Applied Therapeutics Reports Third Quarter 2022 Financial Results
NEW YORK, Nov. 09, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Applied Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: APLT) (the “Company”), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company developing a pipeline of novel drug candidates against validated molecular targets in indications of high unmet medical need, today reported financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2022.
“In the third quarter, we made significant progress across all three of our late-stage programs,” said Shoshana Shendelman, PhD, Founder, CEO and Chair of the Board of Applied Therapeutics. “We remain focused on successful completion of our ongoing Phase 3 trials in Galactosemia, SORD Deficiency and Diabetic Cardiomyopathy, and look forward to sharing data in 2023, with the potential to bring new treatment options to these patients with limited to no available therapies.”
- Presented Data on AT-001 Treatment in Diabetic Cardiomyopathy at the 2022 American Heart Association Scientific Sessions. In November 2022, the Company presented data in multiple sessions featuring mechanistic support for AT-001, a selective Aldose Reductase inhibitor, in a Diabetic Cardiomyopathy (DbCM) mouse model, demonstrating that AT-001 treatment prevents fibrosis and adverse cardiac remodeling, baseline data from the ongoing Phase 3 ARISE-HF study on quality of life impact of disease and correlation of cardiac functional capacity (peak VO2) with physical function and additional DbCM diagnosis and prevalence data.
- Announced Full Enrollment in the Registrational Phase 3 ARISE-HF Trial of AT-001 in Diabetic Cardiomyopathy. In October 2022, the Company announced full enrollment in the Phase 3 registrational ARISE-HF trial studying AT-001 in patients with DbCM. The primary endpoint is cardiac functional capacity (as measured by Peak VO2) at 15 months of treatment. The Company continues to expect topline data around year-end 2023 or early 2024, and if positive, the Company plans to submit for potential regulatory approval. Patients will continue in blinded format for an additional 12 months of treatment (up to 27 months total) to produce secondary endpoint data on progression to overt heart failure, hospitalization, morbidity and mortality, which is not anticipated to be required for regulatory approval, but will support long-term market access.
- Reported Positive Data Trend in AT-007 ACTION-Galactosemia Kids Pediatric Trial. In October 2022, the Company announced that the ACTION-Galactosemia Kids Phase 3 trial demonstrated a trend in clinical benefit favoring AT-007 vs. placebo. Review of the data at 12 months of treatment by the DMC indicated that while the study primary endpoint has not yet reached statistical significance, a trend exists favoring AT-007 vs. placebo. The clinical benefit at this early time point was most pronounced in patients with significant deficits in clinical performance at baseline. Safety data demonstrated that AT-007 continues to be safe and well tolerated. The study will continue to proceed in blinded format to the next review at 18 months of treatment. In the meantime, the Company will meet with the EMA to discuss potential submission of an MAA based on existing data for conditional approval.
- Cash and cash equivalents and short-term investments totaled $47.4 million as of September 30, 2022, compared with $80.8 million at December 31, 2021.
- Research and development expenses for the three months ended September 30, 2022 were $13.1 million, compared to $17.6 million for the three months ended September 30, 2021. The decrease of $4.5 million was primarily related to a decrease in drug manufacturing and formulation costs of $2.9 million related to the completion and release of AT-007 drug product batches and purchase of raw materials in the three months ended September 30, 2021; a decrease in clinical and pre-clinical expense of $1.7 million, primarily due to reduced clinical trial spend on the AT-007 ACTION-Galactosemia Kids pediatric registrational study and AT-007 ACTION-Galactosemia long-term extension adult study; and a decrease in regulatory and other expenses of $0.4 million. This was partially offset by an increase in personnel expenses of $48,000 due to the increase in headcount in support of our clinical program pipeline; and an increase in stock-based compensation of $0.5 million due to new stock option and restricted stock units grants and due to the incremental stock-based compensation expense recognized as a result of the stock option repricing.
- General and administrative expenses were $6.2 million for the three months ended September 30, 2022, compared to $10.8 million for the three months ended September 30, 2021. The decrease of $4.6 million was primarily due to a decrease in legal and professional fees of $0.2 million due to lower external legal fees; a decrease in commercial expenses of $2.8 million related to a decrease in spend for commercial operations; a decrease in personnel expenses of $0.5 million related to a decrease in headcount; a decrease in stock-based compensation of $0.3 million relating to options being forfeited during the current period; a decrease in insurance expenses of $0.3 million related to decreased insurance costs; and a decrease in other expenses of $0.5 million relating to decreased costs of other office expenses.
- Net loss for the third quarter of 2022 was $19.1 million, or $0.40 per basic and diluted common share, compared to a net loss of $28.4 million, or $1.09 per basic and diluted common share, for the third quarter 2021.
About Applied Therapeutics
Applied Therapeutics is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company developing a pipeline of novel drug candidates against validated molecular targets in indications of high unmet medical need. The Company’s lead drug candidate, AT-007, is a novel central nervous system penetrant Aldose Reductase Inhibitor (ARI) for the treatment of CNS rare metabolic diseases, including Galactosemia, SORD Deficiency, and PMM2-CDG. The Company is also developing AT-001, a novel potent ARI, for the treatment of Diabetic Cardiomyopathy, or DbCM, a fatal fibrosis of the heart. The preclinical pipeline also includes AT-003, an ARI designed to cross through the back of the eye when dosed orally, for the treatment of Diabetic retinopathy.
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Condensed Balance Sheets
(in thousands, except share and per share data)
|As of||As of|
|September 30,||December 31,|
|Cash and cash equivalents||$||40,388||$||53,888|
|Prepaid expenses and other current assets||8,132||7,571|
|Total current assets||55,510||88,394|
|Operating lease right-of-use asset||970||1,298|
|Security deposits and leasehold improvements||199||200|
|LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY|
|Current portion of operating lease liabilities||$||470||$||442|
|Accrued expenses and other current liabilities||14,332||16,559|
|Total current liabilities||46,514||26,462|
|Noncurrent portion of operating lease liabilities||536||891|
|Total noncurrent liabilities||536||891|
|Common stock, $0.0001 par value; 100,000,000 shares authorized as |
of September 30, 2022 and December 31, 2021; 48,058,956 shares
issued and outstanding as of September 30, 2022 and 26,215,514
shares issued and outstanding as of December 31, 2021
|Preferred stock, par value $0.0001; 10,000,000 shares authorized as |
of September 30, 2022 and December 31, 2021; 0 shares issued and
outstanding as of September 30, 2022 and December 31, 2021
|Additional paid-in capital||343,995||328,958|
|Accumulated other comprehensive gain/(loss)||23||(107||)|
|Total stockholders' equity||9,629||62,539|
|TOTAL LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY||$||56,679||$||89,892|
Applied Therapeutics, Inc.
Condensed Statements of Operations
(in thousands, except share and per share data)
|Three Months Ended||Nine Months Ended|
|September 30,||September 30,|
|Research and development||$||13,116||$||17,597||$||43,542||$||46,846|
|General and administrative||6,240||10,833||20,436||31,658|
|Total operating expenses||19,356||28,430||63,978||78,504|
|LOSS FROM OPERATIONS||(19,356||)||(28,430||)||(63,978||)||(78,504||)|
|OTHER INCOME (EXPENSE), NET:|
|Change in fair value of warrant liabilities||36||—||(4,321||)||—|
|Total other income (expense), net||255||12||(4,101||)||79|
|Net loss attributable to common stockholders—basic and diluted||$||(19,101||)||$||(28,418||)||$||(68,079||)||$||(78,425||)|
|Net loss per share attributable to common stockholders—basic and diluted||$||(0.40||)||$||(1.09||)||$||(2.02||)||$||(3.08||)|
|Weighted-average common stock outstanding—basic and diluted||48,000,183||26,177,079||33,785,386||25,472,590|