WARREN, N.J., Nov. 06, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Aquestive Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ:AQST), a pharmaceutical company advancing medicines to bring meaningful improvement to patients' lives through innovative science and delivery technologies, today reported financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2023 and provided an update on recent developments in its business.
“We continue to successfully execute on our 2023 key initiatives as demonstrated by our third quarter 2023 results,” said Daniel Barber, Chief Executive Officer of Aquestive. “We are on track to have a strong finish to 2023 and believe 2024 has the potential to be a transformative year for the Company. We remain focused on achieving our upcoming clinical and regulatory milestones, while continuing to grow our base business."
Aquestive is advancing the development of Anaphylm, the first and only non-invasive, orally delivered epinephrine product candidate to demonstrate clinical results comparable to autoinjectors (such as EpiPen® and Auvi-Q®) for the emergency treatment of severe allergic reactions, including anaphylaxis.
The Company received positive feedback in October 2023 from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on the Company's pivotal Phase 3 PK clinical program for Anaphylm. The FDA indicated that the Company’s proposed endpoints, sample size, and statistical analysis are reasonable. As anticipated, the FDA also reminded the Company that PK sustainability post-dosing (30 – 60 minutes) is an important factor and recommended using repeat-dose data to support PK sustainability. The Company has incorporated the FDA’s feedback into the design of its clinical program that includes two pivotal PK studies and three supportive PK studies.
The Company is on track to commence its initial Phase 3 pivotal PK study for Anaphylm in the fourth quarter 2023. The study design is a two-part open-label, randomized study comparing the pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of single and repeat doses of Anaphylm to that of epinephrine administered as an intramuscular injection to healthy adult subjects. Aquestive anticipates reporting topline data in the first quarter 2024.
In September 2023, Aquestive's New Drug Application (NDA) for approval of Libervant (diazepam) Buccal Film for the acute treatment of intermittent, stereotypic episodes of frequent seizure activity (i.e., seizure clusters, acute repetitive seizures) in patients between two and five years of age was accepted by the FDA. Diastat (diazepam) Rectal Gel is the only FDA approved treatment currently available to this patient population for this indication. Based on the latest information available to the Company, the review for this NDA remains on track and there are currently no outstanding information requests from the FDA. The NDA for Libervant was assigned a PDUFA target action date of April 28, 2024.
The NDA for Libervant for the acute treatment of intermittent, stereotypic episodes of frequent seizure activity (i.e., seizure clusters, acute repetitive seizures) in patients twelve years of age and older was tentatively approved by the FDA in August 2022 and is currently subject to an orphan drug market exclusivity block until January 2027 based on an FDA approved nasal spray product of another company. The Company continues to engage with the FDA on Libervant’s approval for U.S. market access and remains committed to bringing Libervant to patients.
Aquestive continues to manufacture products for the licensing and supply collaborations that it has established. The Company manufactured approximately 46 million doses in the third quarter 2023, compared to 41 million doses in the third quarter 2022. The Company continues to see strong order demand for the manufacture of Indivior’s Suboxone® Sublingual Film product and continues to support its other global collaborations including the recent launch of Emilyf® (Riluzole Oral Film) by Zambon in Europe.
Sales of royalty-based products, inclusive of Sympazan® (clobazam) oral film, for the treatment of seizures associated with Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome in patients two years of age and older, and Azstarys®, for the treatment of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in patients six years of age and older, continued to improve in the third quarter of 2023.
As previously reported, on November 1, 2023, the Company issued (the "Offering") $45 million aggregate principal amount of its 13.5% Senior Secured Notes (the “13.5% Notes”) to a large leading institutional investor and some of its affiliated entities (the "Note Holders"). A portion of the net proceeds from the Offering was used to redeem all of the outstanding 12.5% Senior Secured Notes of the Company and to pay expenses relating to the Offering, with the balance of the proceeds to be used for the Company's general corporate purposes. The 13.5% Notes are senior secured obligations of Aquestive and will mature on November 1, 2028, unless earlier redeemed or repurchased in accordance with their terms. The 13.5% Notes bear interest at a fixed rate of 13.5% per year, payable quarterly commencing on December 30, 2023. Principal on the 13.5% Notes will be repaid starting on June 30, 2026. The 13.5% Notes contain no revenue or cash covenants, and no warrants for purchase of the Company’s common stock were issued under the terms of the debt refinancing transaction.
In connection with the Offering, the Company entered into agreements with each of the Note Holders granting the Note Holders a tiered royalty between 1.0% and 2.0% of annual worldwide net sales of Anaphylm for a period of eight years from the first sale of Anaphylm on a global basis. The Note Holders are also entitled to a tiered royalty between 1.0% to 2.0% of annual worldwide net sales of Libervant until the earlier of (1) the first sale of Anaphylm and (2) eight years from the first sale of Libervant.
Third Quarter 2023 Financials
Excluding the impact of prior year proprietary sales of Sympazan, total revenues increased from $9.2 million in the third quarter 2022 to $13.0 million in the third quarter 2023. This 42% increase in revenue was primarily driven by higher revenue from the Company's five out-licensed products. The year-to-date revenue increased 25% as compared to the prior year when adjusted for the out-license of Sympazan®.
Total reported revenues were $13.0 million in the third quarter 2023, compared to $11.5 million in the third quarter 2022. For the third quarter 2023 compared to the prior year period, the Company saw a 36% increase in manufacture and supply revenue, a 193% increase in license and royalty revenue and a 24% increase in co-development and research fees.
Aquestive’s net loss for the third quarter 2023 was $2.0 million, or $0.03 for both basic and diluted loss per share compared to the higher net loss for the third quarter 2022 of $12.5 million, or $0.23 for both basic and diluted loss per share. The decrease in net loss was primarily driven by increases in revenue described above, and decreases in selling, general and administrative expenses and research and development expenses, and non-cash interest expense related to the KYNMOBI® monetization transaction.
Non-GAAP adjusted EBITDA loss was $1.3 million in the third quarter 2023, compared to non-GAAP adjusted EBITDA loss of $7.7 million in the third quarter 2022. Non-GAAP adjusted EBITDA income excluding adjusted R&D expenses was $1.7 million in the third quarter 2023, compared to a non-GAAP adjusted EBITDA loss excluding adjusted R&D expenses of $4.6 million in the third quarter 2022.
Cash and cash equivalents were $24.9 million as of September 30, 2023.
Aquestive is updating its full-year 2023 financial guidance based on third quarter 2023 results and updated outlook for the remainder of 2023.
The Company expects:
|Updated Guidance||Prior Guidance|
|Total revenue (in millions)||$47 to $50||$44 to $48|
|Non-GAAP adjusted EBITDA loss (in millions)||$14 to $17||$19 to $22|
Tomorrow’s Conference Call and Webcast Reminder
The Company will host a conference call at 8:00 a.m. ET on Tuesday, November 7, 2023.
In order to participate, please register in advance here to obtain a local or toll-free phone number and your personal pin.
A live webcast of the call will be available on Aquestive’s website at: Third Quarter 2023 Earnings Conference Call
About Aquestive Therapeutics
Aquestive is pharmaceutical company advancing medicines to bring meaningful improvement to patients' lives through innovative science and delivery technologies. We are developing orally administered products to deliver complex molecules, providing novel alternatives to invasive and inconvenient standard of care therapies. Aquestive has five commercialized products marketed by its licensees in the U.S. and around the world, and is the exclusive manufacturer of these licensed products. The Company also collaborates with pharmaceutical companies to bring new molecules to market using proprietary, best-in-class technologies, like PharmFilm®, and has proven drug development and commercialization capabilities. Aquestive is advancing a late-stage proprietary product pipeline focused on treating diseases of the central nervous system and an earlier stage pipeline for the treatment of severe allergic reactions, including anaphylaxis. For more information, visit Aquestive.com and follow us on LinkedIn.
Non-GAAP Financial Information
This press release and our webcast earnings call regarding our quarterly financial results contains financial measures that do not comply with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), such as non-GAAP adjusted EBITDA loss, non-GAAP adjusted gross margins, non-GAAP adjusted costs and expenses and other adjusted expense measures, because such measures exclude, as applicable, share-based compensation expense, interest expense, interest expense related to the sale of future revenue, interest income, depreciation, amortization, and income taxes.
Specifically, the Company adjusts net income (loss) for loss on the extinguishment of debt; certain non-cash expenses, including share-based compensation expenses; depreciation and amortization; and interest expense related to the sale of future revenue, interest income and other income (expense), net and income taxes, with a result of adjusted EBITDA loss. Similarly, manufacture and supply expense, research and development expense, and selling, general and administrative expense were adjusted for certain non-cash expenses of share-based compensation expense and depreciation and amortization. Adjusted EBITDA loss and these non-GAAP expense categories are used as a supplement to the corresponding GAAP measures to provide additional insight regarding the Company’s ongoing operating performance.
These measures supplement the Company’s financial results prepared in accordance with GAAP. Aquestive management uses these measures to analyze its financial results, and its future manufacture and supply expenses, gross margins, research and development expense and selling, general and administrative expense and to help make managerial decisions. In management’s opinion, these non-GAAP measures provide added transparency into the operating performance of Aquestive and added insight into the effectiveness of our operating strategies and actions. The Company may provide one or more revenue measures adjusted for certain discrete items, such as fees collected on certain licensed products, in order to provide investors added insight into our revenue stream and breakdown, along with providing our GAAP revenue. Such measures are intended to supplement, not act as substitutes for, comparable GAAP measures and should not be read as a measure of liquidity for Aquestive. Adjusted EBITDA loss and the other non-GAAP measures are also likely calculated in a way that is not comparable to similarly titled measures reported by other companies.
In providing the outlook for non-GAAP adjusted EBITDA and non-GAAP gross margin, we exclude certain items which are otherwise included in determining the comparable GAAP financial measures. In order to inform our outlook measures of non-GAAP adjusted EBITDA and non-GAAP gross margin, a description of the 2023 and 2022 adjustments which have been applicable in determining non-GAAP Adjusted EBITDA and non-GAAP gross margin for these periods are reflected in the tables below. In providing outlook for non-GAAP gross margin, the Company adjusts for non-cash share-based compensation expense and depreciation and amortization. The Company is providing such outlook only on a non-GAAP basis because the Company is unable to predict with reasonable certainty the totality or ultimate outcome or occurrence of these adjustments for the forward-looking period such as share-based compensation expense, income tax, amortization, and certain other adjusted items, which can be dependent on future events that may not be reliably predicted. Based on past reported results, where one or more of these items have been applicable, such excluded items could be material, individually or in the aggregate, to reported results.
Certain statements in this press release include “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Words such as “believe,” “anticipate,” “plan,” “expect,” “estimate,” “intend,” “may,” “will,” or the negative of those terms, and similar expressions, are intended to identify forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements regarding the advancement and related timing of our product candidate Anaphylm™ (epinephrine) Sublingual Film through clinical development and approval by the FDA, including the filing of pivotal PK clinical trials and other supporting clinical studies for Anaphylm; regarding the Company’s ability to provide sufficient data in its NDA submission to address the FDA’s recent comments on the Company’s proposed pivotal PK study protocol and the FDA’s other concerns following the End-of-Phase 2 meeting with the FDA; regarding the FDA’s approval and related timing of the filing of the NDA for Libervant with the FDA for the acute treatment of intermittent, stereotypic episodes of frequent seizure activity (i.e., seizure clusters, acute repetitive seizures) that are distinct from a patient’s usual seizure pattern in patients between two and five years of age; regarding the approval for U.S. market access of Libervant for these epilepsy patients aged twelve years and older, and overcoming the orphan drug market exclusivity of an FDA approved nasal spray product of another company extending to January 2027 for this age group of the patient population; regarding the potential benefits Anaphylm and Libervant could bring to patients; regarding the potential growth in market demand for existing licensed products of the Company in the U.S. and abroad and the potential and related timing for expanding the Company’s manufacturing capabilities and supporting the growth of demand for existing and potential future licensed products in the U.S. and other countries; regarding the 2023 financial outlook of the Company and its growth and future financial and operating results and financial position; and other statements that are not historical facts. These forward-looking statements are subject to the uncertain impact of the COVID-19 global pandemic on the Company’s business including with respect to its clinical trials including site initiation, enrollment and timing and adequacy of clinical trials; on regulatory submissions and regulatory reviews and approval of Anaphylm and Libervant, pharmaceutical ingredient and other raw materials supply chain, manufacture, and distribution; and ongoing availability of an appropriate labor force and skilled professionals.
These forward-looking statements are based on the Company’s current expectations and beliefs and are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those described in the forward-looking statements. Such risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, risks associated with the Company’s development work, including any delays or changes to the timing, cost and success of its product development activities and clinical trials for Anaphylm, Libervant and our other product candidates; risk of the Company’s ability to generate sufficient data in its PK/PD comparability submission for FDA approval of Anaphylm; risk of the Company’s ability to address the FDA’s comments on the Company’s pivotal PK study protocol and other concerns identified in the FDA End-of-Phase 2 meeting for Anaphylm, including the risk that the FDA may require additional clinical studies for approval of Anaphylm; risk of delays in or the failure to receive FDA approval of Anaphylm; risks that the FDA will not approve Libervant for U.S. market access by overcoming the seven year orphan drug market exclusivity of an FDA approved nasal spray product of another company in effect until January 2027; risk of delays in or the failure to receive FDA approval of the NDA for Libervant for these epilepsy patients between two and five years of age, including the risk that the FDA may require additional clinical studies for approval of Libervant for this age group, and there can be no assurance that the Company will be successful in obtaining any of the foregoing FDA approvals for Anaphylm and Libervant, including for U.S. market access for Libervant for any age group of patients; risk that a competing pediatric epilepsy product of Libervant will receive FDA approval prior to the Company’s receipt of FDA approval of the Libervant NDA for these epilepsy patients between two and five years of age; risk relating to the unpredictability of the FDA’s decisions regarding orphan drug exclusivity; risk of litigation brought by third parties relating to overcoming their orphan drug exclusivity of an FDA approved product should the FDA approve Libervant for U.S. market access for any age group of this epilepsy patient population; risk in obtaining market access for Libervant for other reasons; risks associated with the Company’s development work, including any delays or changes to the timing, cost and success of the Company’s product development activities; risk of the success of any competing products; risk inherent in commercializing a new product (including technology risks, financial risks, market risks and implementation risks, and regulatory limitations); risk of the rate and degree of market acceptance of our product candidates, including Anaphylm and Libervant, and our licensed products in the U.S. and abroad; risk of insufficient capital and cash resources, including insufficient access to available debt and equity financing and revenues from operations, to satisfy all of the Company’s short-term and longer term liquidity and cash requirements and other cash needs, at the times and in the amounts needed, including to fund future clinical development activities for Anaphylm, Libervant and our other product candidates; risk that our manufacturing capabilities will be sufficient to support demand for existing and potential future licensed products in the U.S. and other countries; risk of eroding market share for Suboxone® and risk as a sunsetting product, which accounts for the substantial part of our current operating revenue; risk of the size and growth of our product markets; risks of compliance with all FDA and other governmental and customer requirements for our manufacturing facilities; risks associated with intellectual property rights and infringement claims relating to the Company's products; risk of unexpected patent developments; uncertainties related to general economic, political (including acts of war and terrorism), business, industry, regulatory, financial and market conditions and other unusual items; and other risks and uncertainties affecting the Company described in the “Risk Factors” section and in other sections included in the Company’s 2022 Annual Report on Form 10-K, Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, and Current Reports on Form 8-K filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Given those uncertainties, you should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date made. All subsequent forward-looking statements attributable to the Company or any person acting on its behalf are expressly qualified in their entirety by this cautionary statement. The Company assumes no obligation to update forward-looking statements or outlook or guidance after the date of this press release whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as may be required by applicable law.
PharmFilm®, Sympazan® and the Aquestive logo are registered trademarks of Aquestive Therapeutics, Inc. All other registered trademarks referenced herein are the property of their respective owners.
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Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(In thousands, except share and per share amounts)
|Cash and cash equivalents||$||24,917||$||27,273|
|Trade and other receivables, net||8,550||4,704|
|Prepaid expenses and other current assets||1,911||2,131|
|Total current assets||42,457||39,888|
|Property and equipment, net||4,551||4,085|
|Right-of-use assets, net||5,669||5,211|
|Intangible assets, net||1,317||1,435|
|Other non-current assets||5,454||6,451|
|Liabilities and stockholders’ deficit|
|Lease liabilities, current||367||255|
|Deferred revenue, current||2,637||1,513|
|Liability related to the sale of future revenue, current||985||1,147|
|Loans payable, current||4,606||18,700|
|Total current liabilities||24,057||39,528|
|Loans payable, net||34,555||33,448|
|Liability related to the sale of future revenue, net||63,511||64,112|
|Other non-current liabilities||2,011||2,034|
|Common stock, $0.001 par value. Authorized 250,000,000 shares; 66,740,765 and 54,827,734 shares issued and outstanding at September 30, 2023 and December 31, 2022, respectively||67||55|
|Additional paid-in capital||207,972||192,598|
|Total stockholders’ deficit||(102,927||)||(118,554||)|
|Total liabilities and stockholders’ deficit||$||59,448||$||57,070|
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Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations and Comprehensive Income (Loss)
(In thousands, except share and per share data amounts)
|Three Months Ended
|Nine Months Ended
|Costs and expenses:|
|Manufacture and supply||4,798||4,625||16,152||14,081|
|Research and development||3,196||3,232||10,216||13,203|
|Selling, general and administrative||7,385||12,459||22,200||41,067|
|Total costs and expenses||15,379||20,316||48,568||68,351|
|Loss from operations||(2,377||)||(8,853||)||(11,191||)||(31,353||)|
|Other income/ (expenses):|
|Interest expense related to the sale of future revenue, net||(56||)||(2,039||)||(163||)||(5,837||)|
|Interest and other income (expense), net||1,514||5||16,156||34|
|Loss on extinguishment of debt||—||—||(353||)||—|
|Net income (loss) before income taxes||(2,175||)||(12,536||)||385||(42,058||)|
|Net income (loss)||$||(2,035||)||$||(12,536||)||$||241||$||(42,058||)|
|Comprehensive income (loss)||$||(2,035||)||$||(12,536||)||$||241||$||(42,058||)|
|Earnings (loss) per share attributable to common stockholders:|
|Basic (in dollars per share)||$||(0.03||)||$||(0.23||)||$||—||$||(0.90||)|
|Diluted (in dollars per share)||(0.03||)||(0.23||)||$||—||$||(0.90||)|
|Weighted average common shares outstanding:|
|Basic (in shares)||64,678,761||53,424,922||59,252,768||46,828,218|
|Diluted (in shares)||64,678,761||53,424,922||61,513,736||46,828,218|
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Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Adjustments - Net Income (Loss) to Adjusted EBITDA
|Three Months Ended
|Nine Months Ended
|GAAP net loss||$||(2,035||)||$||(12,536||)||$||241||$||(42,058||)|
|Share-based Compensation Expense||774||535||1,766||3,669|
|Interest expense related to the sale of future revenue, net||56||2,039||163||5,837|
|Interest and other (income) expense, net||(1,514||)||(5||)||(16,156||)||(34||)|
|Loss on extinguishment of debt||—||—||353||—|
|Depreciation and Amortization||264||596||878||1,990|
|Total non-GAAP adjustments||$||696||$||4,814||$||(8,788||)||$||16,364|
|Excluding adjusted R&D expenses||(3,069||)||(3,114||)||(9,869||)||(12,661||)|
|Adjusted EBITDA excluding adjusted R&D expenses||$||1,730||$||(4,608||)||$||1,322||$||(13,033||)|
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Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Adjustments - GAAP Expenses to Adjusted Expenses
(In Thousands, except percentages)
|Three Months Ended
|Nine Months Ended
|Total costs and expenses||$||15,379||$||20,316||$||48,568||$||68,351|
|Share-based compensation expense||(774||)||(535||)||(1,766||)||(3,669||)|
|Depreciation and amortization||(264||)||(596||)||(878||)||(1,990||)|
|Adjusted costs and expenses||$||14,341||$||19,185||$||45,924||$||62,692|
|Manufacture and Supply Expense||$||4,798||$||4,625||$||16,152||$||14,081|
|Gross Margin on total revenue||63||%||60||%||57||%||62||%|
|Share-based compensation expense||(59||)||(66||)||(155||)||(159||)|
|Depreciation and amortization||(214||)||(459||)||(746||)||(1,573||)|
|Adjusted manufacture and supply expense||$||4,525||$||4,100||$||15,251||$||12,349|
|Non-GAAP Gross Margin on total revenue||65||%||64||%||59||%||67||%|
|Research and Development Expense||$||3,196||$||3,232||$||10,216||$||13,203|
|Share-based compensation expense||(105||)||(75||)||(277||)||(406||)|
|Depreciation and amortization||(22||)||(43||)||(70||)||(136||)|
|Adjusted research and development expense||$||3,069||$||3,114||$||9,869||$||12,661|
|Selling, General and Administrative Expenses||$||7,385||$||12,459||$||22,200||$||41,067|
|Share-based compensation expense||(610||)||(394||)||(1,334||)||(3,104||)|
|Depreciation and amortization||(28||)||(94||)||(62||)||(281||)|
|Adjusted selling, general and administrative expenses||$||6,747||$||11,971||$||20,804||$||37,682|