent, non-current 97 132
Facility lease exit obligation, non-current 104 297
Deferred revenue, non-current 7,845 -
Note payable and accrued interest - 9,035
Shareholders' equity 39,115 33,683
 
Total liabilities and shareholders' equity $ 53,963   $ 50,424
 

Aradigm Corporation
Nancy Pecota, 510-265-8800
Chief Financial Officer

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