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Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): November 9, 2023
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Explanatory Note
This Amendment No. 1 to Current Report on Form 8-K/A (the “Amended Filing”) amends the Current Report on Form 8-K filed by Ligand Pharmaceuticals Incorporated (the “Company”) with the Securities and Exchange Commission on November 8, 2023 (the “Original Filing”). The purposes of the Amended Filing is to furnish an amended version of Company’s earnings release issued November 8, 2023 (the “Amended Earnings Release”) for the reasons described below.
Item 2.02 Results of Operations and Financial Condition.
Subsequent to the issuance of the Company’s November 8, 2023 earnings release, the Company finalized its accounting and recorded a $3.2 million derivative asset in connection with the Pelican divestiture and investment in Primrose Bio during the quarter ended September 30, 2023. In the Amended Earnings Release, this entry was recorded under other asset account in the Company’s condensed consolidated balance sheet as of September 30, 2023, which resulted in a $2.1 million gain on sale of Pelican rather than the previously reported ($1.1) million loss from sale of Pelican for the quarter ended September 30, 2023. The after-tax impact of this entry reduced its net loss per share for the quarter ended September 30, 2023 from ($0.74) to ($0.59). The adjusted earnings per share was not affected by this entry.
Additionally, in the Amended Earnings Release, the Company netted its income taxes receivable against income taxes payable on its condensed consolidated balance sheet as of September 30, 2023 for presentation purpose.
The complete Amended Earnings Release as corrected is attached hereto as exhibit 99.1 and incorporated by reference.
These revisions were correctly recorded in the Company’s Form 10-Q for the period ended September 30, 2023, filed on November 8, 2023.
In accordance with General Instruction B.2. of Form 8-K, the information in this Amendment No. 1 to Current Report on Form 8-K, including Exhibit 99.1, shall not be deemed “filed” for purposes of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”), or otherwise subject to the liability of that section, nor shall it be deemed incorporated by reference in any filing under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, or the Exchange Act, except as expressly set forth by specific reference in such a filing.
Item 9.01 Financial Statements and Exhibits.
(d)    Exhibits.
Exhibit No.
Press release issued by the Company, as corrected, as of November 8, 2023, furnished pursuant to Item 2.02 of this Form 8-K.
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Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.
Date: November 9, 2023
By: /s/ Andrew Reardon
Name: Andrew Reardon
Title: Chief Legal Officer and Secretary