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February 17, 2022 at 4:01 PM EST

Coherus BioSciences Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2021 Results

– YUSIMRY (adalimumab-aqvh), Coherus’ second product, approved by FDA on December 17, 2021
– BLAs under FDA review for PD-1 inhibitor toripalimab and CIMERLI (ranibizumab-ranq) –
– New FDA filings expected in 2022 for UDENYCA® on-body injector and additional toripalimab indications –
– UDENYCA® delivered net sales of $73 million in 4Q 2021; $327 million in FY 2021 –
– Conference call and webcast today at 5:00 p.m. ET

REDWOOD CITY, Calif., Feb. 17, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Coherus BioSciences, Inc. (“Coherus” or the “Company”, Nasdaq: CHRS), today reported financial results for the quarter and full year ended December 31, 2021 and highlighted recent achievement of important milestones toward the Company’s key strategic initiatives:

RECENT EXECUTION ON KEY STRATEGIC INITIATIVES
Building an innovative immuno-oncology company:

  • U.S. Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) granted toripalimab BLA priority review for nasopharyngeal carcinoma (“NPC”) and assigned a target action date of April 30, 2022.
  • Toripalimab in combination with chemotherapy demonstrated a statistically significant overall survival benefit in prespecified interim analysis of Phase 3 clinical trial in patients with non-small cell lung cancer.
  • Initiated process to exercise option to license JS006, a TIGIT targeted antibody being evaluated in combination with toripalimab in an ongoing Phase 1/2 clinical trial.
  • Advancing internal immuno-oncology antibody into IND enabling studies.

Diversifying and growing the commercial product portfolio:

  • FDA approved YUSIMRY™ (adalimumab-aqvh), a Humira® biosimilar, on December 17, 2021.
  • FDA accepted for review the BLA for CIMERLI™ (ranibizumab-ranq), a Lucentis® biosimilar, and assigned a target action date in August 2022.
  • UDENYCA® (pegfilgrastim-cbqv) on-body injector (“OBI”) achieved both pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic bioequivalence in randomized clinical trial, enabling prior approval supplement filing with FDA in 2022; if approved, a UDENYCA OBI would compete directly with Neulasta® Onpro® which retains approximately 50% share of the overall pegfilgrastim market.

“We have made rapid progress transforming Coherus into an innovative immuno-oncology company supported by income from a diversified portfolio of FDA-approved products. In 2022, we expect to launch two new products, if approved, including our first immuno-oncology antibody, toripalimab, addressing an unmet need in nasopharyngeal carcinoma, as well as CIMERLI. We also plan to initiate a clinical trial in North America evaluating toripalimab in combination with JS006, a TIGIT-targeted antibody,” said Denny Lanfear, CEO of Coherus. “Looking ahead to 2023, we project accelerating revenue growth with the planned launch of FDA-approved YUSIMRY into the $17 billion Humira® market and the introduction of the UDENYCA on-body injector, if approved, a new presentation that would enable us to address the remaining $1.2 billion Neulasta® Onpro® segment of the pegfilgrastim market where there is currently no biosimilar competition.”

Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2021 Financial Results

Net revenue, consisting of net sales of UDENYCA, was $73.4 million for the fourth quarter of 2021 compared to $110.4 million for the same period in 2020. Net revenue for 2021 was $326.6 million compared to $475.8 million for 2020. The declines for the fourth quarter and full year 2021 were primarily due to a decrease in the number of units of UDENYCA sold as well as a decline in net realized price due to increased competition and COVID-19 impacts.

Cost of goods sold (“COGS”) was $12.1 million and $11.7 million during the three months ended December 31, 2021 and 2020, respectively, and $57.6 million and $37.7 million for the full years 2021 and 2020, respectively. Through the first quarter of 2021, Coherus sold inventory that was manufactured and expensed prior to the approval of UDENYCA in late 2018. This inventory was depleted in the first quarter of 2021, and since then COGS fully reflects per unit acquisition cost of UDENYCA. UDENYCA COGS also includes a mid single digit royalty on net sales payable through the first half of 2024.

Research and development (“R&D”) expenses for the fourth quarter of 2021 were $50.8 million, compared to $44.6 million for the same period in 2020. The increase was mainly due to higher regulatory and development costs in support of the advancement of multiple pipeline product candidates. R&D expense for 2021 was $363.1 million compared to $142.8 million for 2020. The increase of $220.3 million was primarily due to the $136.0 million upfront license fee paid to Junshi Biosciences and also due to costs incurred in the development of YUSIMRY, toripalimab and additional presentations of UDENYCA.

Selling, general and administrative (“SG&A”) expenses were $50.1 million for the fourth quarter of 2021, compared to $37.7 million for the same period in 2020. The increase was driven primarily by increased commercialization expense to support UDENYCA sales. For the full year 2021, SG&A expenses were $169.7 million, compared to $139.1 million for the prior year. The year-over-year increase is primarily due to costs incurred in support of UDENYCA commercial activities, as well as an increase in stock-based compensation expense.

Cash and cash equivalents were $417.2 million as of December 31, 2021, compared to $541.2 million as of December 31, 2020. During 2021, Coherus used $37.4 million in operating activities and $138.4 million in investing activities, including $136.0 million in an upfront payment to Junshi Biosciences. The Company received net cash proceeds of $51.9 million from financing activities related to the issuance of common stock to Junshi Biosciences, as well as proceeds from the exercise of stock options and from purchases under the employee stock purchase plan.

Net loss for the fourth quarter of 2021 was $45.7 million, or $(0.60) per share on a diluted basis, compared to net income of $9.7 million, or $0.12 per share on a diluted basis for the same period in 2020. Net loss for 2021 was $287.1 million, or $(3.81) per share on a diluted basis, compared to net income of $132.2 million, or $1.62 per share on a diluted basis for 2020.

Non-GAAP net loss for the fourth quarter of 2021 was $35.1 million, or $(0.46) per share on a diluted basis, compared to non-GAAP income of $18.6 million, or $0.23 per share on a diluted basis for the same period in 2020. Non-GAAP net loss for 2021 was $88.5 million, or $(1.17) per share on a diluted basis, compared to non-GAAP income of $176.7 million, or $2.16 per share on a diluted basis for 2020. See “Non-GAAP Financial Measures” below for a discussion on how Coherus calculates non-GAAP net income (loss) and a reconciliation to the most directly comparable GAAP measures.

2022 Guidance

Coherus projects combined R&D and SG&A expenses in 2022 to be in the range of $415 million to $450 million, excluding a potential $25 million milestone payable upon FDA approval of the toripalimab BLA for nasopharyngeal carcinoma and the $35 million fee to exercise the option for the license to JS006, which is expected to close in the first quarter of 2022. The projected increase compared to 2021 is driven primarily by costs the Company expects to incur with the anticipated launches of two new products, toripalimab and CIMERLI, as well as manufacturing and development costs for additional presentations of UDENYCA and for FDA-approved YUSIMRY, which Coherus is planning to launch in 2023.

This financial guidance excludes the effects of any potential future strategic acquisitions, collaborations or investments, the exercise of rights or options related to collaboration programs, and any other transactions or items not yet identified or quantified. This guidance is subject to a number of risks and uncertainties. See Forward-Looking Statements described in the section below.

Conference Call Information
When: Thursday, Feb. 17, 2022, starting at 5 p.m. ET
Dial-in: (844) 452-6826 (Toll-Free U.S. and Canada) or (765) 507-2587 (International)
Conference ID: 3677018

Webcast: https://investors.coherus.com/upcoming-events
Please dial-in 15 minutes early to ensure a timely connection to the call.
Fourth quarter and full year 2021 financial results are posted on the Coherus website at https://investors.coherus.com/.

About Coherus BioSciences

Coherus is a commercial stage biopharmaceutical company building an innovative immuno-oncology franchise funded with cash generated by its diversified portfolio of FDA-approved therapeutics. In 2021, Coherus in-licensed toripalimab, an anti-PD-1 antibody, in the United States and Canada. A biologics license application for toripalimab for the treatment of metastatic or recurrent nasopharyngeal carcinoma is currently under priority review by the FDA, with a target action date of April 2022. Toripalimab is also being evaluated in pivotal clinical trials for the treatment of cancers of the lung, breast, liver, skin, kidney, stomach, esophagus, and bladder.

Coherus markets UDENYCA® (pegfilgrastim-cbqv), a biosimilar of Neulasta® in the United States, and expects to launch the FDA-approved Humira® biosimilar YUSIMRY™ (adalimumab-aqvh) in the United States in 2023. The FDA is currently reviewing the biologics license application for CIMERLI™ (ranibizumab-ranq), a Lucentis® biosimilar, with a target action date of August 2022. Coherus is also developing CHS-305, a biosimilar of Avastin® (bevacizumab).

Forward-Looking Statements

Except for the historical information contained herein, the matters set forth in this press release are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the "safe harbor" provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including, but not limited to, statements regarding Coherus’ ability to build an innovative immuno-oncology franchise; Coherus’ ability to generate cash; Coherus’ investment plans; Coherus’ expectations for the launch date of YUSIMRY™ (adalimumab-aqvh); projections for combined R&D and SG&A expenses in 2022; expectations for launches of new products and payments of milestone expenses; expectations of future accelerating revenue growth; estimations about the size of the HUMIRA® market; and expectations of the UDENYCA on-body injector to gain approval and address a large market segment. Such forward-looking statements involve substantial risks and uncertainties that could cause Coherus’ actual results, performance or achievements to differ significantly from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements. Such risks and uncertainties include, among others, the risks and uncertainties inherent in the clinical drug development process; risks relating to the COVID-19 pandemic; risks related to our existing and potential collaboration partners; risks of the drug development position of Coherus’ competitors; the risks and uncertainties of the regulatory approval process, including the speed of regulatory review and the timing of Coherus’ regulatory filings; the risk of FDA review issues, including accepting trial data from outside of the United States; the risk of Coherus’ execution of its change in strategy from a focus on biosimilars to a strategy using cash from biosimilars to fund an immuno-oncology franchise; the risk that Coherus is unable to complete commercial transactions and other matters that could affect the availability or commercial potential of Coherus’ drug candidates; and the risks and uncertainties of possible litigation. All forward-looking statements contained in this press release speak only as of the date of this press release. Coherus undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements. For a further description of the significant risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ from those expressed in these forward-looking statements, as well as risks relating to Coherus’ business in general, see Coherus’ Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2020, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on February 25, 2021, its subsequent Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, including the sections therein captioned “Risk Factors” and in other documents it files with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

UDENYCA®, YUSIMRY™ and CIMERLI™, whether or not appearing in large print or with the trademark symbol, are trademarks of Coherus, its affiliates, related companies or its licensors or joint venture partners, unless otherwise noted. Trademarks and trade names of other companies appearing in this Press Release are, to the knowledge of Coherus, the property of their respective owners.

Neulasta® and Onpro® are registered trademarks of Amgen Inc.
Avastin® and Lucentis® are registered trademarks of Genentech, Inc.
Humira® is a registered trademark of AbbVie Inc.

Coherus BioSciences, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations
(in thousands, except share and per share data)
(unaudited)

                         
    Three Months Ended   Year Ended
    December 31   December 31
       2021        2020        2021        2020  
                             
Net revenue   $ 73,371     $ 110,419     $ 326,551     $ 475,824  
Costs and expenses:                        
Cost of goods sold     12,104       11,673       57,591       37,667  
Research and development     50,762       44,628       363,105       142,759  
Selling, general and administrative     50,052       37,693       169,713       139,079  
Total costs and expenses     112,918       93,994       590,409       319,505  
(Loss) income from operations     (39,547 )     16,425       (263,858 )     156,319  
Interest expense     (5,793 )     (5,671 )     (22,959 )     (21,166 )
Other (expense) income, net     (385 )     6       (283 )     554  
Net (loss) income before income taxes     (45,725 )     10,760       (287,100 )     135,707  
Income tax provision           1,052             3,463  
Net (loss) income   $ (45,725 )   $ 9,708     $ (287,100 )   $ 132,244  
                             
Net (loss) income per share:                            
Basic   $ (0.60 )   $ 0.13     $ (3.81 )   $ 1.85  
Diluted   $ (0.60 )   $ 0.12     $ (3.81 )   $ 1.62  
                         
Weighted-average number of shares used in computing net (loss) income per share:                          
Basic     76,828,940       72,223,970       75,449,632       71,411,705  
Diluted     76,828,940       87,713,218       75,449,632       83,491,898  

Coherus BioSciences, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(in thousands)
(unaudited)

             
    December 31   December 31
       2021      2020
Assets              
Cash and cash equivalents   $ 417,195   $ 541,158
Trade receivables, net     123,022     157,046
Inventory     93,252     92,189
Other assets     45,865     51,256
Total assets   $ 679,334   $ 841,649
Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity            
Accrued rebates, fees and reserve   $ 79,027   $ 81,529
2022 Convertible Notes     81,359     79,885
2022 Convertible Notes - related parties     27,120     26,628
2026 Convertible Notes     224,288     223,029
2025 Term Loan     75,513     74,481
Other liabilities     94,301     75,123
Total stockholders' equity     97,726     280,974
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity   $ 679,334   $ 841,649

Coherus BioSciences, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
(in thousands)
(unaudited)

                         
    Three Months Ended   Year Ended
    December 31   December 31
       2021        2020        2021        2020  
                             
Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash at beginning of the period   $ 360,980     $ 292,905     $ 541,598     $ 177,908  
                         
Net cash (used in) provided by operating activities     (52,322 )     33,124       (37,432 )     154,145  
                         
Purchases of investments in marketable securities     (10,706 )           (182,485 )     (273,845 )
Proceeds from maturities of investments in marketable securities     36,992       211,000       99,692       274,000  
Proceeds from sale of investments in marketable securities     81,672             81,672        
Upfront and milestone based license fee payments *                 (136,000 )     (7,500 )
Cash used in other investing activities     (468 )     (944 )     (1,289 )     (7,056 )
Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities     107,490       210,056       (138,410 )     (14,401 )
                         
Proceeds related to issuance of 2026 Convertible Notes, net of issuance costs                       222,156  
Purchase of capped call options related to 2026 Convertible Notes                       (18,170 )
Proceeds from issuance of common stock to Junshi Biosciences, net of issuance costs                 40,903        
Proceeds from issuance of common stock upon exercise of stock options     673       4,414       10,399       17,428  
Proceeds from purchase under the employee stock purchase plan     1,017       1,244       3,002       3,801  
Cash used in other financing activities     (203 )     (145 )     (2,425 )     (1,269 )
Net cash provided by financing activities     1,487       5,513       51,879       223,946  
                         
Net increase (decrease) in cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash     56,655       248,693       (123,963 )     363,690  
                         
Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash at end of the period   $ 417,635     $ 541,598     $ 417,635     $ 541,598  
                         
Reconciliation of cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash                        
Cash and cash equivalents   $ 417,195     $ 541,158     $ 417,195     $ 541,158  
Restricted cash balance     440       440       440       440  
Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash   $ 417,635     $ 541,598     $ 417,635     $ 541,598  

* 2021 payments include license fees of $145.0 million pursuant to the collaboration agreement with Junshi Biosciences paid in the first quarter which was partially offset by a $9.0 million credit related to the fair value of the discount for lack of marketability on the common shares purchased under the stock purchase agreement with Junshi Biosciences in the second quarter.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

To supplement the financial results presented in accordance with GAAP, Coherus has also included in this press release non-GAAP net income, and the related per share measures, which exclude from net income, and the related per share measures, stock-based compensation expense, upfront payments under its license agreements, milestone payments under its license agreements for periods prior to Q4 2021 only, the related income tax effect of those non-GAAP adjustments and costs related to the termination of the CHS-2020 development program that Coherus announced in February 2021. Starting in Q4 2021, Coherus no longer excludes milestone payments from its non-GAAP financial information. Comparative prior year amounts were not material and were not reclassified. These non-GAAP financial measures are not prepared in accordance with GAAP, do not serve as an alternative to GAAP and may be calculated differently than similar non-GAAP financial information disclosed by other companies. Coherus encourages investors to carefully consider its results under GAAP, as well as its supplemental non-GAAP financial information and the reconciliation between these presentations set forth below, to more fully understand Coherus’ business.

Coherus believes that the presentation of these non-GAAP financial measures provides useful supplementary information to, and facilitates additional analysis by, investors. In particular, Coherus believes that these non-GAAP financial measures, when considered together with its financial information prepared in accordance with GAAP, can enhance investors’ and analysts’ ability to meaningfully compare Coherus’ results from period to period, and to identify operating trends in Coherus’ business. Coherus also regularly uses these non-GAAP financial measures internally to understand, manage and evaluate its business and to make operating decisions.

Coherus BioSciences, Inc.
Reconciliation of GAAP Net (Loss) Income to Non-GAAP Net (Loss) Income
(in thousands, except share and per share data)
(unaudited)

                         
    Three Months Ended   Year Ended
    December 31   December 31
       2021        2020        2021        2020  
                             
GAAP net (loss) income   $ (45,725 )   $ 9,708     $ (287,100 )   $ 132,244  
Adjustments:                        
Stock based compensation expense     10,946       9,873       51,364       38,160  
Upfront and milestone based license fee payments *                 136,000       7,500  
Income tax effect of the above adjustments           (965 )           (1,165 )
Costs related to termination of CHS-2020 development program     (292 )           11,211        
Non-GAAP net (loss) income   $ (35,071 )   $ 18,616     $ (88,525 )   $ 176,739  
                         
GAAP net (loss) income per share, basic   $ (0.60 )   $ 0.13     $ (3.81 )   $ 1.85  
GAAP net (loss) income per share, diluted   $ (0.60 )   $ 0.12     $ (3.81 )   $ 1.62  
Non-GAAP net (loss) income per share, basic   $ (0.46 )   $ 0.26     $ (1.17 )   $ 2.47  
Non-GAAP net (loss) income per share, diluted   $ (0.46 )   $ 0.23     $ (1.17 )   $ 2.16  
Shares used in computing basic net (loss) income per share     76,828,940       72,223,970       75,449,632       71,411,705  
Shares used in computing diluted net (loss) income per share     76,828,940       87,713,218       75,449,632       83,491,898  

* 2021 expense includes license fees of $145.0 million pursuant to the collaboration agreement with Junshi Biosciences expensed in the first quarter which was partially offset by a $9.0 million credit related to the fair value of the discount for lack of marketability on the common shares purchased under the stock purchase agreement with Junshi Biosciences in the second quarter.

Contact
McDavid Stilwell
Chief Financial Officer
Coherus BioSciences, Inc.
IR@coherus.com

 


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