MannKind's CEO Discusses Q4 2011 Results - Earnings Call Transcript

MannKind (MNKD)

Q4 2011 Earnings Call

February 22, 2012 5:00 pm ET

Executives

Matthew J. Pfeffer - Chief Financial Officer, Principal Accounting Officer and Corporate Vice President

Hakan S. Edstrom - President, Chief Operating Officer and Director

Alfred E. Mann - Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Analysts

Thomas J. Russo - Robert W. Baird & Co. Incorporated, Research Division

Steve Byrne - BofA Merrill Lynch, Research Division

Keith A. Markey - Griffin Securities, Inc., Research Division

Presentation

Operator

Ladies and gentlemen, thank you for standing by. Welcome to the MannKind Corporation Fourth Quarter and Year-end 2011 Conference Call. [Operator Instructions] As a reminder, this call is being recorded today, February 22, 2012. Joining us today for MannKind are Chairman and CEO, Alfred Mann; President and COO, Hakan Edstrom; and Chief Financial Officer, Matthew Pfeffer. I would now like to turn the call over to Matthew Pfeffer, Chief Financial Officer of MannKind Corporation. Please go ahead.

Matthew J. Pfeffer

Good afternoon, and thank you for participating in today's call. I'll summarize our financial results for 2011, as reported earlier today, and also our recent financing activities. Hakan will then discuss our current operations and Al will conclude with an overview before we open the call to your questions.

Before I proceed further, please note that comments made during this call will include forward-looking statements within the meaning of Federal Securities Laws. It is possible that the actual results could differ from these stated expectations. For factors which could cause actual results to differ from expectations, please refer to the reports filed by the company with the Securities and Exchange Commission under the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934.

This conference call contains time-sensitive information that is accurate only as of the date of this live broadcast, February 22, 2012. We undertake no obligation to revise or update any statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date of this call.

For the fourth quarter of 2011, total operating expenses were $30.6 million compared to $32.1 million for the fourth quarter of 2010 and $32.8 million for the third quarter of 2011. R&D expenses were $20.2 million for the fourth quarter of 2011 compared to $24.2 million for the fourth quarter of 2010 and $23.1 million for the third quarter of 2011. The decrease in R&D expenses for the fourth quarter of 2011 compared to the same quarter in 2010 was primarily due to the termination of our insulin supply agreement as we did not purchase insulin in the current quarter, partially offset by an increase in clinical trial-related activities as trials MKC-175 and MKC-171 were initiated in the fourth quarter of 2011. The decrease in R&D expenses this quarter from last quarter was primarily due to our final purchase of insulin under our insulin supply agreement in the third quarter of 2011.

General and administrative expenses were $10.3 million for the fourth quarter of 2011 compared to $7.9 million for the fourth quarter of 2010 and $9.6 million for the previous quarter of this year. General and administrative expenses remained stable quarter-over-quarter except for the fourth quarter of 2010, reflected lower G&A costs due to nonpayment of bonuses for 2010.

The net loss applicable to common stockholders for the fourth quarter of 2011 was $36.4 million or $0.30 per share based on a weighted average of 122.4 million shares outstanding compared with a net loss applicable to common stockholders of $38.3 million or $0.33 per share on 114.9 million weighted average shares outstanding for the fourth quarter of 2010.

For the full year ended December 31, 2011, total operating expenses were $140.6 million compared to $152.6 million for 2010. R&D expenses were $100 million in 2011, down $12.3 million from 2010 primarily due to lower purchases of raw materials as a result of the termination of our insulin supply agreement. We repurchased only 8.4 million of insulin in 2011 compared to 16.3 million in 2010. We also incurred reduced salary and other compensation expenses as a result of a reduction in force in February 2011.

G&A expenses were relatively flat, increasing by $0.3 million to $40.6 million for 2011 as compared to 2010, with lower salaries and benefits costs from the 2011 reduction in force offset by increased financing transaction costs and legal fees.

The net loss applicable to common stockholders for 2011 was $160.8 million or $1.32 per share based on 121.8 million weighted average shares outstanding compared to the net loss applicable to common stockholders of $170.6 million or $1.50 per share based on 113.7 million weighted average shares outstanding for 2010.

Our cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities at the end of the year totaled $3.2 million, which compared to $23.3 million as of September 30, 2011, and $70.4 million at December 31, 2010. Financial resources, including the remaining credit facility from Al, amounted to $48.2 million as of December 31, 2011.

Our cash burn decreased during 2011 from $32 million spent in the first quarter of 2011, $42 million -- $40.2 million in Q2, $37 million in Q3 and $20.1 million spent in Q4. We expect to accelerate our spending in 2012 as we complete the trials and approach commercialization.

On February 8, we sold $86.3 million worth of units in an underwritten public offering, with each unit consisting of 1 share of common stock and a warrant to purchase 0.6 of a share of common stock. The offering was upsized in light of the strong demand and the total also reflects the full exercise of an over-allotment option granted to the underwriters. Net proceeds from this offering were approximately $80.6 million, excluding any potential future warrant exercises. Concurrent with this public offering, The Mann Group LLC committed to purchase $77.2 million worth of restricted shares of common stock, which will be paid for by cancellation of principal indebtedness under the amended loan agreement.

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