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Oct 01, 2019

Acura Pharmaceuticals Announces First Quarter 2019 Financial Results

PALATINE, Ill., Oct. 01, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- 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 months ended March 31, 2019.

The Company reported for the first quarter 2019 a net loss of $0.8 million or ($0.04) per diluted share compared to net loss of $1.5 million or ($0.07) per diluted share for 2018.

For the three month period ended March 31, 2019, the Company recorded $67 thousand in royalty revenue compared to $0.2 million for the same period in 2018. Research and development expense was $0.3 million and $0.7 million for the three month periods ended March 31, 2019 and 2018, respectively. General and administrative expense was $0.4 million and $0.9 million for the three month periods ended March 31, 2019 and 2018, respectively.

The Company delayed filing the first quarter 2019 Form 10-Q pending the completion of the 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).  We entered into the Agreement at June 28, 2019.  The Agreement is described in our press release dated July 2, 2019 and our Form 8-K filed July 5, 2019.  This Agreement provided the capital necessary to fund ongoing operations, including the expense associated with our annual audit and quarterly SEC filings.  The Company filed its 2018 Form 10-K on September 16, 2019 and plans to file the second quarter 2019 Form 10-Q as quickly as possible and then return to timely submission of our required SEC filings.

As of September 27, 2019, the Company had cash of $0.6 million.  Additionally, the 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 pay all outside development costs for LTX-03.  We expect these amounts will fund operations through 2020. 

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;
  • 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.

for Acura Investor Relations 

(in thousands)
 March 31,December 31,
  2019  2018 
Assets – current$  316 $  461 
Property, plant and equipment, net 589  606 
Other assets 1,034  1,085 
  Total assets$  1,939 $  2,152 
Liabilities - current$ 1,463 $ 1,435 
Accrued interest to related party - current 190  - 
Debt to related party, net – current 4,647  - 
Accrued interest to related party – non current -  110 
Debt to related party, net – non current -  4,224 
Stockholders' deficit (4,361) (3,617)
  Total liabilities and stockholders' deficit$  1,939 $  2,152 

(in thousands, except per share amounts)
  Three Months Ended March 31,
   2019  2018 
  Royalty revenue $  67 $  198 
  Research and development  313  650 
  General and administrative  437  943 
  Total costs and expenses  750  1,593 
Operating loss  (683) (1,395)
Interest expense, net  (105) (99)
Loss before income taxes  (788) (1,494)
Provision for income taxes  -  - 
Net loss $ (788)$  (1,494)
Net loss per share:   
  Basic $  (0.04)$  (0.07)
  Diluted $  (0.04)$  (0.07)
Weighted average number of shares outstanding:   
  Basic  21,493  21,034 
  Diluted  21,493  21,034 


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Source: Acura Pharmaceuticals, Inc.