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Aerie Pharmaceuticals Reports Third Quarter 2019 Financial Results, Updates Full-Year 2019 Guidance and Provides Business Update

November 6, 2019

DURHAM, N.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov 6, 2019--

Aerie Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:AERI), an ophthalmic pharmaceutical company focused on the discovery, development and commercialization of first-in-class therapies for the treatment of patients with open-angle glaucoma, retinal diseases and other diseases of the eye, today reported financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2019 and provided a general business update.

Aerie Third Quarter Highlights

“We are lowering our full-year 2019 net revenue guidance to a range of $61 to $66 million, reflecting recent volume trends and our expectations through the upcoming holiday season. As we look at recent patterns, there have been strong growth weeks interspersed with weeks of somewhat slower growth. Our previous guidance assumed more consistent weekly growth. We believe this is a short-term launch phenomenon. Recent Rocklatan ® volume gains are certainly promising, and we look forward to a meaningful growth trajectory over the next several years, and the long-term potential of our glaucoma franchise remains intact. New and impressive data from our MOST Phase 4 study point to the long-term potential of Rhopressa ® driven by its real-world efficacy in many settings and positive tolerability profile. The Japan Phase 2 clinical results once again demonstrate the value proposition for Rhopressa ® in Japan while also being informative as it relates to product performance on the large population of glaucoma patients on a global basis with normal-tension glaucoma,” said Vicente Anido, Jr., Ph.D., Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.

Dr. Anido continued, “The key to our long-term growth will be continued gains in physician experience with both Rhopressa ® and Rocklatan ®, and along with that continued penetration of the available patient base. We currently have nearly 12,000 prescribers of our products out of a target population of 14,000, and nearly 4,000 of the prescribers are writing prescriptions consistently on a weekly basis. When analyzing prescription volumes from the top five prescribers of our glaucoma products, essentially those with the greatest experience with our products, the Aerie share of total prescriptions in their practices ranges from nearly 8 percent to over 26 percent, which we believe is an important indicator of how continued physician experience can drive our market share significantly higher over time. Regarding market access, when including affordable access for Low Income Subsidy patients, Rocklatan ® already has affordable copays for the majority of Medicare Part D patients. Further, we continue to make excellent progress with our expansion efforts in Europe and Japan, great strides as we prepare our plant in Ireland for production in early 2020, and we are delighted by the progress we are making in the clinic with our sustained-release retinal implant product candidates.”

Third Quarter 2019Financial Results

As of September 30, 2019, Aerie had cash and cash equivalents and investments of $345.8 million, reflecting the net proceeds from the convertible debt offering in September 2019. For the third quarter ended September 30, 2019, Aerie reported net product revenues of $18.5 million related to the combined sales of Rhopressa ®, which was launched in the United States in April 2018, and Rocklatan ®, which was launched in the United States on May 1, 2019. Aerie reported a U.S. GAAP net loss of $49.4 million, or $1.09 loss per share, for the third quarter of 2019, compared to a net loss of $85.4 million and $1.96 loss per share for the third quarter of 2018. The weighted average number of shares outstanding utilized in the calculation of net loss per share was 45,448,190 and 43,657,423 for the third quarters of 2019 and 2018, respectively. Total shares outstanding as of September 30, 2019 were 45,998,956.

The $49.4 million net loss for the third quarter of 2019 is primarily comprised of $16.5 million of gross profit and $59.8 million in total operating expenses, including $32.2 million in selling, general and administrative expenses, $5.8 million in pre-approval commercial manufacturing expenses and $21.8 million in research and development expenses. Excluding $10.6 million of stock-based compensation expense, adjusted total operating expenses for the third quarter of 2019 were $49.2 million, with adjusted selling, general and administrative expenses of $25.1 million, adjusted pre-approval commercial manufacturing expenses of $5.0 million and adjusted research and development expenses of $19.0 million. Total adjusted net loss for the third quarter of 2019 was $38.8 million, and adjusted net loss per share was $0.86.

The $85.4 million net loss for the third quarter of 2018 was primarily comprised of $68.4 million in total operating expenses, including $32.7 million in selling, general and administrative expenses, $7.2 million in pre-approval commercial manufacturing expenses and $28.5 million in research and development expenses. Excluding $10.0 million of stock-based compensation expense, adjusted total operating expenses for the third quarter of 2018 were $58.5 million, with adjusted selling, general and administrative expenses of $26.0 million, adjusted pre-approval commercial manufacturing expenses of $6.5 million and adjusted research and development expenses of $25.9 million. Total adjusted net loss for the third quarter of 2018 was $75.4 million, and adjusted net loss per share was $1.73.

Conference Call / Webcast Information

Aerie management will host a live conference call and webcast at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time today to discuss Aerie’s financial results and provide a general business update.

The live webcast and a replay may be accessed by visiting Aerie’s website at http://investors.aeriepharma.com. Please connect to Aerie’s website at least 15 minutes prior to the live webcast to ensure adequate time for any software download that may be needed to access the webcast. Alternatively, please call (888) 734-0328 (U.S.) or (678) 894-3054 (international) to listen to the live conference call. The conference ID number for the live call is 3884357. Please dial in approximately 10 minutes prior to the call. Telephone replay will be available approximately two hours after the call. To access the replay, please call (855) 859-2056 (U.S.) or (404) 537-3406 (international). The conference ID number for the replay is 3884357. The telephone replay will be available until November 14, 2019.

About Aerie Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Aerie is an ophthalmic pharmaceutical company focused on the discovery, development and commercialization of first-in-class therapies for the treatment of patients with open-angle glaucoma, retinal diseases and other diseases of the eye. Aerie’s first product, Rhopressa ® (netarsudil ophthalmic solution) 0.02%, a once-daily eye drop approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the reduction of elevated intraocular pressure (IOP) in patients with open-angle glaucoma or ocular hypertension, was launched in the United States in April 2018. In clinical trials of Rhopressa ®, the most common adverse reactions were conjunctival hyperemia, corneal verticillata, instillation site pain, and conjunctival hemorrhage. More information about Rhopressa ®, including the product label, is available at www.rhopressa.com. Aerie’s second product for the reduction of elevated IOP in patients with open-angle glaucoma or ocular hypertension, Rocklatan ® (netarsudil and latanoprost ophthalmic solution) 0.02%/0.005%, the first and only fixed-dose combination of Rhopressa ® and the widely-prescribed PGA (prostaglandin analog) latanoprost, was launched in the United States in the second quarter of 2019. In clinical trials of Rocklatan ®, the most common adverse reactions were conjunctival hyperemia, corneal verticillata, instillation site pain, and conjunctival hemorrhage. More information about Rocklatan ®, including the product label, is available at www.rocklatan.com. Aerie continues to focus on global expansion and the development of additional product candidates and technologies in ophthalmology, including for wet age-related macular degeneration and diabetic macular edema. More information is available at www.aeriepharma.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements for purposes of the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. We may, in some cases, use terms such as “predicts,” “believes,” “potential,” “proposed,” “continue,” “estimates,” “anticipates,” “expects,” “plans,” “intends,” “may,” “could,” “might,” “will,” “should,” “exploring,” “pursuing” or other words that convey uncertainty of future events or outcomes to identify these forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements in this release include statements regarding our intentions, beliefs, projections, outlook, analyses or current expectations concerning, among other things: our expectations regarding the commercialization and manufacturing of Rhopressa ® and Rocklatan ®, including the timing, cost or other aspects of the commercial launch of Rhopressa ® and Rocklatan ®; our commercialization, marketing, manufacturing and supply management capabilities and strategies in and outside of the United States; the success, timing and cost of our ongoing and anticipated preclinical studies and clinical trials for Rhopressa ® and Rocklatan ®, with respect to regulatory approval outside of the United States, and any current or future product candidates, including statements regarding the timing of initiation and completion of the studies and trials, such as statements in this press release regarding any expected clinical trials for AR-1105 or AR-13503 and the results of such clinical trials; our guidance for full-year 2019 including expectations through the holiday season; our estimates regarding expected net revenues, expected cash burn, anticipated capital requirements and our needs for additional financing; our expectations regarding the effectiveness of Rhopressa ®, Rocklatan ® or any current or future product candidates; the timing of and our ability to request, obtain and maintain FDA or other regulatory authority approval of, or other action with respect to, as applicable, Rhopressa ®, Rocklatan ® or any current or future product candidates, including the expected timing of, and timing of regulatory and/or other review of, filings for, as applicable, Rhopressa ®, Rocklatan ® or any current or future product candidates; the potential advantages of Rhopressa ® and Rocklatan ® or any current or future product candidates; our plans to pursue development of additional product candidates and technologies; our plans to explore possible uses of our existing proprietary compounds beyond glaucoma, including development of our retina program; our ability to protect our proprietary technology and enforce our intellectual property rights; and our expectations regarding strategic operations. By their nature, forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties because they relate to events, competitive dynamics, industry change and other factors beyond our control, and depend on regulatory approvals and economic and other environmental circumstances that may or may not occur in the future or may occur on longer or shorter timelines than anticipated. We discuss many of these risks in greater detail under the heading “Risk Factors” in the quarterly and annual reports that we file with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). In particular, FDA approval of Rhopressa ® and Rocklatan ® do not constitute FDA approval of AR-1105, AR-13503 or any future product candidates, and there can be no assurance that we will receive FDA approval for AR-1105, AR-13503 or any future product candidates. FDA approval of Rhopressa ® and Rocklatan ® also do not constitute regulatory approval of Rhopressa ® and Rocklatan ® in jurisdictions outside the United States and there can be no assurance that we will receive regulatory approval for Rhopressa ® and Rocklatan ® in jurisdictions outside of the United States. In addition, the acceptance of the INDs by the FDA for AR-1105 and AR-13503 does not constitute FDA approval of AR-1105 or AR-13503 and the outcome of later clinical trials for AR-1105 or AR-13503 may not be sufficient to submit an NDA with the FDA or to receive FDA approval. Forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and our actual results of operations, financial condition and liquidity, and the development of the industry in which we operate may differ materially from the forward-looking statements contained in this press release. Any forward-looking statements that we make in this press release speak only as of the date of this press release. We assume no obligation to update our forward-looking statements whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, after the date of this press release.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

To supplement our financial statements, which are prepared and presented in accordance with GAAP, we use the following non-GAAP financial measures, some of which are discussed above: adjusted net loss, adjusted total operating expenses, adjusted research and development expenses, adjusted pre-approval commercial manufacturing expenses, adjusted selling, general and administrative expenses and adjusted net loss per share. For reconciliations of non-GAAP measures to the most directly comparable GAAP measures, please see the “Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Financial Measures” and “Reconciliation of GAAP Net Loss Per Share to Adjusted Net Loss Per Share” tables in this press release.

We believe these non-GAAP financial measures provide investors with useful supplemental information about the financial performance of our business, enable comparison of financial results between periods where certain items may vary independent of business performance, and allow for greater transparency with respect to key metrics used by management in operating our business.

The presentation of these financial measures is not intended to be considered in isolation from, or as a substitute for, financial information prepared and presented in accordance with GAAP. Investors are cautioned that there are material limitations associated with the use of non-GAAP financial measures as an analytical tool. In particular, the adjustments to our GAAP financial measures reflect the exclusion of stock-based compensation expense, which is recurring and will be reflected in our financial results for the foreseeable future. In addition, these measures may be different from non-GAAP financial measures used by other companies, limiting their usefulness for comparison purposes. We compensate for these limitations by providing specific information regarding the GAAP amounts excluded from these non-GAAP financial measures.

AERIE PHARMACEUTICALS, INC.

Consolidated Balance Sheets

(Unaudited)

(in thousands)

 

 

 

SEPTEMBER 30, 2019

 

DECEMBER 31, 2018

Assets

 

 

 

 

Current assets

 

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents

 

$

248,702

 

 

$

202,818

 

Short-term investments

 

92,075

 

 

 

Accounts receivable, net

 

33,278

 

 

2,715

 

Inventory

 

14,673

 

 

10,112

 

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

 

7,940

 

 

4,530

 

Total current assets

 

396,668

 

 

220,175

 

Long-term investments

 

5,020

 

 

 

Property, plant and equipment, net

 

58,277

 

 

60,525

 

Operating lease right-of-use assets

 

17,216

 

 

 

Other assets

 

2,027

 

 

4,344

 

Total assets

 

$

479,208

 

 

$

285,044

 

 

 

 

 

 

Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity

 

 

 

 

Current liabilities

 

 

 

 

Accounts payable

 

$

11,480

 

 

$

12,403

 

Accrued expenses and other current liabilities

 

55,728

 

 

38,381

 

Operating lease liabilities

 

5,802

 

 

 

Total current liabilities

 

73,010

 

 

50,784

 

Convertible notes, net

 

183,553

 

 

 

Long-term operating lease liabilities

 

12,235

 

 

 

Other non-current liabilities

 

1,206

 

 

6,454

 

Total liabilities

 

270,004

 

 

57,238

 

Stockholders' equity

 

 

 

 

Common stock

 

46

 

 

45

 

Additional paid-in capital

 

1,050,252

 

 

924,180

 

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

 

(158

)

 

 

Accumulated deficit

 

(840,936

)

 

(696,419

)

Total stockholders’ equity

 

209,204

 

 

227,806

 

Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity

 

$

479,208

 

 

$

285,044

 

AERIE PHARMACEUTICALS, INC.

Consolidated Statements of Operations

(Unaudited)

(in thousands, except share and per share data)

 

 

THREE MONTHS ENDED
SEPTEMBER 30,

 

NINE MONTHS ENDED
SEPTEMBER 30,

 

2019

 

2018

 

2019

 

2018

Product revenues, net

$

18,544

 

 

$

7,302

 

 

$

45,231

 

 

$

9,725

 

Total revenues, net

18,544

 

 

7,302

 

 

45,231

 

 

9,725

 

Costs and expenses:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cost of goods sold

2,063

 

 

205

 

 

3,149

 

 

264

 

Selling, general and administrative

32,171

 

 

32,685

 

 

102,935

 

 

88,727

 

Pre-approval commercial manufacturing

5,841

 

 

7,248

 

 

16,117

 

 

18,920

 

Research and development

21,796

 

 

28,502

 

 

60,584

 

 

59,631

 

Total costs and expenses

61,871

 

 

68,640

 

 

182,785

 

 

167,542

 

Loss from operations

(43,327

)

 

(61,338

)

 

(137,554

)

 

(157,817

)

Other (expense) income, net

(6,075

)

 

(24,050

)

 

(7,053

)

 

(23,291

)

Loss before income taxes

(49,402

)

 

(85,388

)

 

(144,607

)

 

(181,108

)

Income tax (benefit) expense

 

 

 

 

(90

)

 

3

 

Net loss

$

(49,402

)

 

$

(85,388

)

 

$

(144,517

)

 

$

(181,111

)

Net loss per common share—basic and diluted

$

(1.09

)

 

$

(1.96

)

 

$

(3.19

)

 

$

(4.47

)

Weighted average number of common shares
outstanding—basic and diluted

45,448,190

 

 

43,657,423

 

 

45,372,608

 

 

40,505,534

 

AERIE PHARMACEUTICALS, INC.

Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Financial Measures

(Unaudited)

(in thousands)

 

 

 

THREE MONTHS ENDED
SEPTEMBER 30,

 

NINE MONTHS ENDED
SEPTEMBER 30,

 

 

2019

 

2018

 

2019

 

2018

Net loss (GAAP)

 

$

(49,402

)

 

$

(85,388

)

 

$

(144,517

)

 

$

(181,111

)

Add-back: stock-based compensation expense

 

10,606

 

 

9,978

 

 

33,921

 

 

29,015

 

Adjusted Net loss

 

$

(38,796

)

 

$

(75,410

)

 

$

(110,596

)

 

$

(152,096

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Selling, general and administrative expenses (GAAP)

 

$

32,171

 

 

$

32,685

 

 

$

102,935

 

 

$

88,727

 

Less: stock-based compensation expense

 

(7,041

)

 

(6,682

)

 

(23,253

)

 

(20,022

)

Adjusted selling, general and administrative expenses

 

$

25,130

 

 

$

26,003

 

 

$

79,682

 

 

$

68,705

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pre-approval commercial manufacturing expenses (GAAP)

 

$

5,841

 

 

$

7,248

 

 

$

16,117

 

 

$

18,920

 

Less: stock-based compensation expense

 

(807

)

 

(700

)

 

(2,490

)

 

(1,804

)

Adjusted pre-approval commercial manufacturing expenses

 

$

5,034

 

 

$

6,548

 

 

$

13,627

 

 

$

17,116

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Research and development expenses (GAAP)

 

$

21,796

 

 

$

28,502

 

 

$

60,584

 

 

$

59,631

 

Less: stock-based compensation expense

 

(2,758

)

 

(2,596

)

 

(8,178

)

 

(7,189

)

Adjusted research and development expenses

 

$

19,038

 

 

$

25,906

 

 

$

52,406

 

 

$

52,442

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total operating expenses (GAAP)

 

$

59,808

 

 

$

68,435

 

 

$

179,636

 

 

$

167,278

 

Less: stock-based compensation expense

 

(10,606

)

 

(9,978

)

 

(33,921

)

 

(29,015

)

Adjusted total operating expenses

 

$

49,202

 

 

$

58,457

 

 

$

145,715

 

 

$

138,263

 

AERIE PHARMACEUTICALS, INC.

Reconciliation of GAAP Net Loss Per Share to Adjusted Net Loss Per Share

(Unaudited)

 

 

 

THREE MONTHS ENDED
SEPTEMBER 30,

 

NINE MONTHS ENDED
SEPTEMBER 30,

 

 

2019

 

2018

 

2019

 

2018

Net loss per common share—basic and diluted (GAAP)

 

$

(1.09

)

 

$

(1.96

)

 

$

(3.19

)

 

$

(4.47

)

Add-back: stock-based compensation expense

 

0.23

 

 

0.23

 

 

0.75

 

 

0.72

 

Adjusted Net loss per share—basic and diluted

 

$

(0.86

)

 

$

(1.73

)

 

$

(2.44

)

 

$

(3.75

)

Weighted average number of common shares outstanding—basic
and diluted

 

45,448,190

 

 

43,657,423

 

 

45,372,608

 

 

40,505,534

 

 

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CONTACT: Aerie Pharmaceuticals

Media: Tad Heitmann 949-526-8747;theitmann@aeriepharma.com

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KEYWORD: NORTH CAROLINA UNITED STATES NORTH AMERICA

INDUSTRY KEYWORD: PHARMACEUTICAL OPTICAL HEALTH OTHER HEALTH

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