Threshold Pharmaceuticals Reports Third Quarter 2015 Financial and Operational Results Print E-mail
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Monday, 02 November 2015 21:59

Threshold Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: THLD) today reported financial results for the third quarter 2015.

Revenue for the third quarter ended September 30, 2015 was $3.7 million. The operating loss for the third quarter ended September 30, 2015 was $6.8 million. The net loss for the third quarter ended September 30, 2015 was $6.4 million, which included the operating loss of $6.8 million and non-cash income of $0.3 million related to the changes in fair value of the Company's outstanding warrants and was classified as other income (expense). As of September 30, 2015, Threshold had $56.4 million in cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities, with no debt outstanding.

  

"This is an exciting time for Threshold as we anticipate announcing top-line results from the two pivotal Phase 3 clinical trials of evofosfamide in patients with advanced soft tissue sarcoma (TH-CR-406) and in patients with advanced pancreatic cancer (MAESTRO) around the end of this year," said Barry Selick, Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer at Threshold. "In the third quarter, we also made significant progress with tarloxotinib, our exclusively-licensed hypoxia-activated EGFR tyrosine kinase inhibitor, with the initiation of two proof-of-concept Phase 2 clinical trials. We expect to have preliminary data from those trials in the first half of 2016."

     

Third Quarter 2015 Financial and Operational Results

   

Revenue of $3.7 million was recognized for both the third quarter of 2015 and 2014. Revenue is related to the amortization of the aggregate of $110 million in upfront and milestone payments earned in 2013 and 2012 from Threshold's collaboration with Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, for evofosfamide (previously known as TH-302). The revenue from the upfront and milestone payments earned under the agreement is being amortized over the relevant performance period, rather than being immediately recognized when the upfront and milestone payments are earned or received.

   

The net loss for the third quarter of 2015 was $6.4 million compared to a net loss of $7.7 million for the third quarter of 2014. Included in the net loss for the third quarter of 2015 was an operating loss of $6.8 million and non-cash income of $0.3 million compared to an operating loss of $7.6 million and non-cash expense of $0.3 million included in the net loss for the third quarter of 2014. The non-cash income or expense is related to the change in fair value of the Company's outstanding warrants and was classified as other income (expense).

   

Research and development expenses were $8.1 million for the third quarter of 2015 compared to $8.9 million for the third quarter of 2014. The decrease in research and development expenses was due primarily to a $1.1 million net decrease in clinical development expenses, net of reimbursement from Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany related to their 70% share of total development expenses for evofosfamide. The decrease in clinical development expenses was due to a decrease in clinical development expenses for evofosfamide, partially offset by an increase in clinical development expenses for tarloxotinib.

   

General and administrative expenses were $2.4 million for both the third quarter of 2015 and 2014.

   

Non-cash stock-based compensation expense included in total operating expenses was $1.5 million for the third quarter of 2015 versus $1.2 million for the third quarter of 2014. The increase in stock-based compensation expense was due to the amortization of a greater number of options with higher fair values.

   

As of September 30, 2015 and June 30, 2015, Threshold had $56.4 million and $67.0 million in cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities, respectively. The net decrease of $10.6 million in cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities during the third quarter of 2015 was primarily due to the Company's operating cash requirements for the third quarter of 2015.

   

 

 

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