Novocure Reports First Quarter 2018 Financial Results and Provides Company Update
2,009 active patients at March 31, 2018, an increase of 59 percent versus March 31, 2017
Delivered quarterly net revenues of $52.1 million, representing 49 percent growth versus the first quarter 2017
NCCN guidelines updated to recommend Optune in combination with temozolomide as a category 1 treatment for newly diagnosed glioblastoma
Positive topline results from STELLAR trial in mesothelioma exceeded the results of the interim analysis for all efficacy endpoints
ST. HELIER, Jersey–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Novocure (NASDAQ: NVCR) today reported financial results for the quarter and year ended March 31, 2018, highlighting year-over-year growth in active patients and net revenues. Novocure is a global oncology company developing a proprietary platform called Tumor Treating Fields for the treatment of solid tumor cancers. Tumor Treating Fields is a cancer therapy that uses electric fields tuned to specific frequencies to disrupt cell division, inhibiting tumor growth and causing affected cancer cells to die.
First quarter 2018 highlights include:
| Three months ended
|Active patients at period end(1)||2,009||1,266||59||%|
|Prescriptions received in period(2)||1,258||894||41||%|
|Financial, in millions|
|Net income (loss)||$||(20.7||)||$||(18.0||)||-15||%|
|Cash and cash equivalents at the end of period||$||111.6||$||84.6|
| Short-term investments at the end
(1) An “active patient” is a patient who is on Optune 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.
(2) A “prescription received” is a commercial order for Optune that is received from a physician certified to treat patients with Optune for a patient not previously on Optune. Orders to renew or extend treatment are not included in this total.
“We are pleased with our continued commercial momentum during the first quarter 2018. Our ongoing sales and marketing efforts, the December 2017 publication of final EF-14 analysis in JAMA and our strong presence at SNO in November 2017 all contributed to growing awareness and confidence in Optune,” said Asaf Danziger, Novocure’s Chief Executive Officer. “We had more than 2,000 patients on therapy at quarter end, representing thirteen consecutive quarters of active patient growth since the initial presentation of our EF-14 data in newly diagnosed glioblastoma. We delivered $52.1 million in first quarter 2018 revenues and approached $200 million in trailing twelve-month revenues, further establishing our position as a global oncology company with increasing commercial scale.”
“In March 2018, the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) updated its globally recognized Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology® (NCCN Guidelines®) for Central Nervous System Cancers to include alternating electric field therapy as a category 1 treatment for newly diagnosed glioblastoma in combination with temozolomide after maximal safe resection and completion of radiation therapy in March 2018,” continued Mr. Danziger. “We believe the updated NCCN guidelines will further increase physician awareness, especially in the radiation oncology and medical oncology communities, helping us to reach patients earlier in the course of this aggressive disease.”
“I am very pleased to announce that last week we reported positive top-line results from our STELLAR phase 2 pilot trial in mesothelioma. These results exceeded the results of the interim analysis for all efficacy endpoints and demonstrated clinically meaningful improvements in overall survival and progression free survival,” added William Doyle, Novocure’s Executive Chairman. “Mesothelioma is the first indication outside of the brain for which Novocure will pursue FDA approval.”
“We believe a significant opportunity remains to increase penetration and reimbursement in our active GBM markets and to expand into additional geographic markets. In parallel, we will advance our clinical pipeline in additional indications with high unmet needs,” noted Mr. Doyle. “With more than $216 million cash on hand at the end of the quarter, we believe we are in a position of strength to continue to execute our two-pronged strategy.”
First quarter 2018 operating statistics and financial update
There were 2,009 active patients on Optune at March 31, 2018, representing 59 percent growth versus March 31, 2017, and 10 percent growth versus December 31, 2017. The increase in active patients was driven primarily by prescription growth and by an increase in the percentage of active patients with a newly diagnosed GBM diagnosis who typically have a longer duration of treatment with Optune. In the first quarter 2018, approximately two-thirds of Optune prescriptions were written for newly diagnosed GBM.
- In the United States, there were 1,445 active patients on Optune at March 31, 2018, representing 55 percent growth versus March 31, 2017.
- In Germany and other EMEA markets, there were 544 active patients on Optune at March 31, 2018, representing 64 percent growth versus March 31, 2017.
- In Japan, there were 20 active patients on Optune at March 31, 2018, representing 900 percent growth versus March 31, 2017.
Additionally, 1,258 prescriptions were received in the three months ended March 31, 2018, representing 41 percent growth compared to the same period in 2017, and 15 percent growth versus the three months ended December 31, 2017. The increase in prescriptions was driven primarily by commercial activities in our currently active markets.
- In the United States, 946 prescriptions were received in the three months ended March 31, 2018, representing 38 percent growth compared to the same period in 2017.
- In Germany and other EMEA markets, 282 prescriptions were received in the three months ended March 31, 2018, representing 37 percent growth compared to the same period in 2017.
- In Japan, 30 prescriptions were received in the three months ended March 31, 2018, representing 900 percent growth compared to the same period in 2017.
For the three months ended March 31, 2018, net revenues were $52.1 million, representing 49 percent growth versus the same period in 2017. Revenue growth was primarily driven by increased Optune adoption in the United States and Germany and initial launch efforts Japan, partially offset by the absence of one-time benefits from the 2017 cash to accrual revenue recognition transition.
For the three months ended March 31, 2018, cost of revenues was $18.2 million compared to $11.7 million for the same period in 2017, representing an increase of 56 percent. The increase was primarily driven by the cost of shipping transducer arrays to a higher volume of commercial patients, as well as an increase in field equipment depreciation.
Research, development and clinical trials expenses for the three months ended March 31, 2018, were $11.1 million compared to $9.4 million for the same period in 2017, representing an increase of 18 percent. This was primarily due to an increase in clinical trial and personnel expenses for our LUNAR, METIS, and PANOVA trials and an increase in investigator sponsored trial costs.
Sales and marketing expenses for the three months ended March 31, 2018, were $18.1 million compared to $14.8 million for the same period in 2017, representing an increase of 23 percent. This was primarily due to increased marketing expenses, increased personnel and facility expenses to support our geographical expansion in Japan and Austria and an increase in share-based compensation.
General and administrative expenses for the three months ended March 31, 2018, were $17.3 million compared to $12.4 million for the same period in 2017, representing an increase of 39 percent. This was primarily due to increase in share-based compensation.
Personnel costs for the three months ended March 31, 2018, included $8.5 million in non-cash share-based compensation expenses, comprised of $0.2 million in cost of revenues; $0.9 million in research, development and clinical trials; $1.4 million in sales and marketing; and $6.0 million in general and administrative expenses. Total non-cash share-based compensation expenses for the first quarter 2017 were $4.6 million.
Net loss for the three months ended March 31, 2018, was $20.7 million compared to net loss of $18.0 million for the same period in 2017, representing a decline of 15 percent.
At March 31, 2018, we had $111.6 million in cash and cash equivalents and $104.7 million in short-term investments, for a total balance of $216.3 million in cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments.
Anticipated clinical trial milestones
- Phase 2 pilot STELLAR trial in mesothelioma data presentation (2H 2018)
- Initiation of phase 3 pivotal trial in recurrent ovarian cancer (2H 2018)
- Data collection from phase 3 pivotal METIS trial in brain metastases (2020)
- Data collection from phase 3 pivotal LUNAR trial in non-small cell lung cancer (2021)
- Data collection from phase 3 pivotal PANOVA 3 trial in locally advanced pancreatic cancer (2022)
Conference call details
Novocure will host a conference call and webcast to discuss first quarter 2018 financial results today, Thursday, April 26, 2018, at 8 a.m. EDT. 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 2384187.
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.
Upcoming investor events
Novocure will be participating in two investor conferences in May. Dr. Eilon Kirson, Novocure’s Chief Scientific Officer and Head of Research and Development, will participate in a fireside chat at the Deutsche Bank 43rd Annual Healthcare Conference on May 9, 2018, in Boston. Dr. Kirson’s presentation will begin at 8:40 a.m. EDT and will be followed by a Q&A session.
Additionally, William Doyle, Novocure’s Executive Chairman, will participate in the UBS 2018 Global Healthcare Conference on May 22, 2018, in New York. Mr. Doyle’s presentation will begin at 8:30 a.m. EDT and will be followed by a Q&A session.
Live audio webcasts of these presentations can be accessed from the Investor Relations page of Novocure’s website, www.novocure.com/investor-relations, and will be available for replay for at least 14 days following the relevant presentation.
Novocure is a global oncology company developing a proprietary platform technology called Tumor Treating Fields, the use of electric fields tuned to specific frequencies to disrupt solid tumor cancer cell division. Novocure’s commercialized product is approved for the treatment of adult patients with glioblastoma. Novocure has ongoing or completed clinical trials investigating Tumor Treating Fields in brain metastases, non-small cell lung cancer, pancreatic cancer, ovarian cancer and mesothelioma.
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.
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|Consolidated Statements of Operations|
USD in thousands (except share and per share data)
|Three months ended March 31,|| Year ended
|Cost of revenues||18,238||11,664||55,609|
|Operating costs and expenses:|
|Research, development and clinical trials||11,104||9,411||38,103|
|Sales and marketing||18,135||14,756||63,528|
|General and administrative||17,325||12,422||59,114|
|Total operating costs and expenses||46,564||36,589||160,745|
|Financial expenses, net||4,853||2,446||9,169|
|Loss before income taxes||(17,530||)||(15,819||)||(48,497||)|
|Basic and diluted net loss per ordinary share||$||(0.23||)||$||(0.21||)||$||(0.70||)|
| Weighted average number of ordinary shares used in
computing basic and diluted net loss per share
|Consolidated Balance Sheets|
USD in thousands (except share data)
|March 31,||December 31,|
|Cash and cash equivalents||$||111,603||$||78,592|
|Receivables and prepaid expenses||9,939||8,105|
|Total current assets||282,842||245,134|
|Property and equipment, net||8,902||9,031|
|Field equipment, net||9,020||9,036|
|Severance pay fund||113||111|
|Other long-term assets||2,602||1,986|
|Total long-term assets||20,637||20,164|
Consolidated Balance Sheets
USD in thousands (except share data)
|March 31,||December 31,|
|LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY|
|Other payables and accrued expenses||25,340||32,996|
|Total current liabilities||44,759||50,202|
|Long-term loan, net of discount and issuance costs||149,160||97,342|
|Employee benefit liabilities||2,522||2,453|
|Other long-term liabilities||920||1,737|
|Total long-term liabilities||152,602||101,532|
|COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES|
|Share capital –|
Ordinary shares no par value, unlimited shares authorized;
|Additional paid-in capital||708,266||697,165|
|Accumulated other comprehensive loss||(1,328||)||(1,343||)|
|Total shareholders’ equity||106,118||113,564|
|TOTAL LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY||$||303,479||$||265,298|
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