LOS ANGELES, March 15, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Capricor Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: CAPR), a clinical-stage biotechnology company developing first-in-class biological therapies for cardiac and other medical conditions, today provided a corporate update and announced financial results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2016.

"2016 was an eventful year for Capricor, marked by meaningful advances in our clinical development programs as well as notable corporate achievements," said Linda Marbán, Ph.D., president and chief executive officer. "Patient follow-up in both the Phase I/II HOPE-Duchenne and Phase II ALLSTAR clinical trials of CAP-1002 continues following the completion of dosing in each of these trials last fall. We look forward to announcing top-line six-month results from HOPE next month. By the third quarter, we anticipate hearing from Janssen on its decision with regard to its license option, following our anticipated delivery of the six-month administrative analysis from ALLSTAR. Our exosomes program continues to generate encouraging preclinical data in models of inflammatory disease, and we look forward to submitting the first Investigational New Drug application for CAP-2003 in the second half of this year."

"Capricor ended 2016 with approximately $16.2 million in cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities, which we believe will fund our operations into the fourth quarter of 2017. Importantly, we expect our existing resources to enable us to achieve important near-term milestones for our CAP-1002 program," added Dr. Marbán.

Fourth Quarter Highlights and Recent Clinical and Operational Developments

  • Strengthened team through the appointments of Maritza McIntyre, Ph.D. in Regulatory Affairs and Karen Edward in Manufacturing.
  • Announced plans to expand clinical development program of CAP-1002 (allogeneic cardiosphere-derived cells) in Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) to evaluate peripheral and respiratory muscle function, as supported by preclinical studies.
  • Completed enrollment in the randomized Phase I/II HOPE-Duchenne clinical trial of CAP-1002 in 25 boys and young men with DMD-associated cardiomyopathy.
  • Completed enrollment in the randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled Phase II ALLSTAR clinical trial of CAP-1002 in adults who experienced a large myocardial infarction (heart attack), in which 134 patients received study medication.
  • Presented positive 12-month results from the DYNAMIC clinical trial of CAP-1002 in patients with advanced heart failure at the Cardiovascular Research Foundation's 2016 TCT conference.
  • Awarded up to approximately $4.2 million from the National Institutes of Health to evaluate CAP-2003 (cardiosphere-derived cell exosomes) for hypoplastic left heart syndrome.
  • Returned rights to natriuretic peptides licensed from the Mayo Clinic following a portfolio review.

Anticipated Events and Milestones in 2017

  • Report top-line six-month data from the HOPE-Duchenne clinical trial in April 2017.
  • Expect Janssen decision on its license option for CAP-1002 by the third quarter of 2017.
  • Initiate a second clinical trial in DMD in the second half of 2017, subject to regulatory approval, in which CAP-1002 is administered systemically.
  • Report top-line 12-month data from the ALLSTAR and HOPE-Duchenne clinical trials in the fourth quarter of 2017.
  • Submit IND for CAP-2003 in the second half of 2017.

Fourth Quarter and Full Year Financial Results

The Company reported a net loss of approximately $4.5 million, or $0.21 per share, for the fourth quarter of 2016, compared to a net loss of approximately $3.3 million, or $0.21 per share, for the fourth quarter of 2015. For the year ended December 31, 2016, the Company reported a net loss of approximately $18.8 million, or $1.01 per share, compared to a net loss of approximately $12.9 million, or $0.81 per share, for the year ended December 31, 2015. As of December 31, 2016, the Company's cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities totaled approximately $16.2 million compared to approximately $13.6 million on December 31, 2015.

Financial Outlook

Capricor currently expects that its cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities will fund its research and development programs and other operations into the fourth quarter of 2017.

Conference Call and Webcast

Capricor management will hold a conference call at 4:30 p.m. ET today. The live call may be accessed by dialing 1-866-682-6100 for domestic callers and 1-862-255-5401 for international callers, and by using "CAPRICOR" as the conference ID. Access to the live webcast as well as the link to the replay of the call can be found at http://capricor.com/news/events/. The webcast will be archived for approximately 30 days.

About Capricor Therapeutics

Capricor Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: CAPR) is a clinical-stage biotechnology company focused on the discovery, development and commercialization of first-in-class biological therapies for the treatment of cardiac and other medical conditions. Capricor's lead candidate, CAP-1002, is a cardiac cell therapy that is currently being evaluated for the treatment of heart disease associated with Duchenne muscular dystrophy and myocardial infarction (heart attack). Capricor is exploring CAP-2003, its exosome product candidate, for use in cardiac and inflammatory conditions. For additional information, visit www.capricor.com.

The ALLSTAR and HOPE-Duchenne clinical trials are funded in part by the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine. The DYNAMIC clinical trial was funded in part by the National Institutes of Health.

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

Statements in this press release regarding the efficacy, safety, and intended utilization of Capricor's product candidates; the initiation, conduct, size, timing and results of discovery efforts and clinical trials; the pace of enrollment of clinical trials; plans regarding regulatory filings, future research and clinical trials; plans regarding current and future collaborative activities and the ownership of commercial rights; scope, duration, validity and enforceability of intellectual property rights; future royalty streams, expectations with respect to the expected use of proceeds from the recently completed offerings and the anticipated effects of the offerings, and any other statements about Capricor's management team's future expectations, beliefs, goals, plans or prospects constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Any statements that are not statements of historical fact (including statements containing the words "believes," "plans," "could," "anticipates," "expects," "estimates," "should," "target," "will," "would" and similar expressions) should also be considered to be forward-looking statements. There are a number of important factors that could cause actual results or events to differ materially from those indicated by such forward-looking statements. More information about these and other risks that may impact Capricor's business will be set forth in Capricor's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2016, to be filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, and in its Registration Statement on Form S-3, as filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on September 28, 2015. All forward-looking statements in this press release are based on information available to Capricor as of the date hereof, and Capricor assumes no obligation to update these forward-looking statements.

CAP-1002 is an Investigational New Drug and is not approved for any indications. Capricor's exosomes technology, including CAP-2003, has not yet been approved for clinical investigation.

 

CAPRICOR THEAPEUTICS, INC. 

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS AND COMPREHENSIVE LOSS

(unaudited)










Three months ended December 31,


Years ended December 31,


2016


2015


2016


2015









INCOME








Collaboration income

$           683,595


$           911,458


$        3,190,106


$        3,776,041

Grant income 

223,335


211,938


808,512


1,741,607









TOTAL INCOME

906,930


1,123,396


3,998,618


5,517,648









OPERATING EXPENSES








Research and development

2,665,904


3,330,731


16,042,082


13,757,279

General and administrative

1,154,355


1,077,594


4,933,054


4,372,195









TOTAL OPERATING EXPENSES

3,820,259


4,408,325


20,975,136


18,129,474









LOSS FROM OPERATIONS

(2,913,329)


(3,284,929)


(16,976,518)


(12,611,826)









OTHER INCOME (EXPENSE)








Investment income (loss)

(1,940)


2,390


14,407


3,113

Interest expense

(102,905)


(63,583)


(344,665)


(248,626)

Impairment of in-process research and development

(1,500,000)


-


(1,500,000)


-









TOTAL OTHER INCOME (EXPENSE)

(1,604,845)


(61,193)


(1,830,258)


(245,513)









NET LOSS

(4,518,174)


(3,346,122)


(18,806,776)


(12,857,339)









OTHER COMPREHENSIVE GAIN (LOSS)








Net unrealized gain (loss) on marketable securities

2,601


(2,564)


(5,861)


9,385









COMPREHENSIVE LOSS

$      (4,515,573)


$      (3,348,686)


$    (18,812,637)


$    (12,847,954)









Net loss per share, basic and diluted

$               (0.21)


$               (0.21)


$               (1.01)


$               (0.81)









Weighted average number of shares, basic and diluted








21,399,019


16,254,985


18,551,013


15,902,133

 

CAPRICOR THEAPEUTICS, INC. 

SUMMARY BALANCE SHEETS




December 31, 2016


December 31, 2015

Cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities


$              16,194,888


$              13,567,316

Total assets


$              18,747,355


$              16,069,572






Total deferred revenue


1,367,186


4,557,292

Total liabilities


$              22,750,509


$              17,101,346






Total stockholders' equity (deficit) - 21,399,019 and 16,254,985 common shares issued and outstanding at December 31, 2016 and December 31, 2015, respectively






(4,003,154)


(1,031,774)

Total liabilities and stockholders' equity


$              18,747,355


$              16,069,572

 

For more information, please contact:

Corporate
Capricor Therapeutics, Inc.
AJ Bergmann, Vice President of Finance
+1-310-358-3200
abergmann@capricor.com 

Investor Relations
Argot Partners
Kimberly Minarovich
+1-212-600-1902
kimberly@argotpartners.com

Media
Argot Partners
Eliza Schleifstein
+1-917-763-8106
eliza@argotpartners.com

 

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