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Retrophin Reports First Quarter 2017 Financial Results

Phase 3 FORT study of RE-024 in PKAN to begin dosing mid-2017

Protocol development underway for pivotal Phase 3 trial of sparsentan in FSGS

First quarter revenues rose 16 percent to $34 million

SAN DIEGO, May 04, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Retrophin, Inc. (NASDAQ:RTRX) today reported its first quarter 2017 financial results and provided a corporate update.

  • End of Phase 2 meeting during the first quarter established regulatory path forward for sparsentan in focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS); protocol development for single pivotal Phase 3 trial ongoing
  • Pivotal FORT study evaluating RE-024 in pantothenate kinase-associated neurodegeneration (PKAN) remains on track to initiate patient dosing mid-year 2017
  • Net product sales for the first quarter of 2017 were $33.6 million, compared to net product sales of $29.0 million for the same period in 2016
  • Cash, cash equivalents, marketable securities, and note receivable as of March 31, 2017 totaled $295.3 million

“I’m very pleased with our progress to start the year,” said Stephen Aselage, chief executive officer of Retrophin. “Our meeting with the FDA in the first quarter helped define the path forward for sparsentan, and progress continues on the development of a protocol that will enable us to begin the pivotal trial in FSGS. In addition, our recent advancements with RE-024 have positioned us to begin dosing the first PKAN patients in our Phase 3 study mid-year. These clinical achievements, along with strong operational performance during the quarter, have built solid momentum for the remainder of 2017.”

Quarter Ended March 31, 2017

Net product sales for the first quarter of 2017 were $33.6 million, compared to $29.0 million for the same period in 2016. The increase in net product sales is attributable to growth across the Company’s commercial products: Thiola®, Cholbam®, and Chenodal®. The Company reiterates its full-year 2017 guidance of $150.0 to $160.0 million in net product sales.

Research and development (R&D) expenses for the first quarter of 2017 were $20.9 million, compared to $14.7 million for the same period in 2016. The increase is largely attributable to enhanced clinical efforts related to sparsentan and RE-024. On a non-GAAP adjusted basis, R&D expenses were $18.1 million for the first quarter of 2017, compared to $12.1 million for the same period in 2016.

Selling, general and administrative (SG&A) expenses for the first quarter of 2017 were $23.1 million, compared to $19.1 million for the same period in 2016. The difference is largely attributable to an increase in marketing expense related to the growth of the Company’s commercial portfolio, and a one-time benefit of $3.0 million in the first quarter of 2016 due to a settlement covering disputed legal fees. On a non-GAAP adjusted basis, SG&A expenses were $14.5 million for the first quarter of 2017, compared to $11.0 million for the same period in 2016.

Total other income for the first quarter of 2017 was $1.3 million, compared to $14.4 million for the same period in 2016. The decrease is largely due to a change in the fair value of derivative instruments as a result of changes in the Company’s stock price.

Net loss for the first quarter of 2017 was $11.1 million, or $0.29 per basic share, compared to net income of $11.2 million, or $0.31 per basic share for the same period in 2016. On a non-GAAP adjusted basis, net income for the first quarter of 2017 was $0.3 million, or $0.01 per basic share, compared to $5.2 million, or $0.14 per basic share for the same period in 2016.

As of March 31, 2017, the Company had cash, cash equivalents, marketable securities and note receivable of $295.3 million.

Program Updates

Sparsentan

  • Following an End of Phase 2 meeting with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) during the first quarter of 2017, the Company announced plans to initiate a pivotal Phase 3 clinical trial of sparsentan in FSGS. Notably, the study will include an interim analysis of proteinuria to serve as the basis for an NDA filing for Subpart H accelerated approval of sparsentan. The confirmatory endpoint of the study is expected to compare changes from baseline in estimated glomerular filtration rate, or eGFR, which is widely regarded as the best overall measure of kidney function.
  • The Company expects to finalize the Phase 3 protocol and gain alignment with the FDA in the second half of 2017, with the pivotal trial expected to initiate thereafter.

RE-024

  • Recruitment activities for the Phase 3 FORT study of RE-024 have begun, with the first PKAN patient expected to begin dosing mid-year 2017.
  • The four PKAN patients receiving RE-024 under physician-initiated treatment outside of the U.S. continue to receive therapy and remain stable.

Conference Call Information

Retrophin will host a conference call and webcast today, Thursday, May 4, 2017 at 4:30 p.m. ET to discuss development updates and first quarter 2017 financial results. To participate in the conference call, dial +1-855-219-9219 (U.S.) or +1-315-625-6891 (International), confirmation code 10209780 shortly before 4:30 p.m. ET. The webcast can be accessed at www.retrophin.com, in the Events and Presentations section, and will be archived for at least 30 days. A replay of the call will be available starting at 7:30 p.m. ET, May 4, 2017 until 7:30 p.m. ET, May 11, 2017. The replay number is +1-855-859-2056 (U.S.) or +1-404-537-3406 (International), confirmation code 10209780.

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

To supplement Retrophin’s financial results and guidance presented in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), the Company uses certain non-GAAP adjusted financial measures in this press release and the accompanying tables. The Company believes that these non-GAAP financial measures are helpful in understanding its past financial performance and potential future results. They are not meant to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for comparable GAAP measures, and should be read in conjunction with the consolidated financial statements prepared in accordance with GAAP. Retrophin’s management regularly uses these supplemental non-GAAP financial measures internally to understand, manage and evaluate its business and make operating decisions. In addition, Retrophin believes that the use of these non-GAAP measures enhances the ability of investors to compare its results from period to period and allows for greater transparency with respect to key financial metrics the Company uses in making operating decisions.

Investors should note that these non-GAAP financial measures are not prepared under any comprehensive set of accounting rules or principles and do not reflect all of the amounts associated with the Company’s results of operations as determined in accordance with GAAP. Investors should also note that these non-GAAP financial measures have no standardized meaning prescribed by GAAP and, therefore, have limits in their usefulness to investors. In addition, from time to time in the future the Company may exclude other items, or cease to exclude items that it has historically excluded, for purposes of its non-GAAP financial measures; because of the non-standardized definitions, the non-GAAP financial measures as used by the Company in this press release and the accompanying tables may be calculated differently from, and therefore may not be directly comparable to, similarly titled measures used by the Company’s competitors and other companies.

As used in this press release, (i) the historical non-GAAP net income (loss) measures exclude from GAAP net income (loss), as applicable, revaluation of acquisition related contingent consideration, stock-based compensation expense, depreciation and amortization expense, change in fair value of derivative instruments; income tax benefit; (ii) the historical non-GAAP SG&A expense measures exclude from GAAP SG&A expenses, as applicable, stock-based compensation expense, and depreciation and amortization expense; (iii) the historical non-GAAP R&D expense measures exclude from GAAP R&D expenses, as applicable, stock-based compensation expense, and depreciation and amortization expense.

About Retrophin

Retrophin is a fully integrated biopharmaceutical company dedicated to delivering life-changing therapies to people living with rare diseases who have few, if any, treatment options. The Company’s approach centers on its pipeline featuring late-stage assets targeting rare diseases with significant unmet medical needs, including sparsentan for focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS), a disorder characterized by progressive scarring of the kidney often leading to end-stage renal disease, and RE-024 for pantothenate kinase-associated neurodegeneration (PKAN), a life-threatening neurological disorder that typically begins in early childhood. Research exploring the potential of early-stage assets in several rare diseases is also underway. Retrophin’s R&D efforts are supported by revenues from the Company’s commercial products Thiola®, Cholbam®, and Chenodal®.

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Forward-Looking Statements

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RETROPHIN, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(in thousands, except share amounts)
March 31, 2017 December 31, 2016
Assets (unaudited)
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $41,871 $41,002
Marketable securities 206,290 214,871
Accounts receivable, net 15,427 18,510
Inventory, net 4,751 2,826
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 3,241 4,831
Prepaid taxes 3,645 3,463
Note receivable, current 47,173 46,849
Total current assets 322,398 332,352
Property and equipment, net 2,428 2,587
Other assets 3,661 7,364
Intangible assets, net 180,958 182,043
Goodwill 936 936
Total assets $510,381 $525,282
Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity
Current liabilities:
Accounts payable $4,671 $7,522
Accrued expenses 30,192 33,308
Other current liabilities 1,671 1,842
Guaranteed minimum royalty 2,000 2,000
Business combination-related contingent consideration 16,841 16,150
Derivative financial instruments, warrants 21,180 22,440
Total current liabilities 76,555 83,262
Convertible debt 44,583 44,422
Other non-current liabilities 3,857 4,010
Guaranteed minimum royalty, less current portion 7,849 8,068
Business combination-related contingent consideration, less current portion 72,241 71,328
Deferred income tax liability, net 4,361 6,425
Total liabilities 209,446 217,515
Stockholders' Equity:
Preferred stock $0.001 par value; 20,000,000 shares authorized; 0 issued and outstanding as of March 31, 2017 and December 31, 2016
Common stock $0.0001 par value; 100,000,000 shares authorized; 38,161,424 and 37,906,669 issued and outstanding as of March 31, 2017 and December 31, 2016, respectively 4 4
Additional paid-in capital 430,366 421,309
Accumulated deficit (129,014) (113,056)
Accumulated other comprehensive loss (421) (490)
Total stockholders' equity 300,935 307,767
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $510,381 $525,282


RETROPHIN, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF OPERATIONS
(in thousands, except share and per share data)
(unaudited)
Three Months Ended March 31,
2017 2016
Net product sales$33,620 $29,008
Operating expenses:
Cost of goods sold709 757
Research and development20,860 14,672
Selling, general and administrative23,115 19,125
Change in fair value of contingent consideration3,344 2,695
Total operating expenses48,028 37,249
Operating loss(14,408) (8,241)
Other income (expenses), net:
Other income, net126 210
Interest expense, net(132) (163)
Change in fair value of derivative instruments1,260 14,340
Total other income, net1,254 14,387
Income (loss) before provision for income taxes(13,154) 6,146
Income tax benefit2,064 5,070
Net income (loss)$(11,090) $11,216
Net earnings (loss) per common share, basic$(0.29) $0.31
Net loss per common share, diluted$(0.32) $(0.08)
Weighted average common shares outstanding, basic38,045,317 36,520,186
Weighted average common shares outstanding, diluted39,158,922 37,947,479


RETROPHIN, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
RECONCILIATION OF GAAP REPORTED TO NON-GAAP ADJUSTED INFORMATION
(in thousands, except share and per share data)
(unaudited)
Three Months Ended March 31,
2017 2016
GAAP operating loss $(14,408) $(8,241)
R&D operating expense (20,860) (14,672)
Stock compensation 2,688 2,486
Amortization & depreciation 81 82
Subtotal non-GAAP items 2,769 2,568
Non-GAAP R&D expense (18,091) (12,104)
SG&A operating expense (23,115) (19,125)
Stock compensation 4,405 4,307
Amortization & depreciation 4,203 3,810
Subtotal non-GAAP items 8,608 8,117
Non-GAAP SG&A expense (14,507) (11,008)
Change in valuation of contingent consideration 3,344 2,695
Subtotal non-GAAP items 14,721 13,380
Non-GAAP operating income $313 $5,139
GAAP net income (loss) $(11,090) $11,216
Non-GAAP operating adjustments 14,721 13,380
Change in fair value of derivative instruments (1,260) (14,340)
Income tax benefit (2,064) (5,070)
Non-GAAP net income $307 $5,186
Per share data:
Net earnings per common share, basic $0.01 $0.14
Weighted average common shares outstanding, basic 38,045,317 36,520,186


Contact: Chris Cline, CFA Vice President, Investor Relations & Corporate Communications 646-564-3680 IR@retrophin.com

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