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RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NORTH CAROLINA -- (Marketwired) -- 08/11/15 -- Fennec Pharmaceuticals Inc. (TSX: FRX)(OTCQB: FENCF), a specialty pharmaceutical company focused on the development of Sodium Thiosulfate (STS) for the prevention of platinum-induced ototoxicity in pediatric patients, today reported its financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2015.
"The second quarter was instrumental in the development of STS as we announced encouraging safety data on the impact of STS in children with standard risk hepatoblastoma at ASCO," said Rosty Raykov, CEO of Fennec. "We are also very encouraged by the support from the physician experts as we continue to work towards serving an unmet medical need for pediatric patients treated with cisplatin chemotherapy."
2015 Highlights to Date:
The selected financial data presented below is derived from our unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements which were prepared in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles. The complete interim consolidated financial statements for the period ended June 30, 2015 and management's discussion and analysis of financial condition and results of operations will be available via www.sec.gov and www.sedar.com. All values are presented in thousands unless otherwise noted.
There was a reduction in research and development expenses for the three months ended June 30, 2015 as compared to the same period in 2014 due to work related to STS Phase III trials and data analysis. Research and development costs are impacted by the clinical support costs associated with the number of patients enrolled and participating in the trial during the financial period.
General and administrative expenses were down sharply for the three month period ended June 30, 2015 as compared to the same period in 2014. There was a large reduction in equity based compensation. This decrease was offset by increased professional consulting fees and travel associated with business development, investor relations, and European regulatory consulting. These increases are associated with the strategic initiatives for the development and marketing of STS.
The Company recorded an unrealized gain on derivatives of $385 in the three months ended June 30, 2015 compared to an unrealized gain of $181 in the three months ended June 30, 2014. Part of the gain was the result of 1,307 derivative warrants which expired April 30, 2015. The Company's derivatives have been recorded at their fair value as a liability at issuance and will continue to be re-measured at fair value as a liability at each subsequent balance sheet date. Any change in value between reporting periods will be recorded as an unrealized gain/(loss). The fair value of these warrants is estimated using the Black-Scholes option-pricing model.
Total operating expenses were $1,001 for the six-months ended June 30, 2015 and $1,467 for the six-months ended June 30, 2014. There was a significant decrease in 2015 general and administrative expense over 2014 due to a reduction in non-cash expenses associated with the issuance of stock options.
Cash and cash equivalents were $1,854 at June 30, 2015 and $2,307 at December 31, 2014. The decrease in cash and cash equivalents between June 30, 2015 and December 31, 2014 is due to clinical trial expenses related to our Phase III study of STS and our general and administrative expenses offset by the exercise of warrants during the quarter. The Company received approximately $0.45 million in cash from the exercise of warrants to purchase an aggregate of approximately of 299 of our common shares. These warrants had an original issue date of April 30, 2010.
At June 30, 2015, the Company had working capital balance totaling approximately $1.5 million compared to $1.9 million as of December 31, 2014. Working capital is calculated by subtracting the current liabilities of the Company from its current assets.
Net cash used in operating activities for the six-months ended June 30, 2015 was $929, as compared to $788 during the same period in 2014. This increase is due to increased cash outlays incurred from ongoing STS Phase III trials, STS product development and general and administrative costs associated with the Company's strategic initiatives designed to further develop new markets and partnering opportunities. Net cash provided by financing activities for the six-months ended June 30, 2015 was $476 compared to $140 for the six-months ended June 30, 2014. The $476 of net financing cash represented the aggregate exercise price paid in connection with various warrants and options being exercised to purchase common shares during the period. Total decrease in cash and cash equivalents was $453 for the six-months ended June 30, 2015 which is a decrease of $195 over the same period in 2014.
Forward looking statements
Except for historical information described in this press release, all other statements are forward-looking. Forward-looking statements are subject to certain risks and uncertainties inherent in the Company's business that could cause actual results to vary, including such risks that regulatory and guideline developments may change, scientific data may not be sufficient to meet regulatory standards or receipt of required regulatory clearances or approvals, clinical results may not be replicated in actual patient settings, protection offered by the Company's patents and patent applications may be challenged, invalidated or circumvented by its competitors, the available market for the Company's products will not be as large as expected, the Company's products will not be able to penetrate one or more targeted markets, revenues will not be sufficient to fund further development and clinical studies, the Company may not meet its future capital requirements in different countries and municipalities, and other risks detailed from time to time in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission including its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2014. Fennec Pharmaceuticals, Inc. disclaims any obligation to update these forward-looking statements except as required by law.
About Sodium Thiosulfate (STS)
Cisplatin and other platinum compounds are essential chemotherapeutic components for many pediatric malignancies. Unfortunately platinum-based therapies cause ototoxicity in many patients, and are particularly harmful to the survivors of pediatric cancer.
In the U.S., it is estimated that over 2,000 children are diagnosed with local cancers that may receive platinum based chemotherapy and globally over 5,000. The incidence of hearing loss in these children depends upon the dose and duration of chemotherapy, and many of these children require lifelong hearing aids. There is currently no established preventive agent for this hearing loss and only expensive, technically difficult and sub-optimal cochlear (inner ear) implants have been shown to provide some benefit. Infants and young children at critical stages of development lack speech language development and literacy, and older children and adolescents lack social-emotional development and educational achievement.
STS has been studied by cooperative groups in two Phase 3 clinical studies of survival and reduction of ototoxicity, The Clinical Oncology Group Protocol ACCL0431 and SIOPEL 6. Both studies are closed to recruitment. The COG ACCL0431 protocol enrolled one of five childhood cancers typically treated with intensive cisplatin therapy for localized and disseminated disease, including newly diagnosed hepatoblastoma, germ cell tumor, osteosarcoma, neuroblastoma, and medulloblastoma. SIOPEL 6 enrolled only hepatoblastoma patients with localized tumors.
About Fennec Pharmaceuticals
Fennec Pharmaceuticals, Inc., is a specialty pharmaceutical company focused on the development of Sodium Thiosulfate (STS) for the prevention of platinum-induced ototoxicity in pediatric patients. STS has received Orphan Drug Designation in the US in this setting. For more information, please visit www.fennecpharma.com.Contacts: Fennec Pharmaceuticals Inc. Rosty Raykov Chief Executive Officer (919) 636-5144 NEXT ARTICLE
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