Press Release - November 14, 2023
MANNHEIM, Germany, Nov. 14, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Affimed N.V. (Nasdaq: AFMD) (“Affimed” or the “Company”), a clinical-stage immuno-oncology company committed to giving patients back their innate ability to fight cancer, today reported financial results and provided an update on clinical and corporate progress for the third quarter of 2023.
“We initiated our phase 2 clinical study of acimtamig in combination with AlloNK® and received encouraging feedback on the design of our LuminICE-203 trial from the FDA,” said Dr. Adi Hoess, CEO of Affimed. “We also continued to make progress with AFM24 in combination with atezolizumab and advanced AFM28 in the dose escalation. This positions our company well to report further updates on all three clinical programs within the next few months.”
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Third Quarter 2023 Financial Highlights
Affimed’s consolidated financial statements are prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) as issued by the International Accounting Standard Board (IASB). The consolidated financial statements are presented in Euros (€), the Company’s functional and presentation currency.
As of September 30, 2023 cash, cash equivalents and financial assets totaled €97.5 million compared to €190.3 million on December 31, 2022. Based on our current operating plan and assumptions, we anticipate that our cash and cash equivalents will support operations into 2025.
Net cash used in operating activities for the quarter ended September 30, 2023 was €18.2 million compared to €19.0 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2022.
Total revenue for the quarter ended September 30, 2023, was €2.0 million compared with €14.9 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2022. Revenue in 2022 and 2023 predominantly relates to the Roivant and Genentech collaborations for which we have completed the work assigned to us under the respective collaboration agreements.
Research and development expenses for the quarter ended September 30, decreased by 17.7% from €26.1 million in 2022 to €21.5 million in 2023. The decrease is primarily due to the completion of our work under the Roivant and Genentech collaborations, together with a decline in head count and related costs after the reorganization, also resulting in a decline in the share-based payment expense which is further impacted by the decline in the underlying fair value of share options. The decline in research and development expenses have, however, been partially offset by the increase in higher expenses associated with the development of AFM13.
General and administrative expenses decreased 33.5% from €8.1 million in the quarter ended September 30, 2022, to €5.4 million in the quarter ended September 30, 2023. The decrease was due to a decline in legal, consulting and insurance expenses, as well as share-based payment expenses.
Net finance income/costs for the quarter ended September 30, 2023 decreased from income of €2.7 million in the quarter ended September 30, 2022, to income of €0.6 million in the quarter ended September 30, 2023. Finance income/costs in the three months ended September 30, 2023 primarily consisted of the interest expense incurred on the Bootstrap (formerly Silicon Valley Bank) loan, set-off by the interest earned on the financial assets, term deposits and cash balances. 2022 primarily consisted of foreign exchange gains/losses related to cash and cash equivalents denominated in U.S. dollars as a result of the change in the value of the U.S. dollar compared to the Euro.
Net loss for the quarter ended September 30, 2023, was €24.4 million, or €0.16 loss per common share compared with a net loss of €16.5 million, or €0.11 loss per common share, for the quarter ended September 30, 2022.
The weighted number of common shares outstanding for the for quarter ended September 30, 2023 was 149.3 million.
Additional information regarding these results will be included in the notes to the consolidated interim financial statements as of September 30, 2023, included in Affimed’s filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).
Note on International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS)
Affimed prepares and reports consolidated financial statements and financial information in accordance with IFRS as issued by the IASB. None of the financial statements were prepared in accordance with U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles. Affimed maintains its books and records in Euro.
Conference Call and Webcast Information
Affimed will host a conference call and webcast on November 14, 2023, at 8:30 a.m. EST / 14:30 CET to discuss third quarter 2023 financial results and corporate developments.
The conference call will be available via phone and webcast. The live audio webcast of the call will be available in the “Webcasts” section on the “Investors” page of the Affimed website at https://www.affimed.com/investors/webcasts-and-corporate-presentation/. To access the call by phone, please use link:
https://register.vevent.com/register/BId6f0cfc054b84432a7272424edf98afd, and you will be provided with dial-in details and a pin number.
Note: To avoid delays, we encourage participants to dial into the conference call 15 minutes ahead of the scheduled start time. A replay of the webcast will be accessible at the same link for 30 days following the call.
About Affimed N.V.
Affimed (Nasdaq: AFMD) is a clinical-stage immuno-oncology company committed to giving patients back their innate ability to fight cancer by actualizing the untapped potential of the innate immune system. The Company’s proprietary ROCK® platform enables a tumor-targeted approach to recognize and kill a range of hematologic and solid tumors, enabling a broad pipeline of wholly-owned and partnered single agent and combination therapy programs. The ROCK® platform predictably generates customized innate cell engager (ICE®) molecules, which use patients’ immune cells to destroy tumor cells. This innovative approach enabled Affimed to become the first company with a clinical-stage ICE®. Headquartered in Mannheim, Germany, with offices in New York, NY, Affimed is led by an experienced team of biotechnology and pharmaceutical leaders united by a bold vision to stop cancer from ever derailing patients’ lives. For more about the Company’s people, pipeline and partners, please visit: www.affimed.com.
This press release contains forward-looking statements. All statements other than statements of historical fact are forward-looking statements, which are often indicated by terms such as “anticipate,” “believe,” “could,” “estimate,” “expect,” “goal,” “intend,” “look forward to,” “may,” “plan,” “potential,” “predict,” “project,” “should,” “will,” “would” and similar expressions. Forward-looking statements appear in a number of places throughout this release and include statements regarding the Company’s intentions, beliefs, projections, outlook, analyses and current expectations concerning, among other things, the potential of acimtamig, AFM24, AFM28 and the Company’s other product candidates, the value of its ROCK® platform, the potential of the LuminICE-203 study to support accelerated approval by the FDA, its ongoing and planned preclinical development and clinical trials, its collaborations and development of its products in combination with other therapies, the timing of and its ability to make regulatory filings and obtain and maintain regulatory approvals for its product candidates, its intellectual property position, its collaboration activities, its ability to develop commercial functions, clinical trial data, its results of operations, cash needs, financial condition, liquidity, prospects, future transactions, growth and strategies, the industry in which it operates, the macroeconomic trends that may affect the industry or the Company, such as the instability in the banking sector experienced in the first quarter of 2023, impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, the benefits to Affimed of orphan drug designation, the impact on its business by political events, war, terrorism, business interruptions and other geopolitical events and uncertainties, such as the Russia-Ukraine conflict, the fact that the current clinical data of acimtamig in combination with NK cell therapy is based on acimtamig precomplexed with fresh allogeneic cord blood-derived NK cells from The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, as opposed to Artiva’s AB-101 and other uncertainties and factors described under the heading “Risk Factors” in Affimed’s filings with the SEC. Given these risks, uncertainties, and other factors, you should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, and the Company assumes no obligation to update these forward-looking statements, even if new information becomes available in the future.
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|Unaudited consolidated interim statements of comprehensive loss|
|(in € thousand)|
|For the three months ended September 30||For the nine months ended September 30|
|Other income – net||(6||)||118||1,121||642|
|Research and development expenses||(21,498||)||(26,126||)||(76,302||)||(65,333||)|
|General and administrative expenses||(5,381||)||(8,089||)||(18,507||)||(23,509||)|
|Finance income / (costs) – net||568||2,719||96||5,443|
|Loss before tax||(24,355||)||(16,490||)||(85,730||)||(52,562||)|
|Loss for the period||(24,355||)||(16,490||)||(85,733||)||(52,564||)|
|Other comprehensive loss|
|Items that will not be reclassified to profit or loss|
|Equity investments at fair value OCI – net change in fair value||0||(73||)||0||(6,846||)|
|Other comprehensive loss||0||(73||)||0||(6,846||)|
|Total comprehensive loss||(24,355||)||(16,563||)||(85,733||)||(59,410||)|
|Basic and diluted loss per share in € per share (undiluted = diluted)||(0.16||)||(0.11||)||(0.57||)||(0.38||)|
|Weighted number of common shares outstanding||149,339,335||149,339,335||149,339,335||140,036,614|
|Consolidated interim statements of financial position|
|(in € thousand)|
|September 30, 2023 (unaudited)||December 31, 2022|
|Leasehold improvements and equipment||5,258||3,823|
|Cash and cash equivalents||62,817||190,286|
|Trade and other receivables||2,446||2,697|
|Other assets and prepaid expenses||6,098||2,459|
|EQUITY AND LIABILITIES|
|Fair value reserves||(1,231||)||(1,231||)|
|Non current liabilities|
|Total non-current liabilities||15,157||12,946|
|Trade and other payables||21,713||19,077|
|Total current liabilities||28,887||34,651|
|TOTAL EQUITY AND LIABILITIES||120,464||200,512|
|Unaudited consolidated interim statements of cash flows|
|(in € thousand)|
|For the nine months ended September 30|
|Cash flow from operating activities|
|Loss for the period||(85,733||)||(52,564||)|
|Adjustments for the period:|
|– Income taxes||3||2|
|– Depreciation and amortization||1,273||1,066|
|– Net loss on disposal of leasehold improvements and equipment||74||0|
|– Share-based payments||9,238||14,779|
|– Finance income / (costs) – net||(96||)||(5,443||)|
|Change in trade and other receivables||251||3,118|
|Change in inventories||(181||)||(252||)|
|Change in other assets and prepaid expenses||(3,639||)||(26||)|
|Change in trade, other payables, provisions and contract liabilities||(6,442||)||(33,888||)|
|Paid income tax||(3||)||(2||)|
|Net cash used in operating activities||(84,827||)||(73,932||)|
|Cash flow from investing activities|
|Purchase of intangible assets||0||(30||)|
|Purchase of leasehold improvements and equipment, including upfront payments for right-of-use assets||(3,220||)||(263||)|
|Cash received from the sale of financial assets||0||3,772|
|Cash paid for investments in financial assets||(34,246||)||0|
|Net cash used for investing activities||(37,466||)||3,479|
|Cash flow from financing activities|
|Proceeds from issue of common shares, including exercise of share-based payment awards||0||95,907|
|Transaction costs related to issue of common shares||0||(6,159||)|
|Repayment of lease liabilities||(377||)||(538||)|
|Repayment of borrowings||(4,447||)||(70||)|
|Net cash used for financing activities||(4,824||)||89,140|
|Exchange rate related changes of cash and cash equivalents||(352||)||6,578|
|Net changes to cash and cash equivalents||(127,117||)||18,687|
|Cash and cash equivalents at the beginning of the period||190,286||197,630|
|Cash and cash equivalents at the end of the period||62,817||222,895|
|Unaudited consolidated interim statements of changes in equity|
|(in € thousand)|
|Issued capital||Capital reserves||Fair Value reserves||Accumulated deficit||Total equity|
|Balance as of January 1, 2022||1,234||474,087||(5,973||)||(333,397||)||135,951|
|Issue of common shares||259||89,423||89,682|
|Exercise of share-based payment awards||101||101|
|Equity-settled share-based payment awards||14,779||14,779|
|Transfer of cumulative loss on sale of financial assets||6,865||(6,865||)||0|
|Loss for the period||(52,564||)||(52,564||)|
|Other comprehensive loss||(6,846||)||(6,846||)|
|Balance as of September 30, 2022||1,493||578,390||(5,954||)||(392,826||)||181,103|
|Balance as of January 1, 2023||1,493||582,843||(1,231||)||(430,190||)||152,915|
|Equity-settled share-based payment awards||9,238||9,238|
|Loss for the period||(85,733||)||(85,733||)|
|Balance as of September 30, 2023||1,493||592,081||(1,231||)||(515,923||)||76,420|