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Galmed Pharmaceuticals Reports Second Quarter 2017 Financial Results and Provides Business Update

Galmed Pharmaceuticals
Posted on: 31 Jul 17

TEL AVIV, Israel, July 31, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Galmed Pharmaceuticals Ltd. (Nasdaq: GLMD) ("Galmed" or the "Company"), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the development of a once-daily, oral therapy for the treatment of nonalcoholic steatohepatitis, or NASH, and other liver diseases, today reported financial results for the three and six months ended June 30, 2017. The Company will host a conference call and webcast today to discuss the financial results and to provide an update on current developments with respect to its clinical programs for AramcholTM.

Financial Summary - Second Quarter 2017 vs. Second Quarter 2016:

Net loss of $2.7 million, or $0.22 per share, for the three months ended June 30, 2017, compared to a net loss of $4.3 million, or $0.39 per share, for the three months ended June 30, 2016. This period's net loss included $0.3 million of non-cash, stock-based compensation expense, versus $0.8 million of non-cash stock-based compensation expense incurred during the corresponding period in 2016.

The Company recognized $0.3 million of revenue for the three months ended June 30, 2017, compared to no revenue for the three months ended June 30, 2016. The revenue in this quarter relates to the amortization of the up-front payments under the license agreement with Samil pharm.

Research and development  ("R&D") expenses amounted to approximately $2.3 million for the three months ended June 30, 2017, compared to approximately $3.4 million for the three months ended June 30, 2016. The decrease resulted primarily from a decrease in expenses in connection with the ARREST Study, as well as a decrease of non-cash stock-based compensation expenses.

General and administrative expenses amounted to approximately $0.6 million for the three months ended June 30, 2017, compared to approximately $0.9 million for the three months ended June 30, 2016. The decrease in general and administrative expenses for the three months ended June 30, 2017 resulted primarily from a decrease in professional fees, as well as a decrease in salaries and benefits expenses.

Financial income of $0.01 million for the three months ended June 30, 2017, compared to financial income of $0.1 million for the three months ended June 30, 2016. The decrease in financial income for the three months ended June 30, 2017 resulted primarily from changes in the foreign currency exchange rate.

Cash and cash equivalents and marketable securities totaled $9.1 million as of June 30, 2017, compared to $15.5 million at December 31, 2016. The decrease in cash resulted primarily from the costs of our ongoing clinical studies and operational activities. Galmed continues to believe that its cash balance will be sufficient to maintain its current operations through the first half of 2018, and allow the Company to complete the ARREST study as scheduled.

Conference Call & Webcast:

 

Monday, July 31, 2017, 8:30 am Eastern Time / 5:30 am Pacific Time

 

Participant Dial-In Numbers:

 

Toll-Free:

+1-888-287-5563

Toll/International:

+1-719-325-4878

Conference ID:

8068047

Webcast:

http://galmedpharma.investorroom.com/events


 

Replay, available until August 14, 2017

 

Replay Dial-In Numbers:

 

Toll-Free:

+1-844-512-2921

Toll/International:

+1-412-317-6671

Passcode:

 

About AramcholTM and Non-alcoholic Steatohepatitis (NASH)
AramcholTM (arachidyl amido cholanoic acid) is a novel fatty acid bile acid conjugate, inducing beneficial modulation of intra-hepatic lipid metabolism. AramcholTM's ability to modulate hepatic lipid metabolism was discovered and validated in animal models, demonstrating down regulation of the three key pathologies of NASH; steatosis, inflammation and fibrosis. The effect of AramcholTM on fibrosis is mediated by down regulation of steatosis and directly on human collagen producing cells. AramcholTM has been granted by the FDA Fast Track designation status for the treatment of NASH.

NASH is an emerging world crisis impacting an estimated 3% to 5% of the U.S. population and an estimated 2% to 4% globally. It is the fastest growing cause of liver cancer and liver transplant in the U.S. due to the rise in obesity. NASH is the progressive form of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease that can lead to cardiovascular disease, cirrhosis and liver-related mortality.

About Galmed Pharmaceuticals Ltd.:
Galmed is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the development of AramcholTM, a first in class, novel, once-daily, oral therapy for the treatment of NASH for variable populations, as well as other liver associated disorders. Galmed is currently conducting the ARREST Study, a multicenter, randomized, double blind, placebo-controlled Phase IIb clinical study designed to evaluate the efficacy and safety of AramcholTM in subjects with NASH, who are overweight or obese, and who are pre-diabetic or type-II-diabetic. Galmed also sponsors the ARRIVE Study, a proof-of-concept Phase IIa clinical trial designed to evaluate the safety and efficacy of Aramchol in up to 50 patients with HIV-associated NAFLD and lipodystrophy. The ARRIVE Study is an investigator-initiated trial, conducted at the University of California San Diego by Professor Rohit Loomba. More information about the ARREST Study and the ARRIVE Study may be found on ClinicalTrials.gov identifiers: NCT02279524 and NCT02684591, respectively.

Forward-Looking Statements:
This press release may include forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements may include, but are not limited to, statements relating to Galmed's objectives, plans and strategies, as well as statements, other than historical facts, that address activities, events or developments that Galmed intends, expects, projects, believes or anticipates will or may occur in the future. These statements are often characterized by terminology such as "believes," "hopes," "may," "anticipates," "should," "intends," "plans," "will," "expects," "estimates," "projects," "positioned," "strategy" and similar expressions and are based on assumptions and assessments made in light of management's experience and perception of historical trends, current conditions, expected future developments and other factors believed to be appropriate. Forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied in such statements. Many factors could cause Galmed's actual activities or results to differ materially from the activities and results anticipated in forward-looking statements, including, but not limited to, the following: the timing and cost of Galmed's ongoing Phase IIb ARREST Study, and planned Phase III trials for AramcholTM, or whether Phase III trials will be conducted at all; completion and receiving favorable results of these Phase IIb ARREST Study and Phase III trials for AramcholTM; regulatory action with respect to AramcholTM by the FDA or the EMA; the commercial launch and future sales of AramcholTM or any other future products or product candidates; Galmed's ability to comply with all applicable post-market regulatory requirements for AramcholTM in the countries in which it seeks to market the product; Galmed's ability to achieve favorable pricing for AramcholTM; Galmed's expectations regarding the commercial market for NASH in patients who are overweight or obese and have pre diabetes or type II diabetes mellitus; third-party payor reimbursement for AramcholTM; Galmed's estimates regarding anticipated capital requirements and Galmed's needs for additional financing; market adoption of AramcholTM by physicians and patients; the timing, cost or other aspects of the commercial launch of AramcholTM; the development and approval of the use of AramcholTM for additional indications or in combination therapy; and Galmed's expectations regarding licensing, acquisitions and strategic operations. More detailed information about the risks and uncertainties affecting Galmed is contained under the heading "Risk Factors" included in Galmed's most recent Annual Report on Form 20-F filed with the SEC on March 23, 2017, and in other filings that Galmed has made and may make with the SEC in the future. The forward-looking statements contained in this press release are made as of the date of this press release and reflect Galmed's current views with respect to future events, and Galmed does not undertake and specifically disclaims any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

For more information:
www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/galmed-pharmaceuticals-reports-second-quarter-2017-financial-results-and-provides-business-update-300496342.html

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Last updated on: 31/07/2017

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