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Trovagene Announces Fourth Quarter and Full-Year 2017 Results

Feb 26, 2018

SAN DIEGO, Feb. 26, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Trovagene, Inc. (NASDAQ: TROV), a clinical-stage precision medicine biotechnology company, developing targeted therapeutics to treat hematologic and solid tumor cancers, today announced company highlights and financial results for the fourth quarter and full-year ended December 31, 2017. The company is issuing this press release in lieu of conducting a conference call.

A molecular diagnostics company with unique intellectual property around the discovery that DNA and RNA, present in urine, can be diagnostic of cancer and infectious disease. (PRNewsFoto/Trovagene, Inc.)

"I'm very proud of our transformation and accomplishments in 2017 and excited as we begin 2018 executing on strong clinical development programs for our lead drug candidate, PCM-075, with two active clinical studies underway," said Bill Welch, Chief Executive Officer of Trovagene. "The first study is TROV-052 (ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier NCT03303339), a Phase 1b/2 open-label clinical trial of PCM-075 in patients with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) in combination with standard-of-care. The second study is our UNITE (TROV-053), Phase 2 open-label clinical trial of PCM-075 in patients with metastatic Castration-Resistant Prostate Cancer (mCRPC) in combination with abiraterone acetate (ZytigaÒ) and prednisone (ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT03414034)."

Trovagene reported a net loss of $2.6 million, or $0.06 per diluted share in the fourth quarter of 2017, as compared to a net loss of $8.5 million, or $0.34 per diluted share, for the same quarter of 2016.  Net cash used in operating activities in the fourth quarter of 2017 was $3.3 million, compared to $9.0 million in the fourth quarter of 2016.  These quarter-over-quarter reductions are attributed primarily to the reductions of sales, marketing and research expenses associated with diagnostic programs in order to focus on PCM-075 clinical studies.

"We are also excited about the positive preclinical data demonstrating significant synergy of PCM-075 in combination with chemotherapies and targeted therapeutics, including cytarabine and abiraterone acetate, which are used in AML and mCRPC, respectively," said Mark Erlander, PhD, Chief Scientific Officer of Trovagene.  "We believe the selective nature of PCM-075 to PLK1 may allow for enhanced combination treatments over standard-of-care in a variety of hematologic and solid tumor cancers where there are high medical needs."

During the year ended December 31, 2017, the Company  advanced its business with the following activities:

  • Activated the first two clinical trial sites for the Phase1b/2 multicenter trial of PCM-075 in patients with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML).  As of today, Trovagene has four clinical trial sites currently screening and enrolling patients with four additional sites planned to be activated by the end of the first quarter.
  • Announced the UNITE clinical study, "A Phase 2 Study to Understand the Novel Combination of PCM-075 and Abiraterone and the Opportunity to Improve Treatment and Extend Response in Patients with Metastatic Castration-Resistant Prostate Cancer." The study will enroll 25 patients with mCRPC who are showing early signs of disease progression while on abiraterone/prednisone therapy and will evaluate the proportion of patients achieving disease control after 12 weeks of study treatment.
  • Presented data showing sensitivity of TNBC cell lines to PCM-075 and Synergy with Zytiga® at San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium.  We also announced preclinical research demonstrating synergy of PCM-075 with Zytiga® in Castration-Resistant Prostate Cancer tumor cells.
  • Announced that the FDA granted Orphan Drug Designation to PCM-075 for the treatment of patients with AML.
  • Strengthened our Board of Directors with the appointment of Athena Countouriotis, M.D. Dr. Countouriotis brings significant experience in oncology clinical development and orphan indications.
  • Announced PCM-075 synergy with a HDAC Inhibitor in Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma Cell Lines. Additionally, PCM-075 demonstrates synergy in combination with more than ten chemotherapeutic and targeted therapies across a broad range of solid tumor and hematologic cancers, including the announcement of preclinical in vivo AML data showing that PCM-075 significantly enhances the efficacy of a FLT3 inhibitor in combination therapy.
  • Announced FDA approval of IND for Phase 1b/2 trial of PCM-075 in patients with AML.
  • Announced peer-reviewed publication of first-in-human Phase 1 trial results with PCM-075 in the journal Investigational New Drugs. The data from the trial demonstrated PCM-075's potential as safe and effective treatment for solid tumor and hematological malignancies.
  • Executed a supplier agreement with NerPharMa, S.r.l., a pharmaceutical manufacturing company and a subsidiary of Nerviano Medical Sciences S.r.l., to manufacture drug product for PCM-075.
  • Entered into a license agreement with Nerviano that grants us exclusive global development and commercialization rights to NMS-1286937, which we refer to as PCM-075.  PCM-075 is an oral, investigative drug and a highly-selective PLK 1 inhibitor for the treatment of AML.

Fourth Quarter 2017 Financial Results

  • Trovagene reported a net loss of $2.6 million, or $0.06 per diluted share in the fourth quarter of 2017, as compared to a net loss of $8.5 million, or $0.34 per diluted share, for the same quarter of 2016. 
  • Total operating expenses were approximately $4.0 million for the three months ended December 31, 2017, a reduction of $5.9 million from $9.9 million for the same period in 2016.
  • Net cash used in operating activities in the fourth quarter of 2017 was $3.3 million, compared to $9.0 million in the fourth quarter of 2016.  The quarter-over-quarter reduction can be attributed primarily to a decrease in selling and marketing expenses as a result of reduction in force and a decrease in research and development costs due to a shift in focus of the Company.
  • Net cash provided by financing activities in the fourth quarter of 2017 was $4.1 million as compared to $0.1 million used in financing activities in the same period of 2016.  The increase is primarily due to the sale of securities during December fundraising activity.
  • The weighted average diluted shares of common stock outstanding used to calculate per share results was 40.2 million.
  • As of December 31, 2017, Trovagene had approximately $8.2 million of cash and cash equivalents.  As of February 20, 2018, the Company has received approximately $0.5 million of additional cash to the year end $8.2 million upon exercise of 1,814,167 warrants in connection with the December 2017 public offering.

Year-End 2017 Financial Results

  • Trovagene reported a net loss of $24.9 million, or $0.72 per diluted share, as compared to a net loss of $39.2 million, or $1.37 per diluted share, for the year ended December 31, 2016. The decrease in net loss is primarily due to decreased expenses related to sales and marketing, general and administrative and research and development versus the prior year.
  • The net cash used in operating activities in 2017 was $23.3 million, compared to $31.0 million in 2016.

About Trovagene, Inc.

Trovagene is a precision medicine biotechnology company developing oncology therapeutics for improved cancer care by leveraging its proprietary Precision Cancer Monitoring® (PCM) technology in tumor genomics.  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 and plans to continue to vertically integrate its PCM technology with precision cancer therapeutics.  For more information, please visit https://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, 2017, 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.

Trovagene Contact:

Vicki Kelemen

VP, Corporate 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,



2017


2016


2017


2016

Revenues:













Royalties


$

116



$

50



$

286



$

258


Diagnostic services



54




17




196



86


Clinical research services



15




1




23



37


Total revenues



185




68




505



381















Costs and expenses:













Cost of revenues


383



587



1,811



1,730


Research and development


1,207



3,785



7,883



15,007


Selling and marketing


292



2,396



2,735



11,523


General and administrative


1,582



2,292



11,497



11,476


Restructuring charges


505)



790



2,175



790


Total operating expenses


3,969



9,850



26,101



40,526















Loss from operations


(3,784)



(9,782)



(25,596)



(40,145)















   Net interest expense


(9)



(408)



(886)



(1,376)


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


1,388



1,787



3,401



2,462


   Loss on extinguishment of debt


-



-



(1,656)



-


   Other loss, net


(165)



(145)



(170)



(145)


Net loss


$

(2,570)



$

(8,548)



$

(24,907)



$

(39,204)


Preferred stock dividend


(6)



(6)



(24)




(24)


Net loss attributable to common stockholders


$

(2,576)



$

(8,554)



$

(24,931)



$

(39,228)


Net loss per common share - basic


$

(0.06)



$

(0.28)



$

(0.72)



$

(1.30)


Net loss per common share - diluted


$

(0.06)



$

(0.34)



$

(0.72)



$

(1.37)


Weighted average shares outstanding - basic


40,182



30,639



34,680



30,175


Weighted average shares outstanding - diluted


40,182



30,712



34,680



30,281




 


Trovagene, Inc.

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

(in thousands)







Assets


December 31,

2017


December 31,
2016










Current assets:








Cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments


$

8,226


$

37,893


Accounts receivable


77


100


Prepaid expense and other current assets


1,166


957


Total current assets


9,469


38,950


Property and equipment, net



2,426



3,827


Other assets



390



1,173


Total Assets


$

12,285


$

43,950










Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity
















Current liabilities:








Accounts payable


$

825



1,131


Accrued expenses



1,455



4,021


Deferred rent



334



285


Current portion of long-term debt



1,332



2,360


Total current liabilities


3,946


7,797








Long-term debt, less current portion


-


14,176


Derivative financial instruments - warrants


649


835


Deferred rent, net of current portion


1,184


1,374


Total Liabilities


5,779


24,182










Stockholders' equity



6,506



19,768


Total liabilities and stockholders' equity


$

12,285


$

43,950


 

Trovagene, Inc.

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows

(in thousands)



Year Ended


December 31,


2017


2016





Operating activities




Net loss

$ (24,907)


$ (39,204)

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




    Depreciation and amortization

1,248


1,070

    Stock based compensation expense

4,013


7,504

    Change in fair value of derivative financial instruments - warrants

(3,401)


(2,462)

    Loss on extinguishment of debt

1,656


-

    Other non-cash items

1,236


964

Changes in operating assets and liabilities

(3,126)


1,088

Net cash used in operating activities

(23,281)


(31,040)





Investing activities:




Capital expenditures, net

(100)


(823)

Net sales and maturities (purchase) of short-term investments

24,062


(24,010)

Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities

23,962


(24,833)





Financing activities:




Proceeds from sales of common stock, net of expenses

10,861


2,285

Proceeds from exercise of options

-


367

Net repayment of debt

(17,239)


(351)

Net cash used in (provided by) financing activities

(6,378)


2,301

Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents

8


(6)

Net change in cash and equivalents

(5,689)


(53,578)

Cash and cash equivalents—Beginning of period

13,915


67,493

Cash and cash equivalents—End of period

$  8,226


$  13,915

 

SOURCE Trovagene, Inc.


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