Press Release

KemPharm is a clinical stage, specialty pharmaceutical company engaged in the development and discovery of proprietary prodrugs that are designed to be improved versions of widely prescribed and FDA approved products.

14 Nov

KemPharm Reports Third Quarter 2019 Results

Conference Call and Live Audio Webcast with Slide Presentation Scheduled for

Today, November 14, 2019, at 5:30 p.m. ET


Celebration, FL – November 14, 2019 – KemPharm, Inc. (Nasdaq: KMPH), a specialty pharmaceutical company engaged in the discovery and development of proprietary prodrugs, today reported its corporate and financial results for the quarter ended September 30, 2019.

“The third quarter of 2019 was highlighted by our entry into a licensing agreement (the KP415/KP484 Licensing Agreement) with an affiliate of Gurnet Point Capital (GPC) for our ADHD product candidates, KP415 and KP484,” said Travis Mickle, Ph.D., President and Chief Executive Officer of KemPharm. “Working with the team that GPC has assembled, our immediate focus remains on finalizing the New Drug Application (NDA) for KP415, with the goal of filing in January 2020, or sooner if possible.  However, the decision of when to file belongs to GPC.”

Dr. Mickle continued, “Since our last announcement, KVK-Tech, Inc. (KVK-Tech) has informed us that APADAZ® (benzhydrocodone and acetaminophen, or APAP, tablets) and its authorized generic, APADAZ-AG, are now available for wholesalers to place initial stocking orders.  We look forward to further updates from our partner, KVK-Tech, as they begin their awareness efforts.”

Q3 2019 Financial Results:

“Since the beginning of 2019, we have undertaken measures to reduce our operating spend, including a 33% workforce reduction, other general and administrative cost reductions, and the conclusion of the clinical phase for KP415.  The KP415/KP484 License Agreement provides several milestone payments, including the $10M upfront payment we have already received, another milestone payable at acceptance of the KP415 NDA, potential regulatory milestones at approval and sales milestones post-approval.  In addition, development cost reimbursements and consultation fee revenue for our support of all KP415 remaining development and commercial manufacturing provides the potential for us to cover a substantial portion of our operating expenses,” said LaDuane Clifton, KemPharm’s Chief Financial Officer.

For Q3 2019, KemPharm reported revenue of $11.5 million, which included the $10 million upfront payment, development cost reimbursements and consultation fee revenue generated under the KP415/KP484 License Agreement.  Net income for Q3 2019 was $3.1 million, or $0.09 per basic share and $0.06 per diluted share, compared to a net loss of $15.1 million, or $0.94 per basic and diluted share for Q3 2018.  Net income for Q3 2019 was driven primarily by income from operations of $3.2 million and non-cash fair value adjustment income of $1.4 million which was offset by net interest expense and other expenses of approximately $1.5 million.  Research and development expenses for Q3 2019 were $3.6 million, which was a reduction of 73% compared to $13.3 million in Q3 2018.  General and administrative expenses for Q3 2019 were $3.6 million, which was an increase of $0.6 million compared to Q3 2018, primarily driven by an increase in professional fees incurred in connection with the KP415 licensing process and partially offset by a decrease in personnel costs.

As of September 30, 2019, total cash, which is comprised of cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash, was $7.0 million. Based on our current operating forecast, which includes principal and interest payments totaling approximately $9.2 million, which are due in the first half of 2020, currently available resources are sufficient to continue operations into but not through Q2 2020.

“We continue to explore additional options to reduce our near-term cash requirements, including pushing out the timing of upcoming near-term principal and interest payments with the goal of extending our cash runway past the potential approval of the KP415 NDA.  In addition, we have initiated a process to explore addressing our debt in its entirety.  For that purpose, we have engaged Cowen and Company, LLC, to serve as our financial advisors,” Mr. Clifton concluded.  While the Company is actively pursuing debt restructuring efforts, it cannot guarantee that those efforts will be successful for either the near- or long-term debt obligations.

The Company also reported that it expects to receive a notification from the Nasdaq Stock Market (Nasdaq) pertaining to its non-compliance with Nasdaq continued listing qualifications.  Once received, the Company plans to submit a request to appear before the Nasdaq Hearings Panel and request an extension of the compliance period.  Under Nasdaq rules, the Hearings Panel has the authority to extend the compliance period for up to an additional 180 days, subject to their review of the Company’s plan for regaining compliance with the continued listing requirements. During this process, KemPharm’s common stock would remain listed and active on the Nasdaq Global Market.  There can be no assurance that the Company will be successful in maintaining the listing of its common stock on the Nasdaq Global Market.

Conference Call Information:

KemPharm will host a conference call and live audio webcast with slide presentation today, Thursday, November 14, 2019, at 5:30 p.m. ET, to discuss its corporate and financial results for the third quarter 2019. Interested participants and investors may access the conference call by dialing either:

  • (866) 395-2480 (U.S.)
  • (678) 509-7538 (international)
  • Conference ID: 8076615

An audio webcast with slide presentation will be accessible via the Investor Relations section of the KemPharm website An archive of the webcast and presentation will remain available for 90 days beginning at approximately 6:30 p.m. ET, on November 14, 2019.

About KemPharm:

KemPharm is a specialty pharmaceutical company focused on the discovery and development of proprietary prodrugs to treat serious medical conditions through its proprietary LATTM (Ligand Activated Therapy) technology. KemPharm utilizes its proprietary LAT technology to generate improved prodrug versions of FDA-approved drugs as well as to generate prodrug versions of existing compounds that may have applications for new disease indications. KemPharm’s prodrug product candidate pipeline is focused on the high need areas of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, and stimulant use disorder. KemPharm’s co-lead clinical development candidates for the treatment of ADHD, KP415 and KP484, are both based on a prodrug of d-methylphenidate, but have differing duration/effect profiles. In addition, KemPharm has received FDA approval for APADAZ®, an immediate-release combination product containing benzhydrocodone, a prodrug of hydrocodone, and acetaminophen. For more information on KemPharm and its pipeline of prodrug product candidates visit or connect with us on Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook and YouTube.

Caution Concerning Forward Looking Statements:

This press release may contain forward-looking statements made in reliance upon the safe harbor provisions of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended.  Forward-looking statements include all statements that do not relate solely to historical or current facts, and can be identified by the use of words such as “may,” “will,” “expect,” “project,” “estimate,” “anticipate,” “plan,” “believe,” “potential,” “should,” “continue” or the negative versions of those words or other comparable words. These include statements about development and potential commercialization of KP415 and KP484, and our efforts to restructure debt and the potential outcomes of those efforts.  Forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future actions or performance. These forward-looking statements are based on information currently available to KemPharm and its current plans or expectations and are subject to a number of uncertainties and risks that could significantly affect current plans. Risks concerning KemPharm’s business are described in detail in KemPharm’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2018, and KemPharm’s other Periodic and Current Reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.  KemPharm is under no obligation to (and expressly disclaims any such obligation to) update or alter its forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.


KemPharm Contacts: 

Jason Rando / Maureen McEnroe
Tiberend Strategic Advisors, Inc.
212-375-2665 / 2664



(in thousands, except share and per share amounts)


 Three months ended 

September 30,   

Nine months ended

September 30,

 2019     2018  2019 2018
Revenue $ 11,463 $ $ 11,463 $
Operating expenses:
Cost of revenue 1,000 1,000
Research and development 3,616 13,330 16,950 35,455
General and administrative 3,613 2,992 9,440 9,544
Severance expense 1,636 1,636
Total operating expenses 8,229 17,958 27,390 46,635
Income (loss) from operations 3,234 (17,958) (15,927) (46,635)
Other (expense) income:
Interest expense related to amortization of debt issuance costs and discount (371) (326) (981) (1,106)
Interest expense on principal (1,208) (1,367) (3,669) (4,228)
Fair value adjustment related to derivative and warrant liability 1,351 4,468 1,783 289
Interest and other income, net 60 52 295 290
Total other (expense) income (168) 2,827 (2,572) (4,755)
Income (loss) before income taxes 3,066 (15,131) (18,499) (51,390)
Income tax benefit (3) 60 14 107
Net income (loss) $ 3,063 $ (15,071) $ (18,485) $ (51,283)
Net income (loss) per share:
Basic $ 0.09 $ (0.94) $ (0.65) $ (3.33)
Diluted $  0.06 $ (0.94) $  (0.65) $  (3.33)
Weighted average number of shares of common stock outstanding:
Basic 30,126,704 16,033,923 28,417,450 15,385,663
Diluted 31,672,149 16,033,923  28,417,450  15,385,663


(in thousands, except share and par value amounts)


September 30, December 31,
2019 2018
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $ 6,518 $ 18,409
Marketable securities 3,260
Accounts and other receivables 1,638 140
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 528 1,912
Total current assets 8,684 23,721
Property and equipment, net 1,541 1,753
Operating lease right-of-use assets 1,649
Restricted cash 490 710
Other long-term assets 526 562
Total assets $ 12,890 $ 26,746
Liabilities and stockholders’ deficit            
Current liabilities:
Accounts payable and accrued expenses $ 3,095 $ 8,342
Current portion of convertible notes 6,718 3,333
Current portion of capital lease obligation 214
Current portion of operating lease liabilities 369
Other current liabilities 227 115
Total current liabilities 10,409 12,004
Convertible notes, less current portion, net 70,553 78,105
Derivative and warrant liability 335 2,118
Capital lease obligation, less current portion 396
Operating lease liabilities, less current portion 1,976
Other long-term liabilities 237 689
Total liabilities 83,510 93,312
Stockholders’ deficit:
Preferred stock:
Series A convertible preferred stock, $0.0001 par value, 9,578 shares authorized, 9,577 shares issued and 3,337 shares outstanding as of September 30, 2019 (unaudited) and December 31, 2018
Series B-1 convertible preferred stock, $0.0001 par value, 1,576 shares authorized, 1,576 shares issued and 789 shares outstanding as of September 30, 2019 (unaudited); no shares authorized, issued or outstanding as of December 31, 2018
Series B-2 convertible preferred stock, $0.0001 par value, 27,000 shares authorized, no shares issued or outstanding as of September 30, 2019 (unaudited); no shares authorized, issued or outstanding as of December 31, 2018
Undesignated preferred stock, $0.0001 par value, 9,961,846 shares authorized, no shares issued or outstanding as of September 30, 2019 (unaudited); 9,990,422 shares authorized, no shares issued or outstanding as of December 31, 2018
Common stock, $0.0001 par value, 250,000,000 shares authorized, 32,387,382 shares issued and outstanding as of September 30, 2019 (unaudited);

26,455,352 shares issued and outstanding as of December 31, 2018

3 3
Additional paid-in capital 169,054 154,623
Accumulated deficit (239,677) (221,192)
Total stockholders’ deficit (70,620) (66,566)
Total liabilities and stockholders’ deficit $ 12,890 $ 26,746