CASI Pharmaceuticals Announces First Quarter 2020 Financial Results

ROCKVILLE, Md. and BEIJING, May 11, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- CASI Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq: CASI), a U.S. biopharmaceutical company focused on developing and commercializing innovative therapeutics and pharmaceutical products, today reported financial results for the first quarter of 2020.

Wei-Wu He, Ph.D., CASI's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, commented, "Despite the unprecedented macro conditions impacting our global economy, I am pleased to report that we have made very encouraging progress this past quarter. Importantly, EVOMELA revenues were $3.4 million in Q1, driven in large part by the high unmet need in this patient population. EVOMELA has proven to be an essential drug for multiple myeloma patients and is the only form of melphalan commercially available in China."

Dr. He continued, "I am also pleased to report that, together with our partner Juventas Cell Therapy Ltd., our CNCT19 CAR-T development program targeting B-cell driven hematological malignancies are well underway, which was an incredible accomplishment during this period of uncertainty. We continue expecting to file an IMPD/CTA for CID-103, our novel anti-CD38 monoclonal antibody program, in the first half of 2020 and will provide additional guidance on initial enrollment expectations after we get a better sense for COVID-related impacts throughout our trial sites."

First Quarter 2020 Financial Results

    --  Revenues consisted primarily of product sales of EVOMELA that launched
        in August of 2019. Revenue was $3.4 million for the three months ended
        March 31, 2020, compared with $0 for the three months ended March 31,
    --  Costs of revenues were $3.2 million for the quarter ended March 31,
        2020, compared with $0 for the quarter ended March 31, 2019. The
        increase is due to the launch of EVOMELA that occurred during August of
        2019. Costs of revenues have been impacted by a previous transitional
        supply agreement. A new supply agreement has been implemented with an
        alternate manufacturer; therefore, the Company expects unit cost of
        inventories of EVOMELA to be considerably reduced in the future.
    --  Research and development expenses for the first quarter ended March 31,
        2020 were $3.0 million, compared with $2.6 million for the same period
        in 2019. The increase in R&D expenses primarily reflects costs incurred
        related to the development of CID-103 and costs associated with the
        EVOMELA post marketing study, partially offset by reduced regulatory
        costs associated with our ANDAs and lower costs associated with
        preclinical development activities related to a 2019 terminated
        immune-oncology program.
    --  General and administrative expenses for the first quarter of 2020 were
        $4.1 million, compared with $5.7 million for the same period in 2019.
        The decrease in G&A expenses was primarily because the 2019 period
        included costs related to sales and marketing efforts to prepare for the
        August 2019 launch of EVOMELA, as well as lower professional fees and
        travel costs incurred during the 2020 period.
    --  Selling and marketing expenses for the first quarter 2020 were $1.3
        million, compared with $0 for the same period in 2019. The increase is
        due to selling costs related to commercial sales of EVOMELA that began
        in August of 2019.
    --  Gain on disposal of intangible assets was $0.5 million for the three
        months ended March 31, 2020 and related to the sale of seven ANDAs
        during the 2020 period.
    --  Acquired in-process R&D expenses for the three months ended March 31,
        2020 were $1.1 million, relating to milestone fees payable as a result
        of the approval of Octreotide in the UK.
    --  Net loss for the first quarter of 2020 was $8.2 million compared to $8.2
        million for the same period in 2019.
    --  As of March 31, 2020, the Company had cash and cash equivalents of $53.9
        million compared to $53.6 million as of December 31, 2019.

Further information regarding the Company, including its Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2020, can be found at

Conference Call

The Company will host a conference call reviewing the first quarter highlights at 4:30 p.m. ET on Monday, May 11, 2020. On the call, CASI's Chairman & CEO will provide an update on the Company's business and upcoming milestones. The conference call can be accessed by dialing (833) 647-4459 (U.S.), 8008700181 (China), 58086567 (Hong Kong) to listen to the live conference call. The conference ID number for the live call is 8716619.

About CASI Pharmaceuticals

CASI is a U.S. biopharmaceutical company focused on developing and commercializing innovative therapeutics and pharmaceutical products, with a product portfolio that includes approved and investigational assets. In August 2019, the Company launched its first commercial product, EVOMELA(®) (Melphalan for Injection), in China that is approved for use as a conditioning treatment prior to stem cell transplantation in the multiple myeloma setting. The Company's other core hematology/oncology assets in its pipeline include (i) an autologous CD19 CAR-T investigative product (CNCT19) being developed as a treatment for patients with B-ALL and B-NHL; (ii) CID-103, an anti-CD38 monoclonal antibody being developed for the treatment of patients with multiple myeloma; and (iii) greater China rights to ZEVALIN(®) (Ibritumomab Tiuxetan), a CD20-directed radiotherapeutic antibody that is approved in the U.S. to treat patients with NHL. The Company's oncology assets also include China rights to (i) octreotide long acting injectable (LAI) microsphere formulation indicated for the treatment of certain symptoms associated with particular neuroendocrine cancers and acromegaly, and (ii) a novel formulation of thiotepa, which has multiple potential therapeutic uses and a long history of established use in the hematology/oncology setting, both of which are being developed for import registration and market approval in China. More information on CASI is available at

Forward-Looking Statements

This news release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act with respect to the outlook for expectations for future financial or business performance, strategies, expectations and goals. Forward-looking statements are subject to numerous assumptions, risks and uncertainties, which change over time. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made, and no duty to update forward-looking statements is assumed. Actual results could differ materially from those currently anticipated due to a number of factors, including: the difficulty of executing our business strategy in China; our ability to design and implement a development plan for our ANDAs; the development of major public health concerns, including COVID-19 or other pandemics arising in China or elsewhere; our lack of experience in manufacturing products and uncertainty about our resources and capabilities to do so on a clinical or commercial scale; risks relating to the commercialization, if any, of our products and proposed products (such as marketing, safety, regulatory, patent, product liability, supply, competition and other risks); our inability to predict when or if our product candidates will be approved for marketing by the FDA, NMPA, or other regulatory authorities; our inability to enter into strategic partnerships for the development, commercialization, manufacturing and distribution of our proposed product candidates or future candidates; the volatility in the market price of our common stock; risks relating to the need for additional capital and the uncertainty of securing additional funding on favorable terms; risks associated with CID-103, CNCT19, and our other early-stage products under development; risks that result in preclinical and early clinical models are not necessarily indicative of later clinical results; uncertainties relating to preclinical and clinical trials, including delays to the commencement of such trials; our ability to protect our intellectual property rights; the lack of success in the clinical development of any of our products; and our dependence on third parties. Such factors, among others, could have a material adverse effect upon our business, results of operations and financial condition. We caution readers not to place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements, which only speak as of the date made. Additional information about the factors and risks that could affect our business, financial condition and results of operations, are contained in our filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, which are available at

EVOMELA(®) and ( )Zevalin(®) are proprietary to Acrotech Biopharma LLC and its affiliates.

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(Financial Table Follows)

               CASI Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

           Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

                (In thousands, except share and per share data)

     March 31, 2020          
     December 31, 2019


          Current assets:

              Cash and cash equivalents                                                                                                                                                                       $53,885                         $53,621

              Investment in equity securities, at fair value                                                                                                                                                      610                             625

              Accounts receivable, net of $0 allowance for doubtful accounts                                                                                                                                    1,872                           1,293

              Inventories                                                                                                                                                                                       2,009                           4,542

              Prepaid expenses and other                                                                                                                                                                        1,420                           1,420

          Total current assets                                                                                                                                                                                      59,796                          61,501

          Property and equipment, net                                                                                                                                                                                  826                             985

          Intangible assets, net                                                                                                                                                                                    16,289                          16,895

          Long-term investments                                                                                                                                                                                     14,038                          14,038

          Right of use assets                                                                                                                                                                                        8,255                           8,708

          Other assets                                                                                                                                                                                                 281                             504

          Total assets                                                                                                                                                                                             $99,485                        $102,631



          Current liabilities:

              Accounts payable                                                                                                                                                                                 $5,452                          $5,113

              Accrued liabilities                                                                                                                                                                               2,089                           2,834

          Total current liabilities                                                                                                                                                                                  7,541                           7,947

          Other liabilities                                                                                                                                                                                            704                           1,019

          Total liabilities                                                                                                                                                                                          8,245                           8,966

          Commitments and contingencies

          Redeemable noncontrolling interest, at redemption value                                                                                                                                                   20,878                          20,670

          Stockholders' equity:

              Preferred stock, $1.00 par value: 5,000,000 shares authorized and 0 shares issued

                and outstanding

              Common Stock, $0.01 par value:

                250,000,000 shares authorized at March 31, 2020 and December 31, 2019;

                100,994,374 shares and  97,851,243 shares issued at March 31, 2020 and December 31,

                2019, respectively; 100,914,829 shares and 97,771,698 shares outstanding at

                March 31, 2020 and December 31, 2019, respectively                                                                                                                                              1,010                             979

              Additional paid-in capital                                                                                                                                                                      612,972                         606,686

              Treasury stock, at cost: 79,545 shares held at March 31, 2020 and December 31, 2019                                                                                                             (8,034)                        (8,034)

              Accumulated other comprehensive loss                                                                                                                                                            (3,554)                        (2,728)

              Accumulated deficit                                                                                                                                                                           (532,032)                      (523,908)

          Total stockholders' equity                                                                                                                                                                                70,362                          72,995

          Total liabilities, redeemable noncontrolling interest and stockholders' equity                                                                                                                           $99,485                        $102,631


                CASI Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

       Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations and Comprehensive Loss

                (In thousands, except per share data)

       Three Months Ended

       March 31, 2020         
       March 31, 2019



         Product sales                                                                                                                                                                              $3,372   
       $                       -

         Lease income                                                                                                                                                                                   34                               -

     Total revenues                                                                                                                                                                                  3,406                               -

     Costs and expenses:

         Costs of revenues                                                                                                                                                                           3,211                               -

         Research and development                                                                                                                                                                    3,017                           2,567

         General and administrative                                                                                                                                                                  4,058                           5,710

         Selling and marketing                                                                                                                                                                       1,260                               -

         (Gain) loss on disposal of intangible assets                                                                                                                                                (450)                             48

         Acquired in-process research and development                                                                                                                                                1,081                               -

               Total costs and expenses                                                                                                                                                             12,177                           8,325

     Loss from operations                                                                                                                                                                          (8,771)                        (8,325)

     Non-operating income/(expense):

     Interest income, net                                                                                                                                                                              190                              49

     Foreign exchange gains                                                                                                                                                                            363                              71

     Change in fair value of investment in equity securities                                                                                                                                          (15)                             45

     Net loss                                                                                                                                                                                      (8,233)                        (8,160)

     Less: (loss)/income attributable to redeemable noncontrolling interest                                                                                                                          (109)                             14

               Accretion to redeemable noncontrolling interest redemption value                                                                                                                        317                               3

     Net loss attributable to CASI Pharmaceuticals, Inc.                                                                                                                                          $(8,441)                       $(8,177)


     Net loss per share (basic and diluted)                                                                                                                                                        $(0.09)                        $(0.09)


     Weighted average number of common shares outstanding (basic and diluted)                                                                                                                       98,773                          95,650

     Comprehensive loss:

     Net loss                                                                                                                                                                                     $(8,233)                       $(8,160)

     Foreign currency translation adjustment                                                                                                                                                           826                           (312)

     Total comprehensive loss                                                                                                                                                                     $(9,059)                       $(7,848)


     Less: Comprehensive (loss)/income attributable to redeemable noncontrolling interest                                                                                                            (109)                             14

     Comprehensive loss attributable to common stockholders                                                                                                                                       $(8,950)                       $(7,862)


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