ZSAN Jumps at Friday Open

Zosano Pharma Corporation (NASDAQ:ZSAN) rose 8% Friday, after recently reporting a narrower quarterly loss.

Last week (May 12), the company reported a net loss for the first quarter of 2021 of $8.1 million, or $0.08 per share on a basic and diluted basis, compared with a net loss of $8.7 million, or $0.24 per share on a basic and diluted basis, for the same quarter in 2020.

In the first quarter of 2021, we recognized service revenue and cost of service revenue on agreements with three pharmaceutical companies in which we provide research and development services to determine the feasibility of using our transdermal microneedle system technology in connection with their pharmaceutical agents.

Research and development expenses for the first quarter of 2021 were $5.3 million, compared with $5.5 million for the same quarter in 2020. The decrease of $0.2 million was primarily due to lower employee and temporary employee expenses and lower clinical trial costs partially offset by higher production and manufacturing costs due to the scale up and technology transfer to our commercial manufacturing organizations and additional depreciation expense.

General and administrative expenses for the first quarter of 2021 were $2.8 million, compared with $3.1 million for the same quarter in 2020. The decrease of $0.3 million was primarily due to lower professional service fees.

As of March 31, 2021, cash and cash equivalents were $26.9 million, compared with $35.3 million as of December 31, 2020.

ZSAN shares acquired a penny, or 1.4%. to begin Friday trading at 77 cents.