Acasti Announces Third Fiscal Quarter 2024 Financial Results and Business Highlights

  • Projected Cash Runway Extends into Second Calendar Quarter 2026, Well Beyond Potential 1H 2025 Submission of GTX-104 New Drug Application (NDA)
  • Patient Enrollment in Pivotal STRIVE-ON Phase 3 Trial Continues, On Track for NDA Submission Timeline
  • Poster Highlighting the STRIVE-ON Trial Presented at 2024 International Stroke Conference

PRINCETON, N.J., Feb. 12, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Acasti Pharma Inc. (Nasdaq: ACST) (Acasti or the Company), a late-stage, biopharma company advancing GTX-104, its novel formulation of nimodipine that addresses high unmet medical needs for a rare disease, aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage (aSAH), today announced financial results and business highlights for the quarter ended December 31, 2023.

"During the third quarter we continued to execute our focused strategy around our biggest value driver program GTX-104 and its pivotal Phase 3 STRIVE-ON safety trial (the STRIVE-ON trial–NCT05995405). Having dosed the first patient in October, we’ve continued to enroll more patients and sites since that time,” said Prashant Kohli, CEO of Acasti. “With our balance sheet enhanced by the $7.5 million private placement secured last quarter and prudent use of resources announced in our strategic realignment plan in May 2023, our cash runway is now expected to extend into the second calendar quarter of 2026, well beyond our potential submission of GTX-104 NDA in the first half of 2025.”

Recent Corporate Highlights

Third Quarter 2024 Financial Results

On June 29, 2023, the Board of Directors of the Company approved a reverse stock split of the Company's Class A common shares, no par value per share, at a ratio of 1-for-6, which was effective on July 10, 2023. All references below to the number of common shares, price per share and weighted average number of shares outstanding have been adjusted to reflect such reverse stock split.

The Company reported a net loss of $2.4 million, or $0.21 per share, for the three months ended December 31, 2023, a decrease of $1.5 million from the net loss of $3.9 million, or $0.52 per share, for the three months ended December 31, 2022. The Company’s net loss of $2.4 million for the three months ended December 31, 2023, included $3.0 million of operating expenses, that were offset in part by interest income of $0.3 million from our investments, $0.1 million gain on change in fair of derivative warrant liabilities and $0.2 million in income tax recovery.

  • Research and development expenses for the three months ended December 31, 2023 totaled $1.4 million compared to $2.5 million for the three months ended December 31, 2022. The decrease from the prior year period was mainly attributable to the Company’s strategic realignment plan to align the organizational and management cost structure to prioritize resources to GTX-104, thereby reducing losses to improve cash flow and extend available cash resources.
  • General and administrative expenses were $1.6 million for the three months ended December 31, 2023, unchanged from $1.6 million for the three months ended December 31, 2022.

The Company’s cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments as of December 31, 2023, were $25.1 million. The Company believes its cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments are sufficient to fund its operations into the second calendar quarter of 2026.

About aneurysmal Subarachnoid Hemorrhage (aSAH)

aSAH is bleeding over the surface of the brain in the subarachnoid space between the brain and the skull, which contains blood vessels that supply the brain. A primary cause of such bleeding is the rupture of an aneurysm. Approximately 70% of aSAH patients experience death or dependence, and more than 30% die within one month of hemorrhage. Approximately 50,000 patients in the United States are affected by aSAH per year, based on market research.

About GTX-104

GTX-104 is a clinical stage, novel, injectable formulation of nimodipine being developed for intravenous infusion (IV) in aSAH patients to address significant unmet medical needs. The unique nanoparticle technology of GTX-104 facilitates aqueous formulation of insoluble nimodipine for a standard peripheral IV infusion.

GTX-104 provides a convenient IV delivery of nimodipine in the Intensive Care Unit potentially eliminating the need for nasogastric tube administration in unconscious or dysphagic patients. Intravenous delivery of GTX-104 also has the potential to lower food effects, drug-to-drug interactions, and eliminate potential dosing errors. Further, GTX-104 has the potential to better manage hypotension in aSAH patients. GTX-104 has been administered in over 150 healthy volunteers and was well tolerated with significantly lower inter- and intra-subject pharmacokinetic variability compared to oral nimodipine. The addressable market in the United States for GTX-104 is estimated to be about $300 million, based on market research. Outside of the United States, annual cases of aSAH are estimated at approximately 60,000 in the European Union, and approximately 150,000 in China.

About Acasti

Acasti is a late-stage biopharma company with drug candidates addressing rare and orphan diseases. Acasti's novel drug delivery technologies have the potential to improve the performance of currently marketed drugs by achieving faster onset of action, enhanced efficacy, reduced side effects, and more convenient drug delivery. Acasti's lead clinical assets have each been granted Orphan Drug Designation by the FDA, which provides seven years of marketing exclusivity post-launch in the United States, and additional intellectual property protection with over 40 granted and pending patents. Acasti's lead clinical asset, GTX-104, is an intravenous infusion targeting aneurysmal Subarachnoid Hemorrhage (aSAH), a rare and life-threatening medical emergency in which bleeding occurs over the surface of the brain in the subarachnoid space between the brain and skull.

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Statements in this press release that are not statements of historical or current fact constitute "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, as amended, Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and "forward-looking information" within the meaning of Canadian securities laws (collectively, "forward-looking statements"). Such forward looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties, and other factors that could cause the actual results of Acasti to be materially different from historical results or from any future results expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. In addition to statements which explicitly describe such risks and uncertainties, readers are urged to consider statements containing the terms "believes," "belief," "expects," "intends," "anticipates," "estimates", "potential," "should," "may," "will," "plans," "continue", "targeted" or other similar expressions to be uncertain and forward-looking. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this press release. The forward-looking statements in this press release, including statements regarding the Company's anticipated cash runway, the timing of the planned NDA submission with the FDA in connection with the Company's STRIVE-ON trial, GTX-104’s commercial prospects, and GTX-104's potential to bring enhanced treatment options to patients suffering from aSAH are based upon Acasti's current expectations and involve assumptions that may never materialize or may prove to be incorrect. Actual results and the timing of events could differ materially from those anticipated in such forward-looking statements as a result of various risks and uncertainties, including, without limitation: (i) the success and timing of regulatory submissions of the Phase 3 safety trial for GTX-104; (ii) regulatory requirements or developments and the outcome and timing of the proposed NDA application for GTX-104; (iii) changes to clinical trial designs and regulatory pathways; (iv) legislative, regulatory, political and economic developments; and (v) actual costs associated with Acasti's clinical trials as compared to management's current expectations. The foregoing list of important factors that could cause actual events to differ from expectations should not be construed as exhaustive and should be read in conjunction with statements that are included herein and elsewhere, including the risk factors detailed in documents that have been and are filed by Acasti from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission and Canadian securities regulators. All forward-looking statements contained in this press release speak only as of the date on which they were made. Acasti undertakes no obligation to update such statements to reflect events that occur or circumstances that exist after the date on which they were made, except as required by applicable securities laws.

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Acasti Contact:

Prashant Kohli
Chief Executive Officer
Tel: 450-686-4555

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Managing Director
Phone: 617-308-4306

Condensed Consolidated Interim Balance Sheets

    December 31,
    March 31,
(Expressed in thousands except share data)   $     $  
Current assets:            
Cash and cash equivalents     18,545       27,875  
Short-term investments     6,569       15  
Receivables     959       802  
Prepaid expenses     811       598  
Total current assets     26,884       29,290  
Operating lease right of use asset     23       463  
Equipment     12       104  
Intangible assets     41,128       41,128  
Goodwill     8,138       8,138  
Total assets     76,185       79,123  
Liabilities and Shareholders’ equity            
Current liabilities:            
Trade and other payables     1,746       3,336  
Operating lease liability     24       75  
Total current liabilities     1,770       3,411  
Derivative warrant liabilities     3,332        
Operating lease liability           410  
Deferred tax liability     6,403       7,347  
Total liabilities     11,505       11,168  
Commitments and contingencies            
Shareholders’ equity:            
Class A common shares, no par value per share; unlimited shares authorized as of December 31, 2023 and March 31, 2023; 9,399,404 and 7,435,533 shares issued and outstanding as of December 31, 2023 and March 31, 2023, respectively     261,038       258,294  
Class B, C, D and E common shares, no par value per share; unlimited shares authorized as of December 31, 2023 and March 31, 2023; none issued and outstanding            
Additional paid-in capital     17,633       13,965  
Accumulated other comprehensive loss     (6,038 )     (6,038 )
Accumulated deficit     (207,953 )     (198,266 )
Total shareholders' equity     64,680       67,955  
Total liabilities and shareholders’ equity     76,185       79,123  


Condensed Consolidated Interim Statements of Loss and Comprehensive Loss

    Three months ended     Nine months ended  
    December 31,
    December 31,
    December 31,
    December 31,
(Expressed in thousands, except share and per share data)   $     $     $     $  
Operating expenses                        
Research and development expenses, net of government assistance     (1,443 )     (2,450 )     (2,998 )     (8,332 )
General and administrative expenses     (1,570 )     (1,589 )     (4,922 )     (5,187 )
Sales and marketing     (30 )     (206 )     (184 )     (563 )
Restructuring cost                 (1,485 )      
Loss from operating activities     (3,043 )     (4,245 )     (9,589 )     (14,082 )
Foreign exchange gain (loss)     3       15       (2 )     (75 )
Change in fair value of derivative warrant liabilities     125             (1,701 )     10  
Interest income and other expense, net     316       67       662       134  
Total other income (expense), net     444       82       (1,041 )     69  
Loss before income tax recovery     (2,599 )     (4,163 )     (10,630 )     (14,013 )
Income tax recovery     208       274       943       671  
Net loss and total comprehensive loss     (2,391 )     (3,889 )     (9,687 )     (13,342 )
Basic and diluted loss per share     (0.21 )     (0.52 )     (1.09 )     (1.80 )
Weighted-average number of shares outstanding     11,506,257       7,435,472       8,874,872       7,416,318  


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