Welcome to the investor relations section. Our ambition is to regularly update shareholders and others on the capital market about Camurus’ status and performance. This is done via press releases, quarterly reports, and presentations at different life science and investment conferences. If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
Welcome to the investor relations section. Our ambition is to regularly update shareholders and others on the capital market about Camurus’ status and performance. This is done via press releases, quarterly reports, and presentations at different life science and investment conferences. If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
as of 30 Dec 2020
|Amount of shares||% of capital||% of votes|
|Sandberg Development AB||22,000,692||40.8||40.8|
|Fredrik Tiberg, CEO||1,653,188||3.1||3.1|
|Lancelot Avalon Master||682,779||1.3||1.3|
|Cancerfonden - Riksföreningen mot||520,000||1.0||1.0|
|Camurus Lipid Research Foundation||505,250||0.9||0.9|
|Didner & Gerge Fonder Aktiebolag||461,151||0.9||0.9|
|Carl-Olof och Jenz Hamrins Stiftelse||425,000||0.8||0.8|
|Analysts presently following Camurus|
|Carnegie Investment Bank AB (publ)||Erik Hultgård|
|Jefferies International Ltd||Harry Sephton|
|Svenska Handelsbanken||Peter Sehested|
|DNB Bank||Patrik Ling|
Annual general meeting
Annual General Meeting 2021
The Annual General Meeting 2021 in Camurus will be held on Thursday, 6 May 2021 at 5:00 pm CET in Lund.
Shareholders who want to have a matter addressed at the AGM 2021 must submit such a proposal to Camurus AB, Ideon Science Park, 223 70 Lund, Sweden (subject “Annual General Meeting 2021”) by 24 March 2021 at the latest.
Camurus' corporate governance is based on the laws, regulations and recommendations applicable to listed companies, such as the Swedish Corporate Governance Code (the "Code"), the Nasdaq Stockholm Rule Book for issuers, Camurus Articles of Association and other rules and guidelines specific to the company. Camurus applies the Code. The following PDF documents describe this work. Camurus Corporate Governance Report 2019 Camurus Corporate Governance Report 2018 Camurus Corporate Governance Report 2017 Camurus governance report 2016 Camurus work with corporate governance 2015
Camurus' Nomination Committee and its duties include preparation and drafting of proposals regarding the election of members of the Board, the Chairman of the Board, the Chairman of the general meeting and auditor. In addition, the duties of the Nomination Committee also includes proposals concerning fees for the members of the Board, the members of any Board committees and the auditor. The annual general meeting held 3 May 2016 decided upon the following instruction for the Nomination Committee, to be valid until further notice. The chairman of the Board shall, based on the ownership according to Euroclear Sweden AB as per 31 August of the year before the annual general meeting, contact the three largest shareholders in terms of voting, whom shall each be entitled to appoint one member who, together with the chairman of the Board, shall form the Nomination Committee. If any of the three largest shareholders waive their right to appoint a member of the Nomination Committee, the next shareholder in terms of size shall be given the opportunity to appoint a member. The CEO or other members of the management shall not be a member of the Nomination Committee. The chairman of the Board is the convenor of the Nomination Committee’s first meeting. The Nomination Committee’s term lasts until a new Nomination Committee is appointed. The composition of the Nomination Committee is to be announced no later than six months before the annual general meeting. At the same time all shareholders shall be informed about how the Nomination Committee can be contacted. If a member resigns from the Nomination Committee before its work is completed a replacement may be appointed by the same shareholder. When significant changes in the ownership occur after the date the Nomination Committee was appointed, the Nomination Committee may, if it considers it necessary, decide to offer a new owner a position in the Nomination Committee in accordance with the principles above. Changes in the Nomination Committee shall be made public immediately. The Nomination Committee shall prepare and propose the following to the coming annual general meeting: • election of chairman at the general meeting, • election of chairman of the Board and other members of the Board, • fees to the Board, divided between the chairman and other members, and any fees for committee work, • election of auditor and fee to the auditor and, when applicable, • new principles for appointment of Nomination Committee. No fees shall be paid to the members of the Nomination Committee. The Nomination Committee shall have the right to, upon approval by the chairman of the Board, charge the company with costs for e.g. recruitment consultants or other costs necessary for the Nomination Committee to fulfill its duties. The Nomination Committee was appointed 23 October 2020 and remain in place until a new nomination committee is appointed: Representatives (Shareholders) Per Sandberg (Sandberg Development AB) Max Mitteregger (Gladiator) Arne Lööf (Fjärde AP-fonden) Per Olof Wallström (Chairman of the Board) Shareholders who wish to submit proposals to the Nomination Committee are welcome to contact the Nomination Committee at the company’s address. Proposals shall be submitted in due time before the Annual General Meeting, but not later than 5 February 2021, to ensure that the proposals can be considered by the Nomination Committee.
The main duties of the Audit Committee are to supervise the Company’s financial reporting, monitor efficiency in its internal controls, internal audit and risk management, and apprise itself of information regarding the audit of the annual report and consolidated financial statements, review and monitor the auditor’s impartiality and independence and, in so doing, take particularly into account whether the auditor provides Camurus with services other than audit services. The Audit Committee shall also assist the Nomination Committee with proposal to the general meeting for election of auditors. The Audit Committee has regular contacts with the auditors of Camurus. The members of the Audit Committee are Martin Jonsson (Chairman), Per Olof Wallström and Ole Vahlgren. The committee complies with the Companies Act’s requirements for independence and accounting and auditing expertise.
The main duties of the Remuneration Committee are to prepare decisions by the Board of Directors on issues concerning remuneration principles, remuneration and other employment terms for the CEO and other members of the Group management, and to monitor and assess ongoing programs for variable remuneration to the Group management, as well as such programs as have been completed during the year. Furthermore, the Committee shall monitor and assess the application of the guidelines for remuneration to the executive management resolved by the annual general meeting, as well as applicable remuneration structures and remuneration levels in the Company. The members of the Remuneration Committee are Per Olof Wallström (Chairman), Martin Jonsson and Kerstin Valinder Strinnholm. The Committee is assessed to comply with the Code’s requirements for independence and appropriate knowledge and experience in questions related to remuneration of executive management.
The following guidelines were adopted at the annual general meeting on 7 May 2020.
Individuals who are members of the executive management of Camurus during the period of which these guidelines are in force, fall within the provisions of these guidelines. The guidelines are forward-looking, i.e. they are applicable to remuneration agreed, and amendments to remuneration already agreed, after adoption of the guidelines by the annual general meeting 2020. These guidelines do not apply to any remuneration decided or approved by the general meeting.
If a Board member performs work for Camurus in addition to the assignment as Board member, these guidelines shall apply to any remuneration related to such work (e.g. consulting fees).
The guidelines’ promotion of Camurus’ business strategy, long-term interests and sustainability
Camurus’ vision is to spearhead development of advanced drug delivery systems and innovative medical products to improve the treatment of patients suffering from chronic and debilitating diseases. A prerequisite for the successful implementation of Camurus’ business strategy and safeguarding of its long-term interests, including its sustainability, is that the company is able to recruit and retain qualified personnel. The objective of Camurus’ guidelines for remuneration to senior executives is therefore to offer a competitive total remuneration on market terms, in order to attract, motivate and retain competent and skilled employees. Further information regarding Camurus’ business strategy is available on www.camurus.com.
Long-term share-related incentive plans have been implemented in the company. Since the incentive plans have been resolved by the general meeting, they are excluded from these guidelines. The incentive plans include all of Camurus’ employees and seeks to offer employees an opportunity to take part in the company’s future result and value development by encouraging commitment to and responsibility for the company. The share-related incentive plans also seeks to strengthen Camurus’ ability to recruit and retain competent, motivated and committed employees. Participation in already implemented incentive plans requires own investment by the participants and holding periods of several years. The outcome of already implemented incentive plans is related to the development of the company’s share price on Nasdaq Stockholm. For more information regarding these incentive plans, please see Camurus’ website www.camurus.com.
Types of remuneration, etc.
The total remuneration to senior executives shall be in line with market terms and shall consist of fixed cash salary, variable cash remuneration, pension benefits and other benefits. Additionally, the general meeting may – irrespective of these guidelines – resolve on, among other things, share-related or share price-related remuneration.
Fixed cash salary
Fixed cash salary shall be in line with market terms and be determined based on the individual executive’s responsibility, authority, competence and experience.
Variable cash remuneration
The variable cash remuneration shall be based on predetermined, well-defined and measurable financial and non-financial criteria for the Camurus group and on group and individual level, respectively, for example, income from product sales, operating result, regulatory approvals, market launch or initiation of clinical studies for the company’s product candidates and products. The variable cash remuneration may amount to not more than fifty (50) percent of the total fixed cash salary during the measurement period of the criteria. The satisfaction of criteria for awarding variable cash remuneration shall be measured over one or several years. The criteria for awarding variable cash remuneration shall be designed with the purpose to promote Camurus’ development, business strategy and long-term interests, including its sustainability, by, for example, be linked to the company’s financial development over time and the development of the company’s pharmaceutical projects, which are long-term by nature.
Pension benefits, including health insurance, for CEO and other senior executives shall be premium defined unless the executive is covered by collectively agreed occupational pension (ITP). Variable cash remuneration shall be pension qualifying in accordance with ITP. The pension premiums shall amount to not more than 35 percent of the pension qualifying income unless other premium levels are stipulated in the applicable ITP plan.
Other benefits that may comprise, inter alia, medical insurance and company car, shall be applied with restrictiveness. Such benefits may amount to not more than 10 percent of the fixed cash salary.
Further cash remuneration may be awarded as one-off arrangements in extraordinary circumstances, for the purpose of recruiting or retaining executives. Such remuneration may not exceed an amount corresponding to one years’ fixed cash salary. Any resolution on such remuneration shall be made by the Board of Directors based on a proposal from the Remuneration Committee and shall be applied with great restrictiveness.
For employments governed by rules other than Swedish, pension benefits and other benefits may be duly adjusted for compliance with mandatory rules or established local practice, taking into account, to the extent possible, the overall purpose of these guidelines.
Remuneration to Board members
If a Board member (including a Board member acting through a wholly owned company) performs services for Camurus in addition to the work as Board member, certain cash remuneration may be paid for such work (consulting fee), provided that such services promote the implementation of Camurus’ business strategy and long-term interests, including its sustainability. The annual consulting fee shall be in line with market terms and be related to the benefits for Camurus and may for each Board member not exceed the Board member remuneration per year. Remuneration to Board member, as well as other terms and conditions, shall be determined by the Board of Directors.
The satisfaction of criteria for awarding variable remuneration, etc.
The Remuneration Committee shall prepare, monitor and evaluate questions related to variable cash remuneration on behalf of the Board of Directors. To which extent the criteria for awarding variable remuneration has been satisfied shall be evaluated when the measurement period has ended. For the satisfaction of financial criteria, the evaluation shall be based on revised financial information for the relevant period. Variable remuneration to the CEO and variable remuneration to other senior executives based on criteria on group level is to be determined by the Board of Directors, based on a recommendation by the Remuneration Committee. Variable remuneration to other senior executives based on criteria on group or individual level is to be determined by the CEO.
Variable cash remuneration can be paid after the measurement period has ended or be subject to deferred payment. Programs and criteria for variable cash remuneration shall be designed so that the Board of Directors, if exceptional financial conditions prevail, is able to restrict or omit payment of variable cash remuneration if such action is deemed reasonable and consistent with the company’s responsibility towards shareholders, employees and other stakeholders. The Board of Directors shall have the possibility, pursuant to applicable law or contractual provisions, to in whole or in part reclaim variable remuneration paid on incorrect grounds.
Employment term and termination of employment
Senior executives shall be employed until further notice.
At termination of the CEO’s employment, a notice period of not more than twelve months shall apply at termination by the company. Fixed cash salary during the notice period and any severance pay for the CEO shall in total not exceed an amount corresponding to the fixed cash salary for 24 months. At termination by the CEO, a notice period of not more than six months shall apply, with no right to severance pay.
Between Camurus and other senior executives, a notice period of not more than twelve months shall apply at termination by the company, and not more than six months at termination by the executive. Fixed cash salary and any severance pay during the notice period shall in total not exceed an amount corresponding to the fixed cash salary for twelve months. At resignation by the senior executive, there shall be no right to severance pay.
Senior executives may be compensated for non-compete undertakings after the termination of the employment, however, only to the extent severance pay is not paid during the same period of time. The purpose of such remuneration shall be to compensate the senior executive for the difference between the fixed cash salary at the time of termination of the employment, and the (lower) income which is obtained, or could be obtained, by a new employment contract, assignment or own business. The remuneration may be paid during the period the non-compete undertaking is applicable, and no longer than a period of six months after the termination of the employment.
Salary and employment conditions for employees
In the preparation of the Board of Directors’ proposal for these guidelines, salary and employment conditions for employees of Camurus have been taken into account by including information on the employees’ total income, the components of the remuneration and increase and growth rate over time, in the Remuneration Committee’s and the Board of Directors’ basis of decision when evaluating whether the guidelines and the limitations set out herein are reasonable.
The decision-making process to determine, review and implement the guidelines
Within the Board of Directors, a Remuneration Committee is established. The committee’s tasks include preparing the Board of Directors’ decision to propose guidelines for senior executive remuneration. The Board of Directors shall prepare a proposal for new guidelines at least every fourth year and submit it to the general meeting. The guidelines shall be in force until new guidelines have been adopted by the general meeting. The Remuneration Committee shall also monitor and evaluate programs for variable remuneration for senior executives, the application of the guidelines for senior executive remuneration as well as the current remuneration structures and compensation levels in the company. The members of the Remuneration Committee are independent of the company and its executive management. Board members, the CEO and other members of the executive management do not participate in the Board of Directors’ processing of and resolutions regarding remuneration-related matters in so far as they are affected by such matters.
Deviation from the guidelines
The Board of Directors may temporarily resolve to derogate from the guidelines, in whole or in part, if in a specific case there is special cause for the derogation and a derogation is necessary to serve the company’s long-term interests, including its sustainability, or to ensure the company’s financial viability. As set out above, the Remuneration Committee’s tasks include preparing the Board of Directors’ resolutions in remuneration-related matters. This includes any resolutions to derogate from the guidelines.
Transitional provisions applicable for the annual general meeting 2020
The Annual Report of 2019, note 9, contains details of the total expensed remuneration to CEO and other senior executives, including any previous commitments not yet due for payment.
Camurus auditor in charge is PricewaterhouseCoopers AB that was elected at the AGM 2017, with Ola Bjärehäll as responsible auditor. Ola Bjärehäll is certified auditor and member of FAR, the accountants’ professional body in Sweden. The auditor audit the annual report and the accounting as well as the management by the Board of Directors and the CEO, and operate based on an audit plan which is adopted in consultation with the Board’s Audit Committee. In connection with the audit, the auditor report their observations to the Group management for verification, and thereafter to the Board of Directors through the Audit Committee. The auditor participate at the annual general meeting, presenting a brief description of the audit work.
Camurus has three long-term incentive programs active for the company’s employees. The warrants are valued by an independent institute in accordance with Black&Scholes model and are acquired by the participants at market value. As part of the program, the participants receive a three-piece stay-on bonus from the company in form of gross salary additions equivalent to the amount paid by the participant for the subscription warrants. As the stay-on bonus is conditional on continued employment, costs including social security fee, are based on how much has been earned, and are expensed over the vesting period. Expenses are recognized as personnel cost in the income statement. The programs were adopted by the Annual General Meeting in 2018, 2019 and 2020.
For more information about each program see the below table:
Any investment in the shares of Camurus AB (“Camurus” or the “Company”) involves risks. The following risks are those that Camurus believes are most relevant to an investment in the shares, in no particular order of importance. Risks exist relating both to circumstances attributable to Camurus or to its sector more broadly, as well as those of a more general nature, and risks associated with the shares. Many of these risks are beyond Camurus’ control. The following risks and the risks discussed in the Company’s financial reports should be carefully considered before making any investment in any of the shares. The presentation below does not claim to be exhaustive. Additional risks currently unknown to the Company, or currently believed to be immaterial, could also have an adverse effect on the Company. If any of these risks were to materialise, the Company’s business, results of operations and financial condition could be materially and adversely affected.
Risks related to the industry and operations
Pharmaceutical development and projects in early stages of development
Camurus currently has, either itself or together with partners, nine projects that are in the clinical development phase and a number of projects in pre-clinical trials. These projects require continued research and development, which is subject to standard risks that product development will be delayed and that costs will be higher than expected or that Camurus' product candidates will ultimately prove to be insufficiently effective or safe at any stage of their development. Any negative, unclear or insufficient results will increase the risk of Camurus not obtaining the necessary regulatory approvals and, if approved, may also make it more difficult for the Company to sell the products in the market, or make it more difficult for the Company to enter into partnerships for the continued development, sale or distribution of its product candidates or products. Accordingly, it may be difficult to evaluate and predict the time and cost aspects, and future sales potential, of any of the Company's product candidates. The level of risk in the development of pharmaceuticals is generally high and a setback in any individual project could have a material adverse effect on Camurus’ operations and future revenue and thus Camurus’ financial position and earnings.
Technology platform with limited regulatory validation
Most of the pharmaceutical product candidates being developed by Camurus, whether on a proprietary basis or in partnership with international pharmaceutical companies, are based on the Company’s lipid-based technology platform FluidCrystal® Injection depot, which can be used, for example, to extend the duration and release of pharmaceutical substances in the body. No pharmaceutical product candidate based on Camurus’ FluidCrystal® Injection depot has yet achieved market approval. There is a risk that product candidates based on the Company’s Injection depot or its other technology platforms will be delayed to market or never reach it, and that in the future problems may be identified that make it more difficult for the Company to identify, produce or enter into partnerships for additional product candidates with future commercial potential and value.
The long duration that characterises pharmaceutical product candidates based on Camurus’ Injection depot can potentially increase the risk of adverse events and other complications compared to if the drug compound were to be released immediately and work for a short time. If product candidates based on Camurus’ technology were to display shortcomings in safety or efficacy in ongoing or future clinical trials or in the market, there is a risk that Camurus or its partners could decide, or could be forced, to discontinue further development and commercialisation of one or more product candidates based on this technology. This could have a material adverse effect on Camurus’ operations and ability to generate revenue and thus weaken Camurus’ financial position and future earnings.
Prior to launching a product candidate in the market, Camurus or its partner must carry out pre-clinical and clinical trials to document and prove that the product candidate has significant efficacy and an acceptable safety profile. The process usually requires extensive, costly and time-consuming pre-clinical and clinical trials. Positive results in previously completed pre-clinical and clinical trials do not guarantee positive results in later stages of development and subsequent clinical trials. Camurus is also unable to predict with any certainty when planned clinical trials can be started or when ongoing trials can be completed since there are numerous factors outside Camurus’ direct control that may impact this including, for example, the need for and timing of regulatory approvals and research ethics committee reviews, access to patients and clinical trial units, performing the clinical trial at the trial unit and the considerations of Camurus’ partners. It is also difficult to accurately predict the costs associated with clinical trials. Actual costs for carrying out any trial may significantly exceed estimated and budgeted costs. Clinical trials may also give rise to results that do not confirm the intended treatment efficacy or an acceptable safety profile due to undesirable side effects or an unfavorable risk-benefit assessment of the product candidate. This could lead to clinical trials being discontinued or cancelled, or the product not being granted the necessary regulatory approval for further clinical trials or sale in the market. In certain cases, the development program of the product candidate in question may need to be expanded with additional pre-clinical and/or clinical trials to enable market registration. In summary, clinical product development can be affected by unforeseen delays, increased costs, unforeseen suspensions and unfavorable results, which could have a material adverse effect on Camurus’ operations and ability to generate revenue from its projects and thus weaken Camurus’ financial position and future earnings.
Heavily dependent on the furthest advanced products candidates
To date, Camurus has invested a significant portion of its human and financial resources in research and development of its product candidates that are the furthest advanced in their development to market, in particular CAM2038 and CAM2029. Camurus is thus highly dependent on the continued success of these product candidates and on negative results not arising or negative decisions not being made on the continuation of product development. Examples of events that could have serious adverse consequences for the Company are rejected applications for clinical trials or market approval for Camurus’ and its partners’ products, or assessments that the product candidates cannot be successfully commercialised due to other reasons. The Company’s partner, Braeburn Pharmaceuticals Inc. (“Braeburn”), has submitted a New Drug Application (NDA) to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for CAM2038 for opioid use disorder, which the FDA has accepted for priority review. In January 2018, the FDA issued a complete response letter to Braeburn in respect of the CAM2038 NDA, requesting additional information to complete their review. Simultaneously, Camurus has submitted Marketing Authorisation Applications (MAA) for CAM2038 for opioid use disorder with the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) in Australia. Camurus and Braeburn are planning for the receipt of approvals of CAM2038 for opioid use disorder in the US and Europe during the second half of 2018. Even though the marketing approval activities and clinical trials for CAM2038 are being carried out and paid for by Braeburn, the risks described above in respect of the need for successful development and commercialisation of its product candidates are nevertheless applicable to CAM2038 and thus relevant for Camurus.
Camurus’ ability to finance its operations by receiving milestone payments and generating revenue from product sales is also dependent to a significant extent on the continuation of successful clinical development, grant of market authorisation approvals and commercialisation of these furthest advanced products. Delays to or suspensions of these programmes can be expected to significantly reduce Camurus’ future revenue opportunities and thus also have a material adverse effect on Camurus’ operations, financial position and earnings. Many of the risks associated with the continued development and commercialisation of the Company’s product candidates are also outside Camurus’ control (including, in addition to the need for successful clinical trials, receipt of required regulatory approvals and successful commercialisation, other factors such as the absence of the launch of competing products).
Dependence on suppliers
Camurus and its partners engage and enter into agreements with external parties for parts of their product development activities including, for example, the production of pharmaceutical substances, performance of clinical trials and certain laboratory services. There is always the risk that such external parties do not perform their services satisfactorily, that delays occur or that a pharmaceutical substance does not meet quantitative or quality requirements. Other risks include the risk that a production partner fails to pass inspections from governmental authorities and loses its GMP licence, or that a partner or an external party’s financial condition deteriorates. If this were to occur, continued product development could become more expensive, be delayed or be hampered, which could have an adverse effect on Camurus’ operations, financial position and earnings.
The clinical trials being carried out on the Company’s product candidates require, and future sales of those product candidates will require, the production of active ingredients and other pharmaceutical ingredients in both sufficient quantities and of the requisite quality. There is a risk that these requirements will not be met at a reasonable cost or at the planned point in time. The production processes are often complex and are also vulnerable to contamination, which can make the continued development of a product more expensive, and could delay or hamper such development. In certain cases, only one or a small number of established manufacturers/suppliers of specialist ingredients included in the products based on Camurus’ drug delivery technology are available. Camurus may be dependent on such manufacturers, to the extent that their manufacturing processes conducted for the Company are complex and time-consuming and thus difficult to transfer to another manufacturer. Although the Company believes that it could obtain alternative sources of supply for all of its specialist ingredients, it could be costly and time-consuming if the need to change a manufacturer were to arise, and this could thus have a material adverse effect on Camurus’ operations, financial position and earnings. For future commercial requirements, the Company’s aim is that its critical ingredients and product manufacturing are to be provided by at least two manufacturers. There is a risk that it will not be possible to achieve this goal for all ingredients and products or that, even if two alternative sources are identified and engaged, that this still would not sufficiently reduce Camurus’ dependence on individual manufacturers to the extent desired.
Product and technology collaborations with other pharmaceutical companies
Product and technology collaborations are a key component of Camurus’ strategy for increasing its development capacity and commercial penetration, and for achieving profitability. An example of this is the Company's agreement with Braeburn for the development and commercialization of CAM2038 in North America. Camurus is therefore to a significant degree dependent on its collaboration agreements with Braeburn and other companies regarding the development and commercialisation of the products under these agreements. There is a risk that one or more of the Company's existing agreements will be terminated or that Camurus will be unsuccessful in entering into other such agreements in the future. Camurus’ ability to realise the value of its product candidates could be delayed or hindered by the absence of such partnership agreements. There is also the risk that differences of opinion will arise between Camurus and its partners or that such partners do not meet their contractual commitments. Furthermore, projects and collaborations can suffer delays for various reasons, something that is a common occurrence in pharmaceutical development since the schedules prepared when partnerships are entered into are indicative in nature. In addition, there is a risk that Camurus’ collaboration partners and licensees may prioritise the development of alternative products and product candidates that might also compete with the products and product candidates featured in their collaborations with Camurus. If this were to occur, it could reduce the ability and/or willingness of the Company’s collaboration partner or licensee to fulfil its obligations regarding the development and commercialisation of the products and/or product candidates included in their collaborations with Camurus.
A licensing agreement typically provides that the partner takes over the main responsibility for the further development and commercialisation of a product in a defined market. This is the case for CAM2038 in North America and certain other selected markets, which means that Camurus may have limited ability to exercise influence over its licensee’s or collaboration partner’s future development and commercialisation activities. The risks associated with out-licensing to other companies could delay, hinder or make the continued development or commercialisation of the Company’s products more difficult, which could adversely affect future revenue opportunities and thus have a material adverse effect on Camurus’ operations, financial position and earnings.
Regulatory review and registration of new pharmaceuticals
A licence or approval must be obtained from the relevant authorities in each country or region in order to commence and carry out clinical trials for or to market and sell a pharmaceutical product. Various licences and approvals are also required for the manufacture and distribution of a drug. Obtaining licences and approvals can be time-consuming and can further delay, hinder or make the development and commercialisation of a product more expensive, for example, due to differing opinions on which clinical trials are required for registration, including between the authorities of different countries, or manufacturing not being deemed to meet the applicable requirements. Authorities may request additional information or make different assessments compared with Camurus and Camurus’ partners, e.g. regarding the interpretation of data from trials or the quality of data. In January 2018, the FDA issued a complete response letter to Camurus’ partner Braeburn for its new drug application for CAM2038 for opioid use disorder, requesting additional information to complete the review. Changes in authorities’ practices or procedures, as well as new or changed rules, may require additional work or ultimately result in the necessary licence not being obtained or withdrawn. In the US, part of the strategy for obtaining market approval for the Company’s product candidates is to apply to the FDA for approval via a simplified drug approval pathway known as 505(b)(2), which is based on utilising existing and available data for the safety and efficacy of the active substance established for a reference product. A similar approval pathway, called a hybrid application, is also applied by the EMA in the EU. The application of these simplified approval pathways, which are being applied in the case in the on-going CAM2038 approval processes in the US and EU, also has the potential to result in the scope of the pre-clinical and clinical registration programme being reduced for the Company’s other product candidates that are based on active substances where pre-existing data is available, as reference may be made to such data. However, if the authorities do not believe that the Company’s product candidates qualify for this procedure, additional clinical trials may need to be carried out to meet the requirements for market approval. This could mean that the development time is extended, that development costs significantly more and that development risk increases.
If the necessary licence or registration is not obtained or is associated with unexpected conditions, it will have an adverse impact on the ability to commence sales of the product, which in turn could have a material adverse effect on Camurus’ ability to generate revenue and on Camurus’ financial position.
Camurus and its partners will be liable to meet certain regulatory requirements even after a product has been approved for marketing, including requirements for safety reporting and supervision of the marketing of the products. There is a risk of product side effects being manifested which have not been identified to the same extent in the earlier clinical trials. Furthermore, the Company’s manufacturer will be responsible for continuing to follow the rules that apply to the various stages of manufacturing, testing, quality control and documentation of the product in question. Production facilities will be regularly inspected by regulatory bodies, which could lead to observations and new production requirements. If Camurus or its partners, including external manufacturers, do not meet the applicable regulatory requirements, Camurus may be subject to fines, withdrawal of regulatory approval, recalls or seizure of products, other operational restrictions and criminal sanctions that could have a material adverse effect on Camurus’ operations, financial position and earnings.
Handling narcotic substances
The CAM2038 pharmaceutical candidate contains narcotics that are classified as “controlled substances” and therefore are subject to special regulatory rules, for example, regarding their production, handling, import and export. Failure on the part of Camurus, its collaboration partners, contract manufacturers or distributors to comply with these rules could result in administrative, civil or criminal sanctions that could have a material adverse effect on Camurus’ operations, financial position and earnings. Furthermore, it may also be difficult to find alternative manufacturers since the number of potential manufacturers holding the necessary regulatory licences for producing these controlled substances may be limited.
Commercialisation, market acceptance and dependence on reimbursement systems
If a pharmaceutical product obtains market approval, the risk remains that sales, regionally or globally, may not meet expectations and that the product will not be commercially successful. The degree of market acceptance and sales of a drug depend on a number of factors, including product properties, clinical documentation and results, competing products, distribution channels, availability, price, reimbursement, sales and marketing efforts, prescribing physician awareness and clinical benefit outweighing side effects and other impacts of treatment, among other factors.
Sales of prescription drugs are influenced by the price set and obtained from the responsible authorities (such as the Dental and Pharmaceutical Benefits Agency in Sweden), from reimbursement payers and by healthcare payors, including insurance companies, hospitals and regionally responsible authorities. The reimbursement rate that, from time to time, applies for a pharmaceutical product often depends on the value that the product is deemed to add for the patient and the healthcare system. There is a risk that the products do not qualify for subsidies from privately and publicly financed healthcare programmes or that reimbursement is lower than expected, which among other things may affect the market acceptance of the product or the operating margin. Reimbursement systems may also change from time to time, making it more difficult to predict the benefit and reimbursement that a prescription product may obtain. Various initiatives are in place in many countries to curb rising pharmaceutical costs, which could affect future sales margins and product sales for Camurus and its partners. Such measures are expected to continue and could result in fewer reimbursement possibilities and lower reimbursement levels in certain markets.
Realisation of any of the risks related to the commercialisation and sales of products and reimbursement systems, most of which are beyond the Company's control, could lead to an adverse effect on Camurus’ future revenues, operations, financial position and earnings.
The pharmaceutical industry is highly competitive and is characterised by rapid and significant innovation. Camurus’ competitors and potential competitors range from large multinational pharmaceutical companies, established biotech companies, specialist pharmaceutical companies and generic companies, to universities and other research institutions. Some of Camurus’ competitors have significantly greater financial, technical and staffing resources, including research and development organisations, and more established manufacturing, distribution, sales and marketing organisations. As a result, these companies can often allocate more resources to carrying out clinical trials, obtaining market approval and launching, retailing and marketing their products. Furthermore, competition regarding individual products can be significant and competitors may develop and market drugs with higher efficacy, that are safer and/or less expensive than Camurus and its partners’ products, which could have an adverse effect on the competitive position of Camurus and its partners.
Several other companies have developed or are also developing drug delivery technology for simplified pharmaceutical administration or for extended release of active drug compounds in the body that compete with or may compete with Camurus’ various technology platforms, such as the FluidCrystal® Injection depot. Camurus’ current and any future partners and customers may be evaluating and potentially develop such technologies themselves. Rapid technological advancement could lead to competition heightening and intensifying, and to new drug delivery technologies with enhanced properties replacing or competing with Camurus’ technology as regards one or more pharmaceutical products in the market or product candidates under development, which could have an adverse effect on Camurus’ operations, financial position and earnings.
Revenues from partners and licensees
As significant portion of Camurus’ revenues are expected to comprise revenues from partners and licensees. These revenues may comprise milestone payments, which are dependent on the further development of product candidates and future product sales, and sales-based royalties. All such revenues are dependent on the successful development of the Company's product candidates and the achievement of agreed development and regulatory milestones, and the subsequent product launch and sales in the market. The level of future sales of Camurus’ and its partners’ products, if any, is uncertain and will ultimately depend on a wide variety of factors, such as clinical results and marketing success. If a licensee were to decide to discontinue the development of a product or end sales of a product – a decision over which Camurus can be expected to have no control – Camurus’ revenues and financial position could be materially adversely affected.
Dependence on key personnel and qualified employees
Camurus is dependent on its qualified personnel in general and a number of key individuals including all members of its management team. Although the Company does not believe that any of these key individuals are irreplaceable, if a key individual were to leave the Company, this could have a short or long-term adverse effect on the Company’s projects and thus its operations, financial position and earnings. Camurus does not maintain any "key person" insurance in respect of any member of its senior management team. Camurus’ ability to retain and recruit qualified employees is of great importance to Camurus’ future success and growth potential and there is significant competition from, for example, other industry companies, universities and other institutions. Any inability of Camurus to recruit or retain the qualified employees that it needs to conduct its operations could have an adverse effect on the Company’s projects and thus its operations, financial position and earnings.
Ability to manage growth and own commercialisation
In its collaboration with Braeburn on CAM2038, Camurus has decided to retain all development and commercialisation rights in all markets apart from North America, China, Japan, Taiwan and Korea. If and when the products secure market approval, Camurus intends to pursue commercialisation of the products in selected markets in Europe and the rest of the world by itself. For this purpose, the Company has begun to establish a an in-house sales and marketing organisation in certain selected markets in Europe and Australia, and Camurus’ organisation has grown significantly since the Company was listed in 2015. Camurus has not previously pursued development of a similar commercial establishment or expansion of a marketing and sales organisation inside or outside Europe.
There is a risk that the process of establishing a proprietary marketing and sales organisation will be more time-consuming and costly than the Company has estimated and that expected sales fail to materialise, completely or in part. In addition to company-specific and geographic risks (such as exposure to different and potentially overlapping legal systems and costs for compliance with such systems), the establishment and expansion of a new marketing and sales organisation may impose increased demands on the Company's management and on its operational and financial infrastructure. Camurus’ existing management resources, internal controls, governance structures, and accounting and information systems may prove to be insufficient for pursuing continued growth and additional investments in these areas may therefore be necessary. If Camurus proves to be unable to efficiently control or provide for continued growth, it could have an adverse impact on Camurus’ operations, financial position and earnings.
Product liability and insurance
Camurus’ operations are subject to the risks of liability that are inherent for operations that carry out the research development, manufacturing and sale of pharmaceutical products and medical devices. These include the risk of product liability claims that may arise in connection with the manufacturing, clinical trials and marketing and sale of pharmaceutical products and medical devices including, for example, clinical volunteers and patients suffering from side effects or being injured.
Although Camurus normally tries to transfer a portion of its product liability risk to its partners and licensees, and takes out insurance to the extent that is commercially reasonable to cover risk of its own liability, the amount and the scope of insurance coverage available on commercially reasonable terms is limited. There is a risk that the Company's applicable insurance policies will not provide sufficient coverage in the event of a potential claim for damages, which could have an adverse effect on Camurus’ operations, financial position and earnings.
Camurus’ ability to effectively and securely manage and store project-related information, results and reports from its clinical trials, and other business-critical activities is dependent on its IT systems and related processes working efficiently and without interruption. Such systems can be disrupted by, for example, software and hardware problems, computer viruses, data intrusion, sabotage and physical damage. There is a risk that IT failure or other problems with IT systems, depending on their length, scope and severity, could adversely affect Camurus’ operations, financial position and earnings.
Patents and other intellectual property rights
Camurus has an active intellectual property rights strategy, whereby the Company endeavours to protect its platform technologies and products in important global markets. There is a risk that existing and future patents, trademarks and other intellectual property rights held by Camurus will not provide full commercial protection from infringement and competition. The patent position of pharmaceutical companies is generally uncertain and comprises complex technical, medical and patent-law assessments. The pharmaceutical industry is also characterised by rapid technological advances and a high level of innovation. Accordingly, there is always the risk that new technologies and products are developed that could result in Camurus’ current and future intellectual property rights for technologies and products being circumvented or replaced. Patents are, by their nature, limited in time. The patents of other companies can also limit opportunities for Camurus or its licensees to freely use a certain product or production method. Since patent applications are confidential until they are published, there is the risk that Camurus’ patent applications may not be prioritised in relation to previously unknown patent applications and patents. Furthermore, it is not certain that Camurus’ patent applications will result in patents being granted or that any patent protection granted will have the same scope as was stated in the original application. There is a risk that granted patents will be declared null and void, for example, as a result of a dispute with a third party. Under the Company’s licensing agreements, Camurus’ partners may be granted certain rights to Camurus' patents that encompass the products included in the agreement and Camurus may be granted certain rights in patents granted to Camurus’ partners. As a result, these patents are not always or fully under Camurus’ direct control. Future sales of, for example, CAM2038 are partly dependent on Braeburn’s ability to renew and maintain the patents it has licensed from Camurus. If Camurus’ partners fail in this respect, it could have a material adverse effect on Camurus’ ability to generate revenue.
Despite Camurus investing significant resources in protecting its patents, trademarks and other intellectual property rights and taking legal action when deemed appropriate, there is a risk that the measures taken will not be successful or sufficient. There is also the risk that competitors and others may, intentionally or unintentionally, infringe Camurus’ patents, trademarks or other intellectual property rights. Laws and practice regarding the protection of intellectual property rights vary extensively between countries and Camurus’ rights may thus be more vulnerable in some countries than in others. If Camurus is forced to defend its patents, trademarks and other intellectual property rights, this could entail significant costs and delays to product development. There is also the risk that Camurus could unintentionally infringe another party’s intellectual property rights and thus become involved in court cases for alleged infringement of such other parties’ rights. Companies may also be subjected to baseless lawsuits regarding patent infringement. Infringement disputes can, similar to other types of disputes, be costly and time-consuming and thus could have an adverse effect on Camurus’ operations, earnings and financial position.
Know-how and trade secrets
Camurus is dependent on know-how and trade secrets, which are not protected by registration in the same way as other intellectual property. To protect its know-how, Camurus uses, for example, confidentiality agreements, but unauthorised disclosure or unauthorised use of Company information – by competitors, business partners, consultants or employees, among others – could still occur. There is also a risk that competitors and others could independently develop similar know-how, which could be detrimental to Camurus’ operations.
Share dealing investigation
On 1 June 2018, Nasdaq Stockholm contacted the Company in connection with press speculation of improper behaviour by the Company’s chairman relating to his share purchase in the Company’s capital one day prior to a release by the Company of positive topline Phase 1 results for a long-acting treprostinil under assessment for the treatment of pulmonary arterial hypertension. Subsequently, the Swedish Economic Crime Authority has formally initiated a preliminary investigation into these allegations. Whilst the Company does not consider results of Phase 1 studies to be material non-public information for the Company and the chairman’s purchase of shares was performed in accordance with the Company’s internal procedures and relevant policies, including approval by management, the outcome of the ongoing and any potential investigations by Nasdaq Stockholm, the Swedish Economic Crime Authority and/or the Swedish Financial Supervisory Authority are not certain. Furthermore, there can be no assurances that Nasdaq Stockholm or the Swedish Financial Supervisory Authority, will not take any further action against the Company, including civil, administrative or other proceedings resulting in financial or other sanctions. Any such proceedings can be time consuming and require significant time and attention by the management and the Company’s chairman. In addition, the Company could suffer reputational damage as a result of these allegations and investigations. All of these factors could have a material impact on the Company’s operations, financial position and earnings.
Disputes and legal proceedings
Camurus may from time to time be the subject of legal proceedings related to its operating activities. Such legal proceedings, in addition to the disputes referred to above regarding intellectual property infringement and validity of certain patents, may also include commercial disputes. Disputes and claims can be time-consuming, disrupt operations, involve considerable sums or principally important issues and entail significant costs, and thus adversely affect the Company’s operations, earnings and financial position.
Camurus’ conducts operations involving several countries, including in Sweden, where it is headquartered and in Germany, the UK, France, Norway and Finland, where Camurus is establishing local commercial organisations in anticipation of the potential product launch of CAM2038. As far as Camurus is aware, it conducts its operations in compliance with applicable tax laws in Sweden as well as abroad, including its intra-group transactions. There is, however, a risk that Camurus’ interpretation of these tax rules may be incorrect or that the laws may change, possibly with retroactive effect. As a result of decisions by Swedish and foreign tax authorities, Camurus’ previous or current tax situation could therefore change, which could have a negative impact on Camurus’ operations, earnings and financial position.
Furthermore, as a result of the collaboration and licensing agreements that Camurus has entered into, the Company must make complicated assessments relating, inter alia, to revenue recognition. Important assessments include whether an agreement should be divided into different sub-transactions, how to allocate the price of these transactions, how the timing of the transactions should be reported and in what way (on one occasion or over time). Camurus must also determine whether a collaboration and license agreement should be recognised as revenue upon delivery, or if the agreement involves a lease agreement to be recognised as revenue over time.
Further, Camurus’ management makes judgments and estimates regarding the possibility of utilizing incurred losses and temporary differences that form the basis for the Company’s reported tax receivable. If future earnings or earnings expectations do not materialise in line with the Company’s current expectations, Camurus will not be able to fully offset incurred losses against anticipated earnings as estimated, which may result in an increased tax burden for the Company. Correspondingly, changes in applicable tax rates, or other governmental tax policy decisions, may adversely affect the Company’s tax position, an example of which is the upcoming reduction of the income tax rate for companies which will negatively affect the value of the Company’s tax loss carried forward.
Corporate governance and CSR risks
Camurus is subject to the risk that executives may make decisions that are not consistent with Camurus’ strategies, internal guidelines and policy documents, a risk which may increase as the Company continues its geographical and organisational expansion. Furthermore, employees within Camurus and other persons related to Camurus, as well as its partners, may perform acts that are considered unethical, are criminal (e.g. violation of applicable bribery and anti-corruption legislation) or otherwise contrary to applicable laws and regulations or Camurus’ internal guidelines and policy documents. If Camurus’ internal controls and other measures to ensure compliance with laws, regulations, internal guidelines and policy documents prove to be insufficient, Camurus’ reputation may be tarnished or the Company may be affected by public law sanctions, which could result in an adverse effect on its operations, financial position and earnings.
Operating losses and additional financing needs
With the exception of the 2012-2014 financial years, Camurus has reported operating losses since the Company’s operations started, and cash flow is expected to remain neutral or negative until such time as Camurus can generate annual revenues from products in the market. Going forward, Camurus will continue to require significant capital for continuing research and development of potential products. Both the extent and timing of Camurus’ future capital requirements will depend on a number of factors, such as costs for its operations and its on-going geographical and organisational expansion as it develops the internal resources for the commercialisation of CAM2038, the potential success of its research and development projects and opportunities for entering into partnership and licensing agreements, the timing for the receipt and amount of milestone payments and royalties, and the market reception of potential products. Access to and the terms and conditions for additional financing are influenced by several factors, such as market conditions, the general availability of equity and debt financing and Camurus’ attractiveness as an investment and/or credit rating and credit capacity. Turmoil and uncertainty in the credit and capital markets can also limit access to additional financing. If the Company chooses to obtain additional financing by issuing shares or share-based instruments, the Company’s shareholders who do not or may not participate will have their holdings diluted, while debt financing, if available to the Company, may contain terms and conditions that restrict the Company’s operational and financial flexibility. There is a risk that new capital cannot be obtained when needs arise, that capital cannot be obtained on favourable terms or that no capital at all can be raised. If Camurus is unable to obtain financing as required, the Company may be required to significantly curtail one or more of its research or development programmes or ultimately discontinue operations.
Exchange rate risk
Camurus is exposed to foreign exchange risk in the form of transaction exposure. Camurus is based in Sweden and reports its financial position and results in SEK. Transaction exposure arises from the purchase and sale of goods and services in currencies other than SEK. A large portion of Camurus’ revenues and expenses are, and are expected in the future to remain, denominated in foreign currencies, principally EUR, USD and GBP. Camurus’ finance policy allows hedging instruments to be used, but if Camurus’ measures to address the impact of exchange rate fluctuations do not prove to be sufficiently effective, Camurus’ financial position and earnings could be adversely affected. Currently, no hedging instruments are being used by Camurus.
Credit risk refers to the risk that Camurus’ counterparties cannot meet their payment obligations and thereby create a loss for Camurus. For example, there is a risk that Camurus’ licensees are not able to satisfy their payment obligations for milestones and potential future royalties as they fall due, or that potential future customers (such as wholesalers and pharmacies) are not able pay for their purchases on time or at all. If Camurus’ measures to manage credit risk are inadequate, this may adversely affect Camurus’ financial position and earnings.
Risks related to the shares
Risks and risk-taking are inevitable aspects of owning shares. Since a share investment can both rise and fall in value, there is a risk that an investor will not recover the capital invested. The share price for listed companies can be very volatile and its development is dependent on a number of factors, some of which are company-specific while others are tied to the stock market as a whole. It is impossible for an individual company to control all of the factors that may affect its share price, and consequently any investment in shares should be preceded by a careful analysis.
There is a risk that the liquidity and price of the shares are subject to large fluctuations in response to general economic conditions or fluctuations in the stock market in general. Such fluctuations can occur regardless of how Camurus actually performs or the conditions in its main markets and may adversely affect the liquidity and price of the shares. Further, the trading market for the shares in Camurus will be influenced by the research and reports that securities or industry analysts publish about the Company (if any). If one or more of the analysts who cover the Company, or the industry in which it operates, downgrades the Company’s shares, the market price of the shares may decline. If one or more of these analysts ceases coverage of the Company or fails to regularly publish reports on the Company, the Company could lose visibility in the financial and share markets, which could cause the market price or trading volume of the Company’s shares to decline.
Historically, no dividend has been paid by Camurus and the intention is to not propose dividends to the shareholders unless and until Camurus achieves long-term profitability. Hence, there is a risk that no dividends will ever be paid in the future. The size of future dividends, if any, will depend on Camurus’ future earnings, financial position, cash flows, working capital requirements and other factors.
Significant influence for majority shareholder
Camurus largest shareholder Sandberg Development holds 53.7 percent of the shares and votes in the Company. This means that Sandberg Development has a significant influence over Camurus and most resolutions that are subject to voting at the general meeting. Such matters include the election of board members, the issuance of additional shares and share-related securities that could entail dilution for existing shareholders and resolutions on dividends, if any. There is a risk that Sandberg Development’s interests may differ or be contrary to the interests of other shareholders.
Future sales of large shareholdings and new share issues
Substantial sales of shares by major shareholders, including Sandberg Development, as well as a general market expectation that additional sales of shares may or will be made, may affect Camurus’ share price negatively. Moreover, new share issues would lead to a dilution of the ownership of shareholders who for some reason are unable to participate in such a new issue or do not choose to exercise their right to subscribe for shares. The same risk of dilution applies in the event that new shares are issued in an offering directed at other than existing shareholders.
Specific risks for foreign shareholders
Camurus’ shares will only be quoted in SEK and any dividends will be paid in SEK. This means that shareholders outside Sweden may be negatively impacted on the value of their holdings of shares and dividends, if any, when these are translated into other currencies if the SEK decreases in value against the currency concerned.
If, in the future, Camurus issues new shares with preferential subscription rights for existing shareholders, shareholders in certain countries may be subject to limitations preventing them from participating in such new share issues or otherwise impeding or limiting their participation. For example, shareholders in the United States may be prevented from exercising such preferential subscription rights unless an exemption from the registration requirements of the Securities Act is applicable. Shareholders in other jurisdictions outside Sweden may also be affected in a similar manner depending on local legal requirements. To the extent that shareholders in jurisdictions other than Sweden are unable to subscribe for new shares in any rights issues, their proportionate ownership in Camurus will decrease.
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