San Francisco, California (May 7, 2020) – Kindred Biosciences, Inc. (NASDAQ: KIN), a biopharmaceutical company focused on saving and improving the lives of pets, today announced financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2020 and provided updates on its programs. For the first quarter 2020, KindredBio reported net product revenues of $0.6 million and a net loss of $22.8 million, or $0.58 per share, which includes non-recurring charges of $5.1 million.
“We are very pleased with the recent close of the $43 million Mirataz transaction. We look forward to continuing to build value in our promising pipeline,” said KindredBio’s Chief Executive Officer, Richard Chin, M.D. “With the positive results from the IL-4/13 SINK pilot study we now have eight positive pilot studies in a row, which is a remarkable achievement, and speaks to the quality of our development capabilities.”
Development and Corporate Updates
- The scale up process for KIND-016, a fully caninized, high-affinity monoclonal antibody targeting interleukin (IL)-31 for the treatment of atopic dermatitis in dogs, is proceeding as planned and the pivotal study remains on track to start in the second half of 2020.
- On March 24, 2020 KindredBio announced positive results from the pilot field efficacy study of its canine IL-4/13 SINK molecule, a canine fusion protein targeting IL-4 and IL-13 for the treatment of atopic dermatitis in dogs. A higher treatment success rate was observed in the KIND-025 group over the placebo group from week 1 through week 4. Positive efficacy signals were also detected with other endpoints including 20mm or higher reduction from baseline in PVAS score.
- On December 16, 2019, KindredBio unveiled positive results from its randomized, placebo-controlled laboratory pilot study of KIND-032, a fully caninized monoclonal antibody targeting IL-4R for the treatment of atopic dermatitis in dogs. A second pilot study to further assess efficacy and dosing is planned for mid-2020. The IL-4 pathway is a key driver of the inflammation that underlies atopic dermatitis. KIND-032 binds to the IL-4 receptor on the surface of immune cells. The KIND-032 program is advancing ahead of schedule and is being prioritized ahead of IL-4/13 SINK.
- Pivotal studies for KIND-030, a monoclonal antibody targeting canine parvovirus, are expected to be completed in 2020 and the approval timeline is on track.
- The pivotal efficacy study for KindredBio’s feline recombinant erythropoietin was initiated in the fourth quarter. Due to COVID-19, a number of veterinary clinics are not conducting clinical trials currently. KindredBio is actively implementing practices consistent with guidance provided by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on studies conducted during the COVID-19 pandemic to minimize the impact on timelines. An update will be provided with the second quarter results.
- The pilot field effectiveness study for KindredBio’s anti-TNF antibody for canine inflammatory bowel disease is underway. Due to COVID-19, a number of veterinary clinics are not conducting clinical trials currently, and completion is now expected to extend beyond the first half of 2020. KindredBio is actively implementing practices consistent with guidance provided by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on studies conducted during the COVID-19 pandemic to minimize the impact on timelines. An update will be provided with the second quarter results.
- KindredBio recorded Mirataz® (mirtazapine transdermal ointment) net product revenues of $0.6 million in the first quarter, reflecting limited distributor stocking during the Mirataz sale negotiation. Sales of Mirataz from distributors to veterinary clinics reached a record $1.6 million in the quarter, underscoring continued growth in customer adoption. On April 15, 2020 KindredBio completed the sale of Mirataz to Dechra Pharmaceuticals PLC for an upfront payment of $43 million, and royalties on worldwide sales. Dechra plans to launch Mirataz in the UK and the European Union, and intends to conduct the necessary regulatory activities to achieve approvals in other key international markets. Royalties on future global sales of Mirataz by Dechra will be recorded by KindredBio as revenue.
Pending the strategic evaluation of the future direction of the equine franchise, development of all candidates has been put on hold.
- On November 25, 2019, KindredBio announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Zimeta for the control of pyrexia in horses. KindredBio recorded net product revenues of $7,000 in the first three months of the year, reflecting expected limited activity during the winter months and a downturn in equine transportation as a result of COVID-19. An application for Zimeta was made in Canada in November, with anticipated approval in the second quarter of 2020.
First Quarter 2020 Financial Results
For the quarter ended March 31, 2020, KindredBio reported a net loss of $22.8 million or $0.58 per share, as compared to a net loss of $16.1 million or $0.42 per share, for the same period in 2019.
The Company recorded $0.6 million in net product revenues for Mirataz for the quarter ended March 31, 2020, compared to $0.5 million for the same period in 2019. Net product revenues for Zimeta IV were $7,000 in the first quarter. Zimeta IV became commercially available in December 2019.
The cost of product sales totaled $82,000 in the first quarter of 2020, compared to $92,000 in the same period in 2019, resulting in a gross margin of 86% and 82%, respectively. The Company recorded a $3.5 million inventory write-off on Mirataz, due to the transition to Dechra brand labelling.
Research and development expenses for the quarter ended March 31, 2020 were $8.9 million, compared to $7.2 million for the same period in 2019. The $1.7 million increase was primarily due to the inclusion of expenses from the Kansas facility as it began to manufacture clinical trial material. Prior to the first quarter, construction and commissioning expenditures associated with the Kansas facility had been categorized as general and administrative expenses. Stock based compensation expense for the first quarter of 2020 was $0.6 million, as compared to $0.4 million for the same period in 2019.
Selling, general and administrative expenses for the 2020 and 2019 first quarters were $8.9 million and $9.9 million, respectively. The $1.0 million year-over-year decrease was mainly due to the recategorization of Kansas plant expenditures as research and development expenses, offset by higher legal fees. Stock based compensation expense was $1.5 million for the 2020 first quarter, versus $1.4 million in the year-ago period.
The Company recorded a restructuring charge of $1.7 million in the first quarter of 2020 as a result of the strategic realignment and associated workforce reduction communicated in the fourth quarter 2019 results.
As of March 31, 2020, KindredBio had $54.6 million in cash, cash equivalents and investments, compared with $73.5 million as of December 31, 2019. Net cash used in operating activities for the first quarter of 2020 was approximately $17.1 million, reflecting a full organizational structure. The Company also invested approximately $1.4 million in capital expenditures for the purchase of associated lab and manufacturing equipment for the Kansas facility.
On April 15, 2020, KindredBio completed the sale of Mirataz to Dechra Pharmaceuticals for an upfront payment of $43 million, of which 10% shall be held in escrow for up to 18 months post closing.
With respect to spending in 2020, the Company remains focused on advancing its core biologics pipeline and programs, including the commencement of multiple pivotal studies. KindredBio anticipates operating expenses of between $57 million and $59 million, excluding the impact of stock-based compensation expense and the impact of acquisitions, if any. The 2020 operating expense includes the beforementioned one-time restructuring charge and first quarter expenditures that reflect a full organizational structure. KindredBio also plans to invest $3.0 million to $4.0 million in capital expenditures on lab and manufacturing equipment for its biologics programs in 2020. KindredBio believes its existing cash, cash equivalents, investments, proceeds from the Mirataz sale, revenues from anticipated partnerships, and additional drawdown of $30 million from its debt facility, which is contingent on the achievement of certain milestones, will be sufficient to fund the current operating plan through 2022.
Webcast and Conference Call
KindredBio will host a conference call and webcast today at 4:30 p.m. Eastern time/1:30 p.m. Pacific time. Interested parties may access the call by dialing toll-free (855) 433-0927 from the US, or (484) 756-4262 internationally, and using conference ID 4476025. The call will be webcast live here, with a replay available at that link for 30 days.
Important Safety Information
ZimetaTM (dipyrone injection) should not be used more frequently than every 12 hours. For use in horses only. Do not use in horses with a hypersensitivity to dipyrone, horses intended for human consumption or any food producing animals, including lactating dairy animals. Not for use in humans, avoid contact with skin and keep out of reach of children. Take care to avoid accidental self-injection and use routine precautions when handling and using loaded syringes. Prior to use, horses should undergo a thorough history and physical examination by a veterinarian. Monitor for signs of abnormal bleeding and use caution in horses at risk for hemorrhage. Concurrent use with other NSAIDs, corticosteroids and drugs associated with kidney toxicity, should be avoided. As a class, NSAIDs may be associated with gastrointestinal, kidney, and liver toxicity. The most common adverse reactions observed during clinical trials were elevated glucose conversion enzymes, decreased blood protein, and gastric ulcers. Please see the full Prescribing Information.
About Kindred Biosciences
Kindred Biosciences is a biopharmaceutical company developing innovative biologics focused on saving and improving the lives of pets. Its mission is to bring to pets the same kinds of safe and effective medicines that human family members enjoy. The Company’s strategy is to identify targets that have already demonstrated safety and efficacy in humans and to develop therapeutics based on these validated targets for dogs and cats. KindredBio has a deep pipeline of novel biologics in development across many therapeutic classes, alongside state-of-the-art biologics manufacturing capabilities and a broad intellectual property portfolio.
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