Sun BioPharma Reports Third Quarter 2016 Results And Provides Clinical Progress Update

  • Completed enrollment of second and third cohorts in Phase 1 clinical study of SBP-101; first-in-class proprietary compound designed specifically for pancreatic disease
  • Uplisted to OTCQB and secured DTC eligibility

MINNEAPOLIS, Nov. 10, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Sun BioPharma, Inc. (OTCQB:SNBP), a biopharmaceutical company developing disruptive therapies for the treatment of patients with pancreatic diseases, today released financial results for its third quarter ended September 30, 2016 and provided an update on its therapeutic candidate's clinical progress.

"This has been a busy and productive quarter for our team," said Michael Cullen, Executive Chairman.  "Our lead therapeutic candidate SBP-101 has made significant clinical trial progress.  In addition, we are encouraged by the enthusiasm for the Phase 1 trial at our study sites as evidenced by the rapid enrollment in the trial's third patient cohort and the identification and screening of potential patients for the fourth cohort.  The combination of this rapid enrollment with the earlier DSMB review is accelerating the pace of the study.  As a result, we could complete the Phase 1a study by Q2 2017, which is significantly earlier than we had anticipated when the trial started."

"From a corporate perspective, listing our shares on the OTCQB is a significant achievement for Sun BioPharma and will help raise the awareness of our progress as well as provide the potential for enhanced shareholder liquidity," commented David B. Kaysen, President and CEO.  "In addition, our shares can now be traded electronically, which expands the types of investors who can now consider our shares for investment.  These efforts complement the improvements we've made in our corporate structure and the continued progress in our Phase 1 clinical study of SBP-101 for pancreatic cancer."

As previously announced on August 15, 2016 and October 3, 2016, the Company's Data Safety Monitoring Board (the "DSMB"), completed its independent safety review of the data from the second and third cohorts, respectively in the Company's Phase 1 clinical study.  In both cases, based upon their review of the data, the DSMB approved the Company's progression to the next patient cohort in the dose escalation phase of this study evaluating the safety of SBP-101 in patients previously treated for pancreatic cancer.  The Company is currently enrolling patients in the fourth cohort of this study, which was designed to enroll up to eight cohorts in the dose escalation phase.

From June through September 2016, the Company sold approximately $2.2 million of equity securities in four closings under a private placement agreement.  On October 3, 2016 the Securities and Exchange Commission declared effective the Company's registration statement on Form S-1, registering the sale of up to 3,331,500 shares of common stock issuable to investors in this private placement.

As of September 28, 2016, the Company's common stock began trading on the OTCQB Venture Marketplace tier of the over-the-counter markets administered by the OTC Markets Group, Inc. The Company's shares will continue trading under the symbol "SNBP." In addition, the Company secured DTC Eligibility, from The Depository Trust Company, for its shares to trade electronically.

Financial Results

General and administrative ("G&A") expenses increased 16.3% to $499,000 in the third quarter of 2016 up from $429,000 in the third quarter of 2015. G&A expenses decreased 37.1% to $1.4 million down from $2.2 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2016 and 2015, respectively. The increase in the current quarter was related primarily to an increase in staff and salary increases implemented in the fourth quarter of 2015, partially offset by decreased legal fees relating to the Company's September 2015 merger with Cimarron Medical, Inc. The decrease on a year-to-date basis was due primarily to a reduction in stock-based compensation and decreased legal and accounting fees relating to the September 2015 merger, partially offset by increased salaries and reporting and compliance costs associated with being a public company during 2016.

Research and development ("R&D") expenses increased 86.5% to $636,000 in the third quarter of 2016, up from $341,000 in the third quarter of 2015. R&D expenses decreased 14.4% to $1.7 million in the nine months ended September 30, 2016, down from $1.9 million in the nine months ended September 30, 2015. The increase in the current quarter was driven primarily by increased costs associates with conducting the Phase 1 clinical trial of SBP-101, the Company's initial product candidate, as the pace of enrollment increased. Increased staff and salaries implemented in the fourth quarter of 2015 also contributed to the increase. The overall decrease in R&D expense for the nine months ended September 30, 2016 was due primarily to decreased costs of preclinical studies, other product development costs and stock-based compensation, partially offset by increased clinical trial costs.

Net loss in the third quarter of 2016 was $1.1 million, or $0.03 per diluted share, compared to a net loss of $793,000, or $0.06 per diluted share, in the third quarter of 2015. The net loss for the first nine months of 2016 was $2.9 million, or $0.09 per diluted share, compared to a net loss of $4.2 million, or $0.49 per diluted share, for the first nine months of 2015.

Balance Sheet and Cash Flow

Total cash and cash equivalents were $1.2 million as of September 30, 2016, compared to $925,000 as of December 31, 2015. In May 2016, the Company received a $772,000 tax rebate under the Australian R&D Incentive Rebate program related to 2015 research and development activities. From June through September, 2016, pursuant to Securities Purchase Agreements, the Company received aggregate gross proceeds of $1.9 million from four closings under a private placement agreement.

Total current assets were $1.6 million and $1.7 million as of September 30, 2016 and December 31, 2015, respectively. The decrease was driven primarily by cash used to fund clinical development activities and operations during the period partially offset by the proceeds received from the Australian tax rebate and the sales of equity securities.

Current liabilities increased to $2.1 million as of September 30, 2016, compared to $1.4 million as of December 31, 2015. The increase in current liabilities resulted from costs incurred but unpaid related to the Company's clinical development activities, the deferral of compensation by senior management and other operating expenses.

Net cash used in operating activities was $1.6 million in the nine months ended September 30, 2016, compared to $3.0 million in the nine months ended September 30, 2015. The net cash used in each of these periods primarily reflects the net loss for these periods, and is partially offset by the effects of changes in operating assets and liabilities and, in the nine-months ended September 30, 2015, by non-cash charges recorded for stock-based compensation.

About SBP-101SBP-101 is a first-in-class, proprietary, polyamine compound designed to exert therapeutic effects in a mechanism specific to the pancreas. Sun BioPharma originally licensed SBP-101 from the University of Florida in 2011. The molecule has been shown to be highly effective in human pancreatic cancer models, demonstrating superior activity to existing FDA approved chemotherapy agents. Combination therapy potential has also been shown for pancreatic cancer. SBP-101 is expected to differ from current pancreatic cancer therapies in that it specifically targets the exocrine pancreas and has shown efficacy against primary and metastatic disease in animal models of human pancreatic cancer. Therefore management believes that SBP-101 may effectively treat both primary and metastatic pancreatic cancer, while leaving the insulin-producing islet cells and non-pancreatic tissue unharmed.

About the Phase 1 Safety Study of SBP-101 in Patients with Previously Treated Pancreatic CancerSun BioPharma is currently conducting a clinical trial of SBP-101 in patients with previously treated locally advanced or metastatic pancreatic cancer. This is a Phase 1, first-in-human study with a dose-escalation phase and an expansion phase at the anticipated recommended treatment dose. This study is being conducted at clinical sites in both Australia and the United States including The Mayo Clinic Scottsdale and HonorHealth in Scottsdale, AZ, the Austin Health Cancer Trials Centre and the Box Hill Hospital in Melbourne, Australia and the Ashford Cancer Centre in Adelaide, Australia.

About Sun BioPharmaSun BioPharma Inc. is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company developing disruptive therapeutics for urgent unmet medical needs. The Company's development programs target diseases of the pancreas, including pancreatic cancer and pancreatitis; the Company's initial product candidate is SBP-101 for the treatment of patients with pancreatic cancer. SBP-101 was invented by Ray Bergeron, Ph.D. Distinguished Professor Emeritus, University of Florida. Sun BioPharma has scientific collaborations with pancreatic disease experts at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, the University of Miami, the University of Florida, the Mayo Clinic Scottsdale, the Austin Health Cancer Trials Centre and the Box Hill Hospital in Melbourne, Australia and the Ashford Cancer Centre in Adelaide, Australia. Further information can be found at: www.sunbiopharma.com. Sun BioPharma's common stock is currently quoted on the OTCQB tier of the over-the-counter markets administered by the OTC Markets Group, Inc. under the symbol: SNBP.

Forward-Looking Statements Safe Harbor Statements pertaining to future financial and/or operating results, future growth in research, technology, clinical development, and potential opportunities for SBP-101 and Sun BioPharma, along with other statements about the future expectations, beliefs, goals, plans, or prospects expressed by management constitute "forward-looking statements" For purposes of the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1955. Any statements that are not historical fact (including, but not limited to statements that contain words such as "will," "believes," "could," "may," "anticipates," "expects," "estimates" or "plans") should also be considered to be forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties, including, without limitation, our need to obtain additional capital to support our business plan, which may not be available on acceptable terms or at all, risks inherent in the development and/or commercialization of potential products, uncertainty in the results of clinical trials or regulatory approvals and maintenance of intellectual property rights. Actual results may differ materially from the results anticipated in these forward-looking statements and as such should be evaluated together with the many uncertainties that affect Sun BioPharma and its business, particularly those disclosed from time to time in Sun BioPharma's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Shareholders and other readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date on which they are made. Sun BioPharma disclaims any intent or obligation to update these forward-looking statements.

Nothing in this press release is intended to constitute an offer or solicitation to buy or exchange securities in the Company, nor shall there be any sale or purchase of securities in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful.

Contact Information:

EVC Group Investor Contact:Doug Sherk415-652-9100Michael Polyviou212-850-6020

Media Contact:Dave Schemelia646-201-5431

Sun BioPharma, Inc.
Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Loss (unaudited)
 
(In thousands, except share and per share amounts)
 
    Three Months EndedSeptember 30,   Percent   Nine Months EndedSeptember 30,   Percent
       2016     2015   Change     2016     2015   Change
Operating expenses:                                
General and administrative   $   499     $   429         16.3 %   $   1,399     $   2,224       (37.1 )%
Research and development       636         341         86.5         1,657         1,936       (14.4 )
Operating loss       (1,135 )       (770 )       47.4         (3,056 )       (4,160 )     (26.5 )
Other income (expense):                                
Interest income                   nm       2         5       (60.0 )
Interest expense       (45 )       (38 )     18.4         (135 )       (117 )     15.4  
Other income (expense)       56         (8 )   nm       63         (45 )   nm
Total other income (expense)       11         (46 )   nm       (70 )       (157 )     (55.4 )
                                 
Loss before income tax benefit       (1,124 )       (816 )     (14.8 )         (2,005 )         (4,317 )     (42.7 )
                                 
Income tax benefit       45         23       95.7         252         118       113.6  
                                 
Net loss   $   (1,079 )   $   (793 )     (36.1 )   $     (2,874 )   $     (4,199 )     (31.6 )
Foreign currency translation adjustment gain (loss)       (61 )       8       nm       (94 )       (6 )     nm
Comprehensive loss   $   (1,140 )   $   (785 )     45.2 %   $   (2,968 )   $   (4,205 )     (29.4 )%
                                 
Basic and diluted net loss per share   $   (0.03 )   $   (0.06 )     (50.0 )%   $   (0.09 )   $   (0.49 )     (81.6 )%
Weighted average shares outstanding—basic and diluted       32,017,196         13,574,929       235.8 %       30,692,141         8,853,816       346.7 %
 

Sun BioPharma, Inc.
Consolidated Balance Sheets (unaudited)
 
(In thousands, except share amounts)
    September 30, 2016     December 31, 2015
ASSETS          
Current assets:          
Cash and cash equivalents $     1,229     $     925  
Prepaid expenses and other current assets       164           74  
Income tax receivable       253           733  
Total current assets       1,646           1,732  
           
Total assets $     1,646     $     1,732  
           
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY          
Current liabilities:          
Accounts payable $         1,069     $               585  
Accrued expenses     693            505  
Demand notes payable     250              250  
Accrued interest               70         35  
Total current liabilities     2,082         1,375  
           
Long-term liabilities:          
Convertible notes payable     2,728         2,712  
Long-term debt     292         287  
Accrued interest     49         39  
Total long-term liabilities     3,069         3,038  
           
Stockholders' deficit:          
Preferred stock, $0.001 par value; 10,000,000 authorized; no shares issued or outstanding as of September 30, 2016 and December 31, 2015, respectively              
Common stock, $0.001 par value; 200,000,000 and 100,000,000 authorized as of September 30, 2016 and December 31, 2015, respectively; 32,151,306 and 29,892,806 shares issued and outstanding, as of September 30, 2016 and December 31, 2015, respectively     32         30  
Additional paid-in capital            13,085         10,943  
Accumulated deficit            (16,541 )           (13,667 )
Accumulated comprehensive gain (loss), net     (81 )       13  
Total stockholders' equity            (3,505 )       (2,681 )
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $            1,646     $          1,732  
 

Sun BioPharma, Inc.
Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows (unaudited)
 
(In thousands)
 
  Nine Months Ended September 30,
  2016   2015
Cash flows from operating activities:            
Net loss $     (2,874 )   $     (4,199 )  
Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash used in operating activities:            
Amortization of debt issuance costs     21         21    
Non-cash interest expense     9         9    
Share-based compensation             976    
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:            
Income and other tax receivables     512         (2 )  
Prepaid expenses     (25 )       (31 )  
Accounts payable and accrued expenses     787         208    
Net cash used in operating activities     (1,570 )       (3,019 )  
             
Cash flows from investing activities:            
Proceeds from sales and maturities of short-term investments             500    
Net cash provided by investing activities             500    
             
Cash flows from financing activities:            
Proceeds from issuance of common stock and warrants, net of offering costs of $152     1,873            
Proceeds from issuance of common stock, net of offering costs of $12             1,513    
Proceeds from the exercise of stock options             762    
Proceeds from the exercise of stock purchase warrants             400    
Net cash provided by investing activities     1,873         2,675    
             
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents     1         (23 )  
             
Net increase in cash and cash equivalents     304         133    
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period     925         1,653    
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period $     1,229     $     1,786    
             
Supplemental disclosure of cash flow information:            
Cash paid during period for interest $   70     $   87    
             
Supplemental disclosure of non-cash transactions:            
Deferred compensation exchanged for common stock and warrants $   196     $      
Issuance of common stock for services $   75     $      
Conversion of notes payable into common stock             226    
Notes payable assumed in merger             250    

 

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