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InflaRx Full Year 2018 Financial & Operating Results

  • $62.9 million (€53.0 million) raised in a follow-on offering to advance clinical programs for IFX-1
  • Start of three Phase II trials for IFX-1 in two serious inflammatory diseases
  • Expansion of our operations along a number of fronts
  • Cash and cash equivalents and current financial assets of €156.6 million as of December 31, 2018

JENA, Germany, March 28, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- InflaRx ( IFRX ), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company developing anti-inflammatory therapeutics by targeting the complement system, announced today financial results for the year ended December 31, 2018.

“2018 was marked by significant progress for InflaRx in both our business and clinical operations,” said Prof. Niels C. Riedemann, Chief Executive Officer and Founder of InflaRx. “Importantly, we completed enrollment of our Phase IIb trial with IFX-1 in Hidradenitis Suppurativa, from which we will report top-line results in the second quarter of 2019, and also initiated a Phase II trial in ANCA-associated vasculitis. We are continuing to execute our clinical development plans in 2019 as well, as evidenced by the recent initiation of our Phase IIa study in Pyoderma Gangraenosum.”

Prof. Riedemann continued, “In addition to our pipeline progress, the Company experienced significant corporate growth in the past year by recruiting highly qualified directors to our board, opening our new R&D facility in the U.S. to support future innovation, and recruiting experienced executives to help us take InflaRx forward through 2019 and beyond. I am quite pleased with our team’s ability to execute on our core milestones of the past year and look forward to reporting on this continued progress in the months to come.”

Corporate and drug development highlights – 2018 through early 2019

Corporate

  • Closed a primary and secondary offering in May 2018 for total gross proceeds of $117.3 million ($62.9 million to InflaRx and $54.4 million to selling shareholders), including the full exercise of the underwriters’ option to purchase additional shares.

  • Appointed highly experienced executives to the Board of Directors: Tony Gibney, CBO of Achillion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and Jens Holstein, CFO of MorphoSys AG. Richard Brudnick, CBO of Codiak BioSciences, appointed as Non-Executive Director, subject to shareholder approval at our annual general meeting (currently serving as a Non-Voting Observer).

  • Expanded U.S. operations with opening of two U.S. sites – R&D facility in Ann Arbor, Michigan and corporate offices in New York City.

  • Hired senior executives for key positions – Jason Marks (formerly of Bausch Health) as Chief Legal Officer/General Counsel and Jordan Silverstein (formerly of Advanced Accelerator Applications) as Head of Corporate Strategy/Development.

  • Expanding research and development activities supported by growth in number of employees to 38 as of December 31, 2018 (2017:21).

Lead product candidate, IFX-1, first-in-class anti-human complement factor C5a antibody

Hidradenitis Suppurativa (HS)

  • First patient enrolled in March 2018 in Phase IIb SHINE trial in moderate or severe HS and enrollment completed in November 2018. The randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, multicenter study is being conducted at 38 sites in North America and Europe. Topline results are expected in the second quarter of 2019.

  • New long-term retrospective data from completed Phase IIa trial presented in February 2019 at the 8 th Conference of the European Hidradenitis Suppurativa Foundation. The data showed sustained remissions and median time to first flare of almost seven months, after only eight weeks of treatment.

ANCA-associated vasculitis (AAV).

  • Received FDA clearance of an IND application for U.S. Phase II study in patients with AAV in June 2018 and dosed the first patient in October 2018. The randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled Phase II study is planned to enroll approximately 36 patients at approximately 20 sites in the U.S.

  • Investigational Medicinal Product Dossier (IMPD) approved in December 2018 by European regulatory authorities, to initiate a Phase II study in Europe in patients with AAV. The randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study is planned to enroll approximately 80 patients at about 60 sites in Europe.

2018 financial highlights

Cash and cash equivalents plus securities and other investments. As of December 31, 2018, InflaRx had cash and cash equivalents and securities and other investments of €156.6 million, compared to €123.3 million at the end of 2017. This increase in funds of approximately €33.3 million was primarily attributable to the completion of InflaRx’s follow-on offering of common shares in May 2018. Cash and cash equivalents totaled €55.4 million as of December 31, 2018 (December 31, 2017: €123.3 million). Additionally, current financial assets totaled €101.2 million compared to €0 as of December 31, 2017.

Net cash used in operating activities increased to €23.7 million in 2018, from €12.2 million in 2017, mainly due to higher cash expenses for research and development, such as third-party expenses for manufacturing and clinical trials attributable to InflaRx’ lead program IFX-1 and personnel expenses.

Research and development expenses increased by €10.6 million to €25.0 million in 2018, compared to €14.4 million in 2017. This increase is primarily attributable to a €7.1 million increase in CRO and CMO expenses for IFX-1 in connection with preparation to commence the clinical trial Phase IIb in patients with HS and the Phase II clinical program in patients with AAV, as well as with the ongoing manufacturing activities for clinical trial material for these clinical trials with IFRX-1 and to a €3.4 million increase in employee-related costs associated with salaries, bonus, benefits and non-cash share-based compensation.

General and administrative expenses amounted to €12.8 million in 2018, an increase of €7.7 million from €5.1 million in 2017. This was primarily attributable to a €6.2 million increase in employee-related costs associated with salaries, bonus, benefits and non-cash share-based compensation. Legal, consulting and audit fees and other expenses increased by €0.5 million, which is mainly attributable to expenses incurred in connection with the follow on offering of common shares in May 2018.

Net financial result was €7.7 million, up by €12.5 million compared to a net financial loss of €4.8 million in 2017, mainly due to net foreign exchange gains. Large portions of InflaRx’ funds are held in U.S. dollars and the dollar improved compared to the euro during 2018.

Loss for the period 2018 was €29.8 million or €1.2 per common share (basic and diluted), compared to €24.2 million or €2.6 per common share (basic and diluted) for 2017.

Additional information regarding these results is included in the notes to the consolidated financial statements as of and for the year ended December 31, 2018 and “ITEM 18. Financial statements”, which will be included in InflaRx’ Annual Report on Form 20-F as filed with the SEC.

InflaRx N.V. and subsidiary

Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Loss for the Years Ended December 31, 2018 and 201 7

2017 2018
(in thousands of €, except for per share data)
Operating Expenses
Research and development expenses (14,415 ) (25,028 )
General and administrative expenses (5,138 ) (12,787 )
Total Operating Expenses (19,553 ) (37,815 )
Other income 116 304
Other expenses (8 ) (5 )
Operating Result (19,445 ) (37,516 )
Finance income 130 10,433
Finance expenses (4,923 ) (2,731 )
Net financial Result (4,793 ) 7,702
Loss for the period (24,238 ) (29,815 )
Share information
Weighted average number of shares outstanding 9,411 25,095
Loss per share in euro (basic/diluted) € (2.60 ) € (1.19 )
Loss for the period (24,238 ) (29,815 )
Other comprehensive income that may be re­clas­si­fied to profit or loss in subsequent periods:
Exchange differences on translation of foreign operations 0 51
Total comprehensive loss (24,238 ) (29,764 )


InflaRx N.V. and subsidiary
Consolidated Statements of Financial Position as of December 31, 2018 and 2017

2017 2018
(in thousands of €)
ASSETS
Non-current assets
Property, plant and equipment 173 625
Intangible assets 41 223
Non-current financial assets 20 207
Total non-current assets 234 1,055
Current assets
Current other assets 696 1,589
Current financial assets 0 101,184
Cash and cash equivalents 123,282 55,386
Total current assets 123,979 158,159
TOTAL ASSETS 124,213 159,214
EQUITY AND LIABILITIES
Equity
Issued capital 2,858 3,116
Share premium 161,639 211,022
Other capital reserves 6,225 18,310
Accumulated deficit (51,293 ) (81,107 )
Other components of equity 0 50
Total equity 119,429 151,391
Non-current liabilities
Provisions 2 57
Government grants 15 11
Total non-current liabilities 17 68
Current liabilities
Employee Benefits 295 788
Social securities and other current tax liabilities 2 310
Trade and other payables 4,469 6,657
Total current liabilities 4,766 7,756
Total Liabilities 4,783 7,824
TOTAL EQUITY AND LIABILITIES 124,213 159,214

InflaRx N.V. and subsidiary
Consolidated Statements of Changes in Shareholders’ Equity for the Years Ended December 31, 2018 and 2017

Issued
capital
Share
pre­mium
Other
capital
re­serves
Ac­cu­mu­lated
deficit
Other
com­po­nents
of equity
Total
equity
(in thousands of €, except for share data)
Balance January 1, 2017 31 0 1,325 (27,055 ) 9 (25,690 )
Loss for the period (24,238 ) (24,238 )
Exchange differences on translation of foreign operations 0 2
Total comprehensive loss (24,238 ) 0 (24,238 )
Transactions with owners of InflaRx
Contributions
Issue of common shares 848 90,055 90,903
Transaction costs (9,115 ) (9,115 )
Equity-settled share-based payment 4,550 4,550
Total Contributions 848 80,940 4,550 86,338
Changes in ownership interests
Reorganization 1,978 80,698 350 83,026
Liquidation of a Subsidiary (9 ) (9 )
Total changes in ownership interests 1,978 80,698 350 (9 ) 83,017
Total transactions with owners of InflaRx 2,826 161,638 4,900 (9 ) 169,355
Balance at December 31, 2017 2,857 161,639 6,225 (51,293 ) 0 119,429
Loss for the period (29,815 ) (29,815 )
Exchange differences on translation of foreign operations 51 51
Total comprehensive loss (29,815 ) 51 (29,764 )
Transactions with owners of InflaRx
Contributions
Issue of common shares 222 52,769 52,991
Transaction costs (3,801 ) (3,801 )
Equity-settled share-based payment 12,085 12,085
Share options exercised 36 416 452
Total Contributions 258 49,384 12,085 61,727
Total transactions with owners of InflaRx 258 49,384 12,085 61,727
Balance at December 31, 2018 3,116 211,022 18,310 (81,107 ) 50 151,391


InflaRx N.V. and subsidiary
Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows for the Years ended December 31, 2018 and 2017

2017 2018
(in thousands of €)
Operating activities
Loss for the period (24,238 ) (29,815 )
Adjustments for:
Depreciation & Amortization 71 174
Net financial result 4,793 (7,702 )
Share based payment expense 4,550 12,085
Effects of exchange rate changes on financial assets (61 ) (2,387 )
other non-cash adjustments 24 (83 )
Changes in:
Current other assets (523 ) (894 )
Current financial assets 154 (316 )
Provisions 55
Government grants (4 ) (4 )
Employee benefits 129 493
Social securities and other current tax liabilities (30 ) 310
Trade and other payables 2,917 2,188
Interest received 66 504
Interest paid 0 0
Net cash flows from operating activities (12,152 ) (23,712 )
Investing activities
Cash outflow from the purchase of intangible assets, laboratory and office equipment (149 ) (806 )
Cash outflow for the investment in non-current  other financial assets (19 ) (210 )
Proceeds from the disposal of non-current other financial assets 0 22
Proceeds from the disposal of current financial assets 0 7,990
Purchase of current & non-current  financial assets 0 (106,445 )
Net cash flows used in investing activities (167 ) (99,451 )
Financing activities
Proceeds from issuance of share capital 90,904 53,443
Transaction cost from issuance of share capital (9,115 ) (3,801 )
Proceeds from issuance of preferred shares 27,012
Net cash flows from financing activities 108,801 49,642
Effect of exchange rate changes (2,317 ) 5,626
Change in cash and cash equivalents 94,165 (67,896 )
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period 29,117 123,282
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period 123,282 55,386

About IFX-1:

IFX-1 is a first-in-class monoclonal anti-human complement factor C5a antibody, which highly and effectively blocks the biological activity of C5a and demonstrates high selectivity towards its target in human blood. Thus, IFX-1 leaves the formation of the membrane attack complex (C5b-9) intact as an important defense mechanism, which is not the case for molecules blocking the cleavage of C5. IFX-1 has been demonstrated to control the inflammatory response driven tissue and organ damage by specifically blocking C5a as a key “amplifier” of this response in pre-clinical studies. IFX-1 is believed to be the first monoclonal anti-C5a antibody introduced into clinical development and has, to date, successfully completed three clinical Phase II studies. More than 150 people have been treated with IFX-1 in these completed clinical trials, and the antibody has been shown to be well tolerated. IFX-1 is currently being developed for various inflammatory indications, including Hidradenitis Suppurativa and ANCA-associated vasculitis.

About InflaRx N.V.:

InflaRx ( IFRX ) is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on applying its proprietary anti-C5a technology to discover and develop first-in-class, potent and specific inhibitors of C5a. Complement C5a is a powerful inflammatory mediator involved in the progression of a wide variety of autoimmune and other inflammatory diseases. InflaRx was founded in 2007 and the group has offices and subsidiaries in Jena and Munich, Germany, as well as Ann Arbor, MI and New York, NY, USA.  For further information please visit www.inflarx.com .

Contacts:
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Jordan.silverstein[at]inflarx.de
+1 917-837-1709

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