Fourth Quarter and Full Year Revenues Driven by Otrexup™ and Epinephrine Auto Injector Device Sales

Eighth Consecutive Quarter of Increased Product Revenue Growth

EWING, N.J., March 08, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Antares Pharma, Inc. (NASDAQ:ATRS) today reported operating progress and financial results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2015. The Company reported revenue of $11.8 million for the fourth quarter of 2015 and $45.7 million for the full year ended December 31, 2015. Net loss per share was $0.04 and $0.14 for the fourth quarter and full year 2015. Antares ended the year with $47.9 million in cash and investments and no debt.

"I am pleased to announce results for the Company which feature a 72% increase in total revenues from a variety of sources for the year. We continued growing the product sales portion of total revenue, recording our eighth consecutive quarterly increase," said Robert F. Apple, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company. "The fourth quarter also brought continued progress from our pipeline with the approval of our abbreviated new drug application for Sumatriptan Injection USP for the acute treatment of migraine and cluster headache. As we look ahead to 2016, we believe continued revenue growth and progress in our pipeline should create increased shareholder value."

Fourth Quarter 2015 and Recent Highlights
  • Increased the number of quarterly prescriptions written to 9,060 and unique prescribers of OTREXUP™ (methotrexate) injection to approximately 2,000 physicians at the end of the fourth quarter as compared to 6,738 prescriptions and approximately 1,400 physicians at the end of the fourth quarter of 2014. The Company more than doubled prescriptions written by generating approximately 33,000 for the full year 2015 as compared to 15,700 for the same period in 2014, according to Symphony Health Solutions. 
  • Announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved our Abbreviated New Drug Application (ANDA) for 4 mg/0.5 mL and 6 mg/0.5 mL Sumatriptan Injection USP in adults for the acute treatment of migraine and cluster headache. 
  • Delivered $4.9 million in pre-launch epinephrine devices to Teva in the fourth quarter. 
  • Identified our previously undisclosed Alliance Business partner as AMAG Pharmaceuticals. Antares is developing a subcutaneous auto injector for their product Makena, a prescription hormone medicine (progestin) used to lower the risk of preterm birth in women who are pregnant with one baby and who have delivered one baby too early in the past. Current administration of Makena is done intramuscularly through a 21 gauge needle. 
  • Completed ahead of schedule, enrolment in a dose-blinded, multiple-dose, concentration controlled 26-week safety and pharmacokinetic study of QuickShot ® Testosterone (QS T) administered subcutaneously once each week to adult males with hypogonadism. This supplemental safety study is scheduled for completion in May 2016. 
  • Announced that the last patient had completed treatment in the dose-blinded, multiple-dose 52 week Phase 3 study to evaluate the efficacy and safety of QuickShot ® Testosterone (QS T) administered subcutaneously once each week to adult males with hypogonadism.  
  • Appointed Robert F. Apple to the position of President and Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Apple most recently served as the Company's Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer.   
  • Our partner, Teva, received a complete response letter (CRL) from the FDA on February 23, 2016 related to their epinephrine auto injector ANDA. According to Teva, the FDA identified certain major deficiencies. Teva is evaluating the CRL and intends to submit a response. Due to the major nature of the CRL, Teva expects that its epinephrine product will be substantially delayed from their previously anticipated second half 2016 launch date and that any launch will not take place before 2017.

Fourth Quarter and Year End 2015 Financial Results

Total revenue was $11.8 million and $45.7 million for the three months and year ended December 31, 2015, respectively, compared to $8.4 million and $26.5 million for the comparable periods in 2014. See Table 1 attached for further details on revenues. 

Product sales represent sales of our proprietary products and devices or device components to our partners. Product sales were $9.0 million and $27.5 million for the three months and year ended December 31, 2015, respectively, compared to $4.5 million and $13.2 million for the comparable periods in 2014. The increase in product sales for the three months and full year ended December 31, 2015 over the same periods in 2014 was primarily driven by the continued growth of OTREXUP™ and the sale of pre-launch quantities of the epinephrine auto injector to Teva.

Development revenues represent amounts earned under arrangements with partners in which we develop new products on their behalf. Frequently, we receive payments from our partners that are initially deferred and recognized as revenue over a development period or upon completion of defined deliverables. Development revenue was $0.9 million and $8.9 million for the three months and year ended December 31, 2015, respectively, compared to $2.3 million and $7.2 million for the comparable periods in 2014.

Licensing revenues represent the amounts recognized from up-front or milestone payments received from partners that are initially deferred and recognized over the life of our agreements. Licensing revenue was $1.1 million and $7.2 million for the three months and year ended December 31, 2015, respectively, compared to $0.9 million and $3.7 million for the comparable periods in 2014. The increase in the full year 2015 licensing revenue is primarily related to final recognition of deferred revenue in connection with the termination of our promotion and license agreement with LEO Pharma, Inc.

Royalty revenue is recognized primarily from the in-market sales of products sold by our partners. Royalty revenue was $0.8 million and $2.0 million for the three months and year ended December 31, 2015, respectively, compared to $0.7 million and $2.4 million for the comparable periods in 2014.

Total gross profit increased in the fourth quarter of 2015 to $5.8 million compared to $3.0 million in the same period in 2014 and increased for the full year to $26.2 million in 2015 compared to $15.3 million in 2014. 

Total operating expenses were approximately $12.3 million and $13.0 million for the fourth quarters of 2015 and 2014, respectively, and approximately $46.7 million and $50.4 million for the years ended December 31, 2015 and 2014, respectively. The decreases in operating expenses were driven by a reduction in costs associated with the OTREXUP launch as well as a reduction in legal fees incurred in connection with the Medac litigation.

Net loss was approximately $6.6 million in the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2015 compared to $10.1 million for the same period in 2014 and $20.7 million for the year ending December 31, 2015 compared to $35.2 million for the full year in 2014. Net loss per share was $0.04 for the quarter ended December 31, 2015 compared to $0.08 for the same quarter in 2014. Net loss per share was $0.14 and $0.27 for the years ended December 31, 2015 and 2014, respectively. 

At December 31, 2015, cash and investments totalled approximately $47.9 million compared to approximately $40.0 million at December 31, 2014.

Conference Call, Call Replay and Webcast

Antares executives will provide a Company update and review fourth quarter and full year 2015 financial results via webcast and conference call on Tuesday, March 8, 2016, at 8:30 a.m. ET (Eastern Time). The webcast of the conference call, which will include a slide presentation, can be accessed through the link located on the "ATRS Investor Information" section of the Company's website ( www.antarespharma.com) under the "Webcast" tab. Alternatively, callers may participate in the audio portion of the conference call by dialing 1-888-455-2296 (US), or 1-719-457-2628 (International). Callers should reference the Antares Pharma conference call or conference identification code 7743006. Callers can access the slide presentation on the "ATRS Investor Information" section of the Company's website under the "Presentations" tab. Webcast and telephone replays of the conference call will be available from 11:30 a.m. ET on Tuesday, March 8, 2016, through 11:30 a.m. ET on Wednesday, March 23, 2016. To access the replay, callers should dial 1-888-203-1112 (US) or 1-719-457-0820 (International) and enter passcode 7743006. 

About Antares Pharma

Antares Pharma focuses on self-administered parenteral pharmaceutical products. The Company's product, OTREXUP™ (methotrexate) injection for subcutaneous use, is approved in the U.S. for the treatment of adults with severe active rheumatoid arthritis, children with active polyarticular juvenile idiopathic arthritis and adults with severe recalcitrant psoriasis. Antares Pharma is also developing QuickShot ® Testosterone for testosterone replacement therapy, and has recently received a therapeutically equivalent approval for VIBEX ® Sumatriptan USP for the acute treatment of migraine and cluster headache in the U.S. The Company's technology platforms include VIBEX ® disposable auto injectors, disposable multi-use pen injectors and reusable needle-free injectors. Antares Pharma has a multi-product license and development deal with Teva Pharmaceutical Industries, Ltd. that includes VIBEX ® epinephrine, exenatide multi-dose pen, and another undisclosed multi-dose pen which have not been approved. Our reusable needle-free injector for use with human growth hormone (hGH) is sold worldwide by Ferring B.V.

SAFE HARBOR STATEMENT UNDER THE PRIVATE SECURITIES LITIGATION REFORM ACT OF 1995

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements are subject to certain risks and uncertainties that can cause actual results to differ materially from those described. Factors that may cause such differences include, but are not limited to: the timing of the launch of Vibex Sumatriptan Injection USP and the amount of revenue from the same, the timing and results of the phase 3 studies for QuickShot ® Testosterone (QS T) and acceptance of the data by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA); the Company's ability to successfully complete a New Drug Application for QS T and submit to the FDA and approval of the same by the FDA; Teva's ability to adequately and timely respond to the FDA's complete response letter (CRL) related to their epinephrine auto injector ANDA and FDA approval of the same, the timing and therapeutic equivalence rating thereof, and any revenue pre or post FDA approval; FDA action with respect to Teva's ANDA for the Exenatide pen; continued growth of prescriptions and sales of OTREXUP™;  the timing and results of research projects, clinical trials,  and product candidates in development including the development project with AMAG Pharmaceuticals for a subcutaneous auto injector for their product Makena and Teva's undisclosed Pen 1 project ; actions by the FDA or other regulatory agencies with the respect to the Company's products or product candidates of its partners; continued growth in product, development, licensing and royalty revenue; the Company's ability to obtain financial and other resources for its research, development, clinical, and commercial activities and other statements regarding matters that are not historical facts, and involve predictions. These statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause actual results, performance, achievements or prospects to be materially different from any future results, performance, achievements or prospects expressed in or implied by such forward-looking statements. In some cases you can identify forward-looking statements by terminology such as "may," "will," "should," "would," "expect," "intend," "plan," "anticipate," "believe," "estimate," "predict," "potential," "seem," "seek," "future," "continue," or "appear" or the negative of these terms or similar expressions, although not all forward-looking statements contain these identifying words. Additional information concerning these and other factors that may cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated in the forward-looking statements is contained in the "Risk Factors" section of the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2015, and in the Company's other periodic reports and filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The Company cautions investors not to place undue reliance on the forward-looking statements contained in this press release. All forward-looking statements are based on information currently available to the Company on the date hereof, and the Company undertakes no obligation to revise or update these forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date of this press release, except as required by law.

TABLES FOLLOW

ANTARES PHARMA, INC. Table 1 - CONSOLIDATED REVENUE DETAILS (amounts in thousands, except for percentages) (unaudited)
    Three   Months   Ended   December   31,     Increase     Year Ended December   31,   Increase  
    2015     2014     (Decrease)     2015     2014     (Decrease)  
OTREXUP™   $ 3,307     $ 2,818      17 %     $ 13,250     $ 7,310    81 %  
Needle-free injector devices and components     863       813      6 %       4,203       4,409    (5 )%  
Auto injector and pen injector devices     4,873       840      480 %       10,080       1,477    582 %  
Total product sales     9,043       4,471      102 %       27,533       13,196    109 %  
Development revenue     868       2,292      (62 )%       8,892       7,246    23 %  
Licensing revenue     1,130       925      22 %       7,242       3,709    95 %  
Royalties     763       714      7 %       1,991       2,351    (15 )%  
Total revenue   $ 11,804     $ 8,402      40 %     $ 45,658     $ 26,502    72 %  
                                                 

ANTARES PHARMA, INC. Table 2 - CONSOLIDATED CONDENSED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS (amounts in thousands except per share amounts) (unaudited)
    For the Three Months Ended     For the Year Ended  
    December 31,     December 31,  
    2015     2014     2015     2014  
Revenue:                                
Product sales   $ 9,043     $ 4,471     $ 27,533     $ 13,196  
Development revenue     868       2,292       8,892       7,246  
Licensing revenue     1,130       925       7,242       3,709  
Royalties     763       714       1,991       2,351  
Total revenue     11,804       8,402       45,658       26,502  
Cost of revenue     5,975       5,423       19,458       11,237  
Gross profit     5,829       2,979       26,200       15,265  
Research and development     5,642       5,735       19,731       18,638  
Selling, general and administrative     6,677       7,284       26,931       31,740  
Total operating expenses     12,319       13,019       46,662       50,378  
Operating loss     (6,490 )     (10,040 )     (20,462 )     (35,113 )
Other income (expense)     39       (8 )     (22 )     (14 )
Net loss before income taxes     (6,451 )     (10,048 )     (20,484 )     (35,127 )
Income tax provision     175       25       175       25  
Net loss   $ (6,626 )   $ (10,073 )   $ (20,659 )   $ (35,152 )
Basic and diluted net loss per common share   $ (0.04 )   $ (0.08 )   $ (0.14 )   $ (0.27 )
Basic and diluted weighted average common shares outstanding     154,829       131,694       146,594       130,550  
                                 

ANTARES PHARMA, INC. Table 3 - CONSOLIDATED CONDENSED BALANCE SHEETS (amounts in thousands) (unaudited)

    December 31,     December 31,  
    2015     2014  
Assets                
Cash and investments   $ 47,911     $ 40,031  
Accounts receivable     7,952       3,510  
Inventories     5,724       5,860  
Equipment, molds, furniture and fixtures, net     14,793       10,829  
Patent rights, net     2,435       2,885  
Goodwill     1,095       1,095  
Other assets     4,652       4,563  
Total Assets   $ 84,562     $ 68,773  
                 
Liabilities and Stockholders ' Equity                
Accounts payable and accrued expenses   $ 11,675     $ 15,707  
Deferred revenue     5,844       11,870  
Stockholders' equity     67,043       41,196  
Total Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity   $ 84,562     $ 68,773  
                 

 
Contacts:Jack HowarthVice President, Corporate Affairs609-359-3016jhowarth@antarespharma.com

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