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Nektar Therapeutics Reports Financial Results For The Third Quarter Of 2015

The following excerpt is from the company's SEC filing.

SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 5, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Nektar Therapeutics (Nasdaq: NKTR) today reported its financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2015.

Cash and investments in marketable securities at September 30, 2015 were $267.8 million as compared to $279.7 million at June 30, 2015. Cash and investments at September 30, 2015 include a $40.0 million milestone payment received from AstraZeneca in Q3 2015 for the first commercial sale of MOVENTIG

(naloxegol) in Germany. Cash and investments at September 30, 2015 do not include the proceeds from the $250 million direct private placement o f 7.75% Senior Secured Notes due in 2020, which was closed on October 5, 2015. A portion of the proceeds from these new $250 million Senior Notes were used to redeem fully $125.0 million of 12% Senior Secured Notes due in 2017.

"We have made great progress in advancing our pipeline this year," said Howard W. Robin, President and Chief Executive Officer of Nektar. "MOVANTIK is performing very well with positive feedback from physicians and patients, ADYNOVATE is poised for approval, the NKTR-181 Phase 3 SUMMIT-07 efficacy study is enrolling ahead of schedule and we are exceptionally pleased to report that the FDA cleared the NKTR-214 IND earlier than anticipated. NKTR-214 has the potential to bring a new mechanism – direct and selective stimulation of a patient's cancer-fighting T-cells -- to the next generation of cancer immunotherapies. We expect to dose our first patients shortly at MD Anderson Cancer Center and Yale Cancer Center."

Year-to-date revenue for 2015 was $191.4 million as compared to $181.2 million in the first nine months of 2014. The increase in revenue in the first nine months of 2015 as compared to the same period in 2014 includes the recognition of $90.0 million of the $100.0 million milestone payment from AstraZeneca following the first commercial sale of MOVANTIK in the U.S. and the recognition of the $40.0 million milestone payment from AstraZeneca following the first commercial sale of MOVANTIK in a major European country. In addition, product sales and royalty revenue increased by $9.3 million in the first nine months of 2015 as compared to the same period in 2014. Revenue in the third quarter of 2015 was $60.0 million as compared to $132.9 million in the third quarter of 2014 due to the recognition of a one-time $105 million approval milestone for MOVANTIK in the third quarter of 2014.

Total operating costs and expenses in the third quarter of 2015 were $59.5 million as compared to $52.6 million in the third quarter of 2014. Year-to-date total operating costs and expenses in 2015 were $191.4 million as compared to $160.2 million for the same period in 2014. Total operating costs and expenses increased primarily as a result of increased research and development (R&D) expense.

Research and development expense in the third quarter of 2015 was $43.2 million as compared to $34.2 million in the third quarter of 2014. Year-to-date R&D expense for 2015 was $135.7 million as compared to $109.2 million for the same period in 2014. R&D expense was higher in the third quarter and first nine months of 2015 as compared to the same periods in 2014 primarily due to the initiation of the Phase 3 efficacy trial of NKTR-181 in chronic low back pain and the long-term safety study for NKTR-181. R&D expense for the first nine months of 2015 also increased as a result of IND-enabling and clinical study start-up activities for NKTR-214.

General and administrative expense was $9.5 million in the third quarter of 2015 as compared to $9.1 million in the third quarter of 2014. G&A expense in the first nine months of 2015 was $30.0 million as compared to $28.7 million for the same period in 2014.

Net loss in the third quarter of 2015 was $8.2 million or $0.06 net loss per diluted share as compared to net income of $70.6 million or $0.53 net income per diluted share in the third quarter of 2014. Net loss in the first nine months of 2015 was $27.0 million or $0.21 net loss per diluted share as compared to net loss of $8.2 million or $0.07 net loss per diluted share in the first nine months of 2014.

The company also announced upcoming presentations at the following scientific congresses during the fourth quarter of 2015:

Society for Immunotherapy in Cancer (SITC) 30

Anniversary Annual Meeting, National Harbor, MD:

Abstract Title:

"Synergistic antitumor activity of the CD122-biased immunostimulatory cytokine NKTR-214 when combined with anti-PD-1 in murine tumor models"

, Hoch, U., et al.

2015 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium, San Antonio, TX:

Poster P1-13-02:

"Early change in topoisomerase 1 (Top1) positive circulating tumor cells (CTCs) is associated with overall survival (OS) in patients with advanced breast cancer after treatment with etirinotecan pegol",

Rugo, H., et al.

Poster Session: Advanced Chemotherapy

Date: December 9, 2015, 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Central Time

Poster P4-11-08: "

Impact of treatment on quality of life (QOL) in the BEACON study, a randomized phase III trial of etirinotecan pegol (EP) versus Treatment of Physician's Choice (TPC) in patients (pts) with advanced breast cancer (aBC) whose disease has progressed following treatment with an...


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