Arcturus Therapeutics Reports Fourth Quarter and Year End 2019 Financial Results

March 11, 2020 at 4:01 PM EDT

IND Filed for Flagship Program ARCT-810
Coronavirus Vaccine Program Initiated
Investor Conference Call at 4:30 pm ET Today

SAN DIEGO, Calif., March 11, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Arcturus Therapeutics (the “Company”, NASDAQ: ARCT), a leading messenger RNA medicines company focused on the discovery, development and commercialization of therapeutics for rare diseases and vaccines, today reported its financial results for the quarter and year ended December 31, 2019, and provided a corporate update.

Recent Highlights

  • Filed IND for ARCT-810 with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
  • Entered into fully funded collaboration to develop a vaccine for coronavirus (COVID-19) using Arcturus’ proprietary STARR™ (Self-Transcribing And Replicating RNA) Technology

“In 2019, we made progress across all aspects of our business, and continued to establish Arcturus as one of the leaders in the development of mRNA medicines,” said Joseph E. Payne, President & CEO of Arcturus Therapeutics.  “Today, we achieved one of our primary goals for 2020, by filing the Investigational New Drug (IND) application for ARCT-810, a potential treatment for ornithine transcarbamylase (OTC) deficiency.”

Payne added, “The World Health Organization hailed Singapore as an exemplar for other countries in dealing with the coronavirus, as such, the Arcturus team is honored to work with Duke-NUS as we develop a COVID-19 vaccine.  The coronavirus vaccine is based on Arcturus’ STARR™ Technology, and if successful, could be used to vaccinate millions of people.”

Financial Results for the Quarter and Year ended December 31, 2019
Revenues in conjunction with strategic alliances and collaborations: Arcturus’s primary source of revenues is currently from license fees and collaborative payments received from research and development arrangements with pharmaceutical and biotechnology partners. For the fourth quarter of 2019, the Company reported revenue of $3.0 million, compared with $7.6 million during fourth quarter of 2018.  For the year ended December 31, 2019, Arcturus reported revenue of $20.8 million, compared with revenue of $15.8 million during the year ended December 31, 2018.  

Operating expenses: Total operating expenses for the fourth quarter of 2019 were $13.8 million compared with $8.3 million for the same period of 2018. Total operating expenses for the year ended December 31, 2019 were $46.3 million compared with $37.6 million for year ended December 31, 2018.

Net Loss: For the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2019, Arcturus reported a net loss of approximately $11.0 million, or ($0.76) per basic and diluted share, compared with a net loss for the fourth quarter of 2018 of $1.0 million, or ($0.10) per basic and diluted share. For the year ended December 31, 2019, net loss was approximately $26.0 million, or ($2.15) per basic and diluted share, compared with a net loss for the year ended 2018 of $21.8 million, or ($2.16) per basic and diluted share.

Cash, cash equivalents, and investments: totaled $71.4 million as of December 31, 2019, compared to cash and cash equivalents of $36.7 million at December 31, 2018. Based on current projections, the Company’s current cash position is expected to be sufficient to support operations through the first quarter of 2021.

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About Arcturus Therapeutics 
Founded in 2013 and based in San Diego, California, Arcturus Therapeutics Holdings Inc. (Nasdaq: ARCT) is an RNA medicines company with enabling technologies – LUNAR® lipid-mediated delivery, Unlocked Nucleomonomer Analog (UNA) chemistry, STARR™ Technology– and mRNA drug substance along with drug product manufacturing. Arcturus’ diverse pipeline of RNA therapeutics includes programs to potentially treat Ornithine Transcarbamylase (OTC) Deficiency, Cystic Fibrosis, Coronavirus (COVID-19), Glycogen Storage Disease Type 3, Hepatitis B, and non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH). Arcturus’ versatile RNA therapeutics platforms can be applied toward multiple types of nucleic acid medicines including messenger RNA, small interfering RNA, replicon RNA, antisense RNA, microRNA, DNA, and gene editing therapeutics. Arcturus’ technologies are covered by its extensive patent portfolio (182 patents and patent applications, issued in the U.S., Europe, Japan, China and other countries). Arcturus’ commitment to the development of novel RNA therapeutics has led to collaborations with Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc., part of the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson, Ultragenyx Pharmaceutical, Inc., Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited, CureVac AG, Synthetic Genomics Inc., Duke-NUS, and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. For more information visit

Forward Looking Statements
This press release contains forward-looking statements that involve substantial risks and uncertainties for purposes of the safe harbor provided by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Any statements, other than statements of historical fact included in this press release, including those regarding strategy, future operations, collaborations, the likelihood of success of the Company’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine or other products, the IND application, the status of preclinical and clinical development programs, the planned initiation of clinical trials and our current cash position and expected cash burn are forward-looking statements. Arcturus may not actually achieve the plans, carry out the intentions or meet the expectations or projections disclosed in any forward-looking statements such as the foregoing and you should not place undue reliance on such forward-looking statements. Such statements are based on management’s current expectations and involve risks and uncertainties, including those discussed under the heading “Risk Factors” in Arcturus’ Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2018, filed with the SEC on March 18, 2019 and in subsequent filings with, or submissions to, the SEC. We intend to file the December 31, 2019 Annual Report on Form 10-K on Friday March 13, 2020. Except as otherwise required by law, Arcturus disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward- looking statements, which speak only as of the date they were made, whether as a result of new information, future events or circumstances or otherwise.

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(in thousands, except par value information)
  As of December 31,  
  2019     2018  
Current assets:              
Cash and cash equivalents $ 71,353     $ 36,709  
Accounts receivable   2,179       4,481  
Prepaid expenses and other current assets   758       638  
Total current assets   74,290       41,828  
Property and equipment, net   2,349       1,975  
Operating lease right-of-use asset, net   5,134        
Equity-method investment   263       288  
Non-current restricted cash   107       107  
Total assets $ 82,143     $ 44,198  
Liabilities and stockholders’ equity              
Current liabilities:              
Accounts payable $ 5,793     $ 2,398  
Accrued liabilities   7,134       3,907  
Deferred revenue   8,397       6,272  
Total current liabilities   21,324       12,577  
Deferred revenue, net of current portion   15,182       7,534  
Long-term debt   14,995       9,911  
Operating lease liability, net of current portion   4,850        
Deferred rent         534  
Total liabilities   56,351       30,556  
Commitments and contingencies (Note 13)              
Stockholders’ equity:              
Common stock: $0.001 par value; 30,000 shares authorized; 15,138 issued and outstanding   15       214  
  at December 31, 2019; NIS 0.07 par value; 30,000 shares authorized, 10,762 issued,
  10,719 outstanding and 43 held in treasury at December 31, 2018;
Additional paid-in capital   97,445       58,302  
Accumulated deficit   (71,668 )     (44,874 )
Total stockholders’ equity   25,792       13,642  
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity $ 82,143     $ 44,198  


(in thousands, except per share data)
  Three Months Ended December 31,     Years Ended December 31,  
  2019     2018     2019     2018  
Collaboration revenue $ 2,968     $ 7,577     $ 20,789     $ 15,753  
Operating expenses:                              
Research and development, net   11,994       4,847       33,640       16,982  
General and administrative   1,791       3,440       12,662       20,582  
Total operating expenses   13,785       8,287       46,302       37,564  
Loss from operations   (10,817 )     (710 )     (25,513 )     (21,811 )
Loss from equity-method investment   (47 )     (255 )     (32 )     (302 )
Finance (expense) income, net   (125 )     (46 )     (446 )     328  
Net loss   (10,989 )     (1,011 )     (25,991 )     (21,785 )
Net loss per share, basic and diluted $ (0.76 )   $ (0.10 )   $ (2.15 )   $ (2.16 )
Weighted-average shares outstanding, basic and diluted   14,505       10,095       12,069       10,069  
Comprehensive loss:                              
Net loss $ (10,989 )   $ (1,011 )   $ (25,991 )   $ (21,785 )
Unrealized gain (loss) on short-term investments         (4 )           3  
Comprehensive loss $ (10,989 )   $ (1,015 )   $ (25,991 )   $ (21,782 )



Source: Arcturus Therapeutics Holdings Inc.