Faron Reports Half-Year Financial Results, January 1 – June 30, 2023

Faron Reports Half-Year Financial Results, January 1 – June 30, 2023




Faron Reports Half-Year Financial Results, January 1 – June 30, 2023

Summary Highlights (including post-period events)  

  • The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted bexmarilimab Orphan Drug Designation (ODD) for the treatment of acute myeloid leukemia (AML).
  • The latest data from the Phase I/II BEXMAB study reinforces bexmarilimab’s potential to improve the therapeutic benefit for patients with aggressive hematological malignancies who do not respond to the current standard of care (SoC).   
  • Compelling data with objective responses were observed in three of five patients in the 6 mg/kg bexmarilimab + azacitidine doublet cohort.  
  • Eight of fifteen objective responses were observed across all three doublet dosing cohorts, with one patient still on treatment after 13 months. 
  • Continued efficacy signals with the prolonged duration of responses thus far support advancement to Phase II in Q4 2023 in relapsed/refractory AML and myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS) patients failing hypomethylating agents (HMAs). 
  • New biomarker data presented at the EHA2023 Congress indicates that bexmarilimab’s mode of action in AML/MDS is supported by durable Clever-1 target engagement in the bone marrow. This mechanism results in notable increases in T and NK cells, along with enhanced antigen presentation. 
  • The Phase II BEXCOMBO protocol has been approved by the FDA.
  • The Board was strengthened with the addition of Tuomo Pätsi, and the Leadership team was enhanced with the appointment of James O’Brien, CPA, MBA, as Chief Financial Officer. 
  • Mr. Leopoldo Zambeletti stepped down from the Board to assume a business development consulting role at Faron. 
  • Cash position was strengthened through two private placements directed to institutional and other investors, successfully raising EUR 18.6 million.
  • Virtual briefing and Q&A to be held today at 08:00 am (EDT) / 13:00 pm (BST) / 15:00 pm (EEST).

TURKU, Finland and BOSTON, Aug. 29, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Faron Pharmaceuticals Ltd. (AIM: FARN, First North: FARON), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on tackling cancers via novel immunotherapies, today announces unaudited half-year financial results for January 1 to June 30, 2023 (the “period”).

“I am extremely proud of the progress we made in the first half of 2023,” said Dr. Markku Jalkanen, Chief Executive Officer of Faron. “We continued to execute on advancing our clinical Phase I/II BEXMAB study of bexmarilimab, our wholly-owned immunotherapy asset, in hematological malignancies. To date, we achieved strong objective responses across all three cohorts in relapsed/refractory to SoC patients, including objective responses in three of five patients receiving the high dose. Based on this compelling data, we are advancing into the Phase II portion of the study and actively preparing for regulatory submission in the first half of 2025. The recent FDA Orphan Drug Designation for bexmarilimab in AML further reaffirms our program by offering important clinical development and commercialization benefits. We also strengthened our cash position and welcomed a former Board member as a transactional advisor. I am excited for what the future holds.”

Pipeline Highlights

BexmarilimabFaron’s wholly-owned, novel precision cancer immunotherapy candidate, in Phase I/II development for relapsed/refractory AML and MDS.

  • The FDA has granted ODD for bexmarilimab for the treatment of AML.
  • Updated data from the Phase I/II BEXMAB study showed objective responses (OR) with complete remission of blasts in the bone marrow (mCR) in three of five patients in the 6 mg/kg bexmarilimab + azacitidine cohort. In addition, one of the three patients achieved complete recovery of blood counts i.e., complete remission (CR). 
  • Eight of fifteen ORs were observed across all three doublet dosing cohorts. 
  • Four of the eight patients across the three doublet dosing cohorts (1, 3, and 6 mg/kg) had failed prior SoC hypomethylating agents (HMAs). 
  • All three patients with MDS and prior HMA failure demonstrated ORs (partial response (PR), mCR, and CR) across the dosing cohorts. 
  • Four patients out of six in the triplet dosing cohort treated with azacitidine, venetoclax, and bexmarilimab have shown objective responses. 
  • The updated BEXMAB data supports advancement to Phase II in Q4 2023 in SoC relapsed/refractory AML and MDS patients failing hypomethylating agents (HMA). 
  • Biomarker data presented at the European Hematology Association 2023 Hybrid Congress showed bexmarilimab’s mode of action in AML/MDS is supported with durable Clever-1 target engagement in the bone marrow, with increases observed in T and NK cells, and antigen presentation. 
  • The Company presented two posters at the American Association for Cancer Research Annual Meeting 2023 on its Phase I/II MATINS study of bexmarilimab in solid tumors and published a manuscript via medRxiv. The findings from MATINS, which have established strong foundations for Faron’s ongoing development program, indicate that bexmarilimab monotherapy facilitates macrophage conversion, and induces changes in the tumor microenvironment resulting in disease control and prolonged survival in late-stage cancer. Furthermore, targeting Clever-1 with bexmarilimab is well-tolerated. A positive Phase I/II meeting with the FDA supported bexmarilimab’s development in solid tumors. 
  • Preparations are ongoing for the initiation of the Phase II BEXCOMBO trial evaluating bexmarilimab with PD-1 blockade, aimed at improving the clinical benefits from standard-of-care PD-1 blockade. The first, proof-of-concept cohort under the investigation will be in head and neck cancer, followed by bladder and non-small cell lung cancers. Patient cohorts will comprise between 15 and 40 subjects, with the opportunity for subgroup enrichment.  

Corporate Highlights

  • The cash position has been strengthened through two private placements directed to institutional and other investors to raise EUR 18.6 million in January 2023 (EUR 12.0 million) and in June 2023 (EUR 6.6 million), which settled in early July 2023.
  • James O’Brien, CPA, MBA, joined as Chief Financial Officer. Mr. O’Brien is an accomplished biotech and financial executive with extensive experience in the US capital markets. His appointment highlights Faron’s progression towards becoming a global biopharmaceutical company.
  • Mr. Tuomo Pätsi joined the Board as a Non-Executive Director of the Company. Dr. Gregory B. Brown stepped down from his position as a Non-Executive Director. Mr. Pätsi was the President of the EMEA region and Worldwide Markets for Celgene Corporation, a global pharmaceutical company and currently wholly owned subsidiary of Bristol Myers Squibb, engaged primarily in the discovery, development, and commercialization of therapies for the treatment of cancer. He is an experienced biotech and pharmaceutical executive who was until recently the Executive Vice President for Seagen Inc., a US-based, cancer-focused biotechnology company.
  • Mr. Leopoldo Zambeletti, who joined Faron’s Board as a Non-Executive Director in September 2015, stepped down to take on a business development consulting role within Faron. He is a highly respected figure within the life sciences and investment banking industries and, since 2013, has been an independent strategic advisor to life science companies on mergers and acquisitions, out-licensing deals, and financing strategy.

Half-Year Financial Results

  • Cash balances of EUR 6.3 million on June 30, 2023 (2022: EUR 9.9 million). The Company raised EUR 6.6 million at the end of June which had not been settled until July 2023. The Company entered the third quarter with EUR 12.8 million and has funds sufficient to support operations into Q4 2023.
  • Operating loss of EUR 12.8 million for the six months ended June 30, 2023 (2022: EUR 13.4 million).
  • Net assets of EUR -9.5 million on June 30, 2023 (2022: EUR -5.2 million).
  • The cash position has been strengthened by two private placements directed to institutional and other investors to raise EUR 18.6 million.
  • On June 30, 2023, the Company had outstanding borrowings of EUR 9.8 million under a loan facility with IPF Partners which is subject to financial covenants. The Company is required to satisfy these agreed covenants including the requirement to maintain a minimum cash balance of EUR 6.0 million while maintaining three months cash runway. On June 30, 2023, and August 28, 2023, the Company was in compliance with all covenants while holding cash balances of EUR 6.3 million and EUR 9.1 million, respectively. The cash held by the Group together with known receivables will be sufficient to support the current level of activities until the year end of 2023.

Consolidated key figures, IFRS

 EUR’000 Unaudited Unaudited Audited
  1-6/2023 1-6/2022 1-12/2022
  6 months 6 months   12 months
Revenue 0   0   0  
Other operating income 0   485   803  
Research and Development expenses (8 518 ) (10 047 ) (20 730 )
General and Administrative expenses (4 294 ) (3 801 ) (7 498 )
Loss for the period (13 730 ) (13 121 ) (28 730 )
       
  Unaudited Unaudited Audited
  1-6/2023 1-6/2022 1-12/2022
  6 months 6 months   12 months
Loss per share, EUR (0.22 ) (0.25 ) (0.52 )
Number of shares at end of period 66 161 373   56 575 453* 59 805 383  
Average number of shares 62 985 028   53 235 643   55 229 835  
       
 EUR’000 Unaudited Unaudited Audited
  30 Jun 2023 30 Jun 2022 31 Dec 2022
Cash and cash equivalents 6 315   9 936   6 990  
Equity (9 483 ) (5 194 ) (11 476 )
Balance sheet total 12 836   16 729   11 271  

* of which 1,311,800 were held in treasury

August 29, 2023
Faron Pharmaceuticals
Board of Directors

This announcement contains inside information for the purposes of Article 7 of Regulation (EU) No 596/2014 (“MAR”).

Conference call information
A virtual briefing and Q&A session for investors, analysts and media will be hosted by Dr. Markku Jalkanen, Chief Executive Officer, and James O’Brien, Chief Financial Officer, today, August 29, 2023, at 8:00 am (EST) / 1:00 pm (BST) / 3:00 pm (EEST) on the day of results.

Webcast registration link: https://faron.videosync.fi/h1-2023

The half-year report, presentation, and a replay of the webcast will be available on the Company’s website at https://www.faron.com/investors.

For more information please contact:

Investor Contact

LifeSci Advisors

Daniel Ferry

Managing Director

daniel@lifesciadvisors.com

+1 (617) 430-7576

Media Contact

Faron Pharmaceuticals

Jennifer C. Smith-Parker

Head of Communications

Jennifer.Smith-Parker@faron.com

Cairn Financial Advisers LLP, Nomad

Sandy Jamieson, Jo Turner

Phone: +44 (0) 207 213 0880

Peel Hunt LLP, Broker

Christopher Golden, James Steel

Phone: +44 (0) 20 7418 8900

Sisu Partners Oy, Certified Adviser on Nasdaq First North

Juha Karttunen

Phone: +358 (0)40 555 4727

Jukka Järvelä

Phone: +358 (0)50 553 8990

About Bexmarilimab

Bexmarilimab is Faron’s wholly owned, investigational immunotherapy designed to overcome resistance to existing treatments and optimize clinical outcomes, by targeting myeloid cell function and igniting the immune system. Bexmarilimab binds to Clever-1, an immunosuppressive receptor found on macrophages leading to tumor growth and metastases (i.e., helps cancer evade the immune system). By targeting the Clever-1 receptor on macrophages, bexmarilimab alters the tumor microenvironment, reprogramming macrophages from an immunosuppressive (M2) state to an immunostimulatory (M1) one, upregulating interferon production and priming the immune system to attack tumors and sensitizing cancer cells to standard of care.  

About BEXMAB

The BEXMAB study is a first-in-human, open-label Phase I/II clinical trial investigating bexmarilimab in combination with standard of care (SoC) in the aggressive hematological malignancies of acute myeloid leukemia (AML) and myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS). The primary objective is to determine the safety and tolerability of bexmarilimab in combination with SoC (azacitidine) treatment and to identify the recommended Phase II dose. Directly targeting Clever-1 could limit the replication capacity of cancer cells, increase antigen presentation, ignite an immune response, and allow current treatments to be more effective. Clever-1 is highly expressed in both AML and MDS and associated with therapy resistance, limited T cell activation and poor outcomes.

About BEXCOMBO

The Phase BEXCOMBO study will be aimed at testing bexmarilimab with PD-1 blockade. The study’s purpose is to improve standard-of-care PD-1 response rates. The indications targeted are head and neck cancer as the first cohort to gain proof-of-concept data, followed by bladder cancer and non-small cell lung cancer. Patient cohorts will number between 15 and 40 subjects, with allowed enrichment of subgroups. We see development in this space as key to addressing an unmet medical need, as clinical data show that up to 80% of cancer patients do not respond to single agent PD-1 blockade. Planning continues for trial initiation.

About Faron Pharmaceuticals Ltd.

Faron (AIM: FARN, First North: FARON) is a global, clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company, focused on tackling cancers via novel immunotherapies. Its mission is to bring the promise of immunotherapy to a broader population by uncovering novel ways to control and harness the power of the immune system. The Company’s lead asset is bexmarilimab, a novel anti-Clever-1 humanized antibody, with the potential to remove immunosuppression of cancers through targeting myeloid cell function. Bexmarilimab is being investigated in Phase I/II clinical trial as a potential therapy for patients with hematological cancers in combination with other standard treatments. Further information is available at www.faron.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements in this announcement are, or may be deemed to be, forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are identified by their use of terms and phrases such as ”believe”, ”could”, “should”, “expect”, “hope”, “seek”, ”envisage”, ”estimate”, ”intend”, ”may”, ”plan”, ”potentially”, ”will” or the negative of those, variations or comparable expressions, including references to assumptions. These forward-looking statements are not based on historical facts but rather on the Directors’ current expectations and assumptions regarding the Company’s future growth, results of operations, performance, future capital and other expenditures (including the amount, nature and sources of funding thereof), competitive advantages, business prospects and opportunities. Such forward-looking statements reflect the Directors’ current beliefs and assumptions and are based on information currently available to the Directors.

A number of factors could cause actual results to differ materially from the results and expectations discussed in the forward-looking statements, many of which are beyond the control of the Company. In addition, other factors which could cause actual results to differ materially include the ability of the Company to successfully license its programs within the anticipated timeframe or at all, risks associated with vulnerability to general economic and business conditions, competition, environmental and other regulatory changes, actions by governmental authorities, the availability of capital markets or other sources of funding, reliance on key personnel, uninsured and underinsured losses and other factors. Although any forward-looking statements contained in this announcement are based upon what the Directors believe to be reasonable assumptions, the Company cannot assure investors that actual results will be consistent with such forward-looking statements. Accordingly, readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements. Subject to any continuing obligations under applicable law or any relevant AIM Rule requirements, in providing this information the Company does not undertake any obligation to publicly update or revise any of the forward-looking statements or to advise of any change in events, conditions or circumstances on which any such statement is based.

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer’s Review

Introduction
The first half of 2023 has been a period of significant progress for Faron. Most notably, we continued to accelerate our ambitious bexmarilimab development program. The most recent data from the Phase I/II BEXMAB study in relapsed/refractory myeloid leukemia (AML) and myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS) patients builds upon earlier positive data. These findings set a clear trajectory for further bexmarilimab clinical and regulatory development, bringing the promise of treatment to patients who do not respond to currently approved standard-of-care treatments.

Bexmarilimab
Driving the clinical development of bexmarilimab continues to be Faron’s top priority. Since we recruited the first patient in our Phase I/II BEXMAB study in June 2022, we have continued to see positive data that indicates truly life-changing therapeutic potential for acute myeloid leukemia (AML) and myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS) patients refractory to standard of care (SoC).

Most recently, we reported compelling data of objective responses in three of five patients in the 6 mg/kg bexmarilimab + azacitidine doublet cohort, and eight of 15 objective responses observed in all three doublet dosing cohorts with patient still on treatment after 13 months. We intend to have additional Phase I data in Q4 2023. Yet even now, the updated data supports the advancement to the Phase II portion in the Q4 2023 focusing on SoC relapsed/refractory acute AML and MDS patients failing hypomethylating agents (HMA). Furthermore, we announced plans to file the Company’s first Biologics License Application (BLA) to the FDA in H1 2025.

This opportunity is so exciting because we know that certain blood cancer cells carry significant amounts of cell surface Clever-1, which may limit the body’s ability to mount an immune response. In fact, research has shown a clear survival benefit among certain blood cancer patients with low Clever-1 expression. By adding bexmarilimab to standard of care we expect to downregulate Clever-1 expression, thereby increasing antigen presentation and allowing the immune system to better identify and kill cancer cells. This could result in a deeper and more durable clinical benefit compared to what most patients experience with currently approved treatments.

The FDA has recognized the importance of addressing the unmet needs of this population and granted bexmarilimab ODD for the treatment of AML. AML is the most common leukemia among the adult population and accounts for about 80% of all cases.

As bexmarilimab advances and Faron expands into a global pharmaceutical company, we hired James O’Brien, CPA, MBA, as Chief Financial Officer (CFO). Mr. O’Brien is an accomplished biotech and financial executive with extensive experience in the US capital markets. Most recently, Mr. O’Brien served as the CFO of Cognition Therapeutics, Inc., a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company which successfully completed an IPO in October 2021, raising USD 52 million. He previously served as Executive Vice President of Finance with Enzo Biochem, Inc. Earlier in his career, he held positions with increasing responsibilities at pharmaceutical companies including Actavis PLC (now AbbVie, Inc.), the US subsidiary of Swiss company Nycomed, which has since been acquired by Takeda Pharmaceuticals, and Bristol Myers Squibb. 

In terms of other plans for bexmarilimab, we anticipate initiation of the Phase II BEXCOMBO trial evaluating bexmarilimab with PD-1 blockade. The trial is aimed at improving standard-of-care PD-1 response rates. Head and neck cancer would be the first cohort indication to gain proof-of-concept data, followed by bladder cancer and non-small cell lung cancer. Patient cohorts will number between 15 and 40 subjects, with allowed enrichment of subgroups. We see development in this space as key to addressing an unmet medical need, as clinical data show that up to 80% of cancer patients do not respond to single agent PD-1 blockade and evolving data suggest that promoting pro-inflammatory cytokines, such as IFN-gamma (ɣ), is necessary for effective responses to these agents. Because bexmarilimab induces IFN-ɣ upregulation, which is required for immune modulation in the tumor microenvironment, BEXCOMBO offers the potential to expand the population of PD-1 responders and provide meaningful benefit to more patients.  

Financial review Faron entered 2023 having completed a EUR 12.0 million equity financing in January 2023. In June, we completed our second equity financing, bringing the year-to-date total to EUR 18.6 million. The capital raised through the private placements is instrumental in advancing our bexmarilimab research and development program, accelerating the progress of our pipeline, and bringing us closer to delivering life-changing therapies to tackle aggressive hematological malignancies. Faron’s shareholders continue to be extremely supportive of our clinical development programs and achieving our objectives.

Faron’s recent financial performance has been marked by a strategic emphasis on capital efficiency, a key element of extending our cash runway, while having the strength and ability to advance our clinical development programs. This capital efficiency has allowed us to achieve more with our available resources, fostering a culture of innovation while maintaining a prudent financial approach. By allocating resources thoughtfully and embracing a culture of continuous improvement, we are dedicated to maximizing the impact of our efforts and achieving our mission. The balance between achieving clinical milestones and responsible fiscal management underscores our dedication to creating a sustainable, long-term value for all stakeholders.

During the period, nearly 70% of all spending was directly supportive of our bexmarilimab clinical development program. Faron maintained General and Administrative expenses at 2022 levels excluding one-time items and financing expenses.

Statement of comprehensive income
The operating loss for the six months ended June 30, 2023, was EUR 12.8 million (six months ended 30 June 2022: loss of EUR 13.4 million). No revenue was generated during the period or prior period. Research and development expenses decreased by EUR 1.5 million to EUR 8.5 million (2022: EUR 10.0 million). General and administrative expenses increased by EUR 0.5 million to EUR 4.3 million (2022: EUR 3.8 million).

The loss for the period was EUR 13.7 million (2022: loss of EUR 13.1 million) and the basic and diluted loss per share was EUR 0.22 (2022: loss per share of EUR 0.25).

Statement of financial position and cash flows
As of June 30, 2023, net assets amounted to EUR -9.5 million (June 30, 2022: EUR -5.2 million). The net cash flow for the first six months in 2023 was EUR -0.7 million (2022: EUR 3.1 million). As of June 30, 2023, total cash and cash equivalents held were EUR 6.3 million (2022: EUR 9.9 million).

Corporate
Faron’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) was held on March 24, 2023. The AGM adopted the financial statements of the Company and re-elected audit firm PricewaterhouseCoopers Oy (“PwC”) as the Company’s auditor. Additionally, the number of members of the Board was confirmed as seven. Frank Armstrong, John Poulos, Leopoldo Zambeletti, Markku Jalkanen, Anne Whitaker and Erik Ostrowski were re-elected to the Board and Tuomo Pätsi was elected as a new member to the Board for a term that ends at the end of the next AGM. In June 2023 Leopoldo Zambeletti stepped down from his position in Faron’s Board due to his appointment as the Company’s business development consultant.

Summary & outlook
Our focus for the remainder of 2023 continues to be the acceleration of bexmarilimab’s clinical development. Faron plans to seek FDA advice during Q3 2023 on bexmarilimab’s progress. The completion of dose escalation, readout of enrichment cohorts, and initiation of phase II BEXMAB part are expected in Q4 2023. We are committed to changing the treatment paradigm for those with limited treatment options.

On behalf of the Board, we would like to thank our shareholders, existing and new, for their support of Faron. We would also like to thank our employees for their continued commitment to our mission and the patients we serve. We look forward to updating the market on our progress throughout the course of the year.

Dr Markku Jalkanen
Chief Executive Officer

Dr Frank Armstrong
Chairman

Consolidated Income Statement, IFRS

EUR’000 Unaudited
1-6/2023
6 months
Unaudited
1-6/2022
6 months
Audited
1-12/2022
12 months
Revenue 0   0   0  
Other operating income 0   485   803  
Research and development expenses (8 518 ) (10 047 ) (20 730 )
General and administrative expenses (4 294 ) (3 801 ) (7 498 )
Operating loss (12 812 ) (13 364 ) (27 426 )
Financial income 0   692   96  
Financial expense (918 ) (430 ) (1 400 )
Loss before tax (13 730 ) (13 102 ) (28 730 )
Tax expense 0   (19 ) 0  
Loss for the period (13 730 ) (13 121 ) (28 730 )
Translation difference 0   11   17  
Comprehensive loss for the period attributable to the equity holders of the Parent company (13 730 ) (13 110 ) (28 713 )
       
Loss per ordinary share      
Basic and diluted loss per share, EUR (0.22 ) (0.25 ) (0.52 )

Consolidated Balance Sheet, IFRS

EUR’000 Unaudited Unaudited Audited
  30 Jun 2023 30 Jun 2022 31 Dec 2022
Assets      
Non-current assets      
Machinery and equipment 10   17   13  
Right-of-use-assets 272   98   314  
Intangible assets 1 127   1 011   1 154  
Prepayments and other receivables 60   53   60  
Total non-current assets 1 469   1 179   1 541  
       
Current assets      
Prepayments and other receivables 5 052   5 614   2 740  
Cash and cash equivalents 6 315   9 936   6 990  
Total current assets 11 367   15 550   9 730  
       
Total assets 12 836   16 729   11 271  
       
       
       
EUR’000 Unaudited Unaudited Audited
  30 Jun 2023 30 Jun 2022 31 Dec 2022
Capital and reserves attributable to the equity holders of the Parent company  
Share capital 2 691   2 691   2 691  
Reserve for invested unrestricted equity 144 778   120 839   129 544  
Accumulated deficit (156 955 ) (128 726 ) (143 713 )
Translation difference 2   2   2  
Total equity (9 483 ) (5 194 ) (11 476 )
       
Provisions      
Other provisions 0   0   158  
Total provisions 0   0   158  
       
       
Non-current liabilities      
Borrowings 10 892   12 250   11 102  
Lease liabilities 163   0   163  
Other liabilities 702   539   853  
Total non-current liabilities 11 757   12 789   12 118  
       
Current liabilities      
Borrowings 2 304   0   1 851  
Lease liabilities 119   106   153  
Trade payables 6 002   7 791   6 014  
Accruals and other current liabilities 2 137   1 238   2 453  
Total current liabilities 10 562   9 135   10 471  
       
Total liabilities 22 319   21 924   22 748  
       
Total equity and liabilities 12 836   16 729   11 271  

Consolidated Statement of Changes in Equity, IFRS

EUR’000   Share capital Reserve for
invested
unrestricted
equity
Translation
difference
Accumulated
deficit
Total equity
             
             
             
Balance as at
31 December 2021 (Audited)
  2 691 116 507 -15 -116 265   2 919  
             
Comprehensive loss for the last six months 2022 0 0 11 -13 121   -13 110  
             
Transactions with equity holders of the Parent company          
Issue of ordinary shares   0 4 332 0 0   4 332  
Share-based compensation   0 0 0 665   665  
    0 4 332 0 665   4 997  
             
Balance as at 30 June 2022 (Unaudited)   2 691 120 839 2 -128 726   -5 194  
             
Comprehensive loss for the year 2022   0 0 17 (28 730 ) (28 713 )
             
Transactions with equity holders of the Company          
Issue of ordinary shares, net of transaction costs 0 13 037 0 0   13 037  
Share-based compensation   0 0 0 1 297   1 297  
Other movements   0 0 0 (16 ) (16 )
    0 13 037 17 (27 448 ) (14 395 )
             
Balance as at
31 December 2022 (Audited)
  2 691 129 544 2 (143 713 ) (11 476 )
             
Comprehensive loss for the last six months 2023 0 0 0 (13 730 ) (13 730 )
             
Transactions with equity holders of the Company          
Issue of ordinary shares, net of transaction costs 0 15 233 0 0   15 233  
Share-based compensation   0 0 0 489   489  
    0 15 233 0 (13 241 ) 1 992  
             
Balance as at 30 June 2023 (Unaudited)   2 691 144 778 2 (156 955 ) (9 483 )

Consolidated Cash Flow Statement, IFRS

€’000 Unaudited
1-6/2023
6 months
Unaudited
1-6/2022
6 months
Audited
1-12/2022
12 months
Cash flow from operating activities      
Loss before tax (13 730 ) (13 102 ) (28 730 )
Adjustments for:      
Received grants 0   (415 ) (803 )
Depreciation and amortization 174   151   300  
Change in provision (158 ) 0   (158 )
Financial items 918   529   1 304  
Tax expense 0   (19 ) 0  
Share-based compensation 489   665   1 297  
Adjusted loss from operations before changes in working capital (12 308 ) (12 191 ) (26 790 )
Change in net working capital:      
Prepayments and other receivables (increase -) 1 028   819   2 864  
Trade payables (increase +) (8 ) 1 211   719  
Other liabilities (increase +) (272 ) (1 014 ) 1 183  
Cash used in operations (11 561 ) (11 175 ) (22 023 )
Income taxes paid 0   0   0  
Transaction costs related to loans and borrowings 0   0   (165 )
Interest received 0   0   11  
Interest paid (782 ) (108 ) (816 )
Net cash used in operating activities (12 343 ) (11 283 ) (22 993 )
       
Cash flow from investing activities      
Payments for intangible assets (68 ) (167 ) (385 )
Payments for tangible assets 0   0   (0 )
Net cash used in investing activities (68 ) (167 ) (385 )
       
Cash flow from financing activities      
Proceeds on issue of shares 12 077   4 331   13 445  
Share issue transaction cost (648 ) 0   (365 )
Proceeds from borrowings 64   10 389   10 389  
Repayment of borrowings 0   (108 ) (105 )
Proceeds from grants 382   0   231  
Payment of lease liabilities (84 ) (96 ) (116 )
Net cash from financing activities 11 791   14 516   23 478  
       
Net increase (+) / decrease (-) in cash and cash equivalents (675 ) 3 083   137  
Effect of exchange rate changes (55 ) 17   37  
       
Cash and cash equivalents at 1 January 6 990   6 853   6 853  
Cash and cash equivalents at the end of period 6 315   9 936   6 990  

Notes to the interim financial report
1.   Corporate information

Faron Pharmaceuticals Ltd (the “Company”) is a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company incorporated and domiciled in Finland, with its headquarters at Joukahaisenkatu 6, 20520 Turku, Finland. The Company currently has a pipeline based on the endothelial receptors involved in regulation of immune response, in oncology and organ damage.

The Company has been listed on the London Stock Exchange’s AIM market since November 17, 2015, with a ticker FARN, and since December 3, 2019, the Company has been listed on the Nasdaq First North Growth Market with a ticker FARON.

2.   Summary of significant accounting policies

2.1.    Basis of preparation

The unaudited H1 interim financial report has been prepared in accordance with the International Financial Reporting Standards of the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) and as adopted by the European Union (IFRS) and the interpretations of the International Financial Reporting Standards Interpretations Committee (IFRIC).

The principal accounting policies applied in the preparation of these interim financial report is set out below. The Company has consistently applied these policies to all the periods presented, unless otherwise stated. The areas of the report involving a higher degree of judgment or complexity, or areas where assumptions and estimates are significant to the interim financial report, are disclosed in note 2.2.

The unaudited interim financial report incorporates the parent company, Faron Pharmaceuticals Ltd, and all subsidiaries (the “Group”).

All amounts are presented in thousands of euros, unless otherwise indicated, rounded to the nearest euro thousand.

2.2.    Going concern

The Group has forecasted its estimated cash requirements over the next twelve months. To make these forecasts the Group has made a number of assumptions regarding the quantity and timing of future expenditure and income as well as other key factors. Though these estimates have been made with caution and care, they continue to contain a significant amount of uncertainty. The Group also has debt obligations which carry financial covenants that could adversely impact the Group’s liquidity and operating flexibility. Based on the forecast the Group believes that it has adequate financial resources to continue its operations until the year end of 2023.  

The Group has taken several actions to secure further financing during the rest of the year 2023. The Directors believe that the Group can gain access to further resources to sustain operations over the next 12 months. Therefore, this unaudited financial report has been prepared on a going concern basis. At this stage the Group cannot disclose any of these options.

Because the additional finance is not committed at the date of issuance of this H1 2023 report, these circumstances represent a material uncertainty that may cast significant doubt on the Group’s ability to continue as a going concern. Should the Group be unable to obtain further finance such that the going concern basis of preparation were no longer appropriate, adjustments would be required, including to reduce balance sheet values of assets to their recoverable amounts, to provide for further liabilities that might arise.

2.3.    Financial covenants

At June 30, 2023, the Company had outstanding borrowings of EUR 9.8 million under a loan facility with IPF Partners which is subject to financial covenants. The Company is required to satisfy these agreed covenants including the requirement to maintain a minimum cash balance of EUR 6.0 million while maintaining three months cash runway. At June 30, 2023, and August 28, 2023, the Company is in compliance with all covenants while holding cash balances of EUR 6.3 million and EUR 9.1 million, respectively. The cash held by the Group together with known receivables will be sufficient to support the current level of activities until the year end of 2023.

3.   Subsequent events

The settlement of the second private placement during the period announced on June 29, 2023, was completed early July 2023.
In its meeting on August 28, 2023, the Board of Directors of the Company approved the publishing of this interim financial report.