GW Pharmaceuticals plc Reports Second Quarter 2020 Financial Results and Operational Progress

GW Pharmaceuticals plc Reports Second Quarter 2020 Financial Results and Operational Progress

GW Pharmaceuticals plc (Nasdaq: GWPH), a world leader in the science, development, and commercialization of cannabinoid prescription medicines, today announced financial results and operating progress for the second quarter ended June 30, 2020.

“We were pleased with the strength of U.S. Epidiolex sales in the second quarter in spite of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Further, the recent approval and imminent launch of Epidiolex for the treatment of seizures associated with TSC provides a meaningful new opportunity to accelerate momentum through the second half of 2020 and beyond,” stated Justin Gover, GW’s CEO. “We also continue to be excited about the potential of our product pipeline, in particular nabiximols, for which we recently outlined our accelerated US development strategy in the treatment of spasticity in patients with MS and other conditions. We look forward to commencing the nabiximols Phase 3 program as well as multiple other pipeline clinical trials in the second half of the year.”


  • Total revenue for the quarter ended June 30, 2020 was $121.3 million compared to $72.0 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2019
  • Net loss for the quarter ended June 30, 2020 was $8.8 million compared to net income of $79.7 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2019. The prior year quarter included net proceeds of $104.1 million from the sale of a Rare Pediatric Priority Review Voucher.
  • Cash and cash equivalents at June 30, 2020 were $477.6 million


  • Epidiolex (cannabidiol) progress:
    • Total Q2 net product sales of Epidiolex of $117.7 million
    • U.S. commercial update
      • U.S. Epidiolex Q2 net product sales of $111.1 million
      • TSC indication approved by FDA, August commercial launch planned
      • TSC payer reimbursement anticipated quickly following launch
    • European commercial update
      • Ex-U.S. Epidyolex Q2 net product sales of $6.6 million
      • Pricing & reimbursement progress in Germany, France and Italy
      • TSC EMA submission under review
    • Clinical progress with additional indications
      • Phase 3 trial in Rett Syndrome expected to re-commence in H2 2020
    • Strengthening commercial exclusivity
      • Orphan exclusivity in both the U.S. and EU
      • 3 new patents granted and listed in Orange Book, bringing total of 13 patents listed in Orange Book, 12 of which expire in 2035
        • One recent patent listed is a non-use patent directed to the oral formulation
      • Epidiolex composition patent application in process
      • TSC patent applications under review
  • Nabiximols
    • MS Spasticity Clinical program
      • Three positive Phase 3 MS spasticity trials already completed outside of the U.S.
      • Five new MS Spasticity Phase 3 trials expected to commence in H2 2020 (2) and H1 2021 (3), any one of which could enable a NDA submission
        • Phase 3 muscle tone studies – placebo-controlled cross-over design
          • N=52; Expected start: Q4 2020
          • N=190; Expected start: Q1 2021
          • N=36 (nabiximols responders); Expected start: Q1 2021
        • Phase 3 spasm frequency studies – placebo-controlled parallel group
          • N=450; Expected start: Q4 2020
          • N=~200 (nabiximols responders); Expected start: Q2 2021
    • Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) spasticity clinical program
      • Three SCI trials expected to be initiated in 2020 and 2021
      • N=~100 (observational clinical discovery study); Expected start: Q4 2020
      • N=~100 (muscle tone in nabiximols responders); Placebo-controlled parallel group design. Expected start: Q2 2021
      • N=~400 (spasm frequency); Placebo-controlled parallel group design. Expected start: H2 2021
    • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) clinical program
      • Phase 2/3 study in PTSD (N=~ 325); Expected start: H1 2021
  • Additional pipeline programs
    • Schizophrenia (GWP42003)
      • Phase 2b trial expected to commence H2 2020
    • CBDV in autism trials expected to recommence in H2 2020
      • 30-patient open label study in autism
      • Investigator-led 100 patient placebo-controlled trial in autism
    • Neonatal Hypoxic-Ischemic Encephalopathy (NHIE) intravenous CBD program
      • Phase 1b safety study in patients continues to recruit
      • Orphan Drug and Fast Track Designations granted from FDA and EMA

Conference Call and Webcast Information

GW Pharmaceuticals will host a conference call and webcast today at 4:30 pm EDT. To participate in the conference call, please dial 833-937-1050 (toll free from the U.S. and Canada) or 845-403-8302 (international). Investors may also access a live audio webcast of the call via the investor relations section of the Company’s website at A replay of the call will also be available through the GW website shortly after the call and will remain available for 90 days. Replay Numbers: (toll free):1-877-481-4010 or 919-882-2331 (international). For both dial-in numbers please use conference Replay ID: 35770.

About GW Pharmaceuticals plc and Greenwich Biosciences, Inc.

Founded in 1998, GW is a biopharmaceutical company focused on discovering, developing and commercializing novel therapeutics from its proprietary cannabinoid product platform in a broad range of disease areas. The Company’s lead product, EPIDIOLEX® (cannabidiol) oral solution, is commercialized in the U.S. by its U.S. subsidiary Greenwich Biosciences for the treatment of seizures associated with Lennox-Gastaut syndrome (LGS), Dravet syndrome, or tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC) in patients one year of age and older. This product has received approval in the European Union under the tradename EPIDYOLEX® for the adjunctive treatment of seizures associated with LGS or Dravet syndrome in conjunction with clobazam in patients two years and older and is under EMA review for the treatment of TSC. GW is currently carrying out a Phase 3 trial in Rett syndrome. The Company has a deep pipeline of additional cannabinoid product candidates, in particular nabiximols, for which the Company is advancing multiple late-stage clinical programs in order to seek FDA approval in the treatment of spasticity associated with multiple sclerosis and spinal cord injury, as well as for the treatment of PTSD. The Company has additional cannabinoid product candidates in Phase 2 trials for autism and schizophrenia. For further information, please visit

Forward-looking statements
This news release contains forward-looking statements that reflect GW’s current expectations regarding future events, including statements regarding financial performance, the timing of clinical trials, the timing and outcomes of regulatory or intellectual property decisions, the relevance of GW products commercially available and in development, the clinical benefits of EPIDIOLEX®/EPIDYOLEX® (cannabidiol) oral solution and Sativex® (nabiximols), and the safety profile and commercial potential of both medicines, and those associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. Forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties. Actual events could differ materially from those projected herein and depend on a number of factors, including (inter alia), the success of GW’s research strategies, the applicability of the discoveries made therein, the successful and timely completion and uncertainties related to the regulatory process, and the acceptance of EPIDIOLEX®/EPIDYOLEX®, Sativex® and other products by consumer and medical professionals. A further list and description of risks and uncertainties associated with an investment in GW can be found in GW’s filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Existing and prospective investors are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof. GW undertakes no obligation to update or revise the information contained in this press release, whether as a result of new information, future events or circumstances or otherwise.


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(in thousands, except share data)

  June 30,  December 31, 
  2020  2019 
Cash and cash equivalents$477,557$536,933
Accounts receivable, net80,35748,883
Prepaid expenses and other current assets30,18328,292
Total current assets687,717699,636
Property, plant, and equipment, net125,106127,765
Operating lease assets22,33324,916
Intangible assets5,627
Deferred tax assets18,12318,123
Other assets4,7154,850
Total assets$870,580$882,249
Liabilities and stockholders equity
Accounts payable$16,238$9,990
Accrued liabilities93,31399,374
Current tax liabilities2,004437
Other current liabilities6,9477,760
Total current liabilities118,502117,561
Long-term liabilities:
Finance lease liabilities5,0665,573
Operating lease liabilities19,65921,650
Other liabilities10,41611,431
Total long-term liabilities35,14138,654
Total liabilities153,643156,215
Commitments and contingencies
Stockholders’ equity:
Common stock – Ordinary shares par value £0.001; 373,709,720 shares outstanding as of June 30, 2020; 371,068,436 shares outstanding as of December 31, 2019575570
Additional paid-in capital1,655,5001,632,046
Accumulated deficit(854,752)(837,959)
Accumulated other comprehensive loss(84,386)(68,623)
Total stockholders’ equity716,937726,034
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity$870,580$882,249

(in thousands, except per share amounts)

  Three Months Ended
June 30,
  Six Months Ended
June 30,
  2020  2019  2020  2019 
Product net sales$121,230$71,489$241,762$110,463
Other revenue67549168822
Total revenues121,29772,038241,930111,285
Operating expenses  
Cost of product sales8,7086,62019,47711,751
Research and development45,73432,46791,60862,842
Selling, general and administrative75,89462,273147,077117,351
Total operating expenses130,336101,360258,162191,944
Loss from operations(9,039)(29,322)(16,232)(80,659)
Interest income2502,3101,5194,397
Interest expense(297)(268)(581)(533)
Other income104,117104,117
Foreign exchange gain1,3862,0261,366912
(Loss) income before income taxes(7,700)78,863(13,928)28,234
Income tax expense (benefit)1,128(885)2,865(1,450)
Net (loss) income$(8,828)$79,748$(16,793)$29,684
Net loss per share:
Weighted average shares outstanding:

(in thousands)

  Six Months Ended June 30, 
  2020  2019 
Cash flows from operating activities        
Net loss$(16,793)$29,684
Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash used in operating activities:
Foreign exchange (gain) loss(488)882
Share-based compensation24,67723,330
Depreciation and amortization5,5144,808
Gain from sale of priority review voucher(104,117)
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:
Accounts receivable, net(31,794)(27,924)
Prepaid expenses and other current assets(4,312)(6,819)
Other assets1,8841,542
Accounts payable6,6253,488
Current tax liabilities2,732619
Accrued liabilities(599)13,887
Other liabilities(2,145)(2,192)
Net cash used in operating activities(34,341)(89,861)
Cash flows from investing activities 
Proceeds from sale of priority review voucher 104,117
Additions to property, plant and equipment(11,362)(22,515)
Additions to capitalized software(1,455)(1,017)
Additions to intangible assets(6,404)
Net cash (used) provided by in investing activities(19,221)80,585
Cash flows from financing activities 
Proceeds from exercise of stock options52,878
Payments in connection with common stock withheld for employee tax obligation(1,223)
Payments on finance leases(146)(250)
Payments on landlord financing obligation(283)(273)
Net cash (used in) provided by financing activities(1,647)2,355
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash(4,167)(893)
Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents(59,376)(7,814)
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period536,933591,497
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period$477,557$583,683
Supplemental disclosure of cash flow information: 
Income taxes paid2513,907
Interest paid581533
Supplemental disclosure of noncash information: 
Property and equipment purchases in accounts payable and accrued liabilities 1,727856
Right-of-use asset obtained in exchange for operating liabilities275

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Published at Fri, 07 Aug 2020 11:12:59 +0000

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