Nev. (AP) — Spectrum Pharmaceuticals
Inc. posted a first-quarter profit today, buoyed by sales of Fusilev and
lower research and development expenses.
The results beat Wall Street estimates, and Spectrum shares
rose 39 cents, or 4.3 percent, to $9.50 in pre-market trading.
The company reported net income of $12.8 million, or 23
cents per share, for the three months ended March 31 compared with a net loss
of $39 million, or 80 cents per share, a year ago. Revenue surged to $43.6
million from $11.1 million.
Analysts expected the company to report earnings of 15 cents
per share on $28.6 million in revenue, according to FactSet.
The company reported $35 million in sales from its drug
Fusilev, up from $600,000 a year prior. The drug is used to treat the side
effects of the chemotherapy drug methotrexate. It is approved for use in
patients who are being treated for osteosarcoma, a type of bone cancer, and to
reduce the toxicity of methotrexate.
Sales of the lymphoma drug Zevalin remained flat at $6
million and the company reported $3 million in licensing payments.
Operating expenses fell 49 percent to $26.1 million.
“With modest needs for running our day to day operations,
we believe Spectrum is firmly on the road to continued success,” said
President and CEO Dr. Rajesh C. Shrotriya, in a statement.