Fennec Pharmaceuticals Announces Second Quarter 2023 Financial Results and Provides Business Update

~ Growing Physician Awareness and Usage of PEDMARK® Drove Quarterly Revenue Growth of 98% ~

~Fennec Expands Leadership Team with the Appointment of Adrian Haigh as Chief Operating Officer ~

~ Management to Host Conference Call Today at 8:30 a.m. ET ~

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C., Aug. 03, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Fennec Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ:FENC; TSX: FRX), a commercial stage specialty pharmaceutical company, today reported its financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2023 and provided a business update.

“During the second quarter, we continued to make strong progress with the U.S. commercial launch of PEDMARK®, delivering net revenue of $3.3 million, which is a 98% increase in net revenue over the first quarter of 2023. These results reflect strong growth in patient starts and new account orders,” said Rosty Raykov, chief executive officer of Fennec Pharmaceuticals. “Further, we are delighted to announce the appointment of Adrian Haigh, a Fennec board member since 2014, to the position of Chief Operating Officer. Adrian brings significant experience in evaluating business development opportunities and preparing global commercial operations, and we are pleased to have him on our leadership team.”

Appointment of Adrian Haigh as Chief Operating Officer

Fennec has expanded its leadership team with the appointment of Adrian Haigh as Chief Operating Officer. Adrian has been a board member of Fennec since 2014 and with his appointment to the management team of Fennec will step down as board member. Adrian recently retired from PTC Therapeutics where his last role was Senior Vice President and Head of International. Previously, Mr. Haigh served as Chief Operating Officer at Gentium GmbH where he built and managed the company’s commercial and medical affairs organization and was also responsible for business development, playing a pivotal role in the sale of Gentium to Jazz Pharmaceuticals for $1 billion. 

“I am delighted to join Fennec at this critical point in the commercial evolution of the company and to be part of the leadership team that is evaluating all options for PEDMARK® worldwide,” said Haigh. “Further, having been part of Fennec’s board for nearly a decade, I will continue Fennec’s unrelenting commitment to enabling rapid access to PEDMARK® to all eligible patients as hearing loss from cisplatin chemotherapy is a permanently disabling and devastating side effect of cancer treatment.”

Upcoming Investor Conference

  • Fennec management will be participating at the 2023 Wedbush PacGrow Healthcare Conference on August 8-9, 2023, at the Lotte Palace Hotel in New York, NY.

Financial Results for the Second Quarter 2023

  • Cash Position – Cash and cash equivalents were $15.0 million on June 30, 2023. The decrease in cash and cash equivalents between June 30, 2023, and December 31, 2022, is the result of cash outlays for operating expenses related to the promotion and marketing of PEDMARK®, small amounts of research and development and general and administrative expenses, which were offset by cash inflows primarily from product sales. We anticipate that our cash, cash equivalents and investment securities as of June 30, 2023 will be sufficient to fund our planned operations for at least the next twelve months.
  • Net Sales – The company recorded net product sales of $3.3 million in the second quarter of 2023 compared to net product sales of $1.7 million in the first quarter of 2023. The Company had gross profit of $3.2 million for the second quarter of 2023. The increase in sales reflects strong growth in new patient starts and account adoption.
  • Research and Development (R&D) Expenses – Research and development expenses decreased by $1.1 million for the three months ended June 30, 2023, compared to the same period in 2022. The Company’s research and development activities for the quarter ended June 30, 2023 consisted of costs associated with investigator initiated clinical trials. During the same period in 2022 and prior to approval of PEDMARK®, manufacturing costs pertaining to PEDMARK® were expensed to R&D expense in the period incurred, and following approval are reflected in inventory.
  • Selling and Marketing Expenses – Selling and marketing expenses include remuneration of our sales and marketing employees, dollars spent on marketing campaigns (sponsorships, trade shows, presentations, etc.), and any activities to support marketing and sales activities. Selling and marketing expenses for the second quarter of 2023 were $2.3 million compared to $2.5 million in the first quarter of 2023.
  • General and Administrative (G&A) Expenses  For the three month period ended June 30, 2023, G&A expenses increased by $1.6 million over the same period in 2022. Further, G&A expenses increased by $1.1 million compared to the first quarter of 2023. The increase in G&A was primarily because of increases in non-cash employee remuneration which accounted for $1.5 million of the increase over same period in 2022.
  • Net Loss – Net loss for the quarter ended June 30, 2023, was $5.4 million ($0.21 per share), compared to $5.1 million ($0.19 per share) for the same period in 2022.


The Company will host a conference call today, August 3, at 8:30 a.m. ET, to discuss the Company’s financial results from the second quarter, ended June 30, 2023, and provide a business outlook for the remainder of 2023.

To access the conference call, please register at: https://register.vevent.com/register/BIda2814a842e34d0d825731a73c51d74d. Upon registration, a dial-in number and unique PIN will be provided to join the call. To access the live webcast link, log onto www.fennepharma.com and proceed to the News & Events / Event Calendar page under the Investors & Media heading. Please connect to the company’s website at least 15 minutes prior to the conference call to ensure adequate time for any software download that may be required to listen to the webcast. A webcast replay of the conference call will also be archived on www.fennecpharma.com for thirty days.

Financial Update

The selected financial data presented below is derived from our unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements, which were prepared in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles. The complete unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements for the period ended June 30, 2023, and management’s discussion and analysis of financial condition and results of operations will be available via www.sec.gov and www.sedar.com. All values are presented in thousands unless otherwise noted.

Unaudited Condensed Consolidated
Statements of Operations:
(U.S. Dollars in thousands except per share amounts)
  Three Months Ended  
  June 30,   June 30,  
  2023   2022  
PEDMARK product sales, net $ 3,325     $    
Cost of products sold   (148 )        
Gross profit   3,177          
Operating expenses:            
Research and development   8       1,131    
Selling and marketing   2,340          
General and administrative   5,495       3,878    
Total operating expenses   (7,843 )     5,009    
Loss from operations   (4,666 )     (5,009 )  
Other (expense)/income            
Unrealized foreign exchange loss   5       1    
Amortization expense   (73 )     (8 )  
Unrealized loss on securities         (8 )  
Interest income   115       9    
Interest expense   (825 )     (57 )  
Total other (expense)/income   (778 )     (63 )  
    (5,444 )        
Net loss $     $ (5,072 )  
    (0.21 )        
Basic net loss per common share $ (0.21 )   $ (0.19 )  
Diluted net loss per common share $ 26,458     $ (0.19 )  
Weighted-average number of common shares outstanding basic   26,458       26,052    
Weighted-average number of common shares outstanding diluted   26,458       26,052    

Fennec Pharmaceuticals Inc.
Balance Sheets
(U.S. Dollars in thousands)
    Unaudited   Audited
    June 30,   December 31,
    2023   2022
Current assets            
Cash and cash equivalents   $ 14,958     $ 23,774  
Accounts receivable, net     2,445       1,545  
Prepaid expenses     457       770  
Inventory     1,439       576  
Other current assets     32       63  
Total current assets     19,331       26,728  
Non-current assets            
Deferred issuance cost, net amortization     106       211  
Total non-current assets     106       211  
Total assets   $ 19,437     $ 26,939  
Liabilities and shareholders’ (deficit) equity            
Current liabilities:            
Accounts payable   $ 3,005     $ 2,390  
Accrued liabilities     773       2,219  
Total current liabilities     3,778       4,609  
Long term liabilities            
Term loan     25,000       25,000  
PIK interest     707       260  
Debt discount     (321 )     (361 )
Total long term liabilities     25,386       24,899  
Total liabilities     29,164       29,508  
Shareholders’(deficit) equity:            
Common stock, no par value; unlimited shares authorized; 26,411 shares issued and outstanding (2022 ‑26,361)     143,345       142,591  
Additional paid-in capital     60,381       56,797  
Accumulated deficit     (214,696 )     (203,200 )
Accumulated other comprehensive income     1,243       1,243  
Total shareholders’ (deficit) equity     (9,727 )     (2,569 )
Total liabilities and shareholders’ (deficit) equity   $ 19,437     $ 26,939  

Working Capital            
Working capital   Fiscal Period Ended
Selected Asset and Liability Data:        June 30, 2023     December 31, 2022
(U.S. Dollars in thousands)            
Cash and equivalents   $ 14,958     $ 23,774  
Other current assets     4,373       2,954  
Current liabilities     3,778       4,608  
Working capital   $ 15,553     $ 22,120  
Selected Equity:            
Common stock and additional paid in capital     203,726       199,388  
Accumulated deficit     (214,696 )     (203,200 )
Shareholders’ (deficit) equity     (9,727 )     (2,569 )

About Cisplatin-Induced Ototoxicity

Cisplatin and other platinum compounds are essential chemotherapeutic agents for the treatment of many pediatric malignancies. Unfortunately, platinum-based therapies can cause ototoxicity, or hearing loss, which is permanent, irreversible, and particularly harmful to the survivors of pediatric cancer.i

The incidence of ototoxicity depends upon the dose and duration of chemotherapy, and many of these children require lifelong hearing aids or cochlear implants, which can be helpful for some, but do not reverse the hearing loss and can be costly over time.ii Infants and young children that are affected by ototoxicity at critical stages of development lack speech and language development and literacy, and older children and adolescents often lack social-emotional development and educational achievement.iii

PEDMARK® (sodium thiosulfate injection)
PEDMARK® is the first and only U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved therapy indicated to reduce the risk of ototoxicity associated with cisplatin treatment in pediatric patients with localized, non-metastatic, solid tumors. It is a unique formulation of sodium thiosulfate in single-dose, ready-to-use vials for intravenous use in pediatric patients. PEDMARK is also the only therapeutic agent with proven efficacy and safety data with an established dosing paradigm, across two open-label, randomized Phase 3 clinical studies, the Clinical Oncology Group (COG) Protocol ACCL0431 and SIOPEL 6.

In the U.S. and Europe, it is estimated that, annually, more than 10,000 children may receive platinum-based chemotherapy. The incidence of ototoxicity depends upon the dose and duration of chemotherapy, and many of these children require lifelong hearing aids. There is currently no established preventive agent for this hearing loss and only expensive, technically difficult, and sub-optimal cochlear (inner ear) implants have been shown to provide some benefit. Infants and young children that suffer ototoxicity at critical stages of development lack speech language development and literacy, and older children and adolescents lack social-emotional development and educational achievement.

PEDMARK has been studied by co-operative groups in two Phase 3 clinical studies of survival and reduction of ototoxicity, COG ACCL0431 and SIOPEL 6. Both studies have been completed. The COG ACCL0431 protocol enrolled childhood cancers typically treated with intensive cisplatin therapy for localized and disseminated disease, including newly diagnosed hepatoblastoma, germ cell tumor, osteosarcoma, neuroblastoma, medulloblastoma, and other solid tumors. SIOPEL 6 enrolled only hepatoblastoma patients with localized tumors.

Indications and Usage
PEDMARK® (sodium thiosulfate injection) is indicated to reduce the risk of ototoxicity associated with cisplatin in pediatric patients 1 month of age and older with localized, non-metastatic solid tumors.

Limitations of Use
The safety and efficacy of PEDMARK have not been established when administered following cisplatin infusions longer than 6 hours. PEDMARK may not reduce the risk of ototoxicity when administered following longer cisplatin infusions, because irreversible ototoxicity may have already occurred.

Important Safety Information
PEDMARK is contraindicated in patients with history of a severe hypersensitivity to sodium thiosulfate or any of its components.

Hypersensitivity reactions occurred in 8% to 13% of patients in clinical trials. Monitor patients for hypersensitivity reactions. Immediately discontinue PEDMARK and institute appropriate care if a hypersensitivity reaction occurs. Administer antihistamines or glucocorticoids (if appropriate) before each subsequent administration of PEDMARK. PEDMARK may contain sodium sulfite; patients with sulfite sensitivity may have hypersensitivity reactions, including anaphylactic symptoms and life-threatening or severe asthma episodes. Sulfite sensitivity is seen more frequently in people with asthma.

PEDMARK is not indicated for use in pediatric patients less than 1 month of age due to the increased risk of hypernatremia or in pediatric patients with metastatic cancers.

Hypernatremia occurred in 12% to 26% of patients in clinical trials, including a single Grade 3 case. Hypokalemia occurred in 15% to 27% of patients in clinical trials, with Grade 3 or 4 occurring in 9% to 27% of patients. Monitor serum sodium and potassium levels at baseline and as clinically indicated. Withhold PEDMARK in patients with baseline serum sodium greater than 145 mmol/L.

Monitor for signs and symptoms of hypernatremia and hypokalemia more closely if the glomerular filtration rate (GFR) falls below 60 mL/min/1.73m2.

Administer antiemetics prior to each PEDMARK administration. Provide additional antiemetics and supportive care as appropriate.

The most common adverse reactions (≥25% with difference between arms of >5% compared to cisplatin alone) in SIOPEL 6 were vomiting, nausea, decreased hemoglobin, and hypernatremia. The most common adverse reaction (≥25% with difference between arms of >5% compared to cisplatin alone) in COG ACCL0431 was hypokalemia.

Please see full Prescribing Information for PEDMARK® at: www.PEDMARK.com.

About Fennec Pharmaceuticals

Fennec Pharmaceuticals Inc. is a specialty pharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of PEDMARK® and PedmarqsiTM to reduce the risk of platinum-induced ototoxicity in pediatric patients. Further, PEDMARK received FDA approval in September 2022 and European Commission Marketing Authorization in June 2023 for Pedmarqsi. PEDMARK has received Orphan Drug Exclusivity in the U.S. for seven years of market protection and Pedmarqsi has received Pediatric Use Marketing Authorization in Europe which includes eight years plus two years of data and market protection. Fennec has a license agreement with Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) for exclusive worldwide license rights to intellectual property directed to sodium thiosulfate and its use for chemoprotection, including the reduction of risk of ototoxicity induced by platinum chemotherapy, in humans. For more information, please visit www.fennecpharma.com.

Forward Looking Statements

Except for historical information described in this press release, all other statements are forward-looking. Words such as “believe,” “anticipate,” “plan,” “expect,” “estimate,” “intend,” “may,” “will,” or the negative of those terms, and similar expressions, are intended to identify forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements include statements about our business strategy, timeline, and other goals, plans and prospects, including our commercialization plans respecting PEDMARK®, the market opportunity for and market impact of PEDMARK®, its potential impact on patients and anticipated benefits associated with its use, and potential access to further funding after the date of this release. Forward-looking statements are subject to certain risks and uncertainties inherent in the Company’s business that could cause actual results to vary, including the risks and uncertainties that regulatory and guideline developments may change, scientific data and/or manufacturing capabilities may not be sufficient to meet regulatory standards or receipt of required regulatory clearances or approvals, clinical results may not be replicated in actual patient settings, unforeseen global instability, including political instability, or instability from an outbreak of pandemic or contagious disease, such as the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), or surrounding the duration and severity of an outbreak, protection offered by the Company’s patents and patent applications may be challenged, invalidated or circumvented by its competitors, the available market for the Company’s products will not be as large as expected, the Company’s products will not be able to penetrate one or more targeted markets, revenues will not be sufficient to fund further development and clinical studies, our ability to obtain necessary capital when needed on acceptable terms or at all, the Company may not meet its future capital requirements in different countries and municipalities, and other risks detailed from time to time in the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission including its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2022. Fennec disclaims any obligation to update these forward-looking statements except as required by law.

For a more detailed discussion of related risk factors, please refer to our public filings available at www.sec.gov and www.sedar.com.

PEDMARK® and Fennec® are registered trademarks of Fennec Pharmaceuticals Inc.

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Robert Andrade
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Fennec Pharmaceuticals Inc.
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