ƒ Check-Cap Reports Third Quarter 2019 Financial Results and Corporate Highlights - Nov 6, 2019

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Check-Cap Reports Third Quarter 2019 Financial Results and Corporate Highlights
Successfully launched U.S. pilot study and reported positive final results from post-CE approval study of the C-Scan® System

ISFIYA, Israel, Nov. 6, 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 the C-Scan® System, the first and only preparation-free ingestible scanning capsule based system for the prevention of colorectal cancer through the detection of precancerous polyps, today announced financial results for the third quarter and nine months ended September 30, 2019.

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Third Quarter and Recent Highlights:

  • Continued to advance the U.S. pilot study of the C-Scan System, conducted at the NYU School of Medicine and Mayo Clinic, toward completion by year-end 2019.
  • Announced positive final results from its post-CE approval study of the C-Scan System. The study met its primary endpoint, achieving sensitivity of 76% in patients with polyps ≥10 mm and specificity of 82% in all patients, compared to fecal immunochemical test (FIT) that achieved 29% sensitivity and 96% specificity. In addition, the C-Scan System detected all 4 patients (100%) with polyps ≥40 mm, while FIT detected only 1 of the 4 patients (25%) with polyps ≥40mm. Overall, the C-Scan System achieved a sensitivity of 66% in all patients (including patients with polyps <10mm), while FIT achieved a sensitivity of 23% for the same population.
  • Announced completion of the manufacturing line transfer implementation and qualification for the C-Scan System operated by GE Healthcare.
  • Strengthened leadership team with appointment of Dr. Vardit Segal as Vice President of Clinical Affairs.

"During the third quarter of 2019, we continued to advance our U.S. pilot study of the C-Scan System and anticipate study completion by year-end," said Alex Ovadia, Chief Executive Officer of Check-Cap. "If the results of the pilot study are positive, we intend to meet with the FDA as expeditiously as possible to obtain approval to initiate a pivotal trial next year. At the same time, we continue to collect additional clinical data, as we work to introduce this novel screening and detection technology to the broadest possible patient population. 

"Colorectal cancer screening rates remain low globally, generally believed to be due in large part to the burdensome preparation required by currently available tests. As a result, colorectal cancer is the third most diagnosed cancer, despite the lengthy opportunity for prevention or early detection that exists given that can take up to ten years for a precancerous polyp to become cancerous. We believe a preparation-free ingestible capsule based system such as the C-Scan System can meaningfully increase screening rates, resulting in superior long-term outcomes for patients and significant savings for healthcare systems," concluded Mr. Ovadia.

Financial Results for the Third Quarter Ended September 30, 2019

Research and development expenses, net, were $2.7 million for the three months ended September 30, 2019, compared to $1.9 million for the same period in 2018.  The increase is primarily due to an increase of $0.6 million in expenses for the ongoing pilot study and subcontractors and materials, as well an increase of $0.1 million in salaries and related expenses as a result of expansion in head count and $0.2 million decrease in grants received in 2018 from the Israel Innovation Authority (IIA), which was recorded as a credit to research and development expenses in 2018.

General and administrative expenses were $0.8 million for the three months ended September 30, 2019, compared to $0.9 million for the same period in 2018.

Operating loss was $3.6 million for the three months ended September 30, 2019, compared to an operating loss of $2.8 million for the same period in 2018.

Financial income, net was $62,000 for the three months ended September 30, 2019, compared to $99,000 for the same period in 2018. 

Net loss was $3.5 million for the three months ended September 30, 2019, compared to $2.7 million for the same period in 2018.

Cash and cash equivalents, restricted cash and short-term bank deposits totaled $11.5 million as of September 30, 2019, compared with $14.7 million at June 30, 2019 and $14.6 million as of December 31, 2018.

Financial Results for the Nine Months Ended September 30, 2019

Research and development expenses, net were $7.7 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2019, compared to $5.2 million for the same period in 2018. The increase is primarily due to an increase of $1.6 million in expenses related to the post-CE approval study and ongoing pilot study and subcontractors and materials, as well as an increase of $0.5 million in salaries and related expenses as a result of expansion in head count, an increase of $0.2 million in share-based compensation and a $0.1 million decrease in grants received from the IIA.

General and administrative expenses were $2.6 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2019, compared to $2.4 million for the same period in 2018. The increase was primarily due to an increase of $0.4 million in share-based compensation and $0.1 in professional services. This increase was partially offset by a $0.4 million decrease in salaries and related expenses.

Operating loss was $10.2 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2019, compared to $7.6 million in the same period in 2018.

Finance income, net was $215,000 for the nine months ended September 30, 2019, compared to $108,000 for the same period in 2018. The increase was due to income from interest on bank deposits.  

Net loss was $10.0 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2019, compared to $7.5 million for the same period in 2018.

Net cash used in operating activities was $9.5 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2019, compared to $7.3 million for the same period in 2018.

The number of outstanding ordinary shares as of September 30, 2019 was 8,266,062. This number includes the 2,906,376 ordinary shares that were issued in the February 2019 registered direct offering.

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About Check-Cap

Check-Cap is advancing the development of the C-Scan® System, the first and only preparation-free ingestible scanning capsule based system 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 patients 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)



September
30,


December 31,


2019


2018





Assets




Current assets




Cash and cash equivalents

7,113


8,572

Restricted cash

350


350

Short-term bank deposit

4,015


5,643

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

437


419

Total current assets

11,915


14,984





Non-current assets




Property and equipment, net

500


452

Operating leases

481


-

Total non-current assets

981


452

Total assets

12,896


15,436









Liabilities and shareholders' equity




Current liabilities




Accounts payable and accruals




 Trade

969


1,113

 Other

484


249

Employees and payroll accruals

835


859

Operating lease liabilities

197


-

Total current liabilities

2,485


2,221









Non-current liabilities




Royalties provision

192


185

Operating lease liabilities

266


-

Total non-current liabilities

458


185





Shareholders' equity




Share capital

5,402


3,456

Additional paid-in capital

77,859


72,888

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

-


(13)

Accumulated deficit

(73,308)


(63,301)

Total shareholders' equity

9,953


13,030





Total liabilities and shareholders' equity

12,896


15,436

 

 

CHECK CAP LTD

CONSOLIDATED UNAUDITED STATEMENTS OF COMPREHENSIVE LOSS

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




Nine months ended
September 30,



Three months ended

September 30,




2019



2018



2019



2018















Research and development expenses, net



7,655




5,222




2,746




1,865


General and administrative expenses



2,567




2,372




818




937


Operating loss



10,222




7,594




3,564




2,802



















Finance income, net



215




108




62




99


Loss before income tax



10,007




7,486




3,502




2,703


Taxes on income



-




(1)




-




-


Net loss



10,007




7,485




3,502




2,703



















Other comprehensive loss:


































Change in fair value of cash flow hedge



13




-




-




-


Comprehensive loss



10,020




7,485




3,502




2,703



















Net loss per ordinary share - basic and diluted



1.27




2.07




0.42




0.5



















Weighted average number of ordinary shares
outstanding - basic and diluted



 

7,863




 

3,622




 

8,254




 

5,356


 

 

CHECK-CAP LTD.

CONSOLIDATED UNAUDITED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

  (U.S. dollars in thousands)







Nine months ended

September 30,




2019



2018


CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES




Net loss for the period



(10,007)




(7,485)


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









Depreciation and amortization



84




118


Share-based compensation



406




(271)


Financial (income) expenses, net



(45)




(81)


Increase in royalties provision



7




40


Changes in assets and liabilities items:









Increase in prepaid and other current assets and non-current assets



(37)




(90)


Increase in trade accounts payable, accruals and other current liabilities



104




60


Increase (decrease) in employees and payroll accruals



(24)




349


Net cash used in operating activities



(9,512)




(7,360)











CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES









Purchase of property and equipment



(131)




(14)


Proceeds from short-term bank deposits, net



1,673




(9,000)


Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities



1,542




(9,014)











CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES









Issuance of ordinary shares in the 2018 public offering, net of issuance expenses



-




17,862


Issuance of ordinary shares in the 2019 registered direct offering, net of issuance expenses



6,511




-


Net cash provided by financing activities



6,511




17,862











Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents and restricted cash



(1,459)




1,488


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



8,922




6,997


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



7,463




8,485


 

 

CHECK-CAP LTD.

CONSOLIDATED UNAUDITED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

 (U.S. dollars in thousands)


Supplemental information for Cash Flow:



Nine months ended

September 30,




2019



2018


Supplemental disclosure of non-cash information







Cashless exercise of warrants to purchase ordinary shares into ordinary shares



19




37


Purchase of property and equipment on credit



-




40


Recognition of operating leases and operating lease liabilities from adoption of ASU
2016-02



490




-


Assets acquired under operating leases



106






 

 

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

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