Optinose Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2021 Financial Results and Recent Operational Highlights

  • Company reports fourth quarter and full year 2021 XHANCE net revenue of $22.5 million and $73.7 million
  • Full year 2021 XHANCE prescriptions increased 28% compared to full year 2020
  • Company expects XHANCE net revenue for 2022 to be at least $90 million
  • Company expects top-line results from the second of two clinical trials evaluating XHANCE as a potential treatment for Chronic Sinusitis in second quarter 2022
  • Conference call and webcast to be held today at 8:00 a.m. Eastern Time

YARDLEY, Pa., March 08, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Optinose (NASDAQ:OPTN), a pharmaceutical company focused on patients treated by ear, nose and throat (ENT) and allergy specialists, today reported financial results for the quarter and year ended December 31, 2021, and provided recent operational highlights.

"For the full year of 2021 versus 2020, XHANCE net revenues increased 52%, while total prescriptions and new prescriptions increased by 28% and 27%, respectively," stated CEO Peter Miller. "I believe these are outstanding results particularly in the context of a pandemic environment which has constrained both patient visits to physician offices and the ability of our territory managers to broadly meet in-person with our targeted physicians. Looking forward, I expect 2022 to be exciting time for our company as we continue to produce strong revenue growth with our current business, and we expect to complete our second clinical trial evaluating XHANCE for the treatment of chronic sinusitis. If successful, XHANCE has the potential to be the first ever drug treatment approved by the FDA for this indication which could be a game changer for both the 30 million patients suffering from symptoms of chronic sinusitis and for our company."

Fourth Quarter 2021 and Recent Highlights

Total and New XHANCE Prescriptions
The number of XHANCE® (fluticasone propionate) prescriptions increased by 27% from 73,900 in the fourth quarter 2020 to 93,700 in the fourth quarter 2021. In addition, XHANCE prescriptions increased by 28% from 261,400 for the full year of 2020 to 335,600 for the full year of 2021.

The number of new prescriptions for XHANCE increased by 21% from 24,600 in the fourth quarter of 2020 to 29,900 in the fourth quarter of 2021. In addition, new prescriptions for XHANCE increased by 27% from 88,600 for the full year of 2020 to 112,700 for the full year of 2021.

ReOpen1 Clinical Trial Top-line Results
In March 2022, the Company announced that the ReOpen1, a landmark clinical trial in chronic sinusitis, met both of its co-primary endpoints. A statistically significant improvement was demonstrated in patients with chronic sinusitis who were treated with the XHANCE Exhalation Delivery System™ in the ReOpen1 clinical trial compared to patients receiving an Exhalation Delivery System placebo as measured by both primary endpoints: first, a composite symptom score (comprising nasal congestion, facial pain or pressure, and nasal discharge) measured at week 4 and second, an objective measure of disease in the sinus cavities at week 24 (measured by average percent of the opacified volume on CT scan, summed across all of the ethmoid and maxillary sinuses).

The safety profile and tolerability of XHANCE in this trial were generally consistent with its currently labelled safety profile. Adverse events occurring at a rate of more than 3% with XHANCE and more common than the Exhalation Delivery System placebo were: epistaxis, nasopharyngitis, asthma, and cataract (nuclear and cortical).

Detailed results from this trial will be submitted for publication in a peer-reviewed journal and for presentation at future medical meetings

Fourth Quarter 2021 Financial Results

Revenue
The Company generated $22.5 million and $73.7 million of XHANCE net revenue during the three-month and twelve-month periods ended December 31, 2021, respectively. In addition, the Company generated $1.0 million of licensing revenue during the twelve-month period ended December 31, 2021. Total revenues for the three and twelve-month periods ended December 31, 2021 were $22.5 million and $74.7 million.

Expenses and net loss
For the three-month and twelve-month periods ended December 31, 2021, research and development expenses were $5.3 million and $25.3 million, respectively. Selling, general and administrative expenses were $26.3 million and $106.6 million during the three-month and twelve-month periods ended December 31, 2021, respectively. The net loss for the three-month period ended December 31, 2021 was $15.6 million, or $0.23 per share (basic and diluted). The net loss for the twelve-month period ended December 31, 2021 was $82.3 million, or $1.45 per share (basic and diluted).

Cash
The Company had cash and cash equivalents of $110.5 million as of December 31, 2021. In November 2021, The Company closed an underwritten public offering resulting in $42.8 million of net proceeds. The $42.8 million of cash is included in the Company's cash balance of $110.5 million as of December 31, 2021.

Corporate Guidance

XHANCE Net Revenue and Average Net Revenue per Prescription
The Company expects XHANCE net revenues for the full year of 2022 to be at least $90 million. This includes the Company's expectation that first quarter 2022 XHANCE net revenue will decrease compared to fourth quarter 2021. The primary driver of the sequential decrease to revenue is the Company's expectation that XHANCE average net revenue per prescription for the first quarter of 2022 will decrease, due to typical early-year effects on price and volume related to patient insurance that the Company believes are common for chronic treatments that derive a significant proportion of total prescriptions from refills. The Company expects XHANCE average net revenue per prescription to exceed $210 for full year 2022.

Operating Expenses
The Company expects total GAAP operating expenses (selling, general & administrative expenses and research & development expenses) for 2021 to be in the range of $135 to $140 million, of which the Company expects stock-based compensation to be approximately $10 million.

Chronic Sinusitis Clinical Trials
The Company expects top-line results from ReOpen2, the second its two clinical trials evaluating XHANCE as a potential treatment for chronic sinusitis, in the second quarter of 2022.

Company to Host Conference Call

Members of the Company’s leadership team will host a conference call and presentation to discuss financial results and corporate updates beginning at 8:00 a.m. Eastern Time today.

To participate on the conference call, please dial (866) 916-4761 from the U.S. or +1 (409) 216-6496 from outside the U.S. In addition, following the completion of the call, a telephone replay will be accessible until March 15, 2022 by dialing (855) 859-2056 from the U.S. or +1 (404) 537-3406 from outside the U.S. and entering conference ID: 8283756.

A simultaneous webcast of the call and presentation can be accessed by visiting the Investors section of Optinose’s website at www.optinose.com. In addition, a replay of the webcast will be available on the Company website for 60 days following the event.

OptiNose, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Statement of Operations
(in thousands, except share and per share data)
(Unaudited)
               
  Three Months Ended   Year Ended
  December 31,   December 31,
    2021       2020       2021       2020  
Revenues:              
Net product revenues $ 22,509     $ 15,597     $ 73,652     $ 48,367  
Licensing revenues         750       1,000       750  
Total revenues   22,509       16,347       74,652       49,117  
Costs and expenses:              
Cost of product sales   2,575       2,244       9,151       7,520  
Research and development   5,260       6,448       25,318       23,378  
Selling, general and administrative   26,342       28,107       106,633       105,438  
Total costs and expenses   34,177       36,799       141,102       136,336  
Loss from operations   (11,668 )     (20,452 )     (66,450 )     (87,219 )
Other expense   3,955       3,412       15,846       12,566  
Net loss $ (15,623 )   $ (23,864 )   $ (82,296 )   $ (99,785 )
Net loss per share of common stock, basic and diluted $ (0.23 )   $ (0.46 )   $ (1.45 )   $ (2.07 )
Weighted average common shares outstanding, basic and diluted   67,831,835       43,467,985       56,851,921       48,275,230  
OptiNose, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheet Data
(in thousands)
         
    December 31,   December 31,
    2021   2020
         
Cash and cash equivalents   $ 110,502     $ 144,156
Other assets     55,569       44,657
Total assets   $ 166,071     $ 188,813
         
Total current liabilities     59,235     $ 52,172
Long-term debt, net     126,418       125,202
Other liabilities     2,190       4,651
Total stockholders' equity     (21,772 )     6,788
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity   $ 166,071     $ 188,813

About Optinose
Optinose is a specialty pharmaceutical company focused on serving the needs of patients cared for by ear, nose and throat (ENT) and allergy specialists. Optinose has offices in the U.S. and Norway. To learn more, please visit www.optinose.com or follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn.

Cautionary Note on Forward-Looking Statements
This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. All statements that are not historical facts are hereby identified as forward-looking statements for this purpose and include, among others, statements relating to the potential for continued XHANCE prescription and net revenue growth; early year effects on price and volume related to patient insurance; the potential benefits of XHANCE for the treatment of chronic sinusitis, the Company's plans to seek approval for a follow-on indication for XHANCE for the treatment of chronic sinusitis and the expectation of top-line results from the second of its two chronic sinusitis trials in the second quarter of 2022; the potential for XHANCE to be the first FDA-approved drug treatment for chronic sinusitis and, if approved for chronic sinusitis, the potential for such approval to be a game changer for both the 30 million patients suffering from chronic sinusitis and for the Company; projected average net revenue per prescription for first quarter and full year 2022; projected XHANCE net revenue for first quarter and full year 2022; projected Company GAAP operating expenses and stock-based compensation for 2022; and other statements regarding the Company's future operations, financial performance, financial position, prospects, objectives and other future events. Forward-looking statements are based upon management’s current expectations and assumptions and are subject to a number of risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual results and events to differ materially and adversely from those indicated by such forward-looking statements including, among others: impact of, and uncertainties caused by the COVID-19 pandemic; physician and patient acceptance of XHANCE for its current and any potential future indication; the Company’s ability to maintain adequate third-party reimbursement for XHANCE (market access); the prevalence of chronic sinusitis and market opportunities for XHANCE may be smaller than expected; the Company’s ability to grow XHANCE prescriptions and net revenues; unanticipated costs and expenses; potential for varying interpretation of the top-line results from ReOpen1; potential for the full data set from ReOpen1, when available, to contain results that conflict with or are inconsistent with the top-line results; risks and uncertainties relating to the completion and results of ReOpen2; uncertainties related to the clinical development program and regulatory approval of XHANCE for the treatment of chronic sinusitis; the Company’s ability to comply with the covenants and other terms of the note purchase agreement entered into with funds managed by Pharmakon Advisors, LP; risks and uncertainties relating to intellectual property; and the risks, uncertainties and other factors discussed under the caption "Item 1A. Risk Factors" and elsewhere in the Company’s most recent Form 10-K and Form 10-Q filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission - which are available at www.sec.gov. As a result, you are cautioned not to place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements. Any forward-looking statements made in this press release speak only as of the date of this press release, and the Company undertakes no obligation to update such forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future developments or otherwise.

Optinose Investor Contact
Jonathan Neely
jonathan.neely@optinose.com
267.521.0531


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