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Costs Associated with Exit or Disposal Activities.
On December 6, 2022, Endo International plc (together with its direct and indirect subsidiaries, “Endo” or the “Company”) announced that it will cease the production and sale of Endo Aesthetics’ QWO® (collagenase clostridium histolyticum-aaes) in light of market concerns about the extent and variability of bruising following initial treatment as well as the potential for prolonged skin discoloration.
This decision is expected to result in annualized pre-tax cash savings of approximately $50 million to $60 million and a reduction to Endo’s global workforce of approximately 90 full-time positions. In connection with ceasing production and sales of QWO®, Endo expects to incur total pre-tax restructuring charges of approximately $235 million to $250 million in the fourth quarter 2022. These estimated restructuring charges primarily consist of non-cash asset impairment charges of approximately $220 million to $230 million and $15 million to $20 million of cash costs related to employee separation costs and other charges. The Company believes that it is authorized to make this decision in the ordinary course; however, out of an abundance of caution, the Company will seek entry of an order from the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York approving this decision as a reasonable exercise of the Company’s business judgment.
In connection with the decision, Endo delivered materials pursuant to confidentiality agreements (the “NDAs”) entered into by the Company (the “Cleansing Materials”). Pursuant to the NDAs, the Company has agreed to publicly disclose certain information, including the Cleansing Materials, upon the occurrence of certain events as set forth in the NDAs. A copy of the Cleansing Materials is furnished herewith as Exhibit 99.2 to this Current Report on Form 8-K. The Cleansing Materials are based solely on information available to the Company as of December 5, 2022.
The estimated savings, reductions, charges and costs noted above are subject to a number of assumptions. Actual results may differ materially as a result of various important factors, including the risks and uncertainties described under the heading “Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements” in the press release included as Exhibit 99.1 to this Current Report on Form 8-K, which are incorporated by reference herein.
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Dated: December 6, 2022
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|Name:||Matthew J. Maletta|
Executive Vice President,
Chief Legal Officer and Company Secretary
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Endo to Cease Production and Sale of Qwo® (collagenase clostridium histolyticum-aaes)
DUBLIN, December 6, 2022 Endo International plc (OTC: ENDPQ) announced today that it will cease the production and sale of Endo Aesthetics Qwo® (collagenase clostridium histolyticum-aaes) in light of market concerns about the extent and variability of bruising following initial treatment as well as the potential for prolonged skin discoloration.
For more than a year, Endo worked to address those concerns, including launching an open-label study in June 2022, APHRODITE, to test different interventions and whether they might mitigate bruising. Although certain APHRODITE study cohorts results reflected a modest reduction of bruising area and severity, none achieved a consistent level of reduced bruising following initial treatment to adequately alleviate the markets concerns.
After careful consideration, we have determined that QWO does not represent a viable commercial opportunity for Endo, said Blaise Coleman, President and CEO of Endo. This difficult decision unfortunately results in a workforce reduction. We are grateful for the dedication and hard work of all team members who supported QWO and our Endo Aesthetics business, and we are committed to providing support and assistance to our impacted team members.
This decision is expected to result in annualized pre-tax cash savings of approximately $50 million to $60 million and a reduction to Endos global workforce of approximately 90 full-time positions. In connection with ceasing QWO production and sales, the Company expects to incur pre-tax cash restructuring charges of approximately $15 million to $20 million and record a total pre-tax restructuring charge of approximately $235 million to $250 million in the fourth quarter 2022. The Company will seek any necessary approvals from the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York in connection with this decision.
QWO remains an FDA-approved product with clinically proven results and an established safety profile, so practices may continue to use unexpired QWO that they have in stock, as well as order additional supply. Alternatively, practitioners can return unused QWO purchased prior to this announcement for a refund. Practices will be notified about these options.
Qwo® is indicated for the treatment of moderate to severe cellulite in the buttocks of adult women.
IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION FOR QWO
QWO is contraindicated in patients with a history of hypersensitivity to collagenase or to any of the excipients or the presence of infection at the injection sites.
WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS
Serious hypersensitivity reactions including anaphylaxis have been reported with the use of collagenase clostridium histolyticum. If such a reaction occurs, further injection of QWO should be discontinued and appropriate medical therapy immediately instituted. Advise patients to seek immediate medical attention if they experience any symptoms of serious hypersensitivity reactions.
Injection Site Bruising
In clinical trials, 84% of subjects treated with QWO experienced injection site bruising. Subjects with coagulation disorders or using anticoagulant or antiplatelet medications (except those taking ≤150 mg aspirin daily) were excluded from participating in Trials 1 and 2.
QWO should be used with caution in patients with bleeding abnormalities or who are currently being treated with antiplatelet (except those taking ≤150 mg aspirin daily) or anticoagulant therapy.
Substitution of Collagenase Products
QWO must not be substituted with other injectable collagenase products.
QWO is not intended for the treatment of Peyronies Disease or Dupuytrens Contracture.
In clinical trials, the most commonly reported adverse reactions in patients treated with QWO with an incidence ≥ 10% were at the injection site: bruising, pain, nodule and pruritus.
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Endo (OTC: ENDPQ) is a specialty pharmaceutical company committed to helping everyone we serve live their best life through the delivery of quality, life-enhancing therapies. Our decades of proven success come from passionate team members around the globe collaborating to bring treatments forward. Together, we boldly transform insights into treatments benefiting those who need them, when they need them. Learn more at www.endo.com or connect with us on LinkedIn.
Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
Certain information in this press release may be considered forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and any applicable Canadian securities legislation, including, but not limited to, the statements by Mr. Coleman and any statements related to the Companys efforts to expand and enhance its portfolio or the decision to cease production and sale of QWO, including any estimated expenses, charges,
costs or savings, and any other statements that refer to expected, estimated or anticipated future results or that do not relate solely to historical facts. Statements including words or phrases such as believe, expect, anticipate, intend, estimate, plan, will, may, look forward, intend, guidance, future, potential or similar expressions are forward-looking statements. All forward-looking statements in this communication reflect the Companys current views as of the date of this communication about its plans, intentions, expectations, strategies and prospects, which are based on the information currently available to it and on assumptions it has made. Actual results may differ materially and adversely from current expectations based on a number of factors, including, among other things, the outcome of the Companys contingency planning and restructuring activities; the timing, impact or results of any pending or future litigation, investigations, proceedings or claims, including opioid, tax and antitrust related matters; actual or contingent liabilities; settlement discussions or negotiations; the Companys liquidity, financial performance, cash position and operations; the Companys strategy; risks and uncertainties associated with chapter 11 proceedings; the negative impacts on the Companys businesses as a result of filing for and operating under chapter 11 protection; the time, terms and ability to confirm a sale of the Companys businesses under Section 363 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code; the adequacy of the capital resources of the Companys businesses and the difficulty in forecasting the liquidity requirements of the operations of the Companys businesses; the unpredictability of the Companys financial results while in chapter 11 proceedings; the Companys ability to discharge claims in chapter 11 proceedings; negotiations with the holders of the Companys indebtedness and its trade creditors and other significant creditors; and risks and uncertainties with performing under the terms of the restructuring support agreement and any other arrangement with lenders or creditors while in chapter 11 proceedings. The Company expressly disclaims any intent or obligation to update these forward-looking statements, except as required to do so by law.
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Executive Summary ► The unfavorable perception of intense bruising following initial treatment and the risk of prolonged skin discoloration has created a significant and sustained hesitancy in QWO utilization in the market. ► A number of commercial and medical initiatives were launched over the last 18 months to address the issue; however, the limitations of new clinical data has been a significant constraint to making progress. ► The QWO APHRODITE open-label clinical study was launched in 2Q22 to evaluate different potentially commercially viable interventions to mitigate initial bruising and the risk of prolonged skin discoloration. ► Imaging data from 7 cohorts has been obtained and, while a modest reduction of bruising area and severity was observed in certain cohorts, the extent of bruising reduction was not consistent among all participants and is believed to be insufficient to adequately alleviate the market concerns. ► Based on the study results, our recommended course of action is to immediately cease further production and commercialization of QWO. [a] ► This action will result in annual pre-tax cash savings of ~$50M-60M starting in FY23 and result in one- time cash and non-cash restructuring charges of up to ~$20M and ~$230M, respectively, in 4Q22. [a] Based on May 2022 long-term plan as reflected in the Management Presentation; assumes 2 transition actions are fully implemented by January 1, 2023.
APHRODITE-1 study results ► APHRODITE study primary endpoint is severity of bruising at days 3 to 5 following initial injection as this is the most important market concern that needs to be addressed. ‒ Secondary Endpoint – bruising resolution assessment at day 10 to 14 ‒ Efficacy assessment – day 90 ‒ Discoloration assessment – day 180 ► Our conclusions as to the primary endpoint are based upon our review of adequate imaging data samples from all 7 cohorts. ► While a modest reduction of bruising area and severity was observed in certain cohorts, the extent of bruising reduction was not consistent among all participants and is believed to be insufficient to adequately alleviate the market concerns. – Consistent and demonstrable bruising reduction in the first few days (Day 3 to 5) following initial QWO treatment is required to confirm commercial viability. – Given the absence of a consistent benefit at the primary endpoint, we believe it is clinically unnecessary to await later endpoints such as bruising resolution and efficacy assessments prior to determining to cease further production and commercialization of QWO. 3
We expect to realize $50-60M in total annual run rate cost savings $ millions 2023 and Cash Savings [a],[b] 2022 Thereafter ▪ The level of QWO utilization will be Cost of sales (fixed only) $ - $ 5-10 significantly constrained due to the inability to effectively address the negative Operating expenses - 45-50 perception of intense bruising following Total $ - $ 50-60 initial treatment and the associated risk of prolonged skin discoloration. 2023 and ▪ The minimum level of commercial and One-time Charges [c] 2022 Thereafter medical resources required to support this Cash restructuring charges $ 15-20 $ - scenario would result in a prolonged period of significant losses (i.e., gross Non-cash asset impairments 220-230 - profit < operating expenses) with low Total $ 235-250 $ - probability of achieving future profitability. [a] Represents full year estimates and assumes transition actions are fully implemented by January 1, 2023. [b] Based on May 2022 Long-Term Plan as reflected in the Management Presentation. 4 [c] Expected to be recorded in 4Q22.
Next Steps Element Key Activity Tentative Date ▪ Consultations with advisors to (i) the 1L group, (ii) the cross-holder group, (iii) the committees and (iv) the future claimants’ w/o November 28 representative Chapter 11 ▪ 1L group consent December 5 or 6 ▪ Bankruptcy court approval January 19 [a] ▪ Endo PLC Board approval (after committee consultations) December 2 Board Review ▪ 8-K filing ▪ Internal communications to organization and impacted team members December 6 and 7 Communication ▪ External communications to customers, clinical investigators, and other key stakeholders 5 [a] Actual date could potentially be earlier if bankruptcy court provides alternative hearing date.