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Isis Reports Financial Results and Highlights for Third Quarter 2013

November 5, 2013

-Improved 2013 financial guidance

CARLSBAD, Calif., Nov. 5, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Isis Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq: ISIS) today reported a pro forma net operating loss (NOL) of $22.7 million and $23.5 million for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2013, respectively, compared to a pro forma NOL of $26.0 million and $36.0 million for the same periods in 2012. On a GAAP basis, Isis reported a loss from operations of $25.5 million and $31.8 million for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2013, respectively, compared to a loss from operations of $28.0 million and $42.8 million for the same periods in 2012. Isis increased its cash position during the first nine months of 2013, ending September with $671 million in cash compared to $374 million at December 31, 2012. The substantial increase in the Company’s cash position was primarily due to the equity offering it completed in the second quarter and cash received from its partners in the first nine months of 2013, including the $100 million upfront payment Isis received from its recently announced strategic collaboration with Biogen Idec.

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“Our increasingly strong financial performance is a result of meeting key milestones in our partnerships, adding new partners and expanding existing relationships. Our financial success is also driven by achievements from our expanding and maturing pipeline, as well as continuous improvements in our technology platform. We have completed key steps to move two important drugs, ISIS-APOCIII(Rx) and ISIS-SMN(Rx), into Phase 3 studies early next year. In addition, our Phase 2/3 study for ISIS-TTR(Rx) is enrolling on schedule, and we are pleased with the progress we and our partner, GlaxoSmithKline, are making to advance this drug towards the market,” said B. Lynne Parshall, chief operating officer of Isis.

“The effective execution of our business strategy and the success of the drugs in our pipeline have contributed significantly to our financial performance this year. Already this year we have received $200 million from our partners,” said Elizabeth L. Hougen, chief financial officer at Isis. “Because of our strong financial performance this year, we will substantially exceed our year-end cash guidance. We are now projecting to end the year with more than $625 million in cash. We are also reducing our projected pro forma NOL by more than 30 percent to a pro forma NOL in the mid $40 million range.”

Upcoming Key Milestones

    --  Present the complete Phase 2 clinical data for ISIS-APOCIII(Rx )and
        Phase 1 clinical data for ISIS-APO(a)(Rx) at the American Heart
        Association.
    --  Report data from two clinical studies evaluating ISIS-SMN(Rx) in
        children and in infants with spinal muscular atrophy (SMA).
    --  Initiate Phase 3 programs on ISIS-APOCIII(Rx )and ISIS-SMN(Rx).

Financial Results

All pro forma amounts referred to in this press release exclude non-cash compensation expense related to equity awards. Please refer to the reconciliation of pro forma and GAAP measures, which is provided later in this release.

Revenue

Revenue for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2013 was $23.6 million and $105.0 million, respectively, compared to $11.6 million and $82.2 million for the same periods in 2012. Isis’ revenue fluctuates based on the nature and timing of payments under agreements with Isis’ partners, including license fees, milestone-related payments and other payments. For example, Isis earned more than $60 million in revenue from milestone and licensing payments in the first nine months of 2013 including:

    --  $25 million from Genzyme when the FDA approved the KYNAMRO(TM) NDA;
    --  $10 million when AstraZeneca added a second development candidate,
        ISIS-AR(Rx), to its collaboration;
    --  $16.5 million from GlaxoSmithKline because Isis initiated the Phase 2/3
        study of ISIS-TTR(Rx) and advanced ISIS-GSK3(Rx) in development;
    --  $5.5 million from Biogen Idec because Isis advanced the Phase 2 study of
        ISIS-SMN(Rx )in infants; and
    --  $3.5 million when Xenon licensed XEN701.

Isis’ revenue in the first nine months of 2013 also included more than $33 million in revenue Isis earned from its alliances with AstraZeneca, Biogen Idec, GlaxoSmithKline and Roche.

In September 2013, Isis and Biogen Idec entered into a new strategic neurology collaboration. As part of this collaboration, Isis received a $100 million upfront payment, which Isis will begin amortizing into revenue over six years starting in October 2013. In addition, in the fourth quarter of 2013, Isis has already earned $10 million in a milestone payment for advancing ISIS-DMPK(Rx) in development.

Operating Expenses

As projected, Isis’ pro forma operating expenses of $46.3 million and $128.5 million for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2013, respectively, were moderately higher compared to $37.6 million and $118.2 million for the same periods in 2012 primarily due to higher development costs associated with the progression of several of the drugs in Isis’ pipeline into later stage clinical trials.

On a GAAP basis, Isis’ operating expenses for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2013 were $49.1 million and $136.8 million, respectively, compared to $39.6 million and $125.0 million for the same periods in 2012.

Income Tax Benefit

Isis recognized a tax benefit of $5.2 million and $6.4 million for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2013, respectively, compared to $706,000 and $704,000 for the same periods in 2012. Isis’ tax benefit in 2013 is primarily related to an increase in the Company’s unrealized gain on its investment in Regulus, which reflects the increase in Regulus’ stock price this year.

Net Loss

Isis reported a net loss of $24.6 million and $36.4 million for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2013, respectively, compared to $37.6 million and $62.8 million for the same periods in 2012. Basic and diluted net loss per share for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2013 were $0.21 per share and $0.33 per share, respectively, compared to $0.37 per share and $0.63 per share for the same periods in 2012. Isis’ net loss for the nine months ended September 30, 2013 decreased compared to 2012 primarily due to the increase in the amount of revenue Isis earned from its partners in the first nine months of 2013, offset in part, by a moderate increase in operating expenses. In addition, Isis’ income tax benefit in 2013 increased by $5.7 million compared to 2012. Also contributing to the decrease in Isis’ net loss was a $4.8 million loss on the early retirement of its 2 5/8% convertible subordinated notes the Company recorded in 2012 when it successfully refinanced its convertible debt.

Balance Sheet

As of September 30, 2013, Isis had cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments of $670.9 million compared to $374.4 million at December 31, 2012 and working capital of $660 million at September 30, 2013 compared to $349.1 million at December 31, 2012. Contributing to the substantial increase in the Company’s cash in the first nine months of 2013 was the approximately $210 million from the issuance of its common stock and nearly $200 million in payments from its partners, including the $100 million upfront payment Isis received from its recently announced strategic collaboration with Biogen Idec. Isis’ working capital increased in 2013 primarily due to the increase in cash and the increase in the value of Isis’ ownership in Regulus. At September 30, 2013, the carrying value of Isis’ investment in Regulus increased to $65.0 million compared to $33.6 million at December 31, 2012. This increase demonstrates the value that Isis is realizing from its satellite company strategy.

Business Highlights

“So far in 2013, we have had a number of successes in our pipeline. We have announced multiple sets of positive clinical data for both ISIS-APOCIII(Rx) and ISIS-SMN(Rx). And our Phase 3 program for ISIS-TTR(Rx) is on track to complete enrollment next year. Beyond these late-stage assets, we have added new drugs into our pipeline, including ISIS-DMPK(Rx) to treat patients with myotonic dystrophy and ISIS-ANGPTL3(Rx) to treat patients with hyperlipidemia. We have initiated new clinical studies on six drugs, including Phase 2 studies for two of our drugs to treat type 2 diabetes in our metabolic franchise. This maturing group of assets represents the next set of commercial opportunities beyond our current late-stage drugs,” continued Ms. Parshall.

“The maturation of our pipeline and successes of our antisense technology have allowed us to expand existing partnerships as well as add new partners. These relationships allow us to broaden our therapeutic efforts into disease areas that are outside of our internal expertise. For example, our broad strategic alliance with Biogen Idec couples Biogen Idec’s extensive resources and expertise in neurological diseases with our antisense technology. Together we plan to create a franchise of novel treatments for neurological disorders. The benefits Biogen Idec brings to our efforts in neurological diseases are evident in our SMA program, which we partnered with Biogen Idec early last year. In less than two years, this program is poised to begin Phase 3 early next year,” continued Ms. Parshall.

“We expect the pipeline momentum we have created in 2013 to continue as we advance our pipeline. The progress of our partnered programs should continue to provide us with a steady stream of milestone payments as these programs mature and as we add new partnered programs to the pipeline,” concluded Ms. Parshall.

Drug Development Highlights

    --  Isis reported encouraging Phase 1 and Phase 2 data on a number of
        antisense drugs, demonstrating good safety and tolerability profiles
        with encouraging results in measures of efficacy in multiple disease
        settings.
        --  Isis reported multiple Phase 2 data sets on ISIS-APOCIII(Rx)
            demonstrating that ISIS-APOCIII(Rx) works in patients with high to
            severely high triglycerides, including patients with FCS.  Treatment
            with ISIS-APOCIII(Rx) resulted in significant reductions of apoC-III
            and triglycerides, and significant increases in HDL-C.
        --  Dr. Kathy Swoboda presented follow up data from a single-dose
            open-label Phase 1 study of ISIS-SMN(Rx) in children with SMA at the
            International Congress of the World Muscle Society.  In this study,
            data suggest that children from the two highest doses continued to
            show improvements in muscle function tests up to 14 months after a
            single injection of ISIS-SMN(Rx).
        --  Isis reported Phase 2 data on ISIS-CRP(Rx) in patients with
            rheumatoid arthritis (RA).
    --  Isis continued to mature its pipeline by advancing drugs in development
        and initiating new clinical studies.
        --  Isis advanced the Phase 2/3 study of ISIS-TTR(Rx), a drug to treat
            patients with familial amyloid polyneuropathy.  As a result, Isis
            earned $2 million from GlaxoSmithKline.
        --  Isis advanced the Phase 2 study of ISIS-SMN(Rx) in infants with SMA.
            As a result, Isis earned a $2 million milestone payment from Biogen
            Idec.
        --  Isis initiated Phase 2 studies on ISIS-GCGR(Rx) and ISIS-PTP1B(Rx),
            antisense drugs designed to control glucose in patients with type 2
            diabetes.
    --  Isis and its partners continued to add new drugs to the development
        pipeline.
        --  Isis and Biogen Idec selected a development candidate,
            ISIS-DMPK(Rx), for the treatment of patients with myotonic dystrophy
            type I.  Upon initiation of IND-enabling studies, Isis earned a $10
            million milestone payment from Biogen Idec.
        --  GlaxoSmithKline added a development candidate, ISIS-GSK3(Rx )to its
            collaboration with Isis.  Isis earned $7 million in milestone
            payments from GlaxoSmithKline as a result.
        --  Regulus nominated a development candidate, RG-101, to move forward
            in development for the treatment of patients with hepatitis C virus.
            This is the first drug targeting a microRNA that Regulus has moved
            into development.

Corporate Highlights

    --  Isis formed a broad strategic alliance with Biogen Idec to discover and
        develop antisense drugs to treat neurological disorders.
        --  Isis received a $100 million upfront payment from Biogen Idec as
            part of the collaboration that combines Biogen Idec's expertise in
            neurology with Isis' leadership in antisense technology to develop
            novel therapies to treat neurological diseases.  Isis is eligible to
            receive substantial milestone payments, license fees and royalty
            payments for all treatments developed through this collaboration.

Conference Call

At 11:30 a.m. Eastern Time today, November 5, 2013, Isis will conduct a live webcast conference call to discuss this earnings release and related activities. Interested parties may listen to the call by dialing 866-652-5200, or access the webcast at www.isispharm.com. A webcast replay will be available for a limited time at the same address.

ABOUT ISIS PHARMACEUTICALS, INC.

Isis is exploiting its leadership position in antisense technology to discover and develop novel drugs for its product pipeline and for its partners. Isis’ broad pipeline consists of 30 drugs to treat a wide variety of diseases with an emphasis on cardiovascular, metabolic, severe and rare diseases, including neurological disorders, and cancer. Isis’ partner, Genzyme, is commercializing Isis’ lead product, KYNAMRO(TM), in the United States for the treatment of patients with HoFH. Isis’ patents provide strong and extensive protection for its drugs and technology. Additional information about Isis is available at www.isispharm.com.

FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENT

This press release includes forward-looking statements regarding Isis Pharmaceuticals’ financial position and outlook, Isis’ business, and the therapeutic and commercial potential of Isis’ technologies and products in development. Any statement describing Isis’ goals, expectations, financial or other projections, intentions or beliefs, including the commercial potential of KYNAMRO, is a forward-looking statement and should be considered an at-risk statement. Such statements are subject to certain risks and uncertainties, particularly those inherent in the process of discovering, developing and commercializing drugs that are safe and effective for use as human therapeutics, and in the endeavor of building a business around such drugs. Isis’ forward-looking statements also involve assumptions that, if they never materialize or prove correct, could cause its results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Although Isis’ forward-looking statements reflect the good faith judgment of its management, these statements are based only on facts and factors currently known by Isis. As a result, you are cautioned not to rely on these forward-looking statements. These and other risks concerning Isis’ programs are described in additional detail in Isis’ annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2012, and its most recent quarterly report on Form 10-Q, which are on file with the SEC. Copies of these and other documents are available from the Company.

In this press release, unless the context requires otherwise, “Isis,” “Company,” “we,” “our,” and “us” refers to Isis Pharmaceuticals and its subsidiaries.

Isis Pharmaceuticals® is a registered trademark of Isis Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Regulus Therapeutics(TM) is a trademark of Regulus Therapeutics Inc. KYNAMRO(TM) is a trademark of Genzyme Corporation.


                             ISIS PHARMACEUTICALS, INC.

                           SELECTED FINANCIAL INFORMATION

                  Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations
                       (In Thousands, Except Per Share Data)

                                       Three months               Nine months
                                          ended,                     ended,

                                      September 30,             September 30,

                                      2013          2012          2013          2012
                                                                  ----          ----

    Revenue:                           (unaudited)               (unaudited)

        Research and
         development
         revenue
         under
         collaborative
         agreements                $23,383       $11,127      $102,918       $80,085

        Licensing
         and royalty
         revenue                       202           474         2,118         2,091
                                       ---           ---         -----         -----

    Total
     revenue                       $23,585        11,601       105,036        82,176
                                   -------        ------       -------        ------

    Expenses:

        Research,
         development
         and patent
         expenses                   45,660        36,551       126,603       115,700

        General and
         administrative              3,430         3,096        10,241         9,281

    Total
     operating
     expenses                       49,090        39,647       136,844       124,981
                                    ------        ------       -------       -------

    Loss from
     operations                    (25,505)      (28,046)      (31,808)      (42,805)

    Other income
     (expense):

    Equity in
     net loss of
     Regulus
     Therapeutics
     Inc.                                -             -             -        (1,139)

    Investment
     income                            434           408         1,400         1,485

    Interest
     expense                        (4,867)       (5,937)      (14,470)      (16,335)

    Gain on
     investments,
     net                               175             -         2,073            19

    Loss on
     early
     retirement
     of debt                             -        (4,770)            -        (4,770)
                                       ---        ------           ---        ------

    Loss before
     income tax
     benefit                       (29,763)      (38,345)      (42,805)      (63,545)

    Income tax
     benefit                         5,193           706         6,437           704
                                     -----           ---         -----           ---

    Net loss                      $(24,570)     $(37,639)     $(36,368)     $(62,841)
                                  ========      ========      ========      ========

    Basic and
     diluted net
     loss per
     share                          $(0.21)       $(0.37)       $(0.33)       $(0.63)
                                    ======        ======        ======        ======

    Shares used
     in
     computing
     basic and
     diluted net
     loss per
     share                         115,263       100,680       108,608       100,351

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                                                 Isis Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

                                         Reconciliation of GAAP to Pro Forma Basis:

                             Condensed Consolidated Operating Expenses and Loss From Operations

                                                       (In Thousands)

                                                                                                                          Three months      Nine months
                                                                                                                             ended,            ended,

                                                                                                                         September 30,     September 30,

                                                                                                                                  2013              2012          2013          2012
                                                                                                                                  ----              ----          ----          ----

                                                                                                                          (unaudited)       (unaudited)

    As reported operating
     expenses according to GAAP                                                                                                $49,090           $39,647      $136,844      $124,981

        Excluding compensation
         expense related to equity
         awards                                                                                                                 (2,812)           (2,034)       (8,318)       (6,761)

    Pro forma operating expenses                                                                                               $46,278           $37,613      $128,526      $118,220
                                                                                                                               =======           =======      ========      ========

    As reported loss from
     operations according to GAAP                                                                                             $(25,505)         $(28,046)     $(31,808)     $(42,805)

    Excluding compensation
     expense related to equity
     awards                                                                                                                     (2,812)           (2,034)       (8,318)       (6,761)

    Pro forma loss from
     operations                                                                                                               $(22,693)         $(26,012)     $(23,490)     $(36,044)
                                                                                                                              ========          ========      ========      ========

Reconciliation of GAAP to Pro Forma Basis

As illustrated in the Selected Financial Information in this press release, pro forma operating expenses and pro forma loss from operations were adjusted from GAAP to exclude compensation expense related to equity awards, which are non-cash. Isis has regularly reported non-GAAP measures for operating results as pro forma results. These measures are provided as supplementary information and are not a substitute for financial measures calculated in accordance with GAAP. Isis reports these pro forma results to better enable financial statement users to assess and compare its historical performance and project its future operating results and cash flows. Further, the presentation of Isis’ pro forma results is consistent with how Isis’ management internally evaluates the performance of its operations.



                             Isis Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

                        Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

                                   (In Thousands)

                                                                                   September
                                                                                   30,             December 31,

                                                                                          2013             2012
                                                                                          ----             ----

                                                                                   (unaudited)

    Assets:

      Cash, cash equivalents and
       short-term investments                                                         $670,898         $374,446

      Investment in Regulus
       Therapeutics Inc.                                                                65,004           33,622

      Other current assets                                                              27,402           15,370

      Property, plant and
       equipment, net                                                                   87,273           91,084

      Other assets                                                                      31,339           31,164
                                                                                        ------           ------

         Total assets                                                                 $881,916         $545,686

    Liabilities and
     stockholders' equity:

      Other current liabilities                                                        $47,301          $38,397

      Current portion of
       deferred contract revenue                                                        55,977           35,925

      2 3/4% convertible senior
       notes                                                                           148,705          143,990

      Long-term obligations,
       less current portion                                                             77,481           77,952

      Long-term deferred
       contract revenue                                                                151,006           66,656

      Stockholders' equity                                                             401,446          182,766
                                                                                                        -------

        Total liabilities and
         stockholders' equity                                                         $881,916         $545,686
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SOURCE Isis Pharmaceuticals, Inc.


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