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Vertex Reports Full-Year and Fourth-Quarter 2019 Financial Results

- Full-year 2019 total GAAP product revenues of $4.16 billion -

- Full-year 2019 total non-GAAP product revenues of $4.00 billion, a 32% increase compared to the full-year 2018 -

- Company provides full-year 2020 total product revenue guidance of $5.1 billion to $5.3 billion -

Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated (Nasdaq: VRTX) today reported consolidated financial results for the full year and fourth quarter ended December 31, 2019 and provided full-year 2020 financial guidance.

"In 2019, our differentiated strategy of investing in serial scientific innovation to create transformative medicines delivered remarkable performance. This was marked by the early approval of TRIKAFTA, the rapid progression of our pipeline in additional diseases and continued financial growth as we continued to treat more patients with our medicines worldwide," said Jeffrey Leiden, M.D., Ph.D., Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Vertex. "This success is the culmination of many years of hard work to build a team, a pipeline and a company that we believe will discover, develop and commercialize transformative medicines for years to come."

Fourth-Quarter and Full-Year 2019 Financial Highlights

 

Three Months Ended
December 31,

 

%

 

Twelve Months Ended
December 31,

 

%

 

2019

 

2018

 

Change

 

2019

 

2018

 

Change

 

(in millions, except per share amounts)

 

(in millions, except per share amounts)

GAAP Product revenues, net

$

1,413

 

 

 

$

868

 

 

 

63%

 

$

4,161

 

 

 

$

3,038

 

 

 

37%

Non-GAAP Product revenues, net^

$

1,257

 

 

 

$

868

 

 

 

45%

 

$

4,005

 

 

 

$

3,038

 

 

 

32%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GAAP Operating income

$

551

 

 

 

$

128

 

 

 

332%

 

$

1,198

 

 

 

$

635

 

 

 

89%

Non-GAAP Operating income

$

593

 

 

 

$

348

 

 

 

70%

 

$

1,786

 

 

 

$

1,112

 

 

 

61%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GAAP Net income ^^

$

583

 

 

 

$

1,551

 

 

 

 

 

$

1,177

 

 

 

$

2,097

 

 

 

 

Non-GAAP Net income

$

444

 

 

 

$

337

 

 

 

32%

 

$

1,389

 

 

 

$

1,059

 

 

 

31%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GAAP Net income per share - diluted ^^

$

2.23

 

 

 

$

5.97

 

 

 

 

 

$

4.51

 

 

 

$

8.09

 

 

 

 

Non-GAAP Net income per share - diluted

$

1.70

 

 

 

$

1.30

 

 

 

31%

 

$

5.33

 

 

 

$

4.08

 

 

 

31%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

^Non-GAAP product revenues exclude $155.8 million related to ORKAMBI in the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2019. Please refer to Note 4 for further information.

^^ GAAP Net income and GAAP Net income per share - diluted included a benefit from income taxes of approximately $1.5 billion in the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2018 due to the release of Vertex's valuation allowance on the majority of its net operating losses and other deferred tax assets.

Full-Year 2019 Results

 

 

Twelve Months Ended December 31,

 

 

2019

2018

 

 

(in millions)

Non-GAAP Product revenues, net

 

$

4,005

$

3,038

KALYDECO

 

$

991

$

1,008

ORKAMBI

 

$

1,176

$

1,262

SYMDEKO/SYMKEVI

 

$

1,418

$

769

TRIKAFTA

 

$

420

$

Total GAAP and Non-GAAP product revenues increased 37% and 32%, respectively, compared to 2018, primarily driven by the global uptake of SYMDEKO and SYMKEVI in patients ages 12 and older, label expansions for the company's CF medicines globally, and the early approval and launch of TRIKAFTA in the U.S.

GAAP net income decreased compared to 2018, largely driven by the release of Vertex's tax valuation allowance in 2018.

Non-GAAP net income increased compared to 2018, driven by the strong growth in total product revenues.

Cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities as of December 31, 2019 were $3.8 billion, an increase of approximately $600 million compared to $3.2 billion as of December 31, 2018.

Full-Year 2019 Expenses

 

 

Twelve Months Ended December 31,

 

 

2019

 

2018

 

 

(in millions)

Combined GAAP R&D and SG&A expenses

 

$

2,413

 

 

 

$

1,974

 

 

Combined Non-GAAP R&D and SG&A expenses

 

$

1,694

 

 

 

$

1,527

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GAAP R&D expense

 

$

1,755

 

 

 

$

1,416

 

 

Non-GAAP R&D expense

 

$

1,171

 

 

 

$

1,089

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GAAP SG&A expense

 

$

658

 

 

 

$

558

 

 

Non-GAAP SG&A expense

 

$

523

 

 

 

$

437

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GAAP income taxes

 

$

218

 

 

 

$

(1,487

)

 

Non-GAAP income taxes

 

$

397

 

 

 

$

16

 

 

Combined GAAP and Non-GAAP R&D and SG&A expenses increased compared to 2018, primarily due to the incremental investment to support the global use of Vertex's medicines and the expansion of Vertex's pipeline in CF and other new disease areas. Combined GAAP R&D and SG&A expenses also increased compared to 2018 due to Vertex's business development activities.

GAAP and Non-GAAP income taxes increased significantly compared to 2018 due to Vertex's release of its valuation allowance on the majority of its deferred tax assets in the fourth quarter of 2018. GAAP and non-GAAP income taxes in 2019 include a provision for income taxes on Vertex's pre-tax income using an estimated effective tax rate approximating statutory rates. This provision for income taxes includes a significant non-cash charge due to Vertex's ability to offset its pre-tax income against previously benefited net operating losses. Refer to "Supplemental Income Tax Information" for discussion of the cash versus non-cash components of Vertex's provision for income taxes.

Fourth-Quarter 2019 Results

 

 

Three Months Ended December 31,

 

 

2019

2018

 

 

(in millions)

Non-GAAP Product revenues, net

 

$

1,257

$

868

KALYDECO

 

$

236

$

259

ORKAMBI

 

$

270

$

315

SYMDEKO/SYMKEVI

 

$

332

$

294

TRIKAFTA

 

$

420

$

Total GAAP and Non-GAAP product revenues increased 63% and 45%, respectively, compared to the fourth quarter of 2018, primarily driven by the early approval and launch of TRIKAFTA in the U.S. and the global uptake of SYMDEKO and SYMKEVI in patients ages 12 and older.

GAAP net income decreased compared to the fourth quarter of 2018, largely driven by the release of Vertex's tax valuation allowance in the fourth quarter of 2018.

Non-GAAP net income increased compared to the fourth quarter of 2018, driven by the strong growth in total product revenues.

Fourth-Quarter 2019 Expenses

 

 

Three Months Ended December 31,

 

 

2019

 

2018

 

 

(in millions)

Combined GAAP R&D and SG&A expenses

 

$

675

 

 

 

$

591

 

 

Combined Non-GAAP R&D and SG&A expenses

 

$

496

 

 

 

$

400

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GAAP R&D expense

 

$

480

 

 

 

$

438

 

 

Non-GAAP R&D expense

 

$

337

 

 

 

$

275

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GAAP SG&A expense

 

$

195

 

 

 

$

153

 

 

Non-GAAP SG&A expense

 

$

159

 

 

 

$

125

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GAAP income taxes

 

$

94

 

 

 

$

(1,493

)

 

Non-GAAP income taxes

 

$

145

 

 

 

$

3

 

 

Combined GAAP and Non-GAAP R&D and SG&A expenses increased compared to the fourth quarter of 2018, primarily due to the incremental investment to support the global use of Vertex's medicines and the expansion of Vertex's pipeline in CF and other new disease areas.

GAAP and Non-GAAP income taxes increased significantly compared to the fourth quarter of 2018 due to Vertex's release of its tax valuation allowance in the fourth quarter of 2018. Refer to "Full-Year 2019 Expenses" for further information. Refer to "Supplemental Income Tax Information" for discussion of the cash versus non-cash components of Vertex's provision for income taxes.

Full-Year 2020 Financial Guidance

Vertex today provided its full-year 2020 financial guidance. A summary of the company's current financial expectations is below:

 

 

FY 2020

 

 

 

 

 

TOTAL product revenues

 

$5.1 to $5.3 billion

 

 

 

 

 

 

Combined GAAP R&D and SG&A expenses

 

$2.4 to $2.55 billion

 

Combined Non-GAAP R&D and SG&A expenses

 

$1.95 to $2.0 billion

 

Non-GAAP effective tax rate

 

 

21% to 22%

 

"Entering 2020, Vertex has never been stronger," said Reshma Kewalramani, M.D., Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer. "We are well-positioned for both near- and long-term growth based on treating more people with our CF medicines and from other future medicines in diseases aligned with our strategy, including alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency, APOL1-mediated kidney diseases, pain and severe hemoglobinopathies. Going forward, our financial strength will enable us to continue to significantly invest in internal R&D and external innovation, which will provide access to new technologies, programs and expertise that will lead to further growth in the years ahead."

Clinical Development

Cystic Fibrosis (CF):

  • On October 21, 2019, the company announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved TRIKAFTA (elexacaftor/tezacaftor/ivacaftor and ivacaftor) for the treatment of CF in people ages 12 years and older who have at least one F508del mutation. TRIKAFTA is Vertex's fourth breakthrough medicine approved to treat the underlying cause of CF.
  • On October 31, 2019, the company announced that the European Medicines Agency (EMA) has validated the marketing authorization application (MAA) for the elexacaftor, tezacaftor and ivacaftor triple combination regimen.
  • Enrollment is ongoing in a Phase 3 study evaluating the elexacaftor, tezacaftor and ivacaftor triple combination regimen in children with CF ages 6 to 11 years who have two F508del mutations and in children who have one F508del mutation and one minimal function mutation. Pending the results of the Phase 3 study, the company plans to submit a supplemental New Drug Application (sNDA) to the FDA in 2020 followed by additional submissions to other global regulatory agencies.

Alpha-1 Antitrypsin (AAT) Program:

  • VX-814: Enrollment is ongoing in the Phase 2 proof-of-concept study evaluating VX-814, the company's first oral small molecule corrector for the treatment of alpha-1 antitrypsin (AAT) deficiency. Vertex expects to obtain data from this study in 2020.
  • VX-864: A Phase 1 study is ongoing in healthy volunteers evaluating VX-864, the company's second investigational small molecule corrector for the treatment of AAT deficiency.

Sickle Cell Disease and Beta Thalassemia:

  • In November 2019, Vertex and its partner CRISPR Therapeutics announced positive, interim data from the first two patients with severe hemoglobinopathies - one patient with transfusion-dependent beta thalassemia and one patient with severe sickle cell disease - treated with the investigational CRISPR/Cas9 gene-editing therapy CTX001 in the ongoing Phase 1/2 clinical trials. Enrollment is ongoing in both trials and the companies expect to provide additional data for this program in 2020.

APOL1-Mediated Kidney Diseases:

  • Vertex continues to advance a portfolio of molecules for the treatment of APOL1-mediated focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS) and other serious kidney diseases. In the fourth quarter of 2019, Vertex completed a Phase 1 study of its first investigational oral small molecule VX-147 in healthy volunteers. Vertex plans to initiate a Phase 2 proof-of-concept study in 2020 to evaluate the reduction in protein levels with VX-147.

Pain:

  • The company announced today that it has discontinued Phase 1 development of VX-961. The company continues to advance a portfolio of NaV1.8 inhibitors into the clinic. As part of this strategy, Vertex plans to advance an additional molecule into clinical development in the first half of 2020.

Type 1 Diabetes:

  • Vertex plans to advance its cell therapy program for the treatment of type 1 diabetes into clinical development in late 2020 or early 2021.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

In this press release, Vertex's financial results and financial guidance are provided in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States (GAAP) and using certain non-GAAP financial measures. In particular, non-GAAP financial results and guidance exclude from Vertex's pre-tax income (i) stock-based compensation expense, (ii) an adjustment to revenues and related cost of sales to reflect the conclusion of the early access program for ORKAMBI in France, (iii) revenues and expenses related to business development transactions including collaboration agreements, asset acquisitions and consolidated variable interest entities, (iv) gains or losses related to the fair value of the company's strategic investments, (v) acquisition-related costs and (vi) other adjustments. The company's non-GAAP financial results also exclude from its provision for or benefit from income taxes the estimated tax impact related to its non-GAAP adjustments to pre-tax income described above. These results are provided as a complement to results provided in accordance with GAAP because management believes these non-GAAP financial measures help indicate underlying trends in the company's business, are important in comparing current results with prior period results and provide additional information regarding the company's financial position. Management also uses these non-GAAP financial measures to establish budgets and operational goals that are communicated internally and externally and to manage the company's business and to evaluate its performance. The company adjusts, where appropriate, for both revenues and expenses in order to reflect the company's operations. The company provides guidance regarding product revenues in accordance with GAAP and provides guidance regarding combined research and development and sales, general, and administrative expenses on both a GAAP and non-GAAP basis. The company also provides guidance regarding its anticipated income taxes as a percentage of pre-tax income on a non-GAAP basis. The guidance regarding GAAP research and development expenses and sales, general and administrative expenses does not include estimates associated with any potential future business development activities. A reconciliation of the GAAP financial results to non-GAAP financial results is included in the attached financial information.

Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated

Fourth-Quarter Results

Consolidated Statements of Operations

(in thousands, except per share amounts)

(unaudited)

 

 

Three Months Ended
December 31,

 

Twelve Months Ended
December 31,

 

 

2019

 

2018

 

2019

 

2018

Revenues:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Product revenues, net

 

$

1,413,265

 

 

$

868,173

 

 

$

4,160,726

 

 

$

3,038,325

 

Collaboration and royalty revenues

 

 

 

1,933

 

 

2,095

 

 

9,272

 

Total revenues

 

1,413,265

 

 

870,106

 

 

4,162,821

 

 

3,047,597

 

Costs and expenses:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cost of sales

 

185,012

 

 

122,289

 

 

547,758

 

 

409,539

 

Research and development expenses

 

480,011

 

 

437,881

 

 

1,754,540

 

 

1,416,476

 

Sales, general and administrative expenses

 

195,277

 

 

153,210

 

 

658,498

 

 

557,616

 

Change in fair value of contingent consideration

 

1,500

 

 

 

 

4,459

 

 

 

Restructuring expense (income)

 

 

 

4

 

 

 

 

(184

)

Intangible asset impairment charge

 

 

 

29,000

 

 

 

 

29,000

 

Total costs and expenses

 

861,800

 

 

742,384

 

 

2,965,255

 

 

2,412,447

 

Income from operations

 

551,465

 

 

127,722

 

 

1,197,566

 

 

635,150

 

Interest income

 

12,359

 

 

13,971

 

 

63,678

 

 

38,352

 

Interest expense

 

(14,249

)

 

(18,744

)

 

(58,502

)

 

(72,471

)

Other income (expense), net (1)

 

127,375

 

 

(90,452

)

 

192,177

 

 

(790

)

Income from operations before provision for (benefit from) income taxes

 

676,950

 

 

32,497

 

 

1,394,919

 

 

600,241

 

Provision for (benefit from) income taxes (2)

 

93,716

 

 

(1,492,599

)

 

218,109

 

 

(1,486,862

)

Net income

 

583,234

 

 

1,525,096

 

 

1,176,810

 

 

2,087,103

 

Loss attributable to noncontrolling interest (3)

 

 

 

25,431

 

 

 

 

9,793

 

Net income attributable to Vertex

 

$

583,234

 

 

$

1,550,527

 

 

$

1,176,810

 

 

$

2,096,896

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amounts per share attributable to Vertex common shareholders:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net income:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic

 

$

2.26

 

 

$

6.08

 

 

$

4.58

 

 

$

8.24

 

Diluted

 

$

2.23

 

 

$

5.97

 

 

$

4.51

 

 

$

8.09

 

Shares used in per share calculations:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic

 

258,003

254,868

256,728

254,292

Diluted

 

262,108

259,812

260,673

259,185

Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Net Income

Fourth-Quarter Results

(in thousands, except per share amounts)

(unaudited)

 

 

Three Months Ended
December 31,

 

Twelve Months Ended
December 31,

 

 

2019

 

2018

 

2019

 

2018

GAAP net income attributable to Vertex

 

$

583,234

 

 

$

1,550,527

 

 

$

1,176,810

 

 

$

2,096,896

 

Stock-based compensation expense

 

91,591

 

 

78,943

 

 

360,489

 

 

325,047

 

ORKAMBI adjustment (4)

 

(140,854

)

 

 

 

(140,854

)

 

 

(Increase) decrease in fair value of strategic investments (1)

 

(128,734

)

 

85,659

 

 

(197,596

)

 

(2,558

)

Increase (decrease) in fair value of contingent consideration (3)

 

1,500

 

 

(5,370

)

 

4,459

 

 

17,730

 

Collaborative revenues and expenses (5)

 

56,057

 

 

111,940

 

 

318,343

 

 

116,717

 

Acquisition-related costs (6) and other adjustments

 

33,181

 

 

1,043

 

 

45,871

 

 

4,563

 

Total non-GAAP adjustments to pre-tax income

 

(87,259

)

 

272,215

 

 

390,712

 

 

461,499

 

Estimated income taxes related to non-GAAP adjustments to pre-tax income (7)

 

(51,627

)

 

13,715

 

 

(178,578

)

 

 

Benefit from income taxes due to release of valuation allowance (2)

 

 

(1,499,588

)

 

 

(1,499,588

)

Non-GAAP net income attributable to Vertex

 

$

444,348

 

 

$

336,869

 

 

$

1,388,944

 

 

$

1,058,807

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amounts per diluted share attributable to Vertex common shareholders:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net income:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GAAP

 

$

2.23

 

 

$

5.97

 

 

$

4.51

 

 

$

8.09

 

Non-GAAP

 

$

1.70

 

 

$

1.30

 

 

$

5.33

 

 

$

4.08

 

Shares used in diluted per share calculations:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GAAP and Non-GAAP

 

262,108

 

 

259,812

 

 

260,673

 

 

259,185

 

Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Revenues and Expenses

Fourth-Quarter Results

(in thousands)

(unaudited)

 

 

Three Months Ended
December 31,

 

Twelve Months Ended
December 31,

 

 

2019

 

2018

 

2019

 

2018

GAAP total revenues

 

$

1,413,265

 

 

$

870,106

 

 

$

4,162,821

 

 

$

3,047,597

 

ORKAMBI adjustment (4)

 

(155,773

)

 

 

 

(155,773

)

 

 

Collaborative revenues (5)

 

 

 

(663

)

 

(158

)

 

(4,203

)

Non-GAAP total revenues

 

$

1,257,492

 

 

$

869,443

 

 

$

4,006,890

 

 

$

3,043,394

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three Months Ended
December 31,

 

Twelve Months Ended
December 31,

 

 

2019

 

2018

 

2019

 

2018

GAAP cost of sales

 

$

185,012

 

 

$

122,289

 

 

$

547,758

 

 

$

409,539

 

ORKAMBI adjustment (4)

 

(14,919

)

 

 

 

(14,919

)

 

 

Stock-based compensation expense

 

(1,397

)

 

(1,280

)

 

(5,575

)

 

(4,543

)

Non-GAAP cost of sales

 

$

168,696

 

 

$

121,009

 

 

$

527,264

 

 

$

404,996

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GAAP research and development expenses

 

$

480,011

 

 

$

437,881

 

 

$

1,754,540

 

 

$

1,416,476

 

Stock-based compensation expense

 

(56,707

)

 

(50,094

)

 

(224,558

)

 

(203,112

)

Collaborative expenses (5)

 

(56,057

)

 

(111,925

)

 

(318,501

)

 

(120,004

)

Acquisition-related costs (6) and other adjustments

 

(30,461

)

 

(877

)

 

(40,583

)

 

(4,005

)

Non-GAAP research and development expenses

 

$

336,786

 

 

$

274,985

 

 

$

1,170,898

 

 

$

1,089,355

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GAAP sales, general and administrative expenses

 

$

195,277

 

 

$

153,210

 

 

$

658,498

 

 

$

557,616

 

Stock-based compensation expense

 

(33,487

)

 

(27,569

)

 

(130,356

)

 

(117,392

)

Collaborative expenses (5)

 

 

 

(438

)

 

 

 

(2,142

)

Acquisition-related costs (6) and other adjustments

 

(2,720

)

 

(162

)

 

(5,288

)

 

(742

)

Non-GAAP sales, general and administrative expenses

 

$

159,070

 

 

$

125,041

 

 

$

522,854

 

 

$

437,340

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Combined non-GAAP R&D and SG&A expenses

 

$

495,856

 

 

$

400,026

 

 

$

1,693,752

 

 

$

1,526,695

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three Months Ended
December 31,

 

Twelve Months Ended
December 31,

 

 

2019

 

2018

 

2019

 

2018

GAAP other income (expense), net

 

$

127,375

 

 

$

(90,452

)

 

$

192,177

 

 

$

(790

)

Collaborative expenses (4)

 

 

 

1,077

 

 

 

 

1,077

 

(Increase) decrease in fair value of strategic investments (1)

 

(128,734

)

 

85,659

 

 

(197,596

)

 

(2,558

)

Non-GAAP other expense, net

 

$

(1,359

)

 

$

(3,716

)

 

$

(5,419

)

 

$

(2,271

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GAAP provision for (benefit from) income taxes

 

$

93,716

 

 

$

(1,492,599

)

 

$

218,109

 

 

$

(1,486,862

)

Estimated income taxes related to non-GAAP adjustments to pre-tax income (7)

 

51,627

 

 

(3,979

)

 

178,578

 

 

3,668

 

Benefit from income taxes due to release of valuation allowance (2)

 

 

 

1,499,588

 

 

 

 

1,499,588

 

Non-GAAP provision for income taxes (2)

 

$

145,343

 

$

3,010

 

$

396,687

 

$

16,394

 

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

(in thousands)

(unaudited)

 

 

December 31, 2019

 

December 31, 2018

Assets

 

 

 

 

Cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities

 

$

3,808,294

 

 

$

3,168,242

 

Accounts receivable, net

 

633,518

 

 

409,688

 

Inventories

 

167,502

 

 

124,360

 

Property and equipment, net

 

745,080

 

 

812,005

 

Goodwill and intangible assets

 

1,402,158

 

 

50,384

 

Deferred tax assets

 

1,190,815

 

 

1,499,672

 

Other assets

 

371,098

 

 

181,547

 

Total assets

 

$

8,318,465

 

 

$

6,245,898

 

 

 

 

 

 

Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity

 

 

 

 

Accounts payable and accrued expenses

 

$

1,204,522

 

 

$

1,069,886

 

Finance lease liabilities

 

577,371

 

 

596,638

 

Contingent consideration

 

176,500

 

 

 

Other liabilities

 

274,828

 

 

144,171

 

Shareholders' equity

 

6,085,244

 

 

4,435,203

 

Total liabilities and shareholders' equity

 

$

8,318,465

 

 

$

6,245,898

 

 

 

 

 

 

Common shares outstanding

 

258,993

 

 

255,172

 

Supplemental Income Tax Information

(in thousands, except percentages)

(unaudited)

 

 

Three Months Ended
December 31,

 

Twelve Months Ended
December 31,

 

 

2019

 

2018

 

2019

 

2018

Components of provision for income taxes related to:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash taxes paid or accrued for state and foreign income taxes

 

$

9,185

 

 

$

3,010

 

 

$

32,138

 

 

$

16,394

 

Benefit from income taxes due to release of valuation allowance (2)

 

 

(1,499,588

)

 

 

(1,499,588

)

VIE income taxes (7)

 

 

 

(9,736

)

 

 

 

(3,668

)

Provision for income taxes offset by net operating losses

 

84,531

 

 

13,715

 

 

185,971

 

GAAP provision for (benefit from) income taxes (2)

 

$

93,716

 

 

$

(1,492,599

)

 

$

218,109

 

 

$

(1,486,862

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash taxes paid or accrued for state and foreign income taxes

 

$

9,185

 

 

$

3,010

 

 

$

32,138

 

 

$

16,394

 

Estimated income taxes related to non-GAAP adjustments to pre-tax income (7)

 

51,627

 

 

(3,979

)

 

178,578

 

 

3,668

 

Provision for income taxes offset by net operating losses

 

84,531

 

 

3,979

 

 

185,971

 

(3,668

)

Non-GAAP provision for income taxes (2)

 

$

145,343

 

 

$

3,010

 

 

$

396,687

 

 

$

16,394

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Effective tax rate reconciliation:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GAAP effective tax rate

 

14

%

 

**

 

16

%

 

**

Impact of GAAP to Non-GAAP adjustments

 

11

%

 

**

 

6

%

 

**

Non-GAAP effective tax rate

 

25

%

 

1

%

 

22

%

 

2

%

 

 

 

 

** Not meaningful

 

 

Notes and Explanations

1: The company records gains and losses related to changes in the fair value of its strategic investments to "Other income, net."

2: In the fourth quarter of 2018, the company recorded a non-cash benefit from income taxes of approximately $1.5 billion related to the release of its valuation allowance on the majority of its net operating losses and other deferred tax assets. As a result, the company recorded deferred tax assets of $1.5 billion on its consolidated balance sheet as of December 31, 2018, which were previously subject to its valuation allowance. Starting in the first quarter of 2019, the company began recording a provision for income taxes on its pre-tax income using an estimated effective tax rate that approximates statutory rates. The provision includes a significant non-cash charge due to the company's ability to offset its pre-tax income against previously benefited net operating losses. The company expects the majority of its tax provision to represent a non-cash expense until its net operating losses have been fully utilized. As of December 31, 2019, the company's federal net operating losses and credits that were available to offset future pre-tax income were approximately $3.5 billion.

3: During the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2019, the increase in the fair value of the contingent consideration relates to payments potentially payable to Exonics' former equity holders. During the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2018, the company consolidated the financial statements of a variable interest entity, or VIE, resulting in changes in the fair value of contingent consideration.

4: "ORKAMBI adjustment" in the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2019 includes an adjustment to net product revenues and cost of sales related to the conclusion of the early access program for ORKAMBI in France in the fourth quarter of 2019. The company had previously recognized a portion of net product revenues related to ORKAMBI distributed through the early access program in France. As a result, the company recognized an adjustment to increase net product revenues and cost of sales, which related to prior period shipments of ORKAMBI distributed through the early access program in France. The company has excluded the adjustment to net product revenues and cost of sales from its Non-GAAP measures for the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2019. Beginning in 2020, the company does not expect to adjust any revenues from its GAAP net product revenues.

5: "Collaborative revenues and expenses" in the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2019 and 2018 primarily related to collaborative upfront and milestone payments. "Collaborative revenues and expenses" in the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2018 also included revenues and expenses attributable to our VIE's operations.

6: "Acquisition-related costs" in the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2019 primarily related to costs associated with the company's acquisitions of Semma and Exonics. There were no comparable amounts during the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2018.

7: In the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2019, "Estimated income taxes related to non-GAAP adjustments to pre-tax income" primarily related to (i) stock-based compensation (including an adjustment for excess tax benefits related to stock-based compensation), (ii) increases or decreases in the fair value of the company's strategic investments and (iii) collaborative upfront payments. In the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2018, "Estimated income taxes related to non-GAAP adjustments to pre-tax income" were related to a provision for income taxes attributable to the company's VIE and excess tax benefits related to stock-based compensation.

About Vertex
Vertex is a global biotechnology company that invests in scientific innovation to create transformative medicines for people with serious diseases. The company has multiple approved medicines that treat the underlying cause of cystic fibrosis (CF) - a rare, life-threatening genetic disease - and has several ongoing clinical and research programs in CF. Beyond CF, Vertex has a robust pipeline of investigational small molecule medicines in other serious diseases where it has deep insight into causal human biology, including pain, alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency, and APOL1-mediated kidney disease. In addition, Vertex has a rapidly expanding pipeline of genetic and cell therapies for diseases such as sickle cell disease, beta thalassemia, Duchenne muscular dystrophy and type 1 diabetes mellitus.

Founded in 1989 in Cambridge, Mass., Vertex's global headquarters is now located in Boston's Innovation District and its international headquarters is in London, UK. Additionally, the company has research and development sites and commercial offices in North America, Europe, Australia and Latin America. Vertex is consistently recognized as one of the industry's top places to work, including 10 consecutive years on Science magazine's Top Employers list and top five on the 2019 Best Employers for Diversity list by Forbes. For company updates and to learn more about Vertex's history of innovation, visit www.vrtx.com or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube and Instagram.

Special Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
This press release contains forward-looking statements as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including, without limitation, Dr. Leiden's statements in this press release, Dr. Kewalramani's statements in this press release, the information provided regarding future financial performance, the section captioned "Full Year 2020 Financial Guidance" and statements regarding (i) regulatory filings and (ii) the development plan and timelines for our drug candidates. While Vertex believes the forward-looking statements contained in this press release are accurate, these forward-looking statements represent the company's beliefs only as of the date of this press release and there are a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual events or results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Those risks and uncertainties include, among other things, that the company's expectations regarding its 2020 CF net product revenues, expenses and effective tax rates may be incorrect (including because one or more of the company's assumptions underlying its expectations may not be realized), that data from the company's development programs may not support registration or further development of its potential medicines due to safety, efficacy or other reasons, and other risks listed under Risk Factors in Vertex's annual report and subsequent quarterly reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission and available through the company's website at www.vrtx.com. Vertex disclaims any obligation to update the information contained in this press release as new information becomes available.

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