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Supernus Announces Third Quarter 2018 Financial Results and Record Quarterly Revenue

  • Total revenue of $103.0 million, a 28% increase over 2017
  • Net product sales of $100.2 million, a 28% increase over 2017
  • Operating earnings of $37.5 million, a 68% increase over 2017
  • Diluted earnings per share (GAAP) of $0.52, a 79% increase over 2017
  • Data from first three Phase III SPN-812 trials expected in December 2018
  • Acquisition of Biscayne Neurotherapeutics, Inc. closed in October 2018
  • Ranked #1 fastest growing pharmaceutical company worldwide per Fortune 100 fastest growing companies

ROCKVILLE, Md., Nov. 06, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Supernus Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: SUPN), a pharmaceutical company focused on developing and commercializing products for the treatment of central nervous system (CNS) diseases, today reported record financial results for the third quarter of 2018 and related Company developments.

Commercial Update
Third quarter 2018 product prescriptions for Trokendi XR® and Oxtellar XR®, as reported by IQVIA, totaled 221,855, a 22.6% increase over the third quarter of 2017.

 Q3 2018Q3 2017Change %
Trokendi XR182,268 145,76225.0%
Oxtellar XR 39,587 35,12912.7%

Source:  IQVIA

Net product sales for the third quarter of 2018 were $100.2 million, a 28.3% increase over $78.1 million in the third quarter of 2017.

Net Product Sales ($ in millions)
 Q3 2018Q3 2017Change %
Trokendi XR$79.8 $59.434.3%
Oxtellar XR$20.4 $18.79.1%
Total$100.2 $78.128.3%

“Supernus generated another strong quarter of growth, setting a new record for quarterly net product sales of $100 million,” said Jack Khattar, President and CEO of Supernus Pharmaceuticals. “Despite the market introduction of new competitive preventive treatments for migraine, Trokendi XR continued to capture a greater portion of the topiramate market. For Oxtellar XR, we continue to prepare for the potential launch of the monotherapy indication for partial seizures.”   

Progress of Product Pipeline
Given the recently accelerated development timeline for SPN-812 that positions its potential regulatory approval and commercial launch ahead of SPN-810, the Company has directed its resources to prioritize filing of the New Drug Application (NDA) and potential commercial launch of SPN-812 in the United States.

As a result, the following are the updated plans and timelines for both product candidates:

SPN-812 – Novel non-stimulant for the treatment of ADHD

  • The Phase III program consists of four three-arm, placebo-controlled trials: P301 and P303 trials in patients 6-11 years old and P302 and P304 trials in patients 12-17 years old.
  • The Company expects to announce top-line data from P301 and P303 pediatric trials concurrently in early December 2018, and from P302, the first adolescent Phase III trial, by the end of December 2018. Top-line data from the second adolescent Phase III trial, P304, are expected by the end of the first quarter of 2019.
  • The Company expects to submit an NDA for SPN-812 in the second half of 2019, and to launch it, pending U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval, in the second half of 2020.

SPN-810 – Treatment of Impulsive Aggression in patients with ADHD

  • As expected, the first Phase III trial (P301) has reached its original enrollment target. However, given the aforementioned prioritization of SPN-812 and that top-line data from the second Phase III trial (P302) is expected around mid-2019, the Company has decided to keep P301 enrollment active until data from both trials can be released concurrently instead of sequentially. This change does not impact the timing of submission of the NDA for SPN-810, given that the NDA submission is rate-limited by completion of the P302 trial and generation of data in the adolescent patient population.
  • The Company continues to observe enrollment in the open label extension (OLE) study at 90% or higher. On average, a patient in the OLE study remains on SPN-810 treatment for 9.5 months, which we believe is an encouraging sign of the tolerability and efficacy of SPN-810.
  • Patient dosing has been initiated in the Phase III trial in adolescent patients.
  • The Company expects to submit an NDA for SPN-810 in the second half of 2020, and to launch it, pending FDA approval, in the second half of 2021.

SPN-604 (formerly known as Oxtellar XR for Bipolar)

  • The Company continues to expect initiating pivotal Phase III studies for the treatment of bipolar disorder in the second half of 2019.

“We are pleased to announce the completion of enrollment in the first three Phase III trials for SPN-812,” said Jack Khattar. “We look forward to reporting top-line data from these trials during December 2018. If successful, SPN-812 has the potential to be a novel non-stimulant for the treatment of ADHD that compares favorably to existing medications.”

Operating Expenses
Research and development expenses in the third quarter of 2018 were $20.4 million, as compared to $13.0 million in the same quarter last year. The increase was due primarily to the initiation of the four Phase III clinical trials for SPN-812 in the second half of 2017 and, to a lesser extent, the OLE trials for SPN-812 and SPN-810.

Selling, general and administrative expenses in the third quarter of 2018 were $40.9 million, essentially unchanged compared to $40.8 million in the same quarter last year.

Operating Earnings and Earnings Per Share
Operating earnings in the third quarter of 2018 were $37.5 million, a 68.2% increase over $22.3 million in the same prior year period. The improvement in operating earnings was primarily due to increased net product sales, partially offset by increased research and development expenses.

GAAP net earnings in the third quarter of 2018 were $28.0 million, or $0.52 per diluted share, as compared to $16.0 million, or $0.29 per diluted share, in the same period last year. In addition to higher operating income, GAAP net earnings and diluted earnings per share for the third quarter of 2018 benefited from the reduction in the statutory U.S. federal income tax rate and, to a lesser extent, from stock option exercises.

Weighted-average diluted common shares outstanding were approximately 54.2 million in the third quarter of 2018, as compared to approximately 53.6 million in the third quarter of 2017.

As of September 30, 2018, the Company had $740.5 million in cash, cash equivalents, marketable securities and long term marketable securities, as compared to $273.7 million at December 31, 2017. This increase reflects net proceeds of $364.9 million from the issuance of convertible senior notes and warrants in March 2018, partially offset by purchases of convertible note hedges, as well as increased cash from operations in the nine months ended September 30, 2018.  

Financial Guidance
For full year 2018, the Company is updating its prior guidance as set forth below:

  • Net product sales in the range of $388 million to $395 million, compared to the previously expected range of $385 million to $400 million.
  • Research and development expenses of approximately $95 million, including the one-time upfront expense of $15 million in the fourth quarter for the acquisition of Biscayne Neurotherapeutics, Inc.
  • Operating earnings in the range of $120 million to $125 million, compared to the previously expected range of $115 million to $125 million.
  • The Company expects an effective tax rate of approximately 23% to 25% for the fourth quarter of 2018.

Supernus ranked number one pharmaceutical company worldwide in Fortune’s “100 Fastest-Growing Companies” list for 2018 and number three in all industries
In August 2018, Fortune ranked qualifying companies based on revenue growth rate, EPS growth rate, and three-year annualized total return for the period ended June 29, 2018. In a review of Supernus and using their methodology, Fortune placed Supernus in the top spot in the pharmaceutical industry worldwide and the third spot across all industries.

To view the full list of Fortune’s 100 Fastest-Growing Companies go to:

“I am so proud of our employees. They deserve all the recognition Supernus has received over the past few years, from making the Deloitte Technology Fast 500 list three years in a row to being ranked as the number one Fortune 100 fastest growing pharmaceutical company in the world,” said Jack Khattar. “Their hard work and commitment to excellence and to our patients are second to none, and I am very fortunate to be working with such an incredible organization.”

Conference Call Details
The Company will hold a conference call hosted by Jack Khattar, President and Chief Executive Officer, and Greg Patrick, Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, to discuss these results at 9:00 a.m. Eastern Time, on Wednesday, November 7, 2018. An accompanying webcast also will be provided.

Please refer to the information below for conference call dial-in information and webcast registration. Callers should dial in approximately 10 minutes prior to the start of the call.

Conference dial-in:
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 (877) 288-1043
(970) 315-0267
Supernus Pharmaceuticals Third Quarter 2018 Earnings Conference Call

Following the live call, a replay will be available on the Company's website,, under “Investor Relations”.

About Supernus Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Supernus Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is a pharmaceutical company focused on developing and commercializing products for the treatment of central nervous system (CNS) diseases. The Company currently markets Trokendi XR® (extended-release topiramate) for the prophylaxis of migraine and the treatment of epilepsy, and Oxtellar XR® (extended-release oxcarbazepine) for the treatment of epilepsy. The Company is also developing several product candidates to address large market opportunities in the CNS market, including SPN-810 for the treatment of Impulsive Aggression in ADHD patients, SPN-812 for the treatment of ADHD and SPN-604 for the treatment of bipolar disorder.

Forward-Looking Statements:
This press release includes forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements do not convey historical information, but relate to predicted or potential future events that are based upon management's current expectations. These statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such statements. In addition to the factors mentioned in this press release, such risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, the Company’s ability to sustain and increase its profitability; the Company’s ability to raise sufficient capital to fully implement its corporate strategy; the implementation of the Company’s corporate strategy; the Company’s future financial performance and projected expenditures; the Company’s ability to increase the number of prescriptions written for each of its products; the Company’s ability to increase its net revenue; the Company’s ability to enter into future collaborations with pharmaceutical companies and academic institutions or to obtain funding from government agencies; the Company’s product research and development activities, including the timing and progress of the Company’s clinical trials, and projected expenditures; the Company’s ability to receive, and the timing of any receipt of, regulatory approvals to develop and commercialize the Company’s product candidates; the Company’s ability to protect its intellectual property and operate its business without infringing upon the intellectual property rights of others; the Company’s expectations regarding federal, state and foreign regulatory requirements; the therapeutic benefits, effectiveness and safety of the Company’s product candidates; the accuracy of the Company’s estimates of the size and characteristics of the markets that may be addressed by its product candidates; the Company’s ability to increase its manufacturing capabilities for its products and product candidates; the Company’s projected markets and growth in markets; the Company’s product formulations and patient needs and potential funding sources; the Company’s staffing needs; and other risk factors set forth from time to time in the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission made pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. The Company undertakes no obligation to update the information in this press release to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof or to reflect the occurrence of anticipated or unanticipated events.

Supernus Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Consolidated Balance Sheets
(in thousands, except share amounts)
  September 30, December 31,
  2018 2017
Assets (unaudited)   
Current assets      
Cash and cash equivalents $  123,818  $  100,304 
Marketable securities    156,407     39,736 
Accounts receivable, net    77,753     65,586 
Inventories, net    23,280     16,304 
Prepaid expenses and other current assets    9,299     6,521 
Total current assets    390,557     228,451 
Long term marketable securities    460,304     133,638 
Property and equipment, net    6,930     5,124 
Intangible assets, net    32,572     36,019 
Deferred income taxes    31,367     20,843 
Other non-current assets    782     389 
Total assets $  922,512  $  424,464 
Liabilities and stockholders' equity      
Current liabilities      
Accounts payable $  9,838  $  6,844 
Accrued sales deductions    85,970     68,343 
Accrued expenses    32,098     27,305 
Income taxes payable    8,548     15,938 
Non-recourse liability related to sale of future royalties, current portion     1,892     4,283 
Deferred licensing revenue    —      287 
Total current liabilities    138,346     123,000 
Deferred licensing revenue, net of current portion    —      1,149 
Convertible notes, net    325,666     —  
Non-recourse liability related to sale of future royalties, long term    23,305     22,258 
Other non-current liabilities    13,259     10,577 
Total liabilities    500,576     156,984 
Stockholders' equity      
Common stock, $0.001 par value, 130,000,000 shares authorized at September 30, 2018 and December 31, 2017; 52,257,013 and 51,314,850 shares issued and outstanding at September 30, 2018 and December 31, 2017, respectively    52     51 
Additional paid-in capital    365,396     294,999 
Accumulated other comprehensive loss, net of tax    (4,111)    (747)
Retained earnings (accumulated deficit)    60,599     (26,823)
Total stockholders' equity    421,936     267,480 
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $  922,512  $  424,464 

Supernus Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Consolidated Statements of Earnings
(in thousands, except share and per share data)
 Three Months ended September 30, Nine Months ended September 30,
 2018 2017 2018
 (unaudited)  (unaudited)
Net product sales$  100,227  $  78,066  $  286,377  $  207,763 
Royalty revenue   2,769     2,010     5,836     4,338 
Licensing revenue   —      322     750     1,702 
Total revenue   102,996     80,398     292,963     213,803 
Costs and expenses           
Cost of product sales   4,207     4,251     11,168     11,060 
Research and development   20,422     12,980     59,368     33,405 
Selling, general and administrative   40,892     40,825     117,838     104,141 
Total costs and expenses   65,521     58,056     188,374     148,606 
Operating earnings   37,475     22,342     104,589     65,197 
Other income (expense)           
Interest income   4,461     814     9,331     2,002 
Interest expense   (4,374)    —      (9,415)    (148)
Interest expense-nonrecourse liability related to sale of future royalties   (1,191)    (155)    (3,096)    (1,274)
Changes in fair value of derivative liabilities   —      —      —      76 
Loss on extinguishment of debt   —      (91)    —      (295)
Total other income (expense)   (1,104)    568     (3,180)    361 
Earnings before income taxes   36,371     22,910     101,409     65,558 
Income tax expense   8,360     6,949     16,309     21,932 
Net earnings$  28,011  $  15,961  $  85,100  $  43,626 
Earnings per share:           
Basic$  0.54  $  0.31  $1.64  $0.86 
Diluted$  0.52  $  0.29  $1.57  $0.82 
Weighted-average number of common shares outstanding:           
Basic   52,227,630     51,046,375     51,897,240     50,583,726 
Diluted   54,239,847     53,628,389     54,098,330     53,227,433 


Jack A. Khattar, President and CEO
Gregory S. Patrick, Vice President and CFO
Supernus Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Tel: (301) 838-2591


Peter Vozzo
Westwicke Partners
Office: (443) 213-0505
Mobile: (443) 377-4767

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