VANCOUVER, B.C., May 10, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Novelion Therapeutics Inc. (NASDAQ:NVLN), a biopharmaceutical company dedicated to developing and commercializing therapies for individuals living with rare diseases ("Novelion" or the "Company"), today reported financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2018 and provided an overview of business activities.
Chief Operating Officer Jeff Hackman said, "Thus far in 2018 we have executed a number of important initiatives, including finalizing the settlements with the DOJ, reducing costs, strengthening our balance sheet with a $20 million term loan, and reviewing our holding and capital structure with a goal of optimizing our assets for shareholders. We have a strong rare disease product portfolio that carries the opportunity to expand metreleptin into new disease areas, and which we believe will deliver meaningful future sales growth. We remain focused on continuing to market important therapies that will bring value to our patients."
- JUXTAPID: Novelion reported net revenues of JUXTAPID of $13.4 million in the first quarter of 2018, $8.6 million, or 64%, of which were from prescriptions written in the U.S.
- MYALEPT: Novelion reported net revenues of MYALEPT of $14.1 million in the first quarter of 2018, $9.8 million, or 69%, of which were from prescriptions written in the U.S.
- Novelion reported total consolidated net revenues of $27.5 million in the first quarter of 2018.
- Novelion ended the first quarter of 2018 with $52.0 million in unrestricted cash, compared with $55.4 million at the end of 2017. The $52.0 million includes proceeds from a $20.0 million term loan to Aegerion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. ("Aegerion") provided by affiliates of Sarissa Capital Management and Broadfin Capital LLC, as announced in March 2018.
- The Company expects the opinion of the European Medicines Agency's Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use ("CHMP") on the metreleptin marketing authorization application in the second quarter of 2018, followed by a mid-2018 European Commission approval decision.
- Novelion announced that a poster describing the results of a metreleptin study for weight loss in overweight and obese adults with low leptin levels will be presented at the American Diabetes Association's 78th Annual Scientific Sessions, which is being held from June 22 to June 26, 2018 in Orlando, Florida.
First Quarter 2018 Financial Results
GAAP total net revenues for the first quarter of 2018 were $27.5 million compared to $30.0 million for the same period of 2017. GAAP net revenues for JUXTAPID in the first quarter of 2018 were $13.4 million compared to $16.0 million for the same period in 2017. GAAP net revenues for MYALEPT in the first quarter of 2018 were $14.1 million compared to $14.0 million for the same period in 2017.
GAAP total operating expenses for the first quarter of 2018 were $35.5 million compared to total operating expenses of $35.2 million for the same period in 2017. GAAP SG&A expenses were $23.7 million in the first quarter of 2018 compared to $24.5 million for the same period in 2017. GAAP R&D expenses were $11.8 million in the first quarter of 2018 compared to $9.3 million for the same period in 2017.
On a pro forma basis, during the first quarter of 2018, SG&A expenses were $21.6 million compared to $23.0 million for the same period in 2017. The decrease in pro forma SG&A expenses in the first quarter of 2018 compared with the same period in 2017 was primarily related to a reduction in headcount and legal and consulting fees.
On a pro forma basis, during the first quarter of 2018, R&D expenses were $11.6 million compared to $9.0 million for the same period in 2017. The increase in pro forma R&D expenses in the first quarter of 2018 compared with the same period in 2017 was primarily related to additional spending in certain clinical activities.
GAAP net loss in the first quarter of 2018 was $32.8 million compared to GAAP net loss of $31.0 million during the same period in 2017.
On a pro forma basis, net loss in the first quarter of 2018 was $13.5 million, compared to a loss of $8.7 million for the same period in 2017.
As of March 31, 2018, the Company's consolidated unrestricted cash balance was $52.0 million, compared to $55.4 million at December 31, 2017. As of March 31, 2018, there were18.7 million shares outstanding. Convertible debt principal is $325.0 million, reflecting the amount of convertible debt, before discount, issued by subsidiary Aegerion. In addition, as described above, in March 2018, Novelion's subsidiary, Aegerion, entered into a secured financing facility with affiliates of Sarissa Capital Management and Broadfin Capital LLC providing for a $20.0 million term loan to Aegerion.
About Novelion Therapeutics
Novelion Therapeutics is a biopharmaceutical company dedicated to developing new standards of care for individuals living with rare diseases. Novelion has a rare disease product portfolio through its subsidiary, Aegerion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. The Company seeks to advance its portfolio of rare disease therapies by investing in science and clinical development.
Non-GAAP ("pro forma") Results
The non-GAAP results in this press release, including, without limitation, non-GAAP net revenues, non-GAAP operating expenses, non-GAAP R&D expenses, non-GAAP SG&A expenses and non-GAAP net loss, are provided as a complement to results provided in accordance with GAAP because management believes, when considered together with the GAAP information, these non-GAAP financial measures help indicate underlying trends in the Company's business, are important in comparing current results with prior period results and provide additional information regarding the Company's financial performance. Management also uses these non-GAAP financial measures to establish budgets and operational goals that are communicated internally and externally, and to manage the Company's business and evaluate its performance. The non-GAAP financial measures have no standardized meaning under GAAP and therefore may not be comparable to similar measures presented by other companies. The non-GAAP financial measures are not intended to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for, or superior to, the financial measures prepared and presented in accordance with GAAP and should be reviewed in conjunction with the relevant GAAP financial measures. A reconciliation of the GAAP financial results to non-GAAP financial results is included in the attached financial information.
Certain statements in this press release constitute "forward-looking statements" of Novelion within the meaning of applicable laws and regulations and constitute "forward-looking information" within the meaning of applicable securities laws. Any statements contained herein which do not describe historical facts, including statements regarding expectations and beliefs about the Company's expectations for future sales growth; the goal of optimizing the Company's assets for our shareholders; expectations as to the opinion of the CHMP and the European Commission's approval decision, including timing; and expectations about expanding metreleptin into new disease areas are forward-looking statements which involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those discussed in such forward-looking statements. Such risks and uncertainties include, among others, those risks identified in our filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC"), including under the heading "Risk Factors" in our Annual Report on Form 10-K filed on March 16, 2018, and subsequent filings, with the SEC, available on the SEC's website at www.sec.gov. Any such risks and uncertainties could materially and adversely affect our results of operations, profitability and cash flows, which would, in turn, have a significant and adverse impact on our stock price. We caution you not to place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date they are made. Except as required by law, we undertake no obligation to update or revise the information contained in this press release, whether as a result of new information, future events or circumstances or otherwise.
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U.S. INDICATIONS AND IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION
JUXTAPID® (lomitapide) capsules is a microsomal triglyceride transfer protein inhibitor indicated as an adjunct to a low-fat diet and other lipid-lowering treatments, including low-density lipoprotein (LDL) apheresis where available, to reduce LDL cholesterol, total cholesterol, apolipoprotein B, and non-high-density lipoprotein cholesterol in patients with homozygous familial hypercholesterolemia (HoFH). LIMITATIONS OF USE: The safety and effectiveness of JUXTAPID have not been established in patients with hypercholesterolemia who do not have HoFH, including those with heterozygous familial hypercholesterolemia (HeFH). The effect of JUXTAPID on cardiovascular morbidity and mortality has not been determined.
JUXTAPID can cause elevations in transaminases, as well as increases in hepatic fat, with or without concomitant increases in transaminases. Because of the risk of hepatotoxicity, JUXTAPID is available only through a restricted distribution program called the JUXTAPID REMS PROGRAM. For more detailed information, please see additional Important Safety Information and the Prescribing Information for JUXTAPID.
MYALEPT® (metreleptin) for injection is a leptin analog indicated as an adjunct to diet as replacement therapy to treat the complications of leptin deficiency in patients with congenital or acquired generalized lipodystrophy. LIMITATIONS OF USE: The safety and effectiveness of MYALEPT for the treatment of complications of partial lipodystrophy or for the treatment of liver disease, including nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH), have not been established.
Anti-metreleptin antibodies with neutralizing activity have been identified in patients treated with MYALEPT. T-cell lymphoma has been reported in patients with acquired generalized lipodystrophy, both treated and not treated with MYALEPT. For more detailed information, please see additional Important Safety Information and the Prescribing Information for MYALEPT.
Amanda Murphy, Director, Investor Relations & Corporate Communications
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