Nektar Therapeutics
NEKTAR THERAPEUTICS (Form: 8-K, Received: 08/08/2017 16:51:55)

  

UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C. 20549

 

FORM 8-K

 

CURRENT REPORT

 

Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

 

Date of report (Date of earliest event reported): August 8, 2017

 

NEKTAR THERAPEUTICS

(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in Charter)

         
Delaware   0-24006   94-3134940

(State or Other Jurisdiction

of Incorporation)

 

(Commission

File Number)

 

(IRS Employer

Identification No.)

             

455 Mission Bay Boulevard South

San Francisco, California 94158

(Address of Principal Executive Offices and Zip Code)

 

Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: (415) 482-5300

 

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Item 2.02 Results of Operations and Financial Condition.

 

On August 8, 2017, Nektar Therapeutics, a Delaware corporation (“Nektar”), issued a press release (the “Press Release”) announcing its financial results for the quarter ended June 30, 2017. A copy of the Press Release is furnished herewith as Exhibit 99.1.

 

On August 2, 2017, Nektar announced that it would hold a Webcast conference call on August 8, 2017 to review its financial results for the quarter ended June 30, 2017. This conference call is accessible through a link that is posted on the home page and Investors section of the Nektar website: http://www.nektar.com .

 

The information in this report, including the exhibit hereto, is being furnished and shall not be deemed “filed” for purposes of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, or otherwise subject to the liabilities of that Section or Sections 11 and 12(a)(2) of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended. The information contained herein and in the accompanying exhibit shall not be incorporated by reference into any filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission made by Nektar Therapeutics, whether made before or after the date hereof, regardless of any general incorporation language in such filing.

  

Item 9.01 Financial Statements and Exhibits.
   

Exhibit
No.
  Description
   
99.1   Press release titled “Nektar Therapeutics Reports Financial Results for the Second Quarter of 2017” issued by Nektar Therapeutics on August 8, 2017.

 

 

 

 

SIGNATURES

 

Pursuant to the requirement of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned thereunto duly authorized.

     
     
  By:   /s/ Mark A. Wilson
     Mark A. Wilson
    General Counsel and Secretary
     
  Date:

 August 8, 2017

 

 

 

 

EXHIBIT INDEX

 

Exhibit
No.
  Description
   
99.1   Press release titled “Nektar Therapeutics Reports Financial Results for the Second Quarter of 2017” issued by Nektar Therapeutics on August 8, 2017 .

  

 

Exhibit 99.1 

 

Nektar Therapeutics Reports Financial Results for the Second Quarter of 2017 

SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 8, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Nektar Therapeutics (Nasdaq: NKTR) today reported its financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2017.

 

Cash and investments in marketable securities at June 30, 2017 were $310.7 million as compared to $389.1 million at December 31, 2016. The cash balance does not include the $150 million upfront payment expected from Nektar's recently announced collaboration with Eli Lilly & Company for the development and commercialization of NKTR-358.

 

"Nektar has successfully achieved a number of important milestones in 2017," said Howard W. Robin, President and CEO of Nektar. "In July, we announced positive results from the human abuse potential study of NKTR-181, which followed the positive Phase 3 efficacy data earlier in the year.  The body of data for NKTR-181 shows that it could be a transformational pain medicine for the treatment of chronic pain and be a key building block in the nation's fight against the opioid abuse epidemic. Our new collaboration with Lilly for NKTR-358 enables the broad development of this first-in-class resolution therapeutic in multiple autoimmune conditions. Finally, in immuno-oncology, we are pleased to announce that we began dosing patients in the expansion stage of the PIVOT study of NKTR-214 with Bristol's OPDIVO, which will enroll up to 260 patients in eight target cancer indications."

 

Revenue in the second quarter of 2017 was $34.6 million as compared to $32.8 million in the second quarter of 2016. Year-to-date revenue for 2017 was $59.3 million as compared to $91.6 million in the first half of 2016. Revenue in the first half of 2016 was higher primarily because of the recognition of $28.0 million received from AstraZeneca for the sublicense of MOVENTIG ® to Kirin in Europe.

 

Total operating costs and expenses in the second quarter of 2017 were $85.2 million as compared to $71.1 million in the second quarter of 2016. Total operating costs and expenses in the first half of 2017 were $164.4 million as compared to $139.5 million in the first half of 2016. Total operating costs and expenses increased primarily because of research and development (R&D) expense, which included the completion of Phase 3 clinical studies for NKTR-181.

 

R&D expense in the second quarter of 2017 was $60.3 million as compared to $52.4 million in the second quarter of 2016.  For the first half of 2017, R&D expense was $121.3 million as compared to $101.6 million in the first half of 2016.  R&D expense was higher in the second quarter and first half of 2017 as compared to the same periods in 2016 and includes increased expenses for our pipeline programs, including clinical development of NKTR-214 and NKTR-358 and preclinical activities for NKTR-262 and NKTR-255.

 

General and administrative (G&A) expense was $16.0 million in the second quarter of 2017 as compared to $11.0 million in the second quarter of 2016.  Q2 2017 G&A expense includes a $3.3 million charge for a litigation settlement related to a cross-license agreement.  G&A expense in the first half of 2017 was $28.0 million as compared to $21.3 million in the first half of 2016.

 

 

Net loss in the second quarter of 2017 was $59.9 million or $0.39 loss per share as compared to a net loss of $48.6 million or $0.36 loss per share in the second quarter of 2016.  Net loss was higher in Q2 2017 versus Q2 2016 primarily as a result of the litigation settlement expense and the increased R&D expense described above.  Net loss in the first half of 2017 was $123.7 million or $0.80 loss per share as compared to a net loss of $68.1 million or $0.50 loss per share in the first half of 2016.

 

The company also announced the following upcoming presentation:  

ESMO 2017 Congress, Madrid, Spain:

Conference Call to Discuss Second Quarter 2017 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 today, Tuesday, August 8, 2017.

 

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: http://www.nektar.com. The web broadcast of the conference call will be available for replay through Friday, September 8, 2017.

 

To access the conference call, follow these instructions:

 

Dial: (877) 881.2183 (U.S.); (970) 315.0453 (international)
Passcode: 62434800 (Nektar Therapeutics is the host)

 

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

 

About Nektar
Nektar Therapeutics is a research-based biopharmaceutical company whose mission is to discover and develop innovative medicines to address the unmet medical needs of patients. Our R&D pipeline of new investigational medicines includes treatments for cancer, auto-immune disease and chronic pain. We leverage Nektar's proprietary and proven chemistry platform in the discovery and design of our new therapeutic candidates. Nektar is headquartered in San Francisco, California, with additional operations in Huntsville, Alabama and Hyderabad, India. 

 

 

 

 

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 uncertain or forward-looking statements which can be identified by words such as: "could," "plan," "expect," "should," "may," "will" and similar references to future periods. Examples of forward-looking statements include, among others, statements we make regarding the potential therapeutic benefits of and future development plans for our products (including NKTR-181, NKTR-358, and NKTR-214), the potential impact of NKTR-181 with respect to the opioid abuse epidemic, and the anticipated indications for future clinical trials.  Forward-looking statements are neither historical facts nor assurances of future performance. Instead, they are based only on our current beliefs, expectations and assumptions and 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 and you should not rely on such statements. Important factors that could cause our actual results to differ materially from those indicated in the forward-looking statements include: (i) clinical study outcomes remain very unpredictable and it is possible that a clinical study could fail; (ii) the regulatory pathway to review and approve pharmaceutical products is subject to substantial uncertainty; (iii) regulations concerning access to opioid-based pharmaceuticals are strict and there is no guarantee which scheduling category will apply to NKTR-181 if regulatory approval is achieved; (iv) 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 (v) 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 10, 2017.  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.     

Contact:

 

For Investors: 
Jennifer Ruddock of Nektar Therapeutics
415-482-5585

 

Jodi Sievers of Nektar Therapeutics
415-482-5593

 

 

 

 

 

 

NEKTAR THERAPEUTICS
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(In thousands)
(Unaudited)

 

ASSETS   June 30, 2017     December 31, 2016 (1)  
Current assets:                
Cash and cash equivalents   $ 16,149     $ 59,640  
Short-term investments     249,398       329,462  
Accounts receivable, net     4,114       15,678  
Inventory     11,008       11,109  
Other current assets     7,496       10,063  
Total current assets     288,165       425,952  
                 
Long-term investments     45,160        
Property, plant and equipment, net     64,929       65,601  
Goodwill     76,501       76,501  
Other assets     1,104       817  
Total assets   $ 475,859     $ 568,871  
                 
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY                
                 
Current liabilities:                
Accounts payable   $ 6,241     $ 2,816  
Accrued compensation     14,346       18,280  
Accrued clinical trial expenses     6,683       7,958  
Other accrued expenses     6,683       4,711  
Interest payable     4,144       4,198  
Capital lease obligations, current portion     2,706       2,908  
Liability related to refundable upfront payment     12,500       12,500  
Deferred revenue, current portion     13,373       14,352  
Other current liabilities     5,937       4,499  
Total current liabilities     72,613       72,222  
                 
Senior secured notes, net     244,336       243,464  
Capital lease obligations, less current portion     1,056       2,223  
Liability related to the sale of future royalties, net     101,897       105,950  
Deferred revenue, less current portion     48,979       51,887  
Other long-term liabilities     3,592       5,000  
Total liabilities     472,473       480,746  
                 
Commitments and contingencies                
                 
Stockholders’ equity:                
Preferred stock            
Common stock     15       15  
Capital in excess of par value     2,150,019       2,111,483  
Accumulated other comprehensive loss     (1,662 )     (2,363 )
Accumulated deficit     (2,144,986 )     (2,021,010 )
Total stockholders’ equity     3,386       88,125  
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity   $ 475,859     $ 568,871  

 

(1) The consolidated balance sheet at December 31, 2016 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,  
    2017     2016     2017     2016  
                         
Revenue:                                
Product sales   $ 15,693     $ 12,867     $ 20,449     $ 26,966  
Royalty revenue     7,434       3,516       14,651       7,576  
Non-cash royalty revenue related to sale of future royalties     6,638       8,115       13,301       14,650  
License, collaboration and other revenue     4,824       8,270       10,916       42,457  
Total revenue     34,589       32,768       59,317       91,649  
                                 
Operating costs and expenses:                                
Cost of goods sold     8,989       7,708       15,120       16,578  
Research and development     60,260       52,350       121,318       101,618  
General and administrative     15,996       11,035       27,972       21,262  
Total operating costs and expenses     85,245       71,093       164,410       139,458  
                                 
Loss from operations     (50,656 )     (38,325 )     (105,093 )     (47,809 )
                                 
Non-operating income (expense):                                
Interest expense     (5,510 )     (5,627 )     (10,912 )     (11,304 )
Non-cash interest expense on liability related to sale of future royalties     (4,512 )     (4,982 )     (9,064 )     (10,027 )
Interest income and other income (expense), net     906       458       1,564       1,333  
Total non-operating expense, net     (9,116 )     (10,151 )     (18,412 )     (19,998 )
                                 
Loss before provision for income taxes     (59,772 )     (48,476 )     (123,505 )     (67,807 )
                                 
Provision for income taxes     99       127       232       294  
Net loss   $ (59,871 )   $ (48,603 )   $ (123,737 )   $ (68,101 )
                                 
Basic and diluted net loss per share   $ (0.39 )   $ (0.36 )   $ (0.80 )   $ (0.50 )
                                 
Weighted average shares outstanding used in computing basic and diluted net loss per share     155,352       136,350       154,514       136,072  

 

 

 

 

NEKTAR THERAPEUTICS
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
(In thousands)
(Unaudited)
 
    Six Months Ended June 30,  
    2017     2016  
Cash flows from operating activities:                
Net loss   $ (123,737 )   $ (68,101 )
Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash used in operating activities:                
Non-cash royalty revenue related to sale of future royalties     (13,301 )     (14,650 )
Non-cash interest expense on liability related to sale of future royalties     9,064       10,027  
Stock-based compensation     16,283       12,627  
Depreciation and amortization     8,287       7,634  
Other non-cash transactions     (1,089 )     (1,260 )
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:                
Accounts receivable, net     11,564       (7,830 )
Inventory     101       1,084  
Other assets     2,280       4,637  
Accounts payable     3,221       17  
Accrued compensation     (3,934 )     6,465  
Accrued clinical trial expenses     (1,275 )     5,250  
Other accrued expenses     2,388       2,831  
Interest payable     (54 )     (54 )
Liability related to refundable upfront payment           12,500  
Deferred revenue     (3,887 )     (7,704 )
Other liabilities     1,000       (725 )
Net cash used in operating activities     (93,089 )     (37,252 )
                 
Cash flows from investing activities:                
Purchases of investments     (121,135 )     (72,806 )
Maturities of investments     147,558       107,363  
Sales of investments     8,823        
Purchases of property, plant and equipment     (6,344 )     (3,234 )
Net cash provided by investing activities     28,902       31,323  
                 
Cash flows from financing activities:                
Payment of capital lease obligations     (1,369 )     (3,517 )
Proceeds from shares issued under equity compensation plans     22,016       9,643  
Net cash provided by financing activities     20,647       6,126  
                 
Effect of exchange rates on cash and cash equivalents     49       (91 )
Net (decrease) increase in cash and cash equivalents     (43,491 )     106  
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period     59,640       55,570  
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period   $ 16,149     $ 55,676  
                 
Supplemental disclosure of cash flow information:                
Cash paid for interest   $ 10,010     $ 10,448