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ACADIA Pharmaceuticals Reports Second Quarter 2020 Financial Results

- 2Q20 Net Sales of $110.1 Million, a 32% Increase Over 2Q19

- FDA filed the supplemental NDA for pimavanserin for the treatment of dementia-related psychosis with a PDUFA action date set for April 3, 2021

- Initiated ADVANCE-2, a Phase 3 study evaluating pimavanserin for the treatment of the negative symptoms of schizophrenia

SAN DIEGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug. 5, 2020-- ACADIA Pharmaceuticals Inc. (Nasdaq: ACAD), a biopharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of innovative medicines to address unmet medical needs in central nervous system disorders, today announced its financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2020.

“In the first half of 2020 we drove robust growth of NUPLAZID®. With the FDA filing of our sNDA for dementia-related psychosis we are one step closer to potentially delivering the first and only approved treatment for this devastating condition,” said Steve Davis, ACADIA’s Chief Executive Officer. “Building upon the successful development of our PDP and DRP programs, our clinical team is focused on advancing our innovative early- and late-stage pipeline.”

Company Updates

  • The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) filed the supplemental NDA for pimavanserin for the treatment of the hallucinations and delusions associated with dementia-related psychosis (DRP). The FDA has assigned a PDUFA (Prescription Drug User Fee Act) action date of April 3, 2021.
  • ACADIA announced top-line results from the Phase 3 CLARITY study of pimavanserin for adjunctive treatment in patients with major depressive disorder. The study did not achieve statistical significance on the primary endpoint which was the 17-item Hamilton Depression Rating Scale (HAMD-17) total score.
  • ACADIA initiated its second pivotal study, ADVANCE-2, a 26-week, placebo-controlled, 386 patient Phase 3 study designed to evaluate the efficacy and safety of the 34 mg dose of pimavanserin for the treatment of the negative symptoms of schizophrenia.
  • ACADIA presented important clinical data at recent virtual medical congresses:
    • In May, at the 2020 American Society of Clinical Psychopharmacology virtual annual meeting, ACADIA presented six posters and an oral presentation on the positive pivotal ADVANCE study results, titled ADVANCE: Phase 2, Randomized, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Study of Adjunctive Pimavanserin in Patients with Negative Symptoms of Schizophrenia.
    • In July, at the 2020 Alzheimer’s Association International Conference virtual event, ACADIA presented nine posters and an oral presentation on the positive findings from the open-label portion of the HARMONY study, titled HARMONY: Response to Pimavanserin in the 12-Week, Open-label Treatment Phase.
  • ACADIA appointed Mark Schneyer as Senior Vice President, Business Development and Chief Business Officer and appointed Spyros Papapetropoulos, M.D., Ph.D., as Senior Vice President, Head of Clinical Development.

Financial Results

Revenue

Net sales of NUPLAZID (pimavanserin) were $110.1 million for the three months ended June 30, 2020, an increase of 32% as compared to $83.2 million reported for the three months ended June 30, 2019. For the six months ended June 30, 2020 and 2019, ACADIA reported net product sales of $200.2 million and $146.2 million, respectively.

Research and Development

Research and development expenses for the three months ended June 30, 2020 were $64.3 million, compared to $67.3 million for the same period of 2019. The decrease in the three month period ending June 2020 compared to June 2019 was primarily due to lower development costs for pimavanserin in schizophrenia and DRP. For the six months ended June 30, 2020 and 2019, research and development expenses were $136.9 million and $120.2 million, respectively. The increase during the six month period ending June 2020 compared to June 2019 was primarily due to an upfront payment of $10.0 million to Vanderbilt University for the M1 PAM program and increased development costs associated with trofinetide, offset by decreased development costs for pimavanserin in schizophrenia and DRP.

Selling, General and Administrative

Selling, general and administrative expenses for the three months ended June 30, 2020 were $84.3 million, compared to $68.0 million for the same period of 2019. For the six months ended June 30, 2020 and 2019, selling, general and administrative expenses were $186.3 million and $161.1 million, respectively. The increase during the 2020 periods as compared to 2019 was primarily due to increased advertising and promotional costs as well as an increase in personnel and related costs.

Net Loss

For the three months ended June 30, 2020, ACADIA reported a net loss of $42.1 million, or $0.27 per common share, compared to a net loss of $54.9 million, or $0.38 per common share, for the same period in 2019. The net losses for the three months ended June 30, 2020 and 2019 included $19.5 million and $20.4 million, respectively, of non-cash stock-based compensation expense. For the six months ended June 30, 2020, ACADIA reported a net loss of $130.2 million, or $0.83 per common share, compared to a net loss of $140.2 million, or $0.97 per common share, for the same period in 2019. The net losses for the six months ended June 30, 2020 and 2019 included $41.9 million and $40.3 million, respectively, of non-cash stock-based compensation expense.

Cash and Investments

At June 30, 2020, ACADIA’s cash, cash equivalents, and investment securities totaled $658.6 million, compared to $697.4 million at December 31, 2019.

2020 Financial Guidance

  • NUPLAZID net sales guidance is updated to $430 to $450 million from the previous range of $420 to $450 million.
  • GAAP R&D guidance is decreased to $265 to $280 million from the previous range of $270 to $285 million.
  • GAAP SG&A guidance is decreased to $400 to $420 million from the previous range of $425 to $445 million.
  • Non-cash stock-based compensation expense guidance of $90 to $100 million is unchanged compared to prior guidance.
  • 2020 year-end cash, cash equivalents, and investment securities is expected to be $570 to $590 million from a previous range of $470 to $500 million.

Conference Call and Webcast Information

ACADIA management will review its second quarter financial results and operations via conference call and webcast today at 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time. The conference call may be accessed by dialing 855-638-4820 for participants in the United States or Canada and 443-877-4067 for international callers (reference passcode 9828845). A telephone replay of the conference call may be accessed through August 19, 2020 by dialing 855-859-2056 for callers in the United States or Canada and 404-537-3406 for international callers (reference passcode 9828845). The conference call also will be webcast live on ACADIA’s website, www.acadia-pharm.com, under the investors section and will be archived there until September 2, 2020.

About NUPLAZID® (pimavanserin)

NUPLAZID is the first and only FDA-approved treatment for hallucinations and delusions associated with Parkinson’s disease psychosis. NUPLAZID is a selective serotonin inverse agonist/antagonist preferentially targeting 5-HT2A receptors that are thought to play an important role in Parkinson’s disease psychosis. NUPLAZID is an oral medicine taken once a day with a recommended dose of 34 mg. NUPLAZID is not FDA-approved for any other neuropsychiatric disorders. ACADIA discovered and developed this new chemical entity and holds worldwide rights to develop and commercialize NUPLAZID.

About Trofinetide

Trofinetide is an investigational drug. It is a novel synthetic analog of the amino‐terminal tripeptide of IGF-1 designed to treat the core symptoms of Rett syndrome by potentially reducing neuroinflammation and supporting synaptic function. In the central nervous system, IGF-1 is produced by both of the major types of brain cells – neurons and glia. IGF-1 in the brain is critical for both normal development and for response to injury and disease. Trofinetide has been granted Fast Track Status and Orphan Drug Designation in the U.S. and Orphan Drug Designation in Europe for both Rett syndrome and Fragile X syndrome.

About ACADIA Pharmaceuticals

ACADIA is a biopharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of innovative medicines to address unmet medical needs in central nervous system disorders. ACADIA has developed and commercialized the first and only medicine approved for the treatment of hallucinations and delusions associated with Parkinson’s disease psychosis. ACADIA’s development efforts are focused on pimavanserin for additional neuropsychiatric conditions, trofinetide for Rett syndrome, and an early-stage muscarinic receptor program. This press release and further information about ACADIA can be found at: www.acadia-pharm.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

Statements in this press release that are not strictly historical in nature are forward-looking statements. These statements include, but are not limited to, statements related to: the potential opportunity for future growth in sales of NUPLAZID; the timing of ongoing and future clinical studies for pimavanserin; the development and commercialization of trofinetide; unanticipated impacts of COVID-19 on ACADIA’s business, including its commercial sales operations, current and planned clinical trials, supply chain, and guidance for full-year 2020 NUPLAZID net sales and certain expense line items. These statements are only predictions based on current information and expectations and involve a number of risks and uncertainties. Actual events or results may differ materially from those projected in any of such statements due to various factors, including the uncertainty of future commercial sales and related items that would impact net sales during 2020, the risks and uncertainties inherent in drug development, approval and commercialization, and the fact that past results of clinical trials may not be indicative of future trial results. For a discussion of these and other factors, please refer to ACADIA’s annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2019 as well as ACADIA’s subsequent filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. You are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof. This caution is made under the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. All forward-looking statements are qualified in their entirety by this cautionary statement and ACADIA undertakes no obligation to revise or update this press release to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof, except as required by law.

ACADIA PHARMACEUTICALS INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(in thousands, except per share amounts)

(Unaudited)

 

 

 

Three Months Ended June 30,

 

Six Months Ended June 30,

 

 

2020

 

2019

 

2020

 

2019

Revenues

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Product sales, net

 

$

110,103

 

 

$

83,205

 

 

$

200,171

 

 

$

146,164

 

Total revenues

 

 

110,103

 

 

 

83,205

 

 

 

200,171

 

 

 

146,164

 

Operating expenses

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cost of product sales, license fees and royalties (1)

 

 

5,474

 

 

 

4,995

 

 

 

10,448

 

 

 

9,575

 

Research and development (1)

 

 

64,295

 

 

 

67,320

 

 

 

136,931

 

 

 

120,243

 

Selling, general and administrative (1)

 

 

84,344

 

 

 

67,981

 

 

 

186,317

 

 

 

161,071

 

Total operating expenses

 

 

154,113

 

 

 

140,296

 

 

 

333,696

 

 

 

290,889

 

Loss from operations

 

 

(44,010

)

 

 

(57,091

)

 

 

(133,525

)

 

 

(144,725

)

Interest income, net

 

 

1,825

 

 

 

2,527

 

 

 

4,814

 

 

 

5,461

 

Other income (expense)

 

 

437

 

 

 

(12

)

 

 

(1,060

)

 

 

(241

)

Loss before income taxes

 

 

(41,748

)

 

 

(54,576

)

 

 

(129,771

)

 

 

(139,505

)

Income tax expense

 

 

393

 

 

 

365

 

 

 

393

 

 

 

740

 

Net loss

 

$

(42,141

)

 

$

(54,941

)

 

$

(130,164

)

 

$

(140,245

)

Net loss per common share, basic and diluted

 

$

(0.27

)

 

$

(0.38

)

 

$

(0.83

)

 

$

(0.97

)

Weighted average common shares outstanding, basic and diluted

 

 

156,535

 

 

 

144,314

 

 

 

155,951

 

 

 

144,148

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(1) Includes the following stock-based compensation expense

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cost of product sales, license fees and royalties

 

$

743

 

 

$

803

 

 

$

1,592

 

 

$

1,798

 

Research and development

 

$

7,235

 

 

$

7,901

 

 

$

15,692

 

 

$

15,781

 

Selling, general and administrative

 

$

11,529

 

 

$

11,718

 

 

$

24,571

 

 

$

22,726

 

ACADIA PHARMACEUTICALS INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(in thousands)

 

 

 

June 30,

2020

 

December 31,

2019

 

 

(unaudited)

 

 

Assets

 

 

 

 

Cash, cash equivalents and investment securities

 

$

658,551

 

$

697,429

Accounts receivable, net

 

 

43,785

 

 

35,781

Interest and other receivables

 

 

2,343

 

 

2,093

Inventory

 

 

6,210

 

 

6,341

Prepaid expenses

 

 

24,846

 

 

18,606

Total current assets

 

 

735,735

 

 

760,250

Property and equipment, net

 

 

6,687

 

 

3,180

Operating lease right-of-use assets

 

 

7,880

 

 

9,524

Intangible assets, net

 

 

1,846

 

 

2,585

Restricted cash

 

 

5,770

 

 

4,787

Other assets

 

 

1,731

 

 

2,857

Total assets

 

$

759,649

 

$

783,183

Liabilities and stockholders’ equity

 

 

 

 

Accounts payable

 

$

6,466

 

$

7,222

Accrued liabilities

 

 

79,956

 

 

67,604

Total current liabilities

 

 

86,422

 

 

74,826

Operating lease liabilities

 

 

5,669

 

 

6,361

Other long-term liabilities

 

 

4,545

 

 

2,861

Total liabilities

 

 

96,636

 

 

84,048

Total stockholders’ equity

 

 

663,013

 

 

699,135

Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity

 

$

759,649

 

$

783,183

 

Media Contact:
ACADIA Pharmaceuticals Inc.
Stephanie Fagan
(858) 212-0534
media@acadia-pharm.com

Investor Contact:
ACADIA Pharmaceuticals Inc. 
Mark Johnson, CFA
(858) 261-2771
ir@acadia-pharm.com

Source: ACADIA Pharmaceuticals Inc.