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Hyloris Reports 2021 Half-Year Results: Multiple Potential Value Inflection Points Ahead

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 On target to grow the broad product pipeline with at least 3 additional programmes before end 2021
Significant expansion of commercial footprint of non-opioid pain treatment Maxigesic® IV


Expected to start 2 clinical studies and to report the results from 2 clinical studies before year-end

€53.47 million in cash and cash equivalents to execute ambitious growth strategy

Conference call and webcast today at 3pm CEST/9am EST (details below)

Liège, Belgium – 4 August 2021 Hyloris Pharmaceuticals SA (Euronext Brussels: HYL), a specialty biopharma company committed to addressing unmet medical needs through reinventing existing medications, today reports its condensed consolidated financial results for the six-month period ending 30 June 2021, a year-to-date business update, and an outlook for the remainder of the year.

Stijn Van Rompay, Chief Executive Officer of Hyloris, commented: On 29 June we celebrated our first anniversary as a publicly traded company on Euronext Brussels, and we would like thank all our stakeholders for their continued support. We are very pleased with the progress we have made over the past few months as we are successfully executing our business strategy and gradually moving up the value chain through our increased focus on repurposed medicines to offer meaningful improvements for patients, physicians, and payors.

We promised to grow our pipeline with four new candidate products this year, and we are on track to deliver on that promise. In addition, during the next coming months we expect that two programmes will enter clinical development and to communicate the results from two clinical studies. Finally, our commercial partners are making progress with the roll-out of Sotalol IV in atrial fibrillation and Maxigesic® IV, a novel, potent, non-opioid pain medication, which is now licensed in more than 100 countries and launched in five countries. We look forward to updating the market as we expect to report on multiple potential value inflection points before the end of the year.”

FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS: SIX-MONTH PERIOD ENDING 30 JUNE 2021

  Period ended 30 June  
(in € thousand) 2021 2020 Variance
Total revenue and other income 1,145 102 1,023%
Revenues 838 82 922%
Other income 307 20 1,435%
Cost of sales (42) (109) (61%)
Operating expenses (9,016) (3,626) 149%
Research and development expenses (1,560) (1,172) 33%
General and administration expenses (1,608) (2,454) (34%)
Other operating expenses (one-off) i (5,770) -- --
Operating result (7,913) (3,633) (118%)
Net result (8,240) (3,742) (120%)
Net cash (burn)/inflow ii (10,934) 66,578 iii --
Cash and cash equivalents 53,465 66,783 (20%)

i  One-off expenses related to the unwinding of the license agreements with the Alter Pharma Group
ii  For the period 1 January to 30 June
iii Including net proceeds from the IPO and issuance of convertible bonds

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OPERATIONAL REVIEW YEAR-TO-DATE

Commercial products

  • Maxigesic IV, a novel, patented, potent, intravenous (IV) non-opioid treatment for post-operative pain – commercialised globally with AFT Pharmaceuticals (AFT) and local distribution partners:
    • Start of European roll-out with launches in Germany, the largest pharmaceutical market in Europe, and Austria.
    • Expansion of exclusive license and distribution agreement with Pharma Bavaria International for commercialisation in South America, thereby broadening the addressable market for Maxigesic IV in Latin America and the Caribbean to 17 countries.
    • Major partnership in the U.S. with Hikma Pharmaceuticals whereby Hyloris is eligible to a license fee and regulatory and commercial-based milestone payments of up to USD$10 million plus a share of any additional product-related income received by AFT in the U.S.
    • Significant enlargement of European footprint through multiple exclusive license agreements for commercialisation in Poland, Greece, the Nordics, Spain, Portugal, and The Netherlands.
  • Sotalol IV, a novel, patented, IV formulation of oral sotalol for the treatment of atrial fibrillation – commercialised by AltaThera in the U.S.: significant expansion of AltaThera’s sales force to accelerate commercial roll-out and inclusion in hospital drug formularies. 

R&D and regulatory update

  • Maxigesic IV:
    • Preparations to submit a new drug application (NDA) to the FDA further advanced, with filing in the U.S. expected shortly.
    • Obtained additional national marketing authorisations in Europe and Rest of the World, thereby further broadening the geographical base where Maxigesic IV is approved to 24 countries today.
    • Patents granted (exclusivity to 2035-2038) across multiple jurisdictions, including Japan, Singapore, Canada, Mexico, and the Republic of China.
  • HY-004: initiated a Phase 1 study to evaluate the pharmacokinetics (PK) and safety of HY-004 oral solution – the study also includes exploratory efficacy endpoints.
  • Pipeline expansion: signed a partnership with Purna Female Healthcare (PFH) to develop and commercialise Miconazole-Domiphen Bromide (MCZ-DB) a novel, topical, dual mode-of-action combination treatment for severe and recurrent vulvovaginal candidiasis (VVC), a debilitating vaginal fungal infection for which there is currently no effective treatment available.
  • Other: regulatory interactions ongoing to address questions raised by the FDA following the submission of the marketing applications for Tranexamic Acid RTU and HY-016.

Corporate update

  • Successfully renegotiated and unwound the license agreements with the Alter Pharma Group for Maxigesic IV, HY-075, HY-038, and Fusidic Acid Cream. Hyloris paid the Alter Pharma Group a total one-off lump sum of €5.25 million with an additional €0.5 million in potential earn-out payments, thereby waiving all past commitments and any further future financial obligations towards the Alter Pharma Group.
  • Rental agreement for laboratory space to perform drug formulation and analytical activities and further streamline processes and more effectively capitalise on internal resources.
  • Hyloris’ shareholders unanimously approved all resolutions at the 2021 Annual General Meeting, including the appointment of Chris Buyse to the Board of Directors.
  • Further strengthened the team and built internal capabilities with key hires in management and clinical and regulatory affairs.

OUTLOOK FOR THE REMAINDER OF 2021

Hyloris anticipates delivering on key value inflection milestones within its strategic focus areas:

  • Pipeline expansion: addition of at least three new reformulated or repurposed product candidates through in-licensing or joint ventures
  • Clinical development:
    • Study results: i) pivotal study of Atomoxetine oral solution (attention deficit hyperactive disorder); ii) Phase 1 PK/safety study of HY-004 oral solution (indication not disclosed)
    • Study starts: i) pivotal study of Atomoxetine oral solution; ii) Phase 2 dose-finding study of Miconazole Domiphen-Bromide (severe and recurrent VVC)
  • Commercial products: i) Maxigesic IV: continue roll-out in Europe and Rest of World, and submission of a new drug application to the FDA; ii) Sotalol IV: accelerate roll-out in the U.S.

With cash and cash equivalents of €53.47 million at 30 June 2021, the Company is well-capitalised to advance all current pipeline assets as planned and execute its current business plan with the expectation to expand the portfolio to 30 candidate - and marketed products by 2024.

FINANCIAL REVIEW FOR THE SIX-MONTH PERIOD ENDING 30 JUNE 2021

Total revenue and other income

During the first six months of 2021, total revenue and other income increased to €1,145 thousand compared to €102 thousand in the first half-year of 2020.

Revenues increased by 922% to €838 thousand, compared to €82 thousand for the first six months of 2020. The significant growth was mainly driven by recognised income from a pre-commercial milestone payment related to Maxigesic IV, partnered with AFT Pharmaceuticals.

Other income amounted to €307 thousand compared to €20 thousand for the same period in 2020 thanks to higher R&D related incentive income from the Federal government.

Results

The Company realised a net loss of €8,240 thousand for the six-month period ending 30 June 2021, compared to a net loss of €3,742 thousand for the first half-year of 2020. The higher loss is mainly driven by the one-off lump sum of €5,250 thousand and €500 thousand future potential earn-out payments related to the successful renegotiation and unwinding of the license agreements with the Alter Pharma Group for lead products, Maxigesic IV, HY-075 and HY-038, and the high-barrier generic, Fusidic Acid Cream in Canada. This transaction was recognised as other operating expenses.

Operating loss amounted to €7,913 thousand for the first half-year of 2021, compared to an operating loss of €3,633 thousand for the first half-year of 2020, mainly impacted by the successful renegotiation and unwinding of the license agreements for the lead products with the Alter Pharma Group.

R&D expenditure during the first six months of 2021 amounted to €1,560 thousand, compared to €1,172 thousand for the first half-year of 2020. The increase was mainly driven by the costs related to outsourced product development activities.

Despite the further expansion of the Company’s Group Structure and key hires, general and administration expenses decreased to €1,608 thousand, compared to €2,454 thousand for the first half-year of 2020. The difference is mainly driven by the transaction costs in 2020 related to the successful IPO on Euronext Brussels and the issuance of convertible bonds.

Cash Position

Current cash and cash equivalents totalled €53,465 thousand on 30 June 2021, compared to €66,783 thousand on 31 December 2020.

A net decrease of €10,934 thousand in cash and cash equivalents was recorded for the six-month period ending 30 June 2021, compared to a net increase of €66,578 thousand during the first half-year of 2020. The net decrease was mainly driven by the net operational cash burn of €9,282 thousand, impacted by one-time other expenses, and committed milestone investments in joint ventures (net cash used in investing activities), compared to a net cash inflow for the same period in 2020 of €66,970 thousand, driven by the net proceeds from financing activities from the IPO on Euronext Brussels and the issuance of convertible bonds.

AUDIT REPORT

The statutory auditor, KPMG Bedrijfsrevisoren - Réviseurs d’Entreprises, represented by Olivier Declercq, has reviewed the condensed consolidated interim financial statements for the six-month period ended June 30, 2021. Its review was conducted in accordance with International Standard on Review Engagements 2410, “Review of Interim Financial Information Performed by the Independent Auditor of the Entity” and its unqualified review report dated August 3, 2021 is attached to the 2021 half-year financial report which is available on the Hyloris website.

CONFERENCE CALL AND WEBCAST

Hyloris will host a conference call with audio webcast today at 3pm CEST/9am EST, followed by a Q&A session. The webcast may be accessed on the Events page of the company’s website or by clicking here. To participate in the Q&A session, please dial one of the following numbers, ten minutes prior to the start of the live call:

Belgium                +32 2 79 338 47
France                  +33 1 70 700 781
Netherlands           + 31 20 795 6614
United Kingdom       +44 2071 928 338
United States          +1 646 741 3167

Confirmation code 2687826

A replay will be available on the events page of the Hyloris website.

UPCOMING IR EVENTS 2021 AND PRELIMINARY FINANCIAL CALENDAR 2022

9 September 2021        Annual KBC Securities Life Science Conference
23 October 2021          VFB Happening
16 March 2022            Full Year 2021 Financial Results and Business Update

About Hyloris Pharmaceuticals

Hyloris is a specialty biopharma company focused on innovating, reinventing, and optimising existing medications to address important healthcare needs and deliver relevant improvements for patients, healthcare professionals and payors. Hyloris has built a broad, patented portfolio of 13 reformulated and repurposed value-added medicines that have the potential to offer significant advantages over available alternatives. Two products are currently in initial phases of commercialisation with partners: Sotalol IV for the treatment of atrial fibrillation, and Maxigesic® IV, a non-opioid post-operative pain treatment. The Company’s development strategy primarily focuses on the FDA’s 505(b)2 regulatory pathway, which is specifically designed for pharmaceuticals for which safety and efficacy of the molecule have already been established. This pathway can reduce the clinical burden required to bring a product to market, and significantly shorten the development timelines and reduce costs and risks. Hyloris is based in Liège, Belgium. For more information, visit www.hyloris.com and follow-us on LinkedIn.

For more information, please contact Hyloris Pharmaceuticals:

Marieke Vermeersch
VP Investor Relations and Corporate Communications
M: +32 (0)479 490 603
marieke.vermeersch@hyloris.com

Disclaimer and forward-looking statements
Hyloris means “high yield, lower risk”, which relates to the 505(b)(2) regulatory pathway for product approval on which the Issuer focuses, but in no way relates or applies to an investment in the Shares.
Certain statements in this press release are “forward-looking statements.” These forward-looking statements can be identified using forward-looking terminology, including the words "believes", "estimates," "anticipates", "expects", "intends", "may", "will", "plans", "continue", "ongoing", "potential", "predict", "project", "target", "seek" or "should", and include statements the Company makes concerning the intended results of its strategy. These statements relate to future events or the Company’s future financial performance and involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties, and other factors, many of which are beyond the Company’s control, that may cause the actual results, levels of activity, performance or achievements of the Company or its industry to be materially different from those expressed or implied by any forward-looking statements. The Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise forward-looking statements, except as may be required by law.

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF FINANCIAL POSITION

ASSETS
(in € thousand)

 
30 June
2021

 
31 December
2020

 
 
 
Non-current assets 7,323 2,569  
Intangible assets 2,228 2,381  
Property, plant and equipment 23 24  
Right-of-use assets 129 152  
Investments in associates and joint ventures 4,192 -  
Financial assets 12 12  
Other non-current assets 739 -  
Current assets 56,661 66,613  
Inventories - -  
Trade and other receivables 2,082 253  
Other financial assets 20 7  
Other current assets 1,093 1,954  
Cash and cash equivalents 53,465 64,399  
TOTAL ASSETS 63,984 69,182  
       
EQUITY AND LIABILITIES
(in € thousand)

 
30 June
2021

 
31 December
2020

 
 
 
Equity 51,080 59,059  
Share capital 129 129  
Share premium 103,693 103,693  
Retained earnings (51,466) (43,226)  
Other reserves (1,276) (1,537)  
Liabilities 12,904 10,123  
Non-current liabilities 10,301 7,991  
Borrowings 83 106  
Other financial liabilities 10,218 7,885  
Current liabilities 2,603 2,132  
Current borrowings 47 46  
Other current financial liabilities 1,500 409  
Trade and other liabilities 1,004 1,629  
Current tax liabilities 47 47  
Other current liabilities 5 -  
TOTAL EQUITY AND LIABILITIES 63,984 69,182  

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF PROFIT OR LOSS AND OTHER COMPREHENSIVE INCOME

STATEMENT OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME
(in € thousand)

 
30 June
2021

 
30 June
2020

 
 
 
Revenues 838 82  
Cost of sales (42) (109)  
Gross profit 796 (27)  
Research and development expenses (1,560) (1,172)  
General and administrative expenses (1,608) (2,454)  
Earnings/losses from Associates and joint ventures (78) -  
Other operating income 307 20  
Other operating expenses (5,770) -  
Operating profit/(loss) (EBIT) (7,913) (3,633)  
Financial income 20 620  
Financial expenses (347) (729)  
Profit/(loss) before taxes (8,240) (3,741)  
Income taxes - (1)  
PROFIT/(LOSS) FOR THE PERIOD (8,240) (3,742)  
       
Basic and diluted earnings/(loss) per share (in €) (0.32) (0.21)  

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF CHANGES IN EQUITY

  Attributable to equity holders of the Company Total Equity
  Share capital Share premium    Other reserves Retained earnings  
(in € thousand)     Share based payment reserve

 
Cost
of Capital
Other
reserves
   
Balance at 31 December 2019 89 23,982 1,329 - 493 (36,081) (10,188)
Initial public offering 29 61,783   (3,656) - - 58,156
Share-based payments - - 243 - - - 243
Issuance of convertible bonds       - 4,531   4,531
Conversion of convertible bonds 10 15,348   (102) (4,585) - 10,671
Amortised costs on shareholders loans - -   - (5) - (5)
Total comprehensive income - -     - (3,742) (3,742)
Balance at 30 June 2020 128 101,113 1,572 (3,758) 434 (39,823) 59,666
               
Balance at 31 December 2020 129 103,693 1,814 (3,827) 476 (43,226) 59,059
Share-based payments - - 261 - - - 261
Total comprehensive income - -   - - (8,240) (8,240)
Balance at 30 June 2021 129 103,693 2,075 (3,827) 476 (51,466) 51,080

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF CASH FLOWS

(in € thousand)

 
 

 
30 June 2021

 
30 June 2020

 
 
 
CASH FLOW FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES        
Operating result   (8,240) (3,742)  
Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash provided by operating activities:      
Depreciation, amortisation and impairments   50 52  
Share-based payment expense   261 243  
R&D tax credit   63 -  
Interest expenses on convertible bonds   - 235  
Interest expenses on shareholders loans   234 317  
Change in maturity of shareholders loans   - (381)  
Change in fair value of derivative instruments   - (81)  
Equity transaction costs   - 1,408  
Income taxes   - 1  
Losses from associates and joint ventures   78 -  
Other non-cash adjustments   99 (59)  
Changes in working capital:        
Trade and other receivables   (1,830) (94)  
Other financial assets   - (6)  
Other current assets   861 1,361  
Other non-current assets   (739) -  
Trade and other lliabilities   (625) 723  
Other current liabilities   5 -  
Other financial liabilities   - 119  
Other non-current liabilities   500 -  
Cash generated from operations   (9,282) 96  
Taxes paid   - (1)  
Net cash generated from operating activities   (9,282) 95  
CASH FLOW FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES        
Purchases of property, plant and equipment   (4) -  
Purchases of Intangible assets   (150) (487)  
Investments in associates and joint ventures   (1,270) -  
Acquisition of other financial assets   (13) -  
Other   219 -  
Net cash provided by/(used in) investing activities   (1,218) (487)  
CASH FLOW FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES        
Reimbursements of borrowings and other financial liabilities   (409) (8,050)  
Proceeds from borrowings and other financial liabilities   - 3,250  
Reimbursements of lease liabilities   (24) (26)  
Proceeds from convertible bonds   - 56,803  
Proceeds from IPO   - 14,994  
Interests paid   - (1)  
Net cash provided by/(used in) financing activities   (434) 66,970  
NET INCREASE (DECREASE) IN CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS   (10,934) 66,578  
CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS at beginning of the period   64,399 205  
CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS at end of the period, calculated   53,465 66,783  

 

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