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Exicure, Inc. Reports Third Quarter 2023 Financial Results

Business Wire 16-May-2024 4:08 PM

Exicure, Inc. (NASDAQ:XCUR), has historically been an early-stage biotechnology company focused on developing nucleic acid therapies targeting ribonucleic acid against validated targets. In September 2022, the Company announced a significant reduction in force, suspension of preclinical activities and halting of all research and development, and that the Company was exploring strategic alternatives to maximize stockholder value.

Third Quarter 2023 Financial Results

Cash Position: Cash and cash equivalents were $0.9 million as of September 30, 2023, as compared to $8.6 million as of December 31, 2022. Subsequent to September 30, 2023, our cash and cash equivalents have decreased to approximately $0.2 million as of April 30, 2024. The Company believes that its cash and cash equivalents are insufficient to continue to fund operations and additional funding is needed in the very near term.

Research and Development (R&D) Expense: Research and development expenses were $0 for the quarter ended September 30, 2023, as compared to $4.8 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2022. The decrease in R&D expense for the three months ended September 30, 2023 of $4.8 million reflects the stoppage of clinical, preclinical, and discovery program activities and a reduction in employee headcount with lower employee-related expenses and fewer discovery, preclinical, and clinical program activities resulting from the restructuring activities that the Company announced in December 2021 and September 2022.

General and Administrative (G&A) Expense: General and administrative expenses were $2.4 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2023, as compared to $2.4 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2022. The slight decrease in G&A expense of $0.02 million for the three months ended September 30, 2023 was mostly due to lower compensation and related payroll costs and professional fees as a result of reduced operations, partially offset by continued expenses related to the wind down of R&D operations.

Net Loss: The Company had a net loss of $5.3 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2023, as compared to a net loss of $5.2 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2022. The slight increase in net loss of $0.1 million was primarily driven by the loss on available for sale debt securities.

Going Concern: Management believes that the Company's existing cash and cash equivalents is not sufficient to continue to fund operations. The Company has already engaged in significant cost reductions, so our ability to further cut costs and extend the Company's operating runway is limited. As a result, substantial additional financing is needed in very near term to pay expenses, fund the ongoing exploration of strategic alternatives and pursue any alternatives that may be identified. The Company needs to raise capital to fund its operations. There can be no assurance that such additional financing will be available and, if available, can be obtained on acceptable terms.

About Exicure

Exicure, Inc. has historically been an early-stage biotechnology company focused on developing nucleic acid therapies targeting ribonucleic acid against validated targets. Following its recent restructuring and suspension of clinical and development activities, the Company is exploring strategic alternatives to maximize stockholder value, both with respect to its historical biotechnology assets and more broadly. For further information, see www.exicuretx.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. All statements in this press release other than statements of historical fact may be deemed forward looking including, but not limited to, statements regarding: the Company's current business plans and objectives, including the pursuit of strategic alternatives to maximize stockholder value. Words such as "plans," "expects," "will," "anticipates," "continue," "advance," "believes," "target," "may," "intend," "could," and other words and terms of similar meaning and expression are intended to identify forward-looking statements, although not all forward-looking statements contain such terms. Forward-looking statements are based on management's current beliefs and assumptions that are subject to risks and uncertainties and are not guarantees of future performance. For a discussion of other risks and uncertainties, and other important factors, any of which could cause the Company's actual results to differ from those contained in the forward-looking statements, see the section titled "Risk Factors" in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2022 filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on March 27, 2023, as updated by the Company's subsequent filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. All information in this press release is as of the date of the release, and the Company undertakes no duty to update this information or to publicly announce the results of any revisions to any of such statements to reflect future events or developments, except as required by law.

EXICURE, INC.

UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(in thousands, except share and per share data)

 

 

September 30, 2023

 

December 31, 2022

 

 

 

 

ASSETS

 

 

 

Current assets:

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents

$

922

 

 

$

8,577

 

Other receivable, from sale of property and equipment

 

711

 

 

 

 

Prepaid expenses and other assets

 

1,457

 

 

 

1,474

 

Total current assets

 

3,090

 

 

 

10,051

 

Property and equipment, net

 

61

 

 

 

2,530

 

Right-of-use asset

 

6,707

 

 

 

7,257

 

Other noncurrent assets

 

3,092

 

 

 

3,490

 

Total assets

$

12,950

 

 

$

23,328

 

LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY

 

 

 

Current liabilities:

 

 

 

Accounts payable

 

865

 

 

 

361

 

Accrued expenses and other current liabilities

 

1,356

 

 

 

1,278

 

Total current liabilities

 

2,221

 

 

 

1,639

 

Lease liability, noncurrent

 

6,231

 

 

 

6,767

 

Total liabilities

$

8,452

 

 

$

8,406

 

 

 

 

 

Stockholders' equity:

 

 

 

Preferred stock, $0.0001 par value per share; 10,000,000 shares authorized, no shares issued and outstanding, September 30, 2023 and December 31, 2022

 

 

 

 

 

Common stock, $0.0001 par value per share; 200,000,000 shares authorized, 8,650,515 issued and outstanding, September 30, 2023; 4,965,901 issued and outstanding, December 31, 2022

 

1

 

 

 

 

Additional paid-in capital

 

192,573

 

 

 

187,571

 

Accumulated deficit

 

(188,076

)

 

 

(172,649

)

Total stockholders' equity

 

4,498

 

 

 

14,922

 

Total liabilities and stockholders' equity

$

12,950

 

 

$

23,328

 

EXICURE, INC.

UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(in thousands, except share and per share data)

 

 

Three Months Ended September 30,

 

Nine Months Ended September 30,

 

2023

 

2022

 

2023

 

2022

Revenue:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Collaboration revenue

$

 

 

$

2,016

 

 

$

 

 

$

7,052

 

Total revenue

 

 

 

 

2,016

 

 

 

 

 

 

7,052

 

Operating expenses:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Research and development expense

 

 

 

 

4,805

 

 

 

1,423

 

 

 

18,694

 

General and administrative expense

 

2,397

 

 

 

2,416

 

 

 

11,155

 

 

 

8,783

 

Loss from sale of property and equipment

 

920

 

 

 

 

 

 

920

 

 

 

 

Total operating expenses

 

3,317

 

 

 

7,221

 

 

 

13,498

 

 

 

27,477

 

Operating loss

 

(3,317

)

 

 

(5,205

)

 

 

(13,498

)

 

 

(20,425

)

Other income (expense), net:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Changes in fair value of investment in convertible notes receivable

 

(2,000

)

 

 

 

 

 

(2,000

)

 

 

 

Dividend income

 

13

 

 

 

41

 

 

 

45

 

 

 

59

 

Interest income

 

4

 

 

 

4

 

 

 

28

 

 

 

7

 

Interest expense

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(595

)

Other income (expense), net

 

44

 

 

 

 

 

 

(2

)

 

 

(24

)

Total other income (expense), net

 

(1,939

)

 

 

45

 

 

 

(1,929

)

 

 

(553

)

Net loss before provision for income taxes

 

(5,256

)

 

 

(5,160

)

 

 

(15,427

)

 

 

(20,978

)

Provision for income taxes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net loss

$

(5,256

)

 

$

(5,160

)

 

$

(15,427

)

 

$

(20,978

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic and diluted loss per common share

$

(0.61

)

 

$

(1.04

)

 

$

(1.98

)

 

$

(4.66

)

Weighted-average basic and diluted common shares outstanding

 

8,650,402

 

 

 

4,963,344

 

 

 

7,799,233

 

 

 

4,502,962

 

 

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