Press Release

Melinta Therapeutics Reports First Quarter 2018 Financial Results

May 08, 2018

Strong Product Sales Performance Across Entire Portfolio

Continuing to Optimize Operations to Achieve Cost Synergies

Important Achievements for Development and Discovery Efforts Including CARB-X Funding Award

NEW HAVEN, Conn., May 08, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Melinta Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ:MLNT), a commercial-stage company discovering, developing and commercializing novel antibiotics to treat serious bacterial infections, today reported financial results and provided an update on commercial activities for the quarter ended March 31, 2018. Melinta reported revenue of $14.8 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2018, which includes product sales of $11.8 million and contract revenue of $3.0 million. In addition, the company earned $2.7 million in funding from the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA), which it recorded as other income. This quarter was the first including sales from all four of the company’s antibiotic brands.

“The new Melinta is off to a strong start in 2018, as we completed our first quarter as a combined company following the close of our acquisition of The Medicines Company’s infectious disease business on January 5, 2018,” said Dan Wechsler, President and CEO of Melinta. “During the quarter we launched Baxdela™ (delafloxacin) in the U.S. and continued our launch of Vabomere™ (meropenem and vaborbactam) in the U.S., and generated strong sales performance across all four of our brands, powered by our experienced antibiotics-focused salesforce. Our salesforce is now fully cross-trained with all reps selling all products beginning in May, significantly expanding our share of voice.

“Within our pipeline we saw continued advancement, with our partners Menarini Group and Eurofarma Laboratórios submitting Marketing Authorization Applications for delafloxacin in the E.U. and Argentina, respectively. We also announced an agreement with CARB-X, one of the world's largest public-private partnerships devoted to early development antibacterial R&D, that will provide us funding to advance the development of a novel antimicrobial from our ESKAPE pathogen program.

“From a financial perspective, we have received significant interest to partner outside of the U.S. on our products. In addition, we have strong support from shareholders and others to provide a foundation for the continued growth of our company.”

Q1 2018 and Recent Business Highlights

  • January 5, 2018 - acquired the infectious disease business of The Medicines Company, including approved products Vabomere, Orbactiv® (oritavancin) and Minocin® (minocycline) for Injection
    • In Q1:
      • added well-experienced talent across the entire organization, including sales and marketing, medical affairs and other expertise
      • completed integration
      • had no disruption to product launches or performance
  • February 6, 2018 – launched Baxdela in the United States
  • February 20, 2018 – partner Eurofarma Laboratórios submitted the first of many anticipated marketing authorization applications (MAA) in Latin America, in Argentina, for delafloxacin for treatment of adult patients with acute bacterial skin and skin structure infection (ABSSSI)
    • additional MAA submitted in Peru on May 4, 2018
  • March 6, 2018 – partner Menarini submitted an MAA to the European Medicines Agency (EMA) for delafloxacin (Quofenix) for treatment of adult patients with ABSSSI

Q1 2018 Financial Results

Melinta reported product sales for the first time in the first quarter of 2018 totaling $11.8 million, which included the addition of Vabomere, Minocin and Orbactiv as of January 5, 2018, the close of The Medicines Company acquisition, as well as the launch of Baxdela in February.

For the quarter, total net revenue was $14.8 million compared to total net revenue of $22.5 million for the same period in 2017, when Melinta was a private company. The composition of revenue in the first quarter of 2018 was significantly different than that recognized in the first quarter of 2017. In the first quarters of 2018 and 2017, we recognized contract research revenue totaling $3.0 million and $2.6 million, respectively. In the first quarter of 2017, we also recognized $19.9 million in upfront consideration from Menarini in connection with the execution of our ex-U.S. Baxdela licensing arrangement.

in USD millions   2018   2017
Product sales   $11.8   0.0
Contract revenue   3.0   2.6
Licensing revenue   0.0   19.9
Total net revenue *   $14.8   $22.5
* Excludes BARDA grant funding included in Other Income

Cost of goods sold was $7.7 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2018. Notably, $4.7 million of the $7.7 million was comprised of non-cash, amortization of intangible assets. There were no product sales and therefore no costs of goods sold in the prior year period.

Research and development (“R&D”) expenses were $16.1 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2018, compared to $12.9 million for the same period in 2017. The increase was driven by additional headcount and development activities resulting from the recent merger with Cempra, the acquisition of the infectious disease business from The Medicines Company and accelerated patient enrollment for our ongoing community-acquired bacterial pneumonia (CABP) registration trial for Baxdela.

Selling, general and administrative (“SG&A”) expenses were $34.6 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2018, compared to $8.0 million for the same period in 2017. The increase was driven by costs to support a larger, public, commercial organization after the Cempra merger and the acquisition of the infectious disease business from The Medicines Company, including additional headcount and commercial infrastructure, and acquisition-related severance and other non-recurring expenses. Approximately $4.3 million was a result of acquisition-related costs and other non-GAAP adjustments.

Net loss available to shareholders was $29.4 million, or $0.95 per share, for the quarter ended March 31, 2018 compared to a net loss of $5.8 million for the same period in 2017. Net loss per share is impacted by changes in our share count as a result of the Cempra merger and financing related to the acquisition of the infectious disease business from The Medicines Company.

As of March 31, 2018, Melinta had cash and cash equivalents of $91.5 million. Cash and cash equivalents for this quarter was negatively impacted by the timing of certain payments and receipts of reimbursement expenses of approximately $10 million.

Q1 2018 and Recent Pipeline and Publication Highlights

2018 Upcoming Potential Catalysts

  • Pivotal Phase 3 data for Baxdela in CABP
  • Vabomere EMA regulatory approval decision
  • TANGO-2 additional data and potential publication
  • Additional ex-U.S. submissions for Baxdela in Central and South America
  • Ex-U.S. partnership opportunities for Vabomere, Orbactiv and Minocin for Injection
  • IND-enabling studies for the lead ESKAPE compound

Conference Call and Webcast

Melinta’s earnings conference call for the quarter ended March 31, 2018 will be broadcast at 4:30pm EDT on May 8, 2018. The live webcast can be accessed under "Events and Presentations" in the Investor Relations section of Melinta’s website at

Investors wishing to participate in the call should dial: 877-377-7553 and international investors should dial: 253-237-1151. The conference ID is 6689334. Investors can also access the call at

A live webcast of the call will be available online from the investor relations section of the company website at and will be archived there for 30 days. A telephone replay of the call will be available by dialing 855-859-2056 for domestic callers or 404-537-3406 for international callers and entering the conference ID # 6689334.

About Melinta Therapeutics

Melinta Therapeutics, Inc. is the largest pure-play antibiotics company, dedicated to saving lives threatened by the global public health crisis of bacterial infections through the development and commercialization of novel antibiotics that provide new therapeutic solutions. Its four marketed products include Baxdela™ (delafloxacin), Vabomere™ (meropenem and vaborbactam), Orbactiv® (oritavancin), and Minocin® (minocycline) for Injection. It also has an extensive pipeline of preclinical and clinical-stage products representing many important classes of antibiotics, each targeted at a different segment of the anti-infective market. Together, this portfolio provides Melinta with the unique ability to provide providers and patients with a range of solutions that can meet the tremendous need for novel antibiotics treating serious infections. Visit for more information.

As more fully described in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2017, the former private company Melinta was determined to be the accounting acquirer in our November 2017 reverse merger with Cempra and, accordingly, historical financial information for the first quarter of 2017 presented in this press release reflects the standalone former private company Melinta and, therefore, period-over-period comparisons may not be meaningful.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

To supplement our financial results presented on a U.S. generally accepted accounting principles, or GAAP, basis, we have included information about non-GAAP adjusted EBITDA, a non‑GAAP financial measure, as a useful operating metric. We believe that the presentation of these non‑GAAP financial measures, when viewed with our results under GAAP and the accompanying reconciliation, provides supplementary information to analysts, investors, lenders, and our management in assessing the Company’s performance and results from period to period. These non‑GAAP measures closely align with the way management measures and evaluates the Company’s performance. These non‑GAAP financial measures should be considered in addition to, and not a substitute for, or superior to, net income or other financial measures calculated in accordance with GAAP. Non‑GAAP Adjusted EBITDA is not based on any standardized methodology prescribed by GAAP and represents GAAP net income (loss) adjusted to exclude interest income, interest expense, depreciation and amortization, stock‑based compensation expense, changes in the fair value of our warrant liability, gain or loss on extinguishment of debt, acquisition-related costs, and other adjustments, including severance. Non‑GAAP financial measures used by us may be calculated differently from, and therefore may not be comparable to, non‑GAAP measures used by other companies.

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements in this communication constitute “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act and are usually identified by the use of words such as “anticipates,” “believes,” “estimates,” “expects,” “intends,” “may,” “plans,” “projects,” “seeks,” “should,” “will,” and variations of such words or similar expressions. We intend these forward-looking statements to be covered by the safe harbor provisions for forward-looking statements contained in Section 27A of the Securities Act and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act and are making this statement for purposes of complying with those safe harbor provisions. These forward-looking statements reflect our current views about our plans, intentions, expectations, strategies and prospects, which are based on the information currently available to us and on assumptions we have made. Although we believe that our plans, intentions, expectations, strategies and prospects as reflected in or suggested by those forward-looking statements are reasonable, we can give no assurance that the plans, intentions, expectations or strategies will be attained or achieved. Furthermore, actual results may differ materially from those described in the forward-looking statements and will be affected by a variety of risks and factors that are beyond our control.  

Risks and uncertainties for Melinta include, but are not limited to: the fact that we have incurred significant operating losses since inception and will incur continued losses for the foreseeable future; our limited operating history; our need for future capital and risks related to our ability to obtain additional capital to fund future operations; uncertainties of cash flows and inability to meet working capital needs as well as other milestone, royalty and payment obligations; the fact that our independent registered public accounting firm’s report on the Company’s 2016 and 2017 financial statements contains an explanatory paragraph that states that the our recurring losses from operations and our need to obtain additional capital raises substantial doubt about our ability to continue as a going concern; our substantial indebtedness; risks related to our commercial launches of our products and our inexperience as a company in marketing drug products; the degree of market acceptance of our products among physicians, patients, health care payors and the medical community; the pricing we are able to achieve for our products; failure to obtain and sustain an adequate level of reimbursement for our products by third-party payors; inaccuracies in our estimates of the market for and commercialization potential of our products; failure to maintain optimal inventory levels to meet commercial demand for any of our products; risks that our competitors are able to develop and market products that are preferred over our products; our dependence upon third parties for the manufacture and supply of our marketed products; failure to achieve the benefits of our recently completed transactions with Cempra and The Medicines Company; failure to establish and maintain development and commercialization collaborations; uncertainty in the outcome or timing of clinical trials and/or receipt of regulatory approvals for our product candidates; undesirable side effects of our products; failure of third parties to conduct clinical trials in accordance with their contractual obligations; our ability to identify, develop, acquire or in-license products; difficulties in managing the growth of our company; the effects of recent comprehensive tax reform; risks related to failure to comply with extensive laws and regulations; product liability risks related to our products; failure to retain key personnel; inability to obtain, maintain and enforce patents and other intellectual property rights or the unexpected costs associated with such enforcement or litigation; risks relating to third party infringement of intellectual property rights;  our ability to maintain effective internal control over financial reporting; unfavorable outcomes in any of the class action and shareholder derivative lawsuits currently pending against the Company; and the fact that a substantial amount of shares of common stock may be sold into the public markets by one or more of our large shareholders in the near future.  Many of these factors that will determine actual results are beyond Melinta’s ability to control or predict.

Other risks and uncertainties are more fully described in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2017, and in other filings that Melinta makes and will make with the SEC. Existing and prospective investors are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof. The statements made in this press release speak only as of the date stated herein, and subsequent events and developments may cause our expectations and beliefs to change. While we may elect to update these forward-looking statements publicly at some point in the future, we specifically disclaim any obligation to do so, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law. These forward-looking statements should not be relied upon as representing our views as of any date after the date stated herein.


Melinta Therapeutics
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

    March 31,   December 31,
      2018       2017  
     (in 000s) 
Cash and cash equivalents   $   91,479     $   128,387  
Trade receivables, net       10,455         -   
Other receivables     11,619       7,564  
Inventory      28,220       10,825  
Prepaid expenses and other current assets     7,322       2,988  
Total current assets     149,095       149,764  
Property and equipment, net     2,276       1,596  
Goodwill     13,059       -  
Intangible assets     260,825       7,500  
Other assets     22,678       1,413  
Total assets   $   447,933     $   160,273  
Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity         
Accounts payable and accrued expenses   $   41,084     $   31,446  
Warrant liability     9,179       -  
Deferred and contingent purchase price     22,830       -  
Contingent milestones     27,184       -  
Other current liabilities     -       284  
Total current liabilities     100,277       31,730  
Debt facilities, net of discounts     106,090       39,555  
Deferred revenues     -       10,008  
Deferred and contingent purchase price     33,393       -  
Other long-term liabilities     8,340       6,644  
Total liabilities     248,100       87,937  
Convertible preferred stock     -       -  
Stockholders' equity        
Common stock     31       22  
Additional paid in capital     791,885       644,973  
Accumulated deficit     (592,083 )     (572,659 )
Total stockholders' equity      199,833       72,336  
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity   $   447,933     $   160,273  

The Company has recorded goodwill and intangible assets, as well as deferred and contingent consideration, in connection with the acquisition of the infectious disease business from The Medicines Company on a preliminary basis and based on its best estimates. The Company will record adjustments as necessary as it completes the valuation process, which may impact the value of intangible assets and related amortization expense included in our financial statements. Under GAAP, the Company has one year to finalize the purchase accounting for the acquisition.


Melinta Therapeutics
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations
(In thousands, except per share amounts)

    Three Months Ended March 31,
      2018       2017  
     (in 000s) 
Product sales, net   $   11,846     $   -   
License revenue       -          19,905  
Contract revenue       2,995         2,558  
Total revenue       14,841         22,463  
Operating expenses        
Cost of product sales       7,686         -   
Research and development       16,129         12,917  
Selling, general and administrative       34,624         7,973  
Total operating expenses       58,439         20,890  
Income (loss) from operations       (43,598 )       1,573  
Other income (expense), net        
Grant income       2,658         -   
Interest expense       (10,196 )       (1,622 )
Change in fair value of warrant liability       24,085         (55 )
Loss on extinguishment of debt       (2,595 )       -   
Interest and other income, net       214         30  
Total other income (expense), net       14,166         (1,647 )
Net loss   $   (29,432 )   $   (74 )
Accretion of convertible preferred stock dividends       -          (5,720 )
Net loss available to common shareholders   $   (29,432 )   $   (5,794 )
Basic and diluted net loss per share   $   (0.95 )   $   (208.16 )
Basic and diluted weighted-average shares outstanding       30,918         28  


Melinta Therapeutics
Condensed Consolidated Statement of Cash Flows

    Three Months Ended March 31,
      2018       2017  
     (in 000s) 
Net loss   $   (29,432 )   $   (74 )
Adjustments to reconcile net income (loss) to net        
 cash used in operations:        
Depreciation and amortization       4,805         123  
Change in fair value of warrants       (24,085 )       56  
Loss on extinguishment of debt       2,595         -   
Non-cash interest expense       5,954         1,155  
Stock-based compensation        955         572  
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:        
Receivables       (5,052 )       (2,623 )
Inventory       (2,002 )       -   
Prepaids and other assets/liabilities       (3,508 )       992  
Accounts payable and accrued expenses       (1,650 )       3,364  
Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities       (51,420 )       3,565  
Cash flows from investing activities:        
Cash acquired from acquisition of IDB       (166,383 )       -   
Purchases of property, plant and equipment       (504 )       (109 )
Net cash used in investing activities       (166,887 )       (109 )
Cash flows from financing activities:        
Proceeds from the issuance of common stock, net       40,003         95  
Proceeds from the issuance of debt instruments       190,000         8,010  
Principal payments on notes payable       (40,000 )       (2,844 )
Debt extinguishment costs        (2,150 )       -   
Debt issuance costs       (6,454 )       -   
Net cash provided by financing activities       181,399         5,261  
Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents       (36,908 )       8,717  
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period, including restricted cash       128,587         11,409  
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period, including restricted cash   $    91,679     $    20,126  


Melinta Therapeutics
Reconciliation of Reported Net Loss to Adjusted EBITDA

    Three Months Ended March 31,  
      2018       2017    
     (in 000s)   
Net loss   $   (29,432 )   $    (74 )  
EBITDA adjustments:          
Interest expense       10,196         1,622    
Interest income       (210 )       (5 )  
Depreciation and amortization       4,805         114    
Total EBITDA adjustments       14,791         1,731    
EBITDA   $   (14,641 )   $    1,657    
Other adjustments:          
Stock-based compensation        955         572    
Changes in fair value of warrant liability       (24,085 )       55    
Loss on extinguishment of debt       2,595         -     
Acquisition-related costs       2,069         -     
Other       1,532         -     
Total other adjustments       (16,934 )       627    
Adjusted EBITDA   $   (31,575 )   $    2,284    


Melinta Therapeutics
GAAP to Non-GAAP Adjustments
for the Three Months Ended March 31, 2018 and March 31, 2017

Three Months Ended March 31, 2018 (Unaudited)   Revenue Cost of Product Sales R&D SG&A Other Income
(Expense), Net
As reported under GAAP   $   14,841 $   (7,686 ) $   (16,129 ) $   (34,624 ) $   14,166   $   (29,432 )
Interest expense       -      -        -        -        10,196       10,196  
Interest income       -      -        -        -        (210 )     (210 )
Depreciation and amortization       -      4,683       53       69       -        4,805  
Stock-based compensation        -      37       217       701       -        955  
Change in fair value of warrant liability       -      -        -        -        (24,085 )     (24,085 )
Loss on extinguishment of debt       -      -        -        -        2,595       2,595  
Acquisition-related costs       -      -        -        2,069       -        2,069  
Other       -      -        -        1,532       -        1,532  
Total adjustments   $   -  $   4,720   $   270   $   4,371   $   (11,504 ) $   (2,143 )
Adjusted EBITDA   $    14,841 $    (2,966 ) $    (15,859 ) $    (30,253 ) $    2,662   $    (31,575 )
Three Months Ended March 31, 2017   Revenue R&D SG&A Other Income
(Expense), Net
As reported under GAAP   $   22,463 $   (12,917 ) $   (7,973 ) $   (1,647 ) $   (74 )  
Interest expense       -      -        -        1,622       1,622    
Interest income       -      -        -        (5 )     (5 )  
Depreciation and amortization       -      82       32       -        114    
Stock-based compensation        -      140       432       -        572    
Change in fair value of warrant liability       -      -        -        55       55    
Total adjustments   $   -  $   222   $   464   $   1,672   $   2,358    
Adjusted EBITDA   $    22,463 $    (12,695 ) $    (7,509 ) $    25   $    2,284    



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