TEL AVIV, Israel, May 30, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Alcobra Ltd. (Nasdaq:ADHD) today announced financial results for the three months ended March 31, 2017, and provided a corporate update.

First Quarter and Recent Corporate Updates:

  • Alcobra recently announced that Dr. Yaron Daniely will step down as Chief Executive Officer and President, and will be appointed the Chairman of the Board of Directors, effective June 1, 2017. David Baker, the Company’s Chief Commercial Officer for the last three years, will be appointed Interim Chief Executive Officer.
  • Alcobra continues to advance the development of its proprietary Abuse-Deterrent, Amphetamine Immediate Release (ADAIR) product candidate for the treatment of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). An Investigational New Drug (IND) application is expected to be filed with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the third quarter of this year.  
  • Alcobra, together with its financial advisors, continues to evaluate strategic opportunities to expand its pipeline and enhance value for all its shareholders.
  • Alcobra is currently in the process of aligning its resources with the corporate strategy, including a significant reduction in force. Management expects these adjustments to result in an approximately 40% reduction in ongoing fixed costs (excluding any one-time charges), expected to be completed, absent any change in overall corporate strategy, by the end of the second quarter of this year. Management will continue to evaluate needed resources on an ongoing basis.

First Quarter Ended March 31, 2017 Financial Results:

  • Cash, marketable securities, and deposits totaled $45.3 million at March 31, 2017 and compared with $50.2 million at December 31, 2016 and $65.2 million at March 31, 2016.
  • Total operating expenses in the first quarter 2017 were $3.6 million, compared with $5.2 million in the first quarter 2016.
  • Net operating expenses, excluding non-cash stock based compensation of $0.5 million in the first quarter 2017 were $3.1 million, compared with $4.5 million in the first quarter 2016.
  • Research and development (R&D) expenses in the first quarter 2017 were $2.1 million, compared with $3.4 million in the first quarter 2016. The decline in R&D expenses is mainly driven by the termination of the MEASURE study.
  • General and administrative (G&A) expenses in the first quarter 2017 were $1.2 million, compared with $1.5 million in the first quarter 2016.

About Alcobra
Alcobra Ltd. is an emerging pharmaceutical company primarily focused on the development and commercialization of new medications. For more information, please visit the Company's website, www.alcobra-pharma.com, the content of which is not incorporated herein by reference.

Forward-looking Statements 
This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the "safe harbor" provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and other Federal securities laws. Because such statements deal with future events and are based on Alcobra's current expectations, they are subject to various risks and uncertainties and actual results, performance or achievements of Alcobra could differ materially from those described in or implied by the statements in this press release. For example, forward-looking statements include statements regarding the timing of filing an IND and then NDA for ADAIR, if filed at all, evaluating strategic opportunities to expand the Company's pipeline and enhance shareholder value, aligning resources with corporate strategy, reduction in force and in ongoing fixed costs, and the timing thereof. In addition, historic results of scientific research do not guarantee that the conclusions of future research would suggest similar conclusions or that historic results referred to in this press release would be interpreted similarly in light of additional research or otherwise. The forward-looking statements contained or implied in this press release are subject to other risks and uncertainties, including those discussed under the heading "Risk Factors" in Alcobra Ltd.'s Annual Report on Form 20-F for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2016, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and in subsequent filings with the SEC. Except as otherwise required by law, Alcobra disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date they were made, whether as a result of new information, future events or circumstances or otherwise.

  
Alcobra Ltd. 
Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Loss 
(In thousands, except per share amounts) 
  
 Three Months Ended 
 March 31, 
 2017  2016  
 (Unaudited) (Unaudited) 
     
Research and development$2,060  $3,362  
Pre commercialization expenses 393   412  
General and administrative 1,180   1,458  
     
Total operating expenses 3,633   5,232  
     
Financial income, net (125)   (172)  
     
Loss before taxes on income 3,508   5,060  
Taxes on income 12   26  
     
Net loss attributable to holders of Ordinary shares$3,520  $5,086  
     
Unrealized gain on available-for-sale marketable securities 2   -  
Total comprehensive loss$3,518  $5,086  
Net basic and diluted loss per share$(0.13)  $(0.18)  
Weighted average number of Ordinary shares used in computing basic and diluted net loss per share 27,562,795   27,562,239  
     


Alcobra Ltd.
Consolidated Balance Sheet Data
(In thousands)
     
ASSETS
     
  March 31, December 31,
   2017   2016 
  (Unaudited)  
Current assets:    
Cash and cash equivalents $4,674  $2,304 
Short-term bank deposits  29,000   33,000 
Marketable securities  11,578   14,938 
Prepaid expenses and other receivables  921   1,057 
     
Total current assets  46,173   51,299 
     
Long-term assets:    
Other long-term assets  27   29 
Property and equipment, net  219   240 
     
Total long-term assets  246   269 
     
Total assets $46,419  $51,568 
     
     
LIABILITIES AND
SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY
     
Current liabilities:    
Trade payables $488  $528 
Accrued expenses and other liabilities  1,702   3,812 
         
Total current liabilities  2,190   4,340 
     
Shareholders’ equity:    
Ordinary shares  74   74 
Additional paid-in capital  143,299   142,780 
Accumulated other comprehensive loss  (4)   (6) 
Accumulated deficit  (99,140)   (95,620) 
     
Total shareholders’ equity  44,229   47,228 
     
Total liabilities and shareholders’ equity $46,419  $51,568 
         


Alcobra Ltd. 
Consolidated Cash Flow Data 
(In thousands) 
  
 Three Months Ended 
 March 31, 
 2017  2016  
 (Unaudited) (Unaudited) 
Cash flow from operating activities:    
Net loss$(3,520)  $(5,086)  
Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash used in operating activities:    
Depreciation 22   15  
Amortization of premium on marketable securities 27   -  
Stock based compensation 519   736  
Change in operating assets and liabilities:    
Prepaid expenses and other receivables 136   187  
Other long-term assets 2   (47)  
Trade payables (40)   54  
Accrued expenses and other liabilities (2,110)   (296)  
Net cash used in operating activities (4,964)   (4,437)  
     
Cash flow from investing activities:    
     
Purchase of property and equipment, net (1)   (23)  
Proceeds from (investment in) marketable securities 3,335   (3,739)  
Proceeds from (investment in) bank deposits, net 4,000   5,022  
Net cash provided (used in) by investing activities 7,334   1,260  
     
Cash flow from financing activities:    
     
Exercise of options -   6  
Net cash provided by financing activities -   6  
     
Increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents 2,370   (3,171)  
     
Cash and cash equivalents at the beginning of the period 2,304   16,658  
     
Cash and cash equivalents at the end of the period$4,674  $13,487  
     

 

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