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Fennec Provides Business Update and Announces Fiscal Year 2018 Financial Results

160 Days ago

  • Initiated rolling New Drug Application to U.S. FDA for PEDMARK TM
  • Secured $12. 5 million debt financing to support a potential commercial launch
  • Strong financial position with $22.8 million in cash and no debt
  • Targeted commercial launch in 2020

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C., March 13, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Fennec Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ:FENC; TSX: FRX), a specialty pharmaceutical company focused on the development of PEDMARKTM (a unique formulation of sodium thiosulfate (STS)) for the prevention of platinum-induced ototoxicity in pediatric patients, today reported financial results for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2018.

"Throughout 2018 we were pleased to continue making progress on the advance of PEDMARKTM towards regulatory approval in the U.S. and EU," said Rosty Raykov, chief executive officer of Fennec. "Major accomplishments over the year included approval of our Pediatric Investigation Plan, confirmation of Pediatric Use Marketing Authorization eligibility in the EU and the initiation of our NDA in the U.S. This year, we remain focused on finalizing submissions in both the U.S. and EU and preparations for the potential launch of PEDMARKTM in 2020."

Recent Corporate Highlights and Upcoming Milestones

  • In December 2018, following a pre-submission meeting with the FDA, Fennec initiated a rolling New Drug Application (NDA) for PEDMARKTM in patients 1 month to <18 years of age with localized, non-metastatic, solid tumors. The NDA submission process is currently well underway. The Company has notified the FDA that the drug substance manufacturer for PEDMARKTM was recently acquired requiring a site transition for the commercial manufacturing site. The new facility of the acquiring company has large scale commercial capabilities and a proven and extensive track record of successful FDA inspections and product launches.  As such, full submission is targeted for late 2019 to early 2020. If approved, Fennec expects a first commercial launch for PEDMARKTM in the second half of 2020.
  • In February 2019, Fennec announced a $12.5 million debt financing with Bridge Bank, which will be funded upon New Drug Application (NDA) approval of PEDMARKTM. The Company anticipates that its cash position of $22.8 million as of December 31, 2018 combined with the $12.5 million debt facility available upon approval of PEDMARKTM will be sufficient to fund the Company's planned commercial launch of PEDMARKTM.

Fourth Quarter and Year End 2018 Financial Results

  • Cash Position - Cash and cash equivalents were $22.8 million as of December 31, 2018.
  • Research & Development (R&D) Expenses - R&D expenses were $1.7 million and $5.0 million, respectively, for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2018, compared to $0.8 million and $1.9 million, respectively, for the same periods in 2017. The increase in R&D expenses were primarily due to the manufacturing and regulatory expenses associated with the preparation for regulatory approval and planned commercialization of PEDMARKTM
  • General and administrative (G&A) Expenses - G&A expenses were $1.4 million and $5.4 million, respectively, for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2018, compared to $1.6 million and $5.0 million, respectively for the same periods in 2017.  Overall, there was a small decrease in non-cash equity compensation offset by small increases in administrative expenses.
  • Net Loss - Net losses for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2018 of $3.0 million ($0.15 per share) and $9.9 million ($0.52 per share), respectively, compared to $2.3 million ($0.15 per share) and $7.0 million ($0.47 per share), respectively, for the same period in 2017.

Financial Update

The selected financial data presented below is derived from our unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements which were prepared in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles.  The complete audited condensed consolidated financial statements for the period ended December 31, 2018 and management's discussion and analysis of financial condition and results of operations will be available via www.sec.gov and www.sedar.com. All values are presented in thousands unless otherwise noted.


Audited Condensed Consolidated              
Statement of Operations:              
(U.S. Dollars in thousands except per share amounts)            
  Three Months Ended   Twelve Months Ended
  December 31,   December 31,   December 31,   December 31,
    2018       2017       2018       2017  
               
Revenue $ -     $ -     $ -     $ -  
               
Operating expenses:              
Research and development   1,723       886       5,008       1,936  
General and administrative   1,382       1,629       5,401       5,015  
               
Loss from operations   (3,105 )     (2,515 )     (10,409 )     (6,951 )
               
Other (expense)/income              
Unrealized gain/(loss) on derivatives   -       206       167       (134 )
Other loss   6       (4 )     6       (8 )
Net interest income   115       23       348       47  
Total other (expense)/income, net   121       225       521       (95 )
               
Net income/(loss) $ (2,984 )   $ (2,290 )   $ (9,888 )   $ (7,046 )
               
Basic net income/(loss) per common share $ (0.15 )   $ (0.15 )   $ (0.52 )   $ (0.47 )
               
Diluted net income/(loss) per common share $ (0.15 )   $ (0.15 )   $ (0.52 )   $ (0.47 )

 

Fennec Pharmaceuticals Inc.
Balance Sheets
(U.S. Dollars in thousands)
 
  December 31, 2018   December 31, 2017
 Assets      
 Cash and cash equivalents $ 22,781   $ 28,260
 Other current assets   169     141
 Total Assets $ 22,950   $ 28,401
       
 Liabilities and stockholders’ equity      
 Current liabilities $ 1,637   $ 1,477
 Derivative liabilities   -     167
 Total stockholders’ equity   21,313     26,757
 Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity $ 22,950   $ 28,401


 Working Capital Fiscal Year Ended
 Selected Asset and Liability Data: December 31, 2018   December 31, 2017
 (U.S. Dollars in thousands)      
 Cash and cash equivalents $ 22,781     $ 28,260  
 Other current assets   169       141  
 Current liabilities excluding derivative liability   (1,637 )     (1,477 )
 Working capital $ 21,313     $ 26,924  
       
 Selected Equity:      
 Common stock & APIC $ 151,326     $ 146,882  
 Accumulated deficit   (131,256 )     (121,368 )
 Stockholders’ equity   21,313       26,757  


About PEDMARK TM  (sodium thiosulfate/STS)

Cisplatin and other platinum compounds are essential chemotherapeutic components for many pediatric malignancies.  Unfortunately, platinum-based therapies cause ototoxicity in many patients, and are particularly harmful to the survivors of pediatric cancer.

Each year in the U.S. and Europe there is estimated that over 10,000 children with solid tumors are treated with platinum agents.  The vast majority of these newly diagnosed tumors are localized and classified as low to intermediate risk in nature. These localized cancers may have overall survival rates of greater than 80%, further emphasizing the importance of quality of life after treatment. The incidence of hearing loss in these children depends upon the dose and duration of chemotherapy, and many of these children require lifelong hearing aids. There is currently no established preventive agent for this hearing loss and only expensive, technically difficult and sub-optimal cochlear (inner ear) implants have been shown to provide some benefit. Infants and young children at critical stages of development lack speech language development and literacy, and older children and adolescents lack social-emotional development and educational achievement.

STS has been studied by cooperative groups in two Phase 3 clinical studies of survival and reduction of ototoxicity: COG ACCL0431 and SIOPEL 6. Both studies are closed to recruitment. COG ACCL0431 enrolled one of five childhood cancers typically treated with intensive cisplatin therapy for localized and disseminated disease, including newly diagnosed hepatoblastoma, germ cell tumor, osteosarcoma, neuroblastoma, and medulloblastoma.  SIOPEL 6 enrolled only hepatoblastoma patients with localized tumors. COG ACCL0431 final results were published in the Lancet Oncology. SIOPEL 6 final results were published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

About Fennec Pharmaceuticals

Fennec Pharmaceuticals Inc., is a specialty pharmaceutical company focused on the development of PEDMARKTM (a unique formulation of sodium thiosulfate (STS)) for the prevention of platinum-induced ototoxicity in pediatric patients. STS has received Orphan Drug Designation in the US in this setting. Further, PEDMARKTM   received Breakthrough Therapy and Fast Track Designation by the FDA in March 2018.  Fennec has a license agreement with Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) for exclusive worldwide license rights to intellectual property directed to STS and its use for chemoprotection, including the prevention of ototoxicity induced by platinum chemotherapy, in humans. For more information, please visit www.fennecpharma.com.

Forward looking statements

Except for historical information described in this press release, all other statements are forward-looking. Forward-looking statements are subject to certain risks and uncertainties inherent in the Company’s business that could cause actual results to vary, including such risks that regulatory and guideline developments may change, scientific data may not be sufficient to meet regulatory standards or receipt of required regulatory clearances or approvals, clinical results may not be replicated in actual patient settings, protection offered by the Company’s patents and patent applications may be challenged, invalidated or circumvented by its competitors, the available market for the Company’s products will not be as large as expected, the Company’s products will not be able to penetrate one or more targeted markets, revenues will not be sufficient to fund further development and clinical studies, the Company may not meet its future capital requirements in different countries and municipalities, and other risks detailed from time to time in the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission including its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2018. Fennec Pharmaceuticals, Inc. disclaims any obligation to update these forward-looking statements except as required by law.

The scientific information discussed in this news release related to PEDMARKTM is preliminary and investigative. Such product candidates are not approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Health Canada or other regulatory and no conclusions can or should be drawn regarding the safety or effectiveness of such product candidate.

For a more detailed discussion of related risk factors, please refer to our public filings available at www.sec.gov and www.sedar.com.

For further information, please contact:

Rosty Raykov
Chief Executive Officer
Fennec Pharmaceuticals Inc.
T: (919) 636-5144

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