Check-Cap Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2020 Financial Results

 

ISFIYA, Israel, March 19, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Check-Cap Ltd. (the "Company" or "Check-Cap") (NASDAQ: CHEK), (NASDAQ: CHEKZ), a clinical stage medical diagnostics company advancing the development of C-Scan®, the first and only patient-friendly, preparation-free, screening test to detect polyps before they may transform into colorectal cancer (CRC), today announced financial results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2020.

2020 and Recent Highlights:

  • The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the Company's Investigational Device Exemption (IDE) application permitting Check-Cap to begin a pivotal study of C-Scan in the U.S.
  • The FDA has granted the Company a Breakthrough Device Designation for C-Scan.
  • During the full year 2020, Check-Cap strengthened its balance sheet through aggregate gross proceeds of $25.9 million from a private placement, registered direct offerings and warrant exercise transaction. Subsequent to the end of the fourth quarter, during the first quarter of 2021, Check-Cap received aggregate gross proceeds of $19.2 million through warrants exercised by certain holders.
  • The Company continues to optimize C-Scan's functionality and patient experience in preparation for the upcoming U.S. pivotal study expected to commence in late 2021, through additional clinical data collection at Israeli sites.  

"We ended 2020 optimistically as we look forward to accomplishing our next significant milestone, the commencement of our U.S. pivotal study in late 2021," said Alex Ovadia, Chief Executive Officer of Check-Cap. "The IDE approval granted by the FDA provides us with the opportunity to demonstrate the clinical efficacy of C-Scan in the U.S., and upon success, to potentially launch our product in the U.S. market," Mr. Ovadia concluded.

Financial Results for the Fourth Quarter Ended December 31, 2020

Research and development expenses, net, were $2.8 million for the three months ended December 31, 2020 and three months ended December 31, 2019.   

General and administrative expenses were $1.1 million for the three months ended December 31, 2020, compared to $1.0 million for the same period in 2019. The increase is primarily due to a $0.05 million increase in professional services and $0.05 million increase in salaries and related expenses. 

Operating loss was $3.9 million for the three months ended December 31, 2020, compared to an operating loss of $3.8 million for the same period in 2019.

Finance income, net was $24,000 for the three months ended December 31, 2020, compared to $19,000 for the same period in 2019.  

Net loss was $3.9 million for the three months ended December 31, 2020, compared to $3.8 million for the same period in 2019.

Cash and cash equivalents, restricted cash and short-term bank deposits as of December 31, 2020 were $18.1 million as compared to $8.0 million as of December 31, 2019. Subsequent to the end of the fourth quarter, in the first quarter of 2021, certain existing warrant holders exercised warrants to purchase an aggregate 24,204,682 ordinary shares, which had been issued in 2020, at exercise prices ranging from $0.75-$0.80, which generated total gross proceeds of approximately $19.2 million to the Company.

The number of outstanding ordinary shares as of December 31, 2020 was 46,239,183. As of March 16, 2021, the number of outstanding ordinary shares was 70,448,422.

Financial Results for the Twelve Months Ended December 31, 2020

Research and development expenses, net, were $10.0 million for the twelve months ended December 31, 2020, compared to $10.5 million for the same period in 2019. The decrease is primarily due to (i) a decrease of approximately $0.7 million in clinical expenses mainly due to higher expenses for the pilot study in the U.S and post CE study in 2019 (ii) a decrease of approximately $0.4 million in other research and development expenses, (iii) a decrease of approximately $0.3 million in share-based compensation. The foregoing decrease was offset in part by an increase of approximately $0.8 million in salaries and related expenses mainly as a result of an expansion in head count and currency exchange rate fluctuation.  The decrease in research and development expenses, net between 2020 and 2019 also includes a $0.1 million decrease in grants received from the Israel Innovation Authority.

General and administrative expenses were $3.9 million for the twelve months ended December 31, 2020, compared to $3.6 million for the same period in 2019. The increase in general and administrative expenses is primarily due to a $0.2 million increase in salaries and related expenses, $0.1 million increase in share-based compensation expenses and $0.2 million increase in other general expenses, offset by a $0.2 million decrease in professional services expenses.

Operating loss was $13.9 million for the twelve months ended December 31, 2020, compared to $14.1 million in the same period in 2019.

Finance income, net, was $86,000 for the twelve months ended December 31, 2020, compared to $233,000 for the same period in 2019. The decrease in finance income, net is primarily due to a decrease of $176,000 of interest income of short-term deposits recorded for the year ended December 31, 2020, as compared to the year ended December 31, 2019.

Net loss was $13.8 million for the twelve months ended December 31, 2020 and for the twelve months ended December 31, 2019.

Net cash used in operating activities was $13.1 million for the twelve months ended December 31, 2020, compared to $12.8 million for the same period in 2019.

A copy of the Company's annual report on Form 20-F for the year ended December 31, 2020 has been filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission at www.sec.gov and posted on the Company's investor relations website at  http://ir.check-cap.com/home. The Company will deliver a hard copy of its annual report, including its complete audited consolidated financial statements, free of charge, to its shareholders upon request to Mira Rosenzweig, Chief Financial Officer, at mira.rosenzweig@check-cap.com.

About Check-Cap

Check-Cap is a clinical stage medical diagnostics company aiming to redefine colorectal cancer (CRC) screening through the introduction of C-Scan®, the first and only patient-friendly preparation-free screening test to detect polyps before they may transform into colorectal cancer to enable early intervention and cancer prevention. The Company's disruptive capsule-based screening technology aims to significantly increase screening adherence worldwide and help millions of people to stay healthy through preventive CRC screening. C-Scan uses an ultra-low dose X-ray capsule, an integrated positioning, control and recording system, as well as proprietary software to generate a 3D map of the inner lining of the colon as it travels naturally along the gastrointestinal tract. C-Scan is non-invasive and requires no sedation. Unlike other capsule technologies, it requires no bowel preparation, allowing the patients to continue their daily routine with no interruption.  C-Scan is not intended to replace colonoscopy. A positive C-Scan result should be followed by colonoscopy. 

Legal Notice Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

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Investor Contacts

Irina Koffler 
LifeSci Advisors, LLC 
646.970.4681
ikoffler@lifesciadvisors.com

Meirav Gomeh-Bauer
LifeSci Advisors, LLC 
+972(0)-54-476-4979
Meirav@lifesciadvisors.com

Media Contact

Mónica Rouco Molina
Senior Account Executive
LifeSci Communications
mroucomolina@lifescicomms.com

 

 

 

CHECK CAP LTD.
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(U.S. dollars in thousands except share data)

 
     

December 31,

     

2020

2019

Assets

         

Current assets

         

Cash and cash equivalents

   

7,703

7,685

Restricted cash

   

350

350

Short-term bank deposit

   

10,079

-

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

   

285

400

Total current assets

   

18,417

8,435

             

Non-current assets

           

Property and equipment, net

   

823

540

Operating leases

   

398

454

Total non-current assets

   

1,221

994

Total assets

   

19,638

9,429

             

Liabilities and shareholders' equity

           

Current liabilities

           

Accounts payable and accruals

           

Trade

   

862

989

Other

   

345

490

Employees and payroll accruals

   

1,510

1,101

Operating lease liabilities

   

264

222

Total current liabilities

   

2,981

2,802

             

Non-current liabilities

           

Royalties provision

 

154

182

Operating lease liabilities

   

125

211

Total non-current liabilities

   

279

393

             

Shareholders' equity

           

Share capital, Ordinary shares, 2.4 NIS par value (360,000,000 and 90,000,000 authorized shares as

           

of December 31, 2020 and 2019, respectively; 46,239,183 and 8,272,908 shares issued and

           

outstanding as of December 31, 2020 and 2019, respectively)

   

31,646

5,407

Additional paid-in capital

   

75,715

77,964

Accumulated deficit

   

(90,983)

(77,137)

Total shareholders' equity

   

16,378

6,234

           

Total liabilities and shareholders' equity

   

19,638

9,429

 

 

CHECK CAP LTD.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

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

 
 

Year

Three months

 
 

ended

ended

 
 

December 31,

December 31,

 
 

2020

 

2019

2020

 

2019

 

Research and development expenses, net

10,008

 

10,474

2,831

 

2,819

 

General and administrative expenses

3,924

 

3,595

1,102

 

1,028

 

Operating loss

13,932

 

14,069

3,933

 

3,847

 
                 

Finance income, net

86

 

233

24

 

19

 

Loss before income tax

13,846

 

13,836

3,909

 

3,828

 

Net loss for the period

13,846

 

13,836

3,909

3,829

 

Other Comprehensive loss:

                   

Net loss

13,846

 

13,836

3,909

3,829

 

Change in fair value of cash flow hedge

-

 

(13)

-

-

 
                     

Comprehensive loss

13,846

 

13,823

3,909

3,829

 

Loss per share:

                   

Net loss per ordinary share basic and diluted

0.46

 

1.73

0.08

0.46

 
                     

Weighted average number of ordinary shares
outstanding - basic and diluted (in

                 

thousands)

30,351

 

7,986

46,236

8,270

 
                       
                         
 

 

 

 

CHECK-CAP LTD.
CONSOLIDATED  STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(U.S. dollars in thousands)

 
   

Year ended

 

Three months ended

   
   

December 31,

 

December 31,

   
   

2020

 

2019

 

2020

 

2019

   
 

CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES

                   
 

Net loss

(13,846)

 

(13,836)

(3,909)

(3,829)

 
 

Adjustments required to reconcile net loss to net cash

used in operating activities:

                   
 

Depreciation

148

 

115

41

31

 
 

Share-based compensation

408

 

516

91

110

 
 

Financial expenses (income), net

7

 

40

34

85

 
 

Changes in assets and liabilities items:

                   
 

Decrease (increase) in prepaid and other current assets and
non-current assets

106

 

(420)

-

(383)

 
 

Increase (decrease) in trade accounts payable, accruals and
other current liabilities

(317)

 

503

(22)

399

 
 

Increase (decrease) in employees and payroll accruals

409

 

242

303

266

 
 

Decrease in royalties provision

(28)

 

(3)

(34)

(10)

 
 

Net cash used in operating activities

(13,113)

 

(12,843)

(3,496)

(3,331)

   
                       

CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES

                   
 

Purchase of property and equipment

(379)

 

(167)

(86)

(36)

 
 

Proceeds from (Investment in) short-term bank and other
deposits

(10,072)

 

5,612

 

4,931

 

3,939

   
 

Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities

(10,451)

 

5,445

 

4,845

 

3,903

   
                           

CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES

                   
 

Exercise of warrants into ordinary shares

-

 

-

-

-

 
 

Issuance of ordinary shares and warrants in the warrant exercise
transaction, net of issuance expenses

8,712

   

-

     
 

Issuance of ordinary shares in the private placement, net of
issuance expenses

4,731

   

-

     
 

Issuance of ordinary shares in the registered direct offerings,
net of issuance expenses

10,139

 

6,511

 

-

 

-

   
 

Net cash provided by financing activities

23,582

 

6,511

 

-

 

-

   
                 
 

Net increase (decrease) in cash, cash equivalents and
restricted cash

18

 

(887)

1,349

572

   
 

Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash at the
beginning of the period

8,035

 

8,922

 

6,704

 

7,463

   
 

Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash at the end of
the period

8,053

 

8,035

 

8,053

 

8,035

   
                   
                             

 

 

 

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SOURCE Check-Cap Ltd.

 
 
Company Codes: Berlin:7CC, NASDAQ-SMALL:CHEK, Frankfurt:7CC, Munich:7CC, Stuttgart:7CC
 

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