Novocure Reports Third Quarter 2019 Financial Results and Provides Company Update

Quarterly net revenues of $92.1 million, representing 42% growth versus the third quarter 2018

First quarter ever of positive net income with $0.02 in earnings per share

Continued clinical progress with four ongoing phase 3 pivotal trials creating the potential for substantial market expansion over the next five years

ST. HELIER, Jersey–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Novocure (NASDAQ: NVCR) today reported financial results for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2019, highlighting strengthening financial performance, multiple levers to drive near-term growth and building momentum for the Tumor Treating Fields platform. Novocure is a global oncology company working to extend survival in some of the most aggressive forms of cancer through the development and commercialization of its innovative therapy, Tumor Treating Fields.

Third quarter 2019 highlights include:

 

Three months ended

September 30,

 

Nine months ended

September 30,

 

 

 

2019

 

 

2018

 

% Change

 

 

2019

 

 

2018

 

% Change

 

Financial, in millions

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net revenues

$

 

92.1

 

$

 

64.8

 

42

%

 

$

 

252.1

 

$

 

178.4

 

41

%

 

Gross profit

$

 

69.2

 

$

 

45.8

 

51

%

 

$

 

188.3

 

$

 

121.4

 

55

%

 

Net income (loss)

$

 

1.9

 

$

 

(11.7

)

 

 

$

 

(11.5

)

$

 

(47.9

)

76

%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash, cash equivalents and
short-term investments at end of period

$

 

312.6

 

$

 

227.7

 

37

%

 

$

 

312.6

 

$

 

227.7

 

37

%

 

Non-financial

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Active patients at period end(1)

 

2,751

 

 

2,252

 

22

%

 

 

2,751

 

 

2,252

 

22

%

 

Prescriptions received in period(2)

 

1,319

 

 

1,243

 

6

%

 

 

3,991

 

 

3,745

 

7

%

 

(1)

An “active patient” is a patient who is receiving treatment 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 or NovoTTF-100L that is received from a physician certified to treat patients for a patient not previously on Optune or NovoTTF-100L. Orders to renew or extend treatment are not included in this total.

“The third quarter 2019 was another strong quarter for Novocure,” said Asaf Danziger, Novocure’s CEO. “Marked by the third consecutive quarter of greater than 40 percent year-over-year revenue growth, commercial execution drove a record $92 million in net revenues and our first quarter ever of positive net income. With multiple levers to deliver continued near-term revenue growth, cash flow from the GBM business provides the financial flexibility and stability needed to ensure we can make the appropriate investments in our clinical pipeline and further technology development.”

“We are determined to unlock the value of Tumor Treating Fields therapy across a variety of solid tumor indications,” said Bill Doyle, Novocure’s Executive Chairman. “Our teams continue to make progress enrolling patients in randomized, phase 3, pivotal trials in brain metastases, lung cancer, pancreatic cancer and ovarian cancer, and in our phase 2 pilot study in liver cancer. If approved, the indications in our late-stage pipeline will create a more than 20-fold increase in our U.S. addressable market.”

Third quarter 2019 operating statistics and financial update

There were 2,751 active patients at September 30, 2019, representing 22% growth versus September 30, 2018, and one percent growth versus June 30, 2019. The increase in active patients was driven primarily by the ongoing benefit from continued growth in Optune prescriptions for patients with newly diagnosed GBM and by prescription growth in EMEA and Japan.

  • In the United States, there were 1,860 active patients at September 30, 2019, representing 16% growth versus September 30, 2018.
  • In Germany and other EMEA markets, there were 731 active patients at September 30, 2019, representing 26% growth versus September 30, 2018.
  • In Japan, there were 160 active patients at September 30, 2019, representing 132% growth versus September 30, 2018.

Additionally, 1,319 prescriptions were received in the three months ended September 30, 2019, representing six percent growth compared to the same period in 2018, and a three percent decrease compared to the three months ended June 30, 2019. The number of prescriptions for patients with newly diagnosed GBM continued to grow. In the three months ended September 30, 2019, 1,076 prescriptions were received for patients with newly diagnosed GBM, 82% of the total.

  • In the United States, 917 prescriptions were received in the three months ended September 30, 2019, representing one percent growth to the same period in 2018.
  • In Germany and other EMEA markets, 318 prescriptions were received in the three months ended September 30, 2019, representing ten percent growth compared to the same period in 2018.
  • In Japan, 84 prescriptions were received in the three months ended September 30, 2019, representing 75% growth compared to the same period in 2018.

For the three months ended September 30, 2019, net revenues were $92.1 million, representing 42% growth versus the same period in 2018. Revenue growth was primarily driven by an increase of 499 active patients in our currently active markets, representing 22% growth, and a sustained improvement in the net revenues booked per active patient.

Cost of revenues was $22.9 million compared to $18.9 million for the same period in 2018, representing an increase of 21%. The increase in cost of revenues was primarily due to the cost of shipping transducer arrays to a higher volume of commercial patients partially offset by a reduction in the cost of goods per active patient driven by ongoing efficiency initiatives and scale. Gross margin was 75% compared to 71% for the same period in 2018.

Research, development and clinical trials expenses were $18.8 million compared to $13.1 million for the same period in 2018, representing an increase of 44%. This was primarily due to an increase in clinical trial and personnel expenses for our phase 3 pivotal trials and an increase in costs associated with medical affairs, regulatory matters and engineering.

Sales and marketing expenses were $23.8 million compared to $19.1 million for the same period in 2018, representing an increase of 25%. This was primarily due to increased marketing expenses and personnel costs to support our growing commercial business.

General and administrative expenses were $22.7 million compared to $18.9 million for the same period in 2018, representing an increase of 20%. This was primarily due to an increase in personnel costs and an increase in professional services.

Net income was $1.9 million, or $0.02 per share, compared to net loss of $11.7 million for the same period in 2018, or $0.13 per share.

At September 30, 2019, we had $208.0 million in cash and cash equivalents and $104.6 million in short-term investments, for a total balance of $312.6 million in cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments.

Anticipated clinical and regulatory milestones

  • Zai Lab initiation of phase 2 pilot trial in gastric cancer (2019)
  • Interim analysis of phase 3 pivotal LUNAR trial in non-small cell lung cancer (H2 2020)
  • Data from phase 2 pilot HEPANOVA trial in advanced liver cancer (2021)
  • Data from phase 3 pivotal METIS trial in brain metastases (2021)
  • Interim analysis of phase 3 pivotal PANOVA-3 trial in locally advanced pancreatic cancer (2021)
  • Final data from phase 3 pivotal LUNAR trial in non-small cell lung cancer (2022)
  • Interim analysis of phase 3 pivotal INNOVATE-3 trial in recurrent ovarian cancer (2022)
  • Final data from phase 3 pivotal PANOVA-3 trial in locally advanced pancreatic cancer (2022)
  • Final data from phase 3 pivotal INNOVATE-3 trial in recurrent ovarian cancer (2024)

Conference call details

Novocure will host a conference call and webcast to discuss third quarter 2019 financial results at 8 a.m. EDT today, Thursday, October 31, 2019. 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 1178711.

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. Novocure has used, and intends to continue to use, its investor relations website (www.novocure.com/investor-relations), as a means of disclosing material non-public information and for complying with its disclosure obligations under Regulation FD.

About Novocure

Novocure is a global oncology company working to extend survival in some of the most aggressive forms of cancer through the development and commercialization of its innovative therapy, Tumor Treating Fields. Tumor Treating Fields is a cancer therapy that uses electric fields tuned to specific frequencies to disrupt solid tumor cancer cell division. Novocure’s commercialized products are approved for the treatment of adult patients with glioblastoma and malignant pleural mesothelioma. Novocure has ongoing or completed clinical trials investigating Tumor Treating Fields in brain metastases, non-small cell lung cancer, pancreatic cancer, ovarian cancer and liver cancer.

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.

Forward-Looking Statements

In addition to historical facts or statements of current condition, this press release may contain forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements provide Novocure’s current expectations or forecasts of future events. These may include statements regarding anticipated scientific progress on its research programs, clinical trial progress, development of potential products, interpretation of clinical results, prospects for regulatory approval, manufacturing development and capabilities, market prospects for its products, coverage, collections from third-party payers and other statements regarding matters that are not historical facts. You may identify some of these forward-looking statements by the use of words in the statements such as “anticipate,” “estimate,” “expect,” “project,” “intend,” “plan,” “believe” or other words and terms of similar meaning. Novocure’s performance and financial results could differ materially from those reflected in these forward-looking statements due to general financial, economic, regulatory and political conditions as well as more specific risks and uncertainties facing Novocure such as those set forth in its Report on Form 10-Q filed on July 25, 2019, with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Given these risks and uncertainties, any or all of these forward-looking statements may prove to be incorrect. Therefore, you should not rely on any such factors or forward-looking statements. Furthermore, Novocure does not intend to update publicly any forward-looking statement, except as required by law. Any forward-looking statements herein speak only as of the date hereof. The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 permits this discussion.

Consolidated Statements of Operations

USD in thousands (except share and per share data)

 

Three months ended
September 30,

 

Nine months ended
September 30,

 

Year ended
December 31,

 

2019

 

2018

 

2019

 

2018

 

2018

 

Unaudited

 

Unaudited

 

Audited

Net revenues

$

 

92,062

 

 

$

 

64,756

 

 

$

 

252,084

 

 

$

 

178,395

 

 

$

 

248,069

 

Cost of revenues

 

22,900

 

 

 

18,949

 

 

 

63,820

 

 

 

57,020

 

 

 

80,048

 

Gross profit

 

69,162

 

 

 

45,807

 

 

 

188,264

 

 

 

121,375

 

 

 

168,021

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operating costs and expenses:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Research, development and clinical trials

 

18,766

 

 

 

13,074

 

 

 

55,262

 

 

 

35,540

 

 

 

50,574

 

Sales and marketing

 

23,830

 

 

 

19,124

 

 

 

69,871

 

 

 

56,455

 

 

 

77,663

 

General and administrative

 

22,711

 

 

 

18,855

 

 

 

64,198

 

 

 

54,388

 

 

 

73,456

 

Total operating costs and expenses

 

65,307

 

 

 

51,053

 

 

 

189,331

 

 

 

146,383

 

 

 

201,693

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operating income (loss)

 

3,855

 

 

 

(5,246

)

 

 

(1,067

)

 

 

(25,008

)

 

 

(33,672

)

Financial expenses (income), net

 

2,555

 

 

 

2,397

 

 

 

6,165

 

 

 

10,110

 

 

 

12,270

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Income (loss) before income taxes

 

1,300

 

 

 

(7,643

)

 

 

(7,232

)

 

 

(35,118

)

 

 

(45,942

)

Income taxes

 

(630

)

 

 

4,051

 

 

 

4,258

 

 

 

12,810

 

 

 

17,617

 

Net income (loss)

$

 

1,930

 

 

$

 

(11,694

)

 

$

 

(11,490

)

 

$

 

(47,928

)

 

$

 

(63,559

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic net income (loss) per ordinary share

$

 

0.02

 

 

$

 

(0.13

)

 

$

 

(0.12

)

 

$

 

(0.52

)

 

$

 

(0.69

)

Weighted average number of ordinary
shares used in computing basic net
income (loss) per share

 

98,485,519

 

 

 

92,911,375

 

 

 

96,551,041

 

 

 

91,409,619

 

 

 

91,828,043

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Diluted net income (loss) per ordinary share

$

 

0.02

 

 

$

 

(0.13

)

 

$

 

(0.12

)

 

$

 

(0.52

)

 

$

 

(0.69

)

Weighted average number of ordinary
shares used in computing diluted net
income (loss) per share

 

107,604,578

 

 

 

92,911,375

 

 

 

96,551,041

 

 

 

91,409,619

 

 

 

91,828,043

 

Consolidated Balance Sheets

USD in thousands (except share data)

 

September 30,
2019

 

December 31,
2018

 

Unaudited

 

Audited

ASSETS

 

 

 

CURRENT ASSETS:

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents

$

 

208,034

 

 

$

 

140,622

 

Short-term investments

 

104,565

 

 

 

105,256

 

Restricted cash

 

2,134

 

 

 

2,134

 

Trade receivables

 

49,904

 

 

 

36,523

 

Receivables and prepaid expenses

 

17,917

 

 

 

14,279

 

Inventories

 

24,388

 

 

 

22,555

 

Total current assets

 

406,942

 

 

 

321,369

 

LONG-TERM ASSETS:

 

 

 

Property and equipment, net

 

8,425

 

 

 

8,442

 

Field equipment, net

 

8,139

 

 

 

6,924

 

Right of use assets, net

 

14,635

 

 

Other long-term assets

 

5,717

 

 

 

3,058

 

Total long-term assets

 

36,916

 

 

 

18,424

 

TOTAL ASSETS

$

 

443,858

 

 

$

 

339,793

 

 

 

 

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these unaudited consolidated financial statements.

LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY

 

 

 

CURRENT LIABILITIES:

 

 

 

Trade payables

$

 

31,998

 

 

$

 

26,708

 

Other payables, lease liabilities and accrued expenses

 

48,407

 

 

 

37,852

 

Total current liabilities

 

80,405

 

 

 

64,560

 

LONG-TERM LIABILITIES:

 

 

 

Long-term loan, net of discount and issuance costs

 

149,384

 

 

 

149,268

 

Deferred revenue

 

8,341

 

 

 

9,929

 

Employee benefit

 

3,701

 

 

 

2,683

 

Long-term lease

 

11,367

 

 

Other long-term liabilities

 

295

 

 

 

1,094

 

Total long-term liabilities

 

173,088

 

 

 

162,974

 

 

 

 

 

TOTAL LIABILITIES

 

253,493

 

 

 

227,534

 

 

 

 

 

COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY:

 

 

 

Share capital –

 

 

 

Ordinary shares no par value, unlimited shares authorized; issued and
outstanding: 98,948,935 shares and 93,254,185 shares at September 30, 2019
(unaudited) and December 31, 2018, respectively

 

Additional paid-in capital

 

848,151

 

 

 

757,314

 

Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss)

 

(2,641

)

 

 

(1,400

)

Retained earnings (accumulated deficit)

 

(655,145

)

 

 

(643,655

)

Total shareholders’ equity

 

190,365

 

 

 

112,259

 

 

 

 

 

TOTAL LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY

$

 

443,858

 

 

$

 

339,793

 

 

Media and Investors:
Ashley Cordova
acordova@novocure.com
212-767-7558

Source: Novocure

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