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InflaRx Full Year 2018 Financial & Operating Results

  • $62.9 million (€53.0 million) raised in a follow-on offering to advance clinical programs for IFX-1
  • Start of three Phase II trials for IFX-1 in two serious inflammatory diseases
  • Expansion of our operations along a number of fronts
  • Cash and cash equivalents and current financial assets of €156.6 million as of December 31, 2018

JENA, Germany, March 28, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- InflaRx (IFRX), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company developing anti-inflammatory therapeutics by targeting the complement system, announced today financial results for the year ended December 31, 2018.

“2018 was marked by significant progress for InflaRx in both our business and clinical operations,” said Prof. Niels C. Riedemann, Chief Executive Officer and Founder of InflaRx. “Importantly, we completed enrollment of our Phase IIb trial with IFX-1 in Hidradenitis Suppurativa, from which we will report top-line results in the second quarter of 2019, and also initiated a Phase II trial in ANCA-associated vasculitis. We are continuing to execute our clinical development plans in 2019 as well, as evidenced by the recent initiation of our Phase IIa study in Pyoderma Gangraenosum.”

Prof. Riedemann continued, “In addition to our pipeline progress, the Company experienced significant corporate growth in the past year by recruiting highly qualified directors to our board, opening our new R&D facility in the U.S. to support future innovation, and recruiting experienced executives to help us take InflaRx forward through 2019 and beyond. I am quite pleased with our team’s ability to execute on our core milestones of the past year and look forward to reporting on this continued progress in the months to come.”

Corporate and drug development highlights – 2018 through early 2019

Corporate

  • Closed a primary and secondary offering in May 2018 for total gross proceeds of $117.3 million ($62.9 million to InflaRx and $54.4 million to selling shareholders), including the full exercise of the underwriters’ option to purchase additional shares.

  • Appointed highly experienced executives to the Board of Directors: Tony Gibney, CBO of Achillion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and Jens Holstein, CFO of MorphoSys AG. Richard Brudnick, CBO of Codiak BioSciences, appointed as Non-Executive Director, subject to shareholder approval at our annual general meeting (currently serving as a Non-Voting Observer).

  • Expanded U.S. operations with opening of two U.S. sites – R&D facility in Ann Arbor, Michigan and corporate offices in New York City.

  • Hired senior executives for key positions – Jason Marks (formerly of Bausch Health) as Chief Legal Officer/General Counsel and Jordan Silverstein (formerly of Advanced Accelerator Applications) as Head of Corporate Strategy/Development.

  • Expanding research and development activities supported by growth in number of employees to 38 as of December 31, 2018 (2017:21).

Lead product candidate, IFX-1, first-in-class anti-human complement factor C5a antibody

Hidradenitis Suppurativa (HS)

  • First patient enrolled in March 2018 in Phase IIb SHINE trial in moderate or severe HS and enrollment completed in November 2018. The randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, multicenter study is being conducted at 38 sites in North America and Europe. Topline results are expected in the second quarter of 2019.

  • New long-term retrospective data from completed Phase IIa trial presented in February 2019 at the 8th Conference of the European Hidradenitis Suppurativa Foundation. The data showed sustained remissions and median time to first flare of almost seven months, after only eight weeks of treatment.

ANCA-associated vasculitis (AAV). 

  • Received FDA clearance of an IND application for U.S. Phase II study in patients with AAV in June 2018 and dosed the first patient in October 2018. The randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled Phase II study is planned to enroll approximately 36 patients at approximately 20 sites in the U.S.

  • Investigational Medicinal Product Dossier (IMPD) approved in December 2018 by European regulatory authorities, to initiate a Phase II study in Europe in patients with AAV. The randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study is planned to enroll approximately 80 patients at about 60 sites in Europe.

2018 financial highlights

Cash and cash equivalents plus securities and other investments. As of December 31, 2018, InflaRx had cash and cash equivalents and securities and other investments of €156.6 million, compared to €123.3 million at the end of 2017. This increase in funds of approximately €33.3 million was primarily attributable to the completion of InflaRx’s follow-on offering of common shares in May 2018. Cash and cash equivalents totaled €55.4 million as of December 31, 2018 (December 31, 2017: €123.3 million). Additionally, current financial assets totaled €101.2 million compared to €0 as of December 31, 2017.

Net cash used in operating activities increased to €23.7 million in 2018, from €12.2 million in 2017, mainly due to higher cash expenses for research and development, such as third-party expenses for manufacturing and clinical trials attributable to InflaRx’ lead program IFX-1 and personnel expenses.

Research and development expenses increased by €10.6 million to €25.0 million in 2018, compared to €14.4 million in 2017. This increase is primarily attributable to a €7.1 million increase in CRO and CMO expenses for IFX-1 in connection with preparation to commence the clinical trial Phase IIb in patients with HS and the Phase II clinical program in patients with AAV, as well as with the ongoing manufacturing activities for clinical trial material for these clinical trials with IFRX-1 and to a €3.4 million increase in employee-related costs associated with salaries, bonus, benefits and non-cash share-based compensation.

General and administrative expenses amounted to €12.8 million in 2018, an increase of €7.7 million from €5.1 million in 2017. This was primarily attributable to a €6.2 million increase in employee-related costs associated with salaries, bonus, benefits and non-cash share-based compensation. Legal, consulting and audit fees and other expenses increased by €0.5 million, which is mainly attributable to expenses incurred in connection with the follow on offering of common shares in May 2018.

Net financial result was €7.7 million, up by €12.5 million compared to a net financial loss of €4.8 million in 2017, mainly due to net foreign exchange gains. Large portions of InflaRx’ funds are held in U.S. dollars and the dollar improved compared to the euro during 2018.

Loss for the period 2018 was €29.8 million or €1.2 per common share (basic and diluted), compared to €24.2 million or €2.6 per common share (basic and diluted) for 2017.

Additional information regarding these results is included in the notes to the consolidated financial statements as of and for the year ended December 31, 2018 and “ITEM 18. Financial statements”, which will be included in InflaRx’ Annual Report on Form 20-F as filed with the SEC.

InflaRx N.V. and subsidiary

Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Loss for the Years Ended December 31, 2018 and 2017

  2017     2018  
   
  (in thousands of €, except for per share data)
Operating Expenses    
Research and development expenses (14,415 )   (25,028 )
General and administrative expenses (5,138 )   (12,787 )
Total Operating Expenses (19,553 )   (37,815 )
Other income 116     304  
Other expenses (8 )   (5 )
Operating Result (19,445 )   (37,516 )
Finance income 130     10,433  
Finance expenses (4,923 )   (2,731 )
Net financial Result (4,793 )   7,702  
Loss for the period (24,238 )   (29,815 )
     
Share information    
Weighted average number of shares outstanding 9,411     25,095  
Loss per share in euro (basic/diluted) € (2.60 )   € (1.19 )
           
Loss for the period (24,238 )   (29,815 )
Other comprehensive income that may be re­clas­si­fied to profit or loss in subsequent periods:    
Exchange differences on translation of foreign operations 0     51  
Total comprehensive loss (24,238 )   (29,764 )
     


InflaRx N.V. and subsidiary
Consolidated Statements of Financial Position as of December 31, 2018 and 2017

  2017     2018  
   
  (in thousands of €)
ASSETS          
Non-current assets          
Property, plant and equipment 173     625  
Intangible assets 41     223  
Non-current financial assets 20     207  
Total non-current assets 234     1,055  
Current assets          
Current other assets 696     1,589  
Current financial assets 0     101,184  
Cash and cash equivalents 123,282     55,386  
Total current assets 123,979     158,159  
TOTAL ASSETS 124,213     159,214  
           
EQUITY AND LIABILITIES          
Equity          
Issued capital 2,858     3,116  
Share premium 161,639     211,022  
Other capital reserves 6,225     18,310  
Accumulated deficit (51,293 )   (81,107 )
Other components of equity 0     50  
Total equity 119,429     151,391  
Non-current liabilities          
Provisions 2     57  
Government grants 15     11  
Total non-current liabilities 17     68  
Current liabilities          
Employee Benefits 295     788  
Social securities and other current tax liabilities 2     310  
Trade and other payables 4,469     6,657  
Total current liabilities 4,766     7,756  
Total Liabilities 4,783     7,824  
TOTAL EQUITY AND LIABILITIES 124,213     159,214  
           

 

InflaRx N.V. and subsidiary
Consolidated Statements of Changes in Shareholders’ Equity for the Years Ended December 31, 2018 and 2017

  Issued
capital
  Share
pre­mium
  Other
capital
re­serves 
  Ac­cu­mu­lated
deficit
    Other
com­po­nents
of equity
    Total
equity
 
   
  (in thousands of €, except for share data)
Balance January 1, 2017 31   0   1,325   (27,055 )   9     (25,690 )
Loss for the period       (24,238 )       (24,238 )
Exchange differences on translation of foreign operations           0     2  
Total comprehensive loss        (24,238 )   0     (24,238 )
Transactions with owners of InflaRx                
Contributions                
Issue of common shares 848   90,055             90,903  
Transaction costs   (9,115           (9,115 )
Equity-settled share-based payment     4,550           4,550  
Total Contributions 848   80,940   4,550           86,338  
Changes in ownership interests                
Reorganization 1,978   80,698   350           83,026  
Liquidation of a Subsidiary            (9 )   (9 )
Total changes in ownership interests 1,978   80,698   350       (9 )   83,017  
Total transactions with owners of InflaRx 2,826   161,638   4,900       (9 )   169,355  
Balance at December 31, 2017 2,857   161,639   6,225   (51,293 )   0     119,429  
Loss for the period       (29,815 )       (29,815 )
Exchange differences on translation of foreign operations           51     51  
Total comprehensive loss        (29,815 )   51     (29,764 )
Transactions with owners of InflaRx                
Contributions                
Issue of common shares 222   52,769             52,991  
Transaction costs   (3,801           (3,801 )
Equity-settled share-based payment     12,085           12,085  
Share options exercised 36   416             452  
Total Contributions 258   49,384   12,085           61,727  
Total transactions with owners of InflaRx 258   49,384   12,085           61,727  
Balance at December 31, 2018 3,116   211,022   18,310   (81,107 )   50     151,391  
                 


InflaRx N.V. and subsidiary
Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows for the Years ended December 31, 2018 and 2017

  2017     2018  
   
  (in thousands of €)        
Operating activities          
Loss for the period (24,238 )   (29,815 )
Adjustments for:    
Depreciation & Amortization 71     174  
Net financial result 4,793     (7,702 )
Share based payment expense 4,550     12,085  
Effects of exchange rate changes on financial assets (61 )   (2,387 )
other non-cash adjustments 24     (83 )
Changes in:    
Current other assets (523 )   (894 )
Current financial assets 154     (316 )
Provisions     55  
Government grants (4 )   (4 )
Employee benefits 129     493  
Social securities and other current tax liabilities (30 )   310  
Trade and other payables 2,917     2,188  
Interest received 66     504  
Interest paid 0     0  
Net cash flows from operating activities (12,152 )   (23,712 )
Investing activities    
Cash outflow from the purchase of intangible assets, laboratory and office equipment (149 )   (806 )
Cash outflow for the investment in non-current  other financial assets (19 )   (210 )
Proceeds from the disposal of non-current other financial assets 0     22  
Proceeds from the disposal of current financial assets 0     7,990  
Purchase of current & non-current  financial assets 0     (106,445 )
Net cash flows used in investing activities (167 )   (99,451 )
Financing activities    
Proceeds from issuance of share capital 90,904     53,443  
Transaction cost from issuance of share capital (9,115 )   (3,801 )
Proceeds from issuance of preferred shares 27,012      
Net cash flows from financing activities 108,801     49,642  
Effect of exchange rate changes (2,317 )   5,626  
Change in cash and cash equivalents 94,165     (67,896 )
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period 29,117     123,282  
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period 123,282     55,386  
     

About IFX-1:

IFX-1 is a first-in-class monoclonal anti-human complement factor C5a antibody, which highly and effectively blocks the biological activity of C5a and demonstrates high selectivity towards its target in human blood. Thus, IFX-1 leaves the formation of the membrane attack complex (C5b-9) intact as an important defense mechanism, which is not the case for molecules blocking the cleavage of C5. IFX-1 has been demonstrated to control the inflammatory response driven tissue and organ damage by specifically blocking C5a as a key “amplifier” of this response in pre-clinical studies. IFX-1 is believed to be the first monoclonal anti-C5a antibody introduced into clinical development and has, to date, successfully completed three clinical Phase II studies. More than 150 people have been treated with IFX-1 in these completed clinical trials, and the antibody has been shown to be well tolerated. IFX-1 is currently being developed for various inflammatory indications, including Hidradenitis Suppurativa and ANCA-associated vasculitis.

About InflaRx N.V.:

InflaRx (IFRX) is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on applying its proprietary anti-C5a technology to discover and develop first-in-class, potent and specific inhibitors of C5a. Complement C5a is a powerful inflammatory mediator involved in the progression of a wide variety of autoimmune and other inflammatory diseases. InflaRx was founded in 2007 and the group has offices and subsidiaries in Jena and Munich, Germany, as well as Ann Arbor, MI and New York, NY, USA.  For further information please visit www.inflarx.com.

Contacts:
Investor Relations
InflaRx N.V.
Jordan Silverstein
Head of Corporate Development and Strategy
Jordan.silverstein[at]inflarx.de
+1 917-837-1709

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