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Otonomy Reports Third Quarter 2022 Financial Results and Provides Corporate Update

Evaluation of strategic options to realize value from pipeline is ongoing

SAN DIEGO, Nov. 10, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Otonomy, Inc. (Nasdaq: OTIC), a biopharmaceutical company dedicated to the development of innovative therapeutics for neurotology, today reported financial results for the quarter ended September 30, 2022 and provided an update on its product pipeline and corporate activities.

Otonomy Program and Corporate Activity Updates

  • In August 2022, Otonomy announced that OTO-313 demonstrated no clinically meaningful improvement versus placebo for primary and secondary endpoints in a Phase 2 clinical trial in tinnitus patients.
  • Based on these results, Otonomy discontinued development of OTO-313 and implemented other measures to extend its cash runway. These included a reduction of its workforce by approximately 55%, with the majority of the reduction completed by the end of August.
  • In October 2022, Otonomy announced that the clinical evaluation of higher doses for OTO-413 in patients with hearing loss demonstrated no clinically meaningful improvement for patients from baseline across multiple speech-in-noise hearing tests.
  • Following these results, the company initiated an evaluation of strategic options to realize value from its pipeline including both OTO-413 and OTO-825. Strategic options could include a possible merger, business combination, sale of assets, wind-down, liquidation and dissolution or other strategic transaction. While those evaluations are ongoing, Otonomy has paused its product development activities and taken other steps to reduce costs in order to preserve its cash resources.

Third Quarter Financial Highlights

  • Cash Position: Cash and cash equivalents totaled $40.1 million as of September 30, 2022, compared to $77.4 million as of December 31, 2021. In October 2022, the term loan with Oxford Finance LLC was terminated in connection with the company’s payment of all amounts owed under the agreement totaling approximately $17.0 million.
  • Operating Expenses: GAAP operating expenses were $11.8 million for the third quarter of 2022, compared to $12.5 million for the third quarter of 2021. Non-GAAP operating expenses, which exclude stock-based compensation, were $10.5 million for the third quarter of 2022, compared to $10.7 million for the third quarter of 2021.
  • Research and Development Expenses: GAAP research and development (R&D) expenses for the third quarter of 2022 were $8.4 million, compared to $9.0 million for the third quarter of 2021. The decrease for the quarter was primarily due to lower third-party development costs for Otonomy’s product candidates.
  • Selling, General and Administrative Expenses: GAAP selling, general and administrative (SG&A) expenses in the third quarter of 2022 were $3.4 million, compared to $3.5 million for the second quarter of 2021.

Non-GAAP Operating Expenses

In this press release, Otonomy’s operating expenses are provided in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) in the United States and also on a non-GAAP basis. Non-GAAP operating expenses exclude stock-based compensation. Non-GAAP operating expenses are provided as a complement to operating expenses provided in accordance with GAAP because management believes non-GAAP operating expenses help indicate underlying trends in the company’s business, are important in comparing current results with prior period results and provide additional information regarding the company’s financial position. Management also uses non-GAAP operating expenses to establish budgets and operational goals that are communicated internally and externally and to manage the company’s business and to evaluate its performance. The attached financial information includes a reconciliation of GAAP operating expenses to Non-GAAP operating expenses and a reconciliation of GAAP operating expense guidance to Non-GAAP operating expense guidance.

About Otonomy

Otonomy is a biopharmaceutical company dedicated to the development of innovative therapeutics for neurotology. The company pioneered the application of drug delivery technology to the ear in order to develop products that achieve sustained drug exposure from a single local administration. This approach is covered by a broad patent estate and has been utilized to develop products addressing important unmet medical needs with a current focus on hearing loss. For additional information please visit www.otonomy.com.

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements generally relate to future events or the future financial or operating performance of Otonomy. Forward-looking statements in this press release include, but are not limited to, statements regarding Otonomy’s evaluation of strategic options to realize value from its pipeline including both OTO-413 and OTO-825. Otonomy’s expectations regarding these matters may not materialize, and actual results in future periods are subject to risks and uncertainties. Actual results may differ materially from those indicated by these forward-looking statements as a result of these risks and uncertainties, including but not limited to: Otonomy’s ability to successfully identify strategic options and consummate a strategic transaction to realize value from its pipeline; the risk of being delisted from Nasdaq for failure to meet Nasdaq’s continued listing requirements; Otonomy’s ability to obtain additional financing; Otonomy’s ability to implement measures to extend its cash runway and manage operating expenses; delays and disruption resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic and governmental responses to the pandemic, including current and future impacts to Otonomy’s operations; Otonomy’s ability to protect its intellectual property; general economic and market conditions; and other risks. Information regarding the foregoing and additional risks may be found in the section entitled “Risk Factors” in Otonomy’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on November 10, 2022, and Otonomy’s future reports to be filed with the SEC. The forward-looking statements in this press release are based on information available to Otonomy as of the date hereof. Otonomy disclaims any obligation to update any forward-looking statements, except as required by law.

Contacts:

Investor Inquiries
ICR Westwicke
Robert H. Uhl
Managing Director
858.356.5932
robert.uhl@westwicke.com



Otonomy, Inc.
Condensed Balance Sheet Data
(in thousands)
       
  As of September 30,   As of December 31,
    2022       2021  
  (unaudited)    
Cash and cash equivalents $ 40,146     $ 77,412  
       
Right-of-use assets   11,481       12,696  
       
Total assets   57,527       95,637  
       
Debt, current   16,130       -  
       
Long-term debt, net of current   -       15,997  
       
Leases, net of current   10,879       12,400  
       
Total liabilities   36,130       40,730  
       
Accumulated deficit   (594,486 )     (555,805 )
       
Total stockholders' equity   21,397       54,907  



Otonomy, Inc.
Condensed Statements of Operations
(in thousands, except share and per share data)
               
  Three Months Ended   Nine Months Ended
  September 30,   September 30,
    2022       2021       2022       2021  
               
  (unaudited)
Product sales, net $ -     $ -     $ -     $ 125  
Costs and operating expenses:              
Cost of product sales   -       -       -       370  
Research and development   8,410       8,978       27,048       24,995  
Selling, general and administrative   3,431       3,501       10,702       11,213  
Total costs and operating expenses   11,841       12,479       37,750       36,578  
Loss from operations   (11,841 )     (12,479 )     (37,750 )     (36,453 )
               
Other expense, net   (207 )     (401 )     (931 )     (1,149 )
Net loss $ (12,048 )   $ (12,880 )   $ (38,681 )   $ (37,602 )
               
Net loss per share, basic and diluted $ (0.18 )   $ (0.19 )   $ (0.57 )   $ (0.61 )
               
Weighted-average shares used to compute net loss per share,            
basic and diluted   68,128,113       67,792,425       68,008,741       61,969,780  
               
         


Otonomy, Inc.
Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Operating Expenses
(in thousands)
               
  Three Months Ended   Nine Months Ended
  September 30,   September 30,
    2022       2021       2022       2021  
  (unaudited)
GAAP operating expenses              
Research and development $ 8,410     $ 8,978     $ 27,048     $ 24,995  
Selling, general and administrative   3,431       3,501       10,702       11,213  
Total GAAP operating expenses   11,841       12,479       37,750       36,208  
Non-GAAP adjustments              
R&D stock-based compensation expense   (463 )     (823 )     (2,241 )     (2,443 )
SG&A stock-based compensation expense   (905 )     (943 )     (2,815 )     (3,097 )
Total non-GAAP adjustments   (1,368 )     (1,766 )     (5,056 )     (5,540 )
Non-GAAP operating expenses $ 10,473     $ 10,713     $ 32,694     $ 30,668  
               


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