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SAN CARLOS, Calif., Aug. 06, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Iovance Biotherapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: IOVA), a biotechnology company developing novel cancer immunotherapies based on tumor-infiltrating lymphocyte (TIL) technology, today reported its second quarter and six months ended June 30, 2018 financial results and provided a corporate update.
“The dosing of the first patient with lifileucel in Europe for the treatment of metastatic melanoma marked an important milestone for Iovance and our global development plans as we continue our mission to develop TIL therapy as a treatment option for cancer patients. In line with expansion of the TIL platform, we are initiating investigation of TIL therapy in several new indications with high unmet need, as part of our collaboration with MD Anderson,” said Dr. Maria Fardis, Ph.D., MBA, president and chief executive officer of Iovance Biotherapeutics. “We continue to advance our four company-sponsored trials and intend to provide an update regarding our melanoma program later this year.”
Second Quarter 2018 Financial Results
Net loss for the second quarter ended June 30, 2018 was $30.7 million, or $0.34 per share, compared to net loss of $23.4 million, or $0.37 per share for the same period ended June 30, 2017.
Research and development expenses were $24.6 million for the second quarter ended June 30, 2018, an increase of $6.0 million compared to $18.6 million for the second quarter ended June 30, 2017. The increase in research and development expenses was primarily attributable to a $2.8 million increase in payroll and related expenses, including stock-based compensation expenses, due to a higher number of full time employees and dedicated consultants as we expanded our research efforts and clinical development programs. In addition, a $4.5 million increase occurred due to clinical trial costs because of higher patient enrollment and the number of clinical sites in the clinical trial of lifileucel, for the treatment of metastatic melanoma, and the ongoing clinical trials of LN-145 for the treatment of cervical, head and neck and lung cancers. These increases were partially offset by a $1.0 million decrease in manufacturing costs due to higher costs in 2017 related to technical transfer activities.
General and administrative expenses were $6.8 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2018, an increase of $1.9 million compared to $4.9 million for the second quarter ended June 30, 2017. The increase was primarily attributable to a $1.6 million increase in payroll and related expenses, including stock-based compensation expenses, due to an increase in head count and higher stock prices during the quarter, and a $0.3 million increase in professional service and legal expenses.
Six Months Ended June 30, 2018 Financial Results
Net loss for the six months ended June 30, 2018 was $ 57.2 million, or $0.65 per share, compared to net loss of $44.1 million, or $0.71 per share for the same period ended June 30, 2017.
Research and development expenses were $44.5 million for the six months ended June 30, 2018, an increase of $10.3 million compared to $34.2 million for the same period ended June 30, 2017. The increase in research and development expenses was primarily attributable to a $5.7 million increase in payroll and related expenses, including stock-based compensation expenses, primarily due to a higher number of full time employees and higher stock prices in 2018, and additional outside services contracted to perform research and development activities on our behalf, and a $7.0 million increase in costs related to our clinical trials as we expanded our clinical development programs into additional indications and added clinical trial sites in Europe. These increases were partially offset by a $2.0 million decrease in manufacturing costs due to higher costs in 2017 related to technical transfer activities.
General and administrative expenses were $13.8 million for the six months ended June 30, 2018, an increase of $3.6 million compared to $10.2 million for the same period ended June 30, 2017. The increase was primarily attributable to a $2.7 million increase in payroll and related expenses, including stock-based compensation expenses, due to a higher number of full time employees and higher stock prices in 2018, and a $0.5 million increase in legal expenses.
At June 30, 2018, the company held $276.1 million in cash, cash equivalents, and short-term investments compared to $297.1 million at March 31, 2018. During the second quarter the company used $24.0 million for operating activities. The company anticipates that the year-end balance of cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments may be between $190 to $210 million.
Webcast and Conference Call
Iovance will host a conference call today at 4:30 p.m. ET to discuss these second quarter and six months ended June 30, 2018 results and provide a corporate update. The conference call dial-in numbers are: 1-844-646-4465 (domestic) or 1-615-247-0257 (international). The conference ID for the call is 5177499. The live webcast can be accessed under “News & Events” in the “Investors” section of the company’s website at http://www.iovance.com/ or you may use the link: https://edge.media-server.com/m6/p/xqrxbkif.
A replay of the call will be available from August 6, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. ET to August 13, 2018 at 8:30 p.m. ET. To access the replay, please dial 1-855-859-2056 (domestic) or 1-404-537-3406 (international). The reference access code is 5177499. The archived webcast will be available for thirty days in the Investors section of Iovance Biotherapeutics’ website at http://www.iovance.com.
About Iovance Biotherapeutics, Inc.
Iovance Biotherapeutics, Inc. is a clinical-stage biotechnology company focused on the development of cancer immunotherapy products for the treatment of various cancers. The Company's lead product candidate is an adoptive cell therapy using TIL technology being investigated for the treatment of patients with metastatic melanoma, recurrent and/or metastatic squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck, recurrent, metastatic or persistent cervical cancer and locally advanced or metastatic non-small cell lung cancer. For more information, please visit http://www.iovance.com.
Certain matters discussed in this press release are “forward-looking statements”. We may, in some cases, use terms such as “predicts,” “believes,” “potential,” “continue,” “estimates,” “anticipates,” “expects,” “plans,” “intends,” “may,” “could,” “might,” “will,” “should” or other words that convey uncertainty of future events or outcomes to identify these forward-looking statements. In particular, the Company’s statements regarding clinical trials in Europe and the U.S. are examples of such forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, risks and uncertainties relating to the success, initiation, timing, projected enrollment, progression through stages in trial design, completion, manufacturing capabilities, and cost of our ongoing clinical trials and anticipated clinical trials for our current product candidates (including both Company-sponsored and collaborator-sponsored trials); the timing of and our ability to obtain and maintain U.S. Food and Drug Administration or other regulatory authority approval of, or other action with respect to, our product candidates; the strength of Company’s product pipeline; the successful implementation of the Company’s research and development programs and collaborations; the success of the Company’s manufacturing, license or development agreements; the acceptance by the market of the Company’s product candidates, if approved; the Company’s cash guidance; and other factors, including general economic conditions and regulatory developments, not within the Company’s control. The factors discussed herein could cause actual results and developments to be materially different from those expressed in or implied by such statements. A further list and description of the Company’s risks, uncertainties and other factors can be found in the Company’s most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and the Company's subsequent filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Copies of these filings are available online at www.sec.gov or www.iovance.com. The forward-looking statements are made only as of the date of this press release and the Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update such forward-looking statements to reflect subsequent events or circumstances.
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|IOVANCE BIOTECHNOLOGIES, INC.|
|Selected Consolidated Balance Sheet Data|
|(Unaudited, in thousands)|
|June 30,||December 31,|
|Cash and cash equivalents||$||246,017||$||145,373|
|IOVANCE BIOTECHNOLOGIES, INC.|
|Condensed Statements of Operations|
|(unaudited, in thousands, except per share information)|
For the Three Months Ended
For the Six Months Ended
|Costs and expenses*|
|Research and development||24,551||18,647||44,463||34,240|
|General and administrative||6,827||4,934||13,792||10,224|
|Total costs and expenses||31,378||23,581||58,255||44,464|
|Loss from operations||(31,378||)||(23,581||)||(58,255||)||(44,464||)|
|Interest income, net||718||204||1,080||403|
|Net Loss Per Common Share, Basic and Diluted||$||(0.34||)||$||(0.37||)||$||(0.65||)||$||(0.71||)|
Weighted-Average Common Shares Outstanding,
Basic and Diluted
|* Includes stock-based compensation as follows|
|Research and development||$||2,381||$||1,742||$||4,381||$||2,992|
|General and administrative||2,841||1,551||4,945||3,597|
|(1 )||Certain amounts within the statement of operations for the three and six months ended June 30, 2017 have been reclassified to conform with the current period presentation. These reclassifications had no impact on the Company's previously reported financial position, or cash flows for any of the periods presented.|