Sucampo Reports First Quarter 2017 Financial Results

Continued Revenue Growth

Recent Vtesse Acquisition Bolsters Pipeline

Company Reiterates 2017 Guidance

Company to Host Conference Call Today at 8:30 a.m. EDT

ROCKVILLE, Md., May 03, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Sucampo Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Sucampo) (NASDAQ:SCMP), a global biopharmaceutical company, today reported consolidated financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2017.

     
Summary of Results Q1-17 % Increase over Q1-16
Revenue $56.3M 19%
Net Income GAAP $4.6M 214%
EPS GAAP – diluted $0.10 200%
EBITDA $18.0M 26%
Adjusted Net Income $13.0M 33%
Adjusted EPS – diluted $0.23 0%
Adjusted EBITDA $28.0M 38%
       

“These results demonstrate a strong start to 2017, highlighted by a continued increase in revenue that demonstrates the strength of our base business,” said Peter Greenleaf, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Sucampo.  “Our recent acquisition of Vtesse Inc. has provided Sucampo with a late-stage asset with the potential to make an important difference in the lives of those affected by Niemann-Pick Disease Type C1, an orphan disease for which there are currently no approved treatments in the U.S., and to ultimately add value for shareholders. Also, today we are reiterating our confidence in the revised guidance issued following the acquisition of Vtesse, and we believe that our strong cash flows from operations allow for additional, future investment opportunities.”

For the three months ended March 31, 2017, Sucampo reported year-over-year total revenue growth of 19% to $56.3 million.  Product sales revenue increased to $34.2 million, representing year-over-year growth of 28%, and product royalty revenue grew 10% year-over-year to $18.4 million.

Sucampo reported GAAP net income of $4.6 million, or $0.10 per diluted share during the first quarter of 2017, compared to a GAAP net loss of $4.1 million, or ($0.10) per diluted share, during the first quarter of 2016. 

Sucampo reported adjusted net income (as defined below) of $13.0 million, or $0.23 per diluted share, during the first quarter of 2017, compared to adjusted net income of $9.8 million, or $0.23 per diluted share, during the first quarter of 2016.

Corporate

  • Acquired Vtesse Inc. (Vtesse), a privately-held rare disease company, for upfront consideration of $200.0 million.  Sucampo funded the acquisition through the issuance of 2,782,676 shares of Sucampo Class A common stock and $170.0 million of cash on hand; no external financing was utilized. The acquisition provided Sucampo with VTS-270, currently in a pivotal study for the treatment of Niemann-Pick Disease Type C1 (NPC-1), with results expected in mid-2018.  Effective treatment of NPC remains a high unmet need, with no approved products for patients in the U.S.  VTS-270 has been granted orphan drug designation in both the U.S. and Europe.

  • Peter Pfreundschuh, CPA joined Sucampo as Chief Financial Officer.  Peter brings to Sucampo more than 25 years of progressive financial and business experience, including roles in commercial leadership, business development and licensing.

  • Jones “Woody” Bryan, Ph.D. joined Sucampo as the new Senior Vice President of Business Development and Licensing.  Through Woody’s more than 25 years of professional experience, he brings to Sucampo expertise in business development and licensing grounded by previous roles in scientific research and product development.

AMITIZA

United States

  • AMITIZA total prescriptions in the first quarter of 2017 were 380,943, as reported by IMS, an increase of 5% compared to the first quarter of 2016.  Net sales of AMITIZA, reported by Takeda Pharmaceuticals U.S.A., Inc. (Takeda) for royalty calculation purposes, increased 12% to $102.4 million for the first quarter of 2017, compared to $91.7 million in the same period in 2016.   The increase was due to a mix of volume and pricing.

  • Royalty revenue was $18.4 million in the first quarter of 2017 compared to $16.5 million in the same period in 2016, an increase of 12%.

Global Markets

  • In Japan, Sucampo’s revenue from sales of AMITIZA to Mylan was $20.0 million for the first quarter of 2017, compared to $14.5 million in the same period in 2016, an increase of 38%.  Unit volume as reported by Mylan grew 33% for the first quarter of 2017 compared to the first quarter of 2016, to 33.8 million units versus 25.5 million units.

First Quarter 2017 Financial Review

  • Total revenues were $56.3 million for the first quarter of 2017 compared to $47.2 million in the same period in 2016, an increase of $9.1 million or 19%.  The increase was primarily due to higher AMITIZA sales in Japan.

  • EBITDA (as defined below) was $18.0 million for the first quarter of 2017 compared to EBITDA of $14.3 million for the same period in 2016, an increase of 26%.  Adjusted EBITDA (as defined below) was $28.0 million for the first quarter of 2017 compared to $20.2 million in the same period in 2016, an increase of 38%.

  • On a GAAP basis, Sucampo reported net income of $4.6 million and diluted EPS of $0.10 during the first quarter of 2017, compared to a net loss of $4.1 million and a diluted EPS of ($0.10) in the same period in 2016. Adjusted net income (as defined below) was $13.0 million, or $0.23 per diluted share, during the first quarter of 2017, compared to adjusted net income of $9.8 million, or $0.23 per diluted share, in the first quarter of 2016.

  • Cost of goods sold was $16.9 million for the first quarter of 2017 compared to $23.3 million for the same period in 2016, a decrease of $6.5 million or 28%. The decrease was primarily due to inventory step up expense in Q1 2016.  Excluding intangible asset amortization of $6.7 million in the first quarter of 2017 and intangible asset amortization of $5.9 million and inventory step up of $8.9 million in the first quarter of 2016, cost of goods sold was $10.1 million in the first quarter of 2017, compared to $8.5 million in the first quarter of 2016, an increase of 19%.  The increase was mainly due to higher AMITIZA sales in Japan.

  • Gross margin, calculated as product sales revenue less cost of goods sold as a percentage of product sales revenue, was 51% for the first quarter of 2017, compared to 12% for the same period in 2016, an increase of 325%. The increase was primarily due to the inclusion of inventory step up cost in the first quarter of 2016.  Excluding intangible asset amortization of $6.7 million in the first quarter of 2017, intangible asset amortization of $5.9 million and inventory step up of $8.9 million in the first quarter of 2016, gross margin was 70% in the first quarter of 2017 compared to 68% in the first quarter of 2016, an increase of 2%.

  • Research and development, general and administrative, and selling and marketing expenses were $28.5 million for the first quarter of 2017 compared to $24.4 million for the same period in 2016, an increase of $4.1 million, or 17%.  The increase was primarily due to the Vtesse transaction costs partially offset by the discontinuance of the cobiprostone and RTU-1096 programs and non-recurring CPP option cost in 2016.

  • The effective tax rate for the first quarter of 2017 was 44%, compared to 43% in the same period in 2016.  The slight fluctuation year over year is due to an overall reduction in the Company’s effective tax rate due to a shift in product mix, partially offset by a discrete item related to foreign currency movements related to tax liabilities arising from the R-Tech Ueno acquisition.

  • At March 31, 2017, cash, cash equivalents, restricted cash and investments were $243.7 million compared to $198.5 million at December 31, 2016.  This increase is primarily due to the settlement of trade accounts receivable and receipt of the Mylan milestone payment that was earned in the fourth quarter of 2016.  At March 31, 2017 and December 31, 2016, notes payable were $291.0 million and $290.5 million, respectively.  Sucampo’s net debt position at March 31, 2017 was $47.3 million, compared to $92.0 million at December 31, 2016.  

Geographic Sales

  • Company revenues by product type and geographic location for the three months ended March 31, 2017 and 2016 were as follows
                         
      Three months ended March 31, 2017   Three months ended March 31, 2016  
(In thousands)   USA   Japan   Total   USA   Japan   Total  
                             
AMITIZA Product sales   11,315       20,024     31,339     8,974       14,460     23,434  
AMITIZA Royalty      18,435       -     18,435     16,500       -     16,500  
Rescula Product Sales   (1 )     2,815     2,814     (2 )     3,163     3,161  
  Total     29,749       22,839     52,588     25,472       17,623     43,095  
                             

Guidance

Sucampo today reiterated its guidance for the full year ending December 31, 2017.  Sucampo expects total revenue of $220.0 million to $230.0 million, adjusted net income of $56.0 million to $66.0 million, adjusted EPS of $1.00 to $1.10, adjusted EBITDA of $109.0 million to $119.0 million and free cash flow of $86.0 million to $96.0 million.

Certain prior year non-GAAP amounts have been reclassified for consistency with the current period-adjusted presentation. These reclassifications had no effect on the reported results of operations. A reconciliation of GAAP Net Income to Adjusted Net Income and GAAP Net Income to Adjusted EBITDA, the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure, is included in the tables below.

   
  RECONCILIATION OF GAAP NET INCOME TO ADJUSTED NET INCOME
  (in thousands, except per share amounts)
     
  Three Months Ended Three Months Ended
   March 31, 2017  March 31, 2016
Adjusted Net Income:    
GAAP net income (loss) 4,624   (4,057 )
Amortization intangibles 6,753   5,911  
Amortization inventory step-up 0   8,932  
R&D License Option Expense 0   3,000  
Restructuring costs 365   183  
One time severance payments 476   0  
Acquisition related expenses 7,010   527  
Amortization of financing costs 472   922  
Foreign Currency Translation (194 ) 351  
Tax effect on adjustments (6,528 ) (6,019 )
            Total Non-GAAP Adjustments 8,354   13,808  
  Adjusted Net Income 12,978   9,750  
     
  GAAP Weighted Average Shares - Dilutive 62,107   42,539  
  Adjusted Weighted Average Shares - Diluted 62,107   42,539  
      GAAP Net Income per Share - Diluted 0.10   (0.10 )
      Adjusted Net Income per Share -  Diluted 0.23   0.23  
     
     
  RECONCILIATION OF GAAP NET INCOME TO ADJUSTED EBITDA
  (in thousands, except per share amounts)
     
  Three Months Ended Three Months Ended
   March 31, 2017  March 31, 2016
GAAP net income 4,624   (4,057 )
Adjustments:    
Taxes 3,585   (3,038 )
Interest expense 2,890   6,270  
Interest income (28 ) (25 )
Depreciation and amortization 198   259  
Amortization intangibles 6,753   5,911  
Amortization inventory step-up 0   8,932  
EBITDA 18,022   14,252  
Non-GAAP Adjustments:    
Share Based Compensation 2,275   1,915  
R&D License Option Expense 0   3,000  
Restructuring costs 365   183  
One time severance payments 476   0  
Acquisition related expenses 7,010   527  
Foreign Currency Translation (194 ) 351  
           Total Non-GAAP Adjustments 9,932   5,976  
Adjusted EBITDA 27,954   20,228  
         

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

This press release contains four financial metrics (Adjusted Net Income, EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA and Free Cash Flow) that are considered “non-GAAP” financial metrics under applicable Securities and Exchange Commission rules and regulations. These non-GAAP financial metrics should be considered supplemental to and not a substitute for financial information prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles. The company’s definition of these non-GAAP metrics may differ from similarly titled metrics used by others. Adjusted Net Income adjusts for specified items that can be highly variable or difficult to predict, and various non-cash items, which includes amortization of acquired intangibles, inventory step-up adjustment, R&D intangible asset impairment, restructuring costs, one time severance payments, acquisition related expenses, amortization of debt financing costs, debt extinguishment, R&D license option expense, foreign currency translations and the tax impact of these adjustments. EBITDA reflects net income excluding the impact of provision for income taxes, interest expense, interest income, depreciation, R&D intangible asset impairment, amortization of acquired intangibles and inventory step-up adjustments. Adjusted EBITDA reflects EBITDA and adjusts for specified items that can be highly variable or difficult to predict, and various non-cash items, which includes share based compensation expense, restructuring costs, one time severance payments, acquisition related expenses, debt extinguishment, R&D license option expense and foreign currency translations.  Free cash flow reflects net cash provided by operating activities less expenditures made for property and equipment. The company views these non-GAAP financial metrics as a means to facilitate management’s financial and operational decision-making, including evaluation of the company’s historical operating results and comparison to competitors’ operating results. These non-GAAP financial metrics reflect an additional way of viewing aspects of the company’s operations that, when viewed with GAAP results may provide a more complete understanding of factors and trends affecting the company’s business.

The determination of the amounts that are excluded from these non-GAAP financial metrics is a matter of management judgment and depends upon, among other factors, the nature of the underlying expense or income amounts. Because non-GAAP financial metrics exclude the effect of items that will increase or decrease the company’s reported results of operations, management strongly encourages investors to review the company’s consolidated financial statements and publicly-filed reports in their entirety.

Company to Host Conference Call Today

Sucampo will host a conference call and webcast today, Wednesday, May 3, 2017 at 8:30 am ET.  Conference call and Webcast participation details are as follows:
Dial-in number: 888-636-8238 (domestic) or 484-747-6635 (international)
Passcode: 8878999
Webcast link: http://www.sucampo.com/investors/events-presentations/

Conference call replay:
Dates: Starting at 11:30 AM ET, May 3, 2017 a replay of the teleconference and webcast will be available
Dial-in number: 855-859-2056 (domestic) or 404-537-3406 (international)
Passcode: 8878999
Webcast link: http://www.sucampo.com/investors/events-presentations/; then click ‘Archived Events’

About AMITIZA® (lubiprostone)

AMITIZA (lubiprostone) is a chloride channel activator that acts locally in the small intestine. By increasing intestinal fluid secretion, lubiprostone increases motility in the intestine, thereby facilitating the passage of stool and alleviating symptoms associated with CIC. Lubiprostone, via activation of apical CIC-2 channels in intestinal epithelial cells, bypasses the antisecretory action of opiates that results from suppression of secretomotor neuron excitability. Activation of CIC-2 by lubiprostone has also been shown to stimulate recovery of mucosal barrier function and reduce intestinal permeability via the restoration of tight junction protein complexes in ex vivo studies of ischemic porcine intestine.

AMITIZA (24 mcg twice daily) is indicated in the U.S. and Israel for the treatment of adults with CIC and opioid-induced constipation (OIC) with chronic, non-cancer pain. AMITIZA (8 mcg twice daily) is also approved in the U.S. and Israel for irritable bowel syndrome with constipation (IBS-C) in women 18 years of age and older. In Japan, AMITIZA (24 mcg twice daily) is indicated for the treatment of chronic constipation (excluding constipation caused by organic diseases). In Canada, AMITIZA (24 mcg twice daily) is indicated for the treatment of CIC in adults. In the U.K., AMITIZA (24 mcg twice daily) is indicated for the treatment of CIC and associated symptoms in adults, when response to diet and other non-pharmacological measures (e.g. educational measures, physical activity) are inappropriate. In Switzerland, AMITIZA (24 mcg twice daily) is indicated for the treatment of CIC in adults and for the treatment of OIC and associated signs and symptoms such as stool consistency, straining, constipation severity, abdominal discomfort, and abdominal bloating in adults with chronic, non-cancer pain. The efficacy of AMITIZA for the treatment of OIC in patients taking opioids of the diphenylheptane class, such as methadone, has not been established.

About RESCULA®

Unoprostone isopropyl 0.12% (trade named RESCULA) first received marketing authorization in 1994 in Japan for the treatment of glaucoma and ocular hypertension.  RESCULA is marketed in Japan by Santen Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. (Santen).  We acquired RESCULA as part of the acquisition of R-Tech Ueno in 2015.

About Sucampo Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Sucampo Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is focused on the development and commercialization of specialized medicines that meet major unmet medical needs of patients worldwide. Sucampo has two marketed products – AMITIZA, its lead product, and RESCULA – and a late-stage pipeline of product candidates in clinical development for orphan disease areas. VTS-270 is a mixture of 2-hydroxypropyl-B-cyclodextrins with a specific compositional fingerprint that has been granted orphan designation in the U.S. and Europe and is in a pivotal Phase 2/3 clinical trial for the treatment of Niemann-Pick Disease Type C-1. Sucampo has an option for the North American rights to CPP1- x/sulindac, which is in Phase 3 development for the treatment of familial adenomatous polyposis and has been granted orphan drug designation in the U.S. A global company, Sucampo is headquartered in Rockville, Maryland, and has operations in Japan and Switzerland. For more information, please visit www.sucampo.com.

The Sucampo logo and the tagline, The Science of Innovation, are registered trademarks of Sucampo AG. AMITIZA is a registered trademark of Sucampo AG.

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Sucampo Forward-Looking Statement

This press release contains "forward-looking statements" as that term is defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements are based on management's current expectations and involve risks and uncertainties, which may cause results to differ materially from those set forth in the statements. The forward-looking statements may include statements regarding financial results, product development, and other statements that are not historical facts. The following factors, among others, could cause actual results to differ from those set forth in the forward-looking statements: the impact of pharmaceutical industry regulation and health care legislation; Sucampo's ability to accurately predict future market conditions; Sucampo’s ability to successfully integrate the operations of acquired businesses; dependence on the effectiveness of Sucampo's patents and other protections for innovative products; the effects of competitive products on Sucampo’s products; and the exposure to litigation and/or regulatory actions.

No forward-looking statement can be guaranteed and actual results may differ materially from those projected. Sucampo undertakes no obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise. Forward-looking statements in this press release should be evaluated together with the many uncertainties that affect Sucampo's business, particularly those mentioned in the risk factors and cautionary statements in Sucampo's most recent Form 10-K as filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on March 8, 2017, as well as its filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission on Forms 8-K and 10-Q since the filing of the Form 10-K, all of which Sucampo incorporates by reference.

       
Sucampo Pharmaceuticals, Inc.      
Consolidated Balance Sheets (unaudited)      
(in thousands, except share and per share data)      
      March 31,    December 31, 
        2017       2016  
ASSETS      
Current assets:      
  Cash and cash equivalents $ 243,480     $ 198,308  
  Product royalties receivable     18,426         26,261  
  Accounts receivable, net     20,537         42,998  
  Restricted cash     213         213  
  Inventories, net     22,978         23,468  
  Prepaid expenses and other current assets     16,725         15,984  
    Total current assets   322,359       307,232  
Investments, non-current     5,556         5,495  
Property and equipment, net     6,197         6,216  
Intangible assets, net   121,381       128,134  
Goodwill     73,022         73,022  
Other assets     688         752  
    Total assets $ 529,203     $ 520,851  
           
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY      
Current liabilities:      
  Accounts payable $   8,006     $   9,190  
  Accrued expenses     17,096         12,389  
  Accrued interest     2,538         129  
  Deferred revenue, current     834         1,315  
  Income tax payable     3,477         7,153  
  Other current liabilities     2,876         2,175  
    Total current liabilities     34,827         32,351  
           
Notes payable, non-current     290,979         290,516  
Deferred revenue, non-current     1,572         805  
Deferred tax liability, net     18,375         21,289  
Other liabilities     9,142         8,791  
    Total liabilities   354,895       353,752  
           
           
           
Preferred stock, $0.01 par value; 5,000,000 shares authorized at March 31, 2017  and December 31,      
  2016; no shares issued and outstanding at March 31, 2017 and December 31, 2016     -          -   
Class A common stock, $0.01 par value; 270,000,000 shares authorized at March 31, 2017      
  and December 31, 2016; 46,464,559 and 46,415,749 shares issued and outstanding at March 31, 2017 and December 31, 2016, respectively   464        464  
Class B common stock, $0.01 par value; 75,000,000 shares authorized at March 31, 2017 and      
  December 31, 2016; no shares issued and outstanding at March 31, 2017 and December 31, 2016     -          -   
Additional paid-in capital   123,984       120,251  
Accumulated other comprehensive income     54,451         54,527  
Treasury stock, at cost; 3,009,942 shares at March 31, 2017 and December 31, 2016   (46,269 )     (46,269 )
Retained earnings     41,678         38,126  
    Total stockholders' equity   174,308       167,099  
    Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $ 529,203     $ 520,851  
           

 

Sucampo Pharmaceuticals, Inc.        
Consolidated Statements of Operations and Comprehensive Income (unaudited)      
(in thousands, except per share data)        
      Three Months Ended March 31,  
        2017       2016    
Revenues:          
  Product royalty revenue $   18,435     $   16,716    
  Product sales revenue     34,154         26,595    
  Research and development revenue     3,448         3,430    
  Contract and collaboration revenue     246         467    
    Total revenues     56,283         47,208    
             
Costs and expenses:        
  Costs of goods sold     16,883         23,338    
  Research and development     10,333         14,671    
  General and administrative     17,691         8,927    
  Selling and marketing     516         775    
    Total costs and expenses     45,423         47,711    
             
Income (loss) from operations     10,860         (503 )  
Non-operating income (expense):        
  Interest income     28         25    
  Interest expense     (2,890 )       (6,270 )  
  Other income (expense), net     211         (347 )  
    Total non-operating expense, net     (2,651 )       (6,592 )  
             
Income (loss) before income taxes     8,209         (7,095 )  
Income tax (provision) benefit     (3,585 )       3,038    
Net income (loss) $   4,624     $   (4,057 )  
             
Net income (loss) per share:        
  Basic   $   0.11     $   (0.10 )  
  Diluted $   0.10     $   (0.10 )  
Weighted average common shares outstanding:        
  Basic       43,442         42,539    
  Diluted     62,107         42,539    
             
Comprehensive income        
Net income (loss) $   4,624     $   (4,057 )  
Other comprehensive income (expense):        
  Unrealized gain (loss) on pension benefit obligation     1         (8 )  
  Foreign currency translation gain (loss)     (77 )       15,555    
    Comprehensive income $   4,548     $   11,490    
             
Contact:
Sucampo Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Silvia Taylor
Senior Vice President, Investor Relations and Corporate Affairs
1-240-223-3718
staylor@sucampo.com

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