Halozyme Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ:HALO), a biotechnology company developing novel oncology and drug-delivery therapies, today reported financial results for the third quarter endedSeptember 30, 2015. Revenue for the quarter of $20.8 million and a net loss of$24.5 million, or $0.19 per share, compared to revenue of $14.6 million and a net loss of $20.3 million, or $0.16 per share, for the third quarter of 2014. Financial results for the quarter were in line with company expectations and its annual financial guidance, which the company reiterated today.

“With more than 100 patients now enrolled in Stage 2 of our Phase 2 study in pancreatic cancer patients, we are on track to close enrollment by the end of the year and achieve a major milestone toward our goal of ultimately commercializing PEGPH20,” said Dr. Helen Torley, president and CEO. “Strong progress was made towards our goal of evaluating the pan tumor potential of PEGH20 by dosing the first patient in our immuno-oncology clinical trial in combination with Merck’s KEYTRUDA® and by executing well on our broader clinical trial roadmap, including planning for initiation of our Phase 3 study in pancreatic cancer at the end of the first quarter of 2016.

“At the same time, our ENHANZE™ technology platform continued to deliver a growing royalty revenue stream from collaboration and licensing agreements withRoche and Baxalta, and we achieved important milestones toward potential future royalties with Pfizer, Janssen and AbbVie. Further progress was demonstrated by Pfizer and Janssen who initiated dosing in separate Phase 1 clinical trials with ENHANZE, while AbbVie announced plans to work with Halozyme on HUMIRA®(adalimumab) with the goal to help reduce the number of induction injections and deliver additional performance benefits.”

Third Quarter 2015 Highlights and Subsequent Events include:

  • Enrolling more than 100 patients to date in Stage 2 of Halozyme Study 202 of investigational new drug PEGPH20 in metastatic pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma patients. Halozyme plans to complete its target enrollment of 114 patients by the end of 2015 and present results of the study in the second half of 2016.
  • Submitting Study 301 protocol to the FDA and European Regulatory Authorities. This Phase 3 study of PEGPH20 in previously untreated metastatic pancreatic cancer patients is planned for initiation by the end of first quarter 2016. Halozyme also made progress during the quarter with its partner Ventana toward completing a companion diagnostic test that will be used to prospectively screen patients for high levels of hyaluronan (HA). HA is a glycosaminoglycan, or chain of natural sugars in the body that accumulate around certain tumors. PEGPH20 is designed to temporarily degrade HA, improving the access of co-administered therapies.
  • Dosing the first patient in Halozyme’s Phase 1b study of PEGPH20 plus KEYTRUDA® (pembrolizumab). The company is studying patients with relapsed/refractory Stage IIIB/IV non-small cell lung cancer and recurrent locally advanced or metastatic gastric adenocarcinoma. This trial is Halozyme-sponsored and is being conducted at a number of leading oncology centers with KEYTRUDA experience.
  • Progressing into a second dosing cohort in the Halozyme Phase 1b/2 PRIMAL study of PEGPH20 plus docetaxel in non-small cell lung cancer patients. Actions initiated during the quarter have resulted in an increase in the number of patients screened for the study. Once a maximum tolerated dose is determined, the company plans to expand the study with additional sites outside the U.S. and screen patients prospectively for trial eligibility based on high levels of HA.
  • Advancing Halozyme’s clinical collaboration with Eisai toward initiation of its Phase 1b/2 study in the first quarter of 2016. Halozyme and Eisai will co-fund the clinical trial to explore whether HALAVEN® (eribulin) in combination with PEGPH20 can improve overall response rate, as compared with HALAVEN alone as a therapy for advanced HER2-negative high-HA metastatic breast cancer patients.
  • Achieving partner clinical milestones with the Halozyme ENHANZEtechnology platform, including Pfizer’s first dosing of healthy subjects with rivipansel and ENHANZE in a Phase 1 clinical trial; Janssen’s first dosing of the anti-CD38 daratumumab with ENHANZE in a Phase 1b clinical trial in multiple myeloma patients; and AbbVie announcing plans for HUMIRA® a (adalimumab) under a collaboration and licensing agreement formed with Halozyme in June of 2015, with a goal to help reduce the number of induction injections at higher doses and deliver additional performance benefits.

Third Quarter 2015 Financial Highlights

  • Revenue for the third quarter was $20.8 million, compared to $14.6 million for the third quarter of 2014, driven primarily by an increase in royalties from partner sales of Herceptin SC, MabThera SC and HyQvia. Revenue for the quarter included $8.3 million in royalties, $6.3 million in sales of bulk rHuPH20 for use in manufacturing collaboration products, $3.9 million in HYLENEX® recombinant(hyaluronidase human injection) product sales, and $2.2 million in collaboration revenue.
  • Research and development expenses for the third quarter were $27.6 million, compared to $19.9 million for the third quarter of 2014. The planned increase was primarily due to expenses for preclinical and clinical support of PEGPH20.
  • Selling, general and administrative expenses for the third quarter were $10.2 million, compared to $8.6 million for the third quarter of 2014. The increase was primarily due to an increase in personnel expenses, including stock compensation, for the period.
  • Net loss for the third quarter was $24.5 million, or $0.19 per share, compared to a net loss in the third quarter of 2014 of $20.3 million, or $0.16 per share.
  • Cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities were $123.7 million at Sept. 30, compared to $140.7 million at June 30, 2015.

Financial Outlook

For the full year 2015, the company maintains its previously announced guidance of:

  • Net revenues to be in the range of $110 million to $115 million;
  • Operating expenses to be in the range of $160 million to $170 million; and
  • Net cash burn to be between $20 million to $30 million. (Original Source)

Shares of Halozyme Therapeutics opened today at $18.41 and are currently trading down at $17.91. HALO has a 1-year high of $25.25 and a 1-year low of $7.51. The stock’s 50-day moving average is $15.09 and its 200-day moving average is $18.43.

On the ratings front, Halozyme has been the subject of a number of recent research reports. In a report issued on September 15, Piper Jaffray analyst Charles Duncan reiterated a Buy rating on HALO, with a price target of $24, which represents a potential upside of 30.4% from where the stock is currently trading. Separately, on August 11, JMP’s Jason Butler maintained a Buy rating on the stock and has a price target of $22.

According to TipRanks.com, which ranks over 7,500 financial analysts and bloggers to gauge the performance of their past recommendations, Charles Duncan and Jason Butler have a total average return of 12.4% and 51.5% respectively. Duncan has a success rate of 47.9% and is ranked #450 out of 3829 analysts, while Butler has a success rate of 54.5% and is ranked #108.

Halozyme Therapeutics Inc is a biopharmaceutical company. It is engaged in research on human enzymes that alter the extracellular matrix and tumor environment.