Opiant Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Reports First Quarter 2018 Financial Results and Provides Corporate Update

New York, New York, UNITED STATES


SANTA MONICA, Calif., May 08, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Opiant Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (“Opiant”) (NASDAQ:OPNT), a specialty pharmaceutical company developing pharmacological treatments for addictions, today reported financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2018, and provided a corporate update. 

“We began 2018 with multiple significant accomplishments,” said Roger Crystal, M.D., Chief Executive Officer of Opiant.  “Most importantly, following positive data from a Phase I clinical study and a meeting with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, we initiated a development program for OPNT003 (intranasal nalmefene), a long acting treatment for opioid overdose.  In support of this program, we were recently awarded a grant of approximately $7.4 million from the National Institutes of Health’s (“NIH”) National Institute on Drug Abuse (“NIDA”).  We intend to pursue a 505(b)(2) development path for OPNT003 and anticipate the potential to submit a New Drug Application in 2020.  Beyond our innovative pipeline, NARCAN® Nasal Spray for opioid overdose continues to generate strong revenue growth.”

Recent Corporate Highlights

  • Initiated a development program for OPNT003, a long acting treatment for opioid overdose
  • Awarded a grant of approximately $7.4 million from NIDA for the development of OPNT003

Financial Results for the First Quarter Ended March 31, 2018
For the three months ended March 31, 2018,  Opiant recorded approximately $1.7 million in revenue, compared to approximately $11,000 during the corresponding period of 2017.  The increase was due primarily to the recognition of net revenue of $1.6 million arising from the royalty payments from the sale, by Adapt Pharma Operations Limited (“Adapt”), of NARCAN.

General and administrative expenses for the three months ended March 31, 2018, were approximately $3.0 million, compared to approximately $1.9 million in the comparable period of 2017.  The increase was primarily due to a $0.6 million increase associated with stock-based compensation expense, a $0.4 million increase relating to professional fees and a $0.1 million increase attributed to employee compensation and related expenses during the three months ended March 31, 2018, as compared to the three months ended March 31, 2017.

Research and development expenses for the three months ended March 31, 2018, were approximately $2.4 million, compared to approximately $0.9 million during the corresponding period of 2017. The increase was primarily attributable to a $0.7 million increase in expense associated with shares issuable to a research and development partner, a $0.3 million increase in stock-based compensation and a $0.3 million increase attributed to research and development employee compensation and related expenses.

License fees for the three months ended March 31, 2018 were $5.6 million. The license fees relate to the License Agreement with Adapt. There were no license fees for the three months ended March 31, 2017.

The Company did not record any selling expenses in the three months ended March 31, 2018, compared to $0.1 million for the three months ended March 31, 2017.

Net loss for the three months ended March 31, 2018, was $9.3 million, or a loss of $3.68 per basic and diluted share, compared to a net loss of $2.8 million, or a loss of  $1.39 per basic and diluted share, for the comparable period of 2017. The significant increase in net loss for the three months ended March 31, 2018, compared to the same period in 2017, was primarily caused by the non-reoccurring license fee of $5.6 million paid to Adapt.

At March 31, 2018, Opiant had cash and cash equivalents of approximately $11.3 million, compared to $8.1 million at December 31, 2017.

About Opiant Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Opiant Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is a specialty pharmaceutical company developing pharmacological treatments for addictions. NIDA, a component of the NIH, describes these disorders as chronic relapsing brain diseases which burden society at both the individual and community levels. With its innovative opioid antagonist nasal delivery technology, Opiant is positioned to become a leader in these treatment markets. Opiant's first product, NARCAN® Nasal Spray, is approved for marketing in the U.S. and Canada by its partner, Adapt Pharmaceuticals. For more information please visit: www.opiant.com.

Forward-Looking Statements
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Opiant Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(In thousands, except share and per share data)

      
   As of March 31, As of December 31,
   2018 2017
Assets(unaudited)  
 Current Assets   
  Cash & cash Equivalents$11,346  $8,116 
  Accounts receivable 1,649   11,697 
  Deferred financing costs -   209 
  Prepaid expenses and other current assets 737   733 
  Total Current Assets 13,732   20,755 
 Long-term Assets   
  Computer equipment, net 2   1 
  Patents and patent applications, net 17   17 
  Total Assets$13,751  $20,773 
      
Liabilities and stockholders' equity    
 Current Liabilities   
  Accounts payable and accrued expenses$3,535  $3,157 
  Accrued salaries & wages 436   713 
  Royalty payable 1,408   1,408 
  Deferred revenue 277   379 
  Total Current Liabilities 5,656   5,657 
 Long-Term Liabilities   
  Deferred revenue 2,164   2,116 
  Total Long-Term Liabilities 2,164   2,116 
  Total Liabilities 7,820   7,773 
 Stockholders' equity (deficit)   
 Common stock, $0.001 par value, 200,000,000 shares   
  authorized, 2,586,800 and 2,535,766 shares   
  issued and outstanding at March 31, 2018 and   
  December 31, 2017, respectively 3   2 
 Additional paid-in-capital 68,497   66,223 
         
 Accumulated deficit (62,569)  (53,225)
  Total stockholders' equity 5,931   13,000 
  Total liabilities and stockholders' equity$13,751  $20,773 
      

Opiant Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations (unaudited)
(In thousands, except share and per share data)

    Three months ended
    March 31, March 31,
    2018 2017
       
Revenues    
 Royalty & licensing revenue $1,649  $- 
 Treatment investment income  54   11 
  Total Revenue  1,703   11 
Operating Expenses    
 General and administrative  2,965   1,858 
 Research and development  2,421   890 
 License fees  5,625   - 
 Sales and marketing  -   84 
  Total expenses  11,011   2,832 
       
  Operating loss  (9,308)  (2,821)
       
Interest and other income (expense)    
 Interest income  5   9 
 Gain (loss) on foreign exchange  (8)  15 
  Total other income (expense)  (3)  24 
Net loss before provision for income taxes  (9,311)  (2,797)
Provision for income taxes  33   - 
Net loss $(9,344) $(2,797)
       
Net loss per common share    
 Basic and diluted $(3.68) $(1.39)
       
Weighted-average common shares outstanding:   
 Basic and diluted  2,542,084   2,009,887