SANTA MONICA, Calif., Aug. 09, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Opiant Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (“Opiant”) (NASDAQ: OPNT), a specialty pharmaceutical company developing pharmacological treatments for addictions and drug overdose, today reported financial results for the quarter and six months ended June 30, 2018, and provided a corporate update.

“Opiant is in a strong position to execute its operating plan,” said Roger Crystal, M.D., Chief Executive Officer of Opiant. “As a leader in addiction and drug overdose with an approved product and others in development targeting several substantial markets with critical unmet needs, we are well-positioned to create significant long-term shareholder value. We have a growing royalty revenue stream from net sales of NARCAN® Nasal Spray for the treatment of opioid overdose by our commercial partner, Adapt Pharmaceuticals (“Adapt”), and our successful development of this product serves to de-risk our robust and advancing pipeline.”

“Importantly, we are supported by a strong financial profile, with cash of approximately $11.2 million at the end of the second quarter,” continued Dr. Crystal. “Beyond our balance sheet, we were recently awarded a grant of approximately $7.4 million from the National Institutes of Health’s (“NIH”) National Institute on Drug Abuse for the development of OPNT003, our lead product candidate. OPNT003, nasal nalmefene, is a long-acting opioid antagonist currently in development for the treatment of opioid overdose. We believe our financial resources are sufficient to fund the completion of a registration study for OPNT003, and the results from two Phase II studies for our other product candidates, OPNT001 for Bulimia Nervosa and OPNT002 for Alcohol Use Disorder.”

“We achieved significant sequential growth of over 70% in royalty revenue in the second quarter of 2018,” said David O’Toole, Chief Financial Officer of Opiant. “These results provide a strong foundation for potential further NARCAN® success in the second half of the year.”

Recent Corporate Highlights• Received first tranche of $500,000 from the previously awarded grant of approximately $7.4 million from the NIH’s National Institute on Drug Abuse for the development of OPNT003• Participated in multiple key industry conferences

-- American Society of Clinical Psychopharmacology 2018 Annual Meeting

- Phil Skolnick, Ph.D., Opiant’s Chief Scientific Officer, chaired a panel titled, “The Opioid Epidemic: Crisis and Solutions,” and Dr. Crystal served as a panelist

- Dr. Skolnick received the 2018 “Donald Klein Lifetime Achievement Award” for his contributions to the field of neuropsychopharmacology

-- BIO International Convention

- Dr. Crystal served as a panelist on “Biology of Pain and Addiction – Next Generation Treatments for Pain and Addiction”

• Recent national TV appearances, including ‘Fox and Friends’ and Fox Business Network’s “Mornings with Maria” – https://www.opiant.com/media/ • Appointed biotech and pharmaceutical industry veteran Richard J. Daly to Board of Directors

Financial Results for the Second Quarter Ended June 30, 2018For the three months ended June 30, 2018, Opiant recorded approximately $3.2 million in revenue, compared to $3.8 million during the corresponding period of 2017. For the three months ended June 30, 2018, Opiant recognized $3.1 million of royalty revenue from the license agreement between Opiant and Adapt for the sale of NARCAN® (naloxone hydrochloride) Nasal Spray. For the three months ended June 30, 2017, Opiant recognized $3.8 million of revenue from the sale to SWK of Opiant’s right to receive royalties arising from the sale, by Adapt, of NARCAN® Nasal Spray. This $3.8 million payment from SWK was a one-time payment as provided under the royalty monetization agreement between Opiant and SWK.

General and Administrative expenses for the three months ended June 30, 2018, were approximately $2.9 million, compared to $1.9 million in the comparable period of 2017. The increase was primarily due to a $0.7 million increase associated with stock-based compensation expense and a $0.3 million increase attributed to employee salaries and related expense, during the three months ended June 30, 2018, as compared to the three months ended June 30, 2017.

Research and development expenses for the three months ended June 30, 2018, were approximately $1.6 million, compared to approximately $1.4 million in the comparable period of 2017. The increase was primarily attributable to a $0.4 million increase in stock-based compensation expense and an increase of $0.3 million in personnel and related expense, partially offset by a $0.5 million reduction in third-party expenses associated with Opiant’s research and development programs.

Net loss for the three months ended June 30, 2018, was $1.4 million, or a loss of $0.52 per basic and diluted share, compared to net income of $0.2 million, or income of $0.12 per basic share and $0.11 per diluted share, for the comparable period of 2017.

Six Months Ended June 30, 2018 Financial ResultsFor the six months ended June 30, 2018, Opiant recorded approximately $4.9 million in revenue, compared $3.8 million in the corresponding period of 2017. During the six months ended June 30, 2018, Opiant recognized $4.7 million of royalty revenue from the license agreement between it and Adapt for the sale of NARCAN® (naloxone hydrochloride) Nasal Spray. During the six months ended June 30, 2017, Opiant recorded $3.8 million from the sale to SWK of Opiant’s right to receive royalties arising from the sale, by Adapt, of NARCAN® Nasal Spray. This $3.8 million payment from SWK was a one-time milestone payment, as provided under the royalty monetization agreement between Opiant and SWK.

General and administrative expenses for the six months ended June 30, 2018, were approximately $5.8 million, compared to $3.7 million for the six months ended June 30, 2017. The increase was primarily due to a $1.6 million increase associated with stock-based compensation expense, and $0.5 million increase in corporate overhead.

Research and development expenses for the six months ended June 30, 2018, were approximately $4.0 million, compared to $2.3 million in the comparable period of 2017. The increase was primarily attributable to a $0.7 million increase in stock-based compensation expense, a $0.6 million increase in personnel and related expense, and a $0.4 million increase in third-party expenses associated with Opiant’s research and development programs.

License fees for the six months ended June 30, 2018, were $5.6 million. The license fees relate to Opiant’s obligations under the License Agreement with Adapt. There were no license fees for the six months ended June 30, 2017.

Net loss for the six months ended June 30, 2018, was $10.7 million, or a loss of $4.11 per basic and diluted share, compared to a net loss of $2.6 million, or a loss of $1.27 per basic and diluted share, for the comparable period of 2017. The significant increase in net loss for the six months ended June 30, 2018, compared to the same period in 2017, was primarily due to the non-recurring license fee of $5.6 million paid to Adapt.

At June 30, 2018, Opiant had cash and cash equivalents of approximately $11.2 million, compared to approximately $8.1 million at December 31, 2017.

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About Opiant Pharmaceuticals, Inc.Opiant Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is a specialty pharmaceutical company developing pharmacological treatments for addictions and drug overdose. The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), a component of the NIH, describes addictive disorders as chronic relapsing brain diseases which burden society at both the individual and community levels. With its innovative opioid antagonist nasal delivery technology, Opiant is positioned to become a leader in these treatment markets. Opiant's first drug overdose product, NARCAN® Nasal Spray, is approved for marketing in the U.S. and Canada by its partner, Adapt Pharmaceuticals. For more information please visit: www.opiant.com.

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Opiant Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets (in thousands, except shares and per share amounts) As of June As of 30, December 31, 2018 2017 - ------- - - ------- - Assets (unaudited) Current Assets Cash & cash Equivalents $ 11,245 $ 8,116 Accounts receivable 2,970 11,697 Deferred financing costs - 209 Prepaid expenses and other current assets 560 733 - ------- - - ------- - Total Current Assets 14,775 20,755 Long-term Assets Computer equipment, net - 1 Patents and patent applications, net 16 17 - ------- - - ------- - Total Assets $ 14,791 $ 20,773 - ------- - - ------- - Liabilities and stockholders' equity Current Liabilities Accounts payable and accrued expenses $ 2,195 $ 3,157 Accrued salaries & wages 643 713 Royalty payable 735 1,408 Deferred revenue 760 379 - ------- - - ------- - Total Current Liabilities 4,333 5,657 Long-Term Liabilities Deferred revenue 2,083 2,116 Total Long-Term Liabilities 2,083 2,116 - ------- - - ------- - Total Liabilities 6,416 7,773 Stockholders' equity Common stock, $0.001 par value, 200,000,000 shares authorized, 2,711,645 and 2,535,766 shares issued and outstanding at June 30, 2018 and December 31, 2017, respectively 3 2 Additional paid-in-capital 72,338 66,223 Accumulated deficit (63,966 ) (53,225 ) - ------- - - ------- - Total stockholders' equity 8,375 13,000 - ------- - - ------- - Total liabilities and stockholders' $ 14,791 $ 20,773 equity - ------- - - ------- -

Opiant Pharmaceuticals Inc. Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations (in thousands, except shares and per share amounts) (unaudited) Three months ended Six months ended June 30, June 30, -------------------------- ---------------------------- 2018 2017 2018 2017 - --------- - - --------- - --------- - - --------- - Revenues Royalty & licensing revenue $ 3,053 $ 3,750 $ 4,702 $ 3,750 Treatment investment revenue 53 22 107 33 Grant revenue 44 - 44 - - --------- - - --------- - --------- - - --------- - Total Revenue 3,150 3,772 4,853 3,783 Operating Expenses General and administrative 2,857 1,850 5,822 3,708 Research and development 1,616 1,383 4,036 2,272 License fees - - 5,625 - Selling expenses - 328 - 413 - --------- - - --------- - --------- - - --------- - Total expenses 4,473 3,561 15,483 6,393 - --------- - - --------- - --------- - - --------- - Income (loss) from operations (1,323 ) 211 (10,630 ) (2,610 ) Other income (expense) Interest income 6 12 11 21 Loss on settlement of (50 ) - (50 ) - liability Gain (loss) on foreign (30 ) 16 (38 ) 31 exchange - --------- - - --------- - --------- - - --------- - Total other income (expense) (74 ) 28 (77 ) 52 - --------- - - --------- - --------- - - --------- - Income (loss) before provision for income (1,397 ) 239 (10,707 ) (2,558 ) taxes Provision for income taxes - - (33 ) - - --------- - - --------- - --------- - - --------- - Net income (loss) $ (1,397 ) $ 239 $ (10,740 ) $ (2,558 ) - --------- - - --------- - --------- - - --------- - Net income (loss) per common share Basic $ (0.52 ) $ 0.12 $ (4.11 ) $ (1.27 ) - --------- - - --------- - --------- - - --------- - Diluted $ (0.52 ) $ 0.11 $ (4.11 ) $ (1.27 ) - --------- - - --------- - --------- - - --------- - Weighted-average common shares outstanding: Basic 2,679,910 2,020,380 2,611,245 2,015,192 - --------- - - --------- - --------- - - --------- - Diluted 2,679,910 2,144,921 2,611,245 2,015,192 - --------- - - --------- - --------- - - --------- -