Lineage Cell Therapeutics Reports Third Quarter 2020 Financial Results and Provides Business Update

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Nov. 4, 2020 21:05 UTC

 

  • Reported Encouraging VAC2 Clinical Data in the Ongoing Phase 1 Trial in Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer
  • Enrolled Additional Patients in Final Cohort of OpRegen Phase 1/2a Clinical Trial for the Treatment of Dry Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD)
  • Announced Extension of OpRegen Development Grant and New Grant for Development of a Bio-Retinal Patch from Israel Innovation Authority
 

CARLSBAD, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Lineage Cell Therapeutics, Inc.. (NYSE American and TASE: LCTX), a clinical-stage biotechnology company developing novel cell therapies for unmet medical needs, today reported financial and operating results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2020. Lineage management will host a conference call today at 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time/1:30 p.m. Pacific Time to discuss its third quarter 2020 financial and operating results and to provide a business update.

“Lineage moved all three of its clinical programs forward during the third quarter, particularly by reporting new data on VAC2 and by advancing closer to the completion of patient enrollment in the OpRegen trial,” said Brian M. Culley, Lineage CEO. “We look forward to presenting updated data on OpRegen at the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) Annual 2020 Meeting in mid-November, and then completing patient enrollment in our Phase 1/2a clinical study of OpRegen, anticipated by the end of the year. With respect to VAC2, we are working closely with Cancer Research UK and anticipate completing enrollment in the VAC2 Phase 1 study in non-small cell lung cancer by the end of the first quarter of 2021. We also have made important progress with OPC1 and are excited to present details on our manufacturing improvements later this year. The encouraging data in all three clinical programs to date support advancing each product candidate into later stage trials. We are excited by the potential for these product candidates to help patients who have high unmet medical needs and lack treatment options. Lineage is financially well-positioned to continue driving our clinical programs toward key milestones, particularly following our receipt in August of $24.6 million of non-dilutive cash from Juvenescence.”

Lineage has the following plans and objectives for the remainder of 2020 and early 2021:

- Present new and accumulated OpRegen data from the ongoing Phase 1/2a clinical trial at the AAO Annual 2020 Meeting in mid-November.

- Complete OpRegen patient enrollment in the U.S. in the ongoing Phase 1/2a clinical trial for the treatment of dry AMD by the end of 2020.

- Announce details of manufacturing improvements achieved with the OPC1 program by the end of 2020.

- Meet with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to discuss further development of the OPC1 program during the first half of 2021.

- Complete VAC2 patient enrollment in the ongoing Phase 1 clinical trial for the treatment of non-small cell lung cancer by the end of the first quarter of 2021.

Balance Sheet and Cash Flow Highlights

Cash, cash equivalents, and marketable securities totaled $38.0 million as of September 30, 2020. Our cash balance includes $24.6 million in proceeds from our note receivable payment from Juvenescence Limited in August 2020. Marketable securities as of September 30, 2020 include our ownership of unrestricted securities in OncoCyte Corporation (OncoCyte), AgeX Therapeutics, Inc. (AgeX) and Hadasit Bio-Holdings Ltd (Hadasit).

We continue to hold approximately 3.6 million shares of OncoCyte stock that are valued at $5.6 million as of November 3, 2020, based on the closing price of its common stock on that date.

Net cash used in operating activities for the nine months ended September 30, 2020 was approximately $14.1 million, a decrease of $12.3 million, or 47%, as compared to $26.4 million in the same period of 2019.

Third Quarter Operating Results

Revenues: Lineage’s revenue is generated primarily from research grants, royalties and licensing fees. Total revenues for the three months ended September 30, 2020 were $0.6 million, consistent with the same period in 2019. A $0.2 million increase in royalties from product sales and license fees was offset by a $0.1 million decrease in grant revenues due to the timing of grant related activities and a $0.1 million decrease in the sale of research products and services due to the cessation of such sales.

Operating Expenses: Operating expenses are comprised of research and development (R&D) expenses and general and administrative (G&A) expenses. Total operating expenses for the three months ended September 30, 2020 were approximately $7.2 million, a decrease of $1.7 million as compared to $8.9 million for the same period in 2019.

R&D Expenses: R&D expenses for the three months ended September 30, 2020 were $3.6 million, a decrease of $0.7 million as compared to $4.3 million for the same period in 2019. The overall decrease was primarily related to decreases of $1.5 million in OpRegen and other ophthalmic application expenses, attributable primarily to a decrease in manufacturing activities in 2020 as compared to 2019, $0.8 million in OPC1 expenses, primarily related to a return of unspent project funds of approximately $0.8 million from a former Asterias BioTherapeutics, Inc. (Asterias) service provider and $0.2 million in Renevia and other related expenses, offset by an increase of $1.8 million in VAC program expenses related to the accrual of the signature fee of $1.6 million to Cancer Research UK related to our exercise of the option to acquire data generated in the Phase 1 clinical trial of VAC2. The signature fee will be paid in several installments through April 2021.

G&A Expenses: G&A expenses for the three months ended September 30, 2020 were $3.6 million, a decrease of $1.0 million as compared to approximately $4.6 million for the same period in 2019. The decrease was primarily attributable to a $0.9 million reduction in compensation expenses, a $0.2 million reduction in expenses related to our merger with Asterias, a $0.1 million reduction in travel expenses, a $0.1 million reduction in accounting expenses and a $0.1 million reduction in office related expenses, offset by a $0.3 million increase in patent and legal expenses and $0.2 million increase related to the cessation of shared services reimbursements.

Loss from Operations: Loss from operations for the three months ended September 30, 2020 was $6.7 million, a decrease of $1.7 million as compared to $8.4 million for the same period in 2019.

Other (Expense) Income, Net: Other (expense)/income, net for the three months ended September 30, 2020 reflected other expense, net of ($1.2) million, compared to other expense, net of ($9.1) million for the same period in 2019. The variance was primarily related to the gain on sale of marketable equity securities and equity method investments and changes in the value of remaining marketable equity securities and equity method investments for the applicable periods, as well as foreign currency translation adjustments related to Lineage’s international subsidiaries. The value of Lineage’s OncoCyte shares decreased by $8.3 million in the three months ended September 30, 2019, which contributed greatly to the overall balance in other expense, net for that period.

Net loss attributable to Lineage: The net loss attributable to Lineage for the three months ended September 30, 2020 was $7.8 million, or $0.05 per share (basic and diluted), compared to a net loss attributable to Lineage of $16.5 million, or $0.11 per share (basic and diluted), for the same period in 2019.

Conference Call and Webcast

Lineage will host a conference call and webcast today, at 1:30 pm PT/4:30 pm ET to discuss its third quarter 2020 financial results and to provide a business update. Interested parties may access the conference call by dialing (866) 888-8633 from the U.S. and Canada and (636) 812-6629 from elsewhere outside the U.S. and Canada and should request the “Lineage Cell Therapeutics Call”. A live webcast of the conference call will be available online in the Investors section of Lineage’s website. A replay of the webcast will be available on Lineage’s website for 30 days and a telephone replay will be available through November 12, 2020, by dialing (855) 859-2056 from the U.S. and Canada and (404) 537-3406 from elsewhere outside the U.S. and Canada and entering conference ID number 7780879.

About Lineage Cell Therapeutics, Inc.

Lineage Cell Therapeutics is a clinical-stage biotechnology company developing novel cell therapies for unmet medical needs. Lineage’s programs are based on its robust proprietary cell-based therapy platform and associated in-house development and manufacturing capabilities. With this platform Lineage develops and manufactures specialized, terminally differentiated human cells from its pluripotent and progenitor cell starting materials. These differentiated cells are developed to either replace or support cells that are dysfunctional or absent due to degenerative disease or traumatic injury or administered as a means of helping the body mount an effective immune response to cancer. Lineage’s clinical programs are in markets with billion dollar opportunities and include three allogeneic (“off-the-shelf”) product candidates: (i) OpRegen®, a retinal pigment epithelium transplant therapy in Phase 1/2a development for the treatment of dry age-related macular degeneration, a leading cause of blindness in the developed world; (ii) OPC1, an oligodendrocyte progenitor cell therapy in Phase 1/2a development for the treatment of acute spinal cord injuries; and (iii) VAC, an allogeneic dendritic cell therapy platform for immuno-oncology and infectious disease, currently in clinical development for the treatment of non-small cell lung cancer. For more information, please visit www.lineagecell.com or follow the Company on Twitter @LineageCell.

Forward-Looking Statements

Lineage cautions you that all statements, other than statements of historical facts, contained in this press release, are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements, in some cases, can be identified by terms such as “believe,” “may,” “will,” “estimate,” “continue,” “anticipate,” “design,” “intend,” “expect,” “could,” “plan,” “potential,” “predict,” “seek,” “should,” “would,” “contemplate,” project,” “target,” “tend to,” or the negative version of these words and similar expressions. Such statements include, but are not limited to, statements relating to Lineage’s planned announcement of manufacturing improvements, expected enrollment in the Phase 1/2a clinical study of OpRegen and Phase 1 study of VAC2, data presentations, clinical trial advancement, planned meetings with the FDA and partnership evaluations. Forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause Lineage’s actual results, performance or achievements to be materially different from future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements in this press release, including risks and uncertainties inherent in Lineage’s business and other risks in Lineage’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the SEC). Lineage’s forward-looking statements are based upon its current expectations and involve assumptions that may never materialize or may prove to be incorrect. All forward-looking statements are expressly qualified in their entirety by these cautionary statements. Further information regarding these and other risks is included under the heading “Risk Factors” in Lineage’s periodic reports with the SEC, including Lineage’s Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the SEC on March 12, 2020 and its other reports, which are available from the SEC’s website. You are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date on which they were made. Lineage undertakes no obligation to update such statements to reflect events that occur or circumstances that exist after the date on which they were made, except as required by law.

LINEAGE CELL THERAPEUTICS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(IN THOUSANDS)

             

 

 

September 30, 2020
(Unaudited)

 

 

December 31, 2019

 

ASSETS

 

 

 

 

 

 

CURRENT ASSETS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents

 

$

32,565

 

 

$

9,497

 

Marketable equity securities

 

 

5,481

 

 

 

21,219

 

Promissory note from Juvenescence

 

 

-

 

 

 

23,616

 

Trade accounts and grants receivable, net

 

 

276

 

 

 

317

 

Receivables from affiliates, net

 

 

-

 

 

 

7

 

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

 

 

1,414

 

 

 

2,863

 

Total current assets

 

 

39,736

 

 

 

57,519

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NONCURRENT ASSETS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Property and equipment, net

 

 

4,849

 

 

 

8,175

 

Deposits and other long-term assets

 

 

666

 

 

 

864

 

Goodwill

 

 

10,672

 

 

 

10,672

 

Intangible assets, net

 

 

47,167

 

 

 

48,248

 

TOTAL ASSETS

 

$

103,090

 

 

$

125,478

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CURRENT LIABILITIES

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Accounts payable and accrued liabilities

 

$

7,214

 

 

$

5,226

 

Financing lease and right of use lease liabilities, current portion

 

 

488

 

 

 

1,223

 

Deferred revenues

 

 

46

 

 

 

45

 

Liability classified warrants, current portion

 

 

3

 

 

 

-

 

Total current liabilities

 

 

7,751

 

 

 

6,494

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LONG-TERM LIABILITIES

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Deferred tax liability

 

 

3,137

 

 

 

3,315

 

Deferred revenues, net of current portion

 

 

-

 

 

 

200

 

Right-of-use lease liability, net of current portion

 

 

1,800

 

 

 

3,868

 

Financing lease, net of current portion

 

 

29

 

 

 

77

 

Liability classified warrants, net of current portion

 

 

189

 

 

 

277

 

TOTAL LIABILITIES

 

 

12,906

 

 

 

14,231

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Commitments and contingencies

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Preferred shares, no par value, authorized 2,000 shares; none issued and outstanding as of September 30, 2020 and December 31, 2019

 

 

-

 

 

 

-

 

Common shares, no par value, 250,000 shares authorized; 149,991 shares issued and outstanding as of September 30, 2020 and 149,804 shares issued and outstanding as of December 31, 2019

 

 

388,190

 

 

 

387,062

 

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

 

 

(821

)

 

 

(681

)

Accumulated deficit

 

 

(296,103

)

 

 

(273,422

)

Lineage Cell Therapeutics, Inc. shareholders’ equity

 

 

91,266

 

 

 

112,959

 

Noncontrolling deficit

 

 

(1,082

)

 

 

(1,712

)

Total shareholders’ equity

 

 

90,184

 

 

 

111,247

 

TOTAL LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY

 

$

103,090

 

 

$

125,478

 

LINEAGE CELL THERAPEUTICS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(IN THOUSANDS, EXCEPT PER SHARE DATA)

(UNAUDITED)

           
   

Three Months Ended
September 30,

 

 

Nine Months Ended
September 30,

 

 

2020

 

 

2019

 

 

2020

 

 

2019

REVENUES:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grant revenue

 

$

229

 

 

$

350

 

 

$

864

 

 

$

1,628

 

Royalties from product sales and license fees

 

 

342

 

 

 

164

 

 

 

607

 

 

 

390

 

Sale of research products and services

 

 

-

 

 

 

53

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

256

 

Total revenues

 

 

571

 

 

 

567

 

 

 

1,471

 

 

 

2,274

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cost of sales

 

 

(102

)

 

 

(114

)

 

 

(271

)

 

 

(289

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gross profit

 

 

469

 

 

 

453

 

 

 

1,200

 

 

 

1,985

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OPERATING EXPENSES:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Research and development

 

 

3,566

 

 

 

4,266

 

 

 

9,710

 

 

 

14,462

 

General and administrative

 

 

3,628

 

 

 

4,609

 

 

 

12,055

 

 

 

19,527

 

Total operating expenses

 

 

7,194

 

 

 

8,875

 

 

 

21,765

 

 

 

33,989

 

Loss from operations

 

 

(6,725

)

 

 

(8,422

)

 

 

(20,565

)

 

 

(32,004

)

OTHER INCOME/(EXPENSES):

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interest income, net

 

 

252

 

 

 

399

 

 

 

1,037

 

 

 

1,278

 

Gain on sale of marketable securities

 

 

120

 

 

 

2,055

 

 

 

3,848

 

 

 

2,055

 

Gain on sale of equity method in OncoCyte Corporation (“OncoCyte”)

 

 

-

 

 

 

546

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

546

 

Unrealized loss on marketable equity securities

 

 

(2,003

)

 

 

(4,458

)

 

 

(7,487

)

 

 

(3,134

)

Unrealized (loss)/gain on equity method investment in OncoCyte at fair value

   

-

     

(8,287

)

 

 

-

   

 

8,001

 

Unrealized gain on equity method investment in Asterias at fair value

   

-

     

-

     

-

     

6,744

 

Unrealized gain on warrant liability

 

 

55

 

 

 

79

 

 

 

84

 

 

 

350

 

Other income, net

 

 

351

 

 

 

582

 

 

 

175

 

 

 

2,270

 

Total other (expense) income, net

 

 

(1,225

)

 

 

(9,084

)

 

 

(2,343

)

 

 

18,110

 

LOSS BEFORE INCOME TAXES

 

 

(7,950

)

 

 

(17,506

)

 

 

(22,908

)

 

 

(13,894

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Income tax benefit

 

 

178

 

 

 

991

 

 

 

178

 

 

 

6,623

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NET LOSS

 

 

(7,772

)

 

 

(16,515

)

 

 

(22,730

)

 

 

(7,271

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net loss attributable to noncontrolling interest

 

 

12

 

 

 

10

 

 

 

49

 

 

 

44

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NET LOSS ATTRIBUTABLE TO LINEAGE CELL THERAPEUTICS, INC.

 

$

(7,760

)

 

$

(16,505

)

 

$

(22,681

 

)

 

$

(7,227

 

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NET LOSS PER COMMON SHARE:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BASIC

 

$

(0.05

)

 

$

(0.11

)

 

$

(0.15

)

 

$

(0.05

)

DILUTED

 

$

(0.05

)

 

$

(0.11

)

 

$

(0.15

)

 

$

(0.05

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WEIGHTED AVERAGE NUMBER OF COMMON SHARES OUTSTANDING:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BASIC

 

 

149,973

 

 

 

149,659

 

 

 

149,868

 

 

 

144,097

 

DILUTED

 

 

149,973

 

 

 

149,659

 

 

 

149,868

 

 

 

144,097

 

LINEAGE CELL THERAPEUTICS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(IN THOUSANDS)

(UNAUDITED)

       

 

 

Nine Months Ended
September 30,

 

 

 

2020

 

 

2019

 

CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net loss attributable to Lineage Cell Therapeutics, Inc.

 

$

(22,681

)

 

$

(7,227

)

Net loss allocable to noncontrolling interest

 

 

(49

)

 

 

(44

)

Adjustments to reconcile net loss attributable to Lineage Cell Therapeutics, Inc. to net cash used in operating activities:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Unrealized gain on equity method investment in OncoCyte at fair value

 

 

-

 

 

 

(8,001

)

Unrealized gain on equity method investment in Asterias at fair value

 

 

-

 

 

 

(6,744

)

Gain on sale of marketable securities

 

 

(3,848

)

 

 

(2,601

)

Unrealized loss on marketable equity securities

 

 

7,487

 

 

 

3,134

 

Income tax benefit

 

 

(178

)

 

 

(6,623

)

Depreciation expense, including amortization of leasehold improvements

 

 

623

 

 

 

766

 

Amortization of right-of-use asset

 

 

47

 

 

 

59

 

Amortization of intangible assets

 

 

1,080

 

 

 

1,500

 

Stock-based compensation

 

 

1,733

 

 

 

2,961

 

Common stock issued for services

 

 

59

 

 

 

-

 

Gain on write-off and sales of assets

 

 

(154

)

 

 

-

 

Change in unrealized gain on warrant liability

 

 

(84

)

 

 

(349

)

Write-off of security deposit

 

 

150

 

 

 

-

 

Amortization of deferred license fee

 

 

(200

)

 

 

-

 

Foreign currency remeasurement and other gain

 

 

(116

)

 

 

(1,911

)

Changes in operating assets and liabilities:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Accounts and grants receivable, net

 

 

44

 

 

 

634

 

Accrued interest receivable

 

 

(1,008

)

 

 

(1,134

)

Receivables from OncoCyte and AgeX, net of payables

 

 

7

 

 

 

1,948

 

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

 

 

1,634

 

 

 

(136

)

Accounts payable and accrued liabilities

 

 

1,342

 

 

 

(2,788

)

Deferred revenue and other liabilities

 

 

-

 

 

 

132

 

Net cash used in operating activities

 

 

(14,112

)

 

 

(26,424

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Proceeds from the sale of OncoCyte common shares

 

 

10,941

 

 

 

10,738

 

Proceeds from the sale of AgeX common shares

 

 

1,196

 

 

 

1,586

 

Proceeds from the sale of Hadasit common shares

 

 

3

 

 

 

1,231

 

Cash and cash equivalents acquired in the Asterias Merger

 

 

-

 

 

 

3,117

 

Purchase of equipment and other assets

 

 

(40

)

 

 

(433

)

Proceeds from sale of equipment

 

 

18

 

 

 

-

 

Security deposits and other

 

 

18

 

 

 

(2

)

Net cash provided by investing activities

 

 

12,136

 

 

 

16,237

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Proceeds from payment of Juvenescence promissory note

 

 

24,624

 

 

 

-

 

Common shares received and retired for employee taxes paid

 

 

(19

)

 

 

(101

)

Reimbursement from landlord on tenant improvements

 

 

-

 

 

 

750

 

Proceeds from sales of common shares

 

 

-

 

 

 

103

 

Payments for offering costs

 

 

(53

)

 

 

-

 

Repayment of financing lease liabilities

 

 

(24

)

 

 

(20

)

Proceeds from Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”) Loan

 

 

523

 

 

 

-

 

Proceeds from sale of subsidiary warrants

 

 

-

 

 

 

(40

)

Repayment of principal portion of promissory notes

 

 

-

 

 

 

(70

)

Net cash provided by financing activities

 

 

25,051

 

 

 

622

 

Effect of exchange rate changes on cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash

 

 

(36

)

 

 

128

 

NET INCREASE (DECREASE) IN CASH, CASH EQUIVALENTS AND RESTRICTED CASH

 

 

23,039

 

 

 

(9,437

)

CASH, CASH EQUIVALENTS AND RESTRICTED CASH:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At beginning of the period

 

 

10,096

 

 

 

24,399

 

At end of the period

 

$

33,135

 

 

$

14,962

 

 

Contacts

Lineage Cell Therapeutics, Inc. IR
Ioana C. Hone
(ir@lineagecell.com)
(442) 287-8963

Solebury Trout IR
Gitanjali Jain Ogawa
(Gogawa@troutgroup.com)
(646) 378-2949

Russo Partners – Media Relations
Nic Johnson or David Schull
Nic.johnson@russopartnersllc.com
David.schull@russopartnersllc.com
(212) 845-4242

 
 

Source: Lineage Cell Therapeutics, Inc.

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