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Avacta Group PLC - Interim Results for the Period Ended 30 June 2020

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Avacta Group PLC
28 September 2020
 

 

28 September 2020

Avacta Group plc

("Avacta", the "Company" or the "Group")

 

Interim Results for the Period Ended 30 June 2020

 

Avacta Group plc (AIM: AVCT), the developer of innovative cancer therapies and diagnostics based on its proprietary Affimer® and pre|CISIONTM platforms, is pleased to announce its unaudited interim results for the six-month period ended 30 June 2020.

 

Operating highlights

Avacta Therapeutics

·      Established AffyXell Therapeutics ("AffyXell"), a joint venture in South Korea with Daewoong Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd., (KSX: 069620), a leading Korean pharmaceutical company, to develop the next generation of cell and gene therapies incorporating Affimer proteins.

·      Demonstrated initial proof-of-concept for its proprietary new class of drug conjugate, "TMACTM", in a pre-clinical animal model of cancer.

Avacta Diagnostics

·      Collaboration with Cytiva (formerly GE Healthcare Life Sciences) to develop a rapid test for the COVID-19 coronavirus antigen for mass population screening.

·      Collaboration with Adeptrix (Beverly, MA, USA) to develop a high throughput Affimer-based SARS-CoV-2 antigen bead-assisted mass spectrometry test ("BAMSTM" test) to be used on hospitals' existing installed base of mass spectrometers to diagnose COVID-19 infection.

·      Exclusive distribution agreement announced with Medusa19 Limited ("Medusa19") for direct-to-consumer sales of a saliva-based rapid test for the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein antigen.

·      Collaborative work with the Centre for Virus Research at the University of Glasgow showed that certain Affimer reagents which bind to the SARS-CoV-2 virus spike protein prevent infection of human cells by a SARS-CoV-2 model virus, and therefore provide a potential therapy for COVID-19 infection.

 

Financial Highlights

 

·      Fundraisings completed during the period raising £53.8 million to expand Diagnostics and Therapeutics programmes.

·      Cash balance increased to £54.5 million (30 June 2019: £5.6 million; 31 December 2019: £8.8 million).

·      Revenues increased to £1.8 million (6 months to 30 June 2019: £1.1 million; 17 months to 31 December 2019: £5.5 million).

·     Operating loss of £8.1 million (6 months to 30 June 2019: £6.6 million; 17 months to 31 December 2019: £18.0 million), with research and amortisation of development costs increasing to £4.2 million (6 months to 30 June 2019: £2.9 million; 17 months to 31 December 2019: £10.1 million).

·      Increased R&D investment leading to reported loss of £7.0 million (6 months to 30 June 2019: £5.7 million, 17 months to 31 December 2019: £15.6 million).

 

Post-period Highlights

 

Avacta Therapeutics

 

·      Expansion of collaboration and license agreement with Daewoong Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd. (KSX: 069620) and AffyXell, the joint venture established in South Korea by the two companies, to develop stem cell treatments incorporating Avacta's neutralising Affimer therapy for the treatment of seriously ill patients with COVID-19 and to also prepare to rapidly develop similar therapies for future global pandemics.

·      Expansion of existing multi-target collaboration and development agreement with LG Chem Life Sciences ("LG Chem"), the life sciences division of the South Korean LG Group, to include new programmes incorporating Avacta's Affimer XT™ serum half-life extension system.

·      Appointment of Neil Bell as Chief Development Officer of Avacta Life Sciences responsible for the late stage pre-clinical and early clinical development of Avacta's pipeline of pre|CISION pro-drugs and Affimer immunotherapies.

 

Avacta Diagnostics

 

·      Appointed BBI Solutions, part of BBI Group ("BBI"), and Abingdon Health to manufacture the saliva-based rapid SARS-CoV-2 antigen test being developed with Cytiva.

·      Commenced collaboration with the UK government's CONDOR programme to evaluate and clinically validate the BAMSTM test developed with Adeptrix (Beverly, MA, USA).

·      Entered into a collaboration with the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine ("LSTM") to provide clinical validation of the rapid, saliva-based coronavirus antigen test.

·      Announced launch of an ELISA laboratory test for the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein to support global research efforts into the coronavirus that causes COVID-19.

·      Collaboration with Integumen plc (AIM: SKIN) ("Integumen") to evaluate recently generated Affimer reagents that bind the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein for the detection of the coronavirus in waste water, to provide a real-time alert system to warn of localised COVID-19 outbreaks. 


Alastair Smith, Chief Executive Officer of Avacta Group, commented:

 

"It has been a period of significant advancement despite the restrictions placed upon all of us by the coronavirus pandemic and I am immensely proud of the Avacta team for having delivered substantial progress under these difficult conditions.

We have several momentous milestones ahead of us with the anticipated launch of a rapid, saliva based coronavirus antigen lateral flow test and the planned phase I study for AVA6000 pro-doxorubicin, the first pre|CISION pro-drug. 

There are multiple other opportunities in the pipeline that have been created by the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein binding Affimers, such as the BAMSTM assay with Adeptrix and several others that we will update the market on in due course. We are working tirelessly to bring all of these opportunities to the point of revenue generation as quickly as we possibly can.

The recent placing has also allowed us to resource an expanded Affimer immunotherapy and pre|CISION chemotherapy pipeline and substantially increase the size of the research and clinical development teams at our Cambridge site to deliver on this. I am very pleased indeed that we now have the resources available to begin to unlock the potential of these two innovative and powerful therapeutic platforms.

It will be a very exciting and genuinely transformational year ahead for Avacta, as we work with our partners to progress through each of the necessary stages to deliver on all of these opportunities and I look forward to keeping the market updated as we hit the major milestones."

- Ends -

 

This announcement contains information which, prior to its disclosure, was considered inside information for the purposes of Article 7 of Regulation (EU) No 596/2014 (MAR).

 

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About Avacta Group plc - www.avacta.com

Avacta is developing novel cancer immunotherapies combining its two proprietary platforms - Affimer® biotherapeutics and pre|CISION™ tumour targeted chemotherapy. With this approach, the Company aims to address the lack of a durable response to current immunotherapies experienced by most patients. The Company's therapeutics development activities are based in Cambridge, UK.

 

The Company benefits from near-term revenues generated from Affimer reagents for diagnostics, bioprocessing and research, through a separate business unit based in Wetherby, UK.

 

The Affimer platform is an alternative to antibodies derived from a small human protein. Despite their shortcomings, antibodies currently dominate markets worth in excess of $100 billion.  Affimer technology has been designed to address many of these negative performance issues, principally: the time taken, and the reliance on an animal's immune response, to generate new antibodies; poor specificity in many cases; large size and cost.

 

Avacta's pre|CISION targeted chemotherapy platform, releases active chemotherapy only in the tumour, thereby limiting systemic exposure and damage to healthy tissues, and thereby improving the overall safety and therapeutic potential of these powerful anti-cancer treatments.

 

By combining these two platforms the Company is building a wholly owned pipeline of novel cancer therapies with the aim of creating effective treatments for all cancer patients including those who do not respond to existing immunotherapies. Avacta expects to take its first drug, a pre|CISION targeted form of the standard-of-care doxorubicin, into the clinic in early 2021.

 

Avacta has established drug development partnerships with pharma and biotech, including with Moderna Therapeutics Inc., a deal with LG Chem worth up to $400 million, a partnership with ADC Therapeutics to develop Affimer drug conjugates and has established a joint venture in South Korea with Daewoong Pharmaceutical focused on cell and gene therapies incorporating Affimer immune-modulators. Avacta actively seeks to license its proprietary platforms in a range of therapeutic areas.

 

Avacta diagnostics business unit works with partners world-wide to develop Affimers for evaluation by those third parties with the objective of establishing royalty bearing license deals. The Company is also developing a small in-house pipeline of Affimer-based diagnostic assays for licensing.

 

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Chairman and Chief Executive Officer's Statement

Business Overview

 

It has been a period of significant commercial and operational progress in both the therapeutic and diagnostic divisions of the Group. The coronavirus pandemic has thrown up significant challenges to operational progress as well as potentially very substantial commercial opportunities arising from the development of diagnostics to help combat the spread of the disease.

 

Progress in our partnered therapeutic programmes and in our work to move AVA6000 pro-doxorubicin into the clinic have faced some COVID-related challenges because of the new ways in which we, and our partners and sub-contractors, have been forced to work. Nevertheless, we have been able to keep the delays caused to a minimum, with partnered programmes making good progress and we anticipate making the regulatory filing for AVA6000 in the UK by the end of the year.

We have now established major therapeutic research partnerships with LG Chem, Daewoong Pharmaceutical and ADC Therapeutics and, along with our partnership with Moderna Therapeutics, these represent an important part of our strategy to translate the Affimer platform into the clinic as quickly as possible to obtain human safety data for the platform.

The recent placing has provided substantial resources to expand our in-house therapeutic Affimer and pre|CISION pipeline. The Affimer pipeline is focused on bispecifics built upon the Affimer PD-L1 antagonist that has been developed over the past few years. A clinical candidate will be selected for IND enabling studies from the pre-clinical programmes (PD-L1/LAG-3; PD-L1/TGFb receptor trap; PD-L1/IL2) as soon as possible with the aim of regulatory submission for clinical development during 2022. There is potential for a partnered programme to generate first-in-human data for the Affimer platform sooner, and this bispecific strategy ensures that as well as delivering clinical data for the Affimer technology, valuable therapeutic assets will be generated for licensing. The pre|CISION pipeline will be rapidly expanded to demonstrate pre-clinical proof-of-concept for pro-drug forms of velcade, oxaliplatin and paclitaxel and the Group expects to take at least one of these into the clinic following positive interim read-out from the AVA6000 phase I study.

The announcement in April 2020 of our collaboration with Cytiva (formerly GE Healthcare Life Sciences) to develop a rapid COVID-19 antigen test for mass population screening, and then our rapid success in generating a large number of Affimer reagents that detect the virus spike protein, has shone a spotlight on the power of the Affimer platform. The outstanding performance of these Affimer reagents in Avacta's ELISA laboratory test for the SARS-CoV-2 virus gives us great confidence that the lateral flow test will meet the clinical performance targets required. We are now supporting Cytiva and our manufacturing partners to finalise technology transfer which will deliver a scaled-up production process that will generate lateral flow test devices for clinical testing. It is essential that a robust process is developed that can produce the antigen test at scale for clinical validation in Q4, and good progress is being made in this regard. Once a robust process has been established it should be straightforward to transfer that to a number of manufacturers globally to meet the anticipated demand,

The rapid coronavirus antigen testing opportunity is significant; there is likely to be a long-term need for very high volume COVID-19 testing to support the global process of controlling the disease, getting healthy people back to work and rebuilding economies. In the UK alone, the demand for antigen testing in the community could be as high as 100 million tests per month in the medium-term. There is also likely to be a long-term need for antigen testing as the disease will remain in some societies for many years. Outside of this opportunity, which has raised the profile of the Affimer platform, there remains significant commercial potential for Affimer diagnostics to deliver long term sustainable revenues and with the test development work now almost entirely with our partners, Avacta's diagnostics team is able to re-focus on the core business pipeline.

Fund-raising

 

In April 2020, the Group announced that it had completed a fundraising of £5.75 million through the placing and subscription of new shares which was considered necessary to strengthen the Group's balance sheet in the light of the challenges being caused by the coronavirus pandemic and to ensure AVA6000 could be translated into the clinic before any further funding was required. The significant increase in market capitalisation, driven by the valuation of the COVID-19 testing opportunity, permitted the Group to raise significant funds (£48 million) with limited dilution for shareholders in June 2020. This has allowed the Group to fully fund an expansive Affimer and pre|CISION therapeutic pipeline and provide the working capital for the diagnostics division to deliver its near-term COVID products to market and its longer-term pipeline.

 

Our people

 

We would like to acknowledge the extraordinary effort and commitment shown by our teams during 2020 in the face of difficult circumstances caused by the pandemic and thank them for continuing to deliver significant progress during the reporting period.

We are pleased that, throughout this period of challenge, but also rapid growth and development, Avacta has managed to retain an entrepreneurial, open and inclusive culture with a high level of employee engagement and satisfaction. This has been reflected in successfully growing our teams and attracting world-class individuals such as Neil Bell, who has joined us as Chief Development Officer in our therapeutics division.

Effects of the COVID-19 pandemic

 

The Board continues to monitor and assess the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on staff and on the Group's businesses.

 

The commercial opportunity created by the SARS-CoV-2 spike Affimer binders is substantial. The performance of the Affimer reagents has been demonstrated clearly by Avacta in an ELISA laboratory test, and the remaining technical risk is related to successfully completing clinical validation with a product that can be manufactured at scale. The Group is working hard to put in place multiple manufacturing partnerships so that it can fully capitalise on the launch of a rapid coronavirus antigen test. Multiple other commercial opportunities have been created by the SARS-CoV-2 spike binding Affimer reagents, such as the collaboration with Adeptrix to develop a mass spectrometer based laboratory test, but also including a number of currently undisclosed potential licensing opportunities for COVID-19 testing. The value of all these developments is impossible to quantify at this stage, but it is clear that global demand for COVID-19 rapid testing solutions is potentially worth billions of pounds.

Many clinical trials in the UK have been halted due to the pressure on clinicians and hospitals during the current COVID-19 pandemic and the regulators are prioritising submissions related to COVID-19 therapies. Our contract manufacturing and clinical operations partners have reduced staffing levels to maintain social distancing, as has the Group. The Group is aiming to make its regulatory submission in the UK by the end of 2020 although continued restrictions imposed due to a second wave of coronavirus cases could delay this into Q1 of 2021. The Group has recently appointed Neil Bell, an immensely experienced drug developer, who is building the clinical development team to take AVA6000 and future clinical candidates into the clinic as quickly as possible. The rise in COVID-19 cases that we are currently seeing also has the potential to affect hospitals and patient recruitment in 2021.

Avacta Diagnostics Business Update

During the reporting period Avacta's diagnostics team has largely focused on COVID-related developments. The ongoing development work is now with Avacta's collaborators and therefore the diagnostics team can re-focus some of its efforts on the non-COVID pipeline of diagnostic tests, as well as supporting our collaborators where possible. Evaluations of the Affimer platform by third party diagnostics companies were largely halted during the initial phase of the pandemic because partners closed their sites. However, several of those evaluations continued and the team is working closely with those partners to convert them to commercial agreements.

Cytiva Collaboration

In April 2020, Avacta established a collaboration with Cytiva (formerly GE Healthcare Life Sciences) to develop a saliva-based rapid SARS-CoV-2 antigen lateral flow test utilising Affimer reagents to bind the virus spike protein.

A large number of Affimer reagents that bind the spike protein were generated in a few weeks and have now been fully validated in an ELISA (enzyme linked immunosorbent assay) laboratory test. The performance of the Affimer reagents in the ELISA is excellent in terms of the lower limit of quantification (i.e. how low a concentration of the virus spike protein can be accurately quantitated), and in terms of specificity, showing no cross reactivity with a number of other coronaviruses. The excellent performance of the Affimer reagents in an ELISA test dramatically reduces the technical risk associated with the Affimer reagents themselves with regards the COVID-19 lateral flow test.

Avacta's product development strategy is to initially self-certify the lateral flow test for professional use, which it will be in a position to do as soon as the verification and clinical validation data is gathered. In order for the product to be CE marked for consumer self-testing a "lay user study" must be carried out, which evaluates the usability of the test by lay persons to ensure that the test can be carried out successfully and safely by the consumer. This study will be carried out as soon as is practically possible and in parallel with other activities. The completed technical file covering verification, validation and the lay user study will then be submitted to Avacta's notified body for auditing and certification before direct-to-consumer product sales can commence. 

Cytiva is now working with BBI Solutions to establish a scalable manufacturing process. This process involves developing methods which are different from those used in the laboratory to develop prototypes, which must work at scale to deliver a mass-produced test strip with the required performance. When this scale-up process is completed and the first pilot batch of lateral flow test devices is produced, a critical technical hurdle will have been overcome. Avacta's intention is to use the pilot batch devices for clinical validation in Q4 using patient samples. When the first pilot batch is completed successfully, it will become possible to define the timeline to clinical validation and CE marking of both the professional and consumer use products with a greater degree of certainty and the Group will then communicate that timeline to product launch to the market. In the meantime Avacta continues to support its partners in reaching pilot batch production. 

 

Adeptrix Collaboration

 

Avacta established a collaboration with Adeptrix to develop an Affimer SARS-CoV-2 test based on Adeptrix's bead-assisted mass spectrometry (BAMSTM) assay platform. The diagnostic test would allow hospitals around the world to utilise their existing installed base of mass spectrometers that are not currently used for COVID-19 testing, thus contributing significantly to the increase in global testing capacity.

 

Avacta's Affimer reagents that bind the SARS-COV-2 spike protein are used to provide the capture and enrichment of the virus from the sample which could be saliva, nasopharyngeal swabs or serum.  Mass spectrometry is then used to identify the virus. The test can run up to one thousand samples per day and most hospital clinical microbiology laboratories have the necessary equipment, so a BAMS test could contribute meaningfully to centralised COVID-19 testing capacity.

 

Adeptrix quickly developed a BAMS assay using the Affimer SARS-CoV-2 spike reagents and demonstrated in the laboratory using spike protein that it performed very well. The assay is sensitive enough to detect SARS-CoV-2 virus spike protein captured by the Affimer reagents on just a single bead, and it is exquisitely specific because of the combination of Affimer capture and mass spectrum finger-printing.  Access to clinical samples, in order to carry out clinical validation of the assay, has been very slow. In July 2020, Avacta was accepted into the government's CONDOR programme, which was established to source patient samples for validating new tests, but this occurred at a time when there were significantly fewer positive samples available and a large number of new tests being evaluated, which has significantly delayed the clinical work on the BAMS assay. Avacta is working with the UK government's CONDOR programme to accelerate this and is making good progress in its discussions with mass spectrometer manufacturing partners in order for them to provide BAMS test kits to run on their installed base of mass spectrometers in the UK and globally. The clinical evaluation data of the BAMS assay are key to securing these commercial agreements.

 

Research ELISA Test

Very recently, Avacta announced that it will launch an Affimer based ELISA laboratory test for the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein to support global research efforts into the coronavirus that causes COVID-19.

 

Enzyme linked immunosorbent assays ("ELISAs") are very common research tools used to detect and quantify a target of interest in a wide range of samples. Using the same Affimer reagents that are incorporated into its rapid coronavirus saliva test being developed with Cytiva, Avacta has developed in-house a high performance ELISA laboratory test to detect the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

 

The Affimer-based ELISA test is capable of detecting the coronavirus spike protein in laboratory samples down to very low concentrations. An evaluation of the ELISA, carried out with The Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine using SARS-CoV-2 virus samples, shows that it can detect as little as a few thousand virus particles per millilitre of sample. This is typical of the levels found in infectious COVID-19 patients' saliva whether they are symptomatic or not. Highly infectious COVID-19 patients can have many thousands or millions of times more spike protein in their saliva than this. This level of sensitivity in ELISA provides confidence that the same Affimer reagents will meet the targeted levels of clinical sensitivity in the lateral flow rapid antigen test.

 

The Affimer-based ELISA test is also highly specific to the SARS-CoV-2 virus with no cross-reactivity against other closely related coronavirus spike proteins.

 

Avacta plans to supply the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein ELISA reagent kit directly and is also in active discussions with potential OEM partners and distributors globally.

 

Avacta Therapeutics Business Update

 

During the reporting period, the therapeutics team focused resources on its fully-funded partner programmes and on AVA6000 pro-doxorubicin in order to generate first-in-human data for the pre|CISION platform, prioritising this as the nearest-term significant value driver for the therapeutics division.

 

The recent placing has provided the resources to expand our in-house therapeutic Affimer and pre|CISION pipeline. The Affimer pipeline is focused on bispecifics built upon the Affimer PD-L1 antagonist that has been developed which the Group has decided not to take into the clinic as a monotherapy in favour of investing in bispecific assets with much greater clinical and commercial value, albeit these will take longer to get into the clinic. A clinical candidate will be selected for IND enabling studies from the pre-clinical programmes (PD-L1/LAG-3; PD-L1/TGFb; PD-L1/IL2) as soon as possible with the aim of regulatory submission for clinical development during 2022. The pre|CISION pipeline will be rapidly expanded to demonstrate pre-clinical proof-of-concept for pro-drug forms of velcade, oxaliplatin and paclitaxel and the Group expects to take at least one of these into the clinic following positive read-out from the AVA6000 phase I study.

Since the Group raised substantial funds during June 2020, the therapeutics research team has been grown to allow for the planned rapid expansion of the Affimer and pre|CISION therapeutic pipelines, and the in-house clinical development team, under the leadership of Neil Bell, is being expanded in order to deliver a successful phase I clinical study for AVA6000 and take future drug candidates into the clinic.

 

AVA6000 pro-doxorubicin

AVA6000 is a pre|CISION pro-drug form of the generic chemotherapy doxorubicin which is commonly used to treat soft tissue sarcoma and a number of other cancers. The phase I clinical study for this pro-drug is designed to deliver two important objectives: 1) proof-of-concept in humans for the pre|CISION technology as a platform that can be applied in future to a range of other chemotherapies to target them to the tumour and reduce systemic side-effects; 2) first-in-human safety, pharmacokinetics and efficacy data for a pro-drug form of doxorubicin that is expected to generate a valuable therapeutic asset for licensing.

The effect of the coronavirus pandemic has been to cause some delay in the completion of pre-clinical work and GMP manufacturing of AVA6000, and in the preparation of the regulatory submission documentation. The recent placing proceeds have allowed Avacta to expand its clinical development team to bring more of the work in-house and the Group now expects to file the regulatory submission in Q4 2020 if there are no further COVID-related delays. The Group is aiming to dose first patient in Q1 2021, although this will depend to some extent on the severity of the second coronavirus spike and its impact on hospitals.

Partnered programmes 

The partnered programmes with LG Chem, Daewoong and ADC Therapeutics have been slowed only slightly by Avacta's COVID-19 precautions that have required two teams to work independently of each other to maintain social distancing in the laboratory.

LG Chem Life Sciences

In December 2018, Avacta and LG Chem entered into a multi-target therapeutics development agreement to develop Affimer® therapeutics in several disease areas potentially worth over $300 million to Avacta. Several programmes are ongoing with LG Chem with the objective of generating clinical candidates for LG Chem to take into phase I studies. Further details about targets, indications or progress cannot be provided due to commercial confidentiality. The next key milestone that will be made public will be the IND filing by LG Chem for the lead programme.

Post-period end, the two companies announced that they would expand their drug development partnership to include Avacta's Affimer XTTM technology, which can be used to control the time a drug spends in the circulation.

The expansion of the partnership includes an undisclosed additional upfront payment, plus near-term pre-clinical milestones and longer-term clinical development milestones totalling $98.5 million for two therapeutics to be developed using the Affimer XT technology. Under the terms of the extended agreement, LG Chem has the exclusive rights to develop and commercialise, on a world-wide basis, Avacta's Affimer PD-L1 inhibitor with Affimer XT serum half-life extension.

The expanded partnership also provides LG Chem with rights to develop and commercialise other Affimer and non-Affimer biotherapeutics combined with Affimer XT half-life extension for a range of indications and Avacta could earn up to $55 million in milestone payments for each of these new products. 

In addition, under the agreement Avacta will earn royalties on all future Affimer XT product sales by LG Chem.

Daewoong Pharmaceutical

 

In January 2020, Avacta established a joint venture, AffyXell Therapeutics ("AffyXell"), in South Korea with Daewoong Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd., a leading Korean pharmaceutical company, and shortly after entered into a collaboration and license agreement for AffyXell to develop the next generation of cell and gene therapies, incorporating Affimer proteins to enhance the immune-modulatory effects.

 

Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) are promising agents for the treatment of autoimmune and inflammatory diseases.  AffyXell is developing a new class of MSCs that are primed to produce Affimer proteins, which are designed to enhance the immune-modulatory effect when administered to patients, by reducing inflammatory and autoimmune responses.

 

Avacta is developing Affimer binders to several undisclosed targets which will be transferred to the joint venture to be incorporated into MSCs. Avacta's research and development costs are fully covered by the joint venture and Avacta retains the rights to commercialise the Affimer proteins outside of the field of cell therapies.

 

Daewoong is providing AffyXell with access to its proprietary technology for generating allogeneic MSCs from a single donor to treat a large number of patients. This proprietary technology facilitates the development of cell therapies as "off-the-shelf" products. 

 

The next key milestone for Avacta, Daewoong and AffyXell is the transfer of Affimer binders to the targets of interest to AffyXell and demonstration that MSCs can be primed to make and secrete them and that these Affimer drugs are functional. This is expected to be achieved during the second half of 2021.

 

Post-period end, the Group announced an expansion of its collaboration and license agreement with Daewoong and AffyXell to develop stem cell treatments incorporating Avacta's neutralising Affimer molecules for the treatment of seriously ill patients with COVID-19 and to also prepare to rapidly develop similar therapies for future global pandemics.

 

Respiratory diseases such as ​COVID-19 can cause serious damage to the lungs as a consequence of over-activation of the patient's immune system, resulting in cytokine release syndrome that can potentially lead to multiple organ failure and death. Stem cell therapies offer a very promising approach to repair the damage to lung tissues in these pulmonary diseases by controlling the immune balance.

 

The expansion of the agreement between Avacta, Daewoong Pharmaceutical and AffyXell extends the scope of the partnership to include Affimer molecules that target viruses, such as coronaviruses, in order to develop therapies that repair the lung damage caused by COVID-19, whilst also producing neutralising Affimer molecules to prevent the progression of the disease.

 

AffyXell will engineer mesenchymal stem cells to express SARS-COV-2 neutralising Affimer molecules in order to develop treatments for seriously ill COVID-19 patients and will also prepare for rapid development of next-generation stem cell therapies for future infectious respiratory disease outbreaks.

 

ADC Therapeutics

In Q4 2019, Avacta established a collaboration and option agreement with ADC Therapeutics SA (Lausanne, CH), to develop Affimer-drug conjugates combining Avacta's Affimer® technology with ADC Therapeutics' pyrrolobenzodiazepine (PBD)-based warhead and linker technologies.

 

As part of the multi-target collaboration, Avacta is now in the process of generating and optimising Affimer® binders against three undisclosed cancer targets and will provide these to ADC Therapeutics to target its proprietary cytotoxic warheads (PBDs) to the site of the tumour.  ADC Therapeutics will carry out pre-clinical research and development programmes to evaluate each of the Affimer-drug conjugates with a view to generating clinical candidates.

 

The commercial agreement between the two companies provides ADC Therapeutics with options, on a target by target basis, to obtain exclusive licenses to the Affimer® proteins for clinical development and commercialisation.

 

Under the terms of the agreement, ADC Therapeutics will cover all Avacta's costs during the collaboration.  Upon ADC Therapeutics entering into each of the commercialisation licenses and successfully bringing new Affimer-drug conjugates to market, Avacta will receive option fees, development and commercialisation milestones, as well as a single-digit royalty on sales. 

 

Avacta is in the process of generating Affimer binders to targets nominated by ADC Therapeutics and will characterise these Affimer binders before transferring them to ADC Therapeutics to be developed into drug conjugates for pre-clinical testing during 2021.


Avacta Animal Health Business Update   

Avacta Animal Health provides specialised laboratory services to veterinary professionals worldwide.

Trading over the reporting period had seen a slow down as veterinary practices were focusing on emergency cases, with more routine appointments in relation to allergy or therapy testing being put on hold, given the restrictions on travel on the UK population. Revenues for the period were £0.68 million compared to £0.75 million in the comparable period in 2019, however operating costs for the reporting segment have been managed to see operating losses reduce from £0.33 million to £0.27 million

Trading since the end of the reporting period has improved and the business continues to strengthen its position providing veterinary testing services, contract research services and sales of laboratory testing kits in-line with original budget plans to deliver growth in revenue and gross margins. The business has updated its online presence and digital strategy, alongside continued development of its R&D projects to support both UK and International growth.

Financial Overview

Revenue for the 6 months ended 30 July 2020 increased to £1.81 million compared to the same period in 2019 (6 months to 30 June 2019: £1.06 million; 17 months to 31 December 2019: £5.51 million). 

Revenue contribution from the Group's Therapeutics business increased to £0.80 million (6 months to 30 June 2019: £0.20 million; 17 months to 31 December 2019: £2.52 million) due to the increase of funded research projects, with the figure for the 17 month period including the upfront technology access fee arising from the LG Chem collaboration. In addition, the Diagnostic business increased to £0.34 million (6 months to 30 June 2019: £0.12 million; 17 months to 31 December 2019: £0.81 million) due to increasing numbers of custom projects. Revenues from Avacta Animal Health, the allergy and diagnostic testing business, decreased marginally to £0.68 million (6 months to 30 June 2019: £0.75 million; 17 months to 31 December 2019: £2.18 million).

Research costs from the expanding Therapeutics business, which are expensed through the income statement, increased to £3.54 million (6 months to 30 June 2019: £2.18 million; 17 months to 31 December 2019: £7.24 million), as the Company continues to invest in the Affimer and pre|CISION therapeutics programmes.  

Selling, general and administrative costs have decreased to £3.14 million (6 months to 30 June 2019: £3.55 million; 17 months to 31 December 2019: £10.06 million). Depreciation has also decreased marginally to £0.52 million (6 months to 30 June 2019: £0.60 million; 17 months to 31 December 2019: £1.64 million). Share-based payment charges have increased to £1.44 million (6 months to 30 June 2019: £0.12 million; 17 months to 31 December 2019: £0.34 million). The increase in share based payment charges arises from the award of share options to staff and senior management during the period combined with a significant movement in the share price from a low of 14 pence to a high of 202 pence which impacts the calculations used in calculating the fair value of option awards under the Black-Scholes option pricing models.

The Group's operating loss increased to £8.11 million (6 months to 30 June 2019: £6.61 million; 17 months to 31 December 2019: £18.0 million) and the reported loss after taxation increased to £6.99 million (6 months to 30 June 2019: £5.73 million; 17 months to 31 December 2019: £15.62 million).

The basic loss per share reduced to 3.74p (6 months to 30 June 2019: 5.12p; 17 months to 31 December 2019: 12.98p) due to the increase in the number of shares in issue following the completion of the fund raises in April and June 2020 when £5.7 million and £48.0 million (gross) respectively were raised and a further 71,944,443 ordinary shares were issued in total.

The Group capitalised £0.89 million (6 months to 30 June 2019: £1.01 million; 17 months to 31 December 2019: £1.88 million) of development costs, primarily relating to the Affimer reagents and diagnostics development programmes. These development costs are recognised within the total intangible asset value of £12.02 million (30 June 2019: £12.86 million; 31 December 2019: £11.80 million). 

There was a cash outflow from operations of £4.39 million (6 months to 30 June 2019: £5.59  million; 17 months to 31 December 2019: £14.44 million) and an outflow from investing activities of £1.02 million on capital expenditure and capitalised development costs (6 months to 30 June 2019: £1.43  million; 17 months to 31 December 2019: £2.53 million).  Cash inflow from financing activities, being amounts received from the issue of shares and exercise of share options net of lease payments amounted to £51.09 million (6 months to 30 June 2019: outflow £0.07 million; 17 months to 31 December 2019: inflow £19.11 million). The Group ended the period with £54.45 million net cash (30 June 2019: £5.63 million; 31 December 2019: £8.79 million) following the fund raises in April and June 2020. 

 

Outlook

 

We have several momentous milestones ahead of us with the anticipated launch of a rapid, saliva based coronavirus antigen lateral flow test and the planned phase I study for AVA6000 pro-doxorubicin, the first pre|CISION pro-drug. 

 

There are multiple other opportunities in the pipeline that have been created by the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein binding Affimers, such as the BAMSTM assay with Adeptrix and several others that we will update the market on in due course. We are working tirelessly to bring all these opportunities to the point of revenue generation as quickly as we possibly can.

The recent placing has also allowed us to resource an expanded Affimer immunotherapy and pre|CISION chemotherapy pipeline and substantially increase the size of the research and clinical development teams at our Cambridge site to begin to unlock the potential of these two innovative and powerful therapeutic platforms.

We expect it to be a very exciting and genuinely transformational year ahead for Avacta, as we work with our partners to progress through each of the necessary stages to deliver on all of these opportunities.

 

Dr Eliot Forster

Dr Alastair Smith

Chairman

Chief Executive Officer

28 September 2020

28 September 2020

 


Condensed Consolidated Statement of Profit or Loss

for the 6 months ended 30 June 2020

 

 

Unaudited

 

Unaudited

 

Audited

 

6 months ended

30 June 2020

 

6 months ended 30 June 2019

 

17 months ended

31 December 2019

 

£000

 

£000

 

£000

 

 

 

 

 

 

Revenue

1,810

 

1,061

 

5,511

Cost of sales

(586)

 

(422)

 

(1,440)

Gross profit

1,224

 

639

 

4,071

 

 

 

 

 

 

Research costs

(3,574)

 

(2,205)

 

(7,860)

Amortisation of development costs

(664)

 

(777)

 

(2,202)

Selling, general and administrative expenses

(3,141)

 

(3,551)

 

(10,064)

Depreciation expense

(515)

 

(601)

 

(1,636)

Share-based payment charge

(1,435)

 

(119)

 

(338)

Operating loss

(8,105)

 

(6,614)

 

(18,029)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finance income

15

 

33

 

73

Finance costs

(28)

 

(35)

 

(98)

Net finance costs

(13)

 

(2)

 

(25)

 

 

 

 

 

Loss before tax

(8,118)

 

(6,616)

 

(18,054)

Taxation

1,124

 

883

 

2,439

Loss and total comprehensive loss for the period

(6,994)

 

(5,733)

 

(15,615)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Loss per ordinary share:

 

 

 

 

 

-       Basic and diluted

(3.74p)

 

(5.12p)

 

(12.98p)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All activities relate to the continuing operations of the Group.
 


Condensed Consolidated Statement of Financial Position

as at 30 June 2020

 

 

 

Unaudited

 

Unaudited

 

Audited

 

 

As at
30 June 2020

 

As at

30 June 2019

 

As at

31 December 2019

 

 

£000

 

£000

 

£000

Assets

 

 

 

 

 

 

Property, plant and equipment

 

2,020

 

2,677

 

2,304

Right-of-use assets

 

677

 

881

 

780

Intangible assets

 

12,018

 

12,858

 

Non-current assets

 

14,715

 

16,416

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Inventories

 

161

 

170

 

156

Trade and other receivables

 

2,176

 

2,117

 

2,082

Income taxes

 

3,625

 

2,576

 

2,500

Cash and cash equivalents

 

54,451

 

5,630

 

Current assets

 

60,413

 

10,493

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total assets

 

75,128

 

26,910

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Liabilities

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lease liabilities

 

(568)

 

(732)

 

Non-current liabilities

 

(568)

 

(732)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trade and other payables

 

(2,969)

 

(3,581)

 

(1,778)

Lease liabilities

 

(164)

 

(181)

 

Current liabilities

 

(3,133)

 

(3,762)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total liabilities

 

(3,701)

 

(4,494)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net assets

 

71,427

 

22,416

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Equity attributable to equity holders of the Company

 

 

 

 

 

 

Share capital

 

24,957

 

11,693

 

17,671

Share premium

 

53,797

 

7,448

 

9,877

Capital reserve

 

-

 

1,899

 

-

Other reserve

 

(1,729)

 

(1,729)

 

(1,729)

Reserve for own shares

 

(2,961)

 

(2,932)

 

(2,932)

Retained earnings

 

(2,637)

 

6,037

 

Total equity

 

71,427

 

22,416

 

 

Total equity is wholly attributable to equity holders of the parent Company.

Approved by the Board and authorised for issue on 28 September 2020.

 

Dr Alastair Smith

Tony Gardiner

Chief Executive Officer

Chief Financial Officer

 

 

Condensed Consolidated Statement of Changes in Equity

for the 6 months ended 30 June 2020

 

 

Unaudited

Unaudited

Unaudited

Unaudited

Unaudited

Unaudited

Unaudited

 

Share

Capital

Share premium

Other
reserve

Capital reserve

Reserve for own shares

Retained earnings

Total Equity

 

£000

£000

£000

£000

£000

£000

£000

At 1 January 2019

11,624

7,015

(1,729)

1,899

(2,802)

11,650

27,656

Total comprehensive loss for the period

-

-

-

-

-

(5,733)

(5,733)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total transactions with owners of the company:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Exercise of options

32

341

-

-

-

-

373

Own shares acquired

38

92

-

-

(130)

-

-

Equity-settled share based payment

-

-

-

-

-

119

119

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At 30 June 2019

11,694

7,448

(1,729)

1,899

(2,932)

6,036

22,415

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At 1 January 2020

17,671

9,877

(1,729)

-

(2,932)

2,922

25,809

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total comprehensive loss for the period

-

-

-

-

-

(6,994)

(6,994)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total transactions with owners of the company:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Issue of shares

7,194

43,597

-

-

-

-

50,791

Exercise of options

82

304

-

-

-

-

386

Own shares acquired

10

19

-

-

(29)

-

-

Equity-settled share based payment

-

-

-

-

-

1,435

1,435

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At 30 June 2020

24,957

53,797

(1,729)

-

(2,961)

(2,637)

71,427

 

 

 

Audited

Audited

Audited

Audited

Audited

Audited

Audited

 

Share

capital

Share premium

Other
reserve

Capital reserve

Reserve for own shares

Retained earnings

Total Equity

 

£000

£000

£000

£000

£000

£000

£000

At 1 August 2018

6,976

770

(1,729)

1,899

(2,802)

16,299

21,413

Total comprehensive loss for the period

-

-

-

-

-

(15,615)

(15,615)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total transactions with owners of the company:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Issue of shares

10,625

8,674

-

-

-

-

19,299

Exercise of options

32

341

-

-

-

-

373

Own shares acquired

38

92

-

-

(130)

-

-

Equity-settled share based payment

-

-

-

-

-

338

338

Transfer

-

-

-

(1,899)

-

1,899

-

At 31 December 2019

17,671

9,877

(1,729)

-

(2,932)

2,922

25,809

 

 


Condensed Consolidated Statement of Cash Flows

for the 6 months ended 30 June 2020

 

 

Unaudited

 

Unaudited

 

Audited

 

6 months ended

30 June 2020

 

6 months ended

30 June 2019

 

17 months ended

31 December

2019

 

£000

 

£000

 

£000

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash flow from operating activities

 

 

 

 

 

Loss for the period

(6,994)

 

(5,733)

 

(15,615)

Adjustments for:

 

 

 

 

 

Amortisation and impairment losses

675

 

785

 

2,313

Depreciation

515

 

593

 

1,636

Net (gain) / loss on disposal

of property, plant and equipment

(1)

 

-

 

19

Equity-settled share-based payment charges

1,435

 

119

 

338

Net finance costs

13

 

2

 

25

Taxation

(1,124)

 

(882)

 

(2,439)

Operating cash outflow before changes in working capital

(5,481)

 

(5,116)

 

(13,723)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Decrease / (increase) in inventories

(4)

 

(12)

 

30

Increase in trade and other receivables

(95)

 

(752)

 

(825)

Increase in trade and other payables

1,192

 

288

 

78

Operating cash outflow from operations

(4,388)

 

(5,592)

 

(14,440)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interest received

15

 

33

 

72

Interest elements of lease payments

(29)

 

(18)

 

(86)

Tax credit received

-

 

-

 

1,631

Withholding tax paid

-

 

-

 

(192)

Net cash used in operating activities

(4,402)

 

(5,577)

 

(13,015)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash flows from investing activities

 

 

 

 

 

Purchase of plant and equipment

(128)

 

(406)

 

(618)

Purchase of intangible assets

(3)

 

(13)

 

(34)

Development expenditure capitalised

(889)

 

(1,014)

 

(1,875)

Net cash used in investing activities

(1,020)

 

(1,433)

 

(2,527)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash flows from financing activities

 

 

 

 

 

Proceeds from issue of new shares

50,791

 

32

 

19,331

Proceeds from exercise of share options

386

 

-

 

-

Principal elements of lease payments

(92)

 

(102)

 

(221)

Net cash flow from financing activities

51,085

 

(70)

 

19,110

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net increase/(decrease) in cash and cash equivalents

45,663

 

(7,080)

 

3,568

Cash and cash equivalents at the beginning of the period

8,788

 

12,710

 

5,220

Cash and cash equivalents at the end of the period

54,451

 

5,630

 

8,788

 


Notes to the unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements

for the 6 months ended 30 June 2020

 

1)   Basis of preparation

Avacta Group plc ('the Company') is a company incorporated in England and Wales under the Companies Act 2006. These condensed consolidated interim financial statements ('interim financial statements') as at and for the 6 months ended 30 June 2020 comprise the Company and its subsidiaries (together referred to as 'the Group').

The interim financial statements for the six months ended 30 June 2020 are unaudited. This information does not constitute statutory accounts as defined in Section 435 of the Companies Act 2006. The financial figures for the 17 month period ended 31 December 2019, as set out in this report, do not constitute statutory accounts but are derived from the statutory accounts for that financial year. The statutory accounts for the 17 month period ended 31 December 2019 were prepared under IFRS and have been delivered to the Registrar of Companies. The auditors reported on those accounts. Their report was unqualified, did not draw attention to any matters by way of emphasis and did not include a statement under Section 498 of the Companies Act 2006.

 

The Board confirms that, to the best of its knowledge, these condensed financial statements have been prepared in accordance with IAS34 Interim Financial Reporting and should be read in conjunction with the Group's last annual consolidated financial statements as at and for the 17 month period ended 31 December 2019 ('last annual financial statements'). They do not include all of the financial information required for a complete set of IFRS financial statements. However, selected explanatory notes are included to explain events and transactions that are significant to an understanding of the changes in the Group's financial position and performance since the last annual financial statements.

 

The Board approved these interim financial statements for issue on 28 September 2020.

 

2)   Use of judgements and estimates and significant accounting policies

The preparation of the interim financial statements requires management to make judgements and estimates that affect the application of accounting policies and the reported amounts of assets and liabilities, income and expense. Although these estimates are based on management's best knowledge of the amount, events or actions, actual events ultimately may differ from those estimates.

 

The significant judgements made by management in applying the Group's accounting policies, and the key sources of estimation uncertainty were the same as those described in the last annual financial statements.

 

The accounting policies applied in these interim financial statements are the same as those applied in the Group's consolidated financial statements as at and for the 17 month period ended 31 December 2019. A number of new standards are effective from 1 January 2020 but they do not have a material effect on the Group's financial statements.

 

3)  Segmental reporting

The Group has three distinct operating segments: Diagnostics, Therapeutics and Animal Health. These are the reportable operating segments in accordance with IFRS 8 Operating Segments. The Directors recognize that the operations of the Group are dynamic and therefore this position will be monitored as the Group develops.

Segment revenue represents revenue from external customers arising from sale of goods and services, plus inter-segment revenues. Inter-segment transactions are priced on an arm's length basis. Segment results, assets and liabilities include items directly attributable to a segment as well as those that can be allocated on a reasonable basis.

The Group's revenue to destinations outside the UK amounted to 73% (6 months to 30 June 2019: 48%; 17 months to 31 December 2019: 69%). The revenue analysis below is based on the country of registration of the customer:

 

 

 

6 months ended 30 June 2020

 

6 months ended 30 June 2019

 

17 months ended 31 December 2019

 

 

£000

 

£000

 

£000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

UK

 

483

 

553

 

1,691

Rest of Europe

 

328

 

229

 

851

North America

 

239

 

78

 

496

Asia

 

759

 

200

 

2,473

 

 

1,810

 

1,060

 

5,511

 

The central overheads, which primarily relate to the operation of the Group function are not allocated to the operating segments.

 

Operating segment analysis for the six months ended 30 June 2020

 

Diagnostics

Therapeutics

Animal

Health


Total

 

£000

£000

£000

£000

Revenue

337

795

678

1,810

Cost of goods sold

(169)

(192)

(226)

(586)

 

-------------

-------------

-------------

-------------

Gross profit

168

603

452

1,223

Research costs

(12)

(3,543)

(19)

(3,574)

Amortisation of development costs

(549)

-

(114)

(664)

Selling, general and administrative expenses

(1,151)

(611)

(553)

(2,315)

Depreciation expense

(142)

(255)

(14)

(411)

Share-based payment expense

(371)

(389)

(17)

(777)

 

-------------

-------------

-------------

-------------

Segment operating loss

(2,057)

(4,194)

(266)

(6,517)

Central overheads

 

 

 

(1,588)

 

-------------

-------------

-------------

-------------

Operating loss

 

 

 

(8,105)

Finance income

 

 

 

15

Finance expense

 

 

 

(28)

 

 

 

 

-------------

Loss before taxation

 

(8,118)

Taxation

 

 

 

1,124

 

 

 

 

-------------

 

 

 

 

6,994

 

 

 

 

-------------

 

 

 

 

 

   

Operating segment analysis for the six months ended 30 June 2019

 

 

Diagnostics

Therapeutics

Animal

Health


Total

 

£000

£000

£000

£000

Revenue

118

196

747

1,061

Cost of goods sold

(75)

(92)

(255)

(422)

 

-------------

-------------

-------------

-------------

Gross profit

43

104

492

639

Research costs

(24)

(2,181)

-

(2,205)

Amortisation of development costs

(565)

-

(213)

(777)

Selling, general and administrative expenses

(1,350)

(740)

(581)

(2,671)

Depreciation expense

(225)

(248)

(22)

(495)

Share-based payment expense

(19)

(36)

(12)

(67)

 

-------------

-------------

-------------

-------------

Segment operating loss

(2,140)

(3,100)

(334)

(5,574)

Central overheads

 

 

 

(1,039)

 

-------------

-------------

-------------

-------------

Operating loss

 

 

 

(6,613)

Finance income

 

 

 

33

Finance expense

 

 

 

(35)

 

 

 

 

-------------

Loss before taxation

 

(6,615)

Taxation

 

 

 

882

 

 

 

 

-------------

 

 

 

 

5,733

 

 

 

 

-------------

 

 

 

 

 



Operating segment analysis for the 17 months ended 31 December 2019

 

 

Diagnostics

Therapeutics

Animal

Health


Total

 

£000

£000

£000

£000

Revenue

812

2,515

2,184

5,511

Cost of goods sold

(454)

(284)

(702)

(1,440)

 

-------------

-------------

-------------

-------------

Gross profit

358

2,231

1,482

4,071

Research costs

(620)

(7,240)

-

(7,860)

Amortisation of development costs

(1,600)

-

(602)

(2,202)

Selling, general and administrative expenses

(3,605)

(2,269)

(1,776)

(7,650)

Depreciation expense

(612)

(678)

(52)

(1,342)

Share-based payment expense

(55)

(101)

(34)

(190)

 

-------------

-------------

-------------

-------------

Segment operating loss

(6,134)

(8,057)

(982)

(15,173)

Central overheads

 

 

 

(2,856)

 

-------------

-------------

-------------

-------------

Operating loss

 

 

 

(18,029)

Finance income

 

 

 

73

Finance expense

 

 

 

(98)

 

 

 

 

-------------

Loss before taxation

 

(6,615)

Taxation

 

 

 

2,439

 

 

 

 

-------------

 

 

 

 

15,615

 

 

 

 

-------------

 

4)   Revenue

The Group's operations and main revenue streams are those described in the last annual financial statements. The Group's revenue is all derived from contracts with customers.

Disaggregation of revenue

In the following table, revenue is disaggregated by its nature. The table also includes a reconciliation of the disaggregated revenue with the Group's reportable segments.

 

 

Diagnostics

Therapeutics

 

Unaudited

6 months ended 30 June 2020

Unaudited 6 months ended 30 June 2019

Audited 17 months ended 31 December 2019

Unaudited 6 months ended 30 June 2020

Unaudited 6 months ended 30 June 2019

Audited 17 months ended 31 December 2019

 

£000

£000

£000

£000

£000

£000

Nature of revenue

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sale of goods

-

-

-

-

-

-

Provision of services

337

118

812

795

196

556

Licence related income

-

-

-

-

-

1,959

 

337

118

812

795

196

2,515

 

 

Animal Health

Total

 

Unaudited

6 months ended 30 June 2020

Unaudited 6 months ended 30 June 2019

Audited 17 months ended 31 December 2019

Unaudited 6 months ended 30 June 2020

Unaudited 6 months ended 30 June 2019

Audited 17 months ended 31 December 2019

 

£000

£000

£000

£000

£000

£000

Nature of revenue

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sale of goods

392

375

1,101

392

375

1,101

Provision of services

285

372

1,083

1,418

686

2,451

Licence related income

-

-

-

-

-

1,959

 

677

747

2,184

1,810

1,061

5,511

 

5)   Earnings per share 

 

Unaudited

 

Unaudited

 

Audited

 

6 months ended 30 June 2020

 

6 months ended 30 June 2019

 

17 months ended 31 December 2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

Loss (£000)

6,994

 

5,733

 

15,615

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weighted average number of shares (number)

187,187,754

 

112,065,618

 

120,336,858

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

-       Basic and diluted loss per ordinary share (p)

(3.74)

 

(5.12)

 

(12.98)

  

6)   Standards issued but not yet effective

A number of new standards and amendments to standards are effective for annual periods beginning after 1 January 2020 and earlier application is permitted; however, the Group has not early adopted any of the forthcoming new or amended standards in preparing these condensed consolidated interim financial statements.

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Avacta Plc's therapeutics business 'has huge amount of potential' - analyst...

Capital Network analyst Ed Stacey discusses the major value driver for Avacta - the development of its proprietary Affimer technology for therapeutics, particularly in the immune-oncology (I-O) space. The group's reported interim results to January 2019 today, revealing revenues of...

on 9/4/19

66 min read