Cipher Pharmaceuticals Reports Third Quarter 2019 Financial Results

Revenue increased 20% to $5.8 million

OAKVILLE, ON, Nov. 7, 2019 /CNW/ - Cipher Pharmaceuticals Inc. (TSX:CPH) ("Cipher" or "the Company") today announced its financial and operating results for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2019. Unless otherwise noted, all figures are in U.S. dollars.

Q3 2019 Financial and Corporate Highlights
(All figures compared to Q3 2018, unless otherwise noted)

  • Total revenue increased 20% to $5.8 million from $4.8 million
  • Licensing revenue increased 11% to $3.6 million from $3.3 million
  • Product revenue increased 40% to $2.2 million from $1.6 million
  • Selling, general and administrative expenses decreased 58% to $1.3 million from $3 million
  • Adjusted EBITDA1 increased 149% to $3.7 million compared to $1.5 million
  • Net loss from continuing operations was $2.2 million, or a loss of $0.08 per basic and diluted share, compared with net income from continuing operations of $0.74 million, or $0.03 per basic and diluted share.
  • Accelerated debt prepayment of $2.0 million in addition to the regular scheduled payment of $2.0 million
  • Subsequent to quarter end, on October 10, 2019 Cipher received a Notice of Compliance from Health Canada approving the sale of TRULANCE.

Corporate Update

"We continue to make progress on our near-term priorities, including our focus on cost optimization and improving profitability" said Mr. Craig Mull, Interim CEO. "I am pleased that we were able to achieve a 58% decrease in SG&A costs while delivering 20% top line growth. Net income in the quarter was negatively impacted by restructuring costs and impairment charges related to the strategic review of the business; adjusting for those factors, profitability is trending in the right direction."

As previously announced, the Board of Directors appointed a Special Committee to target distribution partnerships for the Canadian commercial assets. The strategic review process generated interest from multiple parties and is progressing as anticipated.

Mr. Mull added: "We are excited about our renewed focus and collaboration with our long-term technology partner Galephar Pharmacutical Research, Inc. ("Galephar"). We look forward to sharing updates on new and exciting products in upcoming months."

On October 10, 2019 Health Canada approved Trulance in the form of a once-daily tablet for the treatment of adults with irritable bowel syndrome. "We are pleased Trulance achieved Health Canada approval and we are excited to be able to bring this new and effective treatment option to Canadians. said Mr. Mull.

Q3 2019 Financial Review
(All figures are in U.S. dollars, unless otherwise noted)

Total net revenue increased by $1.0 million or 20% to $5.8 million for Q3 2019 compared to $4.8 million for Q3 2018.

Licensing revenue increased by $0.3 million or 11% to $3.6 million for Q3 2019 compared to $3.3 million for Q3 2018. Licensing revenue from Absorica was $2.6 million for Q3 2019, which remained relatively unchanged from Q3 2018. Licensing revenue from Lipofen and the authorized generic version of Lipofen was $0.8 million for Q3 2019 compared to $0.6 million for Q3 2018. Licensing revenue from Conzip was $0.2 million for Q3 2019 an increase of $0.1 million compared to revenue of $0.1 million for Q3 2018.

Product revenue increased by $0.6 million or 40% to $2.2 million for Q3 2019 compared to $1.6 million for Q3 2018. Product revenue from Epuris increased to $1.9 million for Q3 2019 compared to $1.4 million for Q3 2018. Epuris had a prescription market share of over 40% in Canada for the three months ended September 30, 2019 compared to 34% for the three months ended September 30, 2018. Product revenue for the remaining brands, Ozanex, Beteflam, Actikerall, Brinavess, Aggrastat and Vaniqa was $0.3 million for Q3 2019 compared to $0.2 million for Q3 2018.

Total operating expenses increased $2.8 million, primarily due to a $3.5 million of impairment charge and $0.8 million of restructuring costs for Q3 2019. During the quarter, the Company re-considered its efforts to out license ASF1096, the remaining asset in the Astion portfolio. The Company wrote off the net book value of $1.1 million. Additionally, as part of the Company's strategic review of the business, the licensing agreements for A-101 and Xydalba were terminated. The Company recorded an impairment charge of $2.4 million, representing the carrying value of those assets.

Selling, general and administrative ("SG&A") expense was $1.3 million for Q3 2019 a decrease of 58% compared to $3.0 million for Q3 2018. The decrease in SG&A costs was driven by a reduction in costs associated with human resources and a reduction in sales and marketing spend.

Financial Statements and MD&A

Cipher's Financial Statements for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2019 and Management's Discussion and Analysis ("MD&A") for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2019 are available on the Company's website at in the "Investors" section under "Financial Reports" and on SEDAR at

Notice of Conference Call

Cipher will hold a conference call today, Thursday November 7, 2019, at 8:30 a.m. (ET) to discuss its financial results and other corporate developments. To access the conference call by telephone, dial (416) 764-8609 or (888) 390-0605 and use conference ID 55559849. A live audio webcast will be available at or the Investor Relations section of the Company's website at A replay of the call will be available until midnight (ET) Thursday, November 14, 2019.

About Cipher Pharmaceuticals Inc.

Cipher (TSX:CPH) is a specialty pharmaceutical company with a robust and diversified portfolio of commercial and early to late-stage products. Cipher acquires products that fulfill unmet medical needs, manages the required clinical development and regulatory approval process, and markets those products either directly in Canada or indirectly through partners in Canada, the U.S., and South America. Cipher is focused on a three-pronged growth strategy – including acquisitions, in-licensing, and selective investments in drug development – to assemble a broad portfolio of prescription products that serve unmet medical needs. For more information, visit

Forward-Looking Statements

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We caution that the foregoing list of important factors that may affect future results is not exhaustive. When reviewing our forward-looking statements, investors and others should carefully consider the foregoing factors and other uncertainties and potential events. Additional information about factors that may cause actual results to differ materially from expectations, and about material factors or assumptions applied in making forward-looking statements, may be found in the "Risk Factors" section of this MD&A and the Annual Information Form for the year ended December 31, 2018, and elsewhere in our filings with Canadian securities regulators. Except as required by Canadian securities law, we do not undertake to update any forward-looking statements, whether written or oral, that may be made from time to time by us or on our behalf; such statements speak only as of the date made. The forward-looking statements included herein are expressly qualified in their entirety by this cautionary language.


EBITDA is a non-IFRS financial measure. The term EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization,) does not have any standardized meaning under IFRS and therefore may not be comparable to similar measures presented by other companies. Rather, these measures are provided as additional information to complement IFRS measures by providing a further understanding of operations from management's perspective. The Company defines Adjusted EBITDA as earnings before interest expense, income taxes, depreciation of property and equipment, amortization of intangible assets, loss on debt extinguishment, non-cash share-based compensation, changes in fair value of derivative financial instruments, impairment of intangible assets and goodwill and foreign exchange gains and losses from the translation of Canadian cash balances.

The following is a summary of how EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA are calculated:


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SOURCE Cipher Pharmaceuticals Inc.

Company Codes: OtherOTC:CPHRF, Toronto:CPH

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