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Sale of Ex-U.S. Vitaros Assets and Rights to Ferring Pharmaceuticals Strengthens Financial Position
Vitaros U.S. NDA Re-Submission on Track for Third Quarter 2017
Conference Call / Webcast Today, Monday, March 13, 2017 at 4:30 p.m. ET
SAN DIEGO, March 13, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Apricus Biosciences, Inc. (Nasdaq:APRI), a biopharmaceutical company advancing innovative medicines in urology and rheumatology, today reported financial results for the fourth quarter and full year of 2016 and provided a corporate update on its priorities for 2017.
“Last week, we announced the divestiture of our ex-U.S. Vitaros interests to Ferring Pharmaceuticals. The closing of this transaction will allow us to focus our attention on the U.S. Vitaros NDA resubmission in the third quarter of this year, and advancing the RayVa clinical development program,” stated Richard W. Pascoe, Chief Executive Officer. “We continue to believe in the tremendous value that our pipeline potentially offers to patients, healthcare providers and shareholders as we look ahead and we are committed to working with Ferring to ensure a smooth transition of the Vitaros product outside of the United States. Importantly, this transaction creates a more streamlined, capital efficient organization with the potential to deliver on multiple regulatory, clinical and business development milestones over the next twelve months.”
Apricus continues to focus on achieving the following key strategic objectives:
Fourth Quarter and Full Year Financial Results
Total revenues for the quarter and year to date periods ended December 31, 2016 were $0.4 million and $5.8 million, respectively, as compared to $2.6 million and $4.8 million for the quarter and year to date periods ended December 31, 2015, respectively. The decrease during the fourth quarter comparison was primarily due to license fee revenue of $2.25 million recognized in the fourth quarter of 2015 associated with the Company’s former partner, Ferring. The increase during the full year comparison was primarily due to increased license fee revenue and royalty revenue in the current year. Net loss for the quarter ended December 31, 2016 was $0.3 million, or loss per share of $0.04, compared to a net loss of $2.3 million, or $0.05 per share for the fourth quarter of 2015. Net loss for the year ended December 31, 2016 was $7.4 million, or loss per share of $1.14, compared to a net loss of $19.0 million, or loss per share of $3.83 for the year ended December 31, 2015. The reduction in the net loss during the current year periods as compared to the prior year periods is a result of decreased research and development expenses as well as decreased general and administrative expenses. Also reducing the net loss for the quarter and year ended December 31, 2016 was a non-cash change in the fair value of the Company’s warrant liabilities in the amount of $2.4 million and $7.5 million, respectively.
As of March 8, 2017, the Company’s cash totaled $5.4 million, compared to $2.1 million as of December 31, 2016.
Conference Call Details
Apricus will host a live conference call and webcast today at 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time to discuss the Company’s financial results and provide a corporate update. To participate by telephone, please dial (855) 780-7196 (Domestic) or (631) 485-4867 (International). The conference ID number is 85861485. The live and archived audio webcast can be accessed through the Investors Relations’ section of the Company’s website at www.apricusbio.com. Please log in approximately five to ten minutes before the event to ensure a timely connection. The archived webcast will be available for 30 days following the live call.
About Apricus Biosciences, Inc.
Apricus Biosciences, Inc. (APRI) is a biopharmaceutical company advancing innovative medicines in urology and rheumatology. Apricus has two product candidates currently in development. Vitaros is a product candidate in the United States for the treatment of erectile dysfunction, which is in-licensed from Warner Chilcott Company, Inc., now a subsidiary of Allergan plc (Allergan). RayVa is our product candidate in Phase 2 development for the treatment of the circulatory disorder Raynaud’s phenomenon, secondary to scleroderma, for which we own worldwide rights.
For further information on Apricus, visit http://www.apricusbio.com.
Vitaros™ is Apricus’ trademark in the United States, which is pending registration and subject to the agreement with Allergan. Vitaros® is a registered trademark of Ferring B.V. in certain countries outside of the United States. RayVa™ is Apricus’ trademark, which is registered in certain countries throughout the world and pending registration in the United States.
Forward Looking Statements
This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act, as amended. Statements in this press release that are not purely historical are forward-looking statements. Such forward-looking statements include, among other things: Apricus’ ability to transition its ex-U.S. assets and rights related to Vitaros to Ferring; the timing and significance of the meeting with the FDA regarding device engineering and compliance; the timing of regulatory submission and approval of Vitaros in the United States, if any; Apricus’ plans for life-cycle development programs for Vitaros; Apricus’ development and partnering plans for RayVa; Apricus’ plans to reduce operating expenses and achieve profitability, including projected 2017 cost savings; and Apricus’ strategic objectives, including efforts to regain compliance with NASDAQ listing standards. Actual results could differ from those projected in any forward-looking statements due to a variety of reasons that are outside the control of Apricus, including, but not limited to: the risk that Apricus fails to provide the transition services as required by the transition services agreement with Ferring; the risk that the cost and other negative effects related to the reduction of Apricus’ workforce may be greater than anticipated; the risk that Apricus may not realize the benefits expected from its workforce reduction and other cost control measures; competition in the erectile dysfunction market and other markets in which Apricus operates; Apricus’ ability to obtain FDA and other requisite governmental approval for Vitaros; Apricus’ ability to further develop Vitaros, such as delivery device improvements; Apricus' ability to carry out further clinical studies for Vitaros, if required, as well as the timing and success of the results of such studies; Apricus’ ability to achieve U.S. and EU Orphan Designation for RayVa; the failure to meet NASDAQ continued listing requirements which could result in Apricus’ common stock being delisted from the exchange; Apricus’ ability to retain and attract key personnel; Apricus’ ability to raise additional funding that it may need to continue to pursue its commercial and business development plans; Apricus’ ability to secure an ex-U.S. strategic partner for RayVa; and market conditions. These forward-looking statements are made as of the date of this press release, and Apricus assumes no obligation to update the forward-looking statements, or to update the reasons why actual results could differ from those projected in the forward-looking statements. Readers are urged to read the risk factors set forth in Apricus’ most recent annual report on Form 10-K, subsequent quarterly reports filed on Form 10-Q, and other filings made with the SEC. Copies of these reports are available from the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov or without charge from Apricus.
(Financial Information to Follow)
|Selected Financial Information|
|Consolidated Statements of Operations|
|(In thousands, except per share amounts)|
|License fee revenue||$||4,000||$||3,600|
|Cost of goods sold||511||922|
|Cost of Sandoz rights||3,380||—|
|Research & development expense||6,831||14,649|
|General & administrative expense||8,434||10,516|
|Loss on disposal of assets||14||102|
|Total operating expense||15,279||25,267|
|Basic and diluted loss per common share||$||(1.14||)||$||(3.83||)|
|Weighted average common shares outstanding used for basic and diluted loss per share||6,516,662||4,972,858|
|Consolidated Balance Sheets|
|Other current assets||1,547||2,330|
|Property and equipment, net||1,006||1,290|
|Other long term assets||60||274|
|Other long term liabilities||76||200|
|Total liabilities and stockholders’ deficit||$||4,700||$||7,781|
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