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Eton Pharmaceuticals Reports First Quarter 2022 Financial Results

DEER PARK, Ill., May 12, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Eton Pharmaceuticals, Inc (Nasdaq: ETON), an innovative pharmaceutical company focused on developing and commercializing treatments for rare diseases, today reported financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2022.

“We are proud to report our fifth straight quarter of sequential growth in product sales. We expect this growth to continue for the foreseeable future as our commercial products are still in the early stages of launch, and we expect many additional product launches later this year,” said Sean Brynjelsen, CEO of Eton Pharmaceuticals, “In addition to the strong commercial results, we have recently made significant progress on the development side with the approval of cysteine injection and the FDA submission for our Biorphen vial product candidate,” added Brynjelsen.

Major Business Highlights

  • Reported a fifth straight quarter of sequential growth in product sales and royalty revenue. For the first quarter of 2022, Eton reported revenue of $2.2 million from product sales and royalties, representing a 100% increase from the fourth quarter of 2021.

  • Received final approval for cysteine injection. In April, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Eton’s abbreviated new drug application for cysteine injection. The product-related Paragraph IV trial occurred in March 2022, and a judge’s decision is expected by August 2022. If the outcome is successful, Eton plans to launch the product shortly after the judge’s decision.

  • Submitted Prior Approval Supplement for Biorphen® vial. The supplement to add the vial container system was submitted in April 2022. The FDA has assigned an August 2022 target action date for the submission.

  • Announcing development of Biorphen® (phenylephrine) premix bag. Eton announced the development of a Biorphen® premix bag. The product offering would address a significant unmet need in the market. Currently, many hospitals purchase premixed phenylephrine from compounding pharmacies. The product’s New Drug Application (NDA) is expected to be submitted in the third quarter of 2022.

Commercial Update

Eton’s carglumic acid product launched in late-December 2021 and has received a favorable reception from patients and physicians. Patients appreciate the product’s room-temperature stability compared to the competing product’s refrigeration requirement. Numerous patients initiated treatment with carglumic acid in the first quarter, and more have initiated since the quarter end. Eton continues to believe it can capture 25-35% market share before the end of the year. The current market is estimated to be more than $50 million annually.

ALKINDI SPRINKLE® continues to grow and reported record quarterly revenue. More new patients initiated ALKINDI SPRINKLE® in the first quarter than any other quarter since the launch of the product. Eton’s co-promotion agreement with Tolmar Pharmaceuticals was fully implemented in January, which positively impacted product growth in the first quarter.

ALKINDI SPRINKLE® and carglumic acid continue to see strong growth and both posted record monthly revenue in April. The company expects 2022 revenue of at least $25 million, including $10 million of milestone payments and $15 million of product sales and royalties.

Portfolio Update

Eton now has seven FDA-approved products, six of which are being commercialized and are in launch phase. The company also has three additional products that have been submitted to the FDA, which are expected to be approved and launched in the coming quarters.

Biorphen® (phenylephrine) Premix for Injection. Eton announced the development of a premix Biorphen bag product candidate. The company believes this product would address a significant unmet need and large market opportunity. Currently, hospitals frequently purchase premixed bags from compounding pharmacies. Eton expects the NDA for the product candidate to be submitted by the third quarter of 2022.

Zonisamide Oral Suspension. In April, the product’s contract manufacture received notice that the January 2022 FDA site inspection has been officially closed and the facility was deemed ready for commercial manufacturing. As a result, Eton expects the application to be approved on its newly assigned PDUFA date of July 18th.

Lamotrigine for Suspension. Eton’s partner submitted the product-related human factors study results to the FDA in the fourth quarter of 2021, and the application has been assigned a PDUFA date of May 30th.

Biorphen® Vial. The Prior Approval Supplement for Biorphen® vials has been submitted to the FDA and the application has been assigned a target action date of August 4, 2022.

Rezipres® Vial. The Prior Approval Supplement for Rezipres® vials is expected to be submitted to the FDA later this month.

Dehydrated Alcohol Injection. Eton continues to work on addressing the FDA’s requests regarding the dehydrated alcohol injection product application. Eton had additional communications with the agency earlier this month and remains confident that all requests received from the agency are addressable.

Zeneo® Hydrocortisone Autoinjector. Development activities are ongoing, and the product remains on pace for an expected New Drug Application submission in 2023.

Financial Results

Revenue: Eton reported product sales and royalty revenue of $2.2 million for the first quarter of 2022, compared with $0.4 million in the prior year period. The revenue increase was primarily due to growth in ALKINDI SPRINKLE® and the launch of carglumic acid and Rezipres®. Eton reported no licensing revenue in the first quarter of 2022, compared with $11.5 million in the prior year period.

Research and Development (R&D) Expenses: R&D expenses for the first quarter of 2022 were $1.6 million compared with $0.9 million in the prior year period. R&D expenses in the first quarter of 2022 included a $0.5 million milestone related to the Zeneo® hydrocortisone autoinjector.

Selling, General and Administrative (SG&A): SG&A expenses were $4.9 million in the first quarter of 2022, compared to $4.1 million in the prior year quarter. The increased expenses were driven by higher compensation expenses to support sales and quality assurance on commercial products as well as legal expenses associated with the cysteine Paragraph IV trial.

Net Income: Eton reported a net loss of $5.3 million for the first quarter of 2022, compared with a net income of $5.1 million in the prior year period. Eton reported diluted earnings per share (EPS) of ($0.21) in the first quarter of 2022, compared with $0.19 in the first quarter of 2021. The prior year period included the benefit of $11.5 million in licensing revenue.

Cash Position: Cash and cash equivalents were $15.2 million as of March 31, 2022.

Conference Call and Webcast Information:
Eton Pharmaceuticals will host a conference call and webcast today at 4:30 p.m. ET (3:30 p.m. CT). To access the conference call, please dial 1-866-795-8473 (domestic) or 1-470-495-9161 (international) and refer to conference ID 9537298. The webcast can be accessed under “Events & Presentations” in the Investors section of the company’s website at https://ir.etonpharma.com. The webcast will be archived and made available for replay on the company’s website approximately two hours after the call and will be available for 30 days.

About Eton Pharmaceuticals
Eton Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is an innovative pharmaceutical company focused on developing and commercializing treatments for rare diseases. The company currently owns or receives royalties from seven FDA-approved products, including ALKINDI SPRINKLE®, Carglumic Acid, Biorphen®, Alaway® Preservative Free, Rezipres®, Eprontia™, and cysteine injection and has three additional products that have been submitted to the FDA for approval.

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, including statements associated with the expected ability of Eton to undertake certain activities and accomplish certain goals and objectives. These statements include but are not limited to statements regarding Eton’s business strategy, Eton’s plans to develop and commercialize its product candidates, the safety and efficacy of Eton’s product candidates, Eton’s plans and expected timing with respect to regulatory filings and approvals, and the size and growth potential of the markets for Eton’s product candidates. Because such statements are subject to risks and uncertainties, actual results may differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Words such as "believes," "anticipates," "plans," "expects," "intends," "will," "goal," "potential" and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are based upon Eton’s 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 associated with the process of discovering, developing and commercializing drugs that are safe and effective for use as human therapeutics, and in the endeavor of building a business around such drugs. These and other risks concerning Eton’s development programs and financial position are described in additional detail in Eton’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. All forward-looking statements contained in this press release speak only as of the date on which they were made. Eton undertakes no obligation to update such statements to reflect events that occur or circumstances that exist after the date on which they were made.

Eton Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Condensed Statements of Operations
(In thousands, except per share amounts)
    For the three months ended  
    March 31,     March 31,  
    2022     2021  
Licensing revenue   $     $ 11,500  
Product sales and royalties     2,176       397  
Total net revenues     2,176       11,897  
Cost of sales                
Licensing revenue           1,500  
Product sales and royalties     718       90  
Total cost of sales     718       1,590  
Gross profit     1,458       10,307  
Operating expenses:                
Research and development     1,618       886  
General and administrative     4,927       4,058  
Total operating expenses     6,545       4,944  
(Loss) income from operations     (5,087 )     5,363  
Other expense:                
Interest and other expense, net     (243 )     (247 )
(Loss) income before income tax expense     (5,330 )     5,116  
Income tax expense            
Net (loss) income   $ (5,330 )   $ 5,116  
Net (loss) income per share, basic   $ (0.21 )   $ 0.21  
Net (loss) income per share, diluted   $ (0.21 )   $ 0.19  
Weighted average number of common shares outstanding, basic     25,301       24,453  
Weighted average number of common shares outstanding, diluted     25,301       26,547  

Eton Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Condensed Balance Sheets
(in thousands, except share and per share amounts)
    March 31, 2022     December 31, 2021  
Current assets:                
Cash and cash equivalents   $ 15,229     $ 14,406  
Accounts receivable, net     796       5,471  
Inventories     510       550  
Prepaid expenses and other current assets     2,216       3,177  
Total current assets     18,751       23,604  
Property and equipment, net     109       115  
Intangible assets, net     4,240       3,621  
Operating lease right-of-use assets, net     84       104  
Other long-term assets, net     12       21  
Total assets   $ 23,196     $ 27,465  
Liabilities and stockholders’ equity                
Current liabilities:                
Accounts payable   $ 2,131     $ 1,774  
Current portion of long-term debt           1,418  
Accrued liabilities     1,351       1,366  
Total current liabilities     3,482       4,558  
Long-term debt, net of discount and including accrued fees     6,331       5,262  
Operating lease liabilities, net of current portion           15  
Total liabilities     9,813       9,835  
Commitments and contingencies                
Stockholders’ equity                
Common stock, $0.001 par value; 50,000,000 shares authorized; 24,626,004
shares issued and outstanding at March 31, 2022 and December 31, 2021
    25       25  
Additional paid-in capital     112,801       111,718  
Accumulated deficit     (99,443 )     (94,113 )
Total stockholders’ equity     13,383       17,630  
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity   $ 23,196     $ 27,465  

Eton Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Condensed Statements of Cash Flows
(In thousands)
    Three months ended
March 31, 2022
  Three months ended
March 31, 2021
Cash flows from operating activities              
Net (loss) income   $ (5,330 )   $ 5,116  
Adjustments to reconcile net (loss) income to net cash provided by
operating activities:
Stock-based compensation     1,083       673  
Depreciation and amortization     181       155  
Debt discount amortization     36       36  
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:              
Accounts receivable     4,675       (252 )
Inventories     40       (106 )
Prepaid expenses and other assets     961       (846 )
Accounts payable     (393 )     (583 )
Accrued liabilities     (30 )     (478 )
Net cash provided by operating activities     1,223       3,715  
Cash used in investing activities              
Purchases of property and equipment     (15 )      
Net cash used in investing activities     (15 )      
Cash flows from financing activities              
Repayment of long-term debt     (385 )      
Proceeds from employee stock option exercises           103  
Net cash (used in) provided by financing activities     (385 )     103  
Change in cash and cash equivalents     823       3,818  
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period     14,406       21,295  
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period   $ 15,229     $ 25,113  
Supplemental disclosures of cash flow information              
Cash paid for interest   $ 215     $ 214  
Cash paid for income taxes   $     $  
Supplemental disclosures of non-cash investing activities:              
Payable for product license fee   $ 750     $  

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