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Opiant Pharmaceuticals Reports Fourth Quarter and Full-Year 2020 Financial Results and Provides Corporate Update

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SANTA MONICA, Calif., March 04, 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 fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2020 and provided a corporate update.

Pipeline Update

  • Continue to advance OPNT003, nasal nalmefene, for opioid overdose, with significant clinical and regulatory milestones expected in 2021

    • Confirmatory pharmacokinetic (“PK”) study

      • Anticipate full enrollment April 2021

      • Top-line data anticipated in June 2021

    • Pharmacodynamic (“PD”) study

      • Protocol filed with U.S. Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”)

      • Received Institutional Review Board (“IRB”) approval to initiate trial

      • Anticipate commencing patient dosing mid-March 2021

      • Top-line data expected by the start of the fourth quarter 2021

    • The Company remains on track to complete its New Drug Application (“NDA”) submission for use of OPNT003 in opioid overdose by end 2021

    • In December, the Company announced an additional commitment of up to $3.5 million from the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (“BARDA”) for the development of OPNT003

  • Pre-clinical progress on OPNT004, drinabant, for Acute Cannabinoid Overdose (“ACO”)

    • Formulation development studies commenced December 2020 in collaboration with National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (“NCATS”)

    • NCATS awarded the contract for formulation activities to Irisys LLC

  • Phase 2 study of OPNT002, nasal naltrexone, for Alcohol Use Disorder (“AUD”), remains on temporary hold due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic

Financial Highlights

  • Q4 revenues of $10.0 million and full-year net revenues of $29.6 million driven by royalties from the sale of NARCAN® Nasal Spray (“NARCAN®”)

  • In December, Opiant entered into a strategic convertible debt financing agreement with a syndicate comprised of Pontifax Medison Finance and Kreos Capital through which the Company will have access to up to $50 million; the first tranche of $20 million was funded at closing on December 10, 2020

  • $48.3 million in cash and cash equivalents at December 31, 2020, inclusive of the first tranche of $20 million received from the convertible debt financing closed in December 2020, compared to $31.1 million at December 31, 2019

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

“We are excited to start 2021 by announcing important clinical progress with OPNT003, nasal nalmefene, for opioid overdose. We are nearing completion of our confirmatory PK study and intend to begin our PD study mid-March. Importantly, we expect top-line data from both of these studies later this year, and we remain on track to complete our NDA for the use of OPNT003 in opioid overdose for FDA review by the end of 2021. Opioid overdose continues to be a growing and devastating epidemic in need of effective treatment solutions. Opiant’s purpose – to develop new medicines to treat addictions and drug overdose – has never been more relevant.”

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

“As we move into 2021, we maintain a strong cash position, driven by a focus on responsible cost containment, as well as continued royalties on net sales of NARCAN® Nasal Spray. We also locked in an attractive cost of financing with a convertible debt deal for up to $50 million, which will increase our financial flexibility as we continue to advance OPNT003 and build toward commercialization, if we decide to pursue that path alone.”

Financial Results for the Fourth Quarter Ended December 31, 2020

For the three months ended December 31, 2020, Opiant recorded approximately $10.0 million in revenue, compared to approximately $7.7 million during the corresponding period of 2019. For the three months ended December 31, 2020, we recorded approximately $8.3 million of revenue from our license agreement with EBS for the sale of NARCAN®, compared to approximately $7.2 million in the same period of 2019. Fourth quarter 2020 sales of NARCAN® were approximately $77.4 million, as reported by EBS.

For the three months ended December 31, 2020, general and administrative (“G&A”) expenses were approximately $3.6 million, compared to $2.8 million in the comparable period of 2019. The increase of $0.8 million was due to an increase of $1.2 million in estimated administrative expense associated with OPNT003, offset by a decrease in personnel and related expenses including stock-based compensation of $0.4 million for the three months ended December 31, 2020, as compared to the three months ended December 31, 2019.

Research and development (“R&D”) expenses for the three months ended December 31, 2020, were approximately $4.5 million, as compared to approximately $2.0 million in the comparable period in 2019. The $2.5 million increase in R&D expenses is primarily attributable to an increase for third party expenses associated with our R&D programs for the comparable periods

Sales and marketing (“S&M”) expenses for the three months ended December 31, 2020, were approximately $0.9 million, compared to $0.5 million in the comparable period of 2019. The increase of $0.4 million was attributable to government affairs expense and initial pre-commercialization market research related to OPNT003, which is under clinical development.

Royalty expense for the three months ended December 31, 2020, was approximately $1.9 million, compared to approximately $1.6 million in the comparable period of 2019. The increase was primarily due to payments to Net Profit Partners for the royalties received from the net sales of NARCAN® Nasal Spray.

Net loss for the three months ended December 31, 2020, was approximately $0.6 million, or a loss of $0.16 per basic and diluted share, compared to net income of approximately $1.1 million, or $0.26 per basic share and $0.20 per diluted share, for the comparable period of 2019.

Financial Results for the Year Ended December 31, 2020
For the year ended December 31, 2020, Opiant recorded approximately $29.6 million in revenue, compared to approximately $40.5 million during the corresponding period of 2019. For the year ended December 31, 2020, we recorded approximately $27.4 million of revenue from our license agreement with EBS for the sale of NARCAN®, compared to approximately $37.6 million in the same period of 2019 which included a final milestone payment of $13.5 million, as sales of NARCAN® Nasal Spray exceeded $200 million for 2019. Full year 2020 sales of NARCAN® were approximately $311.2 million, as reported by EBS.

G&A expenses for the year ended December 31, 2020, were approximately $11.7 million, compared to approximately $12.2 million in the comparable period of 2019. The decrease of $0.5 million was due to a decrease in legal, investor relations and professional fees of $1.1 million, and a decrease in personnel and related expenses including stock-based compensation of $0.6 million, offset by an increase of $1.2 million in estimated administrative expense associated with OPNT003 for the year ended December 31, 2020, as compared to the year ended December 31, 2019.

R&D expenses for the year ended December 31, 2020, were approximately $9.2 million, compared to approximately $9.1 million in the comparable period of 2019. The increase in R&D expenses is attributable to a $0.1 million increase for third party expenses associated with our R&D programs for the comparable period.

S&M expenses for the year ended December 31, 2020, were approximately $4.7 million, compared to $0.6 million in the same period of 2019. Personnel and related expense, including stock-based compensation increased by $0.8 million and government affairs and initial pre-commercialization market research related to OPNT003, which is under clinical development, increased by $3.3 million.

Royalty expense for the year ended December 31, 2020, was approximately $6.2 million, compared to approximately $7.7 million in the same period in 2019. The $1.5 million decrease was due to lower net royalty revenue in 2020 versus 2019, which was primarily attributable to the 2019 final milestone of $13.5 million received during 2019.

Net loss for the year ended December 31, 2020, was approximately $1.9 million, or a loss of $0.44 per basic and diluted share, compared to net income gain of approximately $11.6 million, or $2.88 per basic and $2.17 per diluted share, for the comparable period of 2019.

In December, the Company announced that it had entered into a $50 million convertible Note Purchase and Security Agreement with a syndicate of Pontifax Medison Finance, a healthcare-dedicated venture and debt fund, and Kreos Capital VI (Expert Fund) LP. Under the Agreement, Opiant will be able to draw up to $50 million in three tranches. The first tranche of $20 million was funded at closing on December 10, 2020. Subject to certain limitations, Pontifax and Kreos can elect to convert up to half of their outstanding loan into shares of Opiant’s common stock at a conversion price of $19.64 per share.

As of December 31, 2020, Opiant had cash and cash equivalents of $48.3 million, inclusive of the first tranche of $20 million received from the convertible debt financing closed in December 2020, compared to $31.0 million at December 31, 2019. The current cash balance 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 $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 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.

Conference Call Details:

Thursday, March 4th at 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time/1:30 p.m. Pacific Time

Toll Free:

877-407-0792

International:

201-689-8263

Conference ID:

13715395

Webcast:

http://ir.opiant.com/

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.
For more information visit: www.opiant.com.

Forward-Looking Statements
This press release contains forward-looking statements. These statements relate to future events or our future financial performance and involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause our or our industry's actual results, levels of activity, performance or achievements to be materially different from any future results, levels of activity, performance or achievements expressed, implied or inferred by these forward-looking statements, and among other things, our ability to maintain cash balances and successfully commercialize or partner our product candidates currently under development. In some cases, you can identify forward-looking statements by terminology such as "may," "will," "should," "could," "would," "expects," "plans," "intends," "anticipates," "believes," "estimates," "predicts," "projects," "potential," or "continue" or the negative of such terms and other same terminology. These statements are only predictions based on our current expectations and projections about future events. You should not place undue reliance on these statements. Actual events or results may differ materially. In evaluating these statements, you should specifically consider various factors. Additional factors that could materially affect actual results can be found in our filed quarterly reports on Form 10-Q and our annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2020, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on March 4, 2021, including under the caption titled "Risk Factors." These and other factors may cause our actual results to differ materially from any forward-looking statement. We undertake no obligation to update any of the forward-looking statements after the date of this press release to conform those statements to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events, except as required by applicable law.

Investor Relations Contacts:

Ben Atkins
VP of Corporate Communications and Investor Relations
Batkins@opiant.com
(310) 598-5410

Opiant Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Consolidated Balance Sheets

(in thousands, except shares and per share amounts)

As of December 31,

As of December 31,

2020

2019

Assets

Current Assets

Cash & cash Equivalents

$

48,251

$

30,981

Accounts receivable

8,911

7,218

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

1,937

1,056

Total Current Assets

59,099

39,255

Long-term Assets

Property and equipment, net

171

243

Right of use assets - operating leases

279

769

Patents and patent applications, net

13

14

Other non-current assets

1,051

-

Total Assets

$

60,613

$

40,281

Liabilities and stockholders' equity

Current Liabilities

Accounts payable and accrued liabilities

$

2,966

$

1,317

Accrued salaries and wages

909

1,238

Royalty payable

1,908

1,620

Deferred revenue

355

918

Operating leases - current

282

517

Total Current Liabilities

6,420

5,610

Long-Term Liabilities

Operating leases - long term

-

255

Convertible debt, net of issuance costs

18,701

-

Total Long-Term Liabilities

18,701

255

Total Liabilities

25,121

5,865

Stockholders' equity

Common stock, $0.001 par value, 200,000,000 shares

authorized, 4,258,105 and 4,186,438 shares

issued and outstanding at December 31, 2020 and 2019,

respectively

4

4

Additional paid-in-capital

100,204

97,240

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

(27

)

-

Accumulated deficit

(64,689

)

(62,828

)

Total stockholders' equity

35,492

34,416

Total liabilities and stockholders' equity

$

60,613

$

40,281


Opiant Pharmaceuticals Inc.

Consolidated Statements of Operations and Comprehensive Income (Loss)

(in thousands, except shares and per share amounts)

Year ended

Year ended

Three months ended

Three months ended

December 31,

December 31,

December 31,

December 31,

2020

2019

2020

2019

(Unaudited)

(Unaudited)

Revenues

Royalty & licensing revenue

$

27,402

$

37,592

$

8,345

$

7,224

Treatment investment income

-

644

-

-

Grant and contract revenue

2,223

2,284

1,579

446

Total Revenue

29,625

40,520

9,924

7,670

Operating Expenses

General and administrative

11,742

12,197

3,604

2,807

Research and development

9,240

9,079

4,477

2,036

Royalty expense

6,197

7,720

1,908

1,621

Sales & Marketing

4,687

612

949

471

Total expenses

31,866

29,608

10,938

6,935

Operating income (loss)

(2,241

)

10,912

(1,014

)

735

Other income (expense)

Interest income, net

94

438

2

81

Interest expense

(131

)

-

(131

)

-

Gain (loss) on settlement of accrued liability

-

16

-

16

Gain (loss) on foreign exchange

(9

)

50

(7

)

115

Total other income

(46

)

504

(136

)

212

Net income (loss) before income taxes

(2,287

)

11,416

(1,150

)

947

Income tax benefit

426

177

465

121

Net income (loss)

$

(1,861

)

$

11,593

$

(685

)

$

1,068

Other comprehensive income (loss)

Foreign currency translation adjustment

(27

)

-

88

-

Total other comprehensive income (loss)

$

(1,888

)

$

11,593

$

(597

)

$

1,068

Net income (loss) per common share

Basic

$

(0.44

)

$

2.88

$

(0.16

)

$

0.26

Diluted

$

(0.44

)

$

2.17

$

(0.16

)

$

0.20

Weighted-average common shares outstanding:

Basic

4,249,832

4,018,464

4,258,105

4,068,417

Diluted

4,249,832

5,342,378

4,258,105

5,472,139