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Tarsus Reports Second Quarter 2022 Financial Results and Recent Business Achievements

Aug 11, 2022

TP-03 for the treatment of Demodex blepharitis met all endpoints in the Saturn-2 Phase 3 trial; NDA submission expected this year

Initiated Ersa Phase 2a trial evaluating TP-03 for the treatment of Meibomian Gland Disease

Cash runway anticipated into at least 2026 for the commercial launch of TP-03 and continued pipeline development

IRVINE, Calif., Aug. 11, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Tarsus Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: TARS), whose mission is to focus on unmet needs and apply proven science and new technology to revolutionize treatment for eye diseases, today announced financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2022, and recent business achievements.

“We continued to execute on our top priority of advancing TP-03 for the treatment of Demodex blepharitis, including preparing for NDA submission this year. We are also expanding the commercial team and seeing growing disease awareness as we generate momentum towards a potential commercial launch next year,” said Bobak Azamian, M.D., Ph.D., President and Chief Executive Officer of Tarsus. “Simultaneously, we’ve taken positive steps to advance our pipeline, including initiating our clinical program for MGD, and preparing for the start of two additional Phase 2 studies in Lyme disease prevention and Rosacea. These milestones, along with our strengthened balance sheet, are important steps toward our goal of becoming a leading eye pharmaceutical company.”

Recent Business Highlights and Corporate Update

  • NDA submission of TP-03 for Demodex blepharitis (DB) expected this year
  • TP-03 met the primary and all secondary endpoints, resolved DB and was safe and well-tolerated in Saturn-2 Phase 3, the second and final pivotal trial
  • Initiated Ersa Phase 2a trial evaluating TP-03 for the treatment of Meibomian Gland Disease, another highly prevalent eyelid margin disease
  • Data from the Callisto Phase 1b trial of TP-05, a novel, oral, non-vaccine potential therapeutic for the prevention of Lyme disease, expected this year
  • Cash runway anticipated into at least 2026
    • $245 million of cash as of June 30, 2022, including Q2 2022 net proceeds of $74 million from follow-on equity raise and a $15 million milestone from China out-license
    • $30 million in expected milestones through 2024 from China out-license with $15 million in H2 2022

2022 Milestones

ProgramMilestoneAnticipated IndicationH1 2022H2 2022
TP-03Topline Pivotal Data (Saturn-2)Demodex blepharitis 
TP-03Initiate Phase 2 (Ersa)Meibomian Gland Disease 
TP-05Initiate Ph2a (Carpo)Lyme disease prevention 
TP-03NDA SubmissionDemodex blepharitis 
TP-04Initiate Phase 2 (Galatea)Rosacea 
TP-05Phase 1b Data (Callisto)Lyme disease prevention 
TP-03Initiate Phase 3 trial in China (with LianBio)Demodex blepharitis 

Second Quarter 2022 Financial Results

  • Second quarter net loss for 2022 was $5.7 million, compared to net income of $6.3 million for the same period in 2021
  • Second quarter 2022 license fee and collaboration revenue, as part of the strategic partnership with LianBio, was $15.3 million, compared to $22.0 million for the same period in 2021
  • Second quarter research and development expenses for 2022 were $9.6 million (inclusive of stock-based compensation of $1.0 million), compared to $7.2 million for the same period in 2021
  • Second quarter general and administrative expenses for 2022 were $10.4 million (inclusive of stock-based compensation of $2.5 million), compared to $6.8 million for the same period in 2021
  • As of June 30, 2022, cash and cash equivalents were $245.4 million

About Tarsus Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Tarsus Pharmaceuticals, Inc. applies proven science and new technology to revolutionize treatment for patients, starting with eye care. Tarsus is advancing its pipeline to address several diseases with high unmet need across a range of therapeutic categories, including eye care, dermatology, and infectious disease prevention. Tarsus is studying two investigational medicines in clinical trials. Its lead product candidate, TP-03, is a novel therapeutic which has demonstrated positive results in two pivotal trials for the treatment of Demodex blepharitis. TP-03 is also being developed for the treatment of Meibomian Gland Disease. In addition, Tarsus is developing TP-05, an oral, non-vaccine therapeutic for the prevention of Lyme disease, which is currently being studied in a Phase 1b clinical trial.

Forward-Looking Statements

Statements in this press release about future expectations, plans and prospects, as well as any other statements regarding matters that are not historical facts, may constitute “forward-looking statements.” These statements include statements regarding the potential approval and commercialization of TP-03, the initiation of Phase 2 studies for Lyme disease prevention and the treatment of rosacea, cash runway expectations, the terms of the license agreement with LianBio, the ability of LianBio to commercialize TP-03 in the Greater China territory, the market size for TP-03 and TP-05, future events and Tarsus’ plans for and the anticipated benefits of its product candidates including TP-03, TP-04 and TP-05, the timing, objectives and results of the clinical trials, anticipated regulatory and development milestones and the quotations of Tarsus’ management. The words, without limitation, “believe,” “contemplate,” “continue,” “could,” “estimate,” “expect,” “intend,” “may,” “might,” “plan,” “potential,” “predict,” “project,” “should,” “target,” “will,” or “would,” or the negative of these terms or other similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements, although not all forward-looking statements contain these or similar identifying words. Actual results may differ materially from those indicated by such forward-looking statements as a result of various important factors. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements include: Tarsus has incurred significant losses and negative cash flows from operations since inception and anticipates that it will continue to incur significant expenses and losses for the foreseeable future; Tarsus may need to obtain additional funding to complete the development and any commercialization of its product candidates, if approved; Tarsus is heavily dependent on the success of its lead product candidate, TP-03 for the treatment of Demodex blepharitis; the COVID-19 pandemic may affect Tarsus’ ability to initiate and complete preclinical studies and clinical trials, disrupt regulatory activities, disrupt manufacturing and supply chain or have other adverse effects on Tarsus’ business and operations; even if TP-03, TP-04, TP-05, or any other product candidate that Tarsus develops receives marketing approval, Tarsus may not be successful in educating healthcare professionals and the market about the need for treatments specifically for Demodex blepharitis, MGD, rosacea, Lyme disease prevention, and/or other diseases or conditions targeted by Tarsus’ products; the development and commercialization of Tarsus products is dependent on intellectual property it licenses from Elanco Tiergesundheit AG; Tarsus will need to develop and expand the company and Tarsus may encounter difficulties in managing its growth, which could disrupt its operations; the sizes of the market opportunity for Tarsus’ product candidates, particularly TP-03 for the treatment of Demodex blepharitis and MGD, TP-04 for the treatment of Rosacea, as well as TP-05 for the prevention of Lyme disease, have not been established with precision and may be smaller than estimated; the results of Tarsus’ earlier studies and trials may not be predictive of future results; any termination or suspension of, or delays in the commencement or completion of, Tarsus’ planned clinical trials could result in increased costs, delay or limit its ability to generate revenue and adversely affect its commercial prospects; and if Tarsus is unable to obtain and maintain sufficient intellectual property protection for its product candidates, or if the scope of the intellectual property protection is not sufficiently broad, Tarsus’ competitors could develop and commercialize products similar or identical to Tarsus’ products. Further, there are other risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ from those set forth in the forward-looking statement and they are detailed from time to time in the reports Tarsus files with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including Tarsus’ Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2021 filed on March 14, 2022 and the most recent Form 10-Q quarterly filing filed with the SEC, which Tarsus incorporates by reference into this press release, copies of which are posted on its website and are available from Tarsus without charge. However, new risk factors and uncertainties may emerge from time to time, and it is not possible to predict all risk factors and uncertainties. Accordingly, readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements. Any forward-looking statements contained in this press release are based on the current expectations of Tarsus’ management team and speak only as of the date hereof, and Tarsus specifically disclaims any obligation to update any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

Media Contact:
Adrienne Kemp
Sr. Director, Corporate Communications
(949) 922-0801

Investor Contact:
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Head of Investor Relations
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(In thousands, except share and per share amounts)

 Three Months Ended
June 30,
 Six Months Ended
June 30,
  2022   2021   2022   2021 
License fees$13,893  $19,048  $13,893  $52,359 
Collaboration revenue 1,384   2,969   1,923   3,090 
Total revenues 15,277   22,017   15,816   55,449 
Operating expenses:       
Cost of license fees and collaboration revenue 522   737   555   2,034 
Research and development 9,603   7,204   21,684   23,465 
General and administrative 10,376   6,794   18,322   11,954 
Total operating expenses 20,501   14,735   40,561   37,453 
(Loss) income from operations before other (expense) income and income taxes (5,224)  7,282   (24,745)  17,996 
Other (expense) income:       
Interest (expense) income, net (247)  7   (563)  16 
Other income (expense), net 106   (39)  143   (73)
Unrealized loss on equity investments (121)     (313)   
Change in fair value of equity warrants issued by licensee (257)  (876)  (502)  (876)
Total other expense, net (519)  (908)  (1,235)  (933)
Provision for income taxes    (29)  (1)  (342)
Net (loss) income and comprehensive (loss) income$(5,743) $6,345  $(25,981) $16,721 
Net (loss) income per share, basic$(0.24) $0.31  $(1.15) $0.81 
Net (loss) income per share, diluted$(0.24) $0.29  $(1.15) $0.76 
Weighted-average shares outstanding, basic 24,332,531   20,555,258   22,531,384   20,446,246 
Weighted-average shares outstanding, diluted 24,332,531   21,966,599   22,531,384   21,895,304 


(In thousands, except share and par value amounts)

 June 30, 2022 December 31, 2021
Current assets:   
Cash and cash equivalents$245,363  $171,332 
Marketable securities    483 
Accounts receivable 17    
Other receivables 603   92 
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 4,300   4,045 
Total current assets 250,283   175,952 
Property and equipment, net 963   755 
Operating lease right-of-use assets 813   1,074 
Long-term investments 169    
Other assets 600   1,126 
Total assets$252,828  $178,907 
Current liabilities:   
Accounts payable and other accrued liabilities$8,938  $8,680 
Accrued payroll and benefits 2,780   2,798 
Total current liabilities 11,718   11,478 
Term loan, net 19,262    
Other long-term liabilities 343   699 
Total liabilities 31,323   12,177 
Commitments and contingencies   
Stockholders’ equity:   
Preferred stock, $0.0001 par value; 10,000,000 shares authorized; no shares issued and outstanding     
Common stock, $0.0001 par value; 200,000,000 shares authorized; 26,650,078 shares issued and 26,644,252 outstanding, which excludes 5,826 shares subject to repurchase at June 30, 2022 (unaudited); 20,726,580 shares issued and 20,698,737 outstanding, which excludes 27,840 shares subject to repurchase at December 31, 2021 5   4 
Additional paid-in capital 294,153   213,398 
Accumulated deficit (72,653)  (46,672)
Total stockholders’ equity 221,505   166,730 
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity$252,828  $178,907