Cellectis Reports First Quarter 2016 Financial Results
Published on May 11, 2016
- Initiated UCART123 GMP production concept
- Secured strategic supply of key materials for GMP manufacturing
- Strong cash position of $315 million (€276 million) as of March, 31 2016
New York, N.Y. – May 11, 2016 – Cellectis S.A. (Alternext: ALCLS - Nasdaq: CLLS), a biopharmaceutical company focused on developing immunotherapies based on gene edited CAR T-cells (UCART), today announced its results for the three-month period ended March 31, 2016.
“We are excited to monitor the results presented by Great Ormond Street Hospital – University College of London describing clinical application of allogeneic, off-the-shelf CAR T-cells in young ALL patients with high medical need who exhausted all other treatment options. We are looking forward to seeing more data updates from our partners and bringing our CAR T-cell programs into the clinic, starting with UCART123 for AML patients” said André Choulika, CEO, Cellectis.
Recent Corporate Highlights
• New agreement with CELLforCURE for the cGMP manufacturing of clinical batches of UCART123, Cellectis’ lead product candidate, and for the implementation of cGMP manufacturing processes designed and developed by Cellectis.
• Supply and license agreement with Takara Bio Inc. for recombinant human fibronectin fragment RetroNectin® to support Cellectis’ manufacturing processes and production capabilities.
• Publication in Scientific Reports, part of Nature Publishing Group, describing the design and development of a new CAR architecture with an integrated switch-on system that allows control over CAR T-cell functions.
• Research collaboration and license agreement with MabQuest SA for the development of a new class of anti PD-1 monoclonal antibodies.
• Cellectis gave a presentation at the Cowen and Company 36th Annual Health Care Conference on March 9, 2016 in Boston, MA.
• Scientific presentations at AACR, New Orleans:
- Allogeneic TCRα/CS1 double knockout T-cell bearing an anti-CS1 chimeric antigen receptor: an improved immunotherapy approach for the treatment of Multiple Myeloma, presented by Roman Galetto, Cellectis.
- Improved safety by a non-lethal switch to control CAR activity at the T-cell surface membrane, presented by Laurent Poirot, Cellectis.
• Appointment of Dr. Loan Hoang-Sayag to the role of Chief Medical Officer. Dr. Hoang-Sayag joined Cellectis from Quintiles Transnational, where she was most recently Senior Director of Medical Science.
• Calyxt, Cellectis’ plant science subsidiary, has purchased a 10-acre parcel in the St. Paul suburb of Roseville, MN, to build a new greenhouse and company headquarter.
As previously announced, commencing with this report of first quarter results Cellectis will now publish quarter-over-quarter comparative figures.
Cellectis’ consolidated financial statements have been prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards, or IFRS, as issued by the International Accounting Standards Board (“GAAP”).
First Quarter 2016 Financial Results
Cash: As of March 31, 2016 Cellectis had €276.5 million in total cash, cash equivalents and current financial assets compared to €314.2 million as of December 31, 2015. This notably reflects (i) the initiation of industrial GMP UCART123 production, (ii) increased expenses in GMP materials (iii) payment of €7.2 million of Value Added Taxes related to the proceeds received in the fourth quarter of 2015 from Servier and (iv) Calyxt’s acquisition of a 10-acre parcel for €5.2 million. The change was also attributable to the unrealized translation effect of exchange rate fluctuations on our U.S. dollar cash and cash equivalent accounts.
Revenues and Other Income: During the three months ended March 31, 2015 and 2016, we recorded €9.2 million and €9.5 million, respectively, in revenues and other income.
Total Operating Expenses and Other Operating Income: Total operating expenses and other operating income for the first quarter of 2016 were €29.9 million, compared to €12.8 million for the first quarter of 2015. The non-cash stock-based compensation expenses included in these amounts were €13.4 million and €0.8 million, respectively.
R&D Expenses: For the three months ended March 31, 2015 and 2016, research and development expenses increased by €11.4 million from €7.4 million in 2015 to €18.9 million in 2016. Personnel expenses increased by €7.2 million from €4.7 million in 2015 to €11.9 million in 2016, notably due to a €1.0 million increase in wages and salaries, and a €7.2 million increase in non-cash stock based compensation expense, partly offset by a €1.0 million decrease in social charges on stock option and free shares grants. Purchases and external expenses increased by €4.2 million from €2.4 million in 2015 to €6.6 million in 2016, due to increased expenses related to innovation and platform development, including payments to third parties participating in product development, purchases of biological raw materials and expenses associated with the use of laboratories and other facilities.
SG&A Expenses: During the three months ended March 31, 2015 and 2016, we recorded €5.4 million and €10.5 million, respectively, of selling, general and administrative expenses. The increase of €5.2 million primarily reflects (i) an increase of €4.5 million in personnel expenses from €3.7 million to €8.3 million, attributable, among other things, to an increase of €5.4 million of non-cash stock-based compensation expense, partly offset by a decrease of €1.1 million of social charges on stock options and free share grants, and (ii) an increase of €0.8 million in purchases and external expenses.
Financial gain (loss): The financial gain was €9.9 million for the first quarter of 2015 compared with financial loss of €9.1 million for the first quarter of 2016, which does not reflect actions undertaken to mitigate the impact of currency exchange rate fluctuations that were adopted at the end of the first quarter of 2016. The change in financial result was primarily attributable to the effect of exchange rate fluctuations on our U.S. dollar cash and cash equivalent accounts.
Net Loss Attributable to Shareholders of Cellectis: During the three months ended March 31, 2015 and 2016, we recorded a net income of €6.3 million (or €0.20 per share on a basic basis and €0.19 per share on a diluted basis) and a loss of €29.5 million (or €0.84 per share on both a basic and diluted basis), respectively. Adjusted net loss attributable to shareholders of Cellectis for the first quarter of 2016 was €16.1 million (€0.46 per share on both a basic and a diluted basis) compared to adjusted net income attributable to shareholders of Cellectis of €7.0 million (€0.22 per share on both a basic and a diluted basis), for the first quarter of 2015. Adjusted net income (loss) attributable to shareholders of Cellectis for the first quarter of 2016 and 2015 excludes a non-cash stock-based compensation expense of €13.4 million and €0.8 million, respectively. Please see "Note Regarding Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures" for a reconciliation of GAAP net income to adjusted net income.
Financial Guidance: Cellectis expects that its cash, cash equivalents and Current financial assets of €276.5 million as of March 31, 2016 will be sufficient to fund its current operations through 2018.