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Nektar Therapeutics Reports Second Quarter 2022 Financial Results

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SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 4, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Nektar Therapeutics (Nasdaq: NKTR) today reported financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2022.

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Cash and investments in marketable securities at June 30, 2022, were approximately $628.2 million as compared to $798.8 million at December 31, 2021, which is expected to support operations into 2025.

"Over the last several months, we developed and began implementing a new strategic plan that prioritizes specific investment into the most promising biologic therapeutic candidates in the pipeline, NKTR-358, NKTR-255, and key research programs," said Howard W. Robin, President and CEO of Nektar. "With our partner, Eli Lilly, NKTR-358 is advancing, and we will be presenting in September data from a Phase 1b study in atopic dermatitis patients and in the first half of 2023 data from a Phase 2 study in lupus patients. Our plan provides Nektar with the opportunity to create significant value for our shareholders and to focus our internal development efforts on the potential of NKTR-255, our wholly owned IL-15 program, in combination with cell therapies and other mechanisms in both liquid and solid tumor settings.  Importantly, we also have the required capital to fund our pipeline to reach potential value-inflection points for each program."

Summary of Financial Results

Revenue, which primarily includes non-cash royalty revenue, in the second quarter of 2022 was $21.6 million as compared to $28.3 million in the second quarter of 2021. Revenue for the first half of 2022 was $46.4 million as compared to $52.0 million in the first half of 2021. Total operating costs and expenses in the second quarter of 2022 were $174.4 million as compared to $138.5 million in the second quarter of 2021. Total operating costs and expenses in the first half of 2022 were $315.8 million as compared to $271.6 million in the first half of 2021. Operating costs and expenses for both the second quarter and first half of 2022 include $57.3 million in non-cash impairment charges and $27.8 million in severance expense relating to the wind down of the bempegaldesleukin program.

R&D expense in the second quarter of 2022 was $42.7 million as compared to $101.3 million for the second quarter of 2021. For the first half of 2022, R&D expense was $150.0 million as compared to $196.9 million in the first half of 2021. R&D expense decreased for both the second quarter and first half of 2022 due to the wind down of the bempegaldesleukin program.

G&A expense was $20.5 million in the second quarter of 2022 and $29.6 million in the second quarter of 2021. For the first half of 2022, G&A expense was $47.9 million as compared to $61.2 million in the first half of 2021. G&A expense decreased for both the second quarter and first half of 2022 due to the wind down of the bempegaldesleukin program.

We recorded $106.0 million in restructuring, impairment and other costs of terminated program in the second quarter of 2022, related to the wind down of the bempegaldesleukin program. This includes the $57.3 million in non-cash lease and equipment impairment charges, $27.8 million in severance expense and $21.0 million primarily for clinical trial and related employee compensation costs for the bempegaldesleukin program.

Net loss for the second quarter of 2022 was $159.1 million or $0.85 basic and diluted loss per share as compared to a net loss of $125.5 million or $0.69 basic and diluted loss per share in the second quarter of 2021. Net loss in the first half of 2022 was $249.5 million or $1.34 basic and diluted loss per share as compared to a net loss of $248.5 million or $1.37 basic and diluted loss per share in the first half of 2021.

Second Quarter 2022 and Recent Business Highlights:

  • In May 2022, the interim assessment committee (IAC) reviewed interim efficacy and safety data from the ongoing Phase 2 double blinded, placebo-controlled study of NKTR-358 in 280 patients with systemic lupus erythematosus and recommended that the Phase 2 study continue to completion without modification. The study, which is being conducted by Eli Lilly in partnership with Nektar, will continue as planned and no further unblinding of study data will occur. The IAC review included unblinded interim data from approximately 60% of patients who completed the 24-week treatment period.

  • In July 2022, Nektar announced the promotion of Jillian B. Thomsen to Senior Vice President (SVP) & Chief Financial Officer. Ms. Thomsen has served as SVP, Finance & Chief Accounting Officer of Nektar since 2008, and is a key member of our Executive Committee.

Conference Call to Discuss Second Quarter 2022 Financial Results

Nektar management will host a conference call to review the results beginning at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time/2:00 p.m. Pacific Time, Thursday, August 4, 2022.

This press release and a live audio-only Webcast of the conference call can be accessed through a link that is posted on the home page and Investors section of the Nektar website: https://ir.nektar.com/. The web broadcast of the conference call will be available for replay through September 4, 2022.

To access the conference call, follow these instructions:

Dial: (833) 634-2591 (U.S); (412) 317-6040 (international)

In the event that any non-GAAP financial measure is discussed on the conference call that is not described in this press release, or explained on the conference call, related information will be made available on the Investors section of the Nektar website as soon as practical after the conclusion of the conference call.

About Nektar Therapeutics

Nektar Therapeutics is a biopharmaceutical company with a robust, wholly owned R&D pipeline of investigational medicines in oncology, immunology, and inflammatory diseases as well as a portfolio of approved partnered medicines. Nektar is headquartered in San Francisco, California, with additional operations in Huntsville, Alabama. Further information about the company and its drug development programs and capabilities may be found online at http://www.nektar.com.

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements which can be identified by words such as: "will," "may," "extend," "potential," "create," "provide"" and similar references to future periods. Examples of forward-looking statements include, among others, statements we make regarding the therapeutic potential of, and future development plans for NKTR-358, NKTR-255 and our other drug candidates in research programs, the prospects and plans for our collaborations with other companies, the timing of the initiation of clinical studies and the data readouts for our drug candidates, and our expectations (including our expected charges and cost savings) following our corporate restructuring, reorganization and workforce reduction, and our expected working capital our cash runway. Forward-looking statements are neither historical facts nor assurances of future performance. Instead, they are based only on our current beliefs, expectations and assumptions regarding the future of our business, future plans and strategies, anticipated events and trends, the economy and other future conditions. Because forward-looking statements relate to the future, they are subject to inherent uncertainties, risks and changes in circumstances that are difficult to predict and many of which are outside of our control. Our actual results may differ materially from those indicated in the forward-looking statements. Therefore, you should not rely on any of these forward-looking statements. Important factors that could cause our actual results to differ materially from those indicated in the forward-looking statements include, among others: (i) our statements regarding the therapeutic potential of NKTR-358, NKTR-255 and our other drug candidates are based on preclinical and clinical findings and observations and are subject to change as research and development continue; (ii) NKTR-358, NKTR-255 and our other drug candidates are investigational agents and continued research and development for these drug candidates is subject to substantial risks, including negative safety and efficacy findings in ongoing clinical studies (notwithstanding positive findings in earlier preclinical and clinical studies); (iii) NKTR-358, NKTR-255 and our other drug candidates are in various stages of clinical development and the risk of failure is high and can unexpectedly occur at any stage prior to regulatory approval; (iv) the timing of the commencement or end of clinical trials and the availability of clinical data may be delayed or unsuccessful due to challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, regulatory delays, slower than anticipated patient enrollment, manufacturing challenges, changing standards of care, evolving regulatory requirements, clinical trial design, clinical outcomes, competitive factors, or delay or failure in ultimately obtaining regulatory approval in one or more important markets; (v) we may not achieve the expected costs savings we expect from the restructuring and reorganization, (vi) patents may not issue from our patent applications for our drug candidates, patents that have issued may not be enforceable, or additional intellectual property licenses from third parties may be required; and (vii) certain other important risks and uncertainties set forth in our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on May 6, 2022. Any forward-looking statement made by us in this press release is based only on information currently available to us and speaks only as of the date on which it is made. We undertake no obligation to update any forward-looking statement, whether written or oral, that may be made from time to time, whether as a result of new information, future developments or otherwise.

Contact:
Vivian Wu of Nektar Therapeutics
628-895-0661

NEKTAR THERAPEUTICS

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(In thousands)

(Unaudited)












ASSETS


June 30, 2022


December 31, 2021(1)

Current assets:










Cash and cash equivalents





$                   77,545


$                   25,218


Short-term investments






541,771


708,737


Accounts receivable






10,006


22,492


Inventory






16,969


15,801


Other current assets






19,245


23,333



Total current assets






665,536


795,581












Long-term investments






8,928


64,828

Property, plant and equipment, net





39,792


60,510

Operating lease right-of-use assets





68,996


117,025

Goodwill






76,501


76,501

Other assets






2,234


2,744



Total assets






$                 861,987


$              1,117,189












LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY
















Current liabilities:










Accounts payable






12,346


9,747


Accrued compensation






30,323


15,735


Accrued clinical trial expenses





29,234


26,809


Other accrued expenses






13,035


15,468


Operating lease liabilities, current portion




20,047


17,441



Total current liabilities






104,985


85,200












Operating lease liabilities, less current portion




119,415


125,736

Development derivative liability





-


27,726

Liabilities related to the sales of future royalties, net



176,775


195,427

Other long-term liabilities






2,080


3,592



Total liabilities






403,255


437,681












Commitments and contingencies



















Stockholders' equity:










Preferred stock






-


-


Common stock






19


19


Capital in excess of par value





3,549,360


3,516,641


Accumulated other comprehensive loss




(8,191)


(4,157)


Accumulated deficit






(3,082,456)


(2,832,995)



Total stockholders' equity






458,732


679,508


Total liabilities and stockholders' equity




$                 861,987


$              1,117,189












(1) The consolidated balance sheet at December 31, 2021 has been derived from the audited financial statements at that date but does not include all 

 of the information and notes required by generally accepted accounting principles in the United States for complete financial statements.

 

 

NEKTAR THERAPEUTICS





CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS





(In thousands, except per share information)





(Unaudited)




























Three months ended June 30,


Six months ended June 30,









2022


2021


2022


2021
















Revenue:














Product sales






$                     5,312


$                     7,846


$                   11,000


$                   12,641


Non-cash royalty revenue related to the sales of future royalties


16,264


20,456


33,825


39,254


License, collaboration and other revenue




9


28


1,582


82

Total revenue






21,585


28,330


46,407


51,977
















Operating costs and expenses:













Cost of goods sold






5,115


7,667


10,430


13,423


Research and development





42,740


101,313


149,993


196,917


General and administrative





20,521


29,555


47,860


61,234


Restructuring, impairment and other costs of terminated program



106,045


-


107,520


-

Total operating costs and expenses





174,421


138,535


315,803


271,574

















Loss from operations






(152,836)


(110,205)


(269,396)


(219,597)
















Non-operating income (expense):













Change in fair value of development derivative liability



-


(2,713)


33,427


(4,312)


Non-cash interest expense on liabilities related to the sales of future royalties

(7,228)


(13,089)


(14,757)


(26,385)


Interest income and other income (expense), net



1,096


845


1,491


2,257

Total non-operating expense, net





(6,132)


(14,957)


20,161


(28,440)
















Loss before provision for income taxes




(158,968)


(125,162)


(249,235)


(248,037)
















Provision for income taxes






100


357


226


449

Net loss






$                (159,068)


$                (125,519)


$                (249,461)


$                (248,486)































Basic and diluted net loss per share





$                     (0.85)


$                     (0.69)


$                     (1.34)


$                     (1.37)
















Weighted average shares outstanding used in computing basic and diluted net
loss per share


186,800


182,698


186,323


182,038

 

NEKTAR THERAPEUTICS

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(In thousands)

(Unaudited)









Six months ended June 30,









2022


2021

Cash flows from operating activities:







Net loss






$                (249,461)


$                (248,486)

Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash used in operating activities:




Non-cash royalty revenue related to the sales of future royalties


(33,825)


(39,254)


Non-cash interest expense on liabilities related to the sales of future royalties 

14,757


26,385


Change in fair value of development derivative liability



(33,427)


4,312


Non-cash research and development expense



4,951


5,795


Stock-based compensation 





32,064


47,612


Depreciation and amortization 





7,171


7,090


Impairment of right-of-use assets and property, plant and equipment

57,321


-


Amortization of premiums (discounts), net and other non-cash transactions

700


4,090

Changes in operating assets and liabilities:








Accounts receivable






12,486


10,018


Inventory






(1,168)


676


Operating leases, net






1,486


2,260


Other assets 






7,627


11,585


Accounts payable 






2,833


(2,101)


Accrued compensation 






14,588


14,133


Other accrued expenses 






(1,520)


(4,101)

Net cash used in operating activities 





(163,417)


(159,986)












Cash flows from investing activities:








Purchases of investments 





(247,014)


(527,887)


Maturities of investments 






466,423


612,419


Sales of investments






-


5,035


Purchases of property, plant and equipment 




(4,983)


(6,157)

Net cash provided by investing activities 




214,426


83,410












Cash flows from financing activities:








Proceeds from shares issued under equity compensation plans


655


28,523


Cash receipts from development derivative liability



750


1,500

Net cash provided by financing activities




1,405


30,023












Effect of foreign exchange rates on cash and cash equivalents 


(87)


(57)

Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents 



52,327


(46,610)

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period




25,218


198,955

Cash and cash equivalents at end of period




$                   77,545


$                 152,345












Supplemental disclosure of cash flow information:






Operating lease right-of-use assets recognized in exchange for lease liabilities

$                            -


$                     1,057

 

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