(all figures are in Canadian dollars unless otherwise noted)
BELLEVILLE, ON, Nov. 5, 2013 /CNW/ - Bioniche Life Sciences Inc. (TSX:
BNC) (ASX: BNC), a research-based, technology-driven Canadian
biopharmaceutical company, today announced financial results for the
first quarter of Fiscal 2014 (ended September 30, 2013).
"I'm pleased to report that revenues from product sales in our Animal
Health business unit increased by 17% in the first quarter of Fiscal
2014 as compared to the same period last year," said Mr. Andrew
Grant,President of Bioniche Animal Health (global). "The divestment of
this business is being pursued by the Company and this revenue growth
will be very encouraging to the potential purchasers."
As a result of the Company's decision to divest the Animal Health
business, the Fiscal 2014 first quarter financial statements have been
segmented into continuing operations (Human Health and One Health
business units) and discontinued operations (Animal Health business
Fiscal 2014 First Quarter Financial Results Highlights
The Company's continuing operations recorded no income in the quarter,
as compared to $0.07 million in the same period in Fiscal 2013. In
Fiscal 2013, the Company received reimbursement from its former
development partner for Urocidin™-related development costs. Such reimbursement was discontinued when the
Company regained global rights to Urocidin™ in December, 2012.
Cash and cash equivalents from continuing operations amounted to $15.9
million at September 30, 2013, as compared to $4.2 million at June 30,
The Company's total liabilities and shareholders' equity at September
30, 2013 is $74.6 million, as compared to $61.5 million at June 30,
The Company's consolidated cash flow used in operations for the quarter
ended September 30, 2013 (both continuing and discontinued operations)
was ($4.7) million, as compared to cash used in operations of ($5.0)
million in Q1, Fiscal 2013. The average monthly burn rate (before
changes in working capital) was $1.3 million for Q1, Fiscal 2014, as
compared to $1.8 million for the same quarter in Fiscal 2013. Financial
expenses are a substantial contributor to the Company's average monthly
burn rate. These amounted to $1.3 million for the first three months of
Fiscal 2014 compared to $0.8 million recorded in Q1, Fiscal 2013.
"The Company reduced expenditures by $1.2 million in the first quarter
as compared to the same period last year," said Mr. Brian Ford, Chief
Financial Officer of Bioniche Life Sciences Inc. "However, this
reduction was offset by one-time legal and other expenditures related
to the concerned shareholder activity of $0.8 million."
Administration expenses for continuing operations were $1.3 million in
the first quarter of Fiscal 2014, as compared to $1.7 million in the
first quarter of Fiscal 2013. The decrease reflects the Company's
continued efforts to reduce the burn rate. The Company also incurred
expenses related to the aforementioned settlement expenditures.
Marketing and selling expenses were steady at $0.2 million in both
Net research and development (R&D) expenditures for continuing
operations were $3.1 million in the first quarter of Fiscal 2014, as
compared to $3.2 million in Q1, Fiscal 2013. This includes the
continued investment in the staffing and infrastructure associated with
the GMP production of the Company's Urocidin™ bladder cancer treatment that is in Phase III clinical development. As
the validation process on the fermentor area of the Company's Vaccine
Manufacturing Centre in Belleville has been completed, the Company has
begun to depreciate the facility. Until such time as the facility is
fully validated and making commercial product, the carrying costs
associated with this facility are being accounted for under R&D.
Additional R&D resources are focused on the advancement of a second
generation E. coli O157 cattle vaccine.
The basic and fully diluted net loss per share for the Company's
continuing operations for Q1, Fiscal 2014 is ($0.07), as compared to a
basic and fully diluted net loss per share of ($0.06) in Q1, Fiscal
Fiscal 2014 First Quarter Financial Results Highlights - Discontinued Operations (Animal Health)
In May, 2013, the Company formally commenced the process to divest its
Animal Health business and concentrate on becoming a Human Health
company. The divestment is proceeding well, with binding offers
expected to be tendered before the end of the calendar year.
Revenues for this business unit in Q1, Fiscal 2014 were $7.7 million, as
compared to $6.6 million in the same period in Fiscal 2013, a 17%
increase. Net income in Q1, Fiscal 2014 was $1.9 million, as compared
to net income of $0.08 million in Q1, Fiscal 2013.
The basic and fully diluted earnings per share for this business unit in
Q1, Fiscal 2014 is $0.02, as compared to basic and fully diluted
earnings per share of $0.00 in the same quarter of Fiscal 2013.
Q1, Fiscal 2014 Summary
The Company has total Common Shares outstanding at November 4, 2013 of
140,427,498. In addition, the Company has 22,270,912 outstanding
Warrants and 9,468,648 outstanding Options, exchangeable for one
Common Share upon exercise.
More information on the Company's year-end financial results is provided
in the Company's Q1, Fiscal 2014 Management's Discussion and Analysis.
Annual and Special Meeting of Shareholders
The Company held its Annual and Special Meeting of Shareholders in
Belleville, Ontario today. At the meeting, shareholders voted in favour
of electing the following individuals as members of the Board of
Mr. Yvon Bastien
Dr. Michael Berendt
Mr. Rod Budd
Ms. Lyne Fortin
Mr. Greg Gubitz
Mr. James Rae
Dr. Armen Aprikian remains an Observer on the Board. Mr. Graeme McRae is
also an Observer on the Board, with the title of Founder and Chairman
The shareholders also voted in favour of the appointment Ernst & Young,
LLP, Chartered Accountants, as auditors of the Corporation.
Further, the shareholders voted in favour of an increase in the maximum
number of Common Shares available to be issued under the Group
Registered Retirement Savings and Employee Savings Plan ("Savings
Plans") to 10,000,000.
The shareholders voted against the Advance Notice By-Law.
Other Meeting Highlights
During the meeting, additional information was presented to
shareholders, including the following highlights:
The divestment of the Animal Health business being managed by Evercore
is progressing, with final offers expected by the end of November.
These offers will be subject to negotiation, with the preferred offer
brought to shareholders for approval at a special meeting within 30-60
days of signing a definitive agreement.
Discussions are underway with Ontario officials about a potential
provincial program for Econiche®.
A meeting with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to discuss the
potential for accelerated approval of Urocidin™ has been scheduled for December 18, 2013.
The confirmatory trial design for Urocidin™ is proposed to be a seamless Phase II/III single-arm design. This must
be approved by regulators prior to being initiated, and the Company
will seek to offset costs through development partnerships.
The Company's new CEO, Dr. Michael Berendt, talked about his goals and
objectives for the Company, which include "laying the groundwork for a
new way of doing business". He described his first priority as a full
analysis of the business and the use of resources. "We are going to
work to eliminate debt with the sale of the Animal Health business. We
will then focus on assets that generate near-term value, while
dramatically increasing efforts to monetize the Company's Vaccine
Manufacturing Centre and working to achieve accelerated approvals for Urocidin™ in Canada and the U.S." Dr. Berendt committed to open communications
with shareholders and the setting of realistic timelines.
About Bioniche Life Sciences Inc.
Bioniche Life Sciences Inc. is a research-based, technology-driven
Canadian biopharmaceutical company focused on the discovery,
development, manufacturing, and marketing of proprietary and innovative
products for human and animal health markets worldwide. The
fully-integrated company employs more than 200 skilled personnel and
has three operating divisions: Human Health, Animal Health, and One
Health. The Company's primary goal is to develop and commercialize
products that advance human or animal health and increase shareholder
For more information, please visit www.Bioniche.com.
Except for historical information, this news release may contain
forward-looking statements that reflect the Company's current
expectation regarding future events. These forward-looking statements
involve risk and uncertainties, which may cause, but are not limited
to, changing market conditions, the successful and timely completion of
clinical studies, the establishment of corporate alliances, the impact
of competitive products and pricing, new product development,
uncertainties related to the regulatory approval process, and other
risks detailed from time to time in the Company's ongoing quarterly and
SOURCE: Bioniche Life Sciences Inc.
For further information:
Jennifer Shea, Vice-President, Communications, Investor & Government Relations
Bioniche Life Sciences Inc.
Telephone: (613) 966-8058; from Australia: 0011 1 613-966-8058
Cell: (613) 391-2097; from Australia: 0011 1 613-391-2097