Alcobra Announces Third Quarter 2017 Financial Results and Provides Corporate Update

TEL AVIV, Israel, Nov. 09, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Alcobra Ltd. (NasdaqGM:ADHD) today announced financial results for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2017, and provided a corporate update.

Third Quarter and Recent Corporate Updates:

  • On September 27, 2017, Alcobra announced the signing of a definitive agreement to merge in an all-stock transaction with Arcturus Therapeutics, Inc. (Arcturus), a privately held biotechnology company developing novel RNA medicines. The transaction is expected to result in a publicly-traded company focused on developing novel RNA medicines in therapeutic areas including infectious disease, cystic fibrosis, nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) and rare liver diseases.
  • As previously announced by Alcobra, an Extraordinary General Meeting of Alcobra’s shareholders to approve items related to the merger is scheduled to take place on November 12, 2017. If approved by shareholders, the transaction is expected to close during the fourth quarter.
  • On August 22, 2017, Alcobra signed a Letter of Intent (“LOI”) with an investor group to sell its Abuse-Deterrent Amphetamine Immediate-Release (ADAIR) development program to the investor group, granting the investor group an exclusivity period to negotiate a definitive agreement. Alcobra received an upfront payment of $0.25 million in connection with the LOI, with the intent to sign a definitive sale agreement prior to the merger with Arcturus.

Third Quarter Ended September 30, 2017 Financial Results:

  • Cash, marketable securities, and deposits totaled $39.8 million at September 30, 2017 compared with $41.2 million at June 30, 2017 and $45.3 million at March 31, 2017. The Company expects to have approximately $35 million of net cash at the closing of the merger with Arcturus, after deducting fourth quarter operating expenses, transaction-related costs, and other items defined in the merger agreement.
  • Total operating expenses in the third quarter of 2017 were $2.9 million, compared with $7.9 million in the third quarter of 2016.
  • Research and development (R&D) expenses in the third quarter of 2017 were $1.1 million, compared with $6.4 million in the third quarter of 2016. The decline in R&D expenses is mainly driven by the termination of the Phase III MEASURE study in MDX for Adult ADHD.
  • General and administrative (G&A) expenses in the third quarter of 2017 were $1.6 million, compared with $1.2 million in the third quarter of 2016. G&A expenses in the third quarter of 2017 include charges of $0.9 million associated with expenses related to the strategic process, as well as $0.2 million in non-cash share-based compensation.

About Alcobra

Alcobra Ltd. is an emerging pharmaceutical company primarily focused on the development and commercialization of new medications. For more information, please visit the Company's website,, the content of which is not incorporated herein by reference.

On September 27, 2017, Arcturus and Alcobra entered into an agreement and plan of merger and reorganization pursuant to which a wholly-owned subsidiary of Alcobra will merge with and into Arcturus, with Arcturus becoming a wholly-owned subsidiary of Alcobra and the surviving corporation of the merger, and the holders of Arcturus outstanding capital stock immediately prior to the merger are expected to receive ordinary shares representing approximately 63.2% of the outstanding shares of Alcobra. Upon consummation of the transaction, Alcobra’s name will be changed to Arcturus Therapeutics, Ltd., and Alcobra will change its ticker symbol to ARCT on NASDAQ.

No Offer or Solicitation

This communication shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy any securities, nor shall there be any sale of securities in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such jurisdiction.

A proxy statement and a proxy card have been filed with the SEC and mailed to Alcobra’s shareholders seeking required shareholder approvals in connection with the proposed transaction with Arcturus. Before making any voting or investment decision, investors and shareholders are urged to read the proxy statement (including any amendments or supplements thereto) and any other relevant documents that Alcobra may file with the SEC when they become available because they will contain important information about the proposed transactions.

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 regarding Arcturus, the proposed merger with Arcturus, including and not limited to, whether it will be approved by Alcobra’s shareholders, timing of its closing and percentage ownership of holders of Arcturus outstanding capital stock in the combined company, as well as Alcobra’s expected net cash, the potential success of the combined company’s agreements with research collaborators and the potential to close a transaction for the sale of ADAIR. In addition, historic results of scientific research do not guarantee that the conclusions of future research would suggest similar conclusions or that historic results referred to in this press release would be interpreted similarly in light of additional research or otherwise. 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, 2016, 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 they were made, whether as a result of new information, future events or circumstances or otherwise.

Alcobra Ltd.
Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Loss
(In thousands, except per share amounts)

Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended
September 30, September 30,
2017 2016 2017 2016
(unaudited) (unaudited) (unaudited) (unaudited)
Research and development$1,059 $6,400 $4,562 $13,944
Pre commercialization expenses 187 313 869 1,059
General and administrative 1,646 1,211 4,917 4,071
Total operating expenses 2,892 7,924 10,348 19,074
Other income (232) - (232) -
Financial income, net (132) (137) (401) (461)
Loss before taxes on income 2,528 7,787 9,715 18,613
Tax on income 27 15 51 63
Net loss attributable to holders of Ordinary shares$2,555 $7,802 9,766 $18,676
Unrealized gain (loss) on available-for-sale marketable securities 1 (8) 4 (3)
Total comprehensive loss$2,554 $7,810 $9,762 $18,679
Net basic and diluted loss per share$(0.09) $(0.28) $(0.35) $(0.68)
Weighted average number of Ordinary shares used in computing basic and diluted net loss per share 27,562,795 27,562,795 27,562,795 27,562,610

Alcobra Ltd.
Consolidated Balance Sheet Data
(In thousands)


September 30,
December 31,
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $ 3,007 $ 2,304
Short-term bank deposits 25,000 33,000
Marketable securities 11,814 14,938
Prepaid expenses and other receivables 585 1,057
Total current assets 40,406 51,299
Long-term assets:
Other long-term assets 13 29
Property and equipment, net 167 240
Total long-term assets 180 269
Total assets $ 40,586 $ 51,568


Current liabilities:
Trade payables $ 36 $ 528
Accrued expenses and other liabilities 2,260 3,812

Total current liabilities
2,296 4,340
Shareholders’ equity:
Ordinary shares 74 74
Additional paid-in capital 143,604 142,780
Accumulated other comprehensive loss (2) (6)
Accumulated deficit (105,386) (95,620)
Total shareholders’ equity 38,290 47,228
Total liabilities and shareholders’ equity $ 40,586 $ 51,568

Alcobra Ltd.
Consolidated Cash Flow Data
(In thousands)

Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended
September 30, September 30,
2017 2016 2017 2016
(unaudited) (unaudited) (unaudited) (unaudited)
Cash flow from operating activities:
Net loss$(2,555) $(7,802) $(9,766) $(18,676)
Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash used in operating activities:
Depreciation 41 14 78 47
Amortization of premium on marketable securities 36 45 86 86
Stock based compensation 150 645 824 1,959
Change in operating assets and liabilities:
Prepaid expenses and other receivables 348 (3) 472 445
Other long-term assets 7 38 16 (22)
Trade payables 17 14 (492) 95
Accrued expenses and other liabilities 622 374 (1,552) 848

Net cash used in operating activities
(1,334) (6,675) (10,334) (15,218)
Cash flow from investing activities:
Purchase of property and equipment 2 (7) (5) (32)
Proceeds from (investment in) marketable securities (229) (1,912) 3,042 (16,327)
Proceeds from maturity of marketable securities - 876 - 1,021
Proceeds from call redemption of marketable securities - - - 245
Proceeds from (investment in) short-term bank deposit 1,000 (3,000) 8,000 18,022

Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities
773 (4,043) 11,037 2,929
Cash flow from financing activities:
Exercise of options - - - 6
Net cash provided by financing activities
- 6
Increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents (561) (10,718) 703 (12,283)
Cash and cash equivalents at the beginning of the period 3,568 15,093 2,304 16,658
Cash and cash equivalents at the end of the period$3,007 $4,375 $3,007 $4,375

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Source: Arcturus Therapeutics