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Edesa Biotech Reports Fiscal 2nd Quarter 2022 Results

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May 13, 2022 (ACCESSWIRE via COMTEX) -- TORONTO, ON / ACCESSWIRE / May 13, 2022 / Edesa Biotech, Inc. /zigman2/quotes/200172674/composite EDSA -0.62% , a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on inflammatory and immune-related diseases, today reported financial results for the three and six months ended March 31, 2022 and provided an update on its business.

For its critical care drug candidate, Edesa reported during the quarter that more than 25% of the subjects have been randomized for the Phase 3 part of the company's clinical study in critically ill Covid-19 patients with Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS). The final Phase 3 study protocol has been approved in Canada, Poland and Colombia. Discussions with U.S. regulators on the final Phase 3 design are ongoing. Recruitment for the Phase 3 study has followed Covid-19-related ICU admissions and seasonality, and the company is positioning additional investigational centers to be available for current and future waves of hospitalizations.

For its dermatology drug candidate, the company recently announced that its Phase 2b clinical study in chronic Allergic Contact Dermatitis (ACD) reached an enrollment milestone of 75% subjects randomized, and that recruitment was proceeding at a more accelerated pace than planned. Edesa anticipates that enrollment will be completed by the fourth calendar quarter of 2022, with initial topline data available as early as the first calendar quarter of 2023.

"This is an exciting time for Edesa as we prepare for the most meaningful milestones since our inception," said Edesa Chief Executive Officer Par Nijhawan, MD. "Edesa management remains focused on fundamental value creation through the advancement of these later stage clinical assets. Successful results for one of these programs could significantly change the growth trajectory of the company and validate the broad potential utility of our underlying technologies." He added that the company continues to explore strategic business development opportunities to further bolster the growth opportunities of Edesa's clinical assets.

Edesa's Chief Financial Officer Kathi Niffenegger reported that during first half of fiscal 2022 Edesa raised net cash proceeds of approximately $11.6 million from equity sales under an at-the-market offering program and a direct investment with a healthcare-focused institutional fund.

"With a stronger balance sheet, we are well positioned to maintain our operational momentum and advance our two later-stage clinical programs toward completion," said Ms. Niffenegger. She added that for the three and six-month periods, operational expenditures were in line with management's expectations and benefitted from the flexibility of the company's business model to manage working capital and prioritize core development and commercialization activities.

Financial Results for the Three Months Ended March 31, 2022

Total operating expenses decreased by $4.93 million to $4.58 million for the three months ended March 31, 2022 compared to $9.51 million for the same period last year:

  • Research and development expenses decreased by $4.94 million to $3.04 million for the three months ended March 31, 2022 compared to $7.98 million for the same period last year primarily due to decreased milestone and bulk drug substance payments, lower license fees and decreased external research expenses, which were partially offset by higher manufacturing expenses, and increased salary and related personnel expenses.

  • General and administrative expenses remained relatively unchanged at $1.53 million for the three months ended March 31, 2022 compared to $1.54 million for the same period last year.

Total other income (loss) decreased by $7.24 million to an overall gain of $0.01 million for the three months ended March 31, 2022 compared to an overall gain of $7.25 million for the same period last year primarily due to a decrease in grant income associated with the completion of clinical study activities under the company's federal reimbursement grant with the Canadian government's Strategic Innovation Fund.

For the quarter ended March 31, 2022, Edesa reported a net loss of $4.57 million, or $0.33 per common share, compared to a net loss of $2.26 million, or $0.19 per common share, for the three months ended March 31, 2021.

Financial Results for the Six Months Ended March 31, 2022

Total operating expenses decreased by $2.38 million to $9.74 million for the six months ended March 31, 2022 compared to $12.12 million for the same period last year:

  • Research and development expenses decreased by $2.36 million to $6.99 million for the six months ended March 31, 2022 compared to $9.35 million for the same period last year primarily due to decreased milestone and bulk drug substance payments and lower license fees, which were partially offset by higher external research expenses, higher manufacturing expenses and increased salary and related personnel expenses.

  • General and administrative expenses decreased by $0.03 million to $2.74 million for the six months ended March 31, 2022 compared to $2.77 million for the same period last year primarily due to lower salary and related personnel expenses, which were partially offset by increased legal and other professional service fees.

Total other income (loss) decreased by $6.44 million to an overall gain of $0.79 million for the six months ended March 31, 2022 compared to an overall gain of $7.23 million for the same period last year primarily due to a decrease in grant income associated with the completion of clinical study activities under Edesa's federal reimbursement grant with the Canadian government's Strategic Innovation Fund.

For the six months ended March 31, 2022, Edesa reported a net loss of $8.95 million, or $0.66 per common share, compared to a net loss of $4.90 million, or $0.45 per common share, for the six months ended March 31, 2021

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