OvaScience Inc (NASDAQ:OVAS), a global fertility company focused on the discovery, development and commercialization of new treatment options, today reported fourth quarter and year end 2015 financial results. The Company also highlighted key commercial and development progress related to its infertility treatments.
“This past year, we focused on strengthening our leadership as we grow globally, expanding access to AUGMENT internationally and developing OvaPrime and OvaTure,” said Michelle Dipp, M.D., Ph.D., Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of OvaScience. “Additionally, we launched our first fertility treatment at select centers outside the U.S., and demonstrated the potential of our robust pipeline. We are accelerating the build of our commercial infrastructure including operations and patient support services. To that end, we also recently announced the appointment of CEO-elect Harald F. Stock to help us drive the Company to the next stage of growth.”
2015 Accomplishments and Key Recent Highlights
- Strengthened executive leadership with appointment of CEO-elect Harald F. Stock, Ph.D., and COO Paul Chapman
In January 2016, OvaScience announced the appointment of Dr. Stock as CEO-elect with a transition planned for July 1, 2016. Dr. Stock has nearly two decades of experience driving global commercial growth in the healthcare industry, as well as a strong operational track record of increasing sales of multiple products in Asia, Europe, the U.S. and other key markets around the world. He has served on the OvaScience Board since 2013. Michelle Dipp was appointed Executive Chair of the Board of Directors and will remain CEO until July 1. In her new role, Dr. Dipp will work closely with Dr. Stock to evolve the Company’s corporate strategy and focus on business development.
Earlier today, OvaScience announced the appointment of Paul W.D. Chapman as Chief Operating Officer, effective immediately. Mr. Chapman, an industry veteran with substantial commercial and operational experience, joins the Company from ArjoHuntleigh AB, where he served as Regional President of North America.
- Prospective, randomized, controlled egg allocation study at IVI Group
The Company is working with the IVI Group, the largest IVF clinic network in the world, to enroll patients in a controlled, double-blind, prospective and randomized egg allocation study of the AUGMENT treatment. This adaptive study is designed to evaluate the success rates of standard IVF and the AUGMENT treatment.
The AUGMENT treatment is specifically designed to improve egg health by using mitochondria from a patient’s own egg precursor (EggPCSM) cells during IVF. Improved egg health is essential for fertilization and embryo development. The AUGMENT treatment is not available in the U.S.
- Expanded access to the AUGMENT treatment into Japan
OvaScience expanded the availability of the AUGMENT treatment in select international regions including Japan, one of the largest IVF markets in the world. The treatment is offered through a non-commercial preceptorship training program at IVF JAPAN, one of the most prestigious fertility clinic systems in that country. The initiation of the preceptorship training program, in which patients will receive the AUGMENT treatment, followed approval from the Japan Society of Obstetrics and Gynecology (JSOG).
- Commenced preceptorship training program with the OvaPrime treatment
OvaScience commenced a non-commercial preceptorship training program with the OvaPrime treatment outside the U.S. The Company will decide whether to progress the program, based on data, by the end of 2016.
The OvaPrime treatment is a potential fertility treatment that could enable a woman who makes too few or no eggs to increase her egg reserve. Poor egg reserve affects approximately 25 percent of those seeking fertility treatment. The OvaPrime treatment is designed to transfer a woman’s EggPC cells to her own ovary where they may mature into fertilizable eggs during a standard IVF process. The OvaPrime treatment is not available in the U.S.
- Defined process for the OvaTure treatment
The Company has also defined the process for maturing EggPC cells that is required for development of the OvaTure treatment.
The OvaTure treatment is a potential next-generation IVF treatment that could help a woman produce healthy, young, fertilizable eggs without hormone injections by maturing her EggPC cells into eggs outside the body. It may be an option for women with compromised eggs, who are unable to make eggs or who may be unwilling or unable to undergo hormone hyperstimulation, such as women diagnosed with cancer.
- More than 25 babies born using the AUGMENT treatment for infertility
The first live birth of a baby who was conceived using the AUGMENT treatment occurred in Toronto, Canada and was announced on May 7, 2015. To date, there have been more than 25 babies born with the AUGMENT treatment.
- Clinical benefit of the AUGMENT treatment published in peer-reviewed journal
A peer-reviewed analysis of the AUGMENT treatment showed statistically significant improvements in embryo selection and transfer compared to standard IVF.1 The first published analysis comparing the AUGMENT treatment to standard IVF using an egg allocation method demonstrated statistically significant higher rates of embryo selection and transfer with the AUGMENT treatment based on standard embryo quality measures, including pre-implantation genetic diagnosis/screening. Improved pregnancy rates with the AUGMENT treatment were also reported in the publication.
Fourth Quarter Financial Results
- Revenue for the three months ended December 31, 2015 was $0.2 million. The revenue recognized in the fourth quarter relates to 14 AUGMENT cycles at a blended cost per treatment, including discounted treatments offered under various pricing programs launched during the fourth quarter. These programs are designed to broaden the customer base knowledge and hands on experience with the AUGMENT treatment. The company did not record revenue in 2014 as the AUGMENT treatment was introduced commercially in 2015.
- Net loss for the three months ended December 31, 2015 was $20.6 million, or ($0.76) per share, as compared to net loss of $18.9 million, or ($0.79) per share, for the three months ended December 31, 2014. This included non-cash stock-based compensation expense of $4.9 million. The increase is primarily attributable to planned higher personnel costs, and costs associated with the launch of the AUGMENT treatment in certain international IVF clinics. Commercial costs include legal and consulting services and establishment of lab-based operations, which will also support introductions of future fertility treatments.
- Research and development expense for the three months ended December 31, 2015 was $4.7 million, compared to $7.3 million for the same period in 2014. This decrease is primarily driven by a decrease of $2.7 million related to stock-based compensation expense, including a $3.1 million decrease in expense for non-employee awards driven by Founders’ shares being fully vested and expensed in the first quarter of 2015, partially offset by a $0.4 million increase in expense for employee awards driven by the hiring of additional personnel.
- Selling, general and administrative expense for the three months ended December 31, 2015 was $14.6 million, as compared to $11.0 million for the same period in 2014. This increase was primarily a result of $2.4 million for employee compensation and related benefits, including stock-based compensation expense driven by the hiring of additional personnel in 2015, $1.8 million to support our international growth, $0.4 million of facilities expenses and $0.4 million in accounting, tax and other expenses offset by a decrease of $1.5 million for costs associated with our non-commercial preceptorship training program due to higher patient enrollment in the fourth quarter of 2014.
At December 31, 2015, OvaScience had cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments of $126.7 million.(Original Source)
Shares of OvaScience closed today at $5.95, down $0.49 or -7.61%. OVAS has a 1-year high of $55.69 and a 1-year low of $4.53. The stock’s 50-day moving average is $6.52 and its 200-day moving average is $12.15.
On the ratings front, OvaScience has been the subject of a number of recent research reports. In a report issued on February 16, H.C. Wainwright analyst Andrew Fein maintained a Buy rating on OVAS, with a price target of $15, which represents a potential upside of 152.1% from where the stock is currently trading. Separately, on January 25, Oppenheimer’s Rohit Vanjani downgraded the stock to Hold .
According to TipRanks.com, which ranks over 7,500 financial analysts and bloggers to gauge the performance of their past recommendations, Andrew Fein and Rohit Vanjani have a total average return of -5% and 11% respectively. Fein has a success rate of 40.2% and is ranked #3189 out of 3666 analysts, while Vanjani has a success rate of 54.0% and is ranked #159.
OvaScience Inc is a life science company engaged in discovery, development, and commercialization of new fertility treatments. Its patented technology is based on egg precursor cells found in the outer layer of a woman’s own ovaries.