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Moleculin Biotech (MBRX) Reports Financial Results For The Third Quarter Ended September 30, 2016



11/21/2016 11:37:30 AM

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HOUSTON, TX - Moleculin Biotech, Inc., (NASDAQ: MBRX), a preclinical and clinical-stage pharmaceutical company focused on the development of anti-cancer drug candidates, some of which are based on license agreements with The University of Texas System on behalf of the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center ("MD Anderson"), today announced its financial and operating results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2016.

During the third quarter and year to date, key activities included:

• Updated the Annamycin clinical strategy to add a Phase I arm to its next Phase II trial that leverages a potential increase in the maximum tolerable drug dose, which could significantly increase the chance for positive outcomes. Despite some likely cost increases, which the Company believes will be offset by the Dermin supply agreement, as well as a likely extension in approval timing by several months, the Company believes that it remains on track to generate useful Phase II data by the second half of 2017;

• Secured an agreement with Dermin Sp. Zo. O. to utilize its supply of Annamycin for the Company's clinical trial, substantially reducing expenditures required of Moleculin for drug product and shortening the time required to produce clinical supplies;

• Announced it had received verbal positive guidance from the FDA regarding its planned IND submission indicating that the Company may incorporate by reference the IND established by a prior developer;

• Benefitting from additional grant funded research at MD Anderson for WP1066;

• Announced promising initial results on the preclinical toxicology work for WP1122. Preliminary escalating single dose toxicity testing in mice was successfully completed. No toxic death was observed and the drug was well tolerated;

• Appointed a new CFO, Jonathan P. Foster; and

• Completed successful initial public offering and bridge financing.

Planned activities and milestones for the remainder of 2016 include:

• Receive pre-IND guidance from FDA for liposomal Annamycin, an anthracycline for the treatment of relapsed or refractory acute myeloid leukemia (R/R AML);

• Submit IND for liposomal Annamycin based on FDA guidance;

• Strengthen license and IP portfolio; and

• Continue development of pipeline assets, including drug and other molecular portfolio.

Walter Klemp, Chairman and CEO of Moleculin stated: "We continue to make progress towards executing on our clinical programs and are pleased with recent developments that allow us to more cost effectively fund our activities and potentially improve target outcomes, while maintaining our milestone to report Phase II data by the second half of 2017.

We continue to believe we have sufficient funds to pursue our planned operations through the generation of Phase II data for Annamycin through the end of the third quarter of 2017."

Unaudited Financial Results for the Third Quarter Ended September 30, 2016

Research and development expense was $496,659 and $38,409 for the three months ended September 30, 2016 and 2015, respectively. The increase of approximately $458,000 mainly represents accrued license fees to MD Anderson for approximately $40,000, $37,500 for research performed by HPI, and approximately $228,000 related to MD Anderson sponsored research.

General and administrative expense was $924,041 and $184,344 for the three months ended September 30, 2016 and 2015, respectively. The expense increase of approximately $740,000 was mainly attributable to additional payroll and related expenses of approximately $459,000 related to a full three months of our Chief Financial Officer's, Chief Operating Officer's and Chief Executive Officer's salaries and compensation for our Board of Directors. Also, included in this quarter's expense was $118,000 related to the severance of the former Chief Financial Officer. The Company also incurred approximately $289,000 of expenses related to investor relations, audit and accounting, and insurance costs.

Interest expense included expense accrued on the Company's convertible promissory notes issued in 2015 and 2016 bearing interest at the rate of 8% per annum.

The Company's net loss for the three months ended September 30, 2016 amounted to $1,432,079.

As of September 30, 2016, the Company had $6,183,783 in cash. During the period from January 1, 2016 through May 2, 2016, the Company sold 234,296 common shares for $702,888. On May 31, 2016, the Company completed its initial public offering, pursuant to which it sold 1,540,026 shares of common stock at $6.00 per share for net proceeds of $8,464,183 after deducting underwriting discounts and commissions and direct offering expenses.

Net cash used in operating activities was $2,596,647 for the nine months ended September 30, 2016 and mainly included payments made for payroll, travel, insurance and professional fees to the Company's consultants, attorneys and accountants for services related to becoming a publicly traded company and related filing fees, along with payments made to MD Anderson for license and maintenance fees. Additionally, prepayments were made for insurance.

Net cash used in investing activities was $109,793 for the nine months ended September 30, 2016 and primarily represents the cash paid to acquire Moleculin, LLC.

Net cash provided by financing activities was $8,862,132 for the nine months ended September 30, 2016. The Company received $8,464,183 net proceeds from its IPO stock issuance, $702,888 from issuance of common shares at $3 per share, and $165,000 from issuance of convertible notes. Net cash used in financing activities included approximately $470,000 for payments of notes payable.

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Restatement of the Unaudited Financial Results for the Second Quarter Ended June 30, 2016

Today, the Company filed its restated unaudited financial statements for the Second Quarter Ended June 30, 2016 with the Security and Exchange Commission ("SEC") on Form 10-Q/A.

The Company identified the following non-cash errors due to an error in the accounting for the business combination of Moleculin, LLC. The impact of the correction of the error was as follows:

1 - The net loss for the three and six months ended June 30, 2016 was overstated by approximately $256,889 due to amortization of an intangible which was recorded in error. Upon correction, the net loss for the period will be $738,727 and $1,070,968, respectively.

2 - A liability in the amount of $750,000 should not have been reflected in the balance sheet as of June 30, 2016. Upon correction for this and item 1 above, the total for Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity was $18,740,288.

3 - Intangibles were overstated by $750,000 before the amortization mentioned above. Upon correction, total assets was $18,740,288.

About Moleculin Biotech, Inc.

Moleculin Biotech, Inc. is a preclinical and clinical-stage pharmaceutical company focused on the development of anti-cancer drug candidates, some of which are based on discoveries made at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. Our lead product candidate is Annamycin, a Phase II clinical stage anthracycline for the treatment of relapsed or refractory acute myeloid leukemia, more commonly referred to as AML. We also have two pre-clinical small molecule portfolios, one of which is focused on the modulation of hard-to-target tumor cell signaling mechanisms and the recruitment of the patient's own immune system. The other portfolio targets the metabolism of tumors.

For more information about the offering, please visit http://www.moleculin.com

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