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Corcept Therapeutics Announces Second Quarter Financial Results and Provides Corporate Update

August 3, 2022 at 4:05 PM EDT

MENLO PARK, Calif., Aug. 03, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Corcept Therapeutics Incorporated (NASDAQ: CORT), a commercial-stage company engaged in the discovery and development of medications to treat severe endocrine, oncologic, metabolic and neurological disorders by modulating the effects of the hormone cortisol, today reported its results for the quarter ended June 30, 2022.

Financial Results

  • Revenue of $103.4 million, compared to $91.6 million in second quarter 2021
  • Reiterated 2022 revenue guidance of $400$430 million
  • Diluted net income per common share of $0.24, compared to $0.21 in second quarter 2021
  • Cash and investments of $382.0 million, compared to $368.1 million at March 31, 2022

Corcept’s second quarter 2022 revenue was $103.4 million, compared to $91.6 million in the second quarter of 2021. Second quarter operating expenses were $72.0 million, compared to $59.6 million in the second quarter of 2021, due to increased clinical trial activity, expenses to support the expansion of our clinical development and commercial teams and legal fees. Net income was $27.4 million in the second quarter of 2022, compared to $26.5 million in the second quarter of 2021.

Cash and investments increased $13.9 million in the second quarter, to $382.0 million at June 30, 2022.

“Our revenue growth reflects the continued increase in our base of Korlym prescribers,” said Joseph K. Belanoff, MD, Corcept’s Chief Executive Officer. “Korlym is an excellent treatment for patients with Cushing’s syndrome and there are many eligible patients who have yet to receive it. We are reiterating our 2022 revenue guidance of $400$430 million.”

Clinical Development

“Data generated by our clinical development programs have provided increasing evidence of cortisol modulation’s potential to treat many serious diseases,” added Dr. Belanoff. “Positive results from our Phase 2 trial of selective cortisol modulator relacorilant in women with platinum-resistant ovarian cancer led to the recent initiation of our Phase 3 ROSELLA trial. Later this year, we expect important data from our programs in antipsychotic-induced weight gain and non-alcoholic steatohepatitis.”

Solid Tumors

  • ROSELLA initiated – 360-patient pivotal Phase 3 trial of relacorilant plus nab-paclitaxel in patients with recurrent, platinum-resistant ovarian cancer
  • Enrollment continues in 20-patient, open-label, Phase 1b trial of relacorilant plus
    pembrolizumab in patients with adrenal cancer with cortisol excess
  • Randomized, placebo-controlled Phase 2 trial of relacorilant plus enzalutamide in patients with prostate cancer to begin in collaboration with the University of Chicago

“Opening our ROSELLA study is an important step forward,” said Bill Guyer, PharmD, Corcept’s Chief Development Officer. “The 40,000 women in the United States and Europe with platinum-resistant ovarian cancer have few good treatment options. Our Phase 2 study demonstrated improvements in progression-free survival, duration of response and overall survival without increased side effect burden. Simply replicating these positive results in ROSELLA would be of unprecedented benefit to women with platinum-resistant ovarian cancer, for whom relacorilant plus nab-paclitaxel has the potential to become a new standard.”

“We are also pleased to collaborate with investigators at the University of Chicago in initiating a placebo-controlled, Phase 2 trial of relacorilant, combined with enzalutamide, in patients with prostate cancer, pre-prostatectomy,” said Dr. Guyer. “There is a large patient population at this stage of disease and we hope to be able to offer them substantial benefit.”

Metabolic Diseases

  • Enrollment completed in GRATITUDE and GRATITUDE II – two double-blind, placebo-controlled Phase 2 trials of miricorilant to reverse recent and long-standing antipsychotic-induced weight gain (AIWG); data from both trials expected in fourth quarter 2022
  • Enrollment continues in Phase 1b dose-finding trial of miricorilant in patients
    with presumed non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH); data expected in fourth quarter 2022

“Weight gain and other adverse metabolic effects caused by antipsychotic medications reduce the life expectancy of millions of patients. These side effects also dissuade many patients from adhering to their treatment regimen,” said Dr. Guyer. “We expect our double-blind, placebo-controlled GRATITUDE and GRATITUDE II trials to build on the positive data from our Phase 1 studies in healthy volunteers.”

Cushing’s Syndrome

  • Enrollment continues in Phase 3 GRACE trial of relacorilant as a treatment for patients with all etiologies of Cushing’s syndrome; new drug application (NDA) submission expected in second half 2023
  • Enrollment continues in Phase 3 GRADIENT trial of relacorilant as a treatment for patients
    with Cushing’s syndrome caused by adrenal adenomas

“We advanced relacorilant to Phase 3 in Cushing’s syndrome based on its extremely promising Phase 2 efficacy and safety data. We expect our GRACE trial to serve as the basis for relacorilant’s NDA in Cushing’s syndrome, which we plan to submit in the second half of 2023,” said Dr. Guyer. “The Phase 3 GRADIENT trial will produce valuable data about an etiology of Cushing’s syndrome that has not been subject to rigorous, controlled study, but affects many patients.”

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)

  • DAZALS, a 198-patient, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled Phase 2 trial of dazucorilant in patients with ALS, planned to start this quarter

“ALS, commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a devastating illness with a significant need for better treatment,” said Dr. Guyer. “Dazucorilant, a selective cortisol modulator that crosses the blood-brain barrier, showed outstanding promise in animal models of ALS. We plan to initiate a large, controlled Phase 2 trial, which we have named DAZALS, this quarter, at sites in Europe and the United States.”

Conference Call

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Hypercortisolism, often referred to as Cushing’s syndrome, is caused by excessive activity of the hormone cortisol. Endogenous Cushing’s syndrome is an orphan disease that most often affects adults aged 20-50. In the United States, an estimated 20,000 patients have Cushing’s syndrome, with about 3,000 new patients diagnosed each year. Symptoms vary, but most patients experience one or more of the following manifestations: high blood sugar, diabetes, high blood pressure, upper-body obesity, rounded face, increased fat around the neck, thinning arms and legs, severe fatigue and weak muscles. Irritability, anxiety, cognitive disturbances and depression are also common. Hypercortisolism can affect every organ system and can be lethal if not treated effectively. Corcept holds patents directed to the composition of relacorilant and the use of cortisol modulators, including Korlym, in the treatment of patients with hypercortisolism.

About Corcept Therapeutics

Corcept has discovered a large portfolio of proprietary compounds that selectively modulate the effects of cortisol and owns extensive United States and foreign intellectual property covering both their composition and their use to treat a variety of serious disorders. The company is conducting clinical trials of its leading cortisol modulators as potential treatments for patients with Cushing’s syndrome, ovarian and adrenal cancer, weight gain caused by the use of antipsychotic medications and liver disease. Corcept’s drug Korlym® was the first medication approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for the treatment of patients with Cushing’s syndrome.

Forward-Looking Statements

Statements in this press release, other than statements of historical fact, are forward-looking statements based on our current plans and expectations that are subject to risks and uncertainties that might cause our actual results to differ materially from those such statements express or imply. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, our ability to operate our business, conduct our clinical trials and achieve our other goals during the COVID-19 pandemic and generate sufficient revenue to fund our activities; the availability of competing treatments for hypercortisolism, including generic versions of Korlym; our ability to obtain acceptable prices and adequate insurance coverage and reimbursement for Korlym; risks related to the development of our product candidates, including their clinical attributes, regulatory approvals, mandates, oversight and other requirements; the timing, cost and outcome of legal disputes and investigations; and the scope and protective power of our intellectual property. These and other risks are set forth in our SEC filings, which are available at our website and the SEC’s website.

In this press release, forward-looking statements include, among others, those concerning our expectations regarding the course of the COVID-19 pandemic and its effects on our commercial results and clinical activities; the number of eligible patients who have yet to receive Korlym; our continued revenue growth and 2022 revenue guidance; cortisol modulation’s potential to treat many serious diseases; development of relacorilant as a treatment for ovarian and prostate cancer, including relacorilant’s clinical attributes, regulatory approvals, mandates and oversight, and other requirements; the potential for relacorilant plus nab-paclitaxel to become a standard of care for patients with recurrent platinum-resistant ovarian cancer; the timing and substance of our results in the GRATITUDE trials of miricorilant in patients with antipsychotic-induced weight gain and our Phase 1b trial in patients with NASH; expectations regarding the GRACE trial as the basis for relacorilant’s NDA in Cushing’s syndrome; our planned trial of dazucorilant in patients with ALS; our other pre-clinical and clinical development programs, including the pace of enrollment, study design and timelines, and the accrual and attributes of clinical data; and the timing of regulatory submissions. We disclaim any intention or duty to update forward-looking statements made in this press release.



(In thousands)

  June 30, 2022   December 31, 2021(1)
Cash and investments $ 381,976   $ 335,812
Trade receivables, net of allowances   28,164     27,625
Inventory   17,415     17,950
Operating lease right-of-use asset   2,264     514
Deferred tax assets, net   48,491     27,455
Other assets   18,054     14,400
Total assets $ 496,364   $ 423,756
Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity      
Accounts payable $ 8,246   $ 6,908
Operating lease liabilities   2,264     526
Other liabilities   43,528     40,516
Stockholders’ equity   442,326     375,806
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity $ 496,364   $ 423,756
(1)Derived from audited financial statements at that date



(In thousands, except per share data)

  Three Months Ended   Six Months Ended
  June 30,   June 30,
    2022       2021       2022       2021  
Product revenue, net $ 103,386     $ 91,588     $ 197,074     $ 171,025  
Operating expenses              
Cost of sales   1,316       1,384       2,566       2,652  
Research and development   32,825       28,232       60,945       57,254  
Selling, general and administrative   37,813       30,029       75,362       59,538  
Total operating expenses $ 71,954     $ 59,645     $ 138,873     $ 119,444  
Income from operations   31,432       31,943       58,201       51,581  
Interest and other income   630       110       710       385  
Income before income taxes   32,062       32,053       58,911       51,966  
Income tax expense   (4,650 )     (5,530 )     (8,702 )     (1,978 )
Net income $ 27,412     $ 26,523     $ 50,209     $ 49,988  
Net income attributable to common stockholders $ 27,398     $ 26,523     $ 50,196     $ 49,988  
Basic net income per common share $ 0.26     $ 0.23     $ 0.47     $ 0.43  
Diluted net income per common share $ 0.24     $ 0.21     $ 0.44     $ 0.39  
Weighted-average shares outstanding used in computing net income per common share              
Basic   106,289       116,294       106,151       116,555  
Diluted   115,399       126,680       115,222       128,204  

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