GW Pharmaceuticals plc Reports Financial Results and Operational Progress for the Third Quarter Ended September 30, 2019

November 5, 2019

- Epidiolex U.S. year to date net sales of $188.0 million, including Q3 net sales of $86.1 million -
- Conference call today at 4:30 p.m. ET -

CARLSBAD, Calif., Nov. 05, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- GW Pharmaceuticals plc (NASDAQ: GWPH, GW, the Company or the Group), the world leader in the discovery, development and commercialization of cannabinoid prescription medicines, announces financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2019.

“In this first year of launch, we are pleased to report continued Epidiolex revenue growth in the US. Receptivity to the introduction of this breakthrough treatment continues to be highly encouraging as a result of positive physician and patient experiences as well as strong payer coverage,” stated Justin Gover, GW’s Chief Executive Officer. “We see significant opportunity for the short, medium and long term and believe that all the fundamentals are in place to make Epidiolex a very successful brand. We can expect to see additional momentum from Europe as well as the launch of the Tuberous Sclerosis indication during 2020. On top of this, GW is ideally placed to consolidate its leadership in cannabinoid science through advancing several mid and late stage pipeline programs in the months ahead.”


  • Epidiolex® (cannabidiol)
    • U.S. commercial update
      • Q3 Net sales of $86.1M; $188.0M net sales in the first three quarters of 2019
      • Over 15,000 patients have received Epidiolex prescriptions since launch
      • Over 3,000 physicians have generated dispensed prescriptions since launch
      • Strong payor coverage with approximately 93 percent of all Commercial, Medicaid and Medicare lives in the US having a coverage determination, of which 65 percent are PA to indication or less restrictive
    • European launch update
      • European Commission approval in September 2019
      • Commercialization underway in France and Germany
      • UK NICE guidance expected in Q4 2019; Spain and Italy launches to follow in 2020
      • Early Access Program now includes over 1,100 patients across 5 major EU countries, and over 400 physicians from 250 top epilepsy centers
    • New Indications
      • Tuberous Sclerosis Complex
        • TSC Phase 3 data to be presented at American Epilepsy Society annual meeting in December 2019
        • TSC sNDA expected to be filed with FDA in early 2020, approval decision expected mid-2020
        • TSC EMA submission expected in Q1 2020
      • Rett Syndrome
        • Phase 3 trial in Rett Syndrome recruiting
    • Life-cycle management
      • Several new formulations of CBD in development including modified oral solution, capsule and intravenous formulation
        • PK data generated in 2019 supports advancing multiple new formulations into additional Phase 1 studies in 2020
    • Exclusivity
      • 7 years of orphan exclusivity confirmed by FDA, plus 6-month pediatric extension expected. 10 years of orphan exclusivity in Europe plus 2 year pediatric extension expected
      • 9 granted patents listed in “Orange Book” and align directly with Epidiolex FDA label
        • Patent expiry dates to 2035
      • Additional patent applications under review, including patents related to the use of Epidiolex in TSC and other indications
      • Patent application recently published indicating that Epidiolex is more efficacious than synthetic CBD in pre-clinical epilepsy models based on the key difference that Epidiolex comprises up to 2 percent of other cannabinoids.
  • Pipeline progress
    • Sativex® (nabiximols)
      • Initial U.S. target indication: Multiple Sclerosis spasticity
        • 3 positive Phase 3 trials completed in Europe
        • Clinical IND open, FDA feedback received on clinical plan
        • Clinical program expected to commence in Q1 2020 to augment existing pivotal data package
      • Clinical program in additional indications in planning for 2020-2021
    • CBDV
      • IND open for 30-patient open label study in autism expected to commence Q4 19. Initial data in 2020.
      • Investigator-led 100 patient placebo-controlled trial in autism underway
      • Open label study in Rett syndrome and seizures ongoing
    • Neonatal Hypoxic-Ischemic Encephalopathy (NHIE) intravenous CBD program
      • Phase 1b safety study in patients expected to commence in Q4
      • Orphan Drug and Fast Track Designations granted from FDA and EMA
    • Schizophrenia (GWP42003)
      • Positive Phase 2a trial published
      • Phase 2b trial expected to commence H1 2020


  • Revenue for the quarter ended September 30, 2019 was $91.0 million compared to $2.4 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2018
  • Cash and cash equivalents at September 30, 2019 were $554.7 million compared to $591.5 million as of December 31, 2018
  • Net loss for the quarter ended September 30, 2019 was $13.8 million compared to a net loss of $79.9 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2018

Conference Call and Webcast Information
GW Pharmaceuticals will host a conference call and webcast to discuss the quarter ending September 30, 2019 financial results today at 4:30 pm EST. To participate in the conference call, please dial 877-407-8133 (toll free from the U.S. and Canada) or 201-689-8040 (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: 54868.

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. GW’s lead product, EPIDIOLEX (cannabidiol oral solution) is commercialized in the US by its U.S. subsidiary Greenwich Biosciences for the treatment of seizures associated with Lennox-Gastaut syndrome (LGS) or Dravet syndrome in patients two years of age or older. This product has received approval in Europe under the tradename EPIDYOLEX. The Company continues to evaluate EPIDIOLEX in additional rare conditions including Tuberous Sclerosis Complex (TSC) and Rett syndrome. GW commercialized the world’s first plant-derived cannabinoid prescription drug, Sativex® (nabiximols), which is approved for the treatment of spasticity due to multiple sclerosis in numerous countries outside the United States and for which the Company is now advancing a late stage program in order to seek FDA approval. The Company has a deep pipeline of additional cannabinoid product candidates which includes compounds in Phase 1 and 2 trials for epilepsy, autism, glioblastoma, 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 (cannabidiol) oral solution and Sativex (nabiximols) and the safety profile and commercial potential of EPIDIOLEX and Sativex. 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 Sativex, EPIDIOLEX 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, including the most recent Form 10-KT filed on 26 February 2019. 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)

  September 30,  December 31, 
  2019  2018 
Cash and cash equivalents $554,682  $591,497 
Accounts receivable, net  41,818   4,192 
Inventory  69,288   33,030 
Prepaid expenses and other current assets  32,196   17,903 
Total current assets  697,984   646,622 
Property, plant, and equipment, net  110,161   90,832 
Operating lease assets  20,438    
Goodwill  6,959   6,959 
Deferred tax assets  8,425   8,720 
Other assets  3,884   2,935 
Total assets $847,851  $756,068 
Liabilities and stockholders’ equity        
Accounts payable $6,934  $9,796 
Accrued liabilities  81,704   52,477 
Current tax liabilities     2,384 
Other current liabilities  6,627   1,559 
Total current liabilities  95,265   66,216 
Long-term liabilities:        
Finance lease liabilities  5,297   5,690 
Operating lease liabilities  17,007    
Other liabilities  10,627   10,082 
Total long-term liabilities  32,931   15,772 
Total liabilities  128,196   81,988 
Commitments and contingencies        
Stockholders’ equity:        
Common stock - Ordinary shares par value £0.001;  570   564 
370,937,744 shares outstanding as of September 30, 2019;
366,616,688 shares outstanding as of December 31, 2018
Additional paid-in capital  1,619,649   1,581,144 
Accumulated deficit  (813,013)  (828,940)
Accumulated other comprehensive loss  (87,551)  (78,688)
Total stockholders’ equity  719,655   674,080 
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity $847,851  $756,068 


(in thousands, except per share amounts)

  Three Months Ended  Nine Months Ended 
September 30,September 30,
  2019  2018  2019  2018 
Product net sales $90,849  $2,343  $201,312  $8,249 
Other revenue  122   77   944   496 
Total revenues  90,971   2,420   202,256   8,745 
Operating expenses                
Cost of product sales  8,150   1,399   19,901   4,815 
Research and development  36,301   28,943   99,143   117,541 
Selling, general and administrative  64,178   52,685   181,529   116,644 
Total operating expenses  108,629   83,027   300,573   239,000 
Loss from operations  (17,658)  (80,607)  (98,317)  (230,255)
Interest income  2,249   1,283   6,646   3,041 
Interest expense  (272)  (297)  (805)  (935)
Other income        104,117    
Foreign exchange gain (loss)  1,889   (823)  2,801   (5,123)
(Loss) income before income taxes  (13,792)  (80,444)  14,442   (233,272)
Income tax (benefit) expense  (35)  (565)  (1,485)  79 
Net (loss) income $(13,757) $(79,879) $15,927  $(233,351)
Net (loss) income per share:                
Basic $(0.04) $(0.23) $0.04  $(0.68)
Diluted $(0.04) $(0.23) $0.04  $(0.68)
Weighted average shares outstanding:                
Basic  372,246   341,302   371,286   340,675 
Diluted  372,246   341,302   376,985   340,675 


(in thousands)

  Nine Months Ended September 30, 
  2019  2018 
Cash flows from operating activities        
Net income (loss) $15,927  $(233,351)
Adjustments to reconcile net income (loss) to net cash used in        
operating activities:
Foreign exchange (gain) loss  (418)  5,097 
Share-based compensation  35,633   26,035 
Depreciation and amortization  7,096   7,127 
Deferred income taxes     835 
Gain from sale of priority review voucher  (104,117)   
Other  39   233 
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:        
Accounts receivable, net  (37,691)  (581)
Inventory  (37,561)  (14,024)
Prepaid expenses and other current assets  (14,869)  15,005 
Other assets  2,968   (398)
Accounts payable  (1,161)  4,040 
Current tax liabilities  (601)  (4,844)
Accrued liabilities  29,176   13,503 
Other liabilities  (1,943)  1,013 
Net cash used in operating activities  (107,522)  (180,310)
Cash flows from investing activities        
Proceeds from sale of priority review voucher  104,117    
Additions to property, plant and equipment  (29,915)  (23,614)
Additions to capitalized software  (1,183)  (1,049)
Proceeds from disposal of property, plant and equipment  -   517 
Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities  73,019   (24,146)
Cash flows from financing activities        
Proceeds from exercise of stock options  2,878   619 
Payments on finance leases  (317)  (211)
Payments on landlord financing obligation  (404)  (397)
Net cash provided by financing activities  2,157   11 
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash  (4,469)  131 
Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents  (36,815)  (204,314)
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period  591,497   559,227 
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period $554,682  $354,913