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KemPharm, Inc. Reports First Quarter 2016 Results

Conference Call and Live Audio Webcast Scheduled for Today at 4:30 p.m. ET

Recent Clinical Development & Regulatory Highlights:

  • Introduced Apadaz™ as the proprietary name for KP201/APAP
  • FDA Advisory Committees voted 16 to 4 in support of Apadaz approval; voted 18 to 2 against inclusion of abuse deterrent labeling
  • Granted “Fast Track” designation for, and received clearance from FDA to initiate human clinical trials, of KP511, KemPharm’s prodrug of hydromorphone

Recent Corporate and Financial Highlights:

  • Expanded senior leadership team with the appointment of Daniel L. Cohen, Executive Vice President, Government and Public Relations, and Rene A. Braeckman, Ph.D., Vice President, Clinical Development
  • Granted a fee waiver and received the refund of the full user fee amount of $2.4 million for the Apadaz NDA
  • Net loss of $0.20 per basic and diluted share for the quarter ended 3/31/2016
  • Cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities balance was $111.0 million at 3/31/2016, an increase of $59.7 million from 12/31/2015

CORALVILLE, Iowa, May 12, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- KemPharm, Inc. (NASDAQ:KMPH), a clinical-stage specialty pharmaceutical company focused on the discovery and development of proprietary prodrugs, today reported its corporate and financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2016.

“This has been a significant period for KemPharm. Last week’s joint advisory committee meeting with the FDA’s Anesthetic and Analgesic Drug Products and Drug Safety and Risk Management committees voted in support of approving Apadaz for the management of acute pain that requires an opioid, yet recommended against including abuse deterrent labeling for the product,” said Travis C. Mickle, Ph.D., President and Chief Executive Officer of KemPharm. “While the committees’ advice regarding potential product labeling is disappointing, we continue to work collaboratively with the FDA as it continues its priority review of Apadaz as we look ahead to the target action date on June 9, 2016.”

“Earlier this week we received Fast Track designation by the FDA for KP511, our prodrug of hydromorphone, for the treatment of moderate-to-severe pain where an opioid is appropriate, and we now anticipate sharing proof-of-concept study data of KP511 as early as the second quarter of 2016. We believe these are positive steps forward with this program and demonstrate the continued development of our pipeline of proprietary prodrugs.   Our plan is to develop KP511 as an extended-release prodrug product candidate – KP511/ER – that could offer the potential to deter certain methods of abuse while providing the same pharmacokinetic and therapeutic effect as existing hydromorphone products when taken as intended.”

“Lastly, we anticipate achieving several milestones in 2016 in the development of KP201/IR, our acetaminophen-free hydrocodone prodrug,” Dr. Mickle concluded.  “We expect to progress this program into a potential NDA filing during 2017 as we continue to advance our pipeline in a planned effort to submit at least one new NDA each year through 2019.”

Q1 2016 Financial Results:
KemPharm’s net loss for the quarter ended March 31, 2016, was $2.9 million, or $0.20 per basic and diluted share, compared to a net loss of $6.0 million, or $2.50 per basic and diluted share, for the same period in 2015. The decrease in net loss period-to-period is primarily due to a $6.9 million increase in total other income (expense) primarily related to an increase in fair value adjustment of $12.0 million caused by a decrease in the value of our derivative and warrant liability and an increase in interest and other income of $0.1 million; partially offset by an increase of $0.5 million in interest expense related to the Deerfield facility and the 2021 Notes issued during the quarter, and a loss on extinguishment of debt of $4.7 million related to the repayment of Deerfield term note during the period. In addition, an increase in research and development costs of $1.1 million, primarily related to increased headcount and advisory committee preparation costs, and an increase in general and administrative expenses of $2.8 million, primarily related to increased headcount and legal and professional fees offset the increase in other income (expense) during the period.

As of March 31, 2016, cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities totaled $111.0 million. Cash used in operations for the quarter ended March 31, 2016, was approximately $3.9 million, consisting of the net loss of $2.9 million, a decrease of $2.7 million for non-cash adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash used in operations, a decrease in accounts payable and other accrued expenses of $0.7 million, offset by the receipt of the refund of the $2.4 million user fee for the Apadaz NDA.

Conference Call Information:
The Company will host a conference call and live audio webcast on Thursday, May 12, 2016, at 4:30 p.m. ET, to discuss its corporate and financial results for the first quarter 2016. Interested participants and investors may access the conference call by dialing either:

  • (866) 395-2480 (U.S.)
  • (678) 509-7538 (international)
  • Conference ID: 5096863

An audio webcast will be accessible via the Investor Relations section of the KemPharm website  An archive of the webcast will remain available for 90 days beginning at approximately 5:30 p.m. ET, on May 12, 2016.

About KemPharm:
KemPharm is a clinical-stage specialty pharmaceutical company focused on the discovery and development of prodrugs to treat serious medical conditions through its Ligand Activated Therapy (LAT) platform technology.  KemPharm utilizes its LAT platform technology to generate improved prodrug versions of FDA-approved drugs in the high need areas of pain, ADHD and other CNS disorders. 

Caution Concerning Forward Looking Statements:
This press release may contain forward-looking statements made in reliance upon the safe harbor provisions of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21-E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended.  Forward-looking statements include all statements that do not relate solely to historical or current facts, and can be identified by the use of words such as “may,” “will,” “expect,” “project,” “estimate,” “anticipate,” “plan,” “believe,” “potential,” “should,” “continue” or the negative versions of those words or other comparable words. These forward-looking statements include statements regarding the timing of completion of the FDA’s review of KemPharm’s NDA for Apadaz, the expected features and characteristics of KP511, the timelines surrounding potential clinical trials for KP511, and the release of any related data and the timing of the submissions of NDAs for KP511/ER, KP201/IR, or any of KemPharm’s other product candidates.  These forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future actions or performance. These forward-looking statements are based on information currently available to KemPharm and its current plans or expectations, and are subject to a number of uncertainties and risks that could significantly affect current plans. Actual results and performance could differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements as a result of many factors, including, without limitation, the risks and uncertainties associated with: KemPharm's financial resources and whether they will be sufficient to meet KemPharm's business objectives and operational requirements; results of earlier studies and trials may not be predictive of future clinical trial results; the protection and market exclusivity provided by KemPharm's intellectual property; risks related to the drug discovery and the regulatory approval process; and the impact of competitive products and technological changes. KemPharm's forward-looking statements also involve assumptions that, if they prove incorrect, would cause its results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. These and other risks concerning KemPharm’s business are described in additional detail in KemPharm's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2015, and on KemPharm's other Periodic and Current Reports filed with the SEC.  KemPharm is under no obligation to (and expressly disclaims any such obligation to) update or alter its forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

(In Thousands, Except Share and Per Share Amounts)
    Three months ended March 31,  
    2016     2015  
Revenue   $       $    
Operating expenses:                    
Research and development       3,234         2,119  
General and administrative       3,736         977  
Total operating expenses       6,970         3,096  
Loss from operations       (6,970 )       (3,096 )
Other (expense) income:                    
Loss on extinguishment of debt       (4,740 )        
Interest expense related to amortization of debt issuance costs and discount       (442 )       (477 )
Interest expense on principal       (1,150 )       (632 )
Fair value adjustment       10,278         (1,762 )
Interest and other income       102          
Total other income (expense)       4,048         (2,871 )
Loss before income taxes       (2,922 )       (5,967 )
Income tax expense       (12 )       (7 )
Net loss   $   (2,934 )   $   (5,974 )
Net loss per share:                    
Basic and diluted   $   (0.20 )   $   (2.50 )
Weighted average common shares outstanding:                    
Basic and diluted       14,495,703         2,387,092  

(In Thousands, Except Share and Par Value Amounts)
    As of
March 31,
    As of
December 31,
    2016     2015  
Current assets:                    
Cash and cash equivalents   $   77,333     $   32,318  
Marketable securities       33,668         19,002  
Prepaid expenses and other current assets       386         2,758  
Total current assets       111,387         54,078  
Property and equipment, net       443         403  
Other long-term assets       109         109  
Total assets   $   111,939     $   54,590  
Liabilities and stockholders' deficit                    
Current liabilities:                    
Accounts payable and accrued expenses   $   4,178     $   4,906  
Current portion of convertible notes       1,649         1,369  
Current portion of term notes               2,041  
Current portion of capital lease obligation       18         26  
Total current liabilities       5,845         8,342  
Convertible notes, net       90,086         7,412  
Term notes, net               11,118  
Derivative and warrant liability       27,479         37,839  
Other long-term liabilities       11          
Total liabilities       123,421         64,711  
Commitments and contingencies (Note D)                    
Stockholders’ deficit:                    
Common stock, $0.0001 par value, 250,000,000 shares authorized, 14,498,930
shares issued and outstanding as of March 31, 2016 (unaudited); 14,490,954
shares issued and outstanding as of December 31, 2015
      1         1  
Additional paid-in capital       96,275         94,702  
Preferred stock, $0.0001 par value, 10,000,000 shares authorized, no shares
issued or outstanding as of March 31, 2016 (unaudited) or December 31, 2015
Accumulated deficit       (107,758 )       (104,824 )
Total stockholders' deficit       (11,482 )       (10,121 )
Total liabilities and stockholders' deficit   $   111,939     $   54,590  

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