NEW YORK, Aug. 09, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Fortress Biotech, Inc. (FBIO) (“Fortress”), an innovative biopharmaceutical company focused on identifying, in-licensing and developing high-potential marketed and development-stage drugs and drug candidates, today announced financial results and recent corporate highlights for the second quarter ended June 30, 2019.
Lindsay A. Rosenwald, M.D., Fortress’ Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, said, “We are pleased to have achieved several important milestones in the second quarter, including positive data for three of our late-stage product candidates in development across our partner companies: IV tramadol for post-surgical pain management; MB-107 gene therapy for the treatment of X-linked severe combined immunodeficiency (XSCID); and cosibelimab, an anti-programmed death ligand-1 (PD-L1) antibody for the treatment of multiple advanced cancers. Looking ahead to the remainder of 2019, we anticipate multiple potentially value-creating catalysts, including a New Drug Application filing for IV tramadol and additional important clinical data readouts for many of our product candidates. Our world-class business development team continues to focus on expanding our diverse pipeline with additional high-quality biotech and specialty pharmaceutical assets, further de-risking our product portfolio.”
- As of June 30, 2019, Fortress’ consolidated cash, cash equivalents, short-term investments (certificates of deposit), and restricted cash totaled $170.5 million, compared to $137.5 million as of March 31, 2019, and $99.2 million as of December 31, 2018, an increase of $33.0 million for the quarter and an increase of $71.3 million year-to-date.
- Fortress’ net revenue totaled $9.3 million for the second quarter of 2019, compared to $6.8 million for the second quarter of 2018.
- Research and development expenses were $18.5 million for the second quarter of 2019, of which $18.0 million was related to Fortress partner companies. This compares to $17.5 million for the second quarter of 2018, of which $15.1 million was related to Fortress partner companies. Non-cash, stock-based compensation expenses included in research and development were $0.8 million for both the second quarter of 2019 and 2018.
- Research and development expenses from license acquisitions totaled $0.2 million for the second quarter of 2019, compared to a nominal amount for the second quarter of 2018.
- General and administrative expenses were $13.4 million for the second quarter of 2019, of which $9.3 million was related to Fortress partner companies. This compares to $13.1 million for the second quarter of 2018, of which $7.7 million was related to Fortress partner companies. Non-cash, stock-based compensation expenses included in general and administrative expenses were $2.6 million for the second quarter of 2019, compared to $2.4 million for the second quarter of 2018.
- Net loss attributable to common stockholders was $13.1 million, or $0.24 per share, for the second quarter of 2019, compared to a net loss attributable to common stockholders of $21.6 million, or $0.50 per share, for the second quarter of 2018. For the first six months of 2019, net loss attributable to common stockholders was $11.7 million or $0.23 per share, compared to $42.6 million or $0.99 per share for the first six months of 2018.
Recent Corporate Highlights1:
Marketed Dermatology Products
- In the second quarter of 2019, our marketed products generated net revenue of $8.2 million, compared to $6.7 million in the second quarter of 2018.
- We are anticipating the launch of a second prescription oral antibiotic drug for acne during the current quarter, Q3 2019.
- This new asset, coupled with our salesforce expansion to 34 territory managers, will allow us to reach over 5,000 dermatologists across the country. This combination is expected to fuel the growth of our dermatology portfolio in 2019 and beyond.
- Our dermatology products are marketed by our partner company, Journey Medical Corporation.
- In June 2019, we announced that our second pivotal Phase 3 trial of IV tramadol achieved the primary endpoint of a statistically significant improvement in Sum of Pain Intensity Difference over 24 hours (SPID24) compared to placebo in patients with postoperative pain following abdominoplasty surgery. In addition, the trial met all of its key secondary endpoints. The study also included a standard-of-care IV opioid as an active comparator, IV morphine 4 mg. In this study, IV tramadol also demonstrated similar efficacy and safety to that of IV morphine.
- IV Tramadol is currently in development at our partner company, Avenue Therapeutics, Inc.
MB-102 (CD123 CAR T)
- In July 2019, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted Orphan Drug Designation to MB-102 (CD123 CAR T) for the treatment of acute myeloid leukemia (AML).
- In August 2019, we announced that the FDA has approved the Investigational New Drug (IND) application to initiate a multicenter Phase 1/2 clinical trial of MB-102 (CD123 CAR T) in AML, blastic plasmacytoid dendritic cell neoplasm (BPDCN) and high-risk myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS).
- MB-102 is currently in development at our partner company, Mustang Bio, Inc.
MB-108 (Oncolytic Virus C134)
- In May 2019, the FDA granted Orphan Drug Designation to MB-108 (oncolytic virus C134) for the treatment of malignant glioma, a type of brain cancer with a median survival of less than 18 months.
- MB-108 is currently in development at our partner company, Mustang Bio, Inc.
About Fortress Biotech
Fortress Biotech, Inc. (“Fortress”) is an innovative biopharmaceutical company focused on identifying, in-licensing and developing high-potential marketed and development-stage drugs and drug candidates. The company has over 25 programs in development at Fortress, at its majority-owned and majority-controlled partners and at partners it founded and in which it holds significant minority ownership positions. Such product candidates span six large-market therapeutic areas, including oncology, rare diseases and gene therapy, which allow it to create value while mitigating risk for shareholders. Fortress advances its diversified pipeline through a streamlined operating structure that fosters efficient drug development. The Fortress model is driven by a world-class business development team that is focused on leveraging its significant biopharmaceutical industry expertise to further expand the company’s portfolio of product opportunities. Fortress has established partnerships with some of the world’s leading academic research institutions and biopharmaceutical companies to maximize each opportunity to its full potential, including Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Inc., City of Hope, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, InvaGen Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (a subsidiary of Cipla Limited) and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. For more information, visit www.fortressbiotech.com.
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FORTRESS BIOTECH, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
($ in thousands except for share and per share amounts)
|June 30,||December 31,|
|Cash and cash equivalents||$||149,407||$||65,508|
|Accounts receivable (net of allowance of $250 and $0 at June 30, 2019 and December 31, 2018, respectively)||3,104||5,498|
|Short-term investments (certificates of deposit)||5,000||17,604|
|Other receivables - related party||1,850||2,095|
|Prepaid expenses and other current assets||3,418||6,735|
|Current assets held for sale||-||13,089|
|Total current assets||163,511||111,207|
|Property and equipment, net||12,023||12,019|
|Operating lease right-of-use asset, net||22,255||-|
|Long-term investment, at fair value||11,193||-|
|LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY|
|Accounts payable and accrued expenses||$||24,260||$||34,067|
|Accounts payable and accrued expenses - related party||-||149|
|Interest payable - related party||94||97|
|Notes payable, short-term - related party (net of debt discount of $104 and $336 at June 30, 2019 and December 31, 2018, respectively)||9,396||9,164|
|Partner company convertible note, short-term, at fair value||-||9,914|
|Operating lease liabilities - short-term||1,626||-|
|Derivative warrant liability||-||991|
|Total current liabilities||36,398||55,614|
|Notes payable, long-term (net of debt discount of $6,435 and $4,567 at June 30, 2019 and December 31, 2018, respectively)||74,307||60,425|
|Operating lease liabilities - long-term||24,510||-|
|Other long-term liabilities||2,229||5,211|
|Commitments and contingencies|
|Preferred stock, $.001 par value, 15,000,000 authorized, 5,000,000 designated Series A shares, 1,000,000 shares issued and outstanding as of June 30, 2019 and December 31, 2018; liquidation value of $25.00 per share||1||1|
|Common stock, $.001 par value, 100,000,000 shares authorized, 68,138,203 and 57,845,447 shares issued and outstanding as of June 30, 2019 and December 31, 2018, respectively||68||58|
|Common stock issuable, 317,804 and 744,322 shares as of June 30, 2019 and December 31, 2018, respectively||490||659|
|Total stockholders' equity attributed to the Company||31,874||1,852|
|Total stockholders' equity||89,820||19,743|
|Total liabilities and stockholders' equity||$||227,264||$||140,993|
FORTRESS BIOTECH, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations
($ in thousands except for share and per share amounts)
|Three Months Ended June 30,||Six Months Ended June 30,|
|Product revenue, net||$||8,199||$||6,689||$||14,324||$||12,198|
|Revenue - from a related party||1,051||126||1,403||520|
|Cost of goods sold - product revenue||2,386||1,668||4,270||3,140|
|Research and development||18,511||17,488||41,784||42,446|
|Research and development – licenses acquired||200||1||650||98|
|General and administrative||13,443||13,056||26,921||26,604|
|Total operating expenses||34,540||32,213||73,625||72,288|
|Loss from operations||(25,290||)||(25,398||)||(57,898||)||(59,570||)|
|Other income (expenses)|
|Interest expense and financing fee||(3,106||)||(2,590||)||(5,575||)||(4,993||)|
|Change in fair value of derivative liability||-||79||-||102|
|Change in fair value of subsidiary convertible note||-||(140||)||-||110|
|Change in fair value of investments||-||(707||)||-||(825||)|
|Gain on deconsolidation of Caelum||137||-||18,521||-|
|Total other (expenses) income||(2,190||)||(3,397||)||14,163||(5,367||)|
|Loss from continuing operations||(27,480||)||(28,795||)||(43,735||)||(64,937||)|
|Loss from discontinued operations, net of tax||-||(6,921||)||-||(8,997||)|
|Total loss from discontinued operations||-||(6,921||)||-||(8,997||)|
|Less: net loss attributable to non-controlling interests||14,382||14,105||32,029||31,305|
|Net loss attributable to common stockholders||$||(13,098||)||$||(21,611||)||$||(11,706||)||$||(42,629||)|
|Loss from continuing operations per common share - basic and diluted||$||(0.51||)||$||(0.66||)||$||(0.86||)||$||(1.51||)|
|Loss from discontinued operations per common share - basic and diluted||$||-||$||(0.16||)||$||-||$||(0.21||)|
|Net loss per common share attributable to common stockholders - basic and diluted||$||(0.24||)||$||(0.50||)||$||(0.23||)||$||(0.99||)|
|Weighted average common shares outstanding - basic and diluted||53,726,125||43,377,629||51,130,977||42,948,780|
1 Includes product candidates in development at Fortress, majority-owned and controlled partners and partners in which Fortress holds significant minority ownership positions. As used herein, the words “we,” “us” and “our” may refer to Fortress individually or together with our affiliates and/or partners, as dictated by context.