Check-Cap Reports Third Quarter 2020 Financial Results and Corporate Highlights

Submitted Investigational Device Exemption (IDE) application to the FDA for Pivotal Study of C-Scan®

ISFIYA, Israel, Nov. 18, 2020 /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, today announced financial results for the third quarter and nine months ended September 30, 2020 and corporate highlights.

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Third Quarter and Recent Highlights:

  • Investigational Device Exemption (IDE) application submitted to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on November 18, 2020 for pivotal study of C-Scan.
  • Continuing preparation for the U.S pivotal study including progress in establishing supporting device manufacturing, supply chain and quality controls, while initiating the substantial expansion of the clinical dataset on average risk patients at leading Israeli sites.
  • Strengthened balance sheet through gross proceeds of $9.6 million in a warrant exercise financing in July 2020.

"The IDE submission constitutes a major milestone towards the initiation of our U.S. pivotal study, " said Alex Ovadia, chief executive officer of Check-Cap. "We plan to provide a further investor update on the timelines for the initiation of the U.S. pivotal study, expected in 2021, following guidance from the FDA."

Mr. Ovadia added "The Check-Cap team remains laser-focused on the Company's goal of advancing C-Scan towards final clinical stages and market acceptance as a patient-friendly colorectal cancer (CRC) screening option for the detection of pre-cancerous polyps before they may transform into cancer."

"Despite the increasing rates of CRC in recent years, especially in the younger population, screening rates remain low mostly due to the invasiveness of the colonoscopy procedure and the required bowel preparation. Non-invasive biomarker tests currently available or in development, such as fecal or liquid biopsy tests, demonstrate low sensitivity in detecting pre-cancerous polyps. There is a great unmet need for a patient-friendly screening option that can help detect polyps before they may turn into cancer and prevent this disease."

COVID-19 Corporate Update

The Company has experienced disruptions to its operations as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. During the third quarter of 2020, infection rates in Israel began to significantly increase and toward the end of the third quarter, the government mandated a lockdown for the second time this year. The Company has implemented several measures according to the Israel Ministry of Health's guidelines, including remote working whenever possible, physical separation between employees and daily employee health monitoring.

It is still too early to assess the full impact of the COVID-19 outbreak, but the COVID-19 pandemic has affected the Company's ability to initiate its planned pivotal study and commence pilot sales in Israel and Europe in its original timeframe. The extent to which the COVID-19 pandemic shall impact the Company's operations and planned timelines will depend on future developments, which are highly uncertain and cannot be predicted with confidence, including the duration and severity of the outbreak, the impact on the global economy, the impact of any further waves of COVID-19 and the actions that may be required to contain the COVID-19 pandemic or treat its impact. In particular, the continued spread of COVID-19 globally could materially adversely impact the Company's operations and workforce, including its research and clinical trials and its ability to continue raising capital. It could also affect the operations of key governmental agencies, such as the FDA, which may delay the Company's development plans, and could result in the inability of its suppliers to deliver components or raw materials on a timely basis or at all, each of which in turn could have a material adverse impact on its business, financial condition and results of operation.

Financial Results for the Third Quarter Ended September 30, 2020

Research and development expenses were approximately $2.7 million for the three months ended September 30, 2020, unchanged from the same period in 2019. The main fluctuations were primarily a decrease of approximately $0.2 million in clinical expenses associated with the pilot study in the U.S. and post CE study in 2019, and a decrease of approximately $0.2 million in other research and development expenses. The foregoing decrease was offset in part by an increase of approximately $0.1 million for materials and approximately $0.3 million in salaries and related expenses.

General and administrative expenses were approximately $1.0 million for the three months ended September 30, 2020, compared to approximately $0.8 million for the same period in 2019. The increase was primarily due to an increase of approximately $0.1 million in other general expenses and approximately $0.1 million in salaries and related expenses.

Operating loss was approximately $3.6 million for the three months ended September 30, 2020, unchanged from the operating loss in the same period in 2019.

Net loss was approximately $3.6 million for the three months ended September 30, 2020, compared to approximately $3.5 million for the same period in 2019.

Cash and cash equivalents, restricted cash and short-term bank deposits totaled approximately $21.7 million as of September 30, 2020, compared with approximately $16.4 million as of June 30, 2020 and approximately $8.0 million as of December 31, 2019. During the third quarter of 2020, the Company completed a warrant exercise financing resulting in gross proceeds of approximately $9.6 million (approximately $8.7 million net of offering expenses). The Company believes that it has sufficient capital to fund its ongoing operations and plans for approximately the next 12 months.

The number of outstanding ordinary shares as of September 30, 2020 was 46,233,296. As of November 17, 2020, the number of the Company's outstanding ordinary shares was 46,237,551.

Financial Results for the Nine Months Ended September 30, 2020

Research and development expenses were approximately $7.2 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2020, compared to approximately $7.7 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 $0.3 million in other research and development expenses, and (iii) a decrease of approximately $0.2 million in share-based compensation. The foregoing decrease was offset in part by an increase of approximately $0.7 million in salaries and related expenses mainly as a result of an expansion in head count and currency exchange rate fluctuation.

General and administrative expenses were approximately $2.8 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2020, compared to approximately $2.6 million for the same period in 2019. The increase was primarily due to an increase of approximately $0.1 million in salaries and related expenses, approximately $0.1 million in share-based compensation and approximately $0.2 million in other general expenses, offset in part by a decrease of approximately $0.2 million in professional services expenses.

Operating loss was approximately $10.0 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2020, compared to approximately $10.2 million in the same period in 2019.

Finance income, net was approximately $62,000 for the nine months ended September 30, 2020, compared to approximately $215,000 for the same period in 2019. The decrease was mainly due to a decline in interest rates

Net loss was approximately $9.9 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2020, compared to approximately $10.0 million for the same period in 2019.

Net cash used in operating activities was approximately $9.6 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2020, compared to net cash used in operating activities of approximately $9.5 million for the same period in 2019.

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About Check-Cap

Check-Cap is a clinical stage medical diagnostics company aiming to redefine colorectal cancer (CRC) screening and prevention 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. 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. C-Scan is non-invasive and requires no preparation or sedation, allowing the patients to continue their daily routine with no interruption as the capsule is propelled through the gastrointestinal tract by natural motility.

Legal Notice Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

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Investor Contacts

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CHECK CAP LTD

CONSOLIDATED UNAUDITED BALANCE SHEETS

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

           
       

September 30,

December 31,

       

2020

 

2019

 
               

Assets

       
               

Current assets

       

Cash and cash equivalents

6,354

 

7,685

 

Restricted cash

350

 

350

 

Short-term bank deposit

15,016

 

-

 

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

288

 

400

 

Total current assets

22,008

 

8,435

 
               

Non-current assets

       

Property and equipment, net

753

 

540

 

Operating leases

424

 

454

 

Total non-current assets

1,177

 

994

 

Total assets

23,185

 

9,429

 
               

Liabilities and shareholders' equity

       
               
               

Current liabilities

       

Accounts payable and accruals

       

Trade

952

 

989

 

Other

253

 

490

 

Employees and payroll accruals

1,207

 

1,101

 

Operating lease liabilities

247

 

222

 

Total current liabilities

2,659

 

2,802

 
               

Non-current liabilities

       

Royalties provision

188

 

182

 

Operating lease liabilities

142

 

211

 

Total non-current liabilities

330

 

393

 
               

Shareholders' equity

         

Share capital, Ordinary shares, 2.4 NIS par value (90,000,000 authorized shares as of September 30, 2020 and December

       

31, 2019, respectively; 46,233,296 and 8,272,908 shares issued and outstanding as of September 30, 2020 and December

       

31, 2019, respectively)

31,642

 

5,407

 

Additional paid-in capital

75,628

 

77,964

 

Accumulated deficit

(87,074)

 

(77,137)

 

Total shareholders' equity

20,196

 

6,234

 
             

Total liabilities and shareholders' equity

23,185

 

9,429

 
               

 

CHECK CAP LTD

CONSOLIDATED UNAUDITED STATEMENTS OF COMPREHENSIVE LOSS

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

 
 

Nine months ended September 30,

Three months ended September 30,

 

2020

 

2019

 

2020

 

2019

           

Research and development expenses, net

7,177

 

7,655

 

2,664

 

2,746

General and administrative expenses

2,822

 

2,567

 

967

 

818

Operating loss

9,999

 

10,222

 

3,631

 

3,564

           

Finance income, net

62

 

215

 

13

 

62

               

Net loss

9,937

 

10,007

 

3,618

 

3,502

               

Other comprehensive loss:

             
               

Change in fair value of cash flow hedge

-

 

13

 

-

 

-

Comprehensive loss

9,937

 

10,020

 

3,618

 

3,502

               

Net loss per ordinary share - basic and diluted

0.40

 

1.27

 

0.09

 

0.42

               

Weighted average number of ordinary shares outstanding - basic and diluted

25,017,699

 

7,862,530

 

41,518,827

 

8,254,013

 

 

CHECK CAP LTD.

CONSOLIDATED UNAUDITED STATEMENTS OF CHANGES IN SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY

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

 
 

Number of

       

Additional

Other

         

Total

 

Ordinary

       

paid-in

comprehensive

 

Accumulated

shareholders'

 

Shares

 

Amount

   

capital

 

loss

 

deficit

   

equity

 
                                   

Balance as of January 1, 2020

8,272,908

 

$

5,407

 

$

77,964

 

$

-

 

$

(77,137)

 

$

6,234

 

Issuance of ordinary shares in private

                                 

placement, net of issuance expenses in

                                 

an amount of approximately $30

2,720,178

 

$

1,894

 

$

2,837

             

$

4,731

 

Issuance of ordinary shares and warrants

                                 

in the April – May 2020 Financings, net

                                 

of issuance expenses in an amount of

                                 

$1,361

19,166,670

 

$

13,039

 

$

(2,900)

   

-

   

-

 

$

10,139

 

Issuance of ordinary shares and warrants in a warrant exercise financing, net of

                                 

Issuance expenses in an amount of $920

16,054,223

 

$

11,290

 

$

(2,578)

             

$

8,712

 

RSU vesting

19,317

 

$

12

 

$

(12)

               

-

 

Share-based compensation

-

   

-

 

$

317

   

-

   

-

 

$

317

 

Net loss

-

   

-

   

-

   

-

 

$

(9,937)

 

$

(9,937)

 

Balance as of September 30, 2020

46,233,296

 

$

31,642

 

$

75,628

   

-

 

$

(87,074)

 

$

20,196

 
                                   
                                     
 

Number of

       

Additional

 

Other

       

Total

 

Ordinary

       

paid-in

comprehensive

Accumulated

shareholders'

 

Shares

   

Amount

   

capital

   

loss

   

deficit

   

equity

 
                                 

Balance as of January 1, 2019

5,330,684

 

$

3,456

 

$

72,888

 

$

(13)

 

$

(63,301)

 

$

13,030

 

Issuance of ordinary shares and warrants

                                 

in the 2019

                                 

registered direct offering, net of issuance

                                 

expenses in an amount of $987

2,906,376

 

$

1,928

 

$

4,583

   

-

   

-

 

$

6,511

 

Exercise of warrants into ordinary shares

734

   

-

   

-

   

-

   

-

   

-

 

RSU vesting

28,268

 

$

18

 

$

(18)

               

-

 

Share-based compensation

-

   

-

 

$

406

   

-

   

-

 

$

406

 

Other comprehensive loss

-

   

-

   

-

 

$

13

       

$

13

 

Net loss

-

   

-

   

-

   

-

 

$

(10,007)

 

$

(10,007)

 

Balance as of September 30, 2019

8,266,062

 

$

5,402

 

$

77,859

   

-

 

$

(73,308)

 

$

9,953

 

 

CHECK CAP LTD.

CONSOLIDATED UNAUDITED STATEMENTS OF CHANGES IN SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY

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

 
 

Number of

       

Additional

 

Other

       

Total

 

Ordinary

       

paid-in

comprehensive

Accumulated

shareholders'

 

Shares

   

Amount

   

Capital

   

loss

   

deficit

   

equity

 
                                   

Balance as of June 30, 2020

30,172,943

 

$

20,348

 

$

78,110

 

$

-

 

$

(83,456)

 

$

15,002

 

Issuance of ordinary shares and warrants in a warrant exercise financing, net of

                                 

Issuance expenses in an amount of $920

16,054,223

 

$

11,290

 

$

(2,578)

             

$

8,712

 

RSU vesting

6,130

 

$

4

 

$

(4)

               

-

 

Share-based compensation

-

   

-

 

$

100

   

-

   

-

 

$

100

 

Net loss

-

   

-

   

-

   

-

 

$

(3,618)

 

$

(3,618)

 

Balance as of September 30, 2020

46,233,296

 

$

31,642

 

$

75,628

   

-

 

$

(87,074)

 

$

20,196

 
                                   
                                     
 

Number of

       

Additional

 

Other

       

Total

 

Ordinary

       

paid-in

comprehensive

Accumulated

shareholders'

 

Shares

   

Amount

   

Capital

   

loss

   

deficit

   

equity

 
                                   

Balance as of June 30, 2019

8,238,462

 

$

5,384

 

$

77,740

 

$

-

 

$

(69,806)

 

$

13,318

 

Exercise of warrants into ordinary shares

734

   

-

   

-

   

-

   

-

   

-

 

RSU vesting

26,866

 

$

18

 

$

(18)

               

-

 

Share-based compensation

-

   

-

 

$

137

   

-

   

-

 

$

137

 

Net loss

-

   

-

   

-

   

-

 

$

(3,502)

 

$

(3,502)

 

Balance as of September 30, 2019

8,266,062

 

$

5,402

 

$

77,859

   

-

 

$

(73,308)

 

$

9,953

 

CHECK-CAP LTD.

CONSOLIDATED UNAUDITED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

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

 
 

Nine months ended

 

September 30,

   
 

2020

   

2019

 

CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES

         

Net loss for the period

(9,937)

   

(10,007)

 

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

         

Depreciation

107

   

84

 

Share-based compensation

317

   

406

 

Financial (income) expenses, net

(27)

   

(45)

 

Changes in assets and liabilities items:

         

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

106

   

(37)

 

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

(295)

   

104

 

Increase (decrease) in employees and payroll accruals

106

   

(24)

 

Increase in royalties provision

6

   

7

 

Net cash used in operating activities

(9,617)

   

(9,512)

 
           

CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES

         

Purchase of property and equipment

(293)

   

(131)

 

Proceeds from (investment in) short-term bank and other deposit

(15,003)

   

1,673

 

Net cash used in investing activities

(15,296)

   

1,542

 
           

CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES

         

Issuance of ordinary shares and warrants in the 2019 registered direct offering, net of issuance expenses

-

   

6,511

 

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

4,731

   

-

 

Issuance of ordinary shares and warrants in the 2020 registered direct offerings, net of issuance expenses

10,139

       

Issuance of ordinary shares and warrants in a warrant exercise financing, net of issuance expenses

8,712

       

Net cash provided by financing activities

23,582

   

6,511

 
           

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

(1,331)

   

(1,459)

 

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

8,035

   

8,922

 

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

6,704

   

7,463

 
           

 

CHECK-CAP LTD.

CONSOLIDATED UNAUDITED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

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

Supplemental information for Cash Flow:

 
 

Nine months ended

 
 

September 30,

 
 

2020

   

2019

 

Supplemental disclosure of non-cash flow information

           

Purchase of property and equipment included in accounts payable and accrued expenses

 

22

 

-

 

Recognition of operating leases and operating lease liabilities from adoption of

             

ASU 2016-02

         

490

 

Assets acquired under operating leases

 

140

 

106

 
             
               

 

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SOURCE Check-Cap Ltd.


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

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