Iterum Therapeutics Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2020 Financial Results

March 12, 2021 7:00 AM EST
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DUBLIN, Ireland and CHICAGO, March 12, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Iterum Therapeutics plc (Nasdaq: ITRM), a clinical-stage pharmaceutical company focused on developing next generation oral and IV antibiotics to treat infections caused by multi-drug resistant pathogens in both community and hospital settings, today reported financial results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2020.

“Iterum has made excellent progress in the last few months and we look forward to continuing that momentum throughout 2021. In the fourth quarter of 2020, we submitted a New Drug Application (NDA) for oral sulopenem for the treatment of uncomplicated urinary tract infections (uUTI) in patients with a quinolone non-susceptible organism, which is currently under review by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) with a July 25, 2021 Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA) goal date. We estimate that the market for this indication is approximately 6.5 million uUTIs caused by a quinolone non-susceptible organism annually in the U.S.,” said Corey Fishman, Chief Executive Officer. “Our priorities for the rest of this year are: (1) holding a positive Advisory Committee meeting in June, (2) completion of FDA review of our NDA by the end of July, (3) initiating the commercial launch in the fourth quarter, if approved, and (4) working with the FDA to understand the requirements for potential expansion of our label in uUTI to include all patients, if approved, and to potentially add the complicated urinary tract infection (cUTI) indication. In anticipation of these key milestones, we have raised sufficient capital to support the execution of our strategy as currently planned.”

Highlights and Recent Events

  • NDA accepted for priority review by FDA with PDUFA goal date of July 25, 2021: In January 2021, the FDA accepted for review our NDA for uUTI in patients with a quinolone non-susceptible organism. The FDA has designated our application as a priority review and consequently assigned a PDUFA goal date for completion of the review of oral sulopenem of July 25, 2021. The FDA currently plans to hold an advisory committee meeting to discuss the NDA on June 2, 2021.
  • Extended cash runway into first half of 2023: In February 2021, we received total net proceeds of $74.3 million from an underwritten public offering and a registered direct offering which, along with proceeds received from the exercise of certain warrants and existing cash and cash equivalents, has extended our cash runway into the first half of 2023, based on our current operating plan. As of February 28, 2021, we had approximately 176.5 million ordinary shares outstanding.
  • Announced collaboration with a third-party provider of commercialization services: In February 2021, we engaged EVERSANA™, a leading provider of commercial services to the life science industry, to initiate certain pre-launch activities. We are in the process of finalizing an agreement with EVERSANA™ to provide commercialization services to launch oral sulopenem, if approved.

Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2020 Financial Results

As of December 31, 2020, Iterum had cash and cash equivalents of $14.5 million. In February 2021, Iterum received total net proceeds of $74.3 million from an underwritten public offering and a registered direct offering. Iterum expects that its current cash and cash equivalents, including the proceeds from these recent financings and proceeds received from the exercise of certain warrants, will be sufficient to fund its operations into the first half of 2023.

Research and development (R&D) expenses for the fourth quarter and full year 2020 were $2.4 million and $21.1 million, respectively, compared to $20.9 million and $90.8 million for the same periods in 2019. The decreases for both the three-month and twelve-month periods were primarily due to the substantial completion of our three Phase 3 clinical trials in 2019.

General and administrative (G&A) expenses for the fourth quarter and full year 2020 were $2.3 million and $11.1 million, respectively, compared to $2.3 million and $11.3 million for the same periods in 2019. The slight decrease for the full year was primarily due to lower consulting spend on pre-commercialization activities and lower headcount, partially offset by higher share-based compensation expense.

Interest expense, net for the fourth quarter and full year 2020 was $4.2 million and $15.1 million, respectively, compared to $0.4 million and $0.9 million for the same periods in 2019, primarily due to non-cash interest expense and amortization of debt discounts and deferred financing costs relating to the Company’s Exchangeable Notes and Royalty-Linked Notes issued in 2020.

For the fourth quarter and full year 2020, Iterum reported a net loss of $11.2 million and $52.0 million, respectively, compared to a net loss of $23.6 million and $103.1 million for the same periods in 2019.

Upcoming Investor Presentations

  • Corporate presentation at the Needham & Company 20th Annual Healthcare Virtual Conference from April 12-15, 2021
  • Corporate presentation at the RBC Capital Markets Global Healthcare Virtual Conference from May 18-19, 2021

Conference Call and Webcast Details

About Sulopenem

Sulopenem, a novel penem anti-infective compound with oral and IV formulations, has demonstrated potent in vitro activity against a wide variety of gram-negative, gram-positive and anaerobic bacteria resistant to other antibiotics. We believe that sulopenem and oral sulopenem have the potential to be important new treatment alternatives to address the growing concerns related to antibacterial resistance without the known toxicities of some of the most widely used antibiotics, specifically fluoroquinolones. Oral sulopenem is currently under FDA review for uncomplicated urinary tract infections in patients with a quinolone non-susceptible pathogen and has a PDUFA goal date of July 25, 2021.

About Iterum Therapeutics plc

Iterum Therapeutics plc is a clinical-stage pharmaceutical company dedicated to developing differentiated anti-infectives aimed at combatting the global crisis of multi-drug resistant pathogens to significantly improve the lives of people affected by serious and life-threatening diseases around the world. Iterum Therapeutics is advancing its first compound, sulopenem, a novel penem anti-infective compound, in Phase 3 clinical development with oral and IV formulations. Sulopenem has demonstrated potent in vitro activity against a wide variety of gram-negative, gram-positive and anaerobic bacteria resistant to other antibiotics. Iterum Therapeutics has received Qualified Infectious Disease Product (QIDP) and Fast Track designations for its oral and IV formulations of sulopenem in seven indications. For more information, please visit

Forward Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements include, without limitation, statements regarding the Company’s plans, strategies and prospects for its business, including with respect to the timing of review by the FDA of the NDA for oral sulopenem and the Company’s expectations for potential approval on the PDUFA date, the market potential for sulopenem, commercialization activities including the ability to enter into a definitive agreement with respect to commercialization services, the ability to expand any approved label for sulopenem, the ability to add the cUTI indication, and the sufficiency of the Company’s cash resources to execute its strategy. In some cases, forward-looking statements can be identified by words such as “may,” “believes,” “intends,” “seeks,” “anticipates,” “plans,” “estimates,” “expects,” “should,” “assumes,” “continues,” “could,” “would,” “will,” “future,” “potential” or the negative of these or similar terms and phrases. Forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause the Company’s actual results, performance or achievements to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements include all matters that are not historical facts. Actual future results may be materially different from what is expected due to factors largely outside the Company’s control, including the uncertainties inherent in the initiation and conduct of clinical trials, availability and timing of data from clinical trials, changes in regulatory requirements or decisions of regulatory authorities, the timing or likelihood of regulatory filings and approvals, changes in public policy or legislation, commercialization plans and timelines, if oral sulopenem is approved, the actions of third-party clinical research organizations, suppliers and manufacturers, the accuracy of the Company’s expectations regarding how far into the future the Company’s cash on hand will fund the Company’s ongoing operations, the impact of COVID-19 and related responsive measures thereto, risks and uncertainties concerning the outcome, impact, effects and results of the Company’s evaluation of corporate, strategic, financial and financing alternatives, including the terms, timing, structure, value, benefits and costs of any corporate, strategic, financial or financing alternative and the Company’s ability to complete one at all and other factors discussed under the caption “Risk Factors” in its Annual Report on Form 10- K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) on March 12, 2021, and other documents filed with the SEC from time to time. Forward-looking statements represent the Company’s beliefs and assumptions only as of the date of this press release. Except as required by law, the Company assumes no obligation to update these forward-looking statements publicly, or to update the reasons actual results could differ materially from those anticipated in the forward-looking statements, even if new information becomes available in the future.

Investor Contact: Judy Matthews Chief Financial Officer 312-778-6073

Consolidated Statement of Operations
(In thousands except share and per share data)
 Three months ended December 31, Year ended December 31,
  2020   2019   2020   2019 
Revenue$  —  $  —  $  —  $37 
Operating expenses:       
Research and development (2,351)  (20,882)  (21,074)  (90,774)
General and administrative (2,293)  (2,296)  (11,052)  (11,284)
Total operating expenses (4,644)  (23,178)  (32,126)  (102,058)
Operating loss (4,644)  (23,178)  (32,126)  (102,021)
Interest expense, net (4,243)  (406)  (15,097)  (861)
Financing transaction costs (33)     (2,848)  
Adjustments to fair value of derivatives (2,768)     (1,745)   
Extinguishment of debt 340      340    
Other income, net 186   (8)  213   196 
Income tax expense (24)  (49)  (743)  (444)
Net loss attributable to ordinary shareholders$(11,186) $(23,641) $(52,006) $(103,130)
Net loss per share attributable to ordinary shareholders – basic and diluted$(0.28) $(1.59) $(2.17) $(7.10)
Weighted average ordinary shares outstanding – basic and diluted 40,645,864   14,866,838   24,009,818   14,518,036 
Net loss - GAAP$(11,186) $(23,641) $(52,006) $(103,130)
Interest expense - accrued interest and amortization on Exchangeable Notes and Royalty-Linked Notes 3,877      13,706    
Financing transaction costs - not capitalized 33      2,848    
Adjustments to fair value of derivatives 2,768      1,745    
Non-GAAP adjusted loss$(4,508) $(23,641) $(33,707) $(103,130)
Net loss per share attributable to ordinary shareholders – basic and diluted$(0.28) $(1.59) $(2.17) $(7.10)
Non-GAAP net loss per share attributable to ordinary shareholders – basic and diluted$(0.11) $(1.59) $(1.40) $(7.10)
Consolidated Balance Sheet Data    
(In thousands)    
 As of As of    
 December 31, December 31,    
  2020   2019     
Cash and cash equivalents$14,508  $4,801     
Other assets 18,284   20,950     
Total assets$ 32,792  $ 25,751     
Long-term debt, less current portion$22,462  $7,625     
Royalty-linked notes, less current portion 13,389        
Derivative liabilities 28,865        
Other liabilities 18,635   44,364     
Total liabilities 83,351   51,989     
Total shareholders' deficit (50,559)  (26,238)    
Total liabilities and shareholders' deficit$ 32,792  $ 25,751     

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