Stemline Therapeutics Reports First Quarter 2019 Financial Results

May 10, 2019 at 6:30 AM EDT
  • Net revenue for ELZONRIS was $5.05 million for the first quarter
  • Conference call and live webcast scheduled for today at 8:00 AM ET

NEW YORK, May 10, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Stemline Therapeutics, Inc. (Nasdaq: STML), a commercial-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of novel oncology therapeutics, today reported financial results and business highlights for the first quarter ended March 31, 2019.

“Since ELZONRIS became commercially available in January, we have been very pleased with the progress we have made executing our launch plan,” stated Robert Francomano, SVP and Global Head of Commercial. “Our entire organization is working hard to ensure patients with BPDCN have access to ELZONRIS. Although still early, we believe the launch is progressing extremely well and remain poised for a very successful 2019 and beyond.”

Ivan Bergstein, M.D., CEO of Stemline Therapeutics, commented “We have built a solid foundation for growth, driven by our launch of ELZONRIS for patients with BPDCN. We are executing our commercial plan, including pursuing ongoing efforts to unlock additional value from ELZONRIS in other indications as well as from our entire pipeline, all with the goal of improving the lives of patients with cancer around the world.”

First Quarter 2019 Financial Results Review
Net revenue for ELZONRIS was $5.05 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2019. Stemline began commercial sales of ELZONRIS within the United States in January 2019.

Stemline ended the first quarter with $124.4 million in cash, cash equivalents and investments. For the first quarter, Stemline had a net loss of $27.4 million. Cash expenditures for the first quarter of 2019 was $21.9 million.

Research and development expenses were $17.0 million for the first quarter of 2019, which reflects an increase of $4.3 million compared with $12.7 million for the first quarter of 2018. The higher cost was primarily driven by expense recorded related to repayment of research funding as a result of the first commercial sale of ELZONRIS.

Selling, general and administrative expenses were $16.0 million for the first quarter of 2019, which reflects an increase of $10.1 million compared with $5.9 million for the first quarter of 2018. The increase in costs were primarily attributable to launch expenses in support of the commercialization of ELZONRIS.

Recent Corporate Developments and Program Highlights

ELZONRIS™ (tagraxofusp) – Blastic plasmacytoid dendritic cell neoplasm (BPDCN)

  • ELZONRIS was approved by the FDA on December 21, 2018 and commercially available for patients with BPDCN in the U.S. in January 2019.
  • The New England Journal of Medicinepublished the pivotal trial results in its April 25th edition.
  • We submitted a Marketing Authorization Application (MAA) to the European Medicines Agency (EMA) in January 2019 seeking marketing approval in Europe. The MAA was granted accelerated assessment and is currently under review.

ELZONRIS – Market Expansion Efforts

  • We are conducting clinical trials to evaluate ELZONRIS in additional indications, including chronic myelomonocytic leukemia (CMML), myelofibrosis (MF), and acute myeloid leukemia (AML).
  • Based on clinical results observed in patients with CMML and MF, we are evaluating next steps, including potential registrational pathways. For CMML, we intend to provide our registration-directed plans mid-year.
  • We are also evaluating additional expansion opportunities, including maintenance therapy after stem cell transplant in patients with BPDCN.
  • In parallel, we plan to expand our clinical efforts later this year and next into subsets of AML patients, including those enriched for CD123+ expression.
  • We expect to provide periodic updates on these programs throughout this year and next at scientific conferences.

ASCO Conference

  • ELZONRIS clinical trial data in CMML and MF have been selected for two poster presentations at the 2019 American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) conference in June.

Other pipeline candidates

  • We expect to provide periodic updates on our other product candidates, SL-701, SL-801, SL-901, and SL-1001, later this year.

Conference Call Information
Stemline will host a conference call and live webcast today at 8:00 a.m. ET to discuss first quarter 2019 financial results and recent business activities. The conference call can be accessed by dialing 1-800-667-5617 (domestic) or 1-334-323-0509 (international) and referring to conference ID 2090827.

The live webcast can be accessed via the company’s website (www.stemline.com), at the bottom of the “Investors & Media” section in the “News & Events” page. The webcast will be archived and made available for replay on the company’s website shortly after the event.

About ELZONRIS™
ELZONRIS (tagraxofusp-erzs), a CD123-directed cytotoxin, is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and commercially available in the U.S. for the treatment of adult and pediatric patients, two years or older, with blastic plasmacytoid dendritic cell neoplasm (BPDCN). For full prescribing information in the U.S., visit www.ELZONRIS.com. In Europe, a marketing authorization application (MAA) is under review by the European Medicines Agency (EMA). ELZONRIS is also being evaluated in additional clinical trials in other indications including chronic myelomonocytic leukemia (CMML), myelofibrosis (MF) and acute myeloid leukemia (AML).

About BPDCN
BPDCN is an aggressive hematologic malignancy with historically poor outcomes and an area of unmet medical need. BPDCN typically presents in the bone marrow and/or skin and may also involve lymph nodes and viscera. The BPDCN cell of origin is the plasmacytoid dendritic cell (pDC) precursor. The diagnosis of BPDCN is based on the immunophenotypic diagnostic triad of CD123, CD4, and CD56, as well as other markers. For more information, please visit the BPDCN disease awareness website at www.bpdcninfo.com.

About CD123
CD123 is a cell surface target expressed on a wide range of myeloid tumors including blastic plasmacytoid dendritic cell neoplasm (BPDCN), certain myeloproliferative neoplasms (MPNs) including chronic myelomonocytic leukemia (CMML) and myelofibrosis (MF), acute myeloid leukemia (AML) (and potentially enriched in certain AML subsets), myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS), and chronic myeloid leukemia (CML). CD123 has also been reported on certain lymphoid malignancies including multiple myeloma (MM), acute lymphoid leukemia (ALL), hairy cell leukemia (HCL), Hodgkin’s lymphoma (HL), and certain Non-Hodgkin’s lymphomas (NHL). In addition, CD123 has been detected on some solid tumors as well as autoimmune disorders including cutaneous lupus and scleroderma.

About Stemline Therapeutics
Stemline Therapeutics, Inc. is a commercial-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of novel oncology therapeutics. ELZONRIS™ (tagraxofusp), a targeted therapy directed to CD123, is FDA-approved and commercially available in the U.S. for the treatment of adult and pediatric patients, two years or older, with blastic plasmacytoid dendritic cell neoplasm (BPDCN). In Europe, a marketing authorization application (MAA) is under review by the European Medicines Agency (EMA). ELZONRIS is also being evaluated in clinical trials in additional indications including chronic myelomonocytic leukemia (CMML), myelofibrosis (MF) and acute myeloid leukemia (AML). Additional pipeline candidates include: SL-701 (immunotherapeutic; Phase 2 in glioblastoma patients completed), SL-801 (XPO1 inhibitor; Phase 1 in advanced solid tumor patients ongoing), SL-901 (novel kinase inhibitor; prior abbreviated European Phase 1, IND-enabling studies ongoing), and SL-1001 (novel RET kinase inhibitor, IND-enabling studies pending). For more information, please visit the company’s website at www.stemline.com.

Forward-Looking Statements
Some of the statements included in this press release may be forward-looking statements that involve a number of risks and uncertainties. For those statements, we claim the protection of the safe harbor for forward-looking statements contained in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. The factors that could cause our actual results to differ materially include: the success of our U.S. launch and commercialization; the success of our MAA submission to the EMA and potential launch in Europe; the success and timing of our clinical trials and preclinical studies for our product and product candidates, including ELZONRIS in additional indications and our other pipeline candidates, including site initiation, institutional review board approval, scientific review committee approval, patient accrual, safety, tolerability and efficacy data observed, and input from regulatory authorities including the risk that the FDA, EMA, or other ex-U.S. national drug authority ultimately does not agree with our data, find our data supportive of approval, or approve any of our product candidates; the possibility that results of clinical trials are not predictive of safety and efficacy results of our product candidates in broader patient populations or of our products if approved; our plans to develop and commercialize our product candidates, including, but not limited to delays in arranging satisfactory manufacturing capabilities and establishing commercial infrastructure for ELZONRIS; product efficacy or safety concerns resulting in product recalls or regulatory action; the risk that estimates regarding the number of patients with the diseases that our product and product candidates may treat are inaccurate; inadequate market penetration of our products; our products not gaining acceptance among patients (and providers or third party payors) for certain indications (due to cost or otherwise); the risk that third party payors (including governmental agencies) will not reimburse for the use of ELZONRIS at acceptable rates or at all; the company’s ability to produce, maintain or increase sales of ELZONRIS; the company’s ability to develop and/or commercialize ELZONRIS; the adequacy of our pharmacovigilance and drug safety reporting processes; our available cash and investments; our ability to obtain and maintain intellectual property protection for our product and product candidates; delays, interruptions, or failures in the manufacture and supply of our product and product candidates; the performance of third-party businesses, including, but not limited to, manufacturers, clinical research organizations, clinical trial sponsors and clinical trial investigators; and other risk factors identified from time to time in our reports filed with the SEC. Any forward-looking statements set forth in this press release speak only as of the date of this press release. We do not intend to update any of these forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances that occur after the date hereof.

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Table 1. Stemline Therapeutics, Inc. - Balance Sheets

    March 31, 2019
(Unaudited)
  December 31, 2018  
Assets          
Current assets:          
Cash and cash equivalents    $ 24,014,510   $ 9,443,667  
Short-term investments     100,337,983     50,662,189  
Accounts receivable     5,618,900      
Inventories   848,493    
Prepaid expenses and other current assets   3,120,926   2,952,996  
Total current assets    133,940,812   63,058,852  
Property and equipment, net    273,399   222,413  
Right-of-use asset, net   1,738,680    
Other Assets    212,305   212,305  
 

Total assets 
  $ 136,165,196   $ 63,493,570  
 

Liabilities and stockholders’ equity
         
Current liabilities:          
Accounts payable and accrued expenses    $ 25,413,021   $ 21,153,062  
Right-of-use liability – current portion     1,023,678      
Other current liabilities     6,021     65,862  
Total current liabilities   26,442,720   21,218,924  
Right-of-use liability   818,303    
Other liabilities   12,011   72,591  
Total liabilities   27,273,034   21,291,515  
 

Stockholders’ equity:
         
Preferred stock $0.0001 par value, 5,000,000 shares authorized, none issued and outstanding at March 31, 2019 and December 31, 2018      
Common stock $0.0001 par value, 53,750,000 shares authorized at March 31, 2019 and December 31, 2018. 43,576,081 shares issued and outstanding at March 31, 2019 and 31,943,186 shares issued and outstanding at December 31, 2018    4,358   3,194  
Additional paid-in capital   425,410,295   331,343,484  
Accumulated other comprehensive loss    (27,161 ) (56,559 )
Accumulated deficit    (316,495,330 ) (289,088,064 )
Total stockholders’ equity   108,892,162   42,202,055  
 

Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity
  $ 136,165,196   $ 63,493,570  
               

Table 2. Stemline Therapeutics, Inc. - Statements of Operations (Unaudited)

  Three Months Ended March 31,  
    2019     2018  
Revenues:        
Product revenue, net $    5,048,590   $   —  
 

Operating expenses:
Cost of goods sold
  85,728      
Research and development   16,953,822     12,708,058  
Selling, general and administrative   15,953,968     5,938,600  
Total operating expenses   32,993,518     18,646,658  
 

Loss from operations
  (27,944,928 )   (18,646,658 )
Other expense   (4,616 )   (3,897 )
Interest income   538,584     233,802  
Net loss before income taxes   (27,410,960 )   (18,416,753 )
         
Income tax benefit   3,694      
         
Net loss $ (27,407,266 ) $ (18,416,753 )
 

Net loss per common share:
       
Basic and Diluted $ (0.73 ) $ (0.69 )
 

Weighted-average shares outstanding:
Basic and Diluted
  37,550,931     26,845,983  
             

 

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