Discovery Labs Reports First Quarter 2012 Financial Results

WARRINGTON, Pa., May 3, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Discovery Laboratories, Inc. (Nasdaq: DSCO), a specialty biotechnology company dedicated to advancing a new standard in respiratory critical care, today reports financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2012.  The Company will host a conference call this morning at 10:00 AM ET.  Conference call details are below.

Key financial information includes:

  • For the first quarter of 2012, the Company reported an operating loss of $6.6 million compared with an operating loss of $6.1 million for the comparable period in 2011.  Operating cash outflows before financing activities were $5.7 million for the first quarter of 2012.

  • As of March 31, 2012, the Company had cash and cash equivalents of $54.8 million.  In the first quarter 2012, the Company received net proceeds of approximately $50.3 million from offerings of common stock and the exercise of warrants to purchase shares of common stock.  Currently, there are warrants outstanding to purchase 2.8 million shares of common stock at an exercise price of $2.94 which expire on May 22, 2012.  If the price of the Company's common stock should be above $2.94 and if holders determine in their discretion to exercise these warrants, the Company could potentially realize up to an additional $8.1 million in proceeds.

  • With receipt in the first quarter of 2012 of both U.S. regulatory approval of SURFAXIN® (lucinactant)  and U.S. marketing clearance for the initial AFECTAIR® device, the Company is implementing its plans to build U.S. commercial and medical affairs capabilities, and to advance its SURFAXIN LS™ and AEROSURF® pipeline programs.  The Company anticipates operating cash outflows before financing activities of $8.5 - $9.0 million for the second quarter of 2012, which includes a milestone payment of $0.5 million to Johnson & Johnson (J&J) related to the U.S. regulatory approval of SURFAXIN.

"During this past quarter, we significantly strengthened our company. With two products gaining FDA marketing authorization and an improved financial position, we are prepared to execute our business plan," said W. Thomas Amick, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, Discovery Labs.  "We are making good progress on our top priorities: implementing the U.S. commercial launch of SURFAXIN and AFECTAIR, targeted for Q4 2012; developing our high-value pipeline programs, SURFAXIN LS and AEROSURF, and securing potential international strategic partners for these pipeline programs.  We believe that our KL4 surfactant and aerosol drug delivery technologies have the potential to significantly advance respiratory critical care, beginning with respiratory distress syndrome."

Summary Financial Results for the First Quarter Ended March 31, 2012

The net loss for the first quarter of 2012 was $10.0 million ($0.37 per share) on 27.2 million weighted-average common shares outstanding, compared to a net loss of $3.8 million ($0.21 per share) on 18.1 million weighted-average common shares outstanding for the comparable period in 2011.  Included in the net loss is the change in fair value of certain common stock warrants that are classified as derivative liabilities, resulting in non-cash expense of $3.4 million for the first quarter of 2012 and non-cash income of $2.2 million for the comparable period in 2011.

The Company reported an operating loss of $6.6 million for the first quarter of 2012 compared to $6.1 million for the comparable period in 2011.  Included in the operating loss were (i) in the first quarter of 2012, a charge related to a milestone payment of $0.5 million that became payable to J&J as  a result of the approval of SURFAXIN by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA); (ii) non-cash items related to depreciation and stock-based compensation of $0.7 million and $0.5 million for 2012 and 2011, respectively; and (iii) in the first quarter of 2011, grant revenue of $0.4 million related to funds received and expended under a Fast Track Small Business Innovation Research Grant (SBIR) from the National Institutes of Health to support the development of aerosolized KL4 surfactant for respiratory distress syndrome.  Excluding these one-time, non-recurring items and non-cash items related to depreciation and stock-based compensation, the operating loss was $5.4 million and $5.9 million for 2012 and 2011, respectively.

Operating cash outflows for the first quarter of 2012 were $5.7 million and net cash inflows for the first quarter, after taking into consideration financing activities, were $44.6 million

As of March 31, 2012, the Company had cash and cash equivalents of $54.8 million.  During the first quarter of 2012, the Company raised $50.3 million consisting of (i) $42.1 million in net proceeds from a March 2012 public offering of 16.1 million shares of common stock at a price of $2.80 per share;  (ii) $6.7 million in proceeds from the exercise of warrants to purchase 2.3 million shares of common stock; and, (iii) $1.5 million net proceeds from the an offering of 350,374 shares of common stock that was concluded in March 2012 under its "at-the-market" (ATM) Program.

The Company had 43.4 million and 24.6 million shares of common stock outstanding as of March 31, 2012 and December 31, 2011, respectively.

Additionally, the Company currently has: (i) outstanding warrants to purchase 2.8 million shares of common stock at an exercise price of $2.94 that expire on May 22, 2012, which if exercised by the holders could result in up to an additional $8.1 million in proceeds; (ii) its ATM Program, which may allow the Company, at its discretion, to raise up to $13.4 million additional capital to support its business plans; and (iii) 1.1 million shares available  under its 2010 Committed Equity Financing Facility (CEFF) that, subject to certain conditions, including price and volume limitations, may allow the Company to raise additional capital to support its business plans.  In connection with the March 2012 public offering, the Company and its executive officers agreed, subject to certain exceptions, not to sell or otherwise dispose of shares of the Company's common stock for a period of 90 days, ending on June 14, 2012.

As of March 31, 2012, the Company reported a common stock warrant liability of $10.3 million, of which $9.3 million is related to five-year warrants issued in February 2011.  These warrants contain anti-dilution provisions that adjust the exercise price of the warrants in certain circumstances and, therefore, have been classified as derivative liabilities in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles.  The remaining balance of $1.0 million is related to warrants issued in May 2009 and February 2010.  Although these warrants state that the warrants may be exercised on a cashless basis if a registration statement or an exemption from registration is not available for the issuance or resale of the warrant shares upon exercise of the warrants, these warrants have been classified as derivative liabilities in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles because they do not expressly state that there is no circumstance in which the Company shall be required to settle the warrants in cash.  In classifying these warrants as liabilities, the accounting literature does not permit us to take into account the remoteness of any potential cash settlement.  

Readers are referred to, and encouraged to read in their entirety, the Forms 8-K regarding the matters referred to herein, including any exhibits attached thereto, and the Company's Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2012 to be filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, which includes further detail on the above-referenced transactions and the Company's business plans and operations, financial condition and results of operations.

Conference Call and Webcast Information
Discovery Labs will hold a conference call and audio webcast today at 10:00 AM ET to discuss the foregoing. To access the conference call, please dial (877) 215-0093 for domestic callers and (706) 679-3237 for international callers.  The conference call passcode is 76592677.  This conference call will also be available through a live broadcast, listen only, via the web at http://us.meeting-stream.com/discoverylaboratories_050312 and www.discoverylabs.com

A replay of the conference call will be available for thirty days. The replay number is (855) 859-2056 or (404) 537-3406 using the same conference call passcode listed above. A replay will also be available at www.discoverylabs.com.

About Discovery Labs
Discovery Laboratories, Inc. is a specialty biotechnology company with one focus – to advance a new standard in respiratory critical care.  Discovery Labs' novel proprietary KL4 surfactant technology produces a synthetic, peptide-containing surfactant that is structurally similar to pulmonary surfactant and is being developed in liquid, lyophilized, and aerosolized dosage forms. Discovery Labs is also developing its proprietary drug delivery technologies to enable efficient delivery of aerosolized KL4 surfactant and other inhaled therapies. Discovery Labs believes that its proprietary technologies make it possible, for the first time, to develop a significant pipeline of products to address a variety of respiratory diseases for which there frequently are few or no approved therapies.  For more information, please visit our website at www.Discoverylabs.com.

About SURFAXIN
SURFAXIN (lucinactant intratracheal suspension) is indicated for the prevention of respiratory distress syndrome (RDS) in premature infants at high risk for RDS.  A single randomized, active-controlled, multi-dose study involving 1,294 premature infants demonstrated the safety and efficacy of SURFAXIN. Within 30 minutes of birth, infants in the study received SURFAXIN, Exosurf (colfosceril palmitate) or Survanta® (beractant).  Surfaxin and Exosurf served as the primary comparison for this study; Survanta served as another comparison.  Surfaxin demonstrated significant improvement in both RDS at 24 hours after birth and RDS-related mortality through two weeks, when compared with Exosurf.

SURFAXIN is intended for intratracheal use only.  The administration of exogenous surfactants, including SURFAXIN, can rapidly affect oxygenation and lung compliance.  SURFAXIN should be administered only by clinicians trained and experienced with intubation, ventilator management, and general care of premature infants in a highly supervised clinical setting. Infants receiving SURFAXIN should receive frequent clinical assessments so that oxygen and ventilatory support can be modified to respond to changes in respiratory status.  Most common adverse reactions associated with the use of SURFAXIN are endotracheal tube reflux, pallor, endotracheal tube obstruction, and need for dose interruption.  During SURFAXIN administration, if bradycardia, oxygen desaturation, endotracheal tube reflux, or airway obstruction occurs, administration should be interrupted the infant's clinical condition assessed and stabilized. SURFAXIN is not indicated for use in acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS).  For more information about SURFAXIN, please visit www.surfaxin.com.  Information contained in, or accessible through, this website does not constitute a part of, and is not incorporated into, this Annual Report on Form 10-K.

About AFECTAIR
AFECTAIR was developed initially as part of the AEROSURF® development program and is being developed as a series of proprietary disposable ventilator circuit/patient interface connectors that simplify the delivery of aerosolized medications to critical-care patients requiring ventilatory support. According to national health statistics and market assessment data, it is estimated that each year more than 1.3 million patients in the United States and European Union receive aerosolized medications while requiring ventilator support. Discovery Labs is implementing a business plan that potentially will allow for the commercial introduction of AFECTAIR in the United States and the European Union in late 2012.

Forward-Looking Statements
To the extent that statements in this press release are not strictly historical, all such statements are forward-looking, and are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.  These forward-looking statements are subject to certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results, including projections of future cash balances, to differ materially from the statements made.  Examples of such risks and uncertainties are: risks relating to Discovery Labs' efforts to successfully commercialize SURFAXIN and AFECTAIR, including: (i) whether Discovery Labs' products will gain market acceptance and meet the requirements to be included in the hospitals' purchasing list of approved products, including SURFAXIN drug product, the WARMING CRADLE®, which Discovery Labs plans to provide to hospitals to facilitate the administration of SURFAXIN, and AFECTAIR devices, (ii) whether the perceived advantages of Discovery Labs' products over the currently available products will be recognized by healthcare professionals, including neonatologists, (iii) whether Discovery Labs will be successful in establishing an effective sales force and medical affairs capability; (iv) whether Discovery Labs will be successful in completing development of, and introducing, its planned follow-on products, including a second vial size for SURFAXIN and the second AFECTAIR device; and (v), the risk that, even if Discovery Labs is successful in commercializing its products, its products will not be profitable or the revenues generated will not be sufficient to fund Discovery Labs' research and development activities and support its operations; the risks that (a) Discovery Labs may be unable (i) to identify potential strategic partners or collaborators to support development of its products and, if approved, commercialize its products, particularly in markets outside the U.S., in a timely manner, if at all, (ii) to access its ATM Program or committed equity financing facility (CEFF), or (iii) to raise additional capital; or (b) that the ongoing credit crisis will adversely affect the ability of Discovery Labs to fund its activities, or that additional financings could result in substantial equity dilution; risks relating to Discovery Labs' research and development activities, including (i) time-consuming and expensive pre-clinical studies, clinical trials and other efforts, which may be subject to potentially significant delays or regulatory holds, or fail, and (ii) the need for sophisticated and extensive analytical methodologies; risks relating to Discovery Labs' ability to develop and manufacture drug products, additional AFECTAIR® ventilator circuit / patient interface connectors and capillary aerosol generator (CAG) devices for clinical studies, and, if approved, for commercialization of drug and combination drug-device products and, if cleared for marketing, medical device products, including risks of technology transfers to contract manufacturers and problems or delays encountered by Discovery Labs, its contract manufacturers or suppliers in manufacturing drug products, drug substances and other materials and ventilator circuit / patient interface connectors and CAG devices on a timely basis or in an amount sufficient to support Discovery Labs' development efforts and, if approved, commercialization; risks relating to the rigorous regulatory requirements required for approval of any drug, drug-device combination or medical device products that Discovery Labs may develop, including that: (a) the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or other regulatory authorities may not agree with Discovery Labs on matters raised during regulatory reviews or may require Discovery Labs to conduct significant additional activities to potentially gain approval of its product candidates, if ever, (b) the FDA or other regulatory authorities may not accept or may withhold or delay consideration of any of Discovery Labs' applications, or may not approve or may limit approval of Discovery Labs' products to particular indications or impose unanticipated label limitations, and (c) changes in the national or international political and regulatory environment may make it more difficult to gain FDA or other regulatory approval; the risk that Discovery Labs or its strategic partners or collaborators will not be able to retain, or attract, qualified personnel; the risk that Discovery Labs will be unable to maintain compliance with The Nasdaq Capital Market listing requirements, which could cause the price of Discovery Labs' common stock to decline; the risks that Discovery Labs may be unable to maintain and protect the patents and licenses related to its products, or other companies may develop competing therapies and/or technologies, or health care reform may adversely affect Discovery Labs; risks of legal proceedings, including securities actions and product liability claims; risks relating to health care reform; and other risks and uncertainties described in Discovery Labs' filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission including the most recent reports on Forms 10-K, 10-Q and 8-K, and any amendments thereto.

 


Discovery Laboratories, Inc

Condensed Consolidated Statement of Operations
(in thousands, except per share data)




 

Three Months Ended




March 31,




(unaudited)




2012


2011








Grant revenue


$                 -


$                  381


Operating expenses: (1)






Research and development


4,533


4,620


General and administrative


2,047


1,820


Total expenses

6,580


6,440


Operating loss


(6,580)


(6,059)


Change in fair value of common stock warrant liability


(3,434)


2,228


Other income / (expense), net


(2)


(6)


Net loss


$        (10,016)


$          (3,837)


Net loss per common share


$           (0.37)


$            (0.21)








Weighted avg. common shares outstanding


27,162


18,114







 

(1)

Includes non-cash charges for depreciation and stock-based compensation the three months ended March 31, 2012 and 2011 of $0.7 million ($0.4 million in R&D and $0.3 million in G&A) and $0.5 million ($0.3 million in R&D and $0.2 million in G&A), respectively. 

 



























Discovery Laboratories, Inc













Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(in thousands)















March 31,


December 31,















2012


2011













ASSETS


(Unaudited)















Current Assets:

















Cash and cash equivalents


$            54,802


$            10,189













Prepaid expenses and other current assets


393


442













Total current assets


55,195


10,631













Property and equipment, net


2,143


2,293













Restricted Cash


400


400













       Total Assets


$            57,738


$            13,324






























LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY

















Current Liabilities:

















      Accounts payable


$              1,339


$              1,111













      Accrued expenses


2,887


2,972













      Common stock warrant liability


10,304


6,996













      Equipment loan and capitalized leases, current portion


67


68













Total Current Liabilities


14,597


11,147













Long-Term Liabilities:

















Equipment loan  and capitalized leases, non-current portion & other

liabilities


908


913













Total Liabilities


15,505


12,060













Stockholders' Equity


42,233


1,264













Total Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity


$           57,738


$           13,324






























 

 

SOURCE Discovery Laboratories, Inc.



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