News Release


Novus Therapeutics Reports Third Quarter 2017 Results

November 8, 2017 at 4:53 PM EST

IRVINE, Calif., Nov. 8, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Novus Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: NVUS), a development stage specialty pharmaceutical company focused on the development of products for disorders of the ear, nose, and throat (ENT), announced financial results for the quarter ended September 30, 2017.

For the third quarter of 2017, Novus reported a net loss of $3.0 million, or $0.43 loss per share, compared to a net loss of $2.0 million, or $4.35 loss per share, for the same period in 2016.  For the nine months ended September 30, 2017, Novus reported a net loss of $11.0 million, or $2.25 loss per share, as compared to a net loss of $4.1 million, or $9.09 loss per share, for the first nine months of 2016.  Novus ended the third quarter 2017 with $19.1 million in cash and cash equivalents.

Research and development (R&D) expenses were $517,000 during the third quarter of 2017 compared to $1.1 million for the same period in 2016.  For the nine months ended September 30, 2017, R&D expenses were $1.5 million, compared to $2.3 million for the same period in 2016.  The decrease in R&D expense for both periods is primarily due to decreased spending towards the OP-01 program, offset by wind-down costs incurred for legacy Tokai programs.  We expect R&D expenses to increase in subsequent periods as we advance our OP-02 program.

General and administrative (G&A) expenses were $2.5 million for the third quarter of 2017 compared to $0.6 million for the third quarter of 2016.  For the nine months ended September 30, 2017, G&A expenses were $9.5 million, compared to $1.3 million for the first nine months of 2016.  The increase in G&A expense for both periods is primarily due to merger related expenses of $7.2M, plus legal costs associated with the legacy Tokai litigation and administrative costs associated with operating as a publicly traded company.

"We are continuing formulation development and clinical planning activities for our OP-02 program and we are expecting to begin our clinical trials in 2018," said Gregory J. Flesher, Chief Executive Officer of Novus Therapeutics.  "As a potential first-in-class treatment option to both treat and prevent otitis media, OP-02 has the ability to dramatically improve the lives of millions of patients around the world."

About Novus Therapeutics

Novus Therapeutics is a development stage specialty pharmaceutical company focused on the development of products for disorders of the ear, nose, and throat (ENT).  Novus has two technologies, each of which has the potential to be developed for multiple ENT indications.  The company's lead product (OP-02) is a surfactant-based, combination drug product being developed as a potential first-in-class treatment option for patients at risk for or with otitis media ("OM") (middle ear inflammation and effusion with or without infection).  Globally, OM affects more than 700 million adults and children every year.  OM is a common disorder seen in pediatric practice, and in the United States is the most frequent reason children are prescribed antibiotics and undergo surgery.  Novus also has a foam-based drug delivery technology (OP-01), which may be developed in the future to deliver drugs into the ear, nasal, and sinus cavities.  For more information please visit novustherapeutics.com.

Forward-looking Statements

Any statements in this press release about the company's future expectations, plans and prospects, including statements about its strategy, future operations, development of its product candidates, the review of strategic alternatives and the outcome of such review and other statements containing the words "believes," "anticipates," "plans," "expects," "may," and similar expressions, constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, expectations regarding the timing for the commencement and completion of our clinical trials and our ability to accelerate the development of our drug candidates.  Actual results may differ materially from those indicated by such forward-looking statements as a result of various important factors, including: the sufficiency of the company's cash resources; the ability to timely develop and manufacture clinical batches of our study drugs; the ability to obtain necessary approvals to commence additional clinical trials; whether data from early clinical trials will be indicative of the data that will be obtained from future clinical trials; whether the results of clinical trials will warrant submission for regulatory approval of any investigational product, any such submission will receive approval from the United States Food and Drug Administration or equivalent foreign regulatory agencies and, if we are able to obtain such approval for an investigational product, it will be successfully distributed and marketed.  Any forward-looking statements contained in this press release speak only as of the date hereof and not of any future date, and the company expressly disclaims any intent to update any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

Investor Contacts

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Tel: (646) 378-2949
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Novus Therapeutics, Inc.
Investor Relations
Tel: (949) 238-8090
investors@novustherapeutics.com

 

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NOVUS THERAPEUTICS, INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(In thousands, except share and per share data)




September 30,

2017

(Unaudited)



December 31,

2016










ASSETS









Current assets:









Cash and cash equivalents


$

19,094



$

1,103


Restricted cash






14


Prepaid expenses and other current assets



1,941




33


Total current assets



21,035




1,150


Property and equipment, net



47




31


Restricted cash



70





Goodwill



1,867





Other assets






15


Total assets


$

23,019



$

1,196


LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY (DEFICIT)









Current liabilities:









Accounts payable


$

189



$

338


Accrued severance



963





Accrued expenses and other liabilities



1,154




113


Convertible notes






3,447


Total current liabilities



2,306




3,898


Long-term liabilities



94





Total liabilities



2,400




3,898


Commitments and contingencies









Stockholders' equity (deficit):









Preferred stock, $0.001 par value, 5,000,000 shares authorized and none issued and outstanding at September 30, 2017; preferred stock, $0.0026 par value, 6,565,540 shares authorized and 452,706 shares issued and outstanding at December 31, 2016






11


Common stock, $0.001 par value, 200,000,000 shares authorized and 6,943,058 shares issued and outstanding at September 30, 2017; common stock, $0.0026 par value, 9,207,060 shares authorized and 82,246 shares issued and outstanding at December 31, 2016



7




1


Additional paid-in capital



46,008




11,385


Receipts on account of Preferred A stock






291


Accumulated deficit



(25,396)




(14,390)


Total stockholders' equity (deficit)



20,619




(2,702)


Total liabilities and stockholders' equity (deficit)


$

23,019



$

1,196


 

NOVUS THERAPEUTICS, INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS AND COMPREHENSIVE LOSS

(Unaudited)

(In thousands, except share and per share data)




Three Months Ended

September 30,



Nine Months Ended

September 30,




2017



2016



2017



2016


Operating expenses

















Research and development


$

517



$

1,053



$

1,529



$

2,335


General and administrative



2,448




564




9,487




1,326


Total operating expenses



2,965




1,617




11,016




3,661


Loss from operations



(2,965)




(1,617)




(11,016)




(3,661)


Other income (expense), net



(5)




(418)




10




(479)


Net loss and comprehensive loss


$

(2,970)



$

(2,035)



$

(11,006)



$

(4,140)


Net loss per share, basic and diluted


$

(0.43)



$

(4.35)



$

(2.25)



$

(9.09)


Weighted-average common shares outstanding, basic and diluted



6,943,058




81,339




3,845,258




79,026


 

NOVUS THERAPEUTICS, INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(Unaudited)

(In thousands)




Nine Months Ended

September 30,




2017



2016


Operating activities









Net loss


$

(11,006)



$

(4,140)


Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash used in operating activities:









Depreciation and amortization



18




16


Stock-based compensation



386




142


Loss on disposal of fixed assets



31





Fair value of debt in excess of proceeds






517


Changes in operating assets and liabilities:









Prepaid expenses and other assets



(761)




42


Accounts payable and accrued expenses



(998)




(218)


Net cash used in operating activities



(12,330)




(3,641)


Investing activities









Cash received from merger transaction



23,250





Proceeds from sale of equipment



8





Purchase of property and equipment






(12)


Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities



23,258




(12)


Financing activities









Proceeds from issuance of common stock, net



4,000





Proceeds from exercise of warrants



3,119





Proceeds from convertible loan






2,930


Net cash provided by financing activities



7,119




2,930


Net increase (decrease) in cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash



18,047




(723)


Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash at beginning of period



1,117




3,095


Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash at end of period


$

19,164



$

2,372


Supplemental disclosure of cash flow information









Noncash activities:









Conversion of promissory notes and interest to common stock


$

3,447



$


Conversion of contingently issuable shares to common stock


$

291



$


Fair value of assets acquired and liabilities assumed in the merger:









Fair value of assets acquired, excluding cash and restricted cash


$

3,072






Fair value of liabilities assumed



(2,947)






Fair value of net assets acquired in the merger


$

125






 

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