This Day On The Street
Continue to site
ADVERTISEMENT
This account is pending registration confirmation. Please click on the link within the confirmation email previously sent you to complete registration.
Need a new registration confirmation email? Click here

Ligand Signs Global License Agreement With Spectrum Pharmaceuticals For Captisol-Enabled® Melphalan

Ligand Pharmaceuticals Incorporated (NASDAQ: LGND) announces the signing of global license and supply agreements with Spectrum Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: SPPI) for the development and commercialization of Ligand’s Captisol-enabled ®, propylene glycol-free (PG-free) melphalan. Under the terms of the license agreement, Ligand is entitled to receive a license fee and is eligible to receive more than $50 million in potential milestone payments. Ligand is also eligible to receive royalties on future net sales of Captisol-enabled melphalan. Further details regarding the transaction are provided in Ligand’s Form 8-K that is being filed today.

The Captisol-enabled melphalan program is currently in a pivotal trial for use as a conditioning treatment prior to autologous stem cell transplant for patients with multiple myeloma. Spectrum will immediately assume all development of the program as a result of this license.

“We are pleased to have forged this agreement,” commented John Higgins, President and Chief Executive Officer of Ligand Pharmaceuticals. “Spectrum has an established oncology and hematology business, and this melphalan product is an ideal complement to their two commercial hematology products, Zevalin and Folotyn, including an expected high degree of commercial call overlap. Spectrum’s highly experienced, oncology-focused R&D team is committed to the efficient development of Captisol-enabled melphalan, and has established relationships with key investigators.”

Full Year 2013 Revenue and Earnings Guidance and First Quarter Forecast

Ligand now expects 2013 total revenues to be in the range of $43 million to $46 million, versus previous guidance of $41 million to $44 million. Earnings per share for 2013 are expected to be in the range of $0.47 to $0.51, versus previous guidance of $0.35 to $0.39. Ligand estimates revenue for the first quarter of 2013 to be in the range of $10 million to $11 million, with first quarter earnings per share in the range of $0.10 to $0.13. Earnings per share guidance does not include the effects of any increase or decrease in contingent liabilities.

1 of 3

Check Out Our Best Services for Investors

Action Alerts PLUS

Portfolio Manager Jim Cramer and Director of Research Jack Mohr reveal their investment tactics while giving advanced notice before every trade.

Product Features:
  • $2.5+ million portfolio
  • Large-cap and dividend focus
  • Intraday trade alerts from Cramer
Quant Ratings

Access the tool that DOMINATES the Russell 2000 and the S&P 500.

Product Features:
  • Buy, hold, or sell recommendations for over 4,300 stocks
  • Unlimited research reports on your favorite stocks
  • A custom stock screener
Stocks Under $10

David Peltier uncovers low dollar stocks with serious upside potential that are flying under Wall Street's radar.

Product Features:
  • Model portfolio
  • Stocks trading below $10
  • Intraday trade alerts
14-Days Free
Only $9.95
14-Days Free
Dividend Stock Advisor

David Peltier identifies the best of breed dividend stocks that will pay a reliable AND significant income stream.

Product Features:
  • Diversified model portfolio of dividend stocks
  • Updates with exact steps to take - BUY, HOLD, SELL
Trifecta Stocks

Every recommendation goes through 3 layers of intense scrutiny—quantitative, fundamental and technical analysis—to maximize profit potential and minimize risk.

Product Features:
  • Model Portfolio
  • Intra Day Trade alerts
  • Access to Quant Ratings
Options Profits

Our options trading pros provide over 100 monthly option trading ideas and strategies to help you become a well-seasoned trader.

Product Features:
  • Actionable options commentary and news
  • Real-time trading community
SYM TRADE IT LAST %CHG

Markets

DOW 18,232.02 -53.72 -0.29%
S&P 500 2,126.06 -4.76 -0.22%
NASDAQ 5,089.3620 -1.4320 -0.03%

Partners Compare Online Brokers

Free Reports

Top Rated Stocks Top Rated Funds Top Rated ETFs