SAN RAMON, Calif., Nov. 09, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Galena Biopharma, Inc. (NASDAQ:GALE), a biopharmaceutical company developing hematology and oncology therapeutics that address unmet medical needs, today reported its financial results for the quarter ended September 30, 2017.
“The merger process with SELLAS Life Sciences Group, Ltd. remains on track as our registration statement on Form S-4 went effective on November 6, 2017, which includes the proxy statement/prospectus relating to Galena’s special meeting of stockholders to be held on December 15, 2017. The proxy statement/prospectus includes the proposals we are asking stockholders to approve in connection with the merger,” said Stephen F. Ghiglieri, Interim Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer. “In the proxy statement/prospectus, we also introduce the leadership team and new board of directors for the combined company, and we are confident in their ability to advance the assets through multiple ongoing and planned clinical trials. The completion of the merger will create a new chapter for Galena shareholders with opportunities for more near-term value creation.”
Mr. Ghiglieri continued, “During the third quarter, we reached two important clinical milestones with the completion of enrollment in both of our NeuVax™ (nelipepimut-S) combination trials. For the HER2 1+/2+ trial, we look forward to the interim efficacy analysis that is scheduled to be performed by the Data Safety Monitoring Board (DSMB) in the first quarter of 2018. The primary endpoint for the 1+/2+ and the 3+ studies is disease-free survival after 24 months, and we expect these results in the fourth quarter of 2019.”
Operating loss from Galena’s development programs and general and administrative expenses, classified as continuing operations, during the third quarter of 2017 was $4.5 million, including $0.2 million in non-cash stock-based compensation, compared to an operating loss of $6.5 million, including $0.5 million in non-cash stock-based compensation for the third quarter of 2016. Operating loss for the nine months ended September 30, 2017 was $14.5 million, including $0.6 million in non-cash stock-based compensation, compared to an operating loss of $24.7 million, including $1.8 million in non-cash stock-based compensation for the same period in 2016.
Loss from continuing operations for the third quarter of 2017 was $6.2 million, or $0.15 per basic and diluted share, including $1.7 million in non-operating expense. Loss from continuing operations for the third quarter of 2016 was $4.3 million, or $0.41 per basic and diluted share, including $2.1 million in non-operating income. Loss from continuing operations for the nine months ended September 30, 2017 was $15.6 million, or $0.45 per basic and diluted share, including $1.1 million in non-operating expense. Loss from continuing operations for the nine months ended September 30, 2016 was $9.2 million, or $0.97 per basic and diluted share, including $15.6 million in non-operating income. Non-operating expense during the three and nine months ended September 30, 2017 includes a one-time impairment loss on goodwill and intangible assets of $5.2 million. The impairment loss recognized during the third quarter of 2017 is a non-cash expense and adjusts the carrying value of our intangible assets to approximate fair value based on an interim impairment analysis performed in connection with the preparation of our condensed consolidated financial statements for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2017. Non-operating expense during the three months and nine months ended September 30, 2017 also includes $0.6 million and $2.2 million, respectively, of interest expense related to our debenture and a litigation settlement of $1.3 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2017. The goodwill and impairment loss, interest expense, and litigation settlement included in non-operating expense during the three months and nine months ended September 30, 2017 is partially offset by non-cash gains from the reduction in Galena’s warrant liability of $4.1 million and $7.8 million respectively.
Income from discontinued operations from Galena's former commercial business for the third quarter of 2017 was $0.1 million, or $0.00 per basic and diluted share, compared to loss from discontinued operations of $2.6 million, or $0.25 per basic and diluted share, for the same period of 2016. Income from discontinued operations during the third quarter of 2017 was driven by an insurance recovery of $0.7 million for legal fees previously paid that was partially offset by a settlement for product returns reached with a former customer for one of our former commercial products. Loss from discontinued operations for the nine months ended September 30, 2017 was $10.6 million, or $0.31 per basic and diluted share, compared to $8.9 million, or $0.93 per basic and diluted share, for the same period of 2016. Loss from discontinued operations during the nine months ended September 30, 2017 includes an accrual for a one-time civil payment settlement of approximately $7.6 million, which was recognized in the first quarter of 2017 in current liabilities of discontinued operations, related to the oral agreement in principle with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of New Jersey (USAO NJ) and the Department of Justice (DOJ). The civil payment will be paid by Galena in four equal, quarterly installments; the first payment was made in the third quarter of 2017.
Net loss for the third quarter of 2017 was $6.1 million, or $0.15 per basic and diluted share, compared to net loss of $6.9 million, or $0.66 per basic and diluted share for the third quarter of 2016. Net loss for the nine months ended September 30, 2017 was $26.2 million, or $0.76 per basic and diluted share, compared to $18.0 million, or $1.90 per basic and diluted share, for the same period of 2016.
Galena had cash and cash equivalents of approximately $12.9 million as of September 30, 2017, compared with $18.1 million as of December 31, 2016. During the nine months ended September 30, 2017, Galena used $26.2 million in operating activities offset by $15.5 million in net proceeds from issuance of common stock and warrants to purchase common stock in February 2017, and $5.7 million in redemptions of the debenture principally paid by Galena in shares of common stock which facilitated the release of $5.5 million of restricted cash.
|GALENA BIOPHARMA, INC.|
|CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS|
|(Amounts in thousands, except share and per share data)|
|Three Months Ended September,||Nine months Ended September,|
|Research and development||$||951||$||3,624||$||5,357||$||15,242|
|General and administrative||3,511||2,848||9,104||9,490|
|Total operating expenses||4,462||6,472||14,461||24,732|
|Non-operating income (expense):|
|Change in fair value of warrants potentially settleable in cash||4,115||3,652||7,822||14,172|
|Goodwill and intangible assets impairment loss||(5,231||)||—||(5,231||)||—|
|Interest expense, net||(565||)||(1,377||)||(2,225||)||(1,988||)|
|Change in fair value of the contingent purchase price liability||(50||)||(145||)||(182||)||5,182|
|Total non-operating income (expense), net||(1,731||)||2,130||(1,116||)||15,566|
|Loss from continuing operations||$||(6,193||)||$||(4,342||)||$||(15,577||)||$||(9,166||)|
|Income (loss) from discontinued operations||118||(2,587||)||(10,620||)||(8,867||)|
|Net loss per common share, basic and diluted:|
|Basic and diluted net loss per share, continuing operations||$||(0.15||)||$||(0.41||)||$||(0.45||)||$||(0.97||)|
|Basic and diluted net income (loss) per share, discontinued operations||$||—||$||(0.25||)||$||(0.31||)||$||(0.93||)|
|Basic and diluted net loss per share||$||(0.15||)||$||(0.66||)||$||(0.76||)||$||(1.90||)|
|Weighted-average common shares outstanding, basic and diluted||39,250,419||10,465,164||34,406,397||9,515,316|
|GALENA BIOPHARMA, INC.|
|CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS|
|(Amounts in thousands)|
|September, 2017||December 31, 2016|
|Cash and cash equivalents||$||12,914||$||18,083|
|Prepaid expenses and other current assets||520||581|
|Current assets of discontinued operations||830||813|
|Total current assets||26,636||37,499|
|Equipment and furnishings, net||123||199|
|In-process research and development||9,300||12,864|
|LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY|
|Accrued expense and other current liabilities||3,186||4,292|
|Litigation settlement payable||1,300||950|
|Fair value of warrants potentially settleable in cash||4,395||1,860|
|Current portion of long-term debt||12,170||16,397|
|Current liabilities of discontinued operations||6,759||6,059|
|Total current liabilities||28,021||30,398|
|Deferred tax liability, non-current||5,661||5,661|
|Contingent purchase price consideration, net of current portion||1,277||1,095|
|Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity||$||49,595||$||65,811|
About Galena Biopharma
Galena Biopharma, Inc. is a biopharmaceutical company developing hematology and oncology therapeutics that address unmet medical needs. Galena’s pipeline consists of multiple mid-to-late-stage clinical assets led by its hematology asset, GALE-401, and its novel cancer immunotherapy programs including NeuVax™ (nelipepimut-S) and GALE-301/GALE-302. For more information, visit www.galenabiopharma.com.
Additional Information about the Proposed Merger between Galena Biopharma, Inc. and SELLAS Life Sciences Group Ltd and Where to Find It
In connection with the proposed merger, Galena Biopharma, Inc. and SELLAS Life Sciences Group Ltd have filed relevant materials with the Securities and Exchange Commission, or the SEC, including a final proxy statement/prospectus/consent solicitation statement filed with the SEC pursuant to Rule 424(b)(3) on November 8, 2017 (the “final proxy statement/prospectus/consent solicitation statement”). Galena and SELLAS will mail the final proxy statement/prospectus/consent solicitation statement to their respective stockholders. Investors and stockholders of Galena and SELLAS are urged to read the final proxy statement/prospectus/consent solicitation statement because it contains important information about Galena, SELLAS and the proposed merger. The final proxy statement/prospectus/consent solicitation statement, other relevant materials and any other documents filed by Galena with the SEC (when they become available), may be obtained free of charge at the SEC’s web site at www.sec.gov. In addition, copies of the documents filed with the SEC by Galena will be available free of charge on the Company’s website at www.galenabiopharma.com (under “Investors” - “Financials”) or by directing a written request to: Galena Biopharma, Inc., 2000 Crow Canyon Place, Suite 380, San Ramon, CA 94583, Attention: Investor Relations or by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Investors and stockholders are urged to read the final proxy statement/prospectus/consent solicitation statement and the other relevant materials when they become available before making any voting or investment decision with respect to the proposed merger.
This communication shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy any securities, nor shall there be any sale of securities in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such jurisdiction. No offering of securities in connection with the proposed merger shall be made except by means of a prospectus meeting the requirements of Section 10 of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended.
Participants in the Solicitation
Galena and its directors and executive officers and SELLAS and its directors and executive officers may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies from the stockholders of Galena in connection with the proposed transaction. Information regarding the special interests of these directors and executive officers in the proposed merger are included in the final proxy statement/prospectus/consent solicitation statement referred to above.
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NeuVax is a trademark of Galena Biopharma, Inc.
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