October 22, 2015

Cempra Reports Third Quarter 2015 Financial Results and Provides Corporate Update

Management to Host Webcast and Conference Call Today at 8:00 a.m. EDT

CHAPEL HILL, N.C., Oct. 22, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Cempra, Inc. (Nasdaq:CEMP), a clinical-stage pharmaceutical company focused on developing antibiotics to meet critical medical needs in the treatment of bacterial infectious diseases, today reported financial results for the quarter ended September 30, 2015 and provided an update on recent corporate developments. The company will host a webcast and conference call today at 8:00 a.m. EDT.

Third Quarter 2015 and Recent Corporate Highlights

  • Last week, Cempra announced positive top line results from a global, pivotal Phase 3 clinical trial of intravenous (IV) to oral solithromycin (Solitaire-IV) in the treatment of patients with community-acquired bacterial pneumonia (CABP). Intravenous solithromycin met the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) primary objective of statistical non-inferiority in the intent-to-treat (ITT, all randomized patients) population compared to intravenous moxifloxacin at the early clinical response (ECR, 72 [-12/+36] hours after initiation of therapy). Solithromycin was well tolerated relative to the known effects of older macrolide antibiotics. Solithromycin oral and IV products have already been designated a qualified infectious disease product (QIDP) and will receive priority review. A rolling new drug application (NDA) submission to the FDA is expected to begin later in the fourth quarter of 2015 for solithromycin IV and oral capsules in the treatment of CABP with completion during the first half of 2016. The European Medicines Agency (EMA) submission also is expected to be completed in the first half of 2016.
     
  • In August, the FDA granted Fast Track designation for solithromycin intravenous and capsules for the treatment of CABP. Drugs with the Fast Track are allowed to submit completed sections of their NDA on a rolling basis to expedite eventual review completion.
     
  • In September, the FDA granted QIDP designation to Taksta™ (CEM-102, sodium fusidate, the sodium salt of fusidic acid), Cempra's investigational antibiotic product candidate. The designation is for Taksta oral tablets for the indication of acute bacterial skin and skin structure infections (ABSSSI). The QIDP designation provides certain incentives for the development of new anti-infectives, including eligibility for priority review, the FDA's Fast Track program, and a potential five-year extension of exclusivity under the Hatch-Waxman Act.

"Cempra's successful achievement of the completion of two solithromycin Phase 3 clinical trials, with intravenous and oral capsule formulations in the treatment of CABP, is a profound accomplishment for our company and we are planning to begin a rolling submission of our NDA to the FDA later this quarter," said Prabhavathi Fernandes, Ph.D., president and chief executive officer of Cempra. Our Phase 3 clinical trial with Taksta in patients with acute bacterial skin and skin structure infections is expected to begin enrolling patients during the first half of 2016."

Upcoming Expected Clinical Development Milestones

Solithromycin

  • Solitaire-U: Patient enrollment for Phase 3 expected to complete by the end of 2015.
  • Solithromycin pediatric: Patient enrollment for Phase 1b continues.
  • Enrollment Phase 2/3 pivotal trial in pediatric patients is expected to initiate in Q1 2016.
  • Phase 2 trial in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is ongoing.
  • Phase 2 trial in nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) is ongoing.

Taksta

  •  Cempra expects to initiate a Phase 3 trial in ABSSSI by the end of 2015.

Financial Results for the Three and Nine Months Ended September 30, 2015

For the quarter ended September 30, 2015, Cempra reported a net loss of $27.6 million, or $0.63 per share, compared to a net loss of $11.4 million, or $0.34 per share, for the third quarter in 2014. Research and development expense in the third quarter of 2015 was $23.5 million, an increase of 50% compared to the same quarter in 2014. The higher R&D expense was primarily due to the order of active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) necessary to support the launch of solithromycin as we begin our commercial readiness activities and initial startup activities for the Taksta clinical trials. General and administrative expense was $5.8 million, a 100% increase compared to the quarter ended September 30, 2014, driven primarily by early pre-commercialization costs and increased headcount as the company begins to plan for commercialization.

For the nine months ended September 30, 2015, Cempra reported a net loss of $70.0 million, or $1.61 per share, compared to a net loss of $44.8 million, or $1.34 per share, for the nine months ended September 30, 2014. Research and development expense was $73.3 million, an increase of 55% compared to the nine months ended September 30, 2014. The increase was primarily due to the order of API necessary to support the planned launch of solithromycin as we begin our commercial readiness activities and initial startup activities for the Taksta clinical trials. General and administrative expense was $16.2 million, an 88% increase compared to the nine months ended September 30, 2014, driven primarily by early pre-commercialization costs and increased headcount as the company begins to plan for commercialization.

As of September 30, 2015, Cempra had cash and equivalents of $182.0 million and 44.0 million shares outstanding.

Conference Call and Webcast

Cempra management will host a webcast and conference call regarding this announcement at 8:00 a.m. EDT today. The live call may be accessed by dialing (877) 377-7553 for domestic callers and (253) 237-1151 for international callers and using conference ID # 58583734. A live webcast of the call will be available from the investor relations section of the company website at www.cempra.com, and will be archived there for 30 days. A telephone replay of the call will be available by dialing (855) 859-2056 for domestic callers, or (404) 537-3406 for international callers, and entering the conference ID # 58583734.

About Cempra, Inc.

Cempra, Inc. is a clinical-stage pharmaceutical company focused on developing antibiotics to meet critical medical needs in the treatment of bacterial infectious diseases. Cempra's two lead product candidates are currently in advanced clinical development. Solithromycin (CEM-101) has successfully completed two Phase 3 clinical trials for community-acquired bacterial pneumonia (CABP) and is licensed to strategic commercial partner Toyama Chemical Co., Ltd., a subsidiary of FUJIFILM Holdings Corporation, for certain exclusive rights in Japan. Solithromycin is also in a Phase 3 clinical trial for uncomplicated bacterial urethritis caused by Neisseria gonorrhoeae and chlamydia. Cempra is contracted with BARDA for the development of solithromycin for pediatric use. Three formulations, intravenous, oral capsules and a suspension formulation are in a Phase 1b trial in children from birth to 17 years of age. Taksta™ is Cempra's second product candidate, which is being developed for acute bacterial skin and skin structure Infections (ABSSSI) and is also expected to be tested in an exploratory study for chronic oral treatment of refractory infections in bones and joints. Both products seek to address the need for new treatments targeting drug-resistant bacterial infections in the hospital and in the community. Cempra has also synthesized novel macrolides for non-antibiotic uses such as the treatment of chronic inflammatory diseases, endocrine diseases and gastric motility disorders. Cempra was founded in 2006 and is headquartered in Chapel Hill, N.C. For additional information about Cempra please visit www.cempra.com.

Please Note: This press release contains forward-looking statements regarding future events. These statements are just predictions and are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause the actual events or results to differ materially. These risks and uncertainties include, among others: our and our strategic commercial partners' ability to obtain FDA and foreign regulatory approval of our product candidates; our ability to commercialize and launch, whether on our own or with a strategic partner, any product candidate that receives regulatory approval; the costs, sources of funds, timing, regulatory review and results of our studies and clinical trials and those of our strategic commercial partners; our need to obtain additional funding and our ability to obtain future funding on acceptable terms; our anticipated capital expenditures and our estimates regarding our capital requirements; the unpredictability of the size of the markets for, and market acceptance of, any of our products, including solithromycin and Taksta; our ability to produce and sell any approved products and the price we are able to realize for those products; our ability to retain and hire necessary employees and to staff our operations appropriately; the possible impairment of, or inability to obtain, intellectual property rights and the costs of obtaining such rights from third parties; our ability to compete in our industry; our dependence on the success of solithromycin and Taksta; innovation by our competitors; and our ability to stay abreast of and comply with new or modified laws and regulations that currently apply or become applicable to our business. The reader is referred to the documents that we file from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

CEMPRA, INC.    
     
SELECTED FINANCIAL INFORMATION    
     
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets (in thousands)    
  September 30, December 31,
  2015 2014
Assets    
Current assets    
Cash and equivalents  182,017  99,113
Receivables  3,098  2,350
Prepaid expenses  1,376  3,388
Total current assets  186,491  104,851
Furniture, fixtures and equipment, net  104  113
Deposits  58  346
Total assets  186,653  105,310
Liabilities    
Current liabilities    
Accounts payable  14,919  11,894
Accrued expenses  1,470  1,002
Accrued payroll and benefits  1,956  1,596
Current portion of long-term debt  2,778  3,594
Total current liabilities  21,123  18,086
Deferred revenue  11,326  11,326
Long-term debt  16,929  14,878
Total liabilities  49,378  44,290
Commitments and Contingencies    
     
Shareholders' Equity (Deficit)    
Common stock  44  37
Additional paid-in capital  435,097  288,893
Deficit accumulated during the development stage  (297,866)  (227,910)
Total shareholders' equity  137,275  61,020
     
Total liabilities and shareholders' equity  186,653  105,310
     
Condensed Consolidated Statement of Operations    
(unaudited; in thousands, except loss per share data)    
  Three Months Ended Sept 30,
  2015 2014
Revenues  2,497  7,766
Operating Expenses    
R&D  23,541  15,653
G&A  5,848  2,853
Total Operating Expenses  29,389  18,506
     
Loss from operations  (26,892)  (10,740)
Other income (expense), net  (679)  (616)
     
Net loss and comprehensive loss  (27,571)  (11,356)
     
Net loss attributable to common shareholders  (27,571)  (11,356)
Basic and diluted net loss per share  (0.63)  (0.34)
Basic and diluted weighted average shares  43,911  33,588
     
Condensed Consolidated Statement of Operations    
(unaudited; in thousands, except loss per share data)    
  Nine Months Ended Sept 30,
  2015 2014
Revenues  21,514  12,746
Operating Expenses    
R&D  73,334  47,234
G&A  16,230  8,648
Total Operating Expenses  89,564  55,882
     
Loss from operations  (68,050)  (43,136)
Other income (expense), net  (1,906)  (1,618)
     
Net loss and comprehensive loss  (69,956)  (44,754)
     
Net loss attributable to common shareholders  (69,956)  (44,754)
Basic and diluted net loss per share  (1.61)  (1.34)
Basic and diluted weighted average shares  43,427  33,337
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