Figure 1. Patients achieving clinically meaningful reductions in HbA1c, 2-hour oGTT or use of antidiabetic medications. Corcept Therapeutics Incorporated
Figure 2. Patients achieving clinically meaningful improvements in hypertension. Corcept Therapeutics Incorporated
MENLO PARK, Calif., Feb. 25, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Corcept Therapeutics Incorporated (NASDAQ: CORT), a commercial-stage company engaged in the discovery and development of drugs to treat severe metabolic, oncologic and psychiatric disorders by modulating the effects of the stress hormone cortisol, today reported its financial results for the quarter- and year-ended December 31, 2018.
Financial Highlights 2018 revenue of $251.2 million, an increase of 58 percent from 2017
Fourth quarter revenue of $66.8 million, an increase of 25 percent from fourth quarter 2017
2018 GAAP net income of $0.60 per share, compared to $1.04 per share in 2017 (2017 includes one-time, non-cash tax benefit of $0.61 per share)
Fourth quarter GAAP net income of $0.18 per share, compared to $0.77 per share in fourth quarter 2017 (including $0.60 per share tax benefit)
Fourth quarter repurchases of 1.1 million shares of common stock; 2018 repurchases
totalling 1.8 million shares
Cash and investments at December 31, 2018 of $206.8 million, compared to $104.0 million
at December 31, 2017
Reiterated 2019 revenue guidance of $285 – 315 million
Relacorilant Phase 2 Trial Positive Top-Line Results
Relacorilant’s Phase 2 trial enrolled 35 patients, each of whom received a daily dose of relacorilant that was increased in 50 mg increments, as tolerable, every four weeks. The first 17 patients to enroll (the “low-dose cohort”) started at 100 mg per day. The next 18 patients (the “high dose cohort”) started at 250 mg per day.
Applying the endpoints for clinical benefit from relacorilant’s Phase 3 trial (“GRACE”) to the high-dose cohort produces the following results: Fifty percent of patients with hyperglycemia achieved improved glucose control, as shown by (i) a 0.5 percent or greater reduction in HbA1c or (ii) normalization of 2-hour oGTT glucose or decreased by at least 50 mg/dL or (iii) a 25 percent or greater decrease in antidiabetic medications
Sixty-four percent of patients with uncontrolled hypertension achieved a five millimeter or greater drop in either systolic or diastolic blood pressure, as measured by 24-hour ambulatory monitoring
No evidence of progesterone receptor affinity or hypokalemia
Plan to present data at the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologist (“AACE”) Annual Scientific and Clinical Conference in Los Angeles, California, April 24-28 th
Oncologic & Metabolic Disorders Placebo-controlled, Phase 2 trial of relacorilant plus Abraxane ® in metastatic ovarian cancer underway, with planned enrollment of 180 patients in the United States and Europe
Data from dose-finding trial of relacorilant plus Abraxane to treat patients with metastatic, pancreatic cancer expected in second quarter
Dosing continues in Phase 1/2 trial of CORT125281 plus Xtandi ® to treat patients with metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer
Placebo-controlled trial of CORT118335 for prevention of antipsychotic-induced weight gain to start second quarter; two trials in the reversal of antipsychotic-induced weight gain to start in second half of the year
Placebo-controlled, Phase 2 trial of CORT118335 to treat non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (“NASH”) to start in second half of the year
Corcept’s 2018 revenue was $251.2 million, compared to $159.2 million in 2017. Fourth quarter revenue was $66.8 million, compared to $53.3 million in the fourth quarter of 2017. The company reiterated its 2019 revenue guidance of $285 – 315 million.
GAAP net income was $75.4 million for the year and $22.0 million in the fourth quarter of 2018, compared to $129.1 million for the year and $98.3 million in the fourth quarter of 2017. Fourth quarter 2017 net income included a one-time, non-cash gain of $76.4 million from the recognition of deferred tax assets.
Excluding non-cash tax benefits, non-cash expenses related to stock-based compensation, accreted interest on the company’s now-retired royalty financing obligation and related tax effects, non-GAAP net income was $30.4 in the fourth quarter, compared to $24.7 million in the fourth quarter of 2017. For the full-year, non-GAAP net income was $108.2 million, compared to $63.3 million in 2017. A reconciliation of GAAP to non-GAAP net income is included below.
Cash and investments increased by $10.1 million in the fourth quarter, to $206.8 million. This increase was after the expenditure of $14.8 million to acquire 1.1 million shares of the company’s common stock pursuant to its stock repurchase program. Under the program’s current terms, $76.3 million remains available for the repurchase of shares.
“2018 saw increased use of Korlym ® by patients with Cushing’s syndrome in every region of the country,” said Joseph K. Belanoff, MD, Corcept’s Chief Executive Officer. “In the fourth quarter, 583 physicians were treating patients with the medication – a number that we expect to grow. Increased Korlym uptake fueled our strong financial results: revenue increased by $92.0 million, non-GAAP net income increased by $45.0 million. Cash and investments nearly doubled to $206.8 million. In addition, we repurchased 1.8 million shares of our common stock.
“We continue to protect and extend our Cushing’s syndrome franchise. On February 5 th , for example, we were issued a patent (U.S. Pat. No. 10,195,214) covering the co-administration of Korlym and strong CYP3A4 inhibitors – a class of drugs that includes powerful antiviral, antibiotic, antifungal and antidepressant medications. The scientific discoveries that gave rise to this patent constituted an important advance in the safe treatment of patients taking Korlym, which is why corresponding instructions to prescribers are included in Korlym’s label.
“In 2018, we also made important clinical advances in our Cushing’s syndrome program. Data from the Phase 2 trial of our candidate to succeed Korlym – the proprietary, selective cortisol modulator, relacorilant – were strongly positive, with many patients exhibiting meaningful clinical benefit. Just as important, there were no instances of the two off-target effects – progesterone receptor affinity and increased cortisol levels – that cause Korlym’s most common and serious adverse events – termination of pregnancy, endometrial thickening, vaginal bleeding and low potassium (hypokalemia). We immediately began relacorilant’s Phase 3 trial.”
Relacorilant Phase 2 Data
Applying the endpoints for clinical benefit from relacorilant’s Phase 3 trial, 50 percent of patients with hyperglycemia in the high-dose cohort achieved improved glucose control ( see Figure 1 ). The response rate in patients with hypertension was 64 percent ( see Figure 2 ). These response rates are comparable to those exhibited by patients at 16 weeks and a dose of 1200 mg in Korlym’s pivotal trial (“SEISMIC”).
Patients in the high-dose group also met a wide range of secondary endpoints, including statistically significant improvements in hypercoagulopathy, liver function, insulin resistance, cognition and mood.
Relacorilant was well-tolerated. The most commonly reported adverse events were backpain, peripheral edema, headache and nausea – adverse events that are frequently seen when excess cortisol activity is reduced and that tend to be transitory.
Relacorilant’s Phase 3 GRACE trial is underway. It is expected to enroll 130 patients at 60 sites in the United States, Canada, Europe and Israel.
Oncology & Metabolic Disease “We expect our oncology and metabolic disease programs to take important steps forward in 2019,” said Dr. Belanoff. “Following encouraging data from our Phase 1/2 dose-finding study, we have begun a 180 patient, controlled Phase 2 trial of relacorilant plus Abraxane to treat patients with metastatic ovarian cancer, a disease with few good treatment options. We continue to gather data in metastatic pancreatic cancer and plan to release our results and clinical development plan at the time of the ASCO meeting this June. We expect to select the optimal dose of CORT125281 plus Xtandi to treat patients with metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer this year.”“We are excited to advance CORT118335 as a potential treatment for antipsychotic-induced weight gain and NASH,” added Dr. Belanoff. “We plan three placebo-controlled trials in antipsychotic-induced weight gain: the first will investigate CORT118335’s ability to prevent weight gain in healthy subjects given olanzapine (Eli Lily’s Zyprexa ® ). We plan to start this trial in the second quarter. The second two trials will be in patients taking antipsychotic medications – one to study the reversal of recently-established weight gain and the other to study the reversal of long-standing weight gain. They are planned to start in the second half of the year. Our placebo-controlled, Phase 2 trial of CORT118335 as a treatment for NASH is also planned for the second half of 2019.” Conference Call We will hold a conference call on February 25, 2019, at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time (2:00 p.m. Pacific Time). To participate, dial 1-888-220-8451 from the United States or 1-323-794-2588 internationally approximately 10 minutes before the start of the call. The passcode is 6598298. A replay will be available through March 11, 2019 at 1-888-203-1112 from the United States and 1-719-457-0820 internationally. The passcode will be 6598298. Hypercortisolism Hypercortisolism, often referred to as Cushing’s syndrome, is caused by excessive activity of the stress hormone cortisol. Endogenous Cushing’s syndrome is an orphan disease that most often affects adults aged 20-50. In the United States, an estimated […]
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