UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C. 20549

 

 

FORM 8-K

 

 

CURRENT REPORT

PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d)

OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

 

Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): November 7, 2018

 

 

NOVAVAX, INC.

(Exact name of registrant as specified in charter)

 

 

 

Delaware   000-26770   22-2816046

(State or Other Jurisdiction

of Incorporation) 

  (Commission File Number)  

(I.R.S. Employer

Identification No.) 

 

20 Firstfield Road

Gaithersburg, Maryland 20878

(Address of Principal Executive Offices, including Zip Code)

 

(240) 268-2000

(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)

 

(Former name or former address, if changed since last report.)

 

 

 

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Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is an emerging growth company as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act of 1933 (§230.405 of this chapter) or Rule 12b-2 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (§240.12b-2 of this chapter).

 

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If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act. ¨

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Item 2.02. Results of Operations and Financial Condition.

 

Third Quarter Financial Results

 

On November 7, 2018, Novavax, Inc. (the “Company”) issued a press release announcing the Company’s financial results for the quarter ended September 30, 2018. A copy of this press release is attached as Exhibit 99.1 to this Current Report on Form 8-K.

 

The information in Items 2.02 and 9.01 of this Form 8-K (including Exhibit 99.1) shall not be deemed “filed” for purposes of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”), or otherwise subject to the liabilities of that section, nor shall it be deemed incorporated by reference in any filing under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, or the Exchange Act except as expressly set forth by specific reference in such a filing.

 

Item 9.01 Financial Statements and Exhibits.

 

(d)       Exhibits.

 

Exhibit No.   Description
     
99.1   Press release, dated November 7, 2018, regarding the Company’s financial results for the quarter ended September 30, 2018.

  

 

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SIGNATURE

 

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.

 

 

  NOVAVAX, INC.
   
  /s/ John A. Herrmann III 
  Name: John A. Herrmann III  
  Title:   Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary

 

Date: November 8, 2018

 

 

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Exhibit 99.1

 

 

 

Novavax Reports Third Quarter 2018 Financial Results

 

Company to Host Conference Call Today at 4:30 p.m. ET

 

Gaithersburg, MD, November 7, 2018 – Novavax, Inc., (Nasdaq: NVAX) today announced its financial results and operational highlights for the third quarter and nine months ended September 30, 2018.

 

“We remain on track to meet our 2018 objectives, as we continue to execute on our clinical milestones for ResVax and NanoFlu,” said Stanley C. Erck, President and Chief Executive Officer of Novavax, Inc. “In Prepare, our Phase 3 trial of ResVax, we will complete monitoring of the efficacy endpoints by year-end, which would allow us to announce top-line efficacy results in the first quarter of 2019. For NanoFlu, we have completed enrollment of our Phase 2 clinical trial and anticipate top-line results in the first quarter of 2019. Based on this progress, we expect to conduct an End-of-Phase 2 meeting with the FDA in the first half of 2019 and to initiate a pivotal Phase 3 clinical trial later in the year.”

 

Third Quarter 2018 Operational Highlights

 

ResVax™ Program

·Novavax expects to report top-line results from its final efficacy analysis in the first quarter of 2019 and, assuming successful results, expects to submit the Biologics License Application (BLA) and Marketing Authorization Application (MAA) by the first quarter of 2020.

 

NanoFlu™ Program

·In September 2018, Novavax initiated a Phase 2 clinical trial in older adults of quadrivalent formulations of NanoFlu, its nanoparticle seasonal influenza vaccine candidate, and in October 2018, Novavax completed enrollment of approximately 1,375 healthy older adults across clinical sites in the U.S. This randomized, observer-blinded, active-controlled trial will assess the safety and tolerability of different doses and formulations of NanoFlu, both adjuvanted with Matrix-M™ and unadjuvanted, as compared to two U.S.-licensed comparators. Phase 2 clinical trial top-line results are expected in the first quarter of 2019.

 

·During a pre-IND meeting in 2018, the FDA acknowledged and agreed that the accelerated approval pathway for seasonal influenza vaccines could be available for NanoFlu. Novavax plans to discuss the Phase 2 data and the proposed Phase 3 study design, and reach agreement on the use of accelerated approval, with the FDA during an End-of-Phase 2 meeting in the first half of 2019. Novavax will bring forward the selected dose/formulation of the Phase 2 clinical trial into its future pivotal Phase 3 immunogenicity clinical trial.

 

 

 

 

Corporate

 

·Novavax announced the appointment of Rachel King, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of GlycoMimetics, Inc., to its Board of Directors. In addition to extensive experience as an executive in the biotechnology industry, Mrs. King has also worked in the venture capital side of life sciences, and has held executive positions within a global multinational pharmaceutical company.

 

Key Upcoming Anticipated Events

 

·Final efficacy results of the Prepare trial are expected in the first quarter of 2019.

 

·Top-line data from the Phase 2 clinical trial of NanoFlu are expected in the first quarter of 2019.

 

·An End-of-Phase 2 meeting for NanoFlu is expected in the first half of 2019.

 

Financial Results for the Three and Nine Months Ended September 30, 2018

 

Novavax reported a net loss of $44.6 million, or $0.12 per share, for the third quarter of 2018, compared to a net loss of $44.6 million, or $0.15 per share, for the third quarter of 2017. For the nine months ended September 30, 2018, the net loss was $135.4 million, or $0.37 per share, compared to a net loss of $132.9 million, or $0.47 per share, for the same period in 2017.

 

Novavax revenue in the third quarter of 2018 was $7.7 million, compared to $8.4 million in the same period in 2017. This 7% decrease was driven by the completion of enrollment of the Prepare trial in the second quarter of 2018.

 

Research and development expenses decreased 1% to $41.3 million in the third quarter of 2018, compared to $41.9 million for the same period in 2017.

 

General and administrative expenses increased 2% to $8.3 million in the third quarter of 2018, compared to $8.1 million for the same period in 2017.

 

Interest income (expense), net for the third quarter of 2018 was ($2.7) million, compared to ($3.0) million for the same period of 2017.

 

As of September 30, 2018, Novavax had $145.6 million in cash, cash equivalents, marketable securities and restricted cash, compared to $186.4 million as of December 31, 2017. Net cash used in operating activities for the third quarter of 2018 was $33.5 million, compared to $44.2 million for same period in 2017. The decrease in cash usage was primarily due to receiving a $15 million payment under the BMGF grant in the third quarter of 2018, whereas no payment was received in the same period of 2017.

 

 

 

 

Conference Call

 

Novavax will host its quarterly conference call today at 4:30 p.m. ET. The dial-in numbers for the conference call is (877) 212-6076 (Domestic) or (707) 287-9331 (International), passcode 3639227. A replay of the conference call will be available starting at 7:30 p.m. ET on November 7, 2018 until 7:30 pm ET on November 14, 2018. To access the replay by telephone, dial (855) 859-2056 (Domestic) or (404) 537-3406 (International) and use passcode 3639227.

 

A webcast of the conference call can also be accessed via a link on the home page of the Novavax website (novavax.com) or through the “Investor Info”/“Events” tab on the Novavax website. A replay of the webcast will be available on the Novavax website until February 7, 2019.

 

About RSV in Infants

 

Globally, RSV (respiratory syncytial virus) is the leading viral cause of severe lower respiratory tract disease in infants and young children.1 It is the second leading cause of death in children under one year of age.2 Estimated annual hospitalizations of 1.4 million and an estimated 27,300 in-hospital deaths were due to RSV acute lower respiratory infection in children under six months of age.3 RSV results in a total global economic burden of $6.2 billion annually.

 

In the U.S., RSV is the leading cause of hospitalization of infants, with estimated annual hospitalizations of up to 76,000.4,5,6 While RSV can impact all infants, babies under six months of age are among those at highest risk, as approximately 77% of all first-year RSV infections occur before six months.7 In the U.S., the total economic burden is $2.7 billion annually.

 

About ResVax™

 

ResVax is an RSV fusion (F) protein recombinant nanoparticle vaccine with aluminum phosphate as an adjuvant. It is being developed to protect infants from RSV disease via maternal immunization, which may offer the best method of protection from RSV disease in infants through the first months of life. Currently, ResVax is being evaluated in Prepare™, a global Phase 3 clinical trial in 4,636 pregnant women, at least 3,000 of whom have received the vaccine, and their infants. Prepare is supported by an $89.1 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF).

 

About Influenza

 

Influenza is a world-wide infectious disease that causes illness in humans with symptoms ranging from mild to life-threatening or even death. Serious illness occurs not only in susceptible populations such as infants, young children and older adults, but also in the general population largely because of infection by continuously evolving strains of influenza which can evade the existing protective antibodies in humans. An estimated one million deaths globally each year are attributed to influenza.8 Current estimates for seasonal influenza vaccine growth in the top seven markets (U.S., Japan, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and UK), show a potential increase from approximately $3.2 billion in 2012-13 season to $5.3 billion by the 2021-22 season.9

  

 
1Nair, H., et al. (2010) Lancet. 375:1545-1555
2Losano R., et al. (2012/Dec15) Lancet. 380: 2095
3Ting S/Nair H. Lancet. (2017). Sep2;390:946
4Leader S., et al. (2003) J Pediatr. 143: S127
5Hall CB. N Engl J Med (2009). 360:588
6CDC-Stockman LJ. Pediatr Infect Dis J (2012). 31:5
7Hall CB. (2013)  Pediatrics. 132:e341

8Resolution of the World Health Assembly. (2003) WHA56.19.28
9Influenza Vaccines Forecasts. Datamonitor (2013)

 

 

 

 

About NanoFlu™and Matrix M™

 

NanoFlu is a recombinant hemagglutinin (HA) protein nanoparticle influenza vaccine produced by Novavax in its SF9 insect cell baculovirus system. NanoFlu uses HA amino acid protein sequences that are the same as the recommended wild-type circulating virus HA sequences. NanoFlu contains Novavax’ patented saponin-based Matrix-M adjuvant, which has demonstrated a potent and well-tolerated effect by stimulating the entry of antigen-presenting cells into the injection site and enhancing antigen presentation in local lymph nodes. In October 2018, Novavax completed enrollment in its Phase 2 clinical trial in older adults of quadrivalent formulations of NanoFlu in 1,375 healthy older adults across clinical sites in the U.S.

 

About Accelerated Approval

 

Accelerated approval may be granted for certain biological products that have been studied for their safety and effectiveness in treating serious or life-threatening illnesses and that provide meaningful therapeutic benefit over existing treatments. Such an approval will be based on adequate and well-controlled clinical trials establishing that the biological product has an effect on a surrogate endpoint that is reasonably likely to predict clinical benefit. For seasonal influenza vaccines, the hemagglutination inhibition (HAI) antibody response may be an acceptable surrogate marker of activity that is reasonably likely to predict clinical benefit. To be considered for accelerated approval, a biologics license application for a new seasonal influenza vaccine should include results from one or more well-controlled studies designed to meet immunogenicity endpoints and a commitment to conduct confirmatory post-marketing studies of clinical effectiveness in preventing influenza.

 

About Novavax

 

Novavax, Inc. (Nasdaq:NVAX) is a late-stage biotechnology company that drives improved health globally through the discovery, development, and commercialization of innovative vaccines to prevent serious infectious diseases. ResVax™, its RSV vaccine for infants via maternal immunization, is the only vaccine in a Phase 3 clinical program and is designed to prevent the second leading cause of death in children under one year of age worldwide. Novavax is also advancing NanoFlu™, its quadrivalent influenza nanoparticle vaccine, to address key factors that can lead to the poor effectiveness of currently approved flu vaccines. Novavax is a leading innovator of recombinant vaccines; its proprietary recombinant technology platform combines the power and speed of genetic engineering to efficiently produce a new class of highly immunogenic nanoparticles addressing urgent global health needs.

 

For more information, visit www.novavax.com and connect with us on Twitter and LinkedIn.

 

Forward-Looking Statements

 

Statements herein relating to the future of Novavax and the ongoing development of its vaccine and adjuvant products are forward-looking statements. Novavax cautions that these forward-looking statements are subject to numerous risks and uncertainties, which could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such statements. These risks and uncertainties include those identified under the heading “Risk Factors” in the Novavax Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2017 and the Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the period ended September 30, 2018 as filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). We caution investors not to place considerable reliance on the forward-looking statements contained in this press release. You are encouraged to read our filings with the SEC, available at sec.gov, for a discussion of these and other risks and uncertainties. The forward-looking statements in this press release speak only as of the date of this document, and we undertake no obligation to update or revise any of the statements. Our business is subject to substantial risks and uncertainties, including those referenced above. Investors, potential investors, and others should give careful consideration to these risks and uncertainties.

 

 

 

 

NOVAVAX, INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(in thousands, except per share information)

(unaudited)

 

   Three Months Ended   Nine Months Ended 
   September 30,   September 30 
   2018   2017   2018   2017 
                 
Revenue  $7,735   $8,352   $28,161   $20,764 
                     
Expenses:                    
Research and development   41,326    41,862    130,382    118,779 
General and administrative   8,309    8,118    25,185    25,911 
Total expenses   49,635    49,980    155,567    144,690 
Loss from operations   (41,900)   (41,628)   (127,406)   (123,926)
Interest income (expense), net   (2,651)   (2,989)   (8,119)   (9,021)
Other income (expense)   (19)   10    111    20 
Net loss  $(44,570)  $(44,607)  $(135,414)  $(132,927)
                     
Basic and diluted net loss per share  $(0.12)  $(0.15)  $(0.37)  $(0.47)
Basic and diluted weighted average                    
number of common shares outstanding   382,315    296,435    365,236    284,767 

 

 

SELECTED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEET DATA

(in thousands)

 

  

September 30,

2018

   December 31, 2017 
   (unaudited)     
Cash and cash equivalents  $56,496   $106,307 
Marketable securities   70,612    50,996 
Total restricted cash   18,540    29,124 
Total current assets   160,541    203,311 
Working capital   113,826    129,636 
Total assets   250,478    302,493 
Notes payable   318,830    317,763 
Total stockholders’ deficit   (126,679)   (101,732)

 

 

 

 

 

Contacts:

 

Investors

Novavax, Inc.

Erika Trahan

ir@novavax.com

240-268-2000

 

Westwicke Partners

John Woolford

john.woolford@westwicke.com

443-213-0506

 

Media

Sam Brown

Mike Beyer

mikebeyer@sambrown.com

312-961-2502