Ocera Therapeutics, Inc.
Mar 10, 2017

Ocera Therapeutics Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2016 Financial Results and Provides Corporate Update

PALO ALTO, Calif. and RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C., March 10, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Ocera Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ:OCRX), a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company focused on acute and chronic orphan liver diseases, today announced updates to its clinical development programs and reported financial results for the quarter and year ended December 31, 2016.

"2016 was a busy year for Ocera, culminating with the timely completion of enrollment in the fourth quarter of STOP-HE, a landmark study evaluating intravenous OCR-002 (ornithine phenylacetate) in patients hospitalized with acute hepatic encephalopathy (HE)," said Linda Grais, M.D., Chief Executive Officer of Ocera. "We also advanced our oral program testing orally-administered OCR-002 in patients with cirrhosis and developing a tablet formulation which is poised for clinical evaluation in 2017.

"In January 2017, we reported positive results from our Phase 1 study of orally-administered OCR-002 in patients with chronic liver cirrhosis. The study demonstrated robust bioavailability and promising pharmacokinetic and safety profiles in the intended use population. In addition, we recently announced the data from STOP-HE, including encouraging results demonstrating that OCR-002 is a potent ammonia scavenger, that the level of HE severity directly correlates with the level of ammonia, and that ammonia reduction correlates with clinical improvement in HE symptoms. Recent analyses support our belief that OCR-002 can become an important intervention in both the treatment and prevention of HE," added Dr. Grais.

Anticipated 2017 Activity

Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2016 Financial Results

Financial Guidance

Ocera anticipates it will have sufficient cash to fund operations into the second quarter of 2018 based on its current operating plan and re-prioritization of certain development activities.

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, the timing of our planned meeting with the FDA, our ability to identify a development path forward for OCR-002, whether any future studies of OCR-002 we may conduct will demonstrate similar results to our Phase 2b study, the timing of our planned Phase 2a study of the oral formulation of OCR-002 in cirrhotic patients, the timing and nature of our future clinical development plans, 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 the risk that we may need to conduct one or more additional studies in light of the fact our Phase 2b trial did not meet its clinical endpoints, including related cost and timing issues associated with future studies, if any, our ability to raise sufficient capital or consummate other strategic transactions to enable the continued development of OCR-002 and 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, 2015 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.

Susan Sharpe
Ocera Therapeutics, Inc.

Ocera Therapeutics, Inc.        
Condensed Consolidated Statement of Operations        
(In thousands, except per share data)        
 Three Months Ended December 31, Twelve Months Ended December 31, 
  2016   2015   2016   2015  
Royalty and licensing revenues$512  $24  $609  $133  
Operating expenses:        
Research and development 3,186   3,927   16,125   15,977  
General and administrative 2,222   2,861   10,364   10,321  
Amortization of intangibles -   48   -   171  
Total operating expenses 5,408   6,836   26,489   26,469  
Loss from operations (4,896)  (6,812)  (25,880)  (26,336) 
Net interest income (expense) (257)  (272)  (1,015)  (413) 
Net loss from continuing operations (5,153)  (7,084)  (26,895)  (26,749) 
Net income from discontinued operations -   8   -   227  
Net loss$(5,153) $(7,076) $(26,895) $(26,522) 
Net loss per share from continuing operations, basic and diluted$(0.22) $(0.34) $(1.22) $(1.33) 
Net income per share from discontinued operations, basic and diluted -   -   -   0.01  
Net loss per share, basic and diluted$(0.22) $(0.34) $(1.22) $(1.32) 
Shares used to compute net loss per share, basic and diluted 23,223,569   20,556,822   21,957,917   20,067,660  
Ocera Therapeutics, Inc. 
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets 
(In thousands)        
 December 31,  December 31,      
  2016   2015      
Cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities$28,360  $43,336      
Working capital, excluding notes payable 24,890   40,188      
Total assets 29,639   44,737      
Notes payable 9,703   9,508      
Accumulated deficit (158,328)  (131,433)     
Total stockholders' equity$15,737  $31,394