BeiGene Continues Global Growth with Third Quarter 2023 Financial Results and Business Updates
•Generated total revenue of $781 million and global product sales of $595 million, a 102% and 70% increase from the prior-year period, respectively, while steadily improving operating leverage
•Global sales of BRUKINSA totaled $358 million, a 130% increase from the prior-year period, driven by launches in the U.S. and Europe
•First TEVIMBRA approval in EU for 2L esophageal squamous cell carcinoma (ESCC) accelerates global regulatory strategy for cornerstone therapy
BASEL, Switzerland; BEIJING; and CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – (BUSINESS WIRE) -- BeiGene, Ltd. (NASDAQ: BGNE; HKEX: 06160; SSE: 688235), a global biotechnology company, today reported financial results from the third quarter of 2023 and business highlights.
“Our BeiGene team delivered another strong quarter across our global product portfolio, driven by the ongoing successful launch of BRUKINSA, where we continue to see rapid uptake across all approved indications, including CLL,” said John V. Oyler, Chairman, Co-Founder and CEO at BeiGene. “We are excited to have regained the rights to TEVIMBRA worldwide, which is now approved in the EU and under regulatory review in 10 additional markets. We are now better positioned than ever before to execute on our global growth strategy while steadily improving operating leverage with moderate expense growth.”
Key Business and Pipeline Highlights
•Generated global sales of BRUKINSA of $357.7 million, an increase of 130% compared with the prior-year period, as global launch momentum continues across multiple indications, including chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL);
•Received a positive opinion from the European Committee for Health and Medicinal Products (CHMP) of the European Medicines Agency for BRUKINSA for the treatment of adult patients with relapsed or refractory (R/R) follicular lymphoma (FL) who have received at least two prior systematic treatments;
•Received positive guidance from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence for reimbursement of BRUKINSA on the National Health Service in England and Wales for the treatment of adult patients with R/R CLL;
•Regained global rights to the development, manufacture and commercialization of TEVIMBRA, strengthening the Company’s global portfolio in solid tumors;
•Announced European Commission (EC) approval of TEVIMBRA as monotherapy for the treatment of adult patients with unresectable, locally advanced or metastatic ESCC after prior platinum-based chemotherapy; and
•Announced U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) acceptance for review of a Biologics License Application (BLA) for tislelizumab as a first-line treatment for patients with unresectable, recurrent, locally advanced, or metastatic ESCC with a target action date in July 2024, under the Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA).
Third Quarter 2023 Financial Highlights
Total Revenue for the three months ended September 30, 2023, was $781.3 million, compared to $387.6 million in the same period of 2022, representing 101.6% growth, driven by growth in product revenue and the recognition of remaining deferred revenues from the Novartis collaborations. Total revenue by geographic area is presented as follows (amounts in thousands of U.S. dollars) (1):
| ||Three Months Ended||Nine Months Ended|
| ||September 30,||September 30,|
|United States- total revenue||398,229 ||133,431 ||815,059 ||347,180 |
|Product revenue||270,084 ||108,104 ||632,391 ||264,373 |
|Collaboration revenue||128,145 ||25,327 ||182,668 ||82,807 |
|China- total revenue||287,935 ||233,077 ||831,399 ||636,241 |
|Product revenue||284,981 ||233,077 ||825,809 ||636,241 |
|Collaboration revenue||2,954 ||— ||5,590 ||— |
|Europe- total revenue||85,583 ||17,995 ||153,273 ||46,634 |
|Product revenue||30,664 ||5,200 ||76,487 ||9,205 |
|Collaboration revenue||54,919 ||12,795 ||76,786 ||37,429 |
|Rest of world- product revenue||9,561 ||3,125 ||24,639 ||5,771 |
|Total Revenue||781,308 ||387,628 ||1,824,370 ||1,035,826 |
(1) Net product revenues by geographic area are based upon the location of the customer, and net collaboration revenue is recorded in the jurisdiction in which the related income is expected to be sourced from.
Product Revenue for the three months ended September 30, 2023, was $595.3 million, compared to $349.5 million in the same period of 2022, representing 70.3% growth;
•Product sales increased $245.8 million in the third quarter of 2023 compared to the prior-year period, primarily due to increased sales of our internally developed products, BRUKINSA and tislelizumab, as well as increased sales of in-licensed products from Amgen;
•U.S. sales of BRUKINSA totaled $270.1 million in the third quarter of 2023, representing growth of 149.8% over the prior-year period, as BRUKINSA continued to gain share across both TN and R/R adult patients with CLL or small lymphocytic lymphoma (SLL) and providers expanded adoption of all FDA-approved indications. BRUKINSA sales in China totaled $47.4 million, representing growth of 20.8% over the prior-year period, driven by increases in all approved indications as the Company continues to increase market value share as the Bruton’s tyrosine kinase inhibitor (BTKi) leader in China;
•Sales of tislelizumab in China totaled $144.4 million in the third quarter of 2023, representing growth of 12.6% compared to the prior-year period. Continued increase in new patient demand from reimbursement of new indications and further expansion of our salesforce efficiency and hospital listings continued to drive increased market penetration and leading PD-1 inhibitor market share for tislelizumab. Market share for tislelizumab continued to grow, despite a market slowdown in China during the quarter.
Gross Margin as a percentage of global product revenue for the third quarter of 2023 was 83.8%, compared to 78.1% in the prior-year period. The gross margin percentage increased primarily due to proportionally higher sales mix of global BRUKINSA compared to other products in the portfolio and compared to lower-margin sales of in-licensed products, as well as lower costs per unit for tislelizumab due to increased volume.
Operating Expenses for the three months ended September 30, 2023, were $819.0 million, compared to $749.4 million in the same period of 2022, representing 9.3% growth, primarily due to increased internal costs for research and development and sales and marketing costs in the U.S. and Europe, compared to the prior-year period. The Company expects product revenue growth to continue to meaningfully outpace operating expense growth, generating continued operating leverage.
Net Income for the quarter ended September 30, 2023, was $215.4 million compared to net loss of $557.6 million in the same period of 2022. The improvement in net income compared to the prior year period was primarily attributable to reduced operating losses and the non-operating gain of $362.9 million related to the BMS arbitration settlement. Operating loss improved $304.4 million compared to the prior-year period, as our product revenue growth and management of expenses is driving increased operating leverage. In addition, the reacquisition of the full global commercial rights to ociperlimab and TEVIMBRA resulted in the recognition of the remaining deferred collaboration revenue, which increased our total revenue.
For the quarter ended September 30, 2023, basic and diluted earnings per share were $0.16 and $0.15, respectively, and basic and diluted earnings per American Depositary Share (ADS) were $2.06 and $2.01, respectively. For the quarter ended September 30, 2022, net loss per share was $0.41 per share, and $5.39 per ADS.
Cash, Cash Equivalents, Restricted Cash, and Short-Term Investments were $3.2 billion as of September 30, 2023, and $4.5 billion as of December 31, 2022.
Cash used in operations for the quarter ended September 30, 2023 totaled $78.2 million compared to $561.9 million in the prior-year period, driven by improved operating leverage.
For further details on BeiGene’s Third Quarter 2023 Financial Statements, please see BeiGene’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the third quarter of 2023 filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
Regulatory Progress and Development Programs
|Category ||Asset||Recent Milestones|
|Approvals/ Regulatory Updates||BRUKINSA |
•Received approval of an updated label in the EU and UK for superior progression-free survival (PFS) versus ibrutinib for the treatment of R/R CLL based on results from the Phase 3 ALPINE trial
•Received a positive CHMP opinion recommending approval in combination with obinutuzumab for the treatment of adult patients with R/R FL who have received at least two prior lines of systemic therapy
•Received regulatory approvals in 13 markets for the treatment of TN and R/R CLL
•Received Swissmedic approval for the treatment of R/R CLL
•Received first approval in Malaysia for the treatment of R/R Waldenström’s macroglobulinemia (WM)
•Received U.S. FDA approval of BeiGene Suzhou as an alternative drug product manufacturing site
•Received EC approval as monotherapy for the treatment of adult patients with unresectable, locally advanced or metastatic ESCC after prior platinum-based chemotherapy
|BAITUOWEI® (Goserelin Microspheres for Injection)|
•In partnership with Luye Pharma, received China National Medicinal Products Administration (NMPA) approval for the treatment of breast cancer in premenopausal and perimenopausal women eligible for hormone therapy
•Received U.S. FDA acceptance of BLA submission for the treatment of first-line ESCC patients in combination with chemotherapy, with a target PDUFA action date in July 2024
•Received NMPA acceptance of a supplemental Biologics License Application (sBLA) submission as a combination therapy for the treatment of first-line gastric cancer patients regardless of PD-(L)1 expression
•Received NMPA acceptance of an sBLA for the treatment of first-line extensive-stage small-cell lung cancer (ES-SCLC)
•Announced positive event-free survival (EFS) readout from the Phase 3 RATIONALE 315 trial comparing neoadjuvant treatment or placebo plus platinum-based chemotherapy followed by adjuvant treatment or placebo in resectable stage II or IIIA non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC)
•Initiated global potentially registration enabling pivotal trial in R/R WM
•Enrolled first patients in Phase 1 clinical trials for four New Molecular Entities (NME), including BCL2i 2G*, CCR8 mAb, DGK and HPK1 2G*
Anticipated Upcoming Milestones
|Approvals/ Regulatory Updates||BRUKINSA|
•Receive U.S. FDA approval of an sNDA for PFS superiority in R/R CLL/SLL in the fourth quarter of 2023 based on results from the Phase 3 ALPINE trial
•Receive U.S. FDA approval of an sNDA in combination with obinutuzumab for the treatment of adult patients with R/R FL who have received two prior lines of systemic therapy in March 2024
•Receive U.S. FDA approval for the treatment of adult patients with second-line ESCC in U.S. in 2023 or first half of 2024
•Receive U.S. FDA approval for the treatment of patients with first- line unresectable, recurrent, locally advanced, or metastatic ESCC with a target PDUFA action date in July 2024
•Receive EMA approval in combination with chemotherapy for the first-line treatment of metastatic NSCLC and in the second line in the first half of 2024
•Submit an sBLA with the U.S. FDA for the treatment of first-line gastric cancer in 2023
•Submit an application for marketing and manufacturing approval with the Japan PMDA for the treatment of first- and second-line ESCC in the first half of 2024
•Submit an sBLA with the China NMPA for neoadjuvant treatment plus platinum-based chemotherapy followed by adjuvant treatment of adult patients with resectable Stage II or IIIA NSCLC in the first half of 2024
•Submit an sBLA with the EMA for the treatment of adult patients with first-line ESCC in the first quarter of 2024
|Clinical Activities/Data Readouts||BRUKINSA|
•Announce additional follow-up data from the Phase 3 ALPINE study versus IMBRUVICA in R/R CLL/SLL in the fourth quarter of 2023
•Initiate global pivotal trial in combination with BRUKINSA in first-line CLL in the fourth quarter of 2023
|BTK CDAC (BGB-1663)|
•Announce first data readouts from Phase 1 study in B-cell malignancies at ASH in December 2023
•Complete enrollment in the Phase 3 AdvanTIG-302 trial in first-line NSCLC in the first quarter of 2024
Scientific Congress Updates
•Will present 24 accepted abstracts at the American Society of Hematology (ASH) 2023 Annual Meeting in December, including long-term follow-up data from the Phase 3 ALPINE trial of BRUKINSA versus ibrutinib in adult patients with R/R CLL/SLL and clinical data from a Phase 1/2 clinical trial of BRUKINSA in combination with sonrotoclax in TN CLL;
•Presented 10 abstracts, including five oral presentations, at the European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO) 2023 Congress, highlighted by:
▪Final analysis results from the global, Phase 3 RATIONALE-305 study evaluating tislelizumab in combination with chemotherapy as a first-line treatment of advanced gastric or gastroesophageal junction adenocarcinoma (GC/GEJC); and
▪Final analysis of pathological response to neoadjuvant tislelizumab in combination with chemotherapy in patients with resectable Stage II-IIIA non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) in results from the Phase 3 RATIONALE-315 study;
▪Presented final analysis data from the Phase 3 RATIONALE-312 trial for tislelizumab in combination with chemotherapy versus chemotherapy alone for the first-line treatment of adult patients with ES-SCLC at the 2023 World Conference on Lung Cancer.
•Entered final phase of construction at U.S. flagship manufacturing and clinical R&D facility at the Princeton West Innovation Campus in Hopewell, N.J. The property has more than 1 million square feet of total developable real estate, allowing for future expansion; the site will be operational in summer 2024;
•Neared completion on construction of an ADC production facility and additional biologics clinical production capabilities at our state-of-the-art biologics facility in Guangzhou, China, which has a current total capacity of 64,000 liters; and
•This month, will complete construction on our new small molecule manufacturing campus in Suzhou, China. Phase 1 of construction is expected to add more than 559,000 square feet and expand production capacity to 600 million tablets/capsules per year; once completed, qualified and approved, it is expected to increase the current small molecule manufacturing capacity in China by more than 5 times.
•Terminated a License and Collaboration Agreement with Zymeworks for the clinical development and commercialization of its investigational HER2-targeted bispecific antibody drug conjugate, ZW49 (zanidatamab zovodotin), in Asia (excluding Japan), Australia and New Zealand.
Select Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheet Data (U.S. GAAP)
(Amounts in thousands of U.S. Dollars)
|September 30,||December 31, |
|Cash, cash equivalents, restricted cash and short-term investments||$||3,187,881 ||$||4,540,288 |
|Accounts receivable, net||309,079 ||173,168 |
|Inventories||316,929 ||282,346 |
|Property, plant and equipment, net||1,178,038 ||845,946 |
|Total assets||5,524,879 ||6,379,290 |
|Liabilities and equity:|
|Accounts payable||341,857 ||294,781 |
|Accrued expenses and other payables||505,824 ||467,352 |
|Deferred revenue||300 ||255,887 |
|R&D cost share liability||255,391 ||293,960 |
|Debt||531,051 ||538,117 |
|Total liabilities||1,761,645 ||1,995,935 |
|Total shareholder's equity||$||3,763,234 ||$||4,383,355 |
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations (U.S. GAAP)
(Amounts in thousands of U.S. dollars, except for shares, American Depositary Shares (ADSs), per share and per ADS data)
Three Months Ended
Nine Months Ended
|Product revenue, net||$||595,290 ||$||349,506 ||$||1,559,326 ||$||915,590 |
|Collaboration revenue||186,018 ||38,122 ||265,044 ||120,236 |
|Total revenues||781,308 ||387,628 ||1,824,370 ||1,035,826 |
|Cost of sales - products||96,309 ||76,543 ||274,088 ||212,953 |
|Research and development||453,259 ||426,363 ||1,284,607 ||1,194,485 |
|Selling, general and administrative ||364,421 ||322,892 ||1,087,954 ||948,868 |
|Amortization of intangible assets||1,287 ||187 ||1,662 ||563 |
|Total expenses ||915,276 ||825,985 ||2,648,311 ||2,356,869 |
|Loss from operations||(133,968)||(438,357)||(823,941)||(1,321,043)|
|Interest income, net||26,649 ||12,759 ||57,735 ||34,261 |
|Other income (expense), net||336,657 ||(125,640)||291,142 ||(243,290)|
|Income (loss) before income taxes||229,338 ||(551,238)||(475,064)||(1,530,072)|
|Income tax expense||13,925 ||6,318 ||39,091 ||28,408 |
|Net income (loss)||215,413 ||(557,556)||(514,155)||(1,558,480)|
|Net income (loss) per share attributable to BeiGene, Ltd.:|
|Basic ||$||0.16 ||$||(0.41)||$||(0.38)||$||(1.16)|
|Weighted-average shares outstanding:|
|Basic ||1,360,716,279 ||1,345,303,747 ||1,358,392,470 ||1,337,976,853 |
|Diluted||1,390,331,833 ||1,345,303,747 ||1,358,392,470 ||1,337,976,853 |
|Net income (loss) per ADS attributable to BeiGene, Ltd.:|
|Weighted-average ADSs outstanding:|
|Basic ||104,670,483 ||103,484,904 ||104,491,728 ||102,921,296 |
|Diluted||106,948,603 ||103,484,904 ||104,491,728 ||102,921,296 |
BeiGene is a global biotechnology company that is discovering and developing innovative oncology treatments that are more affordable and accessible to cancer patients worldwide. With a broad portfolio, we are expediting development of our diverse pipeline of novel therapeutics through our internal capabilities and collaborations. We are committed to radically improving access to medicines for far more patients who need them. Our growing global team of more than 10,000 colleagues spans five continents, with administrative offices in Basel, Beijing, and Cambridge, U.S. To learn more about BeiGene, please visit www.beigene.com and follow us on LinkedIn and X (formerly known as Twitter).
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