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Rockwell Medical Reports Fourth Quarter Results

March 15, 2017 at 4:01 PM EDT

WIXOM, Mich., March 15, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Rockwell Medical, Inc. (NASDAQ:RMTI), a fully-integrated biopharmaceutical company targeting end-stage renal disease (ESRD) and chronic kidney disease (CKD) with innovative products and services for the treatment of iron replacement, secondary hyperparathyroidism and hemodialysis, reported results for the quarter and year ending December 31, 2016.

Q4 2016 Financial Highlights

  • Sales were $13.4 million, or $0.7 million lower than Q4 2015, primarily due to lower domestic and lower contract manufacturing concentrate sales.
  • Gross profit was $2.0 million compared to $2.1 million in Q4 2015.
  • SG&A expense was $6.0 million compared $6.1 million in Q4 2015.
  • R&D expense was $1.2 million compared to $2.0 million in Q4 2015.
  • Net loss was $5.1 million or ($0.10) per share compared to a $5.8 million loss or ($0.12) per share in Q4 2015. Net loss was $0.7 million less year over year primarily due to lower R&D expense of $0.8 million.
  • Cash and investments were $57.9 million as of December 31, 2016.
  • Net working capital was $68.4 million as of December 31, 2016.

2016 Financial Highlights                                                                                                                                                                      

  • Sales were $53.3 million compared to $55.4 million in 2015, primarily due to lower contract manufacturing sales and lower international concentrate sales.
  • Gross profit was $6.8 million compared to $8.9 million in 2015. Gross profit was impacted by increased drug product costs of $1.5 million, lower third party contract manufacturing revenue and a $0.2 million value add tax paid on the $4.0 million received from Wanbang Biopharma.
  • SG&A expense was $21.1 million compared $19.1 million in 2015.
  • R&D expense was $5.8 million compared to $5.0 million in 2015.
  • Net loss was $19.8 million or ($0.39) per share versus $14.4 million or ($0.29) per share in 2015.
  • Cash used in operating activities in 2016 was $12.5 million of which R&D related expense was $5.8 million and investment in Triferic inventory was $6.1 million.

2016 Corporate Highlights

  • Made significant progress to secure transitional add-on reimbursement for Triferic.
  • Formed wholly owned subsidiary in India to initiate commercialization activities of Triferic in India.
  • Secured partnership in Canada for distribution of Triferic.
  • Advanced clinical development with several new indications for Triferic, including peritoneal dialysis, total parenteral nutrition and orphan indication IRIDA.
  • Triferic Phase-1 Healthy Volunteer Intravenous (IV) Pharmacokinetic Study published in the September 2016 edition of the Journal of Clinical Pharmacology.
  • Received FDA approval to market Triferic powder packet.
  • Built redundancy into Triferic product supply chain to manage anticipated customer demand.
  • Entered into license agreement with ARAM Medical to market Triferic in Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Middle Eastern countries.
  • Partnered with Wanbang Biopharma to commercialize Triferic and Calcitriol in the People's Republic of China, receiving up to $39 million in milestone payments and ongoing profit on commercial product sales in China.

Mr. Robert L. Chioini, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Rockwell stated, "We are pleased and excited with our progress to obtain transitional add-on reimbursement for Triferic. Our effort and movement on the add-on reimbursement front has been very strong and we feel we are closer to our goal of securing it. We continue to garner support from key stakeholders for add-on reimbursement for Triferic. We are also very pleased with the response, and the positive clinical findings being reported from dialysis providers using Triferic through our drug sample program. Our marketing and education efforts on Triferic have been well received and continue to be very effective." Mr. Chioini also stated, "We have advanced our clinical development work for Triferic in both the China and India markets, while implementing the necessary clinical steps to advance the use of Triferic in the Peritoneal dialysis, Total Parenteral Nutrition and Cancer markets."  

Conference Call Information
Rockwell Medical will be hosting a conference call to review its fourth quarter and year end 2016 results on Wednesday, March 15, 2017 at 4:30 pm ET.  Investors are encouraged to call a few minutes in advance at (888) 438-5453, or for international callers (719) 457-2637, passcode # 8360933 or to listen to the call via webcast at the Rockwell Medical IR web page: 

About Triferic
Triferic is the only FDA approved drug indicated to replace iron and maintain hemoglobin in hemodialysis patients suffering from anemia. Via dialysate during each dialysis treatment, Triferic replaces the 5-7 mg iron loss that occurs in all patients, effectively maintaining their iron balance. Unlike IV iron products, Triferic binds iron immediately and completely to transferrin (carrier of iron in the body) upon entering the blood and it is then transported directly to the bone marrow to be incorporated into hemoglobin, with no increase in ferritin (stored iron and inflammation) and no anaphylaxis, addressing a significant unmet need in overcoming Functional Iron Deficiency (FID) in ESRD patients. Please visit to view the Triferic mode-of-action (MOA) video and for more information.

About Rockwell Medical
Rockwell Medical is a fully-integrated biopharmaceutical company targeting end-stage renal disease (ESRD) and chronic kidney disease (CKD) with innovative products and services for the treatment of iron replacement, secondary hyperparathyroidism and hemodialysis.

Rockwell's recent FDA approved drug Triferic is indicated for iron replacement and maintenance of hemoglobin in hemodialysis patients. Triferic delivers iron to patients during their regular dialysis treatment, using dialysate as the delivery mechanism. Triferic has demonstrated that it safely and effectively delivers sufficient iron to the bone marrow and maintains hemoglobin, without increasing iron stores (ferritin). Rockwell intends to market Triferic to hemodialysis patients in the U.S. dialysis market and globally.

Rockwell's FDA approved generic drug Calcitriol is for treating secondary hyperparathyroidism in dialysis patients. Calcitriol (active vitamin D) injection is indicated in the management of hypocalcemia in patients undergoing chronic renal dialysis. It has been shown to significantly reduce elevated parathyroid hormone levels. Reduction of PTH has been shown to result in an improvement in renal osteodystrophy.  Rockwell intends to market Calcitriol to hemodialysis patients in the U.S. dialysis market.

Rockwell is also an established manufacturer and leader in delivering high-quality hemodialysis concentrates/dialysates to dialysis providers and distributors in the U.S. and abroad. As one of the two major suppliers in the U.S., Rockwell's products are used to maintain human life by removing toxins and replacing critical nutrients in the dialysis patient's bloodstream. Rockwell has three U.S. manufacturing/distribution facilities.

Rockwell's exclusive renal drug therapies support disease management initiatives to improve the quality of life and care of dialysis patients and are intended to deliver safe and effective therapy, while decreasing drug administration costs and improving patient convenience. Rockwell Medical is developing a pipeline of drug therapies, including extensions of Triferic for indications outside of hemodialysis. Please visit for more information.

Certain statements in this press release constitute "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the federal securities laws, including, but not limited to, Rockwell's intention to sell and market Calcitriol and Triferic. Words such as "may," "might," "will," "should," "believe," "expect," "anticipate," "estimate," "continue," "predict," "forecast," "project," "plan", "intend" or similar expressions, or statements regarding intent, belief, or current expectations, are forward-looking statements. While Rockwell Medical believes these forward-looking statements are reasonable, undue reliance should not be placed on any such forward-looking statements, which are based on information available to us on the date of this release. These forward looking statements are based upon current estimates and assumptions and are subject to various risks and uncertainties, including without limitation those set forth in Rockwell Medical's SEC filings. Thus, actual results could be materially different. Rockwell Medical expressly disclaims any obligation to update or alter statements whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law.

Triferic® is a registered trademark of Rockwell Medical, Inc.

For the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2016 and December 30, 2015 
  Three Months Ended
December 31, 2016
 Three Months Ended
December 31, 2015
 2016  2015  
Sales $13,389,786  $14,132,637  $53,284,166  $55,350,702  
Cost of Sales  11,401,603   12,076,489   46,531,648   46,412,848  
Gross Profit  1,988,183   2,056,148   6,752,518   8,937,854   
Selling, General and Administrative  6,049,663   6,089,606    21,120,901   19,078,867  
Research and Product Development  1,200,729   2,029,736   5,840,346   4,961,313  
Operating Income (Loss)  (5,262,209)  (6,063,194)  (20,208,729)  (15,102,326) 
Interest and Investment Income  207,911    293,238   810,340   681,876  
Interest (Expense)             
Income (Loss) Before Income Taxes  (5,054,298)  (5,769,956)  (19,398,389)  (14,420,450) 
Income Tax Expense        (404,527)    
Net Income (Loss) $(5,054,298) $(5,769,956)  $(19,802,916) $(14,420,450) 
Basic Earnings (Loss) per Share $(0.10) $(0.12) $(0.39) $(0.29) 
Diluted Earnings (Loss) per Share $(0.10) $(0.12) $(0.39 ) $(0.29) 

As of December 31, 2016 and December 31, 2015 
   December 31 December 31 
  2016  2015  
Cash and Cash Equivalents $17,180,594  $31,198,182  
Investments Available for Sale  40,759,703   39,482,732  
Accounts Receivable, net of a reserve of $5,000 in 2016 and $75,000 in 2015  6,393,228   5,046,733  
Inventory  12,141,072   7,871,780  
Other Current Assets  2,034,598   1,026,889  
Total Current Assets  78,509,195   84,626,316  
Property and Equipment, net   1,391,575   1,646,568  
Inventory, Non-Current  1,826,554     
Intangible Assets  4,382   165,657  
Goodwill  920,745   920,745  
Other Non-current Assets  501,187   462,839  
Total Assets $83,153,638  $87,822,125  
Accounts Payable $5,858,234  $3,995,216  
Accrued Liabilities  4,210,151   3,831,356  
Customer Deposits  77,217   264,879  
Total Current Liabilities  10,145,602   8,091,451  
Deferred License Revenue  20,051,737   17,410,852  
Shareholders' Equity:       
Common Shares, no par value, 51,527,711 and 51,501,877 shares issued and outstanding  268,199,939   257,773,494  
Accumulated Deficit  (214,341,092)  (194,538,176) 
Accumulated Other Comprehensive Income  (902,548)  (915,496) 
Total Shareholders' Equity  52,956,299   62,319,822  
Total Liabilities And Shareholders' Equity $83,153,638  $87,822,125  

For the years ended December 31, 2016 and December 31, 2015
  2016  2015 
Cash Flows From Operating Activities:      
Net (Loss) $ (19,802,916) $ (14,420,450)
Adjustments To Reconcile Net Loss To Net Cash Used In Operating Activities:       
Depreciation and Amortization  762,368   822,294 
Share Based Compensation—Employees  10,346,284   8,887,977 
Restricted Stock Retained in Satisfaction of Tax Liabilities     (2,912,859)
Loss on Disposal of Assets  8,168   5,281 
Loss on Sale of Investments Available for Sale  26,820   58,095 
Changes in Assets and Liabilities:      
(Increase) in Accounts Receivable  (1,162,469)  (574,731)
(Increase) in Inventory  (6,095,846)  (3,951,595)
(Increase) in Other Assets  (1,230,084)  (360,303)
(Decrease) in Accounts Payable  1,863,018   (1,299,299)
(Decrease) in Other Liabilities  191,134    (413,652)
Increase (decrease) in Deferred License Revenue  (2,065,785)  (2,081,668)
Increase (decrease) in Deferred Drug License Revenue    4,706,670      — 
Changes in Assets and Liabilities  (3,793,362)  (8,681,248)
Cash (Used) In Provided By Operating Activities   (12,452,638)   (16,240,910)
Cash Flows From Investing Activities:      
Purchase of Investments Available for Sale  (25,781,853)  (21,800,000)
Sale of Investments Available for Sale  24,491,677   1,468,656 
Purchase of Equipment  (355,264)  (815,002)
Proceeds on Sale of Assets  1,000    4,800 
Cash (Used In) Investing Activities   (1,644,440 )   (21,141,546)
Cash Flows From Financing Activities:      
Proceeds from Issuance of Common Shares and Purchase Warrants     80,161     2,780,187 
Cash Provided By Financing Activities   80,161    2,780,187 
Effects of exchange rate changes  (671)   
(Decrease) Increase In Cash  (14,017,588)  (34,602,269)
Cash At Beginning Of Period  31,198,182   65,800,451 
Cash At End Of Period $ 17,180,594  $ 31,198,182 


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