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Nektar Therapeutics (CA) (NKTR) Reports Financial Results For The Second Quarter Of 2014



8/1/2014 7:00:01 AM

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SAN FRANCISCO, July 31, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Nektar Therapeutics (Nasdaq: NKTR) today reported its financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2014.

Cash and investments in marketable securities at June 30, 2014 were $301.4 million as compared to $309.1 million at March 31, 2014.  

"The second half of 2014 will be an exciting time for Nektar as we look forward to significant milestones for a number of our late-stage clinical programs," said Howard W. Robin, President and Chief Executive Officer of Nektar. "The first of these is the potential US and EU approvals of Movantik with our partner AstraZeneca. If approved, Movantik would be the first oral targeted therapy approved for opioid induced constipation, a debilitating condition that occurs in up to 80%* of the 69 million chronic pain patients worldwide. Our partner Baxter has completed dosing in their Phase 3 study for BAX 855, a longer-acting PEGylated Factor VIII therapy to treat hemophilia A and plans to file the BLA in the U.S. by the end of this year. In our proprietary pipeline, we are on track for topline results from the Phase 3 breast cancer study for NKTR-102 in Q1 2015."

Revenue in the second quarter of 2014 was $28.5 million as compared to $33.9 million in the second quarter of 2013. Year-to-date revenue for 2014 was $48.3 million as compared to $56.9 million in the first half of 2013.  The decrease in revenue in the second quarter and first half of 2014 as compared to the same periods in 2013 is primarily due to decreased manufacturing activity.  Revenue included non-cash royalty revenue, related to our 2012 royalty monetization, of $4.8 million and $10.6 million in the second quarter and first half of 2014, respectively, and $3.8 million and $8.2 million in the second quarter and first half of 2013, respectively. This non-cash royalty revenue is offset by non-cash interest expense. 

Total operating costs and expenses in the second quarter of 2014 were $51.4 million as compared to $66.5 million in the second quarter of 2013.  Total operating costs and expenses in the first half of 2014 were $107.6 million as compared to $134.6 million in the first half of 2013.  Total operating costs and expenses decreased primarily as a result of decreased research and development (R&D) expense, as well as decreased cost of goods sold associated with decreased manufacturing activity.

Research and development expense in the second quarter of 2014 was $36.7 million as compared to $52.2 million in the second quarter of 2013.  For the first half of 2014, R&D expense was $75.0 million as compared to $97.8 million in the first half of 2013.  R&D expense was lower in the second quarter and first half of 2014 as compared to the same periods in 2013 primarily because of reduced expenses for the Phase 3 study of etirinotecan pegol (NKTR-102) in metastatic breast cancer, which completed enrollment in the third quarter of 2013. Additionally, R&D expense in the second quarter and first half of 2013 included costs related to the Phase 2 study of NKTR-181, which was completed in 2013.  These decreases in R&D expense in 2014 were partially offset by costs for the preparation for the start of Phase 3 for NKTR-181, the ongoing Phase 1 study of NKTR-171, and the continued production of devices for the ongoing Phase 3 studies of Amikacin Inhale.

General and administrative expense was $9.6 million in the second quarter of 2014 as compared to $9.2 million in the second quarter of 2013.  G&A expense in the first half of 2014 was $19.5 million as compared to $20.1 million in the first half of 2013.

Non-cash interest expense incurred in connection with the 2012 royalty monetization was $5.1 million and $10.5 million in the second quarter and first half of 2014, respectively, as compared to $5.5 million and $11.0 million in the second quarter and first half of 2013, respectively.

Net loss in the second quarter of 2014 was $32.6 million or $0.26 loss per share as compared to $42.7 million or $0.37 loss per share in the second quarter of 2013. Net loss in the first half of 2014 was $78.8 million or $0.63 loss per share as compared to $97.8 million or $0.85 loss per share in the first half of 2013.

The company also announced upcoming presentations at the following medical meetings and scientific congresses during the third and fourth quarters of 2014:

Global Cancer Conference 2014, Hyderabad, India:

  • Oral Abstract Title: "NKTR-214: A long-acting, engineered immunotherapy shows excellent therapeutic efficacy in multiple syngeneic mouse tumor models both alone and in combination with checkpoint inhibition", Addepalli, M., et al. 
    • Date: September 15-17, 2014

IASP 15th World Congress on Pain, Buenos Aires, Argentina:

  • Abstract/Poster Title: "Multi-dimensional pathway analysis reveals unique pharmacological signatures of kappa opioid receptor agonists", Brew, C., et al. 
    • Date: October 10, 2014, 9:30 a.m. Argentina Time

Society for Neuroscience, Washington, DC:

  • Abstract/Poster Title: "SEO-16: An orally active opioid analgesic with rapid onset of activity and reduced CNS side effects", Harrison, S., et al. 
    • Poster Session 244: "Opioids and other analgesics"
    • Date: November 16, 2014, 1:00 p.m. 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time

Conference Call to Discuss Second Quarter 2014 Financial Results

Nektar management will host a conference call to review the results beginning at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time/2:00 p.m. Pacific Time today, Thursday, July 31, 2014.

This press release and a live audio-only Webcast of the conference call can be accessed through a link that is posted on the home page and Investor Relations section of the Nektar website: http://www.nektar.com. The web broadcast of the conference call will be available for replay through Monday, September 1, 2014.

    To access the conference call, follow these instructions:

    Dial: (877) 881.2183 (U.S.); (970) 315.0453 (international)
    Passcode: 73168608 (Nektar Therapeutics is the host)

In the event that any non-GAAP financial measure is discussed on the conference call that is not described in the press release, or explained on the conference call, related information will be made available on the Investor Relations page at the Nektar website as soon as practical after the conclusion of the conference call.

About Nektar

Nektar Therapeutics (NASDAQ: NKTR) is a biopharmaceutical company developing novel therapeutics based on its advanced polymer conjugate technology platform. Nektar has a robust R&D pipeline of potentially high-value therapeutics in pain, oncology and other therapeutic areas. In the area of pain, Nektar has an exclusive worldwide license agreement with AstraZeneca for Movantik (naloxegol), an investigational drug candidate, which has been filed for regulatory approvals in the U.S., Europe and Canada as a once- daily, oral tablet for the treatment of opioid-induced constipation. This agreement also includes Movantik fixed dose combination products (formerly NKTR-119), an earlier stage development program that is a co-formulation of Movantik and an opioid. NKTR-181, a novel mu-opioid analgesic molecule for chronic pain conditions, has completed Phase 2 development. NKTR-171, a new sodium channel blocker being developed as an oral therapy for the treatment of peripheral neuropathic pain, is in Phase 1 clinical development. In oncology, etirinotecan pegol (NKTR-102) is being evaluated in a Phase 3 clinical study (the BEACON study) for the treatment of metastatic breast cancer and is also in Phase 2 studies for the treatment of lung and brain cancers. In anti-infectives, Amikacin Inhale is in Phase 3 studies conducted by Bayer Healthcare as an adjunctive treatment for intubated and mechanically ventilated patients with Gram-negative pneumonia. Additional late-stage development products that leverage Nektar's proprietary technology platform include Baxter's BAX 855, a longer-acting rFVIII program, which is in Phase 3 clinical development for patients with hemophilia A.

Nektar's technology has enabled eight approved products in the U.S. or Europe through partnerships with leading biopharmaceutical companies, including UCB's Cimzia® for Crohn's disease and rheumatoid arthritis, Roche's PEGASYS® for hepatitis C and Amgen's Neulasta® for neutropenia.

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