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Amarin Reports Record Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2019 Financial Results and Provides Update on Operations

February 25, 2020 4:06 PM

Record Revenue of $429.8 Million and $143.3 Million for Full Year and Fourth Quarter 2019

Launch Commenced of VASCEPA® as First and Only Drug with Its New Cardiovascular Risk Reduction Indication

Management to Host Conference Call at 4:30 p.m. ET Today

DUBLIN, Ireland and BRIDGEWATER, N.J., Feb. 25, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Amarin Corporation plc (NASDAQ: AMRN), today announced financial results for the quarter and year ended December 31, 2019 and provided an update on company operations.

Key Amarin recent achievements include:

“2019 was a transformational year for Amarin and for preventative cardiovascular patient care,” commented John Thero, Amarin’s president and chief executive officer. “VASCEPA became the first and only FDA approved therapy for its new cardiovascular risk reduction indication. Our record 2019 revenue levels, together with the recent FDA-approved VASCEPA label expansion, excellent employees and strong third-party support, all position Amarin for considerably further growth in 2020 and beyond. Based on feedback thus far, we are confident that healthcare professionals will appreciate the clinical effectiveness and safety profile of VASCEPA and that they will agree that many patients can benefit from this unique product. In 2020, we plan to prioritize market education and promotion to expand the usage of VASCEPA for the benefit of at-risk patients. This is the advent of a new era in preventative cardiovascular care.”

Guidance Reaffirmed

Amarin reaffirms its previously provided guidance of 2020 net total revenue of $650 to $700 million, predominately from sales of VASCEPA in the United States. Amarin also reaffirms its other previously provided guidance as follows:

ANDA Litigation

Amarin remains engaged in ongoing patent litigation with generic pharmaceutical companies. The trial portion of the litigation was completed in late January. Post-trial briefs are expected to be publicly available on the court docket on February 28th. Owing to the ongoing nature of this litigation, Amarin does not plan to provide commentary on the litigation outside of its court filings until publication of the court’s decision, which, based on court proceedings, is expected near the end of March.

Prescription Growth

Normalized prescriptions for VASCEPA (prescription of 120 grams of VASCEPA representing a one-month supply) increased by 78% and 77% in 2019 compared to 2018 based on data from Symphony Health and IQVIA, respectively, and increased by 84% and 85% in the fourth quarter of 2019 compared to the same period in 2018, respectively. Estimated normalized VASCEPA prescriptions, based on data from Symphony Health and IQVIA, totaled approximately 992,000 and 909,000 in the fourth quarter of 2019, respectively.

Financial Update

Net total revenue for the years ended December 31, 2019 and 2018 was $429.8 million and $229.2 million, respectively. Net product revenue for the years ended December 31, 2019 and 2018 was $427.4 million and $228.4 million, respectively. Net product revenue for the three months ended December 31, 2019 and 2018 was $142.0 million and $77.1 million, respectively. The increases in net product revenue for the full year and fourth quarter of 2019 are mainly attributed to increased volume sales of VASCEPA in the United States.

In addition, Amarin recognized licensing revenue of $2.4 million and $0.8 million for the years ended December 31, 2019 and 2018, respectively, under agreements for the commercialization of VASCEPA outside the United States.

Cost of goods sold for the years ended December 31, 2019 and 2018 was $96.0 million and $54.5 million, respectively. Cost of goods sold for the three months ended December 31, 2019 and 2018 was $30.7 million and $17.5 million, respectively. Gross margin on product sales was approximately 78% in the year and quarter ended December 31, 2019, respectively, as compared to approximately 76% and 77% in the year and quarter ended December 31, 2018, respectively.

Selling, general and administrative expenses for the years ended December 31, 2019 and 2018 was $323.6 million and $227.0 million, respectively. The increase is due primarily to increased commercial and other promotional costs for expansion following successful REDUCE-IT results (announced on September 24, 2018), including sales force expansion costs, partially offset by the company not extending its previous co-promotion agreement for VASCEPA beyond December 31, 2018.

Research and development expenses for the years ended December 31, 2019 and 2018 were $34.4 million and $55.9 million, respectively. This decrease is attributed to the decline in REDUCE-IT related costs following presentation of such results in November 2018.

Under U.S. GAAP, Amarin reported a net loss of $22.6 million for the year ended December 31, 2019, or basic and diluted loss per share of $0.07. This net loss included $30.9 million in non-cash stock-based compensation expense. For the year ended December 31, 2018, Amarin reported a net loss of $116.4 million, or basic and diluted loss per share of $0.39. This net loss included $18.8 million in non-cash stock-based compensation expense.

Excluding non-cash stock-based compensation expense, non-GAAP adjusted net income was $8.3 million for the year ended December 31, 2019, or non-GAAP adjusted basic and diluted earnings per share of $0.02, compared to non-GAAP adjusted net loss of $97.6 million for the year ended December 31, 2018, or non-GAAP adjusted basic and diluted loss per share of $0.33.

As of December 31, 2019, the company had $644.6 million in cash and cash equivalents, $116.4 million in net accounts receivable ($149.6 million in gross accounts receivable before allowances and reserves), which are current, and $76.8 million in inventory. The company believes that, based on its plans and expectations, the company’s cash and cash equivalents will be sufficient to fund the company’s projected operations and is adequate to achieve positive cash flow from the commercial launch of VASCEPA.

As of December 31, 2019, the company had accounts payable and accrued expenses of $189.8 million which increased from $121.8 million at December 31, 2018 primarily due to the company’s growth, including supplier payments associated with the increased levels of VASCEPA inventory associated with supporting increased revenue and the magnitude and timing of rebates.

As of December 31, 2019, Amarin had approximately 360.1 million ADSs and ordinary shares outstanding, 28.9 million common share equivalents of Series A Convertible Preferred Shares outstanding and approximately 15.6 million equivalent shares underlying stock options at a weighted-average exercise price of $6.43, as well as 6.9 million equivalent shares underlying restricted or deferred stock units.

Conference Call and Webcast Information:

Amarin will host a conference call February 25, 2020, at 4:30 p.m. ET to discuss this information. The conference call can be heard live on the investor relations section of the company's website at www.amarincorp.com, or via telephone by dialing 877-407-8033 within the United States, 201-689-8033 from outside the United States, or by using the call back feature at https://bit.ly/2uIDg0X. A replay of the call will be made available for a period of two weeks following the conference call. To hear a replay of the call, dial 877-481-4010, PIN: 33174. A replay of the call will also be available through the company's website shortly after the call.

Use of Non-GAAP Adjusted Financial Information

Included in this press release are non-GAAP adjusted financial information as defined by U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Regulation G. The GAAP financial measure most directly comparable to each non-GAAP adjusted financial measure used or discussed, and a reconciliation of the differences between each non-GAAP adjusted financial measure and the comparable GAAP financial measure, is included in this press release after the condensed consolidated financial statements.

Non-GAAP adjusted net income (loss) was derived by taking GAAP net income (loss) and adjusting it for non-cash stock-based compensation expense. Management uses these non-GAAP adjusted financial measures for internal reporting and forecasting purposes, when publicly providing its business outlook, to evaluate the company’s performance and to evaluate and compensate the company’s executives. The company has provided these non-GAAP financial measures in addition to GAAP financial results because it believes that these non-GAAP adjusted financial measures provide investors with a better understanding of the company’s historical results from its core business operations.

While management believes that these non-GAAP adjusted financial measures provide useful supplemental information to investors regarding the underlying performance of the company’s business operations, investors are reminded to consider these non-GAAP measures in addition to, and not as a substitute for, financial performance measures prepared in accordance with GAAP. Non-GAAP measures have limitations in that they do not reflect all of the amounts associated with the company’s results of operations as determined in accordance with GAAP. In addition, it should be noted that these non-GAAP financial measures may be different from non-GAAP measures used by other companies, and management may utilize other measures to illustrate performance in the future.

About Amarin

Amarin Corporation plc is a rapidly growing, innovative pharmaceutical company focused on developing and commercializing therapeutics to cost-effectively improve cardiovascular health. Amarin’s lead product, VASCEPA® (icosapent ethyl), is available by prescription in the United States, Canada, Lebanon and the United Arab Emirates. Amarin, together with its commercial partners in select geographies, is pursuing additional regulatory approvals for VASCEPA in China, the European Union and the Middle East. For more information about Amarin, visit www.amarincorp.com.

About Cardiovascular Risk

The number of deaths in the United States attributed to cardiovascular disease continues to rise.1,2 There are 605,000 new and 200,000 recurrent heart attacks per year (approximately 1 every 40 seconds), in the United States. Stroke rates are similar, accounting for 1 of every 19 U.S. deaths (approximately 1 every 40 seconds).3

Controlling bad cholesterol, also known as LDL-C, is one way to reduce a patient’s risk for cardiovascular events, such as heart attack, stroke or death. However, even with the achievement of target LDL-C levels, millions of patients still have significant and persistent risk of cardiovascular events, especially those patients with high triglycerides. Statin therapy has been shown to control LDL-C, thereby reducing the risk of cardiovascular events by 25-35% – but that still leaves a 65-75% risk remaining.4 People with high triglycerides have 35% more cardiovascular events compared to people with normal (in range) triglycerides taking statins.5,6,7

About VASCEPA® (icosapent ethyl) Capsules

VASCEPA (icosapent ethyl) capsules are the first-and-only prescription treatment approved by the FDA comprised solely of the active ingredient, icosapent ethyl (IPE), a unique form of eicosapentaenoic acid. VASCEPA was initially launched in the United States in 2013 based on the drug’s initial FDA approved indication for use as an adjunct therapy to diet to reduce triglyceride levels in adult patients with severe (≥500 mg/dL) hypertriglyceridemia. Since launch, VASCEPA has been prescribed over eight million times and is covered by most major medical insurance plans. The new, cardiovascular risk indication for VASCEPA was approved by the FDA in December 2019.

Indications and Limitation of Use

VASCEPA is indicated:

The effect of VASCEPA on the risk for pancreatitis in patients with severe hypertriglyceridemia has not been determined.

Important Safety Information

Key clinical effects of VASCEPA on major adverse cardiovascular events are included in the Clinical Studies section of the prescribing information for VASCEPA, as set forth below:

Effect of VASCEPA on Time to First Occurrence of Cardiovascular Events in Patients with Elevated Triglyceride levels and Other Risk Factors for Cardiovascular Disease in REDUCE-IT

vs Placebo
N = 4089

n (%)
Incidence Rate
(per 100 patient years)
N = 4090

n (%)
Incidence Rate
(per 100 patient years)
Hazard Ratio
(95% CI)
Primary composite endpoint
Cardiovascular death, myocardial infarction, stroke, coronary revascularization, hospitalization for unstable angina (5-point MACE)705



(0.68, 0.83)
Key secondary composite endpoint
Cardiovascular death, myocardial infarction, stroke (3-point MACE)459



(0.65, 0.83)
Other secondary endpoints
Fatal or non-fatal myocardial infarction250



(0.58, 0.81)
Emergent or urgent coronary revascularization216



(0.55, 0.78)
Cardiovascular death [1]174



(0.66, 0.98)
Hospitalization for unstable angina [2]108



(0.53, 0.87)
Fatal or non-fatal stroke98



(0.55, 0.93)
[1] Includes adjudicated cardiovascular deaths and deaths of undetermined causality.

[2] Determined to be caused by myocardial ischemia by invasive/non-invasive testing and requiring emergent hospitalization.


Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements, including expectations regarding cash flow positive status, operating expenses, inventory purchases, managed care coverage for VASCEPA, regulatory reviews in Europe and elsewhere, commercial and international expansion, prescription growth and revenue growth and guidance on future revenue levels; and expectations that REDUCE-IT results could lead to a new era in preventative cardiovascular care. These forward-looking statements are not promises or guarantees and involve substantial risks and uncertainties. In addition, Amarin's ability to effectively commercialize VASCEPA will depend in part on its ability to continue to effectively finance its business, efforts of third parties, its ability to create market demand for VASCEPA through education, marketing and sales activities, to achieve broad market acceptance of VASCEPA, to receive adequate levels of reimbursement from third-party payers, to develop and maintain a consistent source of commercial supply at a competitive price, to comply with legal and regulatory requirements in connection with the sale and promotion of VASCEPA and to maintain patent protection for VASCEPA. Among the factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those described or projected herein include the following: uncertainties associated generally with research and development, clinical trials and related regulatory approvals; the risk that sales may not meet expectations and related cost may increase beyond expectations; the risk that patents may not be determined to be infringed or upheld in patent litigation and applications may not result in issued patents sufficient to protect the VASCEPA franchise. A further list and description of these risks, uncertainties and other risks associated with an investment in Amarin can be found in Amarin's filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, including its most recent quarterly report on Form 10-Q and annual report on Form 10-K. Existing and prospective investors are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof. Amarin undertakes no obligation to update or revise the information contained in this press release, whether as a result of new information, future events or circumstances or otherwise. Amarin’s forward-looking statements do not reflect the potential impact of significant transactions the company may enter into, such as mergers, acquisitions, dispositions, joint ventures or any material agreements that Amarin may enter into, amend or terminate.

Availability of Other Information About Amarin

Investors and others should note that Amarin communicates with its investors and the public using the company website (www.amarincorp.com), the investor relations website (investor.amarincorp.com), including but not limited to investor presentations and investor FAQs, Securities and Exchange Commission filings, press releases, public conference calls and webcasts. The information that Amarin posts on these channels and websites could be deemed to be material information. As a result, Amarin encourages investors, the media, and others interested in Amarin to review the information that is posted on these channels, including the investor relations website, on a regular basis. This list of channels may be updated from time to time on Amarin’s investor relations website and may include social media channels. The contents of Amarin’s website or these channels, or any other website that may be accessed from its website or these channels, shall not be deemed incorporated by reference in any filing under the Securities Act of 1933.

Amarin Contact Information

Investor and Media Inquiries:
Elisabeth Schwartz
Investor Relations
Amarin Corporation plc
In U.S.: +1 (908) 719-1315
[email protected] (investor inquiries)
[email protected] (media inquiries)

Lee M. Stern
Solebury Trout
In U.S.: +1 (646) 378-2992
[email protected]

Unaudited *
December 31, 2019 December 31, 2018
(in thousands)
Current Assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $644,588 $249,227
Restricted cash 3,907 1,500
Accounts receivable, net 116,430 66,523
Inventory 76,769 57,802
Prepaid and other current assets 13,311 2,945
Total current assets 855,005 377,997
Property, plant and equipment, net 2,361 63
Operating lease right-of-use asset 8,511
Other long-term assets 1,074 174
Intangible asset, net 15,258 7,480
TOTAL ASSETS $882,209 $385,714
Current Liabilities:
Accounts payable $49,950 $37,632
Accrued expenses and other current liabilities 139,826 84,171
Current portion of long-term debt from royalty-bearing instrument 50,130 34,240
Deferred revenue, current 2,342 1,220
Total current liabilities 242,248 157,263
Long-Term Liabilities:
Long-term debt from royalty-bearing instrument 46,108
Deferred revenue, long-term 18,504 19,490
Long-term operating lease liability 9,443
Other long-term liabilities 3,751 10,523
Total liabilities 273,946 233,384
Stockholders’ Equity:
Preferred stock 21,850 21,850
Common stock 269,173 246,663
Additional paid-in capital 1,764,317 1,282,762
Treasury stock (35,900) (10,413)
Accumulated deficit (1,411,177) (1,388,532)
Total stockholders’ equity 608,263 152,330
* Unaudited as a standalone schedule; copied from consolidated financial statements

Unaudited *
Three Months Ended December 31, Year Ended December 31,
(in thousands, except per share amounts) (in thousands, except per share amounts)
2019 2018 2019 2018
Product revenue, net$142,044 $77,085 $427,391 $228,371
Licensing revenue 1,233 245 2,364 843
Total revenue, net 143,277 77,330 429,755 229,214
Less: Cost of goods sold 30,665 17,509 96,019 54,543
Gross margin 112,612 59,821 333,736 174,671
Operating expenses:
Selling, general and administrative (1) 96,025 79,686 323,623 226,996
Research and development (1) 11,097 11,906 34,392 55,900
Total operating expenses 107,122 91,592 358,015 282,896
Operating income (loss) 5,490 (31,771) (24,279) (108,225)
Interest expense (1,439) (1,992) (6,626) (8,872)
Interest income 3,074 382 8,499 1,074
Other income (expense), net 107 (192) (75) (326)
Income (loss) from operations before taxes 7,232 (33,574) (22,481) (116,349)
Provision for income taxes (164) (96) (164) (96)
Net income (loss) 7,068 (33,670) (22,645) (116,445)
Earnings (loss) per share:
Basic$0.02 $(0.11) $(0.07) $(0.39)
Diluted$0.02 $(0.11) $(0.07) $(0.39)
Weighted average shares outstanding:
Basic 359,156 314,183 342,538 297,237
Diluted 401,039 314,183 342,538 297,237

* Unaudited as a standalone schedule; copied from consolidated financial statements
(1) Excluding non-cash stock-based compensation, selling, general and administrative expenses were $297,321 and $211,088 for 2019 and 2018, respectively, and research and development expenses were $29,777 and $53,002, respectively, for the same periods. Excluding non-cash stock-based compensation as well as co-promotion fees paid to the company's U.S. co-promotion partner, selling, general and administrative expenses were $297,321 and $164,267 for 2019 and 2018, respectively.

Three months ended December 31, Year Ended December 31,
(in thousands, except per share amounts) (in thousands, except per share amounts)
2019 2018 2019 2018
Net income (loss) for EPS - GAAP 7,068 (33,670) (22,645) (116,445)
Stock-based compensation expense 8,188 4,775 30,917 18,806
Adjusted net income (loss) for EPS - non GAAP $15,256 $(28,895) $8,272 $(97,639)
basic and diluted
Earnings (loss) per share:
Basic - non GAAP $0.04 $(0.09) $0.02 $(0.33)
Diluted - non GAAP $0.04 $(0.09) $0.02 $(0.33)
Weighted average shares:
Basic 359,156 314,183 342,538 297,237
Diluted 401,039 314,183 386,797 297,237

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