SANTA MONICA, Calif., May 09, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Opiant Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (“Opiant”) (OPNT), a specialty pharmaceutical company developing medicines for addictions and drug overdose, today reported financial results for the three months ended March 31, 2019, and provided a corporate update.
“We continue to advance our addiction and drug overdose-focused pipeline, and are committed to validating the data in peer-reviewed journals,” said Roger Crystal, M.D., Chief Executive Officer of Opiant. “Clinical pharmacokinetic (PK) data for OPNT003, nasal nalmefene, were published online in the Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics. These data further validate its potential as a rescue medication that is especially well-suited to treat an overdose of a synthetic opioid, such as fentanyl. We remain on track to conduct a pivotal PK study for OPNT003 this year. The goal of this study is to replicate the findings from the pilot PK study. Top-line data are expected later this year.”
“A second publication recently appeared online in The Journal of Clinical Pharmacology, supporting OPNT002, nasal naltrexone, as a potential treatment for Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD),” continued Dr. Crystal. “With a plasma half-life essentially identical to naloxone, OPNT002 is well-suited for “on-demand” dosing to treat AUD. The results and insights from this study formed the basis for our OPNT002 formulation selection study in AUD, which is expected to begin in the current quarter, followed by the enrollment of patients in a Phase 2 study later this year. We anticipate the completion of the Phase 2 trial in the second half of 2020.”
“We are very excited about our pipeline and the large market opportunities we are targeting. We truly believe that the drugs we are developing have the potential to impact thousands of lives and we look forward to continuing to advance each into the clinic. Importantly, our development plans are well-supported by our financial resources, with cash of approximately $23.8 million at March 31, 2019, and funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA),” concluded Dr. Crystal.
Recent Corporate Highlights
- Awarded second tranche of $3.0 million from the total grant of approximately $7.4 million from the NIH’s National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) for the development of OPNT003, nasal nalmefene
- Clinical PK data for OPNT003, nasal nalmefene, were published online in the Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics, and presented in April at the annual meeting of the American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics
- Clinical PK data for OPNT002, nasal naltrexone, were published online in The Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
Financial Results for the First Quarter Ended March 31, 2019
For the three months ended March 31, 2019, Opiant recorded approximately $5.4 million in revenue, compared to approximately $1.7 million during the corresponding period of 2018. For the three months ended March 31, 2019, Opiant recognized approximately $3.7 million of revenue from the license agreement (the “Adapt License”) between it and Adapt Pharma Operations Limited, a subsidiary of Emergent BioSolutions Inc. (“EBS”) for the sale of NARCAN® Nasal Spray, compared to approximately $1.6 million in the comparable period of 2018. The $2.1 million increase in royalty revenue was attributable to a significant increase in sales of NARCAN® Nasal Spray to approximately $65.5 million for the first quarter of 2019, as reported by EBS.
General and administrative expenses for the three months ended March 31, 2019, were approximately $3.7 million, compared to approximately $3.0 million in the comparable period of 2018. The increase was primarily due to a $0.3 million increase in royalty expense and a $0.4 million increase in legal and professional expenses.
Research and development expenses for the three months ended March 31, 2019, were approximately $3.6 million, compared to approximately $2.4 million in the comparable period of 2018. The increase was primarily attributable to a $1.1 million increase in third-party expenses associated with Opiant’s research and development programs.
Opiant did not record any license fees for the three months ended March 31, 2019.
Net loss for the three months ended March 31, 2019, was approximately $1.7 million, or a loss of ($0.44) per basic and diluted share, compared to a net loss of approximately $9.3 million, or ($3.68) per basic and diluted share, for the comparable period of 2018.
As of March 31, 2019, Opiant had cash and cash equivalents of $23.8 million, compared to approximately $24.6 million at December 31, 2018. The cash balance at March 31, 2019, does not include the full impact of the NIDA grant of approximately $7.4 million or the BARDA contract of approximately $4.6 million. Opiant continues to project a cash balance of approximately $17 million to $20 million at the end of 2019. This anticipated range does not include the potential one-time milestone payment of $13.5 million due to Opiant from EBS should Net Sales of NARCAN® exceed $200 million in the 2019 calendar year. Pursuant to the Adapt License, as amended by Amendment No. 2 on March 18, 2019, in the event that this milestone is achieved, EBS may reduce the amount payable to Opiant by the remaining $2.7 million of the maximum $8.1 million license fees payable.
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About Opiant Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Opiant Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is a specialty pharmaceutical company developing medicines for addictions and drug overdose. NIDA, a division of the NIH, describes addictive disorders as chronic relapsing brain diseases which burden society at both the individual and community levels. Opiant's first drug overdose product, NARCAN® Nasal Spray, is approved for marketing in the U.S. and Canada by its licensee, Adapt Pharmaceuticals, now owned by Emergent BioSolutions Inc. For more information visit: www.opiant.com.
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|Opiant Pharmaceuticals, Inc.|
|Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets|
|(in thousands, except shares and per share amounts)|
|As of March 31,||As of December 31,|
|Cash & cash Equivalents||$||23,768||$||24,614|
|Prepaid expenses and other current assets||522||268|
|Total Current Assets||26,246||29,371|
|Patents and patent applications, net||15||16|
|Liabilities and stockholders' equity|
|Accounts payable and accrued liabilities||$||1,482||$||1,133|
|Accrued salaries and wages||618||1,084|
|Total Current Liabilities||9,471||9,827|
|Total Long-Term Liabilities||-||2,700|
|Common stock, $0.001 par value, 200,000,000 shares|
|authorized, 3,925,361 and 3,845,361 shares|
|issued and outstanding at March 31, 2019|
|and December 31, 2018, respectively||4||4|
|Total stockholders' equity||16,790||16,859|
|Total liabilities and stockholders' equity||$||26,261||$||29,386|
|Opiant Pharmaceuticals Inc.|
|Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations|
|(in thousands, except shares and per share amounts)|
|Three months ended||Three months ended|
|March 31,||March 31,|
|Royalty & licensing revenue||$||3,746||$||1,649|
|Treatment investment income||80||54|
|Grant and contract revenue||1,609||-|
|General and administrative||3,696||2,965|
|Research and development||3,567||2,421|
|Loss from operations||(1,828)||(9,308)|
|Other income (expense)|
|Loss on foreign exchange||(30)||(8)|
|Total other income (expense)||92||(3)|
|Loss before provision for income taxes||(1,736)||(9,311)|
|Provision for income taxes||$||-||$||33|
|Net loss per common share|
|Basic & Diluted||$||(0.44)||$||(3.68)|
|Weighted-average common shares outstanding:|
|Basic & Diluted||3,909,702||2,542,084|