Avenue Therapeutics Reports Second Quarter 2018 Financial Results and Recent Corporate Highlights

Company reported positive Phase 3 data in patients with post-surgical pain following bunionectomy

Initiation of second pivotal Phase 3 trial expected in the second half of 2018

NEW YORK, Aug. 14, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Avenue Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: ATXI) (“Avenue”), a specialty pharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of intravenous (IV) tramadol, today reported financial results and recent corporate highlights for the second quarter ended June 30, 2018.

“In May, we reported that IV tramadol achieved primary and key secondary endpoints and demonstrated a clear dose response in a Phase 3 trial for the management of postoperative pain following bunionectomy surgery,” said Lucy Lu, M.D., Avenue’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “IV tramadol was well tolerated, with no reports of drug-related serious adverse events. IV tramadol has the potential to change the acute pain treatment paradigm by providing doctors with an option that can provide effective pain relief in place of Schedule II intravenous narcotics. Moreover, IV tramadol may play a key role in multimodal treatment regimens and enhance recovery, returning patients to baseline more quickly and leave the hospital sooner. We plan to initiate our second Phase 3 trial in the second half of this year that will evaluate IV tramadol in patients following abdominoplasty surgery.”

Financial Results:

  • Cash Position: As of June 30, 2018, Avenue’s cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments totaled $8.9 million, compared to $15.0 million at March 31, 2018, and $21.8 million at December 31, 2017, a decrease of $6.1 million in the quarter and a decrease of $12.9 million year to date. The decreases were primarily attributable to the continued Phase 3 development of IV tramadol.
  • R&D Expenses: Research and development expenses for the three months ended June 30, 2018, were $3.8 million, compared to $0.4 million for the same quarter in 2017. The $3.4 million increase was attributable to the completion of the Phase 3 trial of IV tramadol following bunionectomy surgery and to the ongoing Phase 3 safety trial of IV tramadol.
  • G&A Expenses: General and administrative expenses for the three months ended June 30, 2018, were $0.9 million, compared to $1.3 million for the same quarter in 2017. The $0.4 million decrease was primarily attributable to decreased stock compensation expense related to Avenue’s initial public offering in June 2017, and partially offset by increases in market research and personnel costs.
  • Net Loss: Net loss attributable to common stockholders for the three months ended June 30, 2018, was $4.7 million, or $0.45 per share, compared to a net loss of $2.4 million, or $0.70 per share, for the three months ended June 30, 2017.

About Avenue Therapeutics
Avenue Therapeutics, Inc. (“Avenue”), a Fortress Biotech (NASDAQ: FBIO) Company, is a specialty pharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of intravenous (IV) tramadol for the management of moderate to moderately severe postoperative pain. IV tramadol may fill a gap in the acute pain market between IV acetaminophen/NSAIDs and IV conventional narcotics. Avenue is currently evaluating IV tramadol in a pivotal Phase 3 program for the management of postoperative pain. Avenue is headquartered in New York City. For more information, visit www.avenuetx.com.  

About Fortress Biotech
Fortress Biotech, Inc. (“Fortress”) 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 of its 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 Statements
This 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, each 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 value. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those currently anticipated include: risks relating to our growth strategy; risks relating to the results of research and development activities; risks relating to the timing of starting and completing clinical trials; our ability to obtain, perform under and maintain financing and strategic agreements and relationships; uncertainties relating to preclinical and clinical testing; 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 required by law.

Jaclyn Jaffe
Avenue Therapeutics, Inc.
(781) 652-4500

Investor Relations
Jeremy Feffer
Managing Director, LifeSci Advisors, LLC
(212) 915-2568

Media Relations
Sarah Hall
Phase IV Communications
(215) 313-5638

Condensed Balance Sheets

($ in thousands, except for share and per share amounts)

  June 30,     December 31,  
  2018     2017  
Current Assets:          
Cash and cash equivalents  $   8,940     $   11,782  
Short-term investments   -       10,000  
Prepaid expenses and other current assets   496       388  
Total Assets $   9,436     $   22,170  
Current Liabilities:          
Accounts payable and accrued expenses $   4,234     $   2,737  
Accounts payable and accrued expenses - related party   185       53  
Total current liabilities   4,419       2,790  
Total Liabilities   4,419       2,790  
Commitments and Contingencies           
Stockholders' Equity          
Preferred Stock ($0.0001 par value), 2,000,000 shares authorized          
Class A Preferred Stock, 250,000 shares issued and outstanding as of June 30, 2018 and December 31, 2017, respectively   -       -  
Common Stock ($0.0001 par value), 50,000,000 shares authorized   -       -  
Common shares; 10,554,170 and 10,265,083 shares issued and outstanding as of June 30, 2018 and December 31, 2017, respectively   1       1  
Common stock issuable, 0 and 273,837 shares as of June 30, 2018 and December 31, 2017, respectively   -       1,103  
Additional paid-in capital   40,711       38,937  
Accumulated deficit   (35,695 )     (20,661 )
Total Stockholders' Equity   5,017       19,380  
Total Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity  $   9,436     $   22,170  

Condensed Statements of Operations

($ in thousands, except for share and per share amounts)

  For the Three Months Ended     For the Six Months Ended  
  June 30,     June 30,     June 30,     June 30,  
  2018     2017     2018     2017  
Operating expenses:                      
Research and development $ 3,754     $ 447     $ 13,193     $ 580  
General and administrative 927     1,297     1,913     1,668  
Loss from operations (4,681 )   (1,744 )   (15,106 )   (2,248 )
Interest income (24 )   -     (72 )   -  
Interest expense -     93     -     188  
Interest expense - related party -     20     -     81  
Change in fair value of convertible notes payable -     95     -     99  
Change in fair value of warrant liabilities -     454     -     451  
Net Loss $   (4,657 )   $   (2,406 )   $   (15,034 )   $   (3,067 )
Net loss per common share outstanding, basic and diluted $ (0.45 )   $ (0.70 )   $ (1.48 )   $ (0.95 )
Weighted average number of common shares outstanding, basic and diluted 10,251,950     3,459,942     10,176,062     3,242,602  

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