Tetraphase Pharmaceuticals
Mar 8, 2017

Tetraphase Pharmaceuticals Reports Fourth Quarter and Full-Year 2016 Financial Results and Highlights Key 2017 Milestones

 

-Event-Driven 2017 Includes MAA Filing for IV Eravacycline in Europe and Top-Line Data Readout from IGNITE4 in cIAI -

- Company to Host Conference Call Today, March 8, 2017 at 4:30 p.m. ET -

WATERTOWN, Mass., March 08, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Tetraphase Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:TTPH), a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company developing novel antibiotics to treat life-threatening multidrug-resistant (MDR) infections, today reported financial results for the fourth quarter and year-ended December 31, 2016, highlighted key milestones for 2017 and provided an overview of recent achievements.

"2016 marked a year of important progress for Tetraphase as we advanced our phase 3 global development program for IV eravacycline with initiation of IGNITE4 in complicated intra-abdominal infections (cIAI), in which enrollment is proceeding well, and the recent commencement of IGNITE3 in complicated urinary tract infections (cUTI)," said Guy Macdonald, President and Chief Executive Officer of Tetraphase.  "We have laid the groundwork for an event-driven 2017 and look forward to several important IV eravacycline milestones, including the submission of a Marketing Authorization Application (MAA) to the European Medicines Agency (EMA) for the treatment of cIAI during the second half of the year and top-line data from IGNITE4 during the fourth quarter, which would support a subsequent NDA filing."

Mr. Macdonald continued, "Beyond IV eravacycline, we are also focused on completing the phase 1 clinical development of oral eravacycline and expect to provide an update during the third quarter of 2017, including next steps toward our goal of delivering the first and only IV-to-oral antibiotic transition therapy for the treatment of MDR gram-negative infections."

Key Milestones for 2017

Fourth Quarter and Recent Highlights

Fourth-Quarter and Full-Year 2016 Financial Results

As of December 31, 2016, Tetraphase had cash and cash equivalents of $142.1 million and 36.9 million shares outstanding.  The company expects that its cash and cash equivalents, as well as expected revenue from its U.S. government awards, will be sufficient to fund operations into at least the second half of 2018.

For the fourth quarter of 2016, Tetraphase reported a net loss of $22.5 million, or $0.61 per share, compared to a net loss of $18.1 million, or $0.50 per share, for the same period in 2015. Revenues were $1.1 million compared to $2.5 million for the same period in 2015. Revenues for each period consisted of contract and grant revenue under the Company's U.S. government awards for the development of Tetraphase compounds for the treatment of diseases caused by bacterial biothreat pathogens and for certain infections caused by life-threatening multidrug-resistant bacteria. The decrease in revenues was primarily due to the scope and timing of activities related to our BARDA Contract conducted during the fourth quarter of 2016. Research and development (R&D) expenses for the fourth quarter of 2016 were $19.3 million compared to $15.0 million for the same period in 2015. The increase in R&D expenses was primarily due to higher clinical trial costs for eravacycline driven by the start-up activities of our IGNITE3 and IGNITE4 clinical trials, and an increase in manufacturing activity. General and administrative (G&A) expenses for the fourth quarter of 2016 were $4.3 million compared to $5.6 million for the same period in 2015. The decrease in G&A expenses was primarily due to lower headcount-related costs.

For the year ended December 31, 2016, Tetraphase reported a net loss of $77.5 million, or $2.11 per share, compared to a net loss of $83.2 million, or $2.36 per share, for the same period in 2015. Revenues were $5.1 million for the year ended December 31, 2016 compared to $11.7 million for the same period in 2015. As stated above, revenues for each period consisted of contract and grant revenue under the Company's U.S. government awards for the development of Tetraphase compounds for the treatment of diseases caused by bacterial biothreat pathogens and for certain infections caused by life-threatening multidrug-resistant bacteria. The decrease in revenues was primarily due to the scope and timing of activities related to our BARDA Contract conducted during 2016. R&D expenses were $63.8 million for the year ended December 31, 2016 compared to $73.8 million for the same period in 2015. The decrease in R&D expenses was primarily due to a net decrease in development spending on the eravacycline program.  G&A expenses were $19.2 million for the year ended December 31, 2016 compared to $20.9 million for the same period in 2015. The decrease in G&A expenses was primarily due to lower spending related to pre-commercialization activities for eravacycline.

Conference Call Information
Tetraphase will host a conference call today at 4:30 pm Eastern Time. The call can be accessed by dialing (844) 831-4023 (U.S. and Canada) or (731) 256-5215 (international) and entering passcode: 82825167. To access the live audio webcast, or the subsequent archived recording, visit the "Investor Relations — Events & Presentations" section of the Tetraphase website at www.tphase.com. The webcast will be recorded and available for replay on the Tetraphase website for 30 days following the call.

About Tetraphase Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Tetraphase is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company using its proprietary chemistry technology to create novel antibiotics for serious and life-threatening bacterial infections, including those caused by many of the multidrug-resistant (MDR) bacteria highlighted as urgent public health threats by the CDC. Tetraphase has created more than 3,000 novel tetracycline analogs using its proprietary technology platform. Tetraphase's pipeline includes three antibiotic clinical candidates: eravacycline, which is in phase 3 clinical trials, and TP-271 and TP-6076, which are in phase 1 clinical trials. Please visit www.tphase.com for more company information.

Forward-Looking Statements
Any statements in this press release about our future expectations, plans and prospects, including statements regarding our strategy, future operations, prospects, plans and objectives, and other statements containing the words "anticipates," "believes," "expects," "plans," "will" and similar expressions, constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Actual results may differ materially from those indicated by such forward-looking statements as a result of various important factors, including: whether results obtained in previous clinical trials will be indicative of results obtained in future clinical trials; whether eravacycline or any other clinical candidate will advance through the clinical trial process on a timely basis or at all; whether the results of the Company's development efforts will warrant regulatory submission and whether any such submissions will receive approval from the United States Food and Drug Administration or equivalent foreign regulatory agencies; whether, if any clinical candidate obtains approval, it will be successfully distributed and marketed; and other factors discussed in the "Risk Factors" section of our quarterly report on Form 10-Q, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on November 3, 2016. In addition, the forward-looking statements included in this press release represent our views as of March 8, 2017. We anticipate that subsequent events and developments will cause our views to change. However, while we may elect to update these forward-looking statements at some point in the future, we specifically disclaim any obligation to do so.

          
Tetraphase Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Statement of Operations (Unaudited)
(In thousands, except per share data)
         
  Three Months Ended Year Ended
  December 31, December 31,
   2016   2015   2016   2015 
                 
Revenues $1,090  $2,471  $5,145  $11,686 
Operating expenses                
Research and development  19,305   15,016   63,764   73,768 
General and administrative  4,341   5,587   19,211    20,916 
Total operating expenses  23,646   20,603   82,975   94,684 
Loss from operations  (22,556)  (18,132)  (77,830)  (82,998)
Other income (expense)                
Other income (expense), net  95   16   350   (191)
Net loss $(22,461) $(18,116 ) $(77,480) $(83,189)
Net loss per share-basic and diluted $(0.61) $(0.50) $(2.11) $(2.36)
Weighted-average number of common shares used in net loss per share applicable to common stockholders-basic and diluted  36,894   36,559   36,704   35,261 
                 


    
Tetraphase Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets  (unaudited)
(In thousands)
 
 December 31, December 31,
 2016 2015
 Assets    
Cash and cash equivalents$142,086 $205,912
Accounts receivable 1,789  4,151
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 6,582  3,705
Property and equipment, net 1,054  943
Other assets, noncurrent 199  206
Total assets$151,710 $214,917
    
 Liabilities and Stockholders' equity     
Accounts payable and accrued expenses$10,240 $9,788
Total deferred revenue 1,255  909
Other liabilities, noncurrent 162  165
Total stockholders' equity 140,053  204,055
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity$151,710 $214,917
    


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