Insmed Incorporated (NASDAQ:INSM) reported financial results for the quarter ended September 30, 2016 and provided a business update.
- Achieved enrollment objective in global phase 3 study of ARIKAYCE™. Today the company announced that it has achieved its patient enrollment objective in the phase 3 study of ARIKAYCE (liposomal amikacin for inhalation). The study, which is known as CONVERT or INS-212, is evaluating ARIKAYCE in treatment refractory nontuberculous mycobacteria (NTM) lung disease caused by Mycobacterium avium complex (MAC). The primary efficacy endpoint is the proportion of subjects who achieve culture conversion at Month 6 in the ARIKAYCE plus multi-drug regimen arm compared to the multi-drug regimen without ARIKAYCE arm.
- Published phase 2 study of ARIKAYCE. In October 2016, the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine published the company’s phase 2 study of ARIKAYCE in NTM lung disease. The manuscript, which is entitled “Randomized Trial of Liposomal Amikacin for Inhalation in Nontuberculous Mycobacterial Lung Disease” by Olivier et al. is accessible online at http://www.atsjournals.org/.
- Presented new analyses of phase 2 study of ARIKAYCE at CHEST. A poster describing the stability and consistency of effect with ARIKAYCE treatment in the phase 2 study was recently presented at the CHEST annual meeting.
- Presented new NTM disease burden data at ISPOR European Congress. Three posters describing the burden of NTM lung disease were recently presented at theInternational Society for Pharmacoeconomic and Outcomes Research (ISPOR) Annual European Congress.
- Secured global exclusive rights to novel oral inhibitor of dipeptidyl peptidase I.
In October, the company acquired the global exclusive rights to INS1007 (formerly known as AZD7986) from AstraZeneca. INS1007 is a small molecule, reversible inhibitor of dipeptidyl peptidase I (DPP1), an enzyme responsible for activating neutrophil serine proteases (NSPs) in neutrophils when they are formed in the bone marrow. In chronic inflammatory lung diseases, neutrophils accumulate in the airways and result in excessive active NSPs that cause lung destruction and inflammation. The company expects to begin a phase 2 dose-ranging study of INS1007 in non-cystic fibrosis (non-CF) bronchiectasis in 2017. Non-CF bronchiectasis is a rare, progressive, neutrophil-driven pulmonary disorder with no approved therapies.
- Presented phase 1 study of INS1009 at ERS 2016. In September, results from a phase 1 study of INS1009 were presented at the European Respiratory Society International Congress. The study was a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled single ascending dose study of INS1009 to determine its safety, tolerability, and pharmacokinetics in healthy volunteers. The pharmacokinetic characteristics supported once- or twice-daily whereas existing inhaled therapies are dosed four to nine times per day. The adverse event profile was consistent with other inhaled prostanoids. INS1009 is the company’s inhaled treprostinil prodrug, which may offer therapeutic potential in rare pulmonary disorders.
- Appointed chief commercial officer. The company enhanced its senior leadership team with the appointment of Roger Adsett as chief commercial officer. Prior to joining Insmed, Mr. Adsett was senior vice president, head of the gastrointestinal and internal medicine business unit at Shire plc. In that capacity he oversaw Shire’s global commercial P&L across six specialty and two rare disease brands. Before joining Shire, Mr. Adsett worked at AstraZeneca for 11 years. Mr. Adsett will be charged with overseeing the development and execution of Insmed’s global commercial strategy.
“Recent months have been marked by strong progress across all aspects of our business,” said Will Lewis, president and chief executive officer of Insmed. “We are pleased to report that the enrollment phase of the CONVERT study is now complete, which positions us for top-line data next year. There is a significant need for new treatments for patients with refractory NTM lung disease and we look forward to advancing the development of ARIKAYCE. With respect to our earlier-stage pipeline, we are encouraged by the high-level of inbound physician interest in our clinical program for INS1007 in non-CF bronchiectasis. Physicians are eagerly awaiting new treatment options for this debilitating disorder and we believe INS1007 has the potential to achieve disease modification by impeding tissue destruction, inflammation, and mucus hypersecretion through the inhibition of DPP1.”
Third Quarter Financial Results
For the third quarter of 2016, Insmed posted a net loss of $37.8 million, or $0.61 per share, compared with a net loss of $31.0 million, or $0.50 per share, for the third quarter of 2015.
Research and development expenses were $23.4 million for the third quarter of 2016, compared with $19.2 million for the third quarter of 2015. The increase was primarily due to the advancement of the company’s global phase 3 CONVERT study of ARIKAYCE in NTM lung disease, as well as an increase in headcount and related expenses. These increases were partially offset by a decrease in manufacturing expenses primarily due to the completion of the build-out of additional production capacity at a contract manufacturer in 2015.
General and administrative expenses for the third quarter of 2016 were $13.7 million, compared with $11.0 million for the third quarter of 2015. The increase was primarily related to pre-commercial activities, namely the buildout of the company’s infrastructure and NTM disease awareness activities.
Balance Sheet Highlights and Cash Guidance
As of September 30, 2016, Insmed had cash and cash equivalents of $201 million. Excluding depreciation and stock-based compensation expense, the company’s cash operating expenses for the nine months ended September 30, 2016 were $91 million. Insmed ended the third quarter of 2016 with $35 million in debt and $183 million of working capital.
On September 30, 2016, Insmed closed a $55 million debt agreement with Hercules Capital, Inc. The transaction refinanced the company’s existing debt of $25 million and added a total of $30 million of new debt, $20 million of which was funded in early October in connection with the upfront payment for the global exclusive rights to INS1007.
The company is investing in the following activities in 2016: (i) clinical development of ARIKAYCE, (ii) regulatory and pre-commercial initiatives for ARIKAYCE, and (iii) preclinical and clinical activities for its earlier-stage pipeline. Insmed continues to expect its cash-based operating expenses for the second half of 2016 to be in the range of$62 to $72 million. (Original Source)
Shares of Insmed are currently trading at $11.14, down $0.87 or -7.24%. INSM has a 1-year high of $20.34 and a 1-year low of $9.02. The stock’s 50-day moving average is $14.41 and its 200-day moving average is $12.24.
On the ratings front, Insmed has been the subject of a number of recent research reports. In a report issued on October 25, H.C. Wainwright analyst Andrew Fein reiterated a Buy rating on INSM, with a price target of $35, which implies an upside of 191% from current levels. Separately, on August 19, Piper Jaffray’s Joshua Schimmer reiterated a Buy rating on the stock and has a price target of $24.
According to TipRanks.com, which ranks over 7,500 financial analysts and bloggers to gauge the performance of their past recommendations, Andrew Fein and Joshua Schimmer have a yearly average loss of 1.2% and 13.0% respectively. Fein has a success rate of 37% and is ranked #3076 out of 4165 analysts, while Schimmer has a success rate of 27% and is ranked #4012.
Insmed, Inc. operates as a biopharmaceutical company focused on developing and commercializing inhaled therapies for patients battling serious lung diseases that are often life threatening. The company is focused on the development and commercialization of ARIKAYCE or liposomal amikacin for inhalation (LAI), for at least two identified orphan patient populations: patients with nontuberculous mycobacteria lung disease and cystic fibrosis patients with Pseudomonas aeruginosa lung infections.