DGAP-News: 4basebio AG / Key word(s): Half Year Results
– 4basebio reports strong H1 profit
– Cash balances and liquid resources of EUR 100 million
– Ongoing progress and investment in DNA manufacturing capabilities
– Treasury shares held in Q1 following share buyback now cancelled
Conference call for investors and analysts to be held today, 13 August 2020, 3:00pm CEST/2:00pm BST
Heidelberg, Germany and Cambridge, UK, 13 August 2020 – 4basebio AG (Frankfurt: 4BSB; ISIN: DE000A2YN801; Prime Standard) today reported results for the second quarter of 2020 and six-month period ended 30 June 2020.
“Following on the very strong Q1 performance with the sale of our proteomics and immunology assets to Abcam, in Q2 we continued to focus on the development of our proprietary DNA technology,” commented Dr Heikki Lanckriet, CEO. “We are very satisfied with the progress we are making in establishing academic and commercial partnerships to support the validation and scaling of our DNA. This also is highlighting exciting opportunities to work across a range of promising gene therapy delivery systems.”
2020 year-to-date operational highlights:
Progressing the DNA Manufacturing capabilities forward
4basebio has identified potential partners for GMP process development support and discussions are ongoing. The goal is to achieve GMP-readiness during 2021.
Partnerships for research and development
“Buy and Build” strategy
Public purchase offer from Sparta AG
David Roth, CFO of 4basebio, noted: “During H1 we continued to invest in our DNA platform as well as completing a 5.2 million share buyback; nevertheless, we closed H1 with over 100 million of cash and other liquid resources, comprising cash balances of EUR 85.1 million, Abcam escrow of EUR 14.4 million and cash deposits held as security against Spanish softloans of EUR 0.7 million. We remain very well placed to exploit commercial opportunities which may arise.”
Second quarter of 2020 Financial Results:
Total net operating expenses (including cost of goods sold) were EUR 1.8 million in 2020 (2019: EUR 807 thousand from continuing operations). This increase is due in particular to one-time costs, the timing of certain expenditure relative to Q1 and well as the increasing scale of operations.
The group largely ceased operations in 4basebio Inc. as previously announced. The results therefore include a one-time inventory write down of EUR 290 thousand, aggravated by COVID-19 closure, as well as staff termination charges of EUR 325 thousand; in addition, the company incurred one time advisory spend of EUR 117 thousand.
Finance costs were EUR 210 thousand and relate primarily to negative interest on cash balances. Taxation for the period represents primarily an adjustment to deferred tax balances recognised at the end of 2019.
Reported net loss for the second quarter of 2020 was € 1.9 million compared to a loss of € 1.3 million in the same period of the previous year.
First half of 2020 Financial Results:
The result for the period includes a profit of EUR 66.9 million from discontinued operations (2019: EUR 238 thousand). The current year result represents the profit from the sale of the proteomics and immunology businesses to Abcam on 1 January 2020.
As reported in the first quarter results, the terms of the transaction provided for proceeds of EUR 120 million adjusted for debt and cash balances. The following table presents an analysis of the profit on the transaction:
In addition, EUR 360 thousand of transaction expenses were recognised in 2019.
As a result, the net profit for the first half of 2020 was EUR 64.0 million (2019: loss of EUR 1.7 million).
Total assets at 30 June 2020 were EUR 104.5 million (31 December 2019: EUR 62.3 million), including cash balances of EUR 85.1 million (31 December 2019: EUR 990 thousand in continuing operations and EUR 2.7 million in discontinued operations), amounts held in escrow of EUR 14.4 million (31 December 2019: EUR nil) and cash pledged a security against Spanish softloans of EUR 675 thousand (31 December 2019: EUR 281 thousand).
Non-current assets were significantly higher at EUR 17.6 million (31 December 2019: EUR 3.6 million from continuing operations) due to the classification of the escrow balance as long term (the escrow balance is released 2 January 2022).
Overall cash flows for the half year were a positive EUR 81.4 million (2019: outflow of EUR 2.4 million). This included net cash flows from the Abcam transaction of EUR 116.1 million, as follows:
Excluding the impact of the transaction, underlying cash outflows from operating activities before interest and taxes were EUR 1.7 million (2019: inflow of EUR 206 thousand), consistent with market guidance. Cash outflows on interest and taxes relate primarily to obligations under discontinued operations.
Net cash inflows from investing activities amounted to EUR 105.2 million, compared to a EUR 509 thousand outflow in the previous year. Cash outflows from financing activities included EUR 6.5 million debt repayments relating primarily to discontinued operations, settlement of an option, EUR 9.7 million in relation to the share buyback which occurred in February 2020 and the repurposing of cash as security for softloans (such security provided on behalf of the group in the form of shares owned by Dr. Heikki Lanckriet). Outflows for the prior year were EUR 1.8 million. The company closed the period with cash balances of EUR 85.1 million.
Buyback and cancellation of own shares:
In the second quarter, 4basebio cancelled 5,230,667 shares held in treasury after the share buyback in the first quarter. This brings the total number of shares as of 30 June 2020 to 48,525,915.
Conference call details:
4basebio will host a conference call for investors and analysts conducted in English) today, 13 August 2020, at 3:00pm CEST/2:00pm BST, to discuss the consolidated financial statements for the half year ended 30 June 2020 and important developments during the reporting period and to provide a strategic update and financial outlook.
Interested parties may pre-register and will receive dedicated dial-in details to easily and quickly access the conference call by following this link:https://services.choruscall.de/DiamondPassRegistration/register?confirmationNumber=3301059&linkSecurityString=41f04d056
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The conference call will be accompanied by a slide presentation which can be accessed during the call by following this link: https://78449.choruscall.com/dataconf/productusers/4basebio/mediaframe/39333/indexl.html (Presentation only, no sound – advised for participants on the phone)
Please dial in 5 minutes before the beginning of the event.
A conference call recording will be available on the Company’s investors website www.investors.4basebio.com.
4basebio AG, Heidelberg, Germany
Interim results for the six months ending 30 June 2020
Consolidated statement of comprehensive income
Consolidated statement of financial position
Consolidated statement of changes in equity
Consolidated statement of cash flows
For further information, please contact:
Dr. Robert Mayer, Manager IR
MC Services AG
About 4basebio AG:
4basebio AG, formerly operating under the name of Expedeon AG, is an enabler of exciting advances in medical science and patient care. After divestment of its immunology and proteomics products portfolio on 1 January 2020, the Company changed its name to 4basebio AG reflecting the enhanced focus on technologies and products centered around DNA. The Company is focusing on DNA manufacturing to supply DNA products for therapeutic and other uses requiring large amounts of high-purity DNA, such as the fast-growing market of novel gene therapies and gene vaccines. Besides DNA manufacturing, 4basebio aims at providing research and diagnostic products based on its RNA reverse transcriptase, DNA polymerase and DNA primase enzymes, addressing the research tools and diagnostic products markets.
4basebio AG has offices in Germany, Spain, UK, and the US. The Company is listed on the Prime Standard segment of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange (Ticker: 4BSB; ISIN: DE000A2YN801).
More information: www.investors.4basebio.com
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