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Opiant Pharmaceuticals Announces First Quarter 2021 Financial Results and Corporate Update

May 11, 2021 at 4:05 PM EDT

SANTA MONICA, Calif., May 11, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Opiant Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (“Opiant”) (NASDAQ: OPNT), a specialty pharmaceutical company developing medicines to treat addictions and drug overdose, today reported financial results for the three months ended March 31, 2021, and provided a corporate update. Recent highlights include:

Pipeline and Corporate Update

  • OPNT003, nasal nalmefene, for opioid overdose:

    • Confirmatory pharmacokinetic (“PK”) study close to completing enrollment and on track to report data in early Q3
    • First subjects dosed in head-to-head clinical pharmacodynamic ("PD") study comparing the effectiveness of OPNT003, nasal nalmefene, with nasal naloxone; data anticipated in the fourth quarter
    • Other drug development activities necessary for NDA filing on track to deliver data by year-end
    • The Center for Disease Control released provisional data for the year ending September 2020:
      • 66,813 overdose were caused by opioids (predicted)
      • 80% or 53,877 opioid overse deaths (predicted) were linked to illicit synthetic opioids, and particularly fentanyl
    • Awarded third and final tranche of $1.8 million from the total grant of approximately $7.4 million from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (“NIDA”), part of the National Institutes of Health, to support the development of OPNT003
  • OPNT004, drinabant, for Acute Cannabinoid Overdose: 

    • Preclinical activities and formulation development on track to support an IND for parenteral administration

  • OPNT002, nasal naltrexone, for Alcohol Use Disorder:

    • Start of Phase 2 study, which was paused due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, remains on pause; Company is assessing optimal time to proceed

  • Strengthened board of directors with the addition of seasoned clinical development executive, Lorianne Masuoka, M.D., in March 2021

Financial Highlights

  • Q1 revenues of $6.4 million driven by royalties from the sale of NARCAN® Nasal Spray (“NARCAN®”)

  • As of March 31, 2021, $50.6 million in cash, cash equivalents, and marketable securities 

Commenting, Roger Crystal, M.D., President and Chief Executive Officer of Opiant, said:

“Opiant had a strong start to 2021, including the commencement of our confirmatory PK and PD studies for OPNT003, nasal nalmefene, for opioid overdose. Our comprehensive development of OPNT003 is indicative of our firm commitment to delivering new medicines to save lives from addictions and drug overdose and support public health in the face of a worsening drug overdose crisis driven primarily by opioids. We believe OPNT003 may be particularly effective for the treatment of overdoses from synthetic opioids, like fentanyl, which is the leading cause of drug overdose death in America.” 

David O’Toole, Chief Financial Officer of Opiant, said:

“We remain in a strong financial position to support our ongoing drug development activities and clinical studies, as well as to ramp up pre-commercial efforts for our lead program, OPNT003.”

First quarter 2021 results

For the three months ended March 31, 2021, Opiant recorded approximately $6.4 million in revenue, compared to approximately $4.3 million during the corresponding period of 2020. For the three months ended March 31, 2021, we recorded approximately $4.3 million of revenue from our license agreement with Emergent BioSolutions, Inc. (“EBS”) for the sale of NARCAN®, compared to approximately $4.2 million in the same period of 2020. First quarter 2021 sales of NARCAN® were approximately $74.2 million, as reported by EBS.

For the three months ended March 31, 2021, general and administrative expenses were approximately $2.6 million, the same as the comparable period of 2020.

Research and development expenses for the three months ended March 31, 2021, were approximately $4.1 million, as compared to approximately $1.4 million in the comparable period in 2020. External development expense increased by $2.6 million due to increased activity on our lead product candidate, OPNT003 - Nasal Nalmefene. In addition, personnel and related expense increased by approximately $0.1 million during the three months ended March 31, 2021 compared to the three months ended March 31, 2020.

Sales and marketing expenses for the three months ended March 31, 2021, were approximately $1.0 million for pre-commercialization efforts related to OPNT003, nasal nalmefene. Sales and marketing expense during the three months ended March 31, 2020 was approximately $1.1 million.

Royalty expense for the three months ended March 31, 2021, was approximately $1 million, compared to $0.9 million for the comparable period of 2020.

Net loss for the three months ended March 31, 2021, was approximately $2.8 million, or a loss of $0.66 per basic and diluted share, compared to net loss of approximately $1.7 million, or a loss of $0.40 per basic and diluted share, for the comparable period of 2020.

As of March 31, 2021, Opiant had $50.6 million in cash, cash equivalents, and marketable securities. Current cash balance does not include the full impact of the NIDA grant of approximately $7.4 million or the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority contract of approximately $8.1 million.

Based on the mid-range of the full-year 2021 guidance for sales of NARCAN® Nasal Spray provided by EBS, of $315 million, we continue to expect full-year 2021 royalty revenue from the sale of NARCAN® Nasal Spray of approximately $27.8 million. We also expect to end 2021 with cash and cash equivalents of approximately $40 million, which will not include any receipt of additional tranches of the convertible debt deal.

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About Opiant Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Opiant Pharmaceuticals, Inc., the company that developed NARCAN® Nasal Spray, is building a leading franchise of new medicines to combat addictions and drug overdose.
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Opiant Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(in thousands, except shares and per share amounts)
        As of March 31,   As of December 31,
          2021       2020  
Assets   (unaudited)    
  Current assets        
    Cash & cash Equivalents   $ 35,450     $ 48,251  
    Marketable securities     12,598       -  
    Accounts receivable     5,609       8,911  
    Prepaid expenses and other current assets     2,447       1,937  
        Total current assets     56,104       59,099  
  Other assets        
    Marketable securities     2,501       -  
    Property and equipment, net     140       171  
    Right of use assets - operating leases     146       279  
    Patents and patent applications, net     12       13  
    Other non-current assets     -       1,051  
        Total assets   $ 58,903     $ 60,613  
Liabilities and stockholders' equity        
  Current liabilities        
    Accounts payable and accrued liabilities   $ 3,680     $ 2,966  
    Accrued salaries and wages     481       909  
    Royalty payable     980       1,908  
    Deferred revenue     859       355  
    Operating leases     149       282  
        Total current liabilities     6,149       6,420  
  Long-term liabilities        
    Convertible debt, net of unamortized discount     18,769       18,701  
        Total long-term liabilities     18,769       18,701  
        Total liabilities     24,918       25,121  
  Stockholders' equity        
  Common stock, $0.001 par value, 200,000,000 shares authorized, 4,330,594 and 4,258,105 shares issued and outstanding at March 31, 2021 and December 31, 2020, respectively     4       4  
  Additional paid-in-capital     101,529       100,204  
  Accumulated other comprehensive loss     (15 )     (27 )
  Accumulated deficit     (67,533 )     (64,689 )
    Total stockholders' equity     33,985       35,492  
        Total liabilities and stockholders' equity   $ 58,903     $ 60,613  

Opiant Pharmaceuticals Inc. 
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations
(in thousands, except shares and per share amounts)
          Three months ended   Three months ended
          March 31,   March 31,
            2021       2020  
          (Unaudited)   (Unaudited)
  Royalty revenue     $ 4,334     $ 4,199  
  Grant and contract revenue       2,053       84  
    Total Revenue       6,387       4,283  
Operating expenses          
  General and administrative       2,646       2,573  
  Research and development       4,088       1,421  
  Sales & marketing       998       1,077  
  Royalty expense       980       934  
    Total expenses       8,712       6,005  
    Loss from operations       (2,325 )     (1,722 )
Other income (expense)          
  Interest income       3       76  
  Interest expense       (537 )     -  
  Loss on foreign exchange       14       -  
    Total other income (expense)       (520 )     76  
Loss before provision for income taxes       (2,845 )     (1,646 )
Income tax expense       -       39  
Net loss     $ (2,845 )   $ (1,685 )
Other comprehensive loss:          
  Foreign currency translation adjustment       13       (293 )
Comprehensive loss     $ (2,832 )   $ (1,978 )
Net loss per common share          
  Basic & Diluted     $ (0.66 )   $ (0.40 )
Weighted-average common shares outstanding:        
  Basic & Diluted       4,282,923       4,224,555  

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