SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 12, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- FibroGen, Inc. (NASDAQ:FGEN) (“FibroGen”), a research-based biopharmaceutical company, today reported financial results for the quarter ended September 30, 2015.

“The timing of regulatory submissions for our potential first-in-class anemia treatment, roxadustat, remains on track for 2016 in China and 2018 in the United States,” said Thomas B. Neff, chief executive officer of FibroGen. “FibroGen is responsible for three of the seven Phase 3 registrational studies of roxadustat that we and our partners, AstraZeneca and Astellas, are currently conducting. In our three roxadustat studies, FibroGen has reached more than 80% of combined target enrollment.”

“In our development program for FG-3019, an investigational anti-fibrotic drug that targets connective tissue growth factor (CTGF), we continue to evaluate potential therapeutic uses in multiple disease areas. Our Phase 2 study of FG-3019 in patients with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis and our Phase 2 study in Stage 3 unresectable pancreatic cancer patients both continue to advance. We plan to start a Phase 2 study of FG-3019 in non-ambulatory patients with Duchenne muscular dystrophy by year-end.”

Financial Highlights

  • Net loss per basic and diluted share for the quarter ended September 30, 2015 was $0.74.
  • At September 30, 2015, FibroGen had $365.6 million of cash, cash equivalents, investments, and receivables.
  • Under an agreement between FibroGen and AstraZeneca, FibroGen’s total funding obligations for roxadustat development in chronic kidney disease (CKD) outside China are limited to $116.5 million, of which $11.8 million remained at the end of the third quarter of 2015. Based on current internal and partner projections, FibroGen expects that its funding obligation will be met before December 2015. Thereafter, Astellas and AstraZeneca will be responsible for funding all roxadustat development in CKD through launch for all territories, excluding China.

Program Updates

Anemia in Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) - Roxadustat (FG-4592)

  • In October 2015, the roxadustat data safety monitoring board (DSMB) completed its scheduled review of the data from all active Phase 3 roxadustat clinical trials and recommended that the program proceed with no protocol changes.
  • FibroGen remains on track to achieve its target enrollment goals as agreed upon with its partners. The company confirms prior guidance to meet the stretch goal in one trial by year-end 2015 and meet the base goal to enroll two studies by March-April 2016.
  • Two Phase 3 studies required for regulatory approval in China are expected to begin patient enrollment by the end of fourth quarter of 2015.
  • In October 2015, the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology published results from a Phase 2 study of roxadustat in chronic kidney disease patients with anemia who recently initiated dialysis.

FG-3019 (anti-CTGF)

  • FibroGen continues to expand the scope of its Phase 2 randomized, double-blind placebo-control study of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) patients. The company is activating sites in Canada, New Zealand, India, and South Africa, with additional sites pending in Australia, Bulgaria and Romania.
  • FibroGen is evaluating the potential of FG-3019 to convert inoperable pancreatic cancer to operable cancer in a randomized Phase 2 open-label study. FibroGen expects to present then- current available data from this study at the 2016 Gastrointestinal Cancers Symposium of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO GI) in January 2016.
  • FibroGen has begun activating clinical sites for a Phase 2 study of FG-3019 in non-ambulatory patients with DMD.
  • FibroGen met with the FDA to define a clinical development path for FG-3019 treatment of patients with liver fibrosis due to non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH).

Conference Call Details

FibroGen will host a conference call and webcast today, November 12, 2015 at 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time (1:30 p.m. Pacific Time), to discuss financial results and provide a business update. Interested parties may access a live audio webcast of the conference call via the investor section of the FibroGen website, To access the conference call by telephone, please dial (800) 708-4540 (U.S. and Canada) or (847) 619-6397 (international), reference the FibroGen Third Quarter 2015 conference call, and use the confirmation number 40946951. It is recommended that listeners register 15 minutes before the scheduled start time to ensure a timely connection. A replay of the webcast will be archived on the FibroGen website and accessible approximately two hours after the event.

About FibroGen

FibroGen is a research-based biopharmaceutical company focused on the discovery, development and commercialization of novel therapeutics to treat serious unmet medical needs. We have capitalized on our extensive experience in fibrosis and hypoxia-inducible factor (HIF) biology to generate multiple programs targeting various therapeutic areas. Our most advanced product candidate, roxadustat, or FG-4592, is an oral small molecule inhibitor of HIF prolyl hydroxylases (HIF-PHs), in Phase 3 clinical development for the treatment of anemia in chronic kidney disease (CKD). Our second product candidate, FG-3019, is a monoclonal antibody in Phase 2 clinical development for the treatment of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF), pancreatic cancer, Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD), and liver fibrosis.

Forward Looking Statements

This release contains forward-looking statements, including statements regarding our milestones, clinical plans and financial projections. Our actual results may differ materially from those indicated in these forward-looking statements due to risks and uncertainties, including the continued progress and timing of our various clinical programs, including the timing of enrollment of the Phase 3 clinical trials for roxadustat in CKD and the initiation and enrollment in ongoing and planned clinical trials for FG-3019 in idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis,  pancreatic cancer, Duchenne muscular dystrophy, and NASH; the continued progress of our plans and programs in China; and other matters that are described in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2014 filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") and our Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q for the quarters ended March 31, 2015 and June 30, 2015 filed with the SEC, including the risk factors set forth in that filing, as well as the Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2015, which we expect to file on November 12, 2015 with the SEC. Investors are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this release and we undertake no obligation to update any forward-looking statement in this press release, except as required by law.

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

(In thousands)

  September 30,  2015   December 31, 2014 
  (Unaudited)     (1
Current assets:       
Cash and cash equivalents $   208,650   $   165,455  
Short-term investments   12,873     14,364  
Accounts receivable   7,373     13,453  
Prepaid expenses and other current assets   3,677     4,966  
Total current assets   232,573     198,238  
Restricted cash   7,254     7,254  
Long-term investments   127,974     144,269  
Property and equipment, net   129,607     132,171  
Other assets   1,839     1,596  
Total assets$  499,247  $  483,528  
Liabilities and equity       
Current liabilities:       
Accounts payable $   4,234   $   4,551  
Accrued liabilities   41,774     48,985  
Deferred revenue   12,980     9,218  
Total current liabilities   58,988     62,754  
Long-term portion of lease financing obligations   96,990     96,818  
Product development obligations   15,433     16,465  
Deferred rent   4,814     5,131  
Deferred revenue, net of current   85,720     60,988  
Other long-term liabilities   747     696  
Total stockholders’ equity   217,284     221,405  
Non-controlling interests   19,271     19,271  
Total equity   236,555     240,676  
Total liabilities and equity $   499,247   $   483,528  

(1)    The condensed consolidated balance sheet amounts at December 31, 2014 are derived from audited financial statements.

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations

(In thousands, except per share data, unaudited)

 Quarter Ended September 30,  Nine Months Ended September 30,  
 2015 2014  2015 2014  
License and milestone revenue$ 13,045  $ 9,027   $ 131,430  $ 106,175   
Collaboration services and other revenue  6,493    4,635     24,956    15,321   
Total revenue  19,538    13,662     156,386    121,496   
Operating expenses:              
Research and development  52,071    40,617     154,165    99,536   
General and administrative  11,237    10,140     31,399    24,088   
Total operating expenses  63,308    50,757     185,564    123,624   
Loss from operations  (43,770)   (37,095)    (29,178)   (2,128)  
Interest expense  (2,758)   (2,723)    (8,278)   (8,174)  
Interest and other income, net  1,458    283     3,008    1,358   
Loss before income taxes  (45,070)   (39,535)    (34,448)   (8,944)  
Provision (benefit) from income taxes  28    -     (38)   -   
Net loss$ (45,098) $ (39,535)  $ (34,410) $ (8,944)  
Net loss per basic and diluted share:$ (0.74) $ (2.93)  $ (0.57) $ (0.67)  
Weighted average number of common shares used to calculate net loss per basic and diluted share:  60,767    13,503 (2)(3)  59,926    13,355 (2)(3)

(2)    On November 10, 2014, we effected a 1-for-2.5 reverse split of our common stock. All of the outstanding common stock share numbers (including shares of common stock which our outstanding preferred stock shares were convertible into), common stock warrants have been adjusted on a retroactive basis, to reflect this 1-for-2.5 reverse stock split for the quarter and nine months ended September 30, 2014.

(3)    For purposes of reconciling GAAP weighted average shares outstanding pre- and post- offering.

Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

(In thousands, except per share data, unaudited)

 Quarter Ended
September 30, 2014
 Nine Months Ended
September 30, 2014
GAAP weighted average shares outstanding   13,503     13,355 
Shares sold in initial public offering   9,315     9,315 
Concurrent private placement - AstraZeneca   1,111     1,111 
Conversion of preferred shares upon initial public offering   33,920     33,920 
Conversion of European subsidiary shares   959     959 
Non-GAAP weighted average shares outstanding   58,808     58,660 
GAAP net loss$  (39,535) $  (8,944)
Non-GAAP net loss per basic and diluted share$  (0.67) $  (0.15)

About Non-GAAP Financial Measures

To supplement our condensed consolidated financial statements, which are prepared and presented in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”), we present non-GAAP weighted average shares outstanding and non-GAAP net loss per basic and diluted share for the quarter and nine months ended September 30, 2014. The presentation of this financial information is not intended to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for, or superior to, the financial information prepared and presented in accordance with GAAP.

We define non-GAAP net loss per basic and diluted share as GAAP net loss for the quarter and nine months ended September 30, 2014 divided by the non-GAAP weighted average shares outstanding  for the quarter and nine months ended September 30, 2014. Non-GAAP weighted average shares outstanding is based on GAAP weighted average shares outstanding plus the issuance of and conversion into shares of our common stock upon the closing of our initial public offering. This includes issuance of 9.3 million shares in our initial public offering, issuance of 1.1 million shares in our concurrent private placement, conversion of all outstanding shares of our preferred stock into 33.9 million shares and conversion of FibroGen Europe preferred stock into 1.0 million shares.  We believe the presentation of non-GAAP net loss per basic and diluted share provides useful information to investors regarding comparability of net loss per basic and diluted share amounts between periods.

CONTACT: Contact
Greg Mann, 415-978-1433
FibroGen, Inc.