November 23, 2018
NOVOHEART HOLDINGS INC.
Suite 1430 | 800 Pender Street | Vancouver
British Columbia | V6C 2V6 | Canada
Novoheart Holdings Inc. Reports First Quarter 2019 Financial Results
Vancouver, BC, November 22, 2018 – Novoheart Holdings Inc. (“Novoheart” or the “Company”) reports financial results for the three months ended September 30, 2018. Amounts, unless specified otherwise, are expressed in Canadian dollars and are in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS).
Q1 2019 Highlights:
- Entered into a $2.2M Service Agreement with Xellera Therapeutics Limited
- Selected as one of the 'Top 50 of Innovative Biotechnology Enterprise in Greater Bay Area’
- Showcased at the Annual Safety Pharmacology Society Meeting
- Recruited a notable Pharma Industry Executive, Bernard Fermini, Ph.D. as Chief R&D Officer
- Appointed a new Senior Vice President to lead Commercial Development
Financial Results for the First Quarter of 2019
The Company recorded net loss of $1,949,801 (loss per share of $0.02) for the three months ended September 30, 2018 compared to a net loss of $6,272,569 (loss per share of $0.58) for the three months ended September 30, 2017. The decrease in the net loss was due primarily to the completion of the reverse takeover transaction that occurred in the first quarter of 2018, for which the Company incurred a non-cash loss on completion of reverse takeover of $5,213,597, offset by the Company’s increases in operating expenses compared to the three months ended September 30, 2017.
Operating expenses for the three months ended September 30, 2018 was $1,975,684 compared to $1,083,466 for the three months ended September 30, 2017. The increase in operating expenses is primarily due to the increase in marketing expenses and shared-based compensation expenses for the three months ended September 30, 2018. The increase in marketing expenses is primarily due to the focus of the Company to expand the commercialization of its MyHeartTM platform, along with the hiring of the Senior Vice President Commercial Development in August 2018 to lead the effort. For share-based compensation expenses, there was minimal share-based compensation for the three months ended September 30, 2017 as the stock options were only granted upon the Company being listed on September 27, 2017.
Liquidity and Outstanding Share Capital
As at September 30, 2018, the Company had cash of $503,490. The Company entered into a $2.2m service agreement with Xellera Therapeutics Limited on October 31, 2018, from which the Company received an upfront payment of $248,344 upon signing and received a second payment of $1,076,159 on November 19, 2018. As at November 23, 2018, there were 93,462,025 common shares issued and outstanding, and 6,977,098 common shares issuable upon the exercise of outstanding stock options (of which none are exercisable) at an exercise price of C$0.50 per share and the issuance of vested restricted share units. The Company also has 972,037 purchase warrants outstanding with an exercise price of C$0.50, expiring in September 2019.
ABOUT NOVOHEART HOLDINGS INC.
Novoheart is a global stem cell biotechnology company dedicated to human heart engineering with offices and laboratories in the United States, Canada and Hong Kong. Novoheart’s scientific team has pioneered a range of bioengineering technologies collectively known as the MyHeartTM platform, including the world’s first human mini-heart “novoHeartTM” (otherwise known as a “human heart-in-a-jar”) that is fully capable of pumping and ejecting fluid. Novoheart believes that its proprietary platform uniquely positions the Company to enter into commercial partnerships with leading pharmaceuticals and research institutions to deliver pre-clinical cardiotoxicity screening and to develop custom-tailored engineered heart constructs for disease modeling and drug discovery. Novoheart also believes that the MyHeartTM platform is well-positioned for the potential development of cell-based cardiac regenerative therapies with superior safety and efficacy.
Common shares of Novoheart is traded on the TSX Venture Exchange under the symbol “NVH”.
For further information please contact:
Novoheart Holdings Inc.
Suite 1430, 800 West Pender Street
Vancouver, British Columbia
Chief Financial Officer
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