Alkermes plc Reports First Quarter 2021 Financial Results
"Our first quarter results reflect solid execution against our strategy to grow revenues and actively manage our cost structure. As the country begins to see signs of recovery from the pandemic, we believe we are well-positioned to efficiently manage our business and to achieve our long-term profitability targets," commented Iain Brown, Chief Financial Officer of Alkermes. "Today, we are reiterating our financial expectations for 2021, as we continue to position VIVITROL® and ARISTADA® for long-term growth, prepare for the anticipated launch of LYBALVI™, advance the clinical development program for nemvaleukin and invest in our neuroscience and oncology development pipeline."
Quarter Ended March 31, 2021 Financial Results
Costs and Expenses
Financial Expectations for 2021
Alkermes reiterates its financial expectations for 2021, and the assumptions underlying such expectations, as set forth in its press release dated Feb. 11, 2021.
"We are intensely focused on increasing Alkermes' value through the combination of scientific and business excellence. The first few months of 2021 were highlighted by important advancements in our nemvaleukin immuno-oncology program, including receipt of orphan drug designation for mucosal melanoma, initiation of ARTISTRY-6, a phase 2 trial to further evaluate nemvaleukin's monotherapy utility in melanoma, entry into a clinical trial and supply agreement with MSD (a tradename of Merck & Co., Inc. Kenilworth, NJ, USA) in platinum-resistant ovarian cancer, and achievement of the first partial response in platinum-resistant ovarian cancer in the ARTISTRY-2 subcutaneous dosing study. At our recent Investor Day, we also introduced new assets from our pipeline, including our CoREST-selective HDAC inhibitor program, our orexin 2 receptor agonist program and our platform of engineered cytokines, including our tumor-targeted, split IL-12 fusion protein," said Richard Pops, Chief Executive Officer of Alkermes. "Coupled with expected growth of our commercial portfolio, including the potential launch of LYBALVI™ and growth of VUMERITY®, and a focus on efficiency, cost management and strong governance, we have the potential to drive significant growth and value creation in 2021 and beyond."
Nemvaleukin alfa ("nemvaleukin", formerly referred to as ALKS 4230)
Alkermes will host a conference call and webcast presentation with accompanying slides at 8:00 a.m. ET (1:00 p.m. BST) on Wednesday, April 28, 2021, to discuss these financial results and provide an update on the company. The webcast may be accessed on the Investors section of Alkermes' website at www.alkermes.com. The conference call may be accessed by dialing +1 877 407 2988 for U.S. callers and +1 201 389 0923 for international callers. In addition, a replay of the conference call will be available from 11:00 a.m. ET (4:00 p.m. BST) on Wednesday, April 28, 2021, through Wednesday, May 5, 2021, and may be accessed by visiting Alkermes' website or by dialing +1 877 660 6853 for U.S. callers and +1 201 612 7415 for international callers. The replay conference ID is 13718854.
About Alkermes plc
Alkermes plc is a fully-integrated, global biopharmaceutical company developing innovative medicines in the fields of neuroscience and oncology. The company has a portfolio of proprietary commercial products focused on addiction and schizophrenia, and a pipeline of product candidates in development for schizophrenia, bipolar I disorder, neurodegenerative disorders and cancer. Headquartered in Dublin, Ireland, Alkermes plc has an R&D center in Waltham, Massachusetts; a research and manufacturing facility in Athlone, Ireland; and a manufacturing facility in Wilmington, Ohio. For more information, please visit Alkermes' website at www.alkermes.com.
Non-GAAP Financial Measures
This press release includes information about certain financial measures that are not prepared in accordance with GAAP, including non-GAAP net income (loss) and non-GAAP basic and diluted earnings (loss) per share. These non-GAAP measures are not based on any standardized methodology prescribed by GAAP and are not necessarily comparable to similar measures presented by other companies.
Non-GAAP net income (loss) adjusts for one-time and non-cash charges by excluding from GAAP results: share-based compensation expense; amortization; depreciation; non-cash net interest expense; certain other one-time or non-cash items; and the income tax effect of these reconciling items.
The company's management and board of directors utilize these non-GAAP financial measures to evaluate the company's performance. The company provides these non-GAAP measures of the company's performance to investors because management believes that these non-GAAP financial measures, when viewed with the company's results under GAAP and the accompanying reconciliations, are useful in identifying underlying trends in ongoing operations. However, non-GAAP net income (loss) and non-GAAP basic and diluted earnings (loss) per share are not measures of financial performance under GAAP and, accordingly, should not be considered as alternatives to GAAP measures as indicators of operating performance. Further, non-GAAP net income (loss) and non-GAAP basic and diluted earnings (loss) per share should not be considered measures of our liquidity.
A reconciliation of GAAP to non-GAAP financial measures has been provided in the tables included in this press release.
Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
Certain statements set forth in this press release constitute "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, as amended, including, but not limited to, statements concerning: the company's expectations concerning future financial and operating performance, business plans or prospects, including the expected drivers of future growth and value creation and the company's ability to efficiently manage its business and achieve its long-term profitability targets; the potential therapeutic and commercial value of the company's marketed and development products; the potential approval of the new drug application (NDA) for LYBALVI; expectations concerning the company's future development activities, including plans and expected timing for initiation of a phase 3 study to evaluate nemvaleukin in combination with KEYTRUDA, and investment in the company's neuroscience and oncology development pipeline; and expectations concerning the company's commercial activities, including preparations for the anticipated launch of LYBALVI. The company cautions that forward-looking statements are inherently uncertain. The forward-looking statements are neither promises nor guarantees and they are necessarily subject to a high degree of uncertainty and risk. Actual performance and results may differ materially from those expressed or implied in the forward-looking statements due to various risks and uncertainties. These risks and uncertainties include, among others: the company's management of its cost structure may not yield the intended results; the company may not be able to achieve its targeted profitability metrics in a timely manner or at all; the impacts of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and continued efforts to mitigate its spread on the company's business, results of operations or financial condition, including impacts on healthcare systems and on patient and healthcare provider access to the company's commercial products and impacts on the regulatory agencies with which the company interacts in the development, review, approval and commercialization of its medicines; the unfavorable outcome of litigation, including so-called "Paragraph IV" litigation and other patent litigation, related to our products or products using our proprietary technologies, which may lead to competition from generic drug manufacturers; data from clinical trials may be interpreted by the FDA in different ways than we interpret it; the FDA may not agree with our regulatory approval strategies or components of our filings for our products, including our clinical trial designs, conduct and methodologies and the adequacy of the data and other information included in our submissions to support the FDA's requirements for approval; clinical development activities may not be completed on time or at all; the results of the company's development activities may not be positive, or predictive of final results from such activities, results of future development activities or real-world results; regulatory submissions may not occur or be submitted in a timely manner; the FDA or regulatory authorities outside the U.S. may make adverse decisions regarding the company's products, including the NDA for LYBALVI; the company and its licensees may not be able to continue to successfully commercialize their products; there may be a reduction in payment rate or reimbursement for the company's products or an increase in the company's financial obligations to government payers; the company's products may prove difficult to manufacture, be precluded from commercialization by the proprietary rights of third parties, or have unintended side effects, adverse reactions or incidents of misuse; and those risks and uncertainties described under the heading "Risk Factors" in the company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended Dec. 31, 2020 and in subsequent filings made by the company with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC"), which are available on the SEC's website at www.sec.gov. Existing and prospective investors are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof. Except as required by law, the company disclaims any intention or responsibility for updating or revising any forward-looking statements contained in this press release.
VIVITROL® is a registered trademark of Alkermes, Inc.; ARISTADA® and ARISTADA INITIO® are registered trademarks of Alkermes Pharma Ireland Limited; LYBALVITM is a trademark of Alkermes Pharma Ireland Limited; KEYTRUDA® is a registered trademark of Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp., a subsidiary of Merck & Co., Inc., Kenilworth, NJ, USA; RISPERDAL CONSTA®, INVEGA SUSTENNA®, XEPLION®, INVEGA TRINZA® and TREVICTA® are registered trademarks of Johnson & Johnson; and VUMERITY® is a registered trademark of Biogen Inc., used by Alkermes under license.
i The term "ARISTADA" as used in this press release refers to ARISTADA and ARISTADA INITIO®, unless the context indicates otherwise.
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Company Codes: NASDAQ-NMS:ALKS