MONTREAL, Nov. 08, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Knight Therapeutics Inc. (TSX:GUD) ("Knight"), a Canadian specialty pharmaceutical company, today reported financial results for its third quarter ended September 30, 2018.

Q3 2018 Highlights


  • Revenues were $3,220, an increase of $1,360 or 73% over prior period.
  • Net income was $12,930, an increase of $9,337 or 260% over prior period.
  • Cash outflow from operations of $19,916 compared to cash inflows of $10,736 in prior year.
  • Cash, cash equivalents, and marketable securities of $775,046 as at September 30, 2018.

Corporate Developments

  • Received notice of reassessment from the Canada Revenue Agency (“CRA”) of $23,340 related to the sale of the Priority Review Voucher (“PRV”) in 2014.
  • Accepted the resignation of Dr. Sarit Assouline and appointed Nancy Harrison on the Board of Directors.


  • Entered into a licensing agreement with TherapeuticsMD, Inc. (“TXMD”) to commercialize TX-004HR and TX-001HR in Canada and Israel.
  • Entered into a distribution, license and supply Agreement with Jaguar Health, Inc. (“JAGX”) to commercialize Mytesi® in Canada and Israel.

Strategic Lending and Investments

  • Received $3,188 representing full loan repayment and early payment fee from Profound Medical Corp.
  • Invested $26,028 [USD$20,000] in common shares of TXMD at a price of US$5.10 per share.
  • Received distributions of $328 from strategic fund investments.

Key Subsequent Events

  • Invested $1,161 [USD$900] in common shares of JAGX at a price of USD$0.60 per share.
  • Launched PROBUPHINE™ for the management of opioid dependence, in Canada.

“I am pleased with our progress at building a specialty pharmaceutical company with products that make a difference in the lives of patients.  We have launched PROBUPHINE™ a novel option to assist in the national health crisis, opioid dependence.  We continue to leverage our strong balance sheet to strengthen our pipeline of innovative products as evidenced with the licensing of products from TherapeuticsMD and Jaguar,” said Jonathan Ross Goodman, Chief Executive Officer of Knight Therapeutics Inc.

Select Financial Results

 Q3-18Q3-17Change  Change
 $1 %2YTD-18YTD-17$1 %2
Revenues3,2201,860 1,360 73%8,6126,090  2,522 41%
Gross margin2,6111,523 1,088 71%6,8314,993  1,838 37%
Operating expenses3,2713,567 296 8%10,04511,060 1,015 9%
Interest income4,9566,959 (2,003)29%14,99018,517 (3,527)19%
Share of net income of associate8998 (9)9%441513 (72)14%
Net income12,9303,593 9,337 260%23,85810,099  13,759 136%
Basic earnings per share0.0910.025 0.066 264%0.1670.071  0.096 135%

1      A positive variance represents a positive impact to net income and a negative variance represents a negative impact to net income
2      Percentage change is presented in absolute values

Revenue: Variance for the quarter and the nine-month period was mainly attributable to the timing of sales for Impavido® and growth in Movantik® sales.

Gross margin: Change in gross margin was attributable to revenues increase and product mix.

Operating expenses: The decrease for the quarter was driven by a reduction in general and administrative expenses mainly related to lower stock-based compensation expense. For the nine-month period, the decrease was driven by a reduction in general and administrative expenses mainly related to lower stock-based compensation expense, and lower product-submission related expenses, offset by an increase of commercial activities including the promotion of Movantik®.

Interest income: Interest income includes interest income and interest accretion. Interest income (excluding accretion) for Q3-18 was $4,956, a decrease of 14% or $806 compared to prior period while interest income (excluding accretion) for YTD-18 was $14,990, a decrease of 1% or $146 compared to prior year. The variances are explained by an increase in the average cash, cash equivalents, and marketable securities balances and an increase in interest rates, offset by a lower average loan balance.

Net gain on financial assets measured at fair value through profit or loss: A net gain of $10,924 was recorded in Q3-18 on the disposals and revaluations of financial assets measured at fair value through profit or loss. The gain was driven by a mark-to-market adjustment of $6,795 [EUR 4,524] related to the investment in Forbion due to the IPO of Replimune, an investment held by Forbion, and the revaluation of TXMD shares. For the nine-month period, a net gain of $14,349 was recorded on financial assets measured at fair value through profit or loss, due to the disposals and revaluations of strategic funds, loans, and equity investments.

Net income: Net income for the quarter was driven by the above-mentioned items as well as a foreign exchange loss of $1,117 from the relative losses on certain U.S. dollar denominated financial assets as Canadian dollar strengthened. Similarly, net income for the nine-month period was impacted by (i) other income of $1,773 due to the early repayment of fees on the Medimetriks and Profound loans, and (ii) a foreign exchange gain of $1,431 from the relative gains on certain U.S. dollar denominated financial assets as the Canadian dollar weakened.

Product Updates

On July 31, 2018, Knight entered into an exclusive licensing agreement for the commercial rights of TX-004HR and TX-001HR in Canada and Israel. Both products are approved by the Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) in the United States. TX-004HR is marketed as Imvexxy™ (estradiol vaginal inserts) in the U.S., for the treatment of moderate-to-severe dyspareunia (vaginal pain associated with sexual activity), a symptom of vulvar and vaginal atrophy (“VVA”), due to menopause. TX-001HR is a bio-identical hormone therapy combination of estradiol and progesterone in a single, oral softgel for the treatment of moderate-to-severe vasomotor symptoms due to menopause. Knight expects to submit both products to Health Canada for regulatory approval in 2019.

On September 24, 2018, Knight entered into a distribution, license and supply agreement with JAGX for the exclusive right to commercialize Mytesi® (crofelemer 125 mg delayed-release tablets) and related products in Canada and Israel and a right of first negotiation to commercialize Mytesi® and related products in specified Latin American countries. Mytesi® is an FDA-approved product in the U.S. indicated for the symptomatic relief of non-infectious diarrhea in adult patients with HIV/AIDS on antiretroviral therapy.

On October 29, 2018, Knight announced the commercial launch of PROBUPHINE™ in Canada, for the management of opioid dependence in patients clinically stabilized on no more than 8 mg of sublingual buprenorphine in combination with counselling and psychosocial support.

Corporate Update

In July 2018, Knight received a notice of reassessment from CRA for the fiscal year 2014 which relates to the disposition of a PRV held by Knight's wholly-owned subsidiary, Knight Therapeutics (Barbados) Inc. A PRV is a transferrable asset that entitles the holder to a priority review for a drug of its choice. A priority review means that the review time of the FDA for a new drug application is reduced by approximately six months. The PRV program was designed to incentivize the development of treatments for diseases that might otherwise not attract development interest due to the cost and the lack of market opportunities.

The Company’s PRV was granted on March 19, 2014 upon the FDA approval of Impavido® and was disposed of to a third party in November 2014 for gross proceeds of US$125,000. The notice of reassessment provides that Knight is liable to pay to the CRA an aggregate of $23,340 in additional taxes and interest. Knight has made a deposit for the full amount to CRA in July 2018.

Knight believes that the reassessment is unfounded and has filed a notice of objection in September 2018 to start the appeals process. Based on the Company’s view of the likely outcome of the appeals process, Knight expects to recover the $23,340 remitted to CRA and has not recorded any tax provision related to the disposal of the PRV in its financial statements. However, there can be no assurance regarding the outcome or when a resolution may be reached.

Furthermore, it is likely that the Quebec Revenue Agency will propose a similar adjustment which will result in an estimated additional tax liability of $19,000. Although Knight believes its tax provisions are adequate, the final determination of tax audits and any related disputes could be materially different from historical income tax provisions and accruals.

Conference Call Notice 

Knight will host a conference call and audio webcast to discuss its third quarter results today at 8:30 am ET. Knight cordially invites all interested parties to participate in this call.

Date: Thursday, November 8, 2018
Time: 8:30 a.m. EST
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All dollar amounts are in thousands except for share and per share amounts. All currencies are Canadian unless otherwise specified.

About Knight Therapeutics Inc. 

Knight Therapeutics Inc., headquartered in Montreal, Canada, is a specialty pharmaceutical company focused on acquiring or in-licensing and commercializing innovative pharmaceutical products for the Canadian and select international markets. Knight Therapeutics Inc.'s shares trade on TSX under the symbol GUD. For more information about Knight Therapeutics Inc., please visit the company's web site at or

Forward-Looking Statement

This document contains forward-looking statements for Knight Therapeutics Inc. and its subsidiaries. These forward-looking statements, by their nature, necessarily involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those contemplated by the forward-looking statements. Knight Therapeutics Inc. considers the assumptions on which these forward-looking statements are based to be reasonable at the time they were prepared but cautions the reader that these assumptions regarding future events, many of which are beyond the control of Knight Therapeutics Inc. and its subsidiaries, may ultimately prove to be incorrect. Factors and risks, which could cause actual results to differ materially from current expectations are discussed in Knight Therapeutics Inc.'s Annual Report and in Knight Therapeutics Inc.'s Annual Information Form for the year ended December 31, 2017. Knight Therapeutics Inc. disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements whether as a result of new information or future events, except as required by law.


Knight Therapeutics Inc.
Samira Sakhia
President and Chief Financial Officer
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[In thousands of Canadian dollars]

As atSeptember 30, 2018December 31, 2017
Cash and cash equivalents303,222496,460
Marketable securities416,762232,573
Trade and other receivables8,8249,176
Other current financial assets29,09358,848
Income taxes receivable790792
Total current assets759,924799,073
Marketable securities55,06236,000
Property and equipment680633
Intangible assets17,16112,576
Other financial assets102,48176,988
Investment in associate79,03175,983
Deferred income tax assets3,7274,730
Income tax receivable23,340
Total assets1,041,4061,005,983
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities5,4015,025
Income taxes payable10,7027,599
Other balances payable1,3931,354
Deferred other income247282
Total current liabilities17,74314,260
Deferred other income167
Other balances payable3,261348
Total liabilities21,00414,775
Shareholders’ equity  
Share capital761,788761,490
Contributed surplus13,86312,196
Accumulated other comprehensive income12,06520,907
Retained earnings231,901195,830
Total shareholders’ equity1,020,402991,208
Total liabilities and shareholders’ equity1,041,4061,005,983

[In thousands of Canadian dollars, except for share and per share amounts]

 Three months ended September 30,Nine months ended September 30,
 2018  2017  2018  2017  
Revenues3,220  1,860  8,612  6,090  
Cost of goods sold609  337  1,781  1,097  
Gross margin2,611  1,523  6,831  4,993  
Selling and marketing1,000  834  2,681  2,247  
General and administrative1,833  2,147  5,865  6,944  
Research and development438  586  1,499  1,869  
Depreciation of property and equipment28  —  63  —  
Amortization of intangible assets481  539  1,367  1,185  
Interest income(4,956)(6,959)(14,990)(18,517)
Other income(385)(871)(1,773)(1,513)
Net gain on financial assets—  (1,317)—  (3,636)
Net gain on financial assets measured at fair value through profit or loss(10,924
)—  (14,349
Share of net income of associate(89)(98)(441)(513)
Foreign exchange loss (gain)1,117  2,695  (1,431)4,244  
Income before income taxes14,068  3,967  28,340  12,683  
Income tax expense (recovery)    
Current1,891  490  3,443  1,598  
Deferred(753)(116)1,039  986  
Net income for the period12,930  3,593  23,858  10,099  
Basic earnings per share0.091  0.025  0.167  0.071  
Diluted earnings per share0.090  0.025  0.167  0.070  
Basic142,831,656  142,766,634  142,821,725 142,749,348  
Diluted143,339,800  143,350,059  143,263,836 143,469,168  

[In thousands of Canadian dollars]

Three months ended
September 30,
Nine months ended
September 30,
 2018  2017  2018  2017  
Net income for the period12,930  3,593  23,858  10,099  
Adjustments reconciling net income to operating cash flows:    
Deferred tax(753 )(116)1,039  986  
Share-based compensation expense520  762  1,707  2,626  
Depreciation and amortization509  539  1,430  1,185  
Accretion of interest—  (1,197)—  (3,381)
Net gain on financial assets(10,924)(1,317)(14,349)(3,636)
Foreign exchange loss (gain)1,117  2,695  (1,431)4,244  
Share of net income of associate(89)(98)(441)(513)
Other income38  (871)38  (872)
Deferred other income(42)(63)(181)(293)
 3,306  3,927  11,670  10,445  
Other operating items(23,222)4,350  (20,662)2,914  
Dividends from associate—  2,459  —  4,984  
Cash (outflow) inflow from operating activities(19,916)10,736  (8,992 )18,343  
Purchase of marketable securities(115,274)(103,273)(398,791)(245,746)
Purchase of intangible—    (3,000)  
Purchase of property and equipment(9)  (95)  
Issuance of loans receivables(510)(15,164)(1,341)(16,971)
Purchase of equities(26,054)  (26,764)(2,939)
Investment in funds(6,358)(4,987)(20,560)(15,318)
Proceeds on maturity of marketable securities30,755  77,170  196,164  203,729  
Proceeds from repayments of loans receivable3,833  5,985  38,867  36,309  
Proceeds from disposal of equities19,869  9,357  20,884  12,872  
Proceeds from distribution of funds328  510  6,427  3,886  
Cash outflow from investing activities(93,420)(30,402)(188,209)(24,178)
Proceeds from exercise of stock options90    90  345  
Proceeds from contributions to share purchase plan58  61  149  154  
Cash inflow from financing activities148  61  239  499  
Decrease in cash during the period(113,188)(19,605)(196,962)(5,336)
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of the period418,358  527,879  496,460  514,942  
Net foreign exchange difference(1,948)(1,435)3,724  (2,767)
Cash and cash equivalents, end of the period303,222  506,839  303,222  506,839  
Cash and cash equivalents  303,222  506,839  
Short-term marketable securities  416,762  218,248  
Long-term marketable securities  55,062  36,000  
Total cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities  775,046  761,087