Affimed Reports Second Quarter 2020 Financial Results and Operational Progress
- Continued progress in the AFM13 pTCL REDIRECT monotherapy study
- AFM24 is recruiting patients in cohort 2 of a Phase 1/2a clinical trial
- Genentech’s RO7297089 is actively recruiting patients into a first-in-human Phase I trial resulting in the achievement of a milestone payment under the terms of the collaboration
- Data on AFM24 and RO7297089 (formerly AFM26) were presented at the virtual AACR II conference in June
- Angus Smith joins the company as Chief Financial Officer
- Dr. Annalisa Jenkins and Harry Welten added to the Supervisory Board
- €92.6 million of cash, cash equivalents and current financial assets as of June 30, 2020, providing anticipated cash runway into the first half of 2022
- Conference call and webcast scheduled for August 11, 2020 at 8:30 am EDT (14:30 CET)
Heidelberg, Germany, August 11, 2020 – Affimed N.V. (Nasdaq: AFMD), a clinical-stage immuno-oncology company committed to giving patients back their innate ability to fight cancer, today reported financial results for the second quarter 2020 and provided an update on clinical and corporate progress.
“Affimed’s first half performance demonstrates the strength of the new management team and our ability to stay focused on executing our business strategy despite the continuing challenge of the COVID-19 environment. Always with the patient in mind, we are committed to advancing our pipeline as well as continuing to deepen our research to unlock the full potential of the innate immune system to fight cancer,” said Dr. Adi Hoess, CEO of Affimed. “We have multiple Innate Cell Engager (ICE®) programs in clinical development, both partnered and wholly-owned, which are the basis for providing a cadence of a continuous data output in 2020 and 2021.”
Development Program Updates
- Affimed has now successfully activated 54 clinical study sites in 10 countries in the on-going Phase 2 registration-directed study of AFM13 as monotherapy in relapsed or refractory patients with CD30-positive peripheral T-cell lymphoma (pTCL). The study follows a two-stage Simon design with a preplanned interim analysis after 40 patients. At the current recruitment rate the company expects the readout of the interim analysis to happen in mid-2021.
- The investigator-sponsored Phase 1 study with the University of Texas, MD Anderson Cancer Center (MDACC), which investigates the combination of AFM13 with allogeneic NK cells in CD30+ Lymphomas, has completed the required validation work in order to administer a stable complex of AFM13 pre-mixed with cord blood-derived allogeneic NK cells. MDACC has recently posted this study as enrolling on its website and it is expected to recruit patients as soon as the COVID-19 conditions in Texas permit.
- AFM24-101, a first-in-human Phase 1/2a clinical trial of AFM24, the EGFR/CD16A targeted innate cell engager for relapsed/ refractory patients with advanced EGFR-expressing solid tumors continues to recruit according to plan in cohort 2.
- AFM24-101 is an open-label, non-randomized, multi-center, multiple ascending dose escalation/expansion study to evaluate AFM24 as monotherapy in adult patients with advanced solid malignancies known to be EGFR-positive.
- No dose limiting toxicity was observed in dose cohort 1.
- A preclinical poster presentation was shown at the virtual AACR II conference in June on AFM24, demonstrating that it is differentiated from all other EGFR targeting entities: (i) it appears safe - no skin toxicity or other dose limiting toxicities (DLTs) in cynomolgus monkeys, (ii) it addresses a broad patient population – AFM24 targets EGFR independent of its mutational status, and (iii) in contrast to monoclonal antibodies, AFM24 strongly activates NK cells and macrophages.
Genentech Collaboration Update
- The Genentech-partnered, novel BCMA-targeted innate cell engager for the treatment of multiple myeloma has now entered a first-in-human Phase I, open-label, multicenter, global dose-escalation study designed to evaluate the safety, tolerability, and pharmacokinetics of RO7297089. The milestone was achieved in the third quarter and triggers a payment in an undisclosed amount to Affimed, which is expected to be recognized in the Company’s third quarter 2020 financial statements.
- At the June virtual AACR II conference, a preclinical poster presentation on RO7297089 showed potent cell killing in tumor cell lines employing NK cells as effector cells with minimal increase in cytokines. A 4-week safety study in cynomolgus monkeys showed a favorable safety profile with no cytokine release or adverse findings at the 15 and 50 mg/kg tested dose levels. Furthermore, time- and dose-dependent reductions in serum IgG levels and plasma cell markers were observed suggesting selective killing of BCMA positive cells by engaging CD16a positive immune cells.
Preclinical Pipeline Update
- Progress continues on AFM28 and AFM32 towards late stage preclinical development.
- Angus Smith joined the company as Chief Financial Officer on July 13. Mr. Smith brings broad biopharmaceutical experience to the company including financial strategy and planning, capital markets, business development and operations. Mr. Smith’s appointment completes the planned additions to the management team which now includes Dr. Andreas Harstrick, Chief Medical Officer and Dr. Arndt Schottelius, Chief Scientific Officer.
Additions to the Supervisory Board
- Dr. Annalisa Jenkins and Harry Welten were appointed to the Supervisory Board during the recent Annual General Meeting of Shareholders. Dr. Jenkins brings a wealth of expertise in advancing clinical programs through development and regulatory approval. Mr. Welten is an accomplished financial executive who is well suited to help drive value-creating strategies for the company. These additions to the Supervisory Board are expected to further strengthen the company’s industry know-how, experience and diversity.
Second Quarter 2020 Financial Highlights
(Figures for the second quarter ended June 30, 2020 and 2019 are unaudited.)
As of June 30, 2020, cash, cash equivalents and current financial assets totaled €92.6 million compared to €104.1 million on December 31, 2019. During the quarter, the company received net proceeds of approximately €20.8 million under its at-the-market (“ATM”) program.
Based on its current operating plan and assumptions, Affimed anticipates that its cash, cash equivalents and current financial assets will support operations into the first half of 2022.
Net cash used in operating activities for the quarter ended June 30, 2020 was €15.0 million compared to €5.6 million in the second quarter of 2019. The second quarter 2019 net cash used in operating activities included a milestone payment to the company from the Genentech collaboration.
Total revenue for the second quarter of 2020 was €2.9 million compared with €4.0 million in the second quarter of 2019. Revenue in 2020 and 2019 predominantly relate to the Genentech collaboration (2020: €2.7 million, 2019: €3.7 million). Revenue from the Genentech collaboration in the second quarter 2020 was comprised of revenue recognized for collaborative research services performed during the quarter.
R&D expenses for the second quarter of 2020 were €11.7 million compared to €11.5 million in the second quarter of 2019. Expenses in 2020 relate predominantly to our AFM13 and AFM24 clinical programs as well as to our early stage development and discovery activities.
G&A expenses for the second quarter of 2020 were €2.6 million compared to €2.3 million in the second quarter of 2019. The increase is primarily related to higher Sarbanes-Oxley compliance costs, as well as an increase in legal, consulting and audit costs.
Net loss for the second quarter of 2020 was €12.2 million or €0.16 per common share. For the second quarter of 2019, the company’s net loss was €10.3 million or €0.17 per common share.
Weighted number of common shares outstanding for the quarter ended June 30, 2020 were 79.2 million.
Affimed encourages shareholders to also review its 6-K filing for the quarter ended June 30, 2020, as filed with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission.
Note on International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS)
Affimed prepares and reports consolidated financial statements and financial information in accordance with IFRS as issued by the International Accounting Standards Board. None of the financial statements were prepared in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles in the United States. Affimed maintains its books and records in Euro.
Conference Call and Webcast Information
Affimed will host a conference call and webcast today, Tuesday, August 11, 2020 at 8:30 a.m. EDT to discuss second quarter 2020 financial results and recent corporate developments. The conference call will be available via phone and webcast.
To access the call, please dial +1 (646) 741-3167 for U.S. callers, or +44 (0) 2071 928338 for international callers, and reference passcode 8855368 approximately 15 minutes prior to the call.
A live audio webcast of the conference call will be available in the “Webcasts” section on the “Investors” page of the Affimed website at https://www.affimed.com/investors/webcasts_cp/. A replay of the webcast will be accessible at the same link for 30 days following the call.
About Affimed N.V.
Affimed (Nasdaq: AFMD) is a clinical-stage immuno-oncology company committed to giving patients back their innate ability to fight cancer. Affimed’s fit-for-purpose ROCK® platform allows innate cell engagers to be designed for specific patient populations. The company is developing single and combination therapies to treat hematologic and solid tumors. The company is currently enrolling patients into a registration-directed study of AFM13 for CD30-positive relapsed/refractory peripheral T cell lymphoma and into a Phase 1/2a dose escalation/expansion study of AFM24 for the treatment of advanced EGFR-expressing solid tumors. For more information, please visit www.affimed.com.
This press release contains forward-looking statements. All statements other than statements of historical fact are forward-looking statements, which are often indicated by terms such as “anticipate,” “believe,” “could,” “estimate,” “expect,” “goal,” “intend,” “look forward to,” “may,” “plan,” “potential,” “predict,” “project,” “should,” “will,” “would” and similar expressions. Forward-looking statements appear in a number of places throughout this release and include statements regarding our intentions, beliefs, projections, outlook, analyses and current expectations concerning, among other things, the potential of AFM24, the value of our ROCK® platform, our ongoing and planned preclinical development and clinical trials, our collaborations and development of our products in combination with other therapies, the timing of and our ability to make regulatory filings and obtain and maintain regulatory approvals for our product candidates, our intellectual property position, our collaboration activities, our ability to develop commercial functions, clinical trial data, our results of operations, cash needs, financial condition, liquidity, prospects, future transactions, growth and strategies, the industry in which we operate, the trends that may affect the industry or us, impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, the benefits to Affimed of orphan drug designation and the risks, uncertainties and other factors described under the heading “Risk Factors” in Affimed’s filings with the SEC. Given these risks, uncertainties and other factors, you should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, and we assume no obligation to update these forward-looking statements, even if new information becomes available in the future.
Investor & Media Contact:
Unaudited consolidated statements of comprehensive income / (loss) (in € thousand)
|For the three months||For the six months|
|ended June 30||ended June 30|
|Other income – net||85||197||28||283|
|Research and development expenses||(11,697)||(11,545)||(23,146)||(19,532)|
|General and administrative expenses||(2,606)||(2,342)||(6,131)||(4,776)|
|Operating income / (loss)||(11,284)||(9,682)||(21,180)||(8,664)|
|Finance income / (costs) – net||(954)||(654)||653||180|
|Income / (loss) before tax||(12,238)||(10,336)||(20,527)||(8,484)|
|Income / (loss) for the period||(12,238)||(10,340)||(20,527)||(8,488)|
| Other comprehensive income / (loss) |
Items that will not be reclassified to profit or loss
Equity investments at fair value
OCI – net change in fair value
|Other comprehensive income / (loss)||(71)||(49)||10||24|
|Total comprehensive income / (loss)||(12,309)||(10,389)||(20,517)||(8,464)|
Earnings / (loss) per share in € per share
|(undiluted = diluted)|
|Weighted number of common shares outstanding||79,189,686||62,439,363||77,719,793||62,434,734|
Consolidated statements of financial position (in € thousand)
|June 30, 2020||December 31, 2019|
|Leasehold improvements and equipment||2,237||2,291|
|Long term financial assets||3,203||3,193|
|Cash and cash equivalents||84,584||95,234|
|Trade and other receivables||2,027||1,482|
|EQUITY AND LIABILITIES|
|Fair value reserves||1,972||1,962|
|Total non-current liabilities||28,155||38,511|
|Trade and other payables||6,606||10,674|
|Total current liabilities||32,491||35,181|
|TOTAL EQUITY AND LIABILITIES||101,148||112,359|
Unaudited consolidated statements of cash flows (in € thousand)
|For the six months ended June 30,|
|Cash flow from operating activities|
|Income / (loss) for the period||(20,527)||(8,488)|
|Adjustments for the period:|
|- Income taxes||0||4|
|- Depreciation and amortisation||551||423|
|- Net gain from disposal of leasehold improvements and equipment||0||(9)|
|- Share based payments||1,410||1,167|
|- Finance income / costs – net||(653)||(180)|
|Change in trade and other receivables||(649)||228|
|Change in inventories||(125)||(70)|
|Change in other assets||0||(2,586)|
|Change in trade, other payables, provisions and contract liabilities||(11,757)||(9,484)|
|Cash used in operating activities||(31,750)||(18,995)|
|Net cash used in operating activities||(31,538)||(18,941)|
|Cash flow from investing activities|
|Purchase of intangible assets||(2)||(142)|
|Purchase of leasehold improvements and equipment||(174)||(755)|
|Cash paid for investments in financial assets||(8,101)||(35,262)|
|Cash received from maturity of financial assets||9,088||25,748|
|Net cash used for investing activities||811||(10,411)|
|Cash flow from financing activities|
|Proceeds from issue of common shares||21,785||13|
|Transaction costs related to issue of common shares||(754)||0|
|Proceeds from borrowings||0||562|
|Repayment of lease liabilities||(257)||(206)|
|Repayment of borrowings||(1,128)||(1,649)|
|Cash flow from financing activities||19,646||(1,280)|
|Exchange-rate related changes of cash and cash equivalents||431||(210)|
|Net changes to cash and cash equivalents||(11,081)||(30,632)|
|Cash and cash equivalents at the beginning of the period||95,234||94,829|
|Cash and cash equivalents at the end of the period||84,584||63,987|
Unaudited consolidated statements of changes in equity (in € thousand)
|Issued capital||Capital reserves|| |
Fair Value reserves
|Accumulated deficit|| |
|Balance as of January 1, 2019||624||239,055|| |
Exercise of share based payment awards
| Equity-settled share based |
|Loss for the period||(8,488)||(8,488)|
|Other comprehensive income|| |
Balance as of June 30, 2019
Balance as of January 1, 2020
|Issue of common shares||83||20,859||20,942|
| Equity-settled share based |
|Loss for the period||(20,527)||(20,527)|
|Other comprehensive income||10||10|
Balance as of June 30, 2020