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): August 7, 2019

 

 

 

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.)

 

21 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.)

 


 

Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:

 

Title of each class   Trading Symbol(s)   Name of each exchange on which registered
Common Stock, Par Value $0.01 per share   NVAX   The Nasdaq Global Select Market

 

Check the appropriate box below if the Form 8-K filing is intended to simultaneously satisfy the filing obligation of the registrant under any of the following provisions (see General Instruction A.2. below):

 

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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).

 

Emerging growth company ¨

 

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.

 

Second Quarter Financial Results

 

On August 7, 2019, Novavax, Inc. (the “Company”) issued a press release announcing the Company’s financial results for the quarter ended June 30, 2019. 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 August 7, 2019, regarding the Company’s financial results for the quarter ended June 30, 2019.

 

 

 

 

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: August 8, 2019

 

 

 

 

Exhibit 99.1 

 

 

Novavax Reports Second Quarter 2019 Financial Results

 

·Agreement with the FDA on Phase 3 non-inferiority immunogenicity study design for NanoFlu™
·NanoFlu pivotal Phase 3 clinical trial expected to initiate in the third quarter of 2019 with top-line data in the first quarter of 2020
·Strategic partnership completed with Catalent; raised $18 million
·Company to host conference call today at 4:30 p.m. ET

 

GAITHERSBURG, MD, August 7, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – Novavax, Inc. (NASDAQ: NVAX), a late-stage biotechnology company developing next-generation vaccines for serious infectious diseases, today announced its financial results and operational highlights for the second quarter and six months ended June 30, 2019.

 

“We made important clinical and strategic progress this quarter, particularly in advancing NanoFlu, our next-generation flu vaccine candidate,” said Stanley C. Erck, President and Chief Executive Officer of Novavax. “The agreement reached with the FDA on our NanoFlu Phase 3 clinical trial design will allow us to leverage the accelerated approval pathway. We are now well-positioned to deliver top-line Phase 3 data in the first quarter of 2020.”

 

Second Quarter 2019 and Subsequent Operational Highlights

 

NanoFlu™ Program

 

·Novavax received input from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on its End-of Phase 2 questions and reached agreement on the Phase 3 clinical trial design, enabling Novavax to conduct a non-inferiority immunogenicity clinical trial against a licensed quadrivalent comparator. These data would support the future biologics license application and licensure of NanoFlu via the accelerated approval pathway.

 

ResVax™ Program

 

·Novavax continues to receive input from global regulatory agencies to solicit input on possible pathways to licensure for ResVax. In Europe, we will seek formal scientific advice this fall from the European Medicines Agency (EMA). In the U.S., the FDA recommended that Novavax conduct an additional Phase 3 clinical trial to confirm efficacy against medically significant RSV disease.

 

·Novavax presented key efficacy and safety findings at the World Vaccine Congress in Washington, D.C. and at the Annual Meeting of the European Society for Pediatric Infectious Diseases (ESPID) in Ljubljana, Slovenia from the Prepare trial of ResVax. Additional details on these presentations are available on our website.

 

 

 

 

Corporate

 

·Novavax and Catalent Biologics entered into an arrangement under which Catalent purchased Novavax’ manufacturing equipment and related assets for approximately $18 million, assumed the property leases to two Novavax product development and manufacturing facilities and hired approximately 100 of Novavax’ manufacturing and quality employees. In addition, Catalent will also provide long-term process development and manufacturing services for specified Novavax programs.

 

·Effective May 10, 2019, Novavax completed a reverse stock split of its issued and outstanding common stock at a ratio of 1-for-20.

 

Financial Results for the Three and Six Months Ended June 30, 2019

 

Share and per share information have been restated to reflect the reverse stock split described above.

 

Novavax reported a net loss of $39.6 million, or $1.69 per share, for the second quarter of 2019, compared to a net loss of $44.5 million, or $2.37 per share, for the second quarter of 2018. For the six months ended June 30, 2019, the net loss was $82.8 million, or $3.77 per share, compared to a net loss of $90.8 million, or $5.10 per share, for the same period in 2018.

 

Novavax revenue in the second quarter of 2019 was $3.4 million, compared to $10.8 million in the same period in 2018. This 69% decrease was driven by the completion of enrollment of participants in the Prepare trial in the second quarter of 2018.

 

Research and development expenses decreased 32% to $30.4 million in the second quarter of 2019, compared to $44.5 million for the same period in 2018. This decrease was primarily due to decreased development activities of ResVax.

 

General and administrative expenses increased 17% to $9.6 million in the second quarter of 2019, compared to $8.2 million for the same period in 2018. The increase was primarily due to higher professional fees and recent stockholders meetings.

 

Interest income (expense), net for the second quarter of 2019 was ($2.9) million, compared to ($2.6) million for the same period of 2018.

 

As of June 30, 2019, Novavax had $78.2 million in cash, cash equivalents, marketable securities and restricted cash, compared to $103.9 million as of December 31, 2018. Net cash used in operating activities for the first six months of 2019 was $80.6 million, compared to $106.0 million for same period in 2018.

 

 

 

 

Conference Call

 

Novavax will host its quarterly conference call today at 4:30 p.m. ET. The dial-in numbers for the conference call are (877) 212-6076 (Domestic) or (707) 287-9331 (International), passcode 3193866. A replay of the conference call will be available starting at 7:30 p.m. ET on August 7, 2019 until 7:30 p.m. ET on August 14, 2019. To access the replay by telephone, dial (855) 859-2056 (Domestic) or (404) 537-3406 (International) and use passcode 3193866.

 

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 November 7, 2019.

 

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. 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 2015 to $5.3 billion by 2025.

 

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.

 

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 RSV in Infants

 

Globally, RSV (respiratory syncytial virus) is the leading viral cause of severe lower respiratory tract disease in infants and young children. It is the second leading cause of death in children under one year of age. 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. 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. 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. 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. ResVax is being evaluated in Prepare™, a global Phase 3 clinical trial in 4,636 pregnant women, at least 3,000 of whom received the vaccine, and their infants. Prepare is supported by an $89.1 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF).

 

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 severe lower respiratory tract infection which is 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, 2018, and Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the period ended June 30, 2019, 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   Six Months Ended 
   June 30,   June 30, 
   2019   2018   2019   2018 
                 
Revenue  $3,357   $10,773   $7,339   $20,426 
                     
Expenses:                    
Research and development   30,417    44,542    65,890    89,056 
General and administrative   9,606    8,224    18,338    16,876 
Total expenses   40,023    52,766    84,228    105,932 
Loss from operations   (36,666)   (41,993)   (76,889)   (85,506)
Interest income (expense), net   (2,929)   (2,596)   (5,912)   (5,468)
Other income (expense)   (8)   97    (20)   130 
Net loss  $(39,603)  $(44,492)  $(82,821)  $(90,844)
                     
Basic and diluted net loss per share  $(1.69)  $(2.37)  $(3.77)  $(5.10)
Basic and diluted weighted average                    
number of common shares outstanding   23,473    18,796    21,966    17,828 

 

SELECTED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEET DATA

(in thousands)

 

  

June 30, 2019

   December 31, 2018 
    (unaudited)      
Cash and cash equivalents  $71,995   $70,154 
Marketable securities   --    21,980 
Total restricted cash   6,240    11,805 
Total current assets   110,218    119,276 
Working capital   68,730    73,737 
Total assets   189,389    207,978 
Notes payable   319,899    319,187 
Total stockholders’ deficit   (185,493)   (167,935)

 

 

 

 

Contacts:

 

Investors

Novavax, Inc.

Erika Trahan

Senior Manager, Investor & Public Relations

ir@novavax.com

240-268-2000

 

Westwicke Partners

John Woolford

john.woolford@westwicke.com

443-213-0506

 

Media

Brandzone/Speak Life Science

Amy Speak

amy@speaklifescience.com

617-420-2461