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Kite Pharma Reports Fourth Quarter and Full-Year 2015 Financial Results

- Interim KTE-C19 Data, Expected in Second Half of 2016, to Support Planned BLA Filing in Late 2016 and Potential Product Launch in 2017 -

- Balance Sheet Further Strengthened Through 2015 Public Offering, $614.7 Million in Cash and Investments -

SANTA MONICA, Calif., Feb. 29, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Kite Pharma, Inc. (Nasdaq:KITE), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on developing engineered autologous cell therapy (eACT™) products for the treatment of cancer, today provided a corporate update and reported full-year and fourth quarter 2015 financial results for the period ended December 31, 2015.

“2015 was a year of solid execution and transformation for Kite,” noted Arie Belldegrun, M.D., FACS, Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer. “The development of KTE-C19, our breakthrough immunotherapy candidate for patients with refractory hematological malignancies who have limited or no treatment options, is currently advancing in four Kite-sponsored multi-center clinical studies. We expect interim pivotal data from ZUMA-1, our lead study of KTE-C19, in the second half of this year, positioning us to submit our registrational filing with the FDA by year end. Construction of our commercial manufacturing facility is complete, and commercial planning is currently progressing under the leadership of our Chief Commercial Officer, Shawn Tomasello, and her capable team.”

Dr. Belldegrun continued, “We are advancing what we believe is the most robust clinical pipeline of chimeric antigen receptors and T cell receptors for both solid and hematological oncology. This effort is supported by our ongoing collaborations with distinguished academic and industry leaders in immuno-oncology. We expect that our pipeline progress in 2016 will include additional human proof of concept data supporting the potential of our TCRs for the treatment of solid tumors.”

Full Year 2015 and Recent Highlights

KTE-C19 Program

  • Initiated Kite’s lead multi-center study (ZUMA-1) for KTE-C19 for the treatment of aggressive, refractory diffuse large B cell lymphoma (DLBCL), primary mediastinal B cell lymphoma (PMBCL), and transformed follicular lymphoma (TFL). DLBCL is the most common form of non-Hodgkin Lymphoma (NHL).

  • Announced positive data from the Phase 1 portion of ZUMA-1 and advanced the study to the pivotal phase. The overall safety, efficacy, and biomarker data were generally consistent with previously published data from the National Cancer Institute (NCI).

  • Initiated three additional pivotal multi-center studies of KTE-C19 for the treatment of relapsed/refractory mantle cell lymphoma (MCL), adult relapsed/refractory acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), and pediatric relapsed/refractory ALL.

  • Received Breakthrough Therapy Designation for KTE-C19 for the treatment of patients with refractory DLBCL, PMBCL, and TFL.

  • Secured Orphan Drug Designations in the EU for KTE-C19 for all of Kite’s hematological indications.

  • Completed Kite’s clinical manufacturing facility that is manufacturing KTE-C19 and that will manufacture future product candidates.

  • Completed construction of Kite’s commercial manufacturing facility, which is on track for qualification and validation later this year.

Acquisition and Strategic Collaborations

  • Established European operations with the acquisition of T-Cell Factory, now known as Kite Pharma EU. Through this acquisition, Kite also gained the proprietary TCR-GENErator discovery platform developed by Ton Schumacher, Ph.D., Chief Scientific Officer of Kite Pharma EU.

  • Expanded clinical and research partnership with the NCI including:
    • An enhanced Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) with the NCI's Surgery Branch to advance multiple CAR and TCR programs led by Steven Rosenberg, M.D., Ph.D.
    • A separate CRADA with the NCI’s Experimental Transplantation and Immunology Branch to advance the development of a fully human anti-CD19 CAR product candidate. James Kochenderfer, M.D. is leading the Phase 1 study.

  • Expanded agreement with the Netherlands Cancer Institute for the exclusive option to license multiple TCR gene sequences for the development and commercialization of immunotherapy candidates targeting solid tumors.

  • Entered into a research and license agreement with Leiden University Medical Center in the Netherlands to identify and develop TCR product candidates targeting solid tumors that are associated with the human papillomavirus (HPV) type 16 infection.

  • Partnered with Amgen to develop and commercialize the next generation of novel CAR T cell immunotherapies.

  • Entered into a collaboration with bluebird bio to advance second-generation TCR cell therapy products to treat HPV-associated cancers.

  • Secured an exclusive license to Alpine Immune Sciences’ transmembrane immunomodulatory protein (TIPTM) technology for eACT-based products.

Corporate Milestones

  • Strengthened the organization with the addition of more than 100 new hires across all functions.

  • Formed Kite’s integrated commercial leadership team, led by Shawn Tomasello, Kite’s Chief Commercial Officer.

  • Appointed Dr. Franz B. Humer, former Chairman and Chief Executive of Roche Holding Ltd., to Kite’s Board of Directors.

  • Strengthened Kite’s Scientific Advisory Board with the addition of James Allison, Ph.D. and Padmanee Sharma, M.D., Ph.D., recognized immunotherapy leaders from MD Anderson Cancer Center.

  • Raised $272.6 million in net proceeds from a public offering in December 2015.

2016 Goals

  • Announce interim Phase 2 pivotal data from the ZUMA-1 study for the first 50 patients with 90-day follow-up in the second half of 2016.

  • Submit the KTE-C19 registration filing to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) based on interim data from ZUMA-1 study by the end of 2016.

  • Expand KTE-C19 clinical program to Europe in preparation for a European registration filing in 2017.

  • Complete the qualification and validation testing of the commercial manufacturing facility in anticipation of pre-approval inspection by the FDA.

  • Initiate a second series of KTE-C19 studies for additional indications and earlier lines of therapy in DLBCL patients.

  • Present longer term follow-up KTE-C19 data in patients with refractory aggressive DLBCL from the Phase 1 portion of ZUMA-1.

  • File investigational new drug (IND) application with the FDA for a TCR product candidate that targets a MAGE antigen expressed on solid tumors.

  • Advance the Kite-Amgen collaboration resulting in the filing of an IND application with the FDA for a next generation CAR T cell immunotherapy candidate, the first of multiple INDs expected to originate from the collaboration.

Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2015 Financial Results

  • Revenue was $4.9 million for the fourth quarter of 2015 compared to $0 for the fourth quarter of 2014, and $17.3 million for the full year of 2015, compared to $0 for the full year of 2014. The increase was primarily due to revenue recognized under the Kite-Amgen collaboration.
  • Research and development expenses were $28.8 million for the fourth quarter of 2015, compared to $7.9 million for the fourth quarter of 2014, and $76.4 million for the full year of 2015 compared to $23.1 million in 2014. The full-year increase of $53.3 million was primarily attributable to a $31.5 million increase in research and development and manufacturing expenses supporting the advancement of KTE-C19 and other programs, $11.8 million in expenses related to increased personnel and consulting costs, and $10.0 million of non-cash stock-based compensation expense.
  • General and administrative expenses were $14.1 million for the fourth quarter of 2015, compared to $5.4 million for the fourth quarter of 2014, and $44.2 million for the full year of 2015, compared to $13.6 million in 2014. The full-year increase of $30.6 million was primarily attributable to an $8.2 million increase in personnel related expenses, $7.8 million for public company expenses and license obligations, and $14.6 million of non-cash stock-based compensation.
  • Net loss attributable to common stockholders was $38.2 million, or $0.85 per share, for the fourth quarter of 2015, compared to $13.0 million, or $0.33 per share, for the fourth quarter of 2014. For the full year of 2015, the net loss was $101.7 million, or $2.33 per share, compared to $43.7 million, or $1.91 per share, in 2014.
  • Non-GAAP net loss attributable to common stockholders for the fourth quarter of 2015 was $24.5 million, or $0.54 per share, which excludes non-cash stock-based compensation expense of $13.8 million for the fourth quarter of 2015. Non-GAAP net loss attributable to common stockholders for the full year of 2015 was $61.0 million, or $1.40 per share, which excludes non-cash stock-based compensation expense of $40.7 million for the full year of 2015.
  • As of December 31, 2015, Kite had $614.7 million in cash, cash equivalents, and marketable securities, compared to $367.0 million as of December 31, 2014.
  • Kite expects the full year 2016 net cash burn to be $235 to $250 million dollars, which includes approximately $20 million in capital expenditures, but excludes any inflows or outflows from business development activities. The estimated full year 2016 net cash burn is primarily driven by an estimated net loss of $295 to $310 million, which includes an estimated $80 million of non-cash stock-based compensation expense.

About Kite Pharma

Kite Pharma, Inc., is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company engaged in the development of novel cancer immunotherapy products, with a primary focus on engineered autologous cell therapy (eACT™) designed to restore the immune system's ability to recognize and eradicate tumors. Kite is based in Santa Monica, CA. For more information on Kite Pharma, please visit www.kitepharma.com. Sign up to follow @KitePharma on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/kitepharma.

Kite Pharma, Inc. Forward-Looking Statements

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Conference Call and Webcast Details

Kite will host a live conference call and webcast today at 4:30PM Eastern Time (1:30PM Pacific Time) to discuss financial results and provide a business update. To access the live conference call by telephone, please dial (877) 301-8565 (U.S.) or (678) 562-4240 (International). The conference ID number for the live call is 45173015. Interested parties may access a live audio webcast of the conference call on the Investors section of Kite’s website, www.kitepharma.com. A replay of the audio webcast will be available on Kite’s website for approximately 30 days.


KITE PHARMA, INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(In thousands)
DECEMBER 31, DECEMBER 31,
2015 2014
ASSETS
Current assets
Cash, cash equivalents, and marketable securities$614,722 $367,040
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 16,371 1,330
Total current assets 631,093 368,370
Property and equipment, net 30,116 2,275
Intangible assets and goodwill, net 36,740
Other assets 10,014 108
Total assets$707,963 $370,753
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY
Current liabilities
Accounts payable$8,049 $2,320
Deferred revenue 16,333
Accrued expenses and other current liabilities 11,787 4,405
Total current liabilities 36,169 6,725
Deferred revenue, less current portion 32,176
Contingent consideration 16,080
Other non-current liabilities 7,778 1,439
Total liabilities 92,203 8,164
Total stockholders’ equity 615,760 362,589
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity$707,963 $370,753


KITE PHARMA, INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(In thousands, except per share amounts)
THREE MONTHS ENDED
DECEMBER 31,
(unaudited)
YEAR ENDED
DECEMBER 31,
2015 2014 2015 2014
Revenue:
Revenue$ 4,887 $ $ 17,258 $
Operating expenses:
Research and development 28,794 7,857 76,369 23,089
General and administrative 14,127 5,398 44,207 13,569
Total operating expenses 42,921 13,255 120,576 36,658
Loss from operations (38,034) (13,255) (103,318) (36,658)
Other income (expense):
Interest income 503 242 1,809 371
Interest expense (202) (3) (658) (6,269)
Other income (expense) (7) (3) 514 (13)
Total other income (expense) 294 236 1,665 (5,911)
Loss before income taxes (37,740) (13,019) (101,653) (42,569)
Provision (benefit) from income taxes 491
Net loss (38,231) (13,019) (101,653) (42,569)
Series A preferred stock dividend (1,089)
Net loss attributable to common stockholders$ (38,231) $ (13,019) $ (101,653) $ (43,658)
Net loss per share, basic and diluted$ (0.85) $ (0.33) $ (2.33) $ (1.91)
Weighted-average shares outstanding, basic and diluted 44,967 38,960 43,637 22,822

Note Regarding Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

Kite provides non-GAAP net loss and non-GAAP net loss per share that include adjustments to GAAP figures. These adjustments to GAAP net loss exclude non-cash stock-based compensation expense. Kite believes that these non-GAAP financial measures, when considered together with the GAAP figures, can enhance an overall understanding of Kite's financial performance. The non-GAAP financial measures are included with the intent of providing investors with a more complete understanding of Kite’s operating results. In addition, these non-GAAP financial measures are among the indicators Kite's management uses for planning purposes and measuring Kite’s performance. These non-GAAP financial measures should be considered in addition to, and not as a substitute for, or superior to, financial measures calculated in accordance with GAAP. The non-GAAP financial measures used by Kite may be calculated differently from, and therefore may not be comparable to, non-GAAP financial measures used by other companies. Please refer below for a reconciliation of these non-GAAP financial measures to the comparable GAAP financial measures.

KITE PHARMA, INC.
RECONCILIATION OF GAAP TO NON-GAAP NET LOSS
(In thousands, except per share amounts)
(Unaudited)
THREE MONTHS
ENDED
DECEMBER 31,
YEAR
ENDED
DECEMBER 31,
2015 2015
Net loss attributable to common stockholders - GAAP$ (38,231) $ (101,653)
Adjustments:
Non-cash stock-based compensation expense 13,770 40,672
Net loss attributable to common stockholders – Non-GAAP$ (24,461) $ (60,981)
Net loss per share attributable to common stockholders, basic and diluted – GAAP$ (0.85) $ (2.33)
Adjustments:
Non-cash stock-based compensation per share 0.31 0.93
Net loss per share attributable to common stockholders, basic and diluted – Non-GAAP$ (0.54) $ (1.40)
Weighted average common shares outstanding, basic and diluted 44,967 43,637



CONTACT: Kite Pharma, Inc. Cynthia M. Butitta Chief Financial Officer & Chief Operating Officer 310-824-9999 Greg Mann VP, Investor Relations gmann@kitepharma.com For Media: Justin Jackson Burns McClellan 212-213-0006 jjackson@burnsmc.com

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