EMERYVILLE, Calif., May 7 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Bionovo, Inc. (Nasdaq: BNVI) today announced first quarter highlights and financial results for the three months ended March 31, 2009.
First Quarter Results
Total operating expenses for the three months ending March 31, 2009 were $4.6 million compared to $4.2 million for the same period in 2008. Total operating expenses for the first quarter included one-time expenses associated with the relocation of the Company's headquarters, the purchase of raw materials for manufacturing purposes throughout the year, and severance costs. The Company expects operating expenses to decrease in the second quarter.
The Company reported a net loss for the three months ended March 31, 2009 of $4.7 million, or $0.06 per share, compared with a net loss of $3.9 million, or $0.05 per share, for the same period in 2008.
The Company ended the quarter with $9.1 million in cash, cash equivalents and short term investments, and began the quarter with $13.6 million, a difference of $4.5 million. The cash balance at the end of the quarter reflects the one-time cash expenses mentioned above.
Commenting on the quarter, Dr. Isaac Cohen, chairman and CEO of Bionovo, stated, "We have been diligently addressing the FDA's requests, and are hopeful that we can satisfy them swiftly. We have also been aggressively pursuing partnership opportunities, potential grants, and other forms of funding. We remain confident that we will be able to continue development of our exciting pipeline of drug candidates."
The Company will conduct a conference call and webcast to review the financial results and the Company's plans for 2009 later today, Thursday, May 7, 2009 at 4:30 p.m. ET.
Interested parties can access the call by dialing (877) 356-5706 or (706) 643-0580, or can listen via a live Internet webcast, which can be found at http://bionovo.com/investors/events. A replay of the call will be available via webcast at http://bionovo.com/investors/events for 30 days or by playback at (800) 642-1687 or (706) 645-9291, access code 94818134, through May 10, 2009.
About Bionovo, Inc.
Bionovo, Inc. is a pharmaceutical company focused on the discovery and development of safe and effective treatments for women's health and cancer, markets with significant unmet needs and billions in potential annual revenue. The company applies its expertise in the biology of menopause and cancer to design new drugs derived from botanical sources which have novel mechanisms of action. Based on the results of early and mid-stage clinical trials, Bionovo believes they have discovered new classes of drug candidates within their rich pipeline with the potential to be leaders in their markets. Bionovo is headquartered in Emeryville, California and is traded on the NASDAQ Capital Market under the symbol, "BNVI". For more information about Bionovo and its programs, visit: http://www.bionovo.com.
Forward Looking Statements
This release contains certain forward-looking statements relating to the business of Bionovo, Inc. that can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as "believes," "expects," or similar expressions. Such forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties, including uncertainties relating to product development, efficacy and safety, regulatory actions or delays, the ability to obtain or maintain patent or other proprietary intellectual property protection, market acceptance, physician acceptance, third party reimbursement, future capital requirements, competition in general and other factors that may cause actual results to be materially different from those described herein as anticipated, believed, estimated or expected. Certain of these risks and uncertainties are or will be described in greater detail in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, which are available at http://www.sec.gov. Bionovo, Inc. is under no obligation (and expressly disclaims any such obligation) to update or alter its forward-looking statements whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.
Financial Tables on Following Pages
Bionovo, Inc. (A Development Stage Company) Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations (Unaudited, in thousands, except per share amounts) Accumulated from February 1, 2002 (Date of Three months ended inception) to March 31, March 31, 2009 2008 2009 Revenues $ - $ - $ 892 Operating expenses: Research and development 3,601 2,387 30,809 General and administrative 1,009 1,822 14,558 Merger cost - - 1,964 Total operating expenses 4,610 4,209 47,331 Loss from operations (4,610) (4,209) (46,439) Change in fair value of warrant liability - - 831 Interest income 54 306 2,045 Interest expense (33) (27) (399) Other expense (79) (19) (156) Net loss $(4,668) $(3,949) $(44,118) Basic and diluted net loss per common share $(0.06) $(0.05) $(1.02) Shares used in computing basic and diluted net loss per share 76,363 76,343 43,280
Bionovo, Inc. (A Development Stage Company) Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets (in thousands, except share amounts) March 31, December 31, 2009 2008 (unaudited) ASSETS Current assets: Cash and cash equivalents $5,338 $3,270 Short-term investments 3,757 10,292 Receivables 67 126 Prepaid expenses and other current assets 438 805 Total current assets 9,600 14,493 Property and equipment, net 6,758 6,938 Other assets and patent pending, net 1,309 1,073 Total assets $17,667 $22,504 LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY Current liabilities: Accounts payable $471 $521 Accrued clinical and costs of other studies 86 73 Accrued compensation and benefits 360 456 Current portion of lease obligations 656 682 Other current liabilities 570 595 Total current liabilities 2,143 2,327 Non-current portion of lease obligation 392 545 Commitments and contingencies Shareholders' equity: Preferred stock, $0.0001 par value; 10,000,000 shares authorized; none issued and outstanding - - Common stock $0.0001 par value, 190,000,000 shares authorized, 76,363,101 and 76,363,101 shares outstanding at March 31, 2009 and December 31, 2008, respectively 8 8 Additional paid-in capital 59,235 59,050 Accumulated other comprehensive gain 7 24 Accumulated deficit (44,118) (39,450) Total shareholders' equity 15,132 19,632 Total liabilities and shareholders' equity $17,667 $22,504 * The balance sheet at December 31, 2008 has been derived from the audited financial statements at that date but does not include all of the information and footnotes required by accounting principles generally accepted in the United States for complete financial statements.
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