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Veloxis Pharmaceuticals announces financial results for the first nine months of 2012
By: PR Newswire
Nov. 14, 2012 12:42 PM
HORSHOLM, Denmark, Nov. 14, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --
Outlook for 2012
Veloxis maintains its 2012 outlook with an operating and net loss of DKK 240-270 million for the financial year 2012.
As at 30 September 2012, the Company's cash position equaled DKK 87 million, and as at 31 December 2012, the Company's cash position is expected to be in the range of DKK 490-530 million, including the proceeds from the completed offering.
A conference call will be held tomorrow, 15 November, 2012 at 2:00 PM CET (Denmark); 1:00 PM GMT (London), 8:00 AM EST (New York),
To access the live conference call, please dial one of the following numbers:
+45 32 72 80 18 (Denmark)
Following the conference call, a recording will be available on the company's website http://www.veloxis.com.
Research & development update
LCP-Tacro™ in kidney transplant patients
Veloxis has completed one Phase III study and has commenced a second Phase III study of LCP-Tacro™ in kidney transplant recipients as the basis for its development programme for LCP-Tacro™ as a once-daily agent for the prophylaxis of organ rejection in kidney transplantation. The first of these studies, the 3001 Study was a non-inferiority study performed in 326 stable kidney transplant recipients, and was successfully completed in 2011, meeting its primary efficacy and safety endpoints when compared to Prograf® (tacrolimus, Astellas Pharma Inc.). The second study, Study 3002 is being undertaken in de novo kidney transplant recipients. This study is a randomized, double-blind, multicenter study that compares once-daily LCP-Tacro™ against twice-daily Prograf® in de novo adult kidney transplant patients. The primary endpoint of the study, a composite endpoint (biopsy proven acute rejection, graft failure, loss to follow up or death), will be evaluated after a 12-month treatment period to demonstrate the non-inferiority of LCP-Tacro™ compared to Prograf®. Secondary endpoints will include safety, tolerability and renal function assessments. The study completed enrollment in March 2012 of 543 patients at approximately 90 transplant centers, primarily in the U.S and Europe. Results from this study are expected mid-2013. Patients will participate in a 12-month extension period on treatment for follow-up safety assessments.
In addition to the pivotal Phase III studies, Veloxis is planning a series of Phase IIIb/IV studies to further evaluate potential differences in clinical profile provided by LCP-Tacro's unique PK profile. The first study initiated is the STRATO (Switching kidney TRAnsplant patients with Tremor to LCP-tacrO) study of LCP-Tacro™ in kidney transplant recipients experiencing drug-induced tremors. The STRATO study is designed to explore whether a conversion of patients who have symptomatic tremor from treatment with standard immediate release twice-daily tacrolimus capsules to extended release once-daily LCP-Tacro™ tablets leads to a measurable improvement in tremor.
LCP-Tacro™ Regulatory Strategy
The U.S. submission for LCP-Tacro™, for the prophylaxis of organ rejection, to the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) is planned for the second half of 2013. The MAA (Marketing Authorization Application) filing for LCP-Tacro™ for the prophylaxis of organ rejection with the EMA (European Medicines Agency) is projected to take place in 2013. The exact timing of this filing will be determined based on discussions with the EMA rapporteur regarding the optimal timing for regulatory submission, including consideration of timing the MAA submission relative to the availability of the 3002 de novo study data.
The interim report is unaudited.
For the first nine months of 2012 Veloxis had no revenue as in the same period of 2011.
Research and development costs
For the first nine months of 2012, Veloxis' research and development costs amounted to DKK 168.8 million compared to DKK 160.3 million during the same period in 2011. Research and development costs are attributable to the ongoing phase III trial in LCP-Tacro™ (de novo patients, Study 3002).
For the first nine months of 2012, Veloxis' administrative cost amounted to DKK 26.7 million compared to DKK 36.4 million during the same period in 2011.
Restructuring cost includes salary payments to former employees in connection with the reduction in headcount effected in May 2012 and a write-down of laboratory equipment and laboratory improvements due to the discontinuation of pipeline activities not related to LCP-Tacro™.
For the first nine months of 2012, a total of DKK 4.4 million was recognized as share-based compensation. The cost is included in R&D and G&A. The comparable cost for 2011 was DKK 8.7 million.
In the third quarter of 2012, a total of 1,957,654 warrants have been cancelled and a total of 1,649,280 warrants have expired.
As of 30 September, 2012, there were a total of 24,031,296 warrants outstanding at an average strike price of DKK 2.8. Members of the Board of Directors held 474,735 warrants at an average strike price of DKK 6.0. Members of the Executive Management held 8,914,466 warrants at an average strike price of DKK 1.6, while other current and former employees held 14,642,095 warrants at an average strike price of DKK 3.4.
Please refer to Veloxis' latest annual report for additional details on the Company's warrant programs.
Veloxis' operating loss for the first nine months of 2012 was DKK 217.0 million compared to DKK 196.7 million in the corresponding period of 2011.
During the first nine months of 2012, the Company recognized net financial income of DKK 1.5 million compared to net financial income of DKK 11.5 million in the corresponding period of 2011. The gain is mainly attributable to interest income and gains on investment bonds.
Veloxis' net loss for the first nine months of 2012 was DKK 216.2 million compared to DKK 184.4 million in the corresponding period of 2011.
As at 30 September, 2012, the balance sheet reflects cash and cash equivalents of DKK 86.7 million compared to DKK 297.7 million as at 31 December, 2011. This represents a decrease of DKK 211.0 million primarily reflecting the Company's operating activities for the period.
As per 30 September, 2012, total assets were DKK 99.6 million compared to DKK 320.9 million at the end of 2011.
Shareholders' equity equalled DKK 42.1 million as of 30 September, 2012, compared to DKK 255.9 million at the end of 2011.
Veloxis reports its financial statements in Danish Kroner (DKK), which is the functional currency of the Company and the group. Solely for the convenience of the reader, this Interim Report contains a conversion of certain DKK amounts into Euro (EUR) at a specified rate. These converted amounts should not be construed as representations that the DKK amounts actually represent such EUR amounts or could be converted into EUR at the rate indicated or at any other rate. Unless otherwise indicated, conversion herein of financial information into EUR has been made using the Danish Central Bank's spot rate on 30 September, 2012, which was EUR 1.00 = DKK 7.4555.
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The forward looking statements and targets contained herein are based on the current view and assumptions of the Executive Management and the Board of Directors of Veloxis Pharmaceuticals A/S. Such statements involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results, performance or events to differ materially from those anticipated herein. Veloxis Pharmaceuticals A/S expressly disclaim any obligation or undertaking to update or revise any forward looking statements, targets or estimates contained in this interim report to reflect any change in events, conditions, assumptions, or circulations on which any such statements are based unless required by applicable law.
About LCP‐Tacro™ and tacrolimus
Tacrolimus is a leading immunosuppression drug used for the prevention of transplant allograft rejection after transplantation. LCP-Tacro is an investigational drug that is being developed as a once-daily tablet version of tacrolimus with improved bioavailability, consistent pharmacokinetic performance and reduced peak-to-trough variability when compared to currently approved tacrolimus products. Transplant patients need to maintain a minimum blood level of tacrolimus for the prevention of transplant allograft rejection, but excessive levels may increase the risk of serious side effects such as nephrotoxicity, tremor, diabetes, high blood pressure, and opportunistic infections. Therefore, tacrolimus levels need to be managed carefully, and transplant patients are typically obliged to make frequent visits to the hospital for monitoring and dose adjustments after receiving a new organ.
About Veloxis Pharmaceuticals
Based in Horsholm, Denmark, with an office in New Jersey, Veloxis is a specialty pharmaceutical company. The company's lead product candidate is LCP-Tacro for immunosuppression, specifically organ transplantation. Veloxis' unique, patented delivery technology, MeltDose®, can improve absorption and bioavailability at low scale up costs. Veloxis has a lipid lowering product, Fenoglide®, currently on the U.S. market that is commercialized through partner Santarus, Inc. Veloxis is listed on the NASDAQ OMX Copenhagen under the trading symbol OMX: VELO.
For further information, please visit http://www.veloxis.com.
Executive Management's and the Board of Directors' Statement on the Interim Report
The Executive Management and the Board of Directors have considered and adopted the Interim Report of Veloxis Pharmaceuticals A/S.
The Interim Report is prepared in accordance with International Accounting Standard No. 34 (IAS 34), "Interim Financial Reporting" and additional Danish disclosure requirements for financial reporting of listed companies.
We consider the applied accounting policies to be appropriate and, in our opinion, the Interim Report gives a true and fair view of the assets and liabilities, financial position, results of the operation and cash flow of the group for the period under review. Furthermore, in our opinion the management review includes a fair review of the development and performance of the business and the financial position of the group, together with a description of the material risks and uncertainties the group faces.
Horsholm, 14 November, 2012
Income statement and statement of comprehensive income
Cash flow statements
Statement of changes in equity
1. Accounting policies
The interim report is prepared in compliance with International Accounting Standard No. 34 (IAS 34), "Interim Financial Reporting" and in accordance with the NASDAQ OMX Copenhagen's financial reporting requirements for listed companies.
There have been no changes in accounting policies used for the interim report compared to the accounting policies used in the preparation of Veloxis Pharmaceuticals' annual report for 2011.
The income statement presents expenses by function and a new subtotal "Operating loss before restructuring costs" which exclude restructuring costs. This subtotal is considered relevant in understanding the financial performance and outlook for 2012 of the group.
2. Accounting estimates
In accordance with IAS 36, property, plant and equipment are tested for impairment if there are indications of impairment. Due to the restructuring of the organisation announced on 23 May 2012 Management has performed an impairment test of the book value of property, plant and equipment primarily consisting of leasehold improvements and laboratory equipment. According to Veloxis' accounting policies regarding impairment tests a write-down is made to the highest value of an estimated sales price or calculated net present value. Leasehold improvements and certain laboratory equipment will no longer be deployed by Veloxis due to the restructuring. It has been assessed that the value in use and the estimated sales price amount to DKK 0 million. The book value of laboratory equipment still being used by Veloxis as part of the LCP-Tacro Phase III study is considered by management not to be impaired.
SOURCE Veloxis Pharmaceuticals
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