Raptor second-quarter sales, earnings beat estimates

NOVATO -- Raptor Pharmaceutical Corp. (Nasdaq: RPTP) on Thursday reported second-quarter and first-half sales of $16.3 million and $28.4 million, respectively, now a year since the company's main product was first approved for sale.

Net product sales for Procysbi for quarter ended June 30 were 34 percent higher than in first quarter of this year. Only $21,000 in sales were logged in the second quarter of last year. Procysbi became commercially available in the U.S. in June 2013 and in Germany in April of this year.

The consensus of analysts' expectations was for second-quarter sales $1.73 million lower.

"We continue to be very pleased by the rapid adoption of Procysbi in the U.S. and anticipate a solid market expansion outside the U.S. starting in Germany," said Christopher Starr, Ph.D., CEO. "Our steady commercial build out in the EU is proceeding according to plan and we anticipate the introduction of Procysbi in additional EU and global country markets over the next year. In addition, we are meeting with regulatory agencies this quarter to discuss the future development activities for RP103 as a potential treatment for Huntington's disease in the U.S. and EU."

As of June 30, 237 cumulative unique patients have received Procysbi, which compares to 199 patients at the end of the first quarter of 2014.

The launch of Procysbi began in Germany during April, representing the first market in the EU where the product is available to cystinosis patients.

Cash and cash equivalents as of June 30 were $58.1 million, down from $68.1 million at the end of the first quarter.

On July 1, Raptor announced a private placement of $70 million with HealthCare Royalty Partners and its affiliates. The funding includes $60 million in new convertible senior notes and an additional $10 million of funding pursuant to an amended and restated loan agreement, originally signed on December 20, 2012. Cash and cash equivalents including net proceeds from this financing were approximately $124.0 million at July 31, 2014.

In June, data from a two-year open label extension study of delayed-release cysteamine bitartrate (Procysbi) in 40 patients with nephropathic cystinosis was published in the Journal of Pediatrics. The study demonstrated that patients who took Procysbi for two years were able to sustain optimal cystine control in their white blood cells and preserve kidney function over the long term.

Procysbiis a cystine-depleting agent approved in the U.S. for the management of nephropathic cystinosis in adults and children 6 years and older.

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