Landmark licensing deal with Takeda for fruquintinib outside of China, bringing HUTCHMED up to US$1.13 billion, plus royalties, and demonstrating execution of the new global strategy
Record Full Year 2022 oncology/immunology revenues driven by significant increase in China in-market sales of ELUNATE®, SULANDA® and ORPATHYS® alongside clinical and strategic progress
Company to Host Annual Results Call & Webcast Today at 9 p.m. HKT / 1 p.m. GMT / 8 a.m. EST
Hong Kong, Shanghai & Florham Park, NJ — Tuesday, February 28, 2023: HUTCHMED (China) Limited (“HUTCHMED”, the “Company” or “we”) (Nasdaq/AIM:HCM; HKEX:13), the innovative, commercial-stage biopharmaceutical company, today reports its financial results for the year ended December 31, 2022 and provides updates on key clinical and commercial developments.
All amounts are expressed in U.S. dollars unless otherwise stated.
“I am proud of the progress that we at HUTCHMED have made during 2022,” said Mr Simon To, Chairman of HUTCHMED. “This work is already bearing fruit, as indicated not only by the increase in revenues, but also the positive clinical and regulatory progress we have made with fruquintinib – culminating in the successful, post-period licensing agreement with Takeda, marking a significant delivery against the Company’s strategy. This out-licensing ensures we remain true to the overall goal of our business of safeguarding access to our innovative medicines to patients globally. Further, our partnerships provide significant financial momentum while we focus on revenue growth from increased product sales in China.”
“This strategy of revenue growth and strategic partnerships places us well on the path to a sustainable business. It is this path which will allow us to continue our expansion, as demonstrated by HUTCHMED’s continued delivery in China where our oncology commercial team has reached about 900 people to support greater access to our medicines; our ongoing development of savolitinib, which became our third product on the NRDL; and the continued ability of our business to develop medicines towards global markets. It is through this ability that we expect to see multiple New Drug Applications being made not only in China but with key regulators around the world as we look to extend our ability to bring potentially life changing medicines to patients around the world.”
“2022 has been a key turning point for HUTCHMED, but I believe it will enable us to truly reach our goal of becoming a global biopharmaceutical company.”
Dr Weiguo Su, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Scientific Officer of HUTCHMED, said, “2022 was a pivotal year for HUTCHMED. Challenged by difficult market conditions, the team worked incredibly hard to position HUTCHMED for success today as well as for a promising future. In November, we announced a new strategy that focuses on accelerating our path to a sustainable and profitable business, which involves a reprioritization of pipeline assets and a partnership approach for bringing our innovative medicines more efficiently to patients outside of China. We believe that this new strategy has unlocked greater value in the Company and we are already seeing a positive impact from this approach.”
“In early 2023 we announced a significant licensing deal with Takeda for the global development, commercialization and manufacturing of fruquintinib, outside of China. We are pleased to have attracted such a strong partner and to place fruquintinib in the hands of a company with the scale, expertise, resources and commitment to maximize its success globally, as we believe we are already doing in China. The expected proceeds from the deal notably extends our cash runway, and the additional bandwidth allows us to continue to pursue value-driving opportunities from our internal pipeline while supporting our commercial growth in China. The Takeda deal perfectly exemplifies our global partnership approach and showcases our commitment to fulfilling our promises, swiftly and effectively.”
“This approach goes hand in hand with the strategic prioritization of our pipeline. This includes focusing our development efforts on late-stage assets through clinical development and towards patients. Ultimately, this is how we will accelerate our path to a sustainable business over the long term. As part of our pipeline prioritization, we have reduced some funding to select international clinical programs and we look to further develop of some of these programs through partnerships. Specifically, these changes affect amdizalisib, HMPL-306 and HMPL-760 international clinical programs. We will continue the surufatinib clinical program in Japan where a bridging study is fully recruited. Going forward, HUTCHMED still intends to continue to run early phase development programs for select drug candidates in the U.S., EU and Japan including sovleplenib where we believe our compounds are differentiated from a global perspective. This does not impact our commitment to patients, which, if anything, has intensified as we sharpen our focus on a smaller set of programs that we believe have the most immediate patient impact.
I am proud of what the team has achieved this year amidst very difficult times for the sector, and feel very positive about our outlook.”
|$’millions||In-market Sales*||Consolidated Revenues**|
|2022||2021||% Change||2022||2021||% Change|
|Other R&D services income||$24.2||$18.2||+33%|
|* = For ELUNATE® and ORPATHYS®, represents total sales to third parties as provided by Lilly and AstraZeneca, respectively; and ELUNATE® sales to other third parties as invoiced by HUTCHMED.
** = For ELUNATE®, represents manufacturing fees, commercial service fees and royalties paid by Lilly, to HUTCHMED, and sales to other third parties invoiced by HUTCHMED; for ORPATHYS® represents manufacturing fees and royalties paid by AstraZeneca; for SULANDA® and TAZVERIK®, represents the Company’s sales of the products to third parties.
Savolitinib (ORPATHYS® in China), a highly selective oral inhibitor of MET being developed broadly across MET-driven patient populations in lung, gastric and papillary renal cell carcinomas
Potential upcoming clinical and regulatory milestones for savolitinib:
Fruquintinib (ELUNATE® in China), a highly selective oral inhibitor of VEGFR 1/2/3 designed to improve kinase selectivity to minimize off-target toxicity and thereby improve tolerability; approved and launched in China
Potential upcoming clinical and regulatory milestones for fruquintinib:
Surufatinib (SULANDA® in China), an oral inhibitor of VEGFR, FGFR and CSF-1R designed to inhibit tumor angiogenesis and promote the body’s immune response against tumor cells via tumor associated macrophage regulation; approved and launched in China
Potential upcoming clinical and regulatory milestones for surufatinib:
Sovleplenib (HMPL-523), an investigative and highly selective oral inhibitor of Syk, an important component of the Fc receptor and B-cell receptor signaling pathway
Potential upcoming clinical milestones for sovleplenib:
Amdizalisib (HMPL-689), an investigative and highly selective oral inhibitor of PI3Kδ designed to address the gastrointestinal and hepatotoxicity associated with currently approved and clinical-stage PI3Kδ inhibitors
Potential upcoming clinical and regulatory milestones for amdizalisib:
Tazemetostat (TAZVERIK® in the U.S., Japan and the Hainan Pilot Zone), a first-in-class, oral inhibitor of EZH2 licensed from Ipsen subsidiary Epizyme in China
Earlier stage investigational drug candidates
In addition to the six drug candidates being developed in over 15 registration studies above, HUTCHMED is developing six further oncology candidates in early stage clinical trials. These are HMPL-306, a highly selective oral inhibitor of IDH1/2 designed to address resistance to currently marketed IDH inhibitors; HMPL-760, a highly selective, third-generation oral inhibitor of BTK with improved potency versus first generation BTK inhibitors against both wild type & C481S mutant enzymes; HMPL-453, a highly selective oral inhibitor of FGFR 1/2/3; HMPL-295, a highly selective oral inhibitor of ERK in the MAPK pathway  with the potential to address intrinsic or acquired resistance from upstream mechanisms such as RAS-RAF-MEK; HMPL-653, an oral, highly selective, and potent CSF-1R inhibitor designed to target CSF-1R driven tumors as a monotherapy or in combinations; and HMPL-A83, a differentiated, red blood cell sparing CD47 monoclonal antibody.
Subject to data and consultation with the CDE, several of these earlier stage drug candidates have potential to move into registration trials in 2023 and early 2024. We have recently agreed a registration enabling trial design for HMPL-453 for the treatment of IHCC with the CDE and preparations are underway to start the study. Results supporting this decision will be submitted for scientific presentation in 2023.
Takeda Exclusive Worldwide License for Fruquintinib Outside China
Subject to customary closing conditions, including completion of antitrust regulatory reviews:
Inmagene candidates discovered by HUTCHMED
Two Phase I trials initiated in Australia and the U.S. on two HUTCHMED drug candidates being developed by Inmagene: IMG-007, an investigative OX40 antagonistic monoclonal antibody designed to selectively shut down OX40+ T cell function; and IMG-004, a reversible, non-covalent, highly selective oral BTK inhibitor designed to target immunological diseases.
Other Ventures include our profitable prescription drug marketing and distribution platforms
COVID-19 had some impact on our research, clinical studies and our commercial activities in 2022, particularly with respect to hospital lockdowns, travel restrictions, and shipping difficulties. Clinical sites in Shanghai were particularly impacted during April and May 2022. Measures were put in place to reduce the impact of such restrictions to the extent possible, including online patient follow-up and the retention of core research teams on-site to maintain critical activities, with business returning to normal in June. Restrictive measures related to the COVID-19 pandemic have gradually been lifted in China starting from December 2022, and we expect the travel, social and economic activities to normalize.
HUTCHMED has made continued progress in its commitment to the long-term sustainability of its businesses and communities in which it conducts business, including:
We believe all these efforts will guide us towards a more sustainable future. The 2022 Sustainability Report will be published alongside our 2022 Annual Report in due course and will include further information on HUTCHMED sustainability initiatives and their performance.
As had been expected, in 2022 the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) named over 170 China-based companies, including HUTCHMED, to its conclusive list of public companies identified as having retained a registered public accounting firm that the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (“PCAOB”) is unable to inspect to investigate completely. However, on December 15, 2022, the PCAOB announced that it was able to inspect and investigate completely registered public accounting firms headquartered in mainland China and Hong Kong and vacated its prior determination that it was unable to inspect or investigate them completely. As a result, we do not expect to be identified as a Commission-Identified Issuer for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2022 after we file our annual report on Form 20-F for such fiscal year.
This has had no impact on the business operations of the Company.
Cash, Cash Equivalents and Short-Term Investments were $631.0 million as of December 31, 2022 compared to $1,011.7 million as of December 31, 2021.
Revenues for the year ended December 31, 2022 were $426.4 million compared to $356.1 million in 2021.
ELUNATE® revenues increased 31% to $69.9 million (2021: $53.5m) in manufacturing revenues, promotion and marketing service revenues and royalties, as our in-house sales team increased in-market sales 32% to $93.5 million (2021: $71.0m), as provided by Lilly;
SULANDA® revenues increased 178% to $32.3 million (2021: $11.6m), after inclusion on the NRDL starting in January 2022;
ORPATHYS® revenues increased 97% to $22.3 million (2021: $11.3m), in manufacturing revenues and royalties following its launch in the second half of 2021. AstraZeneca reported $41.2 million in-market sales (2021: $15.9m) of ORPATHYS® in 2022;
TAZVERIK® revenues of $0.1 million following its successful launch in Hainan province in June 2022;
Milestone payment of $15.0 million (2021: $25.0m milestone payment upon first sale of ORPATHYS® in China), to us by AstraZeneca, related to the initiation of SAFFRON; and
Other R&D services income of $24.2 million (2021: $18.2m), which were primarily fees from AstraZeneca and Lilly for the management of development activities in China.
Net Expenses for the year ended December 31, 2022 were $787.2 million compared to $550.7 million in 2021.
Net Loss attributable to HUTCHMED for the year ended December 31, 2022 was $360.8 million compared to $194.6 million in 2021.
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets Data
|As of December 31,|
|Cash and cash equivalents and short-term investments||630,996||1,011,700|
|Other current assets||110,904||116,796|
|Property, plant and equipment||75,947||41,275|
|Investments in equity investees||73,777||76,479|
|Other non-current assets||39,833||42,831|
|Liabilities and shareholders’ equity|
|Other payables, accruals and advance receipts||264,621||210,839|
|Company’s shareholders’ equity||610,367||986,893|
|Total liabilities and shareholders’ equity||1,029,445||1,372,661|
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations Data
(in $’000, except share and per share data)
|Year Ended December 31,|
|Oncology/Immunology – Marketed Products||124,642||76,429|
|Oncology/Immunology – R&D||39,202||43,181|
|Oncology/Immunology consolidated revenues||163,844||119,610|
|Costs of revenues||(311,103)||(258,234)|
|Research and development expenses||(386,893)||(299,086)|
|Selling and general administrative expenses||(136,106)||(127,125)|
|Total operating expenses||(834,102)||(684,445)|
|Gain on divestment of an equity investee||–||121,310|
|Other expense, net||(2,729)||(8,733)|
|Loss before income taxes and equity in earnings of equity investees||(410,422)||(215,740)|
|Income tax benefit/(expense)||283||(11,918)|
|Equity in earnings of equity investees, net of tax||49,753||60,617|
|Less: Net income attributable to non-controlling interests||(449)||(27,607)|
|Net loss attributable to HUTCHMED||(360,835)||(194,648)|
|Losses per share attributable to HUTCHMED – basic and diluted (US$ per share)||(0.43)||(0.25)|
|Number of shares used in per share calculation – basic and diluted||847,143,540||792,684,524|
|Losses per ADS attributable to HUTCHMED – basic and diluted (US$ per ADS)||(2.13)||(1.23)|
|Number of ADSs used in per share calculation – basic and diluted||169,428,708||158,536,905|
We provide financial guidance for 2023 below reflecting expected revenue growth of ELUNATE®, SULANDA® and ORPATHYS® in China and out-licensing revenue. While we are not providing net cash flow guidance for 2023, we will extend our cash runway through partnering and strategic shifting to focus on the most advanced assets from our internal development pipeline.
|Oncology/Immunology consolidated revenues||$163.8 million||$450 – $550 million|
Shareholders and investors should note that:
Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures and Reconciliation – References in this announcement to adjusted Group net cash flows excluding financing activities and financial measures reported at CER are based on non-GAAP financial measures. Please see the “Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures and Reconciliation” below for further information relevant to the interpretation of these financial measures and reconciliations of these financial measures to the most comparable GAAP measures, respectively.
Conference call and audio webcast presentation scheduled today at 9 p.m. HKT / 1 p.m. GMT / 8 a.m. EST – After registering, investors may access a live audio webcast of the call via HUTCHMED’s website at www.hutch-med.com/event/.
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HUTCHMED will today file with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission its Annual Report on Form 20-F.
HUTCHMED (Nasdaq/AIM:HCM; HKEX:13) is an innovative, commercial-stage, biopharmaceutical company. It is committed to the discovery, global development and commercialization of targeted therapies and immunotherapies for the treatment of cancer and immunological diseases. It has more than 5,000 personnel across all its companies, at the center of which is a team of about 1,800 in oncology/immunology. Since inception, HUTCHMED has focused on bringing cancer drug candidates from in-house discovery to patients around the world, with its first three oncology drugs now approved and marketed in China. For more information, please visit: www.hutch‑med.com or follow us on LinkedIn.
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 Takeda = Takeda Pharmaceuticals International AG.
 CRC = Colorectal cancer.
 ESMO = European Society for Medical Oncology.
 NDA = New Drug Application.
 FDA = Food and Drug Administration.
 PFS = Progression-free survival.
 MET = Mesenchymal epithelial transition factor.
 NSCLC = Non-small cell lung cancer.
 NRDL = National Reimbursement Drug List.
 We also report changes in performance at constant exchange rate (“CER”) which is a non-GAAP measure. Please refer to “Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures and Reconciliation” below for further information relevant to the interpretation of these financial measures and reconciliations of these financial measures to the most comparable GAAP measures.
 In-market sales = total sales to third parties provided by Eli Lilly (ELUNATE®), AstraZeneca (ORPATHYS®) and HUTCHMED (ELUNATE®, SULANDA® and TAZVERIK®).
 AstraZeneca = AstraZeneca AB (publ), a wholly-owned subsidiary of AstraZeneca PLC.
 R&D = Research and development.
 Lilly = Eli Lilly and Company.
 ITP = Immune thrombocytopenia purpura.
 NMPA = National Medical Products Administration.
 EMA = European Medicines Agency.
 PMDA = Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices Agency.
 MAA = Marketing Authorization Application.
 EGFR = Epidermal growth factor receptor.
 WCLC = World Conference on Lung Cancer.
 ORR = Objective response rate.
 DoR = Duration of response.
 OS = Overall survival.
 ELCC = European Lung Cancer Congress.
 PRCC = Papillary renal cell carcinoma.
 VEGFR = Vascular endothelial growth factor receptor.
 ASCO GI = ASCO (American Society of Clinical Oncology) Gastrointestinal Cancers Symposium.
 DCR = Disease control rate.
 PD-1 = Programmed cell death protein-1.
 RCC = Renal cell carcinoma.
 FGFR = Fibroblast growth factor receptor.
 CSF-1R = Colony-stimulating factor 1 receptor.
 ASCO = American Society of Clinical Oncology.
 NANETS = North American Neuroendocrine Tumor Society Medical Symposium.
 Syk = Spleen tyrosine kinase.
 AIHA = autoimmune hemolytic anemia.
 PI3Kδ = Phosphoinositide 3-kinase delta.
 Ipsen = Ipsen SA, parent of Epizyme Inc.
 Epizyme = Epizyme Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Ipsen SA.
 IDH = Isocitrate dehydrogenase.
 BTK = Bruton’s tyrosine kinase.
 ERK = Extracellular signal-regulated kinase.
 MAPK pathway = RAS-RAF-MEK-ERK signaling cascade.
 CDE = Center for Drug Evaluation
 IHCC = Intrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma.
 SHPL = Shanghai Hutchison Pharmaceuticals Limited.
 HBYS = Hutchison Whampoa Guangzhou Baiyunshan Chinese Medicine Company Limited.
 GAAP = Generally Accepted Accounting Principles.
 HKEX = The Main Board of The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited.
 ADS = American depositary share.
 SG&A Expenses = selling, general and administrative expenses.