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Caladrius Biosciences Announces Third Quarter 2015 Financial Results and Provides Corporate Update

BASKING RIDGE, N.J., Nov. 05, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Caladrius Biosciences, Inc. (NASDAQ:CLBS) (“Caladrius”), a company combining a leading cell therapy service provider with a development pipeline including a Phase 3 clinical program in immuno-oncology and a portfolio of projects in immune modulation and ischemic repair, announces financial results for the three months ended September 30, 2015.

Business Highlights

  • Total revenues for the third quarter of 2015 increased 43% to $5.9 million when compared with $4.1 million in the year-ago third quarter, driven by increases in Clinical Service revenue at the Company’s PCT subsidiary, an external development and manufacturing partner for the growing cell therapy industry
  • PCT entered into a long-term dedicated capacity agreement with IRX Therapeutics, Inc. to support their anticipated clinical trial manufacturing needs including the manufacture of EU-compliant cell therapy product, adding to a growing list of immuno-oncology clients with similar arrangements including Kite Pharma and ImmunoCellular Therapeutics
  • Continued patient enrollment in a Phase 3 clinical study of lead product candidate CLBS20 for the treatment of recurrent Stage III or Stage IV metastatic melanoma
  • Presented data elucidating the mechanism of action of CLBS20, suggesting correlations between a distinct immune response triggered by CLBS20 and overall survival of melanoma patients
  • Received an initial award of $300,000 out of a potential award of up to $2.3 million from the National Cancer Institute to fund the first phase of a project for process optimization of CLBS20
  • Entered into a collaboration agreement with Sanford Research to develop CLBS03, the Company’s T regulatory cell therapy product candidate, for the treatment of adolescents with recent-onset type 1 diabetes, which the Company expects to advance to a Phase 2 clinical study in early 2016
  • Promoted Joseph Talamo to Chief Financial Officer and Todd Girolamo to General Counsel.

Management Commentary

“PCT continues to post strong revenue growth, which we expect to continue as the immuno-oncology sector is experiencing industry-wide advances and there are increasing numbers of such products on the market and in development. We expect PCT to continue to capitalize on its unmatched cell development and manufacturing expertise as industry demand for cell therapy services continues to grow,” said David J. Mazzo, Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer of Caladrius. “In addition, we continued to advance our own clinical development programs in immuno-oncology (CLBS20) and immune modulation (CLBS03), while maintaining financial discipline that allowed us to lower our cash burn.”

2015 Third Quarter Financial Highlights

Total revenue for the third quarter of 2015 increased 43% to $5.9 million compared with $4.1 million for third quarter of 2014, primarily due to higher reported Clinical Services revenues at PCT.

Research and development expenses in the third quarter of 2015 decreased 24% to $6.3 million compared with $8.5 million for the third quarter of 2014. The decrease was primarily related to lower costs associated with the Company’s ischemic repair and immune modulation programs. The lower costs were partially offset by increased expenses associated with the Intus Phase 3 clinical trial that initiated in 2015.

Selling, general and administrative expenses were approximately $5.1 million for the third quarter of 2015 compared with $7.9 million for same period in 2014. The decrease was primarily due to lower equity-based compensation expenses in the current quarter compared with a year ago and, to a lesser extent, lower expenses associated with other general and administrative activities.

The net loss for the third quarter of 2015 was approximately $11.4 million or $0.21 per share, compared with a net loss of $17.2 million or $0.48 per share for same period in 2014.

As of September 30, 2015, Caladrius had cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities of $29.4 million.

Conference Call

As previously announced, Dr. Mazzo and Mr. Talamo will host a conference call to discuss results and provide a company update today at 5:00 pm Eastern time. To participate in the conference call, dial 877-562-4460 (U.S.) or 513-438-4106 (international) and provide conference ID 95709215. To access the live webcast, visit the Investor Relations section of the Company’s website at http://www.caladrius.com/events.

Caladrius Biosciences, Inc. Selected Financial Data (unaudited)
(in thousands, except per share data)

Three Months Ended September 30, Nine Months Ended September 30,
2015 2014 2015 2014
Statement of Operations Data:
Revenues$5,888 $4,118 $14,928 $12,662
Costs and expenses:
Cost of revenues 4,809 4,012 13,976 11,515
Research and development 6,316 8,470 20,720 19,025
Impairment of intangible assets - - 9,400 -
Selling, general, and administrative 5,147 7,894 24,971 24,310
Total operating costs and expenses 16,271 20,376 69,068 54,850
Operating loss (10,383) (16,258) (54,140) (42,188)
Other income (expense), net (410) (687) 4,399 (1,063)
Interest expense (553) (183) (1,651) (384)
Loss before income taxes and noncontrolling interests (11,346) (17,129) (51,392) (43,634)
Provision (benefit) for income taxes 47 47 (3,610) 142
Net loss (11,393) (17,177) (47,782) (43,776)
Less - net income from continuing operations attributable to noncontrolling interests (17) (202) (93) (515)
Net loss attributable to Caladrius Biosciences, Inc. common stockholders$(11,376) $(16,974) $(47,689) $(43,261)
Basic and diluted loss per share attributable to Caladrius Biosciences, Inc. common shareholders$(0.21) $(0.48) $(1.04) $(1.37)
Weighted average common shares outstanding 55,239 35,053 45,868 31,663


September 30,
2015
December 31,
2014
Balance Sheet Data:
Cash, cash equivalents, and marketable securities$29,392 $26,254
Total assets 119,703 126,275
Total liabilities 64,706 68,202
Total equity 54,996 58,074


About Caladrius Biosciences

Caladrius Biosciences, Inc. is among the first of a new breed of immunotherapy companies with proven expertise and unique experience in cell process optimization, development and manufacturing. Caladrius combines a leading cell therapy service provider with a development pipeline including late-stage clinical programs based on proprietary platform technology for immuno-oncology, as well as additional platform technologies for immune modulation and ischemic repair. This integrated approach supports the industry in bringing significant life-improving medical treatments to market. www.caladrius.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements reflect management's current expectations, as of the date of this press release, and involve certain risks and uncertainties. Forward-looking statements include statements herein with respect to the successful execution of the Company's business strategy, the Company's ability to develop and grow its business, the successful development of cellular therapies with respect to the Company's research and development and clinical evaluation efforts in connection with the Company's Immuno-oncology Program, Immune Modulation Program, Ischemic Repair Program and other cell therapies, the future of the regenerative medicine industry and the role of stem cells and cellular therapy in that industry, and the performance and planned expansion of the Company's wholly-owned subsidiary and its center of excellence for cell therapy process development, engineering and manufacturing, PCT, as well as its efforts to expand its capabilities into the cell therapy tools market. The Company's actual results could differ materially from those anticipated in these forward-looking statements as a result of various factors. Factors that could cause future results to materially differ from the recent results or those projected in forward-looking statements include the "Risk Factors" described in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") on March 2, 2015, and in the Company's other periodic filings with the SEC. The Company's further development is highly dependent on future medical and research developments and market acceptance, which is outside of its control.

CONTACTS: Investors: LHA Anne Marie Fields Senior vice President Phone: +1-212-838-3777 Email: afields@lhai.com Media: Caladrius Biosciences, Inc. Eric Powers Manager of Communications and Marketing Phone: +1-212-584-4173 Email: epowers@caladrius.com

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