2014

Discovery Labs Reports Fourth Quarter 2013 Financial Results Conference Call Today, March 13, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. ET

WARRINGTON, Pa., March 13, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Discovery Laboratories, Inc. (Nasdaq: DSCO), a specialty biotechnology company dedicated to advancing a new standard in respiratory critical care, today announced financial results for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2013, as well as recent business updates. The Company will host a conference call today, March 13, 2014 at 10:00 AM ET.  Conference call details are below.

Key highlights include:

  • Financial Update:  For the fourth quarter of 2013, the Company reported an operating loss of $10.3 million and net cash outflows before financings of $10.4 million. As of December 31, 2013, the Company had cash and cash equivalents of $86.3 million. During the quarter, the Company received an advance of $20 million under its secured loan with Deerfield Management Co., L.P. (Deerfield). As of December 31, 2013, the amount due Deerfield was $30 million, payable in three equal annual installments beginning in 2017, subject to deferral of the first two payments if certain financial milestones are achieved.
  • SURFAXIN®:  In November, 2013, the Company initiated the U.S. commercial launch of SURFAXIN (lucinactant) Intratracheal Suspension for the prevention of respiratory distress syndrome (RDS) in premature infants at high risk for RDS.  SURFAXIN is the first FDA-approved synthetic, peptide-containing surfactant and the only alternative to animal-derived surfactants available in the U.S.
  • AEROSURF®:  The Company currently is conducting its AEROSURF phase 2 clinical program beginning with a phase 2a clinical study. The phase 2a study is an open label, single-dose study with the primary goal of evaluating the safety and tolerability of aerosolized KL4 surfactant drug product administered in escalating inhaled doses in premature infants 29 to 32 weeks gestational age who are receiving nasal continuous positive airway pressure (nCPAP) for respiratory distress syndrome (RDS), compared to infants receiving nCPAP alone.  Results from the phase 2a study are expected in the third quarter of 2014.

"The fourth quarter of 2013 marked the beginning of a potential transformation in the management of RDS in premature infants," commented John G. Cooper, President and Chief Executive Officer at Discovery Labs.  "We initiated the AEROSURF phase 2 clinical program, the first-ever with an aerosolized surfactant intended to support registration in the U.S. and potentially in other markets. AEROSURF has the potential to enable the treatment of a significantly greater number of premature infants who could benefit from surfactant therapy without the need for invasive endotracheal intubation.  In addition, we introduced SURFAXIN in the U.S., representing the first step in achieving our vision of advancing a new standard of care for premature infants with RDS."

Summary Financial Results for the Fourth Quarter ended December 31, 2013

The Company reported a net loss of $11.7 million ($0.16 per share) on 73.1 million weighted-average common shares outstanding for the quarter ended December 31, 2013, compared to a net loss of $6.8 million ($0.16 per share) on 43.5 million weighted-average common shares outstanding for the comparable period in 2012.  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 $0.9 million and non-cash income of $5.6 million for the quarters ended December 31, 2013 and 2012, respectively.

For the quarter ended December 31, 2013, the Company reported an operating loss of $10.3 million compared to $12.4 million for the comparable period in 2012.  During the fourth quarter of 2013, the Company shipped approximately $140,000 of SURFAXIN to its specialty distributor. The Company currently uses the sell-through method for revenue recognition, which means revenue is deferred until its specialty distributor ships product to a hospital and all revenue recognition criteria are met. For the fourth quarter of 2013, all SURFAXIN sales have been deferred in accordance with the Company's revenue recognition policy. The operating loss in the fourth quarter of 2013 includes (i) investments to support the initiation of the AEROSURF Phase 2a clinical trial; and, (ii) costs associated with the initiation of the launch of SURFAXIN.

Other income / expense for the quarter end December 31, 2013 was $0.6 million expense and represents interest related to the Deerfield loan. Of the $0.6 million, $0.4 million is cash interest expense and $0.2 million is non-cash amortization of the debt discount.

Net cash outflows before financing activities for the quarter ended December 31, 2013 were $10.4 million.

As of December 31, 2013, the Company had cash and cash equivalents of $86.3 million. In November 2013, the Company completed a public offering of 28.75 million shares of common stock at a price of $2.00 per share, resulting in net proceeds to the Company (after underwriting discount and expenses) of approximately $54 million

Additionally, with the commercial introduction of SURFAXIN, the Company became eligible under its $30 million secured loan with Deerfield to receive the final $20 million advance, which was received in December 2013.  In connection with the $20 million advance, Deerfield received a cash transaction fee equal to 1.5% of the advance and warrants to purchase approximately 4.7 million shares of common stock at an exercise price of $2.81 per share. As of December 31, 2013, the Company had $30 million of long-term debt due to Deerfield with principal payable in three equal annual installments beginning in February 2017, subject to deferral of the amounts due in 2017 and 2018 if certain financial milestones are achieved.

In October 2013, the Company initiated an offering under its at-the-market (ATM) program with Stifel, Nicolaus & Company, Incorporated and issued 713,920 shares of common stock at an average price per share of $2.75, resulting in net proceeds (after a 3% commission) of approximately $1.8 million.  Following this offering, approximately $23.0 million remains available under the Company's ATM program. 

For the first quarter of 2014, the Company anticipates operating cash outflows before financing activities of approximately $11 million.

As of December 31, 2013, the Company reported a common stock warrant liability of $5.4 million, predominantly related to five-year warrants issued in February 2011.  These warrants are not subject to cash settlement; however, they have been classified as derivative liabilities in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles because they contain anti-dilution provisions that adjust the exercise price of the warrants in certain circumstances.

The Company had 84.6 million and 43.7 million shares of common stock outstanding as of December 31, 2013 and 2012, respectively.

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 Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2013 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 Audio Webcast Details
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 and participate in the question-and-answer session, the number for domestic callers is (877) 870-4263 and for international callers (412) 317-0790.  The conference call passcode is 10041838. The conference call replay number is (877) 344-7529 or (412) 317-0088 using the same conference call password listed above.

The live audio webcast of the conference call will be available at http://bit.ly/1ctWW8L and on the Discovery Labs website at www.discoverylabs.com.  It is recommended that participants log onto the audio webcast at least 15 minutes prior to the call.   A replay of the audio webcast will be available after the call at the Company's website.

About SURFAXIN®
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved SURFAXIN® (lucinactant) Intratracheal Suspension for the prevention of RDS in premature infants who are at high risk for RDS.  SURFAXIN is the first synthetic, peptide-containing surfactant approved by the FDA and the only alternative to animal derived surfactants.

IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION
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 and 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.

About AEROSURF®
AEROSURF is a novel investigational drug-device combination product being developed to deliver Discovery Labs' KL4 surfactant in aerosolized form to premature infants with respiratory distress syndrome (RDS).  AEROSURF could potentially allow for the administration of KL4 surfactant to premature infants without invasive endotracheal intubation, and may enable the treatment of a significantly greater number of premature infants who could benefit from surfactant therapy but are currently not treated.

About Discovery Labs
Discovery Laboratories, Inc. is a specialty biotechnology company focused on advancing a new standard in respiratory critical care.  Discovery Labs' technology platform includes its novel proprietary KL4 surfactant, a synthetic, peptide-containing surfactant that is structurally similar to pulmonary surfactant, and its proprietary drug delivery technologies being developed to enable efficient delivery of aerosolized KL4 surfactant and other inhaled therapies.  Discovery Labs' strategy is initially focused on neonatology and improving the management of respiratory distress syndrome (RDS) in premature infants. Discovery Labs believes that its RDS product portfolio has the potential to become the new standard of care for RDS and, over time, enable the treatment of a significantly greater number of premature infants who could benefit from surfactant therapy but are currently not treated.

For more information, please visit the Company's website at www.Discoverylabs.com.

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 and anticipated cash outflows, to differ materially from the statements made.  Examples of such risks and uncertainties include: risks that Discovery Labs will be unable to secure significant additional capital as needed, and may be unable in a timely manner, if at all, to identify potential strategic partners to support product development and, if approved, commercialize products in markets outside the U.S., or to access debt or equity financings, which could result in substantial equity dilution; risks related to development programs, including in particular the AEROSURF development program, including time-consuming and expensive pre-clinical studies and clinical trials, which may be subject to potentially significant delays or regulatory holds, or fail; risks relating to efforts to commercialize SURFAXIN, including (1) whether Discovery Labs' commercial and medical affairs organizations will succeed in introducing the products, (2) whether the products will be approved by hospitals and will gain market acceptance and be preferred by healthcare providers over current products, (3) whether the products will generate revenues sufficient to fund Discovery Labs' research and development activities and support its operations, and (4) whether Discovery Labs will successfully develop a planned second vial size for SURFAXIN; risks related to technology transfers to contract manufacturers and problems or delays encountered by Discovery Labs, contract manufacturers or suppliers in manufacturing drug products, drug substances, aerosol-conducting airway connectors, CAG devices and other materials on a timely basis and in sufficient amounts; risks relating to rigorous regulatory requirements, including that: (i) the FDA or other regulatory authorities may not agree with Discovery Labs on matters raised during regulatory reviews, may require significant additional activities, or may not accept or may withhold or delay consideration of applications, or may not approve or may limit approval of Discovery Labs' products, and (ii) changes in the national or international political and regulatory environment may make it more difficult to gain regulatory approvals; and other risks, including those related to (1) continued compliance with The Nasdaq Capital Market listing requirements, (2) Discovery Labs' efforts to maintain and protect the patents and licenses related to its products, (3) whether it or its strategic partners will be able to attract and retain qualified personnel, (3) other companies' competing products, (3) legal proceedings, and (4) 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.

  


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




 

Three Months Ended


Twelve Months Ended




December 31,


December 31




(unaudited)


(unaudited)




2013


2012


2013


2012












Grant revenue


$             74


$            195


$                  388


$                   195


Operating expenses: (1)










Cost of product sales


517



517



Research and development


5,752


6,088


27,661


21,570


Selling, general and administrative


4,070


6,532


16,718


16,444


Total expenses

10,339


12,620


44,896


38,014


Operating loss


(10,265)


(12,425)


(44,508)


(37,819)


 

Change in fair value of common stock warrant liability (1)


(867)


5,618


761


555


Other income / (expense), net


(597)


(8)


(1,468)


(51)


Net loss


$       (11,729)


$       (6,815)


$       (45,215)


$       (37,315)


Net loss per common share


$           (0.16)


$         (0.16)


$           (0.82)


$           (0.95)












Weighted avg. common shares outstanding


73,129


43,521


55,258


39,396


 

(1)     Material non-cash items include the change in fair value of certain outstanding warrants accounted for as derivative liabilities, and in operating expenses, depreciation and stock-based compensation.  For the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2013, the charges for depreciation and stock-based compensation were $0.8 million ($0.4 million in R&D and $0.4 in S,G&A) and $2.9 million ($1.4 million in R&D and $1.5 million in S,G&A), respectively.  For the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2012, the charges for depreciation and stock-based compensation were $1.1 million ($0.1 million in R&D and $1.0 million in S,G&A) and $2.4 million ($0.5 million in R&D and $1.9 million in S,G&A), respectively.  Included in non-cash charges for the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2012 are one-time charges of $0.8 million associated with stock based compensation modification charges related to the severance agreement with its former CEO. 


 

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(in thousands)  










December 31,  


December 31, 




2013


2012

ASSETS  



(Unaudited)  



Current Assets:






Cash and cash equivalents



$            86,283


$            26,892

Accounts receivable



67


Inventory, net



112


195

Prepaid expenses and other current assets



777


719

Total current assets



87,239


27,806

Property and equipment, net



1,656


1,737

Restricted cash



325


400

Other assets



97


Total Assets



$            89,317


$            29,943







LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY






Current Liabilities:






      Accounts payable



$               1,433


$                 1,166

      Accrued expenses



4,785


4,159

      Deferred revenue



139


      Common stock warrant liability



5,425


6,305

      Equipment loan and capitalized leases, current portion



73


69

Total Current Liabilities



11,855


11,699







Long-term debt, net of discount of $11,646 at December 31, 2013 and $0 at December 31, 2012



18,354


Equipment loans, non-current portion



69


148

Other liabilities



538


443







Stockholders' Equity



58,501


17,653

Total Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity



$            89,317


$            29,943























 

SOURCE Discovery Laboratories, Inc.



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