Novocure Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2020 Financial Results and Provides Company Update

Feb. 25, 2021 11:00 UTC
  • Quarterly net revenues of $144.0 million, representing 45 percent growth versus the fourth quarter 2019 and 9 percent growth versus the third quarter 2020
  • Quarterly net income of $4.9 million with $0.05 in earnings per share

ST. HELIER, Jersey--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Novocure (NASDAQ: NVCR) today reported financial results for the quarter and full year ended December 31, 2020, highlighting revenue growth and financial strength as well as the advancement of the company’s clinical and product development programs. Novocure is a global oncology company working to extend survival in some of the most aggressive forms of cancer by developing and commercializing its innovative therapy, Tumor Treating Fields.

Fourth quarter 2020 highlights include:

 

Three Months Ended
December 31,

 

Twelve Months Ended
December 31,

 

2020

 

2019

 

% Change

 

2020

 

2019

 

% Change

                       

Financial, in millions

                     

Net revenues

$

144.0

   

$

99.2

   

45

%

 

$

494.4

   

$

351.3

   

41

%

Gross Profit

$

115.8

   

$

74.4

   

56

%

 

$

387.9

   

$

262.7

   

48

%

Net income (loss)

$

4.9

   

$

4.3

   

15

%

 

$

19.8

   

$

(7.2)

   

(374)

%

                       

Adjusted EBITDA(1)

$

34.8

   

$

17.3

   

101

%

 

$

115.3

   

$

60.0

   

92

%

                       

Non-financial

                     

Active patients at period end(2)

3,411

   

2,909

   

17

%

 

3,411

   

2,909

   

17

%

Prescriptions received in period(3)

1,411

   

1,380

   

2

%

 

5,613

   

5,371

   

5

%

                       

(1) Adjusted EBITDA is a non-U.S. GAAP measurement of earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, amortization and share-based compensation.

(2) An “active patient” is a patient who is receiving treatment under a commercial prescription order as of the measurement date, including patients who may be on a temporary break from treatment and who plan to resume treatment in less than 60 days.

(3) A “prescription received” is a commercial order for Optune or Optune Lua that is received from a physician certified to treat patients for a patient not previously on Optune or Optune Lua. Orders to renew or extend treatment are not included in this total.

“Our track record of execution continued throughout 2020 with notable progress made in advancing our three overarching priorities: to drive commercial adoption; to carry out our clinical trial programs; and to deliver product innovations to optimize Tumor Treating Fields therapy,” said William Doyle, Novocure’s Executive Chairman. “Despite the complexities posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, we generated nearly $500 million in net revenues and $20 million in net income in 2020. Our financial strength positions us well to invest strategically in science and technology to unleash the potential of the Tumor Treating Fields platform.”

“As proud as we are of treating more than 18,000 patients to-date, we remain focused on extending the reach of Tumor Treating Fields therapy to many more cancer patients,” added Asaf Danziger, Novocure’s Chief Executive Officer. “With multiple clinical trials expected to read out over the next few years, we believe we are just beginning to unlock our potential to impact oncology. Acceptance of our therapy continues to build within the global oncology community, which reinforces our commitment to our mission to extend survival in some of the most aggressive forms of cancer.”

Fourth quarter 2020 financial update

For the quarter ended December 31, 2020, net revenues were $144.0 million, representing 45% growth compared to the fourth quarter 2019.

  • In the United States, net revenues totaled $97.7 million in the quarter ended December 31, 2020, representing 48% growth compared to the same period in 2019.
  • In Germany and other EMEA markets, net revenues totaled $33.8 million in the quarter ended December 31, 2020, representing 31% growth compared to the same period in 2019.
  • In Japan, net revenues totaled $7.9 million in the quarter ended December 31, 2020, representing 42% growth compared to the same period in 2019.
  • In Greater China, net revenues totaled $4.5 million in the quarter ended December 31, 2020, representing 132% growth compared to the same period in 2019.

For the three months ended December 31, 2020, the increases primarily resulted from an increase of 502 active patients in our active markets and an increase in the net revenues per active patient per month. The increase in net revenues per active patient per month primarily was driven by improving reimbursement approval rates in the U.S.

In the fourth quarter 2020, we recorded $9 million in revenues from Medicare fee-for-service beneficiaries billed under the coverage policy effective on September 1, 2019. We have gained a good understanding of how to ensure timely processing of Medicare claims and have sufficient experience to recognize approximately two-thirds of the expected contribution from Medicare beneficiaries. In the fourth quarter of 2020, we also recognized approximately $11 million in incremental net revenues compared to the first half of 2020 resulting from the successful appeal of previously denied claims for Medicare fee-for-service beneficiaries billed prior to established coverage.

Cost of revenues for the three months ended December 31, 2020 was $28.1 million compared to $24.8 million for the same period in 2019, representing an increase of 14%. The increase in cost of revenues primarily was due to the cost of shipping arrays to a higher volume of commercial patients. Gross margin was 80% for the three months ended December 31, 2020 compared to 75% for the three months ended December 31, 2019. Gross margin continues to benefit from ongoing efficiency initiatives and increasing scale. Gross margin is also improved with revenue resulting from the successful appeal of previously denied claims for Medicare fee-for-service beneficiaries and tempered by product sales to Zai.

Research, development and clinical trials expenses for the three months ended December 31, 2020 were $44.0 million compared to $23.7 million for the same period in 2019, representing an increase of 85%. The increase primarily was due to increased investments in clinical trials and clinical administration personnel to advance and broaden our clinical development programs, preclinical and basic research to better understand the optimal use of Tumor Treating Fields, product development intended to optimize the delivery of Tumor Treating Fields therapy, and expanded medical affairs efforts to educate the clinical community.

We expect growth in our research and development to continue into 2021 as we work to advance our pipeline programs and increase acceptance of Tumor Treating Fields within the global oncology community. We balance our investments in research and development with our organizational capacity to effectively execute our strategic initiatives.

Sales and marketing expenses for the three months ended December 31, 2020 were $31.4 million compared to $26.8 million for the same period in 2019, representing an increase of 17%. This primarily was due to an increase in personnel and professional services costs to support our growing commercial business and reimbursement efforts and an increase in marketing expenses related to the launch of Optune Lua for MPM.

General and administrative expenses for the three months ended December 31, 2020 were $28.4 million compared to $23.7 million for the same period in 2019, representing an increase of 19%. This primarily was due to an increase in personnel costs, insurance premiums and professional services.

Net income for the three months ended December 31, 2020 was $4.9 million compared to net income of $4.3 million for the same period in 2019.

At December 31, 2020, we had $842.6 million in cash and cash equivalents and short-term investments, an increase of $516.5 million compared to $326.1 million at December 31, 2019. The increase in our cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments primarily was due to convertible notes issued, net cash provided by operating activities and the exercise of options.

Fourth quarter 2020 operating statistics

There were 3,411 active patients at December 31, 2020, representing 17% growth compared to December 31, 2019, and 1% growth compared to September 30, 2020.

  • In the United States, there were 2,193 active patients at December 31, 2020, representing 12% growth compared to December 31, 2019.
  • In Germany and other EMEA markets, there were 953 active patients at December 31, 2020, representing 25% growth compared to December 31, 2019.
  • In Japan, there were 265 active patients at December 31, 2020, representing 38% growth compared to December 31, 2019.

Additionally, 1,411 prescriptions were received in the quarter ended December 31, 2020, representing 2% growth compared to the same period in 2019, and a 3% increase compared to the quarter ended September 30, 2020. In the quarter ended December 31, 2020, 1,160 Optune prescriptions were written for patients with newly diagnosed glioblastoma.

  • In the United States, 962 prescriptions were received in the quarter ended December 31, 2020, representing a 4% decrease compared to the same period in 2019.
  • In Germany and other EMEA markets, 349 prescriptions were received in the quarter ended December 31, 2020, representing 22% growth compared to the same period in 2019.
  • In Japan, 100 prescriptions were received in the quarter ended December 31, 2020, representing 8% growth compared to the same period in 2019.

Fourth quarter 2020 non-U.S. GAAP measures

We also measure our performance based upon a non-U.S. GAAP measurement of earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, amortization and shared-based compensation ("Adjusted EBITDA"). We believe Adjusted EBITDA is useful to investors in evaluating our operating performance because it helps investors compare the results of our operations from period to period by removing the impact of earnings attributable to our capital structure, tax rate and material non-cash items, specifically share-based compensation.

Adjusted EBITDA was $34.8 million for the three months ended December 31, 2020, an increase of $17.5 million, or 101%, from $17.3 million for the three months ended December 31, 2019. This improvement in fundamental financial performance was driven by net revenue growth coupled with an ongoing commitment to disciplined management of expenses.

Anticipated clinical milestones

  • Final data from phase 2 pilot HEPANOVA trial in advanced liver cancer (Q2 2021)
  • Interim analysis of phase 3 pivotal INNOVATE-3 trial in recurrent ovarian cancer (Q3 2021)
  • Interim analysis of phase 3 pivotal LUNAR trial in non-small cell lung cancer (Q4 2021)
  • Final data from phase 2 pilot EF-31 trial in gastric cancer (2022)
  • Interim analysis of phase 3 pivotal PANOVA-3 trial in locally advanced pancreatic cancer (2022)
  • Final data from phase 3 pivotal METIS trial in brain metastases (2022)
  • Final data from phase 2 pilot EF-33 trial with high-intensity arrays in recurrent glioblastoma (2022)
  • Final data from phase 3 pivotal INNOVATE-3 trial in recurrent ovarian cancer (2023)
  • Final data from phase 3 pivotal LUNAR trial in non-small cell lung cancer (2023)
  • Final data from phase 3 pivotal PANOVA-3 trial in locally advanced pancreatic cancer (2023)

Conference call details

Novocure will host a conference call and webcast to discuss fourth quarter and full year 2020 financial results at 8 a.m. EST today, Thursday, February 25, 2021. Analysts and investors can participate in the conference call by dialing 855-442-6895 for domestic callers and 509-960-9037 for international callers, using the conference ID 3965899.

The webcast, earnings slides presented during the webcast and the corporate presentation can be accessed live from the Investor Relations page of Novocure’s website, www.novocure.com/investor-relations, and will be available for at least 14 days following the call. Novocure has used, and intends to continue to use, its investor relations website, as a means of disclosing material non-public information and for complying with its disclosure obligations under Regulation FD.

About Novocure

Novocure is a global oncology company working to extend survival in some of the most aggressive forms of cancer through the development and commercialization of its innovative therapy, Tumor Treating Fields. Novocure’s commercialized products are approved in certain countries for the treatment of adult patients with glioblastoma and in the U.S. for the treatment of adult patients with malignant pleural mesothelioma. Novocure has ongoing or completed clinical trials investigating Tumor Treating Fields in brain metastases, non-small cell lung cancer, pancreatic cancer, ovarian cancer, liver cancer, gastric cancer and glioblastoma.

Headquartered in Jersey, Novocure has U.S. operations in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, Malvern, Pennsylvania and New York City. Additionally, the company has offices in Germany, Switzerland, Japan and Israel. For additional information about the company, please visit www.novocure.com or follow us at www.twitter.com/novocure.

Forward-Looking Statements

In addition to historical facts or statements of current condition, this press release may contain forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements provide Novocure’s current expectations or forecasts of future events. These may include statements regarding anticipated scientific progress on its research programs, clinical trial progress, development of potential products, interpretation of clinical results, prospects for regulatory approval, manufacturing development and capabilities, market prospects for its products, coverage, collections from third-party payers and other statements regarding matters that are not historical facts. You may identify some of these forward-looking statements by the use of words in the statements such as “anticipate,” “estimate,” “expect,” “project,” “intend,” “plan,” “believe” or other words and terms of similar meaning. Novocure’s performance and financial results could differ materially from those reflected in these forward-looking statements due to general financial, economic, environmental, regulatory and political conditions as well as issues arising from the COVID-19 pandemic and other more specific risks and uncertainties facing Novocure such as those set forth in its Annual Report on Form 10-K filed on February 25, 2021, as amended to date, with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Given these risks and uncertainties, any or all of these forward-looking statements may prove to be incorrect. Therefore, you should not rely on any such factors or forward-looking statements. Furthermore, Novocure does not intend to update publicly any forward-looking statement, except as required by law. Any forward-looking statements herein speak only as of the date hereof. The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 permits this discussion.

Consolidated Statements of Operations

USD in thousands (except share and per share data)

 

Three Months Ended
December 31,

 

Twelve months ended December 31,

 

2020

 

2019

 

2020

 

2019

Net revenues

$

143,953

   

$

99,234

   

$

494,366

   

$

351,318

 

Cost of revenues

28,136

   

24,786

   

106,501

   

88,606

 

Gross profit

115,817

   

74,448

   

387,865

   

262,712

 
               

Operating costs and expenses:

             

Research, development and clinical trials

44,002

   

23,741

   

132,010

   

79,003

 

Sales and marketing

31,359

   

26,804

   

118,017

   

96,675

 

General and administrative

28,364

   

23,751

   

107,437

   

87,948

 

Total operating costs and expenses

103,725

   

74,296

   

357,464

   

263,626

 
               

Operating income (loss)

12,092

   

152

   

30,401

   

(914)

 

Financial expenses (income), net

3,267

   

1,744

   

12,299

   

7,910

 
               

Income (loss) before income tax

8,825

   

(1,592)

   

18,102

   

(8,824)

 

Income tax

3,908

   

(5,852)

   

(1,706)

   

(1,594)

 

Net income (loss)

$

4,917

   

$

4,260

   

$

19,808

   

$

(7,230)

 
               

Basic net income (loss) per ordinary share

$

0.05

   

$

0.04

   

$

0.20

   

$

(0.07)

 

Weighted average number of ordinary shares used in computing basic net income (loss) per share

101,945,085

   

99,226,445

   

100,930,866

   

97,237,549

 
               

Diluted net income (loss) per ordinary share

$

0.04

   

$

0.04

   

$

0.18

   

$

(0.07)

 

Weighted average number of ordinary shares used in computing diluted net income (loss) per share

110,604,714

   

107,911,519

   

108,877,648

   

97,237,549

 

Consolidated Balance Sheets

USD in thousands (except share data)

 

December 31,

 

2020

 

2019

Assets

     

Current assets:

     

Cash and cash equivalents

$

234,674

   

$

177,321

 

Short-term investments

607,902

   

148,769

 

Restricted cash

11,499

   

2,095

 

Trade receivables, net

96,699

   

58,859

 

Receivables and prepaid expenses

21,245

   

29,202

 

Inventories

27,422

   

23,701

 

Total current assets

999,441

   

439,947

 

Long-term assets:

     

Property and equipment, net

11,395

   

9,342

 

Field equipment, net

11,230

   

7,684

 

Right-of-use assets, net

19,009

   

17,571

 

Other long-term assets

10,908

   

4,904

 

Total long-term assets

52,542

   

39,501

 

Total assets

$

1,051,983

   

$

479,448

 

Consolidated Balance Sheets

USD in thousands (except share data)

 
   
 

December 31,

 

2020

 

2019

Liabilities and shareholders’ equity

     

Current liabilities:

     

Trade payables

$

53,647

   

$

36,925

 

Other payables and accrued expenses

59,965

   

49,386

 

Total current liabilities

113,612

   

86,311

 

Long-term liabilities:

     

Long-term loan, net of discount and issuance costs

429,905

   

149,424

 

Deferred revenues

12,139

   

7,807

 

Employee benefit liabilities

5,171

   

3,754

 

Long term leases

14,293

   

14,140

 

Other long-term liabilities

337

   

222

 

Total long-term liabilities

461,845

   

175,347

 

Total liabilities

575,457

   

261,658

 

Commitments and contingencies

     

Shareholders’ equity:

     

Share capital -

     

Ordinary shares - No par value, Unlimited shares authorized; Issued and outstanding: 102,334,276 shares and 99,528,435 shares at December 31, 2020 and December 31, 2019 respectively;

   

 

Additional paid-in capital

1,111,435

   

871,442

 

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

(3,832)

   

(2,767)

 

Accumulated deficit

(631,077)

   

(650,885)

 

Total shareholders’ equity

476,526

   

217,790

 

Total liabilities and shareholders’ equity

$

1,051,983

   

$

479,448

 

Non-U.S. GAAP financial measures reconciliation

USD in thousands

 

Three months ended December 31,

 

Twelve months ended December 31,

 

2020

 

2019

 

% Change

 

2020

 

2019

 

% Change

Net income (loss)

$

4,917

   

$

4,260

   

15

%

 

$

19,808

   

$

(7,230)

   

(374)

%

Add: Income tax

3,908

   

(5,852)

   

(167)

%

 

(1,706)

   

(1,594)

   

7

%

Add: Financial expenses (income), net

3,267

   

1,744

   

87

%

 

12,299

   

7,910

   

55

%

Add: Depreciation and amortization

2,473

   

2,467

   

%

 

9,150

   

8,460

   

8

%

EBITDA

$

14,565

   

$

2,619

   

456

%

 

$

39,551

   

$

7,546

   

424

%

Add: Share-based compensation

20,273

   

14,699

   

38

%

 

75,721

   

52,416

   

44

%

Adjusted EBITDA

$

34,838

   

$

17,318

   

101

%

 

$

115,272

   

$

59,962

   

92

%

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Contacts

Investors:
Gabrielle Fernandes
gfernandes@novocure.com
603-206-7047

Media:
Jaclyn Stahl
jstahl@novocure.com
212-767-7516

Source: Novocure

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