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Coherus BioSciences Reports Third Quarter 2020 Financial Results

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– Third Quarter UDENYCA® Net Sales of $113.6 Million –
– Net Income of $27.9 Million –
– Non-GAAP Net Income of $39.7 Million –

REDWOOD CITY, Calif., Nov. 05, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Coherus BioSciences, Inc. (“Coherus” or the “Company”, Nasdaq: CHRS), today reviewed corporate events and reported financial results for the third quarter and nine months ended September 30, 2020.

“In September, Coherus celebrated its ten year anniversary, and I am thrilled by what we have accomplished at this milestone,” said Denny Lanfear, Coherus President and CEO. “Coherus is fully integrated with competencies in research, development, and commercialization, and we are successfully fulfilling our mission to deliver value to patients by providing them access to cost effective drugs that can have a major impact on their lives. Moreover, our Udenyca business is generating significant cash flow, enabling investments in our pipeline of product candidates which, if approved, would expand our addressable market opportunity from $4 billion to $30 billion.”

Third Quarter 2020 and Recent Corporate Highlights

  • Net product revenue for the third quarter of 2020 was $113.6 million, and net income was $27.9 million, or $0.33 per share on a diluted basis.

  • Non-GAAP income during the third quarter of 2020 was $39.7 million, or $0.47 per share on a diluted basis.

  • Cash flow from operating activities was $47.4 million for the third quarter of 2020.

Third Quarter 2020 Financial Results

Net product revenue for the third quarter of 2020 was $113.6 million. Cost of goods sold for the third quarter of 2020 was $9.0 million, resulting in a gross profit margin of 92%.

Research and development (R&D) expense for the third quarter of 2020 was $38.9 million, as compared to $21.6 million for the same period in 2019. R&D expense for the nine months ended September 30, 2020 was $98.1 million, as compared to $59.2 million for the same period in 2019. The increase in R&D expense in both periods was primarily due to preparations for the biologics license application (BLA) filing of CHS-1420, Coherus’ biosimilar to Humira® (adalimumab), as well as other pipeline activities.

Selling, general and administrative (SG&A) expense for the third quarter of 2020 was $32.0 million, as compared to $31.8 million for the same period in 2019. SG&A expense for the nine months ended September 30, 2020 was $101.4 million, as compared to $101.0 million for the same period in 2019.

Cash, cash equivalents and investments in marketable securities for the third quarter increased to $503.4 as of September 30, 2020, as compared to $456.5 million as of June 30, 2020 and $177.7 million as of December 31, 2019. The increase in the third quarter of 2020 is primarily due to generating $47.4 million in net cash from operating activities.

Net income for the third quarter of 2020 was a $27.9 million, or $0.33 per share on a diluted basis, compared to $47.0 million, or $0.63 per share on a diluted basis for the same period in 2019.

Non-GAAP net income for the third quarter of 2020 was $39.7 million, or $0.47 per share on a diluted basis, compared to non-GAAP income of $55.7 million, or $0.74 per share on a diluted basis for the same period in 2019. See “Non-GAAP Financial Measures” below for a discussion on how the Company calculates non-GAAP net income and a reconciliation to the most directly comparable GAAP measures.

Guidance for the Next Twelve Months from September 30, 2020

Coherus will continue to lay the foundation for long-term growth across its three therapeutic areas:

Oncology

  • Deliver continued unit share growth with UDENYCA® against all Neulasta® dosage forms, while maintaining average selling price (“ASP”) discipline, leveraging the validated branded-biosimilar strategy of offering a robust value proposition across all key customer segments.

  • Advance the Company’s biosimilar candidate to Avastin® (bevacizumab) in-licensed from Innovent toward an expected 351(k) BLA submission with the U.S. FDA in 2021, depending on the outcome of the three-way pharmacokinetic (“PK”) study, the timing of required interactions with the FDA, as well as completion of analytical similarity exercises.

Ophthalmology

  • Facilitate Bioeq’s resubmission of a 351(k) BLA with the FDA for the biosimilar candidate to Lucentis® (ranibizumab) in 2021.

  • Advance the Company’s internally developed CHS-2020 biosimilar candidate to Eylea® (aflibercept) to a projected Phase 3 clinical trial initiation in 2021, with launch projected in 2025, if approved.

Immunology

  • Submit the 351(k) BLA for the Company’s internally developed Humira® (adalimumab) biosimilar, CHS-1420, by year end 2020, consistent with prior guidance, and continue other activities to advance toward a projected market entry in the United States on or after July 1, 2023, if approved.

Financial Guidance

  • R&D and SG&A expenses combined for the full fiscal year 2020 are expected to come in at the low end of the previously stated range of $285 million to $310 million, excluding upfront or milestone payments from any potential new collaborations.

Conference Call Information

When: Thursday, November 5, 2020 starting at 4:30 p.m. ET

Webcast: at https://investors.coherus.com.

The conference call will be broadcast live in listen-only mode on the Company’s investor relations website at https://investors.coherus.com/. If you would like to ask a question, the dial in number for the conference call is 844-452-6826 (Toll-Free U.S. and Canada) or 765-507-2587 (International).

Conference ID: 7079429

Please dial-in 15 minutes early to ensure a timely connection to the call.

Third quarter 2020 financial results are posted on the Coherus website at https://investors.coherus.com/. The webcast will be archived on the Coherus website.

About Coherus BioSciences, Inc.

Coherus is a leading biosimilar company that develops and commercializes its own high-quality therapeutics as well as those of others seeking capable access to the United States market. Biosimilars are intended for use in place of existing, branded biologics to treat a range of chronic and often life-threatening diseases, with the potential to reduce costs and expand patient access. Composed of a team of proven industry veterans with world-class expertise in process science, analytical characterization, protein production, sales and marketing, clinical-regulatory development and commercialization. Coherus is positioned as a leader in the global biosimilar marketplace. Coherus commercializes UDENYCA® (pegfilgrastim-cbqv) in the United States and is advancing additional product candidates including CHS-1420, a Humira® (adalimumab) biosimilar, Bioeq’s Lucentis® (ranibizumab) biosimilar, Innovent’s Avastin® (bevacizumab) biosimilar towards commercialization, as well as CHS-2020, an Eylea® (aflibercept) biosimilar. For additional information, please visit www.coherus.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

Except for the historical information contained herein, the matters set forth in this press release are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the "safe harbor" provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including, but not limited to, Coherus’ ability to generate cash flow from its UDENYCA® business, Coherus’ ability to expand its addressable market opportunity and to lay the foundation for long-term growth across its three therapeutic areas; Coherus’ ability to deliver continued unit share growth with UDENYCA® against all Neulasta® dosage forms, Coherus’ ability to maintain ASP discipline, leveraging the validated branded-biosimilar strategy of offering a robust value proposition across all key customer segments; Coherus’ ability to advance the Company’s oncology biosimilar candidate to Avastin® (bevacizumab) in-licensed from Innovent toward an expected 351(k) BLA submission with the U.S. FDA in 2021, depending on the outcome of the three-way PK study, the timing of required interactions with the FDA, as well as completing analytical similarity exercises; Coherus’ ability to submit a 351(k) BLA with the FDA in 2021 for the Innovent biosimilar candidate to Avastin®; Coherus’ ability to launch Innovent’s biosimilar candidate to Avastin® in the United States; Coherus’ ability to facilitate Bioeq’s resubmission of a 351(k) BLA with the FDA for the ophthalmology biosimilar candidate to Lucentis® (ranibizumab) in 2021 and Coherus’ ability to launch the product, if approved; Coherus’ ability to advance CHS-2020 an Eylea® (aflibercept) ophthalmology biosimilar currently in preclinical development by initiating an projected Phase 3 clinical trial in 2021, with launch projected in 2025, if approved; Coherus’ ability to submit the 351(k) BLA for CHS-1420, a Humira® (adalimumab) biosimilar by year end 2020, and continue other activities to advance toward a projected market entry in the United States on or after July 1, 2023; and Coherus’ ability to meet its R&D and SG&A expenses guidance for the full fiscal year 2020. Such forward-looking statements involve substantial risks and uncertainties that could cause Coherus’ actual results, performance or achievements to differ significantly from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements. Such risks and uncertainties include, among others, the risks and uncertainties inherent in the clinical drug development process; the risks and uncertainties of the regulatory approval process, including the timing of Coherus’ regulatory filings; the risk that Coherus is unable to complete commercial transactions and other matters that could affect the availability or commercial potential of Coherus’ biosimilar drug candidates; and the risks and uncertainties of possible patent litigation. All forward-looking statements contained in this press release speak only as of the date on which they were made. Coherus undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements. For a further description of the risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ from those expressed in these forward-looking statements, as well as risks relating to Coherus’ business in general, see Coherus’ Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2019, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on February 27, 2020, its Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2020, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on November 5, 2020 and its future periodic reports to be filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Our results for the quarter ended September 30, 2020 are not necessarily indicative of our operating results for any future periods.

UDENYCA® is a trademark of Coherus BioSciences, Inc.

Neulasta® and Onpro® are registered trademarks of Amgen Inc.
Avastin® and Lucentis® are registered trademarks of Genentech, Inc.
Humira® is a registered trademark of AbbVie Inc.
Eylea® is a registered trademark of Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc.



Coherus BioSciences, Inc.

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations

(in thousands, except share and per share data)

(unaudited)

Three Months Ended

Nine Months Ended

September 30,

September 30,

2020

2019

2020

2019

Revenue:

Net product revenue

$

113,551

$

111,684

$

365,405

$

232,215

Operating expenses:

Cost of goods sold

9,000

6,447

25,994

9,273

Research and development

38,851

21,568

98,131

59,240

Selling, general and administrative

31,984

31,828

101,386

100,967

Total operating expenses

79,835

59,843

225,511

169,480

Income from operations

33,716

51,841

139,894

62,735

Interest expense

(5,656

)

(4,469

)

(15,495

)

(13,118

)

Other income, net

56

518

548

1,887

Net income before income taxes

28,116

47,890

124,947

51,504

Income tax provision

183

847

2,411

898

Net income

$

27,933

$

47,043

$

122,536

$

50,606

Net income per share:

Basic

$

0.39

$

0.67

$

1.72

$

0.73

Diluted

$

0.33

$

0.63

$

1.52

$

0.69

Weighted-average number of shares used in computing net income per share:

Basic

71,649,350

69,877,693

71,138,973

69,501,835

Diluted

87,470,337

78,530,227

82,043,469

72,872,076



Coherus BioSciences, Inc.

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

(in thousands)

(unaudited)

September 30,

December 31,

2020

2019

Assets

Cash and cash equivalents

$

292,465

$

177,668

Investments in marketable securities

210,966

Trade receivables, net

160,707

141,992

Inventory

85,964

55,071

Other assets

53,631

34,196

Total assets

$

803,733

$

408,927

Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity

Accrued rebates, fees and reserve

$

75,961

$

51,120

Convertible notes due 2022

79,537

78,542

Convertible notes due 2022 - related parties

26,512

26,181

Convertible notes due 2026

222,718

Term loan

74,267

73,663

Other liabilities

69,007

74,207

Total stockholders' equity

255,731

105,214

Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity

$

803,733

$

408,927



Coherus BioSciences, Inc.

Condensed Consolidated Cash Flow

(in thousands)

(unaudited)

Three Months Ended

Nine Months Ended

September 30,

September 30,

2020

2019

2020

2019

Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash at beginning of the period

$

225,057

$

106,762

$

177,908

$

73,191

Net cash provided by operating activities

$

47,353

$

54,951

$

121,021

$

10,645

Purchases of investments in marketable securities

(41,981

)

(5,371

)

(273,845

)

(20,235

)

Proceeds from maturities of investments in marketable securities

63,000

6,000

63,000

15,000

Upfront and milestone based license fee payments to Innovent

(2,500

)

-

(7,500

)

Purchases of property and equipment and other investing activities

(2,112

)

(918

)

(6,112

)

(1,435

)

Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities

$

16,407

$

(289

)

$

(224,457

)

$

(6,670

)

Proceeds (payments) related to issuance of Convertible Notes due 2026, net of issuance costs

(674

)

222,156

Purchase of capped call options related to convertible notes due 2026

(18,170

)

Proceeds (payments) related to the term loan, net of issuance costs

(106

)

72,955

Proceeds from common stock offering, net of underwriters discounts, commissions and offering costs

8,153

Proceeds from issuance of common stock upon exercise of stock options

4,909

3,789

13,014

5,184

Proceeds from purchase under the employee stock purchase plan

2,557

1,878

Cash used in other financing activities

(147

)

(1,124

)

Net cash provided by financing activities

$

4,088

$

3,683

$

218,433

$

88,170

Effect of exchange rate changes on cash

59

(170

)

Net increase in cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash

$

67,848

$

58,404

$

114,997

$

91,975

Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash at end of the period

$

292,905

$

165,166

$

292,905

$

165,166

Reconciliation of cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash

Cash and cash equivalents

$

292,465

$

165,116

$

292,465

$

165,116

Restricted cash – current

50

50

Restricted cash – non-current

440

440

Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash

$

292,905

$

165,166

$

292,905

$

165,166


Non-GAAP Financial Measures

To supplement the financial results presented in accordance with GAAP, Coherus has also included in this press release non-GAAP net income, and the related per share measures, which exclude from net income, and the related per share measures, stock-based compensation expense, upfront and milestone payments under the license agreements and the related income tax effect of those non-GAAP adjustments. These non-GAAP financial measures are not prepared in accordance with GAAP, do not serve as an alternative to GAAP and may be calculated differently than similar non-GAAP financial information disclosed by other companies. Coherus encourages investors to carefully consider its results under GAAP, as well as its supplemental non-GAAP financial information and the reconciliation between these presentations set forth below, to more fully understand Coherus’ business.

Coherus believes that the presentation of these non-GAAP financial measures provides useful supplementary information to, and facilitates additional analysis by, investors. In particular, Coherus believes that these non-GAAP financial measures, when considered together with its financial information prepared in accordance with GAAP, can enhance investors’ and analysts’ ability to meaningfully compare Coherus’ results from period to period, and to identify operating trends in Coherus’ business. Coherus also regularly uses these non-GAAP financial measures internally to understand, manage and evaluate its business and to make operating decisions.


Coherus BioSciences, Inc.

Reconciliation of GAAP Net Income to Non-GAAP Net Income

(in thousands, except share and per share data)

(unaudited)

Three Months Ended

Nine Months Ended

September 30,

September 30,

2020

2019

2020

2019

GAAP net income

$

27,933

$

47,043

$

122,536

$

50,606

Adjustments:

Stock based compensation expense

9,308

8,790

28,287

26,319

Upfront and milestone based license fee payments to Innovent

2,500

7,500

Income tax effect of the above adjustments

(77

)

(155

)

(691

)

(459

)

Non-GAAP net income

$

39,664

$

55,678

$

157,632

$

76,466

GAAP net income per share, basic

$

0.39

$

0.67

$

1.72

$

0.73

GAAP net income per share, diluted

$

0.33

$

0.63

$

1.52

$

0.69

Non-GAAP net income per share, basic

$

0.55

$

0.80

$

2.22

$

1.10

Non-GAAP net income per share, diluted

$

0.47

$

0.74

$

1.93

$

1.05



Contact

David S. Arrington
Investor Relations & Corporate Affairs
Coherus BioSciences, Inc.
darrington@coherus.com
+1 (650) 395-0196