Dendreon Announces Second Quarter 2012 Results

July 30, 2012--Dendreon Corporation (NASDAQ:DNDN) today reported results for the quarter ended June 30, 2012. Net product revenue for the quarter was $80.0 million compared to $48.1 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2011, up 66% year over year and down 2.4% on a sequential basis.

Net loss in the second quarter of 2012 was $96.1 million or $0.65 per share, compared to a net loss of $116.0 million, or $0.79 per share, for the same period in 2011. The current period includes approximately $5.2 million in cash and non-cash severance expenses. Excluding these expenses, the company had a net loss of $90.9 million or $0.61 per share.

As of June 30, 2012, Dendreon had approximately $509.7 million in cash, cash equivalents, and short-term and long-term investments compared to $617.7 million as of December 31, 2011.

Recent Highlights:
  • Announced strategic restructuring to accelerate path to profitability and future growth:
    • The Company expects to reduce costs by approximately $150 million annually.
    • The Company expects a reduction in headcount of more than 600 positions, including contractors, over the next 12 months.
    • The Company expects to reduce its cost of goods sold (COGS) to less than 50 percent of net product revenue following the closure of the Morris Plains, NJ facility.
    • Full implementation of the restructuring is expected to take 12 months. Once implemented the Company will be positioned to be cash flow positive when net product revenue reaches approximately $100 million in a quarter, a 20% improvement from prior guidance.
  • Continued new physician interest in PROVENGE® (sipuleucel-T):
    • Added 115 new accounts in the second quarter, up from 84 new infusing accounts last quarter. Total number of infusing accounts in now at 687.
  • Reimbursement landscape remains stable for physicians:
    • Reported average time to payment remains less than 30 days for physicians
    • Q-Code remains in effect and CMS are updating coverage policies for PROVENGE
  • Presented important findings at the American Urological Association and American Society of Clinical Oncology annual meetings:
    • Retrospective analysis of IMPACT trial by baseline PSA quartile suggested PROVENGE extended median overall survival in all subgroups with a trend toward an increased magnitude of treatment benefit in patients with a lower baseline PSA.
    • Patients with localized prostate cancer in an open-label Phase 2 trial called NeoACT, received three infusions of PROVENGE prior to radical prostatectomy. Investigators found significant increases ( > 3-fold) in CD3+ and CD4+ T-cells populations at the tumor rim between the interface of benign and malignant tissue when compared with the pretreatment biopsy tissue. Results from these analyses support further evaluation of PROVENGE in the neoadjuvant setting. PROVENGE is not currently indicated for neoadjuvant treatment of localized prostate cancer.

“We are confident in the long-term opportunities for PROVENGE,” said John H. Johnson, chairman, president and chief executive officer. “We believe the strategic restructuring plan announced today will accelerate our path to profitability and future growth as we execute on our core mission of providing PROVENGE to patients around the world. By re-configuring our manufacturing model, strengthening our commercial organization and lowering our overall cost structure, we believe we can deliver value to our shareholders and our physician customers and their patients.”

Restructuring Plan

Separately today, Dendreon announced a strategic restructuring plan designed to accelerate the Company’s path to profitability and future growth. The restructuring press release can be found under the investor relations section of the Company’s website at

Conference Call Information

Dendreon will host a conference call on July 30, 2011 at 4:30 p.m. ET. To access the live call, dial 1-877-548-9590 (domestic) or +1-720-545-0037 (international); the conference ID number is 10564494. The call will also be audio webcast and will be available from the Company's website at under the “Investor/Webcasts and Presentations” section. A recorded rebroadcast will be available for interested parties unable to participate in the live conference call by dialing 1-800-642-1687 or +1-706-645-9291 for international callers; the conference ID number is 10564494. The replay will be available from 7:30 p.m. ET on July 30 until 11:59 p.m. ET on August 6. In addition, the webcast will be archived for on-demand listening for 30 days at

PROVENGE Indication and Important Safety Information

PROVENGE is an autologous cellular immunotherapy indicated for the treatment of asymptomatic or minimally symptomatic metastatic castrate resistant (hormone refractory) prostate cancer.

PROVENGE is intended solely for autologous use and is not routinely tested for transmissible infectious diseases.

The safety evaluation of PROVENGE was based on 601 prostate cancer patients in four randomized clinical trials who underwent at least one leukapheresis. The most common adverse events (incidence greater-than or equal to 15%) are chills, fatigue, fever, back pain, nausea, joint ache, and headache. Serious adverse events reported in the PROVENGE group include acute infusion reactions (occurring within 1 day of infusion) and cerebrovascular events. In controlled clinical trials, severe (Grade 3) acute infusion reactions were reported in 3.5% of patients in the PROVENGE group. Reactions included chills, fever, fatigue, asthenia, dyspnea, hypoxia, bronchospasm, dizziness, headache, hypertension, muscle ache, nausea, and vomiting. No Grade 4 or 5 acute infusion reactions were reported in patients in the PROVENGE group.

To fulfill a post marketing requirement and as a part of the company's ongoing commitment to patients, Dendreon will conduct a registry of approximately 1500 patients to further evaluate a small potential safety signal of cerebrovascular events. In four randomized clinical trials of PROVENGE in prostate cancer patients, cerebrovascular events were observed in 3.5% of patients in the PROVENGE group compared with 2.6% of patients in the control group.

For more information on PROVENGE, please see the full prescribing information at or call 1-877-336-3736.

About Dendreon

Dendreon Corporation is a biotechnology company whose mission is to target cancer and transform lives through the discovery, development, commercialization and manufacturing of novel therapeutics. The Company applies its expertise in antigen identification, engineering and cell processing to produce active cellular immunotherapy (ACI) product candidates designed to stimulate an immune response in a variety of tumor types. Dendreon’s first product, PROVENGE® (sipuleucel-T), was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in April 2010. Dendreon is exploring the application of additional ACI product candidates and small molecules for the potential treatment of a variety of cancers. The Company is headquartered in Seattle, Washington, and is traded on the NASDAQ Global Market under the symbol DNDN. For more information about the Company and its programs, visit

Statements in this press release that are not strictly historical in nature constitute “forward-looking statements.” Such statements include, but are not limited to, statements regarding the expected benefits of the restructuring, the timing and elements of the restructuring, the timing and form of related charges, the expected annual operating expense reduction, and Dendreon’s ability to achieve improved performance as a result of the restructuring, developments affecting Dendreon's business and prospects and potential revenue and earnings from product sales, and progress generally on commercialization efforts for PROVENGE. Such forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause Dendreon’s actual results to be materially different from historical results or from any results expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. These factors include, but are not limited to, our inability to achieve and sustain commercial success for PROVENGE; the identification of efficacy, safety or other issues with PROVENGE; a slower than anticipated adoption by treating physicians of PROVENGE for the treatment of patients with advanced prostate cancer due to competing therapies, perceived difficulties in the treatment process, delays in obtaining reimbursement or for other reasons; any promotional limitations imposed by the FDA on our ability to commercialize and market PROVENGE; unexpected difficulties and costs associated with the rapid expansion of our operations to support the commercial launch of PROVENGE; and other factors discussed in the “Risk Factors” section of Dendreon’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2011. All forward-looking statements are qualified in their entirety by this cautionary statement. Dendreon is providing this information as of the date of this release and does not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statements contained in this release as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.
(in thousands, except per share amounts)
Three Months EndedJune 30, Six Months EndedJune 30,
2012   2011   2012   2011  
(unaudited) (unaudited)
Product revenue, net $ 79,964 $ 48,139 $ 161,936 $ 75,140
Royalty and other revenue   28     20     130     41  
Total revenue 79,992 48,159 162,066 75,181
Operating expenses:
Cost of product revenue 61,731 28,754 121,772 47,092
Research and development 19,697 18,565 37,040 36,174
Selling, general and administrative 80,219 105,071 175,534 200,360
Restructuring   1,099         975      
Total operating expenses   162,746     152,390     335,321     283,626  
Loss from operations (82,754 ) (104,231 ) (173,255 ) (208,445 )
Interest income 375 393 758 793
Interest expense (13,768 ) (12,121 ) (27,580 ) (21,114 )
Other income (expense)   10     (26 )   26     (26 )
Net loss $ (96,137 ) $ (115,985 ) $ (200,051 ) $ (228,792 )
Basic and diluted net loss per share $ (0.65 ) $ (0.79 ) $ (1.35 ) $ (1.57 )


Shares used in computation of basic and diluted net loss per share
  148,161     145,928     147,880     145,712  
June 30, December 31,

Balance Sheet Data:
Cash and cash equivalents $ 247,493 $ 427,100
Short-term investments 184,743 111,525
Long-term investments 77,479 79,071
Trade accounts receivable 35,343 35,541
Prepaid antigen costs 1,534 7,490
Inventory 71,558 69,502
Total assets 875,747 1,001,491
Convertible senior notes due 2016 520,335 508,418
Convertible senior subordinated notes due 2014 27,685 27,685
Total stockholders' equity 202,409 352,637
(in thousands, except per share amounts)
Three Months EndedJune 30, Six Months EndedJune 30,
2012   2011   2012   2011  
(unaudited) (unaudited)
GAAP net loss $ (96,137 ) $ (115,985 ) $ (200,051 ) $ (228,792 )
Non-GAAP adjustments:
Depreciation and amortization expense 10,790 8,644 21,654 15,955
Imputed interest related to the convertiblesenior notes due 2016 6,019 5,551 11,917 9,851
Restructuring 1,099 975
Management severance and othertermination benefits:
Severance expense 1,792 6,965
Non-cash stock-based compensation expense 3,434 15,112
Other stock-based compensation expense   12,793     16,754     32,268     31,430  
Non-GAAP net loss $ (60,210 ) $ (85,036 ) $ (111,160 ) $ (171,556 )
Non-GAAP net loss per share- basic and diluted $ (0.41 ) $ (0.58 ) $ (0.75 ) $ (1.18 )


Shares used in computation of basic and diluted net loss per share
  148,161     145,928     147,880     145,712  

The above table provides certain non-GAAP financial measures that include adjustments to GAAP figures. Dendreon believes that these non-GAAP financial measures, when considered together with the GAAP figures, can enhance an overall understanding of Dendreon's financial performance and its prospects for the future. The non-GAAP financial measures are included with the intent of providing investors with a more complete understanding of operational results and trends. We believe excluding these items provides important insight into our operational results, important for a company at our stage in development. In addition, these non-GAAP financial measures are among the indicators Dendreon management uses for planning and forecasting purposes and measuring the Company's performance. These non-GAAP financial measures are not intended to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for GAAP figures.

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