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Nektar Therapeutics Reports Financial Results for the Second Quarter of 2017

12:30 EDT 8 Aug 2017 | PR Newswire

SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 8, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Nektar Therapeutics (Nasdaq: NKTR) today reported its financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2017.

Cash and investments in marketable securities at June 30, 2017 were $310.7 million as compared to $389.1 million at December 31, 2016. The cash balance does not include the $150 million upfront payment expected from Nektar's recently announced collaboration with Eli Lilly & Company for the development and commercialization of NKTR-358.

"Nektar has successfully achieved a number of important milestones in 2017," said Howard W. Robin, President and CEO of Nektar. "In July, we announced positive results from the human abuse potential study of NKTR-181, which followed the positive Phase 3 efficacy data earlier in the year.  The body of data for NKTR-181 shows that it could be a transformational pain medicine for the treatment of chronic pain and be a key building block in the nation's fight against the opioid abuse epidemic. Our new collaboration with Lilly for NKTR-358 enables the broad development of this first-in-class resolution therapeutic in multiple autoimmune conditions. Finally, in immuno-oncology, we are pleased to announce that we began dosing patients in the expansion stage of the PIVOT study of NKTR-214 with Bristol's OPDIVO, which will enroll up to 260 patients in eight target cancer indications."

Revenue in the second quarter of 2017 was $34.6 million as compared to $32.8 million in the second quarter of 2016. Year-to-date revenue for 2017 was $59.3 million as compared to $91.6 million in the first half of 2016. Revenue in the first half of 2016 was higher primarily because of the recognition of $28.0 million received from AstraZeneca for the sublicense of MOVENTIG® to Kirin in Europe.

Total operating costs and expenses in the second quarter of 2017 were $85.2 million as compared to $71.1 million in the second quarter of 2016. Total operating costs and expenses in the first half of 2017 were $164.4 million as compared to $139.5 million in the first half of 2016. Total operating costs and expenses increased primarily because of research and development (R&D) expense, which included the completion of Phase 3 clinical studies for NKTR-181.

R&D expense in the second quarter of 2017 was $60.3 million as compared to $52.4 million in the second quarter of 2016.  For the first half of 2017, R&D expense was $121.3 million as compared to $101.6 million in the first half of 2016.  R&D expense was higher in the second quarter and first half of 2017 as compared to the same periods in 2016 and includes increased expenses for our pipeline programs, including clinical development of NKTR-214 and NKTR-358 and preclinical activities for NKTR-262 and NKTR-255.

General and administrative (G&A) expense was $16.0 million in the second quarter of 2017 as compared to $11.0 million in the second quarter of 2016.  Q2 2017 G&A expense includes a $3.3 million charge for a litigation settlement related to a cross-license agreement.  G&A expense in the first half of 2017 was $28.0 million as compared to $21.3 million in the first half of 2016.

Net loss in the second quarter of 2017 was $59.9 million or $0.39 loss per share as compared to a net loss of $48.6 million or $0.36 loss per share in the second quarter of 2016.  Net loss was higher in Q2 2017 versus Q2 2016 primarily as a result of the litigation settlement expense and the increased R&D expense described above.  Net loss in the first half of 2017 was $123.7 million or $0.80 loss per share as compared to a net loss of $68.1 million or $0.50 loss per share in the first half of 2016.

The company also announced the following upcoming presentation:

ESMO 2017 Congress, Madrid, Spain:

  • Poster 1212TiP: "PIVOT-02: A Phase 1/2, Open-label Multicenter, Dose Escalation and Dose Expansion Study of NKTR-214 and Nivolumab in Patients with Select Locally Advanced or Metastatic Solid Tumor Malignancies.", Diab, A., et al. 
    • Date: September 9, 2017, 13:15 - 14:15 p.m. Central European Summer Time

Conference Call to Discuss Second Quarter 2017 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, Tuesday, August 8, 2017.

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: http://www.nektar.com. The web broadcast of the conference call will be available for replay through Friday, September 8, 2017.

To access the conference call, follow these instructions:

Dial: (877) 881.2183 (U.S.); (970) 315.0453 (international)
Passcode: 62434800 (Nektar Therapeutics is the host)

In the event that any non-GAAP financial measure is discussed on the conference call that is not described in the press release, or explained on the conference call, related information will be made available on the Investors page at the Nektar website as soon as practical after the conclusion of the conference call.

About Nektar
Nektar Therapeutics is a research-based biopharmaceutical company whose mission is to discover and develop innovative medicines to address the unmet medical needs of patients. Our R&D pipeline of new investigational medicines includes treatments for cancer, auto-immune disease and chronic pain. We leverage Nektar's proprietary and proven chemistry platform in the discovery and design of our new therapeutic candidates. 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 uncertain or forward-looking statements which can be identified by words such as: "could," "plan," "expect," "should," "may," "will" and similar references to future periods. Examples of forward-looking statements include, among others, statements we make regarding the potential therapeutic benefits of and future development plans for our products (including NKTR-181, NKTR-358, and NKTR-214), the potential impact of NKTR-181 with respect to the opioid abuse epidemic, and the anticipated indications for future clinical trials.  Forward-looking statements are neither historical facts nor assurances of future performance. Instead, they are based only on our current beliefs, expectations and assumptions and 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 and you should not rely on such statements. Important factors that could cause our actual results to differ materially from those indicated in the forward-looking statements include: (i) clinical study outcomes remain very unpredictable and it is possible that a clinical study could fail; (ii) the regulatory pathway to review and approve pharmaceutical products is subject to substantial uncertainty; (iii) regulations concerning access to opioid-based pharmaceuticals are strict and there is no guarantee which scheduling category will apply to NKTR-181 if regulatory approval is achieved; (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 10, 2017.  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.   

Contact:

For Investors: 
Jennifer Ruddock of Nektar Therapeutics
415-482-5585

Jodi Sievers of Nektar Therapeutics
415-482-5593

NEKTAR THERAPEUTICS

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(In thousands)

(Unaudited)

ASSETS

June 30, 2017

December 31, 2016

(1)

Current assets:

Cash and cash equivalents

$         16,149

$                   59,640

Short-term investments

249,398

329,462

Accounts receivable, net

4,114

15,678

Inventory

11,008

11,109

Other current assets

7,496

10,063

Total current assets

288,165

425,952

Long-term investments

45,160

-

Property, plant and equipment, net

64,929

65,601

Goodwill

76,501

76,501

Other assets

1,104

817

Total assets

$       475,859

$                 568,871

LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY

Current liabilities:

Accounts payable

$           6,241

$                      2,816

Accrued compensation

14,346

18,280

Accrued clinical trial expenses

6,683

7,958

Other accrued expenses

6,683

4,711

Interest payable

4,144

4,198

Capital lease obligations, current portion

2,706

2,908

Liability related to refundable upfront payment

12,500

12,500

Deferred revenue, current portion

13,373

14,352

Other current liabilities

5,937

4,499

Total current liabilities

72,613

72,222

Senior secured notes, net

244,336

243,464

Capital lease obligations, less current portion

1,056

2,223

Liability related to the sale of future royalties, net

101,897

105,950

Deferred revenue, less current portion

48,979

51,887

Other long-term liabilities

3,592

5,000

Total liabilities

472,473

480,746

Commitments and contingencies

Stockholders' equity:

Preferred stock

-

-

Common stock

15

15

Capital in excess of par value

2,150,019

2,111,483

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

(1,662)

(2,363)

Accumulated deficit

(2,144,986)

(2,021,010)

Total stockholders' equity

3,386

88,125

Total liabilities and stockholders' equity

$       475,859

$                 568,871

(1)

The consolidated balance sheet at December 31, 2016 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 June 30,

Six Months Ended June 30,

2017

2016

2017

2016

Revenue:

   Product sales

$         15,693

$                   12,867

$    20,449

$  26,966

   Royalty revenue 

7,434

3,516

14,651

7,576

   Non-cash royalty revenue related to sale of future royalties

6,638

8,115

13,301

14,650

   License, collaboration and other revenue

4,824

8,270

10,916

42,457

Total revenue

34,589

32,768

59,317

91,649

Operating costs and expenses:

   Cost of goods sold

8,989

7,708

15,120

16,578

   Research and development

60,260

52,350

121,318

101,618

   General and administrative

15,996

11,035

27,972

21,262

Total operating costs and expenses

85,245

71,093

164,410

139,458

Loss from operations

(50,656)

(38,325)

(105,093)

(47,809)

Non-operating income (expense):

   Interest expense

(5,510)

(5,627)

(10,912)

(11,304)

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

(4,512)

(4,982)

(9,064)

(10,027)

   Interest income and other income (expense), net

906

458

1,564

1,333

Total non-operating expense, net

(9,116)

(10,151)

(18,412)

(19,998)

Loss before provision for income taxes

(59,772)

(48,476)

(123,505)

(67,807)

Provision for income taxes

99

127

232

294

Net loss

$       (59,871)

$                  (48,603)

$ (123,737)

$ (68,101)

Basic and diluted net loss per share

$            (0.39)

$                      (0.36)

$       (0.80)

$     (0.50)

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

155,352

136,350

154,514

136,072

NEKTAR THERAPEUTICS

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(In thousands)

(Unaudited)

Six Months Ended June 30,

2017

2016

Cash flows from operating activities:

Net loss

$                (123,737)

$   (68,101)

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

Non-cash royalty revenue related to sale of future royalties

(13,301)

(14,650)

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

9,064

10,027

Stock-based compensation 

16,283

12,627

Depreciation and amortization 

8,287

7,634

Other non-cash transactions

(1,089)

(1,260)

Changes in operating assets and liabilities:

Accounts receivable, net 

11,564

(7,830)

Inventory

101

1,084

Other assets 

2,280

4,637

Accounts payable 

3,221

17

Accrued compensation 

(3,934)

6,465

Accrued clinical trial expenses

(1,275)

5,250

Other accrued expenses 

2,388

2,831

Interest payable

(54)

(54)

Liability related to refundable upfront payment

-

12,500

Deferred revenue 

(3,887)

(7,704)

Other liabilities 

1,000

(725)

Net cash used in operating activities 

(93,089)

(37,252)

Cash flows from investing activities:

Purchases of investments 

(121,135)

(72,806)

Maturities of investments 

147,558

107,363

Sales of investments 

8,823

-

Purchases of property, plant and equipment 

(6,344)

(3,234)

Net cash provided by investing activities 

28,902

31,323

Cash flows from financing activities:

Payment of capital lease obligations 

(1,369)

(3,517)

Proceeds from shares issued under equity compensation plans

22,016

9,643

Net cash provided by financing activities 

20,647

6,126

Effect of exchange rates on cash and cash equivalents 

49

(91)

Net (decrease) increase in cash and cash equivalents 

(43,491)

106

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period

59,640

55,570

Cash and cash equivalents at end of period

$                   16,149

$    55,676

Supplemental disclosure of cash flow information:

Cash paid for interest

$                   10,010

$    10,448

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