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Allakos Provides Business Update and Reports Second Quarter 2022 Financial Results

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Allakos Inc.
Allakos Inc.

SAN CARLOS, Calif., Aug. 04, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Allakos Inc. (the “Company”) (Nasdaq: ALLK), a biotechnology company developing lirentelimab (AK002) and AK006 for the treatment of allergic and inflammatory diseases, today provided a business update and reported financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2022.

Recent Allakos Events

  • Submitted End-of-Phase 2 briefing package to FDA to discuss Phase 2 KRYPTOS data and development pathway of lirentelimab in patients with eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE). Meeting with FDA scheduled for third quarter of 2022.

Upcoming Allakos Milestones

  • Report topline data from Phase 3 EoDyssey study of lirentelimab (AK002) in patients with eosinophilic duodenitis (EoD) in third quarter of 2022.

  • Hold End-of-Phase 2 meeting with FDA during third quarter of 2022 to discuss Phase 2 KRYPTOS data and development path.

  • Initiate Phase 2b randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study of subcutaneous lirentelimab in patients with chronic spontaneous urticaria in third quarter of 2022.

  • Complete IND-enabling studies of AK006 by end of fourth quarter of 2022 and initiate first-in-human study in first half of 2023.

  • Report topline data from Phase 2 study of subcutaneous lirentelimab in patients with atopic dermatitis in second half of 2023.

  • Report topline data from Phase 2 study of subcutaneous lirentelimab in patients with chronic spontaneous urticaria in second half of 2023.

Second Quarter 2022 Financial Results

Research and development expenses were $34.4 million in the second quarter of 2022 compared to $41.0 million in second quarter of 2021. Second quarter 2022 research and development expenses decreased by $6.6 million compared to the same period of 2021 primarily due to a decrease in contract research and development and clinical costs primarily relating to lirentelimab, partially offset by an increase in equipment and overhead related costs related to the Company’s corporate facility.

General and administrative expenses were $14.7 million in the second quarter of 2022 compared to $16.2 million in second quarter of 2021. Second quarter 2022 general and administrative expenses decreased by $1.5 million compared to the same period in 2021 due to decreases in equipment and overhead related costs, personnel-related costs and in other general and administrative expenses.

Allakos reported a net loss of $49.1 million in the second quarter of 2022 compared to $57.2 million in the second quarter of 2021. The second quarter of 2022 included non-cash expenses for stock-based compensation of $11.8 million, compared to $11.4 million in the same period in 2021, and depreciation of $1.9 million, compared to $0.4 million in the same period in 2021. Net loss per basic and diluted share was $0.90 for the second quarter of 2022 compared to $1.07 in the second quarter of 2021.

Allakos ended the second quarter of 2022 with $212.4 million in cash, cash equivalents and investments.

About Allakos

Allakos is a clinical stage biotechnology company developing therapeutics which target immunomodulatory receptors present on immune effector cells involved in allergy, inflammatory and proliferative diseases. Activating these immunomodulatory receptors allows for the direct targeting of cells involved in disease pathogenesis and, in the setting of allergy and inflammation, has the potential to result in broad inhibition of inflammatory cells. The Company’s most advanced antibodies are lirentelimab and AK006. Lirentelimab selectively targets both mast cells and eosinophils, two types of white blood cells that are widely distributed in the body and play a central role in the inflammatory response. Inappropriately activated mast cells and eosinophils have been identified as key drivers in a number of severe diseases affecting the gastrointestinal tract, eyes, skin, lungs and other organs. Allakos is developing lirentelimab for the treatment of eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE), eosinophilic gastritis (EG), eosinophilic duodenitis (EoD), atopic dermatitis, chronic spontaneous urticaria and potentially additional indications. Lirentelimab has received orphan disease status for EoE, EG, and EoD from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). AK006 targets Siglec-6, an inhibitory receptor expressed selectively on mast cells. AK006 appears to provide deeper mast cell inhibition than lirentelimab and, in addition to its inhibitory activity, reduce mast cell numbers. Allakos plans to begin human studies with AK006 in the first half of 2023. For more information, please visit the Company's website at www.allakos.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 as contained in Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Such forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, Allakos’ business plans and product candidates’ progress, the expected timing of FDA discussions and anticipated study results and the reporting of such results, plans relating to Allakos’ future IND-enabling studies and clinical trials, and Allakos’ upcoming milestones. Such statements are subject to numerous important factors, risks and uncertainties that may cause actual events or results to differ materially from current expectations and beliefs, including but not limited to: Allakos’ stages of clinical drug development; Allakos’ ability to timely complete clinical trials for, and if approved, commercialize lirentelimab (AK002), its lead compound; Allakos’ ability to obtain required regulatory approvals for its product candidates; uncertainties related to the enrollment of patients in its clinical trials; Allakos’ ability to demonstrate sufficient safety and efficacy of its product candidates in its clinical trials; uncertainties related to the success of later-stage clinical trials, regardless of the outcomes of preclinical testing and prior clinical trials; market acceptance of Allakos’ product candidates; uncertainties related to the projections of the size of patient populations suffering from the diseases Allakos is targeting; Allakos’ ability to advance additional product candidates beyond lirentelimab; Allakos’ ability to obtain additional capital to finance its operations; and other important risk factors set forth in Allakos’ most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the SEC on March 1, 2022 and future reports to be filed with the SEC. These documents contain and identify important factors that could cause the actual results for Allakos to differ materially from those contained in Allakos’ forward-looking statements. Any forward-looking statements contained in this press release speak only as of the date hereof, and Allakos specifically disclaims any obligation to update any forward-looking statement, except as required by law. These forward-looking statements should not be relied upon as representing Allakos’ views as of any date subsequent to the date of this press release.

Source: Allakos Inc.



ALLAKOS INC.
UNAUDITED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS AND COMPREHENSIVE LOSS
(in thousands, except per share data)

 

 

Three Months Ended

 

 

Six Months Ended

 

 

 

June 30,

 

 

June 30,

 

 

 

2022

 

 

2021

 

 

2022

 

 

2021

 

Operating expenses

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Research and development

 

$

34,448

 

 

$

40,985

 

 

$

211,255

 

 

$

79,900

 

General and administrative

 

 

14,669

 

 

 

16,210

 

 

 

33,513

 

 

 

32,880

 

Total operating expenses

 

 

49,117

 

 

 

57,195

 

 

 

244,768

 

 

 

112,780

 

Loss from operations

 

 

(49,117

)

 

 

(57,195

)

 

 

(244,768

)

 

 

(112,780

)

Interest income

 

 

104

 

 

 

103

 

 

 

187

 

 

 

233

 

Other expense, net

 

 

(90

)

 

 

(117

)

 

 

(1,545

)

 

 

(220

)

Net loss

 

 

(49,103

)

 

 

(57,209

)

 

 

(246,126

)

 

 

(112,767

)

Unrealized gain (loss) on investments

 

 

209

 

 

 

(56

)

 

 

(107

)

 

 

24

 

Comprehensive loss

 

$

(48,894

)

 

$

(57,265

)

 

$

(246,233

)

 

$

(112,743

)

Net loss per common share:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic and diluted

 

$

(0.90

)

 

$

(1.07

)

 

$

(4.50

)

 

$

(2.11

)

Weighted-average number of common shares outstanding:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic and diluted

 

 

54,798

 

 

 

53,669

 

 

 

54,742

 

 

 

53,429

 

 

 

ALLAKOS INC.
UNAUDITED CONDENSED BALANCE SHEETS
(in thousands)

 

 

June 30,

 

 

December 31,

 

 

 

2022

 

 

2021

 

Assets

 

 

 

 

 

 

Current assets:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents

 

$

82,452

 

 

$

152,822

 

Investments

 

 

129,987

 

 

 

271,416

 

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

 

 

9,427

 

 

 

27,343

 

Total current assets

 

 

221,866

 

 

 

451,581

 

Property and equipment, net

 

 

41,300

 

 

 

43,100

 

Operating lease right-of-use assets

 

 

31,962

 

 

 

31,707

 

Other long-term assets

 

 

11,781

 

 

 

8,436

 

Total assets

 

$

306,909

 

 

$

534,824

 

Liabilities and stockholders’ equity

 

 

 

 

 

 

Current liabilities:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Accounts payable

 

$

9,865

 

 

$

13,692

 

Accrued expenses and other current liabilities

 

 

26,638

 

 

 

26,557

 

Total current liabilities

 

 

36,503

 

 

 

40,249

 

Operating lease liabilities, net of current portion

 

 

47,597

 

 

 

49,099

 

Total liabilities

 

 

84,100

 

 

 

89,348

 

Stockholders’ equity:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Common stock

 

 

54

 

 

 

54

 

Additional paid-in capital

 

 

1,081,965

 

 

 

1,058,399

 

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

 

 

(260

)

 

 

(153

)

Accumulated deficit

 

 

(858,950

)

 

 

(612,824

)

Total stockholders’ equity

 

 

222,809

 

 

 

445,476

 

Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity

 

$

306,909

 

 

$

534,824

 

 

CONTACT: Investor Contact: Adam Tomasi, President and COO Alex Schwartz, VP Strategic Finance and Investor Relations ir@allakos.com Media Contact: Denise Powell denise@redhousecomms.com