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NuCana Reports Third Quarter 2020 Financial Results and Provides Business Update

November 19, 2020 at 4:01 PM EST

Completed Successful $80 million Public Offering

Presented Encouraging Data for NUC-3373 and NUC-7738 at the ESMO Virtual Congress 2020

EDINBURGH, United Kingdom, Nov. 19, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- NuCana plc (NASDAQ: NCNA) announced financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2020 and provided an update on its broad clinical program with its transformative ProTide therapeutics.

As of September 30, 2020, NuCana had cash and cash equivalents of £100.7 million compared to £47.8 million at June 30, 2020 and £52.0 million at December 31, 2019. This cash balance includes the net proceeds from NuCana’s public offering in September 2020. NuCana continues to advance its various clinical programs and reported a net loss of £8.4 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2020, as compared to £3.9 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2019. Basic and diluted loss per share was £0.24 for the quarter as compared to £0.12 per share for the prior-year quarter.

“We are very pleased with our achievements during the third quarter,” said Hugh S. Griffith, NuCana’s Founder and Chief Executive Officer. “We significantly augmented our financial position with the successful completion of this public offering, supporting our progress towards several important milestones. These milestones include filing a New Drug Application (“NDA”) for Acelarin in biliary tract cancer, filing an NDA for NUC-3373 in colorectal cancer, and completing a Phase II clinical study for NUC-7738, in each case subject to regulatory feedback and clinical outcomes.”

Mr. Griffith continued: “We also presented encouraging data at the ESMO Virtual Congress 2020, including a poster highlighting interim data from the ongoing Phase Ib study of NUC-3373 in combination with other agents typically combined with 5-FU in patients with advanced colorectal cancer (NuTide:302) and a poster detailing the first-ever clinical data from the ongoing Phase I study of NUC-7738 in patients with advanced solid tumors (NuTide:701). We believe the data from the NuTide:302 study support the potential of NUC-3373 to improve progression-free survival in patients who had relapsed or were refractory to prior 5-FU-containing regimens. We also believe these data show NUC-3373’s potential to offer enhanced efficacy, an improved safety profile and a more convenient dosing regimen as compared to 5-FU. With respect to NUC-7738, we believe the interim data from the NuTide:701 study demonstrate that NUC-7738 has a favorable pharmacokinetic and tolerability profile and is showing encouraging anti-cancer activity.”

Mr. Griffith concluded, “We continue to drive recruitment in all of our ongoing studies and remain focused on our mission of developing safer and more effective medicines for patients with cancer.”

Anticipated 2021 Milestones

  • Acelarin is a ProTide transformation of gemcitabine. In 2021, NuCana expects to:

    °  Complete recruitment to enable the first interim analysis of the Phase III study of Acelarin combined with cisplatin as a first-line treatment for patients with advanced biliary tract cancer.
     
  • NUC-3373 is a ProTide transformation of the active anti-cancer metabolite of 5-FU. In 2021, NuCana expects to:

    °  Report data from the Phase Ib study (NuTide:302) of NUC-3373 in combination with other agents with which 5-FU is typically combined, such as leucovorin, oxaliplatin and irinotecan in patients with advanced colorectal cancer.
    °  Initiate and report data from a Phase Ib expansion / Phase II study of NUC-3373 in combination with other agents for patients with colorectal cancer.
    °  Initiate a Phase III study of NUC-3373 in combination with other agents for patients with colorectal cancer.
    °  Report data from the ongoing Phase I study (NuTide:301) of NUC-3373 in patients with advanced solid tumors.
  • NUC-7738 is a ProTide transformation of a novel nucleoside analog, 3’-deoxyadenosine. In 2021, NuCana expects to:

    °  Report data from the Phase I study (NuTide:701) of NUC-7738 in patients with advanced solid tumors.
    °  Initiate a Phase II study of NUC-7738 in patients with solid tumors.

About NuCana plc

NuCana is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on significantly improving treatment outcomes for cancer patients by applying our ProTide technology to transform some of the most widely prescribed chemotherapy agents, nucleoside analogs, into more effective and safer medicines. While these conventional agents remain part of the standard of care for the treatment of many solid and hematological tumors, their efficacy is limited by cancer cell resistance mechanisms and they are often poorly tolerated. Utilizing our proprietary technology, we are developing new medicines, ProTides, designed to overcome key cancer resistance mechanisms and generate much higher concentrations of anti-cancer metabolites in cancer cells. NuCana’s robust pipeline includes three ProTides in clinical development. Acelarin and NUC-3373, are new chemical entities derived from the nucleoside analogs gemcitabine and 5-fluorouracil, respectively, two widely used chemotherapy agents. Acelarin is currently being evaluated in four clinical studies, including a Phase III study for patients with biliary tract cancer, a Phase Ib study for patients with biliary tract cancer, a Phase II study for patients with platinum-resistant ovarian cancer and a Phase III study for patients with metastatic pancreatic cancer for which enrollment has been suspended. NUC-3373 is currently in a Phase I study for the potential treatment of a wide range of advanced solid tumors and a Phase Ib study for patients with metastatic colorectal cancer. Our third ProTide, NUC-7738, is a transformation of a novel nucleoside analog (3’-deoxyadenosine) and is in a Phase I study for patients with advanced solid tumors.

Forward-Looking Statements

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Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations

           
  For the three months ended
September 30,
  For the nine months ended
September 30,
 
  2020   2019     2020   2019  
  (in thousands, except per share data)
  £   £     £   £  
                   
Research and development expenses (6,117 ) (4,845 )   (17,918 ) (14,551 )
Administrative expenses (1,906 ) (1,423 )   (5,144 ) (4,231 )
Net foreign exchange (losses) gains (1,601 ) 1,227     610   1,191  
Operating loss (9,624 ) (5,041 )   (22,452 ) (17,591 )
Finance income 26   252     234   867  
Loss before tax (9,598 ) (4,789 )   (22,218 ) (16,724 )
Income tax credit 1,204   912     3,797   3,020  
Loss for the period (8,394 ) (3,877 )   (18,421 ) (13,704 )
                   
                   
Basic and diluted loss per share (0.24 ) (0.12 )   (0.55 ) (0.42 )
           



Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements of Financial Position

  September 30,
2020
  December 31,
201
9
 
  (in thousands)
  £   £  
Assets    
Non-current assets    
Intangible assets 4,686   3,960  
Property, plant and equipment 1,281   1,109  
Deferred tax asset 34   46  
  6,001   5,115  
Current assets    
Prepayments, accrued income and other receivables 5,065   4,710  
Current income tax receivable 8,140   8,481  
Cash and cash equivalents 100,678   51,962  
  113,883   65,153  
Total assets 119,884   70,268  
Equity and liabilities    
Capital and reserves    
Share capital and share premium 142,937   80,840  
Other reserves 65,740   62,737  
Accumulated deficit (98,403 ) (80,055 )
Total equity attributable to equity holders of the Company 110,274   63,522  
     
Non-current liabilities    
Provisions 46   26  
Lease liabilities 441   538  
  487   564  
     
Current liabilities    
Trade payables 4,190   2,412  
Payroll taxes and social security 138   160  
Lease liabilities 278   268  
Accrued expenditure 4,517   3,342  
  9,123   6,182  
     
Total liabilities 9,610   6,746  
     
Total equity and liabilities 119,884   70,268  
         



Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows

  For the nine months ended
September 30,
  2020   2019  
  (in thousands)
  £   £  
Cash flows from operating activities    
Loss for the period (18,421 ) (13,704 )
Adjustments for:    
Income tax credit (3,797 ) (3,020 )
Amortization and depreciation 667   522  
Finance income (234 ) (867 )
Interest expense on lease liabilities 20   -  
Share-based payments 3,069   2,191  
Net foreign exchange gains (619 ) (1,228 )
  (19,315 ) (16,106 )
Movements in working capital:    
Increase in prepayments, accrued income and other receivables (408 ) (3,593 )
Increase (decrease) in trade payables 1,778   (300 )
Increase in payroll taxes, social security and accrued expenditure 1,153   8  
Movements in working capital 2,523   (3,885 )
Cash used in operations (16,792 ) (19,991 )
Net income tax received 4,152   20  
Net cash used in operating activities (12,640 ) (19,971 )
Cash flows from investing activities    
Interest received 300   915  
Payments for property, plant and equipment (350 ) (29 )
Payments for intangible assets (1,079 ) (988 )
Net cash used in investing activities (1,129 ) (102 )
Cash flows from financing activities    
Payments of lease liabilities (223 ) (146 )
Proceeds from issue of share capital – exercise of share options 15   117  
Proceeds from issue of share capital 66,581   -  
Share issue expenses (4,499 ) -  
Net cash from (used in) financing activities 61,874   (29 )
Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents 48,105   (20,102 )
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period 51,962   76,972  
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents 611   1,221  
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period 100,678   58,091  
         



For more information, please contact:

NuCana plc
Hugh S. Griffith
Chief Executive Officer
T: +44 131 357 1111
E: info@nucana.com

Westwicke, an ICR Company
Chris Brinzey
T: +1 339-970-2843
E: chris.brinzey@westwicke.com

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Marion Janic
T: +1 212-223-4017
E: mjanic@rooneyco.com

 

 

 

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