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UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
WASHINGTON, D.C. 20549

FORM 8-K
 
CURRENT REPORT
Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)
of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934
Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): May 5, 2022
Aerie Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
Delaware 001-36152 20-3109565
(State or other jurisdiction
of incorporation)
 (Commission
File Number)
 (I.R.S. Employer
Identification Number)
4301 Emperor Boulevard, Suite 400
Durham, North Carolina 27703
(Address of principal executive offices) (Zip code)
Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: (919) 237-5300 
Check the appropriate box below if the Form 8-K filing is intended to simultaneously satisfy the filing obligation of the registrant under any of the following provisions:
 
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Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:
Title of each classTrading Symbol(s)Name of each exchange on which registered
Common stock, par value $0.001 per shareAERINasdaq Global Market
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is an emerging growth company as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act of 1933 (§ 230.405 of this chapter) or Rule 12b-2 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (§ 240.12b-2 of this chapter).
Emerging growth company 
If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act. ☐



Item 2.02.  Results of Operations and Financial Condition.
On May 5, 2022, Aerie Pharmaceuticals, Inc. issued a press release announcing its financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2022. A copy of the press release is furnished as Exhibit 99.1 hereto and is hereby incorporated by reference into this Item 2.02.
The information in this Item 2.02 (including Exhibit 99.1) shall not be deemed “filed” for purposes of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”), or otherwise subject to the liabilities of that section, nor shall it be deemed incorporated by reference in any filing under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, or the Exchange Act, except as expressly set forth by specific reference in such a filing.
Item 9.01.  Financial Statements and Exhibits.
(d) Exhibits.
 
Exhibit Description
  
104Cover Page Interactive Data File (embedded within the Inline XBRL document)



SIGNATURES
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.
 
       
    AERIE PHARMACEUTICALS, INC.
    
May 5, 2022   By: /s/ Peter Lang
      Peter Lang
      Chief Financial Officer


Document

Exhibit 99.1
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Aerie Pharmaceuticals Reports First Quarter 2022 Financial Results and Provides Business Update
First Quarter Glaucoma Franchise Net Revenues of $29.8 Million, up 30% over First Quarter 2021
Management Reaffirms 2022 Glaucoma Franchise Guidance of $130 Million to $140 Million
First Phase 3 Registrational Trial for AR-15512 On-Track for Enrollment Second Quarter of 2022
Durham, North Carolina, May 5, 2022 — (BUSINESS WIRE) — 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 first quarter ended March 31, 2022 and reaffirms the business and pipeline objectives and financial guidance previously reported for 2022.
“We continue to execute well on our three strategic pillars to build out Aerie version 2.0. I am pleased to report strong year-over-year revenue growth for our first-in-class glaucoma franchise products, in line with our expectations. We are also excited about the progress we have made with our potential best-in-class dry eye product candidate AR-15512 as we continue to drive efficiencies in our operations,” said Raj Kannan, Chief Executive Officer of Aerie Pharmaceuticals. Mr. Kannan continued, “The addition of Chief Medical Officer Dr. Gary Sternberg and Chief Financial Officer Peter Lang further strengthens our senior leadership team. Driving the growth of our novel commercial franchise, unlocking the potential value in our pipeline and continuing to focus on reducing our net cash burn should position us well for the future.”
First Quarter Financial Results and Highlights
For the quarter ended March 31, 2022, Aerie reported results compared to the quarter ended March 31, 2021:
Total glaucoma franchise net product revenues of $29.8 million, up 30% compared to $23.0 million
Net loss of $35.9 million compared to a net loss of $42.0 million
Net loss per share (diluted) of $0.76 compared to a net loss per share (diluted) of $0.91
Non-GAAP net loss of $31.3 million compared to non-GAAP net loss of $33.2 million
Non-GAAP net loss per share (diluted) of $0.66 compared to non-GAAP net loss per share (diluted) of $0.72
Balance Sheet and Liquidity Highlights
Cash, cash equivalents and total investments were $199.2 million as of March 31, 2022 compared to $139.8 million as of December 31, 2021. Cash, cash equivalents and total investments as of March 31, 2022 included $90.0 million of upfront payments received in January, related to our licensing and collaboration agreement with Santen executed in December 2021.
During the first quarter of 2022, our net cash provided by operating activities was $61.9 million. Excluding the $90.0 million Santen payment, net cash used in operating activities was $28.1 million. Further, an $8.0



million milestone payment was made in the first quarter of 2022 to the former shareholders of Avizorex Pharma S.L., which was acquired by Aerie in 2019.
Outlook for 2022: Business and Pipeline Objectives & Financial Guidance
Aerie reaffirms the following business and pipeline objectives and full year guidance previously reported for 2022:
Glaucoma franchise net product revenues guidance: $130 million to $140 million, up 16% to 25% versus 2021
Total net cash used: A reduction of approximately 15% in 2022 versus 2021 is expected
Phase 3 registrational study initiation for AR-15512 in dry eye: Expected during the second quarter of 2022
Investigational New Drug Application submission for AR-14034 in wet age-related macular degeneration: Expected in the second half of 2022
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 4696464. Please dial in approximately 10 minutes prior to the call.
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, diabetic macular edema (DME) and wet age-related macular degeneration (wet AMD). Aerie’s first novel 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 novel product for the reduction of elevated 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. 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 guidance or timelines, future liquidity, cash balances or financing transactions, our ongoing and anticipated preclinical studies and clinical trials, FDA or other



regulatory approvals and effectiveness of any product, product candidates or future product candidates and our expectations for full year 2022. 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). 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 Rhopressa® and Rocklatan® and Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) authorization of Roclanda® does not guarantee regulatory approval of Rhopressa®, Rocklatan® or Roclanda® in other jurisdictions, and there can be no assurance that we will receive regulatory approval for Rhopressa®, Rocklatan® or Roclanda® in such other jurisdictions. In addition, FDA approval of Rhopressa® and Rocklatan® 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 a New Drug Application (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, 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)


MARCH 31, 2022DECEMBER 31, 2021
Assets  
Current assets  
Cash and cash equivalents$56,441 $37,187 
Short-term investments138,807 102,614 
Accounts receivable, net63,617 68,828 
Inventory40,190 40,410 
Licensing receivable— 90,000 
Prepaid expenses and other current assets17,911 16,611 
Total current assets316,966 355,650 
Long-term investments3,985 — 
Property, plant and equipment, net51,226 51,472 
Operating lease right-of-use-assets21,916 22,669 
Other assets1,453 1,600 
Total assets$395,546 $431,391 
Liabilities and Stockholders’ (Deficit) Equity  
Current liabilities  
Accounts payable$7,877 $8,285 
Accrued expenses and other current liabilities102,950 112,341 
Operating lease liabilities4,464 4,365 
Total current liabilities115,291 124,991 
Convertible notes, net 311,678 234,527 
Deferred revenue, non-current70,000 64,315 
Operating lease liabilities, non-current21,033 21,751 
Other non-current liabilities3,256 3,140 
Total liabilities521,258 448,724 
Stockholders’ deficit
Common stock48 48 
Additional paid-in capital1,016,510 1,136,656 
Accumulated other comprehensive loss(430)(126)
Accumulated deficit(1,141,840)(1,153,911)
Total stockholders’ deficit(125,712)(17,333)
Total liabilities and stockholders’ deficit$395,546 $431,391 





AERIE PHARMACEUTICALS, INC.
Consolidated Statements of Operations
(Unaudited)
(in thousands, except share and per share data)


THREE MONTHS ENDED MARCH 31,
 20222021
Product revenues, net$29,835 $22,970 
Total revenues, net29,835 22,970 
Costs and expenses:
Cost of goods sold6,780 6,700 
Selling, general and administrative31,524 32,598 
Research and development25,174 17,891 
Total costs and expenses63,478 57,189 
Loss from operations(33,643)(34,219)
Other expense, net(1,555)(7,714)
Loss before income taxes(35,198)(41,933)
Income tax expense693 31 
Net loss$(35,891)$(41,964)
Net loss per common share—basic and diluted$(0.76)$(0.91)
Weighted average number of common shares outstanding—basic and diluted47,520,045 46,109,080 






AERIE PHARMACEUTICALS, INC.
Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Financial Measures
(Unaudited)
(in thousands)

THREE MONTHS ENDED MARCH 31,
 20222021
Net loss (GAAP)$(35,891)$(41,964)
Add-back: stock-based compensation expense4,632 8,749 
Adjusted net loss$(31,259)$(33,215)
Cost of goods sold (GAAP)$6,780 $6,700 
Less: stock-based compensation expense(162)(507)
Adjusted cost of goods sold$6,618 $6,193 
Selling, general and administrative expenses (GAAP)$31,524 $32,598 
Less: stock-based compensation expense(3,134)(6,255)
Adjusted selling, general and administrative expenses$28,390 $26,343 
Research and development expenses (GAAP)$25,174 $17,891 
Less: stock-based compensation expense(1,336)(1,987)
Adjusted research and development expenses$23,838 $15,904 
Total operating expenses (GAAP)$56,698 $50,489 
Less: stock-based compensation expense(4,470)(8,242)
Adjusted total operating expenses$52,228 $42,247 



AERIE PHARMACEUTICALS, INC.
Reconciliation of GAAP Net Loss Per Share to Adjusted Net Loss Per Share (Non-GAAP)
(Unaudited)


THREE MONTHS ENDED MARCH 31,
 20222021
Net loss per common share—basic and diluted (GAAP)$(0.76)$(0.91)
Add-back: stock-based compensation expense0.10 0.19 
Adjusted net loss per share—basic and diluted (Non-GAAP)$(0.66)$(0.72)
Weighted average number of common shares outstanding—basic and diluted47,520,045 46,109,080 



Contacts
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