Ligand Introduces 2019 Financial Outlook and Raises 2018 Financial Guidance
Ligand Pharmaceuticals Incorporated (NASDAQ: LGND) introduces its financial outlook for 2019. Ligand expects revenue in 2019 to be at least $212 million, with up to an additional $40 million of potential milestone and license payments. Approximately two thirds of the $212 million of revenue is expected to be royalty revenue, and the remainder is expected to consist of contract payments and material sales. With projected revenue of $212 million, adjusted earnings per diluted share for 2019 is estimated to be approximately $5.50. So far during the fourth quarter of 2018, Ligand has repurchased over 420,000 shares under its authorized share repurchase plan, and will potentially continue to execute additional repurchases going forward.
Ligand is also raising its previous guidance for 2018, mostly due to higher material sales, and now expects revenue to be approximately $244 million, including royalties of approximately $123 million, material sales of approximately $28 million and license fees and milestones of approximately $93 million. Revenue for 2018 includes a milestone payment of $47 million from WuXi Biologics. With projected revenue of approximately $244 million, adjusted earnings per diluted share for 2018 is estimated to be approximately $6.63. This compares with previous guidance for 2018 revenue of approximately $240 million, and adjusted earnings per diluted share for 2018 which was previously estimated to be $6.52.
About Ligand Pharmaceuticals
Ligand is a biopharmaceutical company focused on developing or acquiring technologies that help pharmaceutical companies discover and develop medicines. Our business model creates value for stockholders by providing a diversified portfolio of biotech and pharmaceutical product revenue streams that are supported by an efficient and low corporate cost structure. Our goal is to offer investors an opportunity to participate in the promise of the biotech industry in a profitable, diversified and lower-risk business than a typical biotech company. Our business model is based on doing what we do best: drug discovery, early-stage drug development, product reformulation and partnering. We partner with other pharmaceutical companies to leverage what they do best (late-stage development, regulatory management and commercialization) to ultimately generate our revenue. Ligand’s Captisol® platform technology is a patent-protected, chemically modified cyclodextrin with a structure designed to optimize the solubility and stability of drugs. OmniAb® is a patent-protected transgenic animal platform used in the discovery of fully human mono-and bispecific therapeutic antibodies. Ligand has established multiple alliances, licenses and other business relationships with the world's leading pharmaceutical companies including Novartis, Amgen, Merck, Pfizer, Celgene, Gilead, Janssen, Baxter International and Eli Lilly.
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