Onyx Pharmaceuticals Reports Third Quarter 2010 Financial Results; Japan License Leverages Worldwide Potential of Carfilzomib and Contributes $59.2 Million of License Revenue

Emeryville, CA. — Nov. 03, 2010

Onyx Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: ONXX) today reported its financial results for the third quarter 2010. Onyx reported non-GAAP net income of $55.3 million, or $0.84 per diluted share, for the third quarter 2010 compared to non-GAAP net income of $22.2 million, or $0.35 per diluted share, for the same period in 2009. Non-GAAP net income excludes, among other items, adjustments to contingent consideration expense in connection with our acquisition of Proteolix Inc., or Proteolix; employee stock-based compensation expense and non-cash imputed interest expense related to the application of Accounting Standards Codification (“ASC”) 470-20.

On a GAAP basis, Onyx reported net income of $41.5 million, or $0.66 per diluted share, for the third quarter 2010 compared to net income of $8.2 million, or $0.14 per diluted share, in the same period in 2009. A description of the non-GAAP calculations and reconciliation to comparable GAAP measures is provided in the accompanying table entitled “Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Net Income (Loss).”

“In the quarter, we were pleased to announce our partnership with Ono Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd., which will accelerate the development of carfilzomib in Japan,” said Matthew K. Fust., executive vice president and Onyx’s chief financial officer. “Innovative corporate development transactions such as this one, in combination with our successful Nexavar business, provide Onyx with the resources to execute on our strategic priorities. In the near term, we expect to build a franchise opportunity in the multiple myeloma market with carfilzomib and ONX 0912, our next-generation proteasome inhibitor and first-generation oral proteasome inhibitor, respectively. Importantly, we are also generating additional data for potential new indications for Nexavar as well as expanding its use in approved indications.”

Operating Revenue
Global Nexavar net sales as reported by Onyx’s collaborator Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals Inc., or Bayer, were $226.2 million for the third quarter 2010 compared to $229.2 million in the same period in 2009. Onyx and Bayer are marketing and developing Nexavar® (sorafenib) tablets, an anticancer therapy currently approved for the treatment of unresectable liver cancer and advanced kidney cancer in over 90 countries worldwide.

For the third quarter 2010, Onyx reported total operating revenue of $122.9 million compared to $69.1 million for the same period in 2009. Total operating revenue is comprised of revenue from the exclusive license agreement entered into with Ono Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd., or Ono, and revenue from the Nexavar collaboration agreement. Onyx recorded license revenue of $59.2 million in the third quarter 2010, reflecting a fee earned as a part of the consideration under the September 2010 agreement with Ono. Revenue from the Nexavar collaboration agreement was $63.7 million in the third quarter 2010 compared to $69.1 million for the same period in 2009. The decrease in revenue from the Nexavar collaboration agreement between periods resulted from lower global net sales of Nexavar and a slight increase in combined Nexavar commercial expenses.

Operating Expenses
Onyx recorded research and development expenses of $44.6 million in the third quarter 2010, compared to $35.6 million for the same period in 2009. Higher research and development expenses in the third quarter 2010 were primarily due to investments to develop carfilzomib and ONX 0912, which were partially offset by the reimbursement received from Ono for the global development of carfilzomib and ONX 0912, and by lower expenses for the ONX 0801 investment compared to the third quarter 2009, when a milestone payment of $7.0 million was made to BTG International Limited.

Selling, general and administrative expenses were $25.9 million in the third quarter 2010, compared to $23.4 million for the same period in 2009. Higher selling, general and administrative expenses were primarily due to planned increases in spending as a result of the acquisition of Proteolix and an increase in employee-related costs.
Onyx recorded $5.6 million of non-cash expense in the third quarter 2010 associated with the increase in the fair value of the liability for contingent consideration that is recorded for the potential milestone payments from the Proteolix acquisition. The increase in the fair value is due to the passage of time.

Interest Expense
Interest expense of $4.9 million for the third quarter 2010 primarily relates to the 4.0% convertible senior notes due 2016 issued in August 2009 and includes non-cash imputed interest expense of $2.3 million as a result of the application of ASC 470-20.

Cash, Cash Equivalents and Marketable Securities
At September 30, 2010, cash, cash equivalents, and current and non-current marketable securities were $588.0 million, compared to $587.3 million at December 31, 2009. This excludes restricted cash of $31.9 million and $27.6 million at September 30, 2021 and December 31, 2009, respectively.

Nine-Month Results
Non-GAAP net income for the nine months ended September 30, 2021 was $56.6 million, or $0.90 per diluted share, compared to non-GAAP net income of $45.6 million, or $0.73 per diluted share, for the same period in 2009. Non-GAAP net income excludes, among other items, adjustments to contingent consideration expense in connection with our acquisition of Proteolix, employee stock-based compensation expense and non-cash imputed interest expense related to the application of ASC 470-20. A description of the non-GAAP calculations is provided below in the accompanying table entitled “Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Net Income (Loss).” For the nine months ended September 30, 2010, on a GAAP basis Onyx recorded a net loss of $67.7 million, or $1.08 per diluted share, compared with a net income of $21.7 million, or $0.37 per diluted share, for the same period in 2009.
Management Conference Call Today

Onyx will host a teleconference and webcast to provide a general business overview and discuss financial results. The event will begin at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time (2:00 p.m. Pacific Time) on November 3, 2010. Interested parties may access a live webcast of the presentation on the company’s website at:

http://www.onyx-pharm.com/view.cfm/32/Event-Calendar

or by dialing 847-413-3362 and using the passcode 28272610#. A replay of the presentation will be available on the Onyx website or by dialing 630-652-3042 and using the passcode 28272610# approximately one hour after the teleconference concludes. The replay will be available through November 17, 2010.

About Onyx Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Onyx Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is a biopharmaceutical company committed to improving the lives of people with cancer. The company, in collaboration with Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals, Inc., is developing and marketing Nexavar® (sorafenib) tablets, a small molecule drug that is currently approved for the treatment of liver cancer and advanced kidney cancer. Additionally, Nexavar is being investigated in several ongoing trials in a variety of tumor types. Beyond Nexavar, Onyx has established a development pipeline of anticancer compounds at various stages of clinical testing, including carfilzomib, a next-generation proteasome inhibitor, that is currently being evaluated in multiple clinical trials for the treatment of patients with relapsed or relapsed/refractory multiple myeloma and solid tumors. ONX 0801, an alpha-folate receptor targeted inhibitor of the thymidylate synthase, and ONX 0912, an oral proteasome inhibitor, are currently in Phase 1 testing. For more information about Onyx, visit the company’s website at www.onyx-pharm.com.

Nexavar® (sorafenib) tablets is a registered trademark of Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

This news release contains “forward-looking statements” of Onyx within the meaning of the federal securities laws. These forward-looking statements include, without limitation, statements regarding sales trends and commercial activities, the timing, progress and results of clinical development, and the potential expansion of Onyx’s product portfolio. These statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results and events to differ materially from those anticipated, including, but not limited to, risks and uncertainties related to: Nexavar being our only approved product; competition; failures or delays in our clinical trials; dependence on our collaborative relationship with Bayer; market acceptance and the rate of adoption of our products; pharmaceutical pricing and reimbursement pressures; serious adverse side effects, if they are associated with Nexavar; government regulation; possible failure to realize the anticipated benefits of business acquisitions or strategic investments; protection of our intellectual property; the indebtedness incurred through the sale of our 4.0% convertible senior notes due 2016; product liability risks; and the anticipated benefits of the acquisition of Proteolix. Reference should be made to Onyx’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2021 filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, under the heading “Risk Factors” for a more detailed description of these and other risks, as well as the company’s subsequent quarterly report on Form 10-Q. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements that speak only as of the date of this release. Onyx undertakes no obligation to update publicly any forward-looking statements to reflect new information, events, or circumstances after the date of this release except as required by law.

 

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