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Arena Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (ARNA)

  • Sep. 2, 2014, 3:08 PM
    • The FDA designates Arena Pharmaceuticals' (ARNA +0.5%) APD811 an orphan drug for the treatment of pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH).
    • APD811 is an orally-available agonist of the prostacyclin receptor. Arena discovered and developed it internally.
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  • Aug. 1, 2014, 7:15 AM
    • Arena Pharmaceuticals (ARNA -2.9%) Q2 results: Total Revenues: $12.8M (-81.4%); Belviq: $3.5M (+165.4%); Eisai Collaboration: $8.6M (-87.1%); R&D Expense: $27.0M (+43.5%); SG&A Expense: $9.1M (+6.1%); Operating Expenses: $38.2M (+31.5%); Operating Loss: ($25.4M) (-163.6%); Net Income: $7.5M (-81.3%); EPS: $0.03 (-83.3%); Quick Assets: $219.1M (+22.5%).
    • Belviq prescriptions: 110,000.
    • No guidance update provided.
    • ARNA shares are up 4% premarket on light volume.
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  • Aug. 1, 2014, 5:42 AM
    • Arena Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:ARNA): Q2 EPS of $0.03 beats by $0.14.
    • Revenue of $12.8M (-81.4% Y/Y) beats by $2.99M.
    • Press Release
  • Jul. 31, 2014, 5:30 PM
  • Jul. 21, 2014, 5:38 PM
  • Jul. 21, 2014, 4:47 PM
    • Arena Pharmaceuticals (ARNA -1.4%) subsidiary Arena Pharmaceuticals GmbH enters into an exclusive marketing and supply agreement with Teva Pharmaceuticals' local subsidiary Abic Marketing Ltd. to market and distribute Belviq in Israel for weight loss or weight management in obese and overweight patients. Abic is responsible for regulatory approval.
    • Arena receives an upfront payment, regulatory-related milstones plus a one-time purchase price adjustment based on Abic's annual net sales.
  • Jul. 10, 2014, 8:29 AM
    • Arena Pharmaceuticals (ARNA) reports that Eisai has added 200 new contract sales reps in its Metabolic Business Unit. The total number of sales people promoting Belviq is now ~600. The company believes the expansion will increase its reach to another 92K doctors in the U.S.
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  • Jul. 7, 2014, 12:24 PM
    • The legitimacy of any rosy pronouncements about Belviq's prospects by Arena Pharmaceuticals (ARNA -8.4%) CEO Jack Lief has been tarnished a bit with the disclosure of his disposal of a large portion of his holdings of ARNA stock. Mr. Lief felt compelled to unload almost 40% of his stake. Such a large transaction undermines the credibility of "asset diversification" and can only be construed as bearish behavior by the most significant company insider.
    • The ramp-up of Belviq sales has been underwhelming to most observers. Last quarter's sales were a modest $2.9M compared to Q2 2013's debut of $1.3M.
    • ARNA's stock is down 60% from its late June 2012 peak of $13.50. 208 mutual funds have positions, down from 210 a year earlier.
    • Consensus views remain bullish, however. Revenue estimates for Q2 and Q3 are $9.8M and $12.1M, respectively. Estimates for 2014 and 2015 are $43.8M and $85.7M, respectively.
    • The company should report Q2 results in mid-to-late August.
  • Jun. 20, 2014, 10:43 AM
    • Shares of new IPO Zafgen (ZFGN +1.2%) currently exchange hands for 24% above yesterday's offering price of $16 giving it a market cap of $430M. The company's lead product is beloranib, in Phase 2 clinicals to evaluate its safety and efficacy as a treatment for obesity.
    • The company has yet to produce any revenue. The IPO increased its cash and cash equivalents stake to ~$126M. It has spent ~$6M/year over the past three years developing beloranib. Operations consumed $15M in cash last year.
    • Related tickers: (VVUS -0.2%) (ARNA -1.2%) (OREX -2.6%)
  • Jun. 11, 2014, 6:18 PM
    • During a CNBC Fast Money appearance, Arena (ARNA) CEO Jack Lief was tight-lipped about rumors Belviq partner Eisai (ESALY) is interested in acquiring his company.
    • Investors trying to read between the lines see reasons to be hopeful.
    • Lief also mentioned Belviq prescriptions are seeing week/week growth.
  • Jun. 9, 2014, 1:54 PM
    • Orexigen Therapeutics' (OREX +0.9%) long wait for marketing clearance for its weight loss drug Contrave (naltrexone) should be over by Wednesday's PDUFA date. The company had to resubmit its NDA after conducting a study to assess Contrave's cardiovascular risk after the FDA sent the company a CRL in January 2011. Based on an interim analysis of the 8,900-patient Light Study, the data show that there was no excessive cardiovascular risk with the use of Contrave versus placebo in overweight and obese patients.
    • Marketing partner Takeda Pharmaceuticals U.S.A. will launch Contrave with its 900-strong sales force. With this amount of heft it should give Vivus (VVUS -0.9%) and Arena (ARNA -1.3%) a run for their money.
  • Jun. 6, 2014, 2:36 PM
    • Arena Pharmaceuticals (ARNA -2.4%) is a strong sell on multiple red flags, says SA contributor The Pump Stopper.
    • Among these is the company's failure to disclose an SEC investigation, heavy insider selling, Belviq sales roughly 80% below expectations, and a new formidable competitor OREX awaiting what could be imminent FDA approval of its own product.
    • Price target: $1.25, or about 80% below the current level.
  • May. 12, 2014, 4:51 PM
    • Arena Pharmaceuticals (ARNA -4.9%) total revenues: $6.8M (+183.3%); Belviq revenues: $2.9M; operating expenses: $30.4M (+29.9%); GAAP loss/share: ($0.12) (-33.3%); quick assets (ex-A/R): $255.6M (+15.2%).
    • Belviq prescriptions: 77K (+31%) per IMS Health.
    • 60% of insured lives in the U.S. have access to Belviq.
    • Distribution partner Eisai files for Belviq marketing authorization in Brazil triggering a $0.5M milestone payment.
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  • May. 12, 2014, 4:05 PM
    • Arena Pharmaceuticals (ARNA): Q1 EPS of -$0.12 misses by $0.02.
    • Revenue of $6.8M (+186.9% Y/Y) misses by $1.18M.
    • Press Release
  • May. 11, 2014, 5:35 PM
  • Feb. 27, 2014, 5:19 PM
    • Arena (ARNA) expects 2014 upfront payments from existing collaborations are to total $9M, development/patent reimbursements from Eisai $7M, and Siegfried manufacturing services $1M.
    • 2014 spending guidance: R&D of $90M-$98M, G&A of $30M-$36M, capex of $9M-$10M. 2013 R&D and G&A spend amounted to $66.5M and $31.7M, respectively.
    • Belviq product revenue totaled $2.4M in Q4, and partner Eisai has "doubled the size of the sales force detailing BELVIQ to approximately 400 representatives."
    • Cash/equivalents amounted to $221.9M at the end of 2013.
    • Q4 results, PR
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Company Description
Arena Pharmaceuticals Inc is a biopharmaceutical company. The Company is engaged in discovering, developing and commercializing novel drugs that target G protein-coupled receptors, or GPCRs, to address unmet medical needs.
Sector: Healthcare
Industry: Biotechnology
Country: United States