Check-Cap Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2017 Financial Results

ISFIYA, Israel, April 4, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Check-Cap Ltd. (the "Company" or "Check-Cap") (NASDAQ: CHEK, CHEKW), a clinical stage medical diagnostics company developing a capsule-based system for preparation-free, colorectal cancer screening, today provided a corporate update and announced its financial results for the three-and twelve-month period ended December 31, 2017.

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Recent Highlights

  • Initiated an EU post approval study using C-Scan system Version 3 (formerly referred to as Advanced C-Scan system), which incorporates the latest algorithms and system optimization and tailors scanning of the colon to the patient's natural colonic movements to maximize the amount of the colon that is tracked and imaged, and has demonstrated significant improvement in average colon imaging coverage compared with the C-Scan version used in the multi-center clinical study that supported the Company's CE Mark approval received in January 2018.
  • Reported interim clinical study of C-Scan Version 3 in March 2018 with evaluable results of 21 patients showing average colon imaging coverage of 64%, a 40% improvement over 46% average colon imaging coverage in the CE Mark study. As demonstrated in the CE Mark study, sensitivity (ability to correctly identify polyps) is strongly correlated (R-squared = 0.98) to the percentage of colon imaging coverage. Sensitivity was 78% (p<0.05) for subjects with greater than 50% colon imaging coverage and 100% (p<0.05) for subjects with greater than 70% colon imaging coverage. Specificity (ability to correctly identify lack of polyps) was consistent at around 89%.
  • Entered the next phase of manufacturing collaboration with GE Healthcare ("GE"). The new phase involves GE final assembly, packaging and shipping of C-Scan capsules initially to support the Company's U.S. pilot trial. Check-Cap will supply GE with supporting calibration and final assembly methodology and equipment.
  • Late breaking, oral presentation of clinical safety and performance study abstract, "Clinical Performance of a Novel X-ray Based Imaging Capsule for Colonic Screening", and presentation of "A novel capsule technology platform for specific localized colon drug delivery" poster, recognized as one of "Posters of Excellence" at the United European Gastroenterology (UEG) Week 2017 in Barcelona, Spain.
  • In November and June 2017, the Company consummated two registered direct offerings of ordinary shares and concurrent private placements of warrants, with gross proceeds of $2.5 million and $2.69 million, respectively.
  • Submitted an application in February 2018, to register the C-Scan system for marketing and sale in Israel.
  • Appointed Alex Ovadia as Chief Executive Officer effective February 26, 2018. Prior to this appointment, Mr. Ovadia served as Check-Cap's Chief Operating Officer, Vice President of Research and Development and Israeli site manager since 2013.

In addition, the Company announced a 1-for-12 reverse share split of its ordinary shares, effective as of April 4, 2018. Beginning on April 4, 2018, the Company's ordinary shares will trade on the NASDAQ Capital Market on a post-reverse share split adjusted basis. At Check-Cap's extraordinary general meeting of shareholders held on April 2, 2018, the Company's shareholders approved a reverse share split at a ratio in the range of 1-for-8 to 1-for-12, the exact ratio to be determined by further action of the Company's Board of Directors ("Board"), to be effective on a date to be determined by the Board. On April 2, 2018, the Board approved a reverse split at a ratio of 1-for-12, effective as of April 4, 2018. All share and per share amounts in this release have been adjusted to reflect the reverse share split. Further, at the extraordinary general meeting of shareholders, the Company's shareholders approved an increase in the Company's authorized and registered share capital by NIS 12,500,000 and to amend the Company's Articles of Association accordingly.

Alex Ovadia, CEO of Check-Cap, stated: "We believe that 2017 was a productive year for Check-Cap, with EU regulatory submissions in September yielding a key validation of our C-Scan system and with receipt of our CE Mark approval in January 2018. We were also very pleased to initiate our EU post approval study in March 2018, using C-Scan system Version 3, which incorporates the latest algorithms and system optimization and demonstrated a significant improvement in average colon imaging coverage in an interim study." Mr. Ovadia continued, "As we enter 2018 and look beyond, we plan to continue our EU post approval study, and anticipate that we will achieve clinical performance consistent with that seen in the CE study with majority of colon imaging coverage. We intend to continue to hold productive discussions with regulatory agencies in support of the C-Scan system Version 3 as we move toward initiation of our U.S. pilot study, which we expect to commence during the second half of 2018. We believe that successful completion of both the U.S. pilot and EU post approval studies, supported with sufficient capital, will become the key drivers in our efforts to commence the U.S. pivotal study during 2019. In parallel to our program's execution, we intend to continue to leverage our CE Mark and ISO 13485 certification through submitting an application to register the C-Scan system for marketing and sale in Israel. We are also continuing our work to develop our marketing and commercial pathways throughout 2018, while initiating discussions with potential partners, for both Israel and Europe markets."

Financial Results for the Fourth Quarter Ended December 31, 2017

Research and development expenses, net were $1.4 million in the three months ended December 31, 2017, compared to $1.6 million in the same period in 2016. This decrease was primarily due to a $91,000 decrease in share-based compensation expenses, a $256,000 decrease in bonus provision and a $133,000 decrease in fees to subcontractors and consultants. The decrease was offset primarily by an increase of $284,000 in other expenses.

General and administrative expenses were $658,000 in the three months ended December 31, 2017, compared to $813,000 in the same period in 2016. This decrease was primarily due to a $175,000 decrease in bonus provision.

Operating loss was $2.1 million for the three months ended December 31, 2017, compared to $2.4 million in the same period in 2016.

Finance income, net was $156,000 in the three months ended December 31, 2017, and consisted primarily of $168,000 of finance income (comprised of $159,000 of changes in provision for royalties and $9,000 in interest income on short-term deposits), offset by $12,000 of finance expenses (comprised primarily of $11,000 of exchange rate differences).

Net loss was $1.9 million in the three months ended December 31, 2017, compared to $2.4 million in the same period in 2016.

Non-GAAP net loss was $1.5 million in the three months ended December 31, 2017, compared to $2.3 million in the same period in 2016.

Cash, cash equivalents and short-term bank deposits totaled $7 million at December 31, 2017.

Financial Results for the Full Year Ended December 31, 2017

Research and development expenses, net were $6.8 million in the year ended December 31, 2017, compared to $5.5 million in the same period in 2016. This increase was primarily due to a $922,000 decrease in grants from the Israel Innovation Authority of the Ministry of Economy and Industry (formerly the Office of the Chief Scientist); a $136,000 increase in fees to subcontractors and consultants and a $382,000 increase in other research and development expenses relating to the Company's clinical trials and regulatory expenses, primarily in connection with the application for CE Mark approval for our C-Scan system and preparation for the U.S. pilot study. The increase was partially offset by a $118,000 decrease in share-based compensation expenses

General and administrative expenses were $3.2 million in the year ended December 31, 2017 compared to $3.6 million in the same period in 2016. This decrease was primarily due to a $365,000 decrease in 2017 of share-based compensation expenses, and a $104,000 decrease in other general and administrative expenses primarily due to decreased public relation expenses.

Operating loss was $10 million for the year ended December 31, 2017, compared to $9.1 million in the same period in 2016.

Finance income, net was $236,000 in the year ended December 31, 2017 compared to $244,000 in the same period in 2016. This decrease was primarily due to a $73,000 decrease in interest income on short-term deposits resulting from a lower average short term deposits balance in 2017, which decrease was offset primarily by a $64,000 increase in finance income (comprised primarily of $39,000 of exchange rate differences and $25,000 of changes in provision for royalties).

Net loss for the year ended December 31, 2017 was $9.8 million, compared to $8.8 million in the same period in 2016.

Non-GAAP net loss was $8.6 million in the year ended December 31, 2017, compared to $7.7 million in the same period in 2016

A reconciliation of GAAP results to non-GAAP results is provided below.

Net cash used in operating activities was $9.2 million in the year ended December 31, 2017, compared to $7.9 million in the same period in 2016.

Net cash provided by financing activities was $4.6 million in the year ended December 31, 2017, and $5.4 million in the year ended December 31, 2016, both as a result of proceeds from our registered direct offerings.

The number of outstanding ordinary shares as of December 31, 2017 and April 4, 2018 was approximately 1,605,434 and 1,610,620, post-reverse share split, respectively.

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Results

In addition to disclosing financial results calculated in accordance with U.S. GAAP, the Company's financial results release contains Non-GAAP financial measures of net loss for the period that exclude the effects of share-based compensation, changes in royalties provision and revaluation of warrants to purchase preferred shares. The Company's management believes the Non-GAAP financial information provided in this release is useful to investors' understanding and assessment of the Company's on-going operations. Management also uses both GAAP and Non-GAAP information in evaluating and operating business internally and as such deemed it important to provide all this information to investors. The Non-GAAP financial measures disclosed by the Company should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for, or superior to, financial measures calculated in accordance with GAAP, and the financial results calculated in accordance with GAAP and reconciliations to those financial statements should be carefully evaluated. Reconciliations between GAAP measures and Non-GAAP measures are provided later in this press release.

About Check-Cap

Check-Cap is a clinical-stage medical diagnostics company developing C-Scan®, the first capsule-based system for preparation-free colorectal cancer screening.

Utilizing innovative ultra-low dose X-ray and wireless communication technologies, the capsule generates information on the contours of the inside of the colon as it passes naturally. This information is used to create a 3D map of the colon, which allows physicians to look for polyps and other abnormalities. Designed to improve the patient experience and increase the willingness of individuals to participate in recommended colorectal cancer screening, C-Scan removes many frequently-cited barriers, such as laxative bowel preparation, invasiveness and sedation.

Legal Notice Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains "forward-looking statements." Words such as "may," "should," "could," "would," "predicts," "potential," "continue," "expects," "anticipates," "future," "intends," "plans," "believes," "estimates," and similar expressions, as well as statements in future tense, often signify forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements should not be read as a guarantee of future performance or results and may not be accurate indications of when such performance or results will be achieved. Forward-looking statements are based on information that the Company has when those statements are made or management's good faith belief as of that time with respect to future events, and are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual performance or results to differ materially from those expressed in or suggested by the forward-looking statements. For a discussion of these and other risks that could cause such differences and that may affect the realization of forward-looking statements, please refer to "Forward-looking Statements" and "Risk Factors" in the Company's Annual Report on Form 20-F for its fiscal year ended December 31, 2017 and other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Investors and security holders are urged to read these documents free of charge on the SEC's web site at http://www.sec.gov. The Company assumes no obligation to publicly update or revise its forward-looking statements as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

[Financial Tables to Follow]

 

 

 

                                                        CHECK-CAP LTD.

                                                 CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

                                 (U.S. dollars in thousands, except share and per share data)


                                                         December 31,                         December 31,
                                                         ------------                         ------------

                                                                 2017                                  2016
                                                                 ----                                  ----

    Assets

    Current assets

    Cash and cash equivalents                                               6,997                              11,639

    Prepaid expenses and other current
     assets                                                                   406                                 242
                                                                              ---                                 ---

    Total current assets                                                    7,403                              11,881
                                                                            -----                              ------


    Non-current assets

    Property and equipment, net                                               503                                 414
                                                                              ---                                 ---

    Total non-current assets                                                  503                                 414
                                                                              ===                                 ===


    Total assets                                                            7,906                              12,295
                                                                            =====                              ======


    Liabilities and shareholders'
     equity

    Current liabilities

    Accounts payable and accruals

    Trade                                                                     608                                 393

    Other                                                                     347                                 235

    Other current liabilities                                                   5                                  11

    Employees and payroll accruals                                            602                                 728
                                                                              ---                                 ---


    Total current liabilities                                               1,562                               1,367
                                                                            -----                               -----


    Non-current liabilities

    Royalties provision                                                       439                                 521
                                                                              ---                                 ---

    Total non-current liabilities                                             439                                 521
                                                                              ---                                 ---


    Shareholders' equity

    Preferred shares

    Share capital                                                             974                                 771

    Additional paid-in capital                                             57,643                              52,577

    Accumulated deficit                                                  (52,712)                           (42,941)
                                                                          -------                             -------

    Total shareholders' equity                                              5,905                              10,407
                                                                            =====                              ======


    Total liabilities and
     shareholders' equity                                                   7,906                              12,295
                                                                            =====                              ======

 

 

                                                                  CHECK-CAP LTD.
                                                      CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
                                                (U.S. dollars in thousands, except per share data)


                                          Year ended                                     Three months ended

                                         December 31,                                       December 31,
                                         ------------                                       ------------

                                    2017                            2016                           2017       2016
                                    ----                            ----                           ----       ----


    Research and development
     expenses, net                            6,837                                    5,491                1,400  1,621

    General and administrative
     expenses                                 3,164                                    3,571                  658    813
                                              -----                                    -----                  ---    ---

    Operating loss                           10,001                                    9,062                2,058  2,434
                                             ------                                    -----                -----  -----


    Finance income, net                         236                                      244                  156     40
                                                ===                                      ===                  ===    ===

    Loss before income tax                    9,765                                    8,818                1,902  2,394

    Taxes on income                               6                                        8                    -     8


    Net loss for the period                   9,771                                    8,826                1,902  2,402
                                              =====                                    =====                =====  =====


    Net loss per ordinary share
     basic and diluted                         6.72                                     7.31                 1.22   1.75
                                               ====                                     ====                 ====   ====


    Weighted average number of
     ordinary shares
     outstanding -basic                       1,455                                    1,208                1,562  1,369
         and diluted (in thousands)

 

 

                                                                             CHECK-CAP LTD.
                                                                  CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
                                                      (U.S. dollars in thousands, except share and per share data)


                                                         Year ended                                             Three months ended

                                                        December 31,                                               December 31,
                                                        ------------                                               ------------

                                                   2017                                2016                                2017          2016
                                                   ----                                ----                                ----          ----

    CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES

    Net loss for the period                                (9,771)                                        (8,826)                  (1,902)    (2,402)

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

    Revaluation of fair value of warrants to
     purchase                                                    -                                              -                        -          -
         preferred shares

    Depreciation and amortization                              157                                             130                        42          34

    Share-based compensation                                   726                                           1,209                        69         156

    Financial expenses (income), net                         (165)                                           (56)                     (10)         68

    Changes in assets and liabilities items:

    Decrease (increase) in prepaid and other
     current                                                 (164)                                            438                      (91)        273
         assets and non-current assets

    Increase (decrease) in trade accounts payable,
     accruals                                                  275                                           (252)                      211          72
         and other current liabilities

    Increase (decrease) in employees and payroll
     accruals                                                (126)                                          (510)                    (288)        109

    Decrease in royalties provision                           (82)                                           (56)                    (160)       (68)
                                                               ---                                             ---                      ----         ---

    Net cash used in operating activities                  (9,150)                                        (7,923)                  (2,129)    (1,758)
                                                            ------                                          ------                    ------      ------


    CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES

    Purchase of property and equipment                       (231)                                          (166)                     (10)          -

    Restricted cash                                              -                                             46                         -          -

    Proceeds from short-term bank deposit                        -                                          4,811                         -      2,000
                                                               ---                                          -----                       ---      -----

    Net cash provided by (used in) investing
     activities                                              (231)                                          4,691                      (10)      2,000
                                                              ----                                           -----                       ---       -----


    CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES

    Receipt of short-term loan from bank                         -                                              -                        -          -

    Repayment of short-term loan from bank                       -                                              -                        -          -

    Issuance of ordinary shares upon exercise of
     stock                                                       -                                              -                        -          -
         options by employees

    Exercise of warrants into ordinary shares                  196                                             117                       114          83

    Issuance of ordinary shares in the RD
     offering, net of                                        4,379                                           5,307                     2,071        (87)
         issuance expenses


    Net cash provided by financing activities                4,575                                           5,424                     2,185         (4)
                                                             -----                                           -----                     -----         ---


    Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and
     cash                                                      164                                              55                        11        (55)
         equivalents

    Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash
     equivalents                                           (4,642)                                          2,247                        57         183

    Cash and cash equivalents at the beginning of
     the                                                    11,639                                           9,392                     6,940      11,456
         period


    Cash and cash equivalents at the end of the
     period                                                  6,997                                          11,639                     6,997      11,639
                                                             =====                                          ======                     =====      ======

    Supplemental disclosure of non-cash flow
    information:

    Cashless exercise of warrants to purchase
     ordinary                                                    8                                              23                         -          -
         shares into ordinary shares

    Purchase of property and equipment                          15                                               8                        10           8

    Issuance expenses in the registered direct
     offering                                                   30                                              47                        30           -

    Supplemental disclosure of cash flow
     information

    Cash paid for income taxes                                   -                                              8                         -          8

    Cash paid for interest                                       3                                               -                        -          -

 

 

                                                                        CHECK-CAP LTD.
                                                   SUPPLEMENTAL RECONCILIATION OF GAAP TO NON-GAAP RESULTS
                                                                 (U.S. dollars in thousands)


                                        Year ended                                             Three months ended

                                        December 31,                                              December 31,
                                       ------------                                               ------------

                                  2017                                2016                                2017          2016
                                  ----                                ----                                ----          ----

    GAAP net loss for the period          (9,771)                                        (8,826)                  (1,902)    (2,402)

    Share-based compensation (1)              726                                           1,209                        69         156

    Changes in royalties                      439                                            (56)                      361        (68)

    Financial income related to
     revaluation of fair value of
     preferred                                  -                                              -                                   -
         shares warrants


    Non-GAAP net loss for the
     period                               (8,606)                                        (7,673)                  (1,472)    (2,314)
                                           ------                                          ------                    ------      ------


    (1) Share-based compensation:

    Research and development
     expenses, net                            116                                             234                      (66)         27

    General and administrative
     expenses                                 610                                             975                       135         129
                                              ---                                             ---                       ---         ---

                                              726                                           1,209                        69         156
                                              ---                                           -----                       ---         ---

 

 

Investor Contacts

Vivian Cervantes
PCG Advisory
646-863-6274
vivian@pcgadvisory.com

Meirav Gomeh-Bauer
+972-54-4764979
Meirav@bauerg.com

 

 

 

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