Last Updated on August 31, 2022 by GlobeNewsWire
Secured funding of approximately $185 million in gross proceeds through the merger with OACB (the “Business Combination”) and private placement investment in public equity (PIPE) financingDebuted as publicly-traded company on Nasdaq Stock Exchange in U.S. and on Nasdaq First North Market in Iceland; Board approved plan to move Iceland listing to Nasdaq Main MarketRevenues for first half 2022 increased to $40 million driven by revenue from milestones related to pipeline progress and recent launches of AVT02 (adalimumab) in Canada and certain European marketsContinued progress of the pipeline, including becoming the 2nd company to report positive topline results from a patient study for a proposed biosimilar to Stelara(R)Management to conduct a business update conference call and live webcast on Thursday, September 1, 2022, at 8:00 am ET (12:00 pm GMT)
Alvotech (NASDAQ: ALVO, or the “Company”), a global biotech company specializing in the development and manufacture of biosimilar medicines for patients worldwide, today reported financial results for the first half of 2022 and provided a summary of recent corporate highlights. The company also filed the interim financial statements with the Icelandic stock exchange for the first six months of 2022, in accordance with the Nasdaq First North rulebook.
“We have achieved a number of pivotal milestones since we first announced our intention to enter the public markets; launching our first biosimilar in Europe and Canada, advancing multiple biosimilar candidates into clinical trials and transitioning from being a privately held company to being publicly listed both in the U.S. and Iceland,” said founder and Executive Chairman of Alvotech, Robert Wessman. “We continue to deliver on our strategy and remain steadfast in our mission to improve people’s lives by expanding access to affordable biologic medicines globally, through the promise of biosimilars.”
Received approval for AVT02 in Canada: Health Canada granted marketing authorization for AVT02 paving way for marketing in Canada.
Exclusive global licensing agreement with BiosanaPharma: Entered into an exclusive global licensing agreement with BiosanaPharma to co-develop AVT23, a proposed biosimilar to Xolair(R) (omalizumab).
Expanded partnership for Japanese market: Granted Fuji Pharma exclusive commercial rights to an undisclosed biosimilar currently in early phase development by Alvotech. The agreement brings the total number of proposed biosimilars with respect to which the company is partnering to six.
FDA Accepted BLA for AVT02 including biosimilarity and interchangeability: Alvotech is the only known company that has a high-concentration biosimilar candidate to Humira(R) that has completed a switching study, to support a proposed interchangeable designation for the high concentration adalimumab; goal date in December 2022
Resolved U.S. Patent and Trade Secret Disputes with AbbVie: Alvotech executed a U.S. settlement agreement with AbbVie that grants Alvotech non-exclusive rights to market AVT02 (100mg/mL), its high-concentration, citrate-free biosimilar candidate for Humira(R) (adalimumab) in the United States. The settlement grants Alvotech a license entry date in the United States of July 1, 2023.
Announced positive results from a PK similarity study for AVT04: Results demonstrate bioequivalence of AVT04 (ustekinumab) to the reference product, Stelara(R).
Announced positive results from a clinical patient study for AVT04: Results demonstrate therapeutic equivalence between AVT04 (usetekinumab) and the reference product, Stelara(R). Alvotech is the 2nd company to report positive topline results from a patient study for a proposed biosimilar to Stelara(R).
Launched AVT02 with JAMP Pharma in Canada: Exclusive Canadian partner JAMP Pharma launched AVT02 (adalimumab) under tradename Simlandi(TM).
Launched AVT02 with STADA in Europe: Exclusive European partner STADA launched AVT02 (adalimumab) under tradename Hukyndra(R) in European markets.
Initiated patient study for AVT06: Confirmatory clinical study in patients for AVT06 (aflibercept), a biosimilar candidate to Eylea(R).
Initiated Pharmacokinetics study for AVT03: Pharmacokinetic, safety and tolerability study in healthy subjects for AVT03 (denosumab), a biosimilar candidate to Prolia(R) and Xgeva(R).
Initiated Patient Study for AVT03: Confirmatory clinical study in patients for AVT03 (denosumab), a biosimilar candidate for Prolia(R) and Xgeva(R)
Completed merger with Oaktree Acquisition Corp. II (OACB): Transaction included a fully committed and upsized $175 million PIPE raised through top-tier investors at $10.00 per share.
Listed on Nasdaq Stock Market in U.S.: Ordinary shares and warrants began trading under ticker symbols “ALVO” and “ALVOW”, respectively. Largest debut by an Icelandic company on a U.S. stock exchange.
Listed on First North Market in Iceland: First dual-listed Icelandic company on both a United States and Icelandic stock market.
Expanded and diversified Board of Directors: Four new members enhance independence and diversity of Board of Directors.
Announced plan to list on Icelandic Main Market: Board of Directors approved a plan to move share listing in Iceland from the First North Growth Market to the Nasdaq Main Market.
Launched ESG reporting portal: Provides further transparency to stakeholders with reporting on Environmental, Social and Governance indicators.
Financial Results for First Half 2022
As of June 30, 2022, the Company had $128.4 million in cash and cash equivalents. In addition, the Company had borrowings of $559.0 million, including $120.8 million of current portion of borrowings, as of June 30, 2022.
Revenue: Revenue was $40.1 million for the six months ended June 30, 2022, compared to $2.0 million for the same six months of 2021. Revenue in the first six months ended June 30, 2022 consisted of $3.9 million of product revenue from the sales of AVT02 in select European countries and Canada, and $36.2 million of license and other revenue from the completion of the milestone related to the AVT04 main clinical program during the six months ended June 30, 2022.
Cost of Product Revenue: Cost of product revenue was $17.8 million for the six months ended June 30, 2022. These costs were a result of the successful launch of AVT02 in select European countries and Canada during the six months ended June 30, 2022.
Research and Development (R&D) Expenses: R&D expenses were $86.9 million for the six months ended June 30, 2022, compared to $90.4 million for the same six months of 2021. This decrease was primarily due to pre-commercial manufacturing costs that were previously recognized as research and development and are now recognized as cost of product revenue in conjunction with the Company’s first commercial launch.
General and Administrative (G&A) Expenses: G&A expenses were $139.1 million for the six months ended June 30, 2022, compared to $86.4 million for the same six months of 2021. This increase was primarily due to the $83.4 million non-cash share listing expense and $21.0 million of transaction costs recognized as a result of the Business Combination. These expenses were offset by a $55.7 million decrease in expenses related to the long-term incentive plan.
Net Loss: Net loss was $184.5 million, or ($1.02) per share on a basic and diluted basis, for the six months ended June 30, 2022 as compared to net loss of $273.7 million, or ($2.77) on a basic and diluted basis, for the same six months of 2021.
Business Update Conference Call
Alvotech will conduct a business update conference call and live webcast on Thursday, September 1, 2022, at 8:00 am ET (12:00 pm GMT).
In order to participate in the conference call, please register in advance following this link to obtain a local or toll-free phone number and your personal pin.
A live webcast of the call will be available on Alvotech’s website in the Investors Section of the Company’s website under News and Events – Events and Presentations, where you will also be able to find a replay of the webcast, following the call for 90 days.
About AVT02 (adalimumab)
AVT02 is a monoclonal antibody that is being evaluated for biosimilarity and interchangeability to Humira(R) (adalimumab), which inhibits tumor necrosis factor (TNF). AVT02 has been approved in the EU, Norway, Iceland, Lichtenstein, the UK, Switzerland, and Canada. AVT02 dossiers are under review in multiple countries, including in the United States.
About AVT04 (ustekinumab)
AVT04 is a monoclonal antibody and a biosimilar candidate to Stelara(R) (ustekinumab). AVT04 was developed using an Sp2/0 host cell line and is manufactured using a continuous perfusion process. The Sp2/0 host cell line allows for more efficient sialyation of the molecule as compared to Chinese hamster ovary (CHO) cells and is the same type of host cell line used to produce Stelara(R). Ustekinumab binds to two cytokines, IL-12 and IL-23, that are involved in inflammatory and immune responses. Abnormal regulation of these cytokines has been associated with immune mediated diseases, such as psoriasis, psoriatic arthritis, Crohn’s disease, and ulcerative colitis.
About AVT03 (denosumab)
AVT03 is a human monoclonal antibody and a biosimilar candidate to Prolia(R) and Xgeva(R) (denosumab). Denosumab targets and binds with high affinity and specificity to the RANK ligand membrane protein, preventing the RANK ligand/RANK interaction from occurring, resulting in reduced osteoclast numbers and function, thereby decreasing bone resorption and cancer-induced bone destruction. AVT03 is an investigational product and has not received regulatory approval in any country. Biosimiliarity has not been established by regulatory authorities and is not claimed.
About AVT06 (aflibercept)
AVT06 is a recombinant fusion protein and a biosimilar candidate to Eylea(R) (aflibercept). Aflibercept binds vascular endothelial growth factors (VEGF), inhibiting the binding and activation of VEGF receptors, neovascularization, and vascular permeability. AVT06 is an investigational product and has not received regulatory approval in any country. Biosimilarity has not been established by regulatory authorities and is not claimed.
About AVT23 (omalizumab)
AVT23 is a proposed biosimilar to Xolair (omalizumab). Omalizumab is an antibody that targets free IgE; it is used to improve the control of severe persistent allergic asthma, for chronic (long-term) spontaneous urticaria (itchy rash) in patients with elevated IgE who do not respond to treatment with antihistamines and to treat nasal polyps in people 18 years of age and older when medicines to treat nasal polyps called nasal corticosteroids have not worked well enough. Xolair, the only currently approved product containing omalizumab, was first approved in 2003. AVT23 is an investigational compound and has not received regulatory approval in any country. Biosimilarity has not been established by regulatory authorities and is not claimed.
Alvotech is a biotech company, founded by Robert Wessman, focused solely on the development and manufacture of biosimilar medicines for patients worldwide. Alvotech seeks to be a global leader in the biosimilar space by delivering high quality, cost-effective products, and services, enabled by a fully integrated approach and broad in-house capabilities. Alvotech’s current pipeline contains eight biosimilar candidates aimed at treating autoimmune disorders, eye disorders, osteoporosis, respiratory disease, and cancer. Alvotech has formed a network of strategic commercial partnerships to provide global reach and leverage local expertise in markets that include the United States, Europe, Japan, China, and other Asian countries and large parts of South America, Africa and the Middle East. Alvotech’s commercial partners include Teva Pharmaceuticals, a US affiliate of Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. (US), STADA Arzneimittel AG (EU), Fuji Pharma Co., Ltd (Japan), Cipla/Cipla Gulf/Cipla Med Pro (Australia, New Zealand, South Africa/Africa), JAMP Pharma Corporation (Canada), Yangtze River Pharmaceutical (Group) Co., Ltd. (China), DKSH (Taiwan, Hong Kong, Cambodia, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, India, Bangladesh and Pakistan), YAS Holding LLC (Middle East and North Africa), Abdi Ibrahim (Turkey), Kamada Ltd. (Israel), Mega Labs, Stein, Libbs, Tuteur and Saval (Latin America) and Lotus Pharmaceuticals Co., Ltd. (Thailand, Vietnam, Philippines, and South Korea). Each commercial partnership covers a unique set of product(s) and territories. Except as specifically set forth therein, Alvotech disclaims responsibility for the content of periodic filings, disclosures and other reports made available by its partners. For more information, please visit www.alvotech.com. None of the information on the Alvotech website shall be deemed part of this press release.
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Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Interim Statements of Profit or Loss and Other Comprehensive Income or Loss Six months ended 30 June 2022 Six months ended 30 June 2021 USD in thousands, except for per share amounts Product revenue3,932 – License and other revenue36,186 2,008 Other income142 348 Cost of product revenue(17,813) – Research and development expenses(86,884) (90,403) General and administrative expenses(139,147) (86,360) Operating loss(203,584) (174,407) Share of net loss of joint venture(1,266) (837) Finance income50,968 4 Finance costs(52,406) (123,575) Exchange rate differences4,744 (3,611) Gain on extinguishment of financial liabilities- 2,561 Non-operating profit / (loss)2,040 (125,458) Loss before taxes(201,544) (299,865) Income tax benefit17,073 25,918 Loss for the period(184,471) (273,947) Other comprehensive income / (loss) Item that will be reclassified to profit or loss in subsequent periods: Exchange rate differences on translation of foreign operations(4,243) 243 Total comprehensive loss(188,714) (273,704) Loss per share Basic and diluted loss for the period per share(1.02) (2.77) Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Interim Statement of Financial Position USD in thousands30 June 2022 31 December 2021 Non-current assets Property, plant and equipment87,411 78,530 Right-of-use assets131,069 126,801 Goodwill11,436 12,367 Other intangible assets22,857 21,509 Contract assets14,838 1,479 Investment in joint venture51,334 55,307 Other long-term assets3,915 1,663 Restricted cash25,001 10,087 Deferred tax assets187,976 170,418 Total non-current assets535,837 478,161 Current assets Inventories54,664 39,058 Trade receivables5,304 29,396 Contract assets24,998 17,959 Other current assets23,758 14,736 Receivables from related parties1,498 1,111 Cash and cash equivalents128,438 17,556 Total current assets238,660 119,816 Total assets774,497 597,977 Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Interim Statement of Financial Position USD in thousands30 June 2022 31 December 2021 Equity Share capital2,076 135 Share premium1,026,282 1,000,118 Translation reserve426 4,669 Accumulated deficit(1,325,005) (1,140,534) Total equity(296,221) (135,612) Non-current liabilities Borrowings438,187 398,140 Derivative financial liabilities197,470 – Other long-term liability to related party7,440 7,440 Lease liabilities115,304 114,845 Long-term incentive plan4,408 56,334 Contract liabilities29,982 44,844 Deferred tax liability141 150 Total non-current liabilities792,932 621,753 Current liabilities Trade and other payables44,726 28,587 Lease liabilities7,282 7,295 Current maturities of borrowings120,836 2,771 Liabilities to related parties4,738 638 Contract liabilities32,328 29,692 Taxes payable1,047 841 Other current liabilities66,829 42,012 Total current liabilities277,786 111,836 Total liabilities1,070,718 733,589 Total equity and liabilities774,497 597,977