MediciNova Reports First Quarter 2013 Results

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SAN DIEGO, May 8, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- MediciNova, Inc. a biopharmaceutical company traded on the NASDAQ Global Market (Nasdaq:MNOV) and the Jasdaq Market of the Osaka Securities Exchange (Code Number: 4875), today announced financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2013 through the filing of its quarterly report on Form 10-Q.

A detailed discussion of financial results and product development programs can be found in MediciNova's Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2013, which was filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on May 8, 2013 and is available through investors.medicinova.com/sec.cfm.

Financial Results

For the quarter ended March 31, 2013, MediciNova reported a net loss of $2.4 million, or $0.14 per share, compared to a net loss of $3.9 million, or $0.24 per share, for the same period last year. For the quarter ended March 31, 2013 and 2012, service revenue relating to the Kissei services agreement was approximately $3,000 and $191,000, respectively. Research and development expenses were $0.7 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2013, as compared to $1.9 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2012. The decrease in research and development expenses was due primarily to a decrease in spending on MN-221-CL-007 and MN221-CL-012 resulting from the completion of both trials in 2012 and a decrease in stock-based employee compensation expense, partially offset by an increase in spending on MN-166 clinical development. General and administrative expenses were $1.7 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2013, as compared to $2.2 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2012. The decrease in general and administrative expenses was due primarily to a decrease in stock-based employee compensation expense.

At March 31, 2013, we had available cash and cash equivalents of $3.0 million and working capital of $2.8 million. The Company will require additional cash funding to continue to execute its strategic plan and fund operations. Between August 21, 2012, the date of the Common Stock Purchase Agreement with Aspire Capital Fund, LLC ("Aspire"), and today's date, we have generated proceeds of $4.3 million under this agreement including proceeds of $1.4 million subsequent to March 31, 2013. We have the right, subject to the terms of this agreement, to cause Aspire to acquire up to approximately 3.2 million shares for total gross proceeds not to exceed $20 million (including approximately 2.5 million shares issued or sold to Aspire to date). On April 17, 2013, MediciNova entered into an At-the-Market Equity Distribution Agreement with Macquarie Capital (USA) Inc. ("MCUSA") pursuant to which the Company may from time to time sell through MCUSA shares of our common stock up to an aggregate offering price of $6 million. Between April 17, 2013, and today's date, we have generated net proceeds of $2.8 million under this agreement on sales of 895,000 shares of our common stock. We expect to sell additional shares under the Aspire and MCUSA agreements and we are also pursuing other opportunities to raise capital.

Other Recent Highlights

  • On April 17, 2013, MediciNova entered into an At-the-Market Equity Distribution Agreement with Macquarie Capital (USA) Inc. ("MCUSA") pursuant to which the Company may from time to time sell through MCUSA shares of our common stock up to an aggregate offering price of $6 million.
  • On February 25, 2013 MediciNova announced that it had received Fast Track designation from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for ibudilast (MN-166) for the treatment of methamphetamine dependence. Fast Track is a process designed to facilitate the development and expedite the review of drugs that are intended to treat serious diseases and have the potential to fill an unmet medical need.
  • On January 3, 2013 MediciNova provided a development update on its lead program, MN-166, and on the MN-221 program. The company provided an update on its grant aided ibudilast (MN-166) neurological development program, which has trials ongoing in opioid dependence and methamphetamine dependence. The company also described the guidance it received from its MN-221 End-of-Phase 2 Meeting with the FDA including the next steps in manufacturing and clinical development, which will be partner-dependent.

"MediciNova's progress in early 2013 has been very encouraging. For MN-166 we were very pleased with its Fast Track designation for development in methamphetamine dependence and with MN-221 we were able to utilize the helpful guidance from FDA to construct its development path forward for the treatment of acute asthma," said Yuichi Iwaki, M.D., Ph.D, President and Chief Executive Officer of MediciNova, Inc. "We believe we are well positioned to continue this progress in 2013 and the value that can provide for our shareholders."                                                                                                                               

About MediciNova

MediciNova, Inc. is a publicly traded biopharmaceutical company founded upon developing novel, small-molecule therapeutics for the treatment of diseases with unmet need with a commercial focus on the U.S. market. MediciNova's current strategy is to focus on its prioritized product candidate, MN-166 (ibudilast) for neurological disorders. MN-166 is being developed in Phase 1 and Phase 2 clinical trials for drug dependence and pain, largely through investigator sponsored trials and outside funding. Proceeding with proof-of-concept Phase 2b trial(s) in Progressive MS is dependent on receipt of funding, which we are pursuing. MediciNova is engaged in strategic partnering and consortium funding discussions to support further development of the ibudilast/MN-166 program and to continue the development progress of MN-221 for the treatment of acute exacerbations of asthma. For more information on MediciNova, Inc., please visit www.medicinova.com.

Statements in this press release that are not historical in nature constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements include, without limitation, statements regarding our clinical development strategies, including future development, statements regarding the progress of clinical trials, statements regarding expectations for the ibudilast/MN-166 program, including development of ibudilast/MN-166 for certain indications and expectations on future progress in the development of our drug candidates, expected timing of clinical trial results and any implication as to the results of our development, partnering and funding efforts, the implication of patent terms and potential product exclusivity and the implication that the company will have the ability to execute on its priorities. These forward-looking statements may be preceded by, followed by or otherwise include the words "believes," "expects," "anticipates," "intends," "estimates," "projects," "can," "could," "may," "will," "would," or similar expressions. These forward-looking statements involve a number of risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results or events to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Factors that may cause actual results or events to differ materially from those expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements, include, but are not limited to, risks of obtaining future partner or grant funding for development of MN-166 and MN-221 and risks of raising sufficient capital when needed to fund MediciNova's operations and contribution to clinical development, risks and uncertainties inherent in clinical trials, including the potential cost, expected timing and risks associated with clinical trials designed to meet FDA guidance and the viability of further development considering these factors, product development and commercialization risks, the uncertainty of whether the results of clinical trials will be predictive of results in later stages of product development, the risk of delays or failure to obtain or maintain regulatory approval, risks associated with the reliance on third parties to sponsor and fund clinical trials, risks regarding intellectual property rights in product candidates and the ability to defend and enforce such intellectual property rights, the risk of failure of the third parties upon whom MediciNova relies to conduct its clinical trials and manufacture its product candidates to perform as expected, the risk of increased cost and delays due to delays in the commencement, enrollment, completion or analysis of clinical trials or significant issues regarding the adequacy of clinical trial designs or the execution of clinical trials, and the timing of expected filings with the regulatory authorities, MediciNova's collaborations with third parties, the availability of funds to complete product development plans and MediciNova's ability to obtain third party funding for programs and raise sufficient capital when needed, and the other risks and uncertainties described in MediciNova's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2012 and its subsequent periodic reports on Forms 10-Q and 8-K. Undue reliance should not be placed on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof. MediciNova disclaims any intent or obligation to revise or update these forward-looking statements.

 
MEDICINOVA, INC.
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
  March 31
2013
December 31,
2012
  (Unaudited)  
Assets    
Current assets:    
Cash and cash equivalents $ 3,029,064 $ 4,010,530
Prepaid expenses and other current assets  683,582  411,592
Total current assets  3,712,646  4,422,122
     
Goodwill  9,600,241  9,600,241
In-process research and development  4,800,000  4,800,000
Investment in joint venture  662,920  667,204
Property and equipment, net  69,906  78,474
Total assets $ 18,845,713 $ 19,568,041
     
Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity    
Current liabilities:    
Accounts payable $ 269,858 $ 491,853
Accrued expenses  431,959  314,652
Accrued compensation and related expenses  246,333  228,124
Current deferred revenue  —  3,163
Total current liabilities  948,150  1,037,792
Deferred tax liability  1,956,000  1,956,000
Long-term deferred revenue  1,694,163  1,694,257
Total liabilities  4,598,313  4,688,049
     
Stockholders' equity:    
Preferred stock, $0.01 par value; 3,000,000 shares authorized at March 31, 2013 and December 31, 2012 ; 220,000 shares issued at March 31, 2013 and December 31, 2012  2,200  2,200
Common stock, $0.001 par value; 100,000,000 shares authorized at March 31, 2013 and December 31, 2012 ; 18,260,569 and 17,407,311 shares issued at March 31, 2013 and December 31, 2012, respectively, and 18,260,569 and 17,403,125 shares outstanding at March 31, 2013 and December 31, 2012, respectively  18,261  17,407
Additional paid-in capital  314,079,009  312,293,225
Accumulated other comprehensive loss  (74,870)  (67,957)
Treasury stock, at cost; 0 shares at March 31, 2013 and 4,186 shares at December 31, 2012  (1,124,389)  (1,131,086)
Deficit accumulated during the development stage  (298,652,811)  (296,233,797)
Total stockholders' equity  14,247,400  14,879,992
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $ 18,845,713 $ 19,568,041
 
 
MEDICINOVA, INC.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
 
 


Three months ended
March 31,
  
Period from
September 26,
2000 (inception)
to March 31,
2013
  2013 2012  
Revenues $ 3,257 $ 191,174  $ 2,364,064
Operating expenses:      
Cost of revenues  —  —   1,258,421
Research and development  695,972  1,878,461  167,750,627
General and administrative  1,724,579  2,185,972  113,981,947
       
Total operating expenses  2,420,551  4,064,433  282,990,995
       
Operating loss  (2,417,294)  (3,873,259)  (280,626,931)
Impairment charge on investment securities  —   —   (1,735,212)
Other expense   (4,433)  (4,966)  (393,663)
       
Interest expense  —   —  (3,605,818)
Other income  1,468  11,002  19,146,651
Loss before income taxes  (2,420,259)  (3,867,223)  (267,214,973)
Income taxes  1,245  —  (74,716)
Net loss  (2,419,014)  (3,867,223)  (267,289,689)
Accretion to redemption value of redeemable convertible preferred
stock
 —  —  (98,445)
Deemed dividend resulting from beneficial conversion feature on Series C redeemable convertible preferred
stock
 —  —  (31,264,677)
Net loss applicable to common stockholders $ (2,419,014) $ (3,867,223) $ (298,652,811)
Basic and diluted net loss per common share $ (0.14) $ (0.24)  
Shares used to compute basic and diluted net loss per common share  17,691,266  16,088,015  
Net loss applicable to common stockholders $ (2,419,014) $ (3,867,223) $ (298,652,811)
Other comprehensive loss, net of tax:      
Foreign currency translation adjustments  (6,913)  (6,788)  (74,870)
Comprehensive loss $ (2,425,927) $ (3,874,011) $ (298,727,681)
INVESTOR CONTACT:
Mike Coffee
Chief Business Officer
MediciNova, Inc.
(858) 736-7180