Fortress Biotech Reports Financial Results for the Fourth Quarter and Year Ended December 31, 2015

NEW YORK, March 15, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Fortress Biotech, Inc. (NASDAQ:FBIO) announces its financial results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2015.

Dr. Lindsay A. Rosenwald, Fortress Biotech’s Chairman, President and CEO, said, “2015 was a transformational year for Fortress Biotech both strategically and operationally. We continued to make progress executing our unique business plan of creating a portfolio of marketed and development-stage products under one umbrella. We believe this combination will enhance shareholder value. As a result of our aggressive efforts in 2015, Fortress Biotech now has several subsidiaries, or Fortress Companies, focused on a number of important, growing therapeutic areas. We plan to expand the number of Fortress Companies and expect to see continued advancement of our current pipeline as well as revenue growth in 2016 and beyond.”

Financial Highlights:

  • At December 31, 2015, Fortress Biotech’s consolidated cash and marketable securities totaled $98.2 million compared to $65.5 million at September 30, 2015 and $69.8 million at December 31, 2014, an increase of $32.7 million for the fourth quarter and an increase of $28.4 million for the year. This total excludes restricted cash of $14.6 million.
  • Revenue totaled $0.9 million at December 31, 2015.
  • License acquisitions totaled $11.4 million for the year ended December 31, 2015.
  • Research and development expenses were $18.4 million for the year ended December 31, 2015, compared to $10.2 million for 2014. Noncash stock-based compensation expenses included in research and development were $5.8 million for the year ended December 31, 2015 and $1.1 million for 2014.
  • General and administrative expenses were $21.6 million for the year ended December 31, 2015, compared to $10.4 million for 2014. Noncash stock-based compensation expenses included in general and administrative expenses were $8.5 million for the year ended December 31, 2015 and $4.4 million for 2014.
  • For the year ended December 31, 2015, Fortress Biotech reported a net loss of $48.4 million, or $1.24 per share, compared to a net loss of $20.4 million, or $0.56 per share, for 2014.

Recent Corporate Events:
Avenue Therapeutics, Inc.

  • In February 2015, Fortress Biotech purchased an exclusive license to an intravenous formulation of Tramadol for the U.S. market from Revogenex Ireland Limited. Fortress transferred the license and rights to Avenue during the first quarter of 2015.

Checkpoint Therapeutics, Inc.

  • In March 2015, Checkpoint Therapeutics, Inc. (“Checkpoint”) licensed a portfolio of fully human immuno-oncology targeted antibodies generated at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (“Dana Farber”). The portfolio includes antibodies targeting programmed-death ligand 1 (“PD-L1”), glucocorticoid-induced TNFR-related protein (“GITR”) and carbonic anhydrase 9 (“CAIX”). Additionally, Fortress assigned its license from NeuPharma, Inc. for a small molecule inhibitor of epidermal growth factor receptor mutations to Checkpoint, effective March 2015.
  • In connection with the license agreement with Dana-Farber, Checkpoint entered into a collaboration agreement with TG Therapeutics, Inc. (“TGTX”) to develop and commercialize the Anti-PD-L1 and Anti-GITR antibody research programs in the field of hematological malignancies. Further, in connection with the NeuPharma license, Checkpoint entered into an option agreement with TGTX for a global collaboration in connection with the future development of the certain licensed compounds. Both programs are currently in preclinical development.
  • In December 2015, Checkpoint licensed the exclusive worldwide rights to develop and commercialize a PARP (poly (ADP-ribose) polymerase) inhibitor from Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd.’s subsidiary, Cephalon, Inc.
  • Also in 2015, Checkpoint raised net proceeds of approximately $51.5 million from a series of private placement financings.

Escala Therapeutics, Inc.

  • In July 2015, Escala Therapeutics, Inc. acquired from New Zealand Pharmaceuticals Limited a license from the National Institutes of Health and cooperative research and development agreements for the development of oral N-acetyl-D-mannosamine, a key compound in the sialic biosynthetic pathway for the treatment of hyposialylation disorders, including GNE myopathy and various forms of nephropathy.

Helocyte, Inc.

  • In April 2015, Helocyte, Inc. (“Helocyte”) entered into an agreement with the City of Hope National Medical Center (“COH”) to secure exclusive worldwide rights for two T-cell immunotherapeutic vaccines, known as Triplex and PepVax, for controlling cytomegalovirus (“CMV”) in allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplant (“HSCT”) and solid organ transplant recipients. Triplex entered into a Phase 2 clinical study in February 2016 and PepVax is expected to enter Phase 2 clinical studies later this year. Both programs are supported by grants paid and payable to COH from the National Cancer Institute.
  • In connection with the licensing of Triplex and PepVax, Helocyte further entered into an option agreement with COH for exclusive worldwide rights to Pentamer, a universal immunotherapeutic vaccine being developed for the prevention of CMV transmission in utero, and exercised this option on April 28, 2015.
  • In December 2015, the results of the PepVax Phase 1b study in allogeneic HSCT CMV(+) recipients were published in Lancet Haematology.
  • In February 2016, Helocyte entered into a Clinical Trial Agreement with the COH to support a Phase 2 Study of its Triplex vaccine for CMV control in allogeneic stem cell transplant recipients. The Phase 2 study is additionally supported by grants from the National Institutes of Health / National Cancer Institute. Helocyte expects data to emerge from this Phase 2 study in the first half of 2017.

 Journey Medical Corporation

  • In March 2015, Journey Medical Corporation (“JMC”) entered into a license and supply agreement to acquire rights to distribute a dermatological product for the treatment of acne.
  • In October 2015, JMC entered into a co-promotion agreement to sell a 2% topical lotion, Dermasorb HC™, for the treatment of corticosteroid-responsive dermatoses.
  • In January 2016, JMC entered into a product license and supply agreement with a third party to distribute a topical cream to promote wound healing for surgical treatments such as cryosurgery, Mohs surgery and biopsies. 
  • Additionally in January 2016, JMC entered into a distribution agreement with a third party to promote an emollient for the treatment of eczema. 
  • Both new products will be marketed under the Journey brand.

Mustang Bio, Inc.

  • In March 2015, Fortress formed Mustang Bio, Inc. (“Mustang”) to develop immunotherapies based on Chimeric Antigen Receptor T-Cells (“CAR-T”) and Mustang entered into a license agreement with the COH to acquire such technology. In connection with the license agreement, Mustang also entered into a sponsored research agreement with COH in which Mustang will fund continued research at COH related to CAR-T.
  • In the second half of 2015, Mustang entered the clinic with novel CAR-T studies for brain tumors and acute myeloid leukemia.

About Fortress Biotech
Fortress Biotech, Inc. (“Fortress” or “the Company”) is a biopharmaceutical company dedicated to acquiring, developing and commercializing novel pharmaceutical and biotechnology products. Fortress plans to develop and commercialize products both within Fortress and through subsidiary companies, also known as Fortress Companies. In addition to its internal development programs, the Company will leverage its biopharmaceutical business expertise and drug development capabilities to help the Fortress Companies achieve their goals. Additionally, the Company will provide funding and management services to each of the Fortress Companies and, from time to time, the Company and the Fortress Companies will seek licensing, partnerships, joint ventures and/or public and private financings to accelerate and provide additional funding to support their research and development programs. For more information, visit

Forward-Looking Statements
This press release may contain “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Such statements include, but are not limited to, any statements relating to our growth strategy and product development programs and any other statements that are not historical facts. Forward-looking statements are based on management’s current expectations and are subject to risks and uncertainties that could negatively affect our business, operating results, financial condition and stock price. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those currently anticipated are: risks related to our growth strategy; our ability to obtain, perform under and maintain financing and strategic agreements and relationships; our ability to identify, acquire, close and integrate product candidates successfully and on a timely basis; risks relating to the results of research and development activities; uncertainties relating to preclinical and clinical testing; our dependence on third-party suppliers; our ability to attract, integrate, and retain key personnel; the early stage of products under development; our need for substantial additional funds; government regulation; patent and intellectual property matters; competition; as well as other risks described in our SEC filings. We expressly disclaim any obligation or undertaking to release publicly any updates or revisions to any forward looking statements contained herein to reflect any change in our expectations or any changes in events, conditions or circumstances on which any such statement is based, except as required by law.

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
($ in thousands except for share and per share amounts)
    As of December 31,  
      2015       2014    
  Current assets        
  Cash and cash equivalents $   98,182     $   49,759    
  Marketable securities, at fair value     -         20,002    
  Prepaid expenses and other current assets     1,597         702    
  Total current assets     99,779         70,463    
  Property and equipment, net     309         52    
  Restricted cash     14,586         14,586    
  Long-term investments, at fair value      2,485         4,160    
  Intangible asset - license      1,250         -    
  Other assets     201         64    
  Total assets $    118,610     $    89,325    
  Current liabilities        
  Accounts payable  $   1,868     $   366    
  Accrued expenses      8,570         3,683    
  Interest payable     27         28    
  Derivative warrant liability      114         -    
  Total current liabilities     10,579         4,077    
  Notes payable, long-term (net of debt discount of $835 and $6 at December 31, 2015 and December 31, 2014, respectively)     23,174         14,003    
  Other long-term liabilities     584         722    
  Total liabilities     34,337         18,802    
  Commitments and contingencies        
  Stockholders' equity        
  Convertible Preferred stock, $.001 par value, 129,767 Series C shares authorized, 0 shares issued and outstanding as of December 31, 2015 and December 31, 2014, respectively     -         -    
  Common Stock, $.001 par value, 100,000,000 shares authorized, 47,147,032 and 46,494,034 shares issued and outstanding as of December 31, 2015 and December 31, 2014, respectively     47         46    
  Additional paid-in-capital     246,955         212,205    
  Accumulated deficit     (190,156 )       (141,728 )  
  Total stockholders' equity attributed to the Company     56,846         70,523    
  Non-controlling interests      27,427         -    
  Total stockholders' equity     84,273         70,523    
  Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $    118,610     $    89,325    


Condensed Consolidated Statement of Operations
($ in thousands except for share and per share amounts)
      For the Years Ended December 31,  
        2015       2014       2013    
  Revenue   $   273     $   -     $   -    
  Revenue - from a related party       590         -         -    
  Total revenue       863         -         -    
  Operating expenses              
  Research and development       18,402         10,239         25,682    
  Research and development – licenses acquired       11,408         -         -    
  General and administrative       21,584         10,413         10,098    
  Total operating expenses       51,394         20,652         35,780    
  Loss from operations       (50,531 )       (20,652 )       (35,780 )  
  Other income (expenses)              
  Interest income       245         662         545    
  Interest expense       (1,484 )       (1,338 )       (1,923 )  
  Change in fair value of subsidiary's warrant liabilities       (438 )       -         -    
  Change in fair value of investments       (1,675 )       942         -    
  Total other income (expenses)       (3,352 )       266         (1,378 )  
  Net loss       (53,883 )       (20,386 )       (37,158 )  
  Less: net loss attributable to non-controlling interests       5,455         -         -    
  Net loss attributable to common stockholders   $    (48,428 )   $    (20,386 )   $    (37,158 )  


Lucy Lu, MD, Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer
Fortress Biotech, Inc.

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