Clovis Oncology Inc (NASDAQ:CLVS) reported financial results for the quarter ended June 30, 2016, and provided an update on the Company’s clinical development programs and regulatory outlook for the remainder of 2016.
“We are pleased to have completed the submission of our NDA for rucaparib in the treatment of advanced ovarian cancer in late June,” said Patrick J. Mahaffy, President and CEO of Clovis Oncology. “We continue to focus on our broader clinical development program for rucaparib, and are actively preparing for a potential U.S. launch of rucaparib.”
Second Quarter 2016 Financial Results
Clovis had $378.5 million in cash, cash equivalents and available-for-sale securities as of June 30, 2016. Cash used in operating activities was $68.0 million for the second quarter of 2016 and $151.7 million for the first half of 2016, compared with $57.2 millionand $105.6 million for the comparable periods of 2015. Cash used in operating activities in the second quarter of 2016 was down$15.7 million, or 18.8 percent compared to the first quarter of 2016. Clovis had approximately 38.5 million outstanding shares of common stock as of June 30, 2016.
Clovis reported a net loss of $129.3 million, or ($3.37) per share, for the second quarter of 2016 and $212.7 million or ($5.54) per share for the first half of 2016. Net loss for the second quarter of 2016 included share-based compensation expense of $9.5 millionand $20.5 million for the first half of 2016, compared to $8.4 million and $17.1 million for the comparable periods of 2015.
Notably, the net loss for the second quarter and first half of 2016 includes a net expense non-cash impact of $49.9 million relating to the lucitanib product rights recorded in 2013 in connection with the Company’s acquisition of Ethical Oncology Science S.p.A. (EOS), comprised of a $104.5 million non-cash expense for the impairment of the intangible asset, a $25.5 million non-cash expense credit for the reduction in the fair value of the contingent purchase consideration liability and a $29.2 million related non-cash income tax benefit. The adjusted net loss excluding these items was $79.4 million or ($2.07) per share in the second quarter of 2016 and $162.8 million or ($4.24) per share for the first half of 2016. The net loss for the second quarter of 2015 was $71.5 million or ($2.10) per share, and $134.7 million or ($3.96) per share for the first half of 2015.
Research and development expenses totaled $67.7 million for the second quarter of 2016, and $142.3 million for the first half of 2016, compared to $60.4 million and $117.1 million for the comparable periods in 2015. The year-over-year increase in expenses is primarily due to increased development activities for the rucaparib program and increased personnel-related expenses, partially offset by lower expenses related to clinical development activities for rociletinib. In addition, research and development expenses in the second quarter of 2016 were down $6.9 million, or 10.2 percent compared to the first quarter of 2016.
General and administrative expenses totaled $9.6 million for the second quarter of 2016, and $19.4 million for the first half of 2016, compared to $7.2 million and $14.0 million for the comparable periods in 2015. The increase year over year is primarily due to higher legal expense, personnel costs for employees engaged in general and administrative activities and consulting fees.
Clovis expects cash used in operating activities for 2016 will total approximately $294 – $309 million, and to end the year with approximately $220 – $235 million in cash, cash equivalents and available-for-sale securities. The Company anticipates being able to continue to fund operations into 2018 from currently available cash, cash equivalents and available-for-sale securities.
As noted above, in the second quarter of 2016 Clovis recorded a non-cash impairment charge of $104.5 million to reflect a reduction in the estimated fair value of the intangible asset related to lucitanib. This reduction in fair value was the result of Clovis and its development partner’s decision to discontinue enrollment in the ongoing trials and any future development of lucitanib for breast cancer. During the fourth quarter of 2015, Clovis and its development partner discontinued the development of lucitanib for lung cancer. The Company expects to make a decision regarding the future development, if any, of lucitanib during the next several quarters.
In connection with its acquisition of EOS, Clovis is obligated to pay additional consideration to the former EOS shareholders if certain future regulatory and sales milestones for lucitanib are achieved. The estimated fair value of these contingent payments is recorded as a liability on the Company’s balance sheet. During the second quarter of 2016, Clovis recorded a $25.5 millionreduction to zero in the fair value of the contingent consideration liability due to the uncertainty of achieving any of the milestones. This reduction is included as a non-cash credit to operating expenses in Clovis’ 2016 results of operations. There are no remaining lucitanib-related liabilities on the Company’s balance sheet.
2016 Key Milestones and Objectives for Rucaparib
During the second quarter of 2016, Clovis completed the submission of its New Drug Application (NDA) regulatory filing to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for rucaparib for the monotherapy treatment of patients with advanced ovarian cancer with deleterious BRCA-mutated tumors (inclusive of both germline and somatic BRCA mutations) previously treated with multiple prior therapies. Rucaparib was granted Breakthrough Therapy designation by the FDA in April 2015. The Company expects the FDA to provide notification in late August whether they have accepted the rucaparib NDA filing for review, and provide a PDUFA date in the event the filing is accepted.
Foundation Medicine, Clovis’ companion diagnostic partner, has submitted a Premarket Approval (PMA) application for its diagnostic assay designed to identify both germline and somatic BRCA mutations with the FDA. The timing of the submission is expected to allow for regulatory approval of the companion diagnostic at substantially the same time that rucaparib could be approved.
In addition, the Company intends to submit its Marketing Authorization Application (MAA) for rucaparib to the European Medicines Agency for a comparable ovarian cancer treatment indication in Q4 2016.
Clovis has completed enrollment in the ARIEL3 Phase 3 randomized maintenance study, with data expected to be available in Q4 2017. Pending positive data, the Company intends to follow up with a supplemental NDA for second-line maintenance therapy in women with ovarian cancer who have responded to platinum based therapy.
During the second quarter Clovis entered into a clinical trial collaboration with Genentech, a member of the Roche Group, to evaluate a novel combination therapy of Genentech’s cancer immunotherapy atezolizumab (MPDL3280A; anti-PDL1) and rucaparib for the treatment of gynecological cancers, with a focus on ovarian cancer. The Phase 1b trial is expected to begin screening patients in Q1 2017.
Also during the fourth quarter of 2016, Clovis intends to initiate the ARIEL4 confirmatory study in advanced BRCA mutant (inclusive of germline and somatic) ovarian cancer and an investigator-sponsored study evaluating rucaparib and bevacizumab in combination as a first-line maintenance therapy for advanced ovarian cancer.
Prostate Cancer Development Plan
Clovis intends to initiate two registration studies of rucaparib in the metastatic castrate-resistant prostate cancer (mCRPC) setting.
The Phase 2 single-arm study is expected to include patients with BRCA mutations and ATM mutations (both inclusive of germline and somatic) or other deleterious mutations in other homologous recombination (HR) repair genes and all patients will have progressed after receiving one line of taxane-based chemotherapy and one or two lines of androgen-receptor (AR) targeted therapy, in the castration-resistant setting. The planned primary end points are radiologic overall response rate in patients with measurable disease and PSA response rate in patients who do not have measurable disease. Clovis intends to initiate this trial during the fourth quarter of 2016.
The Phase 3 comparative study is planned to include BRCA mutant and ATM mutant (both inclusive of germline and somatic) patients who have progressed on AR-targeted therapy and who have not yet received chemotherapy in the castrate-resistant setting. The Phase 3 study will compare rucaparib to physician’s choice of AR-targeted therapy or chemotherapy in these patients. The intended primary end point is radiologic progression-free survival. Clovis intends to initiate this trial during the first quarter of 2017.
An abstract based on the ovarian NDA dataset has been accepted for an oral presentation at the ESMO 2016 Congress inOctober 2016. (Original Source)
Shares of Clovis Oncology closed today at $15.69, down $1.72 or -9.88%. CLVS has a 1-year high of $116.75 and a 1-year low of $11.57. The stock’s 50-day moving average is $14.27 and its 200-day moving average is $16.44.
On the ratings front, CLVS has been the subject of a number of recent research reports. In a report issued on August 5, Suntrust Robinson Humphrey analyst Peter Lawson initiated coverage with a Buy rating on CLVS and a price target of $25, which represents a potential upside of 42.9% from where the stock is currently trading. Separately, on July 29, Credit Suisse’s Kennen MacKay reiterated a Hold rating on the stock and has a price target of $14.
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The street is mostly Neutral on CLVS stock. Out of 4 analysts who cover the stock, 3 suggest a Hold rating and one recommends to Buy the stock. The 12-month average price target assigned to the stock is $19.50, which represents a potential upside of 11.5% from where the stock is currently trading.
Clovis Oncology, Inc. is a biopharmaceutical company which focuses on acquiring, developing and commercializing cancer treatments in the United States, Europe and other international markets. The company has three product candidates in its clinical development pipeline: Rociletinib, Rucaparib and Lucitani.