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Form 10-Q for CORMEDIX INC.


15-May-2013

Quarterly Report


Item 2. Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations.

The following discussion and analysis of our financial condition and results of operations should be read in conjunction with our 2012 Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, or the SEC, on March 27, 2013.

Forward Looking Statements

This Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q contains "forward-looking statements" that involve risks and uncertainties, as well as assumptions that, if they never materialize or prove incorrect, could cause our results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. The statements contained in this Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q that are not purely historical are forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended or the Exchange Act. Forward-looking statements are often identified by the use of words such as, but not limited to, "anticipate," "believe," "can," "continue," "could," "estimate," "expect," "intend," "may," "will," "plan," "project," "seek," "should," "target," "will," "would," and similar expressions or variations intended to identify forward-looking statements. These statements are based on the beliefs and assumptions of our management based on information currently available to management. Such forward-looking statements are subject to risks, uncertainties and other important factors that could cause actual results and the timing of certain events to differ materially from future results expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause or contribute to such differences include, but are not limited to, those identified below, and those discussed in the section titled "Risk Factors" included in this quarterly report on Form 10-Q and in our most recent annual report on Form 10-K, as well as any amendments thereto, as filed with the SEC and which are incorporated herein by reference. Furthermore, such forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this report. Except as required by law, we undertake no obligation to update any forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date of such statements.

Overview

CorMedix Inc. (referred to herein as "we," "us," "our" and the "Company"), is a development stage pharmaceutical and medical device company that seeks to in-license, develop and commercialize therapeutic products for the treatment of cardiac and renal dysfunction, specifically in the dialysis and non-dialysis areas. Specifically, our goal is to treat kidney disease by reducing the commonly associated cardiovascular and metabolic complications - in effect, "Treating the kidney to treat the heart." As of the date of this report, we have licensed all of the product candidates in our pipeline.

We have the worldwide rights to develop and commercialize our product candidates, CRMD003 (Neutrolin®) and CRMD004 that we believe address potentially large market opportunities in the instances in which a central venous catheter is used, such as hemodialysis, intensive care units oncology and total parenteral nutrition patients.

Our primary product candidate in development is CRMD003 (Neutrolin®) for the prevention of catheter related infections in the dialysis and non-dialysis markets, which we believe addresses a medical need and a potentially large market opportunity. Neutrolin is a liquid formulation designed to prevent central venous catheter infection as well as catheter obstruction, also referred to as maintenance of catheter patency, in central venous catheters, which we initially plan for use in hemodialysis catheters.

During the third quarter of 2011, we received a notice from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, or FDA, that Neutrolin had been assigned to the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, or CDER. As a result of this, and given our limited resources, we decided to change our business strategy and focus the majority of our resources on the research and development of Neutrolin rather than CRMD004 and to seek regulatory and commercialization approval for Neutrolin in Europe through a CE Mark application rather than pursue FDA approval at this time.

We anticipate receiving a CE mark approval in the second quarter of 2013. If we obtain CE Mark approval in Europe, we intend to launch Neutrolin for the prevention of Catheter Related Bloodstream Infections, or CRBI and maintenance of catheter patency in hemodialysis patients in Europe during 2013. However, we cannot be assured of CE Mark approval of Neutrolin on that timeline or at all.

Our other product candidate is CRMD004, which is the gel formulation of Neutrolin that we intend to develop for the prevention of catheter-related blood stream infections and maintenance of catheter patency in hemodialysis patients who are asymptomatic for catheter-related blood stream infections using both incident and prevalent catheters with any brand of central venous catheter. CRMD004 is in the pre-clinical stage. However, at this time, we intend to defer the development of CRMD004 until after we receive the CE Mark for Neutrolin in the European Union and have commenced the FDA regulatory approval process for Neutrolin.

Since our inception, we have had no revenue from product sales. Our operations to date have been primarily limited to organizing and staffing, licensing product candidates, developing clinical trials for our product candidates, establishing manufacturing for our product candidates and maintaining and improving our patent portfolio. We have funded our operations primarily with debt and equity financings. We have generated significant losses to date, and we expect to continue to generate losses as we progress towards the commercialization of our product candidate Neutrolin. As of March 31, 2013, we had an accumulated deficit of $47,810,787. Since we do not generate revenue from any of our product candidates, our losses will continue as we advance our product candidates towards regulatory approval and eventual commercialization. As a result, our operating losses are likely to be substantial over the next several years. We are unable to predict the extent of any future losses or when we will become profitable, if at all.

Financial Operations Overview

Revenue

We have not generated any revenue since our inception. If our product development efforts result in clinical success, regulatory approval and successful commercialization of any of our products, we could generate revenue from sales or licenses of any such products.

Research and Development Expense

Research and development, or R&D, expense consists of: (i) internal costs associated with our development activities; (ii) payments we make to third party contract research organizations, contract manufacturers, investigative sites, and consultants; (iii) technology and intellectual property license costs; (iv) manufacturing development costs; (v) personnel related expenses, including salaries, stock-based compensation expense, benefits, travel and related costs for the personnel involved in drug development; (vi) activities relating to regulatory filings and the advancement of our product candidates through preclinical studies and clinical trials; and (vii) facilities and other allocated expenses, which include direct and allocated expenses for rent, facility maintenance, as well as laboratory and other supplies. All R&D is expensed as incurred.

Conducting a significant amount of R&D is central to our business model. Through March 31, 2013, we incurred approximately $23.6 million in R&D expenses since our inception in July 2006. Product candidates in later-stage clinical development generally have higher development costs than those in earlier stages of development, primarily due to the significantly increased size and duration of the clinical trials. As a result of our recent strategic changes, we expect our R&D expenditures to decrease and be primarily attributed to the CE marking approval and commercialization of Neutrolin® in Europe. If the CE marking approval and commercialization for Neutrolin® is successful, we intend to increase our R&D expenses for the foreseeable future in order to complete development of Neutrolin in the United States.

The following table summarizes the percentages of our R&D expenses related to our two most advanced product candidates and other projects. The percentages summarized in the following table reflect payments directly attributable to each development candidate, which are tracked on a project basis. A portion of our internal costs, including indirect costs relating to our product candidates, are not tracked on a project basis and are allocated based on management's estimate.

             Three Months Ended         Period from July 28,
                 March 31,                2006 (Inception)
            2013             2012      through March 31, 2013
CRMD001           0 %            5 %                        48 %
CRMD002           0 %            0 %                         0 %
CRMD003          92 %           89 %                        49 %
CRMD004           8 %            6 %                         3 %

The process of conducting pre-clinical studies and clinical trials necessary to obtain FDA approval is costly and time consuming. The probability of success for each product candidate and clinical trial may be affected by a variety of factors, including, among others, the quality of the product candidate's early clinical data, investment in the program, competition, manufacturing capabilities and commercial viability. In addition, development timelines, probability of success and development costs vary widely. As a result of these uncertainties, the uncertainty associated with clinical trial enrollments and the risks inherent in the development process, we are unable to determine the duration and completion costs of current or future clinical stages of our product candidates or when, or to what extent, we will generate revenues from the commercialization and sale of any of our product candidates.

Our current focus on CE marking approval and commercializing Neutrolin® in Europe by the CE marking process may impact our other development efforts and timelines. If we are successful in the CE marking designation for Neutrolin® in Europe and commercialization, we plan on continuing to develop CRMD003 for the prevention of CRBI and maintenance of catheter patency in the United States. We will need and plan to raise additional funds at a later date to fully complete the development of CRMD003 in both Europe and the U.S. as well as to pursue development of any other product candidates.

General and Administrative Expense

General and administrative, or G&A, expense consists primarily of salaries and other related costs, including stock-based compensation expense, for persons serving in our executive, finance and accounting functions. Other G&A expense includes facility-related costs not otherwise included in R&D expense, promotional expenses, costs associated with industry and trade shows, and professional fees for legal services and accounting services. We expect that our G&A expenses will remain consistent for the remainder of 2013. From our inception on July 28, 2006 through March 31, 2013, we incurred G&A expenses of approximately $13.3 million.

Interest Income and Interest Expense

Interest income consists of interest earned on our cash and cash equivalents. Interest expense consists of interest incurred on our convertible notes up to their conversion into units or common stock, as well as the amortization and write-off of deferred financing costs and debt discounts and a charge for the beneficial conversion related to our convertible notes.

Results of Operations

Three months ended March 31, 2013 compared to three months ended March 31, 2012

Research and Development Expense. R&D expense was $265,035 for the three months ended March 31, 2013, a decrease of $109,820, from $374,855 for the three months ended March 31, 2012. The decrease was attributable to our strategic change of development, which focused primarily on CE Marking approval for Neutrolin®. Our strategic change of direction also resulted in lower personnel costs as a result of our former Chief Medical Officer transitioning to a part-time status and a 50% reduction of salary effective March 2012 and the termination of his employment on February 28, 2013.

General and Administrative Expense. G&A expense was $551,741 for the three months ended March 31, 2013, an increase of $15,486 from $536,255 for the three months ended March 31, 2012. The increase was primarily attributable to accounting fees related to filing of registration statements and risk management assessment.

Interest Income. Interest income was $128 for the three months ended March 31, 2013, a decrease of $821, from $949 for the three months ended March 31, 2012. The decrease was attributable to having a lower interest-bearing cash balance during the first quarter of 2013 compared to the first quarter of 2012.

Interest Expense. Interest expense was $440,403 for the three months ended March 31, 2013 as compared to $0 for the same period last year. The interest expense consisted primarily of a beneficial conversion feature charge of $328,761 related to the senior convertible notes and warrants issued in September and November 2012, amortization of deferred financing fees of $81,396 and accrued interest of $30,245 related to the senior convertible notes.

Liquidity and Capital Resources

Sources of Liquidity

As a result of our R&D and G&A expenditures and the lack of any approved products to generate product sales revenue, we have not been profitable and have generated operating losses since we were incorporated in July 2006. Prior to the IPO, we had funded our operations principally with $14,364,973 in convertible notes sold in private placements and $625,464 in related party notes, which were also convertible. All of our convertible notes were automatically converted into 1,237,293 shares of common stock and 2,338,576 units (comprised of 4,677,152 shares of common stock and 2,841,603 warrants at an exercise price of $3.4375). We received net proceeds of $10,457,270 from the IPO, after deducting underwriting discounts, commissions and offering expenses payable by us upon the closing of the IPO on March 30, 2010. Additionally, we received approximately $490,000 from Federal grants under the Qualifying Therapeutic Discovery Project program, approximately $775,000 from the sale of our unused net operating losses through the State of New Jersey's Economic Development Authority Technology Business Tax Certificate Transfer Program and approximately $35,000 from qualified R&D expenditures refunded to us through the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance under the Qualifying Emerging Technology Incentive Program.

During the year ended December 31, 2012, we completed two tranches of a private placement for a total of 1,324 units, each unit consisting of (i) a one-year $1,000 aggregate principal amount 9% senior convertible note, convertible into shares of common stock, at a conversion price of $0.35 per note, and (ii) a five-year redeemable warrant, to purchase 3,310,000 shares of common stock at an initial exercise price of $0.40 per share. We received gross proceeds of $1,324,000 or net proceeds of approximately $1,095,600 from the private placement. The notes issued have maturity dates of September 20, 2013 for 850 units and November 13, 2013 for 474 units.

On February 19, 2013, we sold 761,429 shares of our newly created Series A Non-Voting Convertible preferred stock and a warrant to purchase up to 400,000 shares of our common stock, for gross proceeds of $533,000.

Net Cash Used in Operating Activities

Net cash used in operating activities was $617,751 for the three months ended March 31, 2013. The net loss of $1,257,051 for the three months ended March 31, 2013 was higher than cash used in operating activities by $639,300. The difference is attributable primarily to amortization of debt discount and deferred financing costs of $410,157 and an increase in accounts payable of $262,926.

Net Cash Used in Investing Activities

There was no cash used in investing activities for the three months ended March 31, 2013 and 2012.

Net Cash Provided by Financing Activities

Net cash provided by financing activities was $475,000 for the three months ended March 31, 2013 as compared to $0 for the same period last year. The increase was attributable to the gross proceeds from the private placement of Series A preferred stock of $533,000 offset by repurchase of outstanding warrants of $33,000 and deferred financing costs of $25,000.

Funding Requirements

Our total cash on hand as of March 31, 2013 was $692,720, compared to $835,471 at December 31, 2012. Because our business does not generate positive operating cash flow, we will need to raise additional capital before we exhaust our current cash resources in order to continue to fund our research and development, as well as to fund operations generally. Our continued operations will depend on whether we are able to raise additional funds through various potential sources, such as equity or debt financing, strategic relationships, out-licensing or distribution arrangements of our products. Through March 31, 2013, all of our financing has been through equity financing, issuance of convertible notes, our 2010 IPO, previous debt financings and our receipt of a total of approximately $490,000 from Federal grants under the Qualifying Therapeutic Discovery Project program, a total of approximately $775,000 from the sale of our unused net operating losses through the State of New Jersey's Economic Development Authority Technology Business Tax Certificate Transfer Program and approximately $35,000 from the State of New York's Research and Development Tax Credit Program, net of application fees.

Based on our cash resources at March 31, 2013 and our current plan of expenditure on continuing development of Neutrolin®, we believe that we have sufficient capital to fund our operations through the second quarter of 2013, and will need additional financing until we can achieve profitability, if ever. If we are unable to raise additional funds when needed, we may not be able to continue development and regulatory approval of our products or market our products as planned, or we could be required to delay, scale back or eliminate some or all of our research and development programs. Each of these alternatives would likely have a material adverse effect on our business. These matters raise substantial doubt about our ability to continue as a going concern. The accompanying financial statements do not include any adjustments that might result from the outcome of this uncertainty.

Assuming we raise capital in the second quarter of 2013, we expect to continue to fund operations from cash on hand and through either capital raising sources as previously described, which may be dilutive to existing stockholders, or through generating revenues from the licensing of our products or strategic alliances. We plan to seek additional debt and/or equity financing, but can provide no assurances that such financing will be available on acceptable terms, or at all. Moreover, the incurrence of indebtedness in connection with a debt financing would result in increased fixed obligations and could also result in covenants that would restrict our operations. Our actual cash requirements may vary materially from those now planned, however, because of a number of factors including the changes in the focus and direction of our research and development programs, the acquisition and pursuit of development of new product candidates, competitive and technical advances, costs of commercializing any of our product candidates, and costs of filing, prosecuting, defending and enforcing any patent claims and any other intellectual property rights.

We do not anticipate that we will generate significant product sales revenue for 2013, if any. In the absence of additional funding, we expect our continuing operating losses to result in increases in our cash used in operations over the next several quarters.

Critical Accounting Policies

Our management's discussion and analysis of our financial condition and results of operations is based on our financial statements, which have been prepared in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States, or GAAP. The preparation of these financial statements requires us to make estimates and judgments that affect the reported amounts of assets, liabilities and expenses. On an ongoing basis, we evaluate these estimates and judgments, including those described below. We base our estimates on our historical experience and on various other assumptions that we believe to be reasonable under the circumstances. These estimates and assumptions form the basis for making judgments about the carrying values of assets and liabilities that are not readily apparent from other sources. Actual results and experiences may differ materially from these estimates.

While our significant accounting policies are more fully described in our annual report on Form 10-K filed with the SEC on March 27, 2013, we believe that the following accounting policies are the most critical to aid you in fully understanding and evaluating our reported financial results and affect the more significant judgments and estimates that we use in the preparation of our financial statements.

Stock-Based Compensation

Stock-based compensation cost is measured at grant date, based on the estimated fair value of the award, and is recognized as expense over the employee's requisite service period on a straight-line basis.

We account for stock options granted to non-employees on a fair value basis using the Black-Scholes option pricing method. The non-cash charge to operations for non-employee options with vesting are revalued at the end of each reporting period based upon the change in the fair value of the options and amortized to expense over the related vesting period.

For the purpose of valuing options and warrants granted to our directors, officers, employees and consultants during the three months ended March 31, 2013, we used the Black-Scholes option pricing model. We granted options to purchase an aggregate of 1,400,000 and 330,000 shares of common stock to our directors, officers, employees and consultants during the three months ended March 31, 2013 and 2012, respectively. To determine the risk-free interest rate, we utilized the U.S. Treasury yield curve in effect at the time of grant with a term consistent with the expected term of our awards. We estimated the expected term of the options granted based on anticipated exercises in future periods. The expected dividend yield reflects our current and expected future policy for dividends on our common stock. The expected stock price volatility for our stock options was calculated by examining historical volatilities for publicly traded industry peers, since we do not have any trading history for our common stock. We will continue to analyze the expected stock price volatility and expected term assumptions as more historical data for our common stock becomes available. Stock compensation expense is recognized by applying the expected forfeiture rate during the vesting period to the fair value of the award. We will continue to evaluate the estimated forfeiture rate derived from previous forfeitures of employees, directors and officers and may adjust the forfeiture rate based on actual forfeitures that may occur in the future.

Off-Balance Sheet Arrangements

We do not have any off-balance sheet arrangements.

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