Pharmaxis, one of last year’s biggest small cap reporting season winners, has tumbled 412 per cent into the red as its fortunes fluctuate on the anti-inflammatory drug it sold to German pharma giant Boehringer Ingelheim four years ago.

After posting a $6.4 million profit last financial year, Pharmaxis (ASX:PXS) today reported a $20 million loss.

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This is largely due to the conditions of the deal Pharmaxis signed with BI. In 2015, BI bought the rights to develop Pharmaxis’ fatty liver drug PXS-4728A, renaming it BI 1467335, and when certain trial conditions were fulfilled, Pharmaxis received $42 million in milestone payments.

Without milestone payments in the current financial year, Pharmaxis’ bottom line took a big hit. It also meant revenue fell 74 per cent, down from $50.8 million to $13.1 million.

All this aside, the company’s preliminary final report doesn’t read too badly. Costs fell by a quarter to $33 million while sales revenue — generated from Bronchitol and Aridol, its on-market treatments for cystic fibrosis and asthma — dipped only 7 per cent.

PXS shares dropped as much as 10 per cent to 18c on the news, though they had recovered to 20c shortly before lunch.

Bronchitol sales improved in Australia, eastern Europe and Russia but were offset by a significant decline in western Europe, while Aridol sales rose 55 per cent year-on-year.

The company is also busy developing programs targeting lysyl oxidase family members, which are important in non-alcoholic steatohepatitis, kidney fibrosis, the fatal lung disease idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) and also play a role in some solid cancers.

It also released an announcement informing shareholders of it plans to grant 927,000 performance rights to its CEO Gary Phillips. It will seek shareholder approval for that at its annual general meeting later this year.


 

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