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Aerie Pharmaceuticals Reports Third Quarter 2022 Financial Results

11/03/2022

Third Quarter Glaucoma Franchise Net Revenues of $36.1 Million, up 23% over Third Quarter 2021

Previously Announced Agreement to be Acquired by Alcon; Transaction Expected to Close in the Fourth Quarter of 2022

DURHAM, N.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 3, 2022-- Aerie Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: AERI), a pharmaceutical company focused on the discovery, development, and commercialization of first-in-class ophthalmic therapies, today reports financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2022.

“Aerie delivered another solid performance in the third quarter and executed well across our three strategic pillars of growth. Our first-in-class glaucoma franchise showed strong continued year-over-year growth, in line with our expectations. We are pleased to announce that on November 1, 2022, we enrolled our first participant in COMET-4, a 12-month study designed to evaluate the long-term safety of our dry eye disease product candidate, AR-15512 ophthalmic solution,” said Raj Kannan, Chief Executive Officer of Aerie Pharmaceuticals. “The recently announced acquisition by Alcon Inc. (Alcon) will further advance Aerie’s mission to accelerate the standard of care for the treatment of patients with eye diseases and conditions including open-angle glaucoma, dry eye disease, diabetic macular edema (DME), and wet age-related macular degeneration (wet AMD).”

Third Quarter Financial Results and Highlights

For the quarter ended September 30, 2022, Aerie reported results compared to the quarter ended September 30, 2021:

  • Total glaucoma franchise net product revenues of $36.1 million, up 23% compared to $29.3 million
  • Net loss of $26.8 million, an improvement of 32% compared to a net loss of $39.7 million
  • Net loss per share (diluted) of $0.56 compared to a net loss per share (diluted) of $0.86
  • Non-GAAP net loss of $13.1 million compared to non-GAAP net loss of $33.1 million
  • Non-GAAP net loss per share (diluted) of $0.27 compared to non-GAAP net loss per share (diluted) of $0.72

Balance Sheet and Liquidity Highlights

  • Cash, cash equivalents, and investments were $172.5 million as of September 30, 2022 compared to $139.8 million as of December 31, 2021.
  • During the third quarter of 2022, our net cash used in operating activities was $11.4 million and total net change in cash, cash equivalents, and investments (total net cash used) was $11.9 million.

Recent Highlights

  • First participant enrollment targets were met for both the COMET-3 and COMET-4 Phase 3 pivotal studies on August 1, 2022 and November 1, 2022, respectively:
    • COMET-3 is the second of two 3-month studies evaluating the efficacy and safety of AR-15512.
    • COMET-4 is a 12-month study evaluating the long-term safety of AR-15512.
  • Both studies are part of the Phase 3 registrational program in dry eye disease which, along with the ongoing COMET-2 study, support a potential New Drug Application (NDA) with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), anticipated in 2024.

Conference Call

Due to the pending transaction with Alcon, Aerie will not be hosting a conference call to review the financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2022 or commenting on its financial guidance for the year ending December 31, 2022.

About Aerie Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Aerie is a pharmaceutical company focused on the discovery, development, and commercialization of first-in-class ophthalmic therapies for the treatment of patients with eye diseases and conditions including open-angle glaucoma, dry eye disease, DME, and wet AMD. Aerie’s product portfolio includes two FDA approved products and a pipeline of three product candidates in clinical development. Aerie’s novel product for the reduction of elevated intraocular pressure (IOP) in patients with open-angle glaucoma or ocular hypertension, Rocklatan® (netarsudil (0.02%) and latanoprost ophthalmic solution (0.005%)), was launched in the United States in May 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’s novel product, Rhopressa® (netarsudil ophthalmic solution) 0.02%, a once-daily eye drop approved by the FDA for the reduction of elevated 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. More information on Aerie Pharmaceuticals 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 commercial franchise and our pipeline, any internal assumptions or timelines, future liquidity, cash balances or financing transactions, our ongoing and anticipated preclinical studies and clinical trials, FDA regulatory approvals and effectiveness of any product, product candidates or future product candidates, and the expected benefits of the proposed acquisition by Alcon and the anticipated timing of the proposed transaction. 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 macroeconomic 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). 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. In particular, FDA and European Medicines Agency (EMA) approval of Rocklatan® and Rhopressa®, and Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) authorization of Roclanda® does not guarantee regulatory approval of Rocklatan®, Rhopressa®, or Roclanda® in other jurisdictions, and there can be no assurance that we will receive regulatory approval for Rocklatan®, Rhopressa®, or Roclanda® in such other jurisdictions. In addition, FDA approval of Rocklatan® and Rhopressa® does not guarantee FDA approval of our product candidates or any future product candidates and there can be no assurance that we will receive FDA approval for our product candidates or any future product candidates. Furthermore, the acceptance of the Investigational New Drug Applications by the FDA for our product candidates does not guarantee FDA approval of such product candidates and the outcomes of later clinical trials for our product candidates may not be sufficient to submit an NDA with the FDA or to receive FDA approval. 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 generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), we use the following non-GAAP financial measures, some of which are discussed above: adjusted net loss and adjusted net loss per share (also referred to herein as non-GAAP net loss and non-GAAP 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 (Non-GAAP)” 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 and Merger-related costs (as defined in the footnote below). 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, 2022

 

DECEMBER 31, 2021

Assets

 

 

 

Current assets

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents

$

54,093

 

 

$

37,187

 

Short-term investments

 

118,371

 

 

 

102,614

 

Accounts receivable, net

 

73,881

 

 

 

68,828

 

Inventory

 

46,762

 

 

 

40,410

 

Licensing receivable

 

 

 

 

90,000

 

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

 

9,706

 

 

 

16,611

 

Total current assets

 

302,813

 

 

 

355,650

 

Property, plant, and equipment, net

 

50,296

 

 

 

51,472

 

Operating lease right-of-use-assets

 

20,760

 

 

 

22,669

 

Other assets

 

1,721

 

 

 

1,600

 

Total assets

$

375,590

 

 

$

431,391

 

Liabilities and Stockholders’ Deficit

 

 

 

Current liabilities

 

 

 

Accounts payable

$

9,062

 

 

$

8,285

 

Accrued expenses and other current liabilities

 

119,398

 

 

 

112,341

 

Operating lease liabilities

 

4,873

 

 

 

4,365

 

Total current liabilities

 

133,333

 

 

 

124,991

 

Convertible notes, net

 

312,588

 

 

 

234,527

 

Deferred revenue, non-current

 

70,881

 

 

 

64,315

 

Operating lease liabilities, non-current

 

19,525

 

 

 

21,751

 

Other non-current liabilities

 

3,245

 

 

 

3,140

 

Total liabilities

 

539,572

 

 

 

448,724

 

Stockholders’ deficit

 

 

 

Common stock

 

49

 

 

 

48

 

Additional paid-in capital

 

1,024,809

 

 

 

1,136,656

 

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

 

(803

)

 

 

(126

)

Accumulated deficit

 

(1,188,037

)

 

 

(1,153,911

)

Total stockholders’ deficit

 

(163,982

)

 

 

(17,333

)

Total liabilities and stockholders’ deficit

$

375,590

 

 

$

431,391

 

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,

 

 

2022

 

 

 

2021

 

 

 

2022

 

 

 

2021

 

Product revenues, net

$

36,129

 

 

$

29,313

 

 

$

99,275

 

 

$

79,468

 

Total revenues, net

 

36,129

 

 

 

29,313

 

 

 

99,275

 

 

 

79,468

 

Costs and expenses:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cost of goods sold

 

6,929

 

 

 

7,899

 

 

 

17,450

 

 

 

20,776

 

Selling, general, and administrative

 

33,878

 

 

 

34,656

 

 

 

93,551

 

 

 

101,796

 

Research and development

 

21,994

 

 

 

19,132

 

 

 

66,726

 

 

 

54,990

 

Total costs and expenses

 

62,801

 

 

 

61,687

 

 

 

177,727

 

 

 

177,562

 

Loss from operations

 

(26,672

)

 

 

(32,374

)

 

 

(78,452

)

 

 

(98,094

)

Other expense, net

 

(59

)

 

 

(7,259

)

 

 

(2,800

)

 

 

(22,142

)

Loss before income taxes

 

(26,731

)

 

 

(39,633

)

 

 

(81,252

)

 

 

(120,236

)

Income tax expense

 

95

 

 

 

58

 

 

 

836

 

 

 

107

 

Net loss

$

(26,826

)

 

$

(39,691

)

 

$

(82,088

)

 

$

(120,343

)

Net loss per common share—basic and diluted

$

(0.56

)

 

$

(0.86

)

 

$

(1.72

)

 

$

(2.60

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weighted average number of common shares outstanding—basic and diluted

 

47,819,936

 

 

 

46,342,905

 

 

 

47,635,854

 

 

 

46,217,404

 

AERIE PHARMACEUTICALS, INC.

Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Financial Measures

(Unaudited)

(in thousands)

 

 

THREE MONTHS ENDED
SEPTEMBER 30,

 

NINE MONTHS ENDED
SEPTEMBER 30,

 

 

 

2022

 

 

 

2021

 

 

 

2022

 

 

 

2021

 

Net loss (GAAP)

 

$

(26,826

)

 

$

(39,691

)

 

$

(82,088

)

 

$

(120,343

)

Add-back: stock-based compensation expense

 

 

3,642

 

 

 

6,613

 

 

 

12,232

 

 

 

23,358

 

Add-back: Merger-related costs(1)

 

 

10,055

 

 

 

 

 

 

10,352

 

 

 

 

Adjusted net loss

 

$

(13,129

)

 

$

(33,078

)

 

$

(59,504

)

 

$

(96,985

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cost of goods sold (GAAP)

 

$

6,929

 

 

$

7,899

 

 

$

17,450

 

 

$

20,776

 

Less: stock-based compensation expense

 

 

(140

)

 

 

(287

)

 

 

(372

)

 

 

(1,225

)

Adjusted cost of goods sold

 

$

6,789

 

 

$

7,612

 

 

$

17,078

 

 

$

19,551

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Selling, general, and administrative expenses (GAAP)

 

$

33,878

 

 

$

34,656

 

 

$

93,551

 

 

$

101,796

 

Less: stock-based compensation expense

 

 

(2,490

)

 

 

(4,385

)

 

 

(8,260

)

 

 

(16,238

)

Less: Merger-related costs

 

 

(10,055

)

 

 

 

 

 

(10,352

)

 

 

 

Adjusted selling, general, and administrative expenses

 

$

21,333

 

 

$

30,271

 

 

$

74,939

 

 

$

85,558

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Research and development expenses (GAAP)

 

$

21,994

 

 

$

19,132

 

 

$

66,726

 

 

$

54,990

 

Less: stock-based compensation expense

 

 

(1,012

)

 

 

(1,941

)

 

 

(3,600

)

 

 

(5,895

)

Adjusted research and development expenses

 

$

20,982

 

 

$

17,191

 

 

$

63,126

 

 

$

49,095

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total operating expenses (GAAP)

 

$

55,872

 

 

$

53,788

 

 

$

160,277

 

 

$

156,786

 

Less: stock-based compensation expense

 

 

(3,502

)

 

 

(6,326

)

 

 

(11,860

)

 

 

(22,133

)

Less: Merger-related costs

 

 

(10,055

)

 

 

 

 

 

(10,352

)

 

 

 

Adjusted total operating expenses

 

$

42,315

 

 

$

47,462

 

 

$

138,065

 

 

$

134,653

 

(1)

 

Merger-related costs consist of costs associated with the pending transaction with Alcon, including for professional services.

AERIE PHARMACEUTICALS, INC.

Reconciliation of GAAP Net Loss Per Share to Adjusted Net Loss Per Share (Non-GAAP)

(Unaudited)

 

THREE MONTHS ENDED
SEPTEMBER 30,

 

NINE MONTHS ENDED
SEPTEMBER 30,

 

 

2022

 

 

 

2021

 

 

 

2022

 

 

 

2021

 

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

$

(0.56

)

 

$

(0.86

)

 

$

(1.72

)

 

$

(2.60

)

Add-back: stock-based compensation expense

 

0.08

 

 

 

0.14

 

 

 

0.25

 

 

 

0.50

 

Add-back: Merger-related costs

 

0.21

 

 

 

 

 

 

0.22

 

 

 

 

Adjusted net loss per share—basic and diluted (Non-GAAP)

$

(0.27

)

 

$

(0.72

)

 

$

(1.25

)

 

$

(2.10

)

Weighted average number of common shares outstanding—basic and diluted

 

47,819,936

 

 

 

46,342,905

 

 

 

47,635,854

 

 

 

46,217,404

 

 

Media:
Carolyn McAuliffe
cmcauliffe@aeriepharma.com
(949) 526-8733

Investors:
LifeSci Advisors on behalf of Aerie Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Hans Vitzthum
hans@lifesciadvisors.com
(617) 430-7578

Source: Aerie Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

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