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PuriCore Plc
20 September 2016
 

 

PuriCore plc

("PuriCore" or the "Company", and together with its subsidiaries, the "Group")

 

2016 Interim Financial Results

 

PuriCore Significantly Advances Transformation to Biopharmaceutical Company

 

 

20 September 2016 - PuriCore plc (AIM: PURI), an emerging specialty biopharmaceutical company focused on leveraging its proprietary immunomodulatory technology, today announces its interim financial results for the six months ended 30 June 2016.

 

In February, the Group confirmed its strategic focus to develop novel, prescription treatments for inflammatory diseases to include Dermatology, Ophthalmology and potentially rare diseases. The Company's first Investigational New Drug (IND) applications are planned for Q1 2017. Today the Company announced, in a separate release, that it has entered into an agreement to sell the Supermarket Retail business to Chemstar Corp. for $13.5 million gross proceeds, subject to a working capital adjustment and contingent on Shareholder approval and other customary requirements (the "Proposed Sale").  This is in line with the February announcement that the Board was considering strategic options for this business.  If completed, this will allow the Group to focus its resources on realizing the potential of the Company's technology to deliver novel medicines.

 

FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS

 

In light of the Proposed Sale, accounting standards require that, as at 30 June 2016, the Company's Supermarket Retail business be presented in the financial statements as Operations Held for Sale.  The Group's Continuing Operations, assuming the Proposed Sale is completed, comprise primarily a Wound Care product and drug formulations under development, as discussed more fully below. 

 

Continuing Operations *

·      Health Sciences revenue increased to $0.4 million (H1 2015: $0.3m) and primarily represents royalty income from the Company's distribution arrangement for its Wound Care product

·      Other revenue was nil, as expected (H1 2015: $0.4m); H1 2015 revenue represented one-off fees paid by third parties to gain access to the Company's Active Chlorine Biocidal Products Regulation (BPR) dossier

·      Operating expenses increased to $3.1 million (H1 2015: $2.5m) primarily driven by increased investment in research, development, pre-clinical and regulatory activities in Drug Development and lower sales and marketing costs for the Wound Care business  

·      EBITDA** loss of $2.5 million (H1 2015 loss: $1.7m) driven by increased Drug Development investment and the absence of comparable BPR revenue

·      Net cash and cash equivalents were $12.8 million as at 30 June 2016 (as at 31 December 2015: $15.5m)

 

Supermarket Retail Business / Operations Held for Sale

·      Revenue increased 28.3% to $10.8 million (H1 2015: $8.4m) primarily due to an increase in both capital equipment and concentrate sales

·      Gross Margin increased to 41.2% (H1 2015: 19.5%) primarily due to lower service costs

·      Operating expenses decreased 20.4% to $3.5 million (H1 2015: $4.4m) driven by reduced sales, marketing and corporate costs

·      EBITDA** profit $1.5 million (H1 2015 loss: $2.2m) driven by higher gross profit and lower operating expenses

 

 

* Continuing operations include the Wound Care product and other medical devices within the Health Sciences segment, Drug Development activities and costs associated with operating PuriCore plc.

** Earnings before interest, tax, depreciation, amortisation, and share based payment expense.

 

OPERATIONAL HIGHLIGHTS

 

Continuing Operations

·      In February, the Group confirmed its strategic focus to develop novel, prescription treatments for inflammatory diseases with potential application in Dermatology, Ophthalmology and rare diseases

·      In June, the Company successfully completed a pre-IND meeting with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its lead candidate PR022, which is being developed for the treatment of Atopic Dermatitis

·      The Company made two key appointments:

-     In March, Dr. Simba Gill joined the Company's Board of Directors, bringing extensive experience in both development stage biotechnology companies, as well as established pharmaceutical companies 

-     In April, Dr. Christian Peters joined the Company in the newly created position of Chief Medical Officer

·      In June, the Directors approved a new share scheme, under which equity awards can be made to employees, with substantially the same terms as the existing share scheme which expired in June 2016

 

Supermarket Retail Business / Operations Held for Sale

·      In February, it was announced that in light of the compelling opportunities to potentially generate significant shareholder value through the Drug Development strategy, and the associated planned investments, the Board was considering strategic options for the Supermarket Retail business

·      In May, the Company reached resolution with the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) following an investigation, which began last year, of the Company's concentrate products (part of the Supermarket Retail product portfolio) resulting in a payment that was adequately provisioned in the 2015 results

 

POST-PERIOD EVENTS

·      Today it was announced that, as described in the separate release, the Group has agreed to sell the Supermarket Retail business to Chemstar Corp. for gross proceeds of $13.5 million, subject to a working capital adjustment and contingent on Shareholder approval and other customary requirements

·      In August, the Company was granted two new patents by the United States Patent and Trademark Office in connection with the method of production, formulations and method of use of hypochlorous acid at therapeutic drug concentrations for the treatment of a broad range of inflammatory skin diseases

·      Also in August, in light of positive pre-clinical results, the Company requested and received a date in November, for a pre-IND meeting with the FDA for PR013, which is being developed for the treatment of Allergic Conjunctivitis

·      In September, the Company learned that additional positive pre-clinical data on Atopic Dermatitis was accepted for a poster presentation at the 2nd Inflammatory Skin Disease Summit in New York in November

 

Alex Martin, Chief Executive Officer of PuriCore, said:

"We have made significant progress during the period in our transition to a specialty biopharmaceutical company and in our efforts to leverage our proprietary immunomodulatory platform to develop potential therapeutics in areas with high unmet medical needs. We are on track to submit two INDs in Q1 2017.  We have a clear path forward from the FDA for our Atopic Dermatitis program and we now have a date with the Agency to discuss our Allergic Conjunctivitis program later this year.  The Board believes that the focus on drug development should lead to the creation of significant shareholder value over the longer term.

 

"The Supermarket Retail business delivered significantly improved results as compared to the first half of 2015; however investment is still required to grow and optimize the business.  The announcement today that we have reached a conditional agreement with Chemstar Corp. to acquire the Supermarket Retail business is an important milestone in the execution of our strategy that will enable us to focus on leveraging our proprietary technology to develop medicines.  We look forward to completing this transaction in due course."

 

 

Enquiries:

 

PuriCore plc

+44 (0) 20 3727 1000

Alex Martin, Chief Executive Officer

Marella Thorell, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer




FTI Consulting

+44 (0) 20 3727 1000

Simon Conway / Mo Noonan




N+1 Singer (Nominated Adviser & Broker)

+44 (0) 20 7496 3000

Aubrey Powell / Jen Boorer


 

This announcement contains inside information for the purposes of Article 7 of Regulation 596/2014 (MAR)

 

About PuriCore

PuriCore is an emerging specialty biopharmaceutical company focused on developing novel immunomodulatory therapies to protect and improve the lives of adults and children. The Company has initiated a drug development program, based on its proprietary hypochlorous acid technology at high concentrations. The Company believes their formulations have novel immunomodulatory activity with potential application for the treatment of diseases in a number of therapeutic areas such as Dermatology, Ophthalmology and potentially rare diseases.  For more details, go to the Company's website:  www.puricore.com 

 

Certain statements made in this announcement are forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are not historical facts but rather are based on the Company's current expectations, estimates, and projections about its industry; its beliefs; and assumptions. Words such as 'anticipates,' 'expects,' 'intends,' 'plans,' 'believes,' 'seeks,' 'estimates,' and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. These statements are not guarantees of future performance and are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties, and other factors, some of which are beyond the Company's control, are difficult to predict, and could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or forecasted in the forward-looking statements. The Company cautions shareholders and prospective shareholders not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which reflect the view of the Company only as of the date of this announcement. The forward-looking statements made in this announcement relate only to events as of the date on which the statements are made. The Company will not undertake any obligation to release publicly any revisions or updates to these forward-looking statements to reflect events, circumstances, or unanticipated events occurring after the date of this announcement except as required by law or by any appropriate regulatory authority.

 

Business Report

 

In February, the Group announced its drug development strategy based on PuriCore's patented hypochlorous acid technology and formulations at high concentrations.  As reported, the Group generated compelling evidence in pre-clinical studies that show these formulations have novel immunomodulatory activity with potential application for the treatment of diseases in a number of therapeutic areas such as Dermatology and Ophthalmology, including potentially rare diseases. In relevant animal models of disease, application of the formulations resulted in a statistically significant impact on allergen-induced itch and inflammation associated with Atopic Dermatitis (including evidence of the inhibition of key cytokines), as well as hyperemia (red eye) associated with Allergic Conjunctivitis. This work builds upon previous clinical experience with the Company's medical devices in Wound Care and Dermatology. Two Investigational New Drug (IND) applications are planned for Q1 2017.

 

It was also announced in February that in light of the compelling opportunities to potentially generate significant shareholder value through the Drug Development strategy, and considering the associated planned investments, the Board had engaged advisors to assist in considering strategic options for the Supermarket Retail business.  Today it was announced that the Company has entered into an agreement to sell the Supermarket Retail business to Chemstar Corp. for gross proceeds of $13.5 million, subject to a working capital adjustment and contingent on Shareholder approval and other customary requirements (the "Proposed Sale").  A Circular will be issued to Shareholders providing further background on the transaction and outlining the Directors' recommendation that Shareholders vote in favor of the Proposed Sale at the General Meeting which will be held on 6 October, 2016.

 

In light of the Proposed Sale, accounting standards require that, as at 30 June 2016, the Company's Supermarket Retail business be presented in the financial statements as Operations Held for Sale.  The Group's Continuing Operations, assuming the Proposed Sale is completed, comprise primarily a Wound Care product and drug formulations under development. 

 

HEALTH SCIENCES / CONTINUING OPERATIONS*

Health Sciences revenues increased to $0.4 million (H1 2015: $0.3m) and primarily represent royalty income from the Company's distribution arrangement for its Wound Care product.  In March, the Company signed an amendment to its distribution agreement with SteadMed Medical which included an extension of the term. 

 

In H1 2015, the Group realised other revenue of $0.4 million arising from one-off fees paid by third parties to gain letters of access to the Active Chlorine Biocidal Products Regulation (BPR) dossier and there were no comparable revenues in 2016.

 

Investment and efforts in the Health Sciences business are focused on research, development and regulatory initiatives to develop novel immunomodulatory drug formulations.  During H1, the Group advanced pre-clinical studies, safety studies, formulation development and regulatory efforts in support of two IND filings planned for Q1 2017. A successful pre-IND meeting was held in June with the Dermatology division of the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) for the Company's lead product for the treatment of Atopic Dermatitis. Further, the team has been expanded through the hiring of Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Christian Peters and the addition of Dr. Simba Gill, an experienced biotechnology executive, to the Board as a Non-Executive Director. 

 

* Continuing operations include the Wound Care product and other medical devices within the Health Sciences segment, Drug Development activities and costs associated with operating PuriCore plc.

 

Income Statement

 

HEALTH SCIENCES / CONTINUING OPERATIONS

Revenue for the Continuing Business was $0.4 million (H1 2015: $0.7m, including $0.3m related to Health Sciences and $0.4m of other revenue) due to higher royalty income from the Company's distribution arrangement for its medical device Wound Care product partially offset by no BPR income.

 

Operating expenses increased to $3.1 million (H1 2015: $2.5m) due to increased investment in research, development and regulatory activities in Drug Development partially offset by lower sales and marketing costs for the medical device products.

 

EBITDA** loss was $2.5 million (H1 2015 loss: $1.7m) due to increased Drug Development spend and the absence of comparable BPR revenue.  A significant growth in investment is planned for the second half of 2016 to prepare for the IND filings in Q1 2017.

 

SUPERMARKET RETAIL / OPERATIONS HELD FOR SALE

Supermarket Retail revenues grew by 28.3% to $10.8 million (H1 2015: $8.4m), driven by capital equipment sales and new concentrate customers and higher consumption.  Additionally, as reflected in the improvement of gross margins to 41.2% (H1 2015: 19.5%), the Company's actions to improve the reliability of its generators and update earlier versions of its concentrate delivery systems with lower-cost, more reliable units have resulted in significantly lower service costs during the comparative periods.

 

Operating expenses decreased to $3.5 million (H1 2015: $4.4m) driven by lower overall spending including reduced sales, marketing and corporate costs.

 

EBITDA** profit was $1.5 million (H1 2015 loss: $2.2m) driven by higher revenue, lower service costs and reduced operating expenditures.

 

The results for Supermarket Retail appear in the Consolidated Statement of Comprehensive Income as Profit / (Loss) from Operations Held for Sale.

 

** Earnings before interest, tax, depreciation, amortisation, and share based payment expense.

 

Cash Flow

 

As at 30 June 2016, cash and cash equivalents were $12.8 million (31 December 2015: $15.5m).  There was no debt as at 30 June 2016 or as at 31 December 2015. Total cash used by the Group during the six months ended 30 June 2016 was $2.7 million.

 

PuriCore used $2.4 million in cash to fund operating activities (comprising $2.2m for Continuing Operations and $0.2m for Supermarket Retail) (H1 2015: $3.4m used, comprising $1.2m for Continuing Operations and $2.2m for Supermarket Retail). Cash absorbed during the first six months of 2016 was driven by the Company's investment in research and development within the Continuing Operations. In addition $0.3 million was used for investing activities (primarily capital needs) all related to Supermarket Retail (H1 2015: $0.9m used for investing with $0.3m related to Continuing Operations and $0.6m related to Supermarket Retail).

 

Outlook

 

It is expected that the Proposed Sale will be completed by early October and, if completed, a period of transition will follow during which the operations of the Supermarket Retail business will be transitioned to Chemstar Corp. The Group's focus will be continued development of a product candidate pipeline in several therapeutic areas based on formulations containing the Company's proprietary immunomodulatory technology. Investments are expected to increase in support of the filing of the two INDs and, following FDA acceptance, subsequent commencement of clinical studies in 2017.  The Group will continue to have a modest revenue stream from the royalty associated with the Wound Care product which is licensed to SteadMed Medical.  The Board believes that the focus on drug development should lead to the creation of significant shareholder value over the longer term.

 

FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

 

Continuing operations include primarily the Wound Care product and Drug Development activities. The Company's Supermarket Retail business has been presented as Operations Held for Sale, given the Proposed Sale, for all periods presented. Financial statements for the six months ended 30 June 2015 and twelve months ended 31 December 2015 have been restated to reflect the Supermarket Retail business as Operations Held for Sale.

 

Consolidated Statement of Comprehensive Income

For the six-month periods ended 30 June 2016 and 2015 and the 12-month period ended 31 December 2015

 

 


For the six months ended

For the year ended


30 June 2016

30 June 2015

31 December 2015


Unaudited

Unaudited (1)

Audited (1)


$

$

$

CONTINUING OPERATIONS




Revenue

361,840

663,520

1,232,593

Cost of sales

(47,366)

 (74,287)

240,729)





Gross Profit

314,474

589,233

991,864





Sales and marketing expenses

-

(421,498)

(1,316,759)

General and administrative expenses

(1,451,062)

(1,245,449)

(2,472,981)

Research and development expenses

(1,620,130)

(848,692)

(2,394,640)

Total Operating Expenses

(3,071,192)

(2,515,639)

(6,184,380)





Loss from Continuing Operations before Interest and Tax

 

(2,756,719)

 

(1,926,406)

 

(5,192,516)





Finance costs

-

(6,146)

(12,089)





Net Finance Income / (Expense)

-

(6,146)

(12,089)





Loss from Continuing Operations before Taxation

(2,756,718)

(1,932,552)

(5,204,605)

Taxation Expense

(15,260)

(10,745)

(34,004)

Loss from Continuing Operations

(2,771,978)

(1,943,297)

(5,238,609)





PROFIT / (LOSS) FROM OPERATIONS HELD FOR SALE NET OF TAX




Profit / (Loss) from Operations Held for Sale, net of tax (1)

1,051,650

(2,601,138)

(4,134,839)





Loss Attributable to Equity Holders of the Parent

(1,720,328)

(4,544,435)

(9,373,448)









Items that Are or May Be Reclassified to Profit and Loss:








Foreign currency translation differences for foreign operations

 

(6,183)

 

(5,153)

(26,895)

Total Comprehensive Loss Attributable to Equity Holders of the Parent

 

(1,726,511)

 

(4,549,588)

 

(9,400,343)





Loss per Share, Basic and Diluted

(0.03)

(0.09)

(0.19)





Loss per Share, Continuing Operations, Basic and Diluted

(0.06)

(0.04)

(0.10)





 

 

(1)   As at 30 June 2016, the Company's Supermarket Retail business has been presented as Operations Held for Sale in the financial statements. The Group's Continuing Operations comprise the Health Sciences business. The periods ended 31 December 2015 and 30 June 2015 have been restated to reflect the Supermarket Retail business as Operations Held for Sale.

 

Consolidated Statement of Financial Position

As at 30 June 2016 and 2015 and 31 December 2015

 


As At


30 June 2016

30 June 2015

31 December 2015


Unaudited

Unaudited (1)

Audited (1)


$

$

$

ASSETS




Non-Current Assets




Intangible assets

-

609,462

-

Property, plant, and equipment

264,465

315,852

139,060

Non-current other receivables

39,379

-

36,364





Total Non-Current Assets

303,844

925,314

175,424





Current Assets




Inventories

-

336,927

-

Trade and other receivables

323,098

266,140

12,771

Available for sale assets in disposal group

8,296,476

11,013,977

9,134,032

Cash and cash equivalents

12,769,954

16,550,996

15,456,624





Total Current Assets

21,389,528

28,168,040

24,603,427





Total Assets

21,693,372

29,093,354

24,778,851





LIABILITIES




Current Liabilities




Trade payables and other accruals

(1,265,150)

(1,287,855)

(1,288,066)

Available for sale liabilities in disposal group

(2,660,389)

(3,601,427)

(4,155,564)

Loans and borrowings

-

(223,289)

-





Total Current Liabilities

(3,925,539)

(5,112,571)

(5,443,630)





Total Liabilities

(3,925,539)

(5,112,571)

(5,443,630)





Net Assets

17,767,833

23,980,783

19,335,221





EQUITY




Share capital

8,515,641

8,515,641

8,515,641

Share premium

81,414,651

81,414,651

81,414,651

Other reserves

103,852,014

103,487,698

103,692,891

Retained earnings

(176,016,332)

(169,466,991)

(174,296,004)

Cumulative translation adjustment

1,859

29,784

8,042





Issued Capital and Reserves Attributable to Equity Holders of the Parent

 

17,767,833

 

23,980,783

 

19,335,221





Total Equity

$17,767,833

$23,980,783

$19,335,221

 

 

(1)   As at 30 June 2016, the Company's Supermarket Retail business has been presented as Operations Held for Sale in the financial statements. The Group's Continuing Operations comprise the Health Sciences business. As at 31 December 2015 and 30 June 2015 have been restated to reflect the Supermarket Retail business as Operations Held for Sale.

 

Consolidated Cash Flow Statement

For the six-month periods ended 30 June 2016 and 2015 and the 12-month period ended 31 December 2015

 


For the six months ended

For the year ended


30 June 2016

30 June 2015

31 December 2015


Unaudited

Unaudited (1)

Audited (1)


$

$

$

Cash Flows from Operating Activities, Continuing Operations




Loss for period

(2,771,978)

(1,943,297)

(5,238,609)

Adjustments for non-cash:




Finance income

-

-

-

Finance costs

-

6,146

12,089

Depreciation and amortisation

63,747

114,921

558,201

Share-based payment expense

159,123

168,973

374,166

Write off of property, plant and equipment

31,416

733

100,126





Operating Loss before Movement in Working Capital

(2,517,692)

(1,652,523)

(4,194,027)





Decrease in trade and other receivables

375,845

713,253

1,430,658

(Increase) / Decrease in inventories

(298)

(310,768)

26,160

(Decrease) / Increase in trade payables and other accruals

(10,679)

90,304

173,466

Decrease in taxes payable

-

-

(75,000)

Cash Used in Operations, Held for Sale-Operating Activities

(347,050)

(2,409,268)

(1,108,805)

Cash Used in Operations

(2,499,874)

(3,569,003)

(3,747,548)

Finance income, Held for Sale

114,891

167,425

315,718

Net Cash Flow from Operating Activities

(2,384,983)

(3,401,578)

(3,431,830)





Cash Flows from Investing Activities




Purchases of property, plant, and equipment

-

(126,528)

(131,093)

Purchases of intangible assets

-

(236,176)

-

Cash Used in Operations, Held for Sale-Investing Activities

(284,688)

(559,944)

(1,598,001)





Net Cash Flow from Investing Activities

(284,688)

(922,648)

(1,729,094)









Cash Flows from Financing Activities




Interest paid on borrowings

-

(6,146)

(12,089)

Repayment of line of credit

-

-

(223,323)

Net Cash Flow from Financing Activities

-

(6,146)

(235,412)

Net Decrease in Cash and Cash Equivalents

(2,669,671)

(4,330,372)

(5,396,336)

Cash and Cash Equivalents at Beginning of Period

15,456,624

20,887,379

20,887,379

Effect of Foreign Exchange Rate Changes on Cash Held

(16,999)

(6,011)

(34,419)

Total Cash and Cash Equivalents Held at End of Period

12,769,954

16,550,996

15,456,624

 

 

(1)   As at 30 June 2016, the Company's Supermarket Retail business has been presented as Operations Held for Sale in the financial statements. The Group's Continuing Operations comprise the Health Sciences business. The periods ended 31 December 2015 and 30 June 2015 have been restated to reflect the Supermarket Retail business as Operations Held for Sale.

 

Consolidated Statement of Changes in Equity

For the six-month periods ended 30 June 2016 and 2015 and the 12-month period ended 31 December 2015

 


 

 

 

Share capital

 

 

Share premium

 

 

Other reserves

 

 

Retained earnings

 

Cumulative translation adjustment

 

 

 

Total


$

$

$

$

$

$








As at 1 January 2016

8,515,641

81,414,651

103,692,891

(174,296,004)

8,042

19,335,221








Loss for the period

-

-

-

(1,720,328)

-

(1,720,328)

Other comprehensive income

-

-

-

-

(6,183)

(6,183)

Total comprehensive income

-

-

-

(1,720,328)

(6,183)

(1,726,511)








Share-based payment movement

-

-

159,123

-

-

159,123

Transactions with owners

-

-

159,123

-

-

159,123








As at 30 June 2016

8,515,641

81,414,651

103,852,014

(176,016,332)

1,859

17,767,833















As at 1 January 2015

8,515,641

81,414,651

107,764,975

(169,368,806)

34,937

28,361,398








Loss for the period

-

-

-

(4,544,435)

-

(4,544,435)

Other comprehensive income

-

-

-

-

(5,153)

(5,153)

Total comprehensive income

-

-

-

(4,544,435)

(5,153)

(4,549,588)








Reclassification following lapse of share options and warrants

 

-

 

-

 

(4,446,250)

 

4,446,250

 

-

 

-

Share-based payment movement

-

-

168,973

-

-

168,973

Transaction with owners

-

-

(4,277,277)

4,446,250

-

168,973








As at 30 June 2015

8,515,641

81,414,651

103,487,698

(169,466,991)

29,784

23,980,783








As at 1 January 2015

8,515,641

81,414,651

107,764,975

(169,368,806)

34,937

28,361,398








Loss for the year

-

-

-

(9,373,448)

-

(9,373,448)

Other comprehensive income

-

-

-

-

(26,895)

(26,895)

Total comprehensive income

-

-

-

(9,373,448)

(26,895)

(9,400,343)








Reclassification following lapse of share options and warrants

 

-

 

-

 

(4,446,250)

 

4,446,250

 

-

 

-

Share-based payment movement

-

-

374,166

-

-

374,166

Transactions with owners

-

-

(4,072,084)

4,446,250

-

374,166








As at 31 December 2015

8,515,641

81,414,651

103,692,891

(174,296,004)

8,042

19,335,221

 

 

General Information and Basis of Preparation

 

PuriCore plc is domiciled in the United Kingdom. As at 30 June 2016, the Company has presented its Supermarket Retail business as Operations Held for Sale as a result of the Proposed Sale. The consolidated interim financial statements of the Company as at and for the six months ended 30 June 2016 and 2015 and the consolidated financial statements as at 31 December 2015 and for the 12 months ended 31 December 2015 comprise the Company and its subsidiaries (together referred to as the "Group") representing the Continuing and Operations Held for Sale (the Supermarket Retail business). Financial statements for the six months ended 30 June 2015 and twelve months ended 31 December 2015 have been restated to reflect the Supermarket Retail business as Operations Held for Sale. The financial statements have been prepared in accordance with IAS 34 "Interim Financial Reporting" (IAS34). The financial statements do not include all of the information required in annual financial statements in accordance with IFRSs, and should be read in conjunction with the consolidated financial statements for the year ended 31 December 2015.

 

The financial statements are presented in US dollars (USD), rounded to the nearest dollar. The USD has been chosen as the presentational currency as a significant portion of the Group's revenue and expenses are denominated in USD.

 

The consolidated interim financial statements have been approved for issue by the Board of Directors for issuance on 20 September 2016.

 

The interim financial statements for the periods ended 30 June 2016 and 2015 are unaudited and do not comprise statutory accounts within the meaning of Sections 434 and 435 of the Companies Act of 2006. 

 

The comparative figures for the financial year ended 31 December 2015 are not the Company's statutory accounts for the financial year. The statutory accounts for the year ended 31 December 2015, which were prepared under International Financial Reporting Standards adopted by the EU ("Adopted IFRS"), have been reported on by the Company's auditors and delivered to the Registrar of Companies. The report of the auditors was (i) unqualified, and (ii) did not include a reference to any matters to which the auditor drew attention by way of emphasis without qualifying their report.  The results for the year ended 31 December 2015 have been re-stated to show the Supermarket Retail business as Operations Held for Sale.

 

Significant Accounting Policies

 

The accounting policies set out in the annual report and accounts for the year ended 31 December 2015 have been applied consistently throughout the Group for the purpose of these consolidated interim financial statements.

 

Use of Estimates and Judgments

 

The preparation of interim financial statements required management to make judgements, estimates, and assumptions that affect the application of accounting policies and the reported amounts of assets and liabilities, income, and expenses. Actual results may differ from these estimates.

 

In preparing these consolidated interim financial statements, the significant judgements made by management in applying the Group's accounting policies and the key sources of estimation uncertainty were the same as those that applied to the consolidated financial statements as at and for the year ended 31 December 2015.

 

Going Concern

 

The financial statements are prepared on a going concern basis, which the Directors believe to be appropriate for the reasons set out below.  The Group meets its day-to-day working capital requirements through its cash balances. As at 30 June 2016 the Group had $12.8 million of cash and cash equivalents and no debt. Further, the Proposed Sale is expected to result in the receipt of net proceeds of approximately $10.8 million after both transaction costs and related separation payments to employees. Although certain purchase commitments have been made in connection with the Company's Drug Development activities, the timing of investments could be delayed and the amount could be reduced, if necessary, based on the Company's cash position and if the Proposed Sale did not proceed.

 

The Directors have concluded the Group will continue to operate with sufficient funding, and accordingly these interim financial statements have been prepared on a going concern basis.

 

 

Segmental Analysis (Continuing Operations and Operations Held for Sale)

 

The Continuing Operations of the Group represent the Wound Care product, certain other medical devices and the Company's Drug Development activities. Segmental information is provided having regard to the nature of the goods and services provided and the markets served.

 

An analysis of the Group's business segments (Continuing Operations and Operations Held for Sale) for the six months ended 30 June 2016 and 2015 and the year ended 31 December 2015 is as follows.

 


For the six months ended 30 June 2016


Health Sciences

Company & Other (1)

Total Continuing Operations

Operations, Held for Sale; Supermarket Retail


$

$

$

$






Revenue

361,840

-

361,840

10,794,132






Gross Profit

314,474

-

314,474

4,442,726






Profit / (Loss) before Interest, Tax, Depreciation & Amortisation, and Share-Based Payment Expense

 

 

(1,864,087)

 

 

(669,761)

 

 

(2,533,848)

 

 

1,498,867

Interest Income

-

-

-

114,891

Depreciation and amortisation

(31,469)

(32,278)

(63,747)

(421,366)

Write-off of assets (2)

-

-

-

(140,742)

Share-based payment expense

-

(159,123)

(159,123)

-






Profit / (Loss) before Tax

(1,895,556)

(861,162)

(2,756,718)

1,051,650






Total Segment Assets, excluding cash and cash equivalents, as at 30 June 2016

 

123,101

 

503,842

 

626,943

 

8,296,476

 


For the six months ended 30 June 2015


 

Health Sciences

 

 

Company & Other (1)

Total Continuing Operations

Operations, Held for Sale; Supermarket Retail


$

$

$

$






Revenue

306,297

357,223

663,520

8,411,373






Gross Profit

232,010

357,223

589,233

1,636,072






Loss before Interest, Tax, Depreciation & Amortisation, and Share-Based

(1,324,974)

(329,011)

(1,653,985)

(2,158,986)

Interest (expense) / Income

-

(6,146)

(6,146)

167,425

Depreciation and amortisation

(71,581)

(31,867)

(103,448)

(609,577)

Share-based payment expense

-

(168,973)

(168,973)

-






Loss before Tax

(1,396,555)

(535,997)

(1,932,552)

(2,601,138)






Total Segment Assets, excluding cash and cash equivalents, as at 30 June 2015

1,315,635

212,747

1,528,381

11,013,977

 


For the twelve months ended 31 December 2015


 

 

Health Sciences

 

 

Company & Other (1)

 

Total Continuing Operations

Operations, Held for Sale; Supermarket Retail


$

$

$

$






Revenue

611,076

621,517

1,232,593

22,173,276






Gross Profit

370,347

621,517

991,864

5,656,947






Loss before Interest, Tax, Depreciation & Amortisation, and Share-Based Payment Expense

 

(3,345,216)

 

(914,933)

 

(4,260,149)

 

(2,524,642)

Interest expense, net

-

(12,089)

(12,089)

315,718

Depreciation and amortization (3)

(461,225)

(96,975)

(558,201)

(1,186,028)

Write-off of assets (2)

-

-

-

(739,887)

Share-based payment expense

-

(374,166)

(374,166)

-






Loss before Tax

(3,806,441)

(1,398,163)

(5,204,605)

(4,134,839)






Total Segment Assets, excluding cash and cash equivalents, as at 31 December 2015

 

59,334

 

128,861

 

188,195

 

9,134,032

 

 

(1) Company and Other includes costs associated with operating PuriCore plc. In 2015, Company and Other also included non-recurring BPR revenue.

(2) Represents the write off of certain concentrate delivery system assets, as customers purchased alternate capital equipment (generators), no longer in use.

(3) Includes amortisation of medical device-related intangible assets no longer in use.

 

Earnings per Share

 

Both basic and diluted earnings per share have been calculated using the profit or loss attributable to the equity shareholders of the parent company as the numerator since no adjustments to profits or losses were necessary during the six months ended 30 June 2016 and 2015 or the year ended 31 December 2015.

 

The Group's issued share capital at 30 June 2016 consisted of 50,135,432, 10 pence ordinary shares. The weighted average number of shares for the calculation of the Group's basic and diluted profit or loss per share for the six months ended 30 June 2016 and 2015 and year ended 31 December 2015 is as follows.

 

 


For the six months ended

For the year ended


30 June 2016

30 June 2015

31 December 2015





Number of Shares




Weighted average number of ordinary shares for the purpose of basic  earnings / (loss) per share

 

50,135,432

 

50,135,432

 

50,135,432

Weighted average number of ordinary shares for the purpose of diluted profit per share *

 

50,135,432

 

50,135,432

 

50,135,432

 

* The calculation for diluted loss per share is identical to that used for basic loss per share.  The exercise of share options would have the effect of reducing the loss per share and are therefore excluded since not dilutive under the terms of IAS 33 "Earnings per Share."

 

 

Operations Held for Sale

 

PuriCore's Operations Held for Sale represents its Supermarket Retail business which management held for sale as of 30 June 2016. The Supermarket Retail business was not classified as Held for Sale as at 31 December 2015 or as at 30 June 2015; however, the comparative Statement of Comprehensive Income, Summary Statement of Cash Flows, and Statement of Financial Position for the Supermarket Retail segment are as follows.

 


For the six months ended

For the year ended


30 June 2016

30 June 2015

31 December 2015


$

$

$





Results of Discontinued Operations




Revenue

10,794,132

8,411,373

22,173,276

Cost of sales

(6,351,406)

(6,775,301)

(16,516,329)

Gross Profit

4,442,726

1,636,072

5,656,947

Operating Expenses

(3,505,967)

(4,404,635)

(10,107,504)

Results from Operating Activities

936,759

(2,768,563)

(4,450,557)

Finance Income

114,891

167,425

315,718

Taxation expense

-

-

-





Profit / (Loss) from Operations Held for Sale, net of  tax

1,051,650

(2,601,138)

(4,134,839)





Basic and diluted Earnings/ (Loss) per Share from Operations Held for Sale

 

0.03

 

(0.05)

 

(0.09)

 

 


 

For the six months ended

For the twelve months ended


30 June 2016

30 June 2015

31 December 2015


$

$

$





Net Cash Flow from Operating Activities

(347,050)

(2,409,268)

(1,108,805)

Finance Income

114,891

167,425

315,718

Net Cash Flow from Investing Activities

(284,688)

(559,944)

(1,598,001)

 

Net Cash Used in Operations, Held for Sale

 

(516,847)

(2,801,787)

(2,391,088)

 

 



As at



30 June 2016

30 June 2015

31 December 2015


$

$

$

Effect of Disposal on the Financial Position of the Group




ASSETS




Non-Current Assets




Intangible assets

493,362

685,574

589,468

Property, plant, and equipment

1,992,998

2,842,662

2,492,447

Non-current lease receivables

581,966

1,773,928

1,272,276

Total Non-Current Assets

3,068,326

5,302,164

4,354,191





Current Assets




Inventories

1,249,490

1,347,706

1,643,465

Trade and other receivables

3,978,660

4,364,107

3,136,376





Total Current Assets

5,228,150

5,711,813

4,779,841





Total Assets

8,296,476

11,013,977

9,134,032





LIABILITIES




Current Liabilities




Trade payables and other accruals

(2,660,389)

(3,601,427)

(4,155,564)





Total Current Liabilities

(2,660,389)

(3,601,427)

(4,155,564)

Net Assets Held for Sale

5,636,087

7,412,550

4,978,468

 

 

Products and Services of the Continuing Operations

 

PuriCore is an emerging specialty biopharmaceutical company focused on leveraging its proprietary immunomodulatory technology at high concentrations. Upon completion of the Proposed Sale, the Continuing Operations will include the Wound Care product, which is marketed through a distribution arrangement with SteadMed medical, and other medical devices within the Health Sciences segment and Drug Development activities. 

 

Risks and Uncertainties

 

The Group continues to be affected by a number of risks. Many risks, including those associated with the Drug Development strategy, have not changed materially since 31 December 2015 and are detailed beginning on page 7 of the Company's 2015 Annual Report, a copy of which is available on the Company's website, www.puricore.com. However, additional risks and uncertainties arise as a result of the Proposed Sale and the composition of the Continuing Operations which are listed below.

 

Following completion of the Proposed Sale, the Group will be focused primarily on activities to develop and seek approval for certain therapeutic applications of hypochlorus-based pharmaceutical formulations.  Accordingly, the Group will have a significantly reduced number of employees comprising executive management, clinical and regulatory support, research and development, strategy and limited administration functions.  Additionally, the Group will continue to earn modest royalty revenue associated with Vashe® wound-care product, which continues to be licensed to a marketing and manufacturing partner, SteadMed Medical, under a recently amended commercial arrangement.  Importantly, the Company will retain critical research and development capability through employees with experience in hypochlorous acid and product development following completion. 

 

The business will shift significantly if the Proposed Sale is completed, resulting in greater cash requirements, overall less diversified business operations, and focus in the biopharmaceutical sector which is inherently riskier than an established Supermarket Retail sector.  The Group will lose its primary source of revenue. The Company will become primarily a development company with limited revenue stream and significant costs. Additionally, a drug development strategy involves inherent risks associated with demonstrating safety and efficacy of compounds, ensuring stable formulations, demonstrating clinical efficacy, achieving regulatory approval and then delivering commercial success.

 

Given the significance of the drug development strategy to the future of the Company following the Proposed Sale, failure to implement a successful research and development strategy could result in an inability to deliver new products and indications, which would have a material detrimental effect on the sustainability of the business. Failure of programmes could result from lack of organisational resource or capability deficiencies, inadequate planning or anticipation of obstacles, poorly designed testing protocols, changes in the regulatory landscape, failure to achieve clinical results or regulatory approvals, or from the formulations not having the clinical benefits or safety profiles that were anticipated. Even if regulatory approvals are obtained, adoption of the Group's products could prove slow or difficult, depending upon other products or available therapies for the indications. Other drug companies could develop safer or more effective products for the same indications and secure a significant portion of the available market. Macro-economic factors could impact the pricing or payers' willingness to reimburse patients for the Group's products. There are many uncertainties and variables which could impact the timing and likelihood of the Company successfully delivering a new drug. Additionally, given the significant investment required, the Group may not be able to fund on-going development costs without additional financing from one or more sources.

 

The new business strategy in developing drug formulations in targeted therapeutic areas will result in an increased risk associated with the necessary pre-clinical (animal) and clinical (human) studies that need to be conducted. The clinical testing could result in harm to humans for which the Company could be held responsible. If humans and/or animals were harmed as a consequence of the Company's actions, it could have a material negative effect on the Company's financial results and cash flow as well as its reputation and consequently its access to potential financing. The Group will seek to mitigate these risks with management oversight and liability insurance.

 

The Board considers that the risks associated with the new strategic focus are commensurate with the potential for significant value creation through the development of applications of PuriCore's proprietary hypochlorous technology, and that the potential benefit to Shareholders justifies the investment of the net proceeds in the Continuing Operations.

 

Responsibility Statement of the Directors in Respect of the Half Yearly Financial Report 

 

We confirm that to the best of our knowledge the condensed set of financial statements has been prepared in accordance with IAS 34 Interim Financial Reporting as adopted by the EU. 

 

The Directors of PuriCore plc as of 31 December 2015 are listed in the PuriCore plc 2015 Annual Report. This report is available on the Company's website at www.puricore.com.  A current list of Directors is available on the Company's website at www.puricore.com

 

By order of the Board  

Charles Spicer

Non-Executive Chairman

 

20 September 2016


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