SOURCE: AB Science

August 30, 2013 13:56 ET

AB Science : Financial Results and Key Events of First Half-Year 2013

PARIS, FRANCE--(Marketwired - Aug 30, 2013) - AB Science SA (EURONEXT PARIS: AB) (ISIN: FR0010557264)

  • Half-Year Information - First Semester 2013
  • 49% Turnover Increase Compared to Half-Year 2012
  • Initiation of a Phase 3 Clinical Trial in the Treatment of Alzheimer's Disease With Masitinib, With a 5.9 M EUR Financing From Bpifrance (ex-OSEO)
  • Cash Reserves Amount to More Than EUR 28 million, Following a Bond Loan Issue of 12.5 M EUR
  • Initiation of Two Phase 2 Clinical Trials With Masitinib in the Treatment of Head and Neck Cancer and Glioblastoma

AB Science SA (EURONEXT PARIS: AB) (ISIN: FR0010557264), a pharmaceutical company specializing in the research, development and commercialization of protein kinase inhibitors (PKIs), today reports its financial information for the first half-year of 2013 and presents key highlights on its activities.

I. Key events of first half-year 2013

In human medicine

  • AB Science initiated a phase 3 clinical trial with masitinib in the treatment of Alzheimer's disease and has recruited the first patients in this study in several countries.

    This is an international, multicenter, randomized (1:1:1 ratio), double-blind, placebo controlled, three parallel group phase 3 study to compare the efficacy and safety of masitinib at two different doses in the treatment of patients with mild to moderate Alzheimer's disease. Study treatment will be given as add-on therapy to patients who have been treated for a minimum of 6 months with a stable dose of cholinesterase inhibitors (rivastigmine) and/or memantine, with no changes foreseen in therapy throughout the study.

    The study aims at evaluating the effect of masitinib after 24 weeks of treatment on cognition and memory assessed by Alzheimer's Disease Assessment Scale (ADAS-Cog) and on self-care and activities of daily living assessed by Alzheimer's Disease Assessment Cooperative Study Activities on Daily Living (ADCS-ADL) at week-24. 

    This study, for which recruitment has started in Europe and other countries, will enroll approximately 400 patients.

  • AB Science initiated two phase 2 clinical trials with masitinib in oncology and has recruited the first patients in these studies:
  • The first one is a multicenter phase 2 study to compare efficacy and safety of masitinib in combination with irinotecan, or masitinib in combination with gemcitabine in patients with a recurrent and/or metastatic head and neck squamous cell carcinoma in second or third line of treatment
  • The second one is a multicenter phase 2 study to compare efficacy and safety of masitinib in combination with lomustin, or masitinib in combination with irinotecan in patients with glioblastoma multiforme and who relapsed after a first line chemotherapy with temozolomide

  • As of 30 June 2013, the clinical development program of masitinib includes the following studies:
             
             
AREA   INDICATION   STUDY   STATUS
Solid tumors in monotherapy   GIST in first-line treatment   Phase 3   On-going
GIST in second-line treatment   Phase 3 confirmatory   On-going
Metastatic melanoma with JM mutation of c-KIT   Phase 3   On-going
Solid tumors in association with chemotherapy   Relapsed metastatic non small cell lung cancer   Phase 2   On-going
Relapsed metastatic prostate cancer   Phase 2   On-going
Relapsed metastatic colorectal cancer   Phase 2   On-going
Relapsed metastatic triple negative breast cancer   Phase 2   On-going
Relapsed metastatic non triple negative breast cancer   Phase 2   On-going
Relapsed metastatic melanoma   Phase 2   On-going
Relapsed metastatic liver cancer   Phase 2   On-going
Relapsed metastatic stomach cancer   Phase 2   On-going
Relapsed metastatic head and neck cancer   Phase 2   On-going
Relapsed glioblastoma multiforme   Phase 2   On-going
Hematology Oncology   Relapsed multiple myeloma   Phase 3   On-going
Relapsed peripheral T-cell lymphoma   Phase 2   On-going
Inflammatory diseases   Mastocytosis with handicap   Phase 3   On-going
Non controlled severe persistent asthma   Phase 3   On-going
Refractory rheumatoid arthritis   Phase 3   On-going
Neurology   Alzheimer disease   Phase 3   On-going
Progressive forms of multiple sclerosis   Phase 3   On-going
             
             

Other events

  • A bond loan agreement, convertible or reimbursable in ordinary shares, for a total nominal value of 12,508,232 EUR, authorized by the Board of Directors on 24 May 2013, making use of the delegation given by the General Shareholder's Meeting of 30 March 2012, has been fully subscribed and paid beginning June 2013. The bonds are convertible into shares, or repayable in ordinary shares or in cash under certain conditions; if not, they will be repaid in cash on the seventh anniversary of the issue date at their nominal value. 

  • The bonds are categorized according to their main characteristics:
  • A first group of bonds for a total nominal value of 10,658,148.80 EUR bears a 0.21% average annual interest rate, a 2.5% accrued interest rate (payable only in case of repayment at maturity) and a price per share of 23.53 EUR in case of conversion
  • A first group of bonds for a total nominal value of 1,850,119.20 EUR bears a 0.00% average annual interest rate, a 2.5% accrued interest rate (payable only in case of repayment at maturity) and a price per share of 29.30 EUR in case of conversion

  • Following the exercise of stock options, 48,780 shares of 0.01 EUR nominal value were issued during the first half of 2013, resulting in a 487.80 EUR capital increase. As at 30 June 2013, AB Science equity is composed of 32,331,437 shares out of which 21,416,239 shares present double voting rights.

II. Recent events since half-year closing

The consortium created by AB Science for the development of an innovative therapy in Alzheimer's disease which gathers together the Brain and Spine Institute (ICM), the Atomic Energy Commission (CEA), the National Institute of Health and Medical Research (Inserm), Imagine Foundation and the biotechnology company Skuldtech receives 8.6 M EUR from Bpifrance (ex OSEO) within the framework of the Industrial Strategic Innovation (ISI) program. AB Science will receive a total amount of 5,924 K EUR from Bpifrance in the form of grants (160 K EUR) and repayable advances (5,764 K EUR).

In case of project success, materialized by the marketing authorization of masitinib in neurology, the reimbursement by AB Science covers :

  • Repayment of 5,764 K EUR over a period of four years from 30 June 2020
  • Payment of a 1% interest on turnover within the limit of 7 M EUR over the following three years

III. Consolidated financial statements for the first half-year of 2013

The company turnover amounts to 995 K EUR for the first half-year 2013, as compared with 666 K EUR one year earlier, which represents a growth of 49.4%. It is entirely generated by the commercialization of a drug in veterinary medicine.

Operating expenses as at 30 June 2013 amounted to 7,028 K EUR, as compared with 6,081 K EUR as at 30 June 2012, which is an increase of 15.6%. These expenses include in particular:

  • The Company's marketing expenses amounted to 682 K EUR as at 30 June 2013, as compared with 597 K EUR as at 30 June 2012, which is an increase of 14.2%. 

  • Administrative expenses remained stable. They amounted to 874 K EUR to 30 June 2013 as at 30 June 2012.

  • Research and development expenses increased by 21.2%, up from 4.418 K EUR as at 30 June 2012 to 5,354 K EUR as at 30 June 2013. This increase (+936 K EUR) is mainly explained by the following factors:

  • Increase of research and development expenses (+2,328 K EUR) due to the continuation of the clinical development plan, and in particular the launch of phase 3 clinical trials

  • Increase of research tax credit up from 860 K EUR as at 30 June 2012 to 2,252 K EUR as at 30 June 2013 (+1,392 K EUR). 

    In fact, as at 30 June 2012, the basis for research tax credit calculation decreased by 3,056 K EUR after taking into account in the basis for calculation the grants and the conditional advances received during the period, leading to a decrease of 917 K EUR on research tax credit. Advances will be added to the basis for calculation of the tax credit in the year of potential repayment.

    In addition, research and development expenses eligible for the research tax credit increased by 1,582 K EUR, leading to an increase of 475 K EUR on research tax credit as at 30 June 2013.

Operating profit/loss

The operating loss as at 30 June 2013 amounted to 6,033 K EUR, as compared with 5,415 K EUR as at 30 June 2012, which is an increase of the operating loss by 618 K EUR (11.4%) for the reasons provided above.

Financial profit/loss

The financial loss as at 30 June 2013 was 336 K EUR, as compared with 371 K EUR a year earlier.

Financial expenses, excluding currency effects and discounting effect, decreased from 488 K EUR as at 30 June 2012 down to 433 K EUR as at 30 June 2013. This decrease is primarily due to lower capitalized interests for the new bond issuances.

Over the period, interests earned from the investment of the obligations exceeded the interests payable annually.

Net profit/loss

The total net loss as at 30 June 2013 amounted to 6,349 K EUR, as compared with 5,755 K EUR as at 30 June 2012, increasing by 10.3 %, for the reasons provided above.

IV. Consolidated balance sheet information

Assets

Given the expected sales perspective which are difficult to evaluate, development costs were expensed. Fixed assets correspond essentially to the cost for registration of the Company's patents. Registration costs of the Company's patents booked as net fixed assets increased by 2.1%, from 1,254 K EUR as at 31 December 2012 up to 1,280 K EUR as at 30 June 2013.

Inventories amounted to 374 K EUR as at 30 June 2013, as compared with 523 K EUR as at 31 December 2011. They are related to the inventory of raw materials and principal ingredient (193 K EUR), to the inventory of work-in-progress products (78 K EUR) and to the inventory of finished products (103 K EUR).

Trade receivable increased from 149 K EUR at the end of 2012 to 219 K EUR as at 30 June 2013. This increase was induced by the increase in sales.

Current financial assets decreased by 4.5% between 31 December 2012 and 30 June 2013, from 11,706 K EUR to 11,177 K EUR . These financial assets correspond mainly to cash instruments, the term of which is beyond 3 months.

Other current assets of the Company increased from 3,837 K EUR as at 31 December 2012 up to 6,263 K EUR as at 30 June 2013, which is an increase of 63.2 % (+2,426 K EUR) over the period. This increase is explained primarily by the research tax credit (2 810 EUR) not reimbursed as at 30 June 2013. Our case is being processed.

Cash increased by 45.5% between 31 December 2012 and 30 June 2013, from 11,746 K EUR up to 17,092 K EUR, mainly because of a bond loan agreement fully subscribed and paid in June 2013 for a nominal value of 12.5 M EUR .

Total of cash and current financial assets amounted to 28,269 K EUR as at 30 June 2013, as compared with 23,452 K EUR as at 31 December 2012.

Liabilities

Funding used by the Company comes mainly from issue of bond loan agreements and various public aids (research tax credits, reimbursable advances and subsidies).

As at 30 June 2013, the Company's net equity stood at -1,184 K EUR.

Current liabilities amounted to 10,638 K EUR as at 30 June 2013, as compared with 9,710 K EUR at the end of 2012, which is an increase of 9.6%. The increase (928 K EUR) is explained in particular by the following factors :

  • Increase in current accruals (247 K EUR), related to the adjustment of tax and litigation accruals 
  • Increase in trade payable (725 K EUR)
  • Increase in current financial liabilities (77 K EUR)
  • Decrease of other current liabilities (120 K EUR), mainly related to the increase of social debts 

Non-current liabilities mainly included bond loans (20,897 K EUR), two bank debts for 1,084 K EUR and conditional advances. They amount to 27,208 K EUR as at 30 June 2013, as compared with 15,373 K EUR as at 31 December 2012, which is a 12,302 K EUR increase, related to the issue of the new bond loan (12,508 K EUR). The bonds are convertible into shares at any time at the initiative of the bondholder, may be reimbursed by anticipation in cash at the option of AB Science under certain conditions, or they will be repayable in full in cash on the seventh anniversary of the issue date at their nominal value.

Risk factors and uncertainties

The main risks and uncertainties to which the Company is exposed for the first six months and the remaining six months of 2013 are the risks and uncertainties described in Chapter 5 of the annual financial report as at 31 December 2012.

About AB Science
Founded in 2001, AB Science is a pharmaceutical company specializing in the research, development and commercialization of protein kinase inhibitors (PKIs), a new class of targeted molecules whose action is to modify signaling pathways within cells. Through these PKIs, the Company targets diseases with high unmet medical needs (cancer, inflammatory diseases, and central nervous system diseases), in both human and veterinary medicines.

AB Science has developed a proprietary portfolio of molecules and the Company's lead compound, masitinib, has already been registered for veterinary medicine in Europe and in the USA, and is pursuing nine on-going phase 3 studies in human medicine in GIST in 1st and 2nd line of treatment, metastatic melanoma expressing JM mutation of c-Kit, multiple myeloma, mastocytosis, severe persistent asthma, rheumatoid arthritis, Alzheimer disease and progressive multiple sclerosis. The company is headquartered in Paris, France, and listed on Euronext Paris (ticker: AB).

More information is available on our website: www.ab-science.com.

Disclaimer
This press release does not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to buy AB Science shares. If you wish to obtain more comprehensive information about AB Science, please refer to documents available on our website www.ab-science.com. This release may contain certain forward-looking statements. Although the Company believes that these statements are based upon reasonable assumptions at the date of publication of this document, they are inherently subject to risks and uncertainties which could cause actual results to differ from the present figures and those expressed or implied in these statements.

 
 
FINANCIAL STATEMENTS AS OF 30 JUNE 2013
         
Assets (in thousands of euros)   30/06/2013   31/12/2012
Intangible assets   1 290   1 266
Tangible assets   133   106
Non-current financial assets   581   649
Other non-current assets   0   0
Deferred tax assets   0   0
Non-current assets   2 004   2 020
Inventories   374   523
Trade receivable   219   149
Current financial assets   11 177   11 706
Other current assets   6 263   3 837
Cash and cash equivalents   17 092   11 746
Current assets   35 125   27 962
TOTAL ASSETS   37 129   29 982
         
             
Liabilities (in thousands of euros)   30/06/2013     31/12/2012  
Share capital   323     323  
Additional paid-in capital   75 645     75 493  
Translation reserve   (2 )   5  
Other reserves and results   (77 150 )   (70 922 )
Total equity attributable to equity holders of the Company   (1 184 )   4 899  
Non-controlling interests            
Total equity   (1 184 )   4 899  
Non-current provisions   351     292  
Non-current financial liabilities   26 603     14 373  
Other non-current liabilities   0     0  
Deferred tax liabilities   722     708  
Non-current liabilities   27 675     15 373  
Current provisions   1 065     818  
Trade payable   6 511     5 786  
Current financial liabilities   1 265     1 188  
Tax liabilities / Tax payable   0     0  
Other current liabilities   1 798     1 918  
Current liabilities   10 638     9 710  
TOTAL EQUITY AND LIABILITIES   37 129     29 982  
             
             
 
 
STATEMENT OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME AS OF 30 JUNE 2013
             
(in thousands of euros)   30/06/2013     30/06/2012  
             
Revenue   995     666  
Other operating revenues   0     0  
Total revenues   995     666  
Cost of sales   (118 )   (191 )
Marketing expenses   (682 )   (597 )
Administrative expenses   (874 )   (874 )
Research and development expenses   (5 354 )   (4 418 )
Other operating expenses   -     -  
Operating income (loss)   (6 033 )   (5 415 )
Financial income   135     233  
Financial expenses   (471 )   (604 )
Financial income (loss)   (336 )   (371 )
Income tax expense   20     31  
Net income (loss)   (6 349 )   (5 755 )
including:
Items which will not be later reclassified in net income:
           
.            
Items which could be later reclassified in net income:            
Currency effects - Foreign activities   (6 )   (26 )
Other items of the Total Comprehensive income for the period net from taxes   (6 )   (26 )
Total Comprehensive income for the period   (6 355 )   (5 781 )
Net income for the period attributable to:            
- Non-controlling interests   -     -  
- Equity holders of the parent company   (6 349 )   (5 755 )
Total comprehensive income for the period attributable to:            
- Non-controlling interests   -     -  
- Equity holders of the parent company   (6 355 )   (5 781 )
Basic earnings per share - in euros   (0,20 )   (0,18 )
Diluted earnings per share - in euros   (0,20 )   (0,18 )
             
             
 
 
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF CASH FLOWS
             
(in thousands of euros)   30/06/2013     30/06/2012  
Net income (loss)   (6 349 )   (5 755 )
- Depreciation, amortization and charges to provisions   460     178  
- Income (loss) from asset sale   0     0  
- Non-cash income and expenses linked to share-based payments   39     26  
- Other non-cash income and expenses   54     100  
- Income tax expense   (27 )   32  
- Change in deferred tax   0     0  
- Impact of change in working capital requirement generated by operating activities   (1 742 )   4 605  
- Income from interest on financial assets   294     288  
Cash flow from operations before tax and interest   (7 270 )   (526 )
Income Tax (paid)/received   0     (64 )
Net cash flow from operating activities   (7 270 )   (590 )
Acquisitions of fixed assets   (244 )   (148 )
Sales of tangible and intangible assets   0     0  
Acquisitions of financial assets   (4 200 )   (10 300 )
Proceeds from the sale of financial assets   4 800     8 500  
Changes in loans and advances   0     0  
Interest received/(paid)   20     83  
Other cash flow related to investing activities   0     0  
Net cash flow from investing activities   376     (1 865 )
Dividends paid            
Capital increase (decrease)   153     26  
Issue of loans and receipt of conditional advances   12 508     11 201  
Repayments of loans and conditional advances   (415 )   (1 300 )
Other cash flows from financing activities   0     85  
Net cash flow from financing activities   12 246     10 012  
Effect of exchange rate fluctuations   (6 )   (26 )
Effect of assets held for sale   0     0  
Impact of changes in accounting principles   0     0  
Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents - by cash flows   5 346     7 530  
             
Cash and cash equivalents - opening balance   11 746     11 808  
Cash and cash equivalents - closing balance   17 092     19 338  
Net increase / decrease in cash and cash equivalents - by change in closing balances   5 346     7 530  
             
             

Half year financial results 2013: http://hugin.info/155655/R/1726340/576014.pdf

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