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Vanda Pharmaceuticals Reports Third Quarter 2019 Financial Results


WASHINGTON, Nov. 6, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Vanda Pharmaceuticals Inc. (Vanda) (Nasdaq: VNDA) today announced financial and operational results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2019.

"These results affirm Vanda's corporate strategy, and continue to demonstrate our ability to grow our commercial assets and expand our pipeline of products," said Mihael H. Polymeropoulos, M.D., Vanda's President and CEO. "I am proud of the progress we have made in our research and development programs, with several new filings expected to be submitted within the next two years. Furthermore, Vanda has put in place a proactive regulatory strategy to better support our patients and products."

Key Financial Highlights: 

  • Total net product sales from HETLIOZ® and Fanapt® were $59.5 million in the third quarter of 2019, a 21% increase compared to $49.1 million in the third quarter of 2018.
  • HETLIOZ® net product sales were $37.6 million in the third quarter of 2019, a 26% increase compared to $29.9 million in the third quarter of 2018.
  • Fanapt® net product sales were $21.9 million in the third quarter of 2019, a 14% increase compared to $19.2 million in the third quarter of 2018.
  • Cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities (Cash) were $299.6 million as of September 30, 2019, representing an increase to Cash of $59.0 million compared to September 30, 2018.

Key Research and Development Highlights:


  • Enrollment in EPIONE, the Phase III clinical study of tradipitant in atopic dermatitis, is complete. Results from EPIONE are expected in the first quarter of 2020.
  • In October 2019, EPIONE II, a second Phase III clinical study of tradipitant in atopic dermatitis, began enrolling patients.
  • Enrollment in the Phase III study of tradipitant in gastroparesis is ongoing as Vanda continues to engage with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on tradipitant's regulatory path.
  • Vanda plans to initiate the Phase III program of tradipitant in motion sickness in the fourth quarter of 2019. Vanda expects to file a New Drug Application with the FDA for tradipitant for the treatment of motion sickness in 2020.

HETLIOZ® (tasimelteon)

  • Vanda received a complete response letter (CRL) on August 16, 2019 from the FDA related to the supplemental New Drug Application (sNDA) of HETLIOZ® for the treatment of Jet Lag Disorder (JLD). Vanda met with the FDA to discuss the CRL in a Post Action meeting and is determining its next steps.
  • Vanda plans to meet with the FDA in the fourth quarter of 2019 to discuss the HETLIOZ® Smith-Magenis Syndrome clinical study results and expects to submit an sNDA by year-end 2019.
  • An observational study of delayed sleep phase disorder (DSPD) is ongoing. Vanda plans to initiate a Phase III clinical study of HETLIOZ® in DSPD patients by year-end 2019.

Fanapt® (iloperidone)

  • A pharmacokinetic study for the once-a-month long acting injectable (LAI) formulation of Fanapt® is ongoing.
  • A study of Fanapt® in bipolar disorder is planned to begin by year-end 2019.

VTR-297 (histone deactetylase (HDAC) inhibitor)

  • Enrollment in the Phase I clinical study (1101) of VTR-297 in hematologic malignancies is ongoing.

Corporate Highlights:

  • Vanda announced the appointment of Anne Sempowski Ward to its Board of Directors, effective October 28, 2019, increasing the total number of members on the Board to six.
  • Vanda announced the hiring of Scott L. Howell as its Chief People Officer, Aranthan "AJ" Jones II as its Chief Corporate Affairs and Communications Officer and Joakim "Kim" Wijkstrom as its Chief Marketing Officer, further bolstering the executive leadership team.

GAAP Financial Results

Net income was $100.4 million for the third quarter of 2019, or $1.88 per share, compared to net income of $7.2 million, or $0.14 per share, for the third quarter of 2018. 

The income tax benefit of $88.1 million reflected in the financial results for the third quarter of 2019 includes the favorable impact of the release of Vanda's deferred tax asset valuation allowance.

Income before income taxes was $12.3 million in the third quarter of 2019, a 69% increase compared to $7.3 million in the third quarter of 2018.

2019 Financial Guidance

Vanda reiterates its 2019 net product sales guidance and expects results in the upper half of the range. In addition, Vanda provides an update to Year-end 2019 Cash and expects to achieve the following financial objectives in 2019:

Full Year 2019

Financial Objectives


Full Year 2019


Combined net product sales from both
HETLIOZ® and Fanapt®


$215 to $225 million1

HETLIOZ® net product sales


$137 to $143 million1

Fanapt® net product sales


$78 to $82 million1

Year-end 2019 Cash


Greater than $295 million

as compared to prior guidance of

Greater than $275 million


1)  Results expected in the upper half of the range

Conference Call

Vanda has scheduled a conference call for today, Wednesday, November 6, 2019, at 4:30 PM ET. During the call, Vanda's management will discuss the third quarter 2019 financial results and other corporate activities. Investors can call 1-866-688-9426 (domestic) or 1-409-216-0816 (international) and use passcode 5377942. A replay of the call will be available on Wednesday, November 6, 2019, beginning at 7:30 PM ET and will be accessible until Wednesday, November 13, 2019, at 7:30 PM ET. The replay call-in number is 1-855-859-2056 for domestic callers and 1-404-537-3406 for international callers. The passcode number is 5377942.

The conference call will be broadcast simultaneously on Vanda's website, Investors should click on the Investors tab and are advised to go to the website at least 15 minutes early to register, download, and install any necessary software or presentations. The call will also be archived on Vanda's website for a period of 30 days.

About Vanda Pharmaceuticals Inc.

Vanda is a leading global biopharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of innovative therapies to address high unmet medical needs and improve the lives of patients. For more on Vanda Pharmaceuticals Inc., please visit


Various statements in this release, including, but not limited to, the guidance provided under "2019 Financial Guidance" above, are "forward-looking statements" under the securities laws. Forward-looking statements are based upon current expectations that involve risks, changes in circumstances, assumptions and uncertainties. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those reflected in Vanda's forward-looking statements include, among others, Vanda's assumptions regarding its ability to continue to grow its business in the U.S., Vanda's ability to complete the clinical development and obtain regulatory approval of tradipitant for the treatment of motion sickness, gastroparesis and/or chronic pruritus in atopic dermatitis, the outcome of the lawsuit initiated by Vanda against the FDA relating to tradipitant, Vanda's discussion and potential resolution of the deficiencies that the FDA believes are contained in the sNDA for HETLIOZ® for the treatment of Jet Lag Disorder and Vanda's ability to obtain marketing approval for the use of HETLIOZ® in the treatment of Jet Lag Disorder following any such resolution, Vanda's ability to complete the clinical development, submit an sNDA and obtain regulatory approval of tasimelteon for the treatment of sleep disorders in patients with Smith-Magenis Syndrome and other factors that are described in the "Risk Factors" and "Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations" sections of Vanda's annual report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2018 and quarterly report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended June 30, 2019, which are on file with the SEC and available on the SEC's website at Additional factors may be described in those sections of Vanda's quarterly report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2019, to be filed with the SEC in the fourth quarter of 2019. In addition to the risks described above and in Vanda's annual report on Form 10-K and quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, other unknown or unpredictable factors also could affect Vanda's results. There can be no assurance that the actual results or developments anticipated by Vanda will be realized or, even if substantially realized, that they will have the expected consequences to, or effects on, Vanda. Therefore, no assurance can be given that the outcomes stated in such forward-looking statements and estimates will be achieved.

All written and verbal forward-looking statements attributable to Vanda or any person acting on its behalf are expressly qualified in their entirety by the cautionary statements contained or referred to herein. Vanda cautions investors not to rely too heavily on the forward-looking statements Vanda makes or that are made on its behalf. The information in this release is provided only as of the date of this release, and Vanda undertakes no obligation, and specifically declines any obligation, to update or revise publicly any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.



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