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Capnia Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2016 Financial Results

REDWOOD CITY, Calif., March 15, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Capnia, Inc. (NASDAQ:CAPN), focused on the development and commercialization of novel therapeutics for the treatment of rare diseases, today announced financial results for the fourth quarter and twelve months ended December 31, 2016.

“During the fourth quarter, we embarked on a bold new strategic direction for our Company by signing a definitive agreement to merge with Essentialis, creating a dynamic new organization dedicated to developing therapies for rare diseases where there is significant unmet need,” said Anish Bhatnagar, M.D., Chief Executive Officer of Capnia. “With the merger now complete, we look forward to advancing our lead asset, diazoxide choline controlled-release (DCCR) into Phase II/III clinical development for the treatment of Prader-Willi Syndrome (PWS), a rare and often fatal metabolic condition. DCCR is a once-daily oral tablet that has shown great potential in addressing the hallmark symptoms of PWS, most notably hyperphagia. We are eager to initiate this development program as we work to become a leader in the rare disease space.”

Fourth Quarter 2016 and Recent Highlights

Completed Merger with Essentialis to Create a Rare Disease Therapeutics Company

  • Advancing Lead Clinical Development Asset DCCR for PWS. Through the merger with Essentialis, Capnia acquired DCCR, currently in clinical development for the treatment of PWS. In a Phase II clinical study, DCCR demonstrated a significant reduction of hyperphagia, a symptom of critical concern to the PWS patient community. Coupled with a well-established safety profile, DCCR is a promising late-stage asset on track for a Phase II/III trial initiation later this year.
  • Strengthened Balance Sheet. Concurrent with the closing of the merger in early March, Capnia raised $10.0 million through an offering of Capnia common stock to prior investors in Essentialis, as well as new investors, which will be sufficient to fund development of DCCR through key milestones.

Legacy Neonatal and Therapeutic Products and Product Candidates

  • Initiated Review of Strategic Alternatives for Legacy Businesses. Following the merger announcement, Capnia initiated a comprehensive review of strategic alternatives for its legacy products and product candidates, including Serenz® Allergy Relief, CoSense® ETCO Monitor, and its portfolio of innovative pulmonary resuscitation solutions for the neonatal market.

Fourth Quarter 2016 Financial Results

Total revenue recognized in the three months ended December 31, 2016 was $0.3 million, compared to $0.2 million for the same period in 2015.

Research and development expenses in the fourth quarter of 2016 were $1.0 million, compared to $1.3 million for the same period in 2015. The decrease was primarily due to a decrease in compensation expense, as a result of a reduction in personnel.

Sales and marketing expenses in the fourth quarter of 2016 were $0.2 million, compared to $0.5 million for the same period in 2015. The decrease was primarily due to a decrease of direct sales personnel.

General and administrative expenses in the fourth quarter of 2016 were $1.5 million, compared to $1.7 million for the same period in 2015. The decrease was primarily due to a decrease in compensation expense, as a result of a reduction in personnel.

The change in fair value of warrants income for the three months ended December 31, 2016 was $0.3 million, which represents a decrease in the fair value of the Series A and Series C Warrants compared to the value of the warrants at September 30, 2016. The change in fair value of warrants income in the fourth quarter of 2015 was $0.7 million, which represented a decrease in the fair value of the Series A, Series B and Series C Warrants.

Net loss for the fourth quarter of 2016 was $2.6 million, or a loss of $0.16 per share, compared to a net loss of $2.8 million, or a loss of $0.29 per share, for the fourth quarter of 2015.

Full Year 2016 Financial Results

Total revenue recognized for the year ended December 31, 2016 was $1.5 million, compared to $0.6 million for the same period in 2015.

Research and development expenses for the year ended December 31, 2016 increased 14% to $5.2 million, compared to $4.5 million for the same period in 2015. The increase was primarily due to increases of compensation expense of $0.5 million and consulting expense of $0.1 million.

Sales and marketing expenses for the year ended December 31, 2016 decreased 6% to $1.6 million versus $1.7 million for the same period in 2015. The decrease was primarily due to a decrease of direct sales personnel concurrent with implementation of a distributor agreement.

General and administrative expenses for the year ended December 31, 2016 increased 10% to $6.7 million, compared to $6.1 million for the same period in 2015. The increase was primarily due to an increase of legal and related expenses of $0.5 million and $0.1 million of compensation expense.

The change in fair value of warrants for the year ended December 31, 2016 was income of $1.7 million, which represents a decrease in the fair value of the Series A, Series B and Series C warrants compared to the value of the warrants at December 31, 2015. For the year ended December 31, 2015 the change in fair value of warrants was an expense of $0.5 million.

Net loss for the twelve months ended December 31, 2016 was $12.1 million, or a loss of $1.01 per share, compared with a net loss of $15.9 million, or a loss of $1.69 per share, for the same period in 2015.

Cash and cash equivalents at December 31, 2016 totaled $2.7 million, compared to $5.5 million at December 31, 2015.

About PWS

PWS is a rare and complex genetic disorder affecting appetite, growth, metabolism, cognitive function and behavior. In both the US, it is estimated that one in 12,000 to 15,000 people has PWS and there are currently no approved therapies to treat the appetite, metabolic, cognitive function, or behavioral aspects of the disorder. This disorder is typically characterized by low muscle tone, short stature (when not treated with growth hormone), the accumulation of excess body fat, developmental delays, incomplete sexual development, cognitive disabilities, behavioral problems and hyperphagia, a chronic feeling of insatiable hunger. Hyperphagia, in the absence of effective limitations to access to food, can lead to morbid obesity. In a global survey conducted by the Foundation for Prader-Willi Research, 96.5% of respondents (parent and caregivers) rated hyperphagia as the most important or a very important symptom to be relieved by a new medicine. DCCR has received Orphan Drug Designation from the US FDA for the treatment of PWS.

About Diazoxide Choline Controlled-Release Tablet

Diazoxide choline controlled-release tablet is a novel, proprietary controlled-release, crystalline salt formulation of diazoxide, which is administered once-daily. The parent molecule, diazoxide, as an oral suspension, has been used for decades in thousands of patients in a range of diseases in neonates, children and/or adults. DCCR offers a significant advantage over the 2-3 times a day dosing paradigm, which is not suitable for patients with PWS. The DCCR development program is supported by positive data from two completed Phase II clinical studies and six completed Phase I clinical studies in various metabolic indications, as well as a pilot study in PWS patients. In the PWS pilot study, DCCR showed promise in addressing the hallmark symptoms of PWS, most notably hyperphagia, which is the unrelenting hunger that severely diminishes the quality of life for patients and their families.

About Capnia

Capnia is focused on the development and commercialization of novel therapeutics for the treatment of rare diseases. The Company is currently advancing its lead candidate, DCCR, a once-daily oral tablet for the treatment of Prader-Willi Syndrome (PWS), into Phase II/III clinical development during 2017. Capnia also markets innovative medical devices, including the CoSense® End-Tidal Carbon Monoxide (ETCO) monitor, which measures ETCO and is used by hospitals to detect hemolysis in newborns, and the NeoForce portfolio of neonatal pulmonary resuscitation solutions. For more information, please visit www.capnia.com.

Capnia’s Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements that are subject to many risks and uncertainties. Forward-looking statements include statements regarding our intentions, beliefs, projections, outlook, analyses or current expectations concerning, among other things, our ability to initiate the Phase II/III trial in the second half of 2017.

We may use terms such as "believes," "estimates," "anticipates," "expects," "plans," "intends," "may," "could," "might," "will," "should," "approximately" or other words that convey uncertainty of future events or outcomes to identify these forward-looking statements. Although we believe that we have a reasonable basis for each forward-looking statement contained herein, we caution you that forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and that 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 presentation. As a result of these factors, we cannot assure you that the forward-looking statements in this presentation will prove to be accurate. Additional factors that could materially affect actual results can be found in Capnia's Form 10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on March 15, 2017, including under the caption titled "Risk Factors." Capnia expressly disclaims any intent or obligation to update these forward-looking statements, except as required by law.

Capnia, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(in thousands, except shares and per share amounts)
As of December 31, As of December 31,
2016 2015
Assets
Current Assets
Cash & Cash Equivalents $2,726 $5,495
Restricted Cash 35 35
Accounts Receivable 133 156
Inventory 660 551
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 247 167
Total Current Assets 3,801 6,404
Long-term Assets
Property & Equipment, net 103 86
Goodwill 718 718
Other Assets 126 76
Other Intangible Assets, net 817 917
Total Assets $5,565 $8,201
Liabilities and stockholders' equity
Current Liabilities
Accounts Payable $538 $695
Accrued Compensation and other current liabilities 1,169 1,633
Series B Warrant Liability - 865
Total Current Liabilities 1,707 3,193
Long-Term Liabilities
Series A Warrant Liability 194 1,213
Series C Warrant Liability 86 462
Other Liabilities 143 109
Total Long-Term Liabilities 423 1,784
Total Liabilities 2,130 4,977
Stockholders' equity
Preferred Stock, $.001 par value, 10,000,000 shares authorized:
Series A convertible preferred stock, 10,000 shares designated
zero and 4,555 shares issued and outstanding at
December 31, 2016 and December 31, 2015, respectively - -
Series B convertible preferred stock, 13,780 shares designated
12,780 and zero shares issued and outstanding at
December 31, 2016 and December 31, 2015, respectively - -
Common stock, $0.001 par value, 100,000,000 shares
authorized, 16,786,952 and 14,017,909 shares issued and
outstanding at December 31, 2016 and
December 31, 2015, respectively 17 14
Additional paid-in-capital 101,730 89,457
Accumulated deficit (98,312) (86,247)
Total stockholders' equity 3,435 3,224
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $5,565 $8,201


Capnia, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations and Comprehensive Loss
(in thousands, except shares and per share amounts)
Three months ended Year Ended
December 31,
December 31,
2016 2015 2016 2015
Product revenue $284 $242 $1,451 $388
Government grant revenue - - - 220
Total Revenue 284 242 1,451 608
Cost of product revenue 222 257 1,509 353
Gross Profit 62 (15) (58) 255
Expenses
Research and Development 954 1,284 5,185 4,536
Sales and Marketing 174 498 1,631 1,737
General and Administrative 1,890 1,709 6,736 6,141
Total expenses 3,018 3,491 13,552 12,414
Operating loss (2,956) (3,506) (13,610) (12,159)
Interest and other income (expense)
Other income (expense) 20 - (7) (184)
Cease-use expense - (94) -
Change in fair value of warrant liabilities 344 661 1,667 (516)
Inducement charge for Series C warrants - - - (3,049)
Loss before provision for income taxes $(2,592) $(2,845) $(12,044) $(15,908)
Provision for deferred taxes $21 $21 -
Net loss $(2,613) $(2,845) (12,065) (15,908)
Loss on extinguishment of convertible preferred stock - - 3,651 -
Net loss applicable to common stockholders$(2,613) $(2,845) $(15,716) $(15,908)
Net loss per common share
basis and diluted net loss per common share$(0.16) $(0.22) $(1.00) $(1.69)
Weighted-average common shares
outstanding used to calculate
basic and diluted net loss per common share 15,935,865 13,112,612 15,507,484 9,425,880

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