Halozyme Therapeutics Inc (HALO) Q1 2021 Earnings Call Transcript

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Halozyme Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ:HALO)
Q1 2021 Earnings Call
May 10, 2021, 4:30 p.m. ET

Contents:

  • Prepared Remarks
  • Questions and Answers
  • Call Participants

Prepared Remarks:

Operator

Good day, and thank you for standing by. Welcome to the Halozyme First Quarter 2021 Financial Results Conference Call. [Operator Instructions]

I would now like to hand the conference over to your speaker today, Al Kildani, Vice President of Investor Relations and Corporate Communications. Thank you. Please go ahead.

Al KildaniVice President of Investor Relations and Corporate Communications

Thank you. Good afternoon, and welcome to our first quarter 2021 financial results conference call. In addition to our press release issued today after the close, you can find a supplementary slide presentation that will be referenced on today’s call in the Investor Relations section of our website. Leading the call will be Dr. Helen Torley, Halozyme’s President and Chief Executive Officer, who will provide an update on our business; and Elaine Sun, our Chief Financial Officer, who will review our financial results for the first quarter.

On today’s call, both GAAP and non-GAAP financial measures will be discussed. The non-GAAP or adjusted financial measures are reconciled with the comparable GAAP financial measures in our earnings press release and slide presentation. During the call, we will be making forward-looking statements. I refer you to our SEC filings for a full listing of the risks and uncertainties.

I’ll now turn the call over to Helen.

Helen TorleyPresident, Chief Executive Officer and Member of the Board of Directors

Thank you, Al. I’m pleased to report that our first quarter results provided a strong start to 2021 for Halozyme. We reported first quarter revenues of $89 million fueled by record quarterly royalties of $36.9 million, GAAP earnings per share of $0.19 and non-GAAP adjusted earnings per share of $0.37. Our partners made critical progress in the clinic with therapies using ENHANZE. In the first quarter, we achieved two of the expected four Phase 3 trial starts for 2021, which is defined as first patient enrolled, and we also achieved two of the expected five Phase 1 trial starts for 2021.

Additionally, we completed a successful convertible note offering of $805 million on attractive terms and used a portion of the proceeds to retire a large portion of our existing convertible note and to repurchase $75 million worth of shares through an accelerated share repurchase, further demonstrating our commitment to capital return. We achieved these strong results against the backdrop of the ongoing global COVID pandemic. This has been accomplished by the strong performance and hard work of our partners, our contract manufacturers and suppliers and the entire Halozyme team.

Let me now discuss our royalty revenue growth, which is illustrated on slide 3. We achieved our highest ever level of quarterly royalties during the first quarter at $36.9 million. This represented a 119% growth year-over-year and 15% sequential growth following what had previously been our record quarterly royalties. This strong growth is primarily being driven by the successful ongoing global launches of Janssen’s subcutaneous forms of DARZALEX, which utilized our ENHANZE technology. We continue to project the doubling of royalty revenues for the full year 2021 driven primarily by the continued growth of DARZALEX SC and also by growth in Roche’s Phesgo. We’re delighted with this robust growth in this high margin return — recurring revenue stream.

Let me turn now to slide 4, where I’ll provide highlights of our key commercialized products. We have five products that are now approved in most major global markets using our ENHANZE technology. Globally, more than 500,000 patients have received commercial products utilizing ENHANZE. Let me begin with the most recently launched products, which represent our Wave 2 launches, DARZALEX SC and Phesgo. During the first quarter, Janssen’s parent, Johnson & Johnson reported worldwide sales of DARZALEX, including both the IV and SC forms of $1.37 billion, up 42% year-over-year on an operational basis.

J&J does not provide a breakdown of DARZALEX sales by indication or route of administration, however, they did comment that the impressive growth was attributable to share growth across all lines of therapy and increased penetration of the subcutaneous formulation in the US and Europe and also continued DARZALEX penetration in the frontline setting aided by recently approved line extensions that penetrate new patient population posting nearly three points of share growth in frontline in the US this quarter.

During the first quarter, Janssen also reported several important achievements that are expected to support the future growth of subcutaneous DARZALEX. These include US FDA Accelerated approval and Health Canada approval for the indication of newly diagnosed adults with light chain amyloidosis for the use of DARZALEX FASPRO in combination with bortezomib, cyclophosphamide and dexamethasone. I’ll note that there were no previously approved therapies for this disease.

And also the approval from Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare for the subcutaneous formulation of DARZALEX for the treatment of multiple myeloma. Accordingly, Halozyme recognized $5 million in milestone revenue. With strong operational momentum, expansion into new geographies and expansion into new indications, we continue to expect that DARZALEX will be a strong driver of royalty growth for Halozyme.

The second product of our Wave 2 launches is Phesgo, the fixed-dose combination of two of Roche’s antibodies, Perjeta and Herceptin, administered in a five-minute to eight-minute subcutaneous injection compared to an administration time for several hours for the IV. Phesgo was launched in the US in the third quarter of 2020 and in the initial European launch markets during the first quarter of 2021. The European launches followed regulatory approval in Europe in late December of 2020. In the first quarter, Roche reported Phesgo sales of CHF29 million.

We anticipate the continued adoption and use in the US and additional launches in Europe throughout 2021 once reimbursement is in place will result in robust growth. Following the initial — the strong initial launch of DARZALEX SC in 2020, we project DARZALEX SC will continue to be the key driver of royalty revenues and royalty revenue growth for Halozyme in 2021.

Let me move now to the Wave 1 launch products. Roche continues with its global commercialization of MabThera SC also called RITUXAN HYCELA and subcutaneous Herceptin and Herceptin Hylecta. We project continued decline in royalties from these mature products as a result of the ongoing impact of biosimilar competition. And Takeda’s HyQvia continues to post growth, albeit on a smaller base of revenues.

Let me now move to slide 5 and a discussion of the ENHANZE development portfolio. I’ll begin with an overview and then I’ll move to a review by partner. What is very exciting is that we project the expansion and maturing of our development pipeline to 16 products by the end of 2021, including an expectation that four products will be studied in Phase 3 clinical trial and a total of 12 products will be in or will have completed Phase 1 clinical trials.

As highlighted on slide 5, in the first quarter, we saw strong progress with four new clinical trial starts, including two Phase 3 studies and two Phase 1s. Today, we have two products that are in Phase 3, argenx’s efgartigimod and Roche’s Atezolizumab. And we expect two additional Phase 3 starts this year, one of which is BMS’s nivolumab. The products in Phase 3 programs comprise our potential Wave 3 launches. Based on historical development timelines, the four Phase 3 products represent potential launches in the 2023 to 2025 timeframe.

As I mentioned, we have 12 products that we project will be in or completing Phase 1 by the end of 2021. These products form our potential Wave 4 product launches, where if development continues, these could launch in the time window of 2025 to 2027. We believe that this advancing pipeline of products utilizing ENHANZE is setting up the potential for multiple ways of future product launches that will deliver long-term growth in revenues, cash flow and profitability.

Now, let me provide the brief discussion by partner, and I’ll begin with Bristol-Myers Squibb. Bristol recently posted an overview of the design of its planned Phase 3 study of subcutaneous nivolumab for the treatment of clear cell renal cell carcinoma on clinicaltrials.gov. With a steady start in sight, accordingly, we recognized $25 million in milestone revenue in the first quarter. We’re very excited for this important next step for subcutaneous nivolumab as one of our potential Wave 3 launches. In parallel, Bristol is continuing with an exciting set of immuno-oncology target clinical study, having publicly announced selection of five of the available 11 targets. In addition to nivolumab, Bristol has three ongoing or completed Phase 1 studies with ENHANZE. These include studies of anti-CD-73, TIM-3 and the fixed-dose combination of nivolumab and relatlimab.

Let me move now to our newest partner, Horizon Therapeutics. We’re delighted to share that as announced by Horizon last week, not only have they initiated a Phase 1 study of TEPEZZA utilizing ENHANZE, but they’ve already completed patient dosing. The trial is a small, single-dose Phase 1 pharmacokinetic trial evaluating use of ENHANZE with TEPEZZA. If development is successful, Horizon hopes to potentially shorten drug administration time, reduce healthcare practitioner time and offer patients suffering from thyroid eye disease, additional flexibility and convenience. This development represents remarkably fast progress, given that we signed our collaboration agreement with Horizon in November of last year. We look forward to further developments in this exciting program for a drug that has anticipated peak sales potential of $3.5 billion according to Horizon.

Let me now move to argenx. Argenx has two targets in development using ENHANZE, efgartigimod and ARGX-117. Argenx continues with the execution of its four Phase 3 trials for separate potential indications for efgartigimod SC utilizing ENHANZE. Let me briefly describe these four registration-enabling studies. In February, argenx announced a “go” decision for its ADHERE registration trial, evaluating subcutaneous efgartigimod with ENHANZE in chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy or CIDP. Argenx has continued enrollment after the planned safety and efficacy assessment and expects to include approximately 130 patients to support potential registration of SC efgartigimod for the treatment of CIDP. In January, argenx initiated its Phase 3 ADDRESS trial in pemphigus vulgaris and foliaceus to serious skin barrier diseases associated with painful blistering and these studies continue to enroll.

Moving now to the third registration trial and potential indication. Argenx met with the FDA in the first quarter to discuss the potential for a bridging study of SC efgartigimod in myasthenia gravis or MG. Following FDA feedback, argenx has moved forward with a small focus trial designed to enable a fast path to registration for SC efgartigimod. And Argenx also continues with its fourth potential indication of a Phase 3 trial evaluating SC efgartigimod with ENHANZE for immune thrombocytopenic purpura.

Efgartigimod, which analysts projected a multi-billion dollar potential is one of our potential Wave 3 launches in the 2023 to 2025 timeframe and we’re delighted with the progress to-date. And lastly on argenx, development continues with its second nominated target ARGX-117, which is being evaluated in a recently initiated Phase 1 study in healthy volunteers.

Let me now move to Roche. Roche’s two products in development with ENHANZE, Tecentriq and OCREVUS. The Phase 3 trial evaluating Tecentriq SC with ENHANZE in Stage IV non-small cell lung cancer is ongoing. Tecentriq, which is already a multi-billion dollar franchise also represents one of our Wave 3 potential launch product with the potential to launch in the 2023 to 2025 time window. And Roche also continues with its Phase 1 study, evaluating SC administration of ocrelizumab or OCREVUS with ENHANZE. OCREVUS is another approved blockbuster product and it’s indicated for patients with multiple sclerosis.

I’ll move now to Janssen. In addition to the successful launch of subcutaneous forms of DARZALEX, Janssen continues with a Phase 1 study of amivantamab, their EGFR and cMET bispecific antibody with ENHANZE in advanced solid tumors. We are pleased with the progress our partners are making and advancing therapies using our ENHANZE technology. All of this progress I’ve just described is setting up multiple ways of future potential approvals and launches that can drive long-term revenue growth for Halozyme.

And just before I close on the ENHANZE partners, I’d like to report progress on the second program that entered Phase 1 clinical testing during the first quarter. In June of 2019, we announced the Cooperative Research and Development Agreement or CRADA with the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases’ Vaccine Research Center or VRC, which is part of the National Institute of Health. The CRADA enabled us to use our ENHANZE technology to develop subcutaneous forms of broadly neutralizing antibodies against the HIV for the treatment of HIV. I’m pleased to report that the program recently dosed the first patient in the ENHANZE arms of the VRC 609 Phase 1 trial, which will investigate the safety, tolerability dose and pharmacokinetics of the broadly neutralizing antibody, N6LS, which will be administered intravenously and subcutaneously with ENHANZE in healthy adults.

As you have heard, our partners are making impressive progress across a broad development pipeline in diverse indications. And beyond this existing pipeline, there’s also the potential for us to drive additional growth through new ENHANZE deals. Here we continue to have a broad slate of discussions with both biotech and pharma companies. As to timing, while I’m confident we will sign additional deals, as ever the timing is difficult to predict. And there’s also potential for growth through our current partners, nominating new targets and advancing them into the clinic. With more than 20 open slots available, we’re excited for the growth opportunity that also exists here.

Let me move now to slide 6 to discuss how our pipeline progress drives revenues for Halozyme. We are reiterating our three-year outlook for projected revenues from milestones. You can see here that for 2021 through 2023, we continue to project $400 million to $450 million in milestone revenues. This reflects our expectations for partner upfront development and commercial milestones during that period. The blue bars represent our three-year outlook since 2019. And the green bars represent actual annual milestone revenues, demonstrating that we’re performing well against these projections. This near-term milestone revenue is an important and strong indicator for future royalty revenues. We project royalty revenue potential of approximately $1 billion in 2027 based on a non-risk adjusted revenue projections for programs that we currently have line-of-sight to and assuming global sales in all indications.

Turning now to slide 7, I’ll review our approach to value creation and capital return. We have been consistent regarding our three-year — our three capital return priorities. These include maintaining a strong balance sheet capital return via share repurchases and commitment to driving both internal and external growth. We have a strong balance sheet with cash and cash equivalents of $764 million following the successful completion of our 2027 convertible note offering in March. We anticipate the strong projected free cash flow driven by ENHANZE will support both our ongoing commitment to capital return, as well as our longer M&A strategy.

We’ve made strong progress with our three-year $550 million share repurchase program, with approximately $426 million completed to-date at an average price of $21.99. And in addition to supporting the ongoing growth of our ENHANZE technology franchise, we continue to evaluate the potential for new technology platform expansion through acquisition with the goal of accelerating and expanding long-term revenue growth. We see the opportunity to create incremental value for other platform technologies, applying Halozyme’s proven partnering and commercialization capabilities. With ENHANZE still early in its growth cycle, we have the opportunity to be highly selective here.

And with that update, I’m going to turn the call now over to Elaine For a discussion of the first quarter financial results. Elaine.

Elaine SunSenior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Thank you, Helen. Before I begin, I’d like to note that with this quarter’s results, we’ll begin reporting key measures on both a non-GAAP adjusted, as well as a GAAP basis and we will also provide financial guidance on a non-GAAP basis. We consider these non-GAAP financial measures to be important because they provide useful measures of our operating performance exclusive of factors that do not directly affect what we consider to be our core operating performance, such as stock-based compensation, amortization, as well as non-recurring or unusual events. And I’d ask you to refer to our press release and filings for a reconciliation of GAAP to non-GAAP net income and earnings per share.

So with that, let me now turn to slide 8 for a review of our first quarter revenues. Total revenue for the first quarter was $89 million compared to $25.4 million in the prior year period. In terms of revenue composition, we saw growth from all three sources of revenue in the first quarter. Revenue from royalties for the quarter was $36.9 million, a 119% increase over the prior year period. This was driven primarily by the continued strong uptake of subcutaneous DARZALEX utilizing ENHANZE by our partner, Janssen. Product sales were $21.8 million in the quarter, up 167% from the prior year period product sales of $8.1 million.

Growth in product sales was driven by higher bulk API sales to our ENHANZE partners, Janssen, Roche and argenx. Demonstrating continued progress by our partners, collaboration revenue in the quarter totaled $30.3 million, up from $0.4 million in the prior year period. And during the quarter, we recognized $25 million in milestone revenues from Bristol-Myers related to the upcoming start of their Phase 3 trial for subcutaneous nivolumab with ENHANZE. In addition, the approval of DARZALEX with ENHANZE in Japan and its anticipated launch resulted in $5 million in milestone revenues to Halozyme.

Turning to slide 9, you’ll find a more detailed breakdown of our first quarter P&L. Let me begin with total operating expenses, which were $38.3 million in the first quarter, up 34% from $28.6 million in the prior year period. The overall increase in total operating expenses resulted from higher cost of product sales, which were $18.2 million compared with $5.8 million in the prior year period. And this increase in COGS was attributable to the markedly higher level of API sales versus the prior year period in support of our partners’ products and programs in the first quarter.

Research and development expenses of $9 million decreased 11% from $10.2 million in the prior year period. And SG&A expenses were $11.1 million, down 12% from $12.6 million in the prior year period. Total operating expenses excluding COGS were $20.1 million for the first quarter compared with $22.8 million in the prior year period, consistent with the expectations we laid out as part of our annual guidance last quarter.

GAAP operating income for the quarter was $50.7 million compared to a GAAP operating loss of $3.2 million in the prior year period, reflecting our strong growth in revenues and leverageable business model. On a GAAP basis, net income for the quarter was $27.9 million or $0.19 per diluted share. This compared with a net loss of $6.1 million or $0.04 per share in the prior year period. As I mentioned, we’ll now also be reporting key results such as net income and diluted earnings per share on a non-GAAP adjusted basis.

In the first quarter of 2021, the largest adjustment made to arrive at non-GAAP net income and diluted earnings per share was for a $21 million one-time inducement expense related to the repurchase of a significant portion of our 2024 convertible notes. This is also a non-cash expense. On a non-GAAP adjusted basis, net income was $54.3 million or $0.37 per diluted share compared to net income of $1.9 million or approximately $0.02 per diluted share in the prior year period.

With that, let me now turn to slide 10 for a discussion of our 2021 financial guidance. Our guidance is based on the latest information from our partners and our planned expenses for the year. Consistent with the strong growth we’re seeing for our business, we are reiterating our guidance for total revenues of $375 million to $395 million, which would represent year-over-year growth of 40% to 48%. Moving to the components of revenues, we expect revenues from royalties to double from 2020 levels. We expect product sales to increase 50% to 60% from 2020 levels, driven primarily by bulk API sales to our ENHANZE partners. We further expect revenue under collaborations to be in a similar range as the significant milestone revenues generated in 2020 driven by new clinical trial starts and commercial milestones of our partners.

And reflecting our leverageable business model, we also continue to expect GAAP operating income for 2021 to be in the range of $215 million to $235 million, which would represent 49% to 63% growth over 2020. Moving to net income, we expect GAAP net income of $190 million to $210 million, and non-GAAP net income of $235 million to $255 million. Moving to earnings per share, we are projecting GAAP EPS of between $1.25 and $1.40, representing growth of 37% to 54% over 2020 GAAP EPS. And non-GAAP earnings per share of $1.55 to $1.70, which would represent 38% to 52% growth over 2020 non-GAAP EPS.

As Helen reviewed, we remain committed to returning capital to shareholders. We continue to expect to repurchase up to $125 million in our shares this year, pending market conditions and other factors, which would leave $75 million worth of shares available for share repurchases remaining under our current authorization. In support of our financial and capital return goals, we completed the sale of $805 million of convertible senior notes due 2027. Reflecting the strong cash flow and growth prospects for the Company, we were able to secure highly attractive terms with a 25 basis points coupon and 50% conversion premium. We retired 80% of the previous convertible note, which was deeply in the money. And in doing so, we were able to mitigate dilution we would have otherwise face from the outstanding 2024 convertible senior notes. We also use some of the proceeds to complete a $75 million accelerated share repurchase.

So with that, I’ll now turn the call back to Helen.

Helen TorleyPresident, Chief Executive Officer and Member of the Board of Directors

Thank you, Elaine. As you just heard the developing pipeline coupled with our financial outlook places Halozyme in the strongest position ever as a company. We look forward to strong growth in revenues, profitability and cash flow in the coming quarters and years, which will allow us to deliver on our commitment to return capital to our shareholders, maintain long-term sustainable growth and maximize shareholder value.

As summarized on slide 11, we continue to expect multiple important value-driving events throughout 2021. We expect a continued launch momentum for DARZALEX SC and Phesgo with broadening adoption and use in the already launched markets and through additional global launches. Two new products are expected to enter Phase 3 development, resulting in a total of four ongoing Phase 3 programs across seven indications. Recall, these are the next wave of potential launches, Wave 3 with a time window for launch of 2023 to 2025.

We project five new Phase 1 starts resulting into a total of 12 products in or having completed Phase 1 testing by the end of the year. These represent if development continues are Wave 4 potential launches with the potential for launch in the window of 2025 to 2027. And we will work to create new revenue growth opportunity by seeking to sign new collaboration agreements and advance new targets into development, our Phase — our Wave 5. As a result of all of this progress, we’re in a position to return capital to our shareholders aiming to complete the planned $125 million share purchase for 2021.

And finally, we’ll continue to seek to identify and acquire platform that can add to our long-term revenue growth. None of these results would have been possible without the amazing team we have at Halozyme. I would like to say my sincere thanks to each and every one of you for these terrific results. And thank you to everyone for your attention today. We’d now be delighted to take your questions.

Operator, would you please open the call up for questions.

Questions and Answers:

Operator

[Operator Instructions] Your first question comes from Do Kim from BMO.

Do KimBMO Capital Markets — Analyst

Hi, good afternoon. Thanks for taking my question. A question on OPDIVO, Bristol is moving forward with the Phase 3 in renal cell carcinoma. Can you talk about what their clinical strategy is? Do — have they shared that with you and are they looking for this Phase 3 in RCC as a anchor study and do other tumor types in Phase 2s?

Helen TorleyPresident, Chief Executive Officer and Member of the Board of Directors

Yes, thanks, Do, for the question. We are aware of the strategy, but BMS hasn’t publicly commented on it, so, unfortunately, we can’t share any details. What I think we can talk about is the fact that the RITUXAN HYCELA ODAC, the FDA said that moving forward because of the more broad experience of PEGPH20, a separate controlled clinical study might not be needed for each and every indication. And we certainly saw that with the approvals of DARZALEX FASPRO and Phesgo, while in the same tumor type, we saw a broader indication than the studies conducted.

So I think the way to think about this though is, I believe if the FDA would feel that the — say any — there were no safety questions, there would be a possibility of a broader label than simply renal cell carcinoma, but it really is going to be based on the discussion between the FDA and Bristol-Myers Squibb on the data generated and any outstanding safety questions that might exist.

Do KimBMO Capital Markets — Analyst

And any particular reason why they chose renal cell as their first tumor indication?

Helen TorleyPresident, Chief Executive Officer and Member of the Board of Directors

None that I can share, Do.

Do KimBMO Capital Markets — Analyst

Okay, understand. And on the commercial side of things, it looks like the launch of Phesgo is much slower than FASPRO. Could you talk about what’s driving that difference, whether it’s the different cancer markets, breast cancer versus multiple myeloma or how your associated partner is executing on the launches?

Helen TorleyPresident, Chief Executive Officer and Member of the Board of Directors

Yes, in terms of the differences between the markets, there are several, what we don’t have is a specific cause and effect. But one of the key things is timing for DARZALEX FASPRO, it was approved both in the US and Europe in June of last year, whereas Phesgo was approved in the third quarter in the US and only in December and it’s only now launching in Europe. And so I do think we’re going to see some strong growth of Phesgo, particularly as it starts to roll out in the European launch markets.

You highlight some other differences though, multiple myeloma and older population, more Medicare-covered, whereas the breast cancer patients perhaps more of a skew toward commercial payers. So there could have been a little bit of more time taken to get on formulary for the commercially focused breast cancer patients perhaps further leading to a slowing down with Phesgo.

But I’ll leave you with the takeaway that, yes, that’s certainly very strong start to FASPRO certainly exceeded our expectations for last year, as you know, I think Phesgo having had the setup for all of their reimbursement and logistics in 2020 is going to start to show good growth in the US. And we’re particularly excited about the launch trajectory that we hope to see in Europe, particularly given the demonstrated success they showed with Herceptin subcu a number of years ago. So there’ll be a good growth happening from Phesgo this year, but as we stated, DARZALEX SC will continue to be the dominant driver of our royalty revenues for 2021.

Do KimBMO Capital Markets — Analyst

Great, that’s helpful. Congrats on the quarter and all the progress.

Helen TorleyPresident, Chief Executive Officer and Member of the Board of Directors

Appreciate that, Do. Thank you.

Operator

Your next question comes from Jessica Fye from JPMorgan.

Jessica FyeJ.P. Morgan — Analyst

Hey there, good afternoon and thanks for taking my questions. First one is, when you look at Street models, which potential royalty stream do you see as most under-appreciated by the Street?

Helen TorleyPresident, Chief Executive Officer and Member of the Board of Directors

Yes, let me turn that one over to Elaine to see which royalty stream do you feel is most under-appreciated, Elaine.

Elaine SunSenior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Sure. So I think — Jessica, thanks for that question. I think — look, I think we — I think the Street has largely focused on DARZALEX FASPRO, which given Helen’s comments and our public comments, I think is certainly driven by the strong performance and initial uptake that we’ve seen with DARZALEX. I think one thing that we’d like folks to appreciate over time is the breadth of our royalty portfolio and the breadth of the partners. We have 10 partners and nearly 60 targets underlying those different partnerships. And that diversity of programs of our partners and products that we expect in these multiple waves of launches over time that should drive strong royalty growth beyond DARZALEX, Phesgo etc. as being larger contributors.

I think certainly I’d look to our Wave 3 product launches, in particular as being those next drivers. And as Helen indicated, certainly with the continued progress of Roche’s Tecentriq, the argenx programs and indications that are being pursued for efgartigimod, certainly, we see those as potential significant drivers, as well as subcutaneous nivolumab with Bristol.

Jessica FyeJ.P. Morgan — Analyst

Okay, great, thanks for that. and with respect to the share repo, just given how much you’ve already completed in the first quarter, is there any chance that you’ll pull some of the remaining repo on the plan forward into 2021, and are there any other uses of cash beyond repos that look increasingly appealing?

Helen TorleyPresident, Chief Executive Officer and Member of the Board of Directors

Yes, let me ask Elaine to address that.

Elaine SunSenior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Sure. So, as you know, Jessica, we have a balanced capital allocation strategy, and we — that’s support of both capital return, as well as funding internal and external growth via M&A. We’ve certainly been very focused on capital return, and I think we’re just over 75% of our way through the $550 million three-year buyback plan as you alluded to. And we continue to be committed to purchasing up to $125 million for 2021, which would leave $75 million remaining through the end of 2022 through that three-year plan.

I would say, the specific timing of repurchases is based on different factors, including market conditions, etc., but we continue to be focused on capital return. I think beyond capital return, we continue to think that there, it is appropriate as part of that balanced capital allocation strategy to continue to fund the substantial internal growth drivers that we have fueled by ENHANZE, as well as potential to bring in another external platform technology that could leverage our existing capabilities and expertise to drive additional value long-term for shareholders.

Jessica FyeJ.P. Morgan — Analyst

Thank you.

Elaine SunSenior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Sure.

Operator

Your next question comes from Jason Butler from JMP Securities.

Roy BuchananJMP Securities — Analyst

Hey, it’s Roy for Jason. I just want to make sure I was clear on the DARZALEX first-line multiple myeloma 3% market share. Is that the overall market or is that the additional portion that’s converted to subcutaneous?

Helen TorleyPresident, Chief Executive Officer and Member of the Board of Directors

That was the overall market, I believe that was being referred to, Roy.

Roy BuchananJMP Securities — Analyst

Okay.

Helen TorleyPresident, Chief Executive Officer and Member of the Board of Directors

They didn’t break out by subcu, so it’s overall. Yes, but it’s probably [Indecipherable].

Roy BuchananJMP Securities — Analyst

And they’ve never broken out. They never…

Helen TorleyPresident, Chief Executive Officer and Member of the Board of Directors

They didn’t broke it — break it to make sure of the two.

Roy BuchananJMP Securities — Analyst

Okay. They’ve never broken out subcu?

Helen TorleyPresident, Chief Executive Officer and Member of the Board of Directors

They haven’t. The J&J have not.

Roy BuchananJMP Securities — Analyst

Okay, great. And then can you remind us what the light chain amyloidosis total market opportunity is in their view?

Helen TorleyPresident, Chief Executive Officer and Member of the Board of Directors

Yes, the epidemiology around this is, there is about 4,500 incident light chain amyloidosis patients in the US annually, and it’s a similar number in Europe. So think about the total opportunity, I think globally of being about 10,000 incident patients, the indication is for newly diagnosed. This is an accelerated approval, Roy, and there is, specifically there are some conclusions based on cardiac disease. So you need to take that 10,000 and reduce it to get the opportunity. So I think what’s exciting here is big unmet need for patients and a nice incremental add as this indication is only approved as a subcu, not as an IV.

Roy BuchananJMP Securities — Analyst

Okay, thank you.

Operator

Your next question comes from Anita Dushyanth from Berenberg Capital Markets.

Anita DushyanthBerenberg Capital Markets — Analyst

Hi, good afternoon. Congrats on the progress, and thanks for taking my questions. Just wondering, Helen, in the last call, you had mentioned about that you were kind of reengaging with your partners to sort of have them revisit their portfolios to see if they will be able to identify new targets that could move forward into the clinic, I was just wondering, so how many sort of new targets that you — we are likely to see this year or next coming into the clinic?

Helen TorleyPresident, Chief Executive Officer and Member of the Board of Directors

Yes, as we entered this year, Anita, as you know, we said five new Phase 1 starts, which represent the line-of-sight new targets we had coming in and we’ve already started two of those. I can tell you our discussions with partners are ongoing. And — but we have no update I can give you with regard to whether we will extend the number of new starts this year or perhaps some of them could take into next year to actually start just depending on where those targets are in development, but this is an ongoing effort that we’re just continuously in. So we’re excited about the five that we’ll add this year. And I’m very confident we’ll be adding more next year just based on the discussions we have. Can’t be absolutely sure yet based on timeline that any will start in — any additional ones will start in 2021 yet.

Anita DushyanthBerenberg Capital Markets — Analyst

Okay, great, thank you. And just one more question on DARZALEX itself. So I think from what J&J had — or Janssen had talked about it before, there are about 40% of the patients that converted to the subcu form. So eventually we would expect like a majority of the population to adopt this subcu version. And we could kind of think about that for the other candidates using ENHANZE.

Helen TorleyPresident, Chief Executive Officer and Member of the Board of Directors

Yes, I do think DARZALEX, as you mentioned, is off to a strong start. And I think the comment on the 40% actually, I believe was made by us based on data last October that showed that — this was from Symphony they showed that 40% of use in the US was with — was with the subcu. We certainly are delighted with the performance. We know that just based on royalty revenues, it’s even higher than that now in the US and we’re seeing good penetration around the world as well.

I think as you think about all of the other products in the portfolio, it really will be dependent on the value proposition that physicians see. And there’s no doubt that DARZALEX has a very strong value proposition, but we’ve got very strong value propositions in the rest of our portfolio. And what we do is, we take a look at what we think the offering brings versus the competition and for patients, and we do a range around as to what we think the peak penetration will be. So you’re absolutely right, this is a great opportunity here for other products that have a strong market uptake as well just based on what we’re seeing for DARZALEX not just in Europe, where we’ve seen strong performance before, but also in the US.

Anita DushyanthBerenberg Capital Markets — Analyst

Okay, thank you. That’d be all.

Operator

Your next question comes from Graig Suvannavejh from Goldman Sachs.

Graig SuvannavejhGoldman Sachs — Analyst

Great, thank you for taking my question, and congrats on all the great progress. I’ve got two questions if I could. My first just has to do with the broader portfolio, in particular, the 16 products that you list on slide 5. I’m just wondering if you could maybe remind us if there is certain products where the current IV infusion times are perhaps considered longer perhaps than others that might facilitate greater conversion over to any potential subcu that might get eventually improved?

And then my second question, just wanted to revisit the Company’s prior comments around looking for additional technologies. And I’m just wondering, as we have been talking about this over the past several quarters, I’m curious if there have been any changes in the BD environment, whether it is the number of potential assets, the quality of the assets or potentially the prices on the assets that may have meaningfully changed? Thanks very much.

Helen TorleyPresident, Chief Executive Officer and Member of the Board of Directors

All right, so turning to slide 5, I think, Greg as we’re taking a look at the products that are listed here, there are a whole range of infusion times as you point out. And obviously some of them are perhaps 30-minute IV, some of them more range toward the 1.5 hours to two hours. What I think is important is duration of infusion is one aspect, but what we’re seeing with our partners is not simply reducing the time of administration that are other, I think important strategic plays that they are pursuing here.

If we think about some of the products, where the goal might be to get the patients to be able to use the product at home more easily, there a subcu is a significant advantage obviously over an IV. We’ve got other partners who are working to develop drugs in combination. So similar to what Roche succeeded with Phesgo of two antibodies together, and that was — I’ll mention that Bristol-Myers Squibb, when they started working with us, have a vision to be able to take care more into the community oncology setting to make it easier for patients.

And so as you think about what the value proposition is, I think there’s a strategy, there’s a duration of administration, all very important. And for each of the products that we, you see listed here as well as the five that we expect to start this year, there is a compelling value proposition as to why this will bring competitive differentiation for each partner for them to take it to the market.

If I could move to the question of BD, yes, as we mentioned, our goal is to seek to find another platform that we can do what we’ve done with ENHANZE, which is licenses to multiple partners and be able to grow revenues perhaps beyond what the originator was able to do. And so we are very actively looking at different opportunities at the moment, Graig. I would say the environment has got a good number of assets, pricing is perhaps a little bit down as to what it was perhaps four months, five months ago. So that is a bit of a positive.

But I would say no major change in the overall environment of the assets that we are looking at, and we will take our time. We have the luxury of time based on the strong growth we’re projecting for ENHANZE. So we’re not rushing into this. We’re looking for something that we feel is a great fit for our capabilities and our business model, and we will complement that — them effectively. So we’re going to find the right thing.

Graig SuvannavejhGoldman Sachs — Analyst

That’s great. Thank you so much.

Helen TorleyPresident, Chief Executive Officer and Member of the Board of Directors

Thank you, Graig.

Operator

[Operator Instructions] Your next question comes from Joe Catanzaro from Piper Sandler.

Joe CatanzaroPiper Sandler — Analyst

Hey, guys, thanks so much for taking my questions here. Just two somewhat related. I’m wondering if you could help contextualize how much of the growth of FASPRO that you’re seeing and its contribution to the top line is perhaps being muted to some degree by the contraction of some of the legacy products? And then somewhat relatedly, I think Genmab said some Nordic countries are seeing 90% FASPRO conversions, while others are around 30%. Do you guys have any sense around the overall conversion rates across the full European geography, and can you actually back into that number based on the royalty you receive? Thanks.

Helen TorleyPresident, Chief Executive Officer and Member of the Board of Directors

Yeah, I’m — I would say, let me take the second part first. Yes, we heard the comments from Genmab and really echo with the Chief Commercial Officer there to say, it is very difficult to get detailed penetration data from Europe. So we can’t really comment on that by geographies. We have a general sense from our royalties, Joe as to overall share in Europe versus the US but we certainly don’t know on a market-by-market basis unfortunately.

But obviously, the core messages that we’re delighted with the strong uptake that we’re seeing in the US, where our last reported data was 40%, but obviously that has continued, and this sans that they talked about some of the Nordic markets being at 90% and other markets at 30%, obviously shows that the value proposition is being well received around the world.

With regard to the growth of FASPRO, we certainly are seeing a contraction to your question on the legacy products, so the ongoing impact of biosimilars on Herceptin and also RITUXAN is muting it modestly. So we did predict and stated this year, we expected to see a continued decline in the royalty revenues that is continuing at the pace we expected, and it does somewhat mute the DARZALEX FASPRO, but on a relatively modest basis. We’re obviously very pleased with the growth that we’re seeing in FASPRO this year.

Joe CatanzaroPiper Sandler — Analyst

Okay, got it. Thanks, thanks for taking my question.

Helen TorleyPresident, Chief Executive Officer and Member of the Board of Directors

Thanks, Joe.

Operator

That was our last question. At this time, I will now turn the call back over to the presenters.

Helen TorleyPresident, Chief Executive Officer and Member of the Board of Directors

All right. Well, we really appreciate everyone for your support and for your attention. As you’ve heard, we continue to execute very well against our strategy, and we’re excited with the progress that our partners are showing in their development of more ENHANZE-enabled products. We look forward to future launches of Waves 3 and 4 following on the great success we’re seeing with our Wave 2 launches. Thank you so much for your attention, and we look forward to seeing you next quarter. Goodbye now.

Operator

[Operator Closing Remarks]

Duration: 48 minutes

Call participants:

Al KildaniVice President of Investor Relations and Corporate Communications

Helen TorleyPresident, Chief Executive Officer and Member of the Board of Directors

Elaine SunSenior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Do KimBMO Capital Markets — Analyst

Jessica FyeJ.P. Morgan — Analyst

Roy BuchananJMP Securities — Analyst

Anita DushyanthBerenberg Capital Markets — Analyst

Graig SuvannavejhGoldman Sachs — Analyst

Joe CatanzaroPiper Sandler — Analyst

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