QLT Announces Second Quarter 2013 Results

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Aug. 1, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- QLT Inc. (Nasdaq:QLTI) (TSX:QLT) ("QLT" or the "Company") is a biotechnology company dedicated to the development and commercialization of innovative ocular products that address the unmet medical needs of patients and clinicians worldwide. The Company today reported financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2013. Unless specified otherwise, all amounts are in U.S. dollars and in accordance with U.S. GAAP.


Discontinued Operations Reporting

On September 24, 2012, the Company announced that it completed the sale of its Visudyne ® business to Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc. On April 3, 2013, the Company completed the sale of its punctal plug delivery system technology (the "PPDS Technology") to Mati Therapeutics Inc. In accordance with the accounting standard for discontinued operations, the results of operations relating to both the Visudyne business and the PPDS Technology have been excluded from continuing operations and reported as discontinued operations for the current and prior periods.

QLT Expenses / Other Income

Research and Development (R&D) expenses relate to QLT's synthetic retinoid program. During the second quarter of 2013, R&D expense was $4.4 million compared to $7.5 million for the same period in 2012. The $3.1 million decrease was primarily due to savings from the Company's 2012 restructuring initiatives and higher spending in 2012 related to the completion of certain early stage safety studies and manufacturing activities required to support clinical studies.

During the second quarter of 2013, Selling, General and Administrative (SG&A) expense was $1.8 million compared to $5.9 million for the same period in 2012. The $4.1 million decrease was primarily due to savings from the Company's 2012 restructuring initiatives. 

Investment and Other Income was $1.2 million for the second quarter of 2013. This primarily consists of a $1.0 million gain related to the Fair Value Change in the Contingent Consideration asset. This gain occurred primarily because our contingent consideration assets are recorded as the present value of future expected payments with respect to Eligard ® and Visudyne, and therefore as each quarter elapses, even if no changes are made to the underlying Eligard and Visudyne contingent consideration forecasts, a gain will be booked related to the time value of money as we move closer to realizing the full face value of the future expected payments.

Operating Loss

The operating loss for the second quarter of 2013 was $7.1 million, compared to a $13.7 million operating loss incurred during the same period in the prior year. The $6.6 million improvement in operating results is primarily due to savings from our 2012 restructuring initiatives and reduced spending on our synthetic retinoid program offset by $0.7 million of restructuring costs incurred during the quarter.

(Loss) Income from Discontinued Operations, Net of Income Taxes

For the second quarter of 2013, we incurred a $0.2 million loss from discontinued operations, net of income taxes, compared to a $4.1 million loss from discontinued operations for the same period in 2012.   

Loss Per Share

Loss per share was $0.12 in the second quarter of 2013 compared to a $0.33 loss per share in the second quarter of 2012. The improvement was primarily due to restructuring savings and lower spending on the synthetic retinoid program, partially offset by restructuring charges and a lower gain from the Fair Value Change in Contingent Consideration in the current period.

Cash and Cash Equivalents and Restricted Cash

The Company's consolidated cash balance at June 30, 2013 consisted of $103.2 million of cash and cash equivalents and $7.5 million of restricted cash, down from $307.4 million of cash and cash equivalents and $7.5 million of restricted cash at the end of 2012. The decrease was largely due to the $200 million special cash distribution to the Company's shareholders, which was completed on June 27, 2013, and $13.5 million of common share repurchases completed in the first quarter of 2013. During the second quarter of 2013, proceeds received in connection with collection of the Eligard Contingent Consideration totaled $8.0 million ($18.9 million collected during the six months ended June 30, 2013). In addition, we still have up to $57.9 million of Eligard Contingent Consideration remaining to be collected. 

"During our first year as your fiduciaries, QLT's Board of Directors is very pleased to have reduced SG&A and non-retinoid development expenses by approximately 70% and returned significant capital to shareholders in such a tax-efficient manner; while simultaneously advancing the development of our orphan-disease-focused synthetic oral retinoid program. Throughout the balance of 2013, your Board will continue its efforts to maximize value for our shareholders, including further advancing QLT091001. We look forward to updating you on our development plans for QLT091001 by year-end 2013," said Jason M. Aryeh, Chairman of the Board.

Passive Foreign Investment Company

The Company believes that it was classified as a Passive Foreign Investment Company (PFIC) for 2008 – 2012, and that it may be classified as a PFIC in 2013, which could have adverse tax consequences for U.S. shareholders. Please refer to our Annual Report on Form 10-K for additional information.
QLT Inc. - Financial Highlights        
In accordance with United States generally accepted accounting principles      
  Three months ended Six months ended    
  June 30, June 30,    
(In thousands of U.S. dollars except share and per share information) 2013 2012 2013 2012
Research and development $4,392 $7,465  $8,472 $13,981
Selling, general and administrative  1,810  5,872  3,892  9,980
Depreciation  252  326  487  689
Restructuring charges  671  --  1,493  --
   7,125  13,663  14,344  24,650
Operating loss   (7,125)  (13,663)  (14,344)  (24,650)
Investment and other income        
Net foreign exchange gains (losses)  84  (32)  18  (150)
Interest income  80  56  136  88
Fair value change in contingent consideration   1,038  1,650  1,833  3,591
Other gains  36  29  36  83
   1,238  1,703  2,023  3,612
Loss from continuing operations before income taxes  (5,887)  (11,960)  (12,321)  (21,038)
Provision for income taxes  (142)  (251)  (325)  (548)
Loss from continuing operations  (6,029)  (12,211)  (12,646)  (21,586)
(Loss) Income from discontinued operations, net of income taxes  (170)  (4,093)  20  (4,995)
Net loss and comprehensive loss ($6,199) ($16,304) ($12,626) ($26,581)
Basic and diluted net loss per common share        
Continuing operations ($0.12) ($0.25) ($0.25) ($0.44)
Discontinued operations ($0.00) ($0.08) $0.00 ($0.10)
Net loss per common share ($0.12) ($0.33) ($0.25) ($0.54)
Weighted average number of common shares outstanding (thousands)        
Basic and diluted 50,883 49,191 50,736 49,088
QLT Inc.
In accordance with United States generally accepted accounting principles
(In thousands of U.S. dollars) June 30, 2013 December 31, 2012
Current assets    
Cash and cash equivalents  $103,180  $307,384
Restricted cash  7,502 7,500
Accounts receivable  684 3,960
Contingent consideration - current   40,627 41,255
Income taxes receivable  600 554
Deferred income tax assets - current  362 644
Assets held for sale  -- 300
Prepaid and other   2,396 1,442
Total current assets  155,351 363,039
Property, plant and equipment  2,235 2,655
Deferred income tax assets - non-current  230 370
Contingent consideration - non-current  18,743 35,154
Total assets  176,559  401,218
Current liabilities    
Accounts payable  3,319 $6,121
Accrued liabilities  1,189 2,515
Accrued restructuring charge  666 1,933
Deferred income  -- 456
Total current liabilities  5,174 11,025
Uncertain tax position liabilities  1,813 1,875
Total liabilities  6,987 12,900
Share capital    
500,000,000 common shares without par value    
5,000,000 first preference shares without par value, issuable in series    
Issued and outstanding  466,229 471,712
Common shares    
June 30, 2013 – 51,081,878 shares    
December 31, 2012 – 51,589,405 shares    
Additional paid-in capital  95,387 296,024
Accumulated deficit  (495,013)  (482,387)
Accumulated other comprehensive income  102,969 102,969
Total shareholders' equity  169,572 388,318
Total shareholders' equity and liabilities  $176,559  $401,218

About QLT

QLT is a biotechnology company dedicated to the development and commercialization of innovative ocular products that address the unmet medical needs of patients and clinicians worldwide. We are focused on developing our synthetic retinoid program for the treatment of certain inherited retinal diseases.

QLT's head office is based in Vancouver, Canada and the Company is publicly traded on NASDAQ Stock Market (symbol: QLTI) and the Toronto Stock Exchange (symbol: QLT). For more information about the Company's products and developments, please visit our web site at www.qltinc.com .

Visudyne ® is a registered trademark of Novartis AG

Eligard ® is a registered trademark of Sanofi S.A.

Certain statements in this press release constitute "forward-looking statements" of QLT within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and constitute "forward-looking information" within the meaning of applicable Canadian securities laws. Forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to: statements concerning our ability to maximize the value of our assets, including further progressing QLT091001; statements concerning our PFIC status; and statements which contain language such as: "assuming," "prospects," "goal," "future," "projects," "potential," "believes," "expects," "hopes," and "outlook." Forward-looking statements are predictions only which involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause actual results to be materially different from those expressed in such statements. Many such risks, uncertainties and other factors are taken into account as part of our assumptions underlying these forward-looking statements and include, among others, the following: the Company's future operating results are uncertain and likely to fluctuate; currency fluctuations; the risk that sales of Visudyne or Eligard may be less than expected thereby impacting our contingent consideration; the risk that we may not receive any or as much additional contingent consideration as we might expect under our agreements with respect to the sale of Visudyne, Eligard and the PPDS Technology; risks and uncertainties concerning the impacts that QLT's strategic initiatives will have on the market price of our securities; risks resulting from recent changes in personnel; uncertainties relating to our development plans, timing and results of the clinical development and commercialization of our products and technologies; assumptions related to continued enrollment trends, efforts and success, and the associated costs of these programs; outcomes for our clinical trials may not be favorable or may be less favorable than interim/preliminary results and/or previous trials; there may be varying interpretations of data produced by one or more of our clinical trials; risks and uncertainties associated with the safety and effectiveness of our technology; the timing, expense and uncertainty associated with the regulatory approval process for products to advance through development stages; risks and uncertainties related to the scope, validity, and enforceability of our intellectual property rights and the impact of patents and other intellectual property of third parties; and general economic conditions and other factors described in detail in QLT's Annual Report on Form 10-K, Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and other filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and Canadian securities regulatory authorities. Forward-looking statements are based on the current expectations of QLT and QLT does not assume any obligation to update such information to reflect later events or developments except as required by law. 

This press release also contains "forward looking information" that constitutes "financial outlooks" within the meaning of applicable Canadian securities laws. This information is provided to give investors general guidance on management's current expectations of certain factors affecting our business, including our financial results. Given the uncertainties, assumptions and risk factors associated with this type of information, including those described above, investors are cautioned that the information may not be appropriate for other purposes.

CONTACT: QLT Inc. Contacts:                  Investor & Media Relations         Andrea Rabney or David Pitts         Argot Partners         212-600-1902         andrea@argotpartners.com         david@argotpartners.com

company logo