Vertex Pharmaceuticals
Jan 25, 2017
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Vertex Reports Full-Year and Fourth-Quarter 2016 Financial Results

-2016 total CF product revenues of $1.68 billion compared to $982 million in 2015; $980 million for ORKAMBI and $703 million for KALYDECO-

-Fourth-quarter 2016 total CF product revenues of $454 million; $277 million for ORKAMBI and $177 million for KALYDECO-

-Company reiterates 2017 financial guidance for ORKAMBI product revenues of $1.1 to $1.3 billion and KALYDECO product revenues of $690 to $710 million-

BOSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated (Nasdaq: VRTX) today reported consolidated financial results for the full-year and quarter-ended December 31, 2016. On January 8, 2017, Vertex provided a comprehensive update on its ongoing research and development programs in cystic fibrosis (CF). The company today provided an update on its non-CF pipeline. Vertex also reiterated its financial guidance provided on January 8, 2017 for total 2017 ORKAMBI® (lumacaftor/ivacaftor) and KALYDECO® (ivacaftor) revenues and combined Non-GAAP R&D and SG&A expenses. Key financial results include:

                         

Three Months Ended
December 31,

%

Twelve Months Ended
December 31,

%
2016 2015 Change 2016 2015 Change
(in millions, except per share and percentage data)
ORKAMBI product revenues, net $ 277 $ 220 $ 980 $ 351
KALYDECO product revenues, net $ 177 $ 181 $ 703 $ 632
TOTAL CF product revenues, net $ 454 $ 401 13% $ 1,683 $ 982 71%
 
GAAP net income (loss) $ 33 $ (74 ) $ (112 ) $ (556 )
GAAP net income (loss) per share - diluted $ 0.13 $ (0.30 ) $ (0.46 ) $ (2.31 )
 
Non-GAAP net income (loss) $ 88 $ 44 $ 211 $ (267 )
Non-GAAP net income (loss) per share - diluted $ 0.35 $ 0.18 $ 0.85 $ (1.11 )

"2016 was a very important year for Vertex. It was marked by significant CF revenue growth from approximately $980 million in 2015 to approximately $1.7 billion in 2016. Additionally, our progress toward treating more people with CF continued in 2016 with the approval of ORKAMBI for children ages six to eleven in the U.S., the advancement of two next-generation correctors into Phase 2 development, and identifying two additional next-generation correctors for Phase 1 development," said Jeffrey Leiden, M.D., Ph.D., Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Vertex. "As we enter 2017, we anticipate continued revenue and earnings growth and additional important progress toward our long-term goal of treating all people with CF."

Full-Year 2016 Financial Highlights

Revenues:

Expenses:

Net Income (Loss) Attributable to Vertex:

Fourth-Quarter 2016 Financial Highlights

Revenues:

Expenses:

Net Income (Loss) Attributable to Vertex:

Cash Position:

2017 Financial Guidance:

Vertex today reiterated its 2017 revenue guidance for ORKAMBI and KALYDECO. The company also reiterated guidance for its 2017 combined non-GAAP R&D and SG&A expenses and introduced guidance for 2017 combined GAAP R&D and SG&A expenses. The guidance is summarized below:

Research and Development Program in Other Serious Diseases

On January 8, 2017, Vertex provided a comprehensive update on its ongoing research and development programs in CF. The company today provided the following information on its non-CF pipeline:

Oncology: Licensing Agreement with Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany

On January 11, 2017, Vertex announced that it entered into a licensing agreement with Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany for the worldwide development and commercialization of four promising research and development programs for the treatment of cancer. As part of the agreement, Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany licensed two clinical-stage programs comprised of the compounds VX-970, VX-803 and VX-984, targeting DNA damage and repair, along with two additional novel research programs that include one immuno-oncology program and a program against a completely novel target.

Vertex will receive an upfront payment of $230 million, in addition to royalties on future net sales. The collaboration, and the related $230 million up-front payment, is subject to the expiration of the waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act. Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany will assume full responsibility for the development and commercialization of all the programs.

Pain: VX-150 Phase 2 Study in Osteoarthritis

Vertex today announced data from a recently completed Phase 2 randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, cross-over study of VX-150 in people with pain from osteoarthritis of the knee. Data from the proof-of-concept study showed statistically significant pain relief with VX-150 and support its further development for the potential treatment of a broad spectrum of pain conditions. VX-150 is a first-in-class oral inhibitor of the sodium channel 1.8 (Nav 1.8). The 14-day study, which enrolled 124 people with at least moderate pain caused by osteoarthritis of the knee, met its primary endpoint of a change from study baseline in the Western Ontario and McMaster Universities Osteoarthritis Index (WOMAC) pain subscale score at Day 14 compared to placebo, with a treatment effect of -0.8 (p=0.0356). The WOMAC pain subscale index assesses pain across five activities on a scale of zero to four using patient-reported questionnaires. The frequency and severity of adverse events observed in the study were similar between the placebo and VX-150 treatment periods. Four patients discontinued treatment due to adverse events in the VX-150 treatment period compared to zero patients in the placebo treatment period.

Vertex plans to initiate additional Phase 2 proof-of-concept studies in the second half of 2017 in neuropathic and acute pain with a goal of further evaluating the potential role of VX-150 in the treatment of different pain conditions.

Vertex is also progressing additional early research programs in adrenoleukodystrophy, alpha-1 antitrypsin disease, sickle cell disease and polycystic kidney disease.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

In this press release, Vertex's financial results and financial guidance are provided in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States (GAAP) and using certain non-GAAP financial measures. In particular, non-GAAP financial results and guidance exclude stock-based compensation expense, revenues and expenses related to consolidated variable interest entities, costs and credits related to the relocation of the company's corporate headquarters and hepatitis C-related revenues and costs and other adjustments. These results are provided as a complement to results provided in accordance with GAAP because management believes these non-GAAP financial measures help indicate underlying trends in the company's business, are important in comparing current results with prior period results and provide additional information regarding the company's financial position. Management also uses these non-GAAP financial measures to establish budgets and operational goals that are communicated internally and externally and to manage the company's business and to evaluate its performance. The company adjusts, where appropriate, for both revenues and expenses in order to reflect the company's operations. The company provides guidance regarding product revenues in accordance with GAAP and provides guidance regarding combined research and development and sales, general, and administrative expenses on both a GAAP and a non-GAAP basis. The guidance regarding GAAP research and development expenses and sales, general and administrative expenses does not include estimates regarding expenses associated with any potential business development activities. A reconciliation of the GAAP financial results to non-GAAP financial results is included in the attached financial information.

 

Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated

Fourth-Quarter Results

Consolidated Statements of Operations Data

(in thousands, except per share amounts)

(unaudited)

                   

Three Months Ended
December 31,

Twelve Months Ended
December 31,

2016 2015 2016 2015
Revenues:
Product revenues, net $ 453,882 $ 406,550 $ 1,683,632 $ 1,000,324
Royalty revenues 3,887 6,331 16,600 23,959
Collaborative revenues 937   5,054   1,945   8,053  
Total revenues 458,706 417,935 1,702,177 1,032,336
Costs and expenses:
Cost of product revenues (Note 1) 59,646 62,092 206,811 117,151
Royalty expenses 836 1,293 3,649 7,361
Research and development expenses 248,452 310,181 1,047,690 995,922
Sales, general and administrative expenses 109,908 96,549 432,829 376,575
Restructuring expenses 224   1,524   1,262   2,206  
Total costs and expenses 419,066   471,639   1,692,241   1,499,215  
Income (loss) from operations 39,640 (53,704 ) 9,936 (466,879 )
Interest expense, net (20,439 ) (20,654 ) (81,432 ) (84,206 )
Other income (expenses), net 1,105   (1,690 ) 4,130   (6,715 )
Income (loss) from operations before provision for (benefit from) income taxes 20,306 (76,048 ) (67,366 ) (557,800 )
Provision for (benefit from) income taxes (7,453 ) (1,379 ) 16,665   30,381  
Net Income (loss) 27,759 (74,669 ) (84,031 ) (588,181 )
(Income) loss attributable to noncontrolling interest 5,186   938   (28,021 ) 31,847  
Net income (loss) attributable to Vertex $ 32,945   $ (73,731 ) $ (112,052 ) $ (556,334 )
 
Amounts per share attributable to Vertex common shareholders:
Net income (loss):
Basic $ 0.13 $ (0.30 ) $ (0.46 ) $ (2.31 )
Diluted $ 0.13 $ (0.30 ) $ (0.46 ) $ (2.31 )
Shares used in per share calculations:
Basic 245,454 242,987 244,685 241,312
Diluted 247,757 242,987 244,685 241,312
                 

Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Net Income (Loss)

Fourth-Quarter Results

(in thousands, except per share amounts)

(unaudited)

 

Three Months Ended
December 31,

Twelve Months Ended
December 31,

2016 2015 2016 2015
GAAP income (loss) attributable to Vertex $ 32,945 $ (73,731 ) $ (112,052 ) $ (556,334 )
Stock-based compensation expense 59,082 44,645 237,705 231,025
Real estate restructuring costs and income (Note 2) 201 454 896 (1,748 )
HCV related revenues and costs (Note 3) (79 ) (5,510 ) (3,338 ) (23,716 )
Other adjustments (Notes 4 and 5) (4,477 ) 77,786   87,986   83,424  
Non-GAAP net income (loss) attributable to Vertex $ 87,672   $ 43,644   $ 211,197   $ (267,349 )
 
Amounts per diluted share attributable to Vertex common shareholders:
GAAP $ 0.13 $ (0.30 ) $ (0.46 ) $ (2.31 )
Non-GAAP $ 0.35 $ 0.18 $ 0.85 $ (1.11 )
Shares used in diluted per share calculations:
GAAP 247,757 242,987 244,685 241,312
Non-GAAP 247,757 246,635 247,276 241,312
                   

Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Revenues and Expenses

Fourth-Quarter Results

(in thousands)

(unaudited)

 

Three Months Ended
December 31,

Twelve Months Ended
December 31,

2016 2015 2016 2015
GAAP total revenues $ 458,706 $ 417,935 $ 1,702,177 $ 1,032,336
HCV related revenues (Note 3) (121 ) (6,071 ) (526 ) (21,449 )
Other adjustments (Note 4) (94 ) (1,509 ) (944 ) (2,888 )
Non-GAAP total revenues $ 458,491   $ 410,355   $ 1,700,707   $ 1,007,999  
 
 

Three Months Ended
December 31,

Twelve Months Ended
December 31,

2016 2015 2016 2015
GAAP cost of product revenues and royalty expenses $ 60,482 $ 63,385 $ 210,460 $ 124,512
HCV related costs (Note 3) 98   (209 ) (19 ) (631 )
Non-GAAP cost of product revenues and royalty expenses $ 60,580 $ 63,176 $ 210,441 $ 123,881
 
GAAP research and development expenses $ 248,452 $ 310,181 $ 1,047,690 $ 995,922
Stock-based compensation expense (38,383 ) (28,405 ) (153,451 ) (152,955 )
HCV related costs (Note 3) (13 ) (213 ) 3,330 493
Other adjustments (Note 4) (2,971 ) (77,762 ) (39,799 ) (78,984 )
Non-GAAP research and development expenses $ 207,085 $ 203,801 $ 857,770 $ 764,476
 
GAAP sales, general and administrative expenses $ 109,908 $ 96,549 $ 432,829 $ 376,575
Stock-based compensation expense (20,699 ) (16,240 ) (84,254 ) (78,070 )
HCV related costs (Note 3) (127 ) (232 ) 2,807
Other adjustments (Note 4) (1,160 ) (2,176 ) (4,160 ) (5,892 )
Non-GAAP sales, general and administrative expenses $ 87,922 $ 78,133 $ 344,183 $ 295,420
       
Combined non-GAAP R&D and SG&A expenses $ 295,007   $ 281,934   $ 1,201,953   $ 1,059,896  
 
 

Three Months Ended
December 31,

Twelve Months Ended
December 31,

2016 2015 2016 2015
GAAP interest expense, net and other expense, net $ (19,334 ) $ (22,344 ) $ (77,302 ) $ (90,921 )
Other adjustments (Note 4) (32 )   108    
Non-GAAP interest expense, net and other expense, net $ (19,366 ) $ (22,344 ) $ (77,194 ) $ (90,921 )
 
GAAP provision for (benefit from) income taxes $ (7,453 ) $ (1,379 ) $ 16,665 $ 30,381
Other adjustments (Note 4) 3,320   636   (16,743 ) (29,731 )
Non-GAAP (benefit from) provision for income taxes $ (4,133 ) $ (743 ) $ (78 ) $ 650
           

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets Data

(in thousands)

(unaudited)

 

December 31, 2016 December 31, 2015
Assets
Cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities $ 1,434,557 $ 1,042,462
Restricted cash and cash equivalents (VIE) (Note 5) 47,762 78,910
Accounts receivable, net 201,083 173,838
Inventories 77,604 57,207
Property and equipment, net 698,362 697,715
Intangible assets and goodwill 334,724 334,724
Other assets 99,693   113,731
Total assets $ 2,893,785   $ 2,498,587
 
Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity
Other liabilities $ 562,691 $ 426,482
Deferred tax liability 134,063 110,439
Accrued restructuring expense 7,954 15,358
Deferred revenues 12,637 26,010
Capital leases 54,402 58,468
Construction financing lease obligation 486,849 473,043
Debt 296,998 295,159
Shareholders' equity 1,338,191   1,093,628
Total liabilities and shareholders' equity $ 2,893,785   $ 2,498,587
 
Common shares outstanding 248,301 246,307

Note 1 : The company's cost of product revenues includes $13.9 million of expense in each of the first quarter of 2016 and the fourth quarter of 2015 related to commercial milestones paid to the CFFT.

Note 2: The company excludes restructuring expense from its non-GAAP income (loss) attributable to Vertex. "Real estate restructuring costs and income" consisted of restructuring charges related primarily to the company's relocation from Cambridge to Boston, Massachusetts.

Note 3: "HCV related revenues and costs" included net product revenues from INCIVEK, royalty revenues from INCIVO, HCV collaborative revenues and operating costs and expenses related to HCV. The Company withdrew INCIVEK from the market in the United States in 2014.

Note 4: In the three months ended December 31, 2016, "Other adjustments" was primarily attributable to a net decrease in the fair value of contingent milestone payments and royalties payable by Vertex to Parion and BioAxone due to changes in certain assumptions used in establishing the fair value including the discount rate and development timeline. In the twelve months ended December 31, 2016, "Other adjustments" of $54.9 million was primarily attributable to an increase in the fair value of contingent milestone payments and royalties payable by Vertex to Parion due to the Phase 2 study meeting its primary safety endpoint as well as $33.0 million of payments for collaborations and the acquisition of certain early stage assets. In the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2015, "Other adjustments" was primarily attributable to a $75.0 million payment related to our collaboration with CRISPR Therapeutics AG that was recorded as research expense.

Note 5: The company consolidates the financial statements of two of its collaborators as VIEs as of December 31, 2016 and December 31, 2015. These VIEs are consolidated because Vertex has licensed the rights to develop the company's collaborators' most significant intellectual property assets. The company's interest and obligations with respect to these VIEs' assets and liabilities are limited to those accorded to the company in its collaboration agreements with these collaborators. Restricted cash and cash equivalents (VIE) reflects the VIEs' cash and cash equivalents, which Vertex does not have any interest in and which will not be used to fund the collaboration. Each reporting period Vertex estimates the fair value of the contingent milestone payments and royalties payable by Vertex to these collaborators. Any increase in the fair value of these contingent milestone and royalty payments results in a decrease in net income attributable to Vertex (or an increase in net loss attributable to Vertex) on a dollar-for-dollar basis. The fair value of contingent milestone and royalty payments is evaluated each quarter and any change in the fair value is reflected in the company's statement of operations.

About Vertex

Vertex is a global biotechnology company that aims to discover, develop and commercialize innovative medicines so people with serious diseases can lead better lives. In addition to our clinical development programs focused on cystic fibrosis, Vertex has more than a dozen ongoing research programs aimed at other serious and life-threatening diseases.

Founded in 1989 in Cambridge, Mass., Vertex today has research and development sites and commercial offices in the United States, Europe, Canada and Australia. For seven years in a row, Science magazine has named Vertex one of its Top Employers in the life sciences. For additional information and the latest updates from the company, please visit www.vrtx.com.

Special Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including, without limitation, Dr. Leiden's statements in the second paragraph of the press release, the information provided in the section captioned "2017 Financial Guidance" and statements regarding (i) the expiration of the waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act with respect to our licensing agreement with Merck KGaA and (ii) the development plan and timeline for VX-150. While Vertex believes the forward-looking statements contained in this press release are accurate, these forward-looking statements represent the company's beliefs only as of the date of this press release and there are a number of factors that could cause actual events or results to differ materially from those indicated by such forward-looking statements. Those risks and uncertainties include, among other things, that the company's expectations regarding its 2017 revenues and expenses may be incorrect (including because one or more of the company's assumptions underlying its expectations may not be realized), that data from the company's development programs may not support registration or further development of its compounds due to safety, efficacy or other reasons, and other risks listed under Risk Factors in Vertex's annual report and quarterly reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission and available through the company's website at www.vrtx.com. Vertex disclaims any obligation to update the information contained in this press release as new information becomes available.

Conference Call and Webcast

The company will host a conference call and webcast today at 4:30 p.m. ET. To access the call, please dial (866) 501-1537 (U.S.) or +1 (720) 545-0001 (International). The conference call will be webcast live and a link to the webcast can be accessed through Vertex's website at www.vrtx.com in the "Investors" section under "Events and Presentations." To ensure a timely connection, it is recommended that users register at least 15 minutes prior to the scheduled webcast. An archived webcast will be available on the company's website.

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