KYTHERA Biopharmaceuticals Releases Third Quarter 2014 Operating Results

WESTLAKE VILLAGE, Calif., Nov. 10, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- KYTHERA Biopharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq:KYTH) today reported financial results for its third quarter 2014 and provided an update on recent accomplishments.

"We've demonstrated good progress in advancing our ATX-101 program. Of note, we continue to increase our medical affairs efforts as well as our preparations for potential commercialization, including the debut of our physician-focused unbranded awareness campaign for submental fullness. In addition, we are rigorously preparing for an expected Advisory Committee meeting as part of the FDA review process," said Keith Leonard, KYTHERA's President and CEO. "We also made progress with our ex-U.S. regulatory filings. In addition to our regulatory filing in Canada in August, we also recently filed for approval in Switzerland, and we plan to make additional regulatory filings outside the U.S. during 2015."

Summary Financial Results

Cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities totaled $117.4 million at September 30, 2014. This compares to $63.7 million, of which $9.7 million was restricted, at September 30, 2013. The Company had net use of cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities of $17.2 million in the third quarter and, based on current operating plans, believes its existing cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities will allow it to fund its operating plan through at least the next 12 months. Given anticipated activities for the remainder of the year, the Company expects to end 2014 with a cash balance of between $95 million and $100 million.

Research and development expenses totaled $13.4 million for the third quarter 2014 and $34.3 million for the first nine months of 2014, excluding in-process research and development, compared to $7.0 million for the third quarter 2013 and $24.8 million for the first nine months of 2013. The increase in research and development expenses over the same period last year is primarily attributable to higher costs from an increase in headcount and related personnel costs, increased external costs related to commercial manufacturing and supply chain capabilities for the potential launch of ATX-101, and the creation, development and execution of the Company's medical affairs program.

General and administrative expenses totaled $7.9 million for the third quarter of 2014 and $21.4 million for the first nine months of 2014, compared to $4.0 million for the third quarter of 2013 and $11.7 million for the first nine months of 2013. The increase in general and administrative expenses in 2014 compared to the similar period in 2013 is primarily due to personnel costs associated with an increase in headcount, increased external costs associated with preparations for potential launch of ATX-101, and increased costs as a result of maintaining a growing public company.

Net loss was $22.5 million for the third quarter of 2014, compared to $11.5 million for the third quarter of 2013.

Key Third Quarter and Recent Accomplishments

  • In August, KYTHERA submitted a New Drug Submission (NDS) to Health Canada seeking approval for ATX-101 as an injectable treatment for the reduction of submental fat in Canada.
  • In October, KYTHERA submitted a Marketing Authorization Application (MAA) to Swissmedic seeking approval for ATX-101 as an injectable treatment for the reduction of submental fat in Switzerland.
  • In November, the Company's medical affairs department began initial site recruitment for the Condition of Submental Fullness and Treatment Outcomes Registry (CONTOUR) trial, and hosted a medical information booth at the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS) Annual Meeting in San Diego.
  • In November, KYTHERA launched a physician-focused unbranded awareness campaign and website ( for submental fullness.

Conference Call

KYTHERA will hold a conference call this afternoon, November 10, at 4:30 p.m. ET, to discuss results from its quarter ended September 30, 2014. The conference call will be simultaneously webcast on the Company's web site at and archived for future review. Dial-in numbers for the conference call are as follows: U.S. participants (877) 344-3890, international participants (760) 666-3770, passcode: 27641125.

About KYTHERA Biopharmaceuticals, Inc.

KYTHERA Biopharmaceuticals, Inc. is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the discovery, development and commercialization of novel prescription products for the aesthetic medicine market. KYTHERA's product candidate, ATX-101, is currently in late-stage clinical development for the reduction of submental fat, which commonly presents as a double chin, and is a potential first-in-class submental contouring injectable drug. KYTHERA submitted its New Drug Application for ATX-101 in May 2014, which the FDA has determined will be subject to a standard review and will have a Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA) action date of May 13, 2015. KYTHERA also maintains an active research interest in hair and fat biology, pigmentation modulation and facial contouring. Find more information at

Forward-Looking Statements

To the extent that statements contained in this press release are not descriptions of historical facts regarding KYTHERA, they are forward-looking statements reflecting the current beliefs and expectations of management made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 including our expected 2014 year-end cash balance; our expectations regarding the sufficiency of our cash resources; the timing of our PDUFA date with the FDA; and the timing and number of ex-U.S. regulatory filings. Such forward-looking statements involve substantial risks and uncertainties that could cause our clinical development programs, future results, performance or achievements to differ significantly from those expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements. Such risks and uncertainties include, among others, the uncertainties inherent in the clinical drug development process, including the regulatory approval process, our substantial dependence on ATX-101, and other matters that could affect the availability or commercial potential of our drug candidate. KYTHERA undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements. For a further description of the risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ from those expressed in these forward-looking statements, as well as risks relating to the business of the Company in general, see KYTHERA's reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2014 and our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2013.

(Tables follow)

(in thousands, except per share amounts)
Three Months Ended
September 30,
Nine Months Ended
September 30,
2014 2013 2014 2013
Operating expenses:
In-process research and development $ $ $ 52,757 $
Research and development 13,401 6,970 34,343 24,770
General and administrative 7,910 4,034 21,395 11,732
Total operating expenses 21,311 11,004 108,495 36,502
Loss from operations (21,311) (11,004) (108,495) (36,502)
Interest income 12 32 130 95
Interest expense (1,172) (537) (3,033) (1,486)
Net loss $ (22,471) $ (11,509) $ (111,398) $ (37,893)
Per share information:
Net loss, basic and diluted $ (0.99) $ (0.62) $ (4.97) $ (2.05)
Basic and diluted weighted average shares outstanding 22,673 18,666 22,393 18,476
(in thousands)
September 30, December 31,
2014 2013
Cash and cash equivalents, marketable securities and restricted cash $ 117,442 $ 172,120
Working capital 101,661 155,695
Total assets 121,736 173,407
Notes payable (current and noncurrent) 29,399 11,505
Common stock and additional paid-in capital 363,912 322,052
Total stockholders' equity 80,254 149,839

CONTACT: Investor Contact: Heather Rowe, Director, Investor Relations Tel: (818) 587-4559

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