Ariad Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:ARIA) reported financial results for the third quarter and first nine months of 2016. The Company also provided an update on corporate developments and reaffirmed 2016 financial guidance.

“During the third quarter, ARIAD achieved several important milestones that further our commitment as a small, research-based biotechnology company to patients with rare cancers, including those with no other targeted treatment options available,” said Paris Panayiotopoulos, president and chief executive officer of ARIAD. “Iclusig was approved in Japan and we received priority review from the FDA for brigatinib in crizotinib-treated ALK+ non-small cell lung cancer. We are continuing to invest heavily in R&D and to progress in enrolling in the OPTIC, OPTIC-2L and ALTA-1L trials for Iclusig and brigatinib, as well as our clinical trial for AP32788, a novel kinase inhibitor for a rare form of lung cancer involving mutations in the EGFR and HER2 genes, and for which there are currently no approved targeted treatments.”

Financial Results for the Quarter and Nine Months Ended September 30, 2016

Revenue

  • Worldwide net product revenue from sales of Iclusig were $34.3 million for the third quarter of 2016, compared to $27.5 million in the third quarter of 2015, an increase of 25%; and $133.3 million for the first nine months of 2016, compared to $79.3 million for the first nine months of 2015, an increase of 68%. Net product revenue for the nine months ended September 30, 2016includes one-time revenue of approximately $25.5 million related to cumulative shipments of Iclusig in France that were recorded upon obtaining pricing and reimbursement approval in May 2016.
    • U.S. net product revenue from sales of Iclusig were $33.6 million for the third quarter of 2016, compared to $20.3 million in the third quarter of 2015, an increase of 66 percent; and $91.2 million for the first nine months of 2016, compared to $60.6 million for the first nine months of 2015, an increase of 50 percent.
    • European royalties on sales of Iclusig were $4.0 million of which $3.5 million was recorded as other revenue during the third quarter of 2016. European royalties on sales of Iclusig were $5.3 million of which $4.6 million was recorded as other revenue during the first nine months of 2016. On June 1, 2016, ARIAD out-licensed the rights to Iclusig in Europe to Incyte Corporation (Incyte). From June 1, 2016, ARIAD records royalty revenue based on tiered royalty rates from Iclusig sales in Europe recognized by Incyte. European sales of Iclusig were $7.2 million for the third quarter of 2015 and $18.7 million for the first nine months of 2015.
    • For the three and nine months ended September 30, 2016, license and other revenue includes $3.5 million from research and development cost sharing amounts fromIncyte and achievement of a $2.0 million milestone from Medinol Ltd. earned during the third quarter of 2016.

GAAP and Non-GAAP Net Income (Loss)

GAAP net loss for the quarter ended September 30, 2016 was $27.8 million, or $0.14 per basic and diluted share, respectively, compared to GAAP net loss of $55.5 million, or $0.29 loss per basic and diluted share, for the quarter ended September 30, 2015. GAAP net income for the nine months ended September 30, 2016 was $28.2 million, or $0.15 per basic share and $0.14 per diluted share, compared to GAAP net loss of $171.3 million, or $0.91 loss per basic and diluted share, for the nine months ended September 30, 2015. During the nine months ended September 30, 2016, the Company recorded a $129.0 million gain related to the Incyte transaction under other income (expense), net related to closing the sale of the Company’s European operations and out-license of Iclusig rights in Europe.

Non-GAAP net loss for the quarter ended September 30, 2016 was $22.5 million, or $0.12 per diluted share, compared to non-GAAP net loss of $45.5 million, or $0.24 per diluted share for the quarter ended September 30, 2015. Non-GAAP net income for the nine months ended September 30, 2016was $47.4 million, or $0.24 per diluted share, compared to non-GAAP net loss of $142.3 million, or$0.75 per diluted share, for the nine months ended September 30, 2015.

Non-GAAP net loss excludes stock-based compensation, restructuring charges for a reduction in force in March 2016 and transaction costs for the Incyte transaction. See “Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures” below for a description of non-GAAP financial measures and the reconciliation between GAAP and non-GAAP measures at the end of this press release.

Operating Expenses

  • R&D expenses were $43.6 million for the third quarter of 2016, a decrease of $4.6 million or 10 percent, compared to $48.2 million for the third quarter of 2015. R&D expenses were $130.6 million for the first nine months of 2016, an increase of $4.2 million or 3 percent, compared to$126.4 million for the first nine months of 2015.
  • Selling, general and administrative expenses were $26.2 million for the third quarter of 2016, a decrease of $10.5 million or 29 percent, compared to $36.7 million for the third quarter of 2015. Selling, general and administrative expenses were $96.5 million for the first nine months of 2016, a decrease of $22.4 million or 19 percent, compared to $118.9 million for the first nine months of 2015.

Other income (expense), net

  • For the nine months ended September 30, 2016, other income (expense), net includes a recorded gain on the Incyte transaction of $129.0 million.

Cash Position

  • As of September 30, 2016, cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities totaled $314.7 million, compared to $278.5 million at June 30, 2016 and $242.3 million at December 31, 2015.

PDL Royalty Financing and Convertible Notes 2019

  • In July 2016, the Company received $50.0 million from PDL BioPharma, Inc. (PDL), representing the second tranche of funding under the terms of the original royalty financing agreement. As ofSeptember 30, 2016, the amount due under the PDL royalty financing totaled $96.8 million.
  • In addition, as of September 30, 2016, the Company has $200 million of aggregate principal amount of convertible notes which are due to mature on June 15, 2019.

2016 Financial Guidance

  • We are reaffirming our prior guidance for global Iclusig net product and royalty revenue of $170 million to $180 million.
  • We are reaffirming our prior guidance for research and development expense of $175 million to $180 million, and sales, general and administration expense of $120 million to $125 million.
  • We are reaffirming our prior guidance for cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities at December 31, 2016, of $280 million to $290 million.

Recent Progress and Key Objectives

Iclusig

  • Our partner for Iclusig in Asia, Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. (Otsuka), received approval from the Japanese Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices Agency (PMDA) for Iclusig for the treatment of chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) resistant or intolerant to preceding drug treatment and relapsed or treatment resistant Philadelphia chromosome-positive acute lymphoblastic leukemia (Ph+ ALL). Additional regulatory applications are pending for Taiwan and South Korea.
  • ARIAD has submitted the four-year efficacy and safety data from the pivotal Phase 2 PACE clinical trial to the FDA and other health authorities as a label supplement, with an FDA action date ofDecember 12, 2016.
  • Patient enrollment is ongoing in the OPTIC and OPTIC-2L clinical trials in patients with resistant or intolerant chronic phase (CP) CML. Initial results from OPTIC are expected to be presented at the American Society of Hematology (ASH) conference in December 2017.
  • Investigator-sponsored trials are ongoing in a focused set of additional clinical settings where Iclusig has potential activity, including frontline Philadelphia-positive acute lymphoblastic leukemia (Ph+ALL), acute myeloid leukemia (AML), and molecularly subtypes of solid tumors, including FGFR+ and RET+ non-small cell lung cancer.
  • At ASH in December 2016, clinical trial data will be presented for both CP-CML and Ph+ ALL, in addition to new translational and real world data on Iclusig.

Brigatinib

  • ARIAD completed the New Drug Application (NDA) submission for brigatinib to the FDA for patients with ALK+ non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) who are resistant or intolerant to crizotinib in August 2016, and the application was accepted by the FDA in October 2016. The FDA granted ARIAD’s request for Priority Review and has set an action date of April 29, 2017 under the Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA). ARIAD is also working on the European Marketing Authorization Application, which should be ready for submission early next year.
  • On October 9th, updated safety and efficacy data were presented at the 41st Annual Congress of the European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO) held in Copenhagen, Denmark, from the Phase 1/2 study of brigatinib in ALK+ NSCLC, showing greater than 12 months progression free survival in both the post-crizotinib and crizotinib naive settings, as well as continued ongoing responses in patients with CNS metastases.
  • For the World Conference on Lung Cancer, to be held December 4-7 in Vienna, ARIAD and its academic collaborators will be presenting four abstracts on brigatinib. Updated results will be presented from the ALTA trial, based on a data cut later than the one underlying the ASCOpresentation earlier this year. There will also be an update on CNS metastases data from the Phase 1/2 and ALTA studies.
  • Patient enrollment continues for the ALTA 1L randomized, front-line clinical trial of brigatinib, a global, Phase 3 study designed to compare brigatinib and crizotinib in patients with ALK+ NSCLC who have not received prior ALK inhibitors. Full enrollment is expected in 2018.
  • Investigators are moving forward with several investigator-sponsored studies, including a trial in ROS1+ NSCLC, a trial in patients who experience failure of a second-generation TKI, and a basket study to evaluate brigatinib in patients with ALK/ROS1-mutant metastatic solid tumors.
  • In the United States, an Expanded Access Program is now open to provide brigatinib access to eligible patients with ALK+ NSCLC who are resistant or intolerant to at least one prior ALK TKI. InEurope, an Early Access Program has been established.

Advancing the Pipeline

  • We continued to advance the Phase 1/2 clinical trial of AP32788, our investigational precision therapy for patients with NSCLC having exon 20 mutations in EGFR or HER2. There are currently no approved targeted treatment options available for the approximately 6,000 U.S. patients with this disease. We continue to expect first trial data to be released in 2017.
  • Finally, during the third quarter, we also continued to advance our emerging small molecule program focused on kinase targets within the space of immuno-oncology. The program remains on track with earlier guidance to enter lead optimization by the end of this year.

Upcoming Meetings

  • Jefferies London Healthcare Conference, London, United Kingdom, November 16-17, 2016
  • IASLC World Conference on Lung Cancer (WCLC), Vienna, Austria, December 4-7, 2016
  • American Society of Hematology (ASH), San Diego, CA, December 4-8, 2016

Recent Event

  • On October 20, 2016, ARIAD received a Congressional letter requesting information from the Company related to Iclusig. The Company provided a response on November 4, 2016. (Original Source)

Shares of Ariad Pharmaceuticals are up 5% to $9.31 in after-hours trading. ARIA has a 1-year high of $14.34 and a 1-year low of $4.37. The stock’s 50-day moving average is $13.06 and its 200-day moving average is $9.40.

On the ratings front, ARIA has been the subject of a number of recent research reports. In a report issued on November 3, Deutsche Bank analyst Andrew Peters initiated coverage with a Hold rating on ARIA and a price target of $9.50, which implies an upside of 7% from current levels. Separately, on October 26, Jefferies Co.’s Eun Yang reiterated a Buy rating on the stock and has a price target of $11.

According to TipRanks.com, which ranks over 7,500 financial analysts and bloggers to gauge the performance of their past recommendations, Andrew Peters and Eun Yang have a yearly average loss of 22.0% and 4.4% respectively. Peters has a success rate of 35% and is ranked #3928 out of 4162 analysts, while Yang has a success rate of 44% and is ranked #3769.

The street is mostly Bullish on ARIA stock. Out of 8 analysts who cover the stock, 5 suggest a Buy rating , 2 suggest a Hold and one recommends to Sell the stock.

ARIAD Pharmaceuticals, Inc. operates as an oncology company, which engages in the discovery, development, and commercialization of small-molecule drugs for the treatment of cancer. Its products include Iclusig and Caregivers.