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Ritter Pharmaceuticals Reports First Quarter 2017 Financial Results and Provides Business Updates

LOS ANGELES (May 9, 2017) – Ritter Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: RTTR) (“Ritter Pharmaceuticals” or the “Company”), a leading developer of novel therapeutic products that modulate the human gut microbiome to treat gastrointestinal diseases, today reported financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2017 and provided other business updates.

Recent Highlights

“The key event of the quarter was our announcement of top-line data from our Phase 2b/3 clinical trial of RP-G28 in patients with lactose intolerance. Results from the trial demonstrated a clinically meaningful benefit in subjects with the reduction of lactose intolerance symptoms. We are now looking forward to commencing our Phase 3 program, following our end-of-Phase 2 meeting with the FDA to discuss the steps needed for an NDA submission,” said Michael D. Step, Chief Executive Officer of Ritter Pharmaceuticals.

Andrew J. Ritter, Co-Founder and President of Ritter Pharmaceuticals, added, “We look forward to advancing RP-G28 into Phase 3, taking us one step closer to developing the first FDA-approved treatment for lactose intolerance, a condition suffered by over 40 million in the U.S. and millions more worldwide.”

First Quarter 2017 Financial Results

For the first quarter of 2017, Ritter Pharmaceuticals reported a net loss attributable to common stockholders of approximately $1.7 million compared to a net loss of approximately $3.1 million for the first quarter of 2016. Basic and diluted net loss per share was $0.14 for the three months ended March 31, 2017 compared to basic and diluted net loss per share of $0.36 for the same period in 2016.

Research and development expenses for the first quarter of 2017 totaled approximately $432,000 compared to approximately $1.9 million for the first quarter of 2016. This decrease was due to the completion of the Phase 2b/3 clinical trial.

General and administrative expenses for the first quarter of 2017 and 2016 were approximately $1.2 million.

As of March 31, 2017, Ritter Pharmaceuticals had cash and cash equivalents of approximately $5.1 million.

About Ritter Pharmaceuticals

Ritter Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (www.RitterPharma.com, @RitterPharma) develops novel therapeutic products that modulate the gut microbiome to treat gastrointestinal diseases. Its lead product candidate, RP-G28, has the potential to become the first FDA-approved treatment for lactose intolerance, a condition that affects millions worldwide. The company is further exploring the functionality and discovering the therapeutic potential gut microbiome changes may have on treating/preventing a variety of conditions including: gastrointestinal diseases, immuno-oncology, metabolic, and liver disease.

Forward-Looking Statements

This release may contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including statements related to our ability to bring RP-G28 to market. Management believes that these forward-looking statements are reasonable as and when made.  However, such statements involve a number of known and unknown risks and uncertainties that could cause the Company’s future results, performance or achievements to differ significantly from the results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, risks associated with the drug development process generally, including the outcomes of planned clinical trials and the regulatory review process. For a discussion of certain risks and uncertainties affecting Ritter Pharmaceuticals’ forward-looking statements, please review the Company’s reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including, but not limited to, its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2016. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date on which they are made. These statements are based on management’s current expectations and Ritter Pharmaceuticals does not undertake any responsibility to revise or update any forward-looking statements contained herein, except as expressly required by law.

Ellen Mochizuki







                                For the Three Months Ended

March 31,

    2017      2016  
Operating costs and expenses
Research and development $ 432,154 $ 1,882,848
Patent costs 77,702 32,364
General and administrative 1,171,325 1,235,018
Total operating costs and expenses 1,681,181 3,150,230
Operating loss (1,681,181) (3,150,230)
Other income
Interest income 7,946 20,566
Other income 1,214
Total other income 7,946 21,780
Net loss   $ (1,673,235)   $ (3,128,450)
Net loss per share, basic and diluted $ (0.14) $ (0.36)
Weighted average shares outstanding, basic and diluted 11,619,197 8,583,259







       March 31, 2017     December 31, 2016  
Current assets
Cash and cash equivalents $ 5,092,309 $ 7,046,282
Prepaid expenses 149,727 156,752
Total current assets 5,242,036 7,203,034
Other assets 10,326 10,326
Property and equipment, net 22,235 23,542
Total Assets   $ 5,274,597     $ 7,236,902  
Current liabilities
Accounts payable $ 1,634,698 $ 1,896,368
Accrued expenses 900,762 1,222,735
Other liabilities 15,133 14,736
Total current liabilities 2,550,593 3,133,839
Stockholders’ equity
Preferred stock, $0.001 par value; 5,000,000 shares authorized; 0 shares issued and outstanding as of March 31, 2017 and December 31, 2016
Common stock, $0.001 par value; 25,000,000 shares authorized; 11,619,197 shares issued and outstanding as of March 31, 2017 and December 31, 2016 11,619 11,619
Additional paid-in capital 49,853,196 49,559,020
Accumulated deficit (47,140,811) (45,467,576)
Total stockholders’ equity 2,724,004 4,103,063
Total Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity   $ 5,274,597     $ 7,236,902