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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.



Source: FibroGen, Inc