WEST CHESTER, PA — Verrica Pharmaceuticals Inc. (Nasdaq: VRCA) recently announced financial results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2021.
“2022 is poised to be an exciting year for Verrica as we prepare to potentially launch VP-102 this summer for the treatment of molluscum, a disease affecting an estimated six million patients with no approved treatments, representing a significant market opportunity,” said Ted White, Verrica’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “In addition, in keeping with our mission to develop treatments for the most significant unmet needs in medical dermatology, we are rapidly advancing LTX-315, a novel immunotherapy for the treatment of non-melanoma skin cancers. The first patient is expected to be dosed in the Phase 2 trial evaluating LTX-315 in basal cell carcinoma in the first quarter of 2022.”
Business Highlights and Recent Developments
- On November 29, 2021, Verrica announced that it resubmitted the New Drug Application (NDA) for VP-102 for the treatment of molluscum contagiosum (molluscum) to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). On December 15, 2021, Verrica announced that the FDA acknowledged that Verrica’s resubmitted NDA was complete and assigned a Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA) goal date of May 24, 2022.
- Verrica expects to dose the first patient in the Phase 2 clinical trial of LTX-315 for the treatment of basal cell carcinoma in the first quarter of 2022. LTX-315 is a potentially first-in-class oncolytic peptide immunotherapy in development as a non-surgical treatment option for non-melanoma skin cancers. 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. The study is expected to enroll approximately 66 adult subjects with a histological diagnosis of basal cell carcinoma in at least one eligible target lesion.
- On March 1, 2022, Verrica amended its existing $40 million credit facility led by Silicon Valley Bank. The amendment provides Verrica with increased financial flexibility by extending the interest-only payment period and reducing the minimum cash Verrica is required to maintain on its balance sheet.
Fourth Quarter 2021 Financial Results
- Verrica reported a net loss of $9.5 million for the fourth quarter of 2021, compared to a $13.0 million loss for the same period in 2020.
- Research and development expenses were $3.4 million in the fourth quarter of 2021, compared to $2.3 million for the same period in 2020. The increase was primarily attributable to higher Chemistry, Manufacturing, and Controls (CMC).
- General and administrative expenses were $5.1 million in the fourth quarter of 2021, compared to $9.8 million for the same period in 2020. The decrease was primarily due to higher stock-based compensation expense recorded in December 2020, which includes $4.8 million of stock-based compensation expense related to the modification of a stock award to a former executive partially offset by an increase in expenses due to increased headcount, an increase in insurance, and other operating costs.
Full Year 2021 Financial Results
- Verrica recognized license revenues of $12.0 million for the year ended December 31, 2021 related to the Collaboration and License Agreement (Torii Agreement) with Torii Pharmaceutical Col, Ltd (Torii). There were no license revenues recognized in 2020.
- Research and development expenses were $15.9 million for the year ended December 31, 2021, compared to $15.7 million for the same period in 2020. The increase 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 and increased compensation costs related to higher headcount and increased clinical costs related to Verrica’s development of VP-102 for molluscum partially offset by decreased CMC costs related to Verrica’s development of VP-102 for molluscum contagiosum
- General and administrative expenses were $27.0 million for the year ended December 31, 2021, compared to $24.5 million for the same period in 2020. The increase was primarily a result of expenses related to increased headcount, an increase in insurance, professional fees and other operating costs, and an increase in expenses related to pre-commercial activities for VP-102. The increase was partially offset by a decrease in stock-based compensation costs, which includes $4.8 million of stock-based compensation expense recorded in December 2020 related to the modification of a stock award to a former executive.
- For the year ended December 31, 2021, net loss on a GAAP basis was $35.1 million, or $1.30 per share, compared to a net loss of $42.7 million, or $1.71 per share, for the same period in 2020.
- For the year ended December 31, 2021, non-GAAP net loss was $27.6 million, or $1.02 per share, compared to a non-GAAP net loss of $31.9 million, or $1.28 per share, for the same period in 2020.
- As of December 31, 2021, Verrica had aggregate cash, cash equivalents, and marketable securities of $70.4 million. Verrica believes that its existing cash, cash equivalents, and marketable securities as of December 31, 2021 will be sufficient to support planned operations into the third quarter of 2022.
Non-GAAP Financial Measures
In evaluating the operating performance of its business, Verrica states that its management considers non-GAAP loss from operations, non-GAAP net loss and non-GAAP net loss per share. These non-GAAP financial measures exclude stock-based compensation charges and non-cash interest expense that are required by GAAP. Verrica believes that non-GAAP loss from operations, non-GAAP net loss and non-GAAP net loss per share provides useful information to both management and investors by excluding the effect of certain non-cash expenses and items that Verrica believes may not be indicative of its operating performance, because either they are unusual and Verrica does not expect them to recur in the ordinary course of its business, or they are unrelated to the ongoing operation of the business in the ordinary course. Non-GAAP loss from operations, non-GAAP net loss and non-GAAP net loss per share should be considered in addition to results prepared in accordance with GAAP, but should not be considered a substitute for, or superior to, GAAP results.
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