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InflaRx N.V. Reports Third Quarter 2018 Financial & Operating Results

  • Completion of patient recruitment in phase IIb trial in Hidradenitis Suppurativa

  • First patient dosed in phase II trial with IFX-1 in ANCA-associated vasculitis

  • Board of Directors appointment Jens Holstein, Chief Financial Officer of MorphoSys AG

JENA, Germany, Nov. 21, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- InflaRx N.V. (IFRX), a biopharmaceutical company developing innovative therapeutics to treat devastating inflammatory diseases by targeting the complement system, a key component of the innate immune system, reported financial and operating results for the third quarter and nine months ended September 30, 2018.

“In recent months, we have continued to make significant progress in advancing our business, most notably completing recruitment for our phase IIb trial in Hidradenitis Suppurativa, as well as finalizing preparations for our second indication, ANCA-associated vasculitis, with our lead product candidate, IFX-1,” said Arnd Christ, Chief Financial Officer. “It is with the significant support of our shareholders that we continue to be well positioned to move these trials forward, and we look forward to continuing to leverage our team’s extensive expertise in the complement field to grow our pipeline into other clinical areas where we feel our unique anti-C5a technology may provide patient benefit.”

Corporate Highlights – Q3 2018 and After the Reporting Period

  • Completion of patient recruitment in phase IIb trial in Hidradenitis Suppurativa (HS). Recently, patient enrollment has been completed in the phase IIb trial to determine the safety and efficacy of lead candidate IFX-1 in patients suffering from moderate or severe HS. HS is a painful and debilitating chronic inflammatory skin disease with limited treatment options. The randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, multicenter study is being conducted at 38 sites in both North America and Europe. Topline results from the trial are expected in the first half of 2019.

  • Initiation of phase II program with IFX-1 in ANCA-associated vasculitis (AAV). The first patient was dosed in a phase II trial to determine the safety and efficacy of IFX-1, a first-in-class anti-human complement factor C5a antibody, in patients with AAV. The main objective of the study is to evaluate the safety of IFX-1, as this will be the first time the drug is being administered to patients with ANCA-associated vasculitis. AAV is a rare and life-threatening autoimmune disease in which activation of the complement system, and specifically the generation of larger amounts of C5a, is believed to play a key role in the neutrophil-driven vessel inflammation that defines the disease.

  • Board of Directors appointment. Jens Holstein, Chief Financial Officer of MorphoSys AG, a dual-listed (Frankfurt and Nasdaq) drug development company, was appointed to the Board of Directors in September 2018.  Mr. Holstein brings in-depth industry experience through numerous financial leadership positions he has held in both biotech and healthcare.

  • R&D Day held in New York. The Company held its first R&D Day for the investment community on HS and scientific and clinical experience with IFX-1. A webcast remains available on the InflaRx website.

Financial Highlights – First Nine Months and Q3 2018

The figures for the third quarter (Q3, three months ended September 30) and first nine months of 2018 and 2017 are unaudited.

Cash and cash equivalents plus securities and other investments. As of September 30, 2018, the Company had cash and cash equivalents and  securities and other investments of €162.1 million, compared to € 123.3 million as of December 31, 2017. The total increase was mainly due to the completion of InflaRx’s follow-on offering in May 2018 and higher financing income in Q3 2018 from foreign exchange gains on USD term deposits. Cash and cash equivalents primarily consist of bank deposit accounts, fixed USD term deposits and money market investment funds. Securities and other investments mainly consist of quoted investment grade debt securities with a duration of 1 – 2 years maximum.

Research and development expenses increased to €5.5 million for Q3 2018, compared to €2.6 million for Q3 2017. This increase was primarily attributable to a €1.4 million increase in CRO (contract research organization) expenses mainly related to the Company’s ongoing clinical phase II trials in HS and AAV, as well as a €1.3 million increase in employee-related costs mainly due to higher expenses associated with non-cash stock-based compensation (€0.9 million), principally from equity award grants under the Company’s LTI (long-term incentive) Plan 2017.

General and administrative expenses increased to €3.0 million for Q3 2018, compared to €0.7 million for Q3 2017. This increase was primarily attributable to a €1.8 million increase in employee-related costs associated with non-cash stock-based compensation (€1.6 million), principally from equity award grants under the Company’s LTI Plan 2017. The increase of €0.3 million for legal, consulting and audit fees was mainly attributable to the costs of being a publicly listed company, as well as tax services.

Finance result increased to €1.7 million finance income for Q3 2018, compared to €0.8 million finance costs for Q3 2017. This increase is mainly attributable to unrealized foreign exchange gains on USD term deposits. Interest and other finance income was attributable to interest on USD term deposits. For Q3 2017, interest expense in connection with preferred shares amounted to €0.8 million. Preferred shares were converted into common shares in connection with the Company’s initial public offering in the fourth quarter of 2017.

Net loss for the third quarter of 2018 was €6.7 million or €0.3 per common share (basic and diluted), compared to €4.1 million or €1.7 per common share (basic and diluted) for the third quarter of 2017.

Additional information regarding these results is included in the notes to the consolidated financial statements as of September 30, 2018 and can be found on the InflaRx website.

InflaRx N.V. and subsidiaries

Unaudited condensed consolidated statements of comprehensive loss
for the three months ended September 30, 2018

    For the three months
ended September 30, 
  For the nine months
ended September 30,
in € thousand Note 2017     2018     2017     2018  
                 
Other income and expenses (net)   81     59     111     176  
Research and development expenses   (2,606 )   (5,451 )   (8,108 )   (15,955 )
General and administrative expenses   (692 )   (3,042 )   (2,038 )   (9,200 )
Loss before interest and income taxes   (3,216 )   (8,434 )   (10,035 )   (24,979 )
Finance income   8     2,101     8     8,107  
Finance expense   (849 )   (441 )   (2,504 )   (2,666 )
Finance result 9 (841 )   1,660     (2,496 )   5,441  
Loss for the period   (4,057 )   (6,774 )   (12,530 )   (19,538 )
                 
Other comprehensive loss for the period       42          26   
                 
Total comprehensive loss   (4,055 )   (6,732 )   (12,530 )   (19,512 )
                 
Loss per common share in € (basic/diluted)   (1.7 )   (0.3 )   (5.3 )   (0.8 )
Number of common shares (in thousand) used to calculate the loss per common share, basic & diluted   2,363     25,662     2,363     24,804  



InflaRx N.V. and subsidiaries

Unaudited condensed consolidated statements of financial position
as of September 30, 2018

in € thousand Note December 31,
2017
  September  30,
2018
             
ASSETS        
             
Non-current assets        
  Intangible assets   41     45  
  Laboratory and office equipment   173     602  
  Securities 4 0     51,628  
  Other financial assets 4 20     202  
  Total non-current assets   233     52,477  
             
Current assets        
  Other assets 3 697     863  
  Other financial assets 4 0     799  
  Securities and other investments 4 0     54,142  
  Cash and cash equivalents 5 123,282     56,349  
  Total current assets   123,979     112,153  
             
Total assets   124,212     164,630  
             
EQUITY AND LIABILITIES        
             
Equity          
  Issued capital 6 2,858     3,112  
  Other reserves 8 167,864     226,279  
  Accumulated deficit   (51,293 )   (70,830 )
  Total equity   119,429     158,561  
             
Non-current liabilities        
  Deferred income   15     12  
  Provisions   2     54  
  Total non-current liabilities   17     66  
             
Current liabilities        
  Trade payables   4,464     1,383  
  Other liabilities, provisions   302     4,619  
  Total current liabilities   4,766     6,003  
             
Total equity and liabilities   124,212     164,630  

                  


InflaRx N.V. and subsidiaries

Unaudited condensed consolidated statements of changes in equity for the nine months ended September 30, 2018

              Other reserves            
in € thousand Note Issued
capital
  Capital reserve   currency
translation
  share-based
payments
  Accumulated
deficit
  Own
shares
  Total
equity
                               
Balance as of January 1, 2017   31   0     9     1,675   (27,055 )   (350 )   (25,690 )
                               
Comprehensive loss                            
Loss for the period   0   0     0     0   (12,530 )   0     (12,530 )
Other comprehensive income / Exchange differences   0   0     (9 )   0   0     0     (9 )
Total comprehensive loss   0   0     (9 )   0   (12,530 )   0     (12,539 )
                               
Recognition of equity-settled share-based payments 8 0   0     0     2,081   0     0     2,081  
Balance as of September 30, 2017   31   0     0     3,756   (39,585 )   (350 )   (36,148 )
                               
Balance as of January 1, 2018   2,858   161,639     0     6,225   (51,293 )   0     119,429  
                               
Comprehensive loss                            
Loss for the period   0   0     0     0   (19,538 )   0     (19,538 )
Exchange differences   0   0     25     0   0     0     25  
Total comprehensive loss   0   0     25     0   (19,538 )   0     (19,512 )
                               
Recognition of equity-settled share-based payments 8 0   0     0     9,004   0     0     9,004  
                               
Issue of share capital                            
  Issued shares 6 255   53,188     0     0   0     0     53,443  
  Transaction costs 6 0   (3,801 )   0     0   0     0     (3,801 )
Total issue of share capital   255   49,386     0     0   0     0     49,641  
                               
Balance as of September 30, 2018   3,113   211,025     25     15,229   (70,830 )   0     158,561  



InflaRx N.V. and subsidiaries

Unaudited condensed consolidated statement of cash flows for the nine months ended September 30, 2018

    For the nine months
ended September 30,
in € thousand Note 2017     2018  
           
Cash flow from Operations        
Loss for the period before taxes   (12,530 )   (19,538 )
Reconciliation from result before taxes to net cash flows        
  Depreciation/amortization of intangible assets, laboratory and office equipment   52     104  
  Share based payment expense 8 2,081     9,004  
  Finance Income 9 (8 )   (8,107 )
  Finance costs 9 2,504     2,690  
  Other non-cash adjustments   (23 )   (689 )
  Change in Provisions and Government Grants   1,659     1,605  
Working capital adjustments        
  Change in trade payables and other liabilities   (696 )   (319 )
  Change in other assets   (1,471 )   (965 )
  Interest received   8     980  
Cash flow from Operations   (8,426 )   (15,235 )
           
Cash flow from investing activities        
  Cash outflow from the purchase of intangible assets, laboratory and office equipment   (87 )   (538 )
  Cash outflow for the investment in non-current other financial assets   (19 )   (201 )
  Proceeds from the disposal of non-current other financial assets   0     19  
  Proceeds from the disposal of current other investments   0     6,161  
  Purchase of securities and current other investmens   0     (110,852 )
Net cash flows used in investing activities   (106 )   (105,411 )
           
Financing activities        
  Proceeds from issuance of stock   0     53,443  
  Transaction cost from issuance of stock   0     (3,801 )
  Proceeds from issuance of preferred shares   1,500     0  
Net cash flows from financing activities   1,500     49,641  
           
Effect of exchange rate changes   0     4,073  
Change in cash and cash equivalents   (7,032 )   (66,933 )
           
Net change in cash and cash equivalents   (7,031 )   (66,933 )
  Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period   29,117     123,282  
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period   22,086     56,349  
           

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, Michigan.

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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