Bioniche Reports Fiscal 2010 First Quarter Results And Achievement of First
Milestone Under Licensing Agreement

    - quarter-end cash of $13.4 million before milestone -

    (all figures are in Canadian dollars unless otherwise noted)

BELLEVILLE, ON, Nov. 6 /CNW/ - Bioniche Life Sciences Inc. (TSX: BNC), a research-based, technology-driven Canadian biopharmaceutical company, today announced financial results for its Fiscal 2010 first quarter, ended September 30, 2009.

"We ended the first quarter of Fiscal 2010 in a strong position, with current assets of $25.3 million, 53% of which is cash," stated Graeme McRae, Chairman, President & CEO of Bioniche Life Sciences Inc. "The signing of a licensing agreement with Endo Pharmaceuticals Inc. ("Endo") for exclusive rights to develop and market Urocidin(TM) in North America and receipt of a related up-front payment of US$20 million, has transformed our balance sheet from that of our Fiscal 2009 year-end."

Under the licensing agreement, the Company has the potential to receive a further US$110 million in additional payments associated with the achievement of certain clinical, regulatory and commercial milestones.

The Company is pleased to announce that it has now met the obligations associated with the first milestone, triggering a US$6 million payment from Endo. Future milestones will be announced as they are achieved.

Urocidin(TM) is a patented formulation of Mycobacterial Cell Wall-DNA Complex (MCC) developed by Bioniche for the treatment of non-muscle-invasive bladder cancer that is currently undergoing Phase III clinical testing.

It should be noted that, until further notice, future disclosures regarding progress made on development and commercialization activities supporting the advancement of Urocidin(TM), with the exception of milestone achievements by the Company, will be made by Endo.

Fiscal 2010 Q1 Financial Results Highlights

Consolidated revenues for the quarter totaled $7.1 million, a decrease of 11.6% from the same period in Fiscal 2009. Sales promotions in the last quarter of Fiscal 2009 as well as recessionary conditions in all markets, slightly offset by an amortized portion of the license revenues from Endo ($0.3M of the US$20M up-front payment in the quarter) and the sale of U.S. rights to an animal health product in July, 2009 for proceeds of $0.9 million, contributed to this result.

Gross profit totalled $4.4 million in the quarter, as compared to $4.3 million in the same quarter last year. Gross profit as a percentage of product sales totaled 53.1% this quarter, compared to 53.4% in Fiscal 2009.

For the quarter ended September 30, 2009, expenses before research and development totaled $6.8 million, as compared to $8.0 million in the same quarter last year. This decrease can be attributed to a reduction in administration, sales and marketing expenses. These areas have been affected by personnel changes and temporary cutbacks which continued to the end of July, 2009. Management expects administration and marketing costs to increase over the remainder of Fiscal 2010 to sustain and grow the business.

Gross research and development (R&D) expenses in this quarter totaled $3.5 million, a decrease of $300,000 as compared to the same period in Fiscal 2009. The majority of these costs continue to be attributed to the ongoing Phase III clinical program for the Company's Urocidin(TM) bladder cancer therapy and the E. coli O157 cattle vaccine development program. This expense line will increase going forward with the start of the second Phase III clinical trial with Urocidin(TM) in non-muscle-invasive bladder cancer.

The basic and fully-diluted net loss per share for the first quarter of Fiscal 2010 was ($0.09), compared to a loss per share of ($0.05) for the corresponding period in Fiscal 2009. Total common shares outstanding at September 30, 2009 were 71,959,642 as compared to 70,803,850 for the corresponding period in Fiscal 2009.

Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, amortization and foreign exchange during the first quarter of Fiscal 2010 were $1.1 million, no change from the same period last year.

At September 30, 2009, the Company's net working capital totaled $18.1M, excluding the current portion of deferred licensing revenue, a substantial improvement over the prior quarter.

Long-term debt at September 30, 2009 totaled $11.0M, excluding deferred licensing revenue of $20.5M, which compares to $8.2M reported at June 30, 2009. The increase reflects the trigger of the required long-term repayment of government assistance to the ITO of $3.0M, less repayments of capital leases and long-term debt. The up-front payment related to the licensing agreement with Endo is reflected as deferred licensing revenue, the current portion being $1.5M and long-term portion $20.5M. The total revenue received was $22.3M which will be brought into income over the next 15 years.

Outcome of 2009 Annual & Special Meeting of Shareholders

The Annual & Special Meeting of Shareholders was held yesterday afternoon in Belleville, Ontario. Shareholders voted to elect the following individuals as members of the Board of Directors:

    -   Dr. Stanley Alkemade

    -   Albert Beraldo

    -   Dr. Margaret Cunningham

    -   Pierre-Yves Desbiens

    -   Dr. James Johnson

    -   Graeme McRae

    -   Nick Photiades

    -   Lyle Vanclief

Dr. Armen Aprikian remains an Observer on the Board. Also at yesterday's meeting, the shareholders voted to appoint Ernst & Young, LLP, Chartered Accountants, as auditors of the Corporation.

The shareholders also voted to approve a resolution approving an increase in the number of Common Shares available to be issued from Treasury in payment of the Corporation's contributions to the Group Registered Retirement Savings and Employee Savings Plans by 3,000,000.

The shareholders also voted to approve a resolution regarding the increase in the number of common shares available to be issued from treasury for payment of employee bonuses under the Corporation's Deferred Compensation Plan by 3,000,000.

Further, the shareholders voted to approve a resolution approving amendments to the Stock Option Plan of the Corporation to a "rolling" 10% Plan.

Lastly, the shareholders voted to approve a resolution repealing By-Law 1A and enacting By-Law 1B, a more streamlined by-law that does not repeat statutory requirements set out in the Canada Business Corporations Act. The new by-law also changes notice of directors' meetings from 48 hours in advance to 24 hours in advance.

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 products for human and animal health markets worldwide. The fully-integrated company employs approximately 190 skilled personnel and has three operating divisions: Human Health, Animal Health, and Food Safety. The Company's primary goal is to develop proprietary cancer therapies supported by revenues from marketed products in human and animal health. Bioniche has been named one of the Top 50 Best Small and Medium-Sized Employers in Canada for 2009. For more information, please visit

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 annual reporting.

    Bioniche Life Sciences Inc.
    Amalgamated under the laws of Ontario


                                                          As at        As at
                                                   September 30,     June 30,
                                                           2009         2009
    (thousands of Canadian dollars)                           $            $

    Cash and cash equivalents                            13,502        5,950
    Accounts receivable                                   4,056        3,720
    Inventories                                           6,012        5,408
    Prepaid expenses and deposits                           562          569
    Restricted cash                                       1,101        1,227
                                                         25,233       16,874
    Property, plant and equipment                         9,373        9,494
    Intangible assets                                     6,551        6,792
    Goodwill                                                456          456
    Long-term accounts receivable                         1,053        1,025
                                                         42,666       34,641

    Revolving credit facility                                 -        4,448
    Accounts payable and accrued liabilities              5,200       11,607
    Income and other taxes payable                          170          321
    Deferred government assistance                          311          342
    Current portion of long-term debt and
     obligations under capital leases                       626          635
    Current portion of repayable government
     assistance                                             910            -
    Current portion of non-refundable
     deferred licensing revenue                           1,486            -
                                                          8,703       17,353
    Long-term debt                                        1,152        1,149
    Obligations under capital leases                      1,151        1,225
    Repayable government assistance                       5,545        2,476
    Deferred government incentives                        3,164        3,336
    Non-refundable deferred licensing revenue            20,467            -
                                                         40,182       25,539
    Shareholders' equity
    Share capital                                        95,959       95,856
    Other paid-in capital                                 8,600        8,540
    Deficit                                            (102,075)     (95,292)
                                                          2,484        9,102
                                                         42,666       34,641

    Bioniche Life Sciences Inc.

                       COMPREHENSIVE LOSS, AND DEFICIT

    For the three months ended September 30

    (thousands of Canadian dollar, except                  2009         2008
     share and per share amountss)                            $            $

    Sales                                                 5,906        8,044
    Gain on sale of intangible assets                       883            -
    Licensing                                               333            -
                                                          7,122        8,044

    Cost of sales (excluding amortization)                2,771        3,750
    Administration                                        1,785        1,518
    Marketing and selling                                 1,481        1,670
    Financial expenses                                      188          468
    Amortization of property, plant and equipment           307          338
    Amortization and write-down of intangible
     assets                                                 241          214
    Foreign exchange loss                                   121           67
                                                          6,894        8,025
    Income before research and development
     expenses and other items                               280           19
    Research and development expenses, gross              3,401        3,845
    Repayable government assistance                       3,884            -
    Less: government incentives, net                       (403)        (516)
    Loss before income taxes                             (6,654)      (3,310)
    Provision for income taxes                              130           15
    Net loss and comprehensive loss for the period       (6,784)      (3,325)
    Transition adjustment due to change
     in accounting policy                                     -          (39)
    Deficit, beginning of period                        (95,291)     (84,752)
    Deficit, end of period                             (102,075)     (88,116)
    Basic and diluted net loss per share                  (0.09)       (0.05)

    Weighted-average number of common shares
     outstanding                                     71,874,883   67,194,886

    Bioniche Life Sciences Inc.

                                OF CASH FLOWS

    For the three months ended September 30

                                                           2009         2008
    (thousands of Canadian dollars)                           $            $

    Net loss for the period                              (6,784)      (3,325)
      Add (deduct) non cash items:
      Amortization                                          502          911
      Unrealized foreign exchange gain                      (24)         (94)
      Change in unrealized loss (gain) on foreign
       currency embedded derivatives                          -           60
      Accreted interest on discounted receivables           102           (9)
      Stock-based compensation                               60           62
      Employee share ownership plan                           -          177
      Government assistance obligation                    3,884            -
      Amortization of deferred government incentive        (177)           -
      Licensing revenue                                    (333)           -
      Write-off of intangible assets                         52            -
      Gain on sale of intangible assets                    (883)           -
      Deemed government assistance                          (59)           -
                                                         (3,660)      (2,218)

    Decrease in restricted cash                             126            -
    Net change in non-cash working capital balances      (4,995)        (567)
    Net change in deferred licensing revenue             22,286            -
    Cash provided by (used in) operating activities      13,757       (2,785)

    Proceeds on sale of intangible assets                   606            -
    Purchases of property, plant and equipment             (239)        (138)
    Cash used in investing activities                       367         (138)

    Proceeds from repayable government assistance            54          633
    Proceeds from revolving credit facility                   -        8,385
    Repayment of revolving credit facility               (4,416)      (6,119)
    Payment of financing fees - revolving
     credit facility                                     (2,117)           -
    Repayment of capital lease obligations                  (84)         (59)
    Repayment of senior and other long-term debt             (9)         (33)
    Cash provided by (used in) financing activities      (6,572)       2,807

    Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash
     equivalents during the period                        7,552         (116)
    Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period        5,950        4,399
    Cash and cash equivalents, end of period             13,502        4,283

%SEDAR: 00013159EF

SOURCE Telesta Therapeutics Inc.

For further information: For further information: Jennifer Shea, Vice-President, Communications, Investor & Government Relations, Bioniche Life Sciences Inc., Telephone: (613) 966-8058, Cell: (613) 391-2097,; or Brian Ford, Chief Financial Officer, Bioniche Life Sciences Inc., Telephone: (613) 966-8058, Cell: (613) 242-2298,

Organization Profile

Telesta Therapeutics Inc.

More on this organization

Custom Packages

Browse our custom packages or build your own to meet your unique communications needs.

Start today.

CNW Membership

Fill out a CNW membership form or contact us at 1 (877) 269-7890

Learn about CNW services

Request more information about CNW products and services or call us at 1 (877) 269-7890