Zyla Life Sciences Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2019 Financial Results
WAYNE, Pa., March 27, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Zyla Life Sciences (OTCQX: ZCOR) ("Zyla" or the "Company"), a commercial-stage life sciences company, today reported financial results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2019, including net sales from commercial products: SPRIX® (ketorolac tromethamine) Nasal Spray, VIVLODEX® (meloxicam), ZORVOLEX® (diclofenac)), INDOCIN® (indomethacin) suppositories, INDOCIN® oral suspension and OXAYDO® (oxycodone HCI, USP) tablets for oral use only –CII.
"We more than doubled net product sales in the fourth quarter 2019 compared to the fourth quarter 2018 with our expanded product portfolio while reducing expenses and met our projections for the full year with $81.3 million in net product sales," said Todd Smith, president, chief executive officer (CEO) and director of Zyla. "We believe that these promising fourth quarter results reinforce the rationale for our recently announced proposed merger with Assertio Therapeutics. With our strong revenue-generating portfolio and Assertio's complementary portfolio and cash position, together the proposed combined company should be well positioned to be a leading specialty pharmaceutical company focused on commercial excellence and growth."
2019 and Recent Highlights
- Announced merger with Assertio Therapeutics on March 16, 2020 and created integration team to work toward proposed second quarter close;
- Had $81.3 million in 2019 net product sales in line with guidance;
- Cash flow positive from April 1 through December 31, 2019;
- Achieved positive adjusted EBITDA for 2019 with net income of $60.6 million;
- Appointed Todd Smith CEO, president and director of Zyla in October 2019; and
- Acquired Iroko products in January 2019 in connection with a financial restructuring.
2019 Fourth Quarter and Full-Year Financial Results
- Cash Position: As of December 31, 2019, Zyla had cash and restricted cash totaling $12.4 million.
- Net Product Sales: Net product sales increased $50.9 million to $81.3 million for the year ended December 31, 2019 compared to $30.4 million for the year ended December 31, 2018. Net product sales were $19.3 million for the three months ended December 31, 2019 compared to $8.5 for the same period in 2018. The increase was largely due to the addition of the acquired Iroko products at the end of January 2019.
- Cost of Sales (excluding amortization of product rights): Cost of sales was $41.1 million for the year ended December 31, 2019 compared to $7.4 million for the year ended December 31, 2018. The cost of sales for the fourth quarter 2019 was $3.5 million compared to $2.0 million for the same period in 2019. The increase was driven by higher product sales as a result of the new products acquired at the end of January 2019 and the revaluation of inventory in connection with the restructuring.
- G&A Expenses: General and administrative expenses were $27.7 million for the year ended December 31, 2019 compared to $24.1 million for the year ended December 31, 2018. The general and administration expenses were $5.5 million for the three months ended December 31, 2019 compared to $4.8 million for the same period in 2018. The increase in general and administrative expenses in 2019 compared to 2018 was primarily attributable to $2.1 million of higher stock compensation expense, $1.2 million of higher intellectual property and related costs, and $1.5 million of higher legal, accounting, tax and insurance costs, partially offset by lower salary and related costs.
- S&M Expenses: Sales and marketing expenses were $35.3 million for year ended December 31, 2019 compared to $33.7 million for the year ended December 31, 2018. The sales and marketing expenses were $9.0 million for the three months ended December 31, 2019 compared to $7.7 million for the same period in 2018. The increase was primarily due to higher spending for consultants and marketing programs to support our Iroko acquired products of $1.0 million and $0.8 million, respectively, partially offset by lower employee compensation and related costs, including travel and fleet expenses, of $0.5 million.
- R&D Expenses: Research and development expenses were essentially zero for the year and the three months ended December 31, 2019 compared to $3.5 million for the year and just under $0.3 million for the three months ended December 31, 2018. This decrease from 2018 to 2019 was driven by a discontinuation of R&D programs that did not directly support the growth of Zyla's commercial business.
- Restructuring and Other Charges: The restructuring charges for the year ended December 31, 2019 were $2.7 million which reflect costs of severance payments related to the reduction of executive officers and a reduction in force in our Denmark facility in January 2019. This amount was significantly less than the $17.0 million for the full year 2018 which reflected costs related to the discontinuation of ARYMO ER of $8.2 million and a termination payment to Halo Pharmaceuticals of $3.1 million, and legal and other professional fees of $5.8 million. The restructuring and other charges during the three months ended December 31, 2019 were $1.3 million compared to $3.2 million for the three months ended December 31, 2018.
- Interest Expense: Interest expense was $13.3 million for the year ended December 31, 2019 compared to $41.3 million for the year ended December 31, 2018. Interest expense for the three months ended December 31, 2019 was $3.8 million compared to $1.0 million for the same period ended December 31, 2018. The interest expense for the 2019 full year includes non-cash interest and amortization of debt discount totaling $6.1 million. The interest expense for the full year ended December 31, 2018 includes non-cash interest and amortization of debt discount totaling $38.3 million
- Other Gain: Other gain was $3.5 million for the year ended December 31, 2019 compared to less than $0.1 million for the year ended December 31, 2018.
- Net Loss: Net income for the year ended December 31, 2019 was $60.6 million compared to a net loss of $95.5 million for the year ended December 31, 2018. The net loss for the quarter ended December 31, 2019 was $6.2 million compared to $19.9 million for the fourth quarter 2018.
Earnings Conference Call Information
Zyla's management will host a conference call to discuss the fourth quarter 2019 financial results today:
March 27, 2019
8:30 a.m. EST
Webcast (live and archive):
zyla.com (Events & Webcasts, Investor page)
Note Regarding Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures
Zyla provides non-GAAP adjusted EBITDA or earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization as a financial measure. Zyla believes that this non-GAAP financial measure, when considered together with the GAAP figures, can enhance an overall understanding of Zyla's financial performance. The non-GAAP financial measure is included with the intent of providing investors with a more complete understanding of operational results and trends. In addition, this non-GAAP financial measure is among the indicators Zyla's management uses for planning and forecasting purposes and measuring the company's performance. It should be considered in addition to, and not as a substitute for, or superior to, financial measures calculated in accordance with GAAP. This non-GAAP financial measure may be calculated differently from, and therefore may not be comparable to, non-GAAP financial measures used by other companies.
On March 16, 2020 Assertio Therapeutics and Zyla announced that they have entered into a definitive merger agreement. The boards of directors of both companies have approved the Merger and the Agreement. The Merger is currently expected to close in the second quarter of 2020, subject to approval by Assertio stockholders and by Zyla stockholders and the satisfaction of other customary closing conditions. Additional details can be found in Assertio's and Zyla's respective Current Reports of Form 8-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on March 17, 2020.
About Zyla Life Sciences
Zyla Life Sciences is a business committed to bringing important products to patients and healthcare providers. Zyla is focused on marketing its portfolio of medicines for pain and inflammation. The company portfolio includes six products: SPRIX® (ketorolac tromethamine) Nasal Spray, ZORVOLEX® (diclofenac), VIVLODEX® (meloxicam), INDOCIN® (indomethacin) suppositories, INDOCIN® oral suspension and OXAYDO® (oxycodone HCI, USP) tablets for oral use only —CII.
For full prescribing information, boxed warnings and medication guides, please visit the following sites for each product: sprix.com, vivlodex.com, zorvolex.com and oxaydo.com. Prescribing information, the boxed warning and medication guide for INDOCIN suppositories and oral suspension can be found at dailymed.nlm.nih.gov.
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No Offer or Solicitation
This communication relates to a proposed business combination involving Assertio and Zyla. The information in this communication is for informational purposes only and is neither an offer to purchase, nor a solicitation of an offer to sell, subscribe for or buy any securities or the solicitation of any vote in any jurisdiction pursuant to the proposed transactions or otherwise, nor shall there be any sale, issuance or transfer of securities in any jurisdiction in contravention of applicable law. No offer of securities shall be made except by means of a prospectus meeting the requirements of Section 10 of the Securities Act.
Additional Information and Where to Find It
This communication may be deemed to be solicitation material in respect of the proposed Merger. The proposed Merger will be submitted to Assertio's stockholders and Zyla's stockholders for their consideration. In connection with the proposed Merger, Assertio and Zyla intend to file a joint proxy statement (the "Joint Proxy Statement") in connection with the solicitation of proxies by Assertio and Zyla in connection with the proposed Merger. Assertio intends to file a registration statement on Form S-4 (the "Form S-4") with the SEC, in which the Joint Proxy Statement will be included as a prospectus. Assertio and Zyla also intend to file other relevant documents with the SEC regarding the proposed Merger. The definitive Joint Proxy Statement will be mailed to Assertio's stockholders and Zyla's stockholders when available. BEFORE MAKING ANY VOTING OR INVESTMENT DECISION WITH RESPECT TO THE PROPOSED MERGER, INVESTORS AND STOCKHOLDERS OF ASSERTIO AND INVESTORS AND STOCKHOLDERS OF ZYLA ARE URGED TO READ THE DEFINITIVE REGISTRATION STATEMENT, INCLUDING THE JOINT PROXY STATEMENT, REGARDING THE PROPOSED MERGER (INCLUDING ANY AMENDMENTS OR SUPPLEMENTS THERETO) AND OTHER RELEVANT MATERIALS WHEN THEY BECOME AVAILABLE CAREFULLY AND IN THEIR ENTIRETY BECAUSE THEY WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THE PROPOSED MERGER.
The Joint Proxy Statement, any amendments or supplements thereto and other relevant materials, and any other documents filed by Assertio or Zyla with the SEC, may be obtained once such documents are filed with the SEC free of charge at the SEC's website at www.sec.gov or free of charge from Assertio at www.assertiotx.com or by directing a request to Assertio's Investor Relations Department at email@example.com or from Zyla at www.zyla.com or by directing a request to Zyla's Investor Relations Department at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Participants in the Solicitation
Assertio, Zyla and certain of their respective executive officers, directors, other members of management and employees may, under the rules of the SEC, be deemed to be "participants" in the solicitation of proxies in connection with the proposed Merger. Information regarding Assertio's directors and executive officers is available in its Proxy Statement on Schedule 14A for its 2019 Annual Meeting of Stockholders, that was filed with the SEC on April 8, 2019 and in its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2019, that was filed with the SEC on March 10, 2020. Information regarding Zyla's directors and executive officers is available in its Proxy Statement on Schedule 14A for its 2019 Annual Meeting of Stockholders, that was filed with the SEC on November 6, 2019. These documents may be obtained free of charge from the sources indicated above. Other information regarding the participants in the proxy solicitation and a description of their direct and indirect interests, by security holdings or otherwise, will be contained in the Joint Proxy Statement and other relevant materials relating to the proposed Merger to be filed with the SEC when they become available.
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Consolidated Balance Sheets
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a. Interest expense is excluded because it is a non-operating expense and we believe this is a useful measure for investors because such exclusion facilitates comparison to peer companies who also provide similar non-GAAP disclosures and is reflective of how management internally manages the business.
b. Income tax expense is excluded because it is a non-operating expense and we believe this is a useful measure for investors because such exclusion facilitates comparison to peer companies who also provide similar non-GAAP disclosures and is reflective of how management internally manages the business.
c. The effects of depreciation are excluded because these charges are non-cash and we believe such exclusion facilitates investors' ability to more accurately compare our operating results to those of our peer companies.
d. The effects of amortization of the intangible assets are excluded because these charges are non-cash and we believe such exclusion facilitates investors' ability to more accurately compare our operating results to those of our peer companies.
e. The effects of reorganization expense are excluded because these charges are not reflective of ongoing operations.
f. The change in fair value of contingent consideration is excluded because it represents the value of future payment obligations in accordance with the Iroko Product acquisition
g. The effects of non-cash employee stock-based compensation are excluded because of varying available valuation methodologies and subjective assumptions. We believe this is a useful measure for investors because such exclusion facilitates comparison to peer companies who also provide similar non-GAAP disclosures and is reflective of how management internally manages the business.
h. The fair value markup of inventory is excluded because these charges are non-recurring items not reflective of ongoing operations.
i. The effects of restructuring expense are excluded because these charges are not reflective of ongoing operations.
j. Other (gain) loss is excluded because it is a non-operating item and we believe this is a useful measure for investors because such exclusion facilitates comparison to peer companies who also provide similar non-GAAP disclosures and is reflective of how management internally manages the business.
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