Celcuity Reports First Quarter 2020 Financial Results and Recent Business Highlights
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Celcuity Reports First Quarter 2020 Financial Results and Recent Business Highlights

Thursday, May 7, 2020 4:00 PM
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Significant progress made in development of new, highly precise diagnostics using proprietary CELsignia platform

Expect to announce new clinical trial collaborations with pharmaceutical companies and trial sponsors by the end of 2020

Expects to complete development of a CELsignia RAS test for breast and ovarian cancer patients by the end of 2020

Potential impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on clinical sites expected to push announcement of interim data from the FACT-1 and FACT-2 trials into the second half of 2021

Conference Call on Thursday, May 7th at 4:30pm (ET)

MINNEAPOLIS, MN / ACCESSWIRE / May 7, 2020 / Celcuity Inc. (NASDAQ:CELC), a clinical stage biotechnology company translating discoveries of new cancer sub-types into pioneering diagnostics and expanded therapeutic options for cancer patients, announced financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2020 and provided a corporate update.

"During the first quarter, we made significant progress developing a new dynamic signaling test using our proprietary CELsignia platform that is intended to diagnose cancers driven by dysregulated RAS signaling. We expect to complete development of a CELsignia RAS test for breast and ovarian cancer patients by the end of 2020. Our current tests have the potential to diagnose oncogenic signaling activity undetectable by molecular tests in up to one in three HER2-negative breast cancer patients," said Brian Sullivan, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Celcuity.

"Dysregulation of RAS signaling, which includes the RAF/ERK and PI3K/AKT pathways, is estimated to drive 30%-40% of all cancers. Our CELsignia platform is uniquely suited to untangling the complexity of dysregulated RAS signaling tumors and identifying the targeted therapy combination capable of treating it. If our efforts to develop a RAS dynamic signaling test are successful, the percentage of cancer patients who could benefit from a CELsignia test would increase significantly.

"We continue to advance our discussions with pharmaceutical companies for a number of potential clinical trial collaborations. While we still expect to close several collaborations this year, the clinical sponsors and pharmaceutical companies we hope to work with have been affected to varying degrees by the COVID-19 pandemic. These events may delay finalizing some of these potential collaborations past year end 2020. Our potential collaboration partners include many of the country's leading cancer research centers, as well as several global pharmaceutical companies. The goal of these collaborations is to evaluate the efficacy of targeted therapies in breast cancer patients identified by CELsignia tests.

"In light of recent developments relating to the COVID-19 global pandemic, the focus of healthcare providers and hospitals on fighting the virus, and consistent with the FDA's updated industry guidance for conducting clinical trials issued on March 18, 2020, we are experiencing delays in the enrollment of patients in our ongoing clinical trials. As a result, we now expect interim results from the FACT-1 and FACT-2 trials to be delayed until the second half of 2021 and final results approximately nine months later. We will continue to evaluate the situation and provide updates as appropriate," concluded Sullivan.

First Quarter 2020 Financials

Unless otherwise stated, all comparisons are for the first quarter ended March 31, 2020, compared to the first quarter ended March 31, 2019.

Total operating expenses were $2.31 million for the first quarter of 2020, compared to $1.97 million for the first quarter of 2019.

Research and development (R&D) expenses were $1.85 million for the first quarter of 2020, compared to $1.59 million for the first quarter of 2019. The approximately $0.26 million increase during fiscal year 2020, compared to fiscal year 2019, resulted primarily from a $0.25 million increase in compensation related expenses, including approximately $0.19 million of non-cash stock-based compensation. In addition, other research and development expenses increased $0.01 million due to clinical validation and laboratory studies, and operational and business development activities.

General and administrative (G&A) expenses were $0.46 million for the first quarter of 2020, compared to $0.38 million for the first quarter of 2019. The approximately $0.08 million increase during fiscal year 2020, compared to fiscal year 2019, was attributable to non-cash stock-based compensation.

Net loss for the first quarter of 2020 was $2.25 million, or $0.22 per share, compared to a net loss of $1.85 million, or $0.18 per share, for the first quarter of 2019. Non-GAAP adjusted net loss for the first quarter of 2020 was $1.78 million, or $0.17 per share, compared to non-GAAP adjusted net loss of $1.66 million, or $0.16 per share, for the first quarter of 2019. Non-GAAP adjusted net loss excludes stock-based compensation expense. Because this item has no impact on Celcuity's cash position, management believes non-GAAP adjusted net loss better enables Celcuity to focus on cash used in operations. For a reconciliation of financial measures calculated in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States (GAAP) to non-GAAP financial measures, please see the financial tables at the end of this press release.

Net cash used in operating activities for the first quarter of 2020 was $1.83 million, compared to $1.59 million for the first quarter of 2019.

At March 31, 2020, Celcuity had cash and cash equivalents of $16.9 million, compared to cash and cash equivalents of $18.7 million at December 31, 2019.

Conference Call

Management will host a conference call at 4:30 PM Eastern Time today to discuss the results. Anyone interested in participating should dial 1-866-342-8588 and use passcode 52638. Participants are asked to dial in 5 to 10 minutes prior to the start of the call.

About Celcuity

Celcuity is a clinical stage biotechnology company translating discoveries of new cancer sub-types into pioneering companion diagnostics and expanded therapeutic options for cancer patients. Celcuity's proprietary CELsignia diagnostic platform analyzes living tumor cells to untangle the complexity of the cellular activity driving a patient's cancer. This allows Celcuity to discover new cancer sub-types molecular diagnostics cannot detect. We are driven to improve outcomes for patients and to transform how pharmaceutical companies define the patient populations for their targeted therapies. Celcuity is headquartered in Minneapolis, MN. Further information about Celcuity can be found at www.celcuity.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains statements that constitute "forward-looking statements." In some cases, you can identify forward-looking statements by terminology such as "may," "should," "expects," "plans," "anticipates," "believes," "estimates," "predicts," "potential," "intends" or "continue," and other similar expressions that are predictions of or indicate future events and future trends, or the negative of these terms or other comparable terminology. Forward looking statements in this release include, without limitation, expectations with respect to commercializing diagnostic tests, the use of cash, the discovery of additional cancer sub-types, the development of additional CELsignia tests, the uses and breadth of application of CELsignia tests, collaboration with pharmaceutical companies and the outcomes of such collaboration, the outcome of the FACT 1 and FACT 2 clinical trials, clinical trial patient enrollment and timing of results, anticipated benefits that Celcuity's tests may provide to pharmaceutical companies and to the clinical outcomes of cancer patients, expectations regarding the impact that the COVID-19 pandemic and related economic effects will have on our business and results of operations, and plans to expand research and development and operational processes. Forward-looking statements are subject to numerous conditions, many of which are beyond the control of Celcuity, which include, but are not limited to, the unknown impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on our business and those other risks set forth in the Risk Factors section in Celcuity's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2019 filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on March 13, 2020. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof. Celcuity undertakes no obligation to update these statements for revisions or changes after the date of this release, except as required by law.

Contacts:

Celcuity Inc.
Brian Sullivan, [email protected]
Vicky Hahne, [email protected]
763-392-0123

LifeSci Advisors, LLC
Jeremy Feffer,
[email protected]
(212) 915-2568

Celcuity Inc.
Condensed Balance Sheets

 
  March 31,
2020
    December 31,
2019
 
 
  (unaudited)        
Assets
           
Current Assets:
           
Cash and cash equivalents
  16,854,359     18,735,002  
Deposits
    22,009       22,009  
Deferred transaction costs
    34,870       28,743  
Payroll tax receivable
    190,000       190,000  
Prepaid assets
    337,251       274,600  
Total current assets
    17,438,489       19,250,354  
 
               
Property and equipment, net
    795,676       833,463  
Operating lease right-of-use assets
    158,666       196,983  
Total Assets
  18,392,831     20,280,800  
 
               
Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity:
               
Current Liabilities:
               
Accounts payable
  68,104     142,773  
Finance lease liabilities
    5,780       5,769  
Operating lease liabilities
    176,600       178,466  
Accrued expenses
    614,462       584,319  
Total current liabilities
    864,946       911,327  
Finance lease liabilities
    12,660       14,109  
Operating lease liabilities
    -       57,793  
Total Liabilities
    877,606       983,229  
Total Stockholders' Equity
    17,515,225       19,297,571  
Total Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity
  18,392,831     20,280,800  
 
               

Celcuity Inc.
Condensed Statements of Operations
(unaudited)

 
  Three Months Ended
March 31,
 
 
  2020     2019  
 
           
Operating expenses:
           
Research and development
  1,847,414     1,590,958  
General and administrative
    463,399       383,545  
Total operating expenses
    2,310,813       1,974,503  
Loss from operations
    (2,310,813 )     (1,974,503 )
Other income (expense)
               
Interest expense
    (33 )     (43 )
Interest income
    63,851       128,638  
Other income (expense), net
    63,818       128,595  
Net loss before income taxes
    (2,246,995 )     (1,845,908 )
Income tax benefits
    -       -  
Net loss
  (2,246,995 )   (1,845,908 )
 
               
Net loss per share, basic and diluted
  (0.22 )   (0.18 )
 
               
Weighted average common shares outstanding, basic and diluted
    10,253,988       10,198,461  
 
               

Cautionary Statement Regarding Non-GAAP Financial Measures

This news release contains references to non-GAAP adjusted net loss and non-GAAP adjusted net loss per share. Management believes these non-GAAP financial measures are useful supplemental measures for planning, monitoring, and evaluating operational performance as they exclude stock-based compensation expense from net loss and net loss per share. Management excludes this item because it does not impact Celcuity's cash position, which management believes better enables Celcuity to focus on cash used in operations. However, non-GAAP adjusted net loss and non-GAAP adjusted net loss per share are not recognized measures under GAAP and do not have a standardized meaning prescribed by GAAP. Therefore, non-GAAP adjusted net loss and non-GAAP adjusted net loss per share may not be comparable to similar measures presented by other companies. Investors are cautioned that non-GAAP adjusted net loss and non-GAAP adjusted net loss per share should not be construed as alternatives to net loss, net loss per share or other statements of operations data (which are determined in accordance with GAAP) as an indicator of Celcuity's performance or as a measure of liquidity and cash flows. Management's method of calculating non-GAAP adjusted net loss and non-GAAP adjusted net loss per share may differ materially from the method used by other companies and, accordingly, may not be comparable to similarly titled measures used by other companies.

Celcuity Inc.
Reconciliation of GAAP Net Loss to Non-GAAP Adjusted Net Loss and
GAAP Net Loss Per Share to Non-GAAP Adjusted Net Loss Per Share

 
  Three Months Ended
March 31,
   
 
  2020     2019    
 
             
GAAP net loss
  (2,246,995 )   (1,845,908 )  
Adjustments:
                 
Stock-based compensation
                 
Research and development
    293,116       100,257   (1)
General and administrative
    171,533       84,388   (2)
Non-GAAP adjusted net loss
  (1,782,346 )   (1,661,263 )  
 
                 
 
                 
GAAP net loss per share - basic and diluted
  (0.22 )   (0.18 )  
Adjustment to net loss (as detailed above)
    0.05       0.02    
Non-GAAP adjusted net loss per share
  (0.17 )   (0.16 )  
 
                 
Weighted average common shares outstanding, basic and diluted
    10,253,988       10,198,461    
 
                 

(1) To reflect a non-cash charge to operating expense for Research and Development stock-based compensation.

(2) To reflect a non-cash charge to operating expense for General and Administrative stock-based compensation.

SOURCE: Celcuity Inc. 

Celcuity Inc.
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