- Source : Press Release
- Date : 2018-05-15
- Companies : Kamada Ltd.
Kamada Reports Financial Results for First Quarter of 2018
REHOVOT, Israel – May 15, 2018 -- Kamada Ltd. (Nasdaq: KMDA) (KMDA.TA), a plasma-derived protein therapeutics company, today announced financial results for the three months ended March 31, 2018.
“Kamada is excited about the recent U.S. launch of KEDRAB®, our anti-rabies IgG product, by Kedrion, our commercial partner in the U.S.,” said Amir London, Kamada’s Chief Executive Officer. “KEDRAB, our second FDA approved product to be commercialized in the U.S., is already positively impacting our business, as a meaningful portion of our first quarter 2018 revenues is derived from sales of this product. KEDRAB provides the highest gross margins of any of our products and drove a significant year-over-year increase in gross profit in the first quarter, though profitability is not expected to stay at that high level throughout the rest of the year as product mix changes and sales of GLASSIA® grow throughout 2018.”
“In regard to our first quarter top-line results, which totaled at $17.4 million, as demonstrated in previous years, our sales volume typically increases throughout the year and we expect this to occur in 2018, as well,” continued Mr. London. “Importantly, we are reaffirming our full-year 2018 total revenue guidance of between $116 and $120 million, which would represent a 13 to 17 percent growth rate versus total reported revenues for 2017. Sales of GLASSIA in the U.S. continue to be a key driver for our business.”
“Finally, we have a strong balance sheet with $47.9 million of cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments to support our business as we advance toward a number of key milestones,” concluded Mr. London.
Financial Highlights for the Three Months Ended March 31, 2018
Total revenues were $17.4 million, a 50% increase from the $11.6 million recorded in the first quarter of 2017. As a reminder, our first quarter 2017 revenues were impacted by a delay in completing a periodic validation of our filling line, which resulted in a delay of shipping proprietary product batches.
Revenues from the Proprietary Products segment in the first quarter of 2018 were $12.2 million, an 84% increase from the $6.6 million reported in the first quarter of 2017.
Revenues from the Distributed Products segment were $5.2 million, a 4% increase from the $5.0 million recorded in the same period of 2017.
Gross profit was $7.0 million, a $4.7 million increase from the $2.3 million reported in the first quarter of 2017.
Gross margins from Proprietary Products segment increased to 49% from 22%; and overall gross margins increased to 40% from 20% in the same period of 2017, primarily due to an increase in sales, the U.S. KEDRAB launch and a favorable product mix.
Operating expenses, including R&D and SG&A expenses, totaled $5.8 million in the first quarter of 2018, as compared to $6.0 million in the first quarter of 2017. This decrease was attributable to a decrease in R&D spending, primarily as a result of delays related to the initiation of certain clinical trials.
Net income was $1.3 million, or $0.03 per share, compared to ($4.0) million, or a loss of ($0.11) per share, in the first quarter of 2017.
Adjusted EBITDA was $2.4 million, compared to ($2.6) million in the first quarter of 2017. This increase was primarily driven by increased gross profitability.
Cash flow provided by operating activities was $5.4 million, compared to $1.0 million in the first quarter of 2017.
Balance Sheet Highlights
As of March 31, 2018, the Company had cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments of $47.9 million, compared with $43.0 million at December 31, 2017, an increase of $4.9 million.
Recent Corporate Highlights
Launched KEDRAB in the U.S. in collaboration with Kedrion. Rabies represents an annual market opportunity of over $100 million in the U.S., of which Kamada expects KEDRAB to take a significant market share.
Recorded initial sales from a supply agreement with an undisclosed international organization for KamRAB. This three-year agreement will extend through 2020, and is expected to generate total revenues for Kamada of approximately $13 million.
Initiation of an investigator-initiated proof-of-concept clinical trial assessing the safety and preliminary efficacy of Kamada’s Alpha-1-Antitrypsin (AAT) as preemptive therapy for patients at high-risk for the development of steroid-refractory acute GvHD (SR-aGvHD). This study, being conducted through a collaboration with the Mount Sinai Acute GvHD International Consortium (MAGIC), is co-funded by Mount Sinai and Kamada, and is sponsored by the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Under the terms of the agreement, Kamada received exclusive rights to develop and commercialize AAT for the preemption of GvHD using the biomarkers developed by MAGIC to identify these high-risk patients.
The last of the 30 lung transplant patients participating in the Company’s Phase 2 trial of intravenous AAT (IV AAT) for the prevention of lung transplant rejection is expected to complete the one-year treatment period this month. Following the treatment period, all patients will enter a one-year follow-up period. Interim results from the initial 16 patients following the first six months of treatment in the study showed that Kamada’s IV AAT demonstrated a favorable safety and tolerability profile, consistent with previously observed results in other indications. The next interim report is expected in 2H 2018 following completion of one year of treatment, and top-line results are anticipated in 2H 2019.
Received feedback from the FDA regarding the proposed pivotal Phase 3 protocol for the Company’s inhaled AAT for the treatment of AATD indicating that, while several issues had been addressed, the FDA has continued concerns and questions related to the safety profile of Inhaled AAT. Kamada is now focused on expeditiously providing the requested information and data, as well as implementing the proposed changes in the study protocol.
2018 Revenue Guidance
For the year ended December 31, 2018, Kamada continues to expect that total revenues will be in the range of $116 to $120 million.
Kamada management will host an investment community conference call on Tuesday, May 15 at 8:30am Eastern Time, to discuss these results and answer questions. Shareholders and other interested parties may participate in the conference call by dialing 866-548-4713 (from within the U.S.), 1 80 924 3003 (from Israel), or 323-794-2423 (International) and entering the conference identification number: 2302061. The call will also be webcast live on the Internet on the Company’s website at www.kamada.com.
A replay of the call will be accessible two hours after its completion through May 29 by dialing 844-512-2921 (from within the U.S.) or 412-317-6671 (from outside the U.S.) and entering the conference identification number: 2302061. The call will also be archived for 90 days on the Company’s website at www.kamada.com.
Kamada Ltd. is focused on plasma-derived protein therapeutics for orphan indications, and has a commercial product portfolio and a late-stage product pipeline. The Company uses its proprietary platform technology and know-how for the extraction and purification of proteins from human plasma to produce Alpha-1 Antitrypsin (AAT) in a highly-purified, liquid form, as well as other plasma-derived Immune globulins. AAT is a protein derived from human plasma with known and newly-discovered therapeutic roles given its immunomodulatory, anti-inflammatory, tissue-protective and antimicrobial properties. The Company’s flagship product is GLASSIA®, the first liquid, ready-to-use, intravenous plasma-derived AAT product approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Kamada markets GLASSIA® in the U.S. through a strategic partnership with Baxalta (now part of Shire plc) and in other counties through local distributors. In addition to GLASSIA®, Kamada has a product line of six other plasma-derived pharmaceutical products administered by injection or infusion, that are marketed through distributors in more than 15 countries, including Israel, Russia, Brazil, India and other countries in Latin America and Asia. Kamada has late-stage products in development, including an inhaled formulation of AAT for the treatment of AAT deficiency and, in addition, its intravenous AAT is in development for other indications, such as type-1 diabetes, GvHD and prevention of lung transplant rejection. Kamada's rabies immune globulin (Human) product received FDA approval for Post-Exposure Prophylaxis against rabies infection in August 2017. Kamada also leverages its expertise and presence in the plasma-derived protein therapeutics market by distributing more than 10 complementary products in Israel that are manufactured by third parties.
Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
This release includes forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 21E of the U.S. Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and the safe harbor provisions of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements are statements that are not historical facts, such as statements regarding the company’s full-year 2018 total revenue guidance, prospects of increased gross margins, revenues and profitability associated with the U.S. launch of KEDRAB®, the expectation of a change in product mix over the course of 2018 and its effect on gross profitability, the future sales of GLASSIA in the U.S. continuing to be a key driver to our business, the market opportunity associated with treating rabies and revenue prospects associated with the three-year agreement relating to KamRAB. Forward-looking statements are based on Kamada’s current knowledge and its present beliefs and expectations regarding possible future events and are subject to risks, uncertainties and assumptions. Actual results and the timing of events could differ materially from those anticipated in these forward-looking statements as a result of several factors including, but not limited to, market acceptance of the company’s products, unexpected results of clinical trials, delays or denial in the U.S. FDA or the EMA approval process, additional competition in the AATD and HRIG market, further regulatory delays, prevailing market conditions, and the impact of general economic, industry or political conditions in the U.S., Israel or otherwise. The forward-looking statements made herein speak only as of the date of this announcement and Kamada undertakes no obligation to update publicly such forward-looking statements to reflect subsequent events or circumstances, except as otherwise required by law.
Chief Financial Officer
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