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Exicure Reports Full Year 2023 Financial Results

June 06, 2024 | Last Trade: US$0.33 0.0006 0.18

CHICAGO / Jun 06, 2024 / Business Wire / Exicure, Inc. (Nasdaq: XCUR) has historically been an early-stage biotechnology company focused on developing nucleic acid therapies targeting ribonucleic acid against validated targets. In September 2022, the Company announced a significant reduction in force, suspension of preclinical activities and halting of all research and development, and that the Company was exploring strategic alternatives to maximize stockholder value.

2023 Financial Results

Cash Position: Cash and cash equivalents were $0.8 million as of December 31, 2023, as compared to $8.6 million as of December 31, 2022. Subsequent to December 31, 2023, our cash and cash equivalents have decreased to approximately $0.2 million as of May 31, 2024. Subsequent to May 31, 2024, the Company received a $0.7 million loan from DGP Co., Ltd., a significant stockholder. The loan has a maturity of ten months from issuance and interest at a rate of 6.0% per annum is payable at maturity. The Company believes that its cash and cash equivalents are insufficient to continue to fund operations and additional funding is needed in the very near term.

Research and Development (R&D) Expense: Research and development expenses were $1.4 million for the year ended December 31, 2023, as compared to $19.8 million for the year ended December 31, 2022. The decrease in R&D expense for the year ended December 31, 2023 of $18.3 million reflects the stoppage of clinical, preclinical, and discovery program activities and a reduction in employee headcount with lower employee-related expenses and fewer discovery, preclinical, and clinical program activities resulting from the restructuring activities that the Company announced in December 2021 and September 2022.

General and Administrative (G&A) Expense: General and administrative expenses were $12.7 million for the year ended December 31, 2023, as compared to $10.9 million for the year ended December 31, 2022. The increase in G&A expense of $1.8 million for the year ended December 31, 2023 was mostly due to certain expenses that previously had been recorded as research and development expenses, such as office facilities, legal, and payroll related costs, that no longer met the criteria to be classified as research and development expenses due to the shift in our historical business operations discontinuing all research and development activities.

Net Loss: The Company had a net loss of $16.9 million for the year ended December 31, 2023, as compared to a net loss of $2.6 million for the year ended December 31, 2022. Although operating expenses were reduced by more than 50%, there were no revenues to offset these expenses resulting in an increase in net loss of $14.3 million.

Going Concern: Management believes that the Company’s existing cash and cash equivalents is not sufficient to continue to fund operations. The Company has already engaged in significant cost reductions, so our ability to further cut costs and extend the Company’s operating runway is limited. As a result, substantial additional financing is needed in very near term to pay expenses, fund the ongoing exploration of strategic alternatives and pursue any alternatives that may be identified. The Company needs to raise capital to fund its operations. There can be no assurance that such additional financing will be available and, if available, can be obtained on acceptable terms.

About Exicure

Exicure, Inc. has historically been an early-stage biotechnology company focused on developing nucleic acid therapies targeting ribonucleic acid against validated targets. Following its recent restructuring and suspension of clinical and development activities, the Company is exploring strategic alternatives to maximize stockholder value, both with respect to its historical biotechnology assets and more broadly. For further information, see www.exicuretx.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. All statements in this press release other than statements of historical fact may be deemed forward looking including, but not limited to, statements regarding: the Company’s current business plans and objectives, including the pursuit of strategic alternatives to maximize stockholder value. Words such as “plans,” “expects,” “will,” “anticipates,” “continue,” “advance,” “believes,” “target,” “may,” “intend,” “could,” and other words and terms of similar meaning and expression are intended to identify forward-looking statements, although not all forward-looking statements contain such terms. Forward-looking statements are based on management’s current beliefs and assumptions that are subject to risks and uncertainties and are not guarantees of future performance. For a discussion of other risks and uncertainties, and other important factors, any of which could cause the Company’s actual results to differ from those contained in the forward-looking statements, see the section titled “Risk Factors” in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2023. All information in this press release is as of the date of the release, and the Company undertakes no duty to update this information or to publicly announce the results of any revisions to any of such statements to reflect future events or developments, except as required by law.

EXICURE, INC.

UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(in thousands, except share and per share data)

    

 

December 31,
2023

 

December 31,
2022

 

 

 

 

ASSETS

 

 

 

Current assets:

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents

$

816

 

 

$

8,577

 

Other receivable

 

15

 

 

 

 

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

 

1,193

 

 

 

1,474

 

Total current assets

 

2,024

 

 

 

10,051

 

Property and equipment, net

 

54

 

 

 

2,530

 

Right-of-use asset

 

6,517

 

 

 

7,257

 

Other noncurrent assets

 

2,985

 

 

 

3,490

 

Total assets

$

11,580

 

 

$

23,328

 

LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY

 

 

 

Current liabilities:

 

 

 

Accounts payable

 

1,631

 

 

 

361

 

Accrued expenses and other current liabilities

 

879

 

 

 

1,278

 

Total current liabilities

 

2,510

 

 

 

1,639

 

Lease liability, noncurrent

 

6,039

 

 

 

6,767

 

Total liabilities

$

8,549

 

 

$

8,406

 

 

 

 

 

Stockholders’ equity:

 

 

 

Preferred stock, $0.0001 par value per share; 10,000,000 shares authorized, no shares issued and outstanding, December 31, 2023 and December 31, 2022

 

 

 

 

 

Common stock, $0.0001 par value per share; 200,000,000 shares authorized, 8,650,515 issued and outstanding, December 31, 2023; 4,965,901 issued and outstanding, December 31, 2022

 

1

 

 

 

 

Additional paid-in capital

 

192,593

 

 

 

187,571

 

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

 

 

 

 

 

Accumulated deficit

 

(189,563

)

 

 

(172,649

)

Total stockholders' equity

 

3,031

 

 

 

14,922

 

Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity

$

11,580

 

 

$

23,328

 

EXICURE, INC.

UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(in thousands, except share and per share data)

   

 

 

Year Ended
December 31,

 

 

2023

 

2022

Revenue:

 

 

 

 

Collaboration revenue

 

$

 

 

$

28,826

 

Total revenue

 

 

 

 

 

28,826

 

Operating expenses:

 

 

 

 

Research and development expense

 

 

1,423

 

 

 

19,767

 

General and administrative expense

 

 

12,653

 

 

 

10,890

 

Loss from sale of property and equipment

 

 

920

 

 

 

 

Total operating expenses

 

 

14,996

 

 

 

30,657

 

Operating loss

 

 

(14,996

)

 

 

(1,831

)

Other income (expense), net:

 

 

 

 

Changes in fair value of investment in convertible notes receivable

 

 

(2,000

)

 

 

 

Dividend income

 

 

52

 

 

 

78

 

Interest income

 

 

32

 

 

 

15

 

Interest expense

 

 

 

 

 

(595

)

Other income (expense), net

 

 

(2

)

 

 

(40

)

Total other income (expense), net

 

 

(1,918

)

 

 

(542

)

Net loss before provision for income taxes

 

 

(16,914

)

 

 

(2,373

)

Provision for income taxes

 

 

 

 

 

209

 

Net loss

 

$

(16,914

)

 

$

(2,582

)

 

 

 

 

 

Basic and diluted loss per common share

 

$

(2.11

)

 

$

(0.56

)

Weighted-average basic and diluted common shares outstanding

 

 

8,013,840

 

 

 

4,619,471

 

 

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