Aerpio Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq: ARPO), a biopharmaceutical company focused on developing compounds that activate Tie2 to treat ocular diseases and diabetic complications, today reported financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2018 and provided a business update.
Our TIME-2b clinical trial, evaluating the effect of AKB-9778, our first-in-class systemically administered Tie2 activator in patients with non-proliferative diabetic retinopathy (NPDR), is on track and we look forward to reporting top-line results in early Q2 2019, commented Stephen Hoffman, M.D., Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer of Aerpio. In addition to the progress weve made with AKB-9778 for NPDR, we continue to advance a topical ocular formulation of AKB-9778 in open angle glaucoma and expect to initiate a Phase 1b study in Q2 2019. We are also excited about the potential of AKB-4924 (now known as GB004) and our partnership with Gossamer Bio, as announced in June. On the financial front, we remain well capitalized following the completion of a successful $52 million financing in June and receipt of the $20 million up front payment from our partnership with Gossamer.
TIME-2b Study Overview
The TIME-2b study is a double-masked, placebo-controlled, multi-center trial evaluating the effect of AKB-9778 in patients with NPDR. 167 patients were randomized to receive 48 weeks of treatment with either AKB-9778 15 mg subcutaneously once daily (and placebo subcutaneously once daily), AKB-9778 15 mg subcutaneously twice daily, or placebo subcutaneously twice daily. The primary endpoint of the TIME-2b study is the percentage of patients who improve by 2 or more steps in diabetic retinopathy severity score (DRSS) in the study eye. One of our secondary objectives, the urine albumin to creatinine ratio or UACR, was prospectively included based on a post-hoc analysis of this biomarker in the TIME-2 Phase 2a clinical trial of AKB-9778 in diabetic macular edema. Initial results from this trial are expected early in the second quarter of 2019.
Third Quarter 2018 Financial Highlights
As of September 30, 2018, cash and cash equivalents totaled $68.8 million, compared to $20.3 million as of December 31, 2017. Total common shares outstanding as of September 30, 2018, were 40.6 million.
Revenue for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2018 of $18.8 million and $20.2 million, respectively, which is primarily attributable to the $20.0 million up front payment from Gossamer related to Aerpios license to Gossamer of AKB-4924. Based on the terms of the license agreement and applicable accounting guidance, the $20.0 million was recognized over a ninety-day performance period beginning June 25, 2018.
For the three months ended September 30, 2018, operating expenses totaled $7.6 million, including $0.8 million in non-cash stock compensation expense, compared to $4.8 million, including $0.1 million in non-cash stock compensation expense, for the same period in 2017. For the nine months ended September 30, 2018, operating expenses totaled $22.5 million, including $2.8 million in non-cash stock compensation expense, compared to $15.1 million, including $0.4 million in non-cash stock compensation expense, for nine months ended September 30, 2017.
Research and development expenses for the three months ended September 30, 2018, increased $1.4 million, or 48%, compared to the same period in 2017. Research and development expenses for the nine months ended September 30, 2018, increased $4.2 million, or 51%, compared to the nine months ended September 30, 2017. This increase in both periods was primarily the result of increased and ongoing expenses associated with the Phase 2b trial of AKB-9778.
General and administrative expenses for the three months ended September 30, 2018, increased $1.5 million, or 81%, compared to the same period in 2017. General and administrative expenses for the nine months ended September 30, 2018, increased $3.1 million, or 47%, compared to the nine months ended September 30, 2017. This increase in both periods was primarily attributable to increased stock-based compensation and personnel-related costs.
Net income attributable to common shareholders for the three months ended September 30, 2018 was $11.5 million, or $0.28 earnings per share, compared to a net loss attributable to common shareholders of $4.6 million, or $0.17 net loss per share, for the same period in 2017. Net loss attributable to common shareholders for the nine months ended September 30, 2018 was $1.9 million, or $0.06 net loss per share, compared to a net loss attributable to common shareholders of $16.1 million, or $0.81 net loss per share, for the nine months ended September 30, 2017.
Conference Call and Webcast
Aerpio management will host a live conference call and webcast at 8:30 a.m. EST today to discuss Aerpios financial results and provide a general business update.
The live webcast and a replay may be accessed by visiting Aerpio’s website at http://ir.aerpio.com/. Please connect to the Company’s website at least 15 minutes prior to the live webcast to ensure adequate time for any software download that may be needed to access the webcast. Alternatively, please call (877) 216-7943 (U.S.) or (417) 629-5045 (international) to listen to the live conference call. The conference ID number for the live call is 4090026. Please dial in approximately 10 minutes prior to the call. Telephone replay will be available approximately two hours after the call. To access the replay, please call (855) 859-2056 (U.S.) or (404) 537-3406 (international). The conference ID number for the replay is 4090026.
About Aerpio Pharmaceuticals
Aerpio Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is a biopharmaceutical company focused on advancing first-in-class compounds that activate Tie2 to treat ocular diseases and complications of diabetes. Tie2 is an important regulator of vascular stability and its down-regulation is found in patients with diabetes. Down-regulation is caused by activation of two inhibitors of Tie2, VE-PTP and Ang-2 due to hypoxia or tissue ischemia. The Companys lead compound, AKB-9778, is a systemically-administered small molecule activator of the Tie2 pathway (via highly selective and potent deactivation of VE-PTP) and is in clinical development for the treatment of non-proliferative diabetic retinopathy. AKB-9778 is also being investigated for its potential utility in treating diabetic nephropathy and an eyedrop formulation is in development as a potential treatment for open-angle glaucoma. For more information, please visit www.aerpio.com.
Forward Looking Statements
This press release contains forward-looking statements. Statements in this press release that are not purely historical are forward-looking statements. Such forward-looking statements include, among other things, projections regarding future revenue and financial performance, the Companys long-term growth, the development of the Companys product candidates, including AKB-9778 for non-proliferative diabetic retinopathy or otherwise, including the expected timing of results from the Companys TIME-2b clinical trial and the therapeutic potential of the Companys product candidates, including AKB-9778. Actual results could differ from those projected in any forward-looking statements due to several risk factors. Such factors include, among others, the ability to raise the additional funding needed to continue to develop AKB-9778 or other product development plans, the inherent uncertainties associated with the FDA and drug development process, competition in the industry in which the Company operates and overall market conditions. These forward-looking statements are made as of the date of this press release, and the Company assumes no obligation to update the forward-looking statements, or to update the reasons why actual results could differ from those projected in the forward-looking statements, except as required by law. Investors should consult all the information set forth herein and should also refer to the risk factor disclosure set forth in the reports and other documents the Company files with the SEC available at www.sec.gov.
|AERPIO PHARMACEUTICALS, INC.|
|CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS|
|September 30,||December 31,|
|Cash and cash equivalents||$||68,807||$||20,264|
|Prepaid R&D contracts||337||313|
|Other current assets||896||323|
|Total current assets||70,040||20,900|
|Furniture and equipment, net||101||107|
|Liabilities and shareholders’ equity|
|Accounts payable and accrued expenses||$||3,645||$||3,592|
|Total current liabilities||3,645||3,592|
|Total stockholders’ equity||66,517||17,436|
|Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity||$||70,162||$||21,028|
|AERPIO PHARMACEUTICALS, INC.|
|CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS|
|(In thousands, except per share amounts)|
|Three months ended||Nine months ended|
|September 30,||September 30,|
|License revenue, and other||$||18,822||$||–||$||20,155||$||–|
|Research and development||4,346||2,942||12,604||8,367|
|General and administrative||3,278||1,814||9,866||6,733|
|Total operating expenses||7,624||4,756||22,470||15,100|
|Income (loss) from operations||11,198||(4,756||)||(2,315||)||(15,100||)|
|Interest and other income (expense), net||339||107||437||(66||)|
|Net and comprehensive income (loss)||11,537||(4,649||)||(1,878||)||(15,166||)|
|Adjustment of convertible preferred stock||–||–||–||(943||)|
|Net income (loss) attributable to common shareholders||$||11,537||$||(4,649||)||$||(1,878||)||$||(16,109||)|
|Net income (loss) per common share basic and diluted||$||0.28||$||(0.17||)||$||(0.06||)||$||(0.81||)|
|Weighted average common shares outstanding|
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