OPKO Health Reports 2022 First Quarter Business Highlights and Financial Results

Conference call begins at 4:30 p.m. Eastern time today

MIAMI, May 09, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- OPKO Health, Inc. (NASDAQ: OPK) reports business highlights and financial results for the three months ended March 31, 2022.

Business Highlights

Business highlights for the first quarter of 2022 and subsequent weeks include the following:

  • Acquired ModeX Therapeutics, Inc. (ModeX), gains proprietary immunotherapy technology, new executives and Directors. ModeX is a privately held biotechnology company focused on developing innovative multi-specific immune therapies for cancer and infectious diseases. In connection with the acquisition, Dr. Elias Zerhouni joins OPKO as President and Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors, Dr. Gary Nabel joins as Chief Innovation Officer and a member of OPKO’s Board of Directors, and Alexis Borisy joins OPKO’s Board. OPKO acquired ModeX for $300 million in OPKO common stock.

  • Completed sale of GeneDx LLC (formerly GeneDx, Inc.) to Sema4 Holdings Corp. (Sema4).   Sema4 acquired GeneDx for an upfront payment of $150 million in cash, subject to adjustments, plus 80 million shares of Sema4 Class A common stock, with up to an additional $150 million in revenue-based milestones over the next two years (payable in cash or Sema4 shares at Sema4’s discretion).  Based on the closing price of Sema4’s Class A common stock on April 29, 2022, the date the transaction closed, the total upfront consideration is approximately $322 million and the total aggregate consideration including potential milestones is approximately $472 million.

  • Pfizer launched NGENLA® (Somatrogon) injection in Germany, Japan and additional markets. NGENLA was granted marketing authorization by the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare in Japan and by the European Commission in January and February of this year, respectively. With the achievement of these milestones, OPKO earned an aggregate of $85 million in milestone payments. NGENLA is a once-weekly injection to treat pediatric patients with growth disturbance due to insufficient secretion of growth hormone. NGENLA provides pediatric patients, their caregivers and healthcare providers with a new treatment option for growth hormone deficiency that reduces the frequency of required injections from once-daily to once-weekly. Pfizer is OPKO’s global commercial partner for Somatrogon.

  • Vifor Fresenius Medical Care Renal Pharma (VFMCRP) launched RAYALDEE® in Germany, and subsequently in Switzerland. VFMCRP initiated the commercial launch of RAYALDEE (extended-release calcifediol) in Germany, the first launch of RAYALDEE outside the U.S. VFMCRP is OPKO’s commercial partner for RAYALDEE in Europe and selected markets outside the U.S. VFMCRP has received marketing authorizations for RAYALDEE in 11 European countries and expects to launch the product in additional markets.

First Quarter Financial Results

  • Diagnostics: Revenue from services in the first quarter of 2022 was $286.6 million compared with $507.0 million in the prior-year period, with the decrease primarily due to lower COVID-19 testing volume and related reimbursement, partially offset by an improvement in genomic test reimbursement and an increase in clinical and genomic test volumes. BioReference processed approximately 2.0 million COVID-19 PCR tests in the first quarter of 2022 versus 4.1 million in the first quarter of 2021.   Total costs and expenses were $330.1 million in the first quarter of 2022 compared with $439.9 million in the first quarter of 2021, resulting in an operating loss of $43.5 million compared with operating income of $67.0 million in the 2021 period. Operating income decreased primarily due to a decline in the volume of COVID-19 tests.  

  • Pharmaceuticals: Revenue from products in the first quarter of 2022 increased to $36.6 million from $33.9 million in the first quarter of 2021, with the increase primarily attributable to accelerating growth of OPKO’s international pharmaceutical businesses. Revenue from sales of RAYALDEE in the first quarter of 2022 was $5.1 million compared with $5.8 million in the prior-year period. Revenue from the transfer of intellectual property was $6.0 million in the first quarter of 2022 compared with $4.3 million in the 2021 period. During the first quarter of 2022, OPKO recognized a $3.0 million sales milestone from VFMCRP triggered by the first commercial sales in Europe. Total costs and expenses were $60.7 million in the first quarter of 2022 compared with $57.4 million in the prior-year period. The increase was driven by the amortization of NGENLA, which received approval in Europe and Japan during the first quarter of 2022, offset by a reduction in inventory reserve, legal expenses and selling expenses related to RAYALDEE. In addition, research and development expenses decreased reflecting reduced spending on the NGENLA development program. The operating loss was $18.1 million in the first quarter of 2022 compared with an operating loss of $19.2 million in the first quarter of 2021.

  • Consolidated: Consolidated total revenues for the first quarter of 2022 were $329.2 million compared with $545.2 million for the comparable period of 2021. Operating loss for the first quarter of 2022 was $72.4 million compared with operating income of $38.5 million for the 2021 quarter. Net loss for the first quarter of 2022 was $55.4 million, or $0.08 per share, compared with net income of $31.1 million, or $0.05 per diluted share, for the 2021 quarter. 

  • Cash and equivalents: Cash and cash equivalents were $102.3 million as of March 31, 2022. In addition, OPKO has $64.8 million available under its line of credit with JP Morgan.   Subsequent to the close of the quarter, OPKO received $150 million gross proceeds from the sale of GeneDx to Sema4. Also, OPKO expects to receive $85 million in milestone payments from Pfizer during the second quarter of 2022.


OPKO’s senior management will provide a business update, discuss first quarter financial results and the ModeX acquisition, and answer questions during a conference call and live audio webcast today beginning at 4:30 p.m. Eastern time. Participants are encouraged to pre-register for the conference call using this link. Callers who pre-register will be given a unique PIN to gain immediate access to the call and bypass the live operator. Those unable to pre-register may participate by dialing (866) 777-2509 (U.S.) or (412) 317-5413 (International). A webcast of the call may also be accessed at OPKO’s Investor Relations page and here.

A telephone replay will be available until May 16, 2022 by dialing (877) 344-7529 (U.S.) or (412) 317-0088 (International) and providing the passcode 6587528. A webcast replay will be available beginning approximately one hour after the completion of the live conference call here.

About OPKO Health

OPKO is a multinational biopharmaceutical and diagnostics company that seeks to establish industry-leading positions in large, rapidly growing markets by leveraging its discovery, development, and commercialization expertise and novel and proprietary technologies. For more information, visit www.opko.com.  

Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward Looking Statements

This press release contains "forward-looking statements," as that term is defined under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 (PSLRA), which statements may be identified by words such as "expects," "plans," "projects," "will," "may," "anticipates," "believes," "should," "intends," "estimates," and other words of similar meaning, including statements regarding expected financial performance and expectations regarding the market for and sales of our products, whether the acquisition of ModeX, including the expansion of the executive management team, will positively impact the Company, whether expectations after completion of the merger will be met, whether we will receive milestone payments under the Sema4 transaction, the benefits of NGENLA, the risk of downturns and a changing regulatory landscape in the highly competitive healthcare industry, whether our products will launch in all the territories in which they have been approved for sale, the timing of such launches, the ability to get beneficial pricing approvals, whether RAYALDEE prescriptions will increase, our product development efforts and the expected benefits of our products, whether our products in development will be commercialized, whether the relationship with our business partners will be successful, whether our business partners will be able to commercialize our products and successfully utilize our technologies, our ability to market and sell any of our products in development, as well as other non-historical statements about our expectations, beliefs or intentions regarding our business, technologies and products, financial condition, strategies or prospects. Many factors could cause our actual activities or results to differ materially from the activities and results anticipated in forward-looking statements. These factors include those described in our Annual Reports on Form 10-K filed and to be filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission and under the heading “Risk Factors” in our other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, as well as the continuation and success of our relationship with our commercial partners, liquidity issues and the risks inherent in funding, developing and obtaining regulatory approvals of new, commercially-viable and competitive products and treatments. In addition, forward-looking statements may also be adversely affected by general market factors, competitive product development, product availability, federal and state regulations and legislation, the regulatory process for new products and indications, manufacturing issues that may arise, patent positions and litigation, among other factors. The forward-looking statements contained in this press release speak only as of the date the statements were made, and we do not undertake any obligation to update forward-looking statements. We intend that all forward-looking statements be subject to the safe-harbor provisions of the PSLRA.

LHA Investor Relations
Yvonne Briggs, 310-691-7100
Bruce Voss, 310-691-7100

—Tables to Follow—

OPKO Health, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(in millions)

  As of
  March 31,
  December 31,
Cash and cash equivalents $ 102.3     $ 134.7  
Assets held for sale   316.4       315.0  
Other current assets   335.4       373.3  
Total current assets   754.1       823.0  
In-process research and development and goodwill   519.1       1,110.8  
Other assets   1,033.7       465.9  
Total Assets $ 2,306.9     $ 2,399.7  
Liabilities and Equity:              
Current liabilities $ 280.7     $ 301.8  
Liabilities associated with assets held for sale   28.5       28.2  
Convertible notes   210.5       187.9  
Deferred tax liabilities, net   125.0       148.5  
Other long-term liabilities, principally contract liabilities,              
leases, contingent consideration and lines of credit   47.3       48.2  
Total Liabilities   692.0       714.6  
Equity   1,614.9       1,685.1  
Total Liabilities and Equity $ 2,306.9     $ 2,399.7  

OPKO Health, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations
(in millions, except share and per share data)

  For the three months ended
March 31,
    2022       2021  
Revenue from services $ 286.6     $ 507.0  
Revenue from products   36.6       33.9  
Revenue from transfer of intellectual property   6.0       4.3  
Total revenues   329.2       545.2  
Costs and expenses            
Cost of revenues   243.9       363.5  
Selling, general and administrative   117.5       112.3  
Research and development   18.3       19.3  
Contingent consideration   (0.1 )     (1.0 )
Amortization of intangible assets   22.0       12.6  
Total Costs and expenses   401.6       506.7  
Operating income (loss)   (72.4 )     38.5  
Other income and (expense), net   (4.2 )     (6.8 )
Income (loss) before income taxes and investment losses   (76.6 )     31.7  
Income tax benefit (provision)   21.3       (0.6 )
Net income (loss) before investment losses   (55.3 )     31.1  
Loss from investments in investees   (0.1 )     (0.0 )
Net income (loss) $ (55.4 )   $ 31.1  
Income (loss) per share, basic and diluted $ (0.08 )   $ 0.05  

Weighted average common shares outstanding, basic and diluted



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