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Arno Therapeutics Reports Third Quarter 2014 Financial and Business Update

FLEMINGTON, N.J., Nov. 14, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Arno Therapeutics, Inc. (OTCQB:ARNI), a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the development of oncology therapeutics, today announced financial results for the third quarter of 2014 and provided an update on recent clinical developments for its lead compound, onapristone.

Recent Highlights

  • Completed patient enrollment in the dose escalation stage of an ongoing Phase I trial of onapristone in women with progesterone receptor (PR) expressing tumors;
  • Continued to actively enroll patients in Phase I/II trial of onapristone in men with advanced, castration resistant prostate cancer (CRPC) who have failed treatment with abiraterone or enzalutamide; and
  • Announced favorable safety data for both ongoing clinical studies of onapristone.

"Our recently-reported preliminary results of the ongoing clinical study of onapristone in PR positive tumors represent a major step forward for Arno," said Alexander Zukiwski, MD, Chief Executive Officer of Arno Therapeutics. "By all measures, we are pleased with the progress of onapristone to date. In less than one year, we have shown that our improved extended release formulation mitigates the safety concerns of the original compound, enrolled over 60 patients in two Phase I and Phase I/II clinical trials, determined the recommended Phase II dose, and observed important indications of anti-cancer activity in a group of heavily pre-treated patients. We are extremely proud of these accomplishments, and plan to continue advancing the clinical development of onapristone."

Third Quarter 2014 Financial Results

For the three months ended September 30, 2014, Arno reported net income of $0.2 million, or $0.01 per share, which includes non-cash income of $5.8 million related to the decrease in derivative liability of common stock warrants, and $1.1 million of non-cash stock based compensation expense. Adjusting for these non-cash items, which resulted in a gain of $4.7 million, the Company reported a net loss of approximately $4.6 million, or $0.22 per share, on a non-GAAP basis. This compares to third quarter 2013 net loss of $3.7 million, or $0.75 per share, on a GAAP basis. Adjusted third quarter 2013 net loss was approximately $3.6 million, or $0.73 per share, on a non-GAAP basis, which includes the same non-cash adjustments plus $1.8 million related to non-cash interest expense from debentures that were converted into common stock in 2013.

For the nine months ended September 30, 2014, Arno reported net income of $3.2 million, or $0.16 per share, which includes non-cash income of $20.8 million for the decrease in derivative liability of common stock warrants, and $3.5 million of non-cash stock based compensation expense. Adjusting for these non-cash items, which resulted in a benefit of $17.3 million, net loss for the period was approximately $14.1 million, or $0.69 per share, on a non-GAAP basis. This compares to a net loss for the first nine months of 2013 of $15.9 million, or $3.34 per share, on a GAAP basis, and an adjusted non-GAAP net loss of approximately $9.7 million, or $2.04 per share, for the first nine months of 2013, when considering the same non-cash adjustments plus $6.3 million related to non-cash interest expense from debentures that were converted into common stock in 2013.

The primary factor for the $0.9 million year-over-year increase in adjusted (non-GAAP) net loss in the third quarter of 2014, as well as the $4.4 million increase in adjusted (non-GAAP) net loss for the first nine months of 2014, was increased R&D expenses, directly associated with the initiation in 2014 of two Phase I clinical trials for Arno's lead compound, onapristone.

Non-GAAP Measures

Arno believes it prepared its consolidated financial statements in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America (GAAP) and pursuant to accounting requirements of the Securities and Exchange Commission. In an effort to provide investors with additional information regarding Arno's results and to provide a meaningful period-over-period comparison of Arno's financial performance, the Company sometimes uses non-GAAP financial measures as defined by the Securities and Exchange Commission. The differences between the GAAP and non-GAAP financial measures are reconciled in schedule below. In presenting comparable results, the Company discloses non-GAAP financial measures when it believes such measures will be useful to investors in evaluating Arno's underlying business performance. Management uses the non-GAAP financial measures to evaluate Arno's financial performance against internal budgets and targets. In addition, management internally reviews Arno's results excluding the impact of certain items, as it believes that these non-GAAP financial measures are useful for evaluating Arno's core operating results and facilitating comparison across reporting periods. Importantly, Arno believes non-GAAP financial measures should be considered in addition to, and not in lieu of, GAAP financial measures. Arno's non-GAAP financial measures may be different from non-GAAP financial measures used by other companies.

About Onapristone

Onapristone has the potential to be the first approved anti-progestin for oncology indications and provide chemotherapy-sparing treatment to cancer patients who express a specific biomarker, as detected by a companion diagnostic under development. Onapristone is an oral, anti-progestin hormone blocker that has been shown in previous clinical trials to have anti-tumor activity in patients with breast cancer. Onapristone appears to have a unique ability to block the activation of the progesterone receptor, which is believed to be a mechanism that may inhibit the growth of breast, endometrial and other tumors. The activated form of the progesterone receptor (APR) has the potential to function as a biomarker of anti-progestin activity.

About Arno Therapeutics

Arno Therapeutics is a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company developing innovative products for the treatment of cancer. Arno has exclusive worldwide rights to develop and market three innovative anti-cancer product candidates. These compounds are in clinical or preclinical development as product candidates to treat hematologic malignancies and solid tumors. For more information about the company, please visit www.arnothera.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements that involve substantial risks and uncertainties. These statements are often, but not always, made through the use of words or phrases such as "anticipates," "expects," "plans," "believes," "intends," and similar words or phrases. These forward-looking statements include, without limitation, statements regarding the timing, progress and anticipated results of the clinical development of onapristone, including the ability to identify and treat those patients most likely to benefit from onapristone, as well as Arno's strategy, future operations, outlook, milestones, future financial position, future financial results, plans and objectives. Arno may not actually achieve these plans, intentions or expectations and Arno cautions investors not to place undue reliance on our forward-looking statements. Actual results or events could differ materially from the plans, intentions and expectations disclosed in the forward-looking statements we make. Various important factors could cause actual results or events to differ materially from the forward-looking statements that we make. Such factors include, among others, risks that the results of clinical trials will not support our claims or beliefs concerning the effectiveness of onapristone or any of our other product candidates, our ability to successfully develop a diagnostic to identify APR tumors, our ability to finance the development of our product candidates, regulatory risks, and our reliance on third party researchers and other collaborators. Additional risks are described in the company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2013, and in its Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the period ended September 30, 2014. Arno is providing this information as of the date of this press release and does not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statements as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

Arno Therapeutics, Inc.
Condensed Statements of Operations
(Amounts in thousands, except per share data)
Three Months Ended
September 30,
Nine Months Ended
September 30,
(Unaudited) (Unaudited)
2014 2013 2014 2013
Revenue $ – $ – $ – $ –
Operating expenses:
Research and development 3,756 3,168 12,275 8,903
General and administrative 1,919 618 5,328 2,138
Total operating expenses 5,675 3,786 17,603 11,041
Loss from operations (5,675) (3,786) (17,603) (11,041)
Interest income/(expense), net 10 (1,857) 35 (5,868)
Other income 5,825 1,964 20,776 991
Net income/(loss) $ 160 $ (3,679) $ 3,208 $ (15,918)
Net income/(loss) per share – basic $ 0.01 $ (0.75) $ 0.16 $ (3.34)
Shares used in computation of net loss per share – basic 20,377 4,932 20,372 4,768
Net income/(loss) per share – diluted $ 0.01 $ (0.75) $ 0.13 $ (3.34)
Shares used in computation of net loss per share – diluted 24,802 4,932 24,805 4,768
Balance Sheet Data
(Amounts in thousands)
September 30,
2014
December 31,
2013
(Unaudited)
Cash and cash equivalents $ 11,577 $ 26,774
Total assets $ 11,787 $ 26,883
Current liabilities $ 2,874 $ 3,901
Accumulated deficit $ (86,350) $ (89,558)
Stockholders' deficit $ (6,174) $ (12,883)
Reconciliation Between Reported (GAAP) and Adjusted Net Income/(Loss) (Non-GAAP)
(Amounts in thousands, except per share data)
Three Months Ended
September 30,
2014 2013
Net income/(loss), as reported (GAAP) $ 160 $ (3,679)
Adjustments for reconciled items:
Interest expense, non-cash -- 1,806
Change in fair value of derivative liability, non-cash (5,795) (1,965)
Stock based compensation, non-cash 1,084 227
Adjusted net loss (non-GAAP) $ (4,551) $ (3,611)
Net income/(loss) per share - basic, as reported (GAAP) $ 0.01 $ (0.75)
Adjustments for reconciled items:
Interest expense, non-cash -- 0.37
Change in fair value of derivative liability, non-cash (0.28) (0.40)
Stock based compensation, non-cash 0.05 0.05
Adjusted net loss per share - basic (non-GAAP) $ (0.22) $ (0.73)
Nine Months Ended
September 30,
2014 2013
Net income/(loss), as reported (GAAP) $ 3,208 $(15,918)
Adjustments for reconciled items:
Interest expense, non-cash -- 6,304
Change in fair value of derivative liability, non-cash (20,778) (983)
Stock based compensation, non-cash 3,502 926
Adjusted net loss (non-GAAP) $(14,068) $ (9,671)
Net income/(loss) per share - basic, as reported (GAAP) $ 0.16 $ (3.34)
Adjustments for reconciled items:
Interest expense, non-cash -- 1.32
Change in fair value of derivative liability, non-cash (1.02) (0.21)
Stock based compensation, non-cash 0.17 0.19
Adjusted net loss per share - basic (non-GAAP) $ (0.69) $ (2.04)

CONTACT: The Ruth Group Lee Roth (investors) lroth@theruthgroup.com (646) 536-7012 Kirsten Thomas (media) kthomas@theruthgroup.com (646) 536-7014 Arno Therapeutics Lawrence Kenyon lk@arnothera.com (862) 703-7171

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