REGULATED INFORMATION – INSIDE INFORMATION
03 September 2020, 07:00 CEST
- POSEIDON – Implants in Canada continue; interim results expected H1 2021
- RED DESERT – Implants continue; interim results expected Q4 2020
- DSR (Direct Sodium Removal) – Fundamental patents allowed in U.S. and Europe
- Continued growth in European commercial implants
- Secured additional funding extending cash runway into H2 2021
Conference call with live webcast presentation today at 14:00 CEST / 08:00 am EST
Ghent, BELGIUM – 03 September 2020 – Sequana Medical NV (Euronext Brussels: SEQUA) (the “Company” or “Sequana Medical“), an innovator in the management of fluid overload in liver disease, malignant ascites and heart failure, today announces its business highlights and financial results for the six-month period ending 30 June 2020 and its outlook for the remainder of the year and into 2021.
Ian Crosbie, Chief Executive Officer of Sequana Medical, commented: “We have continued to make good progress towards key milestones in our two areas of strategic focus, liver disease / NASH in North America and heart failure in North America and Europe, despite the impact of COVID-19. Our POSEIDON pivotal study and RED DESERT repeated dose proof-of-concept study have both resumed and interim results are expected in H1 2021 and Q4 2020 respectively. Whilst not a core strategic focus, we are pleased to see the strong increase in European alfapump® revenue compared to the same period last year, underlining the patient need and demonstrating the positive impact of our targeted commercial strategy.
“Since the start of this year, we have successfully secured additional funding that extends our cash runway into H2 2021. This enables us to reach key value inflection points and execute on our strategy of bringing the alfapump to more patients in two significant areas of medical need.”
H1 2020 Operational Highlights
- POSEIDON (North American pivotal study of the alfapumpin recurrent and refractory ascites due to liver cirrhosis) – despite the ongoing impact of COVID-19, implants and patient enrolment have resumed in Canada; although U.S. sites continue to screen for patients, restrictions on travel and non-essential hospital visits and procedures have prevented the resumption of implants and enrolment in this region. Assuming such restrictions are lifted in Q4 2020, enrolment is expected to be completed in Q1 2021 with interim results in H1 2021 and primary endpoint read-out in Q1 2022.
- RED DESERT (repeated dose proof-of-concept study of the alfapump DSR in diuretic-resistant heart failure patients) – following a delay due to COVID-19, patient enrolment has resumed and the Company expects to report interim results in Q4 2020 and top-line results in H1 2021.
- DSR – fundamental patents allowed in the U.S. and Europe to reduce fluid overload in heart failure.
- European alfapump studies: TOPMOST (European registry study in cirrhosis patients implanted with the alfapump for the management of refractory liver ascites) continues to enroll patients and the first patient has been enrolled in the Step Counter study (registry to measure the impact of the alfapump on activity, stress and sleep quality using fitness loggers in patients with refractory ascites due to liver cirrhosis). ProMAS (prospective study of efficacy and clinical impact of the alfapump in patients with malignant ascites) has been delayed to enable focus of operational and financial resources on the POSEIDON and RED DESERT studies; timing for conducting the ProMAS study will be reviewed at a later stage.
- Publication of positive data from preclinical and clinical DSR proof-of-concept studies in Circulation, a top-tier peer-reviewed cardiovascular journal.
- Publication of positive results from MOSAIC (North American feasibility study of the alfapump in recurrent and refractory ascites due to liver cirrhosis) in leading peer-reviewed journal Liver Transplantation.
- Appointed Dr Oliver Gödje as Chief Medical Officer; Gijs Klarenbeek remains with Sequana Medical as Senior Medical Advisor.
- Further refined the focus of European commercial activities for the alfapump on Germany and France, as part of the Company’s focused strategy and continued market penetration in these territories.
H1 2020 Financial Highlights
- Raised €19.0 million in a successful private equity placement via an accelerated book building offering from existing investors and new experienced life sciences investors and industry experts.
- Total liquidity position of €14.9 million at the end of June 2020 compared to €5.6 million at the end of 2019.
Post Period Events
- Repayment of the Bootstrap loan for a total consideration of €3.2 million.
- Entered into subordinated loan agreements with several shareholders (including PMV/z-Leningen) for an aggregate principal amount of €7.3 million, of which €1.4 million can be converted by the lenders into new shares of the Company in the event of a future equity financing or sale of the Company. This funding extends the Company’s cash runway into H2 2021.
Outlook for the Remainder of 2020 and beyond
Assuming that U.S. implants can resume in Q4 2020, and subject to no further COVID-19-related delays, the Company expects to complete enrolment in the POSEIDON study in Q1 2021 and report interim results in H1 2021 with primary endpoint read-out in Q1 2022. The POSEIDON study aims to support the approval of the alfapump in the U.S. and Canada, with an FDA submission expected in H1 2022.
The Company expects to report interim results from the RED DESERT study in Q4 2020 and top-line results in H1 2021. The RED DESERT interim results are intended to support the discussions with the U.S. FDA to reach agreement on the plans for a U.S. feasibility study of the alfapump DSR in patients with volume overload due to heart failure, which is expected to start in H2 2021. Sequana Medical plans to hold a key opinion leader (KOL) event on the alfapump DSR programme in Q4 2020 and will communicate more details nearer the time.
Financial review – Six months ended 30 June 2020
|in Thousand Euros||HY 2020||HY 2019||Variance|
|Cost of goods sold||(126)||(86)||+46%|
|Sales & Marketing||(1,373)||(1,306)||+5%|
|Quality & Regulatory||(1,023)||(930)||+10%|
|General & Administration||(2,313)||(2,582)||-10%|
|Total operating expenses||(9,397)||(7,166)||+31%|
|Earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT)||(8,928)||(6,838)||+31%|
|Total net finance expense||(523)||(458)||+14%|
|Income tax expense||(103)||(7)||N.M.|
|Net loss for the period||(9,554)||(7,303)||+31%|
|Basic Loss Per Share||(0.62)||(0.61)||+2%|
|Cash position* at 30 June||14,882||12,877||+16%|
N.M.: Not Meaningful (percentage greater than 150%)
* Cash position only includes highly liquid cash and cash equivalents.
Condensed Consolidated Income Statement
Revenue (€0.59 million) increased +44% compared to the same period last year (€0.41 million) as a result of growth in Germany and France.
Cost of goods sold
Cost of goods sold (€0.13 million) increased +46% compared to the same period last year (€0.09 million) in line with the increase in revenue.
Total operating expenses increased to €9.40 million (HY 2019: €7.17 million).
Sales and marketing expenses (€1.37 million) remained relatively at a similar level compared to the same period last year (€1.31 million).
Clinical expenses more than doubled from €1.45 million to €3.14 million mainly as a result of higher costs related to the North American pivotal study of the alfapump (POSEIDON) and the repeated dose proof-of-concept study of the alfapump DSR (RED DESERT).
Quality and regulatory expenses increased from €0.93 million to €1.02 million, mainly driven by costs linked to external advice for the POSEIDON study and the preparations for the new Medical Devices Regulation (Regulation 2017/745).
Supply chain expenses increased to €0.81 million (HY 2019: €0.37 million) in line with the increase in both revenue and clinical expenses.
Engineering expenses increased from €0.53 million to €0.77 million largely driven by the preparation for the commercial marketing application of the alfapump in the U.S. and Canada.
General and administration expenses decreased from €2.58 million to €2.31 million mainly due to the costs related to the IPO in H1 2019 offset by higher public company costs and the costs related to the accelerated book building in H1 2020.
As a result of the above, earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) evolved from a loss of €6.84 million in 2019 to a loss of €8.93 million in 2020.
Total net finance expenses
Net finance cost (€0.46 million) remained at a similar level to the same period last year (€0.52 million) and consists mainly of interest expenses related to the Bootstrap loan.
Income tax expense
Income tax expense increased from €0.01 million in 2019 to €0.10 million in 2020. These expenses largely reflect taxes payable in Switzerland.
Net loss for the period
As a result of the above, the net loss increased from €7.30 million in HY 2019 to €9.55 million in HY 2020.
Basic losses per share (LPS)
Basic losses per share remained at a similar level for HY2020 (€0.62) compared to (€0.61) HY 2019.
Condensed Consolidated Statement of Financial Position
Net debt at 30 June 2020 improved by €9.12 million, resulting in a positive net cash position of €11.48 million compared to €2.36 million at 31 December 2019, mainly as a result of the proceeds from the January 2020 Equity Placement.
Working capital at 30 June 2020 improved by €0.45 million compared to 31 December 2019, mainly as a result of a decrease in inventories and an increase in accrued liabilities.
Condensed Consolidated Statement of Cash Flows
Net cash outflow from operating activities was €9.24 million in HY 2020 compared to a net cash outflow of €12.19 million in HY 2019. The difference mainly relates to a decrease in cash relating to working capital primarily due to the decrease in trade and other payables related to the IPO in 2019, partially offset by a general increase in the net loss.
Cash flow from investing activities resulted in a net outflow of €0.03 million in HY 2020 compared to a net outflow of €0.14 million in HY 2019.
Cash flow from financing activities resulted in a net inflow of €18.67 million in HY 2020, mainly as a result of the proceeds from the private equity placement in January 2020, compared to a net inflow of €23.88 million in HY 2019, as a result of the IPO proceeds.
The Company ended the period with a total liquidity position of €14.89 million (2019: €12.88 million).
Conference Call and Webcast
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About Sequana Medical
Sequana Medical is a commercial stage medical device company developing the alfapump platform for the management of fluid overload in liver disease, malignant ascites and heart failure where diuretics are no longer effective. Fluid overload is a fast growing complication of advanced liver disease driven by NASH (non-alcoholic steatohepatitis) related cirrhosis and a common complication in heart failure. The U.S. market for the alfapump resulting from NASH-related cirrhosis is forecast to exceed €3 billion annually within the next 10-20 years. The heart failure market for the alfapump DSR (Direct Sodium Removal) is estimated to be over €5 billion annually in the U.S. and EU5 by 2026. Both indications leverage Sequana Medical’s alfapump, a unique, fully implanted wireless device that automatically pumps fluid from the abdomen into the bladder, where it is naturally eliminated through urination.
In the U.S., the company’s key growth market, the alfapump has been granted breakthrough device designation by the FDA. The North American pivotal study (POSEIDON) in recurrent and refractory ascites due to liver cirrhosis is currently underway, and is intended to support a commercial marketing application of the alfapump in the U.S. and Canada. In Europe, the alfapump is CE-marked for the management of refractory ascites due to liver cirrhosis and malignant ascites and is included in key clinical practice guidelines. Over 800 alfapump systems have been implanted to date. Building on its proven alfapump platform, Sequana Medical is developing the alfapump DSR, a breakthrough, proprietary approach to fluid overload due to heart failure. Clinical proof-of-concept was achieved in a first-in-human single dose DSR study and a repeated dose alfapump DSR study (RED DESERT) in heart failure patients is currently underway.
Sequana Medical is headquartered in Ghent, Belgium. For further information, please visit www.sequanamedical.com.
Important Regulatory Disclaimers
The alfapump® system is not currently approved in the United States or Canada. In the United States and Canada, the alfapump® system is currently under clinical investigation (POSEIDON Study) and is being studied in adult patients with refractory or recurrent ascites due to cirrhosis. For more information regarding the POSEIDON clinical study see www.poseidonstudy.com. The DSR therapy is still in development and it should be noted that any statements regarding safety and efficacy arise from ongoing pre-clinical and clinical investigations which have yet to be completed. The DSR therapy is not currently approved for clinical research in the United States or Canada. There is no link between the DSR therapy and ongoing investigations with the alfapump® system in Europe.
This press release may contain predictions, estimates or other information that might be considered forward-looking statements. Such forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance. These forward-looking statements represent the current judgment of Sequana Medical on what the future holds, and are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially. Sequana Medical expressly disclaims any obligation or undertaking to release any updates or revisions to any forward-looking statements in this press release, except if specifically required to do so by law or regulation. You should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements, which reflect the opinions of Sequana Medical only as of the date of this press release.
The condensed consolidated financial statements have been prepared in accordance with IAS 34, as adopted by the EU. The financial information included in the press release is an extract from the Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements.
The Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements for the six months ending 30 June 2020 are available on the website of Sequana Medical: https://www.sequanamedical.com/investors/financial-information/
 EBIT is defined as Revenue less Cost of goods sold and Operating Expenses.
 EBIT is defined as Revenue less Cost of goods sold and Operating Expenses.
 Net debt is calculated by adding short-term, long-term financial and lease debt and deducting cash and cash equivalents.
 The components of working capital are inventories plus trade receivables and other receivables minus trade payables (including contract liabilities) and other payables, and accrued liabilities.
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