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ROCKVILLE, Md., Feb. 26, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Supernus Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: SUPN), a pharmaceutical company focused on developing and commercializing products for the treatment of central nervous system (CNS) diseases, today reported record financial results for the fourth quarter and full year 2018 and associated Company developments.
Fourth quarter 2018 product prescriptions for Trokendi XR® and Oxtellar XR®, as reported by IQVIA, totaled 209,901, a 16.7% increase over the fourth quarter of 2017. Full year 2018 product prescriptions for Trokendi XR® and Oxtellar XR®, as reported by IQVIA, totaled 786,411, a 29.1% increase over full year 2017.
|Q4 2018||Q4 2017||Change %||FY 2018||FY 2017||Change %|
Source: IQVIA, data restatement 2/13/19.
Net product sales for the fourth quarter of 2018 were $113.5 million, a 31.5% increase over $86.3 million in the same period in the prior year. Net product sales for full year 2018 were $399.9 million, a 36.0% increase over $294.1 million in 2017.
In the fourth quarter of 2018, the increase in wholesaler and pharmacy channel inventory had the effect of increasing net product sales by approximately $10 million. The Company expects inventory levels to revert to historical levels in 2019.
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|Q4 2018||Q4 2017||Change %||FY 2018||FY 2017||Change %|
“We reported another year of strong operating results in 2018, driven by continued double-digit prescription growth for both Trokendi XR and Oxtellar XR,” said Jack Khattar, President and CEO of Supernus Pharmaceuticals. “In addition, we recently reached a key milestone by launching Oxtellar XR, in January 2019, with an expanded indication to include monotherapy for partial seizures, which could be a meaningful long term growth opportunity.”
Progress of Product Pipeline
SPN-812 – Novel non-stimulant for the treatment of ADHD
SPN-810 – Novel treatment of Impulsive Aggression in patients with ADHD
SPN-604 – Novel treatment of bipolar disorder
“We made significant progress in 2018 advancing our late-stage programs through clinical development, including announcing positive topline results from three Phase III trials for SPN-812 for treatment of ADHD,” said Jack Khattar. “We are focused in 2019 on submitting the NDA for SPN-812 and completing the Phase III trials for SPN-810, moving us closer to our goal of delivering, in the next several years, two novel products, both addressing billion-dollar market opportunities. In addition, we look forward to starting another Phase III program this year, with SPN-604 for the treatment of bipolar disorder.”
Research and development expenses in the fourth quarter of 2018 were $29.8 million, as compared to $16.2 million in the same quarter last year. This increase was primarily due to the one-time upfront expense of approximately $14 million in the fourth quarter of 2018 for the acquisition of Biscayne Neurotherapeutics, Inc. (Biscayne).
Selling, general and administrative expenses in the fourth quarter of 2018 were $42.1 million, as compared to $33.8 million in the same quarter last year. This increase was primarily due to the development and production of promotional materials and marketing programs associated with the launch of the monotherapy indication for Oxtellar XR, and an increase in share-based compensation expense.
Research and development expenses for the full year 2018 were $89.2 million, as compared to $49.6 million for 2017. This increase was primarily due to the initiation of the four Phase III clinical trials for SPN-812 in the second half of 2017, the OLE trials for SPN-812 and SPN-810, and the one-time upfront expense of approximately $14 million for the acquisition of Biscayne.
Selling, general and administrative expenses for full year 2018 were $159.9 million, as compared to $137.9 million in 2017. This increase was primarily due to the expansion of the salesforce by 40 salespeople, who were fully deployed in the fourth quarter of 2017, increased marketing spend to support Trokendi XR, as well as the factors impacting the fourth quarter as described above.
Operating Earnings and Earnings Per Share
Operating earnings in the fourth quarter of 2018 were $39.9 million, a 16% increase over $34.3 million in the same period the prior year. Operating earnings in full year 2018 were $144.4 million, a 45.1% increase over $99.5 million in 2017. The improvement in operating earnings in both periods was primarily due to increased net product sales, offset by the aforementioned one-time upfront expense of approximately $14 million for the acquisition of Biscayne.
Net earnings (GAAP) in the fourth quarter of 2018 were $25.9 million, or $0.48 per diluted share, an increase of 85% on diluted share amount, as compared to $13.7 million, or $0.26 per diluted share, in the same period last year. Net earnings (GAAP) were $111.0 million in 2018, or $2.05 per diluted share, an increase of 90% on diluted share amount, as compared to $57.3 million, or $1.08 per diluted share, in 2017. In addition to higher operating income for the fourth quarter and full year 2018, net earnings (GAAP) benefited from the reduction in the statutory U.S. Federal income tax rate and, to a lesser extent, from stock option exercises. The reduction in income tax rate had an unfavorable impact of $9.7 million in both the fourth quarter and full year 2017.
Weighted-average diluted common shares outstanding were approximately 54.1 million in the fourth quarter and full year 2018, as compared to approximately 53.5 million and 53.3 million in each of the respective prior year periods.
Balance Sheet Highlights
As of December 31, 2018, the Company had $774.8 million in cash, cash equivalents, marketable securities, and long term marketable securities, compared to $273.7 million at December 31, 2017. This increase reflects net proceeds of $364.9 million from the issuance of convertible senior notes and warrants in March 2018, partially offset by purchases of convertible note hedges, the aforementioned one-time upfront payment of $15 million for the acquisition of Biscayne, and increased cash from operations in 2018.
For full year 2019, the Company estimates net product sales, research and development expenses, operating earnings, and an effective tax rate as set forth below. This guidance assumes that the short-term higher levels of wholesaler and pharmacy channel inventory experienced in the fourth quarter of 2018 will revert to historical levels in 2019.
The Company is pleased to announce that it will hold an Investor Day in New York City on April 16, 2019. The management team plans to provide an overview of the Company including a detailed discussion on its clinical programs and an assessment of the associated market opportunities.
Conference Call Details
The Company will hold a conference call hosted by Jack Khattar, President and Chief Executive Officer, and Greg Patrick, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, to discuss these results at 9:00 a.m. Eastern Time, on Wednesday, February 27, 2019. An accompanying webcast also will be provided.
Please refer to the information below for conference call dial-in information and webcast registration. Callers should dial in approximately 10 minutes prior to the start of the call.
|Conference dial-in:||(877) 288-1043|
|International dial-in:||(970) 315-0267|
|Conference Call Name:||Supernus Pharmaceuticals Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2018 Earnings Conference Call|
Following the live call, a replay will be available on the Company's website, www.supernus.com, under “Investor Relations”.
About Supernus Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Supernus Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is a pharmaceutical company focused on developing and commercializing products for the treatment of central nervous system (CNS) diseases. The Company currently markets Trokendi XR® (extended-release topiramate) for the prophylaxis of migraine and the treatment of epilepsy, and Oxtellar XR® (extended-release oxcarbazepine) for the treatment of epilepsy. The Company is also developing several product candidates to address large market opportunities in psychiatry, including SPN-810 for the treatment of Impulsive Aggression in ADHD patients, SPN-812 for the treatment of ADHD and SPN-604 for the treatment of bipolar disorder.
This press release includes forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements do not convey historical information, but relate to predicted or potential future events that are based upon management's current expectations. These statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such statements. In addition to the factors mentioned in this press release, such risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, the Company’s ability to sustain and increase its profitability; the Company’s ability to raise sufficient capital to fully implement its corporate strategy; the implementation of the Company’s corporate strategy; the Company’s future financial performance and projected expenditures; the Company’s ability to increase the number of prescriptions written for each of its products; the Company’s ability to increase its net revenue; the Company’s ability to enter into future collaborations with pharmaceutical companies and academic institutions or to obtain funding from government agencies; the Company’s product research and development activities, including the timing and progress of the Company’s clinical trials, and projected expenditures; the Company’s ability to receive, and the timing of any receipt of, regulatory approvals to develop and commercialize the Company’s product candidates; the Company’s ability to protect its intellectual property and operate its business without infringing upon the intellectual property rights of others; the Company’s expectations regarding federal, state and foreign regulatory requirements; the therapeutic benefits, effectiveness and safety of the Company’s product candidates; the accuracy of the Company’s estimates of the size and characteristics of the markets that may be addressed by its product candidates; the Company’s ability to increase its manufacturing capabilities for its products and product candidates; the Company’s projected markets and growth in markets; the Company’s product formulations and patient needs and potential funding sources; the Company’s staffing needs; and other risk factors set forth from time to time in the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission made pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. The Company undertakes no obligation to update the information in this press release to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof or to reflect the occurrence of anticipated or unanticipated events.
|Supernus Pharmaceuticals, Inc.|
|Consolidated Balance Sheets|
|(in thousands, except share amounts)|
|December 31,||December 31,|
|Cash and cash equivalents||$||192,248||$||100,304|
|Accounts receivable, net||102,922||65,586|
|Prepaid expenses and other current assets||8,888||6,521|
|Total current assets||493,487||228,451|
|Long term marketable securities||418,798||133,638|
|Property and equipment, net||4,095||5,124|
|Intangible assets, net||31,368||36,019|
|Deferred income taxes||29,683||20,843|
|Liabilities and stockholders' equity|
|Accrued sales deductions||107,063||68,343|
|Income taxes payable||12,377||15,938|
|Non-recourse liability related to sale of future royalties, current portion||2,183||4,283|
|Deferred licensing revenue||—||287|
|Total current liabilities||161,353||123,000|
|Deferred licensing revenue, net of current portion||—||1,149|
|Convertible notes, net||329,462||—|
|Non-recourse liability related to sale of future royalties, long term||22,575||22,258|
|Other non-current liabilities||11,398||10,577|
|Common stock, $0.001 par value, 130,000,000 shares authorized at December 31, 2018 and December 31, 2017; 52,316,583 and 51,314,850 shares issued and outstanding at December 31, 2018 and December 31, 2017, respectively||52||51|
|Additional paid-in capital||369,637||294,999|
|Accumulated other comprehensive loss, net of tax||(3,158||)||(747||)|
|Retained earnings (accumulated deficit)||86,492||(26,823||)|
|Total stockholders' equity||453,023||267,480|
|Total liabilities and stockholders' equity||$||977,811||$||424,464|
|Supernus Pharmaceuticals, Inc.|
|Consolidated Statements of Earnings|
|(in thousands, except share and per share data)|
|Three Months ended December 31,||Years Ended December 31,|
|Net product sales||$||113,494||$||86,334||$||399,871||$||294,097|
|Costs and expenses|
|Cost of product sales||4,188||4,154||15,356||15,215|
|Research and development||29,841||16,173||89,209||49,577|
|Selling, general and administrative||42,050||33,764||159,888||137,905|
|Total costs and expenses||76,079||54,091||264,453||202,697|
|Other income (expense)|
|Interest expense-nonrecourse liability related to sale of future royalties||(1,175||)||(160||)||(4,271||)||(1,434||)|
|Changes in fair value of derivative liabilities||—||—||—||76|
|Loss on extinguishment of debt||—||—||—||(295||)|
|Total other income (expense)||(1,088||)||717||(4,268||)||1,077|
|Earnings before income taxes||38,767||35,061||140,176||100,618|
|Income tax expense||12,874||21,403||29,183||43,334|
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Jack A. Khattar, President and CEO
Gregory S. Patrick, Vice President and CFO
Supernus Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
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