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Spark Therapeutics Reports Third Quarter 2018 Financial Results and Recent Business Progress

PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 06, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Spark Therapeutics (NASDAQ: ONCE), a fully integrated, commercial gene therapy company dedicated to challenging the inevitability of genetic disease, announced today corporate and financial results for the third quarter of 2018 and recent business progress.

“In the third quarter, we made significant progress with LUXTURNA® (voretigene neparvovec-rzyl) both in terms of sales growth and medical policy coverage expansion. We have also made important advancements in preparing for the Phase 3 run-in study of investigational SPK-8011 for hemophilia A before year end,” said Jeffrey D. Marrazzo, chief executive officer of Spark Therapeutics. “Additionally, we continue to capitalize on our proven and proprietary adeno-associated viral (AAV) gene therapy platform to develop liver-directed therapeutics. During the quarter we updated preclinical data on our investigative gene therapy for Pompe disease, which we expect to advance into the clinic in 2019.”

Recent business highlights
Continued strong execution of LUXTURNA® (voretigene neparvovec)

  • Shipped 24 vials of LUXTURNA in the U.S. in the third quarter of 2018
  • Treated first two patients under the Spark PATH (Pioneering Access To Healthcare) outcomes-based contracting model
  • Approximately 85 percent of commercial lives are covered by a satisfactory medical policy and all major, national payers now provide coverage for LUXTURNA
  • Approximately 50 percent of government-covered lives are covered by satisfactory medical policy, with first government beneficiary treated
  • Received positive opinion recommending LUXTURNA approval from the Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use of the European Medicines Agency (EMA)

Progressed clinical programs for hemophilia A

  • Expanding Phase 1/2 study for SPK-8011 to include additional participants and preparing to initiate an observational Phase 3 run-in study by the end of year
  • Preliminary Phase 1/2 data for SPK-8011 accepted for oral presentation at American Society of Hematology (ASH) annual meeting
  • Received orphan drug designation for SPK-8011 from European Commission
  • Received FDA clearance of Investigational New Drug (IND) application for SPK-8016, a novel, internally developed AAV gene therapy candidate aimed at addressing the hemophilia A inhibitor market

Completed all obligations in the transition of SPK-9001 for hemophilia B to Pfizer

  • Pfizer announced in July the initiation of observational Phase 3 run-in study
  • Delivered a batch of SPK-9001 drug substance to Pfizer for use in initial dosing of the Phase 3 clinical trial

Presented IND-enabling study results for SPK-3006, a liver-directed AAV gene therapy for Pompe disease

  • Announced new preclinical data at World Muscle Society International Congress showing decreased glycogen accumulation, increased survival and improved cardiac, respiratory and muscle function after administration of secretable, modified acid alpha-glucosidase (GAA) enzyme produced by SPK-3006 in acid alpha-glucosidase knockout (Gaa-/-) mice
  • Administration of a single infusion at three ascending doses in non-human primates demonstrated dose-dependent expression of GAA in plasma, reaching plasma levels that were equivalent to those found to be therapeutically effective in Pompe mice
  • Plan to submit IND application and Clinical Trial Application to regulatory agencies and initiate a global Phase 1/2 clinical trial in adult participants in 2019             

Bolstered human capital and Philadelphia facilities to support our fully integrated organization

  • Appointed Kathleen Reape, M.D., head of Clinical R&D, as chief medical officer and Ron Philip, head of Global Commercial, as chief commercial officer
  • Expanded our research & development facilities in West Philadelphia

Financial results for the three and nine months ended Sept. 30, 2018
Three Months Ended Sept. 30, 2018 and 2017

In the three months ended Sept. 30, 2018, we recognized $10.7 million in total revenue, of which $8.9 million was net sales of LUXTURNA and $1.8 million was associated with our agreements with Pfizer. In the three months ended Sept. 30, 2017, we recognized $1.9 million in total revenue associated with our Pfizer agreement.

Cost of goods sold in the three months ended Sept. 30, 2018, was $0.3 million, which consists of manufacturing, shipping and other costs, as well as royalties. A substantial portion of the inventory sold during the period was produced prior to FDA approval and, therefore, was expensed as research and development in 2017.

Our research and development expenses for the three months ended Sept. 30, 2018, were $32.8 million versus $39.3 million for the three months ended Sept. 30, 2017. The $6.5 million decrease was due to a decrease of $9.9 million in internal research and development expenses partially offset by a $3.4 million increase in external research and development expenses. The $9.9 million reduction in internal research and development expenses primarily was the result of $5.9 million less in stock-based compensation and a decrease of $5.0 million in salaries and other related costs associated with LUXTURNA, which are allocated to inventory post-FDA approval. These costs were offset by a $1.0 million increase in rent and depreciation allocations. The $3.4 million growth in external research and development expenses primarily resulted from a $5.9 million increase in expenses related to our hemophilia A program, offset by $2.5 million less in expenses related to LUXTURNA.

We did not incur any acquired in-process research and development (IPR&D) expense during the three months ended Sept. 30, 2018. Our acquired IPR&D expense for the three months ended Sept. 30, 2017, was $1.8 million, related to a licensing agreement in 2017.

Selling, general and administrative expenses for the three months ended Sept. 30, 2018, were $29.3 million versus $26.6 million for the three months ended Sept. 30, 2017. The $2.7 million increase primarily was due to growth of $2.2 million in salaries and related costs, including stock-based compensation as a result of additional headcount and an increase of $1.3 million in legal and patent expenses, professional fees and other operating costs, offset by a reduction of $0.8 million in launch activities for LUXTURNA.

Our net loss for the three months ended Sept. 30, 2018, was $47.4 million, or ($1.26) basic and diluted net loss per common share, as compared to a net loss of $65.0 million, or ($1.90) basic and diluted net loss per common share, for the three months ended Sept. 30, 2017.

Nine Months Ended Sept. 30, 2018 and 2017

In the nine months ended Sept. 30, 2018, we recognized $51.6 million in total revenue, of which $15.6 million was net sales of LUXTURNA and $36.0 million was associated with our agreements with Pfizer. In the nine months ended Sept. 30, 2017, we recognized $4.7 million in total revenue associated with our Pfizer agreement.

Cost of goods sold in the nine months ended Sept. 30, 2018, was $0.7 million, which consists of manufacturing, shipping and other costs, as well as royalties. A substantial portion of the inventory sold during the period was produced prior to FDA approval and, therefore, was expensed as research and development expense last year.

Cost of contract revenue in the nine months ended Sept. 30, 2018, was $5.1 million, which consists of manufacturing and other costs associated with our agreements.

Our research and development expenses for the nine months ended Sept. 30, 2018, were $88.5 million compared with $104.7 million for the nine months ended Sept. 30, 2017. The $16.2 million decrease was due to a $16.4 million reduction in internal research and development expenses offset by growth of $0.2 million in external research and development expenses. The $16.4 million reduction in internal research and development expense primarily was the result of salaries and other LUXTURNA costs being reallocated to inventory following FDA approval, as well as costs associated with contract revenue. The increase in external research and development expenses resulted from $10.1 million in expenses related to our hemophilia A program and $0.5 million in programs in preclinical development, offset by a $7.4 million decrease in expenses related to LUXTURNA and $3.0 million in other clinical programs.

We did not incur any acquired IPR&D expense during the nine months ended Sept. 30, 2018. Our acquired IPR&D expense for the nine months ended Sept. 30, 2017, was $5.2 million, primarily related to a licensing agreement in 2017.

During the nine months ended Sept. 30, 2017, we recorded a non-cash impairment charge of $15.7 million related to IPR&D acquired in March 2016. Additionally, we recognized an income tax benefit of $1.0 million related to the reversal of the deferred tax liability associated with the acquired IPR&D during the nine months ended Sept. 30, 2017.

Selling, general and administrative expenses for the nine months ended Sept. 30, 2018, were $92.5 million compared with $74.8 million for the nine months ended Sept. 30, 2017. The $17.7 million growth primarily was due to an increase of $12.6 million in salaries and related costs, including stock-based compensation, as a result of continued growth in our headcount and a $6.5 million increase in legal and patent expenses, professional fees and other operating costs. These costs were offset by a reduction of $0.9 million related to facilities and $0.5 million in launch activities for LUXTURNA.

We recognized $110.0 million of other income during the nine months ended Sept. 30, 2018, from the sale of our rare pediatric disease priority review voucher (PRV).

Our net loss for the nine months ended Sept. 30, 2018, was $13.6 million, or ($0.36) basic and diluted net loss per common share, as compared to a net loss of $191.7 million, or ($5.89) basic and diluted net loss per common share, for the nine months ended Sept. 30, 2017. Our loss for the nine months ended Sept. 30, 2018, was favorably impacted by the sale of our PRV in the second quarter.

As of Sept. 30, 2018, we had cash and cash equivalents, restricted cash and marketable securities of $671.4 million, with 37.6 million shares outstanding.

Conference call details
Spark Therapeutics will host a conference call and audio webcast, today, Tuesday, Nov. 6, at 8:30 a.m. ET, to discuss corporate and financial results for the quarter ended Sept. 30, 2018. The call can be accessed by dialing the numbers below or by visiting the “Investors” section of the Spark Therapeutics website at www.sparktx.com.

U.S. Dial-in Number: (855) 851-4526
International Dial-in Number: (720) 634-2901
Passcode: 2370749

A replay of the call will be available for one week following the call and can be accessed by dialing (855) 859-2056 (domestic) or (404) 537-3406 (international), and entering passcode 2370749, or by visiting the “Investors” section at www.sparktx.com.

About Spark Therapeutics
At Spark Therapeutics, a fully integrated, commercial company committed to discovering, developing and delivering gene therapies, we challenge the inevitability of genetic diseases, including blindness, hemophilia, lysosomal storage disorders and neurodegenerative diseases. We have successfully applied our technology in the first FDA-approved gene therapy in the U.S. for a genetic disease, and currently have three programs in clinical trials, including product candidates that have shown promising early results in patients with hemophilia. At Spark, we see the path to a world where no life is limited by genetic disease. For more information, visit www.sparktx.com, and follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn.

Cautionary note on forward-looking statements
This press release contains "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including statements regarding the company's product candidates, including LUXTURNA, SPK-7001, SPK-3006, and SPK-8011. The words ‘‘anticipate,’’ ‘‘believe,’’ ‘‘expect,’’ ‘‘intend,’’ ‘‘may,’’ ‘‘plan,’’ ‘‘predict,’’ ‘‘will,’’ ‘‘would,’’ ‘‘could,’’ ‘‘should,’’ ‘‘continue’’ and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements, although not all forward-looking statements contain these identifying words. We may not actually achieve the plans, intentions or expectations disclosed in our forward-looking statements, and you should not place undue reliance on our forward-looking statements. Any forward-looking statements are based on management's current expectations of future events and are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially and adversely from those set forth in, or implied by, such forward-looking statements. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, the risk that (i) we may not continue to grow our sales and expand our medical policy coverage for LUXTURNA; (ii) our Marketing Authorization Application for LUXTURNA may not be approved by EMA; (iii) the improvements in functional vision demonstrated by LUXTURNA in our clinical trials may not be sustained over extended periods of time; (iv) we are unable to maintain or continue to enter into agreements with payers for the provision of LUXTURNA; (v) we will not be able to reach agreement with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) regarding LUXTURNA; (vi) our early preliminary clinical results for our product candidate, SPK-8011, for hemophilia A, may not be sustained; (vii) we may not be successful in initiating a Phase 3 clinical trial for SPK-8011 and the timing and design of such trial may vary from our expectations; (viii) we may not advance our SPK-3006 program into the clinic when anticipated, or at all; (ix) the data for SPK-3006 IND-enabling studies may not be sustained; (x) our preliminary results of scale-up to non-human primates supporting the initiation of clinical studies of SPK-3006 in humans may not be sustained; and (xi) any one or more of our product candidates in preclinical or clinical development will not successfully be developed and commercialized. For a discussion of other risks and uncertainties, and other important factors, any of which could cause our actual results to differ from those contained in the forward-looking statements, see the "Risk Factors" section, as well as discussions of potential risks, uncertainties and other important factors, in our Annual Report on Form 10-K, our Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and other filings we make with the Securities and Exchange Commission. All information in this press release is as of the date of the press release, and Spark Therapeutics undertakes no duty to update this information unless required by law.

Investor Contact:                                                                                              Media Contact:
Ryan Asay                                                                                                          Monique da Silva
Ryan.asay@sparktx.com                                                                                   Monique.dasilva@sparktx.com
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Spark Therapeutics, Inc.
Consolidated Balance Sheets
(Unaudited)
(in thousands, except share and per share data)

  December 31,
2017
  September 30,
2018
Assets      
Current assets:      
Cash and cash equivalents $ 96,748     $ 161,557  
Marketable securities 423,419     428,919  
Trade and other receivables 7,906     13,506  
Inventory     20,738  
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 5,093     10,492  
     Total current assets 533,166     635,212  
Restricted cash     53,000  
Marketable securities 20,035     27,964  
Property and equipment, net 61,713     87,280  
Goodwill 1,254     1,214  
Other assets 628     2,732  
     Total assets $ 616,796     $ 807,402  
Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity      
Current liabilities:      
Accounts payable $ 14,183     $ 18,048  
Accrued expenses 24,697     35,092  
Current portion of long-term debt 312     3,320  
Current portion of deferred rent 969     1,051  
Current portion of deferred revenue 11,969      
Current other liabilities 1,557     1,808  
     Total current liabilities 53,687     59,319  
Long-term debt 912     47,671  
Long-term deferred rent 8,318     7,658  
Long-term deferred revenue     105,000  
Other liabilities 40,255     37,879  
     Total liabilities 103,172     257,527  
Stockholders’ equity:      
Preferred stock, $0.001 par value. Authorized, 5,000,000 shares; no shares issued or outstanding      
Common stock, $0.001 par value. Authorized, 150,000,000 shares; 37,131,626 shares issued and
37,111,404 shares outstanding as of December 31, 2017; 37,684,255 shares issued and
37,610,295 shares outstanding as of September 30, 2018
37     38  
Additional paid-in capital 1,026,590     1,078,989  
Accumulated other comprehensive (loss) income (5,914 )   (225 )
Treasury stock, at cost, 20,222 shares as of December 31, 2017 and 73,960 shares as of September 30, 2018 (1,226 )   (4,498 )
Accumulated deficit (505,863 )   (524,429 )
          Total stockholders’ equity 513,624     549,875  
          Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity $ 616,796     $ 807,402  


Spark Therapeutics, Inc.

Consolidated Statements of Operations
(Unaudited)
(in thousands, except share and per share data)

  Three months ended September 30,   Nine months ended September 30,
  2017   2018   2017   2018
Revenues:              
Product sales, net $     $ 8,866     $     $ 15,599  
Contract revenue 1,900     1,841     4,657     35,969  
Total revenues 1,900     10,707     4,657     51,568  
Operating expenses:              
Cost of product sales     318         708  
Cost of contract revenue             5,111  
Research and development 39,341     32,829     104,679     88,462  
Acquired in-process research and development 1,750         5,207      
Impairment of acquired in-process research and development         15,696      
Selling, general and administrative 26,641     29,305     74,783     92,543  
Total operating expenses 67,732     62,452     200,365     186,824  
Loss from operations (65,832 )   (51,745 )   (195,708 )   (135,256 )
Unrealized gain on equity investments     1,672         4,291  
Interest income, net 1,112     2,714     2,231     7,420  
Other income             110,000  
Loss before income taxes (64,720 )   (47,359 )   (193,477 )   (13,545 )
Income tax benefit (expense) (292 )   2     1,816     (20 )
Net loss $ (65,012 )   $ (47,357 )   $ (191,661 )   $ (13,565 )
Basic and diluted net loss per common share $ (1.90 )   $ (1.26 )   $ (5.89 )   $ (0.36 )
Weighted average basic and diluted common shares outstanding 34,258,328     37,498,616     32,516,829     37,267,942  


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