Menlo Reports First Quarter 2020 Financial Results and Provides Business Update
Conference Call Today at 8:30am Eastern Time
BRIDGEWATER, N.J., May 11, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Menlo Therapeutics Inc. (Nasdaq: MNLO) (“Menlo” or the “Company”), a specialty pharmaceutical company focused on developing and commercializing proprietary therapies to address unmet needs in dermatology, today announced financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2020 and provided a corporate update.
“The launch of AMZEEQ® at the beginning of 2020 marked the transition of Menlo to a commercial company,” said Dave Domzalski, Chief Executive Officer of Menlo. “We have been encouraged by the positive reception to AMZEEQ from both physicians and patients, and noted strong increases in weekly prescriptions from launch through early March. During the current economic slowdown, our sales representatives are engaging with healthcare providers virtually and we continue to see positive momentum in our discussions with payors. The recent license agreement we signed with Cutia Therapeutics for the Chinese market underscores the demand that exists for innovative dermatology products in markets outside the U.S. and also provides the company with non-dilutive capital.”
“Our NDA for FMX103 for the potential treatment of papulopustular rosacea is currently being reviewed by the FDA, with a PDUFA action date of June 2nd,” continued Mr. Domzalski. “If approved, we expect to have two products on the market by the end of this year, providing us with the opportunity to expand our franchise in dermatology and create increased operational leverage for the company.”
First Quarter and Recent highlights:
- In January 2020, we commercially launched AMZEEQ (minocycline) topical foam, 4%, for the treatment of inflammatory lesions of non-nodular moderate-to-severe acne vulgaris in patients 9 years of age and older. AMZEEQ is the first topical formulation of minocycline to be approved by the FDA for any condition.
- In April 2020, Menlo’s wholly owned subsidiary, Foamix Pharmaceuticals Ltd. (“Foamix”), entered into an exclusive licensing agreement with an affiliate of Cutia Therapeutics (“Cutia”), a specialty pharmaceutical company based in mainland China, for the sale of AMZEEQ and its other topical minocycline product candidates, once approved, in Greater China.
° Foamix will receive an upfront cash payment of $10 million and will be eligible for an additional $1 million payment upon the receipt of marketing approval in China of the first licensed product.
° Foamix is also entitled to receive mid-single digit royalties on net sales of any licensed products.
- Announced top line results from two Phase 3 clinical trials evaluating the safety and efficacy of oral serlopitant for the treatment of pruritus (itch) associated with prurigo nodularis (PN). The studies did not meet their respective primary endpoints of demonstrating statistically significant reduction in pruritus compared with placebo. Menlo does not intend to pursue further development of serlopitant.
- Entered into a settlement and license agreement to resolve the remaining pending patent litigation involving Finacea® foam.
- Appointed Andrew Saik as Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer.
Financial Results for the First Quarter Ended March 31, 2020
Revenues totaled $1.8 million and $0.3 million for the three months ended March 31, 2020 and 2019, respectively. For the three months ended March 31, 2020, revenues were generated from product sales of AMZEEQ, which was launched in January 2020. For the three months ended March 31, 2019, revenues consisted solely of royalty revenues.
Cost of Goods Sold
Cost of goods sold was $0.3 million for the three months ended March 31, 2020. There was no cost of goods sold in the three months ended March 31, 2019 because the revenues in that period consisted solely of royalties, which do not bear related cost of goods sold.
Our gross margin percentage of 85% was favorably impacted during the three months ended March 31, 2020 due to the fact that some inventory was produced prior to FDA approval and therefore expensed in prior periods. If inventory sold during the three months ended March 31, 2020 was valued at cost, our gross margin for the period then ended would have been 79%.
Research and Development Expenses
Our research and development expenses for the three months ended March 31, 2020 were $16.0 million, representing an increase of $5.2 million, or 48%, compared to $10.8 million for the three months ended March 31, 2019. Employee-related expenses increased by $4.7 million, including $3.8 million related to severance expenses associated with legacy Menlo employees, and $0.9 million in increased payroll and related expenses. In addition, clinical and manufacturing costs related to serlopitant, which was acquired in the transaction combining Menlo with Foamix (the “Merger”), increased by $2.2 million, offset by a decrease of $2.2 million related to clinical and manufacturing expenses for AMZEEQ and FMX103.
Selling, General and Administrative Expenses
Our selling, general and administrative expenses for the three months ended March 31, 2020 were $25.4 million, representing an increase of $20.1 million, or 379%, compared to $5.3 million for the three months ended March 31, 2019. Employee-related expenses increased by $10.5 million, consisting of $6.0 million primarily due to the expansion of our employee base, including sales force, to support the growth of our operations and $4.3 million related to severance expenses paid to legacy Menlo employees. We incurred $3.6 million expenses relating to the Merger included in selling, general and administrative expenses. Sales and marketing expenses increased by $1.8 million related to the commercialization of AMZEEQ.
Our operating loss for the three months ended March 31, 2020 was $39.9 million, compared to an operating loss of $15.9 million for the three months ended March 31, 2019, representing an increase of $24.0 million, or 151%.
During the three months ended March 31, 2020 we had no tax expenses, as compared to tax benefits of $0.2 million during the three months ended March 31, 2019.
Our net loss for the three months ended March 31, 2020 was $40.2 million or ($0.95) per share, as compared to $15.2 million or ($0.47) per share for the three months ended March 31, 2019, representing an increase of $25.0 million, or 164%. The increase was primarily due to an increase in expenses incurred in connection with our commercial launch of AMZEEQ, Merger expenses and severance expenses for legacy Menlo employees.
Cash & Cash Equivalents
As of March 31, 2020, the combined Company had cash, cash equivalents and investments of $82.7 million. This amount does not include the $10 million upfront payment expected pursuant to the license agreement entered into with Cutia in April 2020.
There will be a conference call at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time today, Monday, May 11, during which management of Menlo will provide a corporate update.
|Monday May 11th @ 8:30amET|
A replay of the call will be archived on the Company’s website at www.menlotherapeutics.com promptly after the conference call.
Menlo Therapeutics Inc. recently combined with Foamix Pharmaceuticals Ltd. to form a different type of biopharmaceutical company working to solve some of today’s most difficult therapeutic challenges in dermatology and beyond.
With expertise in topical medicine innovation as a springboard, the Company is working to develop and commercialize a variety of solutions using its proprietary Molecule Stabilizing Technology (MST™), and has received FDA approval for the world’s first topical minocycline, AMZEEQ® (minocycline) topical foam, 4%.
For more information about Menlo or its investigational products, visit www.menlotherapeutics.com. Menlo may use its website to comply with its disclosure obligations under Regulation FD. Therefore, investors should monitor Menlo’s website in addition to following its press releases, filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, public conference calls, and webcasts.
Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
This release includes forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including, but not limited to, statements regarding expectations with respect to the financial results of Menlo and statements regarding the development and commercialization of Menlo’s products and product candidates and other statements regarding the future expectations, plans and prospects of Menlo. All statements in this press release which are not historical facts are forward-looking statements. Any forward-looking statements are based on Menlo’s current knowledge and its present beliefs and expectations regarding possible future events and are subject to risks, uncertainties and assumptions that could cause actual results to differ materially and adversely from those set forth or implied by such forward-looking statements. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on our business operations; adverse events associated with the commercialization of AMZEEQ; the achievement of certain expected cost synergies related to the Merger; the outcome and cost of clinical trials for current and future product candidates; determination by the FDA that results from Menlo’s clinical trials are not sufficient to support registration or marketing approval of product candidates; the outcome of pricing, coverage and reimbursement negotiations with third party payors for AMZEEQ or any other products or product candidates that Menlo may commercialize in the future; whether, and to what extent, third party payors impose additional requirements before approving AMZEEQ prescription reimbursement; the eligible patient base and commercial potential of AMZEEQ or any of Menlo’s other product or product candidates; risks that Menlo’s intellectual property rights, such as patents, may fail to provide adequate protection, may be challenged and one or more claims may be revoked or interpreted narrowly or will not be infringed; risks that any of Menlo’s patents may be held to be narrowed, invalid or unenforceable or one or more of Menlo’s patent applications may not be granted and potential competitors may also seek to design around Menlo’s granted patents or patent applications; additional competition in the acne and dermatology markets; risks related to our indebtedness; inability to raise additional capital on favorable terms or at all; Menlo’s ability to recruit and retain key employees; and Menlo’s ability to stay in compliance with applicable laws, rules and regulations. For a discussion of other risks and uncertainties, and other important factors, any of which could cause Menlo’s actual results to differ from those contained in the forward-looking statements, see the section titled “Risk Factors” in Menlo’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2020, as well as discussions of potential risks, uncertainties, and other important factors in Menlo’s subsequent filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Although Menlo believes these forward-looking statements are reasonable, they speak only as of the date of this announcement and Menlo undertakes no obligation to update publicly such forward-looking statements to reflect subsequent events or circumstances, except as otherwise required by law. Given these risks and uncertainties, you should not rely upon forward-looking statements as predictions of future events.
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