Press Release

Pernix Therapeutics Reports Second Quarter 2018 Financial Results

MORRISTOWN, N.J., Aug. 09, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) --

Pernix Therapeutics Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: PTX), a specialty pharmaceutical company, announced today its financial results for the three and six months ended June 30, 2018.

Second Quarter 2018 Financial Highlights

  • Second quarter 2018 net revenues were $21.1 million, a 39% decrease from $34.3 million in the second quarter of 2017, comprised of higher net revenues of Zohydro® ER (hydrocodone bitartrate) with BeadTek®, Silenor® (doxepin) and an authorized generic of Treximet® (sumatriptan/naproxen sodium), offset by lower net revenues of branded Treximet and certain discontinued non-core products.  
  • Second quarter 2018 selling, general and administrative expense decreased by 4% to $18.3 million, as compared to the prior year period.
  • Net loss for the second quarter of 2018 was $13.5 million, as compared to a net loss of $21.6 million in the prior year period.
  • Second quarter 2018 adjusted EBITDA was $(0.2) million, as compared to adjusted EBITDA of $5.7 million in the prior year period.

Business Update

  • Nalpropion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (“Nalpropion”), capitalized by Pernix and two leading investment management firms, acquired certain assets of Orexigen Therapeutics, Inc. (“Orexigen”), including worldwide rights to Contrave® (naltrexone HCl / bupropion HCl), a market-leading, prescription-only weight loss medication, for $73.5 million
    - Pernix will receive a management fee equal to 5% of net sales derived by Nalpropion and reimbursement of certain shared services expenses at cost.
    - Pernix will assume responsibility for product distribution in the United States and manage Nalpropion for an initial term of two years.
    - Pernix invested 10% of the capital required to fund the purchase price and working capital needs, or approximately $9.2 million, funded through a draw under its existing delayed draw term loan facility.
    - In addition, Pernix has two purchase options to acquire up to 49.9% and 100% of Nalpropion at specified time periods and purchase prices.
  • Zohydro ER TRx increased 6% year-over-year in the second quarter of 2018.
  • Silenor TRx increased 4% year-over-year in the second quarter of 2018.
  • Treximet authorized generic generated $3 million in net revenues in its first full quarter on the market.
  • On August 1, 2018, Pernix announced it had entered into a series of transactions aimed at strengthening its balance sheet and improving financial flexibility:
    - Pernix entered into exchange agreements (“Exchange Agreements”) with certain holders of Pernix’s outstanding 12% Senior Secured Notes due 2020 (the “Senior Secured Notes”) pursuant to which $12.2 million of principal amount, plus certain accrued and unpaid interest, was exchanged for newly issued shares of common stock and shares of a newly created class of convertible preferred stock.
    - Pernix also entered into an amendment to the asset-based revolving credit facility agreement (the “ABL Facility”) by and among Pernix, the guarantors and lenders and agent parties thereto, as well as an amendment to the delayed draw term loan facility, in each case, to enhance Pernix’s liquidity position.

“We believe that our participation in Nalpropion and the acquisition of Contrave® provides an attractive opportunity to further enhance our financial profile and create sustainable enterprise value,” said John Sedor, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Pernix Therapeutics. “Importantly Pernix will recognize immediate benefits from this transaction, as we will receive a management fee and shared services reimbursement, while also having the opportunity to acquire up to 100% of the rights to Contrave over time.”

“In regard to our existing business, we anticipated the loss of exclusivity of branded Treximet and proactively realigned our business to focus on Zohydro ER and Silenor. Notably, net revenues of both Zohydro ER and Silenor increased more than 20% year-over-year in the second quarter.”

Financial Results

Three Months Ended June 30, 2018 vs. June 30, 2017

For the second quarter of 2018, net revenues were $21.1 million, a 39% decrease from the $34.3 million in the second quarter of 2017. A summary of net revenues is outlined below:

      Three Months Ended            
Amounts in ($000's)     June 30,     Increase      
      2018     2017     (Decrease)     Percent
Net Revenues:                        
Treximet   $ 1,559   $ 16,840   $ (15,281 )     -91 %
Treximet - Authorized Generic     3,035     -     3,035       *  
Zohydro ER     8,257     6,454     1,803       28 %
Silenor     6,355     5,150     1,205       23 %
Other products     1,635     5,800     (4,165 )     -72 %
Net product revenues     20,841     34,244     (13,403 )     -39 %
Co-promotion and other revenue     247     72     175       243 %
Total net revenues   $ 21,088   $ 34,316   $ (13,228 )     -39 %
* Not Meaningful                        

Treximet brand net revenues decreased by $15.3 million, or 91%, during the three months ended June 30, 2018, compared to the three months ended June 30, 2017, due to the loss of exclusivity of Treximet in February 2018, as Pernix experienced generic competition, including the company’s own authorized generic (“AG”), which was launched on February 15, 2018. Pernix expects that future Treximet brand revenues will continue to decrease year-over-year due to the loss of exclusivity.

Treximet AG net revenues were $3.0 million during the three months ended June 30, 2018, following its launch on February 15, 2018. There were no sales of Treximet AG prior to its launch.

Zohydro ER net revenues increased by $1.8 million, or 28%, during the three months ended June 30, 2018, compared to the three months ended June 30, 2017. The increase was due to an increase in net price of $1.4 million (primarily related to favorable gross-to-net accrual rates) and sales volume of $400,000.

Silenor net revenues increased by $1.2 million, or 23%, during the three months ended June 30, 2018, compared to the three months ended June 30, 2017. The increase was due to an increase in net price of $700,000 (primarily related to favorable gross-to-net accrual rates) and sales volume of $500,000.

Net product revenues – other decreased by $4.2 million, or 72%, during the three months ended June 30, 2018, compared to the three months ended June 30, 2017. Of this decrease, $2.8 million was due to the discontinuation of products no longer sold by Pernix.

Cost of product sales decreased by $4.9 million, or 47%, during the three months ended June 30, 2018, compared to the three months ended June 30, 2017. The decrease in cost of product sales was due primarily to a $3.7 million decrease in costs associated with the Treximet brand as a result of lower volume due to the entry of generic competition, as well as a $2.3 million decrease in costs associated with our other product revenue category. These decreases were partially offset by increased Zohydro ER, Treximet AG and Silenor product costs of $0.4 million, $0.3 million and $0.4 million, respectively, due to increased volume. 

Selling, general and administrative expense decreased by $0.8 million, or 4%, during the three months ended June 30, 2018, compared to the three months ended June 30, 2017. The decrease was driven primarily by lower sales force-related expenses of $1.9 million due to the restructuring announced in January 2018 and lower marketing and selling expenditures of $0.8 million related primarily to the loss of exclusivity of Treximet, partially offset by higher legal fees of $2.1 million related primarily to patent defense and legal settlements.

Research and development expense decreased by $76,000 during the three months ended June 30, 2018, compared to the three months ended June 30, 2017, due primarily to the discontinuation of certain Zohydro-related research projects.

Net loss was $13.5 million, or $1.13 per basic and diluted share, for the three months ended June 30, 2018, compared to a net loss of $21.6 million, or $2.16 per basic and diluted share, in the same period last year.

Adjusted EBITDA was $(0.2) million for the three months ended June 30, 2018, compared to adjusted EBITDA of $5.7 million for three months ended June 30, 2017, a decrease of $5.9 million.

Six Months Ended June 30, 2018 vs. June 30, 2017

For the six months ended June 30, 2018, net revenues were $49.2 million, a 23% decrease from the $64.1 million in the six months ended June 30, 2017. A summary of net revenues is outlined below:

      Six Months Ended            
Amounts in ($000's)     June 30,     Increase      
      2018     2017     (Decrease)     Percent
Net Revenues:                        
Treximet   $ 13,852   $ 30,610   $ (16,758 )     -55 %
Treximet AG     4,882     -     4,882       *  
Zohydro ER     15,282     11,650     3,632       31 %
Silenor     11,703     8,699     3,004       35 %
Other products     3,152     12,963     (9,811 )     -76 %
Net product revenues     48,871     63,922     (15,051 )     -24 %
Co-promotion and other revenue     356     136     220       162 %
Total net revenues   $ 49,227   $ 64,058   $ (14,831 )     -23 %
* Not Meaningful                        

Treximet brand net revenues decreased by $16.8 million, or 55%, during the six months ended June 30, 2018, compared to the six months ended June 30, 2017, due to the loss of exclusivity of Treximet in February 2018, as the company experienced generic competition.

Treximet AG net revenues were $4.9 million during the six months ended June 30, 2018, following its launch on February 15, 2018. 

Zohydro ER net revenues increased by $3.6 million, or 31%, during the six months ended June 30, 2018, compared to the six months ended June 30, 2017. The increase was due to an increase in net price of $1.2 million (primarily related to favorable gross-to-net accrual rates) and sales volume of $2.4 million. Sales volume was favorably impacted by the relaunch of the 20mg strength of Zohydro ER during the first quarter of 2018.

Silenor net revenues increased by $3.0 million, or 35%, during the six months ended June 30, 2018 compared to the six months ended June 30, 2017. The increase was due to an increase in net price of $1.4 million (primarily related to favorable gross-to-net accrual rates) and sales volume of $1.6 million.

Net product revenues – other decreased by $9.8 million, or 76%, during the six months ended June 30, 2018, compared to the six months ended June 30, 2017. Of this decrease, $7.2 million was due to the discontinuation of products no longer sold by the company. 

Cost of product sales decreased by $6.0 million, or 29%, during the six months ended June 30, 2018, compared to the six months ended June 30, 2017. The decrease in cost of product sales was due primarily to a $3.9 million decrease in costs associated with Treximet brand as a result of lower volume due to the entry of generic competition, as well as $3.9 million decrease in costs associated with other product revenue category. These decreases were partially offset by increased Zohydro ER, Treximet AG and Silenor product costs of $0.9 million, $0.4 million and $0.5 million, respectively, due to increased volume. 

Selling, general and administrative expense decreased by $3.8 million, or 10%, during the six months ended June 30, 2018, compared to the six months ended June 30, 2017. The decrease was driven primarily by lower sales force-related expenses of $4.2 million due to the restructuring announced in January 2018, lower marketing and selling expenditures of $1.7 million related primarily to the loss of exclusivity of Treximet, as well as $0.6 million of lower spend across numerous areas, partially offset by higher legal fees of $2.7 million related to patent defense and legal settlements.

Research and development expense decreased by $600,000 during the six months ended June 30, 2018, compared to the six months ended June 30, 2017, due primarily to the discontinuation of certain Zohydro-related research projects.

Net loss was $32.1 million, or $2.70 per basic and diluted share, for the six months ended June 30, 2018, compared to a net loss of $51.1 million, or $5.10 per basic and diluted share, in the same period last year.

Adjusted EBITDA was $2.3 million for the six months ended June 30, 2018, compared to adjusted EBITDA of $5.4 million for six months ended June 30, 2017, a decrease of $3.1 million.

Liquidity

As of June 30, 2018, Pernix had cash and cash equivalents of $19.9 million and borrowing availability of $7.9 million under the ABL Facility.  

As a result of the Exchange Transactions announced on August 1, 2018, the principal amount of our Senior Secured Notes outstanding at June 30, 2018, was reduced by $12.2 million to $154.5 million, resulting in an annual interest savings of $1.5 million. The amendment to our delayed draw term loan facility provides Pernix with access to up to $5.8 million of the delayed draw feature for working capital purposes, further enhancing the company’s liquidity. In addition, the ABL Facility amendment includes changes to the borrowing base calculation, which provides for, among other revisions, the inclusion of Contrave® inventory owned by Pernix going forward. As such, Pernix believes that this amendment will create additional borrowing capacity under the ABL Facility. 

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About Pernix Therapeutics
Pernix Therapeutics is a specialty pharmaceutical company focused on the acquisition, development and commercialization of prescription drugs, primarily for the U.S. market. The Company is currently focused on the therapeutic areas of pain and neurology, and has an interest in expanding into additional specialty segments. The Company promotes its branded products to physicians through its internal sales force, and markets its generic portfolio through its wholly owned subsidiaries, Macoven Pharmaceuticals, LLC and Cypress Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

To learn more about Pernix Therapeutics, visit www.pernixtx.com.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures
To supplement our financial results determined by GAAP, we have disclosed in this Press Release and the tables below adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA). 

Adjusted EBITDA is a non-GAAP financial measure that excludes the impact of certain items and, therefore, has not been calculated in accordance with GAAP. This non-GAAP financial measure excludes from net loss: interest expense; depreciation and amortization; income tax expense; sale of non-core assets; selling, general and administrative adjustments; change in fair value of contingent consideration; change in fair value of derivative liability; restructuring costs; and foreign currency transactions. In addition, from time to time in the future there may be other items that we may exclude for the purposes of our use of adjusted EBITDA; likewise, we may in the future cease to exclude items that we have historically excluded for the purpose of adjusted EBITDA. We believe that adjusted EBITDA provides meaningful supplemental information regarding our operating results because it excludes or adjusts amounts that management and the board of directors do not consider part of core operating results or that are non-recurring when assessing the performance of the organization. We believe that inclusion of adjusted EBITDA provides consistency and comparability with past reports of financial results and provides consistency in calculations by outside analysts reviewing our results. Accordingly, we believe that adjusted EBITDA is useful to investors in allowing for greater transparency of supplemental information used by management.

We believe that these non-GAAP financial measures are helpful in understanding our past financial performance and potential future results, but there are limitations associated with the use of these non-GAAP financial measures. These non-GAAP financial measures are not prepared in accordance with GAAP, do not reflect a comprehensive system of accounting and may not be completely comparable to similarly titled measures of other companies due to potential differences in the exact method of calculation between companies. Adjustment items that are excluded from our non-GAAP financial measures can have a material impact on net earnings. As a result, these non-GAAP financial measures have limitations and should not be considered in isolation from, or as a substitute for, net loss, cash flow from operations or other measures of performance prepared in accordance with GAAP. We compensate for these limitations by using these non-GAAP financial measures as a supplement to GAAP financial measures and by reconciling the non-GAAP financial measure to its most comparable GAAP financial measure. Investors are encouraged to review the reconciliations of the non-GAAP financial measure to its most comparable GAAP financial measure that is included below in this Press Release.

Forward-Looking Statements
This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Statements including words such as “estimate,” “plan,” “project,” “forecast,” “intend,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “believe,” “seek,” “target” or similar expressions are forward-looking statements. These statements reflect the Company’s current views, expectations and beliefs concerning future events. In addition, any statements related to Pernix’s future financial performance and the benefits associated with the transactions described herein are forward-looking statements. Such plans, expectations and statements are as to future events and are not to be viewed as facts, and reflect various assumptions of management of the Company and are subject to significant business, financial, economic, operating, competitive, litigation and other risks and uncertainties and contingencies (many of which are difficult to predict and beyond the control of the Company) that could cause actual results to differ materially from the statements included herein. The inclusion of forward-looking statements should not be regarded as a representation by Pernix that any of its plans will be achieved. Investors should note that many factors, including the risks and uncertainties in Pernix’s business and Pernix’s ability to comply with its obligations under the various agreements contained herein , as more fully described in Pernix’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) (including, but not limited to, its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2017, its Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarterly period ended June 30, 2018 and subsequent filings with the SEC), could affect the Company’s future financial results and could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed in forward-looking statements, such as those contained in this press release. The forward-looking statements in this press release are qualified by risk factors identified by the Company. These risk factors, individually or in the aggregate, could cause our actual results to differ materially from expected and historical results. You are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof. The Company assumes no obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future developments or otherwise.

CONTACT
Investor Relations
Bob Yedid
LifeSci Advisors, LLC
Bob@LifeSciAdvisors.com



PERNIX THERAPEUTICS HOLDINGS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(In thousands, except share and per share data)
(Unaudited)

      June 30,     December 31,
Assets     2018
    2017
Current assets:            
Cash and cash equivalents   $ 19,925     $ 32,820  
Accounts receivable, net     35,275       45,317  
Inventory, net     5,058       5,396  
Prepaid expenses and other current assets     6,096       8,628  
Income tax receivable     101       123  
Total current assets     66,455       92,284  
             
Property and equipment, net     681       752  
Goodwill     12,100       12,100  
Intangible assets, net     85,424       96,606  
Other     1,973       2,263  
Total assets   $ 166,633     $ 204,005  
Liabilities and Stockholders' Deficit            
Current liabilities:            
Accounts payable   $ 10,797     $ 7,911  
Accrued personnel expenses     3,661       5,748  
Accrued allowances     54,020       56,309  
Other accrued expenses     3,324       6,909  
Interest payable     10,524       10,612  
Treximet Secured Notes – current, net     -       3,664  
Other liabilities - current     3,765       2,648  
Total current liabilities     86,091       93,801  
             
Convertible notes – long-term, net     66,928       65,194  
Exchangeable notes – long-term, net     9,016       7,975  
Delayed draw term loan - long-term, net     28,183       27,248  
Derivative liability     72       93  
Contingent consideration     1,501       1,358  
Treximet Secured Notes – long-term, net     162,853       163,887  
Credit facility     14,185       14,185  
Arbitration award     2,000       2,000  
Other liabilities - long-term     822       2,521  
Total liabilities     371,651       378,262  
Commitments and contingencies            
Stockholders' deficit:            
Preferred stock, $0.01 par value, authorized 10,000,000 shares; no shares issued and outstanding     -       -  
Common stock, $0.01 par value, 140,000,000 shares authorized, 12,065,487 and 11,841,173 shares issued and outstanding at June 30, 2018 and December 31, 2017, respectively     121       119  
Additional paid-in capital     262,492       261,158  
Accumulated other comprehensive loss     -       -  
Accumulated deficit     (467,631 )     (435,534 )
Total stockholders’ deficit     (205,018 )     (174,257 )
Total liabilities and stockholders’ deficit   $ 166,633     $ 204,005  
             


PERNIX THERAPEUTICS HOLDINGS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations and Comprehensive (Loss) Gain
(In thousands, except per share data)
 (Unaudited)

      Three Months Ended     Six Months Ended
      June 30,     June 30,
      2018     2017     2018     2017
                         
Net revenues   $ 21,088     $ 34,316     $ 49,227     $ 64,058  
                         
Costs and operating expenses:                        
Cost of product sales     5,569       10,493       14,530       20,533  
Selling, general and administrative expense     18,257       19,018       35,540       39,293  
Research and development expense     6       82       10       610  
Depreciation and amortization expense     1,430       18,215       11,295       36,762  
Change in fair value of contingent consideration   (120 )     (886 )     143       (540 )
Restructuring costs     385       31       1,214       131  
Total costs and operating expenses     25,527       46,953       62,732       96,789  
                         
Loss from operations     (4,439 )     (12,637 )     (13,505 )     (32,731 )
                         
Other income (expense):                        
Interest expense     (9,530 )     (9,209 )     (18,990 )     (18,168 )
Gain on sale of assets     446       -       446       -  
Change in fair value of derivative liability     40       270       21       (84 )
Foreign currency transaction (loss) gain     (21 )     -       (21 )     -  
Total other income (expense), net     (9,065 )     (8,939 )     (18,544 )     (18,252 )
                         
Loss before income tax expense     (13,504 )     (21,576 )     (32,049 )     (50,983 )
Income tax expense     9       40       48       95  
Net loss     (13,513 )     (21,616 )     (32,097 )     (51,078 )
                         
Other comprehensive loss:                        
Unrealized gain during period, net of tax of $0 and $0, respectively     -       18       -       24  
Comprehensive loss   $ (13,513 )   $ (21,598 )   $ (32,097 )   $ (51,054 )
                         
Net loss per common share:                        
Basic   $ (1.13 )   $ (2.16 )   $ (2.70 )   $ (5.10 )
Diluted   $ (1.13 )   $ (2.16 )   $ (2.70 )   $ (5.10 )
                         
Weighted-average common shares outstanding:                        
Basic     11,913       10,016       11,907       10,016  
Diluted     11,913       10,016       11,907       10,016  
                                 

  

Reconciliation of GAAP reported net loss to adjusted EBITDA is as follows (in thousands):

  Three Months Ended     Six Months Ended
  June 30,     June 30,
  2018
    2017
    2018
    2017
GAAP net loss (13,513 )   $ (21,616 )   $ (32,097 )   $ (51,078 )
Adjustments:                    
Interest expense 9,530       9,209       18,990       18,168  
Depreciation and amortization 1,457       18,245       11,351       36,822  
Income tax expense 9       40       48       95  
EBITDA (2,517 )     5,878       (1,708 )     4,007  
Selling, general and administrative adjustments (1) 2,505       935       3,131       1,733  
Gain from sale of non-core asset (2) (446 )     -       (446 )     -  
Change in fair value of contingent consideration  (3) (120 )     (886 )     143       (540 )
Change in fair value of derivative liability  (4) (40 )     (270 )     (21 )     84  
Restructuring costs (5) 385       31       1,214       131  
Foreign currency transaction (gain) loss 21       -       21       -  
Adjusted EBITDA (212 )   $ 5,688     $ 2,334     $ 5,415  


(1) Excludes deal costs of $0.8 million and $0.3 million; stock compensation expense of $0.5 million and $0.7 million; severance expense of $112,000 and $1,000; and litigation settlement expenses of $1.1 million and $15,000 for the three months ended June 30, 2018 and 2017, respectively. Also excludes deal costs of $0.8 million and $0.3 million; stock compensation expense of $0.9 million and $1.4 million; severance expense of $131,000 and $44,000; and arbitration and litigation settlement expenses of $1.3 million and $18,000 for the six months ended June 30, 2018 and 2017, respectively.

(2) Excludes the gain from the sale of certain obsolete equipment.

(3) Excludes loss from change in fair value of contingent consideration related to the 2015 acquisition of Zohydro ER and is linked to the achievement of certain net sales targets. Any change in fair values between the reporting dates is recognized in the condensed consolidated statements of operations.

(4) Excludes loss from change in fair value of derivative liability consideration. We are required to separate the conversion option in the 4.25% Convertible Notes under ASC 815, Derivatives and Hedging. We recorded the bifurcated conversion option valued at $28.5 million at issuance, as a derivative liability, which created additional discount on the debt. The derivative liability is marked to market through the other income (expense) section on the condensed consolidated statements of operations for each reporting period.

(5) Excludes the cost related to the initiative to restructure our sales force and operations for the three and six months ended June 30, 2018 and 2017.

 

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