Nektar Therapeutics Reports Second Quarter 2022 Financial Results
SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 4, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Nektar Therapeutics (Nasdaq: NKTR) today reported financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2022.
Cash and investments in marketable securities at June 30, 2022, were approximately $628.2 million as compared to $798.8 million at December 31, 2021, which is expected to support operations into 2025.
"Over the last several months, we developed and began implementing a new strategic plan that prioritizes specific investment into the most promising biologic therapeutic candidates in the pipeline, NKTR-358, NKTR-255, and key research programs," said Howard W. Robin, President and CEO of Nektar. "With our partner, Eli Lilly, NKTR-358 is advancing, and we will be presenting in September data from a Phase 1b study in atopic dermatitis patients and in the first half of 2023 data from a Phase 2 study in lupus patients. Our plan provides Nektar with the opportunity to create significant value for our shareholders and to focus our internal development efforts on the potential of NKTR-255, our wholly owned IL-15 program, in combination with cell therapies and other mechanisms in both liquid and solid tumor settings. Importantly, we also have the required capital to fund our pipeline to reach potential value-inflection points for each program."
Summary of Financial Results
Revenue, which primarily includes non-cash royalty revenue, in the second quarter of 2022 was $21.6 million as compared to $28.3 million in the second quarter of 2021. Revenue for the first half of 2022 was $46.4 million as compared to $52.0 million in the first half of 2021. Total operating costs and expenses in the second quarter of 2022 were $174.4 million as compared to $138.5 million in the second quarter of 2021. Total operating costs and expenses in the first half of 2022 were $315.8 million as compared to $271.6 million in the first half of 2021. Operating costs and expenses for both the second quarter and first half of 2022 include $57.3 million in non-cash impairment charges and $27.8 million in severance expense relating to the wind down of the bempegaldesleukin program.
R&D expense in the second quarter of 2022 was $42.7 million as compared to $101.3 million for the second quarter of 2021. For the first half of 2022, R&D expense was $150.0 million as compared to $196.9 million in the first half of 2021. R&D expense decreased for both the second quarter and first half of 2022 due to the wind down of the bempegaldesleukin program.
G&A expense was $20.5 million in the second quarter of 2022 and $29.6 million in the second quarter of 2021. For the first half of 2022, G&A expense was $47.9 million as compared to $61.2 million in the first half of 2021. G&A expense decreased for both the second quarter and first half of 2022 due to the wind down of the bempegaldesleukin program.
We recorded $106.0 million in restructuring, impairment and other costs of terminated program in the second quarter of 2022, related to the wind down of the bempegaldesleukin program. This includes the $57.3 million in non-cash lease and equipment impairment charges, $27.8 million in severance expense and $21.0 million primarily for clinical trial and related employee compensation costs for the bempegaldesleukin program.
Net loss for the second quarter of 2022 was $159.1 million or $0.85 basic and diluted loss per share as compared to a net loss of $125.5 million or $0.69 basic and diluted loss per share in the second quarter of 2021. Net loss in the first half of 2022 was $249.5 million or $1.34 basic and diluted loss per share as compared to a net loss of $248.5 million or $1.37 basic and diluted loss per share in the first half of 2021.
Second Quarter 2022 and Recent Business Highlights:
Conference Call to Discuss Second Quarter 2022 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, Thursday, August 4, 2022.
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 September 4, 2022.
To access the conference call, follow these instructions:
Dial: (833) 634-2591 (U.S); (412) 317-6040 (international)
In the event that any non-GAAP financial measure is discussed on the conference call that is not described in this press release, or explained on the conference call, related information will be made available on the Investors section of the Nektar website as soon as practical after the conclusion of the conference call.
About Nektar Therapeutics
Nektar Therapeutics is a biopharmaceutical company with a robust, wholly owned R&D pipeline of investigational medicines in oncology, immunology, and inflammatory diseases as well as a portfolio of approved partnered medicines. Nektar is headquartered in San Francisco, California, with additional operations in Huntsville, Alabama. Further information about the company and its drug development programs and capabilities may be found online at http://www.nektar.com.
Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
This press release contains forward-looking statements which can be identified by words such as: "will," "may," "extend," "potential," "create," "provide"" and similar references to future periods. Examples of forward-looking statements include, among others, statements we make regarding the therapeutic potential of, and future development plans for NKTR-358, NKTR-255 and our other drug candidates in research programs, the prospects and plans for our collaborations with other companies, the timing of the initiation of clinical studies and the data readouts for our drug candidates, and our expectations (including our expected charges and cost savings) following our corporate restructuring, reorganization and workforce reduction, and our expected working capital our cash runway. 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) our statements regarding the therapeutic potential of NKTR-358, NKTR-255 and our other drug candidates are based on preclinical and clinical findings and observations and are subject to change as research and development continue; (ii) NKTR-358, NKTR-255 and our other drug candidates are investigational agents and continued research and development for these drug candidates is subject to substantial risks, including negative safety and efficacy findings in ongoing clinical studies (notwithstanding positive findings in earlier preclinical and clinical studies); (iii) NKTR-358, NKTR-255 and our other drug candidates are in various stages of clinical development and the risk of failure is high and can unexpectedly occur at any stage prior to regulatory approval; (iv) the timing of the commencement or end of clinical trials and the availability of clinical data may be delayed or unsuccessful due to challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, regulatory delays, 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; (v) we may not achieve the expected costs savings we expect from the restructuring and reorganization, (vi) 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 (vii) 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 6, 2022. 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.
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