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Assertio Reports First Quarter 2022 Financial Results


Reaffirms Full Year Net Product Sales and Raises Full Year Non-GAAP Adjusted EBITDA Guidance

Net Product Sales Up 37% and Non-GAAP Adjusted EBITDA Up 52% Compared to Prior Year Quarter

Quarterly Net Cash Flows from Operating Activities of $27.4 Million

LAKE FOREST, Ill., May 09, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Assertio Holdings, Inc. (“Assertio” or the “Company”) (Nasdaq: ASRT), a specialty pharmaceutical company offering differentiated products to patients, today reported financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2022.

Financial Highlights (unaudited):

  Three Months Ended March 31,
(in millions, except per share amounts) 2022     2021
Net Product Sales (GAAP) $ 35.5   $ 26.0
Net Income (GAAP) $ 9.1   $ 4.5
Earnings Per Share (GAAP) $ 0.20   $ 0.12
Adjusted EBITDA (Non-GAAP) 1 $ 23.9   $ 15.7
Adjusted Earnings Per Share (Non-GAAP) 1 $ 0.38   $ 0.27


  • The first quarter net product sales of $35.5 million were $9.5 million or 37% higher than the prior year quarter. The increase was primarily driven by higher net pricing on Indocin and the addition of Otrexup.
  • Gross profit margin2 in the first quarter was 88% or 344 basis points higher than the prior year quarter due to the impact of change in product mix and improved margins on Indocin.
  • Selling, general and administrative expenses in the first quarter of 2022 were $10.6 million or $2.3 million higher than the prior year quarter, primarily due to the $5.0 million insurance settlement benefit that was reflected in the prior year quarter. Absent the insurance settlement, SG&A expenses in the first quarter of 2022 were $2.7 million lower than the prior year quarter due to the benefit of completed cost savings initiatives despite adding a new product to the portfolio.
  • The first quarter net income of $9.1 million was $4.5 million or 99% higher than the prior year quarter primarily due to higher net product sales and gross profit margins and benefit from prior year restructuring charges not repeating, partially offset by higher SG&A expenses.

“The first quarter is in many ways representative of the new Assertio and one that shows the promise of our operating model and our ability to quickly integrate new assets like Otrexup into our platform,” said Dan Peisert, President and Chief Executive Officer of Assertio. “Due to the strength of our results to date and the confidence we have in the outlook of our business, we are raising the full year non-GAAP adjusted EBITDA guidance. We remain committed to our business development goal, which now after the completion of Otrexup is to add an additional $40 million of gross profit by 2024. By doing so we should be able to continue to build upon the momentum we’ve been gathering since our restructuring and continue to grow our business.”

2022 Financial Guidance

  Prior Guidance Current Guidance
Net Product Sales (GAAP) $126.0 Million to $136.0 Million $126.0 Million to $136.0 Million
Adjusted EBITDA (Non-GAAP)3 $64.0 Million to $72.0 Million $66.0 Million to $74.0 Million

1 Non-GAAP measures are reconciled to the corresponding GAAP measures in the schedules attached.
2 Gross profit margin represents the ratio of net products sales less cost of sales to net product sales.
3 See “Non-GAAP Financial Measures” below for information about reconciling our Adjusted EBITDA guidance to Net Income.

Conference Call and Investor Presentation Information

Assertio’s management will host a conference call to discuss its first quarter 2022 financial results today:

Date: Monday, May 9, 2022
Time: 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time
Webcast (live and archive): (Events & Webcasts, Investor Page)
Dial-in numbers: 1-844-200-6205 (domestic)
  1-929-526-1599 (international)
Conference number: 725095






To access the live webcast, the recorded conference call replay, and other materials, please visit Assertio’s investor relations website at Please connect at least 15 minutes prior to the live webcast to ensure adequate time for any software download that may be needed to access the webcast. The replay will be available approximately two hours after the call on Assertio’s investor website.

About Assertio

Assertio is a specialty pharmaceutical company offering differentiated products to patients utilizing a non-personal promotional model. We have built and continue to build our commercial portfolio by identifying new opportunities within our existing products as well as acquisitions or licensing of additional approved products. To learn more about Assertio, visit

Investor Contact

Max Nemmers
Head, Investor Relations and Administration

Forward Looking Statements

Statements in this communication that are not historical facts are forward-looking statements that reflect Assertio's current expectations, assumptions and estimates of future performance and economic conditions. These forward-looking statements are made in reliance on 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. These forward-looking statements relate to, among other things, future events or the future performance or operations of Assertio, including our ability to realize the benefits from our operating model, successfully integrate new assets and explore new business development initiatives. All statements other than historical facts may be forward-looking statements and can be identified by words such as "anticipate," "believe," "could," "design," "estimate," "expect," "forecast," "goal," "guidance," "imply," "intend," "may", "objective," "opportunity," "outlook," "plan," "position," "potential," "predict," "project," "prospective," "pursue," "seek," "should," "strategy," "target," "would," "will," "aim" or other similar expressions that convey the uncertainty of future events or outcomes and are used to identify forward-looking statements. Such forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and are subject to risks, uncertainties and other factors, some of which are beyond the control of Assertio, including the risks described in Assertio's Annual Report on Form 10-K and Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") and in other filings Assertio makes with the SEC from time to time. Investors and potential investors are urged not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements in this communication, which speak only as of this date. While Assertio may elect to update these forward-looking statements at some point in the future, it specifically disclaims any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking-statements contained in this press release whether as a result of new information or future events, except as may be required by applicable law. Nothing contained herein constitutes or will be deemed to constitute a forecast, projection or estimate of the future financial performance or expected results of Assertio.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

To supplement the Company’s financial results presented on a U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) basis, the Company has included information about non-GAAP measures of EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA, adjusted earnings, and adjusted earnings per share as useful operating metrics. The Company believes that the presentation of these non-GAAP financial measures, when viewed with results under GAAP and the accompanying reconciliation, provides supplementary information to analysts, investors, lenders, and the Company’s management in assessing the Company’s performance and results from period to period. The Company uses these non-GAAP measures internally to understand, manage and evaluate the Company’s performance, and in part, in the determination of bonuses for executive officers and employees. 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 financial measures used by us may be calculated differently from, and therefore may not be comparable to, non-GAAP measures used by other companies.

This release also includes estimated full-year non-GAAP adjusted EBITDA information, which the Company believes enables investors to better understand the anticipated performance of the business, but should be considered a supplement to, and not as a substitute for or superior to, financial measures calculated in accordance with GAAP. No reconciliation of estimated non-GAAP adjusted EBITDA to estimated net income is provided in this release because some of the information necessary for estimated net income such as income taxes, fair value change in contingent consideration, and stock-based compensation is not yet ascertainable or accessible and the Company is unable to quantify these amounts that would be required to be included in estimated net income without unreasonable efforts.

Specified Items

Non-GAAP measures presented within this release exclude specified items. The Company considers specified items to be significant income/expense items not indicative of current operations. Specified items include adjustments to interest expense, income tax expense (benefit), depreciation expense, amortization expense, sales reserves adjustments for products the Company is no longer selling, stock-based compensation expense, fair value adjustments to contingent consideration, restructuring costs, amortization of fair value inventory step-up as result of purchase accounting, transaction-related costs, gains or losses from adjustments to long-lived assets and assets not part of current operations, and gains or losses resulting from debt refinancing or extinguishment.

(in thousands, except per share amounts)

  Three Months Ended March 31,
    2022       2021  
Product sales, net $ 35,546     $ 26,027  
Royalties and milestones   992       434  
Other revenue         378  
Total revenues   36,538       26,839  
Costs and expenses:      
Cost of sales   4,195       3,966  
Selling, general and administrative expenses   10,638       8,324  
Fair value of contingent consideration   1,645       (594 )
Amortization of intangible assets   8,501       6,547  
Restructuring charges         1,089  
Total costs and expenses   24,979       19,332  
Income from operations   11,559       7,507  
Other (expense) income:      
Interest expense   (2,327 )     (2,684 )
Other gain   545       269  
Total other expense   (1,782 )     (2,415 )
Net income before income taxes   9,777       5,092  
Income tax expense   (713 )     (548 )
Net income and Comprehensive income $ 9,064     $ 4,544  
Basic net income per share $ 0.20     $ 0.12  
Diluted net income per share $ 0.20     $ 0.12  
Shares used in computing basic net income per share   45,204       37,824  
Shares used in computing diluted net income per share   46,127       38,480  

(in thousands)

  March 31, 2022   December 31, 2021
Current assets:      
Cash and cash equivalents $ 61,389     $ 36,810  
Accounts receivable, net   48,923       44,361  
Inventories, net   9,480       7,489  
Prepaid and other current assets   5,323       14,838  
Total current assets   125,115       103,498  
Property and equipment, net   1,329       1,527  
Intangible assets, net   207,554       216,054  
Other long-term assets   5,137       5,468  
Total assets $ 339,135     $ 326,547  
Current liabilities:      
Accounts payable $ 8,523     $ 6,685  
Accrued rebates, returns and discounts   55,588       52,662  
Accrued liabilities   15,386       14,699  
Long-term debt, current portion   12,271       12,174  
Contingent consideration, current portion   14,600       14,500  
Other current liabilities   32,159       34,299  
Total current liabilities   138,527       135,019  
Long-term debt   61,250       61,319  
Contingent consideration   22,859       23,159  
Other long-term liabilities   4,637       4,636  
Total liabilities   227,273       224,133  
Commitments and contingencies      
Shareholders’ equity:      
Common stock, $0.0001 par value, 200,000,000 shares authorized; 45,335,426 and 44,640,444 shares issued and outstanding as of March 31, 2022 and December 31, 2021, respectively   4       4  
Additional paid-in capital   532,020       531,636  
Accumulated deficit   (420,162 )     (429,226 )
Total shareholders’ equity   111,862       102,414  
Total liabilities and shareholders' equity $ 339,135     $ 326,547  

(in thousands)

  Three Months Ended March 31,
    2022       2021  
Operating Activities      
Net income $ 9,064     $ 4,544  
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by (used in) operating activities:      
Depreciation and amortization   8,699       6,812  
Amortization of debt discount, debt issuance costs and royalty rights   28       70  
Recurring fair value measurement of assets and liabilities   1,645       (593 )
Stock-based compensation   982       772  
Provision for inventory and other assets   31       151  
Changes in assets and liabilities, net of acquisition:      
Accounts receivable   (4,561 )     5,109  
Inventories   (2,022 )     2,631  
Prepaid and other assets   9,845       3,395  
Accounts payable and other accrued liabilities   (1,511 )     (16,749 )
Accrued rebates, returns and discounts   2,926       (12,978 )
Interest payable   2,300       2,610  
Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities   27,426       (4,226 )
Investing Activities      
Purchase of Otrexup   (404 )      
Net cash used in investing activities   (404 )      
Financing Activities      
Payment of contingent consideration   (1,845 )      
Proceeds from issuance of common stock         44,861  
Shares withheld for payment of employee's withholding tax liability   (598 )     (388 )
Net cash (used in) provided by financing activities   (2,443 )     44,473  
Net increase in cash and cash equivalents   24,579       40,247  
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of year   36,810       20,786  
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period $ 61,389     $ 61,033  
Supplemental Disclosure of Cash Flow Information      
Net cash paid (refunded) for income taxes $ (8,360 )   $  
Cash paid for interest $     $  

(in thousands)

  Three Months Ended March 31,    
    2022     2021     Financial Statement Classification
GAAP Net Income $ 9,064   $ 4,544      
Interest expense   2,327     2,684     Interest expense
Income tax expense   713     548     Income tax expense
Depreciation expense   197     265     Selling, general and administrative expenses
Amortization of intangible assets   8,501     6,547     Amortization of intangible assets
EBITDA (Non-GAAP) $ 20,802   $ 14,588      
Legacy products revenue reserves (1)       (378 )   Other revenue
Stock-based compensation   982     772     Selling, general and administrative expenses
Contingent consideration fair value change (2)   1,645     (594 )   Fair value of contingent consideration
Restructuring charges       1,089     Restructuring charges
Other (3)   434     235     Multiple
Adjusted EBITDA (Non-GAAP) $ 23,863   $ 15,712      
  1. Represents removal of the impact of revenue adjustment estimates related to previously divested products.

  2. The fair value of the contingent consideration is remeasured each reporting period, with changes in the fair value resulting from a change in the underlying inputs being recognized as operating expenses until the contingent consideration arrangement is settled.

  3. Other represents amortization of inventory step-up recognized in Cost of sales related acquired inventories sold.


(in thousands, except per share amounts)

  Three Months Ended March 31, 2022   Three Months Ended March 31, 2021
  Amount   Diluted EPS   Amount   Diluted EPS
Net income (GAAP) $ 9,064     $ 0.20     $ 4,544     $ 0.12  
Amortization of intangible assets   8,501       0.18       6,547       0.17  
Legacy products revenue reserves               (378 )     (0.01 )
Stock-based compensation   982       0.02       772       0.02  
Contingent consideration fair value change   1,645       0.04       (594 )     (0.02 )
Restructuring charges               1,089       0.03  
Other   434       0.01       235       0.01  
Contingent consideration accrued payable(2)   (271 )     (0.01 )            
Income taxes expense, as adjusted(3)   (2,823 )     (0.06 )     (1,918 )     (0.05 )
Adjusted earnings (Non-GAAP) $ 17,532       0.38     $ 10,297       0.27  
Diluted shares used in calculation       46,127           38,480  
  1. Represents per share calculations of adjustments reflected in the Company’s reconciliation of GAAP net income to non-GAAP adjusted EBITDA and therefore should be read in conjunction with that reconciliation and respective footnotes.

  2. Represents the accrued cash payable of the INDOCIN contingent consideration for the respective period based on 20% royalty for annual INDOCIN net sales over $20.0 million.

  3. Represents the Company’s income tax expense adjusted for the tax effect of pre-tax adjustments excluded from adjusted earnings. The tax effect of pre-tax adjustments excluded from adjusted earnings is computed at the blended statutory rate of 25%.

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