Press Release

BioLineRx Reports First Quarter 2013 Results

May 7, 2013

JERUSALEM--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May. 7, 2013-- BioLineRx Ltd. (NASDAQ: BLRX)(TASE: BLRX), a biopharmaceutical development company, today reported its results for the quarter ended March 31, 2013.

Recent Highlights:

 

BL-7040 (IBD) – Received positive results from a Phase 2 proof-of-concept study to evaluate the effectiveness of BL-7040 for the treatment of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)

 
Immediate next steps include evaluating the most advantageous ways to progress with this therapeutic candidate from a clinical and business perspective, including examining potential additional indications. Plans also include accelerating discussions with potential co-development and licensing partners.
 

BL-8040 (AML) – Received U.S. regulatory approvals to commence a Phase 2a trial for the treatment of relapsed/refractory acute myeloid leukemia (AML); trial to be conducted at three sites in the U.S. and five sites in Israel, with initial patient enrollment expected in Q2 2013; partial results expected in Q4 2013 and final results expected in the second half of 2014

 

BL-1040 (ventricular remodeling) – Recruitment commenced at U.S. sites for the PRESERVATION I clinical trial, a CE Mark registration trial for BL-1040 (BCM), a novel medical device for the prevention of ventricular remodeling following an acute myocardial infarction; there are currently multiple active sites recruiting in six countries

 

BL-5010 (skin lesions) – Reached final stages of development for proprietary pen-like applicator for BL-5010, a novel formulation of two acids being developed for the non-surgical removal of skin lesions; planning to commence pivotal CE-Mark registration trial for European approval in the second half of 2013

 

BL-8020 (HCV) – Commenced a Phase 1/2 clinical trial to evaluate the effectiveness of an orally-available, interferon-free treatment for Hepatitis C (HCV) at two sites in France, following approval from the French regulatory authorities; partial results expected in Q4 2013; final results expected in the first half of 2014

 

BL-1020 (schizophrenia) – Disappointing results of interim analysis for the Phase 2/3 CLARITY trial led to termination of the trial; full unblinded study data is expected during Q3 2013

 

BL-9010 (severe asthma) – Added a novel, bi-specific antibody for the treatment of severe and persistent asthma to the main therapeutic pipeline, following promising pre-clinical data

 

Capital Raise – $8 million direct equity placement to the OrbiMed Group was completed in February 2013

 

“In the past few months, we have seen major progress on a number of clinical and pre-clinical programs in our pipeline, which offer exciting opportunities to address unmet medical needs in a wide range of therapeutic areas. We believe our active programs offer significant potential for patients around the world, as well as for the future success of our Company and its shareholders,” stated Kinneret Savitsky, Ph.D, Chief Executive Officer of BioLineRx. “In the third quarter of this year, we expect to receive a full analysis of the unblinded study data for all participants in the CLARITY Phase 2/3 trial for BL-1020. While we discontinued this clinical trial in mid-March based on disappointing results of the interim analysis, we will not decide the future of the overall BL-1020 program until we have carried out a more thorough review of the full unblinded results.”

“The PRESERVATION I study being conducted by our partner, Ikaria, for BL-1040, for the treatment of ventricular remodeling post-AMI, is moving forward at full steam, with multiple sites in six countries around the world actively recruiting, including a number of sites in the U.S. BL-1040 remains one of our leading compounds, with significant clinical data expected to be reported next year, and we hope that it will eventually offer a great benefit to heart attack patients,” continued Dr. Savitsky.

“We continue to accelerate development of our clinical pipeline, with three of our compounds completing significant milestones since the beginning of the year. Our BL-7040 compound for IBD completed a Phase 2a open-label, proof-of-concept study with very encouraging and positive results. We are now evaluating next steps for BL-7040 in order to identify the best way to move forward from both a clinical and business perspective, including examining potential additional indications. In parallel, we are also planning to accelerate discussions with potential co-development and licensing partners for this asset.”

“In addition, BL-8040, for hematological cancers, one of our most exciting programs, just received FDA approval to commence a Phase 2a trial for the treatment of relapsed/refractory AML. We are excited to initiate this multicenter, open-label study under an IND, which will be conducted in the U.S. and Israel, and will enroll up to 50 patients. MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston will be the initial site for this trial, with two additional premier sites in the US and five other well-known sites in Israel expected to participate. We believe the excitement surrounding the trial, especially at these particular sites, is a testament to the need for an AML therapy, as well as the potential of BL-8040 shown in the previous pre-clinical and clinical data.”

“Finally, we recently reported enrollment of the first patient in our Phase 1/2 trial for BL-8020, an oral treatment for HCV, at a leading hospital in Paris, France. We look forward to partial results from the trial in the fourth quarter of 2013, as well as final results in the first half of 2014. I would also like to point out that as our pipeline evolves, we continue to replenish our pre-clinical pipeline with the addition of promising assets, such as BL-9010 for the treatment of severe and persistent asthma, which recently graduated from our Early Development Program,” concluded Dr. Savitsky

Financial Results for Q1 2013:

During the three months ended March 31, 2013 and 2012, no revenues were recorded.

Research and development expenses for the three months ended March 31, 2013 were NIS 19.4 million ($5.3 million), an increase of NIS 4.7 million ($1.3 million) or 32% compared to NIS 14.7 million ($4.0 million) for the three months ended March 31, 2012. In March 2013, due to the BL-1020 CLARITY study termination, the Company reversed the remaining liability to repay grants previously received from the OCS in respect of BL-1020, as it became more likely than not that such liability would not be repaid. As a result, a one-time credit to research and development expenses in the amount of NIS 6.0 million was recorded during the quarter. Without regard to this one-time credit, research and development expenses increased by NIS 10.8 million compared to the first quarter of 2012. The primary reason for this increase is significantly higher expenses in 2013 associated with the CLARITY clinical trial, as well as a ramp-up in spending on other clinical-stage projects introduced during 2012.

Sales and marketing expenses for the three months ended March 31, 2013 were NIS 0.8 million ($0.2 million), similar to the three months ended March 31, 2012.

General and administrative expenses for the three months ended March 31, 2013 were NIS 3.5 million ($1.0 million), similar to the three months ended March 31, 2012.

The Company’s operating loss the three months ended March 31, 2013 amounted to NIS 23.7 million ($6.5 million), compared with an operating loss of NIS 19.0 million ($5.2 million) for the comparable period in 2012.

Non-operating income for the three months ended March 31, 2013 amounted to NIS million 12.3 ($3.4 million), an increase of NIS 9.4 million ($2.6 million), compared to net non-operating income of NIS 2.8 million ($0.8 million) for the three months ended March 31, 2012. Non-operating income for both periods primarily relates to fair-value adjustments of liabilities on account of the warrants issued in the private and direct placements which were completed in February 2012 and 2013. These fair-value adjustments were highly influenced by the Company’s share price at each period end (revaluation date).

Net financial expenses for the three months ended March 31, 2013 amounted to NIS million 1.4 ($0.4 million), a decrease of NIS 0.4 million ($0.1 million), compared to net financial expenses of NIS 1.8 million ($0.5 million) for the three months ended March 31, 2012. Net financial expenses for both periods result primarily from changes in the average exchange rate of the dollar in relation to the NIS, which had a negative effect on the Company’s net assets denominated in dollars.

Net loss for the three months ended March 31, 2013 amounted to NIS 12.8 million ($3.5 million), compared with a net loss of NIS 17.9 million ($4.9 million) for the comparable period in 2012.

As of March 31, 2013, BioLineRx had NIS 102.4 million ($28.1 million) in cash, cash equivalents and short-term bank deposits.

Net cash used in operating activities was NIS 19.2 million ($5.3 million) for the three months ended March 31, 2013, compared with net cash used in operating activities of NIS 12.9 million ($3.5 million) for the three months ended March 31, 2012. The NIS 6.3 million ($1.8 million) increase in net cash used in operating activities during the three-month period in 2013, compared to the three-month period in 2012, was primarily the result of increased research and development spending.

Net cash used in investing activities for the three months ended March 31, 2013 was NIS 43.8 million ($12.0 million), compared to net cash provided by investing activities of NIS 22.1 million ($6.1 million) for the three months ended March 2012. The cash flows related to investing activities relate primarily to investments in, and maturities of, short-term bank deposits during the respective quarters.

Net cash provided by financing activities for the three months ended March 31, 2013 was NIS 42.0 million ($11.5 million), compared to net cash provided by financing activities of NIS 52.4 million ($14.4 million) for the three months ended March 2012. The cash flows from financing activities primarily reflect the direct and private placements that were completed in February 2013 and 2012.

Conference Call and Webcast Information

BioLineRx will hold a conference call to discuss its first quarter 2013 results today, May 7, 2013, at 10:00 a.m. EDT. To access the conference call, please dial 1-888-668-9141 from the U.S. or +972-3-918-0609 internationally. The call will also be available via live webcast through BioLineRx’s website. A replay of the conference call will be available approximately two hours after completion of the live conference call. To access the replay, please dial 1-888-295-2634 from the U.S. or +972-3-925-5921 internationally. The replay will be available through May 10, 2013.

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About BioLineRx

BioLineRx is a publicly-traded biopharmaceutical development company. BioLineRx is dedicated to building a portfolio of products for unmet medical needs or with advantages over currently available therapies. BioLineRx’s current portfolio consists of seven clinical stage candidates: BL-1040, for prevention of pathological cardiac remodeling following a myocardial infarction, which has been out-licensed to Ikaria Inc., is currently undergoing a pivotal CE-Mark registration trial; BL-5010 for non-surgical removal of skin lesions has completed a Phase 1/2 study; BL-7040 for treating inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) has completed a Phase 2a trial; BL-8040 for treating acute myeloid leukemia (AML) and other hematological cancers will shortly commence a Phase 2 study; BL-1021 for neuropathic pain is in Phase 1 development; BL-8020 for hepatitis C (HCV) has commenced a Phase 1/2 study; and BL-1020 for schizophrenia. In addition, BioLineRx has five products in various pre-clinical development stages for a variety of indications, including central nervous system diseases, infectious diseases, cardiovascular and autoimmune diseases.

BioLineRx’s business model is based on acquiring molecules mainly from biotechnological incubators and academic institutions. The Company performs feasibility assessment studies and development through pre-clinical and clinical stages, with partial funding from the Israeli Government’s Office of the Chief Scientist (OCS). The final stage includes partnering with medium and large pharmaceutical companies for advanced clinical development (Phase 3) and commercialization. For more information on BioLineRx, please visit www.biolinerx.com, the content of which does not form a part of this press release.

Various statements in this release concerning BioLineRx’s future expectations constitute “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements include words such as “may,” “expects,” “anticipates,” “believes,” and “intends,” and describe opinions about future events. These forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties that may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of BioLineRx to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Some of these risks are: changes in relationships with collaborators; the impact of competitive products and technological changes; risks relating to the development of new products; and the ability to implement technological improvements. These and other factors are more fully discussed in the “Risk Factors” section of BioLineRx’s most recent annual report on Form 20-F filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on March 12, 2013. In addition, any forward-looking statements represent BioLineRx’s views only as of the date of this release and should not be relied upon as representing its views as of any subsequent date. BioLineRx does not assume any obligation to update any forward-looking statements unless required by law.

BioLineRx Ltd.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED INTERIM STATEMENTS OF FINANCIAL POSITION

(UNAUDITED)

     

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December 31, March 31, March 31,
2012 2013 2013
NIS in thousands In thousands
Assets
CURRENT ASSETS
Cash and cash equivalents 68,339 46,638 12,785
Short-term bank deposits 11,459 55,805 15,297
Prepaid expenses 804 843 231
Other receivables 2,254 2,581 707
Total current assets 82,856 105,867 29,020
 
NON-CURRENT ASSETS
Restricted deposits 3,513 1,950 535
Long-term prepaid expenses 204 192 53
Property and equipment, net 3,172 2,947 807
Intangible assets, net 1,063 1,056 290
Total non-current assets 7,952 6,145 1,685
Total assets 90,808 112,012 30,705
 
Liabilities and equity
CURRENT LIABILITIES
Current maturities of long-term bank loan 137 54 15
Accounts payable and accruals:
Trade 12,283 21,873 5,996
OCS 6,148 - -
Other 5,443 5,300 1,453
Total current liabilities 24,011 27,227 7,464
NON-CURRENT LIABILITIES
Retirement benefit obligations 143 143 39
Warrants 10,725 10,625 2,913
Total non-current liabilities 10,868 10,768 2,952
COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENT LIABILITIES      
Total liabilities 34,879 37,995 10,416
 
EQUITY
Ordinary shares 1,837 2,225 610
Share premium 464,629 494,749 135,622
Capital reserve 33,802 34,222 9,381
Accumulated deficit (444,339) (457,179) (125,324)
Total equity 55,929 74,017 20,289
Total liabilities and equity 90,808 112,012 30,705
 
BioLineRx Ltd.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED INTERIM STATEMENT OF COMPREHENSIVE LOSS

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Three months ended
March 31,

Three months
ended
March 31,

2012   2013 2013
NIS in thousands In thousands
RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT EXPENSES, NET (14,675 ) (19,443 ) (5,330 )
SALES AND MARKETING EXPENSES (766 ) (771 ) (211 )
GENERAL AND ADMINISTRATIVE EXPENSES (3,525 ) (3,522 ) (965 )
OPERATING LOSS (18,966 ) (23,736 ) (6,506 )
NON-OPERATING INCOME, NET 2,819 12,262 3,361
FINANCIAL INCOME 446 663 182
FINANCIAL EXPENSES (2,231 ) (2,029 ) (556 )
NET LOSS AND COMPREHENSIVE LOSS (17,932 ) (12,840 ) (3,519 )
 
NIS USD
LOSS PER ORDINARY SHARE - BASIC AND DILUTED (0.12 ) (0.06 ) (0.02 )
 

BioLineRx Ltd.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED INTERIM CASH FLOW STATEMENTS

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Three months ended
March 31,

Three months
ended
March 31,

2012   2013 2013
NIS in thousands In thousands
 
CASH FLOWS - OPERATING ACTIVITIES
Comprehensive loss for the period (17,932 ) (12,840 ) (3,519 )
Adjustments required to reflect net cash used in operating activities (see appendix below) 5,012   (6,353 ) (1,741 )
Net cash used in operating activities (12,920 ) (19,193 ) (5,260 )
 
CASH FLOWS - INVESTING ACTIVITIES
Investments in short-term deposits (22,872 ) (56,695 ) (15,542 )
Maturities of short-term deposits 45,338 11,412 3,128
Maturities of restricted deposits - 1,550 425
Purchase of property and equipment (382 ) (42 ) (11 )
Purchase of intangible assets (16 ) (30 ) (8 )
Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities 22,068   (43,805 ) (12,008 )
 
CASH FLOWS - FINANCING ACTIVITIES
Repayments of bank loan (77 ) (76 ) (21 )
Issuance of share capital and warrants, net of issuance expenses 52,453 42,091 11,538
Proceeds from exercise of employee stock options * * *
Net cash provided by financing activities 52,376   42,015   11,517  
 
INCREASE (DECREASE) IN CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS 61,524 (20,983 ) (5,751 )

CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS – BEGINNING OF PERIOD

 

33,061 68,339 18,733

EXCHANGE DIFFERENCES ON CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS

(836 ) (718 ) (197 )
CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS - END OF PERIOD 93,749   46,638   12,785  
 

* Represents an amount less than 1,000.

 
BioLineRx Ltd.

APPENDIX TO CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED INTERIM CASH FLOW STATEMENTS

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Three months ended
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Three months
ended
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2012   2013 2013
NIS in thousands In thousands
 
Adjustments required to reflect net cash used in operating activities:
 
Income and expenses not involving cash flows:
Depreciation and amortization 406 304 83
Long-term prepaid expenses (1 ) 12 3
Exchange differences on cash and cash equivalents 836 718 197
Interest and exchange differences on short-term deposits 1,904 937 257
Interest and linkage on bank loan (5 ) (7 ) (2 )
Share-based compensation 965 999 273
Warrant issuance costs 1,204 470 130
Gain on adjustment of warrants to fair value (4,023 ) (12,732 ) (3,490 )
Interest and exchange differences on restricted deposits 4   13   4  
1,290   (9,286 ) (2,545 )
 
Changes in operating asset and liability items:

Decrease (increase) in trade accounts receivable and

other receivables

1,673 (366 ) (100 )
Increase in accounts payable and accruals 2,049   3,299   904  
3,722   2,933   804  
5,012   (6,353 ) (1,741 )
 

 

 
Supplementary information on interest received in cash 601   316   87  

Source: BioLineRx Ltd.

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