Alliqua Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2013 Financial Results

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LANGHORNE, Pa., March 24, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Alliqua, Inc. (Nasdaq:ALQA) ("Alliqua" or "the Company"), a provider of advanced wound care products and custom manufacturing solutions to partners in the medical device and cosmetics industry, reports its financial results for the quarter and year ended December 31, 2013.

David Johnson, CEO of Alliqua, said, "Earlier in the quarter we outlined our accomplishments for the past year in a letter to shareholders. Among those highlights were the expansion of our product portfolio, the building out of our commercial footprint, several clinical milestones, and corporate developments including the listing on the NASDAQ Capital Market. Since that time, we have appointed Dr. Janice Smiell as our Chief Medical Officer, a newly created position. We look forward to her guidance as we continue to expand our wound care product portfolio. In addition, we discussed our capital-raising activities, and in this press release we are pleased to provide shareholders with information regarding our financial progress for the 2013 fourth quarter and full year.

"We ended the year with a significant increase in cash and improved revenues. With a new management team in place, and a reinvigorated business plan, we believe we are well on our way to achieving our milestones for 2014, which include:

  • building a balanced revenue plan for our current product portfolio, with expectations to grow sales of our portfolio of wound care products;
  • expanding our selling organization;
  • launching the Biovance® human amniotic membrane allograft product at The Symposium On Advanced Wound Care being held in Orlando, Florida from April 23-27, 2014;
  • filing for regulatory approval on the Extracellular Matrix (ECM) product during the second half of the year; and
  • expanding our product portfolio and suite of technological solutions both organically and through potential acquisitions, focusing on technology areas that include the regenerative space, antimicrobial, dressing, and new areas of innovation.

"It's been an exciting and rewarding year, and we look forward to meeting the challenges that lie in front of us in the months and years ahead. We will be sure to keep our investors informed as we achieve these goals."

Cash and Capital Raising Activities

As of December 31, 2013, the Company had approximately $12.1 million of cash and cash equivalents, compared to approximately $260,000 as of December 31, 2012. During the year ended December 31, 2013, the Company generated $16.7 million of net proceeds from its financing activities. Among the significant investors participating in the strengthening of the Company's financial condition was Celgene Corporation, Broadfin Capital, Perceptive Advisors, Crossover Healthcare Fund and Company insiders.

Results of Operations for the Three Months Ended December 31, 2013

For the three months ended December 31, 2013, the Company reported revenue of $468,834, an increase of 17% over 2012 fourth quarter revenue of $400,414. This increase of 17% was due to an increase in sales of wound care products of $103,525, offset by a decrease in contract manufacturing revenue of $35,105. In November 2013, the Company recorded its initial sales of the sorbion products that it acquired rights to in September 2013.

The operating loss for the three months ended December 31, 2013 was approximately $13.4 million as compared to approximately $1.8 million for same period in the prior year. The reported loss for the fourth quarter of 2013 included an impairment charge of $8.1 million for the Company's in-process research and development related to its HepaMate™ artificial liver technology. This impairment charge was recorded in the fourth quarter of 2014 due to the Company's new strategy to focus on the sale of wound care products and it being unsuccessful to date in finding strategic partners for the technology. The Company will continue to seek opportunities to best optimize the value of this asset.

The increase in operating loss was also due to an increase in selling, general and administrative expenses from $1.7 million in the prior year period to approximately $5.2 million for the three months ended December 31, 2013. This increase in expense was largely due to an increase in cash salary compensation and benefits and non-cash stock-based compensation, as well as increased professional fees. The increase in salaries was attributable to the hiring of several executive personnel in 2013. Stock-based compensation for the quarters ended December 31, 2013 and 2012 was approximately $2.6 million and $1.0 million, respectively.

Results of Operations for the Year Ended December 31, 2013

For the 12 months ended December 31, 2013, the Company reported revenue of $1.8 million as compared to revenue of $1.2 million for the 12 months ended December 31, 2012. The increase of 46% was due to an increase in contract manufacturing revenue of approximately $400,000 and an increase in the sale of wound care products of approximately $171,000.

The operating loss for the 12 months ended December 31, 2013 was approximately $20.1 million as compared to approximately $4.9 million for the prior year period. The reported loss for the 12 months ended December 31, 2013 included an impairment charge of $8.1 million for the Company's in-process research and development related to its HepaMate artificial liver technology, as described above.

The increase in operating loss was also due to an increase in selling, general and administrative expenses from $4.1 million in the prior year period to approximately $11.7 million for the 12 months ended December 31, 2013. The increase in expense was due to an increase in cash salary compensation and benefits and stock-based compensation, as well as increased professional fees. The increase in salaries was attributable to the hiring of several executive personnel in 2013. Prior to the recent hiring of new management, the Company had a number of consultants assist in various managerial functions.  Several consultants were issued stock options as non-cash stock-based remuneration.  Total stock-based compensation for the years ended December 31, 2013 and 2012 was approximately $5.5 million and $2.0 million, respectively.

About Alliqua, Inc.

Alliqua is a provider of advanced wound care solutions. Through its extensive sales and distribution network, together with its products, Alliqua provides a suite of technological solutions to enhance the wound care practitioner's ability to deal with the challenges of healing both chronic and acute wounds.

Alliqua currently markets its line of hydrogel products for wound care under the SilverSeal® and Hydress® brands, as well as the sorbion sachet S and sorbion sana gentle wound care products. Alliqua also has the right to develop and market the advanced wound care products Biovance® and Extracellular Matrix (ECM), as part of its agreement with Celgene Cellular Therapeutics. Alliqua's electron beam production process, located at its 16,000 square foot GMP manufacturing facility in Langhorne, PA, allows Alliqua to develop and custom manufacture a wide variety of hydrogels. Alliqua's hydrogels can be customized for various transdermal applications to address market opportunities in the treatment of wounds as well as the delivery of numerous drugs or other agents for pharmaceutical and cosmetic industries. Additionally, Alliqua's drug delivery platform, in combination with certain active pharmaceutical ingredients, can provide pharmaceutical companies with a transdermal technology to enhance patient compliance and potentially extend the patent life of valuable drug franchises.

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Alliqua, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Consolidated Balance Sheets 
     
     
  December 31, December 31,
  2013 2012
ASSETS:    
Current Assets:    
Cash and cash equivalents  $ 12,100,544  $ 260,357
Accounts receivable  156,831  108,866
Inventory  501,469  319,326
Prepaid expenses and other current assets  88,390  193,647
Total current assets  12,847,234  882,196
Improvements and equipment, net   1,745,248  1,915,179
Intangible assets, net  2,258,477  10,329,167
Goodwill  425,969  425,969
Other assets  174,640  174,640
Total assets  $ 17,451,568  $ 13,727,151
     
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY  
Current Liabilities:    
Accounts payable   $ 746,609  $ 572,635
Accrued expenses  1,267,899  249,728
Payable for distribution rights  333,333  --
Deferred revenue  39,000  39,000
Warrant liability  933,465  605,737
Deferred lease incentive liability - current  8,337  --
Other current liabilities  24,821  65,397
Total current liabilities  3,353,464  1,532,497
Deferred lease incentive liability  92,408  --
Deferred tax obligation  53,000  44,000
Total liabilities  3,498,872  1,576,497
     
Commitments and Contingencies    
     
Stockholders' Equity    
Preferred Stock, par value $0.001 per share, 1,000,000 shares authorized, no shares issued and outstanding  --  --
Common Stock, par value $0.001 per share, 45,714,286 shares authorized; 11,484,191 and 5,924,627 shares issued and outstanding as of December 31, 2013 and December 31, 2012, respectively  11,484  5,925
Additional paid-in capital  58,538,491  34,785,126
Subscription receivable  --  (20,000)
Accumulated deficit  (44,597,279)  (22,620,397)
Total stockholders' equity  13,952,696  12,150,654
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity  $ 17,451,568  $ 13,727,151
     
     
Alliqua, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Consolidated Statements of Operations

         
   (Unaudited)     
  Three months ended December 31,  Years ended December 31, 
  2013 2012 2013 2012
Revenue, net of returns, allowances and discounts  $ 468,834  $ 400,414  $ 1,797,745  $ 1,228,674
         
Cost of revenues  552,464  489,476  2,097,033  1,837,169
         
Gross loss  (83,630)  (89,062)  (299,288)  (608,495)
         
Operating expenses        
Selling, general and administrative, (inclusive of stock based compensation of $2,615,728 and $1,002,662 for the three months ended December 31, 2013 and 2012 and $5,513,861 and $1,975,115 for the years ended December 31, 2013 and 2012)  5,175,344  1,718,834  11,669,998  4,054,373
Research and product development   --  40,717  63,204  233,819
Impairment of in-process research and development  8,100,000  --  8,100,000  --
Total operating expenses   13,275,344  1,759,551  19,833,202  4,288,192
         
Loss from operations  (13,358,974)  (1,848,613)  (20,132,490)  (4,896,687)
         
Other income (expense)        
Interest expense   (1,759)  (815)  (4,807)  (3,353)
Other income  --  --  --  4,888
Interest income  2,838  157  2,913  817
Change in value of warrant liability  (1,589,763)  --  (1,833,498)  --
Total other (expense) income  (1,588,684)  (658)  (1,835,392)  2,352
         
Income tax provision  --  2,000  9,000  11,000
         
Net loss   (14,947,658)  (1,851,271)  (21,976,882)  (4,905,335)
         
Deemed dividend to preferred stockholders  (462,006)  --  (462,006)  --
Net loss attributable to common stockholders  $ (15,409,664)  $ (1,851,271)  $ (22,438,888)  $ (4,905,335)
         
Basic and diluted net loss per common share  $ (1.68)  $ (0.32)  $ (3.14)  $ (0.91)
         
Weighted average shares used in computing basic and diluted net loss per common share  9,182,948  5,744,453  7,140,613  5,383,995
         
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