DGAP-News: Novavax Reports First-Quarter 2014 Financial Results

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Novavax Reports First-Quarter 2014 Financial Results

07.05.2014 / 22:13


GAITHERSBURG, Md., 2014-05-07 22:13 CEST (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) --
Novavax, Inc. (Nasdaq:NVAX), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused
on the discovery, development and commercialization of recombinant nanoparticle
vaccines and adjuvants, today reported its financial results for the first
quarter ended March 31, 2014. 

Novavax Corporate Highlights

Year-to-date 2014 Achievements:

  -- Delivered positive top-line data from a dose-confirmatory Phase 2 clinical
     trial of its RSV F-protein vaccine candidate in 720 women of childbearing
     age, showing:
     -- Vaccine candidate was well-tolerated with no vaccine-related serious
        adverse events
     -- Highest immune responses observed with a single dose of vaccine combined
        with aluminum phosphate adjuvant
     -- Palivizumab-like antibodies exceeded levels observed in previous trials,
     -- High levels of antibodies developed within 14 days after immunization
        and persisted over 91-day observation period;
  -- Initiated a U.S. Phase 1/2 clinical trial of H7N9 avian influenza VLP
     vaccine candidate with Matrix-M(tm), targeted to enroll 610 healthy adult
     subjects between 18 and 64 years old, under the company's HHS BARDA
  -- Published data in Vaccine demonstrating that an investigational vaccine
     candidate developed by Novavax against recently emerged Middle East
     Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) blocked infection in laboratory
     studies, adding further evidence of the power and potential of Novavax'
     recombinant nanoparticle vaccine technology;
  -- Demonstrated commitment to alliance management through extension of HHS
     BARDA contract for development of seasonal and pandemic influenza vaccines
     and continuation of RSV vaccine partnership on maternal immunization with
     PATH - both collaborations bring valuable development resources, insight
     and experience, along with non-dilutive sources of capital funding; and
  -- Expanded Management team with appointment of John Trizzino, Senior Vice
     President, Commercial Operations, Cindy Oliver as Senior Vice President,
     Process Development, and Sven Andreasson as Senior Vice President,
     Corporate Development.

2014 Anticipated Events:

  -- Release of top-line data from recently initiated Phase 1/2 clinical trial
     of H7N9 avian influenza VLP vaccine candidate with Matrix-M in the second
     half of 2014;
  -- Initiate Phase 2 clinical trial of its RSV F-protein vaccine candidate for
     protection of infants via maternal immunization in pregnant women in fourth
     quarter of 2014;
  -- Initiate Phase 2 clinical trial of its quadrivalent VLP seasonal influenza
     vaccine in the fourth quarter of 2014; and
  -- Initiate Phase 1 combination RSV/seasonal influenza clinical trial and
     Phase 1 pediatric RSV clinical trial, both in late 2014 or early 2015.

'Following the substantial progress in our RSV and influenza vaccine
development programs in 2013, I am delighted with our accomplishments in the
first quarter of 2014. Based on this first quarter activity, I continue to
believe that 2014 represents greater potential accomplishments across our
entire pipeline than we have ever had in our company's history,' said Stan
Erck, president and CEO of Novavax. 'Our recently announced top-line data from
the Phase 2 clinical trial in women of child bearing age gives us flexibility
in the development of our RSV F vaccine candidate, not just for a maternal
immunization strategy, but across all potential populations impacted by RSV.' 

Financial Results for the First Quarter March 31, 2014

In connection with its acquisition on July 31, 2013, Novavax AB's operations
have been included in the company's consolidated results of operations and
financial position as of the acquisition date. Novavax reported a net loss of
$13.8 million, or $0.07 per share, for the first quarter of 2014, compared to a
net loss of $10.0 million, or $0.07 per share, for the first quarter of 2013. 

Novavax revenue in the first quarter of 2014 increased 95% to $7.5 million as
compared to $3.8 million for the same period in 2013. The increase in revenue
was primarily due to the higher level of activity in the first quarter of 2014
associated with the company's Phase 1/2 clinical trial using its H7N9 candidate
and Matrix-M adjuvant and preliminary manufacturing work for its Phase 2
seasonal clinical trial under the HHS BARDA contract and the PATH amendment to
support the company's Phase 2 clinical trial in women of childbearing age. 

Research and development expenses increased 57% to $14.5 million in the first
quarter of 2014, compared to $9.3 million for the same period in 2013,
primarily as a result of higher employee-related costs tied to continued growth
in support of the Company's RSV and influenza vaccine programs, as well as
Novavax AB research and development expenses. General and administrative
expenses increased 50% to $4.3 million in the first quarter of 2014 as compared
to $2.9 million for the same period in 2013, resulting from higher professional
fees and employee-related costs, as well as Novavax AB general and
administrative expenses. 

As of March 31, 2014, the company had $112.8 million in cash and cash
equivalents and investments compared to $133.1 million as of December 31, 2013.
Net cash used in operating activities for the first quarter of 2014 was $20.4
million compared to $10.6 million for the same period in 2013. The increase in
cash usage from the prior year was primarily due to higher research and
development spending, including the company's RSV clinical trial and higher
employee-related costs, as well as timing of customer and vendor payments. 

Conference Call

Novavax management will host its quarterly conference call today at 4:30 p.m.
EDT. The dial-in number for the conference call is 1 (877) 212-6076 (U.S. or
Canada) or 1 (707) 287-9331 (international). A webcast of the conference call
can also be accessed via a link on the home page of the Novavax website
(novavax.com) or through the 'Investor Info'/'Events' tab on the Novavax

A replay of the conference call will be available starting at 7:30 p.m. on May
7, 2014 until midnight June 7, 2014. To access the replay by telephone, dial 1
(855) 859-2056 (domestic) or 1 (404) 537-3406 (international) and use passcode
34845350. The replay will also be available as a webcast and can be found on
the 'Investor Info'/'Events' on the Novavax website. 

About Novavax

Novavax, Inc. (Nasdaq:NVAX) is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company
creating novel vaccines and vaccine adjuvants to address a broad range of
infectious diseases worldwide. Using innovative proprietary recombinant
nanoparticle vaccine technology, the company produces vaccine candidates to
efficiently and effectively respond to both known and newly emergent diseases.
Additional information about Novavax is available on the company's website,

Novavax Inc., Forward-Looking Statements

Statements herein relating to the future of Novavax and the ongoing development
of its vaccine and adjuvant products are forward-looking statements. Novavax
cautions that these forward looking statements are subject to numerous risks
and uncertainties, which could cause actual results to differ materially from
those expressed or implied by such statements. These risks and uncertainties
include those identified under the heading 'Risk Factors' in the Novavax Annual
Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2013, filed with the
Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). We caution investors not to place
considerable reliance on the forward-looking statements contained in this press
release. You are encouraged to read our filings with the SEC, available at
sec.gov, for a discussion of these and other risks and uncertainties. The
forward-looking statements in this press release speak only as of the date of
this document, and we undertake no obligation to update or revise any of the
statements. Our business is subject to substantial risks and uncertainties,
including those referenced above. Investors, potential investors, and others
should give careful consideration to these risks and uncertainties. 

                                 NOVAVAX, INC.                                  
                  (in thousands, except per share information)                  
                                                            Three Months Ended  
                                                                 March 31,      
                                                              2014        2013  
Revenue                                                       $ 7,462    $ 3,833
Costs and expenses:                                                             
  Cost of government contracts revenue                          3,021      1,712
  Research and development                                     14,518      9,256
  General and administrative                                    4,308      2,870
    Total costs and expenses                                   21,847     13,838
Loss from operations                                         (14,385)   (10,005)
Interest income (expense), net                                   (40)         26
Realized gains on investments                                     615          ?
Loss from operations before income tax expense               (13,810)    (9,979)
Income tax expense                                                  ?         17
Net loss                                                   $ (13,810)  $ (9,996)
Basic and diluted net loss per share                         $ (0.07)   $ (0.07)
Basic and diluted weighted average number of common           208,927    148,448
 shares outstanding                                                             

                  SELECTED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEET DATA                  
                               (in thousands)                               
                                                    March 31,   December 31,
                                                      2014          2013    
Cash and cash equivalents                            $ 109,921     $ 119,471
Investments                                              2,907        13,597
Total current assets                                   128,873       145,001
Working capital                                        115,158       126,879
Total assets                                           218,599       235,125
Total notes payable and capital lease obligations        2,009         2,184
Total stockholders' equity                             191,060       203,234

         CONTACT: Barclay A. Phillips
         SVP, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer
         Novavax, Inc.
News Source: NASDAQ OMX

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Company:     Novavax, Inc.  
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