Horizon Pharma plc Reports Record Quarterly Net Sales for Orphan and Rheumatology Segment; Increases Full-Year 2018 Adjusted EBITDA Guidance; Implements New Company Operating Structure to Enhance Focus on Rare Diseases
Aug. 08, 2018
DUBLIN--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug 8, 2018--Horizon Pharma plc (NASDAQ: HZNP) announced its second-quarter 2018 financial results today. Effective with the second quarter of 2018, the Company has realigned its operating structure and is reporting financial results as two separate segments: the orphan and rheumatology segment, its strategic growth business, and the primary care segment. The new operating structure reflects the evolution of the Company’s strategy and vision of transitioning Horizon Pharma to a biopharmaceutical company focused on rare disease medicines.
“Our orphan and rheumatology segment generated record quarterly net sales, driven by accelerating KRYSTEXXA growth, reflecting the additional investments we are making this year,” said Timothy P. Walbert, chairman, president and chief executive officer, Horizon Pharma plc. “Our clinical programs continue to advance, with target enrollment now complete in the teprotumumab Phase 3 trial, well ahead of schedule. Additionally, we plan on initiating a new study of KRYSTEXXA to continue exploring a broader clinical profile of this medicine, the only FDA-approved treatment for uncontrolled gout. These advancements support our transformation into a rare disease medicine focused company with a robust pipeline enabling sustainable growth.”
Second-Quarter and Recent Company HighlightsTeprotumumab: OPTIC, the teprotumumab Phase 3 clinical trial, has reached its target enrollment of 76 patients, significantly ahead of schedule. The remaining few subjects in screening will be allowed to randomize over the next several weeks. Teprotumumab is a fully human monoclonal antibody IGF-1R inhibitor being developed for the treatment of thyroid eye disease (TED), in which the muscles and fatty tissue behind the eye become inflamed, which can lead to proptosis, or bulging of the eye, and diplopia, or double vision, as well as quality-of-life issues. In October, data will be presented at the 2018 American Thyroid Association (ATA) meeting from the follow-up period of the Phase 2 clinical trial, during which the Company continued to collect data on study patients off therapy out to 48 weeks to assess durability of response. New KRYSTEXXA Immunomodulation Study: The Company is planning on initiating a new study of KRYSTEXXA to continue to explore a broader clinical profile of this medicine, the only FDA-approved treatment for uncontrolled gout (chronic gout that is refractory to conventional therapies). The study will evaluate the impact of adding methotrexate to KRYSTEXXA to enhance the patient response rate. Methotrexate is the most common immunomodulator used by rheumatologists. Enrollment is expected to begin in the fourth quarter of 2018. New Uncontrolled Gout and KRYSTEXXA Data Presented at EULAR: In June, the Company participated in the 2018 Annual European Congress of Rheumatology (EULAR) in Amsterdam, where new insights on both gout and KRYSTEXXA were presented. One presentation highlighted a 27 percent increase in U.S. emergency department visits between 2006 and 2014 for people living with gout, suggesting a sizeable and growing population of gout patients who are uncontrolled and not well managed. Several KRYSTEXXA data analyses underscored the complex nature of uncontrolled gout, the potential systemic effects of elevated serum uric acid (sUA) levels and the need to manage uncontrolled gout aggressively. These presentations support the Company’s continued efforts to increase awareness and understanding of uncontrolled gout and the benefits of KRYSTEXXA. R&D Leadership: The Company made several important leadership additions to its research and development (R&D) organization to expand its capabilities, partner with the business development team in identifying and evaluating development-stage opportunities and lead the orphan and rheumatology therapeutic areas’ clinical development strategies. Intellectual Property Update: The Company received two new patents from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office during the quarter that cover RAVICTI®, with two additional patents scheduled to be issued in August, resulting in five new patents in an 18-month period. In addition, the Company settled litigation in June with Lupin relating to RAVICTI. Lupin’s license to enter the market with a generic version of RAVICTI would begin on July 1, 2026. Best Workplace Awards: Great Place to Work® and FORTUNE Magazine selected Horizon Pharma as the Number One place to work on FORTUNE’s "Best Workplaces in Health Care & Biopharma" list. The Company has also been awarded a 2018 “Best Places to Work in Chicago” designation by Crain’s Chicago Business, as well as named to its “10 Best Places to Work for Women” list. In addition, in July, the Company was recognized by PEOPLE and Great Place to Work® as one of the 2018 “50 Companies That Care,” a list that spotlights companies with 1,000 or more employees that have succeeded in business while also demonstrating respect, compassion and concern for their communities, their employees and the environment.
Research and Development Programs
Orphan Candidates and Programs :Teprotumumab: Teprotumumab is the Company’s fully human monoclonal antibody IGF-1R inhibitor in development for the treatment of TED. The pivotal Phase 3 confirmatory study is evaluating teprotumumab for the treatment of moderate-to-severe active TED, which has no FDA-approved treatments. The Company estimates peak annual U.S. net sales of more than $750 million for teprotumumab, assuming FDA approval.
Rheumatology Pipeline Candidates and Programs:KRYSTEXXA Immunomodulation Studies: The evaluation of the use of immunomodulation therapies to enhance the response rate to KRYSTEXXA is being studied in two investigator-initiated trials, as well as a new trial being initiated by the Company. The three trials are evaluating different immunomodulators, all of which are used by rheumatologists. M ethotrexate to I ncrease R esponse R ates in Patients with Uncontrolled G O ut R eceiving KRYSTEXXA ( MIRROR ): a Horizon Pharma-sponsored multicenter, efficacy and safety study for methotrexate co-administered with KRYSTEXXA to evaluate the impact of methotrexate weekly for one month prior to dosing with KRYSTEXXA and then throughout the 24 weeks of treatment with KRYSTEXXA. Enrollment is expected to begin in the fourth quarter of 2018.RE du C ing I mmunogenicity to P egloticas E ( RECIPE ): a double-blind, placebo-controlled trial for mycophenolate mofetil (MMF) co-administered with KRYSTEXXA to evaluate the impact of MMF daily for two weeks prior to dosing with KRYSTEXXA, followed by a 12-week course of KRYSTEXXA every two weeks along with daily doses of MMF, followed by dosing of KRYSTEXXA alone every two weeks for 12 weeks.T olerization R educes I ntolerance to P egloticase and Prolongs the Urate L owering E ffect ( TRIPLE ) is an exploratory, open-label adaptive trial with multiple patient cohorts, including one evaluating the impact of adding daily doses of azathioprine for a two-week run-in period, followed by KRYSTEXXA every two weeks for a total of 13 doses, along with daily doses of azathioprine. Next-generation Biologic Programs for Uncontrolled Gout: The Company is pursuing two development programs for next-generation biologics for uncontrolled gout, HZN-003 and PASylated uricase technology to support and sustain the Company’s market leadership in uncontrolled gout. The programs are exploring the use of optimized uricase technology as well as optimized PEGylation and PASylation technology.
Second-Quarter Financial Results
Note: For additional detail and reconciliation of non-GAAP financial measures to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures, please refer to the tables at the end of this release.Net Sales: Second-quarter 2018 net sales were $302.8 million, an increase of 4.6 percent, driven by continued strong growth of the Company’s orphan and rheumatology medicines. Year-over-year growth would have been 6.3 percent, excluding second-quarter 2017 net sales of $4.5 million for PROCYSBI® and QUINSAIR™ in the Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) regions, which were divested on June 23, 2017. Gross Profit: Under U.S. GAAP in the second quarter of 2018, the gross profit ratio was 67.0 percent compared to 55.0 percent in the second quarter of 2017. The non-GAAP gross profit ratio in the second quarter of 2018 was 90.2 percent compared to 90.6 percent in the second quarter of 2017. Operating Expenses: R&D expenses were 8.0 percent of net sales and selling, general and administrative (SG&A) expenses were 58.3 percent of net sales. Non-GAAP R&D expenses were 6.7 percent of net sales, and non-GAAP SG&A expenses were 45.0 percent of net sales. Income Tax Rate: The income tax rate in the second quarter of 2018 on a GAAP basis was negative 13.7 percent and on a non-GAAP basis was 12.0 percent. Net (Loss) Income: On a GAAP basis in the second quarter of 2018, net loss was $32.8 million. Second-quarter 2018 non-GAAP net income was $80.5 million. Adjusted EBITDA: Second-quarter 2018 adjusted EBITDA was $116.8 million. Earnings (Loss) per Share: On a GAAP basis in the second quarter of 2018, diluted loss per share was $0.20; in the second quarter of 2017, diluted loss per share was $1.29. Non-GAAP diluted earnings per share in the second quarter of 2018 and 2017 were $0.48 and $0.41, respectively. Weighted average shares outstanding used for calculating GAAP diluted loss per share and non-GAAP diluted earnings per share in the second quarter of 2018 were 165.5 million and 169.4 million, respectively.
Second-Quarter Segment Results
The Company has realigned its structure to operate its strategic growth business, orphan and rheumatology, separately from its primary care business. The new structure allows the Company to more efficiently allocate its resources to address unmet treatment needs for patients with rare diseases. As a result of the realignment, effective with the second-quarter of 2018, the Company is reporting its financial results as two separate segments: the orphan and rheumatology segment and the primary care segment, reporting net sales and operating income for each segment. Historical segment net sales and operating income for 2017 are provided in the accompanying financial schedules.
Management uses net sales and segment operating income to evaluate the performance of the Company’s two segments. While segment operating income contains certain adjustments to the directly comparable GAAP figures in the Company’s consolidated financial results, it is considered to be prepared in accordance with GAAP for purposes of presenting the Company’s segment operating results.Second-quarter 2018 net sales of the orphan and rheumatology segment were $201.7 million, an increase of 17.2 percent over the prior year’s quarter, driven by continued strong KRYSTEXXA growth, as well as growth of RAVICTI and PROCYSBI. Excluding the second-quarter 2017 EMEA net sales of $4.5 million for PROCYSBI and QUINSAIR that were divested in June 2017, orphan and rheumatology segment year-over-year net sales growth would have been 20.4 percent. In line with the Company’s expectations, second-quarter 2018 orphan and rheumatology segment operating income was $70.6 million, or 35 percent of orphan and rheumatology net sales. The Company is investing significantly in the commercial expansion of KRYSTEXXA in 2018, which is expected to continue to drive future net sales growth and margin expansion over time.
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