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BioLineRx Reports Second Quarter 2019 Financial Results and Provides Corporate Update

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TEL AVIV, Israel, Aug. 6, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- BioLineRx Ltd. (NASDAQ:BLRX) (TASE: BLRX), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on oncology, today reports its financial results for the quarter ended June 30, 2019 and provides a corporate update.

Highlights and achievements during the second quarter 2019 and subsequent period:

  • Continued to advance multiple clinical trials of its lead therapeutic candidates,
    BL-8040 and AGI-134, and anticipates top-line data from the triple combination arm of the COMBAT/KEYNOTE-202 pancreatic cancer trial by year-end.
  • Received approval from the FDA for an Investigational New Drug (IND) application for AGI-134, which will enable expansion of the ongoing Phase 1/2a study, currently being carried out in the UK and Israel, to the US by the first half of 2020.

"BL-8040, our lead drug candidate, is rapidly advancing in multiple promising programs. The triple combination arm of our ongoing COMBAT/KEYNOTE-202 Phase 2 study of BL-8040, KEYTRUDA® and chemotherapy in metastatic pancreatic cancer is progressing as planned, and top-line results are expected by year end. AML consolidation also remains an important indication in our BL-8040 development plan, and we, with our partners, continue to progress our BLAST Phase 2b study towards a robust interim analysis. In addition, the GENESIS Phase 3 study in stem cell mobilization, our most advanced indication and most direct path to registration, is progressing as planned with top-line results expected in the second half of next year," stated Philip Serlin, Chief Executive Officer of BioLineRx.

"Regarding our second clinical candidate, the universal anti-cancer vaccine AGI-134, we continue to advance our phase 1/2a clinical trial toward initial safety data later this year, and with the acceptance of our IND, we look forward to the next part of the study, which will assess potential efficacy. Taken together, we believe our broad development pipeline provides multiple opportunities for long-term value creation and we are diligently working toward that goal," Mr. Serlin concluded. 

Upcoming Milestones

Second half of 2019

  • Top-line results from COMBAT/KEYNOTE-202 Phase 2 pancreatic cancer trial
  • Initial safety results from part 1 of Phase 1/2a trial of AGI-134
  • Potential interim results from Phase 2b AML consolidation study
  • Initiation of monotherapy basket arm of Part 2 of Phase 1/2a trial of AGI-134

2020

  • Progression-free survival (PFS) and overall survival (OS) data from COMBAT/KEYNOTE-202 trial in mid-2020
  • Top-line results from Phase 3 GENESIS registration trial in stem-cell mobilization in second half of 2020

Financial Results for the Second Quarter Ended June 30, 2019 

Research and development expenses for the three months ended June 30, 2019 were $5.3 million, an increase of $0.8 million, or 18%, compared to $4.5 million for the three months ended June 30, 2018. The increase resulted primarily from higher expenses associated with the BL-8040 GENESIS and COMBAT clinical trials. Research and development expenses for the six months ended June 30, 2019 were $9.7 million, an increase of $0.1 million, or 2%, compared to $9.6 million for the six months ended June 30, 2018. The small increase resulted primarily from higher expenses associated with the BL-8040 GENESIS and COMBAT clinical trials, offset by a decrease in expenses related to BL-1230, a project which was terminated, as well as a decrease in payroll and related expenses.

Sales and marketing expenses for the three months ended June 30, 2019 were $0.2 million, a decrease of $0.1 million, or 37%, compared to $0.3 million for the three months ended June 30, 2018. The decrease resulted primarily from a decrease in payroll and related expenses. Sales and marketing expenses for the six months ended June 30, 2019 were $0.5 million, a decrease of $0.4 million, or 43%, compared to $0.9 million for the six months ended June 30, 2018. The decrease resulted primarily from a decrease in payroll and related expenses, including a one-time compensation payment in the 2018 period.

General and administrative expenses for the three months ended June 30, 2019 were $0.9 million, similar to the comparable period in 2018. General and administrative expenses for the six months ended June 30, 2019 were $1.9 million, similar to the comparable period in 2018.

The Company's operating loss for the three months ended June 30, 2019 was $6.5 million, compared to $5.7 million for the three months ended June 30, 2018. The Company's operating loss for the six months ended June 30, 2019 was $12.1 million, compared to $12.4 million for the comparable period in 2018.

Non-operating income for the three and six months ended June 30, 2019 primarily relates to fair-value adjustments of warrant liabilities on the Company's balance sheet, offset by warrant offering expenses. Non-operating income for the six months ended June 30, 2018 primarily relates to fair-value adjustments of warrant liabilities on the Company's balance sheet, as well as a capital gain from realization of the investment in iPharma.

Net financial expenses amounted to $0.3 million for the three months ended June 30, 2019 compared to net financial income of $0.3 million for the three months ended June 30, 2018. Net financial expenses for the 2019 period primarily relate to interest paid on loans, offset by investment income earned on bank deposits. Net financial income for the 2018 period primarily relates to investment income earned on bank deposits, offset by losses recorded on foreign currency hedging transactions. Net financial expenses amounted to $0.5 million for the six months ended June 30, 2019 compared to net financial income of $0.3 million for the six months ended June 30, 2018. Net financial expenses for the 2019 period primarily relate to interest paid on loans, offset by investment income earned on bank deposits. Net financial income for the 2018 period primarily relates to investment income earned on bank deposits, offset by losses recorded on foreign currency hedging transactions.

The Company's net loss for the three months ended June 30, 2019 amounted to $5.5 million, compared with a net loss of $4.8 million for the comparable period in 2018. The Company's net loss for the six months ended June 30, 2019 amounted to $11.6 million, compared with a net loss of $11.0 million for the comparable period in 2018.

The Company held $35.2 million in cash, cash equivalents and short-term bank deposits as of June 30, 2019.

Net cash used in operating activities was $11.1 million for the six months ended June 30, 2019, compared with net cash used in operating activities of $13.0 million for the six months ended June 30, 2018. The $1.9 million decrease in net cash used in operating activities during the six-month period in 2019, compared to the six-month period in 2018, was primarily the result of changes in operating asset and liability items in the two periods., i.e., a decrease in prepaid expenses and other receivables in 2019 versus an increase in 2018, as well as a higher decrease in accounts payable and accruals in 2018.

Net cash used in investing activities was $3.1 million for the six months ended June 30, 2019, compared to net cash provided by investing activities of $10.8 million for the six months ended June 30, 2018. The changes in cash flows from investing activities relate primarily to investments in, and maturities of, short-term bank deposits and the realization of the investment in iPharma in 2018.

Net cash provided by financing activities was $15.7 million for the six months ended June 30, 2019, compared to net cash provided by financing activities of $2.8 million for the six months ended June 30, 2018. The increase in cash flows from financing activities reflects the underwritten public offering completed in February 2019.

Conference Call and Webcast Information

BioLineRx will hold a conference call today, August 6, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. EDT. To access the conference call, please dial +1-888-281-1167 from the U.S. or +972-3-918-0644 internationally. The call will also be available via webcast and can be accessed through the Investor Relations page of BioLineRx's website. Please allow extra time prior to the call to visit the site and download any necessary software to listen to the live broadcast.

A replay of the conference call will be available approximately two hours after completion of the live conference call on the Investor Relations page of BioLineRx's website. A dial-in replay of the call will be available until August 8, 2019; please dial +1-888-295-2634 from the U.S. or +972-3-925-5904 internationally.

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About BioLineRx

BioLineRx is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on oncology. The Company in-licenses novel compounds, develops them through pre-clinical and/or clinical stages, and then partners with pharmaceutical companies for advanced clinical development and/or commercialization.

BioLineRx's leading therapeutic candidates are: BL-8040, a cancer therapy platform, which has successfully completed a Phase 2a study for relapsed/refractory AML, is in the midst of a Phase 2b study as an AML consolidation treatment and a Phase 3 study in stem cell mobilization for autologous transplantation; and AGI-134, an immunotherapy treatment in development for multiple solid tumors, which is being investigated in a Phase 1/2a study. In addition, BioLineRx has a strategic collaboration with Novartis for the co-development of selected Israeli-sourced novel drug candidates; a collaboration agreement with MSD, on the basis of which the Company is conducting a Phase 2a study in pancreatic cancer using the combination of BL-8040 and KEYTRUDA® (pembrolizumab), and a collaboration agreement with Genentech, a member of the Roche Group, to investigate the combination of BL-8040 and Genentech's atezolizumab in two Phase 1b/2 studies for solid tumor indications.

For additional information on BioLineRx, please visit the Company's website at www.biolinerx.com, where you can review the Company's SEC filings, press releases, announcements and events. BioLineRx industry updates are also regularly updated on FacebookTwitter, and LinkedIn.

Various statements in this release concerning BioLineRx's future expectations constitute "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements include words such as "may," "expects," "anticipates," "believes," and "intends," and describe opinions about future events. These forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties that may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of BioLineRx to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Some of these risks are: changes in relationships with collaborators; the impact of competitive products and technological changes; risks relating to the development of new products; and the ability to implement technological improvements. These and other factors are more fully discussed in the "Risk Factors" section of BioLineRx's most recent annual report on Form 20-F filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on March 28, 2019. In addition, any forward-looking statements represent BioLineRx's views only as of the date of this release and should not be relied upon as representing its views as of any subsequent date. BioLineRx does not assume any obligation to update any forward-looking statements unless required by law.

 

 



BioLineRx Ltd.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED INTERIM STATEMENTS OF FINANCIAL POSITION

(UNAUDITED)



December 31,

June 30,


2018

2019


in USD thousands

Assets



CURRENT ASSETS



Cash and cash equivalents

3,404

4,972

Short-term bank deposits

26,747

30,256

Prepaid expenses

488

451

Other receivables

1,339

528

          Total current assets

31,978

36,207




NON-CURRENT ASSETS



Long-term prepaid expenses

56

60

Property and equipment, net

2,227

2,047

Right-of-use assets 

-

1,716

Intangible assets, net

21,972

21,928

          Total non-current assets

24,255

25,751

          Total assets

56,233

61,958




Liabilities and equity



CURRENT LIABILITIES



Current maturities of long-term loans

895

2,395

Accounts payable and accruals:



     Trade

4,493

4,565

     Other

1,363

927

Lease liabilities

-

672

          Total current liabilities

6,751

8,559

NON-CURRENT LIABILITIES



Warrants

323

3,938

Long-term loans, net of current maturities

7,838

6,583

Lease liabilities

-

1,096

          Total non-current liabilities

8,161

11,617

COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENT LIABILITIES



     Total liabilities

14,912

20,176




EQUITY



Ordinary shares

3,110

4,001

Share premium

250,192

261,522

Capital reserve

11,955

11,835

Other comprehensive loss

(1,416)

(1,416)

Accumulated deficit

(222,520)

(234,160)

          Total equity

41,321

41,782

          Total liabilities and equity

56,233

61,958

 

 

 

BioLineRx Ltd.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED INTERIM STATEMENTS OF COMPREHENSIVE LOSS

(UNAUDITED)



Three months ended June 30,

Six months ended June 30,


2018

2019

2018

2019


in USD thousands

in USD thousands

RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT EXPENSES

(4,484)

(5,302)

(9,554)

(9,694)

SALES AND MARKETING EXPENSES

(360)

(226)

(844)

(482)

GENERAL AND ADMINISTRATIVE EXPENSES

(883)

(949)

(1,958)

(1,879)

OPERATING LOSS

(5,727)

(6,477)

(12,356)

(12,055)

NON-OPERATING INCOME, NET

663

1,261

1,125

921

FINANCIAL INCOME

287

171

462

381

FINANCIAL EXPENSES

(11)

(440)

(217)

(887)






NET LOSS AND COMPREHENSIVE LOSS

(4,788)

(5,485)

(10,986)

(11,640)







in USD

in USD

LOSS PER ORDINARY SHARE - BASIC AND DILUTED

(0.05)

(0.04)

(0.10)

(0.08)






WEIGHTED AVERAGE NUMBER OF SHARES USED IN
   CALCULATION OF LOSS PER ORDINARY SHARE

106,630,704

145,461,598

106,524,332

139,270,178












 

 

 

BioLineRx Ltd.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED INTERIM STATEMENTS OF CHANGES IN EQUITY

(UNAUDITED)



 

Ordinary

 

Share

 

Capital

Other

Comprehensive

 

Accumulated



shares

premium

reserve

loss

deficit

Total


in USD thousands

BALANCE AT JANUARY 1, 2018

2,836

240,682

10,337

(1,416)

(199,558)

52,881

CHANGES FOR SIX MONTHS ENDED JUNE 30, 2018:







Issuance of share capital, net

83

2,764

-

-

-

2,847

Employee stock options exercised

1

38

(39)

-

-

-

Employee stock options forfeited and expired

-

399

(399)

-

-

-

Share-based compensation              

-

-

1,444

-

-

1,444

Comprehensive loss for the period

-

-

-

-

(10,986)

(10,986)

BALANCE AT JUNE 30, 2018

2,920

243,883

11,343

(1,416)

(210,544)

46,186









 

Ordinary

 

Share

 

Capital

Other

Comprehensive

 

Accumulated



shares

premium

reserve

loss

deficit

Total


in USD thousands

BALANCE AT JANUARY 1, 2019

3,110

250,192

11,955

(1,416)

(222,520)

41,321

CHANGES FOR SIX MONTHS ENDED JUNE 30, 2019:







Issuance of share capital, net

890

10,437

-

-

-

11,327

Employee stock options exercised

1

27

(27)

-

-

1

Employee stock options forfeited and expired

-

866

(866)

-

-

-

Share-based compensation              

-

-

773

-

-

773

Comprehensive loss for the period

-

-

-

-

(11,640)

(11,640)

BALANCE AT JUNE 30, 2019

4,001

261,522

11,835

(1,416)

(234,160)

41,782








 

 

 

BioLineRx Ltd.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED INTERIM CASH FLOW STATEMENTS

(UNAUDITED)



Six months ended June 30,


2018

2019


in USD thousands




CASH FLOWS - OPERATING ACTIVITIES



Comprehensive loss for the period

(10,986)

(11,640)

Adjustments required to reflect net cash used in operating activities (see
appendix below)

(2,054)

573

Net cash used in operating activities

(13,040)

(11,067)




CASH FLOWS - INVESTING ACTIVITIES



Investments in short-term deposits

(15,000)

(27,510)

Maturities of short-term deposits

24,385

24,441

Proceeds from realization of long-term investment

1,500

-

Purchase of property and equipment

(76)

(53)

Purchase of intangible assets

(37)

-

Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities

10,772

(3,122)




CASH FLOWS - FINANCING ACTIVITIES



Issuances of share capital and warrants, net of issuance cost

2,847

15,879

Employee stock options exercised

-

1

Repayments of loans

(47)

(47)

Repayments of lease liabilities

-

(110)

Net cash provided by financing activities

2,800

15,723




INCREASE IN CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS

532

1,534

CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS – BEGINNING

   OF PERIOD

5,110

3,404

EXCHANGE DIFFERENCES ON CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS

147

34

CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS - END OF PERIOD

5,789

4,972




 

 

 

BioLineRx Ltd.

APPENDIX TO CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED INTERIM CASH FLOW STATEMENTS

(UNAUDITED)



Six months ended June 30,


2018

2019


in USD thousands




Adjustments required to reflect net cash used in operating activities:



Income and expenses not involving cash flows:



Depreciation and amortization

288

439

Long-term prepaid expenses

(2)

(4)

Exchange differences on cash and cash equivalents

(147)

(34)

Gain on adjustment of warrants to fair value

(625)

(1,354)

Gain on realization of long-term investment

(500)

-

Share-based compensation

1,444

773

Warrant issuance costs

-

417

Interest and exchange rate differences on short-term deposits

(351)

(440)

Interest on loans

(1)

292


106

89




Changes in operating asset and liability items:



Decrease (increase) in prepaid expenses and other receivables

(776)

848

  Decrease in accounts payable and accruals

(1,384)

(364)


(2,160)

484


(2,054)

573







Supplemental information on interest received in cash

377

442




Supplemental information on interest paid in cash

167

477




Supplemental information on non-cash transaction -

     Initial establishment of right-of-use assets against lease liabilities

-

1,878




 

 

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