EMERYVILLE, Calif. (March 20, 2018) – NovaBay® Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NYSE American: NBY), a biopharmaceutical company focusing on commercializing prescription Avenova® for the domestic eye care market, reports financial results for the three and 12 months ended December 31, 2017 and provides a business update.
“I’m pleased to announce strong fourth quarter financial performance and full year sales of $18.2 million, which is at the high end of our guidance range,” said Mark M. Sieczkarek, NovaBay’s Chairman, President and CEO. “Avenova sales for the quarter were a record $4.9 million with 90% of sales from the high-margin retail pharmacy channel as we matched our highest quarterly gross margin on Avenova sales of 92%. This strong performance coupled with lower stock-based compensation and a gain on the change in the fair value of the warrant liability resulted in net income of $0.8 million for the quarter.
“We expect a key priority for 2018 to be improving commercial insurance reimbursement on Avenova sales,” he added. “Earlier this year, we implemented a strategy aimed at increasing net sales per unit by focusing sales and marketing resources on a select group of high-prescribing eye care specialists in regions where we believe reimbursement is already strong. Preparations are also underway to work more closely with managed care organizations to obtain new or improved coverage.
“Another key initiative this year is refocusing our inside sales team toward direct sales to practitioners’ offices. We believe this channel will continue to be an important component of our sales with many eye care professionals reluctant to convert to writing Avenova prescriptions,” concluded Sieczkarek.
Key Fourth Quarter Avenova Metrics
• Avenova sales of $4.9 million increased 25% year-over-year
• Prescription sales into the retail pharmacy channel were $4.4 million, up 45% year-over-year
• Prescription sales represented 90% of Avenova sales
• Gross margin on Avenova sales was 92%
Fourth Quarter 2017 Financial Results
Net sales for the fourth quarter of 2017 were $6.3 million, an increase of 55% from $4.1 million for the fourth quarter of 2016. Gross margin on net sales for the fourth quarter of 2017 was 85%, an increase from 80% for the prior-year period. Gross margin on Avenova sales for the fourth quarter of 2017 was 92%, up from 87% for the fourth quarter of 2016.
Sales and marketing expenses for the fourth quarter of 2017 were $3.3 million, compared with $3.1 million for the fourth quarter of 2016, with the increase due primarily to a higher number of sales representatives and increased sampling and marketing programs. G&A expenses for the fourth quarter of 2017 were $1.5 million, a decrease of 25% from $2.0 million for the prior-year period, with the decrease due primarily to lower stock-based compensation on performance-based awards, partly off-set by recording of the former CFO’s retirement package. R&D expenses were unchanged at $0.1 million for fourth quarters of 2017 and 2016.
Operating income for the fourth quarter of 2017 was $0.4 million, a significant improvement from an operating loss of $2.0 million for the fourth quarter of 2016.
Non-cash gain on the change of fair value of warrant liability was unchanged at $0.4 million for the fourth quarters of 2017 and 2016.
Net income for the fourth quarter of 2017 was $0.8 million, or $0.05 per share on a basic basis, an improvement from a net loss for the fourth quarter of 2016 of $1.6 million, or $0.11 per share on a basic basis.
Full Year 2017 Financial Results
Net sales for 2017 were $18.2 million, an increase of 53% from $11.9 million for 2016. Gross margin on net sales for 2017 was 85%, up from 79% for 2016. Gross margin on Avenova sales for 2017 was 91%, an improvement from 86% for the prior year
Sales and marketing expenses for 2017 were $13.7 million, an increase of 16% compared to 2016. G&A expenses were $8.6 million, an increase of 19% compared with 2016. R&D expenses for 2017 were $0.4 million, a decrease of 70% from 2016. Operating loss for 2017 was $7.3 million, an improvement of 33% from the operating loss of $11.0 million for 2016.
Non-cash loss on the change of fair value of warrant liability for 2017 was $0.1 million, compared with a non-cash loss of $2.1 million for 2016.
The net loss for 2017 was $7.4 million, or $0.48 per share, compared with a net loss of $13.2 million, or $1.40 per share, for 2016.
NovaBay reported cash and cash equivalents of $3.2 million as of December 31, 2017, compared with $9.5 million as of December 31, 2016. In February 2018, the company raised $6.0 million through a private placement of common stock.
The Company used $6.3 million in cash to fund operations in 2017, an improvement from $12.1 million used to fund operations in 2016. The decrease in cash usage was primarily due to the decrease of net loss resulting from higher sales, higher stock-based compensation and stock option modification expense, and favorable changes in working capital offset by the decrease in the gain on change of the warrant liability fair values and the decrease of warrant modification expense.
NovaBay management will host an investment community conference call today beginning at 4:30 p.m. Eastern time (1:30 p.m. Pacific time) to discuss the Company’s financial and operational results and to answer questions. Shareholders and other interested parties may participate in the conference call by dialing 800-608-8202 from within the U.S. or 702-495-1913 from outside the U.S., with the conference identification number 2764067.
A live webcast of the call will be available at https://novabay.com/investors/events and will be archived for 90 days. A replay of the call will be available beginning two hours after call completion through 11:59 p.m. Eastern time April 20, 2018 by dialing 855-859-2056 from within the U.S. or 404-537-3406 from outside the U.S. and entering the conference identification number 2764067.
Avenova is an eye care product formulated with our proprietary, stable and pure form of hypochlorous acid. It has proven in laboratory testing to have broad antimicrobial properties as a preservative in solution as it removes foreign material including microorganisms and debris from the skin on the eyelids and lashes without burning or stinging. Avenova is marketed to optometrists and ophthalmologists throughout the U.S. by NovaBay’s direct salesforce. It is accessible from more than 90% of retail pharmacies in the U.S. through agreements with McKesson Corporation, Cardinal Health and AmerisourceBergen.
About NovaBay Pharmaceuticals, Inc.: Going Beyond Antibiotics®
NovaBay Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is a biopharmaceutical company focusing on commercializing and developing its non-antibiotic anti-infective products to address the unmet therapeutic needs of the global, topical anti-infective market with its two distinct product categories: the NEUTROX® family of products and the AGANOCIDE® compounds. The Neutrox family of products includes AVENOVA® for the eye care market, NEUTROPHASE® for wound care market, and CELLERX® for the aesthetic dermatology market. The Aganocide compounds, still under development, have target applications in the dermatology and urology markets.
This release contains forward-looking statements that are based upon management’s current expectations, assumptions, estimates, projections and beliefs. These statements include, but are not limited to, statements regarding our business strategies and future focus, our estimated future revenue, and generally the Company’s expected future financial results. Forward-looking statements can be identified with words like (and variations of): “believe,” and “expect.” These statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause actual results or achievements to be materially different and adverse from those expressed in or implied by the forward-looking statements. Factors that might cause or contribute to such differences include, but are not limited to, risks and uncertainties relating to difficulties or delays in manufacturing, distributing, and selling the Company’s products, unexpected adverse side effects or inadequate therapeutic efficacy of our product, the uncertainty of patent protection for the Company’s intellectual property, and any potential regulatory problems. Other risks relating to NovaBay’s business, including risks that could cause results to differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements in this press release, are detailed in NovaBay’s latest Form 10-K filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, especially under the heading “Risk Factors.” The forward-looking statements in this release speak only as of this date, and NovaBay disclaims any intent or obligation to revise or update publicly any forward-looking statement except as required by law.
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