Egalet Corp (NASDAQ:EGLT)
Egalet Corp (NASDAQ:EGLT) was a big mover after announcing top-line trial results from a phase 3 safety study of its abuse-deterrent oxycodone formulation Egalet-002. Shares of the company gained 38.55% after it emerged the formulation was well tolerated, and adverse events reported were consistent with expected outcomes.
Egalet-002 Top Line Results
According to the Chief Executive Officer, Bob Radie, the positive Phase 3 safety study results validates the company’s Guardian technology, which is being used to develop abuse-deterrent formulations of prescription medications.
Last year, Egalet Corp (NASDAQ:EGLT) reported positive top-line result from a category 3 intranasal human abuse potential study of Egalet. The formulation is currently in late-stage development for the management of pain severe enough to require daily, long-term opioid treatment for which other treatment options are inadequate.
Despite the 38% rally, Egalet Corp (NASDAQ:EGLT) continues to trade in a downtrend after underperforming the overall industry for the better part of the year. The stock has shed more than 80% in market value since the start of the year and is currently trading near all-time lows. Shares of the company closed at $1.15, last year they were trading at $5.58 a share.
Despite the underperformance, the Chief Executive Officer remains bullish about the company’s long-term prospects as they move to address the prescription abuse crisis.
“With 124% prescription growth and 41% revenue growth for our marketed products over last year’s third quarter, we continue to grow our business With a cash position of $102.1 million and the increased focus on non-narcotic and innovative treatments to alleviate pain,” said Mr. Radie
For the three months ended September 30, 2017, Egalet Corp (NASDAQ:EGLT) registered a 101% increase in Nasal Spray prescriptions over the third quarter of 2016. The company also partnered Ascend Therapeutics to begin promotion of SPRIX Nasal Spray to over 11,000 target women healthcare providers.
Egalet Q3 Financial Results
Net product sales for the third quarter came in at $6.7 million compared to $4.7 million reported last year. Cost of sales was $1.2 million up from $914,000 as of last year and reflected the average cost of inventory produced and dispensed to patients. General and Administrative expenses dropped to $6.8 million from $8 million as of the corresponding period last.
Egalet Corp (NASDAQ:EGLT) generated a net loss of (-$18.9) million in Q3 2017 or (-$0.46) a share, compared to a net loss of (-$26.9) million or (-$1.10) reported last year. The earnings exceeded Wall Street expectations as analysts were expecting a net loss of (-$0.47) cents a share. The integrated specialty pharmaceutical company exited the quarter with cash and cash equivalent of $102.1 million.
I have no positions in any of the stocks mentioned, and have no plans to initiate any positions within the next 72 hours. All information, including any data, is provided without any guarantees of accuracy.
Don’t miss out! Stay informed on $EGLT and receive breaking news on other hot stocks by signing up for our free newsletter!
About the author: Monica has an undergraduate degree in Accounting and an MBA she earned – with Honors. She has six years of experience in the financial markets and has been an analyst for the past two years.