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Momenta Pharmaceuticals Reports Third Quarter 2019 Financial and Operating Results


CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Oct. 31, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Momenta Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:MNTA), a biotechnology company focused on discovering and developing novel biologic therapeutics to treat rare immune-mediated diseases, today reported its financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2019.

"Our focus in 2019 is on the execution of our clinical programs as they advance toward proof of concept," said Craig A. Wheeler, President and Chief Executive Officer of Momenta Pharmaceuticals. "Looking ahead to 2020, we anticipate key readouts across our novel auto- and alloimmune programs, including proof-of-concept data from M254 in ITP and nipocalimab in MG. Importantly, both of these agents have the potential to reshape the treatment landscape for a range of large market, IgG-mediated diseases."

Third Quarter 2019 Highlights, Recent Events and Anticipated Upcoming Milestones

Novel Therapeutics Pipeline:

Nipocalimab (M281): a fully human anti-neonatal Fc receptor (FcRn) aglycosylated immunoglobulin G (IgG1) monoclonal antibody (mAb)

  • Vivacity-MG, the Company's Phase 2 clinical study of nipocalimab in generalized myasthenia gravis (gMG), continues to enroll patients. The Company expects to report top-line data from this study in the second or third quarter of 2020.

  • Unity, the Company's global multi-center Phase 2 clinical study of nipocalimab in hemolytic disease of the fetus and newborn (HDFN), is active and enrolling patients. Nipocalimab has been granted Fast Track designation by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for this indication and the Company expects to report top-line from this study data in 2021.

  • Energy, the Company's adaptive Phase 2/3 clinical study of nipocalimab in Warm Autoimmune Hemolytic Anemia (wAIHA) commenced in the third quarter 2019. The Company is activating clinical sites in both the United States and European Union and is actively recruiting patients. Nipocalimab has been granted Fast Track designation by the FDA in this indication and the Company expects to report top-line data from this study around the end of 2021.

M254 (hsIgG): a hypersialylated immunoglobulin designed as a high potency alternative for intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIg)

  • The Company's multi-part Phase 1/2 clinical trial in idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP) has completed Part A and is progressing through Part B, which is evaluating M254 in a single ascending dose (SAD) cohort of ITP patients. Parts C and D include a randomized cross-over study comparing M254 to IVIg and a multiple ascending dose (MAD) study of M254, respectively. Enrollment is ongoing and the Company expects to report preliminary data from this study in the first half of 2020.

M230 (CSL730): a recombinant Fc multimer being developed in collaboration with CSL

  • A Phase 1 clinical trial to evaluate the safety and tolerability of M230 in healthy volunteers is ongoing and Momenta's partner, CSL, looks forward to introducing a subcutaneous formulation into the phase 1 program. We expect to have data regarding this formulation in the next calendar year.

Legacy Products:

Glatopa® 20 mg and 40 mg: FDA approved generic versions of COPAXONE 20 mg and 40 mg, developed and commercialized in collaboration with Sandoz

  • In the third quarter of 2019, Momenta recorded $5.6 million in product revenue from Sandoz's sales of Glatopa products.

M710: a proposed biosimilar to EYLEA® (aflibercept) candidate being developed in collaboration with Mylan

  • Mylan continues its pivotal clinical trial in patients with diabetic macular edema to compare safety, efficacy and immunogenicity of M710 with EYLEA.


  • In September 2019, the Company announced the appointment of Donna Grogan, M.D. to its Board of Directors.

Third Quarter 2019 Financial Results


In the third quarter of 2019, the Company recorded $5.6 million in product revenue from Sandoz's sales of Glatopa. In the third quarter of 2018, the Company recorded $13.6 million in product revenue, net a deduction of $0.2 million for legal fees and includes 1.7 million received by Momenta for the Pfizer settlement. The decrease in product revenue from the prior year period was primarily due to continued competition.

Research and development revenue for the third quarter of 2019 was $0.8 million, compared to $1.3 million in the same quarter in 2018. The decrease in research and development revenue of $0.4 million, or 34%, was primarily due to lower reimbursement revenue for Glatopa expenses.

Total revenue for the third quarter of 2019 was $6.4 million compared to $14.9 million for the same period in 2018.

Operating Expenses:

Research and development expenses for the third quarter of 2019 were $46.1 million, compared to $30.7 million for the same period in 2018. The increase of $15.3 million, or 50%, was primarily due to an increase in manufacturing and clinical trial costs for nipocalimab and M254, offset in part by lower personnel costs following the Company's workforce reduction in the fourth quarter of 2018 and lower lease costs.

General and administrative expenses for the third quarter of 2019 were $20.1 million, compared with $20.4 million for the same period in 2018. The decrease of $0.4 million, or 2%, was primarily due to lower depreciation costs.

In July 2019, Momenta entered into an amendment to its office and laboratory space lease at 320 Bent Street in Cambridge, Massachusetts, reducing the Company's footprint at the location. During the quarter, the Company recognized a noncash gain of $13.7 million, reflecting the reduction in the lease liability and the related right-of-use asset.

Total GAAP operating expenses were $52.5 million in the third quarter of 2019. Third quarter 2019 non-GAAP operating expense was $45.7 million. Non-GAAP operating expense is total operating expenses, less stock-based compensation expense, restructuring expense and collaborative reimbursement revenue. See "Non-GAAP Financial Information and Other Disclosures" and the table below entitled "Reconciliation of GAAP Results to Non-GAAP Financial Measures" for a reconciliation of GAAP operating expense to non-GAAP operating expense.

Net Income (Loss): The Company reported a net loss of $44.5 million, or $0.45 per share for the second quarter of 2019 compared to a net loss of $50.3 million, or $0.65 per share for the same period in 2018.

Liquidity: At September 30, 2019, Momenta had $325.9 million in cash, cash equivalents, marketable securities, and reflects the addition of $36.1 million related to the release of a bond following a settlement agreement with Amphastar Pharmaceuticals. This compares to $449.4 million at December 31, 2018 in cash, cash equivalents, and marketable securities.

2019 Financial Guidance

Momenta provides non-GAAP operating expense guidance, which it believes can enhance an overall understanding of its financial performance when considered together with GAAP financial measures. Refer to the section of this press release below entitled "Non-GAAP Financial Information and Other Disclosures" for further discussion of this subject.

Non-GAAP operating expense is total operating, less stock-based compensation expense, restructuring expense and collaborative reimbursement revenue. Momenta is providing quarterly non-GAAP operating expense guidance of $50 - $60 million for the fourth quarter 2019.

Non-GAAP Financial Information and Other Disclosures

Momenta uses a non-GAAP financial measure, non-GAAP operating expense, to provide operating expense guidance. Momenta believes this non-GAAP financial measure is useful to investors because it provides greater transparency regarding Momenta's operating performance as it excludes non-cash stock compensation expense, restructuring expense and collaborative reimbursement revenue. This non-GAAP financial measure should not be considered a substitute or an alternative to GAAP total operating expense and should not be considered a measure of Momenta's liquidity. Instead, non-GAAP operating expense should only be used to supplement an understanding of Momenta's operating results as reported under GAAP. Momenta has not provided GAAP reconciliation for its forward-looking non-GAAP annual or quarterly operating expense because Momenta cannot reliably predict without unreasonable efforts the timing or amount of the factors that substantially contribute to the projection of stock compensation expense, which is excluded from the forward-looking non-GAAP financial measure. The Company has provided the estimated reconciling information that is available without unreasonable effort in the section of this press release above entitled "2019 Financial Guidance."

Conference Call Information

Management will host a conference call and webcast today at 8:30 am ET to discuss these results and provide an update on the Company. A live webcast of the conference call may be accessed on the "Investors" section of the Company's website, Please go to the site at least 15 minutes prior to the call in order to register, download, and install any necessary software. An archived version of the webcast will be posted on the Momenta website approximately two hours after the call.

To access the call you may also dial (877) 224-9084 (domestic) or (720) 545-0022 (international) prior to the scheduled conference call time and provide the access code 3067995.

About Momenta

Momenta Pharmaceuticals is a biotechnology company with a validated innovative scientific platform focused on discovering and developing novel therapeutics to treat rare, immune-mediated diseases and advancing its late stage biosimilar portfolio. The company is headquartered in Cambridge, MA.

To receive additional information about Momenta, please visit the website at, which does not form a part of this press release.

The Company's logo, trademarks, and service marks are the property of Momenta Pharmaceuticals, Inc. All other trade names, trademarks, or service marks are property of their respective owners.

Forward Looking Statements

Statements in this press release regarding management's future expectations, beliefs, intentions, goals, strategies, plans or prospects, are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including but not limited to statements about the timing of our regulatory filings for clinical development and marketing approval; the timing of regulatory approval and launch of our product candidates; development timelines; the Company's ability to meet its development and strategic goals; market potential and revenue of our products and product candidates, design, timing and goals of clinical trials and the availability, timing and announcement of data and results; the use, efficacy, safety, potency, tolerability, convenience and commercial potential of our product candidates, including their potential as best-in-class agents; expectations regarding accounting treatment for and recognition of consideration and revenue under the Company's collaborations; reconciling information; non-GAAP operating expense guidance; and anticipated collaborative reimbursement revenue. Forward-looking statements may be identified by words and phrases such as "advance," "anticipate," ‘being developed," "believe," "continue," "expect," "guidance," "look forward to," "may," "plan," "possible," "potential," "progress," "propose," "remains," "target," "will," "working toward" and other similar words or expressions, or the negative of these words or similar words or expressions. Such forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors, including those referred to under the section "Risk Factors" in the Company's Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended June 30, 2019, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, as well as other documents that may be filed by the Company from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission. As a result of such risks, uncertainties and factors, the Company's actual results may differ materially from any future results, performance or achievements discussed in or implied by the forward-looking statements contained herein. The Company is providing the information in this press release as of this date and assumes no obligations to update the information included in this press release or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

Patty Eisenhaur Karen Sharma
Momenta Pharmaceuticals MacDougall Biomedical Communications
1-617-395-5189 1-781-235-3060


Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

(in thousands)

  September 30,
  December 31,
Cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities $ 325,862     $ 449,411  
Collaboration receivable 5,670     11,371  
Restricted cash 1,849     37,898  
Other assets 64,387     32,883  
Total assets $ 397,768     $ 531,563  
Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity      
Current liabilities $ 40,581     $ 51,511  
Deferred revenue, net of current portion 1,183     1,774  
Other long-term liabilities 80,080     17,270  
Stockholder's equity 275,924     461,008  
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $ 397,768     $ 531,563  


Unaudited Condensed Statements of Operations and Comprehensive Loss

(in thousands, except per share amounts)


  Three Months Ended
September 30,
  Nine Months Ended
September 30,
  2019   2018   2019   2018
Collaboration revenues:              
Product revenue $ 5,551     $ 13,621     $ 11,236     $ 28,921  
Research and development revenue 840     1,263     4,450     3,846  
Total collaboration revenue 6,391     14,884     15,686     32,767  
Operating expenses:              
Research and development 46,105     30,727     106,208     95,309  
General and administrative 20,081     20,437     90,896     63,580  
Other operating expense         42,936     30,000  
Restructuring 19     15,535     177     15,535  
Gain on lease modification (13,720 )       (13,720 )    
Total operating expenses 52,485
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