Company Update (NASDAQ:PDLI): PDL BioPharma Inc Announces First Quarter 2015 Financial Results

PDL BioPharma Inc (NASDAQ:PDLI) reported financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2015.

Total revenues for the first quarter of 2015 increased nine percent to $149.7 million from $136.8 million in the first quarter of 2014. Revenues for the quarter ended March 31, 2015 included $127.8 million in royalty and license payments from PDL’s licensees to the Queen et al. patents, $11.4 million in net royalty payments from acquired royalty rights and a change in fair value of the royalty rights assets, which included approximately $0.9 million in net cash royalty rights payments, and $10.5 million in interest revenue from notes receivable debt financings to late-state healthcare companies. The first quarter of 2015 royalty revenue growth over the first quarter of 2014 is driven by increased sales of Perjeta®, Xolair®, Kadcyla®, Entyvio®, Actemra® and Tysabri® by PDL’s licensees and a $1.5 million increase in interest revenue related to acquisitions of new revenue generating assets.

Operating expenses in the first quarter of 2015 were $7.7 million, compared with $4.6 million in the first quarter of 2014. The increase in operating expenses for the quarter ended March 31, 2015, when compared to the quarter ended March 31, 2014, was primarily the result of an increase in general and administrative expenses of $1.8 million for professional service expenses mostly related to the asset management of Wellstat Diagnostics, $0.9 million for compensation and $0.3 million for stock compensation.

Net income in the first quarter of 2015 was $84.5 million, or $0.50 per diluted share as compared with net income in the first quarter of 2014 of $72.9 million, or $0.44 per diluted share. The increase in net income in the first quarter of 2015 over the same period in 2014 is primarily due to the increase in royalty revenues from the Queen et al. patents.

Net cash provided by operating activities in the first quarter of 2015 was $71.8 million, compared with $68.1 million in the first quarter of 2014. At March 31, 2015, PDL had cash, cash equivalents and investments of $418.9 million, compared with $293.7 million at December 31, 2014. The increase was primarily attributable to net cash provided by the proceeds from the March 2015Term Loan of $100.0 million, proceeds from royalty rights of $0.9 million, and cash generated by operating activities of $71.8 million, offset in part by payment of dividends of $24.5 million, extinguishment of the Series 2012 Notes for $22.3 million, and the payment of $0.6 million for debt issuance costs related to the March 2015 Term Loan.

Recent Developments

LENSAR Forbearance Agreement

PDL and LENSAR are currently in discussions regarding a forbearance agreement whereby PDL may agree to refrain from exercising certain remedies under the LENSAR loan agreement for a period of time while LENSAR either raises funds through an equity based financing, enters into a binding agreement to complete a sale of itself or of its assets, or obtains a debt financing sufficient to repay PDL for all amounts owed. There can be no assurances of the timing of the forbearance agreement or whether PDL will enter into such forbearance agreement.  Should the parties be unable to reach agreement, PDL will assess its options at that time.

Retirement of May 2015 Notes

On May 1, 2015, the Company completed the retirement of the remaining $155.1 million of aggregate principal of its May 2015notes at their stated maturity for $155.1 million, plus approximately 5.2 million shares of its common stock for the excess conversion value. In connection with the conversion of our May 2015 Notes and an associated bond hedge, we exercised purchased call options and the hedge counterparties delivered to the Company approximately 5.2 million of PDL common shares, which was the amount equal to the shares required to be delivered by us to the note holders for the excess conversion value.

2015 Dividends
On January 27, 2015, our board of directors declared that the regular quarterly dividends to be paid to our stockholders in 2015 will be $0.15 per share of common stock, payable on March 12, June 12, September 11 and December 11 of 2015 to stockholders of record on March 5, June 5, September 4 and December 4 of 2015, the record dates for each of the dividend payments, respectively. On March 12, 2015, we paid the regular quarterly dividend to our stockholders totaling $24.5 million using earnings generated in the three months ended March 31, 2015.(Original Source)

Shares of PDL BioPharma closed today at $6.51, up $0.01 or 0.15% PDLI has a 1-year high of $10.26 and a 1-year low of $6.38. The stock’s 50-day moving average is $7.04 and its 200-day moving average is $7.33.

PDL BioPharma Inc is engaged in the discovery of a new generation of targeted treatments for cancer & immunologic diseases. It focuses on intellectual property asset management, investing in new royalty bearing assets & maximizing value of its patent.

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