Leap Therapeutics Reports Second Quarter 2020 Financial Results

August 13, 2020

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Aug. 13, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Leap Therapeutics, Inc. (Nasdaq:LPTX), a biotechnology company focused on developing targeted and immuno-oncology therapeutics, today reported financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2020.

Leap Second Quarter Highlights:

  • Completed a $51.75 million public offering of common stock and pre-funded warrants to purchase common stock
  • Presented updated data for DKN-01 monotherapy that showed a complete response and partial response in endometrial cancer patients with additional responses observed for the DKN-01 plus paclitaxel combination in carcinosarcoma patients
  • Announced Orphan Drug Designation of DKN-01 for the treatment of gastric and gastroesophageal junction cancer

"Our partnership with BeiGene for the clinical development and commercialization of DKN-01 is progressing extremely well, and we look forward to dosing the first patient this quarter in the combination study of DKN-01 plus tislelizumab, BeiGene's anti-PD-1 antibody, for the treatment of gastric or gastroesophageal junction cancer patients," said Douglas E. Onsi, President and Chief Executive Officer of Leap. "DKN-01 continues to show potential to treat multiple biomarker-defined cancers, as both a single agent and in combination with chemotherapy or anti-PD-1 therapies. We are excited about the promise of this program and, with the proceeds from our recent public offering, are well funded to drive development forward."

Business Update

  • Leap Completed $51.75 Million Public Offering of Common Stock and Pre-Funded Warrants to Purchase Common Stock – In June 2020, Leap announced the closing of an underwritten public offering yielding aggregate gross proceeds of $51.75 million, before deducting underwriting discounts and commissions and other offering expenses payable by Leap.

DKN-01 Clinical Update

DKN-01 is a humanized monoclonal antibody that binds to and blocks the activity of the Dickkopf-1 (DKK1) protein, a modulator of Wnt/Beta-catenin signaling. DKK1 has an important role in tumor cell signaling and in mediating an immuno-suppressive tumor microenvironment.

  • Leap Presented Updated Data for DKN-01 Monotherapy and Paclitaxel Combination in Gynecologic Cancers – Leap announced updated clinical data from its ongoing Phase 2 clinical trial of DKN-01, as both a monotherapy and in combination with paclitaxel chemotherapy, in patients with advanced gynecological malignancies. Leap hosted a conference call with Rebecca Arend, M.D., Assistant Professor and Associate Scientist, Gynecologic Oncology Clinic, The University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine Comprehensive Cancer Center Experimental Therapeutics Program, on April 23, 2020, to discuss the data. Key findings from the P204 study include the following:
    • DKN-01 Monotherapy in Endometrial Cancer: Twenty-nine endometrial cancer patients were enrolled in the DKN-01 monotherapy arm, over 75% of whom had experienced three or more prior lines of therapy. Of those patients, 26 were evaluable for response. In the 20 patients with a Wnt signaling alteration, one patient (5%) has an ongoing complete response, one patient (5%) had a partial response, eight patients (40%) had a best response of stable disease, and 10 patients (50%) had progressive disease, representing an overall response rate (ORR) of 10% and a disease control rate (DCR) of 50%. In the group of six patients without any Wnt signaling alterations, one patient (16.6%) had a best response of stable disease and five patients (83.3%) had progressive disease.
    • DKN-01 plus Paclitaxel in Carcinosarcoma: Fifteen patients with carcinosarcoma were enrolled in the DKN-01 plus paclitaxel arm, six of whom were evaluable for response as of the data-cutoff date. Two patients (33%) have had a partial response, one patient (17%) has had a best response of stable disease, and three patients (50%) had progressive disease, representing an ORR of 33% and a DCR of 50%. Nine patients had not reached their first tumor assessment.
  • Leap Announced Orphan Drug Designation of DKN-01 for the Treatment of Gastric and Gastroesophageal Junction Cancer – Leap announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted the Company Orphan Drug Designation for DKN-01 for the treatment of gastric and gastroesophageal junction cancer. The FDA's Office of Orphan Drug Products grants orphan status to support development of medicines for underserved patient populations, or rare disorders, that affect fewer than 200,000 people in the U.S. Orphan Drug Designation provides to Leap certain benefits, including market exclusivity upon regulatory approval if received, exemption of FDA application fees, and tax credits for qualified clinical trials.

Selected Second Quarter 2020 Financial Results

Net loss was $6.5 million for the second quarter 2020, compared to $8.4 million for the same period in 2019. This decrease was primarily due to revenue recognized from the BeiGene agreement, a decrease in clinical development expenses and non-cash foreign currency gains associated with changes in the Australian dollar exchange rate related to certain manufacturing activities.

Research and development expenses were $5.4 million for the second quarter 2020, compared to $6.1 million for the same period in 2019.  The decrease was primarily due to lower clinical trial costs due to timing of patient enrollment and lower consulting fees associated with research and development activities.

General and administrative expenses were $2.5 million for the second quarter 2020, compared to $2.3 million for the same period in 2019. The increase was primarily due to higher legal, audit and consulting fees associated with corporate and business development activities.

Cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities totaled $64.9 million at June 30, 2020. Research and development incentive receivables, current and long term, totaled approximately $0.3 million at June 30, 2020.

About Leap Therapeutics

Leap Therapeutics (Nasdaq:LPTX) is focused on developing targeted and immuno-oncology therapeutics. Leap's most advanced clinical candidate, DKN-01, is a humanized monoclonal antibody targeting the Dickkopf-1 (DKK1) protein, a Wnt pathway modulator. DKN-01 is in clinical trials in patients with esophagogastric, hepatobiliary, gynecologic, and prostate cancers. Leap has formed a partnership with BeiGene, Ltd. for the rights to develop DKN-01 in Asia (excluding Japan), Australia, and New Zealand. For more information about Leap Therapeutics, visit http://www.leaptx.com or view our public filings with the SEC that are available via EDGAR at http://www.sec.gov or via https://investors.leaptx.com/.

FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, which involve risks and uncertainties. These statements include Leap's expectations with respect to the development and advancement of DKN-01, including the initiation, timing and design of future studies, enrollment in future studies, potential for the receipt of future option exercise, milestones or royalty payments from BeiGene, and other future expectations, plans and prospects. Although Leap believes that the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are reasonable as of the date made, forward-looking statements are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from our expectations. Such risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to: that the initiation, conduct, and completion of clinical trials, laboratory operations, manufacturing campaigns, and other studies may be delayed, adversely affected, or impacted by COVID-19 related issues, the accuracy of our estimates regarding expenses, future revenues, capital requirements and needs for financing; the outcome, cost, and timing of our product development activities and clinical trials; the uncertain clinical development process, including the risk that clinical trials may not have an effective design or generate positive results; our ability to obtain and maintain regulatory approval of our drug product candidates; the size and growth potential of the markets for our drug product candidates; our ability to continue obtaining and maintaining intellectual property protection for our drug product candidates; and other risks. Detailed information regarding factors that may cause actual results to differ materially will be included in Leap Therapeutics' periodic filings with the SEC, including Leap's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2019, as filed with the SEC on March 16, 2020 and as may be updated by Leap's Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and the other reports we file from time to time with the SEC. Any forward-looking statements contained in this release speak only as of its date. We undertake no obligation to update any forward-looking statements contained in this release to reflect events or circumstances occurring after its date or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.

CONTACT:

Douglas E. Onsi
President & Chief Executive Officer
Leap Therapeutics, Inc.
617-714-0360
donsi@leaptx.com

Heather Savelle
Investor Relations
Argot Partners
212-600-1902
heather@argotpartners.com

Leap Therapeutics, Inc.

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations

(in thousands, except share and per share amounts)












(Unaudited)


(Unaudited)



Three Months Ended June 30


Six Months Ended June 30



2020


2019


2020


2019










License revenue


$          375


$            -


$          750


$            -

Operating expenses:









Research and development


5,350


6,136


9,953


12,926

General and administrative 


2,521


2,325


4,674


4,330

Total operating expenses


7,871


8,461


14,627


17,256

Loss from operations


(7,496)


(8,461)


(13,877)


(17,256)

Interest income 


20


119


88


201

Interest expense  


(13)


(9)


(25)


(16)

Australian research and development incentives


30


61


115


136

Foreign currency gains (loss)


943


(76)


(48)


(34)

Net loss


(6,516)


(8,366)


(13,747)


(16,969)

Dividend attributable to down round feature of warrants


-


-


(303)


(359)

Dividend attributable to Series A & B convertible preferred stock


-


-


(372)


-

Series A & B convertible preferred stock - beneficial conversion feature 


-


-


(9,399)


-

Net loss attributable to common stockholders


$      (6,516)


$      (8,366)


$    (23,821)


$    (17,328)










Net loss per share 









Basic


$       (0.12)


$       (0.37)


$       (0.57)


$       (0.82)

Diluted


$       (0.12)


$       (0.37)


$       (0.57)


$       (0.82)










Weighted average common shares outstanding 









Basic


52,442,597


22,906,025


42,037,405


21,081,869

Diluted


52,442,597


22,906,025


42,037,405


21,081,869

 

Leap Therapeutics, Inc.

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

(in thousands, except share and per share amounts)










June 30


December 31




2020


2019








(Unaudited)



Assets








Current assets:






Cash and cash equivalents


$       64,887


$             3,891


Research and development incentive receivable


181


185


Prepaid expenses and other current assets


212


165


Total current assets


65,280


4,241








Property and equipment, net


81


124


Right of use assets


711


1,026


Research and development incentive receivable, net of current portion


124


-


Deferred tax assets


125


127


Deferred costs


413


831


Deposits



939


1,099


Total assets


$       67,673


$             7,448






Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity (Deficiency)





Current liabilities:






Accounts payable


$        2,716


$             4,571


Accrued expenses


2,232


3,441


Deferred revenue - current portion


1,500


-


Lease liability - current portion


388


474


Total current liabilities


6,836


8,486







Non current liabilities:






Restricted stock liability


-


159


Deferred revenue, net of current portion


750


-


Lease liability, net of current portion


354


552


Total liabilities


7,940


9,197







Stockholders' equity (deficiency):






Common stock, $0.001 par value; 240,000,000 shares authorized; 59,657,742 and






24,194,877 shares issued and outstanding as of June 30, 2020 and






December 31, 2019, respectively


60


24


Additional paid-in capital


268,770


193,319


Accumulated other comprehensive income 


121


76


Accumulated deficit 


(209,218)


(195,168)


Total stockholders' equity (deficiency)


59,733


(1,749)


Total liabilities and stockholders' equity (deficiency)


$       67,673


$             7,448

 

 Leap Therapeutics, Inc. 

 Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows 

 (in thousands) 










 (Unaudited) 










 Six Months Ended June 30 










2020


2019











 Cash used in operating activities 



$  (13,377)


$  (14,051)

 Cash provided by (used in) investing activities 



25


(100)

 Cash provided by financing activities 



74,382


13,582

 Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents 



(34)


32

 Net increase in cash and cash equivalents 



60,996


(537)

 Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period 



3,891


16,284

 Cash and cash equivalents at end of period 



$   64,887


$   15,747

 

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