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Unigene Laboratories, Inc. (UGNE) Announces First Quarter 2012 Financial Results


5/7/2012 12:13:58 PM

BOONTON, N.J., May 7, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Unigene Laboratories, Inc. (OTCBB: UGNE), today announced financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2012.

First Quarter 2012 Financial Summary

Unigene announced that its net loss for the three months ended March 31, 2012 decreased to $6.0 million or $(0.06) per share from $6.6 million or $(0.07) per share for the corresponding period in 2011.

Revenue for the three months ended March 31, 2012 decreased to $1.8 million from $2.1 million in the comparable period in 2011.

Cash and cash equivalents at March 31, 2012 totaled $3.7 million, a decrease of $952,000 from December 31, 2011. The cash balance at March 31, 2012 is prior to Unigene's payment of approximately $489,000 in accounts payable on April 4, 2012. Based on the Company's current projections, cash flow is expected to be sufficient to fund its business operations through the end of 2012. However, the Company believes during that timeframe, there is the risk of defaulting on the covenants of its senior secured convertible note.

Ashleigh Palmer, Unigene's President and CEO stated, "Addressing Unigene's balance sheet remains our highest priority challenge. We fully understand our current capital structure threatens the Company's viability going forward. However, we remain committed to executing on our 2012 corporate milestones and finding solutions to retire our inherited debt and restructure our balance sheet."

The Company reiterated its previously announced 2012 anticipated milestones.

2012 Anticipated Milestones

  • Publish detailed results of oral PTH analog's positive Phase 2 proof-of-concept trial in peer review journal and/or prestigious scientific congress;
  • Effectively partner oral PTH analog, a transactable Phase 2 proof-of-concept asset;
  • Continue to build a robust portfolio of feasibility programs with various biopharmaceutical partners evaluating Unigene's industry-leading Peptelligence platform for oral drug delivery of proprietary peptides;
  • Convert at least one Peptelligence feasibility study into a definitive license agreement associated with upfront and milestone payments and royalties;
  • File an Investigational New Drug (IND) application and begin Phase 1 clinical testing of Unigene's lead metabolic peptide, UGP281, targeting patients with morbid obesity; and
  • Select lead molecule and announce relevant preclinical study results for Type 2 diabetes or osteoarthritis indication under the JDV with Nordic Bioscience.

Additional Financial Results & Notes

Revenue for the three months ended March 31, 2012 decreased $375,000, or 18%, to $1.8 million from $2.1 million in the comparable period in 2011. This was primarily due to the continuing decline in royalties from Upsher-Smith Laboratories, Inc., as a result of increased competition in the nasal calcitonin market, leading to decreased licensing revenue.

Unigene had an operating loss of $2.7 million for the three months ended March 31, 2012, a decrease of $0.9 million when compared to the operating loss of $3.6 million for the three months ended March 31, 2011.

Net loss for the three months ended March 31, 2012 decreased approximately $634,000, or 10%, to $6.0 million from $6.6 million for the corresponding period in 2011. This was primarily due to a decrease in operating expenses of $1.3 million, partially offset by the write-off of the Company's investment in Tarsa of $651,000 and a decrease in revenue of $375,000. In addition, in the first quarter of 2011, Unigene recognized a loss of $303,000 on the Company's former joint venture in China.

Management will not be hosting a conference call and/or webcast to discuss first quarter ended March 31, 2012 financial results. The Company expects to file its Form 10-Q, including detailed financials for the period ended March 31, 2012, on or before May 10, 2012.

In addition, Unigene announced the Company's 2012 Annual Meeting of Shareholders will be held on September 5, 2012. Details regarding the time and location will be made available over the coming weeks.

About Unigene Laboratories, Inc.

Unigene Laboratories, Inc. is a leader in the design, delivery, manufacture and development of peptide-based therapeutics. The Company is building a robust portfolio of proprietary partnerships in this expanding drug class based on its Peptelligence platform. Peptelligence encompasses extensive intellectual property covering drug delivery and manufacturing technologies, unsurpassed research and development expertise, and proprietary know-how representing a genuine distinctive competence. Core Peptelligence assets include proprietary oral and nasal peptide drug delivery technologies, and proprietary, high-yield, scalable and reproducible E. coli-based manufacturing technologies.

Safe Harbor statements under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995: This press release contains forward-looking statements, including statements relating to whether the Company will: continue as a going concern based on its current financial resources; default on the note for its primary debt, including the related covenants; cash flow will be sufficient to fund operations through the end of 2012; the Company will execute solidly on its corporate goals in 2012; address its balance sheet and find solutions to retire its debt; publish detailed results of oral PTH positive Phase 2 proof-of-concept trial in peer review journal and/or prestigious scientific congress; the Company will effectively partner oral PTH; the Company will continue to build a portfolio of feasibility programs with various pharmaceutical companies evaluating Unigene's Peptelligence platform; the Company will convert at least one Peptelligence feasibility study into a definitive license agreement associated with upfront and milestones and royalties; the Company will file an IND and begin Phase 1 clinical testing of UGP281; select a lead molecule for Type 2 diabetes indication under the joint development vehicle (JDV) with Nordic Bioscience;. These forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and are subject to certain risks, uncertainties, and assumptions that are difficult to predict. Therefore, our actual results could differ materially and adversely from those expressed in any forward-looking statements as a result of various risk factors. These known and unknown risk factors include, but are not limited to: the delay in obtaining or the failure to obtain regulatory approvals for our products and the products of our licensees that may generate royalty and milestone payments to us, our ability to achieve product sales and royalties, competition, our dependence on other companies to commercialize, manufacture and sell products using our technologies and our ability to enter into favorable new agreements with such companies, our ability to cut expenses and maintain efficiencies, our ability to enter into new financing arrangements, the ability of our products to gain market acceptance and increase market share, the uncertainty of results of animal and human testing, the risk of product liability and liability for human clinical trials, our dependence on patents and other proprietary rights and the risks associated with patent litigation, dependence on key management officials, the availability and cost of capital, the availability of qualified personnel, changes in, or the failure to comply with, governmental regulations, general economic and business conditions, our history of losses and ability to achieve profitability, litigation and other risk factors discussed in our Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") filings, including our annual report on Form 10-K and our quarterly reports on Form 10-Q. Words such as "anticipates," "expects," "intends," "plans," "predicts," "believes," "seeks," "estimates," "may," "will," "should," "would," "potential," "continue," and variations of these words (or negatives of these words) or similar expressions, are intended to identify forward-looking statements, but are not the exclusive means of identifying forward-looking statements. In addition, any statements that refer to expectations, projections, contingencies, goals, targets or other characterizations of future events or circumstances, including any underlying assumptions, are forward-looking statements and are not statements of historical fact. Except as required by applicable law, including the securities laws of the United States and the rules and regulations of the SEC, we are under no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements after the date of this release.

Investor Contact:
Unigene Laboratories, Inc.
Jenene Thomas
VP, Investor Relations and Business Administration
973-265-1107
jthomas@unigene.com

Media Contact:
Tiberend Strategic Advisors, Inc.
Jason Rando / Andrew Mielach
212-827-0020
jrando@tiberend.com / amielach@tiberend.com


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