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Catalyst Pharmaceuticals (CPRX) Q2 Earnings Top, Revenues Up

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Catalyst Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (CPRX - Free Report) reported earnings of 20 cents per share in the second quarter of 2022, beating the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 17 cents. The company reported earnings of 11 cents in the year-ago quarter.

Adjusted earnings (adjusted for stock-based compensation, depreciation and tax provision) came in at 28 cents per share in the reported quarter compared with 16 cents a year ago.

Total revenues amounted to $53.1 million, beating the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $49 million. Sales rose 46.1% from the year-ago quarter’s $36.4 million. The top line primarily comprised significant sales of Firdapse (amifampridine), the company’s first approved drug for the treatment of Lambert-Eaton myasthenic syndrome (“LEMS”) and nominal license and other revenues.

Catalyst shares were up 7.83% on Aug 9, after market hours, after the announcement of encouraging second-quarter results. Shares of Catalyst have surged 56.6% year to date against the industry’s fall of 17.7%.

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Quarter in Detail

Firdapse generated sales worth $53 million in the second quarter, up 57.7% year over year, primarily driven by organic sales growth of Firdapse and the transition of Ruzurgi patients to Firdapse treatment after the dispute settlement with Jacobus Pharmaceuticals.

License and other revenues were nominal at $0.06 million in the reported quarter, down from $2.73 million in the prior-year quarter.

Research and development (R&D) expenses of $4 million, down from $4.5 million reported in the year-ago quarter.

Selling, general and administrative (SG&A) expenses totaled $12.9 million, up from $11.5 million reported in the year-ago quarter.

As of Jun 30, 2022, CPRX had cash, cash equivalents and investments worth $220.8 million compared with $198 million as of Mar 31, 2022.

2022 Guidance

Catalyst reiterated the guidance it had provided earlier this year.

For 2022, the company continues to expect total revenues in the range of $195-$205 million, suggesting a 38-45% increase from 2021 levels.

The guidance assumes continued recovery in macro-economic and healthcare activity throughout 2022 from the COVID pandemic.

Recent Updates

The company is focused on expanding the commercialization of Firdapse in the United States. The company submitted a supplemental new drug application (sNDA) to the FDA for the use of Firdapse in treating pediatric LEMS patients.

Catalyst reached a settlement with Jacobus on its ongoing patent infringement litigation in July. The settlement marks the end of an ongoing dispute between Catalyst and Jacobus Pharmaceuticals since the latter’s drug Ruzurgi (amifampridine) was approved by the FDA in 2019 for treating LEMS in pediatric patients. This was contested by CPRX in a lawsuit, claiming that the regulatory body’s approval violated the orphan drug designation granted to Firdapse for treating LEMS. Pursuant to the settlement terms, Catalyst will stop pursuing all claims related to the litigation.

Catalyst also acquired certain intellectual property rights of Jacobus, including the rights to develop and commercialize Ruzurgi in the U.S. and Mexico. In return, Jacobus will be eligible to receive single-digit royalties on net sales of amifampridine in the United States. Catayst will also make a cash payment to Jacobus as part of the deal.

Catalyst Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Price, Consensus and EPS Surprise


Catalyst Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Price, Consensus and EPS Surprise

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Zacks Rank & Stocks to Consider

Catalyst currently carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).

Some better-ranked stocks in the same sector are Aerie Pharmaceuticals , sporting a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy) and Jazz Pharmaceuticals (JAZZ - Free Report) and Verrica Pharmaceuticals (VRCA - Free Report) , carrying a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.

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Jazz’s earnings estimate for 2022 have increased from $17.04 to $17.35 over the past 30 days. Shares of JAZZ have returned 22.9% year to date. Earnings of Jazz beat estimates in three of the last four quarters, while missing the same in one. JAZZ reported a positive earnings surprise of 10.94%, on average.

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