SAN DIEGO, Aug. 5, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Mast Therapeutics, Inc. (NYSE MKT: MSTX) today reported financial results for the quarter ended June 30, 2013.
Brian M. Culley, Chief Executive Officer, said: "With a cash position of more than $50 million and active enrollment in our pivotal phase 3 study of MST-188, we believe we are well-positioned to bring to market the first new drug in sickle cell disease in over 15 years. We now have in excess of 15 of our planned 40 clinical sites open in the U.S. and we expect to begin opening sites outside the U.S. before the end of this year."
Second Quarter 2013 Operating Results
The Company's net loss for the second quarter of 2013 was $4.9 million, or $0.09 per share (basic and diluted), compared to a net loss of $4.2 million, or $0.09 per share (basic and diluted), for the same period in 2012.
Research and development (R&D) expenses for the second quarter of 2013 were $2.8 million, an increase of $0.7 million, or 35%, compared to $2.1 million for the same period in 2012. The increase was primarily due to a $1.7 million increase in external clinical study fees and expenses, offset by a $1.0 million decrease in external nonclinical study fees and expenses. The increase in external clinical study fees and expenses was primarily related to EPIC, the Company's phase 3 study of MST-188 in sickle cell disease, and the Company's thorough QT/QTc study of MST-188 in healthy volunteers, both of which were initiated in 2013. The decrease in external nonclinical study fees and expenses resulted primarily from a decrease in research-related manufacturing activities for ANX-514, which the Company discontinued during 2012.
Selling, general and administrative (SG&A) expenses for the second quarter of 2013 were $2.1 million, an increase of $0.2 million, or 12%, compared to $1.9 million for the same period in 2012. The increase resulted primarily from an increase in legal expenses and consulting fees.
Year-to-Date Operating Results
The Company's net loss for the six months ended June 30, 2013 was $10.5 million, or $0.21 per share (basic and diluted), compared to a net loss of $8.4 million, or $0.18 per share (basic and diluted), for the same period in 2012.
R&D expenses for the six months ended June 30, 2013 were $6.3 million, an increase of $2.0 million, or 45%, compared to $4.3 million for the same period in 2012. The increase was due to increases of $3.7 million in external clinical study fees and expenses, $0.2 million in personnel costs and $0.1 million in share-based compensation, offset by a $2.0 million decrease in external nonclinical study fees and expenses. The increase in external clinical study fees and expenses was primarily related to EPIC and the thorough QT/QTc study of MST-188. The decrease in external nonclinical study fees and expenses resulted primarily from a decrease in research-related manufacturing activities for ANX-514.
SG&A expenses for the six months ended June 30, 2013 were $4.2 million, an increase of $0.3 million, or 8%, compared to $3.9 million for the same period in 2012. The increase resulted primarily from a $0.2 million increase in legal expenses and consulting fees and a $0.1 million increase in personnel costs related to increased headcount.
Balance Sheet Highlights
As of June 30, 2013, the Company had cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments totaling $53.4 million. Stockholders' equity amounted to $57.9 million as of June 30, 2013.
About Mast Therapeutics
Mast Therapeutics, Inc. is a publicly traded biopharmaceutical company headquartered in San Diego, California. The Company is leveraging the MAST (Molecular Adhesion and Sealant Technology) platform, derived from over two decades of clinical, nonclinical and manufacturing experience with purified and non-purified poloxamers, to develop MST-188, its lead product candidate, for serious or life-threatening diseases with significant unmet needs. MST-188 is a cytoprotective, hemorheologic, anti-inflammatory and anti-thrombotic agent that has potential utility in diseases or conditions characterized by microcirculatory insufficiency (endothelial dysfunction and/or impaired blood flow).
The Company is enrolling subjects in EPIC, a pivotal phase 3 study of MST-188 in sickle cell disease, a genetic blood disorder in which sickled cells cause blood flow problems, which can lead to severe pain, irreversible organ damage, and early death. The Company plans to initiate a phase 2 clinical study of MST-188 in acute limb ischemia, a complication of peripheral arterial disease, in late 2013 or early 2014. More information can be found on the Company's web site at www.masttherapeutics.com.
Mast Therapeutics and the corporate logo are trademarks of Mast Therapeutics, Inc.
Forward Looking Statements
Mast Therapeutics cautions you that statements included in this press release that are not a description of historical facts are forward-looking statements that are based on the Company's current expectations and assumptions. Such forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements relating to the potential for MST-188 to be approved for patients with sickle cell disease and the timing of any such approval relative to other investigational drugs for sickle cell disease, progress with the EPIC study, including opening trial sites, the total number of sites planned and its prospects for generating evidence of efficacy and safety of MST-188 in vaso-occlusive crisis of sickle cell disease sufficient for regulatory approval, and the Company's development plans for MST-188 in acute limb ischemia. Among the factors that could cause or contribute to material differences between the Company's actual results and the expectations indicated by the forward-looking statements are risks and uncertainties that include, but are not limited to: the uncertainty of outcomes in ongoing and future nonclinical and clinical studies of MST-188 and the risk that MST-188 may not demonstrate adequate safety, efficacy or tolerability in one or more such studies; delays in the commencement or completion of clinical studies, including as a result of difficulties in obtaining regulatory agency agreement on clinical development plans or clinical study design, opening trial sites, enrolling study subjects, manufacturing sufficient quantities of clinical trial material, being subject to a "clinical hold," or suspension or termination of a clinical study, including due to patient safety concerns or lack of funding; the potential for institutional review boards or the FDA or other regulatory agencies to require additional nonclinical or clinical studies prior to initiation of the planned phase 2 clinical study of MST-188 in acute limb ischemia; the risk that, even if clinical studies are successful, the FDA or other regulatory agencies may determine they are not sufficient to support a new drug application; the Company's reliance on contract research organizations (CROs), contract manufacturing organizations (CMOs), and other third parties to assist in the conduct of important aspects of development of MST-188, including clinical studies, and regulatory activities for MST-188 and that such third parties may fail to perform as expected; the Company's ability to obtain additional funding on a timely basis or on acceptable terms, or at all; the potential for the Company to delay, reduce or discontinue current and/or planned development activities, including clinical studies, partner MST-188 at inopportune times or pursue less expensive but higher-risk and/or lower return development paths if it is unable to raise sufficient additional capital as needed; the risk that the Company is not able to adequately protect its intellectual property rights relating to the MAST platform and MST-188 and prevent competitors from duplicating or developing equivalent versions of its product candidates, including MST-188; and other risks and uncertainties more fully described in the Company's press releases and periodic filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The Company's public filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission are available at www.sec.gov.
You are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date when made. Mast Therapeutics does not intend to revise or update any forward-looking statement set forth in this press release to reflect events or circumstances arising after the date hereof, except as may be required by law.
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