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Travere Therapeutics Reports Third Quarter 2021 Financial Results and Organizational Progress

Oct 28, 2021

Recently reported positive topline interim results from the ongoing pivotal Phase 3 PROTECT Study of sparsentan in IgA nephropathy

Following pre-NDA interactions with FDA, NDA submission of sparsentan in IgA nephropathy for accelerated approval under Subpart H expected in the first quarter of 2022

Based on FDA interactions, accelerated approval submission of sparsentan in FSGS planned for mid-2022, pending additional supportive eGFR data from the ongoing DUPLEX Study

Joint collaboration with Vifor Pharma to commercialize sparsentan in Europe; combined IgA nephropathy and FSGS MAA submission for sparsentan in Europe expected mid-2022

Net product sales of $54.2 million for the third quarter of 2021

SAN DIEGO, Oct. 28, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Travere Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: TVTX) today reported its third quarter 2021 financial results and provided a corporate update.

  • In August 2021, the Company reported that the ongoing pivotal Phase 3 PROTECT Study of sparsentan in IgA nephropathy (IgAN) met its pre-specified interim primary efficacy endpoint, demonstrating a greater than threefold reduction of proteinuria from baseline after 36 weeks of treatment, compared to the active control irbesartan (p<0.0001)
  • In its recent pre-New Drug Application (NDA) interactions with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Company confirmed that the interim results from the ongoing PROTECT Study of sparsentan in IgAN support an application for accelerated approval under Subpart H in the U.S.; NDA submission is expected in the first quarter of 2022
  • In September 2021, the Company announced alignment with FDA on a pathway to proceed with a Subpart H NDA submission for accelerated approval of sparsentan in focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS) in mid-2022, pending additional supportive estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) data from the ongoing DUPLEX Study
  • The Company has formalized plans for a combined IgAN and FSGS Marketing Authorization Application (MAA) for sparsentan in Europe; submission is expected in mid-2022
  • In September 2021, the Company entered into a joint collaboration and licensing agreement with Vifor Pharma for the commercialization of sparsentan in Europe, Australia and New Zealand
  • Ruth Williams-Brinkley joined the Board of Directors, bringing to Travere more than 35 years of executive leadership in care delivery and health plan operations
  • Net product sales for the third quarter 2021 were $54.2 million, compared to $51.1 million for the same period in 2020
  • Cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities, as of September 30, 2021, totaled $551.2 million, which includes the $55.0 million upfront payment from the joint collaboration and licensing agreement with Vifor Pharma

“The third quarter was pivotal for our sparsentan development programs. In August, we announced impressive topline interim results from the ongoing Phase 3 PROTECT Study of sparsentan in IgA nephropathy, and we recently concluded successful pre-NDA interactions with the FDA that put us on track for an NDA submission for accelerated approval in the first quarter of next year,” said Eric Dube, Ph.D., chief executive officer of Travere Therapeutics. “We also made regulatory progress that positions us for additional submissions mid-next year, including a potential NDA submission for accelerated approval of sparsentan for FSGS, and a combined IgA nephropathy and FSGS MAA submission for conditional marketing authorization in Europe. We look forward to continuing our strong execution through the balance of 2021, and to building upon the strength of our existing commercial organization to prepare for multiple potential launches of sparsentan, if approved.”   

Quarter Ended September 30, 2021 

Net product sales for the third quarter of 2021 were $54.2 million, compared to $51.1 million for the same period in 2020. For the nine months ended September 30, 2021, net product sales were $156.2 million, compared to $147.3 million for the same period in 2020. The increase in net product sales was attributable to growth across the Company’s commercial products.

Research and development (R&D) expenses for the third quarter of 2021 were $48.4 million, compared to $32.3 million for the same period in 2020. For the nine months ended September 30, 2021, R&D expenses were $148.2 million, compared to $93.4 million for the same period in 2020. The difference is largely attributable to the fully enrolled and ongoing pivotal DUPLEX and PROTECT studies of sparsentan, as well as the continued development of the pegtibatinase program in classical homocystinuria (HCU). On a non-GAAP adjusted basis, R&D expenses were $45.2 million for the third quarter of 2021, compared to $29.5 million for the same period in 2020.

Selling, general and administrative (SG&A) expenses for the third quarter of 2021 were $36.1 million, compared to $32.0 million for the same period in 2020. For the nine months ended September 30, 2021, SG&A expenses were $107.8 million, compared to $100.1 million for the same period in 2020. The difference is largely attributable to increased headcount as a result of the Company’s operational growth, and professional fees. On a non-GAAP adjusted basis, SG&A expenses were $25.5 million for the third quarter of 2021, compared to $22.9 million for the same period in 2020.

Total other expense, net, for the third quarter of 2021 was $3.9 million, compared to $3.1 million for the same period in 2020. The difference is largely attributable to a reduction in interest income.

Net loss for the third quarter of 2021 was $35.6 million, or $0.59 per basic share, compared to a net loss of $22.5 million, or $0.44 per basic share for the same period in 2020. For the nine months ended September 30, 2021, net loss was $128.5 million, compared to $47.8 million for the same period in 2020. On a non-GAAP adjusted basis, net loss for the third quarter of 2021 was $7.9 million, or $0.13 per basic share, compared to a net loss of $5.6 million, or $0.11 per basic share for the same period in 2020.

As of September 30, 2021, the Company had cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities of $551.2 million. This includes the $55.0 million upfront payment received from the joint collaboration and licensing agreement entered into with Vifor Pharma during the third quarter.

Program Updates

Sparsentan - IgAN

  • In August 2021, the Company announced positive topline interim results from the ongoing pivotal Phase 3 PROTECT Study of sparsentan in IgAN. The PROTECT Study met its pre-specified interim primary efficacy endpoint with statistical significance. After 36 weeks of treatment, patients receiving sparsentan achieved a mean reduction in proteinuria from baseline of 49.8 percent, compared to a mean reduction in proteinuria from baseline of 15.1 percent for irbesartan-treated patients (p<0.0001). The Company believes that preliminary eGFR data available at the time of the interim analysis are indicative of a potential clinically meaningful treatment effect after two years of treatment. Preliminary results at the time of the interim assessment suggested that sparsentan had been generally well-tolerated to date in the study and consistent with its overall observed safety profile. The PROTECT Study is fully enrolled and is scheduled to continue as planned on a blinded basis to assess the treatment effect on eGFR slope over 110 weeks in the confirmatory endpoint analysis. Topline results from the confirmatory endpoint analysis are expected in the second half of 2023.
  • The Company recently completed successful pre-NDA interactions with the FDA for sparsentan in IgAN. The FDA concurred that the interim analyses from the PROTECT Study support submission of an application for accelerated approval under Subpart H. The Company expects to submit an NDA for accelerated approval of sparsentan for IgAN in the first quarter of 2022.
  • In mid-2022, the Company expects to submit a combined IgAN and FSGS MAA application for conditional marketing authorization of sparsentan in Europe.

Sparsentan - FSGS

  • In February 2021, the Company announced that the ongoing pivotal Phase 3 DUPLEX Study of sparsentan in FSGS achieved its pre-specified interim FSGS partial remission of proteinuria endpoint (FPRE) with statistical significance. FPRE is a clinically meaningful endpoint defined as urine protein-to-creatinine ratio (UP/C) ≤1.5 g/g and a >40 percent reduction in UP/C from baseline. After 36 weeks of treatment, 42.0 percent of patients receiving sparsentan achieved FPRE, compared to 26.0 percent of irbesartan-treated patients (p=0.0094). Preliminary results at the time of the interim assessment suggested that sparsentan had been generally well-tolerated and shown a comparable safety profile to irbesartan. The DUPLEX Study is fully enrolled and scheduled to continue as planned on a blinded basis to assess the confirmatory eGFR endpoint after 108 weeks of treatment. Topline results from the confirmatory endpoint are expected in the first half of 2023.
     
  • During the third quarter of 2021, the Company announced a successful outcome from its Type A meeting with the FDA in which alignment was reached on the Company’s plan to provide additional eGFR data from the ongoing pivotal Phase 3 DUPLEX Study of sparsentan in FSGS to support a potential NDA submission for accelerated approval. The Company plans to submit an NDA for accelerated approval in the U.S. in mid-2022, should additional eGFR data from the study be supportive, as expected.

Pegtibatinase (TVT-058)

  • The ongoing Phase 1/2 COMPOSE Study, a dose escalating clinical trial to assess the safety, tolerability, pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics and clinical effects of pegtibatinase in patients with classical HCU, continues to progress. The Company anticipates preliminary data from the COMPOSE Study to become available in 2021 and is monitoring the potential impact of the evolving COVID-19 pandemic on this timing. If ultimately approved, pegtibatinase has the potential to become the first disease modifying therapy for people living with classical HCU.

Joint Collaboration and Licensing Agreement with Vifor Pharma for the Commercialization of Sparsentan in Europe, Australia and New Zealand

  • During the third quarter of 2021, the Company and Vifor Pharma announced a joint collaboration and licensing agreement for the commercialization of sparsentan in Europe, Australia and New Zealand. Under the terms of the agreement, Vifor Pharma receives exclusive commercialization rights for sparsentan in Europe, Australia and New Zealand. Travere received an upfront payment of $55.0 million and will be eligible for up to $135.0 million in payments tied to the achievement of certain regulatory and market access related milestones. Vifor Pharma will also make further payments in the form of sales milestones, and tiered double-digit royalties on net sales of sparsentan in Europe, Australia and New Zealand up to 40 percent at the high end of the royalty range.

Conference Call Information

Travere Therapeutics will host a conference call and webcast today, Thursday, October 28, 2021 at 4:30 p.m. ET to discuss company updates as well as third quarter 2021 financial results. To participate in the conference call, dial +1 (855) 219-9219 (U.S.) or +1 (315) 625-6891 (International), confirmation code 5068414 shortly before 4:30 p.m. ET. The webcast can be accessed at travere.com, in the Events and Presentations section of the Investors & Media page, and will be archived for at least 30 days. A replay of the call will be available from 7:30 p.m. ET, October 28, 2021 to 7:30 p.m. ET, November 4, 2021. The replay number is +1 (855) 859-2056 (U.S.) or +1 (404) 537-3406 (International), confirmation code 5068414.

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

To supplement Travere’s financial results and guidance presented in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), the Company uses certain non-GAAP adjusted financial measures in this press release and the accompanying tables. The Company believes that these non-GAAP financial measures are helpful in understanding its past financial performance and potential future results. They are not meant to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for comparable GAAP measures and should be read in conjunction with the consolidated financial statements prepared in accordance with GAAP. Travere’s management regularly uses these supplemental non-GAAP financial measures internally to understand, manage and evaluate its business and make operating decisions. In addition, Travere believes that the use of these non-GAAP measures enhances the ability of investors to compare its results from period to period and allows for greater transparency with respect to key financial metrics the Company uses in making operating decisions.

Investors should note that these non-GAAP financial measures are not prepared under any comprehensive set of accounting rules or principles and do not reflect all of the amounts associated with the Company’s results of operations as determined in accordance with GAAP. Investors should also note that these non-GAAP financial measures have no standardized meaning prescribed by GAAP and, therefore, have limits in their usefulness to investors. In addition, from time to time in the future the Company may exclude other items, or cease to exclude items that it has historically excluded, for purposes of its non-GAAP financial measures; because of the non-standardized definitions, the non-GAAP financial measures as used by the Company in this press release and the accompanying tables may be calculated differently from, and therefore may not be directly comparable to, similarly titled measures used by the Company’s competitors and other companies.

As used in this press release, (i) the historical non-GAAP net income (loss) measures exclude from GAAP net income (loss), as applicable, stock-based compensation expense, amortization and depreciation expense, revaluation of acquisition related contingent consideration and income tax; (ii) the historical non-GAAP SG&A expense measures exclude from GAAP SG&A expenses, as applicable, stock-based compensation expense, and amortization and depreciation expense; (iii) the historical non-GAAP R&D expense measures exclude from GAAP R&D expenses, as applicable, stock-based compensation expense, and depreciation and amortization expense.

About Travere Therapeutics

At Travere Therapeutics we are in rare for life. We are a biopharmaceutical company that comes together every day to help patients, families and caregivers of all backgrounds as they navigate life with a rare disease. On this path, we know the need for treatment options is urgent – that is why our global team works with the rare disease community to identify, develop and deliver life-changing therapies. In pursuit of this mission, we continuously seek to understand the diverse perspectives of rare patients and to courageously forge new paths to make a difference in their lives and provide hope – today and tomorrow. For more information, visit travere.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains "forward-looking statements" as that term is defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Without limiting the foregoing, these statements are often identified by the words "may", "might", "believes", "thinks", "anticipates", "plans", "expects", "intends" or similar expressions. In addition, expressions of our strategies, intentions or plans are also forward-looking statements. Such forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, references to: expected sparsentan regulatory submissions in 2022, including the timing for the planned IgAN accelerated approval submission, the ability to submit for accelerated approval in FSGS, pending additional supportive eGFR data, as well as expectations regarding submitting a joint marketing authorization application in Europe for both FSGS and IgAN; the Company’s expectations for multiple potential launches of sparsentan, if approved; references to the efficacy, safety and tolerability profile of sparsentan based on the preliminary data from the DUPLEX and PROTECT Studies’ interim analyses and expectations that additional eGFR data from the DUPLEX Study will support an accelerated approval submission; the Company’s potential future receipt of regulatory, market-access and sales based milestones and royalties under the joint collaboration and licensing agreement with Vifor; the Company’s expectations around timelines for preliminary data from the ongoing Phase 1/2 study of pegtibatinase in HCU; and references to the potential for pegtibatinase, if approved, to become the first disease modifying therapy for people living with classical HCU. Such forward-looking statements are based on current expectations and involve inherent risks and uncertainties, including factors that could delay, divert or change any of them, and could cause actual outcomes and results to differ materially from current expectations. No forward-looking statement can be guaranteed. Among the factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those indicated in the forward-looking statements are risks and uncertainties associated with the regulatory review and approval process, including the Subpart H accelerated approval pathway in the United States and the conditional marketing authorization (CMA) pathway in the European Union, as well as risks and uncertainties associated with the Company’s business and finances in general, success of its commercial products and risks and uncertainties associated with the Company's preclinical and clinical stage pipeline. Specifically, the Company faces risks associated with market acceptance of its commercial products including efficacy, safety, price, reimbursement and benefit over competing therapies. The risks and uncertainties the Company faces with respect to its preclinical and clinical stage pipeline include risk that the Company's clinical candidates will not be found to be safe or effective and that current clinical trials will not proceed as planned. Specifically, the Company faces the risk that the Phase 3 DUPLEX Study of sparsentan in FSGS will not demonstrate that sparsentan is safe or effective or serve as a basis for accelerated approval of sparsentan as planned; risk that the Phase 3 PROTECT Study of sparsentan in IgAN will not demonstrate that sparsentan is safe or effective or serve as the basis for accelerated approval of sparsentan as planned; and risk that sparsentan will not be approved for efficacy, safety, regulatory or other reasons, and for each of the Company’s programs, risk associated with enrollment of clinical trials for rare diseases and risk that ongoing or planned clinical trials may not succeed or may be delayed for safety, regulatory or other reasons. There is no guarantee that the FDA will grant accelerated approval of sparsentan for IgAN or FSGS or that sparsentan will be approved at all. There is also no guarantee that the results from the ongoing clinical study of pegtibatinase will be positive. The Company faces risk that it will be unable to raise additional funding that may be required to complete development of any or all of its product candidates; risk relating to the Company's dependence on contractors for clinical drug supply and commercial manufacturing; uncertainties relating to patent protection and exclusivity periods and intellectual property rights of third parties; risks associated with regulatory interactions; risks and uncertainties relating to competitive products, including current and potential future generic competition with certain of the Company’s products, and technological changes that may limit demand for the Company's products. The Company faces additional risks associated with the potential impacts the COVID-19 pandemic may have on its business, including, but not limited to (i) the Company’s ability to continue its ongoing development activities and clinical trials, (ii) the timing of such clinical trials and the release of data from those trials, (iii) the Company’s and its suppliers’ ability to successfully manufacture its commercial products and product candidates, and (iv) the market for and sales of its commercial products. You are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements as there are important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in forward-looking statements, many of which are beyond our control. The Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise. Investors are referred to the full discussion of risks and uncertainties as included in the Company's most recent Form 10-K, Form 10-Q and other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Contact:
Chris Cline, CFA                                 
Senior Vice President, Investor Relations & Corporate Communications
888-969-7879                                        
IR@travere.com     

 

TRAVERE THERAPEUTICS, INC.
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(in thousands, except share amounts)
       
  September 30, 2021   December 31, 2020
Assets (unaudited)    
Current assets:      
Cash and cash equivalents $ 150,327     $ 84,772  
Available-for-sale debt securities, at fair value (amortized cost $400,866, allowance for credit losses of $0 as of September 30, 2021; amortized cost $276,111, allowance for credit losses of $0 as of December 31, 2020) 400,857     276,817  
Accounts receivable, net 13,370     15,925  
Inventory, net 6,616     7,608  
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 7,504     8,143  
Tax receivable 405     17,142  
Total current assets 579,079     410,407  
       
Property and equipment, net 11,513     9,418  
Other non-current assets 34,871     33,489  
Intangible assets, net 148,676     153,189  
Goodwill 936     936  
Total assets $ 775,075     $ 607,439  
       
Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity      
Current liabilities:      
Accounts payable $ 5,830     $ 12,133  
Accrued expenses 63,308     56,793  
Other current liabilities 10,056     6,334  
Deferred revenue, current portion 16,069      
Business combination-related contingent consideration, current portion 17,900     17,400  
Total current liabilities 113,163     92,660  
Convertible debt 223,696     215,339  
Other non-current liabilities 43,262     40,527  
Deferred revenue, less current portion 24,084      
Business combination-related contingent consideration, less current portion 63,500     47,700  
Total liabilities 467,705     396,226  
       
Stockholders' Equity:      
Preferred stock $0.0001 par value; 20,000,000 shares authorized; 0 issued and outstanding as of June 30, 2021 and December 31, 2020      
Common stock $0.0001 par value; 200,000,000 shares authorized; 61,018,229 and 52,248,431 issued and outstanding as of September 30, 2021 and December 31, 2020, respectively 6     5  
Additional paid-in capital 1,022,282     797,985  
Accumulated deficit (714,393 )   (585,875 )
Accumulated other comprehensive loss (525 )   (902 )
Total stockholders' equity 307,370     211,213  
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $ 775,075     $ 607,439  

Note: Certain adjustments / reclassifications have been made to prior periods to conform to current year presentation.

 

TRAVERE THERAPEUTICS, INC.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(in thousands, except share and per share data)
(unaudited)
       
  Three Months Ended September 30,   Nine Months Ended September 30,
  2021   2020   2021   2020
  (unaudited)        
Net product sales:              
Thiola/Thiola EC $ 29,821     $ 28,227     $ 84,907     $ 80,572  
Bile acid products 24,353     22,912     71,291     66,766  
Total net product sales 54,174     51,139     156,198     147,338  
License revenue 14,043         14,043      
Total revenue 68,217     51,139     170,241     147,338  
               
Operating expenses:              
Cost of goods sold 1,592     1,189     4,888     4,054  
Research and development 48,407     32,349     148,160     93,387  
Selling, general and administrative 36,065     31,951     107,808     100,061  
Change in fair value of contingent consideration 13,864     5,085     23,960     7,448  
Total operating expenses 99,928     70,574     284,816     204,950  
               
Operating loss (31,711 )   (19,435 )   (114,575 )   (57,612 )
               
Other income (expenses), net:              
Other income (expense), net 654     553     (223 )   788  
Interest income 360     1,123     1,757     4,414  
Interest expense (4,899 )   (4,767 )   (15,072 )   (14,287 )
Total other expense, net (3,885 )   (3,091 )   (13,538 )   (9,085 )
               
Loss before income taxes (35,596 )   (22,526 )   (128,113 )   (66,697 )
               
Income tax (expense) benefit (43 )   (23 )   (405 )   18,888  
               
Net loss $ (35,639 )   $ (22,549 )   $ (128,518 )   $ (47,809 )
               
Per share data:              
Basic and diluted net loss per common share $ (0.59 )   $ (0.44 )   $ (2.17 )   $ (1.03 )
Basic and diluted weighted average common shares outstanding 60,803,045     50,929,575     59,230,881     46,289,103  
Weighted average common shares outstanding, diluted 60,803,045     50,929,575     59,230,881     46,289,103  

Note: Certain adjustments / reclassifications have been made to prior periods to conform to current year presentation.

 

TRAVERE THERAPEUTICS, INC.
RECONCILIATION OF GAAP REPORTED TO NON-GAAP ADJUSTED INFORMATION
(in thousands, except share and per share data)
(unaudited)
               
  Three Months Ended September 30,   Nine Months Ended September 30,
  2021   2020   2021   2020
GAAP operating loss $ (31,711 )   $ (19,435 )   $ (114,575 )   $ (57,612 )
               
R&D operating expense (48,407 )   (32,349 )   (148,160 )   (93,387 )
               
Stock compensation 2,630     2,510     8,477     6,968  
Amortization & depreciation 614     292     1,188     870  
Subtotal non-GAAP items 3,244     2,802     9,665     7,838  
Non-GAAP R&D expense (45,163 )   (29,547 )   (138,495 )   (85,549 )
               
SG&A operating expense (36,065 )   (31,951 )   (107,808 )   (100,061 )
               
Stock compensation 4,356     2,888     13,713     10,294  
Amortization & depreciation 6,250     6,168     18,369     17,076  
Subtotal non-GAAP items 10,606     9,056     32,082     27,370  
Non-GAAP SG&A expense (25,459 )   (22,895 )   (75,726 )   (72,691 )
               
Change in fair value of contingent consideration 13,864     5,085     23,960     7,448  
Subtotal non-GAAP items 27,714     16,943     65,707     42,656  
Non-GAAP operating loss $ (3,997 )   $ (2,492 )   $ (48,868 )   $ (14,956 )
               
GAAP net income (loss) $ (35,639 )   $ (22,549 )   $ (128,518 )   $ (47,809 )
Non-GAAP operating loss adjustments 27,714     16,943     65,707     42,656  
Income tax provision (benefit) 43     23     405     (18,888 )
Non-GAAP net loss $ (7,882 )   $ (5,583 )   $ (62,406 )   $ (24,041 )
               
Per share data:              
Basic and diluted net loss per common share $ (0.13 )   $ (0.11 )   $ (1.05 )   $ (0.52 )
Basic and diluted weighted average common shares outstanding 60,803,045     50,929,575     59,230,881     46,289,103  
               

Note: Certain adjustments / reclassifications have been made to prior periods to conform to current year presentation.


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