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Allogene Therapeutics, Inc. ALLO incurred a loss of 57 cents per share in third-quarter 2021, wider than the Zacks Consensus Estimate of a loss of 56 cents as well as the year-ago loss of 52 cents per share.
The company recorded revenues of $49,000 during the quarter. The company did not record any revenues in the year-ago quarter.
Allogene’s shares were up 1.8% in after-hours trading on Nov 4. Shares of Allogene have declined 23% so far this year compared with the industry’s decrease of 6.9%.
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Quarter in Detail
Research & development (R&D) expenses were $58.7 million, up 14.2% from the year-ago quarter.
General and administrative (G&A) expenses increased 14.3% year over year to $19 million.
The company had $861.7 million in cash, cash equivalents and investments as of Sep 30, 2021, compared with $913.2 million as of Jun 30, 2021.
Maintains 2021 Guidance
Allogene maintained its previous guidance for operating expenses for 2021. Operating expenses are expected to be between $300 million and $330 million.
Allogene has six pipeline candidates in early-stage of clinical development, including five AlloCAR T cell product candidates — ALLO-501, ALLO-501A, ALLO-715, ALLO-605 and ALLO-316 — and a monoclonal antibody (mAB), ALLO-647. Please note that the company utilizes ALLO-647 as part of its differentiated lymphodepletion regimen in clinical studies evaluating ALLO-501 or ALLO-715.
In October, the FDA placed Allogene’s clinical studies — ALPHA, ALPHA2, IGNITE, TRAVERSE, UNIVERSAL — evaluating AlloCAR T-based cancer therapies on clinical hold. The decision was taken by the regulatory authority following the report of a chromosomal abnormality with unclear clinical significance in a patient in the phase I/II study — ALPHA2 — evaluating ALLO-501A. The company is currently working with the FDA to resolve the clinical hold.
The FDA is also currently reviewing the end of phase I materials submitted by the company to support the start of a pivotal phase II study on ALLO-501A.
Allogene plans to present updated data from the AlloCAR T studies at the American Society of Hematology annual meeting next month. The updated data to be presented at the meeting from the ALPHA2 study demonstrated that consolidation dosing of ALLO-501A is well tolerated and has the potential for enhanced efficacy compared to a single dose. The updated data from the UNIVERSAL study demonstrated that a single dose of ALLO-715 has the potential toinduce deep responses and can be delivered rapidly without the need for bridging therapy for treating relapsed/refractory multiple myeloma. ALLO-715 was granted orphan-drug designation for treating multiple myeloma in August.
Allogene Therapeutics, Inc. Price, Consensus and EPS Surprise
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Zacks Rank & Key Picks
Allogene currently has a Zacks Rank #4 (Sell).
Some better-ranked stocks from the biotech sector are Agenus Inc. AGEN, Vertex Pharmaceuticals VRTX and Vanda Pharmaceuticals Inc. VNDA, all carrying a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.
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Vertex’s earnings per share estimates have increased from $12.37 to $12.63 for 2021 and from $13.13 to $13.16 for 2022 in the past 30 days. The company delivered an earnings surprise of 8.00%, on average, in the last four quarters.
Estimates for Vanda’s earnings per share estimates have increased from 62 cents to 67 cents for 2021 and from 80 cents to $1.01 for 2022 in the past 30 days. The company delivered an earnings surprise of 23.66%, on average, in the last four quarters. The stock has rallied 21.3% so far this year.
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