London: Friday, July 27, 2018: Hutchison China MediTech Limited (“Chi-Med”) (AIM/Nasdaq: HCM) today announces its unaudited financial results for the six months ended June 30, 2018 and updates shareholders on key clinical programs.
The points below are selected financial data for the six months ended June 30, 2018. For more details, please refer to “Financial Review”, “Operations Review” and “Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements” below.
Innovation Platform: increased investment in Research and Development (“R&D”) driven by initiation of new trials and ongoing enrollment in existing Phase III programs
Commercial Platform: strong net income growth amid shift in revenue model and over-the-counter (“OTC”) logistics divestment
The points below summarize some of the pipeline development highlights so far this year. For more details, please refer to “Operations Review – Innovation Platform” below.
Fruquintinib – Highly selective tyrosine kinase inhibitor (“TKI”) of vascular endothelial growth factor receptor (“VEGFR”) 1/2/3:
Savolitinib – Highly selective TKI of mesenchymal epithelial transition factor (“c-MET”) – Global Phase III studies underway or in planning:
Sulfatinib – Unique angio-immuno kinase inhibitor of VEGFR, fibroblast growth factor receptor (“FGFR”) 1, and colony stimulating factor-1 receptor (“CSF-1R”):
Further progress in early/proof-of-concept clinical trials, including:
Expansion of U.S. and international operations, and recruitment of key personnel:
Key potential pipeline milestones anticipated in the next 6-12 months
The points below summarize some of the operational and financial highlights of our Commercial Platform in the first half of 2018. For more details, please refer to “Operations Review — Commercial Platform” below.
Scaled, high-performance drug marketing and distribution platform covering ~300 cites/towns in China with approximately 3,400 sales personnel. Targeting multiple indications with many household-name brands:
Simon To, Chairman of Chi-Med, said: “Chi-Med continues to deliver on its clear strategy of developing its broad pipeline and cultivating and growing its capabilities in global drug discovery and development, while maintaining an over a decade-and-a-half long track record of earnings growth in its Commercial Platform.
During the first half of 2018, we have focused on navigating the China NDA process for fruquintinib, which we believe is now nearing completion. We are optimistic that we will see fruquintinib approved and launched by year end. We also look forward, around year end, to reporting the top-line results for the pivotal Phase III, the FALUCA study, of fruquintinib in third-line NSCLC in China.
Our collaboration with AstraZeneca continues to gather momentum, and we are currently enrolling registration studies in both kidney and lung cancer indications for savolitinib monotherapy. We are also in the process of planning and preparing to initiate multiple additional studies in lung and gastric cancers, which we believe may ultimately serve as registration studies.
Our un-partnered assets have also made good progress, with sulfatinib in two Phase III studies in China that could produce readout next year in NETs. In addition, we have worked with key opinion leaders and the regulatory authorities in China to agree on a Phase III pathway for epitinib and aim to initiate a pivotal study around year end. On our Syk, phosphoinositide 3-kinase delta (“PI3Kδ”) and FGFR compounds, all of which are in proof-of-concept, we have made meaningful progress in enrollment thereby acquiring a preliminary understanding of efficacy and safety for each compound. We expect to present some of these data at scientific conferences over the next twelve months.
We are now looking closely into multiple opportunities to combine our highly selective TKIs with both PD-1 and PD-L1 immunotherapy agents and will strive to make progress during the second half of 2018, via collaboration, in this very high potential arena.
We have expanded our U.S./ex-Asia operations, including our office in New Jersey, and continue to recruit seasoned talent to manage the progress of our unpartnered compounds through proof-of-concept, registration trials, and market launch in territories outside of Asia.
Chi-Med has a clear and ambitious aim to bring three of our drugs through approval over the next approximately three years. We believe we are adequately structured and resourced to support this aim. In the longer term, we intend to continue to emerge as a world-class innovator based in China, bringing our assets to both the China and global markets. We have confidence in our ability to achieve these aims.”
Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures – References in this announcement to adjusted R&D expenses, adjusted consolidated net income attributable to Chi-Med from our Commercial Platform, adjusted consolidated operating profit from our Commercial Platform, adjusted consolidated net income attributable to Chi-Med from our Prescription Drugs business and adjusted revenue of HBYS and non-consolidated joint ventures 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.
Our updated guidance for 2018, compared to the most recent guidance in our full year results announcement for the year ended December 31, 2017 dated March 12, 2018, includes a $20 million increase in expected full year Innovation Platform R&D expense to $130-140 million. This increase reflects a rise in clinical trial spending as well as broadening of organizational scale and new middle management share-based incentive grants. These costs are all driven by the heightened competitive environment in China biotech, resulting from the step-change increase interest and investment in the sector over the past two years. We make no other changes to the full year 2018 financial guidance as detailed below:
|Group Level:||2018 Previous Guidance||2018 Current Guidance||Adjustment|
|Admin., interest & tax||$(16)-(18)m||$(16)-(18)m||None|
|Net loss ||$(19)-(52)m||$(39)-(72)m||$(20)m increase|
|Net loss ||$(60)-(80)m||$(80)-(100)m||$(20)m increase|
|Sales of non-consolidated
|Net income on an as adjusted
(non-GAAP) basis excl.
one-time gains 
|One-time gains ||$0-20m ||$0-20m ||None|
|Net income ||$41-63m||$41-63m||None|
Notes:  Attributable to Chi-Med;  Joint ventures;  One-time property compensation, timing of which is dependent on Guangzhou government policy.
Chi-Med is an innovative biopharmaceutical company which researches, develops, manufactures and sells pharmaceuticals and healthcare products. Its Innovation Platform, Hutchison MediPharma Limited, focuses on discovering and developing innovative therapeutics in oncology and autoimmune diseases for the global market. Its Commercial Platform manufactures, markets, and distributes prescription drugs and consumer health products in China.
Chi-Med is majority owned by the multinational conglomerate CK Hutchison Holdings Limited (SEHK: 1). For more information, please visit: www.chi-med.com.
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