ASLAN Pharmaceuticals Reports Second Quarter 2020 Financial Results and Provides Corporate Update

Monday, 13. July 2020 14:06

SINGAPORE, July 13, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- ASLAN Pharmaceuticals (Nasdaq:ASLN, TPEx:6497), a clinical-stage immunology and oncology focused biopharmaceutical company developing innovative treatments to transform the lives of patients, today reported financial results for the second quarter ended 30 June 2020 and provided an update on its clinical activities.

Dr Carl Firth, Chief Executive Officer, ASLAN Pharmaceuticals, said: “As COVID-19 restrictions gradually lift in Singapore we expect to resume recruitment into our multiple ascending dose (MAD) study of ASLAN004 in early August. With the continuing impact of COVID-19 causing some delays in patient recruitment, we plan to share further data from the trial during the fourth quarter of 2020. We have been proactive in preparing to open new study sites in Australia and the US to ensure we can accelerate recruitment, as well as support our planned global Phase 2b study in atopic dermatitis in 2021.”

Second quarter 2020 and recent business highlights

Clinical development

ASLAN004

  • Recruitment paused into randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled MAD study of ASLAN004 in moderate to severe atopic dermatitis (AD) in April 2020 in response to government restrictions in Singapore to contain the spread of COVID-19.
  • To accelerate recruitment, ASLAN has identified several clinical sites in Australia and the US that could join the ongoing MAD study in the third quarter.
  • Clinical trial application submitted and regulatory process underway in Australia to initiate recruitment of patients into the ongoing MAD study.
  • Preparations underway to file Investigational New Drug application to the US Food and Drug Administration later this month.

Varlitinib

  • Two abstracts on varlitinib presented at the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) virtual congress.
                 

Anticipated upcoming milestones for ASLAN004

  • Interim, unblinded data from the 3 dose cohorts (up to 24 patients) expected in 4Q 2020, and initiation of the expansion cohort (an additional 18 patients).
  • Completion of MAD clinical trial in moderate-to-severe AD patients in 1H 2021.
  • Initiation of Phase 2b study of ASLAN004 for AD in 2021.

Second quarter 2020 financial highlights

  • Cash used in operations for the second quarter of 2020 was US$3.0 million compared to US$6.5 million in the same period in 2019.
  • Research and development expenses were US$1.9 million in the second quarter of 2020 compared to US$5.3 million in the second quarter of 2019. The decrease was driven by the completion of clinical studies related to varlitinib and lower manufacturing expenses.
  • General and administrative expenses were US$1.8 million in the second quarter of 2020 compared to US$1.9 million in the second quarter of 2019. The decrease was primarily due to lower headcount and staffing costs.
  • Net loss for the second quarter of 2020 was US$4.0 million compared to a net loss of US$7.9 million for the second quarter of 2019.
  • Cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments totaled US$13.8 million as of 30 June 2020 compared to US$22.2 million as of 31 December 2019. Weighted average shares outstanding for the second quarter of 2020 was 190.0 million compared to 160.2 million for the second quarter of 2019. One American Depositary Share is the equivalent of five ordinary shares.
 
 
ASLAN Pharmaceuticals Limited
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEET1
(in US dollars)
     
  December 31, 2019 June 30, 2020
(audited)(unaudited)
ASSETS        
         
CURRENT ASSETS        
Cash and cash equivalents $22,203,031  $13,827,444 
Prepayments  68,923   295,203 
         
   Total current assets  22,271,954   14,122,647 
         
NON-CURRENT ASSETS        
Financial assets at fair value through profit or loss  68,256   59,002 
Financial assets at fair value through other comprehensive income  132,160   57,829 
Property, plant and equipment  38,333   22,203 
Right-of-use assets  727,866   594,952 
Intangible assets  2,845   888 
Refundable deposits  108,076   108,076 
         
   Total non-current assets  1,077,536   842,950 
         
TOTAL ASSETS $23,349,490  $14,965,597 
         
LIABILITIES AND EQUITY        
         
CURRENT LIABILITIES        
Trade payables $1,871,843  $1,410,546 
Other payables  3,246,842   2,684,612 
Lease Liabilities - current  264,543   274,077 
         
   Total current liabilities  5,383,228   4,369,235 
         
NON-CURRENT LIABILITIES        
Financial liabilities at fair value through profit or loss  262,350   262,350 
Long-term borrowings  17,065,305   17,120,010 
Long-term borrowing from related parties  566,176   607,661 
Lease Liabilities - non-current  490,835   351,934 
Other non-current liabilities  184,870   253,596 
         
   Total non-current liabilities  18,569,536   18,595,551 
         
Total liabilities  23,952,764   22,964,786 
         
EQUITY ATTRIBUTABLE TO STOCKHOLDERS OF THE COMPANY        
Ordinary shares  61,366,844   61,366,844 
Capital surplus  116,495,710   116,495,710 
Accumulated deficits  (179,484,825)  (186,490,714)
Other reserves  (55,084)  (129,415)
         
   Total equity attributable to stockholders of the Company  (1,677,355)  (8,757,575)
         
NON-CONTROLLING INTERESTS  1,074,081   758,386 
         
Total equity  (603,274)  (7,999,189)
         
TOTAL LIABILITIES AND EQUITY $23,349,490  $14,965,597 
         


ASLAN Pharmaceuticals Limited
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME (LOSS)1
(in US dollars, unaudited)
 
  For the Three Months Ended June 30
  For the Six Months Ended June 30
 
   2019   2020   2019   2020 
NET REVENUE $-  $-  $3,000,000  $- 
                 
COST OF REVENUE  -   -   (425,000)  - 
                 
GROSS PROFIT  -   -   2,575,000   - 
                 
OPERATING EXPENSES                
General and administrative expenses  (1,885,444)  (1,790,880)  (4,141,805)  (2,788,423)
Research and development expenses  (5,288,633)  (1,892,559)  (9,738,165)  (4,247,175)
Total operating expenses  (7,174,077)  (3,683,439)  (13,879,970)  (7,035,598)
                 
LOSS FROM OPERATIONS  (7,174,077)  (3,683,439)  (11,304,970)  (7,035,598)
                 
NON-OPERATING INCOME AND EXPENSES                
Interest income  75,187   114   144,211   216 
Other gains and losses  (157,789)  (65,816)  (237,344)  391,435 
Finance costs  (202,206)  (338,612)  (401,906)  (677,637)
Total non-operating income and expenses  (284,808)  (404,314)  (495,039)  (285,986)
                 
LOSS BEFORE INCOME TAX  (7,458,885)  (4,087,753)  (11,800,009)  (7,321,584)
                 
INCOME TAX EXPENSE  (472,082)  -   (475,000)  - 
                 
NET LOSS FOR THE PERIOD  (7,930,967)  (4,087,753)  (12,275,009)  (7,321,584)
                 
OTHER COMPREHENSIVE LOSS                
Items that will not be reclassified subsequently to profit or loss:                
Unrealized loss on investments in equity instruments at fair value through other comprehensive income  -   (39,324)  -   (74,331)
TOTAL COMPREHENSIVE LOSS FOR THE PERIOD $(7,930,967) $(4,127,077) $(12,275,009) $(7,395,915)
                 
NET LOSS ATTRIBUTABLE TO:                
Stockholders of the Company $(7,930,967) $(3,959,184) $(12,275,009) $(7,005,889)
Non-controlling interests  -   (128,569)  -   (315,695)
  $(7,930,967) $(4,087,753) $(12,275,009) $(7,321,584)
                 
TOTAL COMPREHENSIVE LOSS ATTRIBUTABLE TO:                
Stockholders of the Company $(7,930,967) $(3,998,508) $(12,275,009) $(7,080,220)
Non-controlling interests  -   (128,569)  -   (315,695)
  $(7,930,967) $(4,127,077) $(12,275,009) $(7,395,915)
                 
LOSS PER SHARE                
Basic and diluted $(0.05) $(0.02) $(0.08) $(0.04)
Weighed-avg. shares outstanding (in thousands)  160,249   189,955   160,249   189,955 
                 
1 Financial Statements in US dollars are prepared by the company and are unaudited by certified public accountant as of 30 Jun 2020.


Media and IR contacts 
  
Emma Thompson
Spurwing Communications
Tel: +65 6751 2021
Email: ASLAN@spurwingcomms.com
Robert Uhl
Westwicke Partners
Tel: +1 858 356 5932
Email: robert.uhl@westwicke.com
  

About ASLAN Pharmaceuticals
ASLAN Pharmaceuticals (Nasdaq:ASLN, TPEx:6497) is a clinical-stage immunology and oncology focused biopharmaceutical company developing innovative treatments to transform the lives of patients. Led by a senior management team with extensive experience in global development and commercialisation, ASLAN has a clinical portfolio comprised of a first in class monoclonal therapy, ASLAN004, that is being developed in atopic dermatitis and other immunology indications, and a small molecule inhibitor targeting oncology. ASLAN’s partners include Almirall, Array BioPharma, Bristol-Myers Squibb, and CSL. For additional information please visit www.aslanpharma.com.

Forward looking statements

This release and the accompanying financial information, if any, contains forward-looking statements. These statements are based on the current beliefs and expectations of the management of ASLAN Pharmaceuticals Limited and/or its affiliates (the "Company"). These forward-looking statements may include, but are not limited to, statements regarding the Company’s business strategy, the Company’s plans to develop and commercialise its product candidates, the safety and efficacy of the Company’s product candidates, the Company’s plans and expected timing with respect to regulatory filings and approvals, and the size and growth potential of the markets for the Company’s product candidates. The Company’s estimates, projections and other forward-looking statements are based on management's current assumptions and expectations of future events and trends, which affect or may affect the Company’s business, strategy, operations or financial performance, and inherently involve significant known and unknown risks and uncertainties.  Actual results and the timing of events could differ materially from those anticipated in such forward-looking statements as a result of these risks and uncertainties, which include, without limitation the risk factors described in the Company’s US Securities and Exchange Commission filings and reports (Commission File No. 001-38475), including the Company’s prospectus dated May 8, 2018 filed with the US Securities and Exchange Commission on such date and its 20-F filed April 16, 2020.  

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