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Altimmune Announces First Quarter 2024 Financial Results and Provides a Business Update

May 9, 2024 at 7:00 AM EDT

Enrollment ongoing in IMPACT Phase 2b trial of pemvidutide in Metabolic Dysfunction-Associated Steatohepatitis (MASH), with top line results expected in Q1 2025

Cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments of $182.1 million at March 31, 2024

Webcast to be held today, May 9, 2024, at 8:30 am ET

GAITHERSBURG, Md., May 09, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Altimmune, Inc. (Nasdaq: ALT), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company, today announced financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2024, and provided a business update.

“As the obesity therapeutics space evolves, increasing attention is being placed on agents that are able to drive weight loss while addressing the quality of that weight loss and the comorbidities of obesity. With significant weight loss, preservation of lean mass and reductions in serum lipids and liver fat achieved in our clinical trials, we believe that pemvidutide could differentiate itself from other therapies in this competitive market. With these promising data, we are preparing for our End-of-Phase 2 meeting with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which is expected to occur late in the third quarter. This meeting is expected to provide further clarity regarding the Phase 3 pemvidutide obesity registrational program, and we look forward to our upcoming interactions with the Agency,” said Vipin K. Garg, Ph.D., President and Chief Executive Officer of Altimmune. “Further, we continue to advance IMPACT, our Phase 2b trial of pemvidutide in MASH, with top line results expected in the first quarter of 2025.”

Recent Highlights and Anticipated Milestones:

  • In March 2024, Altimmune reported additional data from the Phase 2 MOMENTUM trial of pemvidutide in obesity, demonstrating significant weight loss with class-leading preservation of lean mass
    • Body composition analysis from MOMENTUM showed 74.5% of weight loss came from body fat and only 25.5% of weight loss came from lean mass in pemvidutide-treated subjects.
    • This analysis demonstrated a preferential reduction of visceral over subcutaneous fat in the pemvidutide group.
    • Analyses of the MOMENTUM body composition and other new data to be presented at scientific meetings later this year.
  • Preparations underway for an End-of-Phase 2 meeting with FDA
    • The Company plans to present a comprehensive data package, including data from the MOMENTUM Phase 2 trial of pemvidutide in obesity.
    • The meeting is currently expected to take place in late Q3 2024.
  • The Company has continued to advance enrollment in IMPACT, a biopsy-driven Phase 2b trial of pemvidutide in MASH
    • The Company expects to enroll approximately 190 subjects with and without diabetes, randomized to receive one of two doses of pemvidutide or placebo.
    • The primary efficacy measures of the trial are MASH resolution or fibrosis improvement with topline data expected in Q1 2025.
    • The primary efficacy readout will be at 24 weeks of treatment, which is the earliest time point for any incretin-based therapy in MASH.

Financial Results for the Three Months Ended March 31, 2024

  • Altimmune had cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments totaling $182.1 million at March 31, 2024.
  • Research and development expenses were $21.5 million for the three months ended March 31, 2024, compared to $17.2 million in the same period in 2023. The expenses for the quarter ended March 31, 2024 included $13.5 million in direct costs related to development activities for pemvidutide and $1.0 million in direct costs related to winddown and closing of our HepTcell program as announced on March 27, 2024.
  • General and administrative expenses were $5.3 million for the three months ended March 31, 2024, compared to $4.5 million in the same period in 2023. The increase was primarily due to a $0.6 million increase in stock compensation and other labor related expenses.
  • Interest income for the three months ended March 31, 2024 was $2.4 million as compared to $1.7 million in the same period in 2023, primarily due to an increase in interest income earned on cash equivalents and short-term investments.
  • Net loss for the three months ended March 31, 2024 was $24.4 million, or $0.34 net loss per share, compared to a net loss of $20.1 million, or $0.40 net loss per share, in the same period in 2023.

Conference Call Information:

Date: Thursday, May 9, 2024
Time: 8:30 am Eastern Time
Webcast: To listen, the conference call will be webcast live on Altimmune’s Investor Relations website at https://ir.altimmune.com/investors.
Dial-in: To participate or dial-in, register here to receive the dial-in numbers and unique PIN to access the call.


Following the conclusion of the call, the webcast will be available for replay on the Investor Relations (IR) page of the Company’s website at www.altimmune.com. The Company has used, and intends to continue to use, the IR portion of its website as a means of disclosing material non-public information and for complying with disclosure obligations under Regulation FD.

About Pemvidutide

Pemvidutide is a novel, investigational, peptide-based GLP-1/glucagon dual receptor agonist in development for the treatment of obesity and MASH. Activation of the GLP-1 and glucagon receptors is believed to mimic the complementary effects of diet and exercise on weight loss, with GLP-1 suppressing appetite and glucagon increasing energy expenditure. Glucagon is also recognized as having direct effects on hepatic fat metabolism, leading to rapid reductions in levels of liver fat and serum lipids. In clinical trials, once-weekly pemvidutide has shown compelling weight loss, robust reductions in triglycerides, LDL cholesterol, liver fat content and blood pressure with a clean safety profile to date. The U.S. FDA has granted Fast Track designation to pemvidutide for the treatment of MASH. Pemvidutide has recently completed the MOMENTUM Phase 2 obesity trial and is being studied in the IMPACT Phase 2b MASH trial.

About Altimmune

Altimmune is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on developing innovative next-generation peptide-based therapeutics. The Company is developing pemvidutide, a GLP-1/glucagon dual receptor agonist for the treatment of obesity and MASH. For more information, please visit www.altimmune.com.

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Investor Contact:
Rich Eisenstadt
Chief Financial Officer
Phone: 240-654-1450
ir@altimmune.com

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ALTIMMUNE, INC.
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(In thousands, except share and per-share amounts)
         
       March 31   December 31
    2024   2023
    (Unaudited)      
ASSETS             
Current assets:              
Cash and cash equivalents   $ 78,978     $ 135,117  
Restricted cash     41       41  
Total cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash     79,019       135,158  
Short-term investments     103,046       62,698  
Accounts and other receivables     307       1,111  
Income tax and R&D incentive receivables     2,272       3,742  
Prepaid expenses and other current assets     2,871       6,917  
Total current assets     187,515       209,626  
Property and equipment, net     544       651  
Other assets     299       363  
Total assets   $ 188,358     $ 210,640  
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY              
Current liabilities:              
Accounts payable   $ 3,760     $ 2,070  
Accrued expenses and other current liabilities     7,573       10,073  
Total current liabilities     11,333       12,143  
Noncurrent liabilities     4,088       4,398  
Total liabilities     15,421       16,541  
Commitments and contingencies              
Stockholders’ equity:              
Common stock, $0.0001 par value; 200,000,000 shares authorized; 70,899,134 and 70,677,400 shares issued and outstanding as of March 31, 2024 and December 31, 2023, respectively     7       7  
Additional paid-in capital     668,816       665,427  
Accumulated deficit     (490,725 )     (466,331 )
Accumulated other comprehensive loss, net     (5,161 )     (5,004 )
Total stockholders’ equity     172,937       194,099  
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity   $ 188,358     $ 210,640  


ALTIMMUNE, INC.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS AND COMPREHENSIVE LOSS
(In thousands, except share and per-share amounts)
             
    Three Months Ended
    March 31
    2024
     2023
Revenues   $ 5     $ 21  
Operating expenses:              
Research and development     21,487       17,249  
General and administrative     5,312       4,531  
Total operating expenses     26,799       21,780  
Loss from operations     (26,794 )     (21,759 )
Other income (expense):              
Interest expense     (1 )     (2 )
Interest income     2,413       1,668  
Other income (expense), net     (12 )     19  
Total other income (expense), net     2,400       1,685  
Net loss     (24,394 )     (20,074 )
Other comprehensive income — unrealized (loss) gain on short-term investments     (157 )     126  
Comprehensive loss   $ (24,551 )   $ (19,948 )
Net loss per share, basic and diluted   $ (0.34 )   $ (0.40 )
Weighted-average common shares outstanding, basic and diluted     70,801,713       50,125,685  


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