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

New York, New York, UNITED STATES


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.

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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
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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