Aeterna Zentaris Reports Second Quarter 2019 Financial and Operating Results

8/13/2019, 10:15 PM (Source: GlobeNewswire)

CHARLESTON, S.C., Aug. 13, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Aeterna Zentaris Inc. (NASDAQ: AEZS) (TSX: AEZS) today reported its financial and operating results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2019.

All Amounts are in U.S. Dollars


  • On June 6, 2019, the Company announced that it was reducing the size of its German workforce and operations to more closely reflect the Company’s ongoing commercial activities in Frankfurt.  This restructuring affects 8 employees in Frankfurt, Germany and resulted in $773,000 of severance costs that are expected to be paid by January 31, 2020.

  • Net income for the second quarter of 2019 was $0.2 million as compared to a net loss of $2.6 million for the same period in 2018. Net loss for the six-months ended June 30, 2019 was $4.7 million as compared to net income of $11.8 million for the same period in 2018.

  • In the first six months of 2019, the Company earned $21,000 from the license of Macrilen™ (macimorelin) as gross sales in the U.S. continue to disappoint. Novo Nordisk has advised that Macrilen™ (macimorelin) has been successfully integrated into their patient and provider support hub as they work to gain broader product coverage with payers and specialty pharmacies. We continue to work with Novo Nordisk on addressing the disappointing U.S. commercial execution and results to date.

  • The initial phase of the macimorelin pediatric development program (the dose ranging study), continued to progress with the first one-third of subjects having completed the protocol, all in accordance with our expected timeline. 

Summary of Second Quarter Results and Year-to-date Second Quarter Results

For the three-month period ended June 30, 2019, we reported a consolidated net income of $0.2 million, or $0.01 income per common share (basic), as compared with a consolidated net loss of $2.6 million, or $0.16 loss per common share, for the three-month period ended June 30, 2018. The $2.8 million improvement in net results is primarily from a gain in fair value of warrant liability of $4.1 million, offset by a loss in exchange rates of $0.7 million, an increase in operating expenses of $0.3 million and $0.2 million movement in tax recovery.

For the six-month period ended June 30, 2019, we reported a consolidated net loss of $4.7 million, or $0.28 loss per common share, as compared with a consolidated net income of $11.8 million, or $0.72 income per common share (basic), for the six-month period ended June 30, 2018. The $16.5 million decline in net results is primarily from a reduction of $24.5 million in gross income and $0.6 million decrease in net finance income, offset by a reduction of tax expense of $6.6 million and operating expenses of $1.9 million.

Condensed Interim Consolidated Financial Statements and Management’s Discussion and Analysis

For reference, the condensed interim consolidated financial statements as at June 30, 2019 and for the three-month and six-month periods ending June 30, 2019 and 2018 and management’s discussion and analysis of financial condition and results of operations for the three-month and six-month periods ending June 30, 2019, will be found at in the "Investors" section and at the Company’s profile at and

The tables below set out summary consolidated financial information for the periods indicated. These tables should be read together with the condensed interim consolidated financial statements as at June 30, 2019 and for the three-month and six-month periods ending June 30, 2019 and 2018 and management’s discussion and analysis of financial condition and results of operations for the three-month and six-month periods ending June 30, 2019, which contain important information relating to the Company. The results of operations for interim periods are not necessarily indicative of the results to be expected for a full year or any future period. The information presented herein does not contain disclosures required by IFRS for consolidated financial statements and should be read in conjunction with the Company’s audited annual consolidated financial statements for the year ended December 31, 2018.

About Aeterna Zentaris Inc.

Aeterna Zentaris Inc. is a specialty biopharmaceutical company engaged in commercializing novel pharmaceutical therapies, principally through out-licensing arrangements. Aeterna Zentaris is the licensor and party to a license and assignment agreement with Novo Nordisk A/S to carry out development, manufacturing, registration, regulatory, and supply chain for the commercialization of Macrilen™ (macimorelin), which is to be used in the diagnosis of patients with adult growth hormone deficiency in the United States and Canada. In addition, we are actively pursuing business development opportunities for macimorelin in the rest of the world and to monetize the value of our non-strategic assets.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements (as defined by applicable securities legislation) made pursuant to the safe-harbor provision of the U.S. Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, which reflect our current expectations regarding future events. Forward-looking statements may include, but are not limited to statements preceded by, followed by, or that include the words "will," "expects," "believes," "intends," "would," "could," "may," "anticipates," and similar terms that relate to future events, performance, or our results. Forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties, including those discussed in this press release and in our Annual Report on Form 20-F, under the caption "Key Information -Risk Factors" filed with the relevant Canadian securities regulatory authorities in lieu of an annual information form and with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Known and unknown risks and uncertainties could cause our actual results to differ materially from those in forward-looking statements. Such risks and uncertainties include, among others, our ability to continue as a going concern dependent, in part, on the ability of Aeterna Zentaris to transfer cash from Aeterna Zentaris GmbH to the Canadian parent and U.S. subsidiary and secure additional financing, our now heavy dependence on the success of Macrilen™ (macimorelin) and related out-licensing arrangements and the continued availability of funds and resources to successfully commercialize the product, our strategic review process, the ability of the Special Committee to carry out its mandate, the ability of Aeterna Zentaris to enter into out-licensing, development, manufacturing and marketing and distribution agreements with other pharmaceutical companies and keep such agreements in effect, reliance on third parties for the manufacturing and commercialization of Macrilen™ (macimorelin), potential disputes with third parties, leading to delays in or termination of the manufacturing, development, out-licensing or commercialization of our product candidates, or resulting in significant litigation or arbitration, and, more generally, uncertainties related to the regulatory process, our ability to efficiently commercialize or out-license Macrilen™ (macimorelin), the degree of market acceptance of Macrilen™ (macimorelin), our ability to obtain necessary approvals from the relevant regulatory authorities to enable us to use the desired brand names for our product, the impact of securities class action litigation or other litigation on our cash flow, results of operations and financial position, our ability to take advantage of business opportunities in the pharmaceutical industry, our ability to protect our intellectual property, the potential of liability arising from shareholder lawsuits and general changes in economic conditions. Investors should consult our quarterly and annual filings with the Canadian and U.S. securities commissions for additional information on risks and uncertainties. Given these uncertainties and risk factors, readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements. We disclaim any obligation to update any such factors or to publicly announce any revisions to any of the forward-looking statements contained herein to reflect future results, events or developments, unless required to do so by a governmental authority or applicable law.


Leslie Auld

Chief Financial Officer

Aeterna Zentaris Inc.

(843) 900-3211

Condensed Interim Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income (Loss)

 Three months ended
June 30,
 Six months ended
June 30,
(in thousands, except share and per share data)2019 2018  2019 2018
 $ $ $ $
Royalty income8      21     
Product sales129      129     
Sales commission and other39   79   45   169  
Licensing revenue18   89   36   24,657  
Total revenues194   168   231   24,826  
Cost of goods sold101   197   101   197  
Gross income93
  (29) 130
Research and development costs571   974   1,099   1,807  
General and administrative expenses1,923   2,004   3,560   4,790  
Selling expenses495   497   799   2,138  
Restructuring costs773      773     
Impairment of right of use asset64      401     
Write-off of other current assets      169     
Total operating expenses3,826   3,475   6,801   8,735  
(Loss) income from operations(3,733)  (3,504)  (6,671)  15,894  
(Loss) gain due to changes in foreign currency exchange rates(6)  677   58   725  
Change in fair value of warrant liability3,926   (134)  1,865   1,694  
Other finance income19   126   43   144  
Net finance income3,939   669   1,966   2,563  
Income (loss) before income taxes206   (2,835)  (4,705)  18,457  
Income tax recovery (expense)   233      (6,635) 
Net income (loss) 206   (2,602)  (4,705)  11,822  
Other comprehensive (loss) income:       
Items that may be reclassified subsequently to profit or loss:       
Foreign currency translation adjustments(110)  (28)  (26)  (250) 
Items that will not be reclassified to profit or loss:       
Actuarial loss (gain) on defined benefit plans(756)  205   (1,491)  205  
Comprehensive (loss) income(660)  (2,425)  (6,222)  11,777  
Net (loss) income per share [basic]0.01   (0.16)  (0.28)  0.72  
Net (loss) income per share [diluted]0.01   (0.16)  (0.28)  0.70  
Weighted average number of shares outstanding:       
Basic16,622,415   16,440,760   16,532,090   16,440,760  
Diluted17,260,0168   16,440,760   16,532,090   16,489,364  

Condensed Interim Consolidated Statement of Financial Position

(in thousands) As at June 30, As at December 31,
  2019 2018
  $ $
Cash and cash equivalents 9,683  14,512 
Trade and other receivables and other current assets 1,524  1,504 
Inventory 562  240 
Restricted cash equivalents 367  418 
Property, plant and equipment 48  65 
Right of use asset 340   
Other non-current assets 8,227  8,272 
Total assets 20,751  25,011 
Payables and other current liabilities 3,200  2,966 
Current portion of deferred revenues 74  74 
Warrant liability 1,451  3,634 
Current provision for restructuring costs and other costs 1,004  887 
Taxes payable 1,662  1,669 
Employee future benefits 14,561  13,205 
Lease liabilities 1,205   
Non-current portion of restructuring and other costs and deferred revenues 622  669 
Total liabilities 23,779  23,104 
Shareholders' (deficiency) equity (3,028) 1,907 
Total liabilities and shareholders' equity (deficiency) 20,751  25,011 

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