Nabi Biopharmaceuticals Announces Fourth Quarter and Full-Year 2010 Financial Results

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ROCKVILLE, Md., March 8, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Nabi Biopharmaceuticals (Nasdaq:NABI) today announced fourth quarter and year-end financial results for the three and twelve month periods ended December 25, 2010.

For the full year ended December 25, 2010, the Company's net income was $0.9 million, or $0.02 per share, compared to a net loss of $18.7 million, or $0.37 per share, for the year ended December 26, 2009.

For the quarter ended December 25, 2010, the Company recorded a net loss of $6.3 million, or $0.15 per share, compared to net income of $1.1 million, or $0.02 per share, for the prior year period. 

Revenue was $35.0 million in 2010, reflecting amounts recognized under the PentaStaph and NicVAX agreements with GlaxoSmithKline Biologicals S.A. (GSK). This included $13.2 million from the initial $21.5 million payment received from GSK for PentaStaph, $2.1 million from the initial $40 million payment from GSK for NicVAX, $16.0 million for the successful achievement of two PentaStaph performance milestones and $3.7 million related to our services provided under the NicVAX and PentaStaph transition services agreements with GSK. Revenue of $10.5 million in 2009 included $3.1 million recognized from the initial $21.5 million payment for PentaStaph, a $5 million PentaStaph milestone payment and $2.4 million in PentaStaph transition services revenue.

General and administrative expenses, net of an allocation of a portion of these expenses to cost of services, were $6.2 million for 2010 compared to $10.0 million in 2009. The decrease was a result of our continued efforts to reduce overall expenses. Research and development expenses were $26.1 million in 2010 compared to $16.5 million in 2009. This increase reflects the two ongoing Phase III clinical trials for NicVAX as well as manufacturing activities related to NicVAX. General and administrative as well as Research and development expenses for 2011 are expected to be in line with 2010 levels.

Net cash provided by operating activities was $39.9 million for the full year 2010 compared to $6.2 million in 2009. Cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities totaled $110.7 million at the end of 2010 compared to $119.0 million at the end of 2009. The net decrease in the balance of cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities is largely due to $42.8 million that we returned to shareholders in the form of stock repurchases and $6.1 million to repurchase the remaining 2.875% convertible senior notes, offset in part by net cash provided by operating activities. During 2010, we repurchased 7.8 million shares of our common stock during 2010 for $42.3 million, or an average price of $5.45 per share. Since the inception of the stock repurchase plan in December 2007, a total of 19.9 million shares have been repurchased for a total of $87.2 million, and at December 25, 2010 a balance of $27.8 million remained available in the plan for future repurchases.  

"2010 was another very productive year that included the successful closing of our NicVAX option and license agreement with GlaxoSmithKline Biologicals. We also initiated the second Phase III clinical trial of NicVAX and completed enrollment in both NicVAX Phase III clinical trials. We are looking forward to final data from the first of these trials later this year," said Dr. Raafat Fahim, President and Chief Executive Officer of Nabi Biopharmaceuticals. "While prudently managing our financial resources, we strengthened and protected our NicVAX patent portfolio, continued preparing for the potential commercialization of NicVAX and successfully completed two PentaStaph milestones."

2010 Accomplishments

  • Closed an exclusive worldwide option and license agreement with GSK for NicVAX for a total potential consideration of more than $500 million plus significant royalties, and received a $40 million non-refundable upfront payment from GSK in March 2010.
  • Received a U.S. patent for treating and preventing nicotine addiction with NicVAX and related conjugate vaccines. 
  • Initiated the second Phase III NicVAX clinical trial.
  • Completed enrollment in the two Phase III clinical trials for NicVAX.
  • Accomplished two milestones associated with the 2009 sale of PentaStaph to GSK and received a total of $16 million in milestone payments.
  • Entered into a long-term commercial manufacturing agreement for drug substance integral to the production of NicVAX for the potential commercial launch of the vaccine.
  • Returned $42.3 million to shareholders through stock repurchases.

Upcoming 2011 Milestones

  • Complete the last PentaStaph milestone and receive the associated $5 million payment.
  • Expect final data in the first of the two NicVAX Phase III clinical trials in the second half of 2011.

Financial Results Conference Call and Webcast Information

The Company will host a live webcast at 4:30 p.m. EST today to discuss these results.

The webcast can be accessed at:

  

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If you do not have Internet access, the U.S./Canada call-in number is 866-356-4281 and the international call-in number is 617-597-5395. The passcode is 24178004. An audio replay will be available for U.S./Canada callers at 888-286-8010 and for international callers at 617-801-6888. The replay passcode is 23754777. An audio replay of this call will be available through March 15, 2011. The press release and an archived version of the webcast will be available on the company's website at http://www.nabi.com.

About Nabi Biopharmaceuticals

Nabi Biopharmaceuticals leverages its experience and knowledge in powering the immune system to develop products that target serious medical conditions in the areas of nicotine addiction and gram-positive bacterial infections. Nabi Biopharmaceuticals is currently developing NicVAX® (Nicotine Conjugate Vaccine), an innovative and proprietary investigational vaccine for treatment of nicotine addiction and prevention of smoking relapse. The company is headquartered in Rockville, Maryland. For additional information about Nabi Biopharmaceuticals, please visit .

Forward-Looking Statements

Statements in this release that are not strictly historical are forward-looking statements and include statements about products in development, results and analyses of clinical trials and studies, research and development expenses, cash expenditures, licensure applications and approvals, and alliances and partnerships, among other matters. You can identify these forward-looking statements because they involve our expectations, intentions, beliefs, plans, projections, anticipations, or other characterizations of future events or circumstances. These forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and are subject to risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements as a result of any number of factors. These factors include, but are not limited to, risks relating to our ability to conduct and obtain successful results from our two Phase III clinical trials for NicVAX; GSK's failure to exercise its option for and successfully commercialize NicVAX; GSK's failure to successfully develop and commercialize any future generation candidate nicotine vaccine; our ability to commercialize NicVAX if GSK does not exercise its option for NicVAX; our ability to raise sufficient new capital resources to fully develop and commercialize NicVAX if GSK does not exercise the NicVAX option; our ability to attract, retain and motivate key employees; our ability to collect any further milestones and royalty payments under the PhosLo and PentaStaph agreements; the ability to obtain regulatory approval for NicVAX and any future generation candidate nicotine vaccine in the U.S. or other markets; our ability to successfully contract with contract manufacturing organizations for the manufacture and supply of NicVAX; our ability to comply with reporting and payment obligations under government rebate and pricing programs; and loss of full use of our net operating loss carry forwards. These factors are more fully discussed, as are other factors, in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 26, 2009 to be filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

CONTACT: Investor Relations 301-770-3099 www.nabi.com