Royalty Pharma Raises Full Year 2023 Guidance

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  • Royalty Pharma now expects 2023 Adjusted Cash Receipts(1) (non-GAAP) to be between $2,850 million and $2,950 million, excluding contributions from future transactions

NEW YORK, NY, March 15, 2023 – Royalty Pharma plc (Nasdaq: RPRX) today announced that it has received a $475 million accelerated milestone payment from Pfizer, following the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval of Zavzpret (zavegepant), a calcitonin gene-related peptide (CGRP) receptor antagonist nasal spray for the acute treatment of migraine. As a result, Royalty Pharma is raising its full year 2023 Adjusted Cash Receipts (non-GAAP) guidance to between $2,850 million and $2,950 million (from between $2,375 million and $2,475 million), excluding transactions announced subsequent to the date of this release.

“We are pleased that Zavzpret was approved by the U.S. FDA, which provides another important new treatment option for migraine patients,” said Pablo Legorreta, founder and Chief Executive Officer of Royalty Pharma. “Furthermore, this accelerated return on our Zavzpret R&D funding provides additional capital that can be redeployed to create long-term shareholder value.”

Royalty Pharma will now receive royalties on net sales of both Nurtec ODT and Zavzpret.

Royalty Pharma today provides this guidance based on its most up-to-date view on its prospects. This guidance assumes no major unforeseen adverse events and excludes the contributions from transactions announced subsequent to the date of this press release. Furthermore, Royalty Pharma may amend its guidance in the event it engages in new royalty transactions which have a material near-term financial impact on the company.

Royalty Pharma has not reconciled its non-GAAP 2023 guidance to the most directly comparable GAAP measure, net cash provided by operating activities, at this time due to the inherent difficulty in accurately forecasting and quantifying certain amounts that are necessary for such reconciliation, including, primarily, payments for operating and professional costs, distributions from equity method investees and interest received. Royalty Pharma is not able to forecast on a GAAP basis with reasonable certainty all adjustments needed in order to project net cash provided by operating activities at this time.

About Royalty Pharma

Founded in 1996, Royalty Pharma is the largest buyer of biopharmaceutical royalties and a leading funder of innovation across the biopharmaceutical industry, collaborating with innovators from academic institutions, research hospitals and non-profits through small and mid-cap biotechnology companies to leading global pharmaceutical companies. Royalty Pharma has assembled a portfolio of royalties which entitles it to payments based directly on the top-line sales of many of the industry’s leading therapies. Royalty Pharma funds innovation in the biopharmaceutical industry both directly and indirectly – directly when it partners with companies to co-fund late-stage clinical trials and new product launches in exchange for future royalties, and indirectly when it acquires existing royalties from the original innovators. Royalty Pharma’s current portfolio includes royalties on more than 35 commercial products, including Vertex’s Trikafta, Kalydeco, Orkambi and Symdeko, Biogen’s Tysabri, AbbVie and Johnson & Johnson’s Imbruvica, Astellas and Pfizer’s Xtandi, GSK’s Trelegy, Novartis’ Promacta, Pfizer’s Nurtec ODT, Johnson & Johnson’s Tremfya, Roche’s Evrysdi, Gilead’s Trodelvy, and 11 development-stage product candidates.

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(1) Adjusted Cash Receipts is a measure calculated with inputs directly from the statements of cash flows and includes (1) total royalty receipts: (i) cash collections from royalty assets (financial assets and intangible assets), (ii) Other royalty cash collections, (iii) Distributions from equity method investees, plus (2) Proceeds from available for sale debt securities, and less (1) Distributions to legacy non-controlling interests – royalty receipts, which represent contractual distributions of royalty receipts and proceeds from available for sale debt securities to the Legacy Investors Partnerships and Royalty Pharma Select Finance Trust (RPSFT). See Royalty Pharma’s Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the SEC on February 15, 2023 for additional discussion.

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