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BioLineRx Reports Second Quarter 2021 Financial Results and Provides Corporate Update

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- Company actively preparing for an NDA submission for Motixafortide in stem cell mobilization targeted for H1 2022 -

- Cash and cash equivalents of $66 million at June 30, 2021 -

- Management to hold conference call today, August 18, at 10:00 am EDT -

TEL AVIV, Israel, Aug. 18, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- BioLineRx Ltd. (NASDAQ: BLRX) (TASE: BLRX), a late clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on oncology, today reports its financial results for the quarter ended June 30, 2021 and provides a corporate update.

Significant events and achievements during the second quarter 2021 and subsequent period:

  • Announced positive topline results from GENESIS Phase 3 trial of Motixafortide in stem-cell mobilization (SCM). The data demonstrate that the study successfully met all primary and secondary endpoints with an exceptionally high level of statistical significance (p<0.0001), including approximately 90% of patients who mobilized enough cells for transplantation with only one administration of Motixafortide and in only one apheresis session.

  • Based on the positive results from the GENESIS study, the Company is aggressively proceeding with activities in support of an NDA submission in stem cell mobilization anticipated in the first half of 2022, including a pre-NDA meeting with the FDA planned for the second half of this year. This is consistent with prior guidance.

  • Continued to advance a pharmacoeconomic cost effectiveness study of Motixafortide in SCM to establish Motixafortide as the new standard-of-care mobilization agent (in combination with G-CSF). The aim of the study is to demonstrate the cost benefits related to the use of Motixafortide, due to a reduction in the number of doses of G-CSF and apheresis sessions required, a reduction in the number of rescue therapies required, higher rates of transplantation, and quality-of-life benefits in Motixafortide-treated patients; initial data on track to be announced in the second half of this year.

  • Ended the second quarter on a solid financial footing, with cash and cash equivalents of $66 million.

"Following the overwhelmingly positive results from our Phase 3 GENESIS trial of Motixafortide in stem-cell mobilization that we announced in May, we are working vigorously to submit an NDA in the first half of next year," stated Philip Serlin, Chief Executive Officer of BioLineRx. "If approved, this would be transformative for BioLineRx as we would have a commercial-stage molecule in stem cell mobilization for transplantation in multiple myeloma, the standard of treatment for this disease, along with significant potential clinical utility in other cancer indications, most notably pancreatic cancer."

Mr. Serlin continued, "GENESIS has shown the ability of Motixafortide to mobilize substantially more than the target number of stem cells necessary for transplantation – in approximately 90% of cases with only one dose of Motixafortide and in one apheresis session – potentially resulting in significant clinical benefits for patients and cost savings for payers. We believe there is a compelling clinical and pharmacoeconomic case to be made for the use of Motixafortide as the new standard-of-care for all multiple myeloma patients. To that end, we are advancing a pharmacoeconomic cost effectiveness study that we believe will strongly support our case for the use of Motixafortide as the backbone of a new SCM treatment paradigm.

"In parallel with these activities, the versatility of Motixafortide demonstrated in studies to date has attracted interest from potential partners, and we continue to engage in productive discussions.

"We are very well financed with $66 million of cash, sufficient to bring Motixafortide through potential FDA approval in stem-cell mobilization, while continuing to advance our other clinical programs, including our second asset, AGI-134, a novel agent in immunotherapy currently being investigated in a Phase 1/2a study, with initial results expected by the end of this year," concluded Mr. Serlin.

Upcoming Significant Expected Milestones:

  • Results from pharmacoeconomic cost effectiveness study of Motixafortide in SCM in the second half of 2021;

  • Pre-NDA meeting with the FDA for SCM in the second half of 2021;

  • Initial results from Part 2 of the Phase 1/2a trial of AGI-134 in solid tumors in the second half of 2021;

  • NDA submission for SCM in the first half of 2022;

  • Presentation of additional data and analyses from Phase 3 GENESIS study at future medical meetings to be determined.

Financial Results for the Quarter Ended June 30, 2021

Research and development expenses for the three months ended June 30, 2021 were $5.1 million, an increase of $0.5 million, or 10.8%, compared to $4.6 million for the three months ended June 30, 2020. The increase resulted primarily from higher expenses related to NDA supporting activities for Motixafortide, an increase in payroll and related-expenses due to a company-wide salary reduction in connection with the COVID-19 pandemic in the 2020 comparable period, and an increase in expenses associated with the AGI-134 study; offset by a decrease in expenses related to the GENESIS and COMBAT clinical trials for Motixafortide, and a timing difference related to a tax credit received in respect of AGI-134. Research and development expenses for the six months ended June 30, 2021 were $9.4 million, a decrease of $0.6 million, or 6.4%, compared to $10.1 million for the six months ended June 30, 2020. The decrease resulted primarily from lower expenses associated with the Motixafortide GENESIS and COMBAT clinical trials and a timing difference related to a tax credit received in respect of AGI-134; offset by higher expenses related to Motixafortide NDA supporting activities and by an increase in payroll and related-expenses due to a company-wide salary reduction in connection with the COVID-19 pandemic in the 2020 comparable period.

Sales and marketing expenses for the three months ended June 30, 2021 were $0.3 million, an increase of $0.1 million, or 81.3%, compared to $0.2 million for the three months ended June 30, 2020. The increase resulted primarily from consultancy services related to Motixafortide. Sales and marketing expenses for the six months ended June 30, 2021 were $0.5 million, an increase of $0.1 million, or 35.6%, compared to $0.4 million for the six months ended June 30, 2020. The reason for the increase is similar to the aforementioned increase in the three-month period.

General and administrative expenses for the three months ended June 30, 2021 were $1.0 million, an increase of $0.3 million, or 40.3%, compared to $0.7 million for the three months ended June 30, 2020. The increase resulted primarily from an increase in directors' and officers' insurance. General and administrative expenses for the six months ended June 30, 2021 were $2.1 million, an increase of $0.1 million, or 3.7%, compared to $2.0 million for the six months ended June 30, 2020. The reason for the increase is similar to the aforementioned increase in the three-month period.

The Company's operating loss for the three months ended June 30, 2021 amounted to $6.5 million, compared to an operating loss of $5.6 million for the comparable period in 2020. The Company's operating loss for the six months ended June 30, 2021 was $12.0 million, compared to $12.4 million for the comparable period in 2020.

Non-operating expenses for the three and six months ended June 30, 2021 and for the three and six months ended June 30, 2020 primarily relate to fair-value adjustments of warrant liabilities on the Company's balance sheet.

Net financial expenses for the three months ended June 30, 2021 amounted to $0.1 million compared to net financial expenses of $0.4 million for the three months ended June 30, 2020. Net financial expenses for the six months ended June 30, 2021 amounted to $0.3 million compared to net financial expenses of $0.6 million for the six months ended June 30, 2020. Net financial expenses for all periods primarily relate to interest paid on loans, offset by investment income earned on bank deposits.

The Company's net loss for the three months ended June 30, 2021 amounted to $6.8 million, similar to the comparable period in 2020. The Company's net loss for the six months ended June 30, 2021 amounted to $17.0 million, compared with a net loss of $13.4 million for the comparable period in 2020. The increase in net loss between the six-month periods results from an increase in 2021 non-operating expenses in connection with fair-value adjustments of warrant liabilities on the Company's balance sheet.

The Company held $66 million in cash, cash equivalents and short-term bank deposits as of June 30, 2021.

Net cash used in operating activities was $13.1 million for the six months ended June 30, 2021, compared with net cash used in operating activities of $12.3 million for the six months ended June 30, 2020. The $0.8 million increase in net cash used in operating activities between the two periods was primarily the result of changes in operating asset and liability items in the two periods, i.e., a larger increase in prepaid expenses and other receivables in 2021 versus 2020, as well as a larger decrease in accounts payable and accruals in 2021 versus 2020.

Net cash used in investing activities was $42.3 million for the six months ended June 30, 2021, compared to net cash provided by investing activities of $0.6 million for the six months ended June 30, 2020. The changes in cash flows from investing activities relate primarily to investments in, and maturities of, short-term bank deposits.

Net cash provided by financing activities was $56.0 million for the six months ended June 30, 2021, compared to net cash provided by financing activities of $12.0 million for the six months ended June 30, 2020. The cash flows in 2021 primarily reflect an underwritten public offering of the Company's ADSs in January 2021, warrant exercises, and net proceeds from an ATM facility, offset by repayments of a loan from Kreos Capital. The cash flows in 2020 primarily reflect two registered direct offerings to institutional investors, net proceeds from the ATM facility, offset by repayments of the loan from Kreos Capital.

Conference Call and Webcast Information

BioLineRx will hold a conference call today, Wednesday, August 18, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. EDT. To access the conference call, please dial +1-866-744-5399 from the US 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 20, 2021; please dial +1-888-295-2634 from the US or +972-3-925-5904 internationally.

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About BioLineRx

BioLineRx Ltd. (NASDAQ/TASE: BLRX) is a late clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on oncology. The Company's business model is to in-license novel compounds, develop them through clinical stages, and then partner with pharmaceutical companies for further clinical development and/or commercialization.

The Company's lead program, Motixafortide (BL-8040), is a cancer therapy platform that was successfully evaluated in a Phase 3 study in stem-cell mobilization for autologous bone-marrow transplantation, and is currently in preparations for an NDA submission. Motixafortide was also successfully evaluated in a Phase 2a study for the treatment of pancreatic cancer in combination with KEYTRUDA® and chemotherapy under a clinical trial collaboration agreement with MSD (BioLineRx owns all rights to Motixafortide), and is currently being studied in combination with LIBTAYO® and chemotherapy as a first-line PDAC therapy.

BioLineRx is also developing a second oncology program, AGI-134, an immunotherapy treatment for multiple solid tumors that is currently being investigated in a Phase 1/2a study.

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.

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. Factors that could cause BioLineRx's actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied in such forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to: the initiation, timing, progress and results of BioLineRx's preclinical studies, clinical trials and other therapeutic candidate development efforts; BioLineRx's ability to advance its therapeutic candidates into clinical trials or to successfully complete its preclinical studies or clinical trials; BioLineRx's receipt of regulatory approvals for its therapeutic candidates, and the timing of other regulatory filings and approvals; the clinical development, commercialization and market acceptance of BioLineRx's therapeutic candidates; BioLineRx's ability to establish and maintain corporate collaborations; BioLineRx's ability to integrate new therapeutic candidates and new personnel; the interpretation of the properties and characteristics of BioLineRx's therapeutic candidates and of the results obtained with its therapeutic candidates in preclinical studies or clinical trials; the implementation of BioLineRx's business model and strategic plans for its business and therapeutic candidates; the scope of protection BioLineRx is able to establish and maintain for intellectual property rights covering its therapeutic candidates and its ability to operate its business without infringing the intellectual property rights of others; estimates of BioLineRx's expenses, future revenues, capital requirements and its needs for additional financing; risks related to changes in healthcare laws, rules and regulations in the United States or elsewhere; competitive companies, technologies and BioLineRx's industry; risks related to the COVID-19 pandemic; and statements as to the impact of the political and security situation in Israel on BioLineRx's business. 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 February 23, 2021. 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.

Contact:

Tim McCarthy
LifeSci Advisors, LLC
+1-212-915-2564
tim@lifesciadvisors.com

or

Moran Meir
LifeSci Advisors, LLC
+972-54-476-4945
moran@lifesciadvisors.com


BioLineRx Ltd.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED INTERIM STATEMENTS OF FINANCIAL POSITION

(UNAUDITED)




December 31,


June 30,


2020


2021


in USD thousands

Assets




CURRENT ASSETS




Cash and cash equivalents

16,831


17,484

Short-term bank deposits

5,756


48,083

Prepaid expenses

152


837

Other receivables

141


668

Total current assets

22,880


67,072





NON-CURRENT ASSETS




Property and equipment, net

1,341


1,136

Right-of-use assets, net

1,355


1,415

Intangible assets, net

21,714


21,706

Total non-current assets

24,410


24,257

Total assets

47,290


91,329





Liabilities and equity




CURRENT LIABILITIES




Current maturities of long-term loan

3,092


3,354

Accounts payable and accruals:




Trade

5,918


5,318

Other

1,440


1,071

Lease liabilities

191


174

Total current liabilities

10,641


9,917

NON-CURRENT LIABILITIES




Warrants

10,218


4,812

Long-term loan, net of current maturities

2,740


1,006

Lease liabilities

1,661


1,701

Total non-current liabilities

14,619


7,519

COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENT LIABILITIES




Total liabilities

25,260


17,436





EQUITY




Ordinary shares

9,870


20,496

Share premium

279,241


335,887

Warrants

-


975

Capital reserve

12,322


12,972

Other comprehensive loss

(1,416)


(1,416)

Accumulated deficit

(277,987)


(295,021)

Total equity

22,030


73,893

Total liabilities and equity

47,290


91,329

BioLineRx Ltd.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED INTERIM STATEMENTS OF COMPREHENSIVE LOSS

(UNAUDITED)



Three months ended June 30,


Six months ended June 30,


2020


2021


2020


2021


in USD thousands


in USD thousands

RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT EXPENSES

(4,640)


(5,139)


(10,062)


(9,417)

SALES AND MARKETING EXPENSES

(182)


(330)


(357)


(484)

GENERAL AND ADMINISTRATIVE EXPENSES

(744)


(1,044)


(1,987)


(2,061)

OPERATING LOSS

(5,566)


(6,513)


(12,406)


(11,962)

NON-OPERATING EXPENSES, NET

(843)


(217)


(374)


(4,778)

FINANCIAL INCOME

35


130


175


247

FINANCIAL EXPENSES

(396)


(242)


(810)


(541)

NET LOSS AND COMPREHENSIVE LOSS

(6,770)


(6,842)


(13,415)


(17,034)










in USD


in USD

LOSS PER ORDINARY SHARE - BASIC AND DILUTED

(0.03)


(0.01)


(0.07)


(0.03)









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

220,317,889


669,138,994


198,277,447


614,780,845


















BioLineRx Ltd.

CONDENSED INTERIM STATEMENTS OF CHANGES IN EQUITY

(UNAUDITED)



Ordinary


Share




Capital


Other

Comprehensive


Accumulated




shares


premium


Warrants


reserve


loss


deficit


Total


in USD thousands

BALANCE AT JANUARY 1, 2020

4,692


265,938


-


12,132


(1,416)


(247,966)


33,380

CHANGES FOR SIX MONTHS ENDED
JUNE 30, 2020:














Issuance of share capital, net

3,581


4,754


-


-


-


-


8,335

Employee stock options exercised

8


224


-


(224)


-


-


8

Employee stock options forfeited and expired

-


191


-


(191)


-


-


-

Share-based compensation

-


-


-


922


-


-


922

Comprehensive loss for the period

-


-


-


-


-


(13,415)


(13,415)

BALANCE AT JUNE 30, 2020

8,281


271,107


-


12,639


(1,416)


(261,381)


29,230
















Ordinary


Share




Capital


Other

Comprehensive


Accumulated




shares


premium


Warrants


reserve


loss


deficit


Total


in USD thousands

BALANCE AT JANUARY 1, 2021

9,870


279,241


-


12,322


(1,416)


(277,987)


22,030

CHANGES FOR SIX MONTHS ENDED
JUNE 30, 2021:














Issuance of share capital and warrants, net

8,386


37,495


975


-


-


-


46,856

Warrants exercised

2,235


18,967


-


-


-


-


21,202

Employee stock options exercised

5


41


-


(39)


-


-


7

Employee stock options forfeited and expired

-


143


-


(143)


-


-


-

Share-based compensation

-


-


-


832


-


-


832

Comprehensive loss for the period

-


-


-


-


-


(17,034)


(17,034)

BALANCE AT JUNE 30, 2021

20,496


335,887


975


12,972


(1,416)


(295,021)


73,893















BioLineRx Ltd.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED INTERIM STATEMENTS OF CHANGES IN EQUITY

(UNAUDITED)



Ordinary


Share




Capital


Other

Comprehensive


Accumulated




shares


premium


Warrants


reserve


loss


deficit


Total


in USD thousands

BALANCE AT APRIL 1, 2020

4,907


267,140


-


12,488


(1,416)


(254,611)


28,508

CHANGES FOR THREE MONTHS ENDED JUNE 30, 2020:














Issuance of share capital, net

3,373


3,859


-


-


-


-


7,232

Employee stock options exercised

1


20


-


(20)


-


-


1

Employee stock options forfeited and expired

-


88


-


(88)


-


-


-

Share-based compensation

-


-


-


259


-


-


259

Comprehensive loss for the period

-


-


-


-


-


(6,770)


(6,770)

BALANCE AT JUNE 30, 2020

8,281


271,107


-


12,639


(1,416)


(261,381)


29,230
















Ordinary


Share




Capital


Other

Comprehensive


Accumulated




shares


premium


Warrants


reserve


loss


deficit


Total


in USD thousands

BALANCE AT APRIL 1, 2021

18,731


321,920


975


12,616


(1,416)


(288,179)


64,647

CHANGES FOR THREE MONTHS ENDED JUNE 30, 2021:














Issuance of share capital, net

1,581


12,516


-


-


-


-


14,097

Warrants exercised

184


1,444


-


-


-


-


1,628

Employee stock options exercised

-


3


-


(1)


-


-


2

Employee stock options forfeited and expired

-


4


-


(4)


-


-


-

Share-based compensation

-


-


-


361


-


-


361

Comprehensive loss for the period

-


-


-


-


-


(6,842)


(6,842)

BALANCE AT JUNE 30, 2021

20,496


335,887


975


12,972


(1,416)


(295,021)


73,893















BioLineRx Ltd.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED INTERIM CASH FLOW STATEMENTS

(UNAUDITED)



Six months ended June 30,


2020


2021


in USD thousands





CASH FLOWS - OPERATING ACTIVITIES




Comprehensive loss for the period

(13,415)


(17,034)

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

1,112


3,977

Net cash used in operating activities

(12,303)


(13,057)





CASH FLOWS – INVESTING ACTIVITIES




Investments in short-term deposits

(23,751)


(58,000)

Maturities of short-term deposits

24,335


15,776

Purchase of property and equipment

(1)


(38)

Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities

583


(42,262)





CASH FLOWS – FINANCING ACTIVITIES




Issuance of share capital and warrants, net of issuance costs

13,411


46,856

Exercise of warrants

-


10,907

Employee stock options exercised

8


7

Repayments of loans

(1,331)


(1,648)

Repayments of lease liabilities

(121)


(122)

Net cash provided by financing activities

11,967


56,000





INCREASE (DECREASE) IN CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS

247


681

CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS - BEGINNING

OF PERIOD

5,297


16,831

EXCHANGE DIFFERENCES ON CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS

(21)


(28)

CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS - END OF PERIOD

5,523


17,484





BioLineRx Ltd.

APPENDIX TO CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED INTERIM CASH FLOW STATEMENTS

(UNAUDITED)



Six months ended June 30,


2020


2021


in USD thousands









Adjustments required to reflect net cash used in operating activities:




Income and expenses not involving cash flows:




Depreciation and amortization

533


362

Exchange differences on cash and cash equivalents

21


28

Fair value adjustments of warrants

(250)


4,889

Share-based compensation

922


832

Warrant issuance costs

593


-

Interest and exchange differences on short-term deposits

(171)


(103)

Interest on loans

36


176

Exchange differences on lease liability

(8)


(26)


1,676


6,158





Changes in operating asset and liability items:




Increase in prepaid expenses and other receivables

(146)


(1,212)

Decrease in accounts payable and accruals

(418)


(969)


(564)


(2,181)


1,112


3,977









Supplemental information on interest received in cash

300


39





Supplemental information on interest paid in cash

534


350





Supplemental information on non-cash transactions:




Acquisition of right-of-use asset

-


171





Exercise of warrants (portion related to accumulated
fair value adjustments)

-


10,295





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