Inventiva reports preliminary financial results for Full-Year 2022¹
Daix (France), Long Island City (New York, United States), February 14, 2023 – Inventiva (Euronext Paris and Nasdaq: IVA) (the “Company”), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the development of oral small molecule therapies for the treatment of patients with non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (“NASH”) and other diseases with significant unmet medical needs, today reported certain preliminary financial results as of and for the year ended December 31, 2022.
Preliminary Financial Results1
Cash and cash equivalents, short-term deposits, R&D Expenses, Net cash used in operating activities, Net cash generated from investing activities and Net cash generated from financing activities.
As of December 31, 2022, the Company had €86.7 million of cash and cash equivalents and €1.0 million of short-term deposits1, compared to €61.2 million and €11.4 million, respectively as of September 30, 2022, and €86.6 million and €8.8 million, respectively, as of December 31, 2021.
Cash and cash equivalents at year end included the €12.8 million upfront payment (including €1.3 million of withholding taxes, amounting to net proceeds of €11.5 million) received on November 4, 2022 from Chia Tai Tianqing Pharmaceutical Group, Co., LTD (“CTTQ”), a subsidiary of Sino Biopharm, in connection with the previously announced licensing and collaboration agreement dated September 21, 2022.
Cash and cash equivalents at year end also included the €25.0 million tranche of the previously announced unsecured loan agreement executed with the European Investment Bank (“EIB”) on May 16, 2022, which the Company received on December 8, 2022, the €9.3 million gross proceeds (€8.8 million net proceeds) raised through the Company’s At-The-Market (“ATM”) Program on June 15, 2022, and the proceeds of three previously announced loan agreements with a syndicate of French banks for a total amount of €5.3 million. One of the loans was contracted as part of a French state-guaranteed loan facility with Bpifrance, and the two other loans were obtained as part of a French state stimulus economic plan granted by Crédit Agricole Champagne-Bourgogne and Société Générale.
Research and development (“R&D”) expenses for the fourth quarter of 2022 increased generally in line with the increase recorded during the first three quarters of 2022, and amounted to €60.5 million for the full year 2022, compared to €48.5 million in 2021. This increase was driven mostly by the costs associated with the NATiV3 Phase III clinical trial of lanifibranor in NASH, including a full twelve months of operation for the U.S. affiliate and, to a lesser extent, with the LEGEND Phase IIa combination trial with lanifibranor and empagliflozin in patients with NASH and type 2 diabetes (“T2D”).
Net cash used in operating activities amounted to (€44.9) million for the full year 2022, compared to (€47.7) million in 2021. Net cash used in operating expenses in 2022 was driven primarily by R&D expenses, partially offset by the upfront payment received from CTTQ.
Net cash generated from (used in) investing activities amounted to (€8.9) million for the full year 2022 compared to (€1.8) million net cash used for the same period in 2021. The variance is mainly due to the change in short term deposits between both periods.
Net cash generated from financing activities amounted to €37.3 million for the full year 2022 compared to €25.4 million for 2021. Net cash generated from financing activities in 2022 has been driven by the proceeds of the first tranche of €25 million from the EIB loan, proceeds of €9.3 million from the sale of securities through the Company’s ATM program and proceeds of €5.3 million from three French state partially guaranteed loans, as described above.
For the full year 2022, the Company recorded a negative exchange rate effect on cash and cash equivalents of (€1.0) million versus a positive effect of €4.8 million for 2021, due to the strengthening of USD versus Euro.
Considering its current R&D and clinical development programs, the Company estimates that its existing cash, cash equivalents and short-term deposits should allow the Company to fund its operations through the fourth quarter of 20232. This cash runway estimate does not include the conditional second tranche of €25.0 million of the EIB loan agreement3.
The Company’s revenues for the full year 2022 amounted to €12.2 million, as compared to €4.2 million for 2021. The revenues recorded in 2022 were driven mostly by the Company’s development agreement with CTTQ, executed on September 21, 2022, and revenues recorded in 2021 primarily consisted of a €4.0 million milestone payment for a milestone that was recorded following the launch by AbbVie of the Phase IIb clinical trial with cedirogant. As previously disclosed, this trial of cedirogant has since been discontinued by AbbVie and the partnership with AbbVie has been terminated.
Next key milestones expected
Publication of the topline results of the investigator-initiated study with lanifibranor in patients with Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (“NAFLD”) and T2D – planned for the first quarter of 2023
Publication of the topline results of the LEGEND Phase IIa combination trial of lanifibranor in combination with empagliflozin in patients with NASH and T2D – planned for the second half of 2023
Last Patient First Visit of the NATiV3 Phase III clinical trial evaluating lanifibranor in NASH – targeted for the second half of 2023
Upcoming investor conference participation
Cowen 43rd Annual Health Care Conference – March 6-8 – Boston, MA
Guggenheim Health Altitudes Summit 2023 – March 13-16 – Telluride, Colorado
Evercore ISI NASH Renaissance – March 30 – Virtual
Kempen Life Sciences Conference – April 25-26 – Amsterdam
Upcoming scientific conference participation
Global NASH – March 2-3 – London
AEEH – March 15-17 _ Madrid
Liver Connect conference – March 23-26 – Huntington Beach , CA
AASLD Emerging topic: NASH Cirrhosis from mechanisms to management – March 25-26- Los Angeles, CA
Next financial results publication
Full-Year 2022 financial results: Wednesday, March 29, 2023 (after U.S. market close)
Inventiva is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the research and development of oral small molecule therapies for the treatment of patients with NASH, mucopolysaccharidoses (“MPS”) and other diseases with significant unmet medical need. The Company benefits from a strong expertise and experience in the domain of compounds targeting nuclear receptors, transcription factors and epigenetic modulation. Inventiva is currently advancing one clinical candidate, has a pipeline of two preclinical programs and continues to explore other development opportunities to add to its pipeline.
Inventiva’s lead product candidate, lanifibranor, is currently in a pivotal Phase III clinical trial, NATiV3, for the treatment of adult patients with NASH, a common and progressive chronic liver disease for which there are currently no approved therapies.
Inventiva’s pipeline also includes odiparcil, a drug candidate for the treatment of adult MPS VI patients. As part of Inventiva’s decision to focus clinical efforts on the development of lanifibranor, it suspended its clinical efforts relating to odiparcil and is reviewing available options with respect to its potential further development. Inventiva is also in the process of selecting an oncology development candidate for its Hippo signaling pathway program.
The Company has a scientific team of approximately 80 people with deep expertise in the fields of biology, medicinal and computational chemistry, pharmacokinetics and pharmacology, and clinical development. It owns an extensive library of approximately 240,000 pharmacologically relevant molecules, approximately 60% of which are proprietary, as well as a wholly-owned research and development facility.
Inventiva is a public company listed on compartment C of the regulated market of Euronext Paris (ticker: IVA, ISIN: FR0013233012) and on the Nasdaq Global Market in the United States (ticker: IVA). www.inventivapharma.com
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1 Short-term deposits are included in the category “other current assets” in the IFRS consolidated statement of financial position as of December 31, 2022, but are considered by the Company as liquid and easily available.
2 This estimate is based on the Company’s current business plan and excludes any potential milestones payable to or by the Company and any additional expenditures related to the potential continued development of the odiparcil program or resulting from the potential in-licensing or acquisition of additional product candidates or technologies, or any associated development the Company may pursue. The Company may have based this estimate on assumptions that are incorrect and the Company may end up using its resources sooner than anticipated.
3 The disbursement of the second tranche is subject to, among other conditions, , (i) the Company issuing warrants to EIB in accordance with the terms and conditions of the warrants agreements entered into July 1, 2022, (ii) the full drawdown of the first tranche, (iii) the receipt by the Company from the date of the EIB credit facility of an aggregate amount of at least €70.0 million (inclusive of the €18.0 million that was a condition for the disbursement of the first tranche), paid either in exchange for Company shares, or through upfront or milestone payments, (iv) an out-licensing, partnership or royalty transaction with an upfront payment of at least €10.0 million; and (v) operational criteria based on patient enrollment and number of sites activated in the Company’s NATiV3 Phase III clinical trial of lanifibranor in patients with NASH.