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Alimera Sciences, Inc. (ALIM) Q2 2021 Earnings Call Transcript

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Alimera Sciences, Inc. (NASDAQ: ALIM) Q2 2021 earnings call dated Aug. 13, 2021

Corporate Participants:

Scott Gordon — Investor Relations

Richard S. Eiswirth — President and Chief Executive Officer

Phil Jones — Chief Financial Officer

Analysts:

Alexander Nowak — Craig-Hallum Capital — Analyst

James Molloy — Alliance Global Partners — Analyst

Yi Chen — H.C. Wainwright — Analyst

Presentation:

Operator

Ladies and gentlemen, thank you for standing by. Good morning, and welcome to the Alimera Sciences Second Quarter 2021 Financial Results and Corporate Update Conference Call. [Operator Instructions] Participants of this call are advised that the audio of this conference call is being broadcast live over the Internet and is also being recorded for playback purposes. [Operator Instructions]

I would now like to turn the call over to Scott Gordon of CORE IR, the company’s Investor Relations firm. Please go ahead, sir.

Scott Gordon — Investor Relations

Thank you, Tom. Good morning, and thank you for participating in today’s conference call. Joining me today from Alimera’s leadership team are Rick Eiswirth, President and Chief Executive Officer; and Phil Jones, Chief Financial Officer. During this call, management will be making forward-looking statements, including statements that address Alimera’s expectations for future performance or operational results. Forward-looking statements involve risks and other factors that may cause actual results to differ materially from those statements. For more information about these risks, please refer to the cautionary statements in Alimera’s press release today.

Today’s conference call includes adjusted EBITDA, a non-GAAP financial measure that Alimera believes can be useful in evaluating its performance. You should not consider this additional information in isolation or as a substitute for results prepared in accordance with GAAP. For a reconciliation of this non-GAAP financial measure to net income or loss, its most directly comparable GAAP financial measure, please see the reconciliation table located in Alimera’s earnings press release. The content of this call contains time-sensitive information that is accurate only as of today, August 13, 2021. Except as required by law, Alimera disclaims any obligation to publicly update or revise any information to reflect events or circumstances that occur after this call.

It is now my pleasure to turn the call over to Rick Eiswirth. Rick. please go ahead.

Richard S. Eiswirth — President and Chief Executive Officer

Thank you, Scott, and good morning to everyone on the call. First, I want to thank all of you for your patients with respect to the timing of our earnings release. As most of you know, we completed a significant transaction with Ocumension Therapeutics, in which we received a $10 million upfront license payment, a $10 million equity investment and a warrant for Ocumension stock earlier in April this year. The accounting for this transaction was rather complex and resulted in some delays in closing our books for the quarter.

As we released this morning, we are reporting $21.7 million in consolidated net revenue during the quarter, including the license revenue from the Ocumension transaction. Phil will provide more detail regarding our reported results in a few minutes. Although the COVID-19 pandemic continues to have an adverse effect on our business due to reduced patient volumes and limited access to physicians depending on the market, we are seeing positive growth trends in most of our markets.

In the second quarter, we saw end-user demand increased significantly across the United States, growing by 17% in comparison to Q2 2020. Despite our growth, it is clear that patient volumes in U.S. retina practices still have not recovered compared to pre-pandemic levels. In July, we conducted a survey among 50 practices across the United States and learned that on average only about 60% of practices are seeing there DME patient volume back at pre-COVID levels. We believe this is likely the result of several factors, including DME patients needing to catch up on visits with multiple physicians due to the complications of diabetes, short-staffing in some offices, and new office protocols to safeguard patients and personnel that can slow down throughput.

Importantly, we are seeing signs of increased access across our U.S. — or across the U.S, as our reps were able to increase their in-person calls by 14% in the second quarter over the previous quarter. Our U.S. reps have also been seeking out new accounts with success, while our existing user volume is down. We have added new accounts who have started prescribing ILUVIEN in the second quarter at the highest level we’ve seen since 2019 before the pandemic began. These are encouraging signs for the rest of the year, in addition to the end-user demand growth of 17%.

In International segment, we recorded 16% net growth in end-user demand, driven by six of the seven European markets in which ILUVIEN was available during the second quarter of last year. For clarity, markets in which ILUVIEN has recently been made available were not included in this end-user calculation for more accurate comparison. The exception was Germany, where we did experience a decline in utilization, to clinics being closed to our sales force, the arrival of a third wave of COVID in May and a relatively low rate of vaccination in the country during the quarter. Despite the challenges associated with the substantial spike of COVID cases in Germany in comparison to the prior year, we were encouraged to see the significant end-user demand increase across Europe as a whole, which resulted in a record second quarter for end-user demand.

Importantly, with this demand, we are seeing our distributor partners in France, Spain and Italy reducing their inventories and placing orders with scheduled distributor shipments for each of the next three quarters. Because of these positive trends, we believe that it is now time for us to start investing more aggressively behind ILUVIEN to drive our performance back to the more consistent growth we were seeing before the pandemic. We believe the financing obtained from the Ocumension transaction allows us to make these strategic investments.

As we previously disclosed, we made the decision to maintain our employee base and the relationships with physicians at the outset of the pandemic and as a result, reduced a significant amount of our promotional expenditures. Our conservative promotional spend during the pandemic has weakened our share of voice. Given that ILUVIEN is commercially sensitive, I mean, that we need to keep the brand top of mind for our physicians, we need to move ahead with investments in marketing and medical initiatives.

We believe that the COVID pandemic and the associated challenges of treating patients on a frequent and recurring basis from the short duration anti-VEGFs and other intravitreal steroid injections has highlighted the value of ILUVIEN, giving us the opportunity to communicate this value in numerous channels. We believe that advocacy development and peer-to-peer communications will be important to our future success.

In the second quarter, we hired Dr. David Dyer as our Chief Retina Specialist, to bring the voice of the retina specialist in-house and help drive this initiative. We are expanding our medical science liaison and thought leader liaison teams globally to increase the frequency and level of communication with our future advocates. Dr. Dyer and our medical team will be engaging in advisory boards over the remainder of this year and next year to review and discuss the PALADIN study, with an eye to develop papers and publications that highlight the benefits of ILUVIEN in that perspective clinical trial. This group will also discuss the NEW DAY Study, hoping to shape some of the analysis and messaging that could come from this important study. The NEW DAY Study continues to screen and enroll patients and we are seeing momentum build over the last few months as we implemented some changes to the study and access to patients has improved. As of today, we have 51 patients randomized in the study and an additional 11 in the steroid screening phase.

In our European markets where hospitals have strained capacity, we believe we have a significant opportunity to demonstrate ILUVIEN’s value to the healthcare system to increase clinic efficiency, reduce high costs and alleviate the tremendous treatment burden of the short-acting treatments. We believe these messages will also translate in certain U.S. channels, such as the VA Hospitals. Physicians across the world have become more digitally savvy, further motivated by the collective COVID experience, we too are becoming more digitally focused, redeveloping a new educational hub to create a one-source extensive clinical database to include webinars and other educational events that will provide easy access to the data and targeted delivery of pertinent information. We’re also increasing advertising on physician-specific digital channels. And importantly, we will be restarting our direct-to-patient or DTP campaign in the U.S. as we move into 2022.

As you may recall, we ran a six-month pilot test of a DTP campaign in a few select key markets in 2019. During that campaign we saw elevated patient engagement and an increase in physician utilization in those markets. We learned a lot at that time about which channels were affected and which were not. Our core message of maintaining vision longer with fewer injections resonated well with patients in that time period. We believe the relevance of that message is only further heightened by patients experience over the past 18 months of the pandemic. Many patients were unable to see the retina specialists during the pandemic, resulting in a potential lapse of treatment due to the short duration of other intravitreal injections. When they did return, many presented with worst vision than they previous experienced.

Because ILUVIEN delivers a consistent micro-dose every day continuously for up to three years, the promise of maintaining vision with fewer injections is a very feeling and an excellent message to communicate patients with our DCP spend. We will be preparing for the launch of this campaign over the next few months before launching in 2022. Our geographic expansion continues to be a critical part of our strategy. At the end of 2020, ILUVIEN was commercialized in seven European countries. In the first six months of this year, units have been sold in five new markets despite a little promotional support because of the pandemic. As markets continue to open up, we anticipate an increase in commercial support and revenue growth in both the countries where we sell directly and in the countries where we sell through our distributor partners. Further, we expect to leverage our uveitis indication in all of these markets. We believe that ILUVIEN for noninfectious posterior uveitis could and should be the gold standard of treatment given our indication for the prevention of recurrence of disease and oculo alternatives in this market.

Remember, the anti-VEGF therapies are not an option to treat uveitis. And to date, ILUVIEN has only been launched for uveitis in Germany and the U.K. in late 2019 right before the start of the pandemic. We hope to launch the uveitis indication across the remaining markets over the next 12 to 18 months as we receive pricing and reimbursement in each country.

Just this week, we also announced a partnership with the Tanner Pharma Group to initiate a name-patient program for ILUVIEN. Tanner is now the exclusive provider of ILUVIEN globally for diabetic macular edema, and in Europe and the Middle East for the treatment of noninfectious posterior uveitis in specific countries where the product is not commercially available for patients with DME and uveitis.

I’ll now turn the call over to Phil for more detail on our financial results for the quarter. Phil?

Phil Jones — Chief Financial Officer

Thanks, Rick, and hello, everyone. For the second quarter of 2021, we reported consolidated net revenue of $21.7 million, up approximately 117% compared to the $10 million that we reported in the second quarter of 2020. Consolidated net revenue for the second quarter included $10.7 million in product revenue and $11 million in license revenue during the quarter generated from the Ocumension transaction that Rick mentioned earlier. U.S. net revenue, which was all product revenue was approximately $5.8 million for the second quarter of 2021, up 71% from $3.4 million reported in Q2 2020. U.S. end-user demand which represents units purchased by physicians and pharmacies from our distributors rose 17% in the second quarter of 2021 to 731 units compared to 625 units in the second quarter of 2020.

As we have previously shared, our GAAP revenues in the U.S. do not always correlate with end-user demand due to the timing of purchases by our specialty distributors. In the second quarter of 2021, our distributors purchased approximately the same number of units they sold to end-users. While in Q2 2020, our U.S. distributors purchased 36% fewer units than they sold in order to reduce inventory during the pandemic.

Net revenue from our International segment increased by approximately 141% to $15.9 million for the second quarter of 2021 compared to $6.6 million reported for the same period last year. International net revenue includes the $11 million in license revenue associated with the Ocumension transaction. International product revenue was down 26% to approximately $4.9 million dollars compared to $6.6 million for Q2 2020. The decrease in product revenue was driven by two factors. One, a lack of orders from our distributor partners who continue to sell off inventory acquired in 2020. And two, a significant decrease in end-user demand in Germany in Q2 2021 compared to Q2 2020. This was due to restricted healthcare facility access in response to substantial rise in reported COVID cases over the quarter compared to the prior year. The decrease in product revenue was partially offset by the acceleration of $1 million in deferred revenue associated with the termination of our Canadian distribution agreement with Knight Therapeutics.

As Rick mentioned, end-user demand across Europe was that a new high for the second quarter. Across our seven European markets where we were selling in Q2 2020, the United Kingdom, Germany, Portugal, France, Italy, Spain and Ireland, net in-user demand grew from 824 units in the second quarter of 2000 to 955 units in the second quarter of 2021, a net increase of 16% despite the challenges in Germany.

Total operating expenses were approximately $4.9 million in the second quarter of 2021, an increase of approximately 30% compared to $9.9 million reported in the second quarter of 2020. With access to customers increasing, we are spending again on certain initiatives to drive the sales recovery and future growth in the second half of 2021 and into 2022. We reported positive adjusted EBITDA of $7.9 million in the second quarter of 2021 compared to an adjusted EBITDA loss of $300,000 in Q2 2020. Adjusted EBITDA for Q2 2021 includes the impact of $11 million in license revenue from the Ocumension transaction and the acceleration of $1 million in deferred product revenue associated with the termination of our Canadian distribution agreement with Knight Therapeutics.

For the second quarter of 2021, we reported net income of approximately $7.6 million compared to a net loss of possibly $2.5 million for the second quarter of 2020. Basic and diluted net income per share for the second quarter was $1.03 on approximately 7.6 million weighted average shares outstanding. This compares to basic and diluted net loss per share for the second quarter of 2020 of $0. 51 on approximately 5 million weighted average shares outstanding.

On June 30, 2021, we had cash and cash equivalents of approximately $24.8 million compared to $8.3 million in cash and cash equivalents that we reported on March 31, 2021. Given our recently strengthened balance sheet, we believe that we are in a strong financial position to fund the growth of our business going forward.

I’ll turn the call back over to Rick for his closing remarks.

Richard S. Eiswirth — President and Chief Executive Officer

Thank you, Phil. We remain very focused on getting back to pre-pandemic sales levels and growth rates by investing in our commercial infrastructure and corporate activities. The license we granted to Ocumension in Q2 for the rights to developing commercialized ILUVIEN for Greater China territory and other Western Pacific countries, along with our equity investment in us have significantly improved our balance sheet as Phil said. The Ocumension license agreement also offers the potential [Indecipherable] to $89 million in future sales-based milestones, plus a markup on commercial product that we furnished to Ocumension under the license agreement. As a result, we do believe we have the capital resources to execute on our core business in the U.S. and Europe, and we plan to get back to the strong position that we were in prior to the pandemic.

With that, I’ll turn the call over to the operator to begin the question-and-answer session.

Questions and Answers:

Operator

[Operator Instructions] And the first question comes from Alex Nowak with Craig-Hallum Capital. Please go ahead.

Alexander Nowak — Craig-Hallum Capital — Analyst

Great. Good morning, everyone. Rick, just hoping you could expand on the month-to-month cadence of results throughout Q2 for both U.S. and OUS [Phonetic] end-user demand? How are things tracking towards the end of the quarter and just how is Delta playing in the things starting here in Q3?

Richard S. Eiswirth — President and Chief Executive Officer

Yeah. So, great question, Alex, and thanks for joining us today. I have to tell you it’s still inconsistent. We see a lot of inconsistency month-to-month depending on the country. We’ll have a strong month in the U.K. and a weak month in the U.S., and then it will flip the next month, and a lot of that is tied to the variability in these spikes with the Delta variant and things like that. So there is not — there is just a unfortunately lot of inconsistency right now as things continue to open and close. There are certain jurisdictions where we had access for a while and that access has been limited again for a period of time and it just seems to continue to stop and start.

Overall, I’m really pleased that our utilization appears to be at a slightly greater share than maybe the availability of patients coming back to the offices and we are adding new accounts. So that message that we talked about the COVID pandemic highlighting the value of ILUVIEN I believe is working and I think as we get more and more consistency with patient volumes, we’ll see that consistently come back. But just like you read the news every day, it looks things continue to change and evolve.

Alexander Nowak — Craig-Hallum Capital — Analyst

Yeah, understood. And how much inventory do you think is sitting outside of the U.S. right now? Do you think that’s mostly dropped down and end-user demand is good — or excuse me, orders shipped is going to track closer to end-user demand here in the second half?

Richard S. Eiswirth — President and Chief Executive Officer

It should. Yeah, we should get much closer back to end-user demand. There are orders that we have in on hand as we said for deliveries in the next three quarters. So there’s some in the third quarter, some in fourth quarter, some in first quarter of next year. I would say we’re probably not quite back to a perfect match just yet, but I would expect us to be there by the fourth quarter.

Alexander Nowak — Craig-Hallum Capital — Analyst

Okay, that’s great. And can you expand on the Tanner Group deal? Just how to think about that? Is that going to be a material piece or is that relatively like just given the lack of reimbursement in some of those markets?

Richard S. Eiswirth — President and Chief Executive Officer

Yeah, so I want to — I’m hesitant to quote a number on that. I mean, I would tell you that we see as we do get a lot of interest at trade shows and things like that from countries where ILUVIEN is not yet approved and available. So, we hear a lot of interest from South America. We do hear a lot of interest from Asian markets where the product is not available yet, right? Even though Ocumension is trying to get it there. And so we do think there is demand out there. We can supply. The Tanner Group has said that they believe eventually it could be $1 million to $2 million a year, but how quickly that ramps up we’ll have to see.

Alexander Nowak — Craig-Hallum Capital — Analyst

Understood. And then given the cash infusion, you mentioned a number of different investments that the team wants to make across sales and marketing. But I was just hoping you can kind of rank order those. Where — with the additional cash, where do you plan on using that most wisely from a sales and marketing side, from a clinical regulatory side, from expanding uveitis? And then just any comment on the pipeline there too?

Richard S. Eiswirth — President and Chief Executive Officer

Yeah. So it’s — I would say — I would say really, really two things, maybe three. The two things that would be top of mind on that are going to be the advocacy and the face-to-face engagement with the doctors, right? So I want more of my team to be face-to-face with more doctors and quality environments is often as we can to develop that advocacy and get that peer-to-peer discussion going. So for example, we are increasing the size of our Thought Leader Liaison team in the U.S. We’re adding MSLs both in the U.S. and in Europe, and we’re adding a position that is similar to our Thought Leader Liaison in Europe as well. Although because of the compliance rules are slightly different, its not a TLL. But the focus is that professional relationship getting those in-depth conversations with the doctors and a lot of advisory boards do that format. Another example is, I’m trying to get out there myself and talk of these doctor practices is quite a bit with myself and Dr. Dyer and more of our senior leadership team. I had a dinner here in New York with six or seven doctors last night. I have four or five of those types of dinners planned with different practices around the country over the next three weeks.

The second thing would be the market access side of things. We think we’ve got a great argument, specifically in Europe for the hospital systems there where they are overcrowded and they do have capacity issues associated with COVID to show them that ILUVIEN can make their practice more efficient and both from a — just from an operational standpoint, but also from a cost standpoint with ILUVIEN, and we think there’s a great argument there around uveitis. So that’s going to be a big part of the story as we rollout out for uveitis.

And then the third thing would be that DTP effort in 2022, we’ll be building towards that over the rest of this year. But we really think and I think many people agree with this, there is a huge opportunity to demonstrate to patients or potential patients out there the value of ILUVIEN and then drive that through to the doctor’s practices.

Alexander Nowak — Craig-Hallum Capital — Analyst

No, that’s great, and just anything on the pipeline as far as new retinal asset?

Richard S. Eiswirth — President and Chief Executive Officer

Not right now, not right now. We are out there looking aggressively. I will say that as things have started to open up and we see some meetings on the horizon, we do expect to be able to engage a little bit more dialog, but nothing — nothing right there on the front burner at the moment.

Alexander Nowak — Craig-Hallum Capital — Analyst

Okay, excellent. Appreciate the update. Thanks.

Richard S. Eiswirth — President and Chief Executive Officer

Absolutely. Thank you, Alex.

Operator

The next question comes from James Molloy with Alliance Global Partners. Please go ahead.

James Molloy — Alliance Global Partners — Analyst

Hey guys, thanks for taking my questions. I had a quick follow-up on the NEW DAY trial. Did you quote 51 patients currently in the NEW DAY trial at this point?

Richard S. Eiswirth — President and Chief Executive Officer

Yeah, that’s right. So we’ve got about 51 patients in the study right now. There’s 11 that are in the screening phase. We have seen that ramp up over June and July, as some of that patient volume and access has come back. It’s a little bit slower than we’d like, Jim. Unfortunately, because some of the people that have not been shown up in the office are those new patients where things were shut down, our access was restricted, but we’re starting to see an improvement in that and hopeful that will continue to build through the rest of the year.

James Molloy — Alliance Global Partners — Analyst

Obviously, the pandemic hitting that much slower than you anticipated. With the 11 in, it’s hard to know with the Delta variant, of course, but would you anticipate that’s 50 in a year granted in piece of COVID, you expect like a 100 in a year over the next year or so?

Richard S. Eiswirth — President and Chief Executive Officer

I certainly hope so. I mean, certainly that — that enrollment will increase exponentially over the next 12 months. I’m not giving up on it being enrolled at this time a year from now. The challenge we’ve had, as I said, is the specific type of patients that we’re trying to recruit is that naive patient or very — a patient that has DME that’s been treated very very lightly so far in the study. A lot of times companies will try to change that enrollment criteria to accelerate it. We’re just not going to do that because we think it’s so important to focus on these early patients. So we’re going to be patient with it. We’re doing the things we can do to speed it up. And we are seeing some positive signs over the last eight to 10 weeks in that enrollment.

James Molloy — Alliance Global Partners — Analyst

Great, thank you. And then you talked about with of U.S. sales. How many reps you guys have currently? And is there a — is there a change to, and you say obviously face-to-face very important and you’re showing excellent leadership doing it yourself. With the Delta variant hitting everyone, how is that working out at Alimera? Are you able to get the face-to-face that you need or are people starting to get there?

Richard S. Eiswirth — President and Chief Executive Officer

Absolutely. So we’ve got about — you asked the number of reps. We’ve got 29 reps right now. There is one territory that we had had some turnover in and we just decided to leave it open in the COVID situation down in South Florida. I would say our reps access is getting better. As I mentioned, there was about a 14% increase in face-to-face calls or in-person calls by reps in the second quarter over the first quarter. So we’re definitely seeing some improvement there. We are seeing more practices open up for lunch and learns, right? is where we get to go in and have a lunch with the entire practice and get greater access and more quality time than 5 10 minutes in a injection lanes. So we’re definitely seeing improvements there. I hope that will continue to improve. As I said to Alex, there is a lot of variability though and it’s not consistent across the U.S. because of spikes in the Delta variant. I think we’ve seen things open up in Georgia. We got some access over the last month or so with Georgia Retina, who is one of our biggest customers here and frankly that had been pretty tight for most of the time. And over the last couple of weeks, you’ve seen a spike in the Delta variant here in Georgia. So we’ll have to see how those things play out and I think it’s going to be a little bit of stop and start for a couple of more months now.

James Molloy — Alliance Global Partners — Analyst

And last couple of questions on. Could you speak a little bit to the sales versus sales and marketing spend? Sales and marketing up a 11% quarter-to-quarters versus the sales down 5%. Is there — is there a lag on the sales and marketing or decoupling between when the spend goes up versus it comes back in sales or? Can you talk a little bit about the linkage dream, the spend out there and the revenues coming on the top?

Richard S. Eiswirth — President and Chief Executive Officer

Phil, do you want to provide some comment on the first?

Phil Jones — Chief Financial Officer

Yeah, first, I’ll — Jim, I’ll talk a bit about the spending. If you are aware — if you look at the spending in the sales and marketing area, we’ve had severe lockdowns for about the last 16 to 18 months and what we’re seeing now is the rest are able to get out into the field and be able to travel a bit more. And as that occurs, we do see an increase in travel related to travel and the engagement related to those interactions that we see between our field force and the doctors. So we will see that increase and I think that’s just somewhat of an advance of that of what hopefully is a is good results to come based on that interaction.

James Molloy — Alliance Global Partners — Analyst

Last question. Any thoughts on guidance for ’21? You’re halfway through.

Richard S. Eiswirth — President and Chief Executive Officer

Jim, I don’t think so. We’re not real comfortable doing that right now. I mean, we think there’s a lot of positive signs that are pointing to positive trends from activity that we went through in the call, but probably especially with the spike in the Delta variant right now just not comfortable providing guidance for the rest of the year.

James Molloy — Alliance Global Partners — Analyst

Understood. Thank you for taking the questions.

Richard S. Eiswirth — President and Chief Executive Officer

Thanks, Jim.

Operator

[Operator Instructions] The next question comes from Yi Chen with H.C. Wainwright. Please go ahead.

Yi Chen — H.C. Wainwright — Analyst

Thank you for taking my questions. In the second half of this year, do you think the U.S. revenue growth to exceed the international revenue growth?

Richard S. Eiswirth — President and Chief Executive Officer

Yi, that’s a great question. I would say probably not, because we do have those additional countries that have started selling product in the first half of the year and we do expect to see some of those distributor order come back. So I think that — as you see Europe sort of come back to get to a normalized level, the growth will be greater in Europe for a little bit a period of time.

Yi Chen — H.C. Wainwright — Analyst

Got it. And with respect to the enrollment for the NEW DAY trial, do you think it would be reasonable to expect that the enrollment should be completed in the 2023 or 2024 timeframe?

Richard S. Eiswirth — President and Chief Executive Officer

We’re certainly going to be pushing and working on strategies to get enrolled in 2022.

Yi Chen — H.C. Wainwright — Analyst

And for the second half of this year, how should we look at the operating expenses?

Richard S. Eiswirth — President and Chief Executive Officer

So I think we will be building back over the course of the year to the levels that you saw in the fourth quarter of 2019 and potentially increasing a little bit of that in 2022.

Yi Chen — H.C. Wainwright — Analyst

Okay, got it. Thank you.

Richard S. Eiswirth — President and Chief Executive Officer

Thanks, Yi.

Operator

This concludes our question-and-answer session. I would now like to turn the conference back over to management for any closing remarks.

Richard S. Eiswirth — President and Chief Executive Officer

Great. Thank you all for participating on today’s call and for your interest in Alimera Sciences. We do look forward to sharing our progress on our next quarterly conference call when we report our third quarter results. Thank you and have a wonderful day.

Operator

[Operator Closing Remarks]

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