BETHESDA, Md., March 30 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Spherix Incorporated (Nasdaq: SPEX), an innovator in biotechnology and a provider of technical and regulatory consulting services to food, supplement, biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies, today reported results for the year ended December 31, 2008.
Recent Company Highlights
"The next few months will be an exciting time for Spherix and its shareholders," stated Dr. Claire L. Kruger, CEO of Spherix. "The Company anticipates sharing interim data in the fall from its ongoing Phase 3 clinical trial investigating the efficacy of Naturlose as a novel treatment for Type 2 diabetes. I am pleased to report that Spherix will be holding its first earnings webcast on April 2, during which we will provide our shareholders and other interested parties with additional information and updates on both the Biospherics and Spherix Consulting subsidiaries."
Financial Results for the Year Ended 2008
Revenues for the year ended December 31, 2008 were $1.0 million, up from $154,000 in 2007. The Company's revenue reflects the growth of its Health Sciences consulting services, which began in July 2007. The consulting business was created when Dr. Claire L. Kruger, CEO and COO, joined the Company, and was formed to better facilitate the activities of Biospherics and to provide a modest amount of revenue during the Naturlose development efforts.
Research and development expenses were $4.0 million in 2008, down from $5.9 million in 2007. The Phase 3 clinical trial for Naturlose as a stand-alone drug to treat diabetes started in April 2007, and the 2007 expenses included start-up costs for the trial, including approximately $2 million for drug packaging, warehousing, and shipping. The 2008 R&D expenses consisted of both the Phase 3 clinical trial and the related Phase 2 Dose Range trial.
The Company's losses from continuing operations were $5.6 million and $5.9 million for the years ended 2008 and 2007, which include income tax benefit allocations of $553,000 and $3.4 million each. Incomes from discontinued operations were $1.5 million and $4.9 million for the years 2008 and 2007, net of income tax expense allocations of $587,000 and $4.2 million each. Income from discontinued operations in 2008 included a $2.0 million pre-tax gain upon the release of the escrow balance related to the 2007 sale of the InfoSpherix subsidiary. Income from discontinued operations in 2007 included an $8.6 million pre-tax gain on the sale of InfoSpherix.
The net loss for the year ended 2008 was $4.1 million or $0.29 per share, compared with a net loss of $938,000 or $0.07 per share in 2007. As of December 31, 2008, the Company's total cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments on hand was $11.3 million, compared to $15.8 million at December 31, 2007. Working capital as of December 31, 2008, was $10.8 million, a decrease of $4.1 million from working capital at December 31, 2007. A $6.2 million pre-tax loss from continuing operations was partly offset by the $2 million pre-tax gain realized in November 2008 upon the receipt of the escrow balance from the 2007 sale of InfoSpherix.
Recently Published Paper
A paper co-authored by Spherix's President, Dr. Robert A. Lodder, titled "Effect of Diets Containing Sucrose vs. D-tagatose in Hypercholesterolemic Mice," was recently published in the journal Obesity. This paper provides details of a study performed at the
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Spherix Incorporated was launched in 1967 as a scientific research company, under the name Biospherics Research. The company now leverages its scientific and technical expertise and experience through its two subsidiaries--Biospherics Incorporated and Spherix Consulting, Inc. Biospherics is currently running a Phase 3 clinical trial to study the use of Naturlose as a treatment for Type 2 diabetes. Its Spherix Consulting subsidiary provides scientific and strategic support for suppliers, manufacturers, distributors and retailers of conventional foods, biotechnology-derived foods, medical foods, infant formulas, food ingredients, dietary supplements, food contact substances, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, consumer products, and industrial chemicals and pesticides. For more information, please visit www.spherix.com.
This release contains forward-looking statements which are made pursuant to provisions of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Investors are cautioned that such statements in this release, including statements relating to planned clinical study design, regulatory and business strategies, plans and objectives of management and growth opportunities for existing or proposed products, constitute forward-looking statements which involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated by the forward-looking statements. The risks and uncertainties include, without limitation, risks that product candidates may fail in the clinic or may not be successfully marketed or manufactured, we may lack financial resources to complete development of Naturlose, the FDA may interpret the results of studies differently than us, competing products may be more successful, demand for new pharmaceutical products may decrease, the biopharmaceutical industry may experience negative market trends, our continuing efforts to develop Naturlose may be unsuccessful, our common stock could be delisted from the Nasdaq Capital Market, and other risks and challenges detailed in our filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, including our current report on Form 8-K filed on October 10, 2007. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements which speak only as of the date of this release. We undertake no obligation to publicly release the results of any revisions to these forward-looking statements that may be made to reflect events or circumstances that occur after the date of this release or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.
Spherix Incorporated Consolidated Statements of Operations For the years ended December 31, 2008 and 2007 2008 2007 Revenue $1,025,961 $154,698 Operating expense Direct costs 397,645 54,292 Research and development expense 4,004,565 5,865,426 Selling, general and administrative expense 3,135,310 3,872,041 Total operating expense 7,537,520 9,791,759 Loss from operations (6,511,559) (9,637,061) Interest income 348,443 378,055 Interest expense (2,220) (77) Other expense (5,994) - Loss from continuing operations before taxes (6,171,330) (9,259,083) Income tax benefit 552,803 3,408,015 Loss from continuing operations (5,618,527) (5,851,068) Discontinued operations Income from discontinued operations 2,070,091 9,136,047 Income tax expense (587,098) (4,223,353) Income from discontinued operations 1,482,993 4,912,694 Net loss $(4,135,534) $(938,374) Net (loss) income per share, basic Continuing operations $(0.39) $(0.41) Discontinued operations $0.10 $0.35 Net (loss) income per share, basic $(0.29) $(0.07) Net (loss) income per share, diluted Continuing operations $(0.39) $(0.41) Discontinued operations $0.10 $0.35 Net (loss) income per share, diluted $(0.29) $(0.07) Weighted average shares outstanding, basic 14,342,953 14,215,289 Weighted average shares outstanding, diluted 14,342,953 14,215,289
Spherix Incorporated Consolidated Balance Sheets As of December 31, 2008 and 2007 ASSETS 2008 2007 Current assets Cash and cash equivalents $9,404,843 $15,839,959 Short-term investments 1,894,434 - Trade accounts receivable 281,342 38,581 Other receivables 37,223 167,229 Prepaid expenses and other assets 282,971 372,242 Total current assets 11,900,813 16,418,011 Property and equipment, net 310,365 55,088 Patents, net of accumulated amortization of $38,588 and $110,599 14,433 32,371 Deposit 35,625 35,625 Total assets $12,261,236 $16,541,095 LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY Current liabilities Accounts payable and accrued expenses $710,881 $1,046,537 Accrued salaries and benefits 304,756 362,334 Income taxes payable - 50,738 Deferred revenue 39,347 15,165 Total current liabilities 1,054,984 1,474,774 Deferred compensation 660,000 609,000 Deferred rent 136,736 6,531 Total liabilities 1,851,720 2,090,305 Commitments and contingencies - - Stockholders' equity Preferred stock, $0.01 par value, 2,000,000 shares authorized; none issued and outstanding - - Common stock, $0.005 par value, 50,000,000 shares authorized; 14,437,600 and 14,399,140 issued, 14,357,162 and 14,318,702 outstanding at December 31, 2008 and 2007, respectively 72,188 71,996 Paid-in capital in excess of par value 27,602,486 27,508,418 Treasury stock, 80,438 shares, at cost at December 31, 2008 and 2007, respectively (464,786) (464,786) Accumulated deficit (16,800,372) (12,664,838) Total stockholders' equity 10,409,516 14,450,790 Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $12,261,236 $16,541,095
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