ViroPharma Offers 2013 Product Sales Guidance
ViroPharma Incorporated (Nasdaq: VPHM) today announced that Vincent Milano, president and chief executive officer of ViroPharma, will provide an overview of the company's business, including additional maribavir clinical trial data, during the 31^st Annual J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference. The presentation will be webcast live at 6:30 P.M. ET (3:30 P.M. PT) on Tuesday, January 8, 2013 and may be accessed via the company's website at www.viropharma.com. The conference is being held at the Westin St. Francis Hotel in San Francisco. The company expects to release full-year 2012 financial results later in the first quarter of 2013.
"2012 represented a new beginning for ViroPharma. We believe our execution and achievements throughout the global organization during the year position the company very well for not only success in 2013, but also provides the opportunity for tremendous growth for our shareholders in the years ahead," stated Milano. "ViroPharma has moved beyond Vancocin^® (vancomycin hydrochloride capsules, USP) and now has a geographically diverse commercial portfolio and a robust, maturing development pipeline. The continued success of Cinryze^® (C1 esterase inhibitor [human]), with unaudited 2012 U.S. net sales of approximately $321 million, driven by over 900 active patients on prophylactic therapy, led the way. The commercial launches of Cinryze, Buccolam^® (midazolam, oromucosal solution) and Plenadren^® (hydrocortisone, modified release tablet) in Europe are also beginning to gain traction, and we believe that these products will ultimately become strong contributors to our overall growth in the years ahead."
Milano continued, "As we advance through 2013, we believe that our progress will clearly show ViroPharma to be well along the path that we laid out in our analyst day event this past September. The financial guidance we are providing this morning reflects strong enthusiasm for our products from our patients and their caregivers. We expect 2013 will also be a significant year in the advancement of our development programs. Success in 2013 could position us to be entering into phase 3 development of several products in 2014. As always, our global team embraces the challenges in front of us and is poised to continue executing on our long term plans which are designed to ultimately drive tremendous growth for our shareholders."
As a reminder to our shareholders, the 2012 Cinryze net sales estimate of approximately $321 million is an unaudited amount, of which approximately $311 to $312 million represents actual patient demand and the remainder represents increase in channel inventories. The company also anticipates that the remaining channel inventory increase to complete return to normalized levels will occur in the first quarter of 2013.
Looking ahead in 2013 ViroPharma is providing guidance for the year 2013 as a convenience to investors. The following guidance provided by ViroPharma are projections, based upon numerous assumptions, all of which are subject to certain risks and uncertainties. For a discussion of the risks and uncertainties associated with these forward looking statements, please see the Disclosure Notice below.
For the year 2013, ViroPharma expects the following:
o Worldwide net product sales are expected to be $450 to $475 million; o Net North American Cinryze sales are expected to be $390 to $400 million; and o Research and development (R&D) and selling, general and administrative (SG&A) expenses are expected to be $240 to $260 million.
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