First key steps in pipeline rebuild and strong commercial progress in H1 2022
Mechelen, Belgium; 4 August 2022, 22.01 CET; regulated information – Galapagos NV (Euronext & NASDAQ: GLPG) today announced its first half-year 2022 financial results, a year-to-date business update and its outlook for the remainder of 2022. The results are further detailed in the H1 2022 financial report available on the financial reports section of the website.
“This quarter, we took a first key step in our strategic transformation by entering the field of oncology with the acquisitions of CellPoint and AboundBio. The combined transactions offer the potential for a paradigm shift in CAR-T1 therapy through CellPoint’s breakthrough, decentralized point-of-care supply model, developed in a global strategic collaboration with Lonza, and AboundBio’s cutting-edge fully human antibody-based capabilities to design next-generation CAR-Ts. Patient enrolment in the ongoing Phase 1/2a trials in rrNHL and rrCLL2 is progressing well, and we expect topline results in the first half of next year. Our near-term goal is to bring three additional differentiated, next-generation CAR-T candidates in the clinic over the next three years,” said Dr. Paul Stoffels3, CEO and chairman of the board of directors of Galapagos. “We strongly believe that we are taking the right steps in our transformation to accelerate value creation, and we look forward to presenting an in-depth update on our strategy later this year.”
“Our Jyseleca franchise is performing very well with robust sales momentum, supported by the regulatory approvals in ulcerative colitis (UC) in Great Britain and Japan earlier this year. The adoption of Jyseleca is strong across Europe with reimbursement for rheumatoid arthritis (RA) in 15 and for UC in 6 countries,” added Bart Filius, President, COO and CFO of Galapagos. “Following the acquisitions of CellPoint and AboundBio, we expect that second half operating expenses will increase by approximately €30 million. Therefore, we revised our cash burni guidance of €450-€490 million for the full year 2022 to €480-€520 million. As a result of the strong Jyseleca performance, we increase our full-year net sales guidance of €65-€75 million to €75-€85 million.”
Year-to-date operational overview
First half-year 2022 financial highlights (unaudited)
We reported product net sales of Jyseleca in Europe for the first six months of 2022 amounting to €35.4 million (€0.5 million in the first six months of 2021). Our counterparties for the sales of Jyseleca were mainly hospitals and wholesalers located in Belgium, the Netherlands, France, Italy, Spain, Germany, Great Britain, Ireland, Austria, Norway, Sweden and Finland.
Cost of sales related to Jyseleca net sales in the first six months of 2022 amounted to €5.5 million.
Collaboration revenues amounted to €238.6 million for the first six months of 2022, compared to €253.2 million for the first six months of 2021.
Revenues recognized related to the collaboration agreement with Gilead for the filgotinib development were €115.3 million in the first six months of 2022 compared to €136.1 million for the same period last year. This decrease was due to a lower increase in the percentage of completion, partly offset by a higher revenue recognition of milestone payments, strongly influenced by the milestone achieved related to the regulatory approval in Japan for UC in the first half-year of 2022. The revenue recognition related to the exclusive access rights for Gilead to our drug discovery platform amounted to €114.9 million for the first six months of 2022 (€115.7 million for the same period last year).
We have recognized royalty income from Gilead for Jyseleca for €6.3 million in the first six months of 2022 (compared to €1.4 million in the same period last year) of which €3.6 million royalties on milestone income for UC approval in Japan.
Additionally, we recorded milestones of €2.0 million triggered by the first sale of Jyseleca in the Czech Republic and Portugal by our distribution and commercialization partner Sobi, in the first half-year of 2022.
Our deferred income balance on 30 June 2022 includes €1.6 billion allocated to our drug discovery platform that is recognized linearly over the remaining period of our 10-year collaboration, and €0.5 billion allocated to the filgotinib development that is recognized over time until the end of the development period.
Our R&D expenditure in the first six months of 2022 amounted to €249.5 million, compared to €268.8 million for the first six months of 2021. This decrease was primarily explained by a decrease in subcontracting costs from €139.2 million in the first six months of 2021 to €104.1 million in the first six months of 2022, primarily due to the winding down of the ziritaxestat (IPF) program and reduced spend on our Toledo (SIKi) and TYK2 programs. This was partly offset by cost increases for our filgotinib program, on a six month basis compared to the same period in 2021. Personnel costs decreased from €94.2 million in the first half of 2021 to €86.0 million for the same period this year mainly due to a lower number of FTEs as well as lower costs for our subscription right plans. Depreciation and impairment amounted to €32.6 million for the first six months of 2022 (€8.1 million for the same period last year). This increase was primarily due to an impairment of €26.7 million of previously capitalized upfront fees related to our collaboration with Molecure on the dual chitinase inhibitor OATD-01 (GLPG4716). As part of an ongoing strategic exercise to renew and accelerate our portfolio, we decided to return all rights to OATD-01 to Molecure.
Our G&A and S&M expenses amounted to €134.0 million in the first six months of 2022, compared to €105.8 million in the first six months of 2021. This increase was primarily due to the termination of our 50/50 filgotinib co-commercialization cost sharing agreement with Gilead for filgotinib in 2022. The cost increase was also explained by an increase in personnel costs for the first six months of 2022 compared to the same period last year explained by an increase in the commercial work force driven by the commercial launch of filgotinib in Europe.
Other operating income (€17.6 million vs €23.6 million for the same period last year) decreased, mainly driven by lower grant and R&D incentives income.
Net financial income in the first six months of 2022 amounted to €67.7 million, compared to net financial income of €19.9 million for the first six months of 2021. Net financial income in the first six months of 2022 was primarily attributable to €57.4 million of unrealized currency exchange gains on our cash and cash equivalents and current financial investments at amortized cost in U.S. dollars, and to €11.8 million of positive changes in (fair) value of current financial investments. The financial expenses also contained the effect of discounting our long term deferred income of €3.8 million.
We realized a net loss from continuing operations of €32.3 million for the first six months of 2022, compared to a net loss of €77.2 million for the first six months of 2021.
The net profit from discontinued operations for the six months ended 30 June 2021 consisted of the gain on the sale of Fidelta, our fee-for-services business, for €22.2 million.
We reported a group net loss for the first six months of 2022 of €32.3 million, compared to a group net loss of €55.0 million for the first six months of 2021.
Total net decrease in cash and cash equivalents and current financial investments amounted to €274.2 million during the first six months of 2022, compared to a net decrease of €162.7 million during the first six months of 2021. This net decrease was composed of (i) €217.1 million of operational cash burn, (ii) offset by €3.6 million of cash proceeds from capital and share premium increase from exercise of subscription rights in the first six months of 2022, (iii) €11.8 million positive changes in (fair) value of current financial investments and €60.4 million of mainly positive exchange rate differences, and (iv) the cash out from the acquisitions of CellPoint and AboundBio, net of cash acquired, of €132.9 million.
Acquisitions of CellPoint and AboundBio
Expected regulatory events:
Anticipated R&D milestones:
We continue to explore additional business development opportunities to further leverage our internal capabilities and renew our portfolio, and we look forward to presenting an in-depth update on our corporate strategy later this year.
First half-year 2022 financial report
Galapagos’ financial report for the first six months ended 30 June 2022, including details of the unaudited consolidated results, is accessible on the financial reports section of our website.
Conference call and webcast presentation
Management will host a conference call and webcast presentation followed by Q&A tomorrow 5 August 2022, at 14:00 CET / 8 AM ET. To participate in the conference call, please register in advance using this link. Upon registration, the dial-in numbers will be provided. The conference call can be accessed 10 minutes prior to the start time by using the conference access information provided in the e-mail received at the point of registering, or by selecting the call me feature.
The live webcast can be accessed on the investors section of the Galapagos website, and a replay will be made available shortly after the close of the call.
Financial calendar 2022
Galapagos is a fully integrated biotechnology company focused on discovering, developing, and commercializing innovative medicines. We are committed to improving patients’ lives worldwide by targeting diseases with high unmet needs. Our R&D capabilities cover multiple drug modalities, including small molecules and cell therapies. Our portfolio comprises discovery through to Phase 3 programs in inflammation, oncology, fibrosis, and other indications. Our first medicine for rheumatoid arthritis and ulcerative colitis is approved and available in the European Union (including Norway), Great Britain and Japan. For additional information, please visit www.glpg.com or follow us on LinkedIn or Twitter.
Except for filgotinib’s approval as Jyseleca® for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis and ulcerative colitis by the European Commission, Great Britain’s Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency and Japanese Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare, our drug candidates are investigational; their efficacy and safety have not been fully evaluated by any regulatory authority.
Jyseleca® is a trademark of Galapagos NV and Gilead Sciences, Inc. or its related companies.
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1 Chimeric antigen receptor T-cell
i The operational cash burn (or operational cash flow if this liquidity measure is positive) is equal to the increase or decrease in our cash and cash equivalents (excluding the effect of exchange rate differences on cash and cash equivalents), minus:
This alternative liquidity measure is in our view an important metric for a biotech company in the development stage. The operational cash burn for the six months ended 30 June 2022 amounted to €217.1 million and can be reconciled to our cash flow statement by considering the decrease in cash and cash equivalents of €1,285.2 million, adjusted by (i) the cash proceeds from capital and share premium increase from the exercise of subscription rights by employees for €3.6 million, (ii) the net purchase of current financial investments amounting to €938.7 million, (iii) the cash out from acquisition of subsidiaries, net of cash acquired, of €132.9 million