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Cerecor Reports Second Quarter 2019 Results
[August 08, 2019]

Cerecor Reports Second Quarter 2019 Results

-Positive Final Results with CERC-301 in nOH
-First Patient Enrolled in CDG FIRST Trial
- FDA Acceptance of IND Application of CERC-802

ROCKVILLE, Md., Aug. 08, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Cerecor Inc. (NASDAQ: CERC), a biopharmaceutical company focused on becoming a leader in development and commercialization of treatments for rare and orphan diseases in pediatrics and neurology, announced today its financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2019 and provided additional corporate highlights.

“We are pleased with the ongoing success from our Research and Development efforts.  We continued to meet our milestones across our Rare Orphan Disease pipeline with the CERC-800 series as well as our CNS pipeline with CERC-301.  The first patient enrolled in CDG FIRST marks a significant milestone for all three assets in the CERC-800s clinical development program.  Additionally, we received a Study May Proceed Letter from the FDA, confirming the FDA’s acceptance of the CERC-802 IND.  Lastly, the positive final Phase I results for CERC-301 in nOH was consistent with the interim analysis and demonstrated both a rapid and sustained increase in blood pressure.,” said Dr. Simon Pedder, Executive Chairman of the Board.

Corporate Update and Second Quarter 2019 Financial Result Highlights

  • Announced positive final results from the Phase l study of CERC-301 in the treatment of Neurogenic Orthostatic Hypotension (“nOH”)
  • Enrolled first patient in the Congenital Disorders of Glycosylation (“CDG”) FIRST Trial for the CERC-800 programs (a patient retrospective study with the objective of collecting treatment related data and natural history of patients diagnosed and treated for MPI-CDG, PGM1-CDG and CDG-IIc) 
  • FDA accepted Investigational New Drug (“IND”) application for CERC-802 for the treatment of Mannose Phosphate Isomerase Deficiency (“MPI-CDG”)
  • Added to the Russell 3000® Index
  • Entered into settlement with Lachlan, which settled all future and historic minimum purchase and royalty obligations for Ulesfia and eliminated possible contingent milestone payments

Research and Development Update

The Company achieved several clinical and regulatory milestones in and following the second quarter in neurology, with CERC-301 completing its Phase I trial in nOH.  The rapid, robust and sustained results were remarkable, demonstrating a maximum improvement of 29.1 mmHg in the 20mg dose group (the highest dose tested) throughout the study over baseline and placebo.  Additionally, there was strong dose-related consistency of plasma concentrations across all doses studied.  We believe this data may support a single daily dose and may allow for this compound to be used in a broader Orthostatic Hypotension (“OH”) patient population.

In the pediatric ultra-rare orphan diseases franchise, the CERC-800s series (CERC-801, CERC-802 and CERC-803), the CDG FIRST trial enrolled its first patient.  The purpose of the trial is to investigate the natural course of disease and current treatment approaches for CDGs. The data acquired through the CDG FIRST study is expected to be used to support regulatory filings and may help to expedite the first approved treatment(s) for CDGs.  Lastly, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) communicated that the Company may proceed with the IND acceptance for CERC-802 in MPI-CDG.  The CERC-800 series have all received Orphan Drug Designation and CERC-801 has obtained fast-track designation from the FDA.  By utilizing the 505(b)(2) pathway, published literature, as well as  data from the CDG FIRST retrospective trial, these data will be used as part of the anticipated new drug application (NDA) filings for all three of the CERC-800s compounds.  The NDA filings are targeted for late 2020 and into 2021, with possible approvals in 2021 and 2022.

Second Quarter 2019 Financial Results

Net product revenue decreased $0.3 million to $4.4 million for the three months ended June 30, 2019 as compared to the same period in 2018. The decrease was due to a less favorable product mix and lower sales volume during the current period.

Total operating expenses were $10.4 million for the three months ended June 30, 2019, compared to operating expenses of $10.5 million for the three months ended June 30, 2018. 

Research and development expenses increased $2.6 million to $3.7 million for the three months ended June 30, 2019 as compared to the same period in 2018.  The increase was due to increased spending on research and development and regulatory activities as the Company continues to advance its pipeline, specifically the CERC-800 programs in CDGs and CERC-301 in nOH.  Additionally, sales and marketing expenses increased $0.9 million over the same period as a result of the Company’s sales force expansion.

Operating expense increases were offset by a $2.9 million gain recognized in cost of product sales and change in fair value of contingent consideration related to the successful settlement of the Lachlan litigation during the second quarter.  The settlement fully released the Company of all future and historic minimum purchase and royalty obligations and eliminated possible contingent consideration milestone payments to Lachlan.

Net loss for the second quarter of 2019 was $6.2 million as compared to the prior year quarter net loss of $6.0 million.

The quarter-end cash balance was $9.4 million, compared to a cash balance of $10.6 million as of December 31, 2018. 

Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations

   Three Months Ended Six Months Ended
   June 30, June 30,
   2019 (a) 2018 (a) 2019 (a) 2018 (a)
   (in thousands) (in thousands)
 Product revenue, net $  4,449  $  4,711  $  9,861  $  8,971 
 Sales force revenue    —     74     —     297 
 Total revenues, net    4,449     4,785     9,861     9,268 
 Operating expenses:            
 Cost of product sales    (142)    1,423     1,806     2,287 
 Research and development    3,712     1,083     7,114     2,733 
 General and administrative    2,382     3,042     5,099     5,949 
 Sales and marketing    2,937     2,042     6,046     3,578 
 Amortization expense    1,079     1,233     2,158     2,250 
 Impairment of intangible assets    1,449     1,702     1,449     1,702 
 Change in fair value of contingent consideration    (992)    13     (812)    276 
 Total operating expenses    10,425     10,538     22,860     18,775 
 Loss from operations    (5,976)    (5,753)    (12,999)    (9,507)
 Other (expense) income:            
 Change in fair value of warrant liability and unit purchase option liability    19     4     (28)    (20)
 Other (expense) income, net    —     —     (9)    19 
 Interest expense, net    (200)    (242)    (408)    (343)
 Total other expense, net    (181)    (238)    (445)    (344)
 Net loss before taxes    (6,157)    (5,991)    (13,444)    (9,851)
 Income tax expense    66     16     233     40 
 Net loss  $  (6,223) $  (6,007) $  (13,677) $  (9,891)
 Net loss per share of common stock, basic and diluted $  (0.11) $  (0.19) $  (0.24) $  (0.31)
 Net loss per share of preferred stock, basic and diluted $  (0.55) $  —  $  (1.21) $  — 
 (a) The condensed consolidated statements of operations for the three and six months ended June 30, 2019 and 2018 have been derived from the reviewed financial statements but do not include all of the information and footnotes required by accounting principles generally accepted in the United States for complete financial statements.     

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

   June 30, December 31, 
   2019 (a) 2018 (a) 
   (in thousands) 
 Current assets:       
 Cash and cash equivalents $  9,387  $  10,646  
 Accounts receivable, net    2,860     3,158  
 Other receivables    143     5,469  
 Inventory, net    618     1,111  
 Prepaid expenses and other current assets    865     1,529  
 Restricted cash, current portion    26     19  
 Total current assets    13,899     21,932  
 Property and equipment, net    1,526     587  
 Intangible assets, net    27,633     31,239  
 Goodwill    16,411     16,411  
 Restricted cash, net of current portion    152     82  
 Total assets $  59,621  $  70,251  
 Liabilities and stockholders’ equity       
 Current liabilities:       
 Accounts payable $  1,445  $  1,446  
 Accrued expenses and other current liabilities    13,348     19,731  
 Income taxes payable    1,393     2,032  
 Long-term debt, current portion    1,050     1,050  
 Contingent consideration, current portion    1,529     1,957  
 Total current liabilities    18,765     26,216  
 Long-term debt, net of current portion    14,279     14,328  
 Contingent consideration, net of current portion    6,330     7,094  
 Deferred tax liability, net    88     69  
 License obligations    1,250     1,250  
 Other long-term liabilities    1,212     386  
 Total liabilities    41,924     49,343  
 Stockholders’ equity:       
 Common stock—$0.001 par value; 200,000,000 shares authorized at June 30, 2019 and December 31, 2018; 42,898,251 and 40,804,189 shares issued and outstanding at June 30, 2019 and December 31, 2018, respectively     43     41  
 Preferred stock—$0.001 par value; 5,000,000 shares authorized at June 30, 2019 and December 31, 2018; 2,857,143 shares issued and outstanding at June 30, 2019 and December 31, 2018    3     3  
 Additional paid-in capital    129,546     119,082  
 Accumulated deficit    (111,895)    (98,218) 
 Total stockholders’ equity    17,697     20,908  
 Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity $  59,621  $  70,251  
 (a) The condensed consolidated balance sheets as of June 30, 2019 and December 31, 2018 have been derived from the reviewed and audited financial statements but do not include all of the information and footnotes required by accounting principles generally accepted in the United States for complete financial statements. 


The Company maintains its full-year 2019 net revenue guidance in a range of $20 to $22 million. These estimates are forward-looking statements that reflect management’s current expectations for Cerecor’s 2019 performance.   Actual results may vary materially, whether as a result of market conditions, or other factors, including those described in the “Risk Factors” sections of our SEC filings.

About Cerecor

Cerecor is a fully integrated biopharmaceutical company with commercial operations and research and development capabilities.  The Company is building a robust pipeline of innovative therapies in orphan diseases, neurology and pediatric healthcare.  The Company’s pediatric orphan  disease pipeline is led by CERC-801, CERC-802 and CERC-803 (“CERC-800 programs”), which are therapies for inborn errors of metabolism, specifically disorders known as Congenital Disorders of Glycosylation.  The FDA granted Rare Pediatric Disease Designation and Orphan Drug Designation (“ODD”) to all three CERC-800 compounds, thus qualifying the Company to receive a Priority Review Voucher (“PRV”) upon approval of a new drug application (“NDA”). The PRV may be sold or transferred an unlimited number of times.  The Company plans to leverage the 505(b)(2) NDA pathway for all three compounds to accelerate development and approval.  The Company is also in the process of developing one other preclinical pediatric orphan rare disease compound, CERC-913, for the treatment of mitochondrial DNA Depletion Syndrome.  The Company’s neurology pipeline is led by CERC-301, a Glutamate NR2B selective, NMDA Receptor antagonist ,which Cerecor is currently exploring as a novel treatment for orthostatic hypotension.  The Company is also developing CERC-406, a CNS-targeted COMT inhibitor for Parkinson’s Disease. The Company also has a diverse portfolio of marketed products, led by our prescribed dietary supplements Poly-Vi-Flor® and Tri-Vi-Flor™, which are prescription vitamin and fluoride supplements used in infants and children to treat or prevent deficiency of essential vitamins and fluoride.  The Company also markets a number of prescription drugs that treat a range of pediatric diseases, disorders and conditions.  Cerecor's prescription drugs include Millipred®, Karbinal™ ER, AcipHex® Sprinkle™, and Cefaclor for Oral Suspension.

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Forward-Looking Statements

This press release may include forward-looking statements made pursuant to the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements are statements that are not historical facts. Such forward-looking statements are subject to significant risks and uncertainties that are subject to change based on various factors (many of which are beyond Cerecor’s control), which could cause actual results to differ from the forward-looking statements. Such statements may include, without limitation, statements with respect to Cerecor’s plans, objectives, projections, expectations and intentions and other statements identified by words such as “projects,” “may,” “will,” “could,” “would,” “should,” “continue,” “seeks,” “aims,” “predicts,” “believes,” “expects,” “anticipates,” “estimates,” “intends,” “plans,” “potential,” or similar expressions (including their use in the negative), or by discussions of future matters such as: the development of product candidates or products; timing and success of trial results and regulatory review; potential attributes and benefits of product candidates; the expansion of Cerecor’s drug portfolio; and other statements that are not historical. These statements are based upon the current beliefs and expectations of Cerecor’s management but are subject to significant risks and uncertainties, including: drug development costs, timing and other risks; regulatory risks; reliance on and the need to attract, integrate and retain key personnel; Cerecor’s cash position and the potential need for it to raise additional capital; risks associated with acquisitions, including the need to quickly and successfully integrate acquired assets and personnel; and those other risks detailed in Cerecor’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Actual results may differ from those set forth in the forward-looking statements. Except as required by applicable law, Cerecor expressly disclaims any obligations or undertaking to release publicly any updates or revisions to any forward-looking statements contained herein to reflect any change in Cerecor’s expectations with respect thereto or any change in events, conditions or circumstances on which any statement is based.

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James Harrell,
EVP Corporate Communications & Investor Relations
Cerecor Inc.
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