Hyperion Therapeutics Announces First Quarter 2013 Operating Results

First Net Sales of RAVICTI Post-approval Reported at $0.8 Million
Strong Cash Position of $102.7 million

SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., May 9, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Hyperion Therapeutics, Inc. (Nasdaq:HPTX) today reported the first commercial net sales of RAVICTI™ (glycerol phenylbutyrate) Oral Liquid as part of its financial operating results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2013.

Recent highlights:

  • RAVICTI received approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for treatment of Urea Cycle Disorders
  • Completed a follow-on public offering with net proceeds of $63.7 million
  • Received a key patent from the U.S. Patent Trademark Office for fasting ammonia that extends through 2032
  • Exercised the option to purchase both BUPHENYL® and AMMONUL®
  • Received Orphan Drug Exclusivity for RAVICTI from the FDA

"The February approval of our first product, RAVICTI, was a significant milestone for Hyperion Therapeutics and we are proud to bring this important new drug to the UCD community," said Donald J. Santel, president and chief executive officer of Hyperion Therapeutics, Inc. "We believe our launch one month earlier than anticipated reflects our commercial preparedness and our commitment to provide RAVICTI to patients. We were also able to effectively establish our specialty distribution model which provides important services not previously offered to the UCD community, including our patient assistance program. We've made good progress in providing Ravicti to patients thanks to effective communication with payers, and we are clearly off to an encouraging start. In April we exercised our option to acquire BUPHENYL and AMMONUL which provides us with added opportunities to diversify our portfolio and further serve the UCD community. Additionally, receiving patent approval and orphan exclusivity further enhances the value of Hyperion's UCD franchise."

First Quarter 2013 Financial Results

Hyperion reported a net loss of $9.0 million for the first quarter of 2013, or a net loss per share of $0.52, compared with a net loss of $11.9 million, or a net loss per share of $25.33 for the same period of 2012.


RAVICTI net sales were $0.8 million for the first quarter of 2013, representing orders received by patients post-approval. The FDA granted approval of RAVICTI on February 1, 2013.

Operating Expenses

Cost of goods sold was $68,000 for the first quarter of 2013. Cost of goods sold related to the sales of RAVICTI is not representative of Hyperion's future expectations of this expense as manufacturing related expenses associated with RAVICTI sales during the first quarter of 2013 were recorded to research and development expenses in periods prior to approval.

Research and development expenses for the first quarter of 2013 were $1.8 million compared with $8.9 million for the same period in 2012. The decrease was primarily due to $5.7 million in expenses incurred in connection with the purchase of RAVICTI in 2012 as well as a decrease in clinical development costs primarily due to the completion of our HE Phase II trial in 2012. Total research and development stock-based compensation expense for the first quarter of 2013 was $0.1 million compared with $37,000 for the same period in 2012.

Selling, general and administrative expenses for the first quarter 2013 were $7.9 million compared to $2.3 million for the same period of 2012. The increase in the first quarter compared to the same period last year was primarily due to an increase in employee-related costs as a result of new hires in the commercial organization, increases in consulting expenses and other commercial and administrative related infrastructure expenses pertaining to the commercialization of RAVICTI. Total selling, general and administrative stock-based compensation expense for the first quarter of 2013 was $0.4 million compared with $41,000 for the same period in 2012.

As of March 31, 2013, Hyperion had cash and cash equivalents of $102.7 million, an increase of $52.8 million from December 31, 2012. The increase is primarily due to net proceeds of $63.7 million received from the Company's follow-on public offering, partially offset by cash used in operations of $10.8 million.

Conference Call and Webcast

Hyperion's management will discuss the Company's financial results for the quarter ended March 31, 2013, as well as provide a general business update, during a conference call beginning at 4:30 p.m. EDT/1:30 p.m. PDT today, Thursday, March 9, 2013.

To access the live teleconference, please dial (877) 847-7188 (U.S.) or (408) 427-3787 (International) and reference the conference ID# 46599927. To access the webcast, please go to the Events & Presentation page on the Investors section of the Company's web site at www.hyperiontx.com.

A telephone replay will be available approximately two hours after the call for one week by dialing (855) 859-2056 (U.S.) or (404) 537-3406 (International) and entering conference ID# 46599927. A replay of the webcast will be available on the Events & Presentation page on the Company's web site for 30 days.

About Hyperion Therapeutics

Hyperion Therapeutics, Inc. is a commercial stage biopharmaceutical company committed to developing and delivering life-changing treatments for orphan diseases and hepatology. For more information, please visit www.hyperiontx.com

Ravicti Safety Information

RAVICTI is indicated for use as a nitrogen-binding agent for chronic management of adult and pediatric patients ≥2 years of age with UCDs who cannot be managed by dietary protein restriction and/or amino acid supplementation alone. RAVICTI must be used with dietary protein restriction and, in some cases, dietary supplements (eg, essential amino acids, arginine, citrulline, protein-free calorie supplements). RAVICTI is not indicated for the treatment of acute hyperammonemia in patients with UCDs because more rapidly acting interventions are essential to reduce plasma ammonia levels. The safety and efficacy of RAVICTI for the treatment of N-acetylglutamate synthase (NAGS) deficiency has not been established. The use of RAVICTI in patients <2 months of age is contraindicated.

For additional Important Safety Information, including Warnings and Precautions, Adverse Events, Drug Interactions, and Special Populations, please see full Prescribing Information (http://www.ravicti.com/files/RAVICTI_Prescribing_Information.pdf) and Medication Guide (http://www.ravicti.com/files/RAVICTI_Medication_Guide.pdf) for RAVICTI.

Hyperion Therapeutics, Inc.
Consolidated Statements of Operations
(In thousands, except share and per share amounts)
Three Months Ended
March 31,
2013 2012
Product Revenue, net $ 783
Costs and Expenses:
Cost of sales 68
Research and development 1,849 8,902
Selling, general and administrative 7,934 2,323
Total costs and expenses 9,851 11,225
Loss from operations (9,068) (11,225)
Interest income 1 4
Interest expense (408) (1,040)
Other income (expense), net 500 375
Net loss attributable to common stockholders $ (8,975) $ (11,886)
Net loss per share attributable to common stockholders:
Basic and diluted $ (0.52) $ (25.33)
Weighted average number of shares used to compute net loss per share of common stock:
Basic and diluted 17,366,848 469,319
Hyperion Therapeutics, Inc.
Consolidated Balance Sheets
(In thousands)
March 31, 2013
December 31,
2012 (1)
Current assets
Cash and cash equivalents $ 102,666 $ 49,853
Accounts Receivable 819
Inventories 473
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 1,080 1,155
Total current assets 105,038 51,008
Property and equipment, net 345 49
Other non-current assets 140 147
Total assets $ 105,523 $ 51,204
Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity
Current liabilities
Accounts payable $ 1,343 $ 2,177
Accrued liabilities 2,897 2,540
Notes payable, current portion 5,039 4,348
Total current liabilities 9,279 9,065
Notes payable, net of current portion 6,513 7,750
Total liabilities 15,792 16,815
Stockholders' equity
Preferred stock
Common stock 2 2
Additional paid-in capital 237,701 173,384
Deficit accumulated during the development stage (147,972) (138,997)
Total stockholders' equity 89,731 34,389
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $ 105,523 $ 51,204
(1) Derived from the audited financial statements, included in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K/A for the year ended December 31, 2012.

CONTACT: Jeffrey Farrow, CFO (650) 745-7816 Jeff.farrow@hyperiontx.com Kristie Kuhl, Media Relations (203) 556-7417 kkuhl@makovsky.comSource:Hyperion Therapeutics, Inc.