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MENLO PARK, CA -- (Marketwired) -- 03/06/17 -- Corcept Therapeutics Incorporated (NASDAQ: CORT)
Corcept Therapeutics Incorporated (NASDAQ: CORT), a pharmaceutical company engaged in the discovery, development and commercialization of drugs that treat severe metabolic, oncologic and psychiatric disorders by modulating the effects of cortisol, today reported financial results for the quarter- and year-ended December 31, 2016.
"Our Cushing's syndrome franchise performed well in 2016 and we are pleased with its strong start this year," said Joseph K. Belanoff, MD, Corcept's Chief Executive Officer. "The clinical specialists we hired in the middle of 2016 have become full contributors to our sales effort. Another cohort of clinical specialists has just completed its training. We look forward to their contributions later this year. Our highly-skilled field personnel continue to introduce new physicians to Korlym®, while experienced prescribers continue to identify additional patients who may benefit from the medication. Our growing revenues will fully-fund our planned clinical programs (Korlym, CORT125134, CORT125281 and CORT118335), our discovery and pre-clinical development work and the development of our FKBP5 gene expression assay -- a prospective new tool to help diagnose and treat patients with Cushing's syndrome."
Corcept reported revenue of $23.8 million for the fourth quarter of 2016 and $81.3 million for the full year. GAAP net income for the fourth quarter of 2016 was $4.6 million, or $0.04 per share, compared to net income of $1.0 million, or $0.01 per share, in the fourth quarter of 2015. For the full year, the company reported GAAP net income of $8.1 million, or $0.07 per share, compared to a net loss of $6.4 million, or $0.06 per share, in 2015.
Excluding non-cash expenses related to stock-based compensation and implied interest on the company's capped royalty obligation (the "Royalty Financing"), Corcept reported $6.9 million of non-GAAP net income in the fourth quarter, compared to non-GAAP net income of $3.1 million in the fourth quarter of 2015. Non-GAAP net income for 2016 was $17.1 million, compared to non-GAAP net income of $2.5 million for 2015. A reconciliation of GAAP to non-GAAP net operating results is set forth below.
Operating expenses in the fourth quarter of 2016 were $18.8 million, compared to $13.3 million in the fourth quarter of 2015. Full-year operating expenses were $71.1 million, compared to $53.7 million in 2015. These increases were primarily due to (i) greater compensation expense for the company's expanded sales force and operational costs resulting from increased sales volumes and (ii) increased spending on development of CORT125134 and other selective cortisol modulators.
Corcept's cash and cash equivalents were $51.5 million at December 31, 2016, an increase of $3.7 million from September 30, 2016 and $11.1 million from December 31, 2015. The company's cash balances reflect scheduled payments under the Royalty Financing of $4.4 million in the fourth quarter of 2016 and $14.8 million for all of 2016. Corcept expects to make its final payment under the Royalty Financing in July 2017.
About Cushing's Syndrome
Endogenous Cushing's syndrome is caused by prolonged exposure of the body's tissues to high levels of the hormone cortisol and is generated by tumors that produce cortisol or ACTH. Cushing's syndrome is an orphan indication that most commonly affects adults aged 20-50. An estimated 10-15 of every one million people are newly diagnosed with this syndrome each year, resulting in over 3,000 new patients annually in the United States. An estimated 20,000 patients in the United States have Cushing's syndrome. Symptoms vary, but most people have one or more of the following manifestations: high blood sugar, diabetes, high blood pressure, upper body obesity, rounded face, increased fat around the neck, thinning arms and legs, severe fatigue and weak muscles. Irritability, anxiety, cognitive disturbances and depression are also common. Cushing's syndrome can affect every organ system in the body and can be lethal if not treated effectively.
Korlym modulates the effect of cortisol at the glucocorticoid receptor, one of the two receptors to which cortisol binds, thereby inhibiting the effects of excess cortisol in patients with Cushing's syndrome. Since 2012, Corcept has made Korlym available as a once-daily oral treatment of hyperglycemia secondary to endogenous Cushing's syndrome in adult patients with glucose intolerance or diabetes mellitus type 2 who have failed surgery or are not candidates for surgery. Korlym was the first FDA-approved treatment for that illness. The FDA has designated it as an Orphan Drug for that indication.
About Corcept Therapeutics Incorporated
Corcept is a pharmaceutical company engaged in the discovery, development and commercialization of drugs that treat severe metabolic, oncologic and psychiatric disorders by modulating the effects of cortisol. Korlym, a first-generation cortisol modulator, is the company's first FDA-approved medication. The company has a portfolio of proprietary compounds that modulate the effects of cortisol but not progesterone. Corcept owns extensive intellectual property covering the use of cortisol modulators, including mifepristone, in the treatment of a wide variety of metabolic, oncologic and psychiatric disorders. It also holds composition of matter patents covering its selective cortisol modulators.
Statements made in this news release, other than statements of historical fact, are forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements, including statements regarding anticipated future revenues, the timing of clinical trials and clinical trial results and expansion of the company's clinical and pre-clinical pipeline are subject to known and unknown risks and uncertainties that might cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such statements. Such risks and uncertainties include the pace of Korlym's acceptance by physicians and patients, the cost, pace of enrollment in and the outcome of the planned trials of CORT125134, CORT118335 and CORT125281, development of an assay of FKBP5 gene expression, the protections afforded by Korlym's Orphan Drug designation and Corcept's other intellectual property rights. These and other risks are set forth in the company's SEC filings, all of which are available from the company's website (http://www.corcept.com) or from the SEC's website (http://www.sec.gov). Corcept disclaims any intention or duty to update any forward-looking statement made in this news release.
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