Earnings Release Is Clovis Oncology A Buy?

 

Clovis Oncology, Inc. (NASDAQ:CLVS) reported financial results for the quarter ended March 31, 2021, and provided an update on the Company’s clinical development programs and regulatory and commercial outlook for the rest of the year.

Clovis reported global net product revenues for Rubraca of $38.1 million for Q1 2021, which included US product revenues of $31.7 million and ex-US product revenues of $6.4 million, respectively. This represents an 11% decrease year-over-year, compared to Q1 2020 net product revenues of $42.6 million, which included US net product revenues of $39.3 million and ex-US net product revenues of $3.3 million. The decrease was primarily due to fewer diagnoses and fewer patient starts, substantially due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, first quarter 2020 was the Company’s strongest quarter of US Rubraca sales to date, and the COVID-19 pandemic had limited, if any, effect on Q1 2020 net revenues.

Research and development expenses totaled $52.8 million for Q1 2021, down 23% compared to $68.2 million for the comparable period in 2020, due primarily to lower spending on Rubraca clinical trials. As previously discussed, the Company expects research and development expenses to be lower in the full year 2021 compared to 2020.

Selling, general and administrative expenses totaled $29.9 million for Q1 2021, down 30% compared to $42.6 million for the comparable period in 2020, due to the COVID-19 situation globally and overall cost reduction efforts. Clovis continues to expect selling, general and administrative expenses to decrease in the full year 2021 compared to 2020.

Clovis reported a net loss for Q1 2021 of $66.3 million, or ($0.64) per share, compared to a net loss for Q1 2020 of $99.3 million, or ($1.39) per share. Net loss for Q1 2021 included share-based compensation expense of $4.0 million, compared to $13.0 million for the comparable period of 2020.

Clovis had $190.9 million in cash and cash equivalents as of March 31, 2021, which together with the ATHENA clinical trial financing, is expected to fund the Company’s operating plan into early 2023 based on current revenue and expense forecasts.

As of March 31, 2021, the Company had drawn $113.6 million under the Sixth Street Partners, LLC (SSP) ATHENA clinical trial financing and had up to $61.4 million available to draw under the agreement to fund the expenses of the ATHENA trial.

Net cash used in operating activities was $61.9 million for Q1 2021, down from $82.5 million reported in Q1 2020. Cash burn in Q1 2021 was $48.1 million, down 28% from $66.9 million in Q1 2020. We expect this trend of lower cash burn to continue in 2021.

CWEB Analyst’s have initiated a Buy Rating for  Clovis Oncology, Inc. (NASDAQ:CLVS)  due to increased revenue and fundamentals of the company are looking very strong.  The 12-month forecast for Clovis Oncology Inc (NASDAQ:CLVS) is looking strong to. 

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