CARLSBAD, Calif., Aug. 4, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Ionis Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq: IONS) today reported its financial results for the second quarter of 2021 and recent business achievements.

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"Since our last quarterly update, we continued to execute on our strategic objectives to prepare for multiple Ionis commercial launches, expand our drug delivery capabilities and advance new products towards the market. Biogen completed dosing in the tofersen Phase 3 VALOR study and began offering tofersen to SOD1-ALS patients on an individual compassionate use basis. We achieved full enrollment in the eplontersen Phase 3 NEURO-TTRansform study and 50 percent enrollment in the pelacarsen Phase 3 Lp(a) HORIZON study. Additionally, we licensed Bicycle Therapeutics' technology to expand the capabilities of our LICA technology," said Brett P. Monia, Ph.D., chief executive officer of Ionis. "Looking ahead, we expect data from multiple pipeline programs, including additional data supporting the potential for our IONIS-PKK-LRx program to change the standard of care for patients with hereditary angioedema. And by this fall, we expect data from the Phase 3 VALOR study of tofersen in patients with SOD1-ALS. If results from the VALOR study are positive, we expect tofersen to be our next commercial medicine. These key recent achievements and upcoming catalysts keep us on track for a regular cadence of Phase 3 data and new drug applications, leading to 12 or more products on the market in 2026."

Second Quarter 2021 and Recent Summary Financial Results

  • Second quarter results reflect focus on Ionis' strategic objectives
    • $126 million in total revenues
    • $154 million of operating expenses on a non-GAAP basis(1) and $199 million on a GAAP basis
    • Net loss of $36 million on a non-GAAP basis(1) and $81 million on a GAAP basis
  • Well capitalized with cash and investments of $2.1 billion at the end of the second quarter

"In addition to advancing our pipeline and expanding our drug discovery capabilities, we have taken multiple steps to streamline our operations in support of our wholly owned medicines. We have completed the integration of Akcea, entered distribution arrangements with Sobi and restructured our commercial operations. These steps enabled us to unlock significant resources that we are redirecting towards our highest priority programs," said Elizabeth L. Hougen, chief financial officer of Ionis. "We remain on track to achieve our 2021 revenue guidance of more than $600 million. We continue to expect increased R&D revenue in the second half of this year. Already in the third quarter, we earned $25 million from Novartis for the pelacarsen enrollment milestone. We are revising our 2021 operating expense and net loss guidance because of our license of Bicycle's technology. Importantly, we remain well-capitalized with the resources we need to achieve our strategic objectives."  

Revised 2021 Financial Guidance

  • Updated operating expense and net loss guidance because of Ionis' license of Bicycle's technology(1)

 


Prior 2021 Guidance

Revised 2021 Guidance

Revenue

>$600 million

Unchanged

Operating Expenses (1)

$675 million to $725 million

$710 million to $750 million

Net Loss (1)

<$75 million

<$110 million



(1)

All non-GAAP amounts referred to in this press release exclude non-cash compensation expense related to equity awards and expenses related to the Akcea acquisition and restructured commercial operations and the related tax effects. Please refer to the section below titled "Financial Impacts of Akcea Acquisition and Restructured Commercial Operations" for a summary of the costs specific to these transactions. Additionally, please refer to the detailed reconciliation of non-GAAP and GAAP measures, which is provided later in this release.

Second Quarter 2021 Marketed Products Highlights 

  • SPINRAZA®: The global market leader for the treatment of spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) patients of all ages
    • $500 million in worldwide sales in the second quarter
    • More than 11,000 patients worldwide on therapy at the end of the second quarter across commercial, expanded access and clinical trial settings
    • New data presented at CureSMA reinforce the potential for higher-dose SPINRAZA to improve SMA patient outcomes and further support SPINRAZA's potential long-term benefit for SMA patients of all ages
  • TEGSEDI® and WAYLIVRA®: important medicines approved for the treatment of patients with severe rare diseases
    • Successfully completed the transition of North American TEGSEDI operations to Swedish Orphan Biovitrum AB (Sobi)

Second Quarter 2021 and Recent Events

  • Phase 3 Pipeline: Six Phase 3 studies on track for a regular cadence of data readouts beginning this year
    • Completed dosing in the Phase 3 VALOR study of tofersen in patients with SOD1-ALS, with data expected by this fall
      • Opened individual compassionate use access for SOD1-ALS patients with the most rapidly progressive disease
    • Achieved full enrollment in the Phase 3 NEURO-TTRansform study of eplontersen in patients with TTR polyneuropathy, with data expected by mid-2022
    • Achieved 50 percent enrollment in the Phase 3 Lp(a) HORIZON study of pelacarsen for patients at risk for Lp(a)-driven cardiovascular disease, resulting in a $25 million payment from Novartis
    • Advanced ION363 into a Phase 3 study in patients with FUS-ALS

  • Mid-stage Pipeline: multiple medicines with potential to change the standard of care for patients with severe diseases
    • Continued to advance the Phase 2b RE-THINc ESRD study of IONIS-FXI-LRx, with data expected in the first half of 2022
    • Reported data from the Phase 1/2 study of IONIS-MAPTRx in patients with Alzheimer's disease, demonstrating durable, time and dose-dependent reductions in CSF tau protein; IONIS-MAPTRx was generally well tolerated
    • Advanced the ongoing Phase 2 study of ION541 in patients with ALS regardless of family history, resulting in a $10 million payment from Biogen
    • Advanced ION224 into a Phase 2b study in patients with non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH)
    • Advanced ION373 into the Phase 2 portion of a pivotal study in patients with Alexander disease
  • Strategic and Business Events
    • Entered a license agreement with Bicycle Therapeutics for exclusive rights to Bicycle's peptide technology to expand the capabilities of Ionis' LICA technology
    • Announced changes to the Ionis board of directors
      • Joseph Loscalzo, M.D., Ph.D., appointed as chairman and Allene M. Diaz as a member of the board
      • Joseph Wender appointed as lead independent director
      • Ionis founder and executive chairman, Stanley T. Crooke M.D., Ph.D. and Breaux B. Castleman retired from the board

Upcoming 2021 Pipeline Catalysts(2) 

 

Anticipated Key 2021 Data Readouts

Program

Phase

Anticipated Indication

H1

H2

IONIS-PKK-LRx

2

Hereditary angioedema (top-line data)


IONIS-AGT-LRx

2

Hypertension


Tominersen

3

Huntington's disease


IONIS-ENAC-2.5Rx

2

Cystic fibrosis


IONIS-MAPTRx

1/2

Alzheimer's disease


Tofersen

3 (VALOR)

SOD1-ALS


Vupanorsen

2b

sHTG/CVD risk reduction


IONIS-PKK-LRx

2

Hereditary angioedema (full data)


IONIS-GHR-LRx

2 + OLE

Acromegaly


 

Anticipated Key 2021 Study Initiations

Program

Phase

Anticipated Indication

H1

H2

SPINRAZA

4 (RESPOND)

SMA, suboptimal gene therapy response


Tofersen

3 (ATLAS)

Presymptomatic SOD1-ALS


ION363

3

FUS-ALS


IONIS-AGT-LRx

2b

Resistant hypertension


IONIS-AGT-LRx

2

Heart failure with reduced ejection fraction


ION373

2/3

Alexander disease


ION224

2b

NASH


IONIS-APOCIII-LRx

3

Second TG indication (sHTG)


ION582

2

Angelman Syndrome




(2)

Timing of partnered program catalysts based on partners' most recent publicly available disclosures

Second Quarter 2021 Financial Results

Revenue

Ionis' revenue was comprised of the following (amounts in millions):



Three months ended,


Six months ended



June 30,


June 30,



2021


2020


2021


2020

Revenue:







     Commercial revenue:









SPINRAZA royalties


$72


$72


$132


$138

TEGSEDI and WAYLIVRA revenue, net


12


16


31


32

Licensing and royalty revenue


2


2


7


4

Total commercial revenue


86


90


170


174

R&D Revenue:









Amortization from upfront payments


20


28


40


49

Milestone payments


15


7


20


30

License fees


-


15


-


15

Other services


5


6


7


11

Total R&D revenue


40


56


67


105

Total revenue


$126


$146


$237


$279

In the second quarter of 2021, the Company successfully completed the transition of its TEGSEDI operations in North America to Sobi. As a result, the Company's commercial revenue from product sales shifted to distribution fees based on net sales generated by Sobi.

The Company's R&D revenue decreased in the second quarter of 2021 compared to the same period last year primarily because the Company earned more milestone payments in the second quarter of 2020 than the same period this year. The Company expects its R&D revenue to increase in the second half of 2021 compared to the first half as its partnered programs advance. Already in the third quarter of 2021, the Company earned a $25 million milestone payment from Novartis when Novartis achieved 50 percent enrollment in the Phase 3 Lp(a) HORIZON study of pelacarsen.

Financial Impacts of Akcea Acquisition and Restructured Commercial Operations

In the second quarter of 2021, the Company incurred $15 million of costs in conjunction with the Akcea acquisition and restructuring of the Company's commercial operations. The Company excluded these costs from its non-GAAP amounts for the period. Refer to the detailed reconciliation of non-GAAP and GAAP measures that is provided later in this release.

Operating Expenses

Ionis' operating expenses for the second quarter of 2021 increased slightly compared to the same period last year driven by an increase in R&D expenses, partially offset by a decrease in SG&A expenses. Ionis' increased R&D expenses were primarily driven by the Company's investments in advancing its late-stage wholly owned pipeline. Ionis' decreased SG&A expenses were primarily from operating efficiencies achieved from integrating Akcea and restructuring the Company's commercial operations.

Net Loss Attributable to Ionis Common Stockholders

Ionis' net loss attributable to Ionis' common stockholders for the second quarter of 2021 increased compared to the same period in the prior year for the reasons discussed above. Additionally, the Company recognized an $8.6 million non-cash loss from the early retirement of a significant portion of its 1 percent senior convertible notes.

Balance Sheet

Ionis ended June 2021 with cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments of $2.1 billion, compared to $1.9 billion at December 31, 2020. In April 2021, Ionis issued $632.5 million of 0 percent senior convertible notes due in April 2026 and repurchased $247.9 million of its 1 percent senior convertible notes. The Company's remaining $62 million of 1 percent senior convertible notes mature in November 2021.

The Company revised its 2020 amounts to reflect the simplified convertible instruments guidance the Company adopted retrospectively on January 1, 2021.

Webcast

Today, at 11:30 a.m. Eastern Time, Ionis will conduct a live webcast to discuss this earnings release and related activities. Interested parties may access the webcast here. A webcast replay will be available for a limited time at the same address.

About Ionis Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

For more than 30 years, Ionis has been the leader in RNA-targeted therapy, pioneering new markets and changing the standards of care with its novel antisense technology. Ionis currently has three marketed medicines and a premier late-stage pipeline highlighted by industry leading neurological and cardiometabolic franchises. Our scientific innovation began and continues with the knowledge that sick people depend on us, which fuels our vision of becoming one of the most successful biotechnology companies. 

To learn more about Ionis visit www.ionispharma.com or follow us on Twitter @ionispharma.

Ionis' Forward-looking Statement

This press release includes forward-looking statements regarding Ionis' business, financial guidance and the therapeutic and commercial potential of SPINRAZA (nusinersen), TEGSEDI (inotersen) and WAYLIVRA (volanesorsen) and Ionis' technologies and products in development. Any statement describing Ionis' goals, expectations, financial or other projections, intentions or beliefs is a forward-looking statement and should be considered an at-risk statement. Such statements are subject to certain risks and uncertainties, including those related to the impact COVID-19 could have on our business, and including those inherent in the process of discovering, developing and commercializing medicines that are safe and effective for use as human therapeutics, and in the endeavor of building a business around such medicines. Ionis' forward-looking statements also involve assumptions that, if they never materialize or prove correct, could cause its results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Although Ionis' forward-looking statements reflect the good faith judgment of its management, these statements are based only on facts and factors currently known by Ionis. As a result, you are cautioned not to rely on these forward-looking statements. These and other risks concerning Ionis' programs are described in additional detail in Ionis' annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2020, and the most recent Form 10-Q quarterly filing, which are on file with the SEC. Copies of these and other documents are available from the Company.

In this press release, unless the context requires otherwise, "Ionis," "Company," "we," "our," and "us" refers to Ionis Pharmaceuticals and its subsidiaries.

Ionis Pharmaceuticals is a trademark of Ionis Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Akcea Therapeutics® is a registered trademark of Akcea Therapeutics, Inc. TEGSEDI® is a registered trademark of Akcea Therapeutics, Inc. WAYLIVRA® is a registered trademark of Akcea Therapeutics, Inc. SPINRAZA® is a registered trademark of Biogen. 

IONIS PHARMACEUTICALS, INC.

SELECTED FINANCIAL INFORMATION

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations

(In Millions, Except Per Share Data)




Three months ended,


Six months ended,



June 30,


June 30,



2021


2020


2021


2020



(as revised*)




(as revised*)



(unaudited)

Revenue:









     Commercial revenue:









SPINRAZA royalties


$72


$72


$132


$138

TEGSEDI and WAYLIVRA revenue, net


12


16


31


32

Licensing and royalty revenue


2


2


7


4

Total commercial revenue


86


90


170


174

    Research and development revenue under
    collaborative agreements


40


56


67


105

Total revenue


126


146


237


279

Expenses:









       Cost of sales


3


3


6


6

    Research, development and patent


139


122


279


239

    Selling, general and administrative


57


73


117


147

Total operating expenses


199


198


402


392

Loss from operations


(73)


(52)


(165)


(113)










Other income (expense):









Loss on early retirement of debt


(8)


-


(8)


-

Other income, net


-


17


3


25

Loss before income tax (expense) benefit


(81)


(35)


(170)


(88)










Income tax (expense) benefit


-


(3)


(1)


1










Net loss


($81)


($38)


($171)


($87)

Net loss attributable to noncontrolling interest in Akcea
Therapeutics, Inc.


-


12


-


22

Net loss attributable to Ionis Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
  common stockholders


($81)


($26)


($171)


($65)










Basic and diluted net loss per share


($0.57)


($0.18)


($1.21)


($0.47)

Shares used in computing basic and diluted net loss per share


141


139


141


139


*The Company revised its 2020 amounts to reflect the simplified convertible instruments guidance the Company adopted retrospectively on January 1, 2021.

 

IONIS PHARMACEUTICALS, INC.

Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Basis:

Condensed Consolidated Operating Expenses, Loss From Operations, and Net Income (Loss)

(In Millions)




Three months ended,

June 30,


Six months ended,

June 30,



2021


2020


2021


2020




(as revised*)


(as revised*)



(unaudited)

As reported research, development and patent
expenses according to GAAP


$139


$122


$279


$239

    Excluding compensation expense related to equity awards      


(23)


(26)


(49)


(52)

    Excluding Akcea acquisition and restructured commercial
operation costs      


(4)


-


(6)


-










Non-GAAP research, development and patent
expenses


$112


$96


$224


$187

As reported selling, general and administrative
expenses according to GAAP


$57


$73


$117


$147

    Excluding compensation expense related to equity awards      


(7)


(22)


(19)


(37)

    Excluding Akcea acquisition and restructured commercial
operation costs      


(11)


-


(16)


-










Non-GAAP selling, general and administrative
expenses


$39


$51


$82


$110

As reported operating expenses according to GAAP


$199


$198


$402


$392

    Excluding compensation expense related to equity awards      


(30)


(48)


(68)


(89)

    Excluding Akcea acquisition and restructured commercial
        operation costs      


(15)


-


(22)


-










Non-GAAP operating expenses


$154


$150


$312


$303










As reported loss from operations according to GAAP


$(73)


$(52)


$(165)


($113)

    Excluding compensation expense related to equity awards      


(30)


(48)


(68)


(89)

    Excluding Akcea acquisition and restructured commercial
operation costs


(15)


-


(22)


-

Non-GAAP loss from operations


$(28)


($4)


$(75)


($24)

As reported net loss attributable to Ionis
Pharmaceuticals, Inc. common stockholders
according to GAAP


$(81)


$(26)


$(171)


($65)

Excluding compensation expense related to equity awards
    attributable to Ionis Pharmaceuticals, Inc. common
    stockholders


(30)


(45)


(68)


(84)

Excluding Akcea acquisition and restructured commercial
    operation costs


(15)


-


(22)


-

Income tax effect related to compensation expense related
    to equity awards attributable to Ionis Pharmaceuticals,
    Inc. common stockholders


-


4


-


12

Non-GAAP net income (loss) attributable to Ionis
Pharmaceuticals, Inc. common stockholders
according to GAAP


$(36)


$15


$(81)


$7


*The Company revised its 2020 amounts to reflect the simplified convertible instruments guidance the Company adopted retrospectively on January 1, 2021.

Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Basis

As illustrated in the Selected Financial Information in this press release, non-GAAP operating expenses, non-GAAP income (loss) from operations, and non-GAAP net income (loss) attributable to Ionis Pharmaceuticals, Inc. common stockholders were adjusted from GAAP to exclude compensation expense related to equity awards and costs related to the Akcea acquisition and restructured commercial operations and the related tax effects. Compensation expense related to equity awards are non-cash. Costs related to the Akcea acquisition and restructured commercial operations include: severance costs, retention costs and other costs related to commercial operations. Ionis has regularly reported non-GAAP measures for operating results as non-GAAP results. These measures are provided as supplementary information and are not a substitute for financial measures calculated in accordance with GAAP. Ionis reports these non-GAAP results to better enable financial statement users to assess and compare its historical performance and project its future operating results and cash flows. Further, the presentation of Ionis' non-GAAP results is consistent with how Ionis' management internally evaluates the performance of its operations.

IONIS PHARMACEUTICALS, INC.


Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets


(In Millions)










June 30,


December 31,




2021


2020






(as revised*)




(unaudited)


Assets:






  Cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments


$2,059


$1,892


  Contracts receivable


24


76


  Other current assets


155


162


  Property, plant and equipment, net


179


181


  Other assets


80


79


     Total assets


$2,497


$2,390








Liabilities and stockholders' equity:






  Other current liabilities


$130


$183


  Current portion of 1% convertible senior notes, net


62


309


  Current portion of deferred contract revenue


102


108


  0% convertible senior notes, net


617


-


  0.125% convertible senior notes, net


541


540


  Long-term obligations, less current portion


82


83


  Long-term deferred contract revenue


380


424


  Total stockholders' equity


583


743


    Total liabilities and stockholders' equity


$2,497


$2,390










*The Company revised its 2020 amounts to reflect the simplified convertible instruments guidance the Company adopted retrospectively on January 1, 2021.

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