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Opiant Pharmaceuticals Reports Third Quarter 2019 Financial Results and Provides Corporate Update

November 12, 2019 at 4:05 PM EST

SANTA MONICA, Calif., Nov. 12, 2019 (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 third quarter and nine months ended September 30, 2019, and provided a corporate update. 

“We remain focused on advancing our robust pipeline, which is funded through multiple government sources and a growing revenue stream via royalties from net sales of NARCAN® Nasal Spray for the reversal of opioid overdose,” said Roger Crystal, M.D., Chief Executive Officer of Opiant. “We look forward to multiple clinical development catalysts over the next several quarters for each of our core development programs.”

David O’Toole, Chief Financial Officer of Opiant, added, “I am extremely pleased to report that, based on net sales of NARCAN® Nasal Spray exceeding $200 million through the third quarter of 2019, we have earned a one-time $13.5 million milestone. After certain required deductions, the net milestone payment of $10.8 million will further fortify our already strong balance sheet, and we now expect a cash balance of $28 million to $30 million at the end of 2019, versus our prior projection of $17 million to $20 million.”

Corporate Highlights and Near-Term Milestones

  • Earned a one-time $13.5 million milestone payment based on net sales of NARCAN® exceeding $200 million through the quarter ended September 30, 2019.
  • Continued preparations to conduct confirmatory pharmacokinetic (PK) study of nasal nalmefene, OPNT003, for the treatment of opioid overdose.
    • Opiant now expects to report top-line data from the PK study in the first quarter of next year, but continues to anticipate filing a New Drug Application for OPNT003 in the fourth quarter of 2020.
  • Dose selection study for OPNT002 for Alcohol Use Disorder is nearing completion. Opiant expects to complete the subsequent Phase 2 study during the second half of 2020.
  • Strengthened the executive management team with the appointments of Aziz Mottiwala as Chief Commercial Officer, and Rahsaan Thompson, as General Counsel.
  • Provided a detailed overview of Opiant’s development programs during an Investor Research & Development meeting in New York City.
  • Expanded relationship with Sanofi to include manufacturing of OPNT004 for the emergency treatment of Acute Cannabinoid Overdose. Opiant intends to initiate formulation development studies in the second half of 2019, with clinical trials to follow. 

Financial Results for the Third Quarter Ended September 30, 2019
For the three months ended September 30, 2019, Opiant recorded approximately $20.6 million in revenue, compared to approximately $4.4 million during the corresponding period of 2018. For the three months ended September 30, 2019, Opiant recognized approximately $20.5 million of revenue from the license agreement (the Adapt License) between it and Adapt Pharma Operations Limited, now a subsidiary of Emergent BioSolutions Inc. (EBS), for the sale of NARCAN® Nasal Spray, compared to approximately $4.2 million in the comparable period of 2018. The $20.5 million of revenue from the license agreement between us and Adapt included a one-time milestone payment due to Opiant of $13.5 million, as sales of Narcan exceeded $200 million through the third quarter of 2019.

General and administrative expenses for the three months ended September 30, 2019, were approximately $3.2 million, compared to approximately $2.9 million in the comparable period of 2018. The increase was primarily due to a $0.4 million increase in personnel and related expense, a $0.3 million increase in royalty expense and a $0.1 increase in consulting fees, partially offset by a $0.5 million decrease in stock-based compensation expense.

Research and development expenses for the three months ended September 30, 2019, were approximately $1.8 million, essentially flat as compared to the same period in 2018. 

Sales and marketing expenses for the three months ended September 30, 2019, were approximately $140,000, compared to none in the comparable period of 2018. The increase was primarily due to compensation-related expenses.

Royalty expense for the three months ended September 30, 2019, was approximately $4.9 million, compared to approximately $0.5 million in the comparable period of 2018. The increase was primarily due to a $3.1 million increase in payments due to Net Profit Partners for the royalties and sales milestone received from the net sales of NARCAN® Nasal Spray and $1.3 million for payments made to buyout the net profit interests in Nasal Nalmefene held by investors who had initially supported the development of NARCAN Nasal Spray.

Net income for the three months ended September 30, 2019, was approximately $10.7 million, or $2.64 per basic and $1.97 per diluted share, compared to a net loss of approximately ($0.9) million, or a loss of ($0.32) per basic and diluted share, for the comparable period of 2018.

Financial Results for the Nine Months Ended September 30, 2019
For the nine months ended September 30, 2019, Opiant recorded approximately $32.9 million in revenue, compared to approximately $9.2 million during the corresponding period of 2018. For the nine months ended September 30, 2019, Opiant recognized approximately $30.4 million of revenue from the license agreement between it and Adapt for the sale of NARCAN® Nasal Spray, compared to approximately $8.9 million in the comparable period of 2018. The $21.5 million increase in royalty revenue was attributable to a significant increase in sales of NARCAN® Nasal Spray to approximately $213.5 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2019, as reported by EBS, as well as the one-time milestone payment of $13.5 million earned due to net sales of NARCAN® Nasal Spray exceeding $200 million through the third quarter of 2019.

General and administrative expenses for the nine months ended September 30, 2019, were approximately $9.4 million, compared to approximately $8.7 million in the comparable period of 2018. The increase was primarily due to an increase of $0.7 million in royalty expense, a $0.7 million increase in legal and professional fees, and a $0.7 million increase in personnel and related expense, including recruiting, partially offset by a $1.4 million decrease in stock-based compensation expense.

Research and development expenses for the nine months ended September 30, 2019, were approximately $7.0 million, compared to approximately $5.9 million in the comparable period of 2018. The increase was primarily attributable to an increase of $1.5 million in third-party expenses associated with Opiant’s research and development programs, a $0.4 million increase in employee-related compensation expense, partially offset by a $0.8 million decrease in stock-based compensation expense.

Sales and marketing expenses for the nine months ended September 30, 2019, were approximately $140,000, compared to none in the comparable period of 2018. The increase was primarily due to compensation-related expenses.

Royalty expense for the nine months ended September 30, 2019, was approximately $6.1 million, compared to approximately $0.5 million in the comparable period in 2018. The increase was primarily due to a $4.3 million increase in payments due to Net Profit Partners for the royalties and sales milestone received from the net sales of NARCAN® Nasal Spray and $1.3 million for payments made to buyout the net profit interests in Nasal Nalmefene held by investors who had initially supported the development of NARCAN Nasal Spray.

There were no license fees recorded for the nine months ended September 30, 2019. Opiant recorded $5.6 million of license fees during the nine months ended September 30, 2018. The license fees related to Opiant’s obligations under the License Agreement with Adapt.

Net income for the nine months ended September 30, 2019, was approximately $10.5 million, or $2.64 per basic and $1.98 per diluted share, compared to a net loss of approximately ($11.7) million, or a loss of ($4.32) per basic and diluted share, for the comparable period of 2018.

As of September 30, 2019, Opiant had cash and cash equivalents of $23.2 million, compared to approximately $24.6 million at December 31, 2018. The cash balance at September 30, 2019, does not include the one-time milestone payment of $13.5 million due to Opiant from EBS based on net sales of NARCAN® Nasal Spray exceeding $200 million in the third quarter of 2019, as reported by EBS. Pursuant to Opiant’s license agreement with EBS, EBS will reduce the amount payable to Opiant by the remaining $2.7 million of the license fees payable. Opiant will receive the net sales milestone of $10.8 million during the fourth quarter of 2019. The current cash balance also does not include the full impact of the National Institute on Drug Abuse grant of approximately $7.4 million or the BARDA contract of approximately $4.6 million. Opiant now projects a cash balance in the range of $28 million to $30 million at the end of 2019, versus its prior estimate of $17 million to $20 million

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About Opiant Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Opiant Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is a specialty pharmaceutical company developing medicines for addictions and drug overdose. NIDA, a division of the National Institutes of Health, describes addictive disorders as chronic relapsing brain diseases which burden society at both the individual and community levels. Opiant's first drug overdose product, NARCAN® Nasal Spray, is approved for marketing in the U.S. and Canada by its licensee, Adapt Pharmaceuticals, now owned by Emergent BioSolutions Inc.  For more information visit: www.opiant.com.

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Opiant Pharmaceuticals, Inc.     
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(in thousands, except shares and per share amounts)
 
           
  As of September 30,     As of December 31,  
  2019     2018  
Assets (unaudited)        
Current Assets          
Cash & cash equivalents $   23,222     $   24,614  
Accounts receivable   16,068       4,489  
Prepaid expenses and other current assets   940       267  
Total Current Assets   40,230       29,370  
Long-term Assets          
Property and equipment, net of depreciation   274       -  
Right of use assets - operating leases   849       -  
Patents and patent applications, net   15       16  
Total Assets $   41,368     $   29,386  
           
Liabilities and stockholders' equity           
Current Liabilities          
Accounts payable and accrued expenses $   1,952     $   1,133  
License fees   -       5,400  
Accrued salaries & wages   1,129       1,084  
Royalty payable   4,475       998  
Deferred revenue   1,355       1,212  
Operating leases - current   493       -  
Total Current Liabilities   9,404       9,827  
Long-Term Liabilities          
Operating leases - long term   358       -  
License fees   -       2,700  
Total Long-Term Liabilities   358       2,700  
Total Liabilities   9,762       12,527  
Stockholders' equity          
Common stock, $0.001 par value, 200,000,000 shares authorized, 4,074,622 and 3,845,361 shares issued and outstanding at September 30, 2019 and December 31, 2018, respectively   4       4  
Additional paid-in-capital   95,497       91,276  
Accumulated deficit   (63,895 )     (74,421 )
Total stockholders' equity   31,606       16,859  
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $   41,368     $   29,386  


Opiant Pharmaceuticals Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations
(in thousands, except shares and per share amounts)
(unaudited) 
               
  Three months ended 
September 30,
 
  Nine months ended
September 30,
 
  2019     2018     2019     2018  
                       
Revenues                      
Royalty & licensing revenue 20,494     4,185     30,369     8,887  
Treatment investment revenue   -     63     644     170  
Grant revenue 147     118     1,838     163  
Total Revenue 20,641     4,366     32,851     9,220  
Operating Expenses                      
General and administrative   3,210       2,861       9,389       8,683  
Research and development   1,843       1,908       7,044       5,945  
Sales and marketing   141       -       141       -  
Royalty expense   4,851       537       6,099       537  
License fees   -       -       -       5,625  
Total expenses   10,045       5,306       22,673       20,790  
                       
Income (loss) from operations   10,596       (940 )     10,178       (11,570 )
                       
Other income (expense)                      
Interest income   112       20       356       31  
Loss on settlement of liability   -       -       -       (50 )
Gain (loss) on foreign exchange   (24 )     2       (65 )     (36 )
Total other income (expense)   88       22       291       (55 )
Income (loss) before provision for income taxes   10,684       (918 )     10,469       (11,625 )
Income tax (expense) benefit   -       -       57       (33 )
Net income (loss) $   10,684     $   (918 )   $   10,526     $   (11,658 )
                       
Net income (loss) per common share                      
Basic $   2.64     $   (0.32 )   $   2.64     $   (4.32 )
Diluted $   1.97     $   (0.32 )   $   1.98     $   (4.32 )
                       
Weighted-average common shares outstanding:                      
Basic 4,048,635     2,871,042     3,985,112     2,698,532  
Diluted 5,422,345     2,871,042     5,310,157     2,698,532  

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Source: Opiant Pharmaceuticals, Inc.