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Champions Oncology, Inc. (CSBR) Reports Financial Results for the Quarter Ended July 31, 2012


9/14/2012 10:37:06 AM

HACKENSACK, N.J., Sept. 12, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Champions Oncology, Inc. (OTC: CSBR), engaged in the development of advanced technology solutions and services to personalize the development and use of oncology drugs, announced today its financial results for its first fiscal quarter ended July 31, 2012.

Joel Ackerman, Champions Oncology CEO, stated, "We are pleased with our continual progress and are focused on continuing to grow our Tumorbank as a source of value creation."

Operating revenues were $2.1 million, as compared to $1.6 million for the three months ended July 31, 2011.

Total operating expenses were $3.7 million, as compared to $3.8 million for the three months ended July 31, 2011.

Champions reported a net loss of $1.3 million, or ($0.03) per share, as compared to $2.0 million, or ($0.04) per share, for the first quarter ended July 31, 2011.

Excluding stock based compensation of $0.7 million for the 2012 period and $1.0 million for the 2011 period, Champions recognized a net loss of $0.6* million, or ($0.01*) per share for the first quarter ended July 31, 2012, as compared to a net loss of $1.0* million, or ($0.02*) per share for the first quarter ended July 31, 2011.

Operating Results

Personalized Oncology Solutions (POS) revenues were $0.9 million and $0.6 million for the 2012 and 2011 periods, respectively, an increase of $0.3 million, or 50%. The increases in POS revenues were driven by an increased number of drug studies completed during the quarter. During the three months ended July 31, 2012, the Company completed 13 drug studies, compared to only one completed in the prior year. These increases are the result of the steady increase in the number of TumorGrafts performed which have moved onto drug studies.

POS Cost of Sales was $0.8 million and $0.5 million for the 2012 and 2011 periods, respectively, an increase of $0.3 million, or 60%. Gross margins for POS were 11% and 17% for the 2012 and 2011 periods, respectively. The decline in gross margin can be attributed to increased costs related to transitioning our laboratory activities in-house from a third-party laboratory. This transition, which is expected to yield future cost savings through higher utilization of capacity, began during the second half of fiscal 2012 and was substantially completed during the first quarter of fiscal 2013.

Translational Oncology Solutions (TOS) revenues were $1.2 million and $1.0 million for the three months ended July 31, 2012 and 2011, respectively, an increase of $0.2 million, or 20%. The increase in TOS revenues was due primarily to higher numbers of models sold as a result of our increased investment in our Tumorbank.

TOS Cost of Sales were $0.7 million and $0.4 million for the 2012 and 2011 periods, respectively, an increase of $0.3 million, or 75%. Gross margins for TOS were 42% and 60% for the 2012 and 2011 periods, respectively. The decline in gross margin can be attributed to additional costs associated with transitioning laboratory activities in-house from a third-party laboratory. Specifically, we have made additional investments in our infrastructure and our laboratory staff to increase productivity and to support current and expected volumes.

Research and development expenses were $0.4 million and $0.5 million for the three months ended July 31, 2012 and 2011, respectively. This decrease was primarily related to decreased tumor procurement costs, resulting from our strategy to source models from our POS business.

Sales and marketing expenses for each of the periods were $0.7 million. Employee-related costs associated with our sales force and marketing personnel increased $0.2 million, but this was offset by a decrease in marketing activities.

General and administrative expense was $1.1 million and $1.7 million for the respective 2012 and 2011 periods, a decrease of $0.6 million, or 35%. This decrease can be attributed to reductions in stock-based compensation expenses and consultant costs.

* Non-GAAP Financial Information

See the attached Reconciliation of GAAP Net Loss to Non-GAAP Net Loss for an explanation of the amounts excluded to arrive at non-GAAP net loss and related non-GAAP loss per share amounts for the three months ended July 31, 2012 and 2011. Non-GAAP financial measures provide investors and management with supplemental measures of operating performance and trends that facilitate comparisons between periods before and after certain items that would not otherwise be apparent on a GAAP basis. Certain unusual or non-recurring items that management does not believe affect the Company's basic operations do not meet the GAAP definition of unusual or non-recurring items. Non-GAAP net loss and non-GAAP loss per share are not, and should not be viewed as a substitute for similar GAAP items. We define non-GAAP diluted loss per share amounts as non-GAAP net loss divided by the weighted average number of diluted shares outstanding. Our definition of non-GAAP net loss and non-GAAP diluted loss per share may differ from similarly named measures used by others.

Full details of the Company's financial results will be available in the Company's Form 10-K at www.championsoncology.com.

About Champions Oncology, Inc.

Champions Oncology, Inc. is engaged in the development of advanced technology solutions and services to personalize the development and use of oncology drugs. The Company's Tumorgraft Technology Platform is a novel approach to personalizing cancer care based upon the implantation of primary human tumors in immune deficient mice followed by propagation of the resulting engraftments, or Tumorgrafts, in a manner that preserves the biological characteristics of the original human tumor. The Company uses this technology in conjunction with related services to offer solutions for two customer groups: Personalized Oncology Solutions ("POS") in which physicians and patients looking for information help guide the development of personalized treatment plans, and Translational Oncology Solutions ("TOS") in which pharmaceutical and biotech companies seeking personalized approaches to drug development can lower the cost and increase the speed of developing new drugs and increasing the adoption of existing drugs. The Company's Tumorgraft Technology Platform consists of processes, physical tumors and information that we use to personalize the development and use of oncology drugs. The Company is building its Tumorgraft Technology Platform through the procurement, development and characterization of numerous Tumorgrafts within each of several cancer types. Tumorgrafts are procured through agreements with a number of institutions in the U.S. and overseas as well as through its POS business. The Tumorgrafts are developed and tested in the Company's laboratory facility in Baltimore, Maryland.

Our POS business offers physicians and patients information to help guide the development of personalized treatment plans. Our core offering utilizes our technology platform to empirically test the response of a patient's tumor to multiple oncology drugs or drug combinations. The process begins by implanting a fresh fragment of the patient's tumor, typically received within 24 hours of surgery or biopsy, in a small colony of immune-deficient mice to grow the tumor tissue. This colony is then expanded by implanting the grown tumor tissue into subsequent generations of mice until a sufficient number of mice are available for testing. At that point, the colony is allocated to different groups, and each mouse in a group is dosed with a different drug or drug combination. The response of the tumor in each mouse is tracked over time and analyzed to determine which drug or drug combination is providing the highest level of tumor growth inhibition. Our data demonstrates that there is a high correlation between the response to drugs of the tumor in mice with the response of the tumor in the patient.



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