Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act Of 1934


Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): March 30, 2020




(Exact Name of Registrant as specified in its Charter)



New York  1-10113  11-0853640
(State of Other Jurisdiction  (Commission File Number)  (I.R.S. Employer
of Incorporation)     Identification Number)


616 N. North Court, Suite 120

Palatine, Illinois 60067


(847) 705-7709

(Address, Including Zip Code, and Telephone Number, Including Area Code, of Registrant’s Principal Executive Offices)


Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:


Title of each class   Trading Symbol(s)   Name of each exchange on which registered
Common Stock, $0.01 par value   ACUR  

OTCQB Market


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Item 2.02 - Results of Operations and Financial Condition


On March 30, 2020, Acura Pharmaceuticals, Inc. issued a press release announcing its financial results for its three and twelve months ended December 31, 2019. A copy of that press release and the attached financial schedules are attached as Exhibit 99.1 to this report and incorporated herein by reference.


Item 9.01 - Financial Statements and Exhibits


Exhibit Number Description
99.1 Press Release of the Registrant dated March 30, 2020






Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the Registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned thereunto duly authorized.



Date: April 1, 2020                               ACURA PHARMACEUTICALS, INC.  
  By: /s/ Peter A. Clemens  
    Peter A. Clemens  
    Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer  




Exhibit 99.1





Acura Pharmaceuticals Announces

Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2019 Financial Results


Palatine, IL – (March 30, 2020) - Acura Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a specialty pharmaceutical company engaged in the research, development and commercialization of technologies and product candidates intended to mitigate the risk of outcomes associated with product misuse, announced today financial results for the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2019.


The Company reported an operating income of $0.3 million for the fourth quarter 2019 compared to an operating loss of $0.3 million for the same period in 2018. For the twelve months ended December 31, 2019, the Company reported an operating loss of $0.7 million compared to an operating loss of $4.0 million for the same period in 2018.


The Company reported net income of $0.2 million or $0.00 per diluted share for the fourth quarter 2019 compared to net income of $8 thousand or $0.00 per diluted share for the same period in 2018. For the twelve months ended December 31, 2019, the Company reported a net loss of $3.8 million or $0.14 per diluted share compared to a net loss of $3.8 million or $0.18 per diluted share for the same period in 2018. Included in the results for 2019 is a one-time expense of $2.6 million due to the extinguishment of debt associated with the June 28, 2019 transaction with Abuse Deterrent Pharma, LLC.


In each of the twelve month periods ended December 31, 2019 and 2018, the Company recorded $0.4 million in royalty revenue. In 2019 the Company recorded $2.1 million in license fees and $0.2 million in collaboration revenue, such revenues derived from the license agreement with Abuse Deterrent Pharma for the period June 28, 2019 to December 31, 2019.


Research and development expense was $1.5 million for the twelve month period ended December 31, 2019, compared to $1.8 million for the same period in 2018. These expenses were $0.5 million for the fourth quarter 2019, compared to $0.1 million for the same period in 2018. The expenses for both years were primarily associated with development of LTX-03.


General and administrative expense was $1.9 million for the twelve month period ended December 31, 2019, versus $2.6 million in the same period last year, such reduction primarily a result of reduced compensation, corporate insurance and legal expenses. These expenses were $0.5 million for the fourth quarter 2019, compared to $0.2 million for the same period in 2018.


As of March 30, 2020, the Company had a cash balance of approximately $1.2 million. On June 28, 2019, we entered into a License, Development and Commercialization Agreement (the “Agreement”) with Abuse Deterrent Pharma, LLC (”AD Pharma”) for our lead product candidate, LTX-03 (hydrocodone bitartrate with acetaminophen immediate-release tablets utilizing Acura’s patented LIMITx™ technology). The Agreement is described in our press release dated July 2, 2019 and our Form 8-K filed July 5, 2019. This Agreement provides that AD Pharma will pay the Company monthly license payments of $350,000 from July 2019 through November 2020, subject to AD Pharma’s right to terminate such payments, and they will pay the Company for the outside development costs of LTX-03.


The Company filed its Third Quarter 2019 Form 10-Q on February 28, 2020 and thus became current with its SEC filings. The Company submitted an application for uplisting to the OTCQB Market in March, 2020 and effective March 23, 2020 its common stock is quoted on the OTCQB Market and no longer on the OTC Pink.


About Acura Pharmaceuticals

Acura Pharmaceuticals is a specialty pharmaceutical company engaged in the research, development and commercialization of technologies and product candidates intended to mitigate the risk of outcomes associated with product misuse. The Company has three proprietary technologies: LIMITx™ Technology, AVERSION® Technology and IMPEDE® Technology.


LIMITxTM Technology utilizes acid neutralizing ingredients to precisely control gastric acidity, which limits the release of drug from tablets and its subsequent systemic absorption when multiple tablets are ingested. LIMITxTM Technology is useful with products whose side effect risks can be mitigated by limiting exposure to a drug in overdose situations.





AVERSION® Technology, used in the FDA approved drug OXAYDO® (oxycodone HCl) marketed by Zyla Life Sciences, utilizes polymers designed to limit the abuse of the product by nasal snorting and injection. AVERSION® Technology is also licensed to KemPharm for use in certain of their products.


IMPEDE® Technology, used in NEXAFED® (pseudoephedrine HCl) and NEXAFED® Sinus (pseudoephedrine HCl/acetaminophen) marketed by MainPointe Pharmaceuticals, utilizes polymers and other ingredients to disrupt the extraction and processing of pseudoephedrine from the tablets into methamphetamine.


Forward-looking Statements:

Certain statements in this press release constitute “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause our actual results, performance or achievements to be materially different from any future results, performance, or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements may include, but are not limited to:


·our ability to fund or obtain funding for our continuing operations, including the development of our products utilizing our LIMITxTM and IMPEDE® Technologies;
·whether our licensees will terminate licenses prior to commercialization;
·our business could be adversely affected by health epidemics in regions where third parties for which we rely, as in CROs or CMOs, have concentrations of clinical trial sites or other business operations, and could cause significant disruption in the operations of third-party manufacturers and CROs upon whom we rely;
·the expected results of clinical studies relating to LTX-03, IMPEDE® or any successor product candidate, the date by which such studies will complete and the results will be available and whether any product candidate will ultimately receive FDA approval;
·the ability of LTX-03 single tablets to achieve bioequivalence or to demonstrate efficacy in a clinical study;
·whether our licensing partners will exercise their options to additional products;
·whether LIMITxTM Technology will retard the release of opioid active ingredients as dose levels increase;
·whether the extent to which products formulated with the LIMITxTM Technology mitigate respiratory depression risk will be determined sufficient by the FDA;
·our and our licensee’s ability to successfully launch and commercialize our products and technologies;
·our and our licensee’s ability to obtain necessary regulatory approvals and commercialize products utilizing our technologies;
·the market acceptance of, timing of commercial launch and competitive environment for any of our products;
·our ability to develop and enter into additional license agreements for our product candidates using our technologies;
·the ability to avoid infringement of patents, trademarks and other proprietary rights of third parties;
·the ability of our patents to protect our products from generic competition and our ability to protect and enforce our patent rights in any paragraph IV patent infringement litigation;
·the adequacy of the development program for our product candidates, including whether additional clinical studies will be required to support an NDA and FDA approval of our product candidates;
·changes in regulatory requirements;
·adverse safety findings relating to our commercialized products or product candidates in development;
·whether or when we are able to obtain FDA approval of labeling for our product candidates for the proposed indications and whether we will be able to promote the features of our technologies; and
·whether our product candidates will ultimately perform as intended in commercial settings.


In some cases, you can identify forward-looking statements by terms such as "may," “will”, "should," "could," "would," "expects," "plans," "anticipates," "believes," "estimates," “indicates”, "projects," “predicts," "potential" and similar expressions intended to identify forward-looking statements. These statements reflect our current views with respect to future events and are based on assumptions and subject to risks and uncertainties. Given these uncertainties, you should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements. We discuss many of these risks in greater detail in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.



Acura Investor Relations









(in thousands)


   (audited)   (audited) 
   December 31,   December 31, 
   2019   2018 
Assets - current  $1,178   $461 
Property, plant and equipment, net   540    606 
Other assets   844    1,085 
        Total assets  $2,562   $2,152 
Liabilities - current  $1,074   $1,435 
Accrued interest to related party – non current   229    110 
Debt to related party, net – non current   6,000    4,224 
Stockholders' deficit   (4,741)   (3,617)
        Total liabilities and stockholders' deficit  $2,562   $2,152 







(in thousands, except per share amounts)


   Three Months Ended
December 31,
   Twelve Months Ended
December 31,
   2019   2018   2019   2018 
   Royalties  $87   $63   $372   $410 
   Collaboration   83    -    185    - 
   License fees   1,050    -    2,100    - 
Total revenues   1,220    63    2,657    410 
Operating expenses:                    
   Research and development   465    83    1,505    1,759 
   General and administrative   486    234    1,877    2,566 
            Total operating expenses   951    317    3,382    4,325 
Operating income (loss)   269    (254)   (725)   (3,951)
   Gain (loss) on debt extinguishment   -    296    (2,600)   296 
   Interest expense, net   (114)   (34)   (449)   (223)
Income (loss) before provision for income taxes   155    8    (3,774)   (3,842)
   Provision for income taxes   -    -    -    - 
Net income (loss)  $155   $8   $(3,774)  $(3,842)
Net income (loss) per share:                    
   Basic  $0.00   $(0.00)  $(0.14)  $(0.18)
   Diluted  $0.00   $(0.00)  $(0.14)  $(0.18)
Weighted average number of shares outstanding:                    
   Basic   31,755    21,280    26,720    21,146 
   Diluted   31,755    21,280    26,720    21,146