Melbourne, Australia, 28 January 2021
CLINUVEL PHARMACEUTICALS LTD today announced its Appendix 4C – Quarterly Cashflow Report and Activity Report for the period 01 October to 31 December 2020. All figures are rounded and reported in Australian dollars.
|KEY CASH FLOW HIGHLIGHTS Q2 FY21:|
Net operating cash flow
Cash Flow 01 Jan-31 Dec 2020
Operating Conditions & The Global Economy
The coronavirus pandemic is causing anguish with the ongoing loss of human life, and the world is experiencing the largest contraction since the Great Depression of 1929. Despite some economies showing signs of resilience, the pace of recovery is proving to be disparate.
In this unprecedented environment where hospital and medical supplies face new challenges, CLINUVEL continues to strengthen its business and balance sheet. In the current financial year CLINUVEL has expanded both its commercial operation in the USA and its research and development program, without having to enter equity or debt financing. Following a fourth consecutive annual profit in the financial year ending 30 June 2020, and a positive cashflow outcome in the 2020 September quarter, the Company continues to record positive cash receipts in the 2020 December quarter leading to an increase in cash reserves.
“The continued performance of the Group stems from our measured strategy, consistent execution, and treatment demand from both the USA and Europe, which have contributed to a new high in annual cash receipts,” CLINUVEL’s Chief Financial Officer, Mr Darren Keamy said.
“Against the ongoing backdrop of economic uncertainty, and in a quarter where cash receipts are historically lower, reflecting the seasonal demand, we have now been able to deliver a positive net cash result in the December quarter, the first in the Company’s history.
“As of today, CLINUVEL is in a good position to pursue further investments in its R&D and clinical programs, aiming to deliver long-term value while building out the CLINUVEL Group of companies,” Mr Keamy said.
Strong Cash Receipts & Net Cash
Annual Trend in Cash Receipts & Expenditures
Graph 1 shows CLINUVEL’s annual cash receipts at each quarterly timepoint since the June quarter 2017 (on a rolling annual basis). The last two quarters of 2020 include cash receipts from the distribution of SCENESSE® in the US which commenced in April 2020. Rolling annual cash receipts to 31 December 2020 from the distribution of SCENESSE® were $33,053,000 – the highest since commercial operations commenced in June 2016.
Whilst distribution of SCENESSE® in the USA commenced in April 2020, the cash receipt cycle is longer than in Europe, in part due to the decentralised reimbursement system. As part of the administrative handling required by all parties in the billing and reimbursement process, CLINUVEL is recording cash receipts in cases which are longer than 90 days from invoice date. This period is expected to shorten as insurers include the new treatment within their administrative databases.
Controlled Growth in Expenditures
Review of Key Activities:
- Progress in the DNA Repair Program with the completion of treatment of the first xeroderma pigmentosum (XP) patient with SCENESSE® to evaluate the product’s safety and satisfy the request from authorities. The XPC patient tolerated treatment well, providing the basis on which a Phase II study (CUV150) will proceed in a group of six XP-C patients, subject to ethics committee and other approvals to start during the COVID pandemic.
- Approval of SCENESSE® by the Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration to treat adult patients with EPP.
- Expansion of the research and development program to evaluate the effects of afamelanotide, the active ingredient in SCENESSE® , in patients suffering from arterial ischaemic stroke (AIS). Pending COVID restrictions, a pilot Phase II study (CUV801) will commence to administer afamelanotide to up to six AIS patients to evaluate its safety and effectiveness.
- A strategic update (26 October 2020) to outline the Group’s new divisional structure and expanded research and development program to support the diversification and growth of the Group in pharmaceutical products for unmet medical needs and non-pharmaceutical products for wider healthcare use.
1 SCENESSE® (afamelanotide 16mg) is approved in the European Union as an orphan medicinal product and the world’s first systemic photoprotective pharmaceutical for the prevention of phototoxicity in adult patients with erythropoietic protoporphyria (EPP). SCENESSE® is approved in the USA to increase “pain-free” light exposure in adult EPP patients with a history of phototoxicity.
Quarterly cash flow report for entities subject to Listing Rule 4.7B
|Cash flows from operating activities||Current quarter $A’000||Year to date (6 months) $A'000|
|1.1||Receipts from customers|
|(a) research and development|
|(b) product manufacturing and operating costs|
|(c) advertising and marketing|
|(d) leased assets|
|(e) staff costs|
|(f) administration and corporate costs|
|1.3||Dividends received (see note 3)||-||-|
|1.5||Interest and other costs of finance paid|
|1.6||Income taxes paid||-||-|
|1.7||Government grants and tax incentives||43||81|
|1.8||Other (provide details if material)|
|1.9||Net cash from / (used in) operating activities||1,293||9,174|
|Cash flows from investing activities||Current quarter $A’000||Year to date (6 months) A$'000|
|2.1||Payments to acquire or for:|
|(c) property, plant and equipment||(145)||(795)|
|(e) intellectual property||-||-|
|(f) other non-current assets||-||-|
|2.2||Proceeds from disposal of:|
|(i) property, plant and equipment||-||-|
|(k) intellectual property||-||-|
|(l) other non-current assets||-||-|
|2.3||Cash flows from loans to other entities||-||-|
|2.4||Dividends received (see note 3)||-||-|
|2.5||Other (provide details if material)||-||-|
|2.6||Net cash from / (used in) investing activities||(145)||(795)|
|3.||Cash flows from financing activities||Current quarter $A’000||Year to date (6 months) A$'000|
|3.1||Proceeds from issues of equity securities (excluding convertible debt securities)||-||-|
|3.2||Proceeds from issue of convertible debt securities||-||-|
|3.3||Proceeds from exercise of options||-||-|
|3.4||Transaction costs related to issues of equity securities or convertible debt securities||-||-|
|3.5||Proceeds from borrowings||-||-|
|3.6||Repayment of borrowings||(74)||(133)|
|3.7||Transaction costs related to loans and borrowings||-||-|
|3.9||Other (provide details if material)||-||-|
|3.10||Net cash from / (used in) financing activities||(74)||(1,368)|
|Net increase / (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents for the period||Current quarter $A’000||Year to date (6 months) A$'000|
|4.1||Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period|
|4.2||Net cash from / (used in) operating activities (item 1.9 above)|
|4.3||Net cash from / (used in) investing activities (item 2.6 above)||(145)||(795)|
|4.4||Net cash from / (used in) financing activities (item 3.10 above)||(74)||(1,368)|
|4.5||Effect of movement in exchange rates on cash held||(915)||(840)|
|4.6||Cash and cash equivalents at end of period|
|Reconciliation of cash and cash equivalents at the end of the quarter (as shown in the consolidated statement of cash flows) to the related items in the accounts||Current quarter $A’000||Year to date (6 months) A$'000|
|5.4||Other (provide details)||302||357|
|5.5||Cash and cash equivalents at end of quarter (should equal item 4.6 above)|
|Payments to related parties of the entity and their associates||Current quarter $A'000|
|6.1||Aggregate amount of payments to related parties and their associates included in item 1||338|
|6.2||Aggregate amount of payments to related parties and their associates included in item 2|
Note: if any amounts are shown in items 6.1 or 6.2, your quarterly activity report must include a description of, and an explanation for, such payments.
|Financing facilities||Total facility amount at quarter end||Amount drawn at quarter end|
Note: the term “facility’ includes all forms of financing arrangements available to the entity. Add notes as necessary for an understanding of the sources of finance available to the entity.
|7.2||Credit standby arrangements|
|7.3||Other (please specify)|
|7.4||Total financing facilities|
|7.5||Unused financing facilities available at quarter end|
|7.6||Include in the box below a description of each facility above, including the lender, interest rate, maturity date and whether it is secured or unsecured. If any additional financing facilities have been entered into or are proposed to be entered into after quarter end, include a note providing details of those facilities as well.|
|Estimated cash available for future operating activities||$A’000|
|8.1||Net cash from / (used in) operating activities (item 1.9)|
|8.2||Cash and cash equivalents at quarter end (item 4.6)|
|8.3||Unused finance facilities available at quarter end (item 7.5)|
|8.4||Total available funding (item 8.2 + item 8.3)|
|8.5||Estimated quarters of funding available (item 8.4 divided by item 8.1)||n/a|
Note: if the entity has reported positive net operating cash flows in item 1.9, answer item 8.5 as “N/A”. Otherwise, a figure for the estimated quarters of funding available must be included in item 8.5.
|8.6||If item 8.5 is less than 2 quarters, please provide answers to the following questions:|
|8.6.1 Does the entity expect that it will continue to have the current level of net operating cash flows for the time being and, if not, why not?|
|8.6.2 Has the entity taken any steps, or does it propose to take any steps, to raise further cash to fund its operations and, if so, what are those steps and how likely does it believe that they will be successful?|
|8.6.3 Does the entity expect to be able to continue its operations and to meet its business objectives and, if so, on what basis?|
Note: where item 8.5 is less than 2 quarters, all of questions 8.6.1, 8.6.2 and 8.6.3 above must be answered
1 This statement has been prepared in accordance with accounting standards and policies which comply with Listing Rule 19.11A.
2 This statement gives a true and fair view of the matters disclosed.
Date: 28 January 2021
Authorised by: Board of Directors of CLINUVEL PHARMACEUTICALS LTD
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