On Track to Resubmit NDA for lutetium Lu 177 dotatate (Lutathera®) to FDA in Mid-2017

NETSPOT® Unit Sales per Month Jump 140% During First Quarter

First Quarter 2017 Highlights:

  • Advanced preparations for resubmission of lutetium Lu 177 dotatate (Lutathera®) New Drug Application to FDA
  • Results of Phase 3 NETTER-1 study of investigational drug lutetium Lu 177 dotatate (Lutathera®) published in The New England Journal of Medicine
  • Enhanced supply chain for lutetium 177-labeled products through a ten-year exclusive supply agreement with the University of Missouri Research Reactor (MURR®)
  • More than 80 patients and 15 centers in the US and over 1,600 patients and 60 centers in Europe were participating in the lutetium Lu 177 dotatate (Lutathera®) Expanded Access and compassionate use and named patient programs at March 31, 2017
  • NETSPOT® included in the National Comprehensive Cancer Network® (NCCN®) Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology for NETs
  • Sales for the first quarter of 2017 increased 21% compared to the first quarter of 2016
  • NETSPOT® unit sales per month increased 140% (from 232 to 559) between December 2016 and March 2017

SAINT-GENIS-POUILLY, France, May 31, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Advanced Accelerator Applications S.A. (NASDAQ:AAAP) (AAA or the Company), an international specialist in Molecular Nuclear Medicine (MNM), today announced its financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2017.

Stefano Buono, Chief Executive Officer of AAA, commented, “2017 is off to a strong start. Sales of NETSPOT® in the US continue to grow rapidly, as we expand our national network of partner radiopharmacies. More than 100 institutions across the US are already using NETSPOT®, and we are currently delivering doses at a run rate of approximately 800 per month. We are proud of NETSPOT®’s positive impact on the neuroendocrine tumor (NET) community, which was recently recognized by the National Organization for Rare Disorders.”

“As we look forward to the rest of the year, we are focused on executing a successful launch for SomaKit TOC in Europe, preparing for potential approvals of lutetium Lu 177 dotatate (Lutathera®) in Europe and the US, and advancing development of our theragnostic pipeline, including PSMA-R2 and NeoBOMB1. We remain on track for our mid-year resubmission of the New Drug Application for lutetium Lu 177 dotatate (Lutathera®) to the US Food and Drug Administration, and believe the European Medicines Agency will complete its review of the marketing authorization in the third quarter. As this process moves forward, we continue to provide access to treatment with lutetium Lu 177 dotatate to qualifying NET patients in the US and Europe through our ongoing Expanded Access and compassionate use programs. To date, more than 100 patients in 17 centers in the US and over 1,640 patients in 60 centers in Europe have already received treatment under these initiatives.”

First Quarter 2017 Financial Results

Total sales for the first quarter of 2017 were €32.6 million (US$34.9 million(1)), a 21% year-on-year increase compared to €26.9 million (US$28.8 million(1)) in the first quarter of 2016. The increase in sales was primarily driven by the PET product category, which increased 41% to €22.4 million (US$24.0 million(1)), compared to €15.9 million (US$17.0 million(1)) in the prior year’s period. US sales of NETSPOT® for the first quarter of 2017 were €3.7 million (US$4.0 million1); there were no sales of  NETSPOT® in the first quarter of 2016, as the drug was not yet approved. Therapeutic sales for the first quarter were €5.3 million (US$5.7 million(1)), compared to €5.6 million (US$6.0 million(1)). SPECT sales for the first quarter were €2.3 million (US$2.5 million(1)), compared to €2.2 million (US$2.4 million(1)) for the first quarter of 2016. First quarter sales of other products were €2.6 million (US$2.8 million(1)), compared to €3.2 million (US$3.4 million(1)) for the same period in 2016.

Operating loss for the first quarter was €6.5 million (US$7.0 million(1)), compared to a loss of €1.1 million (US$1.2 million(1)) for the prior year’s period. The Company experienced higher research and development and operating costs during the first quarter of 2017, primarily related to the launch of new products and associated increases in compliance requirements, as well as growth in headcount.

Net loss for the quarter was €11.3 million (US$12.1 million(1)), compared to a net loss of €3.0 million (US$3.2 million(1)) for the first quarter of 2016.

Adjusted EBITDA (see corresponding reconciliation exhibit below) for the quarter was a loss of €2.9 million (US$3.1 million(1)) compared to a profit of €2.1 million (US$2.2 million(1)) for the same period in 2016.

Cash and cash equivalents at March 31, 2017 were €212.8 million (US$227.7 million(1)).

(1) Translated solely for convenience into US$ at the noon buying rate of €1.00=$1.0698 at March 31, 2017.

Recent Operational Updates

At the end of March, the Company announced a 10-year exclusive supply agreement for lutetium 177 with the University of Missouri Research Reactor (MURR®). Through this agreement, MURR® will supply AAA with GMP-quality lutetium 177 Chloride, the precursor for production of investigational product lutetium Lu 177 dotatate (Lutathera®) and other Lu 177-based therapeutics in development.

In May, the Company received a 2017 Industry Innovation Award from the National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD®) for NETSPOT®, at the NORD Rare Impact Awards. NORD is a patient advocacy organization dedicated to the 30 million Americans with more than 7,000 known rare diseases, and many more people and organizations working tirelessly to help. Each year, NORD’s Rare Impact Awards program recognizes individuals and organizations that have made a positive impact on patients’ lives.

In May, the Company entered into a non-exclusive manufacturing agreement and an exclusive distribution agreement with Blue Earth Diagnostics Ltd., a molecular imaging diagnostics company, for the supply of a Blue Earth Diagnostics PET imaging product in France, Germany, Spain, Italy, and Portugal.

About lutetium Lu 177 dotatate (Lutathera®)

Lutetium Lu 177 dotatate (Lutathera®) is an investigational, Lu-177-labeled somatostatin analog peptide currently in development for the treatment of gastroenteropancreatic neuroendocrine tumors (GEP-NETs), including foregut, midgut, and hindgut neuroendocrine tumors in adults. Lutetium Lu 177 dotatate (Lutathera®) belongs to an emerging form of treatments called Peptide Receptor Radionuclide Therapy (PRRT), which involves targeting neuroendocrine tumors with radiolabeled somatostatin analog peptides. This novel, investigational compound has received orphan drug designation from the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Currently, lutetium Lu 177 dotatate (Lutathera®) is administered on a compassionate use and named patient basis for the treatment of NETs and other tumors over-expressing somatostatin receptors in ten European countries and in the US under an Expanded Access Program (EAP) for midgut NETs. New Drug Application and Marketing Authorization Application submissions to the FDA and EMA for lutetium Lu 177 dotatate (Lutathera®) are currently under review.  

About Advanced Accelerator Applications S.A.

Advanced Accelerator Applications is an innovative radiopharmaceutical company that develops, produces and commercializes Molecular Nuclear Medicine products. AAA’s lead investigational therapeutic candidate, lutetium Lu 177 dotatate (Lutathera®), is a novel MNM compound in development for the treatment of Neuroendocrine Tumors, a significant unmet medical need. Founded in 2002, AAA has its headquarters in Saint-Genis-Pouilly, France. AAA currently has 21 production and R&D facilities able to manufacture both diagnostics and therapeutic MNM products, and more than 500 employees in 13 countries (France, Italy, the UK, Germany, Switzerland, Spain, Poland, Portugal, The Netherlands, Belgium, Israel, the US and Canada). AAA reported sales of €109.3 million in 2016 (+23% vs. 2015). AAA is listed on the Nasdaq Global Select Market under the ticker “AAAP”. For more information, please visit: www.adacap.com.

About Molecular Nuclear Medicine (“MNM”)

Molecular Nuclear Medicine is a medical specialty using trace amounts of active substances, called radiopharmaceuticals, to create images of organs and lesions, and to treat various diseases, like cancer. The technique works by injecting targeted radiopharmaceuticals into the patient’s body that accumulate in the organs or lesions and reveal specific biochemical processes. MNM can be divided in two branches: Molecular Nuclear Diagnostics and Molecular Nuclear Therapy. Molecular nuclear diagnostics employs a variety of imaging devices and radiopharmaceuticals. PET (Positron Emission Tomography) and SPECT (Single Photon Emission Computed Tomography) are highly sensitive imaging technologies that enable physicians to diagnose different types of cancer, cardiovascular diseases, neurological disorders and other diseases in their early stages. Molecular nuclear therapy uses radioactive sources (radionuclides) to treat a range of tumor types. Using short-range particles, this therapy can target tumors with little effect on normal tissues.

Reconciliation of adjusted EBITDA to net loss for the period from continuing operations for the three months ended March 31, 2017 and 2016

      
  Three months Three months 
  March 31,
2017
 March 31,
2017
March 31,
2016
 
  in USD
thousands(1)
 In € thousands 
       
Net loss for the period from continuing operations    (12,065)   (11,278)  (2,976) 
       
Adjustments      
Finance income          
(including changes in fair value of contingent consideration)   (451)   (422)  (1,303) 
Finance costs         
(including changes in fair value of contingent consideration)   4,978    4,653   3,481  
Income taxes   592    553   (322) 
Depreciation and amortization   3,862    3,610   3,199  
       
Adjusted EBITDA   (3,085)   (2,884)  2,079   
Sales   34,912    32,634   26,919  
Adjusted EBITDA margin -8.84% -8.84%7.72% 
       
(1) Translated solely for convenience into dollars at the noon buying rate of  EUR 1.00=USD 1.0698 at March 31, 2017. 
  

Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements. All statements, other than statements of historical facts, contained in this press release, including statements regarding the Company's strategy, future operations, future financial position, future revenues, projected costs, prospects, plans and objectives of management, are forward-looking statements. The words "anticipate," "believe," "estimate," "expect," "intend," "may," "plan," "predict," "project," "target," "potential," "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. Forward-looking statements that appear in a number of places in this press release include the Company's current expectation regarding future events and various matters, including expected timing of filings with the FDA and EMA, approval dates, and expansion of NETSPOT®. These forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results, events or developments to be materially different from any future results, events or developments expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Such factors include, but are not limited to, changing market conditions, the successful and timely completion of clinical studies, the timing of our submission of applications for regulatory approvals, EMA, FDA and other regulatory approvals for our product candidates, the occurrence of side effects or serious adverse events caused by or associated with our products and product candidates; our ability to procure adequate quantities of necessary supplies and raw materials for lutetium Lu 177 dotatate (Lutathera®) and other chemical compounds acceptable for use in our manufacturing processes from our suppliers; our ability to organize timely and safe delivery of our products or product candidates by third parties; any problems with the manufacture, quality or performance of our products or product candidates; the rate and degree of market acceptance and the clinical utility of lutetium Lu 177 dotatate (Lutathera®) and our other products or product candidates; our estimates regarding the market opportunity for lutetium Lu 177 dotatate (Lutathera®), our other product candidates and our existing products; our anticipation that we will generate higher sales as we diversify our products; our ability to implement our growth strategy including expansion in the US; our ability to sustain and create additional sales, marketing and distribution capabilities; our intellectual property and licensing position; legislation or regulation in countries where we sell our products that affect product pricing, taxation, reimbursement, access or distribution channels; regulatory actions or litigation; and general economic, political, demographic and business conditions in Europe, the US and elsewhere. Except as required by applicable securities laws, we undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME

THREE MONTHS ENDED MARCH 31, 2017 AND 2016

    
  Three months
In € thousands March 31,
2017
March 31,
2016
    
Sales   32,634   26,919 
Raw materials and consumables used   (8,301)  (5,624)
Personnel costs   (12,334)  (9,679)
Other operating expenses   (16,066)  (10,919)
Other operating income   1,183   1,382 
Depreciation and amortization   (3,610)  (3,199)
    
Operating loss   (6,494)  (1,120)
    
Finance income
(including changes in fair value of contingent consideration)
   422   1,303 
Finance costs
(including changes in fair value of contingent consideration)
   (4,653)  (3,481)
    
Net finance loss   (4,231)  (2,178)
    
Loss before income taxes   (10,725)  (3,298)
    
Income taxes   (553)  322 
    
Loss for the year   (11,278)  (2,976)
    
Attributable to:    
Owners of the Company   (11,278)  (2,976)
    
Loss per share   
Basic (€ per share)   (0.13)  (0.04)
Diluted (€ per share)   (0.13)  (0.04)
    
Some figures in the three-month period ended March 31, 2016 were reclassified for comparison purposes, 
without impact to net results.
 


CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME

THREE MONTHS ENDED MARCH 31, 2017 AND 2016

  Three months
In € thousands March 31,
2017
March 31,
2016
Loss for the year   (11,278)  (2,976)
    
Other comprehensive income / (expense):    
    
Items that may be reclassified subsequent to profit or loss   
  Exchange differences on translating foreign operations   958   (761)
    
Items that will never be reclassified subsequent to profit or loss   
  Remeasurement of defined benefit liability   10   (37)
    
Other comprehensive income / (expense) net of tax (1)   968   (798)
Total comprehensive loss for the year   (10,310)  (3,774)
    
Total comprehensive loss attributable to:    
  Owners of the Company   (10,310)  (3,774)
    
(1) Negative tax effect of €3 thousand at March 31, 2017, and €16 thousand at March 31, 2016.                    
 


CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF FINANCIAL POSITION

AT MARCH 31, 2017 AND DECEMBER 31, 2016

     
ASSETS (in € thousands)March 31, 2017 December 31, 2016 
 Non-current assets148,043  149,695  
  Goodwill34,378 34,070 
  Other intangible assets44,259 45,027 
  Property, plant and equipment62,248 63,915 
  Financial assets2,130 2,187 
  Other non-current assets4,614 3,941 
  Deferred Tax assets414 555 
 Current assets263,899  269,048  
  Inventories8,656 8,100 
  Trade and other receivables33,531 31,079 
  Other current assets8,902 7,789 
  Cash and cash equivalents212,810 222,080 
TOTAL ASSETS  411,942    418,743  
      
EQUITY AND LIABILITIES (in € thousands)March 31, 2017 December 31, 2016 
 Equity attributable to owners of the Company293,324  299,461  
  Share capital8,818 8,795 
  Share premium361,435 360,085 
  Reserves and retained earnings(65,651)(44,125)
  Net loss for the year(11,278)(25,294)
 Total equity293,324  299,461  
 Non-current liabilities78,450  79,540  
  Non-current provisions13,812 12,725 
  Non-current financial liabilities11,804 12,302 
  Deferred tax liabilities4,224 4,649 
  Other non-current liabilities48,610 49,864 
 Current liabilities40,168  39,742  
  Current provisions1,169 1,135 
  Current financial liabilities3,618 4,017 
  Trade and other payables20,717 20,119 
  Other current liabilities14,664 14,471 
 Total liabilities118,618  119,282  
TOTAL EQUITY AND LIABILITIES  411,942    418,743  
     
Some figures in the three-month period ended March 31, 2016 were reclassified for comparison
purposes, without impact to net results.
 


CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

THREE MONTHS ENDED MARCH 31, 2017 AND 2016    

 Three months
In € thousandsMarch 31, 2017 March 31, 2016 
Cash flows from operating activities    
Net loss for the period(11,278)(2,976)
     
Adjustments:     
Depreciation, amortization and impairment of non-current assets3,610 3,199 
Share based payment expense2,800 1,306 
Loss / (Gain) on disposal of property, plant and equipment(2)72 
Financial result4,231 2,178 
Income tax expense553 (322)
 Subtotal(86 )3,457  
   
Increase in inventories(556)(584)
Increase in trade receivables(2,452)(3,300)
Increase in trade  payables745 1,572 
Change in other receivables and payables(3,220)(3,524)
Increase in provisions1,060 81 
Change in working capital (4,423 )(5,755 )
   
Income tax paid(475)(425)
Net cash used in operating activities(4,984 )(2,723 )
   
Cash flows from investing activities  
Acquisition of property, plant and equipment(1,111)(3,623)
Acquisition of intangible assets(423)(577)
Acquisition of financial assets(7)(221)
Repayment of financial assets41 760 
Interest received469 130 
Proceeds from disposal of property, plant and equipment15   -  
Proceeds from government grants334   -  
Acquisition of subsidiaries, net of cash acquired  -  (19,959)
Net cash used in investing activities(682 )(23,490 )
   
Cash flows from financing activities  
Payment of deferred and contingent liabilities to former owners of acquired subsidiaries(1,750)(194)
Exercise of warrants1,373   -  
Proceeds from borrowings329   -  
Repayment of borrowings(1,273)(1,283)
Interests paid(109)(95)
Net cash used in financing activities(1,430 )(1,572 )
   
Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents(7,096 )(27,785 )
   
Cash and cash equivalents at the beginning of the year222,080 118,886 
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents(2,219)(2,647)
Cash and cash equivalents at the end of the period (1)212,765  88,454  
   
(1) The amount of cash and cash equivalents at March 31, 2017, is lower by €45 thousand than the 
 amount in the consolidated statement of financial position, due to the offset of bank overdrafts.
 
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