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Vical's CEO Discusses Q1 2012 Results - Earnings Call Transcript

Thank you Alan, and thank to all our participants for joining us in today’s call. I will provide a base on each of our key development programs and share some insight that I hope will be helpful. To begin with today, we’re going to deal with our latest financial results by our CFO Jill Broadfoot. Jill?

Jill Broadfoot

Thank you, Vijay. I’m pleased to announce we had a very strong first quarter financially in 2012. We raised approximately $50 million in a follow-on offering at the beginning of the quarter, and we earned another $10 million with a milestone payment from Astellas at the end of the quarter, for finalizing the general design of the TransVax Phase 3 trial. In addition, we recognized $1 million in contract service revenue related to our supply and services agreement with Astellas. We expect to continue receiving payments from Astellas under our supply and services agreement as we progress with the final preparations and conduct of the TransVax clinical trial.

Total revenues for the first quarter of 2012 were $11.5 million, compared with $600,000 in the first quarter of 2011. Total operating expenses for the first quarter of 2012 were $11.6 million, compared with $9.4 million for the first quarter of 2011, primarily due to a sub-license payment obligation related to the $10 million milestone payment from Astellas.

Our net income in the first quarter of 2012 was $200,000, which rounds to $.00 per share, compared with a net loss of $8.7 million, or $.12 per share, in the first quarter of 2011. We ended the first quarter of 2012 with cash and equivalents of $96 million.

During the first quarter of 2012, we were pleased to be able to sell two of our three auction-rate securities, and book a gain of approximately $300,000. The cash for the Astellas milestone payment was received in April, after quarter end, so our current cash position is even stronger. We believe we have sufficient capital to support our ongoing operations, our planned development activities and our preparation for our Allovectin commercialization. With that, I will now turn the call back to Vijay.

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