Prothena reports Q EPS (52c), consensus (62c)
Reports Q2 revenue $186K, consensus $160K. "We continue to advance our neuroscience pipeline of investigational therapies, and are progressing several programs towards key milestones," said Gene Kinney, Ph.D., President and Chief Executive Officer of Prothena. "We have initiated cell line development of a lead candidate for our tau program under our collaboration with Celgene. Enrollment in our Phase 1 study of PRX004 in ATTR amyloidosis is progressing and we now anticipate that the fourth quarter update on this program will include data from cohorts 1 through 4. Data from Part 1 of the Phase 2 PASADENA study of prasinezumab in Parkinson's disease, which is being run by Roche, are expected in 2020. We also recently reported results from the Phase 3 VITAL study of NEOD001 in AL amyloidosis and are exploring business development opportunities that could result in further clinical investigation of NEOD001." The Company is updating its full year 2019 net cash burn from operating and investing activities, and expects it to be $57-65 million, representing a decrease of approximately $7 million, and expects to end the year with approximately $371 million in cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash (midpoint). The Company had planned on initiating cell line development of a lead candidate for an Amyloid beta discovery program this year but will not be making additional investments in this program at this time based on the recent discontinuation of Biogen's aducanumab program. The updated estimated full year 2019 cash burn from operating and investing activities is primarily driven by an updated estimated net loss of $83-94 million, which includes an estimated $24 million of non-cash shared-based compensation expense.