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OVERLAND PARK, Kan., Aug. 04, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Parnell Pharmaceuticals Holdings Ltd (NASDAQ:PARN), a fully integrated, commercial-stage pharmaceutical company focused on developing, manufacturing and marketing innovative animal health solutions, today announced financial results for the first six months of 2016 including; strong revenue growth of 67%; the commencement of contract manufacturing revenues; the upcoming US launch of two new companion animal products, Luminous ™ and Reviderm™; and the commencement of several new studies for PAR121, PAR122 and Zydax for cats.
“We have consistently communicated our strength in being a fully integrated animal health company, and our results for the first half of 2016 are certainly illustrative of that strength,” said Robert Joseph, President and CEO of Parnell. “Year-to-date we have achieved excellent revenue growth across our business with notable above-budget performances in US Production Animal, Australian Companion Animal and Contract Manufacturing. Our US Companion Animal team continued to establish a meaningful market footprint with FETCH™, our digital app., and Glyde™, our nutraceutical for osteoarthritis, or OA, and will soon launch Luminous™, our nutraceutical for dermatology, and Reviderm™, an antimicrobial spray on liquid bandage.”
Mr. Joseph went on to say, “Our R&D team is making excellent progress on our lead projects; in the first half we commenced several investigational studies into PAR121, our osteogenic drug candidate, and PAR122, our dermatotrophic drug candidate. We expect to report results from these studies in the second half of 2016. We have commenced studies into the potential use of Zydax for osteoarthritis in cats, and expect to commence investigational studies into applicability of Zydax for interstitial cystitis in cats.”
“We progressed preparations for the re-filing of the two remaining technical sections for the use of Zydax in treating osteoarthritis in dogs and expect to submit those filings to the FDA this quarter,” continued Mr. Joseph. “We will meet with the Center for Veterinary Medicine of the FDA prior to re-filing the Chemistry and Manufacturing Controls (CMC’s) section and the Target Animal Efficacy (TAE) section seeking to align with the Agency on our responses to their questions. We anticipate attending that meeting, subject to scheduling, in early September and re-filing shortly thereafter. Under statute, the Agency then has 180 days to consider our responses after which, provided there are no further Agency questions, at this time we expect a potential approval and immediate launch of Zydax for dogs in Q2, 2017. Whilst later than our original expectations, we do not anticipate this updated timeline being likely to have a material impact on our revenue expectations for Zydax in 2017 given our strategy of establishing a US companion animal presence in osteoarthritis with FETCH and Glyde in advance of the launch of Zydax. Because the additional time to US launch provides us a greater opportunity to engage with more pet parents through FETCH and Glyde, we believe we could have access to a larger population of dogs ready to commence Zydax treatment programs immediately once approved. Importantly, as time has progressed, we have been able to observe the competitive landscape for Zydax directly through our sales team and we continue to believe that Zydax has a unique position in the market. As we have shown to be the case in the analogous Australian market, Zydax can effectively be used as a first-line treatment for OA in earlier stage, younger dogs and can also be used adjunctively with non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). We also remain excited about geographical expansion for Zydax and we continue to progress discussions with various potential marketing partners. We are seeking a deal structure that will ensure long term value for this important franchise by leveraging our experience in marketing and manufacturing Zydax, balanced with a marketing partner who can bring focus and expertise to the launch of Zydax in Europe. Strong interest has been expressed by a number of parties and we remain confident of signing an appropriate deal in advance of a potential launch in Europe, Canada and other markets in 2017 and beyond”, Mr. Joseph said.
Unless otherwise specified, all amounts are presented in Australian Dollars (AUD) and are for the six-months ended June 30, 2016.
Financial Results (for the six month period ended June 30, 2016)
Total revenue of $8.2 million for the six month period ending June 30, 2016, a 67% increase compared to the same period in 2015.
Our operating segments performed as follows:
Cost of Sales for the six months ended June 30, 2016 was $3.6 million, compared to $3.1 million in the same period of 2015. This increase was driven by sales growth of 67% on a year-over-year basis. Gross margin as a percentage of revenue, using a Cost of Goods Sold – Product basis, remained consistent with the first half 2015, at 84%. We expect this gross margin level to continue for the full year 2016.
Selling and marketing expenses increased by $4.3 million to $7.8 million for the six months ended June 30, 2016. This increase was driven by the establishment of our US Companion Animal business to launch our nutraceutical product Glyde and FETCH™, our digital technology, that has now been used by over 7,000 pet parents and we expect pet parent users of FETCH™ to increase to over 20,000 by year end. Having established this new team and our digital presence, we expect growth in sales and marketing expenditure to flatten in the remainder of 2016.
Regulatory and R&D expenses increased by $0.2 million to $0.8 million for the first six months of 2016 due to costs associated with the initiation of several preclinical and target animal studies aimed at developing our product pipeline.
Administration expenses increased by $2.1 million to $7.3 million for the six months ended June 30, 2016, compared to the same period in 2015. This increase was driven by higher staffing and external costs to support a substantially larger Commercial and R&D organization in the US; increased compliance, regulatory and legal costs associated with being a public company; and shared-based compensation related to stock options and restricted share units to a larger base of US and Australian employees. Having established our fully-integrated pharmaceutical operations we expect Administration costs to now remain flat for the remainder of 2016.
Finance costs and Net foreign exchange losses on borrowings increased by $0.7 million to $1.1 million for the six months ended June 30, 2016 from the comparable period in 2015 due to interest costs on the debt facility that was established in June, 2015.
Other Income/(Expense): for the six-month period ending 30, June 2015 we reported Other Income of $4.7 million and for the same period in 2016 this declined by $4.9 million to be an Expense of $0.1 million. This was primarily driven by non-recurring income that occurred in 2015 including management’s reassessment of a contingent provision associated with supplier obligations which resulted in a one-time, non-cash release of $2.6 million being recorded in Other Income in 2015. Also, Foreign Exchange movements, primarily between the Australian dollar and the US dollar, resulted in an unrealized foreign exchange expense of $0.7 million in the first six months of 2016 compared to an unrealized foreign exchange gain of $1.5 million in the same period of 2015. In addition, in the first six months of 2015, $0.4 million in government grants were received from the Kansas Department of Commerce compared to $0.1 million in 2016. In the first six months of 2016, $0.4 million was recorded in Other Income as part of research and development incentives received in Australia, compared to $0.3 million in 2015.
As a result, Net loss after tax for the six months ended June 30, 2016 increased to $12.5 million compared to $3.0 million in 2015.
Net loss per weighted-average share was ($0.85) for the six-months ended June 30, 2016 compared to a ($0.22) per share loss for the same period in 2015.
As of June 30, 2016, cash and cash equivalents were $4.1 million compared to $5.7 million at December 31, 2015.
Conference Call Information
Management will host a conference call on August 4, 2016 at 8 am EST to discuss financial results and answer questions. Investors and analysts may access the conference call by dialing (877) 244-6184 FREE (U.S./Canada) or (920) 663-6271 (International) and using the conference ID# 56384980.
A telephone replay will be available for one week following the call by dialing (855) 859-2056 FREE (U.S./domestic) and (404) 537-3406 using the conference ID# 56384980.
Parnell (PARN) is a fully integrated, veterinary pharmaceutical company focused on developing, manufacturing and commercializing innovative animal health solutions. Parnell currently markets five products for companion animals and production animals in 14 countries and augments its pharmaceutical products with proprietary digital technologies – FETCH™ and mySYNCH®. These innovative solutions are designed to enhance the quality of life and/or performance of animals and provide a differentiated value proposition to our customers. Parnell also has a pipeline of 7 drug products covering valuable therapeutic areas in orthopedics, dermatology, anesthesiology, nutraceuticals and metabolic disorders for companion animals as well as reproduction and mastitis for cattle.
For more information on the company and its products, please visit www.parnell.com.
Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
This press release contains forward-looking statements and information within the meaning of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Words such as "may," "anticipate," "estimate," "expects," "projects," "intends," "plans," "develops," "believes," and words and terms of similar substance used in connection with any discussion of future operating or financial performance identify forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements represent management's present judgment regarding future events and are subject to a number of risk and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those described in the forward-looking statements. These risks include, but are not limited to, risks and uncertainties regarding Parnell's research and development activities, its ability to conduct clinical trials of product candidates and the results of such trials, as well as risks and uncertainties relating to litigation, government regulation, economic conditions, markets, products, competition, intellectual property, services and prices, key employees, future capital needs, dependence on third parties, and other factors, including those described in Parnell's Annual Report on Form 20-F filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, or SEC, on March 4, 2016, along with its other reports filed with the SEC. In light of these assumptions, risks, and uncertainties, the results and events discussed in any forward-looking statements contained in this press release might not occur. Investors are cautioned not to place undue reliance on the forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this press release. Parnell is under no obligation, and expressly disclaims any obligation, to update or alter any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.
|Consolidated Balance Sheets|
|30 June 2016|
|31 December 2015|
|Cash and cash equivalents||4,103,548||5,666,679|
|Trade and other receivables||8,936,093||7,266,662|
|TOTAL CURRENT ASSETS||17,254,323||16,892,110|
|Trade and other receivables||66,515||67,457|
|Property, plant and equipment||12,254,506||12,666,214|
|TOTAL NON‑CURRENT ASSETS||29,407,125||29,317,031|
|Trade and other payables||7,701,003||6,780,440|
|Provision for employee benefits||676,356||438,008|
|TOTAL CURRENT LIABILITIES||16,767,737||10,341,001|
|Trade and other payables||1,097,312||1,106,360|
|Provision for employee benefits||171,156||153,781|
|TOTAL NON‑CURRENT LIABILITIES||13,080,875||15,613,344|
|Share‑based compensation reserve||2,576,642||1,708,388|
|Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Loss|
|For the Six-Months Ended June 30,|
|Cost of goods sold||(3,650,959||)||(3,140,067||)|
|Selling and marketing expenses||(7,760,463||)||(3,431,718||)|
|Regulatory, R&D expenses||(761,282||)||(564,904||)|
|Net foreign exchange losses on borrowings||-||-|
|Loss before income tax||(12,467,007||)||(2,983,338||)|
|Income tax expense||(10,924||)||(2,106||)|
|Loss for the period||(12,477,931||)||(2,985,444||)|
|Other comprehensive (loss)/profit, net of income tax|
|Items that will be reclassified subsequently to profit or loss|
|Foreign currency translation||209,401||(808,664||)|
|Other comprehensive (loss)/profit for the period, net of tax||209,401||(808,664||)|
|Total comprehensive loss for the period||(12,268,530||)||(3,794,108||)|
|Net loss per weighted-average share||AUD$||AUD$|
|Net loss attributable to common stockholders, Basic and diluted||(0.85||)||(0.22||)|
CONTACT: For more information, contact: Parnell Pharmaceuticals Holdings Robert Joseph, 913-274-2100 firstname.lastname@example.org Brad McCarthy, 913-274-2100 email@example.comNEXT ARTICLE
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