DEER PARK, Ill., March 16, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Eton Pharmaceuticals, Inc (Nasdaq: ETON), an innovative pharmaceutical company focused on developing and commercializing treatments for rare diseases, today reported financial results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2020 and provided an update on business progress.
“2020 was a transformational year for Eton and the momentum has continued through the start of 2021. In recent months, we have seen two of our products commercially launched, completed an important value-creating transaction with our neurology portfolio, and expanded our ALKINDI SPRINKLE franchise to include Canada,” said Sean Brynjelsen, CEO of Eton Pharmaceuticals. “With these recent events, we believe we have a clear pathway to achieve of our goal of profitability by the end of 2021 and we expect to report more than $25 million of revenue in 2021.”
Fourth Quarter and Recent Business Milestones
- Launch of ALKINDI® SPRINKLE. Eton launched ALKINDI SPRINKLE late in the fourth quarter of 2020. Initial reception from patients and pediatric endocrinologists has been strong and the company has already seen significant adoption of the product.
- Launch of Alaway® Preservative Free. Eton’s commercial partner, Bausch Health, launched Alaway Preservative Free in all major U.S. retailers in late January 2021. The launch triggered a $1.5 million milestone payment to Eton, and Eton will receive royalties on commercial sales.
- Completed the sale of neurology oral liquids portfolio. In February 2021, Eton announced the sale of its neurology oral liquids portfolio to Azurity Pharmaceuticals for up to $45 million plus royalties on future sales of the products.
- Acquired Canadian Rights to ALKINDI SPRINKLE. In January 2021, Eton announced that it acquired Canadian marketing rights to ALKINDI SPRINKLE. The company is actively working to bring the product to Canadian patients as quickly as possible.
Eton launched ALKINDI SPRINKLE in late 2020 and promotional activities have accelerated in 2021. The company’s pediatric endocrinology focused sales force has now reached a large number of the company’s initial targets. In addition to virtual meetings, sales reps are beginning to hold in-person meetings with prescribers as COVID restrictions have started to ease. The company expects the rate of in-person meetings to increase in the coming months, which is expected to drive even greater adoption of ALKINDI SPRINKLE. New patient starts have grown every month since launch, and the company expects the growth to continue.
Due to the strong initial reception to ALKINDI SPRINKLE in the United States and inbound interest from Canadian patients and physicians, Eton acquired the Canadian rights to ALKINDI SPRINKLE in January 2021. Eton is exploring the possibility of immediately supplying the product to patients through Canada’s Special Access Program while it works on compiling the product’s regulatory application to seek formal approval from Health Canada.
Neurology Oral Liquids Transaction
In February 2021, Eton announced the sale of its neurology oral liquid products to Azurity Pharmaceuticals for payments of up to $45 million and royalties on future sales of the products. The transaction allows Eton to realize an attractive return on its investment and still maintain an economic interest in the products’ sales. In addition, Eton will no longer need to invest in a neurology sales force in 2021, which will significantly increase near-term profitability and allow Eton’s commercial team to focus on the high-value ALKINDI SPRINKLE opportunity. The transaction is expected to result in significant cash flow in 2021, which should provide Eton with capital to continue growing its orphan drug portfolio through the acquisition of additional products.
Biorphen has experienced steady volume growth as more hospitals have adopted the product, however, the company still expects that overall adoption will be limited until the product is converted from an ampule to a vial container. Eton expects to submit the Prior Approval Supplement needed to enact this container change later this year.
|Alaway Preservative Free®||Commercial|
|Dehydrated Alcohol Injection||Filed|
|Zonisamide Oral Susp.||Filed|
|Topiramate Oral Soln.||Filed|
|Lamotrigine for Susp.||Filed|
|Ephedrine RTU Injection||Filed|
|ALKINDI® SPRINKLE – Canada||TBD|
Dehydrated Alcohol Injection. The product is under review with the FDA, and Eton believes the application remains on track to be approved by its Prescription Drug User Fee Act (“PDUFA”) date of May 27, 2021.
Zonisamide Oral Suspension. The product is under review with the FDA and has been assigned a PDUFA date of May 29, 2021.
Topiramate Oral Solution. The product is under review with the FDA and has been assigned a PDUFA date of August 6, 2021.
Lamotrigine for Oral Suspension. The product’s human factor study is ongoing and expected to be completed shortly. The company expects the results to resubmitted to the FDA shortly, which would allow for an approval in 2021.
Cysteine Injection. The product is under review with the FDA and the company expects to receive tentative approval in 2021. The company’s Paragraph IV litigation against the innovator product, Elcys, is ongoing. The application’s 30-month stay expires in August 2022, which may allow the company to launch the product at-risk prior to the conclusion of litigation.
Ephedrine RTU Injection. The product’s NDA was submitted by Eton’s partner and the review is ongoing with a PDUFA date of June 18, 2021.
Revenue: Eton reported revenue of $0.1 million for the fourth quarter of 2020. ALKINDI SPRINKLE revenue benefit was minimal in the period due to the product’s commercial launch occurring late in the quarter. Eton reported $0.5 million of revenue in the fourth quarter of 2019, which was composed of initial stocking orders related to the Biorphen product launch. Full year 2020 revenue was negatively impacted by a $0.2 million reduction due a Biorphen price change that resulted in a shelf stock adjustment for inventory on hand with wholesale customers.
Research and Development (R&D) Expenses: R&D expenses for the fourth quarter of 2020 were $3.4 million, compared to $0.2 million in the prior year period. The fourth quarter 2020 period included a $1.4 million FDA filing fee related to the topiramate product candidate’s New Drug Application submission, expenses associated converting Biorphen into a vial, and general product development related spending. For the full year 2020, R&D expenses were $14.1 million versus $11.6 million. The full year 2020 expense include approximately $4.8 million related to the acquisition of rights to ALKINDI SPRINKLE and $2.9 million worth of FDA filing fees.
Selling, General, and Administrative (SG&A) Expenses: SG&A expenses for the fourth quarter of 2020 were $3.8 million compared with $2.4 million in the prior year period. The increase was largely due to increased sales and marketing costs associated with the commercialization of ALKINDI SPRINKLE and costs related to the cysteine product candidate’s Paragraph IV litigation. For the full year 2020, SG&A expenses increased to $12.8 million compared with $7.6 million in the prior year period, primarily due to increased sales and marketing costs associated with the commercialization ALKINDI SPRINKLE and legal costs related to the cysteine product candidate’s Paragraph IV litigation.
Net Loss: Net loss for the fourth quarter of 2020 was $7.7 million compared with $2.7 million in the prior year period. The increase in the net loss was largely due to increased expenses in the 2020 period. For the full year 2020, net loss was $28.0 million compared with $18.3 million in 2019. The increase in net loss was largely due to increased expenses and lower revenue due to a one-time licensing payment received in 2019.
Cash Position: Eton reported cash and cash equivalents of $21.3 million as of December 31, 2020. After the end of the quarter, Eton received $9.5 million of proceeds from its transaction with Azurity Pharmaceuticals.
Conference Call and Webcast Information:
Eton Pharmaceuticals will host a conference call and webcast today at 4:30 p.m. ET (3:30 p.m. CT). To access the conference call, please dial 1-866-795-8473 (domestic) or 1-470-495-9161 (international) and refer to conference ID 1891934. The webcast can be accessed under “Events & Presentations” in the Investors section of the Company’s website at https://ir.etonpharma.com. The webcast will be archived and made available for replay on the company’s website approximately two hours after the call and will be available for 30 days.
About Eton Pharmaceuticals
Eton Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is an innovative pharmaceutical company focused on developing and commercializing treatments for rare diseases. The company currently owns or receives royalties from three FDA-approved products, including ALKINDI® SPRINKLE, Biorphen®, and Alaway® Preservative Free, and has six additional products that have been submitted to the FDA.
Statements contained in this press release regarding matters that are not historical facts are “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including statements associated with the expected ability of Eton to undertake certain activities and accomplish certain goals and objectives. These statements include but are not limited to statements regarding Eton’s business strategy, Eton’s plans to develop and commercialize its product candidates, the safety and efficacy of Eton’s product candidates, Eton’s plans and expected timing with respect to regulatory filings and approvals, and the size and growth potential of the markets for Eton’s product candidates. Because such statements are subject to risks and uncertainties, actual results may differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Words such as “believes,” “anticipates,” “plans,” “expects,” “intends,” “will,” “goal,” “potential” and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are based upon Eton’s current expectations and involve assumptions that may never materialize or may prove to be incorrect. Actual results and the timing of events could differ materially from those anticipated in such forward-looking statements as a result of various risks and uncertainties, which include, without limitation, risks associated with the process of discovering, developing and commercializing drugs that are safe and effective for use as human therapeutics, and in the endeavor of building a business around such drugs. These and other risks concerning Eton’s development programs and financial position are described in additional detail in Eton’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. All forward-looking statements contained in this press release speak only as of the date on which they were made. Eton undertakes no obligation to update such statements to reflect events that occur or circumstances that exist after the date on which they were made.
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Statements of Operations
(in thousands, except per share amounts)
|Three months ended
|For the years ended
|Product sales, net||$||81||$||459||$||39||$||459|
|Total net revenues||81||459||39||959|
|Cost of product sales||300||453||286||453|
|Gross (loss) profit||(219||)||6||(247||)||506|
|Research and development||3,401||233||14,104||11,555|
|General and administrative||3,800||2,429||12,760||7,552|
|Total operating expenses||7,201||2,662||26,864||19,107|
|Loss from operations||(7,420||)||(2,656||)||(27,111||)||(18,601||)|
|Other income (expense):|
|Interest and other income (expense), net||(267||)||(40||)||(859||)||281|
|Loss before income tax expense||(7,687||)||(2,696||)||(27,970||)||(18,320||)|
|Income tax expense||—||—||—||—|
|Net loss per share, basic and diluted||$||(0.32||)||$||(0.15||)||$||(1.33||)||$||(1.03||)|
|Weighted-average number of common shares outstanding, basic and diluted||23,809||17,924||21,010||17,761|
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(in thousands, except share and per share amounts)
|December 31, 2020||December 31, 2019|
|Cash and cash equivalents||$||21,295||$||12,066|
|Accounts receivable, net||48||473|
|Prepaid expenses and other current assets||2,116||2,090|
|Total current assets||24,701||15,009|
|Property and equipment, net||811||1,117|
|Intangible assets, net||575||725|
|Operating lease right-of-use assets, net||192||160|
|Other long-term assets, net||40||61|
|Liabilities and stockholders’ equity|
|PPP loan, current portion||280||—|
|Total current liabilities||3,794||1,963|
|Long-term debt, net of discount and including accrued fees||6,532||4,540|
|Long-term portion of PPP and EIDL loans||231||—|
|Operating lease liabilities, net of current portion||99||19|
|Common stock, $0.001 par value; 50,000,000 shares authorized as of December 31, 2020 and 2019; 24,312,808 and 17,877,486 shares issued and outstanding at December 31, 2020 and 2019, respectively||24||18|
|Additional paid-in capital||107,797||74,720|
|Total stockholders’ equity||15,663||10,550|
|Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity||$||26,319||$||17,072|
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STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
|For the years ended December 31,|
|Cash flows from operating activities|
|Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash used in operating activities:|
|Common stock issued for product candidate licensing rights||1,264||—|
|Depreciation and amortization||651||447|
|Debt discount amortization||121||16|
|Changes in operating assets and liabilities:|
|Prepaid expenses and other assets||(20||)||(1,361||)|
|Net cash used in operating activities||(22,346||)||(18,026||)|
|Cash used in investing activities|
|Purchases of property and equipment||(50||)||(1,096||)|
|Purchase of product licensing rights||—||(750||)|
|Net cash used in investing activities||(50||)||(1,846||)|
|Cash flows from financing activities|
|Proceeds from issuance of long-term debt, net of issuance costs||1,965||4,750|
|Proceeds from sales of common stock, net of offering costs||28,782||—|
|Proceeds from PPP and EIDL loans||511||—|
|Proceeds from employee stock purchase plan and stock option exercises||367||453|
|Net cash provided by financing activities||31,625||5,203|
|Change in cash and cash equivalents||9,229||(14,669||)|
|Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of year||12,066||26,735|
|Cash and cash equivalents at end of year||$||21,295||$||12,066|
|Supplemental disclosures of cash flow information|
|Cash paid for interest||$||797||$||—|
|Cash paid for income taxes||$||—||$||—|