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Amarin Corp plc (AMRN) Misses Q1 EPS by 5c

May 8, 2015 6:10 AM EDT

Amarin Corp plc (NASDAQ: AMRN) reported Q1 EPS of ($0.16), $0.05 worse than the analyst estimate of ($0.11). Revenue for the quarter came in at $15.6 million versus the consensus estimate of $21.86 million.

Commercialization update - United States

Normalized prescriptions (estimated) for the first quarter of 2015, based on data from Symphony Health Solutions and IMS Health, totaled approximately 154,000 and 137,000, respectively. These prescription levels represent growth of approximately 5% for each data set compared to the quarter ended December 31, 2014, and an increase of approximately 66% and 76%, respectively, compared to the same quarter in 2014.

Revenue and prescription growth in the first quarter of 2015 was impacted by the effects of severe winter weather throughout much of the United States as well as by beginning of the calendar year healthcare plan issues (e.g., new year patient deductible amounts) which affected prescription refills by patients at retail pharmacies. Additionally, wholesalers on average stocked approximately four fewer days of sales of Vascepa at the end of Q1 2015 than at the end of Q4 2014 and the average net unit price of Vascepa decreased modestly in Q1 2015 from the prior quarter primarily as a result of rebates from Amarin associated with expanded managed care and Medicare Part D coverage. As a result of continued expanding payor coverage of Vascepa, including recently contracted coverage at Humana, Amarin anticipates that prescription growth will continue to be most pronounced for patients under medical plans to which Amarin provides rebates.

Commercialization update - Outside the United States

In February 2015, we announced an exclusive agreement with Eddingpharm Ltd. to develop and commercialize Vascepa capsules in the territories of Mainland China, the Hong Kong and Macao Special Administrative Regions, and Taiwan for uses that are currently commercialized and under development by Amarin in the United States based on the MARINE, ANCHOR and ongoing REDUCE-IT clinical trials of Vascepa.

Under the agreement, Eddingpharm will be responsible for development and commercialization activities in the territory and associated expenses. Amarin will provide development assistance and be responsible for supplying the product. Terms of the agreement include up-front and milestone payments to Amarin of up to $169.0 million, including a non-refundable $15.0 million up-front payment received in February 2015 and development, regulatory and sales-based milestone payments of up to an additional $154.0 million. Eddingpharm will also pay Amarin tiered double-digit percentage royalties on net sales of Vascepa in the territory escalating to the high teens. Amarin will supply finished product to Eddingpharm under negotiated supply terms.

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