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ROCKVILLE, Md., Nov. 14, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Cerecor Inc. (NASDAQ: CERC), a biopharmaceutical company focused on becoming a leader in development and commercialization of treatments for orphan diseases and neurology, announced today its financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2019 and provided additional corporate highlights.
“It’s been a transformational start to the back-half of the year for Cerecor. We continue to execute on our plan to increase shareholder value by advancing our clinical pipeline and executing transformative business development deals. CERC-802 achieved several regulatory milestones and had encouraging results from its Phase I Safety Study in Healthy Volunteers. CERC-301 final results were reported from its neurogenic Orthostatic Hypotension (nOH) trial in patients with Parkinson’s disease and is preparing to advance into a proof-of-concept trial investigating its use in Orthostatic Hypotension (OH) associated with Diabetes. Diabetic OH is a significantly larger patient population (15-fold greater than nOH with ~3 million U.S. patients) ; and there are no approved therapies. Additionally, the sale of the Pediatric Portfolio strengthens our balance sheet by providing non-dilutive capital for R&D helping us to advance CERC-801 towards NDA approval, allowing us to obtain a PRV for potential monetization.,” said Dr. Simon Pedder, Executive Chairman of the Board.
Research and Development Update
Third Quarter 2019 Financial Results
Net product revenue increased $1.4 million to $5.5 million for the three months ended September 30, 2019 as compared to the same period in 2018. The increase was due to improved product mix and higher sales volume during the current period.
Total operating expenses were $9.3 million for the three months ended September 30, 2019, compared to operating expenses of $28.4 million for the three months ended September 30, 2018. The significant decrease was due to $18.7 million of in-process research and development costs as a result of the Ichorion acquisition in 2018.
Net loss for the three months ended September 30, 2019 was $4.0 million compared to net loss of $24.6 million for the three months ended September 30, 2018. The significant decrease was largely a result of the 2018 in-process research and development costs highlighted above.
The cash balance was $5.3 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2019. The company received $4.5 million in cash from Aytu from the sale of the pediatric portfolio in the fourth quarter of 2019.
Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations
|Three Months Ended||Nine Months Ended|
|September 30,||September 30,|
|2019 (a), (b)||2018 (a)||2019 (a), (b)||2018 (a)|
|(in thousands, except per share data)||(in thousands, except per share data)|
|Product revenue, net||$||5,513||$||4,075||$||15,374||$||13,046|
|License and other revenue||100||—||100||—|
|Sales force revenue||—||—||—||297|
|Total revenues, net||5,613||4,075||15,474||13,343|
|Cost of product sales||1,435||3,111||3,241||5,398|
|Research and development||1,743||1,048||8,857||3,780|
|Acquired in-process research and development||—||18,724||—||18,724|
|General and administrative||2,679||1,884||7,779||7,834|
|Sales and marketing||2,631||2,311||8,676||5,889|
|Impairment of intangible assets||—||160||1,449||1,861|
|Change in fair value of contingent consideration||(197||)||85||(1,009||)||361|
|Total operating expenses||9,328||28,388||32,188||47,163|
|Loss from operations||(3,715||)||(24,313||)||(16,714||)||(33,820||)|
|Other (expense) income:|
|Change in fair value of warrant liability and unit purchase option liability||35||(3||)||7||(23||)|
|Other (expense) income, net||(15||)||—||(24||)||19|
|Interest expense, net||(206||)||(235||)||(614||)||(578||)|
|Total other expense, net||(186||)||(238||)||(631||)||(582||)|
|Net loss before taxes||(3,901||)||(24,551||)||(17,345||)||(34,402||)|
|Income tax expense||115||52||349||92|
|Net loss per share of common stock, basic and diluted||$||(0.07||)||$||(0.71||)||$||(0.31||)||$||(1.05||)|
|Net loss per share of preferred stock, basic and diluted||$||(0.35||)||$||—||$||(1.56||)||$||—|
|(a) The unaudited condensed consolidated statements of operations for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2019 and 2018 have been derived from the reviewed financial statements but do not include all of the information and footnotes required by accounting principles generally accepted in the United States for complete financial statements.|
|(b) The unaudited condensed consolidated statements of operations for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2019 do not include the impact of the Aytu transaction because the transaction was entered into and subsequently closed in the fourth quarter of 2019.|
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
|September 30||December 31,|
|2019 (a), (b)||2018 (a)|
|Cash and cash equivalents||$||5,251||$||10,646|
|Accounts receivable, net||4,956||3,158|
|Prepaid expenses and other current assets||1,670||1,529|
|Restricted cash, current portion||102||19|
|Total current assets||12,589||21,932|
|Property and equipment, net||1,497||587|
|Intangible assets, net||26,595||31,239|
|Restricted cash, net of current portion||102||82|
|Liabilities and stockholders’ equity|
|Accrued expenses and other current liabilities||13,134||19,731|
|Income taxes payable||1,015||2,032|
|Long-term debt, current portion||1,050||1,050|
|Contingent consideration, current portion||1,237||1,957|
|Total current liabilities||17,262||26,216|
|Long-term debt, net of current portion||14,255||14,328|
|Contingent consideration, net of current portion||6,236||7,094|
|Deferred tax liability, net||98||69|
|Other long-term liabilities||1,122||386|
|Common stock—$0.001 par value; 200,000,000 shares authorized at September 30, 2019 and December 31, 2018; 44,106,794 and 40,804,189 shares issued and outstanding at September 30, 2019 and December 31, 2018, respectively||44||41|
|Preferred stock—$0.001 par value; 5,000,000 shares authorized at September 30, 2019 and December 31, 2018; 2,857,143 shares issued and outstanding at September 30, 2019 and December 31, 2018||3||3|
|Additional paid-in capital||134,086||119,082|
|Total stockholders’ equity||18,221||20,908|
|Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity||$||57,194||$||70,251|
|(a) The condensed consolidated balance sheets as of September 30, 2019 and December 31, 2018 have been derived from the reviewed and audited financial statements but do not include all of the information and footnotes required by accounting principles generally accepted in the United States for complete financial statements.|
|(b) The condensed consolidated balance sheets as of September 30, 2019 do not include the impact of the Aytu transaction because the transaction was entered into and subsequently closed in the fourth quarter of 2019.|
Cerecor was on track to achieve its 2019 revenue guidance in a range of $20 to $22 million. However, as a result of the sale of the Pediatric Portfolio to Aytu, Cerecor will no longer be providing revenue guidance.
Cerecor is a biopharmaceutical company focused on becoming a leader in development and commercialization of treatments for orphan diseases and neurological conditions. The Company is building a robust pipeline of innovative therapies in orphan diseases and neurology. The Company’s pediatric rare disease pipeline is led by CERC-801, CERC-802 and CERC-803 (“CERC-800 programs”), which are therapies for inborn errors of metabolism, specifically disorders known as Congenital Disorders of Glycosylation. The FDA granted Rare Pediatric Disease Designation and Orphan Drug Designation (“ODD”) to all three CERC-800 compounds, thus qualifying the Company to receive a Priority Review Voucher (“PRV”) upon approval of a new drug application (“NDA”). The PRV may be sold or transferred an unlimited number of times. The Company plans to leverage the 505(b)(2) NDA pathway for all three compounds to accelerate development and approval. The Company is also developing one other preclinical pediatric orphan rare disease compound, CERC-913, for the treatment of mitochondrial DNA Depletion Syndrome. The Company’s neurology pipeline is led by CERC-301, a Glutamate NR2B selective, NMDA Receptor antagonist, which Cerecor is currently exploring as a novel treatment for orthostatic hypotension. The Company is also developing CERC-406, a CNS-targeted COMT inhibitor for Parkinson’s Disease. The Company also has one marketed product, Millipred®, an oral prednisolone indicated across a wide variety of inflammatory conditions and indications.
For more information about Cerecor, please visit www.cerecor.com.
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