Axsome Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: AXSM), a biopharmaceutical company developing and delivering novel therapies for the management of central nervous system (CNS) disorders, today reported financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2023.

“Results for the third quarter evidenced significant revenue momentum for Axsome driven by solid performance from both Auvelity and Sunosi. This positive trajectory will be further enhanced by our Auvelity field force expansion, which is expected to be fully implemented by the first quarter,” said Herriot Tabuteau, MD, Chief Executive Officer of Axsome. “We also progressed our extensive and innovative neuroscience pipeline in the quarter, enabling Axsome to potentially execute on numerous important clinical and regulatory milestones over the next 12 months, including multiple potential NDA submissions, and multiple pivotal trial readouts and initiations in new indications. The advancement of our commercial portfolio and clinical programs positions us well to continue to deliver potentially life-changing new medicines to patients with serious brain disorders, and to their health care providers.”

Third Quarter 2023 Financial Highlights

  • Total product revenue for the third quarter of 2023 was $57.8 million, representing 244% year-over-year growth, and consisting of net product sales of $57.1 million and royalty revenue of $0.7 million. Total product revenue for the comparable period in 2022 was $16.8 million.
  • Auvelity® net product sales were $37.7 million for the third quarter of 2023, representing a 36% sequential increase versus the second quarter of 2023. There were no Auvelity sales in the comparable 2022 period as the product was launched in October 2022.
  • Sunosi® net product revenue was $20.1 million for the third quarter of 2023, representing 20% year-over-year growth, and consisting of $19.4 million in net product sales and $0.7 million in royalty revenue associated with Sunosi sales in out-licensed territories. Sunosi net product revenue for the comparable period in 2022 was $16.8 million.
  • Total cost of revenue was $6.5 million for the third quarter of 2023. Total cost of revenue for the comparable period in 2022 was $1.9 million.
  • Research and development (R&D) expenses were $28.8 million for the third quarter of 2023, compared to $14.9 million for the comparable period in 2022. The increase was primarily related to the FOCUS trial of solriamfetol in ADHD, the advancement of ongoing trials of AXS-05 and AXS-12, CMC costs associated with the anticipated NDAs for AXS-07 and AXS-14, post-marketing commitments for Auvelity and Sunosi, and higher personnel costs, including non-cash stock-based compensation.
  • Selling, general, and administrative (SG&A) expenses were $83.2 million for the third quarter of 2023, compared to $40.9 million for the comparable period in 2022. The increase was primarily related to commercial activities for Auvelity and Sunosi, and higher personnel costs related to organizational growth, including non-cash stock-based compensation.
  • Net loss for the third quarter of 2023 was $62.2 million or $(1.32) per share, compared to a net loss of $44.8 million, or $(1.07) per share, for the comparable period in 2022. The net loss in the third quarter of 2023 reflects $18.0 million in non-cash charges, comprised of $16.4 million of non-cash stock-based compensation expense, and $1.6 million of non-cash intangible asset amortization, partially offset by a $0.2 million of non-cash fair value remeasurement gain in contingent consideration.
  • Cash and cash equivalents totaled $416.6 million at September 30, 2023, compared to $200.8 million at December 31, 2022.
  • Shares of common stock outstanding were 47,317,381 at September 30, 2023.

Financial Guidance

  • Axsome believes that its current cash is sufficient to fund anticipated operations into cash flow positivity, based on the current operating plan.

Commercial Highlights

Auvelity

  • Approximately 69,000 prescriptions were reported for Auvelity in the third quarter of 2023, representing a 30% sequential increase versus the second quarter of 2023.
  • The previously announced expansion of the Auvelity sales force from 162 to 260 representatives is underway and expected to be completed in the fourth quarter of 2023. The expansion will allow for greater reach and call frequency to target health care providers, potentially significantly broadening the prescriber base for Auvelity. The increased number of representatives together with Axsome’s innovative Digital Centric Commercialization (DCC™) platform is expected to increase our reach from approximately 26,000 to approximately 44,000 physicians who write approximately 90% of new branded antidepressant prescriptions.
  • Payer coverage for Auvelity across all channels is currently at approximately 70% of all covered lives. The proportion of lives covered in the commercial and government (Medicare and Medicaid) channels are approximately 48% and approximately 100%, respectively. Active discussions with payers continue as coverage further expands and evolves.

Sunosi

  • Third quarter 2023 U.S. Sunosi total prescriptions increased by 16% versus the third quarter of 2022, and sequentially by 5% versus the second quarter of 2023.
  • Sunosi maintains broad payer coverage in the commercial channel with 95% of lives covered. Currently 83% of total lives across all channels are covered.

Development Pipeline

Axsome is advancing a portfolio of differentiated, patent-protected, CNS product candidates with five in active clinical development. Recent and anticipated progress for key pipeline programs is summarized below.

AXS-05

AXS-05 (dextromethorphan-bupropion) is Axsome’s novel, oral, investigational NMDA receptor antagonist and sigma-1 agonist being developed for Alzheimer’s disease (AD) agitation and smoking cessation. AXS-05 has been granted U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Breakthrough Therapy designation for AD agitation.

  • Alzheimer’s Disease Agitation: The Company is conducting the ADVANCE-2 study, a Phase 3, placebo-controlled, parallel group trial to assess the efficacy and safety of AXS-05 for the treatment of AD agitation. Patients completing ADVANCE-2 may enter a long-term open label safety extension trial. Based on current enrollment trends, the Company continues to anticipate completion of ADVANCE-2 in the first half of 2024.
  • Smoking Cessation: Axsome plans to initiate a pivotal Phase 2/3 trial in this indication in 2024.

AXS-07

AXS-07 (MoSEIC™ meloxicam-rizatriptan) is Axsome’s novel, oral, rapidly absorbed, multi-mechanistic, investigational medicine for the acute treatment of migraine.

  • Migraine: Manufacturing activities related to the planned resubmission of the New Drug Application (NDA) for AXS-07 for the acute treatment of migraine continue to progress. The Company continues to anticipate resubmission of the NDA in the first half of 2024. No additional clinical efficacy or safety trials have been requested by the FDA for a resubmission of the NDA. The Company expects the NDA resubmission to be designated as Class 2 which would be subject to a six-month review.

AXS-12

AXS-12 (reboxetine) is Axsome’s novel, oral, potent, investigational highly selective norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor for the treatment of narcolepsy. AXS-12 has been granted FDA Orphan Drug designation for the treatment of narcolepsy.

  • Narcolepsy: Axsome is conducting the SYMPHONY study, a Phase 3 randomized, multicenter, double-blind, placebo-controlled, parallel-group trial of AXS-12 in the treatment of narcolepsy. The Company is on track to complete enrollment in the SYMPHONY trial in the fourth quarter of 2023, with announcement of topline results anticipated in the first quarter of 2024.

AXS-14

AXS-14 (esreboxetine) is Axsome’s novel, oral, potent, investigational highly selective norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor for the management of fibromyalgia. Esreboxetine, the SS-enantiomer of reboxetine, is more potent and selective than racemic reboxetine.

  • Fibromyalgia: Pre-submission activities related to the planned submission of an NDA to the FDA for AXS-14 for the management of fibromyalgia are ongoing. The Company expects to submit the NDA in the first quarter of 2024. AXS-14 has previously met the primary endpoints and demonstrated positive and statistically significant results in a Phase 3 and in a Phase 2 trial for the management of fibromyalgia.

Solriamfetol

Solriamfetol is Axsome’s dopamine and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor and TAAR1 agonist in development for the treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), binge eating disorder (BED), and excessive sleepiness associated with shift work disorder (SWD).

  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: Axsome is conducting the FOCUS study, a Phase 3, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, multicenter trial to assess the efficacy and safety of solriamfetol for the treatment of ADHD in adults. The Company anticipates topline results from the FOCUS trial in the second half of 2024.
  • Binge Eating Disorder: The Company previously received positive pre-IND meeting feedback from the FDA on the development of solriamfetol for the treatment of BED and is on track to initiate a Phase 3 trial in the fourth quarter of 2023. BED is the most common eating disorder, affecting an estimated 2.8% of U.S. adults.1 Treatment options are limited with only one product currently approved for the treatment of BED.
  • Shift Work Disorder: Axsome previously received positive pre-IND meeting feedback from the FDA on the development of solriamfetol for the treatment of excessive sleepiness (ES) associated with SWD, a potentially new indication for solriamfetol and is on track to initiate a Phase 3 trial in patients with ES associated with SWD in the first quarter of 2024. An estimated one third of Americans perform shift work, of whom 10-43% are diagnosed with SWD.2-4 Treatment options are limited with only two products currently approved for the treatment of ES associated with SWD.

Corporate Update

  • In October 2023, Axsome announced the appointment of Susan Mahony, PhD, to its board of directors. Dr. Mahony most recently served on the board of directors of Horizon Therapeutics from 2019 until its acquisition by Amgen in October 2023. She was formerly Senior Vice President of Eli Lilly and Company and President of Lilly Oncology.

Anticipated Milestones

  • Regulatory and Commercial:
    • AXS-07 for migraine, NDA resubmission (1H 2024)
    • AXS-14 for fibromyalgia, NDA submission (1Q 2024)
  • Clinical Trial Results:
    • Phase 3 SYMPHONY trial of AXS-12 in narcolepsy (1Q 2024)
    • Phase 3 ADVANCE-2 trial of AXS-05 for Alzheimer’s disease agitation (1H 2024)
    • Phase 3 FOCUS trial of solriamfetol in ADHD in adults (2H 2024)
  • Clinical Trial Initiations:
    • Phase 3 trial of solriamfetol for BED (4Q 2023)
    • Phase 3 trial of solriamfetol in SWD (1Q 2024)
    • Pivotal Phase 2/3 trial of AXS-05 for smoking cessation (2024)

Conference Call Information

Axsome will host a conference call and webcast today at 8:00 AM Eastern to discuss third quarter 2023 financial results as well as to provide a corporate update. To participate in the live conference call, please dial (877) 405-1239 (toll-free domestic). The live webcast can be accessed on the "Webcasts & Presentations" page of the "Investors" section of the Company’s website at axsome.com. A replay of the webcast will be available for approximately 30 days following the live event.

About Axsome Therapeutics, Inc.

Axsome Therapeutics, Inc. is a biopharmaceutical company developing and delivering novel therapies for central nervous system (CNS) conditions that have limited treatment options. Through development of therapeutic options with novel mechanisms of action, we are transforming the approach to treating CNS conditions. At Axsome, we are committed to developing products that meaningfully improve the lives of patients and provide new therapeutic options for physicians. For more information, please visit the Company’s website at axsome.com. The Company may occasionally disseminate material, nonpublic information on the company website.

Forward Looking Statements

Certain matters discussed in this press release are “forward-looking statements”. We may, in some cases, use terms such as “predicts,” “believes,” “potential,” “continue,” “estimates,” “anticipates,” “expects,” “plans,” “intends,” “may,” “could,” “might,” “will,” “should” or other words that convey uncertainty of future events or outcomes to identify these forward-looking statements. In particular, the Company’s statements regarding trends and potential future results are examples of such forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements include risks and uncertainties, including, but not limited to, the continued commercial success of our Sunosi® and Auvelity® products and the success of our efforts to obtain any additional indication(s) with respect to solriamfetol and/or AXS-05; the success, timing and cost of our ongoing clinical trials and anticipated clinical trials for our current product candidates, including statements regarding the timing of initiation, pace of enrollment and completion of the trials (including our ability to fully fund our disclosed clinical trials, which assumes no material changes to our currently projected revenues or expenses), futility analyses and receipt of interim results, which are not necessarily indicative of the final results of our ongoing clinical trials, and/or data readouts, and the number or type of studies or nature of results necessary to support the filing of a new drug application (“NDA”) for any of our current product candidates; our ability to fund additional clinical trials to continue the advancement of our product candidates; the timing of and our ability to obtain and maintain U.S. Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) or other regulatory authority approval of, or other action with respect to, our product candidates, including statements regarding the timing of any NDA submission; whether issues identified by FDA in the complete response letter may impact the potential approvability of the Company’s NDA for AXS-07 for the acute treatment of migraine in adults with or without aura, pursuant to our special protocol assessment for the MOMENTUM clinical trial; the Company’s ability to successfully defend its intellectual property or obtain the necessary licenses at a cost acceptable to the Company, if at all; the successful implementation of the Company’s research and development programs and collaborations; the success of the Company’s license agreements; the acceptance by the market of the Company’s products and product candidates, if approved; the Company’s anticipated capital requirements, including the amount of capital required for the continued commercialization of Sunosi and Auvelity and for the Company’s commercial launch of its other product candidates, if approved, and the potential impact on the Company’s anticipated cash runway; unforeseen circumstances or other disruptions to normal business operations arising from or related to COVID-19; and other factors, including general economic conditions and regulatory developments, not within the Company’s control. The factors discussed herein could cause actual results and developments to be materially different from those expressed in or implied by such statements. The forward-looking statements are made only as of the date of this press release and the Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update such forward-looking statements to reflect subsequent events or circumstance.

Axsome Therapeutics, Inc.Selected Consolidated Financial Data

Axsome Therapeutics, Inc.Consolidated Balance Sheets(In thousands, except for share and par value amounts)

    September 30,     December 31,  
    2023     2022  
    (Unaudited)        
Assets            
Current assets:            
Cash and cash equivalents   $ 416,564     $ 200,842  
Accounts receivables, net     78,415       37,699  
Inventories, net     9,985       4,320  
Prepaid and other current assets     6,799       2,781  
Total current assets     511,763       245,642  
Equipment, net     971       722  
Right-of-use asset - operating lease     7,068       420  
Goodwill     12,042       10,310  
Intangible asset, net     54,893       59,661  
Non-current inventory and other assets     14,120       14,721  
Total assets   $ 600,857     $ 331,476  
Liabilities and stockholders’ equity            
Current liabilities:            
Accounts payable   $ 29,098     $ 38,605  
Accrued expenses and other current liabilities     78,454       51,631  
Operating lease liability, current portion     438       425  
Contingent consideration, current     6,672       5,900  
Total current liabilities     114,662       96,561  
Contingent consideration, non-current     31,550       31,100  
Loan payable, long-term     177,446       94,259  
Operating lease liability, long-term     7,691        
Total liabilities     331,349       221,920  
Stockholders’ equity:            
Preferred stock, $0.0001 par value per share (10,000,000 shares authorized, none issued and outstanding at September 30, 2023 and December 31, 2022, respectively)            
Common stock, $0.0001 par value per share (150,000,000 shares authorized, 47,317,381 and 43,498,617 shares issued and outstanding at September 30, 2023 and December 31, 2022, respectively)     5       4  
Additional paid-in capital     1,006,423       705,885  
Accumulated deficit     (736,920 )     (596,333 )
Total stockholders’ equity     269,508       109,556  
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity   $ 600,857     $ 331,476  

Axsome Therapeutics, Inc.Consolidated Statements of Operations (Unaudited)(In thousands, except share and per share amounts)

    Three Months Ended     Nine Months Ended  
    September 30,     September 30,  
    2023     2022     2023     2022  
Revenues:                        
Product sales, net   $ 57,127     $ 16,846     $ 131,713     $ 25,666  
License revenue                 65,735        
Royalty revenue     667             1,622        
Total Revenues     57,794       16,846       199,070       25,666  
Operating expenses:                        
Cost of revenue (excluding amortization and depreciation)     6,532       1,924       18,687       2,907  
Research and development     28,767       14,877       67,141       43,254  
Selling, general and administrative     83,188       40,892       236,314       97,756  
Loss (Gain) in fair value of contingent consideration     (180 )     (42 )     5,711       (902 )
Intangible asset amortization     1,607       1,607       4,768       2,532  
Total operating expenses     119,914       59,258       332,621       145,547  
Loss from operations     (62,120 )     (42,412 )     (133,551 )     (119,881 )
Interest expense, net     (757 )     (2,411 )     (5,751 )     (6,012 )
Loss before income taxes     (62,877 )     (44,823 )     (139,302 )     (125,893 )
Income tax benefit (expense)     678             (1,285 )      
Net loss   $ (62,199 )   $ (44,823 )   $ (140,587 )   $ (125,893 )
Net loss per common share, basic and diluted   $ (1.32 )   $ (1.07 )   $ (3.14 )   $ (3.17 )
Weighted average common shares outstanding, basic and diluted     47,117,196       41,704,362       44,783,380       39,715,261  

Axsome Contacts:Investors:Mark JacobsonChief Operating OfficerAxsome Therapeutics, Inc.One World Trade Center, 22nd FloorNew York, NY 10007Tel: 212-332-3243Email: mjacobson@axsome.com www.axsome.com

Media:Darren OplandDirector, Corporate CommunicationsAxsome Therapeutics, Inc.One World Trade Center, 22nd FloorNew York, NY 10007Tel: 929-837-1065Email: dopland@axsome.com www.axsome.com

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