Nektar Therapeutics Reports Second Quarter 2020 Financial Results
SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 6, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Nektar Therapeutics (Nasdaq: NKTR) today reported financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2020.
Cash and investments in marketable securities at June 30, 2020 were approximately $1.2 billion as compared to $1.6 billion at December 31, 2019. This decrease includes the repayment of $254.8 million for Nektar's senior secured notes and accrued interest, which occurred in the second quarter of 2020.
"During the second quarter, Nektar successfully advanced the registrational and early clinical trials across our immune-oncology portfolio which led to the opening of enrollment for the first patients into a new Phase 3 study in adjuvant melanoma for the bempegaldesleukin program," said Howard W. Robin, President and CEO of Nektar. "We now have 5 ongoing registrational trials for bempegaldesleukin, and we continue to make significant progress with our NKTR-262 and NKTR-255 clinical trials, with early data from these programs planned for presentation at this year's Society for Immunotherapy Congress in November."
Mr. Robin continued, "In immunology, following the positive Phase 1b data in lupus patients reported at EULAR, our partner Eli Lilly continues to expand their NKTR-358 development efforts. I am pleased to announce that they are initiating investigator sites and enrolling patients into a new Phase 2 study of NKTR-358 in moderate to severe systemic lupus erythematosus. We are fortunate to be entering the second half of 2020 in a position of exceptional strength – we have built a robust pipeline in oncology and immunology with multiple registrational and earlier stage clinical trials underway and we ended Q2 in a strong financial position with $1.2 billion in cash and investments, and no debt on our balance sheet."
Summary of Q2 2020 Financial Results
Revenue in the second quarter of 2020 was $48.8 million compared to $23.3 million in the second quarter of 2019. The increase was due to the recognition of the $25.0 million milestone from Bristol-Myers Squibb related to the recent initiation of the registrational trial of bempegaldesleukin plus Opdivo® in adjuvant melanoma, which opened enrollment to patients in July. Year-to-date revenue for 2020 was $99.4 million compared to $51.5 million in the first half of 2019. Revenue was higher due to the recognition of $50.0 million in total milestones from Bristol-Myers Squibb related to the start of registrational trials of bempegaldesleukin plus Opdivo® in adjuvant melanoma and muscle-invasive bladder cancer.
Total operating costs and expenses in the second quarter of 2020 were $126.6 million compared to $134.3 million in the second quarter of 2019. The decrease was due to a decrease in research and development (R&D) expense. Total operating costs and expenses in the first half of 2020 were $310.8 million compared to $283.2 million in the first half of 2019. Year-to-date operating costs and expenses increased primarily as a result of impairment of assets and other costs for NKTR-181, partially offset by a decrease in R&D expense. During the first quarter of 2020, Nektar reported $45.2 million in impairment charges and additional costs related to the discontinuation of the NKTR-181 program.
R&D expense in the second quarter of 2020 was $96.4 million compared to $106.7 million for the second quarter of 2019. For the first half of 2020, R&D expense was $205.4 million compared to $225.1 million in the first half of 2019. The decrease for both the second quarter and the first half of 2020 was due primarily to pre-commercial manufacturing costs for NKTR-181 incurred during the first half of 2019.
Net loss for the second quarter of 2020 was $80.0 million or $0.45 basic and diluted loss per share compared to a net loss of $110.3 million or $0.63 basic and diluted loss per share in the second quarter of 2019. Net loss in the first half of 2020 was $218.7 million or $1.23 basic and diluted loss per share compared to a net loss of $229.9 million or $1.32 basic and diluted loss per share in the first half of 2019.
Second Quarter 2020 and Recent Business Highlights:
The company also announced an upcoming presentation at the following scientific congress:
Cambridge Healthtech Institute's (CHI) 8th Annual Immuno-Oncology Virtual Summit
Conference Call to Discuss Second Quarter 2020 Financial Results
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 Investors section of the Nektar website: https://ir.nektar.com/. The web broadcast of the conference call will be available for replay through August 31, 2020.
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Nektar Therapeutics is a biopharmaceutical company with a robust, wholly owned R&D pipeline of investigational medicines in oncology and immunology as well as a portfolio of approved partnered medicines. Nektar is headquartered in San Francisco, California, with additional operations in Huntsville, Alabama and Hyderabad, India. Further information about the company and its drug development programs and capabilities may be found online at http://www.nektar.com.
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This press release contains forward-looking statements which can be identified by words such as: "may," "can," "develop," "progress," "will," "continue," "ensure," "preserve," "advance," "potential" and similar references to future periods. Examples of forward-looking statements include, among others, statements we make concerning the potential therapeutic benefits of and future development plans for our investigational products (including bempegaldesleukin, NKTR-262, NKTR-255 and NKTR-358), our ability to safely advance and maintain the integrity of our clinical trials during the COVID-19 pandemic, and the strength of our financial position to develop our pipeline of our investigational products. Forward-looking statements are neither historical facts nor assurances of future performance. Instead, they are based only on our current beliefs, expectations and assumptions regarding the future of our business, future plans and strategies, anticipated events and trends, the economy and other future conditions. Because forward-looking statements relate to the future, they are subject to inherent uncertainties, risks and changes in circumstances that are difficult to predict and many of which are outside of our control. Our actual results may differ materially from those indicated in the forward-looking statements. Therefore, you should not rely on any of these forward-looking statements. Important factors that could cause our actual results to differ materially from those indicated in the forward-looking statements include, among others: (i) the extent and duration of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on our business, regulatory efforts, research and development, clinical trials (including those being led by us and our partner), and corporate development activities will depend on future developments that are highly uncertain and cannot be accurately predicted, such as the ultimate duration of the pandemic, travel restrictions, quarantines, social distancing and business closure requirements in the U.S. and in other countries, as well as the effectiveness of actions taken globally to contain and treat the disease; (ii) bempegaldesleukin, NKTR-262, NKTR-255 and NKTR-358 are investigational agents and continued research and development efforts for these drug candidates are subject to substantial risks, including negative safety and efficacy findings in ongoing clinical studies (notwithstanding positive findings in earlier preclinical and clinical studies); (iii) the timing of the commencement or end of clinical trials and the availability of clinical data may be delayed or unsuccessful due to regulatory delays, decisions and policies of our partners, slower than anticipated patient enrollment, manufacturing challenges, changing standards of care, evolving regulatory requirements, clinical trial design, clinical outcomes, competitive factors, or delay or failure in ultimately obtaining regulatory approval in one or more important markets; (iv) patents may not issue from our patent applications for our drug candidates, patents that have issued may not be enforceable, or additional intellectual property licenses from third parties may be required; and (v) certain other important risks and uncertainties set forth in our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on May 8, 2020. Any forward-looking statement made by us in this press release is based only on information currently available to us and speaks only as of the date on which it is made. We undertake no obligation to update any forward-looking statement, whether written or oral, that may be made from time to time, whether as a result of new information, future developments or otherwise.
Opdivo is a registered trademark of Bristol-Myers Squibb Company.
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Company Codes: NASDAQ-NMS:NKTR