VANCOUVER, November 29, 2022 – Aequus Pharmaceuticals Inc. (TSX-V: AQS, OTCQB: AQSZF) (“Aequus” or the “Company”), a specialty pharmaceutical company with a focus on developing, advancing, and promoting differentiated products, today reported financial results for the quarter ended September 30, 2022 (“Third Quarter 2022”) and associated Company developments. Unless otherwise noted, all figures are in Canadian currency.
Financial Report Highlights
Aequus reported $268,970 in promotional services and product sales revenue during Third Quarter 2022 compared to revenue of $669,000 generated during the three months ended September 30, 2021 (“Third Quarter 2021”). During the nine months ended September 30, 2022 (“YTD 2022”) Aequus achieved $826,944 in revenues compared to $1,783,363 generated during the nine months ended September 30, 2021 (“YTD 2021”). "The lower revenues in Q3 are the result of Sandoz paying a lower profit share rate on Tacrolimus sales since January 2022”, said Doug Janzen. “As we look to next year, we now expect to launch SCOPE products and Zimed® PF mid-2023 to work toward meaningful revenue growth.”
Net losses increased by 31% in Third Quarter 2022 compared to the same period last year, with the Third Quarter 2022 net loss of $500,471 versus a $381,536 loss in Third Quarter 2021. The loss for YTD 2022 was $2,189,466 which is 48% higher than the $1,482,235 loss YTD 2021 primarily due to lower revenue. General administration costs were 27% lower in Third Quarter 2022 and 16% lower in YTD 2022 when compared to the same periods last year.
Highlights from the quarter are as follows:
- Sales and marketing costs for Third Quarter 2022 were $506,230 compared to $551,966 in Third Quarter 2021, a decrease of $45,736 or 8%. The decrease related lower use of consultants and two staff positions that remained vacant for part of the Third Quarter.
- The Company incurred research and development (“R&D”) expenses of $6,041 in Third Quarter 2022 compared to $49,122 in Third Quarter 2021. The Company incurred R&D expenses of $260,093 in YTD 2022 compared to $243,415 in YTD 2021. The $16,678 increase in YTD 2022 was attributable work related to the new Zimed® PF product submissions to Health Canada.
- General and administration (“G&A”) expenses were $353,573 in Third Quarter 2022 compared to $488,039 in Third Quarter 2021, a decrease of $134,466. G&A expenses were $1,286,576 in YTD 2022 compared to $1,532,548 in YTD 2021, a decrease of $245,972. The decrease was mainly driven by cost cutting measures as well as lower costs related to accretion and interest expenses related to the Company’s loans.
ABOUT AEQUUS PHARMACEUTICALS INC.
Aequus Pharmaceuticals Inc. (TSX-V: AQS, OTCQB: AQSZF) is a specialty pharmaceutical company focused on developing and commercializing high quality, differentiated products. Aequus has grown its sales and marketing efforts to include several commercial products in ophthalmology. Aequus plans to build on its Canadian commercial platform through the launch of additional products that are either created internally or brought in through an acquisition or license, remaining focused on highly specialized therapeutic areas. For further information, please visit www.aequuspharma.ca.
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