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Exelixis Announces Second Quarter 2013 Financial Results

Stocks in this article: EXEL

Net revenues for the quarter ended June 30, 2013 were $11.9 million, compared to $7.8 million for the comparable period in 2012. The increase for the quarter was due to $4.0 million of net product revenue resulting from the sale of COMETRIQ, which became commercially available in the United States for the treatment of progressive, metastatic MTC in January 2013.

Research and development expenses for the quarter ended June 30, 2013 were $49.1 million, compared to $32.6 million for the comparable period in 2012. The increases were primarily due to increased clinical trial costs. The increase in clinical trial costs was primarily related to clinical trial activities for COMET-1, the phase 3 pivotal trial with the primary endpoint of overall survival in metastatic CRPC, as well as start-up costs incurred for the phase 3 pivotal trials for metastatic RCC and metastatic HCC.

Selling, general and administrative expenses for the quarter ended June 30, 2013 were $13.2 million, compared to $6.8 million for the comparable period in 2012. The increase was primarily due to an increase in expenses related to the sale of COMETRIQ, predominantly for consulting and outside services, as well as marketing expenses.

Other income (expense), net for the quarter ended June 30, 2013 was a net expense of ($10.9) million compared to ($3.8) million in the quarter ended June 30, 2012. The increase in expense in 2013 compared to 2012 was primarily due to interest expense in connection with the $287.5 million aggregate principal amount of 4.25% convertible senior subordinated notes due 2019 issued in August 2012. Included in interest expense for the quarter ended June 30, 2013 was ($6.5) million of non-cash expense related to the accretion of the discount on both the 4.25% convertible senior subordinated notes due 2019 and the company's financing arrangement with Deerfield Management Company, L.P.

Net loss for the quarter ended June 30, 2013 was ($62.2) million, or ($0.34) per share, basic, compared to ($36.5) million, or ($0.25) per share, basic, for the comparable period in 2012. The net loss was primarily due to increases in research and development, selling, general and administrative and interest expenses, slightly offset by increased revenues, as described above, and lower restructuring charges.

Cash and cash equivalents, short- and long-term investments and short- and long-term restricted cash and investments totaled $524.3 million at June 30, 2013, compared to $634.0 million at December 31, 2012.

Conference Call and Webcast

Exelixis' management will discuss the company's financial results for the quarter ended June 30, 2013, financial outlook and development program and plans for cabozantinib, and also provide a general business update, during a conference call beginning at 5:00 p.m. EDT/2:00 p.m. PDT today, Tuesday, August 6, 2013. To listen to a live webcast of the conference call, visit the Event Calendar page under Investors & Media at www.exelixis.com.

An archived replay of the webcast will be available on the Event Calendar page under Investors & Media at www.exelixis.com and via phone until 11:59 p.m. PDT on September 6, 2013. Access numbers for the phone replay are: 888-286-8010 (domestic) and 617-801-6888 (international); the passcode is 71509629.

About Exelixis

Exelixis, Inc. is a biotechnology company committed to developing small molecule therapies for the treatment of cancer. Exelixis is focusing its proprietary resources and development efforts exclusively on its lead product, COMETRIQ® (cabozantinib). Exelixis has also established a portfolio of other novel compounds that it believes have the potential to address serious unmet medical needs, many of which are being advanced by partners as part of collaborations. For more information, please visit the company's web site at www.exelixis.com.

Basis of Presentation

Exelixis adopted a 52- or 53-week fiscal year that generally ends on the Friday closest to December 31 st. For convenience, references in this press release as of and for the fiscal quarters ended June 29, 2012 and June 28, 2013, and as of the fiscal year ended December 28, 2012, are indicated as ended June 30, 2012 and 2013, and as ended December 31, 2012, respectively.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements, including, without limitation, statements related to: the continued development and clinical, therapeutic and commercial potential of, and opportunities for, cabozantinib; the design, plans and goals for the recently initiated phase 3 pivotal trial of cabozantinib in metastatic RCC; planning for the phase 3 pivotal trial of cabozantinib in metastatic HCC; the belief that Exelixis gained significant momentum in the second quarter of 2013; the continued focus on enrollment of the COMET pivotal trials in metastatic CRPC as Exelixis' top priority; the belief that the overall survival and post-hoc analyses from the phase 2 NRE metastatic CRPC cohort presented at the ASCO Annual Meeting continue to support the rationale for the COMET pivotal trials; and the continued expectation that top-line data for the COMET pivotal trials will be available in 2014. Words such as “expect,” “will,” “potential,” “activity,” “momentum,” “continue,” “focus,” “priority,” “planning,” “support,” “rationale,” and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are based upon Exelixis' current plans, assumptions, beliefs and expectations. Forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties. Exelixis' actual results and the timing of events could differ materially from those anticipated in such forward-looking statements as a result of these risks and uncertainties, which include, without limitation: the availability of data at the expected times; risks related to the potential failure of cabozantinib to demonstrate safety and efficacy in clinical testing; the uncertain timing and level of expenses associated with the development of cabozantinib; Exelixis' ability to conduct clinical trials of cabozantinib sufficient to achieve a positive completion; risks and uncertainties related to Exelixis' compliance with applicable regulatory requirements, including healthcare fraud and abuse laws; the sufficiency of Exelixis' capital and other resources; the uncertainty of the regulatory approval process; and changes in economic and business conditions. These and other risk factors are discussed under “Risk Factors” and elsewhere in Exelixis' quarterly report on Form 10-Q for the three months ended June 28, 2013, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on August 6, 2013, and Exelixis' other filings with the SEC. Exelixis expressly disclaims any duty, obligation or undertaking to release publicly any updates or revisions to any forward-looking statements contained herein to reflect any change in Exelixis' expectations with regard thereto or any change in events, conditions or circumstances on which any such statements are based.

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