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Pernix Therapeutics Reports Fourth Quarter And Full Year 2012 Financial Results

Pernix Therapeutics Holdings, Inc. (“Pernix” or the “Company”) (NASDAQ: PTX), a specialty pharmaceutical company, today announced financial results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2012.

Financial Results

For the fourth quarter of 2012, net revenues were $18.2 million, compared to $21.4 million for the fourth quarter of 2011. Total net product revenues consisted of 53% revenue contribution from branded products and 47% revenue contribution from generic products in the fourth quarter of 2012.

The net loss for the fourth quarter of 2012 was approximately $(1.4) million, or $(0.05) per basic and diluted share, compared to net income of $3.9 million, or $0.15 per basic and diluted share, for the fourth quarter of 2011.

“This past year was a time for investing and building in Pernix’s continued success,” said Cooper Collins, President and Chief Executive Officer of Pernix. “Looking forward in 2013, we are focused on several key objectives that are expected to drive the Company’s future growth, which include the following: integrating Cypress and Hawthorn, re-launching Silenor by our newly-combined Pernix and Hawthorn sales forces, initiating our Phase III clinical trials for our pediatric product, launching Dr. Cocoa, an OTC chocolate flavored cough and cold product for the 2013-2014 cough and cold season, beginning the development of Silenor as an OTC product, and working toward the IND filings of two products in Hawthorn’s pipeline. We are also capitalizing on the synergies of our acquisitions, and improving efficiencies across all of our operations.”

Adjusted Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (adjusted EBITDA, a non-GAAP measure) was approximately $1.0 million for the fourth quarter of 2012, compared to adjusted EBITDA of $7.6 million for the fourth quarter of 2011. Adjusted EBITDA further eliminates the impact of non-cash stock-based compensation expense and expenses associated with the acquisitions of Cypress Pharmaceuticals, Hawthorn Pharmaceuticals and Somaxon Pharmaceuticals. See the table at the end of this press release for a reconciliation of net income to EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA. For the fourth quarter of 2012, acquisition-related expenses were $0.8 million. Stock compensation expense increased to $0.9 million in the fourth quarter of 2012 as compared to $0.6 million in the prior year quarter primarily related to a restricted stock issuance in March 2012. In total, these investments impacted adjusted EBITDA by approximately $1.7 million for the quarter.

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