Washington, D.C. 20549

Form 8-K


Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

Date of Report (Date of earliest event Reported): November 1, 2018  

Cytokinetics, Incorporated
(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in Charter)

(State or Other Jurisdiction of Incorporation)(Commission File Number)(I.R.S. Employer Identification Number)


280 East Grand Avenue, South San Francisco, California 94080
(Address of Principal Executive Offices) (Zip Code)

(650) 624-3000
(Registrant's telephone number, including area code)

Not Applicable
(Former name or former address, if changed since last report)

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Item 2.02. Results of Operations and Financial Condition.

On November 1, 2018, Cytokinetics, Incorporated issued a press release announcing its results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2018. A copy of the press release is being filed as Exhibit 99.1 to this Current Report and is hereby incorporated by reference into this item 2.02.

Item 9.01. Financial Statements and Exhibits.

Exhibit 99.1. Press release dated November 1, 2018


Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.

 Cytokinetics, Incorporated
Date: November 1, 2018By: /s/ Peter S. Roddy        
  Peter S. Roddy
  Senior Vice President, Chief Accounting Officer



Cytokinetics, Inc. Reports Third Quarter 2018 Financial Results

METEORIC-HF Advancing to Trial Initiation

FORTITUDE-ALS on Track to Complete Enrollment by Year End

Phase 1 Clinical Studies of CK-274 and AMG 594 To Start in Q4

SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., Nov. 01, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Cytokinetics, Incorporated (Nasdaq: CYTK) reported financial results for the third quarter of 2018. Net loss for the third quarter was $22.8 million, or $0.40 per share, compared to a net loss for the third quarter of 2017 of $32.4 million, or $0.60 per share. Cash, cash equivalents and investments totaled $210.3 million at September 30, 2018.

"With five programs advancing in development, we were pleased to report progress of our expanded pipeline of muscle biology directed potential medicines as recently outlined at our R&D Day," said Robert I. Blum, Cytokinetics' President and Chief Executive Officer. "We look forward to beginning multiple trials across our cardiac muscle programs before year-end as well as soon completing enrollment in FORTITUDE-ALS, our Phase 2 clinical trial of reldesemtiv in patients with ALS, with results expected next year. I believe that the company has never been better positioned programmatically, operationally and financially to potentially deliver on the promise of our pioneering leadership in muscle biology."

Recent Highlights and Upcoming Milestones

Cardiac Muscle Programs

omecamtiv mecarbil (cardiac myosin activator)

AMG 594 (cardiac troponin activator)

CK-3773274 (CK-274, cardiac myosin inhibitor)

Skeletal Muscle Program

reldesemtiv (next-generation FSTA)

Pre-Clinical Development and Ongoing Research



Revenues for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2018 were $10.6 million and $22.1 million, respectively, compared to $6.2 million and $13.4 million for the corresponding periods in 2017. Revenues for the first nine months of 2018 stemmed from our strategic alliance with Astellas.

Research and development expenses for the third quarter of 2018 decreased to $21.4 million from $24.9 million for the third quarter of 2017, primarily due to cessation of development of tirasemtiv in late 2017, offset in part by increased spending in clinical trials of reldesemtiv and preclinical activities for CK-274 and other potential drug candidates. Research and development expenses for the first nine months of 2018 increased to $65.9 million from $64.0 million for the first nine months of 2017, primarily due to increased spending in clinical trials of reldesemtiv and preclinical activities for CK-274 as well as other potential drug candidates, offset in part by suspension of development of tirasemtiv in late 2017.

General and administrative expenses for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2018 decreased to $7.2 million and $23.7 million, respectively, from $9.7 million and $26.2 million for the same periods in 2017, respectively, primarily due to reduced pre-commercial activities for tirasemtiv and reduced other corporate activities.

Conference Call and Webcast Information

Members of Cytokinetics' senior management team will review the company's third quarter results via a webcast and conference call today at 4:30 PM Eastern Time. The webcast can be accessed through the Investors & Media section of the Cytokinetics website at www.cytokinetics.com. The live audio of the conference call can also be accessed by telephone by dialing either (866) 999-CYTK (2985) (United States and Canada) or (706) 679-3078 (international) and typing in the passcode 9785146.

An archived replay of the webcast will be available via Cytokinetics' website until November 8, 2018. The replay will also be available via telephone by dialing (855) 859-2056 (United States and Canada) or (404) 537-3406 (international) and typing in the passcode 9785146 from November 1, 2018 at 7:30 PM Eastern Time until November 8, 2018.

About Cytokinetics

Cytokinetics is a late-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on discovering, developing and commercializing first-in-class muscle activators and best-in-class muscle inhibitors as potential treatments for debilitating diseases in which muscle performance is compromised and/or declining. As a leader in muscle biology and the mechanics of muscle performance, the company is developing small molecule drug candidates specifically engineered to impact muscle function and contractility. Cytokinetics is collaborating with Amgen Inc. ("Amgen") to develop omecamtiv mecarbil, a novel cardiac muscle activator. Omecamtiv mecarbil is the subject of GALACTIC-HF, an international Phase 3 clinical trial in patients with heart failure. Amgen holds an exclusive worldwide license to develop and commercialize omecamtiv mecarbil with a sublicense held by Servier for commercialization in Europe and certain other countries. Cytokinetics is also collaborating with Amgen to develop AMG 594, a first-in-class cardiac troponin activator, discovered under the companies' joint research program. Further development of AMG 594 is subject to the collaboration agreement between Amgen and Cytokinetics. Cytokinetics is collaborating with Astellas Pharma Inc. ("Astellas") to develop reldesemtiv, a fast skeletal muscle troponin activator (FSTA). Reldesemtiv has been granted orphan drug designation by the FDA for the potential treatment of spinal muscular atrophy. Reldesemtiv was the subject of a positive Phase 2 clinical study in patients with spinal muscular atrophy which showed increases in measures of endurance and stamina consistent with the mechanism of action. Reldesemtiv is currently the subject of a Phase 2 clinical trial in patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Cytokinetics is also advancing CK-601, a next-generation FSTA into IND-enabling studies under the collaboration with Astellas. Astellas holds an exclusive worldwide license to develop and commercialize reldesemtiv. Licenses held by Amgen and Astellas are subject to specified co-development and co-commercialization rights of Cytokinetics. Cytokinetics recently filed an IND for CK-274, a novel cardiac myosin inhibitor that company scientists discovered independent of its collaborations. Cytokinetics continues its 20-year history of innovation with three new muscle biology directed compounds advancing from research to development in 2018. For additional information about Cytokinetics, visit www.cytokinetics.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements for purposes of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 (the "Act"). Cytokinetics disclaims any intent or obligation to update these forward-looking statements, and claims the protection of the Act's Safe Harbor for forward-looking statements. Examples of such statements include, but are not limited to, statements relating to Cytokinetics' and its partners' research and development activities; the timing of enrollment of patients in Cytokinetics' and its partners' clinical trials; the design, timing, results, significance and utility of preclinical and clinical results; and the properties and potential benefits of Cytokinetics' drug candidates. Such statements are based on management's current expectations, but actual results may differ materially due to various risks and uncertainties, including, but not limited to, potential difficulties or delays in the development, testing, regulatory approvals for trial commencement, progression or product sale or manufacturing, or production of Cytokinetics' drug candidates that could slow or prevent clinical development or product approval, patient enrollment for or conduct of clinical trials may be difficult or delayed, Cytokinetics' drug candidates may have adverse side effects or inadequate therapeutic efficacy, the FDA or foreign regulatory agencies may delay or limit Cytokinetics' or its partners' ability to conduct clinical trials, and Cytokinetics may be unable to obtain or maintain patent or trade secret protection for its intellectual property; Astellas' decisions with respect to the design, initiation, conduct, timing and continuation of development activities for reldesemtiv; Amgen's decisions with respect to the design, initiation, conduct, timing and continuation of development activities for omecamtiv mecarbil; standards of care may change, rendering Cytokinetics' drug candidates obsolete; competitive products or alternative therapies may be developed by others for the treatment of indications Cytokinetics' drug candidates and potential drug candidates may target; and risks and uncertainties relating to the timing and receipt of payments from its partners, including milestones and royalties on future potential product sales under Cytokinetics' collaboration agreements with such partners. For further information regarding these and other risks related to Cytokinetics' business, investors should consult Cytokinetics' filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Diane Weiser
Vice President, Corporate Communications, Investor Relations
(650) 624-3000

Cytokinetics, Incorporated
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations
(in thousands, except per share data, unaudited)

  Three Months Ended  Nine Months Ended 
  September 30, 2018  September 30, 2017  September 30, 2018  September 30, 2017 
Research and development, milestone, grant and other revenues, net $8,726  $5,862  $16,991  $6,680 
License revenues  1,915   318   5,133   6,706 
Total revenues  10,641   6,180   22,124   13,386 
Operating expenses:                
Research and development  21,391   24,947   65,858   64,045 
General and administrative  7,164   9,657   23,724   26,210 
Total operating expenses  28,555   34,604   89,582   90,255 
Operating loss  (17,914)  (28,424)  (67,458)  (76,869)
Interest expense  (867)  (806)  (2,628)  (2,346)
Non-cash interest expense on liability related to sale of future royalties  (4,559)  (3,906)  (13,026)  (9,918)
Interest and other income, net  1,323   779   3,291   1,828 
Net loss $(22,017) $(32,357) $(79,821) $(87,305)
Net loss per share — basic and diluted $(0.40) $(0.60) $(1.47) $(1.82)
Weighted-average shares in net loss per share — basic and diluted  54,626   53,719   54,329   47,879 

Cytokinetics, Incorporated
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(in thousands)

  September 30, 2018  December 31, 2017(1) 
 Current assets:        
 Cash and short term investments $210,310  $268,891 
 Other current assets  16,959   5,404 
 Total current assets  227,269   274,295 
 Long-term investments     16,518 
 Property and equipment, net  2,687   3,568 
 Other assets  323   429 
 Total assets $230,279  $294,810 
 Current liabilities:        
 Accounts payable and accrued liabilities $17,676  $22,645 
 Deferred revenue, current     9,572 
 Current portion of long-term debt  3,778    
 Other current liabilities  38   227 
 Total current liabilities  21,492   32,444 
 Long-term debt, net  38,127   31,777 
 Liability related to the sale of future royalties, net  117,718   104,650 
 Deferred revenue, non-current     15,000 
 Other long-term liabilities  874   1,097 
 Total liabilities  178,211   184,968 
 Stockholders' equity:        
 Common stock  55   54 
 Additional paid-in capital  765,970   755,526 
 Accumulated other comprehensive income  447   343 
 Accumulated deficit  (714,404)  (646,081)
 Total stockholders' equity  52,068   109,842 
 Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $230,279  $294,810 

 (1) Derived from the audited financial statements included in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2017.