TxCell Announces First-Half 2018 Financial Results and Update on the Proposed Acquisition by Sangamo Therapeutics, Inc.

VALBONNE, France--()--Regulatory News:

TxCell SA (Paris:TXCL) (FR0010127662 – TXCL), a developer of cellular immunotherapies based on regulatory T cells (Tregs) for inflammation, autoimmunity and transplantation, today announces financial results for the first half of 2018 and provides an update on the proposed acquisition by Sangamo Therapeutics, Inc.

The TxCell Half Year Financial Report as of June 30, 2018 is available on TxCell’s website www.txcell.com in the “Investors” / “Documentation” / “AMF regulated information” section.

Significant events of the first half of 2018

On February 2, 2018, TxCell obtained a loan from Bpifrance for €1.2 million for the partial financing of preclinical activities of TX200, its lead CAR-Treg program targeting HLA-A2 for the prevention of chronic rejection after solid organ transplantation.

On May 31, 2018, TxCell announced the execution of a Master Service Agreement (“MSA”) with Lonza Pharma & Biotech (“Lonza”) for the manufacturing of TX200 during a clinical trial expected to start in 2019.

On June 21, 2018, TxCell announced the presentation of the first in vivo proof-of-concept data generated with a proprietary CD8+ CAR-Tregs in relevant animal models of graft-versus-host disease (GvHD) and skin graft. This was obtained in the context of a collaboration between TxCell and the Center of Research in Transplantation and Immunology (CRTI, Nantes, France).

During the first half of 2018, 66 warrants (“Tranche Warrants”) giving access to notes (“OCA”) with share subscription warrants attached (“BSA” and, together with the OCA to which they are attached, the “OCABSA”) have been exercised by Yorkville, upon request of TxCell. TxCell consequently issued 66 OCA to Yorkville for a total nominal amount of €6.6 million, from which 550,000 BSA were detached. As at the date hereof, there are 56 outstanding OCA (representing a total nominal amount of €5.6 million) that remain to be converted into TxCell shares.

Recent changes

On July 23, 2018, TxCell announced its proposed acquisition pursuant to an agreement entered into with Sangamo Therapeutics, Inc. ("Sangamo").

Subject to the fulfillment of certain conditions precedent provided for in this agreement, Sangamo would acquire a majority stake representing approximately 53% of the share capital and voting rights of TxCell (the “Acquisition”) before filing a simplified cash tender offer for the remaining outstanding shares of TxCell (the “Tender Offer”), following by a possible squeeze-out procedure. Following the completion of the possible squeeze-out procedure, Sangamo intends to delist TxCell.

The terms and conditions of the offer and the price of €2.58 per share proposed in the simplified tender offer, representing an enterprise value for TxCell of approximately € 72 million on a debt free and cash free basis, will be subject in particular to the AMF's compliance decision on the proposed offer. For more information, please refer to the press release dated July 23, 2018.

Simultaneously, TxCell also announced an amendment of its OCABSA financing, subject to the completion of the Acquisition. The agreement entered into with Yorkville provides for (i) the early redemption of 50% of the 56 OCA currently held by Yorkville for a total redemption amount of €3,080,000 (being 110% of their aggregate par value of €2,800,000), (ii) the conversion by Yorkville of the remaining 28 OCA into 1,866,666 new TxCell shares at a fixed conversion price of €1.50, and (iii) the buy back by TxCell of the 84 outstanding Tranche Warrants and the 1,236,350 BSA currently held by Yorkville for the lump sum of one euro, for cancellation. For more information, please refer to the press release dated July 23, 2018.

As of today, several conditions precedent to the Acquisition have been fulfilled, including the condition relating to regulations governing foreign investments in France. TxCell is therefore expecting the Acquisition to close in early October 2018. Sangamo would then file the proposed Tender Offer immediately after the completion of the Acquisition.

In order to cover for working capital expenses of TxCell in the following months, Sangamo has granted a loan to TxCell of an amount of €4.5 million pursuant to a loan agreement dated September 18, 2018.

Financial highlights for the first half of 2018

The interim TxCell financial statements as of June 30, 2018, established according to IFRS standards, have been subject to a limited review by the statutory auditors and approved by TxCell’s Board of Directors on September 17, 2018.

The financial statements as at June 30, 2018 have been prepared in accordance with the going concern principle, underpinned by the completion of the Acquisition, which is currently considered highly probable by TxCell.

TxCell’s 2018 half-year financial results mainly reflect the acceleration of the experiments necessary to develop the CAR-Treg platform: preclinical research programs and CAR-Treg manufacturing processes.

The results were characterized by a net loss of €6.6 million, with a €1.3 million increase compared with the first half of 2017, and can be summarized as follows:

  • A €0.5 million increase in research and development expenses, mainly related to the transfer of the TX200 manufacturing process to CMOs (Contract Manufacturing Organizations) and to CAR-Treg research programs conducted internally or through collaborative research and development agreements for the generation of preclinical proof-of-concept data;
  • A €0.4 million increase in general expenses, mainly due to non-recurring expense, notably commitment fees paid to Yorkville in the OCABSA draw in February 2018.

Research and development expenses remain the largest cost center for TxCell, representing 71% excluding expenses related to share-based payments. As of June 30, 2018, R&D expenses totaled €4.7 million, compared to €4.2 million as of June 30, 2017. For the first half of 2018, these R&D expenses were mostly invested in:

  • CAR-Tregs manufacturing process development programs, including the transfer of the TX200 process to CMOs; and
  • CAR-Tregs research programs conducted internally or through collaborative research and development agreements for the generation of preclinical proof-of-concept data.

As at June 30, 2018, the cash and cash equivalents amounted to €4.4 million, after pre-financing of the 2018 Research Tax Credit for €0.6 million and drawing of five monthly tranches of the OCABSA financing program for an aggregate nominal amount of €6.6 million.

Statement of net income (in thousands of euros)

  06/30/2018   06/30/2017*
Revenue   -   -
Other income   1,047   1,292
Revenue and other income   1,047   1,292
Research and development expenses (4,678) (4,166)
General and administrative expenses (1,935) (1,561)
Expenses related to share-based payments   (152)   (587)
Current operating profit / (loss)   (5,717)   (5,022)
Other operating expenses - -
Other operating income   -   -
Operating profit / (loss)   (5,717)   (5,022)
Income from cash and cash equivalents 0 0
Cost of gross financial debt   (38)   (44)
Cost of net financial debt   (38)   (44)
Other financial income 1 2
Other financial expenses   (854)   (222)
Net profit / (loss) before tax   (6,608)   (5,286)
Income taxes   -   -
Net profit / (loss)   (6,608)   (5,286)

* During the second semester of 2017, TxCell fine-tuned the allocation of expenses by destination. The statement of net income at June 2017 is presented using the same analytical distribution method as the June 30, 2018 financial statements to enable comparisons between periods.

About TxCell – www.txcell.com

TxCell is a biotechnology company that develops platforms for innovative, personalized T cell immunotherapies for the treatment of severe inflammatory and autoimmune diseases with high unmet medical need. TxCell is targeting transplantation as well as a range of autoimmune diseases (both T-cell and B-cell-mediated), such as multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory bowel diseases or inflammatory skin diseases.

TxCell’s cellular immunotherapies are based on regulatory T lymphocytes (Tregs). Tregs are a T cell population discovered in the nineties for which anti-inflammatory properties have been demonstrated. Contrary to conventional approaches based on non-specific polyclonal Tregs, TxCell is exclusively developing engineered antigen-specific Tregs, where the antigen specificity is brought by a Chimeric Antigen Receptor (CAR) (CAR-Treg cells).

Based in Sophia-Antipolis, France, TxCell is listed on Euronext Paris and currently has 46 employees.

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Contacts

TxCell
IR & Communication Department
Tel: +33(0) 4 97 21 83 00
Fax: +33(0) 4 93 64 15 80
contact@txcell.com
or
Image Box – Press relations
Neil Hunter / Michelle Boxall
Tel: +44(0) 20 8943 4685
neil.hunter@imageboxpr.co.uk
michelle.boxall@imageboxpr.co.uk
or
NewCap – Investor relations
Julien Perez / Mathilde Bohin
Tel: +33 (0)1 44 71 98 52
txcell@newcap.eu