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REHOVOT, Israel – February 12, 2019 — Kamada Ltd. (Nasdaq: KMDA) (KMDA.TA), a plasma-derived protein therapeutics company, today announced financial results for the three and 12-months ended December 31, 2018.
“We are very pleased with the strength demonstrated in our business during 2018,” said Amir London, Kamada’s Chief Executive Officer. “Our strong performance in the fourth quarter drove full-year 2018 total revenues to $114.5 million, an increase of 11 percent compared to full-year 2017. The growth in 2018 was primarily driven by the successful launch and strong sales in the U.S. of KedRAB®, our anti-rabies IgG product. Our overall business continues to thrive due to our successful strategic collaborations, robust operating systems and the proficiency demonstrated by our industry leading team. From a profitability perspective, 2018 was a record-breaking year for Kamada, with $19.2 million in operating income, and $23.9 million in adjusted EBITDA.”
“With the expected continued growth of GLASSIA® and KedRAB in the U.S, we are well-positioned to drive further achievements in our business in 2019. As such, we are reiterating our full-year 2019 total revenue guidance of $125 million to $130 million, which would represent another strong year of double-digit percentage growth over full-year 2018. Looking further ahead, our supply agreement with Shire, now part of Takeda, currently extends through the end of 2020, followed by an expected flow of future royalties over the next 20 years,” continued Mr. London.
“In addition to our strong commercial performance, our clinical development pipeline continues to advance, creating multiple key long-term catalysts for Kamada. We have a clearly defined regulatory path for inhaled AAT for the treatment of Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency in Europe. In the U.S., we await a response from the FDA to our submission of the requested information related to inhaled AAT. Pending FDA clearance to do so we intend to initiate a Phase 3 clinical trial during 2019, which would contribute to increased R&D investment, compared to 2018. In the IV-AAT proof-of-concept trial for the treatment of acute Graft versus Host Disease (GvHD), enrollment is progressing well at five active sites, and we anticipate the completion of enrolment followed by the availability of interim data from this study by the end of 2019. In addition, we recently reported encouraging interim results following one year of treatment in our Phase 2 trial of IV-AAT for the prevention of lung transplant rejection. These data demonstrated a trend towards improvements in multiple key clinical outcomes, and we look forward to top-line data from this study, which are expected by the end of 2019,” concluded Mr. London.
Financial Highlights for the Three Months Ended December 31, 2018
Financial Highlights for the Year Ended December 31, 2018
Balance Sheet Highlights
As of December 31, 2018, the Company had cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments of $50.6 million, compared with $43.0 million at December 31, 2017.
Recent Corporate Highlights
Kamada management will host an investment community conference call on Tuesday, February 12 at 8:30am Eastern Time to discuss these results and answer questions. Shareholders and other interested parties may participate in the conference call by dialing 866-548-4713 (from within the U.S.), 1809 212 883 (from Israel), or 323-794-2093 (International) and entering the conference identification number: 4252437. The call will also be webcast live on the Internet on the Company’s website at www.kamada.com.
A replay of the call will be accessible two hours after its completion through February 26 by dialing 844-512-2921 (from within the U.S.) or 412-317-6671 (from outside the U.S.) and entering the conference identification number: 4252437. The call will also be archived for 90 days on the Company’s website at www.kamada.com.
Kamada Ltd. is focused on plasma-derived protein therapeutics for orphan indications, and has a commercial product portfolio and a late-stage product pipeline. The Company uses its proprietary platform technology and know-how for the extraction and purification of proteins from human plasma to produce Alpha-1 Antitrypsin (AAT) in a highly-purified, liquid form, as well as other plasma-derived Immune globulins. AAT is a protein derived from human plasma with known and newly-discovered therapeutic roles given its immunomodulatory, anti-inflammatory, tissue-protective and antimicrobial properties. The Company’s flagship product is GLASSIA®, the first liquid, ready-to-use, intravenous plasma-derived AAT product approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Kamada markets GLASSIA® in the U.S. through a strategic partnership with Baxalta (now part of Shire plc) and in other counties through local distributors. In addition to GLASSIA®, Kamada has a product line of six other plasma-derived pharmaceutical products administered by injection or infusion, that are marketed through distributors in more than 15 countries, including Israel, Russia, Brazil, India and other countries in Latin America and Asia. Kamada has late-stage products in development, including an inhaled formulation of AAT for the treatment of AAT deficiency, and in addition, its intravenous AAT is in development for other indications, such as type-1 diabetes, GvHD and prevention of lung transplant rejection. Kamada’s rabies immune globulin (Human) product received FDA approval for Post-Exposure Prophylaxis against rabies infection in August 2017 and was launched in the US during Q1-2018. Kamada also leverages its expertise and presence in the plasma-derived protein therapeutics market by distributing more than 10 complementary products in Israel that are manufactured by third parties.
Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
This release includes forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 21E of the U.S. Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and the safe harbor provisions of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements are statements that are not historical facts, such as (without limitation) statements regarding Kamada’s continued revenue growth of our marketed proprietary products, including GLASSIA and KedRAB in the U.S., and 2019 revenue guidance, our expectation for 20 years of steady royalties stream from Shire post 2020, continued prospects in our development pipeline, including: our expectation to received FDA response regarding our Inhaled AAT program, including expectations for future increased R&D investments over 2018; continued enrollment of patients in the GvHD study and our anticipation to complete the enrollment for this study by the end of 2019; our plan to publish interim results from the GvHD study as well as top-line results of our Lung Transplant Rejection study by the end of 2019; and our positive comments related to the recently published interim results of the Lung Transplant Rejection study. Forward-looking statements are based on Kamada’s current knowledge and its present beliefs and expectations regarding possible future events and are subject to risks, uncertainties and assumptions. Actual results and the timing of events could differ materially from those anticipated in these forward-looking statements as a result of several factors including, but not limited to, unexpected results of ongoing clinical studies, delays with the studies, additional competition in the markets that Kamada competes, including AAT, regulatory delays, prevailing market conditions, and the impact of general economic, industry or political conditions in the U.S., Israel or otherwise. The forward-looking statements made herein speak only as of the date of this announcement and Kamada undertakes no obligation to update publicly such forward-looking statements to reflect subsequent events or circumstances, except as otherwise required by law.
Chief Financial Officer
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