Cellect Biotechnology Provides Corporate Update and Reports Second Quarter 2018 Financial Results

Published: Aug 09, 2018

 

TEL AVIV, Israel, Aug. 9, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Cellect Biotechnology Ltd. (NASDAQ: APOP), a developer of innovative technology which enables the functional selection of stem cells, today provided a corporate update and announced financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2018.

"During the second quarter, we continued to enroll and treat patients in the Phase I/II clinical trial of Cellect's ApoGraft™ to evaluate the technology's safety, tolerability and efficacy in functionally selecting donor derived mobilized peripheral blood cells and subsequent transplantation into patients with hematological malignancies in an allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation. In this open label trial, we were very pleased to report, in January of 2018, a 100% acceptance and zero related adverse events for the first group of three patients after a one month follow-up," stated Dr. Shai Yarkoni, Cellect's Chief Executive Officer.

"Looking ahead to expand near term opportunities for Cellect, the Company recently decided to explore the development and establishment of biobanking business opportunities. We believe our platform ApoGraft™ technology has the potential to add significant value in this space," Dr. Yarkoni added.

During the second quarter, Cellect accomplished the following:

  • Successfully completed proof of concept testing of the ApoTainer™ using Cellect's FasL-coated magnetic beads for maximizing efficacy and scalability of stem cell-based product manufacturing
  • Opened a U.S. center of operations led by Andrew Sabatier, formerly the US Sales and Market Development Leader for GE Cell Therapy. Sabatier is heading up commercialization of Cellect ApoGraft™ technology, as well as new business development

Recent Corporate Highlights:

  • Signed a collaboration and material transfer agreement with the denovoMATRIX group of the Technische Universität Dresden (TU Dresden), a leading center for stem cell research in Germany
  • Entered into a strategic manufacturing and supply agreement with Swiss Biotech Center (SBC) to secure production of FasL protein - Cellect's main active ingredient in ApoGraft™ and the ApoTainer for planned clinical trials in the U.S.

Second Quarter 2018 Financial Results:

  • Research and development (R&D) expenses for the second quarter of 2018 were $0.68 million, compared to $0.78 million in the first quarter of 2018 and $0.66 million in the second quarter of 2017. The decrease in the second quarter of 2018 as compared to the first quarter of 2018 was primarily due to a decrease in share-based compensation
  • General and administrative (G&A) expenses for the second quarter of 2018 were $0.99 million, compared to $0.95 million in the first quarter of 2018 and $0.96 million in the second quarter of 2017. The slight increase in the second quarter of 2018 as compared to the first quarter of 2018 was primarily due to an increase in business development expenses
  • Financial income for the second quarter of 2018 was $0.03 million, compared to financial income of $0.75 million in the first quarter of 2018. The decrease was primarily due to changes related to fair value of the tradable and non-tradable warrants issued in prior fundraising
  • Net loss for the second quarter of 2018 was $1.6 million, or $0.013 per share and $0.25 per ADS, compared to $0.98 million, or $0.008 per share and $0.15 per ADS, in the first quarter of 2018, and $1.3 million, or $0.011 per share and $0.23 per ADS, in the second quarter of 2017

Balance Sheet Highlights:

  • Cash and cash equivalents, marketable securities and short-term deposits totaled $8.2 million as of June 30, 2018, compared to $9.5 million on March 31, 2018, and $7.6 million on December 31, 2017. The change in the cash and cash equivalents was primarily due to net proceeds of $3.5 million from a registered direct offering completed in January 2018, offset by cash used in operations during the period
  • Shareholders' equity totaled $6.1 million as of June 30, 2018, compared to $7.4 million on March 31, 2018, and $5.2 million on December 31, 2017

* For the convenience of the reader, the amounts above have been translated from NIS into U.S. dollars, at the representative rate of exchange on June 30, 2018 (U.S. $1 = NIS 3.65).

The Company's consolidated financial results for the three and six months ended June 30, 2018 are presented in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards.

About Cellect Biotechnology Ltd.

Cellect Biotechnology (NASDAQ: APOP) has developed a breakthrough technology for the selection of stem cells from any given tissue that aims to improve a variety of stem cell-based therapies.

The Company's technology is expected to provide research, hospitals and pharma companies with the tools to rapidly isolate stem cells in quantity and quality allowing stem cell-based treatments and procedures in a wide variety of applications in regenerative medicine. The Company's current clinical trial is aimed at bone marrow transplantations in cancer treatment.

Forward Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements about the Company's expectations, beliefs and intentions. Forward-looking statements can be identified by the use of forward-looking words such as "believe", "expect", "intend", "plan", "may", "should", "could", "might", "seek", "target", "will", "project", "forecast", "continue" or "anticipate" or their negatives or variations of these words or other comparable words or by the fact that these statements do not relate strictly to historical matters. For example, forward-looking statements are used in this press release when we discuss the potential of our technology and its proposed uses. These forward-looking statements and their implications are based on the current expectations of the management of the Company only and are subject to a number of factors and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those described in the forward-looking statements. In addition, historical results or conclusions from scientific research and clinical studies do not guarantee that future results would suggest similar conclusions or that historical results referred to herein would be interpreted similarly in light of additional research or otherwise. The following factors, among others, could cause actual results to differ materially from those described in the forward-looking statements: the Company's history of losses and needs for additional capital to fund its operations and its inability to obtain additional capital on acceptable terms, or at all; the Company's ability to continue as a going concern; uncertainties of cash flows and inability to meet working capital needs; the Company's ability to obtain regulatory approvals; the Company's ability to obtain favorable pre-clinical and clinical trial results; the Company's technology may not be validated and its methods may not be accepted by the scientific community; difficulties enrolling patients in the Company's clinical trials; the ability to timely source adequate supply of FasL; risks resulting from unforeseen side effects; the Company's ability to establish and maintain strategic partnerships and other corporate collaborations; the scope of protection the Company is able to establish and maintain for intellectual property rights and its ability to operate its business without infringing the intellectual property rights of others; competitive companies, technologies and the Company's industry; unforeseen scientific difficulties may develop with the Company's technology; and the Company's ability to retain or attract key employees whose knowledge is essential to the development of its products. Any forward-looking statement in this press release speaks only as of the date of this press release. The Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update or review any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future developments or otherwise, except as may be required by any applicable securities laws. More detailed information about the risks and uncertainties affecting the Company is contained under the heading "Risk Factors" in Cellect Biotechnology Ltd.'s Annual Report on Form 20-F for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2017 filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, or SEC, which is available on the SEC's website, www.sec.gov, and in the Company's periodic filings with the SEC.

 

                                                                                        Cellect Biotechnology Ltd
                                                                                   Consolidated Statement of Operation




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                                                                         Six months                                    Six months ended          Three months ended

                                                                            ended

                                                                          June 30,                                         June 30,                   June 30,
                                                                          --------                                         --------                   --------

                                                                                            2018                                            2018                        2017        2018        2017
                                                                                            ----                                            ----                        ----        ----        ----

                                                                          Unaudited                                            Unaudited
                                                                          ---------                                            ---------

                                                                        U.S. dollars                                              NIS
                                                                        ------------                                              ---

                                                                                  (In thousands, except share and per

                                                                                              share data)


    Research and development expenses                                                      1,465                                           5,348                       5,227       2,491       2,405


    General and administrative expenses                                                    1,938                                           7,072                       6,046       3,620       3,497


    Operating loss                                                                         3,403                                          12,420                      11,273       6,111       5,902


    Financial expenses (income) due to warrants exercisable into shares                    (443)                                        (1,615)                      5,312         609     (1,461)


    Other financial expenses (income), net                                                 (340)                                        (1,241)                        468       (731)        161
                                                                                            ----                                          ------                         ---        ----         ---


    Total comprehensive loss                                                               2,620                                           9,564                      17,053       5,989       4,602
                                                                                           =====                                           =====                      ======       =====       =====


    Loss per share:


    Basic and diluted loss per share                                                       0.020                                           0.074                       0.158       0.046       0.042
                                                                                           =====                                           =====                       =====       =====       =====

    Basic and diluted loss per ADS                                                          0.41                                            1.48                        3.16        0.92        0.84
                                                                                            ====                                            ====                        ====        ====        ====


    Weighted average number of shares outstanding used to                            128,600,812                                     128,600,812                 108,034,218 130,192,799 108,462,728
    compute basic and diluted loss per share

 

                                                               Cellect Biotechnology Ltd
                                                            Consolidated Balance Sheet Data

                                                                        ASSETS



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                                                                                           June 30,                   June 30,            December 31,
                                                                                           --------                   --------            ------------

                                                                                                             2018                    2018           2017
                                                                                                             ----                    ----           ----

                                                                                           Unaudited                  Unaudited              Audited
                                                                                           ---------                  ---------              -------

                                                                                         U.S. dollars                    NIS
                                                                                         ------------                    ---

                                                                                  (In thousands, except share and per

                                                                                              share data)

    CURRENT ASSETS:

    Cash and cash equivalents                                                                               5,706                  20,829         13,734

    Short term deposits                                                                                     1,000                   3,650              -

    Marketable securities                                                                                   1,507                   5,501         13,999

    Other receivables                                                                                         254                     926            818
                                                                                                              ---                     ---            ---


                                                                                                            8,467                  30,906         28,551
                                                                                                            -----                  ------         ------

    NON-CURRENT ASSETS:

    Restricted cash                                                                                            91                     333            305

    Other long-term assets                                                                                     42                     152            173

    Property, plant and equipment, net                                                                        376                   1,371          1,344
                                                                                                              ---                   -----          -----


                                                                                                              509                   1,856          1,822
                                                                                                              ---                   -----          -----


                                                                                                            8,976                  32,762         30,373
                                                                                                            =====                  ======         ======



    LIABILITIES AND

    SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY

    CURRENT LIABILITIES:

    Trade payables                                                                                            308                   1,124          1,703

    Other payables                                                                                            513                   1,872          2,396
                                                                                                              ---                   -----          -----

                                                                                                              821                   2,996          4,099
                                                                                                              ---                   -----          -----

    NON-CURRENT LIABILITIES:

    Warrants to ADS                                                                                         2,095                   7,647          7,422
                                                                                                            -----                   -----          -----


    EQUITY:

    Ordinary shares of no par value:                                                                            -                      -             -

    Authorized: 500,000,000 shares at December 31, 2017
    and June 30 2018; Issued and outstanding: 120,185,659*)
    and 130,192,799*) shares as of December 31, 2017 and
    June 30, 2018, respectively.

    Additional Paid In Capital                                                                             25,931                  94,648         82,839

    Share-based payments                                                                                    2,850                  10,403          9,381

    Treasury shares                                                                                       (2,582)                (9,425)       (9,425)

    Accumulated deficit                                                                                  (20,139)               (73,507)      (63,943)
                                                                                                          -------                 -------        -------


                                                                                                            6,060                  22,119         18,852
                                                                                                            -----                  ------         ------


                                                                                                            8,976                  32,762         30,373
                                                                                                            =====                  ======         ======

*) Net of 2,641,693 treasury shares of the Company held by the Company.

 

                                                                                 Cellect Biotechnology Ltd
                                                                                Consolidated Cash Flow Data




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                                                                                                  Six months               Six months ended     Three months ended

                                                                                                     ended

                                                                                                   June 30,                    June 30,              June 30,
                                                                                                   --------                    --------              --------

                                                                                                                     2018                  2018                   2017       2018        2017
                                                                                                                     ----                  ----                   ----       ----        ----

                                                                                                   Unaudited                       Unaudited
                                                                                                   ---------                       ---------

                                                                                                 U.S. dollars                         NIS
                                                                                                 ------------                         ---

                                                                                                            (In thousands)

    Cash flows from operating activities:
    -------------------------------------

    Total comprehensive loss                                                                                      (2,620)              (9,564)              (17,053)   (5,989)    (4,602)
                                                                                                                   ------                ------                -------     ------      ------


    Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash used in operating activities:

    Net financing expenses                                                                                          (229)                (837)                   533      (314)        200

    Loss (gain) from revaluation of financial assets presented at                                                    (40)                (148)                   289      (148)        113
    fair value through profit and loss

    Depreciation                                                                                                       59                   215                    184        110          94

    Changes in fair value of traded and not traded warrants to ADS                                                  (517)              (1,888)                 5,313        608     (1,460)

    Share-based payment                                                                                               598                 2,184                  2,444        937       1,597

    Decrease (increase) in other receivables                                                                         (24)                 (87)                   236      (150)        280

    Increase (decrease) in other payables                                                                           (306)              (1,115)                 (629)     (204)        263

    Interest received                                                                                                 (4)                 (15)                            (15)
                                                                                                                      ---                   ---                              ---

    Net cash used in operating activities                                                                         (3,083)             (11,255)               (8,683)   (5,165)    (3,515)
                                                                                                                   ------               -------                 ------     ------      ------


    Cash flows from investing activities:
    -------------------------------------

    Short term deposits, net                                                                                        (960)              (3,503)                 1,510    (3,503)          -

    Restricted deposit, net                                                                                           (7)                 (28)                 (165)       135       (165)

    Sales of marketable securities measured at fair value through profit                                            2,328                 8,498                  4,991      3,998       2,183
    and loss

    Purchase of property, plant and equipment                                                                        (63)                (228)                 (116)      (88)       (47)
                                                                                                                      ---                  ----                   ----        ---         ---

    Net cash provided by investing activities                                                                       1,298                 4,739                  6,220        542       1,971
                                                                                                                    -----                 -----                  -----        ---       -----



    Cash flows from financing activities:
    -------------------------------------

    Exercise of warrants and stock options into shares                                                                109                   399                  1,066          -        423

    Issue of share capital and warrants, net of issue costs                                                         3,386                12,360                      -       (5)          -
                                                                                                                    -----                ------                    ---       ---         ---

    Net cash provided (used) by financing activities                                                                3,495                12,759                  1,066        (5)        423
                                                                                                                    -----                ------                  -----        ---         ---

    Exchange differences on balances of cash and cash equivalents                                                     233                   852                  (533)       329       (200)

    Increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents                                                                1,943                 7,095                (1,930)   (4,299)    (1,321)

    Balance of cash and cash equivalents at the beginning of the period                                                                 13,734                  6,279     25,128       5,670

                                                                                                                    3,763
                                                                                                                    -----

    Balance of cash and cash equivalents at the end of the period                                                                       20,829                  4,349     20,829       4,349

                                                                                                                    5,706
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Contact

Cellect Biotechnology Ltd.
Eyal Leibovitz, Chief Financial Officer
+972-9-974-1444
www.cellect.co

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