TGTX - 3Q Update
NEW YORK, Nov. 12, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- TG Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: TGTX) today announced its financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2019 and recent company developments.
Michael S. Weiss, the Company's Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, stated, "In the third quarter our team continued to execute on our core mission of developing combination therapies for patients with B-cell diseases. With the announcement of positive marginal zone lymphoma data earlier this year, and positive follicular lymphoma data only a few weeks ago, we have our first two foundational datasets for which we believe approval is in our reach. Adding on top of this, will be our UNITY-CLL Phase 3 study, which we are targeting a PFS readout around year-end or into the first quarter of next year. With these core pieces in place, our broader combination approach should come into focus, as we execute on a strategy to position U2 as an important stand-alone treatment as well as one that can improve outcomes when combined with other available therapies. We believe our recent ASH abstracts contain some initial insights into the future of U2.” Mr. Weiss continued, “With a pro forma cash position of approximately $100 million at the end of the third quarter, we believe we have sufficient capital resources through our next two major pivotal data releases including UNITY-CLL and the ULTIMATE MS Phase 3 trials."
Recent Developments and Highlights
ASH Presentations: Two triple therapy data abstracts were accepted for presentation at the upcoming 61st American Society of Hematology (ASH) annual meeting, including an oral presentation for the triple combination of U2 (umbralisib and ublituximab) plus venetoclax, and Phase 1 data for TG-1701, the Company’s novel BTK inhibitor, monotherapy and in combination with U2.
Positive Interim Data from FL Cohort of UNITY-NHL Trial: Positive interim data from the follicular lymphoma (FL) cohort of the UNITY-NHL trial was announced, with results meeting the Company’s prespecified ORR target. The Company plans to present the data at a future medical conference as well as discuss the data with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
GENUINE Progression Free Survival (PFS): Final long-term results from the Phase 3 GENUINE study demonstrated that ublituximab in combination with ibrutinib improved progression-free survival (PFS), as determined by Independent Review Committee (IRC).
U2 Published in Blood: Phase I/Ib combination trial of U2 was published in Blood, the Journal of the American Society of Hematology.
Ublituximab Data in Multiple Sclerosis: Updated Phase 2 extension trial data for ublituximab in relapsing forms of multiple sclerosis (RMS), as well as the ULTIMATE I & II Phase 3 RMS program study design and demographic data was presented at the 35th Annual Congress of the European Committee for Treatment and Research in Multiple Sclerosis (ECTRIMS).
Remaining 2019 and Early 2020 Milestones
Initiate a rolling New Drug Application (NDA) submission for umbralisib to treat adult patients with previously treated marginal zone lymphoma (MZL).
Report potential top-line PFS results from the Phase 3 UNITY-CLL trial evaluating U2 in patients with frontline and previously treated CLL.
Share results from the Phase 2b UNITY-NHL FL cohort with the FDA to determine potential filing opportunities.
Financial Results for the Three and Nine Months Ended September 30, 2019
R&D Expenses: Other research and development (R&D) expense (not including non-cash compensation and non-cash in-licensing expense) was $56.5 million and $118.8 million for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2019, respectively, compared to $32.8 million and $98.7 million for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2018, respectively. The increase in R&D expense is primarily attributable to an increase in manufacturing expenses for Phase 3 clinical trials and potential commercialization (incurred during 2019) of $27 million and $31.6 million during the three and nine months ended September 30, 2019, respectively, as compared to prior periods. This was partially offset by a decrease in clinical trial expense of $3.8 million and $14.2 million for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2019, respectively, as compared to prior periods. We expect our other R&D expenses to decrease during the remainder of 2019 and into 2020 as our clinical trial expenses continue to decrease and the bulk of our CMC expenditures have been incurred during 2019.
G&A Expenses: Other general and administrative (G&A) expense (not including non-cash compensation) was $2.3 million and $6.6 million for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2019, respectively, as compared to $1.8 million and $6.2 million for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2018, respectively. Other G&A expenses remained consistent with the prior period, and we expect Other G&A expenses to increase modestly through the remainder of 2019.
Net Loss: Net loss was $61.9 million and $133.3 million for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2019, respectively, compared to a net loss of $34.0 million and $119.6 million for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2018, respectively. Excluding non-cash items, the net loss for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2019 was approximately $59.9 million and $127.5 million. Cash used in operations for the three months ended September 30, 2019 was approximately $33 million, as the payments of much of the increase in manufacturing expenses were deferred 12 months, having little impact on the quarter’s cash utilization.
Cash Position and Financial Guidance: Cash, cash equivalents and investment securities were $72.5 million as of September 30, 2019. Pro forma cash, cash equivalents and investment securities as of September 30, 2019 (excluding our fourth quarter 2019 operations) are approximately $96.3 million, after giving effect to $23.8 million of net proceeds from the utilization of the Company's at-the-market ("ATM") sales facility during the fourth quarter of 2019. The Company believes its cash, cash equivalents and investment securities on hand as of September 30, 2019, inclusive of the proceeds raised from the ATM facility subsequent to the third quarter, as well as future availability under the ATM facility, will be sufficient to fund the Company's planned operations into the fourth quarter of 2020.
Conference Call Information
The Company will host a conference call today, November 12, 2019, at 8:30 am ET, to discuss the Company’s third quarter 2019 financial results and provide a business outlook for the remainder of 2019.
In order to participate in the conference call, please call 1-877-407-8029 (U.S.), 1-201-689-8029 (outside the U.S.), Conference Title: TG Therapeutics Third Quarter 2019 Business Update Call. A live audio webcast will be available on the Events page, located within the Investors & Media section, of the Company's website at http://ir.tgtherapeutics.com/events. An audio recording of the conference call will also be available for replay at www.tgtherapeutics.com, for a period of 30 days after the call.