Neuralstem, Inc. (CUR) Reports Second Quarter 2017 Fiscal Results

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Neuralstem Reports Second Quarter 2017 Fiscal Results and Provides Clinical and Business Update

  Neuralstem, Inc. (CUR), a biopharmaceutical company focused on the development of nervous system therapies based on its neural stem cell technology, reported its financial results for the  three and six month periods ended June 30, 2017.

“Our recent financing of six million dollars has further extended the company’s cash runway to sufficiently support operations and investigation of the mechanism of action,” commented Rich Daly, Chairman and CEO.  “We are encouraged by the emerging clinical profile of NSI-189.  We are continuing to evaluate the full Phase 2 MDD data set and will provide corporate strategy update in the fourth quarter of this year.”

Recent Clinical & Business Highlights

  • On August 2, 2017, Neuralstem was awarded a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to evaluate in preclinical studies the potential of NSI-189, a novel small molecule compound, for the prevention and treatment of diabetic neuropathy.  The award of approximately $1 million will be paid over a two-year period.
  • On July 25, 2017, we announced top-line results from our exploratory Phase 2 clinical trial examining the efficacy of NSI-189 at 40 mg once daily (QD) and 40 mg twice daily (BID) compared to placebo for the treatment of major depressive disorder (MDD).  The study, which utilized the two-staged sequential parallel comparison design (SPCD), did not meet its primary efficacy endpoint of a statistically significant reduction in depression symptoms on the Montgomery-Asberg Depression Rating Scale (MADRS).  However, the 40 mg QD dose was directionally positive on the MADRS.
  • Of two secondary efficacy endpoints in the Phase 2 MDD trial results analyzed so far, the patient-rated Symptoms of Depression Questionnaire (SDQ) achieved statistical significance (p=0.044) with NSI-189 40 mg QD compared to placebo in the overall SPCD analysis.  Results were also directionally positive on the Hamilton Depression Rating Scale (HAM-D17) at both doses.  Both the 40 mg QD and 40 mg BID doses were well-tolerated with no serious adverse events reported.  The company will continue to evaluate the Phase 2 MDD data and provide a full update in the fourth quarter of 2017.
  • In June 2017, Neuralstem (CUR) was added to the Russell Microcap® Index as part of the FTSE’s annual reconstitution of its family of U.S. indexes.  The Russell Microcap® Index measures the performance of the microcap segment of the U.S. equity market.
  • On August 1, 2017, we closed a public offering of 3,000,000 shares of common stock and 2,250,000 common stock purchase warrants at a public purchase price of $2.00 per share and accompanying warrant.  We received gross proceeds of $6.0 million and approximately $5.4 million of net proceeds from this offering.
  • From March through July 2017, we received approximately $3,238,000 upon the exercise of 996,156 common stock purchase warrants issued in our May 2016 registered offering at an exercise price of $3.25 per share. We expect that our existing cash and cash equivalents will be sufficient to enable us to fund our anticipated level of operations based on our current operating plans, into the fourth quarter of 2018.

Financial Results for the Second Quarter Ended June 30, 2017

Cash Position and Liquidity:  We had cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments balances of approximately $11.4 million as at June 30, 2017, compared to $16.7 million at March 31, 2017.  The decrease resulted from use of cash to fund our NSI-189 clinical programs and ongoing operations and the repayment in full of our long-term debt.

On August 1, 2017, we closed a public offering of 3,000,000 shares of common stock and 2,250,000 common stock purchase warrants at a public purchase price of $2.00 per share and accompanying warrant.  We received gross proceeds of $6.0 million and approximately $5.4 million of net proceeds from this offering.

Net Loss:  In the quarter ended June 30, 2017, we reported a net loss of approximately $4.6 million or $0.39 per share, compared to a loss of approximately $3.9 million or $0.47 per share on a split adjusted basis in the quarter ended June 30, 2016. Our operating loss in the quarter ended June 30, 2017 was approximately $4.2 million, compared to a loss of approximately $3.8 million in the quarter ended June 30, 2016.

For the six months ended June 30, 2017, we reported a net loss of approximately $12.2 million or $1.06 per share, compared to a loss of approximately $10.5 million or $1.37 per share on a split adjusted basis in the six months ended June 30, 2016. Our operating loss in the six months ended June 30, 2017 was approximately $8.5 million, compared to a loss of approximately $10.1 million in the six months ended June 30, 2016.

R&D Expenses: The increase of approximately $110,000 or 4% in research and development expenses for the three months ended June 30, 2017 compared to the comparable period of 2016 was primarily attributable to $420,000 increase in clinical trial costs associated with our ongoing Phase 2 MMD study, $170,000 increase in non-cash stock based compensation expense partially offset by a $480,000 decrease in in personnel related costs, internal and external research expenditures and other expenses associated with our May 2016 restructuring.

The decrease of approximately $53,000 or 1% in research and development expenses for the six months ended June 30, 2017 compared to the comparable period of 2016 was primarily attributable to a $2.0 million reduction in employment costs, internal and external research expenditures associated with our May 2016 restructuring almost entirely offset by an increase in clinical trial costs associated with our ongoing Phase 2 MDD study.

G&A Expenses:  The increase of approximately $274,000 or 20% in general and administrative expenses for the three months ended June 30, 2017 compared to the comparable period of 2016 was primarily attributable to a $530,000 increase in personnel related expenses due to severances partially offset by $340,000 decrease in non-cash stock based compensation expense.

The decrease of approximately $1,565,000 or 35% in general and administrative expenses for the six months ended June 30, 2017 compared to the comparable period of 2016 was primarily attributable to personnel related savings associated with our May, 2016 restructuring partially offset by current period severance expenses.

Neuralstem, Inc.
Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
June 30,
2017
December 31,
2016
ASSETS
CURRENT ASSETS
Cash and cash equivalents $   6,442,484 $   15,194,949
Short-term investments   5,000,000   5,000,000
Trade and other receivables   5,345   10,491
Current portion of related party receivable, net of discount   - 53,081
Prepaid expenses   239,309   646,195
Total current assets   11,687,138   20,904,716
 
Property and equipment, net   219,382   269,557
Patents, net   945,066   990,153
Related party receivable, net of discount and current portion   402,965   424,240
Other assets 13,696 15,662
Total assets $   13,268,247 $   22,604,328
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY
CURRENT LIABILITIES
Accounts payable and accrued expenses $   2,235,908 $   2,343,936
Accrued bonuses - 852,963
Current portion of long-term debt, net of fees and discount   - 3,705,787
Other current liabilities 67,992 430,738
Total current liabilities 2,303,900 7,333,424
       
Derivative instruments 3,267,408 3,921,917
Other long-term liabilities   4,136  18,209
Total liabilities  5,575,444  11,273,550
Commitments and contingencies (Note 6)
STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY
Convertible preferred stock, 7,000,000 shares authorized, $0.01 par value; 1,000,000  shares issued and outstanding at June 30, 2017 and December 31, 2016, respectively   10,000  10,000
Common stock, $0.01 par value; 300 million shares authorized, 12,012,877 and 11,032,858 shares issued and outstanding at June 30, 2017 and December 31, 2016, respectively   120,129   110,329
Additional paid-in capital   212,809,063   204,239,837
Accumulated other comprehensive income   3,350   3,905
Accumulated deficit  (205,249,739 ) (193,033,293 )
Total stockholders’ equity   7,692,803   11,330,778
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity   $   13,268,247   $   22,604,328
Neuralstem, Inc.
Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations and Comprehensive Loss
Three Months Ended June 30, Six Months Ended June 30,
2017 2016 2017 2016
Revenues $   2,500 $   2,500 $   5,000 $   5,000
Operating expenses:
Research and development expenses   2,585,079   2,474,629   5,487,165   5,540,219
General and administrative expenses   1,635,652   1,362,140   2,968,073   4,532,662
Total operating expenses   4,220,731   3,836,769   8,455,238   10,072,881
Operating loss   (4,218,231 )   (3,834,269 )   (8,450,238 )   (10,067,881 )
Other income (expense):
Interest income 14,013 13,433 34,896 24,569
Interest expense   (15,728 )   (322,407 )   (154,460 )   (708,913 )
Change in fair value of derivative instruments   (341,611 )   757,275   (3,082,925 )   757,275
Fees related to issuance of derivative instruments, warrant inducement and other expenses   (87,635 )   (466,541 )   (563,719 )   (463,342 )
Total other income (expense)   (430,961 )  (18,240 )   (3,766,208 )   (390,411 )
Net loss $   (4,649,192 ) $   (3,852,509 ) $   (12,216,446 ) $   (10,458,292 )
Net loss per share – basic and diluted $   (0.39 ) $   (0.47 ) $   (1.06 ) $   (1.37 )
Weighted average common shares outstanding – basic and diluted   11,906,334   8,141,198   11,525,730   7,606,725
Comprehensive loss:
Net loss $   (4,649,192 ) $   (3,852,509 ) $   (12,216,446 ) $   (10,458,292 )
Foreign currency translation adjustment  (384 ) 3,268  (555 ) 1,495
Comprehensive loss   $   (4,649,576 )   $   (3,849,241 )   $   (12,217,001 )   $   (10,456,797 )

About Neuralstem

Neuralstem is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company developing novel treatments for nervous system diseases of high unmet medical need.  NSI-189 is a small molecule in clinical development for major depressive disorder (MDD) and in preclinical development for Angelman’s syndrome, irradiation-induced cognitive impairment, Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes and stroke.

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