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Nov 4, 2021

Prothena Reports Third Quarter 2021 Financial Results and Business Highlights

  • Net cash provided by operating and investing activities was $111.9 million in the third quarter and $114.8 million for the first nine months of 2021; Quarter-end cash and restricted cash position was $601.5 million 
  • Received $140 million from partner payments in third quarter from Novo Nordisk and Bristol Myers Squibb
  • Announced two key executive appointments to support transition to a fully integrated biotechnology company

DUBLIN, Ireland, Nov. 04, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Prothena Corporation plc (NASDAQ:PRTA), a late-stage clinical company with a robust pipeline of novel investigational therapeutics built on protein dysregulation expertise, today reported financial results for the third quarter and first nine months of 2021. In addition, the Company provided business highlights and updated 2021 financial guidance.

“Prothena made significant progress across our portfolio in the third quarter. We presented scientific findings highlighting two of our potentially best-in-class Alzheimer’s disease programs and advanced our ongoing confirmatory Phase 3 trial of birtamimab in Mayo Stage IV patients with AL amyloidosis. Additionally, we announced the acquisition of our ATTR amyloidosis program by Novo Nordisk and executed the U.S. license agreement for our anti-tau targeting clinical candidate, PRX005, with Bristol Myers Squibb. Our strategic collaborations have continued to deliver value, contributing $140 million in partner payments this quarter,” said Gene Kinney, Ph.D., President and Chief Executive Officer of Prothena. “As we look ahead, we will continue to focus on driving meaningful growth across our broad portfolio to deliver transformational treatments for patients.”

Third Quarter and Recent Business Highlights:

Birtamimab, a potential best-in-class amyloid depleter treatment for AL amyloidosis, is an investigational humanized monoclonal antibody designed to directly neutralize soluble toxic aggregates and promote clearance of amyloid that causes organ dysfunction and failure

  • Confirmatory Phase 3 AFFIRM-AL study of birtamimab in Mayo Stage IV patients with AL amyloidosis is ongoing (NCT#04973137)

PRX004, a potential first-in-class treatment for ATTR amyloidosis, is a humanized monoclonal antibody designed to deplete the pathogenic, non-native forms of the TTR protein, and is being developed by Novo Nordisk for the treatment of ATTR cardiomyopathy

  • Announced Novo Nordisk acquisition of ATTR amyloidosis business; Prothena is eligible to receive a total aggregate of up to $1.23 billion
  • Received $60 million upfront payment from Novo Nordisk to date

PRX005, a potential best-in-class treatment for Alzheimer’s disease (AD), is an investigational antibody that specifically targets a key epitope within the microtubule binding region (MTBR) of tau, a protein implicated in diseases including AD, frontotemporal dementia (FTD), progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP), chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), and other tauopathies. PRX005 is part of the global neuroscience research and development collaboration with Bristol Myers Squibb

  • Received $80 million option payment from Bristol Myers Squibb for execution of U.S. license agreement

PRX012, a potential best-in-class treatment for AD, is an investigational high-potency monoclonal antibody targeting a key epitope at the N-terminus of amyloid beta (Aβ)

  • Presented preclinical results at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference® 2021 (AAIC®) demonstrating that PRX012 significantly cleared both pyroglutamate-modified and -unmodified Aβ plaque in post-mortem brain tissue of late-stage AD patients

Dual -tau vaccine, a potential first-in-class prevention and treatment for AD, is a dual-target vaccine targeting key epitopes within the Aβ and tau proteins to promote amyloid clearance and blockade of pathogenic tau

  • AAIC presentation showcased preclinical data demonstrating that Prothena’s dual Aβ-tau vaccine generated appropriate and balanced antibody titers promoting both phagocytosis of Aβ plaque and blockade of tau transmission in vitro

Corporate

  • In October, the Company announced two executive appointments to support its transition to a fully integrated biotechnology company. Chief Financial Officer Tran Nguyen was appointed to the additional and newly created role of Chief Strategy Officer and Brandon Smith was appointed the role of Chief Operating Officer.

Key Upcoming Milestones:

PRX004

  • $40 million near-term clinical milestone payment from Novo Nordisk

PRX005

  • Potential $55 million option payment from Bristol Myers Squibb for global rights at the end of the ongoing Phase 1 study

PRX012

  • Investigational New Drug Application (IND) expected 1Q 2022

Dual -Tau vaccine

  • IND expected 2023

Upcoming Investor Conferences

Members of the senior management team will present and participate in investor meetings at the following upcoming investor conferences:

  • Stifel 2021 Virtual Healthcare Conference, November 16, 2021, at 2:00 PM ET
  • Jefferies London Healthcare Conference, on demand presentations available starting November 18, 2021, at 8:00 AM GMT/3:00 AM ET
  • Piper Sandler 33rd Annual Healthcare Conference, on demand presentations available starting November 22 at 10:00 AM ET

Third Quarter and First Nine Months of 2021 Financial Results and Updated 2021 Financial Guidance

For the third quarter and first nine months of 2021, Prothena reported a net income of $109.2 million and $100.2 million, respectively, as compared to a net loss of $30.6 million and $80.4 million for the third quarter and first nine months of 2020, respectively. Net income per share on a diluted basis for the third quarter of 2021 and first nine months of 2021, was $2.13 and $2.12, respectively, as compared to net loss per share of $0.77 and $2.02 for the third quarter and first nine months of 2020, respectively.

Prothena reported total revenue of $139.2 million and $199.4 million for the third quarter and first nine months of 2021, respectively. Revenue for the third quarter included collaboration revenue of $78.5 million from Bristol Meyer Squibb for the option exercise and US license for PRX005 and intellectual property revenue of $60.7 million from the sale of the intellectual property and related rights to the Company’s ATTR amyloidosis business and pipeline to Novo Nordisk. In addition to third quarter 2021 revenue, the first nine months revenue included collaboration revenue of $60 million in clinical milestone payment from Roche for dosing of first patient in the global Phase 2b PADOVA study for prasinezumab and license revenue from Roche. This compares to total revenue of $0.2 million and $0.5 million for the third quarter and first nine months of 2020, primarily from collaboration revenue from Roche.

Research and development (R&D) expenses totaled $18.0 million and $60.2 million for the third quarter and first nine months of 2021, respectively, as compared to $21.6 million and $54.1 million for the third quarter and first nine months of 2020, respectively. The decrease in R&D expense for the third quarter, compared to the same period in the prior year was primarily due to lower manufacturing costs primarily related to PRX005 and birtamimab programs, lower collaboration expenses related to the prasinezumab program with Roche as a result of the cost share opt-out exercised in May 2021; offset in part by higher personnel related expenses and higher clinical trial expenses primarily related to birtamimab AFFIRM-AL trial and PRX005 program. The increase for the first nine months of 2021, compared to the same period the prior year was primarily due to higher personnel expenses, higher clinical trial expense primarily related to birtamimab AFFIRM-AL trial and PRX005 program (offset in part by lower PRX004 clinical trial expense) and higher R&D consulting expenses; offset in part by lower collaboration expenses related to the prasinezumab program with Roche as a result of the cost share opt-out exercised in May 202l and lower manufacturing expenses primary related to PRX005 and birtamimab programs.

R&D expenses included non-cash share-based compensation expense of $2.5 million and $6.6 million for the third quarter and first nine months of 2021, respectively, as compared to $2.1 million and $6.2 million for the third quarter and first nine months of 2020, respectively.

General and administrative (G&A) expenses totaled $12.0 million and $34.1 million for the third quarter and first nine months of 2021, respectively, as compared to $9.4 million and $28.8 million for the third quarter and first nine months of 2020, respectively. The increase in G&A expenses for the third quarter and first nine months of 2021 compared to the same period in the prior year was primarily related to higher personnel expense, higher legal expenses, higher consulting and higher expense for our director and officer insurance premium. G&A expenses included non-cash share-based compensation expense of $3.6 million and $11.1 million for the third quarter and first nine months of 2021, respectively, as compared to $3.5 million and $10.6 million for the third quarter and first nine months of 2020, respectively.

Total non-cash share-based compensation expense was $6.1 million and $17.8 million for the third quarter and first nine months of 2021, respectively, as compared to $5.6 million and $16.8 million for the third quarter and first nine months of 2020.

As of September 30, 2021, Prothena had $601.5 million in cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash and no debt.

As of October 28, 2021, Prothena had approximately 46.6 million ordinary shares outstanding.

The Company continues to expect the full year 2021 net cash provided by operating and investing activities to be $85 to $95 million. The Company is updating its projected year end cash balance to approximately $575 million in cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash (midpoint) (versus prior guidance of $491 million) to include net financing proceeds received in the third quarter of 2021. The estimated full year 2021 net cash provided by operating and investing activities is primarily driven by an estimated net income of $50 to $60 million, which includes an estimated $25 million of non-cash share-based compensation expense.

PROTHENA CORPORATION PLC
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(unaudited - amounts in thousands except per share data)

  Three Months Ended
September 30,
  Nine Months Ended
September 30,
  2021   2020   2021   2020
Collaboration revenue $ 78,480     $ 157     $ 138,661     $ 443  
Revenue from license and intellectual property 60,694         60,744     50  
Total revenue 139,174     157     199,405     493  
Operating expenses:              
Research and development 17,992     21,605     60,226     54,124  
General and administrative 11,955     9,398     34,112     28,795  
Total operating expenses 29,947     31,003     94,338     82,919  
Income (loss) from operations 109,227     (30,846 )   105,067     (82,426 )
Other income (expense), net (31 )   54     (50 )   1,362  
Income (loss) before income taxes 109,196     (30,792 )   105,017     (81,064 )
Provision for (benefit from) income taxes (51 )   (215 )   4,863     (636 )
Net income (loss) $ 109,247     $ (30,577 )   $ 100,154     $ (80,428 )
Basic net income (loss) per ordinary share $ 2.39     $ (0.77 )   $ 2.31     $ (2.02 )
Diluted net income (loss) per ordinary share $ 2.13     $ (0.77 )   $ 2.12     $ (2.02 )
Shares used to compute basic net income (loss) per share 45,626     39,917     43,422     39,912  
Shares used to compute diluted net income (loss) per share 51,205     39,917     47,196     39,912  
                       

PROTHENA CORPORATION PLC
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(unaudited - amounts in thousands)

  September 30,   December 31,
  2021   2020
Assets      
Cash and cash equivalents $ 600,098     $ 295,380  
Accounts receivable 79     15  
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 7,353     2,537  
Restricted cash, current     1,352  
Total current assets 607,530     299,284  
Property and equipment, net 1,944     2,551  
Operating lease right-of-use assets 13,567     17,811  
Restricted cash, non-current 1,352     1,352  
Other non-current assets 8,311     11,977  
Total non-current assets 25,174     33,691  
Total assets $ 632,704     $ 332,975  
Liabilities and Shareholders’ Equity      
Accrued research and development 5,315     9,044  
Deferred revenue, current 7,205      
Lease liability, current 5,831     5,512  
Other current liabilities 10,850     11,292  
Total current liabilities 29,201     25,848  
Deferred revenue, non current 104,557     110,242  
Lease liability, non-current 7,922     12,326  
Other non-current liabilities 553     553  
Total non-current liabilities 113,032     123,121  
Total liabilities 142,233     148,969  
Total shareholders’ equity 490,471     184,006  
Total liabilities and shareholders’ equity $ 632,704     $ 332,975  

About Prothena

Prothena Corporation plc is a late-stage clinical company with a robust pipeline of novel investigational therapeutics built on protein dysregulation expertise with the potential to change the course of devastating rare peripheral amyloid and neurodegenerative diseases. Fueled by its deep scientific expertise built over decades of research, Prothena is advancing a pipeline of therapeutic candidates for a number of indications and novel targets for which its ability to integrate scientific insights around neurological dysfunction and the biology of misfolded proteins can be leveraged. Prothena’s pipeline includes both wholly-owned and partnered programs being developed for the potential treatment of diseases including AL amyloidosis, ATTR amyloidosis, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and a number of other neurodegenerative diseases. For more information, please visit the Company’s website at www.prothena.com and follow the Company on Twitter @ProthenaCorp.

Forward-looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements. These statements relate to, among other things, the sufficiency of our cash position to fund advancement of a broad pipeline; the treatment potential, designs, and proposed mechanisms of action of birtamimab, prasinezumab, PRX004, PRX005, PRX012 and our dual Aβ-tau vaccine; plans for future clinical studies of birtamimab, prasinezumab, PRX004, PRX005, PRX012 and our dual Aβ-tau vaccine; amounts we might receive under our strategic collaborations with Roche, Bristol Myers Squibb and Novo Nordisk; our anticipated net cash burn from operating and investing activities for 2021 and expected cash balance at the end of 2021; and our estimated net loss and non-cash share-based compensation expense for 2021. These statements are based on estimates, projections and assumptions that may prove not to be accurate, and actual results could differ materially from those anticipated due to known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors, including but not limited to those described in the “Risk Factors” sections of our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on November 4, 2021, as well as discussions of potential risks, uncertainties, and other important factors in our subsequent filings with the SEC. We undertake no obligation to update publicly any forward-looking statements contained in this press release as a result of new information, future events, or changes in our expectations.

Media and Investors:
Jennifer Zibuda, Director, Investor Relations & Communications
650-837-8535, jennifer.zibuda@prothena.com


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