NEW YORK, Aug. 09, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Fortress Biotech, Inc. (NASDAQ: FBIO) (“Fortress”), a biopharmaceutical company dedicated to acquiring, developing and commercializing novel pharmaceutical and biotechnology products, today announced financial results and recent corporate highlights for the second quarter ended June 30, 2018.

Lindsay A. Rosenwald, M.D., Fortress’ Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, said, “During the second quarter, our Fortress Company subsidiaries reported significant value-driving milestones, including positive Phase 3 data from Avenue Therapeutics’ IV tramadol, which, if approved, would be the only Schedule IV intravenous opioid in the U.S. and could replace highly addictive Schedule II narcotics in many patients with moderate to moderately severe postoperative pain. Additionally, Cyprium Therapeutics was granted FDA Fast Track Designation for its CUTX-101 Copper Histidinate injection in patients with Menkes disease, a rare pediatric disease with no FDA-approved treatments. Also during the quarter, Mustang Bio expanded its infrastructure with the launch of a proprietary 27,000 sq. ft. CAR T cell manufacturing facility that will enable us to oversee product safety from needle-to-needle and help improve supply chain efficiencies from clinical development into commercialization.”

Dr. Rosenwald continued, “We believe in the value proposition represented by our company and strive to protect the best interests of our shareholders and those of our subsidiaries. As we continue to build long-term value, our novel and efficient business model provides benefits for all stakeholders and offers unique synergies not typical of traditional biopharma companies.”

Financial Results:

-- As of June 30, 2018, Fortress’ consolidated cash, cash equivalents, short-term investments (certificates of deposit), cash deposits with clearing organizations and restricted cash totaled $151.8 million, compared to $168.3 million as of December 31, 2017, a decrease of $16.5 million year-to-date. -- Net revenue totaled $63.8 million for the second quarter of 2018, compared to $50.7 million for the second quarter of 2017. Total revenue as of June 30, 2018, includes $6.8 million of Fortress revenue, primarily from the sale of Journey Medical Corporation products, and $57.0 million of revenue from National Holdings Corporation1 (“National Holdings”). Total revenue as of June 30, 2017, included $4.4 million of Fortress revenue and $46.3 million of revenue from National Holdings. -- Research and development expenses were $17.5 million for the second quarter of 2018, of which $15.1 million was related to Fortress Companies. This compares to $11.7 million for the second quarter of 2017, of which $9.5 million was related to Fortress Companies. Non-cash, stock-based compensation expenses included in research and development were $0.8 million for the second quarter of 2018, compared to $2.4 million for the second quarter of 2017. -- Research and development expenses from license acquisitions were nominal for the second quarter of 2018, compared to $1.8 million for the second quarter of 2017. -- General and administrative expenses were $13.1 million for the second quarter of 2018, of which $7.7 million was related to Fortress Companies. This compares to $11.1 million for the second quarter of 2017, of which $6.6 million was related to Fortress Companies. Non-cash, stock-based compensation expenses included in general and administrative expenses were $2.4 million for the second quarter of 2018, compared to $2.2 million for the second quarter of 2017. -- National Holdings’ operating expenses totaled $56.2 million for the second quarter of 2018, compared to $48.4 million for the second quarter of 2017. -- Net loss attributable to common stockholders was $21.6 million, or $0.50 per share, for the second quarter of 2018, compared to a net loss attributable to common stockholders of $17.4 million, or $0.43 per share, for the second quarter of 2017. For the first six months of 2018, net loss was $42.6 million or $0.99 per share, compared to $29.3 million or $0.73 per share in the first six months of 2017.

Recent Fortress and Fortress Company Highlights:

Fortress Biotech, Inc.

-- In June 2018, data from a Phase 1 trial evaluating Fortress’ CNDO-109-activated allogeneic natural killer (NK) cells in acute myeloid leukemia (AML) patients were published in the journal Biology of Blood and Marrow Transplantation. The data demonstrated that CNDO-109-activated NK cells are safe, well tolerated and may be capable of extending complete remissions in high-risk AML patients.

Aevitas Therapeutics, Inc.

-- In August 2018, Aevitas announced that it entered a sponsored research agreement with the laboratory of Wenchao Song, Ph.D., at the University of Pennsylvania to evaluate Aevitas’ adeno-associated virus (“AAV”) gene therapy technology in Penn’s proprietary animal models of complement-mediated diseases.

Avenue Therapeutics, Inc.

-- In May 2018, Avenue announced that its first pivotal Phase 3 trial of IV tramadol achieved the primary endpoint of a statistically significant improvement in Sum of Pain Intensity Difference over 48 hours (SPID48) compared to placebo in patients with moderate to moderately severe postoperative pain following bunionectomy surgery. In addition, the trial met its key secondary endpoints and demonstrated a clear dose response. Avenue plans to initiate a second pivotal Phase 3 trial of IV tramadol in patients following abdominoplasty surgery in the second half of 2018.

Caelum Biosciences, Inc.

-- In June 2018, Caelum announced a complete analysis of cardiac data from a Phase 1b trial of CAEL-101 (mAb 11-1F4) for the treatment of relapsed or refractory amyloid light chain (“AL”) amyloidosis demonstrating CAEL-101’s potential to improve myocardial function as assessed by global longitudinal strain and generate a sustained decrease in N-terminal pro-brain natriuretic peptide levels in AL amyloidosis patients experiencing cardiac involvement. The data were presented by Columbia University at the American Society of Echocardiography 29th Annual Scientific Sessions.

Checkpoint Therapeutics, Inc.

-- In April 2018, preclinical data was presented on Checkpoint’s BET inhibitor, CK-103, at the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Annual Meeting. CK-103 demonstrated combinatorial effects in an in vivo model with anti-PD-1 antibodies, which may support the development of CK-103 as an anti-cancer agent alone and in combination with Checkpoint’s anti-PD-L1 antibody CK-301.

Cyprium Therapeutics, Inc.

-- In July 2018, Cyprium announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted Fast Track Designation to CUTX-101, a product candidate for patients diagnosed with classic Menkes disease who have not demonstrated significant clinical progression.

Mustang Bio, Inc.

-- In May 2018, Mustang announced the publication of preclinical data in JCI Insight demonstrating that glioblastoma‐targeted CD4+ CAR T cells mediate superior antitumor activity over CD8+ CAR T cells. The data, published by research partner City of Hope, will be applied in the ongoing Phase 1 trial of Mustang’s IL13Rα2‐specific CAR T MB‐101 in glioblastoma. -- In June 2018, Mustang opened a proprietary CAR T cell therapy manufacturing facility at UMass Medicine Science Park in Worcester, Mass. The facility will support the clinical development and commercialization of Mustang’s CAR T product candidates and enable proprietary cell therapy research. -- Also in June 2018, Mustang was added to the Russell 2000®, 3000® and Microcap® Indexes. -- In July 2018, Mustang completed a pre-Investigational New Drug (pre-IND) meeting with the FDA for MB-102 (CD123 CAR T). Based on the meeting, Mustang expects to file an IND in the fourth quarter of 2018 to support a Phase 1/2 trial of MB-102 in AML, blastic plasmacytoid dendritic cell neoplasm and high-risk myelodysplastic syndrome.

About Fortress BiotechFortress is a biopharmaceutical company dedicated to acquiring, developing and commercializing novel pharmaceutical and biotechnology products. Fortress develops and commercializes products both within Fortress and through certain subsidiary companies, also known as Fortress Companies. In addition to its internal development programs, Fortress leverages its biopharmaceutical business expertise and drug development capabilities and provides funding and management services to help the Fortress Companies achieve their goals. Fortress and the Fortress Companies may seek licensing arrangements, acquisitions, partnerships, joint ventures and/or public and private financings to accelerate and provide additional funding to support their research and development programs. For more information, visit www.fortressbiotech.com.

Forward-Looking StatementsThis press release may contain “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Such statements include, but are not limited to, any statements relating to our growth strategy and product development programs and any other statements that are not historical facts. Forward-looking statements are based on management’s current expectations and are subject to risks and uncertainties that could negatively affect our business, operating results, financial condition and stock price. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those currently anticipated include: risks relating to our growth strategy; our ability to obtain, perform under and maintain financing and strategic agreements and relationships; risks relating to the results of research and development activities; uncertainties relating to preclinical and clinical testing; risks relating to the timing of starting and completing clinical trials; our dependence on third-party suppliers; our ability to attract, integrate and retain key personnel; the early stage of products under development; our need for substantial additional funds; government regulation; patent and intellectual property matters; competition; as well as other risks described in our SEC filings. We expressly disclaim any obligation or undertaking to release publicly any updates or revisions to any forward-looking statements contained herein to reflect any change in our expectations or any changes in events, conditions or circumstances on which any such statement is based, except as may be required by law.

Company Contact:Jaclyn JaffeFortress Biotech, Inc.(781) 652-4500 ir@fortressbiotech.com

Investor Relations Contact:Jeremy FefferManaging Director, LifeSci Advisors, LLC(212) 915-2568 jeremy@lifesciadvisors.com

Media Relations Contact:Laura Bagby6 Degrees(312) 448-8098 lbagby@6degreespr.com

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[1] Fortress acquired approximately 56 percent of National Holdings in September 2016.

FORTRESS BIOTECH, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets ($ in thousands except for share and per share amounts) June 30, December 31, 2018 2017 --------- - --------- - (Unaudited ) ASSETS Current assets Cash and cash equivalents $ 98,591 $ 113,915 Accounts receivable 5,321 7,758 Short-term investments (certificates of deposit) 35,000 36,002 Cash deposits with clearing organizations 836 1,041 Receivables from broker-dealers and clearing organizations 11,412 7,395 Forgivable loans receivable 1,598 1,616 Securities owned, at fair value 3,812 1,985 Inventory 299 171 Other receivables - related party 775 618 Prepaid expenses and other current assets 13,880 12,680 --------- - --------- - Total current assets 171,524 183,181 Property and equipment, net 14,163 9,513 Restricted cash 17,389 17,387 Long-term investments, at fair value 565 1,390 Intangible assets 13,614 15,223 Goodwill 18,645 18,645 Other assets 966 611 - - Total assets $ 236,866 $ 245,950 - ------- - - ------- - LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY Current liabilities Accounts payable and accrued expenses $ 38,126 $ 36,127 Accounts payable and accrued expenses - related party 73 222 Accrued commissions and payroll payable 10,652 10,065 Deferred clearing and marketing credits 681 786 Securities sold, not yet purchased, at fair value 8 151 Warrants issued - National - 5,597 Interest payable 1,143 887 Interest payable - related party 94 97 Notes payable, short-term (net of debt discount of $0 and $973 at June 30, 2018 and December 31, 2017, - 8,528 respectively) Subsidiary convertible note, short-term, at fair value 10,573 4,700 Deferred revenue 650 - Derivative warrant liability - 87 Other current liabilities 158 181 - - Total current liabilities 62,158 67,428 Notes payable, long-term (net of debt discount of $1,035 and $62 at June 30, 2018 and December 31, 2017, 73,456 43,222 respectively) Subsidiary convertible note, long-term, at fair value - 10,059 Other long-term liabilities 4,987 4,739 - - Total liabilities 140,601 125,448 --------- - --------- - Commitments and contingencies Stockholders' equity Preferred stock, $.001 par value, 15,000,000 authorized, 5,000,000 designated Series A shares 1,000,000 shares 1 1 issued and outstanding as of June 30, 2018 and December 31, 2017; liquidation value of $25.00 per share Common stock, $.001 par value, 100,000,000 shares authorized, 53,987,074 and 50,991,285 shares issued and 54 51 outstanding as of June 30, 2018 and December 31, 2017, respectively Common stock issuable, 259,813 and 158,015 shares as of June 30, 2018 and December 776 500 31, 2017, respectively Additional paid-in-capital 397,858 364,148 Accumulated deficit (354,756 ) (312,127 ) --------- - --------- - Total stockholders' equity attributed to the Company 43,933 52,573 Non-controlling interests 52,332 67,929 - --------- - Total stockholders' equity 96,265 120,502 --------- - --------- - Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $ 236,866 $ 245,950 - ------- - - ------- -

FORTRESS BIOTECH, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations ($ in thousands except for share and per share amounts) (Unaudited) Three Months Ended Six Months Ended June June 30, 30, ---------------------- - ---------------------- - 2018 2017 2018 2017 --------- - --------- - --------- - --------- - Revenue Fortress Product revenue, net $ 6,689 $ 4,054 $ 12,198 $ 6,139 Revenue - from a related party 126 350 520 1,043 --------- - --------- - --------- - --------- - Net Fortress revenue 6,815 4,404 12,718 7,182 National Commissions 31,407 23,993 57,025 48,499 Net dealer inventory gains 2,929 2,366 5,119 4,877 Investment banking 11,037 10,592 23,741 17,653 Investment advisory 5,197 3,490 10,530 6,875 Interest and dividends 601 675 1,232 1,391 Transfer fees and clearing services 1,777 1,687 4,074 4,185 Tax preparation and accounting 3,868 3,144 4,391 4,000 Other 203 346 429 717 Total National revenue 57,019 46,293 106,541 88,197 Net revenue 63,834 50,697 119,259 95,379 --------- - --------- - --------- - --------- - Operating expenses Fortress Cost of goods sold - product revenue 1,668 878 3,140 1,347 Research and development 17,488 11,683 42,446 18,793 Research and development – licenses acquired 1 1,800 98 3,094 General and administrative 13,056 11,134 26,604 21,386 Total Fortress operating expenses 32,213 25,495 72,288 44,620 National Commissions, compensation and fees 49,345 41,762 92,906 79,020 Clearing fees 578 618 1,321 1,356 Communications 813 682 1,573 1,404 Occupancy 1,141 936 2,096 1,944 Licenses and registration 530 427 1,167 832 Professional fees 578 991 1,971 2,254 Interest 2 4 4 8 Underwriting costs 42 - 187 - Depreciation and amortization 857 500 1,716 1,006 Other administrative expenses 2,332 2,475 4,113 3,705 Total National operating expenses 56,218 48,395 107,054 91,529 Total operating expenses 88,431 73,890 179,342 136,149 --------- - --------- - --------- - --------- - Loss from operations (24,597 ) (23,193 ) (60,083 ) (40,770 ) Other income (expenses) Interest income 294 190 572 326 Interest expense and financing fee (2,144 ) (1,380 ) (4,227 ) (2,078 ) Change in fair value of derivative liabilities (6,866 ) 1,452 (7,931 ) 5,794 Change in fair value of subsidiary convertible note (140 ) (188 ) 110 (285 ) Change in fair value of investments (707 ) 157 (825 ) (511 ) Other loss (118 ) 13 (112 ) 13 Total other (expenses) income (9,681 ) 244 (12,413 ) 3,259 --------- - --------- - --------- - --------- - Loss before income taxes (34,278 ) (22,949 ) (72,496 ) (37,511 ) Income tax expense 1,438 - 1,438 - --------- - --------- - --------- - --------- - Net loss (35,716 ) (22,949 ) (73,934 ) (37,511 ) Less: net loss attributable to non-controlling interests (14,105 ) (5,584 ) (31,305 ) (8,164 ) Net loss attributable to common stockholders $ (21,611 ) $ (17,365 ) $ (42,629 ) $ (29,347 ) - ------- - - ------- - - ------- - - ------- - Basic and diluted net loss per common share $ (0.50 ) $ (0.43 ) $ (0.99 ) $ (0.73 ) - ------- - - ------- - - ------- - - ------- - Weighted average common shares outstanding—basic and 43,377,629 40,551,844 42,948,780 40,457,524 diluted --------- - --------- - --------- - --------- -