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Correvio Reports Second Quarter 2018 Financial Results

Management to Host Conference Call and Webcast Today, 

August 14, 2018 at 4:30 p.m. Eastern (1:30 p.m. Pacific)


VANCOUVER, Aug. 14, 2018 /PRNewswire/ - Correvio Pharma Corp. (NASDAQ: CORV) (TSX: CORV), a revenue-generating, specialty pharmaceutical company focused on commercializing hospital drugs, today reported financial results for its second quarter ended June 30, 2018 and commented on recent accomplishments and plans.

"The first half of 2018 was marked by several important achievements, including the confirmed ability to resubmit the Brinavess® (vernakalant hydrochloride, IV) New Drug Application (NDA) to the Food and Drug Administration in the United States, completion of enrollment in the SPECTRUM study in Europe, and the closing of the acquisition by Cipher Pharmaceuticals Inc. of our Canadian commercial business," commented William Hunter, MD, CEO and President of Correvio. "On the revenue front, we continue to generate strong sales momentum. Year to date, our sales were up 16% year-over-year, but most importantly, our direct sales were up 64% year-over year.  As we look ahead to the remainder of 2018, we believe we are well positioned to execute on our stated goal of providing meaningful revenue growth of 20-25% over 2017."

Second Quarter 2018 and Recent Highlights


Correvio received communication from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regarding the regulatory path forward for Brinavess in the U.S. In the written communication, the FDA informed the Company that it would be permissible to resubmit the Brinavess NDA and agreed that a pre-NDA meeting could be scheduled. Correvio currently expects that a pre-NDA meeting with the FDA will take place during the fourth quarter of 2018.

Correvio completed enrollment in the Phase 4 SPECTRUM study evaluating Brinavess in the post-authorization setting in the European Union (EU). In this prospective and retrospective, observational registry, 2,000 patients were enrolled and assessed to characterize normal conditions of use, dosing and safety following administration of Brinavess. We expect that top-line data will be available in the third quarter and the full clinical study report will be available during fourth quarter of 2018. Correvio plans to publish these data either in late 2018 or early 2019.

Correvio's Brinavess study, titled "Vernakalant in hospital emergency practice: safety and effectiveness," published by José Carbajosa Dalmau (Alicante, Spain), was awarded first prize for the best work published during the year 2017 in the medical journal EMERGENCIAS, a prestigious, emergency room focused medical journal in Spain. The award was presented to Dr. Carbajosa Dalmau at a ceremony at the Spanish Society of Emergency Medicine 30th National Congress 2018 in Toledo, Spain.

Correvio recently initiated the commercial launch of Brinavess in the United Arab Emirates.

Zevtera®/Mabelio® and XydalbaTM

Fifteen abstracts were presented at the 28th European Congress of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Disease (ECCMID) highlighting clinical and preclinical data for Correvio's commercial anti-infective assets, Xydalba and Zevtera/Mabelio (ceftobiprole). For Xydalba, the presentations highlight areas of unmet need and preliminary data in treatment areas of interest beyond acute bacterial skin and skin structure infections (ABSSSI), the indication Xydalba is currently marketed for. Key Zevtera/Mabelio (ceftobiprole) presentations feature important preclinical research conducted in new treatment areas of interest, including in resistant bloodstream infections and in certain Gram-positive bacteria.

Zevtera/Mabelio was launched in Spain. Xydalba received approval and was launched in Wales and Luxembourg for the second-line treatment of ABSSSI in adult patients.


Correvio highlighted progress by SteadyMed Ltd. toward the resubmission of an NDA for Trevyent for the treatment of pulmonary arterial hypertension to the U.S. FDA. SteadyMed announced that it plans to resubmit the Trevyent NDA and, subject to review by the Agency, have it accepted for filing by the end of 2018. Correvio plans to submit a regulatory filing for Trevyent in Europe shortly following the acceptance of SteadyMed's NDA resubmission by the FDA.

SteadyMed shareholders voted to approve the previously announced acquisition of the company by United Therapeutics Corporation at an extraordinary general meeting of shareholders held on July 30, 2018. The parties have announced that they expect closing of the transaction will occur in the third quarter of this year, subject to the satisfaction of customary closing conditions.

Corporate and Financial

Correvio and Cipher Pharmaceuticals Inc. completed the transfer of Correvio's Canadian business portfolio to Cipher, including four commercial and pipeline hospital products administered in the acute care setting: Brinavess, Aggrastat® (tirofiban hydrochloride), Xydalba, and Trevyent. Correvio received a one-time upfront payment of $24.5 million (CAD), and is scheduled to receive an additional $1 million (CAD) from four equal quarterly installments until the second quarter 2019. This transaction only impacted Correvio's commercial operations in Canada. Since the closing of the transaction, all of the non-Canadian portfolio assets previously held by Cardiome Pharma Corp. are now held by the newly-created Correvio Pharma Corp.

Correvio entered into an At the Market Sales Issuance Agreement with B. Riley FBR, Inc. ("BRFBR"), pursuant to which the Company may, from time to time sell, through "at-the-market" offerings on the Nasdaq Capital Market, or another existing trading market in the United States with BRFBR as agent, such number of common shares as would have an aggregate offer price of up to $30.0 million (USD) subject to an initial limit of $13.0 million (USD). BRFBR, at Correvio's discretion and instruction, will use its commercially reasonable efforts to sell the common shares at market prices from time to time. No offers or sales of common shares will be made in Canada or through the facilities of the Toronto Stock Exchange.

The Company completed changes to its stock ticker symbols. Correvio's common shares are now trading under the trading symbol "CORV" on both the Nasdaq and TSX.

Second Quarter 2018 Financial Results

Amounts, unless specified otherwise, are expressed in U.S. dollars and in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles used in the United States of America (U.S. GAAP).

Correvio recorded net income of $5.4 million (basic earnings per share of $0.16) for the three months ended June 30, 2018, compared to a net loss of $8.5 million (basic loss per share of $0.26) for the three months ended June 30, 2017. Net income is a direct result of the $18.5 million gain on the sale of the Canadian operations to Cipher.

Revenue for the three months ended June 30, 2018 was $6.2 million, compared to revenue of $5.8 million for the three months ended June 30, 2017. The 7% increase in revenue was primarily attributable to the commercial rollout of Xydalba and sales of Zevtera/Mabelio, which Correvio acquired from Basilea in the third quarter of 2017.  Revenues generated from our direct sales grew 46% compared to the second quarter of 2017.  Revenue is earned through the sale of Correvio's commercialized products. Revenue may fluctuate between periods based on the timing of large and infrequent distributor orders.  These distributor orders may impact both quarterly and annual revenue figures, and the related variance compared to prior periods, because a large order may comprise a relatively large proportion of the period's total revenue.  As a result, changes in revenues on a period-to-period basis may not provide a clear indication of actual sales trends. For the three months ended June 30, 2018, revenue from Correvio's cardiology products was $4.7 million and revenue from Correvio's antibiotic products was $1.5 million.  For the three months ended June 30, 2017, revenue from Correvio's cardiology products accounted for $5.6 million of its total revenue of $5.8 million.

Cost of goods sold ("COGS") for the three months ended June 30, 2018 was $2.0 million, compared to COGS of $1.7 million for the three months ended June 30, 2017.

SG&A expense for the three months ended June 30, 2018 was $12.6 million, compared to $9.6 million for the three months ended June 30, 2017. The increase in SG&A expense was primarily due to expansion of Correvio's direct sales force in Europe related to the launch of its antibiotic products.  Additionally, Correvio incurred business development and transaction costs in connection with the arrangement agreement with Cipher.

Interest expense was $1.7 million for the three months ended June 30, 2018, compared to $1.2 million for the three months ended June 30, 2017. The increase was due to interest being accrued on a higher long-term debt principal balance quarter over quarter, as we drew $10 million in May 2017 and an additional $10 million in August 2017.

Liquidity and Outstanding Share Capital

At June 30, 2018, the Company had cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash of $23.9 million. As of August 13, 2018, there were 34,871,471 common shares issued and outstanding, and 3,664,874 common shares issuable upon the exercise of outstanding stock options (of which 2,113,391 were exercisable) at a weighted average exercise price of CAD $5.00 per share, and 47,872 restricted share units outstanding.

Conference Call

Correvio will hold a teleconference and webcast on August 14, 2018 at 4:30 p.m. Eastern (1:30 p.m. Pacific). To access the conference call, please dial 416-764-8688 or 888-390-0546 and use conference ID 12980324. The webcast can be accessed through the following link:

Webcast and telephone replays of the conference call will be available approximately two hours after the completion of the call through August 28, 2018.  Please dial 416-764-8677 or 888-390-0541 and enter code 980324 # to access the replay.

About Correvio Pharma Corp.

Correvio Pharma Corp. is a revenue-generating, specialty pharmaceutical company focused on providing innovative, high-quality brands that meet the needs of acute care physicians and patients. With a commercial presence and distribution network covering over 60 countries worldwide, Correvio develops, acquires and commercializes brands for the in-hospital, acute care market segment. The Company's portfolio of approved and marketed brands includes: Xydalba™ (dalbavancin hydrochloride), for the treatment of acute bacterial skin and skin structure infections (ABSSSI); Zevtera®/Mabelio® (ceftobiprole medocaril sodium), a cephalosporin antibiotic for the treatment of community- and hospital-acquired pneumonia (CAP, HAP); Brinavess® (vernakalant IV) for the rapid conversion of recent onset atrial fibrillation to sinus rhythm; Aggrastat® (tirofiban hydrochloride) for the reduction of thrombotic cardiovascular events in patients with acute coronary syndrome, and Esmocard® and Esmocard Lyo® (esmolol hydrochloride), a short-acting betablocker used to control rapid heart rate in a number of cardiovascular indications. Correvio's pipeline of product candidates includes Trevyent®, a drug device combination that is designed to deliver treprostinil, the world's leading treatment for pulmonary arterial hypertension. Correvio is traded on the NASDAQ Capital Market (CORV) and the Toronto Stock Exchange (CORV). For more information, please visit our web site

Forward-Looking Statement Disclaimer

Certain statements in this news release contain "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 or "forward-looking information" under applicable Canadian securities legislation (collectively, "forward-looking statements"). Forward-looking statements include statements that may relate to our plans, objectives, goals, strategies, future events, future revenue or performance, capital expenditures, financing needs and other information that may not be based on historical fact. Forward-looking statements can often be identified by the use of terminology such as "believe", "may", "plan", "will", "estimate", "continue", "anticipate", "intend", "expect" and similar expressions. Forward-looking statements are necessarily based on estimates and assumptions made by us based on our experience and perception of historical trends, current conditions and expected future developments, as well as other factors we believe are appropriate. 

These forward-looking statements may include, but are not limited to: possible future meetings with the FDA, including the timing of any such meetings, and any possible regulatory path forward with respect to BRINAVESS®; our plans to develop and commercialize product candidates in various countries and the timing of development and commercialization; whether we or our partners will receive, and the timing and costs of obtaining, regulatory approvals for our products in various countries; clinical development of our product candidates, including the results of current and future clinical trials and the timing associated with the receipt of clinical trial results; the ability to enroll and to maintain enrollment of patients in our clinical trials; our estimates of the size of the markets and potential markets for our products; our estimates of revenues and anticipated revenues for the commercialization of products and product candidates; the range and degree of market acceptance of our products; the pricing of our products; and whether we will receive, and the timing of, reimbursement for our products in various countries.

By their very nature, forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause the actual results, events or developments to be materially different from any future results, events or developments expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. A detailed discussion of the risks and uncertainties facing Correvio are discussed in the recent annual and quarterly reports of our former parent company Cardiome Pharma Corp., the Short Form Base Shelf Prospectus filed on July 5, 2018 by Correvio, the Prospectus Supplement filed July 10, 2018 by Correvio and those risks and uncertainties detailed from time to time in our other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") available at and the Canadian securities regulatory authorities at All of the risks and certainties disclosed in those filings are hereby incorporated by reference in their entirety into this news release.

While Correvio makes these forward-looking statements in good faith, given these risks, uncertainties and factors, you are cautioned not to place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements made in this presentation. All forward-looking statements made herein are based on our current expectations and we undertake no obligation to revise or update such forward-looking statements to reflect subsequent events or circumstances, except as required by law. Investors are cautioned that forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and accordingly investors are cautioned not to put undue reliance on forward-looking statements due to their inherent uncertainty.

Correvio® and the Correvio Logo are the proprietary trademarks of Correvio Pharma Corp.

Aggrastat® and Brinavess® are trademarks owned by Correvio and its affiliates worldwide. 

Xydalba™ is a trademark of Allergan Pharmaceuticals International Limited, and used under license. Zevtera® and Mabelio® are trademarks owned by Basilea Pharmaceutica International Ltd., and used under license. 

Esmocard® and Esmocard Lyo® are trademarks owned by Orpha-Devel Handels und Vertriebs GmbH, and used under license. 

Trevyent® is a trademark of SteadyMed and used under license. 

All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.


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