Nektar Therapeutics Reports Third Quarter 2020 Financial Results

SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 5, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Nektar Therapeutics (NASDAQ: NKTR) today reported financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2020.

Cash and investments in marketable securities at September 30, 2020 were approximately $1.2 billion as compared to $1.6 billion at December 31, 2019.

"In Q3, we've continued to successfully advance our late-stage registrational and early stage studies for our immune-oncology pipeline of candidates while navigating challenges in the current COVID-19 environment," said Howard W. Robin, President and CEO of Nektar. "Enrollment in our five registrational trials of bempegaldesleukin in combination with nivolumab is going well and our partner BMS recently initiated a new clinical study in renal cell carcinoma to evaluate the doublet therapy with a TKI agent. We are also pleased to report that we are ahead of our enrollment targets for the Phase 2 PROPEL study of bempegaldesleukin with pembrolizumab in patients with metastatic non-small cell lung cancer and we look forward to sharing the initial data from this important study in the first part of 2021."

"Next week's 2020 SITC meeting will feature data presentations that showcase the strength of Nektar's immune-oncology pipeline, including an oral presentation of 2 1/2 year data for metastatic melanoma patients treated with bempegaldesleukin plus nivolumab, and promising early data for NKTR-255, our IL-15 cytokine, as well as NKTR-262, our TLR agonist program," continued Robin. "In immunology, we presented positive new data at ACR 2020 this week highlighting the disease activity observed in lupus patients with NKTR-358, our T regulatory cell agent. We are exceptionally pleased that our partner Lilly is undertaking a broad clinical development program for NKTR-358 with two Phase 1b studies in atopic dermatitis and psoriasis, a Phase 2 study underway in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus and a new Phase 2 study being planned in ulcerative colitis."

Summary of Q3 2020 Financial Results

Revenue in the third quarter of 2020 was $30.0 million compared to $29.2 million in the third quarter of 2019. Year-to-date revenue for 2020 was $129.5 million compared to $80.8 million for the first nine months 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 two new registrational trials of bempegaldesleukin plus Opdivo® in adjuvant melanoma and muscle-invasive bladder cancer.

Total operating costs and expenses in the third quarter of 2020 were $133.1 million compared to $128.0 million in the third quarter of 2019. Total operating costs and expenses in the first nine months of 2020 were $443.8 million compared to $411.2 million in the first nine months of 2019. Year-to-date operating costs and expenses increased primarily as a result of $45.2 million in impairment charges in the first quarter of 2020 resulting from the discontinuation of the NKTR-181 program, partially offset by a decrease in R&D expense.

R&D expense in the third quarter of 2020 was $100.5 million compared to $99.0 million for the third quarter of 2019. For the first nine months of 2020, R&D expense was $306.0 million compared to $324.2 million in the first nine months of 2019. Excluding pre-commercial manufacturing costs for NKTR-181 incurred during 2019, research and development expense increased for the third quarter and the first nine months of 2020 primarily due to increases in clinical development costs, partially offset by a decrease in manufacturing costs for clinical trial materials.

Net loss for the third quarter of 2020 was $108.6 million or $0.61 basic and diluted loss per share compared to a net loss of $98.6 million or $0.56 basic and diluted loss per share in the third quarter of 2019. Net loss in the first nine months of 2020 was $327.2 million or $1.84 basic and diluted loss per share compared to a net loss of $328.5 million or $1.88 basic and diluted loss per share in the first nine months of 2019.

Third Quarter 2020 and Recent Business Highlights

  • In November 2020, Nektar presented new data from its NKTR-358 program at the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) virtual meeting. Data from the Phase 1b study in patients with mild to moderate systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) showed that NKTR-358 produced a dose-dependent increase in expression of Treg activation markers, providing a rationale for continued development in SLE and other inflammatory indications.
  • In October 2020, Nektar received IND clearance and began site initiation activities for a Phase 1/2 study of NKTR-255 in patients with solid tumors. The study will evaluate NKTR-255 in combination with cetuximab in two distinct groups of highly refractory patients with colorectal cancer or head and neck cancer.
  • In October 2020, Nektar initiated a Phase 1b clinical study of bempegaldesleukin in adult patients with mild COVID-19 infection. The randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial is designed to assess the safety, tolerability, and pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic profile of bempegaldesleukin in adult patients with mild COVD-19.
  • In September 2020, a Phase 1/2 study was initiated by Nektar partner BMS in patients with clear cell renal cell carcinoma to evaluate the triplet combination of bempegaldesleukin with nivolumab in combination with a tyrosine-kinase inhibitor.
  • In August 2020, Vaccibody AS and Nektar announced that the first patient had been dosed in the Phase 1/2a study evaluating bempegaldesleukin with VB10.NEO, Vaccibody's personalized neoantigen cancer vaccine, in patients with advanced squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck.

The company also announced upcoming presentations at the following scientific congress:

2020 Society for Immunotherapy of Cancer (SITC) Annual Meeting:

  • Oral Presentation: "REVEAL: Phase 1 dose-escalation study of NKTR-262, a novel TLR7/8 agonist, plus bempegaldesleukin: local innate immune activation and systemic adaptive immune expansion for treating solid tumors"
    • Presenter: Dr. Adi Diab, MD Anderson Cancer Center
    • Session: Session 102: Combinatorial Therapies
    • Date and Time: Wednesday, November 11; 11:15 a.m.1:10 p.m. Eastern Standard Time
  • Oral Presentation: "Progression-free survival and biomarker correlates of response with BEMPEG plus NIVO in previously untreated patients with metastatic melanoma: results from the PIVOT-02 study"
    • Presenter: Dr. Adi Diab, MD Anderson Cancer Center
    • Session: Session 104: Concurrent Rapid Oral Abstract Presentation: Clinical
    • Date and Time: Wednesday, November 11; 1:30 p.m.2:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time
  • Poster Presentation: "First-in-human phase I study of NKTR-255 in patients with relapsed/refractory hematologic malignancies", Shah, N., et al.
    • Session: Virtual Poster Hall
    • Date and Time: Poster presentations will be available beginning November 9, 2020
  • Poster Presentation: "Bempegaldesleukin (BEMPEG; CD122-preferential IL-2 pathway agonist)) and NKTR-262 (TLR7/8 agonist) combination treatment pairs local innate immune activation with systemic CD8+ T cell expansion to enhance anti-tumor immunity", Rolig, A., et al.
    • Session: Virtual Poster Hall
    • Date and Time: Poster presentations will be available beginning November 9, 2020

Conference Call to Discuss Third Quarter 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, today, Thursday, November 5, 2020.

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 Tuesday, December 1, 2020.

To access the conference call, follow these instructions:

Dial: (877) 881-2183 (U.S.); (970) 315-0453 (international)
Conference ID: 5192707 (Nektar Therapeutics is the host)

About Nektar Therapeutics

Nektar Therapeutics is a biopharmaceutical company with a robust, wholly owned R&D pipeline of investigational medicines in oncology, immunology, and virology, 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.

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements which can be identified by words such as: "may," "design," "potential," "evaluate," "plan," "will," 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, our clinical drug candidates, and the timing of the initiation of clinical studies for our clinical drug candidates. 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 bempegaldesleukin in patients who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 infection are based on data that is evolving and do not include clinical testing of bempegaldesleukin for this intended patient population, and there is no guarantee that the clinical evaluation of bempegaldesleukin in COVID-19 patients will support the use of bempegaldesleukin in this patient population; (ii) investigational agents and continued research and development 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) as our clinical drug candidates are currently in development, the risk of failure is high and failure 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 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) 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 (vi) certain other important risks and uncertainties set forth in our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on August 7, 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.

Contact:

For Investors:
Jerry Isaacson of Nektar Therapeutics
628-895-0634
Vivian Wu of Nektar Therapeutics
628-895-0661

For Media:
Dan Budwick of 1AB
973-271-6085

Opdivo is a registered trademark of Bristol-Myers Squibb Company.

NEKTAR THERAPEUTICS

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(In thousands)

(Unaudited)

                     

ASSETS

 

September 30, 2020

 

December 31, 2019 (1)

Current assets:

             
 

Cash and cash equivalents

     

$ 55,843

 

$ 96,363

 

Short-term investments

     

900,163

 

1,228,499

 

Accounts receivable

     

42,925

 

36,802

 

Inventory

       

12,892

 

12,665

 

Advance payments to contract manufacturers

   

10,483

 

31,834

 

Other current assets

     

21,550

 

15,387

   

Total current assets

     

1,043,856

 

1,421,550

                     

Long-term investments

     

197,715

 

279,119

Property, plant and equipment, net

   

60,189

 

65,665

Operating lease right-of-use assets

   

128,985

 

134,177

Goodwill

         

76,501

 

76,501

Other assets

       

1,420

 

344

   

Total assets

       

$ 1,508,666

 

$ 1,977,356

                     

LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY

       
                     

Current liabilities:

             
 

Senior secured notes, net and interest payable

   

$ -

 

$ 252,891

 

Accounts payable

     

15,484

 

19,234

 

Accrued compensation

     

29,504

 

11,467

 

Accrued clinical trial expenses

   

48,886

 

32,626

 

Accrued contract manufacturing expenses

   

7,141

 

7,304

 

Other accrued expenses

     

9,630

 

12,338

 

Operating lease liabilities, current portion

   

15,348

 

12,516

 

Deferred revenue, current portion

   

507

 

5,517

   

Total current liabilities

     

126,500

 

353,893

                     

Operating lease liabilities, less current portion

   

139,022

 

142,730

Liability related to the sale of future royalties, net

   

66,378

 

72,020

Deferred revenue, less current portion

   

2,494

 

2,554

Other long-term liabilities

     

3,291

 

768

   

Total liabilities

     

337,685

 

571,965

                     

Commitments and contingencies

         
                     

Stockholders' equity:

           
 

Preferred stock

       

-

 

-

 

Common stock

       

18

 

17

 

Capital in excess of par value

   

3,363,998

 

3,271,097

 

Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss)

 

(1,080)

 

(1,005)

 

Accumulated deficit

     

(2,191,955)

 

(1,864,718)

   

Total stockholders' equity

   

1,170,981

 

1,405,391

 

Total liabilities and stockholders' equity

   

$ 1,508,666

 

$ 1,977,356

                     

(1) The consolidated balance sheet at December 31, 2019 has been derived from the audited financial statements at that date but does not include all of the information and notes required by generally accepted accounting principles in the United States for complete financial statements.

     

NEKTAR THERAPEUTICS

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(In thousands, except per share information)

(Unaudited)

                             
               

Three Months Ended September 30,

 

Nine Months Ended September 30,

               

2020

 

2019

 

2020

 

2019

                             

Revenue:

                       

Product sales

       

$ 5,691

 

$ 5,558

 

$ 14,620

 

$ 14,302

Royalty revenue

       

12,289

 

10,275

 

31,411

 

29,008

Non-cash royalty revenue related to sale of future royalties

 

10,422

 

10,264

 

28,001

 

27,585

License, collaboration and other revenue

   

1,631

 

3,121

 

55,421

 

9,860

Total revenue

       

30,033

 

29,218

 

129,453

 

80,755

                             

Operating costs and expenses:

                 

Cost of goods sold

     

5,570

 

4,927

 

15,154

 

15,385

Research and development

     

100,531

 

99,048

 

305,954

 

324,197

General and administrative

     

26,982

 

23,983

 

77,546

 

71,570

Impairment of assets and other costs for terminated program

 

-

 

-

 

45,189

 

-

Total operating costs and expenses

   

133,083

 

127,958

 

443,843

 

411,152

                             

Loss from operations

     

(103,050)

 

(98,740)

 

(314,390)

 

(330,397)

                             

Non-operating income (expense):

                 

Interest expense

       

-

 

(5,425)

 

(6,851)

 

(15,882)

Non-cash interest expense on liability related to sale of future royalties

 

(8,425)

 

(5,813)

 

(22,084)

 

(17,853)

Interest income and other income (expense), net

   

2,910

 

11,492

 

16,453

 

35,964

Total non-operating income (expense), net

   

(5,515)

 

254

 

(12,482)

 

2,229

                             

Loss before provision for income taxes

   

(108,565)

 

(98,486)

 

(326,872)

 

(328,168)

                             

Provision for income taxes

     

21

 

99

 

365

 

335

Net loss

         

$ (108,586)

 

$ (98,585)

 

$ (327,237)

 

$ (328,503)

                             
                             

Basic and diluted net loss per share

   

$ (0.61)

 

$ (0.56)

 

$ (1.84)

 

$ (1.88)

                             

Weighted average shares outstanding used in computing basic and diluted net loss per share

 

179,090

 

175,402

 

178,203

 

174,609

                     

NEKTAR THERAPEUTICS

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(In thousands)

(Unaudited)

               

Nine Months Ended September 30,

               

2020

 

2019

Cash flows from operating activities:

         

Net loss

         

$ (327,237)

 

$ (328,503)

Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash used in operating activities:

       

Non-cash royalty revenue related to sale of future royalties

 

(28,001)

 

(27,585)

Non-cash interest expense on liability related to sale of future royalties

 

22,084

 

17,853

Stock-based compensation

   

72,274

 

74,787

Depreciation and amortization

   

10,937

 

9,582

Impairment of advance payments to contract manufacturers and equipment for terminated program

 

20,351

 

-

Accretion of premiums (discounts), net and other non-cash transactions

 

1,150

 

(9,147)

Changes in operating assets and liabilities:

         

Accounts receivable

     

(6,123)

 

2,008

Inventory

       

(227)

 

(2,339)

Operating leases, net

     

4,316

 

11,550

Other assets

       

(5,588)

 

18,127

Accounts payable

     

(3,337)

 

16,109

Accrued compensation

     

20,478

 

13,164

Other accrued expenses

     

9,340

 

10,401

Deferred revenue

     

(5,070)

 

(9,465)

Net cash used in operating activities

   

(214,653)

 

(203,458)

                     

Cash flows from investing activities:

         

Purchases of investments

   

(791,445)

 

(1,028,883)

Maturities of investments

     

1,158,722

 

1,122,902

Sales of investments

     

41,700

 

-

Purchases of property, plant and equipment

   

(5,504)

 

(22,614)

Net cash provided by investing activities

   

403,473

 

71,405

                     

Cash flows from financing activities:

         

Proceeds from shares issued under equity compensation plans

 

20,651

 

18,449

Repayment of Senior Notes

   

(250,000)

 

-

Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities

 

(229,349)

 

18,449

                     

Effect of exchange rates on cash and cash equivalents

 

9

 

(77)

Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents

   

(40,520)

 

(113,681)

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period

 

96,363

 

194,905

Cash and cash equivalents at end of period

   

$ 55,843

 

$ 81,224

                     

Supplemental disclosures of cash flow information:

       

Cash paid for interest

     

$ 9,742

 

$ 14,299

Operating lease right-of-use asset recognized in exchange for lease liabilities

 

$ 2,133

 

$ 56,025

                     

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