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hVIVO plc
22 September 2016
 

For immediate release 7.00am: 22 September 2016

 

HVIVO PLC

("hVIVO" or the "Company")

 

HALF-YEAR FINANCIAL REPORT

FOR THE SIX MONTHS ENDED 30 JUNE 2016

 

hVIVO plc (AIM: HVO), a specialty biopharma company with clinical testing capabilities, is pleased to announce its half-year financial report for the six months ended 30 June 2016.

Financial Highlights

§ Revenue of £8.6 million (H1'15 - £2.9 million), with PrEP-001 flu study completing in H1'16 and revenue recognition of licence fee.

§ Gross profit was £0.8 million and gross margin 9.4% (H1'15 - £0.9 million and 29.9%) reflecting a greater mix of workload from our equity investments and a postponed client engagement from H1'16 into H2'16.

§ Research and development expense was £3.0 million (H1'15 - £7.4 million) from hVIVO's continued investment in discovery research and product validation capabilities, with spend lower in H1'16 compared to 2015 due to timing of R&D programmes and cost commitments.

§ Loss before tax of £11.8 million (H1'15: £12.0 million).

§ Loss for the period of £9.7 million (H1'15: £9.8 million).

§ Due to the linked nature of the Imutex Limited ("Imutex") transaction, gains arising on the delivery of the SEEK Group ("SEEK") FLU-v study will be shown net as gain on provision of services to joint venture in the income statement. 

§ Strong financial position with short-term deposits, cash and cash equivalents at 30 June 2016 of £34.1 million (30 June 2015: £42.5 million) - 2015 R&D tax credit refund of £4.6 million received from HM Revenue & Customs on 1 July 2016, the day after the half-year end.

Operational Highlights

§ Phase IIa results in June 2016: Achieved Proof of Concept in flu for PrEP-001, positioning the drug to potentially become the first ever pan-viral product that prevents both colds and flu.

§ Progressed two additional PrEP-001 Phase IIa trials in asthma and dose duration. On track for both to be completed by end of 2016.

§ Entered into the Company's second equity investment in Imutex, a joint venture between hVIVO and SEEK to develop a Phase IIa universal flu vaccine (FLU-v) and a first-in-man (FIM) mosquito-borne illness vaccine platform (AGS-v), with utility against Zika.

§ Developed a precedent setting Phase IIa two-part clinical trial design for universal flu vaccines with the US National Institute of Health (NIH), which will be used for FLU-v in H2 2016.

§ Via Imutex, negotiated truncated pre-clinical package with US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in order to get AGS-v into human testing in H2'16.

§ Completed the qualification process for the Company's pioneering insight into the biological pathways responsible for severe flu, which culminated in the Company's first pathomics-backed patent application for a severe flu drug treatment in early July 2016.

 

Kym Denny, Chief Executive Officer, commented, "I am delighted with the rapid progress we are making with PrEP-001, just a few months after our equity investment. Securing the product's second Proof of Concept, this time in flu, has propelled PrEP-001 into the enviable position as potentially the first product to prevent both colds and flu safely. From a patient and clinician's point of view, this is a significant break-through, offering the possibility of one day protecting those most vulnerable to disease exacerbation caused by viral infections, without the worry of having to be so specific regarding which virus they might be exposed to. I am further delighted with the progress of our second equity investment, Imutex. In less than six months from signature, we are in the clinic with FLU-v and about to be with AGS-v in Zika. It is noteworthy that in less than a year, the hVIVO platform has transformed the Company's product pipeline with three clinical stage assets, whilst simultaneously progressing strategically important customer products, and yielding the biological insight that has resulted in our first pathomics informed severe flu therapy patent.  Our platform is well-positioned to run at its full potential, positioning hVIVO to advance game-changing therapies with ever-growing speed and agility in 2017 and beyond."

 

 

For further information please contact:

hVIVO plc                                                                                                   +44 207 756 1300

 

Kym Denny (Chief Executive Officer)

Graham Yeatman (Chief Financial & Business Officer)

 

Media Enquiries                                                               +44 203 021 3933 / +44 7854 979 420

 

Colin Paterson (Director of Marketing, Communication and Public Relations)

 

              

Numis Securities Limited                                                                           +44 207 260 1000

 

Michael Meade / Freddie Barnfield (Nominated Adviser)

James Black / Michael Burke (Corporate Broking)

 

 

Notes to Editors:

hVIVO plc ("hVIVO"), a specialty biopharma company with clinical testing capabilities, is pioneering a human-based analytical platform to accelerate drug discovery and development in respiratory and infectious diseases. Leveraging human disease models in flu, RSV, and asthma exacerbation, the hVIVO platform captures disease in motion, illuminating the entire disease life cycle from healthy to sick and back to health.  Based in the UK, market leader hVIVO has conducted more than 45 clinical studies, inoculated over 2000 volunteers and has three first-in-class therapies currently in development with a growing pre-clinical pipeline. 

 

 

hVIVO plc

Statement from Chief Executive Officer

Introduction

I am pleased to present the hVIVO half-year financial report for the six months ended 30 June 2016. During this time, hVIVO significantly advanced PrEP-001 in three key Phase IIa clinical studies, entered into its second equity investment, Imutex, and filed the Company's first Pathomics-backed patent application for one of the first severe flu drug treatments.

 

Revenue for the six months ended 30 June 2016 was £8.6 million and gross margin 9.4%, reflecting the lower margins we expect from equity investment work and a client's temporary clinical hold that pushed some workload from H1'16 to H2'16.  R&D expense of £3.0 million was lower than in previous reporting periods but in line with expectations, reflecting the analysis stage of our R&D work compared to the more costly sample generation we did previously.  With our business model flexing the platform's usage between our discovery work, our client's product testing and our new equity investment engagements, we are focused on achieving the optimum combination of work type to advance our products and progress our models.  In the first half of 2016 our priority was to advance PrEP-001 and I am delighted to say that a significant step forward was taken in the Proof of Concept (POC) Study that demonstrated PrEP-001 reduced the number of clinically ill patients with flu infections compared against placebo. PrEP-001 previously demonstrated POC in the Common Cold, the combination of which positions PrEP-001 to potentially become the first pan-viral prophylactic drug that works against both colds and flu.

 

Background

 

hVIVO, a specialty biopharma company with clinical testing capabilities, is pioneering a human-based analytical platform to accelerate drug discovery and development in respiratory and infectious diseases.

 

Leveraging human disease models in flu, RSV, and asthma exacerbation, the hVIVO platform captures 'disease in motion', illuminating the entire disease life cycle from healthy to sick and back to health.  Via this insight, the platform enables the rational selection of drug targets and biomarkers while simultaneously providing a revolutionary methodology for testing product safety and efficacy. The Company has three clinical stage products currently in development as well as a growing pre-clinical pipeline.

 

Drug & Biomarker Discovery

 

By mapping the right biological targets and biomarkers, the hVIVO platform accelerates and de-risks product discovery.  In the last two years alone, hVIVO's disruptive "pathomics" approach to get at the root cause of disease has reduced the drug pre-discovery timeline by 90% and produced the first-ever map of the human host response to flu, allowing hVIVO to identify the pathophysiology behind flu infections in order to produce targeted products and therapies. Through pathomics, drug targets to prevent, treat, and aide recovery are revealed, along with the biomarkers to simplify drug development, as well as the causal biology that can be developed into ground-breaking predictor and patient stratification tools. hVIVO' s strategy is to exhaustively mine its flu data for discoveries, the first of which is expected in 2016. Sample collection has begun to next map asthma using this pioneering pathomics approach.

 

Clinical Product Testing

 

By identifying the promising products, the hVIVO platform accelerates drug development and reduces costs and risks. As market leader, hVIVO has pioneered the use of human disease models for early stage clinical testing with over 45 trials in over 2,200 subjects, for a wide range of industry, government, and academic clients and collaborators.  Market adoption of this disruptive methodology by industry and regulators has progressed quickly with nearly $2 billion in exit events underpinned by hVIVO data since 2010 alone. hVIVO' s 'human in a lab' approach generates a disease state in which to test the safety and efficacy of products in a controlled and tailored setting. Because the infections are generated with wild-type viruses, hVIVO provides a way to test with lab-like precision in humans before investing time and money in less-controlled field based studies, thus minimising the risk of later stage failures. In addition to providing services to strategically important customers, hVIVO uses the platform to test products born out of its equity investments, and will in due course use the platform to test its proprietary inventions from pathomics.

 

PrEP-001 - Two Proof of Concepts Highlight Pan-Viral Potential

 

A key highlight of the first half of 2016 was the completion of PrEP-001's Proof of Concept (POC) study in flu, the first of three Phase IIa studies being run in the hVIVO platform in 2016 with the novel antiviral prophylactic.  The POC Phase IIa trial achieved positive results in flu in June 2016. This, coupled with the product's previous POC in the common cold, makes PrEP-001 the first potential pan-viral drug with utility against both colds and flu, two very different viruses that cause over 500 million infections per annum.

 

PrEP001 is a nasally administered, broadspectrum agent that leverages the innate immune system to prevent upper respiratory tract viral infections. In a 2014 study conducted within the hVIVO platform, PrEP-001 secured its first POC as a prophylaxis against the common cold by showing a threefold reduction in clinical illness and an eightfold reduction in common cold symptoms compared to placebo. Most people are aware that there is currently no treatment nor vaccine for the common cold, but less are aware of the healthcare burden the virus causes: with more than 6 million emergency room visits for the common cold and 110 million physician visits annually and $40 billion in healthcare costs per year from non-influenza viral infections in the US alone. The market increases the more upper respiratory viruses one adds to the mix, and so it became a potential key differentiator if PrEP-001 successfully demonstrated the potential to work in flu as well.

 

So in late 2015 we began the second POC PrEP-001 trial, this time taking aim at flu. Within six months of the first subject visit, hVIVO produced positive flu results from the 63 subject Phase IIa study. This data was recently showcased on 14 September 2016 at the 9th Annual International Partnering Conference Biopharm America 2016. In summary, patients who received PrEP-001 showed a two-fold reduction in the AUC of the Total Symptom Score (TSS) (the primary endpoint), a two-fold reduction in the mean TSS, and a two and a half-fold reduction in clinical illnesses for flu when compared to placebo. In both the cold and flu POC studies, PrEP-001 reduced the number of infections as well as symptom severity and duration for those who become infected and the adverse events were similar to placebo. 

 

hVIVO has leveraged its clinical trial expertise and drug development knowhow to accelerate the conduct of three Phase IIa studies on behalf of PrEP Biopharm. Underpinning this speed to market approach is our 'human lab' platform, which is addressing the complicated questions of drug development before commencing pivotal Phase III trials, de-risking late stage development and reducing overall costs. To that end, we are currently conducting two additional Phase II studies to answer key questions around PrEP-001's performance in asthma patients and dose duration in healthy subjects. These studies are on track to be completed by the end of 2016 - completing all three Phase II studies in just over a year, in comparison to more than three cold and flu seasons for the traditional process. We are currently planning for our Phase II field study, which we aim to commence in 2017.  hVIVO holds a non-controlling 63% stake in PrEP Biopharm.

 

Imutex Limited - hVIVO's Second Equity Investment

 

In addition to conducting the Phase IIa studies for PrEP-001 during the first half of 2016, hVIVO completed its second equity investment, Imutex, with the SEEK Group, in April 2016. Via the Imutex joint venture, hVIVO gained a share of two additional clinical stage assets to advance our product pipeline: FLU-v, a Phase IIa universal flu vaccine, and AGS-v, a mosquito-borne illness vaccine platform slated to begin human testing in the coming months for use against Zika. hVIVO holds a 49% stake in Imutex.

The development of universal flu and Zika vaccines are key public health priorities identified by the World Health Organisation (WHO), US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in the United States.  hVIVO and Imutex are collaborating with the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), a division of the NIH, to accelerate development of both vaccines. Both products have the potential to qualify for Fast Track designation, depending on the outcome of the trials being conducted this year. hVIVO has commenced the Phase IIa Flu-v trial in the second half of 2016 in the hVIVO platform. The AGS-v First-In-Man (FIM) study in Zika will be conducted in Q4 2016 at the National Institutes of Health facility in Bethesda, Maryland.

FLU-v Universal Flu Vaccine

FLU-v belongs to a group of novel new 'universal flu' vaccines that are designed to provide broad spectrum coverage against multiple flu strains. The success of such an approach would eliminate the sensitivity to strain variability seen with traditional vaccines and promote single vaccine coverage for all flu strains. The technology behind FLU-v works by targeting conserved internal proteins common to all flu viruses to activate T and B-cells, key components of the human immune system response.

Work on the Phase IIa FLU-v trial design commenced immediately after the Imutex transaction completed in April 2016. hVIVO conducted a Phase Ib study with FLU-v in 2010, using hVIVO's H3N2 Wisconsin virus strain, and so the focus of the 2016 POC trial involves a different flu virus, H1N1, in order to demonstrate the vaccine works against multiple virus strains. Accordingly, hVIVO has had the pleasure of collaborating closely with both SEEK and NIAID, on designing a precedent-setting two-part trial, aimed at providing POC as well as a comparison of FLU-v against the annual vaccine. The trial commenced at hVIVO in August 2016, and we anticipate completion of Part I of the trial in early 2017.

In addition, a second FLU-v study has commenced in conjunction with Universal Vaccines Secured consortium (UNISEC).  UNISEC is a European consortium consisting of three academic partners, five National Health Institutes and three subject matter experts (SMEs), founded in 2013.  In this study, dosing and formulations will be tested to identify the most efficacious combination.   The first subjects were vaccinated in August 2016 and the study is expected to be completed in 2017. The results of these studies then will help identify appropriate biomarkers and support designing our FLU-v Phase III program.

AGS-v Mosquito-Borne Disease Vaccine Platform

In 2015 mosquito-borne flavivirus Zika burst on the scene in Brazil, infecting thousands and causing birth defects (microcephaly) and nervous disorders (Guillain Barré) at an alarming rate. Unlike its close-relatives dengue and West Nile, most people infected with Zika do not have symptoms, making it difficult to track. Due to its risks to unborn babies, lack of treatment, and rapid spread, WHO declared Zika a Public Health Emergency in February 2016 and today more than 70 countries have reported mosquito-borne transmission of this disease.  In the US alone there are more than 20,000 cases reported, more than 3,000 on the mainland alone, with local mosquito transmission confirmed in the state of Florida, and a recent study estimated over 2 billion people in Africa and Asia were at risk.   AGS-v is a mosquito-borne disease vaccine with a novel proposed dual action mechanism: preventing infection in humans whilst controlling the mosquito population. AGS-v works by creating an anti-saliva immune response in humans that prevents infection. After the mosquito bites a vaccinated human host, antibodies from the human attack the gut and salivary glands of the mosquito, which reduces the survival of the mosquito.

Given the emergent nature of the Zika outbreak, SEEK and hVIVO are working at an accelerated pace with NIAID to advance testing of AGS-v against Zika. In the first half of 2016, we designed a FIM study that will also leverage an ex vivo component to evaluate mosquito survival, providing early indications of vaccine efficacy. In addition, we worked with NIAID and the FDA to arrive at an agreed truncated pre-clinical package, which, along with accelerated vaccine manufacturing, we have progressed over the summer. Originally we had hoped to be conducting the FIM study by September, but some delays in our manufacturing timelines have pushed back the start to the October/ November timeframe. We still are aiming for the trial to read out by Spring 2017.

If successful in Zika, Imutex will look to further develop the vaccine in other mosquito-borne illnesses, such as malaria, dengue and West Nile.

 

First Pathomics Patent Filed - Severe Flu

 

In late 2014, hVIVO began its journey to fully exploit the power of the hVIVO platform to illuminate the underlying biology of disease in order to discover better treatments and diagnostics in areas of stubborn and persistent unmet medical need. We determined that our initial foray into the mining our 'disease in motion' samples would be in flu, given that hVIVO has more than 25 years of experience researching flu and there are significant gaps in existing treatments and vaccines which we believe can be overcome by better understanding the human body's response to flu infection. In particular, we noted that there were no treatments for severe flu and indeed, no universal clinical definition for it either. This translates into a staggering economic reality: in the US alone, there are 200,000 cases of severe flu annually, 20% of which develop acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) and cause $13.8 billion in hospital costs alone. These figures can be expected to increase exponentially in pandemic outbreaks. As such, hVIVO turned the power of the platform on severe flu, in order to illuminate the correct drug targets we should be focusing on to produce a positive therapeutic effect.

 

Within short order, our Discovery team produced a map of the pathophysiology associated with 'normal' flu (i.e. what should happen in flu when humans get sick and then recover on their own without intervention). We coined the term 'pathomics' to describe this process of describing the underlying biological pathways associated with a given disease state. Once we knew the pathways associated with recovery, we collected 'field' samples (in 2015) from people with severe flu or who were hospitalised with flu.  We then compared the difference to zero in on the pathways most associated with severe flu. From this informed vantage point, we commenced a rigorous qualification process involving in vitro and ex vivo laboratory studies that read out in March 2016. We consulted world leading clinicians, scientists and opinion leaders in influenza along the journey to ensure the clinical plausibility, and utility, of our candidate pathways and our qualification process. Through our industrialised pathomics process, we arrived at a qualified pathway component for our severe flu drug target in under 18 months.

 

We then began in April 2016 the patenting process for our discoveries, the first of which was filed in early July 2016. Our initial patent concerns our pathomics-informed drug target and an existing class of drug. Additional patents will follow in the coming months to address novel and inventive use of the associated pathway and disease activities biomarkers. We are currently in the compound selection stage, fortified with what we believe is the first human data enriched preclinical package for a drug candidate that is based on both in vitro and human ex vivo disease relevant assays. We anticipate moving forward into early clinical development next year for one of the first ever treatments for severe flu. This is a pivotal moment for hVIVO, as it represents the first step towards productising our pathomics insight. We are also fortunate in our timing: there has been an intense surge of interest in severe flu recently. In a current Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) issued by Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) within the US Department of Health and Human Services, the US agency stresses, 'because there are no treatments approved for severely ill, hospitalised influenza patients, the strongest proposals will include a clinical development plan that addresses treatment of this population.' In addition, at the European Respiratory Society International Congress 2016 conference in London in September 2016, there was a symposium that focused on the problem of severe flu, to our knowledge the first time this acute medical need has featured at this prestigious congress. We believe our pathomics insight and our efforts over the past 18 months to isolate the pathways involved in severe flu positions hVIVO to lead the charge in defining and treating this area of high unmet medical need.

 

Financial Review

 

Condensed Consolidated Statement of Comprehensive Income

 

Revenue for the six months ended 30 June 2016 was £8.6 million (H1'15: £2.9 million; 2015: £7.7 million).  Gross profit was £0.8 million and gross margin 9.4% (H1'15: £0.9 million and 29.9%; 2015: £2.5 million and 31.8%).

 

The PrEP-001 flu study completed in H1'16, enabling the recognition of revenue and costs attributable from the flu licence arrangement on a "completed" basis.  The PrEP-001 asthma study is expected to complete in H2'16 when the fee from asthma licence arrangement will be recognised as revenue. The third PrEP-001 durability study is a standard clinical trials agreement and revenue accounted for on a "work done basis".

 

Gross profit was £0.8 million and gross margin 9.4% (H1'15 - £0.9 million and 29.9%) reflecting a greater mix of workload from our equity investments and a postponed client engagement from H1'16 into H2'16.  2016 gross margin is expected to be 15.0%, due to higher utilisation of the quarantine unit in H2'16 from the postponed client engagement and the studies with our equity investments.

 

Research and development expense was £3.0 million (H1'15: £7.4 million; 2015: £10.2 million) from hVIVO's continued investment in discovery research and product validation capabilities.  The spend is expectedly lower in H1'16 compared to previous periods, which had greater spend from undertaking the sample studies and the subsequent third-party transcriptomic analysis, etc. due to the timing of phases and weightings of cost of our various discovery research programmes.

 

Administration expense was £6.3 million, consistent with prior periods (H1'15: £6.6 million; 2015: £13.7m) and reflecting hVIVO's ongoing initiatives to manage the efficiency of our resources.

 

Gain on provision of services to joint venture was £114,000 (H1'15: £nil; 2015: £nil) being the start-up work associated with the SEEK FLU-v study, with the study commencing in our platform in August 2016.  Due to the linked nature of hVIVO's equity investment in Imutex and the clinical services engagement with SEEK, the equity investment has been accounted for as £1.5 million consideration in cash and an obligation to provide services of £5.5 million.  The obligation to provide services is presented as a liability in the balance sheet, within trade and other payables, and the liability will reduce as the services are performed.

 

Share of loss of associates was £3.9 million (H1'15: £nil; 2015: £0.1 million), which reflects the share of results of hVIVO's investments in PrEP Biopharm (November 2015) and Imutex (April 2016).

 

Loss before taxation was £11.8 million (H1'15 - £12.0 million; 2015 - £21.6 million).

 

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Financial Position and Cash Flows

As at 30 June 2016 net assets amounted to £54.0 million (H1'15: £51.7 million; 2015: £63.6 million), including short term deposits and cash and cash equivalents of £34.1 million (H1'15: £42.5 million; 2015: £51.2 million).  2015 R&D tax credit refund of £4.6 million was received from HM Revenue & Customs on 1 July 2016, the day following the end of the H1'16 financial period.

 

Net cash used in operating activities over the six months to 30 June 2016 was £10.1 million

(H1'15: £8.2 million; 2015: £9.8 million).

 

Summary and Outlook

 

hVIVO is a speciality biopharma company with two distinct ways that our proprietary platform can be used: to mine biological insight to develop new products, and to test products rapidly and effectively such that late phase surprises and sets backs are minimised. By putting a 'human in a lab,' hVIVO is able to see disease in motion in order to get at the true biological levers of disease that are normally hidden from view. And through the very same 'human lab' approach, hVIVO is able to generate 'disease in motion' in order to test therapeutic interventions against that disease. Unlike other early stage testing methods, the hVIVO approach is not a surrogate (like an allergen challenge), it is the real thing. The viruses we use to generate disease states are not altered, they are the same viruses one picks up on crowded trains, or that our kids bring home from school. This small but significant distinction helps to better frame the results we get in the hVIVO platform, and also speaks directly to the quality of the insight we gain from mapping our bodies' reactions to an hVIVO induced viral infection. 

 

And it is this small but profound distinction that fuels the power of the hVIVO platform: it works as a divining rod to sift out the right drug targets, and it works to reveal the products that have the desirable therapeutic effect. Much stands in the way of a drug ultimately reaching market, and whilst by no means a guarantee, using a real virus on a human in a controlled setting goes a very long way to minimising later stage failures.

 

In hVIVO' s early days as a listed Company, we cultivated market adoption of our platform by providing services to the existing assets of our pharma and biotech customers. After achieving that in only a few years, we expanded our engagement options with our customers, such that we could selectively partner with them and secure a more representative share of the value the hVIVO platform was bringing to the product. Two key collaborations have come out of this approach: PrEP Biopharm and our most recent, Imutex. Both were made possible because of our platform. As a result, in less than a year, hVIVO has cultivated a drug development pipeline with three clinical stage assets whilst we continue to build a wealth of biological insight into flu and asthma for future product development.

 

Our progress with all three clinical assets in the first half of 2016 reflects the speed and agility the industry has come to expect of an hVIVO clinical programme: four Phase IIa clinical studies were advanced, one finished, with the remaining three expected to be completed in late 2016 and early 2017. In addition, we expedited the pre-clinical preparation of our Zika vaccine candidate, and will be commencing the FIM study in the October/November timeframe.

 

Through Imutex, we are working closely with NIAID and have increased our interaction with other leading US government agencies who share our goal to find more effective treatments and vaccines for Flu. With our first pathomics - informed patent securely filed, we are now able to leverage our insight into severe flu, and will be focusing the remainder of 2016 on selecting a compound for development in this indication. In addition, we continue to mine our flu data, but this time, looking for molecular signatures and time course events that can inform algorithms and serve as predictor tools. We are searching for ways to predict who will get a severe version of flu, as well as a whole host of currently unanswered questions that plague clinicians working with high risk patient populations when they suffer from infections. Readouts from this work are expected to begin in October 2016 and will complete mid-2017.

 

The second half of 2016 saw us kick off our highly anticipated landmark asthma stratification project, with our first subject enrolled in August 2016. This dynamic phenotyping project aims to characterise asthma not only in the static or baseline state, but also throughout the evolution of an exacerbation following viral infection. These results will help us characterise asthma patients according to clinical and biomarker phenotypes to differentiate subtypes of asthma patients- enabling the development of targeted therapies, disease biomarkers and predictive tools. An interim analysis is slated for mid-2017, at which time we will examine what differentiators we are picking up, and which will set the course for the remainder of the project. We will be following the pathomics methodology we developed with our flu work, with similar timeframes for output based on completion of the sample collection phase.

 

As we are beginning this critical phenotype characterisation, we are further developing our asthma viral-induced exacerbation model for wider commercial use. In early September we completed the dosing phase of the first study in our model, with results expected in early 2017. Early stage efficacy testing for asthma products has many of the challenges reminiscent of those we encountered when hVIVO was pioneering our respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) disease model, which has since become the gold standard for early phase testing in RSV. With the advent of asthma biologics, the challenges only increase, as seen in the lack of validated and meaningful endpoints critical to pioneering new drug classes. hVIVO is working with customers and key opinion leaders alike to expand our existing model to address these challenges. The end product (expected in November 2016) will be a suite of exacerbation models, both viral and allergen that we believe will fill a vital gap in asthma product testing. In this fashion, hVIVO is following for asthma the path the Company blazed with flu and RSV: develop meaningful commercial models to overcome the product testing barriers in these difficult to research indications, engender market adoption of the approach via service use of the model, and then springboard that model into a product discovery engine for the Company's own development.

 

As we come into the last quarter of 2016, our testing facilities will be leveraged to their highest capacity of the year, with the start of the expanded SEEK FLU-v study, the completion of PrEP's asthma and dose duration trials, and wrap up of the dosing phase of a client trial that was delayed in the first half of the year. In order to accommodate our client, we are juggling workload requirements to do our best to make up the lost time in their development plan. We continue to see demand rebuilding for flu, with strong funding opportunities coming particularly from US government agencies. Our RSV model continues to be in demand, with multiple next generation RSV treatments advancing in 2017. The race to be first-to-market continues, with the field wide-open given the recent late stage failure of an RSV product - one that was not tested nor analysed in hVIVO's early phase RSV model. We continue to flex our platform's capacity between engagements with our equity investments, our strategically important clients, and our discovery work, such that we achieve the optimum mixture of work type to advance our products and progress adoption of our models depending on priority and best value. Q4 2016 is also pivotal for the progress we wish to make in the effort to tame the Zika outbreak: the AGS-v FIM study, conducted at the NIH, will test the product's safety and early efficacy in Zika in the last months of 2016. This, coupled with our patent filing for severe flu, puts hVIVO within striking distance of advancing multiple products into late phase within the next 18 months.

 

I look forward to updating you further as we achieve key milestones, and I would like to thank our staff, patients, customers, partners and investors for their invaluable support in making all of our 2016 achievements possible.

 

 

 

Kym Denny

Chief Executive Officer

21 September 2016

 

hVIVO plc

Condensed Consolidated Statement of Comprehensive Income

For the six months ended 30 June 2016

 



6 months ended

6 months ended

Year ended



30 June

30 June

31 December



2016

2015

2015



Unaudited

Unaudited

Audited


Note

£'000

£'000

£'000  

Revenue

8,607

2,888

7,717  

Cost of sales


(7,800)

(2,025)

(5,266)

 

Gross profit


807

863

2,451

 

Other income

3

147

1,002

1,187

 

Research and development expense


(3,006)

(7,392)

(10,199)

 

Release of/(provision against) virus inventory


120

(3)

(1,617)

 

Administrative expense


(6,256)

(6,625)

(13,671)

 

Gain on provision of services to joint venture

4

114

-

-

 

Share of loss of associates and joint ventures

5

(3,868)

-

(146)

 

Loss from operations


(11,942)

(12,155)

(21,995)

 

Finance income


188

200

387

 

Finance costs


(9)

(9)

(17)

 

Loss before taxation


(11,763)

(11,964)

(21,625)

 

Taxation

6

2,098

2,181

3,716

 

Loss for the period


(9,665)

(9,783)

(17,909)

 

Other Comprehensive income





 

Items that may be reclassified subsequently to profit or loss





 

Share of other comprehensive income of associate


(29)

-

(5)

 

Exchange differences arising on translating foreign operations


8

-

1

 

Total comprehensive loss for the period attributable to owners of the parent

(9,686)

(9,783)

(17,913)

 

Loss per share - basic (pence)

7

(12.4p)

(14.4p)

(26.0p)

 

Loss per share - diluted (pence)

7

(12.4p)

(14.4p)

(26.0p)

 






 

All results derive from continuing operations.





 






 

The accompanying notes are an integral part of the Condensed Consolidated Statement of Comprehensive Income.


 

 

 

hVIVO plc

Condensed Consolidated Statement of Financial Position

As at 30 June 2016

 



30 June

30 June

31 December



2016

2015

2015



Unaudited

Unaudited

Audited


Note

£'000

£'000

£'000

Assets





Non-current assets





Goodwill


1,722

1,722

1,722

Intangible assets


3,184

3,075

3,030

Property, plant and equipment


2,081

2,894

2,679

Investment in associates and joint ventures

8

17,496

-

14,254



24,483

7,691

21,685

Current assets





Inventories


2,027

3,902

2,141

Current intangible asset

9

1,394

-

2,935

Trade and other receivables


3,539

3,073

2,642

Research and development tax credit receivable


6,369

2,379

4,101

Short-term deposits


25,022

18,020

37,031

Cash and cash equivalents


9,063

24,507

14,205



47,414

51,881

63,055

Total assets


71,897

59,572

84,740

Equity and liabilities





Equity





Share capital


3,904

3,447

3,903

Share premium account


93,180

73,591

93,145

Other reserve


211

211

211

Share-based payment reserve


201

87

144

Merger reserve


4,199

4,199

4,199

Retained deficit


(47,665)

(29,849)

(37,979)

Total equity


54,030

51,686

63,623

Non-current liabilities





Other payables


438

513

475

Provisions


2,638

2,521

3,140



3,076

3,034

3,615

Current liabilities





Trade and other payables

 10

14,791

4,852

17,502



14,791

4,852

17,502

Total liabilities


17,867

7,886

21,117

Total liabilities and equity


71,897

59,572

84,740

 

The accompanying notes are an integral part of the Condensed Consolidated Statement of Financial Position.

The Interim Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements of hVIVO plc (registered company number 08008725) were approved by the Board of Directors and authorised for issue on 21 September 2016 and signed on its behalf by:

 

Graham E Yeatman

Chief Financial & Business Officer

 

 

hVIVO plc

Condensed Consolidated Statement of Changes in Equity

As at 30 June 2016

 








Share-











Share

based










Share

premium

payment

Merger

Other

Retained

Total






capital

account

reserve

reserve

reserve

deficit

equity






£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000





As at 1 January 2015

3,383

72,498

249

4,199

921

(20,066)

61,184

















Proceeds from shares issued:












Acquisition of subsidiary

11

699

-

-

(710)

-

-





Exercise of warrants and share options

52

360

(183)

-

-

-

229





Issue of new shares

1

67

-

-

-

-

68





Placing net of related expense

456

19,521

-

-

-

-

19,977





Total transactions with owners in their capacity as owners

520

20,647

(183)

-

(710)

-

20,274





Loss for the period

-

-

-

-

-

(17,909)

(17,909)





Other comprehensive income






(4)

(4)





Share-based payment expense

-

-

78

-

-

-

78





As at 31 December 2015

3,903

93,145

144

4,199

211

(37,979)

63,623

















Loss for the period

-

-

-

-

-

(9,665)

(9,665)





Other comprehensive income






(21)

(21)





Issue of new shares

1

35

-

-

-

-

36





Share-based payment expense

-

-

57

-

-

-

57





As at 30 June 2016

3,904

93,180

201

4,199

211

(47,665)

54,030





























As at 1 January 2015

3,383

72,498

249

4,199

921

(20,066)

61,184

















Acquisition of subsidiary

11

699

-

-

(710)

-

-





Exercise of warrant and share options

52

360

(183)

-

-

-

229





Loss for the period

-

-

-

-

-

(9,783)

(9,783)





Issue of new shares

1

34

-

-

-

-

35





Share-based payment expense

-

-

21

-

-

-

21





As at 30 June 2015

3,447

73,591

87

4,199

211

(29,849)

51,686























The accompanying notes are an integral part of the Condensed Consolidated Statement of Changes in Equity.

 

 

hVIVO plc

Condensed Consolidated Statement of Cash Flows

For the six months ended 30 June 2016

 



6 months ended

6 months ended

Year ended



30 June

30 June

31 December



2016

2015

2015



Unaudited

Unaudited

Audited



£'000

£'000

£'000

Net cash used in operating activities

11

(10,136)

(8,227)

(9,846)

Cash flows from investing activities





Acquisition of intangible assets


(312)

(15)

(15)

Acquisition of property, plant and equipment


(84)

(400)

(869)

Decrease/(increase) in balances on short-term deposit


12,009

9,987

(9,024)

Acquisition of associate and joint venture

12

(6,792)

-

(9,405)

Finance income


138

146

398

Net cash generated from/(used in) investing activities


4,959

9,718

(18,915)

Cash flows from financing activities





Net proceeds from issue of shares


-

228

20,205

Other payables repaid


(37)

(38)

(75)

Net cash generated from/(used in) financing activities


(37)

190

20,130






Net increase/(decrease) in cash and cash equivalents


(5,214)

1,681

(8,631)

Exchange gain on cash and cash equivalents


72

-

10

Cash and cash equivalents at the start of financial period


14,205

22,826

22,826

Cash and cash equivalents at the end of financial period


9,063

24,507

14,205

               

 

The accompanying notes are an integral part of the Condensed Consolidated Statement of Cash Flows.

 

 

hVIVO plc

Notes to the Condensed Consolidated Interim Financial Statements

 

1.      Accounting policies

 

Basis of preparation and approval of the Interim Financial Statements

 

The accounting policies adopted in the preparation of the Interim Financial Statements are consistent with those set out in the Group's Annual Report and Financial Statements 2015, which were prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards ("IFRS") as adopted by the European Union and as issued by the International Accounting Standards Board ("IASB"), and are expected to be consistent with the accounting policies that will be applied in the Group's Annual Report and Financial Statements 2016.

 

The Interim Financial Statements for the six months ended 30 June 2016 do not include all of the information required for full Annual Financial Statements and should be read in conjunction with the Consolidated Financial Statements for the year ended 31 December 2015. The financial information for the six months ended 30 June 2016 and for the six months ended 30 June 2015 is unaudited.

 

The Interim Financial Statements do not comprise statutory accounts within the meaning of Section 434 of the Companies Act 2006.  Statutory accounts for the year ended 31 December 2015 were approved by the Board on 19 April 2016 and delivered to the Registrar of Companies.  The report of the auditors on those accounts was unqualified, did not contain an emphasis of matter paragraph and did not contain any statement under Section 498(2) or Section 498(3) of the Companies Act 2006.

 

The Interim Financial Statements have been prepared on a going concern basis which the Directors believe is appropriate for the following reason:

 

The Directors have prepared cash flow forecasts which show the Group expects to meet its liabilities as they fall due for a period of not less than twelve months from the date of approval of the Interim Financial Statements. Management prepares detailed working capital forecasts which are reviewed by the Board on a regular basis. The forecasts include assumptions regarding the status of client engagements and sales pipeline, future revenues and costs together with various scenarios which reflect growth plans, opportunities, risks and mitigating actions. The forecasts also include assumptions regarding the timing and quantum of investment in the Group's research and development programme. Whilst there are inherent uncertainties regarding the cash flows associated with the development of the hVIVO platform, together with the timing of signature and delivery of client engagements, the Directors are satisfied that there is sufficient discretion and control as to the timing and quantum of cash outflows to ensure that the Group is able to meet its liabilities as they fall due for the foreseeable future. At 30 June 2016, the Group had cash and short-term deposits of £34.1 million.

 

The Company is a limited liability company incorporated and domiciled in England & Wales and whose shares are quoted on AIM, a market operated by The London Stock Exchange.  The Group Financial Statements are presented in pounds Sterling (£), which is the Group's presentational currency, and all values are rounded to the nearest thousand (£'000) except where indicated otherwise.

 

The Interim Financial Statements were approved by the Board of Directors on 21 September 2016.

 

2.      Segmental information

 

The Group's Chief Operating Decision Maker, the Chief Executive Officer, is responsible for resource allocation and the assessment of performance. In the performance of this role, the Chief Executive Officer reviews the Group's activities, in the aggregate. The Group has therefore determined that it has only one reportable segment under IFRS 8 Operating Segments, which is "medical and scientific services".

The Group carries out its main activities from the United Kingdom. The Group conducts sales activities in the US and in Europe which are carried out through hVIVO Inc and hVIVO Services Limited respectively. All revenue is derived from activities undertaken in the UK.

Revenue from related party transactions with PrEP Biopharm Limited, an associate company, during the six months ended 30 June 2016 totalled £5,246,000 (six months ended 30 June 2015: £nil, year ended 31 December 2015: £200,000).

 

3.      Other income

 

Other income is in respect of R&D Expenditure Credit (RDEC). The comparatives stated for the six months ended 30 June 2015 and the year ended 31 December 2015 included £0.8m in respect of an RDEC claim for the 2014 period. No such claims for RDEC were submitted in prior periods and therefore the asset was not recognised in the 2014 period.

 

4.      Gain on provision of services to joint venture

 

During the six months ended 30 June 2016, the Group entered into a joint venture with PepTcell Limited and acquired 49% of the share capital of Imutex Limited (see Note 8). Due to the linked nature of hVIVO plc's equity investment in Imutex Limited and the clinical services contracted to be provided by hVIVO Services Limited to PepTcell Limited, the contracted services of £5.5 million is recorded as an obligation to provide services which is extinguished through delivery of services with any resulting gains being recognised in the income statement. In delivering the services performed to 30 June 2016, hVIVO generated a gain of £114,000 which has been recognised in the income statement as a gain on provision of services to joint venture.

 

5.      Share of loss of associates and joint ventures

 

hVIVO plc holds equity investments in development stage biopharmaceutical companies. As the invested companies are incurring expenditure to develop products, no revenue will be generated and losses will be presented. Revenue and profits will not be generated within these companies until the products are successfully developed.

 

At 30 June 2016 the Group held an investment in one associate, PrEP Biopharm Limited, and one joint venture, Imutex Limited (see Note 8).

 

The Group's share of after tax losses of associates and joint ventures is set out below:

 


6 Months ended

30 Jun 2016

Unaudited

£'000

6 Months
 ended

30 Jun 2015

Unaudited

£'000

Year ended

31 Dec 2015

Audited

£'000

Share of loss of associate and joint venture

(3,868)

-

(146)

Share of comprehensive income 

(29)

-

(5)

Share of total comprehensive income

(3,897)

-

(151)





 

 

Summarised combined income statement information in respect of PrEP Biopharm Limited and Imutex Limited is set out below:

 


6 Months ended

30 Jun 2016

Unaudited

£'000

6 Months
 ended

30 June 2015

Unaudited

£'000

Year
 ended

31 Dec 2015

Audited

£'000

Revenue

-

-

-

R&D Expenditure

(6,301)

-

(215)

Loss after taxation

(6,231)

-

(233)

Comprehensive income

(46)

-

(8)

Total comprehensive income

(6,277)

-

(241)





 

 

6.      Taxation


6 Months
 ended

30 Jun 2016

Unaudited

£'000

6 Months ended

30 Jun 2015

Unaudited

£'000

Year
 ended

31 Dec 2015

Audited

£'000

Tax Benefit:




R&D tax credit

(1,649)

(2,212)

(3,749)

Adjustments in respect of prior periods

(473)

31

31

Foreign current tax

24

-

2


(2,098)

(2,181)

(3,716)

 

The Group continues to account for its recurring annual SME R&D tax credit as an income tax benefit due to the requirement to surrender tax losses in exchange for recoverable R&D credits. 

 

The Group has not recognised any deferred tax assets including carried forward losses and other temporary differences. These deferred tax assets have not been recognised as the Group's management considers that there is insufficient taxable income, taxable temporary differences and feasible tax planning strategies to utilise all of the cumulative losses and it is probable that the deferred tax assets will not be realised in full.

 

7.      Loss per share (LPS)

 

The calculation of the basic and diluted LPS is based on the following data:

 


6 Months ended

30 Jun 2016

Unaudited

£'000

6 Months
 ended

30 Jun 2015

Unaudited

£'000

Year
 ended

31 Dec 2015

Audited

£'000

Loss:




Loss for the period

(9,665)

(9,783)

(17,909)





Number of shares:




Weighted average number of ordinary shares for the purpose of basic LPS

78,064,355

68,106,047

68,943,581

Effect of dilutive potential ordinary shares:




-    share options

-

-

-

-    warrants

-

-

-

Weighted average number of ordinary shares for the purpose of diluted LPS

78,064,355

68,106,047

68,943,581

 

In the six months ended 30 June 2016 and in the comparative periods presented, the potential ordinary shares were not treated as dilutive as the Group is loss making, therefore the weighted average number of ordinary shares for the purposes of the basic and diluted loss per share were the same.

 

8.      Investment in associates and joint ventures

 

At 30 June 2016 the Group held investments in one associate, PrEP Biopharm Limited, and one joint venture, Imutex Limited. A reconciliation of the carrying value of the Group's investments in joint ventures and associates is as follows:


2016

2015


£'000

£'000

At 1 January

14,254

-

Additions

7,139

-

Loss after tax recognised in the consolidated statement of comprehensive income

(3,868)

-

Other comprehensive income recognized in the consolidated income statement

(29)

-

At 30 June

17,496

-






2015



£'000

At 1 January


-

Additions


14,405

Loss after tax recognised in the consolidated statement of comprehensive income


(146)

Share of other comprehensive loss


(5)

At 31 December


14,254

 

Summarised combined balance sheet information in respect of PrEP Biopharm Limited and Imutex Limited as at 30 June 2016, 31 December 2015 and 30 June 2015 is shown below:

 


30 June 2016

Unaudited

30 June 2015

Unaudited

31 Dec
 2015

Audited


£'000

£'000

£'000

Current assets

12,342

-

15,298

Non-current assets

17,314

-

5,076

Current liabilities

(1,436)

-

(123)

Net assets

28,220

-

20,251

Interest in associate and joint venture

15,765

-

12,681

Goodwill

1,731

-

1,573

Carrying value of Group's interest in  associate and joint venture

 

17,496

-

 

14,254

 

In assessing the level of control hVIVO holds in respect of equity investments, management consider a number of factors including control of voting rights at board level and the power to direct relevant activities.

 

PrEP Biopharm Limited

 

On 1 November 2015 hVIVO acquired 62.62% of the share capital of PrEP Biopharm Limited for cash consideration of £14.0 million. Acquisition costs of £0.4 million have been capitalised as part of the cost of investment. PrEP Biopharm Limited is a UK based, development stage biopharmaceutical company which is developing infectious disease products. At the same time as the transaction, PrEP Biopharm Limited entered into contractual arrangements with hVIVO Services Limited to the value of £10.0 million. Revenue recognised by hVIVO in respect of these contractual arrangements is disclosed within Note 2 as revenue from related party transactions.

 

Although hVIVO holds more than 50% of the equity of PrEP Biopharm Limited, hVIVO's voting rights are limited to 49.98% under the Investment and Shareholders' Agreement ("ISHA").  The effect is that the voting rights hVIVO is entitled to exercise are less than half of the total voting rights that are able to be exercised.

 

As at 30 June 2016, hVIVO had appointed two of the four Directors of PrEP, including the Chair, with equal votes and no casting vote. Accordingly, hVIVO does not control the Board. On 9 August 2016, the Board was expanded to five Directors, with hVIVO continuing to be represented by two Directors.

 

hVIVO has concluded that despite having significant influence, the terms of the ISHA mean that it does not have the power to direct the relevant activities of PrEP Biopharm Limited. Accordingly, hVIVO's investment in PrEP Biopharm Limited has been accounted for as an investment in an associate.

 

Imutex Limited

 

On 21 April 2016 hVIVO acquired 49.0% of the share capital of Imutex Limited for £7.0 million consideration under the terms of a Joint Venture Arrangement with PepTcell Limited. Acquisition costs of £0.2 million have been capitalised as part of the investment. Imutex Limited is UK based company developing vaccines against influenza and mosquito borne diseases.  As part of the transaction PepTcell Limited entered into a contractual arrangement with hVIVO Services Limited for a clinical study to the value of £5.5 million.

 

Due to the linked nature of hVIVO plc's equity investment in Imutex Limited and the clinical services contracted to be provided by hVIVO Services Limited to PepTcell Limited, the consideration of the £7.0 million equity investment in Imutex Limited has been accounted for as £1.5 million consideration settled in cash, combined with an obligation to provide services of £5.5 million. The obligation to perform these services is presented in trade and other payables.

 

hVIVO holds 49.0% of the equity of Imutex Limited and, under the terms of the Joint Venture Agreement, appoints two of the current four Directors. hVIVO management have concluded that the relevant activities of Imutex Limited are jointly controlled by the investors and therefore it is appropriate for hVIVO to equity account for the investment as a joint venture with joint control.

 

9.      Current intangible asset

 


30 Jun 2016

Unaudited

£'000

30 Jun 2015

Unaudited

£'000

31 Dec 2015

Audited

£'000

Opening Balance

2,935

-

-

Additions

1,982

-

2,935

Released to cost of sales 

(3,523)

-

-

Closing balance

1,394

-

2,935

 

During 2015 hVIVO commenced two clinical studies with a view to the study data generating future economic benefit through licensing agreements. Accordingly, the cost of performing these studies has been capitalised where the future economic benefit is forecast to be greater than cost. As revenue is recognised on completion of the study, the cost is released to cost of sales.

 

10.    Trade and other payables

 


30 Jun 2016

Unaudited

£'000

30 Jun 2015

Unaudited

£'000

31 Dec 2015

Audited

£'000

Trade payables

1,903

1,941

2,265

Other taxes and social security

367

360

382

VAT payable 

233

-

984

Other payables

89

79

5,134

Accruals

1,023

1,224

1,303

Obligation to provide services

5,233

-

-

Deferred income

5,943

1,248

7,434


14,791

4,852

17,502

 

As at 31 December 2015, other payables included deferred consideration of £5.0 million in respect of the equity investment in PrEP Biopharm Limited. The deferred consideration was paid in January 2016.

 

Deferred income as at 30 June 2016 includes £4.6 million in respect of licensing and service arrangements with PrEP Biopharm Limited (30 June 2015: £nil, 31 December 2015: £6.8 million).

 

Obligation to provide services is part consideration for hVIVO's equity investment in Imutex Limited (see Note 8).

 

11.    Net cash used in operations


6 months ended

6 months ended

Year
 Ended


30 June

2016

30 June

2015

31 December

2015


Unaudited

Unaudited

Audited


£'000

£'000

£'000

Cash flow from operating activities




Loss before taxation

(11,763)

(11,964)

(21,625)

Adjustments for:




Gain on provision of services to joint venture

(114)

-

-

Share of loss of associate

3,868

-

146

Depreciation of property, plant and equipment

682

658

1,342

Amortisation of intangible assets

158

273

318

Share-based payment expense

57

22

78

Payment of Non-Executive Director fees by issue of shares

36

35

68

Finance costs

9

9

17

Finance income

(188)

(200)

(387)

Gain on foreign exchange

(64)

-

(8)

(Decrease)/increase in provisions

(502)

(609)

10

Changes in working capital:




Decrease/(increase) in inventories

114

(171)

1,590

Decrease/(Increase) in current intangible asset

1,541

-

(2,935)

Increase in R&D Expenditure Credit asset

(170)

(167)

(352)

(Increase)/decrease in trade and other receivables

(847)

(114)

249

(Decrease)/increase in trade and other payables

(2,944)

235

7,885

Cash used in operations

(10,127)

(11,993)

(13,604)

Finance costs

(9)

(9)

(17)

Income tax refund

-

3,775

3,775

Net cash used in operating activities

(10,136)

(8,227)

(9,846)

 

12.    Acquisition of associate and joint venture

 


6 Months ended

30 June

2016

Unaudited

£'000

6 Months ended

30 June

2015

Unaudited

£'000

Year Ended

31 December

2015

Audited

£'000

Acquisition cash flows of associate

5,000

-

9,405

Acquisition cash flows of joint venture

1,792

-

-


6,792

-

9,405

 

In January 2016, hVIVO paid £5.0 million cash as deferred consideration in respect of the equity investment in its associate, PrEP Biopharm Limited.

 

On 21 April 2016 hVIVO acquired 49.0% of the share capital of Imutex Limited for £7.0 million consideration under the terms of a Joint Venture Arrangement with PepTcell Limited (see Note 8).  The acquisition cash flows of joint venture are £1.5 million cash consideration plus legal expenses, together with the costs of performing services in kind in the period.

 

 

Independent review report to hVIVO plc

 

We have been engaged by the Company to review the condensed set of Financial Statements in the interim financial report for the six months ended 30 June 2016 which comprise the Condensed Consolidated Statement of Comprehensive Income, the Condensed Consolidated Statement of Financial Position, the Condensed Consolidated Statement of Changes in Equity, the Condensed Consolidated Statement of Cash Flows and related notes 1 to 12. We have read the other information contained in the interim financial report and considered whether it contains any apparent misstatements or material inconsistencies with the information in the condensed set of interim Financial Statements.

 

This report is made solely to the Company in accordance with International Standard on Review Engagements (UK and Ireland) 2410 "Review of Interim Financial Information Performed by the Independent Auditor of the Entity" issued by the Auditing Practices Board.  Our work has been undertaken so that we might state to the Company those matters we are required to state to it in an independent review report and for no other purpose. To the fullest extent permitted by law, we do not accept or assume responsibility to anyone other than the Company, for our review work, for this report, or for the conclusions we have formed.

 

Directors' responsibilities

 

The interim financial report is the responsibility of, and has been approved by, the directors. The directors are responsible for preparing the interim financial report in accordance with the AIM Rules of the London Stock Exchange. As disclosed in note 1, the annual Financial Statements of the Group are prepared in accordance with IFRSs as adopted by the European Union. The condensed set of Financial Statements included in this half-yearly financial report has been prepared in accordance with International Accounting Standard 34, "Interim Financial Reporting," as adopted by the European Union. 

 

Our responsibility

 

Our responsibility is to express to the Company a conclusion on the condensed set of Financial Statements in the interim financial report based on our review.

 

Scope of review

 

We conducted our review in accordance with International Standard on Review Engagements (UK and Ireland) 2410 "Review of Interim Financial Information Performed by the Independent Auditor of the Entity" issued by the Auditing Practices Board for use in the United Kingdom. A review of interim financial information consists of making inquiries, primarily of persons responsible for financial and accounting matters, and applying analytical and other review procedures. A review is substantially less in scope than an audit conducted in accordance with International Standards on Auditing (UK and Ireland) and consequently does not enable us to obtain assurance that we would become aware of all significant matters that might be identified in an audit. Accordingly, we do not express an audit opinion.

 

Conclusion

 

Based on our review, nothing has come to our attention that causes us to believe that the condensed set of Financial Statements in the interim financial report for the six months ended 30 June 2016 is not prepared, in all material respects, in accordance with International Accounting Standard 34 as adopted by the European Union and the AIM Rules of the London Stock Exchange.

 

 

 

Deloitte LLP

Chartered Accountants and Statutory Auditor

Reading, United Kingdom

21 September 2016


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