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Catalyst Pharmaceuticals Announces Second Quarter 2020 Financial Results and Provides Business Update

August 10, 2020 at 4:15 PM EDT

- Firdapse® Second Quarter Net Revenues of $29.6 Million

- Health Canada Approves Marketing Authorization for Firdapse® for Treating LEMS Patients

- MuSK-MG Phase 3 Trial did not Achieve Statistical Significance for Primary or Secondary Endpoints

- Company to Host Quarterly Conference Call at 8:30 am ET Tomorrow

CORAL GABLES, Fla., Aug. 10, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Catalyst Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Catalyst) (Nasdaq:CPRX), a commercial-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on developing and commercializing innovative therapies for people with rare debilitating, chronic neuromuscular and neurological diseases, today reported financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2020 and provided a business update.

“Despite operating under COVID-19 conditions, I am quite pleased with the resiliency of our team and the operating results that were achieved during the second quarter. Additionally, as physicians’ practices begin to open again to in-person meetings with patients and sales representatives, we are beginning to see an improvement in new LEMS patient enrollments in Catalyst Pathways and are hopeful that this is a start of a trend,” said Patrick J. McEnany, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Catalyst Pharmaceuticals. “On a separate note, we are disappointed that the top-line results of our Phase 3 study for Firdapse® in anti-MuSK antibody positive myasthenia gravis patients did not replicate the robust positive results that were observed in the 2017 proof-of-concept study. We intend to continue to analyze the data and meet with our neuromuscular key opinion leaders to decide on our path forward for this program.”

Q2-20 Financial Results

  • Product revenue, net in the second quarter 2020 was $29.6 million compared to $28.8 for the second quarter 2019.
  • Reported net income of $9.8 million, or $0.09 per basic and diluted share, in the second quarter of 2020, compared with net income of $11.0 million, or $0.11 per basic and $0.10 per diluted share, for the second quarter of 2019.
  • Research and development expenses for the second quarter of 2020 were $4.3 million as compared to $4.6 million for the second quarter of 2019.
  • Selling, general and administrative expenses for the second quarter of 2020 totaled $10.8 million as compared to $9.0 million in the second quarter of 2019.
  • The Company’s total operating expenses for the second quarter 2020 were $19.3 million.
  • Ended June 30, 2020 with $115.1 million in cash and investments and no funded debt. 

Corporate Highlights and Milestones

  • Announced receipt of marketing authorization from Health Canada for Firdapse® for the treatment of patients in Canada with LEMS.
  • Announced Jeffrey Del Carmen promotion to Chief Commercial Officer.
  • Recently met with the Japanese PMDA and believe we have reached a tentative agreement for an acceptable and efficient regulatory plan.
  • Continued on-going evaluation of potential acquisition of products or companies.

MuSK-MG Phase 3 Study Results

  • Firdapse® was safe and well tolerated during the MSK-002 study and demonstrated a safety profile similar to that seen for Firdapse® in the treatment of LEMS.
  • The primary endpoint, the Myasthenia Gravis Activities of Daily Living (MG-ADL) assessment, did not achieve statistical significance (p=0.2196).
  • The secondary endpoint, the Quantitative Myasthenia Gravis (QMG) assessment, did not achieve statistical significance (p=0.3736).
  • We plan to complete the full analysis of data and findings and to meet with our neuromuscular advisors to decide our path forward for the MuSK-MG indication.
  • Detailed results of this study will be made available in a future scientific forum.

Other Firdapse® Development Programs

  • Enrollment in proof-of-concept spinal muscular atrophy type-3 study has been completed and we expect to report top-line data before year-end.
  • Firdapse® long-acting formulation development program continues on schedule.
  • Investigator studies for two additional neuromuscular indications are expected to commence later this year.

COVID-19 Impact

  • Issued a no travel and remote work policy for all Catalyst employees on March 16th.
  • Diligently working to reduce COVID-19 impact on new enrollments and revenues.
  • We believe that our current base of LEMS patients on reimbursed Firdapse® is fairly stable and very compliant to their medication regimen.
  • Have not experienced any disruptions in the supply chain or production of Firdapse® and believe the safety stock of Firdapse® is more than adequate for current anticipated needs.
  • Proudly partnered with First Responder’s Children’s Foundation/COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund, which provides emergency grants to support frontline emergency and healthcare workers and their families enduring financial hardship during this COVID-19 pandemic.

Balance Sheet and Key Activities in 2020

At June 30, 2020, Catalyst had cash and cash equivalents and investments of $115.1 million and no funded debt. 

The Company plans to continue investing in the following key activities in 2020:

  • Expansion of U.S. commercialization of Firdapse®.
  • On-going development programs evaluating Firdapse® for the treatment of MuSK-MG and SMA Type 3, and our Expanded Access Program for Firdapse®.
  • Continue support for our Firdapse® long acting formulation and other development programs.
  • Support Canada pre-commercialization activities for Firdapse®.
  • Continue Japan regulatory activities to seek marketing authorization for Firdapse®.

More detailed financial information and analysis may be found in the Company's Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q, which was filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on August 10, 2020.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

Excluding expenses related to stock-based compensation of $1.8 million, non-GAAP1 net income for the second quarter of 2020 was $11.6 million, or $0.11 per basic and diluted share. This compares to a non-GAAP1 net income of $11.9 million, or $0.12 per basic share and $0.11 per diluted share, excluding stock-based compensation expense of $925 thousand, for the second quarter of 2019. Excluding expenses related to stock-based compensation of $3.3 million, non-GAAP1 net income for the six months ended June 30, 2020 was $23.5 million, or $0.23 per basic share and $0.22 per diluted share. This compares to a non-GAAP1 net income of $12.2 million, or $0.12 per basic and diluted share, excluding stock-based compensation expense of $1.9 million, for the six months ended June 30, 2019.

Conference Call

Catalyst management will host an investment-community conference call and webcast at 8:30 a.m. ET, tomorrow, Tuesday, August 11, 2020 to discuss the financial results and provide a corporate update. Investors who wish to participate in the conference call may do so by dialing (877) 407-8912 for domestic and Canadian callers or (201) 689-8059 for international callers. Those interested in listening to the conference call live via the internet may do so by visiting the Investors page of the company's website at and clicking on the webcast link on the Investors home page. A webcast replay will be available on the Catalyst website for 30 days following the call by visiting the Investor page of the company's website at

About Catalyst Pharmaceuticals

Catalyst Pharmaceuticals is a commercial-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on developing  and  commercializing innovative  therapies  for people with rare  debilitating, chronic neuromuscular and neurological diseases, including Lambert-Eaton myasthenic syndrome (LEMS), anti-MuSK antibody positive myasthenia gravis (MuSK-MG) and spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) Type 3. Catalyst's new drug application for Firdapse® (amifampridine) 10 mg tablets for the treatment of adults with LEMS was approved in November 2018 by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration ("FDA"), and Firdapse® is now commercially available in the United States. Prior to its approval, Firdapse® for LEMS had received breakthrough therapy designation and orphan drug designation from the FDA.

Firdapse® is being evaluated in clinical trials for the treatment of MuSK-MG and SMA Type 3 and has received Orphan Drug Designation from the FDA for myasthenia gravis and CMS. Firdapse® (amifampridine) 10 mg tablets is the first and only approved drug in Europe for the symptomatic treatment in adults with LEMS.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties, which may cause Catalyst's actual results in future periods to differ materially from forecasted results. A number of factors, including (i) the impact of the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on Catalyst’s 2020 net product revenues and on the timeline for reporting the top-line results from Catalyst’s SMA Type 3 proof-of-concept study; (ii) whether, even if Catalyst is successful in commercializing Firdapse®, Catalyst will achieve sustained profitability; (iii) the effect on Catalyst’s business and future results of operations of the approval by the FDA of Ruzurgi® for the treatment of pediatric LEMS patients (ages 6 to under 17); (iv) whether Catalyst's suit against the FDA seeking to vacate the FDA's approval of Ruzurgi® will be successful; (v) whether Firdapse® will ever be approved for commercialization for the treatment of MuSK-MG, SMA Type 3, or any other disease; (vi) whether Catalyst can successfully commercialize Firdapse® in Canada; (vii) whether Catalyst is able to successfully complete the clinical trial required for Catalyst to seek approval to commercialize Firdapse® for sale in Japan; (viii) whether Catalyst will ever be approved for commercialization in Japan; and (ix) those other factors described in Catalyst's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year 2019 and its other filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), could adversely affect Catalyst. Copies of Catalyst's filings with the SEC are available from the SEC, may be found on Catalyst's website, or may be obtained upon request from Catalyst. Catalyst does not undertake any obligation to update the information contained herein, which speaks only as of this date.

1 Statements made in this press release include a non-GAAP financial measure. Such information is provided as additional information and not as an alternative to Catalyst's financial statements presented in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP). This non-GAAP financial measure is intended to enhance an overall understanding of Catalyst's current financial performance. Catalyst believes that the non-GAAP financial measure presented in this press release provides investors and prospective investors with an alternative method for assessing Catalyst's operating results in a manner that Catalyst believes is focused on the performance of ongoing operations and provides a more consistent basis for comparison between periods. The non-GAAP financial measure in this press release excludes from the calculation of net income (loss) the expense associated with non-cash stock-based compensation.  Non-GAAP income (loss) per share is calculated by dividing non-GAAP income (loss) by the weighted average common shares outstanding.



  For the Three Months

 Ended June 30,
  For the Six Months

Ended June 30,
  2020   2019   2020   2019
Product revenue, net $ 29,604,764   $ 28,837,900   $ 58,741,236   $ 41,286,338
Operating costs and expenses:              
Cost of sales   4,139,873     4,261,625     8,290,739     5,973,413
Research and development   4,349,643     4,629,364     8,572,454     7,937,323
Selling, general and administrative   10,833,358     8,987,722     20,896,406     17,404,182
Total operating costs and expenses   19,322,874     17,878,711     37,759,599     31,314,918
Operating income (loss)   10,281,890     10,959,189     20,981,637     9,971,420
Other income, net   111,269     450,410     447,502     793,676
Net income (loss) before income taxes   10,393,159     11,409,599     21,429,139     10,765,096
Provision for income taxes   613,172     449,651     1,223,137     449,651
Net income (loss) $ 9,779,987   $ 10,959,948   $ 20,206,002   $ 10,315,445
Net income (loss) per share:              
Basic $ 0.09   $ 0.11   $ 0.20   $ 0.10
Diluted $ 0.09   $ 0.10   $ 0.19   $ 0.10
Weighted average shares outstanding:              
Basic   103,414,523     102,869,202     103,410,881     102,808,897
Diluted   106,730,423     105,928,970     106,433,862     105,098,930



  June 30,

  December 31,

Current Assets:      
Cash and cash equivalents $ 115,052,248   $ 89,511,710
Short-term investments   --     5,007,050
Accounts receivable, net   6,762,262     10,536,997
Inventory   1,827,924     1,956,792
Prepaid expenses and other current assets   7,521,253     4,351,074
Total current assets   131,163,687     111,363,623
Operating lease right-of-use asset   71,711     793,252
Property and equipment, net   167,514     210,467
Deposits   8,888     8,888
Total assets $ 131,411,800   $ 112,376,230
Current Liabilities:      
Accounts payable $ 5,804,778   $ 4,117,447
Accrued expenses and other liabilities   14,405,597     19,981,295
Total current liabilities   20,210,375     24,098,742
Operating lease liability, net of current portion   --     647,532
Total liabilities   20,210,375     24,746,274
Total stockholders’ equity   111,201,425     87,629,956
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity $ 131,411,800   $ 112,376,230

Investor Contact
Brian Korb
Solebury Trout
(646) 378-2923

Company Contact
Patrick J. McEnany Catalyst Pharmaceuticals
Chief Executive Officer
(305) 420-3200

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