Kodiak Sciences Inc. ( KOD Quick Quote KOD - Free Report) reported first-quarter 2021 loss per share of 98 cents, wider than both the Zacks Consensus Estimate of a loss of 94 cents and the year-ago quarter’s loss of 54 cents.
Kodiak Sciences currently does not have any approved product in its portfolio. As a result, the company is yet to generate revenues.
Shares of Kodiak Sciences were down 13% following the results. In fact, the stock has plunged 39.8% so far this year compared with the
industry’s decrease of 5.2%. Quarter in Detail
Research and development (R&D) expenses were $40.3 million in the quarter, significantly up from the year-ago period.
General and administrative (G&A) expenses were $10.2 million, up 82.1% on a year-over-year basis.
As of Mar 31, 2021, Kodiak Sciences had cash worth $929 million compared with $969 million as of Dec 31, 2020.
In the absence of an approved product in Kodiak Sciences’ portfolio, its pipeline development remains in key focus.
The company’s lead pipeline candidate, KSI-301, is being developed for treating various retinal vascular diseases. In November 2020, the company completed enrollment in the pivotal phase II/III DAZZLE study on KSI-301 for treating wet-age-related macular degeneration (wet AMD). Enrollment for the study is complete and remains on track with the last patient's last visit for the primary efficacy endpoint, which is expected late in the fourth quarter of 2021.
Along with its earnings release, the company announced plans to initiate another pivotal phase III study – DAYLIGHT – to evaluate monthly dosing of KSI-301 in patients with treatment-naïve wet AMD. Data from this fifth study is expected to be included in the initial BLA for KSI-301.
Meanwhile, in October 2020, Kodiak Sciences treated the first patient in two pivotal phase III studies, namely GLEAM and GLIMMER, evaluating KSI-301 for treating diabetic macular edema (“DME”). Another phase III BEACON study is evaluating KSI-301 for addressing macular edema due to retinal vein occlusion (“RVO”). The company plans to complete enrollment in all these studies by the fourth quarter of 2021.
Each of these studies is evaluating the candidate’s potential for best-in-class dosing regimens.
Moreover, Kodiak Sciences plans to initiate the pivotal phase III GLOW study on KSI-301 in non-proliferative diabetic retinopathy patients without DME in the summer of 2021.
Kodiak Sciences remains on course to file a single biologics license application (“BLA”) for KSI-301 in 2022 to treat wet AMD, DME and RVO.
Zacks Rank and Stocks to Consider
Kodiak Sciences currently carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold). Better-ranked stocks in the biotech sector include
ASLAN Pharmaceuticals Limited ( ASLN Quick Quote ASLN - Free Report) , Adaptive Biotechnologies Corporation ( ADPT Quick Quote ADPT - Free Report) and Milestone Pharmaceuticals Inc. ( MIST Quick Quote MIST - Free Report) , all carrying a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy) at present. You can see . the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here
ASLAN Pharmaceuticals’ loss per share estimates have narrowed 12.5% for 2021 and 23.3% for 2022 over the past 60 days. The stock has surged 54.6% year to date.
Adaptive Biotechnologies’ loss per share estimates have narrowed 7.8% for 2021 and 1.5% for 2022 over the past 60 days.
Milestone Pharmaceuticals’ loss per share estimates have narrowed 20.3% for 2021 and 16.1% for 2022 over the past 60 days.
Bitcoin, Like the Internet Itself, Could Change Everything
Blockchain and cryptocurrency has sparked one of the most exciting discussion topics of a generation. Some call it the “Internet of Money” and predict it could change the way money works forever. If true, it could do to banks what Netflix did to Blockbuster and Amazon did to Sears. Experts agree we’re still in the early stages of this technology, and as it grows, it will create several investing opportunities.
Zacks’ has just revealed 3 companies that can help investors capitalize on the explosive profit potential of Bitcoin and the other cryptocurrencies with significantly less volatility than buying them directly. See 3 crypto-related stocks now >>