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Rani Therapeutics Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2023 Financial Results; Provides Corporate Update

20 March 2024
  • Announced Positive Topline Results from Phase 1 Study of an Oral Anti-Interleukin 12/23 Antibody (RT-111) 
  • Announced Preclinical Pharmacodynamic Data on Transenteric Delivery of GLP-1 Incretin Triagonist 
  • Cash runway extended into 2025 
  • Conference call and webcast today at 4:30 p.m. ET / 1:30 p.m. PT 

SAN JOSE, Calif., March 20, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Rani Therapeutics Holdings, Inc. (“Rani Therapeutics” or “Rani”) (Nasdaq: RANI), a clinical-stage biotherapeutics company focused on the oral delivery of biologics and drugs, today reported financial results for the quarter and full year ended December 31, 2023 and provided a corporate update.

“We have kicked off 2024 with positive momentum announcing positive topline results from our Phase 1 study for RT-111, which serves as our third successfully completed Phase 1 trial using RaniPill technology,” said Talat Imran, Chief Executive Officer of Rani. “The results of our Phase 1 study for RT-111 provide validation that our platform can transform injectable large molecules into convenient, oral pills. We are committed to our vision of making oral biologics a reality across a wide variety of indications. Looking ahead, we continue development of the RaniPill HC to be ready for potential Phase 1 clinical trials in the second half of the year.”

Fourth Quarter 2023 and Subsequent Highlights:

  • Announced Positive Topline Results from Phase 1 Study of an Oral Anti-Interleukin 12/23 Antibody (RT-111). In February 2024, Rani announced RT-111 achieved high bioavailability and was well-tolerated, with no serious adverse events in humans, in a Phase 1 study.
  • Announced Preclinical Pharmacodynamic Data on Transenteric Delivery of GLP-1 Incretin Triagonist. In December 2023, Rani announced preclinical data demonstrating the transenteric delivery of an incretin triagonist of GLP-1, GIP, glucagon receptors elicits rapid weight loss in animal study. Preclinical data support the potential for the RaniPill platform to enable oral delivery of multiple obesity treatments.
  • Announced Strategic Program Prioritization, Expansion of Manufacturing and Plans to Streamline Business Operations to Support Near-Term Value Drivers and Long-Term Growth of the RaniPill Technology Platform. In November 2023, Rani announced strategic prioritization of its key development programs, RT-102, RT-111 and the RaniPill HC and expansion of its manufacturing footprint to support increased scale and partnerships, and cost reduction initiatives that align with Rani’s near-term goals. Development of RT-101 was discontinued, while the development of RT-105 and RT-110 programs were paused. In addition, Rani reduced its workforce. Anticipated cost savings are expected to support Rani’s operating plans into 2025.
  • Completed 60-Day, Repeat Oral-Administration GLP Safety Study. In October 2023, Rani announced preclinical data from a 60-day, repeat oral-administration GLP safety study of the RaniPill capsule in healthy animals. The RaniPill capsule was well-tolerated with no treatment-related adverse events and all animals remained clinically healthy throughout the study.
  • Announced Successful Oral Delivery of Humira® (adalimumab) via High-Capacity Pill in Preclinical Study. In October 2023, Rani announced the successful oral delivery of a monoclonal antibody, Humira® (adalimumab), via its high-capacity capsule, the RaniPill HC, in a preclinical study. The preclinical study tracked the serum concentrations of adalimumab, following the oral administration of the enteric-coated, RaniPill HC capsule containing 11mg of Humira® (adalimumab) to four canine models. The RaniPill HC successfully delivered adalimumab in all of the subjects.
  • Presented an Abstract on RT-102 at the 2023 Annual Meeting of the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research. The abstract, presented in October 2023, focused on the safe and reliable delivery of teriparatide with high bioavailability through daily administration of an oral robotic pill (RT-102) in female volunteers.

Near-Term Milestone Expectations:

  • Development of RaniPill HC to be ready for potential Phase 1 clinical trials in the second half of 2024.
  • Initiation of Phase 2 clinical trial of RT-102, a RaniPill capsule containing teriparatide for osteoporosis, in 2024.

Full Year 2023 Financial Results:

  • Cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities as of December 31, 2023 totaled $48.5 million, compared to $98.5 million for the year ended December 31, 2022.
  • Research and development expenses for the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2023 were $7.6 million and $39.6 million, respectively, compared to $10.4 million and $36.6 million for the same periods in 2022, respectively. The year over year increase of $3.0 million was primarily attributed to higher compensation costs of $1.4 million, an increase of $1.2 million in third-party services and an increase of $0.6 million in facilities, materials and supplies expense related to preclinical and clinical development activities, offset by a decrease in other costs of $0.2 million.
  • General and administrative expenses for the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2023 were $5.8 million and $26.5 million, respectively, compared to $7.1 million and $26.8 million for the same periods in 2022, respectively. The year over year decrease of $0.3 million was primarily attributed to lower third-party services of $1.8 million related to support for compliance with public company requirements and lower facilities, material and supplies and other costs of $0.3 million, offset by higher compensation costs of $1.8 million.
  • Net loss for the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2023 was $14.1 million and $67.9 million, respectively, compared to $17.3 million and $63.3 million for the same periods in 2022, respectively, including stock-based compensation expense of $4.5 million for the three months ended December 31, 2023 and $19.0 million for the full year 2023, compared to $4.5 million and $15.8 million for the same periods in 2022, respectively.

Conference Call

Rani will host a corresponding conference call and live webcast at 4:30 p.m. ET / 1:30 p.m. PT on March 20, 2024 to discuss the results and provide a business update. Individuals interested in listening to the live conference call may do so by using the webcast link in the “Investors” section of the company’s website at www.ranitherapeutics.com. A webcast replay will be available in the investor relations section on the company’s website for 90 days following the completion of the call.

About Rani Therapeutics

Rani Therapeutics is a clinical-stage biotherapeutics company focused on advancing technologies to enable the development of orally administered biologics and drugs. Rani has developed the RaniPill capsule, which is a novel, proprietary and patented platform technology, intended to replace subcutaneous injection or intravenous infusion of biologics and drugs with oral dosing. Rani has successfully conducted several preclinical and clinical studies to evaluate safety, tolerability and bioavailability using RaniPill capsule technology. For more information, visit ranitherapeutics.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

Statements contained in this press release regarding matters that are not historical facts are “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such forward-looking statements include statements regarding, among other things, the expected initiation of a Phase 2 trial of RT-102 in 2024, the expected readiness of the RaniPill HC for clinical development in the second half of 2024, the ability of expanded manufacturing footprint to support scaling of manufacturing and partnering, the ability to streamline its business operations and to realize the cost-savings contemplated by such streamlining of business operations, reduction in workforce and other initiatives announced by Rani, Rani’s development and advancement of its RaniPill capsule technology, including RaniPill HC, Rani’s advancement of its preclinical and clinical programs and timing of results, the sufficiency of Rani’s cash reserves to support operations into 2025,  the timing and extent of its expenses, future financial performance, and Rani’s growth as a company. Because such statements are subject to risks and uncertainties, actual results may differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Words such as “expect,” “could,” “anticipate,” “look forward,” “potential,” “intend” and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are based upon Rani’s current expectations and involve assumptions that may never materialize or may prove to be incorrect. Actual results could differ materially from those anticipated in such forward-looking statements as a result of various risks and uncertainties, which include, without limitation, risks and uncertainties associated with Rani’s business in general and the other risks described in Rani’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including Rani’s annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2023 and subsequent filings and reports by Rani. All forward-looking statements contained in this press release speak only as of the date on which they were made and are based on management’s assumptions and estimates as of such date. Rani undertakes no obligation to update such statements to reflect events that occur or circumstances that exist after the date on which they were made, except as required by law.

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RANI THERAPEUTICS HOLDINGS, INC
Consolidated Balance Sheets
(In thousands, except par value)
 
 December 31, 
 2023  2022 
Assets     
Current assets:     
Cash and cash equivalents$5,864  $27,007 
Marketable securities 42,675   71,475 
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 2,308   2,442 
Total current assets 50,847   100,924 
Property and equipment, net 6,105   6,038 
Operating lease right-of-use asset 718   1,065 
Other assets 246    
Total assets$57,916  $108,027 
Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity     
Current liabilities:     
Accounts payable$648  $1,460 
Accrued expenses and other current liabilities 1,726   2,349 
Current portion of long-term debt 4,897    
Current portion of operating lease liability 718   1,006 
Total current liabilities 7,989   4,815 
Long-term debt, less current portion 24,484   29,149 
Operating lease liability, less current portion    59 
Total liabilities 32,473   34,023 
Stockholders' equity:     
Preferred stock, $0.0001 par value - 20,000 shares authorized; none issued and outstanding as of December 31, 2023 and December 31, 2022     
Class A common stock, $0.0001 par value - 800,000 shares authorized; 26,036 and 25,295 issued and outstanding as of December 31, 2023 and December 31, 2022, respectively 3   3 
Class B common stock, $0.0001 par value - 40,000 shares authorized; 24,116 issued and outstanding as of December 31, 2023 and December 31, 2022 2   2 
Class C common stock, $0.0001 par value - 20,000 shares authorized; none issued and outstanding as of December 31, 2023 and December 31, 2022     
Additional paid-in capital 85,762   75,842 
Accumulated other comprehensive loss (12)  (73)
Accumulated deficit (72,889)  (38,919)
Total stockholders' equity attributable to Rani Therapeutics Holdings, Inc. 12,866   36,855 
Non-controlling interest 12,577   37,149 
Total stockholders' equity 25,443   74,004 
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity$57,916  $108,027 
 

 

RANI THERAPEUTICS HOLDINGS, INC
Consolidated Statements of Operations
(In thousands, except per share amounts)
 
 Three Months Ended December 31,  Year Ended December 31, 
 2023  2022  2023  2022 
Operating expenses           
Research and development$7,606  $10,386  $39,624  $36,607 
General and administrative 5,829   7,097   26,475   26,844 
Total operating expenses$13,435  $17,483  $66,099  $63,451 
Loss from operations (13,435)  (17,483)  (66,099)  (63,451)
Other income (expense), net           
Interest income and other, net 676   818   3,301   1,248 
Interest expense and other, net (1,296)  (719)  (5,085)  (1,071)
Loss before income taxes (14,055)  (17,384)  (67,883)  (63,274)
Income tax expense    41      (70)
Net loss$(14,055) $(17,343) $(67,883) $(63,344)
Net loss attributable to non-controlling interest (6,956)  (8,556)  (33,913)  (32,756)
Net loss attributable to Rani Therapeutics Holdings, Inc.$(7,099) $(8,787) $(33,970) $(30,588)
Net loss per Class A common share attributable to Rani Therapeutics Holdings, Inc., basic and diluted$(0.27) $(0.35) $(1.33) $(1.28)
Weighted-average Class A common shares outstanding—basic and diluted 25,874   24,910   25,505   23,817 
 

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