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Catalyst Pharmaceuticals Reports Solid First Quarter 2024 Financial Results and Provides Business Update

Achieved Total Q1 2024 Revenues of $98.5 Million, a 15.4% YoY Increase, Underscored by Exceptional Execution and Continued Demand for Commercial Products

FIRDAPSE® Q1 2024 Net Product Revenues of $66.8 Million, a 16.2% YoY Increase

Robust Revenue Momentum for FIRDAPSE®

Successfully Commenced the U.S. Launch of AGAMREE® on March 13, 2024

Reported AGAMREE® Q1 2024 Net Product Revenues of $1.2 Million for the First Two Weeks of Commercial Availability

Early AGAMREE® Launch Indicators Highlight Promising Product Uptake Surpassing Initial Expectations

Q1 2024 GAAP Net Income of $23.3 Million, $0.19 Per Share Diluted

Q1 2024 Non-GAAP Net Income of $46.8 Million, $0.38 Per Share Diluted

Reaffirm Full Year 2024 Total Revenue Guidance Between $455 Million and $475 Million

Conference Call and Webcast to be Held on May 9, 2024, at 8:30 AM ET

CORAL GABLES, Fla., May 08, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Catalyst Pharmaceuticals, Inc. ("Catalyst" or "Company") (Nasdaq: CPRX) today reported financial results for the first quarter of 2024 and provided a business update.

“Our strong performance in the first quarter provides us with the momentum for continued growth throughout the year,” stated Richard Daly, President and Chief Executive Officer of Catalyst. “The successful U.S. launch of AGAMREE and sustained double-digit growth of FIRDAPSE are a testament to our team’s commitment to serving patients through innovative products and outstanding execution. Building on the positive indicators observed during the initial phase of AGAMREE’s launch further strengthens our confidence for accelerated growth of this critically important product.”

Financial Highlights

For the Three Months Ended March 31, 2024   2023  % Change
(In thousands, except per share data)   
Product Revenue, net$98,441  $85,304   15.4%
FIRDAPSE Product Revenue, net$66,842  $57,526   16.2%
FYCOMPA Product Revenue, net**$30,425  $27,778   9.5%
AGAMREE Product Revenue, net$1,174   N/A  N/A
GAAP Net Income$23,275  $29,568   (21.3%)
Non-GAAP Net Income ***$46,767  $46,805   (0.1%)
GAAP Net Income Per Share - Basic$0.20  $0.28   (28.6%)
Non-GAAP Net Income Per Share – Basic***$0.40  $0.44   (9.1%)
GAAP Net Income Per Share – Diluted$0.19  $0.26   (26.9%)
Non-GAAP Net Income Per Share – Diluted***$0.38  $0.41   (7.3%)
As of March 31, 2024 and December 31, 2023
(In thousands)
Cash and Cash Equivalents







** For Q1 2023, represents product revenue, net from the date of acquisition of the product rights.

*** Statements made in this press release include non-GAAP financial measures. Such information is provided as additional information and not as an alternative to Catalyst's financial statements presented in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP). These non-GAAP financial measures are intended to enhance an overall understanding of Catalyst's current financial performance. Catalyst believes that the non-GAAP financial measures presented in this press release provide investors and prospective investors with an alternative method for assessing Catalyst's operating results in a manner that Catalyst believes is focused on the performance of ongoing operations and provides a more consistent basis for comparison between periods. Non-GAAP financial measures should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for comparable GAAP accounting. Further, non-GAAP measures of net income used by Catalyst may be different from and not directly comparable to similarly titled measures used by other companies.

The non-GAAP financial measure included in this press release excludes from the calculation of net income (i) the expense associated with non-cash stock-based compensation, (ii) non-cash depreciation expense, (iii) non-cash amortization of intangible assets expense, and (iv) the provision for income taxes. Non-GAAP net income per share is calculated by dividing non-GAAP net income by the weighted average shares outstanding. See the "Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Metrics" table below.

Recent Business Highlights

  • Achieved solid performance with Q1 2024 total revenues of $98.5 million, reflecting a 15.4% increase compared to Q1 2023, driven by the persistent demand for the Company's innovative commercial products.
  • Promptly implemented measures to ensure uninterrupted patient access to treatment amidst external third-party prescription processing disruptions while sustaining the compelling product growth momentum.
  • Delivered outstanding growth performance for FIRDAPSE, achieving net product revenues of $66.8 million for Q1 2024, representing growth of 16.2% compared to Q1 2023, despite transient revenue impact by external disruptions in prescription processing during the period.
  • Achieved FYCOMPA net product revenues of $30.4 million for Q1 2024, representing growth of 9.5% compared to Q1 2023. Revenue growth reflects the full quarter for Q1 2024, compared to the partial Q1 2023 period, due to the timing of the acquisition.
  • Successfully commenced the U.S. AGAMREE commercial launch, an innovative corticosteroid for the treatment of Duchenne muscular dystrophy in patients aged two years and older, on March 13, 2024.
  • Early indicators for the AGAMREE U.S. launch show strong demand exceeding initial expectations.
  • Reported AGAMREE net product revenues of $1.2 million for Q1 2024, reflecting approximately the first two weeks of U.S. commercial availability.
  • Endorsed the inaugural Lambert-Eaton myasthenic syndrome ("LEMS") Awareness Day, now officially observed annually on March 30th, marking a significant milestone for the LEMS community.
  • Strong cash position of $310.4 million as of March 31, 2024, fortified by the approximately $140.7 million in net proceeds yielded from the 10 million shares of common stock offering in January 2024.
  • Reaffirm the 2024 full-year total revenue guidance in the range of $455 million and $475 million.

First Quarter 2024 Financial Results

Total revenues: In the first quarter of 2024, total revenues were $98.5 million, compared to $85.4 million for the first quarter of 2023, representing an increase of approximately 15.4%.

Product revenue, net: Product revenue, net for the first quarter of 2024 was $98.4 million, compared to $85.3 million for the first quarter of 2023, representing an increase of approximately 15.4%.

Research and development expenses: Research and development expenses for the first quarter of 2024 were $2.6 million, compared to $3.6 million for the first quarter of 2023, representing a decrease of approximately 27.5%.

Selling, general, and administrative expenses: Selling, general, and administrative expenses for the first quarter of 2024 were $46.9 million, compared to $29.7 million for the first quarter of 2023, representing an increase of approximately 57.9% primarily relating to preparation for the launch of AGAMREE.

Amortization of intangible assets: Amortization of intangible assets was $9.3 million in the first quarter of 2024, compared to $6.5 million in the first quarter of 2023, representing an increase of approximately 43.1%.

Operating income: Operating income for the first quarter of 2024 was $27.1 million, compared to $35.6 million for the first quarter of 2023, representing a decrease of approximately 23.8%.

GAAP net income: GAAP net income for the first quarter of 2024 was $23.3 million ($0.20 per basic and $0.19 per diluted share), compared to GAAP net income of $29.6 million ($0.28 per basic and $0.26 per diluted share) for the first quarter of 2023.

Non-GAAP net income: Non-GAAP net income for the first quarter of 2024 was $46.8 million ($0.40 per basic and $0.38 per diluted share), compared to non-GAAP net income of $46.8 million ($0.44 per basic and $0.41 per diluted share) for the first quarter of 2023.

Cash and cash equivalents: Cash and cash equivalents were $310.4 million as of March 31, 2024.

Our Form 10-Q for the first quarter of 2024, filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on May 8, 2024, provides more detailed financial information and analysis of our financial condition and results of operations.

Conference Call & Webcast Details
The Company will host a conference call and webcast on May 9, 2024, at 8:30 AM ET to discuss the financial results and provide a business update.

U.S./Canada Dial-in Number:(877) 407-8912
International Dial-in Number:(201) 689-8059 

A webcast will be accessible under the investor section on the Company's website at A webcast replay will be available on the Catalyst website for 30 days after the event.

About Catalyst Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
With exceptional patient focus, Catalyst is committed to developing and commercializing innovative first-in-class medicines that address rare and difficult-to-treat diseases. Catalyst's flagship U.S. commercial product is FIRDAPSE® (amifampridine) Tablets 10 mg, approved for the treatment of Lambert-Eaton myasthenic syndrome ("LEMS") for adults and for children ages six to seventeen. In January 2023, Catalyst acquired the U.S. commercial rights to FYCOMPA® (perampanel) CIII, a prescription medicine approved in people with epilepsy aged four and older alone or with other medicines to treat partial-onset seizures with or without secondarily generalized seizures and with other medicines to treat primary generalized tonic-clonic seizures for people with epilepsy aged 12 and older. Further, Canada's national healthcare regulatory agency, Health Canada, has approved the use of FIRDAPSE for the treatment of adult patients in Canada with LEMS. On July 18th, 2023, Catalyst acquired an exclusive license for North America for AGAMREE® (vamorolone) oral suspension 40 mg/mL, a novel corticosteroid treatment for Duchenne muscular dystrophy. AGAMREE previously received FDA Orphan Drug and Fast Track designations and was approved by the FDA for commercialization in the U.S. on October 26th, 2023. AGAMREE became available in the U.S. by prescription on March 13, 2024.

For more information about Catalyst Pharmaceuticals, Inc., visit the Company's website at For Full Prescribing and Safety Information for FIRDAPSE®, visit For Full Prescribing Information, including Boxed WARNING for FYCOMPA®, please visit For Full Prescribing Information for AGAMREE®, please visit

Forward-Looking Statements
This press release contains forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties, which may cause Catalyst's actual results in future periods to differ materially from forecasted results. A number of factors, including (i) whether the launch of AGAMREE® will surpass initial expectations and exceed 2024 full-year revenue forecasts for sales of the product that were previously published by the Company (ii) whether AGAMREE's commercialization will ultimately be profitable, cash flow positive, and accretive to Catalyst, (iii) Catalyst's ability to continue to successfully sell its current products, (iv) whether Catalyst will continue to be profitable and cash flow positive, (v) whether Catalyst's total revenue forecast for 2024 included in this press release will prove to be accurate, (vi) whether Catalyst will complete additional acquisitions of products, and the timing of any such acquisitions; (vii) the impact of pending Paragraph IV litigation relating to the Company’s FIRDAPSE® and FYCOMPA® products if the results of these litigation matters are adverse, and (viii) those factors described in Catalyst's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the 2023 fiscal year, Catalyst's Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the first quarter of 2024, and Catalyst's other filings with the SEC, could adversely affect Catalyst. Copies of Catalyst's filings with the SEC are available from the SEC, may be found on Catalyst's website, or may be obtained upon request from Catalyst. Catalyst does not undertake any obligation to update the information contained herein, which speaks only as of this date.

(in thousands, except share and per share data)
 For the Three Months Ended March 31,
  2024   2023 
Product revenue, net$98,441  $85,304 
License and other revenue 68   62 
Total revenues 98,509   85,366 
Operating costs and expenses:     
Cost of sales (a) 12,520   9,946 
Research and development 2,581   3,562 
Selling, general and administrative (a) 46,938   29,718 
Amortization of intangible assets 9,344   6,531 
Total operating costs and expenses 71,383   49,757 
Operating income 27,126   35,609 
Other income, net 1,963   1,704 
Net income before income taxes 29,089   37,313 
Income tax provision 5,814   7,745 
Net income$23,275  $29,568 

Net income per share:
Basic$0.20  $0.28 
Diluted$0.19  $0.26 

Weighted average shares outstanding:
 116,806,117    105,561,229  
Diluted 123,403,626    113,986,129  

(a) exclusive of amortization of intangible assets

(in thousands, except share and per share data)
 For the Three Months Ended March 31,
 2024 2023
GAAP net income$23,275  $29,568 
Non-GAAP adjustments:       
Stock-based compensation expense 8,248   2,892 
Depreciation 86   69 
Amortization of intangible assets 9,344   6,531 
Income tax provision 5,814   7,745 
Non-GAAP net income$46,767  $46,805 
Non-GAAP net income per share:       
Basic$0.40  $0.44 
Diluted$0.38  $0.41 
Weighted average shares outstanding:       
Basic 116,806,117   105,561,229 
Diluted 123,403,626   113,986,129 

(in thousands)
 March 31,
 December 31,
Current Assets:   
Cash and cash equivalents$310,411  $137,636 
Accounts receivable, net 60,493   53,514 
Inventory 19,953   15,644 
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 13,745   12,535 
Total current assets 404,602   219,329 
Operating lease right-of-use asset 2,440   2,508 
Property and equipment, net 1,308   1,195 
License and acquired intangibles, net 184,705   194,049 
Deferred tax assets, net 38,276   36,544 
Investment in equity securities 15,345   16,489 
Total assets$646,676  $470,114 
Current Liabilities:   
Accounts payable$10,261  $14,795 
Accrued expenses and other liabilities 69,305   61,268 
Total current liabilities 79,566   76,063 
Operating lease liability, net of current portion 3,091   3,188 
Other non-current liabilities 2,607   2,982 
Total liabilities 85,264   82,233 
Total stockholders' equity 561,412   387,881 
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity$646,676  $470,114 

Source: Catalyst Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Contact Information:

Investor Contact
Mary Coleman, Catalyst Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
(305) 420-3200

Media Contact
David Schull, Russo Partners
(858) 717-2310

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