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Eton Pharmaceuticals Reports Third Quarter 2023 Financial Results

  • Product sales and royalty revenue of $7.0 million up 118% from Q3 2022, representing the eleventh straight quarter of sequential product sales and royalty revenue growth
  • Generated $0.9 million in positive cash flow from operations; ended quarter with $22.1 million of cash on hand
  • Acquired ultra-rare disease product Nitisinone Capsules
  • Management to hold conference call today at 4:30pm ET

DEER PARK, Ill., Nov. 09, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Eton Pharmaceuticals, Inc (“Eton” or “the Company”) (Nasdaq: ETON), an innovative pharmaceutical company focused on developing and commercializing treatments for rare diseases, today reported financial results for the quarter ended September 30, 2023.

“The momentum continues for Eton, and we’re proud to report our eleventh straight quarter of product sales and royalty revenue growth, which has allowed us to reach cash flow break-even ahead of schedule. Sales of ALKINDI SPRINKLE® and Carglumic Acid remain strong, and we recently added a fourth commercial rare disease product to our portfolio, Nitisinone Capsules, which we expect to launch in early 2024,” said Sean Brynjelsen, CEO of Eton Pharmaceuticals.

“Reaching cash flow break-even is an important milestone on our journey to becoming a highly profitable and industry leading rare disease company. I am proud of the hard work and dedication from our employees that made it possible. With strong organic growth prospects for our existing commercial products, the potential near-term launches of Nitisinone and ET-400, plus a strong balance sheet and favorable M&A environment, I couldn’t be more excited about Eton’s outlook for 2024 and beyond,” concluded Brynjelsen.

Third Quarter and Recent Business Highlights

Eleventh straight quarter of sequential growth in product sales and royalty revenue. Eton reported third quarter 2023 product sales and royalty revenue of $7.0 million, representing 118% growth over the prior year period and 8% growth over the second quarter of 2023.

Recorded positive cash flow from operations solely from product sales and royalty revenue. During the quarter, cash on hand increased from $21.6 million to $22.1 million.

Strong growth in product sales driven by ALKINDI SPRINKLE and Carglumic Acid. Both products posted strong year-over-year and quarter-over-quarter sales growth. The Company expects to launch an ALKINDI SPRINKLE physician sampling program in the coming weeks, which is expected to further accelerate the product’s growth.

Acquired FDA-approved ultra-rare disease product Nitisinone. In October, Eton acquired Nitisinone capsules which will be Eton’s fourth commercial product, moving the company closer to its goal of reaching ten commercial products by the end of 2025. Eton expects to launch the product during the first quarter of 2024.

First full quarter of commercial availability for Betaine Anhydrous. The launch of Betaine resulted in a significant increase in the company’s interactions with metabolic geneticists, which is expected to help drive Betaine revenue as well as potentially benefit Carglumic Acid and the company’s soon-to-be-launched Nitisinone product.

Held pre-NDA meeting with FDA regarding product candidate ET-400. Last week, Eton held a pre-NDA meeting with the FDA regarding ET-400. Based on feedback from the meeting, the company plans to run an additional bioequivalence study and submit the NDA in the middle of 2024. ET-400 is a proprietary liquid formulation of hydrocortisone that, if approved, would complement ALKINDI SPRINKLE by providing patients with an additional treatment option. The Company believes that the combined peak sales of ET-400 and ALKINDI SPRINKLE could exceed $50 million annually.

Third Quarter Financial Results

Net Revenue: Net sales for the third quarter of 2023 were $7.0 million compared with $3.2 million in the prior year period, an increase of 118%. Net sales were comprised entirely of product sales and royalties in both periods. The year-over-year increase was primarily driven by growth in ALKINDI SPRINKLE and Carglumic Acid tablets. Product sales and royalty revenue for the third quarter of 2023 were up 8% over the second quarter of 2023.

Gross Profit: Gross profit for the third quarter of 2023 was $4.4 million compared with $2.0 million in the prior year period.

Research and Development (R&D) Expenses: R&D expenses for the third quarter of 2023 were $0.6 million compared to $0.7 million in the prior year period. The decrease was primarily due to decreased expenses associated with products sold to Dr. Reddy's in 2022.

General and Administrative (G&A) Expenses: G&A expenses for the third quarter of 2023 were $4.3 million compared to $4.2 million in the prior year period. The slight increase in G&A expenses was mainly due to increased employee-related expenses related to sales force expansion offset by decreased sales and marketing expenses associated with third party sales commissions.

Net Loss: Net loss for the third quarter of 2023 was $0.6 million or $0.02 per basic and diluted share compared to a net loss of $3.0 million, or $0.12 per basic and diluted share, in the prior year period.

Cash Position: As of September 30, 2023, the Company had cash and cash equivalents of $22.1 million.

Conference Call and Webcast Information

As previously announced, Eton will host its third quarter 2023 conference call as follows:

Date: Thursday, November 9, 2023
Time: 4:30 p.m. ET (3:30 p.m .CT)
Register* (Audio Only)  Click Here

In addition to taking live questions from participants on the conference call, management will be answering emailed questions from investors. Investors can email questions to: investorrelations@etonpharma.com

The live webcast can be accessed on the Investors section of Eton’s website at ir.etonpharma.com. An archived webcast will be available on Eton’s website approximately two hours after the completion of the event and for 30 days thereafter.

* Conference call participants should register to obtain their dial-in and passcode details. Please be sure to register using a valid email address.

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.

About Eton Pharmaceuticals

Eton is an innovative pharmaceutical company focused on developing, acquiring, and commercializing products to address unmet needs in patients suffering from rare diseases. The Company currently has four FDA-approved rare disease products, ALKINDI SPRINKLE® for the treatment of pediatric adrenocortical insufficiency, Carglumic Acid for the treatment of hyperammonemia due to N-acetylglutamate synthase (NAGS) deficiency, Betaine Anhydrous for the treatment of homocystinuria, and Nitisinone for the treatment of hereditary tyrosinemia type 1. The Company has three additional product candidates in late-stage development: ET-400 for the treatment of adrenocortical insufficiency, ET-600 for the treatment of diabetes insipidus, and ZENEO® hydrocortisone autoinjector for the treatment of adrenal crisis. For more information, please visit our website at www.etonpharma.com.

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Eton Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Condensed Statements of Operations
(In thousands, except per share amounts)

    For the three months ended     For the nine months ended  
    September 30,     September 30,     September 30,     September 30,  
    2023     2022     2023     2022  
Licensing revenue   $     $     $ 5,500     $ 5,000  
Product sales and royalties     7,028       3,219       18,829       7,753  
Total net revenues     7,028       3,219       24,329       12,753  
Cost of sales:                                
Licensing revenue                       990  
Product sales and royalties     2,625       1,201       6,898       3,805  
Total cost of sales     2,625       1,201       6,898       4,795  
Gross profit     4,403       2,018       17,431       7,958  
Operating expenses:                                
Research and development     615       744       2,275       3,052  
General and administrative     4,336       4,169       14,355       14,228  
Total operating expenses     4,951       4,913       16,630       17,280  
Income (loss) from operations     (548 )     (2,895 )     801       (9,322 )
Other income (expense):                                
Other income                 800        
Interest and other expense, net     (31 )     (150 )     (281 )     (611 )
Total other income (expense)     (31 )     (150 )     519       (611 )
Income (loss) before income tax expense     (579 )     (3,045 )     1,320       (9,933 )
Income tax expense                        
Net income (loss)   $ (579 )   $ (3,045 )   $ 1,320     $ (9,933 )
Net income (loss) per share, basic   $ (0.02 )   $ (0.12 )   $ 0.05     $ (0.40 )
Weighted average number of common shares outstanding, basic     25,719       25,365       25,613       25,066  
Net income (loss) per share, diluted   $ (0.02 )   $ (0.12 )   $ 0.05     $ (0.40 )
Weighted average number of common shares outstanding, diluted     25,719       25,365       26,002       25,066  

Eton Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Condensed Balance Sheets
(in thousands, except share and per share amounts)

    September 30, 2023     December 31, 2022  
Current assets:                
Cash and cash equivalents   $ 22,070     $ 16,305  
Accounts receivable, net     3,495       1,852  
Inventories     1,051       557  
Prepaid expenses and other current assets     541       1,290  
Total current assets     27,157       20,004  
Property and equipment, net     38       72  
Intangible assets, net     4,210       4,754  
Operating lease right-of-use assets, net     109       188  
Other long-term assets, net     12       12  
Total assets   $ 31,526     $ 25,030  
Liabilities and stockholders’ equity                
Current liabilities:                
Accounts payable   $ 1,712     $ 1,766  
Current portion of long-term debt     1,540       1,033  
Accrued liabilities     7,141       3,662  
Total current liabilities     10,393       6,461  
Long-term debt, net of discount and including accrued fees     4,197       5,384  
Operating lease liabilities, net of current portion     44       107  
Total liabilities     14,634       11,952  
Commitments and contingencies (Note 11)                
Stockholders’ equity                
Common stock, $0.001 par value; 50,000,000 shares authorized; 25,658,396 and 25,353,119 shares issued and outstanding at September 30, 2023 and December 31, 2022, respectively     26       25  
Additional paid-in capital     118,680       116,187  
Accumulated deficit     (101,814 )     (103,134 )
Total stockholders’ equity     16,892       13,078  
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity   $ 31,526     $ 25,030  

Eton Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Condensed Statements of Cash Flows
(In thousands)

    Nine months ended     Nine months ended  
    September 30, 2023     September 30, 2022  
Cash flows from operating activities                
Net income (loss)   $ 1,320     $ (9,933 )
Adjustments to reconcile net income (loss) to net cash provided by operating activities:                
Stock-based compensation     2,387       3,332  
Depreciation and amortization     626       1,522  
Debt discount amortization     90       96  
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:                
Accounts receivable     (1,643 )     3,973  
Inventories     (494 )     69  
Prepaid expenses and other assets     749       2,129  
Accounts payable     (52 )     (720 )
Accrued liabilities     3,445       1,513  
Net cash provided by operating activities     6,428       1,981  
Cash flows from investing activities                
Purchases of product license rights           (2,750 )
Purchases of property and equipment           (26 )
Net cash used in investing activities           (2,776 )
Cash flows from financing activities                
Repayment of long-term debt     (770 )     (385 )
Proceeds from employee stock purchase plan and stock option exercises     288       152  
Payment of tax withholding related to net share settlement of stock option exercises     (181 )      
Net cash used in financing activities     (663 )     (233 )
Change in cash and cash equivalents     5,765       (1,028 )
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period     16,305       14,406  
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period   $ 22,070     $ 13,378  
Supplemental disclosures of cash flow information                
Cash paid for interest   $ 638     $ 545  
Cash paid for income taxes   $     $  
Supplemental disclosures of non-cash transactions                
Adjustment of operating lease right-of-use assets and liabilities due to tenant allowance   $ 29     $  


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