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Ardelyx Reports Third Quarter 2019 Financial Results and Recent Highlights

FREMONT, Calif., Nov. 6, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Ardelyx, Inc. (Nasdaq: ARDX), a specialized biopharmaceutical company focused on developing first-in-class medicines to improve treatment choices for people with cardiorenal diseases, today reported business highlights and financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2019.

"The third quarter was particularly exciting with two transformational milestones occurring in rapid succession and serving as major catalysts for growth and momentum at Ardelyx," said Mike Raab, president and chief executive officer of Ardelyx. "First, we were pleased to report successful results from our Phase 3 AMPLIFY study for tenapanor in hyperphosphatemia, positioning us one step closer to submitting our New Drug Application to the FDA and potentially providing our drug broadly to patients in need. On the heels of that milestone, we announced the approval of IBSRELA. This approval marked a momentous achievement for Ardelyx as our first ever product approved and represented the culmination of more than a decade of diligent execution and commitment by our talented team. Importantly, these milestones propel us toward fulfilling our mission to bring innovative first-in-class medicines to improve treatments for patients in need." 

Business and Pipeline Updates

  • In October 2019, Ardelyx hosted Analyst Day, the second of an anticipated annual event. The event featured Myles Wolf, M.D., chief of nephrology at Duke University, and the company's new team of sales and marketing leaders. The event focused on the significant need to improve hyperphosphatemia management in patients on dialysis, challenges with today's treatment options that are limited to phosphate binders, and the commercial strategy to bring tenapanor to market, if and when approved. A replay of the event is available on the Events and Presentations page under the investor relations section of Ardelyx's website at www.ardelyx.com.
  • In September 2019, Ardelyx announced positive results from the pivotal Phase 3 AMPLIFY study evaluating tenapanor in dialysis patients who have uncontrolled hyperphosphatemia despite phosphate binder treatment. The AMPLIFY study met the primary and all key secondary endpoints, including demonstrating a statistically significant (p=0.0004) reduction in serum phosphorus levels for patients treated with tenapanor and phosphate binders compared to phosphate binders alone. Approximately two times more patients achieved the established serum phosphorus treatment goal of less than 5.5mg/dL in the tenapanor arm compared to binders alone (p -values≤0.0097) for each week of treatment.
  • In September 2019, Ardelyx received FDA approval for IBSRELA® (tenapanor). The company continues discussions with potential strategic partners to market IBSRELA in the United States.

Upcoming Milestones

The company currently expects to announce results in the fourth quarter of 2019 from the PHREEDOM clinical trial, the company's second Phase 3 clinical trial evaluating tenapanor as a monotherapy treatment for hyperphosphatemia in patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) who are on dialysis.

Third Quarter 2019 Financial Results

  • Cash Position: As of September 30, 2019, Ardelyx had total capital resources including cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments of $103.5 million compared to total capital resources including cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments of $168.1 million as of December 31, 2018.
  • R&D Expenses: Research and development expenses were $17.5 million for the three months ended September 30, 2019, a decrease of $0.4 million, or 2 percent, compared to $17.9 million for the three months ended September 30, 2018. The decrease in expense was primarily related to reduction in the company's manufacturing expense of tenapanor, a reduction in costs associated with the continued clinical development of tenapanor for the treatment of hyperphosphatemia in CKD patients on dialysis and a decrease in professional services, partially offset by an increase in expenses in the company's hyperkalemia program, RDX013, an increase in headcount and related personnel costs and an increase in stock-based compensation expenses.
  • G&A Expenses: General and administrative expenses were $6.9 million for the three months ended September 30, 2019, an increase of $0.9 million, or 16 percent, compared to $6.0 million for the three months ended September 30, 2018. The increase was primarily related to an increase in stock-based compensation costs and an increase in professional services, partially offset by a decrease in personnel costs related to a one-time severance payment during the three months ended September 30, 2018.
  • Net Loss: Net loss for the three months ended September 30, 2019 was $23.5 million, or $0.37 per share, compared to a net loss of $24.1 million, or $0.39 per share, for the three months ended September 30, 2018.

Financial Guidance

Ardelyx maintains its expectation that its cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments are sufficient to fund the company's operations until at least early 2021 based on its current operating plans.

About Ardelyx, Inc.
Ardelyx is focused on enhancing the way people with cardiorenal diseases are treated by developing first-in-class medicines. Ardelyx's cardiorenal pipeline includes the Phase 3 development of tenapanor for the treatment of hyperphosphatemia in people with end-stage renal disease (ESRD) who are on dialysis, and RDX013, a potassium secretagogue program for the potential treatment of high potassium, or hyperkalemia, a problem among certain patients with kidney and/or heart disease. In addition, Ardelyx has received approval of IBSRELA (tenapanor). To efficiently bring its treatments to market, Ardelyx is pursuing strategic collaborations for tenapanor for IBS-C and hyperphosphatemia in certain territories. Ardelyx has established agreements with Kyowa Kirin (formerly known as Kyowa Hakko Kirin) in Japan, Fosun Pharma in China and Knight Therapeutics in Canada. For more information, please visit http://www.ardelyx.com and connect with us on Twitter @Ardelyx.

Forward Looking Statements
To the extent that statements contained in this press release are not descriptions of historical facts regarding Ardelyx, they are forward-looking statements reflecting the current beliefs and expectations of management made pursuant to the safe harbor of the Private Securities Reform Act of 1995, including the potential for Ardelyx's products and product candidates in treating the diseases and conditions for which they are approved and being developed, the potential for the use of tenapanor as monotherapy and in combination with phosphate binders for the treatment of hyperphosphatemia, Ardelyx's expected timing for receipt and announcement of data from its ongoing PHREEDOM Phase 3 clinical trial of tenapanor for the treatment of hyperphosphatemia in CKD patients on dialysis, the potential to submit a New Drug Application to the FDA for tenapanor for the treatment of hyperphosphatemia in CKD patients on dialysis and the potential for the FDA approval of tenapanor in such indication, and Ardelyx's expectation regarding the exhaustion of its current capital resources. Such forward-looking statements involve substantial risks and uncertainties that could cause the development and commercialization of Ardelyx's products and product candidates or Ardelyx's future results, performance or achievements to differ significantly from those expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements. Such risks and uncertainties include, among others, the uncertainties inherent in research and the clinical development process; the uncertainties associated with the regulatory approval process; and the uncertainties in the drug commercialization process. Ardelyx undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements. 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 Ardelyx's business in general, please refer to Ardelyx's Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on November 6, 2019, and its future current and periodic reports to be filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

 

Ardelyx, Inc.

Condensed Balance Sheets

(In thousands)




September 30,
2019


December 31,
2018



(Unaudited)


(1)

Assets







Cash and cash equivalents


$

92,673


$

78,768

Short-term investments



10,870



89,321

Accounts receivable



2,699



85

Unbilled license revenue





5,000

Property and equipment, net



3,943



5,611

Right-of-use assets



4,453



Prepaid and other assets



4,772



4,547

Total assets


$

119,410


$

183,332








Liabilities and stockholders' equity







Accounts payable and other current liabilities


$

15,175


$

16,728

Uncharged license fees





1,000

Current portion of operating lease liability



2,504



Operating lease liability, net of current portion



2,770



Loan payable, long term



49,803



49,209

Other long-term liabilities





582

Stockholders' equity



49,158



115,813

Total liabilities and stockholders' equity


$

119,410


$

183,332



(1) Derived from the audited consolidated financial statements included on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2018.

 

Ardelyx, Inc.

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations

(In thousands, except share and per share amounts)




Three Months Ended September 30,


Nine Months Ended September 30,




2019


2018


2019


2018




(Unaudited)


(Unaudited)


(Unaudited)


(Unaudited)


Revenue:














Licensing revenue


$

3,000


$


$

3,000


$

2,320


Other revenue



13



172



31



202


Total revenues



3,013



172



3,031



2,522


Cost of revenue



600



2



600



466


Gross Profit



2,413



170



2,431



2,056


Operating expenses:














Research and development


$

17,580


$

17,941


$

57,436


$

47,337


General and administrative



6,922



5,961



17,410



18,290


Total operating expenses



24,502



23,902



74,846



65,627


Loss from operations



(22,089)



(23,732)



(72,415)



(63,571)


Interest Expense



(1,443)



(1,404)



(4,328)



(2,096)


Other income (expense), net



294



1,010



1,896



2,237


Provision for income taxes



(301)





(303)



(6)


Net loss


$

(23,539)


$

(24,126)


$

(75,150)


$

(63,436)


Net loss per common share, basic & diluted


$

(0.37)


$

(0.39)


$

(1.20)


$

(1.17)


Shares used in computing net loss per share, basic and diluted



62,828,513



62,071,397



62,676,591



54,204,907


 

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