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ProKidney Reports Third Quarter Financial Results

ProKidney
ProKidney

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C., Nov. 14, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- ProKidney Corp. (Nasdaq: PROK) (“ProKidney”), a leading late clinical-stage cellular therapeutics company focused on chronic kidney disease (CKD), today announced financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2023.

“Building off of our positive corporate update, and with nearly $400 million in cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities as of September 30th of this year, ProKidney continues to be well capitalized to continue executing on both of our Phase 2 and Phase 3 trials in high-risk CKD patients in need,” said James Coulston, Chief Financial Officer at ProKidney. “With cash expected to fund operations into the fourth quarter of 2025 and interim data readouts for REGEN-007 during that period, we remain well capitalized to continue executing on our development strategy, toward our ultimate goal of bringing REACT to patients in need.”

ProKidney management will be hosting a webcast and investor conference call today, November 14, 2023, at 8:00 a.m. ET. The live webcast presentation may be accessed here. Further, you may listen to the presentation by dialing 1-877-407-0784 (US) or 1-201-689-8560 (International) and entering the Conference ID: 13742672. Following the completion of the presentation, a replay of the webcast will also be accessible on the investor relations section of ProKidney website here.

Third Quarter 2023 Financial Highlights

Liquidity: Cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities as of September 30, 2023, totaled $396.3 million, compared to $490.3 million on December 31, 2022. We expect that our existing cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities held at September 30, 2023, will enable us to fund our operating expenses and capital expenditure requirements into the fourth quarter of 2025.

R&D Expenses: Research and development expenses were $32.2 million for the three months ended September 30, 2023, compared to $21.1 million for the same period in 2022. The increase of $11.1 million was driven primarily by increases in cash and equity compensation costs of approximately $5.5 million as we continue to hire additional personnel in the areas of clinical development, quality, manufacturing, and biostatistics to support our ongoing clinical trials. Clinical trial costs related to our Phase 3 program have increased approximately $4.2 million. Additionally, we have seen increases in other research and development costs of approximately $1.2 million primarily related to additional spending on manufacturing improvements and professional fees.

G&A Expenses: General and administrative expenses were $14.4 million for each of the three months ended September 30, 2023 and 2022. While the overall costs were relatively consistent between periods, the decreases in costs incurred related to the business combination in the 2022 period were offset by higher equity-based compensation costs incurred in the 2023 period.

Net Loss Before Noncontrolling Interest: Net loss before noncontrolling interest was $42.0 million and $33.9 million for the three months ended September 30, 2023, and 2022, respectively.

Shares outstanding: Class A and Class B ordinary shares outstanding at September 30, 2023 totaled 235,434,630.

About ProKidney
ProKidney, a pioneer in the treatment of CKD through innovations in cellular therapy, was founded in 2015 after a decade of research. ProKidney’s lead product candidate, REACT® (Renal Autologous Cell Therapy), is a first-of-its-kind, patented, proprietary autologous cellular therapy being evaluated to potentially preserve kidney function in diabetic patients at high risk of kidney failure. REACT has received Regenerative Medicine Advanced Therapy (RMAT) designation, as well as FDA and EMA guidance, supporting its ongoing Phase 3 clinical program that launched in January 2022. For more information, please visit www.prokidney.com.

Forward-Looking Statements
This press release includes “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the “safe harbor” provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. ProKidney’s actual results may differ from its expectations, estimates and projections and consequently, you should not rely on these forward-looking statements as predictions of future events. Words such as “expect,” “estimate,” “project,” “budget,” “forecast,” “anticipate,” “intend,” “plan,” “may,” “will,” “could,” “should,” “believes,” “predicts,” “potential,” “continue,” and similar expressions (or the negative versions of such words or expressions) are intended to identify such forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements include, without limitation, the Company’s expectations with respect to financial results and expected cash runway, future performance, development and commercialization of products, if approved, the potential benefits and impact of the Company’s products, if approved, potential regulatory approvals, the size and potential growth of current or future markets for the Company’s products, if approved, the advancement of the Company’s development programs into and through the clinic and the expected timing for reporting data, the making of regulatory filings or achieving other milestones related to related to the Company’s product candidates, and the advancement and funding of the Company’s developmental programs generally. Most of these factors are outside of the Company’s control and are difficult to predict. Factors that may cause such differences include, but are not limited to: the inability to maintain the listing of the Company’s Class A ordinary shares on the Nasdaq; the inability to implement business plans, forecasts, and other expectations or identify and realize additional opportunities, which may be affected by, among other things, competition and the ability of the Company to grow and manage growth profitably and retain its key employees; the risk of downturns and a changing regulatory landscape in the highly competitive biotechnology industry; the inability of the Company to raise financing in the future; the inability of the Company to obtain and maintain regulatory clearance or approval for its products, and any related restrictions and limitations of any cleared or approved product; the inability of the Company to identify, in-license or acquire additional technology; the inability of Company to compete with other companies currently marketing or engaged in the biologics market and in the area of treatment of kidney diseases; the size and growth potential of the markets for the Company’s products, if approved, and its ability to serve those markets, either alone or in partnership with others; the Company’s estimates regarding expenses, future revenue, capital requirements and needs for additional financing; the Company’s financial performance; the Company’s intellectual property rights; uncertainties inherent in cell therapy research and development, including the actual time it takes to initiate and complete clinical studies and the timing and content of decisions made by regulatory authorities; the fact that interim results from our clinical programs may not be indicative of future results; the impact of COVID-19 or geo-political conflict such as the war in Ukraine on the Company’s business; and other risks and uncertainties included under the heading “Risk Factors” in the Company’s most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K, subsequent Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The Company cautions readers that the foregoing list of factors is not exclusive and cautions readers not to place undue reliance upon any forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date made. The Company does not undertake or accept any obligation or undertaking to release publicly any updates or revisions to any forward-looking statements to reflect any change in its expectations or any change in events, conditions or circumstances on which any such statement is based.

Contacts:
Corporate:
Glenn Schulman, PharmD, MPH
SVP, Investor Relations
Glenn.Schulman@prokidney.com

Investors:
LifeSci Advisors, LLC
Daniel Ferry
Daniel@lifesciadvisors.com


ProKidney Corp. and Subsidiaries
Consolidated Balance Sheets
(in thousands, except for share data)

 

September 30, 2023

 

 

December 31, 2022

 

 

(Unaudited)

 

 

 

 

Assets

 

 

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents

$

191,389

 

 

$

490,252

 

Marketable securities

 

204,945

 

 

 

 

Interest receivable

 

714

 

 

 

 

Prepaid assets

 

4,169

 

 

 

2,624

 

Prepaid clinical

 

5,203

 

 

 

10,459

 

Other current assets

 

3

 

 

 

1,384

 

Total current assets

 

406,423

 

 

 

504,719

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fixed assets, net

 

42,614

 

 

 

10,708

 

Right of use assets, net

 

2,717

 

 

 

2,356

 

Intangible assets, net

 

52

 

 

 

213

 

Total assets

$

451,806

 

 

$

517,996

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Liabilities and Shareholders' Deficit/Members' Equity

 

 

 

 

 

Accounts payable

$

4,476

 

 

$

3,044

 

Lease liabilities

 

676

 

 

 

493

 

Accrued expenses and other

 

15,464

 

 

 

7,336

 

Income taxes payable

 

371

 

 

 

 

Total current liabilities

 

20,987

 

 

 

10,873

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Income tax payable, net of current portion

 

522

 

 

 

278

 

Lease liabilities, net of current portion

 

2,109

 

 

 

1,906

 

Total liabilities

 

23,618

 

 

 

13,057

 

Commitments and contingencies

 

 

 

 

 

Redeemable noncontrolling interest

 

1,520,825

 

 

 

1,601,555

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shareholders’ deficit / members' equity:

 

 

 

 

 

Class A ordinary shares, $0.0001 par value; 500,000,000 shares
   authorized; 61,595,300 and 61,540,231 issued and outstanding as
   of September 30, 2023 and December 31, 2022, respectively

 

6

 

 

 

6

 

Class B ordinary shares, $0.0001 par value; 500,000,000 shares
   authorized; 173,839,330 and 171,578,320 issued and outstanding as
   of September 30, 2023 and December 31, 2022, respectively

 

18

 

 

 

18

 

Additional paid-in capital

 

41,365

 

 

 

7,476

 

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

 

(64

)

 

 

 

Accumulated deficit

 

(1,133,962

)

 

 

(1,104,116

)

Total shareholders' deficit / members’ equity

 

(1,092,637

)

 

 

(1,096,616

)

Total liabilities and shareholders' deficit/members' equity

$

451,806

 

 

$

517,996

 


ProKidney Corp. and Subsidiaries
Consolidated Statements of Operations and Comprehensive Loss
(in thousands, except for share and per share data)

 

Three Months Ended September 30,

 

 

Nine Months Ended September 30,

 

 

2023

 

 

2022

 

 

2023

 

 

2022

 

Operating expenses

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Research and development

$

32,198

 

 

$

21,132

 

 

$

84,179

 

 

$

61,180

 

General and administrative

 

14,419

 

 

 

14,440

 

 

 

43,133

 

 

 

61,592

 

Total operating expenses

 

46,617

 

 

 

35,572

 

 

 

127,312

 

 

 

122,772

 

Operating loss

 

(46,617

)

 

 

(35,572

)

 

 

(127,312

)

 

 

(122,772

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other income (expense):

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interest income

 

5,541

 

 

 

1,581

 

 

 

16,803

 

 

 

1,581

 

Interest expense

 

(2

)

 

 

(29

)

 

 

(9

)

 

 

(213

)

Net loss before income taxes

 

(41,078

)

 

 

(34,020

)

 

 

(110,518

)

 

 

(121,404

)

Income tax expense (benefit)

 

913

 

 

 

(75

)

 

 

3,205

 

 

 

2,158

 

Net loss before noncontrolling interest

 

(41,991

)

 

 

(33,945

)

 

 

(113,723

)

 

 

(123,562

)

Net loss attributable to noncontrolling interest

 

(31,007

)

 

 

(22,017

)

 

 

(83,956

)

 

 

(22,017

)

Net loss available to Class A ordinary shareholders

$

(10,984

)

 

$

(11,928

)

 

$

(29,767

)

 

$

(101,545

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weighted average Class A ordinary shares outstanding: (1)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic and diluted

 

61,592,876

 

 

 

61,540,231

 

 

 

61,565,298

 

 

 

61,540,231

 

Net loss per share attributable to Class A ordinary shares: (1)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic and diluted

$

(0.18

)

 

$

(0.13

)

 

$

(0.48

)

 

$

(0.13

)


(1)
The Company analyzed the calculation of net loss per share for periods prior to the business combination with Social Capital Suvretta Holdings Corp. III (the “Business Combination”), on July 11, 2022 and determined that it resulted in values that would not be meaningful to the users of the consolidated financial statements, as the capital structure completely changed as a result of the Business Combination. Therefore, net loss per share information has not been presented for periods prior to the Business Combination. The basic and diluted net loss per share attributable to Class A ordinary shareholders for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2022, represents only the period after the Business Combination to September 30, 2022.

ProKidney Corp. and Subsidiaries
Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
(in thousands)

 

Nine Months Ended September 30,

 

 

2023

 

 

2022

 

Cash flows from operating activities

 

 

 

 

 

Net loss before noncontrolling interest

$

(113,723

)

 

$

(123,562

)

Adjustments to reconcile net loss before noncontrolling interest to net cash flows used in operating activities:

 

 

 

 

 

Depreciation and amortization

 

2,707

 

 

 

2,245

 

Equity-based compensation

 

37,216

 

 

 

65,529

 

Gain on marketable securities, net

 

(3,675

)

 

 

 

Loss on disposal of equipment

 

21

 

 

 

 

Changes in operating assets and liabilities

 

 

 

 

 

Interest receivable

 

(714

)

 

 

 

Prepaid and other assets

 

5,094

 

 

 

(5,810

)

Accounts payable and accrued expenses

 

7,774

 

 

 

(39

)

Income taxes payable

 

615

 

 

 

309

 

Net cash flows used in operating activities

 

(64,685

)

 

 

(61,328

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash flows used in investing activities

 

 

 

 

 

Net cash from SCS

 

 

 

 

108

 

Purchases of marketable securities

 

(301,701

)

 

 

 

Sales of marketable securities

 

100,187

 

 

 

 

Purchase of equipment and facility expansion

 

(32,625

)

 

 

(1,540

)

Net cash flows used in investing activities

 

(234,139

)

 

 

(1,432

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash flows from financing activities

 

 

 

 

 

Payments on finance leases

 

(39

)

 

 

(24

)

Proceeds from Business Combination, including PIPE financing, net of associated costs of $37,856

 

 

 

 

542,503

 

Borrowings under related party notes payable

 

 

 

 

35,000

 

Repayment of related party notes payable

 

 

 

 

(35,000

)

Net cash contribution

 

 

 

 

6,050

 

Net cash flows (used in) provided by financing activities

 

(39

)

 

 

548,529

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net change in cash and cash equivalents

 

(298,863

)

 

 

485,769

 

Cash, beginning of period

 

490,252

 

 

 

20,558

 

Cash, end of period

$

191,389

 

 

$

506,327

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Supplemental disclosure of non-cash investing and financing activities:

 

 

 

 

 

Right of use assets obtained in exchange for lease obligations

$

714

 

 

$

1,124

 

Exchange of Class B ordinary shares

$

64

 

 

$

 

Impact of equity transactions and compensation on redeemable noncontrolling interest

$

3,207

 

 

$

3,084

 

Change in redemption value of noncontrolling interest

$

79

 

 

$

 

Equipment and facility expansion included in accounts payable and accrued expenses

$

1,386

 

 

$

380

 



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