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On August 8, 2022, Celldex Therapeutics, Inc. (the "Company") issued a press release announcing its financial results for the second quarter of 2022. The full text of the press release is furnished as Exhibit 99.1 hereto and is incorporated by reference herein.
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|Celldex Therapeutics, Inc.|
|Date: August 8, 2022||By:||/s/ Sam Martin|
|Senior Vice President and|
Chief Financial Officer
Celldex Reports Second Quarter 2022 Financial Results and Provides Corporate Update
- Positive interim data from barzolvolimab Phase 1b Study in Chronic Spontaneous Urticaria presented at EAACI 2022 -
- First patients dosed in Phase 2 chronic urticaria studies -
HAMPTON, N.J., Aug. 08, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Celldex Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ:CLDX) today reported financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2022 and provided a corporate update.
“In late June, Celldex reported positive interim data from our ongoing Phase 1b study of barzolvolimab in chronic spontaneous urticaria, where multiple doses demonstrated rapid, marked and durable responses, including in patients with prior omalizumab treatment,” said Anthony Marucci, Co-founder, President and Chief Executive Officer of Celldex Therapeutics. “We are very encouraged by these results which we believe demonstrate barzolvolimab’s potential to provide meaningful symptom relief to patients suffering from diseases driven by mast cells. These data, together with our previously reported positive results in chronic inducible urticaria, support the continued clinical development of barzolvolimab, including our recently initiated Phase 2 chronic urticaria studies.”
Mr. Marucci continued, “We are pleased with our recent advances and expansion of the barzolvolimab program into later stage studies and additional indications, along with the continued development of our bispecific platform. We also recently made the decision to transition development of CDX-1140 to investigator-led studies, allowing us to focus our resources on the programs we believe hold the most value for patients and shareholders. We look forward to providing updates on progress across our programs, with additional significant key milestones expected in the upcoming quarters.”
Recent Program Highlights
Barzolvolimab (also referred to as CDX-0159) - KIT Inhibitor Program
Barzolvolimab is a humanized monoclonal antibody developed by Celldex that binds the KIT receptor with high specificity and potently inhibits its activity. The KIT receptor tyrosine kinase is expressed in a variety of cells, including mast cells, which mediate inflammatory responses such as hypersensitivity and allergic reactions. KIT signaling controls the differentiation, tissue recruitment, survival and activity of mast cells.
CDX-527 - Bispecific Antibody Program
CDX-527 is the first candidate developed by Celldex from its bispecific platform which utilizes the Company’s proprietary highly active anti-PD-L1 and CD27 human antibodies to couple CD27 co-stimulation with blockade of the PD-L1/PD-1 pathway.
CDX-1140 - CD40 Agonist Program
CDX-1140 is a potent CD40 human agonist antibody developed by Celldex that the Company believes has the potential to successfully balance systemic doses for good tissue and tumor penetration with an acceptable safety profile.
Recent Operational Highlights
Second Quarter 2022 Financial Highlights and 2022 Guidance
Cash Position: Cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities as of June 30, 2022 were $356.8 million compared to $380.5 million as of March 31, 2022. The decrease was primarily driven by second quarter cash used in operating activities of $22.2 million. At June 30, 2022, Celldex had 46.8 million shares outstanding.
Revenues: Total revenue was $0.2 million in the second quarter of 2022 and $0.3 million for the six months ended June 30, 2022, compared to $3.5 million and $4.2 million for the comparable periods in 2021. The decrease in revenue was primarily due to a decrease in services performed under our manufacturing and research and development agreements with Rockefeller University and Gilead Sciences.
R&D Expenses: Research and development (R&D) expenses were $20.7 million in the second quarter of 2022 and $37.8 million for the six months ended June 30, 2022, compared to $12.4 million and $25.1 million for the comparable periods in 2021. The increase in R&D expenses was primarily due to an increase in clinical trial and personnel expenses.
G&A Expenses: General and administrative (G&A) expenses were $7.2 million in the second quarter of 2022 and $14.1 million for the six months ended June 30, 2022, compared to $4.3 million and $8.4 million for the comparable periods in 2021. The increase in G&A expenses was primarily due to higher legal costs related to reaching a binding settlement term sheet (“the Term Sheet”) with SRS, commercial planning and stock-based compensation expenses.
Changes in Fair Value Remeasurement of Contingent Consideration: The gain on fair value remeasurement of contingent consideration was $6.3 million for the second quarter of 2022 and $6.9 million for the six months ended June 30, 2022, primarily due to the Company’s decision to deprioritize the CDX-1140 program.
Litigation Settlement Related Loss: The Company recorded a one-time loss of $15.0 million in the second quarter of 2022 related to the initial payment due under the Term Sheet entered with SRS.
Net Loss: Net loss was $36.0 million, or ($0.77) per share, for the second quarter of 2022, and $59.1 million, or ($1.26) per share, for the six months ended June 30, 2022, compared to a net loss of $13.4 million, or ($0.34) per share, for the second quarter of 2021 and $29.9 million, or ($0.76) per share, for the six months ended June 30, 2021. The litigation settlement related loss had a ($0.32) impact on net loss per share in the three and six months ended June 30, 2022. The gain on fair value remeasurement of contingent consideration had a $0.14 and $0.15 impact on net loss per share in the three and six months ended June 30, 2022, respectively.
Financial Guidance: Celldex believes that the cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities at June 30, 2022 are sufficient to meet estimated working capital requirements and fund planned operations through 2025.
About Celldex Therapeutics, Inc.
Celldex is a clinical stage biotechnology company dedicated to developing monoclonal and bispecific antibodies that address devastating diseases for which available treatments are inadequate. Our pipeline includes antibody-based therapeutics which have the ability to engage the human immune system and/or directly affect critical pathways to improve the lives of patients with inflammatory diseases and many forms of cancer. Visit www.celldex.com.
Forward Looking Statement
This release contains "forward-looking statements" made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements are typically preceded by words such as "believes," "expects," "anticipates," "intends," "will," "may," "should," or similar expressions. These forward-looking statements reflect management's current knowledge, assumptions, judgment and expectations regarding future performance or events. Although management believes that the expectations reflected in such statements are reasonable, they give no assurance that such expectations will prove to be correct or that those goals will be achieved, and you should be aware that actual results could differ materially from those contained in the forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties, including, but not limited to, our ability to successfully complete research and further development and commercialization of Company drug candidates, including barzolvolimab (also referred to as CDX-0159), in current or future indications; the uncertainties inherent in clinical testing and accruing patients for clinical trials; our limited experience in bringing programs through Phase 3 clinical trials; our ability to manage and successfully complete multiple clinical trials and the research and development efforts for our multiple products at varying stages of development; the effects of the outbreak of COVID-19 on our business and results of operations; the availability, cost, delivery and quality of clinical materials produced by our own manufacturing facility or supplied by contract manufacturers, who may be our sole source of supply; the timing, cost and uncertainty of obtaining regulatory approvals; the failure of the market for the Company's programs to continue to develop; our ability to protect the Company's intellectual property; the loss of any executive officers or key personnel or consultants; competition; changes in the regulatory landscape or the imposition of regulations that affect the Company's products; our ability to continue to obtain capital to meet our long-term liquidity needs on acceptable terms, or at all, including the additional capital which will be necessary to complete the clinical trials that we have initiated or plan to initiate; and other factors listed under "Risk Factors" in our annual report on Form 10-K and quarterly reports on Form 10-Q.
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Senior Vice President, Corporate Affairs & Administration
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|CELLDEX THERAPEUTICS, INC.|
|(In thousands, except per share amounts)|
|Consolidated Statements||Three Months||Six Months|
|of Operations Data||Ended June 30,||Ended June 30,|
|Product development and|
|Contracts and grants||163||3,454||307||4,136|
|Research and development||20,731||12,356||37,786||25,076|
|General and administrative||7,154||4,306||14,066||8,426|
|(Gain) loss on fair value remeasurement|
|of contingent consideration||(6,326||)||258||(6,862||)||741|
|Litigation settlement loss||15,000||-||15,000||-|
|Total operating expenses||36,559||16,920||59,990||34,243|
|Investment and other income, net||392||67||599||167|
|Basic and diluted net loss per|
|Shares used in calculating basic|
|and diluted net loss per share||46,759||39,616||46,749||39,615|
|Balance Sheet Data||June 30,||December 31,|
|Cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities||$||356,817||$||408,250|
|Other current assets||11,162||2,589|
|Property and equipment, net||3,744||3,551|
|Intangible and other assets, net||31,238||30,264|
|Liabilities and stockholders' equity|
|Total liabilities and stockholders' equity||$||402,961||$||444,654|