Genmab Announces Financial Results for the First Half 2012 and Improves 2012 Financial Guidance

COPENHAGEN, Denmark, Nov. 7, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) --

Interim Report for the 9 Months Ended September 30, 2012

Company Announcement

  • Entered global license and development agreement for daratumumab with Janssen Biotech, USD 55 million (DKK 327 million) upfront payment and agreement to purchase 5.4 million shares at a price of DKK 88 per share
  • Revenue increased by 25%, operating loss reduced by 41%, cash position strengthened
  • Signed DuoBody® collaboration with Janssen Biotech
  • Arzerra® first nine months net sales increased 43% over prior year. Guidance for Arzerra royalties for 2012 increased

"During the last nine months we have delivered on a great number of our objectives and made very significant progress towards becoming a sustainable company. The daratumumab collaboration with Janssen Biotech and the two recent DuoBody deals with Novartis and Janssen Biotech have not only increased our financial security, but also serve to build our future pipeline," said Jan van de Winkel, Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer of Genmab.

Financial Performance First Nine Months

  • Genmab's revenues were DKK 322 million for the first nine months of 2012 compared to DKK 258 million for the corresponding period in 2011. The increase of DKK 64 million or 25% was mainly driven by higher Arzerra royalties in addition to revenue related to our daratumumab collaboration with Janssen Biotech (Janssen) and the achievement of a milestone under our collaboration with GlaxoSmithKline (GSK).
  • Operating expenses decreased 3% from DKK 443 million in the first nine months of 2011 to DKK 430 million in the first nine months of 2012.
  • An operating loss of DKK 109 million in the first nine months of 2012 compared to DKK 185 million in the corresponding period for 2011, an improvement of 41%. The improved operating result was driven by increased revenues and continued strong focus on cost control.
  • On September 30, 2012, Genmab had a cash position of DKK 1,194 million. This represents a net increase of DKK 89 million from the beginning of 2012 which is primarily related to the upfront payment received from Janssen and is partially offset by the ongoing investment in our research and development activities.

Business Progress Third Quarter to Present

  • July: Genmab entered into a collaboration with Janssen to create and develop bispecific antibodies for up to 10 programs using its DuoBody technology platform. Genmab received an upfront payment of USD 3.5 million. Genmab will potentially be entitled to milestone and license payments of up to approximately USD 175 million per program, if all milestones are met, plus research funding and royalties.
  • August: Genmab announced a global license and development agreement for daratumumab with Janssen. The agreement became effective after receiving antitrust clearance under the US Hart-Scott-Rodino act in September at which time Genmab received an upfront payment of USD 55 million (DKK 327 million at the date of the agreement). As part of the daratumumab agreement, Johnson & Johnson Development Corporation (JJDC) agreed to invest DKK 475 million to subscribe for 5.4 million new shares of Genmab at a price of DKK 88 per share which was approximately 30% above Genmab's closing share price the day before the agreement was announced. These shares were issued in October following a formal approval of a private placement prospectus. Genmab has received a total of DKK 800 million in cash under the agreement so far and could also be entitled to up to USD 1 billion in development, regulatory and sales milestones, in addition to tiered double digit royalties.
  • August: Genmab announced improved financial guidance taking into account the impact of the agreement for daratumumab.
  • October: GSK reported net sales for Arzerra for the third quarter of 2012 of GBP 18.2 million, an increase of 53% over Q3 2011, resulting in royalty income of DKK 34 million to Genmab. A large portion of Rest of the World sales in the third quarter of 2012 are related to the supply of ofatumumab for clinical trials run by other companies, and as such does not reflect ongoing commercial demand.

Genmab is improving its 2012 financial guidance due to higher Arzerra royalty income which is now expected to be in the range of DKK 105 - 115 million, an increase of DKK 15 million compared to the previous guidance of DKK 90 - 100 million.

Conference Call
Genmab will hold a conference call in English to discuss the results for the first nine months of 2012 today, Wednesday, November 7, at 6.00 pm CET, 5.00 pm GMT or noon EST. The dial in numbers are:

+1 718 354 1226 (US participants) and ask for the Genmab conference call
+44 207 509 5139 (international participants) and ask for the Genmab conference call

A live and archived webcast of the call and relevant slides will be available at

To read the full PDF version of the Interim Report for the 9 Months Ended September 30, 2012, visit Genmab's website at

About Genmab A/S
Genmab is a publicly traded, international biotechnology company specializing in the creation and development of differentiated human antibody therapeutics for the treatment of cancer. Founded in 1999, the company's first marketed antibody, ofatumumab (Arzerra(r)), was approved to treat chronic lymphocytic leukemia in patients who are refractory to fludarabine and alemtuzumab after less than eight years in development. Genmab's validated and next generation antibody technologies are expected to provide a steady stream of future product candidates. Partnering of innovative product candidates and technologies is a key focus of Genmab's strategy and the company has alliances with top tier pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies. For more information visit

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