FibroGen Reports Second Quarter 2019 Financial Results

— On Track to Submit U.S. NDA for Roxadustat in October —
Initiated ZEPHYRUS Phase 3 Study of Pamrevlumab in IPF —

Conference Call Today at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time/2:00 p.m. Pacific Time

SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 08, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- FibroGen, Inc. (NASDAQ: FGEN) today reported financial results for the second quarter of 2019 and provided an update on the company’s recent developments.

“This has been a very productive quarter with the achievement of multiple regulatory and clinical milestones. We had a positive pre-NDA meeting with the FDA on roxadustat. Supported by positive efficacy and safety data, including compelling MACE and MACE+ results, we look forward to submitting our U.S. NDA in October. In IPF, the first patient was dosed in our Phase 3 pamrevlumab program,” said Thomas B. Neff, Chief Executive Officer. “We are pleased to see the publication of two articles in the New England Journal of Medicine on our pivotal roxadustat Phase 3 studies in China.”

Recent Developments and Upcoming Milestones

Roxadustat for Anemia in Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) in the U.S. and Europe

  • Positive pre-New Drug Application (NDA) meeting with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
    • Reached agreement on the content of the NDA, including cardiovascular safety analyses
  • On-track to submit U.S. NDA in October 2019
  • Astellas anticipates the submission of Marketing Authorization Application (MAA) to the European Medicines Agency (EMA) within the second half of their 2019 fiscal year, ending March 2020

Roxadustat for Anemia in CKD in China

  • Two articles on the China Phase 3 studies were published in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM)
  • Commercial manufacturing plant certified; commercial product manufactured and shipped
  • Regulatory decision for treatment of anemia in non-dialysis-dependent CKD anticipated in the third quarter of 2019

Roxadustat for Anemia in CKD in Japan

  • Regulatory decision for treatment of anemia in dialysis-dependent CKD anticipated in the second half of 2019

Pamrevlumab for Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF)

  • Initiated dosing in the ZEPHYRUS Phase 3 randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study

Pamrevlumab for Locally Advanced Pancreatic Cancer (LAPC)

  • Screening patients in the LAPIS Phase 3 randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study of pamrevlumab as a neoadjuvant therapy in combination with gemcitabine and nab-paclitaxel   

Pamrevlumab for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • Reported positive one-year Phase 2 preliminary clinical findings at the Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy (PPMD) 2019 Annual Conference in June
    • Relative to previously published data of DMD patients, our single-arm study of pamrevlumab showed:
      • Less than expected decline in pulmonary function tests
      • Increase in cardiac function measured by mean change of  left ventricular ejection fraction from baseline
      • Increase in grip-strength score in both dominant and non-dominant hands
      • Less than expected decline in the performance of the upper limb test

Corporate and Financial

  • Net income for the second quarter of 2019 was $116.0 million, or $1.34 net income per basic share and $1.26 net income per diluted share, compared to a net loss of $23.4 million, or $0.28 net loss per basic and diluted share one year ago
  • In accordance with U.S. GAAP, in the second quarter, we are including in our revenue recognition methodology a total of $180 million, in anticipated milestone payments related to the filing of the U.S. NDA and EU MAA, of which $171.1 million was recognized in the current quarter and the remaining balance will be recognized in future periods1 
  • At June 30, 2019, FibroGen had $686.1 million in cash, restricted time deposits, cash equivalents, investments, and receivables

Conference Call and Webcast Details 
FibroGen will host a conference call and webcast today, Thursday, August 8, 2019, at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time (2:00 p.m. Pacific Time) to discuss financial results and provide a business update. A live audio webcast of the call may be accessed in the investor section of the company’s website, To participate in the conference call by telephone, please dial 1 (800) 708-4540 (U.S. and Canada) or 1 (847) 619-6397 (international), reference the FibroGen second quarter 2019 financial results conference call, and use confirmation number 48879852. A replay of the webcast will be available shortly after the call for a period of two weeks. To access the replay, please dial (888) 843-7419 (domestic) or (630) 652-3042 (international), and use passcode 4887 9852#.

About Roxadustat
Roxadustat (FG-4592), discovered by FibroGen, is a first-in-class, orally administered small molecule currently approved in China for the treatment of anemia in CKD patients on dialysis. Roxadustat is a HIF-PH inhibitor that promotes erythropoiesis through increasing endogenous production of erythropoietin, improving iron regulation, and overcoming the negative impact of inflammation on hemoglobin syntheses and red blood cell production by downregulating hepcidin. Administration of roxadustat has been shown to induce coordinated erythropoiesis, increasing red blood cell count while maintaining plasma erythropoietin levels within or near normal physiologic range in multiple subpopulations of CKD patients, including in the presence of inflammation and without a need for supplemental intravenous iron.

Astellas and FibroGen are collaborating on the development and commercialization of roxadustat for the treatment of anemia in territories including Japan, Europe, the Commonwealth of Independent States, the Middle East, and South Africa. AstraZeneca and FibroGen are collaborating on the development and commercialization of roxadustat for the treatment of anemia in the U.S., China, and other markets in the Americas and in Australia/New Zealand as well as Southeast Asia.

About Pamrevlumab
Pamrevlumab is a first-in-class antibody developed by FibroGen to inhibit the activity of connective tissue growth factor (CTGF), a common factor in fibrotic and proliferative disorders characterized by persistent and excessive scarring that can lead to organ dysfunction and failure. Pamrevlumab is in Phase 3 clinical development for the treatment of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) and pancreatic cancer, and has been granted Orphan Drug Designation (ODD) in these indications as well as in Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD). Pamrevlumab has also received Fast Track designation from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for the treatment of patients with IPF and for patients with locally advanced unresectable pancreatic cancer. Pamrevlumab is currently in a Phase 2 trial for DMD. Across all trials, pamrevlumab has consistently demonstrated a good safety and tolerability profile to date. For information about pamrevlumab studies currently recruiting patients, please visit

About FibroGen
FibroGen, Inc., headquartered in San Francisco, California, with subsidiary offices in Beijing and Shanghai, People’s Republic of China, is a leading biopharmaceutical company discovering and developing a pipeline of first-in-class therapeutics. The company applies its pioneering expertise in hypoxia-inducible factor (HIF), connective tissue growth factor (CTGF) biology, and clinical development to advance innovative medicines for the treatment of anemia, fibrotic disease, and cancer. Roxadustat, the company’s most advanced product candidate, is an oral small molecule inhibitor of HIF prolyl hydroxylase (HIF-PH) activity. Together with our collaboration partners Astellas and AstraZeneca, preparation for regulatory submissions for the treatment of anemia in chronic kidney disease (CKD) to the U.S. FDA, the EMA, and other competent authorities is underway. In China, a New Drug Application (NDA) was approved by the National Medical Products Administration (NMPA) in December 2018. Our partner Astellas submitted an NDA for the treatment of anemia in CKD patients on dialysis in Japan in September 2018, which is currently under review by the Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices Agency (PMDA). Roxadustat is in Phase 3 clinical development in the U.S. and Europe and in Phase 2/3 development in China for anemia associated with myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS). Pamrevlumab, an anti-CTGF human monoclonal antibody, is in Phase 3 clinical development for the treatment of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) and for the treatment of pancreatic cancer. Pamrevlumab is also currently in a Phase 2 trial for Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD). FibroGen is also developing a biosynthetic cornea in China. For more information, please visit

Forward-Looking Statements
This release contains forward-looking statements regarding our strategy, future plans and prospects, including statements regarding the development of the company’s product candidates pamrevlumab and roxadustat, our interpretation of the pooled safety analyses and other analyses of the global Phase 3 program for roxadustat, the potential for and timing of an NDA submission to the FDA and an MAA submission to the EMA for potential marketing approval for roxadustat, the potential safety and efficacy profile of our product candidates, and our clinical, regulatory plans, and those of our partners. These forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements about our plans, objectives, representations and contentions and are not historical facts and typically are identified by use of terms such as “may,” “will”, “should,” “on track,” “could,” “expect,” “plan,” “anticipate,” “believe,” “estimate,” “predict,” “potential,” “continue” and similar words, although some forward-looking statements are expressed differently. Our actual results may differ materially from those indicated in these forward-looking statements due to risks and uncertainties related to the continued progress and timing of our various programs, including the enrollment and results from ongoing and potential future clinical trials, and other matters that are described in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2018 and our quarterly report on 10-Q for the fiscal quarter ended June 30, 2019 filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), including the risk factors set forth therein. Investors are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this release, and we undertake no obligation to update any forward-looking statement in this press release, except as required by law.

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(In thousands)

 June 30, 2019  December 31, 2018 (1) 
Current assets:       
Cash and cash equivalents$74,587  $89,258 
Short-term investments 586,174   532,144 
Accounts receivable 6,453   63,684 
Inventory 1,981    
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 136,596   4,929 
Total current assets 805,791   690,015 
Restricted time deposits 4,145   4,145 
Long-term investments 10,915   55,820 
Property and equipment, net 44,865   127,198 
Finance lease right-of-use assets 44,536    
Other assets 4,814   3,420 
Total assets$915,066  $880,598 
Liabilities, stockholders’ equity and non-controlling interests       
Current liabilities:       
Accounts payable$4,060  $9,139 
Accrued and other liabilities 66,545   66,123 
Deferred revenue 136   13,771 
Finance lease liabilities, current 12,071    
Total current liabilities 82,812   89,033 
Long-term portion of lease obligations 1,342   97,157 
Product development obligations 16,846   16,798 
Deferred rent    3,038 
Deferred revenue, net of current 102,926   136,109 
Finance lease liabilities, non-current 43,780    
Other long-term liabilities 19,058   9,993 
Total liabilities 266,764   352,128 
Total stockholders’ equity 629,031   509,199 
Non-controlling interests 19,271   19,271 
Total equity 648,302   528,470 
Total liabilities, stockholders’ equity and non-controlling interests$915,066  $880,598 

(1) The condensed consolidated balance sheet amounts at December 31, 2018 are derived from audited financial statements.

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations
(In thousands, except per share data)

 Three Months Ended June 30,  Six Months Ended June 30, 
 2019  2018  2019  2018 
License revenue$150,581  $14,323  $150,581  $14,323 
Development and other revenue 40,985   29,629   64,848   61,553 
Total revenue 191,566   43,952   215,429   75,876 
Operating expenses:               
Research and development 52,008   52,138   102,505   109,112 
Selling, general and administrative 26,739   15,055   48,948   30,605 
Total operating expenses 78,747   67,193   151,453   139,717 
Income (loss) from operations 112,819   (23,241)  63,976   (63,841)
Interest and other, net:               
Interest expense (736)  (2,750)  (1,507)  (5,519)
Interest income and other, net 4,125   2,645   8,303   4,717 
Total interest and other, net 3,389   (105)  6,796   (802)
Income (loss) before income taxes 116,208   (23,346)  70,772   (64,643)
Provision for income taxes 205   75   180   174 
Net income (loss)$116,003  $(23,421) $70,592  $(64,817)
Net income (loss) per share               
Basic$1.34  $(0.28) $0.82  $(0.78)
Diluted$1.26  $(0.28) $0.77  $(0.78)
Weighted average number of common shares used to calculate net income (loss) per share:               
Basic 86,445   83,750   86,077   83,309 
Diluted 91,728   83,750   92,069   83,309 


FibroGen, Inc.
Karen L. Bergman
Vice President, Investor Relations and Corporate Communications

1 Under U.S. GAAP revenue recognition guidelines, we are required to include estimated consideration from milestones in the determination of revenue recognition in the period that milestone achievement becomes probable. Receipt of milestone payments is dependent on the occurrence of the triggering event.