Verrica Pharmaceuticals Reports First Quarter 2022 Financial Results

Verrica Pharmaceuticals Inc

WEST CHESTER, PA — Verrica Pharmaceuticals Inc. (Verrica) (Nasdaq: VRCA) announced financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2022.

“This quarter, we achieved commercial readiness and entered the final stage of pre-launch operations as our PDUFA date approaches for VP-102, potentially the first treatment approved by the FDA to treat molluscum,” said Ted White, Verrica’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “We look forward to potentially bringing treatment and relief to thousands of patients, primarily children, suffering from molluscum, starting with a sales focus in Dermatology, Pediatric Dermatology and key academic centers and health systems.”

Mr. White continued: “We also dosed the first patient in our Phase 2 trial of LTX-315, a novel immunotherapy, in basal cell carcinoma, the most common type of cancer in the world. We are excited about this innovative, non-surgical approach to non-melanoma skin cancers. We expect to enroll over 60 patients in the trial and look forward to providing further updates.”

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VP-102

  • Verrica’s lead product candidate, VP-102, is currently under U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) review and has an upcoming Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA) goal date of May 24, 2022.

LTX-315

  • In April 2022, Verrica dosed the first patient in its Phase 2 clinical trial of LTX-315, a potentially first-in-class oncolytic peptide immunotherapy, for the treatment of basal cell carcinoma. The Phase 2 trial is a three-part, open-label, multicenter, dose-escalation, proof-of-concept study with a safety run-in designed to assess the safety, pharmacokinetics, and efficacy of LTX-315 when administered intratumorally to adults with biopsy-proven basal cell carcinoma.

Financial Results

First Quarter 2022 Financial Results

  • Verrica recognized license revenues of $0.4 million in the first quarter of 2022 compared to $12.0 million for the same period in 2021 related to the Collaboration and License Agreement (the “Torii Agreement”) with Torii Pharmaceutical Col, Ltd (“Torii”). The license revenue in the first quarter of 2022 consisted of supplies and development activity with Torii and the same period of 2021 was related to a Torii upfront license milestone payment of $12.0 million.
  • Research and development expenses were $2.7 million in the first quarter of 2022, compared to $5.4 million for the same period in 2021. The decrease was primarily attributable to a one-time $2.3 million milestone payment to Lytix Biopharma AS upon the achievement of a regulatory milestone for LTX-315 in the first quarter of 2021.
  • General and administrative expenses were $5.1 million in the first quarter of 2022, compared to $6.6 million for the same period in 2021. The decrease was primarily related to a ramp up of pre-commercial activities for VP-102 during the first quarter of 2021 partially offset by increased expenses in the first quarter of 2022 related to increased headcount.
  • For the first quarter of 2022, net loss on a GAAP basis was $8.5 million, or $0.31 per share, compared to a net loss of $0.9 million, or $0.04 per share, for the same period in 2021.
  • For the first quarter of 2022, non-GAAP net loss was $6.8 million, or $0.25 per share, compared to a non-GAAP net income of $0.8 million, or $0.03 per share, for the same period in 2021.
  • As of March 31, 2022, Verrica had aggregate cash, cash equivalents, marketable securities and restricted cash of $61.9 million. The Company believes that its existing cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities as of March 31, 2022, will be sufficient to support planned operations into the third quarter of 2022.
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Headquartered in West Chester, Pennsylvania, Verrica is a dermatology therapeutics company developing medications for skin diseases requiring medical interventions.

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