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Peregrine Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (PPHM) Reports Third Quarter Fiscal Year 2013 Financial Results and Recent Developments  
3/13/2013 8:26:59 AM

TUSTIN, CA--(Marketwire - March 12, 2013) -

Peregrine Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: PPHM), a biopharmaceutical company developing first-in-class monoclonal antibodies focused on the treatment and diagnosis of cancer, today announced financial results for the third quarter ended January 31, 2013 of fiscal year (FY) 2013 and provided an update on its advancing clinical pipeline and other corporate developments.

"A key development this quarter was reporting updated data from our second-line non-small cell lung cancer trial that showed a meaningful improvement in median overall survival in the high dose bavituximab arm that we believe clearly supports advancing the program into Phase III. We are now actively preparing for a meeting with the FDA as part of our plans to initiate the Phase III trial by year-end," said Steven W. King, president and chief executive officer of Peregrine. "These results, along with the promising signs of anti-tumor activity we reported from our Phase II trial in front-line pancreatic cancer, are helping further guide the upcoming development of bavituximab with its broad potential in oncology. We are continuing to update potential partners on the new data as well as our plans for advancing the program."

BAVITUXIMAB ONCOLOGY PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS
Lead Indication in Second-Line Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer:

  • Recently announced updated results from its Phase II randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial of bavituximab in second-line non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC).
  • Promising 60% improvement in median overall survival (OS) in the 3mg/kg bavituximab plus docetaxel arm compared to the control arm and that bavituximab was well-tolerated with no significant differences in adverse events between the trial arms.
  • Additional data from the trial, including subgroup analysis and safety data, to be presented at an upcoming scientific meeting.
  • Planning for a meeting with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the first half of calendar year 2013 with the goal of initiating the Phase III trial by calendar year-end.

Front-Line Pancreatic Cancer:

  • Recently announced data from its open-label, randomized Phase II clinical trial of bavituximab used in combination with gemcitabine in 70 patients with previously untreated, advanced Stage IV pancreatic cancer.
  • Enrollment included patients with poor prognosis including advanced metastatic disease with significant liver involvement and poor performance status associated with rapid disease progression.
  • Results showed a more than a doubling of overall response rate (ORR) in the bavituximab-containing arm, a positive safety profile and a modest improvement in median OS.
  • Additional data from the trial, including subgroup analysis and safety data, to be presented at an upcoming scientific meeting.
  • Encouraging signs of activity from the trial support advancing this program, potentially in combination with new treatment options.

Other Oncology Indications:
The company is exploring the potential of bavituximab through a number of other ongoing company-sponsored and investigator-sponsored trials (IST) including:

  • A randomized, open-label, Phase II clinical trial evaluating bavituximab plus carboplatin and paclitaxel versus carboplatin and paclitaxel alone in 86 patients with previously untreated Stage IIIb or Stage IV NSCLC. Peregrine expects to report median OS from this trial, an event driven endpoint, in the first half of calendar year 2013.

  • A Phase Ib IST evaluating bavituximab in combination with carboplatin and pemetrexed in up to 25 patients with previously untreated Stage IV NSCLC.

  • A Phase I/II IST evaluating bavituximab in combination with sorafenib in up to 48 patients with advanced hepatocellular carcinoma (liver cancer). The Phase I portion of the trial has completed patient enrollment with enrollment in the Phase II portion of the trial ongoing.

  • A Phase I IST evaluating bavituximab in combination with paclitaxel in up to 14 patients with HER2-negative metastatic breast cancer.

  • A Phase I IST evaluating bavituximab in combination with capecitabine and radiation therapy in up to 18 patients with Stage II or III rectal adenocarcinoma.

In addition, Peregrine is continually evaluating its IST program based on a number of factors, including changes in the standard of care of patients and trial enrollment. Following a recent review of the ongoing IST studies, a Phase I/II IST evaluating bavituximab combined with cabazitaxel in patients with second-line castration resistant prostate cancer was discontinued due to slow enrollment and the approvals of two new oral drugs for the same indication which are changing the standard of care treatment for these patients. Peregrine will continue to evaluate proposals for ISTs as part of its overall program to assess new indications and combinations based on the broad potential of bavituximab.

COTARA PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS
During the quarter, Peregrine announced that it reached agreement with the FDA on the design of a single registration trial for Cotara in patients with recurrent glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) following an end-of-Phase II meeting. The company plans to seek partners both in the U.S. and internationally to support the development of Cotara for this deadly form of brain cancer. Cotara has been granted orphan drug status and Fast Track designation for the treatment of GBM and anaplastic astrocytoma by the FDA and orphan drug designation by the European Medicines Agency (EMA).

IMAGING PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS
PS-Targeting Molecular Imaging Program
Peregrine continues to enroll and dose patients in an open-label, single-center trial of its experimental phosphatidylserine (PS)-targeting molecular imaging candidate, 124I-PGN650, in patients with various solid tumor types. The primary goal of the trial is to estimate radiation dosimetry in critical and non-critical organs. Secondary objectives of the trial are tumor imaging and safety.

FINANCIAL RESULTS
"Avid, our wholly-owned manufacturing subsidiary, continues to demonstrate its importance as a non-dilutive source of capital for the company under our hybrid business model," said Paul Lytle, chief financial officer of Peregrine. "Avid generated more than $17 million in contract manufacturing revenue during the recent nine-month period, already exceeding total revenue reported in FY 2012, and we expect third-party contract manufacturing revenue for the full FY 2013 to exceed $20 million. In addition, Avid has commitments for future manufacturing services in excess of $25 million, covering services to be delivered during the fourth quarter of FY 2013 and through FY 2014."

Total revenues for the third quarter of FY 2013 were $7,039,000 compared to $3,281,000, for the same quarter of the prior fiscal year. This increase was primarily attributable to greater contract manufacturing revenue generated by Avid Bioservices, Peregrine's wholly-owned contract manufacturing subsidiary, which generated contract manufacturing revenue of $6,961,000 for the third quarter of FY 2013, compared to $3,203,000 for the same quarter of the prior fiscal year. The increase in contract manufacturing revenue was primarily due to an increase in the number of completed manufacturing runs released and shipped during the current quarter. Based on current manufacturing commitments from Avid's third-party clients for services to be provided during the remainder of FY 2013, Peregrine expects contract manufacturing revenue to be at least $20 million for FY 2013. In addition, Avid will continue to utilize available capacity and resources to continue its preparation for later stage clinical development and potential commercialization of bavituximab and Cotara, while also seeking to grow its services from third-party clients.

Total costs and expenses decreased $2,174,000 to $12,200,000 in the third quarter of FY 2013 from $14,374,000 in the third quarter of FY 2012. This decrease was primarily attributable to lower research and development expenses associated with a decrease in clinical trial costs. For the third quarter of FY 2013, cost of contract manufacturing and research and development expenses were $3,651,000 and $5,437,000, respectively, compared to $2,484,000 and $9,180,000, respectively, for the third quarter of FY 2012. Selling, general and administrative expenses for the third quarter of FY 2013 were $3,112,000 compared to $2,710,000 in the third quarter of FY 2012.

Peregrine's consolidated net loss decreased 56% to $4,914,000, or $0.04 per basic and diluted share, for the third quarter of FY 2013, compared to a net loss of $11,090,000, or $0.13 per basic and diluted share, for the same quarter of the prior year.

Peregrine reported $26,255,000 in cash and cash equivalents at January 31, 2013, compared to $24,443,000 at October 31, 2012.

More detailed financial information and analysis may be found in Peregrine's Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q, which will be filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission today.

Conference Call
Peregrine will host a conference call and webcast this afternoon, March 12, 2013, at 4:30 PM EDT (1:30 PM PDT).

To listen to the conference call, please dial (877) 312-5443 or (253) 237-1126 and request the Peregrine Pharmaceuticals conference call. A replay of the call will be available starting approximately two hours after the conclusion of the call through March 19, 2013 by calling (855) 859-2056, or (404) 537-3406 and using passcode 18046320.

To listen to the live webcast, or access the archived webcast, please visit: http://ir.peregrineinc.com/events.cfm.

About Peregrine Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Peregrine Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is a biopharmaceutical company with a portfolio of innovative monoclonal antibodies in clinical trials focused on the treatment and diagnosis of cancer. The company is pursuing multiple clinical programs in cancer with its lead product candidate bavituximab and novel brain cancer agent Cotara®. Peregrine also has in-house cGMP manufacturing capabilities through its wholly-owned subsidiary Avid Bioservices, Inc. (www.avidbio.com), which provides development and biomanufacturing services for both Peregrine and third-party customers. Additional information about Peregrine can be found at www.peregrineinc.com.

Safe Harbor Statement: Statements in this press release which are not purely historical, including statements regarding Peregrine Pharmaceuticals' intentions, hopes, beliefs, expectations, representations, projections, plans or predictions of the future are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. The forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties including, but not limited to, the risk that the major discrepancies discovered with respect to our randomized, double-blind placebo-controlled Phase II trial of bavituximab in patients with refractory NSCLC may cause regulatory authorities to require further clinical trials to support a registration package, the risks that partnering discussions may not result in a partnering transaction or that such discussions could be hindered or delayed as a result of the potential impact on the regulatory pathway for bavituximab caused by the major discrepancies discovered with respect to the Phase II NSCLC trial or the existing class action lawsuits, the risk that results from the front-line NSCLC trial will not be consistent with results experienced in earlier trials and may not support advancing this indication into later stage trials, the risk that data from a Cotara pivotal trial may not support BLA submission or registration, the risk that the company does not have, or is unable to raise, sufficient capital to fund a pivotal Cotara trial, the risk that the company is unable to find a suitable partner to advance the Cotara program, the risk that Peregrine may not have or raise adequate financial resources to complete its other planned clinical programs, the risk that Avid's revenue growth may slow or decline, the risk that Avid may experience technical difficulties in processing customer orders which could delay delivery of products to customers and receipt of payment, and the risk that one or more existing Avid customers terminates its contract prior to completion. It is important to note that the Company's actual results could differ materially from those in any such forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially include, but are not limited to, uncertainties associated with completing preclinical and clinical trials for our technologies; the early stage of product development; the significant costs to develop our products as all of our products are currently in development, preclinical studies or clinical trials; obtaining additional financing to support our operations and the development of our products; obtaining regulatory approval for our technologies; anticipated timing of regulatory filings and the potential success in gaining regulatory approval and complying with governmental regulations applicable to our business. Our business could be affected by a number of other factors, including the risk factors listed from time to time in our reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission including, but not limited to, our annual report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended April 30, 2012 and our quarterly report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended January 31, 2013. The company cautions investors not to place undue reliance on the forward-looking statements contained in this press release. Peregrine Pharmaceuticals, Inc. disclaims any obligation, and does not undertake to update or revise any forward-looking statements in this press release.

                                                                            
                      PEREGRINE PHARMACEUTICALS, INC.                       
                                                                            
   CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS AND COMPREHENSIVE LOSS   
                                                                            
                         Three Months Ended           Nine Months Ended     
                             January 31,                 January 31,        
                         2013          2012          2013          2012     
                     ------------  ------------  ------------  ------------ 
                       Unaudited     Unaudited     Unaudited     Unaudited  
REVENUES:                                                                   
Contract                                                                    
 manufacturing                                                              
 revenue             $  6,961,000  $  3,203,000  $ 17,157,000  $ 12,796,000 
License revenue            78,000        78,000       272,000       372,000 
                     ------------  ------------  ------------  ------------ 
  Total revenues        7,039,000     3,281,000    17,429,000    13,168,000 
                                                                            
COSTS AND EXPENSES:                                                         
Cost of contract                                                            
 manufacturing          3,651,000     2,484,000     9,378,000     9,219,000 
Research and                                                                
 development            5,437,000     9,180,000    18,471,000    26,758,000 
Selling, general and                                                        
 administrative         3,112,000     2,710,000     9,469,000     8,371,000 
                     ------------  ------------  ------------  ------------ 
  Total costs and                                                           
   expenses            12,200,000    14,374,000    37,318,000    44,348,000 
                     ------------  ------------  ------------  ------------ 
                                                                            
LOSS FROM OPERATIONS   (5,161,000)  (11,093,000)  (19,889,000)  (31,180,000)
                     ------------  ------------  ------------  ------------ 
                                                                            
OTHER INCOME                                                                
 (EXPENSE):                                                                 
Interest and other                                                          
 income                   255,000         9,000       307,000        31,000 
Interest and other                                                          
 expense                   (8,000)       (6,000)      (53,000)      (88,000)
Loss on early                                                               
 extinguishment of                                                          
 debt                           -             -    (1,696,000)            - 
                     ------------  ------------  ------------  ------------ 
                                                                            
NET LOSS             $ (4,914,000) $(11,090,000) $(21,331,000) $(31,237,000)
                     ============  ============  ============  ============ 
                                                                            
WEIGHTED AVERAGE                                                            
 COMMON SHARES                                                              
 OUTSTANDING:                                                               
  Basic and Diluted   131,489,994    87,149,770   114,726,569    78,443,114 
                     ============  ============  ============  ============ 
                                                                            
BASIC AND DILUTED                                                           
 LOSS PER COMMON                                                            
 SHARE               $      (0.04) $      (0.13) $      (0.19) $      (0.40)
                     ============  ============  ============  ============ 
                                                                            
COMPREHENSIVE LOSS   $ (4,914,000) $(11,090,000) $(21,331,000) $(31,237,000)
                     ============  ============  ============  ============ 
                                                                            
                                                                            
                      PEREGRINE PHARMACEUTICALS, INC.                       
                   CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS                    
                                                                            
                                                JANUARY 31,     APRIL 30,   
                                                    2013           2012     
                                               -------------  ------------- 
                                                 Unaudited                  
ASSETS                                                                      
CURRENT ASSETS:                                                             
  Cash and cash equivalents                    $  26,255,000  $  18,033,000 
  Trade and other receivables, net                 1,983,000      2,353,000 
  Inventories, net                                 4,635,000      3,611,000 
  Prepaid expenses and other current assets,                                
   net                                               878,000        795,000 
                                               -------------  ------------- 
    Total current assets                          33,751,000     24,792,000 
Property, net                                      2,783,000      2,900,000 
Other assets                                         623,000        570,000 
                                               -------------  ------------- 
TOTAL ASSETS                                   $  37,157,000  $  28,262,000 
                                               =============  ============= 
                                                                            
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY                                        
CURRENT LIABILITIES:                                                        
Accounts payable                               $   1,620,000  $   3,492,000 
Accrued clinical trial and related fees            1,478,000      2,111,000 
Accrued payroll and related costs                  2,949,000      2,468,000 
Deferred revenue                                   5,061,000      3,651,000 
Customer deposits                                  6,729,000      4,865,000 
Other current liabilities                            930,000      1,052,000 
                                               -------------  ------------- 
    Total current liabilities                     18,767,000     17,639,000 
Deferred revenue                                     292,000        361,000 
Other long-term liabilities                          699,000        779,000 
Commitments and contingencies                                               
                                                                            
STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY:                                                       
Preferred stock-$0.001 par value; authorized                                
 5,000,000 shares; non-voting; nil shares                                   
 outstanding                                               -              - 
Common stock-$0.001 par value; authorized                                   
 325,000,000 shares; outstanding - 133,770,614                              
 and 101,421,365, respectively                       134,000        101,000 
Additional paid-in capital                       376,720,000    347,506,000 
Accumulated deficit                             (359,455,000)  (338,124,000)
                                               -------------  ------------- 
    Total stockholders' equity                    17,399,000      9,483,000 
                                               -------------  ------------- 
TOTAL LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY     $  37,157,000  $  28,262,000 
                                               =============  ============= 
                                                                            

Contact:
Christopher Keenan or Jay Carlson
Peregrine Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
(800) 987-8256
info@peregrineinc.com

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