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Strongbridge Biopharma plc Reports Full-Year 2017 Financial Results

~ KEVEYIS®(dichlorphenamide) Fourth Quarter and Full-Year 2017 Revenue of $3.0 Million and $7.0 Million, Respectively ~

~ Full-Year 2018 KEVEYIS Revenue Guidance of $16 to $19 Million ~

~ MACRILEN™ (macimorelin) Product Launch on Track for Mid-2018 ~

~ RECORLEV™ (levoketoconazole) Phase 3 Clinical Program Progressing with SONICS Top-line Results Expected in Mid-Year 2018 ~

~ Investor & Analyst Day in New York City Planned for April 5, 2018 to Discuss Clinical Development and Commercial Progress ~

DUBLIN, Ireland and TREVOSE, Pa., March 12, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Strongbridge Biopharma plc, (Nasdaq:SBBP), a global commercial-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of therapies for rare diseases with significant unmet needs, today reported financial results for the full year and fourth quarter ended December 31, 2017.

“2017 was a defining year for Strongbridge, marked by rapid transformation and growth as we became a revenue-generating rare disease company. As a result of the early launch uptake of KEVEYIS, the first and only FDA-approved treatment for Primary Periodic Paralysis (PPP), we made the decision to more than double our field-based team in the fourth quarter to meet growing market demand and position us for success in 2018 and beyond. This expanded investment reflects the significant opportunity in the market, the need to raise awareness of this ultra-rare disease and our commitment to patient communities, such as PPP, that may otherwise go ignored," said Matthew Pauls, president and chief executive officer of Strongbridge Biopharma. 

“In 2017, we completed enrollment in SONICS, our pivotal Phase 3 study of RECORLEV™ (levoketoconazole) in Cushing’s syndrome and look forward to top-line results in mid-2018. We are also excited to launch our second rare disease product, MACRILEN™ (macimorelin), in the middle of the year,” Pauls added.

Full-Year 2017 Corporate & Financial Highlights

Early Launch Success with KEVEYIS Demonstrates Significant Market Opportunity:

  • Achieved net product sales of $3.0 million during the fourth quarter of 2017, a 20% increase compared to $2.5 million in the third quarter.
  • Expanded the Company’s rare neuromuscular field-based team from 12 to 21 sales representatives, along with the addition of three regional business directors and three patient access managers.
  • Launched the no-cost Uncovering Periodic Paralysis genetic testing program at the end of the third quarter.
  • Full-year 2018 revenue guidance for KEVEYIS of $16 to $19 million.

RECORLEV Phase 3 Clinical Development Program Continues to Progress

  • Completed target enrollment in the Phase 3 SONICS study in the second quarter of 2017. Top-line results from SONICS are anticipated in mid-2018.
  • Began activating sites for the Phase 3 LOGICS study in the fourth quarter of 2017, with dosing of the first patients anticipated in the first quarter of 2018 and availability of top-line data expected in the first quarter of 2019.
  • Two Data and Safety Monitoring Board (DSMB) reviews were held in 2017. In each case, the DSMB recommended that the Phase 3 SONICS study continue as planned with no protocol changes.

Strongbridge Financial and Marketplace Position Strengthened by a Number of Recent Key Events:

  • Acquired the U.S. and Canadian rights to MACRILEN in January 2018. In conjunction, completed a public offering of ordinary shares raising net proceeds of $33.3 million and amended the Company’s existing senior credit facility with CRG LP to increase total potential borrowing from $50 million to $100 million.
  • Completed a public offering of ordinary shares in October 2017, raising net proceeds of $23.4 million.
  • Company added to the Russell 3000®Index in June 2017 and the NASDAQ Biotech Index in December 2017.

Strongbridge will host an Investor and Analyst Day in New York City on Thursday, April 5, 2018 in which management and external opinion leaders will discuss the Company's clinical development progress and commercial priorities for 2018.

Fourth Quarter 2017 Financial Results
For the three months ended December 31, 2017, basic and diluted net loss attributable to ordinary shareholders on a GAAP basis was $18.7 million, or $0.47 per share, compared to a basic net loss attributable to ordinary shareholders of $16.0 million, or $0.71 per share, for the same period in 2016.  Net loss for the three months ended December 31, 2017 was higher than the same period in 2016 primarily due to increased operating expenses associated with the commercialization of KEVEYIS, which was launched in April 2017, and an unrealized loss on the fair value of warrants, offset in part by net revenues recorded from KEVEYIS product sales and a non-cash impairment charge recorded in 2016 related to in-process research and development recorded for the veldoreotide program. 

For the three months ended December 31, 2017, non-GAAP basic and diluted net loss attributable to ordinary shareholders was $12.3 million, or $0.31 per share, compared to a non-GAAP basic net loss attributable to ordinary shareholders of $6.0 million, or $0.27 per share, for the same period in 2016. The increase in non-GAAP net loss was primarily due to increased operating expenses associated with the commercialization of KEVEYIS, which was launched in April 2017, offset in part by net revenues recorded from KEVEYIS product sales.

Non-GAAP net loss for the three months ended December 31, 2017 excludes $1.3 million of non-cash intangible asset amortization, $1.3 million of non-cash stock-based compensation expense, $0.6 million of non-cash interest expense, $2.0 million of non-cash unrealized losses on fair value of warrants, and a $1.2 million non-cash income tax expense. Non-GAAP net loss for the three months ended December 31, 2016 excludes a $10.6 million non-cash intangible asset impairment charge, $1.1 million of non-cash stock-based compensation expense and a $1.7 million non-cash income tax benefit.

As a result of the April 2017 KEVEYIS launch, the Company recorded net revenues of $3.0 million and cost of goods sold of $0.5 million for the three months ended December 31, 2017. No revenue or cost of goods sold was recognized for the same period of 2016.

Research and development expenses were $5.1 million for the three months ended December 31, 2017, compared to $4.1 million for the same period in the prior year. The increase during the 2017 period was primarily due to the RECORLEV LOGICS clinical trial. 

Selling, general and administrative expenses were $10.2 million for the three months ended December 31, 2017, compared to $3.6 million for the same period in the prior year. The increase during the 2017 period was primarily due to costs incurred to establish the commercial and corporate infrastructure necessary to support the launch and ongoing commercialization of KEVEYIS.

Full-Year 2017 Financial Results
For the twelve months ended December 31, 2017, basic and diluted net loss attributable to ordinary shareholders on a GAAP basis was $113.5 million, or $3.11 per share, compared to a basic net loss attributable to ordinary shareholders of $48.6 million, or $2.26 per share, for the same period in 2016. The net loss for the twelve months ended December 31, 2017 included $54.4 million in charges consisting of a non-cash unrealized loss of $30.2 million on the fair value of the Company’s warrant liability, a non-cash impairment charge of $20.7 million related to in-process research and development recorded for the veldoreotide program, and a loss of $3.5 million on the early extinguishment of debt that was repaid in July 2017 in connection with establishing a new credit facility. The net loss for the twelve months ended December 31, 2016 included non-cash intangible asset impairment charges of $15.8 million. Net loss for the twelve months ended December 31, 2017 was also higher than the same period in 2016 due to increased operating expenses associated with the commercialization of KEVEYIS, which was launched in April 2017, offset in part by net revenues recorded from KEVEYIS product sales.

For the twelve months ended December 31, 2017, non-GAAP basic and diluted net loss attributable to ordinary shareholders was $47.9 million, or $1.31 per share, compared to a non-GAAP basic net loss attributable to ordinary shareholders of $31.4 million, or $1.46 per share, for the same period in 2016. The increase in non-GAAP net loss was primarily due to increased operating expenses associated with the commercialization of KEVEYIS, which was launched in April 2017, offset in part by net revenues recorded from KEVEYIS product sales and lower research and development expenses.

Non-GAAP net loss for the twelve months ended December 31, 2017 excludes $5.0 million of non-cash intangible asset amortization, a $20.7 million non-cash intangible asset impairment charge, $5.2 million of non-cash stock-based compensation expense, $30.2 million of non-cash unrealized losses on fair value of warrants, $2.8 million of non-cash interest and debt extinguishment expense, and $1.6 million of non-cash income tax expense. Non-GAAP net loss for the twelve months ended December 31, 2016 excludes $15.8 million of non-cash intangible asset impairment charges, $4.6 million of non-cash stock-based compensation expense, $0.6 million of non-cash unrealized gains on fair value of warrants, and a $2.6 million non-cash income tax benefit.

As a result of the April 2017 KEVEYIS launch, the Company recorded net revenues of $7.0 million and cost of goods sold of $1.5 million for the twelve months ended December 31, 2017. No revenue or cost of goods sold was recognized for the same period of 2016.

Research and development expenses were $17.3 million for the twelve months ended December 31, 2017, compared to $20.0 million for the same period in the prior year. The decrease during the 2017 period was primarily due to a planned decrease in development activity for veldoreotide, and decreased development spend related to programs discontinued during 2016.

Selling, general and administrative expenses were $36.3 million for the twelve months ended December 31, 2017, compared to $14.9 million for the same period in the prior year. The increase during the 2017 period was primarily due to costs incurred to establish the necessary commercial and corporate infrastructure to support the launch and ongoing commercialization of KEVEYIS.

Strongbridge had $57.5 million of cash and cash equivalents and $40.0 million in outstanding debt as of December 31, 2017, compared to $66.8 million of cash and cash equivalents and $20.0 million in outstanding debt as of December 31, 2016. After adjusting for the net proceeds of the debt and equity financings completed in the first quarter of 2018 and the costs to acquire MACRILEN in January 2018, Strongbridge had pro forma cash and cash equivalents of $110.6 million and pro forma outstanding debt of $85.0 million as of December 31, 2017.  The Company believes the combination of existing cash resources and anticipated additional borrowings available under its credit facility will provide sufficient cash resources under its current operating plan, which includes the commercial launch of MACRILEN and the potential U.S. regulatory approval and launch of RECORLEV, to achieve consistent positive cash flows from operating activities.

Conference Call Information 
Strongbridge will host a conference call on Monday, March 12 at 8:30 a.m. ET. To access the live call, dial 844-285-7153 (domestic) or 478-219-0180 (international) with conference ID 6497969. The conference call will also be audio webcast from the Company’s website at www.strongbridgebio.com under the “Investor/Webcasts and Presentations” section. A replay of the call will be made available for one week following the conference call. To hear a replay of the call, dial 855-859-2056 (domestic) or 404-537-3406 (international) with conference ID 6497969.

About Strongbridge Biopharma
Strongbridge Biopharma is a global commercial-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of therapies for rare diseases with significant unmet needs. Strongbridge's commercial portfolio within its rare neuromuscular and rare endocrine franchises includes KEVEYIS®(dichlorphenamide), the first and only FDA-approved treatment for hyperkalemic, hypokalemic, and related variants of primary periodic paralysis, and MACRILEN™ (macimorelin), the first and only FDA-approved oral drug indicated for the diagnosis of adult growth hormone deficiency. The Company’s rare endocrine franchise also includes a clinical-stage pipeline of therapies: RECORLEV (levoketoconazole), a cortisol synthesis inhibitor currently being studied for the treatment of endogenous Cushing's syndrome, and veldoreotide, a next-generation somatostatin analog being investigated for the treatment of acromegaly and potential additional applications in other conditions amenable to somatostatin receptor activation.

About KEVEYIS
KEVEYIS® (dichlorphenamide) is indicated for the treatment of primary hyperkalemic periodic paralysis, primary hypokalemic periodic paralysis, and related variants. In clinical studies, the most common side effects of KEVEYIS were a numbness or tingling, difficulty thinking and paying attention, changes in taste, and confusion. These are not all of the possible side effects that you may experience with KEVEYIS. Talk to your doctor if you have any symptoms that bother you or do not go away. You are encouraged to report side effects to Strongbridge Biopharma at 1-855-324-8912, or to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or visit www.fda.gov/medwatch/. For additional KEVEYIS important safety information and the full prescribing information visit www.keveyis.com.

About MACRILEN 
MACRILEN™ (macimorelin) is a prescription oral solution that is used to test for adult growth hormone deficiency (AGHD).  In clinical studies, the most common side effects of MACRILEN were changed sense of taste, dizziness, headache, fatigue, nausea, hunger, diarrhea, upper respiratory tract infection, feeling hot, excessive sweating, sore nose and throat, and decreased heart rate.  These are not all of the possible side effects that you may experience with MACRILEN. Call your healthcare provider for medical advice about side effects. You are encouraged to report side effects to Strongbridge at 1-855-324-8912, or to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or visit www.strongbridgebio.com/products/macrilen/.  Please see Full Prescribing Information for additional important MACRILEN safety information.

Forward-Looking Statements
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STRONGBRIDGE BIOPHARMA plc  
Select Consolidated Balance Sheet Information  
(Unaudited, in thousands, except share and per share data)  
               
    December 31,     December 31,
    2017     2016
    ( in thousands)  
Consolidated Balance Sheet Data:              
Cash and cash equivalents   $   57,510     $   66,837  
Total assets       103,925         137,531  
Long-term debt, net       37,794         18,434  
Total liabilities       115,839         70,559  
Total stockholders’ (deficit) equity       (11,914 )       66,972  
               

 

STRONGBRIDGE BIOPHARMA plc  
Consolidated Statement of Operations and Comprehensive Loss  
(Unaudited, in thousands, except share and per share data)  
                         
  Three Months Ended December 31,   Year Ended December 31,  
  2017   2016   2017   2016  
         
         
Consolidated Statement of Operations Data:                        
Revenues:                        
Net product sales $ 2,984     $ -     $ 7,046     $ -    
Total revenues   2,984       -       7,046       -    
                         
Cost and expenses:                        
Cost of sales (excluding amortization of intangible asset) $ 515     $     $ 1,483     $    
Selling, general and administrative   10,224       3,615       36,292       14,875    
Research and development   5,155       4,141       17,268       20,023    
Amortization of intangible asset   1,255             5,022          
Impairment of intangible assets         10,600       20,723       15,828    
Total cost and expenses   17,149       18,356       80,788       50,726    
Operating loss   (14,165 )     (18,356 )     (73,742 )     (50,726 )  
Other income (expense), net:                        
Unrealized gain (loss) on fair value of warrants   (2,024 )           (30,218 )     638    
Interest expense   (1,475 )     (20 )     (4,313 )     (20 )  
Foreign exchange gain (loss)   (5 )     638       (41 )     (69 )  
Loss on early extinguishment of debt     —         (5 )       (3,545 )       —    
Other income (expense), net     41         30         147         (1,180 )  
Total other income (expense), net     (3,463 )       643         (37,970 )       (631 )  
Loss before income taxes     (17,628 )       (17,713 )       (111,712 )       (51,357 )  
Income tax (expense) benefit     (1,119 )       1,712         (1,771 )       2,638    
Net loss     (18,747 )       (16,001 )       (113,483 )       (48,719 )  
Net loss attributable to non‑controlling interest     —         —         —         122    
Net loss attributable to Strongbridge Biopharma $   (18,747 )   $   (16,001 )   $   (113,483 )   $   (48,597 )  
                         
Net loss attributable to ordinary shareholders:                        
Basic $   (18,747 )   $   (16,001 )   $   (113,483 )   $   (48,597 )  
Diluted $   (18,747 )   $   (16,639 )   $   (113,483 )   $   (49,236 )  
Net loss per share attributable to ordinary shareholders:                        
Basic  $   (0.47 )   $   (0.71 )   $   (3.11 )   $   (2.26 )  
Diluted $   (0.47 )   $   (0.73 )   $   (3.11 )   $   (2.27 )  
Weighted-average shares used in computing net loss per share attributable to ordinary shareholders:                        
Basic      39,753,550         22,577,766         36,544,825         21,550,353    
Diluted     39,753,550         22,682,977         36,544,825         21,655,564    
                         

 

STRONGBRIDGE BIOPHARMA plc  
Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures  
(Unaudited, in thousands, except share and per share data)  
                           
                           
    Three Months Ended December 31, 2017  
    Operating
loss
  Loss before
income taxes
  Net loss
attributable to
ordinary
shareholders
  Net loss per
share
attributable to
ordinary
shareholders
 
                                 
GAAP         ($14,165 )   ($17,628 )   ($18,747 )   ($0.47 )  
                         
Non-GAAP Adjustments:      
             
  Amortization of intangible asset (a)   $1,255     $1,255     $1,255     $0.03    
  Stock-based compensation - Research & Development (b) $318     $318     $318     $0.01    
  Stock-based compensation - Selling, General & Admin. (b) $986     $986     $986     $0.02    
  Unrealized loss on fair value of warrants (c)         $2,024     $2,024     $0.05    
  Non-cash interest and debt extinguishment expenses (d)       $599     $599     $0.02    
  Non-cash income tax expense (e)                 $1,247     $0.03    
                                   
Adjusted         ($11,606 )   ($12,446 )   ($12,318 )   ($0.31 )  
                           
                           
            Three Months Ended December 31, 2016  
            Operating
loss
  Loss before
income taxes
  Net loss
attributable to
ordinary
shareholders
  Net loss per
share
attributable to
ordinary
shareholders
 
                                           
GAAP         ($18,356 )   ($17,713 )   ($16,001 )   ($0.71 )  
                         
Non-GAAP Adjustments:      
             
  Impairment of intangible asset (a)     $10,600     $10,600     $10,600     $0.47    
  Stock-based compensation - Research & Development (b) $200     $200     $200     $0.01    
  Stock-based compensation - Selling, General & Admin. (b) $886     $886     $886     $0.04    
  Non-cash income tax benefit (e)                 ($1,712 )   ($0.08 )  
                                   
Adjusted         ($6,670 )   ($6,027 )   ($6,027 )   ($0.27 )  
                                           

 

STRONGBRIDGE BIOPHARMA plc  
Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures  
(Unaudited, in thousands, except share and per share data)  
                           
                           
    Twelve Months Ended December 31, 2017  
    Operating
loss
  Loss before
income taxes
  Net loss
attributable to
ordinary
shareholders
  Net loss per
share
attributable to
ordinary
shareholders
 
                                   
GAAP         ($73,742 )   ($111,712 )   ($113,483 )   ($3.11 )  
                         
Non-GAAP Adjustments:      
             
  Amortization of intangible asset (a)   $5,022     $5,022     $5,022     $0.14    
  Impairment of intangible asset (a)     $20,723     $20,723     $20,723     $0.57    
  Stock-based compensation - Research & Development (b) $1,140     $1,140     $1,140     $0.03    
  Stock-based compensation - Selling, General & Admin. (b) $4,027     $4,027     $4,027     $0.11    
  Unrealized loss on fair value of warrants (c)         $30,218     $30,218     $0.83    
  Non-cash interest expense and loss on early extinguishment of debt (d)       $2,812     $2,812     $0.08    
  Non-cash income tax expense (e)         —         —     $1,644     $0.04    
                                   
Adjusted         ($42,830 )   ($47,770 )   ($47,897 )   ($1.31 )  
                                           
                           
            Twelve Months Ended December 31, 2016  
            Operating
loss
  Loss before
income taxes
  Net loss
attributable to
ordinary
shareholders
  Net loss per
share
attributable to
ordinary
shareholders
 
                                           
GAAP         ($50,726 )   ($51,357 )   ($48,597 )   ($2.26 )  
                         
Non-GAAP Adjustments:      
             
  Impairment of intangible asset (a)     $15,828     $15,828     $15,828     $0.73    
  Stock-based compensation - Research & Development (b) $601     $601     $601     $0.03    
  Stock-based compensation - Selling, General & Admin. (b) $4,006     $4,006     $4,006     $0.19    
  Unrealized gain on fair value of warrants (c)       ($638 )   ($638 )   ($0.03 )  
  Non-cash income tax benefit (e)                 ($2,638 )   ($0.12 )  
                                   
Adjusted         ($30,291 )   ($31,560 )   ($31,438 )   ($1.46 )  
                                           

(a) The effects of amortization of the intangible assets and charges related to the impairment of the intangible assets are excluded because these charges are non-cash, and we believe such exclusion facilitates investors’ ability to more accurately compare our operating results to those of our peer companies.

(b) The effects of non-cash employee stock-based compensation are excluded because of varying available valuation methodologies and subjective assumptions. We believe this is a useful measure for investors because such exclusion facilitates comparison to peer companies who also provide similar non-GAAP disclosures and is reflective of how management internally manages the business. 

(c) The unrealized gain or loss on fair value of warrants are excluded due to the nature of this charge, which is non-cash and related primarily to the effect of changes in the company’s stock price at a point in time. We believe such exclusion facilitates investors’ ability to more accurately compare our operating results to those of our peer companies. 

(d) The effects of non-cash interest and debt extinguishment charges are excluded. We believe such exclusion facilitates an understanding of the effects of the debt service obligations on the Company’s liquidity and comparisons to peer group companies, and is reflective of how management internally manages the business.

(e) The effect of non-cash tax expense or benefit related to valuation allowance adjustments of the deferred income tax asset is excluded because of its non-recurring nature. We believe such exclusion facilitates investor’s ability to more accurately compare our operating results to those of our peer companies. 

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