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Oncothyreon Reports Second Quarter 2014 Financial Results

Companies mentioned in this article: Oncothyreon Inc.

Company to Hold Conference Call at 4:30 p.m. EDT Today

SEATTLE, WA, Aug. 11, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - Oncothyreon Inc. (NASDAQ: ONTY) today reported financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2014.

Loss from operations decreased to $7.8 million for the three months ended June 30, 2014 compared with $18.0 million for the comparable period in 2013, and decreased to $15.0 million for the six months ended June 30, 2014 compared with $26.0 million for the comparable period in 2013. The decrease in loss from operations for the three and six month periods ended June 30, 2014 compared to the prior year periods was due to lower research and development expenses primarily attributable to a $10.0 million upfront payment to Array BioPharma Inc. (Array) in June 2013. The decrease was partly offset by a slight increase in general and administrative expenses.

Net loss for the three months ended June 30, 2014 was $6.0 million, or $0.09 per basic and diluted share, compared with a net loss of $16.4 million, or $0.28 per basic and diluted share, for the comparable period in 2013. Net loss for the six months ended June 30, 2014 was $15.6 million, or $0.22 per basic and diluted share, compared with a net loss of $24.7 million, or $0.43 per basic and diluted share, for the comparable period in 2013. The decrease in net loss for the three months ended June 30, 2014 compared to the prior year period was due to lower research and development expenses primarily attributable to an upfront payment of $10.0 million to Array in June 2013, partially offset by a slight increase in general and administrative expenses. The decrease in net loss for the six months ended June 30, 2014 compared to the prior year period was due to lower research and development expenses primarily attributable to the upfront payment of $10.0 million to Array in June 2013, partially offset by $0.7 million of non-cash expense from the change in fair value of warrant liability for the six months ended June 30, 2014 compared to $1.3 million of non-cash income from the change in fair value of warrant liability for the six months ended June 30, 2013, and a slight increase in general and administrative expenses.

As of June 30, 2014, Oncothyreon's cash, cash equivalents and investments were $58.5 million, compared to $72.6 million at December 31, 2013, a decrease of $14.1 million, or 19.4 percent. The decrease was primarily attributable to $13.7 million of cash used in operations during the six months ended June 30, 2014.

Financial Guidance

Oncothyreon believes the following financial guidance to be correct as of the date provided. Oncothyreon is providing this guidance as a convenience to investors and assumes no obligation to update it.

Oncothyreon currently expects operating expenses in 2014 to be lower than in 2013, which included the one-time upfront payment to Array. Oncothyreon currently expects cash used in operations in 2014 to be approximately $30 to $33 million, including expenses associated with the acquisition of Alpine Biosciences, Inc. This guidance remains unchanged from that given in the prior quarter. As a result, Oncothyreon estimates that its existing cash, cash equivalents and investments will be sufficient to fund operations for at least the next 12 months.

Conference Call and Webcast

Oncothyreon will conduct a conference call today, August 11, 2014 at 4:30 p.m. Eastern time (1:30 p.m. Pacific time) to discuss its second quarter 2014 financial results and provide a review of its pipeline of products in development. To participate in the call by telephone, please dial (877) 280-7291 (United States) or (707) 287-9361 (International). In addition, the call will be webcast live and can be accessed on the "Events" page of the "News & Events" section of Oncothyreon's website at www.oncothyreon.com. An archive of the webcast will be available after completion of the discussion and will be posted on Oncothyreon's website.

About Oncothyreon

Oncothyreon is a biotechnology company specializing in the development of innovative therapeutic products for the treatment of cancer. Oncothyreon's goal is to develop and commercialize novel synthetic vaccines and targeted small molecules that have the potential to improve the lives and outcomes of cancer patients. For more information, visit www.oncothyreon.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

In order to provide Oncothyreon's investors with an understanding of its current results and future prospects, this release contains statements that are forward-looking. Any statements contained in this press release that are not statements of historical fact may be deemed to be forward-looking statements. Words such as "believes," "anticipates," "plans," "expects," "will," "intends," "potential," "possible" and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements include Oncothyreon's expectations regarding future expenses and the use and adequacy of cash resources.

Forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties related to Oncothyreon's business and the general economic environment, many of which are beyond its control. These risks, uncertainties and other factors could cause Oncothyreon's actual results to differ materially from those projected in forward-looking statements, including the risks associated with the costs and expenses of developing its product candidates, the adequacy of financing and cash, cash equivalents and investments, changes in general accounting policies, general economic factors, achievement of the results it anticipates from its clinical trials of its product candidates and its ability to adequately obtain and protect its intellectual property rights. Although Oncothyreon believes that the forward-looking statements contained herein are reasonable, it can give no assurance that its expectations are correct. All forward-looking statements are expressly qualified in their entirety by this cautionary statement. For a detailed description of Oncothyreon's risks and uncertainties, you are encouraged to review the documents filed with the securities regulators in the United States on EDGAR and in Canada on SEDAR. Oncothyreon does not undertake any obligation to publicly update its forward-looking statements based on events or circumstances after the date hereof.

Additional Information

Additional information relating to Oncothyreon can be found on EDGAR at www.sec.gov and on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.

ONCOTHYREON INC. 2601 Fourth Avenue, Suite 500, Seattle, WA 98121

Tel: (206) 801-2100 Fax: (206) 801-2101

http://www.oncothyreon.com



                                               ONCOTHYREON INC.

                        Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations

                      (In thousands except share and per share amounts)

                                                   (Unaudited)

                           Three months ended              Six months ended
     
                                   June 30,                      June 30,

                          2014           2013            2014           2013

                                 

    Operating                                                        
    Expenses

       Research and $      5,400    $     16,058   $     10,213   $     21,857
    development 

       General and         2,397           1,989          4,744          4,181
    administrative 

       Total
    operating              7,797          18,047         14,957         26,038
    expenses 

       Loss from         (7,797)        (18,047)       (14,957)       (26,038)
    operations 

    Other income                                                     
    (expense)

       Investment
    and other                 20              24             41             52
    income
    (expense), net 

       Change in
    fair value of          1,745           1,625          (732)          1,300
    warrant
    liability 

       Total other
    income                 1,765           1,649          (691)          1,352
    (expense), net 

    Net loss        $    (6,032)    $   (16,398)   $   (15,648)   $   (24,686)

    Net loss per
    share - basic   $     (0.09)    $     (0.28)   $     (0.22)   $     (0.43)
    and diluted 

    Shares used to
    compute basic     70,762,031      58,710,574     70,725,341     57,967,534
    and diluted net
    loss per share 




                                           ONCOTHYREON INC.  

                                Consolidated Balance Sheet Data  

                             (In thousands except share amounts)  

                                               (Unaudited)  

                                                         

                                                                  
                                   
                                                            As of 

                                    June 30, 2014      December 31, 2013   

      Cash, cash
      equivalents and             $     58,479         $           72,562  
      investments

      Total assets                $     63,574         $           77,746  

      Long term liabilities       $      2,395         $            1,536  

      Stockholders' equity        $     57,252         $           71,550  

      Common shares                 70,810,631                 70,673,143  
      outstanding



SOURCE Oncothyreon Inc.