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Veloxis Pharmaceuticals publishes Annual Report 2013

HORSHOLM, Denmark, March 5, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Veloxis Pharmaceuticals A/S (OMX: VELO) ('Veloxis') today published the annual report of Veloxis Pharmaceuticals A/S for the financial year 2013. The annual report has been prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards as adopted by the EU and additional Danish disclosure requirements for annual reports of listed companies.

This company announcement should be read in conjunction with Veloxis' annual report 2013 published separately today.

Full Year 2013 Highlights

  • Submitted a New Drug Application (NDA) to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) seeking approval for the marketing and sale of Envarsus® for the prevention of organ rejection in kidney transplant recipients.
  • Granted Orphan Drug status by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for prophylaxis of organ rejection in patients receiving allogenic kidney transplants. The designation is to encourage the development of drugs that may provide significant benefit to patients suffering from rare diseases.
  • Dosing of the first patient in ASERTAA (A Study of Extended Release Tacrolimus in African-Americans) Phase IIIb study of Envarsus® in kidney transplant recipients. The ASERTAA study is designed to compare the pharmacokinetics (PK) of Envarsus®, a once-daily tacrolimus tablet, to generic twice daily tacrolimus capsules in stable African-American renal transplant patients.
  • The trade name for LCP-Tacro™ is Envarsus®.
  • Envarsus® successfully demonstrated non-inferiority compared to tacrolimus (Prograf®; Astellas Pharma) in its Phase III clinical trial, Study 3002. The Phase III randomized, double-blind and double-dummy study in 543 de novo kidney transplant recipients, with Prograf® as the comparator, met its primary efficacy and primary safety endpoints.
  • The European Medicines Agency (EMA) accepted for review the company's Marketing Authorization Application (MAA) to market Envarsus® for the prevention of organ rejection in kidney transplant patients in the European Union. Veloxis expects the decision from the European Union in 2014.
  • Data from the STRATO study demonstrates the potential for Envarsus® to improve tacrolimus-induced tremors in stable kidney transplant patients.
  • Submitted a Marketing Authorization Application (MAA) to the European Medicines Agency (EMA) seeking approval to market Envarsus® for the prevention of organ rejection in kidney transplant patients in the European Union.
  • During 2013, Veloxis recognized deferred revenue of DKK 38.2 million as revenue compared to DKK 6.9 million in 2012. Deferred revenue consist of up-front and milestone payments under Veloxis' distribution agreement with Chiesi Farmaceutici S.p.A. and is recognized in the income statement based on planned development periods.
  • Research and development costs decreased by DKK 64.2 million, or by 30.5%, from DKK 210.7 million in 2012 to DKK 146.5 million in 2013. Research and development costs are mainly attributable to the phase III trial in Envarsus® (de novo patients, Study 3002). The reduction in cost between the two periods is mainly related to effect from the executed restructuring and discontinuation of other pipeline activities in May 2012.
  • Administrative expenses decreased by DKK 9.1 million or by 24.7%, from DKK 36.9 million in 2012 to DKK 27.8 million in 2013. The reduction in cost is attributable to the continued focus of reducing overall cost, combined with the effect of the reduction in the number of employees that took place in May 2012.
  • During 2013, Veloxis recognized DKK 139.3 million in net loss compared to DKK 262.7 million in 2012. The net loss is better than management's expectations for 2013 as reported on 13 November 2013 in connection with the third quarter interim report, which projected a net loss of DKK 160 - 190 million. The positive deviation is mainly driven by the granted orphan drug status which has reduced regulatory costs.
  • As per 31 December 2013, the balance sheet reflects cash and cash equivalents of DKK 328.7 million compared to DKK 496.8 million as per 31 December 2012. The decrease in cash position reflects the changes in operating activities in 2013. The cash position is in line with management's expectations for 2013, which projected a cash position at the end of 2013 of DKK 310 - 340 million.

Conference Call
On 5 March, 2014, Veloxis' Management will host a conference call, at 2:00 PM CET (Denmark); 1:00 PM GMT (London), 8:00 AM ET (New York).

To access the live conference call, please dial one of the following numbers:
+45 32 72 80 18 Denmark
+44 (0) 1452 555 131 UK
+1 866 682 8490 USA
Access code 1728236

Following the conference call, a recording will be available on the company's website www.veloxis.com. A presentation will be available on Veloxis' website (under 'Investors').


 


Financial Highlights













DKK'000

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009








Income Statement






Revenue

38,148

6,868

-

1,496

2,476

Research and development costs

(146,512)

(210,739)

(222,053)

(210,426)

(210,140)

Administrative expenses

(27,771)

(36,889)

(47,814)

(52,198)

(62,381)

Operating loss before restructuring cost

(136,135)

(240,760)

(269,867)

(261,128)

(270,045)

Restructuring cost

-

(21,462)

-

(10,894)

(9,489)

Operating loss

(136,135)

(262,222)

(269,867)

(272,022)

(279,534)

Net financial income / (expenses)

(4,426)

(850)

16,048

(759)

8,540

Loss before tax

(140,561)

(263,072)

(253,819)

(272,781)

(270,994)

Tax for the period

1,250

363

1,193

(1,425)

-

Net loss for the period

(139,311)

(262,709)

(252,626)

(274,206)

(270,994)








Balance Sheet






Cash and cash equivalents

328,652

496,834

297,727

531,519

333,429

Total assets

348,863

509,271

320,927

562,906

379,269

Share capital

166,057

165,932

452,543

452,543

56,568

Total equity

279,042

409,737

255,900

498,238

317,281

Investment in property, plant and equipment

1,055

260

2,981

2,583

11,043








Cash Flow Statement






Cash flow from operating activities

(157,747)

(205,870)

(234,637)

(238,148)

(251,158)

Cash flow from investing activities

(1,055)

169,712

(169,778)

(2,658)

(11,011)

Cash flow from financing activities

(3,227)

404,304

(5,948)

440,014

729

Cash and cash equivalents at period end

328,652

496,834

297,727

531,519

333,429








Financial Ratios






Basic and diluted EPS (DKK)

(0.08)

(0.43)

(0.56)

(2.84)

(4.80)

Weighted average number of shares

1,660,353,248

607,511,489

452,542,480

96,707,708

56,443,701

Average number of employees (FTEs)

26

48

52

59

93

Assets/equity

1.25

1.24

1.25

1.13

1.20

 

Fourth Quarter 2013 Highlights

  • Research and development cost were realized at DKK 29.5 million compared to DKK 41.9 million in same period in  2012, and DKK 35.2 million in the previous quarter.
  • Administrative expenses were realized at DKK 6.5 million compared to DKK 10.2 million in same period in 2012, and DKK 6.7 million in the previous quarter.
  • Operating loss amounted to DKK 23.8 million, while net loss was realized at DKK 24.7 million.

Financial Highlights








Quarterly Numbers in DKK




















Q4

Q3

Q2

Q1

Q4

Q3

Q2

Q1



2013

2013

2013

2013

2012

2012

2012

2012



DKK'000

DKK'000

DKK'000

DKK'000

DKK'000

DKK'000

DKK'000

DKK'000











Income Statement









Revenue

12,206

12,206

6,868

6,868

6,868

-

-

-

Research and development costs

(29,546)

(35,247)

(42,772)

(38,947)

(41,890)

(49,362)

(56,639)

(62,848)

Administrative expenses

(6,457)

(6,703)

(6,834)

(7,777)

(10,235)

(6,961)

(9,462)

(10,231)

Operating loss before restructuring cost

(23,797)

(29,744)

(42,738)

(39,856)

(45,257)

(56,323)

(66,101)

(73,079)

Restructuring cost

-

-

-

-

-

-

(21,462)

-

Operating loss

(23,797)

(29,744)

(42,738)

(39,856)

(45,257)

(56,323)

(87,563)

(73,079)

Net financial income / (expenses)

(1,425)

(4,655)

(2,253)

3,907

(2,302)

993

2,051

(1,592)

Loss before tax

(25,222)

(34,399)

(44,991)

(35,949)

(47,559)

(55,330)

(85,512)

(74,671)

Tax for the period

522

242

241

244

1,034

(223)

(130)

(318)

Net loss for the period

(24,700)

(34,157)

(44,750)

(35,704)

(46,525)

(55,553)

(85,642)

(74,989)











Balance Sheet









Cash and cash equivalents

328,652

380,179

399,743

456,216

496,834

86,683

152,720

213,786

Total assets

348,863

388,982

409,371

465,939

509,271

99,590

167,799

235,187

Share capital

166,057

166,057

166,057

166,057

165,932

45,254

45,254

452,543

Total equity

279,042

302,307

334,686

377,276

409,737

42,103

98,968

182,545

Investment in property,









plant and equipment

1,055

-

-

-

43

-

126

91











Cash Flow Statement









Cash flow from operating activities

(47,417)

(14,040)

(51,165)

(45,125)

(399)

(62,707)

(62,400)

(80,364)

Cash flow from investing activities

(1,055)

-

-

-

56,619

59,486

24,174

29,433

Cash flow from financing activities

(319)

(401)

(2,555)

48

410,149

(3,450)

(1,085)

(1,310)

Cash and cash equivalents









at period end

328,652

380,179

399,743

456,216

496,834

86,683

152,720

213,786











Financial Ratios









Basic and diluted EPS

(0.01)

(0.02)

(0.03)

(0.02)

(0.08)

(0.12)

(0.19)

(0.17)

Weighted average number of shares

1,660,572,426

1,660,572,426

1,660,572,426

1,659,683,537

607,511,489

452,542,480

452,542,480

452,542,480

Average number of employees (FTEs)

23

26

27

29

33

49

55

55

Assets/equity

1.25

1.29

1.22

1.24

1.24

2.37

1.70

1.29

Outlook for 2014
Veloxis is expecting an operating loss of DKK 60 - 90 million compared to the realized operating loss of DKK 136 million in 2013. Net loss is expected to be in the range of DKK 55 - 85 million compared to the net loss of DKK 139 million in 2013. As of 31 December 2013, the Company's cash position equaled DKK 329 million and the Company's 31 December 2014 cash position is expected to be in the range of DKK 230 - 270 million.

The above estimates are subject to possible changes primarily due to the timing of regulatory approvals and associated milestone payments along with variation of clinical activities and fluctuating exchange rates.

Important events following the balance sheet date
On 8 January, Veloxis announced that United States Patent and Trademark Office had issued a Notice of Allowance for U.S. Application Serial Number 13/167,420, a patent which covers the diurnal-independent administration of Envarsus®.

For more information, please contact:

Veloxis Pharmaceuticals A/S




John D. Weinberg

Executive Vice President & CCO

Mobile: +1 732 321 3208

Email: [email protected]  

Johnny Stilou

Executive Vice President & CFO

Phone: + 45 21 227 227

Email: [email protected]

About Envarsus® and tacrolimus
Tacrolimus is a leading immunosuppression drug used for the prevention of transplant allograft rejection after transplantation. Envarsus® is an investigational drug that is being developed as a once-daily tablet version of tacrolimus with improved bioavailability, consistent pharmacokinetic performance and reduced peak-to-trough variability when compared to currently approved tacrolimus products. Transplant patients need to maintain a minimum blood level of tacrolimus for the prevention of transplant allograft rejection, but excessive levels may increase the risk of serious side effects such as nephrotoxicity, tremor, diabetes, high blood pressure, and opportunistic infections. Therefore, tacrolimus levels need to be managed carefully, and transplant patients are typically obliged to make frequent visits to the hospital for monitoring and dose adjustments after receiving a new organ.

About Veloxis Pharmaceuticals
Based in Horsholm, Denmark, with an office in New Jersey, Veloxis is a specialty pharmaceutical company. The company's lead product candidate is Envarsus® for immunosuppression, specifically organ transplantation. Veloxis' unique, patented delivery technology, MeltDose®, can improve absorption and bioavailability at low scale up costs. Veloxis has a lipid lowering product, Fenoglide®, currently on the U.S. market that is commercialized through partner Santarus, Inc. Veloxis is listed on the NASDAQ OMX Copenhagen under the trading symbol OMX: VELO. 

For further information, please visit www.veloxis.com.

SOURCE Veloxis Pharmaceuticals

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