Idorsia announces financial results for the first half of 2019

Allschwil, Switzerland – July 23, 2019

Idorsia Ltd (SIX: IDIA) today announced its financial results for the first half of 2019.

Key figures

  • US GAAP operating expenses HY 2019 at CHF 252 million
  • Non-GAAP operating expenses HY 2019 at CHF 234 million
  • Unchanged guidance for 2019: US GAAP operating expenses of around CHF 570 million and non-GAAP operating expenses of around CHF 530 million (both measures exclude any potential milestone payments)

Jean-Paul Clozel, MD and Chief Executive Officer, commented: 
“The first half of 2019 has been about running our studies and getting ready for the wave of results and news flow approaching soon. All departments are getting ready for the potential filing of our late stage assets. With the appointment of Simon Jose as Chief Commercial Officer the hiring of a core commercial team has begun, enabling the development of a commercial business plan. We expect to receive the first set of pivotal data in the first half of 2020.”

Financial results

US GAAP resultsFirst HalfSecond Quarter
in CHF millions, except EPS (CHF) and number of shares (millions)2019201820192018
Operating expenses(252)(168)(127)(87)
Operating income (loss)(239)(155)(121)(81)
Net income (loss)(232)(159)(126)(80)
Basic EPS(1.77)(1.34)(0.96)(0.68)
Basic weighted average number of shares131.1119.1131.2119.1
Diluted EPS(1.77)(1.34)(0.96)(0.68)
Diluted weighted average number of shares131.1119.1131.2119.1

US GAAP net loss in the first half of 2019 amounted to CHF 232 million compared to CHF 159 million for the first half of 2018. The increase of the net loss was mainly driven by higher operating costs.

US GAAP revenue of CHF 13 million in the first half of 2019 as well as 2018 related to deferred contract revenue recognized in connection to the collaboration agreements with Janssen (CHF 10.6 million) and Roche (CHF 2.5 million).

US GAAP operating expenses in the first half of 2019 amounted to CHF 252 million (of which CHF 220 million R&D and CHF 33 million SG&A expenses), whilst operating expenses in the first half of 2018 amounted to CHF 168 million (of which CHF 139 million R&D and CHF 29 million SG&A expenses).

The US GAAP net loss resulted in a net loss per share of CHF 1.77 (basic and diluted) for the first half of 2019 compared to a net loss per share of CHF 1.34 (basic and diluted) for the first half of 2018.

Non-GAAP* measuresFirst HalfSecond Quarter
in CHF millions, except EPS (CHF) and number of shares (millions)2019201820192018
Operating expenses(234)(153)(118)(79)
Operating income (loss)(221)(139)(111)(73)
Net income (loss)(222)(139)(115)(71)
Basic EPS(1.69)(1.17)(0.87)(0.59)
Basic weighted average number of shares131.1119.1131.2119.1
Diluted EPS(1.69)(1.17)(0.87)(0.59)
Diluted weighted average number of shares131.1119.1131.2119.1

* Idorsia measures, reports and issues guidance on non-GAAP operating performance. Idorsia believes that these non-GAAP financial measurements more accurately reflect the underlying business performance and therefore provide useful supplementary information to investors. These non-GAAP measures are reported in addition to, not as a substitute for, US GAAP financial performance.

Non-GAAP net loss in the first half of 2019 amounted to CHF 222 million: the difference versus US GAAP net loss was mainly due to depreciation and amortization (CHF 10 million), share-based compensation (CHF 8 million), and positive non-cash financial result (CHF 8 million).

The non-GAAP net loss resulted in a net loss per share of CHF 1.69 (basic and diluted) for the first half of 2019 compared to a net loss per share of CHF 1.17 (basic and diluted) for the first half of 2018.

André C. Muller, Chief Financial Officer, commented: 
“In the first six months of 2019, we fully focused on recruiting patients for our late-stage clinical trials, the main cost driver this year, and shaping our commercial strategy. As expenses are in line with expectations, the financial guidance for 2019 remains unchanged. Excluding unforeseen events and potential milestone payments, we expect non-GAAP operating expenses for 2019 to be around CHF 530 million.”

Liquidity and indebtedness
At the end of the first half of 2019, Idorsia’s liquidity (including cash, cash equivalents, short- and long-term deposits) amounted to CHF 1,004 million.

(in CHF millions)Jun 30, 2019Mar 31, 2019Dec 31, 2018
Cash and cash equivalents467718799
Short-term deposits21994123
Long-term deposits318300298
Total liquidity*1,0041,1111,220
Convertible loan376374372
Convertible bond199199198
Other financial debt---
Total indebtedness575573571

*rounding differences may occur

Clinical Development Pipeline
Idorsia has a diversified and balanced clinical development pipeline covering multiple therapeutic areas, including CNS, cardiovascular and immunological disorders, as well as orphan diseases.

In June 2019, detailed efficacy and safety data from two Phase 2 studies with ACT-541468 (recommended INN: daridorexant) were presented at SLEEP 2019 in San Antonio. Details are available on our corporate website and will be presented in today's webcast.

Guy Braunstein, MD and Head of Global Clinical Development, commented:
"I'm very pleased that the global Phase 3 program with daridorexant is on track to report 3-month efficacy results in the first half of 2020 and long-term efficacy and safety results later in the same year. If the results observed in the Phase 2 program and presented at SLEEP 2019 are confirmed, daridorexant is very likely to be one of our first assets submitted to health authorities. We also expect top line results of our Phase 3 study with lucerastat and from the clazosentan program in Japan thereafter in 2020."

Details of the Phase 3 programs can be found in a series of investor webcasts published on our corporate website.

Mechanism of ActionTarget IndicationStatus
Dual orexin receptor antagonistInsomniaPhase 3
Aprocitentan* Dual endothelin receptor antagonistResistant hypertension managementPhase 3
LucerastatGlucosylceramide synthase inhibitorFabry diseasePhase 3
ClazosentanEndothelin receptor antagonistVasospasm associated with aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhagePhase 3
CenerimodS1P1 receptor modulatorSystemic lupus erythematosusPhase 2
SelatogrelP2Y12 receptor antagonistAcute coronary syndromePhase 2
ACT-774312CRTH2 receptor antagonistNasal polyposisPhase 2
ACT-519276GBA2/GCS inhibitorRare CNS diseasesPhase 1
ACT-539313Selective orexin 1 receptor antagonistPsychiatric disordersPhase 1
ACT-709478**T-type calcium channel blockerEpilepsyPhase 1
ACT-1004-1239-Immunology / Cancer ImmunotherapyPhase 1

* In collaboration with Janssen Biotech Inc. to jointly develop and solely commercialize aprocitentan worldwide
** Idorsia has granted to a third party an option to license ACT-709478 and/or enter in a research collaboration for back-up or follow-on calcium channel blocker compounds (See note 4 “other” of the financial statements); this option will expire 60 days after the IND submission to the FDA, which is planned for late 2019

Idorsia has the option to license vamorolone from ReveraGen Inc. and has granted to Santhera Holding Ltd. the option to sub-license vamorolone worldwide (except Japan and South-Korea) for all indications.

Results Day Center
Investor community: To make your job easier, we provide all relevant documentation via the Results Day Center on our corporate website:

Upcoming Financial Updates

  • Nine-months 2019 Financial Results reporting on October 22, 2019
  • Full-Year 2019 Financial Results reporting on February 6, 2020
  • First Quarter 2020 Financial Results reporting on April 23, 2020

Notes to the editor

About Idorsia
Idorsia Ltd is reaching out for more - We have more ideas, we see more opportunities and we want to help more patients. In order to achieve this, we will develop Idorsia into one of Europe’s leading biopharmaceutical companies, with a strong scientific core.

Headquartered in Switzerland - a biotech-hub of Europe - Idorsia is specialized in the discovery and development of small molecules, to transform the horizon of therapeutic options. Idorsia has a broad portfolio of innovative drugs in the pipeline, an experienced team, a fully-functional research center, and a strong balance sheet – the ideal constellation to bringing R&D efforts to business success.

Idorsia was listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange (ticker symbol: IDIA) in June 2017 and has over 750 highly qualified specialists dedicated to realizing our ambitious targets.

For further information, please contact
Andrew C. Weiss
Senior Vice President, Head of Investor Relations & Corporate Communications
Idorsia Pharmaceuticals Ltd, Hegenheimermattweg 91, CH-4123 Allschwil
+41 (0) 58 844 10 10

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