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Aeterna Zentaris Reports First Quarter 2019 Financial and Operating Results

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CHARLESTON, S.C., May 07, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Aeterna Zentaris Inc. (NASDAQ: AEZS) (TSX: AEZS) today reported its financial and operating results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2019.

All Amounts are in U.S. Dollars


  • In March 2019, the Board formed a Special Committee to review strategic options available to the Company and engaged Torreya Partners to assist in that process
  • In January 2019, European Medicines Agency granted marketing authorization for macimorelin for diagnosis of adult growth hormone deficiency
  • Net loss for the first quarter of 2019 $4.9 million, compared to net income of $14.4 million for the same period in 2018
  • As of March 31, 2019, we had $11.4 million of unrestricted cash and cash equivalents

Summary of First Quarter Results

For the three-month period ended March 31, 2019, we reported a consolidated net loss of $4.9 million, or $0.30 loss per common share, as compared with a consolidated net income of $14.4 million, or $0.88 income per common share, for the three-month period ended March 31, 2018. The $19.3 million decline in net loss results primarily from a reduction of $24.6 million in total revenues and $3.9 million increase in net finance loss, offset by a reduction of tax expense of $6.9 million and of operating expenses of $2.3 million. In January 2018, the Company received a $24.0 million cash payment under a license and assignment agreement for Macrilen™ (macimorelin).

Condensed Interim Consolidated Financial Statements and Management’s Discussion and Analysis

For reference, the condensed interim consolidated financial statements as at March 31, 2019 and for the three-month periods ending March 31, 2019 and 2018 and management’s discussion and analysis of financial condition and results of operations for the first quarter ended March 31, 2019, will be found at www.zentaris.com in the "Investors" section and at the Company’s profile at www.sedar.com and www.sec.gov.

The following tables set out summary consolidated financial information for the periods indicated. The results of operations for interim periods are not necessarily indicative of the results to be expected for a full year or any future period. The information presented herein does not contain disclosures required by IFRS for consolidated financial statements and should be read in conjunction with the Company’s audited annual consolidated financial statements for the year ended December 31, 2018.

About Aeterna Zentaris Inc.

Aeterna Zentaris Inc. is a specialty biopharmaceutical company engaged in commercializing novel pharmaceutical therapies, principally through out-licensing arrangements. Aeterna Zentaris is the licensor and party to a license and assignment agreement with a subsidiary of Novo Nordisk A/S to carry out development, manufacturing, registration, regulatory, and supply chain for the commercialization of Macrilen™ (macimorelin), which is to be used in the diagnosis of patients with adult growth hormone deficiency in the United States and Canada. In addition, we are actively pursuing business development opportunities for macimorelin in the rest of the world and to monetize the value of our non-strategic assets.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements (as defined by applicable securities legislation) made pursuant to the safe-harbor provision of the U.S. Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, which reflect our current expectations regarding future events. Forward-looking statements may include, but are not limited to statements preceded by, followed by, or that include the words "will," "expects," "believes," "intends," "would," "could," "may," "anticipates," and similar terms that relate to future events, performance, or our results. Forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties, including those discussed in this press release and in our Annual Report on Form 20-F, under the caption "Key Information -Risk Factors" filed with the relevant Canadian securities regulatory authorities in lieu of an annual information form and with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Known and unknown risks and uncertainties could cause our actual results to differ materially from those in forward-looking statements. Such risks and uncertainties include, among others, our now heavy dependence on the success of Macrilen™ (macimorelin) and related out-licensing arrangements and the continued availability of funds and resources to successfully launch the product, our strategic review process, the ability of the Special Committee to carry out its mandate, the ability of Aeterna Zentaris to enter into out-licensing, development, manufacturing and marketing and distribution agreements with other pharmaceutical companies and keep such agreements in effect, reliance on third parties for the manufacturing and commercialization of  Macrilen™ (macimorelin), potential disputes with third parties, leading to delays in or termination of the manufacturing, development, out-licensing or commercialization of our product candidates, or resulting in significant litigation or arbitration, and, more generally, uncertainties related to the regulatory process, our ability to efficiently commercialize or out-license Macrilen™ (macimorelin), the degree of market acceptance of Macrilen™ (macimorelin), our ability to obtain necessary approvals from the relevant regulatory authorities to enable us to use the desired brand names for our products, the impact of securities class action litigation or other litigation on our cash flow, results of operations and financial position, our ability to take advantage of business opportunities in the pharmaceutical industry, our ability to protect our intellectual property, the potential of liability arising from shareholder lawsuits and general changes in economic conditions. Investors should consult our quarterly and annual filings with the Canadian and U.S. securities commissions for additional information on risks and uncertainties. Given these uncertainties and risk factors, readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements. We disclaim any obligation to update any such factors or to publicly announce any revisions to any of the forward-looking statements contained herein to reflect future results, events or developments, unless required to do so by a governmental authority or applicable law.


Leslie Auld

Chief Financial Officer

Aeterna Zentaris Inc.


(843) 900-3211

Aeterna Zentaris Inc.
Condensed Interim Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive (Loss) Income
For the three months ended March 31, 2019 and 2018
  (in thousands of US dollars, except share and per share data)                       
      Three months ended March 31,  
  (Unaudited)   2019   2018  
      $   $  
  Royalty income   13        
  Licensing revenue   18     24,568    
  Sales commission and other   6     90    
  Total revenues   37     24,658    
  Operating expenses          
  Research and development costs   528     833    
  General and administrative expenses   1,637     2,786    
  Selling expenses   304     1,641    
  Impairment of right of use asset   337        
  Write-off of other current assets   169        
  Total operating expenses   2,975     5,260    
  (Loss) income from operations   (2,938 )   19,398    
  (Loss) gain due to changes in foreign currency exchange rates   64     48    
  Change in fair value of warrant liability   (2,061 )   1,828    
  Other finance income   24     18    
  Net finance (loss) income   (1,973 )   1,894    
  (Loss) income before income taxes   (4,911 )   21,292    
  Income tax expense       (6,868 )  
  Net (loss) income   (4,911 )   14,424    
  Other comprehensive (loss) income:          
  Items that may be reclassified subsequently to profit or loss:          
  Foreign currency translation adjustments   84     (222 )  
  Items that will not be reclassified to profit or loss:          
  Actuarial loss on defined benefit plans   (735 )      
  Comprehensive (loss) income   (5,562 )   14,202    
  Net (loss) income per share [basic]   (0.30 )   0.88    
  Net (loss) income per share [diluted]   (0.30 )   0.87    
  Weighted average number of shares outstanding:          
    Basic   16,440,760     16,440,760    
    Diluted   16,440,760     16,493,363    

Aeterna Zentaris Inc.  
Condensed Interim Consolidated Statements of Financial Position  
  (in thousands of US dollars) 
(Unaudited)   March 31, 2019   December 31, 2018
    $   $
Current assets        
Cash and cash equivalents   11,357     14,512  
Trade and other receivables   612     294  
Inventory   540     240  
Prepaid expenses and other current assets   894     1,210  
Total current assets   13,403     16,256  
Restricted cash equivalents   363     418  
Right of use assets   451      
Property, plant and equipment   59     65  
Identifiable intangible assets   55     62  
Goodwill   8,053     8,210  
Total assets   22,384     25,011  
Current liabilities        
Payables and accrued liabilities   2,668     2,966  
Provision for restructuring and other costs   200     887  
Income taxes payable   1,637     1,669  
Current portion of deferred revenues   74     74  
Current portion of lease liabilities   624      
Current portion of warrant liability   420      
Total current liabilities   5,623     5,596  
Deferred revenues   240     258  
Lease liabilities   718      
Warrant liability   5,275     3,634  
Employee future benefits   13,647     13,205  
Non-current portion of provision for restructuring and other costs   441     411  
Total liabilities   25,944     23,104  
Share capital   222,335     222,335  
Other capital   89,437     89,342  
Deficit   (315,427 )   (309,781 )
Accumulated other comprehensive income   95     11  
Total shareholders' (deficiency) equity   (3,560 )   1,907  
Total liabilities and shareholders' (deficiency) equity   22,384     25,011  

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