Coherus BioSciences Reports Second Quarter 2023 Financial Results and Business Highlights

Net revenue rose 81% from prior quarter to $58.7 million
– CIMERLI® net sales quadrupled to $26.7 million compared to prior quarter
UDENYCA® autoinjector launched in late May, and YUSIMRY™ launched in July
Planned merger with Surface Oncology expected to significantly advance
next-generation immuno-oncology pipeline
– Conference call today at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time –

REDWOOD CITY, Calif., Aug. 02, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Coherus BioSciences, Inc. (“Coherus”, Nasdaq: CHRS), today reported financial results for the quarter ended June 30, 2023, and recent business highlights:

RECENT BUSINESS HIGHLIGHTS

CIMERLI®

  • CIMERLI® (ranibizumab-eqrn) net product sales more than quadrupled to $26.7 million compared to the prior quarter following the April 1, 2023 implementation of the permanent, product-specific Q-code.

UDENYCA®

  • Coherus launched a single-dose, prefilled autoinjector (AI) presentation of UDENYCA® (pegfilgrastim-cbqv) on May 22, representing the first pegfilgrastim presentation innovation in eight years.
  • The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) review of the prior approval supplement for Coherus’ third pegfilgrastim presentation, the UDENYCA® On-body Injector (OBI), is ongoing. Coherus plans to launch UDENYCA® OBI directly upon potential approval later this year.

Toripalimab

  • The FDA completed inspection of the toripalimab manufacturing site in China in May, and has scheduled the clinical site inspections in China to begin in the second half of August 2023. Coherus anticipates potential FDA approval and U.S. commercial launch of toripalimab in the second half of 2023.
  • The final analysis of the JUPITER-02 clinical trial (NCT03581786) presented at the American Society of Clinical Oncology annual meeting in June demonstrated a statistically significant and clinically meaningful improvement in overall survival (OS) for nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC) patients who were treated with toripalimab in combination with chemotherapy versus chemotherapy alone. Median OS was 33.7 months in the chemotherapy-only treatment arm, and median OS was not reached in the toripalimab arm, with a hazard ratio of 0.63, representing a 37% reduction in risk of death (95% CI 0.45-0.89; p=0.0083).

YUSIMRY™

  • Coherus launched YUSIMRY™, a Humira biosimilar, with a citrate-free and sting-free formulation delivered via a state-of-the-art autoinjector on July 3rd. YUSIMRY™ is now available for sale nationwide through retail, mail order and specialty pharmacy channels.

Surface Oncology Merger and Novel Immuno-oncology Pipeline

  • Coherus announced that it had entered into a definitive agreement and plan of merger on June 16, 2023 that would result in the acquisition of Surface Oncology, Inc. (“Surface Oncology”), if completed. The merger is expected to significantly advance Coherus’ next-generation immuno-oncology pipeline focused on the tumor micro-environment with clinical stage anti-IL-27 and anti-CCR8 development programs. The merger is expected to close following the Surface Oncology special meeting of stockholders scheduled on September 7, 2023.
  • Patient enrollment continues in the U.S.-based Phase 1/2a dose expansion clinical trial evaluating CHS-006, a TIGIT-targeted antibody, in combination with toripalimab in patients with advanced solid tumors (NCT05757492).
  • Coherus plans to file an Investigational New Drug (“IND”) application by year end for CHS-1000, a novel ILT4-targeted antibody.

“In the second quarter, we had strong execution on our strategy to build an innovative immuno-oncology company funded by revenues from FDA-approved products, and we made good progress across all areas of our business. Compared to the prior quarter, net revenues increased by 81% to $58.7 million, and we expect continued revenue growth in the second half of this year driven by continued success with CIMERLI®, the UDENYCA® autoinjector and YUSIMRY™ new product launches, as well as the launches of UDENYCA® On-body Injector and of toripalimab for the treatment of NPC later this year, if approved,” said Denny Lanfear, Coherus’ Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “Coherus is successfully diversifying into a multi-product commercial organization with growing revenues supporting the development of our next-generation immuno-oncology franchise.”

Mr. Lanfear added, “We look forward to closing the merger with Surface Oncology in the third quarter, reprioritizing our portfolio, and ultimately advancing a highly competitive, next-generation immuno-oncology clinical pipeline of innovative therapeutics focused on the tumor microenvironment. We will be well positioned to deliver the next step change in cancer treatment, with the goal of driving enhanced therapeutic benefit to patients beyond the outcomes achieved with checkpoint inhibitors alone.”

SECOND QUARTER 2023 FINANCIAL RESULTS

Net revenue was $58.7 million during the three months ended June 30, 2023 and included $31.7 million of net sales of UDENYCA® and $26.7 million of net sales of CIMERLI®, which was launched in October 2022. Net revenue for the three months ended June 30, 2022, consisting primarily of UDENYCA® net sales, was $60.2 million. Net revenue was $91.2 million and $120.3 million for the six months ended June 30, 2023 and 2022, respectively. Net revenue in the first half of 2023 was reduced by a $1.7 million charge for a contingent liability related to resolving a dispute regarding certain UDENYCA® sales from October 2020 through December 2021. The declines were primarily due to a reduction in the number of units of UDENYCA® sold as well as a lower net realized price due to increased competition. These factors were partially offset by increasing revenue from CIMERLI® sales during the first two quarters of 2023.

Cost of goods sold (COGS) for the three months ended June 30, 2023 and 2022 was $24.8 million and $11.3 million, respectively, and $41.7 million and $20.6 million during the six months ended June 30, 2023 and 2022, respectively. The increases compared to prior year periods primarily result from COGS associated with CIMERLI® which was launched in October 2022. UDENYCA® COGS includes a mid-single digit royalty on net sales payable through the first half of 2024, and CIMERLI® COGS includes a low to mid 50% royalty on gross profits. COGS for the first half of 2023 also includes $3.0 million in contract modification fees with one of our manufacturers and $2.3 million in write-offs of inventory that was damaged during processing at one of our manufacturers. In addition, gross margins were unfavorably impacted due to product mix resulting from increased volumes of CIMERLI® sold following the product specific Q-code implementation on April 1st and the launch of UDENYCA® AI in May 2023.

Research and development (R&D) expense for the three months ended June 30, 2023 and 2022 was $23.3 million and $41.6 million, respectively. For the six months ended June 30, 2023 and 2022, R&D expense was $57.4 million and $124.5 million, respectively. The decline in R&D expense compared to the prior year periods primarily resulted from the reduction in scope of the toripalimab collaboration agreement and from the recognition in the first quarter of 2022 of the $35.0 million option exercise fee paid to Junshi Biosciences to license CHS-006.

Selling, general and administrative (SG&A) expense was $45.1 million and $51.3 million during the three months ended June 30, 2023 and 2022, respectively, and $94.3 million and $100.0 million during the six months ended June 30, 2023 and 2022, respectively. The decline in SG&A expense compared to the prior year periods primarily reflects lower headcount.

Net loss for the second quarter of 2023 was $42.9 million, or $(0.49) per share on a diluted basis, compared to a net loss of $50.2 million, or $(0.65) per share on a diluted basis for the same period in 2022. Net loss for the first half of 2023 was $118.6 million, or $(1.42) per share on a diluted basis, compared to a net loss of $146.2 million, or $(1.89) per share on a diluted basis for the first half of 2022.

Non-GAAP net loss for the second quarter of 2023 was $32.8 million, or $(0.38) per share on a diluted basis, compared to non-GAAP net loss of $36.3 million, or $(0.47) per share on a diluted basis for the same period in 2022. Non-GAAP net loss for the first half of 2023 was $92.3 million, or $(1.11) per share on a diluted basis, compared to non-GAAP net loss of $113.3 million, or $(1.46) per share on a diluted basis for the first half of 2022. See “Non-GAAP Financial Measures” below for a discussion on how Coherus calculates non-GAAP net loss and a reconciliation to the most directly comparable GAAP measures.

Cash, cash equivalents and investments in marketable securities were $144.7 million as of June 30, 2023, compared to $191.7 million at December 31, 2022.

2023 Revenue and R&D and SG&A Expense Guidance

Coherus expects its 2023 net product revenue will exceed $275 million, including at least $100 million of CIMERLI® net revenue.

Coherus projects combined R&D and SG&A expenses for 2023 to be in the range of $315 to $335 million. This guidance range includes stock-based compensation expense and excludes the Surface Oncology acquisition cost as well as any potential collaboration upfront payments to Klinge Pharma for the in-license of its Eylea® biosimilar program or milestones payments to Junshi Biosciences due upon U.S. approval of toripalimab.

This financial guidance also excludes the effects of any potential future strategic acquisitions, collaborations or investments, the exercise of rights or options related to collaboration programs, and any other transactions or circumstances not yet identified or quantified. This guidance is subject to a number of risks and uncertainties. See Forward-Looking Statements described in the section below.

Conference Call Information
When: Wednesday, August 2nd, 2023, starting at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time

To access the conference call, please pre-register through the following link to receive dial-in information and a personal PIN to access the live call: https://register.vevent.com/register/BI3fdbdc05783442f89d11db6b94e74a28

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Webcast Link: https://edge.media-server.com/mmc/p/irz4npdq

A replay of the webcast will be archived on the “Investors” section of the Coherus website at http://investors.coherus.com.

About Coherus BioSciences

Coherus is a commercial-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the research, development and commercialization of innovative immunotherapies to treat cancer. Coherus’ strategy is to build a leading immuno-oncology franchise funded with cash generated through net sales of its diversified portfolio of FDA-approved therapeutics.

In 2021, Coherus in-licensed toripalimab, an anti-PD-1 antibody, in the United States and Canada. The Biologics License Application for toripalimab in combination with chemotherapy as treatment for recurrent or metastatic nasopharyngeal carcinoma is currently under review by the FDA.

Coherus markets UDENYCA® (pegfilgrastim-cbqv), a biosimilar of Neulasta®, CIMERLI® (ranibizumab-eqrn), a biosimilar of Lucentis®, and YUSIMRY™ (adalimumab-aqvh), a biosimilar of Humira®.

Neulasta® is a registered trademark of Amgen, Inc.
Lucentis® is a registered trademark of Genentech, Inc.
Humira® is a registered trademark of AbbVie Inc.

Forward-Looking Statements

Except for the historical information contained herein, the matters set forth in this press release are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the "safe harbor" provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including, but not limited to, statements regarding Coherus’ ability to build its immuno-oncology franchise to achieve a leading market position; Coherus’ ability to generate cash and net sales; Coherus’ investment plans; Coherus’ future projections for R&D expense, SG&A expense, net product revenue and CIMERLI® revenue; Coherus’ expectations about its ability to close the acquisition of Surface Oncology in the third quarter of 2023 or at all; Coherus’ expectations about advancing its pipeline and achieving better outcomes than checkpoint inhibitors can on their own; Coherus’ expectations about launching new products and Coherus’ timing and ability to file an IND for CHS-1000.

Such forward-looking statements involve substantial risks and uncertainties that could cause Coherus’ actual results, performance or achievements to differ significantly from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements. Such risks and uncertainties include, among others, the risks and uncertainties inherent in the clinical drug development process; risks relating to the COVID-19 pandemic; risks related to our existing and potential collaboration partners; risks of Coherus’ competitive position; the risks and uncertainties of the regulatory approval process, including the speed of regulatory review, international aspects of Coherus’ business, the need to finish inspections in China and the timing of Coherus’ regulatory filings; the risk of FDA review issues; the risk that Coherus is unable to complete commercial transactions and other matters that could affect the availability or commercial potential of Coherus’ products and product candidates; the risks and uncertainties of the acquisition of Surface Oncology, including whether the conditions to closing of the merger can be met in a timely manner or at all; and the risks and uncertainties of possible litigation. All forward-looking statements contained in this press release speak only as of the date of this press release. Coherus undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements. For a further description of the significant risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ from those expressed in these forward-looking statements, as well as risks relating to Coherus’ business in general, see Coherus’ Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the fiscal quarter ended June 30, 2023 filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on August 2, 2023, including the section therein captioned “Risk Factors” and in other documents Coherus files with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Coherus’ results for the quarter ended June 30, 2023 are not necessarily indicative of our operating results for any future periods.

UDENYCA®, CIMERLI® and YUSIMRY™, whether or not appearing in large print or with the trademark symbol, are trademarks of Coherus, its affiliates, related companies or its licensors or joint venture partners unless otherwise noted. Trademarks and trade names of other companies appearing in this press release are, to the knowledge of Coherus, the property of their respective owners.

Coherus Contact Information:
For Investors:
Marek Ciszewski, J.D.
SVP, Investor Relations
IR@coherus.com

For Media:
Jodi Sievers
VP, Corporate Communications
media@coherus.com

 

 

Coherus BioSciences, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations
(in thousands, except share and per share data)
(unaudited)

                         
    Three Months Ended   Six Months Ended
    June 30,    June 30, 
       2023        2022        2023        2022  
Net revenue   $ 58,716     $ 60,151     $ 91,152     $ 120,266  
Costs and expenses:                        
Cost of goods sold     24,848       11,277       41,722       20,647  
Research and development     23,267       41,611       57,421       124,528  
Selling, general and administrative     45,144       51,276       94,297       100,029  
Total costs and expenses     93,259       104,164       193,440       245,204  
Loss from operations     (34,543 )     (44,013 )     (102,288 )     (124,938 )
Interest expense     (9,943 )     (6,580 )     (19,655 )     (15,549 )
Loss on debt extinguishment                       (6,222 )
Other income (expense), net     1,617       443       3,345       475  
Loss before income taxes     (42,869 )     (50,150 )     (118,598 )     (146,234 )
Income tax provision                        
Net loss   $ (42,869 )   $ (50,150 )   $ (118,598 )   $ (146,234 )
                             
Basic and diluted net loss per share   $ (0.49 )   $ (0.65 )   $ (1.42 )   $ (1.89 )
                         
Weighted-average number of shares used in computing basic and diluted net loss per share     87,269,614       77,554,717       83,469,247       77,405,040  

 

 

Coherus BioSciences, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(in thousands)
(unaudited)

             
    June 30,    December 31, 
       2023        2022  
Assets              
Cash and cash equivalents   $ 72,920     $ 63,547  
Investments in marketable securities     71,792       128,134  
Trade receivables, net     141,308       109,964  
Inventory     127,835       115,051  
Other assets     55,736       64,151  
Total assets   $ 469,591     $ 480,847  
             
Liabilities and Stockholders’ Deficit            
Accrued rebates, fees and reserve   $ 84,210     $ 54,461  
Term loans     245,963       245,483  
Convertible notes     226,228       225,575  
Other liabilities     87,954       92,746  
Total stockholders' deficit     (174,764 )     (137,418 )
Total liabilities and stockholders’ deficit   $ 469,591     $ 480,847  

 

 

Coherus BioSciences, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
(in thousands)
(unaudited)

                         
    Three Months Ended   Six Months Ended
    June 30,    June 30, 
       2023        2022        2023        2022  
Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash at beginning of the period   $ 16,585     $ 326,120     $ 63,987     $ 417,635  
                         
Net cash used in operating activities     (38,915 )     (50,037 )     (107,647 )     (104,082 )
                         
Purchases of investments in marketable securities     (19,507 )           (19,507 )      
Proceeds from maturities of investments in marketable securities     47,250             64,750        
Proceeds from sale of investments in marketable securities     13,282             13,282        
Option payment to Junshi Biosciences                       (35,000 )
Other investing activities, net     340       (880 )     366       (1,495 )
Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities     41,365       (880 )     58,891       (36,495 )
                         
Proceeds from 2027 Term Loans, net of debt discount & issuance costs                       191,190  
Proceeds from issuance of common stock under ATM Offering, net of issuance costs     (74 )           6,761        
Proceeds from issuance of common stock under Public Offering, net of issuance costs     53,625             53,625        
Proceeds from issuance of common stock upon exercise of stock options     14       8       117       552  
Proceeds from purchase under the employee stock purchase plan     1,337       1,655       1,337       1,655  
Taxes paid related to net share settlement of RSUs     (305 )     (642 )     (3,086 )     (3,300 )
Repayment of 2022 Convertible Notes and premiums                       (109,000 )
Repayment of 2025 Term Loan, premiums and exit fees                       (81,750 )
Other financing activities     (272 )     (300 )     (625 )     (481 )
Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities     54,325       721       58,129       (1,134 )
                         
Net increase (decrease) in cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash     56,775       (50,196 )     9,373       (141,711 )
                         
Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash at end of the period   $ 73,360     $ 275,924     $ 73,360     $ 275,924  
                         
Reconciliation of cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash                        
Cash and cash equivalents   $ 72,920     $ 275,484     $ 72,920     $ 275,484  
Restricted cash balance     440       440       440       440  
Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash   $ 73,360     $ 275,924     $ 73,360     $ 275,924  

 

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

To supplement the financial results presented in accordance with GAAP, Coherus has also included in this press release non-GAAP net loss, and the related per share measures, which exclude from net loss, and the related per share measures, stock-based compensation expense, loss on debt extinguishment and restructuring charges related to our reduction in workforce. These non-GAAP financial measures are not prepared in accordance with GAAP, do not serve as an alternative to GAAP and may be calculated differently than similar non-GAAP financial information disclosed by other companies. Coherus encourages investors to carefully consider its results under GAAP, as well as its supplemental non-GAAP financial information and the reconciliation between these presentations set forth below, to more fully understand Coherus’ business.

Coherus believes that the presentation of these non-GAAP financial measures provides useful supplemental information to, and facilitates additional analysis by, investors. In particular, Coherus believes that these non-GAAP financial measures, when considered together with its financial information prepared in accordance with GAAP, can enhance investors’ and analysts’ ability to meaningfully compare Coherus’ results from period to period, and to identify operating trends in Coherus’ business. Coherus also regularly uses these non-GAAP financial measures internally to understand, manage and evaluate its business and to make operating decisions.

 

Coherus BioSciences, Inc.
Reconciliation of GAAP Net Loss to Non-GAAP Net Loss
(in thousands, except share and per share data)
(unaudited)

                         
    Three Months Ended   Six Months Ended
    June 30,    June 30, 
       2023        2022        2023        2022  
GAAP net loss   $ (42,869 )   $ (50,150 )   $ (118,598 )   $ (146,234 )
Adjustments:                        
Stock-based compensation expense(1)     10,077       13,850       21,410       26,729  
Loss on debt extinguishment                       6,222  
Restructuring charges related to reduction in workforce(1)                 4,876        
Non-GAAP net loss   $ (32,792 )   $ (36,300 )   $ (92,312 )   $ (113,283 )
                         
GAAP net loss per share, basic and diluted   $ (0.49 )   $ (0.65 )   $ (1.42 )   $ (1.89 )
Non-GAAP net loss per share, basic and diluted   $ (0.38 )   $ (0.47 )   $ (1.11 )   $ (1.46 )
Shares used in computing basic and diluted net loss per share     87,269,614       77,554,717       83,469,247       77,405,040  

(1) In the six months ended June 30, 2023, stock-based compensation of $1.0 million was classified within Restructuring charges related to reduction in workforce.

 


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