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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.
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:
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ACURA PHARMACEUTICALS, INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
|March 31,||December 31,|
|Assets – current||$||316||$||461|
|Property, plant and equipment, net||589||606|
|Liabilities - current||$||1,463||$||1,435|
|Accrued interest to related party - current||190||-|
|Debt to related party, net – current||4,647||-|
|Accrued interest to related party – non current||-||110|
|Debt to related party, net – non current||-||4,224|
|Total liabilities and stockholders' deficit||$||1,939||$||2,152|
ACURA PHARMACEUTICALS, INC.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS (Unaudited)
(in thousands, except per share amounts)
|Three Months Ended March 31,|
|Research and development||313||650|
|General and administrative||437||943|
|Total costs and expenses||750||1,593|
|Interest expense, net||(105||)||(99||)|
|Loss before income taxes||(788||)||(1,494||)|
|Provision for income taxes||-||-|
|Net loss per share:|
|Weighted average number of shares outstanding:|