Avid Bioservices, Inc.
Sep 8, 2016

Peregrine Pharmaceuticals Reports Financial Results for First Quarter of Fiscal Year 2017 and Recent Developments

--SUNRISE Top-line Data Accepted for Late-Breaking Oral Presentation at European Society of Medical Oncology Congress in October 2016 --

-- Avid First Quarter Revenue of $5.6 Million with Over $20 Million in Revenue Projected in Second Quarter  --

            -- Company Reaffirms Revenue Projection of $50 - $55 Million for Full FY 2017 with Growing Backlog of Business Currently at $71 Million --

TUSTIN, Calif., Sept. 08, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Peregrine Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:PPHM) (NASDAQ:PPHMP), a biopharmaceutical company committed to improving patient lives by manufacturing high quality products for biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies and advancing its proprietary R&D pipeline, today announced financial results for the first quarter of fiscal year (FY) 2017 ended July 31, 2016, and provided an update on its contract manufacturing business, clinical pipeline and other corporate developments.

Highlights Since April 30, 2016
"Since the start of our first quarter, we have steadily executed on our R&D and contract manufacturing objectives.  On the R&D front, we recently achieved two important milestones beginning with the recent announcement that the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) has awarded grants to three investigators to support bavituximab clinical research.  In addition, we are pleased to announce today, that top-line data from our Phase III SUNRISE trial have been accepted for a late-breaking oral presentation at the upcoming meeting of the European Society of Medical Oncology (ESMO) Congress to be held in Copenhagen in early October," stated Steven W. King, president and chief executive officer of Peregrine.  "The presentation at ESMO will be a great opportunity to share clinical data from the trial in conjunction with initial results from our ongoing biomarker analyses which are already highly encouraging.  The primary goal of the biomarker analysis is to identify a biomarker pattern for patients that receive the most benefit from a bavituximab-containing therapeutic regimen and we look forward to sharing the results of the ongoing analysis with more data expected later in the year.  Our collaboration with the NCCN has been an important part of our plans for advancing the bavituximab clinical program in a cost effective way.  The grants that were awarded represent clinical trials with novel bavituximab combinations in glioblastoma, head and neck cancer, and hepatocellular carcinoma including an immunotherapy combination, which is a major focus for advancing the program. Taken together, these developments are setting the stage for new data throughout the rest of 2016 and into 2017."

Mr. King continued, "On the manufacturing front, it remains an extraordinarily busy time. Based on the high demand for services, we remain on track to meet our current fiscal year revenue projections as we look to continue growing the business.  Our ultimate goal remains to reach overall profitability within the next 21 months and Avid will be an important driver for achieving that goal in combination with making strategic investments in R&D while pursuing partnerships to help advance our programs."

Avid Bioservices Highlights
"Our biomanufacturing business was extremely busy this past quarter as the team remained on track according to the planned production schedule including initiating several process validation runs and ongoing commercial manufacturing activities.  Despite being on track from a production standpoint, first quarter FY 2017 revenues were lower than expected due to a testing backlog at a third-party testing laboratory that delayed the shipment of manufacturing runs.  As a result of the backlog being resolved, we expect revenue to exceed $20 million in the second quarter as we shift revenue recognition from the first quarter to the second quarter of fiscal year 2017.  We believe this delay to be an anomaly, and we reaffirm our revenue guidance of between $50 and $55 million for the full fiscal year," stated Paul Lytle, chief financial officer of Peregrine.

Clinical Development Highlights

The company expects these trials to begin in early calendar year 2017.

Research Highlights

Financial Results
Total revenues for the first quarter of FY 2017 were $5,609,000, compared to $9,671,000 for the same quarter of the prior fiscal year. The first quarter FY 2017 decrease in revenues was primarily attributed to a decrease in contract manufacturing revenue.

Contract manufacturing revenue from Avid's clinical and commercial biomanufacturing services provided to its third-party clients decreased to $5,609,000 for the first quarter of FY 2017 compared to $9,379,000 for the first quarter of FY 2016.  The first quarter decrease was primarily due to a backlog at a third-party testing lab and unrelated to product quality that shifted the timing of revenue recognition from the first quarter to the second quarter of fiscal year 2017.  The company does not expect this delay to further impact revenue projections for the fiscal year, and the company remains on track to generate revenue in excess of $20 million in the second quarter FY 2017.

Total costs and expenses for the first quarter of FY 2017 were $16,691,000, compared to $23,425,000 for the first quarter of FY 2016.  This decrease for the first quarter of FY 2017 was primarily attributable to a decrease in research and development expenses associated with the Phase III SUNRISE trial combined with a decrease in personnel cost and manufacturing costs related to preparing bavituximab for commercial manufacturing.  

For the first quarter of FY 2017, research and development expenses decreased 38% to $8,569,000, compared to $13,918,000 for the first quarter of FY 2016.  In addition, cost of contract manufacturing decreased to $3,062,000 in the first quarter of FY 2017 compared to $4,608,000 for the first quarter of FY 2016, primarily due to lower reported revenue compared to the same prior year period.  For the first quarter of FY 2017, selling, general and administrative expenses were $5,060,000 compared to $4,899,000 for the first quarter of FY 2016.

Peregrine's consolidated net loss attributable to common stockholders was $12,437,000 or $0.05 per share, for the first quarter of FY 2017, compared to a net loss attributable to common stockholders of $15,101,000, or $0.08 per share, for the same prior year quarter.

Peregrine reported $44,195,000 in cash and cash equivalents as of July 31, 2016, compared to $61,412,000 at fiscal year ended April 30, 2016.

More detailed financial information and analysis may be found in Peregrine's Annual 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, September 8, 2016, 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. 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 committed to improving the lives of patients by delivering high quality pharmaceutical products through its contract development and manufacturing organization (CDMO) services and through advancing and licensing its investigational immunotherapy and related products.  Peregrine's in-house CDMO services, including cGMP manufacturing and development capabilities, are provided through its wholly-owned subsidiary Avid Bioservices, Inc. (www.avidbio.com), which provides development and biomanufacturing services for both Peregrine and third-party customers.  The company is also working to evaluate its lead immunotherapy candidate, bavituximab, in combination with immune stimulating therapies for the treatment of various cancers, and developing its proprietary exosome technology for the detection and monitoring of cancer.  For more information, please visit www.peregrineinc.com.

About Avid Bioservices
Avid Bioservices provides a comprehensive range of process development, high quality cGMP clinical and commercial manufacturing services for the biotechnology and biopharmaceutical industries. With over 15 years of experience producing monoclonal antibodies and recombinant proteins in batch, fed-batch and perfusion modes, Avid's services include cGMP clinical and commercial product manufacturing, purification, bulk packaging, stability testing and regulatory strategy, submission and support. The company also provides a variety of process development activities, including cell line development and optimization, cell culture and feed optimization, analytical methods development and product characterization. For more information about Avid, please visit www.avidbio.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 one or more of the NCCN grant funded investigator-initiated clinical studies may experience initiation and/or enrollment delays, the risk that data from one or more of the NCCN grant funded investigator-initiated clinical studies does not support the company's current understanding of the potential role of bavituximab in the treatment of various cancers or is otherwise inconclusive, the risk that the final data from the biomarker analysis does not generate any partnership interest, the risk that on-going analysis of SUNRISE trial data, bio-specimen samples and patient characteristics may not identify any subgroup that received clinical benefit from the addition of bavituximab, the risk that the company is unable to secure patent protection or other intellectual property protection for the biomarker analyses, the risk that the company may not have or raise adequate financial resources from debt and/or equity financings and/or Avid's manufacturing operations to fund the further development of bavituximab, the risk that Avid's revenue growth may slow or decline, the risk that the company does not achieve profitability in 21 months, the risk that Avid may experience technical difficulties in processing customer orders, including delays in third party release testing, which could delay delivery of products to customers, revenue recognition and receipt of payment, the risk that one or more existing Avid customers terminates its contract prior to completion, the risk that the new clinical manufacturing facility will not be operational in mid-2017, or generating revenue in 2017, due to construction or other delays or causes, the risk that the company may not develop, or may experience delays in developing, a commercializable and/or regulatory approvable test derived from the licensed exosome technology, the risk that the company experiences difficulties in developing a test that is able to distinguish between PS-positive exosomes from blood samples of cancer patients and PS-positive exosomes from patients with other diseases or illnesses that express PS-positive exosomes, the risk that the company is unable to generate partnering interest in any cancer diagnostic test that maybe developed from the licensed exosome technology, and the risk that the company is unable to secure patent protection or other intellectual property protection for the cancer test based on the licensed exosome technology.  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, 2016 as well as any updates to these risk factors filed from time to time in the company's other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. 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.




JULY 31,
   2016   2015 
Contract manufacturing revenue $  5,609,000  $  9,379,000 
License revenue     292,000 
  Total revenues  5,609,000   9,671,000 
Cost of contract manufacturing  3,062,000   4,608,000 
Research and development  8,569,000   13,918,000 
Selling, general and administrative  5,060,000   4,899,000 
  Total costs and expenses  16,691,000   23,425,000 
LOSS FROM OPERATIONS  (11,082,000)  (13,754,000)
Interest and other income  25,000   31,000 
NET LOSS $  (11,057,000) $  (13,723,000)
Comprehensive loss $  (11,057,000) $  (13,723,000)
Series E preferred stock accumulated dividends  (1,380,000)  (1,378,000)
Basic and diluted  239,595,089   197,317,374 



 JULY 31,
 APRIL 30,
Cash and cash equivalents$  44,195,000  $   61,412,000 
Trade and other receivables 7,537,000   2,859,000 
Inventories 25,274,000    16,186,000 
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 1,235,000   1,351,000 
Total current assets 78,241,000   81,808,000 
Property and equipment, net 24,261,000   24,302,000 
Restricted cash 600,000   600,000 
Other assets 2,502,000   2,333,000 
TOTAL ASSETS$  105,604,000  $  109,043,000 
Accounts payable$   9,095,000  $   8,429,000 
Accrued clinical trial and related fees 6,577,000    7,594,000 
Accrued payroll and related costs 3,653,000   5,821,000 
Deferred revenue 21,531,000   10,030,000 
Customer deposits 21,731,000   24,212,000 
Other current liabilities 669,000   1,488,000 
Total current liabilities 63,256,000   57,574,000 
Deferred rent, less current portion 1,414,000   1,395,000 
Commitments and contingencies   
Preferred stock - $0.001 par value; authorized 5,000,000 shares;
1,577,440 and 1,577,440 issued and outstanding at July 31, 2016
and April 30, 2016, respectively
 2,000   2,000 
Common stock - $0.001 par value; authorized 500,000,000 shares;
241,456,721 and 236,930,485 issued and outstanding at July 31,
2016 and April 30, 2016, respectively
 241,000   237,000 
Additional paid-in capital 561,024,000   559,111,000 
Accumulated deficit (520,333,000)  (509,276,000)
Total stockholders' equity 40,934,000   50,074,000 

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Peregrine Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

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