ƒ Check-Cap Reports First Quarter 2019 Financial Results - May 13, 2019

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Check-Cap Reports First Quarter 2019 Financial Results
Initiates U.S. pilot study of C-Scan® at NYU School of Medicine and Mayo Clinic

ISFIYA, Israel, May 13, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Check-Cap Ltd. (the "Company" or "Check-Cap") (NASDAQ: CHEK) (NASDAQ: CHEKW), (NASDAQ: CHEKZ), a clinical stage medical diagnostics company advancing the development of C-Scan®, the first and only preparation-free ingestible capsule for the prevention of colorectal cancer through the detection of precancerous polyps, today announced financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2019.

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Recent Highlights:

  • Announced the initiation of the U.S. pilot study of C-Scan®, and also announced that the first patients have ingested the capsule at the NYU School of Medicine
  • Announced that Mayo Clinic is the second trial site participating in the ongoing U.S. pilot study of C-Scan®  
  • Appointed Ms. Mira Rosenzweig to the position of Chief Financial Officer, bringing nearly 20 years of executive financial management experience to the Check-Cap team
  • Received an extension from the Israeli Ministry of Health, Medical Device Division (known as AMAR) to commence commercial sales of C-Scan® in Israel, valid until March 31, 2020
  • Completed a registered direct offering that raised gross proceeds of $7.5 million that provides additional funding to advance clinical development of C-Scan® in the U.S.

"During the first quarter, we achieved a significant milestone for our Company with the initiation of our U.S. pilot study of C-Scan® and subsequent successful ingestions of the capsule by patients at NYU School of Medicine and Mayo Clinic, two world-renowned healthcare institutions," said Alex Ovadia, chief executive officer of Check-Cap. "As we seek to advance development of C-Scan® in the U.S., we look forward to data from this important study to enable the design of our U.S. pivotal trial, which we expect to initiate during 2020. Obtaining regulatory approval in the U.S. remains our highest corporate priority."

"We believe the availability of a patient-friendly, preparation-free colon cancer screening alternative such as C-Scan® can fundamentally alter the screening and prevention paradigm and significantly increase screening rates globally, leading to improved outcomes for patients while creating long-term value for our shareholders," Mr. Ovadia concluded.

Financial Results for the First Quarter Ended March 31, 2019

Research and development expenses net, were $2.3 million for the three months ended March 31, 2019, compared to $1.6 million for the same period in 2018. The increase was primarily due to the Company's ongoing post-CE Mark clinical study and expanded preparations for the U.S. pilot study.  This increase was partially offset by a $58,000 grant received from the Israel Innovation Authority.

General and administrative expenses were $825,000 for the three months ended March 31, 2019, compared to $485,000 for the same period in 2018. The increase was primarily due to a $408,000 increase in share based compensation expense. In addition, professional services fees were $92,000 higher in the three months ended March 31, 2019, compared to the three months ended March 31, 2018. This increase was partially offset by a $245,000 decrease in salaries and related expenses.

Operating loss was $3.2 million for the three months ended March 31, 2019, compared to an operating loss of $2.1 million for the same period in 2018.

Financial income, net was $14,000 for the three months ended March 31, 2019, compared to $21,000 of financial expenses, net for the same period in 2018.

Net loss was $3.2 million for the three months ended March 31, 2019, compared to $2.1 million for the same period in 2018.

Cash and cash equivalents, restricted cash and short-term bank deposits totaled $17.3 million as of March 31, 2019, compared with $14.6 million as of December 31, 2018.

Net cash used in operating activities was $3.8 million for the three months ended March 31, 2019, compared to $2.3 million for the same period in 2018.

In February 2019, we completed a registered direct offering for net proceeds of $6.5 million.

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About Check-Cap

Check-Cap is advancing the development of C-Scan®, the first and only preparation-free ingestible scanning capsule for the prevention of colorectal cancer (CRC) through the detection of precancerous polyps. The patient-friendly test has the potential to increase screening adherence and reduce the overall incidence of CRC. The C-Scan® system utilizes an ultra-low dose X-ray capsule, an integrated positioning, control, and recording system, as well as proprietary software to generate a 3D map of the inner lining of the colon. C-Scan® is non-invasive and requires no preparation or sedation, allowing the patient to continue their daily routine with no interruption as the capsule is propelled through the gastrointestinal tract by natural motility.

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CHECK CAP LTD


CONSOLIDATED UNAUDITED BALANCE SHEETS


(U.S. dollars in thousands, except share and per share data)








March 31,



December 31,




2019



2018


Assets







Current assets







Cash and cash equivalents



7,974




8,572


Restricted cash



350




350


Short-term bank deposit



9,000




5,643


Prepaid expenses and other current assets



535




419


Total current assets



17,859




14,984











Non-current assets









Property and equipment, net



432




452


Total non-current assets



432




452


Total assets



 

18,291




15,436











Liabilities and shareholders' equity









Current liabilities









Accounts payable and accruals









  Trade



645




1,113


  Other



318




214


Other current liabilities



12




35


Employees and payroll accruals



619




859


Total current liabilities



1,594




2,221











Non-current liabilities









Royalties provision



206




185


Total non-current liabilities



206




185











Shareholders' equity









Share capital



5,384




3,456


Additional paid-in capital



77,554




72,888


Accumulated other comprehensive loss



4




(13)


Accumulated deficit



(66,451)




(63,301)


Total shareholders' equity



16,491




13,030


Total liabilities and shareholders' equity



18,291




15,436



 

 

 

CHECK-CAP LTD.


CONSOLIDATED UNAUDITED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS


(U.S. dollars in thousands, except per share data)






Three months ended

March 31,




2019



2018






Research and development expenses, net



2,339




1,620


General and administrative expenses



825




485


Operating loss



3,164




2,105











Financial income (expenses), net



14




(21)


Loss before tax



3,150




2,126


Taxes on income



-




1


Net loss



3,150




2,127











Comprehensive loss:









Net loss



3,150




2,127


Change in fair value of cash flow hedge



(4)




-


Comprehensive loss



3,146




2,127











Net loss per ordinary share (in USD) basic and diluted



0.44




1.27











Weighted average number of ordinary shares outstanding - basic and diluted (in thousands)



7,114




1,674



 

 

 

CHECK-CAP LTD.


CONSOLIDATED UNAUDITED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS


(U.S. dollars in thousands, except per share data)








Three months ended

March 31,




2019



2018


CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES




Net loss for the period



(3,150)




(2,127)


Adjustments required to reconcile net loss to net cash used in operating activities:









Depreciation and amortization



28




43


Share-based compensation



83




(436)


Financial expense (income), net



(27)




14


Changes in assets and liabilities items:









Decrease (increase) in prepaid and other current assets and non-current assets



(116)




8


Decrease in trade accounts payable, accruals and other current liabilities



(375)




(19)


Increase (decrease) in employees and payroll accruals



(240)




161


Increase in royalties provision



21




18


Net cash used in operating activities



(3,776)




(2,338)











CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES









Purchase of property and equipment



(3)




(1)


Investment in short-term investments/bank deposit



(3,357)




-


Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities



(3,360)




(1)











CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES









Issuance of ordinary shares in the 2019 registered direct Offering           



6,511




-


Net cash provided by financing activities



6,511




-











Effect of exchange rate changes on cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash



27




(14)


Net decrease in cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash



(598)




(2,353)


Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash at the beginning of the period



8,922




6,997


Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash at the end of the period



8,324




4,644


 

 

Investor Contacts  
Jeremy Feffer   
LifeSci Advisors, LLC  
212-915-2568
jeremy@lifesciadvisors.com

Meirav Gomeh-Bauer
LifeSci Advisors, LLC
+972(0)-54-476-4979 
Meirav@lifesciadvisors.com

 

 

 

SOURCE Check-Cap Ltd.