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Jul 30, 2020
Retrophin Reports Second Quarter 2020 Financial Results

Enrollment ahead of schedule in Phase 3 PROTECT Study of sparsentan in IgAN; topline proteinuria data from both pivotal studies in FSGS and IgAN now anticipated in 2021

Net product sales increased eight percent to $48 million in the second quarter

Cash & equivalents of $457 million following completion of $109 million common stock offering  

SAN DIEGO, July 30, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Retrophin, Inc. (NASDAQ: RTRX) today reported its second quarter 2020 financial results and provided a corporate update.

  • Topline results from the 36-week proteinuria analysis in the Phase 3 DUPLEX Study of sparsentan in focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS) anticipated in the first quarter of 2021
  • The Phase 3 PROTECT Study of sparsentan in IgA nephropathy (IgAN) is expected to achieve enrollment of the first 280 patients in 2020; topline data from the 36-week proteinuria analysis are now anticipated in the second half of 2021
  • Net product sales for the second quarter of 2020 were $48.4 million, compared to $44.7 million for the same period in 2019
  • Cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities, as of June 30, 2020, totaled $457.4 million, including net proceeds of $108.6 million from a common stock offering

“The needs of patients living with rare disease are greater than ever and I am proud of our organization’s steadfast dedication to supporting our communities, advancing our development programs and continuing to deliver our approved products during this challenging time,” said Eric Dube, Ph.D., chief executive officer of Retrophin. “While significant uncertainties remain as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the continued focus on our key priorities and recent increase in clinical activity puts us on course to achieve topline results from the 36-week proteinuria endpoint in both the pivotal DUPLEX and PROTECT studies of sparsentan during 2021. For the balance of 2020, we will continue to focus on achieving key enrollment milestones while maintaining high quality conduct in these studies. We are also simultaneously preparing for anticipated regulatory submissions, and building upon our existing commercial capabilities for the potential launch of sparsentan, if approved.”

Quarter Ended June 30, 2020 

Net product sales for the second quarter of 2020 were $48.4 million, compared to $44.7 million for the same period in 2019. For the six months ended June 30, 2020, net product sales were $96.2 million, compared to $84.3 million for the same period in 2019. The increase in net product sales is attributable to growth across the Company’s commercial products including the launch of THIOLA EC®.

Research and development (R&D) expenses for the second quarter of 2020 were $30.8 million, compared to $37.9 million for the same period in 2019. For the six months ended June 30, 2020, R&D expenses were $61.0 million, compared to $71.4 million for the same period in 2019. The difference is largely attributable to the discontinuation of the fosmetpantotenate development program during the fourth quarter of 2019. On a non-GAAP adjusted basis, R&D expenses were $28.2 million for the second quarter of 2020, compared to $35.8 million for the same period in 2019.

Selling, general and administrative (SG&A) expenses for the second quarter of 2020 were $35.0 million, compared to $39.0 million for the same period in 2019. For the six months ended June 30, 2020, SG&A expenses were $68.1 million, compared to $71.6 million for the same period in 2019. The difference is largely attributable to a decrease in professional fees. On a non-GAAP adjusted basis, SG&A expenses were $25.8 million for the second quarter of 2020, compared to $30.4 million for the same period in 2019.

Total other expense, net, for the second quarter of 2020 was $2.9 million, compared to $2.1 million for the same period in 2019. The difference is largely attributable to a reduction in interest income.

Net loss for the second quarter of 2020 was $26.1 million, or $0.58 per basic share, compared to a net loss of $38.7 million, or $0.92 per basic share for the same period in 2019. For the six months ended June 30, 2020, net loss was $25.3 million, compared to $79.7 million for the same period in 2019. On a non-GAAP adjusted basis, net loss for the second quarter of 2020 was $9.9 million, or $0.22 per basic share, compared to a net loss of $24.5 million, or $0.58 per basic share for the same period in 2019.

As of June 30, 2020, the Company had cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities of $457.4 million. This includes net proceeds of $108.6 million from a common stock offering completed during the second quarter of 2020.

Program Updates

Sparsentan

  • In March 2020, The Company achieved enrollment of the first 190 patients in the pivotal Phase 3 DUPLEX Study, a global, randomized, multicenter, double-blind, parallel-arm, active-controlled clinical trial evaluating the safety and efficacy of sparsentan in approximately 300 patients with FSGS. The DUPLEX Study protocol provides for an unblinded analysis of at least 190 patients to be performed after 36 weeks of treatment to evaluate the interim efficacy endpoint – the proportion of patients achieving a FSGS partial remission of proteinuria endpoint (FPRE), which is defined as urine protein-to-creatinine ratio (Up/C) ≤1.5 g/g and a >40 percent reduction in Up/C from baseline, at Week 36. While the confirmatory endpoint of the study is the change in slope of estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) after 108 weeks of treatment, successful achievement of the interim 36-week proteinuria endpoint is expected to serve as the basis for submission of a New Drug Application (NDA) under the Subpart H accelerated approval pathway in the U.S. and Conditional Marketing Authorization (CMA) consideration in Europe. The protocol for the DUPLEX Study also provides for a sample size reassessment to support the confirmatory portion of the study. At this time, the Company continues to anticipate reporting topline efficacy data from the 36-week proteinuria endpoint analysis in the first quarter of 2021, and is monitoring the potential impact of the evolving COVID-19 pandemic in conjunction with the outcome of the planned sample size reassessment on this timing.
     
  • The PROTECT Study, a global, randomized, multicenter, double-blind, parallel-arm, active-controlled pivotal Phase 3 clinical trial evaluating the safety and efficacy of sparsentan in approximately 380 patients with IgAN, is enrolling ahead of schedule and is expected to achieve enrollment of the first 280 patients in 2020. The PROTECT Study protocol provides for an unblinded analysis of at least 280 patients to be performed after 36 weeks of treatment to evaluate the primary efficacy endpoint – the change in proteinuria (urine protein-to-creatinine ratio) at Week 36 from baseline. Successful achievement of the proteinuria endpoint is expected to support submission of an NDA under the Subpart H accelerated approval pathway in the U.S., as well as an application for CMA consideration in Europe. Secondary efficacy endpoints include the rate of change in eGFR following the initiation of randomized treatment over 58-week and 110-week periods, as well as the rate of change in eGFR over 52-week and 104-week periods following the first six weeks of randomized treatment in approximately 380 patients. At this time, the Company anticipates reporting topline efficacy data from the 36-week proteinuria endpoint analysis in the second half of 2021 and is monitoring the potential impact of the evolving COVID-19 pandemic on this timing.

Conference Call Information

Retrophin will host a conference call and webcast today, Thursday, July 30, 2020 at 4:30 p.m. ET to discuss company updates as well as second quarter 2020 financial results. To participate in the conference call, dial +1-855-219-9219 (U.S.) or +1-315-625-6891 (International), confirmation code 6024625 shortly before 4:30 p.m. ET. The webcast can be accessed at retrophin.com, in the Events and Presentations section, and will be archived for at least 30 days. A replay of the call will be available from 7:30 p.m. ET, July 30, 2020 to 7:30 p.m. ET, August 6, 2020. The replay number is +1 (855) 859-2056 (U.S.) or +1 (404) 537-3406 (International), confirmation code 6024625.

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

To supplement Retrophin’s financial results and guidance presented in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), the Company uses certain non-GAAP adjusted financial measures in this press release and the accompanying tables. The Company believes that these non-GAAP financial measures are helpful in understanding its past financial performance and potential future results. They are not meant to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for comparable GAAP measures, and should be read in conjunction with the consolidated financial statements prepared in accordance with GAAP. Retrophin’s management regularly uses these supplemental non-GAAP financial measures internally to understand, manage and evaluate its business and make operating decisions. In addition, Retrophin believes that the use of these non-GAAP measures enhances the ability of investors to compare its results from period to period and allows for greater transparency with respect to key financial metrics the Company uses in making operating decisions.

Investors should note that these non-GAAP financial measures are not prepared under any comprehensive set of accounting rules or principles and do not reflect all of the amounts associated with the Company’s results of operations as determined in accordance with GAAP. Investors should also note that these non-GAAP financial measures have no standardized meaning prescribed by GAAP and, therefore, have limits in their usefulness to investors. In addition, from time to time in the future the Company may exclude other items, or cease to exclude items that it has historically excluded, for purposes of its non-GAAP financial measures; because of the non-standardized definitions, the non-GAAP financial measures as used by the Company in this press release and the accompanying tables may be calculated differently from, and therefore may not be directly comparable to, similarly titled measures used by the Company’s competitors and other companies.

As used in this press release, (i) the historical non-GAAP net income (loss) measures exclude from GAAP net income (loss), as applicable, stock-based compensation expense, amortization and depreciation expense, revaluation of acquisition related contingent consideration and income tax; (ii) the historical non-GAAP SG&A expense measures exclude from GAAP SG&A expenses, as applicable, stock-based compensation expense, and amortization and depreciation expense; (iii) the historical non-GAAP R&D expense measures exclude from GAAP R&D expenses, as applicable, stock-based compensation expense, and depreciation and amortization expense.

About Retrophin

Retrophin is a biopharmaceutical company specializing in identifying, developing and delivering life-changing therapies to people living with rare disease. The Company’s approach centers on its pipeline featuring sparsentan, a product candidate in late-stage development for focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS) and IgA nephropathy (IgAN), rare disorders characterized by progressive scarring of the kidney often leading to end-stage renal disease. Research in additional rare diseases is also underway, including partnerships with leaders in patient advocacy and government research to identify potential therapeutics for NGLY1 deficiency and Alagille syndrome, conditions with no approved treatment options. Retrophin’s R&D efforts are supported by revenues from the Company’s commercial products Chenodal®, Cholbam®, Thiola® and Thiola EC®.

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Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains "forward-looking statements" as that term is defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Without limiting the foregoing, these statements are often identified by the words "may", "might", "believes", "thinks", "anticipates", "plans", "expects", "intends" or similar expressions. In addition, expressions of our strategies, intentions or plans are also forward-looking statements. Such forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, references to the Company’s current expectations around timelines for top-line data from the proteinuria endpoints in the DUPLEX and PROTECT studies, the Company’s ability to achieve key enrollment milestones in 2020 while maintaining high quality conduct in these studies, plans for regulatory submissions for sparsentan under the Subpart H accelerated approval pathway in the U.S. and CMA consideration in Europe, and the expected impacts on the Company’s business from the COVID-19 pandemic, including expectations regarding continued enrollment and conduct of its clinical trials during the pandemic.  Such forward-looking statements are based on current expectations and involve inherent risks and uncertainties, including factors that could delay, divert or change any of them, and could cause actual outcomes and results to differ materially from current expectations. No forward-looking statement can be guaranteed. Among the factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those indicated in the forward-looking statements are risks and uncertainties associated with the Company’s business and finances in general, success of its commercial products as well as risks and uncertainties associated with the Company's preclinical and clinical stage pipeline. Specifically, the Company faces risks associated with market acceptance of its commercial products including efficacy, safety, price, reimbursement and benefit over competing therapies. The risks and uncertainties the Company faces with respect to its preclinical and clinical stage pipeline include risk that the Company's clinical candidates will not be found to be safe or effective and that current clinical trials will not proceed as planned. Specifically, the Company faces the risk that the DUPLEX Study will not demonstrate that sparsentan is safe or effective or serve as a basis for accelerated approval of sparsentan for FSGS as planned; risk that the PROTECT Study will not demonstrate that sparsentan is safe or effective or serve as the basis for accelerated approval of sparsentan for IgAN as planned; and for each of its development programs, risk associated with enrollment of clinical trials for rare diseases and risk that ongoing clinical trials may not proceed on expected timelines or may be delayed for safety, regulatory or other reasons and risk that the product candidates will not be approved for efficacy, safety, regulatory or other reasons. The Company faces risk that it will be unable to raise additional funding that may be required to complete development of any or all of its product candidates; risk relating to the Company's dependence on contractors for clinical drug supply and commercial manufacturing; uncertainties relating to patent protection and exclusivity periods and intellectual property rights of third parties; risks associated with regulatory interactions; and risks and uncertainties relating to competitive products, including potential generic competition with certain of the Company’s products, and technological changes that may limit demand for the Company's products.  The Company faces additional risks associated with the potential impacts the COVID-19 pandemic may have on its business, including, but not limited to (i) the Company’s ability to continue its ongoing development activities and clinical trials, (ii) the timing of such clinical trials and the release of data from those trials, (iii) the Company’s and its suppliers’ ability to successfully manufacture its commercial products and product candidates, and (iv) the market for and sales of  its commercial products.  You are cautioned not to place undue reliance on the forward-looking statements as there are important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in forward-looking statements, many of which are beyond our control. The Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise. Investors are referred to the full discussion of risks and uncertainties as included in the Company's most recent Form 10-Q, Form 10-K and other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Contact:
Chris Cline, CFA
Senior Vice President, Investor Relations & Corporate Communications
888-969-7879
IR@retrophin.com


RETROPHIN, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(in thousands, except share amounts)
       
  June 30, 2020   December 31, 2019
Assets (unaudited)    
Current assets:      
Cash and cash equivalents $ 237,170        $ 62,436     
Available-for-sale debt securities, at fair value (amortized cost $218,596, allowance for credit losses of $0 as of June 30, 2020; amortized cost $335,206, allowance for credit losses of $0 as of December 31, 2019) 220,206        336,088     
Accounts receivable, net 14,077        18,048     
Inventory, net 6,286        6,082     
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 7,714        5,015     
Tax receivable 20,109        1,395     
Total current assets 505,562        429,064     
       
Property and equipment, net 2,930        2,891     
Other non-current assets 13,895        14,709     
Intangible assets, net 155,371        157,200     
Goodwill 936        936     
Total assets $ 678,694        $ 604,800     
       
Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity      
Current liabilities:      
Accounts payable $ 10,198        $ 26,614     
Accrued expenses 44,379        51,745     
Other current liabilities 7,356        8,590     
Business combination-related contingent consideration 8,000        8,500     
Total current liabilities 69,933        95,449     
2025 Convertible debt 210,009        204,861     
Other non-current liabilities 19,507        20,894     
Business combination-related contingent consideration, less current portion 60,600        62,400     
Total liabilities 360,049        383,604     
       
Stockholders' Equity:      
Preferred stock $0.0001 par value; 20,000,000 shares authorized; 0 issued and outstanding as of June 30, 2020 and December 31, 2019 —        —     
Common stock $0.0001 par value; 100,000,000 shares authorized; 50,902,874 and 43,088,921 issued and outstanding as of June 30, 2020 and December 31, 2019, respectively          
Additional paid-in capital 758,945        636,910     
Accumulated deficit (441,704 )     (416,444 )  
Accumulated other comprehensive income 1,399        726     
Total stockholders' equity 318,645        221,196     
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $ 678,694        $ 604,800     
   
   
   
   
RETROPHIN, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES  
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS  
(in thousands, except share and per share data)  
(unaudited)  
         
  Three Months Ended June 30,   Six Months Ended June 30,  
  2020   2019   2020   2019  
  (unaudited)          
Net product sales:                
Thiola/Thiola EC $ 26,857        $ 23,778        $ 52,345        $ 44,958       
Bile acid products 21,573        20,929        43,854        39,319       
Total net product sales 48,430        44,707        96,199        84,277       
                 
Operating expenses:                
Cost of goods sold 1,494        979        2,864        1,996       
Research and development 30,790        37,934        61,038        71,377       
Selling, general and administrative 34,971        38,970        68,110        71,639       
Change in fair value of contingent consideration 4,286        3,353        2,363        6,522       
Write off of L-UDCA IPR&D intangible asset —        —        —        25,500       
Write off of L-UDCA contingent consideration —        —        —        (18,000 )    
Total operating expenses 71,541        81,236        134,375        159,034       
                 
Operating loss (23,111 )     (36,529 )     (38,176 )     (74,757 )    
                 
Other income (expenses), net:                
Other income (expense), net 426        125        235        (177 )    
Interest income 1,316        2,589        3,291        5,408       
Interest expense (4,634 )     (4,817 )     (9,521 )     (9,682 )    
Total other expense, net (2,892 )     (2,103 )     (5,995 )     (4,451 )    
                 
Loss before income taxes (26,003 )     (38,632 )     (44,171 )     (79,208 )    
                 
Income tax (expense) benefit (65 )     (69 )     18,911        (470 )    
                 
Net loss $ (26,068 )     $ (38,701 )     $ (25,260 )     $ (79,678 )    
                 
Per share data:                
Basic and diluted net loss per common share $ (0.58 )     $ (0.92 )     $ (0.57 )     $ (1.91 )    
Basic and diluted weighted average common shares outstanding 44,763,843        41,957,860        43,943,370        41,685,599       


RETROPHIN, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES  
RECONCILIATION OF GAAP REPORTED TO NON-GAAP ADJUSTED INFORMATION  
(in thousands, except share and per share data)  
(unaudited)  
                 
  Three Months Ended June 30,   Six Months Ended June 30,  
    2020     2019   2020   2019  
GAAP operating loss $   (23,111 )     $   (36,529 )     $ (38,176 )     $ (74,757 )    
                 
R&D operating expense   (30,790 )       (37,934 )     (61,038 )     (71,377 )    
                 
Stock compensation   2,332          1,896        4,458        3,566       
Amortization & depreciation   289          288        578        574       
  Subtotal non-GAAP items   2,621          2,184        5,036        4,140       
Non-GAAP R&D expense   (28,169 )       (35,750 )     (56,002 )     (67,237 )    
                 
SG&A operating expense   (34,971 )       (38,970 )     (68,110 )     (71,639 )    
                 
Stock compensation   3,622          3,852        7,406        8,702       
Amortization & depreciation   5,542          4,740        10,908        9,355       
  Subtotal non-GAAP items   9,164          8,592        18,314        18,057       
Non-GAAP SG&A expense   (25,807 )       (30,378 )     (49,796 )     (53,582 )    
                 
Change in fair value of contingent consideration   4,286          3,353        2,363        6,522       
  Subtotal non-GAAP items   16,071          14,129        25,713        28,719       
Non-GAAP operating loss $ (7,040 )     $ (22,400 )     $ (12,463 )     $ (46,038 )    
                 
GAAP net loss $ (26,068 )     $ (38,701 )     $ (25,260 )     $ (79,678 )    
Non-GAAP operating loss adjustments   16,071          14,129        25,713        28,719       
Income tax provision (benefit)   65          69        (18,911 )     470       
Non-GAAP net loss $ (9,932 )     $ (24,503 )     $ (18,458 )     $ (50,489 )    
                 
Per share data:                
Basic and diluted net loss per common share $ (0.22 )     $ (0.58 )     $ (0.42 )     $ (1.21 )    
Basic and diluted weighted average common shares outstanding   44,763,843          41,957,860        43,943,370        41,685,599       
                 

 


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