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Ohr Pharmaceutical Reports Fiscal Year 2016 Financial and Business Results

NEW YORK, Dec. 22, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Ohr Pharmaceutical, Inc. (Nasdaq:OHRP), an ophthalmology research and development company, today reported results for its fourth quarter and fiscal year ended September 30, 2016.

“Fiscal year 2016 was another highly productive year for Ohr, as we made significant progress in advancing both our lead candidate Squalamine for the treatment of wet AMD as well as our pipeline of sustained release drug candidates,” said Jason Slakter, MD, Chief Executive Officer of Ohr. “Building off the Squalamine phase 2 results, we negotiated an SPA with the FDA in advance of commencing the pivotal phase 3 program. This comprehensive phase 3 program is now underway which, if successful, will position us to bring an innovative, meaningful treatment to market that has the potential to improve vision outcomes beyond current therapies and set a new standard of care in wet AMD.”

Fiscal 2016 and Recent Corporate Highlights

  • Reached an agreement on a Special Protocol Assessment (SPA) with the US FDA on the design of Phase 3 trials for Squalamine lactate ophthalmic solution, 0.2% (“Squalamine”, also known as OHR-102) for patients with wet AMD.
  • Appointed David M. Brown, MD to serve as the chair of the Steering Committee for the Phase 3 clinical program of Squalamine in wet-AMD.
  • Closed a public offering of shares of common stock and warrants resulting in net proceeds of approximately $6.9 million.

Fiscal 2016 Clinical and Development Program Highlights

  • In September, presented new data from the Phase 2 IMPACT study at the American Society of Retina Specialists (ASRS). Subjects with occult CNV <10mm2 achieved final mean visual acuity outcomes of 71.7 letters with Squalamine combination therapy compared to 67.4 letters with Lucentis® monotherapy. The final mean visual acuity outcomes in the combination therapy group translates to approximately 20/40 vision (Snellen equivalent). This underscores the potential of Squalamine combination therapy to allow patients to reach higher levels of visual function and improve their overall quality of life.
  • In May, presented two posters on the Squalamine Phase 2 IMPACT study and OHR3031 sustained release in vivo studies at the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) Conference.
  • In April, commenced enrollment in the Phase 3 clinical development program investigating Squalamine as a treatment to improve visual acuity for patients with wet AMD.
    • The Phase 3 program includes two double-masked, placebo-controlled, multicenter, international studies of Squalamine administered topically twice a day in patients with newly diagnosed wet AMD, in combination with Lucentis® injections.
    • The primary endpoint in both studies is a measurement of visual acuity gain at nine months, which is the most clinically meaningful endpoint for wet AMD patients. Subjects will be followed to two years for safety.
  • In November 2015, presented new data from the Phase 2 IMPACT Study in Wet-AMD at American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) Annual Meeting.
    • Data showed that the size of occult CNV at baseline, irrespective of a classic CNV component, was the most important factor in predicting treatment success with the combination of Squalamine plus Lucentis®. This correlation was not seen in the Lucentis® monotherapy group.
  • Also in November 2015, announced positive preclinical data in proprietary SKS sustained release technology.
    • In an animal model used to evaluate ophthalmic compounds, sustained supratherapeutic levels of active drug were achieved in target ocular tissues at all time points in the study.
    • The results serve as an important validation for the company's SKS sustained release technology which holds the promise of improving the standard of care in a number of ocular conditions.

Financial Results for the Fiscal Year ended September 30, 2016

  • For the year ended September 30, 2016, the Company reported a net loss of approximately $25.8 million, or ($0.82) per share, compared to a net loss of approximately $15.2 million, or ($0.54) per share in the same period of 2015.
  • For the year ended September 30, 2016, total operating expenses were approximately $24.6 million, consisting of $7.7 million in general and administrative expenses, $16.5 million of research and development expenses, and $1.2 million in depreciation and amortization. This compares to total operating expenses of $17.8 million in the same period of 2015, comprised of approximately $7.5 million in general and administrative expenses, $8.8 million in research and development expenses, and $1.2 million in depreciation and amortization.
  • At September 30, 2016, the Company had cash and cash equivalents of approximately $12.5 million. This compares to cash and equivalents of approximately $28.7 million at September 30, 2015.
  • On December 7, 2016, the Company sold in a public offering, an aggregate of approximately 3,885,000 shares of its common stock, together with Series A common stock purchase warrants exercisable for up to an aggregate of approximately 1,942,500 shares of common stock and Series B common stock purchase warrants exercisable for up to an aggregate of approximately 3,885,000 shares of common stock. Net proceeds from the offering were approximately $6.9 million, after deducting placement agent fees and estimated offering expenses payable but excluding the proceeds, if any, from the exercise of the Series A and Series B Warrants issued in the offering.

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About Ohr Pharmaceutical, Inc.

Ohr Pharmaceutical, Inc. (Nasdaq:OHRP) is an ophthalmology research and development company. The company's lead drug candidate, Squalamine lactate ophthalmic solution, 0.2% (also known as OHR-102), is currently being studied using an eye drop formulation in a Phase 3 clinical program for the treatment of the wet form of age-related macular degeneration. In addition, Ohr has a sustained release micro fabricated micro-particle ocular drug delivery platform with several preclinical drug product candidates in development for glaucoma, steroid-induced glaucoma, ocular allergies, and protein drug delivery. Additional information on the company may be found at www.ohrpharmaceutical.com.

Safe Harbor Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995:
This news release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the "safe harbor" provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements are made only as the date thereof, and we undertake no obligation to update or revise the forward-looking statement whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. Our actual results may differ materially and adversely from those expressed in any forward-looking statements as a result of various factors and uncertainties, including the future success of our scientific studies, our ability to successfully develop products, rapid technological change in our markets, changes in demand for our future products, legislative, regulatory and competitive developments, the financial resources available to us and general economic conditions. Shareholders and prospective investors are cautioned that no assurance of the efficacy of pharmaceutical products can be claimed or assured until final testing; and no assurance or warranty can be made that the FDA will approve final testing or marketing of any pharmaceutical product. Our most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K discuss some of the important risk factors that may affect our business, results of operations and financial condition.

Lucentis® is a registered trademark of Genentech Inc.

OHR PHARMACEUTICAL, INC.
Consolidated Balance Sheets
(Unaudited)
September 30, September 30,
2016 2015
ASSETS
CURRENT ASSETS
Cash$12,546,890 $28,697,323
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 738,118 338,713
Total Current Assets 13,285,008 29,036,036
EQUIPMENT, net 198,631 248,753
OTHER ASSETS
Security deposit 12,243 12,243
Intangible assets, net 15,208,219 16,332,863
Goodwill 740,912 740,912
TOTAL ASSETS$29,445,013 $46,370,807
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY
CURRENT LIABILITIES
Accounts payable and accrued expenses$4,394,068 $1,592,348
Notes payable 87,798 48,063
Contingent consideration - 2,239,603
Total Current Liabilities 4,481,866 3,880,014
TOTAL LIABILITIES 4,481,866 3,880,014
STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY
Preferred stock, Series B; 6,000,000 shares authorized, $0.0001 par value, 0 shares issued and outstanding, respectively - -
Common stock; 180,000,000 shares authorized, $0.0001 par value, 32,076,396 and 30,331,309 shares issued and outstanding, respectively 3,207 3,033
Additional paid-in capital 109,237,551 100,999,173
Accumulated deficit (84,277,611) (58,511,413)
Total Stockholders' Equity 24,963,147 42,490,793
TOTAL LIABILITIES AND
STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY$29,445,013 $46,370,807


OHR PHARMACEUTICAL, INC.
Consolidated Statements of Operations
(Unaudited)
For the Year Ended September 30,
2016 2015 2014
OPERATING EXPENSES
General and administrative$7,656,327 $7,509,601 $4,287,205
Research and development 16,460,714 8,777,519 4,369,413
Depreciation and amortization 1,189,276 1,179,254 466,306
Gain on settlement of accounts payable (710,264) - -
Impairment of Intangibles - 338,906 -
OPERATING LOSS 24,596,053 17,805,280 9,122,924
OTHER INCOME (EXPENSE)
Change in fair value of contingent consideration (1,185,667) 2,637,756 -
Share in losses on investment in joint venture - (103,143) (10,643)
Other income and expense 3,419 42,966 8,479
Interest income (expense), net 12,103 (5,977) (5,576)
Royalty income - 35,813 -
Total Other Income (Expense) (1,170,145) 2,607,415 (7,740)
LOSS FROM OPERATIONS BEFORE
INCOME TAXES (25,766,198) (15,197,865) (9,130,664)
PROVISION FOR INCOME TAXES - - -
NET LOSS$(25,766,198) $(15,197,865) $(9,130,664)
BASIC AD DILUTED LOSS PER SHARE$(0.82) $(0.54) $(0.41)
WEIGHTED AVERAGE NUMBER
OF SHARES OUTSTANDING:
BASIC AND DILUTED 31,349,223 28,404,405 22,141,538


OHR PHARMACEUTICAL, INC.
Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
(Unaudited)
For the Twelve Months Ended
September 30,
2016 2015 2014
OPERATING ACTIVITIES
Net loss $(25,766,198) $(15,197,865) $(9,130,664)
Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash
used by operating activities:
Common stock issued for services 1,754,814 635,288 -
Warrants issued for services - 8,559 1,177,095
Stock option expense 2,913,626 3,579,788 2,074,487
Change in fair value of contingent consideration 1,185,667 (2,637,756) -
Share in losses on investment in joint venture - 103,143 10,643
Depreciation 64,632 40,623 17,850
Amortization of intangible assets 1,124,644 1,138,631 448,456
Impairment of intangibles - 338,906 -
Gain on settlement of accounts payable (710,264) (40,636) -
Changes in operating assets and liabilities
Prepaid expenses and deposits (64,794) 7,214 105,823
Accounts payable and accrued expenses 3,511,984 1,331,120 (63,822)
Net Cash Used in Operating Activities (15,985,889) (10,692,985) (5,360,132)
INVESTING ACTIVITIES
Acquisition of SKS Ocular's assets - - (3,500,000)
Investment in joint venture - (100,000) (13,786)
Purchase of property and equipment (14,510) (184,951) (1,083)
Net Cash Used in Investing Activities (14,510) (284,951) (3,514,869)
FINANCING ACTIVITIES
Proceeds for issuance of common stock for cash - 26,582,998 16,876,000
Proceeds from warrants exercised for cash 26,041 80,003 260,752
Repayments of short-term notes payable (176,075) (208,236) (164,152)
Net Cash Provided by/ (Used in) Financing Activities (150,034) 26,454,765 16,972,600
NET CHANGE IN CASH (16,150,433) 15,476,829 8,097,599
CASH AT BEGINNING OF PERIOD 28,697,323 13,220,494 5,122,895
CASH AT END OF PERIOD$12,546,890 $28,697,323 $13,220,494
SUPPLEMENTAL DISCLOSURES OF CASH FLOW INFORMATION -
CASH PAID FOR:
Interest$6,071 $5,977 $5,576
Income Taxes - - -
NON CASH FINANCING ACTIVITIES:
Settlement of contingent consideration$3,425,270 $- $-
Financing of insurance premiums through issuance of short term notes 215,810 212,400 194,000
Subscription receivable from exercise of warrants 118,801 - -
Conversion of preferred for common stock - - 50
Noncash exercise of options and warrants - - 223
Common stock issued to acquire intangible assets - - 10,180,224
Common stock issued to settle accounts payable - 50,000 50,000


Contact: Ohr Pharmaceutical Inc. Investor Relations 888-388-2327 ir@ohrpharmaceutical.com LifeSci Advisors, LLC Michael Wood 646-597-6983 mwood@lifesciadvisors.com

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