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Bristol-Myers Squibb Reports Second Quarter 2014 Financial Results

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Bristol-Myers Squibb Company (NYSE:BMY) today reported financial results for the second quarter of 2014, which was highlighted by strong global sales for the company’s key brands; the achievement of important regulatory milestones for key brands in Japan, Europe and the U.S.; a new strategic immuno-oncology collaboration agreement with Ono Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd.; and the initiation of several research collaborations that will strengthen the company’s leadership position in immuno-oncology. In addition, the company adjusted 2014 GAAP guidance and confirmed 2014 non-GAAP guidance.

“During the second quarter we delivered strong financial and operating results, invested in key business development opportunities, and achieved important regulatory milestones for products in HCV and immuno-oncology,” said Lamberto Andreotti, chief executive officer, Bristol-Myers Squibb. “These results reflect the promise of our late-stage pipeline, the strong performance of our in-line products and the continued success of our strategy in driving growth for the company.”

      Second Quarter
$ amounts in millions, except per share amounts            
2014 2013 Change
Total Revenues $3,889 $4,048 (4)%
GAAP Diluted EPS 0.20 0.32 (38)%
Non-GAAP Diluted EPS 0.48 0.44 9%
 

SECOND QUARTER FINANCIAL RESULTS

  • Bristol-Myers Squibb posted second quarter 2014 revenues of $3.9 billion, a decrease of 4% compared to the same period a year ago. Excluding the divested Diabetes Alliance, global revenues increased 7%.
  • U.S. revenues decreased 7% to $1.9 billion in the quarter compared to the same period a year ago. International revenues decreased 1% to $2.0 billion.
  • Gross margin as a percentage of revenues was 74.5% in the quarter compared to 72.6% in the same period a year ago.
  • Marketing, selling and administrative expenses decreased 9% to $951 million in the quarter.
  • Advertising and product promotion spending decreased 14% to $187 million in the quarter.
  • Research and development expenses increased 49% to $1.4 billion in the quarter and included impairment and acquisition-related charges of $458 million.
  • The effective tax rate on earnings before income taxes was 25.4% in the quarter, compared to 0% in the second quarter last year. Income taxes in the second quarter last year reflect a more favorable earnings mix between high and low tax jurisdictions, primarily driven by specified items.
  • The company reported net earnings attributable to Bristol-Myers Squibb of $333 million, or $0.20 per share, in the quarter compared to $536 million, or $0.32 per share, a year ago.
  • The company reported non-GAAP net earnings attributable to Bristol-Myers Squibb of $798 million, or $0.48 per share, in the second quarter, compared to $730 million, or $0.44 per share, for the same period in 2013. An overview of specified items is discussed under the “Use of Non-GAAP Financial Information” section.
  • Cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities were $11.1 billion, with a net cash position of $3.3 billion, as of June 30, 2014.

SECOND QUARTER PRODUCT AND PIPELINE UPDATE

Bristol-Myers Squibb’s global sales in the second quarter included Eliquis, which grew by $159 million, Yervoy, which grew 38%, Sprycel, which grew 18%, and Orencia, which grew 14%.

Daklinza+Sunvepra

  • In July, the company announced that the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare has approved Daklinza (daclatasvir), the company’s potent, pan-genotypic NS5A replication complex inhibitor ( in vitro), and Sunvepra (asunaprevir), the company’s NS3/4A protease inhibitor. The approvals are Japan’s first for an all-oral, interferon- and ribavirin-free treatment regimen for patients with genotype 1 chronic hepatitis C virus infection, particularly those with compensated cirrhosis. The Daklinza+ Sunvepra Dual Regimen provides a new treatment alternative that can lead to cure for many patients in Japan who currently have no treatment options. Daklinza and Sunvepra are expected to be commercially available in Japan in early September.
  • In June, the company announced that the Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) of the European Medicines Agency has adopted a positive opinion recommending that Daklinza be granted approval for use in combination with other medicinal products for the treatment of chronic hepatitis C virus infection in adults. This is the first positive opinion given by the CHMP for an NS5A inhibitor. It will now be reviewed by the European Commission (EC), which has the authority to approve medicines for all European Union (EU) member states plus Iceland and Norway.
  • In April, the company announced the submission of New Drug Applications (NDAs) for Daklinza and Sunvepra to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The data submitted in the NDAs support use of the Daklinza+ Sunvepra Dual Regimen in patients with genotype 1b hepatitis C. The Daklinza NDA also seeks approval for use of this compound in combination with other agents for multiple genotypes. The FDA accepted the submissions for filing and assigned both submissions priority review with a user fee goal date of November 30, 2014.

Opdivo

  • In July, the company announced that, following discussions with the FDA, the company is planning a third quarter submission of a Biologics License Application (BLA) for Opdivo (nivolumab) for previously treated advanced melanoma. This will mark the second tumor type for which Bristol-Myers Squibb has a regulatory submission under way for Opdivo in the U.S. In April, the company initiated a rolling BLA submission for Opdivo in third-line squamous cell non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). The company expects to complete the first submission by the end of the year.
  • In June, the company announced that a randomized, blinded comparative Phase III study evaluating Opdivo versus dacarbazine in patients with previously untreated BRAF wild-type advanced melanoma (CheckMate -066) was stopped early because an analysis conducted by the independent Data Monitoring Committee showed evidence of superior overall survival in patients receiving Opdivo compared to the control arm.
  • Also in June, at the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) meeting in Chicago, the company announced results from several clinical trials for Opdivo, both as monotherapy and in combination with Yervoy, in advanced cancers of the lungs, skin and kidneys. Bristol-Myers Squibb is at the forefront of research and discovery in the field of immuno-oncology and these data add to the growing body of research from its leading immuno-oncology pipeline, further supporting the scientific rationale for the potential of these checkpoint inhibitors as single agents or as part of a combination regimen.
  • In May, the FDA granted Opdivo Breakthrough Therapy Designation for the treatment of patients with Hodgkin lymphoma after failure of autologous stem cell transplant and brentuximab. The designation is based on data from a cohort of patients with Hodgkin lymphoma in the company’s ongoing Phase Ib study of relapsed and refractory hematological malignancies.

Eliquis

  • In July, the company and its partner, Pfizer, announced that the first patient has enrolled in a Phase IV clinical trial assessing the effectiveness and safety of Eliquis in patients with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation undergoing cardioversion.
  • In June, the company and its partner, Pfizer, announced that CHMP has adopted a positive opinion recommending that Eliquis be granted marketing authorization for the treatment of deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism (PE), and the prevention of recurrent DVT and PE, in adults. The CHMP’s positive opinion will now be reviewed by the EC, which has the authority to approve medicines for all EU member states plus Iceland and Norway.

Elotuzumab

  • In May, the company and its partner, AbbVie, announced that the FDA has granted elotuzumab, an investigational humanized monoclonal antibody, Breakthrough Therapy Designation for use in combination with lenalidomide and dexamethasone for the treatment of multiple myeloma in patients who have received one or more prior therapies. The designation is based on findings from a randomized Phase II, open-label study that evaluated two dose levels of elotuzumab in combination with lenalidomide and low-dose dexamethasone in previously-treated patients, including the 10 mg/kg dose that is being studied in Phase III trials.

Yervoy

  • In June, at the ASCO meeting in Chicago, the company announced results from a Phase III randomized, double-blind study demonstrating that Yervoy 10 mg/kg (n=475) significantly improved recurrence-free survival (RFS, the length of time before recurrence or death) vs. placebo (n=476) for patients with Stage 3 melanoma who are at high risk of recurrence following complete surgical resection, an adjuvant setting. A 25% reduction in the risk of recurrence or death was observed. At three years, an estimated 46.5% of patients treated with Yervoy were free of disease recurrence compared to an estimated 34.8% of patients on placebo. The median RFS was 26.1 months for Yervoy vs. 17.1 months for placebo, with a median follow-up of 2.7 years.

Orencia

  • In June, at the European League Against Rheumatism meeting in Paris, the company presented data from the Phase IIIb AVERT trial showing that treatment with Orencia, a T-cell co-stimulation modulator, in combination with methotrexate (MTX) achieved significantly higher rates of DAS-defined (DAS28 CRP <2.6) remission at 12 months than treatment with standard of care agent MTX (60.9% vs. 45.2%, respectively), in biologic and MTX-naïve patients with early active rheumatoid arthritis (RA). A small but statistically significantly higher number of patients treated with Orencia plus MTX, versus MTX alone, for 12 months maintained remission 6 months after all RA treatment, including Orencia, MTX or steroids, was withdrawn.

Baraclude

  • In June, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit denied the company’s appeal of a February 2013 ruling by the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware that found invalid the patent covering Baraclude (U.S. patent 5,206,244). In July, the company filed a petition for an en banc rehearing of the case by the full U.S. Court of Appeals.

SECOND QUARTER BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT UPDATE

  • In July, the company and Ono Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd., signed a collaboration agreement to jointly develop and commercialize Opdivo, Yervoy and three immunotherapy agents in early clinical development as single agents and combination regimens in Japan, South Korea and Taiwan. Also in July, Ono announced that Opdivo received manufacturing and marketing approval in Japan for the treatment of unresectable melanoma. Opdivo is the first PD-1 immune checkpoint inhibitor to receive regulatory approval anywhere in the world.
  • In June, the company and Syngene International announced a five-year extension of their drug discovery and development collaboration at the Biocon Bristol-Myers Squibb Research Center in Bangalore, India.
  • In May, the company announced a clinical trial collaboration with Incyte Corporation to evaluate the safety, tolerability and preliminary efficacy of a combination regimen of Opdivo and INCB24360, Incyte’s oral indoleamine dioxygenase-1 inhibitor, in a Phase I/II study.
  • In May, the company also announced a clinical trial collaboration with Celldex Therapeutics to evaluate the safety, tolerability and preliminary efficacy of Opdivo and varlilumab , Celldex’s CD27 targeting investigational antibody, in a Phase I/II study. Multiple tumor types will be explored in the study, which could potentially include NSCLC, metastatic melanoma, ovarian, colorectal and squamous cell head and neck cancers.
  • In May, the company and CytomX Therapeutics announced a worldwide research collaboration and license agreement to discover, develop and commercialize novel therapies against multiple immuno-oncology targets using CytomX’s proprietary Probody Platform.

SECOND QUARTER RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT UPDATE

  • In June, the company announced a collaboration with Duke University, through its Duke Clinical Research Institute (DCRI), that will focus on clinical trial transparency. The company will expand access to a broader set of clinical trial information from in-scope company-sponsored studies and enable an independent scientific review through DCRI of requests from researchers that meet pre-specified requirements.

2014 FINANCIAL GUIDANCE

Bristol-Myers Squibb is adjusting its 2014 GAAP EPS guidance range from $1.70-$1.80 to $1.50-$1.60 as a result of impairment and expected additional restructuring charges. The company is also confirming its non-GAAP EPS guidance range of $1.70-$1.80. Both GAAP and non-GAAP guidance assume current exchange rates and that we retain exclusivity on Baraclude sales in the U.S. at least through the end of 2014. Key 2014 non-GAAP line-item guidance assumptions remain unchanged.

The financial guidance for 2014 does not include the impact of any potential strategic acquisition and divestitures, or any specified items that have not yet been identified and quantified. The non-GAAP 2014 guidance also excludes specified items as discussed under “Use of Non-GAAP Financial Information.” Details reconciling adjusted non-GAAP amounts with the amounts reflecting specified items are provided in supplemental materials available on the company’s website.

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