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bluebird bio Reports Fiscal Second Quarter 2014 Financial Results

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug. 12, 2014-- bluebird bio, Inc. (Nasdaq: BLUE), a clinical-stage company committed to developing potentially transformative gene therapies for severe genetic and orphan diseases, today reported financial results and operational highlights for the quarter ended June 30, 2014.

"The second quarter of 2014 has been very productive for bluebird bio," said Nick Leschly, chief bluebird. "In June, we presented some very encouraging clinical data on our LentiGlobin product candidate for beta-thalassemia at the EHA conference in Milan, Italy. Also in June, we broadened our technology platform through the acquisition of Pregenen, a gene editing company, and in July we completed a $110 million stock offering, strengthening our balance sheet and allowing us to drive forward all our programs.”

Second Quarter 2014 and Recent Business Highlights:

-- Added Mark Vachon to the bluebird bio Board of Directors. Mr Vachon has spent over 30 years at General Electric (NYSE: GE) in various management roles, including as the CEO of GE Healthcare Americas

-- Granted orphan drug status by the FDA and the EMA for our LentiGlobin product candidate for the treatment for sickle cell disease

-- Completed a public offering of common stock raising approximately $109.8 million, net of underwriting discounts, commissions and offering expenses

-- Acquired Precision Genome Engineering, Inc., or Pregenen, a privately held biotechnology company based in Seattle, Washington and focused on the development of gene editing and cell signaling technologies

-- Presented preliminary clinical results from our ongoing, phase 1/2 HGB-205 Study of our LentiGlobin product candidate for the treatment of beta-thalassemia major at the 19thEuropean Hematology Association Congress held in Milan, Italy

Anticipated 2014 Milestones:

-- Present further clinical results in beta-thalassemia major from our HGB-205 and Northstar Studies in late 2014

-- Transplant our first sickle cell disease patient with our LentiGlobin product candidate

Financial Results:

bluebird bio held $175.7 million in cash and cash equivalents as of June 30, 2014. In July 2014, bluebird bio completed a public offering of common stock and raised approximately $109.8 million of additional net proceeds.

Total revenue was $6.3 million during the three months ended June 30, 2014, compared to $6.3 million for the three months ended June 30, 2013. Total revenue is primarily comprised of collaborative revenue from bluebird bio’s collaboration with Celgene Corporation.

Total operating expenses for the three months ended June 30, 2014 were $19.7 million as compared to $10.5 million for the three months ended June 30, 2013.

bluebird bio reported a net loss of $1.5 million, or $0.06 per share, for the three months ended June 30, 2014, as compared to net loss of $4.6 million, or $2.13 per share, for the three months ended June 30, 2013. In the second quarter of 2014, bluebird bio reported an $11.8 million income tax benefit in conjunction with the acquisition of Pregenen.

About bluebird bio, Inc.

bluebird bio is a clinical-stage company committed to developing potentially transformative gene therapies for severe genetic and orphan diseases. bluebird bio has two clinical-stage programs in development. The most advanced product candidate, Lenti-D, is in a recently-initiated phase 2/3 study, the Starbeam Study, for the treatment of childhood cerebral adrenoleukodystrophy (CCALD), a rare, hereditary neurological disorder affecting young boys. The next most advanced product candidate, LentiGlobin, is currently in two phase 1/2 studies, one in the US (the Northstar Study) and one in France (HGB-205), for the treatment of beta-thalassemia major. The phase 1/2 HGB-205 study also allows enrollment of patient(s) with sickle cell disease, and bluebird bio is planning a separate U.S. sickle cell disease trial (HGB-206).

bluebird bio also has an early-stage chimeric antigen receptor-modified T cell (CAR-T) program for oncology in collaboration with Celgene Corporation.

bluebird bio has operations in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Seattle, Washington and Paris, France. For more information, please visit .

Forward-Looking Statements

This release contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including statements regarding the Company’s financial condition and results of operations and the advancement of, and anticipated milestones related to the Company’s product candidates and clinical studies, and anticipated milestones for 2014. Any forward-looking statements are based on management’s current expectations of future events and are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially and adversely from those set forth in or implied by such forward-looking statements. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, the risk of cessation or delay of any of the ongoing or planned clinical studies and/or our development of our product candidates, the risk of a delay in the enrollment of patients in the Company’s clinical studies, the risk that the results of previously conducted studies involving similar product candidates will not be repeated or observed in ongoing or future studies involving current product candidates, the risk that our collaboration with Celgene will not continue or will not be successful, and the risk that any one or more of our product candidates will not be successfully developed and commercialized. For a discussion of other risks and uncertainties, and other important factors, any of which could cause our actual results to differ from those contained in the forward-looking statements, see the section entitled “Risk Factors” in our most recent annual report on Form 10-K, as well as discussions of potential risks, uncertainties, and other important factors in our subsequent filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. All information in this press release is as of the date of the release, and bluebird bio undertakes no duty to update this information unless required by law.

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bluebird bio, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations and Comprehensive Loss
(in thousands, except per share data)
Three months ended Six months ended
June 30, June 30,
2014     2013 2014     2013
Collaboration revenue $ 6,250 $ 6,249 $ 12,500 $ 7,291
Research and license fees   85     85     170     170  
Total revenue   6,335     6,334     12,670     7,461  
Operating expenses:
Research and development 13,931 7,247 25,394 12,531
General and administrative   5,738     3,281     11,277     5,605  
Total operating expenses   19,669     10,528     36,671     18,136  
Loss from operations (13,334 ) (4,194 ) (24,001 ) (10,675 )
Other income (expense), net   11     (389 )   69     (452 )
Loss before income taxes   (13,323 )   (4,583 )   (23,932 )   (11,127 )
Benefit from income taxes   11,797     -     11,797     -  
Net loss $ (1,526 ) $ (4,583 ) $ (12,135 ) $ (11,127 )
Net loss per share - basic and diluted: $ (0.06 ) $ (2.13 ) $ (0.50 ) $ (8.94 )

Weighted-average number of common shares used in computing net loss per share - basic and diluted:

  24,474     2,151     24,312     1,244  
bluebird bio, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(in thousands, except par value amounts)
June 30, December 31,
2014 2013
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $ 175,710 $ 206,279
Deferred tax assets 3,106 693
Prepaid expenses and other current assets   4,053     5,015  
Total current assets 182,869 211,987
Property and equipment, net 12,857 10,920
Intangible assets 30,100 -
Goodwill 13,128 -
Restricted cash and other non-current assets   1,668     1,483  
Total assets $ 240,622   $ 224,390  
Liabilities and stockholders' equity
Current liabilities:
Accounts payable $ 2,586 $ 4,359
Accrued expenses and other current liabilities 11,670 5,175
Deferred revenue, current portion   25,291     25,340  
Total current liabilities 39,547 34,874
Deferred rent, net of current portion 8,056 6,740
Deferred revenue, net of current portion 17,708 30,208
Contingent consideration, net of current portion 6,097 -
Deferred tax liabilities 3,106 693
Other non-current liabilities   352     208  
Total liabilities 74,866 72,723
Stockholders' equity:

Common stock, $0.01 par value, 125,000 shares authorized;

25,077 and 23,940 shares issued and outstanding at June 30, 2014 and December 31, 2013, respectively

251 239
Additional paid-in capital 276,315 250,103
Accumulated deficit   (110,810 )   (98,675 )
Total stockholders' equity   165,756     151,667  
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $ 240,622   $ 224,390  

Source: bluebird bio, Inc.

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