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Halozyme Reports Third Quarter 2017 Results

-- Strong ENHANZE® Momentum Following Landmark Collaboration Agreement with Bristol-Myers Squibb --

-- Royalty Revenue Increased 31 Percent from Prior-Year Period to $17.1 million on Growing Sales of Herceptin SC, MabThera SC in Q2 --

-- Revenue Guidance Raised, Expense Guidance Lowered, Resulting in Higher Year-End Cash Guidance of $400 million to $415 million --

SAN DIEGO, Nov. 7, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Halozyme Therapeutics, Inc. (HALO), a biotechnology company developing novel oncology and drug-delivery therapies, today reported financial results and recent highlights for the third quarter ended September 30.

"During the third quarter, we realized clear benefits from strategies we have been executing against in both the ENHANZE and PEGPH20 pillars of our business," said Dr. Helen Torley, president and chief executive officer. "On ENHANZE we significantly increased 2017 revenue and the potential future value of the technology with the signing of the landmark collaboration agreement with Bristol-Myers Squibb for development of up to 11 immuno-oncology targets, and with the expansion of our collaboration agreement with Roche. In addition, our partner Janssen took an important step towards the commercialization of a subcutaneous formulation of Darzalex® with the initiation of a Phase 3 study.

"In our PEGPH20 pillar, investigator interest remains strong in our HALO-301 study, resulting in continued progress with enrollment. An interim analysis will be conducted for the first primary endpoint of progression-free survival when we achieve the target number of events, which we project will occur in late Q4 2018."

Third Quarter 2017 and Recent Highlights include:

  • Announcing a Global Collaboration and License Agreement with Bristol-Myers Squibb to develop subcutaneously administered Bristol-Myers Squibb immuno-oncology medicines using Halozyme's ENHANZE drug-delivery technology. The agreement is the largest in company history including a $105 million upfront payment and $160 million in potential milestones for each of 11 immuno-oncology targets, including the initial target selection of programmed death 1 (PD-1).
  • Roche licensing a new ENHANZE target in exchange for a $30 million upfront payment and up to $160 million in potential development, regulatory and sales-based milestones. The agreement serves as an extension to the original collaboration between the companies, under which Roche has developed two subcutaneous formulations of cancer drugs for markets worldwide.
  • Janssen initiating the first of three planned Phase 3 studies of the subcutaneous formulation of DARZALEX® (daratumumab). Halozyme's ENHANZE technology has the potential to enable a 15 ml injection to be delivered in five minutes or less, with no requirement for an intravenous loading dose. Data informing this decision from the Phase 1 PAVO study in patients with relapsed or refractory multiple myeloma were accepted for presentation at the 2017 American Society of Hematology Annual Meeting and Exposition. Upon the dosing of the third patient in the recently initiated study, Halozyme will earn a $15 million milestone payment.
  • Genentech launching RITUXAN HYCELA™ (rituximab/hyaluronidase human) for subcutaneous injection, a combination of rituximab and Halozyme's hyaluronidase human ENHANZE technology, for patients with follicular lymphoma, diffuse large B-cell lymphoma and chronic lymphocytic leukemia.
  • Continued progress screening and enrolling patients in the HALO-301 study of PEGPH20 in combination with ABRAXANE® (nab-paclitaxel) and gemcitabine in first line metastatic pancreas cancer patients with high levels of tumor hyaluronan (HA-High). An interim analysis will be conducted for the first primary endpoint of progression-free survival when the target number of events has been reached, which the company projects will be in late Q4 2018. At that time, Halozyme projects approximately 500 patients will have been enrolled in the study.
  • Initiating multiple trials in collaboration with Genentech to evaluate PEGPH20 in combination with TECENTRIQ® (atezolizumab) in four tumor types. Studies include a Halozyme-sponsored randomized clinical trial in patients with previously untreated, unresectable, locally advanced, or metastatic cholangiocarcinoma and gallbladder adenocarcinoma and two Genentech-funded and operated, Phase 1b/2 multi-arm clinical studies evaluating patients with previously treated metastatic pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma and previously treated locally advanced unresectable or metastatic gastric cancer. The studies are part of a clinical collaboration agreement announced in 2016 to evaluate PEGPH20 and atezolizumab in up to eight tumor types.
  • Revenue for the third quarter was $63.7 million compared to $31.9 million for the third quarter of 2016. The year-over-year increase was driven by a $30 million upfront payment from Roche and growth in royalties from partner sales of Herceptin® (trastuzumab) SC, MabThera® (rituximab) SC and HYQVIA® (Immune Globulin Infusion 10% (Human) with Recombinant Human Hyaluronidase) offset by a decrease in research and development reimbursements and license payments from ENHANZE partners. Revenue for the third quarter included $17.1 million in royalties, an increase of 31 percent from the prior-year period, $9.8 million in sales of bulk rHuPH20 primarily for use in manufacturing collaboration products and $3.8 million in HYLENEX® recombinant (hyaluronidase human injection) product sales.
  • Research and development expenses for the third quarter were $34.0 million, compared to $33.9 million for the third quarter of 2016. The increase was primarily due to a ramp in spending associated with the HALO-301 study.
  • Selling, general and administrative expenses for the third quarter were $13.3 million, compared to $11.6 million for the third quarter of 2016. The increase was primarily due to personnel expenses, including stock compensation, for the period.
  • Net income for the third quarter was $2.7 million, or $0.02 per share, compared to net loss in the third quarter of 2016 of $28.9 million, or $0.23 per share.
  • Cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities were $316.9 million at September 30, 2017, compared to $297.5 million at June 30, 2017.

Financial Outlook for 2017

Halozyme updated year-end guidance, now expecting:

  • Net revenue increasing from the prior range of $245 million to $260 million announced on Sept. 14 to $265 million to $280 million, driven by stronger product sales, royalties, and sponsored research;
  • Operating expenses decreasing from the prior range of $240 million to $250 million to $230 million to $240 million;
  • Year-end cash balance increasing from the prior range of $380 million to $395 million to $400 million to $415 million.

Webcast and Conference Call

Halozyme will webcast its Quarterly Update Conference Call for the third quarter of 2017 today, Tuesday, November 7 at 4:30 p.m. ET/1:30 p.m. PT. Dr. Helen Torley, president and chief executive officer, will lead the call. The call will be webcast live through the "Investors" section of Halozyme's corporate website and a recording will be made available following the close of the call. To access the webcast and additional documents related to the call, please visit approximately fifteen minutes prior to the call to register, download and install any necessary audio software. The call may also be accessed at (877) 410-5657 (domestic callers) (334) 323-7224 (international callers) using passcode 769890. A telephone replay will be available after the call by dialing (877) 919-4059 (domestic callers) or (334) 323-0140 (international callers) using replay ID number 19320711.

About Halozyme

Halozyme Therapeutics is a biotechnology company focused on developing and commercializing novel oncology therapies that target the tumor microenvironment. Halozyme's lead proprietary program, investigational drug PEGPH20, applies a unique approach to targeting solid tumors, allowing increased access of co-administered cancer drug therapies to the tumor in animal models. PEGPH20 is currently in development for metastatic pancreatic cancer, non-small cell lung cancer, gastric cancer, metastatic breast cancer and has potential across additional cancers in combination with different types of cancer therapies. In addition to its proprietary product portfolio, Halozyme has established value-driving partnerships with leading pharmaceutical companies including Roche, Baxalta, Pfizer, Janssen, AbbVie, Lilly and Bristol-Myers Squibb for its ENHANZE® drug delivery technology. Halozyme is headquartered in San Diego. For more information visit

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