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IONS Ionis Pharmaceuticals

Filed: 24 Feb 21, 8:45am

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C.  20549
 
FORM 8-K
 
CURRENT REPORT
PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE
SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
 
Date of report (Date of earliest event reported):  February 24, 2021
 
IONIS PHARMACEUTICALS, INC.
(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in Charter)
 
Delaware
(State or Other Jurisdiction of Incorporation)
 
000-19125
 33-0336973
(Commission File No.) (IRS Employer Identification No.)

2855 Gazelle Court
Carlsbad, CA 92010
(Address of Principal Executive Offices and Zip Code)
 
Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: (760) 931-9200

 
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Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:

Title of each class Trading symbol Name of each exchange on which registered
Common Stock, $.001 Par Value
 “IONS”
 The Nasdaq Stock Market LLC

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is an emerging growth company as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act of 1933 (Section 230.405 of this chapter) or Rule 12b-2 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (Section 240.12b-2 of this chapter).

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Item 2.02Results of Operations and Financial Condition.
 
On February 24, 2021, Ionis Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (the “Company”) issued a press release announcing the Company’s financial results for the quarter and fiscal year ended December 31, 2020.  In addition to disclosing results that are determined in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), the Company also discloses pro forma or non-GAAP results of operations, which are adjusted from GAAP to exclude non-cash compensation expense related to equity awards, costs related to the integration of Akcea Therapeutics, Inc. (“Akcea”) following the Company’s acquisition of Akcea, and costs related to the Company’s restructured European operations and the related tax effects.  The Company is presenting pro forma information excluding non-cash compensation expense related to equity awards, costs related to the Akcea integration, and costs related to the Company’s restructured European operations and the related tax effects because the Company believes it is useful for investors in assessing the Company’s operating results compared to the prior year.  A copy of the release is furnished with this report as an exhibit pursuant to “Item 2.02. Results of Operations and Financial Condition” of Form 8-K in accordance with SEC Release Nos. 33-8216 and 34-47583.
 
The information in this Current Report on Form 8-K and the Exhibit attached hereto shall not be deemed “filed” for purposes of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the “Exchange Act”) or otherwise subject to the liabilities of that section, nor shall it be deemed incorporated by reference in any filing under the Securities Act of 1933 or the Exchange Act, regardless of any general incorporation language in such filing.
 
Item 9.01.Financial Statements and Exhibits.
 
(d) Exhibits.
 
Exhibit No.Description
Press Release dated February 24, 2021.
  
104Cover Page Interactive Data File (embedded within the Inline XBRL document).


SIGNATURE
 
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, thereunto duly authorized.
 
 Ionis Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
  
Dated:  February 24, 2021By:/s/ Patrick R. O’Neil
 
Patrick R. O’Neil
 
Executive Vice President, Legal, General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer