Altimmune Announces Second Quarter 2020 Financial Results and Provides a Business Update

GAITHERSBURG, Md., Aug. 11, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Altimmune, Inc.  (Nasdaq: ALT), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company, today announced financial results for the three and six months ended June 30, 2020 and provided a business update.

“We are pleased with Altimmune’s progress during 2020 as we have launched two new product candidates for COVID-19, progressed our NASH candidate toward clinical testing and forged strategic alliances with Vigene Biosciences and DynPort Vaccine Company” said Vipin K. Garg, Ph.D., President and Chief Executive Officer. “With the support of our shareholders, we now have more than $200 million of cash and investments on hand to drive continued development of our product pipeline.”

Recent Highlights

  • Received gross proceeds of $199.4 million from a public offering, warrant exercises and ATM sales since Q1 2020
    Since the first quarter, the Company has received $132.2 million in gross proceeds from a public offering of common stock and pre-funded warrants, $40.9 million from warrant exercises and $26.3 million in gross proceeds from ATM sales. The cash received will be used primarily for the development of AdCOVID and T-COVID, including scale up of manufacturing and advanced clinical trials; the continued development of ALT-801, a dual GLP-1/glucagon receptor agonist for the treatment of non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH), including the first-in-human trial later this year; and for capital expenditures and general working capital purposes.
  • Announced positive preclinical results for AdCOVID
    The Company announced positive results from the preclinical studies of its single-dose intranasal COVID-19 vaccine candidate, AdCOVID. The studies, which were conducted in collaboration with the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), showed strong serum neutralizing activity and potent mucosal immunity in the respiratory tract. The induction of mucosal IgA antibody in the respiratory tract may be necessary to block both infection and transmission of the virus to prevent further spread of COVID-19. Based on these findings, the Company has initiated manufacturing of AdCOVID and plans to advance the vaccine candidate to a Phase 1 safety and immunogenicity study in Q4 of this year.
  • Announced manufacturing agreement with Vigene Biosciences for AdCOVID
    The Company announced that it has entered into an agreement with Vigene Biosciences to manufacture AdCOVID, the Company’s single-dose intranasal vaccine candidate for COVID-19. Vigene, a Rockville, Maryland-based award-winning Contract Development and Manufacturing Organization, specializes in viral vectors and will deploy its capabilities to manufacture AdCOVID. Following recent positive pre-clinical data, the Company plans to start a Phase 1 clinical trial of AdCOVID in Q4 2020.
  • Formed teaming agreement with DynPort Vaccine Company for AdCOVID
    The Company announced that it has entered into a teaming agreement with DynPort Vaccine Company (DVC), a General Dynamics Information Technology (GDIT) company, to coordinate U.S. Government funding efforts and, if successful, to provide program management, drug development activity integration, and regulatory support for AdCOVID.
  • Initiated T-COVID program and received $4.7 million award from the DoD to fund Phase 1/2 clinical trial
    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorized the Company to proceed with a Phase 1/2 clinical trial of T-COVID, an investigational therapeutic agent for the treatment of early COVID-19. The EPIC Trial (Efficacy and Safety of T-COVID in the Prevention of Clinical Worsening in COVID-19) is being funded through a $4.7 million competitive award from the U.S. Army Medical Research & Development Command (USAMRDC) and Department of Defense (DoD) working in collaboration with the Medical Technology Enterprise Consortium (MTEC), a 501(c)(3) biomedical technology consortium. Altimmune recently initiated multiple clinical sites across the United States and expects that enrollment will commence imminently.
  • Completed enrollment in Phase 1b clinical trial of NasoShield
    The Company completed enrollment in its Phase 1b clinical trial of NasoShield, a single dose intranasal anthrax vaccine candidate. The NasoShield program is being developed under a contract with the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA), with a total potential value of $133.7 million if all options in the contract (HHSO100201600008C) are exercised. At the conclusion of the Phase 1b NasoShield trial, BARDA will have the option of exercising the remaining contract options valued at approximately $105 million to enable Phase 2 development.
  • Advanced IND-enabling activities for ALT-801 GLP-1/glucagon dual receptor agonist for NASH
    The Company has successfully completed the in-life portion of the safety and toxicological assessment of ALT-801 and is manufacturing the clinical trial material for the first-in-human trial, expected to start in Q4 2020. The single and multiple ascending dose trial will be conducted in Australia and will evaluate the safety and activity of ALT-801 in overweight and obese volunteers. Data from that study, including validation of the compound’s weight loss and liver fat-reducing effects, is expected to read out in the spring of 2021.
  • Received HepTcell IND clearance for Phase 2 trial
    The FDA cleared the Company’s Investigational New Drug (IND) application to conduct a Phase 2 trial of HepTcell, a peptide-based immunotherapeutic for the treatment of chronic hepatitis B (HBV). The Company is also filing CTAs in Canada and three European countries. Altimmune plans to initiate the multinational trial in Q4 of this year, subject to an ongoing assessment of the impact of COVID-19 on study conduct.

Financial Results for the Second Quarter Ended June 30, 2020

  • The Company had cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments of $80.3 million at June 30, 2020. Subsequent to the quarter ended June 30, 2020, the Company received approximately $136.2 million in net proceeds from the public offering of its common stock, warrant exercises, and ATM sales.
  • Revenue was $0.7 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2020 compared to $1.6 million in the prior year period. The change was primarily due to a decrease in billings under the Company’s U.S. government contracts due to timing of manufacturing and clinical trials for the NasoShield program.
  • Research and development expenses were $16.5 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2020 compared to $2.9 million in the prior year period. The increase was primarily attributable to an increase in the contingent liability for stock-based milestone payments associated with the acquisition of ALT-801; development costs for IND-enabling preclinical studies for ALT-801; and development costs for the COVID-19 programs. These increases were partially offset by decreased spend on the NasoShield program.
  • General and administrative expenses were $2.5 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2020 compared to $2.2 million in the prior year period. The increase is attributable to higher employee compensation and legal costs.   
  • Income tax benefit was $1.6 million for the three months ended June 30, 2020, as compared to zero for the same period in 2019. The increase is attributable to the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (the “CARES Act”) passed on March 27, 2020 which made temporary changes regarding the utilization and carry back of net operating losses. The Company intends to file a tax refund claim with the Internal Revenue Service reflecting a partial refund of its 2016 tax liability by carrying back net operating losses arising during the three and six months ended June 30, 2020.
  • Net loss attributed to common stockholders for the quarter ended June 30, 2020 was $16.8 million, or $0.94 net loss per share, compared to $3.4 million in the prior year, or $0.26 net loss per share. The difference in net loss is primarily attributable to higher research and development expenses, lower revenue, offset by an increase in income tax benefit.
Conference Call Information

Altimmune will host a conference call to discuss the company’s second quarter results and other business information.
Date:   Wednesday, August 12, 2020
Time:   8:30 am Eastern Time
Domestic:   877-423-9813
International:   201-689-8573
Conference ID:   13706947

Following the conclusion of the call, the webcast will be available for replay on the Investor Relations page of the Company’s website at The company has used, and intends to continue to use, the investor relations portion of its website as a means of disclosing material non-public information and for complying with disclosure obligations under Regulation FD.

About Altimmune

Altimmune is a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company focused on developing intranasal vaccines, immune modulating therapies and treatments for liver disease. Our diverse pipeline includes proprietary intranasal vaccines for COVID-19 (AdCOVID™), anthrax (NasoShield™) and influenza (NasoVAX™); an intranasal immune modulating therapeutic for COVID-19 (T-COVID™); and next generation peptide therapeutics for NASH (ALT-801) and chronic hepatitis B (HepTcell™). For more information on Altimmune, please visit

Forward-Looking Statement 

Any statements made in this press release relating to future financial or business performance, conditions, plans, prospects, trends, or strategies and other financial and business matters, including without limitation, statements regarding the impact of COVID-19 on our business operations, clinical trials and results of operations, the timing of key milestones for our clinical assets, the development of our AdCOVID vaccine product candidate and initiation of animal testing in Q2 2020 and a Phase 1 clinical study in Q4 2020 for AdCOVID, the initiation of a Phase 1 clinical study in Q4 2020 for ALT-801 and receipt of data from this clinical study in 2021, the initiation of a Phase 2 clinical trial for HepTcell in Q4 2020, and the prospects for regulatory approval, commercializing or selling any product or drug candidates, are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. In addition, when or if used in this press release, the words “may,” “could,” “should,” “anticipate,” “believe,” “estimate,” “expect,” “intend,” “plan,” “predict” and similar expressions and their variants, as they relate to Altimmune, Inc. (the “Company”) may identify forward-looking statements. The Company cautions that these forward-looking statements are subject to numerous assumptions, risks, and uncertainties, which change over time. Important factors that may cause actual results to differ materially from the results discussed in the forward looking statements or historical experience include risks and uncertainties, including risks relating to: potential impacts due to the COVID-19 pandemic such as delays in regulatory review, manufacturing and supply chain interruptions, adverse effects on healthcare systems and disruption of the global economy, the reliability of the results of the studies relating to human safety and possible adverse effects resulting from the administration of the Company’s product candidates; funding delays, reductions in or elimination of U.S. government funding and/or non-renewal of expiring funding under the Company’s agreement with Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (“BARDA”), or the Company’s contract with the National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (“NIAID”); the Company’s ability to satisfy certain technical milestones under the Company’s contracts with BARDA and NIAID that would entitle the Company to receive additional funding over the period of the agreement; the receipt of future potential payments under government contracts or grants; the Company’s ability to obtain potential regulatory approvals on the timelines anticipated, or at all; the Company’s ability to obtain additional patents or extend existing patents on the timelines anticipated, or at all; the Company’s ability to identify and consummate potential future strategic partnerships; and the Company’s ability to expand its pipeline of products and the success of future product advancements, including the success of future clinical trials, and the Company’s ability to commercialize its products. Further information on the factors and risks that could affect the Company's business, financial conditions and results of operations are contained in the Company’s filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, including under the heading “Risk Factors” in the Company’s annual reports on Form 10-K and quarterly reports on Form 10-Q filed with the SEC, which are available at

Investor Contacts:
Will Brown                                                                             
Chief Financial Officer                                                            
Phone: 240-654-1450                                                                                                           

Ashley R. Robinson
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    June 30, 2020     December 31, 2019  
Current assets:                
Cash and cash equivalents   $ 64,741,921       $ 8,962,686    
Restricted cash     34,174         34,174    
Total cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash     64,776,095         8,996,860    
Short-term investments     15,484,402         28,277,386    
Accounts receivable     1,182,099         1,021,179    
Tax refund receivable     5,506,946         629,096    
Prepaid expenses and other current assets     1,020,876         470,228    
Total current assets     87,970,418         39,394,749    
Property and equipment, net     1,024,640         1,104,208    
Right of use asset     662,074         698,321    
Intangible assets, net     12,785,655         12,732,195    
Other assets     100,980         128,547    
Total assets   $ 102,543,767       $ 54,058,020    
Current liabilities:                
Accounts payable   $ 195,217       $ 18,232    
Accrued expenses and other current liabilities     4,089,749         3,904,767    
Notes payable     632,000            
Total current liabilities     4,916,966         3,922,999    
Contingent consideration     16,390,000         2,750,000    
Other long-term liabilities     1,715,024         1,864,875    
Total liabilities     23,021,990         8,537,874    
Commitments and contingencies (Note 14)                
Stockholders’ equity:                
Common stock, $0.0001 par value; 200,000,000 shares authorized;     2,635         1,508    
  26,553,957 and 15,312,381 shares issued; 26,553,886 and 15,312,167
  shares outstanding at June 30, 2020 and December 31, 2019, respectively
Additional paid-in capital     242,579,532         187,914,916    
Accumulated deficit     (158,028,687 )       (137,376,122 )  
Accumulated other comprehensive loss, net     (5,031,703 )       (5,020,156 )  
Total stockholders’ equity     79,521,777         45,520,146    
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity   $ 102,543,767       $ 54,058,020    


    For the Three Months Ended   For the Six Months Ended
June 30, June 30,
    2020     2019     2020     2019  
Revenues   $ 721,636     $ 1,626,029     $ 2,934,330     $ 4,581,622  
Operating expenses:                        
Research and development     16,594,250       2,945,096       23,781,781       6,162,768  
General and administrative     2,545,356       2,231,817       4,877,273       4,298,299  
Total operating expenses     19,139,606       5,176,913       28,659,054       10,461,067  
Loss from operations     (18,417,970 )     (3,550,884 )     (25,724,724 )     (5,879,445 )
Other (expense) income:                        
Changes in fair value of warrant liability           (46,000 )           (46,000 )
Interest expense     (3,308 )     (748 )     (5,193 )     (1,488 )
Interest income     81,458       239,964       233,027       425,211  
Other (expense) income, net     (5,878 )     (29,220 )     19,664       17,528  
Total other (expense) income, net     72,272       163,996       247,498       395,251  
Net loss before income tax benefit     (18,345,698 )     (3,386,888 )     (25,477,226 )     (5,484,194 )
Income tax benefit     1,578,782             4,824,661        
Net loss     (16,766,916 )     (3,386,888 )     (20,652,565 )     (5,484,194 )
Other comprehensive loss – unrealized gain (loss) on investments     20,888             (11,547 )      
Comprehensive loss   $ (16,746,028 )   $ (3,386,888 )   $ (20,664,112 )   $ (5,484,194 )
Net loss   $ (16,766,916 )   $ (3,386,888 )   $ (20,652,565 )   $ (5,484,194 )
Deemed dividends                       (452,925 )
Net loss attributed to common stockholders   $ (16,766,916 )   $ (3,386,888 )   $ (20,652,565 )   $ (5,937,119 )
Net loss per share attributed to common stockholders, basic and diluted   $ (0.94 )   $ (0.26 )   $ (1.25 )   $ (0.52 )
Weighted-average common shares outstanding, basic and diluted     17,886,853       13,127,773       16,498,719       11,318,819  


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