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Arcutis Announces Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2023 Financial Results and Provides Business Update

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Arcutis Biotherapeutics, Inc. (ARQT) reported Q4 net product revenues of $13.5 million, a 357% increase YoY, driven by ZORYVE® cream. FDA approval for ZORYVE® foam, 0.3%, for seborrheic dermatitis. PDUFA action date for roflumilast cream, 0.15%, in July 2024. Strong financial position supporting new launches and pipeline development. R&D expenses decreased by 39% in 2023. Company optimistic about 2024 potential.
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  • Q4 net product revenues increased by 357% YoY to $13.5 million driven by ZORYVE® cream.
  • FDA approved ZORYVE® foam, 0.3%, for seborrheic dermatitis in December 2023.
  • PDUFA action date for roflumilast cream, 0.15%, set for July 7, 2024.
  • R&D expenses decreased by 39% in 2023 to $111 million compared to 2022.
  • Company optimistic about 2024 potential with strong financial position and ongoing developments.
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  • Net loss increased to $66.3 million for Q4 2023 compared to $72.0 million in Q4 2022.
  • Net cash used in operating activities was $56.2 million in Q4 2023 and $247.1 million for the full year 2023.
  • SG&A expenses increased to $48.7 million for Q4 2023 compared to $37.0 million in Q4 2022.

The reported Q4 net product revenues for ZORYVE indicate a substantial year-over-year and sequential quarterly growth, which is a strong indicator of the product's market acceptance and demand. The 357% increase compared to the same quarter in the previous year and a 67% increase from the previous quarter in 2023 are significant. This growth trajectory, especially when driven by improved gross-to-net (GTN) sales deductions and sustained demand, suggests that the company is effectively managing discounts, rebates and other allowances that can affect the net sales revenue.

Moreover, the U.S. FDA approval for ZORYVE topical foam and the upcoming PDUFA date for roflumilast cream for atopic dermatitis are critical milestones that could potentially expand the product's label and market share. Such regulatory approvals are often followed by an increase in stock volatility as markets respond to the news. The strong financial position noted in the report indicates that the company has the necessary resources to support the commercial launches and further development of its pipeline, which could be reassuring for investors concerned about the company's ability to sustain its growth momentum.

However, the reported decrease in R&D expenses by 39% year-over-year may raise questions about the company's long-term commitment to innovation. While in the short term, this could be seen as a cost-saving measure, it is important to assess whether this decrease will affect the company's pipeline development adversely. The expected continued reductions in R&D expenses for 2024 should be monitored closely to understand the strategic direction and potential impact on the company's future product portfolio.

The dermatological market is witnessing a growth in innovative treatments and the approval of ZORYVE for seborrheic dermatitis fills a significant gap in a market that has not seen new mechanisms of action for over two decades. This could position Arcutis Biotherapeutics as a leader in a niche but important segment. The commercial launch of the product and the anticipation of a new submission for scalp and body psoriasis treatment in the second half of 2024 are strategic steps to capture market share in the competitive dermatology space.

The data showing over 165,000 prescriptions filled and the coverage by the three largest Pharmacy Benefit Managers (PBMs) demonstrate a strong commercial uptake and access to the market, which can be crucial for the product's continued success. The market will also be looking at the upcoming PDUFA date in July as a potential catalyst for further revenue growth.

It's important to note that the company's strategy to focus on immuno-dermatology and address unmet patient needs could resonate well with patient advocacy groups and prescribers, potentially leading to increased brand loyalty and market penetration. The emphasis on patient-centricity in product development and the launch strategy could also contribute to a positive reception among stakeholders.

The clinical profile of ZORYVE as a phosphodiesterase-4 (PDE4) inhibitor and the positive results from Phase 3 programs support its therapeutic potential and safety profile in treating plaque psoriasis and potentially atopic dermatitis. The expanded indication for children down to age 6 for plaque psoriasis and the anticipation of an additional indication for atopic dermatitis could significantly broaden the patient population that can benefit from this treatment.

The approval of ZORYVE topical foam for seborrheic dermatitis based on the STRATUM trial results, which demonstrated high efficacy and significant reduction in itch, indicates that the product could be well-received by both patients and healthcare providers. The clinical data showing nearly 80% of individuals achieving the primary efficacy endpoint of Investigator's Global Assessment (IGA) Success is particularly noteworthy as it suggests a strong clinical benefit.

As the company anticipates submitting an sNDA for scalp and body psoriasis, the positive topline results from the ARRECTOR trial will be critical in determining the product's potential to address additional dermatological conditions, thereby expanding the company’s therapeutic footprint.

  • Q4 net product revenues for ZORYVE® (roflumilast) cream 0.3% were $13.5 million, a 357% increase compared to the fourth quarter of 2022 and a 67% increase compared to the third quarter of 2023; driven by sequential improvement in gross-to-net (GTN) in the mid 60 percent range, as well as sustained demand growth
  • Received U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for ZORYVE® (roflumilast) topical foam, 0.3%, for the treatment of seborrheic dermatitis in adults and children down to age 9 in December 2023 and launched ZORYVE foam for seborrheic dermatitis in United States in late January 2024
  • July 7, 2024 PDUFA action date for roflumilast cream, 0.15%, for the treatment of atopic dermatitis in adults and children down to age 6
  • Strong financial position supports investment in plaque psoriasis and seborrheic dermatitis launches and continued development of pipeline
  • 2023 R&D expenses decreased 39% to $111 million, compared to 2022, and the Company expects continued reductions in R&D expenses in 2024 as it focuses investments in on-going ZORYVE commercial launches

WESTLAKE VILLAGE, Calif., Feb. 27, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Arcutis Biotherapeutics, Inc. (Nasdaq: ARQT), a commercial-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on developing meaningful innovations in immuno-dermatology, today reported financial results for the quarter and year ended December 31, 2023, and provided a business update.

“2023 was a year of successful execution and builds a strong foundation for 2024. We are very encouraged by the strong revenue growth trend we are seeing, reinforcing the demand for new treatment options and physician adoption of ZORYVE,” said Frank Watanabe, president and chief executive officer. “With two FDA-approved products in the midst of their commercial launches and the mid-year PDUFA action date for roflumilast cream for atopic dermatitis, 2024 has the potential to be a transformational year for Arcutis. Our expanding product portfolio, combined with our robust development pipeline, seek to address unmet patient needs across multiple dermatology indications, and position Arcutis to accomplish our patient-centric mission of addressing unmet needs and the lack of innovation in medical dermatology.”

Program Updates / Key Milestones

ZORYVE cream - a highly potent and selective phosphodiesterase-4 (PDE4) inhibitor in a once-daily cream formulation, approved in the United States and Canada for the treatment of plaque psoriasis and under development for atopic dermatitis

  • Demand for ZORYVE cream in plaque psoriasis continues to grow, with over 165,000 prescriptions filled since launch to date by over 10,700 unique prescribers, reflecting the high levels of patient and physician satisfaction with the ZORYVE clinical profile. ZORYVE cream is covered by the three largest Pharmacy Benefit Managers. The Company saw significant GTN improvement in the fourth quarter compared to the GTN in the third quarter, and anticipates further GTN improvement in 2024. The FDA approved an expanded indication for ZORYVE cream for the treatment of plaque psoriasis in children down to age 6 in October 2023.
  • The FDA has accepted the Company’s supplemental new drug application (sNDA) for roflumilast cream 0.15% for the treatment of atopic dermatitis (AD) in adults and children down to age 6. The FDA assigned the application a Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA) target action date of July 07, 2024. The sNDA is supported by positive results from three Phase 3 programs as well as a Phase 2 dose ranging study, and two Phase 1 pharmacokinetic studies.

ZORYVE foam - a once-daily foam formulation of topical roflumilast designed to overcome the challenges of delivering topical drugs in hair-bearing areas of the body, approved in the United States for the treatment for seborrheic dermatitis and in development for scalp and body psoriasis

  • In December 2023, the FDA approved the new drug application (NDA) for ZORYVE topical foam, 0.3%, for the treatment of seborrheic dermatitis in individuals 9 years of age and older. ZORYVE foam, the first drug approved for seborrheic dermatitis with a new mechanism of action in over two decades, provides rapid and robust disease clearance and significant reduction in itch, with nearly 80% of individuals achieving the primary efficacy endpoint of IGA Success and just over 50% of individuals reaching complete clearance at Week 8 in the STRATUM trial.
  • In January 2024, Arcutis announced the acceptance of a new drug submission for roflumilast foam 0.3% for the treatment of adults and children down to age 9 by Health Canada.
  • Based on the positive topline results from the ARRECTOR pivotal Phase 3 trial for the treatment of scalp and body psoriasis, the Company anticipates submitting an sNDA for scalp and body psoriasis to the FDA in the second half of 2024.

ARQ-255 - a topical suspension formulation of ivarmacitinib, a potent and highly selective topical Janus kinase type 1 (JAK1) inhibitor, designed to preferentially deliver the drug deep into the hair follicle, in order to potentially treat alopecia areata at the site of inflammation

  • In December 2022, Arcutis announced the enrollment of the first healthy volunteer subject in a Phase 1b study in alopecia areata. The first subject in the alopecia areata cohort enrolled in the second quarter of 2023.

ARQ-234 - a fusion protein that is a potent and highly selective checkpoint agonist of the CD200 Receptor (CD200R), being developed as a potential biologic treatment in atopic dermatitis

  • The Company continues preclinical development efforts.

Recent Corporate Highlights 

  • In October 2023, the United States Patent and Trademark Office awarded the Company a new formulation patent that covers a means for inhibiting roflumilast crystal growth, and is not limited to hexylene glycol. In November 2023, the Company was also awarded a new method of treatment patent with a topical roflumilast formulation with an extended half-life. Both patents do not expire until 2037.
  • In October 2023, the Company completed a public offering raising gross proceeds of $102.3 million including the underwriters' 30-day option to purchase additional shares at the public offering price per share, which was partially exercised.
  • In November 2023, the Company entered into an amendment of its loan agreement with SLR Investment Corp. (SLR), modifying the financial covenants on the existing drawn principal.

Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2023 Summary Financial Results

Total revenues for the quarter ended December 31, 2023 were $13.5 million compared to $3.0 million for the corresponding period in 2022. Total revenues for the year ended December 31, 2023 were $59.6 million compared to $3.7 million for the corresponding period in 2022. These year-over-year increases were due to strong unit demand growth as well as improvements in gross-to-net sales deductions. In addition, the third quarter of 2023 included Other revenues of $30.4 million related to the upfront payment in connection with the Huadong collaboration and licensing agreement.

Cost of sales for the quarter ended December 31, 2023 were $2.2 million compared to $0.5 million for the corresponding period in 2022. Cost of sales for the year ended December 31, 2023 were $5.0 million compared to $0.8 million for the corresponding period in 2022.

Research and development (R&D) expenses for the quarter ended December 31, 2023 were $23.8 million compared to $33.9 million for the corresponding period in 2022. R&D expenses for the year ended December 31, 2023 were $110.6 million compared to $182.4 million for the corresponding period in 2022. These year-over-year decreases were due to decreased clinical development costs related to our topical roflumilast. In addition, R&D expenses for the third quarter of 2022 included approximately $30 million upfront expense for the Ducentis acquisition.

Selling, general, and administrative (SG&A) expenses for the quarter ended December 31, 2023 were $48.7 million compared to $37.0 million for the corresponding period in 2022. SG&A expenses for the year ended December 31, 2023 were $185.1 million compared to $122.1 million for the corresponding period in 2022. These year-over-year increases were primarily due to higher headcount and sales and marketing expenses related to the launch of ZORYVE.

Net loss was $66.3 million, or $0.72 per basic and diluted share, for the quarter ended December 31, 2023 compared to $72.0 million, or $1.18 per basic and diluted share, for the corresponding period in 2022. Net loss was $262.1 million, or $3.78 per basic and diluted share, for the year ended December 31, 2023 compared to $311.5 million, or $5.66 per basic and diluted share, for the corresponding period in 2022.

Cash, cash equivalents, restricted cash, and marketable securities were $272.8 million as of December 31, 2023, compared to $410.8 million as of December 31, 2022. Net cash used in operating activities was $56.2 during the fourth quarter and $247.1 million during the full year 2023.

Conference Call and Webcast

Arcutis management will host a conference call and webcast today at 8:30 am ET to discuss the financial results for the quarter and year and provide a business update. The webcast for this conference call may be accessed at the “Events” section of the Company’s website. The replay of the webcast will be available on the Arcutis website following the call.

About Arcutis

Arcutis Biotherapeutics, Inc. (Nasdaq: ARQT) is a commercial-stage medical dermatology company that champions meaningful innovation to address the urgent needs of individuals living with immune-mediated dermatological diseases and conditions. With a commitment to solving the most persistent patient challenges in dermatology, Arcutis has a growing portfolio including two FDA approved products that harness our unique dermatology development platform coupled with our dermatology expertise to build differentiated therapies against biologically validated targets. Arcutis’ dermatology development platform includes a differentiated pipeline with multiple clinical programs for a range of inflammatory dermatological conditions including scalp and body psoriasis, atopic dermatitis, and alopecia areata. For more information, visit www.arcutis.com or follow Arcutis on LinkedIn, Facebook, and X.

Forward Looking Statements

Arcutis cautions you that statements contained in this press release regarding matters that are not historical facts are forward-looking statements. These statements are based on the Company's current beliefs and expectations. Such forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements regarding the potential for its topical drugs in development to address large markets with significant unmet need; the development, approval and potential commercialization of Arcutis' product candidates; the potential commercial success and growth of ZORYVE in plaque psoriasis and seborrheic dermatitis, including market access and reimbursement, product demand growth and continued improvement in gross to net; and the timing of regulatory filings and potential approvals for a number of dermatology indications for roflumilast in the United States and Canada. These statements involve substantial known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause our actual results, levels of activity, performance, or achievements to be materially different from the information expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements and you should not place undue reliance on our forward-looking statements. Risks and uncertainties that may cause our actual results to differ include risks inherent in the clinical development process and regulatory approval process, the timing of regulatory filings, the timing, expenses, and success of our commercialization efforts, including uncertainty of future commercial sales and related items that can impact net sales, and our ability to defend our intellectual property. For a further description of the risks and uncertainties applicable to our business, see the “Risk Factors” section of our Form 10-K filed with U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on February 27, 2024, as well as any subsequent filings with the SEC. We undertake no obligation to revise or update information herein to reflect events or circumstances in the future, even if new information becomes available.

Contacts:

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Amanda Sheldon, Head of Corporate Communications
asheldon@arcutis.com

Investors
Latha Vairavan, VP Finance and Investor Relations
lvairavan@arcutis.com

Derek Cole
Investor Relations Advisory Solutions
derek.cole@iradvisory.com

 
ARCUTIS BIOTHERAPEUTICS, INC.
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(In thousands)
 
 December 31, December 31,
  2023   2022 
    
ASSETS   
Current assets:   
Cash and cash equivalents$88,398  $53,641 
Restricted cash 925   1,234 
Marketable securities 183,463   355,948 
Trade receivable, net 25,807   8,458 
Inventories 13,134   7,514 
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 18,704   10,611 
Total current assets 330,431   437,406 
Property and equipment, net 1,539   1,881 
Intangible assets, net 6,438   7,188 
Operating lease right-of-use asset 2,361   2,721 
Other assets 596   78 
Total assets$341,365  $449,274 
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY   
Current liabilities:   
Accounts payable$11,992  $8,827 
Accrued liabilities 33,941   28,323 
Operating lease liability 735   657 
Total current liabilities 46,668   37,807 
Operating lease liability, noncurrent 3,382   4,117 
Long-term debt, net 201,799   197,769 
Other long-term liabilities 849    
Total liabilities 252,698   239,693 
Stockholders’ equity:   
Common stock 9   6 
Additional paid-in capital 1,070,558   930,425 
Accumulated other comprehensive loss 4   (1,086)
Accumulated deficit (981,904)  (719,764)
Total stockholders’ equity 88,667   209,581 
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity$341,365  $449,274 


ARCUTIS BIOTHERAPEUTICS, INC.
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations
(In thousands, except share and per share data)
 
 Three Months Ended December 31, Year Ended December 31,
  2023   2022   2023   2022 
 (unaudited)    
Revenues:       
Product revenue, net$13,526  $2,961  $29,186  $3,686 
Other revenue       30,420    
Total revenues 13,526   2,961   59,606   3,686 
        
Operating expenses:       
Cost of sales 2,246   485   4,987   754 
Research and development 23,775   33,877   110,575   182,435 
Selling, general, and administrative 48,674   37,023   185,145   122,124 
Total operating expenses 74,695   71,385   300,707   305,313 
Loss from operations (61,169)  (68,424)  (241,101)  (301,627)
        
Other income (expense):       
Other income, net 2,672   3,320   11,786   5,821 
Interest expense (7,762)  (6,915)  (29,712)  (15,652)
        
Loss before income taxes (66,259)  (72,019)  (259,027)  (311,458)
        
Provision for income taxes$25  $  $3,113  $ 
        
Net loss$(66,284) $(72,019) $(262,140) $(311,458)
        
Per share information:       
Net loss per share, basic and diluted$(0.72) $(1.18) $(3.78) $(5.66)
Weighted-average shares used in computing net loss per share, basic and diluted 92,580,106   60,959,523   69,305,487   55,032,265 


Q4 net product revenues for ZORYVE® (roflumilast) cream 0.3% were $13.5 million.

Q4 net product revenues increased by 357% compared to the fourth quarter of 2022.

Q4 net product revenues increased by 67% compared to the third quarter of 2023.

Received FDA approval for ZORYVE® (roflumilast) topical foam, 0.3%, for the treatment of seborrheic dermatitis in adults and children down to age 9 in December 2023.

The PDUFA action date for roflumilast cream, 0.15%, is July 7, 2024.

R&D expenses decreased by 39% to $111 million in 2023 compared to 2022.

Total revenues for the year ended December 31, 2023, were $59.6 million.

Net loss was $66.3 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2023.

Cash, cash equivalents, restricted cash, and marketable securities were $272.8 million as of December 31, 2023.
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arcutis biotherapeutics, inc., a biopharmaceutical company, focuses on developing and commercializing treatments for dermatological diseases. its lead product candidate is arq-151, a topical cream formulation of roflumilast that is in phase iii clinical trials for the treatment of plaque psoriasis and atopic dermatitis. the company is also developing arq-154, a topical foam formulation of arq-151 for the treatment of seborrheic dermatitis and scalp psoriasis; arq-252, a selective topical small molecule inhibitor of janus kinase type 1 for hand eczema and other inflammatory dermatoses; and arq-255, a topical formulation of arq-252 designed to reach deeper into the skin to the postulated site of inflammation in alopecia areata. the company was formerly known as arcutis, inc. and changed its name to arcutis biotherapeutics, inc. in october 2019. arcutis biotherapeutics, inc. was founded in 2016 and is headquartered in westlake village, california.