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Mesoblast Reports Financial Results and Operational Highlights for the Period Ended March 31, 2019
[May 30, 2019]

Mesoblast Reports Financial Results and Operational Highlights for the Period Ended March 31, 2019


MELBOURNE, Australia and NEW YORK, May 30, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Mesoblast Limited (ASX:MSB; Nasdaq:MESO) today reported its financial results and operational highlights for the nine months ended March 31, 2019. Financial results for the period are in line with expectations including the Company’s cash position at March 31, 2019 of US$70.4 million (A$99.3 million).

Mesoblast Chief Executive Dr Silviu Itescu stated: “We achieved a significant corporate milestone by initiating our first BLA submission to the FDA. We will focus our efforts on launch activities in preparation for our first product roll-out in the United States, and on our supply chain to meet the projected market demand for this and our follow-on products.”

Recent Corporate Highlights

  • The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has agreed to a rolling Biologics License Application (BLA) review of remestemcel-L for the treatment of steroid-refractory acute Graft Versus Host Disease (aGVHD) in children.
     
  • Mesoblast has initiated the rolling submission of the BLA to the FDA, with filing of the first module. The rolling process will provide opportunity for ongoing communication, and during this process the Company expects it will be able to adequately address any substantial matters raised by the FDA.
     
  • Mesoblast and the International Center for Health Outcomes and Innovation Research at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai entered into a Memorandum of Understanding to conduct a confirmatory clinical trial using Revascor for reduction of gastrointestinal (GI) bleeding in end-stage heart failure patients implanted with a left ventricular assist device (LVAD).
     
  • Mesoblast’s Phase 3 trial in advanced heart failure has completed patient enrollment, with 566 patients randomized to receive Revascor or placebo. The study, conducted across 55 centers in North America, will complete when sufficient primary endpoint events have accrued.
     
  • Mesoblast’s Phase 3 trial in chronic low back pain has completed enrollment with 404 patients randomized to receive MPC-06-ID or placebo. All assessable patients have now completed at least 12 months of safety and efficacy follow-up.
     
  • Mesoblast extended its license with JCR Pharmaceuticals Co., Ltd. (JCR) in Japan for use of TEMCELL®1 HS Inj. in patients with Epidermolysis Bullosa. JCR has now filed to extend marketing approval for this indication.
     
  • The Board appointed Joseph R. Swedish as Chairman in April 2019. Mr Swedish brings deep healthcare expertise and a track record in healthcare resource allocation and reimbursement metrics, as the Company enters commercial stage.

Key Financial Highlights for the Nine Months of FY2019:

  • Cash reserves of US$70.4 million at March 31, 2019.  Additional non-dilutive capital of US$35.0 million may be available under existing arrangements with Hercules Capital, Inc. (Hercules) and NovaQuest Capital Management, L.L.C. (NovaQuest), subject to certain milestones.
  • 28% increase in royalty income on sales of TEMCELL for aGVHD in Japan.
  • Stable revenue of US$14.7 million, compared with US$15.6 million in the nine months of FY2018.
  • Increased investment in commercial manufacturing of US$9.5 million to support potential launch for aGVHD product.
  • 29% reduction in net operating cash outflows in the nine months of FY2019 to US$38.7 million. 

Upcoming Milestones

Key milestones anticipated for CY2019 include:

  • Completion of BLA filing for remestemcel-L in the treatment of steroid refractory aGVHD in children.
     
  • Phase 3 trial in advanced heart failure continues accrual of primary endpoints through to completion.
     
  • Meet with FDA to discuss pathway for approval of Revascor for the reduction of GI bleeding in end-stage heart failure patients implanted with a LVAD.
     
  • Mesoblast’s partner Tasly plans to meet with the National Medical Products Administration of China to discuss the regulatory approval pathway for Revascor in China.
     
  • Patient follow up continues through 24-month assessment of safety and efficacy in the Company’s Phase 3 trial of MPC-06-ID for chronic lower back pain.

Detailed Financial Results for the Nine Months Ended March 31, 2019 (nine months of FY2019):

  • Revenues were US$14.7 million for the nine months of FY2019, compared with US$15.6 million for the nine months of FY2018. Revenues comprised:

      °  US$10.0 million milestone revenue recognized in the nine months of FY2019 in relation to establishing a partnership with Tasly in China, compared with US$11.8 million milestone revenue recognized in the nine months of FY2018 in relation to the patent license agreement with Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited.

      °  US$4.3 million royalties and milestones revenue recognized in the nine months of FY2019 from sales of TEMCELL by our licensee in Japan, JCR, compared with US$3.6 million in the nine months of FY2018, an increase of US$0.7 million. Royalty income from TEMCELL increased by 28% for the nine months of FY2019.
  • Research and Development expenses were US$48.4 million for the nine months of FY2019, stable when compared to the nine months of FY2018.  For the third quarter, Research and Development expenses decreased by US$2.4m versus the comparative quarter in FY2018.

  • Manufacturing expenses were US$12.9 million for the nine months of FY2019, compared with US$3.4 million for the nine months of FY2018.  This reflects commercial manufacturing investment to support potential launch for aGVHD product.

  • Management and Administration expenses were US$16.0 million for the nine months of FY2019, a decrease of US$0.7 million on the comparative period of FY2018.

  • Finance Costs were US$7.9 million for the nine months of FY2019, compared with US$0.4 million for the nine months of FY2018, primarily due to expenses in relation to loan and security agreements entered into with Hercules in March 2018 and NovaQuest in June 2018.

Additional components of loss after income tax also include movements in other items which did not impact current cash reserves, such as income tax benefits, fair value remeasurement of contingent consideration, remeasurement of borrowing arrangements and foreign exchange movements within other operating income and expenses.

In the nine months of FY2019, the net loss attributable to ordinary shareholders was 14.02 cents per share for the nine months of FY2019, compared with a loss per share of 3.12 cents for the nine months of FY2018. There was an after tax loss of US$69.1 million compared to $14.5 million for the nine months of FY2018. The increase in the loss is primarily due to commercial manufacturing investment of US$9.5 million to support potential launch for aGVHD product, and an increase of US$7.5 million in finance costs. In the comparative period of FY2018, the Company recognized a one-off non-cash income tax benefit of US$23.0 million due to a revaluation of tax liabilities given changes in tax rates and a non-cash US$7.9 million gain on remeasurement of contingent consideration for reduction of future payments to third parties.

1TEMCELL® HS Inj. is a registered trademark of JCR Pharmaceuticals Co. Ltd.

Conference Call Details
There will be a webcast today on the financial results beginning at 6.30pm on Thursday May 30, 2019 EDT; 8:30am on Friday May 31, 2019 AEST. 

The live webcast can be accessed via
https://webcasting.boardroom.media/broadcast/5ce635514b5ab5633996c030

To access the call only, dial 1 855 881 1339 (U.S.), 1 800 558 698 (toll-free Australia) or +61 2 9007 3187 (outside of the U.S. and Australia). The conference identification code is 10000574.

The archived webcast will be available on the Investor page of the Company’s website: www.mesoblast.com

About Mesoblast
Mesoblast Limited (ASX: MSB; Nasdaq: MESO) is a world leader in developing allogeneic (off-the-shelf) cellular medicines. The Company has leveraged its proprietary technology platform to establish a broad portfolio of late-stage product candidates with three product candidates in Phase 3 trials – acute graft versus host disease, chronic heart failure and chronic low back pain due to degenerative disc disease. Through a proprietary process, Mesoblast selects rare mesenchymal lineage precursor and stem cells from the bone marrow of healthy adults and creates master cell banks, which can be industrially expanded to produce thousands of doses from each donor that meet stringent release criteria, have lot to lot consistency, and can be used off-the-shelf without the need for tissue matching. Mesoblast has facilities in Melbourne, New York, Singapore and Texas and is listed on the Australian Securities Exchange (MSB) and on the Nasdaq (MESO). www.mesoblast.com

Forward-Looking Statements
This announcement includes forward-looking statements that relate to future events or our future financial performance and involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause our actual results, levels of activity, performance or achievements to differ materially from any future results, levels of activity, performance or achievements expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements. We make such forward-looking statements pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and other federal securities laws. Forward-looking statements should not be read as a guarantee of future performance or results, and actual results may differ from the results anticipated in these forward-looking statements, and the differences may be material and adverse. Forward- looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements about: the initiation, timing, progress and results of Mesoblast’s preclinical and clinical studies, and Mesoblast’s research and development programs; Mesoblast’s ability to advance product candidates into, enroll and successfully complete, clinical studies, including multi-national clinical trials; Mesoblast’s ability to advance its manufacturing capabilities; the timing or likelihood of regulatory filings and approvals, manufacturing activities and product marketing activities, if any; the commercialization of Mesoblast’s product candidates, if approved; regulatory or public perceptions and market acceptance surrounding the use of stem-cell based therapies; the potential for Mesoblast’s product candidates, if any are approved, to be withdrawn from the market due to patient adverse events or deaths; the potential benefits of strategic collaboration agreements and Mesoblast’s ability to enter into and maintain established strategic collaborations; Mesoblast’s ability to establish and maintain intellectual property on its product candidates and Mesoblast’s ability to successfully defend these in cases of alleged infringement; the scope of protection Mesoblast is able to establish and maintain for intellectual property rights covering its product candidates and technology; estimates of Mesoblast’s expenses, future revenues, capital requirements and its needs for additional financing; Mesoblast’s financial performance; developments relating to Mesoblast’s competitors and industry; and the pricing and reimbursement of Mesoblast’s product candidates, if approved. You should read this press release together with our risk factors, in our most recently filed reports with the SEC or on our website. Uncertainties and risks that may cause Mesoblast’s actual results, performance or achievements to be materially different from those which may be expressed or implied by such statements, and accordingly, you should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements. We do not undertake any obligations to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future developments or otherwise.

For further information, please contact:

Julie MeldrumSchond Greenway
Corporate CommunicationsInvestor Relations
MesoblastMesoblast
T: +61 3 9639 6036T: +1 212 880 2060
E: julie.meldrum@mesoblast.comE: schond.greenway@mesoblast.com



Consolidated Income Statement

 Three Months Ended
March 31,
 Nine Months Ended
March 31,
 
(in U.S. dollars, in thousands, except per share amount)2019  2018 2019  2018 
Revenue 1,249   1,070  14,755   15,641 
Research & development (14,407)  (16,798) (48,380)  (48,388)
Manufacturing commercialization (3,193)  (1,709) (12,910)  (3,387)
Management and administration (5,256)  (6,033) (15,998)  (16,688)
Fair value remeasurement of contingent consideration (2,718)  (822) (3,352)  7,880 
Other operating income and expenses (82)  152  (1,060)  1,243 
Finance costs (2,768)  (423) (7,906)  (423)
Loss before income tax (27,175)  (24,563) (74,851)  (44,122)
Income tax benefit 2,205   3,426  5,778   29,666 
Loss attributable to the owners of Mesoblast Limited (24,970)  (21,137) (69,073)  (14,456)
               
Losses per share from continuing operations attributable


  to the ordinary equity holders of the Group:
Cents  Cents Cents  Cents 
Basic - losses per share (5.00)  (4.47) (14.02)  (3.12)
Diluted - losses per share (5.00)  (4.47) (14.02)  (3.12)


Consolidated Statement of Comprehensive Income


 Three Months Ended
March 31,
 Nine Months Ended
March 31,
 
(in U.S. dollars, in thousands)2019  2018 2019  2018 
Loss for the period (24,970)  (21,137) (69,073)  (14,456)
Other comprehensive (loss)/income              
Items that may be reclassified to profit and loss              
Changes in the fair value of financial assets 85   74  280   141 
Exchange differences on translation of foreign operations 79   (69) (104)  (569)
Other comprehensive (loss)/income for the period,
  net of tax
 164   5  176   (428)
Total comprehensive losses attributable to the
  owners of Mesoblast Limited
 (24,806)  (21,132) (68,897)  (14,884)


Consolidated Statement of Balance Sheet

(in U.S. dollars, in thousands)As of
March 31,
2019
  As of
June 30,
2018
 
Assets       
Current Assets       
Cash & cash equivalents 70,385   37,763 
Trade & other receivables 3,508   50,366 
Prepayments 11,634   12,942 
Total Current Assets 85,527   101,071 
        
Non-Current Assets       
Property, plant and equipment 825   1,084 
Financial assets at fair value through other comprehensive income 2,601   2,321 
Other non-current assets 3,331   3,361 
Intangible assets 583,421   584,606 
Total Non-Current Assets 590,178   591,372 
Total Assets 675,705   692,443 
        
Liabilities       
Current Liabilities       
Trade and other payables 18,551   18,921 
Provisions 6,592   5,082 
Borrowings 9,359    
Deferred consideration 10,000    
Total Current Liabilities 44,502   24,003 
        
Non-Current Liabilities       
Deferred tax liability 14,301   20,079 
Provisions 45,742   42,956 
Borrowings 70,218   59,397 
Total Non-Current Liabilities 130,261   122,432 
Total Liabilities 174,763   146,435 
Net Assets 500,942   546,008 
        
Equity       
Issued Capital 910,405   889,481 
Reserves 39,802   36,719 
(Accumulated losses)/retained earnings (449,265)  (380,192)
Total Equity 500,942   546,008 


Consolidated Statement of Cash Flows

 Nine months ended
March 31,
 
(in U.S. dollars, in thousands)2019  2018 
Cash flows from operating activities       
Commercialization revenue received 3,321   2,529 
Milestone payment received 26,409   6,125 
Research and development tax incentive received 1,654    
Payments to suppliers and employees (inclusive of goods and
  services tax)
 (67,672)  (63,719)
Interest received 493   266 
Interest paid (2,906)   
Income taxes (paid) (3)  (25)
Net cash (outflows) in operating activities (38,704)  (54,824)
        
Cash flows from investing activities       
Investment in fixed assets (202)  (174)
Payments for contingent consideration    (543)
Net cash (outflows) in investing activities (202)  (717)
        
Cash flows from financing activities       
Proceeds from borrowings 43,572   31,704 
Payments of transaction costs from borrowings (1,582)  (40)
Proceeds from issue of shares 30,258   40,566 
Payments for share issue costs (607)  (2,604)
Net cash inflows by financing activities 71,641   69,626 
        
Net increase in cash and cash equivalents 32,735   14,085 
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period 37,763   45,761 
FX (losses) on the translation of foreign bank accounts (113)  (307)
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period 70,385   59,539 

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