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INVESTOR RELATIONS

Trovagene Reports Fourth Quarter and Year End 2016 Financial Results

Announces restructuring program to support its expansion into precision cancer therapeutics

Mar 15, 2017

SAN DIEGO, March 15, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Trovagene, Inc. (NASDAQ: TROV), a precision medicine biotechnology company today reported financial results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2016.  Additionally, Trovagene announced a restructuring program that will support the Company's expansion into precision cancer therapeutics.

In a separate press release today, Trovagene announced a license agreement with Nerviano Medical Sciences that grants Trovagene exclusive global development and commercialization rights to PCM-075, an oral, investigative drug and a highly-selective adenosine triphosphate (ATP) competitive inhibitor of the serine/threonine polo-like-kinase 1 (PLK 1).  A phase 1 safety study of PCM-075 was successfully completed in patients with advanced metastatic disease. Trovagene plans to develop PCM-075 initially in patients with acute myeloid leukemia (AML) and looks forward to initiating a clinical development plan this year.

"We are excited to announce the execution of our strategy to vertically integrate our ctDNA Precision Cancer Monitoring® (PCM) technology with precision cancer therapeutics by developing drugs where our deep understanding of tumor genomics may allow for effective targeting of appropriate cancer patients," said Bill Welch, CEO of Trovagene.

Trovagene estimates the restructuring program will reduce annual pre-tax expenses by approximately $8.0 million per year (excluding one-time separation costs) through the reduction of approximately 30 personnel and expenses primarily linked to research, clinical studies and operations.  Trovagene will maintain its CLIA/CAP-accredited laboratory for clinical services to pharmaceutical companies and for internal programs.

"This significant restructuring of the Company is necessary for Trovagene to be able to fully embrace its precision cancer therapeutic opportunities," said Bill Welch.  "We believe today's announcement is in the best interest of all stakeholders as we look to build an industry leading precision medicine company."

Fourth Quarter 2016 Financial Results

  • Trovagene reported a net loss of $8.5 million, or $0.34 per diluted share, as compared to a net loss of $10.2 million for the third quarter of 2016, and a net loss of $7.4 million, or $0.26 per diluted share, for the fourth quarter of 2015.
  • Total operating expenses were approximately $9.9 million in the fourth quarter, slightly down from $10.0 million in the third quarter of 2016, and an increase from $7.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2015.
  • The net cash used in operating activities in the fourth quarter of 2016 was $9.0 million, compared to $7.0 million in the third quarter of 2016. The quarter-over-quarter increase can be attributed primarily to greater research and development costs associated with development of a multigene panel, a milestone payment to Boreal Genomics and certain non-recurring administration expenses.
  • The weighted average of diluted shares of common stock outstanding used to calculate per share results was 30.7 million.
  • As of December 31, 2016, Trovagene had cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments of approximately $37.9 million.

Year End 2016 Financial Results

  • Trovagene reported a net loss of $39.2 million, or $1.37 per diluted share, as compared to a net loss of $27.5 million, or $1.21 per diluted share, for the year ended December 31, 2015. The increase in net loss is primarily due to increased expenses related to research and development, sales and marketing, general and administrative, and restructuring charges versus the prior year.
  • The net cash used in operating activities in 2016 was $31.0 million, compared to $22.1 million in 2015.

Conference Call Information

Trovagene will hold a conference call today at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (2:00 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time) to review its fourth quarter and year-end 2016 financial results.  A live webcast of the Company's conference call will be available online at: https://www.webcaster4.com/Webcast/Page/1133/18788

To access the conference call, please dial (888) 347-6081 (domestic), (412) 902-4285 (international), or (855) 669-9657 (Canada), conference ID# 10097532.  To access the telephone replay of the call, dial (877) 344-7529 (domestic), (412) 317-0088 (international), or (855) 669-9658 (Canada), replay ID# 10097532.  The replay will be available one hour after the conclusion of the call.  The webcast and telephone replay will be archived on the Company's website following the conference at http://trovagene.investorroom.com/events.  

About Trovagene, Inc.

Trovagene is a biotechnology company that leverages its proprietary Precision Cancer Monitoring® (PCM) technology in tumor genomics to effectively develop oncology therapeutics to target appropriate cancer patient populations.  Trovagene has broad intellectual property and proprietary technology to measure circulating tumor DNA (ctDNA) in urine and blood to identify and quantify clinically actionable markers for predicting response to cancer therapies.  Trovagene offers its PCM technology at its CLIA/CAP – accredited laboratory.  Trovagene plans to continue to vertically integrate its PCM technology with precision cancer therapeutics by developing drugs.  For more information, please visit www.trovagene.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements in this press release are forward-looking within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements may be identified by the use of words such as "anticipate," "believe," "forecast," "estimated" and "intend" or other similar terms or expressions that concern Trovagene's expectations, strategy, plans or intentions. These forward-looking statements are based on Trovagene's current expectations and actual results could differ materially.  There are a number of factors that could cause actual events to differ materially from those indicated by such forward-looking statements.  These factors include, but are not limited to, our need for additional financing; our ability to continue as a going concern; clinical trials involve a lengthy and expensive process with an uncertain outcome, and results of earlier studies and trials may not be predictive of future trial results; our clinical trials may be suspended or discontinued due to unexpected side effects or other safety risks that could preclude approval of our product candidates; uncertainties of government or third party payer reimbursement; dependence on key personnel; limited experience in marketing and sales; substantial competition; uncertainties of patent protection and litigation; dependence upon third parties; our ability to develop tests, kits and systems and the success of those products; regulatory, financial and business risks related to our international expansion and risks related to failure to obtain FDA clearances or approvals and noncompliance with FDA regulations.  There are no guarantees that any of our technology or products will be utilized or prove to be commercially successful, or that Trovagene's strategy to design its liquid biopsy tests to report on clinically actionable cancer genes will ultimately be successful or result in better reimbursement outcomes.  Additionally, there are no guarantees that future clinical trials will be completed or successful or that any precision medicine therapeutics will receive regulatory approval for any indication or prove to be commercially successful.  Investors should read the risk factors set forth in Trovagene's Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2016, and other periodic reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.  While the list of factors presented here is considered representative, no such list should be considered to be a complete statement of all potential risks and uncertainties.  Unlisted factors may present significant additional obstacles to the realization of forward-looking statements.  Forward-looking statements included herein are made as of the date hereof, and Trovagene does not undertake any obligation to update publicly such statements to reflect subsequent events or circumstances.

(Financial Information to Follow)

Trovagene Contact:

Vicki Kelemen
Sr. Director, Marketing Communications
858-952-7652
vkelemen@trovagene.com

Trovagene, Inc.

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations

(in thousands, except for per share amounts)



Three Months Ended
December 31,


Year Ended
December 31,



2016


2015


2016


2015




Revenues:



Royalties


$

50


$

52


$

258


$

275

Diagnostic services



17


3


86


14

Clinical research services



1


24


37


24

Total revenues



68


79


381


313










Costs and expenses:









Cost of revenues


587


199


1,730


629

Research and development


3,785


3,166


15,007


10,594

Selling and marketing


2,396


1,935


11,523


6,444

General and administrative


2,292


2,164


11,476


7,920

Restructuring charges


790


-


790


-

Total operating expenses


9,850


7,464


40,526


25,587










Loss from operations


(9,782)


(7,385)


(40,145)


(25,274)










   Net interest expense


(408)


(368)


(1,376)


(1,468)

   Gain (loss) on change in fair value of derivative financial instruments- warrants


1,787


379


2,462


(726)

   Other loss, net


(145)


(7)


(145)


(3)

Net loss


$

(8,548)


$

(7,381)


$

(39,204)


$

(27,471)

Preferred stock dividend


(6)


(6)


(24)


(24)

Net loss attributable to common stockholders


$

(8,554)


$

(7,387)


$

(39,228)


$

(27,495)

Net loss per common share - basic


$

(0.28)


$

(0.25)


$

(1.30)


$

(1.05)

Net loss per common share - diluted


$

(0.34)


$

(0.26)


$

(1.37)


$

(1.21)

Weighted average shares outstanding - basic


30,639


29,723


30,175


26,202

Weighted average shares outstanding - diluted


30,712


30,157


30,281


26,452

 

Trovagene, Inc.

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

(in thousands)




December 31,

2016


December 31,
2015






Assets














Current assets:







Cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments


$

37,893


$

67,493

Accounts receivable


100


99

Prepaid expense and other assets


957


789

Total current assets


38,950


68,381

Property and equipment, net



3,827


2,691

Other assets



1,173


374

Total Assets


$

43,950


$

71,446








Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity














Current liabilities:







Accounts payable


$

1,131


1,041

Accrued liabilities



4,021


1,904

Deferred rent



285


31

Current portion of long-term debt



2,360


5,226

Total current liabilities


7,797


8,202






Long-term debt, less current portion


14,176


11,246

Derivative financial instruments – warrants


835


3,297

Deferred rent, net of current portion


1,374


-

Total Liabilities


24,182


22,745







Stockholders' equity



19,768


48,701

Total liabilities and stockholders' equity


$

43,950


$

71,446

 

Trovagene, Inc.

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows

(in thousands)



Year Ended


December 31,


2016


2015





Operating activities




Net loss

$ (39,204)


$ (27,471)

Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash used in operating activities:




    Depreciation and amortization

1,070


379

    Stockbased compensation expense

7,504


3,946

    Change in fair value of derivative financial instruments – warrants

(2,462)


726

    Other non-cash items

964


439

Changes in operating assets and liabilities

1,088


(138)

Net cash used in operating activities

(31,040)


(22,119)





Investing activities:




Capital expenditures, net

(823)


(2,233)

Net purchases of short-term investments

(24,010)


-

Net cash used in investing activities

(24,833)


(2,233)





Financing activities:




Proceeds from sales of common stock, net of expenses

2,285


61,215

Proceeds from exercise of options

367


861

Proceeds from exercise of warrants

-


1,389

Net repayment (borrowings) of debt

(351)


1,086

Net cash provided by financing activities

2,301


64,551

Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents

(6)


-

Net change in cash and equivalents

(53,578)


40,199

Cash and cash equivalents—Beginning of period

67,493


27,294

Cash and cash equivalents—End of period

$  13,915


$  67,493

 

SOURCE Trovagene, Inc.


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