Ascendis Pharma A/S Reports Second Quarter 2017 Financial Results

- Clinical Pipeline Expands to Include TransCon PTH while Phase 3 Program for TransCon Growth Hormone Advances -

- Conference Call Today at 8:00 a.m. Eastern Time -

COPENHAGEN, Denmark, Aug. 18, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Ascendis Pharma A/S (Nasdaq:ASND), a biopharmaceutical company that utilizes its innovative TransCon technology to address significant unmet medical needs in rare diseases, today announced financial results for the quarter ended June 30, 2017.

“We are making excellent progress executing our Vision 20/20 strategic plan to establish Ascendis as a leading, integrated rare disease company,” said Jan Mikkelsen, Ascendis Pharma’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “Our phase 3 heiGHt trial for TransCon Growth Hormone is well underway and on track to be fully enrolled in the fourth quarter. We are now transitioning to having two product candidates in clinical development: TransCon Growth Hormone and TransCon PTH. Additionally, early next year we expect to initiate clinical development of our third product candidate, TransCon CNP. All three of our rare disease endocrinology product candidates are designed to make a meaningful impact in patients’ lives while addressing significant market opportunities.”

Recent Corporate Highlights

  • Continued enrollment of subjects in the phase 3 heiGHt Trial for TransCon Growth Hormone in pediatric growth hormone deficiency; Ascendis remains on track to complete enrollment in the fourth quarter of 2017
  • Prepared to initiate the fliGHt Trial and enliGHten Trial during the second half of 2017 as part of the pivotal TransCon Growth Hormone phase 3 program
  • Submitted regulatory filings in Australia to enable initiation of a phase 1 clinical trial for TransCon PTH
  • Elected Lisa Bright, President International of Intercept Pharmaceuticals, to the Ascendis Board of Directors
  • Ended the quarter with cash and cash equivalents of €127.3 million

Second Quarter 2017 Financial Results

For the second quarter, Ascendis Pharma reported a net loss of €30.7 million, or €0.94 per share (basic and diluted) compared to a net loss of €13.3 million, or €0.53 per share (basic and diluted) during the same period in 2016.

Research and development (R&D) costs for the quarter were €21.9 million compared to €13.3 million in the same quarter of 2016. Higher R&D costs in the 2017 quarter are due to the ongoing global phase 3 study of TransCon Growth Hormone, and increased costs of progressing the development of TransCon PTH and TransCon CNP. 

General and administrative expenses for the second quarter of 2017 were €3.2 million compared to €2.7 million during the same quarter of 2016. The increase is primarily due to an increase in personnel costs, partly offset by a decrease in professional fees. 

As of June 30, 2017, the company had cash and cash equivalents of €127.3 million compared to €157.6 million as of March 31, 2017. As of June 30, 2017, Ascendis had 32,502,555 ordinary shares outstanding.

Conference Call and Webcast information

Ascendis Pharma will host a conference call and webcast today at 8:00 a.m. Eastern Time (ET) to discuss its second quarter financial results.  The live conference call can be accessed at (844) 290-3904 (United States) and (574) 990-1036 (International).  The access code for all callers is 45205517.  The webcast can be accessed from the Investors & News section of the Ascendis Pharma website at www.ascendispharma.com, and will be available for replay for at least 30 days. 

About Ascendis Pharma A/S

Ascendis Pharma is applying the TransCon technology platform to build a leading rare disease commercial company. The company utilizes its innovative TransCon technology to address significant unmet medical needs in rare diseases by improving clinically validated parent drugs and creating therapies with potential for best-in-class efficacy, safety and/or convenience.

Ascendis Pharma has a wholly-owned pipeline of rare disease endocrinology programs, including once-weekly TransCon Growth Hormone, which is currently being evaluated in the Phase 3 heiGHt Trial for children with growth hormone deficiency, TransCon PTH, a long-acting prodrug of parathyroid hormone for hypoparathyroidism, and TransCon CNP, a long-acting prodrug of C-Type Natriuretic Peptide for achondroplasia.  Additionally, Ascendis Pharma has multi-product collaborations with Sanofi in diabetes and Genentech in the field of ophthalmology. 

For more information, please visit www.ascendispharma.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements that involve substantial risks and uncertainties. All statements, other than statements of historical facts, included in this press release regarding our future operations, plans and objectives of management are forward-looking statements. Examples of such statements include, but are not limited to, statements relating to (i) our potential to become a leading, integrated rare disease company; (ii) our product pipeline; (iii) our expectations about when we will complete enrollment in the Phase 3 heiGHt Trial for TransCon Growth Hormone; (iv) our expectations about when we will initiate the fliGHt Trial and enliGHten Trial; (v) our expectations for when we expect to initiate clinical development of TransCon CNP; (vi) our ability to apply the TransCon technology platform to build a leading rare disease commercial company and (vii) our expectations regarding our ability to create therapies with potential for best-in-class efficacy, safety and/or convenience. We may not actually achieve the plans, carry out the intentions or meet the expectations or projections disclosed in the forward-looking statements and you should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements. Actual results or events could differ materially from the plans, intentions, expectations and projections disclosed in the forward-looking statements. Various important factors could cause actual results or events to differ materially from the forward-looking statements that we make, including the following: unforeseen safety or efficacy results in our TransCon Growth Hormone, TransCon PTH and TransCon CNP or other development programs; unforeseen expenses related to the development of TransCon Growth Hormone, TransCon PTH and TransCon CNP or other development programs, general and administrative expenses, other research and development expenses and our business generally; delays in the development of TransCon Growth Hormone, TransCon PTH and TransCon CNP or other development programs related to manufacturing, regulatory requirements, speed of patient recruitment or other unforeseen delays; dependence on third party manufacturers to supply study drug for planned clinical studies; and our ability to obtain additional funding, if needed, to support our business activities. For a further description of the risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ from those expressed in these forward-looking statements, as well as risks relating to our business in general, see our current and future reports filed with, or submitted to, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), including our Annual Report on Form 20-F for the year ended December 31, 2016, which we filed with the SEC on March 22, 2017. Forward-looking statements do not reflect the potential impact of any future in-licensing, collaborations, acquisitions, mergers, dispositions, joint ventures, or investments we may enter into or make. We do not assume any obligation to update any forward-looking statements, except as required by law.


FINANCIAL TABLES FOLLOW


 Ascendis Pharma A/S       
 Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Interim Statements of Profit or Loss and Other Comprehensive Income / (loss)   
 (In EUR'000s, except share and per share data)       
         
  Three Months Ended June 30, Six Months Ended June 30,
         
  2017 2016 2017 2016
         
 Revenue444  1,136  816  2,394 
 Research and development costs(21,880) (13,279) (42,488) (29,521)
 General and administrative expenses(3,231) (2,669) (6,556) (5,577)
 Operating profit / (loss)  (24,667 )   (14,812 )   (48,228 )   (32,704 )
         
 Finance income158  1,453  288  1,473 
 Finance expenses(6,234) -  (7,956) (2,764)
 Profit / (loss) before tax  (30,743 )   (13,359 )   (55,896 )   (33,995 )
         
 Tax on profit / (loss) for the period37  74  51  192 
 Net profit / (loss) for the period  (30,706 )   (13,285 )   (55,845 )   (33,803 )
         
 Other comprehensive income / (loss)       
 Items that may be reclassified subsequently to profit or loss:       
 Exchange differences on translating foreign operations42  (14) 46  7 
 Other comprehensive income / (loss) for the period, net of tax  42    (14 )   46    7 
         
 Total comprehensive income / (loss) for the period, net of tax  (30,664 )   (13,299 )   (55,799 )   (33,796 )
         
 Profit / (loss) for the period attributable to owners of the Company(30,706) (13,285) (55,845) (33,803)
 Total comprehensive income / (loss) for the period attributable to owners of the Company(30,664) (13,299) (55,799) (33,796)
         
         
   EUR   EUR   EUR   EUR 
 Basic earnings / (loss) per share(0.94) (0.53) (1.72) (1.34)
 Diluted earnings / (loss) per share(0.94) (0.53) (1.72) (1.34)
         
 Number of shares used for calculation (basic and diluted)32,502,555  25,172,984  32,465,935  25,150,613 

 


 Ascendis Pharma A/S   
 Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Interim Statements of Financial Position
 (In EUR'000s)   
     
  June 30, December 31,
 2017 2016
 Assets   
 Non-current assets   
 Intangible assets3,495 3,495
 Property, plant and equipment2,587 2,350
 Deposits278 268
  6,360  6,113
     
 Current assets   
 Trade receivables450 287
 Other receivables1,190 640
 Prepayments6,077 1,962
 Income taxes receivable1,006 740
 Cash and cash equivalents127,320 180,329
  136,043  183,958
 Total assets142,403  190,071
     
 Equity and liabilities   
 Equity   
 Share capital4,365 4,354
 Other reserves18,061 13,005
 Retained earnings104,042 159,254
 Total equity126,468  176,613
     
 Current liabilities   
 Trade payables and other payables15,536 13,078
 Deferred income94 94
 Income taxes payable305 286
  15,935  13,458
 Total liabilities15,935  13,458
     
 Total equity and liabilities142,403  190,071
     


CONTACT: Internal contact: 

Scott T. Smith 
Chief Financial Officer 
(650) 352-8389
ir@ascendispharma.com

Investor contact:

Patti Bank
Westwicke Partners 
(415) 513-1284 
patti.bank@westwicke.com

Media contact:

Ami Knoefler
SparkBioComm
(650) 739-9952
ami@sparkbiocomm.com

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