Neothetics Provides Business Update and Reports Third Quarter 2016 Financial Results

San Diego, California, UNITED STATES


SAN DIEGO, Nov. 10, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Neothetics, Inc. (NASDAQ:NEOT) today provided a business update on its strategic initiatives and reported financial results for the third quarter 2016.

“We continue to make good progress towards moving LIPO-202 back into the clinic,” said Ms. Martha J. Demski, a member of Neothetics’ Operating Committee and Board of Directors. “We completed manufacturing of the modified formulation of LIPO-202 and are on track to initiate our Phase 2 proof of concept study of LIPO-202 for the reduction of submental fat in December 2016.”

Neothetics announced plans to prioritize its efforts and resources on the Phase 2 proof of concept study for the reduction of localized fat deposits under the chin (submental fat). The company plans to initiate this study in December 2016 with top line data expected in the second quarter of 2017. This Phase 2 proof of concept study will be a randomized, double –blind, placebo –controlled dose ranging trial designed to assess the safety, tolerability and efficacy of LIPO-202. Neothetics also plans to continue development for LIPO-202 for central abdominal bulging pending results from the Phase 2 proof of concept study in submental fat reduction.

“Our primary focus is on  the development of LIPO-202 for submental fat reduction,” said Mr. Jeffrey Nugent, a member of Neothetics’ Operating Committee and Board of Directors. “There now exists an established regulatory pathway for injectable drugs for submental fat reduction and the submental fat reduction market is expected to be larger than the $2.5B U.S. toxin and filler market.  Moreover, our recent commercial research suggests that LIPO-202 could have exceptional potential in this market.”

Based on its current plans, the company expects its cash and investments to fund operations into the first quarter, 2018.

Third Quarter and Nine Months Ended September 30, 2016 Financial Results

Research and development expenses for the third quarter of 2016 were approximately $1.0 million, compared to $15.2 million for the same quarter in 2015. Research and development expenses for the nine months ended September 30, 2016 were $5.7 million, compared to $27.4 million for the same period in 2015.  The decrease in research and development expenses year over year is primarily due to the completion of the U.S. Phase 3 LIPO-202 AbCONTOUR1 and AbCONTOUR2 clinical trials and termination of the supplemental clinical trials to support an NDA filing. We anticipate that research and development expenses will increase when we initiate our Phase 2 proof of concept study for the reduction of localized fat deposits under the chin in December.

General and administrative expenses for the third quarter of 2016 were $0.9 million, compared to $1.8 million for the same quarter in 2015. Total general and administrative expenses for the nine months ended September 30, 2016 were $4.4 million, compared to $5.4 million for the same period in 2015.  The decrease in general and administrative expenses year over year is primarily attributable to reduction in headcount and various legal, consulting and travel costs. 

Net loss for the third quarter of 2016 was $2.4 million, or $0.17 basic and diluted net loss per share, compared to a net loss of $17.3 million, or $1.26 basic and diluted net loss per share, for the same period in 2015. For the nine months ended September 30, 2016, net loss was $11.0 million, or $0.80 basic and diluted net loss per share, compared to a net loss of $33.6 million, or $2.46 basic and diluted net loss per share for the nine months ended September 30, 2015.

Cash and cash equivalents were $14.4 million as of September 30, 2016 compared to $37.7 million as of December 31, 2015. In September, Neothetics repaid in full the remaining outstanding balance of $4M under its Loan and Security Agreement, or Loan Agreement, with Hercules Capital, Inc., in its capacity as administrative agent for itself and the other lenders pursuant to the Loan Agreement.  Neothetics also paid $445,111 as payment in full of outstanding interest, the prepayment fee and final payment fees required under the Loan Agreement.

About LIPO-202

LIPO-202 is an injectable formulation of salmeterol xinafoate, a well-known long-acting ß2-adrenergic receptor agonist used in several FDA-approved drugs, including ADVAIR® for asthma. LIPO-202 is designed to be a locally-injected drug that causes localized shrinking of fat cells without any effect on nearby tissues. LIPO-202 activates ß2-adrenergic receptors on fat cells, triggering the metabolism of triglycerides stored in the fat cells, and thereby shrinking them across the treatment area. 

About Neothetics, Inc.

Neothetics is a clinical-stage specialty pharmaceutical company focused on development and commercialization of therapeutics for the aesthetic market.  Our current focus is on localized fat reduction and body contouring. Neothetics’ product candidate, LIPO-202, is a potential injectable treatment for undesirable, localized areas of fat that requires no pain management before or after treatment and no downtime without damage to nearby tissues. For more information on Neothetics, please visit www.neothetics.com. Neothetics, LIPO-202, LIPO-102 and the Neothetics logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Neothetics, Inc. Other names and brands may be claimed as the property of others.

Forward Looking Statements
Statements contained in this press release regarding matters that are not historical facts are "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such statements include, but are not limited to, statements regarding the ability to develop a modified formulation of LIPO-202, timing of conducting and obtaining results from Phase 2 trials and proof of concept study with a modified formulation of LIPO-202, whether our modified formulation of LIPO-202 is able to demonstrate positive results, Neothetics’ plans to research, develop and commercialize LIPO-202 and other product candidates, our expectations regarding the potential market size and opportunity of LIPO-202, as well as expected timing for reporting results from clinical trials. Because such statements are subject to risks and uncertainties, actual results may differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are based upon Neothetics’ current expectations and involve assumptions that may never materialize or may prove to be incorrect. Actual results and the timing of events could differ materially from those anticipated in such forward-looking statements as a result of various risks and uncertainties, which include, without limitation, risks and uncertainties associated with clinical trials, such as the ability to timely initiate clinical trials and enroll a sufficient number of patients on a timely basis into clinical trials, the extent to which top-line data is available and whether the clinical trials achieve positive results, product development activities,  obtaining regulatory approval to commercialize LIPO-202 and other product candidates, Neothetics’ use of cash and the need to raise additional funding, when needed, in order to conduct our clinical trials and other business, the degree of market acceptance of LIPO-202 by physicians, patients and others in the medical community, our reliance on third parties, including third-party suppliers for manufacturing and distribution of products, regulatory developments in the United States and foreign countries, Neothetics’ ability to obtain and maintain intellectual property protection for LIPO-202 and its product candidates, competition in the aesthetics industry and other market conditions. All forward-looking statements contained in this press release speak only as of the date on which they were made. Neothetics undertakes no obligation to update such statements to reflect events that occur or circumstances that exist after the date on which they were made. Investors should consult all of the information set forth herein and should also refer to the risk factor disclosure set forth in the reports and other documents the company files with the SEC available at www.sec.gov, including without limitation, Neothetics’ Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2015 and subsequent Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q.



Neothetics, Inc. 
Condensed Statements of Operations
 
(Unaudited) 
  
  Three Months Ended September 30,  Nine Months Ended September 30, 
  2016  2015  2016  2015 
Operating expenses:                
Research and development $964,937  $15,211,268  $5,653,432  $27,381,864 
General and administrative  905,176   1,768,935   4,407,408   5,435,543 
Total operating expenses  1,870,113   16,980,203   10,060,840   32,817,407 
Loss from operations  (1,870,113)  (16,980,203)  (10,060,840)  (32,817,407)
Interest income  13,935   6,035   50,078   20,352 
Interest expense  (506,302)  (287,916)  (1,035,763)  (844,839)
Net loss $(2,362,480) $(17,262,084) $(11,046,525) $(33,641,894)
Net loss per share, basic and diluted $(0.17) $(1.26) $(0.80) $(2.46)
Weighted average shares used to compute basic and diluted net loss per share  13,816,464   13,702,177   13,786,207   13,683,470 



Neothetics, Inc. 
Condensed Balance Sheets
 
(Unaudited) 
       
  September 30,  December 31, 
  2016  2015 
Assets        
Current assets:        
Cash and cash equivalents $14,363,899  $37,748,603 
Prepaid expenses and other current assets  509,420   1,976,997 
Total current assets  14,873,319   39,725,600 
         
Restricted cash  200,000   200,000 
Property and equipment, net  132,514   186,372 
Total assets $15,205,833  $40,111,972 
Liabilities and stockholders’ equity        
Current liabilities:        
Accounts payable $797,227  $4,017,192 
Accrued clinical trial expenses  71,156   1,422,810 
Other accrued expenses  563,340   903,148 
Long-term debt, current portion     2,756,351 
Total current liabilities  1,431,723   9,099,501 
Long-term debt, net of current portion     7,205,176 
Stockholders’ equity:        
Preferred stock, $0.0001 par value; 5,000,000  shares authorized; no shares issued and outstanding      
Common stock, $0.0001 par value; 300,000,000 shares authorized;   13,828,496 and 13,750,016
shares issued and outstanding at  September 30, 2016 and December 31, 2015, respectively
  1,382   1,374 
Additional paid-in capital  137,651,010   136,637,678 
Accumulated deficit  (123,878,282)  (112,831,757)
Total stockholders’ equity  13,774,110   23,807,295 
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity $15,205,833  $40,111,972 



        

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