Exelixis, Inc. (NASDAQ:EXEL) reported financial results for the fourth quarter and full year of 2016 and provided an update on progress toward delivering upon its key corporate objectives, as well as commercial and clinical development milestones.

Exelixis is focused on maximizing the opportunity for its two internally-discovered compounds, cabozantinib and cobimetinib, each of which has the potential to help patients around the world fighting a variety of cancers. The company’s most immediate priority is continuing to execute on the U.S. launch of CABOMETYX™ (cabozantinib) tablets as a treatment for patients with advanced renal cell carcinoma (RCC) who have received prior anti-angiogenic therapy. CABOMETYX generated $44.7 million and $93.5 million in net product revenue during the fourth quarter and full year of 2016, respectively. COMETRIQ® (cabozantinib) capsules for the treatment of medullary thyroid cancer generated an additional $7.2 million and $41.9 million in net product revenue during the fourth quarter and full year of 2016, respectively. In addition, Exelixisis preparing a regulatory filing for cabozantinib as a treatment for previously-untreated patients with advanced RCC based on the positive data from the CABOSUN randomized phase 2 trial. Exelixis and its partner Genentech, a member of the Roche Group, are co-promoting Cotellic® (cobimetinib) in the United States, while Genentech continues to advance the cobimetinib clinical development program, which now includes three ongoing or planned phase 3 pivotal trials of combination regimens including cobimetinib for forms of colorectal cancer and advanced melanoma.

“2016 marked an inflection point for Exelixis, with the U.S. approval and launch of CABOMETYX, and the emergence of key data sets that have supported a significantly expanded late-stage clinical development program for cobimetinib. At the same time, we secured important partnerships and collaborations that will further advance the cabozantinib franchise on a global basis and improved our balance sheet, providing strength and flexibility as we move forward,” said Michael M. Morrissey, Ph.D., President and Chief Executive Officer of Exelixis.

“We started 2017 in a strong financial position with a focus on driving the business to generate free cash to reinvest in our pipeline. We are making progress towards a U.S. regulatory filing based on the CABOSUN results, targeted for the third quarter of this year, and have recently announced collaborations focused on conducting late-stage clinical trials of cabozantinib in combination with leading immunotherapies. Separately, our partner Genentech continues to expand its late-stage clinical development program for cobimetinib in areas of considerable therapeutic and commercial potential. The robust clinical development programs for both cabozantinib and cobimetinib form a solid foundation to build on in the year ahead as we and our partners work to improve cancer care for patients around the world.”

Cabozantinib Highlights

Strong Growth in Cabozantinib Franchise Net Revenues. Cabozantinib generated $51.9 million in net product revenue during the fourth quarter of 2016, an increase of 21 percent from the third quarter of 2016. Full year 2016 net product revenue was $135.4 million, an increase of 296 percent year-over-year. The year-over-year increase was driven primarily by the U.S. introduction of CABOMETYX following FDA approval in April 2016 as a treatment for patients with advanced RCC who have received prior anti-angiogenic therapy.

Presented Positive Results from Phase 2 CABOSUN Trial in Advanced RCC. At the European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO) Congress in October 2016, detailed results were presented from CABOSUN, the randomized phase 2 trial of cabozantinib compared with sunitinib in patients with previously untreated advanced RCC with intermediate- or poor-risk disease per the International Metastatic Renal Carcinoma Database Consortium risk criteria. In this trial, cabozantinib demonstrated a statistically significant and clinically meaningful reduct

Shares of Exelixis closed today at $23.09, up $1.40 or 6.45%. EXEL has a 1-year high of $23.49 and a 1-year low of $3.55. The stock’s 50-day moving average is $19.92 and its 200-day moving average is $15.21.

On the ratings front, EXEL has been the subject of a number of recent research reports. In a report issued on January 26, William Blair analyst John Sonnier reiterated a Buy rating on the stock. On January 18, Cowen’s Eric Schmidt reiterated a Buy rating on the stock as well.

According to TipRanks.com, which ranks over 7,500 financial analysts and bloggers to gauge the performance of their past recommendations, John Sonnier and Eric Schmidt have a yearly average return of 17.2% and 28.5% respectively. Sonnier has a success rate of 52% and is ranked #426 out of 4501 analysts, while Schmidt has a success rate of 63% and is ranked #40.

Exelixis, Inc. is a biopharmaceutical company, which engages in the developing and commercializing small molecule therapies for the treatment of cancer. Its brands include COMETRIQ and cobimetinib. The company focuses on their proprietary resources and development and commercialization of cabozantinib.