Ocera Therapeutics, Inc.
Nov 4, 2015

Ocera Therapeutics Reports Third Quarter 2015 Financial Results


 STOP-HE Reaches 50% Enrollment; Expected Completion H2 2016

6 Accepted Abstracts at The Liver Meeting® 2015 Underscore the Potential Breadth of Therapeutic Application for OCR-002

PALO ALTO, Calif and RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C., Nov. 04, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Ocera Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ:OCRX), a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company focused on acute and chronic orphan liver diseases today announced recent business highlights and reported financial results for the quarter ended September 30, 2015.

"The third quarter marked a period of significant progress for Ocera and OCR-002," said Linda Grais, M.D., president and chief executive officer of Ocera. "We have now enrolled over 115 patients in our STOP-HE Phase 2b study of hospitalized patients with acute hepatic encephalopathy (HE). Consistent with previous guidance, we expect to complete full enrollment of approximately 230 patients in the second half of 2016. We also initiated a Phase 1 trial with several oral prototype formulations of OCR-002 in the third quarter, with data expected in the near term.

"Further, we strengthened our leadership team with the addition of two experienced manufacturing and clinical development professionals and bolstered our balance sheet by securing a $20 million debt facility which extends our cash runway into mid-2017. Lastly, 6 abstracts involving OCR-002 were accepted for presentation at The Liver Meeting® 2015 in November. These abstract findings further validate the ammonia lowering effects of OCR-002 and suggest utility in potential areas outside of HE."

Third Quarter 2015 Financial Results

Financial Guidance

Ocera is updating its previous guidance and expects net use of cash for 2015 to be closer to the low end of the range of $21.0 to $25.0 million. Ocera believes that it has sufficient cash to fund its operations to mid-2017 based on its current operating plan. If Ocera receives the second $10.0 million tranche of its debt facility, which is subject to the achievement of certain financial and clinical milestones, the company expects that it will have cash to fund its operations to the fourth quarter of 2017.

About Ocera

Ocera Therapeutics, Inc. is a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of OCR-002 (ornithine phenylacetate) in both intravenous and oral formulations. OCR-002 is an ammonia scavenger and has been granted orphan drug designation and Fast Track status by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of hyperammonemia and resultant hepatic encephalopathy in patients with acute liver failure and acute-on-chronic liver disease. For additional information, please see www.ocerainc.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains "forward-looking" statements, including, without limitation, all statements related to the OCR-002 clinical development program, including but not limited to the potential benefits of OCR-002 to help patients with hepatic encephalopathy and other indications, the timing of clinical and enrollment milestones, the timing of the Phase 1 study data and the company's financial projections. Any statements contained in this press release that are not statements of historical fact may be deemed to be forward-looking statements. Words such as "believe," "expected," "hope," "plan," "potential," "will" and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are based upon Ocera's current expectations. Forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties and Ocera's actual results and the timing of events could differ materially from those anticipated in such forward-looking statements as a result of these risks and uncertainties, including those risks and uncertainties discussed under the heading "Risk Factors" in Ocera's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2014 and subsequent filings with the SEC. All information in this press release is as of the date of the release, and Ocera undertakes no duty to update this information unless required by law.

Ocera Therapeutics, Inc.        
Condensed Consolidated Statement of Operations        
(In thousands, except per share data)        
 Three-Months Ended September 30,  Nine- Months Ended September 30,  
  2015   2014   2015   2014  
Licensing revenue$-  $200  $-  $200  
Royalty revenue 35   33   109   111  
Total revenue 35   233   109   311  
Operating expenses:        
Research and development 4,235   4,189   12,050   11,481  
General and administrative 2,372   2,682   7,460   7,836  
Amortization of intangibles 41   41   123   123  
Total operating expenses 6,648   6,912   19,633   19,440  
Loss from operations (6,613)  (6,679)  (19,524)  (19,129) 
Net interest income (expense) (180)  18   (142)  43  
Net loss from continuing operations (6,793)  (6,661)  (19,666)  (19,086) 
Net income from discontinued operations 219   58   219   1,195  
Net loss$(6,574) $(6,603) $(19,447) $(17,891) 
Net loss per share from continuing operations-basic and diluted$(0.34) $(0.34) $(0.99) $(1.14) 
Net income (loss) per share from discontinued operations-basic and diluted 0.01   -   0.01   0.07  
Net loss per share-basic and diluted$(0.33) $(0.34) $(0.98) $(1.07) 
Shares used to compute net loss per share-basic and diluted 20,183,939   19,330,888   19,902,815   16,778,047  
Ocera Therapeutics, Inc. 
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets 
(In thousands)        
 September 30, December 31,      
  2015   2014      
Cash, cash equivalents and investments$47,884  $51,167      
Working capital 45,030   45,364      
Total assets 49,358   53,052      
Notes payable - Long term 9,462   -      
Accumulated deficit (124,358)  (104,911)     
Total stockholders' equity$36,362  $50,145      

Susan Sharpe
Ocera Therapeutics, Inc.