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Tricida Announces Fourth Quarter and Full-Year 2019 Financial Results

February 27, 2020 at 4:05 PM EST

Webcast Today at 4:30 pm Eastern Time

SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Tricida, Inc. (Nasdaq: TCDA), a pharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of its drug candidate, veverimer (TRC101), a non-absorbed, orally-administered polymer designed to treat metabolic acidosis in patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD), announced today financial results for the fourth quarter and full-year ended December 31, 2019 and provided an update on key initiatives.

2019 Highlights

  • The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) accepted for review, through the Accelerated Approval Program, Tricida’s New Drug Application (NDA) for veverimer and has assigned a Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA) goal date of August 22, 2020. The FDA has indicated that it is currently planning to hold a Cardiovascular and Renal Drugs Advisory Committee (CRDAC) meeting to discuss the application.
  • Tricida announced positive results of the TRCA-301E trial, a placebo-controlled, blinded, 40-week extension trial. The trial met its primary and all secondary endpoints.
  • The Lancet published results from Tricida’s successful TRCA-301 Phase 3 clinical trial in March 2019 and the successful TRCA-301E long-term extension trial in June 2019.
  • Tricida hired key executives and expanded its Medical Affairs and Commercial organizations to support disease awareness efforts and the potential launch of veverimer in the fourth quarter of 2020.

Upcoming Events and Projected Milestones

  • Anticipated CRDAC meeting in the second quarter of 2020.
  • Veverimer PDUFA goal date of August 22, 2020.
  • Commercial launch of veverimer anticipated in the second half of 2020.

“We are rapidly transforming Tricida into a commercial organization that is preparing to launch veverimer, if approved, as the first and only FDA-approved therapy to treat metabolic acidosis and potentially slow CKD progression,” said Gerrit Klaerner, Ph.D., Tricida’s Chief Executive Officer and President. “We believe there is an urgent need to effectively and safely treat this serious condition. We are working with the FDA to obtain initial approval through the Accelerated Approval Program to market veverimer in the United States.”

Financial Results for the Three and Twelve Months Ended December 31, 2019

Research and development expense was $40.7 million and $22.7 million for the three months ended December 31, 2019 and 2018, respectively, and $133.0 million and $85.6 million for the years ended December 31, 2019 and 2018, respectively. The increases in research and development expense in the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2019 compared to the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2018 were primarily due to increased activities in connection with our veverimer clinical development program, including our VALOR-CKD confirmatory postmarketing trial, scale-up costs related to the optimization of our manufacturing process and increased personnel and related costs.

General and administrative expense was $17.5 million and $6.1 million for the three months ended December 31, 2019 and 2018, respectively, and $45.8 million and $18.0 million for the years ended December 31, 2019 and 2018, respectively. The increases in general and administrative expense in the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2019 compared to the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2018 were primarily due to increased administrative costs supporting the increased activities in connection with our veverimer clinical development program, including pre-commercialization and professional service costs, and increased personnel and related costs.

Net loss was $58.2 million (non-GAAP net loss of $47.3 million) and $27.8 million (non-GAAP net loss of $25.3 million) for the three months ended December 31, 2019 and 2018, respectively, and $176.8 million (non-GAAP net loss of $147.7 million) and $102.8 million (non-GAAP net loss of $96.5 million) for the years ended December 31, 2019 and 2018, respectively. Net loss per basic and diluted share was $1.17 and $0.66 for the three months ended December 31, 2019 and 2018, respectively, and $3.72 and $4.64 for the years ended December 31, 2019 and 2018, respectively.

As of December 31, 2019, cash, cash equivalents and investments were $355.0 million.

Financial Guidance

Tricida estimates cash expenditures of $250 million to $260 million in 2020. Based on its current operating plan and excluding potential revenue of veverimer, if approved, Tricida expects that its cash, cash equivalents and investments as of December 31, 2019 and its anticipated additional borrowing capacity of $90 million under its Hercules debt facility will enable the Company to fund its operations into the second half of 2021.

Today’s Conference Call and Webcast

Tricida will host a conference call today at 4:30 pm Eastern Time to discuss its financial results and business progress. Please access the Tricida Conference Call as follows:

Tricida Fourth Quarter and Full-Year 2019 Conference Call

4:30 pm Eastern Time Today

 

 

Webcast:

IR.Tricida.com

Dial-in:

(877) 377-5478

International:

(629) 228-0740

Conference ID:

8894051

A replay of the webcast will be available on the Investor Relations page of Tricida’s website approximately two hours following the completion of the call and will be available for up to 90 days following the presentation.

About Tricida

Tricida, Inc. is a pharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of its drug candidate, veverimer (TRC101), a non-absorbed, orally-administered polymer designed to treat metabolic acidosis in patients with CKD. Metabolic acidosis is a condition commonly caused by CKD that is believed to accelerate the progression of kidney deterioration. It is estimated to pose a health risk to approximately three million patients with CKD in the United States. Tricida is currently conducting its confirmatory postmarketing trial, VALOR-CKD, of veverimer. The Tricida NDA for veverimer has been accepted for review by the FDA through the Accelerated Approval Program. The FDA has assigned a PDUFA goal date of August 22, 2020.

For more information about Tricida, please visit www.Tricida.com.

Cautionary Note on Forward-Looking Statements

This press release includes forward-looking statements, including for example, all of the statements under the heading “Upcoming Events and Projected Milestones” and other statements, including the potential timing for approval or commercial launch of veverimer, the assigned PDUFA goal date of August 22, 2020 and advisory committee meeting, financial guidance, including projected cash expenditures and potential borrowing capacity, and the potential availability of the Accelerated Approval Program, as well as the therapeutic potential of, and potential clinical and commercial development plans for, veverimer. Forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties, assumptions and other factors that may cause our actual results, performance or achievements to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements. These risks and uncertainties include, among others, that we may not be able to achieve upcoming milestones; the cost, timing and results of clinical trials and other studies; that many drug candidates that have completed Phase 3 trials do not become approved drugs on a timely or cost effective basis, or at all; there can be no assurance that the FDA would approve an NDA through the Accelerated Approval Program, or at all, and even if approval for a drug is obtained, there can be no assurance that it will be adopted in the market or accepted as a benefit to patients and healthcare providers; possible safety and efficacy concerns; and that we completely rely on third-party suppliers and manufacturers for many aspects of our business. These and other factors that may affect our future results of operations are identified and described in more detail in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), including our Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and our Annual Report on Form 10-K. The forward-looking statements contained in this press release reflect Tricida’s current views with respect to future events, and Tricida does not undertake and specifically disclaims any obligation to update any forward-looking statements.

Tricida, Inc.

Balance Sheets

(Unaudited)

(In thousands)

 

 

December 31,
2019

 

December 31,
2018

Assets

Current assets:

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents

$

18,574

 

 

$

37,172

 

Short-term investments

289,424

 

 

203,906

 

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

4,744

 

 

3,269

 

Total current assets

312,742

 

 

244,347

 

Long-term investments

46,980

 

 

2,287

 

Property and equipment, net

2,728

 

 

1,215

 

Operating lease right-of-use assets

9,376

 

 

 

Total assets

$

371,826

 

 

$

247,849

 

 

 

 

 

Liabilities and stockholders’ equity

 

 

 

Current liabilities:

 

 

 

Accounts payable

$

5,911

 

 

$

8,460

 

Current operating lease liabilities

1,072

 

 

 

Accrued expenses and other current liabilities

32,780

 

 

6,344

 

Total current liabilities

39,763

 

 

14,804

 

 

 

 

 

Term Loan

58,374

 

 

38,071

 

Non-current operating lease liabilities

8,783

 

 

 

Other long-term liabilities

1,023

 

 

449

 

Total liabilities

107,943

 

 

53,324

 

 

 

 

 

Stockholders’ equity:

 

 

 

Preferred stock

 

 

 

Common stock

50

 

 

42

 

Additional paid-in capital

632,647

 

 

386,830

 

Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss)

193

 

 

(153)

 

Accumulated deficit

(369,007)

 

 

(192,194)

 

Total stockholders’ equity

263,883

 

 

194,525

 

Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity

$

371,826

 

 

$

247,849

 

Tricida, Inc.

Condensed Statements of Operations and Comprehensive Loss

(Unaudited)

(In thousands, except share and per share amounts)

 

 

Three Months Ended
December 31,

 

Years Ended
December 31,

 

2019

 

2018

 

2019

 

2018

Operating expenses:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Research and development

$

40,653

 

 

$

22,697

 

 

$

133,028

 

 

$

85,594

 

General and administrative

17,463

 

 

6,113

 

 

45,796

 

 

18,001

 

Total operating expenses

58,116

 

 

28,810

 

 

178,824

 

 

103,595

 

Loss from operations

(58,116)

 

 

(28,810)

 

 

(178,824)

 

 

(103,595)

 

Other income (expense), net

1,407

 

 

1,937

 

 

7,663

 

 

3,924

 

Interest expense

(1,554)

 

 

(971)

 

 

(5,744)

 

 

(3,137)

 

Loss before income taxes

(58,263)

 

 

(27,844)

 

 

(176,905)

 

 

(102,808)

 

Income tax benefit

92

 

 

 

 

92

 

 

 

Net loss

(58,171)

 

 

(27,844)

 

 

(176,813)

 

 

(102,808)

 

Other comprehensive income (loss):

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net unrealized gain (loss) on available-for-sale investments, net of tax

(293)

 

 

(113)

 

 

346

 

 

(140)

 

Total comprehensive loss

$

(58,464)

 

 

$

(27,957)

 

 

$

(176,467)

 

 

$

(102,948)

 

Net loss per share, basic and diluted

$

(1.17)

 

 

$

(0.66)

 

 

$

(3.72)

 

 

$

(4.64)

 

Weighted-average number of shares outstanding, basic and diluted

49,620,063

 

 

42,081,869

 

 

47,521,237

 

 

22,146,192

 

Tricida, Inc.

GAAP to non-GAAP reconciliations

(Unaudited)

(In thousands)

A reconciliation between net loss on a GAAP basis and on a non-GAAP basis is as follows:

 

 

Three Months Ended
December 31,

 

Years Ended
December 31,

 

2019

 

2018

 

2019

 

2018

GAAP net loss, as reported

$

(58,171)

 

 

$

(27,844)

 

 

$

(176,813)

 

 

$

(102,808)

 

Adjustments:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amortization of operating lease right-of-use assets

318

 

 

 

 

964

 

 

 

Stock-based compensation expense

9,415

 

 

2,123

 

 

25,168

 

 

5,152

 

Amortization of Term Loan discount and issuance costs

609

 

 

414

 

 

2,173

 

 

1,316

 

Changes in fair value of compound derivative liability and warrants

557

 

 

50

 

 

816

 

 

(188)

 

Total adjustments

10,899

 

 

2,587

 

 

29,121

 

 

6,280

 

Non-GAAP net loss

$

(47,272)

 

 

$

(25,257)

 

 

$

(147,692)

 

 

$

(96,528)

 

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

We supplement our financial statements presented on a GAAP basis by providing additional measures which may be considered “non-GAAP” financial measures under applicable Securities and Exchange Commission rules. We believe that the disclosure of these non-GAAP financial measures provides our investors with additional information that reflects the amounts and financial basis upon which our management assesses and operates our business. These non-GAAP financial measures are not in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles and should not be viewed in isolation or as a substitute for reported, or GAAP, net loss, and diluted earnings per share, and are not a substitute for, or superior to, measures of financial performance performed in conformity with GAAP.

“Non-GAAP net loss” is not based on any standardized methodology prescribed by GAAP and represent GAAP net loss adjusted to exclude (1) amortization of operating lease right-of-use assets, (2) stock-based compensation expense, (3) Amortization of Term Loan discount and issuance costs and (4) changes in fair value of compound derivative liability and warrants within our reconciliation of our GAAP to Non-GAAP net loss. Non-GAAP financial measures used by Tricida may be calculated differently from, and therefore may not be comparable to, non-GAAP measures used by other companies.

Jackie Cossmon, IRC
Tricida, Inc.
Vice President of Investor Relations and Communications
IR@Tricida.com

Source: Tricida, Inc.