A.P. Pharma Announces Fourth Quarter and Year-End 2009 Financial Results
"2009 was an important year for A.P. Pharma. We achieved a major milestone with the submission of a New Drug Application for APF530, which is being developed for the prevention of chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting," said Ronald Prentki, A.P. Pharma's president and chief executive officer. "We also improved the financial position of the Company through the completion of a successful stock sale and the implementation of cost reduction measures, which provided resources for the continued development of APF530."
Results of Operations
A.P. Pharma's net loss for the fourth quarter of 2009 was $1.9 million, or $0.05 per share, compared with a net loss of $3.9 million, or $0.13 per share, for the fourth quarter of 2008. For the full year 2009, the Company's net loss was $10.0 million, or $0.31 per share, versus a net loss of $23.1 million, or $0.75 per share, for 2008. The improved operating results in both the quarter and the year ended December 31, 2009 were principally due to A.P. Pharma's decision to suspend, for the time being, development of its other product candidates in order to focus its resources on the submission and approval of the NDA for APF530, as well as other cost containment initiatives undertaken by the Company.
Contract revenue was $122,000 in the fourth quarter of 2009, and $1.3 million for all of 2009, compared with $20,000 and $369,000, respectively, for 2008. The increase in revenue for 2009 reflects $1.0 million of previously deferred revenue recognized as the result of the termination of a partner agreement in 2009, as well as revenue associated with a development program utilizing our proprietary Biochronomer(TM) technology with Merial.
Cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities as of December 31, 2009 were $7.6 million, compared with $10.5 million at December 31, 2008. The Company believes its cash and cash equivalents as of December 31, 2009 will enable it to fund its operations through 2010, based on anticipated spending levels and certain expected positive cash inflows.
A.P. Pharma's lead product, APF530, prevents both acute and delayed onset of chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting (CINV). APF530 contains the 5-HT3 antagonist, granisetron, formulated in the Company's proprietary Biochronomer(TM) drug delivery system, which allows therapeutic drug levels to be maintained for five days with a single subcutaneous injection. Injections and oral tablets containing granisetron are approved for the prevention of acute onset CINV, but not for delayed onset CINV. Granisetron was selected because it is widely prescribed by physicians based on a well-established record of safety and efficacy.
About A.P. Pharma
A.P. Pharma is a specialty pharmaceutical company developing products using its proprietary Biochronomer(TM) polymer-based drug delivery technology. The Company's primary focus is on its lead product, APF530, for the prevention of CINV. The New Drug Application (NDA) for APF530 was submitted to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in May 2009 and accepted for review in July 2009, at which time the FDA set a Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA) date of March 18, 2010. The Company has additional clinical and preclinical stage programs in the area of pain management, all of which utilize its bioerodible injectable and implantable delivery systems. For further information, visit the Company's web site at http://www.appharma.com.
(financial tables follow)
|A.P. PHARMA, INC.|
|Statements of Operations|
|(in thousands, except per share data)|
|Three Months Ended||Year Ended|
|December 31,||December 31,||December 31,||December 31,|
|Research and development||1,419||2,759||7,796||19,507|
|General and administrative||803||1,093||3,707||4,307|
|Total operating expenses||2,222||3,852||11,503||23,814|
|Other expense, net||(6)||(75)||(5)||(67)|
|Loss from continuing
|Income (loss) from discontinued
|Loss before income taxes||
|Provision for income taxes||122||--||122||--|
|Net loss||$ (1,913)||
|Basic and diluted loss per
|Loss from continuing
Shares used to compute basic and diluted net loss per common share
A.P. PHARMA, INC.
|December 31, 2009||December 31, 2008|
|Cash, cash equivalents and marketable
|Accounts receivable, net||171||32|
|Other current assets||549||246|
|Total current assets||8,313||10,816|
|Property and equipment, net||510||881|
|Other non-current assets||128||103|
|Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity|
|Total liabilities and stockholders' equity||$8,951||$11,800|
This news release contains "forward-looking statements" as defined by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties, including uncertainties associated with capital resources and liquidity, timely development and regulatory approval of product candidates, satisfactory completion of clinical studies, establishment of new corporate alliances, progress in research and development programs, launch and acceptance of new products and other risks and uncertainties identified in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. We caution investors that forward-looking statements reflect our analysis only on their stated date. We do not intend to update them except as required by law.
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