SAN RAMON, Calif., May 15, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- SteadyMed Ltd. (Nasdaq:STDY), a specialty pharmaceutical company focused on the development of drug product candidates to treat orphan and high-value diseases with unmet parenteral delivery needs, today provided a corporate update and announced its financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2018.

Summary Corporate Update:

-- On April 29, 2018, SteadyMed and United Therapeutics Corporation (NASDAQ:UTHR) entered into a definitive merger agreement under which United Therapeutics will acquire SteadyMed for $4.46 per share in cash at closing and an additional $2.63 per share in cash upon the achievement of a milestone related to the commercialization of Trevyent®. The transaction, including the $75 million in contingent consideration, is valued at $216 million. -- The validation and verification work on our lead drug product candidate Trevyent®,, which is in development for the treatment of Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension (PAH), is ongoing; the Trevyent NDA remains on track for resubmission to the FDA before the end of 2018. -- In March 2018, SteadyMed received a notice of allowance for U.S. Patent Application No. 14/456,416. The patent provides broad coverage for our PatchPump Drug Delivery Device, including its ECell displacement generating battery and prefilled drug reservoir.

“We are pleased that our progress towards NDA re-submission for Trevyent is on track for later this year,” said Jonathan Rigby, President and Chief Executive Officer of SteadyMed. “In addition, we believe that the proposed merger with United Therapeutics will help us realize our commitment to bring Trevyent to market to improve the lives of patients with PAH.”

First Quarter 2018 Financial Results Compared to First Quarter 2017 Financial Results

SteadyMed recorded no licensing revenues in the first quarter of 2018, compared to revenues of $315,000 in the first quarter of 2017. In the fourth quarter 2017, SteadyMed completed the recognition of revenue associated with the $3 million upfront payment received from Cardiome in 2015.

For the first quarter ended March 31, 2018, SteadyMed reported a net loss of $10.4 million, or $0.39 per share, compared to a net loss of $18.6 million, or $0.92 per share for the first quarter ended March 31, 2017. The current quarter's calculation of loss per share is based on 26,572,719 weighted-average shares outstanding compared to 20,139,826 shares outstanding in the prior-year period.

Total operating expenses for the first quarter ended March 31, 2018 were $6.1 million, compared to $6.0 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2017. The increase in operating expenses was primarily attributable to an increase in general and administrative (G&A) expenses offset by decreases in research and development (R&D) expenses and sales and marketing (S&M) expenses.

R&D expenses for the first quarter of 2018 were $3.9 million, compared to $4.1 million for the first quarter of 2017. The decrease in R&D expenses was primarily due to a decrease in use of sub-contractor services, and materials for Trevyent and our other development programs.

G&A expenses for the first quarter of 2018 were $2.0 million, compared to $1.3 million for the first quarter of 2017. The increase in G&A expenses was primarily due to an increase in legal expenses related to the recently-announced merger agreement with United Therapeutics.

S&M expenses for the first quarter of 2018 were $0.1 million compared to $0.6 million for the first quarter of 2017. The decrease in S&M was primarily due to decreases in consulting fees and salary expenses associated with the scaling back of the pre-commercialization plan for Trevyent in response to the refusal to file letter from the FDA for the Trevyent NDA.

In the first quarter of 2018, the Company recorded $4.2 million in financial expense, primarily as a result of the change in the fair value of the warrants issued in the April 2017 and August 2016 private placements compared to $12.7 million in financial expense for the first quarter of 2017 primarily as a result of the change in the fair value of the warrants issued in the August 2016 private placement.

As of March 31, 2018, SteadyMed had cash and cash equivalents of $26.6 million.

About SteadyMed

SteadyMed Ltd. is a specialty pharmaceutical company focused on the development of drug products to treat orphan and high value diseases with unmet parenteral delivery needs. The company's lead drug product candidate is Trevyent®, a development stage drug product that combines SteadyMed's PatchPump® technology with treprostinil, a vasodilatory prostacyclin analogue to treat pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH). SteadyMed intends to commercialize Trevyent in the U.S. and has signed an exclusive license and supply agreement with Cardiome Pharma Corp. for the commercialization of Trevyent in Europe, Canada and the Middle East. SteadyMed has offices in San Ramon, California and Rehovot, Israel. For additional information about SteadyMed please visit www.steadymed.com.

Forward Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements include, among others, statements about the company's ability to advance its development-stage product candidates, including Trevyent, statements about the potential benefits of our development-stage product candidates and our PatchPump technology, statements about the potential benefits of orphan drug designation, and statements about our ability to obtain and maintain regulatory approval of our development-stage product candidates. Forward-looking statements reflect the company's current views with respect to certain current and future events and are subject to various risks, uncertainties and assumptions that could cause actual results to differ materially. Risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, the risk that Trevyent does not demonstrate clinical superiority to existing parenteral treprostinil products, that Trevyent is not approved for commercialization by the FDA, that Trevyent is not granted orphan drug exclusivity, and the risk that drug development involves a lengthy and expensive process with uncertain outcome. The risks, uncertainties and assumptions referred to above are discussed in detail in our reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q filed on May 15, 2018. The company does not undertake to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances that may arise after the date hereof except as may be required by law.

Contacts:Marylyn RigbySenior Director, Investor Relations and Marketing925-272-4999 mrigby@steadymed.com

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF COMPREHENSIVE LOSS ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ U.S. dollars in thousands(except share data) Three months ended March 31, -------------------------- 2018 2017 ------------ ------------ Unaudited -------------------------- Licensing Revenues $ 0 $ 315 Operating expenses: Research and development $ 3,921 $ 4,101 Sales and marketing 136 588 General and administrative 2,023 1,316 - ---------- - ---------- Total operating expenses 6,080 6,005 - ---------- - ---------- Total operating loss 6,080 5,690 Financial expense, net 4,159 12,721 - ---------- - ---------- Loss before taxes on income 10,239 18,411 Taxes on income 116 148 - ---------- - ---------- Net loss $ 10,355 $ 18,559 - ---------- - ---------- Net loss per share: Basic and diluted net loss per Ordinary Share $ 0.39 $ 0.92 - ---------- - ---------- Weighted average number of Ordinary Shares used in 26,572,719 20,139,826 computing basic and diluted net loss per share - ---------- - ----------

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS ------------------------------------------------------------------ U.S. dollars in thousands March December 31, 31, 2018 2017 -------- Unaudited -------- Assets: Cash and cash equivalents $ 26,639 $ 32,453 Property and equipment, net 5,798 5,307 Other assets 728 731 -------- -------- Total assets $ 33,165 $ 38,491 - ------ - ------ Liabilities and shareholders' equity (deficit): Current liabilities 3,190 2,756 Liability related to warrants 15,544 11,343 Other non-current liabilities 596 581 Shareholders' equity 13,835 23,811 -------- - ------ Total liabilities and shareholders' equity $ 33,165 $ 38,491 - ------ - ------