Portola Pharmaceuticals Reports Fourth Quarter and Year-End 2015 Financial Results and Provides Corporate Update

SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., Feb. 26, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Portola Pharmaceuticals (Nasdaq:PTLA) today provided a corporate update and reported its financial results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2015.

“During the fourth quarter of 2015, we executed on several milestones that we expect will make 2016 a year of unprecedented progress. We plan to commercially launch andexanet alfa and report pivotal Phase 3 results from our APEX study that, if positive, will support the global approval of betrixaban,” said Bill Lis, chief executive officer of Portola. “Both have the potential to benefit the patients and transform the field in the multibillion dollar thrombosis market. Additionally, our R&D pipeline continues to progress with our ongoing Phase 1/2 study with cerdulatinib, our oral, dual syk/JAK inhibitor in refractory/relapsed hematologic cancer patients.”

Recent Achievements, Upcoming Events and Milestones

Betrixaban – an FDA-designated Fast Track oral Factor Xa inhibitor anticoagulant in development for the prevention of venous thromboembolism (VTE) in acute medically ill patients.

  • Plan to report topline results from the 7,514-patient pivotal Phase 3 APEX (Acute Medically Ill VTE Prevention with Extended Duration Betrixaban) Study in early April.
  • Plan to submit a New Drug Application to the FDA in the second half of 2016, subject to positive APEX data.

Andexanet alfa – an FDA-designated Breakthrough Therapy Factor Xa inhibitor antidote in development for reversal of anticoagulation in patients treated with a Factor Xa inhibitor and who are admitted to the hospital with uncontrolled bleeding or need urgent surgery.

  • The FDA accepted the Biologics License Application (BLA) for filing February 16, 2016. The BLA was granted a priority review under an Accelerated Approval pathway, and assigned a PDUFA date of August 17, 2016. We plan to launch andexanet alfa commercially in the U.S. in the second half of 2016, subject to FDA approval.
  • The full data set from the ANNEXA-R study with rivaroxaban was presented in a Late-Breaking Clinical Trial Session at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2015 and simultaneously published in the New England Journal of Medicine.
  • Licensed development and commercial rights in Japan to Bristol-Myers Squibb Company and Pfizer Inc. Separately, entered into a clinical collaboration agreement with Bayer HealthCare to include its Factor Xa inhibitor rivaroxaban in the development program in Japan.
  • Continue to enroll patients in ANNEXA-4, a Phase 4 confirmatory study of patients receiving apixaban, rivaroxaban, edoxaban or enoxaparin who present to the hospital with an acute major bleed.
  • Plan to present data from the Phase 2 proof-of-concept andexanet study with betrixaban in healthy volunteers at a medical conference in 2016 The study was designed to evaluate safety and define the dose of andexanet required to reverse the anticoagulant effect of betrixaban.
  • Plan to complete FDA pre-approval inspection of the initial launch supply (Generation 1 2,500 liter scale at CMC Biologics). Generation 1 validation batch runs at the 6 x 2,000 liter scale are ongoing.
  • Completed two Generation 2 engineering batches manufactured by Lonza at the 10,000 liter scale, with target yields achieved. Expect commercial validation batches to begin in the second half of 2016.

Cerdulatinib – an oral, dual Syk/JAK kinase inhibitor in development to treat resistant or relapsed hematologic cancer patients.

  • Presented three abstracts at the 2015 ASH Annual Meeting on cerdulatinib’s preclinical activity in chronic lymphocytic leukemia; clinical and pharmacodynamic results of a Phase 1/2 study with relapsed/refractory B cell malignancies; and pharmacokinetic modeling of cerdulatinib plasma concentrations in patients with relapsed/refractory B cell malignancies.
  • Continue to dose-escalate for clinical activity and tolerability in the ongoing Phase 1/2 study in patients with relapsed/refractory B-cell malignancies. Plan to initiate enrollment in expansion cohorts this year.


Corporate

  • Raised $162.7 million in net proceeds from an underwritten public offering of common stock in December 2015.

Fourth Quarter and Year-End Financial Results
Collaboration revenue earned under Portola's collaborations with Bristol-Myers Squibb Company and Pfizer, Bayer Pharma and Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Daiichi Sankyo and Lee's Pharmaceutical was $4.4 million for the fourth quarter of 2015 compared with $2.4 million for the fourth quarter of 2014. Collaboration revenue for the year ended December 31, 2015, was $12.1 million compared with $9.6 million for the year ended December 31, 2014.

Total operating expenses for the fourth quarter of 2015 were $70.7 million compared with $41.7 million for the same period in 2014. Total operating expenses for the fourth quarter of 2015 included $6.8 million in stock-based compensation expense compared with $2.5 million for the same period in 2014. Total operating expenses for the year ended December 31, 2015, were $239.2 million compared with $147.2 million for 2014. Total operating expenses for the full year ended December 31, 2015, included $22.9 million in stock-based compensation expense compared with $9.3 million for 2014. Research and development expenses were $200.4 million for the year ended December 31, 2015, compared with $123.6 million for 2014, as the Company continued to support its manufacturing scale-up of andexanet alfa in preparation for the BLA submission and commercial launch and work on its larger-scale Generation 2 manufacturing process at Lonza, its Phase 3 and Phase 4 ANNEXA studies of andexanet alfa, completing enrollment in the Phase 3 APEX Study of betrixaban, and its Phase 1/2a clinical study of cerdulatinib. Selling, general and administrative expenses for the fourth quarter of 2015 were $10.9 million compared with $7.0 million for the same period in 2014. Selling, general and administrative expenses for the year ended December 31, 2015, were $38.9 million compared with $23.6 million for 2014, as the Company increased headcount to support its growth and increased pre-commercial launch activities, including hiring key regional sales directors and national account managers and further developing medical affairs.

For the fourth quarter of 2015, Portola reported a net loss of $66.1 million, or $1.23 net loss per share, compared with a net loss of $39.3 million, or $0.82 net loss per share, for the same period in 2014. Net loss for the year ended December 31, 2015, was $226.5 million, or $4.36 net loss per share, compared with a net loss of $137.1 million, or $3.19 net loss per share, for the same period in 2014.

Cash, cash equivalents and investments at December 31, 2015, totaled $460.2 million compared with cash, cash equivalents and investments of $392.3 million as of December 31, 2014.

Conference Call Details
To access the live conference call today, February 26, 2016, at 8:30 am Eastern Time via phone, please dial (844) 452-6828 from the United States and Canada or +1 (765) 507-2588 internationally, and use the passcode 48937755. Please dial in 10 minutes prior to the start of the call. To access the live and subsequently archived webcast of the conference call, go to the Investor Relations section of the Company's website at http://investors.portola.com. Please connect to the website at least 15 minutes prior to the call to allow for any software download that may be necessary. A replay of the webcast will be available on the Company's website for 30 days following the live event.

About Portola Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Portola Pharmaceuticals is a biopharmaceutical company developing product candidates that could significantly advance the fields of thrombosis and other hematologic diseases. The Company is advancing its three wholly-owned programs using novel biomarker and genetic approaches that may increase the likelihood of clinical, regulatory and commercial success. These programs include betrixaban, an oral, once-daily Factor Xa inhibitor being evaluated in the APEX Phase 3 study for prophylaxis of venous thromboembolism; andexanet alfa, a recombinant protein designed to reverse the anticoagulant effect in patients treated with an oral or injectable Factor Xa inhibitor; and cerdulatinib, a Syk/JAK inhibitor in development to treat hematologic cancers. Portola's partnered program is focused on developing selective Syk inhibitors for inflammatory conditions. For more information, visit www.portola.com and follow the Company on Twitter @Portola_Pharma.

Portola Forward-looking Statement
Statements contained in this press release regarding matters that are not historical facts are "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Because such statements are subject to risks and uncertainties, actual results may differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Such statements include, but are not limited to, statements regarding: the timing and ability to achieve the milestones and events described under the section "Recent Achievements, Upcoming Events and Milestones," our goal of becoming a fully commercialized biopharmaceutical company, the projected timing of our product launches, the occurrence and timing of planned filings with the FDA and the timing of our reporting of clinical data. Risks that contribute to the uncertain nature of the forward-looking statements include: failure to obtain FDA approval for one or more of our product candidates, our expectation that we will incur losses for the foreseeable future and will need additional funds to finance our operations; the accuracy of our estimates regarding our ability to initiate and/or complete our clinical trials and the timing and expense of these trials; the pace of enrollment in our clinical trials; the results of our clinical trials related to the efficacy and safety of our product candidates; our potential inability to manufacture our product candidates on a commercial scale in a timely or cost-efficient manner; the accuracy of our estimates regarding expenses and capital requirements; our ability to successfully build a hospital-based sales force and commercial infrastructure; regulatory developments in the United States and foreign countries; our ability to obtain and maintain intellectual property protection for our product candidates; and our ability to retain key scientific or management personnel. These and other risks and uncertainties are described more fully in our most recent filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including our Annual Report on Form 10-K, which we expect to file on February 29, 2016. All forward-looking statements contained in this press release speak only as of the date on which they were made. We undertake no obligation to update such statements to reflect events that occur or circumstances that exist after the date on which they were made.

Unaudited Condensed Statements of Operations
(In thousands, except share and per share data)
Three Months Ended Twelve Months Ended
December 31,December 31,
2015 2014 2015 2014
Collaboration and license revenue$ 4,414 $ 2,412 $ 12,070 $ 9,625
Operating expenses:
Research and development 59,814 34,722 200,376 123,639
Selling, general and administrative 10,881 6,950 38,869 23,552
Total operating expenses 70,695 41,672 239,245 147,191
Loss from operations (66,281) (39,260) (227,175) (137,566)
Interest and other income (expense),net (190) 5 305 441
Net loss attributable to common stockholders$ (66,471) $ (39,255) $ (226,870) $ (137,125)
Income tax benefit 365 - 365 -
Net loss$ (66,106) $ (39,255) $ (226,505) $ (137,125)
Net loss attributable to Noncontrolling interest (VIE) - - - -
Net loss attributable to Portola$ (66,106) $ (39,255) $ (226,505) $ (137,125)
Shares used to compute net loss per share attributable to common stockholders:
Basic and diluted 53,623,313 48,153,468 51,981,463 42,997,463
Net loss per share attributable to common stockholders:
Basic and diluted$ (1.23) $ (0.82) $ (4.36) $ (3.19)


Unaudited Condensed Balance Sheet Data
(In thousands)
December 31, December 31,
20152014
(Unaudited)
Cash, cash equivalents and investments$ 460,161 $ 392,303
Prepaid research and development 16,976 1,686
Total current assets 465,577 315,077
Property and equipment, net 6,243 2,776
Intangible assets 3,151 -
Total assets 502,924 416,495
Accounts payable 10,279 14,084
Accrued research and development 24,195 12,545
Accrued compensation and other liabilities 8,285 4,933
Deferred revenue (current portion and long-term) 27,016 36,585
Total current liabilities 51,146 41,131
Total liabilities 72,601 68,693
Total Portola stockholders’ equity 427,396 347,802
Noncontrolling interest (VIE) 2,927 -
Total liabilities and stockholders equity 502,924 416,495

Investor Contact: Ana Kapor Portola Pharmaceuticals ir@portola.com Media Contact: Julie Normart W2O Group jnormart@w2ogroup.com

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