Company also forms Special Committee
MISSISSAUGA, ON, July 29, 2019 /CNW/ - Cipher Pharmaceuticals Inc. (TSX:CPH) ("Cipher" or "the Company") today announced that Mr. Craig Mull has been named Interim Chief Executive Officer of Cipher, replacing Robert Tessarolo. The Company has commenced a formal search process for a new Chief Executive Officer.
Mr. Mull is the Chair of the Board of Directors of Cipher and has extensive experience in the Canadian healthcare industry, including holding the position of COO with CML HealthCare, where he was responsible for the day-to-day operations. During his tenure at CML, Mr. Mull was part of a small executive team that grew the company from a market cap of $100 million to over $1.2 billion. Mr. Mull also played an integral role in planning and structuring Cipher's initial public offering as it was spun out of CML.
"I look forward to working closely with the team to execute on our near-term priorities, including the continued focus on cost optimization and improving profitability," said Mr. Mull. "I would like to thank Robert for his contributions to Cipher and we wish him all the best in his future endeavors."
Preliminary Financial Highlights for Q2 2019
The Company also provided preliminary estimates of its financial results for the three months ended June 30, 2019. The complete financial statements will be released on Aug 9, 2019. These preliminary financial results are subject to completion of Cipher's customary quarterly closing and review procedures. Unless otherwise noted, all figures are in U.S. currency.
The Company expects the following results for Q2 2019:
- Total revenue in the range of $5.4 million to $5.6 million, compared with $6.95 million in Q2 2018.
- Earnings per share in the range of $0.04 to $0.05 ($0.05 to $0.066 in Canadian dollars*), compared with $0.07 in Q2 2018.
Cipher also announced that the Board of Directors has formed a Special Committee, to review and evaluate the strategic direction of the Company with management and consider various alternatives to maximize shareholder value.
Mr. Mull added: "We believe the Q2 results show early evidence of our commitment to increasing profitability, and we look forward to providing a more detailed operational and strategic update when we report our Q2 financial results."
*At the Q2 2019 average exchange rate
About Cipher Pharmaceuticals Inc.
Cipher Pharmaceuticals (TSX:CPH) is a specialty pharmaceutical company with a robust and diversified portfolio of commercial and early to late-stage products. Cipher acquires products that fulfill unmet medical needs, manages the required clinical development and regulatory approval process, and markets those products either directly in Canada or indirectly through partners in Canada, the U.S., and South America. Cipher is focused on a three-pronged growth strategy – including acquisitions, in-licensing, and selective investments in drug development – to assemble a broad portfolio of prescription products that serve unmet medical needs. For more information, visit www.cipherpharma.com.
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SOURCE Cipher Pharmaceuticals Inc.
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