Helix BioPharma Corp. announces fiscal 2007 results



    WKN: 918 846

    AURORA, ON, Oct. 26 /CNW/ - Helix BioPharma Corp. (TSX, FSE: "HBP") today
announced financial results for the year ended July 31, 2007.
    During the 2007 fiscal year, the Company continued to make progress with
its clinical (Topical Interferon Alpha-2b) and pre-clinical (L-DOS47)
development programs. The following are selected highlights during the 2007
fiscal year and subsequent to year-end.

    
    HIGHLIGHTS

    -   Topical Interferon Alpha-2b

        -  Announced positive Phase II clinical results with Topical
           Interferon Alpha-2b in patients with HPV-induced low-grade
           squamous intraepithelial lesions ("LSIL")

        -  Initiated enrollment in Phase II clinical trial with Topical
           Interferon Alpha-2b in patients with HPV-induced ano-genital warts

    -   L-DOS47

        -  Awarded two U.S. patents for DOS47, a broad anti-cancer
           therapeutic candidate

        -  Presented L-DOS47 findings at the fourth international conference
           on "Tumour Microenvironment" in Florence, Italy

        -  Presented L-DOS47 findings at Keystone Symposia meeting,
           "Antibodies as Drugs: From Basic Biology to Clinic"

        -  Signed L-DOS47 manufacturing agreement with BioVectra DCL

    -   Financing

        -  Completed a private placement financing on October 11, 2006 for
           gross proceeds of $7,044,500.

    -   Other

        -  Shareholders approved management proposals and elected
           management's slate of directors at the 2007 annual meeting of
           shareholders, following a proxy dispute

        -  Announced University of Arizona Professor, Kenneth D. Hatch,M.D.,
           as medical advisor

        -  Mr. Jerome F. McElroy resigned as Chairman and Director of the
           Company

        -  Introduced a new company logo as part of our ongoing efforts to
           renew our market image
    

    For the fiscal year ended 2007, the Company recorded a net loss of
$7,674,000, which represents an increase of $735,000 when compared to fiscal
2006. In fiscal 2006, the Company recorded a net loss of $6,939,000 and is
lower by $686,000 when compared to fiscal 2005. The net loss per common share
for the fiscal year ended 2007 was $0.22 and remained unchanged when compared
to fiscal 2006. Fiscal 2006's net loss per share was lower by $0.06 when
compared to the loss per common share for fiscal 2005.
    Product revenue, license fees and royalties as well as research and
development contract revenue all contributed to the decrease in revenue in
fiscal 2007 when compared to fiscal 2006. In fiscal 2006 all but license fees
and royalties contributed to higher overall revenues when compared to fiscal
2005.
    The Canadian dollar continued to strengthen over the last three fiscal
years resulting in lower product cost and a continued improvement in product
margins.
    Overall expenses in fiscal 2007, 2006 and 2005 remained relatively flat,
yet during these periods, research and development and operating, general and
administrative expenditures continued to increase. Offsetting these increasing
costs were lower amortization expense of intangible and capital assets,
increasing interest income, and either lower stock-based compensation expenses
or lower one time write downs of intangible assets.

    FINANCIAL REVIEW

    Total revenues in fiscal 2007 were $3,424,000 and represent a decrease of
$541,000 or 13.6% when compared to total revenues in fiscal 2006 of
$3,965,000. Product revenue, license fees and royalties as well as research
and development contract revenue all contributed to the decrease in revenue in
fiscal 2007 when compared to fiscal 2006. In fiscal 2006, total revenues were
higher by $233,000 or 6.2% when compared to fiscal 2005. In fiscal 2006 when
compared to fiscal 2005, all but license fees and royalties contributed to
higher overall revenues.
    Product revenue in fiscal 2007 totaled $2,764,000 and represents a
decrease of $248,000 or 8.2% when compared to product revenue in fiscal 2006
of $3,012,000. Higher product sales of Klean-Prep(TM) were more than offset by
lower sales of Orthovisc(R) in Canada. Orthovisc(R) revenue was steadily
increasing and peaked in the third quarter of 2006. The current level of
Orthovisc(R) revenue now appears relatively stable just above 2005 levels. In
fiscal 2006, product revenue was higher by $556,000 or 22.6% when compared to
fiscal 2005. The increase is mainly the result of higher Orthovisc(R) sales in
Canada.
    License fees and royalties in fiscal 2007 totaled $512,000 and represent
a decrease of $261,000 or 33.8% when compared to fiscal 2006. The decrease is
mainly the result of lower milestone revenues from the sub-licensing
arrangement of the Company's biochip technology to Lumera. In fiscal 2006,
license fees and royalties were lower by $461,000 or 37.4% when compared to
fiscal 2005 and reflect the lower royalty revenues from the royalty rate
reduction for Klean-Prep(TM) sales in Europe. The royalty rate from
Helsinn-Birex was reduced in half effective January 1, 2005 with fiscal 2006
reflecting the reduced rate for the entire fiscal period.
    Research and development contract revenue in fiscal 2007 totaled $148,000
and represents a decrease of $32,000 or 17.8% when compared to fiscal 2006. In
fiscal 2006, research and development contract revenue was higher by $138,000
when compared to fiscal 2005. The total research and development contract
revenue over the last three years represents an agreement entered into by the
Company with Apotex and reflects the timing of milestone payments.
    Research and development expenditures in fiscal 2007 totaled $4,116,000
and represent an increase of $748,000 or 22.2% when compared to fiscal 2006.
The increase is mainly due to advancing preclinical costs related to L-DOS47.
Research and development expenditures related to Topical Interferon Alpha-2b
remained relatively flat, with lower expenditures resulting from the
conclusion and reporting of the phase II German study results in April 2007
being offset by higher expenditures from the December 2006 commencement of
patient enrollment in the new phase II trial in Sweden. In fiscal 2006,
research and development expenditures were higher by $385,000 or 12.9% when
compared to fiscal 2005. The ongoing costs of conducting the phase II German
study and the then increased scientific and patent activity surrounding
L-DOS47 are reflective of the increase in research and development
expenditures for the period.
    Operating, general and administration expenses in fiscal 2007 totaled
$4,418,000 and represent an increase of $696,000 or 18.7% when compared to
fiscal 2006. A shareholder proxy dispute significantly increased the cost
related to the Company's annual shareholder meeting held on January 23, 2007
and represents the bulk of the increase in operating, general and
administration expenses. In addition, higher D&O insurance premiums, wages and
other consulting services were partially offset by lower marketing promotional
costs and sales commissions. In fiscal 2006, operating, general and
administration expenses were higher by $142,000 or 4.0% when compared to
fiscal 2005. The increase is mainly attributable to higher employee wages,
agent commissions and insurance which were partially offset by lower
consulting, legal and audit fees.
    Amortization of intangible assets in fiscal 2007 totaled $159,000 and
represents a decrease of $435,000 when compared to fiscal 2006. In fiscal
2006, amortization of intangible assets was lower by $650,000 when compared to
fiscal 2005. A certain intangible asset was fully amortized in fiscal 2006,
resulting in the lower amortization expense both in the fiscal year and on a
go forward basis. Intangible assets are amortized on a straight line basis.
    Amortization of capital assets in fiscal 2007, 2006 and 2005 decreased
marginally on a year over year basis and is mainly the result of lower capital
asset purchases over the three fiscal years.
    Stock-based compensation expense in fiscal 2007 totaled $47,000 and
represents a decrease of $1,663,000 when compared to fiscal 2006. The Company
has not issued any stock options in fiscal 2007 and the stock-based
compensation expense during the year represents the ongoing amortization of
compensation costs of stock options granted on June 30, 2005, over their
vesting period. The decrease represents the fair value of the 931,000 options
issued by the Company in fiscal 2006. In fiscal 2006, stock-based compensation
expense was higher by $240,000 or 16.3% when compared to fiscal 2005. The
Company issued 1,151,500 stock options in fiscal 2005 with a fair value per
stock option lower than the stock options issued in fiscal 2006.
    Interest income totaled $496,000 in fiscal 2007, $270,000 in 2006 and
$137,000 in 2005. The stepped increase on a year over year basis is mainly the
result of higher on hand cash balances and interest rates over the three
fiscal years.
    The Company realized a foreign exchange gain of $9,000 in fiscal 2007,
which compares favorably to the foreign exchange losses realized in the 2006
and 2005 fiscal years, which totaled $16,000 and $78,000 respectively. The
Canadian dollar appreciation against the US dollar over the past three years
reversed the foreign exchange losses of previous years which resulted from the
net assets of the Company's integrated foreign operation in Europe.
    Impairment of intangible assets totaled $1,332,000 in fiscal 2007, nil in
2006 and $428,000 in 2005. The Company believes future cash flows may not
exceed the carrying value of its biochip technology patent and in fiscal 2007
recorded an impairment of its biochip technology. In fiscal 2005, the Company
exercised its right to terminate a research collaboration program for prostate
cancer resulting in an impairment of $428,000.
    Income tax expense totaled $105,000 in fiscal 2007, $108,000 in 2006 and
$191,000 in 2005. Income taxes are attributable to the Company's operations in
Europe. Lower royalty revenue from the reduced royalty rate on sales of
Klean-Prep(TM), resulted in lower income and therefore lower income tax
expense in fiscal 2007 and 2006 when compared to 2005.

    LIQUIDITY AND CAPITAL RE

SOURCES Since inception, the Company has financed its operations from public and private sales of equity, the exercise of warrants and stock options, interest income on funds available for investment, government grants, investment tax credits, and revenues from distribution, licensing and contract services. Since the Company does not have net earnings from its operations, the Company's long-term liquidity depends on its ability to access the capital markets, which depends substantially on the Company's ongoing research and development programs. In the first quarter of fiscal 2007, the Company completed a private placement by issuing 3,650,000 common shares with net proceeds of $6,480,000. At July 31, 2007, the Company had cash and cash equivalents, comprised of short-term investments totaling $11,379,000 (2006 - $11,032,000). Short-term investments include highly liquid financial instruments issued by financial institutions with an original maturity of 90 days or more and are carried at cost and accrued interest receivable, which approximates their fair value. At July 31, 2007 the total number of common shares issued and outstanding was 36,335,335 (2006 - 32,685,335) and working capital was $11,468,000 (2006 - $10,900,000). After taking into consideration the Company's anticipated revenue, planned research and development expenditures and assuming no unanticipated expenses, the Company expects that its working capital will be sufficient to finance operations through to September 2008. The Company has no external sources of liquidity such as lines of credit. At present, the Company considers that it will be necessary to conclude one or more debt or equity financings in the near term to be able to continue with its existing business plan. There can be no assurance that any such financing will be available on acceptable terms or at all. The Company's consolidated fiscal 2007, 2006 and 2005 financial statements are summarized below: ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Consolidated Statements of Operations (thousand $, except for per share data) --------------------------------------- 2007 2006 2005 ----------------------------------- Revenue: Product revenue 2,764 3,012 2,456 License fees & royalties 512 773 1,234 Research and development contracts 148 180 42 ----------------------------------- 3,424 3,965 3,732 Expenses: Cost of sales 1,139 1,341 1,190 Research and development 4,116 3,368 2,983 Operating, general and admin 4,418 3,722 3,580 Amortization of intangibles 159 594 1,244 Amortization of capital assets 287 315 330 Stock-based compensation 47 1,710 1,470 Interest income (496) (270) (137) Foreign exchange loss (gain) (9) 16 78 Impairment of intangibles 1,332 - 428 ----------------------------------- 10,993 10,796 11,166 Loss before income taxes (7,569) (6,831) (7,434) Income taxes 105 108 191 ----------------------------------- Loss for the year (7,674) (6,939) (7,625) ----------------------------------- ----------------------------------- ------------------------------------------------------ Loss per share: Basic (0.22) (0.22) (0.28) Diluted (0.22) (0.22) (0.28) ------------------------------------------------------------------------- ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows (thousand $) -------------------------------------------------- 2007 2006 2005 ----------------------------------- Cash provided by (used in): Loss for the year (7,674) (6,939) (7,625) Items not involving cash: Amortization of capital assets 287 315 330 Amortization of intangibles 159 594 1,244 Stock-based compensation 47 1,710 1,470 Impairment of intangibles 1,332 - 428 Foreign exchange loss (gain) (9) 16 78 ----------------------------------- (5,858) (4,304) (4,075) Change in non-cash working capital (221) 202 (663) ----------------------------------- Operating activities (6,079) (4,102) (4,738) Financing activities 6,480 8,808 5,238 Investing activities 6,577 (4,428) 111 Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents 9 (16) (78) ----------------------------------- Cash and cash equivalents: Increase in the year 6,987 262 533 Beginning of the year 4,392 4,130 3,597 ----------------------------------- End of the year 11,379 4,392 4,130 ----------------------------------- ----------------------------------- ------------------------------------------------------------------------- ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Consolidated Balance Sheets (thousand $) ---------------------------------------- 2007 2006 2007 2006 ------------------ ------------------ Current assets: Current liabilities: Cash and cash equivalents 11,379 4,392 Accounts payable 565 711 Short-term Accrued investments - 6,640 liabilities 974 877 Accounts ------------------ receivable 902 878 1,539 1,588 Inventory 539 418 Prepaid and other 187 160 ------------------ 13,007 12,488 Non current Shareholders' assets 1,266 2,981 equity 12,734 13,881 ------------------ ------------------ 14,273 15,469 14,273 15,469 ------------------ ------------------ ------------------ ------------------ ------------------------------------------------------------------------- The Company's complete 2007 Consolidated Financial Statements, Management's Discussion and Analysis and Annual Information Form are being filed today with Canadian securities regulatory authorities and will be available at SEDAR at www.sedar.com. About Helix BioPharma Corp. Helix BioPharma Corp. is a biopharmaceutical company specializing in the field of cancer therapy. The Company is actively developing innovative products for the prevention and treatment of cancer based on its proprietary technologies. Helix's product development initiatives include its Topical Interferon Alpha-2b and its novel L-DOS47 new drug candidate. Helix is listed on the TSX under the symbol "HBP". The Toronto and Frankfurt Stock Exchanges have not reviewed and do not accept responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of the content of this News Release. Reported financial information may not necessarily be indicative of future operating results or of future financial position, due to a number of risks and uncertainties, including those set forth below. This News Release contains certain forward-looking statements and information regarding the Company's activities and finances, which statements and information can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as "believes", "future", "anticipated", "planned", "expects", "developing", or variations thereon, or comparable terminology referring to future events or results. Forward looking statements and information are statements and information about the future and are inherently uncertain. Helix's actual results could differ materially from those anticipated in these forward-looking statements and information as a result of numerous risks and uncertainties including without limitation, the Company's need for a debt or equity financing in the near term, which may not be available in a timely manner or at all and which, if not obtained, will have a material adverse impact on the Company and its ability to continue; uncertainty whether Topical Interferon Alpha-2b or L-DOS47 will be successfully developed and commercialized as a drug or at all; the need for additional clinical trials, the occurrence and success of which cannot be assured; product liability and insurance risks; research and development risks, the risk of technical obsolescence; the need for further regulatory approvals, which may not be obtained in a timely matter or at all; intellectual property risks; marketing/manufacturing and partnership/strategic alliance risks; the effect of competition; uncertainty of the size and existence of a market opportunity for Helix's products; as well as a description of other risks and uncertainties affecting Helix and its business, as contained in news releases and filings with the Canadian Securities Regulatory Authorities, including its latest Annual Information Form, at www.sedar.com, any of which could cause actual results to vary materially from current results or Helix's anticipated future results. Forward-looking statements and information are based on the beliefs, opinions and expectations of Helix's management at the time they are made, and Helix does not assume any obligation to update any forward-looking statement or information should those beliefs, opinions or expectations, or other circumstances change, except as required by law.

For further information:

For further information: Investor Relations, Christina Bessant, The
Equicom Group Inc., Tel: (416) 815-0700 ext. 269, (800) 385-5451, Fax: (416)
815-0080, Email: cbessant@equicomgroup.com; Media Relations, David Schull,
Russo Partners LLC, Tel: (212) 845-4271, Fax: (212) 845-4260, Email:
david.schull@russopartnersllc.com, www.russopartnersllc.com

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