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HAMPTON, N.J., March 26, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Celldex Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ:CLDX) today reported business and financial highlights for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2019.
“We are pleased that Celldex entered 2020 with significant momentum, following exciting data in late 2019 from the CDX-1140 program that suggest this candidate is a best in class CD40 agonist,” said Anthony Marucci, Co-founder, President and Chief Executive Officer of Celldex Therapeutics. “We are actively recruiting patients across multiple expansion cohorts to further explore potential indications and new combination approaches. We also continue to advance the Phase 2 program of our ErbB3 inhibitor, CDX-3379, exploring a potential biomarker strategy in head and neck squamous cell carcinoma.”
“Last month, we completed dosing in the Phase 1 healthy volunteer study of our KIT inhibitor, CDX-0159, which we intend to study in mast cell driven disorders. In addition to demonstrating a favorable safety profile, if CDX-0159 is able to decrease tryptase levels in healthy volunteers, a surrogate for systemic mast cell load, we believe this drug candidate could have significant potential in mast cell driven diseases. Based on the promising results observed to date, we have expanded development of CDX-0159 and are planning to initiate studies in chronic urticaria. We are also preparing to advance CDX-527, the first candidate from our bispecific platform, into the clinic.”
“In closing, our mission at Celldex is focused on combatting devastating diseases. With the COVID-19 pandemic unfolding around the world, we have embraced the importance of public health guidelines while implementing operational plans aimed at minimizing disruptions to our core programs and protecting the health of our staff and the communities around us. We have observed that many medical and scientific conferences have canceled, delayed or made modifications to their format. We are following this closely and we may elect to report data outside of these settings if necessary. As always, we look forward to reporting on our progress, including updates across our clinical programs over the course of the year.”
Recent Pipeline Highlights:
CDX-1140—a potent CD40 agonist that Celldex believes has the potential to successfully balance systemic doses for good tissue and tumor penetration with an acceptable safety profile.
CDX-3379—a differentiated human monoclonal antibody designed to block the activity of ErbB3 (HER3). ErbB3 is expressed in many cancers, including HNSCC and is believed to be an important receptor regulating cancer cell growth and survival as well as resistance to targeted therapies.
CDX-0159—a monoclonal antibody that specifically binds the KIT receptor and potently inhibits its activity. The KIT receptor tyrosine kinase is expressed in a variety of cells, including mast cells. In certain inflammatory diseases, such as chronic urticarias, mast cell degranulation plays a central role in the onset and progression of the disease.
Celldex continues to advance a robust preclinical portfolio and data from the Company’s CDX-527 bispecific candidate were presented in November at SITC 2019. CDX-527 uses Celldex’s proprietary highly active anti-PD-L1 and CD27 human antibodies to couple CD27 co-stimulation with blockade of the PD-L1/PD-1 pathway. The data presented at SITC demonstrate that CDX-527 is more potent at T cell activation and anti-tumor immunity than the combination of parental monoclonal antibodies. Celldex plans to initiate a Phase 1 study in the second half of 2020.
Fourth Quarter and Twelve Months 2019 Financial Highlights and 2020 Guidance
Cash Position: Cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities as of December 31, 2019 were $64.4 million compared to $72.9 million as of September 30, 2019. The decrease was primarily driven by fourth quarter cash used in operating activities of $11.0 million, partially offset by $2.4 million in net proceeds from sales of common stock under the Cantor agreement. At December 31, 2019, Celldex had 17.0 million shares outstanding.
Revenues: Total revenue was $0.9 million in the fourth quarter of 2019 and $3.6 million for the year ended December 31, 2019, compared to $1.8 million and $9.5 million for the comparable periods in 2018. The decrease in revenue was primarily due to lower revenue from the collaboration agreement with Bristol-Myers Squibb Company and the contract manufacturing and research and development agreements with the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative and Rockefeller University.
R&D Expenses: Research and development (R&D) expenses were $10.3 million in the fourth quarter of 2019 and $42.7 million for the year ended December 31, 2019, compared to $11.2 million and $66.4 million for the comparable periods in 2018. The decrease in R&D expenses was primarily due to lower clinical trial, personnel and contract manufacturing costs.
G&A Expenses: General and administrative (G&A) expenses were $3.2 million in the fourth quarter of 2019 and $15.4 million for the year ended December 31, 2019, compared to $4.3 million and $19.3 million for the comparable periods in 2018. The decrease in G&A expenses was primarily due to lower personnel and commercial planning costs and lower lease restructuring expense.
Intangible Asset and Goodwill Impairments: During the first quarter of 2018, the Company recorded $18.7 million in non-cash impairment charges related to fully impaired glembatumumab vedotin-related intangible assets and $91.0 million in goodwill impairment charges as the carrying value of the Company’s net assets exceeded the Company’s fair value by an amount in excess of the goodwill asset.
Changes in Fair Value Remeasurement of Contingent Consideration: During the year ended December 31, 2019, the Company recorded a $1.3 million gain on the fair value remeasurement of contingent consideration primarily due to changes in discount rates, the passage of time and updated assumptions for the varlilumab program.
Net Loss: Net loss was $10.4 million, or ($0.64) per share, for the fourth quarter of 2019 and $50.9 million, or ($3.51) per share, for the year ended December 31, 2019, compared to a net loss of $9.4 million, or ($0.81) per share, and $151.2 million, or ($14.48) per share, for the comparable periods in 2018.
Financial Guidance: Celldex believes that the cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities at December 31, 2019 are sufficient to meet estimated working capital requirements and fund planned operations into the first quarter of 2021. This guidance excludes anticipated proceeds from future sales of common stock under the Cantor agreement or other potential fundraising.
KEYTRUDA® is a registered trademark of Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp., a subsidiary of Merck & Co., Inc., Kenilworth, NJ USA. Erbitux® is a registered trademark of Eli Lilly & Co.
About Celldex Therapeutics, Inc.
Celldex is developing targeted therapeutics to address devastating diseases for which available treatments are inadequate. Our pipeline includes immunotherapies and other targeted biologics derived from a broad set of complementary technologies which have the ability to engage the human immune system and/or directly inhibit tumors to treat specific types of cancer or other diseases. Visit www.celldex.com.
Forward Looking Statement
This release contains "forward-looking statements" made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements are typically preceded by words such as "believes," "expects," "anticipates," "intends," "will," "may," "should," or similar expressions. These forward-looking statements reflect management's current knowledge, assumptions, judgment and expectations regarding future performance or events. Although management believes that the expectations reflected in such statements are reasonable, they give no assurance that such expectations will prove to be correct or that those goals will be achieved, and you should be aware that actual results could differ materially from those contained in the forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties, including, but not limited to, our ability to successfully complete research and further development and commercialization of Company drug candidates; the effects of the outbreak of COVID-19 on our business and results of operations; our ability to obtain additional capital to meet our long-term liquidity needs on acceptable terms, or at all, including the additional capital which will be necessary to complete the clinical trials that we have initiated or plan to initiate; our ability to maintain compliance with Nasdaq listing requirements; our ability to realize the cost benefits of consolidating our office and laboratory space and to retain key personnel after that consolidation; our ability to realize the anticipated benefits from the acquisition of Kolltan; the uncertainties inherent in clinical testing and accruing patients for clinical trials; our limited experience in bringing programs through Phase 3 clinical trials; our ability to manage and successfully complete multiple clinical trials and the research and development efforts for our multiple products at varying stages of development; the availability, cost, delivery and quality of clinical and commercial grade materials produced by our own manufacturing facility or supplied by contract manufacturers, who may be our sole source of supply; the timing, cost and uncertainty of obtaining regulatory approvals; the failure of the market for the Company's programs to continue to develop; our ability to protect the Company's intellectual property; the loss of any executive officers or key personnel or consultants; competition; changes in the regulatory landscape or the imposition of regulations that affect the Company's products; and other factors listed under "Risk Factors" in our annual report on Form 10-K and quarterly reports on Form 10-Q.
All forward-looking statements are expressly qualified in their entirety by this cautionary notice. You are cautioned not to place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this release. We have no obligation, and expressly disclaim any obligation, to update, revise or correct any of the forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.
Senior Vice President, Corporate Affairs & Administration
Celldex Therapeutics, Inc.
|CELLDEX THERAPEUTICS, INC.|
|(In thousands, except per share amounts)|
|CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS||Three Months||Year|
|OF OPERATIONS DATA||Ended December 31,||Ended December 31,|
|Product Development and|
|Contracts and Grants||793||1,215||3,100||6,197|
|Research and Development||10,339||11,207||42,672||66,449|
|General and Administrative||3,219||4,332||15,426||19,269|
|Intangible Asset Impairment||-||-||-||18,677|
|Other Asset Impairment||-||-||1,800||-|
|(Gain)/Loss on Fair Value Remeasurement|
|of Contingent Consideration||318||(1,653||)||(1,294||)||(29,621||)|
|Amortization of Acquired Intangible Assets||-||-||-||224|
|Total Operating Expense||13,876||13,886||58,604||165,974|
|Investment and Other Income, Net||2,542||2,720||4,153||4,487|
|Net Loss Before Income Tax Benefit||(10,447||)||(9,402||)||(50,878||)||(151,949||)|
|Income Tax Benefit||-||-||-||765|
|Basic and Diluted Net Loss per|
|Shares Used in Calculating Basic|
|and Diluted Net Loss per Share||16,442||11,626||14,507||10,442|
|(Reflects one for fifteen reverse stock split effective February 8, 2019)|
|BALANCE SHEETS DATA||December 31,||December 31,|
|Cash, Cash Equivalents and Marketable Securities||$||64,383||$||94,022|
|Other Current Assets||2,315||5,057|
|Property and Equipment, net||4,031||6,111|
|Intangible and Other Assets, net||52,204||50,619|
|LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY|
|Total Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity||$||122,933||$||155,809|
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