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Akcea Reports Financial Results and Highlights for First Quarter 2020
Achieved First Quarter 2020 Global Net Product Revenues of $15 Million
Conference Call Webcast Tuesday, May 5, 4:30 p.m. ET at www.akceatx.com

BOSTON, May 5, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Akcea Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: AKCA), a majority-owned affiliate of Ionis Pharmaceuticals, Inc., focused on developing and commercializing medicines to treat patients with serious and rare diseases, today reported financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2020. The company reported a net loss for the first quarter ended March 31, 2020 on a GAAP basis of $43 million and on a non-GAAP basis of $36 million. Akcea had $421 million of cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments as of March 31, 2020.

"This has been an exciting quarter with significant progress made across the company," said Damien McDevitt, chief executive officer of Akcea. "With the two positive data readouts for AKCEA-ANGPTL3-LRx, which we are now referring to as vupanorsen, and AKCEA-APOCIII-LRx, and additions to our leadership team and board of directors, we have a solid foundation for the future. We are focused on the development and commercialization of medicines for serious and rare diseases, and are committed to bringing products to the rare disease patient community by utilizing a range of solutions to ensure the broadest reach. We generated $15 million in product sales from TEGSEDI and WAYLIVRA in the first quarter, as we continue to expand the number of countries where our products are commercially available, and ended the quarter with $421 million in cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments, putting us in a very strong position to execute on our strategic priorities in 2020 and beyond."

Upcoming Events

  • Launch of TEGSEDI in additional E.U. countries, and through PTC Therapeutics in Latin America
  • Launch of WAYLIVRA in additional E.U. countries, and potential to file for approval in Brazil through PTC Therapeutics
  • Refile WAYLIVRA® (volanesorsen) in the U.S. with the Food and Drug Administration, or FDA, this year
  • Initiate a Phase 3 study of AKCEA-APOCIII-LRx for Familial Chylomicronemia Syndrome, or FCS, later this year
  • Present Phase 2 results of AKCEA-APOCIII-LRx and vupanorsen (AKCEA-ANGPTL3-LRx) at an upcoming medical meeting
  • Collaborate with Ionis to potentially license an additional medicine into the Akcea pipeline

Recent Business Developments

  • Strengthened and grew the management team by appointing Dr. Damien McDevitt as Chief Executive Officer (former Interim CEO), Joshua Patterson as General Counsel and Dr. Lisa Johnson-Pratt as Senior Vice President, New Product Strategy
  • Appointed Dr. Amber Salzman to the board of directors

Recent Commercial Achievements

  • Achieved total product sales of $15 million maintaining consistent quarter over quarter product sales growth
  • Finalized pricing and reimbursement in Spain and Austria for TEGSEDI
  • Entered into a Letter of Intent with the pan-Canadian Pharmaceutical Alliance, or pCPA, for TEGSEDI
  • Achieved pricing and reimbursement for WAYLIVRA in Austria
  • Continue to help patients begin and remain on therapy through Akcea Connect, while following COVID-19 recommendations; product supply chain remains intact

Recent Pipeline Achievements

  • AKCEA-APO(a)-LRx was granted Fast Track Designation by the U.S. FDA as a potential treatment for people at significant risk for cardiovascular disease due to elevated levels of lipoprotein(a), or Lp(a)
  • Reported positive top line results from the Phase 2 study of AKCEA-APOCIII-LRx
  • Reported positive top line results from the Phase 2 study of vupanorsen (AKCEA-ANGPTL3-LRx)
  • Initiated the CARDIO-TTRansform Phase 3 clinical trial for AKCEA-TTR-LRx in patients with TTR-mediated amyloid cardiomyopathy
  • Results from the NEURO-TTR Phase 3 Open-Label Extension (OLE) study in Patients with Polyneuropathy Driven by Hereditary Transthyretin Amyloidosis were published in the European Journal of Neurology. Find more info at www.doi.org
  • Results from the Phase 2 study of AKCEA-APO(a)-LRx in patients with Lp(a)-driven cardiovascular disease were published in the New England Journal of Medicine. Find more info at www.NEJM.org

Financial Results

All non-GAAP amounts referred to in this press release exclude non-cash compensation expense related to equity awards. Please refer to the reconciliation of non-GAAP and GAAP measures, which is provided later in this release.

Revenue

Akcea's total revenue for the three months ended March 31, 2020 was $16 million, which was comprised of product revenue and research and development collaboration revenue. Revenue from sales of TEGSEDI and WAYLIVRA during the three months ended March 31, 2020 was $15 million, compared to $7 million for the three months ended March 31, 2019. Akcea's research and development collaboration revenue for the three months ended March 31, 2020 was $1 million, compared to $157 million in research and development collaboration revenue for the three months ended March 31, 2019. The decrease in research and development collaboration revenue primarily related to the $150 million license fee the company earned in the first quarter of 2019 as a result of Novartis' exercise of its option to license AKCEA-APO(a)-LRx.

Expenses

Akcea's operating expenses, net of the reimbursement due from Ionis through the companies' profit/loss share arrangement, for the three months ended March 31, 2020 on a GAAP basis were $61 million, and on a non-GAAP basis were $54 million. These amounts compare to GAAP operating expenses of $138 million and non-GAAP operating expenses of $119 million for the same period in 2019. The decrease in operating expenses for the three months ended March 31, 2020 compared to the same period in 2019 was primarily due to the one-time $75 million sublicense fee paid to Ionis as a result of Novartis' license of AKCEA-APO(a)-LRx in 2019 and lower development costs as a result of studies completed in 2019.

Net Income/Loss

Akcea reported a net loss of $43 million on a GAAP basis for the three months ended March 31, 2020, compared to net income of $27 million on a GAAP basis for the same period in 2019. Akcea reported a non-GAAP net loss of $36 million for the three months ended March 31, 2020, compared to non-GAAP net income of $46 million for the same period in 2019. The change from net income to loss was due to the decrease in research and development collaboration revenue described above.

For the three months ended March 31, 2020, basic and diluted net loss per share of common stock owned by Ionis were both $0.42. For the three months ended March 31, 2020, basic and diluted net loss per share of common stock owned by others were also both $0.42. For the three months ended March 31, 2019, basic net income per share of common stock owned by Ionis and others was $0.35 and $0.15, respectively. For the three months ended March 31, 2019, diluted net income per share of common stock owned by Ionis and others was $0.34 and $0.15, respectively.

Balance Sheet

As of March 31, 2020, Akcea had cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments of $421 million compared to $464 million at December 31, 2019. With its strong balance sheet, the Company believes it is well positioned to continue to execute on its strategy and potentially broaden its pipeline.

Conference Call

At 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time today, May 5, 2020, Akcea will conduct a live webcast conference call to discuss this earnings release and related activities. Interested parties may listen to the call by dialing 888-317-6003, passcode 7102411 or access the webcast at www.akceatx.com. A webcast replay will be available for a limited time at the same address.

ABOUT AKCEA THERAPEUTICS

Akcea Therapeutics, Inc., a majority-owned affiliate of Ionis Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: IONS), is a biopharmaceutical company focused on developing and commercializing medicines to treat patients with serious and rare diseases. Akcea is commercializing TEGSEDI® (inotersen) and WAYLIVRA® (volanesorsen), as well as advancing a mature pipeline of novel medicines, including AKCEA-APO(a)-LRx, vupanorsen (AKCEA-ANGPTL3-LRx), AKCEA-APOCIII-LRx, and AKCEA-TTR-LRx, with the potential to treat multiple diseases. All six medicines were discovered by Ionis, a leader in antisense therapeutics, and are based on Ionis' proprietary antisense technology. TEGSEDI is approved in the U.S., E.U., Canada and Brazil. WAYLIVRA is approved in the E.U. and is currently in Phase 3 clinical development for the treatment of people with familial partial lipodystrophy, or FPL. Akcea is headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts, and is building the infrastructure to commercialize its medicines globally. Additional information about Akcea is available at www.akceatx.com and you can follow the Company on twitter at @akceatx. 

FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENT

This press release includes forward-looking statements regarding the business of Akcea Therapeutics, Inc. and the therapeutic and commercial potential of TEGSEDI® (inotersen), WAYLIVRA® (volanesorsen) and other products in development. Any statement describing Akcea's goals, expectations, financial or other projections, intentions or beliefs is a forward-looking statement and should be considered an at-risk statement. Such statements are subject to certain risks and uncertainties, including those related to the impact COVID-19 could have on our business including but not limited to the impact on our commercial products and the medicines in our pipeline, and particularly those inherent in the process of discovering, developing and commercializing medicines that are safe and effective for use as human therapeutics, and in the endeavor of building a business around such medicines. Akcea's forward-looking statements also involve assumptions that, if they never materialize or prove correct, could cause its results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Although Akcea's forward-looking statements reflect the good faith judgment of its management, these statements are based only on facts and factors currently known by Akcea. As a result, you are cautioned not to rely on these forward-looking statements. These and other risks concerning Akcea's programs are described in additional detail in Akcea's annual report on Form 10-K, and its most recent quarterly report on Form 10-Q, which are on file with the SEC. Copies of these and other documents are available from the Company.

In this press release, unless the context requires otherwise, "Ionis", "Akcea," "Company," "Companies," "we," "our," and "us" refers to Ionis Pharmaceuticals and/or Akcea Therapeutics.

Ionis Pharmaceuticals™ is a trademark of Ionis Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Akcea Therapeutic® TEGSEDI® and WAYLIVRA® are trademarks of Akcea Therapeutics, Inc.

 

 

AKCEA THERAPEUTICS INC.

SELECTED FINANCIAL INFORMATION

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations

(In Thousands, Except Per Share Data)




Three Months Ended




March 31,




2020



2019




(unaudited)


Revenue:









Commercial revenue









Product revenue, net


$

15,159



$

6,754


Total commercial revenue



15,159




6,754


Research and development and license revenue under
collaborative agreements



915




157,062


Total revenue



16,074




163,816


Expenses:









Cost of sales



4,783




2,444


Research and development



17,355




99,619


Selling, general and administrative



46,246




44,602


Net loss share from commercial activities under arrangement
with Ionis Pharmaceuticals, Inc.



(7,051)




(9,056)


Total expenses



61,333




137,609


(Loss) income from operations



(45,259)




26,207


Other income (expense):









Investment income



1,771




1,224


Other expense



(130)




(112)


(Loss) income before income tax expense



(43,618)




27,319


Income tax benefit (expense)



768




(132)


Net (loss) income


$

(42,850)



$

27,187


Net (loss) income per share of common stock owned by Ionis, basic


$

(0.42)



$

0.35


Weighted-average shares of common stock outstanding owned by

   Ionis, basic



77,095




68,582


Net (loss) income per share of common stock owned by others, basic


$

(0.42)



$

0.15


Weighted-average shares of common stock outstanding owned by

   others, basic



24,010




22,126


Net (loss) income per share of common stock owned by Ionis, diluted


$

(0.42)



$

0.34


Weighted-average shares of common stock outstanding owned by Ionis,

   diluted



77,095




68,582


Net (loss) income per share of common stock owned by others, diluted


$

(0.42)



$

0.15


Weighted-average shares of common stock outstanding owned by others,

   diluted



24,010




25,546


 

 

AKCEA THERAPEUTICS INC.

Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Basis:

Condensed Consolidated Operating Expenses, (Loss) Income from Operations, and Net (Loss) Income

(In Thousands)




Three Months Ended




March 31,




2020



2019




(unaudited)


As reported operating expenses according to GAAP


$

61,333



$

137,609


Excluding compensation expense related to equity awards



7,282




18,560


Non-GAAP operating expenses


$

54,051



$

119,049


As reported (loss) income from operations according to GAAP


$

(45,259)



$

26,207


Excluding compensation expense related to equity awards



7,282




18,560


Non-GAAP (loss) income from operations


$

(37,977)



$

44,767


As reported net (loss) income according to GAAP


$

(42,850)



$

27,187


Excluding compensation expense related to equity awards



7,282




18,560


Income tax effect related to compensation expense related to equity awards



(478)





Non-GAAP net (loss) income


$

(36,046)



$

45,747


 

Reconciliation of GAAP to non-GAAP Basis

As illustrated in the Selected Financial Information in this press release, non-GAAP operating expenses, non-GAAP (loss) income from operations, and non-GAAP net (loss) income were adjusted from GAAP to exclude compensation expense related to equity awards, and non-GAAP net (loss) income was adjusted from GAAP to also exclude the income tax effect associated with compensation expense related to equity awards, both of which are non-cash expenses. Akcea has regularly reported non-GAAP measures for operating results as non-GAAP results. These measures are provided as supplementary information and are not a substitute for financial measures calculated in accordance with GAAP. Akcea reports these non-GAAP results to better enable financial statement users to assess and compare its historical performance and project its future operating results and cash flows. Further, the presentation of Akcea's non-GAAP results is consistent with how Akcea's management internally evaluates the performance of its operations.

 

AKCEA THERAPEUTICS INC.

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

(In Thousands)




March 31,



December 31,




2020



2019




(unaudited)


Assets:









Cash and cash equivalents


$

163,320



$

306,866


Short-term investments



257,982




156,806


Accounts receivable



10,673




10,496


Receivable from Ionis Pharmaceuticals, Inc.



2,432




3,231


Inventories



13,723




8,817


Other current assets



10,813




10,689


Property, plant and equipment, net



5,437




5,261


Operating lease right-of-use assets



10,868




11,094


Intangible assets, net



81,589




83,051


Deposits and other assets



3,084




2,939


Total assets


$

559,921



$

599,250


Liabilities and stockholders' equity:









Accounts payable


$

10,372



$

10,216


Accrued compensation



6,996




12,793


Accrued liabilities



14,131




14,191


Deferred revenue



832




2,165


Other current liabilities



4,001




2,633


Long-term portion of lease liabilities



13,898




14,248


Stockholders' equity



509,691




543,004


Total liabilities and stockholders' equity


$

559,921



$

599,250


 

SOURCE Akcea Therapeutics, Inc.

For further information: Media and Investor Contact: Angelyn Lowe, Executive Director, Corporate Communications & Investor Relations, 442.287.0470, alowe@akceatx.com; Investor Contact: Matt Roache, Director, Investor Relations, 617.841.9535, mroache@akceatx.com