SUNNYVALE, Calif., Feb. 9, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Pharmacyclics, Inc. (Nasdaq: PCYC) today reported financial results and recent developments for its fiscal second quarter ended December 31, 2011.
Financial Results for Second Quarter Ended December 31, 2011
The non-GAAP (Generally Accepted Accounting Principles) net income reported for the fiscal quarter ended December 31, 2011was $58.6 million, or $0.82 diluted earnings per share. This compares with a non-GAAP net loss of $6.1 million, or $0.10 loss per share, for the fiscal quarter ended December 31, 2010. See "Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures" below for a description of our Non-GAAP measures. Reconciliation between certain GAAP and non-GAAP measures is provided at the end of this press release.
The GAAP net income for the fiscal quarter ended December 31, 2011 was $56.3 million, or $0.78 diluted earnings per share. This compares with a GAAP net loss of $7.5 million, or $0.13 loss per share for the fiscal quarter ended December 31, 2010.
At December 31, 2011, the company had cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities of $240.3 million, which compares with $112.3 million at June 30, 2011.
As previously announced on December 8, 2011, the Company entered into a worldwide collaboration with Janssen Biotech, Inc. (Janssen), one of the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson, to develop and commercialize PCI-32765, a novel, oral, first-in-class Bruton's Tyrosine Kinase (BTK) inhibitor being developed for the treatment of Non Hodgkin's Lymphoma, Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia and Multiple Myeloma, all of which are considered hematological malignancies. Pharmacyclics received from Janssen upfront payments totaling $150 million on signing the contract. In addition, Pharmacyclics will receive up to an additional $825 million in development and regulatory milestone payments, based upon continued development progress ($250 million), regulatory progress ($225 million) and approval of the product ($350 million), for total potential upfront and milestone payments of $975 million.
Pharmacyclics and Janssen will collaborate on the development of PCI-32765 for oncology and other indications, excluding inflammation and immune mediated conditions. Each company will lead development for specific indications as stipulated in a global development plan, with development costs shared on a 40/60 basis (Pharmacyclics 40% and Janssen 60%). The agreement includes plans to launch multiple Phase III trials of PCI-32765 over the next several years.
Following regulatory approval, both Pharmacyclics and Janssen will book revenue and co-commercialize PCI-32765. In the US, Pharmacyclics will book sales and take a lead role in US commercial strategy development. Both Pharmacyclics and Janssen will share in commercialization activities. Outside the United States, Janssen will book sales and lead and perform commercialization activities. Profits and losses from the commercialization activities will be split 50/50 on a worldwide basis. Development and commercialization activities under the collaboration will be managed through a shared governance structure.
"We have now formally kicked off our partnership with Janssen for the global development of our BTK inhibitor PCI-32765, and we are extremely pleased with the progress to date. The spirit of cooperation and alignment between the two teams is remarkable, and reaffirms what we believed so strongly when we signed the deal last year that the values of the two companies and their commitment to the potential of PCI-32765 are very much aligned," said Bob Duggan, CEO and Chairman of the Board. "Together we intend to launch broad and aggressive Phase III development programs that will utilize the best of both teams with unwavering focus on our shared mission. This is what patients expect and deserve from us."
Recent Developments & Highlights
Bruton's Tyrosine Kinase (BTK) Inhibitor for Oncology
Results from our Phase Ib/II trial of PCI 32765 in patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) or small lymphocytic lymphoma (SLL) (PCYC-1102-CA) were presented in an oral presentation at the American Society of Hematology (ASH) Annual Meeting in San Diego, California in December 2011. The trial included a total of 61 patients with relapsed or refractory CLL/SLL enrolled at two dose levels, 420 mg (n=27) or 840 mg (n=34). Oral PCI-32765 was administered daily until disease progression. Data was available from a landmark analysis of 12 months. With a median follow-up of 12.6 months in the 420mg cohort and 9.3 months in the 840mg cohort, the overall response rate (ORR), including PR and CR, for the 420mg dose level was 67% and for the 840 mg dose 68%, as measured by the 2008 International Workshop on Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia criteria. The responses have been independent of high-risk clinical or genetic features. The estimated landmark 12 month PFS for the pooled cohorts was 86%. The safety profile of PCI-32765 was particularly notable for minimal off target toxicities. The most common treatment related adverse events reported in the trial were Grade 1 (mild) or 2 (moderate) diarrhea, cough, fatigue, and upper respiratory infections, and only 2 of 61 patients have discontinued study treatment due to adverse events regardless of relationship to PCI-32765. The company anticipates having further information on the development of a Phase III program of PCI-32765 in relapsed or refractory CLL/SLL patients in the second quarter of calendar 2012.
Results from our Phase II trial of PCI 32765 in patients with relapsed or refractory mantle cell lymphoma (PCYC-1104-CA) were also presented in an oral presentation at the ASH Annual Meeting in December 2011. The interim analysis included a total of 68 patients accrued to this Phase II trial. PCI-32765 was administered orally at 560 mg daily until disease progression. 51 patients (31 patients had bortezomib-naïve disease, 20 patients had previously received bortezomib) had post-baseline tumor assessments and were thus evaluable for response. The ORR, according to the 2007 Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma International Working Group criteria, was 69% (35/51 patients). ORR was similar in bortezomib-naïve and bortezomib-exposed patients (71% and 65%, respectively). At the time of this analysis 31 of 35 (89%) responding patients have ongoing responses with the median follow-up of 3.7 months. Consistent with previous trials of PCI-32765, the most common adverse events reported in this trial were Grade 1 (mild) or 2 (moderate) fatigue, diarrhea and nausea. Only 3 of 68 patients discontinued study treatment due to adverse events regardless of relationship to PCI-32765. The company anticipates having further information on the development of a Phase III program of PCI-32765 as a single agent in previously treated mantle cell patients in the second quarter of calendar 2012.
As of the end of December 2011 we enrolled approximately 400 patients into clinical trials evaluating PCI-32765. The ongoing Phase I/II program currently includes the following studies:
- PCYC-04753: A Phase I of PCI-32765 in patients with recurrent B-cell malignancies. This study was designed to assess the safety and tolerability of PCI-32765. Patient enrollment is completed with 66 patients enrolled in the main portion of the study. Enrollment into the diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL) activated B-cell (ABC) investigator-led cohort is still ongoing with the National Cancer Institute.
- PCYC-1102-CA: A multicenter, open-label, single agent Phase Ib/II study of PCI-32765 in subjects with relapsed/ refractory or with treatment-naïve (65 years of age or older) chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) or small lymphocytic lymphoma (SLL). This study was designed to assess safety, tolerability, and efficacy of PCI-32765. Patient enrollment is complete, with 117 patients enrolled. An update on the relapsed or refractory patients treated on this trial was provided at the American Society of Hematology Annual Meeting in December of 2011. We intend to report an interim analysis of elderly treatment naïve patients at one of the upcoming scientific conferences mid-year 2012.
- PCYC-1104-CA: A multicenter, Phase II study of PCI-32765 in patients with relapsed or refractory mantle cell lymphoma, including cohorts of subjects either previously treated with bortezomib or naïve to bortezomib treatment. This trial is active in several US and European sites and, as of the end of December 2011, had enrolled 95 patients. An interim report on this trial was provided at the American Society of Hematology Annual Meeting in December of 2011. We anticipate to complete enrollment of this trial in the first half of calendar 2012 and will report on updated study results thereafter.
- PCYC-1106-CA: A multicenter, open-label, Phase II study of PCI 32765 in subjects with relapsed or refractory DLBCL. This study is designed to assess the activity of PCI-32765 in two genetically distinct subtypes of DLBCL, the activated B-cell (ABC) subtype and the germinal center (GC) subtype. This trial is active in several US sites and, as of the end of December 2011, had enrolled 30 patients. We expect to complete enrollment of all 60 patients within the first half of calendar 2012.
- PCYC-1108-CA: A Phase Ib, multicenter, open-label, study of PCI 32765, in combination with bendamustine and rituximab (BR) in subjects with relapsed or refractory CLL or SLL. This trial completed enrollment with 30 patients. We intend to report an interim analysis of these patients at one of the upcoming scientific conferences mid-year 2012.
- PCYC-1109-CA: A Phase Ib/II study of PCI-32765 in combination with ofatumumab in subjects with relapsed or refractory CLL or SLL is ongoing and enrolled 47 patients as of the end of December 2011. This trial has been expanded and will now enroll up to 70 patients and we are expecting to complete enrollment within the first half of 2012. We intend to report data from a subset of these patients at one of the upcoming scientific conferences mid-year 2012.
- PCYC-1111-CA: A Phase II study of PCI-32765 in subjects with relapsed/refractory multiple myeloma (MM) is on track to start enrolling patients in Q1 of calendar 2012. Pre-clinical studies, both internally as well as through external collaborations, have suggested a potentially vital role of BTK in both malignant plasma cells and osteoclasts, which are involved in bone complications of this disease. The MM trial is expected to enroll 35 patients and we anticipate completing the enrollment by early 2013.
Factor VIIa (FVIIa) Inhibitor
A multicenter Phase I/II of PCI-27483 in patients with locally advanced or metastatic pancreatic cancer that are either receiving or are planned to receive gemcitabine therapy is currently ongoing. The Phase II portion of the study is enrolling and patients are being randomized to receive either gemcitabine alone or gemcitabine plus PCI-27483. The objectives are to assess the safety of FVIIa Inhibitor PCI-27483 at pharmacologically active dose levels, to assess potential inhibition of tumor progression and to obtain initial information of the effects on the incidence of thromboembolic events. This trial is active in several US sites and by the end of December 2011 enrolled 28 patients. Due to a paradigm shift in the use of gemcitabine alone for the treatment of pancreatic cancer enrolling patients onto this randomized study has been challenging. An interim analysis of the results of a subset of the patients enrolled is planned for the first half of calendar 2012.
Histone Deacetylase (HDAC) Inhibitor
Abexinostat (aka PCI-24781) is an oral histone deacetylase inhibitor that is being evaluated in multiple clinical trials by Pharmacyclics and our ex-US collaboration partner, Les Laboratoires Servier (Servier) with approximately 250 patients treated by the end of calendar 2011. Pharmacyclics has completed 2 Phase I studies using abexinostat as a single agent in patients with advanced solid tumors, and is currently conducting a Phase I/II trial in sarcoma patients (in combination with doxorubicin, an anti-tumor agent) and a Phase I/II trial testing abexinostat single agent in patients with relapsed or refractory Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL). In the sarcoma trial, co-sponsored by the Massachusetts General Hospital and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, the Phase I dose escalation has been completed and the maximum tolerated dose in combination with doxorubicin has been established. The Phase II portion is currently being planned. In the single agent NHL trial, we are enrolling patients in a Phase II follicular lymphoma arm and expect to complete enrollment by the end of Q1 of calendar 2012. Our collaboration partner for ex-US markets, Servier has expanded its clinical development program of abexinostat and currently has six Phase I/II trials ongoing in Europe in lymphomas and solid tumors with abexinostat as single agent and in combination with radiation as well as other therapeutic agents. The Phase II portion of Servier's single agent lymphoma trial was opened in Q4 of calendar 2011 and is currently enrolling patients. Further analysis of these trials and any updates will be released by Servier.
Conference Call and Webcast Details
Based on timelines of occurring events and availability of our key executives due to travel arrangements, a conference call to update our investors is anticipated to occur in the first week of March.
For further questions please contact Ramses Erdtmann, VP Finance at: 408-215-3325
Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures
This press release contains non-GAAP financial measures, including operating and other expenses adjusted to exclude certain non-cash and non-recurring expenses. These measures are not in accordance with, or an alternative to generally accepted accounting principles, or GAAP, and may be different from non-GAAP financial measures used by other companies. The items included in GAAP presentations but excluded for purposes of determining non-GAAP financial measures for the periods presented in this press release are employee related non-cash expenses and the net amount of the therapeutic discovery project tax grant. We believe the presentation of non-GAAP financial measures provides useful information to management and investors regarding various financial and business trends relating to our financial condition and results of operations. When GAAP financial measures are viewed in conjunction with non-GAAP financial measures, investors are provided with a more meaningful understanding of our ongoing operating performance. In addition, these non-GAAP financial measures are among those indicators we use as a basis for evaluating operational performance, allocating resources and planning and forecasting future periods. Non-GAAP financial measures are not intended to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for GAAP financial measures. To the extent this release contains historical non-GAAP financial measures, we have also provided corresponding GAAP financial measures for comparative purposes. Reconciliation between certain GAAP and non-GAAP measures is provided below.
Pharmacyclics® is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on developing and commercializing innovative small-molecule drugs for the treatment of cancer and immune mediated diseases. Our mission and goal is to build a viable biopharmaceutical company that designs, develops and commercializes novel therapies intended to improve quality of life, increase duration of life and resolve serious unmet medial healthcare needs; and to identify promising product candidates based on scientific development expertise, develop our products in a rapid, cost-efficient manner and pursue commercialization and/or development partners when and where appropriate.
Presently, Pharmacyclics has three product candidates in clinical development and several preclinical molecules in lead optimization. We are committed to high standards of ethics, scientific rigor, and operational efficiency as we move each of these programs to viable commercialization.
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