QUEBEC, Aug. 14 /CNW Telbec/ - Victhom Human Bionics Inc. (("Victhom")
(TSX: VHB)) today reported its second quarter 2009 financial results.
Mr. Normand Rivard, President and CEO of Victhom said: "The completion,
during the second quarter, of the partnership agreement with Otto Bock
HealthCare, the world leader in the field of mobility, will allow us, through
our newly created Neurostream joint venture, to exploit the great potential of
our unique neuromodulation platform used in its first product, the
Neurostep(R). The combination of our technology and know-how with Otto Bock's
worldwide market knowledge will give us a tremendous edge in bringing this
much needed solution to gait patients throughout the world. With Otto Bock's
$30 million commitment to Neurostream and the conversion of the convertible
debentures into preferred shares, Victhom is now in a good position to bring
its neuromodulation technologies to the market."
Second Quarter Results
During the second quarter of 2009, the Company completed transactions
approved under a Plan of Arrangement which had significant impacts on its
financial statements. The net profit of the second quarter was generated
mainly by non-cash gains related to the following transactions: CAN$ 8.3
million related to the extinguishment of the convertible debentures and their
conversion into preferred shares; and CAN$ 1.7 million related to the assets
and liabilities transfer to our newly created Neurostream joint venture.
Furthermore, while we previously reported results from our Neurobionix
activities as a division of Victhom, the results of the current quarter
reflect our 44.4% interest in Neurostream joint venture and are presented
using proportionate consolidation method from May 1st, 2009.
For the quarter ended on June 30, 2009, the Company recorded revenues of
$495,736 compared with $582,548 in 2008, representing a decrease of $86,812 or
14.9%. Revenues for the six-month period ended on June 30, 2009, were
$1,177,648 compared with $1,156,791 for the same period in 2008, representing
an increase of $20,857 or 1.8%.
The revenues for the six-month period ended on June 30, 2009 are composed
of non-refundable advance royalties for an amount of $1,161,250 ($1,085,747 in
2008), of support activities for an amount of $16,398 ($25,354 in 2008) and of
other sources for an amount of $0 ($45,690 in 2008). Revenues are mostly
derived from Ossur, a European medical device company located in Iceland. For
the six-month period ended on June 30, 2009, compared to the same period in
2008, U.S. dollar currency fluctuations had a favorable impact of $198,768.
R&D expenses, before tax credits and grants, amounted to $2,570,920 for
the second quarter ended on June 30, 2009, compared with $2,619,883 for the
same period in 2008, representing a decrease of $48,963 or 1.9%. For the
six-month period ended on June 30, 2009, R&D expenses, before tax credits and
grants, amounted to $5,440,152 compared with $4,896,191 for the same period in
2008, representing an increase of $543,961 or 11.1%. The increase is mainly
due to higher R&D expenses related to the ongoing clinical trial and the
development of the commercial version of the Neurostep(R), partially offset by
the transfer of our Neurobionix division activities into the Neurostream joint
venture, in which the Company has a 44.4% interest.
G&A expenses, net of non-cash stock-based compensation charges of $7,922,
for the three-month period ended on June 30, 2009, amounted to $479,317
compared with $486,262 for the same period in 2008, representing a decrease of
$6,945 or 1.4%. For the six-month period ended on June 30, 2009, G&A expenses,
net of non-cash stock-based compensation charges of $15,982, amounted to
$1,096,315 compared with $1,347,956 for the same period in 2008, representing
a decrease of $251,641 or 18.7%. The decrease in G&A expenses is mainly due to
shared services provided to Neurostream which are recorded through the
Neurostream joint venture and lower non-recurring professional fees, partially
offset by the increase in amortization of property, plant and equipment.
For the six-month period ended on June 30, 2009, the net loss, net of
non-cash items of $9,569,468, amounted to $4,046,708 compared with a net loss,
net of non-cash items of $3,317,643, for the same period in 2008, which
amounted to $3,900,053, representing an increase of $146,655 or 3.8%. The
increase in net loss, net of non-cash items, is mainly the result of higher
R&D expenses related to the ongoing clinical trial and the development of the
commercial version of the Neurostep(R).
Shareholders' equity amounted to $4,312,827 on June 30, 2009, compared
with a deficiency of $2,010,547 on December 31, 2008. Total assets amounted to
$15,702,864 on June 30, 2009, compared with $17,295,019 on December 31, 2008.
As of June 30, 2009, the Company had cash and cash equivalents of
$2,972,104, including short-term investments. For the three-month period ended
on June 30, 2009, the net increase in cash and cash equivalents was $1,669,105
compared with a decrease of $2,593,116 for the same period in 2008. During the
second quarter of 2009, the cash was provided by $1,500,000 in cash received
from the Neurostream joint venture and a demand loan of $950,000, partially
offset by cash used in operating activities. The Company expects to incur
additional expenditures to complete the development and marketing of its
products. The Company believes that, with its current financial resources, it
will have sufficient liquidity to support its cash flow requirements for at
least the next twelve months.
On June 30, 2009, the number of common shares outstanding
post-consolidation totaled 13,652,173, while 687,300 options were granted
under the stock option plan and 2,596,494 share purchase warrants were in
circulation pursuant to past unit offerings. The number of preferred shares
issued as final and full payment of the principal amount of convertible
debentures outstanding totaled 22,942,500. The outstanding options and share
purchase warrants are exercisable respectively at a weighted average exercise
price of $3.97 and $7.63 per share.
Victhom discovers, develops and manufactures bionic devices involved in
the treatment of a variety of physical and physiological dysfunctions.
Victhom's wholly owned subsidiary, Victhom Bionized Inc., develops
biomechatronic products to support or replace peripheral limbs in what is
known as the orthotics and prosthetics market. Victhom also has a 44.4%
interest in Neurostream Technologies, General Partnership, a joint venture
with Otto Bock HealthCare GmbH, which focuses on the development and
commercialization of technologies and products involving devices that feature
neurosensing and neurostimulation components, integrated with artificial
Some of the statements made herein may constitute forward-looking
statements. These statements relate to future events or our future financial
performance and involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other
factors that may cause Victhom's actual results, performance or achievements
to be materially different from those expressed or implied by any of Victhom's
statements. Actual events or results may differ materially. We disclaim any
intention, and assume no obligation, to update these forward-looking
For further information:
For further information: Normand Rivard, President & CEO, Victhom Human
Bionics Inc., (418) 872-5665, Fax: (418) 864-7034, email@example.com;
www.victhom.com; Source: Victhom Human Bionics Inc.