Aralez Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ:ARLZ)
Aralez Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ:ARLZ) gained 4.37% after reporting financial results for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2017. According to their Chief Executive officer, Adrian Adams, performance in the quarter underscore strength in underlying business and growth in the U.S and Canada.
ARLZ Stock Performance
Investors’ confidence on the stock has taken a hit in recent months as seen by the stock trading in a downtrend. Aralez Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ:ARLZ) is down by more than 50% for the year. It awaits to be seen if the better than expected financial results have what it takes to push the stock higher.
According to Mr. Adams, Aralez Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ:ARLZ) is on the path to profitability given the performance in third quarter.
“We are delighted with the evolution of Zontivity®, the improved outlook for the Toprol-XL® franchise in the U.S. and the continued strong performance of the Canadian business. As a result of this performance, we updated our 2017 financial guidance and now expect full-year net revenue to be in the range of $95 million to $105 million,” said Mr. Adams.
Aralez Cost Cuts
Aralez Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ:ARLZ) plans to carry out further financial reforms as part of an effort that seeks to accelerate growth heading into the year end. The efforts chould result in a leaner, yet efficient, performance oriented operating model. The improvements are geared towards streaming operations in the U.S with a view of delivering profitability that support growth.
Aralez Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ:ARLZ) plans to trim its Selling, General and Administrative expenses by $32 million or 28%, as part of a cost cutting drive. Expense reductions will include reductions in the amount of money spent on marketing, professional and consulting fees.
Aralez Q3 Financials
Revenues for the three months ended September 30, 2017 totaled $24.3 million nearly double revenues of $13.6 million reported last year. Selling General and Administrative expenses dropped to $24.7 million, from $25.4 million generated in the third quarter of last year.
Net loss in the quarter increased to (-$24.4) million or $0.37 a share, compared to a net loss of (-$20.6) million reported in Q3 2016. Aralez Pharmaceuticals exited the third quarter with cash and cash equivalent of approximately, $40.7 million, sufficient to fund operations over the next 12 months.
Buoyed by the growth phase transition, Aralez Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ:ARLZ) has revised its full year outlook. The pharmaceutical company now expects revenues of between $95 million and $105 million for the full year, from an initial guidance of between $80 million and $100 million.
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