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Nektar Therapeutics Reports Fourth Quarter and Year-End 2012 Financial Results

SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 28, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Nektar Therapeutics (Nasdaq: NKTR) today reported its financial results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2012.

Cash, cash equivalents, and investments at December 31, 2012 were $302.2 million as compared to $414.9 million at December 31, 2011.

"As we enter 2013, Nektar is in an excellent position with five highly valuable late-stage programs across multiple therapeutic areas," said Howard W. Robin, President and Chief Executive Officer of Nektar. "With positive efficacy and safety results from the full Phase 3 KODIAC program for naloxegol, our partner AstraZeneca is preparing to submit registration filings in the U.S. and EU in the third quarter of this year.  We are tremendously pleased that Bayer is scheduled to start the Phase 3 program next month for Amikacin Inhale in gram-negative pneumonia.  Additionally, we expect to report key Phase 2 clinical data this summer for NKTR-181, our novel opioid analgesic, which represents a potential breakthrough for the treatment of chronic pain."

Revenue for the fourth quarter of 2012 was $21.1 million as compared to $15.8 million in the fourth quarter of 2011. Revenue for the year ended December 31, 2012 was $81.2 million as compared to $71.5 million in 2011.  2012 revenue included $10.8 million in non-cash revenues resulting from the $124 million sale of future royalties related to Cimzia® and Mircera®, which was completed in February 2012.  This non-cash royalty revenue is offset by non-cash interest expense.  For both the quarter and the year ended December 31, 2012, product sales increased significantly.  These increases were partially offset by decreases in royalty revenues.

Total operating costs and expenses in the fourth quarter of 2012 were $64.5 million as compared to $50.3 million in the fourth quarter of 2011.  Total operating costs and expenses for the year ended December 31, 2012 were $222.4 million as compared to $195.4 million in 2011.  The increases in 2012 as compared to 2011 are due primarily to increased clinical development expenses as well as higher cost of goods related to increased product sales.

Research and development expense in the fourth quarter of 2012 was $46.4 million as compared to $33.3 million for the fourth quarter of 2011.  For the year ended December 31, 2012, R&D expense was $148.7 million as compared to $126.8 million in 2011. R&D expense was higher in the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2012 as compared to the same periods in 2011 reflecting the costs of the etirinotecan pegol (NKTR-102) BEACON Phase 3 study, the production of devices for the Phase 3 study of Amikacin Inhale, the Phase 1 and Phase 2 studies for NKTR-181, and the Phase 1 study for NKTR-192. 

General and administrative expense was $10.9 million in the fourth quarter of 2012 as compared to $11.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2011.  G&A expense for the year ended December 31, 2012 was $41.6 million as compared to $46.8 million in 2011.

Non-cash interest expense was $5.4 million and $18.1 million in the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2012, respectively.  The company incurred non-cash interest expense as a result of the sale of future royalties related to Cimzia® and Mircera®.  No non-cash interest expense was incurred in 2011.

Net loss for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2012 was $52.9 million or $0.46 loss per share.  Net loss for the year ended December 31, 2012 was $171.9 million or $1.50 loss per share.  Net loss for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2011 was $37.5 million or $0.33 loss per share.  Net loss for the year ended December 31, 2011 was $134.0 million or $1.19 loss per share.

The company also announced upcoming presentations at the following medical meetings and scientific congresses during the first half of 2013:

33rd International Symposium on Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine, Brussels, Belgium:

  • Poster P081: "In Vitro Efficiency of the Amikacin Inhale System, A Novel Integrated Drug-Device Delivery System", Kadrichu, N., et al. 
    • Date: March 19, 2013

American Association for Cancer Research 2013 Annual Meeting, Washington, DC:

  • Abstract #482: "Tipping the Balance in the Tumor Microenvironment: An Engineered Cytokine (NKTR-214) with Altered IL-2 Receptor Binding Selectivity and Improved Efficacy in a Mouse Melanoma Model", Charych, D., et al. 
    • Date: April 7, 2013, 1:00 p.m. — 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time
    • Poster Session: Immunology 2
  • Abstract #2475: "A new polymer conjugated taxane shows improved efficacy in tumor xenograft models", Fry, D., et al.
    • Date: April 9, 2013, 8:00 a.m. — 12:00 p.m. Eastern Time
    • Poster Session: Chemistry 4

American Academy of Pain Medicine 29th Annual Meeting, Fort Lauderdale, FL:

  • Poster #115 : "New Oral Opioid Analgesic NKTR-181 Demonstrates Analgesic Response in Cold Pressor Test in Healthy Subjects", Eldon, M., et al. 
    • Date: April 11, 2013, 5:15 p.m.April 12, 2013 10:30 a.m. Eastern Time

American Pain Society 32nd Annual Scientific Meeting, New Orleans, LA:

  • Poster: "NKTR-171: A Novel, Oral Sodium Channel Blocker That Exhibits Comparable Analgesic Efficacy to Pregabalin with Reduced Central Nervous System (CNS) Side Effects", Gursahani, H., et al. 
    • Date: May 9, 2013, 9:30 a.m. Eastern Time

Digestive Disease Week 2013, Orlando, FL:

  • Abstract 1594557: "Efficacy and Safety of Naloxegol in Patients with Opioid-Induced Constipation: Results from 2 Prospective, Randomized, Controlled Trials", Chey, W., et al. 
    • Date: May 21, 2013, 8:15 a.m. Eastern Time
    • Research Forum: New Pharmacological Treatments for Motility Disorders  

4th International Congress on Neuropathic Pain, Toronto, Canada:

  • Poster A-484-0002-00647: "NKTR-171: Preclinical Efficacy and Improved Central Nervous System (CNS) Side Effect Profile of a Novel Sodium Channel Blocker Designed for the Treatment of Neuropathic Pain", Gursahani, H., et al. 
    • Date: May 25, 2013, 1:30 p.m.3:30 p.m. Eastern Time
    • Poster Session II

College on Problems of Drug Dependence 75th Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA:

  • Poster 1598130: "Opioids With Lower Brain Uptake Are Less Recognizable in Rat Drug Discrimination Tests and thus Potentially Less Subject to Abuse", Harrison, S., et al. 
    • Date: June 19, 2013, 12:00 p.m.2:00 p.m. Pacific Time
  • Poster 1605508: "Abuse Potential Assessment of Novel Opioid Analgesic NKTR-181: Implications for Labeling", Webster, L., et al. 
    • Date: June 20, 2013, 7:30 a.m.9:30 a.m. Pacific Time

Conference Call to Discuss Fourth Quarter and Year-End 2012 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, February 28, 2013.

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 Investor Relations section of the Nektar website: http://www.nektar.com. The web broadcast of the conference call will be available for replay through Friday, March 15, 2013.

To access the conference call, follow these instructions:

Dial: (877) 881.2183 (U.S.); (970) 315.0453 (international)
Passcode: 98224860 (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 Investor Relations page at the Nektar website as soon as practical after the conclusion of the conference call.

About Nektar
Nektar Therapeutics is a biopharmaceutical company developing novel therapeutics based on its PEGylation and advanced polymer conjugation technology platforms.  Nektar has a robust R&D pipeline of potentially high-value therapeutics in oncology, pain and other therapeutic areas. In the area of pain, Nektar has an exclusive worldwide license agreement with AstraZeneca for naloxegol (NKTR-118), an investigational drug candidate, which is being evaluated in Phase 3 clinical studies as a once- daily, oral tablet for the treatment of opioid-induced constipation.  This agreement also includes NKTR-119, an earlier stage development program that is a co-formulation of naloxegol and an opioid.  NKTR-181, a novel mu-opioid analgesic candidate for chronic pain conditions, is in Phase 2 development in osteoarthritis patients with chronic knee pain.  NKTR-192, a novel mu-opioid analgesic in development to treat acute pain is in Phase 1 clinical development.  In oncology, etirinotecan pegol (NKTR-102) is being evaluated in a Phase 3 clinical study (the BEACON study) for the treatment of metastatic breast cancer and is also in Phase 2 studies for the treatment of ovarian and colorectal cancers.

Nektar's technology has enabled eight approved products in the U.S. or Europe through partnerships with leading biopharmaceutical companies, including UCB's Cimzia® for Crohn's disease and rheumatoid arthritis, Roche's PEGASYS® for hepatitis C and Amgen's Neulasta® for neutropenia.  Additional development-stage products that leverage Nektar's proprietary technology platform include Baxter's BAX 855, a long-acting PEGylated rFVIII program, which is in Phase 3 clinical development.

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" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements can be identified by words such as: "anticipate," "intend," "plan," "expect," "believe," "should," "may," "will" and similar references to future periods. Examples of forward-looking statements include, among others, statements we make regarding the potential future regulatory filings by AstraZeneca for naloxegol; the projected timing of the start of the Phase 3 clinical study by Bayer for Amikacin Inhale; the projected availability of Phase 2 clinical study results for NKTR-181; and the value and potential of our technology and research and development pipeline. 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 drug candidates and those of our collaboration partners are in various stages of clinical development and the risk of failure is high and can unexpectedly occur at any stage prior to regulatory approval for numerous reasons including safety and efficacy findings even after positive findings in previous preclinical and clinical studies; (ii) the timing of the commencement or end of clinical trials and the commercial launch of our drug candidates 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; (iii) acceptance, review and approval decisions for new drug applications by health authorities is an uncertain and evolving process and health authorities retain significant discretion at all stages of the regulatory review and approval decision process; (iv) scientific discovery of new medical breakthroughs is an inherently uncertain process and the future success of the application of our technology platform to potential new drug candidates is therefore highly uncertain and unpredictable and one or more research and development programs could fail; 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 November 9, 2012. 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.

Nektar Investor Inquiries:


Jennifer Ruddock/Nektar Therapeutics

(415) 482-5585

Susan Noonan/SA Noonan Communications, LLC

(212) 966-3650



 

Nektar Media Inquiries:                                  


Amanda Connelly/MSL

(404) 870-6865

Mike Huckman /MSL

(646) 500-7631

 


NEKTAR THERAPEUTICS

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(In thousands)

(Unaudited)








ASSETS

December 31, 2012


December 31, 2011

(1)

Current assets:






Cash and cash equivalents

$         25,437


$          15,312



Short-term investments

251,757


225,856



Accounts receivable, net

5,805


4,938



Inventory

18,269


12,656



Other current assets

13,363


17,944




Total current assets

314,631


276,706









Long-term investments

-


173,768


Restricted cash

25,000


-


Property and equipment, net

72,215


78,576


Goodwill

76,501


76,501


Other assets

9,443


999



Total assets

$        497,790


$          606,550









LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY












Current liabilities:






Accounts payable

$             2,863


$             3,019



Accrued compensation

8,773


12,807



Accrued expenses

8,008


6,669



Accrued clinical trial expenses

17,500


11,953



Deferred revenue, current portion

21,896


19,643



Interest payable

7,083


1,805



Convertible subordinated notes

-


214,955



Other current liabilities

12,414


4,681




Total current liabilities

78,537


275,532









Senior secured notes

125,000


-


Capital lease obligations, less current portion

11,607


14,582


Liability related to sale of future royalties, less current portion

128,266


-


Deferred revenue, less current portion

96,551


108,188


Deferred gain

2,404


3,278


Other long-term liabilities

8,407


7,159




Total liabilities

450,772


408,739









Commitments and contingencies












Stockholders' equity:






Preferred stock

-


-



Common stock

11


11



Capital in excess of par value

1,617,744


1,597,428



Accumulated other comprehensive loss

(357)


(1,103)



Accumulated deficit

(1,570,380)


(1,398,525)




Total stockholders' equity

47,018


197,811



Total liabilities and stockholders' equity

$        497,790


$        606,550









(1) The consolidated balance sheet at December 31, 2011 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


Twelve Months Ended


December 31,


December 31,


2012


2011


2012


2011

















Revenue:








  Product sales

$  10,405


$    6,073


$    35,399


$    24,864

  Royalty revenues

908


3,095


4,874


10,327

  Non-cash royalty revenue related to sale of future royalties

3,896


-


10,791


-

  License, collaboration and other

5,937


6,614


30,127


36,289

Total revenue

21,146


15,782


81,191


71,480









Operating costs and expenses:








  Cost of goods sold

7,290


5,450


30,428


21,891

  Research and development

46,373


33,302


148,675


126,766

  General and administrative

10,864


11,498


41,614


46,760

  Impairment of long-lived assets

-


-


1,675


-

Total operating costs and expenses

64,527


50,250


222,392


195,417









Loss from operations

(43,381)


(34,468)


(141,201)


(123,937)









Non-operating income (expense):








  Interest income 

450


661


2,315


2,244

  Interest expense

(4,682)


(2,525)


(15,489)


(10,223)

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

(5,416)


-


(18,057)


-

  Other income (expense), net

70


(445)


983


(1,044)

Total non-operating expense, net

(9,578)


(2,309)


(30,248)


(9,023)









Loss before provision for income taxes

(52,959)


(36,777)


(171,449)


(132,960)









Provision (benefit) for income taxes

(33)


718


406


1,018









Net loss

$ (52,926)


$ (37,495)


$ (171,855)


$ (133,978)









Basic and diluted net loss per share

$     (0.46)


$     (0.33)


$       (1.50)


$       (1.19)









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

115,179


114,446


114,820


112,942









 

NEKTAR THERAPEUTICS

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(In thousands)

(Unaudited)






Twelve Months Ended December 31,

2012


2011

Cash flows from operating activities:




Net loss 

$    (171,855)


$      (133,978)

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




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

18,057


-

Non-cash royalty revenue related to sale of future royalties

(10,791)


-

Stock-based compensation 

16,199


18,885

Depreciation and amortization 

14,508


14,951

Impairment of long-lived assets

1,675


-

Other non-cash transactions

845


1,359

Changes in operating assets and liabilities:




Accounts receivable

(867)


20,164

Inventory

(5,613)


(5,390)

Other assets

6,031


(12,267)

Accounts payable

(122)


(3,384)

Accrued compensation

(4,034)


3,555

Accrued expenses

1,495


1,013

Accrued clinical trial expenses

5,547


(191)

Deferred revenue

(9,384)


(17,516)

Interest payable

5,278


-

Other liabilities

3,275


(943)

Net cash used in operating activities 

(129,756)


(113,742)





Cash flows from investing activities:




Purchases of property and equipment 

(10,583)


(9,722)

Restricted cash

(25,000)


-

Maturities of investments 

307,887


383,052

Sales of investments 

5,378


210,089

Purchases of investments 

(164,662)


(695,371)

Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities 

113,020


(111,952)





Cash flows from financing activities:




Proceeds from issuance of senior secured notes, net

77,940


-

Repayment of convertible subordinated notes

(172,407)


-

Payment of capital lease obligations

(2,437)


(1,978)

Proceeds from sale of future royalties, net

119,588


-

Proceeds from shares issued under equity compensation plans

4,117


4,530

Issuance of common stock, net

-


219,783

Net cash provided by financing activities 

26,801


222,335

Effect of exchange rates on cash and cash equivalents 

60


916

Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents 

10,125


(2,443)

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period

15,312


17,755

Cash and cash equivalents at end of period

$        25,437


$         15,312

Supplemental disclosure of cash flow information:




Cash paid for interest

$         9,620


$         10,277

Cash paid for income taxes

$         1,021


$             957

Supplemental schedule of non-cash investing and financing activities:




Retirement of convertible subordinated notes in exchange for senior secured notes

$       42,548


$                -









SOURCE Nektar Therapeutics



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