Edesa Biotech Reports Financial Results for Short Period Fiscal Year

TORONTO, ON / ACCESSWIRE / December 12, 2019 / Edesa Biotech, Inc. (NASDAQ:EDSA), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company, today reported financial results for the nine-month period ended September 30, 2019 and provided an update on its business.

Edesa recently enrolled the first patient in a Phase 2b clinical study of its lead product candidate, EB01. The company is developing EB01 as a monotherapy for patients with chronic allergic contact dermatitis (ACD), a debilitating disease that is frequently caused by allergens present in the workplace. In December, the company reported that based on positive safety data in healthy volunteers, the company would expand the study to include ACD patients with symptoms on the face, a commonly effected area. The experimental drug previously demonstrated positive results in two previous studies in ACD patients.

In 2019, Edesa also advanced plans to expand the utility of its anti-inflammatory technology, which forms the basis of EB01, into additional indications. This included an approval by Health Canada to conduct a proof-of-concept study of the company’s product candidate, EB02, as a treatment for hemorrhoids disease (HD).

“We have maintained a rapid pace this year and I’m pleased to report that our team has delivered on our key clinical and corporate milestones. In addition to the transition we made to the public equity markets, we laid the foundation for a number of value creation opportunities in the coming year,” said Dr. Par Nijhawan, Chief Executive Officer of Edesa. “We are looking forward to the interim data readout for our Phase 2b study in ACD as well as initiating a clinical study of our anti-inflammatory technology in HD.”

Edesa’s Chief Financial Officer, Kathi Niffenegger, CPA reported that operating expenses, including expenditures related to increased activities for the EB01 clinical program, were largely in line with management’s expectations for the fiscal year. “We remain committed to the capital efficient product development model that Edesa adopted as a private company and plan to continue to focus our working capital on the advancement of our clinical pipeline.”

Financial Results for the Nine-Month Period Ended September 30, 2019*

The company’s year-end financial results reflect a nine-month period as a result of a change in fiscal year following the company’s reverse acquisition completed in June 2019.

Total revenues for the nine-month period ended September 30, 2019 were $0.41 million, reflecting the initiation of sales of product inventory obtained in the reverse acquisition completed in June 2019. There were no revenues for the year ended December 31, 2018.

Total operating expenses increased by $1.62 million to $3.24 million for the nine-month period ended September 30, 2019 compared to $1.62 million for the prior year ended December 31, 2018:

  • Cost of sales and services was $0.10 million for the nine-month period ended September 30, 2019, reflecting the initiation of sales of product inventory obtained in the reverse acquisition. There were no revenues in the prior year ended December 31, 2018.
  • Research and development expenses were $1.10 million for the nine-month period ended September 30, 2019, reflecting greater clinical research activities related to the initiation of the company’s Phase 2B clinical study of its EB01 product candidate as well as higher personnel expenses. Research and development expenses were $1.08 million for the prior year.
  • General and administrative expenses were $2.05 million for the nine-month period ended September 30, 2019, reflecting increased legal and professional fees related to the company’s reverse acquisition, increased personnel expenses and public company expenses, which Edesa did not incur as a privately held company. General and administrative expenses were $0.54 million for the prior year.

For the nine-month period ended September 30, 2019, Edesa reported a net loss of $2.78 million, or $0.55 per basic share, compared to a net loss of $1.54 million, or $0.47 per basic share, for the prior year ended December 31, 2018.

Working Capital

At September 30, 2019, the company had working capital of $5.18 million. Cash and cash equivalents totaled $5.03 million.

Calendar

Management will be attending the Dermatology Summit on January 12, 2020 and the Biotech Showcase from January 13-15, 2020. Both events are being held in San Francisco, California. Members of the investment or biopharma communities interested in meetings with management can schedule one-on-ones through the conference online systems or by contacting Edesa at investors@edesabiotech.com.

*As a result of the acquisition accounting for the business combination completed on June 7, 2019, and the subsequent change in year end of the company’s subsidiary Edesa Biotech Research, Inc., the comparative year-end data represent the nine months period ended September 30, 2019 and the twelve months ended December 31, 2018, which should be taken into account when reviewing comparative results. Financial results for any periods ended prior to June 7, 2019 reflect the financials of Edesa Biotech Research, Inc. on a standalone basis.

About Edesa Biotech, Inc.

Edesa Biotech, Inc. (Nasdaq: EDSA) is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on efficiently developing innovative treatments that address significant unmet medical needs. Edesa’s lead product candidate, EB01, is a novel non-steroidal anti-inflammatory molecule (sPLA2 inhibitor) for the treatment of chronic allergic contact dermatitis which has demonstrated statistically significant improvements in multiple clinical studies. A Phase 2b clinical study of EB01 was initiated in October 2019. Edesa also intends to expand the utility of its sPLA2 inhibitor technology, which forms the basis for EB01, across multiple indications and expand its portfolio with assets that can drive long-term growth opportunities. The company is based in Markham, Ontario, Canada, with U.S. offices in Southern California.

Edesa Forward-Looking Statements

This press release may contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Forward-looking statements may be identified by the use of words such as “anticipate,” “believe,” “plan,” “estimate,” “expect,” “intend,” “may,” “will,” “would,” “could,” “should,” “might,” “potential,” or “continue” and variations or similar expressions, including statements related to: the company’s plans to expand the utility of its sPLA2 anti-inflammatory technology into additional indications, including HD. Readers should not unduly rely on these forward-looking statements, which are not a guarantee of future performance. There can be no assurance that forward-looking statements will prove to be accurate, as all such forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause actual results or future events to differ materially from the forward-looking statements. Such risks include: the ability of Edesa to obtain regulatory approval for or successfully commercialize any of its product candidates, the risk that access to sufficient capital to fund Edesa’s operations may not be available or may be available on terms that are not commercially favorable to Edesa, the risk that Edesa’s product candidates may not be effective against the diseases tested in its clinical trials, the risk that Edesa fails to comply with the terms of license agreements with third parties and as a result loses the right to use key intellectual property in its business, Edesa’s ability to protect its intellectual property and the timing and success of submission, acceptance and approval of regulatory filings. Many of these factors that will determine actual results are beyond the company’s ability to control or predict. For a discussion of further risks and uncertainties related to Edesa’s business, please refer to Edesa’s public company reports filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and the British Columbia Securities Commission. All forward-looking statements are made as of the date hereof and are subject to change. Except as required by law, Edesa assumes no obligation to update such statements.

Edesa Biotech, Inc.
Consolidated Statements of Operations

 
  Nine-Month Period Ended
September 30, 2019
    Year Ended December 31, 2018  
 
           
Total Revenues
  $ 410,870     $  
 
               
Expenses:
               
Cost of sales
    101,286        
Research and development
    1,096,426       1,075,491  
General and administrative
    2,045,296       543,155  
 
               
Total Expenses
    3,243,008       1,618,646  
 
               
Loss from Operations
    (2,832,138)       (1,618,646 )
 
               
Other Income (Loss)
    55,404       82,090  
 
               
Net Loss
    (2,776,734)       (1,536,556 )
 
               
Exchange differences on translation
    87,899       (328,838 )
 
               
Net Loss and Comprehensive Loss
  $ (2,688,835)     $ (1,865,394 )
 
               
Weighted average number of common shares
    5,036,331       3,239,902  
 
               
Loss per common share – basic and diluted
  $ (0.55)     $ (0.47 )
 
               

Edesa Biotech, Inc.
Consolidated Balance Sheets

 
  September 30, 2019     December 31, 2018  
 
           
Assets:
           
Cash and cash equivalents
  $ 5,030,583     $ 3,367,098  
Other current assets
    614,123       23,826  
Noncurrent assets
    73,058       7,386  
 
               
Total assets
  $ 5,717,764     $ 3,398,310  
 
               
 
               
Liabilities and shareholders’ equity:
               
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities
  $ 461,634     $ 183,820  
Shareholders’ equity
    5,256,130       3,214,490  
 
               
Total liabilities and shareholders’ equity
  $ 5,717,764     $ 3,398,310  
 
               

Edesa Biotech, Inc.
Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows

 
  Nine-Month Period Ended
September 30, 2019
    Year Ended
December 31, 2018
 
 
           
Cash Flows From Operating Activities:
           
Net loss
  $ (2,776,734)     $ (1,536,556 )
Items not affecting cash
    37,681       82,999  
Changes in working capital items
    (2,106,734)       164,727  
 
               
Net cash used in operating activities
    (4,845,787)       (1,288,830 )
 
               
Cash Flows From Investing Activities:
               
Cash acquired from reverse acquisition
    6,389,322        
Net (purchases) proceeds of property and equipment
    28,646       (6,869 )
 
               
Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities
    6,417,968       (6,869 )
 
               
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents
    91,304       (337,325 )
 
               
Net change in cash and cash equivalents
    1,663,485       (1,633,024 )
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period and year
    3,367,098       5,000,122  
 
               
Cash and cash equivalents, end of period and year
  $ 5,030,583     $ 3,367,098  
 
               

Contacts
Gary Koppenjan
Edesa Biotech, Inc.
(805) 488-2800
investors@edesabiotech.com

SOURCE: Edesa Biotech, Inc.

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