Alcobra Announces First Quarter Financial Results and Corporate Update

TEL AVIV, Israel, May 15, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Alcobra Ltd. (Nasdaq:ADHD), an emerging biopharmaceutical company focused on the development of new medications to help patients with cognitive disorders, including Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Fragile X Syndrome, today announced its financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2014.

First Quarter Ended March 31, 2014 Financial Results:

  • Total operating expenses were $7.8 million, compared to $5.6 million last quarter and $0.3 million in the same quarter of 2013.
  • Research and development ("R&D") expenses were $5.5 million for the first quarter of 2014, compared to $4.6 million in the previous quarter and $0.1 million for the first quarter of 2013. R&D expenses consist primarily of costs associated with the preclinical and clinical development of product candidates.
  • Pre-commercialization expenses were $0.5 million, which consists primarily of costs associated with market research and analysis as well as business development.
  • Net loss attributable to common shareholders per basic and diluted share was $0.57, compared to $0.45 last quarter and $0.05 in the same quarter of 2013.
  • Cash, cash equivalents and short-term deposits were $44.4 million at March 31, 2014.

First Quarter and Recent Highlights:

  • Received FDA clearance for a Phase 3 clinical trial of Metadoxine Extended Release (MDX) in adult ADHD and enrolled the first patient in the trial.
  • Received FDA clearance for a Phase IIb clinical trial of MDX in the treatment of adolescents and adults with Fragile X Syndrome.
  • Presented positive results from Phase IIb study of MDX in adults with predominantly inattentive ADHD (PI-ADHD) at the American Psychiatric Association (APA) annual meeting.
    • MDX produced a statistically significant improvement (p < 0.01) on the primary endpoint compared to placebo.
    • MDX was superior to placebo after a single dose while demonstrating a safety profile comparable to placebo.
  • Presented evidence of novel mechanism of action for MDX in cognitive disorders at the Society of Biological Psychiatry (SOBP) annual meeting.
    • Improvements in cognitive performance in animal models are consistent with MDX effects in human adults with ADHD.
    • Metadoxine has effects on neurotransmitters associated with attention, learning and memory, yet appears to work in a manner distinct from all currently approved ADHD medications.
    • Pharmacological activity of MDX clearly differs from the activity of either of its components administered alone or in combination.
  • Presented new findings on biomarkers in Fragile X and autism trials at the Autism Investment Conference (AIC) annual meeting.
  • Strengthened management with key appointments to senior leadership team:
    • Howard B. Rosen, formerly Vice President of Commercial Strategy at Gilead Sciences Inc., and President of ALZA Corporation, elected as Chairperson of Board of Directors.
    • David Baker, former Vice President of Commercial Strategy and New Business in Shire's Neuroscience Business Unit, appointed as Chief Commercial Officer.
    • Dr. Tomer Berkovitz, former Executive Director in J.P. Morgan's investment banking division, appointed as Chief Financial Officer.
  • Announced issuance of US patent covering MDX use for cognitive disorders.
  • Announced Alcobra shares uplisted to the Nasdaq Global Market from the Nasdaq Capital Market.

"In the first quarter and recent weeks, we achieved a number of important milestones related to our development of MDX for various cognitive disorders including ADHD and Fragile X Syndrome," said Dr. Yaron Daniely, President and CEO of Alcobra. "We have also strengthened our leadership team with the appointments of Howie Rosen as Chairman of the Board, David Baker as Chief Commercial Officer and Dr. Tomer Berkovitz as Chief Financial Officer. As we have indicated, expenses have increased due to our aggressive efforts on executing and achieving our clinical development milestones. We are on track to report multiple data readouts in the second half of 2014 including clinical data from our Phase III adult ADHD study, our Phase II pediatric ADHD study, and our Phase II study in adolescents and adults with Fragile X Syndrome."

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About Alcobra Ltd.

Alcobra Ltd. is an emerging biopharmaceutical company primarily focused on the development and commercialization of a proprietary drug candidate, MDX (Metadoxine Extended Release (MG01CI)), to treat cognitive dysfunctions including Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Fragile X Syndrome. MDX has completed Phase II studies to treat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, and is enrolling patients in a Phase III study for this indication in adults. The company was founded in 2008 and is headquartered in Tel Aviv, Israel. For more information please visit the Company's website,, the content of which is not incorporated herein by reference.

Forward Looking Statements -- This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the "safe harbor" provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and other Federal securities laws. Because such statements deal with future events and are based on Alcobra's current expectations, they are subject to various risks and uncertainties and actual results, performance or achievements of Alcobra could differ materially from those described in or implied by the statements in this press release. For example, forward-looking statements include statements that imply that Alcobra is expecting to receive multiple data readouts, timing of receipt of such data readouts. . In addition, historic results of scientific research do not guarantee that the conclusions of future research would not suggest different conclusions or that historic results referred to in this press release would be interpreted differently in light of additional research. The forward-looking statements contained or implied in this press release are subject to other risks and uncertainties, including those discussed under the heading "Risk Factors" in Alcobra Ltd.'s Annual Report on Form 20-F for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2013 filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") and in subsequent filings with the SEC. Except as otherwise required by law, Alcobra disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof, whether as a result of new information, future events or circumstances or otherwise.

Alcobra Pharma Ltd Consolidated
Statement of Operation
(In thousands, except per share amounts)
Three Months Ended
March 31,
2014 2013
(unaudited) (unaudited)
Research and development $ 5,522 $ 75
Pre commercialization expenses 524 --
General and administrative 1,789 239
Total operating expenses 7,835 314
Financial expenses (Income), net (78) 63
Net comprehensive loss 7,757 377
Income tax 9 --
Net loss attributable to holders of Ordinary shares $ 7,766 $ 377
Net basic and diluted gain (loss) per share $ (0.57) $ (0.05)
Weighted average number of Ordinary shares used in computing basic and diluted net loss per share 13,636,709 7,794,256

Alcobra Pharma Ltd Consolidated.
Statement of Operation
Balance Sheet Data
(In thousands)
March 31, December 31,
2014 2013
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $ 10,392 $ 22,095
Short-term deposits 34,033 28,008
Receivables and prepaid expenses 991 115
Total current assets 45,416 50,218
Long-term assets:
Other long-term assets 94 57
Property and equipment, net 93 49
Total long-term assets 187 106
Total assets $ 45,603 $ 50,324

Current liabilities:
Trade payables $ 1,409 $ 47
Other accounts payable 1,937 1,589
Total current liabilities 3,346 1,636
Shareholders' equity:
Share capital 39 39
Additional paid-in capital 68,718 67,383
Accumulated deficit (26,500) (18,734)
Total shareholders' equity 42,257 48,688
Total liabilities and shareholders' equity $ 45,603 $ 50,324

Alcobra Pharma Ltd Consolidated.
Cash Flow Data
(In thousands)
Three Months Ended
March 31,
2014 2013
(unaudited) (unaudited)
Cash flow from operating activities:
Net loss $ (7,766) $ (377)
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash used in operating activities:
Depreciation 6 1
Gain from sale of property, plant and equipment -- 1
Increase in receivables and prepaid expenses (876) (45)
Decrease (increase) in other long-term assets (37) 2
Increase (decrease) in trade payables 1,362 (2)
Increase in other accounts payable 348 173
Interest on convertible notes -- 61
Stock base compensation 1,335 5
Net cash used in operating activities (5,628) (181)
Cash flow from investing activities:
Purchase of property and equipment (50) --
Proceeds from short-term bank deposit (6,025) --
Net cash (used in) provided by investing activities (6,075) --
Cash flow from financing activities:
Proceeds from issuance of convertible notes -- 115
Net cash provided by financing activities -- 115
Decrease in cash and cash equivalents (11,703) (66)
Cash and cash equivalents at the beginning of the period 22,095 97
Cash and cash equivalents at the end of the period $ 10,392 $ 31

CONTACT: U.S. Investor Contacts LifeSci Advisors, LLC Michael Rice 646-597-6979 U.S. Investor Contacts LifeSci Advisors, LLC Michael Rice 646-597-6979 Israel Investor Contact: Alcobra Investor Relations Debbie Kaye +972-72 2204661

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