Live Conference Call and Webcast Today at 4:30 p.m. ET
Englewood, CO – September 1, 2016 – Aytu BioScience, Inc. (OTCQX: AYTU), a specialty pharmaceutical company focused on global commercialization of novel products in the field of urology, provided today a review of its recent accomplishments and provided an overview of its business and growth strategy, as well as its operational and financial results for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2016. The company will host a live conference call and webcast today at 4:30 p.m. ET.
Fiscal 2016 Corporate Highlights:
- Executed commercial-focused business strategy, acquiring two additional FDA-approved, revenue-generating urology products
- Secured exclusive U.S. rights to Natesto®, the only FDA-approved nasally-administered testosterone product and only topically applied testosterone product without a black box safety warning
- Acquired global rights to Primsol®, the only FDA-approved trimethoprim-only oral solution for treating urinary tract infections
- Built and expanded the company’s commercial infrastructure, including proven commercial leadership and a nationwide specialty sales force
- Secured CE Marking and approval by Health Canada for MiOXSYS™, the company’s novel, proprietary device for the rapid assessment of male infertility
- Appointed three independent board directors and established the full spectrum of corporate governance policies and procedures in compliance with the listing requirements for both NYSE and NASDAQ
Fiscal 2016 Financial Highlights:
- Grew annual revenues nearly ten-fold from $262,000 in fiscal 2015 to $2.6 million in fiscal 2016 (newly licensed Natesto is not included in either of these revenue numbers, as it was launched in July 2016)
- Demonstrated consistent quarterly revenue growth, with sales of $469,000, $669,000, and $937,000 in fiscal quarters two, three, and four, respectively
- Raised sufficient initial growth capital through convertible note and equity offerings to support the company’s initial commercial infrastructure and three product launches
- Ended fiscal 2016 with $8.1 million in cash and cash equivalents
- Successfully upgraded Aytu stock from OTCQB to OTCQX
- Entered into a $10.5 million stock purchase agreement with Lincoln Park Capital just after the start of fiscal 2017 to enable balance sheet strength and flexibility as the Company executes on the Natesto product launch
- Executed a reverse stock split in June 2016 to support potential up-listing of Aytu stock to a national stock exchange
“2016 has been a period of remarkable growth for Aytu,” stated Josh Disbrow, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Aytu BioScience, Inc. “During our first complete fiscal year since our merger in 2015, we’ve become a rapidly maturing, commercially driven specialty pharmaceutical company that has already achieved substantial revenue growth and built a portfolio of differentiated urology-focused commercial products. With our most recent acquisition of Natesto, we achieved a critical mass of products and scaled our commercial organization to execute a successful launch of Natesto, which we expect to be the primary revenue driver for Aytu, while efficiently growing both ProstaScint and Primsol in the U.S. We’re already on a strong growth trajectory, and our objective is to continue growing revenue and driving toward profitability as efficiently as possible.”
Securing the U.S. commercial rights to Natesto was a transformational event for Aytu. It enabled the company to launch the product in late July 2016 and begin establishing it within the growing $2.4 billion U.S. testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) market. Natesto is the only FDA-approved nasally-administered TRT product, and unlike the leading topical TRTs, it does not carry a black box safety warning due to the risk of unintended transference. Nor does Natesto require a lengthy and cumbersome application process.
Through the first four weeks of the launch of Natesto, Aytu has received a positive response for the product, with steady week over week prescription growth, based on IMS data. Weekly redemptions of Natesto co-pay coupons have already surpassed the previous 2016 weekly high levels registered under the previous marketer’s co-pay program. Additionally, the Company’s Assure Rx program is operational in nearly all sales territories across the U.S. with confirmed prescriptions across multiple partner pharmacies. The Company has already booked additional demand-driven factory sales through its wholesale channels, which were pre-stocked prior to Aytu’s Natesto launch – another positive indicator for the initial launch of this product.
While Natesto is the lead product in terms of sales force prioritization, the Company remains committed to continuing to build revenue for ProstaScint and Primsol, and will continue to market these products to urologists through existing sales channels and partnerships. In fiscal 2016, Aytu established partnerships for both of these products. In March, Aytu partnered with Hybridyne Imaging Technologies to potentially expand the utility and application of ProstaScint for detecting prostate cancer by using it with Hybridyne’s minimally invasive camera. Hybridyne has initiated enrollment and patient dosing in an open-label prostate cancer study. Also in March, Aytu signed a strategic co-promotion agreement with Allegis Pharmaceuticals, which is focused on marketing Primsol for the pediatric indication of acute otitis media.
Aytu also continues to develop MiOXSYS, its proprietary diagnostic device for male infertility that offers rapid and convenient oxidative stress testing in semen, and it has generated a robust and growing body of clinical data supporting this product. In fiscal 2016, Aytu successfully obtained CE Marking as well as Health Canada approval for MiOXSYS and has begun to recognize ex-U.S. sales with a small commercial footprint. In July, Aytu’s academic and clinical collaborators presented three posters demonstrating the potential of MiOXSYS to be used as an aid in the diagnosis of infertility in men at the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology annual meeting. Aytu also published clinical findings in the high-profile, peer-reviewed medical journal Fertility and Sterility, and MiOXSYS was featured with a dedicated chapter in a major andrology textbook. The company expects to gain potential FDA clearance for MiOXSYS under the 510(k) de novo process and is currently finalizing a study protocol in conjunction with the Agency. Aytu expects to begin a formal FDA clinical study by the end of calendar year 2016.
Net revenue for fiscal 2016 was $2.6 million, which was related to sales of ProstaScint and Primsol, ex-U.S. sales of MiOXSYS, and licensing revenue from Zertane. Net revenue in fiscal 2015 was $262,000, which consisted primarily of initial sales of ProstaScint. Revenues are expected to grow substantially in fiscal 2017 with the launch of Natesto and continued marketing of ProstaScint and Primsol.
Cash and cash equivalents were $8.1 million as of June 30, 2016. In July 2016, Aytu entered into a $10.5 million stock purchase agreement with Lincoln Park Capital, expected to provide additional balance sheet strength and flexibility to support the company’s rapidly progressing commercial activities. Based on current operational plans and assumptions, Aytu believes it has adequate financial resources to continue operations into the second quarter of fiscal 2017, and believes that it will be able to raise additional funding to support its growth. In conjunction with a potential uplisting of the Company’s stock to a national exchange, the Company intends to raise additional capital, with the expectation of extending operational and growth capital through fiscal 2017 and into fiscal 2018.
Aytu executed a 12:1 reverse stock split in June 2016, which was approved by Aytu shareholders in support of the company’s plans to uplist to a national stock exchange.
Conference Call Information:
The live conference call and webcast will begin today at 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time. Interested participants and investors may access the conference call by dialing either:
- 1 (855) 656-0926 (U.S.)
- 1 (412) 542-4198 (international)
The webcast will be accessible live and archived on Aytu’s website, http://aytubio.com, for 90 days.
A replay of the call will be available for seven days. Access the replay by calling 1 (877) 344-7529 (U.S.) or 1 (412) 317-0088 (international) and using the replay access code 10091951.
About Aytu BioScience, Inc.
Aytu BioScience is a commercial-stage specialty pharmaceutical company focused on global commercialization of novel products in the field of urology. The Company currently markets three products: Natesto®, the first and only FDA-approved nasal formulation of testosterone for men with hypogonadism (low testosterone, or “Low T”), ProstaScint® (capromab pendetide), the only FDA-approved imaging agent specific to prostate specific membrane antigen (PSMA) for prostate cancer detection and staging, and Primsol® (trimethoprim hydrochloride), the only FDA-approved trimethoprim-only oral solution for urinary tract infections. Additionally, Aytu is developing MiOXSYS™, a novel, rapid semen analysis system with the potential to become a standard of care for the diagnosis and management of male infertility caused by oxidative stress. MiOXSYS is commercialized outside the U.S. where it is a CE Marked, Health Canada cleared product, and Aytu is conducting U.S.-based clinical trials in pursuit of 510k de novo medical device clearance by the FDA. Aytu’s strategy is to continue building its portfolio of revenue-generating urology products, leveraging its focused commercial team and expertise to build leading brands within well-established markets. For more information, visit aytubio.com.
Forward Looking Statement
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