Eton Pharmaceuticals Reports Second Quarter Financial Results

DEER PARK, Ill., Aug. 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 second quarter ended June 30, 2021.

“During the second quarter we received FDA-approval for Rezipres®, which is now the fourth FDA-approved product in our portfolio,” said Sean Brynjelsen CEO of Eton Pharmaceuticals. “We look forward to launching Rezipres® in the coming months. We also expanded our pediatric endocrinology portfolio with the acquisition of U.S. and Canadian rights to the ZENEO® Hydrocortisone autoinjector. ZENEO Hydrocortisone is a terrific strategic fit with ALKINDI SPRINKLE, and we look forward to working with Crossject to bring it to market as quickly as possible.”

Second Quarter Business Highlights

  • Received U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval of Rezipres®, a ready-to-use formulation of ephedrine injection. Eton expects the product to be commercially available in the coming months.
     
  • Acquired U.S. and Canadian rights to ZENEO® Hydrocortisone autoinjector. The product candidate is expected to be the first needle-free autoinjector for the treatment of adrenal crisis. Eton expects the product to be submitted to the FDA in 2023.
     
  • Progressed ALKINDI SPRINKLE commercial launch. ALKINDI SPRINKE launch activities expanded in the quarter as the company was able to shift from virtual meetings to in-person meetings with physicians and industry leaders. The product continues to receive a favorable reception from physicians, patients, and payers.

Commercial Update

The second quarter of 2021 was ALKINDI SPRINKLE’s second full quarter of commercial launch. Eton continues to see increasing adoption of the product, and the number of patients on treatment has grown month over month. As a result of fewer COVID-19 restrictions during the quarter, the ALKINDI SPRINKLE sales force was able to prioritize in-person meetings for the first time since the product’s launch. In-person meetings are now the primary method of engagement, surpassing telephone and video calls in the quarter. As a result of favorable feedback from the in-person meetings, Eton expects to expand its sales force to drive more frequent engagement with physicians and potentially faster patient conversion.

ALKINDI SPRINKLE has received favorable support from payers that recognize the importance of precision dosing in the treatment of adrenal insufficiency. The company has seen a very high rate of new patients converting from initial quick starts to commercial reimbursement. Currently more than 90% of patients on treatment are being reimbursed.

During the quarter Eton expanded its active engagement with the adrenal insufficiency community. The company sponsored continuing medical education programs for healthcare professionals to raise awareness of the significant risks and lifelong side effects associated with over or under-dosing when treating adrenal insufficiency in pediatric patients. Eton continues to work with key advocacy partners to help raise awareness of adrenal insufficiency and is hosting an advisory panel with key opinion leaders in the adrenal insufficiency community in late August.

Pipeline Update

Current Product Portfolio & Pipeline
Product Status
ALKINDI SPRINKLE® Commercial
Alaway® Preservative Free Commercial
Biorphen® Commercial
Rezipres® Approved
Topiramate Oral Solution Filed
Dehydrated Alcohol Injection Filed
Zonisamide Oral Solution Filed
Lamotrigine for Suspension Filed
Cysteine Injection Filed
ALKINDI® (Canada) Under Development
ZENEO® Hydrocortisone Autoinjector Under Development

Topiramate Oral Solution. The topiramate product candidate was sold to Azurity Pharmaceuticals in February 2021. Azurity is now responsible for all regulatory activities. During the quarter, Azurity submitted responses to the FDA’s review questions which the FDA deemed to be an amendment to the application and resulted in the FDA extending the application’s PDUFA date to November 6, 2021. Eton believes all FDA requests have been responded to and expects the application to be approved on or before the new PDUFA date. The product’s U.S. manufacturing site was successfully inspected by the FDA in August 2020, so Eton does not expect a pre-approval inspection to be required for the application review.

Dehydrated Alcohol Injection. Eton expects to submit an application amendment to the FDA in the coming months that fully addresses the agency’s complete response letter and could allow for FDA approval in early 2022.

Zonisamide Oral Solution. The zonisamide product candidate was sold to Azurity Pharmaceuticals in February 2021. Azurity is now responsible for all regulatory activities. Azurity has submitted a formal response to the FDA’s complete response letter; however, the potential timing of an inspection of the product’s foreign manufacturing site remains unknown.

Lamotrigine for Suspension. The lamotrigine product candidate was sold to Azurity Pharmaceuticals in February 2021. Azurity is now responsible for all regulatory activities. The third and final arm of the human factor study has now been enrolled. The study is expected to be completed and submitted to the FDA before the end of 2021.

Cysteine Injection. The product’s paragraph IV litigation remains ongoing and the company remains confident in a successful outcome.

Financial Results

Revenue: Eton reported revenue of $3.1 million for the second quarter of 2021. Revenue included $2.5 million of licensing revenue related to the company’s previously announced transaction with Azurity. In the prior-year period, the company did not have any material revenue.

General and Administrative (G&A) Expenses: G&A expenses for the second quarter of 2021 were $3.3 million compared to $2.9 million in the prior-year period. The increase was largely due to increased costs related to the commercialization of ALKINDI SPRINKLE. G&A expenses for the second quarter of 2021 included $0.7 million of non-cash expenses.

Research and Development (R&D) Expenses: R&D expenses for the second quarter of 2021 were $2.0 million compared to $1.6 million in the prior-year period. R&D expenses included $0.5 million related to the acquisition of U.S. and Canadian rights to ZENEO® Hydrocortisone in the quarter.

Net Income: Eton reported a net loss of $2.0 million for the second quarter of 2021, compared to a net loss of $4.7 million in the prior-year period. Eton reported diluted earnings per share (EPS) of ($0.08) in the second quarter of 2021, compared to ($0.23) in the prior year period.

Cash Position: Cash and cash equivalents were $25.8 million as of June 30, 2021.

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 2454465. 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 four FDA-approved products, including ALKINDI® SPRINKLE, Biorphen®, Alaway® Preservative Free, and Rezipres® and has five additional products that have been submitted to the FDA.

Forward-Looking Statements
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.

 

Eton Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Condensed Statements of Operations
(In thousands, except per share amounts)
(Unaudited)

    For the three months ended     For the six months ended  
    June 30,     June 30,     June 30,     June 30,  
    2021     2020     2021     2020  
Revenues:                                
Licensing revenue   $ 2,500     $     $ 14,000     $  
Product sales and royalties     567       20       964       119  
Total net revenues     3,067       20       14,964       119  
                                 
Cost of sales:                                
Licensing revenue                 1,500        
Product sales and royalties     136       28       226       130  
Total cost of sales     136       28       1,726       130  
                                 
Gross profit (loss)     2,931       (8     13,238       (11 )
                                 
Operating expenses:                                
Research and development     1,990       1,609       2,876       7,877  
General and administrative     3,266       2,921       7,324       5,531  
Total operating expenses     5,256       4,530       10,200       13,408  
                                 
(Loss) income from operations     (2,325 )     (4,538 )     3,038       (13,419 )
                                 
Other (expense) income:                                
Interest and other expense, net     (237 )     (192 )     (484 )     (360 )
Gain on PPP loan forgiveness     365             365        
Gain on equipment sale     181             181        
                                 
(Loss) income before income tax expense     (2,016 )     (4,730 )     3,100       (13,779 )
                                 
Income tax expense                        
                                 
Net (loss) income   $ (2,016 )   $ (4,730 )   $ 3,100     $ (13,779 )
Net loss (income) per share, basic   $ (0.08 )   $ (0.23 )   $ 0.12     $ (0.70 )
Net loss (income) per share, diluted   $ (0.08 )   $ (0.23 )   $ 0.12     $ (0.70 )
Weighted average number of common shares outstanding, basic     25,211       21,005       25,133       19,574  
Weighted average number of common shares outstanding, diluted     25,211       21,005       26,486       19,574  

 

Eton Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Condensed Balance Sheets
(in thousands, except share and per share amounts)

    June 30, 2021     December 31, 2020  
    (Unaudited)        
Assets                
Current assets:                
Cash and cash equivalents   $ 25,802     $ 21,295  
Accounts receivable, net     303       48  
Inventories     1,242       1,242  
Prepaid expenses and other current assets     1,728       2,116  
Total current assets     29,075       24,701  
                 
Property and equipment, net     156       811  
Intangible assets, net     500       575  
Operating lease right-of-use assets, net     143       192  
Other long-term assets, net     32       40  
Total assets   $ 29,906     $ 26,319  
                 
Liabilities and stockholders’ equity                
Current liabilities:                
Accounts payable   $ 1,522     $ 2,344  
Current portion of long-term debt     749        
PPP loan, current portion           280  
Accrued liabilities     835       1,170  
Total current liabilities     3,106       3,794  
                 
Long-term debt, net of discount and including accrued fees     5,856       6,532  
Long-term portion of PPP and EIDL loans     150       231  
Operating lease liabilities, net of current portion     58       99  
                 
Total liabilities     9,170       10,656  
                 
Commitments and contingencies                
                 
Stockholders’ equity                
Common stock, $0.001 par value; 50,000,000 shares authorized as of June 30, 2021 and December 31, 2020; 24,600,175 and 24,312,808 shares issued and outstanding at June 30, 2021 and December 31, 2020, respectively     25       24  
Additional paid-in capital     109,769       107,797  
Accumulated deficit     (89,058 )     (92,158 )
Total stockholders’ equity     20,736       15,663  
                 
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity   $ 29,906     $ 26,319  

 

Eton Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Condensed Statements of Cash Flows
(In thousands)
(Unaudited)

    Six months ended
June 30, 2021
    Six months ended
June 30, 2020
 
Cash flows from operating activities                
Net income (loss)   $ 3,100     $ (13,779 )
                 
Adjustments to reconcile net income (loss) to net cash provided by (used in) operating activities:                
Stock-based compensation     1,509       1,079  
Common stock issued for product candidate licensing rights           1,264  
Depreciation and amortization     240       326  
Debt discount amortization     73       50  
Gain on forgiveness of debt     (365 )      
Gain on sale of equipment     (181 )      
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:                
Accounts receivable     (255     473  
Inventories           (1,329
Prepaid expenses and other assets     419       1,251  
Accounts payable     (822     1,378  
Accrued liabilities     (372 )     (783 )
Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities     3,346       (10,070 )
                 
Cash provided by (used in) investing activities                
Proceeds from sale of equipment     700        
Purchases of property and equipment     (3 )     (4 )
Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities     697       (4 )
                 
Cash flows from financing activities                
Proceeds from sales of common stock, net of offering costs           7,756  
Proceeds from PPP loan           361  
Proceeds from employee stock purchase plan and stock option exercises     464       161  
Net cash provided by financing activities     464       8,278  
                 
Change in cash and cash equivalents     4,507       (1,796 )
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period     21,295       12,066  
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period   $ 25,802     $ 10,270  
                 
Supplemental disclosures of cash flow information                
Cash paid for interest   $ 424     $ 358  
Cash paid for income taxes   $     $  

Investor Contact:
David Krempa
dkrempa@etonpharma.com
612-387-3740


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