Sophia Antipolis, France
Nicox S.A. (Euronext Paris: FR0013018124, COX), the international ophthalmic company, today announced the completion of its reverse stock split and provided an update regarding ongoing corporate initiatives and activities.
Completion of the 5-for-1 reverse stock split
The Company has completed the previously announced 5-for-1 reverse split of its common stock, effective today. The reverse stock split, which was approved by Nicox’s shareholders at the October 13, 2015 Extraordinary General Meeting, reduced the number of outstanding common shares to approximately 22.9 million.
“Completing this reverse stock split is an important step in Nicox’s broader strategic initiatives designed to increase international awareness and visibility for the Company’s stock ahead of the FDA decision regarding the approval of latanoprostene bunod, which is expected in July 2016,” said Michele Garufi, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Nicox.
After closing of the market on December 2, 2015, the old Nicox shares (ISIN code: FR0000074130) have been delisted from Euronext and have been replaced by new Nicox shares (ISIN code: FR0013018124) beginning at the start of trading on December 3, 2015. Every 5 shares of the Company’s issued and outstanding common stock have automatically been combined into one share of issued and outstanding common stock. The number of shares of common stock underlying Nicox options, warrants, convertible securities or other rights to acquire shares of common stock was adjusted accordingly. The ticker symbol (COX) remains unchanged.
Update on ongoing corporate initiatives and activities
Nicox intends to continue to focus its resources on its key value drivers, latanoprostene bunod and AC-170, and its lead R&D assets, including NCX 4251 for the treatment of blepharitis and NCX 470, a follow-on glaucoma candidate. As a consequence, the Board of Directors has decided to minimize future investments in the European commercial business and, therefore, Nicox is currently evaluating a variety of strategic options which may include selling, partnering or restructuring the European commercial business with the goal of significantly reducing its on-going cash burn. Nicox has proprietary commercial operations in Europe’s five largest markets (Germany, France, the United Kingdom, Italy and Spain) and an international network of distributors marketing approximately 30 products and potentially generating estimated revenues of approximately €10 million in 2015.
Key near-term milestones
- Approval decision for latanoprostene bunod by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2016. Latanoprostene bunod was discovered in Nicox’s laboratories and has potential to become the leading intraocular pressure (IOP)-lowering drug in the glaucoma space. It is now partnered worldwide with Bausch + Lomb, a division of Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc. If approved, latanoprostene bunod could become a major source of revenues to Nicox through milestone payments and royalties. The FDA set an action date of July 21, 2016 to complete its review of the latanoprostene bunod New Drug Application (NDA), as per the Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA).
- Submit New Drug Application (NDA) for AC-170 to the FDA during the first half of 2016. Nicox’s advanced pipeline also features AC-170, a novel cetirizine eye drop formulation developed for the treatment of ocular itching associated with allergic conjunctivitis. Nicox expects to submit an NDA to the FDA for AC-170 during the first half of 2016.