FOSTER CITY, CA--(Marketwire - May 29, 2012) - SciClone Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCLN) today announced that its board of directors has approved an increase of approximately $10.5 million to the Company's stock repurchase program. The increase brings the total authorized since the program's inception in October 2011 to approximately $30.5 million. The total amount repurchased to date is approximately $10.5 million.
"We are pleased with the execution of our share repurchase program and we continue to believe that the value of our Company is not reflected in our current share price. We have confidence in our ability to deliver strong financial results and achieve significant growth of our China-focused business," said Friedhelm Blobel, Ph.D., SciClone's President and Chief Executive Officer. "Today, we rank among a top handful of companies that have the critical mass of products, sales force and commercial infrastructure needed to manage the challenges, and capitalize on the opportunities, to succeed in the China market. We believe that SciClone's business prospects for 2012 are bright, and that we have the potential to deliver another strong year of growth and financial performance."
Under SciClone's stock repurchase program, purchases may be made from time to time in the open market, in privately negotiated transactions or otherwise, at times and in amounts as the Company deems appropriate. The number of shares to be purchased and the timing of any purchases may be subject to various factors, which may include the price of the common stock, general market conditions, corporate and regulatory requirements, including restrictions in the Company's debt covenants, and alternate investment opportunities. The share repurchase program may be modified or discontinued at any time.
SciClone Pharmaceuticals is a revenue-generating, profitable, specialty pharmaceutical company with a substantial commercial business in China and a product portfolio of therapies for oncology, infectious diseases and cardiovascular, urological, respiratory, and central nervous system disorders. SciClone's ZADAXIN® (thymalfasin) is approved in over 30 countries and may be used for the treatment of hepatitis B (HBV), hepatitis C (HCV), as a vaccine adjuvant, and certain cancers according to the local regulatory approvals. Besides ZADAXIN, SciClone markets about 15 mostly partnered products in China, including Depakine®, the most widely prescribed broad-spectrum anti-convulsant in China; Tritace®, an ACE inhibitor for the treatment of hypertension; Stilnox®, a fast-acting hypnotic for the short-term treatment of insomnia (marketed as Ambien® in the US); and Aggrastat®, a recently-launched interventional cardiology product. SciClone is also pursuing the registration of several other therapeutic products in China. SciClone is headquartered in Foster City, California. For additional information, please visit www.sciclone.com.
This press release contains forward-looking statements regarding expected financial results and expectations. Readers are urged to consider statements that include the words "may," "will," "would," "could," "should," "might," "believes," "estimates," "projects," "potential," "expects," "plans," "anticipates," "intends," "continues," "forecast," "designed," "goal," "unaudited," "approximately" or the negative of those words or other comparable words to be uncertain and forward-looking. These statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that are difficult to predict and actual outcomes may differ materially. These include risk and uncertainties relating to: the course, cost and outcome of regulatory matters, including pricing decisions by authorities in China; the on-going regulatory investigations; the Company's ability to execute on its goals in China and on its objectives for revenue in fiscal 2012; the challenges presented by integrating an acquired business into existing operations; the variability in earnings on a GAAP basis that may result from non-cash charges related to the NovaMed acquisition; the dependence on third party license, promotion or distribution agreements including the need to renew such agreements; operating an international business; the clinical trial process, including the regulatory approval and the process of initiating trials at, and enrolling patients at, clinical sites; the effect of changes in its practices and policies related to the Company's compliance programs. SciClone cannot predict the timing or outcome of the SEC and DOJ investigations, or of the level of its efforts required to cooperate with those investigations, however the Company has incurred substantial expenses in connection with the investigations and related litigation and expects to incur additional expense and the investigations could result in fines and further changes in its internal control or other remediation measures that could adversely affect its business. Please also refer to other risks and uncertainties described in SciClone's filings with the SEC. All forward-looking statements are based on information currently available to SciClone and SciClone assumes no obligation to update any such forward-looking statements.
Ambien, Depakine, Stilnox and Tritace are registered trademarks of Sanofi and/or its affiliates.
Aggrastat is a registered trademark of Medicure International Inc. in the United States, and Iroko Cardio LLC in numerous other countries.
SciClone, SciClone Pharmaceuticals, the SciClone Pharmaceuticals design, the SciClone logo and ZADAXIN are registered trademarks of SciClone Pharmaceuticals, Inc. in the United States and numerous other countries.