SAN DIEGO, Nov. 03, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Vital Therapies, Inc. (Nasdaq:VTL), a biotherapeutic company developing ELAD®, a cell-based therapy targeting the treatment of acute forms of liver failure, today announced results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2016.
Key Recent Developments
Third quarter 2016 Financial Results
Cash and cash equivalents at September 30, 2016, totaled $68.1 million compared to $83.4 million at December 31, 2015. The Company believes its cash position is sufficient to fund the Company through the first quarter of 2018.
Results of Operations
Three Months Ended September 30, 2016
The Company reported a net loss of $10.2 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2016, which compared with a net loss of $12.3 million for the same prior year period. This resulted in a net loss attributable to common stockholders of $0.32 per share for the three months ended September 30, 2016, as compared to a net loss of $0.51 per share for the corresponding period in 2015, on both a basic and diluted basis. These per share figures are based on weighted-average common shares outstanding of 31,645,838 shares and 24,025,481 shares, respectively, with the increase in common shares outstanding at September 30, 2016 primarily resulting from the Company's follow-on offering in the fourth quarter of 2015 and from shares issued under the Company's ATM sales agreement.
Research and development expenses decreased to $7.5 million during the three months ended September 30, 2016 as compared to $9.6 million in the three months ended September 30, 2015. This was primarily due to a reduction in clinical trial and related manufacturing and consulting costs in comparison to the prior year period. General and administrative expenses were $2.8 million for the three months ended September 30, 2016, compared to $2.7 million in the prior year period.
Upcoming Investor Conference
Additionally, the Company will be presenting at the following investor conferences:
A live webcast of each presentation will be available on the Investor Relations page of the Company's website at: http://ir.vitaltherapies.com/. An archive of the presentation will be available for replay following the conference.
Conference Call Details
Vital Therapies will host a conference call to discuss these results and provide a corporate update today at 4:30 PM ET, which will be open to the public. The conference call dial-in numbers are (855) 765-5682 for domestic callers and (919) 825-3204 for international callers. The conference ID number for the call is 1402125. Participants can access the live webcast via a link on the Vital Therapies website in the Investor Relations section under "Events" at: http://ir.vitaltherapies.com/.
For those unable to listen in at the designated time, a conference call replay will be available for one week following the conference call. The conference call replay numbers for domestic and international callers are (855) 859-2056 and (404) 537-3406, respectively. The conference ID number for the replay is 1402125.
About Vital Therapies, Inc.
Vital Therapies, Inc. is a biotherapeutic company developing a cell-based therapy targeting the treatment of acute forms of liver failure. The Company's ELAD System is an extracorporeal human allogeneic cellular liver therapy currently in phase 3 clinical trials. Vital Therapies, Inc. is based in San Diego, California. Vital Therapies® and ELAD® are trademarks of Vital Therapies, Inc.
This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements include statements concerning or implying the timing and conduct of our clinical trials, and regarding our projected cash runway. Forward-looking statements are based on management's current expectations and are subject to various risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially and adversely from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Accordingly, these forward-looking statements do not constitute guarantees of future performance, and you are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements. Risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, difficulty obtaining or maintaining regulatory approval in the United States or Europe, in particular for a combination product and open-label clinical trials; the timing of incurring costs for activities to support applications for marketing approval; whether or when we begin building any significant commercial infrastructure; our limited experience in conducting pivotal clinical trials and significant issues regarding our clinical trials, including, but not limited to, the successful opening and the continued participation of clinical sites and their ongoing adherence to protocols, assumptions regarding enrollment rates, timing and availability of subjects meeting inclusion and exclusion criteria, changes to protocols or regulatory requirements, and the need to comply with and meet applicable laws and regulations, and unexpected adverse events or safety issues. There can be no assurance that data from any of our clinical trials will be sufficient to support an application for marketing in any country or that any such application will ever be approved. These and other risks regarding our business are described in detail in our Securities and Exchange Commission filings, including in our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2016. These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date hereof, and Vital Therapies, Inc. disclaims any obligation to update these statements except as may be required by law.
|Vital Therapies, Inc.|
|Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets|
|(unaudited, in thousands)|
|September 30, |
|December 31, |
|Cash and cash equivalents||$||68,088||$||83,416|
|Restricted cash, prepaid expenses and other current assets||1,376||1,672|
|Property and equipment, net||2,922||3,809|
|Accounts payable, accrued expenses and other current liabilities||$||4,630||$||6,655|
|Total liabilities and stockholders' equity||$||72,473||$||89,081|
|Vital Therapies, Inc.|
|Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations|
|(unaudited and in thousands, except share and per share data)|
Ended September 30,
Ended September 30,
|Research and development||$||7,469||$||9,646||$||21,184||$||32,945|
|General and administrative||2,770||2,689||8,257||9,286|
|Total operating expenses||10,239||12,335||29,441||42,231|
|Loss from operations||(10,239||)||(12,335||)||(29,441||)||(42,231||)|
|Net loss per share, basic and diluted||$||(0.32||)||$||(0.51||)||$||(0.94||)||$||(1.76||)|
|Weighted-average common shares|
|outstanding, basic and diluted||31,645,838||24,025,481||31,153,801||23,998,396|
Contact: Vital Therapies, Inc. Al Kildani Vice President, Investor Relations and Business Development 858-673-6840 email@example.com