PLANEGG/MUNICH, GERMANY / ACCESSWIRE / October 29, 2019 / MorphoSys AG Reports Third Quarter 2019 Financial Results
Conference call and webcast (in English) to be held on October 30, 2019 at 2:00pm CET (1:00pm GMT/9:00am EDT)
- Dr. Jean-Paul Kress started as new CEO of MorphoSys, September 1, 2019
- Tafasitamab (MOR208):
- Re-MIND met primary endpoint: real-world data study demonstrates clinical superiority of tafasitamab/lenalidomide combination compared to lenalidomide alone
- Rolling submission for BLA initiated: preclinical data package submitted to FDA
- MOR202: First clinical sites activated for phase 1/2 trial in membranous nephropathy
- MOR106: Clinical development in atopic dermatitis stopped for futility
- Partner Janssen submitted sBLA to U.S. FDA seeking approval of Tremfya(R) for treatment of active psoriatic arthritis; marketing authorization application to EMA
- Royalty expectations for Tremfya(R) increased: MorphoSys now expects 2019 royalty income in the range of EUR30-35 million
- Financial year 2019 guidance re-affirmed: revenues expected to reach upper end of EUR65 to 72 million range. EBIT is expected in the range of EUR-105 to -115 million; expenses for proprietary R&D in the range of EUR95 to 105 million
MorphoSys AG (FSE:MOR; Prime Standard Segment; MDAX & TecDAX; NASDAQ:MOR) today reported its financial results for the third quarter of 2019.
"The third quarter of 2019 has significantly advanced our preparations for seeking regulatory approval in the U.S. for our key asset tafasitamab," said Dr. Jean-Paul Kress, Chief Executive Officer of MorphoSys. "Today we announced compelling topline data of Re-MIND, our retrospective study in relapsed/refractory DLBCL. Re-MIND compares real-world data based effectiveness of lenalidomide monotherapy with the efficacy outcomes of the tafasitamab/ lenalidomide combination in our L-MIND trial. We are very pleased that the study met its primary endpoint, showing a superior best objective response rate (ORR) of the tafasitamab/ lenalidomide combination compared to lenalidomide monotherapy. The data complements the L-MIND primary analysis data we published in June this year and considerably supports the BLA submission, which we plan to complete by end of this year. Rolling submission was initiated and the pre-clinical data package was already submitted to the FDA.
Our commitment to unlock tafasitamab's full clinical potential as well as to maximize the value of our entire proprietary pipeline remains unchanged. We are well on track to start our first-line trial of tafasitamab in DLBCL later this year and we successfully activated the first clinical sites for the phase 1/2 trial with MOR202 in membranous nephropathy.
While we were clearly disappointed to learn that results from the interim analysis for futility of the MOR106 IGUANA study did not support continuation of the clinical development in atopic dermatitis, we remain fully committed to the development of our proprietary early and late-stage drug candidates," Dr. Kress continued.
"The last quarter was a successful quarter for Tremfya(R) and our partner Janssen," commented Jens Holstein, Chief Financial Officer of MorphoSys AG. "Janssen submitted a sBLA for Tremfya(R) to the U.S. FDA for the treatment of patients with psoriatic arthritis and also recently announced the submission of a filing application in the same indication to EMA for Europe. Janssen reported a strong quarter for Tremfya(R) sales. This led us to adapt our expectations for the 2019 royalty income that we now anticipate in the range of EUR30-35 million."
Financial Review for the third quarter of 2019 (IFRS; all figures rounded)
In Q3 2019 MorphoSys continued to focus on the research and development of drug candidates both for its own account as well as with its partners. Group revenues came in at EUR12.5 million in Q3 2019 as compared to EUR55.0 million in the third quarter of the previous year. Revenues in Q3 2018 comprised the payment of EUR47.5 million for the license agreement for MOR106 with Novartis.
Revenues in Q3 2019 also included an estimate of royalties on net sales of Tremfya(R) amounting to EUR9.3 million (estimate only since royalties for Q3 2019 had not been reported by Janssen as of the balance date). Due to the strong sales Janssen reported for Tremfya(R) for Q3 2019, we adapted our royalty guidance for Tremfya(R). We now expect a royalty income ranging from EUR30-35 million at constant US dollar exchange rate, thus we anticipate to reach the upper end of our revenue guidance for 2019.
In the Proprietary Development segment, MorphoSys focuses on research and clinical development of its own drug candidates in the fields of cancer and inflammation. In Q3 2019, this segment recorded revenues of EUR1.4 million compared to EUR48.8 million in Q3 2018, which included the EUR47.5 million payment for the license agreement for MOR106 with Novartis. In the Partnered Discovery segment, MorphoSys applies its proprietary technology to discover new drug candidates for pharmaceutical companies, benefiting from its partners' development advancements through R&D funding, licensing fees, success-based milestone payments and royalties. In Q3 2019, revenues in this segment amounted to EUR11.0 million compared to EUR6.2 million in Q3 2018.
Total operating expenses increased to EUR40.3 million in the third quarter of 2019 from EUR25.3 million Q3 2018, based on the ramp-up of preparations for a potential tafasitamab U.S. commercialization as well as build-up of the MorphoSys U.S. operations. In Q3 2019, research and development expenses amounted to EUR25.9 million, as compared to EUR18.0 million in the third quarter of 2018. Expenses for proprietary R&D, including technology development, amounted to EUR23.7 million (Q3 2018: EUR15.9 million).
In the third quarter of 2019, cost of sales amounted to EUR1.0 million (Q3 2018: EUR0.9 million), selling expenses amounted to EUR4.4 million (Q3 2018: EUR1.3 million). General and administrative expenses increased from EUR5.1million in Q3 2018 to EUR9.0 million in Q3 2019.
Earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) in Q3 2019 totaled EUR-27.0 million (Q3 2018: EUR30.1 million). The Proprietary Development segment reported an EBIT of EUR-30.5 million (Q3 2018: EUR30.3 million). EBIT in the Partnered Discovery segment was EUR8.8 million (Q3 2018: EUR3.8 million). In Q3 2019, the consolidated net loss was EUR-24.2 million (Q3 2018: net profit of EUR30.2 million). The earnings per share for Q3 2019 was EUR-0.76 (Q3 2018: earnings per share of EUR0.96).
At the end of Q3 2019, the Company had EUR412.4 million in cash, reported on the balance sheet under the line items "cash and cash equivalents"; "financial assets at fair value through profit or loss"; and current and non-current "other financial assets at amortized cost". On December 31, 2018, the Group's liquidity position amounted to EUR454.7 million.
The number of shares issued totaled 31,927,958 at the end of Q3 2019 (year-end 2018: 31,839,572).
Results for the first nine months 2019
During the first nine months of 2019, group revenues amounted to EUR60.7 million (Q1-Q3 2018: EUR66.0 million). Revenues in the first nine months of 2019 comprised the milestone payment by GSK of EUR22.0 million due to the start of phase 3 clinical development of otilimab in RA, whereas revenues in the first nine months of 2018 reflected the upfront payment made by Novartis of EUR47.5 million in connection with the license agreement for MOR106. Expenditure for proprietary R&D, including technology development, amounted to EUR68.8 million in the first nine months of 2019 (Q1-Q3 2018: EUR55.1 million). Consequently, the EBIT in the first nine months of 2019 amounted to EUR-56.3 million, compared to EUR-13.0 million in the first nine months of 2018.
Financial Guidance and Operational Outlook for 2019
For the year 2019, MorphoSys re-affirms its financial guidance. The company expects revenues at the upper end of its guidance of EUR65 to 72 million. The company's EBIT is expected to be in the range of EUR-105 to -115 million. Expenses for proprietary development and technology development are forecasted to remain in a corridor of EUR95 to 105 million. For Tremfya(R), MorphoSys adapted the royalty guidance and now expects royalty income ranging from EUR30-35 million at constant US dollar exchange rate (up from previously EUR23-30 million).
The guidance does not include revenues from potential future partnerships or licensing agreements for tafasitamab or any other compound currently in MorphoSys's Proprietary Development segment. Effects from potential in-licensing or co-development deals for new development candidates are also not included.
In its Proprietary Development segment, MorphoSys expects the following events and activities until the end of 2019:
- L-MIND trial:
- Complete rolling submission of Biologics License Application to U.S. FDA by year-end
- Re-MIND study
- Presentation of full data from retrospective observational study of patients treated with lenalidomide only in r/r DLBCL planned at ASH
- B-MIND trial
- Continue phase 3 study evaluating tafasitamab plus bendamustine in r/r DLBCL
- Event-driven interim analysis for futility on track to be announced in Q4 2019
- Front-line DLBCL: Initiate phase 1b trial of tafasitamab in combination with R-CHOP or R2-CHOP in Q4 2019
- COSMOS: Data to be presented at a medical conference later in 2019
- MorphoSys: Start of phase 1/2 trial of MOR202 in anti-PLA2R-antibody positive membranous nephropathy (aMN) in Q4 2019
- I-Mab: Continue two clinical trials of MOR202/TJ202 in r/r multiple myeloma in the Chinese region and expand trials to mainland China under recently IND clearances
- MorphoSys, Galapagos and Novartis will explore the future strategy of the compound
In its Partnered Discovery segment, MorphoSys expects the following events until the end of 2019:
Janssen is currently conducting phase 3 trials of Tremfya(R) in psoriatic arthritis and plans to present data at upcoming medical conferences. Further, Janssen announced that submission of a Marketing Authorization Application to EMA has been completed and the review process has started.
Janssen plans the start of a phase 1 trial of guselkumab in Chinese healthy volunteers, a phase 2 trial of guselkumab in pityriasis rubra pilaris, a phase 2/3 trial in ulcerative colitis and a phase 3 trial in palmoplantar-non-pustular psoriasis, according to clinicaltrials.gov.
Mereo Biopharma is currently investigating the antibody setrusumab, directed against sclerostin, in Osteogenesis Imperfecta (OI, brittle bone syndrome). According to clinicaltrails.gov, primary completion of the phase 2b study in adult patients is scheduled for later this year and Mereo Biopharma announced plans to start a pediatric study in OI within 2019.
Other partnered programs: publication of clinical data and achievement of regulatory milestones from other partnered programs may occur during the remainder of 2019.
Whether, when and to what extent news will be published following the primary completion of trials in the Partnered Discovery segment is at the full discretion of MorphoSys's partners.
MorphoSys will continue to support its proprietary development activities by evaluating potential in-licensing, co-development, and/or acquisition opportunities or the potential initiation of new proprietary development programs with the goal of maintaining and expanding the Company's position in its current therapeutic and technological fields of activities.
MorphoSys Group Key Figures (IFRS, September 30, 2019)
|in EUR million||Q3/2019||Q3/2018||Change||Q1-Q3 2019||Q1-Q3 2018||Change|
|Total operating expenses||(40.3)||(25.3)||(59%)||(117.8)||(80.0)||(47%)|
|Cost of sales||(1.0)||(0.9)||(11%)||(10.9)||(0.9)||>(100%)|
|thereof expenses for proprietary R&D and technology development||(23.7)||(15.9)||(49%)||(68.8)||(55.1)||(25%)|
|Consolidated net (loss) / profit||(24.2)||30.2||>(100%)||(52.7)||(12.8)||>(100%)|
|Earnings per Share, basic and diluted (in EUR)||(0.76)||0.96||>(100%)||(1.67)||(0.41)||>(100%)|
|Cash position (end of period)||412.4||481.2||(14%)||412.4||481.2||(14%)|
|Equity ratio (end of period) (in %)||81.9||91.1||(9.9 PP)||81.9||91.8||(9.9 PP)|
|No. of R&D programs (end of period)||117||115||2%||117||115||2%|
|No. of clinical programs (end of period)1)||29||29||-||29||29||-|
|No. of proprietary clinical programs (end of period)2)||5||5||-||5||5||-|
1) Including MOR107, which concluded a phase 1 study in 2017 and is currently in preclinical investigation with a focus on oncology indications. Tremfya(R) is still considered as a clinical program due to ongoing studies in various indications.
2) Including otilimab (MOR103/GSK3196165), which is fully out-licensed to GSK, and MOR106, for which MorphoSys and Galapagos have signed a global licensing agreement with Novartis.
PP - Percentage points
The interim statement for the third quarter of 2019 (IFRS) is available online at http://www.morphosys.com/FinancialReports
MorphoSys will hold its conference call and webcast tomorrow, October 30, 2019 to present the third quarter financial results 2019 and a further outlook for 2019.
Dial-in number for the analyst conference call (in English) at 2:00pm CET; 1:00pm GMT; 9:00am EDT:
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A live webcast and slides will be made available at www.morphosys.com.
Approximately two hours after the call, a slide-synchronized audio replay of the conference and a transcript will be available at www.morphosys.com.
MorphoSys (FSE & NASDAQ: MOR) is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company dedicated to the discovery, development and commercialization of exceptional, innovative therapies for patients suffering from serious diseases. The focus is on cancer. Based on its leading expertise in antibody, protein and peptide technologies, MorphoSys, together with its partners, has developed and contributed to the development of more than 100 product candidates, of which 29 are currently in clinical development. In 2017, Tremfya(R), marketed by Janssen for the treatment of plaque psoriasis, became the first drug based on MorphoSys's antibody technology to receive regulatory approval. The Company's most advanced proprietary product candidate, tafasitamab (MOR208), has been granted U.S. FDA breakthrough therapy designation for the treatment of patients with relapsed/refractory diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL). Headquartered near Munich, Germany, the MorphoSys group, including the fully owned U.S. subsidiary MorphoSys US Inc., has approximately 405 employees. More information at https://www.morphosys.com.
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MorphoSys forward-looking statements
This communication contains certain forward-looking statements concerning the MorphoSys group of companies, including its financial guidance for 2019, the commencement, timing and results of clinical trials and release of clinical data both in respect of its proprietary product candidates and of product candidates of its collaborators, the development of commercial capabilities, in particular with respect to tafasitamab (MOR208), and the transition of MorphoSys to a fully integrated biopharmaceutical company, the expected time of launch of tafasitamab, interaction with regulators, including the potential approval of MorphoSys' current or future drug candidates, including discussions with the FDA regarding the potential approval to market tafasitamab, and expected royalty and milestone payments in connection with MorphoSys's collaborations. The forward-looking statements contained herein represent the judgment of MorphoSys as of the date of this release and involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties, which might cause the actual results, financial condition and liquidity, performance or achievements of MorphoSys, or industry results, to be materially different from any historic or future results, financial conditions and liquidity, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. In addition, even if MorphoSys' results, performance, financial condition and liquidity, and the development of the industry in which it operates are consistent with such forward-looking statements, they may not be predictive of results or developments in future periods. Among the factors that may result in differences are that MorphoSys' expectations regarding its financial guidance for 2019, the commencement, timing and results of clinical trials and release of clinical data both in respect of its proprietary product candidates and of product candidates of its collaborators, the development of commercial capabilities, in particular with respect to tafasitamab, and the transition of MorphoSys to a fully integrated biopharmaceutical company, the expected time of launch of tafasitamab, interaction with regulators, including the potential approval of MorphoSys' current or future drug candidates, including discussions with the FDA regarding the potential approval to market tafasitamab, and expected royalty and milestone payments in connection with MorphoSys's collaborations, MorphoSys' reliance on collaborations with third parties, estimating the commercial potential of its development programs and other risks indicated in the risk factors included in MorphoSys's Annual Report on Form 20-F and other filings with the US Securities and Exchange Commission. Given these uncertainties, the reader is advised not to place any undue reliance on such forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of publication of this document. MorphoSys expressly disclaims any obligation to update any such forward-looking statements in this document to reflect any change in its expectations with regard thereto or any change in events, conditions or circumstances on which any such statement is based or that may affect the likelihood that actual results will differ from those set forth in the forward-looking statements, unless specifically required by law or regulation.
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