Inovio Pharmaceuticals Reports 2016 Third Quarter Financial Results

PLYMOUTH MEETING, Pa., Nov. 09, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Inovio Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:INO) today reported financial results for the quarter ended September 30, 2016. The following financial results provide a year-over-year comparison of the third quarter in 2016 and 2015. Total revenue was $12.5 million compared to $24.2 million. Total operating expenses were $32.7 million compared to $20.5 million. The net loss attributable to common stockholders was $20.8 million, or $0.28 per share for the third quarter 2016, compared to net income of $5.6 million, or $0.08 per share in the third quarter of 2015.

Revenue

The decrease in revenue for the comparable periods was primarily due to $15.0 million of revenue recognized in the third quarter 2015 from the up-front payment received from our partnership agreement with MedImmune. Accounting recognition of the remainder of the $27.5 million upfront payment was deferred and will be triggered by future events. The net income achieved during the third quarter 2015 was attributable to the increase in revenue and may not repeat in future quarters.

Operating Expenses

Research and development expenses were $27.0 million compared to $16.1 million for the third quarter ending 2016 and 2015 respectively. The increase was primarily related to increased investment in our product development programs - notably the DARPA funded Ebola program and clinical trial preparations for the initiation of the VGX-3100 phase III study. General and administrative expenses were $5.8 million compared to $4.4 million.

Capital Resources

As of September 30, 2016, cash and cash equivalents and short-term investments were $119.7 million compared with $163.0 million as of December 31, 2015. There were 74.0 million shares outstanding and 81.8 million fully diluted.

During the three months ended September 30, 2016, the Company sold 448,848 shares of common stock under its ATM common stock sales agreement for net proceeds of $4.2 million, with an average price of $9.45 per share.

Inovio's balance sheet and statement of operations are provided below. Form 10-Q providing the complete 2016 Third quarter financial report can be found at: http://ir.inovio.com/secfilings.

Corporate Update

Clinical Development
  • The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requested additional information regarding Inovio's submission for its proposed phase III clinical program for VGX-3100, placing the program on clinical hold. The study had not yet been initiated and has not enrolled or dosed subjects. In its initial communication the FDA requested additional data to support Inovio's shelf-life claim for the single-use disposable array of the newly designed and manufactured CELLECTRA® 5PSP immunotherapy delivery device. Inovio expects to receive a formal letter in November, which may request other information, and estimates the start of the phase III clinical program will be delayed until the first half of 2017, pending resolution of the FDA's request. This clinical hold does not affect other Inovio clinical programs.
  • Initiated a phase I Zika DNA vaccine trial in Puerto Rico to test for safety, immune responses and initial evidence of efficacy. The placebo-controlled double-blind trial will assess differences in Zika infection rates in 160 healthy participants given either placebo or vaccine as part of an exploratory endpoint. This is the second human Zika vaccine trial initiated by Inovio. All 40 subjects for the first clinical study have been fully enrolled and dosed.
  • Expanded phase I Ebola vaccine trial by fully enrolling an additional 125 subjects in a second stage after generating positive initial safety and immune response data in the first set of 75 healthy volunteers. The study will assess immune response characteristics generated with fewer intradermal administrations, lower doses, and with and without its DNA-based IL-12 immune activator.

Corporate Development
  • Inovio incorporated a 100%-owned subsidiary, GENEOS Therapeutics, Inc., to develop and commercialize neo-antigen based personalized cancer therapies. While Inovio pursues the unique potential of its SynCon ® immunotherapy design to break tolerance and create cancer products targeting universal tumor specific antigens, GENEOS will exclusively focus on leveraging Inovio's potent DNA immunotherapy technology platform to advance the emerging field of patient-specific neo-antigen therapies. Inovio's clinically validated DNA based platform is well suited for advancing individualized therapies due to its rapid product design and manufacturing benefits, ability to combine multiple neo-antigens into formulations, and generation of potent killer T cell responses that are needed to drive clinical efficacy. GENEOS plans to independently raise capital and build a team to execute this complementary business model. Inovio will continue its focus on advancing its universal antigen-specific cancer immunotherapy portfolio, including INO-3112 (with Medimmune), INO-5150, INO-1400, and INO-5401, as well as its pre-cancer (VGX-3100) and infectious disease products. 
  • Licensed a veterinary vaccine for foot and mouth disease (FMD) to Plumbline Life Sciences, an animal health company headquartered in South Korea. Plumbline will fund all development activities for this FMD vaccine and pay Inovio milestone payments as well as royalties on potential product sales.
  • Inovio expanded its leadership team with the appointment of multiple individuals to lead the functions of business development, biologic and device manufacturing, regulatory, and oncology clinical development.

About Inovio Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Inovio is taking immunotherapy to the next level in the fight against cancer and infectious diseases. We are the only immunotherapy company that has reported generating T cells in vivo in high quantity that are fully functional and whose killing capacity correlates with relevant clinical outcomes with a favorable safety profile. With an expanding portfolio of immune therapies, the company is advancing a growing preclinical and clinical stage product pipeline. Partners and collaborators include MedImmune, The Wistar Institute, University of Pennsylvania, DARPA, GeneOne Life Science, Plumbline Life Sciences, Drexel University, NIH, HIV Vaccines Trial Network, National Cancer Institute, U.S. Military HIV Research Program, and Laval University. For more information, visit www.inovio.com.

This press release contains certain forward-looking statements relating to our business, including our plans to develop electroporation-based drug and gene delivery technologies and DNA vaccines, our expectations regarding our research and development programs and our capital resources. Actual events or results may differ from the expectations set forth herein as a result of a number of factors, including uncertainties inherent in pre-clinical studies, clinical trials and product development programs, including our ability to obtain a release of the clinical hold from the FDA for the proposed phase III clinical program for VGX-3100 , the availability of funding to support continuing research and studies in an effort to prove safety and efficacy of electroporation technology as a delivery mechanism or develop viable DNA vaccines, our ability to support our broad pipeline of SynCon® active immunotherapy and vaccine products, our ability to advance our portfolio of immuno-oncology products independently, the ability of our collaborators to attain development and commercial milestones for products we license and product sales that will enable us to receive future payments and royalties, the adequacy of our capital resources, the availability or potential availability of alternative therapies or treatments for the conditions targeted by the company or its collaborators, including alternatives that may be more efficacious or cost effective than any therapy or treatment that the company and its collaborators hope to develop, our ability to enter into partnerships in conjunction with our research and development programs, evaluation of potential opportunities, issues involving product liability, issues involving patents and whether they or licenses to them will provide the company with meaningful protection from others using the covered technologies, whether such proprietary rights are enforceable or defensible or infringe or allegedly infringe on rights of others or can withstand claims of invalidity and whether the company can finance or devote other significant resources that may be necessary to prosecute, protect or defend them, the level of corporate expenditures, assessments of the company's technology by potential corporate or other partners or collaborators, capital market conditions, the impact of government healthcare proposals and other factors set forth in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2015, our Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2016,  and other regulatory filings from time to time. There can be no assurance that any product in Inovio's pipeline will be successfully developed or manufactured, that final results of clinical studies will be supportive of regulatory approvals required to market licensed products, or that any of the forward-looking information provided herein will be proven accurate.

Inovio Pharmaceuticals, Inc. CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
  September 30,  2016   December 31,  2015
  (Unaudited)    
ASSETS      
Current assets:      
Cash and cash equivalents $ 23,250,762     $ 57,632,693  
Short-term investments 96,435,585     105,357,277  
Accounts receivable 17,455,108     7,333,059  
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 1,391,252     917,257  
Prepaid expenses and other current assets from affiliated entity 1,697,213     610,652  
Total current assets 140,229,920     171,850,938  
Fixed assets, net 8,990,714     7,306,695  
Investment in affiliated entity- GeneOne 20,758,587     14,941,277  
Investment in affiliated entity - PLS 4,537,761     5,045,915  
Intangible assets, net 8,036,874     3,905,860  
Goodwill 10,513,371     10,113,371  
Other assets 1,482,066     676,803  
Total assets $ 194,549,293     $ 213,840,859  
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY      
Current liabilities:      
Accounts payable and accrued expenses $ 16,183,976     $ 13,064,899  
Accounts payable and accrued expenses due to affiliated entity 493,420     165,047  
Accrued clinical trial expenses 7,216,266     2,600,483  
Common stock warrants 1,812,502     1,301,138  
Deferred revenue 14,829,634     13,449,768  
Deferred revenue from affiliated entity 438,542     504,442  
Deferred rent 400,200     380,629  
Total current liabilities 41,374,540     31,466,406  
Deferred revenue, net of current portion 365,687     103,074  
Deferred revenue from affiliated entity, net of current portion 180,444     677,371  
Deferred rent, net of current portion 5,474,834     5,485,313  
Deferred tax liabilities 175,642     175,642  
Total liabilities 47,571,147     37,907,806  
Inovio Pharmaceuticals, Inc. stockholders' equity:      
Common stock 73,967     72,218  
Additional paid-in capital 552,753,321     534,004,564  
Accumulated deficit (408,604,765 )   (361,097,896 )
Accumulated other comprehensive income 2,659,354     2,708,339  
Total Inovio Pharmaceuticals, Inc. stockholders' equity 146,881,877     175,687,225  
Non-controlling interest 96,269     245,828  
Total stockholders' equity 146,978,146     175,933,053  
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $ 194,549,293     $ 213,840,859  
               

Inovio Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(Unaudited)
  Three Months Ended September 30,   Nine Months Ended September 30,  
  2016   2015   2016   2015  
Revenues:              
Revenue under collaborative research and development arrangements $ 2,327,316     $ 16,475,083     $ 6,014,161     $ 25,055,890  
Revenue under collaborative research and development arrangements with affiliated entity 574,596     125,000     1,211,316     404,167  
Grants and miscellaneous revenue 9,410,648     7,583,151     19,401,029     9,176,492  
Grants and miscellaneous revenue from affiliated entity 227,903         227,903      
Total revenues 12,540,463     24,183,234     26,854,409     34,636,549  
Operating expenses:              
Research and development 26,980,343     16,075,201     64,800,304     42,190,032  
General and administrative 5,755,603     4,377,616     16,926,746     13,203,804  
Gain on sale of assets         (1,000,000 )   (1,000,000 )
Total operating expenses 32,735,946     20,452,817     80,727,050     54,393,836  
Income (Loss) from operations (20,195,483 )   3,730,417     (53,872,641 )   (19,757,287 )
Other income (expense):              
Interest and other income, net 391,596     214,982     1,065,797     499,590  
Change in fair value of common stock warrants, net 2,690     518,877     (517,334 )   467,877  
Gain (loss) on investment in affiliated entity (958,141 )   (659,054 )   5,817,309     5,849,782  
Net income (loss) before income tax benefit (20,759,338 )   3,805,222     (47,506,869 )   (12,940,038 )
Income tax benefit     1,789,246         1,789,246  
Net income (loss) (20,759,338 )   5,594,468     (47,506,869 )   (11,150,792 )
Net (income) loss attributable to non-controlling interest             (84,769 )
Net income (loss) attributable to Inovio Pharmaceuticals, Inc. $ (20,759,338 )   $ 5,594,468     $ (47,506,869 )   $ (11,235,561 )
Net income (loss) per common share attributable to Inovio Pharmaceuticals, Inc. stockholders:              
  Basic $ (0.28 )   $ 0.08     $ (0.65 )   $ (0.17 )
  Diluted $ (0.28 )   $ 0.07     $ (0.65 )   $ (0.18 )
Weighted average number of common shares outstanding used in per share calculations:              
  Basic 73,602,834     72,029,644     72,932,199     66,846,481  
  Diluted 73,789,008     73,961,237     72,932,199     67,018,961  
                       

 
CONTACTS:Investors: Bernie Hertel, Inovio Pharmaceuticals, 858-410-3101, bhertel@inovio.comMedia: Jeff Richardson, Inovio Pharmaceuticals, 267-440-4211, jrichardson@inovio.com 

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