Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934


Date of Report (Date of Earliest Event Reported):  January 8, 2018


Acorda Therapeutics, Inc.

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)








(State or other jurisdiction




(I.R.S. Employer

of incorporation)


File Number)


Identification No.)








420 Saw Mill River Road,

Ardsley, NY





(Address of principal executive offices)


(Zip Code)






Registrant’s telephone number, including area code:  (914) 347-4300


Not Applicable

Former name or former address, if changed since last report


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Item 2.02Results of Operations and Financial Condition


On January 8, 2018, Acorda Therapeutics, Inc. (“Company”) issued a press release announcing certain financial information for the fourth quarter of 2017 as well as for the 2017 full year, including that Ampyra (dalfampridine) Extended Release Tablets, 10 mg unaudited net sales for the fourth quarter of 2017 were $166 million, and that Ampyra full year unaudited net sales for 2017 were $542 million. Final results are subject to completion of the Company’s year-end audit. The Company provided 2018 guidance for Ampyra net sales of $330-$350 million, research and development (R&D) expense of $100-$110 million, and sales, general and administrative (SG&A) expense of $170-$180 million. The Company expects to maintain exclusivity of Ampyra at least through July 30, 2018. The Ampyra 2018 net sales guidance is subject to change based on the appellate court’s decision in the Company’s Ampyra patent litigation. R&D and SG&A expense guidance are non-GAAP projections which exclude share-based compensation, as more fully described below.


The Company also announced that it is providing a corporate overview on Wednesday, January 10 at the 36th Annual J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference.  


A copy of the press release is attached as Exhibit 99.1 to this Current Report on Form 8-K, and incorporated by reference into this Item.


This report and Exhibit 99.1 include certain forward-looking financial measures that were not prepared in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States (GAAP). In particular, the Company has provided 2018 expense guidance for R&D and SG&A on a non-GAAP basis. Due to the forward looking nature of this information, the amount of compensation charges and benefits needed to reconcile these measures to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures is dependent on future changes in the market price of our common stock and is not available at this time. Non-GAAP financial measures are not an alternative for financial measures prepared in accordance with GAAP. However, the Company believes the presentation of these non-GAAP financial measures, when viewed in conjunction with our GAAP results, provide investors with a more meaningful understanding of our ongoing and projected operating performance. The Company believes these non-GAAP financial measures help indicate underlying trends in the Company's business and are important in understanding projected operating performance. Also, management uses these non-GAAP financial measures to establish budgets and operational goals, and to manage the Company's business and to evaluate its performance.


Item 8.01Other Events


The information set forth in Item 2.02 above is incorporated by reference into this Item.


Item 9.01Financial Statements and Exhibits


(d) Exhibits


Exhibit No.





Press Release dated January 8, 2018




Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.



Acorda Therapeutics, Inc.




January 8, 2018


/s/ David Lawrence



Name: David Lawrence



Title: Chief, Business Operations and Principal Accounting Officer